Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Harry Brown

Harry H. Brown, 75, 404 N. Moffet Ave., died at 10:04 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Brown was born May 19, 1921, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. He owned and operated Brown Mineral Rock Shop, 2226 Main St., for more than 20 years. He previously was a bookkeeper and clerk at the former Modern Floor Covering Company in Joplin for more than 25 years.

He was a member of Robert S. Thurman Post No. 13, American Legion. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He was a volunteer groundskeeper for Little League and Babe Ruth baseball leagues for many years.

Survivors include a brother, O.L. ``Bud'' Brown, 5706 Highway NN, Joplin; and a sister, Martha Jeanne Mills, Austin, Texas.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Ernestine Castella

Ernestine Castella, 79, Joplin route 6, died at 6:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness.

Mrs. Castella was born Oct. 16, 1917, in the state of Missouri. She was a registered nurse and worked at St. John's for many years. She attended a Christian church. She was a graduate of Carterville High School and St. John's School of Nursing.

Her husband, LeRoy Wasson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Gary Wasson, Chesapeake, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Iola Christman

Iola Berends Christman, 84, Joplin, died at 2:16 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Christman was born Feb. 9, 1913, at Gate, Okla. She had lived in Joplin since 1948. She had been a salesclerk for Ken Reynolds Pharmacy, May's Drug Store and Sears, retiring in 1970. She was a member of Westside Christian Church.

She married Roy D. Christman on March 6, 1929, at Lyons, Kan. He died Jan. 11, 1991.

There are no immediate survivors.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Patricia Fowks

Patricia Ann Fowks, 64, Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Joplin, died at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, after an illness.

Miss Fowks was born March 2, 1932, at Joplin. She had lived most of her life at Aspen, Colo., and Kansas City. She attended St. Teresa's College, Kansas City. She worked for George Butler and Associates, Kansas City, for many years.

She was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City, The Friends of Art and the Kansas City Ski Club, both of Kansas City.

Survivors include two brothers, Mike Fowks and Bill Fowks, both of Joplin.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Visitation Catholic Church. The body will be cremated. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Newcomer's Overland Park Chapel, Overland Park, Kan.

Contributions may be made to Visitation Catholic Church.

Verna Parrigon

Verna Ann Parrigon, 90, Joplin, a former Sarcoxie resident, died at 3:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after two years of ill health.

Mrs. Parrigon was born July 15, 1906, at Canehill, Ark. She had lived most of her life in the Wentworth and Sarcoxie areas. She moved to Joplin two years ago. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She married Charlie Parrigon on Dec. 10, 1928, at Fayetteville, Ark. He died June 17, 1967.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Parrigon, Monett, and Charles Parrigon, Jacksonville, Ore.; two daughters, Sarah Brummett, Diamond, and Ida Mae White, Forsyth; a brother, Kenneth Pennel, Springdale, Ark.; two sisters, Tina Potars, Noel, and Trennie Roy, Joplin; 26 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sarcoxie (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Fulton will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Josie Whitaker

Josie Colleen Whitaker, infant daughter of Lee Roy Whitaker and Christina Jo Toney, both of Joplin, died at birth at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West.

In addition to the parents, survivors include maternal grandparents, Bill and Ann Toney, Galena, Kan., and Diana Alleshouse, Galena route 2; paternal grandmother, Annie George, Marianna, Ark.; maternal great-grandparents, Colleen Harshman, Galena route 2, and Bill and Dixie Toney, Panama, Okla.; and paternal great-grandfather, Freddie Bryant, Helena, Ark.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. The Rev. Bob King will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Basil Bowman

STOTTS CITY, Mo. - The Rev. Basil E. Bowman, 78, Stotts City, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at an Aurora nursing home after a short illness.

Mr. Bowman was born June 23, 1918, at Stotts City. He graduated with bachelor of science and seminary degrees from Southwest Missouri State University.

He taught six years at Union School, Stotts City, and worked for 37 years for Mid-Am Dairy as a field man. He also was a pastor for 27 years at Arcola, Everton and Stotts City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Stotts City.

