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Gary Lee Bethel

Funeral services for Gary Lee Bethel, 57, Wentzville, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2018 at First Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Bethel passed away Sunday morning, September 30, 2018 at his home.


He was born November 5, 1960, at Waynesville, Missouri, to Robert Lee Bethel and Fern Whitbey Bethel.  On October 8, 1982, he was married at Pomona, Missouri, to Tammie Spurlock.  Mr. Bethel owned Radio Shack of West Plains for eighteen years, was a real estate agent formerly with Westgate Realty, West Plains and currently with Berkshire Hathaway Alliance Real Estate, St. Charles County.  He loved woodworking and had recently taken up photography.  He enjoyed working in his yard which was his pride and joy.  Gary was a good Dad and enjoyed time with his family.  He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Hope Ministry Food Bank and once a month cooked and served dinner at a homeless shelter.  Mr. Bethel was a member of First Baptist Church of Wentzville, Missouri.  He was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church of West Plains, where he served as a Deacon, was involved with the youth group and the benevolent program.


He is survived by his wife, Tammie Bethel, of the family home; two children, Valla Bethel, Wentzville, Missouri and Jason Bethel, Overland Park, Kansas; his mother, Fern Bethel, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Greg Bethel and wife, Tonya, Koshkonong, Missouri; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Loren Conger, Roneada and John Whitmore, Kevin and Lynn Conger and K. J. and Joan Spurlock; and many nieces and nephews.


His father and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theodore Spurlock and Nelda and John Kelly, preceded him in death.


Mr. Bethel will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at