Homer “Mutt” Embree, 88, of Sedalia, died on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Bothwell Regional Health Center. He was born May 1, 1924, the son of Perry and Beulah (Bullard) Embree. Mutt and Helen Sue Bobbitt were married on March 22, 1947 and celebrated 65 wonderful years together.
Mutt was drafted into the U.S. Army in January, 1943. He served in the South Pacific Campaign in the New Hebrides Islands, New Guinea and Guadalcanal. He was a Gunnery Sergeant in the Mule Pack Field Artillery of the 4th Field Battalion C. He was honorably discharged in January, 1946.
Embree returned to Sedalia and worked for Town and Country Shoes from 1946 to 1960. He then worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Sedalia from 1960 to 1987, retiring as a Route Supervisor. After retirement, he logged thousands of miles shuttling cars for Town and Country Motors. He also bowled for 35 years, played golf and played and managed slow pitch softball for 12 years.
He came from a tight-knit family. He and Sue continued that tradition and set an example that is still practiced today among their own children and grandchildren. They all celebrate family events with their extended families numerous times every year, without regard to geographic barriers. Mutt and Sue also enjoyed traveling, and he was known for his great sense of humor.
He is survived by his sons, David Embree and his wife, Kathy; and Dan Embree and his wife, Dana; his daughter, Pat Embree; three grandsons, Stephen Embree, Adam Embree and his wife, Shara and Maxwell Embree; his granddaughter, Kelly Embree; and three great grandchildren, Kira, Julian and Elim Embree.
In addition to his wife, Sue, he was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Opal Hilt, Ruby Henderson and Helen Oswald; and his brother, Harvey J. Embree.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home with Rev. Jared Wheeler officiating. Pallbearers will be nephews, Daryl Hilt, Gary Galloway, Rodney Galloway, Randy Welch, Greg Embree and Karl Zinke. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mutt’s family will receive friends from 12 p.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.EwingSchutteSemlerFH.com.