Miscellaneous Cedar County, Missouri Obituaries

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March 1, 2001

Suzanne T. Bellinghausen, 73, was born June 22, 1927 in Leavenworth, KS to Henry and Bertha Theel. She passed away Feb. 13, 2001. As middle child of nine children, she discovered her appreciation for laughter and the human spirit from her family.

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she moved to Kansas City, MO to find a job. There she met Paul Dean Lundy and they married on Dec. 24, 1946, Christmas Eve the day they both had off work.

In 1948, to try their hand at farm and family, they moved to Harwood. It was the last time she moved, even though farming proved difficult over the years. She grew deep roots in the area she soon loved and, by the sea of her love, the family bloomed even in drought.

Paul Lundy died prematurely in an automobile accident, October 1966. She was strong and supported her family working as a secretary for Walker High School. On Jan. 2, 1970, she married Jermone Leo Bellinghausen, who soon became the loving husband, father and grandfather.

An active member of her community, she served on the Harwood Township Board, taught ceramic and craft classes, danced with the Harwood Squares and was elected as the Township tax collector for several years. She gratefully performed all with a warm and open home.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome "Red" Bellinghausen; her five children-Cheryl L. Conway, Debbie Kay Hartline, Dan Alfred Lundy, Dennis Vernon Lundy and Catherine Ann Rinehart; 12 grandchildren-Tim Hartline, Wendy Salinas, Cindy Hartline, Danielle Klopfenstein, Jeffrey Conway, Brandon Emerson, Paul Lundy, Brian Lundy, Ashley Lundy. Sara Rinehart, Grace Lundy and Christine Lundy; three great-grandchildren-Cody Hartline, Sam Salinas and Sierra Hartline; her brother, Lawrence Theel, her sister, Bonnie Bradfield and many nieces and nephews. Along the way she also gathered other children into her life, enhancing all as her own. Suzanne, a mother and artist, could hardly separate her gifts. With her family as her mural, she colored each distinctly, blending life with love. 

Funeral service were Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at the Schell City Christian Church, with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Musical selections were provided by Donna Fisher. Organist was Sharon Goodman. Pallbearers were Kenny Hallam, Louis Hallam, Dale Stark, Dennis Wallace, David Hines and Jerry Coy. Interment was in the Lefler Cemetery near Harwood. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, Vernon County Cancer Relief or the charity of the door's choice in care of the funeral home. 

Lynn M. Ewing Jr., 70, passed away on Feb. 17, 2001 at his home in Nevada. He was born in Nevada on Nov. 14, 1930. He was the son of Lynn M. Ewing Sr. and Margaret Blair Ewing Coffey, and the nephew of James T. Blair, former Governor of Missouri. After graduating from Nevada High School in 1948 he attended Princeton University. He received an AB in 1952 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1954 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating second in his law school class. Mr. Ewing was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Nu fraternity and Order of the Coif. He married Peggy Patton Adams in Memphis, TN on July 10, 1954.

Mr. Ewing entered the United States Air Force and served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General Corps until he returned to Nevada in 1956, where he began the practice of law with the firm of Ewing, Ewing, Ewing, Carter and Wight. He continued to practice law with Ewing Law Firm until his death. He served as general counsel to Farm and Home Savings Association for 24 years, was a board member for 15 years and served as president for two years. He was a life member of the American Bar Association, a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Vernon County Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He served on the Missouri Bar Disciplinary Committee. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1961.

He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1959 and served three terms representing the citizens of Vernon and Barton counties. He earned recognition from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1960 as the best first term member of the house, and in 1962 as the member with the greatest growth in leadership. He was appointed by Speaker of the House Tom Graham to serve as the chairman of the Committee of the Whole during the impeachment proceedings against St. Louis Circuit Judge Poelker. He formerly served as the chairperson of the Vernon County Democratic Central Committee. Mr. Ewing was elected to Nevada City Council in 1967 and served six years, including two terms as mayor. He has served on the board of directors of the Nevada Regional Medical Center twice, the Nevada Library Board, as Vice President of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, on the Nevada Planning Commission and the Nevada Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a board member of Citizens State Bank, Nevada. He was a member of the Nevada Rotary Club and was named citizen of the year in 1975. He received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary. Mr. Ewing was a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church and served the church as a vestry member, senior warden and lector.

