Thursday October 22nd, 2020
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Jerry M. EstesJerry Milton Estes, age 77, of Nixa, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020. He was born October 22, 1942 in Rogersville, the son of Frank Green Estes and Lois (Thomas) Estes. Jerry was a 1960 graduate of Logan-Rogersville High School. While in high school he played on basketball and baseball teams. Jerry pitched and played first base for Triple A Softball traveling team for Litton Industries and Pepsi-Cola. He attended Southwest Missouri State University and was a Department Manager for Litton Industries for 15 years. Jerry's parents owned and operated the Shady View Guernsey Dairy Farm in Rogersville. He and his brother, Gary, grew up showing dairy cattle at state fairs across the U.S., featuring top cattle in the nation, winning many ribbons and trophies. Jerry and his wife, Janice, ran the Nixa Livestock Auction in Nixa for 28 years. It featured a caf�, a feed and western store and indoor arena which included many team-roping, team-cutting, team-penning, barrel racing, rodeos and many horse events before selling in 2003. The NLA Caf� is still operating today in its 40th year. Jerry and Janice owned and raised cattle up until this year. Jerry loved team-penning and his horses. He especially loved team-penning with his daughter, Kathy and brother Gary. Jerry was active in his community helping bring Mighty Mite Football to Nixa. He and Janice chaperoned the Nixa FFA for several years even being honored with a plaque for "Outstanding Parents". He was an avid supporter of high school sports in Nixa. Over the years he coached several community girls softball and boys baseball leagues. Jerry made many good friends over the years from high school days, to fairs, showing cattle, horse events, coaching, sports, and being a community businessman. Jerry was a true cowboy at heart and was a member of the Finley River Cowboy Church. Survivors include: His wife of 53 years, Janice; two sons and their wives, Scott and Susan Estes of Rogersville, and Mike and Cindy Gann of Nixa; a daughter, Kathy Willig and husband Dave of Nixa; grandchildren, Hannah Grubbs and husband Will of Cape Girardeau, Jake Estes and wife Mollie of Rogersville, Alexandra Hamai and husband Kenny of Nixa, Austin Gann of Springfield, Kali Miller and husband Chad of Arnold, and Grace Gann of Springfield; great-grandchildren, Seth, Marshall, Jeremiah, Claudette, Logan, and Raylan; a brother Gary Estes of Rogersville; three nephews; many cousins and friends. Jerry will be sadly missed. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lois Estes, a brother Ronnie Estes and a son, Gary R. Gann. A graveside funeral will be 1:00 PM Thursday, October 22, in Hopedale Cemetery, Ozark. The family asks that mask wearing and social distancing be observed. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.
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Funeral Home Owner Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM
I was so shocked to have this come up on my computer this morning while on the News and Leader site. Gary, I send my condolences to you and family. Time passes, and we move ahead with living life. Then seeing this, brings one to reality. We all had those great years showing our dairy cattle. I remember Jerry so well, and argued with him many times---what's better Holsteins or Guernseys. Well, in the big picture, it didn't matter then and doesn't matter now. It's the memories of the experience that matter. Blessings to you, as well as my sympathy. Marilyn (Staiger) Cole (Lenexa, KS).
Marilyn Cole Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM
Janice, I was sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a good friend and boss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, May God bless you all
Nancy Randles Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM
Jerry was Daddy's cousin & Mom grew up w/ him, just living down the road. Mom & Aunt Ginny said the Estes boys were "their brothers. I feel very blessed that our families got to spend a lot of time together. Love & prayers to Janice & her precious family. I'm going to miss that guy!!!
Dottie Thomas Felton Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about Jerry. I worked for him back in the early 80's when he had the auction barn a couple of evenings a week during my Summers off from high school. He was a good guy! RIP Jerry!! Aaron Johns
Aaron Johns Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM
Always a friendly smile for everyone. Our prayers for the family. Bud and LaVelle Clinkingbeard Ava, Mo.
Bud Clinkingbeard Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM
Gary, Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Jerry. Although it has been sometime since we have seen each other, I remember some lively times we had together. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family David Yancey
David K Yancey Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM
Paul and I attended high school with Jerry. We remember his family. May God bless and comfort everyone in the days ahead. Paul and Lois (Ewing) Plaster
Lois Ewing Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM
Precious memories and deeply sorry to learn of Jerry. I have so many special memories and fun and sad stories about our life and times with Jerry and Janice. Luther was always proud that Jerry was his cousin and friend. I shall never forget when a man who lived close by stole Luther's prize stock dog, Jeff, at Rogersville. Not knowing the relationship, he took the dog to Jerry who was well known for owning and training good stock dogs. Obviously the happy end of the story for everyone but the dishonest neighbor was that Jerry recognized Jeff, took the dog and returned him to us. The dishonest thief moved away soon after he was caught. Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and community. He is truly a legend in his own time. May the love of friends and family give you comfort at this difficult time I am in Australia for the Pandemic so not able to be there for you personally.
Linda Dowdy Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM
I have lots of memories of Jerry and Janice and the Rodeos we had at the arena !! They were all about helping kids ! After the rodeo the kids would play in the arena with a football and Jerry would yell Stop kicking that football in the air ! Do you know how much those arena lights cost ?? Lol We has lots of fun times and food !! RIP Jerry you were a lot of fun !
Judy Thomas Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM