Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Wilma Powell 

Wilma Corine Bulger Powell, 84, 2114 Sergeant Ave., died at 11:12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Powell was born Nov. 7, 1911, in Joplin. She was a lifetime Joplin resident. She had worked for the former Sam Levin Co.; Schulte United Shoe Store; Montgomery Ward; the Joplin Credit Bureau; Barnett Ramel Optical; the offices of Dr. Jack Grant and Dr. Wendell Fuhr; the Professional Credit Bureau; the Credit Bureau of Carthage; and the former Macy's Department Store. 

She was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church. She had been president of Joplin Credit Women International and Missouri Credit Women International. She was past president of the Business and Professional Women of Joplin and past regent for six years of the Joplin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the D.A.R. Regents Club. 

She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War; John Combs Chapter of Colonial Dames, Seventeenth Century; the Bruce Society in America; the Society of Descendants of the Order of Queen Boadicea; the Poindexter Descendants Association; the Stovall Family Association; the Joplin Genealogical Society; the Montgomery County Genealogical Society; the American Association of Retired Persons; the Prestige organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center; and Mercantile Bank's MESA organization. She was a life member of the Jamestown Society. 

Her husband, Max Powell, died July 11, 1985. 

Survivors include two sons, Phillip Ray Powell, University City, and Lynn Max Powell, Ignacio, Colo.; a sister, Belva Zirjacks, Victoria, Texas; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. J.K. Wright and Phillip Powell will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the D.A.R. Scholarship Fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Katie Whitney 

Katie Deloris Whitney, 64, 515 Connor Ave., died at 6:57 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Whitney was born Feb. 3, 1932, at Ponca, Neb. She had lived in Joplin since 1990, moving from Sioux City, Iowa. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Central Assembly of God Church, Sioux City. 

She married Soren Amos Whitney on Oct. 17, 1952, at Vicksburg, Miss. He survives. 

Other survivors include three daughters, Jemma Fuggent and LeAnn Tomlin, both of Joplin, and Cathleen Marrs, Carterville; a sister, Joyce Emmick, Billings, Mont.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Eugene Armstrong 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Eugene C. Armstrong, 63, 1923 Wynnwood St., died at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Armstrong was born March 30, 1933, in Johnson County. He had lived in Carthage three years, moving from Clinton. 

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Ann Tigner, Independence, and Carolyn Edwards, Lancaster, Calif. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Carrsville Cemetery, north of Clinton. 

Arrangements are under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Merlin Arthur 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Merlin K. Arthur, 87, 503 E. 25th St., died at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Lowell after a short illness. 

Mr. Arthur was born Aug. 28, 1908, at Atchison. He moved from Atchison to Raytown, Mo., as a youth. He moved to Baxter Springs five years ago. He was a self-employed pharmacist at Kansas City, Mo., and Raytown for more than 60 years. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Kansas City. He was president of the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association in 1964. 

He married Polly Hausner on Jan. 19, 1928, at Olathe. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Jack Arthur, Littleton, Colo.; three daughters, Ruth Chubb, Baxter Springs, Mary Kay Day, Albuquerque, N.M., and Alice MacPherson, Columbus; a sister, Irene V. Arthur, Lee's Summit, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Baxter Springs Cemetery. The Rev. Roger Noah will officiate. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Private memorial services will be conducted Saturday at Quaker Hill Manor, Lowell. 

The body may be viewed after 2 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Kansas City, or to the patient activity fund at Quaker Hill Manor, in care of the funeral home. 

Corky Jones 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Corwin ``Corky'' Jones Jr., 42, Denver, Colo., a Pittsburg native, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at his home of an apparent suicide. 

