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Elvis Woodrow Proffer

Elvis Woodrow Proffer, 94, of Aurora, Missouri, died Friday, March 15, 2019 in his home. He was born to Elvis and Dorothy (Mills) Proffer on February 9, 1925 in Marquand. 

Mr. Proffer was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bob Proffer.

Survivors include his wife, Rayola (Chenault) Proffer, whom he married in 1950; two sons, Terry Proffer of Denver, and Sam Proffer and wife, Beverly of Cortez, Colorado; one brother, Gene Proffer of Fredericktown; one sister, Donna Farmer of Cape Girardeau, four grandchildren, Clayton Proffer and wife, Kimberly, Evan Proffer, Jacob Proffer and Justin Proffer and wife, Jennifer; and three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Nolan and Paul Proffer.

Mr. Proffer was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. His military service continued after the war in the U.S. Air Force until 1950. After his military service, Elvis worked at various jobs, including butcher, truck driver, machinist, mechanic, oilfield roughneck, and eventually moved to California where other family members had gotten into the business of distributing and selling appliances.

In 1967, Elvis moved his family to the China Lake Navel Weapons Center in Ridgecrest, California to take a position as a machinist. He retired with his wife to southeast Missouri and later moved to Aurora. Elvis was a charter member of the VFW in Ridgecrest and later a member of the VFW in Monett.

Graveside services were Thursday, March 21, in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield with full military honors under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.

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