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Bessie Evilsizer
Bessie M. Evilsizer, 86, 4542 Old Highway 71, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.
Mrs. Evilsizer was born Sept. 18, 1910, near Grove, Okla. She had lived since 1976 in the Joplin area, moving from the state of Montana. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She married Clarence Evilsizer on Jan. 29, 1929, at Miami, Okla. He survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Tom Evilsizer, Lawton, Okla.; a daughter, Sharon Durels, New York, N.Y.; a sister, Jo Allen, Los Angeles, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Cemetery, Lawton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Becker Funeral Home, Lawton.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Florence Harbaugh
Ruby Florence Harbaugh, 82, 2107 Murphy Ave., died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at her home after a long illness.
Ms. Harbaugh was born Aug. 5, 1914 at Carterville. She was a lifelong area resident. She formerly worked at Freeman Hospital in the linen supply department. She retired in 1981. She was a member of the Blendville Christian Church and the Goodwill Class of the church.
Survivors include a brother, Delbert Harbaugh, Joplin; and a sister, Betty Cogbill, Joplin.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery.
The Rev. Kyle Gardner will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thornill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

Dovie Henning
Services for Dovie Henning, 75, 2831 Kentucky Ave., who died Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.
The Rev. Charlie Davidson and the Rev. Charlie Burnett will officiate.
Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.
Contributions may be made to Harmony Heights Baptist Church.

Ben Springer
Ben R. Springer, 64, 604 Plaza Drive, died at 12:30 a.m. Monday, March 24,
1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, after a long illness.
Mr. Springer was born July 5, 1932 at King Fisher, Okla. He had been a Joplin resident since 1980. He was a self-employed real estate broker. He was a U.S. Army sergeant in the Korean War. He was a volunteer at Quapaw Long House, Quapaw, Okla. and a member of Mended Hearts Club of St. John's, Joplin.
He was also president of the central states of the American Association of Peruvian Paso Horses.
He married Florence Barnett on Nov. 1, 1953 at Hernando, Miss. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Kyle Springer, Joplin, and Dan Townsend, Madisonville, Texas; a sister, Anna Mae Vivian, Pryor, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.
Burial will be in Ottawa Indian Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
Contributions may be made to Quapaw Long House Children's Fund.

Nellie Brown
EXETER, Mo. - Nellie Rozella Brown, 85, Fayetteville, Ark., formerly of Exeter, died at 3:09 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at Fayetteville City Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Brown was born June 6, 1911, at Neosho. She was educated in Newton County before moving in 1941 to Barry County. She later lived in Kansas City before returning to Barry County in the early 1970s. She moved to Fayetteville about two years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Exeter.
She married Leslie Elmont Brown on Aug. 27, 1928, at Neosho. He died March 6, 1971.
Survivors include two sons, Bud Brown, Exeter, and L.D. Brown, Hindsville, Ark.; a daughter, Luma Day, El Dorado, Kan.; a brother, Wilford Brazeel, Anderson; a half-sister, Clona Bertalotto, Rocky Comfort; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Hugh Higgs and the Rev. Jerry Yarnell will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

Gary Corum
SARCOXIE, Mo. - Services for Gary Corum, 37, Grain Valley, a former Sarcoxie resident, who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. Don Housh will officiate.
Burial will be in Harvey Cemetery, north of Sarcoxie. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include a sister, Carolyn Whisner, Kansas City, Kan.

