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JANE WILBANKS
Jane Wilbanks, 75, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6.
She is survived by one son, Joe Wilbanks-Rolla; one daughter, Susan Priegel-Auora; one brother, Beason Moore-Harrison, AR; one sister, Maxine Witty-Duncan, OK; and five grandchildren.
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs. Interment will be in the National Cemetery in Springfield.

RUTH M. GENTRY
Ruth M. Gentry, 83, Independence, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 32, 2001, peacefully at her home.
Services were Friday, Aug. 3, at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit with burial in Buckner Cemetery, Buckner, under the direction of Langsford Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gentry was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Decatur, AL. Ruth's greatest ambitions in life were to be a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a pillar of strength to all those around her. She succeeded in these goals beyond her wildest dreams. She was independent, full of spunk and she put family first above all else. Her passion in life was to write poems and short stories. She loved gardening and hunting for antique books. She was a person of deep faith and we now have an angel we know by name.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Homer Gentry, in 1991, and by two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Orestie) Tucker of the home and Cynthia and Stephen Schwalm of Houston, TX; two brothers, C.W. Martin of Willard and John Martin of Springfield; one sister-Katherine Boeding, Springfield; grandchildren-Candi Smith, Tish and Brian Bennett of Blue Springs, John Schwalm of New York City; great-grandchildren, Adam and Stephanie Bennett, Nathan and Logan Smith all of Blue Springs.
She is also survived by her beloved 17 year old cat, Bootsie, of the home. After the death of her husband in 1991, Bootsie was a great comfort to her.

RENEE BLYSTONE HOAGENSON
Renee Blystone Hoagenson, a residence of Odessa, died on July 29, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. She was 43 years old.
Renee was born on Nov. 24, 1957 in Kansas City. She grew up in Raytown, graduating from the Raytown High School in 1976. Renee was a devoted wife and mother. She had a long time career as a legal secretary and was currently employed by the law firm of Bryan Cave. Renee loved animals. Her pets included dogs, cats, birds, ducks and horses.
Renee is survived by her husband, Darrin Hoagenson, of the home; her daughters, Athena and Jessica, both of the home; her mother, Guelda Fern (Reeves) Blystone of El Dorado Springs; her father, Wallace Blystone and step mother, Sue Blystone of Kingsville; three brothers, Jeffrey Blystone, Randy Blystone and Wallace Blystone, Jr.; two sisters, Lila Carriker and Melba Boyd. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Renee was loved and will be missed by all.
Services were held on Thursday morning, Aug. 2, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Doug Houdyshell officiating. Musical selections were provided by Vera Bourland. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dale Hoagenson, Corbett Martin, Mike Mogan, Steve Bailey, Buddy Reeves and Nick Reeves. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Mogan, Floyd Root and Gary Dobbs.

