Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Bob Simmons

Robert D. ``Bob'' Simmons, 88, Springfield, a former Joplin resident, died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Columbia Hospital South, Springfield, after a short illness. Mr. Simmons was born Nov. 7, 1908, at Belmont, Wis. He founded and owned the Redings Mill Salad Shop from 1945 to 1966. He lived in Florida for 20 years before he moved to Springfield about five years ago. He married Eva Williams on Nov. 23, 1928, at Oregon, Ill. She died Nov. 6, 1973. Survivors include a son, Rick Simmons, Joplin; two daughters, R.J. Simmons, Springfield, and Patti McKinney, Bohoshe, Okla.; a sister, Hortense Delk, Spokane, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The Rev. John Roeder will officiate. Burial will be in Anderson (Mo.) Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Harold Emlet

AURORA, Mo. - Harold ``Gene'' Emlet, 67, Kansas City, formerly of Aurora, died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Kansas City. Mr. Emlet was born March 18, 1930, in Aurora. He was a driver for a transportation company before he retired. He was a member of Dover Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He married Barbara Sue Pruente on Aug. 6, 1955, in Aurora. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Greg Emlet, Kansas City; two daughters, Debi Richman and Dana Allison, both of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Noel Emlet, Berryville, Ark.; four sisters, Anna Mayberry and Grethe Bowlin, both of Mount Vernon, Audrey Rosebrough, Fort Scott, Kan., and Hazel Cowan, Cape Fair; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crafton-Cantrell Chapel. The Rev. Ronald Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Spring River Cemetery,Verona. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Marie Harrison

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Marie E. Harrison, 81, Carthage, formerly of Reeds route 1, died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Harrison was born Oct. 14, 1915, at Mount Clemens, Mich. She was a retired cosmetologist and a member of Mount Clemens Episcopal Church. She moved in 1978 to Carthage from Joplin. She married Kenneth Harrison in September 1978 at Miami, Okla. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jacquie Clark, Grove, Okla.; a son, Gary Harrison, Carthage route 3; a stepdaughter, Debbie Maness, Neosho, Mo.; a brother, Jack Mack, state of Vermont; four grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. David Cottam will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Donald Laflen

MILO, Mo. - Donald Wilbur Laflen, 82, Florence, Ky., formerly of Milo, died Feb. 19, 1997, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Ky., of natural causes. Mr. Laflen was born April 15, 1914, at Milo. He attended school at Milo and was graduated from Sheldon High School, Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and the University of Missouri at Columbia. He lived for many years at Mount Prospect, Ill. He was a retired market researcher for A.C. Nielsen. He was an Army veteran of World War II. His first wife, Margaret Blank Laflen, died in 1946. His second wife, Marie Belton Laflen, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, James Laflen, Loveland, Ohio; a daughter, Ginann Laflen-Phillips, O'Fallon, Ill.; a brother, Allen Laflen, Moundville; two sisters, Helen Runge, Erlanger, Ky., and Mildred Robuck, Harrisonburg, Va.; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Milo Cemetery. The body has been cremated. Contributions may be made to the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Jerry Lasater

MARSHFIELD, Mo. - Jerry D. Lasater, 61, Marshfield, formerly of Pineville, died at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after an illness. Mr. Lasater was born Oct. 29, 1935, at Pineville. He was graduated from Pineville High School and attended Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. He began his career with the Missouri Highway Patrol in 1959. He was stationed at Cameron in 1963 and later transferred to Joplin. In 1973, he was promoted to the rank of corporal and transferred to Marshfield. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1978. He retired in 1992. In 1944, he was elected to the Webster County Commission and served a two-year term. He served on the board of directors of the 30th Circuit Juvenile Detention Center. He was a member of Marshfield First Baptist Church, the Optimist Club and the Marshfield Country Club. He served as an Army supply sergeant during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Glenna; a daughter, Karen Jo Steury, Springfield; two sons, Randy Lasater, Lebanon, and J. Kevin Lasater, Mount Vernon, and one grandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Marshfield. Burial will be in Marshfield Cemetery under direction of Fraker Funeral Home. The Rev. Durwin Kicker, Rev. Marvin Davis and Rev. Clyde McClain will officiate. Pallbearers will be Tom Martin, J.D. Biram, Don Phillips, Al Raetz, Ron Replogle and Jim Brooks. Visitation will be from 8 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made through the funeral home to Marshfield First Baptist Church or the MASTERS Program of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Goldie Olson

