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J.T. Crowder

J.T. Crowder, 86, 1515 Missouri Ave., died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at his home after a one-year illness.

Mr. Crowder was born July 26, 1910, in Humphries County, Tenn. He had lived in Joplin since 1936. He owned and operated Crowder Tree Surgery and Construction Co. He later owned and operated Crowder Tree Surgery and Pest Control from 1943 until retiring in 1985.

He was an elder, deacon and trustee of Bethany Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Fellowship Lodge No. 345, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Joplin; and Ruth Chapter No. 177 Order of Eastern Star.

He married Mary Lee Burpo on June 1, 1935, at Fulton, Ky. She survives.

Surviving are two daughters Janice Myers, 126 N. Grace Drive, and Mary Jo Bishop, 1521 Grand Ave.; a sister, Bertha Marie Anderson, Joplin; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany Presbyterian Church. The Rev. William Brock Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Storm, Warren Myers, James Myers, Karl Nicholes, Dick DuRall and John Studebaker.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary. The family will be at the home, 1515 Missouri Ave.

Donations may be made to the organ fund at Bethany Presbyterian Church or to the donor's favorite charity.

Harry Hay

Private services for Harry William Hay, 64, Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Joplin, who died Friday, will be conducted in Joplin.

He was a truck driver for Tri-State Motor Transit Co., Duenweg, and had worked for Missouri Steel Castings Co., Joplin.

Survivors include a daughter, Reatha Lori Matejcek, Davenport.

Arrangements are under the direction of McGinnis, Chambers & Sass Funeral Home, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Gordon Menhusen

Minert Menhusen, 72, Tonganoxie, Kan., formerly of Joplin, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kan., after an illness.

Mr. Menhusen was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Jewell County, Kan. He retired in 1984 as a department manager for Montgomery Ward, Joplin. He moved to Tonganoxie in 1995.

He was a member of Royal Heights United Methodist Church, Joplin. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

He married Doris Marie Finley on May 16, 1948, at Glen Elder, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Gary Menhusen, Tonganoxie; three daughters, Jeannie Morris and Cathy Menhusen, Joplin, and Debbie Gravatt, Tonganoxie; five brothers, Albert Menhusen and Paul Menhusen, both of Wamego, Kan., Merlin Menhusen and Benard Menhusen, both of Jewell, Kan., and Ronnie Menhusen, Rockaway Beach; a sister, Thelda Yapp, Manhattan, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 30 at Tonganoxie Christian Church. The Rev. Vernon Finley officiated. Burial was in Jewell (Kan.) Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to American Lung Association, in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie.

Mary Cahalan

PIERCE CITY, Mo. Mary M. Cahalan, 99, Pierce City, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at Cox Monett Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Cahalan was born April 3, 1897, at Pierce City. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Her husband, James Cahalan, died in 1972.

A son also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Vincent Cahalan and James Cahalan, both of Pierce City; a daughter, Agnes Kahre, Pierce City; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Dan Hirtz will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Pierce City.

Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City, where visitation will follow.

The body may be viewed from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

John Junkin

CARTHAGE, Mo. John E. Junkin, 90, Carthage, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Junkin was born June 11, 1906, at Mercer, Pa. He moved to Carthage in 1948. He was a graduate of Duke University and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a retired plant resident engineer for Hercules Powder Company, Joplin.

He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Carthage, and a charter member of Broadview Country Club, Carthage.

He married Emily ``Dude'' Price on Sept. 27, 1934, at New Castle, Pa. She died July 21, 1981.

He also was preceded in death by a daughter.

Survivors include a son, Bill Junkin, Tarzana, Calif.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Carthage. The Rev. Timothy Loc will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Morrow, Joe Morrow, Ernie Heisten, Pat Phelps, Robert Locarni and Lang Rogers.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ulmer Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to St. Ann's Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home.

Barbara Meadows

WEBB CITY, Mo. Barbara Ann Meadows, 58, 122 N. Ball St., died at 11:23 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Meadows was born Feb. 8, 1938, at Pumpkin Center, Okla. She graduated in 1969 from Northeast Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, Okla., and with a master's degree in 1987 from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She taught biology at Webb City High School from 1969 to 1995. She had taught at Drury College, Springfield.

She was a member of First Congregational Church at Neosho, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Missouri State Teachers Association, National Science Group and National Guard Foundation Support Group.

