Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Judith Cockrell

Judith A. Sale Cockrell, 43, St. Louis, a former Joplin resident, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Louis, after a long illness. Mrs. Cockrell was born Jan. 27, 1944, in Joplin. She attended Joplin schools and was graduated in 1962 from Joplin High School. She received a master's degree in special education from Missouri Valley College, Marshall. She taught in Marshall schools for 16 years and at Kirkwood the past 15 years. Survivors include her husband, Jim Cockrell; two sons, Jolan Cockrell and Josh Cockrell, both of St. Louis; her father, Leonard C. Sale, Joplin; and two sisters, Charleen R. Dale, Lee's Summit, and Susan E. Allen, Garland, Texas. The body will be cremated under the direction of St. Marcus Crematory and Mausoleum, St. Louis. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Home Heights Presbyterian Church, St. John's, Mo. Arrangements are under the direction of Kutis Funeral Home, Afton Chapel, St. Louis. Contributions may be made to the Judith A. Cockrell scholarship fund at Kirkwood (Mo.) High School or to the American Cancer Society.

Curt Hough

L. Curt Hough, 68, Joplin, died at 9:55 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness. Mr. Hough was born Dec. 1, 1928, at Springfield. He was an auto dealer in Joplin and a former Springfield resident. He was a member of Calvary Nazarene Church. Survivors include his wife, Cleo A. Hough; two sons, Sam Kilgore, Pleasanton, Kan., and Pat Kilgore, Liberty; five daughters, Judy Davis, St. James, Barbara Brewer, Republic, Georgia Brooks, St. Joseph, Cindy Roderique, Springfield, and Katy Painter, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Landon Hough and Lowell Hough, both of Springfield; two sisters, Faye Reaves and Lucille Sifford, both of Springfield; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Frank Jagodzinski

Frank L. ``Frank'' Jagodzinski, 74, 2220 Bird Ave., died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a long illness. Mr. Jagodzinski was born Dec. 1, 1922, at Green Bay, Wis. He had lived two years in Joplin, where he moved from Fayetteville, Ark. He was a carpenter. He owned and operated a hardware and parts store in Westville, Ark. He was a member of Crown of Life Chapel, Joplin. He married Alene Marsh Law on Jan. 22, 1995, at Fayetteville. She survives. Other survivors include three stepsons, Terry Law and Ronnie Law, both of Bentonville, Ark., and Roger Law, Riverton, Kan.; a broth- er, Edward Jagodzinski, Green Bay, Wis.; a sister, Lillian Gryer, Green Bay; and several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. The body will be cremated. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Crown of Life Chapel, 23rd Street and Annie Baxter Avenue. The Rev. Paul Dilts will officiate. Contributions may be made to Crown of Life Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

James Abbott

SARCOXIE, Mo. James Roy Abbott, 57, Sarcoxie, died at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home after one year of ill health. Mr. Abbott was born Dec. 30, 1939, at Fort Smith, Ark. He moved to Sarcoxie in 1977. He served in the Air Force from January 1958 to May 1962. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Joplin. He was a member of Unity Church of Joplin. He married Gloria Bowman in June 1961 at Ventura, Calif. She survives. Additional survivors include three daughters, Debra Gillett and Donna Zgonce, both of Sarcoxie, and Dena Cornell, Carthage; a sister, Louise Henson, La Russell; two stepsisters, Ima Jean Higuea, Madera, Calif., and Leta Mae Barnes, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and two grandchildren. The body will be cremated. No services are planned. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home on Sarcoxie route 2. Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Furl Coffey

MONETT, Mo. Furl F. Coffey, 87, Monett, died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, in a Monett nursing home after a long illness. Mr. Coffey was born July 7, 1909, in McDonald County. He was a retired farmer. He also worked as a milk hauler for Pet Milk Co. He was a member of Arnhart Baptist Church, Purdy. He married Myrtle Marbut on Aug. 27, 1932, at Purdy. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Rex Coffey, Purdy; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in Arnhart Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Fairchild

MONETT, Mo. John Lee Fairchild, 86, Manila, Ark., died Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., after an illness. His wife, Agnes Stubblefield Fairchild, is a former Monett resident. Mr. Fairchild was born Dec. 4, 1910, in Rosston, Ark. He was a farmer and was the former Manila Airport manager. He was a flight instructor for 40 years. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila, with The Rev. Willis Osban officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kings Prairie Cemetery in Monett, with the Rev. Mark Mildren officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Methodist Church of Manila or the American Heart Association.