Mr. Ewing was appointed by Governor Warren Hearnes to serve on the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission and by Governor Mel Carnahan to serve on the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. He served as the current chairperson of the CBHE. He was a member of the Missouri Academy of Squires. He was a member of the Missouri Savings and Loan Association and the U.S. League of Savings and Loan Associations. He received a faculty Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He served on the Missouri Law School Foundation board of directors and was a member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Jefferson Club. He was a charter member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law Society and Mosaic Society.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Adams Ewing of the home; his brother, Blair G. Ewing-Silver Spring, MD; his daughter, Margrace Buckler and her husband, Kevin, and grandson, Morgan Lynn Buckler- Columbia; his daughter, Melissa Arnold, and granddaughter, Mary Kaitlin Arnold-Columbia; and his son, Lynn M. Ewing III, and grandsons, Andrew Ross Ewing and Christopher Blair Ewing-Nevada.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mimi Savidge and Rev. Scott Hall officiating. A second service was held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at All Saints Episcopal Church with Rev. Mimi Savidge officiating. Interment followed in the Deepwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to All Saint's Episcopal Church, the Deepwood Cemetery Association or the American Cancer Society, in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.

Salvatore "Sam" Spada, 60, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born on May 30, 1940, in Detroit, MI, to Pete and Veta (Bosco) Spada.

He was married to Jeanette Steele on Jan. 11, 1970. They moved to El Dorado Springs in 1980 and opened a restaurant in Cedar Springs called the "Crossroads Inn", and five years later built a new one on Hwy 32 called the "Countryside Inn". After getting out of the restaurant business, he went to work at Blystone Cabinets as a cabinetmaker.

Sam served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He attended the Brown Military Academy. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #257, Eagles, Sons of Italy and a member of the Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his father and one daughter, Vicki.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Spada, of the home; one son, Rick Spada, and his wife, Teresa-El Dorado Springs; his mother, Veta Spada-Fullerton, CA; two sisters, Josephine Salerno-Laguna Bench, CA and Linda Spada-Fullerton, CA; five grandchildren-Angelique (Spada) Overstreet, Viva Santana, Ambrea Penney, Justin Penney and Richard Spada; and eight great-grandchildren-Nicholas Coleman, Samantha Santana, Patrick Santana, Autumn Miles, Chayna Penney, Kylee Miles, Zayne Anderson and Macayla Killion.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Sheldon Chapel with burial in Mound Cemetery, near Filley under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. The family received friends at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday.

March 8, 2001

Willard L. Bright, 90, of Lee's Summit, died Feb. 21, 2001, at Lee's Summit Hospital. Services were Saturday, Feb. 24, at the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit; burial in the Lee's Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit.

Dr. Bright began his pastoral ministry at the Prairie View Baptist Church near Drexel in the year 1934. He was later the pastor at Versailles for four years. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit for 27 1/2 years, when he retired in June 25, 1975. After retiring, he was the interim pastor for 23 different churches.

Denominational Ministries that he served included: president of the Missouri State Baptist Convention for two years, president of Missouri State Ministers Conference for one year, Missouri Baptist State Executive Board for 15 years, Missouri Baptist Executive Committee for nine years, moderator of Blue River Baptist Association for two years, trustee Southwest Baptist College (University) for six years, and trustee Southern Baptist Convention Hospital Board for six years.

He was a charter member of the Lee's Summit Rotary Club, being one of the five men who organized the club. He was a member for 31 years. He served as president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Rotary Club.

