Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Beatrice Berry
Beatrice Berry, 83, Joplin route 4, died at 1:37 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. Mrs. Berry was born July 9, 1913, at Springfield, and lived in the Joplin area for 37 years. She owned and operated Bea's Cafe. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Pythian Sisters. She was a Baptist. She married Wilber Berry in 1951 in Bentonville, Ark. He died April 29, 1989. Survivors include two sons, Richard Martin, Carthage, and Wilber Berry Jr., Joplin; a daughter, Betty Weeks, Republic; a brother, Charles Downs, Springfield; a sister, Virginia Sammons, Giddings, Texas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Modock Cemetery, Seneca. Wilber Berry Jr. will officiate. Pallbearers will be Mark Maples, Joe Weeks, William Martin, Ray E. Martin, Karen Weeks and Bob Weeks. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the cerebral palsey center at Webb City, in care of the funeral home.

Blanche Bicknell
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Services for Blanche Storey Bicknell, 99, Beatrice, Neb., formerly of Carl Junction, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction, with the Rev. Bob Simon officiating. Burial will be in the Carl Junction Cemetery. Additional survivors include a sister, Geraldine McKee, Webb City.

Bobie Blewer, Marilyn Blewer
PIERCE CITY, Mo. Bobie J. Blewer, 56, and Marilyn S. Blewer, 48, Pierce City route 2, died Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa. Their deaths were ruled homicides. Mr. Blewer was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Jackson, Tenn. In 1972, he moved to from Joplin to the Granby area on Pierce City route 2. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Granby Masonic Lodge No. 514. Mrs. Blewer was born Dec. 10, 1946, at Battlefield. She was a member of the Granby Forum Club. The couple were married April 19, 1969, at Springfield. They were members of Granby Methodist Church. They operated a funnel cake concession at fairs and other events in the central United States. They are survived by a son, Beau Blewer, Pierce City; two daughters, Jamie Borushaski, Granby, and Jada Blewer, Pierce City; and two grandchildren. His survivors also include his mother, Laura Blewer, Humboldt, Tenn.; and two brothers, Arnold Blewer, Troy, Ill., and Charles Blewer, Casa Grande, Ariz. Her survivors also include a sister, Sheree Estes, Springfield. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Alice Sutton will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call after 9 a.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Masonic services for Mr. Blewer will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Charles Crowell
AURORA, Mo. Charles G. Crowell, 63, Aurora, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Crowell was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Aurora. He was a foreman in a department of Vaisey Bristol Shoe Co., Monett. He was a Baptist. He married Clarrissa ``Sally'' Garrett on Aug. 1, 1950, in Aurora. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Dwayne Crowell, Cassville; two daughters, Glenda Main, Monett, and Lisa Pendergrass, Aurora; his mother, Dora Crowell, Aurora; three sisters, Shirley Ball, Mulvane, Kan., Pamela Pendergrass, Mesa, Ariz., and Judy Dunigan, Big Fork, Mont.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. Harold Cooper and the Rev. Virgil Stewart officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Maurice Dahmer
NEVADA, Mo. Maurice Lee Dahmer Sr., 83, Nevada, died Tuesday morning, April 13, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, after a long illness. Mr. Dahmer was born Dec. 5, 1912, in Nevada. He attended Milo schools and was a 1931 graduate of Nevada High School. He farmed all his life on a farm west of Milo. He was a member of Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564 and Nevada Eagles. He married Eula Grace Skinner on Aug. 21, 1932, at Lamar. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Maurice Lee Dahmer Jr., Nevada, Charles Dean Dahmer, Sheldon, and Pat Dahmer, Denver, Colo.; three daughters, Dianne Morris, Raytown, Kay Wells, Kansas City, and Sue Crawford, Lee's Summit; two brothers, Charles Denton Dahmer, Durango, Colo., and Glenn Dean Dahmer, Nevada; a sister, Laudell Smith, Wenatchee, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Nevada High School scholarship program or the Arthritis Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

Ada Dalin
NEVADA, Mo. Ada Lee Dalin, 90, Leon Valley, Texas, formerly of Nevada, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 1996, at her son's home atLeon Valley after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Dalin was born Aug. 4, 1906, at Independence, Kan. She moved in 1974 to Nevada and in 1995 to Texas. She was a member of a Seventh-day Adventist Church. She married Roy F. Dalin on Dec. 31, 1923. He died on July 28, 1983. Surviving are two sons, Earl Dalin, Leon Valley, and Dale Dalin, St. Paul, Kan.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Newton Burial Park Nevada. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Rick Lamb
CARTHAGE, Mo. Graveside memorial services for Charles Richard ``Rick'' Lamb Jr., 41, Carthage route 5, who died Sunday, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Howard Cemetery, Goodman. The Rev. Charlie Burnett will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Norval Lehman
CARTHAGE, Mo. Norval Whisler Lehman, 85, Carthage, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Lehman was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Afton, Iowa. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. In 1947, he moved to Carthage from Kansas City. He owned and operated the Townhouse Restaurant in Carthage and then established the Deluxe Sandwich Shop in Carthage, which he operated for 30 years. He retired from the restaurant business, and then owned and operated L & D Industrial in the Kendricktown community. He was co-founder of the Grace Rescue Mission, which later became Soul's Harbor in Carthage. He was a member of United Commercial Travelers. He was a Methodist. He married Effie May Wynn on Oct. 14, 1934. She died Jan. 10, 1981. Survivors include a daughter, Janie Bratton, Carthage; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Burial will be in Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir, Kan. The Rev. Stephen Carroll will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Contributions may be made to the New Hope Hospice or to Soul's Harbor of Carthage, in care of the funeral home.

