In lieu of flowers, family suggests
contributions be made to
Clintonville Cemetery of El Dorado Springs
in care of Sheldon Funeral Home.
Johnny Clayton Esry, 77, of Collins, MO, passed
away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Citizens
Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO. Johnny was born
on August 4, 1938, to Harry and Leona Esry, in
El Dorado Springs, MO. He was one of seven
children, the only son.
Johnny attended El Dorado Springs High School,
and played on the basketball team. In 1957, he was
married to Juanita Pettijohn, and to that union were
three children, Rick, Randy and Lisa. As a younger
man, he worked as a milk truck driver, helped build
the Stockton Dam, and drove a farm equipment
sales route. He became an auctioneer and spent
the greater part of his life as a cattleman. He was
still farming at the time of his passing.
Johnny is preceded in death by his parents,
Harry and Leona Sumner Esry, sister Elnora Seim,
granddaughter Jessi Kiefer and grandson Rhett Esry.
He is survived by his three children, sons Rick and
Randall Esry, daughter Lisa Esry Johnson, eight
grandchildren, Rachel and husband Edward Mitchell,
Ryan Esry, Regan Esry, Conner Esry, Levi Esry,
Jeremiah Kiefer, Tara Johnson and Caleb Johnson,
six great-grandchildren, his five sisters, Deloris
Nikodim, Laura Faye Hammond, Roberta Walker,
Barbara Wallen and Anna Ruth Fields and many
nieces and nephews.