Don Rae “Hogan” Vandiver

Don Rae “Hogan” Vandiver, 83, of Richmond, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.

He was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Orrick to Roy Dean and Flossie Woods Vandiver.

Survivors include his children: Sheila (Gerald) Talmadge of Maryville; Melinda (Steve) Reardon of Liberty, and Matt (Christy) Vandiver of Cedar Park, Texas; seven grandchildren, Gavin (Shayne) Talmadge, Selina Talmadge, Allison (Kody) Downing, Bailey Reardon (Jarret Maxwell), Hope Vandiver, Lily Vandiver and Reese Vandiver; and one great-grandson, Grayson Talmadge. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Richard (Dick) Vandiver of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hogan was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Jewel Vandiver, Harold “Toad” Vandiver, R.D. “Dag” Vandiver and Bob Vandiver; two sisters, Anna Jo Middleton and Billie Hicks.

Hogan was employed for 30-plus years at Garney Construction. He was an accomplished heavy equipment operator and travelled across the country until he retired in 2006. He was extremely proficient in operating big excavators, such as CAT and Komatsu. Garney Construction established a service award in Hogan’s name that is handed out yearly to operators for excellent service and ability. He was known to have once picked up a tire with an excavator, swung it around and threw it on to a fence post like he was throwing horseshoes, he was that good.

He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 101. Hogan was a proud United States Army veteran. He was of the Methodist faith.

The family suggest memorial contribution be made to the Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. They can be mailed to or dropped off at Thurman Funeral Home, 507 E. Main St. – P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 60485.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at the Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond, with the Rev. Art Endsley officiating. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in South Point Cemetery, east of Orrick, with full military honors provided by the Ray County veterans.

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