Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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David Aber 

David L. Aber, 59, 631 Moffet Ave., died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Aber was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Joplin and was a lifetime area resident. 

Survivors include a sister, Leona Dixon, Joplin; and a half brother, Rudy Canki, Joplin. 

Private graveside services were conducted Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Six officiated. 

Arrangements were under direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

J.D. Breeden 

J.D. Breeden, 67, Joplin, died at 5:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness of several years. 

Mr. Breeden was born Feb. 18, 1929, at Carl Junction. He was a longtime area resident. He had worked for R&S Chevrolet and for the city of Joplin. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 

Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Carl, 201 Pearl Ave., Dorothy Kloberdanz, Denver, Colo., and Betty McFarland, Broomfield, Colo. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary. 

The family will be at the home of Barbara Carl, 201 Pearl Ave. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Clarence Moore 

Clarence Carl Moore, 78, 1015 Furnace St., died at 2:36 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a one-year illness. 

Mr. Moore was born April 24, 1918, in Hughes County, Okla. He graduated from Douglas High School at Wetumka, Okla., where he played basketball and baseball. He played semipro baseball while working in the Civil Conservation Corps. He was a pitcher for the former Birmingham (Ala.) Black Barons of the Negro League until injuring his throwing arm. 

He moved to Joplin from St. Louis in 1952. He worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Joplin and Springfield, retiring in 1986. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in Europe. He was past worshipful master of Myrtle Masonic Lodge No. 149, and was a member of Ukhfi Shrine Temple No. 203, Fort Leonard Wood. He was a member of Robert S. Thurman Post No. 13, American Legion, Joplin. He attended Unity Missionary Baptist Church. 

His wife, Lucinda Moore, died Sept. 25, 1972. 

Survivors include a brother, Ivory Edward Moore, Commerce, Texas; and a sister, Mary Ann Hart, Wewoka, Okla. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Unity Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Harry F. Givens will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be William Bill Smith, Fred Palmer, Anthony McElmurry, Jerry Love, Manual Jarrett and Mike Garrety. 

Members of American Legion Post No. 13 will conduct military rites. 

Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The family will receive friends after the Masonic rites at the mortuary. 

Ronald Munch 

Ronald John Munch, 50, 1509 Grand Ave., died at 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at his home after two years of ill health. 

Mr. Munch was born Dec. 23, 1945, at LaCrosse, Kan. He moved to Joplin two years ago from Yakima, Wash. He had been a mechanic at Poor Boys Automotive Co., Carthage. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. 

Survivors include a son, Joseph Munch, of the home; a daughter, Tina Patnoe, Joplin; his mother, Evelyn McWaine, Quincy, Wash.; a brother, Richard Munch, Ephrata, Wash.; a sister, Sharon Casteel, Moses Lake, Wash.; and four grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Betty Graham will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Phillip Thomas 

Phillip Thomas, 45, Joplin route 9, died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Thomas was born April 25, 1951, at Gravette, Ark., where he lived 15 years. He moved to Joplin from Arkansas City, Kan. He was a carpenter for American Builders, Joplin. 

He married Karen Thomas on May 23, 1985, at Bartlesville, Okla. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Justin Kelly Thomas, of the home; a daughter, Josie Ella Rochelle Thomas, of the home; his mother, Alma Meloy, Neosho; three brothers, Charles Albert Scott, Rogers, Ark., Raymond Scott, Gravette, and Davey Thomas, Springfield; a sister, Betty Ann Scott, Joplin; and maternal grandmother, Josie King, Jay, Okla. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin, with Phillip McClendon officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Yancy Franklin, William Barnard, Charles Scott, Raymond Scott, Terry White and Darryll Law. 

Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Richard Beeson 

NEVADA, Mo. Richard H. Beeson, 84, Sun City, Ariz., died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996, at a nursing home in Sun City after an illness of several months. His wife, Sue Eddlemon Beeson, is a former Nevada resident. 

Mr. Beeson was born Sept. 23, 1912, at Osawatomie, Kan. He grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Kansas. He was general manager and owner of a building materials company at Springfield for 35 years. 

He married Sue Eddlemon on Dec. 25, 1937, at Baxter Springs, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Tom Beeson, Sun City. 

The body has been cremated. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The Rev. Greg Rerree will officiate. 

Arrangements are under direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

The family will receive friends after the service in Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, Nevada. 

Dennis Dishon 

Dennis Dale Dishon, 47, Joplin, died at 5:58 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at his home of a sudden illness. 

Mr. Dishon was born May 10, 1949, at Hutchinson, Kan. He moved to Joplin from Cassville three months ago. He was a cabinetmaker. He was an Army veteran, serving as a chaplain in Korea and Germany. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

He married Glenda Davis on May 10, 1984, at Tulsa, Okla. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Scott Dishon, Wichita, Kan., Todd Dishon, Overland Park, Kan., and Jesse Dishon, Broken Arrow, Okla.; his mother and stepfather, Christene and Jay Fisher, Cassville; two brothers, Gary Dishon, Cassville, and Terry Dishon, Wichita; two sisters, Frances Smith, Purdy, and Nancy Shupe, Cassville; and a grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fox Cemetery, Powell. Members of Chapter No. 52, Disabled American Veterans, will conduct graveside military rites. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. 

Florence Fansler 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Florence Helen Fansler, 84, Carthage route 5, died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at a nursing home in Carthage after a short illness. 

Mrs. Fansler was born Dec. 13, 1911, in Lawrence County. She was a typesetter for Smith Brothers Manufacturing Co. in Carthage for 46 years. She was a member of Kendricktown Methodist Church, near Carthage. 

She married Charles Virgil Fansler on Sept. 22, 1928, in Carthage. He died April 8, 1963. 

Survivors include a son, Carl ``Skip'' Fansler, Carthage; two brothers, Murrel Pendleton and Hollis Pendleton, both of Carthage; five sisters, Opal Cooper, Lucille Wright and Ina Chambell, all of Carthage, Doris Woodward, state of Indiana, and Virginia Pendleton, Italy; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. James Woodard will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Warren Pendleton, Larry Cooper, Dennis Cooper, Wayne Gilbert, Terry Chambell and Melvin Chambell. 

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

Contributions may be made to Kendricktown Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Edna Gomes 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Edna L. Skinner Gomes, 87, Leavenworth, Kan., a former Webb City resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, at Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth, after a short illness. 

Mrs. Gomes was born Oct. 14, 1909, in Webb City. She was a 1927 graduate of Webb City High School. She was a retired Army master sergeant. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. 

She married Stephen Gomes in October 1949. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Paula Clark, Midland, Texas; two sons, Virgil W. Lassiter, Springdale, Ark., and Johnny Gene Lassiter, New Iberia, La.; her stepmother, Mae Skinner, Webb City; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services were conducted Nov. 8 at Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. 

The body was donated to medical science. 

Local arrangements are under direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Contributions may be made to Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth. 

John King 

CARTHAGE, Mo. John E. King, 64, 1901 Buena Vista, died at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. King was born Sept. 22, 1932. He had worked for sheltered workshops and for Innovative Industries, Carthage. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

The body is to be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Randy Wilson officiating. 

Eva Ray 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Eva L. Ray, 76, Carthage, died at 9:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at a nursing home in Carthage after a short illness. 

Mrs. Ray was born Feb. 10, 1920, at Marionville. She lived in the Carthage area most of her life. She was a medical aide at the former Fair Acres Nursing Home in Carthage for 14 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Carthage. 

Survivors include a daughter, Jan Baker, Carthage; a brother, James Williams, Barstow, Calif.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Bob Lyttle, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Marionville. 

Pallbearers will be Warren Pendleton, Don Baker, David Janney, Bohnam Oney, Dennis Jacques and Gene Hoofnagle. 

The casket will be closed. 

The family will receive friends at the home of Wayne and Jan Baker, Carthage route 1. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice of Joplin, in care of the funeral home. 

Leon Stephens 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Leon M. Stephens, 86, Cassville, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Stephens was born Oct. 16, 1910, in Barry County. He was a lifetime resident of the county. He was a farmer, and he owned and operated a sawmill for many years on his farm west of Washburn. He had lived in Cassville since 1989. He was a member of Mission Baptist Church, Washburn. 

He married Ruth Prewitt on Dec. 8, 1940, in Barry County. She survives. 

Also surviving are three sons, Donnie Stephens, Purdy, James Stephens, Cassville, and Eddie Stephens, Carthage; two daughters, Peggy Edie, Exeter, and Nita Bradford, Cassville; a brother, Joe Stephens, Webb City; three sisters, Avo Shannon, Granby, Vesta Weathers, Sperry, Okla., and Thelma Anderson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Bob Scott and the Rev. Jerry Yarnall will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Cemetery, Washburn. 

Pallbearers will be Billy Wayne Schell, Bobby Ennes, Webb Edie, Billy Ike Henry, J.D. Hendrix and Ralph Hendrix. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Charles Stotler 

MONETT, Mo. Charles R. Stotler, 82, Monett, died at 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at a nursing home in Mount Vernon after a short illness. 

