Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Walter Fields 

Walter Fields, 69, 213 St. Charles Ave., died at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Fields was born July 22, 1927, at Ringgold, La. He had lived in the Joplin area most of his life. He was the owner of Fields' Janitorial Services in Joplin. 

He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include his wife, Edna Mary Fields; a son, Rodney Fields, Joplin; a stepson, Slyvester Fields, of the home; seven brothers, Chester Fields, Joplin, D.L. Fields, Denver, Colo., Ogis Fields, Lancaster, Calif., Ottis Fields, state of New Jersey, Henry Fields and James Fields, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Frank Holmes, Independence, Kan.; and three sisters, Vanilla Fields and Diana Colbert, both of Joplin, and Gladys Broadous, Tulsa, Okla. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parkway Cemetery. The Rev. will officiate. 

Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Bill Hawk 

William F. ``Bill'' Hawk, 48, Joplin, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. 

Mr. Hawk was born May 21, 1948, at Webb City. He lived in the Joplin-Webb City area all his life. He was one of the original employees of Joplin Workshops Inc. He was a member of Empire Baptist Church. 

He married Patricia ``Patty'' Blevins on April 13, 1990, at Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Larry E. Hawk, Rowland Heights, Calif.; and two sisters, Wilma Stone and Mary Pennington, both of Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Carterville (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Snider will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to Joplin Workshops Inc. 

Dee Smith 

Dianna S. ``Dee'' Biggs Smith, 50, 2102 Laurel Ave., died at 10:41 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Smith was born June 16, 1946, at Joplin. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Royal Heights Baptist Church. 

She married LeRoy F. Smith in 1967 at Oronogo. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Rachel Smith, of the home; three stepdaughters, Marilynn Doty and Royce Crampton, both of Joplin, and Sheryl Bates, Carterville; a brother, Bobby Joe Biggs, Joplin; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Kenney Cemetery, north of Neosho. The Rev. Jack Daniels will officiate. 

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. 

William Vernatti 

William James Vernatti, 78, Ozark, a former Joplin resident, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at the Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon. 

Mr. Vernatti was born Oct. 22, 1917, at Pittsburg, Kan. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired truck driver, having worked for the former Frisco Transportation Co., Springfield. He was a member of Teamsters Union No. 600, St. Louis, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7628, Ozark. 

He married Esther Bonds. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Priscilla Dee George, Springfield; a son, Rex Vernatti, Ozark; a sister, Geraldine Watts, Joplin; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Klingner Mortuary chapel, Springfield. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield. 

Friends may visit from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. 

Wayne Arner 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Wayne E. Arner, 80, 1109 Jersey St., died at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Arner was born May 4, 1916, in Barton County. He had lived all his live in Barton and Jasper counties. He was retired from Schreiber Foods in Carthage. 

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Carthage, and a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Carthage. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He married Naydeen Lemasters on July 31, 1939, at Girard, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Guy Arner, Webb City; two brothers, Jerry Arner and George Arner, both of Carthage; two sisters, Dixie Francis, Carthage, and Pearl Divine, Golden City; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Cemetery, northwest of Jasper. 

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Othel Biellier 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Othel Leo Biellier, 72, Mount Vernon, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Biellier was born Dec. 23, 1923, at Mount Vernon. He was a security employee of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, retiring in 1985 after 28 years. 

A Navy veteran, he was a member of the American Legion. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. 

He married Joan Garoutte on Nov. 17, 1946, at Mount Vernon. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Douglas Biellier and Othel Dean Biellier, both of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Linda Richardson, Purdy, Janet Rives, Monett, and Reta Smothers, Mount Vernon; two brothers, David Biellier and Gerald Biellier, both of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Gary Gilmore will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, northwest of Mount Vernon. 

Pallbearers will be Douglas Biellier, David Smothers, Bill Rives, Larry Richardson, Othel Dean Biellier and Joseph Dean Biellier. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the American Legion in care of the funeral home. 

Tabitha Day 

PURDY, Mo. Tabitha Nicole Day, daughter of Gary and Heather Day, Purdy, died at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, two hours after her birth. 

Additional survivors include two brothers, Kevin Day and Scott Day, both of Wildwood, Fla.; a sister, Monica Day, of the home; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Ginnery, Purdy; maternal grandparents, Roger and Rebecca Leep, Scottown, Ohio, and John and Michelle Triplett, Huntington, W.Va.; paternal great-grandparents, Alpha and Pansy Ray, Lavalette, W.Va.; and maternal great-grandparents, Gracie Leep, Huntington, Everett and Terri Fullerton, Huntington, and Mike and Sharon LaFon, Chesapeake, Ohio. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at IOOF Cemetery, Monett. The Rev. Joe Wogoman will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Richard Kirby 

ANDERSON, Mo. Richard Lee Kirby, 83, Anderson route 2, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Kirby was born Oct. 24, 1912, in Lawrence County. He moved to Anderson 18 years ago from Kansas City. He had been a carpenter and a 50-year member of Carpenters Union Local No. 61 at Kansas City. 

He was a member of Patterson Heights Baptist Church, west of Anderson, and the Elks Club at Grove, Okla. 

He married Blanche Bagby Mathews on April 13, 1963. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Richard Dee Kirby, Corning, Calif., Robert Lee Kirby, Niceville, Fla., and Douglas Rex Kirby, Kansas City; a stepson, Jim Mathews, Perry, Okla.; three stepdaughters, Carol Dixon, Anderson, Cathy Calkins, Cushing, Okla., and Connie Huscher, Springfield; a brother, Max Kirby, Anderson; three sisters, Nina Mullin, Anderson, Bernice Johnson and Beryl DeAngleo, both of Neosho; and many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Sam Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in Noel (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Robert Kirby, Douglas Kirby, Rick Kirby, Shawn Kirby, J.D. Price and Junior Marney. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to Patterson Heights Baptist Church or New Hope Hospice of Joplin, in care of the funeral home. 

