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Gerald L. Foreman

   Gerald Leon Foreman, age 77, of Kirksville, Missouri, died Wednesday, September 26, 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri.

   He was born August 16, 1930, in Leonard, Missouri the son of Vincil Webster and Nina Frances Fuller Foreman.

   On June 21, 1959, Gerald was united in marriage to Mary Jeanette Dehner at Novelty, Missouri.

   Surviving are his wife Jeanette Foreman of Kirksville, Missouri, three children, Lisa Foreman of Phoenix, Arizona, Kevin Foreman and wife Anita of Galesburg, Illinois, and Linda Foreman of Prairie Village, Kansas, three brothers, a twin Harold Foreman and wife Marjorie of Kirksville, Missouri, Bill Foreman and wife Rosie of Winifred, Montana, Larry Foreman and wife Jane of Lawson, Missouri, two sisters, Mary Jane Gaines and husband Estil of Shelbyville, Missouri, and Betty Perry and husband Gerald of Novelty, Missouri, and two granddaughters, Danielle and Samantha Foreman, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Gerald was raised in Leonard, Missouri and graduated from Novelty High School.  He played semi pro baseball for one year for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  Gerald served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955. 

   Gerald served as the Standard Oil agent in Novelty for several years.  He was the first administrator of the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina and served as Knox County Collector for several years.                     He then returned to the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, serving as administrator until his retirement in 1995.

   Gerald enjoyed his retirement playing golf, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

   Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2007, at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, Missouri.  The Reverend Jim Robinson officiated the services.  Burial was in Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville.

   Music was provided by Marilyn Lincoln, organist and Twila Yoder, soloist. Casket bearers were Jerry Don Foreman, Randy Perry, Jimmy Gaines, Bobby Gaines, Mark Dehner, and Bryan Dehner.

Honorary bearers were Larry Phillips, David Bethel, Dr. Ed Herrmann, Frank Colton and Sam Lesseig.

   Expressions of sympathy in memory of Gerald Leon Foreman may be made to the Donor’s Choice.    Memorials may be left at or mailed to Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. 2100 East Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, Missouri, 63501