Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Lynn Conway

Lynn R. Conway, 74, Tyler, Texas, a former Joplin resident, died Thursday, June 12, 1997, at a hospital in Tyler after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Conway was born Jan. 21, 1923, at Ashtabula, Ohio. He formerly lived in Carl Junction and attended schools there. He moved to Waco, Mo., in 1929 and later lived in Joplin. He had lived in Tyler for more than 30 years and was retired from Tyler Pipe Industries.

He was a member of Southern Oaks Baptist Church, Tyler, the Master Craftsmen and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Conway; two sons, Michael Conway, Tyler, and Jerry Leroy Conway, Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Marjorie Lynn Newman, Tyler, and Kathy Bridges, Richardson, Texas; two brothers, John Conway, Joplin, and Harold Conway, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Marjorie Loffredo, New York, N.Y., and Luella Fredrick, Joplin; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Memorial Funeral Home West, Tyler. The Rev. Randy Potter officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tyler.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Katherine Perry

Katherine Hazel Perry, 72, Atlanta, Ga., died Sunday, June 15, 1997 at Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, Ga., after an illness. She was the mother of Barry E. Eden Sr., Joplin.

Mrs. Perry was born June 2, 1925, in Williamsburg County, S.C.

Additional survivors include a brother, Ed Pack, Atlanta; three sisters, Shirley Hanlon, Sumter, S.C., and Betty Lynch and Frances Brooks, both of Columbia, S.C.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Talbert-Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, Columbia, S.C. Burial will be in Celestial Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Columbia.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Laurel Puffinbarger

Services for Laurel Ellsworth Puffinbarger, 74, 2831 Illinois Ave., who died Tuesday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Joplin.

The Rev. Louise Reed and the Rev. Steve Breon will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kan.

Employees and retirees of Empire District Electric Co. will be seated as a group.

Friends may call until noon Friday at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to Crosslines of Joplin or to Missouri Baptist Children's Home, Lamar, in care of the mortuary.

Mary Radunsky

Mary E. Cunningham Radunsky, 82, 2030 Grand Ave., died at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East after a short illness.

Mrs. Radunsky was born May 5, 1915, at Springfield. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She worked in the circulation department of The Joplin Globe for many years. She later worked as a secretary for Cornwell and McKinney Architects and Engineers.

She was a member of the United Hebrew Congregation, Temple Aid Sisterhood, Ladies of the Elks and Freeman Hospital Auxiliary.

She married Abe Radunsky in 1952 in Joplin. He died July 16, 1962.

Survivors include a daughter, Sondra R. Moore, Greenville, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Jim Fleischaker will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Troy Radunsky, Chris Taylor, Scott Radunsky, Keith brown, Mike Littlejohn and Larry Roland.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to Temple Aid Sisterhood, Joplin.

Scott Barton

CASSVILLE, Mo. Scott Thor Barton, 30, Cassville, died at 2:49 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at the scene of a traffic accident in Wichita, Kan.

Mr. Barton was born July 15, 1966, at Palm Springs, Calif. He moved to Cassville from the state of Kentucky.

He was a mechanical engineer. He worked for Fasco Industries and George's Processing. At the time of his death, he was working on a fishing boat in Alaska. He was a veteran of the Marines.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cassville.

He married Teresa "Teri" Robinson on June 8, 1996, at Cassville. She survives.

Other survivors include a stepson, Josh Robinson, Cassville; a stepdaughter, Kassi Schlessman, Cassville; his mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Steve Toben, Lewisport, Ky.; nine brothers and sisters, names and addresses unavailable; and two grandmothers, names and addresses unavailable.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, with Robert Pointer officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

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

Katie Eads

WEBB CITY, Mo. Katie Autumn Eads, infant daughter of Ted and Cindy Eads, Webb City, was stillborn at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin.

Additional survivors include a sister, Marcia Eads, of the home; a paternal grandfather, William Eads, Sedalia; and a paternal grandmother, Carolyn Wilson, Lamar.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Avilla Cemetery, Avilla. The Rev. John Winn will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Anna Handley

SENECA, Mo. Anna C. Handley, 93, 1633 Cottage Lane, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Handley was born July 29, 1903, at Ravenna, Neb. She moved to Seneca from Cushing, Okla., in 1962. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, E.E. Handley, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, L.L. "Corky" Handley, Miami, Okla.; two daughters, Billie McGorder, Miami, and Betty Jackson, Stillwater, Okla.; a brother, George Rombach, Iola, Kan.; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairland (Okla.) Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Horton will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami, Okla.

