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Ida Allendorf

Ida May Allendorf, 89, 411 Moffet Ave., died at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after becoming ill at her home. She had

been in ill health for several years. Miss Allendorf was born March 6, 1908, at Sacramento, Calif. She moved to Joplin in 1969 from the state of Arizona. She received her bachelor's degree from the former Ozark Wesleyan College, Carthage, and her master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was an Army bookkeeper at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., before retiring in 1969. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Joplin.

Surviving is a sister, Letha Dangerfield, of the home.

Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Rev. Leonard Chambers will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Elliott Morse, Russ Shedelbower, Harry Johnson Jr. and David Dillon Jr.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

Barbara Ingram

Barbara Gould Ingram, 62, Joplin, died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Ingram was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Joplin. She was a lifelong Joplin area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.

She married Otis E. Ingram on March 20, 1959, in Joplin. He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Ingram and Cheryl Ingram, both of Joplin; a brother, Jerry Gould, Joplin; a sister, Vesta Grindstaff, Joplin, and one grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Mark Richardson will officiate. Burial will follow under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

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

Ferne Milligan

Ferne L. Milligan, 94, 1802 Wall Ave., died at 9:15 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East after a several-month illness.

Mrs. Milligan was born March 14, 1903. She moved to Joplin in 1936. She was graduated from Aurora High School. She co-owned and operated Milligan's Air Conditioning & Heating Co. for 38 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Joplin. She was past president of Twin Hills Golf & Country Club Ladies Golf Association and the Missouri State Ladies Golf Association.

She married Joe Milligan on Dec. 5, 1929, at St. Louis. He died March 12, 1981.

Survivors include a son, James A. Milligan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a granddaughter.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin. The Rev. William Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert L. Allen Jr., Gene Dooley, Bill Fowks, Mike Fowks, Bob Perkins and Jimmy Thomas.

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

Contributions may be made to Community Clinic or to First Presbyterian Church.

Ruth Seay

Ruth E. Seay, 73, Joplin, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mrs. Seay was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Joplin. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She worked for the former M & O Cigar Co. for several years. She then worked at Miller Manufacturing, Joplin, for five years. She also worked for American Linen, Joplin, for 10 years, and for Industrial Linen, Joplin, for seven years.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Joplin.

She was a military wife for 28 years and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Joplin.

She married LeRoy Seay on Sept. 6, 1951, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He died Feb. 24, 1978.

Survivors include two sons, Jaye Powell, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tom Seay, Granby, Mo.; five daughters, Candace Sanchez, Rose Mead, Calif., Bonnie Cheryl Fleenor, state of Illinois, Celeste Howard, Joplin, and Lisa Alderman and Chris Nelson, both of Saginaw; a sister, Bonnie Baggerly, Spring City, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and seven step-great- grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Keith Jackson and the Rev. Lyle Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Alderman, Konrad Nelson, David Furry, Rick Sanchez, Mike Baggerly and Jeremy Nelson.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at the chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Newton County Ambulance Association, in care of the mortuary.

Dena Burkey

SARCOXIE, Mo. — Dena Florentina Johanna Burkey, 87, Independence, Kan., route 3, a former Sarcoxie resident, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Wilson County Hospital, Neodesha, Kan., after an illness.

Mrs. Burkey was born Feb. 4, 1910, at Bellflower. She had lived in Sarcoxie for 17 years before she moved to Altoona, Kan., in 1977. She moved to Independence in 1983. She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Holiness Church.

She married J.T. Burkey on April 18, 1943, at Troy. He survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Alma Sue Burkey, of the home; four sisters, Helen Luelf, San Bernardino, Calif., Ester Esterline, Cincinnati, Ohio, Lillian Hampton, Troy, and Faith Kendrick, state of New Mexico; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Bible Holiness Church, Independence. The Rev. Joyce Cauthon and the Rev. Dale Cauthon will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence.

Arrangements are under the direction of Webb and Rodrick Funeral Home, Independence, Kan.

Pallbearers will be Paul Smith, Neko McBee, Troy Burkey, Dale Cauthon, Bob Kirks and George Henry.

Contributions may be made to Independence Bible College, Independence, Kan.

Lona Dingler

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Lona Mae Dingler, 89, Cassville, died at 3:05 a.m. Monday, April 28, 1997, at a Cassville nursing home of an illness.

Mrs. Dingler was born Jan. 7, 1908, at Monett. She was a lifelong Barry County resident. She was a cosmetologist most of her life, a career she started in high school. She taught Sunday school for many years and was an organist at Cassville First Christian Church. She participated in the Order of the Eastern Star.