Some of his honors included: Life Service Award, Southwest Baptist University, Doctor of Divinity Degree, William Jewell College, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Lee's Summit.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Thelma, of the home; three daughters-Wilma Dee and husband, Richard Halford-Overland Park, KS; Carolyn and husband, Daniel Lambert-Baldwin City, KS and Nancy and husband, John Nichols-Lake Ozark; six grandchildren-Kenton Halford, Christopher Halford, Michelle Musselman, Kristian Hatfield, Dennis M. Lambert and Anastasia Larson; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit.

March 15, 2001

Twila Rose (Brown) Capps, 78, Raymore, passed away March 1, 2001, at Research Medical Center. Twila was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Schell City to Albert and Edna Hillsman.

Services were Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Charter Funerals/Earp and Sons Chapel; burial was in Memorial Park Cemeter immediately following.

Twila reitred to Texas and lived in Florida until 1994 when she moved to Kansas City to be with her family. She was a member of Raytown Church of Christ. Twila was preceeded in death by two husbands, Ray Brown and John M. Capps; her son, Kenneth Brown, and stepson, Robert Brown; and one brother, Clarence Hillsman. The loved ones she leaves behind are her son, Frank D. Brown-Raytwon; three brothers- Clyde Hillsman (Max)- Schell City, Clark Hillsman-El Dorado Springs and Jim Hillsman-Warrensburg; eight grandchildren: Frank Jr.-Raymond M., Michael K.,- Lance, Scott and Vickie Brown, Stefanie Faith, Kerrie Liddelow; and one great granddaughter, Jamie Liddelow. She has many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends who will help keep her memory alive. Twila devoted her life to her family and will be greatly missed.

Maynard Garrison, 80, departed this life on March 1, 2001, after an extended illness. He was born March 11, 1920 in Cedar County to Carrie and Calvin Garrison.

He was a lifelong resident of Cedar County. Maynard spent some years at Stockton Group Home before moving into his own home in El Dorado Springs.

Maynard is survived by his guardian, Karen Jackson, and a host of extended family that will greatly mourn his passing. Maynard really enjoyed his friends and was fond of having parties at his home, no matter the occasion. He was an avid gardener and took meticulous care of his plants.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Eula Garrison. Service were Sunday, March 4, at Hackleman Funeral Home with burial in Clintonville Cemetery. Pall bearers were Chuck Dalton, Jerry Brasher, Dan Williams and Victor Tallman. Honorary pallbearers were Roscoe Gamble and Ron Burnau.

March 23, 2001

Daniel Theodore Bostick Jr., 80, the son of Daniel Theodore Sr. and Mary Lucy (Parsons) Bostick, was born June 7, 1920 in Lamesa, TX, and passed from this life on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City. 

Early in his life the family moved Big Spring, TX, where Dan or “Buster” as he was known, attended school. On Feb. 9, 1940 he was united in marriage to Alma Juanita Pool in Dallas, TX. To their union four children were born, three daughters and also one infant son who passed away the day of his birth. 

Dan served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during WWII from June 1994 to February 1946. While in the military he received training as a diesel engine mechanic, a trade that he would use later in life. After his honorable discharge, the family settled back in Big Spring where Dan worked for Cosden Refining. Later the family moved to Springdale, AK, where he again worked as a diesel engine mechanic until his retirement in the 1980's. In what free time he had, Dan enjoyed the history of the old west, antiques and reading. He was a Baptist and a past member of the Veterans of Foreign War. 

Survivors include his wife of the home in Schell City, Juanita Bostick; three daughters-Brenda LaBounty-Schell City, Judy Hefner-Springdale AK; and Betty Carlton-Kingston, AK; one brother, Bill Bostick-Big Spring, TX; two sisters, Lilly Finly-Roswell, NM and Pearl Brown-Mineral Wells, TX; six grandchildren-Lisa Gannaway, Randy and Danny Johnson, Laura and Steve LaBounty and Kim Sumner; ten great-grandchildren-Brandon and Lindsay Standridge, Amber, Brandon, Dustin, Brittany, and Baleigh Johnson, Lauren LaBounty; and Samantha and Dusty Sumner; and one great-great-grandson, Maison Phipps; neices; nephews; other relatives and many friends. 