LOCKWOOD, Mo. - Goldie Fern Olson, 90, died at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at a nursing home in Lockwood after an illness. Mrs. Olson was born July 29, 1906, in Lockwood. She was a longtime resident of Lockwood and was graduated in 1923 from Lockwood High School. She was a homemaker. She was a charter member of the Jolly Homemakers Extension Club and a member of the Lawrence County Historical Society and the Lawrence County Farm Bureau. She married Lawrence Olson on Aug. 8, 1925. He died May 8, 1977. Survivors include a son, Eugene Olson, Harrisonville; a daughter, Bonnie Cummins, Miller; a sister, Hazel Beck, Stotts City; a brother, Verne Duvall, Lockwood; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lockwood Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Gray's Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. Contributions may be made to Gray's Point Cemetery Association, Lawrence County Historical Society or the charity of the donor's choice.

Stella Riddle

PURDY, Mo. - Stella Maye Riddle, 87, Purdy, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at her daughter's home in Teresita after a short illness. Mrs. Riddle was born Dec. 26, 1909, at Ramona, Okla. She was a housewife. She was a Presbyterian. She married Elva Denes Riddle on Oct. 23, 1928, at Sapulpa, Okla. He died Dec. 4, 1993. Survivors include five sons, James Riddle, Purdy, Doyle Riddle, Kansas City, LeRoy Riddle, Anaheim, Calif., Richard Riddle, Holt, and Ronnie Riddle, Carthage; five daughters, Catherine Sapp, Hemit, Calif., Barbara Batson, Pierce City, Florence Irene Hancock, Carthage, and Sharon Wood, Teresita; a brother, Arthur Taylor, Hollister; two sisters, Gladys Wolfe, Fullerton, Calif., and Pearl Weaver, Cassville; 36 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters and a son. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Chapel, Monett. The Rev. Mark Mildren will officiate. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Claud Williams

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Claud Williams, 56, 723 Walker St., died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. Mr. Williams was born Aug. 30, 1940, at Granby. He was a retired mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Betty Williams, of the home; three sons, Claud Williams Jr. and Bobby Joe Williams, both of Carthage, and Randy Williams, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Tammy Musgrave, Choctaw, Okla.; three brothers, Phil Williams, Webb City, Lewis Williams, Carl Junction, and John Williams, Teague, Texas; two sisters, Lucy Garrison, Neosho, and Rosie Gibson, Bullhead, Ariz.; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Ivan Patterson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park.

Brayden Fast

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Brayden Scott Fast, 18 days, infant son of Angela Michelle Fast, Pittsburg, died at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after an illness since birth. The infant was born April 11, 1997, at Girard. Other survivors include a sister, MacKenzie Fast, Pittsburg; maternal grandparents, Richard and Deborah Fast, Lamar, Mo.; and maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Fast, Liberal, Mo. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Iantha Cemetery, northwest of Lamar, with Doug Oakes, minister, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar, Mo. Contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital, in care of the funeral home.

Kenneth Finkle

GALENA, Kan. - Kenneth L. Finkle, 40, 1333 Elm St., died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mr. Finkle was born Dec. 29, 1956, at Independence, Kan. He moved to Galena two years ago from Miami, Okla. Survivors include his mother, Maxine Finkle, Independence; and a sister, Katrina Boyd, Quapaw, Okla. Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla.

Charles Nicaise

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Charles N. Nicaise, 90, 1108 Imperial Drive, Pittsburg, died at 2:42 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at a local nursing home after an illness. Mr. Nicaise was born Aug. 17, 1906, at Rich Hill, Mo. He lived in Pittsburg most of his life. He attended schools in Rich Hill and Pittsburg. He worked as a pipe fitter for the Kansas City Southern Railroad for 30 years. He was retired. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Pittsburg. He married Merle Cooley on June 29, 1931. She died in 1995. Survivors include a daughter, Norma J. Matzenbacher, 1203 E. Eighth St., Pittsburg; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Jim Dearborn officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. The casket will be closed.

