John Wallace Childs, 60, passed away July 26 in Moriarty. He was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Chillicothe, Mo., to the late Herman and Norma (Jones) Childs. In 1972 John graduated from Chillicothe High School and went on to take various college classes. On Aug. 29, 1997, he married Candace Bertram in St. Joseph, Mo. His passions in life included hunting, fishing, camping and antique cars. John also had a great love for music and was in two professional Gospel bands called the Bethelairs and His Song. In 1997 he started his own computer business called Compufever. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. John was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Kimberly Fields. He is survived by his wife, Candace Childs of McIntosh; sons, Paul Fields and John Childs Jr. of McIntosh; daughters and son-in-law, Debbie and David Abdill of McIntosh, Sara Justus of McIntosh, Stacy Williams of Lock Springs, Mo., Angela Nolan of St. Joseph, Mo., and Crystie Simpson of St. Joseph, Mo.; brother, Victor Childs of Minnetonka, Minn.; sisters, Mary Burton of Chillicothe, Mo., Barbara LeClare of Lake Ozark, Mo., Patricia Kinnison of Chillicothe, Mo. and Myrna Cobb of St. Joseph, Mo. John was blessed with several beautiful grandchildren as well. Services will be scheduled at a later time. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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