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Juanita Crossley

Juanita Mildred Crossley, 78, Derby, Kan., a former Joplin resident, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at her daughter's home in Derby after an illness.

Ms. Crossley was born July 31, 1918, in Joplin. She moved from Joplin to Derby in November.

She worked as an avionics technician for Beechcraft before retiring.

Survivors include three daughter, Nancy Poe, Atlanta, Ga., Carolyne Kalcevik, Derby, and Patricia Swift, Pittsfield, Maine; two brothers, Billy Marshall and Alvin Marshall, addresses unknown; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private family services are planned.

The body has been cremated.

Contributions may be made to Hospice Inc.

George Gooch

George Edward Gooch, 75, 3400 N. Range Line, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at his residence after an illness.

Mr. Gooch was born Jan. 5, 1922, at Joplin. He was a 1940 graduate of Joplin High School. He attended Joplin Junior College for a year.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was the former owner of the 509 Liquor Store and Ace Vaughn Locks and Keys.

Survivors include four daughters, George-Ann Gooch and Kelly Storrs, both of Neosho, Caroline Stratton, Depoe Bay, Ore., and Karin Stratton, Latham, N.Y.; a brother, Warne Gooch, Barnstable, Mass.; a sister, Rosemary Stone, Webb City; and eight grandchildren.

The body has been cremated.

A private, graveside memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, with the Rev. William Christman officiating.

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

Contributions may be made to the St. John's Regional Medical Center Hospice Program.

Earl McKibben

Arthur Earl McKibben, 86, 201 Wall Ave., died at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 21, 1910, at Webb City. He had lived in this area most of his life.

He was a maintenance worker for ICI Explosives, Joplin, retiring after 37 years.

He was a member of Frisco Church, Webb City. He was a member of the Carterville Masonic Lodge.

He married Nona Gladden on Dec. 23, 1939, at Joplin. She survives.

Other survivors include four sons, David McKibben, Joplin, Jack McKibben, Webb City, Gene McKibben, St. Charles, and Jerry McKibben, Greensboro, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Frisco Church, with the Rev. Steve Hutchinson officiating. Burial will be in Carterville Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. today until the time of the service.

Faye Ball

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Faye E. Ball, 79, Cassville, died at 3:13 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Ball was born Dec. 15, 1917, at Eagle Rock. She attended Roaring River and Eagle Rock schools. She worked as a clerk at the MFA Exchange, Cassville, for a few years. She and her husband later owned and operated a country store for five years at Eagle Rock. She was a member of Roaring River Baptist Church, Eagle Rock.

She married Oman F. Ball on Aug. 21, 1937, at Klamath Falls, Ore. He died July 3, 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Darla Marbut and Myrla Hinds, both of Cassville; a sister, Norma Gari, Carmichael, Calif.; a half sister, Jessie Dale Saville, Neosho; two grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Paul Yarnall will officiate. Burial will be in Horner Cemetery, Cassville.

Ted Koontz

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Ted Koontz, 86, Hume, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, in an Ozark nursing home after an illness. A surviving daughter, Anna Kaye Hill, lives in Carl Junction.

Mr. Koontz was born Sept. 20, 1910, at Ballard. He moved to Butler, where he was graduated from high school in 1929. He worked in several drug stores in Butler and Kansas City. He opened a Phillips 66 service station in 1941 in Butler. He opened a Rexall Drug Store in 1952 in Hume. He retired in 1985.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion and was a president of the Hume Chamber of Commerce for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Edith; a son, Teddy Koontz, Ozark; another daughter, Phyllis G. McCulley, Pineville; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Brother Randy Wells will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the restoration of Butler High School or to McGennis Youth Center.

Beatrice O'Toole

NEVADA, Mo. - Beatrice V. O'Toole, 89, 921 W. Arch St., died at 4:41 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home where she had been a resident since earlier this month.

Mrs. O'Toole was born Oct. 15, 1907, in Moundville. She was a life-long Vernon County resident, and moved to Nevada in 1954. She was co-owner of the Dairy Queen in Nevada, and also had worked at Moore's Department Store and Cottey College, both in Nevada. She was a member of the Moundville United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Verne O'Toole, preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1953.

