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Schweitzer United Methodist Church
Wednesday March 10th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Schweitzer United Methodist Church
Wednesday March 10th, 2021

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Daniel L. Serven

Daniel Lynn Serven passed from this world into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on March 3, 2021. He was 74 years old. Dan was born on August 3, 1946, in Mount Morris, Michigan, to James and Uldene Serven. He was the third of five children. Dan married his beloved wife Donna Jo (Waggoner) Serven on June 15, 1968. He attended Michigan State University. He played on the drumline for the marching band and marched in the Rose Bowl in 1966. On the side, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1968. Dan and Donna had two children, Douglas and Denise. Dan moved to Ozark, Missouri, in 1975 to work for his father-in-law at his nursing home, which eventually was renamed Ozark Riverview Manor. Dan bought the business in 1980, and he served as its owner and administrator until his retirement in 2012. During that time, he stewarded the patients and their families, the staff, and everyone who entered the building. He was proud of the years and years of deficiency-free care. After he sold the nursing home, he entered into a new phase of property management, owning apartment buildings. He worked tirelessly to improve the buildings under his watch and enjoyed the challenge of learning a new type of business. Dan loved his children and his grandchildren especially. He and Donna traveled extensively, exploring new parts of the world and returning to favorites. He enjoyed singing, especially at church and with the Mid-America Singers. He served Schweitzer United Methodist Church wherever he was asked. He sat on numerous boards and agencies. He generously contributed to various causes and was always willing to give his time, treasure, and talent where it was needed. He supported churches, ministries, campus work, and seminarians. He led Bible studies and played racquetball until he moved on to pickleball. He liked to mow, smoke a cigar, cook gumbo, drive his Corvette, support the MSU Marching Band, and listen to classical music, Pink Floyd, and Bruce Springsteen. He tolerated many other side issues, usually happy to play along with a measure of teasing. He rarely watched anything besides what was on the Food Network. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Gary. He is survived by his two sisters Kay and Marcia, his brother Bruce, his wife Donna, his children Doug and Denise and their spouses Julie and Dean, and his grandchildren and their spouses: Ruth, Adam, Calvin, Madison, Andrew, Anna, Genevieve, and Travis. Dan prayed Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Funeral arrangements are through Adams Funeral Home in Ozark, Missouri. The socially-distanced funeral is on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield, with burial following at Weaver Cemetery, Ozark. Masks are required. The service also will be shown on Facebook Live on Doug Serven’s personal Facebook page. The visitation will be at 10 a.m. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to Schweitzer United Methodist Church , 2747 E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804 or Springfield Mid-America Singers, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO 65802.

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Dan was always so funny with his dry sense of humor. He was one of my favorite board members when I worked at SRO. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marie Marshall Murphree Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking and praying for you and your family. Dan was an amazing man to work for! So many times he would pull up in his corvette to my office with a smile on his face. We will all miss him here at Embassy Ozark.

Desiree Ellis Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

I sure enjoyed sitting by and singing with Dan in choir at Schweitzer. I always got a kick out of Dan. Your family is in our thoughts and hearts.

Jeff, Megan & Ellie Rowe Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the Serven family. Hugs and prayers to Marcia and David Bigelow on the loss of their brother.

Rachel Martinez Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Condolences from the White Family! I knew Dan had been ill, but this was a shock. We have been neighbors since 2003 and had many cordial conversations setting on our lawnmowers. I remember our first meeting. I was practicing with bow and he approached me and asked if I hunted (specifically deer). I told him that I did and he invited me to hunt on his property. He asked me to take as many as possible because the deer were eating everything that he and his wife planted. After I retired I started hunting his property each season and he would always ask how successful I had been. I didn't know him as a close friend, but as a great neighbor and always appreciated his offer to hunt or drive on his property with a 4 wheeler or bring branches and yard waste to his burn pile! Dan in my opinion was what a great neighbor should be! I will miss our conversations and the community has lost a good man! God Bless the Family and I offer any assistance that is now or in the future needed! Death is the lot of the living! The Bible describes death as a state of suspended animation where all knowledge and thought have ceased. This is a provision of a merciful God, for where there is no thought or knowledge there is also no time or space. Eliminate time and space and the day of a person's death becomes for them the day of their resurrection! God bless!

Ronnie White Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Donna, I'm so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I pray peace for you and your family. Please know you are in my thoughts. - Krista

Krista Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Dan was very much liked and respected on the Pickleball courts. From all his Springfield Pickleball Players-we miss you

Springfield Pickle Group Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

Praying for the Serven family. May God comfort you with memories of happy times. Sincerely, Kayla Grosshart

Kayla Grosshart Mar 5 2021 12:00 AM

We were blessed to join Dan's team in business. We were honored to know him and were always glad to see him pop in to the office for business...or to share flowers from his beautiful garden. We will certainly miss his presence but knew of his love for the Lord and rejoice with that knowledge. Our prayers are with Donna and his family. Laurie Hopkins and the entire Wooten team

Laurie Mar 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dan, you will be missed by family and friends. Your smile on the PB courts always reminded me that's what we Dan's do.

Dan Piddington Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

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