Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Mercedes Frazier 

Mercedes Lynne Frazier, 2, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, in an accidental drowning near her home south of Joplin. 

She was born May 11, 1994, in Joplin. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Joplin. 

Survivors include her parents, Douglas and Virginia Wallsteed Frazier; a brother, Douglas Frazier, of the home; a sister, Billie Jean Frazier, of the home; paternal grandparents, James R. and Jacqueline Frazier, Joplin; maternal grandmother, Patricia Cuadra, state of California; maternal grandfather, Roy Thomas Wallsteed, state of Oregon; and great-grandmother, Norma Ray Pond, LaPine, Ore. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, Okla., with the Rev. Robin Cowin officiating. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

John Gammon 

John P. Gammon, 81, 218 N. Oak Ave., died at 10:24 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Gammon was born May 25, 1915, at St. Louis. He had lived in Joplin 11 years. He was a professional artist with shops at Lebanon and Sheldon, and he also worked for O'Sullivan Industries Inc., Lamar. He was a Catholic. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include a son, Gary Gammon, Sheldon; a daughter, Carol Bendure, Joplin; a stepdaughter, Maxine Thompson, Nevada; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction, with Boyce Mouton, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. 

Members of the Joplin Veterans of Foreign Wars post will conduct a flag presentation ceremony at the cemetery. 

Clyda Schutte 

Clyda Frances Bontier Schutte, 77, Brea, Calif., formerly of Joplin, died Saturday, July 20, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Schutte was born July 22, 1918, at Iowa City, Iowa. She was raised and attended schools in Joplin. She was an insurance clerk. 

Surviving are a daughter, Saundra Meeder, Brea; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

No services were conducted. Arrangements were handled by Memory Garden Mortuary, Brea. 

Bill Simon 

Billy Leon ``Bill'' Simon, 55, 1007 St. Louis Ave., was found dead at 10:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, in Schifferdecker Park. The death was ruled a suicide. 

Mr. Simon was born June 21, 1941, in Joplin. He lived in Joplin most of his life. He was a truck driver and had worked for SMX Truck Line for five years. He had owned and operated the former Bill's Heating and Plumbing Co. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. 

Survivors include two daughters, Christina ``Chris'' Myers, Joplin route 1, and Deborah ``Debbie'' Bennett, Neosho; two sons, Gary Simon, 2015 Byers Ave., and Billy Joe Leon Simon, 2162 Manitou St.; his father, George Leon Simon, Joplin route 10; his mother and stepfather, Beulah and Wayne Mundhenk,stet 1413 North St.; a brother, Allanstet Lee Simon, Joplin route 10; a sister, Debra Ruth Simon, Joplin; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary. Jack Boyd will officiate. 

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

The body is to be cremated. 

Hap Hall 

NEOSHO, Mo. E.M. ``Hap'' Hall, 76, 1015 S. Neosho Blvd., died at 8:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Hall was born Dec. 18, 1919, in the state of Texas. He was a painter, having worked in the Neosho area until 1958. He moved to the Kansas City area in 1958 and worked as a union painter until his retirement. He returned to Neosho eight years ago. He was a Mason and an Army veteran of World War II. 

His wife, Irene Hall, died Sept. 25, 1987. 

Survivors include two grandsons; a granddaughter; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Howard Cemetery, Goodman. The Rev. Kim Mailesstet will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Robert Howard 

GOODMAN, Mo. Robert E. Howard, 68, Nixa, a former Goodman resident, died at 5:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Howard was born April 15, 1928, at Miami, Okla. He was a graduate of Goodman High School. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas, a master's degree in marketing from the University of California, and a master's degree in economics from the University of Maryland. 

He had been an accountant and controller for several corporations, including Borg-Warner, American La France and Koehring Co. He retired in 1983. He was a member of Goodman United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. 

He married Frances R. Madsen on Aug. 10, 1968, at Bismarck,stet N.D. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Polly Blanton Boucard,stet Kerrville, Texas, and Amy Blanton Allen, Springfield; two brothers, Merrill Williams, Kansas City, and Keaton Howard, state of Missouri; three sisters, Lucille Williams, Kansas City, and Phyllis Aubin and Marilyn Maddox, both of Goodman; and three grandchildren. 

The body is to be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Goodman United Methodist Church. The Rev. Thad Carter will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield. 

