Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Irene Bills 

M. Irene Baker Bills, 87, 1820 Wall Ave., died at 6:08 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. 

Mrs. Bills was born July 30, 1909, at Elsey, Mo. She had lived in Joplin since 1929, moving from Neosho. 

She was a homemaker and a Baptist. 

Survivors include a son, Jerry Bills, Downers Grove, Ill.; a sister, Jean Kidd, Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, with the Rev. Dell Reed officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Gudrun Johnson 

Gudrun S. Johnson, 85, 6542 Castle Heights Road, Joplin, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Johnson was born July 3, 1911, at Christiania, Norway. 

She had lived in Missouri for the past forty years. 

She was a server at Resthaven, a restaurant in Independence, Mo. 

She attended Eden Heights Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence. She was a member of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin. 

She married Arthur O. Johnson on June 14, 1941, at Bensenville, Ill. He died in 1952. 

Survivors include three sons, Ronald Johnson, Tolland, Conn., Glen Johnson, Joplin, and Gordon Johnson, Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Dorothy Burnett, Joplin; three brothers, Arthur Sandvick and Norman Sandvick, Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Gilbert Sandvick, Long Grove, Iowa; two sisters, Christine Bleskachek, Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Irene Brown, Eau Claire, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Street Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, Independence, with Gary Myers officiating. Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence. 

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church and all day Monday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Shawn Johnson, Chad Johnson, Luke Johnson, Scott Burnett, Steve Outain and Joe Rose. 

Contributions may be made to Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin. 

Kenny Dawson 

NEOSHO, Mo. C. Kenny Dawson, 56, 14031 Kodiac Road, Neosho, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, after a long illness. 

Mr. Dawson was born July 11, 1940, at Huntington, W.Va. He came to Neosho 25 years ago, moving from Arkansas. He was an auto repairman and a former member of Anderson Masonic Lodge. 

He married Barbara Walker on Sept. 14, 1970, at Delaney, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Kenneth Daniel Lawson, Lannagan and Jay Dawson, Neosho; seven daughters, Mary Morgan, Jefferson, Ohio, Trish Mampel and Sheila Rhodes, both from Ashtabula, Ohio, Marie Free, Farmington, Ark., and Connie Buchanan, Shelly Dawson, and Amanda Dawson, all of Neosho; four brothers, Bill Dawson, Fayettville, Ark., Tony Dawson, Springdale, Ark., Noris Dawson, Ashtabula, Ohio, and Ronnie Dawson, Conneaut, Ohio; five sisters, Barbara S. McCoullah, Hamden, Ohio, Debbie Easton, Sharon Burlingame and Julie Walker, all of Jefferson, Ohio, and Dolly White, Springdale, Ark.; and 13 grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jane Cemetery, Jane. The Rev. Tom McDonald will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Onis Shoemaker 

AURORA, Mo. Onis G. Shoemaker, 77, Aurora, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at his home after a short illness. 

Mr. Shoemaker was born March 3, 1919, in Barry County. He was a lifelong area resident. 

He was a retired truck driver. 

Survivors include three sons, Dale Shoemaker and Dennis Shoemaker, both of Aurora, Bobby Shoemaker, Belton; three daughters, Della Miller and Linda Bourey, both of Aurora, and Sheila Fieker, Monett; a brother, Gene Shoemaker, Aurora; a sister, Ruby Hardcastle, Las Vegas, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. Ronnie Fieker officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri. 

Opal Thrasher 

ANDERSON, Mo. Opal Ethel Bryant Thrasher, 81, Anderson, died at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Thrasher was born Sept. 10, 1915, at Powell. She had lived all her life in the McDonald County area. 

She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Anderson. 

She married Lloyd Thrasher on Sept. 24, 1934, at Bentonville, Ark. He survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Darrel Thrasher, Anderson; a daughter, Joyce Harp, Grove, Okla.; a brother, Nathaniel Bryant, Barnsdall, Okla.; a sister, Leona Sprague, Gentry, Ark.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, with the Rev. Scott McCullough and the Rev. Lester Nutting officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery, Anderson. 

Pallbearers will be Steve Harp, Roger Harp, Kenny Harp, Charles Robeson, Pete Pace and Gerald Butts. 

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Evelyn Turner 

LAMAR, Mo. Evelyn E. Turner, 73, Lamar, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at a local nursing home after a 10-month illness. 

Mrs. Turner was born Jan. 28, 1923, at Elsmore, Kan. She was a long-time area resident. She had been a seamstress for Burlington Manufacturing, Chanute, Kan., and Big Smith Co., Lamar, for many years. She was a member of Church of the Nazarene, Carthage. 

She married Jack C. Turner on Nov. 22, 1969, at Lamar. He died Feb. 28, 1990. 

Survivors include a daughter, Earlene Morris, Dewey, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Jackie Splitter, Lamar; a brother, Gerald Leatherman, Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and a stepgrandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Don Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery, Lamar. 

Elizabeth Hawkins 

Elizabeth A. Hawkins, 61, 4238 Menlo, Wichita, Kan., a former Joplin resident, died Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Hawkins was born March 14, 1935, at Joplin. She had been a self-employed child care provider.

Survivors include two daughters, Shannon Sherdahl and Mickey Salazar, both of Wichita; her mother, Leora Potts, Wichita; a brother, Dennis Baldwin, Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Jeannie Smith, Rogers, Ark.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lakeview Funeral Home, Wichita. Paul Seward, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Herman Jones 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Herman Franklin Jones, 80, 204 West Ave., Baxter Springs, died at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at his home after an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Jones was born Nov. 1, 1915, at Muskogee, Okla. He retired in 1975 as a mechanic with Woods Industries, Kansas City. He had lived in Baxter Springs for 20 years. 

