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OBITUARY ~ DR. BRUCE CARMICHAEL

Dr. Bruce CARMICHEL, son of Thurman and Alma HILES CARMICHAEL, was born September 5, 1921, near Maryville, Missouri. He departed this life Tuesday, September 1, 2009, in his home, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of eighty-seven years, eleven months, and twenty-six days.

On June 11, 1943, he was united in marriage to Mildred B. GOLDNER and to this union one son was born. Doc and Mildred celebrated fifty-eight years of marriage before her passing on August 17, 2002.

In 2005, Doc married Carolyn SAUERBREI and they shared a short time, but remained close friends throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-grandson, Bryant HOFFMAN; three brothers; and a sister.

"Doc", as he was called by his family and friends, is survived by a son, Dr. James CARMICHAEL, and his wife, Judy, of Springfield, Missouri; two grandsons, Martin CARMICHAEL and Jeffrey CARMICHAEL, both of Columbia, Missouri; a step-granddaughter, Lorrie HOFFMAN, of Springfield, Missouri; a sister, Betty TREESE, and her husband, Gene, of Maryville, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; his longtime office assistant, Cyndi WAGGONER, of Lebanon, Missouri; as well as a host of other relatives and many friends.

He was born the fifth of six children and was raised on the family farm near Maryville, Missouri and graduated from Maryville High School. He then graduated from Northwest Missouri State College, in Maryville, and made his first solo flight in an airplane in 1941, under the Civilian Pilot Training Program. Doc served his country faithfully in the United States Navy and was a decorated fighter pilot during World War II. As a Lieutenant in the Navy he was a part of the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. At the end of the war, Doc, Mildred and James made their home in Iowa, while Doc was a high school principal in Modale for a few years. He later earned degrees as a medical doctor, obstetrician, surgeon, and chiropractor. In 1965, the family came to Lebanon, Missouri, made their home and set up a chiropractic office in the big white house on the corner of Madison and Bennett Streets.

Throughout the years, Doc was involved in many different endeavors, including writing and producing Gather Thy Children, the only feature film ever made in Laclede County, establishing a television station in Lebanon, inventing various items for which he owns eleven United States Patents, and being published in two volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Doc made his profession of faith in Christ at an early age, and was a longtime active member of Second Baptist Church in Lebanon. He attended services regularly and was a member of the Library Sunday School Class for as long as his health permitted.

He was also a well known and respected Philanthropist, always ready and willing to help those in need and did so throughout his life.

Doc was a loving family man, a decorated World War II Navy pilot, an educator, a dedicated businessman, an inventor, a published writer, and a kind and caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and all that he accomplished and know that Lebanon has lost one of its best known and most unique citizens.

Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2009, at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home Lebanon. Burial will be at 11:00am on Saturday September 5, 2009 in the Oakhill Cemetery in Maryville, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 6:00pm on Friday evening under the direction of the Holman-Howe Funeral Home Lebanon, Missouri.

A memorial has been established to St. John's Hospice. Donations may be made through the Funeral Home.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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