Mr. Jones was born July 14, 1954, in Pittsburg. He was raised at Weir. He moved to the Houston, Texas, area in 1969. He owned a pet store in Denver. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Banta Jones, Denver; two daughters, Jennifer Jones and Emily Jones, both of Orlando, Okla.; his mother, Wanda Patterson, Houston; a brother, David Jones, Houston; five sisters, Deena Jones, Gina Beilke and Abby Patterson, all of Houston, Kristie Mayhew, Montrose, Colo., and Katy Williams, Marble Falls, Texas; and a grandmother, Melinda Jones, Pittsburg. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Houston. 

Arrangements are under direction of Allstate's Cremations, Wheat Ridge, Colo. 

Margaret Bowman 

Margaret Mae Ashcraft Bowman, 82, Joplin, died at 4:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Bowman was born March 29, 1914, at Webb City. She had lived in the Joplin area most of her life. She worked for the former Goetz-Niemer Surgical Supply Company in Joplin for 45 years, retiring in 1978. 

She was a member of South Joplin Christian Church. She was a former member of the Joplin Woman's Club and Joplin Pilot Club. 

She married Everett H. Bowman on Aug. 27, 1934, at Neosho. He died Nov. 22, 1966. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. Visitation will be after the services at the mortuary. 

Carolyn Cummins 

Carolyn H. Cummins, 55, Springfield, a former Joplin area resident, died at 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Cummins was born May 29, 1941, at Stark City. She was a secretary for a food manufacturing concern. 

She was a member of East Sunshine Church of Christ at Springfield. 

Survivors include a brother, Frank Cummins, Springfield; and a sister, Mary Deffenbaugh, Neosho. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenlawn Funeral Home, South, Springfield. Don Deffenbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Ruth Thomson 

Ruth M. Thomson, 82, Wichita, Kan., a former Joplin resident, died Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 21, 1996, at a Wichita nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Thomson was born May 6, 1914, at California, Mo. She moved to Joplin in 1946 from Warren, Ohio. She was a registered nurse. After retiring, she became a field nurse with the Jasper County Mental Health Clinic in Joplin. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Joplin, and the American Nurses Association. 

She married John C. ``Jack '' Thomson on Dec. 27, 1939, at Jefferson City. He died March 1, 1996. 

Survivors include a son, Bill Thomson, Wichita; a daughter, Jane Warner, Belton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial prayer services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Raymond Kunkel will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends after the prayer service at the mortuary. 

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

Katie Whitney 

Graveside services for Katie Deloris Whitney, 64, 515 Connor Ave., who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

The Rev. Deree C. Johnson will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 306 N. Wall Ave. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Daisy Bledsoe 

MONETT Daisy Dean Slankard Bledsoe, 94, died at 6:07 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at a Monett nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Bledsoe was born in the Jolly community, near Pierce City, on Dec. 17, 1901. She graduated from Pierce City High School. She attended Drury College, Springfield, Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, and what was formerly Kansas State College, Pittsburg. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State College, Springfield. 

She was a retired teacher, having taught 39 years. She retired from the Webb City School District in 1967. 

She was a World War II veteran, having served in the Women's Army Corp. She was a member of the Ninth Street Church of Christ. She was a member of the Barry County Retired Teachers Association, the National Retired Teachers Association and the Missouri State Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Hobbs-Anderson Auxiliary No. 91, American Legion, and the St. Vincent's Hospital Auxiliary. 

She married John D. Bledsoe on July 28, 1958. He died July 19, 1968. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Dale Graham and Gene Henbest will officiate. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

John Dalton 

STOTTS CITY, Mo. John J. Dalton, 67, Stotts City, died at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at the Sarcoxie Health Care Center, where he had been a patient for two days. 

Mr. Dalton was born July 28, 1929, at Independence. He was a self-employed laborer. 

Survivors include two sons, John R. Dalton, Carl Junction, and Arthur Ray Dalton, Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Mary Maxine Dawson, Fontona, Calif., and Laura Jean Dalton, Sacramento, Calif.; three brothers, Homer Dalton, Houston, Texas, Tom Dalton, Jefferson City, and James Dalton, Aurora; a sister, Marjorie Miller, Sacramento, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Moore Cemetery, near Stotts City. The Rev. Hubert Fugitt will officiate. 

