Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Alberta LaPlante 

Alberta Errol LaPlante, 92, Joplin, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. 

Mrs. LaPlante was born Oct. 15, 1903, at Flat River. She had lived in Joplin most of her life. She was a supervisor for the former Junge and Safeway bakeries in Joplin for more than 40 years. 

She was a member and past deaconess of South Joplin Christian Church. 

Survivors include a son, Dr. Elwood LaPlante, Victoria, Texas; and two sisters, Una Niel and Ruth Lunderborg, both of Joplin. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at South Joplin Christian Church. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be David Beaver, Gary Shipley, D.D. Strecker and L.W. Crabtree. 

Friends may visit after 11 a.m. today at Parker Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to South Joplin Christian Church. 

Nellie Neis 

Nellie H. Neis, 83, Coffeyville, Kan., a former Joplin area resident, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. Neis was born Sept. 6, 1913, near Joplin. She grew up in the Lone Elm area, north of Joplin, and was a 1931 graduate of Joplin High School. She lived at Commerce, Okla., from 1968 to 1979, when she moved to Coffeyville. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Coffeyville and was active in Chapter II at the church. 

She married John R. Howard in 1931 in Carl Junction. He died in 1966. She married C.P. ``Mose'' Neis in 1969 at Coffeyville. He died in 1970. 

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Trask, Coffeyville, and Kay Kounze, Denver, Colo.; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Funeral Chapel, Coffeyville. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Carl Junction (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Coffeyville. 

Andrew Svilarich 

Andrew C. Svilarich, 24, Joplin, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, of injuries he received in a two-car accident Thursday at Tipton Ford. 

Mr. Svilarich was born Oct. 31, 1971, in Fresno, Calif., and he lived most of his life in Newton and McDonald counties. He attended elementary school in Noel and he graduated in 1989 from McDonald County High School. He graduated in the honors program in 1993 from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. He was employed as a certified public accountant for Underwood and Associates, Neosho. He was a member of Jehovah Witness church, attending the Joplin West Congregation. 

Surviving are his parents, Rafael and Peggy Jones-Svilarich, Neosho; maternal grandmother, Emogene Jones, Anderson; and two brothers, Jeffrey Svilarich, Overland Park, Kan., and Joseph Svilarich, Neosho. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, with Bill Henderson officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. 

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. 

Max Hahnen 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Max Hahnen, 72, Fidelity community, south of Carthage, died at 11:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Hahnen was born Oct. 18, 1923, at Carthage. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a 1941 graduate of Carthage High School. He owned and operated Hahnen Real Estate and Insurance at Carthage for more than 40 years. 

He was a member of the Jasper County Sheriff's Reserve for 41 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carthage, Board of Realtors at Carthage, Knights of Pythias and the Silent Knight. He was past president of Carthage Rotary Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Mary Maples on Aug. 9, 1942, at Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Larry Hahnen, Omaha, Neb.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary. The Rev. Jim Lawley will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. 

Members of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's Reserve will be seated as a group. 

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Oren Henry 

PURDY, Mo. Oren Henry, 69, Purdy, died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Cox Monett Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. 

Mr. Henry was born Aug. 3, 1927, at Washburn. He was a retired carpenter. He was a delegate to the board of MFA Oil Co. 

He married May Orr on Aug. 28, 1950, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, David Henry, Purdy; a daughter, Maxine Gray, Purdy; a sister, Lola Stephens, Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Don Dement officiating. Burial will be in King Cemetery, Washburn. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Curley Higginbotham 

SENECA, Mo. Clara E. ``Curley'' Woods Vicory Higginbotham, 93, 2050 Gum Road, died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at a Seneca nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Higginbotham was born Dec. 15, 1902, at Joplin. She lived in the Joplin area all her life, most of which was in the Hornet community. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Warrens Branch Baptist Church and a member of Hornet Community Club for more than 50 years. 

She married Floyd C. Higginbotham on Dec. 23, 1933, at Miami, Okla. He died Jan. 7, 1989. 

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Briley, of the home, and Billie Harper, Search Light, Nev.; a son, Leo ``Buddy'' Higginbotham, Orlando, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Johnnie Wilkins will officiate. Burial will be in Hornet Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Joe Briley, Eddie Briley, Terry Brackett, Ricky Higginbotham, Chris Higginbotham and David Reed. 

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

Robert Kirkpatrick 

NEOSHO, Mo. Robert S. Kirkpatrick, 84, 17444 Gold Fence Road, was found dead at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996, in a wooded area about one-quarter mile from his home. 

The death was attributed to exposure. 

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born Jan. 18, 1912, at London, Ohio. He moved to the Neosho area about 12 years ago from California. 

His wife, Barbara Kirkpatrick, died Nov. 30, 1986. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

The body has been cremated. No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Robert Moritz 

LAMAR, Mo. Robert Dale Moritz, 55, Stilwell, Kan., a former Lamar area resident, died at 9:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Olathe (Kan.) Medical Center, after a long illness. 

Mr. Moritz was born July 4, 1941, at Ainsworth, Neb. 

