Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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John Harris 

John Harris, 26, Joplin route 6, died at 11:08 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound. 

The death is under investigation by local authorities. 

Mr. Harris was born April 25, 1970, at Chicago, Ill. He moved to Joplin in 1982 from Chicago. He was a self-employed mechanic. He was a Baptist. 

Survivors include his mother, Diane Harris, Joplin; his father, James Harris, the state of Tennessee; a brother, James Harris Jr., Chicago; a sister, Michele Harris, Joplin; maternal grandmother, Elaine Konwinski, Carl Junction; and maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Butkus, Carl Junction. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. 

The body will be cremated after services. 

The body will lie in state Monday at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the John Harris Memorial fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Maurice Johnson 

Maurice F. Johnson, 82, 2212 S. Florida Ave., died at 8:27 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born Dec. 29, 1913, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. He was graduated in 1932 from Joplin High School. He was a retired salesman and had been employed with Montgomery Ward for 25 years. He retired in 1973. 

He was a charter member and board member of the Parkinson and Other Neurological Disorders Foundation in Joplin. He was a member of Byers Avenue United Methodist Church; Joplin Lodge No. 335, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin; and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine at Springfield. He was the former Crippled Children's chairman of the Joplin Shrine Club. 

He married Marie Hutchison in 1934. She died in 1955. He married Adele Stone on May 31, 1957, at Baxter Springs, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors are two sons, William A. Johnson, Diamond, and James M. Johnson, West Islip, N.Y.; a daughter, Sharon Lockard, Liberty; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Mary Jones 

Mary Belle Jones, 90, Joplin, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996 at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Jones was born Sept. 17, 1906, at Osgood. She moved to Joplin in 1992. She formerly lived in Picher, Commerce and Fairland, Okla. She had worked as a cook at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, Okla., before she retired. She was a member of First Christian Church, Commerce. 

Her husband, Andrew Jones, died Aug. 15, 1975. 

Survivors include a son, Houston Jones, Miami; three daughters, Virginia Frisbie, Joplin, Lois Harryman, Quapaw, Okla., and Rose York, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a brother, John Sanders, Muskogee, Okla.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Ambrose Tadych 

Ambrose S. Tadych, 86, 2502 Grand Ave., died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Tadych was born Jan. 3, 1910, at Oshkosh, Wis. He moved to Joplin in 1939 from Oshkosh. He retired in 1975 from Sears, Roebuck & Co. after being employed for 30 years. He later worked at Fourth Street Bowl for 17 years. 

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Traveler's Protective Association, Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13, and American Disabled Veterans Association. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501 for more than 49 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Ann Reno on Feb. 22, 1986, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors a son, John Tadych, Vinita, Okla.; two stepsons, BobDenton and Bill Denton, both of Joplin; a sister, Eleanor Gustoki, Oshkosh; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Letha Ballay 

MONETT, Mo. Letha G. Ballay, 90, Monett, died at 10:21 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Ballay was born May 27, 1906, at Madry. She lived most of her life in the Monett area. She was a retired salesclerk from Brownsberger Clothing Store and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, both of Monett. 

She married Elmer Ballay on Feb. 23, 1925, at Monett. He died March 9, 1971. 

Surviving are two daughters, Helen Nichols and Dorothy Kilgore, both of Monett; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Rev. John Braun will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Monett. 

Lenora Boone 

LAMAR, Mo. Lenora Isabella ``Len'' Boone, 65, Lamar, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital after a short illness. 

Mrs. Boone was born Nov. 30, 1930, near Lamar. She was a lifetime Barton County resident. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Lamar. 

She married Elbert ``Baldy'' Julian in 1945 at Girard, Kan. He preceded her in death. 

She married G.L. Boone on Feb. 14, 1980, at Winkelman, Ariz. He survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Elbert C. ``Clif'' Julian, Lamar, and David W. Julian, Stafford, Kan.; two daughters, Linda L. Sullivan, Lamar, and Jackie Graves, Sheldon; three brothers, Martin Vaughn, Clinton, J.R. Vaughn, Springfield, and Earl Vaughn, state of Florida; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Morehead Cemetery, east of Lamar. Mike Gage, minister, will officiate. 

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

Pallbearers will be Joe Mike Julian, Danny Joe Darnell, Michael Eugene Darnell, Doug Speakman, Joe Maggart and David McKenzie. 

Contributions may be made to the Barton County Humane Society in care of the funeral home. 

Thelma Coley 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Thelma K. Coley, 91, Cassville, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, 1996, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Coley was born Sept. 6, 1905, in Cassville. She lived in Cassville most of her life, except for a short time in the state of Oklahoma. She was graduated from Cassville High School. She taught school around the Flat Creek Community for a few years. 

She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cassville, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for a number of years. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Society. 

She married Earl L. Coley in October 1925 in Cassville. He died in March 1987. 

Survivors include three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Bryan Shaw will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. 

Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church. 

Eleanor Gaskill 

AURORA, Mo. Eleanor Ann Gaskill, 58, Aurora, died at 11:44 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Ms. Gaskill was born Sept. 14, 1938, at Craig. She was a member of the Aurora Church of Christ. 

Survivors include her mother, Helen Sterling, Denver, Colo.; and her stepmother, Frankie Gaskill, Aurora. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Cecil Harris will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in IOOF Cemetery, Craig. 

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

Jack Keller 

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Irvin Grant ``Jack'' Keller, 54, Springfield, a former Lockwood resident, died at 9:31 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after an illness. 

Mr. Keller was born May 28, 1942, in Lockwood. He was graduated from Lockwood High School and attended Southwest Missouri State College, Springfield. He was a banker at Sac River Valley Bank, Stockton, for 20 years. He later worked for John Hulston's banks in Ash Grove, Billings, Greenfield and Walnut Grove. He most recently worked for the Bank of Pleasant Hope. He attended Southgate Baptist Church, Springfield. 

He married Donna Alexander on Jan. 9, 1965, at Kings Point, south of Lockwood. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Mark Keller, Iola, Kan.; two daughters, Kristen Hoelscher, Humansville, and Erin Butterfield, Belle; a sister, Fronsie Heflin, Webb City; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lockwood United Methodist Church. The Rev. Nolan Carrier and the Rev. Roger Steenrod will officiate. Burial will be in Kings Point Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Mid-American Transplant Services. 

Roy Jones 

SCAMMON, Kan. Roy O. Jones, 74, Scammon route 1, died at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. 

Mr. Jones was born June 17, 1922, at Cushing, Okla. He had lived in the Roseland area, north of Columbus, about 10 years. 

Survivors include four sons, James Jones, Oswego, Jack Jones and Rick Jones, both of Columbus, and Jock Jones, Pittsburg; two daughters, Donna Coble, Columbus, and Barbara Lovelady, Olathe; two brothers and five sisters, whose names and addresses were unavailable; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. 

Private burial will be held at a later date under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. 

Billy Woods 

OSWEGO, Kan. Billy Jack ``B.J.'' Woods, 18, Oswego, died Friday afternoon Nov. 1, 1996, of a shotgun wound in rural Oswego. 

The death is under investigation by local authorities. 

Mr. Woods was born Aug. 15, 1978, at Neodesha. He grew up and attended schools in Oswego. 

Survivors include his parents, Bill Arthur and Jackie Clemenson Woods, of the home; three brothers, Jeff Woods, Columbus, Lance Linnebur, Cherryvale, and Scott Woods, Weir; a sister, Sherri Hess, Columbus; paternal grandparents, Bill and Donna Woods, Neodesha; and maternal grandmother, Betty Clemenson, Cherryvale. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. Bill Woods Sr., minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. 

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

Paul Dedmon 

GROVE, Okla. Paul Dolphus Dedmon, 79, Grove, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Dedmon was born March 15, 1917, at Waldron, Ark. He moved to Grove in 1982 from the state of California. He was retired from the investment business in California. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. 

He married Loy Caudill on May 14, 1960, at Carson City, Nev. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a sister, Ruth Smedley, Orinda, Calif. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. The Rev. John E. Butler will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery. 

Glen Knudtson 

GROVE, Okla. Glen Merle Knudtson, 52, Grove, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Knudtson was born Oct. 12, 1944, at Minot, N.D. He served in the Army from 1961 to 1965. He moved in August 1991 to Grove from Cassville, Mo. He was a past junior governor of the Moose Lodge, Grove, and had served as Santa Claus for two years. 

He married Cherylan Sweeden on April 2, 1990, at Bullhead City, Ariz. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Billy Knudtson, Tyler, Texas, Chris Knudtson, Cody, Wyo., and Duane Knudtson, Grove; a daughter, Karen Holzman, Cody; two stepsons, David Closner and Robert Doom, both of Bernice; a stepdaughter, Deanna Closner, Grove; his mother, Lola Knudtson, Grove; a brother, Walter Knudtson, Walnut, Iowa; three grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Ray Clanton will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

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

Lucille Misenhimer 

MIAMI, Okla. Lucille Misenhimer, 81, 1100 E St. N.E., died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a short illness. 

Ms. Misenhimer was born Aug. 20, 1915, at Wyandotte. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a member of First Christian Church, Miami. 

Survivors include a brother, Bill Misenhimer, Canon City, Colo.; and a sister, Betty Piskac, Houston, Texas. 

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Leon Weece, minister, will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

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