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   John Walter Prebe, age 54, of Edina, Missouri, died Monday, January 21, 2008, in the Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri.

   He was born in Knox County, Missouri on June 12, 1953, the son of Elmer Ray and Viola Brown Prebe.

   On July 19, 1980, at Shelbyville, Missouri he was united in marriage to Sheree Murray and she survives.

   Also surviving are his parents, Ray and Viola Prebe of Edina, Missouri; three children, Jonathan Ryan Prebe, Michael Lee Prebe and Jessica Rae Prebe, all of Edina, Missouri; three sisters, Mary Anne Nieders and husband, Randy of Chesterfield, Missouri, Jeanie James and husband, Randy of Brashear, Missouri, and Chris Pattison of Columbia, Missouri; two grandsons, Isaiah William Prebe and Nathaniel Ryan Prebe of Edina; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Ray Prebe.

   John was raised in rural Knox County, Missouri where he received his education graduating from Knox County High School in 1971.

   John was employed in construction and concrete work all his life.  He worked for G & V Construction and owned Viranco Inc., selling out in 2001.   He later worked for BRS Construction and most recently was self-employed with his two sons.  John also helped McAfee Hayes Auction service.

   John was a wonderful provider and adored his children and grandchildren.  He was known by many auctioneers in Northeast Missouri, attending auctions was his passion.  He also loved hunting arrowheads and playing pitch with the boys. 

   Funeral services were held Thursday, January 24, 2008, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.  The Reverend Robert Stevens and Reverend Dewayne Wellborn officiated the services.  Burial was in Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville, Missouri.

   Casket bearers were Sid Leckbee, Mark Peavler, Scott Arndt, Von Snow, Rick Lawson and Mike Schrage.

   Honorary bearers were Weldon Ray Woodward, Jackie Shires, David Jones, Mark Rimer, Alan Rimer, Monty McAfee, Bill Hayes and John Latta.

   Expressions of sympathy in memory of John Walter Prebe may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Jessica Prebe college fund.  Memorial may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.