Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Leo Grimmett 

Leo D. Grimmett, 73, 102 E. Second St. Apartment No. 910, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. 

Additional survivors include five stepdaughters, Norma Wolfe, Kansas City, Lavetta McCloud, state of Oklahoma, Mona Picket, Joplin route 6, Erma Carpenter, Carl Junction, and Deloris Handley, San Diego, Calif.; and two stepsons, Leonard Arehart, Carterville, and Gary Arehart, Joplin route 6. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary. 

Donald White 

Donald Wayne White, 63, Joplin, died at 8:54 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. White was born July 19, 1933, in Webb City. In 1991 he came to Joplin, moving from Webb City. He specialized in computers and had been a service manager for Montgomery Ward in Emporia, Kan. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. 

Survivors include two brothers, Victor White, Carl Junction, and Carl White, Joplin; and a sister, Carol Deininger, Sedalia. 

The body has been taken for cremation. Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

Susan Shay 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Susan Shay, 46, Shell Knob, died at 7:22 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness. 

Miss Shay was born Aug. 24, 1950, in Schenectady, N.Y. She graduated from the Westchester (Penn.) State College in 1972. After graduation she worked for Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, and in various 4-H and Headstart programs in Omaha, Neb. She came to Shell Knob in 1992, moving from Omaha. 

She was a 14-year member of the Girl Scouts and a volunteer for the Disabled and Junior Olympics. 

Survivors include her mother, Shirley J. Shay, Shell Knob; and a sister, Carol Laurin, Kirkland, Canada. 

Mass will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob. Tom Thro will officiate. 

The body has been cremated. 

Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. 

Billy Sloan 

MONETT, Mo. Billy Dean Sloan, 58, Clarksville, Ark., a Monett native, died at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 1996, at Johnson Regional Medical Center, Clarksville, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Sloan was born June 11, 1938, in Monett. He had lived the last seven years at Clarksville, moving from Carthage. He was a manager for a Clarksville shoe manufacturer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Monett. He was a Navy veteran. 

He married Carolyn Smith on Oct. 9, 1968, at West Plains. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Christopher Gebhardt, Columbia; a daughter, Melissa Gebhardt, Columbia; a sister, Elizabeth Carr Miller, Duenweg; and five grandchildren. 

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. 

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Billie Griesemer 
Zachary Griesemer 

GALENA, Kan. Billie Belinda Griesemer, 25, Bellevue, Neb., a former Galena resident, died at 3:04 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, and her day-old infant, Zachary Taylor Griesemer, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha after a two-vehicle accident at 5:55 p.m. Friday. 

Zachary Griesemer was born shortly after the accident Friday evening at the medical center. 

Ms. Taylor was born May 7, 1971, at Denver, Colo. She grew up in Galena and graduated in 1990 from McAuley Regional High School at Joplin, Mo. She had lived a year at Bellevue, moving from Biloxi, Miss. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Galena. 

She married Shane Griesemer on May 18, 1995, at Biloxi. He survives. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Alysha Griesemer, of the home; her parents, Rick and Barbara LaTurner, Galena route 1; a sister, Christy House, Bodega Bay, Calif.; her maternal grandmother, Helen McDougal, Dewey, Okla.; and paternal grandparents, Joe and Ruby LaTurner, Galena. 

Arrangements are pending with Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

Mary Cantrell 

EUCHA, Okla. Mary A. Cantrell, 77, Eucha, died at 9:07 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at her home after a long illness. 

Mrs. Cantrell was born Jan. 25, 1919, in Lone Pine. She was a member of the Southside Church of Christ, Jay. 

She married Clyde Cantrell on Sept. 23, 1934, in Wister, Okla. He died June 1, 1991. 

Survivors include three sons, Charles Cantrell, Hudson, Colo., Wayne Cantrell, Independence, Mo., and Stanley Cantrell, Eucha; eight daughters, Betty Brown and Sarah ``Janie'' Davis, both of Eucha, Edith Pickle, Jay, Connie Dawson and Susan Ramero, both of Spavinaw, Nora Shriver, Tyrone, Mo., Charmon Tennison, Sand Springs, and Janice Vickers, Canyon Lake, Texas; 33 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Southside Church of Christ. Bill Richardson, minister, will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Mose Ridge Cemetery, Topsy, west of Jay. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay. 

