Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Nora Russell 

Nora Lee Nelson Russell, 67, 2408 Montana Place, died at 8:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Russell was born April 11, 1929, at Gross, Kan. She moved to Joplin in 1959. She was a 1947 graduate of College Heights School, Pittsburg, Kan. She was employed from 1972 to 1990 in the food service department of the Joplin R-8 School District. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married Charles ``Bill'' Russell on Oct 5. 1952, in Huntsville, Ark. He died Oct 22, 1990. 

Survivors include two daughters, Debora Curry-Trammel, and Christi Martin, both of Joplin; and six grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Fellowship Baptist Church. 

Orville Brown 

Orville Pershing Brown, 77, Libertyville, Iowa, former resident of Joplin, died at 2:03 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, after a one-year illness. 

Mr. Brown was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Benson, the suburb of Omaha, Neb. He attended Joplin schools. He had been employed by Western Union and the former O'Neil Tire and Battery Co., both in Joplin. In 1936, he enlisted in the Navy, serving for 20 years and retiring as a gunner's mate, second class. He was employed for 13 years at the Malleable Inc., Fairfield, Iowa. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin. 

His wife, Geraldine ``Gerri'' Brown, died Feb. 11, 1975. 

Survivors include a son, Michael Steven Brown, Sugarland, Texas; two daughters, Jeanette Riley, Joplin, and Monica Lynn Newcomer, Grain Valley, Mo.; a sister, Floma C. Davis, 3111 Wall Ave.; and four grandchildren. 

Private graveside services will be at the Webb City Cemetery. 

Elder Don Kingore will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Robert S. Thurman Post No. 13, American Legion. 

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

Perry Bullard 

Perry W. Bullard, 72, Denver, Colo., formerly of Joplin, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 1996, in Denver at a Veterans Affairs hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Bullard was born Sept. 24, 1924, at Cave Spring. He served in the coast guard during World War II. He was a professional musician and a local businessman. He lived in Colorado Springs for 35 years. 

He married Phyllis Vacca on Jan. 20, 1952. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Richard Bullard, Kansas City; a daughter, Valerie Rollert, Colorado Springs; a brother, Pat Bullard, Galena; and a grandson. 

Graveside services were conducted Friday at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. 

Arrangements were under the direction of All Veterans Burial and Cremation Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo. 

Michele O'Neil 

Michele Y. O'Neil, 30, 1681 Jaguar Road, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. O'Neil was born Feb. 9, 1966, in Joliet, Ill. She had been a resident of Joplin for four years, moving from Texarkana, Texas. She had been a saleswoman for Cloth World, Joplin. She was a member of the Church of Christ, 401 Forest Ave., Joplin. 

She married Brian O'Neil on Sept. 9, 1992, in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Logan O'Neil and Cullen O'Neil, of the home, and Derek O'Neil, Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Ginny O'Neil, of the home, and Wendy O'Neil, Manila, Ark.; his parents, Tommy and Shirley Eaves, Joplin; a brother, Michael Eves, Littleton, Colo.; and two sisters, Vicki Covington, Joplin, and Tamara Fields, Brandon, Fla. 

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Pat Pack, minister, will officiate. 

Pallberers will be Steve Mehaffey, Mike Browery, DeWayne Gibson, Jeff Welborn, Mike Wallace and Louis Spencer. 

Maureen Restivo 

Maureen Restivo, 60, 2700 E. 34th St., Joplin, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Restivo was born April 17, 1936, at Seattle, Wash. She had lived in the Joplin area for 35 years, moving from Seattle. 

She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. 

Survivors include three sons, Kevin Restivo, Carl Junction, Dan Restivo, Lebanon, and Mike Restivo, Camdenton; a daughter, Cindy Brown, Joplin; a brother, Jim Gifford, Seattle; two sisters, Sue Gifford and Gloria Gifford, both of Seattle; and eight grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. Memorial services will be scheduled later. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Helen Steele 

Helen L. Steele, 68, 3710 Connecticut Ave., died at 12:57 p.m. Sunday at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Steele was born April 9, 1928, at Akron, Ohio. She attended schools in Akron and Joplin. She had worked for the former Gates and Jamison drug stores in Joplin, and was manager of the lunch counter at the former J.J. Newberry's, Joplin. She also had worked in the children's department of Macy's Department Store, Joplin. She had been head cashier at Fort Sheridan Commissary, and had managed seven departments in the post exchange at Weldwood Station, Kenar, Alaska. 

She married Clovis E. ``Gene'' Steele on Dec. 20, 1946, at Columbus, Kan., and he survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Daisy Ball, Monett; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, with the Rev. Larry Six officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bud Mitchell, Rex Mitchell, Richard Mitchell, Charley Mitchell, Jerry Bryant and Lonny Steele. 

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

Jessie VanTrease 

Jessie E. Davis VanTrease, 79, Pasco, Wash., formerly of Joplin, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at a Pasco nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. VanTrease was born Nov. 26, 1916, at Joplin. She lived most of her life in Joplin, moving in 1986 to the Pasco area. She worked 15 years for Miller Manufacturing, retiring in 1957. She worked for Elders laundry, Webb City, and Keystone Laundry, Joplin. She was a past member of the Iron Gates Christian Church. 

She married Carl Davis in 1945. He died in 1971. 

She married Bob VanTrease in 1973. He died in 1978. 

Surviving are a daughter, Beverly Kay Miner, Quincy, Wash.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and several great-stepgrandchildren. 

The body will be cremated. 

Private graveside services will be at Forest Park Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Roy Bass 

LAMAR, Mo. Roy David Bass, 84, Independence, a former Lamar resident, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at a Kansas City medical center after an illness. 

Mr. Bass was born Feb 9, 1912, in Lamar. He attended schools at Cherry Grove and Milford, and graduated with honors from Lamar High School. He was a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1959, he retired from farming in the Cherry Grove area and moved to Kansas City. He worked for Montgomery Ward at the Blue Ridge Mall, Kansas City. He then worked for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department before retiring. He and his wife started Teen Town at the Lamar High School. He was a member and past master of Lamar Masonic Lodge No. 292, and a member and worthy patron of Lamar Chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star. 

He married Marie Armstrong on Jan. 1, 1938, at Kansas City. She died Dec. 31, 1989. 

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Melton, Kansas City; two sisters, Fannie Valentine, Carthage, and Dorothy Cooper, Carthage; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Chapel, Lamar. The Rev. Clif Crockett will officiate. Burial will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar. 

Masonic rites will be conducted by Lodge No. 292 and Chapter 74. 

Pallbearers will be members from the Masonic Lodge No. 292. 

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

Brian Cooper 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. A. Bryan Cooper, 90, Mount Vernon, died at 4:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Cooper was born Aug. 31, 1906, in Kansas City. In 1971, he retired as a licensed practical nurse at what was the Missouri State Chest Hospital, Mount Vernon. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. 

He married Madelyn Holt in 1955 in Mount Vernon. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert L. Cooper, Springfield; a daughter, Mary Ann Rebori , Springfield; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Gary Gilmore will officiate. Burial will be in Spokane (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church business fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Etta Hendrix 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Etta Hendrix, 91, Cassville, died at noon Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hendrix was born Oct. 15, 1904, in Barry county, and was a lifetime area resident. She was a retired assembly line worker for Tyson Foods. 

She married Elmer Hendrix in April 1926. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Marvin Roller, Garfield, Ark. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Cemetery, Seligman. The Rev. Willie Hendrix will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Wallace Litty 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Wallace S. Litty, 90, Branson, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996, at Skaggs Community Health Care Center, Branson, after a long illness. 

Mr. Litty is survived by his wife, Lovena Carline Gregory, who grew up in Webb City. 

Mr. Litty was born Aug. 17, 1906, at Rogersville. He had lived in the Branson area for the past 25 years, moving there from Jennings, La. He was a retired pipeline maintenance supervisor with Cities Service Co. 

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Branson. He also was a member of Mount Olive Odd Fellows Lodge of Rogersville, the Optimist Club in Jennings, and the Branson Masonic Lodge. 

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Jamie Litty, Lebanon, John Wesley Spaid, Overland Park, Kan., and Greg Litty, Kansas City; a brother, Otho Litty, Tempe, Ariz.; a sister, Lola Hargis, Branson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church of Branson. Steve House, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, Branson. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Snapp's Funeral Home, Branson. 

Eunice Quarles 

LAMAR, Mo. Eunice Irene Quarles, 83, Lamar, died at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at a Lamar nursing home after three years of ill health. 

Mrs. Quarles was born Jan. 13, 1913, in Moweaqua, Ill. She lived in Lamar the past 57 years. She was a homemaker and attended the Oakton United Methodist Church. 

She married Lee Harris Quarles on Dec. 7, 1931, at Nevada. He died Jan. 31, 1984. 

Survivors include three sons, Bob Quarles and Jerold Quarles, Lamar, and Gene Quarles, Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Joyce Brown, Lamar; a brother, Glen Plain, Decatur, Ill.; four sisters, Lil Johnson and Dorothy Housh, Lamar, and Ruby Johnston and Bernice Workman, both of the state of Illinois; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Larry Garfield will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery, Lamar. 

Friends may visit from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Lester Tucker 

JASPER, Mo. Lester L. ``Tuck'' Tucker, 91, Brea, Calif., a former Jasper resident, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, of natural causes. 

Mr. Tucker was born Jan. 20, 1905, in Mountain Grove. He lived most of his life in Jasper, and was a farmer in Jasper County. They had lived in California for the past several years. He worked in an ice plant in California. 

He married Stella Campbell on Sept. 29, 1926, in Jasper County. She died in April 1988. 

Surviving are a son, Donald Tucker, Houston, Texas; a daughter, Imogene E.Ramsey, Brea; and six grandchildren. 

Services were held Monday at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Rose Hills Mortuary, Whittier. 

Craig Vandenburg 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Craig Vandenburg, 40, Corydon, Iowa, formerly of Carthage, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, after an illness. 