Wayne Lasley 

PURDY, Mo. Wayne Lasley, 91, Purdy, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after a long illness. 

Mr. Lasley was born Sept. 16, 1905, at Purdy and was a lifetime resident. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. 

He married Hazel Niskren on March 3, 1929, at Purdy. She died March 8, 1993. 

Survivors include two sons, Gary Lasley, Panama City, Fla., and Jerry Lasley, Springfield; two daughters, Norma Whitson, Georgetown, Texas, and Betty Embrey, Purdy; a brother, Glen Lasley, Lodi, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Jerry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Purdy Cemetery. 

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

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

Harriet Lewis 

NEVADA, Mo. Harriet Ann Lewis, 54, Nevada, died Friday morning, Sept. 20, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after an illness of several months. 

Mrs. Lewis was born July 3, 1942, at Denver, Colo. She grew up at Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1960. She had lived most of her life in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

She worked for U.S. West as a business office supervisor for more than 20 years, retiring in 1991. She and her husband moved to the Nevada area in June. 

She married Douglas N. Lewis on Jan. 26, 1964, at Sioux Falls, S.D. He survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra Kay Lewis-Woods, Omaha, Neb., and Jessica May Lewis, Sioux Falls; three sisters, Donna Jacobson, Roscoe, N.Y., Janet Rourke, Nashua, N.H., and Marilyn Hillman, New York, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Helmuth Eisenbraun will officiate. 

James Miles 

GREENFIELD, Mo. James L. Miles, 61, Kansas City, Kan., a former Greenfield resident, died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., after a short illness. 

Mr. Miles was born March 26, 1935, at Kansas City, Mo. He was working as a warehouseman. He was a member of the Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Grauberger Miles; two sons, Dale Miles, Kansas City, and Steven Miles, Lawson; a daughter, Karen Brim, Independence; his mother, Thelma Loehing, Kansas City; a brother, Paul Miles, Kansas City; two sisters, Bonnie McClaird, Raytown, and Mary Breshears, Independence; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Antioch Chapel, Kansas City, Kan. Burial will be at 3 p.m. today in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, north of Greenfield. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. 

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

Clara Rich 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Clara M. Rich, 81, 609 N. Oronogo St., died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a six-month illness. 

Mrs. Rich was born Feb. 9, 1915, at Carterville. She had lived in the Webb City area most of her life. She retired from Rex Casket Co., Webb City. 

She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Webb City. 

Surviving are a son, Leon ``Skip'' Tarrant, Joplin; three brothers, Leroy Bullis, Webb City, Ray Bullis, Joplin route 1, and Melvin Bullis, Joplin; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Kevin Melton will officiate. Burial will be in Webb City Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Budwin Sandtorf 

FAIRVIEW, Mo. Budwin Miles ``Red'' Sandtorf, 77, Boise, Idaho, a former Fairview resident, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Sandtorf was born Feb. 22, 1919, at Fairview. He was raised in Missouri. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. He had worked at Tamko for many years. He also was a carpenter and heavy equipment mechanic until retirement, when he moved to Idaho in 1983. He had lived in Kuna, Idaho, before moving to Boise. 

He was a member of the Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant. 

He married Anna Mae Kennedy on June 29, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Tommie Sandtorf, Carl Junction; a daughter, Sonja Jones, Boise; two sisters, whose names and addresses were unavailable; and three grandchildren. 

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kuna (Idaho) United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tom Kirk officiated. Burial was in Kuna Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Accent Funeral Services Home, Meridian, Idaho. 

Contributions may be made to Mountain States Tumor Institute or Hospice of Boise, both in Boise, Idaho. 

Jerome Weber 

LAMAR, Mo. Jerome J. Weber, 56, Lamar, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Kansas City after a one-week illness. 

Mr. Weber was born Aug. 27, 1940, at Cresco, Iowa. He had lived in Barton County since 1951. He was a self-employed carpenter. 

He was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1959 to 1963. 

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus. 

He married Isabel Philipps on Aug. 3, 1968, at St. Charles. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Jerry Weber and Jimmy Weber, both of the home; a daughter, Angie Weber, of the home; his mother, Stella Weber, Lamar; three brothers, Duane Weber, Wathena, Kan., John Weber, Lamar, and Martin Weber, Liberal; three sisters, Mary Besse, Morgan City, La., Caroline Weber, Kansas City, and Sandra Coy, Lamar. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lamar. The Rev. Thomas Allen will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where visitation is set for 7:30 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be John Weber, Martin Weber, William Philipps, James Philipps, Joe Weber and Brandon Ihm. 

Betty Carpenter 

McCUNE, Kan. Betty J. Carpenter, 66, McCune, died at 11:12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Carpenter was born March 18, 1930, in the state of Maine. She grew up and attended school at Shawnee Mission, Kan. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School. 

She worked for the former Thompson-Hayward Chemical Co. at Kansas City, Kan., for 20 years, retiring in 1992. 

She was a member of McCune Church of Christ. 

She was a member of the Leavenworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Post No. 199, Kansas City, and the West Mineral Eagles Auxiliary. 

She married Frank Carpenter on Aug. 19, 1971, at Kansas City. He survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, Harry Stimac, Overland Park, and Jim Stimac, Kansas City; a daughter, Barbara Pickard, Overland Park; a stepson, Dewayne Carpenter, Kansas City; a stepdaughter, Rhonda Carpenter, Kansas City; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, McCune, with David Kern, minister, officiating. The body will be cremated after the service. 

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

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