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Russell Hageman

Russell H. Hageman, 79, Joplin, died at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mr. Hageman was born Aug. 25, 1918, at Columbus, Ohio. He moved to Joplin from the state of California in 1969. He was a retired tool and die maker for King Press, Joplin.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Joplin Lodge No. 335, A.F. & A.M. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies and Scottish Rite Bodies, both of Joplin, and Abou Ben Adhem Temple, Springfield.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Kilborn, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Sally Moniz, San Diego, Calif. five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with graveside rites conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 534.

The family will received friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary with Masonic rites conducted by Joplin Lodge No. 335 A.F. & A.M.

Members of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501 will serve as pallbearers. They are Glen Pflug, Bob Thomas, Charles Thomas, Jim Gray, Calvin Greninger and Chuck Stock.

Contributions may be made to the Joplin Shrine Travel Fund.

Rufus Spicer

Gary Eugene "Rufus" Spicer, 37, 832 Florida Ave., died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West after a shooting earlier in the day. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Mr. Spicer was born Feb. 28, 1960, in Waukegan, Ill. He moved to Joplin seven years ago from Miami, Okla. He was a production worker at Able Body Inc., Arrow Box Inc. and Pillsbury, all of Joplin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by two sons, Dylan Spicer, Joplin, and Richard Campbell, the state of Ohio; a stepdaughter, Shawndra Martin, Joplin; his father, Harmon Spicer, Miami; his mother, Jewell Spicer, Miami; a brother, Michael Wright, Taft, Okla.; and four sisters, Patti Henson, Tawny Spicer and Candy Spicer, all of Miami, and Cheryl Bertling, Joplin.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Ike Swain

Ike Swain, 80, Billings, Mont., formerly of Joplin, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Swain was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Morris, Minn. He worked in steamfitting, as a blacksmith, and owned several businesses. He owned the Olive Hotel-Motel, Supper Club and Lounge in Miles City, Mont., before retiring in 1974. He then came to Joplin where he lived on a hobby farm building furniture and horse-drawn buggies. He moved to LeMars, Iowa, in 1990 and returned to Montana last year.

He married Agnes Pletschette on Aug. 31, 1941, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Francis Swain, Omaha, Neb., and David Swain, Billings; two daughters, Eileen Latterell, Minneapolis, Minn., and Joan Lunder, Billings; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Virginia Tyler

Virginia Louise Tyler, 72, 1911 Kentucky Ave., died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after three years of ill health.

Mrs. Tyler was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Joplin. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1942. She was a housewife and had worked for 11 years at Joplin Telephone Company, quitting in 1947. She received an award for volunteerism from the Ozark Gateway Council of Governments in 1989. She was a volunteer with the Salvation Army, St. John's auxiliary, Crisis Intervention, Crosslines Churches, Cerebral Palsy Center and the Ombudsman. She had been a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader. She was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church.

She married Charles A. Tyler on June 29, 1946, in Joplin; he survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael Tyler, Springfield, Ralph J. Tyler, Joplin, Maj. Blake Tyler, Webb City, and Keith Tyler, of the home; two daughters, Debra Burton and Laura Tyler, both of Joplin; two brothers, John Filler, Tulsa, Okla., and Joe Filler, St. Louis; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Dr. William Brock Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Pallbearers will be Will Cupps, Blake Tyler, Tony Tyler, Walter Tyler, Don Hoagland and David Hoagland.

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

Mable Zumwalt

Mable Louise Zumwalt, 74, 2012 Moffet Ave., died at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where she had been a patient since April 22.

Mrs. Zumwalt was born Nov. 30, 1922, in Picher, Okla. She had lived in Joplin since moving here from Macon in 1930. She had been employed at Junge Biscuit Co., Art White Real Estate Agency, Mary Manard Real Estate Agency, and the Haskel Trusty Real Estate Agency. She was a member of the Joplin Senior Citizens Center. She was a charter member of Crown of Life Chapel and Central Assembly of God.

She married Melvin Zumwalt on April 25, 1942, in Joplin. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bill Zumwalt, Joplin, and Jack Zumwalt, Allison Park, Pa.; three brothers, Harold Barcom, Joplin, Charles Barcom, Tucson, Ariz., and Gaylon Barcom, Kennewick, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Crown of Life Chapel, 23rd Street and Annie Baxter Avenue. The Rev. Paul Dilts will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Bill Zumwalt, Jack Zumwalt, Jim Zumwalt, Paul Mulik, Floyd Hindman and Bill McCoy.

