Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Yoder Allen 

Yoder Don Allen, 74, 101 St. Charles St., Joplin, died at 4:41 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an eight-month illness. 

Mr. Allen was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Galena, Kan. In 1949 he came to Joplin, moving from Galena. He had been employed by Joplin Tobacco Co. for 17 years, the former Bullard-Bell Co., Joplin, for five years, and the former Ray's Wholesale Co., Joplin, for 10 years. In 1989,he retired as manager of the former Ben Franklin Store, Joplin, where he had worked for 13 years. 

He married Wilma Helen ``Billie'' Taylor on Dec. 30, 1953, in Mount Vernon. She died July 1, 1983. 

Survivors include a half brother, Tom Allen, Galena; and two half sisters, Helen Ryan, Galena, and Geraldine Rider, Castlerock, Wash. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ozark Park Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. J. K. Wright will officiate. 

Cora Brown 

Cora Jane Brown, 91, 128 Wall St., Joplin, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at the St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mrs. Brown was born April 12, 1905, in Douglas County. She moved from Douglas County, Okla., to Quapaw, Okla., in 1941, and to Joplin in 1986. In 1986, she came to Joplin. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Quapaw. 

She married Jess Frank Brown on March 1, 1925, in Ava, Mo. He died in 1978. 

Survivors include five daughters, Norene Nielson, Quapaw, Loetta Nelson, Joplin, Norma Nelson, Frasier Park, Calif., and Roma Miller, Joplin; a brother, Orville Walker, Seymour; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla. The Rev. Leslie Couch Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Baxter Springs (Kan.) Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Evan Owens 

Evan Owens, 82, Mountain View, father of Curtis Owens and Laveda Norton, both of Joplin, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Owens was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Mountain View. He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Navy. 

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Owens, of the home; two sons, Curtis Owens, Joplin, and Dwight Owens, Bentonville, Ark.; four daughters, Laveda Norton, Joplin, Madelyn Ledgerwood, Claremore, Okla., Carol Weaver, Gallatin, and Phyllis Hardcastle, St. Louis; a brother, Dave Owens, St. Louis; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Yarbar Mortuary, Mountain View. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Local arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. 

June Smith 

Oma June Smith, 74, Joplin 2105 Bird Ave., died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at her home after an illness of several years. 

Miss Smith was born June 24, 1922, in Hockerville, Okla. In 1941, she graduated from Picher (Okla.) High School. She was a licensed practical and surgical nurse. In 1945, she came to Joplin, moving from Picher, where she worked for seven years at the Picher Hospital and the American Hospital. She then worked for seven years at the former Derfelt Hospital, Joplin, and for 11 years at the former Jane Chinn Memorial Hospital, Webb City. In 1984, she retired from a Dr. Lawson's office, Joplin, after 21 years. She was a member of Empire Baptist Church, Joplin. 

Survivors include a sister, Juanita Smith, of the home; and a brother, Donald Smith, Alexandria, La. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Mike Snyder will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

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

Eura Tucker 

Eura Tucker, 98, 419 E. 33rd St., Joplin, died at 5:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East after an illness. 

Mrs. Tucker was born March 5, 1898, in Tower Hill, Ill. She came to the Neosho-Diamond area as a child and lived in the area most of her life. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Diamond United Methodist Church and the Diamond American Legion Auxiliary. 

She married Garland R. Tucker on Nov. 16, 1920, in Neosho. He died Jan. 7, 1965. Survivors include a son, Kenneth L. Tucker, Joplin; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Cemetery. The Rev. Bob McQueen will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Gene Hoyer, Jerry Bradley, Ben Bliler, Ben Love and Olin Davenport. 

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, or the Diamond United Methodist Church. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Mabel Benshoof 

GRANBY, Mo. Mabel H. Benshoof, 89, Granby, died at 5:53 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a six-month illness. 

Mrs. Benshoof was born July 21, 1907, at Des Moines, Iowa. She came to Granby from Locust Grove, Okla., in 1993. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, James Benshoof, died Nov. 20, 1950. 

Survivors include four sons, James Benshoof and Herbert Benshoof, both of Granby, John Benshoof, Show Low, Ariz., and Harry Benshoof, Des Moines; two daughters, Marie Sarratt, Haskill, Okla., and Letty Carver, Des Moines; and a brother, Charles Hughes, Salina, Okla.; 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby. The Rev. Ralph Walker will officiate. Burial will be in the Granby Memorial Cemetery. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Lyle Murrell 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Lyle E. Murrell, 79, Carthage, died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at the veterans' unit at the Missouri State Veterans Hospital, Mount Vernon, after a long illness. 

Mr. Murrell was born Oct. 19, 1917, in Greenfield. He lived in the Carthage area most of his life. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His decorations included five Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. 

Survivors include three brothers, Paul Murrell, Lockwood, Keith Murrell, Independence, Kan., and Bob Murrell, Itasca, Ill.; and a sister, Helen McRae, Bonner Springs, Kan. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. W.B. Tichenor will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. 

Mary Richardson 

NEVADA, Mo. Mary Frances Richardson, 91, Nevada, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at the Barone Alzheimer Care Unit, Nevada. 

Mrs. Richardson was born Sept. 15, 1905, in Nevada. She moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1929, and returned to Nevada in 1958. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Lend a Hand Club and a past member of the Bushwhackers' Historical Society, all of Nevada. 

She was married to Loyde Richardson on June 9, 1929, in Nevada. He died in 1958. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. Tom Pyle, elder, will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Contributions may be made to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund or the Barone Alzheimer's Care Unit, Nevada, both in care of the funeral home. 

