Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Eugene Lane 

Services for Eugene E. Lane, 84, 3301 W. 21st St., who died Tuesday, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla. 

The Rev. Robert Nichols will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, Kan. 

Pallbearers will be Frank Morris, Bobby Herd, Ronnie Herd, Junior Herd, Raymond Herd and Jerald Herd. 

Hollis Ludwig 

Hollis M. Ludwig, 95, Joplin, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at a residential care home in Smithfield after one year of ill health. 

Mrs. Ludwig was born May 15, 1901, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. She was a graduate of the former Joplin Business College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Joplin Woman's Club and the St. John's Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. 

She married Raymond F. Ludwig on Jan. 29, 1924, at Kansas City. He died Sept. 3, 1961. 

Survivors include a son, Gayle Ludwig, Redings Mill community; a sister, Theodate Lemmons, 201 Northpark Lane; two granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Duane Trimble and the Rev. Terry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Richard McWilliams, Bill Brown, Conrad Turner, Vernon Brewer, Earl Cheatham and Frank McCutcheon. 

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

Contributions may be made to the hospice program at St. John's Regional Medical Center. 

Eileen Chesnut 

DEERFIELD, Mo. Eileen I. Chesnut, 68, Deerfield, died Tuesday night, Oct. 1, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Chesnut was born April 28, 1928, at Hiattville, Kan. She moved to Deerfield in 1948. She and her husband farmed. She also drove a school bus for the Nevada R-5 School District for 16 years. 

She married Kenneth Leon Chesnut Sr. on June 8, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Leon Chesnut, Nevada; a daughter, Carla Raylene McDougal, Moundville; a brother, Alfred Gilliland, Nevada; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deerfield Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Smith will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Friends may call until 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Nevada Hospice or to Vernon County Cancer Relief. 

Marjorie Kelsey 

NEOSHO, Mo. Marjorie Fay Kelsey, 80, Neosho, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Kelsey was born May 4, 1916, at Wheaton. She lived at Cassville from 1975 until moving to Neosho two months ago. She attended Vanzandt School, Washburn, and was a 1933 graduate of Washburn High School. She attended Hoppers Beauty Academy, Springfield. She worked 20 years at the Cosmetique Beauty Shop, Neosho. 

She was a member for several years of Beta Sigma Phi and was president of the Neosho Chapter. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cassville. 

She married Edward Kelsey in 1962. He died Feb. 12, 1989. 

Surviving are two brothers, James T. ``Theo'' Pitts, Lynnwood, Wash., and Robert Pitts, Cassville. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. 

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

Donald Miller 

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Donald Eugene Miller, 72, Benton Harbor, Mich., a Carterville native, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 1996, at his home of a sudden illness. 

Mr. Miller was born July 8, 1924, in Carterville. He also had lived at Joplin. He had lived the past eight years at Benton Harbor. He served in the Army from 1947 to 1950 and in the Air Force from Feb. 12, 1952, to Sept. 12, 1953. He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a truck driver in Carterville. He was a Baptist. 

Survivors include two brothers, Carl Miller, Webb City, and Wayne Miller, Carterville. 

The body has been cremated. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carterville Cemetery. Lee Williams, minister, will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Florin Funeral Service,Benton Harbor. 

Dollie Patterson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Dollie J. Patterson, 94, Neosho, died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness. 

Mrs. Patterson was born Sept. 30, 1902, in Newton County. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church, Neosho. 

She married Franklin D. Patterson on July 16, 1919, in Neosho. He died in December 1950. 

Survivors include a brother, Harry Williams, Arcadia, Calif.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

The family will be at the home of Les Bond, 707 Peterson Road, Neosho. 

Maudie Ritchie 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Maudie M. Ritchie, 94, Carthage, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at a nursing home in Parsons, Kan., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Ritchie was born Dec. 8, 1901, near Reeds. She lived in Carthage until 1994, when she moved to the nursing home. She was a member of Valley Street Church of God, Carthage. 

She married Earl K. Ritchie on Aug. 26, 1920, in Carthage. He died April 20, 1994. 

Surviving are a son, Max Ritchie, Carthage; four daughters, Ruby Pruitt and Vera Mathis, both of Carthage, Mary Belle Phillips, Parsons, and Betty Davolt Rude, Oswego, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Robert E. Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Contributions may be made to Valley Street Church of God or to St. John's Hospice, in care of the mortuary. 

Kenneth Snyder 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Services for Kenneth E. Snyder, 78, 704 Sheridan Ave., who died Tuesday, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Christian Church of Carl Junction. 

Boyce Mouton, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Keith Snyder, Rusty Snyder, Jack Snyder, Craig Parker, Jim Glidewell and Glen Glidewell. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. 

Mr. Snyder was a member and elder of the Christian Church of Carl Junction. He was a member of the Missouri Southern State College Lionbackers and the Carl Junction Senior Citizens Board. He was a former member of the Board of Koinonia Christian Ministry at MSSC. 

