Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Doris O'Dell

Doris Lange O'Dell, 50, 1907 W. 10th St., died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. O'Dell was born July 9, 1946, at Pittsburg, Kan., where she attended school. She previously lived in Houston, Galveston and Austin, Texas. She moved to Joplin 11 years ago from Pittsburg. She had worked as a nurse's aide and cook, formerly working at Crestwood Country Club in Pittsburg. She was a member of the Salvation Army.

She married Robert Ray O'Dell on Dec. 31, 1977, in Pittsburg. He died Oct. 24, 1987. A son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Keppler, 226 Highview Ave.; her parents, Lawrence and Bernice Lange, Pittsburg; five brothers, Larry Lange, Joplin, Ralph Lange, Melvin Lange, Gaylin Lange and Sid Lange, all of Pittsburg; a sister, Rosemary Larson, Joplin; a stepbrother, Jess Lange, Pittsburg; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan. Mark Haslett will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Dewey Steele

George Dewey Steele, 92, formerly of 611 W. A St., died at 9:55 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at a local nursing home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Steele was born Nov. 16, 1904, at Irving, Texas. He moved to Joplin in 1939 from Fort Smith, Ark. He was a professional boxer, known as Stinger Steele. He fought over 544 professional fights and won the Arkansas State Middleweight Boxing Championship in 1934. He later worked for the Missouri State Highway Department for more than 25 years. He retired in 1969 as mechanical engineer.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Joplin, where he was a former trustee and Sunday school teacher.

He married Eva M. Boston on July 21, 1930, at Muskogee, Okla. She died Jan. 8, 1975.

Survivors include two sons, David Steele, Lansing, Mich., and Robert Steele, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a brother, Charles Steele, Joplin; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Duane Trimble will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Memorial Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Joplin Senior Citizens Center.

Laura Hada

NEVADA, Mo. Laura D. Hada, 84, Nevada, died Friday morning, Dec. 27, 1996, at a nursing home in Nevada after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Hada was born April 15, 1912, at Seiling, Okla. She had lived in Vernon County since 1941. She and her husband operated a farm east of Nevada for many years before retiring in the early 1980s.

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She married John Hada on Feb. 28, 1940, at Alva, Okla. He died March 25, 1995.

Survivors include a son, Roger Hada, Nevada; a daughter, Maxine DeWolf, Kansas City; a brother, Hobert Morrison, Redding, Calif.; two sisters, Lola Carlson, Alva, Okla., and Euleta O'Flynn, El Paso, Texas; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Cemetery. The Rev. James Jones will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home.

Jennifer Hardage

NEOSHO, Mo. Jennifer L. Hardage, 22, 1523 Hilldale Drive, Neosho, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Freeman West Hospital Joplin, of injuries sustained in a traffic accident west of Neosho on Wednesday night.

Miss Hardage was born March 18, 1974, at Washington, Pa. She was a lifelong resident of Neosho.

She was a 1992 graduate of Neosho High School.

She was assistant manager of the Conoco Superstop No. 2, Neosho.

Survivors include her parents, Ken and Karen Hardage, Neosho; a brother, Billy Hardage, Neosho; and maternal grandparents, Harry and Opal Bedillion, East Finley, Pa.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. M.V. Pritchard officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Neosho. The casket will remain closed.

Pallbearers will be Wade Woods, John Edsell, Hal Patterson, Mat Pritchard, Bill Millikin, Pat Hearld and Cameron Cruse.

Contributions may be made to the Jennifer L. Hardage Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Max Langley

WEBB CITY, Mo. James Maxwell ``Max'' Langley, 81, 609 S. Madison St., Webb City, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at a Joplin nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Langley was born on May 27, 1915, in Webb City and was a lifetime resident. He was a graduate of Webb City High School and earned a degree in engineering from Georgia Tech University in 1941. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Central United Methodist Church of Webb City.

There are no immediate survivors.

The body has been cremated.

Ashes were buried at Mount Hope Cemetery under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Pluma Marlowe

LOCKWOOD, Mo. Pluma Frances Marlowe, 87, Lockwood, died at 1:33 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after an illness.

Mrs. Marlowe was born April 15, 1909, in Woodward County, Okla. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and Eastern Star Chapter No. 488, both of Greenfield, and Stone Craft Bible Study Group, Lockwood.

