Allen B. Bess, 83, of Sedalia, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center. He was born Oct. 25, 1929 in Freeman, Mo., the son of Burl and Myra (Allen) Bess. Allen and Leona Keeler were married Dec. 20, 1989. Leona preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1991.
He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1947. He attended Missouri Valley College and the University of Missouri-Columbia, completing his Master’s Degree in Accounting in 1951. He then completed his Doctorate in Accounting before beginning his teaching career at Iowa State. In 1963, he began teaching at the University of Evansville, Ind., where he taught for 35 years. He was also a CPA while in Indiana.
His father was a minister at the Mount Herman Baptist Church. He did enter the ministry briefly, before attending college, but was then “drafted” into teaching while still in graduate school. He enjoyed music and played the trombone in bands in Sedalia and Indiana, including the Sedalia Concert Band.
He has been actively involved with the Masonic Lodge since 1967. He was Past Master of Granite Lodge 272, current Recorder of York Rite Bodies in Sedalia, and a 32 degree Scotish Rite.
He is survived by his sister, Eleanore Bess Carder and her husband, Tom, of Liberty, Mo.; eight nieces and nephews, Brad Bamman, Kathy Thompson, Tom Carder, III, Kathy Hamer, Nancy Jones, Bill P. Bamman, Cheryl Wilder and Patty Rake and 16 great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Leona.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19 at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home with Rev. Rob Ayers officiating. Pallbearers will be Bret Manuel, Earl Manuel, David Hockaday, Aric Wasson, Andy Amezcua and Floyd Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Wasson and Roy Talbott. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to the Missouri Masonic Lodge of Research in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.EwingSchutteSemlerFH.com.