The name of a surviving brother, Harold Snyder, Joplin, was omitted from an obituary in Wednesday's editions. 

Contributions may be made to the Christian Church of Carl Junction or to the Carl Junction Senior Center. 

George Tavenner 

MONETT, Mo. Elton Foster George Tavenner, 81, Monett, died at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Tavenner was born April 12, 1915, at Herndon, Va. He retired from American Telephone & Telegraph Co. He moved to Monett from Hyattsville, Md., in 1972. He was a Catholic. 

He married Delna Ruth England on March 26, 1971. She died July 15, 1995. 

Surviving are a stepdaughter, Linda Sue Blankenship, Monett; a sister, Evelyn Lois Copeland, Falls Church, Va.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. The body has been cremated. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Robert Jones 

GALENA, Kan. Robert C. Jones, 65, Galena route 2, died at 9:51 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Jones was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. He worked for the Missouri State Employment Service office at Joplin for 23 years before retiring. 

He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Elks Lodge, both in Galena. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. 

He married Carol Weber-Murdock on Oct. 13, 1972, in Galena. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, David Jones, Burlington, N.C., and Mark Jones, Wichita; two daughters, Robin Rogers, Kingsland, Ga., and Cindy Hall, Tulsa, Okla.; two stepsons, Mark Murdock, Tokyo, Japan, and Larry Murdock, San Diego, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Bonita Mosley, Barton, Fla.; two sisters, Ann Thompson, Harbor City, Calif., and Jane Meriwether, St. Joseph, Mo., and eight grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Assembly of God Church, Galena. Jim Jones, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. 

Graveside services will be conducted by members of the Elks Lodge of Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Clyde Jones, Matthew Jones, Jon Meriwether, Wayne Rogers, Charles Hampson and Dave Hall. 

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

Contributions may be made to the building fund of the Assembly of God Church, Galena. 

Joseph Hill 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Joseph Eugene Hill, 81, Fairland, died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Hill was born July 23, 1915, at Spartanburg, S.C. He moved at the age of 13 to California, where he attended high school and college. He was a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley. He helped organize the Ottawa County Farm Bureau, for which he was an insurance agent until retiring in 1985. He also was a cattle rancher. 

He was a member of the Ottawa County Conservation Board from 1951 to 1989. He had been president of the Fairland school board for 10 years and had been president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge at Miami. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairland, and the Northern California Scholarship Foundations. 

He married Virginia Fields on Feb. 10, 1960, at Carthage, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a stepson, Danny Henson, Kellyville; a stepdaughter, Linda Jennings, Vinita; three stepgrandchildren; and a great-stepgrandson. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Fairland. The Rev. Alan McIntyre and Dick Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery, east of Grove. 

Pallbearers will be Dick Curry, Dale Culver, Lawrence Greninger, Frank Green, Dan Moore and Earl McVay. 

The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. today until noon Friday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland. 

The family will receive friends at the family home. 

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Fairland, the Miami Public Library or Hospice of Grove, in care of the funeral home. 

Leonard Knight 

GROVE, Okla. Leonard E. Knight, 76, Grove, died at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Knight was born March 16, 1920, at Halfway, Mo. He moved to Grove in 1985 from Hutchinson, Kan. He worked at Master Machine Tools in Hutchinson, retiring in 1985. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grove. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge at Hutchinson and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and helped construct Thule Air Base in Greenland. 

He married Metta Commons on July 3, 1974, at Hutchinson. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Jerry Knight, Dodge City, Kan; two daughters, Dixie Triebel, Edna, Kan., and Judy Fromm, Welch; two stepsons, Larry Darling, Lewisville, Texas, and Martin J. Wade, Mount Vernon, Ohio; a brother, Lloyd Knight, Grove; two sisters, Faye Hiebsch, Westfir, Ore., and Fern Livingston, Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Grove. The Rev. Robin Cowin and Myrle Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Grove. 

Contributions may be made to the choir robe fund at the First Baptist Church, Grove. 

Richard Watson 

QUAPAW, Okla. Services for Richard Leroy Watson, 87, 64011 E. 57th Road, who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Floyd Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Greenback Cemetery, east of Quapaw. Leonard Smith with conduct Indian graveside rites. 

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Friends may visit until 10 a.m. Friday at the family home. 

Wesley Weston 

MIAMI, Okla. Wesley Lee Weston, 66, Avoca, Ark., formerly of Miami, died at 3:06 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark., after a short illness. 

Mr. Weston was born Sept. 21, 1930, at Beaver, Ark. He attended schools at Beaver. He retired after working 25 years at the former B.F. Goodrich tire plant in Miami. 

He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers union. 

Surviving are two sons, Douglas Weston, Miami, and Rocky Weston, Tahlequah; a brother, Charles R. Weston, Beaver; two sisters, Lucille Scroggins, Beaver, and Betty Burradell, Avoca; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beaver (Ark.) Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Mo. 

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