Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Jeff Jackson 

Jeff Jackson Sr., 78, Rome, Ga., died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at Floyd Medical Center, Rome, after an illness. He was the father of Horace Jackson, Joplin. 

Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Rome. He had been a minister for different churches in Georgia, last serving at New Hope Overcoming Church of God, Rome. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Enoch ``Bill'' Jackson, Rome, Ga., and Jamaal Nasssar, Macon, Ga.; a brother, David Jackson, Rome; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Hope Overcoming Church of God, Rome. Norris Allen, bishop, will officiate. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Rome. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Wright Memorial Chapel, Rome. 

Ruby Lutes 

JAY, Okla. Ruby Edith Lutes, 84, Jay, died at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at a nursing home in Grove after a long illness. 

Mrs. Lutes was born Jan. 9, 1912, in the state of Oklahoma. She moved to Jay from Fresno, Calif., about 24 years ago. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Buck Lutes, preceded her in death. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Duffield Cemetery, Jay. The Rev. Jim Wakeland will officiate. 

Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Jay. 

Carroll Martin 

Carroll B. Martin, 69, Joplin, died at 11:22 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Martin was born Jan. 16, 1927, in the state of Texas. In 1951, he came to Joplin, moving from Sapulpa, Okla. For 36 years, he was employed by the former Joplin Transfer and Storage Co. He was an over-the-road driver for Mayflower Moving Co. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. 

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Carter, Joplin; a son, Russ Martin, Skiatook, Okla.; a sister, Bernice Watson, Lawton, Okla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Phillip McClendon will officiate. 

Services are under direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Robert Gill 

NEVADA, Mo. Robert W. Gill, 83, Nevada, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Gill was born March 16, 1913, at Hesston, Pa. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked for Trans World Airlines at Kansas City for more than 35 years, retiring in 1980. He had lived in the El Dorado Springs and Nevada area the past seven years. He was a member of the Wyandotte Methodist Church, Kansas City, Kan. 

Surviving are a sister, Catherine Chuna, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan. 

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

Richard Magruder 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Richard V. Magruder, 86, Cassville, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness. 

Mr. Magruder was born March 25, 1910, at Yates. He was a World War II Army veteran. He served in Europe and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He retired as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service at Kansas City, Kan. He was a member of the St. Edward's Catholic Church, Cassville. 

He married Martha Stella Stockman on Dec. 26, 1940, at St. Louis. She died Nov. 6, 1995. 

Surviving are four sisters, Nadeen Long, Moberly, Lorene Winking, St. Louis, Alene Butler, Berkeley, and Christeen Houchins, Dayton, Ohio. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward's Catholic Church. The Rev. David L. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, where the Garland Martin will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Beth McPeak 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Elizabeth Elaine ``Beth'' McPeak, 34, 128 Red Oak Loop, Carl Junction, died at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at her home after an illness of several months. 

Mrs. McPeak was born Jan. 18, 1962, in Springfield, Ill. In 1982, she came to Joplin, moving from Shelbina. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and what now is Ozark Christian College. She was a homemaker and operated a home school for her children. She was a member of Christ Church, Joplin, and the church's worship team. 

She married Eldon H. McPeak on Jan. 8, 1983, at Shelbina. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Joel David McPeak, Ryan Johnson McPeak, and Levi Aaron McPeak, all of the home; two brothers, Darrell Wilham, Shelbina, and Tony Laatch, Liverpool, N.Y.; and two sisters, Sheila Mardis, Mount Pulaski, Ill., and Tayna Laatch, Alameda, Calif. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Christ Church, Joplin. Tim Chambers and Len Clevenger will officiate. Burial will be in the Mound Chapel Cemetery, east of Granby. 

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

Contributions may be made to Focus on the Family, in care of the mortuary. 

Rachel Miller 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Rachel Lodema Battin Miller, 75, Douglas, Wyo., a former Carl Junction resident, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at Converse County Memorial Hospital, Douglas, Wyo., after an illness. 

Mrs. Miller was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Carl Junction, and attended Carl Junction schools. She lived in Carl Junction until moving to Easton, Colo., in 1948. She moved to Alcova, Wyo., in 1952, and later to Casper, Wyo. She moved to Shirley Basin, Wyo., in 1963 and to Douglas in 1980. 

She married Raymond Clark Miller on Nov. 11, 1939, in Carl Junction. He died Oct. 6, 1982. 

Survivors include two sons, Michael Ray Miller, Glenrock, Wyo., and Gerald W. Miller, Douglas; a daughter, Debra K. Loveland, Casper; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Converse Funeral Chapel, Douglas, Wyo. The Rev. Merrill Lanker will officiate. Burial will be in Douglas Park Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the Douglas (Wyo.) Senior Citizens' Center. 

Garneth Tunnell 

AURORA, Mo. Garneth G. Shoemaker Tunnell, 75, Aurora, died at 5:35 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at an Aurora nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Tunnell was born Jan. 14, 1921, at Springfield. She lived in the Aurora area most of her life. She was a retired shoe-factory worker. She was a member of the Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church. 

She married David H. Tunnell on June 1, 1941, at Madry. He died Aug. 16, 1975. 

Survivors include four daughters, Garneth Garlene Williams, Unionville, and Barbara Sue Willard, Deanna Davis and Anita Jean Thomas, all of Aurora; a brother, James Shoemaker, Monett; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. David Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

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

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

Tania Weretka 

ANDERSON, Mo. Tania S. Weretka, 72, Anderson route 1, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Weretka was born June 16, 1924, at New York City. She had lived in Anderson since 1976, moving from Palatine, Ill. She had retired from the banking industry. She was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. 

She married Stanley George Weretka on July 14, 1946, at New York City. He died June 17, 1986. 