Roy Gilpin

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Roy E. Gilpin, 81, 609 Woodland, died at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Gilpin was born Sept. 8, 1915, at East Prairie. He moved to Galena, Kan., when he was four years old. He had lived on Joplin route 6 for 35 years before he moved to Carl Junction 11 years ago. He retired as a pipeline superintendent for Williams Brothers Construction, Tulsa, Okla., and Conyes Construction of California. He then owned and operated West Side Trailer Park and West Side Motors, Joplin route 6, until 1978. He was a member of First Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 51, both of Galena, and the Scottish Rite and Elks Lodge, both of Joplin. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Esther Edmonds on June 27, 1936, in Joplin. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Chick Gilpin, Frontenac, Kan.; a brother, Ray Gilpin, Climax Springs; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Max Bishop will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Snapp, Jim Milsap, Larry Hoffman, Pete Wheelan, Bob Swan and DeWayne Bowman. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. Masonic rites will be at 7 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The family will receive friends after the service until 8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the hospice program at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, or First Methodist Church of Galena, in care of the funeral home.

Martha Pogue

NEOSHO, Mo. - Martha N. Pogue, 76, Neosho, died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Pogue was born Feb. 4, 1921, at Peace Valley. She had lived in the Neosho area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. She married Vernon Pogue on Sept. 19, 1936, in Newton County. He survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Vernon Pogue Jr., Belton, Gerald Pogue, Neosho, and Troy Pogue, Jefferson City; a daughter, Marie McKinney, Miami, Okla.; a brother, Grant Wilbanks, West Plains; a sister, Maudie Busby, Salem; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. J.R. Burr, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Stella. Family members will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tony Sturm

Kellie Sturm

NEOSHO, Mo. Services for Staff Sgt. Tony Lee Sturm, 29, and Kellie Marie Sturm, 35, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, who died after an automobile accident on Saturday, April 26, and Friday, April 25, 1997, respectively, in Waldmohr, Germany, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Chapel, Neosho. The Rev. Mike Rhoades and father Joseph Liem will officiate. Burial will be in Granby Memorial Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by Whiteman Air Force Base, Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The caskets will be closed at all times.

Isabel Barber

WEST MINERAL, Kan. Isabel M. Burke Barber, 84, West Mineral, died at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mrs. Barber was born Jan. 9, 1913, at Kinsley. She grew up and attended schools in Kinsley and was gradated from Kinsley High School in 1932. She had lived in West Mineral for about 10 years. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in a Dodge City hospital for several years. She was a member of Dodge City Southern Baptist Church. She married Gilbert Barber on Oct. 28, 1931, at Hopewell. He died on May 1, 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Roberts, West Mineral; two grandsons; 20 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. The body has been cremated. Graveside services will be at a later date at Kinsley Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Raymond Boyes

GALENA, Kan. Raymond W. Boyes, 85, Galena route 1, died at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at a nursing home in Galena after an illness. Mr. Boyes was born Feb. 9, 1912, in Galena and was a lifetime resident. He worked for Vicker's Corp., Joplin, Mo., as a tool crib operator until 1975. He also was a self-employed farmer. He was a member and deacon of First Christian Church, Galena. He married Thelma W. LaTurner on Dec. 21, 1940, at Joplin. She survives. Additional survivors include two daughters, Sherry Collins, Galena route 1, and Terri Jo Smith, Galena; two brothers, Harold Boyes, Newton, and Jack Boyes, Galena route 1; a sister, Elva Mallatt, Galena route 1; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Galena. Paul Sims will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Galena.

