Miscellaneous Cedar County, Missouri Obituaries

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May 03, 2001


Leah Jean Charles, 81, Nevada, passed away April 25, 2001, at Christian Health Care, Nevada. She was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Connersville, IN, to Dr. R. B. and Clara Douglas. 

She was married on Oct. 4, 1944, to Rex. W. Charles. 

She was a graduate of Tech High School in Indianapolis, IN, in 1938. She was first employed as an abstractor for Vernon County Abstract Company and later for Bowman's Vernon County Title Company, retiring in 1977. 

She was a member of First Christian Church where she was a choir member and also served on the board. She served as past District Deputy and past Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Nevada Chapter 53. 

Survivors include her husband, Rex, of the home; two sons, Joseph A. Charles and his wife, Georgia, Nevada, and Thomas L. Charles and his wife, Diana, Nevada; two daughters, Linda S. Scammell and her husband, Charles, of Nevada, and Elizabeth A. Perrin and her husband, Paul, Nevada; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters. 

Services were Saturday, April 28, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tom Haynes officiating. Burial was in Balltown Cemetery, Horton. 

Memorials are suggested to the National Parkinson Foundation in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P. O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 74744. 


Ira D. Perry, 60, Dunnegan, died Wednesday morning, April 25, 2001, at his residence. 

Born Oct. 7, 1940, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Ira was raised in Strongs, Mi and attended school in Newberry. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served in the United States Army until his honorable discharge. A resident of the states Kansas and Missouri, he was employed as a commercial trunk driver for several years until his recent illness forced him into an early retirement. Ira's hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing and carpenter work. 

Ira is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Dunnegan; mother, Dorothy (W.W.) Schwesinger, Trout Lake; a son, daughter and step-daughter, brothers, Charles (Linda) Perry, Harrisonville and Roger (Donna) Perry of Clio, MI; sister, Dorothy (Henry) Voth, Lithia Springs, GA; half-brother, Leo Schwesinger, Trout Lake and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Tuesday, May 1, at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Pastor Robert Poirier officiating. Interment followed at Colburn Cemetery in Stronge. 


Wilbur Lynn Parks, 73, the son of John Lee and Nina Mae (Nichols) Parks, was born on Jan. 6, 1928 in St. Clair County. He departed this life on April 25, 2001, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. 

Mr. Parks served his country in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his time in the military he returned to Kansas City where he worked as a mechanic in small engine repair, and later as a master mechanist. When he left Kansas City he returned to Appleton City area where he farmed and later worked as a drover in the slaughter house in Rockville. 

He was united in marriage on Oct. 27, 1961, in Kansas City, KS to Mary Cornwell. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary. He is survived by one son, Gary Lynn Parks, Amsterdam, MO; one daughter, Jodi Thomlinson, Walker; one brother, Gene Parks, Taberville; three sisters-Vera Schacher-Harrisonville and Merlene Hamilton and Virginia Lee Craig-both of Norbone, MO; seven grandchildren-Brittany Thomlison, Jennifer Hoffman and Jason, Jesse, John, Jeston and Julie Parks; and four great-grandchildren-Katelyn, Jossie, Jessika and Bobby Hoffman. 

Mr. Parks was fun loving, and a kind and caring husband and father. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him. 

A graveside services was held in Taberville Cemetery on Friday, April 27, with Rev. Gene Gray officiating under the direction of Hills and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 


Mary Kathleen Greathouse Houk, 80, was born March 7, 1921, near Osceola, the oldest daughter of Harry and Beulah Burrow Greathouse. She passed away April 26, 2001, at the Oak View Living Center in Jefferson City following a long illness. 

At the age of 18, Kathleen was married to Orville (Mick) Houk on March 16, 1939. Two children were born to this union: Mickey Dale and Sharon Gail. 

Kathleen lived with her family in Kansas City for many years before relocating to the Taberville/El Dorado Springs area in 1970. She loved growing flowers and sewing. Her life was raising her children, and caring for her grandchildren while their mother worked. Her passion was depression glass and collectibles, and she had an antique shop for a time. 

Kathleen had a salvation testimony of being saved in the Holiness Church at Cook's Chapel as a young teenager. She was baptized along with her husband and their son and daughter in November of 1955 at Greendale Baptist Church in Kansas City. Her membership has been at First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs since about 1972. 