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

Contributions may be made to the Crown of Life Chapel or the senior center.

Helen Allen

SENECA, Mo. - Helen Young Allen, 90, Seneca, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 1997, at Freeman Health System West after an illness.

Mrs. Allen was born July 24, 1906, at Fremont, Neb. She moved to Racine during childhood and to the rural Seneca area in 1925. She attended Racine schools and received a teaching certificate. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Warren's Branch Baptist Church, north of Seneca, where she had taught Sunday School.

She married Albert Allen on Aug. 24, 1925, at Carthage. He died Aug. 24, 1980.

She is survived by two sons, James Allen, Seneca, and Leslie Dean Allen, Miami, Okla.; six daughters, Lena Smith Manuel and Retha Ketchum, both of Seneca, Delma Volskay, Carthage, Martha Bickel, Goleta, Calif., Ruby Ball, Springfield, and Edna Spain, Leavenworth, Kan.; a sister, Jessie Hoover, Auxvasse; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Warren's Branch Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Dill will officiate. Burial will be in Hornet Cemetery under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Case, Max Case, Mark Whitwell, George Bilke, Bill Lant and Michael Bailey.

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

Lloyd Arguello

WEBB CITY, Mo. Services for Lloyd "Papa" Arguello, 78, 625 S. Hall St., who died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Terry Lawson, minister, will officiate.

Mr. Arguello was a member of Living Word Fellowship Church.

A daughter preceded him in death.

Gary M. Hogue

AURORA, Mo. Gary M. Hogue, 19, Point Lookout, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, in a traffic accident near Branson.

Mr. Hogue was born July 6, 1977, in Springfield. He was a student at the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents Frank and Mary Ann Hogue, Fayetteville, N.C.; a sister, Alicia Hogue, of the home; and paternal grandmother, Clara Hogue, Springfield, Mo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, Aurora, with the Rev. Dave Cornett officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park, in Aurora. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crafton Cantrell Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to College of the Ozarks.

Naomi Hoover

NEVADA, Mo. - Naomi Hoover, 81, Nevada, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Hoover was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Montevallo. She lived most of her life in Vernon County. During World War II, she worked at Pratt & Whitney and Lake City defense plants in Kansas City and at a plant in Plymouth Falls, Ore. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Virgil City.

She married Loyd L. Hoover on Dec. 21, 1946, at Girard, Kan. He died Nov. 2, 1996.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Hereden, Muskogee, Okla., and Sandra Wolf, Nevada; a sister, Vera Schillinger, Nevada; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends may call until the service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the United Parkinson Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Eleanor Jordan

CARTHAGE, Mo. Eleanor C. Jordan, 85, Springfield, formerly of Carthage, died at 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Jordan was born Dec. 18, 1911, in Carthage. She was a graduate of Carthage High School. She moved with her husband to Springfield in 1955. She was a member of Parkview Christian Church, Springfield.

She married Don E. Jordan in December 1933. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Don R. Jordan, Mountain View, Ark., and Harold Jordan, Keller, Texas; a daughter, Joy Correll, Hazelwood; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield. The Rev. James Haenig and the Rev. Tony Newby will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield.

Contributions may be made to Parkview Christian Church's Mission Fund, 1342 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65807.

Eva D. Peterson

AURORA, Mo. Eva D. Peterson, 93, Aurora, died at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Peterson was born April 25, 1904, in Mount. Vernon. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora and was a retired factory worker for Juvenile Shoe in Aurora.

She married Henry G. Peterson on Feb. 28, 1925, in Mount Vernon; he died Oct. 7, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Henry Peterson Jr., Joplin; a daughter, Alma Jo Nelson, Carthage; a sister, Nellie Fritts, Mount Vernon; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora with the Rev. Jane Brigdon Graham officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Crafton Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

John Rives

NEVADA, Mo. John Paul Rives, 51, Nevada, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 10, 1945, at Lamar. He was a lifelong resident of Nevada.

He was a Navy veteran, serving as commanding officer on the U.S.S. Ashland. He received a National Defense Service Medal. He was retired from the Navy.