She married Charles Meadows on March 14, 1970. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Keith Addison, Copan, Okla.; three daughters, Jessica Meadows, Webb City, Lee Ann Fleming, Carthage, and Teresa Harper, Vadnais Heights, Minn.; her mother, Lorraine Baird, Webb City; a brother, Jerry Baird, Sand Springs, Okla.; a sister, Patty Thorne, Neosho; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Church of Oronogo. Kent Williams, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Woolsey, Bob Brown, Jerry Walker, Gary Garvey, Larry Sweet and Hank Douglas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Contributions may be made to Webb City High School Scholarship Foundation.

Vera Sitze

LAMAR, Mo. Vera N. Salow Sitze, 85, Cedar Hill, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997, at a Cedar Hill nursing home of natural causes. A brother, Earl Salow, Lamar, survives.

Mrs. Sitze was born April 20, 1911, in the country of Canada. She was a homemaker.

She married Edward C. Sitze on Feb. 6, 1944. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Ron ``Palette'' Sitze, High Ridge.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Dudenville Cemetery, Dudenville, with the Rev. Cliff Crockett officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill.

Jack Solomon

WEBB CITY, Mo. Graveside services for L.A. ``Jack'' Solomon, 86, 1515 S. Jefferson, St., who died Friday, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Randy L. Wilson, minster, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Benjamin Thurman

NEOSHO, Mo. Benjamin F. Thurman, 89, rural Neosho, died at 7:54 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Thurman was born Oct. 25, 1907, at Joplin. He had lived in the Neosho and Racine areas most of his life. He was a retired auto mechanic.

Survivors include a brother, Edward Thurman, rural Neosho.

The body has been taken for cremation.

Arrangements are pending with Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Patricia White

ANDERSON, Mo. Patricia M. White, 73, Borger, Texas, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at St. Anthony's Hospice, Amarillo, Texas, after an illness. She was the mother of Shelley Smith, Anderson.

Mrs. White was born Oct. 11, 1923, at Lawton, Okla. She had lived in Borger for 68 years.

She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Borger. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi and a volunteer at Golden Plains Community Hospital.

She married W.C. White on April 20, 1985, at Borger. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, William C. White Jr., Borger; six daughters, Shannon Baldwin, Comanche, Okla., Nona White, Amarillo, Cecile Clendennen, Melba White and Pat Tracy, all of Borger, and Yvonne Blue, Dumas, Texas; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Sam B. Hulsey will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Borger, under the direction of Brown Funeral Directors, Borger.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter's Memorial Fund or St. Anthony's Hospice.

Inez Wimsett

CARTERVILLE, Mo. Services for Inez K. Wimsett, 94, 600 E. Main St., who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carterville Christian Church.

Jim Marcum, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond (Mo.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bud Hulderman, Neil Robinson, Steve Gannaway, Walter Carnes, Don Sapp and Sid Allsbury.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Contributions may be made to Carterville Christian Church.

Barbara Hamilton

FRONTENAC, Kan. Barbara A. Hamilton, 70, Frontenac, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after an illness.

Mrs. Hamilton was born Sept. 9, 1926, in the state of Vermont. She attended nursing school at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. She was a registered nurse and had worked at Kansas University Medical Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Miami County Medical Center and Osawatomie State Hospital, where she was employed for 24 years. She retired in 1988.

She was a member of Bucyrus (Kan.) Methodist Church and attended Assembly of God Church, Pittsburg.

She married Robert Hamilton on June 26, 1948 at LaCygne. He preceded her in death.

She also was preceded in death by twin sons.

Survivors include two daughters, Karon Ratkay, Tulsa, Okla., and Joyce Hamilton, Pittsburg; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bucyrus Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carl Walker officiating. Burial will be in State Line Cemetery, west of Amoret, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Carl Schmidt, Terry Lutz, Russell Ratkay, Forrest Hamilton Jr., Ryan Hamilton and Steve Smyth.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lighthouse Temple Church of God in Christ, Pittsburg.

Arrangements are under the direction of Runyan Funeral Home, Louisburg.

Contributions may be made American Diabetes Association.

Tommy Reeves

GALENA, Kan. Tommy J. Reeves, 67, Galena, died at 1:08 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at Veterans Affairs Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., after a long illness.

Mr. Reeves was born March 13, 1929, at Olney, Texas. He moved to Galena from the state of California.

He was an Army veteran and retired from the Army in 1955.

The body has been cremated. No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Ruby Byrd

GROVE, Okla. Ruby Pearl Byrd, 52, Grove, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mrs. Byrd was born Sept. 14, 1944, at Maysville, Ark. She moved to Grove in 1989. She was a homemaker.

