Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Jack Caswell 

Jack M. Caswell Sr., 75, 601 Pool St., died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Caswell was born May 16, 1921, at Tulsa, Okla. He was a longtime area resident. He was employed by Eagle-Picher Industries, Joplin, in the chemical department. He was a Baptist. He was an Army veteran and served in World War II. 

He married LuElla Phillips on April 5, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. She died in January 1983. 

Survivors include two sons, Jack Caswell Jr., Galena, Kan., and Ronnie Caswell, Joplin; three sisters, Chris Stuckey, Grain Valley, Laura Cox, Rayville, and Gean Corley, Independence; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Clayton Caswell, George Moore, Dale Winningham, Mike Lamb, Ralph Hayes and Rod Hayes. 

Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

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

Ed Cropper 

Edmond D. ``Ed'' Cropper, 52, Joplin, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Cropper was born June 23, 1944, at Cabool. In 1994, he came to Joplin, moving from Tulsa, Okla. While in Tulsa, he was employed as a security guard. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He attended the Salvation Army Church, Joplin. 

Survivors include four sons, Jessie Cropper and Freddy Cropper, both of Princeton, Ind., and Patrick Cropper and Bradley Cropper, both of Keller, Texas; his mother, Jewel West Cropper, Joplin; four brothers, Dale Cropper and Harold Cropper, both of Joplin, William Cropper, Joliet, Ill., and Richard Cropper, Keller, Texas; and five grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

American Legion Post No. 13 will conduct military rites. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Nadine Gillen 

Nadine Gillen, 83, Joplin, died at 1:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after an illness. 

Mrs. Gillen was born March 12, 1913, in Carl Junction. In 1977, she came to Joplin, moving from Augusta, Kan. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin. 

She married James W. Gillen on June 30, 1934, at Independence. He died Oct. 6, 1987. 

Survivors include two sons, J. Vincent Gillen, Oceanside, Calif., and Stephen L. Gillen, Joplin; a daughter, Kathryn A. Stell, Whittier, Calif.; a brother, Oren Downs, Brooksville, Fla.; two sisters, Dortha Appleman, Carl Junction, and Wilma Peck, Carthage; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Private memorial services will be at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. Alicia West, pastor, will officiate. 

Jane Kirklan 

Jane P. Kirklan, 39, El Cajon, Calif., a former resident of Joplin, died at 12:26 p.m. Aug. 14, 1996, at her home. The death is under investigation. 

Ms. Kirklan was born Aug. 1, 1957, in Lepinto, Ark. She was raised in the Joplin area. She graduated from Seneca High School. She was a Baptist. 

Survivors include her foster mother, Marie Yarbrough, Joplin; a sister, Jan Luney, Joplin; and three brothers, Kenneth Thompson, Reddings, Calif., Daniel Thompson and Tom Yarbrough, both of Carthage. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Chuckie Sticklen IV 

Charles Joseph ``Chuckie'' Sticklen IV, 1-year-old son of Charlie and Dawn Sticklen, 4001 Remington Place, died at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at St. John's Mercy Hospital, St. Louis. The death was attributed to accidental drowning. 

The child was born May 23, 1995, in Joplin. 

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sarah Sticklen, of the home; paternal grandmother, Mary Sticklen, Columbia; maternal grandmother, Kerry Thornton, Green Cove Springs, Fla.; maternal grandfather, Ken Hobbie, Simi Valley, Calif.; and maternal great-grandmothers, Eileen Chapman, Jacksonville, Fla., and Edith Hobbie, Spring Hill, Fla. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Thomas Butler 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Thomas R. Butler, 67, 215 S. Pennsylvania Ave., died at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after two years of ill health. 

Mr. Butler was born June 23, 1929, at Boston, Mass. He was a former policeman in Webb City and the state of Texas. He also had been an electrical engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the state of Florida. He was a member of Liberty Bible Church, Webb City. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. 

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Butler; two sons, Mark Butler, Carterville, and Brad Butler, Webb City; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home. 

Lester Dougherty 

NEVADA, Mo. William ``Lester'' Dougherty, 76, Nevada, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Dougherty was born Aug. 30, 1920, at Lebanon. He grew up in Vernon County. 

He was a 1937 graduate of Walker High School, and a 1942 graduate of John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. 

He owned and operated Dougherty's Grocery Store in Nevada for several years. He later worked for Double Cola Bottling Co., and for 27 years at Foremost Dairies, Nevada, retiring in 1987. After retirement, he was a bus driver for the Nevada school system. 

He was a member of the First Assembly of God, Nevada, and for 50 years, was a member of the church Board of Deacons. 

He married Zepha Mae Smith on Aug. 30, 1941, at Nevada. She survives. 

Other survivors include three daughters, Dianna Hartley, Nevada, Sue Shellhorn, Grain Valley, and Lou Henry, Austin, Texas; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Paul Leasor officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church. 