Kenneth Holman

COLUMBUS, Kan. Kenneth C. Holman, 82, 1005 E. Oak St., Columbus, died at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after an illness. Mr. Holman was born May 22, 1914, at Columbus. He grew up and attended schools in Muskogee, Okla. He returned to rural Columbus after he was graduated from Muskogee High School. He worked for Spencer Chemical Co., Crestline, for 32 years. He retired in 1977. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, Eastern Star Chapter No. 117, Weir, Prudence Masonic Lodge, Columbus, and Disabled American Veterans. He married Edna Emerson on March 27, 1948, at Girard. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Linda Brunker, Dallas, Texas, Joyce Holman, Columbus, and Janet Adams, Baxter Springs; a son, James Holman, Girard; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, with the Rev. Jim Jones and the Rev. Todd McLean officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the National Foundation for the Blind, in care of the funeral home.

Elmer Hussong

GALENA, Kan. Elmer Lee Hussong, 76, 1220 Princeton St., was found dead at his home Wednesday, May 7, 1997, after a sudden illness. Mr. Hussong was born April 20, 1921, at Columbus. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked at Doane Food Products, Galena, for more than 35 years. He retired in April 1986. He married Velma Chester on Feb. 14, 1940, at Columbus. She died May 2, 1987. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Hussong and Howard Hussong, both of Galena; a daughter, Nancy Wilson, Neosho, Mo.; three sisters, Elnora Watson, Independence, Betty Brewster, Baxter Springs, and Jewell Brazil, Anderson, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena. The Rev. Ernie Watson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the home. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Donald Kissinger

Donald R. Kissinger, 74, Joplin route 3, died at 9:25 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after several months of ill health.

Mr. Kissinger was born Aug. 23, 1922, at Swedeborg. He moved to the Joplin area over 20 years ago from the state of California. He worked for the Southern California Electric Co. 28 years before retiring.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 534, Joplin, and the Masonic Lodge in California. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Marines.

His wife, Nadine Kissinger, died Jan. 8, 1994.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Junior Elam will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Graveside military rites will be conducted by VFW Post No. 534.

Dorothy Ma

Dorothy Marie Biggerstaff Ma, 76, Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Joplin, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at the home of her son, Mark Ma, Las Vegas, after a short illness.

Mrs. Ma was born Dec. 6, 1920, at Neosho. She moved to Webb City from Neosho in 1943. She retired in 1985 from the U.S. Postal Service in San Francisco.

She married Mark Ma Sr. in 1947 and moved to Boston, Mass. They lived many years in California and two years in Pakistan. She returned to Joplin in 1993 to live with her late sister, Velma Blaine. She returned to Las Vegas in 1995.

In addition to her son, survivors include two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The body has been cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Affordable Cremation, Las Vegas.

Carl Schreiner

Retired Maj. Carl E. Schreiner, 76, Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Joplin, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Schreiner was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Des Moines, Iowa. He lived in Calico Rock, Ark., before moving to Joplin in 1924. He attended Joplin Junior College He was a National Guardsman in the Joplin-based 203rd battalion, called into active duty in 1940. After attending officer candidate school in North Carolina, he served in World War II. He later served in Japan and Saudi Arabia before retiring from the military in September 1960. He then was employed at the National Archives and Records Service in St. Louis before moving to Winter Haven.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella Schreiner; two daughters, Gail S. Carr, Winter Haven, and Mary K. Moore, Beaver Crossing, Neb.; two sons, Michael J. Schreiner, Tampa, Fla., and Daniel J. Schreiner, Centreville, Va.; a sister, Blanche Clark, Salina, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.

No services were held. The body was cremated.