She married Raymond Willis Marlowe on Jan. 20, 1929, in Greenfield. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Nelson Tren Marlowe, South Greenfield; three daughters, Janet L. Holland, Lockwood, Raenita Kaye Pearson, Fort Worth, Texas, and Colleen Dee Baldwin, Green Pond, S.C.; two brothers, Austin Daniel, Greenfield, and Lyle Daniel, Lockwood; 16 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Greenfield (Mo.) Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Collins Cemetery, north of Lockwood.

Contributions may be made to the Collins Cemetery.

Viola Middleton

NEVADA, Mo. Viola Belle Middleton, 87, Colorado Springs, Colo., a former Nevada resident, died Friday morning, Dec. 27, 1996, at a nursing home in Colorado Springs after a short illness.

Mrs. Middleton was born Jan. 4, 1909, at Hannon. She was a 1927 graduate of Nevada High School. She worked at Thornton National Bank, Nevada, for a short time.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nevada, United Methodist Women, Women's Society of Christian Service, the Ruth Earp and Leland Dalton Denman Circle and the Goodwill Sunday School Class. She was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and was active with Cottey College, Nevada.

She married Samuel Floyd Middleton on June 25, 1933, in Nevada. He died March 16, 1988.

Survivors include a son, Robert Middleton, Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Kathryn Viola Rasmussen, McLean, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Nevada. The Rev. Scott Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Nevada.

Helen Pettus

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Helen Louise Cole Pettus, 64, Pierce City, died at 2:23 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Pettus was born Nov. 1, 1932, at Exeter. She moved to Pierce City from Monett four months ago.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Chapel of Grace Church, Monett.

She married James Pettus on Dec. 11, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, James Pettus Jr., Junction City, Kan.; two daughters, Sheryl Baxter, Pierce City, and Sharon Francis, Joplin; four brothers, John Cole, Exeter, Cal Cole and Russell Cole, both of Wheaton, and Bill Cole, Cassville; a sister, Darlene McCracken, Purdy; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Jim Copley officiating. Burial will be in the Pierce City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Chapel of Grace Church, in care of the funeral home.

James Reynolds

WEBB CITY, Mo. James V. Reynolds, 85, Mill Valley, Calif., a former Webb City resident, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at the Marin General Hospital, Marin County, Calif.

Mr. Reynolds was born in Matoon, Ill., and was a graduate of the University of St. Louis. He lived in Webb City at 903 S. Madison St. in the late 1940s and 50s. He operated the Navy Bean Mine and Mill near Wentworth, Mo. He also was associated with nationally known mining organizations including Gold Field Consolidated Mines of San Francisco, Calif., and United Zinc of St. Louis and New York, as well as other local mining organizations.

Mr. Reynolds moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where he continued his mineral mining activities in uranium. He lived in Albuquerque until 1993 when he retired and moved to Mill Valley, Calif.

His wife, Vera Reynolds, survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Lucinda Little, Pasadena, Calif., Caroline Chadwell, Albuquerque, and Susan Reynolds, Seattle, Wash.; a brother, John Reynolds, Santa Barbara, Calif.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Dec. 12, at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, Calif.

Arnold Riddle

NEOSHO, Mo. Arnold B. Riddle, 95, 509 Denham Ave., Neosho, died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness.

Mr. Riddle was born Jan. 11, 1901, in Fayetteville, Ark. He came to Neosho in 1942 from California. He was self employed as a carpenter and farmer. He was a Baptist.

His first wife, Lois Blalock, died in June 1966. He married Mary Elora Carroll on April 5, 1967, in Kansas City. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Juanita Monroe, Neosho; a stepdaughter, Virginia Ball, Kansas City; a sister, Ruby Riddle, Neosho; six grandchildren; four step grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Purdy with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Robert Roller

NEOSHO, Mo. Robert Roller, 82, 931 Southeast Blvd., Neosho, died at 8:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at a Neosho nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Roller was born March 12, 1914, at Seligman. He moved to Fairview in 1936 and to Neosho in 1941. He worked at the M&A Railroad from 1932 to 1941, and then began working at Pet Milk in Neosho as a receiving foreman in the milk room. He retired in 1978.

He was a self-employed painter. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and a former Kiwanis Club member.

