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Melvin Lee “Cowboy” McCarty, 82 of Canton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Lewis County Nursing Home at Canton.

The son of Leland “Mac” McCarty and Martha Strange McCarty Horsman was born on July 27, 1936 in rural LaBelle, Missouri.

He was first united in marriage to Iva June Hubble. He later married Patsy Sue Axton on November 9, 1967 at Pekin, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on September 17, 2007.

Melvin enjoyed dancing, going to car shows and auctions. He volunteered at the food pantry and community center at Camp Point, Illinois.  He took pride in his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Marshall (Sharon) McCarty of Callao, Mo., Darrell (Peggy) McCarty of LaGrange, Mo., Marilyn (Terry) Laudell of Canton, Mo., Gary McCarty of Jefferson City, Mo., Malinda (Hollis) Crawford of Brashear, Mo., Jim (Sue) Backman of Jefferson City, Mo., Debbie (Tim) Trujillo of Colorado, Karen (David) Green of Newport, Ar., Kathy (Kevin) Lewis of Canton, Mo., Pam Nelson and Dustin Calvert of St. Joseph, Mo., Steven McCarty of Canton, Mo. and Bryant McCarty of Canton, Mo.; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren; life partner, Betty Allen of Clayton, Il.; a brother, Martin (Donna) McCarty of Dunlap, Il.; and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, James Horsman, son Michael McCarty, son-in-law, Brian Nelson, sister, Marie McCarty and a brother, Merle McCarty.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4 until 8 PM at Arnold’s Funeral Home in Canton, Missouri. Private inurnment will be in Forest Grove Cemetery at Canton.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.