ALLEN RAY McCULLICK
Allen Ray McCullick, 82, El Dorado Springs, passed away Monday, July 30, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Roscoe on Jan. 2, 1919 to Matt and Wilma Allen McCullick.
Ray graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1937. On Sept. 25, 1938 he was united in marriage to Ruth Noyes. To this union were born four daughters, Donna Rae, Jeannie, Ruth Allene and Myrna.
Ray served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He saw active duty as a Gunner's Mate aboard the S.S. Rogue River, a Merchant Marine tanker, in the Atlantic Theater of Operations and later aboard a landing craft, Infantry (LCI) in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
After his discharge from the Navy, he and his family lived in Oregon where Ray worked in the logging industry, returning to El Dorado Springs in 1947. He worked for Thatch's Grocery, El Dorado Springs Wholesale Company, City of El Dorado Springs as police chief from January 1971 to August 1973, and Sibley and Thatch, retiring in 1981.
Mr. McCullick served his community as a city councilman, being elected to that office in April, 1959 and September, 1964. He was appointed to fill a one year term in April, 1984.
Ray was a 50 year plus member of American Legion Koca-Reeder-Giddens Post #233, serving as Commander in 1950; VFW Post #257; Clintonville Lodge #482 A.F. & A.M. and El Dorado Springs Chapter #148 O.E.S. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving as a deacon for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jewell Fern Wood; brother, Roy Dee McCullick Sr.; infant daughter, Ruth Allene and infant grandson, James Dean Ogle.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three daughers and their spouses, Donna Rae and Kenneth Neely, Jeannie and Jim Ogle, Myrna and Dean Parks, all of El Dorado Sprigns; seven grandchildren-Kyle and Debbie Neely, Harrisonville; Les and Cyndi Neely, Blue Springs; Suzan and Hoon Kim, Glen Corban, IL; Michael Ogle, Liberty; Sheila and Jeff Cline, Port Orchard, WA; Jeff and Beth Parks, Ft. Meade, MD; Kerri and Ron Baker, Neosho. Sixteen great-grandchildren, Michael Neely, Kirsten and Nick Allen; Brian, Ben and Jessica Neely, Madison and Molly Kim; Devan and Jayde Ogle, Kiera and Kinsey Cline; Zachary Parks; Lauren Parks, Ryan Pixler, Jordan and Ashlan Ramey; one great-great grandduahger, Kylie Allen; and three step great-grandchildren, Melissa Gosnell, Korey Wegner and Ryan Baker; sister-in-law, Ruth Lee McCullick, Milford, NE; nieces, Patty McCownn and Betty Fugate of El Dorado Springs and nephew, Roy Dee McCullick Jr. of Oxford, Ca. Ray leaves a host of family and firends to mourn his passing.
Services for Allen Ray McCullick were held on Saturday mroning, Aug. 4, at the Hackleman Chapel with Elder Gina Green officiating. Musical selections were provided by Terry Hubbard and Allene Allinson. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Kyle Neely, Les Neely, Michael Ogle, Jeff Parks, Hoon Kim and Ron Baker, Honorary pallbearers were John Barclay, Frank Doty, Ray Headley, Glen Koca, Carl McCallister, L.A. Morlan, Louis Osborne and Cliff Short.

MABEL ARA UPDIKE
Mabel Ara Updike, 88, the daughter of George Washington and Cora (Dodson) Goodman, was born Jan. 30, 1913, near Schell City and passed from this life on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Christian Health Care of Nevada.
After graduating from Schell City High School in 1931, Mabel attended the State Teachers College in Warrensburg, then later graduated from the Pittsburg, KS, State Teachers College.
On Jan. 22, 1939, Mabel was united in marriage to Cecil B. Updike. After their marriage, Cecil farmed and Mabel taught school, teaching for twenty-four years before retiring in 1977. She was a very dedicated teacher who loved all children. Mabel was converted at a young age and became a member of the Schell City Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sisters, and her husband, Cecil, who passed away on March 15, 1998.
Survivors include cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Schell City Christian Church with Pastor Marvin Jamison officiating. Musical selections were provided by Sharon Goodman and Julie Wilson. Pallbearers were Jim Goodman, Ervin Goodman, Sam Vantellman, Grady Davis, Harvey Gerster and Roger Prough. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schell City Christian Church in care of the funeral home.

ROSA LEE `BOBBY' MOSLEY
Rosa Lee `Bobby' Mosley, 79, the only child born to James and Australia Mosley, was born in Memphis, TN, on Jan. 5, 1922. She went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at the Christian Health Care Nursing Facility in Nevada after a long illness.
Preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Kevin Woods, Bobby is survived by her daughter, Connie (Art) Woods, El Dorado Springs; grandchildren, Lynette Hooper-Glendale Heights, IL and Ardis Woods-Macomb, IL; great-grandchildren-Tecole, Necola and Otis Hooper, and her precious great-great-grandson, Tyler Jordan Hooper, all of Glendale Heights, IL; and devoted cousins, Juanita Mosley-Stroud-Chicago, IL and Ernestine Kimball-Dixmoor, IL.
Bobby made many friendships along her life journey. A host of friends in Illinois, South Carolina, Alabama and El Dorado Springs will miss her dearly especially Rose Woods, Cecile Smith, Marcelia Taylor, Bob and Cleo Benson, Willia Mae Pruitt, Mabel Foreman, Virgil Caldwell, 'Aunt Jiffy', Barbara Spencer and Joe and Wanda Decker.
Services were held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the United Methodist Church with James Smith, Pastor, officiating. Patty Smith and Nedra Perry were vocalist, Virginia Prescott was organist.

