Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Ambrose Cook 

Ambrose A. Cook, 88, 727 E. 50th St., died at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after several months of ill health. 

Mr. Cook was born Sept. 8, 1908, in Germantown. He moved to Joplin in 1946 from Germantown. He retired in 1973 after he was employed for more than 30 years at Eagle-Picher Industries Inc., Joplin. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Joplin. 

He married Magdalean Kaumans on June 17, 1940, in Germantown. She survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, James Cook, Joplin, Kenneth Cook, London, England, and Wayne Cook, Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Ida Bergschneider, Urich; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church. The Rev. Raymond Kunkel will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. 

Pallbearers will be Mark Summers, Vince Coupe, Harold Poiry, Tom Murray, John Giles, and Jim Miller. 

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Hospice Program, or to Joplin area Catholic schools, in care of the funeral home. 

Emil Calhoun 

AURORA, Mo. Emil A. Calhoun, 83, Aurora, died at 1:21 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Aurora Community Hospital, Aurora, after a long illness. 

Mr. Calhoun was born Nov. 10, 1913, in Lawrence County. He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. 

Pauline Gibson 

NEOSHO, Mo. Geneva Pauline Gibson, 64, 1200 Cash St., died at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness. 

Mrs. Gibson was born May 6, 1932, in Granby. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Neosho. 

She married Elton E. Gibson on June 25, 1949 in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Michael E. Gibson, Sarcoxie, and Gregory D. Gibson, Neosho; a brother, Junior Vance, Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Maxine McGlachlin and Peggy Shockley, both of Wichita; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clark (Neosho) Funeral Home. The Rev. Clement Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Neosho. 

Pallbearers will be Lee Richards, Merle Jones, Henry Hierholzer, Benny Moore, Dr. Richard Betz and Bill Cupps. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

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

Laura Rhine 

NEOSHO, Mo. Laura Lynch Rhine, 85, 1105 Village Road, Neosho, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Rhine was born March 14, 1911, in Arlington, Neb. She moved to Neosho in 1960 from Arlington. She retired in 1973 as cashier for New-Mac Electric Cooperative, Neosho. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Neosho, the Neosho Newcomers Club, and the Happy Hollow Club, Goodman. 

She married Oscar Lee Lynch on Aug. 30, 1940. He died Jan. 26, 1969. 

She married Paul E. Rhine on May 19, 1974. He died March 22, 1988. 

Survivors include a son, Bill Lynch, Granby; a daughter, Loralee Adam, Vandalia; six grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church. Pastor Merrill Kluhsman will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Andrew Adam, Christopher Lynch, Mike Williams, W.J. Lynch, W.W. Lynch, Don Moffett, and Alan Adam. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

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

Ashton Russell 

Ashton Paige Russell, two-day-old daughter of Kendall and Kellie McMinn Russell, Springfield, former Joplin residents, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. 

She was born Nov. 25, 1996, in Springfield. 

Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, Dan and Robin Preston, Joplin, and Colin and Sue McMinn, Granby; paternal grandparents, Cecil Eugene Russell, Joplin, and Lee and Cheryl Miller, Carthage; maternal great-grandparents, Ruth Cole, Baxter Springs, Kan., and Mr. and Mrs. Chester McMinn, Quapaw, Okla.; and paternal great-grandparents, Ruth Stockton, Webb City, and Margaret Russell, Joplin. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. John Newberry will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. 

Walter Hartsell 

NEVADA, Mo. Walter Donald Hartsell, 72, Nevada, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Hartsell was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Bates County. He was a former resident of Adrian. He moved to Nevada nine years ago. He was an assembly worker for General Motors Corp. in Kansas City before he retired in 1970. 

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Hartsell; five sons, Eddie Hartsell, Joplin, Larry Hartsell and Tony Hartsell, both of Butler, Shirold Moore, Nevada, and Steve Moore, Tulsa, Okla.; three daughters, Faye McKee, Carthage, Debbie Kimrey, Nevada, and Connie Reynolds, Neosho; three brothers, Kenneth Hartwell, Jerico Springs, George Leroy Hartsell, Archie, and Leon Hartsell, Independence; two sisters, Blanch Chamberlain, East Lynne, and Clara Belle Martin, Roscoe; and 15 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian. Roger McKee will officiate. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. 

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Walter Hartsell Agricultural Scholarship Fund at Adrian High School. 

Mary LeMasters 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Mary E. LeMasters, 89, 1735 Hazel St., died Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness. 

Mrs. LeMasters was born April 26, 1907, in Jasper County. She was a longtime resident of the Carthage area. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carthage, Mount Moriah Quilting Circle, Mount Moriah Extension Club and the Women's Progressive Farmers Association. 

She married Elmer LeMasters on Jan. 27, 1932, in Carthage. He died Jan. 10, 1986. 

Survivors include two sons, Lloyd LeMasters, Webb City, and Roger LeMasters, Carthage; two daughters, Virginia Honey, Oronogo, and Dorothy Frost, Carthage; two brothers, Loren Rose, Carthage, and Walter Rose, Jackson, Calif.; a sister, Edith White, Carthage; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Jim Lawley will officiate. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, north of Carthage. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Randy Frost, Clint LeMasters, Dusty LeMasters, Brent LeMasters, Bob Honey, Earl Honey and Rick Hibdon. 

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

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Carthage, in care of the funeral home. 

Richard Locke 

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Richard Edwin Locke, 65, Ash Grove route 2, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at his home after an illness. 

Mr. Locke was born Sept. 17, 1931, at Kendallville, Ind. He moved to the Ash Grove and Mount Vernon area in 1990 from California. 

He was a retired land surveyor. 

He was an Army veteran. 

He married Peggy McNerney. She survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, Richard S. Locke, Mount Vernon, and Donald W. Locke, San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Debbie Roberts, San Jose; two stepdaughters, Carol Sue Little and Kathryn Locke, both of San Jose; a brother, Robert Locke, Victor, Mont.; a sister, Donna Kendrick, Omaha, Neb.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Rock Prairie Cemetery, Halltown, with the Rev. John Wilson officiating. 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Friday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. 

Emma Loveall 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Emma M. Loveall, 82, Greenfield, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 1996, at her home after an illness. 

Mrs. Loveall was born May 13, 1914, in Dade County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church, north of Lockwood. 

She married Vestal Loveall on Dec. 31, 1934, in Dade County. He died Dec. 6, 1983. 

There are no immediate survivors. 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Collins Cemetery, north of Lockwood. 

Friends may call at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home. 

John McWilliams Jr. 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. John S. McWilliams Jr., 78, Shell Knob, died at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at Aurora Community Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. McWilliams was born June 2, 1918, at Yazoo City, Miss. He was an Air Force pilot during World War II and retired after 20 years of service. He later owned and operated a flying service at Hot Springs, Ark., for three years. He lived in Jackson, Miss., for eight years before he moved to Shell Knob in 1975. 

He married Mildred L. Lock on April 7, 1944, at Marfa, Texas. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a brother, George McWilliams, Jackson, Miss. 

The body will be cremated. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. The Rev. Jim Forkner will officiate. 

Contributions may be made to Haven of the Ozarks, in care of the funeral home. 

Doris Sloan 

MONETT, Mo. Doris V. Sloan, 84, Monett, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, 1996, at a nursing home in Clarksville, Ark., after a short illness. 

Mrs. Sloan was born Nov. 19, 1912, at Wellington, Kan. She had lived in Monett since 1917. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Monett, the Ladies Golf League and Monett Bowling League. She was a charter member of the Retired Railroad Club and a past president of the Railroad Ladies Society. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 63 since 1941 and held the office of noble grand president. 

She married Carl C. Sloan on Dec. 15, 1931, at Columbus, Kan. He died Jan. 31, 1973. 

Survivors include a son, Dean Sloan, Clarksville; a daughter, Elizabeth Carr Miller, Joplin; two sisters, Irene Weber and Kate Richardson, both of Monett; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. 

The body will be cremated and burial will be held at a later date. 

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

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Monett. 

Warren Waltrip 

MONETT, Mo. Warren Delmar Waltrip, 76, Monett, died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark., after a long illness. 

Mr. Waltrip was born June 17, 1920, at Monett. He was a lifetime Monett resident. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He was retired as a worker for the former Juvenile Shoe Co., Aurora. 

He was a member of Pentecostal Church of God, Monett. 

He married Stella Snider on April 13, 1940, at Monett. She survives. 

Other survivors include two sons, James Delmar Waltrip, Walker, and Richard Eugene Waltrip, Aurora; two daughters, Mary Mahan, Monett, and Virginia Reedy, Denver, Colo.; a brother, Burnette Waltrip, Monett; a sister, Lucille Brown, Monett; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Monett IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. 

Leona Wene 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Leona Elizabeth Wene, 95, 547 Cherokee Ave., Baxter Springs, died at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Wene was born July 31, 1901, in Crowburg. She had lived in the Baxter Springs area most of life, including 20 years at her present address. 

She was co-owner of Wene Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, from 1945 until she retired in 1964, and was a published poet. She was a member of the Magnolia Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Kensington Club, both of Baxter Springs, and was a charter member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter Springs. 

She was married to James Lance Wene on Feb. 26, 1921, in Baxter Springs. He died Oct. 3, 1976. 

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia J. Hull, Warrensburg, Mo., and Mary Beth Bro, Miami, Okla.; one brother, Elton Wyatt, Baxter Springs; two sisters, Opal Smith, Baxter Springs, and Alberta Gaines, Spokane, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by one son. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fellowship Baptist Church, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Wayne Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell. 

Pallbearers will be Lance Hull, Gregory Lance Wene, James LeRobin Wene, James Robert Bro, Timothy Lee Bro and Eugene Epperson. 

Friends may visit from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. 

John Elliott 

MIAMI, Okla. John William Elliott, 78, 1815 N. Grant Parkway, died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. 

Mr. Elliott was born April 16, 1918, at Anthony, Kan. He was graduated from Stillwater High School and Oklahoma A&M College at Stillwater. He did postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma. 

He was a retired colonel who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He received the Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal, Master and Senior Army Aviation Badge and Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was band director at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, in the late 1940s and returned as a woodwind music instructor from 1975 to 1985. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Miami, Miami Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Tulsa Consistory, Akdar Shrine Temple, NEO A&M Woodworkers and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a life member of the American Legion. 

He married Wanda Jo Bryan on Nov. 21, 1981, at Winfield, Kan. She died in December 1995. 

Survivors include a son, John A. Elliott, Ithaca, N.Y.; two stepsons, T. Logan Brown, Miami, and Jack L. Brown, Tulsa; two stepdaughters, Carol Mrzlikar, Denver, Colo., and Brenda Brown, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a brother, Lee Elliott, Wichita, Kan.; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Miami. The Rev. Dawna Bridgewater and the Rev. Charles Horton will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. 

Pallbearers will be Jack Sanders, Bill Griffhorn, James Bo Smith, Dennis ``Buff'' Highland, Jack Smith and Dr. Clark Osborn. 

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

Lawanda Lofland 

WYANDOTTE, Okla. Services for Lawanda Lofland, 66, Wyandotte, who died at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyandotte Cemetery. 

The Rev. Danny Burleson will officiate. 

Survivors include her mother, Jewell Chesser, Miami, Okla. 

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

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