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Harry Neal McCoy, 85

Harry Neal McCoy, 85, of rural Lincoln, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Somer’s Hospice House, Sebring, Florida.  He was born on May 25, 1927, at rural Bethany, Missouri, a son of Lee Garland and Ethel Mae (Bostwick) McCoy.   He attended Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.  In 1943, he went to Fulton to attend Naval Training School.  In 1944, Harry moved to Kansas City and worked for Internal Motor Company. On February 5, 1945, in Johnson County, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Ida Margaret Morris.  This union was blessed with the gift of a daughter, Harriet.   On August 7, 1945, he went to work as a railroad switchman for Missouri Pacific and on December 20, 1985, he retired from Union Pacific in Kansas City after 40 years and five months.  As a result of his years of service, he was nicknamed “Chaindrive”.   In May of 1986 he and Ida moved to Golden Acres south of Cole Camp, where he was an avid deer and turkey hunter and trout line fisherman.  He caught a 76 ½ pound blue catfish from in front of his house.   He and Ida loved to ride motorcycles and traveled throughout the United States and Canada and enjoyed spending their winters in Frost Proof, Florida.   He is survived by: his wife of 67 years, Ida McCoy of the home; one daughter, Harriet Diane McCoy Dittemore of Shawnee, Kansas; two sisters, Helen B. Porter and her husband Don of Polo, MO, and Priscilla A. Yunt of Sedalia, MO; one brother, Beryl Dean McCoy and Joanne of Sedalia; two grandchildren, Neal Dittemore and his wife Joyce and Margaret Bright and her husband Guy; five great-grandsons, Guyon, Tyler, and Kooper Bright and Michael and Nicholas Dittemore; and many nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and six brothers.   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp with Pastor Todd Kollbaum officiating.  Burial will be in Brushy Cemetery, rural Lincoln.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Brushy Cemetery in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.  Pallbearers will be Neal Dittemore, Guy Bright, Jimmy Johnson, Russell Bascone, Guyon Bright, and Michael Dittemore.

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