Georgia Vaughn

GALENA, Kan. - Services for Georgia Matha Vaughn, 89, Galena, who died Monday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Empire Mission Church, Galena. The Rev. Ronald Clifford will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Survivors include two sons, Johnny Vaughn, Columbus, and Jack Vaughn, Port Huron, Mich.; two daughters, Thelma Rolland, Galena, and Beverly Sills, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter. Arrangements are under the direction of the Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Lena Gray

JAY, Okla. - Lena Bell Gray, 72, Jay, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Gray was born July 15, 1924, near Bluejacket. She lived in Jay for many years. She had worked for Simmons Industries in Jay for 13 years. She retired in 1986. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Raymond Holt, Vinita; a daughter, Freda Fansler, Grove; two sisters, Lucille Harrison, Collinsville, and Nola Romines, Jay; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bluejacket Cemetery. The Rev. Alvie Cunningham will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Ella Raney

MIAMI, Okla. - Ella V. Raney, 91, 1100 E St. N.E., died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a short illness. Mrs. Raney was born Oct. 6, 1905, at Wanda, Mo. She moved to the Miami area in 1915 from Fairland. She formerly worked as a bookkeeper for the Greyhound Bus Station in Miami. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Miami, where she taught the third grade Sunday school class and was former superintendent of the primary Sunday school department. She was a charter member of the Wesleyan Guild of the church. She married Odell Raney in 1952 at Eureka Springs, Ark. He died Nov. 9, 1962. Survivors include two stepdaughters, Gladys Clark, Oklahoma City, and Jean Schreck, Nixa, Mo.; a brother, William Hadley, Culver, Okla.; three stepgrandchildren; and several great-stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Charles Horton and the Rev. Harold Neal will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Peter Rickel, Warren Schreck, Michael Payton, David Payton, Scott Payton and Ralph Leeson. Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Miami.

Annie Summerfield

JAY, Okla. - Annie Louise Summerfield, 78, Jay, died Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a long illness. Mrs. Summerfield was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Delaware County. She was the first full-blooded Cherokee Indian to graduate from Jay High School in 1940. She was a cook at Jay Grade School and a foster grandparent in the Jay schools. She was a member of the Tyio Baptist Church, near Jay, and was the church treasurer. Her husband, Levi Summerfield, died July 23, 1995. One son also preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Leroy Summerfield and Henry Summerfield, both of Jay; two daughters, Mary Ross, Salina, and Sally Buffington, Eucha; a brother, Guy Cornshucker, Jay; a sister, Lou Alene Cornshucker, Jay; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tyio Baptist Church, near Jay. The Rev. Richard Pickup and the Rev. Jess Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Clouds Creek Cemetery, near Jay. The body will lie in state from Thursday night until service time at the family home. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

Arthur Taylor

AFTON, Okla. - Arthur Errington Taylor, 79, 212 S. Mulberry St., died early Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at his home after an illness. Mr. Taylor was born June 18, 1917, in the state of Missouri. He lived in Afton most of his life. He was a police officer for many years and served as Afton police chief for 21 years. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Taylor; two sons, Arthur Eugene Taylor, Pryor, and Rick Shipman, Big Cabin; two daughters, Irene Bohanon and Penny Rice, both of Afton; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The body will be cremated. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Afton.

Ruby Thrasher
GROVE, Okla. - Ruby A. ``Billie'' Thrasher, 82, Grove, died at noon Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at a nursing home in Grove after a long illness. Mrs. Thrasher was born Nov. 4, 1914, at Caldwell, Kan. She had lived in Grove since the mid-1960s. She was a homemaker and taught crafts and pole painting in Grove and Noel, Mo. She was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Grove, and the Rosary Society Volunteers at Grove General Hospital. Her husband, Claude Thrasher, preceded her in death. Survivors include five sisters, Marjorie Dill, Bethany, Dorothy Junkens, Blackwell, Maxine Tribbey, Rogers, Ark., Jeanne Carr, Shawnee, and Patricia Miller, Las Vegas, Nev.; and a brother, Howard Whitesell, state of Oklahoma. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Olympus Cemetery. The Rev. Joseph Liem will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Barbara Underwood

GROVE, Okla. - Barbara A. Underwood, 55, Grove, died at 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, on arrival at Grove General Hospital of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59 north of Grove. Mrs. Underwood was born Aug. 29, 1941, at Belchertown, Mass. She moved in 1963 to the Grove area. She was a production worker at Blitz USA, Miami, and a house roofer. Survivors include two sons, David Underwood, Grove, and Jim Underwood, Miami; a brother, Kenneth Hathaway, state of California; and two grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove.