Leah Jackson 

MONETT, Mo. Leah Jane Jackson, 96, Monett, died at 2:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Jackson was born Sept. 27, 1899, in the Baxter area in Stone County. She lived most of her life in the area. She had worked in area restaurants. She owned and operated a grocery store at Blue Eye. 

She has no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at McCullough Cemetery, Viola. Corby Johnson, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Bill Mayfield 

PURCELL, Mo. Perry Leroy ``Bill'' Mayfield, 68, 104 Earl St., Purcell, died at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Mayfield was born Nov. 5, 1927, in Webb City. In 1978, he came to Purcell, moving from Cossville. For 28 years, he worked in area mines, retiring in 1976. He was employed by Phoenix Sesson Mining Co., Eagle-Picher Mining Co., Kansas Exploration Co., and the Carthage Marble Co. He was a member of Oronogo Baptist Church. 

He married Joyce Gibbons on Feb. 12, 1949, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Jerry Lee Mayfield, Harrisonville, Mark Allen Mayfield, Carthage; a daughter, Linda Sue Mayfield, Glendale, Calif.; and a brother, Jack Mayfield, Aurora. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oronogo Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Mayfield and the Rev. John Martin will officiate. 

Burial will be in Friend's Cemetery, Purcell. 

Pallbearers will be Leon Erwin, Hal Hughes, Al Owens, Art Collard, Jewel Hayes, Sam Peek, Bud Gerhreardt and Chet Selsor. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Charlotte Raschke 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Charlotte K. Raschke, 81, Carthage, died at a local nursing home at 10:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, after a long illness. 

Miss Raschke was born Sept. 21, 1914, in Nevada. She had lived in Carthage since 1924. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Carthage. 

Survivors include one brother, Lt. Col. Wendell M. Raschke, Carthage. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Mike Hughes, minister, will officiate. Burial will be under direction of the Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Frank Vinyard 

MONETT, Mo. Frank Lonzo Vinyard, 74, Fall River, Kan., a native of Monett, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at Fredonia (Kan.) Regional Hospital after an illness. 

Mr. Vinyard was born Aug. 26, 1922, in Monett. He was a former resident of Wichita, Kan. He retired from Beech Aircraft in Wichita as a metal fabricator. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Polly Rodgers on Nov. 27, 1948, at Carterville. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, William F. Vinyard, Springfield, Michael E. Vinyard, Kaw City, Okla., Clayton Vinyard, Kansas City, Mo.and Joseph L. Vinyard, Wichita; a brother, Jack L. Vinyard, Joplin; a sister, Florence Green, Webb City; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Cemetery, near Fall River. The Rev. Thomas D. Sims will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Timmons Funeral Home, Fredonia. 

Contributions may be made to the Fall River Pride Committee. 

Ruby Watson 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Graveside services for Ruby L. Watson, 78, Wentworth, who died Monday, will be at noon Thursday at Nowata (Okla.) Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Geneva Wright 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Geneva Wright, 60, 1405 S. Hall, died at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Wright was born Aug. 27, 1936, at Harlan County, Ky. She lived in Webb City most of her life. She had been a cook at Smitty's Food Stores, Joplin. 

Surviving are her husband, Gerald Wright; a son, Denver Gambrell, Kings Mountain, Ky.; a daughter, Barbara Jones, Littlerock, Calif.; a brother, Charles Nelson, Oregonia, Ohio; and a sister, Floretta Ridenger, Waynesville, Ohio. 

The body will be cremated. 

No services are planned. 

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

Horace Chesnutt 

CHETOPA, Kan. Horace M. Chesnutt, 81, Chetopa, died at 9:23 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness. 

Mr. Chesnutt was born Oct. 31, 1914, at Crestline. His family had lived at Chetopa, Erie and Altamont, where he was a 1933 Labette County High School graduate. He had been an auctioneer since age 17 in the Four-State Area. Since 1972, he had operated the Chesnutt & Chesnutt Real Estate and Auction at Oswego. He was a 25-year member of the Chetopa Masonic Lodge. 

He married Jean Tullis on May 9, 1940, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Jerry Chesnutt, Joplin; a daughter, Myrna Chesnutt, Joplin; a sister, Marvel Warstler, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Lake Creek Cemetery, Bartlett. The Rev. Ron Frazier and the Rev. Paul Wiand will officiate. 

Friends may call until noon Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Contributions may be made to the Chetopa First Responders or the Chetopa Police Department in care of the funeral home. 

Ruth Henson 

CHETOPA, Kan. Ruth E. Henson, 86, Chetopa, died Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at the Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Henson was born Nov. 4, 1909, in Chetopa. She was a longtime area resident. She retired from the Lee Manufacturing Co., Chetopa. She was a member of First Christian Church, Chetopa. 

She married Claude Fosdick on Oct. 9, 1929. He died July 1, 1967. 

She married James Alvie Henson on May 1, 1971. He died June 13, 1995. 