He was a member of the Bronaugh United Methodist Church.

He married Joan Butterfield Rives on July 9, 1966, at Nevada. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, John Paul Rives, Kennewick, Wash., Stephen Shane Rives, Belton, and Mark Anthony Rives, Nevada; a daughter, Dana Jo Boultinghouse, Nevada; three brothers, Richard Rives, Huntington Beach, Calif., Eddie Rives, Kennewick, Wash., and Donald Rives, Pasco, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Milster Funeral Home, Nevada, with James Butterfield officiating. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, Nevada.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Butterfield, Bob Coonrod, Todd Butterfield, Bill Armstrong and Darrell Butterfield.

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

Contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Juanita Bluejacket

MIAMI, Okla. - Juanita Faye Bluejacket, 73, 1101 22nd St. SW, Miami, died at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Bluejacket was born Aug. 4, 1923, near Seneca, Mo. She retired in 1992 from the foster grandparent program for which she had served as an area director for Ottawa and Delaware counties. She was a member of Central Christian Church and the American Federation of Government Employees.

She married Julian B. Bluejacket on Jan. 21, 1941, at Seneca. He died April 9, 1970. She also was preceded in death by a stepson.

She is survived by four daughters, Judy Hudson, Omaha, Neb., Janice Brossett, Edmond, Jodi Bluejacket, Irving, Texas, and Jeanette Bluejacket-Fields, Grove; a son, Jeff Bluejacket, Wyandotte; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wyandotte Cemetery.

Friends may call at the home until the service time.

Richard Dobbin

GROVE, Okla. - Richard E. Dobbin, 70, Grove, died at 3 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 1997, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Dobbin was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Picher, Okla. He graduated from Miami High School in 1944. He moved to Grove in 1992 from Stillwater. He was an industrial engineer for the B.F. Goodrich Co. from 1948 until 1961. He then worked as a plant manager for Seamprufe in Holdenville until 1965. He was manager of the company's McAlester plant until 1967. He moved to West Plains, Mo., where he worked as regional operations manager for the Angelica Uniform Co. He moved to Grove in 1992, where he worked in the sporting goods department at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. He was an Army-Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Grove; the Abdul Abou Ben Adhem, Springfield consistory; American Legion Post No. 79 at McAlester; the Moose Lodge at Grove; and was a past member of the Rotary Club at Higginsville; and the Lions Club at Houston, Mo. He also was a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Polly Dobbin; two daughters, Sheila Stone Dixon, Stillwater, and Melanie Lingier, Cleveland; a son, Chris Dobbin, Oak Harbor, Wash.; his mother, Mary M. Dobbin, Baxter Springs, Kan.; a sister, Mary Margaret Kirkpatrick, Baxter Springs, Kan.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Cooper Althouse Funeral Home.

Doris Keeley

MIAMI, Okla. Doris G. Keeley, 81, Miami, died at 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mrs. Keeley was born Nov. 20, 1915, at Tuttle. She was a secretary at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City before retiring. She had lived in Miami for 30 years, moving from Bartlesville. She was of the Christian Science faith.

Her husband, William J. Keeley, died on April 25, 1997.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Keeley, Muskogee, Okla., and two grandchildren.

The body has been cremated.

No services are planned.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Jim Thomas Funeral Home.

Wendell Black

Wendell Black, 40, Joplin, died Saturday, May 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center , after a sudden illness.

Mr. Black was born June 20, 1956, at Ulysses, Kan. He was an accountant.

Survivors include his mother, Anne Hacker, Stillwater, Okla.; his father, Larry Black, Joplin; two sons, Keegan Black and Stephon Black, Colorado Springs, Colo.; paternal grandmother, Buelah Black, Ulysses; maternal grandfather, Woodrow Smith, Perry, Okla.; two brothers, Marlie Black, Stillwater, Okla., and Justin Hacker, Nashville, Tenn.; and a sister, Lisha Black Rhoads, Stillwater.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Stillwater, under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Stillwater. Bill Powell and Bob Fellows, ministers, will officiate.

Additional services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Ulysses, under the direction of Phillips Mortuary, Ulysses. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to funds established with Stillwater National Bank and Grant County State Bank, Ulysses.