Naida DeSha
NEVADA, Mo. - Naida Pauline DeSha, 73, Independence, a former Nevada resident, died Sunday, March 23, 1997, at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. DeSha was born Feb. 10, 1924, at Sheldon. She lived most of her life in the Nevada area and worked at the State Hospital in Nevada until 1976. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1978, where she lived the remainder of her life. She was a member of Phillipsburg Christian Church.
Survivors include six daughters, Mary Redman, Blue Springs, Margaret DeSha, Riley, N.C., Iva Quillin, Independence, Sandra Hall, Phillipsburg, Dawn DeSha, Lawrence, Kan., and Ruth Hall, Sapulpa, Okla; two sons, Richard DeSha, Spring Lake, N.C., and Randy Lee DeSha, Lawrence, Kan.; eight brothers, Roland Rapp, Independence, Donald Rapp, Garden City, Leon Rapp, Drexel, Buford Rapp, St. Louis, John Rapp, Kansas City, B.J. Rapp, Derby, Kan., Robert Rapp, Yorktown, Va., and David Rapp, Parkville; and a sister, Sharon Albertson, Independence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The Rev. Roger Tribble and the Rev. Ben McFerron will officiate. Burial will be in Milo Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Friends may call until the hour of services.
Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or National Kidney Foundation.

Sylvia Geddes
NOEL, Mo. - Sylvia Helen Geddes, 75, Noel route 1, died at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at an Anderson nursing home of an illness.
Mrs. Geddes was born May 9, 1921, at Weatherford, Okla. She worked in quality control at a plastics company. She had lived since 1976 at Noel, moving from Edmond, Okla. She was a member of Noel United Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge, Alfalfa, Okla.
She married James Geddes on March 30, 1942, at Chickasha, Okla. He died Feb. 6, 1990.
Survivors include four sons, James Michael Geddes, Garland, Texas, Alexander ``Sandy'' Geddes, Gainesville, Fla., and Gary Gene Geddes and Troy Dean Geddes, both of Noel; two daughters, Patricia Anne Finnegan, Escondido, Calif., and Dianne Lynn Arnold, Panama City, Fla.; three brothers, Arthur
Ratzlaff, Slayton, Texas, Roy Ratzlaff, Lamesa, Texas, and Kenneth Ratzlaff, Covina, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Noel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Noel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel.
Contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Association for the Blind, in care of the funeral home.

Rhett McIntire
SENECA, Mo. - Rhett A. McIntire, 16, 9282 Antelope Road, died at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center of injuries received in a traffic accident.
Mr. McIntire was born Feb. 5, 1981, at Tempe, Ariz. He moved to Seneca in Aug. 1996 from Mesa, Ariz. He was a sophomore at Seneca High School. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He held the Life rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 50. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neosho Ward. He held the Aaronic
Priesthood. Survivors include his parents, Michael and Janet McIntire; three brothers, Tosh McIntire, Graham McIntire, and Porter McIntire, all of the home; two sisters, Bethanie McIntire, and Paige McIntire, both of the home; paternal grandparents, E. Burnell and Lora McIntire, Mongolia, Margaret and Howard Reed, Flagstaff, Ariz.; maternal grandparents, Glenda and Bob Phillips, Mesa, Ariz., and Glen Horning, Mesa, Ariz.; maternal great-grandparents, Homer and Velma Roberts, Mesa, Ariz.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neosho Ward Chapel. Stephen McDaniel will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Burial will be Saturday in Mesa, Ariz.
Arrangements are under the direction of Woodard-Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho.

Virginia Parkison
LIBERAL, Mo. - Virginia M. Parkison, 73, Liberal, died at 10:07 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a long illness.
Mrs. Parkison was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Barton County. She had been a life-long resident. She retired as vice president of Barton County State Bank.
She worked at State Bank for 32 years. She was a member of First Christian Church, Lamar. She was a member of Golden Ambassador Class at the church.
She was also a member of Friendly Circle Club, Mindenmines.
She married Herbert Parkison on Aug. 26, 1945, at Girard, Kan. He survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Sonja Bornheimer, Belton; a brother, Roy Frieden, Wheatfield, Ind.; a sister, Arlene Gastel, Nevada; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Doug Oakes, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery, Lamar.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Gladys Platt
NEOSHO, Mo. - Gladys Lorene Platt, 84, Tampa, Fla., formerly of Neosho, died at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 1997, at a Tampa nursing home after a long illness.
Mrs. Platt was born March 31, 1912, at Seligman. She also had lived at Monark Springs and Tulsa, Okla.
She worked for many years in the drapery department at J.C. Penney, Neosho.
She had worked as a cook at Crowder College. She was a licensed practical nurse and worked for 14 years at the former Sale Hospital, Neosho, now Freeman
Neosho Hospital. She retired in 1971.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Neosho, and First Baptist Church, Tampa.
She married George Leland Platt on Feb. 18, 1932. He died Aug. 17, 1977.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Robe, Tampa, and Margaret Ann Street, Tulsa; four sisters, Mabel Gregory, Victoria, Texas, Hazel Matthews, Arkansas City, Kan., and Helen Barlow and Ruth Matthews, both of Neosho; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Neosho, with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho. A memorial service will be at a later date at Tampa.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Dale Saville
STARK CITY, Mo. - Dale Carlisle Saville, 78, Stark City, died at 5:10 a.m. Monday, March, 24, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a two-year illness.
Mr. Saville was born May 20, 1918, at York, Neb. He moved to Missouri in the early 1940s. He delivered milk door-to-door in Joplin before buying a dairy farm.
He served on the board of directors of Farmers Co-op, Stark City, during the 1960s. He also served on the board of directors of Farm Bureau for 20 years.
He married Jessie V. Maloney on May 28, 1941. She survives.
Additional survivors include a sister, Mabelle Lentz, Humansville.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Larry Neil will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho.
Pallbearers will be Gene Grissom, Jim Lewis, Ralph Buckner, Troy Carterman, George Carney and Bill Arwood.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.

John Scharrer
LIBERAL, Mo. - John A. Scharrer, 48, Liberal, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Scharrer was born December 14, 1948 at Colorado Springs, Colo. He had lived at Liberal for five years. He was a truck driver for Fleming-Babcock Inc. at Riverside for 17 years. He was a member of Hannon Free Will Baptist Church, north of Liberal.
He married Kim R. Smith on Feb. 1, 1986 at Topeka, Kan. She survives.
Additional survivors include three sons, Christopher Scharrer and Dylan Scharrer, both of the home, and Scott Scharrer, Kansas City; and a daughter, Melinda ``Mindy'' Scharrer, of the home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hannon Free Will Baptist Church.
The Rev. George Nauman and the Rev. Bob Dickey will officiate. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Topeka, Kan.
The family will receive friends at their home, 302 S. Wilson, Liberal.
Pallbearers will be Scott Scharrer, Loren Page, Kevin Smith, Keith Smith, Bill Knox and Virgil Adams.
Contributions may be made to the Keith Worthington Chapter of the Amyotorphic Lateral Sclerosis Association, in care of the funeral home.

Hilda Schoen
PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Hilda Anna Schoen, 88, Pierce City route 1, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness.
Mrs. Schoen was born March 20, 1909, at Freistatt. She lived most of her life in the Pierce City and Freistatt areas. She retired in 1985 after 16 at Tyson's Food Processing, Monett. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt.
She married Gerhard P. Schoen on Feb. 16, 1933, at Friestatt. He died Dec. 12, 1968.
Survivors include a daughter, Lois Kaiser, Pierce City; a brother, Erhard Osterloh, Monett; a sister, Erna Doennig, Monett; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. The Rev. Keith Christiansen will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.
Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Joseph Shields
CARTHAGE, Mo. - Graveside services for Joseph R. Shields, 68, 1002 Fulton St., who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Park Cemetery. Marvin VanGilder, minister, will officiate. Burial will follow under direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Ted Weidman
LAMAR, Mo. - Chester C. ``Ted'' Weidman, 91, Lamar, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at his home, after a long illness.
Mr. Weidman was born July 7, 1905, at Lamar. He was a truck driver for Complete Auto Transit of St. Louis for many years. He was a member of the Teamsters union. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lamar.
His wife, Ila Turner, died in July 1971.
He married Cecilia Steiner on May 10, 1980, at Morrison. She survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Richard Weidman, Hazelwood; a daughter, Vera Langeneckert, Florissant; seven stepsons, Leo Steiner, Wright City, Jim Steiner, Warrenton, Carl Steiner, Jefferson City, Fred Steiner, state of Hawaii, and Cecil Steiner, Harold Steiner, and John Steiner, all of Herman; a
sister, Alvira Glaze, Lamar; three grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven great-stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Thomas Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.
Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to American Lung Association.

