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John Christopher Latimer, age 37, of Mesquite, Texas, formerly of Newark, Missouri, died May 28, 2011, after a short battle with cancer.

John was born on February 3, 1974, in Quincy, Illinois the son of Robert and Debra Hinkle Latimer.

John graduated from Knox County High School in 1992 and from Missouri Western State University in 2001, with a double business degree.

He had worked at Double Tree and Hilton Hotels and was assistant manager for Bob Evans. He also managed his own retailing business and most recently was employed by SCIS Security.

John was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He was also a member of Meadowview Baptist Church in Mesquite. He was fun loving, enjoyed spending time with his family, and playing with his children. He took interest in Civil War history and enjoyed researching his ancestry. John also enjoyed attending games for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks.

On December 27, 2006, John married Kathleen Arenas. She survives. To this union, they had three children; Christopher, Matthew and Mikayla. Survivors also include his parents Robert and Debra Latimer of Newark, Missouri, a brother Rob Latimer of Jefferson City, Missouri; a sister, Beth Clay of LaBelle, Missouri; nephews Anthony Monroe, LeTre` Clay, and Cameron Clay, niece Rachel Latimer, in-laws Ernie and Tess Arenas of Mesquite, Texas and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Wilbur and Martha Hinkle, his paternal grandparents Harold and Dorothy Latimer and two cousins.

Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Reverend Steve Brown of Mesquite, Texas officiated the services. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery north of Bethel, Missouri. Casket bearers were Curt Snow, Kevin Scott, Tom Parsons, Tim Parsons, Ricky Kurtz, Damion Epping and Danny Wiemelt. Honorary bearers were Ralph Joseph Deunida, Jonathan Clarke, Brad Boruff, Paul Kurtz, Cory Kurtz, Mark Wiemelt, Anthony Monroe, LeTre` Clay, Cameron Clay and Rachel Latimer.

Memorials in memory of John Christopher Latimer may be made to his Children’s Education Fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.