Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Dora Cowen 

Dora Spaulding Jones Cowen, 84, Stillwater, Okla., a former Joplin resident, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996, at a nursing home in Warner, Okla., after a short illness. 

Mrs. Cowen was born Dec. 1, 1911, at Mulhall, Okla. She had lived in Joplin and Mercedes, Texas, before returning to Oklahoma. She worked as a billing clerk for the city of Stillwater before her retirement. She was a member of Ninth Avenue Christian Church. 

She married Homer Jones on Dec. 18, 1936, at Mulhall; he died in 1949. She married Thomas Cowen on Nov. 6, 1983, in Joplin; he survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Rosalie Garner, Warner, Okla., and Mary Bowden, Mulhall; a son, John Jones, Perkins, Okla.; four stepsons, Dewey Cowen, Mission, Texas, Charles Pendley, Plainview, Texas, and Bob Cowen and Tommy Cowen, both of Joplin; a stepdaughter, Linda Jones, Joplin; a sister, Edna Spaulding, Stillwater; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mulhall (Okla.) Christian Church. The Rev. Page Cole will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Mulhall. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Randy Adams, Ronnie Campbell, Andy Bowden, Brett Bowden, Marty Jones and Nicholas Jones. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home, Stillwater. 

Contributions may be made to Countryside Estates Nursing Home, Warner, Okla., or to the Judith Karman Hospice, Stillwater. 

Earl Hagebusch 

MONETT, Mo. Earl Wayne Hagebusch, 74, Monett, died at 8:23 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett, after a long illness. 

Mr. Hagebusch was born Aug. 4, 1922, at Wentworth. He moved to Monett in 1964 from San Diego, Calif. 

He graduated from Pierce City High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated from the Seminary of Concordia University, Mequon, Wis. 

He was an engineer and chief of tool design for ROHR Aircraft, Chula Vista, Calif. He was a retired pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Purdy. He had also served as pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Cassville, and Grace Lutheran Church, Aurora. He was the first vocational-technical director for the Monett R-1 School District. 

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Purdy. He was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association and the Hobbs-Anderson Post No. 91 American Legion, Monett. 

He married Sylvia Laughlin on June 28, 1946, at Columbia. She survives. 

Other survivors include three sons, Bill Wayne Hagebusch, Houston, Texas, Bryan Lee Hagebusch, Pierce City, and David August Hagebusch, Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Flossie Arnold, Pierce City, and Theao Cook, Joplin; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services are pending with Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Purdy, or the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Myrtle Hunter 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Myrtle E. Hunter, 84, Carthage, died at 12:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at a nursing home in Carthage, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hunter was born Aug. 30, 1912, at Granby. She moved to Carthage in the early 1960s. She worked in the kitchen at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, for 16 years. 

Her first husband, T.W. Golden, died in September 1958. She married Joseph Hunter in 1960 in Carthage; he died Sept. 15, 1971. 

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Golden, North Little Rock, Ark., and Jack Golden, Kansas City; a brother, Wilbur Lowe, Granby; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ulmer Funeral Home. Elvis Castor, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, southeast of Carthage. 

Butch Murray 

NEVADA, Mo. Jerry ``Butch'' Murray, 44, Nevada route 1, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 1995, at Nevada Regional Medical Center of injuries sustained in an accident near his home. 

Mr. Murray was born Jan. 4, 1952, at Butler. He graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1970. He was a rancher and truck driver. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Nevada Eagles Lodge. He served in the Army from 1971 to 1973. 

Survivors include a son, Todd Murray, Nevada; a daughter, Brooke Murray, Nevada; a stepson, Dereck Palmer, El Dorado Springs; his father and stepmother, William and Virginia Murray, Butler; his mother, Wanda Miller, Nevada; four sisters, Jeanie Kern, Sandy Wilson, Donna Kenny and Brenda Moreland, all of Nevada; three brothers, Ron ``Peck'' Moreland, Nevada, and Merlin and Bobby Murray, both of Butler; and his grandmother, Pansy Stoner, Rich Hill. 