Laurence Elliott

Laurence E. Elliott, 69, Joplin, died at 12:52 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness.

Mr. Elliott was born July 12, 1927, at Pittsburg, Kan. He was a 1945 graduate of Pittsburg High School.

He worked for 17 years for Standard Oil of California. He returned to the Joplin area from California in 1963.

He was a land developer and builder. He built and operated the Tahoe and Tara motels in Joplin and Midwest Motel, Mount Vernon.

He was a Catholic.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific.

He married Esther Molinar on July 4, 1946, at Reno, Nev. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Larry Elliott, Pittsburg; two daughters, Angela Elliott, the Netherlands, and Bonita Popejoy, Fayetteville, Ark.; a sister, Lois Goodman, Anderson, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin, with the Rev. Leonard Chambers and Carl Driscoll officiating. Burial will be in Crocker Cemetery, near Opolis, Kan., where military graveside rites will be conducted by Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13, Joplin.

Pallbearers will be Roy Shipp, John Molinar, Jay McBee, Carl Gricks, Jim Short and John Monahan.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Samantha Kraft

Samantha Nicole Kraft, daughter of John Jr. and Amber Kraft, was stillborn at 8:45 a.m., Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield.

Additional survivors include a brother, William Kraft, and a sister, Andrea Kraft, both of the home; paternal grandparents, John and Margie Barnes, Joplin; maternal grandparents, Harry and Anna Belle Palmer, Joplin; and paternal great-grandmother, Burnice Bresee, Joplin.

Private graveside services will be at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Dilts, officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Frank U. Moore

Frank U. Moore, 92, 1946 Laurel, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 1997 at a local nursing home after an illness of several months.

Mr. Moore was born Oct. 18, 1904, at Sheldon, Mo. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1923 to 1927. He worked as a surveyor for Frank Horton Engineering Co., Lamar. He then was a plans designer for the Missouri State Highway Department, Joplin. He later worked a few years in the planning department for the city of Joplin. He had been a resident of Joplin since 1955.

He was a member of the Christian Church, Sheldon.

He was a member of the Retired Employees of the Missouri State Highway Department.

He married Evelyn McCaslin on May 22, 1932 at Duenweg. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Larry Moore, Darnestown, Md.; a daughter, Dolores Rolston, Page, Ariz.; four sisters, Ida Taylor, Nevada, Beulah Watkins, Sheldon, Ruth Ragle, Visalia, Calif., and Velma Hall, Kansas City, Kan.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Kelly officiating.

Members of the Retired Employees of the Missouri State Highway Department will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, in care of the mortuary.

Virgil Rodgers

Virgil Rodgers, 83, Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Joplin, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Rodgers was born Aug. 5, 1913, at Newark, Ark. He lived in Joplin from 1940 to 1959, when he moved to California.

He worked for 19 years at Atlas Powder Co., Joplin. In California, he worked for Aero-Jet and the city of Sacramento.

He married Fannie Alvanell Elms on Dec. 19, 1940, at Duenweg. She preceded him in death.

He also was preceded in death by a son.

Survivors include a daughter, Judith Storm, Salt Lake City, Utah; two sons, Charles Rodgers, Clinton, Md., and John Rodgers, Carson City, Nev.; six grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.

Graveside services were May 3 in Locust Grove Cemetery, Locust Grove, Ark.

Contributions may be made to College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, or to the Locust Grove Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lombard & Co., Sacramento.

Pauline Baker

CASSVILLE, Mo. - Pauline Helen Baker, 75, Walsh, Colo., formerly of Cassville, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 1997 at Southeast Colorado Hospital, Springfield, Colo., after a long illness.

Mrs. Baker was born April 5, 1922, at Cassville. She attended school in Cassville and moved to Texas in 1940. She lived in the states of Texas, Kansas and Montana before moving to Walsh in 1948. She attended First Baptist Church, Walsh.

She married Ralph Eugene Baker on June 21, 1940, at Neosho. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Billy Carl Baker, of Valdosta, Ga.; a daughter, Bessie Beulah Gentry, Walsh; a brother, James Elmer Sanders, Exeter.; four sisters, Shirley L. Betts, Ennis, Texas, Ruby J. Ulmer, Butterfield, Dorothy Jean Case, Purdy, and Alfretta Ann Tracy, Rogers, Ark.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville, with the Rev. Cecil Burhenn officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Cassville.

