Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Lorene DeVore

Lorene DeVore, 69, 3807 Silver Creek Drive, died at 7:50 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness.

Ms. DeVore was born March 9, 1928, in Joplin. She was a longtime Joplin resident. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include five daughters, Connee Bowen, Joplin, Teresa DeVore and Cheryl DeVore, both of Kansas City, Donna Moore, Elizabeth Town, Ky., and Joyous DeVore, St. Charles; four brothers, Martin Blood, Joplin, Ray Blood, Galena, Kan., Dale Blood, Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Ted Blood, White Oak, Texas; three sisters, Lillie Mae Fawver, Joplin, Judy Meyer, Carl Junction, and Ann ``Nordene'' Krog, Mesa, Ariz.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Charlie Mayes, minister, and Rokus denHartog will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be George Blood, Leon Blood, Dale Blood, Ted Blood, Keith Krog and Larry Gibson.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to St. John's Regional Medical Center's hospice program or to the Christian Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.

Juanita Lewis

Juanita Holland Lewis, 70, 1709 W. Fourth St., died at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 1997, at a Webb City nursing home after a year of ill health.

Mrs. Lewis was born March 30, 1926, in Jasper County. She was a lifetime Joplin-area resident. She had been employed as a cook at the former Keller's Barbecue and a maid at several local motels before retiring.

She married Noah Wesley Lewis on Dec. 28, 1946, in Kansas. He died May 19, 1996.

She is survived by two daughters, Norma Frakes, Carl Junction, and Shirley Sue Daniels, Houston, Texas; a son, James Henry Lewis, Woodland, Texas; two sisters, Lucille Chipman, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Leanna Webb, Glenora, Calif.; three brothers, Carroll Holland, Wayne Holland and Bobby Jo Holland, all of Joplin; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Parker Mortuary. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate.

The family will be at the home of a daughter, Norma Frakes, 720 Briarbrook Drive, Carl Junction.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Support Group in care of the mortuary.

Ernice Cheek

CARTERVILLE, Mo. - Ernice E.L. Cheek, 92, Carterville, died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Cheek was born March 3, 1905, in Seymour. He moved to Joplin in 1969 and was a truck driver with Campbell 66 Express from 1945 to 1957 and drove a truck for the Crockett Co. from 1958 to 1970.

He married Flora Kunkel on Dec. 8, 1924, in Wellington, Kan. She died Jan. 15, 1995.

He is survived by three sons, Homer Cheek, Carterville, Harold Cheek, Nowata, Okla, and Howard Cheek, Webb City; a daughter Virgie Drake, Carterville; two sisters, Retha Philpot, Towanda, Kan., and Lova Johnston, Eldorado, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Doris Davis

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Doris M. Grigg Davis, 94, Carthage, died at 1:55 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997, at a local nursing home after a two-month illness.

Mrs. Davis was born Jan. 1, 1903, at Webb City. She grew up at Jane and moved to Carthage in 1921. She moved to Rogers, Ark., in 1972 and lived there until returning to Carthage in 1983. She was a graduate of the Rude's Business College, Carthage.

She was a bookkeeper for Big Smith Co., Carthage, for six years. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Carthage.

She married Mervin L. Davis on Jan. 1, 1927, at Carthage. He died on Jan. 15, 1983.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Carter, 1011 E. Highland Ave., Carthage; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, Carthage, with Joe Lee Tompkins and Fred Agee, ministers, officiating. Burial will be in Dudman Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene in care of the funeral home.

Velma Francis

NEOSHO, Mo. - Velma N. Francis, 92, 400 Lyons Drive, Neosho, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Miss Francis was born Sept. 24, 1904, at Pioneer, Mo. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Neosho.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Muncie Chapel Cemetery, Wheaton, with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating.

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

Patsy Holdeman

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Patsy Webb Holdeman, 70, Mount Vernon, died at 4:20 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997 at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Holdeman was born Feb. 12, 1927, at Ponca City, Okla. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Northside Baptist Temple, Mount Vernon.

