He was the 10th child of 12 children born to John Wesley and Rachel Hancock Launius on May 19, 1923. Bunk and Rhoda Wagster , childhood sweethearts, were married Sept. 16, 1943.
He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Malden. As a young man he started work as a truck driver, then advancing to salesman for V.W. Tenkhoff, d/b/a, L.K. Ashcraft Co. After purchasing a farm, he made the decision to pursue his life goal as a farmer. For 32 years he enjoyed his farming operation and at times grew cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, purple hull peas, alfalfa hay and watermelons along with management of cattle and hogs.
In later years he owned and showed Tennessee walking horses with one horse, Delights Sundance, winning the title of World Grand Champion 15.2 and Under Stallion. This honor was won at the prestigious Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. This became an annual show attendance event for him and Rhoda.
As a farmer, he was a member of the Dunklin County Production Credit Association, Dunklin County Cotton Producer's Association, and the Agriculture Movement.
Retirement provided a different lifestyle, after purchasing an Airstream Travel Trailer to take a loved Maltese show dog to horse shows. This led to extensive travels with the Airstream Club, traveling 49 U.S. states, including Alaska, plus five provinces in Canada and Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, Nova Scotia, Halifax and Prince Edward Island.
He was president of the Missouri Delta Unit for Airstream in 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Rhoda, of 65 plus years ; two sisters, Easter Freeman, of Campbell, Mo., and Mildred Spence, of Creve Coeur, Mo., and countless nephews and nieces.
Preceeding him in death was his parents; five brothers, Homer, Coy, Jim, Luther and Dick; four sisters, Lu Harmon, Bertha Clary, Bea Gibson and Gusta Launius; brother-in-law, J.D. Wagster and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Stratman.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at the Landess Funeral Home in Malden.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 19, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Malden with Rev. Aulden LeBlanc officiating.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden.
Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.