Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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M. Colley 

M. Cecil Colley, 91, Joplin, died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Colley was born Sept. 1, 1905, in Prosperity. He was a retired college instructor. He moved to Joplin in 1994 from La Junta, Colo., where he had resided for 50 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, La Junta. 

He married Crenna Ruth Davis in 1935 in Miami, Okla. She died Jan. 31, 1987. Survivors include a son, Howard R. Colley, Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Helen J. Ryan, Joplin; a sister, Ruth Colley, Boulder, Colo.; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Round Grove Cemetery, south of Lockwood. The Rev. Victor Hailey will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to the Cecil Colley Scholarship Fund, in care of Otero Junior College, La Junta. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Lockwood Funeral Chapel, Lockwood. 

Robert Green 

Robert E. ``Bob'' Green, 75, 409 N. Pearl St., died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, in a Galena (Kan.) nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Green was born Jan. 12, 1921, in rural Columbus, Kan. He moved to Joplin in 1993 from Sana Paula, Calif. He was graduated in 1939 from Cherokee County Community High School, Columbus. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served as a radar mechanic for the Army Air Force while he was stationed in England during World War II. 

After the war, he received a degree in science and education from Manhattan State College, Manhattan, Kan. He taught school at Altamont, Kan., from 1954 to 1958. He retired in 1985 after teaching at various schools in California. He also coached tennis and was a team member of Cabrilla Racquet Club, Sana Paula. He was a member of Worldwide Church of God in the state of California. He was church librarian and head of audio visual aides. 

Survivors include his sister, Leta Bennett DeBoutez, Joplin. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. Dr. Duane Trimble will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, rural Columbus. 

Nephews will serve as pallbearers. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Southwest chapter ADRDA and ASSOC, in care of the funeral home. 

Marvin Anderson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Marvin L. Anderson, 77, Los Angeles, Calif., a former Neosho resident, died Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, Marina Del Rey, Calif., after a short illness. 

Mr. Anderson was born Nov. 3, 1919, at Cushing, Okla. He lived in Neosho from 1930 to 1948. He was graduated in 1938 from Neosho High School, where he was active in music and was Neosho's first drum major. He worked for Continental Airlines in California. 

He married Mary Wagner in 1971. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Robert A. Anderson, San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Johna Wilke, Kittering, Ohio, and Doris Stewart, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. Memorial services and burial will be at a later date in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Gates, Kingsley and Gates Funeral Directors, Culver City, Calif. 

Hubert Bloss 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Services for Hubert B. Bloss, 77, Sarcoxie route 2, who died Monday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Larry Greenfield will officiate. 

Burial will be in Sarcoxie Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Bloss, Jeff Bloss, Mike Long, Dave Everts, Jim Grace, Matt Chapman, Larry Jackson, and Freddie Whitehead. 

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. 

Vera Dalton 

LAMAR, Mo. Vera Phaye Dalton, 87, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, in a Republic nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Dalton was born Feb. 20, 1909, in Oakton. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Dalton Brothers Mercantile Store, Lamar, for several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Lamar, and Calla Rebekah Lodge No. 160, Lamar. 

She married Leonard Fowler ``Red'' Dalton on Jan. 20, 1932, in Englevale, Kan. He died May 2, 1991. 

Survivors include her daughter, Marlene Langston, Springfield; two brothers, Marion Berry, Grand Island, Neb., and George Berry Jr., Diamond City, Ark.; four sisters, Lorene Reeder, Pittsburg, Kan., Dora Jean Crockett, Lamar, Nadene Blanchard, Joplin, and Millie Birkendach, La Mesa, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lake Cemetery, Lamar. Bob Perry will officiate. 

Visitation will be at 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. 

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lamar, or to the Southwest Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Velma Keltner 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Velma Ila Whitworth Keltner, 86, Springfield, a former Greenfield area resident, died at 11:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Keltner was born Jan. 29, 1910, in Stafford County, Kan. She moved as a child to Climax Springs, where she lived until she moved to Liberal in 1984. She moved to Greenfield in 1992 and to Springfield 13 months ago. 

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Climax Springs. 

She married Claude Clifton Keltner on Nov. 8, 1927, at Edwards. He died in 1963. 

Survivors include four sons, Wayne Keltner, Willard, Keith Keltner, Liberal, Lowell Keltner, Greenfield, and Garry Keltner, Sullivan; a brother, Flayvel Whitworth, Hayward, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Climax Springs. The Rev. Bob Fenwick will officiate. Burial will be in Climax Springs Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw. 

Ruby McFadden 

NEOSHO, Mo. Ruby B. McFadden, 97, 330 S. Wood St., died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. McFadden was born March 2, 1899, at Cayuga, Okla. She moved to Neosho in 1940. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Neosho. 

She married William Taylor McFadden on Oct. 16, 1918. He died Nov. 13, 1983. 

Survivors include two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

A daughter preceded her in death. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Clement Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, south of Neosho. 

