Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Maurice Johnson 

Services for Maurice F. Johnson, 82, 2212 S. Florida Ave., who died Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. 

The Rev. John H. Roeder will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Masonic services will be conducted by members of Joplin Lodge No. 335. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the Shrine Travel Fund or to Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. 

George McMillen 

George Wesley McMillen, 85, Ventura, Calif., a former Joplin resident, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, after a short illness. 

Mr. McMillen was born Jan. 23, 1911, at El Dorado Springs. He moved to Joplin from El Dorado Springs when he was 7. He moved in 1946 to the state of California, where he was an oil driller for 30 years and a member of Local 12, Operating Engineers union. He lived in Carl Junction from 1973 to about 1977. He moved to Santa Paula, Calif., in the late 1970s. 

His wife, the former Mildred Williams, preceded him in death. 

He married Clara Denton on March 18, 1967, at Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. 

Also surviving are a niece whom he raised, Shirley Haley, Oakview, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Georgia Shrum, Ventura, Calif., and Judy Webber, Ojai, Calif.; a stepson, Clifford Denton, Aurora, Colo.; nine stepgrandchildren; and 10 great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services were conducted Nov. 1 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula. Burial was in Santa Paula Cemetery. 

Robert Wicks 

Robert Stanley Wicks, 59, California, Mo., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at St. Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City, after an illness. 

Mr. Wicks was born June 6, 1937, in Joplin. He was a 1955 graduate of Joplin High School. He was a retired conductor for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California, Mo. 

He married Jeanette Kesemann on Jan. 12, 1957, at Sedalia. She survives. 

Other survivors include a son, Jeff Wicks, California, Mo.; two daughters, Karla Strobel, California, Mo., and Sheri Draffen, Jefferson City; three brothers, James Wicks, Joplin, Gordon Wicks, Kincaid, Ill., and Pat Wicks, Neosho; three sisters, Margie Greninger, Ritchey, Anna ``Ginger'' Williams, Cleveland, Okla., and Patti Donica, Joplin; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California, Mo., with the Rev. Peter Kurowski officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at the church. 

Contributions may be made to the church. 

Arrangements are under direction of Weber and Sons Funeral Home, California, Mo. 

Mary Anderson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Mary Kay Homuth Anderson, 78, Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Neosho, died at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Anderson was born Feb. 23, 1918, at Pierce City. She moved to Tulsa in 1955 from Neosho. She was a homemaker. 

Surviving are a son, Walter Anderson Jr., Belle Plain, Kan.; a sister, Margaret LaVrar, Neosho; and two grandchildren. 

The body is to be cremated. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Phil McClendon will officiate. 

Loy Boswell 

AURORA, Mo. Loy R. Boswell, 91, Aurora, died at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an illness. 

Mr. Boswell was born Oct. 18, 1905, at Jenkins. He was a lifelong area resident and a retired retail merchant. 

He married Geraldine Lassiter on May 20, 1928. She died May 26, 1994. 

Survivors include a son, Jerry Boswell, Aurora; two daughters, Jo Burk, Marionville, and Joyce McClure, Aurora; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Tommy Blair and the Rev. Lee Brownlee will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Aurora. 

Perna Henson 

WENTWORTH, Mo. Perna Frances Henson, 92, Wentworth, died at 8:18 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 1996, at her home after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Henson was born May 13, 1904, at Pierce City. She was a lifetime resident of the Pierce City and Wentworth areas. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, near Pierce City. 

She married Arthur Henson in 1928. He died July 6, 1975. 

Survivors include three sons, Bob Henson, St. Charles, James Wesley Henson, Martin, Tenn., and Gene Henson, address unavailable; two daughters, Lois Jane Pizzoferrato, Rotunda, Fla., and Wanda Henson, Sausalito, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Monett IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Charles D'Arcy will officiate. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Terri Hoffman 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Teresa L. ``Terri'' Hoffman, 37, 1417 Eden Ave., died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hoffman was born Nov. 24, 1958, at El Paso, Texas. She moved to the Joplin area in 1971 from Charles City, Iowa. She had worked as a finance officer at Security Pacific, Dial Finance and Norwest Financial, and as a loan officer at Commerce Bank in Joplin. She recently was a branch manager forAmerican General Finance in Joplin. 

She attended Christ Community United Methodist Church, Joplin. She was a member and board member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, and Loma Linda Golf and Country Club. 