She married LeRoy Holdeman on March 3, 1950, at Kansas City. He survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Scott Holdeman, Laughlin, Nev., and Jeff Holdeman and Steve Holdeman, both of San Diego, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at City Cemetery, Mount Vernon, with Bill Hathaway officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Contributions may be made to the Doris Day Foundation for Animals, the U.S. Humane Society or the Victory Mission, Springfield, in care of the funeral home.

Don Kalmbach

NEOSHO, Mo. - Don Curtis Kalmbach, 45, Edmond, Okla., formerly of Neosho, died at 7:57 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 1997, at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Okla., after a short illness.

Mr. Kalmbach was born Aug. 17, 1951, at Battle Creek, Mich. He moved to Edmond in 1988 from Joplin. He was a 1969 graduate of Neosho High School and a 1971 graduate of Crowder College, Neosho. He was a lab technician for the water and wastewater treatment plant in Jones, Okla.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Seward Kalmbach; two sons, Robert William Kalmbach and Nathan Thompson, both of the home; his parents, Robert and Rose Kalmbach, Goodman; three brothers, Chris Kalmbach, Noel, Dale Kalmbach, Williston, Fla., and Mark Kalmbach, Neosho; and two sisters, Vicki Cook and Tracie Duncan, both of Neosho.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Clifford Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery.

The body may be viewed from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Grace Sechrist

LIBERAL, Mo. - Grace B. Hodge Sechrist, 91, Liberal, died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997, at a Lamar nursing home of natural causes.

Mrs. Sechrist was born Feb. 17, 1906, at Cherryvale, Kan. She was a lifelong resident of Barton County. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Liberal United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, Liberal.

She married Gerald N. Sechrist on Jan. 27, 1924. He died on Dec. 2, 1969.

Survivors include a son, Gordon W. Sechrist, Bella Vista, Ark.; a daughter, Patty Fast, Lamar; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kan., with the Rev. Marty Green officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Contributions may be made to the Liberal United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

Morvine Anderson

MIAMI, Okla. - Morvine Virginia Anderson, 71, 1912 A St. N.E., died at 4:10 a.m. Friday, March 28, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Anderson was born Aug. 20, 1925, at Hockerville. She moved to Miami in 1963. She was a 1943 graduate of Quapaw (Okla.) High School. She had worked for the Miami Abstract Co., Sears Roebuck Catalog Store and the Miami News Record, all in Miami.

She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, and was a member of the Miami Bowling League for 25 years. She helped organize and was active in the Senior Citizens Bridge Club at the Miami Towers.

She married Vernon Anderson on April 11, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Vernon R. Anderson II, Joplin, Mo.; two daughters, Connie Deems, Miami, and Patti Young, Mandeville, La.; three sisters, Edna Connor, Joplin, Dorothy Garber, Hotchkiss, Colo., and Evalena Sanchez, Grants, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Carl Pollard will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Rick Stewart, Jack Nichols, Scott Anderson, Albert Anderson, Chet Brewington and Jim Allen.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Karl Geltz

Karl J. Geltz, 75, 410 N. Sergeant Ave., died at 8:22 a.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at a Joplin nursing home after a 15-year illness.

Mr. Geltz was born October 16, 1921, at Joplin. He worked at Diesel Supply Co. in Joplin as a shipping clerk.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Joplin, and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a 32nd degree Mason at Lodge No. 345, Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge and Shriner. He married Dolores Rossman on March 27, 1947, at Joplin. She died Jan. 24, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Karla Howard, Joplin; a brother, Tom Geltz, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Carolyn Smith, Independence, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Rick Moore

Rick Scott Moore, 40, 3102 E. Seventh St., died at 7:36 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at his home after an apparent suicide.

Mr. Moore was born March 2, 1957, at Carthage. He graduated from Sarcoxie High School in 1975 and graduated from Missouri Southern State College. He attended the Coast Guard Academy.

He worked at Fleming Foods in Joplin and later at Schrieber Foods Inc., Carthage.