Beulah Allman

Beulah Gamble Allman, 90, St. Louis, a Joplin native, died at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at a St. Louis nursing home after several months of ill health. Mrs. Allman was born Oct. 26, 1906, at Joplin. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin. She moved in 1990 to Kirkwood from Joplin. She married George Ward Allman on June 5, 1927, at Joplin. He died June 25, 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Millie Allman Myers, St. Louis; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanual Lutheran Church. Lowell Rossow, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jay Myers, Bill McCrary, William Norman, Ray Malzahn, Rodney Goold and Jim Myers. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Barbara Brock

Barbara Allen Brock, 93, Joplin, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Brock was born Jan. 30, 1904, at Paris, Texas. She had lived since October 1993 at Joplin, where she moved from Muskogee, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee. Her husband, Cecil Brock, died June 26, 1987. A daughter preceded her in death. Surviving is a granddaughter. Graveside entombment will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee. The Rev. Max Berry will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

MaeBelle Gibbons

MaeBelle Gibbons, 87, Joplin, died at 3:25 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness. Mrs. Gibbons was born Nov. 5, 1909, at Green Forest, Ark. She lived most of her life in Joplin. She was graduated in 1928 from Joplin High School. She was a homemaker and a member of South Joplin Christian Church. She was a charter member of Briarbrook County Club, Carl Junction, and the Woman's Guide. Her husband, Bernard J. Gibbons, died March 14, 1971. A son preceded her in death. Survivors include two sisters, Betty J. Siskowski, 2927 Minnesota Ave., and Lucile Donan, San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Family is at the home of Ms. Siskowski. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Billye Visek

Billye Visek, 88, Brazil, Ind., formerly of Joplin, died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at a Brazil nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Visek was born Dec. 28, 1908, at Quinlan, Okla. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Her husband, A.J. Visek, died June 26, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Gene E. Morgan and C.A. Morgan, both of Brazil; four sisters, Nancy Pierce, Fort Worth, Texas, Jean Neal, Oklahoma City, Okla., Ann Jackson, Sacramento, Calif., and Angel Sanders, Roseville, Calif.; a brother, Ernest Benefiel Jr., Tyler, Texas; four grandchildren; and eight grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. Laverne Maxwell will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Gordon Dingman

MINDENMINES, Mo. - Gordon L. Dingman, 72, 1150 W. 126 Highway, died at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at a Pittsburg, Kan., nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Dingman was born Feb. 1, 1925, at Barton County. He was a farmer and a member of Nashville Methodist Church and Jasper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6415. He was secretary and treasurer for 28 years at the Nashville Cemetery Association. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Lois Ricke on Oct. 2, 1948, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Lester Dingman, Thomas Dingman and Wayne Dingman, all of Liberal; a daughter, Janice Bowman, Lamar; a sister, Geraldine McWilliams, Asbury; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-stepgrandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Nashville Methodist Church. The Rev. Larry Garfield will officiate. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Contributions may be made to Nashville Methodist Church or Nashville Cemetery Association.

Richard Groter

SENECA, Mo. - Richard J. Groter, 78, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Groter was born July 1, 1918, in Frostberg, Md. He moved to the Seneca area about a year ago from Joplin. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neosho. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Groter, of the home; three sons, James Robert Johnston, Freemont, Calif., Richard Robert Groter, Webb City, and William Hubert Groter, Seneca; a brother, Robert Groter, state of Florida; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The body has been taken for cremation. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neosho. Richard Robert Groter will officiate. Services are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Viola Howell

SOUTH GREENFIELD, Mo. - Viola Madge Ralston Howell, 71, Morrow, Ohio, formerly of South Greenfield, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, after an illness. Mrs. Howell was born March 22, 1926, in the state of Kansas. She was a licensed practical nurse at Ash Grove for 12 years. She was a Protestant. She married Chalmers Howell on Dec. 18, 1951, at Rockford, Ill. He died July 10, 1979. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Lewis, Houston, Texas, and Margaret Rehman, Morrow; a sister, Irene Marcusson, Allerton, Iowa, and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pennsboro Cemetery under the direction of Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Alfred Pruitt