She married Ron Hoffman on June 6, 1986, in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Misty Landers, Columbia, and Stacy Hoffman, Webb City; her father, Michael Marquardt, Friend, Neb.; her mother and stepfather, Marlos and Ken Lovett, Joplin; two sisters, Pamela Sharp, San Antonio, Texas, and Carrie England, Joplin; a half brother, Scott Marquardt, Friend; a half sister, Christy Marquardt, Lincoln, Neb.; two stepbrothers, Kenny Lovett and Keith Lovett, both of Brevard, N.C.; two stepsisters, Kathy Miller, Brevard, and Kristy Somerton, Virginia Beach, Va.; and paternal grandmother, Nadine Marquardt, Friend. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. Chris Sloan, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Wes Brewer, Carl McConnell, Al Cade, John Richey, Sam Halama and Dennis Jones. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

The family will be at the home of her mother, Marlos Lovett, 2701 New Hampshire Ave., Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the Terri L. Hoffman Memorial Fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Clyde Mayfield 

NEOSHO, Mo. Clyde W. Mayfield, 76, 9523 Hammer Road, died at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Mayfield was born April 13, 1920, at Wetumka, Okla. He moved to Neosho from the state of California in 1971. He worked in the finish room at La-Z-Boy Midwest in Neosho, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Silver Moon Full Gospel Church, Neosho. 

He married Juanita Helvey on May 19, 1945, at Dallas, Texas. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Linda Butler, Tulsa, Okla., and Renee Gillett, Neosho; a brother, Frances Mayfield, Tulsa; a sister, Juanita Hoover, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Silver Moon Full Gospel Church, Neosho. The Rev. Fred Franks will officiate. Burial will be in Community Cemetery, Crane. 

Pallbearers will be Mark Stuart, Kelvin Hall, Rick Helvey, Mark Akin, Bud Wilson and Perry Mason. 

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

Frances Pierce 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Services for Frances Pierce, 80, Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Webb City, who died Saturday, will be at 11 a.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Carterville Cemetery. 

John Robinson 

HORTON, Mo. John Raymond Robinson, 77, Horton, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Robinson was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Badger Township in Vernon County. He attended school in Badger Township. He lived in Bates County and in Iowa before returning to Vernon County. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving four years in the European Theater He farmed in the Horton area until he retired in 1984. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Elks Lodge, both at Nevada. 

He married Betty Jo Dicks on June 17, 1950, at Nevada. She survives. 

Other survivors include two daughters, Jo Ed Jones and Paula Gayle Edmonds, both of Nevada; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Keith Mackey officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Friends may call until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Nevada, or to the Nevada High School Scholarship Fund. 

Velda Sheer 

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. Velda Louise Sheer, 77, Shoshone, Idaho, a Southwest City native, died Friday, Nov. 1, 1996, at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls, Idaho, of injuries she suffered Oct. 17 in a traffic accident. 

Mrs. Sheer was born Feb. 2, 1919, in Southwest City. She was a homemaker. She and her husband were ranchers and were members of the Magic Grange for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Magic Grange Homemakers Club. 

She married Edmund Carl Sheer on Feb. 3, 1945, at Jerome, Idaho. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Alice Carlene, Shoshone; a sister, Etta Mae Clark, Wichita, Kan.; and a brother, Ralph D. Moore, Southwest City. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Shoshone (Idaho) Baptist Church. Virgil Cozad will officiate. Burial will be in Shoshone Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under direction of Demeray's-Bergin Funeral Home, Shoshone. 

James Walker 

NEVADA, Mo. James Dean Walker, 66, Nevada, died at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, after a long illness. 

Mr. Walker was born June 24, 1930, at St. Paul, Kan. He graduated from Wichita (Kan.) State University in 1955. He worked many years in the mental-health field. He moved to Nevada in 1981 and became superintendent of Nevada Rehabilitation Center, retiring in 1993. 

He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. 

He married Ann Graham Walker on Aug. 28, 1954. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, James Walker Jr., Kansas City; two daughters, Julie Paradise, Kansas City, and Jean Walp, Denver, Colo.; his mother, Eva Walker, St. Paul; two brothers, Mike Walker, Detroit, Mich., and Jerry Walker, Princeton Junction, N.J.; a sister, Mary Ann Daugherty, Olpe, Kan.; and three grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada. The Rev. James Schrader will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul (Kan.) Cemetery. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Contributions may be made to St. Mary's School, Nevada. 