Mary Dickson
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Mary V. Dickson, 92, 1215 Lincoln Ave., died at 6:45 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at a Joplin, Mo., nursing home after a 10-day illness.
Mrs. Dickson was born Oct. 3, 1904, at Portland, Ore. She moved 65 years ago to Baxter Springs from Grove, Okla. She was a member of First Christian Church and its Loyal Hustlers Sunday school class. She was a past member of Order of the Eastern Star.
She married Marion G. Dickson on Dec. 29, 1932, at Columbus. He died July 16, 1983.
Survivors include a son, James Michael Dickson, Portage, Wis.; a daughter, Elizabeth ``Beth'' Auman, Baxter Springs; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Baxter Springs.
The Rev. Ed Snider will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Miles, Richard Auman, Bill Auman, Gene Bowman, Allen Jones and Maynard Mitchell.
The body may be viewed after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.
The family will be at the home of a daughter, 2040 E. Third St. Contributions may be made to the building fund at First Christian Church.

Robert Barteaux

Robert Hartley ``Bart'' Barteaux, 75, 5446 Butterfield Drive, Loma Linda Estates, died at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at a nursing home in Lowell, Kan., after a long illness.

Mr. Barteaux was born Dec. 22, 1921, at Ridley Park, Pa. He was graduated from Penn State University with a degree in industrial engineering. He was a registered professional engineer and served on the Technical and Operating Committee of the Steel Founder's Society of America for 20 years. As their representative, he delivered an exchange lecture to the British Steel Foundrymen in Coventry, England, in 1982.

His 43-year career included foundry superintendent of Ferro Machine and Foundry and Crucible Steel Castings, Cleveland, Ohio; Texas Electric Steel Castings Co., Houston, Texas; Missouri Steel Castings Co., Joplin; plant manager and director of operations of Florida Machine and Foundry, Jacksonville, Fla.; vice president of Consolidated Foundries and Manufacturing Corp., Albany, N.Y.; and president of Western Foundry, Holland, Mich.

In 1984, he was sent to Maracaibo, Venezuela, by Texas Electric Steel as general manager of Fundosa, a steel foundry joint venture by American and Venezuela companies. He returned to the United States in 1986 and was product manager and sales representative for Sivyer Steel Corp., Bettendorf, Iowa, and later general manager of Missouri Precision Castings, Joplin. He retired in 1990.

He owned and operated Four Bit Ranch, Joplin, from 1963 to 1971. He was a member of the Jasper County School Board for six years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Westminister Sunday school class and was on the Stewardship Committee. He served in the Marine Corps for 3 years and attained the rank of captain.

He married Marilyn Waugh on March 20, 1948, at Cleveland, Ohio. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Judson Barteaux, Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Jacquelyn Kunec, Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada; two sisters, Mary Knaus, Brewster, Maine, and Emma Jane White, Calistoga, Calif.; and three grandsons.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, First Presbyterian Church of Joplin or Quaker Hill Manor of Lowell, Kan.

Jimmie Bowman

Jimmie D. Bowman, 61, 1506 E. 38th St., died at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at his home after a one-year illness.

Mr. Bowman was born Sept. 3, 1935, at Monett. He was graduated in 1953 from Joplin High School. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He moved in 1955 to California, where he retired in 1990 after 30 years as a draftsman for Rockwell International. He returned to Joplin in 1995. He was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Joplin.

He married Margie Bailey on May 5, 1961, at South Gate, Calif. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Douglas Bowman, Corona, Calif., and Kenneth Bowman, Anaheim, Calif.; and a brother, Darrell E. Calentine, Goddard, Kan.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Pat Fair

Sara Patricia ``Pat'' Fair, 65, 2320 N. Turk Ave., died at 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at her home after a 1-year illness.

Mrs. Fair was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Joplin. She had lived since 1956 in Joplin, where she moved from Kansas City. She was a ward clerk for 10 years at the former Oak Hill Hospital, now called Freeman Hospital East, at Joplin. She was a member of Joplin Family Worship Center.

She married Jimmie D. Fair on Dec. 7, 1957, at Bronaugh. He survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Alan L. Caldwell, Newton, Kan., James M. ``Mike'' Fair, Wichita, Kan., and Jeffrey L. Fair, Webb City; two daughters, Cathy Harrel, Carl Junction, and Linda C. Bocklund, Webb City; a brother, Daniel G. McKinzie, Joplin; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Charles Clark will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Minnie Goodman

Minnie M. Goodman, 80, 3802 Norman Drive, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 24, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after she became ill at her home.

Mrs. Goodman was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Webb City. She was a lifetime Joplin resident.

She was a former employee at Junge Baking Co. She was a floral designer with Waterman Florist, Joplin Floral and All Seasons Florist & Greenhouse until she retired in 1995. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Biz Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Rory Ann Goodman, Joplin.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Lowell Rossow with officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Henry Peters, Raymond Peters, Reinhart Cahman, Mahlon Henry, Earl Wade and Don Mosley.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. Contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church organ fund.

Mark Hildreth

Mark Hildreth, 95, 5721 Shoal Cliff Drive, died at 12:56 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness.

Mr. Hildreth was born Nov. 27, 1901, at Leon, Kan. He had lived since 1914 in Joplin, where he moved from from Leon. He worked 39 years at the former Cities Services Gas Co., Joplin. He retired in June 1965 as a line maintenance foreman.

He married Louise A. DeMaster on Dec. 22, 1923, in Joplin. She died July 27, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy McDonald, Joplin; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Cryptside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. John Goodman will officiate.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

Ruth Lunderborg

Ruth O. Lunderborg, 87, Joplin, died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Lunderborg was born June 1, 1909, at Flat River. She lived most of her life in Joplin. She worked many years at American Wafer, Joplin. She was a member of South Joplin Christian Church.

Survivors include a sister, Una Niel, Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

R.C. Owens

R.C. ``Bus'' Owens, 91, 2629 Joplin Ave., died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at a Joplin nursing center after a long illness.

Mr. Owens was born on March 10, 1906, at Carterville. He was graduated in 1923 from Webb City High School. He was employed at Royal Furniture Co., Webb City, for 30 years.

He married Ellen Owens on Jan. 25, 1930, at Kansas City. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, David Owens, Glen Ridge, N.J.; a daughter, Jean Warner, Toronto, Canada; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Purcell.

Contributions may be made to Webb City Youth Baseball and Softball, in care of the funeral home.

Lester Testerman

Lester J. Testerman, 71, 8132 Highway NN, was pronounced dead at 1:02 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, of injuries he sustained in a tractor accident on his property.

Mr. Testerman was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Seneca. He lived most of his life in the Seneca and Joplin areas. He was a retired truck driver for Swift Co., St. Joseph. He was also a farmer and cattleman. He was a member of Saginaw Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Betty Emery on Jan. 19, 1947, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Larry Testerman, Webb City, and Lonnie Testerman, Pocatello, Idaho; a daughter, Karolyn Weiss, Denton, Texas; a brother, Cecil Testerman, Seneca; two sisters, Hazel Golden, Seneca, and Norma Stillions, Springfield; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Seneca Cemetery. The Rev. Glen Stark, the Rev. John Mitchell and the Rev. Johnny Wilkins will officiate.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Louise Alexander

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Mary Louise Alexander, 88, Mount Vernon, died at 9:45 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Alexander was born Jan. 28, 1909, at Pierce City. She was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of L&C Extension Club of Mount Vernon.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon.