Mr. Vandenburg was born on Oct. 25, 1955, at Corydon. 

He had worked at Dyno Transportation, Carthage, for several years. 

Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Vandenburg and Shannon Vandenburg, both of Carthage; a son, Jason Vandenburg, Carthage; a stepson, Bradley Edwards, Carthage; his mother, Evelyn Brown, Corydon; a brother, Chris Vandenburg, Diamond; four sisters, Cheryl Goretska, Corydon, Connie Newell, Irving, Texas, Cathie Hullinger, Humeston, Iowa, and Cindy Tometich, Promise City, Iowa; and a granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Randolph Funeral Home, Corydon, with the Rev. Leroy Perkins officiating. Burial will be in Humeston Cemetery. 

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

Florence Williams 

NEOSHO, Mo. Florence L. Williams, 87, 416 W. Spring St., died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Williams was born April 18, 1909, at Elk Rapids, Mich. She was a longtime resident of Elk Rapids. In 1995, she came to Neosho, moving from Florida, where she had retired. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian. 

She married Fred C. Williams on April 3, 1929, at Elk Rapids. He died in August 1992. 

Survivors include a son, Larry Williams, Stigler, Okla.; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. 

The body was to be cremated. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Jack Jones will officiate. 

Rudy Potocnik 

CHEROKEE, Kan. Rudy Potocnik, 77, Cherokee, died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after 4 years of ill health. 

Mr. Potocnik was born June 14, 1919, in West Mineral. He was a resident of Cherokee for 52 years, coming from Stone City. In 1981, he retired from the Kansas Army Ammunitions Plant, Parsons, where he had been employed as a carpenter for 32 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He was a member of Cherokee Methodist Church, the Cherokee American Legion and the Columbus post of the Veterans of Foreign War. 

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Potocnik; two sons, Rudy Potocnik Jr., Chanute, and James L. Potocnik, Altamont; a brother, Albert Potocnik, Cherokee; two sisters, Lucy Vigna, Columbus, and Gail Knez, Cherokee; a half sister, Kathleen Gerant, Topeka; a stepbrother, Matt Kotnek, Cherokee; two stepsisters, Frances Dollar, Manhattan, and Lena Potocnik, Cherokee; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. The Rev. Delbert Chance will officiate. Burial will be in the Cherokee City Cemetery. Flag-folding ceremonies will be conducted by the Cherokee American Legion Post. 

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

Contributions may be made to Cherokee Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Nellie Simpson 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Nellie Irene Simpson, 80, Columbus, died at 10:55 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at a Columbus nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Simpson was born July 13, 1916, in rural Columbus. She attended the Center Star Grade School, rural Columbus. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Columbus. 

She married Charles Emil Simpson on Dec. 20, 1941, at Fort Scott. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, David Simpson, and Dan Simpson, both of Parsons; two daughters, Marlene Carlson and Dollie Carlson, both of Columbus; two sisters, Eva Mae Hughes, Wichita, and Edith Jarrett, Columbus; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in the Lone Elm Cemetery, Columbus. 

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

Wilma Glynn 

MIAMI, Okla. Wilma B. Glynn, 85, Miami, died at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at a Miami nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Glynn was born Nov. 13, 1910, in Gymon, Okla. She was a housewife. 

Her husband, Le Roy Glynn, died in 1979. 

Survivors include four daughters, Joy Radford, Miami, Sharon Haycook, Leesburg, Ohio, Brenda Blake, Justin, Texas, and Dawn Osborn, Dallas, Texas; a brother, Gerold Bailey, Auburn, Calif.; a sister, Verda Bayley, Folsom, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Bill Sims 

BELLA VISTA, Ark. Bill Sims, 66, Bella Vista, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at his home. 

Mr. Sims was born on March 1, 1930, at the Simsberry community, east of Jane, Mo. He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1982. He owned and operated the Jug Store and Package Liquor at Jane. He had co-founded and operated the Sims Precision Deburring Co. with plants in California, Texas and Arizona. He also had held interests in Industrial Supply, Sims and Cook Trucking, and ZB Pedal Guitar Co. He also was a stockman with cattle ranches in Arkansas and Missouri. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 367 at Washburn, the Consistory at Guthrie, Okla., the El Zaribah Shrine at Phoenix, Ariz., and the Elks Lodge of Paramount, Calif. He was a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited and Quails Unlimited. He also was a member of the Simsberry United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Penny A. Wells-Sims; three daughters, Sandra Lee, Phoenix, Dana Snow, Cherry Valley, Calif., and Kimberly Wells, Fayetteville, Ark.; a brother, R.C. Johnson, Ketchum, Okla.; a sister, Carolyn Rucker, Bentonville, Ark.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bella Vista Funeral Home. Burial will be in Simsberry United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Mike McCool, Jimmy Thompson, Gary Head, Jerry Cook,Loren Gooder, Chuck Heriford, Charlie Whitlow and Norman Mathews. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Benton County Ducks Unlimited, Benton County Quail Unlimited or Simsberry United Methodist Church.

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