He married Oleta F. Moore in 1932 at Seligman. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Robert Charles Roller, Downey, Calif.; four sisters, Lavella Sanders, Klamath Falls, Ore., Neva Robbins, Santee, Calif., Helen West, Claremore, Okla., and Thelma Mitchell, Springfield; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Clark Funeral Home Chapel. J.R. Hagen will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery, Seligman.

Pallbearers will be Dale Burr, Dick Reed, Dallas Kelly, Carl Ledbetter, Otto Studdard, Elton Gibson, Bob Gibson, Scott Wilson and Bill Spiva Sr.

The family will receive friends after 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Northside Baptist Church.

Contributions may be made to the Northside Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Billy Sullivan

WEBB CITY, Mo. Billy Gene Sullivan Sr., 74, 1015 W. First St., Webb City, died at 12:23 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Sullivan was born Jan. 8, 1922, at El Dorado, Kan. He lived in Webb City most of his life. He retired in 1984 from Safeway Bakery in Joplin,where he worked 15 years. He previously worked for DuPont Powder Company of Carl Junction and the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers Union.

He married Charlene Busby on April 28, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Billy G. Sullivan Jr., Riverton, Kan., and John Sullivan, Oronogo route 1; a daughter, Joyce Patton, Carthage; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Ruthanna Thompson

NEVADA, Mo. Services for Ruthanna Thompson, 68, Stickney, S.D., who died Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, will be 2:30 p.m. today at Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City. The Rev. Herberg Rohe will officiate.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, west of Golden City.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorothy White 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Dorothy Jeanne White, 75, Springfield, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at an area nursing home after an illness. She was the mother of Mark Anthony White, Greenfield. 

Mrs. White was born May 20, 1921, at Poplar Bluff. She graduated from Elfindale Girls Catholic School and Draughon Business College, Springfield. She was a former secretary for the Pentagon during World War II. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Springfield. 

Her husband, John Wilbur White, preceded her in death. One son also preceded her in death. 

Additional survivors include another son, Matthew Earl White, Springfield; six daughters, Dianne Marie Stricklin, Fort Worth, Texas, Susan Jane Swartz, Melinda Ann Pemberton, Judith Ann Williams and Theresa Jean Senarosa, all of Springfield, and Melissa Ann Mercuro, Calabasas, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Greenfield. The Rev. John Westhues will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Springfield. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Greenfield Funeral Chapel, with rosary services to follow. 

Contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Greenfield. 

Ruth Wigginton 

NEOSHO, Mo. Ruth V. Wigginton, 91, Neosho, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after an illness. 

Mrs. Wigginton was born April 27, 1905, at Cullom County, Ala. She moved to Neosho in 1964 from Noel. She was a cook and had owned restaurants in Noel and Neosho. 

She was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ, Neosho. 

Survivors include a son, Richard Wigginton, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Her body has been donated to the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia. 

No services are planned. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho. 

Raymond Fryar 

GALENA, Kan. Raymond Walter Fryar, 90, Galena route 1, died at 2:14 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. 

Mr. Fryar was born Nov. 13, 1906, in rural Burrton. He had lived on Galena route 1 for 51 years, moving here from rural Kingman. He received a bachelor of science degree from Fort Hayes University and had attended Wichita Business College and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He was a self-employed farmer and rancher before retiring in 1988. He was a member of Lowell Friends Church and the Cherokee County Farm Bureau. 

He married Lois June Kitch on May 26, 1935, in Lowell. She survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Jackson Eugene Fryar, of the home; two daughters, Rayma June Bishir, Independence, and Mary Gail Bullerdiek, East Aurora, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He also had been a foster parent to 26 children. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lowell Friends Church. The Rev. Danny Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. 

Pallbearers will be Randall Bishir, Harry Bullerdiek, Steve Bishir, Burgis Taber, John Kinion and Kenny Kinion. 

William Lehr 

SCAMMON, Kan. Funeral Mass for William G. Lehr, 63, 202 N. Wall St., Scammon, who died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at St. Bridget' Catholic Church, Scammon. 

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, followed by the Knights of Columbus service. 

The family will receive friends after the rosary. 

Burial will be under the direction of the Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. 

