David Leland Pyrtle, 82, of Chula, MO passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home in Chula, Mo.

David Leland Pyrtle, 82, of Chula, MO passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home in Chula, Mo. David was born September 28, 1935 in Chillicothe, Mo., the son of Leland James Pyrtle and Bertha Ellen Dawkins Pyrtle. He was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in 1953. He married Shirley Mae Foster on July 11, 1954 in the Liberty Chapel Christian Church in Trenton, MO. After graduation, David worked as a buttermaker at Producers Creamery in Chillicothe. His family moved to Chula and he started farming with his father-in-law, who taught him farming basics. After retiring from farming, he was employed at the Baptist Home for 11 years. After retirement he enjoyed just being on the farm. He was a long time member of Liberty Chapel Christian Church, where he was a Superintendent, teacher and elder. After Liberty Chapel closed, he became a member of the Laredo Christian Church. He was a very talented wood carver with a chain saw and enjoyed sharing his work with many people. David was family oriented and enjoyed all kinds of activities with them, sometimes even being a jokester. David is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home; children, Mike Pyrtle (Jena) of St. Joseph, Connie Grell (Randy) of Chillicothe, Rebecca Kieth (Ron) of Chillicothe, Jan Pyrtle (Stacy) of Osage Beach; grandchildren, Rachel Pyrtle, Jessica (Tyler) Stewart, Cody (Katie) Denton, Penny (Ryan) Powell, Zach (Amanda) Keith, Clint (Hollie) Keith, Sophie (Kyle) Chambers, Lily (Justin) Pyrtle, and Phoebe Pyrtle; 18 great grandchildren and a new one on the way soon. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Patricia Breeden and Berneita Mammon. Memorials in honor of David Pyrtle may be made to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe. A visitation will be held Monday, May 28, 2018 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon until 7p.m. on Monday. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe.