Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Ida Churchill 

Graveside services for Ida Churchill, 96, Joplin, who died Sunday, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas. 

The Rev. Phillip Chacko will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Hillside Memorial Christian Church, Fort Worth, in care of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Evelyn Matteson 

Evelyn E. Matteson, 89, 3514 Cheryl Lane, Joplin, died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at her daughter's home after several months of ill health. 

Mrs. Matteson was born Sept. 10, 1906, in Mantorville, Minn. From 1926 to 1972, she lived in Chicago, Ill. She moved to Johnson City, Tenn., and then, in 1977, to Joplin. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Joplin. 

Her husband, Ivan L. Matteson, died Aug. 31, 1971. 

Survivors include a daughter, Judith L. Glasson, Joplin; a son, David L. Matteson, Marietta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev Benedict Harter will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Clyde Hollis 

STELLA, Mo. Clyde Dale Hollis, 48, Stella, died at 7:53 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Hollis was born March 11, 1948, at Waynesboro, Tenn. He moved to the Stella area from Norfolk, Va., in 1977. He was operations manager for Moark Productions, Neosho, for 16 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy. 

Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Hollis, Tulsa, Okla., and Stacie Yost, Portland, Ore.; two brothers, James P. Hollis, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Joseph Frank Hollis, Joplin; and three sisters, Mildred Gaylor, Rogers, Ark., and Mary Wonderly and Delphia Dunmire, both of Hicksville, Ohio. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hazel Green Cemetery, Boulder City, with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating. 

The casket will be closed. 

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Michael Law 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Michael C. Law, 42, 1617 Glenwood Place, died at 11:56 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. cancer 

Mr. Law was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Carthage. He was a 1971 graduate of Carthage High School. For 15 years, he was employed at Schreiber's cheese plant in Carthage. 

Survivors include his mother, Alice Law, Carthage; two brothers, Patrick Law, and Kelly Law, both of Carthage; and a sister, Susan Horton, Carthage. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fasken's Cemetery, northeast of Carthage. The Rev. Joe Rychcik will officiate. 

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Michael Lewis 

STELLA, Mo. Michael Earl Lewis, 44, Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of the Stella area, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Lewis was born Feb. 12, 1952, in Stella. He moved to the state of Arizona 10 years ago. He was a subcontractor for a cable television company in Phoenix. 

Surviving are his father, Joe Lewis, Webb City; three brothers, Larry Lewis, Boulder City, Johnny Lewis, Anderson, and Dale Lewis, Granby; and a sister, Pam Lewis Armstrong, Joplin. 

Arrangements are pending with Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Ralph Millard 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Ralph Edward Millard, 81, 1101 Walnut St., Carthage, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Millard was born March 26, 1915, in Milford. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Fairview Christian Church, Carthage. 

He married Nellie Elizabeth Locke on March 15, 1938, at Pittsburg, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Dennis Millard, Broken Arrow, Okla.; six daughters, Rosalie Gammill, and Shirley Baker, both of Carthage, Joyce Pennington, Troy, Ohio, Treva Wilbur, Billings, and Kristy Hondros, and Diane Francetic, both of Tulsa; a brother, Earl Millard, Carthage; and two sisters, Reba Cunningham, and Rosa Antill, both of Carthage; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fairview Christian Church. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, south of Jasper. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Weng Funeral Home, Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to Fairview Christian Church. 

Naomi Orhood 

LAMAR, Mo. Naomi Williams Orhood, 76, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, in a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Orhood was born Feb. 25, 1920, at Liberal. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Forest Grove Southern Baptist Church, Lamar. 

She married Ocee Olen Williams on Dec. 7, 1940, at Hannon. He died March 5, 1969. 

She married William J. Orhood on July 25, 1969, at Arcadia, Kan. He died in June 1984. 

Survivors include five sons, James Evans, Gardner, Kan., John Williams, Jefferson, Kan., Richard Williams, Burley, Idaho, Robert Williams, Kansas City, Kan., and Jacob Williams, Pittsburg, Kan.; four daughters, Althea Van De Mark, Lamar, Arlene Shaver, Lamar, Lillian Hartman, Eucha, Okla., and Vera Lindsay, Casper, Wyo.; two brothers, Tracy Hoover, Machefney Park, Ill., and Herbert Hoover, Pueblo, Colo.; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Forest Grove Southern Baptist Church. The Rev. Bruce Huffstutter will officiate. Burial will be in the Tweety Cemetery, Garland, Kan. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. 

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

Edith Smith 

ORONOGO, Mo. Services for Edith Mae Wiley Smith, 85, Oronogo route 1, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Oronogo First Baptist Church. 

The Rev. Jerry Mayfield will officiate. Burial will be in Crocker Cemetery. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sonnie Dooley, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will include Jim Dooley, a grandson. 

Bill Vance 

WEBB CITY, Mo. William R. ``Bill'' Vance, 49, 1320 S. Washington St., Webb City, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at his home after a long illness. cancer 

Mr. Vance was born July 31, 1947, in Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He was an insurance salesman for American General Insurance Co., Joplin. He was a member of the Libert Bible Mission, Joplin, and a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. He was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. 