Graveside services with military funeral honors were held Thursday, March 15, at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City, with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Service arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City. 

Robert Cargill, 85, Nevada, passed away Monday morning, March 19, 2001, at Barone Care Center, Nevada, following a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 3, 1915, in Cedar County, to the late Robert Cargill Sr. and Cora Pike Cargill. 

He was married Jan. 29, 1936 in Nevada, to Hazel May Brundridge Cargill. She preceded him in death March 29, 1999. 

Survivors include one son, Eddie Cargill-Walker; three daughters-Roberta Beauchamp-Deloniga, GA, Norma Short-El Dorado Springs and Maxine Polk-Nevada; 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one sister, Morine Chadd-Nevada. 

In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Robert Cargill Jr.; one daughter, Bobbie Jean Sloan; one grandson, David Cargill, and one brother, Russell Cargill. 

A private family committal will be held at a later date under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Mary Frances Hill, 84, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday morning, March 19, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Walkertown, NC, the daughter of Carl and Annie Brown Barlow. Mary graduated from Cherokee High School in Cherokee, IA. 

On Dec. 11, 1935, Mary was united in marriage to Charles W. Hill at Storm Lake, IA. To this union six children were born. 

The Hill's farmed and made their home in Iowa until 1967. After Mary graduated from LPN School, they relocated to Colorado. Mary practiced nursing until her retirement in 1981. In 1981, Charles and Mary moved to El Dorado Springs. 

Mary was an active member of the Faith Lutheran Church in El Dorado Springs and a member of the LWML Group. She enjoyed square dancing, sewing and crossword puzzles. Mary loved her family and in return they loved her very much. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Marilyn Charlene; one brother, James Barlow; and one sister, Joanne Brady. Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home; her children-Carol Joan Otto-Littleton, CO, James Leory Hill-Lester Prairie MN, David Max Hill-Marionville, MO, Dianne Elizabeth Lyons-Middleburg, FL; and Duane Charles Hill-Cherokee, IA; one brother-Roy Barlow-El Dorado Springs; one sister-Dorothy Rose-Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; other relatives and friends. 

Services will begin at 2 p.m. March 21, at the Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Johannes Brann officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Faith Trussell. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, March 22, at the Afton Cemetery in Cherokee County, IA, under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Bill Rabe, V.D. Nelson, T.J. Smading, Doyle Jackson, Jim Hill and Chad Otto. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Maxwell and Joe Gardner. 

Paul Delos Phinney, 73, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2001, at his home in El Dorado Springs. Paul was born on April 12, 1927, in Vista, the son of Thomas and Etalka Phinney. 

He married Norma Jean King, of Humbolt, KS, on Dec. 29, 1947. They moved to Des Moines, IA a short time later and remained there until his retirement from Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company. They then returned to El Dorado Springs, where Paul pursued many of his lifelong interest among which were raising horses, running Phinney's Hobby Shop and accumulating one of the largest cup collections in Missouri. 

Paul is survived by his wife, Norma Jean, of the home; Paul Delos Phinney Jr. and his wife, Kelly, Denton, TX; four grandchildren-Craig Phinney and his wife, Kim, and their children, Kolby and Tylor-Indianola, IA; Valerie Polhemus and her husband, Kenny, and their children, Nicole and Ryan, Des Moines, IA, Jason Phinney and his wife, Jennifer-Sanger, TX and Jessica Phinney-Denton, TX. Paul is also survived by his brother, James Phinney-El Dorado Springs and his sisters, Lois Dever-Kansas City and Ruth Sparks-Mountain Home, AK; numerous other relatives and friends. 

Services were held on Sunday afternoon, March 18, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Musical selections were provided by Ruth Brown. Interment was in the Love Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Richard Headrick, Jimmy Phinney, Kenny Polhemus, Gary Jones, Fred Imhoff and Jim Lovewell. 