Louise Boyd

WEBB CITY, Mo. Louise Boyd, 73, 928 N. Hall St., died at 9:55 a.m. Friday, May 2, 1997, at the home of a daughter in Omaha, Neb., after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Boyd was born Sept. 30, 1923, at Mountainberg, Ark. She lived in Webb City most of her life. She worked as a nurse for Oxford Healthcare in Joplin and also at the former Maddox Nursing Home in Joplin. She also had worked for about 20 years at Hidden Acres Supper Club in Joplin.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Boyd, of the home, and Ricky Boyd, Joplin; a daughter, Cindy Lewis, Omaha; a brother, Scott Kelso, Mena, Ark.; two sisters, Julia Floyd, Milan, and Faye Spencer, Joplin; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. Floyd Folsom will officiate. Burial will be in the Carterville (Mo.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lewis, Paul Lewis, Mark Reier, Chad Schultz, Justin Thomas and Aric Ross.

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

Fern Broyles

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Fern Broyles, 102 Cambridge St., died at 2:48 p.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Broyles was born at Imperial, Neb. She was a licensed cosmetologist and a licensed real estate sales agent. She was a charter member and former manager of The (Senior Citizens) Center.

She was a member of the Carl Junction Christian Church.

She married James Broyles on Sept. 22, 1962. He survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, Vern Lyon, Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Vic Lyon, Weatherford, Texas; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and a daughter.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Carl Junction Christian Church. The Rev. Boyce Mouton will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction.

Lauretta Sharp

MONETT, Mo. Lauretta C. Sharp, 84, Monett, died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Sharp was born July 28, 1912, at Liberal, Kan. She moved to Monett in 1994. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Sharp, Monett, Donald Sharp, Roseville, Calif., and Gary Sharp, Nampa, Idaho; a brother, Oren Gartung, Las Cruces, N.M.; a sister, Agnes Neff, Truth or Consequences, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Monett IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Marshall Davidson will officiate.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Contributions may be made to Quality Home Health and Hospice, Cassville, in care of the funeral home.

Lucille Smith

NEOSHO, Mo. Lucille L. Smith, 80, 10897 Holly Road, rural Neosho, died at 3:15 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at a local nursing home after a short illness.

Miss Smith was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Newton County. She was a lifelong resident of the Neosho area.

She had worked as a housekeeper at Loma Linda Estates, south of Joplin, for many years before retiring.

She attended the Oak Grove Baptist Church, north of Neosho.

There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. John Mitchell and the Rev. Johnny Wilkins officiating. Burial will be in the Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Roy Tartar

MILLER, Mo. Roy Clinton Tartar, 70, Miller, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Tartar was born May 31, 1926, near Miller. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a retired farmer and drove a school bus for 27 years for the Miller school district.

He was a Methodist and an Army veteran of World War II.

He married Ardyth Hinshaw on Sept. 4, 1949, in Miller. She survives.

His wife is his only immediate survivor.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller. The Rev. O. Paul Ray will officiate. Burial will be in Goss Cemetery, southwest of Miller.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

James Triplett

NEOSHO, Mo. James Lee Triplett, 51, rural Neosho, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, from injuries he received in a car-train accident.

Mr. Triplett was born Feb. 4, 1946, in Wichita, Kan., and lived most of his life in rural Neosho, Racine and the Seneca areas. He was a cattle rancher and a milk hauler for Milnot Co. in Seneca from 1976 to 1995.

He married Belva Jane Captain on April 1, 1996, at Neosho. She died Dec. 15, 1996.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Triplett, Seneca, and Wesley Triplett, rural Neosho; two brothers, Kim Triplett, Seneca, and Tim Triplett, Racine; two sisters, Kathy Sampson, Racine, and Sue Sanders, Fairland, Okla.; his parents, Jim and Virginia Triplett, Racine; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Racine Apostolic Church. The Rev. Danny Call will officiate. Burial will be in the Burkhart Cemetery, Racine.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

The family will be at the family home in rural Nesoho.

Bertha Wibbing

CARTHAGE, Mo. Bertha A. Wibbing, 79, 1223 Forest St., died at 2:10 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at McCune Brooks Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Wibbing was born Aug. 20, 1917, at Fort Smith, Ark. She moved to Carthage in 1950.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage.

She married Robert F. Wibbing on July 31, 1937, at Fort Smith. He died Oct. 7, 1989.