Survivors include a son, Chris Moore, Duenweg; his parents, Helen and Wayland Moore, Carthage; and a sister, Peggy Braddish, Joplin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Robert Perrell will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Vernelle Pratt

F. Vernelle Pratt, 75, Wichita, Kan., died Saturday, March 29, 1997, at her home after an illness. Her son, Kent Pratt, lives in Joplin.

Mrs. Pratt was born Jan. 3, 1922, at Quenemo, Kan. She was a homemaker.

Additional survivors include another son, Tom Wilkinson, Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Pam Bricknell, Wichita, and Jonell McGann, Topeka, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated.

Graveside memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clearwater (Kan.) Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Derby, Kan.

Eldon Garton

NEVADA, Mo. - Eldon Elston Garton, 81, Nevada, died Friday, March 28, 1997, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, after an illness.

Mr. Garton was born Aug. 17, 1915, at Nevada. He was a lifelong Nevada-area resident. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific and receiving two Bronze Stars. He worked for Horner's Grocery for four years. He was a dairy farmer from 1949 until 1993. He also had served for several years with the Vernon County Water District. He was a member of the Milo 4-H, Town and Country Bridge Club, and First Baptist Church, Nevada.

He married Rosalee Smith on July 27, 1941, at Nevada. She died Aug. 21, 1989.

Survivors include three sons, Norman and Larry Garton, both of Nevada, and Varian Garton, Milo; a daughter, Brenda McConnaughey, Nevada; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, Nevada. The Rev. William Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Tally, Robert Garton, John McClain, Gene Anderson, Tom Bunton, Bill Neill and John McPhail.

Arrangements are under the direction of Milster Funeral Home, Nevada.

Contributions may be made to Home Health Hospice of Nevada or Vernon County Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Martha Hutcheson

ANDERSON, Mo. - Martha Ann Hutcheson, 89, Anderson, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness.

Mrs. Hutcheson was born April 15, 1907, at Lowell, Ark. She had lived in the Anderson area more than 50 years, moving here from Bella Vista, Ark. She had worked in the laundry department at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Horseshoe Lodge, Ozark Cafe and the former 7 Valley Truck Stop, all in Anderson, and she also cleaned homes and area businesses. She was a member of Full Gospel Church, Anderson.

Her husband, Walter Hutcheson, died May 10, 1982.

Survivors include a son, Robert Hutcheson, Butler; a sister, Ethel Rix, Chelsea, Okla.; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson. The Rev. Dean Royce will officiate. Burial will be in Peace Valley Cemetery, Anderson.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

George Jackson

STARK CITY, Mo. - George W. Jackson, 66, 11693 Urchin Drive, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Jackson was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Newton County and was a lifetime resident. He was a construction worker, having worked on road construction.

He was a member of M. Waldo Hattler Post No. 4142, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Neosho. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include a son, David Vandergriff, state of Illinois; a daughter, Georgia Coyne, Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Richard W. Jackson, Diamond, and Quinton W. Jackson, Stark City; two sisters, Ruth Ennis, North Highland, Calif., and Wanda Smith, Stark City; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Woodard Freund-Thompson Funeral Home, Neosho.

Avanell Lamp

AURORA, Mo. - Avanell Sexton Lamp, 71, Aurora died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Lamp was born March 20, 1926, at Purdy.

She retired in 1989 from Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, where she had worked as a licensed practical nurse.

She was a member of the former New Salem Methodist Church, near Monett, and attended McDowell Community Church, McDowell. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Neighbors Club, near Monett.

She married Eugene ``Jiggs'' Lamp on March 28, 1946, at Purdy. He died on June 27, 1967.