The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

The family will be at the home of Dale Peterson, 1919 Redbird Drive, Webb City. 

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Iva Myers 

WASHBURN, Mo. Iva Lillian Myers, 85, Washburn, died at 6:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at a Cassville nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Myers was born Sept. 22, 1911, in Pittsburg, Kan. She moved to Washburn with her parents in 1919. She was a longtime Washburn resident and served a number of years as an election judge. She was active in the Washburn Ladies Quilting Club and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Washburn. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Washburn. 

She married Arthur ``Art'' Myers on Jan. 16, 1932, in Cassville. He died Sept. 11, 1988. 

Survivors include a daughter, Opal West, Carthage, Ill.; two brothers, Leon Paul, Washburn, and Junior Paul, Exeter; two sisters, Eva Walden, Washburn, and Faye Vada Cox, Tulsa, Okla.; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Walter Smart and the Rev. Rick Wagner will officiate. Burial will be in Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn. 

Pallbearers will be Leslie Joe Paul, Robert Paul, David Paul, Ralph Paul, Gary Paul and Lloyd Paul. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

John Wyatt 

NEOSHO, Mo. John Dow Wyatt, 77, Neosho, died at 7:03 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after sudden illness. 

Mr. Wyatt was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Grayville, Tenn. He moved to Neosho from Lockport, Ill., in August 1965. He retired in 1981 as owner and operator of the former Jonel Superior Landscaping Service, Neosho. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Neosho, and of Gideon's International. 

He married Nelda Loraine Palfma on April 21, 1949. She died on Oct. 25, 1981. 

Survivors include a son, John Wyatt, Plymouth, Wis.; five daughters, Linda McMillian, Calhoun, Susan Philliber, Goodman, Becky O'Dell, Ava, Debbie Wyatt, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Cheryl Lupton, Kansas City; his stepmother, Barbara Wyatt, Barre, Mass.; three brothers, David Wyatt, Waterbun, Tenn., Allan Wyatt, Oregon City, Ore., and Jim Wyatt, Rockwell, Texas; a sister, Shirley Bartlett, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and 16 grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Dell Reed will officiate. 

Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The casket will be closed at all times. 

Contributions may be made to Regency Home Health Care, the American Heart Association or the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Eileen Hyde 

PARSONS, Kan. Eileen Hyde, 80, 409 N. 29th St., died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after a short illness. 

Mrs. Hyde was born Oct. 4, 1916, at Chicago, Ill. She was graduated in 1934 from Topeka High School. She lived in Parsons most of her life. 

She was a florist and partner in Hyde's Greenhouse until she retired in 1977, when she moved to the Grand Lake area near Grove, Okla. She returned to Parsons in 1993. 

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons and St. Mary's Alter Society. She was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Parsons and St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church at Grove. 

She married Paul Weidert Hyde on June 26, 1937, in Parsons. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Mary Paula Feess, Parsons, and Jane Anne Hyde, Wichita; two sons, Warren Hyde and Mark Hyde, both of Shawnee; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Parsons. The Rev. Michael Schemm will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parsons. 

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons. 

Josephine Leggett 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Josephine ``Jo'' Leggett, 75, Columbus, died at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. 

Mrs. Leggett was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Columbus. She attended Columbus public schools and was graduated in 1939 from Cherokee County Community High School. She had been a receptionist in the office of Dr. Charles Huffman, and was a teller and bookkeeper for 24 years at Columbus State Bank of Columbus. She later lived on Welch (Okla.) route 2 and returned in 1976 to Columbus, where she was office manager for Columbus Telephone Co. until she retired in 1986. She was elected secretary of the board of directors of Columbus Telephone in 1982. 

She was a member of First Christian Church of Columbus and Alpha Laureate Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. 

Survivors include a brother, Gene Leggett, Columbus; and two sisters, Kathryn Belt, Columbus route 1, and Doris Baugh, Muskogee, Okla. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. 

Contributions may be made to the Kansas Arthritis Association, in care of the funeral home. 

Charles VanLaningham 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Charles L. VanLaningham, 76, Gilbert, Ariz., a former Pittsburg resident, died at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 1996, at Valley Lutheran Hospital, Mesa, Ariz., after several months of ill health. 

Mr. VanLaningham was born April 16, 1920, at Elk Creek, Neb. He was graduated from Lincoln (Ark.) High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served with the 502nd Ordnance Battalion. He later moved to Pittsburg and was co-owner of Pittsburg Automotive Supply until he retired in 1974. He and his wife moved to Gilbert from Pittsburg in 1994. 

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Pittsburg Masonic Lodge No. 187, Pittsburg York Rite Bodies, Mirza Shrine, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 74, American Legion. 

He married Bettie Bollinger on June 28, 1942, at Yates Center, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include Ron VanLaningham, Littleton, Colo., and Brian VanLaningham, Boca Raton, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Mausolf, Leawood, and Susan Malle, Gilbert, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Pittsburg. The Rev. James Banner will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. 