Leanna Glisson 

FAIRLAND, Okla. Leanna Glisson, 71, 327 N. Smith St., was found dead at 9 a.m. Saturday at her home after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

Mrs. Glisson was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Eucha. She moved to Fairland from Jay in 1965. She and her husband retired as owners and operators of Ted's Grocery Store, which they ran while living in Jay and Fairland in 1975. She was a Cherokee Indian. She was a member of the Drowning Creek Baptist Church, Jay. 

Her husband, Ted Glisson, preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a son, Fred Easter, Tahlequah; a sister, Josephine Buzzard, Fairland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Fairland. The Rev. Ron Mimms will officiate. 

Burial will be in the Fairland Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland.

Hiram Parker 

Hiram Moline Parker, 88, 201 Northpark Lane, died at 8:32 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 

Mr. Parker was born July 28, 1908, at Neosho. He lived most of his life at Neosho. He owned and operated Parker Shoe Store, Neosho, for many years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and American Legion Post No. 163, both of Neosho. 

He married Wanda Hickle on Nov. 10, 1928, at Neosho. She survives. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Tom Casady officiating. American Legion Post No. 163 will conduct graveside flagfolding ceremonies. 

Pallbearers will be Jack M. Johnson, Dennis O. Johnson, J.L. Johnson, Dale Rowe, Glenn Rowe and Martin Owens. 

Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Chet Powers 

John C. ``Chet'' Powers, 84, 135 Friendship Circle, died at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at a local nursing home after a two-month illness. 

Mr. Powers was born July 27, 1912, at the Tipton Ford community south of Joplin. He was raised in Augusta, Kan. He returned to Joplin in 1991 from Midland, Texas. He was an engineer for 41 years for the pipeline division of Mobil Oil Corp. He retired in 1976. He was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin. He was a past president of the American Association of Retired Persons at Midland. 

He married Margaret Boucher on Jan. 29, 1938, at Augusta. She survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Elaine Davis, Thornton, Colo.; two sisters, Wilma Perry, Joplin, and Nell Lytton, Beaumont, Texas; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. John Swadley will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery at Joplin. 

Pallbearers will be Verlin Snider, Richard Johnson, Paul Cook, John Jordan, Milton Nielson and Arthur Gulick. 

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. 

Contributions may be made to Forest Park Baptist Church. 

Ralph C. Williams 

Ralph C. Williams, 85, Joplin, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at a residence in the Smithfield community, near Carl Junction, after a long illness. 

Mr. Williams was born Feb. 23, 1911, on a farm southwest of Purdy. He was a lifelong Joplin area resident, except for the years between 1954 and 1974, when he lived in Chicago, Ill. He had been a farmer and retired in 1974 as a driver for the former Campbell 66 Express Co., Joplin. He was a member of United Teamsters Union, Local No. 710, in Chicago. He attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin. 

He married Jewel Smith in 1953. She died Nov. 10, 1985. 

Survivors include two sons, Rowayne Williams, Tulsa, Okla., and Larry Williams, Joplin; two daughters, Patsy Loyd, Joplin, and Linda Starkweather, Olive Branch, Miss.; a stepdaughter, Wanda Schlosser, Chicago; seven grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. John Sherwood will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 

The family will be at the home of Patsy Loyd, Joplin. 

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

W. Garland Keithly 

NEVADA, Mo. W. Garland Keithly, 78, Nevada, died at 12:34 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness. 

Mr. Keithly was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Vernon County. He was a longtime Vernon County resident. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater in the Medical Corps. He received an honorary doctorate of education degree from Southwest Baptist University, Boliver, and in 1983 retired after 44 years as Nevada High School principal and assistant superintendent in the Nevada school system. He was a deacon for many years at First Baptist Church, Nevada, was past president of the 50-year Club of Southwest Baptist University, and was member of the Retired Teachers Association of Vernon County. 

He married Florence Gail Kemp on May 26, 1940, in Schell City. She survives. 

