Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Opal Hill 

Opal Hill, 79, Joplin, died at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hill was born April 1, 1917, at Pittsburg, Kan. She had lived in Joplin most of her life. She worked for Big Smith Manufacturing in Webb City for 25 years. She became a licensed nurse and worked several years at the former Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin. She retired in 1982. 

She married Ralph Hill on June 12, 1950, at Bentonville, Ark. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Hill, Carl Junction; two daughters, Pat Johnson, Carthage, and Wanda Hancox, Joplin; a brother, Robert Talley, Racine; a sister, Lucille Allen, Joplin; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary. 

Donald Montgomery 

Donald E. Montgomery, 64, 521 McConnell Ave., died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St. John's Regional Medical Center where he'd been a patient for three days. 

Mr. Montgomery was born July 27, 1932, at Belmond, Iowa. He had lived in Joplin for the last five years, moving here from Iowa. He had worked for the Exxon Corporation. 

Survivors include five daughters, Jo Lynn Rogers, Spokane, Wash., Lori Abken, Leslie McCormick and Julee Long, all of Kennewic, Wash., and Toni Beardsley, Pasco, Wash.; a sister, Shirley Smith, state of Arkansas; a half brother, William Terhark, Kennewic; and eight grandchildren. 

The body will be cremated under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Floyd Rhude 

Floyd Rhude, 89, formerly of Joplin route 4, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Rhude was born on Nov. 25, 1907, at Columbus, Kan. He moved to Joplin in 1944 from Galena, Kan. He is a 1926 graduate of Columbus (Kan.) High School. He worked for the former Ed Rhude Contractors, Columbus. He worked 10 years with Snyder Brothers Construction Co. in Joplin. 

He married Leota O. Bailey on April 16, 1938, in Joplin. She died Nov. 27, 1994. 

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Lillian Byers, Modesto, Calif.; a sister, Alma Lou Bridges, Irving, Texas; and a half brother, Dick Rhude, Columbus, Kan. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. 

Harold Walters 

Harold Gene Walters, 75, Anderson, Calif., a former Joplin area resident, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at a hospital in Redding, Calif., after an illness. 

Mr. Walters was born Oct. 19, 1921, at Galena, Kan. He moved to Shasta County, Calif., in 1945 from Joplin. He was a 1939 graduate of Joplin High School. He operated a tire repair shop in Shasta County. 

He was a member of the Moose Lodge at Anderson and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Redding. He was a veteran of World War II. 

He married Mary Kathryn Goodson in 1947 in Joplin. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Harold Walters, Anderson, and David Walters, Redding; four daughters, Alice Plant and Joyce Walters, both of Anderson, Carol Walters, Redding, and Mary Jane Walters, White Salmon, Wash.; two sisters, Fern Drennan, Joplin, and Frances Schureich, Ingleside, Texas; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel, Palo Cedro, Calif. Mike Clary, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Lawncrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Redding. 

Glenn Baker 

LAMAR, Mo. Glenn Baker, 92, 805 Oak St., Apt. T-2, died at 8:18 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at Barton County Memorial Hospital after a short illness. 

Mr. Baker was born Aug. 3, 1904, in the North Verdella community, near Liberal. He had lived in Barton and Vernon counties most of his life. He moved to Lamar in 1992. He was a farmer and stockman. He attended Hannon Freewill Baptist Church, near Liberal. 

He married Iona Ricketts on Sept. 7, 1926, at Girard, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Reba Rouse and Arlene Fast, both of Liberal; a son, Harold Baker, Winter Park, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Fenwick will officiate. Burial will be in Liberal City Cemetery, Liberal. 

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

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

Alvera Beard 

HARWOOD, Mo. Alvera Laura Beard, 70, Harwood, died at 3:39 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, Okla., from injuries received in an automobile accident. 

Mrs. Beard was born on Aug. 5, 1926, at Knob Noster. She and her husband lived in Valley City for seven years before moving to Kansas City in 1953. She moved in 1969 to Harwood, where she had lived for 27 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nevada. 

She married Euell L. Beard in September 1946 in Sedalia. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, Rodney L. Beard, Liberty, Paul N. Beard, Republic, David R. Beard, Harwood; a brother, Leon Bartels, Greenridge; two sisters, Mildred Ridge, Warrensburg, and Lorene Hartwig, Higginsville; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Nevada. The Rev. Bill Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. 

Friends may call from 10 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Monday at Milster Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Family visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Nevada. 

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

Betty Bond 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Betty J. Bond, 72, 714 Oakland St., died at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after two months of ill health. 

Mrs. Bond was born Jan. 1, 1924, at Fort Scott, Kan. She lived most of her life in Webb City. She had worked at Safeway Cheese in Carthage before retiring in 1988. She also had worked at Elders Shirt Company and McDonald's restaurant in Webb City. 

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Webb City. 

She married Donald Bond on Oct. 25, 1941, in Joplin. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Mark Bond, Oronogo, and Richard Bond, Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Dorothy Harper, Jasper; two brothers, James Wynne and Bob Wynne, both of Webb City; seven grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. James Wynne will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Webb City. 

Douglas Maggard 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Douglas Lee Maggard, 30, 517 N. McGregor St., was pronounced dead at 7:50 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996, from injuries he received in an automobile accident. 

Mr. Maggard was born May 22, 1966, at Carthage. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1983. He was employed by Schreiber Food Inc. as a production mechanic. 

He married Trudy Lawson on Oct. 28, 1987, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a stepson, Michael Wilson, Carthage; a stepdaughter, Amanda Wilson, Carthage; his father, Donald Maggard, Carthage; his mother, Thelma Maggard, Carthage; and a brother, Daniel Maggard, Carthage. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary. Burial will be in Fullerton Cemetery, south of Carthage. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Knell Mortuary. 

Helen Allen 

GALENA, Kan. Helen C. Allen, 78, Galena, died at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. 

Mrs. Allen was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, William H. Allen, died Sept. 14, 1971. 

Two sons also preceded her in death. 

Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Allen, Springfield, Mo., Sharon Carter, Granby, Mo., and Marilyn Dean, Fredonia; a brother, Ted Shaw, Drexel, Mo.; a sister, June McNemar, Columbus; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Roy Derfelt will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

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