She married Jimmy Byrd on Oct. 31, 1989, at Charleston, S.C. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Mark A. Garrett, Siloam Springs, Ark.; three brothers, Melvin Morgan, Jay, Johnny Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., and Leonard Morgan, Eucha; a sister, Georgia Duvall, Grove; a grandchild; and a niece, Teresa Morgan, whom she raised, of the home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eucha Cemetery, near Jay. The Rev. Gary Bishop will officiate.

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

Josie Fore

QUAPAW, Okla. Josephine ``Josie'' Watson Fore, 60, Quapaw route 1, died at 9:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, in a two-vehicle accident south of Picher.

Mrs. Fore was born March 15, 1936, at Picher. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a member of the Quapaw Indian tribe. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Jack William Fore, died March 10, 1985.

Survivors include three sisters, Georgie Ann Owens and Mary Stasell, both of Quapaw, and Martha Jane Longan, Bernice.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Bonnie DeHaven
 

Bonnie K. West DeHaven, 48, 201 N. Wall Ave., died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. DeHaven was born May 22, 1948, at Trenton, Mich. She moved to Joplin in 1969 from Michigan. She worked at LaBarge in Joplin. She was a member of Teamsters Union No. 823, Joplin.

She married Waymond DeHaven on Nov. 27, 1992, at Galena, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Kallie Hooker, Carl Junction; her mother, Gertrude Henry, address unavailable; a brother, Gary Rodgers, Joplin; three sisters, Jean Parks and Darlene Tucker, both of Joplin, and Denise Lee, Carl Junction; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Charlie Walker, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Wayne Grimmett

Graveside services for Leo ``Wayne'' Grimmett, 73, 102 E. Second St., who died Dec. 19, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Rev. Lester Nutting will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Vera Poe

Vera E. Poe, Joplin, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Poe was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved in 1945 to Joplin from Kansas City. She was a bookkeeper and credit manager from 1945 to 1965 at Joplin Auto Supply. She attended Wildwood Baptist Church, rural Joplin.

She married Lewie Poe on Jan. 10, 1929, in Joplin. He died April 18, 1945.

Surviving are a son, David Poe, Joplin; a grandson, and two great- granddaughters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. Brent Davis and the Rev. Chuck Edwards will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Elmer Rossman
 

Elmer C. Rossman, 59, Joplin route 7, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after several months of ill health.

Mr. Rossman was born Oct. 22, 1937, at Baxter Springs, Kan. He attended Baxter Springs schools. He moved to Joplin five years ago from the state of North Carolina. He served in the Marine Corps. He was a construction worker.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Rossman and Terry Rossman, both of the state of North Carolina; three daughters, Evelyn Rossman, Elaine Rossman and Beverly Rossman, all of the state of North Carolina; two brothers, Joseph Rossman, North Miami, Okla., and Franklin Rossman, Joplin route 10; two sisters, Betty Hall and Imogene Arnold, both of Joplin; and several grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Barbara Snyder
 

Barbara A. Boucher Snyder, 39, Sanford, Fla., a former Joplin resident, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4, 1997, at her home of a sudden illness.

Mrs. Snyder was born April 25, 1957, in Joplin. She moved to Florida in 1989. She was graduated in 1975 from the former Joplin Parkwood High School. She was a truck driver for Southeastern Container in Florida and was a former horse trainer. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church, DeLand, Fla.

Survivors include her husband, Randall ``Randy'' Snyder; a son, James Ryan Willard, of the home; her mother, Lenny Love, Joplin; her father, Allen Boucher, Diamond; and a brother, Eugene ``Gene'' Love Jr., Gaston, N.C.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at United Pentecostal Church, DeLand.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beacon's National Cremation Society, Winter Park, Fla.

Charles Stephens
 

Charles A. Stephens, 92, 1130 Jackson Ave., died at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at his home after a six-month illness.

Mr. Stephens was born Aug. 30, 1904, in Joplin. He was a lifelong local resident. He worked for Jackson Drug Co. He later worked for 30 years at Myers Motor Co. and for 40 years at Pennington Drug Co. He retired Jan. 1, 1994.

He married Rebecca Jayne Babb on May 5, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Christopher Wayne Babb, of the home; two daughters, Sheba Anne Stephens and Myrna Edwards, both of Joplin; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Sam Ratzlaff, Steve Molitor, Howard Thomason, Clarence Scheurick, Chris Sutton and Bill Huddleston.

Jess Alexander
 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Jess Q. Alexander, 83, Carthage, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Alexander was born April 25, 1913, at Red Oak. He had lived most of his life in the Carthage area. He worked for Sperry-Vickers in Joplin before he retired.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carthage.

He married Ollene Gilbreath on Feb. 19, 1944, in Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include a brother, John Alexander, Lee's Summit; and a sister, Cuma Baker, Lee's Summit.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ulmer Funeral Home. The Rev. Byron Gilbreath and the Rev. Jim Lawley will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Carthage, in care of the funeral home.

Wallace Barrett
 

SARCOXIE, Mo. Wallace C. Barrett, 85, Sarcoxie, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Barrett was born Feb. 17, 1911, at Billings. He moved to Sarcoxie in 1985 from Paris, Mo. He was a farmer and a member of Billings Christian Church.

He married Thelma Marie Jones on May 21, 1951. She died May 30, 1994.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Greer and Dorothy Bishop, both of Springfield, and Beverly Dunkle, Sarcoxie; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Shorty Edwards
 

SENECA, Mo. Forrest C. ``Shorty'' Edwards, 85, 3658 Highway DD, died at 6:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness.

Mr. Edwards was born April 26, 1912, at Pleasant Hill. He moved to the Seneca area in 1925. He worked for Bowler Plumbing and Neosho Nurseries, both of Neosho. He was a retired farmer.

He married Agnes Murray on July 13, 1935, near Neosho. She survives.

Survivors include a son, Larry Edwards, Goodman; two daughters, Daisy Allen, Neosho, and Barbara Briley, Seneca; a sister, Marie Tucker, Vero Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Swars Prairie Baptist Church, south of Seneca. The Rev. James Shope will officiate. Burial will be in Swars Prairie Baptist Cemetery, south of Seneca.

Pallbearers will be Max Chester, Donald Chester, Jerry Chester, Martin Mather, Norman Drake and Donald Boyer.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret Gismondi
 

MONETT, Mo. Margaret Gismondi, 70, Monett, died at 3:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mrs. Gismondi was born Oct. 30, 1926, at Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Monett in 1993 from California. She was a homemaker and had retired as a telephone operator in California. She was a Catholic and a volunteer with the Aids Foundation.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Redhawk, state of Minnesota, and Richard Gismondi, San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Regina, whose last name and address were unavailable; two brothers, Gerald ``Jerry'' Chartier, Long Island, N.Y., and James Chartier, Hurst, Texas; two sisters, Geraldine Dinkin, state of New Jersey, and Moroline Perri, New York, N.Y.; a half brother, Jack Chartier, New York; and a half sister, Estelle Chartier, New York.

The body has been cremated. No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Tony Godek
 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Anthony ``Tony'' J. Godek, 72, Carthage route 4, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Godek was born May 12, 1924, at Plymouth, Pa. He moved to Carthage in 1986 from Attleboro, Mass. He was owner and operator of R.T.M. Manufacturing Co. at Attleboro. He retired in 1986.

He was a Catholic and a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Betty Bell on April 27, 1946, in Attleboro. She survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Sharon Davidson, Speer, Ill., Carol Brown and Sandra DeCasta, both of Taunton, Mass.; a son, David Godek, Carthage route 4; three brothers, Larry Godek, Lincoln, R.I., Walter Godek, state of Florida, and Charles Godek, state of Hawaii; a sister, Angela Chambers, Taunton, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at a later date at Attleboro, Mass.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary.

Homer Lay
 

NEOSHO, Mo. Homer Franklin Lay, 81, 18622 Norway Road, died at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at his home after one year of ill health.

Mr. Lay was born May 11, 1915, at Saginaw. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a self-employed tow bar driver for 26 years and had been a truck driver for the Newton County Road District for 12 years.

He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, east of Neosho.

His wife, Ruth Marie Boyer, died Dec. 11, 1989.

Survivors include a son, Harrell Lay, Neosho; a daughter, Mona Taylor, Carthage; a brother, Elmer Lay, Neosho; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at IOOF Cemetery, Neosho. Bill Whitfield, pastor, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Margaret McMillin, Jim McMillin, Jim Lay, Bill Brock, Lee Brock and Joe Boyer.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Faye McLemore
 

GREENFIELD, Mo. Faye K. McLemore, 90, Greenfield, died at 3:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at a nursing home in Greenfield after an illness.

Mrs. McLemore was born Aug. 11, 1906, in Lawrence County. She was a retired school teacher.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Greenfield and United Methodist Women.

