Carl Edwin Arft was born June 27th, 1925 in Lamar, Missouri to Roy and Mable (Hollingshead) Arft.  Carl passed away January 26, 2018 in Republic, MO.

He grew up in the Kenoma area. Carl graduated from Lamar High School in 1943; at age 19 he was drafted into the Army and was sent to Camp Fannin, Texas.  After four months of training Carl was sent to the Philippine Islands serving in the 6th Infantry Division as a 1st Scout. His division was scheduled to invade Japan when the war ended abruptly by the advent of the atomic bomb.  After the war, Carl went to Korea for eight months of occupation duty.

Upon his return to Kenoma, Carl married Helen E. Gardner on October 14, 1947.  They purchased a small travel home and drove to Hanford, Washington where Carl worked on the construction of the atomic bomb plant.  In 1949, Carl and Helen moved to Challenge, California where Carl worked in the logging business with his brothers-in-law, Don and Rex Gardner. To be closer to family, they bought a farm two miles north of Milford where they built a large farming operation and raised cattle.  Carl and Helen worked together, complimenting each other strengths, making their farm successful.  In 1996, part of the farm was sold and they relocated to Lamar.

Carl became an insurance agent for the Barton County Mutual Insurance Company and in 1957 he was appointed as a director.  Later he went into an insurance partnership with Floyd Joyce.  After Floyd retired, Carl and Neil Smith formed an affiliation.  Neil and Carl merged with Richard Ryan and Gary McManis forming the Lamar Insurance Agency, from which he retired at age 65.  After retirement Carl continued to display his entrepreneurial spirit by starting and building a viable used oil field pipe business for corral construction.  As well as selling the pipe, he also assisted in corral design.  In 1996, he went into business with Henry Taffner, and the collation became known as Arft/Taffner Pipe Yard.  Carl retired from this venture in 2008.  

Carl served on the Lamar Community Betterment Board, Boy Scouts of America, and Barton County Health Department.  Additionally, Carl was a member of the Milford Christian Church, Lamar Masonic Lodge, Springfield Abou Ben Adem Shrine, Barton County Republican Party, and the Greatest Generation.  He served on the board of directors for the Barton County Mutual Insurance Company for 60-years and he was a member of the Lamar Masonic Lodge for 65-years. 

Helen preceded Carl in death on June 14, 2016.  Carl is survived by his two daughters Carland (Jim) Dorris of Republic, Missouri and Susie (Mark) Keepper of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Also, surviving are two grandchildren Carlen Shea Baptista and Jarub Baird from Carthage, Missouri and four great grandchildren. 

Although Carl enjoyed practical jokes, he could laugh at himself.  This was evidenced when the Lamar Community Theatre performed “Murder in Martin County”, a parody on Carl’s black/white trash bag prank.

Carl will be remembered for his ready smile, practical jokes, willingness to help anyone, and gift of conversation.  He was loved by all. 

The family will receive friends immediately following a Masonic Rites Ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 29th at Daniel Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 30th, at the funeral home.  Burial with full military honors will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of the funeral home.



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#14 Soldotna, akMike Gardner 2018-01-30 19:21
I will forever have the best of memories of Carl and Helen, they were the salt of the earth and will be sorely missed.
#13 Springfield, MOMark and Joy Kemna 2018-01-29 23:18
Dear Carland - So sorry for the loss of your father. Everyone who knows you knows how dear your father was to you as well as you to him. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Love you!
#12 Columbia, MOLangworthys 2018-01-29 00:17
Our thoughts and prayers are with you - you are in our hearts this week! Even thought we didn’t know your dad, Susie, we know you and know through you, he had to have been a great man to have raised such a wonderful daughter!!
#11 Oxford, GeorgiaMark & Debbie Gardne 2018-01-28 23:31
Carland and Susie, we are thankful that we were able to visit with your father a few months back. He and your mom were salt of the earth. Uncle Carl, we will miss your wit, tales, laughter and love. Earths journey is over and now you have realized the hope of peace, joy and rest that is to be found in the presence our Lord. May God bless you and your family forever.
#10 Milford neighborMike and Tammy Cole 2018-01-27 20:58
We will miss Carl and his sense of humor, his willingness to help his neighbors, and his zest for life even in his later years. Mike learned so much from him on how to be a country boy. I could sit for hours and listen to his stories of adventure and mischief. He and Helen were loved by 5 generations of my family.
#9 Atlanta, GaKent Gardner 2018-01-27 19:56
Uncle Carl is among the most sensible and humble persons I have ever known. I cherish moments of family times at his farm north of Milford. Now he is gone, the family carries on.
The world has had many, many laughs because of Carl.
He will be missed.
#8 Greenville SC>Gene Gardner 2018-01-27 16:21
We loved our Uncle Carl and will miss him dearly.
He was a great friend to our dad and we had the highest respect for him. Will miss his Christmas call and his jokes!
#7 Lamarlorrie Mattox 2018-01-27 14:49
sorry for your loss
#6 LamarDorothy Parks 2018-01-26 22:50
Carl was always one of those "fun people" you could count on having a good time, no matter when or where. And he took such good care of Helen. RIP Carl. We'll miss you. cyA9s

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