Survivors include two daughters, Meribeth Lamp, Aurora, and Carolyn Fischer, Verona; a brother, George Maynard Sexton, Duarte, Calif.; seven sisters, Edna Akin and Christine Eden, both of Monett, Marjorie Bowman, Cassville, Thelma Greer, Fairview, Evelyn Akin, Leavenworth, Kan., Norma Highbarger, Towanda, Kan.; and Vivian Peterson, Grandview.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Bill Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Goodnight Cemetery, near Purdy.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Roger LeMasters

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Roger D. LeMasters, 52, 911 S. Maple St., died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. LeMasters was born Dec. 26, 1944, at Carthage and was a lifetime resident. He was a graduate of Carthage High School. He was retired. He attended Mount Moriah Methodist Church, Carthage, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two sons, Dusty LeMasters and Brent LeMasters, both of Carthage; a brother, Lloyd LeMasters, Webb City; and two sisters, Virginia Honey, Oronogo, and Dorothy Frost, Carthage.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Thora Shaw will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Leo Neal

SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Graveside services for Leo Edward Neal, 74, rural Shell Knob, who died Thursday, will be at 11 a.m. today at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob.

Corky Johnson, minister, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

O.V. Renfro

NEOSHO, Mo. - Ollie V. ``O.V.'' Renfro, 81, Neosho, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after four years of ill health.

Mr. Renfro was born Nov. 18, 1915, at Neosho and was a lifetime resident. He was a self-employed truck driver from 1940 to 1992, retiring because of health reasons.

He married Marguerite L. Hoover on July 2, 1938, at Neosho. She died June 9, 1994.

Survivors include a son, Larry Renfro, Neosho; a daughter, Judy J. Beam, Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Doyne Renfro, Joplin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Tom Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Belfast Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Farley, Jimmie Farley, Daryl Brown, Ken Tyler, Jerry Farrar and Tim Hickman.

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

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Stephanie Wessell

STARK CITY, Mo. - Stephanie Breanna Wessell, infant daughter of Brandy Nicole Dove, Stark City, and Steven Wessell, Pierce City, was stillborn at 8:12 a.m. Sunday, March 30, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin.

Additional survivors include two brothers, Montana Slayde and Bailey Lane, whose last names were unavailable, both of Stark City; maternal grandparents, Mark and Pat McNee, Stark City; paternal grandparents, David and Karen Wessell, Pierce City; maternal great-grandparents, Everett and Alma Bromlow, Fairview, and Jim and Vonda Hollingsworth, Wheaton; and paternal great-grandparents, Bill and Fern Wessell, Pierce City, and Fred and Betty Naatz, Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter. The Rev. John Sitler will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Niles McNee, Jimmie Walters, Scot Anderson, Charlie Litchfield, Ed Cubel and David Stow.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Wheaton (Mo.) Funeral Home.

Stella Wilks

PIERCE CITY, Mo. - Stella R. Wilks, 74, Pierce City, died at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 1997, at a Monett nursing home after a short illness.

Mrs. Wilks was born June 30, 1922, at Marionville. She was a member of Pierce City First Baptist Church, Monett American Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, and Pleasant Hour Extension Club.

She married Roy Wilks on Aug. 10, 1941. He died May 2, 1990.

Survivors include three sons, Tom Wilks, Mount Vernon, Jim Wilks, Kansas City, and Donnie Wilks, Galena, Mo.; a daughter, Lou Davis, Independence; two sisters, Nell Kleine and Myrtle Jacob, both of Pierce City; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lakin Funeral Home. The Rev. Rick Osborn will officiate. Burial will be in Spring River Cemetery near Verona.

Tracie Wilson

LIBERAL, Mo. - Services for Tracie Denise Wilson, 5, Liberal, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Verdella Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Barton County Cemetery, Liberal.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Paul Woods

NEOSHO, Mo. - Paul D. Woods, 88, Bethlehem, Pa., formerly of Neosho, died Saturday, March 29, 1997, at Muhlenberg Hospital, Bethlehem, after an illness. His sister, Cora DeNoyer, lives in Neosho.

Mr. Woods was born Feb. 5, 1909, at Hiwasse, Ark. He graduated from Neosho High School. He served in the Missouri National Guard from 1926 to 1932. He worked for 35 years at Beech Aircraft at Wichita, Kan., before retiring.

