Richard Mack Button, age 74, passed away on August 1, 2017, at his home in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Richard was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on September 20, 1942, the younger son of Ralph and Lucille Button of Warsaw, Missouri. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1960. Richard was drafted into the United States Army in 1966, volunteered for a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968, based in Cam Ranh. He obtained the rank of Specialist 5 before being honorably discharged in October, 1968.
Richard married Annette Stiles on July 4, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia. They spent their early years of marriage in Bellevue, Washington and San Diego, California, before returning to Edwards, Missouri in 1971, where they raised horses and cattle and ran their own delivery service, Osage Express until 1989, when they sold the farm and the business and moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Richard was an over-the-road driver for TransAm and then D&D Sexton, and retired in 2009.
He loved to be outdoors and was an avid fisherman, spending time on the water whenever possible-a passion he was happy to share with friends and family of all ages. Other hobbies included flying, hunting and shooting. Richard was also very involved in his church, spending every Wednesday evening helping to serve meals for school age children.
Richard is survived by his wife, Annette; his daughters, Elena Button and Holly Clayton of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Charis Covington of Puyallup, Washington; six grandchildren: Micah Button, Mason Clayton, Connor Clayton, Ian Clayton, Areley Knox Clayton, Kylie Covington; his brother, Ed Button of Charlotte, North Carolina and other family and friends.