Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Clarice Bruffett 

Clarice Bertha Bruffett, 86, 201 S. Northpark Lane, Joplin, died at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. 

Mrs. Bruffett was born Nov. 29, 1909, in Carthage. She was graduated from the former Joiners College, Carthage, in 1928. She was a homemaker on a dairy farm, southeast of Jasper, for more than 40 years. She had also been a legal secretary for several years. She was a lifetime member of the Grand Avenue Church of God, Carthage, where she played piano, was a youth leader and a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was an active member in the Ladies Missionary Society. 

She married Louis Bruffett on July 23, 1933, in Carthage. He survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Gene Bruffett, Carthage, Paul Bruffett and Bob Bruffett, both of Jasper, and Richard Bruffett, Harrison, Ark.; a brother, Ralph Hooker, Carthage; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Weng's Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, south of Jasper. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Grand Avenue Church of God, in care of the funeral home. 

Myrle VanLandingham 

LIBERAL. Mo. Myrle D. VanLandingham, 78, Liberal, died at 1:33 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. VanLandingham was born Oct. 23, 1917, in Liberal. He retired in 1974 as a supervisor in the final repair department of General Motors Corp. He had worked for the company in Kansas City from 1946 to 1963 and in California from 1963 to 1974. He then worked for National Semiconductor, Campbell, Calif., from 1974 to 1982. He moved to Liberal in 1982. He was a member of Liberal Christian Church and Liberal Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 2664. 

He married Lois ``Shorty'' Essex on Oct. 21, 1944, in Columbus, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Rick VanLandingham, Phoenix, Ariz., Ron VanLandingham, Moore, Okla.; and Jerry VanLandingham, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Terry Hill, Liberal, and Becky Owens, Woodinville, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Liberal Christian Church. The Rev. Phil Abbott and the Rev. Bob Fenwick will officiate. Burial will be in Liberal City Cemetery. 

Graveside military rites will be conducted by Liberal Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 2664, and Lamar Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3691. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. 

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

Eileen Asher 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Eileen H. Asher, 76, 705 W. Daugherty, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Asher was born Dec. 28, 1919, at Brookline, Ark. She had lived four years at Webb City. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

She married Ray Asher on June 19, 1937, at Joplin. He died Oct. 18, 1982. 

Surviving are two sons, Gary E. Asher, Sugar Land, Texas, and Terry Wayne Asher, Platte City; three daughters, Dixie Rae Sharp, Joplin, Connie Sue Watkins, Jasper, and Sharon Eileen Parrish, Webb City; a brother, Russell Doty, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Dixie Wilson, Bellaire, Texas, and Wanda Dick, Milton, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Purcell. The Rev. Ranse Oswald will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be John Parrish, Tony Rose, Tim Parrish, Matt Asher, Mark Asher and Mike Sharp. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Millie Bartkoski 

PURDY, Mo. Millie F. Bartkoski, 92, Purdy Route 2, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, in a local nursing home after an illness. 

Ms. Bartkoski was born Jan. 25, 1904, in Berry County. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Pulaskifield. She was a member of the Altar Society. 

Survivors include a daughter Rita Remkoski, Purdy; and a sister, Sophie Kryczowski. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lakin Funeral Home Chapel, Pierce City. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery. 

Thomas Boles 

POWELL, Mo. Thomas E. Boles, 79, Powell, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia, after a long illness. 

Mr. Boles was born Jan. 10, 1917, in Powell. He was a cattle rancher and was a lifetime Powell area resident. He attended Church of Christ, Powell. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War. 

Surviving are a son, Thomas A. Boles, Powell; a daughter, Jaunita Boles, Kansas City; a brother, Douglass Boles, Powell; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fox Cemetery, Powell. J.R. Burr will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Thomas Boles, Jacob Boles, Dale Patterson, Donny Cowan, Keith Bertalotto and James Molder. 

Friends may call after noon today at Wheaton Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Owen Conley 

AURORA, Mo. Owen ``Onie'' Conley, 87, Aurora, died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, at Cox Monett Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Conley was born Feb. 21, 1909, at Pierce City. He lived most of his life in Pierce City and moved to Aurora four years ago. He retired from the Mid-America Dairy plant at Aurora. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Aurora. 

He married Madeline Kristek on Sept. 6, 1939, at Verona. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Charles Conley, Mount Vernon, and Donald Conley, of the home; two daughters, Judy Littrell, Aurora, and Helen Koehler, Verona; a brother, James Conley, Pierce City; two sisters, Helen Staponski, Monett, and Mary Ann Zhorlaut, Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. 

Bennie Davis 

GRANBY, Mo. Bennie Lee Davis, 89, Granby, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Davis was born Dec. 31, 1906, at Greenbrier, Ark. He moved a year ago from Tulsa, Okla., where he had lived 40 years. He was a self-employed mechanic. 

His wife, the former Flora Winchester, survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Lee Wentz and Mary Ann McGehee, both of Tulsa, and Norma Jean Salas, Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, Sanford Davis, Granby, and Carl Davis, Owasso, Okla.; two brothers, Avery Davis, state of California, and Rommie Davis, Truth or Consequences, N.M.; a sister, Odeal Large, Fresno, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Diamond Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. 

Larry Elliott 

WHEATON, Mo. Larry Dean Elliott, 53, Wheaton, died at 11:18 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Elliott was born Feb. 10, 1943, at Cassville. He was graduated from Cassville High School. He was a lifelong resident of the Cassville area and moved to Wheaton three years ago. He was a truck driver for 30 years. He was a driver for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for 15 years. He had worked a few years for Barry Electric Cooperative. He was a member of Wheaton Saddle Club and attended Wheaton United Methodist Church. 

