Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Frona Chastain 

Frona E. Chastain, 88, Joplin, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Chastain was born May 9, 1908, in Miller, Ohio. She was a longtime area resident. She retired in 1973 after 40 years as an inspector for the former Miller Manufacturing Co., Joplin. 

She married Earl Chastain on Aug. 27, 1927, in Joplin. He died in 1964. 

Survivors include a son, Curtis E. Chastain, Merced, Calif.; two daughters, Audrey Garrison, Joplin, and Georgia Cardell, Bradenton, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 

The body has been taken for cremation. 

No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Richard Cox 

Richard G. Cox, 63, 1501 Valley, died at 5:29 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Cox was born March 23, 1933, in Webb City. He moved to the Joplin area in 1968 from Detroit, Mich. He was employed as a letter carrier for the Postal Service in Los Angeles, Calif., and Detroit. After he returned from California, he worked for Midcon Cables Co., Joplin. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. 

Survivors include four brothers, Dan Cox Jr., Los Angeles, Clifton B. Cox, Peaneck, N.J., Earl V. Cox and Charles R. Cox Sr., both of Joplin; and two sisters, Ramona K. Gilmore, Joplin, and Ida Carol Grayson, Fayetteville, N.C. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Harry Givens will officiate. 

Burial will be in Parkway Cemetery, Joplin. 

Hulda Hamm 

Hulda Hamm, 78, 2227 Illinois Ave., died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Hamm was born April 25, 1918, in Hoberg. She moved to Joplin in 1945 from Freistatt. She was employed as a housekeeper and for many years as a cook for Martin Luther School, Joplin. She retired in 1983 as a pastry cook for the Joplin Woman's Club. 

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Women's Missionary Guild, the Altar Guild and was a former president of the Ruth Guild, all of Joplin. She was a former choir member and had served on numerous church boards and committees in Joplin. She was a volunteer at Crosslines of Joplin. 

She married Albert Henry Hamm on Nov. 7, 1942, in Joplin. He died on Nov. 29, 1964. 

Also preceding her in death were a son and a daughter. 

Survivors include three sons, William P. Hamm, Anchorage, Alaska, David C. Hamm, Pierre, S.D., and Donald K. Hamm, White, S.D.; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Ford, Joplin; three brothers, Ferd Quade, Verona, Pete Quade, Carthage, and Mike Quade, Naples, Fla.; three sisters, Frieda Birner, Mission Viejo, Calif., Doris Faulkenberry, Walnut Creek, Calif., and Helen Bobera, Palantine, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin. Lowell Rossow, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Freistatt (Mo.) Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League or to the organ fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Holland Jennings 

Holland Lester Jennings, 73, Stanberry, died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at the Joplin home of a sister, Virginia Barger, 1220 Garden Grove Road. He had been in ill health the past two months. 

Mr. Jennings was born Oct. 4, 1923, at Alden, Kan. He returned to Stanberry in 1982 after he retired. He was a radar operator for the Naval Air Force during World War II and served in the South Pacific. He worked for 30 years as a station agent with the Norfolk Western Railroad. He was a member of American Legion Post 260 in Stanberry. 

Additional survivors include two brothers, Wayne Jennings, Stanberry, and the Rev. James Jennings, Spokane, Wash.; and two sisters, Evelyn Corley, Stanberry, and Helen Groom, Aurora. 

The body has been cremated. 

Memorial services will be held next spring at Stanberry. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Victor Strelczyk 

Victor Eugene Strelczyk, 65, Joplin, died at 3 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness. 

Mr. Strelczyk was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Austwell, Texas. He moved to Joplin in October 1995 from Victoria, Texas. He was an oil field dispatcher for 13 years and worked as a salesman for Southern Fence Co., both in Victoria. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1953. 

He was a Catholic. 

He married Dorothy L. Marquart on July 21, 1971, in Victoria. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two stepsons, Al Sassin, Hurricane, Utah, and James Sassin, Luling, La.; two stepdaughters, Shirley Sassin, Joplin, and Pauline Young, Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, Marcellus Strelczyk, Fort Worth, Texas, and Herman Strelczyk, San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Katie Luttrell and Marie Ruth Kainer, both of Victoria; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. Military honors will be conducted by members of Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13, Joplin. 

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 

Hollis Harper 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Hollis William Harper, 76, Independence, formerly of Greenfield, died at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at Columbia Independence Regional Hospital after an illness. 

Mr. Harper was born July 20, 1920, at Greenfield. He was a machine operator. He was a member of First Christian Church, Greenfield. 