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Jack Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. 

The body will be cremated. 

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

Donna Nash 

MONETT, Mo. Donna Rae Nash, 64, Monett, died at 4:18 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at Cox Monett Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Nash was born May 1, 1932, at Sullivan. She moved to Monett 14 years ago from Killduff, Iowa. She was self-employed in the upholstery business, retiring in 1991. 

She married Harry Clifford Nash Jr. in 1951 at Killduff; he survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Patti Nash and Tami Thompson, both of Pierce City; two brothers, Joe Yardley, Milan, and Greg Yardley, Jenkins; a sister, Patty Stroud, Milan; and seven grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home. 

Cremation will follow. 

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

Geraldine Rooks 

LANAGAN, Mo. Geraldine Campbell Rooks, 65, Lanagan, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996, at Storemont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., after an illness. 

Ms. Rooks was born Dec. 15, 1930, at Mansfield, La. She returned to Lanagan in 1983 from Hutchinson, Kan. She worked for two years at the Lanagan Senior Citizen Center. 

Survivors include three sons, Daniel Van Winkle, Topeka, William Van Winkle, Raymond, Kan., and David Van Winkle, Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Bonnie Powell, Hutchinson; two brothers, Earl Campbell, Shreveport, La., and Bill Campbell, San Lorenzo, Calif.; a sister, Joyce Henry, York, Penn.; and 14 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. Doris Schlessman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lanagan Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bud Powell, Phil Renner, Buddy Powell, Chuck Powell, Jason Powell and Chad Van Winkle. 

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Lanagan Senior Citizens Center. 

H. Carl Seal 

CASSVILLE, Mo. H. Carl Seal, 87, Cassville, died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mr. Seal was born Aug. 1, 1909, at Mansfield. He was in the insurance business for about 15 years. He was involved in coaching baseball for Cassville High School and was a cattle farmer. 

He married Dixie Phillips on Feb. 14, 1943, at Kansas City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Larry Seal, Conway, Ark. and Linn Seal of Aurora; two daughters Carolyn Leonard, Peculiar, and Martha Ball, Purdy; one sister, Jo Holt, O'Fallon; and 11 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. John Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery, Cassville. 

Pallbearers will be Michael Seal, David Seal, John Leonard, Bryan Leonard, Mark Ball, Courtney Seal and Tony Seal. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Cassville First Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Harlin Shipman 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Harlin A. Shipman, 82, 2008 S. Maple St., Carthage, died at 12:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Shipman was born Jan. 20, 1914, at Stotts City. He moved to the Carthage area in 1916. 

He was a farmer southeast of Carthage. He worked 10 years with Davidson Chemical Co. in the Joplin area. He worked at Fred's Frozen Foods near Carthage before retiring. 

He was a member of the Dudman Presbyterian Church, southeast of Carthage. 

He married Alice Lemery on July 25, 1936, at Carthage. She survives. 

Other survivors include five sons, Gary Shipman, Enid, Okla., Dale Shipman and Robert Shipman, both of Gladstone, Richard Shipman, Carthage, and Jerry Shipman, Independence; and 10 grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dudman Cemetery, southeast of Carthage, with Marvin VanGilder officiating. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Jack Baumann 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Jack Duane Baumann, 66, Wichita, Kan., formerly of the Baxter Springs area, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Baumann was born Feb. 23, 1930, at Wyandotte, Okla. He grew up at Riverton and graduated from high school there, and then moved with his family to Baxter Springs. He had retired from the Wichita Fire Department as a district chief. 

He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Wichita. 

Surviving are four sons, Jerry Baumann, Viola, Terry Baumann, Houston, Texas, Larry Baumann, Wichita, and Gary Baumann, San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Lee Baumann, Riverton; three sisters, Dora Mae Inman, Holbrook, Ariz., and Jean Morris and June Charles, both of Baxter Springs; and four grandchildren. 

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at De Vorss Flanagn-Hunt Chapel, Wichita. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Wichita. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Baxter Springs Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. 

John Bobnar 

PITTSBURG, Kan. John Leo Bobnar, 88, of the Fleming community near Pittsburg, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996, at a Pittsburg nursing home after a three-month illness. 

Mr. Bobnar was born March 14, 1908, in Pittsburg. He was a lifelong Fleming resident. He worked for the Crawford County Highway Department for 12 years before retiring in 1973. 

He married Angella Sala on April 7, 1956, in Chicopee. She died Nov. 23, 1984. 

Survivors include a brother, Joseph Bobnar, St. Louis, Mo. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pittsburg. Father Thomas Stroot will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

Pallbearers will be Joe Bobnar, William Bobnar, Joe Bobnar Jr., Arthur Whiteside, Jim Dunlap and Ron Scripsick. 

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will recieve friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. 

Larry Downing 

ALTAMONT, Kan. Larry Travis Downing, 57, Palatine, Ill., was killed Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996, in a plane crash on a runway at Quincy, Ill. Mr. Downing has daughters living in Altamont and rural Welch, Okla. 

Mr. Downing was born April 13, 1939, in Coffeyville. He graduated in 1957 from Lenapah (Okla.) High School. In 1959, he went to work as an apprentice machinist in Coffeyville, where he became a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 693. While working in Kansas, he became a journeyman machinist. 

In 1967, he was elected an IAM shop steward. He was later elected to various posts within his local, including financial secretary and negotiating chairman. He was a delegate to the Kansas State Council of Machinists. 

In 1979, he was named ``Tradeperson of the Year'' in Kansas. That same year, he was appointed to the IAM national field staff as a Grand Lodge representative, assigned to organize and service the IAM's nine-state territory in the Midwest. 

Among his most notable achievements was the affiliation with the IAM of the 2,000-member Wichita Engineers Association who worked in Kansas plants for the Boeing Co. The merger brought some of the world's leading experts in such diverse fields as avionics, artificial intelligence and automation in the ranks of the IAM. 

Downing was elected a general vice president of the IAM in 1989. He was assigned to the union's headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he would direct the union's national organizing program. He was re-elected in 1993 and reassigned to Chicago, Ill., where he directed IAM activities in the Midwest. 

In 1995, he was the recipient of the ``Gift of Sight Award'' from the Guide Dogs of America. 

He married Patricia Galardo on July 24, 1981, at Cartverille. She survives. 

Also surviving are his parents, E.L. and Daphne Downing, Coffeyville; a son, Michael Downing, Wichita; two daughters, Stacie Carnahan, Altamont, and Stephanie Marvel, rural Welch; three brothers, Joel Downing, Stafford, Okla., Terry Downing, Coffeyville, and Randy Downing, Saudi Arabia; and four grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Edna. Burial will be Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Altamont. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Edna in care of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Altamont. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, Edna. 

Fairy McBride 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Fairy Delight Caroline Kirk McBride, 81, Pittsburg, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. McBride was born Sept. 10, 1915, at Los Angeles, Calif. She grew up in Mulberry, Pittsburg and Joplin, Mo. She was a 1931 graduate of Joplin High School. She lived in Baxter Springs for 30 years and returned to Pittsburg six months ago from Joplin. She and her brother performed music in the Tri-State Area from the 1920s to the late 1930s. She was a homemaker. 

She married Marion C. McBride on Aug. 31, 1937, in Joplin. He died March 11, 1988. 

Survivors include a son, Charles McBride, Baxter Springs; two daughters, Virginia Dugan, Madill, Okla., and Carolyn Fehrenbach, Pittsburg; a brother, Danny Kirk, Joplin; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Carolyn Fehrenbach, 604 W. Kansas St., Pittsburg. 

Fern Phillips 

MIAMI, Okla. Graveside services for Fern Irotha Henry Phillips, 85, Catoosa, a former Miami resident, who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. today at GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

The Rev. Leslie Couch Jr. will officiate. 

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

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