Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996
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Evelyn M. Clark, 54, 3115 E. 13th St., died at 1:27 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at St. Louis (Mo.) University Medical Center after a six-month illness.
Mrs. Clark was born June 26, 1942, at Stella. She had lived most of her life in Joplin. She was a 1960 Joplin High School graduate. She was a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church, southwest of Joplin. She was a nurse's aide for Freeman Home Healthcare. She had previously worked at Oak Hill Hospital now called Freeman Hospital East. She also worked part-time at the Quaker Hill Manor at Lowell, Kan.
She married Robert Clark in December 1983 at Baxter Springs, Kan. He died Aug. 8, 1987.
Surviving are a sister, Rosa Burrows, Joplin; and a brother, Bill Bugher, Tularosa, N.M.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Tracy Cemetery, east of Anderson. The Rev. Skip Williams will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Paul Harris, Albert Harris, Troy Brooks, Charles Sluder, Claude Sluder and Ross Burrows.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.
Contributions may be made to the Greenwood Baptist Church.
AURORA, Mo. … Orville Lynn Baldwin, 49, Aurora, died at 5:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at his home after a short illness.
Mr. Baldwin was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Barry County. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a truck driver for Springfield Air Freight, Springfield.
Survivors include a brother, James Baldwin, Aurora; and four sisters, Patricia Spain, Velma Clevenger, Joyce Jenkins and Paula Hilton, all of Aurora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Rex Mooneyham will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home.
ALBA, Mo. … Martha Ann Brown, 84, Denton, Texas, an Alba native, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Denton Regional Medical Center after a long illness.
Mrs. Brown was born Aug. 6, 1912, at Alba. She had lived at Jasper, where she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Peerless Chapter No. 75. She was a family counselor for Hope Inc. at Denton. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Denton.
She married Carl A. Brown on Oct. 14, 1939, at Jasper. He survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Briggs, Denton; three brothers, Tom Ball, Carthage, and Walter Ball and Charles Ball, both of Jasper; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Waters Cemetery, 6.5 miles northwest of Jasper. The Rev. David Brane will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Tom Ball, Larry Ball, Bob Gordon, Danny Ball, Doug Ball and Darrel Ball.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Weng Funeral Chapel at Jasper.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church at Denton.
CASSVILLE, Mo. … Christopher Lee Castetter, 29, Cassville, died at 1:08 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, in Springfield, from a gunshot wound while serving in the line of duty as a deputy in the Barry County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Castetter was born July 17, 1967, in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended schools in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He moved to Cassville in 1988 from Grayslake, Ill. He worked at Emerson Electric, Rogers, Ark., for five years before he worked at the sheriff's Department. He was graduated from Missouri Southern State College Police Academy, Joplin, and was a member of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, Joplin.
He married Christine Anne Schultz on Sept. 10, 1988, in Cassville. She survives.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Cara Anne Rutherford, Jefferson City, and Julie Elizabeth Schultz and Bonnie Lynn Schultz, both of the home; his father and stepmother, James William and Judith Anne Castetter II, New Smyrna Beach; his mother, Judy Glaze, Seligman; three brothers, James William Castetter III and David Wayne Castetter, both of Edgewater, Fla., and Clayton Alan Castetter, Cocoa, Fla.; two half-brothers, Bobby Ray Haney, Indianapolis, Ind., and Phillip Harold Glaze, Rogers, Ark.; a stepbrother, Brad Dunigan, Indianapolis; two stepsisters, Lisa Woods and Tammy Dunigan, both of Edgewater; and a grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cassville High School Gymnasium. The Rev. Sammy Flores will officiate. Burial will be in Pilant Cemetery, Cassville.
Pallbearers will be deputies of the Barry County Sheriff's Department.
Contributions may be made to the Christopher Castetter Donation Account, in care of Boatman's Bank, Cassville.
Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.
NEVADA, Mo. … Robert Burl Current, 75, Nevada, died at 1:21 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Vencor Hospital, Kansas City, after an illness of a few weeks.
Mr. Current was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Nevada, where he lived most of his life. He served in the Army during World War II at Fort Lee, Va., and Spokane, Wash. He worked many years as a meat cutter at OB Market, Nevada. He had also worked at 3M, Nevada, until he retired in 1983. He had worked the past several years at Ortho-Flex Saddle, Nevada. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He married Elizabeth Lorraine Roberts on Oct. 17, 1941, in Nevada. She died Jan. 20, 1984.
He married Rose Marilyn Stevens on April 14, 1986, at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Robert Earl Current, St. Joseph, George Anson Current, Nixa, and James LeRoy Current, Gower; two daughters, Patricia Colleen Current and Madelyn Lorraine Anderson, both of St. Joseph; a foster son, John Jeffries, Nevada; five stepsons, Ronnie Edwards, Columbia, Marty Edwards and Steve Edwards, both of Lee's Summit, Billy Edwards, Nevada, and Doug Steel, Carthage; a stepdaughter, Kathy Woody, Nevada; a brother, Maurice Haskell Current, Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Betty Allen, Tampa Bay, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; 17 stepgrandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
Three children preceded him in death.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Nevada. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, where friends may call until 10 a.m. Monday.
Contributions may be made to the Missouri Mental Health Consumer Network at Jefferson City.
CARTERVILLE, Mo. … Roy C. Hedgcorth, 87, 606 N. Washington St., died at 9:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at his home after a four-year illness.
Hedgcorth was born April 20, 1909, at Carterville. He was a plant supervisor for more than 30 years at Independent Gravel Co. at Webb City. He had served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and treasurer at First Baptist Church, Carterville. He had also served on the former Carterville Water Board. He was a Boy Scout leader for Carterville Troop No. 21.
Surviving are two sons, Dale Hedgcorth, Webb City, and Carroll Dean Hedgcorth, Carterville; two daughters, Betty Dean, Joplin, and Francis Heiniger, Carterville; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Kevin Burns and the Rev. Bob Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
MONETT, Mo. … Mary Margaret Mackey, 64, Monett, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett, after a long illness.
Mrs. Mackey was born Sept. 10, 1932, in Purdy. She was a lifelong resident of the Monett and Purdy areas. She was a homemaker and a member of PEO Chapter C.N., Monett, Hobbs-Anderson Post 91 of the American Legion Women's Auxillary, and Arnhart Cemetery Association, Purdy, where she was secretary and treasurer. She was a member and a Sunday school teacher for toddlers at First Baptist Church in Monett.
She married Dayton Mackey on Nov. 26, 1952, in Purdy. He survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Doug Mackey, Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Darla Lawrence, Overland Park, Kan., and Donna Jensen, Nixa; a brother, Stanley Marbut, Purdy; three sisters, Betty McQueen, Monett, Wilma Schaffer, Great Falls, Mont., and Rose Terry, Raytown; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Monett. The Rev. Arnold Ray Evans and Dr. Michael Block will officiate. Burial will be in Arnhart Cemetery, east of Purdy.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.
Contributions may be made to Arnhart Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.
NEOSHO, Mo. … Mildred Kelley Moore, 86, Whittier, Calif., a native of Neosho, died Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at the Presbyterian Hospital, Whittier, after an illness.
Mrs. Moore was born Oct. 2, 1910, in Neosho. In 1935, she came to Whittier, moving from Neosho, where she taught in rural Newton County schools. She was a longtime Whittier resident and was a retired Realtor. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and served as an election official. She was a Baptist.
She married K. Glenn Moore on May 21, 1933, in Joplin. He survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Gwen Romig, Whittier; a brother, James E. Kelley, Huntsville, Ala.; four sisters, Naomi Whitson, Ozark, Ark., Eula Kelley, Anderson, Nadeen Buzzard, Glendora, Calif., and Sybil Mailes, Seneca; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Rose Hills Chapel, Whittier. Pastor Verl Lindley officiated. Burial was in the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. … Anna Josephine Poduska, 94, Mount Vernon, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at a local nursing home after a short illness.
Mrs. Poduska was born Feb. 12, 1902, at Marshalltown, Iowa. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Susanne Catholic Church, west of Mount Vernon, where she was a church organist for 20 years. She had lived since 1974 at Mount Vernon.
She married Charles Poduska on Feb. 1, 1930, at Marshalltown. He died March 25, 1979.
Survivors include a brother, George J. Soukup, Marietta, Ga.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Susanne Catholic Church. The Rev. John Westhues will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home at Mount Vernon.
SENECA, Mo. … Lucy M. Royal, 95, Seneca, died at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness.
Mrs. Royal was born Aug. 21, 1901, in Prosperity. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker, farmer and business owner. In 1966, she retired as co-owner and operator of the former Victory Bar, Joplin. She was a past member of the Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin.
Survivors include a son, Randy Royal, Lanagan; a daughter, Betty M. Nopwasky, Joplin; a sister, Elsie Master, Denver, Colo.; a granddaughter; eight stepgrandchildren; and 21 great-stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. Jarvis Spears, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
MONETT, Mo. … Geneva Stephenson Salsman, 79, Monett, died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Cox Monett Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Salsman was born May 30, 1917, at Alba. She was a retired beauty shop operator.
Surviving are a son, Thomas Eugene Stephenson, state of Florida; a stepson, Terry Salsman, Springfield; a daughter, Jane Skaggs, Pierce City; a brother, Carl Creech, address unknown; a sister, Zona Thompson, Webb City; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lakin Funeral Home at Pierce City.
NEOSHO, Mo. … Margaret Ann ``Peggy'' Landis Schantz, 75, formerly of 411 Cottage Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at the home of a daughter, Mary Kathryn Schantz of Jefferson City.
Mrs. Schantz was born Oct. 23, 1921, at Newton County. She was a 1940 Neosho High School graduate. She lived from 1944 to 1961 in Springfield, where for many years she was active in Greene County Democratic party as a member of the state committee member of the League of Women Voters and served as committee woman in the Springfield 4th Ward. In the early 1950s, she was president of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Club of Springfield. She also served as the volunteer services director for the former Burge Hospital and was active in the American Red Cross when it initiated its blood collection/blood bank programs. She was active in the choir and education programs at Westminster Presbyterian Church at Springfield.
From 1961 to 1968, she lived in Jefferson City, where she was active in the state Democratic party activities and campaigns. She moved in 1966 to Washington D.C., where she began a career as a Realtor. She continued to be a Realtor after returning in 1973 to Neosho, where she was a member of the BT-PEO and was a political activist and supporter of historic restoration and preservation projects. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Neosho.
She married LeRoy F. Schantz on Dec. 8, 1940. He survives.
Also surviving are a son, Vincent LeRoy Schantz, Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Pam Schantz Rich and Mary Kathryn Schantz, both of Jefferson City; her mother, Mary Hines Landis, Neosho; and five grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho.
Pallbearers will be Gary Pearman, Andy Wood, Tony Bergkoetter, Norm Hines, Ray Stipp and Barry Koch.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Contributions may be made to the Crowder College Foundation Endowment Fund.
AURORA, Mo. … Robert H. Wilks, 91, Aurora, died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at the Aurora Community Hospital, Aurora, after a long illness.
Mr. Wilks was born Nov. 15, 1905, in Verona. He was a retired industrial engineer with U.S. Steel, of the state of California.
His wife, Mildred Wilks, preceded him in death on March 25, 1986.
Survivors include a son, Gary Wilks, of home; and two grandsons.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Spring River Cemetery, Verona. The Rev. Jerry White will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.
PIERCE CITY, Mo. … David Williams, 72, Hot Springs Village, Ark., formerly of Pierce City, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, after a short illness.
Mr. Williams was born July 14, 1924. He retired and lived five years at Hot Springs Village. He was a 1942 Pierce City High School graduate. He served from 1943-1946 in the World War II Navy's 97th Construction Battalion. He attended Monett Junior College and then graduated with a physical education degree in 1950 from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. He was a salesman for Swift & Co. In 1960, he started working for Johnson & Johnson, where he established a sales program for their athletic division. He was a member of the Village United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former June Sisco; a son, Bill Williams, Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Congregational Church, Pierce City. The Rev. George Tanner will officiate. Burial will be in Pierce City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bill Revis, Joe Revis, Earl Goodwin, Johnny Johnson, Neal Cannon and Dick Petiford.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Faranhyll Foundation at Glenwood Springs.
PITTSBURG, Kan. … Mary Marie Delmez, 83, formerly of Pittsburg, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at St. Joseph's Hospital at St. Charles, Mo., of an illness.
Mrs. Delmez was born May 5, 1913, at Chicago, Ill. She attended Pittsburg schools and moved to Manhattan, Kan. She was a homemaker. She had moved from Manhattan to St. Charles this year.
Surviving are her son, Don Delmez, St. Charles; a brother, William Schartz, Cherokee; two sisters, Elenora Allegrucci, Shawnee Mission, and Rosalie Matzenbacher, Asbury, Mo.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Tony Lallie will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery at Pittsburg.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. … Wilma E. Dozier, 83, Independence, mother of Dwight Dozier, Baxter Springs, died at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at Mercy Hospital, Independence, after a long illness.
Mrs. Dozier was born March 27, 1913, in Chanute. She attended schools in Earlton. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Independence.
Survivors include five sons, William A. Dozier and Richard D. Dozier, both of Independence, James A. Dozier and Cecil L. Dozier, both of Topeka, and five daughters, Dora Page, Hepler, Faye Pettyjohn, Lucille Dozier and Betty Farnsworth, all of Wichita, and Bertha Radabaugh, Eskridge, Kan.; three brothers, Lowell ``Bob'' Grayson, Oroville, Calif., Ralph Grayson, Modesto, Calif., and Charles Grayson, Noble, Okla.; 46 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Potts Chapel, Independence. The Rev. Gary Wilks will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.
GALENA, Kan. … Floyd L. Lightle, 80, 500 Bellvue St., was found dead at 9:21 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at his home following an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Lightle was born March 16, 1916, in Cherokee County. He graduated valedictorian from Galena (Kan.) High School. He acquired his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He later earned a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1952, he returned to Galena. In 1976, he retired after more than 30 years of service as a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include his brother, Franz S. Lightle, Joplin.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in the Lowell Cemetery, Lowell. Paul Sims, minister, will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.
PITTSBURG, Kan. … Marilyn Troth, 56, 2210 California St., died at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996, at her home after a seven-year illness.
Mrs. Troth was born Jan. 12, 1940, at Horton. She was a 1958 Pittsburg High School graduate and had attended Pittsburg State University. She had worked for Centennial Life Insurance Co., Pittsburg, and Western Insurance Co., Lake Fort Scott. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Naomi Circle and the Presbyterian Women's Group.
She married Marion E. Troth on May 10, 1970, in Pittsburg. He survives.
Surviving are a son, Thomas C. Troth, Pittsburg; a daughter, Angela K. Troth, San Francisco, Calif.; and two sisters, Carol Jacques and Shirley Messenger, both of Pittsburg.
The body will be cremated.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Brenner Mortuary. Robert Bardeen will officiate. Sharon Barone will provide music.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasanton (Kan.) Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in care of the funeral home.
ARMA, Kan. … Ralph M. Winfrey, 78, 110 South West Street, Arma, Kan., was pronounced dead on arrival at 8:10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, in the emergency room at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, Kan., after a short illness.
Mr. Winfrey was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Joplin. In 1937, he graduated from Joplin High School. From 1940 to 1958, he owned Wimpey's Redings Mill Inn, Redings Mill. He then worked for seven years at Boeing Aircraft and 18 years at Lear Jet, both of Wichita, Kan. In 1986, he came to Arma, moving from Mulvane, Kan. He was a member of First Christian Church, Post No. 107 Order of the Eastern Star, Post No. 210 Masonic Lodge, all of Mulvane; and Miridian Shrine Temple, Scottish Rite, and American Association of Retired Persons, all of Wichita.
He married Jewell J. Winningham on Feb. 14, 1940, in Springfield. She survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Marsha Wilkinson, Pittsburg.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Dr. Wayne Black will officiate. Burial will be in the Pittsburg (Kan.) Garden of Memories. Masonic funeral rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday by members of Post No. 210 Masonic Lodge at the mortuary. Visitation will follow.
MIAMI, Okla. … Gladys Faye Chambers, 87, 1100 E. Northeast St., Miami, died at 6:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at a local Miami nursing home, after a long illness.
Mrs. Chambers was born July 3, 1909, in Hobart. In 1943, she came to Miami, moving from Bartlesville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge, and the First United Methodist Church, both of Miami.
She married Robert A. Chambers on June 11, 1936, in Pawhuska. He died May 6, 1992.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Palick, San Clemente, Calif., and Peggy Blair, Joplin, Mo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services are pending with the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.
MIAMI, Okla. … Delmon G. ``Dink'' Crownover, 63, 411 10th Ave. N.E., Miami, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at his home after a short illness.
Mr. Crownover was born Oct. 24, 1933, in Calumet. In 1938, he came to Bluejacket, moving from the state of California. In 1951, he graduated from Bluejacket (Okla.) High School. He attended Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Mo., and Crowder College, Neosho, Mo. In 1994, he retired from George Mayer Manufacturing Co., Commerce. He was a member of the Miami Masonic Lodge, the Miami Masonic Consistory, the Shriners, the Heartland Antique Club and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, all of Miami. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He married June Rhodes on Aug. 2, 1953, in Miami. She survives.
Additional survivors include a brother, Kelley Crownover, Miami.
Services are pending with the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.