LaVerne Marlene Shanks


    LaVerne Marlene Shanks of Highgate, Missouri was born February 26, 1935 in rural Jefferson County to Lee Fredrick and Kathryn Elizabeth (Sneedle) Schmelz and passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 at the age of 86 years.


    She was a longtime area resident and attended the Highgate Baptist Church.
    In 1983 she married Stanley Shanks on the farm in Highgate, Missouri.
    LaVerne drove a school bus for the St. James R-1 School district for 36 years. She transported many generations of children to and from school and made many memories through the years.
    She loved cooking for her workmates and visiting with them. LaVerne had a great sense of humor and was very fun and outgoing. She always seemed to put others needs before her own. LaVerne had a glow about her that lit up many people’s life through the years. Her hobbies included gardening, canning and taking care of the animals on her farm.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Kathryn Schmelz; husband, Stanley on September 9, 2006; one son, Donald Buchmiller; two brothers, Leo and Herbert Schmelz; and two sisters, Mary Crull/Kley and Irene Hodge.
    She is survived by seven children, Stanley Buchmiller and wife Priscilla of Washington state, Donna Sue Skinner and husband David of South Haven, Michigan, Betty Buchmiller of Vichy, Missouri, Frank Buchmiller of Highgate, Missouri, Mary Layton and husband Joe of Dittmer, Missouri, Kathy Meyer of St. Roberts, Missouri and Cindy Smith of Holland, Michigan; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Kley of New Haven, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021 in the Highgate Baptist Cemetery.     
    Arrangements under the direction of the Sassmanns Chapel in Belle, Missouri.