Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Marjorie Christians 

Marjorie L. Christians, 61, 4807 Byers Ave., died at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at her home after one year of ill health. 

Mrs. Christians was born April 2, 1935, at Windom, Minn. She moved to Joplin in 1990 from Kimberling City. She assisted her husband in the home construction business in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Iowa. They also worked with All-State Insurance Co. doing construction and repair work. She was a licensed beautician and had been an instructor at a beauty college in Broken Arrow, Okla. 

For 10 years, she and her husband were associated with the Upper Room Mission, doing mission work in Guatemala and the United States. She was a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center at Broken Arrow. She was a member of Joplin Church Alive. 

She married Ray Christians on May 28, 1952, at Clarion, Iowa. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Steven Christians, Bentonville, Ark., and Jeffery Christians, Joplin; four daughters, Jacqueline VanLoan, Joplin, Katherine Rayhons, Garner, Iowa, Shawn Minnis, Lubbock, Texas, and Lisa Fragas, Fayetteville, N.C.; five brothers, Robert Pierce and Richard Pierce, both of Mason City, Iowa, Theodore Pierce, Burlington, Wis., David Pierce, Grundy Center, Iowa, and Frank Pierce, Jane; five sisters, Loretta Palmer, Joplin, Rose Dishong, Fairmont, Minn., Betty Koenen, Bentonville, and Phyllis Diekhuis and Faye Greiman, both of Garner; and 19 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Joplin. John Koehler, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Jeremy Christians, Allen Christians, Kevin Christians, Kris Christians, Travis Rayhons and Ryan Rayhons. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the Upper Room Mission, Garner, Iowa. 

Ida Hayes 

Services for Ida L. Hayes, 57, Springfield, a former Joplin resident who died Monday, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Richmond (Mo.) Assembly of God Church. 

The Rev. Floyd Rash will officiate. Burial will be in Todd's Chapel Cemetery, west of Richmond. 

Pallbearers will be Scott Medley, Charles Reberry, Joshua Reberry, Michael Caylor, William Caylor and Phillip LaFollette. 

Contributions may be made to the Ida Hayes Memorial Fund, in care of Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. 

Jeweldean Merriman 

Jeweldean L. Merriman, 64, 2208 Missouri Ave., died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Merriman was born Oct. 3, 1931, at St. Louis. She had lived 31 years in Joplin, moving from St. Charles. She was a homemaker. She had worked at H&R Block, retiring in 1988. 

She married Gene C. Merriman on April 19, 1952, at St. Louis. He survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Gene Merriman Jr., Joplin, and Ray Merriman, Lowell, Kan.; a brother, Terry Michael Johnston, Joplin; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Randy Wilson, minister, will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the hospice organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center. 

Jeff Mueller 

Richard Jeffrey ``Jeff'' Mueller, 31, Joplin, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at his home of a sudden illness. 

Mr. Mueller was born Oct. 3, 1964, in Joplin. He lived at Canyon City, Colo., for 15 years, returning to Joplin in 1985. He was a 1984 graduate of the Colorado Art Institute at Steamboat Springs, Colo. He was a member of Canyon City Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include his father, Richard E. Mueller, Joplin; his mother, Michele Vandever, Joplin; a brother, Rob Howard, Joplin; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Mueller, Joplin; and maternal grandmother, Helen Shade, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Jason Brant will officiate. 

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

John Brisbin 

LAMAR, Mo. John Albert Brisbin, 77, Lamar, died at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Brisbin was born Oct. 25, 1918, at Cherokee, Kan. He graduated from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He moved to Barton County from Pittsburg in 1949. He retired in 1979 as director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Barton County. 

He served in the Army during World War II. He was a 30-year member of the Lions Club, Lamar. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Lamar, and the National Rifle Association. 

He married Helen Corinne Coslet on May 6, 1943, at Pittsburg. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Anthony Brisbin and Joe Brisbin, both of Lamar; a daughter, Nancy Tahhan, Liberal; five brothers, James Brisbin, Bill Brisbin, Larry Brisbin, Vernon Brisbin and Steve Brisbin, all of Cherokee; three sisters, Mary Watson, Louise Brooks and Gracella Letchworth, all of Cherokee; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, Lamar. The Rev. Doug Oakes will officiate. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery, west of Lamar. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church. 

