Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Linda Beard 

Linda R. Beard, 50, Joplin, died at 10:23 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at her home after a short illness. 

Mrs. Beard was born Oct. 11, 1946, in Joplin. She returned to Joplin two years ago from Seneca, where she lived most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Commerce (Okla.) Community Church. 

She married John D. Beard in 1967 at Vinita, Okla. He died Aug. 17, 1989. 

Survivors include three sons, Greg Beard, Joplin, Gary Beard, Seneca, and Galen Beard, Wyandotte, Okla.; four sisters, Dixie Eulitt, Miami, Okla., and Betty Keah, Bernice Mersman and Elnora Griffith, all of Seneca; and two grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Seneca. (Mo.) City Cemetery. The Rev. Bob Rabel will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Arthur Christman 

Arthur B. Christman, 83, Jefferson City, a former Joplin resident, died at 5:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center, Jefferson City, after an illness. 

Mr. Christman was born Jan. 31, 1913, in Joplin. He attended Joplin schools and graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School, Columbia. He worked in Chicago, Ill., and returned to Joplin in 1934. He became the general manager of Christman's Department Store. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a reserve officer in the Office of the Chief of Ordinance, USA, Washington, D.C., in 1942, obtaining the rank of major. He returned to Joplin in 1946 and became the manager of Christman's. The store sold to R.H. Macy in 1954. Mr. Christmas was transferred to Wichita, Kan. in 1955 where he managed the Innes Co. Department Store. He joined Allied Stores in 1961 and became president and general manager of Black's Department Store, Waterloo, Iowa. He remained there until his retirement in 1975. He moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and later to Jefferson City in 1994. 

He was a Presbyterian. He was past president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a member of the Rotary Club for 40 years. He was president of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce from 1952-53. He was a member of S.C.O.R.E. for 20 years. He was chairman of the committee that created the Joplin Fiesta and served as president of the Fiesta Board. He also was vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, Wichita, Kan., and vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, Waterloo, Iowa. He was president of the Public Bus Co. in Wichita and Waterloo. 

He married Jane Harsh on Nov. 12, 1936, in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, the Rev. William Christman, Joplin, and John Christman, Kansas City; Marilyn Christman, Jefferson City; three granddaughters; and one great-grandson. 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Christman officiating. 

Arrangements are under direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. 

Helen Henson 

Helen Gammon Henson, 72, Joplin, died at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. 

Mrs. Henson was born Feb. 23, 1924, at Cherokee, Okla. She was a homemaker. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Henson. 

Survivors include three sons, Gary Henson and Vaughn Henson, both of Springfield, and Cecil Henson, Pea Ridge, Ark.; two brothers, Bill Gammon, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Lloyd ``Bub'' Gammon, Hennessey, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Greenlawn Funeral Home, Springfield. The Rev. Carlton Coon will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield. 

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

Russell Luttig 

Russell D. Luttig, 68, Hampton, Va., died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton, Va., after a six-year illness. He was the brother of Treva Carter, Joplin. 

Mr. Luttig was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Jasper, where he attended school. He owned and operated a landscaping service in Hampton. He served in the military from 1946 to 1952. 

He married Sylvia Luttig on June 26, 1964, in Newport News, Va. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Claudia Hines, Yorktown, Va.; a stepdaughter, Cynthia Umberger, state of Florida; a brother, Bennett Luttig, Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Treva Carter, Joplin, and Catherine Welter, Indianapolis, Ind.; a grandson; and three step-grandchildren. 

No services are planned. 

He donated his body to medical science for research. 

Joe Cendroski 

MONETT, Mo. Joe M. Cendroski, 73, 412 W. Dunn St., died at 2:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Cendroski was born April 25, 1923, at Purdy. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired maintenance employee of St. Vincent's Hospital in Monett. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pulaskifield. He was an Army veteran of World War II. 

He married Elanor Zebert on Aug. 5, 1947, at Pulaskifield. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Ronald Cendroski, Monett; two daughters, Diana Whitley, Monett, and Jane Ann Atkinson, Aurora; a brother, Edmond Cendroski, St. Louis; a sister, Mary Younker, Pierce City; and six grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. David L. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery. 

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City. Visitation will follow. 

Tom Clark 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Thomas ``Tom'' Clark, 83, Carthage route 1, died at 10:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at his home after a long illness. 

Mr. Clark was born Aug. 17, 1913, at Muskogee, Okla. He had lived in Carthage since September 1951. He was a farmer. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route carrier. 

He was a member of Centerpoint Christian Church, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 76 and the Farmers Protective League, serving as secretary for 20 years. 

He married Mildred Kaufman on July 16, 1970, at Harrison, Ark. She died Dec. 26, 1993. 

Additional survivors include three stepsons, Ronald Dickenson, Palisade, Colo., Eddie Phillips, Russellville, Ark., and Chris Phillips, Kiowa, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Nancy Funderburk, Greenfield; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ulmer Funeral Home Chapel. Bob Teegarden, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Fasken Cemetery, east of Carthage. 

Visitation will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Ruth Cromer 

NEVADA, Mo. Ruth Cromer, 78, Nevada, died Thursday night, Dec. 5, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mrs. Cromer was born Sept. 7, 1918, at Fort Wayne, Ind. She moved from Indiana to the state of Florida as a child. She came to the Nevada area in 1952. She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star. 

She married Joseph Speer Cromer on Aug. 9, 1942, at Miami, Fla. He died in 1967. One daughter preceded her in death. 

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Edward Wheeler, Denver, Colo., and George Alvertis Cromer, Knob Noster; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home. Tom Pyle, elder, will officiate. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo. 

Friends may call until service time at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday. 

Ladye Rawlings 

LIBERAL, Mo. Ladye Nell Rawlings, 86, Liberal, died at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Hospital District No. 1, Girard, Kan., where she was admitted Nov. 26. 

Mrs. Rawlings was born May 31, 1910, in Barton County. She was a long-time Barton County resident. She was a homemaker and seamstress. 

She married Wilmer ``Bud'' Rawlings on Aug. 22, 1926. He died March 29, 1995. She was also preceded in death by a son. 

Survivors include two sons, John Rawlings, Liberal, and George Rawlings, Lamar; four daughters, Margeurite Buzzard, Lamar, Carolyn Skinner, Paola, Kan., Dorothy Snyder, Mound City, Kan., and Kathryn Sherron, Excelsior Springs; 16 grandchildren including one grandson she raised in her home, Richard Rawlings, Bronaugh; 24 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. 

Services will be 1 p.m. today at the Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Bob Dickey will officiate, and burial will follow in Oakton Cemetery in Lamar. 

Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Loyd Rawlings, Jeff Rawlings, Richard L. Rawlings, Richard E. Rawlings, Jim Buzzard, Doug Rittermeyer, Russell Sherron, Jason Rawlings and Gary Ford. 

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

Norma Schoneweather 

RICHARDS, Mo. Norma Jean Schoneweather, 67, Richards, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, in an automobile accident 10 miles south of Louisburg, Kan. 

Mrs. Schoneweather was born July 28, 1929, in Richards. She was a 1946 graduate of Richards High School. She and her husband lived in various cities while he served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1971. They returned to Richards in July 1971. She worked for Farm and Home Savings Association in Nevada for seven years. 

She was a member of Richards Christian Church, Order of Eastern Star at Nevada, and Lady Love Bugs at Fort Scott. 

She married Clarence Schoneweather on June 28, 1947, at Fort Scott, Kan. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three daughters, June Lowry, Indianapolis, Ind., Sharon Duncan, Nevada, and Pam Richards, Garden City; a brother, Roy Franklin Lowry, Whitehouse, Texas; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Fort Scott. 

Friends may call until service time at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. 

Dorothy Twyman 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Dorothy M. Twyman, 88, Carthage, died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Twyman was born Aug. 22, 1908, in Carthage. She was a lifelong resident and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church. 

She married Garfield Greninger on June 23, 1928, in Carthage. He died July 31, 1983. 

She is survived by two sisters, Florence Guinan, Artesia, N.M., and Neoma Fitzwater, Cassvile. 

Arrangements are pending with Knell Mortuary. 

Elizabeth Points 

GALENA, Kan. Elizabeth J. Points, 29, Galena, died about 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, in a two-vehicle accident on 21st Street, west of Galena. 

Miss Points was born June 16, 1967, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. She moved to the Joplin, Mo., area in 1978 and recently moved to Galena. She worked for National Health Care Nursing Home in Joplin for two years. She formerly worked at the former Red's Cafe in Joplin. 

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Erma and Mike Wren, Joplin; her father, Elmer Points, Council Bluffs, Iowa; three brothers, Richard Points, Seneca, Mo., and Tom Points and Joshua Points, both of Joplin; a sister, Marllen Points, Joplin; maternal grandmother, Earllena Coin, Seneca; maternal grandfather, James Jones, Rock Port, Mo.; and paternal grandmother, Maude Points, Council Bluffs. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Jeff Stapleton 

GALENA, Kan. Jeff L. Stapleton, 32, 519 Schermerhorn Road, died about 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, in a two-vehicle accident on 21st Street, west of Galena. 

Mr. Stapleton was born Sept. 9, 1964, at Orange, Calif. He had lived in Galena most of his life. He was a 1983 graduate of Galena High School. He served in the Navy in 1983. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Galena. 

Survivors include his parents, Chuck and Judy Stapleton, Galena route 2; a brother, Chad Stapleton, Galena; maternal grandfather, Charles Sweet, Galena; and paternal grandmother, Alice Best, Galena. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The Rev. Charles Idleman will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

The casket will be closed at all times. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Gilbert, Doug Brown, Ronnie Parker, Tony Little, Carl Walker and Marty New. 

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

Gladys Bridges 

QUAPAW, Okla. Gladys Evelyn Bridges, 83, 306 N. Maple St., died at 12:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Bridges was born Jan. 2, 1913, in Ottawa County. She was a lifetime resident of the Quapaw and Picher area. She was a homemaker and attended the First Christian Church in Quapaw. 

Her husband, John Bridges, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include three daughters, Lila Swope, Tulsa, Carolyn Garman, Quapaw, and Sherlyn Sly, Miami; a son, Bruce Daigh, Hydro; and a sister, Dois Giyer, Eureka, Calif. 

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. 

Gary Everley 

GROVE, Okla. Gary L. Everley, 65, Grove, Okla., died at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at the Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Everley was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Eudora, Kan. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for housing complexes in Kansas City. He retired on July 4, 1994, and moved to Kansas City. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grove and the Masonic Lodge. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. 

He married Faye McGhee on Sept. 19, 1953. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Gary Keith Everley, and Larry Dwayne Everley, Olathe, Kan.; two brothers, George Everley, Independence, Kan., and Charlie Everley, DeSoto, Kan.; two sisters, Shirley Wood, Albin, Ill., and Dora Harned, Overland Park, Kan.; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Grove. The Rev. Robin Cowan will officiate. 

The body will be cremated. 

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. today at the church. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

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