Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Mary Brown

Mary A. Brown, 97, 117 McConnell Ave., died at 5:09 a.m. Friday, March 21, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East where she had been a patient since March 4.

Mrs. Brown was born Jan. 17, 1900, at Neodesha, Kan. She moved to Joplin in 1923 from Pittsburg, Kan. She had taught in a country school in the Neodesha area.

She was a member of Oakland Christian Church.

She married Wilburn Brown on June 20, 1920, at Neodesha. He died March 22, 1979.

Survivors include four sons, Carl W. Brown, Fort Myers, Fla., Paul E. Brown, Joplin, Leo E. Brown, Springfield, and Ivan M. Brown, Glendale, Ore.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. William E. Furnas will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The sons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will be at the home.

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

Gladys Maynard

Gladys Morlan Maynard, 98, 2212 Mississippi Ave., died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 1997, at a nursing home in St. Petersburg, Fla., after an illness.

Mrs. Maynard was born April 22, 1898, at Carterville. She moved from Carterville to Joplin in 1922 and to St. Petersburg in 1989. She was a 1921 graduate of Carterville High School. She worked for the Burgess Insurance Agency for 48 years, retiring in 1968.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Joplin. She was a former member of the Ladies of the Elks, Credit Women of Joplin and the Insurance Women of Joplin.

She married Alvah Cooper Maynard in December 1945 in Joplin. He died in October 1947.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Nancy Masters, Kansas City; and a brother, Garold L. Morlan, St. Petersburg.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Family Life Center of the First Christian Church, Joplin.

Maxine Mitchell

Services for Maxine Wells Mitchell, 83, Joplin, who died Thursday, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary.

Ralph Reynolds, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Rea, Richard Kosinski, Dareld Mussman, John Willis, Marvin Rutledge and Tom Banks.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

The family will be at the home of her niece, Betty Escallier, 2320 Iowa St., Joplin.

Contributions may be made to Jehovah's Witnesses East Unit, Joplin.

Survivors include a sister, Una Berniece Fox, Joplin.

Lloyd Webber

Lloyd J. Webber, 66, Joplin route 1, died at 4:55 a.m. Friday, March 21, 1997, at his home after a three-month illness.

Mr. Webber was born Oct. 22, 1930, at Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1948. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. before retiring in 1983. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Webb City.

He married May Margaret Schooler on March 21, 1952, at Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Daniel Webber, Joplin, and Steven Webber, Oologah, Okla.; a sister, Betty Allen, Joplin; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Carterville. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Webber, Steven Webber, Tom Clark, Pete Dixon, Kenny Creed and Brent Hood.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Liberty Baptist Church, Webb City.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Contributions may be made to the School Scholarship Fund or to the Spring River Baptist Association, in care of the funeral home.

Richard Bland

STOTTS CITY, Mo. Services for Richard W. ``Dick'' Bland, 74, Stotts City, who died Thursday, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, southeast of Stotts City.

The Rev. Fred Fieker will officiate.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Daisy Henderson

AURORA, Mo. Daisy Mae Henderson, 57, Aurora, died at 3:40 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 1997, in her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Henderson was born July 14, 1939, at Neillsville, Wis. She was an elementary teacher and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Aurora, the Aurora Education Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association, the International Reading Association and the Aurora Airport Board.

She married Ron Henderson on July 4, 1984, in Aurora. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Casey Shook, Lawrence, Kan.; two daughters, Traci King, Aurora, and Kristi Lundgren, Springfield; a stepson, Matt Henderson, St. Louis; four stepdaughters, Valerie Henderson and Grace Henderson, both of Manhattan, Kan., Mary Schutter, Corvalis, Ore., and Beth Hammond, Emporia, Kan.; her mother and stepfather, Daisy and Hal Harrill, Pacoima, Calif.; a brother, Bert Hart, hometown unavailable; two daughters, Judy Pernice, Simi Valley, Calif., and Linda Carver, Bouquet Canyon, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Services were Friday at the First Baptist Church, Aurora. The Rev. Tommy Blair and the Rev. Harold Gold officiated. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Contributions may be made to the Daisy Henderson Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Roy Long

NEOSHO, Mo. Roy Lee Long, 79, 602 N. Jefferson Ave., Neosho, died at 9:05 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a three-month illness.

Mr. Long was born Aug. 30, 1917, at Fairview. He was a lifelong area resident. He worked for the Neosho street department for many years, retiring in August 1981.

He married Opal Pogue on Dec. 12, 1940, at Purdy. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Norma Ledford and Bonnie Phelan, both of Neosho; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with Alan Gaines, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery at Stella.