Lillie Tunnell 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Lillie Mae Tunnell, 67, 616 Grant St., Baxter Springs, died at 8:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Tunnell was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Skiatook, Okla. She had lived in Baxter Springs since 1949. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. 

She married Emmett Eugene ``Gene'' Tunnell on July 2, 1949, in Miami, Okla. He survives. 

Also surviving are four sons, Estell Tunnell, Joplin, John Tunnell and Dennis Tunnell, both of Baxter Springs, and Jim Tunnell, Galena; a daughter, Kathy Sappington, Peoria, Okla.; her mother, Lottie Mae Edwards, Sperry, Okla.; three sisters, Margaret Hoover, Overland Park, Phyllis Carson and Shirley Hembree, Tulsa, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church. Dr. Ed Snider will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. 

Pallbearers will be Robert Tunnell, Bruce Tunnell, Larry Tunnell, Russ Tunnell, Jared Tunnell, David Tunnell and John Nathan Tunnell. 

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. 

Martin Watt 

WEIR, Kan. Martin W. Watt, 76, 402 E. 160 Highway, died at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at his home after eight months of ill health. 

Mr. Watt was born Aug. 20, 1920, in Weir, where he attended school. He returned to Weir 14 months ago from Dayton, Ohio. He was a pipefitter and had been a maintenance foreman for 20 years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton until retiring 10 years ago. 

He was a charter member of Knollwood Masonic Lodge No. 774, AF&AM, Beavercreek, Ohio; and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars at Medway, Ohio; and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local of Dayton. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European theater. 

He married Virginia Keene on March 29, 1946, at Philadelphia, Pa. She died March 28, 1995. 

Survivors include a sister, Hazel Ross, Weir. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Northridge Chapel of the George C. Martin Funeral Home, Dayton. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Tipp City, Ohio. 

Masonic services and military rites will be conducted. 

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

Pallbearers will be Barney Poling, Bill Wilhelm, Earl Garrett, Fred Casebolt, Ed Littleton, Jackie Gabbard and Jimmie Garrett. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 

Amos Budder 

JAY, Okla. Amos Budder, 39, Jay, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness. 

Mr. Budder was born Aug. 9, 1957, at Tahlequah. He was a member of Euwasha Baptist Church and was a full-blood member of the Cherokee Nation. 

He married Claudia Harry on April 16, 1986. She survives. 

Additional survivors include two sons, Amos Budder Jr. and Jamey Harry, both of Jay; three daughters, Karen Gallardo, Noel, Mo., Katherine Pickup, Salina, and Cindy Hildebrand, Jay; six brothers, Nelson Budder, Joe Budder, Harvey Budder, Mose Budder, Jack Budder and James Budder, all of the Kenwood community, near Jay; three sisters, Mary Lou King and Brenda Sikes, both of the Kenwood community, and Darlene Jennings, Jay; and four grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Euwasha Baptist Church, Kenwood community. The Rev. Chester Crittenden and Richard Budder will officiate. Burial will be in the Euwasha Cemetery. 

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

Guida Chamberlain 

GROVE, Okla. Guida Roark Chamberlain, 74, Grove, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Chamberlain was born Aug. 8, 1922, at Anderson, Mo. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Grove. 

She married C. Robert Chamberlain on Aug. 5, 1944, at Kansas City, Kan. He survives. 

Additional survivors include three sons, George Edward Chamberlain, Sandy, Utah, Robert Louis Chamberlain, Grove, and William Thomas Chamberlain, Houston, Texas; a brother, Jean Roark, Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Margaret Jekel, the state of Arizona, and Lillian Woodward, Anderson; and three grandchildren. 

The body has been cremated. No services are planned. 

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

Mary Cunningham 

EUCHA, Okla. Mary Jane Cunningham, 52, Eucha, died at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a sudden illness. 

Mrs. Cunningham was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Eucha and was a lifetime area resident. She was a caretaker for the Claremore Club. 

She married William ``Dude'' Cunningham on Sept. 18, 1963. He died May 8, 1984. 

Survivors include two sons, James Cunningham and Jeff Cunningham, both of Eucha; two brothers, Frank Chewey, Eucha, and Robert Creekkiller, Parsons, Kan.; and one grandson whom she raised, Dylan Cunningham of Eucha. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hillside Baptist Church, near Jay. The Rev. John Wayne Summerfield will officiate. 

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

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