He married Donna Glinsmann Royer on Feb. 10, 1993, at Wheaton. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Jim Elliott, Purdy, and Shawn Elliott, Cassville; a stepson, Lewis Royer, Wheaton; four stepdaughters, Marcia Ray, Wheaton, Denise Schnake, Pierce City, Michelle Baker, Stark City, and Aimee Senseney, Exeter; two brothers, Garry Elliott, Cassville, and Donnie Elliott, Russellville, Ark.; three sisters, Lou Austin, Pampa, Texas, Rhonda Cooper, Tulsa, Okla., and Sharon Elliott, Hereford, Texas; three grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wheaton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gloria Gold and the Rev. Gary Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, east of Cassville. 

Pallbearers will be Garry Elliott, Donnie Elliott, Junior Lowe, Jim DeJarnett, Jess Wells, Lindy Lombard, Rick Linenbrink and Bill Goostree. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Bess Gold 

NEOSHO, Mo. Bess Clanton Gold, 84, Neosho, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness. 

Mrs. Gold was born July 4, 1912, at Stella. She moved in 1973 to Neosho from Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a member of Stella Methodist Church and Sunny Lane Methodist Church, Del City, Okla. 

Her husband, Jim Clanton, preceded her in death. 

Her husband, Gladwyn Gold, preceded her in death. 

Surviving are a son, Sid Clanton, Sapulpa, Okla.; a daughter, Sandra Irvan, Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sunny Lane Cemetery, Del City. These arrangements are under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home Southeast, Del City. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Lonnie Hinds 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Lonnie Max Hinds, 48, Pierce City, died at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Fayetteville, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Hinds was born Jan. 8, 1948, at Stella. He was graduated from Webb City High School and Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War who served as a field medic. He received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was a materials manager for 15 years at Missouri Precision Castings, Joplin. In the past four years, he owned and operated Wheaton Video and Video One at Purdy. He was a member of Ridgeley Baptist Church at Exeter and Earl J. Bruton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 534 at Joplin. 

He married Patricia Kae Coursey on Aug. 4, 1976, at Joplin. She survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia Kathleen Rogers, Joplin, and Gretchen Renee Hinds, of the home; and his parents, Max and Earlene Hinds, Joplin. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeley Baptist Church, Exeter. Danny Heupel will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Longview. 

Members of Earl J. Bruton VFW Post No. 534 will conduct graveside military rites. 

Pallbearers will be Bob Roberts, Tom Allen, Cliff Heiney, Mike England, Bob Pogue and Dale Forgey. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. 

Contributions may be made to Ridgeley Baptist Church. 

Arthur Pilant 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Arthur Pilant, 79, Cassville, died at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mr. Pilant was born Aug. 29, 1917, at Cassville. He was graduated in 1937 from Cassville High School and served as class president. He attended Monett Junior College, what is now Southwest Missouri State University at Springfield, and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He retired in 1964 from the Air Force. He returned in 1991 to Cassville, where he was a member of the American Legion and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. 

Surviving are a brother, Lewis Pilant, Williamsburg, Va. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Neal Ahart will officiate. Burial will be in Pilant Cemetery, Cassville. 

Military graveside rites will be conducted. 

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

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

Laura Allison 

JAY, Okla. Laura B. Allison, 87, Jay, died at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at Grove General Hospital, Grove, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Allison was born March 6, 1909, in Geary. She was graduated from high school at Geary at age 15 and attended Cameron College, Lawton, and Draughn's Business College, Oklahoma City. She was employed at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, Calif., during World War II. She moved to Jay in 1972 from Yukon. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Jay United Methodist Church. 

She married Edgar G. Allison Jr. on Aug. 7, 1940, in Pawnee. He died Nov. 27, 1991. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Joy Day, Jay; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Jay. Pastor William Boyd will officiate. Burial will be in Duffield Cemetery, Jay. 

Pallbearers will be Gordon Day, Ken Norman, Shane Metcalf, Rabbit Teague, George Scal and Norman Williams. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Jay. 

Roella Glenn 

GROVE, Okla. Roella Sue Glenn, 57, Grove, died at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 1996, at a Grove nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Glenn was born Nov. 5, 1938, at Grove. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of God, Grove. 

She married James K. ``Kenny'' Glenn on Sept. 28, 1956, at Wichita, Kan. He survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Diane Nelson, Tulsa, and Debbie Haston, Noel, Mo.; a brother, Charles Jones, Noel; a sister, Floradean Carter, Shell Knob, Mo.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Duke Kraft 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Duke William Kraft, 68, 712 Church St., died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Kraft was born June 13, 1929, in Fort Smith, Ark. He lived in Fairland for the past nine years and previously lived in San Bernardino, Calif., for 35 years. He was graduated from Fort Smith (Ark.) High School, and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy, Los Angeles, Calif. 

He was a motorcycle officer with the Monterey Park California Police Department from 1953 to 1963. He served on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department from 1963 to 1972, when he retired as a detective sergeant after being injured in the line of duty. 

He served as chief of police for Adelanto, Calif. He was a certified polygraphist. He was a former member of the San Bernardino County Employee's Association, Elks Lodge, Ontario, Canada, and First Baptist Church, Yucaipa, Calif. He was a current member of First Baptist Church, Fairland. 

He married Eve Gorman on Nov. 1, 1960. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Carol Swanlund, Yucaipa; two sons, C.A. Kraft and Roger Dale Kraft, both of Yucaipa; his mother, Corina Kraft, Fairland; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Regional Medical Center Grove Hospice.

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