Ivan “Junior” Showalter, Jr. 82 of Drexel, Missouri passed away April 3, 2017 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Visitation will be held prior to services Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm also at the chapel. Cremation to follow services with a private family inurnment at a later date. Contributions are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Ivan Showalter, Jr. was born September 19, 1934 in Strasburg, Missouri to Ivan and Allene Maupin Showalter. He grew up in the Drexel, Missouri area and attended Drexel Schools. He was united in marriage to Sandra Riley in 1955. To this union two children were born. On January 15, 1972 Junior married Frances L. Wade Blanton. Junior worked for many years as a warehouse supervisor for wholesale building materials. He later retired from Reardon Pallet Company.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Showalter, son Donald Blanton, son-in-law Richard Pittman, grandson Bryan Blanton, and great-granddaughter Kayla Michelle Blanton. He is survived by his wife Frances Showalter of the home in Drexel, MO., daughter Cindy Jobes of Lee’s Summit, MO., son Richard Showalter and wife Kelly of Lake of the Ozarks, MO., son Dennis Blanton and wife Linda of Osawatomie, KS., son Steve Blanton and wife Lisa of Lenexa, KS., daughter Vickie Pittman of Peculiar, MO., brother Jim “Short” Showalter and wife Caroline of Drexel, MO., eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.