Survivors include a son, Herman F. Jones Jr., Sapulpa, Okla.; two daughters, April Ball, Welch, Okla., and Peggy McBride, Scottsville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lowell Cemetery. Roy Derfelt will officiate. 

The casket will be closed at all times. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. 

Thomas Richards 

HALLOWELL, Kan. Thomas ``Tommy'' D. Richards, 76, rural Hallowell, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, October 18, 1996, at Oswego Health Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Richards was born June 5, 1920, at Hallowell. He was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Oswego High School. He served as a pilot and first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He raised cattle and worked in construction. He was a member of Oswego United Methodist Church and Oswego Golf Association. 

He married Anna Martin on Aug. 7, 1945, at Oswego. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Louis Richards, Oswego; and a sister, Dora Himes, Chatsworth, Calif. 

The body will be cremated. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oswego United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Ray Swearingen and the Rev. Paul Wiand will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Oswego Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Oswego United Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society-Labette County Chapter, in care of Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Perle W. Roberts 

WEST MINERAL, Kan. Perle W. Roberts Sr., 71, West Mineral, died Thursday night, Oct. 17, 1996, of injuries sustained in a traffic accident at Scammon. 

Mr. Roberts was born Sept. 2, 1925, at Burrton. He attended school at Burrton and Hutchison. 

He was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1987. 

He was a Marine veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Columbus. 

He married Juanita Barber on May 18, 1964, at Waynoka, Okla. She survives. 

Other survivors include six sons, Perle W. Roberts Livengood Jr., San Antonio, Texas, Dana Roberts Livengood, Wichita, Curt Roberts, Milan, Kevin Roberts, West Mineral, Clayton Livengood, address unknown, and Steve Livengood, address unknown; three daughters, Vickie Evans, Wichita, Ada Osborn, Vinita, Okla., and Faye Wells, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister, Marie Roberts, Pittsburg; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Star Cemetery, northwest of Columbus, with the Rev. Garland Bohn officiating. Military services will be conducted by the honor guard of Fort Riley. 

Friends may call at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, any time before the services. 

Hazel Grant 

Services for Hazel L. Grant, 86, 100 Pine St., who died Friday, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

The Rev. Clyde Stilley will officiate. 

Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami. 

The family will be at the home of Reba Gilford, 2902 P St. NW, Miami. 

Iva Loop 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Iva Lila Loop, 74, formerly of Miami Towers Apartments, who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami. 

The Rev. Dale Rogers will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

Norma Spencer 

AFTON, Okla. Norma Sue Spencer, 49, Afton, died at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at her home. The death is under investigation.

Mrs. Spencer was born Nov. 29, 1946, at Tulsa. She graduated from Claremore High School in 1965. She had lived in Afton for 18 years, moving from Arizona. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Afton. 

Survivors include her husband, Glen Spencer; two sons, Mitchell G. Spencer, Allen, Tex., and Garett L. Spencer, serving with the U.S. Army in Korea; three stepsons, Darrel L. Spencer, Donnie G. Spencer and Emmet C. Spencer, all of Tulsa; her parents, Merle and Mable Hines, Drumright; a brother, Donald M. Hines, Drumright; and five grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. 

Bill Whipkey 

GROVE, Okla. William D. ``Bill'' Whipkey, 87, Grove, died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Whipkey was born Aug. 7, 1909, at Fairland. He graduated from Fairland High School in 1929. He came to Grove in 1954, moving from Picher, where he had been the owner and operator of Cox Machinery and a member of both the Picher school board and Masonic Lodge. After retirement, he joined the Masonic Lodge at Grove and he farmed and raised cattle in the Hickory Grove area. 

He married Reba Williams Quamdt on June 9, 1972, at Fairland. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Bill Whipkey Jr., Baxter Springs, Kan.; three daughters, Lavanda Johnson, Tulsa, Sharon Derwin, Grove, and Lou Ann Elliott, Fairland; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Grove Community Center. 

The Rev. Dolphus Blevins and the Rev. Alan McIntyre will officiate. 

Burial and Masonic rites will be conducted by Grove Masonic Lodge at Hickory Grove Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. 

Jerry D. Whitetree 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Jerry D. Whitetree, 52, Wyandotte, died at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Whitetree was born Dec. 12, 1943, at Claremore, Okla. He was a longtime area resident. He was a Vietnam veteran and an instructor for Taft (Okla.) Correctional Center. He also had worked for Haskell Indian Junior College, Lawrence, Kan. He was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Indian tribe. 

Survivors include two sons, James Whitetree, Glenpool, and Cordell Whitetree, Iola, Kan.; a daughter, Jerri Fasthorse, Macon, Ga.; three brothers, Gordon Whitetree, Wyandotte, Tommy Whitetree, Miami, and Terry Whitetree, Tulsa; six sisters, Hazel Wallace, Christina Stranger, Mary Lind, Margaret Dunning, Sallie Leaf and Lenora Sparks, all of Wyandotte; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Bassett Springs Indian Stomp Grounds, south of Wyandotte. Richard White will conduct Indian rites. Burial will be in Bassett Springs Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be James Whitetree, Gordon Whitetree, Clifton Whitetree, Craig Stanger, Patrick Leaf Jr. and Randy Cusher. 

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

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