He married Pansy Harrow on Nov. 14, 1936, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Robert Bowman, Fort Gibson, Okla.; five daughters, Marceline Schnake, Arlene Roethemeier, Allene White and Maxine Williams, all of Stotts City, and Mary Heidlage, Sarcoxie; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Stotts City First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, near Stotts City.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Lakin Funeral Chapel, Stotts City.

Everett Bradford Jr.

SELIGMAN, Mo. - Everett W. Bradford Jr., 75, died at 9:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness.

Mr. Bradford was born Jan. 3, 1922, at Eagle Rock, Mo. He graduated from Seligman High School in 1941. He was self-employed and did construction work in Seligman for several years. He retired from Fasco Industries in 1987 after 12 years of service. He was a member of the Seligman City Council for several years and was the mayor of Seligman. He was a charter member of the Lions' Club and served on the Southwest R-4 School Board for several years.

He married Mary Parker on Jan. 8, 1943, at Springfield. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jerry Leon Bradford, Bentonville, Ark.; three brothers, Norris L. Bradford, Lake Charles, La., Maurice E. Bradford, Pikeville, N.C., and Kenneth Bradford, Queen City, Texas; a sister, Marjorie Bagwell, Cassville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will at 2 p.m. Monday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. Bob Scott officiating. Burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery, Seligman.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Association, in care of the funeral home.

Pete Campbell

NEOSHO, Mo. - Pete Campbell, 84, 1219 Circle Drive, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at a Joplin nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Campbell was born March 30, 1912, at Rock Bluff, Neb. He moved to Neosho in 1976 from Omaha, Neb. He had been a repairman of survey equipment for the Standard Blueprint Company at Omaha. He also had been the county surveyor for Cass County, Neb., in the 1940s.

He was a member of Neosho United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Omaha.

He married Wilma Potts on June 27, 1937, at Papillion, Neb. She died July 13, 1946. He married Lucille Robinson on Sept. 18, 1965, at Omaha. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Warren Frank Campbell, Lakewood, Colo., Calvin Clair Campbell, Elk City, Neb., and Thomas Peter Campbell, Neosho; a brother, Herbert Clyde Campbell, Rochester, Minn.; a sister, Josephine Hostetter, Nebraska City, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Roby Funeral Home, Plattsmouth, Neb. Burial will be in Lewiston (Neb.) Cemetery.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. John C. Harp will officiate.

Masonic services will be conducted by Neosho Masonic Lodge No. 247.

Donald Norris

NEVADA, Mo. - Donald E. Norris, 86, Nevada, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mr. Norris was born Feb. 12, 1911, in Vernon County. He was a lifelong resident of Nevada and Vernon County. He attended Nevada schools.

He worked for Firestone Tire Co., Nevada; Dunlop, Pittsburg, Kan.; Montgomery Ward, Fort Scott, Kan.; and Missouri Pacific Railroad. He worked for Continental Oil Co. as a bulk agent until he retired in 1975.

He was a former member of the Nevada Golf Association.

He married Veronicia Soward Norris on Oct. 17, 1937, at Bolivar. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Dustin Norris, Nevada; two daughters, Karen Phipps, Nevada, and Debby Rasnic, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Cliff Norris, Nevada; two sisters, Elsie Young and Norma Breen, both of Nevada; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Scott Hall officiating. The body has been cremated.

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Nevada.

Dean Randles

LAMAR, Mo. - Dean N. Randles, 64, Port Angeles, Wash., a former Barton County resident, died at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at the University Medical Center, Tuscon, Ariz., after a sudden illness.

Mr. Randles was born Jan. 15, 1933, in Stevens County, Kan. He moved to the state of Washington eight years ago from Arizona. He was a law enforcement officer for many years, working in Wichita, Kan., and Ontario, Calif. He worked for the sheriff's department in Pinal County, Arizona, for 15 years. He retired in 1987.

He was a Southern Baptist and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Sequim, Wash. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War.

He married Barbara J. Klee on Nov. 9, 1985, at Flint, Mich. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Derek Randles, Los Angeles, and Don Randles, Puerto Rico; two stepsons, Richard Klee and Thomas Klee, both of Flint; two stepdaughters, Carol Carter and Susan Taubitz, both of Fenton, Mich.; five brothers, Robert Randles, address unavailable, Francis Randles, Seattle, Wash., Arthur Randles, Hubert, N.C., Leroy Randles, Pittsburg, Kan., and Gary Randles, Lamar; two sisters, Audrey Tooley, address unavailable, and Maxine Carrick, Hermiston, Ore.; two grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar. The Rev. Jackie Harris will officiate.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Graveside services will be conducted by Veterans of Foreigns Wars Post No. 3691, Lamar.

Lorene Sehnert

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Lorene Sehnert, 79, Mount Vernon, died at 11:44 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center after an illness.

Mrs. Sehnert was born Dec. 14, 1917, at Springfield. She lived most of her life in Mount Vernon. She was a Missouri Rehabilitation Center ward clerk, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon.

Her husband, Sam Ireland, died in 1955.

Her husband, John H. Sehnert, died in 1980.

Survivors include a son, Sam Ireland, Reston, Va.; a stepson, John K. Sehnert, Sarcoxie; a stepdaughter, Janet Downing, Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Pauline Parten, Mount Vernon; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ed Neimeyer will officiate. Private burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery, Springfield.

Pallbearers will be Neal Underwood, Bob Woodson, Jerry Wood, Dana Spradling, J.C. Robb and Lee Kern.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Neva Twitty

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Neva Twitty, 76, Cassville, died at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Twitty was born March 5, 1920 at Imperial, Neb. She moved to Cassville in 1955. She was a homemaker.

She married Boyd Jack Twitty on December 27, 1967, at Miami, Oklahoma. He died July 5, 1978.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Claney, Strafford, and Gary Claney, Springfield; a brother, Ralph Reynolds, Grant, Neb.; a sister, Wava Brown, Benton, Ark.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son and a daughter

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Don Beeson will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Pallbearers will be Bob Baker, Bob Ennes, Dayne Lee, Jack Nash, Gary Schell, and Bill Shiveley.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Nellie Wilson

NEOSHO, Mo. - Nellie L. Wilson, 69, 1409 Hillcrest Terrace, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness.

Mrs. Wilson was born Dec. 17, 1927, at Prairie Home. She moved to Neosho in 1958 from Tulsa, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal church.

She married Walter Wilson on Dec. 21, 1950, at Tulsa. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Walter Wilson Jr., Fullerton, Calif., Rick Wilson and Tom Wilson, both of Neosho; three daughters, Peggy Allen, Eufaula, Okla., Sandy Raulston and Terri Stuart, both of Neosho; two brothers, F.H. Deuel, Macomb, Ill., and James Roy Deuel, Bullhead, Ariz.; two sisters, Carol Bush, Billings, Mont., and Laura Bertha Altermatt, Kansas City; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Freddie Franks will officiate.

Arrangements are pending with Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho.

Norman Moore

FRONTENAC, Kan. - Norman ``Jack'' Moore, 73, 801 N. Harris St., Frontenac, died at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at the Mount Carmel Medical Center after a long illness.

Mr. Moore was born Sept. 11, 1923, at Argentina, Kan. He served in the Army during World War II and served in the invasion of the Phillipines in May 1943. He was a technical sergeant in the 277th Port Battalion. After his military service, he attended College of Commerce, Kansas City, Mo. He was employed by Dicky Clay Manufacturing Co., Kansas City, in 1946 and was transferred to Pittsburg in 1971. He worked as controller and secretary-treasurer for the Dickey Clay Co. until 1984.

While living in Kansas City, he was a member of the Financial Executive Institute and served on the Advisory Council of Junior Achievement. He was a member of the Old Mission Masonic Lodge No. 153 in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

He married Mary Moore on Nov. 29, 1942, at Olathe. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, David Jack Moore, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a sister, Jerry Winchell, Overland Park; a brother, Laurence K. Moore Jr., Merriam; and five grandchildren.

One son preceded him in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Sunday.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Art Testerman

BARTLETT, Kan. - Arthur W. ``Art'' Testerman, 71, Bartlett, died Friday morning, Feb. 14, 1997, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after an illness.

Mr. Testerman was born May 9, 1925, in Craig County, Okla. He was a farmhand. He worked for seven years at Comet Mobile Homes, Coffeyville, and for 23 years at Funk Manufacturing Co., Coffeyville, before retiring in 1987. He later was a Bartlett Grade School custodian. He was a 10-year president of the Lake Creek Cemetery, rural Bartlett.

He married Betty Kimrey on Nov. 17, 1951, at Chetopa. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Connie Nickel and Denise Hope, both of Bartlett; three brothers, Harold ``Gene'' Testerman, Coffeyville, Duane Testerman, Dearing, and Onnie Testerman, Bartlett; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Lake Creek Cemetery, rural Bartlett. Fred Wooldridge, minister, will officiate.

Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cliff and Dennis Hope residence, Bartlett.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Bartlett Christian Church.

Mildred Warner

CHETOPA, Kan. - Mildred Irene Warner, 90, formerly of Chetopa, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at a Parsons nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Warner was born May 16, 1906, at Buffalo, Okla. She spent most of her life in the Chetopa area. She had worked at the Chetopa Manufacturing Co.

She married Leon Warner on July 9, 1927, at Selma, Okla. He died March 31, 1979.

Survivors include two sons, Verle Warner, Walton, and Gene Warner, Stillwater, Okla.; two daughters, Darlene Call, McCune, and Mary Phillips, Miami, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Nutt.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church, Chetopa. The Rev. Ron Frazier will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Chetopa.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Good Samaritan Center.

Everette Barker

GROVE, Okla. - Everette Benjamin Barker, 57, Grove, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Barker was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Anderson, Mo. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Afton, the Disabled American Veterans, Grove, and the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail, Miami.

He married Alpha Cox on Sept. 5, 1970, at Claremore, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Juanita Summers, Springfield, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove. The Rev. Ray Melugin will officiate. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Grove.

Pallbearers will be Clifford Hicks, Ora Summers, Keith Crowder, Bo Jackson, Manferd Cox and Bruce Hicks.

Joseph Karleskint

COMMERCE, Okla. - Services for Joseph Otto Karleskint, 85, 403 N. Maple St., who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Miami.

The Rev. Michael Rooney will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Miami.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Jim Karleskint, Dave Patton, Tim Durborow, Johnnie Foust, Frank Foust and Terry Durborow.

Robert Tavis

PICHER, Okla. - Robert E. Tavis, 61, 621 Trails End, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mr. Tavis was born March 1, 1935, at Alameda, Calif. He moved to Picher 21 years ago from Placerville, Calif. He was a welder and had been a dispatcher for Bingham Sand and Gravel Company, Treece, Kan., for 17 years.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Tavis; two sons, Danny Tavis and Charles Tavis, both of Quapaw; a daughter, Nora Muse, Dewey, Ariz.; a stepson, Steve Roberts, Denison, Texas; two stepdaughters, Debra Halberg, Picher, and Janice Steinbacher, Oklahoma City; and 10 grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Burrell Wagoner

MIAMI, Okla. - Bennie Burrell Waggoner, 84, 1130 G St. N.W., died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Waggoner was born March 14, 1912, at Maricopa, Calif. He moved to the Miami area in 1945. He was a shipping foreman for the B.F. Goodrich plant in Miami for 28 years. He retired in 1974.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Miami; past master of Miami Lodge No. 140, AF&AM; the Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory; past master of all three bodies of York Rite in Miami; served as junior and senior deacon and junior and senior steward of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma; past patron of the Order of Eastern Star Miami Chapter, and the Grand Cross of Color of Rainbows of Miami.

He married Louise Gammon on April 21, 1934, at Tulsa, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jerry Lee Wagoner, Melrose, Fla., and Ronald E. Wagoner, Ardmore; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.


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