Byron Bertrand Banta, 85, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Marshall, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at John Knox Village Hospice Care Center in Lee's Summit.
Cremation. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at John Knox Village Chapel in Lee's Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to John Knox Village Foundation, First Christian Church in Lee's Summit or Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Arrangements are under the direction of Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit.
Born Feb. 5, 1918, in Sullivan, he was the son of the late Julius Banta and Julia Anderson Banta. In February 1943, he married Dorothy E. Banta, who survives of Lee's Summit. He attended public schools in Sullivan and in 1942 graduated from Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army. In 1947, he received a master of arts degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and started his teaching career at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. He served in numerous academic and administrative positions at MVC for 37 years, retiring in 1985. In 1985, he moved to John Knox Village, where he sang in numerous vocal music groups and served as an associate minister at Village Church.
Additional survivors include two sons, Byron B. Banta Jr. of Independence and Brady M. Banta of Jonesboro, Ark.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.