Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Tom Molloy 

Tom J. Molloy, 98, 2323 Wall Ave., a former Joplin postmaster, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East after an illness of several years. 

Mr. Molloy was born April 1, 1898, in Joplin. He was a lifetime resident and attended Joplin schools. He worked in the business office at The Joplin Globe and later in the news room. In 1916, he was employed by Joplin Water Works Co. as businessman, and later worked as window clerk and assistant cashier. He worked 28 years for Inter-State Grocer Co. During World War II, he supervised residents' groups who rationed gasoline, auto tires and other commodities. 

He was appointed acting postmaster in 1947. Two years later, he was appointed postmaster by President Truman. He held that post for 19 years. He assisted the Red Cross in various capacities for 25 years. He was a former member of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and a member and past president of the Joplin Kiwanis Club. He was an honorary member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 

He married Ruth G. Carter on April 27, 1930. She died May 25, 1982. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Larry Six will officiate, assisted by Jim Seger. 

Arrangements are under direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the Freeman Foundation. 

Russell Spurgeon 

Graveside services for Russell D. Spurgeon, 68, 5674 Danson Lane, who died Wednesday, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Peaceful Home Cemetery, Mount Zion. 

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

The body will be cremated. 

David Vernatti 

Services for David Ray Vernatti, 72, El Cajon, Calif., a former Joplin resident who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Lincoln L. York, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Kitts, Patrick Kitts, Kyle Kitts, Rex Vernatti, Chris George and Bill Watts. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Lois Cook 

GRANBY, Mo. Lois Geraline Cook, 78, Granby, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Cook was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Newton County. She was a lifelong area resident. She worked as a seamstress at Granby Manufacturing Co. for five years and at Big Smith Garment Factory, Neosho, for 25 years. She retired in 1980. She was a member of Granby United Methodist Church and the Neosho area Widow to Widow support group. 

She married Charles Jackson Cook on March 23, 1939, at Stapleton, near Joplin. He died July 16, 1980. 

Survivors include two sons, Harold Cook, Granby, and Denny Cook, Greenbrier, Ark.; a sister, Leveta Haase, Pierce City; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Granby United Methodist Church. The Rev. Alice Sutton will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Carl Judd, Dee Judd, J.D. McBride, Kenny Shockey, Calvin Sears and Cecil Hutto. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Contributions may be made to the church. 

Harvey Cramer 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Harvey Cramer, 81, Carthage, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Cramer was born Dec. 5, 1914, east of Sarcoxie. He was a lifelong Jasper County resident. He retired from the maintenance department of the state highway department. He was a member of Fundamental Methodist Church, near Rocky Comfort. He was a member of the Missouri State Highway Association. 

He married Emma Ritchie on Sept. 11, 1940, in Carthage. She died June 11, 1986. 

Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Allen, Lamar, Ethel Larson, Olathe, Kan., Betty Meyers, Reeds, and Rozetta Taylor, Carthage; a brother, Nelson Cramer, Sarcoxie; two sisters, Ada Terry, Reeds, and Eva Russell, Turlock, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Curtis Bradley and the Rev. Jim Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be John Teed, Roy Teed, Paul Allen, Joe Allen, Philip Allen, James Allen and Timothy Allen. 

Olive Duty 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Olive Duty, 93, Sarcoxie, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at a local nursing home where she had lived six years. 

Miss Duty was born March 27, 1903, at Reeds. She lived in the Reeds and Sarcoxie area until 1935. She moved to Kansas City and was a legal secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She retired in 1968 and did volunteer work in Kansas City until 1990, when she moved to Sarcoxie. She was a member of Community Christian Church, Kansas City. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sarcoxie Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Holman will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Imogene Hoover 

AURORA, Mo. Imogene A. Green Hoover, 74, Aurora, died at 4:18 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hoover was born Sept. 11, 1921, at Pe Ell, Wash. She was a homemaker and a member of Orange Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Aurora. 

She married James Hoover on Sept. 9, 1940, at Marionville. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Jimmy Hoover, Bakersfield, Calif.; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. Jerry Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, north of Aurora. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Sydney Lutz 

JAY, Okla. Sydney Laine ``Sissy'' Lutz, 15-month-old daughter of David and Betsy Lutz, Jay, died Monday, Sept. 2, 1996, at Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., of complications from a heart operation. 

She was born May 14, 1995, at Tulsa. 

Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, Wayne and Joyce Cearley, Jay; paternal grandfather, Bob Lutz, Marysville, Calif.; and maternal great-grandmothers, Irene Cearley, Jay, and Geneva Reed, Topsy. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Duffield Cemetery, Jay. The Rev. Bill Lay will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay. 

Jerry Richardville 

GROVE, Okla. Jerry W. Richardville, 66, Grove, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after an illness. 

Mr. Richardville was born June 2, 1930, at Picher. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Grove. He was an Air Force veteran. 

He married Bettesue Blaine on Oct. 22, 1964, at Tulsa. She died March 19, 1991. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sally Kent, Carrollton, Texas; three sons, Ted Sample, St. Louis, Mo., Mike Richardville, Denver, Colo., and Steve Richardville, San Diego, Calif.; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. The Rev. Downa Bridgewater will officiate. 

Members of the Grove Veterans Ritual Team will conduct military graveside rites. 

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

Charles Hooker 

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Ark. Services for Charles Wayne ``Chuck'' Hooker, 38, Sulphur Springs, a former Joplin, Mo., resident who died Saturday, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Geneva Gilster 

Geneva Holland Gilster, 84, Joplin, died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at a nursing home in Joplin after several years of ill health. 

Mrs. Gilster was born Jan. 7, 1912, at Pierce City. She had lived in the Sarcoxie and Pierce City areas until 1994 when she moved to Joplin. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sarcoxie. 

She married Clyde Holland on Feb. 7, 1934, at Pineville. He died March 28, 1984. She married Elmer Gilster on March 26, 1986. He died Feb. 19, 1995. 

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Palmer, Joplin, and Sue Jordon, Belton; two brothers, Wayne Barttrum, Monett, and Billy Barttrum, Independence; two sisters, Helen Basehart, Rantoul, Ill., and Margaret Strecker, Grandview; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Helen Helm 

Helen L. Brown Helm, 78, Joplin, died at 3:39 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at St. John' Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Helm was born July 2, 1918, at Greenfield, Mo. She moved to Joplin from Miller in 1937. A graduate of Miller High School, she worked at Christman's Dry Goods, Joplin, for 13 years before retiring. 

She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

Survivors include a brother, Gerald Brown, Owensboro, Ky.; and a sister, Wilma Hutchison, Joplin. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Jane Kirklan 

Services for Jane P. Kirklan, 39, El Cajon, Calif., a former Joplin resident, who died Aug. 14, 1996, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. 

The Rev. Richard Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

William Scott 

NEVADA, Mo. William F. ``Bill'' Scott, 61, Nevada, died Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Scott was born Jan. 26, 1935, in Nevada. He attended Nevada schools. He worked for the Nevada Police Department for 8" years and was a carpenter for many years. 

He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Nevada. 

He married Patricia A. Cavanaugh on Dec. 23, 1956, in Nevada. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Christina McCarty, Nevada; two sons, Greg W. Scott, Hepler, Kan., and Barry W. Scott, Nevada; two sisters, Sue Rich, Gladstone, and Sarah Claspill, Nevada; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Terry Green will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. 

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

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