Howard Lee Mantzey, 97 of Morningside Center in Chillicothe, MO, formerly of Dawn, MO died April 18, 2011 at Morningside Center.
Howard was born January 12, 1914 in Dawn, MO the son of Charles Albert Mantzey and Elva Mae Knox Mantzey and was a graduate of Dawn High School.
On April 28, 1945 Howard married his love of nearly 66 years, Opal Grace Watkins in Chillicothe, MO. She survives of the home.
Howard was a life long farmer in the Dawn community.
He was a member of the Dawn Federated Church, the Dawn Community Improvement Association, Collar Cemetery, and he served on the Board of Directors of Community Bank of Dawn which became Bank-Midwest for 32 years.
He enjoyed farming but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.
Howard is survived by his wife, Opal Mantzey; daughter, Lois Benham and husband Steven; four grandchildren, Jalaine Zelmer Lamp and husband Shawn, Tara Zelmer Skipper and husband Jim, Lindy Zelmer Crowe and husband Rich, and Charles Benham; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Martha James; son-in-law Tom Zelmer; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Zelmer; two sisters, Velma Evans and Louise Pruitt and an infant brother.
Memorials in honor of Howard Mantzey may be made to Collar Cemetery or Welsh Cemetery and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington Chillicothe, MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com .
There has been a cremation.
Memorial/Celebration services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2011 at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe with a visitation following the service.
There will be a private burial at Collar Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO