Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Earl Ball 

Earl Henry Ball, 64, 1404 Hill St., died at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Ball was born March 1, 1932, at Noel. He had lived in Joplin since childhood. He was a roofer, working in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Ball, address unavailable; two brothers, John R. Ball, 1404 Hill St., and Donald L. Ball, Kansas City; and two sisters, Earline Dickson, 912 W. First St., and Jennie Smith, 128 Wall Ave. 

The body has been cremated. No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Clarence Osborne 

Clarence Eugene ``Dugie'' Osborne, 78, 4411 E. 25th St., died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Osborne was born Dec. 11, 1917, at Carterville. He was a lifetime area resident. He retired in 1982 as a machinist at the former Vickers Inc., Joplin. He was a merchant marine during World War II. 

He married Leona W. Miller in 1941 at Las Vegas, Nev. She died in 1978. He married Virginia Hadley on Dec. 12, 1980, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Donald ``Don'' Osborne and John Osborne, both of Joplin, and Jeff Osborne, Webb City; two daughters, Judy Gardner, Dallas, Texas, and Debbie Osborne, Joplin; two stepsons, Recil Hadley, Gravette, Ark., and Arlan Hadley, Southwest City; three stepdaughters, Val Dean Miller, Little Rock, Ark., Jackie DeBries, San Diego, Calif., and Noretta Lawrence, Pittsburg, Kan.; a sister, Mary Louise Stearns, San Antonio, Tex.; six grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

Martha Deans 

SELIGMAN, Mo. Martha Myrtle Deans, 75, Seligman, died at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at a nursing home in Rogers, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Deans was born Sept. 14, 1921, at Washburn. She moved to Seligman in 1960 from Gateway, Ark. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Seligman, and Celestia Chapter No. 81, Order of the Eastern Star, Cassville. She was a homemaker. 

She married Jonathan Sidney Deans on Aug. 20, 1936, at Exeter. He died Feb. 6, 1991. 

Survivors include two sons, Henry Deans and John Deans, both of Seligman; two daughters, Mary Mason, Rogers, and Wanda Anderson, Seligman; two brothers, Bill Twitty, Verona, and Leroy Twitty, Grove, Okla.; a sister, Marie Harlan, Pleasant Hope; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, Seligman, with the Rev. Bob Scott officiating. Burial will be in Bayless Cemetery, Garfield, Ark. 

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Anderson, Austin Deans, Phillip Deans, Sid Deans, Tracy Murphy and Susie Rairdon. 

Arrangements are under direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 

Gussie McClellan 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Gussie McClellan, 85, 720 N. Oak St., died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness. 

Mrs. McClellan was born Aug. 19, 1911, at Valley Park. She was a lifetime resident of Webb City. She was a seamstress and worked at Slick's Washette from 1957 to 1974. She worked at the Webb City High School swimming pool from 1976 to 1984. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Webb City, and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

She married Ralph Raymond McClellan on July 15, 1939, in Webb City. He died in 1949. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Barton, Webb City; two brothers, Henry Wade, Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Kenneth Wade, Mineral Wells, Texas; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Bob Easton officiating. The eulogy will be given by Ron Barton. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Edward Snyder, Larry Cole, Harvey Cooper, Lloyd Edge, Curtis Kamler, Donald Mosbaugh, Larry Ross and James Wynne. 

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

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund. 

Pauline Starr 

SENECA, Mo. Pauline Doie Starr, 64, Seneca, died at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at a nursing home in Anderson after a short illness. 

Miss Starr was born Oct. 5, 1932, at Neosho. She lived in the Seneca area most of her life. 

Survivors include four brothers, Zane Starr, Seneca, Tommy Starr, Mount Vernon, Rudy Starr, Springfield, Ore., and Earl Starr, Eugene, Ore.; and four sisters, Deloris Ball, Claremore, Okla., Geneva Hatter, Bloomington, Ind., Janice Stout, state of California, and Norma Spencer, address unavailable. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pawhuska (Okla.) City Cemetery, with Harold Reaves, minister, officiating. 

Arrangements are under direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

Doris Woodward 

ANDERSON, Mo. Doris Evelyn Woodward, 78, Anderson, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at American Transition Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., after an illness. 

Mrs. Woodward was born Sept. 3, 1918, at Grove, Okla. She was a homemaker and a longtime area resident. She retired in 1974 as co-owner and operator of the Dairy Queen in Anderson. She was a member of Anderson First Baptist Church. 

She married Audley J. Woodward on May 19, 1936. He died April 28, 1979. 

Survivors include a son, Jim Woodward, Lancaster, Ohio; a daughter, Margaret Trammell, Owasso, Okla.; a brother, Kenneth Fields, Verona; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. Tom Ellis, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Neosho. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Wayne Holmes 

OSWEGO, Kan. Wayne L. Holmes, 51, Oswego, died at 11:31 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Holmes was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Oswego. He attended Oswego schools and graduated in 1962 from Labette County High School. He worked for the former Hoskins Chevrolet garage in Oswego for several years. He later worked more than 20 years at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons. 

He served on the Oswego Zoning and Planning Board, and was a volunteer firefighter. He was a member and trustee of the First Baptist Church, Oswego. 

He married Carol Spencer on Feb. 22, 1964, in Oswego. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Dustin Holmes, Parsons; a daughter, Kimberly Stone, Oswego; a brother, Lloyd Holmes, Cottonwood Falls, Kan.; and four sisters, Wilma Ruttgen and Opal Shanks, both of Oswego, Jean Tullis, Bartlett, and Judy Coburn, Joplin, Mo. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Murdock Funeral Home, Oswego. The Rev. Keith Jacobsen will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to the Labette County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or to the St. John's Regional Medical Center hospice program of Oswego. 

Kenneth Back 

MIAMI, Okla. Kenneth Eugene ``Buck'' Back, 53, Nampa, Idaho, an Ottawa County native, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996, at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mr. Back was born Aug. 4, 1943, in the Douthat community, north of Miami. He was a long-haul truck driver for many years and a dispatcher. 

He married Patricia Hobbs on Jan. 3, 1963. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Kenneth Back, St. Mary's, Ga., and Kevin Back, Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Kathy Wanzer, Denver, Colo., and Kim Witt, Nampa; his mother, Barbara Back, Miami; three brothers, Billy Joe Back, Wyandotte, Ralph Back, Bernice, and Winford Back, Miami; five sisters, Wilma Golden, Russellville, Mo., Patty Paulik, Sue Tveidt and Charlotte Jenkins, all of Caldwell, Idaho, and Anna Arnold, Wyandotte; and 12 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hart Chapel, Hart, Mo. The Rev. Roy Schribner will officiate. 

Elizabeth Hutts 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Elizabeth Bower Hutts, 85, Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Miami, who died Monday, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Miami. 

The Rev. Gerald Dyer will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Marion Gladden, Bob Rasor, Art Meyer, Paul Williams, Johny McVey and Mark Rasor. 

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

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