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Richard Erwin Pyle

Graveside services for Richard Erwin Pyle, 72, Ava, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Homeland Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Pyle passed away at 6:50 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Heart of the Ozarks Health Care, Ava, Missouri.


He was born May 28, 1946, in the State of Hawaii, to Duke Pyle and Clara Valgas Pyle.  On September 1, 2001, he was married at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to Vola “Kay” Bressman Jones, who preceded him in death December 29, 2015.  Mr. Pyle was a Police Officer for the City of Houston, Missouri and was a truck driver; he was also a ham radio operator.  He was of the Baptist faith.


He is survived by four children, Tammy Williams and husband, Eddie, Mansfield, Missouri, Master Sergeant Richard Pyle Jr. and wife, Kathy, Mountain Home, Idaho, Jennifer Tobin and husband, Justin, Springfield, Missouri and Angie McDonald and significant other, Ronnie Collins, West Plains, Missouri; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bobbie Choate, Tyrone, Missouri; the mother of his children, Merilee Evans, Rogersville, Missouri;  and several nieces and nephews.


His parents and wife preceded him in death.


Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.   Memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at