John Tranbarger

John Tranbarger

Monday, April 8th, 1929 Sunday, August 11th, 2019

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Obituary for John Ray Tranbarger

John Ray Tranbarger was born in Pike County Mo on April 8, 1929 son of Ray and Mae (Howell) Tranbarger and died August 11, 2019 in Springfield Mo. He was preceded in death by his father in May 1988, mother in 2002, sister Phyllis Wright in 2012, and his wife Faun Aleen in 2012.
John married Faun Aleen Pettey on December 17, 1950 and their union was blessed by five sons, James (Geneva), John (Linda), Phillip (Theresa), Mark (Ginny), and Joe (Cheyenne); thirteen grandchildren, Valerie Lyons (Joe), Glen (Carmen), Sara Mayfield (Wes), Joshua, Andrew (Hillary), Bradley Adams (Amber), Tiffany Lindley (Brett), Whitney Langdon (Brad), Richard Peterson, Dawn Daniels (Conn), Gabrielle Schambach (Kenneth), Michaela, Krista Westfall; and 13 great grandchildren.
He graduated from Bowling Green Mo High School in 1947, received his B.A. degree at Westminster College in 1951, attended Louisville Seminary and was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Missouri Presbytery, US. In 1951, and earned his Doctorate of Ministry at Dubuque Seminary. He served as pastor of four rural Presbyterian churches until 1959 when he accepted the call to be the first pastor of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Springfield where served until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement he served various churches in John Calvin Presbytery until his final retirement in 2017.
John served on the City Council of Springfield from 1979 – 1981 and as a volunteer policy chaplain with Springfield Police Dept from 1972 – 2017.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church: 818 East Norton Road, Springfield, Mo. Burial will follow, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial Donations may be made to the Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, Children's Services.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home- North Springfield
    3506 N National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Hillcrest Presbyterian Church
    818 East Norton Road
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Thursday, August 15th, 2019
    Pastor Wes Mayfield
    Pastor Jack Cormack
  • Interment

    Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
    3506 N. National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri
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Deanie Tripp-Komon

we are so sorry for you all lost praying for you all
Comment | Posted at 03:59pm via Condolence

Janet Peck

John and Faun Aleen were very fine loving people who we considered good friends. He presided at the wedding of our daughter and her first husband and baptized at least one of our grandchildren. He was also our son and family's landlord for many years and always so good to his family. He will be missed. I know Faun Aleen is so happy to be reunited with him.
Del and Janet Peck
Comment | Posted at 10:26pm via Condolence

Sandy Dorsey-Sternberger

John's generous spirit, compassion and kindness will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. For those who had the pleasure of knowing him and Faun Aleen, we know the world is a little brighter because they were here and in our lives. As a very young Mom, John and Faun Aleen offered me encouragement and grace in a sometimes harsh world. I am grateful I had the joyful pleasure of knowing them and worshiping within the walls of Hillcrest.
Comment | Posted at 07:01pm via Condolence

John Mooneyham

I have a lot of good memories of your Dad and Mom and watching you boys grow up! Your Dad married John and I! You probably remember me but John and I lived in the rent next to 44! Sorry for your loss but there is doubt he is in a better place! Jean Studebaker Mooneyham
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Dr Tranbarger and his wife were so kind to my mother, Mary Farris. His mother, Mae, and my mother were good friends. Dr Tranbarger and his wife would pick up both of them and take them on outings. I remember my mother talking about how thoughtful he was and how considerate he was of his mother. He really impressed mother with his kindness. Although I never met him, I will always be grateful to him for that.
Comment | Posted at 03:00pm via Condolence

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