He married Laurie Avey on May 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, David Vance, of the home, Jeremy Hood, Joplin, and Joe Vance, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; three daughters, Laura Laramore, and Dorothy Bruce, both of Joplin, and Julie Duncan, Sacramento, Calif.; his mother, Dorothy Ritchey, Joplin; his maternal grandmother, Mildred Nichols, Arkansas City, Kan.; five brothers, Cecil Vance, Joplin, Lewis Vance, Duenweg, Fred Vance, Houston, Texas, James Vance, Wallace, Idaho, and Terry Ritchey, Grand Prairie, Texas; six sisters, Rosena Patton, and Dora Riggs, both of Joplin, Althea Moore, Duenweg, Gwen Ritchey, Grand Prairie, Millie Boen, Fort Worth, Tex., and Penny Bennett, Norman, Okla.; and eight grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Osborne Cemetery, Joplin. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Regional Medical Center's Hospice Program or the DAV, in care of the mortuary. 

Otto Waldbuesser 

LIBERAL, Mo. Otto Waldbuesser, 73, 781 S.W. 80th Lane, Joplin, died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Waldbuesser was born May 14, 1923, in Oberheimbach, West Germany. He moved to the Barton County area at the age of 5. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Carthage, where he was vice president. Since 1920, he was a board member for the Barton County Electric Co-op. He was a member of the KAMO Electric Co-op and a board member of the Missouri Association of Electric Co-ops. He was a board member and delegate of the MFA Oil Co., and vice president of the American Association of Lutherans. He was a World War II Army veteran. 

He married Trudy Trilleron on Oct. 5, 1947, at Frankfurt, West Germany. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Fred Waldbuesser, Jasper; two daughters, Phillis Scorse, Pittsburg, Kan., and Heidi Derbak, Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Henry Waldbuesser, Roswell, N.M.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Faith Lutheran Church. Pastor Richard Waters will officiate. Burial will be in the Nashville Cemetery, NW of Jasper. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Weng Funeral Home, Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour Broadcast, in care of the funeral home. 

John Tran 

PITTSBURG, Kan. John A. Tran, 26, 812 N. Catalpa, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, near Frontenac. His death has been termed a suicide. 

Mr. Tran was born May 28, 1970, in Saigon, Vietnam. He formerly lived at Huntsville, Texas, graduating in 1987 from the Huntsville High School. For four years, he lived in Wichita, moving to Pittsburg in 1994. He was in his second year as a nursing student at Pittsburg State University. 

He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during Desert Storm. He received an Air Force commendation medal and several other decorations for his military service. He was a member of ROTC at PSU. 

He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Huntsville, Texas. 

He married Marilyn Vilaythong on June 26, 1993, in Derby. She survives. 

Additional survivors include his father and stepmother, Mai Van Tran and Xuan Tran, Huntsville; three sisters, Linh Tran, Tien Tran and Phuong Tran, all of Huntsville; two half brothers, Kevin Tran, and Phan Vu, both of Huntsville; and a half sister, Linda Tran, Huntsville. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today Tuesdayat Brenner Mortuary. The Rev. Patrick York will officiate. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the National Cemetery at Houston, Texas. 

Clara Flora 

COMMERCE, Okla. Services for Clara B. Cary Flora, 78, Commerce, who died Friday, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. 

The Rev. Robert Taylor and the Rev. Jerry VonMoss officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Picher. 

Pallbearers were Kyle Buchanan, Rex Read, Charles Jarman, Kevin Trease, Melvine Morgan and Harold Morgan. 

Survivors include four sons, Richard Crain, Goddard, Kan., Tom Crain, Mulvane, Kan., Gerald Crain, Denver, Colo., and Lawrence Crain, Tahlequah; and a daughter, Delories Miller, Miami. 

Donald Merit 

MIAMI, Okla. Donald Leroy Merit, 70, 13200 South 560 Road, died at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Merit was born July 27, 1926, at Peoria. He had lived most of his life in the Miami area. He was a farmer for 15 years and an electronic technician for 17 years. He had owned an electronic repair business since 1986. He was a member of the Hudson Creek Baptist Church, Miami. He was president of the Miami Amateur Radio Club for 10 years and was a member of the Army Military Affiliated Radio Station. 

He married Eula Mae Adams on Dec. 31, 1950, at Huntsville, Ark. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, David Leon Merit, Brandon, Miss., and Bryan Keith Merit, Narcissa; a daughter, Donna Gail Dick, Enid; three brothers, John Dee Merit, Miami, and Ruben Clarence Merit and Raymond Carl Dean Merit, both of Fairland; six grandchildren; and a grandson. 

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Loren Messenger will officiate. Burial will be in Glen-Abbey Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Virgil Gober, Marvin Gress, Jack Nickerson, Fred Tayton, Kenneth Waldron and Leroy Merit. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today tuesat the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. 

Bill Pennington 

GROVE, Okla. Roy E. ``Bill'' Pennington, 70, Grove, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Pennington was born Aug. 10, 1926, at Clinton, Mo. He served from 1944-1946 in the Navy and until 1954 in the Naval Reserves. He worked for Schmoldt Engineering Services, Bartlesville. He retired in December 1989. 

He married Marcine Parsons on May 6, 1947, at Mound City, Kan. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, David Allen Pennington, Grove; two brothers, Eugene Pennington, Warrensburg, Mo., and Chester Pennington, Stockton, Mo.; a sister, Mary Lou Lawson, Warrensburg; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Warrensburg. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice at Grove. 

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

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