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Coker, Miami, Okla., and Doris Stice, Parsons; a sister, Grace Smith, Chetopa; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Jack Boyd and Don Parkison, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa. 

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Chetopa, in care of the Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa. 

Joseph Scowden 

SCAMMON, Kan. Joseph Woodrow Scowden, 76, Tulsa, Okla., a former Scammon resident, died at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at St. John's Hospital, Tulsa, after an illness. 

Mr. Scowden was born March 14, 1920, at Columbus. In 1981, he moved to Tulsa from Miami. He previously lived in Scammon. He was a pipe fitter for 24 years at the former B.F. Goodrich Co. plant in Miami, retiring in 1980. He was an Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was member of the Presbyterian Church of Scammon, and a former member of the Scammon Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Tulsa, Rubber Workers Union, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

He married Lois Louise Sopok on Aug. 31, 1939. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Bill Scowden, Tulsa; a daughter, Lois Scowden, Tulsa; three sisters, Della Haffman, Oswego, Mildred Grant, Columbus, and Ola Sims, Waverly, Ohio. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. James Shope will officiate. Burial will be in the Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir. 

Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Columbus lodge. 

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

Leonard Cole 

GROVE, Okla. Leonard L. Cole, 79, Grove, died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Cole was born June 1, 1917, at Norwood, Mo. 

He worked as a brake press operator and aircraft maintenance person in Wichita, Kan. 

He married Ida Sluder on Dec. 20, 1939, at Green Mountain, Mo. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Michael Cole, Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Mollie Callahan and Allie Wiley, Grove, and Tina Cole, Wichita; a sister, Flossie Cramer, Mountain Grove, Mo.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness, Wichita, with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. 

The body will be cremated. 

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

Meda Couch 

WELCH, Okla. Meda Couch, 86, Welch, died at 4:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at Craig General Hospital, Vinita, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Couch was born Jan. 10, 1910, in the state of North Carolina. She had lived the last 58 years at Welch. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church at Welch. 

She married George Nolan Couch on Jan. 24, 1926, at Pryor. He died July 10, 1926. 

Surviving are four sons, Everette Couch, Parsons, Kan., Elmer Couch, Fort Wayne, Ind., and George Couch and James H. Couch, both of Miami; a daughter, Elsie Davis, Miami; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Baptist Church, Welch. The Rev. C.G. Gillmore will officiate. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Chris Couch, Mike Couch, Everette Couch Jr., Dean Smith, Delbert Lovelace and Bill Burgess. 

The body may be viewed until 2 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. 

Contributions may be made to the Baptist Church, Welch. 

Juanita Follis 

MIAMI, Okla. Juanita E. Follis, 82, 1125 19th St. S.W., died at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Follis was born April 5, 1914, at the Modoc Reservation, east of Miami. She was a lifelong Miami area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Modoc Friends Church. 

She married Judd Follis on Aug. 15, 1932, at Joplin, Mo. He died Sept. 29, 1989. 

Surviving are two sons, Phil Follis and Bill Follis, both of Miami; two daughters, Judy Cobb, Miami, and Karen Garvin, Joplin; four grandchildren; andthree great-grandchildren. 

Graveside Indian services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Modoc Indian Cemetery, east of Miami. Charles Dawes will conduct graveside Indian rites. 

The body may be viewed at her home on Monkey Island, near Bernice. 

Contributions may be made to the Modoc Indian Cemetery fund. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Vernice Patterson 

GROVE, Okla. Vernice Alta Patterson, 64, Grove route 4, died at 11:17 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at Grove General Hospital, Grove, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Patterson was born Nov. 24, 1931, at Enid, and moved to Grove from Miami in 1984. She moved to Miami from Enid in 1946. She was a teacher for 18 years and had taught at Bluejacket Public Schools. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Grove, where she was also on the board. She was on the Elk River Volunteer Fire Department board of directors for three and a half years. She was a member of Miami Chapter No. 107, Order of the Eastern Star, and Grove Chapter 1771, Women of the Moose. 

Her husband, Horace Marvin Patterson, died Nov. 26, 1990. 

Survivors include a son, Charles L. Patterson, Miami; three daughters, Donna Mills, Miami, Debbi King, Edmond, and Kathy Jackson, Wichita; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Dave Cottam will officiate. Burial will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Vernon Batt, Frankie Howerton, Charlie Rhodes, John Highland, Tod Bunting and Jerry Mills. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the Elk River Volunteer Fire Department. 

Lela Rhodes 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Services for Lela Jane Rhodes, 75, Wyandotte route 2, who died Monday, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sycamore Chapel Methodist Church, east of Wyandotte. 

The Rev. Fred Jones and the Rev. Diane Irons will officiate. Burial will be in Wyandotte Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be DeWayne Chuckluck, Darren Rhodes, Greg Rhodes, Eric Rhodes, Matt Rhodes and Fred Crowder. 

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

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