She married Ewell C. Alexander on Sept. 27, 1931. He died Sept. 11, 1981.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Moore and Glenda Caylor, both of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Gilmore will officiate. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church.

Eloise Bittner

NEVADA, Mo. - Eloise Eva Bittner, 88, Nevada, died Monday, March 24, 1997, at her daughter's home in Nevada after a long illness.

Mrs. Bittner was born July 5, 1908, at Gray, Okla. She owned and operated Eatwell Cafe in Nevada for five years. She also worked as a cook for several local restaurants. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Nevada.

She married Clarence C. Bittner on Nov. 10, 1926 at Capron, Okla. He died Jan. 2, 1976.

Survivors include two daughters, Noreta Pearl Kemper and Linda Joyce LaDue, both of Nevada; two brothers, C.A. Vincent, Glendora, Calif., and Frank Vincent, Caney, Kan.; a sister, Olive Rist, Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. John Nichols and Melvin Mabra, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, Nevada.

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

Contributions may be made to Nevada Home Health.

Corky Earnst

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Cora B. ``Corky'' Earnst, 71, 2140 Pearl St., died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Earnst was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Carthage. She was a lifetime Carthage area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Carthage.

She married Charles Edwin Earnst on Nov. 22, 1944, at Girard, Kan. He survives.

Other survivors include a sister, Louise Barton, Carthage.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church. Mike Hughes and Bob Lyttle, ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Contributions may be made to the building fund at First Christian Church, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Lloyd Grey

MONETT, Mo. - Henry Lloyd Grey, 85, 1102 Sycamore, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at a Monett nursing center after a short illness.

Mr. Grey was born May 9, 1911, at Butterfield. He had been a Monett area resident most of his life. He was an engineer for Frisco Railroad Co. and retired in 1975. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Monett.

He married Maurine Russell on June 17, 1934, at Monett. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Gordon Grey, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Roger Grey, Louisville, Texas; a sister, Bea Abernathy, Kansas City, Kan.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Grady Cockerham will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Monett.

Leta Morgan

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Leta Charlotte Morgan, 75, Russellville, Ark., formerly of Mount Vernon, died at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 1997, at St. Mary's Regional Health Care Center, Russellville, after a short illness.

Mrs. Morgan was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Mount Vernon. She had lived in the Mount Vernon area until six years ago, when she moved to Russellville. She was a bookkeeper.

She married Melvin Ray Morgan on March 6, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Other survivors include a brother, William ``Skinny'' Cornell, Verona, and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. George Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens Cemetery, south of Miller.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

Dale Saville

STARK CITY, Mo. - Services for Dale Saville, 78, Stark City, who died Monday, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

The Rev. Larry Neil will officiate. Burial will be at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin.

Blanche Weber

AURORA, Mo. - Blanche Weber, 80, Aurora, died at 2:23 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Weber was born Aug. 6, 1916, in St. Louis. She was a retired factory worker for Melmac Dinnerware.

She married Vernon Weber on June 22, 1957, in Normandy. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Charles Morris, St. Charles; three daughters, Patricia Aly, St. Louis, Myrna Taylor, Jasper, Texas, and Kathleen Bailey, Aurora; a brother, Ralph Madeker, Dadeville; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home. The Rev. Ben Merald will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.

Tracy Welch

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Tracy R. Welch, 28, 324 N. Francis St., Carthage, was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness. The cause of her death is under investigation.

Mrs. Welch was born Feb. 23, 1969, in Carthage. She was graduated from Carthage High School in 1987. She was employed as an associate at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. She previously worked at Mazzio's Pizza for six years. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

She married Robert C. Welch II on March 22, 1991, in Carthage. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Ashton Welch, of the home; two brothers, Chad Wampler, Springfield, and Chet Wampler, Carthage; a sister, Trisha Wampler, Springfield; her parents, Charles and Janet Wampler, Carthage; her paternal grandfather, Russell Wampler, Carthage; and her maternal grandmother, Irma Wecker, Carthage.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bible Baptist Church. The Rev. Bill Whitfield will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Knell Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Tracy Welch Fund in care of the mortuary.

