Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Goldie Adams 

Goldie Adams, 94, 1511 E. Fifth St., Joplin, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Adams was born Feb. 22, 1902, at Duenweg. 

She was a member of the Assembly of God faith. 

She married William M. Adams in 1920 at Columbus, Kan. He died in 1978. 

Survivors include two sons, Robert Adams and Danny Adams, both of Joplin; a daughter, Janice Yurry, Boise, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, with Bob Winnett, pastor, officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Bob Ash 

Robert B. ``Bob'' Ash, 64, died at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Ash was born June 26, 1932, at Joplin. He was a lifetime Joplin resident. 

He was a maintenance engineer for B.F. Goodrich, Miami, Okla., retiring in 1986 after 22" years of service. 

He was a Catholic. 

He was a member of the Tanglefooters Round Dance Club, Carousels No. 110 Round Dance Organization and the Eagle-Picher Squares square-dance group, all of Joplin. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers Union Local No. 318. He had served as union steward when he worked for B.F. Goodrich. 

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. 

He married Maribelle Cooper on Nov. 30, 1952, at Monett. She survives. 

Survivors include two sons, Danny Ash, Racine, and Chris Ash, Joplin; two daughters, Mischa Johnson, Hastings, Neb., and Jenny Hill, Joplin; his mother, Nadine Ash, Joplin; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Larry Six officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Cecil Epperson, Willard Hill, Russell Kunkler, Bill Pfeiffer, Paul Shipman, Ron McGloshien and Jerry Yockey. 

Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

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

Maud Cupp 

Maud Edith Cupp, 81, 7549 Ebony Drive, died at 4:33 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cupp was born Feb. 18, 1915, at Stringtown, Okla. She was a lifelong Joplin resident. She was a member of Reinmiller Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Ed E. Cupp on April 4, 1931, at Neosho. He died Jan. 5, 1981. 

Survivors include two sons, James E. Cupp, Hereford, Texas, and Gregory Glover, Joplin; eight daughters, Maybell Cook, Billings, Joyce Melton, Terrell, Texas, Dorothy Reynolds, Webb City, and Ovilla Kirkman, Margaret Sturgis, Mary Simonson, Patsy Owens, and Opal Cupp, all of Joplin; 44 grandchildren; 113 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Ron Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Webb City Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Gladys Ramage 

Gladys B. Ramage, 86, Wimer Court, Joplin, died at 9 p.m. Sunday Aug. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mrs. Ramage was born Aug. 22, 1909, at Soldier, Kan. She was a longtime Joplin resident. In 1942, she came to Joplin, moving from Neosho. She was a homemaker. She was a a former member of the ATA Ladies Auxiliary, Joplin, and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Ted Ramage Sr. on Dec. 9, 1933, at Lamar, Colo. He died in May 1987. 

Survivors include two sons, Donald Ramage, Riverton, and Ted Ramage Jr., Granby; two daughters, June Chung and Mary Ann Clubb, both of Joplin; a brother, Clarence Osburn, Woodland Hills, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. John Sherwood, the Rev. Roger Flint and the Rev. Shaun LePage will officiate. 

The body will be cremated. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church or the Children's Miracle Network, in care of the funeral home. 

Wanda Turner 

Wanda M. Turner, 62, Joplin, died at 2:06 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East after a long illness. 

Mrs. Turner was born May 13, 1934, at Russell Springs, Ky. She had lived in the Joplin area for six years, moving from Fort Wright, Ky. She was a homemaker. 

She married Larry Turner on Jan. 13, 1988, at Fort Wright. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Ronald Gosser, Alexandria, Ky.; a daughter, Tammy Byrd, state of Kentucky; a sister, Mary Lee, Russiaville, Ind.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Dean Cloud, Rick Fonseca, Roy Fonseca, Tommy Vaughan, Don Swanson and George Lee. 

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Parker Mortuary. 

Kenley Richardson 

MONETT, Mo. Kenley Richardson, 87, Monett, died at 1:59 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital, following an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Richardson was born on Dec. 20, 1908, in Monett. He was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Drury College, Springfield, with a bachelor's degree in economics. He also did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. 

He was a football and basketball player for three years at Drury College. He also played football professionally for the Louisville Bourbons of the old American Association. He began his coaching career at Diamond and continued at Clever and Strafford before coming to Monett in 1944. He coached football, basketball, track and golf. 

He married Bobbie McIntire on Aug. 20, 1939, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ron Richardson, Poinciana, Fla., and Bill Richardson, Neosho; a brother, Paul Richardson, Alicante, Spain; a sister, Rose Pitts, Monett; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Monett. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Kenley Richardson Monett High School Fund. 

Robert Ruark 

WASHBURN, Mo. Robert Howard Ruark, 47, Washburn, died at 3:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Ruark was born July 3, 1949, in Barry County. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1967. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ, Exeter. 

