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Harold Davidson

Harold Isaac Davidson, 77, Joplin, died at 10:17 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Davidson was born Oct. 1, 1919, at Waynoka, Okla. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He had lived several years in the state of California, where he was an engineer for California Asphalt. He moved 37 years ago to Missouri, where he operated dairy farms in Barry and Greene counties.

He married Oleta Vanderpool on Dec. 31, 1937. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Edward Davidson, Riverside, Calif.; four daughters, Faye Smith and Nancy Rudarmel, both of Joplin, Gladys Karg, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and Loretta McIntyre, Bend, Ore.; four brothers, Howard Davidson, Cassville, O.E. Davidson and Leroy Davidson, both of Waynoka, and Leo Davidson, the state of Pennsylvania; a sister, Ethel Bradberry, the state of Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Salem Cemetery, Seligman. The Rev. Paul Yarnall will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Esther Grant

Esther Ruth Best Grant, 77, Galena, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at a Springfield nursing home after a long illness. She is the mother of Denia Beason, Joplin.

Mrs. Grant was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Greene County. She graduated in 1938 from Willard High School, then attended Draughn Business College. She was a homemaker and an 18-year word processor for Baird, Kurtz & Dobson, a regional accounting firm. She was a member of Cedar Ridge Baptist Church.

Additional survivors include her husband, Dennis Grant; a sister, Ila Mae Bildman, Coffeyville, Kan.; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wilson-Brim-Daniel Funeral Home, Ash Grove. The Rev. John Perryman will officiate. Burial will be in Ash Grove Cemetery.

John Isbell Sr.

John E. Isbell Sr., 67, 3401 Oak Ridge Drive, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness.

Mr. Isbell was born Oct. 3, 1929, at Blanchard, Okla. He moved to Joplin in 1971 from Goodlettsville, Tenn. He began driving for Tri-State Motor Transit in 1965 and was promoted to terminal manager at Goodlettsville. He joined Contract Freighters in 1981 and became the chief dispatcher. He also served as director of operations and was promoted to vice president of terminals until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of Free Will Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; Joplin Lodge No. 335 AF&AM; Scottist Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin; Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple, Springfield; and Joplin Shrine Club. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He married Betty Jean Watson on Nov. 27, 1947, at Blanchard. She died Jan. 17, 1994.

Survivors include two sons, John Isbell Jr., Houston, Texas, and Mark Isbell Sr., of the home; three sisters, Jo Ann Terrell, Santa Fe, N.M., Mary Ruth Dwyer, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Fleda Hulsey, Stillwater, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. John Staggs will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Glen Brown, Ron Durbin, Jim Cory, Joe Hensley, Troy Moore, Don Terrell and Ike Eisenhour.

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

Marvin Thompson

Services for Marvin W. Thompson, 76, Joplin, who died Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church Chapel.

The Rev. William Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Orvil Brinson

MONETT, Mo. - Orvil O. Brinson, 83, Monett, died at 5:25 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Cox-Monett Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Brinson was born May 23, 1913, at Crowder, Okla. He moved to Monett in 1974 from Denver. He was a Marine veteran of World War II. He was a truck driver and a member of Church of Christ, Monett.

He married Evelyn Wolfe on Dec. 2, 1964, at Denver. She survives.

Additional survivors include a brother, Ed Brinson, Denver; a sister, Opal Marshall, Denver; and two stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Dale Graham, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home.

Howard Caldwell

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Services for Howard Caldwell, 74, Broken Arrow, Okla., a Webb City native, who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park Cemetery, Broken Arrow. The Rev. Theodore Inman will officiate.

Mr. Caldwell was born May 15, 1922, at Webb City. He attended local schools and graduated from Webb City High School. He was a Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was an electrical engineer at Nelson Electric Manufacturing Co., Tulsa. He moved to Broken Arrow in 1977.

He married Delores Stuckey on April 21, 1946, at Webb City. She died Jan. 31, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Erinn Caldwell, Lincoln, Neb.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.