She is survived by a son, Larry L. O'Toole, Nevada; a daughter, Pat Chrisenberry, Nevada; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Milster Funeral Home chapel in Nevada. The Rev. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be at Newton Burial Park Cemetery, Nevada.

Contributions may be made to the Moundville United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Orville Robbins

AURORA, Mo. - Orville L. Robbins, 87, Aurora, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at the Aurora Community Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Robbins was born Oct. 25, 1909, in Barry County. He lived most of his life in northern Barry County and for the past 15 years in Aurora.

He worked for 20 years for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office, Cassville. He was a retired cattleman.

He was a member of the Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church.

He married Helen Vincent on Oct. 3, 1931, at Galena, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Wayne Robbins, Marionville; two daughters, Allene Fulp and Carolyn Henson, both of Verona; a sister, Wilma Wilkin, Aurora; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with the Rev. Jerry Nickle and the Rev. Harold Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Velma Rose

WASHBURN, Mo. - Velma I. Rose, 84, Washburn, died at 5:48 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an illness.

Mrs. Rose was born Sept. 20, 1912, at Washburn. She attended Wheaton and Star Hollow schools in Barry County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of God Seventh Day Adventist.

She married Jeff L. Rose on Dec. 22, 1926. He survives.

Additional survivors include six sons, Howard Rose, Harley Rose and Lennis Rose, all of Washburn, Lenear Rose, Grove, Okla., Lemoin Rose, Yakima, Wash., and John Rose, Amarillo, Texas; six daughters, Ruby Evyle Coyner and Marilyn Roller, both of Washburn, Nancy Woodard, Pineville, Jetta M. Rose, Chino, Calif.; Wanda Clement, Lincoln, Neb.; and Thelma Martin, Independence, Mo.; a brother, Ray Fletcher, Denver, Colo.; four sisters, Velrie Adams, Mount Vernon, Vurl Ruark, Neosho, Faye Fleshman, Aurora, and Maxine Morgan, Vancouver, Wash.; 43 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and nine great- great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Lenear Rose, John Rose and Lemoin Rose will officiate.

Burial will be in King Cemetery, Seligman.

Pallbearers will be Brian Rose, Rick Rose, David Woodard, Richard Rose, Larry Sanders, James Lee Roller, Steve Roller and Vernon Rose.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Onis Washam

MILLER, Mo. - Onis Ray ``Runt'' Washam, 77, Springfield, a Miller native, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Washam was born May 21, 1919, at Miller. He moved to Springfield in 1959. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Springfield, and Southwest Model A Club.

He married Billie Jean Parnell on August 10, 1946, at Miller. She died April 29, 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Michaela Ray, Republic, and Pat Garrison, Springfield; a brother, Bill Washam, Belton; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Morris Leiman Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. Charles Mattix will officiate. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, northeast of Miller.

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home.

Blanche Fink

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Blanche M. Fink, 83, 626 Garfield Ave., died at 4:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. Fink was born Dec. 9, 1913, at Bristow, Okla. She later moved to Pittsburg, where she graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1932. She worked for SEK-CAPS Congregate meals from 1974 until retiring in 1984.

She married Ross Fink in 1940. He died in 1956.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie Farley and Karen Schutter, both of Columbus, and Nancy Long, McCune; a sister, Jeanette Joyce, St. Charles, Mo.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Park Cemetery, Columbus. The Rev. Jim Lewis will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Ada Larison

RIVERTON, Kan. - Ada Marie Larison, 70, Riverton, died at 8:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 1997, in Joplin after a short illness.

Mrs. Larison was born April 30, 1926, at Riverton. She had been a lifelong area resident.

She graduated from Riverton High School in 1944. She served as secretary for the Riverton School District from 1951-65. She worked at the Citizen Publishing Co., Baxter Springs, and for Merl Duncan, a Baxter Springs attorney. She retired in 1991 after 15 years as a customer service agent at KPL Gas Service Co., Baxter Springs. She was a member of the Riverton Friends Church and a 50-year member of the Magnolia chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Baxter Springs.

She married Frank A. Larison on Nov. 1, 1945, at Columbus. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Linda Nichols, Baxter Springs; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Wes Davis will officiate.