Warren Wolfe

AURORA, Mo. - Warren P. Wolfe, 88, Ozark, formerly of Aurora, died at 3:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at an Ozark nursing home.

Mr. Wolfe was born Jan. 16, 1909, at LaCygne, Kan. He was manager of the TAPJAC store at Aurora before he retired. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Wanda Wolf on March 14, 1941. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Jerry Wolfe, Springfield; and a grandson.

Masonic rites will be at 7 p.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will follow.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Iantha Community Cemetery, Iantha.

Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital fund.

Rayma Trombley

GALENA, Kan. - Rayma Jean Trombley, 64, 1812 Joplin, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Trombley was born Sept. 15, 1932, in Galena. She was graduated from Galena High School. She was employed as food service supervisor at Galena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 20 years. She retired in September 1994. She was a member of Galena Ladies' Elks. She attended Sixth Street Baptist Church.

She married Richard Burton Trombley on May 1, 1955, at Bourbonnais, Ill. He died April 3, 1996.

Survivors include a stepson, Richard B. Trombley, Tuscon, Ariz.; three daughters, Rachell Craddock, Riverton, Ronda Baker, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Renee Martin, Watts, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Mills, Ottawa, Ill., and Kris Trombley, Bourbonnais, Ill.; a brother, Paul Kinkade, Kankakee, Ill.; seven sisters, Della McGuire and Frances Cooper, both of Galena, Kathryn Spivey and Dorothy Walton, both of Riverton, Thelma Walker, Kankakee, Ill., Marguerita Evans, Henderson, Nev., and Betty Moore, Baxter Springs; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Joseph Braune

MIAMI, Okla. - Joseph G. Braune, 81, 53201 E. 110 Road, died at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mr. Braune was born Aug. 13, 1915, at El Paso, Texas. He attended elementary school through law school in Norman. He was graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1942. He served in the Army in the Phillipines during World War II and later in Japan, where he worked on the war crimes commission for Gen. Douglas McArthur.

He moved to Miami in 1946 and established a law practice. He served as a municipal judge of Miami and was a district judge of Ottawa and Delaware counties for five years. He was an associate district judge of Ottawa County for five years. He retired in 1991.

He was active in organizing a rural water district west of Miami. He served on the rural water district board for 20 years. He helped in organizing the Sheltered Workshop and Friendship House, both of Miami. He was chairman of the Ottawa County Red Cross for five years. He commanded the Miami National Guard Unit for 10 years. He served as president of the Miami Noon Lions' Club in 1966.

He was a member of Moore-McCoy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2688 and Floyd L. Perry American Legion Post No. 147. He was past master of the Miami Masonic Lodge No. 140, AF&AM. He was a member of the York Rite and was a Shriner. He was chairman of the Advancement of the Boy Scouts of America, Bartlesville, Okla., from 1958 to 1968. He taught Sunday School classes and served as an elder and a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Miami.

He married Ruth Virginia Williams on June 23, 1939. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Glenda King, Derby, Kan., and Roberta Crum, Port Duncan, Okla.; a brother, Harry Brown, St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Mildred Meeks, Yuma, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Services are pending with Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami.

Mary Brock

PICHER, Okla. - Mary Elizabeth Quintlan Brock, 58, 101 E. DeVilliers Circle, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Miami, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Brock was born Nov. 11, 1938, in the state of Mississippi. She had lived 20 years in Picher, where she moved from Baxter Springs, Kan. She was a clerk at Picher Housing Authority for 13 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Ann Mitchell, Cedar Point, Kan., and Cara Louise Brock, Picher; four sons, Brian Brock, Picher, Dale Richard Brock and James Matthew Brock, both of Miami, and Roger William Brock, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, John Quinland, Stockton, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Eve Kraft

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Services for Eve F. Kraft, 69, 712 Church, who died Thursday, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Mo. The Rev. Gary Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.


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