He married Octavia White on Aug. 3, 1940. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two daughters, Pamela Brann, Pleasant Hill, and Phyllis Fanning, Nevada; a brother, Lawrence Harper, Greenfield; a sister, Blanche Wilson, Golden City; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Elton White will officiate. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery, north of Greenfield. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson Funeral Home, Independence. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. 

Jean Willett 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Jean Colley Willett, 87, Greenfield, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Willett was born Nov. 13, 1909, in Lawrence County. She lived most of her married life in Greenfield. She was a homemaker. 

She served 37 years as a volunteer fund-raiser for the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, Springfield. She was Seventh District president of the Missouri Federated Club and president of the First Christian Church Christian Women's Fellowship. She was president of the Greenfield Garden Club and Greenfield Literary and Civic Club. 

She married Claud Willett on Sept. 14, 1946, at Oklahoma City, Okla. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Martha Friend, Greenfield; a brother, Lawrence Colley, LaRussell; a sister, Lucille Colley, Springfield; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gene Clack and Rev. Harold McMasters will officiate. Burial will be in Ulmer Cemetery, north of Greenfield. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, First Christian Church CWF, or the Greenfield Library. 

Robert Baker 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Robert S. Baker, 56, 606 N. Main, died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Baker was born Oct. 23, 1940, in Wilkinson, Ind. He moved to Webb City in 1994 from the state of Florida. He was a sales representative in advertising. He was a member of Christ Church, Oronogo. 

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Roberts Baker, of the home; two sons, Michael Baker, Bloomington, Ill., and Stephen Baker, Webb City; a daughter, Angela Massey, Indianapolis, Ind.; his father, Loren Baker, Morristown, Ind.; a brother, John Baker, Indianapolis; and two grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Church of Oronogo. The Rev. Kent Williams will officiate. 

The body has been cremated. 

Albert Cox 

AURORA, Mo. Albert M. Cox, 90, Aurora, died at 10:18 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Cox was born May 2, 1906 at Mound Valley, Kan. He was a member of Aurora United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 284, and Order of the Eastern Star No. 202. He was a retired postal employee from the Kansas City area. 

He married Pauline Ray on Sept. 7, 1932 in Parsons, Kan. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Tom Cox, Aurora; a daughter, Kay Lea, Branson; a brother, Freal Cox, Kansas City; four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crafton-Cantrell Chapel. The Rev. Harold Gold will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Maple Park, Aurora. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Hospital. 

Robert Jenks 

CASSVILLE, Mo. Robert E. Jenks, 80, Cassville, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Jenks was born June 25, 1916, in Winnebago, Minn. He moved to Cassville in 1992 from California. He retired after 35 years as a merchandising manager for J.C. Penney Co. 

He was a Presbyterian. 

He married Viktorija Papp Milinkovich on Jan. 27, 1969, in Los Angeles, Calif. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Jenks, Los Angeles, and Ronald Jenks, San Francisco, Calif.; a stepson, Charlie Milinkovich, Exeter; two stepdaughters, Olivia Payne, Cassville, and Maria Rumack, Los Angeles; three brothers, David Jenks, Pismo Beach, Calif., and Harry Jenks and Dean Jenks, both of Los Angeles; a sister, Marge Schmidt, Palm Desert, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Sid Allsbury, minister, will officiate. 

Leta Owens 

BUTTERFIELD, Mo. Leta Alene Owens, 70, Springfield, formerly of Butterfield, died at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at a daughter's residence in Springfield after a long illness. 

Mrs. Owens was born July 18, 1926, at Butterfield. 

She left Butterfield in 1947 and lived in California for several years. She moved to Springfield in July 1996 because of poor health. 

She was a pharmacy technician at Jackson Drug, Anaheim, Calif., for 35 years before she retired. 

She was a member of Butterfield Baptist Church and Placentia Senior Citizens Center, Placentia, Calif. 

She married Billy David Owens on July 28, 1943, at Cassville. He died on Sept. 28, 1978. 

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Ann Rose, Springfield, and Connie Jo Ray, Fort Pierce, Fla.; a son, Jeffery David Owens, Wildomar, Calif.; two brothers, George Elburn Ulmer and William Elmer Ulmer, both of Cassville; a sister, Beula Chism, El Dorado Springs; six grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Ed Holt, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. 

Pallbearers will be Bobby Chism, Bert Owens, James Owens, Joseph Owens, Eddie Ulmer and Jimmy Ulmer. 

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

Raymond Powell 

JASPER, Mo. Raymond Harry Powell, 80, 211 Bert St., died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Mr. Powell was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Winterset, Iowa. He moved to the Jasper area in 1968 from Iowa. He drove a school bus for Jasper schools and was a retired carpenter. 

He was a member of Jasper Christian Church. 

He married Bernice Ross on March 9, 1941, in Creston, Iowa. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ralph Powell, Wichita, Kan., and Dale Powell, Skidmore; three daughters, Alice Strickland, Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada, Shirley Shoup, Webb City, and Joyce Powers, Carthage; a sister, Edna Krow, Burlington, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Steve Bryant, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, south of Jasper. 

Contributions may be made to Good News Productions International, in care of the funeral home. 

Vanetta Prather 

ALBA, Mo. Vanetta I. Prather, 87, 312 East St., died at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at her home after a six-month illness. 

Mrs. Prather was born Jan. 16, 1909, in Golden, Colo. She was a bookkeeper and a Methodist. 

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Bearden, Alba; a sister, Genevieve Bertschman, Hawthorne, Calif.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. 

The body has been cremated. 

Bonnie Ernest-Richardson 

GOODMAN, Mo. Bonnie Ernest-Richardson, 80, Goodman, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after an illness. 

Mrs. Ernest-Richardson was born April 29, 1916, in Cherryvale, Kan. She moved to Goodman in 1975 from Caney, Kan. She was a cook for several years at Nell's Restaurant, Neosho. 

She married Rex Ernest in 1932. He died in October 1980. 

She married Glen Richardson on Oct. 17, 1983. He survives. 

Additional survivors include five sons, Ronnie Ernest, Neosho, Bill Ernest and Dennis Ernest, both of Caney, Jerry Ernest, Carl Junction, and Lester Ernest, Goodman; two daughters, Shirley Todd and Joann Smotherman, both of Goodman; four sisters, Peggy King, Afton, Okla., Ethel Longgreer, Liberty, Kan., Mary Sack, Independence, Kan., Millie Pursley, Coffeyville, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Liberty Cemetery, Liberty. The Rev. William Hall will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ozark Funeral Home, Goodman. 

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Lester Garber 

LOWELL, Kan. Services for Lester L. Garber Jr., 73, Lowell route 1, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverton High School gymnasium. 

Officiating will be the Rev. B.J. Garber and ministers Wayne Williams, Wes Davis, Curtis Martin and Barth Whittaker. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Charles Brinkley, Leo Van Aucker, Dean Jones, Fred Shallenburger, Clyde Bond and Waldon McCoy. 

Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverton gymnasium. 

Contributions may be made to the Riverton Friends Church building fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Nina Prideaux 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Nina Fern Mishler Prideaux, 99, 506 Thomas, died at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after an illness. 

Mrs. Prideaux was born Feb. 7, 1897, in the Quaker Valley area near Galena, Kan. She attended schools in Galena and Columbus and was graduated from Columbus High School in 1917. She attended the former Pittsburg State Teachers College and obtained her teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room school house in Cherokee. 

She was a 50-year member of First Christian Church, Pittsburg, where she taught Sunday school. She was a past president of Lakeside Parents and Teachers Association, Baker Extension Unit, and of the Girl Scout Association, where she was a scout leader for 10 years. She was a member of the Women's Study Club, Grand Army of the Republic, and the World War I American Legion Auxiliary. 

She married Roy Prideaux on June 15, 1919, in Quaker Valley. He died Nov. 9, 1976. 

She was also preceded in death by a son. 

Survivors include two daughters, Geneva Schultz, Pittsburg, and Lillian McWilliams, Joplin, Mo.; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Wayne Black will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. 

The casket will be closed. 

Frona Chastain 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Curtis F. Brock, 94, Oklahoma City, formerly of Jay, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, after a long illness. 

Mr. Brock was born June 3, 1902, at Shell Knob, Mo. He and his wife owned and operated Brock's 5 and 10-cent store at Jay for 13 years. He was a schoolteacher and a superintendent of schools at Adair, Okla., before he moved to Jay, where he taught school for 46 years. He was a member of the Worldwide Church of God. 

He married Vera Winter on Nov. 19, 1934. She died in July 1994. 

Survivors include a daughter, Janice McCarty, Oklahoma City; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Worley-Luginbuel Chapel at Jay. Dr. John Terry will officiate. Burial will be in Spavinaw Cemetery west of Jay. 

Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. 

Pauline Foster 

MIAMI, Okla. Pauline Foster, 83, died at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a long illness. 

Mrs. Foster was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Potters, Kan. She was a longtime resident of Seneca, Mo., and Miami. She was a homemaker and attended Commerce Community Church, Commerce. 

She married George Emmett Foster on Feb 8, 1926. He died in 1983. 

Survivors include two sons, Gary Foster and George Foster, both of Miami; four daughters, Venda Conduss, Dallas, Texas, Betty Friend, Seneca, Norma Prater, Wyandotte, and Donna Marlow, Owasso; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. The Rev. Robert Rabel will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. 

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

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

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