Kathleen was preceded in deathy by her husband, Orville; their son, Mickey; her father and mother, Hary and Beulah Greathouse; two brothers, Elmer Greathouse and Edgar Ray Carriker, and a sister, Evelyn Houston. 

Kathleen is survived by her daughter, Sharon Gail-Jefferson City; four grandchildren: Jerry Dysart-Warrensburg; Cary Dysart-Greenwood; Sandy Crane-Jefferson City; and Susan Thorne-Watertown, NY; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters: Gerry Hughes-Archie, Bernie Butler-Independence and Joyce Gray-Schell city; eight nephews, 11 nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Services were held Saturday, April 28, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Pastor Carl Butler officiating. Music was by Pastor Carl Butler. Interment was in Yeater Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. 


Martha Ella Lukes, 87, El Dorado Springs, died at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning, April 24, 2001. She was born at Milo, on Aug. 24, 1913, to Maggie L. Griffith Pilcher and Albert E. Pilcher. 

Ella married Clarence Lee Lukes on Jan. 24, 1935, in Nevada and the next day they moved to a farm northeast of Virgil City and lived their entire lives there. She was baptized into Christ in her later life. 

Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents; seven brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Doris Fortney, and her husband, Carl Kent, of Nevada; her sister, Jeanette Russell, Nevada; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. 

Services were held on Saturday afternoon, April 28, at the Hackleman Chapel with Taylor Francis officiating. Interment was in the Olive Branch under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Joe Nikodim, Jim Nikodim, Don Williams, Howard Marshall, Joe Dunfield and Scott Rumans. 

May 10, 2001


Fred Raymond Price, 76, El Dorado Springs, died at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Springfield, on Thursday morning, May 3, 2001, after a short illness. He was born on April 1, 1925, in Guger Springs, MO, to Will and Cora Oder Price. He married Helen Marie Hendricks of Stockton on Jan. 24, 1946. 

As an army veteran of World War II, Fred served in the Rainbow Division under General Patton and helped in liberating the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. A long-haul truck driver for over 30 years, he retired in 1987 after driving 15 years for Tiona Trucking in Butler. Since his retirement, “Fast Freddie”, was a spectator at the Nevada Speedway and ardent supporter of the Boultinghouse race team. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Cora Price; one son, Stephen Wayne Price, and one grandson Stephen Daniel Parmenter. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen Price, El Dorado Springs; two sisters, Vesteline Montgomery-Willard and Christine-Pittsburg, KS; two sons, Ron L. Price-Mt. Vernon, and Lyle Price-El Dorado Springs; three daughters, Vicky M. Lyles-Compton Junction, Sherri K. Parmenter-Springfield and Teresa A. Moler-Springfield; 17 grandchildren' 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

Services were held on Sunday afternoon, May 6, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Don Palmer officiating. Interment was in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mike Boultinghouse, Mark Boultinghouse, Jeffrey Boultinghouse, Jeremy Boultinghouse, Don Parmenter, James Wilson and Marty Jones. 


Lavonne Josephine Lane, 56, was born Feb. 25, 1945 in Austin, TX, to William T. and Naomi Butler Miller. She passed away May 2, 2001, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. 

Lavonne was a certified nurse aide and worked in home health. She attended the Church of God (Holiness) in El Dorado Springs. 

In March 1994, Lavonne was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lane. 

She is survived by her two sons, Doug Lane and his wife, Tonya of El Dorado Springs and James Lane and his wife, Jaime, of Muldrow, OK; one daughter, Evelyn Beach and her husband, Michael, of Marionville; two brothers, William Miller-Stockton and Tommy Walker-Oregon; two sisters, Golda Faye Womack-Oregon and Kathy Russell-Nevada; her step-father, Everett Walker; 11 grandsons; one granddaughter; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. 

Lavonne was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her greatest enjoyment was from spending time with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. 

Services were Saturday, May 5 in the Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Music was by Mrs. Faith Trussell. 

Casketbarriers were Jonas Kirkpatrick, Kirk Bland, Derek Scott, Lee Peach, Buck Russell and Dean Parks. 

