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   John Alan Crotts, age 67 of Thayer, Missouri passed away October 30, 2023, in West Plains, Missouri. John was born November 10, 1955, in Springfield, Missouri to Scott Jr. and Lucille (Ledbetter) Crotts.

   John graduated from Thayer High School, where he was active in FFA and the marching band. He then graduated from Drury College (Drury University) in Springfield, Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a cattle rancher and had many hobbies that he enjoyed. Among them, he especially enjoyed swimming, boating, and water activities on Lake Norfork. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.

   He was a good citizen and loved his country. He was a compassionate person who was a loyal friend. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

   John is survived by his Uncle John H. and Aunt Sarah Crotts of The Villages, Florida; several cousins, other relatives, and friends.

    He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services  will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Thayer Cemetery Thayer, Missouri.

  Interment will be on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Marla Rogers
    November 5, 2023 @ 9:16 pm

    RIP, John. You will be missed.


  2. Donna Steed
    November 6, 2023 @ 7:37 am

    I don’t even know what to say over this loss. I helped and assisted John with his insurance needs in any way I could, encouraging him to downsize some of the many vehicles that he no longer used. He kept coverages on most, as many had belonged to his parents. He shared with me how much he missed them, too. How they left him at the same time and oh what a void. I can envision that they crossed the river and took him back home with them. He shared how his Mountain Home investment had increased in value, and how pleased his Dad would have been about that. My heart is broken over how we lost John, as I have had a similar experience, and if I had not
    had someone immediately recognize what was going on, the outcome could have been different. Fly high John!


  3. Sylvia Carr
    November 6, 2023 @ 9:50 am

    John was my first cousin as his father and my mother were siblings. I have wonderful memories of our families getting together in past years, but I had not
    seen or heard from him for quite some time. That did not stop my thinking of him and
    sending Christmas cards to him. I am touched and saddened by John’s passing. Someday we will reunite in heaven.

    Sylvia (Mike) Carr
    Manchester, Iowa


  4. Cindi Poulson
    November 8, 2023 @ 10:15 am

    Thank you for all the memories you left me with John. All the great trips to the lake and all the fun times of story telling! You will be missed my friend. Fly High!


  5. Charlie & Charlotte Hurtt
    November 9, 2023 @ 10:54 am

    Charlie & I had good times camping and spending time with John at Lake Norfork. We bought new campers at the same time and always were sharing our experiences. My Dad didn’t think anyone could spread fertilizer like John and always requested he do it when the time was right. John was always very kind and respectful to everyone he met. We are sad for the passing of John and also his parents several years ago. May he rest in peace.


  6. Randall Willoughby
    November 13, 2023 @ 1:55 am

    John & I were good friends in school & after graduating. He was always a fun person to be around. A never ending laugh fest. Too many crazy times to mention. Going to Mtn. Home after prom or graduation one night. Listening to B. J. Thomas all the way there. In his red Cutlass. He always enjoyed his car & music. Rest in peace John! God bless the family!


  7. Christine Kossakowski
    December 12, 2023 @ 4:11 pm

    John the amount of joy that you brought to us here at west vue will never be forgotten, you were surely one of a kind. may you’re family and friends find peace in this time. I hope you’re resting in paradise 🙂


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