Maurine Dininger

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. - Maurine Dininger, 91, Golden City, died at 5:32 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a long illness.

Mrs. Dininger was born Aug. 8, 1905, at Golden City. She returned to Golden City in 1959 from Pendell, Ark. She attended Golden City Assembly of God Church.

She married Eugene Paul ``Ike'' Dininger on Aug. 24, 1922, at Golden City. He died June 11, 1964.

Survivors include a son, Bob Dininger, Carthage; a daughter, Betty Newton, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Loren Heath, Golden City; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City. The Rev. Norman Heiskell will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Golden City.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Charles Herzer

STOTTS CITY, Mo. - Charles G. Herzer, 80, Harrisonville, formerly of Stotts City, died at 9:37 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at a Harrisonville nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Herzer was born Dec. 2, 1917, at Carterville.

He was a retired farmer.

He was a member of Assembly of God Church, Stotts City.

Survivors include two brothers, Raymond Herzer, Tulsa, Okla., and Elmer Herzer, Florence, Colo.; and a sister, Virginia Garoutte, Wichita, Kan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakin Funeral Chapel, Stotts City. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, near Stotts City.

Friends may call after noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Harley Longenbaugh

SENECA, Mo. - Harley W. Longenbaugh, 98, Seneca, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Freeman-Neosho Hospital, Neosho, after an illness.

Mr. Longenbaugh was born Jan. 1, 1899, at Nevada. He was a retired carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Longenbaugh; a stepson, Estil Dill, McMinnville, Ore.; and a sister, Anna Nicholson, Commerce, Okla.

A private burial service will be today. Memorial services are pending with Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Ruth Nichols

MONETT, Mo. - Ruth Loraine McReynolds Nichols, 67, Monett, died at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Nichols was born June 10, 1929, at Flint, Mich. She moved to Monett from Clare, Mich., in 1976.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Church of the Nazarene, Monett.

She married Robert Nichols in 1963 at Santa Ana, Calif. He died on May 1, 1966.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Nichols, Monett; two brothers, Leroy McReynolds, Burton, Mich., and Alvie McReynolds, Coleman, Mich.; and a sister, Inez Presley, Bay City, Mich.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Chris Carver officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Karen Sligar

MONETT, Mo. - Karen Sligar, 55, Monett, died at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Sligar was born July 18, 1941, at Okmulgee, Okla. She moved to Monett in 1982 from Phillipsburg, Kan. She was a teacher before retiring in 1995. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Monett, where she participated in the bell and vocal choirs. She was past president of the PEO Sisterhood's local chapter. She was a member of the Cox-Monett Hospital auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association.

She married Darrell L. Sligar on May 25, 1963, at Bartlesville, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Kevin Sligar and Eric Sligar, both of Monett, and Scott Sligar, Joplin; two daughters, Leigh Hobson, Olathe, Kan., and Lori Mareth, Lowell, Ark.; a sister, Judith Rosen, Creve Coeur; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Monett.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist's music department or to American Cancer Society.

Herbert Weyforth

MONETT, Mo. - Herbert J. Weyforth, 94, Springfield, formerly of Monett, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at a Springfield nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Weyforth was born Oct. 8, 1902, at Chicago. He lived for 18 years in Monett before moving 10 years ago to Springfield. He was a U.S. Postal Service inspector before retiring in 1969. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt.

He married Lydia A. Fritz on June 8, 1929, at Chicago. She died Aug. 13, 1990.

Surviving is a sister, Mildred Greenlaw, Elk Rapids, Mich.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. The Rev. Keith Christiansen will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

James Fowler

ALTAMONT, Kan. - James Harrison Fowler, 89, Claremore, Okla., formerly of Altamont, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at a Claremore nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Fowler was born Nov. 23, 1907, in McDonald County, Mo. He moved with to Sherman in 1909, where he grew up and attended school.

He was a farmer near Edna and Mound Valley until 1973, when he retired and moved to Altamont. He then worked for Labette County Highway Department. He moved to Claremore in 1996.

He married Berniece M. Cunningham on Oct. 25, 1930, at Oswego. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Larry Fowler, Claremore; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oswego Cemetery, with the Rev. Dean Knewtson officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bath Funeral Home, Altamont.

Robert Mease

JAY, Okla. - Robert B. Mease, 75, Jay, died at 1 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Mease was born Nov. 16, 1921, at Stonington, Colo. He moved to the Jay area in 1968. He worked at Simmons Packaging, Jay. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church, Jay.

He married Patricia Tanner on Feb. 20, 1959, at Guymon. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Darrell Mease and Jerrall Mease, both of Jay; two daughters, Jo Ann McKinney and Penny Stanford, both of Jay; five brothers, William Mease, Donald Mease and Ernest Mease, all of Grand Junction, Colo., James Mease, Stonington, and Harold Mease, Lubbock, Texas; three sisters, Pauline Murrey, Walsh, Colo., Eunice Ford, Johnson City, Kan., and Eleanor Watkins, Sharon, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Baptist Church, Jay. The Rev. Chuck Glass will officiate. Burial will be in Piney Cemetery, Jay.

Friends may call until 9 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Jay.

Grace Watts

GROVE, Okla. - Grace Irene Watts, 92, Grove, died at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Watts was born Dec. 9, 1904, at Glencoe, Okla. She was a longtime resident of Jay, before moving to Grove.

She was a homemaker.

She married Gerald Watts on Nov. 5, 1926, at Tulsa. He died on Sept. 22, 1992.

A son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Duffield Cemetery, Jay.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

Elizabeth Hughlett

Hughlett, 55, Joplin route 6, died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.

Hughlett was born April 18, 1941, at Birmingham, Ala. She lived in the state of California for 30 years, moving to Joplin in 1990. She was a homemaker.

She married Jimmie E. Hughlett on April 24, 1959, at Reseda, Calif. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Margaret Ann Hughlett, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; four brothers, Bobby Gene Owen, Eugene, Ore., Howard Thomas Owen, Palmdale, Calif., and Glen Harold Owen and Doyle Lewis Owen, both of Birmingham; and two sisters, Willa Dean Ashmore, Frazier Park, Calif., and Margaret Louise Taylor, Mobile, Ala.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. John Koehler will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Neal Thompson

S. Thompson, 68, Joplin, died at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mr. Thompson was born on Sept. 19, 1948, in Joplin. He lived in Joplin until 1958, when he moved to the state of California. He returned to Joplin in 1992. He worked as a meat cutter in California. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving are three sons, Mike Thompson, Wichita, Texas, Steve Thompson, state of Texas, and Tom Hedworth, Phelts, N.Y.; a daughter, Nancy Miller, Miami, Okla.; a sister Doris Bigbee Crackl, state of California; three grandsons; and a great-grandson.

The body has been taken for cremation. Arrangements for memorial services are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Bertha Blankenship

Mo. - Bertha Blankenship, 80, Cassville, died at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Blankenship was born June 17, 1916, at Shell Knob. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Fairview Pentecostal Church.

She married Virgil Blankenship on April 21, 1934, at Exeter. He died Sept. 22, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Blankenship, Marionville, and Sterling Blankenship, Cassville; a sister, Ruby Carpenter, Green Forest, Ark.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Clio Cemetery, Jenkins. The Rev. James Madewell will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Brad Blankenship, Cody Blankenship, Freddie Blankenship, Robert Blankenship, Rocky Blankenship, Scotty Blankenship and G.W. Fare.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

Earnest Buckles

Mo. - Earnest C. Buckles, 93, Anderson, died at 6:05 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at a nursing home in Girard, Kan., after a short illness.

Mr. Buckles was born June 16, 1903, at Cedarville, Ark. He moved to Anderson in the late 1930s. He had lived in Girard since 1994.

In the late 1920s, he worked for Eureka Tool Co., Cedarville. In the late 1930s, he owned and operated Buckles' General Store, Anderson. He also operated Gospel Visitor Press, Anderson, and worked for newspapers in Anderson and Southwest City.

He married Beulah Taylor on Dec. 6, 1924, at Claremore, Okla. She died March 26, 1925.

Survivors include a brother, James Buckles, Pittsburg, Kan.; and three sisters, Marie French, Frontenac, Kan., Nella Buckles, Mulberry, Kan., and Claudia Hardesty, Sand Springs, Okla.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. Lloyd Hubbard, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Cummings Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home.

Charles Crake

MONETT, Mo. - Charles Earl Craker, 55, Springfield, formerly of Monett, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Craker was born March 11, 1941, at Monett. He was a graduate of Monett High School. He worked several years for Jumping Jack Shoe Co., Monett. He was a Navy veteran.

His wife, Alice Louise Foster, died May 11, 1966.

Survivors include a son, Sam Craker, address unavailable; a brother, Calvin Craker, Topeka, Kan.; and five sisters, Juanita Duff, Denver, Colo., Lucille Cisler, Swanton, Neb., Ilene Amos, Fair Play, Mary Petlitzer, Nixa, and Evelyn Alyea, Monett.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Daisy Crandall

Mo. - Daisy B. Adams Crandall, 88, Springfield, a Neosho native, died at 8:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at a Springfield nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Crandall was born March 9, 1908, near Neosho. She was a bookkeeper for Jaybird School, Neosho, where served as its Parent Teachers Association president and helped start the hot-lunch program. She later was crafts director and taught ceramic classes at the local senior citizens' center.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, Neosho, where she was president of the United Methodist Women's Organization and the church circle. She also was in charge of the church thrift shop for many years. She served as Noble Grand and held other titles of the Rebekah Lodge.

Her husband, Ralph B. Crandall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Selph, Springfield; two stepsons, Ralph Crandall Jr., Palm Springs, Calif., and Loomis Crandall, Ridgecrest, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Doris Fisher, Ashland, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. J.C. Harp will officiate. The casket will be closed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Pallbearers will be Mike Selph, Ryan Hashagen, Jim Schnyder, Bruce Bell, Bob Clarenson and Don Adams.

Leo Howard

MILLER, Mo. - Leo M. Howard, 84, Miller, died at 7:07 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Howard was born Dec. 22, 1912, at Bridgeport, Ill. He moved to the Miller area 24 years ago after retiring as a truck driver in Michigan.

He was a member of Blake Baptist Church, La Russell, where he was a deacon. He also was a member of Teamsters Local No. 299.

He married Doris Meyer Danner on March 28, 1941, at Sullivan, Ind. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Donald Howard, Miller, and Jimmie Howard, New Haven, Mich.; three daughters, Betty Jagoda, Richmond, Mich., Joyce Newman, Algonac, Mich., and Alta Maguire, Miller; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Roy Moody and the Rev. Gary Fields will officiate. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to Blake Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Margaret McNier

LAMAR, Mo. - Margaret Pearl Miller McNier, 89, Lamar, died at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at a Lamar nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. McNier was born March 4, 1907, at Golden City. She lived most of her life in Barton County. She was a homemaker and a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

She married Paul Pierpont McNier in 1937. He died May 26, 1987.

Survivors include a daughter, Janis Murphy, Odessa; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

The body will be cremated. Graveside memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Lake Cemetery, Lamar. The Rev. Clif Crockett will officiate.

Arrangements are under direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Bonnie Plybon

VERNON, Mo. - Bonnie J. Plybon, 78, Mount Vernon, died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mrs. Plybon was born Oct. 18, 1918, in Barry County. She was a retired dietary worker at Missouri Rehabilitation Center.

Her husband, Vurn Plybon, died in 1987.

Survivors include are two sons, John Plybon, Mount Vernon, and Terry Plybon, Halltown; two daughters, Lavern Crowe, Fordland, and Brenda Hendricks, Olathe, Kan.; two brothers, Donnie Garner, address unavailable, and Jerry Garner, Aurora; three sisters, Minnie Kanton and Pauline Gold, both of Aurora, and Reathel Brown, Billings; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Dean Hendricks will officiate. Burial will be in Pritchett Cemetery, north of Chesapeake.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Plybon, Chris Plybon, John L. Plybon, Shannon Crowe, Bryan Crowe and J.C. Hendricks.

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

Contributions may be made to the John Taylor Senior Citizen Center, Mount Vernon.

Dixie Sutherland

AURORA, Mo. - Dixie Sutherland, 77, Aurora, died at 11:06 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Cox Regional Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Sutherland was born Jan. 15, 1920, at Leann, Mo. She was a beautician and a homemaker. She was a member of Jefferson Church of Christ, Aurora. She was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Sutherland and Harry Sutherland, both of Verona; five daughters, Betty Walker, Verona, Carol Blevins, Marionville, Elaine Swadley, Cassville, and Jo Jordan and Gaylene Saunders, both of Monett; three sisters, June Thomas, Crane, Betty Eppinette, Galena, Mo., and Juanita Stewart, Aurora; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Harold Gold will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Clarence Brown

OSWEGO, Kan. - Clarence W. Brown, 97, Enterprise, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1997, at an Enterprise nursing home after an illness. A surviving son, Clarence E. Brown, lives in Oswego.

Mr. Brown was born Oct. 6, 1899, at Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up in South Dakota and West Plains, Mo. He was a hoisting engineer for the Missouri City (Mo.) Coal Co. and had owned the Missouri City Ice Co. He also worked as a state grain inspector.

He was a member of the Missouri City Christian Church. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star and the IOOF Lodge, all at Missouri City.

He and his first wife, Lorene Jones Brown, were married at West Plains. She died in 1970.

His second wife, Margaret Ludgent Brown, died in 1989.

Survivors include another son, Ted Brown, Abilene; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 10 at the Missouri City Christian Church. Burial was in the Missouri City Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, Liberty, Mo.

Contributions may be made to the Missouri City Christian Church.

Grace von Wedell

Kan. - Grace Kathryn von Wedell, 84, Chetopa, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons, after an illness.

Mrs. von Wedell was born May 28, 1912, near Southwest City, Mo. She and her husband owned von's Dairy Dean for 12 years. She also was a deputy Labette County District Court clerk and a sheriff's department dispatcher.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Chetopa, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She married Alva von Wedell on Feb. 10, 1934, at Neosho, Mo. He died Feb. 16, 1988.

Survivors include a son, John von Wedell, Parsons; a daughter, Patricia Baunhofer, Chetopa; a sister, Hazel Puryear, Lexington, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowell Cemetery, rural Baxter Springs. The Rev. Dallas Martin and the Rev. Ron Frazier will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Bath Funeral Home, Chetopa.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Chetopa.

Jack Murphy

Okla. - Jack Murphy, 56, Wyandotte route 2, died at 5:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Murphy was born Jan. 16, 1941, at Fremont, Ohio. He moved to the Wyandotte area in 1980. He was a self-employed carpenter.

He married Shirley Ann Cameron on Nov. 15, 1982, at Miami. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, John Paul Murphy, Seneca, Mo., Michael James Murphy, Grove, and Danny Murphy, state of Washington; a daughter, Christine Jo Parker, McCutchenville, Ohio; a stepson, Vance Cameron, Wyandotte; his parents, Paul and Rita Murphy, Naples, Fla.; a brother, Jim Murphy, Bettsville, Ohio; a sister, Jennifer Drake, Naples; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Faith Assembly of God Church, Wyandotte. The Rev. Royce Hutson will officiate. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, south of Wyandotte.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Frazier, Tom Burns, James McCall, John Sullivan and Bud Young.

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


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