Survivors include a son, George Weretka, Chicago. 

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Martin Swanson will officiate. 

Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, west of Anderson. 

Contributions may be made to St. Basil the Great Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Timothy Helwig 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Timothy Ray Helwig, infant son of Dale and Jodi Helwig, 419 Lynn St., Columbus, died at 11:15 p.m. shortly after birth at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo. 

Additional survivors include his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Vera Helwig, Columbus route 2; his maternal grandparents, Michael and Karen Bentley, Sioux City, Iowa, and John Larrabee, Reno, Nev.; paternal great-grandparents, Merle and Elsie Meeds, Columbus, and Violet Helwig, Columbus route 4; and maternal great-grandmother, Mary Larrabee, Glenwood, Iowa. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenlawn Cemetery, southwest of Columbus. Elder Albert Mendez will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

Vida Cook 

MIAMI, Okla. Vida Champlin Cook, 83, Miami, died at noon Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Ms. Cook was born Jan. 27, 1913, in Baxter Springs, Kan. Between 1958 and 1982, she lived in Baxter Springs. She formerly worked for the Patterson Manufacturing Co., Miami, and Burtrum Motor Co., Miami, as a bookkeeper. She also worked for B&B Motor Co., Joplin. In 1982, she moved to Miami. 

Her first husband, Marvin Eugene Champlin, preceded her in death. She married Sidney Cook in December 1958 at Baxter Springs. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Marvin Champlin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Michael Champlin, Oklahoma City; two stepsons, Harold Cook and Burleigh Cook, addresses unavailable; two stepdaughters, Norma Conner and Mary Ann Childress, address unavailable; two sisters, Gertrude James, Welch, and Margaret Massic, Oklahoma City; five grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Michael Champlin will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Raymond Darbyshire 

GROVE, Okla. Raymond Claire Darbyshire, 77, Grove, died at 2:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at a Grove nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Darbyshire was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Washington, Iowa. He was a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Arcadia (Calif.) Board of Realtors for 20 years, serving as state director for four years. He retired in 1990 and moved to Grove. He was a member of the Grove First United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer for the Monday Morning Work Group and hospice. 

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Darbyshire, state of Hawaii, and Jayne Lowe, state of South Carolina; a son, Douglas Darbyshire, state of California; a brother, Dale Darbyshire, state of Washington; and three sisters, Vaughn Thompson and Maxine Jarrard, both of the state of Washington, and Pauline Ohden, state of Arizona. 

Arrangements are pending with Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. 

Anna Glass 

KANSAS, Okla. Anna Lou Glass, 49, Kansas, Okla., died at 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Glass was born Feb. 2, 1947, in Delaware County, and lived in the area all of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Twin Oaks Baptist Church. 

She married John Glass on May 2, 1996, in Miami. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Stacy Sanders, Springdale, Ark.; two daughters, Nelda Downing, Jay, and Jayne Crowder, Kansas; six brothers, Billy Wayne Sanders, Twin Oaks, Jess Sanders, Oaks, Mose Sanders, Kansas, Johnson Sanders, Leach, and Ricky Sanders and John Sanders, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five sisters, Mary Jane Wyly, Kansas, Darlene Sanders, Lucille Sanders and Lucinda Sanders, all of Oklahoma City, and Donna Kay Sanders, Siloam Springs, Ark.; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Twin Oaks Baptist Church, Kansas. The Rev. Lewis Ross and the Rev. Fox Blackfox will officiate. Burial, under direction of the Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay, will be in Euwasha Cemetery, Kenwood. 

Leonard Odom 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Leonard Odom, 68, 712 I St. N.W., who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

The Rev. Marvin Morris will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers and military rites will be provided by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans' Funeral Detail. 

Carolyn Smith 

WELCH, Okla. Services for Carolyn Elizabeth Todd Smith, 56, Welch, who died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Miami Indian Health Center, Miami, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian Church, Welch. 

Brad Canham, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Leon Thomas, George Hood, Chester Wilkins, Lester Wilkins, Johnny Wilkins and Marvin Snodderly. 

Friends may visit from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. 

Kenneth Turley 

MIAMI, Okla. Kenneth Lavaughn Turley, 72, 1826 E St. N.W., Miami, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at St. John's Medical Center, Tulsa, after an illness. 

Mr. Turley was born April 9, 1924, at Commerce. He was a lifelong Commerce- Miami area resident. For 37 years, he was a back-hoe operator and pipeline repairman for the former City Service Gas Co. in Miami. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the Commerce Community Church and the International Union of Operating Engineers. 

He married Mabel ``Bobbie'' Stormend on Feb. 16, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Russ Turley, Miami, and Paul Turley, Commerce; two daughters, Cathy Redden, Miami, and Leann Turley, Tulsa; two brothers, D.B. Turley, Picher, and Bob Turley, Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Eula Mae Smith, Commerce; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Commerce Community Church. The Rev. Bob Rabel will officiate. Burial will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Mitche Hutson, Scott Orrell, Johnny Kelley, Danny Kelley, Mark Clark and Kevin Williams. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Paul-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to Commerce Community Church. 

Junior Wyatt 

JAY, Okla. Marion Junior Wyatt, 70, Jay, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Wyatt was born Oct. 17, 1925, at Mudsand. He was a lifetime resident of Delaware County. In 1988, he retired after 22 years with McDonnell Douglas, Tulsa, working in aircraft assembly. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the First Baptist Church, Jay. 

He married Verda Phillips on Feb. 17, 1949, in Pryor. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Marlene Jackson and Leta Morris, both of Jay; a brother, Orvel Wyatt, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Lena Andoe, Grove; four grandsons; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Jay. The Rev. Dolphus Blevins will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, near Grove. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation is scheduled at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

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