Alan Wayne Estes, 55, of Jackson, suffered a pulmonary embolism on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.  He will be missed by many friends who regularly visited Estes Deli in Jackson.

Alan was born August 1, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, to Wayne and Mary Lou Stroder Estes.  He and Linda Schlichter were married May 21, 2005, in Cape Girardeau.

Alan had owned and operated Estes Deli in Jackson since 1989.  He truly loved being at the deli, to the point that he didn’t consider it to be work, but rather a way of life and a dedication to his family, employees, and the community.

Alan was a graduate of Jackson High School.  Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family; but he had a special love for his horses and enjoyed caring for and riding them.  He was gifted with children and had a knack for introducing them to horses and horsemanship.  In recent years, he also took pleasure in woodworking, especially in re-purposing wood, and had recently used repurposed wood to update his horse barn.

Alan was a longtime member of Cape County Cowboy Church and formerly served many years on the 4H and FFA Livestock Sale Committee for the annual SEMO District Fair.

Loving survivors include his wife of 11 years, Linda of Jackson; a son, Dustin (Kyla) Estes and their daughter Amya of Sedgewickville; a daughter, Ashley Estes (Justin Riegel) and children Christian, Ava, and Jax; his parents, Wayne and Mary Lou Estes of Jackson; a sister, Kim (Chuck) Crowden; a brother, Darren (Gail) Estes all of Jackson; paternal grandmother, Arvella Estes of Jackson; brothers-in-law, David (Sandy) Schlichter of Colorado, Mark (Joan) Schlichter of Weldon Springs, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Jean (Steve) Moll of Perryville, Missouri, Mary (Dave) Holochuck of Elk Grove, California; and his honorary mom, Juanita “Neeter” Chapman of Jackson.  Alan was also anticipating the arrival of two more grandchildren – Ashley and Justin’s baby girl in August, and Dustin and Kyla’s baby in February.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Claude Estes; maternal grandparents, Hilbert and Beryl Stroder; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, L. Jack and LeVern Schlichter.

All arrangements are at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson:

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 3 to 8 p.m., AND Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 11 a.m. to service time, at McCombs in Jackson.

The funeral will be Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Matthews officiating.  Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

For those wishing to give memorials, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research, or Cape County Cowboy Church.

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  1. Eric Birk

    So sorry for your loss Dustin and family. I just saw him come in and pick up his bread at country mart this past week like he usually did and looked fine. Gone too soon.

  2. Pam Adams

    With a heavy heart, I was sad to learn of the loss of a caring and loving friend. Our community will miss his presence. He and his family have established a business that pulled in many customers. You always felt welcomed when you went to Estes Bar-B-Que. My prayers go out to the ones that are feeling the pain and loss of such a wonderful and caring man. God bless you.

  3. Bonnie Knowlan

    So sorry for your loss. Alan will be missed by many?. May God cover all of you with His mercy and grace and give you peace.

  4. Jeff Barnicle

    Sorry for the loss. He was a great man and will be missed. I will keep your family in prayer


    Sorry for your loss Alan was a great person to talk to and enjoyed every time I ate at Estes BBQ


    Estes family you have our sympathy and love. CGPD – B PLATOON

  7. Tom cook

    Condolences to the entire Estes family. So sad.

  8. Debbie Lintner

    I am so saddened by the loss of one of the finest men I know. Alan was the son my mother never had. She loved him as so many did. Please know I am thinking of all of you, especially his beloved Linda. Prayers to all who are experiencing the pain of the loss of this wonderful man. ~debbie

  9. Pat Golden

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  10. Kim Adams

    Prayers for Linda and Family. I had the pleasure of meeting Alan over 15 years ago. He was a kind hearted man and will be missed my many. I will miss your sarcasm and smile. Rest in peace my friend.

  11. Chasity Ruehling

    Sorry for the loss of a great man with a caring heart and a energetic smile. He will be greatly missed. May God bless the family with comfort, mercy and strength now and in the days ahead.Rest in Peace Alan.