Burial will be in Quaker Valley Cemetery, north of Riverton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Winford Richardson

BERNICE, Okla. - Winford Dale Richardson, 77, Bernice, died at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at a Grove nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Richardson was born March 3, 1919, at Pensacola, Okla. He had been a Miami resident since 1949 and then moved to Bernice 15 years ago.

He was a retired B.F. Goodrich employee. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Survivors include a son, Rick Richardson, Jenks, Okla.; a daughter, Connie Kissee, Tulsa; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

David Vequist

PITTSBURG, Kan. - David G. Vequist, 73, Pittsburg, died at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a long illness.

Mr. Vequist was born June 26, 1923, at St. Joseph, Mo. He attended schools in St. Joseph and was a graduate of Central High School there.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He received his master's degree from Pittsburg State University. He received his doctoral degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946 in Key West, Fla., and the Caribbean.

He worked for the Government Printing Office from 1941 to 1942. He worked for the University of Kansas Press from 1947 to 1962. He worked in the PSU printing department from 1962 to 1993, serving as professor, director and chairman of the department.

He was co-author with William Spence of a printing textbook, ``Graphic Reproduction.''

He was appointed to the Academic Advisory Council to the Public Printer of the United States and assisted in designing a post card honoring the graphic arts while on the council.

He was a member of the Pittsburg Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, deacon and member of the church choir.

He was a member of the Centennial Choir, Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, American Association of Retired Persons Choir, Rotary Club, Tri-State Craftsmen, Association of University and College Printers, Pittsburg State University Graphic Arts Club and the International Graphic Arts Educational Association.

He married Betty Ann Mayne on July 15, 1944, at De Kalb, Ill. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, John Vequist, Taby, Sweden, James Vequist, Lawrence, and Steven Vequist, Wichita; a daughter, Cathy Pierson, Coral Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Jeanne Heaney, Milwaukee, Wisc., and Gretchen West, Conception, Mo.; a brother, Woodrow Vequist, state of Washington; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Pittsburg Presbyterian Church, with Robert Bardeen and Homer Keith officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Graveside flag-folding services will be conducted by the Benjamin A. Fuller American Legion Post No. 64, Pittsburg.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday.

Ada Wade

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Ada Myrtle Emerson Wade, 91, Tonganoxie, a Columbus native, died at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at Tonganoxie Care Center.

Mrs. Wade was born on Dec. 24, 1905, at Columbus. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1944 and to Roeland Park in 1974. She was a teacher at Old Mission Junior High School. She was a member of the Kansas Retired Teacher's Association, the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City and the Johnson County Historical Society. She attended Roeland Park Methodist Church and was a member of its Circle Society.

She married Ralph E. Wade. He died in 1987.

Survivors include three sons, Burton E. Wade, Tonganoxie, Ralph M. Wade, Kenosha, Wis., and William A. Wade, Pendleton, Ind.; a daughter, Marlene Hughey, Washington, N.J.; two brothers, L.E. Emerson, Columbus, and David L. Emerson, Nevada, Mo.; two sisters, Edna G. Holman, Columbus, and Clara C. Boyd, Lyons; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Newcomer's Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf Ave. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, Baxter Springs. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Roeland Park United Methodist Church.

Robert Forquer

GROVE, Okla. - Robert V. Forquer, 78, Grove, died at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fayetteville, Ark., after a long illness.

Mr. Forquer was born Nov. 23, 1918, in Yates Center, Kan. He worked for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad for more than 30 years before retiring in 1978. In 1984, he moved to Grove. He was a member of Sunflower Union. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He married Mardell Vermillion on June 14, 1960, in Yates Center. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Anthony Forquer, Grove, Robert Vermillion, Kincaid, Kan., and Billie Lynn Morrison, Sparks, Nev.; two daughters, Marbie Forquer, Grove, and Edna Silvey, Oak Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Katherine Dixon, Yates Center; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Barker will officiate.

Private burial will be held later.

Alva Petty

AFTON, Okla. - Alva Claude Petty, 89, New Iberia, La., a native of Afton, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at Harrison Hospital, Bremerton, Wash., after a long illness.

Mr. Petty was born Feb. 23, 1907, at Zena.

