Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Donald Alburtus 

Donald M. Alburtus, 81, 1016 Kensington Road, Joplin, died at 1:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Alburtus was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Durand, Mich. He served 30 years in the military, in both the Army and the Air Force. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. In 1961, he retired from the military and joined the Martin-Marietta Corp. in the state of California as a logistics engineer. He worked on several aerospace programs including: Sky Lab, Viking, Titan, and the space shuttle. In 1973, he retired. He moved to Joplin from Denver, Colo., in 1975. 

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Joplin, where he had served as a deacon. He served on the board of directors of the Joplin Historical Society, was a charter member of the American Astronautic Society, and was a member of the Planetary Society, the Society of Logistics Engineers, the National Rifle Association and Toastmasters' International, and a past member of the Air Force Association. 

He married Irene Zoellig on May 20, 1977, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a stepson, Robert Rader, Neosho; and two stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Joplin. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. 

The family will receive friends after the service at the church. 

The body has been donated to the University of Missouri Medical School, Columbia. 

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, or to the Joplin Historical Society, in care of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Charles Archer 

Charles D. Archer, 53, 904 W. 9th St., Joplin, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Archer was born April 2, 1943, in Joplin. He was a lifetime area resident. He had been a musician in the Joplin area, playing piano for the former Shotgun Sam's Pizza Parlor. He also had performed in various Joplin bands. He was a 1961 Joplin High School graduate and a member of the Westside Christian Church, Joplin, where he taught a young adult Sunday school class. 

He married Joan Albrecht on March 1, 1986, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, Les Archer, Bethel, Kan. 

The body has been cremated. 

Graveside-service arrangements will be announced by Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

Moe Daniels 

Services for Floyd ``Moe'' Daniels, 78, 833 Katherine Ave., who died Friday, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

The Rev. Ray Hartline will officiate, and burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Wayne Irelan, Jerry Murphy, David Efird, Mike Chitwood, Geaylen Carter and Bill German. 

Survivors include five grandchildren. 

The family will be at the home of a son, Jimmy Daniels, 1037 Oakway St., Webb City. 

Dorothy Klein 

Dorothy C. Klein, 89, 201 Northpark Lane, Joplin, died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Klein was born Jan. 24, 1907, at LaCrosse, Kan. She came to Joplin in 1992, moving from Boulder, Colo. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church, Boulder. She also was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Boulder. 

She married Ernest Klein on Feb. 14, 1965, in Boulder. He died in October 1978. 

Survivors include three sons, Forrest Uppendahl, Joplin, Don Uppendahl, Portland, Ore., and Cliff Uppendahl, Loveland, Colo.; three sisters, Ruth Roark, Garden City, Kan., Lucille Moller, Hoisington, Kan., and Vada Whitehill, Latham, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crist Mortuary, Boulder. Burial will be in the Mountain View Memorial Park Cemetery, Boulder. 

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

Lillie Walker 

Lillie M. Walker, 70, 715 Hill St., Joplin, was found dead at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996, after she suffered an apparent heart attack. 

Mrs. Walker was born Nov. 21, 1925, at Emelle, Ala. She moved to Joplin in 1947, and worked as a licensed practical nurse at Freeman Hospital from 1959 to 1990. She was a member of the Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Joplin. 

She married William B. Walker on June 27, 1949. He survives. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Unity Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Harry Givens will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Raymond Ashmore 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Raymond E. Ashmore, 77, Carthage, died at 4:08 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Ashmore was born Nov. 4, 1918, at Opolis, Kan. He moved to Carthage from La Russell about 34 years ago. He retired from the maintenance department of the former W.R. Grace Co. He was a World War II Army veteran. 

He married Dorothy Kime on Aug. 19, 1948, at Pittsburg, Kan. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Allan Ashmore, Webb City; a stepson, Ronald Kime, Joplin; two daughters, Diane McConnell and Janice Peters, both of Carthage; two brothers, Mearle Ashmore, Los Angeles, Calif., and Arthur Ashmore, Asbury; two sisters, Dorothy Buffington and Jessie Melton, both of Pittsburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Friends Cemetery, Purcell. Gary Reed, minister, will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. today in Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Robert Gilmore 

NEOSHO, Mo. Robert M. Gilmore, 64, Wichita, Kan., died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, at Via Christi-St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, of an illness. Survivors include a sister, Vicki Webster, Neosho. 

Mr. Gilmore was born Sept. 27, 1932, at Wichita. He was a retired clerk with Clear Water Truck Lines, Wichita. 

There are no other immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillside Funeral Home East, Wichita. The Rev. Faye Graves will officiate. 

Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Council House Cemetery, near Tiff City. 

Bertha Green 

NEOSHO, Mo. Bertha Lois Green, 92, Neosho, died at 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Green was born March 22, 1904, in Goodman. She had lived in the Neosho area most of her life, except between the years 1949 and 1965, when she lived in Flint, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church, west of Neosho. 

She married William Bailey Green Jr. on May 15, 1926, in Neosho. He died April 1, 1993. 

Survivors include two sons, Robert Green, Neosho, and Denzil Green, Flint, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethany Baptist Church. The Rev. Denzil Green and the Rev. Tim Carney will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Burkhart Cemetery, Racine. 

Pallbearers will be Capricia Green, Kim Pawlaski, Amy Pawlaski, Carol Morton, Ruth Whitehead, and Naomi Hagood. 

Contributions may be made to the Bethany Baptist Church, in care of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Marvin Holle 

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Marvin Friedrich Wilhelm Holle, 74, Pierce City route 1, died at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Holle was born Aug. 19, 1922, at Pierce City. He was a farmer and World War II Army veteran. He was a life member of the Hubert H. Klieboeker Post, American Legion, Freistatt, and the Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. 

He married Esther Louise Jung on June 15, 1947, at Freistatt. She survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Kathern Ann Holle, Pierce City; three brothers, Melbert Holle, Verona, Ervin Holle, Dallas, Texas, and Eldred Holle, Monett; and a sister, Lora Lucille Holle, Monett. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. The Rev. Keith Christiansen will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Freistatt. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Lakin Funeral Home, Pierce City. 

Contributions may be made to Hospice or the Trinity Lutheran Church Broadcast. 

Buck Caton 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Bilbert ``Buck'' Caton, 64, 135 Wyandotte, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Caton was born April 13, 1932, at Prairie Grove, Ark. He had lived most of his life in the Baxter Springs area. He was a mechanic and had worked for 25 years at Yellow Freight Inc., Baxter Springs, retiring in June 1994. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. 

He married Daisy Hayward on Jan. 10, 1961, at Columbus. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Rick Caton and Bill Caton, both of Columbus, and Tom Caton, Vinita, Okla.; three daughters, Mary Caton, Ann Caton and Lynn Shockley, all of Baxter Springs; two brothers, Wayne Caton, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Gary Caton, Stilwell, Okla.; two sisters, Letha Beasley, Springdale, Ark., and Betty Jones, Stilwell; and 13 grandchildren. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Jim Malcolm will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lenny Skye, P.D. Adams, Lee Simpson, Rick Caton, Bill Caton, Terry Johnston, Charles Gilmore and Delbert White. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the chapel. 

Billie Cooper 

MIAMI, Okla. Billie Lora G. Cooper, 86, Miami, died at 4:25 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cooper was born March 6, 1910, at Lewiston, Idaho. She moved to the Miami area from Utica, N.Y., in 1947. She retired as an interior decorator for Sherwin-Williams. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Miami. 

Her husband, Randolph Cooper, died March 2, 1990. 

The body was cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in All Saints Episcopal Church. The Rev. Noel J. Doherty will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the building or memorial funds at All Saints Episcopal Church. 

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

Albert Snell 

GROVE, Okla. Albert A. Snell, 86, Grove, died at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. 

Mr. Snell was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Delaware County. For 34 years he was an agriculture teacher at the Chilocca Indian School, retiring in 1966. He moved to Grove and became active with the Cherokee Nation Tribal Credit Board, and held office as vice president for land development. 

He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma. A 50-year Mason, he also was a member of the Masonic lodges in Grove, Newkirk and Ponca City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grove. 

He married Eleanor Parris on Feb. 24, 1940, in Newkirk. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Beaulah Powers, Wichita, Kan. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. The Rev. James Duffell will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

Pallbearers will be Sam Powers, Ralph Powers, Franklin Powers, Homer Snell, Jim Steen, Tom Steen and Shermon Snell. 

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees will be seated as a group.

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