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Michael John DeZura

(October 27th, 1947 - March 24th, 2016)

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Michael John DeZura, 68, of Sparta, MO, the beloved husband of Sheryl, went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from injuries sustained from a car accident.  Michael, affectionately known as Mike or Big Mike, was born October 27, 1947 in Haxtun, Colorado to the late Michael J. DeZura and Mina (Gates) McCutchen.  He married Sheryl on March 20, 2011, and she takes comfort in knowing Mike is now with the Lord, dancing on streets of gold. Mike had a larger than life take charge personality.  He served fearlessly in the Lord’s army, loved fiercely, relentlessly pursued the Lord’s calling and walked humbly with the Lord.  He was a mighty prayer warrior who lived a life of worship and faithfully served local ministries and churches, friends and neighbors, acquaintances and strangers. Mike was a gifted and energetic man not afraid to tackle any job.  He was a Switchman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad prior to owning a tow truck business and a car dealership.  He worked as an oil rigger with Brown and Root, worked construction and loved to buy and sell old cars. During his time with his children in New Orleans, he became lovingly known as “Pappy” by his friends and family.  Mike was also known for giving loved ones nicknames and often started conversations with “Here’s the deal …” He had an entrepreneurial gift, was an excellent cook and loved to travel, always finding the best local food.  He never met a stranger and consistently sowed into the lives of others, responding to people’s needs.  He loved his home, his family and friends, and his pets, rescuing many that crossed his path. Mike is survived by his wife Sheryl; his four children: Kathleen Willie and husband Allen, Covington, LA; Michelle (DeZura) Anthony, Portland, OR;  Michael J. DeZura II, New Orleans, LA;  Stephanie (DeZura) Haigler and  husband Jeffrey, New Orleans, LA; three stepdaughters: Nicole Walsh and husband Adam, Shreveport, LA; Jessica Miller and husband Eric, Austin, TX; Michelle Rapagnani and fiancé Ryan, Louisville, KY; three grandsons: Houston Anthony, Logan Anthony, and Connor Willie; sisters Harriet Biarnesen and Cindy Newkirk; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his sister Mary “Kathy” Wallace and his brother John Loos. To honor Mike’s legacy, donations may be sent in lieu of flowers or gifts to: House of Hope Ministries, 510 West Silsby, Springfield, MO 65807 (www.houseofhopeministries.org).1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Dogwood Church of Nazarene with Pastor Michael Peebles and Pastor Reggie Micham officiating. Burial will follow in Bruner Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, March 28 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com. 

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