Gary Wayne Spurgeon, 50, Springfield, passed away Monday, March 19, 2001, at Cox North Hospital in Springfield. He was born March 7, 1951, in Greenvillee, SC, to Maynard and Lucile (McSwayne) Spurgeon. He was an auto mechanic. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Spurgeon, in 1999. He is survived by his brother, Gordon Spurgeon, and his wife, Rebecca-Springfield; one sister, Cynthia Spurgeon-El Dorado Springs; nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Sheldon Chapel in El Dorado Springs. Visitation will be Friday morning until service time. Final disposition will be cremation. 

Kimberly Ann Street, 2, El Dorado Springs, passed away March 14, 2001 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, after a long battle with leukemia. She was born Nov. 14, 1998, the daughter of Steven and Chasity (Roberts) Street. 

Kimberly was diagnosed on Aug. 5, 1999, with Leukemia and defied all the odds. Two of her favorite joys were Elmo and eating shredded cheese. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James M. Street and Betty Stone Street. She is survived by her parents, Steven and Chasity-El Dorado Springs; two brothers, Joshua Elliott and Cody Harris; maternal grandparents, Terry Roberts and Leona Pope; aunts; uncles and cousins. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday March 24, at the Sheldon Chapel with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Burial will be in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Kimberly Street Foundation c/o Union Planters Bank in El Dorado Springs. 

William “Buck” Thornton, 80, was born March 21, 1920, in Salina, OK to William Ott and Sarah Prudence (Elmore) Thornton and passed from this life at his home in Walker on Feb. 28, 2001. 

Buck grew to manhood in Oklahoma and entered the U.S. Navy in 1940 where he served as a pilot until his discharge in 1945. After his military service he worked as a farmer, rancher, mechanic, plumber and service station attendant in Missouri and Kansas. After his retirement in 1983, he moved from Wichita, KS to Milo. At his home in Milo, he raised fruits and vegetables that he sold at the Farmer's Market in Nevada and at his roadside stand. 

Buck enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives and had a great sense of humor. He was willing to help with relatives when they became unable to care for themselves. 

He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Johnson County in 1953. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Vernon County Democrats. 

Buck and Erma (Budd) were married in Miami, OK on Dec. 31, 1980. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; and two sisters, Cora Belle Taylor and Betty Jo Rogers. 

Survivors include his wife, Erma, of the home in Walker; three daughters-Margaret Ann Sparling-Washington; Bethany Jean Bowen-Parsons, KS; and Linda Kerr-Marionville, MO; two sisters, Billie Jean Bohannon and Marvelle Redick of Oklahoma; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several neices and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 

Services were held Saturday, March 3, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City with Elder Tom Pyle officiating. Musical selections were provided by Zane Harding with Russell Morerod leading three congregational hymns. Pallbearers were Robert Hutchison, Carl Huchison, Jim Hutchison, John Hutchison, Larry Harvey and Garry Kerr. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Cunningham, Vern Landreth, Ted Thomas and Jr. Bell. Interment was in the Green Mound Cemetery near Harwood with military funeral honors. Memorials are suggested to the Sac Osage Home Health Agency in El Dorado Springs in care of the funeral home. 

Mary Kay Walker, 44, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City. She was born on Aug. 28, 1956 in Parsons, KS, the daughter of John O. Walker and May Belle Hatfield. 

Mary worked and lived in the Kansas City area. She enjoyed her job working for a pharmaceutical company. Mary loved her pets and often said she was just a country girl at heart. Her family and friends were very important to her. 

Mary is survived by her father, John O. and Roberta Walker-El Dorado Springs; her mother, May Belle Hatfield-El Dorado Springs; four sisters-Cheryl Lunday-Schell City, Pat Hunt-Oswego, KS, Jeannie Journot-El Dorado Springs and Lee and Gerald Driggs-El Dorado Springs; three brothers-John O. and Hilda Walker Jr.-Lawton, OK, Jim and Terri Walker-Oswego, KS and Jack and Sheryl Walker-El Dorado Springs; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Liver Disease Research through the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 

John William (Jack) Whitmer, 70, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Overland Park, KS Regional Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 25, 1930, in Martinsburg, WVA, the son of Wesley and Mary Whitmer. 

