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Irene Trantham

Funeral services for Irene Trantham, 94, Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mrs. Trantham passed away 12:37 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2020 at Brooke Haven Healthcare.


She was born January 29, 1925, at Rover, Missouri, to James Albert Redburn and Emma May Clark Redburn.  On May 11, 1945, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Richard W. Trantham, who preceded her in death on November 11, 2000. Soon after they were married, Richard left for the European Theater of WWII. After his return they started their sawmill business and farm in 1948.  Irene served the rest of her life working alongside her husband and supporting her family and community.  She was strong of mind, body and spirit and could prove any of these at a moment’s notice.  She loved her life and creator.  She was and always will be the very definition of a matriarch.  Irene received her education at Bales School.  Mrs. Trantham was of the Assembly of God faith and was baptized on August 28, 1977.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, reading, her cats, doted on her cows, sitting in her porch swing watching the cars go by, watching westerns and her other favorite TV shows.  Irene loved her daily visits with Glen and Vivian and loved time spent with her grandchildren and their children.


She is survived by one son, Glen Edward Trantham and wife, Vivian; three grandchildren, Jeffery Glen Trantham and wife, Alesa, Melissa Dawn Roush and husband, Scott and Misty Lea Shafer and husband, Josh; thirteen great-grandchildren, Tyler, Chris and wife, Kasey, Karson, Victoria, Daniela, Christopher, Sage, Seth, Sean, Cash, Judah, Aly and Jay; two great-great-grandchildren, Bella and Dawson; one sister, Allena VonAllmen; special friends, Jeremy, Mary and Ethan Nix; and numerous nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors.


Her parents, husband, three sisters, Avie, Erma Lee and Ruby, four brothers, Leonard “Bud”, Fred, Lester and Loyd and one great-granddaughter, Shelby Dawn, preceded her in death.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Jolliff Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House or Rover Fire Department and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at