He worked for a bridge building crew around Oklahoma after graduating from high school. Beginning in the early 1930s, he worked in oil fields around the world while employed by Loffland Brothers Drilling Contractor, Tulsa. His positions included motor man, driller and maintenance supervisor. He retired in 1972, after 38 years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, New Iberia. He was a member of the Wistarly Chapter No. 61, Order of the Eastern Star A.F. & A.M. and the Scottish Rite No. 32.

He married Elizabeth Marie Rundle on July 8, 1932. She died in 1988.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Evelyn Biesemeyer, Palmer, Alaska; a son, Willis L. Petty, Bremerton, Wash.; a brother, Arley F. Petty, Miami; and a sister, Ruby Grunden, Afton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Afton, with the Rev. Janelle Brammer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Afton.

The family will receive friends from noon Monday until the hour of the service.

Harlen Tyler

MIAMI, Okla. - Harlen L. Tyler, 79, 1417 Morgan Circle, Miami, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Tyler was born Jan. 30, 1918, at Paden. He was graduated from Paden High School in 1937. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami. He was a Navy veteran. He was a retired food service manager for Cantine Corp., and served as manager of Goodrich Cafe, Miami, for 18 years. He was a member of the First Assembly of God, Miami. He was a member of the American Legion, Scottish Rite and the Shriners.

He married Bonnie G. Vanderslice on Feb. 14, 1941, at Meeker. She survives.

Additional survivors include four daughters, Sue Tyler, Miami, Phyllis Hess and Helen Stratton, both of Claremore, and Dixie Smalley, Denton, Texas; two sons, Bill Tyler, Houston, Texas, and John Tyler, Claremore; a brother, Howard Tyler, state of Oklahoma; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Assembly of God, Miami. The Rev. Gerald L. Baser will officiate. He will be assisted by Bill Tyler. Burial will be in Glenn-Abbey Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Chris Stratton, Tyler Tanner, David Stratton, John Tanner, Zach Tyler, Ryan Tanner, Nick Tyler and Joe Tyler.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home Chapel, Miami.

Services are under the direction of the funeral home.

Phyllis Dust

Phyllis E. Dust, 75, Joplin, died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Dust was born July 4, 1921 at Corn Island, Nicaragua. She was a caregiver for the elderly and children until she retired in the 1970s.

She married Roy W. Dust on March 14, 1944, in Panama. He died June 8, 1968.

Survivors include two daughters, Letha DeMier, Joplin, and Gay Dust, Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Glenis White, Miami, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Steve Breon, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Dustin DeMier, Tom E. DeMier, Tom C. DeMier, Gerald Dust, Chris Owens, Fred Hobson.

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

Mabel Hartley

Mabel L. Hartley, 91, 510 Turk St., died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness.

Mrs. Hartley was born Oct. 18, 1905, at Lawrence City, Mo. She moved from Springfield to Joplin in 1937. She worked in the Joplin R-8 cafeteria system. She was a member of Royal Heights Methodist Church.

She married Wayne Hartley on Jan. 26, 1924. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Bob Hartley, Joplin; a daughter, Betty Overall, Ann Arbor, Mich; a sister, Alberta Miefwinkle, Mount Vernon; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon. The Rev. Luie Lowe will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Jo Anne Iman

Jo Anne Iman, 50, Joplin, died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Iman was born Aug. 1, 1946, at Pittsburg, Kan. She lived most of her life in the Joplin area. She worked the last 10 years as the human resources director at Butterball Inc., Carthage. She worked 13 years as personnel director at Lozier Inc., Joplin., and she was a bookkeeper at KODE television station and at FAG Bearing, both of Joplin. She was active in the United Way of Carthage. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joplin.

Survivors include a sister, Karen Hughlett, Joplin; two brothers, Ed Russell, St. Peters, and Jeff Russell, Hearne, Texas.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joplin. Michael Dunaway, bishop, will officiate. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery, north of Joplin.

The casket will be closed at all times.

Contributions may be made to United Way of Carthage.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Howard Johnson

Howard Lewis Johnson, 79, 416 Turk, died at 3:22 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness.