She married Ralph McLemore in 1945 in Greenfield. He died in 1960.

Survivors include a sister, Bertie McConnell, Greenfield.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery.

Iris Mosley
 

NEOSHO, Mo. Iris Angel Mosley, infant daughter of Heather Thompson and Justin Allen Mosley, both of Neosho, died at birth at 7:51 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin.

Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, Wayne Thompson and Patricia Thompson, both of Neosho; paternal grandfather, Mark Mosley, Neosho; and paternal great-grandparents, Gene and Ella Mosley, Neosho.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Alan Brock will officiate.

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

Wendel Pettibon
 

NEVADA, Mo. Wendel Durwood Pettibon, 74, El Dorado Springs, died Monday night, Jan. 6, 1997, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital, El Dorado Springs, after a sudden illness. He was the father of Larry W. Pettibon, Nevada.

Mr. Pettibon was born June 8, 1922, at Deerfield. He worked as a plant manager for MFA Plant Foods in El Dorado Springs for 21 years. He retired in 1987.

He was a member of Sylvandale Baptist Church in Vernon County and the Disabled American Veterans. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Ethel Mae Wolfe on July 7, 1944, at Fort Scott, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include another son, Ronald Pettibon, El Dorado Springs; three daughters, Carolyn Alexander, Judy McGuirk and Lana Gray, all of El Dorado Springs; a brother, Quentin Pettibon, Nevada; two sisters, Eloise Nelson and Marvel Beerbower, both of Fort Scott; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Deerfield (Mo.) Cemetery.

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

Kathleen Presley
 

MONETT, Mo. Kathleen Ann Presley, 89, Costa Mesa, Calif., a former Monett resident, died at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at a nursing home in Costa Mesa after a long illness.

Mrs. Presley was born Dec. 25, 1907, at Crane. She was a homemaker. She and her husband owned and operated the Plaza Motel in Monett for several years.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Monett.

She married James Presley on May 29, 1926, at Bentonville, Ark. He died Oct. 4, 1987.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Presley, New Orleans, La.; two daughters, Betty Hartell, Norfolk, Va., and Nancy Sanders, Albuquerque, N.M.; and 12 grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Ellen Rumsfeld
 

CARTHAGE, Mo. Ellen A. Rumsfeld, 88, Carthage route 5, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Rumsfeld was born July 6, 1908, at Alicia, Ark. She lived and worked for more than 40 years as a telephone operator at Chicago, Ill. She retired in 1964. She moved in June 1984 to Carthage. She attended Fellowship Baptist Church, Carthage.

She married Herbert Rumsfeld on July 4, 1964, in Chicago. He died in 1979.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Birdsall, Carthage route 5; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. The Rev. Charles Chrisman will officiate. Burial will be in Fullerton Cemetery, south of Carthage.

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

Louis Sitz
 

NEVADA, Mo. Louis Herman Sitz, 80, Nevada, died Monday night, Jan. 6, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. Sitz was born Nov. 24, 1916, in Ellis County, Kan. He moved to Vernon County in 1960. He was a farmer. He retired in 1979. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nevada.

He married Ruth May Sloan on July 7, 1938, at Russell, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Ernest Hugh Sitz, Nevada, and Edward Louis Sitz, Liberty; a daughter, Laurie Gold, Joplin; a sister, Elgerine Elliott, Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nevada. The Rev. Helmuth Eisenbraun will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call until 1 p.m. Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nevada.

Billy Forkner
 

COLUMBUS, Kan. Billy Forkner, 60, 519 W. Sycamore St., Columbus, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mr. Forkner was born Feb. 12, 1936, near Hallowell. He attended rural schools in Cherokee County and was graduated in 1954 from Cherokee County Community High School. He received a State Farmer award in 1954 from the Future Farmers of America.

He was a Marine Corps veteran who served for 20 years and retired in 1974. He worked for Procter & Gamble, Albany, Ga., from 1974 to 1978. He was self-employed in the construction business in Albany until he moved to Columbus in 1982. In Columbus, he started B&S Construction Co. He also was an assistant teacher in the building trades program at Columbus High School.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, Columbus.

He married Shirley Coy on July 30, 1958, at Crestline. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Mark Forkner, Columbus; three daughters, Sheri Jarrett and Glenda Peterson, both of Columbus, and Sheila Kimbrell, Albany; his mother, Bessie Kepner, Columbus; four sisters, Betty Marshall, June Evans, Nancy Rowton and Dorothy Wells, all of Columbus; three brothers, Leonard Forkner, Joe Forkner and Stanley Forkner, all of Columbus; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Garland Bohn officiating. Burial will be in McKee Cemetery, northwest of Columbus.

Graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Keith Reeves Post No. 3, Columbus.

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

Harl Irwin
 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Harl Vear Irwin, 82, Coffeyville, a former Baxter Springs resident, died Saturday night, Jan. 4, 1997, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center after an illness.

Mr. Irwin was born Oct. 26, 1914, at Webb City, Mo. He was graduated in 1931 from Picher (Okla.) High School. He moved to rural Baxter Springs in 1947 and farmed. He also worked for Spencer Chemical Co. at Riverton. He moved to the state of Colorado in 1995 and to Coffeyville in December 1996.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Baxter Springs and Ottawa Masonic Lodge No. 492, Quapaw, Okla.

He married Imogene Smith on April 21, 1935, at Picher. She died Feb. 27, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Derryberry, Coffeyville route 5; a son, Dennis Irwin, Broomfield, Colo.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. Private burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Service, Coffeyville.

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Baxter Springs.

Pearl Albro
 

GROVE, Okla. Pearl Aleene Albro, 76, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Albro was born Dec. 18, 1920, at Mullenville, Kan. She built Buffalo Ranch in 1953 with her first husband, then continued to operate the ranch after his death.

Her husband, Russell King, died in 1963. She married Leo Albro on Dec. 22, 1973. He survives.

Additional survivors include a stepdaughter, Wanda Cobb, Tulsa; two brothers, James Karnes, Dodge City, Kan., and Gary Karnes, the state of Kansas; five sisters, Clara Pendley, St. Louis, Mo., Bessie Wilder, Alexandria, La., Estella Land, Baton Rouge, La., Marjean Rinker, Greensburg, Kan., and Frances Henderson, Dodge City; two step-granddaughters and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Grove. The Rev. Lloyd Crawford and the Rev. Nicky Blackford will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Greensburg (Kan.) Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Grove.

Lawanna Burris
 

MIAMI, Okla. Lawanna Burris, 73, 3614 Seneca St., died at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, after an illness.

Mrs. Burris was born April 14, 1923. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Phil Burris, Seneca, Mo.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ottawa County Cemetery, south of Miami.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Shirley Carroll
 

ZENA, Okla. Shirley Payne Carroll, 60, Zena, died at 9:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at Grove (Okla.) General Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Carroll was born Aug. 6, 1936, at Okanogan, Wash. She and her husband moved to the area 12 years ago from Whittier, Calif. She was a bookkeeper for Grand Lake Telephone Co. for 10 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She married Charles James Quarles on May 29, 1954, at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, John Carroll and James Carroll, both of Apple Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Lora Lee Robinson, Apple Valley; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay. The Rev. Dewane Stone will officiate. Burial will be in Duffield Cemetery, Jay.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Robinson, Mattie Carroll, Andy Carroll, C.J. Brewer, Bruce Hicks and Duane Creason.

Josie Fore
 

QUAPAW, Okla. Services for Josephine ``Josie'' Watson Fore, 60, Quapaw route 1, who died Monday, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

The Rev. Floyd Ford and the Rev. Gary Rhoades will officiate. Burial will be in Greenback Family Cemetery, east of Quapaw.

Pallbearers will be Mickey Helms, Mark Owens, Steve Owens, Scott Owens, David Longan and Michael Longan.

The body will lie in state at the family home, 64011 East 57 Road, east of Quapaw.

Betty Murphy
 

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Betty Nell Murphy, 70, Miami route 1, who died Friday, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

The Rev. H.R. Gabriel and the Rev. Bob Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Mike Norman, Kenneth Norris, Dick Wyatt, Jimmie Wyatt Jr., Jack Wyatt Jr. and Curtis Wyatt.

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

Donald Wildgen
 

MIAMI, Okla. Donald B. Wildgen, 83, 710 13th Ave. N.W., Miami, died at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital, Blue Springs, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Wildgen was born Sept. 3, 1913, at Joplin. He moved to Commerce at age 12. He was graduated in 1931 from Commerce High School. He moved to Miami in 1978 after he retired from Boeing Aircraft Co., Wichita, Kan.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a life member of the Moore-McCoy post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Miami, and the Disabled American Veterans.

He married Bonnie Mildred Wildgen in May 1966. She died Dec. 11, 1982.

Surviving are a stepson, Earl D. Dunham Sr., Blue Springs; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Dale Rogers will officiate.


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