Interment was in the Elijah (MO) Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. 


Walter P. “Buddy” Vickers, Pensacola, FL, passed away April 8, 2001, in Rome, GA, following a heart attack. 

He grew up on a farm near Tiffin and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School. He retired from the Navy and worked at the Pensacola Naval Air Station for 20 years. 

He is survived by his wife, Gerry, of the home; son, Robert, and family of Rome, GA; daughter, Mary Ann, and family of Pensacola, FL; a sister, Ruth Lee McCullick, Milford, NE; a step-sister, Bonnie Flesner, Lincola, NE; and several cousins in the El Dorado Springs area. 

Services and burial were in Pensacola, FL. 

May 24, 2001


Larry Frankling Ford Sr, 48, departed this world on Sunday, May 20, 2001, joining his two sons, Kevin and Larry Sr. Larry was born to Joseph and Evelyn Ford on Sept. 28, 1952. 

He was united in marriage to Sarah Keith on Dec. 30, 1997. 

Larry is survived by his wife, Sarah and daughter, Alexa, both of the home; his parents, Joe and Evenlyn Ford, El Dorado Springs; his sister, Kathy Schreier, and her husband, Eugene, Camden; his brothers, Gary Ford and his wife, Thelma, and Billy Ford and his wife, Sharron, all of El Dorado Springs; his mother and father-in-law, Grace and Joe Ellis; sister-in-law, Tiffany Williams; brother-in-law, Billy Joe Ellis; and many nieces and nephews. 

Larry will be deeply missed by all. Larry was a very loving husband and father. He loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed life to it's fullest. May he rest in peace. 

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, May 23, at the White Hall Cemetery with Rev. Doug Houdyshell officiating under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Curtis Decker, Tony Ford, Ronnie Ford, Kelly Rice, Brad Keith, Brandon Keith and Gary Ford, Jr. 

May 31, 2001


Vernon Dirks, 79, was born to Samuel and Susie (Schmidt) Dirks on Sept. 21, 1921 at Montezuma, KS. He was suddenly taken from this life in an automobile accident on a rural road near Montezuma, on May 24, 2001, after his 1998 Chevy truck reportedly struck a fertilizing tool bar on a 1983 John Deere tractor. 

He spent his childhood years and received his education in the Montezuma Community. At the age of 20 years, Dad gave his heart to the Lord, and upon the confession of his faith, was baptized on Jan. 4, 1942, into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The Church and this faith were precious to him and he was faithful to his vows until the end. 

Vernon was married to, Marjorie Koehn on Sept. 27, 1942, at Montezuma, KS. They experienced the joys and sorrows of life for over 58 years. Their home was blessed with two sons and four daughters. 

In March, 1957, during a severe snow blizzard, the serenity of family life was shattered by a gas explosion in home. The family circle started in heaven by the death of the two youngest daughters at that time. 

We remember Dad being steadfast and consistent, teaching us not only words, but also by example. Church attendance and family devotions were an important part of our family life. Dad loved singing and could sing many humns by memory. He endeavored to fill his place faithfully when he was given church responsibilities. 

Dad provided well for his family by farming and raising cattle. He enjoyed family outings and seeing new places. His love for people made him many friends. He especially enjoyed the 15 years spent in Missouri from 1970 to 1985, after which we returned to Montezuma. 

In the recent months, he expressed a desire to go home. His personal testimony was that he was ready. 

Those left with precious memories are his companion, Marjorie; two sons, Donald and wife, Carol, Walker; Oran and wife, Teresa, Schell City; two daughters, Delores and husband, Merle Koehn, Montezuma, KS and Patricia and husband, Robert Schmidt, Chickasha, OK; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-laws and three sisters-in-laws. Also special to the family are, Ivan and Norma Jantz, David and Delilah Toews and many other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Laverna Mae and Alice Rose, and one great grandson, two brothers and five sisters. 

The funeral was Sunday, May 27, at Homeland Mennonite Church, Montezuma, with Ministers Sherril Esau, Lyndon Toews and Luther Smith presiding. Burial was in North Mennonite Church Cemetery, Montezuma. 

Memorials may be sent to Gospel Tract and Bible Society or to Bethel Home, both in care of the funeral home.

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