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 17, 1917, at Denver, Colo. He moved to Joplin from Thermopolis, Wyo. in 1990. He owned and operated a NAPA auto parts dealership in Thermopolis for 25 years, retiring in 1983.

He married Katherin Hodges on Oct. 26, 1950 at Bentonville, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Michael Howard Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; a daughter, Robin Lynn Morgan, Daytona, Fla.; a brother, Edgar Johnson, Thermopolis; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

LeAnn Kempton

Vonnia LeAnn Kempton, 28, Joplin route 8, died at 3:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Kempton was born April 2, 1968, at Joplin, where she lived most of her life. She graduated in 1986 from Diamond (Mo.) High School and in 1990 from Missouri Southern State College.

She married Michael Kempton on April 4, 1992, at Webb City. He survives.

Additional survivors include her parents, Karl and June Mattes, Joplin; a sister, Kara Mattes, Joplin; and her paternal grandmother, Esther Bures, Lowell, Ark.

The body will be cremated.

Cremains will be buried at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Gary Morrison will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Roberta Owen

Roberta Owen, 92, Joplin, died at 10:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Owen was born April 14, 1904, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She lived most of her life in Joplin. She was a homemaker.

She married Wilbur Owen on Jan. 20, 1933, at Hot Springs, Ark. He died Jan. 1, 1983.

Survivors include a son, Bob Owen, Joplin; two daughters, Joanne Faulkner, Prairie Village, Kan., and Rebecca Cutter, Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Barbara J. Towery

Barbara J. Towery, 47, 2632 E. Second St., died at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Towery was born Oct. 27, 1949 at Pittsburgh, Penn. She had been a resident of Joplin for five years, previously living in Webb City. She was a homemaker.

She married Jimmy Lee Towery on Aug. 16, 1973 at Houston, Texas. He died May 4, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Travis Towery, Joplin; her mother, Veronica Waugaman, Cheswick, Penn.; two brothers, Pat Waugaman and David Waugaman, Pittsburgh, Penn.; and a sister, Joyce Myers, Pittsburg, Penn.

The body was taken for cremation. A private family burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Beatrice Mosher

NEVADA, Mo. - Beatrice Lucille Luther Mosher, 81, Nevada, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Mosher was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Bates County. She lived most of her life in Vernon County.

She ran a laundry business from her home for most of her life, retiring in 1988.

She was a member of Happy Workers Club, Nevada. She was a member of Pine Street Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church, both of Nevada, and taught Sunday school at both.

She married Melvin K. Mosher on March 9, 1968, at Nowata, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Albert Spencer, Wichita, Kan., and Terry Mosher, Nevada; a daughter, Melvonna Schneider, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister, Dottie Avis, Modesto, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. John Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Schell City.

Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the service.

Velma Rose

WASHBURN, Mo. - Velma I. Rose, 84, Washburn, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield.

Mrs. Rose was born Sept. 20, 1912, at Washburn. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Church of God of Seventh Day, Joplin.

She married Jeff L. Rose on Dec. 22, 1926, at Neosho. He survives.

Additional survivors include six sons, Lenear Rose, Grove, Okla., Lemoin Rose, Yakima, Wash., John Rose, Amarillo, Texas; Lennis Rose, Harley Rose, and Howard Rose, all of Washburn; six daughters, Ruby Evylee Coyner and Marilyn Roller, both of Washburn, Nancy Woodard, Pineville, Jetta M. Rose, Chino, Calif., Wanda Clement, Lincoln, Neb., and Thelma Martin, Independence; a brother, Ray Fletcher, Denver, Colo.; four sisters, Velrie Adams, Mount Vernon, Vurl Ruark, Neosho, Faye Fleshman, Aurora, and Maxine Morgan, Vancouver, Wash.; 43 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, 1997, at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Lenear Rose, John Rose, and Lemoin Rose conducted the service. Burial was in King Cemetery, Seligman.

Pallbearers were Brian Rose, Rick Rose, David Woodard, Richard Rose, Larry Sanders, James Lee Roller, Steve Rose and Vernon Rose.

Cecil Taylor

NEOSHO, Mo. - Cecil Wesley Taylor, 79, Neosho, died at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a sudden illness.