Survivors include his wife, Pamela J. Moritz. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit. Burial will be in Lee's Summit Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Olathe, Kan., Hospice. 

Emma Richardson 

LANAGAN, Mo. Emma M. Richardson, 84, Lanagan route 1,, died at 4:28 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Richardson was born Aug. 28, 1912 at Anderson. She had lived in the Anderson and Lanagan areas all of her life. She was a member of Cove Mission of Hope Church, Lanagan. She was the resident representative at McDonald County Healthcare Center. 

She married Elvie Richardson in November 1929. He died March 6, 1972. 

Survivors include four sons, Jack Richardson, Tulsa, Okla., Gene Richardson and Donald Richardson, both of Lanagan, and Joe Richardson, Okla. City, Okla; a brother, Junior C. Crosby, Lanagan; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. Bob Cartwright will officiate. Burial will be in Lanagan Cemetery. 

Friends may call from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be Brian Richardson, Randy Richardson, Devin Bartlett, Sam Jewett, Curtis Latte, Gene Cantrell. 

Carl Stewart 

DIAMOND, Mo. Carl M. Stewart, 64, Diamond, died at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Stewart was born Dec. 15, 1931, at Exeter. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer and had owned and operated a saw mill. 

He married Rosamary Joan Boyd on June 2, 1953, at Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Other survivors include three sons, Ricky Joe Stewart, Pierce City, Carl J. ``Chub'' Stewart and David L. Stewart, both of Diamond; three daughters, Janice Loving, Granby, Della Stewart, Diamond, and Cherie Duckett, Diamond; two sisters, Ida Simpson, Stella, and Susie Irwin, Granby; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby, with the Rev. Myrna Marble and the Rev. Terry Brown officiating. Burial will be in Powers Cemetery, northeast of Granby. 

Pallbearers will be Rusty Hansford, Truman Vinyard, Buddy Johnson, Arthur Petty, Freddie Hansford, Buddy McDermott, Curtis Hay and Floyd Long. 

Friends may call any time after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Lennie Card 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Lennie Card, 89, Lowell community, Baxter Springs route 1, died Friday morning, Sept. 27, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Card was born Jan. 5, 1907, at Cave Spring, Mo. She had lived in the Baxter Springs and Lowell areas most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Lowell Friends Church. 

She married Charles H. Card on Dec. 7, 1924, at Galena. He died Dec. 24, 1991. 

Survivors include a son, Norman Card, Springfield, Mo.; a daughter, Carmen Flanagan, Columbus; a brother, Howard Kitch, Orange, Texas; two sisters, Lois Fryar, Crestline, and Mildred Potter, Riverton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lowell Friends Church. The Rev. Danny Thomas and the Rev. Casey Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Burgess Tabor, Edwin Porter, Mike Flanagan, Pat Flanagan, Leroy Lyons and Calvin Mishler. 

The body may be viewed after 3 p.m. Sunday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. 

The family will be at the family home in Lowell. 

Martha Webb 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Martha H. Webb, 63, 903 W. 11th St., died at 4:11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a four-day illness. 

Mrs. Webb was born Feb. 4, 1933, at Lowell. She moved to Baxter Springs five years ago from Maryville, Tenn. 

Survivors include a son, Johnny L. Vaughn, Kerrville, Texas; two daughters, Pamela Jules, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and Sharon K. Vaughn, Buena Park, Calif.; her father, John F. Vaughn, Columbus; two brothers, Eldi Webb, the state of New York, and Donald R. Webb, Kansas City; and five grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. 

Jewell Atkinson 

QUAPAW, Okla. Jewell Lorine Atkinson, 89, Quapaw route 1, died at 1:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at a Quapaw nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Atkinson was born Dec. 15, 1906, at Alpena, Ark. She moved from the state of Arkansas to Quapaw in 1923. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Quapaw First Baptist Church. 

She married Archie Atkinson. He died in 1966. 

Survivors include three brothers, Carl Grisham, Watts, Vernon Grisham, Skagway, Alaska, and Donald Grisham, Sumner, Wash. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, with the Rev. Vernon Gisel officiating. Burial will be in Baxter Springs (Kan.) Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Randy Payne 

MIAMI, Okla. Randy Wayne Payne, 25, 622 K St. NW, died at 1:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, of injuries he received earlier in the day in a one-car accident two miles east of Quapaw. 

Mr. Payne was born Nov. 27, 1970, at Tazell, Ill. He had lived in the Miami area most of his lifetime. He was employed several years as a welder for Boat Floaters. 

Surviving are a daughter, Samantha Ashley Jo Mayfield, Columbus, Kan.; a brother, Ricky Tinsley, Miami; a sister, Suzanne Miller, Fairland; paternal grandmother, Jewell Payne, Picher; and maternal grandfather, Charles Delmont, Columbus. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Ted Warden 

BLUEJACKET, Okla. Services for Theodore ``Ted'' Eugene Warden, 83, Bluejacket, who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. 

The Rev. Mike Chaney will officiate. Burial will be in Bluejacket Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Tony Humble, Todd Humble, Donnie Langley, Ed Hults, Kenny Bradshaw and Kevin McGlasson.

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