Mr. Stotler was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Akron Township, Ill. He moved to Monett in 1962 from Peoria, Ill. He was a machinist for Caterpillar Inc. at Peoria, retiring in 1962. He was a member of the Congregational Church at Peoria Heights, Ill. 

His wife, Margie King Stotler, died in 1962. 

Survivors include a son, Raymond Stotler, Makanda, Ill.; two daughters, Sister Catherine Lagon, Ellesmere, England, and Bettie Spradling, Cassville; a brother, Glenn Stotler, Las Cruces, N.M.; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be Friday at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Peoria. Arrangements are under direction of Wilton Mortuary, Peoria. 

Local arrangements are under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Marilyn Williams 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Marilyn Ruth Williams, 59, 100 Briarbrook Lane, died at 5:12 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Williams was born March 4, 1937, at Webb City. She had lived the past three years in Carl Junction. She had lived 26 years at Olathe, Kan. She was a homemaker. 

She married Jack C. Williams on Oct. 1, 1955, at Miami, Okla. He survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Chris A. Williams, Bella Vista, Ark., and Mark K. Williams, of the home; three daughters, Kandi S. Stark, Olathe, Kim R. McLaughlin, Webb City, and Cindi L. Messer, Gardner, Kan.; her mother, Cecil Winfrey, Topeka, Kan.; a sister, Lorna McNamara, Topeka; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, Kan. The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Johnny Carey will be the eulogist. Burial will be in Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bud Martin, Richard Venturella, Dean Auman, Gary Kirkpatrick, Raymond Irving and Don Williams. 

The casket will be closed. 

Contributions may be made to the hospice organization at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. 

Ruth Forman 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Ruth Robinette Forman, 84, Pittsburg, died at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. Forman was born June 7, 1912, in the state of Missouri. She graduated from Westview (Mo.) High School. She lived most of her life in Pittsburg. She operated Pittsburg Radio Supply until 1985. She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Pittsburg, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Southeastern Kansas Humane Society. 

She married Hugh Forman on Feb. 12, 1942, at Rogers, Ark. He died July 8, 1961. 

Survivors include a sister, Naomi Ludiker, Goodman, Mo. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. Donald Moses will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

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

Contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or to the Southeastern Kansas Humane Society. 

Grace Dawson 

MIAMI, Okla. Grace Dawson, 91, Miami, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 12, 1996, at a nursing home in Miami after an illness. 

Mrs. Dawson was born Feb. 3, 1905, at Vinita. She was a retired salesclerk. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Arrangements are pending with Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. 

Elizabeth Hutts 

MIAMI, Okla. Elizabeth Bowers Hutts, 85, Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Miami, died Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at a nursing home in Nashville after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hutts was born June 13, 1911, at Pryor. She moved in 1925 to Miami, where she graduated from high school. She also graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, and Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She was registrar, director of admissions and foreign students adviser for 23 years at NEO. During that time, she received the Dobson Award twice. She served one term as president of the State Registrars Association. 

She was a member of the American Association of University Women for more than 50 years. She was president and a member for more than 50 years of the PEO Sisterhood. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Miami, and she taught Sunday school for 34 years. 

She married Joseph Clair Hutts on Nov. 14, 1935. He died in 1994. 

Surviving are two sons, Garrett B. Hutts, Dallas, Texas, and Joseph Clair Hutts Jr., Brentwood, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Ann McSpadden, Muskogee; a brother, David Garrett Bowers, Rogers, Ark.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

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

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College or to the Miami Public Library. 

Elbert Line 

MIAMI, Okla. Elbert A. ``Pete'' Line, 76, Miami, died at 3:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at a nursing home in Miami after an illness. 

Mr. Line was born Feb. 25, 1920, at Frontenac, Kan. He was a former resident of the Tiff City, Mo., and Wyandotte areas. He retired from Glass Master Boat Co. at Grove. 

He was a Protestant. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both at Grove, and the American Legion, Miami. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

Survivors include a sister, Reta Manning, Frontenac. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Mark Linn will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Military rites will be conducted by members of the Northeastern Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. 

Colby Wilmoth 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Colby William Marsh Wilmoth, infant son of Greg and Jennifer Wilmoth, Abilene, Texas, formerly of Fairland, died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at Abilene Regional Medical Center of respiratory problems. 

He was born Monday. 

Also surviving are a half brother, Eric Wilmoth, Fairland; paternal grandparents, David and Janice Wilmoth, Fairland; maternal grandparents, Bill and Barbara Marsh, Abilene; paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Ollie Wilmoth, Commerce; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Bland, Fairland; and maternal great-grandparents, Delma and Nelda Marsh, Waco, Texas. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bland Cemetery, north Wyandotte. The Rev. Floyd Renfro will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

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