The Pittsburg American Legion Post will conduct graveside flag-folding services. 

Arrangements are under direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. 

Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, in care of the mortuary. 

Winona Hollandsworth 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Winona E. Bear Hollandsworth, 87, Wyandotte route 1, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after an illness. 

Mrs. Hollandsworth was born Nov. 7, 1909, in Ottawa County. She was a lifetime area resident. She attended school at Haskett Institute in Lawrence, Kan., and Wyandotte public schools. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Shawnee Indian Tribe. 

She was a member of Ottawa Indian Baptist Church and a charter member of Eastside Baptist Church, both west of Seneca, Mo. 

She married Claude Hollandsworth on Nov. 7, 1929, at Miami. He died July 30, 1986. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Wilfred Dean Hollandsworth, Wyandotte, and Maurice Lee Hollandsworth, Miami; a daughter, Carol Jean Buzzard, Fairland; three sisters, Nadine Captain, Miami, Lois ``Cissy'' Nowlin, Miami, and Sue Lamont, Lebanon, Mo.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Eastside Baptist Church, west of Seneca. The Rev. Loren Messenger and the Rev. Carroll Hopkins will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Chester Palmer, Kenneth Palmer, Jack McCorkell, Terry Ball, Charles Lofland and Gene Fidler. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. 

The family will be at the family home on Wyandotte route 2. 

Bessie Jackson 

JAY, Okla. Bessie M. Jackson, 83, Loveland, Colo., formerly of Jay, died at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Loveland after a long illness. 

Mrs. Jackson was born June 2, 1913, at Salina. She was a homemaker who had lived most of her life in Delaware County. She moved to Loveland in September 1992. 

She was a member of the Holiness Church. 

She married William B. Jackson on Nov. 20, 1932, at Kansas, Okla. He died Nov. 30, 1988. 

Survivors include a son, Bill J. Jackson, Jay; two daughters, Doris A. Walker, Loveland, and Sara Achord, Palm Springs, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Tabernacle, Kansas. The Rev. Sam Andrews will officiate. Burial will be in Russell Cemetery, Oaks. 

Pallbearers will be Joshua Jackson, Clyde Jackson, Dale Jackson, Arden Jackson, Lonus Mitchell and Anthony Gann. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hinderliter-Woodard Chapel, Jay. 

Lawanda Lofland 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Lawanda L. Lofland, 66, Wyandotte route 2, died at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Lofland was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Kiowa County. She moved to Wyandotte as a young girl. She was a homemaker. 

She married Norman Lofland on Nov. 13, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Yuvonne Durbin, of the home; two brothers, Lester Chesser Jr., Tulsa, and Kenneth Chesser, Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Geraldine Youngblood, Casper, Wyo.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyandotte Cemetery. The Rev. Danny Burleson will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Nesvold, Billy Durbin, Tim Buchan, Ben Chesser, Sammy Chesser, Boyce Schrack and Otis Zebert. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo. 

James Reece 

MIAMI, Okla. James L. Reece, 62, 1110 P St. N.W., died at 5:32 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness. 

Mr. Reece was born July 9, 1934, in Southwest City, Mo. He moved to Miami in 1961 from Southwest City. He retired last June after 25 years as an employee of the City of Miami. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and attended First Freewill Baptist Church, Miami. 

He married Shirley Norris on Jan. 4, 1956, in Miami. She survives. 

Additional survivors include four sons, Oreland Lee Reece and Johnny Dale Reece, both of Miami, James Wayne Reece, Berrytown, Kan., and Jerry Michael Reece, of the home; two daughters, Sheila Colleen Skinner and Kimberly Dawn Edwards, both of Miami; his mother, Florence Reece, Southwest City; two brothers, Jackie Reece, Miami, and Donald Reece, Southwest City; a sister, Joyce Goddard, Southwest, Okla.; and 10 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Freewill Baptist Church, Miami. The Rev. Dewey Johnston will officiate and the Rev. Marion Reece will assist. 

Burial will be in the Southwest City (Mo.) Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bob Bailey, Bob Keith, Greg Scott, Jerry Huston, Mike Carlson and Ronnie Cook. 

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

Glen Robertson 

GROVE, Okla. Glen R. Robertson, 88, Grove, died at 11:22 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Robertson was born April 30, 1908, at Pond Creek. He was graduated in 1928 from Pond Creek High School. He moved to Grove in 1950. He was instrumental in building the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Pond Creek. He was retired from farming and had worked as a truck driver for Phillips Petroleum Co. 

He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Moose Lodge. He was a 50-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a charter member of Grove Veterans Ritual Team. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. 

His wife, Elizabeth Hiramonus Robertson, died in 1964. 

Survivors include two sons, Bill Robertson, Littleton, Colo., and Don Robertson, Grove; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Chapel, Grove. Burial will be in Pond Creek Cemetery. 

Members of the Grove Veterans Ritual Team will serve as pallbearers.

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