Evelyn Kleeman 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Evelyn Kay Kleeman, 81, Mount Vernon, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Kleeman was born July 22, 1915, in Lawrence County. She had lived in Mount Vernon since 1973. She was a seamstress for many years. She was a member of Kingsway Christian Church, Mount Vernon. 

She married Alfred Kleeman on Aug. 31, 1935, at Sarcoxie. He died May 4, 1989. 

Survivors include three sons, Frank Kleeman and Dale Kleeman, both of Mount Vernon, and Ronald Kleeman, Miller; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with James Terral and Darin Kleeman, ministers, officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, northwest of Stotts City. 

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

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

Rebecca Larimore 
Heather Browder 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Rebecca Ruth Larimore, 35, and her daughter, Heather Lynn Browder, 14, Springfield, former Carthage residents, were killed in a traffic accident a 9:58 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, on Highway 96, three miles east of Carthage. 

Mrs. Larimore was born July 23, 1961, at Joplin. She lived most of her life in the Carthage and Springfield areas. She was a 1979 graduate of Carthage High School. She was a self-employed housekeeper. 

Mrs. Larimore's survivors include her husband, Michael Larimore; a son, Aaron Aldridge, of the home; her parents, Don and Ruth Heman, Carthage; five brothers, Ron Browder,stet John Browder, Tim Browder, Mark Heman and Donnie Heman, all of Carthage; six sisters, Rondastet Sprystet and Tammastet Buchanan, both of Springfield, Nancy McCloud, Carterville, Marcia Browder and Paula Heman, both of Carthage, and Kathystet Swindle, Republic; maternal grandmother, Ruth McLaughlin, Carthage; and maternal grandfather, Paul Watson, Joplin. 

Miss Browder was born Jan. 30, 1982, at Joplin. She lived in the Carthage and Springfield areas all her life. She would be a freshman this fallat Glendale High School, Springfield. 

Miss Browder's survivors include her father, Michael Larimore, of the home; a brother, Aaron Aldridge, of the home; maternal grandparents, Don and Ruth Heman, Carthage; paternal grandparents, Gene and Lois Etter, Jasper; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth McLaughlin, Carthage; and maternal great-grandfather, Paul Watson, Joplin. 

Arrangements are pending with Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. 

Leona Woodard 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Graveside services for Leona Woodard, 92, 1123 N. Nelson St., who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Carterville (Mo.) Cemetery. 

The Rev. Rick Jones will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Virginia Withrow 

CHETOPA, Kan. Virginia L. Withrow, 70, Chetopa, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. 

Mrs. Withrow was born Aug. 14, 1926, at Oswego. She lived in the Chetopa area most of her life. She was a homemaker and provided child care. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. 

Survivors include two sons, Larry Withrow, Morenci, Ariz., and Donnie Withrow, Joplin; two daughters, Carolyn Hull, Chetopa, and Diane Bentley, Oswego; two brothers, Harold Knight, Welch, Okla., and Arthur Knight, Topeka; a sister, Thelma Corns, Chetopa; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. The Rev. Jon Withrow will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Chetopa. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa. 

Raymond Darbyshire 

GROVE, Okla. Services for Raymond Darbyshire, 77, Grove, who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Grove. 

Arrangements are under direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. 

Kenneth Rader 

JAY, Okla. Kenneth L. Rader, 54, Jay, died at 11:03 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Rader was born Aug. 28, 1942, at Hominy. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern State University at Tahlequah. He also attended Oklahoma State University at Stillwater; Eastern Oklahoma State College at Wilburton, where he received all-conference and all-America honors as a football player; and Tulsa University, where he was a member of the winning 1964 Bluebonnet Bowl team. 

He played professional football with the Canadian Football League. He moved in 1976 to Jay, where he coached for five years. He then was assistant principal and principal at Jay schools for 11 years, and he taught for two years before retiring. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. 

He married Carole Peck on Nov. 24, 1967, at Tulsa. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Curt Rader, Jay; a daughter, Cristi Rader, Wyandotte; his parents, Leroy and Aline Rader, Hominy; and a grandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mount Hermon Church Life Center Building, Jay. The Rev. Larry Kingfisher will officiate. 

The body is to be cremated. 

Arrangements are under direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay. 

Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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