Cleo Faught Obituary

January 25, 2024

Cleo Wayne Faught, 93, of Macon, MO, passed away on January 21, 2024 at the Loch Haven Senior Living Community.

Cleo was born on August 21, 1930 in rural Macon, the son of Glen and Juanita (Magers) Faught. He graduated from Macon High School in 1949. He then served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1950 thru 1954. On May 13, 1956 Cleo married Lorna Dee Boulton at the Macon United Methodist Church and together they enjoyed 64 years of marriage before her passing in 2020.

Cleo worked at Ten Mile Store, leased the Citgo Service Station in Macon and worked several years at Strong Equipment Company. He landed a job with Peabody Coal Company in 1974, was a proud UMWA member and retired from AECI in February 1993 with 18 years of service. Cleo was a parts man, a mechanic and a coal truck driver during those years. He was good with anything mechanical and was always helping out someone with equipment repairs. In his younger years he enjoyed boating and camping at Thomas Hill Lake with his family, which usually involved some mechanical repairs on a boat or upgrades for “more power” before the weekend was over. In his retirement he continued to do small engine repairs for friends and neighbors, mowing grass and keeping his yard in tip top shape. He looked forward to camping at the State Fair and enjoying his grandchildren. He loved restoring the ’72 Oldsmobile Cutlass and proudly drove it around town and an occasional trip to “blow out the cobs” on sunny days. He was a regular at the local coffee shop and rarely missed a day to “loaf” with a cup of coffee and friends. He loved his family, especially his grandkids.

Cleo is survived by two daughters, Gayla Yates of Moberly, MO, and Gina Dille and her husband Kerry of Macon, MO; two grandchildren, Nicholas Dille and his wife Emily, and McCayla Yates; two great grandchildren, Ian and Izzie; one sister, Lois Arnold of Des Moines, IA; nieces, nephews and friends.

Cleo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brother Finis Faught, and son in law Tom Yates.

Funeral services will be 11:30 am, Thursday, January 25, 2024 at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. Visitation will be 10:30 am, Thursday, until the time of the service, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.