PAT HOLT BROWN
Pat Holt Brown, 64, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at her home in Tulsa. She was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Independence to Homer and Frances Davenport.
Pat was a retired office manager for the Frank W. Murphy Manufacturing Company.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Teri Lynn Burris, and two brothers, Frank and William Evans. Pat is survived by her husband, Buddy Brown, of the home; two sons, John Holt-Tulsa and Jeff Holt-Hurst, TX; two sisters, Janet Nesbit-Overland Park, KS, and Linda Klopfenstine-Boonville; two brothers, Robert Evans-Blue Springs and John Evans-Sheldon; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Heath-Griffith Memory Chapel, 1823 W. 51st Street, Tulsa, OK, 74107. Graveside, 3:30 p.m., Clintonville Cemetery, El Dorado Springs. Heath Griffith 918/446-6633.

WILMA JOSEPHINE (HAYNES) PRITCHARD
Wilma Josephine (Haynes) Pritchard, 78, the oldest of five children, of the late Alvy Ray and Nellie Phoebe (Shaw) Haynes, was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Filley, Cedar County and departed this life on Nov. 21, 2001. Wilma had spent her last two and a half months at Marantha Manor in Springfield. Now she will be able to be with her husband that she has longed for the last eight years.
Wilma grew up in the Cedar County area and married Curtis Flaval Pritchard on May 31, 1950, in Harrison, AR. On Jan. 9, 1959, the took into their home their niece, Linda Lee Haynes. On March 26, 1973, they adopted Linda and she became Linda Lee Pritchard. Wilma worked at Evans Rexall Drugs for 25 years. Then she worked at Griffith's clothing store for two years. She had quit to work to care for her husband and travel to Springfield to take care of her grandchildren. In October 1991, they sold the farm and moved to Springfield to be closer to their doctors.
On April 11, 1993, Wilma was baptized at High Street Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Curtis Flaval Pritchard; her brother, Frank Everett Haynes was killed in Germany in WWII; her brother, Calvin Lafayette Haynes burned in a trailer fire in 1977.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Lee Leonard and husband, Robert-Springfield; one sister, Delpha Maxine Hobbs-Parkville; two brothers, Delbert Charles Haynes-Marshall and Kenneth Lee Barker-Colorado; two grandchildren, Nathan Alan and Michelle April Leonard-Springfield; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were held Saturday morning, Nov. 24, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman officiating. Interment was in the Love Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bobbie Leonard, Elton Evans, Jack Kinnamon, Albert Venter, Thomas Norris and Bud Venter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Hospices of American Foundation, 1465 E. Primrose, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65804.

BERNIECE C. SIEBERT
Berniece C. Siebert, 85, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 23, 1916, in Iola, KS, the daughter of Richard G. and Emma C. Bodin Hanson.
She was united in marriage to Leo B. Siebert who preceded her death on Feb. 26, 1983.
Before moving to El Dorado Springs in 1974, Berniece worked for Gulf Oil in Overland Park, KS, and later retired from Linn Insurance in Overland Park. After moving to El Dorado Springs, Berniece worked at the International Shoe Company.
She loved flowers and enjoyed spending time in the yard with her flowers. Berniece was a very accomplished pianist and organist and enjoyed music. She loved to read. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
She is survived by four sons-Lawrence 'Vern' Siebert and his wife, Jenny-El Dorado Springs, Richard Siebert and his wife, Anita-Garland, TX, Bernard Siebert-Topeka, KS and Anthony Siebert-Manhattan, KS; two daughters, Anita Reed-El Dorado Springs, Sally Gembala and her husband, Dutch-Houston, TX; four brothers-Wendell Hanson and his wife, Polly-Ideldale, CO, Charles Hanson and his wife, Jeanette-Axtell, KS, Keith Hanson and his wife, Marilyn-Redds Port, OR and Harvey Hanson and his wife, Shiela-Sacremento, CA; one sister, JoAnn James, and her husband, Bill-Sacrementa, CA; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral mass for Berniece Siebert was held on Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Father Bill Krudwig 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 Dr. Robert Magee, Cecil Mays, Carl Webb, Charles Worthington, Bernard Dobbett and Ray Mundy, Honorary pallbearers were Russell Siebert, Robert Reed, Steve Siebert, Billy Reed, William James, William Siebert, Marc Reed, David Siebert and Monte Morgan.