Arrangements are under direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. 

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund at the church. 

Jean Courtney 

NEOSHO, Mo. Services for Jean Swift Courtney, 76, San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Neosho, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery. 

Ministers Bill Masters and Clement Graham will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

The casket will be closed. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, San Antonio. 

Jessie Doty 

JENKINS, Mo. Jessie Audrey Doty, 80, Springfield, a Jenkins native, died at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. Doty was born April 28, 1916, in Jenkins. He had lived in Springfield for 42 years. He was a self-employed equipment operator. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and received a Purple Heart and other commendations. 

He married Jean Painter on Aug. 22, 1951. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Beverly McNeese, York, Neb., and Anita Lewis, Springfield; two sisters, Reba Jones and Herma Edwards, both of Springfield; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Dick Clay will officiate. Burial will be in Clio Cemetery, Jenkins. 

Pallbearers will be Carl Doty, Robert Doty, Bill Jones, Tim McNeese, Noland McNeese and Wesley Lewis. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Arthur Dunkle 

NEOSHO, Mo. Memorial services for Arthur C. Dunkle, 94, 601 W. McCord St., who died Monday, will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Woodard-Freund Funeral Home, Neosho. 

The Rev. John C. Harp will officiate. 

The body has been cremated. 

The family will receive friends after the services at the funeral home. 

Lela Harrison 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Lela M. Tacker Harrison, 88, 113 E. College Ave., died at 10:37 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Harrison was born Jan. 21, 1908, at Berryville, Ark. She lived most of her life in Carthage. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. 

She married Frank J. Gray on March 19, 1927, in Benton County, Ark. He died April 18, 1968. She married Willard Harrison on May 3, 1979, in Carthage. He died July 10, 1992. 

Survivors include six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the home of a granddaughter, Susan Stark, Carthage route 4. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Ray Crews will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Pearl Osborn 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Services for Pearl Marie Osborn, 83, Sarcoxie, who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

The Rev. Michael Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

The family will be at the family home, 305 N. 14th St. 

Jackie Parish 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Jackie Parish, 63, Mount Vernon, died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Parish was born May 24, 1933, at Mobile, Ala. She had lived at La Russell before moving to Mount Vernon. She worked at Walgreen's drugstore, Joplin, before retiring because of ill health. 

Survivors include three sons, Howard Parish, Joplin, George Parish, Dodge City, Kan., and David Parish, Denver, Colo.; her mother, Doris Calvin, La Russell; four brothers, John Calvin, Rogers, Ark., Charles Calvin, La Russell, C.D. Calvin, Odessa, Texas, and Bobby Calvin, Mount Vernon; four sisters, Ollie Gage, Sarcoxie, Joyce Brown, Kingfisher, Okla., and Sue Bass and Jerita Clemmons, both of Joplin; and seven grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Harvey Cemetery, north of Sarcoxie. The Rev. Kenneth Holman will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Daniel Simpson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Memorial services for Daniel R. Simpson, 45, Lewiston, Calif., a Neosho native, who died July 14, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodard-Freund Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Michael Simpson, minister, will officiate. 

The family will receive friends after the services at the funeral home. 

Ben Stark 

SENECA, Mo. Benjamin F. ``Ben'' Stark, 90, 914 Chickasaw St., died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness. 

Mr. Stark was born Aug. 16, 1906, in Todd County, Minn. He moved to Seneca in 1972 from Hewitt, Minn. He was a member of Seneca Church of Christ. He was a retired farmer. 

He married Cleva Roller on June 15, 1930. She died Nov. 2, 1994. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Seneca Church of Christ, with Bob Hampton, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Powers Cemetery, east of Diamond. 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Don Hilburn, John Hoffman, Ralph Purcell, Pete Peterson, Raymond Stilley and Bob Wilson. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Mario Vasquez Jr. 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Mario L. Vasquez Jr., 2-month-old son of Mario L. Vasquez Sr. and Elsaveronica Vasquez, Carthage, died at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, after a illness since birth. 

