Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Evelyn Smith 

Services for Evelyn G. Smith, 78, Watts, Okla., the mother of Letitia Link, Joplin, who died Monday, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15th Street and Kansas Avenue, Joplin. 

Larry Canslers, elder, will officiate. 

The body will be cremated. Services are under direction of the Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, Kan. 

Pete Allison 

FAIRVIEW, Mo. Lloyd Wesley ``Pete'' Allison, 91, Fairview, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Allison was born April 30, 1905, at Lola, Kan. He moved to Wheaton in 1954. He was a farmer and a member of United Methodist Church, Wheaton. 

He married Bertie Juanita Steele on June 28, 1930, at Lola. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Lloyd L. Allison, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Warren ``Bruz'' Allison, Yates Center, Kan.; a sister, Ada Adamson, Midland, Texas; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. The Rev. Gloria Gold and the Rev. Walter Smart will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Little Sandy Cemetery, Buffalo, Kan. 

Pallbearers will be Randy Allison, Greg Allison, Brent Allison, and Greg Westlake. 

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

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

Bill Barton 

ANDERSON, Mo. William H. ``Bill'' Barton, 59, Anderson, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Barton was born April 12, 1937, in rural Seneca. He was a lifelong resident. He was a member of Freewill Baptist Church, Anderson, and served as minister for several area churches. He was the owner and operator of a bulldozing business at Anderson and served in the Missouri National Guard. He was a member of the National Retired Persons Association. 

He married Judy Dale on June 30, 1961. She died Feb. 1, 1985. 

He married Thelma Howell in 1985. She died in 1992. 

He married Earline Miller on Oct. 24, 1992. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Michael Todd Barton, Troy Glenn Barton, and Christopher Scott Barton, all of Anderson; three stepsons, Ted Miller and Larry Miller, Muscatine, Iowa, and Dale Miller, Swedeborg; five stepdaughters, Diana May and Terry Miles, both of Destin, Fla., Mitzi McGowan, Crocker, and Becky Wilson, Lebanon, and Sherry Evlin, Marion, Ohio; four sisters, Ruth Buckner, Rogers, Ark., and Geneva Hodson, Thelma Robbins, and Midge Hatfield, all of Anderson; two brothers, Marvin Barton, Tiff City, and Sam Barton, Southwest City; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Patterson Heights Baptist Church, west of Anderson. 

The Rev. Marvin Townzen will officiate. Burial will be in Cummins Cemetery, Tiff City. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. 

Pallbearers will be Larry Hodson, Harvey Hodson, John Barton, Rick Barton, Darren Robbins, and Corey Robbins 

Contributions may be made to Patterson Heights Building Fund. 

Elsie Boyer 

WHEATON, Mo. Elsie Vaughn Boyer, 81, Tulsa, Okla., a Wheaton native, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Boyer was born June 29, 1915, at Wheaton. She lived many years in Sarcoxie before moving to Tulsa. She was a home economics teacher for 16 of 34 years at Sarcoxie High School, retiring in 1981. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. She was a Sunday school teacher for 38 years. 

She married Tolliver Dugan Boyer on June 26, 1949, at Owensville. He died June 12, 1989. 

Surviving are two daughters, Patty Boyer, Tulsa, and Clara Boyer, Dallas, Texas; and a brother, Walter McNabb, Norman, Okla. 

Arrangements are pending with Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Gus Brokob 

LAMAR, Mo. Gus Albert Brokob, 65, Lamar, died at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Brokob was born May 3, 1931, at Nevada. He was a longtime Nevada resident, moving to Lamar ten years ago. 

Survivors include his wife, Judith Ryan Brokob; two sons, Gus Allen Brokob, St. Louis, and Gus Albert Brokob Jr., of the home; three brothers, Carl Brokob, Nevada, Joe Brokob, Diamond, and Bill Brokob, Girard, Kan.; and five sisters, Mary Fisher, Nevada, Emma Hartman, Nevada, Dorothy Burns, Joplin, Betty Crandell, Galena, and Pearl Brokob, El Dorado Springs. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Moore Cemetery, Nevada. John Nichols will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Funeral Expense Fund, in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Rittia Cummins 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Rittia Cummins, 89, Cassville, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Cassville, where she had been a resident since 1993. 

Mrs. Cummins was born May 25, 1907, at Gotebo, Okla. She moved to Cassville in 1964. She was a member of Corinth Southern Baptist Church, Cassville. 

She married Andrew Cummins on June 11, 1927, at Cordell, Okla. He died May 9, 1971. 