No visitation is planned. Burial will be under the direction of Lakin Chapel, Stotts City. 

William Diggs 

LAMAR, Mo. William Henry Diggs, 93, Lamar, died at 4:25 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at a Lamar nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Diggs was born Nov. 25, 1902, at Arrow Rock. He was a long-time Barton County resident. He attended school in the Oakton area. He was a 1922 graduate of Carthage High School and a graduate of Draughon Business College at Springfield. After serving as an accountant in a feed and seed store at Afton, Okla., he returned to Oakton. He had farmed in Oakton until retiring and moving to Lamar. He was a member of Oakton Methodist Church. 

He married Hildreth H. Cook on July 15, 1928, at Girard, Kan. She died Aug. 22, 1980. 

Survivors include a brother, George Diggs, Lamar; and a sister, Ellabeth Stillings, Atchison, Kan. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Larry Garfield will officiate. Burial will be in Oakton Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Carl Compton, Donald McKibben, Richard Morgan, Joel Berry, J.D. Pahlow and Steve Diggs. 

Contributions may be made to Oakton Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Everett Pike 

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. Everett L. Pike Sr., 85, El Dorado Springs, died at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mr. Pike was born Sept. 23, 1910, at El Dorado Springs. He was a lifetime resident of Vernon County. He owned and operated Everett Pike Roofing Company at Nevada until retiring in 1972. 

He married Bernice O. Scantlin on April 9, 1935, at Harrisonville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Jimmy Ray Pike and Stanley Joe Pike, both of El Dorado Springs, and Tommy Tim Pike, Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Betty Hampton, El Dorado Springs, and Barbara Hume, Nevada; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. Ralph Satterlee will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Charles Tucker 

PURDY, Mo. Charles Edward Tucker, 32, Purdy, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, from injuries he received in a traffic accident. 

Mr. Tucker was born Aug. 4, 1964, at Riverside, Calif. He received his education in Morris, Ill. He moved to Purdy two years ago from Morris. He worked on the assembly line at EFCO Corporation, Monett. 

Survivors include his parents, Fred and Mary Tucker, Purdy; a sister, Tammy Kopczick, Braidwood, Ill.; paternal grandmother, Lola Bradley, Purdy; and paternal grandmother, Ethel Tucker, Moreno Valley, Calif. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. The Rev. Jerry Nickle will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Calvert Wilson 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Calvert W. ``C.W.'' Wilson, 77, Shell Knob, died at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fayetteville, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Wilson was born Jan. 3, 1919, at Cadiz, Ky. He moved to Shell Knob in 1974 from Oklahoma City, Okla. He was a retired Air Force veteran, serving during World War II in Africa and Italy. He worked for the government for 30 years, retiring from the Air Force in 1964 and the civil service in 1974. 

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Shell Knob, the 82nd Fighter Squadron and Retired Air Force Sergeants Association. 

He married Mary Kathleen Northern on June 28, 1945, in Arkansas. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Jan G. Delucia, Sacramento, Calif., and June Cromling, Oklahoma City; three sisters, Erma Davis and Marian Donaldson, both of Acuff, Texas, and Verna Appling, Lubbock, Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Mount Zion Cemetery, Steele. Fentor Northern and Robert Housby, ministers, will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to Magnolia Bible College, Kosciusko, Miss., in care of the funeral home. 

Margaret Marschallinger 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Margaret J. Marschallinger, 75, 2603 S. Taylor St., died at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a one-week illness. 

Mrs. Marschallinger was born June 1, 1921, at Girard. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a graduate of Girard High School. She was a homemaker and also had worked for Bell Telephone Co., Parsons. 