Nephews will serve a pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Eula Carr

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Graveside services for Eula Oexman Carr, 93, Carthage, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Park Cemetery, Carthage.

She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Circle 2 at First Presbyterian Church, Carthage.

Survivors include a sister, Nancy Terry, Carthage.

Nola Clark

NEVADA, Mo. - Nola Iona Clark, 82, Nevada, died at 7:50 p.m. Friday, May 16, 1997, at a local nursing home of an illness.

Mrs. Clark was born Oct. 30, 1914, in Carroll County, Ark. She grew up in Arkansas and had lived several years at Fort Scott, Kan., before returning to Berryville, Ark.

She married William Howard Clark in 1929, at Neosho. He died in 1979.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Louise De La Porte, Nevada, and Leota Ann Gustin, Wichita, Kan.; a son, William Edward Clark, address unavailable; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Monday May 19 at High Cemetery, near Berryville.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson Funeral Home, Berryville, Ark.

Paul Fuoco

LAMAR, Mo. - Paul Walter Fuoco, 74, Lamar, died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a three-year illness.

Mr. Fuoco was born July 25, 1922, at Washington, D.C. He had lived in Barton County 35 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He owned and operated Sale-Inn Cafe and Lamar Auto Parts and was an honorary member of the Metro Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He married Betty Musilek on March 19, 1946, at Omaha, Neb. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Gail Demery, Joplin, and Toni Fuoco, Lamar; a brother, Robert Fuoco, state of Washington; three sisters, Mary Rodante, Betty Cornelius and Billy Fabrizio, all of the state of Maryland.

The body will be cremated under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Merle Hammond

JASPER, Mo. - Merle William Hammond, 82, 100 W. Mercer, died at 4:20 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a short illness.

Mr. Hammond was born June 28, 1914, at Jasper. He was Regional Counsel for the FDIC. He graduated from Drury College, Springfield, and received his master's degree from Clark University, Wooster, Mass. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University, New York City.

He was an Army veteran of World War Two.

He was a member of Jasper Christian Church, Jasper Masonic Lodge No. 398 and the Mecca Shrine, New York City.

He married Emily McKenzie in 1949 at New York City. She survives.

Additional survivors include a sister, Frances Sharp, Jasper.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.

Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Jasper.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Carter, Russell Selvey, Tom Hartley, Brad Joines, Bob Davis, and Bill White.

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

Contributions may be made to Jasper Christian Church.

Jimmie Havel

EAGLE ROCK, Mo. - Jimmie L. Havel, 39, Eagle Rock, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Havel was born June 6, 1957, at Wichita, Kan. He was a construction worker. He moved to Eagle Rock three years ago from Wichita.

He married Nedenia Rowland on July 2, 1994, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Ray Havel, Wichita; a daughter, Kara Havel, Pratt, Kan.; a stepson, Shawn Dennis, Wichita; a stepdaughter, La-Shay Dennis, Eagle Rock; his parents, Orval and Eleanor Hazel, Wichita; maternal grandfather, Elbert Hawke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; maternal grandmother, Mary Chadwick, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada; four brothers, Tom Havel, Terry Havel, Duane Havel and Douglas Havel, all of Wichita.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Mortuary, Wichita, with the Rev. Gary Ledbetter officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wichita.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

Olen Hibdon

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Olen O. Hibdon, 85, 709 Juanita St., died at 9:01 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after a two-year illness.

Mr. Hibdon was born Aug. 26, 1911, at Linn Creek. He was a retired farmer and real estate salesman. He served on the real estate board of directors in Perris, Calif.

He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City.

He married Mabel Hibdon on Dec. 14, 1992. She survives.

Additional survivors include nine sons, Robert Hibdon, Knoxville, Ark., Ronald Hibdon, Las Vegas, Nev., Jim Hibdon, Eugene, Ore., Olen Hibdon Jr., Lebanon, Doug Hibdon, Kansas City, Reggie Hibdon, Carthage, Russell Hibdon, Yakima, Wash., Michael Hibdon, Wilmington, Calif., and Mark Hibdon, Santa Ana, Calif.; four stepdaughters, Betty R. Thompson, Medford, Ore., Vera Ann Thompson, state of Utah, Joy Corff and Renee Fisher, both of Webb City; a stepson, Richard Hibdon, Joplin; 37 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be at 4 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Robert Warren will officiate. Burial will be in Perris Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Webb City.

Maude Higgins

LAMAR, Mo. - Maude Ethel Higgins, 93, Lamar, died at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 1997, at Lakeview Healthcare Center, Lamar, after a long illness.

Mrs. Higgins was born April 16, 1904, in Dade County. She had lived in Dade County since 1945.

She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lamar, and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, Lamar.

She married Walter Olin Higgins at Greenfield on May 26, 1923. He died Jan. 10, 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Loyd Higgins, Riverside, Texas, and Gary Higgins, Travelers Rest, S.C.; three daughters, Violet Thrasher and Viola Thrasher, both of Lamar, and Ina Baumgartner, Fulton; a brother, Ray Polston, Greenfield; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a great-great grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, with the Rev. Drew Hill officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Lamar.

Onalee Holland

BILLINGS, Mo. - Onalee ``Toots'' Holland, 81, Billings, died at 9:35 a.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at a Mount Vernon nursing home.

Mrs. Holland was born June 27, 1915, at Conway, Ark. She was a homemaker.

She married Theodore Holland on March 24, 1934. He died Sept. 11, 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise Owen, Billings; a brother, Emery Welsh, Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Nynziastet Garner and Flora Ferrell, both of Mount Vernon, and Naomi Vance, the state of California; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill West Cemetery under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Moore will officiate.

Willis D. Howerton

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Willis D. Howerton, 68, 114 S. Fulton St., died at 5:12 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at McCune Brooks Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Howerton was born Oct. 22, 1928, at Berryville, Ark. He moved to Carthage in 1947. He was a truck driver for Carthage Marble Corp. for 42 years, retiring in 1989.

He married Barbara Johnson on Nov. 15, 1978, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Ron Howerton and Don Howerton, both of Carthage; a daughter, Sheila Burress, Wichita, Kan.; a stepson, Ricky Marchbanks, Alba; a brother, Keith Howerton, rural Carthage; a sister, Lola Agan, Webb City; and 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 20 ) at Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

The body will be cremated.

Loyd Lawrence

LAMAR, Mo. - Loyd A. Lawrence, 87, 100 E. 13th St., Lamar, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a short illness.

Mr. Lawrence was born Jan. 28, 1910, in the Haines Grove community in Barton County. He was a lifelong resident of Barton County.

He was a farmer.

He married Wanda Norton on April 26, 1934, at Lamar. She died in October 1992.

Survivors include a son, Warren Lawrence, Lamar; a brother, Linard Lawrence, Lamar; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-step-grandchildren; and three great-great-step-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, with the Rev. Clif Crockett officiating. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery, Lamar.

Pallbearers will be John Lawrence, Larry Wimer, Harel Lawrence, Bryan Crockett, Danny Little and Kevin Little.

Contributions may be made to Lake Cemetery.

Minnie Maples

AURORA, Mo. - Minnie A. Maples, 77, Aurora, died at 5:25 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital.

Mrs. Maples was born Feb. 17, 1920, at Aurora. She was a retired machine operator and a homemaker. She was a member of Wilson Avenue Baptist Church.

She married Liman Maples on July 4, 1941, at Aurora. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Loren Maples, Aurora; two brothers, Gilbert Ross and Harold Ross, both of Sarcoxie; two grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home. The Rev. Stevie Maples and the Rev. Arnold Ray Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.

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

Clifford Masters

GOODMAN, Mo. - Clifford L. Masters, 80, Goodman route 2, died at 4:45 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an illness.

Mr. Masters was born June 7, 1916 in McDonald County. He was a lifelong area resident and a self-employed crop and cattle farmer.

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

His wife, Minnie Ellis, died Feb. 23, 1979.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with Don Deffenbaugh officiating.

Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Marshall Long, Dennis Spears, Jack Calhoun, Clyde Gideon, Jim Collard and Ervin Banks.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Contributions may be made to the Mayfield Cemetery Fund, in care of the funeral home.

George McCully

SARCOXIE, Mo. - George McCully, 38, Sarcoxie, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at a Sarcoxie nursing home after a long illness.