Pallbearers will be Ron Pogue, Charles Weston, Steve Weston, Donald Weston, Danny Pogue, and Grover Pogue.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Noah Neely

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Noah J. Neely, 88, Mount Vernon, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 1997, at a Monett nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Neely was born Jan. 26, 1909, at Jenkins. He spent most of his life in Mount Vernon. He was a retired worker for the Carnation Can Co., Mount Vernon. He had been a member of the Mount Vernon Saddle Club and the Baptist Hill Organization board. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Odd Fellows Lodge.

He married Georgia Jane Pruitt on March 12, 1931, in Mount Vernon. She died July 16, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Sidney Neely, Springfield; a sister, Imogene Atkinson, Mount Vernon; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Williams Cemetery, west of Mount Vernon. The Rev. Gary Gilmore will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon.

Harold Prescott

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Harold S. Prescott Sr., 89, Mount Vernon, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 1997, at a nursing home in Mount Vernon after an illness.

Mr. Prescott was born April 24, 1907, at Pawtucket, R.I. He graduated in 1930 from Brown University with a degree in civil engineering. He moved in 1948 from Rhode Island to Placerville, Calif., where he operated an engineering office until retiring in 1969. He moved to Missouri in 1969.

He was a Baptist and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Miller and the Shrine. He served in the Corps of Engineers during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie Prescott; three sons, Harold S. Prescott Jr., Placerville, Lawrence L. Prescott, Sapulpa, Okla., and Glenn S. Prescott, Seneca; a daughter, Colleen S. Prescott, Denver, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Beverly Bauche, North Kingstown, R.I., and Glenda Drenon, Diamond Springs, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three wives, two sons, a daughter, a stepson,and a stepdaughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Philip Steenrod

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Philip H. Steenrod, 74, Ottawa, Kan., formerly of Lockwood, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, after an illness.

Mr. Steenrod was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Lockwood. He graduated from Lockwood High School in 1940. He moved to Ottawa in 1961 from Missouri, where he had lived in Lockwood and Carthage.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He later served in the Missouri National Guard before being discharged in 1951 as a sergeant. He worked for several years at Harnig Sheet Metal Co., Lawrence, Kan. He worked for 16 years in the maintenance department of the Kansas State Highway Department, retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lockwood. He was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie Lodge No. 2700, Ottawa. He was a former Boy Scout leader and member of the Ottawa Men's Bowling Association.

He married Lucy Beals on Sept. 15, 1956, in Lockwood. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Philip Steenrod, Litchfield, Minn.; two daughters, Ginger Milbern and Rebecca Grauel, both of Ottawa; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Pastor Duane Pedrow will officiate. Bural will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5901, Ottawa.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Additional visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Eagle's Lodge Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Neet Rickman

E. Wanetta ``Neet'' Rutherford Rickman, 81, Joplin, died at 12:25 p.m. Monday at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Rickman was born June 29, 1915, in Joplin. She lived most of her life in Joplin, except from 1963 to 1969, when she lived at West Covina, Calif. She was a homemaker.

She married Howard Rickman on Sept. 13, 1940, in Joplin. He died July 19, 1968.

Survivors include two daughters, Dixie Garvin, Joplin, and Neeta Quinn, Newport Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Maxine Duley and Pauline Hamm, both of Joplin; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Aaron Brown will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Contributions may be made to the Parkinson's and Other Neurological Diseases (POND) support group, in care of the mortuary.

Bernie Shrum

The Rev. Bernie Bruce Shrum, 84, Lowry City, a former Joplin area resident, died at 6:02 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 1997, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola, after an illness. Mr. Shrum was born Sept. 13, 1912, in Bellinger County. He lived his early life in Southwest Missouri. He attended Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar and Southwestern Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained a minister at Vista Baptist Church, near Osceola. He has pastored churches at Vista, Osceola, Asbury, Joplin and Sarcoxie in Missouri, Kellogg, Idaho, Enumclaw, Wash., and Sheridan, Wyo. After he retired in 1980, he continued to pastor Round Prairie Baptist Church in Bates County and later Gerster Baptist Church in St. Clair County.

He married Lula Brown on Feb. 9, 1935, in Douglas County. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Nancy Carrell, Butler, and Suzanne Storm, Overland Park, Kan.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. The Rev. Todd Forman and the Rev. John Barrett officiated. Burial was in Lowry City (Mo.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Maynard Duzan, Mike Floyd, Ed Misner, Lloyd Davis, Howard Burnett and Randy Hargis.

Jean Johnson

EVERTON, Mo. Jean Ann Johnson, 70, Everton, died at 3:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 14, 1926, at Grand Rapids, Minn. She lived in Paris Springs, near Everton, the past 35 years. She was a homemaker.

