Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Julia Cole 

Julia Ann Cole, 54, 1815 Vermont Ave., died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cole was born Feb. 25, 1942, at Kansas City. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She worked as an admissions clerk for six years at St. John's Regional Medical Center. She received an associate degree as a paralegal from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, then worked for Legal Aid of Western Missouri in Joplin for three years. She was a sales clerk at the Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in Joplin. She was a foster parent to about 25 children for 12 years. She was a member of Royal Heights Baptist Church. 

Survivors include four sons, Rusty Hunzeker, Batesville, Ark., David Paul Hunzeker, Muskogee, Okla., and Matthew Lee Cole and Mark Lynn Cole, both of the home; a daughter, Brandy Marie Cole, of the home; four sisters, Jane Wimer, Joplin, Barbara Taylor, Buffalo, and Pat Dawson and Nancy Fox, both of Springfield; and three granddaughters. 

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. David Bennett will officiate. 

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

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

Albert Crandell 

Albert E. Crandell, 73, Joplin route 3, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at his home after an illness of 10 months. 

Mr. Crandell was born June 27, 1923, in Joplin. He was a lifetime resident of the area. He had worked for the Economic Security Corp. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Surviving are his wife, Fern Collins Crandell; three sons, Albert Crandell, Carl Junction, Eddie Crandell, Joplin, and Arley Crandell, Webb City; six daughters, Winema Scott, Mary Bryant, Pat Russell, Dorothy Rae, Teresa Phillips and Debbie Piper, all of Joplin; a sister, Lola Slankford, Joplin; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Private graveside services will be conducted, under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Jack Henderson 

Jack Henderson, 67, Joplin, formerly of Carl Junction, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Joplin after a long illness. 

Mr. Henderson was born March 28, 1929, at Purcell. He was a lifetime resident of the area. He was a graduate of Alba High School. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of Sherwin (Kan.) Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Flossie Henderson; five stepdaughters, Janice Sandberg, Joyce Johnson and Glenda Newman, all of Columbus, Kan., and LaVon Lovell and Marlene Clark, both of Galena, Kan.; two brothers, Floyd Henderson, Lebanon, and Emmitt Henderson, Amarillo, Texas; three sisters, Helen Minkler, Jasper route 2, Wanda Maxwell, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Leona Robinson, Killeen, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Weaver Cemetery, northwest of Webb City. The Rev. Dennis Johnson will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Lester Wrigley 

Graveside services for Lester J. Wrigley, 75, Joplin, who died Tuesday, will at 2 p.m. Saturday at VanBuren Union Cemetery, near Ritchey. 

An Army chaplain from Fort Leonard Wood will officiate. Military graveside services will be conducted by a detachment from Fort Leonard Wood. 

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

Edmond Ceselski 

MONETT, Mo. Edmond J. Ceselski, 75, rural Monett, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness. 

Mr. Ceselski was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Barry County. He was a lifetime resident of the county. He was a retired electrician. 

He married Margaret Saenger on Nov. 24, 1944, at Pierce City. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Richard Ceselski and James Ceselski, both of Monett; two daughters, Karen Garrett, Pierce City, and Judy Holden, Neosho; a sister, Irene Ceselski, Monett; and six grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City. The Rev. Dan Hertz will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. Visitation will follow. 

Edna Fare 

JENKINS, Mo. Edna A. Fare, 91, Jenkins, died at noon Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Monett after a long illness. 

Mrs. Fare was born July 16, 1905, at Fairview. She was a lifetime resident of the Jenkins area. She was a cook for several years at Jenkins School. She was a member of the Church of Christ in the Cato community. 

She married Lloyd Wallace Fare on Jan. 21, 1924, in Jenkins. He died Aug. 16, 1985. 

Surviving are a brother, Houston Cockrell, Dodge City, Kan.; three sisters, Donnis Korff, Sarcoxie, Pauline Jenkins, Webb City, and Gladys Buzzard, Richland; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Clio Cemetery, Jenkins. Wayne Deffenbaugh, minister, will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Steve Fare, Doug Fare, David Navarre, Ronnie Sisney, Wesley Navarre, G.W. Fare and Dustin Sisney. 

Arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Roy Howerton 

MONETT, Mo. Roy Howerton, 93, Carmel, Ind., formerly of Monett, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996, at a health center in Carmel after a short illness. 

Mr. Howerton was born Nov. 10, 1902, at Butterfield. He was a pharmacist,and he worked 38 years for Eli Lilly and Co. in pharmaceutical sales in Missouri and Kansas. He retired in 1967, returned to Monett and worked for Bruner Pharmacy. He moved to Carmel six years ago. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monett and a past member of the Monett Kiwanis Club. 

His wife, the former Louise Josephine Rice, died in 1986. 

Survivors include a son, Robert Howerton, Carmel; a brother, Charles Howerton, Tulsa, Okla.; and seven grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Mark Mildren officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett. 

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Timothy Larimore 

GOODMAN, Mo. Timothy W. Larimore, 4 1/2-month-old son of Timothy and Dawn Larimore, Goodman, died at 7:14 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

He was born May 30, 1996, at Joplin. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Jacob Talley, of the home; a sister, Bre'aun Larimore, of the home; paternal grandmother, Belle Larimore, Noel; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Payne, Powell; and maternal grandfather, Donald Kerr, Sunland, Calif. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Cemetery, west of Anderson. The Rev. Dell Reed will officiate. 

Friends may call after 8 a.m. Friday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

W.D. Ledbetter 

SARCOXIE, Mo. W.D. Ledbetter, 67, Sarcoxie, a longtime educator, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, after a short illness. 

Mr. Ledbetter was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Ozark County. He was a 1946 graduate of Gainesville (Mo.) High School. He received a bachelor's degree in education in 1960 from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, and a master's degree in school administration in 1962 from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. 

He was a rural schoolteacher from 1947 to 1957 in Ozark and Taney counties. He was a math teacher from 1957 to 1962 in the Neosho School District. He was school superintendent from 1962 to 1964 at Stella, and from 1964 to 1965 at Clever. He was finance director from 1965 to 1966 and an assistant superintendent from 1969 to 1972 with the Joplin R-8 School District. He was superintendent of Sarcoxie schools from 1966 to 1969 and from 1972 to 1978. He retired in 1978. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Sarcoxie. 

He married Carolyn Howard on June 18, 1976, at St. Louis. She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Roger Ledbetter, Springfield, and Michael Ledbetter, Columbia; a daughter, Teresa Stevens, Springfield; two stepdaughters, Vicki Welde, Carthage, and Jana Fuerst, Baxter Springs, Kan.; his parents, Allen and Bertha Ledbetter, Springfield; a brother, Carl Ledbetter, Neosho; a sister, Delphia Hogan, Springfield; and four stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Don Parnell and the Rev. Bob Arbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be John Young, Raymond Chandler, Billy Joe Greathouse,Darrell Kopf, Roscoe Andrews and Steve Ward. 

Contributions may be made to the Midwest Organ Bank, Kansas City, or to the American Cancer Society. 

Ella McClure 

STELLA, Mo. Ella Elvira Brock McClure, 85, Pacific, a former Stella area resident, died Friday, Oct. 18, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. McClure was born March 18, 1911, in Stella, where she grew up and graduated from school. She was a graduate of Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, and she attended Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, for three years. 

She lived at Neosho from 1960 to 1970. She moved in 1970 to Bridgeton, where she was a child-care worker for the Missouri Baptist Home for Children. She moved in 1976 to Gray Summit, where she lived until moving to Pacific to live with a daughter. She was a member of Fox Creek Baptist Church, Pacific. 

She married the Rev. Chester A. McClure in 1931. He died in 1969. 

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Anne Rutherford, Pacific, Dorothy Reeves, state of Louisiana, and Kay Viles, Fenton; a sister, Mary Stone, state of Michigan; and nine grandchildren. 

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Pacific. The Rev. W.T. Lewis officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Neosho. 

Grandsons served as pallbearers. 

Arrangements were under direction of Bell Funeral Home, Pacific. 

Dorothy O'Neal 

NEVADA, Mo. Dorothy Marie O'Neal, 68, Nevada, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. O'Neal was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Nevada. She lived in the Nevada area most of her life. She was a 1946 graduate of Nevada High School. She owned and operated Tee Dee O's Cafe in Nevada for 30 years, retiring in September 1995. She attended the United Methodist Church. 

She married Thomas Dale O'Neal on May 25, 1955, at Nogal, N.M. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Richard Lynn O'Neal, Jefferson City; two daughters, Debbie Dawn Lechman Gilbert and Peggy Diane Ellis, both of Nevada; two brothers, Robert Lee Hayes, Jefferson City, and William Hayes, Boynton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. 

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

Contributions may be made to Vernon County Cancer Relief. 

Doris Paulsen 

PURDY, Mo. Doris Marie Darby Paulsen, 62, 208 N. Commercial St., died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at her home of a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Paulsen was born March 7, 1934, at Morton Grove, Ill. She had lived in Purdy since 1974, moving from Hawaii. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include a son, Jim Paulsen, Purdy; her mother, Inez Darby, Purdy; three brothers, Richard Darby, Chicago, Ill., Don Darby, Vernon Hills, Ill., and Jim Darby, Purdy; two sisters, Betty Shields and Shirley Darby, both of Purdy; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Purdy Cemetery, with the Rev. Grady Cockerham officiating. 

Arrangements are under direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. 

Phillip Reid 

MONETT, Mo. Phillip E. Reid, 55, Monett, died at 10:32 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Reid was born April 29, 1941, at Kansas City. He was a truck driver for Black Hawk Trucking Co., Kansas City, Kan. He had lived in the Monett area since 1950. He was a member of Longview Methodist Church, Purdy. 

He married Mary Samuel on Dec. 9, 1960, at McDowell. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Stephen Reid, Purdy, and Jeff Reid, Monett; a daughter, Jodi Brown, St. Joseph; two half brothers, Maynard Reid and Robert Reid, both of Winfield, Kan.; a half sister, Ruth Ann Wengler, Winfield; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Mark Moller will officiate. Burial will be in Purdy Cemetery. 

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

Rayma Reynolds 

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Rayma Louise Reynolds, 66, Pleasant Hill, a former Carterville area resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Kansas City after three years of ill health. 

Mrs. Reynolds was born Dec. 11, 1929, at Galena, Kan. She moved as a child with her family to Carterville, where she lived most of her early life. She moved from Carterville to Pleasant Hill in 1959. She worked for the city of Pleasant Hill for more than 10 years as a clerk at City Hall and later as a dispatcher. She retired in 1986. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Pleasant Hill. 

She married Carroll ``Jake'' Reynolds on Sept. 22, 1956, at Carthage. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, David Earl Reynolds, Minneapolis, Minn., and Tony Reynolds and Clark Reynolds, both of Pleasant Hill; five daughters, Sandy Reynolds, Manhattan, Kan., Beth Reynolds-Metoyer, Houston, Texas, and Rebecca Rainwater, Rayma ``Tommi'' Reynolds and Jennifer Sharp, all of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Frances Thorsen, Lee's Summit; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church, Pleasant Hill. The Rev. J. Kerry Presnell will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Tony Reynolds, Clark Reynolds, David Hand, Bill Thorsen, Richard Nading and Robin Sharp. 

Arrangements are under direction of Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill. 

L.D. Landis Sr. 

OSWEGO, Kan. Lewis David ``L.D.'' Landis Sr., 62, Oswego, died at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mr. Landis was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Oswego. He was raised in Oswego and graduated from Oswego High School in 1952. He had worked as a mechanic at the former Don Sheddricks Garage in Oswego. He worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons, from 1966 to 1976. He worked at Yellow Freight Systems, Baxter Springs, from 1976 until retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Oswego. 

He married Billie Louis Roper on Oct. 17, 1958, at Miami, Okla. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Lewis Landis Jr. and Curtis Landis, both of Topeka; two daughters, Pat Landis and Kim Mack, both of Parsons; two brothers, Robert Landis, Parsons, and Carl Landis, St. Louis, Mo.; four sisters, Lucille Roper, Nadine Landis, Shirley Landis and Elfredia Fisher, all of Oswego; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Robert Armstrong, Carl Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Floyd Cavitt, Shawn Cavitt, Harry Cavitt and Terry Fisher. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Second Baptist Church of Oswego, in care of the funeral home. 

Dorothy Sutton 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Services for Dorothy J. Sutton, 76, 2050 Grant St., who died Tuesday, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. 

The Rev. Christine Iannucilli will officiate. Private family burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. 

Contributions may be made to the organ fund at Baxter Springs Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

James Amsden 

FAIRLAND, Okla. James Daniel Amsden, 82, 12 E. Conner St., died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Amsden was born Sept. 16, 1914, at Wathena, Kan. He moved to the Miami area in the 1980s from Sedalia, Mo. He was a retired truck driver and a supervisor for Foremost Dairies at Kansas City, Mo. He retired in 1971. 

He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Teamsters union. He was a Marine veteran of World War II, serving as a corporal. 

His wife, Ovene Amsden, died April 10, 1989. 

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Solomon, Reseda, Calif., and Debbie Ditto-Smith, St. Joseph, Mo.; and a grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. 

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

Rose Huft 

EUCHA, Okla. Rose Huft, 93, Eucha, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Jay after a short illness. 

Mrs. Huft was born Feb. 7, 1903, at Eureka, S.D. She worked as a silk finisher in the dry cleaning business until retiring in 1979. She moved to Tulsa in 1979 from Aberdeen, S.D. She was a member of World Wide Church of God, Tulsa. 

She married Fred Huft on June 28, 1968, at Aberdeen. He died Jan. 19, 1977. 

Survivors include a son, Harold Albrecht, Spring Hill, Fla.; a daughter, Margie Fine, Eucha; five grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Jay. Ron Lohr, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Eucha Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

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