The infant was born June 20 at Joplin. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Diana Vasquez, state of Texas; paternal grandmother, Guadape Portillo, Pomona, Calif.; and maternal grandmother, Blanca Estela Lopez, Cinaloa, Mexico. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fullerton Cemetery, south of Carthage. The Rev. Rick Jones will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Contributions may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, in care of the funeral home. 

Josephine Seymour 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Josephine Grandle Banta Seymour, 88, Topeka, a Pittsburg native, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at a nursing home in Topeka after an illness. 

Mrs. Seymour was born June 8, 1908, in Pittsburg, where she lived most of her life. She moved to Topeka in January 1995. She graduated in 1926 from the former College High School, Pittsburg. She attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University. 

She had operated a jewelry store and had been director of Nation Hall at Kansas State Teachers College. She was a charter member of the Friday Study Club. She had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ladies of the Grand Old Army and the Order of the Eastern Star. 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburg. She volunteered many years with the American Red Cross. During World War II, she served in the Home Service Department. After the war, she was chairwoman for many years of the Volunteer Special Services. 

She married Clifton Edward Banta on Feb. 5, 1929. He died July 19, 1963. She married Merrill Seymour on July 15, 1970. He died April 21, 1994. 

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Bunten, Topeka; a son, Clifton Edward Banta, Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg. The Rev. Robert Bardeen will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 

Juanita Zortz 

FRONTENAC, Kan. Juanita M. Zortz, 76, 205 S. Cayuga St., died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Zortz was born Nov. 30, 1919, at Franklin. She attended schools at Franklin. She lived at Pittsburg until moving to Frontenac in 1947. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant at Parsons during World War II. She was a Catholic. 

She married John J. Zortz on Dec. 4, 1937, at Pittsburg. He died March 6, 1979. 

Surviving are a daughter, Gloria Ohlhausen, Joplin, Mo.; two sons, Tom Zortz, Pittsburg, and Richard Zortz, Frontenac; two sisters, Twylia Zaccarello, Pittsburg, and Marge Schummer, Rohnert Park, Calif.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The Rev. Sam Pinkerton will officiate. A procession to the cemetery will leave Friskel Funeral Home, Frontenac, at 9:45 a.m. Friday. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Friends also may call at the home of a son, Tom Zortz, 207 W. 20th St., Pittsburg. 

Marie Ellison 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Graveside services for Marie Elodie Ellison, 73, 119 N. Perry St., who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wyandotte (Okla.) Cemetery. 

The Rev. Ron Mimms will officiate. 

The body may be viewed after 9 a.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland. 

James Hughey 

GROVE, Okla. James Hughey, 61, Grove, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 1996, at Barnes Hospital's Hope Lodge, St. Louis, Mo., after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Hughey was born April 10, 1935, at Stigler. He had lived in Grove since 1991. He moved to the Riverton-Baxter Springs, Kan., area at the age of 4. He was a 1953 graduate of Riverton High School. He worked for B.F. Goodrich Co. for 31 years before retiring. He owned and managed Four State Beverage at Carthage, Mo., for 3" years, and he worked at Big Daddy's Super Stop at Seneca, Mo., for five years. 

He was a longtime amateur and professional boxing official. He was a judge at an International Boxing Federation world championship title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. He also judged one North American title fight, and had judged televised boxing matches. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Baxter Springs. He was a Boy Scout and later became an assistant Scoutmaster. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard. 

Survivors include a son, Michael Hughey, Riverton; two daughters, Lynette Whitlow, Baxter Springs, and Missy Nichols, Alvin, Texas; his parents, Chester and Jimmie Lynn Hughey, Baxter Springs; a sister, Glenda Gail Saunders, Stigler; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Charlie King and the Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. 

Pallbearers will be Jack Price, Auggie Junge, Bill Evans, Charlie Button, Charlie Kuehn and Stanley Elsten. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

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