James Pelance
WASHBURN, Mo. James E. Pelance, 39, Washburn, died at 1:59 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at the home of his mother and sister, Washburn, after a long illness. Mr. Pelance was born May 21, 1957, at Seymour, Ind. He earned a master's degree in engineering while in Indiana. He lived in various states while working as an environmental investigator for the Environmental Protection Agency. He moved to Washburn from California in May 1996. He was a Free Will Methodist. Survivors include his mother, Olga Pelance, Washburn; and two sisters, Mary Pelance, Washburn, and Patricia Pelance, Memphis, Tenn. No services are planned. The body will be cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Donald Powell
SENECA, Mo. Donald Clarence Powell, 66, Seneca, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Powell was born May 16, 1930, in Warren County, Ky. He moved to Seneca from Russellville, Ark., in 1986. He owned Don's General Cleaning Service. He attended Shepherd's Chapel at Gravette, Ark. He served from 1950 to 1953 in the Army. He married Joycelene Ella Johnson on May 9, 1952, at Farmington, N.M. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, David C. Powell, Seneca, and Daniel L. Powell and Joseph D. Powell, both of Joplin; a daughter, Laura Osborne, Joplin; a brother, Joe M. Powell, Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Leona Woods, Nashville, Tenn., and Nora D. Parker, Rockledge, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Racine (Mo.) Christian Church. The Rev. Daniel Powell will officiate. The body was to be cremated. Contributions may be made to the Southwest Missouri Bank Memorial Fund for Missions. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Fred Roller
WASHBURN, Mo. Fred Roller, 79, Washburn, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a short illness. Mr. Roller was born Aug. 18, 1916, at Seligman. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked at the MFA Exchange in Washburn for several years. He worked at Campbell Point Boat Dock at Shell Knob the past 15 years. He was a member and deacon of Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Wanda Burnett on June 4, 1938, at Mount Vernon. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Freddie Roller, Billings, Russell Roller and Jim Roller, both of Washburn; three sisters, Nadine Morris, Portland, Ore., Mamie Arnhart, Ash Flat, Ark., and Anna Mae Sanders, Cassville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Washburn. The Rev. Aaron Nowland will officiate. Burial will be in Washburn Prairie Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Contributions may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church or the American Lung Association, in care of the funeral home.

Virgil Shepard
GOLDEN, Mo. Virgil G. Shepard, 71, Golden, was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after drowning at the Sweetwater access point on Table Rock Lake. Mr. Shepard was born June 27, 1925, at Kenwood. He moved to Golden from Nevada about seven years ago. He was a truck driver for Willis Shaw Express before retiring in 1987. He was a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II. He married Jennie E. Mendenhall on Sept. 10, 1967, at Atlanta, Mo. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, James Baker and Leroy Baker, both of Neosho; four daughters, Theresa Morgan, Monett, Helena Mayfield, Cassville, Lucida Palmer, Neosho, and Gloria Long, Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Richard Shepard, Pierce City, and Norman Shepard, Monett; two sisters, Evelyn Phumphery, Pierce City, and Lavon George, Monett; and 12 grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at IOOF Cemetery, Monett. The Rev. E.L. Buck will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Keith Washam
MILLER, Mo. Ray Keith Washam, 73, Miller, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness. Mr. Washam was born July 1, 1923, at Miller. He lived in the state of California for 30 years and returned to Miller to retire in 1986. He was a retired produce manager for Market Basket food stores. He was a member of Benjamin-Elliott-Stockton American Legion Post No. 120. He was a Baptist, a member of the Miller Senior Housing Authority and the Miller Senior Citizens' Club. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Sue Ploesch, Auburn, Calif., and Linda Lea Hartman, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Marie Hutchinson, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, with the Rev. O. Paul Ray officiating. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, northeast of Miller. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Rogers Jr.
COLUMBUS, Kan. Charles W. Rogers Jr., 81, Columbus, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. Mr. Rogers was born Feb. 27, 1915, at Hallowell. He attended schools in Columbus. He worked as a pipe fitter in California and other states before retiring in 1964. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was on board a ship at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. He was a member of Sherwin Christian Church, Sherwin. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 3, Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1372, Columbus, and the Pipe-Fitters Union Local 389, Los Angeles. He married Ruth Rhyne in 1934. She died in 1939. Survivors include a son, Bobbie Rogers, Columbus; a daughter, Mary Ann Osborne, state of California; two sisters, Hazel Freeman Graham, Columbus, and Ida Sampica, Parsons; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Edgmand Cemetery, northwest of Columbus, with the Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 3, Columbus. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Contributions may be made to Sherwin Christian Church or Oswego Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Olive Riley
COMMERCE, Okla. Olive E. Riley, 71, Commerce, died at noon Tuesday, Aug.13, 1996, at the Baptist Regional Hospital, Miami, after a long illness. Mrs. Riley was born on Sept. 26, 1924, in Commerce. She was a lifetime area resident. She had worked at a Howard Johnson restaurant in Miami and at the Eastwood Manor in Commerce. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Commerce. She married Montie Riley on Nov. 11, 1950, at Huntsville, Ark. He died on Jan. 8, 1979. Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Garner, Picher; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at William Timberhill Cemetery, east of Welch. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.


 

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