Mr. David Leon Stribling, age 77 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.
Dave was born June 2, 1940 in LaPlata, Mo. to the son of James E. and Arvilla (Crabtree) Stribling. He was married on January 29, 1966 in Kansas City, Ks. to Lee Ann Brown.
A 1958 graduate of Fort Madison High School, Ft. Madison, Ia., Dave starred on the football team, earning a football scholarship to Parsons College in Fairfield, Ia. Following an injury that ended his football career, Dave was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Korea and assigned to the pharmacy, sparking a life-long passion and career. Following his military service, Dave attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, graduating in1968.
Dave was a pharmacist, and later the long-time owner, of Tolson Drug Store in Downtown Jefferson City from 1968 until his retirement in 2013. He also owned and operated pharmacies in the local Walmart, Moberly, and Osage Beach for many years.
An active member of the community, Dave was a member of the Capital City Christian Church; American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; Jefferson City Country Club; Jefferson City Downtown Business Assn.; Missouri Pharmacy Assn.; and Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dave’s focus on work and family was only equaled by the intensity of his love for golf. He was known for his work ethic, sharp wit, and his own brand of humor.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Lee Ann (Brown) Stribling and their three children, Michelle Kay Lupardus (husband Doug) of Eugene, Mo., David Leon Stribling II of Gardner, Ks., and Shana Helen Marie Marchio (husband Sam) of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Ella Lou Watts of New Waverly, Tx. and Beverly Scott of Mesa, Az.; his mother-in-law, Helen Hawkins of Shawnee, Ks.; one sister-in-law, Kay Ellen Miller (husband Richard) of Shawnee, Ks.; two grandchildren, Jackson David Lupardus and Samuel Isaac Marchio; and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by several loved ones including his parents; one brother, James Edward “Buddy” Stribling, Jr.; his father-in-law, Earl Reynolds Brown; his step father-in-law, James Hawkins; two brothers-in-law, Cotton Watts and Donald Scott; and two nephews.
Visitation will be at the Capital City Christian Church from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 28, 2017. A memorial service will be conducted directly following the visitation at 12:00 noon with the Reverend Don Fankhauser officiating. Military honors will be held immediately following the memorial service. Private interment will be conducted in Overland Park, Ks. at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Dream Factory, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill children. (P.O. Box 719, Osage Beach, Mo. 65065).
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.