She married Ray Dingler in December 1940. He died Feb. 8, 1988.

There are no immediate survivors.

The body was cremated.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, Cassville. Don Beesen and Sid Allsbury, pastors, will officiate. Cremains will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield.

Billy Roark

SOUTH GREENFIELD, Mo. — Billy Joe Roark, 65, South Greenfield, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Roark was born March 19, 1932, at Pyatt, Ark. He had lived in the Pennsboro-Lockwood area for 43 years. He was a cattleman and a former warehouse supervisor for Carnation Can Co., Mount Vernon.

He was a member of Community Bible Church, Miller, where he served as a board member and Sunday school superintendent.

He married Sibyl Keeter on March 17, 1951, at Pyatt. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sharon Estes, Merrillville, Ind., and Linda Royce, Nixa; his mother, Zelpha A. Roark, South Greenfield; two brothers, Jesse Roark and Jerry Roark, both of South Greenfield; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Community Bible Church, Miller. The Rev. William Brinton will officiate. Burial will be in Pennsboro Cemetery, north of Miller.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today.

Roy Stuckey

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Roy Vernon Stuckey, 57, Carthage route 2, died at 10:01 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Stuckey was born Oct. 7, 1939, at Newton County. He was graduated from Jasper High School in 1958. He retired from the Air Force in 1982. He was then plant manager for Inland Products, Carthage.

He married Julia "Judy" Winn on Aug. 13, 1960, in Carthage. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Rory Stuckey and Daniel Stuckey, both of Carthage; a daughter, Shawn Morrow, Greenfield; his mother, Eldon Stuckey, Carthage route 2; four brothers, Jerry Stuckey, Golden Valley, Ariz., Robert Stuckey, Carthage route 1, Richard Stuckey, Carthage route 2, and Glenn Stuckey, La Russell; four sisters, Margaret Johnson, Jasper route 1, Fern Taylor and Bonnie Renburg, both of Joplin, and Margie Eaton, Livingston, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper, with Bob Teegarden, minister, and Drew Ashwell officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, north of Carthage.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Carthage Lions Club or to Jasper Ambulance Service.

James Brunskill

PITTSBURG, Kan. — James Edward Brunskill, 65, 308 N. Miles St., Pittsburg, died at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at his home. He had been in ill health since September 1996.

Mr. Brunskill was born May 5, 1932, in Pittsburg. He was a lifetime area resident, attended local schools and was graduated from Pittsburg High School. He was employed by the City of Pittsburg as operator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant for the past 28 years. Before that, he worked at Gulf Oil Co. for 15 years and at McNally Manufacturing.

He was a member of Countryside Christian Church. He served on the board for Campus Christians. He was a member of the national and state Foster and Adopted Parent associations, of which he served on the state board for six years and was area vice president of FAPA. He and his wife were foster parents for more than 20 years, providing care and guidance for more than 300 children.

He married Sandra J. Jessip on Sept. 1, 1956, in Pittsburg. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, James Victor Brunskill, Aurora, Colo.; six daughters, Rebecca Howell, Theresa Tarter, Melissa Stringer and Stacy Brunskill, all of Pittsburg, Dee Dee Worthington, Manhattan, and Kimberly Brunskill, of the home; two foster daughters, Diane Street, Joplin, and Penny Paris, Pittsburg; a brother, Donald Engle, Pittsburg; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Countryside Christian Church, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Dan Muter and the Rev. Leroy Knight officiating. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Contributions may be made to Countryside Christian Church, in care of the funeral home.

Erma Ingram

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Erma F. Ingram, 84, died at 12:35 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a one-week illness.

Mrs. Ingram was born Mar. 5, 1913, at Jamestown, Kan. She moved from Joplin to Baxter Springs about 64 years ago. She was a member of Baxter Springs Presbyterian Church.

She married Clyde W. Ingram, Jr. on Dec. 24, 1931, in Weir, Kan. He died Sept. 27, 1992.