He was a member of Church of the Manger, Bethlehem. He was a 32nd-degree Mason, AF&AM of Wichita, Kan. He was a member of Midian Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star and formerly of Hillside Christian Church, all of Wichita.

His first wife, Dorothy Mae Parks, died in 1946. His second wife, Ruby Young, died in 1986.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Anna Cousins, Topeka, Kan., and Sharron Lilly, Bethlehem; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown, Pa.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Church of the Manger, Bethlehem, Pa.

Colleen Skorepa

PITTSBURG, Kan. - B. Colleen Fesler Hoppe Skorepa, 69, 902 E. Centennial St., died Sunday, March 30, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center after one year of ill health.

Mrs. Skorepa was born Nov. 26, 1927, at Independence. She had lived in Duenweg, Mo., for seven years before moving to Pittsburg in April 1996. She was raised at Weir and was a graduate of Weir High School. She lived in Carl Junction, Mo., for 20 years and worked at Elders Shirt Factory for 15 years. She later moved to Joplin, Mo., and worked at various jobs for 20 years. She last was employed as a homebound coordinator assistant manager for Joplin Senior Center until her retirement in 1996.

Survivors include her stepmother, Sue Fesler, Altus, Ark.; a sister, Loree Hawkins, Pittsburg; three half brothers, Xon Fesler and Richard Fesler, both of Wichita, and Greg Fesler, Alma, Ark.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Two sons preceded her in death.

The body has been cremated.

Graveside memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Carl Junction (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Dean Thompson will officiate.

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

Contributions may be made to Hospice Incorporated at Mount Carmel Medical Center, in care of the funeral home.

John Wallace Jr.

PITTSBURG, Kan. - John R. Wallace Jr., 70, formerly of 710 E. 10th St., died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, March 30, 1997, at a Pittsburg rehabilitation center after a nine-month illness.

Mr. Wallace was born April 18, 1926, at Weir. He had been a resident of Pittsburg since the late 1970s, moving there from Lodi, Calif. He was a foundry worker for Lodi Iron Works for 12 years, retiring in 1962. He had lived in California for 25 years.

He was a member of Assembly of God Church, Pittsburg.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Jean Hill, Vickie Harris and Theresa Thomson, all of Sacramento, Calif.; his parents, John and Thelma Wallace, Pittsburg; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Bird Cemetery, south of Pittsburg. The Rev. Carl Walker III will officiate.

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

Joseph Tremont

MIAMI, Okla. - Joseph Bernard Tremont, 82, 815 M St. N.W., died at 11:25 a.m. Monday, March 31, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness.

Mr. Tremont was born Aug. 27, 1914, in the state of Kentucky. He had been a medical and steam engineer for Los Angeles County (Calif.) Hospital prior to moving to Delaware, Okla. He moved in 1990 to Miami from Delaware.

He was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Miami. He was an Army and Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Shirley A. Nodine on April 7, 1985, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Patrick Z. Tremont, Studio City, Calif.; a daughter, Virginia Johnstone, Grass Valley, Calif.; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.

The family will be at the home of Gleneth Nodine, 220 E St. N.W.

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

LeRoy Worley

MIAMI, Okla. - Walter LeRoy Worley, 76, Miami, died Sunday night, March 30, 1997, at Northeastern Oklahoma Rehabilitation Hospital, Tulsa, after an illness.

Mr. Worley was born Aug. 25, 1920, at Joplin, Mo. He was a Webb City (Mo.) High School graduate. He worked 28 years for Armour Star Packing Co., Kansas City, Mo. Then he worked as a custodian and bus driver for Wyandotte (Okla.) School System, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Webb City.

He married Ellen Leora Jones on Oct. 11, 1938. She died Oct. 3, 1992.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth L. Worley, Joplin, and James W. Worley and John D. Worley, both of Miami; a daughter, Karen L. Sanders, Miami; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo. Herbert Potter and Warren Eldred, both elders, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be Ken Worley Jr., Chris Worley, Darrin Worley, Scott Worley, Darian Douthit and Matt Morrison.

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


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