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Brian Wayne Putnam

Brian Wayne Putnam, 60, of Kirksville, Mo., passed away at 9:36 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2022, at his home in Kirksville.

Brian Wayne Putnam

Brian was born June 20, 1961, in Quincy, Ill. to John David Putnam and Wanda Kay Job Zeiger.

Survivors include his mother, Wanda Zeiger, Palmyra; sister, Davette Crane, Palmyra; nephews, Jesse Tallman (Mandi), St. Leonard, Md.; and Garrett Hammel, Palmyra; niece, Donnely Oppy, Palmyra; great-niece and great-nephews, Julian, Jacob, JorJa and Jameson Tallman.

He was preceded in death by his wonderful stepdad, Gene Zeiger; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Brian was very proud of his military time served in Germany. He served three years in telecommunications for the United States Army and loved every minute of his time. 

He enjoyed many concerts while serving, although his favorites were Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Throughout his life he loved to collect CDs of his favorite music and amassed a collection of over 1,000 CDs. Being a child born in the 60s, he favored 70s and 80s music the most. 

Brian took his job very seriously and was rarely ever absent. He had an affinity towards structure and rules and always worked hard. During his job at the workshop his crew took pride and ownership of the businesses and churches they helped clean and while picking up after events. 

His fondness for shopping at Hy-Vee and Walmart, and, of course, eating at Burger King always gave him joy. He was a man with a servant’s heart and tried to show it in his job and his love for family and friends. 

Brian always showed appreciation for those who helped him in any way, often asking about their loved ones and even their pets. Brian will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

A graveside service with full military honors performed by American Legion Post 174 Boots-Dickson will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra. Pastor Paul Reese will officiate.

Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion Post 174 Boots-Dickson.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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