Survivors include a son, Ken Ingram, Millington, N.J.; three daughters, Marcia L. Shouse, Hideaway Lake, Texas, Marilyn McFerrin, Tulsa, Okla., and Pam F. Ingram, Marietta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Abbot Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Christine Iannacilli will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Charlie Kirkpatrick

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Charlie Clarence Kirkpatrick, 91, Moline, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, May 25, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield, after a long illness. He was the father of DeWayne Kirkpatrick and Lorene Bramlett, both of Joplin.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born Jan. 21, 1906, in Arkansas. He lived in Baxter Springs until 1955, when he moved to Oklahoma. He moved from Wewoka, Okla., to Moline three years ago. He was a self-employed master carpenter who retired in 1971. He was affiliated with the Assembly of God faith. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Vearl Violet Byler on July 17, 1927, in Lowell, Kan. She died in May 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Glenn H. Kirkpatrick, Edmond, Okla., Gene E. Kirkpatrick, Cleveland, Mo., DeWayne Kirkpatrick, Joplin, and Michael Kirkpatrick, Benwheeler, Texas; two daughters, Lorene Bramlett, Joplin, and Carolyn E. Goff, Moline; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; and several great-great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Galena. The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Larry Strong

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Larry Dean Strong Sr., 49, 1201 E. 22nd St., was found dead Monday morning, May 26, 1997, outside Pittsburg.

The death is being investigated by the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and coroner.

Mr. Strong was born April 10, 1948, at Lamar, Mo. He moved from Lamar to Pittsburg 20 years ago. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a disabled veteran. He attended First Church of the Nazarene, Pittsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Jean Terrell Strong; two sons, Larry Dean Strong Jr. and Ben Burdick, both of Pittsburg; a daughter, Melissa Lemmons, Lamar; his father and stepmother, Dean and Mary Strong, Lamar; two brothers, Marion "Mickey" Strong, Walnut, and David Strong, Lamar; three sisters, Shelley Strong, Sari Hornbeck and Susie Dunagan, all of Lamar; his paternal grandmother, Lila Moore, Lamar; and two grandsons.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Jim Sukraw will officiate. Burial will be in Iantha (Mo.) Cemetery.

Graveside military rites will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3691, Lamar.

Pallbearers will be Max Wilson, Terry Harper, Charles Scholes, Doug Scholes, Doyle Dunagan and Todd Cummins.

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

Contributions may be made to a fund for Mr. Strong's family, in care of the funeral home.

Dorene Christner

AFTON, Okla. — Dorene Marie Christner, 34, Afton route 4, died at 2:48 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Christner was born Aug. 5, 1961, at Tukwila, Wash. She moved to Afton in 1992 from Tukwila. She was a waitress for the Route 66 Cafe in Afton.

She married Mark Christner on July 4, 1992, in Tukwila. He survives.

Additional survivors include her father, George Horton, Tukwila; and a sister, Patty Lynn, Tukwila.

The body will be cremated.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Afton. Doug Hanson, minister, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home, Afton.

William Marple

GROVE, Okla. — William Henry Marple, 67, Grove, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Marple was born Aug. 11, 1929, at Tulsa, Okla. He worked 18 years for Wilshire Blueprinting Co., Los Angeles. He was an accomplished musician.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Marple, Joel Marple and Jonathan Marple, and two daughters, Holly Moore and Diane Sickendick, all of the state of Pennsylvania; and a brother, Gene Marple, state of California.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with the Rev. Ray Melugin officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Lugenbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Albert Conard

SARCOXIE, Mo. — Graveside services for Albert Louis Conard, 90, Sarcoxie, who died Friday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Dudman Springs Cemetery, northwest of Sarcoxie. Don Housh will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

June Divine

AURORA, Mo. — June Evelyn Wolfe Divine, 80, Aurora, formerly of Lamar, died at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Divine was born June 3, 1916, in Barton County. She had lived in the county 40 years. She was a sales clerk at Horton's Variety Store, Lamar, and a preschool teacher at Lamar Daycare Center. She was a former member of the So and So Club, Lamar.

She was a member of Iantha United Methodist Church.

She married Carl Edward Divine on May 2, 1942, at Golden City. He died Feb. 29, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherrie Beasley, Republic; a brother, Linden Wolfe, Liberal; a sister, Wanda Wolfe, Ozark; and one grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. The Rev. Marty Green will officiate. Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery, east of Lamar.

Richard Easter

NOEL, Mo. — Richard Minton Easter, 73, Noel, died at 11 p.m. Monday, May 26, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Easter was born May 14, 1924, at Noel. He was a lifelong resident. He worked as a surveyor for many years.

He attended First Baptist Church, Noel. He was a member of Neosho Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Anderson Eastern Star No. 348, Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin, and Red Cross of Constine, where he served as a state and national officer. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Robbie Laurrine Boom on Jan. 25, 1944. She died on Oct. 23, 1993.