Survivors include three sons, Franklin Cummins, Douglas, Ariz., Andrew Cummins Jr., Shell Knob, and Coy Cummins, Cassville; four daughters, Mildred Jean Goddard, Melbourne, Fla., Juanita Fuller, Cassville, Ida Dyer, Melbourne, and Nellie Jo Olmstead, Oak Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Nettie Cummins, Sikeston; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Corinth Southern Baptist Church, Cassville. The Rev. Paul Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery, Cassville. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Mary Lasser 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Mary Louise Lasser, 75, Lincolnwood, Ill., a former Pierce City resident, died at 10:46 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Lasser was born Sept. 30, 1920, at Pierce City. 

Survivors include her husband, John Lasser; a son, Bruce Lasser, address unavailable; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. The Rev. Samuel Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Lola Lett 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Lola Lett, 91, Webb City, died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Miss Lett was born Sept. 3, 1905, in Newton County. She was a homemaker. She was a 1929 graduate of Webb City High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Webb City, for 67 years, where she volunteered in the nursery. 

Survivors include a sister, Nola Anderson, Webb City. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Easton and the Rev. Robert Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Webb City Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Harvey Cooper, Carl Gilliam, Doug Irvin, Jack Dawson, Marion Fisher and John Harrison. 

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

Lois Morris 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Lois Long Morris, 81, 324 N. Tom St., died at 10:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mrs. Morris was born Aug. 18, 1915, at Webb City. She had lived in Webb City for the past nine years. 

She was a 1932 graduate of Carl Junction High School. 

She worked as a cook at Waco schools, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Carl Junction Christian Church. 

She married Charles Morris. He died in 1987. 

Survivors include a son, Bill Morris, Baxter Springs, Kan.; a daughter, Sue Simon, Joplin; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Bob Simon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, northwest of Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Donny Morris, Bill Dunn, Bill Goodwin Jr., Kenny Smith, Tony Goodwin and Bob Simon. 

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

Contributions may be made to Carl Junction Alumni Association or Carl Junction United Methodist Church. 

Liana Bond-Pitchford 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Liana Lou Bond-Pitchford, 42, 406 Howard St., died at 6:09 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at McCune Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a sudden illness. 

Ms. Bond-Pitchford was born Dec. 9, 1953, in Joplin. She came to Carthage nine years ago, moving from Riverton, Kan. She was a member of Riverton Baptist Church. 

Survivors include a son, Johny Pitchford, Riverton; her parents, Clyde and Esther Bond, Riverton; two brothers, Mike Bond, Texarkana, Texas, and Allan Bond, Riverton; and two sisters, Roxie Ward, Joplin, and Linda Stark, Riverton. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan.. Claude Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell. 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. 

Murl Powell 

NEOSHO, Mo. Murl M. Powell, 84, Neosho, died at 12:38 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Powell was born Aug. 28, 1912, at Roswell, N.M. He owned and operated a radiator shop at Ontario, Calif., for 20 years. He retired in 1960 and moved to Dallas County. In 1965, he came to Neosho. He was a construction contractor, farmer, and he operated a small shop from his home. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was issued a presidential citation as well as numerous other medals. He was active with the Missouri Farmers Association and was a former member of Independent Garage Owners. 

He married Faye Christian on Aug. 2, 1942, at Nevada. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Kenny Powell, Alba; two daughters, Joyce Clark and Gay Pringle, both of Neosho; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Max Patterson, minister, will officiate. 

Burial will be in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery, Neosho. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Grove Veterans Funeral Detail. They also will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Robert Roland 

NEOSHO, Mo. Robert A. Roland, 45, 6118 Maple Drive, died at 6:49 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin. The death was ruled a suicide. 

Mr. Roland was born Oct. 22, 1950, at Logansport, Ind. He came to Neosho in 1981, moving from Logansport. He was a machine operator at Talbot Wire Products, Neosho, and also was employed by Walters Construction, Neosho. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. 

Survivors include four sons, Keith Titus, Granby, Robert Roland II, state of Indiana, Kenny Roland, state of Florida, and Casey Adams, state of Indiana; three daughters, Chattie Roland, state of Indiana, and Marnnie Roland and Karlee Roland, both of the state of Washington; his mother, Fayetta Roland, state of Indiana; two brothers, Michael Roland and Mark Roland, both of the state of Indiana; two sisters, Terry Ellis, state of Indiana, Rita Fountaine, state of Florida; and four grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. No services are planned. 

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

Margaret Schuske 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Margaret Schuske, 84, Carthage, died at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Schuske was born May 2, 1912, at Enid, Okla. She had lived in Carthage 1" years, moving from Hot Springs, Ark. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith. 

She married Frank J. Schuske on Feb. 4, 1960, at Kansas City. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, John Schuske, Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Suzanne Mauch, Visalia, Calif., and Sandra Schuske, Carthage; and five grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. The Rev. Bruce Green will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home. 