Mr. Taylor was born June 4, 1917, at Rogers, Ark. He grew up in the Cherokee City, Ark., and Gentry, Ark., areas. He had lived in Savannah for many years. He moved to Anderson in 1980, living there until moving to Neosho a year ago.

He was a retired carpenter.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He married Grace Hartman on April 15, 1996. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Cecil Joe Taylor, Gentry, Ark., and Crawford Monroe Taylor, Corpus Christi, Texas; two stepsons, Dennis Edwards, Fayetteville, Ark., and Douglas Edwards, Rockport, Texas; three sisters, Daisy Blagg and Alene Hurt, both of Colcord, Okla., and Violet Evans, Gravette, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Sam Moore officiating. Burial will be in Peace Valley Cemetery, Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Jack Boyle, Tiny Boyle, George Boyle, Larry Hurt, Shane Thompson, Roger McKinney and Carrol McKinney.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lora Eby

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Lora Lucille Eby, 75, 314 Cleveland, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. Eby was born Sept. 22, 1921, at Anderson, Mo. She moved in 1954 to the Baxter Springs area from California. She was a seamstress for King Louie Garment Co., Baxter Springs. She and her husband owned and operated Baxter Game Chicken, east of Baxter Springs, for 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Quapaw, Okla.

Her husband, Henry Eby, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Elizabeth Eby, Carthage, Mo.; two sisters, Elsa Crosby, Quapaw, and Violet Marie Piper, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two brothers, Charley McKibben, Miami, Okla., and Don Baker, St. Louis, Mo.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla.

Letha Howard

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Letha M. Cowan Howard, 88, 204 N. Illinois St., Columbus, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Howard was born July 28, 1908, at Weir. She attended rural schools in Cherokee County and Columbus High School.

She lived on farms in the Crestline, Hallowell and Columbus areas until moving to Columbus 30 years ago.

She worked for local nursing homes and was a kitchen worker at Maude Norton Memorial Hospital, Columbus, and Columbus Auction, until retiring in 1992.

She married John G. Howard on April 3, 1926, at Joplin, Mo. He died Dec. 3, 1974.

She was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include a son, Stanley Howard, Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Joyce Garner, Columbus route 2; two sisters, Florence Ping and Reva Nelson, both of Pittsburg; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Park Cemetery, Columbus, with the Rev. Paul Duncan officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Delbert Rose

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Delbert P. Rose, 87, 1510 Vine St., died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997, at a local nursing home after a several-month illness.

Mr. Rose was born Feb. 21, 1910, at Pittsburg. He attended schools at Pittsburg, Joplin, Mo., and at Culver Military Academy at Culver, Ind. He graduated with an administrative engineering degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

He served in the Army from 1941 to 1946 in Korea and the U.S. during World War II.

He lived most of his life at Pittsburg, where he was president and manager of General Machinery and Supply Co., retiring in 1979. He was a member United Hebrew Congregation, Joplin; Pittsburg Masonic Lodge No. 187, Mirza Shrine; Fort Scott Consistory; Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 64 American Legion; and Crestwood Country Club.

He married Frances Netter in 1949 at Meridian, Miss. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Sam Rose, Houston, Texas; a daughter, Risa Rose, Birmingham, Ala.; and a brother, Lester Rose, Pittsburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brenner Mortuary. Lisa Dushkin, rabbi, will officiate. Burial will be 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.

Clarence Heistand

PICHER, Okla. - Clarence R. Heistand, 71, 417 S. Emily St., died at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mr. Heistand was born Sept. 12, 1925, at Columbus, Kan. He had lived in Picher for 12 years. He had worked for Yellow Transit, Baxter Springs, Kan., for 15 years. He also had worked as a lead and zinc miner at Picher. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Glenda F. Flowers, Topeka, Kan.; two sons, Danny Ray Heistand, Moran, Kan. and Kenneth Wayne Heistand, Mineral Point, Mo.; two brothers, Fred C. Heistand and Frank Heistand, both of Columbus, Kan.; two sisters, Margie Jones, Riverton, Kan. and Shirley Whitely, Baxter Springs; and two grandchildren.

A daughter preceded him in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Chapel, Picher. The Rev. Leonard Stoner will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Northeast Oklahoma Funeral Detail will conduct military rites at the graveside.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.


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