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Mr. Richard L. Pulse, age 86, of Canton, MO died Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Dick was born December 14, 1924 in Edina, MO a son of Homer H. and Martha Ann Ralls Pulse. He married Clara Belle Anthony on April 4, 1948 at the First Christian Church in Shelbina, MO. She survives.

He was a graduate of Edina High School and attended Culver-Stockton College. He was an Army Veteran of W.W. II serving in the European Theatre and afterwards the occupation. Dick and his wife Clara were owners and operators of Tri-State Fertilizer in Canton. He was an active member of Otto Bruner Post #170 of the American Legion of Canton where he was a two time past commander and had 62 years of continuous membership. He and several others started the flag detail in Canton, which he continuously served the past 55 years. He has also been part of the funeral honor guard since it’s inception and had served the past ten years as the officer in charge of the detail. Dick enjoyed being a pilot in earlier years and he was also a founding member of the Sun and Surf Swimming Pool in Canton former member of the Canton Lions Club, Canton Jaycees and was a member of the Canton Christian Church. He had previously served on the Advisory Board International Minerals Corporation, was a founding board member of MO AG, former Canton School Board member, Canton City Council member and had been an Explorer Leader with the Boy Scouts in Canton.

Survivors include his wife Clara of Canton; one son, Richard Pulse and Debbie of Canton, one grandson Michael Harris of Canton also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parent’s one brother, James Pulse and one sister Lucille Montague

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Ron Frazier officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton. Pallbearers were John Sterner, Louis Zahn, Bill Dorris, Bob Kirchner, Kenny Rutherford, Stanley Wilson, Clarence Gaus and Bob Otte. Honorary Pallbearers were Mike Harris, Mark Wolf, Don Sykes and Ben Wood.

The family suggests memorials be made to Otto Bruner Post #170 of the American Legion Canton, MO.

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