Survivors include three sons, Richard P. Easter, Hartsbury, Jon Mark Easter, Rocky Comfort, and Sean Kevin Easter, Richard, Va.; two daughters, Donna L. Willoughby, Springfield, and Debra K. Alumbaugh, Pineville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel, with the Rev. James Wallis officiating. Burial will be in Noel Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Foundation, Knights Templar Eye Foundation or the charity of the donor's choice.

Ida Harley

GREENFIELD, Mo. — Ida Beatrice Harley, 88, Greenfield, formerly of Fort Scott, Kan., died at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, after a short illness.

Mrs. Harley was born Feb. 22, 1909, in Dade County. She was a retired store clerk.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Greenfield.

Survivors include a brother and sister, whose names and addresses were unavailable.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gene Clack will officiate. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott.

Donations may be made to Barton County Memorial Hospital or to the American Cancer Society.

Troy Jennings

GREENFIELD, Mo. —Troy Clinton Jennings, 89, Greenfield, died at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, in a Greenfield nursing home.

Mr. Jennings was born April 18, 1908, in Dade County. He was a retired mill worker. He attended the Church of Christ.

He married Elva H. Heaton on July 2, 1927, at Visalia, Calif. She died Dec. 3, 1996.

Survivors include a son, C. Clinton Jennings, Cupertino, Calif.; a daughter, Leona Sutton, Greenfield; a bother, Leo Jennings, Greenfield; a sister, Bertha Mae Hayward, Stockton; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Harold Mayes will officiate. Burial will be in Dadeville Masonic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Dade County Nursing Home activity department.

Cecil Lyon

EXETER, Mo. — Cecil William Lyon, 90, Exeter, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at South Barry County Hospital, Cassville, after an illness.

Mr. Lyon was born March 10, 1907, at Perry, Okla. He received his education in Greenwood County, Kan.

He farmed for five years during the Depression, then spent the rest of his working years in the oil fields. He retired on April, 1 1971, after 27 years with Texaco Oil Co. He then moved to Exeter, where he raised cattle. He served as mayor of Exeter for two terms.

He was instrumental in the building of Exeter Senior Housing, where he served as president and manager for 11 years. He helped form the Exeter Lions Club, serving as president for two years. He served on the Exeter Fire Department for 22 years. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Cassville.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Exeter.

He married Grace Dollard on Sept. 8, 1928, at El Dorado, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Dale Lyon, Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Phyllis Gable, Exeter; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Jerry Yarnall and the Rev. Don Foley will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, Kan.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Exeter, or to a charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

Dana Stratton

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. — Dana Stratton, 94, Golden City, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at a nursing home in Lockwood after a long illness.

Mrs. Stratton was born April 25, 1903, at Everton. She was a lifetime resident of the Barton County area. She was a rural school teacher. She was a member of First Christian Church, Golden City, Stone Farm Club and the Over 50 Club.

She married James Stratton on April 25, 1927, at Lamar. He died June 29, 1972.

Survivors include two sons, Karl Stratton, Lincoln, Ala., and Russell Stratton, Talladega, Ala.; four daughters, Lois Tucker and Shirley Townley, both of Golden City, Helen Heiskell, Neosho, and Sharon Stratton, Houston, Texas; a sister, Marie Mabry, Great Bend, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Golden City. The Rev. Scott Houston will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, west of Golden City.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City.

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Golden City.

Myrtle Clugston

CHEROKEE, Kan. — Myrtle E. Clugston, 80, rural Cherokee, died at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness.

She was born June 27, 1916, at Radley. She grew up in Pittsburg, where she was graduated from Pittsburg High School. She retired from the U.S. Census Bureau in 1975. She was a legal secretary and a homemaker. She had been a correspondent for the Girard Press. She also edited the Cherokee News Letter.

She was a member of Cherokee United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a member and past regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the Geneological Society and a board member of the Cherokee City Library.

She married Gerald W. Clugston on March 31, 1940, in Girard. He died March 3, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Phil Clugston, rural Cherokee; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cherokee United Methodist Church. The Rev. Barbara Gotschall will officiate. Burial will be in Cherokee Cemetery.

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 Cherokee United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Sydney Jennings

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Sydney Ellen Jennings, 63, McPherson, a former Pittsburg area resident, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, after an illness.