She married Robert Johnson on Nov. 30, 1946, at St. Paul, Minn. He survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Thomas Johnson, Alamogordo, N.M., David Harold Johnson, Miller, Martin Victor Johnson, Halltown, and Clifford Paul Johnson, Ozark; four daughters, Virginia Ann Harmon, McClurg, Katherine Eileen Bamberry, Springfield, Sally Jean Kennedy and Margaret Kay Hadley, both of Sedan, Kan.; her mother, Emma Lindstrom, Maplewood, Minn.; four sisters, Ruth Gibbons, Sun City, Ariz., Ellsa Sorenson, White Bear Lake, Minn., Linda Gulick, Miller, Carole Lunderen, White Bear Lake; 26 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Rodger Sutherland will officiate. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Mary Mackowiak

CARTHAGE, Mo. Mary Katherine Mackowiak, 63, Carthage, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1996, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Mackowiak was born June 2, 1933, in Richwood, W.Va. She was a homemaker. She was employed at Frames Family Restaurant in Sommerville, W.Va.

Her husband, Victor John Mackowiak, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a son, Joseph Mackowiak, Marmet, W.Va.; three daughters, Ann Walton and Melissa Mackowiak, both of Aurora, Ill., and Melanie Persinger, state of West Virginia; three sisters, Evelene Dodson, Carthage, Helen Sigley, Carthage, and Barbara Coffman, Gassaway, W.Va.; her stepmother, Betty Coffman, Gassaway; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greene Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, W.Va. Burial will be in Barkers Ridge Cemetery, near Sutton.

Local arrangements were made by Ulmer Funeral Home.

Faye Payne

CARTHAGE, Mo. Faye Emma Payne, 83, Carthage, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Payne was born April 14, 1913, at Bowers Mills. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a retired office clerk for State Farm Insurance. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She married Leonard W. Payne on July 2, 1932, in Kansas City. He died Sept. 26, 1984.

She is survived by a son, James L. Payne, Kansas City; a sister, Della D. Johnson, Carthage; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Sutter will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

James Harmon

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. James E. Harmon, 67, Rogers, Ark., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rogers, after a sudden illness. He was the son of James O. Harmon, Baxter Springs.

Mr. Harmon was born July 12, 1929, at Girard. He was involved in law enforcement most of his life. He had been a dispatcher for the Pittsburg Police Department. He worked for the FBI before he joined the Treasury Department in 1955. He worked as a special agent in charge of several states and became a regional director in 1968. He did two tours of duty at the Washington, D.C., Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He retired in 1979.

He later started a Brangus breeding operation, followed by an Angus breeding program at Piney Creek Angus Ranch near Rogers. He was a member of the International Brangus Breeders Association and the American Angus Association.

He was a member of the American Peace Officers Association. He received service recognition from the Mexican commandant of the Federal Police for assistance in ATF law enforcement from 1976 to 1979. He was a veteran of the Air Force and served in the Air Police and the Office of Special Investigations.

Additional survivors include his wife, Barbara Blanco Harmon; two sons, Dr. Steven K. Harmon, New Bern, N.C., and Michael J. Harmon, Rockwall, Texas; two daughters, Deborah L. Harmon, Rogers, and Cynthia A. Harmon, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Jane Millicent Price, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Larry Harmon, The Colony, Texas; and two granddaughters.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Christian Church, Baxter Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Funeral Home, Rogers.

Robert Ryon

RIVERTON, Kan. Robert Leon Ryon, 52, Riverton, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Ryon was born March 12, 1944, in Baxter Springs. He was a lifetime Riverton area resident. He retired on Dec. 19, 1994, as a maintenance worker for The Empire District Electric Co. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of Iron Gates Christian Church, Joplin, and Galena Masonic Lodge.

He married Donna Hayward on April 8, 1966, in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Debbie Rawlins, Lowell; a brother, Richard Ryon, Lowell; two sisters, Florence Martin, Galena, and Betty Williams, Joplin; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Hubert Hinton will officiate. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena.

Pallbearers will be John North, Wade Palone, Mike Myers, Tim Smith, Carl Morgan and Albert Melton.

The Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail will perform burial rites at graveside.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Norma Hall

COMMERCE, Okla. Services for Norma Sue Hall, 60, 300 N. Maple St., who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

The Rev. Mark Linn and The Rev. Ralph Reddout will officiate.

Burial will be in GAR Cemetery in Miami.

Pallbearers will be Tom Gilbert, James Hall, George Montgomery, Harold Allen, Shawn Allgood and Jerry Allgood.

Opal Utsler

WELCH, Okla. Opal L. Utsler, 74, Welch route 2, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Utsler was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Miami, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was an operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years. She was graduated in 1940 from Miami High School. She was a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers, Rebekah Lodge of Miami and Mound Valley Baptist Church. She married Charles Utsler Sr. on Jan. 28, 1940, in Miami. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Phillis Jane Hughes, Welch; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.


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