Mr. McCully was born Jan. 2, 1959, at Kansas City. He was a former nurse aide at Aurora Nursing Home.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Sarcoxie.

He married Judith Ann Cummings on Dec. 6, 1977, at Kansas City. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Christopher George McCully, Nevada, and Joseph Andrew McCully, Sarcoxie; a daughter, Karen Andrew McCully, Sarcoxie; five brothers, Eugene McCully, David McCully and Bill McCully, all of Kansas City, John McCully, Aurora, and Vernon McCully, state of Florida; two sisters, Mary Johnson and Donna Hayden, both of Kansas City.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Monett IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Don Sullivan will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.

Billy McMillan

WASHBURN, Mo. - Billy Gene McMillan, 51, Washburn, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. McMillan was born Aug. 16, 1945, at Joplin. He lived most of his life in the Washburn community. He was a truck driver.

He married Patricia Conrad on Sept. 7, 1993, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Also surviving are an uncle with whom he was living, Brooks Burton, a son, Billy McMillan Jr., Commerce, Okla.; two daughters, Mary Sue Hall and Sharon Masterson, both of Washburn; a stepdaughter, Nikki McMillan, Commerce; his stepfather, Ross Cohen, Picher, Okla.; a sister, Dorothy Bennett, Baxter Springs, Kan.; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Lenear Rose will officiate. Burial will be in Washburn Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Price, Howard Tilford, Jeff Hall, Ron Masterson, Billy McMillan and Lance Larson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today tues at the funeral home.

Herman Olson

MONETT, Mo. - Herman E. Olson, 74, Monett, died at 7:29 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Olson was born Dec. 17, 1922, at Monett. He was a lifelong resident. He was a self-employed carpenter and retired in 1984.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Monett, and was on the board of trustees.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a past member of Hobbs-Anderson Post 91 of the American Legion. He was a member of the Monett Masonic Lodge AF&AM 129.

He married Marjorie M. Mooney on June 27, 1947, at Monett. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Connie Davis, Monett; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Mark Mildren and Dave Graham officiating.

Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett.

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

Contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes, in care of the funeral home.

Raymond Swatsenbarg

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Raymond Swatsenbarg, 84, 107 Chitwood Drive, died Monday, May 19, 1997, after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home.

Mr. Swatsenbarg was born Aug. 27, 1912, at Christy, Okla. He was a carpenter and a member of First Christian Church, Carl Junction.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Swatsenbarg; two sons, Jim Swatsenbarg, Carthage, and Terry Swatsenbarg, Saginaw,; a stepson, Gary Sigars, Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Rosella Austin, Wichita, Kan.; three stepdaughters, Beverly Burger, Lead, S.D., Clarissa Hill, Odessa and Claudia Mitchell, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Ruby Lewis, Bowie, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. Boyce Mouton, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Swatsenbarg, Jim Swatsenbarg, Don Berger, Dave Hill, Bill Mitchell, Gary Sigars and Gaylyn Schremmer.

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

Lucy Utter

MONETT, Mo. - Lucy J. Utter, 95, Monett, died at 10:25 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at a nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Utter was born June 2, 1901, at Golden. She was a lifetime Barry County resident. She attended Roach School near Golden. She was a homemaker and farmed until her health failed. She was a member of Merl's Chapel Church, Cassville.

She married Harry W. Utter in 1937 in Barry County. He died in 1972.

Survivors include two daughters, Lavelle Beeson, Cassville, and Ruby Still, Wheaton; and a brother, Charlie Priest, Cassville.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Jerry Nickle will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Cassville.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Christopher Brown

MIAMI, Okla. - Christopher Jacob Brown, 22, Miami, died Sunday afternoon after drowning in the Neosho River.

Mr. Brown was born Sept. 27, 1974, at Miami. He was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Commerce High School. He had worked as a cook in area restaurants.

He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Commerce.

He was a member of the Osage Winnebago Indian tribe.

Survivors include two daughters, Teiryn Brown and Trystan Brown, both of Picher; his father, Mike Brown, Oklahoma City; his mother, Cindy Allman, Afton; stepfather, Jim Wade, Joplin; paternal grandmother, Madge Brown, Oklahoma City; maternal grandparents, O.J. and Mable Allman, Miami; and maternal great-grand-mother, Audrey Davis, Miami.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Miami Tribal Longhouse, west of Commerce. Chief Floyd Leonard will conduct Indian services. The body will be cremated following services.