Contributions may be made to the hospice organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, in care of the funeral home. 

Era Shira 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Era Hight Shira, 90, 501 N. Roney St., died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Shira was born Sept. 6, 1906, at Salem. She was a lifetime resident of Carl Junction. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Nazarene Church of Carl Junction. 

She married Lester Shira on March 6, 1935, at Carthage. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Harold Shira, Newark, Del.; a daughter, Barbara Goodwin, West Plains; a brother, Paul Hight, Webb City; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction, with the Rev. Clair Uitts and the Rev. Richard McBrien officiating. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Lane, Orville Bailey, Jim Evans, Chuck Myers, Chris Myers and Curtis Hight. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Lena White 

PURDY, Mo. Lena Mae White, 69, Purdy, died at 3:25 a.m. Monday, Sept 23, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mrs. White was born Sept. 25, 1926, at Forsyth. She moved to Purdy 21 years ago from Springfield. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessing Heights Church, Cassville. 

She married Cleo White on Sept. 30, 1946, at Mount Vernon. He survives. 

Additional survivors include eight sons, Raymond White, Jerry White, Ronnie White and Lonnie White, all of the home, Daniel White, Naaman White and James White, all of Springfield, and Travis White, Monett; five daughters, Iva Nelson, Halltown, Imogene Renkoski and Kristina Hayes, both of Purdy, Virginia Dunlap, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Wanda England, Monett; two sisters, Minnie Forston, Jefferson City, and Clara Holtz, Rock Island, Ill.; a brother, Jack Fisher, Cedarcreek; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. The Rev. Dale Meridethand the Rev. Jack Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Muncie Chapel Cemetery, Wheaton. 

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Freeman, Jim Walters, Leonard White, Wesley White, Jack Huff and Fredrick Nelson. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

James Eaton 

COLUMBUS, Kan. James Elmer Eaton, 65, Columbus, Kan., died Monday morning, Sept. 23, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Eaton was born June 9, 1931, in rural Cherokee County. He spent most of his life in Cherokee County and attended Columbus schools. He returned to Columbus in 1985 from Cassville, Mo. 

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was a farmer and a former Cassville real-estate agent. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Columbus American Legion. He was a member of First Christian Church at Columbus, where he served as elder and a choir member. 

Survivors include three sons, Terry Eaton, Nevada, Mo., Jerry Eaton, Glen Burnie, Md., and Mark Eaton, the island of Crete near Greece; a mother, Mildred Eaton, Columbus; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, southeast of Scammon. 

Graveside flag-folding ceremonies will be conducted by the American Legion Post, Columbus. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where friends may call after 1 p.m. today. 

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church's building fund, in care of the funeral home. 

LaRue Bruton 

EUCHA, Okla. LaRue Bruton, 73, Eucha, died at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Bruton was born May 12, 1923, at Everton, Ark. She moved to Eucha 14 years ago from Vinita. She was a homemaker and a beautician. 

She married Lonnie Bruton in June 1959. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Jim Pitts, Fayetteville, Ark.; a daughter, LaNell Humphrey, Bluejacket; two stepdaughters, Judy Cryon and Kathy Kehler, both of the state of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay. The Rev. Bob Barker will officiate. Burial will be in Eucha Cemetery, near Jay. 

David Hill 

FAIRLAND, Okla. David Ray Hill, 29, 8006 NW 80th St., Oklahoma City, a former Fairland resident, died at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 1996, at his home. The death has been ruled a suicide. 

Mr. Hill was born Jan. 10, 1967, at Miami. He was a Fairland High School graduate and graduated from the Northeast Oklahoma Vo-Tech school in May 1995. He was owner and operator of Polar Bear Heat and Air, Oklahoma City. 

Survivors include his wife, Kelly L. Hill; his parents, Clyde and Mary Hill, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Marilyn Hill, Tulsa, and Kimberly Davis, Corpus Christi, Texas; a brother, Kelly Hill, Miami; paternal grandfather, Jim R. Hill, Fairland; and maternal grandmother, Cretia L. Maples, of the Hickory Grove community. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Oklahoma Chapter, in care of the funeral home. 

Ruth Welch 

GROVE, Okla. Ruth Welch, 75, Grove, died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at a nursing home in Grove, after a long illness. 

Ms. Welch was born Oct. 6, 1920, at Coweta. She moved to Grove in 1995 from Tulsa. She worked for Chevron Oil Company of Houston, Texas, in the office of the tank car division, before retiring in 1982. 

She served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II from April 1945 to October 1946. 

Survivors include a sister, Lenora DeBusk, Grove. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Nicky Blackford will officiate. 

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

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