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Graveside services for David “Mark” Newman, 58, Myrtle, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Newman died at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 1, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Melvin and Jacquie Newman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, maternal grandparents June and Ruth Hart, paternal grandparents Carroll and Doris Newman and many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Rita, children Chris Newman and wife Tara, Susan and husband Brett Foster, Courtney and husband David Gunter and David Newman and wife Kristin, grandchildren Sydney, Jackson, Lily, Noah, Hannah, Blake, Cody and one on the way as well as his father Melvin, sister Vicki, father and mother in-law John and June Roberts as well as many other family.

Mark had a lifelong passion for his family and agriculture. Those who knew him best know that his love for the pork industry developed with “a faith born not of words, but of deeds”.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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