NEOSHO, Mo. - Alfred L. Pruitt, 72, Neosho, was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Wilson Hospital, Sidney, Ohio, after an apparent heart attack while traveling. Mr. Pruitt was born July 31, 1924, at Story, Ind. He was a lifelong resident of the Neosho area. He was a retired self-employed truck driver. He married Mildred Jones Delameter on Oct. 5, 1982. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Jean Fowlkes, Kennesaw, Ga., Wendy Pannell, Aurora, Ill., and Paula Gorman, Stark City; two stepsons, Steven Delameter and Michael Delameter, both of Neosho; two stepdaughters, Sharon Kay Hudson, Duluth, Ga., and Helen Davis, Neosho; a brother, Albert Pruitt, Neosho; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery. Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home.

Claud Williams

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Services for Claud Williams, 56, 723 Walker St., who died Tuesday, April 29, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Ivan Patterson, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park.

Delno Bass

WEIR, Kan. - Delno Lee Bass, 79, Weir, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, where he had been a patient for a week. He had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Bass was born Jan. 16, 1918, at Cardin, Okla. He attended Joplin, Mo., schools. He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946. He was a labor commissioner in Kansas. He was chairman of the Governor's Commission on Manpower Planning. He moved from Topeka in 1975 to Weir, where he was administrator of the Office of Mined and Land Reclamation. He was a member of the Cherokee American Legion Post 35 and the Boilermaker & Pipefitters Local 664. He was a former business agent of what now is Operator Engineers Local 101. He married Helen Beck on May 16, 1939, at Vinita, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include two daughters, Pat Neuenschwander, Fredonia, and Janet Wiglesworth, Shawnee Mission; a brother, Wayne Bass, Joplin; a sister, Nina Hobson, Joplin; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir. Pastor James Shope will officiate. Private graveside rites will be at a later date at National Cemetery, Fort Scott. The body has been cremated. Contributions may be made to Youth Crisis Center of Parsons, in care of the funeral home.

Paul Baugh

GALENA, Kan. - Paul J. Baugh Sr., 69, Galena, formerly of Joplin, Mo., died at 6:38 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 1997, in a Galena nursing home after an illness. Mr. Baugh was born Jan. 26, 1928, at Detroit, Mich. He had lived in Galena six months, moving there from Jasper, Mo. He had lived in Joplin most of his life. He was a heavy equipment mechanic. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Donna McPherson in 1961. She died in 1978. Survivors include three sons, Paul Baugh Jr., Galena, Larry Baugh, state of Michigan, and John Paul Baugh, address unavailable; a daughter, Joy Pearson, state of California; a stepson, Bobby Esterline, Joplin; a stepdaughter, Drucilla Esterline, Webb City, Mo.; two brothers, Col. Russell Gene Baugh, Nashville, Tenn., and Dale Baugh, Orlando, Fla., and several grandchildren. His body will be cremated. Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Baxter Springs Cemetery. The Rev. Audie Tash will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Kenneth Finkle

GALENA, Kan. - Services for Kenneth L. Finkle, 40, 1333 Elm St., who died Wednesday, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla. The Rev. Galen Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Cherryvale, Kan. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joni Flaming

JAY, Okla. - Joni R. Smith Flaming, 4, Jay, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at her home after a long illness. Miss Flaming was born July 24, 1992, at Tulsa. She previously attended United Pentecostal Church at Pryor and was attending Maysville (Ark.) Church of God. She would have graduated on May 13 from the Northeastern Oklahoma Head Start at Jay. Survivors include her parents, Leroy and Becky Flaming, of the home; four sisters, Ashley Flaming, Candace Flaming, Teri Flaming and her twin, Brandi Flaming, all of the home; a stepsister, Casey Flaming, of the home; maternal grandparents, Leon and Melba Williams, Disney; maternal great-grandmother, Lorene Hoover, Grove; maternal great-grandparents, Sybil and James Williams, Grove; and paternal grandparents, Wayne and Glyennis Flaming, Jay. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Assembly of God Church, Jay. Bill Query, brother, and the Rev. Rick Nance will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Herman Cemetery, near Jay. Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay. Contributions may be made to a trust fund in her name at the Delaware County Bank at Jay.


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