She was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pittsburg. She was a member of St. Mary's Altar Society, Mount Carmel Auxiliary. and was active with the Meals on Wheels program, all at Pittsburg. 

She married Jerome E. Marschallinger on June 25, 1945, in Pittsburg. He died Dec. 11, 1981. 

Survivors include five daughters, Jean M. Falke and Jane A. Gaudutis, both of Odessa, Mo., Mary J. Homolka, Farmington, N.M., Joyce M. Feder, Stilwell, and Linda T. Collar, Pittsburg; a sister, Evelyn S. West, Falls Church, Va.; and 11 grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Rev. Robert McElwee will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, with visitation to follow. 

The family will be at the home of Linda Collar, 3004 Woodgate Terrace, Pittsburg. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Jessie Short 

WEIR, Kan. Jessie Mae Short, 75, 608 E. Main St., died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after two years of ill health. 

Mrs. Short was born June 12, 1921, at Tulsa, Okla. She moved with her family to Cherokee at the age of seven. She moved to Weir from Cherokee six years ago. She had worked on the production line at the Kansas Ordinance Plant at Parsons for more than 15 years. She also worked at the Census Bureau and as a dispatcher for SEK-CAP. 

She was a member of Cherokee Methodist Church and the Kansas React organization. 

She married Charles M. Short on Sept. 24, 1942, at Girard. He died Sept. 17, 1976. 

Survivors include a daughter, Penny J. Blake, Cherokee; a brother, Joseph Pottorff, Cherokee; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. Delbert Chance will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

John Chambers 

MIAMI, Okla. John Wiley Chambers, 80, 2032 Harvard St., died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at a Picher nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Chambers was born Feb. 13, 1916, at Drumright. He moved to Miami in 1946. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He remained in the Army Reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company for 32 years at both the Miami and Fort Wayne, Ind., plants. He retired in 1978. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church at Miami, the Builders Sunday School Class, Northeast Oklahoma Chapter of Ex-Prisoners Of War, and Masonic Lodge No. 140, AF&AM, Miami. 

He married Ruth Black on June 12, 1941, at St. Louis, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Judy Tracy, Cheyenne; and Janet Catlon, St. Charles, Ill.; a son, Don Chambers, Clarksburg, N.J.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

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

Ronald Morgan 

GROVE, Okla. Ronald Ervin Drake Morgan, 36, Grove, died of a gunshot wound at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at the home of his mother and step-father, Ginger and Paul Morgan, east of Wyandotte. 

Mr. Morgan was born Dec. 27, 1959, at Wichita, Kan. He was a long-time Wyandotte area resident. 

Survivors include two sons, Joshua Drake, Neosho, Mo., and Jason Drake, Racine, Mo.; a daughter, Ashley Drake, Spencer; his mother and stepfather, Ginger and Paul Morgan, Wyandotte; his father, Eddie Drake, Southwest City, Mo.; two sisters, Lavita Kuehl, Wyandotte, and Terri Howerton, Strasburg, Colo.; a stepsister, Patti Reiner, Muskogee; a half brother, Junior Drake, Southwest City, Mo.; a stepbrother, Bobby Clark, Southwest City; and his maternal grandfather, Sherman Burleson, Wyandotte. 

Arrangements are pending with Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo. 

Delbert Wilhelm 

AFTON, Okla. Delbert Wilhelm, 50, Afton route 3, died at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at the home of his mother, Noel, Mo., route 1, after a long illness.

Mr. Wilhelm was born Nov. 24, 1945, at Maysville, Ark. He had done pipeline construction work and later worked at B.F. Goodrich Company, Miami, Okla., for 12 years. 

Survivors include his mother, Allison Winkler, Noel route 1; two brothers, David Wilhelm, Noel, and John Winkler, Tulsa; a sister, Pat Wilhelm, Noel; and maternal grandmother, Bessie McMurry, Grove. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Maysville (Ark.) Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Dentis will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Southwest City, Mo.

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