Ruth Winkelman 

NEOSHO, Mo. Ruth E. Winkelman, 74, Neosho, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Winkelman was born April 20, 1922, at Peabody, Kan. She moved to Neosho 14 years ago from Kansas City. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include her husband, Ivan Winkelman; three daughters, Carol Hamilton, Seattle, Wash., Claudia Toback, Warsaw, and Paula DeCillis, Cupertino, Calif.; a son, Eldon Winkelman, Carl Junction; three brothers, Bill Turner, Atchison, Kan., and Robert Turner and Albert Turner, both of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Mamie Domann, Atchison, and Betty Winn, Mesa; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Ralph Walker will officiate. Burial will be in Ragen Cemetery, west of Neosho. 

Howard Litch 

GALENA, Kan. Howard T. ``Pappy'' Litch, 90, Galena route 2, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at a nursing home in Galena after an illness. 

Mr. Litch was born July 17, 1906, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. He owned and operated the Howard Litch Garage in Galena for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Department from 1933 to 1979, having served in various positions including fire chief and assistant chief. 

He was the founder and curator of the Galena Mining and Historical Museum, which was organized in 1983. He received the Kansas Governor and First Lady Award for volunteerism in 1990. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Galena. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a mechanic from 1943 to 1945 in Europe and Germany. 

He married Ruby Goodman Shears on July 9, 1943, at Columbus. She died Jan. 5, 1994. 

Survivors include a son, Bob Shears, Galena route 2; a daughter, Dixie Farris, Galena route 2; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Clint Conner 

MIAMI, Okla. Clinton Morgan ``Clint'' Conner, 49, 104 G St. N.E., died at 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Conner was born June 23, 1947, at Clifton, Colo. He moved to the Miami area from Wichita, Kan., in 1956. He was a retired truck driver for Sitton Motor Lines, Joplin. 

He was an Army veteran, serving from 1964 to 1970 in Germany and Vietnam. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion, both in Miami, and the Disabled American Veterans, Commerce. 

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Moe, Jefferson, Wis., Christy Conner, state of Kansas, and Phyllis Golden, state of Missouri; a son, Johnny Steverson, state of California; his parents, Carl and Marzell Conner, Miami; two sisters, Carla Brummet and Janet Glenn, both of Miami; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami, with the Rev. Carol Holden and Stephen Hunter officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. 

Pallbearers will be Everett Stanback, Jim Nowlin, Bill Rion, Glenn Beauchamp, Clyde Atterberry and Gene Shelton. 

Contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America or to St. John's Hospice, Grove. 

Ora Thompson 

AFTON, Okla. Ora J. Thompson, 73, 115 S. Ross St., died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness. 

Mr. Thompson was born Dec. 4, 1922, at Beatrice, Neb. He had lived in Afton since 1973, moving from Greensburg, Pa. He had worked as a hard rock miner, plumber and electrician. He was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as a pilot. 

He married Maxine Hollingsworth on March 4, 1959, at Walden, Colo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Thompson, Paris, Texas, and Greg Thompson, Galena, Kan.; a daughter, Debbie Schmidt, Afton; three brothers, Clois Thompson, Beaver Lake, Neb., Lee Thompson, Winfield, Kan., and Elyen Thompson, St. Joseph, Mo.; a sister, Opal Jean Mayfield, state of Missouri; and 14 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Adcock Funeral Home, Afton. Doug Hanson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton. 

Pallbearers will be Robert Thompson, Greg Thompson, Bob Braden, James Braden, Jay Chandler and Billy Jones. 

Graveside services will be conducted by members of the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

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

Omie Williams 

PICHER, Okla. Omie Della Rachel Williams, 75, 120 E. Ninth St., died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Williams was born July 27, 1921, at Ironton, Mo. She had lived in Picher since 1943, moving from Macks Creek, Mo. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Picher. 

She married Edwin Andrew Williams on March 1, 1944, in Perry County, Mo. He died Aug. 12, 1958. 

Surviving are four sons, Edwin Ray Williams, Tonganoxie, Kan., Rollie Williams, Quapaw, James Williams, Picher, and Thomas Williams, Miami; two daughters, Anna Sayers, Picher, and Joyce Frazier, Wyandotte; two stepsisters, Opal Reeves, Miami, and Geneva Dick, Jay; four brothers, Ernest Reeves, Lowell, Ark., James Reeves and Hershel Reeves, both of Picher, and Irvin Reeves, Macks Creek; two sisters, Zelma Fox, Dongola, Ill., and Pauline Colvard, Fairland; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, with the Rev. Leonard Stoner officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be John Lowery, Max Martin, Terry Wallen, Jackie Crafton, Glenn Wiford and Gene Wood.

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