Mrs. Jennings was born Sept. 23, 1933, at Centerville, Iowa. She moved to McPherson in November 1977 from Pittsburg. She was a homemaker and a registered nurse. She had served as head nurse of the emergency room at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., from 1966 to 1976. She was a business partner with her husband in three McDonald's restaurants in McPherson, Newton and Park City.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, McPherson Country Club and numerous bridge clubs.

She married Paul Arnold Jennings on Nov. 16, 1957, at Des Moines, Iowa. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, David Jennings, McPherson; three daughters, Mary Jennings, Brookline, Mass., Virginia Klein, McPherson, and Karen Jennings, Irving, Texas; her mother, Peggy Roach, Centerville; a sister, Leaun White, Centerville; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, McPherson. The Rev. Doug Campbell officiated. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson.

Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Emporia, or the building fund of St. Joseph Catholic Church, McPherson.

Jack Nunn

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Jack Ellis Nunn, 77, San Diego, Calif., a former Baxter Springs area resident, died Monday, May 12, 1997, at a nursing home in Santee, Calif., after a short illness.

Mr. Nunn was born Dec. 5, 1919, at Granby, Mo. He was graduated from Baxter Springs High School; Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Mo.; William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kan.

He was ordained into the ministry in 1941 at East Sedalia Baptist Church, Sedalia. He began his ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Florence, Mo. He later served the Marlboro Church in Kansas City.

He entered the Navy in 1948 and served as a Navy chaplain from 1948 to 1968, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He held a variety of positions in the Navy and served aboard the USS Prairie, the USS Sperry, the USS Yorktown and the USS Eldorado. He served twice with the U.S. Marine Corps, once at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and at Okinawa, Japan. He also was captain on Midway Island for two years and at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois and the San Diego Naval Training Center. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a social worker for San Diego County, specializing in managing finances for senior citizens.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Nunn; a son, David Nunn, Temecula, Calif.; a daughter, Dian Nunn, Temecula; a brother, Harold Nunn, Riverton, Kan.; and a grandson.

Full military honors with color guard and a 21-gun salute were held Wednesday, May 21, at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif. Commander Norman Goodwin, U.S. Navy, officiated.

Arrangements were under the direction of Featheringill Mortuary, San Diego, Calif.

Robert Baird

GROVE, Okla. — Robert J. Baird, 78, Grove, formerly of Joplin, Mo., died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after an eight-week illness.

Mr. Baird was born Jan. 10, 1919, at Richmond, Ind. He attended Richmond schools. He had lived since 1981 in Grove. He lived from 1949 to 1981 at Joplin, where he owned and operated the former Baird Photography Studio at Fourth and Main streets and from 1949 to 1981 in the Frisco Building. He was a contributing photographer for The Joplin Globe and the Joplin Police Department. After his retirement in 1981, he managed Lee's Resort until 1986 at Grove.

He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who served in the Pacific. He was a charter member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge No. 2033, where he was in charge of bingo, all of Grove.

He married Helen R. Cooper Giger on April 26, 1952, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Robert Baird Jr., Muskogee, Okla.; a daughter, Sharon Gericke, Moss Beach, Calif.; a stepson, John Giger, Grove; a sister, Maxine Reynolds, Fountain City, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate.

Contributions may be made to the Moose Heart Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Faye Keller

QUAPAW, Okla. — Faye Keller, 87, 109 Elm St., died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on U.S. 69, south of Picher.

Mrs. Keller was born March 30, 1910, at Aurora, Mo. She lived in the Quapaw area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Quapaw.

She married Willard Fay Keller on Oct. 19, 1925, at Columbus, Kan. He died July 11, 1973.

Survivors include a son, Darrell Keller, Parsons, Kan.; two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Quapaw. The Rev. Leslie Couch Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami.

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

Pallbearers will be Steve Hambleton, Ray Sjorlund, Jim Jennings, Carl Morton, Fred Richards and Norval Draper.

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

Marjorie Smith

GROVE, Okla. — Marjorie Smith, 79, Dexter, Ore., a former Grove resident, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996, at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 5, 1917, at Ronan, Mont. She lived in Grove from 1963 to 1988. She and her husband were former owners of the Ranch Resort, where she lived until 1983.

Her husband, Booth Smith, preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Delours Portilla, Laguna Hills, Calif., Sandra Smith, Chicago, Ill., and Linda Smith, Richmond, Va.; two sons, Dwight Smith, Houston, Texas, and Booth Smith, Richmond; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The body has been cremated under the direction of Poole and Larsen Funeral Home, Eugene, Ore.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grove Christian Church. Burial will be in a Seneca (Mo.) Cemetery.


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