Jack was united in marriage to Melba Belcher on Sept. 23, 1951. To this union, two daughters were born, Paricia Letellier-Monroe, MI and Gale Terry-Lee's Summit. 

Jack and Melba lived in Independence before retiring to El Dorado Springs in 1992. Jack was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked in construction and drove a truck for several years. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. Jack had a love for animals enjoying his mule and horses. 

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Mary Whitmer. Survivors include his wife, Melba, of the home; his two daughters, Patricia Letellier-Monore, MI, and Gale Terry-Lee's Summit; two brothers, Joe Whitmer-Brighton, TN, and Jerry Whitmer-Shepherdstown, W VA; his seven grandchildren-Renee Laforet, Anthony Letellier, Rachel Whitmer, Randal Letellier, Richard Letellier, Amy Hoover and Tiffany Terry; two great-grandchildren, Austin Whitmer and Jacob Hoover; numerous nieces and nephews; one aunt, Georgie Whitmer-Shepherdstwon, WVA; other relatives and friends. 

Memorial services were held on Saturday afternoon, March 17, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the Hazel Dell Cemetery under the direction of Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 

Helen R. Williams, 94, Nevada, passed away Monday morning, March 19, 2001, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 5, 1906, in Ridgeway, MO, to the late James Martin Star and Anna Belle Jones Star. She was married Oct. 20, 1928, in El Dorado Springs to Lloyd C. Williams. He preceded her in death in 1973. 

Mrs. Williams moved to El Dorado Springs at the age of five from Ridgeway and spent the remainder of her life in the El Dorado Springs and Nevada area. She worked at Harpy's in Nevada for many years. For 27 years she was a volunteer hostess at the Nevada Senior Center. 

Survivors include two daughters, Anna R. Farmer-Nevada and Mary L. Williams-Holister; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one son, Earnest Eugene Williams, and one sister, Arabelle Elliott. 

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with Dr. William Cox officiating. 

Friends called until the hour of the service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Ferry Funeral Home; 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772. 

March 29, 2001 

Arvid Henry Carlson, 93, passed away on Sunday morning, March 25, 2001, at the Christian Health Care in Nevada. He was born on Oct. 21, 1907, in Duluth, MN, the son of Andrew Henry and Edla Marie Carlson.

On Dec. 20, 1932, Arvid was united in marriage to Vina L. Preston. They were married for 63 years until Vina's death on Dec. 6, 1996.

Arvid and Vina made their home in El Dorado Springs for over 50 years, living in a house they had built at 500 S. Park. For a number of years, Arvid was employed by Witt's Printing Company and he also had a welding shop at his home for several years.

A member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs, Arvid was also a veteran of the United States Army.

Besides his wife, Arvid was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters. Survivors include his niece, Karen Story-Nevada; three nephews-Jerry Preston-California, Johnny Preston-Nevada and Ron Sibley-El Dorado Springs; great nieces and nephews.

Serivces were held on Tuesday morning, March 27, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Johnny Preston, Johnie Null, Tim Dade, Darren Preston, Gene Story and Jerry Stark. 

Matthew Benjamin Gaines, 17, the son of David Keith and Carol Ruth (Vacca) Gaines was born Feb. 24, 1984, in Nevada and passed from this life on Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada.

Matt, who was currently a junior at Northeast Vernon County High School lived his entire life in Schell City and was always known for his warm, friendly and upbeat personality. Matt was also a lifelong Christian, growing up in the Schell City Christian Church before moving to the Park Street Christian Church in El Dorado Springs where he became active in their youth program. He was baptized there in January 1997. Recently he had been attending the Horton Methodist Church where his maternal grandparents are members.