  12. Lynda King

    I worked at Estes Deli for several years along side Alan, Mary Fehr and Neeter. It wasn’t really work when you spent time with this crew. We shared many many laughs and Alan always had a trick up his sleeve…he was so mischievous! He also had a heart of gold and was a very caring person. Alans passing leaves a big whole that will be felt throughout the entire Jackson community. Rest in Peace dear friend. My deep condolences to the Estes family and to the deli crew.

  13. Jason Hargraves

    When I was little, I would beg to go get Alan’s BBQ. When I was in high school, I would drive there myself for lunch and began to get to know Alan, especially when he rebuked me for driving too crazy in his parking lot. Before I went to college, I was privileged to be employed by Alan, although a big part of every paycheck went to more BBQ. He “fired” me for opening weekend of deer season one year, but only on the condition that I “fired” him and worked in his place during the second weekend. I will always have fond memories of smoking cigars with Alan in the smokehouse, just “making sure the hams were cooking alright.” After I went away to school, Alan would keep a case of sarsaparilla set back for me when I stopped in to take back to the dorms. It was with great delight that I introduced my wife and children to Alan, and every trip back home has included a visit to the deli. His generosity, wit, and ready smile cannot be forgotten.

  14. Gene and Linda Penzel

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God have you all enclosed in his arms during this difficult time.

  15. Sharron Friese Werner

    May God be with the Estes family. Great guy gone too soon Alan will be missed. Thoughts and prayers.

  16. I still can’t believe you are gone Alan – I considered you my best friend since meeting you over 46 years ago. The memories of church, High School and Kinder’s West Side Grocery all flooded back to me. I am so thankful I saw you again on Saturday. I know you are on that trail ride in heaven today and have met your loved ones who went on before you. All your special family will remain in my prayers. You are and will be greatly missed.


  17. I still can’t believe you are gone Alan – I consider you one of the best friends I ever had. My thoughts of church, high school and Kinder’s West Side Grocery all come back over the last 46 years. I am so glad I saw you on Saturday and I know today you are on a trail ride looking down on us and have already met loved ones who passed before you. All of your special family is in my prayers – you are and will be missed. “Drano”

  18. Darren Estes

    Big brother, I can’t believe you’re gone. I will miss you so much. I really regret not spending more time with you and now I will never get the chance to do that. I will cherish the memories I have with you, like you picking on me when I was little, the first time you had me shoot your deer rifle (would’ve appreciated you telling me to move my nose from the hammer), to all the good advice you gave me during my teen years. I will never be the son, brother, husband or man that you were, but with God’s help, I will do my best. Love ya brother, and I’ll see ya again someday. Darren.

  19. Jim & Jennifer Gambino & Family

    Linda and family, we were so terribly saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. May the love and prayers of family and friends help you through the days ahead. You will be in our prayers.

  20. Memories from the days when Mary Lou watched my sister and I to my most recent visits to Estes Deli for lunch. I remember that smile and laughter that always seemed to surround you. Rest in peace Alan. Sending prayers of peace and comfort for your family and friends.

  21. The Wimp Family

    Much love and many prayers for Darren, Gail and the kids. May the peace of God surround you and your family during this difficult time. We will keep you and all the Estes family in our prayers.

  22. Tim and Mary Weis

    Dear Linda and family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of Alan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the so very difficult time. May God be with you and strengthen you.

  23. Christina McGaugh

    Darren and family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss. He will watch over you now.

  24. Tabatha Schumer

    Sending prayers of comfort from the Mildred Koeppel family.

  25. Greg Finger

    Although we never met Alan, he seemed like a great man that will be missed by many. The Holochuck and Estes family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Greg Finger and Carmen Allen

  26. Debbie Petty

    Beautiful service today. Alan will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
    My thoughts and prayers for the family as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

  27. Beverly Prater

    I went to school with Alan and he was a very dear friend. He will be missed by many people. The Estes Family you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I”m sure he is riding those horses in Heaven. God Bless you!

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