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

Valda Diebold

BERNICE, Okla. - Services for Valda Diebold, 68, who died Saturday, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Bernice, Olka., with the Rev. Ray Clinton and the Rev. Chester Crittenden officiating.

Burial will be in Ballard Cemetery, Bernice.

Pallbearers will be Bob Coulson, Lee Bivins, Roger Rollins, Jerald Goodner, Ed Hammons and Jim Wilson.

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

Irene Kubler

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Irene Marie Kubler, 91, formerly of 1906 N. Smelter Ave., died at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at a Frontenac nursing home, where she had lived since September 1995.

Mrs. Kubler was born Aug. 15, 1905, at Pittsburg. She was a lifelong Pittsburg resident. She attended Pittsburg schools and later graduated from the former Pittsburg Business College. She had been a legal secretary before working as a librarian at Pittsburg State University, retiring in 1969.

She had been a Cub Scout den mother. She was a member of the local Parent Teacher Association, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Kansas City Southern Golden Rails. She was active in the Republican Party. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Pittsburg, where she taught Sunday school.

She married Fred Kubler on Aug. 30, 1924, at Pittsburg. He died Aug. 22, 1996.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Kubler, Iola, David Kubler, Denver, Colo., and Phillip Kubler, Shawnee; a daughter, Joan Hemmila, Richardson, Texas; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Pittsburg. The Rev. James Banner will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsburg Garden of Memories.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

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

William Nelson

MIAMI, Okla. - William E. `Bill' Nelson, 53, 1615 C Street NE, died at 12 a.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Nelson was born Jan 26, 1944, at Miami. He was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Miami School in 1961. He worked for B.F. Goodrich, Miami, for 20 years. He worked for Sailor Music as the personal driver for Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band for the past six years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Miami.

He married Marie Smith on Dec. 13, 1963, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Kim Culver, Claremore, and Tina Nelson, Tulsa; a sister, Jacqueline Tanner, Grove; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami, with the Rev. Audie Tash officiating. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be Sam Robinson, Scott Draeger, Jim Gering, Arthur Stanley, Gene Tunks, and Darrell Fouts.

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

George Captain

MIAMI, Okla. - George J. ``Buck'' Captain, 74, Miami route 4, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Captain was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Ottawa County and had lived in the Miami area most of his life.

He served in the Air Force for 30 years and flew more than 20 missions during World War II. He was a member of Southeast Baptist Church, Commerce, the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite at Denver, Colo., and the Scottish Rite at Tulsa. He was a graduate of Miami High School.

He served in the Secret Service Intelligence Dept. in the military and was president of the Intertribal Council of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe., which he was chief of for 18 years. He was head of the Ottawa County Nutrition Program.

He married Betty Cole on Nov. 17, 1945, at Baxter Springs, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, George J. Captain IV, Midland, Ga., and Nelis Captain, Miami; three brothers, Leo Captain, Charley Captain and Dennis Captain, all of Miami; three sisters, Thelma Sullivan, Peoria, Sue Kropp, Quapaw, and Virginia Hart, state of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Southeast Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Von Moss officiating. Burial will be in Glenn Abbey Memorial Garden Cemetery, Miami.

Pallbearers will be the Grand Lake Good Sam's Club.

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

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Troy Kelly

MIAMI, Okla. - Troy Don Kelly, 32, rural Miami, died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Kelly was born Nov. 27, 1964. He was a 1984 graduate of Wyandotte High School and Afton Vo-Tech. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He worked at Bayliner, North Miami, as a boat-interior crew leader.

Survivors include his wife, Michele Kelly; his parents, Raymond and Alfreda Kelly, Miami; a daughter, Jessica Rose Kelly, of the home; a brother, Raymond ``Bub'' Lee Kelly, Miami; a sister, Lori Ann Goins, Salina; maternal grandparents, D.L. and Sylvia Walker, Miami.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jim Thomas Chapel, Commerce. The Rev. Gary Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darren Anderson, Rob White, Farris Smith, Brian Kelly, Mike Hilton, Rusty Witten, Louis Roberts and Rick Enyart.

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


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