Matt loved sports of all kinds, enjoyed video hames, the Beatles, contemporary Christian music and putting models together. Matt was also a past member of the Schell City 4-H Club. Just over a year ago he began driving--a 1984 Mercury Marquis, a car made the same year he was born. But the highlight of Matt's life came last year when the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation granted his wish for him and his family to travel to Alabama to the Talladega Speedway for the Nascar Finals. It was there that he met the drivers and was photographed with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Despite Matt's medical problems, this was a young man who always looked for the positive in everything and everyone. His life should be a testimony to all of us, the way he faced adversity should teach us all a lesson.

Survivors include his parents, David and Carol Gaines, of the home in Schell City; his brother, Joshua Gaines, also of the home; his paternal grandparents, Deloris and Ken Hiebert, Winona, MO; his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Patty Vacc, Horton; his great grandmother, Evangel Head, Puxico, MO; his aunts and uncles; Chris and Laurie Gaines and Kathi Lunday; and cousins; Aaron Gaines, Shane and Hannah Lunday and James Lundy; other relatives and many, many friends. Matt was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Gaines, and his grandmother, Ruth Vacca.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Schell City Christian Church with Pastors Jeff Randleman and Genevieve Guinn officiating. Musical selections of "In The Garden" and "Apples of Gold" were chosen. Pallbearers were Jared Hurley, Wilbur Price, Dustin Dowdell, Jerry Albin, Kendall Ogburn and Larry Buckles. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in care of the Farmers State Bank, Schell City.

Mary Lou Janes, 67, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2001.

Mary, the daughter of Fred and Goldie Crystal, was born on Oct. 1, 1933, in Forst Scott, KS. Mary grew up on the family farm until she was united in marriage to Robert Lee Janes on Oct. 29, 1950.

Robert and Mary have made their home in El Dorado Springs for the past 37 years. Mary retired from Dunbrooke Sportsware after a career of more than 30 years. After her retirement she enjoyed donating her time to local clubs doing volunteer work and spending time with family and friends. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Fred Crystal, and two infant brothers. She is survived by her husband, Robert Janes, of the home; her mother, Goldie Crystal, Fort Scott, KS; her daughter, Kay McPeak, and her husband, Terry, El Dorado Springs; two sisters, Lucille Phillips-Baldwin City, KS and Jean Conner-Fort Scott, KS; one brother, Ed Crystal-Liberal; her grandson, Eric McPeak, and his wife, Kelly-El Dorado Springs; her granddaughter, Misty Butterfield, and her husband, Brandon; four great-grandchildren, all of El Dorado Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wendesday, March 28, at the El Dorado Springs Cememtery with Rev. R.B. Shoemaker officiating. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. 

Cecil Laurence Lane, 69, Lamar, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001.

He was born July 3, 1931, near Filley to Cecil Leslie Lane and Dot Blanch Mason Lane. He had resided in Barton County for seven years.

On Aug. 3, 1957, he married Joyce Elaine Bland.

Mr. Lane was an Air Force veteran from the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a vehicle maintenance supervisor at Nevada Habilitation Center.

He is survived by three children - Steve Lane and wife, Glenda - Tulsa, OK, Michael Lane - Lamar and Michelle Perkins and husband, Jack - El Dorado Springs; one granddaughter, Tina; and step-grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Davis, Tulsa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine Bland; two brothers, Donald Lane and Theo Lane; and two sisters, Ailsa Lane Ray and Phylis Lane Hale.

Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. There will be no service. Cremation was Feb. 28.

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

Dr. Arnold Lee Medearis, 53, born Sept. 10, 1947, the son of Abe and Ruby Lee Medearis, El Dorado Springs, passed away March 20, 2001, at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Hospital following a short illness.

Arnold graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School and later the Missouri University-Columbia, and the University School of Medicine.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1975. Surviving are his daughters, Kattie Lee and Kristi Lea; of the home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; his estranged wife, Sandra Lollis Medearis, and a third daughter, Kelly Liegh Medearis of Los Angeles; his father, Abe Medearis, El Dorado Springs; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.