EVELYN MELISSA MCDANIEL
Evelyn Melissa McDaniel, 81, daughter of William Moses and Amy Moore, was born Aug. 20, 1920, in North Kansas City, MO. She passed away Nov. 19, 2001, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Molly, as she was known to her friends, spent most of her life in the Rockville area. She was a nurse's aide and enjoyed helping and caring for others. Molly and John Earl McDaniel were united in marriage in 1971. She had a great wit and good sense of humor. Mrs. McDaniel was a hard worker and always spoke what was on her mind.
Preceding Molly in death were her parents; her husband; three brothers-George, Clarence and Jasper; and two sisters, Hazel Buckley and Betty Brayfield. Survivors include five nephews-David Buckey-Washington, D.C., Ronald Frank Moore-Kansas City and Daryle Brayfield, Ken Brayfield and Dale Brayfield-all of St. Louis; two nieces, Karen Parson and Linda Walker, both of St. Louis' numerous great-nieces and nephews.
A special thank you from the family to June, Frieda and Garrett.
Services were held at the Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City on Sunday, Nov. 24, with Rev. Gene Gray officiating. 'Amazing Grace' and 'Saved In The Arms of Jesus' were sung. Casketbearers were Dale Brayfield, Daryle Brayfield, Robert Parson, Charles Parson, Louie Walker, Ken Brayfield and David Buckley. Interment was in the Rockville Cemetery, Rockville.

Milton (Bud) Larimore
Milton (Bud) Larimore, 54, El Dorado Springs, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2001, at his residence following an illness of several months. He was born March 21, 1947, in Omaha, NE, to William Damon Larimore and Leola Dora Marsh Larimore. He was married April 3, 1994, in Nevada to Tammy Ford Larimore who survives of the home.
Mr. Larimore was raised in Omaha, NE. He served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam Conflict. After the war, he came to Nevada and spent the rest of his life in this area. He made his living as a drywall installer. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lodge #3770. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a band member of the Midnight Playboys for 20 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Russell Larimore-Nevada; one daughter, Trillie Palmer-Nevada; one step-son, Chris Castlebury-Fort Riley, KS; one step-daughter, Heather Castlebury-El Dorado Springs; four grandchildren-Justin and Kendra Larimore-Nevada, Tamra and Brent Jackson-El Dorado Springs; his mother, Leola Larimore-Nevada; one brother, Dan Larimore- Moundville; four sisters-Joan Sander-Moundville, Judy Kibler- Moundville, Ian Howry- Moundville and Lem Kohel-Omaha, NE; 19 nieces and nephews; 29 great-nieces and nephews; three great-great-nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Along with his father, two brothers, Damon and John, preceded him in death.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Ferry Funeral Home with Ray Dean Scism officiating. Interment followed in Marvin Chapel Cemetery, Milo, with full military honors.

TONI (BETTY - SHIRLENE) KIRKPATRICK
Toni (Betty - Shirlene) Kirkpatrick, 63, Arnica, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, at her home in Arnica.
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Alder Cemetery near Stockton under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.