Additional survivors include a son, Garland Kemp Keithly, Enid, Okla.; a daughter, Janet Sue Keithly Muller, Albany, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. William Cox, the Rev. John Nichols and the Rev. O.V. Dodson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Dedrick. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Contributions may be made to the Nevada High School Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Georgia Lough 

MINDENMINES, Mo. Georgia A. Lough, 87, Mindenmines, died at 10:13 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, Kan., after a five-month illness. 

Mrs. Lough was born July 30, 1909, in Manhattan, Kan. She moved to Minden in 1994 from Alba, where she had lived for 20 years. She was a housewife and a member of the Christian Church in Manhattan. 

She married Ralph M. Lough on Jan. 19, 1957. He survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Ralph Leroy Lough, Hutchison, Kan., and James A. Lough, Pittsburg; a daughter, Connie Sue Carter, state of California; four sisters, Dola McIntire, Randolph, Kan., Betty Hendricks, Torrington, Wyo., Gertrude Ashton and Katherine Shepherd, both of Manhattan; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Nashville Cemetery, north of Joplin. Roy Miller, minister, will officiate. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. 

Larry Snyder 

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Larry E. Snyder, 49, 204 N. Roney, died at 1:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness. 

Mr. Snyder was born Dec. 31, 1946, at Gardner, Kan. He was a disabled truck driver. He moved about a year ago to Carl Junction from Pomona, Kan. 

He married Leona Farris on July 16, 1966. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Bill Snyder, Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Lora Snyder and Tina Snyder, both of the home; his father, Vernon Snyder, Joplin; and a brother, Wayne Snyder, Pomona. 

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Cemetery at Ottawa, Kan. Family members will officiate. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. 

William Burke Sr. 

PITTSBURG, Kan. William A. Burke Sr., 74, 1902 N. Main, died at 12:28 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a sudden illness. 

Mr. Burke was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Mulberry. He moved to Pittsburg in 1967 from Mulberry. He opened Burke Oil Co., Pittsburg, in 1969, which he owned and operated. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and had served with the 93rd Station Complement Squadron Reinforcement Depot, Army Air Forces Station, No. 594. He was a member of Pittsburg Masonic Lodge, No. 187. 

Survivors include two sons, William A. Burke Jr., Frontenac, and David Ray Case, Arma; a daughter, Patricia Werner, St. Charles, Mo.; two sisters, Lavena Fast and Lorena Palmer, both of Lamar, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. The Rev. John Dilley will officiate. Burial will be in Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry, with flag-folding ceremonies by Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 534. 

Masonic rites will be conducted by Pittsburg Masonic Lodge No. 187 at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Lodge, next to the funeral home. 

Contributions may be made to the Shrine Crippled Children's Transportation Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Billie Griesemer 

GALENA, Kan. Mass for Billie B. Griesemer, 25, Bellevue, Neb., a former Galena resident, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Galena. The Rev. Charles Middleton will officiate. 

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. 

Pallbearers will be Adam Griesemer, Travis James, Jeremy James, David Russell, Matthew Russell and Travis Hall. 

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. 

">Richard Lindly 

JAY, Okla. Richard J. ``Dick'' Lindly, 85, Jay, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mr. Lindly was born April 25, 1911, at Pryor Creek. Before World War II, he was a construction foreman abroad and on Tennessee Valley Authority dam projects and at Grand River Dam. He served in a Navy construction battalion and was a chief petty officer during World War II. After the war, he was an automobile mechanic teacher and a farmer in Jay until he moved to Stringtown, where he worked for an Oklahoma Department of Corrections' vocational school. He moved in 1962 to Jay, where he farmed and operated Lindly Liquid Propane Gas. He was a Mason, a Shriner and was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge and the Elks, all of Jay. 

He married Rosalie Gayle Coppinger on Jan. 17, 1937. She died Nov. 4, 1990. 

Surviving are two daughters, Jo Ann Pearson, Fresno, Calif., and Gladine Lindly, Houston, Texas; two sons, Jeff Lindly, Jay, and Dicki Lesikar, Gidding, Texas; a sister, Pat Weaver, Jay; and nine grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Jay. The Rev. Mike Chase will officiate. Burial will be in Duffield Cemetery, Jay. 

Family will be at the home. 

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

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