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Veteran Bootheel Newsman Dies at 76

October 8, 2003 - Posted at: 6:04 p.m. CDT

KENNETT, Mo. - Longtime southeast Missouri newspaperman Jack Stapleton, Jr. is dead at age 76.

Stapleton died yesterday at a Kennett nursing home where he had been for about one week.  He'd been in declining health for several months.

Stapleton's family owned The Daily Dunklin Democrat at Kennett from 1953 to 1989.  The Democrat now is owned by Rust Communications, which also published Stapleton's columns in its papers across the state.

Stapleton focused until this year on a column syndicated through his Missouri News and Editorial Service.

He was a longtime advocate for mental health, serving multiple terms on the Missouri Mental Health Commission.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Kennett.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

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