Survivors include a son Robert W. Wibbing, Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Regina Atkinson, Bartlesville, Okla, and Rosetta Ridgway, Asbury; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Minister David Lang will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Knell Mortuary from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

John McCoy

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. John I. McCoy Sr., 71, 1721 Park Ave., died at 854 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at a nursing home in Baxter Springs after an illness.

Mr. McCoy was born Oct. 19, 1925, at Welch, Okla. He lived in Baxter Springs for several years, moving from Leavenworth. He was a 1943 graduate of Welch High School. He was a retired automobile and body shop repairman.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving for 15 years.

Survivors include a son, John McCoy Jr., Jonesboro, Ark.; a daughter, Jackie McCoy, the state of California; a brother, Joe Sim McCoy, Commerce; two sisters, Joy Long, Vinita, and Jean Shere, Coffeyville, Kan.; and one grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Walker Cemetery, northwest of Welch, Okla.

Military rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail.

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

Oliver Baker

COMMERCE, Okla. Oliver E. ``Scooter'' Baker, 90, 223 S. Walnut St., died at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Baker was born July 28, 1906, at Bolivar, Mo. He had lived in Commerce for many years. He was a bookkeeper for Ore Reclamation Co. at Picher. He retired in 1987 after 50 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Commerce.

He married Mae Hanna on April 3, 1929, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Judy Lee, Pittsburg, Kan.; two stepsisters, Ruth Sanders and Imogene Corneilson, both of Miami; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Larry Moore will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be David Lee, Darrin Kuehn, Jim Gray, Jeff Long, Bob Surber and Jerry Lee.

The family will receive friends at the family home.

Franklin Bruner

MIAMI, Okla. Franklin Jean Bruner, 73, 925 K St. S.W., died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Bruner was born June 9, 1923, at Ottawa, Kan. He moved to Miami in 1977 from Ottawa. He had been an interior communications electrician for 33 years for the Navy. He retired May 1, 1970.

He was a lifetime member of Moore-McCoy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2688, Miami, the Fleet Reserve Association of Joplin, Mo., and the American Association of Retired Persons. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 18, Ottawa, and the Methodist Church.

He married LaVera Catherine Crocker on March 3, 1945, at Ottawa. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Wayne Bruner, Napa, Calif., and James Allyn Bruner, Vacaville, Calif.; a daughter, Gloria Jean Wing, Napa; a brother, Dwight A. Bruner, Shidler; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Pauline Matthews

JAY, Okla. Pauline Matthews, 92, Jay, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at a Pryor nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Matthews was born Feb. 24, 1905, at Hico, Texas. She moved to Jay in 1934.

She farmed with her husband for many years. She also worked in food service for 12 years at Eastern State Hospital, Vinita.

She married Clyde Matthews on Dec. 22, 1926, at Sweetwater, Texas. He died on Aug. 20, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Gene Matthews, Pryor; two daughters, Helen Powell and Joan McElhaney, both of Tulsa; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Hermon Cemetery, Jay, with the Rev. Wendall Lang officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay.

Dion Montgomery

MIAMI, Okla. Memorial services for Dion Merrill Montgomery, 31, 1837 C St. N.E., who died Thursday, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

The Rev. Dale Rogers will officiate.

The body will be cremated.

Robert Williams

QUAPAW, Okla. Robert E. ``Bob'' Williams, 63, Hockerville community, north of Quapaw, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at a Quapaw nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Williams was born July 22, 1933, at Hockerville. He was a lifetime resident. He was a retired lead and zinc miner. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He married Helen Simpson on Oct. 27, 1954, at Quapaw. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Williams, Miami, and Jerry Williams, Denver, Colo.; four daughters, Betty Bailey, rural Quapaw, Patty Lodwick, rural Baxter Springs, Kan., Sharell Price, Hockerville, and Debra Bunce, Baxter Springs; three brothers, Clyde Williams, Marvin Williams and Eugene Williams, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Opal Stanley, Baxter Springs; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.


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