FLOYD E. JIRRELS
Floyd E. Jirrels, 101, was born April 5, 1900, to Isaac and Ardelia (Mooney) Jirrels. He passed away on Nov. 20, 2001, at Community Springs Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs.
On Feb. 9, 1933, Floyd was united in marriage to Irene Bertha Dowell in South Coffeyville, OK. Irene preceded him in death on March 8, 1994.
Floyd lived many years in Winfield, KS, and was a member of the Elks Lodge. He worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, KS, for 25 years retiring in 1965. He lived on a farm near El Dorado Springs for several years before moving to town in 1979.
Floyd was also preceded in death by his two sons, Floyd E. Jirrels Jr. and H. Deane Jirrels.
He is survived by two daughters, Gayle Grantham-Escondio, CA and Sondra O'Connor-Plattsburg, MO; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Services were held Sunday, Nov. 25, at El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with Arthur Koehn officiating. Music was by Ron Hubbard. Casketbearers were John O'Connor, Joe Palmer, Gene Norman, Bill Browning, Ed Friar and Art Nikodim. Honorary casketbearers were Charlie Bishop and John Hale. Interment was in the E Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.

EARL NEIL HOFFMAN
Earl Neil Hoffman, 61, was born on April 1, 1940, to Lewis Glenn and Susie Rose Scott Hoffman. He passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2001. Neil attended grade school at Oak Ridge in Vernon County. He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1957. Neil accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.
In November of 1958, Neil joined the United States Air Force and proudly served 20 years. In those years he was awarded numerous medals and served in many countries and throughout the United States.
On Nov. 11, 1959, Neil married Sharon Boone of El Dorado Springs. To this union three precious sons were born; Robert Neil, Mark Alan and J. Lee.
Neil and his family returned to El Dorado Springs in December of 1978. Neil's hobby was driving trucks which he dearly loved. He drove dump trucks for Ronald Alexander from 1982 until 1987 and in 1990 he joined Contract Freighters Incorporated of Joplin. In May 2000, he was awarded one of their highest honors which was 'one million safe driving miles'.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Susie Rose Hoffman; three sisters, Ethel Taylor, Nina Williams and Dorothy Flory and two brothers, George and Glenn R.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sons-Robert, Mark and J. Lee; daughters-in-law, Laurie and Nancy; grandchildren-Jarod, Jessie and Randy; his sister, Lillian 'Tillie' Newman; sisters-in-law, Vernal and Lou Ann Hoffman; uncle and aunt, Sidney and Inez Hoffman; mother-in-law, Zeila Boone; brother-in-law, Gary Boone, and his wife, Barbara; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Graveside services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, at the Harwood Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Darrell Hoffman, David Hoffman, George Lewis Hoffman Jr., Carl Martin Hoffman, Herb Daniels and Fred Green.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home at Mt. Vernon.

Dwight Darell Brown
Dwight Darell Brown, 65, Harwood, was born Aug. 5, 1936 and departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at his home. He was the oldest of four children born to the union of the late Clifton and Veva June (Clevenger) Brown.
Dwight graduated from Harwood grade school in 1950 and from Walker High School in 1954. After his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy making the military his career. On July 16, 1968, he was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer holding that rank until his retirement in 1974.
His career saw him serving on six ships of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets with two tours of shore duty and duty aboard our Nation's first helicopter carrier.
For his years of dedicated service he was awarded the following service ribbons and medals with battle stars; National Defense with star; China Service; five Good Conduct awards; Armed Forces Expedionary with star; Vietnam with three stars; Meritories Unit Commendation, Vietnam and Combat Action.
After retirement, Dwight returned to Harwood where he cared for his mother until her death in 1994.
He was a member of the Harwood Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors of America and was a member of the U.S. Navy Memorial and Retired Enlisted Association.
Survivors include two brothers, Doyle Brown-Harwood and Larry Brown-Nevada; one sister, Arleta Wilson-Rich Hill; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Services were held at Friday, Nov. 23, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City with Pastor Don Bliss officiating. Musical selections were provided by David and Betsy Souza. Pallbearers were Roy Parkison, Dick Hacker, Ronald Elliott, Gerald Stark, Dwight, Scotten and Orval Moore. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Foreman, J.E. Brown, Fred Reedy, Dale Stark, Harry Foreman, Jimmy Jackson and Bobby Scotten. Interment was in the Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.


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