Gene Selvey 

LIBERAL, Mo. Gene Wilber Selvey, 81, died at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1966, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Selvey was born Oct. 2, 1915, in rural Lamar. He was a lifelong Barton County resident and a farmer. He was a member of the Lamar First Baptist Church and Lamar Masonic Lodge No. 292, and president of REA board in Lamar. He also was a member of the Mid-America Dairy Corporate Board, the DHIA Soybean Association, the Liberal rural fire department board and a former member of the former Missouri Farmer's Association board. 

He married Reba Violet Bass on July 20, 1941 in Lamar. She survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, Robert A. Selvey, Lamar and Larry Gene Selvey of Liberal; a daughter, Marilyn Sue Selvey, Nevada; six brothers, Martin Selvey, Jasper, Bob Selvey, Liberal, Ron Selvey, Bolivar, Keith Selvey, Sheldon, Don Selvey and Carl Selvey, both of Lamar; three sisters, Helen Carr and Louise Caruthers, both of Lamar and Lorene Norwood, Sheldon; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Lamar First Baptist Church. The Rev. Drew will will officiate and burial will be in Lake Cemetery, Lamar. 

Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends after the service. 

Larry Young 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Larry Young, 34, Costa Mesa, Calif., died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at Costa Mesa (Calif.) Hospital after a long illness. He is the son of Lois Young, 618 N. Main St., Webb City. 

Mr. Young was born Aug. 30, 1962, at Soddy-daisy, Tenn. 

Additional survivors include his father, Larry Young, the state of Tennessee; and a sister, Viki Mulholand, Rogersville. 

The body will be cremated. 

No services are planned. 

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

Stephen Kyrias 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Stephen C. Kyrias, 77, 536 Washington Ave., died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Kyrias was born March 11, 1919, at Kansas City, and he moved from North Lake, Ill., to Baxter Springs in 1978. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired high schoolteacher. He had taught in the Leyden School District No. 212, North Lake. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, all of Baxter Springs, the Joplin (Mo.) Area Retired Teachers' Association and the American Contract Bridge League. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Baxter Springs. 

He married Betty Jane Fehrnbach on July 3, 1947, in Baxter Springs. She died July 4, 1996. 

Surviving are two daughters, Carol Ann Kyrias, Chicago, Ill., and Mary Katherine Kyrias, Oak Park, Ill.; two sons, Stephen M. Kyrias, Brookfield, Ill., and Thomas N. Kyrias, stationed with the U.S. Army in Wurzburg, Germany. 

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Noah will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery. The body has been cremated. 

A dinner in the fellowship hall will follow the service. The family will be at the home. 

Howard Litch 

GALENA, Kan. Services for Howard T. Litch, 90, Galena, who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Assembly of God Church, Galena. 

The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Otto Hodge, Joe Douffet, Gene Russell, Alan Gleaves, Norman Fry and Howard Simmons. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Contributions may be made to the Galena Mining and Historical Museum Association, Galena. 

Oscar Johnson 

MIAMI, Okla. Oscar Carl ``Pappy'' Johnson, 84, 421 Harned Ave., Miami, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a short illness. 

Mr. Johnson was born June 1, 1912, in Alva. In 1930, he graduated from the Liberty (Mo.) High School. In 1948, he moved to Miami from Southwest City, Mo. He was a former operator of the Twin Bridges Boatdock, east of Fairland. In 1962, he retired from the former B.F. Goodrich plant in Miami. He also was an electronic technician and a civil defense volunteer. 

He married Sylvia Moore on June 24, 1934, at Pineville, Mo. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Gary E. Johnson, Miami; a daughter, Mavis Marlene Powell, Bonita, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Glen-Abbey Memorial Garden Cemetery, east of Miami. The Rev. Carol Holden will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami, and also will be at the home of Gary Johnson, 106 A St. S.W., Miami. 

Contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Cancer. 

Betty Kyser 

MIAMI, Okla. Betty L. Kyser, 71, 1528 B St. N.W., Miami, died at 3:53 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Kyser was born Nov. 16, 1924, at Checotah. She was a lifetime area resident. She was employed as a clerk at Dawson Jewelry Co., Miami, until 1950. She worked as a clerk at the Nature's Plenty Health Food Store, Miami. In 1942, she graduated from Miami High School. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch, Miami. 

She married Ben F. Kyser Jr. on Nov. 26, 1942, in Miami. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Geoff Kyser, Miami; her mother, Delia M. Seay, Miami; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Contributions may be made to the Miami Regional Dialysis Center, in care of the funeral home. 

Arrangements are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. 

James McCoin 

AFTON, Okla. James Edward McCoin, 59, Afton, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness. 

Mr. McCoin was born May 9, 1937, in Miami. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a self-employed horse trader and auctioneer. He was a member of the Carter Baptist Church, Afton. 

Survivors include his wife, Gloria McCoin, of the home; two sons, Eddie Duane McCoin and Eddie Hudspeth, both of Afton; two daughters, Larri Crane and Vickie Tipton, both of Afton; his mother, Gladys McCoin, Afton; a brother, Leon McCoin, Afton; a sister, Carol Shearhart, Morris; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Afton High School Gymnasium. Wade Markham and the Rev. Terry Wise will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton. 

Pallbearers will be Curtis Larmon, Don Larmon, Carl Forrest, Darreld Turner, Clark Victory and Billy Fields. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Afton.

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