He married Annie Hooten on Aug. 3, 1971. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his mother, Freda Ruark, Washburn; two sons, Jason Ruark and David Ruark, both of Washburn; a daughter, Marlene Jaques, Cassville; three brothers, Jackie Ruark, Belton, Kenneth Ruark, Washburn, and Donnie Ruark, Diamond; and a grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. Bob Stafford, minister, will officiate. 

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

Lucy Sims 

JANE, Mo. Lucy Anna Sims, 88, Bentonville, Ark., a Jane native, died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at a Bentonville nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Sims was born Dec. 18, 1907, in Jane. She had lived since 1991 at Bentonville, moving from Jane. She had been co-owner from 1936 to 1969 of Sims General Store at the Simsberry community, east of Jane. She was a member of the Simsberry United Methodist Church. 

She married J.B. ``Jode'' Sims on Feb. 9, 1925, at Pineville. He died April 25, 1981. 

Survivors include two sons, Ralph C. Johnson, Vinita, Okla., and Bill Sims, Bella Vista, Ark.; a daughter, Carolyn Rucker, Bentonville; a sister, Cynthia Baker, McKinney, Texas; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Simsberry United Methodist Church. The Rev. Raymond Rumbo will officiate. Burial will be at Simsberry Cemetery. 

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Pineville, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. 

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

Clyde Wilson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Clyde E. Wilson, 75, 8966 Highway NN, Neosho, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Wilson was born July 7, 1921, in Hanford, Calif. In 1976, he moved to Joplin from Kelseyville, Calif. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps and later worked as an operating engineer of heavy equipment, boat builder, truck driver, and radio and television technician. He was a carrier of The Joplin Globe for nine years. He was a licensed privatepilot. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. 

He was member of the Hornet Pentecostal Church. 

He married Lou Ann Burdge at Kingsburg, Calif. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, SuzAnne Garcia, El Cajon, Calif.; a son, Charles Lloyd Wilson, Joplin; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hornet Pentecostal Church. The Rev. Jay O'Neail will officiate. Burial will be at the Hornet Cemetery. 

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Military rites will be conducted by the Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13. 

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

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice program. 

Mary Bell 

McCUNE, Kan. Mary E. Bell, 80, formerly of McCune, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, in the Girard Hospital, Girard, after a several-year illness. 

Mrs. Bell was born Jan. 2, 1916, at Prestonburg, Ky. She had lived in a Girard nursing home. She was an Altamont (Kan.) High School graduate. She had lived in Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas. She worked for 17 years at the Parsons State Training Center before retiring. 

She married Lloyd Bell on March 29, 1936. He died July 5, 1975. 

Survivors include three sisters, Margie Tatman, Girard, Opal Hey, Miami, Okla., and Elsie Wheatley, the state of Virginia; and a brother, Bob Blackburn, Otis Orchard, Wash. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Murdock Funeral Home, McCune. The Rev. George Harvey will officiate. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery. 

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home. 

The family will be at the home of John and Carolyn Michael, McCune. 

Contributions may be made to the McCune Community Center, in care of the funeral home. 

Lawrence Lake 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Lawrence E. Lake, 78, 1113 E. 10th St., died at 4:58 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a two-year illness. 

Mr. Lake was born May 2, 1918, at Kirkwood, Kan. He was a lifelong resident of the Pittsburg area. He moved to Pittsburg in 1935. He was an engineer for nearly 30 years with the Kansas City Southern Railroad, retiring at age 52. He was a member of the United Transportation Union and the American Association of Retired Persons. 

He married Doris Wilson on Oct. 22, 1939, at Lamar, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Ron Lake, Pittsburg route 4; a daughter, Phyllis Black, Pittsburg; two brothers, Leonard Lake and Robert H. Lake, both of Pittsburg; a sister, Mildred Marks, Spring Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. The Rev. Daryl Gaddy will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association, in care of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 

Bob Richards 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Robert D. Richards, 65, 825 W. Elm St., died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness of one year. 

Mr. Richards was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Turk, Kan. He attended school at Stippville. He graduated from what is now Pittsburg State University. 

For 38 years, he worked for Social Rehabilitation Services, acting as supervisor for 20 years. He retired in 1993. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member, deacon, and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church, Columbus. 

He married Vera Smith on Aug. 23, 1952, at Oswego. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, John Richards, Columbus; a daughter, Kristie Richards, Columbus; two sisters, Mary Jean Bowin, Columbus, and Madge McIlroy, Vernon, Texas; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Jerry Lloyd and the Rev. John Walker will officiate. Burial will be in the Hosey Hill Cemetery, near Weir. 

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

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

Carolyn Smith 

WELCH, Okla. Carolyn Elizabeth Todd Smith, 56, Welch, died at 11:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Miami Indian Health Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 10, 1939, at Welch and lived most of her life there. 

She attended Welch School and was a 1957 graduate of Welch High School. 

She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Christian Church, Welch. 

She married Leon Smith on March 16, 1957, at Welch. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Kelly Smith, Owasso; a daughter, Connie Swboni, Broken Arrow; a brother, C.L. ``Stu'' Parker, Grove; a sister, Neva Horner, Welch; and four grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

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