Earl B. Vore, 77, of Parsons passed away at 2:54 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1944, in Wichita to Earl B. Sr. and Irene J. (Gilkey) Vore. Earl grew up in various places, and the family settled in Fort Scott, where he attended Fort Scott High School, graduating in 1962. He attended Fort Scott Community College and Pittsburg State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Earl served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1973 and was an electronics aviation technician and petty officer second class. Following his honorable discharge, Earl attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history education. He then returned to Pittsburg, where he received a master’s degree in history from Pittsburg State University.
Earl worked for Wichita State University, where he was a career counselor serving students in schools across Southeast Kansas in the Upward Bound program. He also worked for many years as a substitute teacher. Earl retired in 2008.
Earl was an avid ham radio operator. He also enjoyed hunting, gun collecting and the outdoors. Earl was very technologically savvy and could fix and build computers and anything electronic. He also enjoyed social media.
Earl was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was also a member of Parsons Elks Lodge B.P.O.E No. 527, QCAV radio club and the Skywarn Labette County Storm Chasers.
He and Emma (Harrigan) Thomas were married on June 4, 1988, at Wesley United Methodist Church. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by six sons, Michael Vore of Tulsa, Charles Vore and his companion, Gypsie Collins, of Altamont, John Vore and his wife, Chastity, of Oswego, Jason Thomas and his fiancé, Janine Nelson, of Weir, Arron Thomas and his wife, Debra, of Independence and Shawn Harrigan and his wife, Lisa, of Pittsburg; many grandchildren; his two brothers, Bill Vore and his wife, Gretchen, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Roy Vore and his wife, Mary Beth, of Shawnee, Georgia; and a host of relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Bayless officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The casket will remain closed.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 527 and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112. N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.