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Elmo Dean Britton, 91, of Purdin, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Elmo was born in Browning, Missouri on August 10, 1931, to Wayne Noel and Effie L. (Dickinson) Britton.

On August 21, 1950 he married Georgianna (Havens) Britton; she preceded him in death in 2019. He was also preceded by: his parents; a son, Terry Britton; a daughter, Mary Beth Britton; a granddaughter, Brittany Heerlein; three siblings, Donald Britton, Nelson Britton, and Vivian Woodside and a brother-in-law, Harvey Havens.

Elmo was survived by his daughters, Barbara Heerlein of Lathrop, Missouri, Donna Young (Dennis) of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Penny Childers (Ray) of Parkville, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Beth Miller, Jason Deffenbaugh, Kelly Young (Kiley), Raymond Childers (Bre), and Alison Denker (Dylan); 7 great grandchildren, Mackenzie Reyes (Adam), Ethan Miller, Emi Miller, Caroline Young, Jayce Young, Blake Deffenbaugh, and Hailey Deffenbaugh; a sister, Jessie Frazier of Kansas City; a brother, Phillip Britton of Fort Worth, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Elmo grew up in Sullivan and Linn Counties. After his marriage to Georgianna on August 21, 1950, he then served in the United States Army in Germany and Switzerland. Elmo worked at Banquet Foods and then he started trucking. He trucked for over 50 years, retiring in 2004. After retirement he took care of the farm and Georgianna. Elmo enjoyed working, mowing grass, doing body work on cars, and liked going fishing. He was a member of the American Legion Post 274 and a member of the National Farmers’ Association, serving as Secretary and Vice President in the past.

Funeral services for Elmo were held Friday, February 3, 2023, at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan with Rev. Arch Phillips officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery, southeast of Milan with Military Rites provided by the American Legion Post #274 and the Missouri Honors Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery or to the Do-nor’s Choice.