Memorial services were held Sunday, March 25, in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, following his cremation. 

Corda Mae Bland Witt, 88, was born on July 21, 1912, to Stella Josephine Grimes and Joseph Israel Bland. She went to be with the Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, March 25, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs.

Cordie, as she was know to her family and friends, was united in holy matrimony to Elmer Ray Witt on Nov. 30, 1929, at Nevada. God blessed this union with four sons os which three survive her. They are Kenneth D. Witt-Arvada, CO; E. Dwain Witt and Donald D. Witt-both of El Dorado Springs.

Cordie spent most of her life as a homemaker in St. Clair County until 1973 when she and her husband moved to El Dorado Springs. She loved her family and her church and on numerous occassions she told family members that she prayed for them daily calling each one by name. She spent many hors making beautiful quilts for her family and friends.

Cordie accepted the Lord at an early age and was a member of the Church of God (Holiness). She attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. It was a special blessing to her when all of her sons accepted the Lord. Cordie strived to instill Christian principles in her children and grandchildren and was always concerned with their spiritual well being. They were all very special to her.

Cordie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer, of 63 years on March 10, 1993; an infant son, Leslie Ray; three sisters-Hazel Mays, Neva Hamilton and Neta Morlan; and one brother, Ewing Bland. In addition to her three sons, Cordie is survived by their spouses, Cleo, Bonnie and Sharon; eight grandchildren-L.D. Witt, Kevin and Kristen Witt, Kim and Keith Osterloh, Kyle and Robin Witt, Scott and Jana Witt, Jana and Randy Kerr, Stacie Bush and Terri and Dusty Schaaf; 15-great-grandchildren-Mandee and Michael Osterloh, Alex Witt, Brittany Bush, Kellen, Teryn and Jillian Kerr, Ryan, Davis, Cory and Avery Witt, Alexa and Kameron Schaaf, Taylor and Tanner Witt. Codie is also survived by two brothers, Nolan Bland-Kansas City and Clayton Bland-El Dorado Springs, one sister, Winifred Hodo-Kansas City; other relatives and a host of friends.

Cordie's place in our lives is now empty, but our memory of her will go forward with us. We will meet her again in a place where sorrow and death do not exist if we prepare as she prepared long ago.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, March 29, 2001, at the Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Leland Trussell and Rev. Wayne McCollough officiating. 

Musical selections will be provided by Faith Trussell, Debbie Menefee and Larry Oehring. Interment will be in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be L.D.Witt, Kevin Witt, Kyle Witt, Scott Witt, Dusty Schaaf, Keith Osterloh and Randy Kerr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the El Dorado Springs Christian School.

M. Louise Zimmer, 88, of Rantoul, IL, formerly of Neoga, IL, died at 1:10 p.m. March 21, 2001, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

She was born Dec. 28, 1912 in Clinton, IL, the daughter of Claud and Mary (Castell) Smith. On July 13, 1944, she married Lloyd B. Zimmer who preceded her in death Sept. 30, 1987.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Baker and wife, Joan O'Fallen, Missouri and John Baker-St. Louis; two daughters, Alice Donahue and husband, Donald-St. Louis and Donna Cole and husband, Ray-Rantoul, IL; stepson-Lawrence "Larry" P. Zimmer, and wife, Kay-El Dorado Springs; a brother, William Smith and wife, Mary-California; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren including Aron P. Zimmer-El Dorado Springs; and 40 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, and one step son, Robert L. Zimmer.

Mrs. Zimmer was a former employee of General Electric Co. in Mattoon, IL, and Kern Manufacturing Co. of Neoga. She was a member of the Gaskill United Methodist Church, built of walnut timber from Zimmer ancestor Philip's land, where she was pianist for 30 years.

Services were March 24, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral home in Neoga, IL with Rev. Maurice Midgley, Parris, IL officiating. Burial was in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery.

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