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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Norman Eugene Risner, 93, Myrtle, Missouri passed away at NHC Healthcare July 14, 2022.

He was born January 13, 1929, the son of the late Newt Risner and Ola Ary Risner.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Risner, Myrtle, Missouri and Kent and Cindy Risner, Caulfield, Missouri; granddaughters, Sadee Risner and significant other, Dylan Rankin, Myrtle, Missouri,  Calee Risner, West Plains, Missouri, and Emilee Coleman and her husband Tristan and daughters, Lexcee and Harlee, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He attended Giteau School up to the fourth grade. He graduated with the class of 1946 from Couch High School, Couch, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri with the class of 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture. He taught veterans at Thayer, Missouri until he was drafted in Summer of 1951. His basic training was at Camp Chafee, Arkansas. In the fall of 1951 he was shipped to the Korean front lines in July of 1952, Signal Corp. He was discharged in 1953. In 1956 he received his Master’s Degree from MU. He was hired in July 1956 as the area agronomist for MU Extension Service where he worked for twenty-eight years.

Norman was very involved in his sons youth baseball from little league to American Legion and touched many young men’s lives.

He had a tremendous love of the outdoors; working, hunting and fishing with his family.

No two young men ever had a better dad than Norman. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Thayer, Missouri.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 22, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be at Arytown Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Carolyn West
    July 19, 2022 @ 10:58 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  2. Amber Cozort Redburn
    July 19, 2022 @ 11:07 am

    Mark, Kent/Cindy and Families,

    My Deepest condolences to all of you on Norman’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him and will miss him! He always respected and adored Corby which I will never forget. God be with all of you at this time and I am keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts daily. My Aunt, Blanche Cozort, sends her Deepest Sympathy to all of you too. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,

  3. Rhonda Singletsry
    July 19, 2022 @ 12:13 pm

    Prayers for the family! He was a hard working man!

    • Debbie Mayers
      July 19, 2022 @ 3:56 pm

      Norman was one of the kindest most generous and loving man that I knew. He will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
    July 20, 2022 @ 10:47 am

    Mark, Kent, and all the family, we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was truly an influence for good to all who knew him. Sending prayers for God’s comfort and care for you all.

  5. Connie Hunter Riley
    July 20, 2022 @ 3:04 pm

    Norman was a good neighbor and will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Steve Ary
    July 20, 2022 @ 7:18 pm

    Norman was one of the best people I have ever met. He genuinely cared about people, loved his family, and was a blessing in my life. I never saw him have a bad day. 🙂 Even if everything went wrong that could go wrong in the hayfield 🙂 Short Story : One day we was out in the hay field and nothing would work. Hay needed to be put away and rain was coming. I would have been cursing, throwing wrenches and trying to whip a hay bailer. Norman just stayed positive and kept sending Mark to get this and that. Try this and that. This went on for hours. At the end of the day he paid the crew their time. He showed me patience that day. I had never witnessed a farmer with patience :). And he felt horrible about taking my day and the boys day. I think it may have been Ian and Beau. He was so generous and caring for those boys. I will miss talking to Norman. We didn’t see each other often. But he was one of those guys I could visit with for hours. It was always a good chat and not long enough. I love you Norman.

  7. Barbara Steed
    July 21, 2022 @ 11:23 am

    My deepest condolences, ?