Glenna Steddum

WEBB CITY, Mo. Glenna Kelly Steddum, 90, Webb City, died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at a Webb City nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Steddum was born Nov. 8, 1906, at Anderson. She moved to Webb City in 1976 from rural Neosho. She previously lived in Joplin.

She retired in 1979 as a bookkeeper for Southwest Marine. She previously worked for the former Heirloom Furniture Co. She and her husband operated the former Automotive Supply Co., Eighth Street and Joplin Avenue, in the 1930s and 1940s.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Webb City.

She married Jesse E. Steddum on May 10, 1925, in Joplin. He died June 24, 1975.

Survivors include a son, Bruce Steddum, Webb City; a brother, Kenneth Kelly, Joplin; three sisters, Fida Morse, Jeanne Comstock and Erma Terry, all of Webb City; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. The Rev. Calvin St. Clair will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Mark Youngblood

GALENA, Kan. Memorial services for Mark Owen Youngblood, 35, 611 N. Columbus St., who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

The Rev. Joel Dorris will officiate.

The body has been cremated.

Nellie M. Benton

Nellie M. Benton, 93, 2409 Illinois Ave., died at 7:25 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997, at a Joplin nursing home after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Benton was born Aug. 3, 1903, at Peace Valley, Mo., and had lived in Joplin the last three years. She also lived many years in Kansas City and several years in Aurora, Colo. She worked as a candy maker at the Russell Stover Candy Co. in Kansas City and formerly farmed with her husband at Peace Valley.

She was a member of the Baptist church. Her husband, Harry E. Benton, died on Dec. 23, 1970.

A son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a brother, Dennis Lynch, of the home, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m., Monday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill., with Dennie Lynch and Tim Benton officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Florence M. Douglas

Florence M. Douglas, 92, 201 Northpark Lane, died at 7:58 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Miss Douglas was born May 21, 1905, at Flora, Ill. She was a 1924 graduate of Flora High School. She worked as an office manager for a hardware store at Flora until 1965, when she moved to Joplin and worked in the business office of Ozark Christian College. In 1971, she moved on campus and became the college hostess. She retired in 1989 and moved to Spring River Christian Village.

She was a member of North Joplin Christian Church, Joplin. She was a former member of the Christian church in Flora, a charter member of Era Wood Missionary Circle and also served as the church treasurer for 10 years. She was a former Girl Scout leader and a charter member of the Flora Business and Professional Women's Club. She also served as the forwarding agent for a missionary to India for 35 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. David Schepper, Allen Brintnall and Don Earl Boatman, ministers, will officiate. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery, Flora.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

The body may be viewed at the mortuary chapel until service time.

Contributions may be made to Ozark Christian College or North Joplin Christian Church.

Dennis Arms

ANDERSON, Mo. - Dennis Lee Arms, 41, Independence, Mo., died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at his home, after a sudden illness. His mother lives in Anderson.

Mr. Arms was born July 9, 1955, at Kansas City, Mo.

He was a farm worker for a dairy farm in Independence. He had lived most of his life in Kansas City, Mo.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Belle Mustain Arms, Anderson; a son, D.J. Arms, Independence; a daughter, Brandy Arms, Independence; two brothers, Clifton Arms, Kansas City, and Ron Arms, Independence; a half-sister, Alicia Marie Arms, Odessa; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church, Anderson, with Frank House, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Cowan Cemetery, Powell.

Pallbearers will be Randy Tennill, Charles Rhoades Jr., Lenoy Sultzer, Clayton Meador, Richard Mustain and Ray Mustain.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Hazel Crane

LIBERAL, Mo. - Hazel Marie Crane, 66, Liberal, died at 3:11 a.m. Friday, June 20, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, Kan., after a short illness.

Mrs. Crane was born Aug. 16, 1930, at Joplin. She moved to Liberal 10 years ago from St. Joseph. She was a homemaker.

She married Leon J. ``Jack'' Crane on Nov. 30, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Robin King, Grant City, Mo. and Jacqueline Crist, stet Liberal; two sisters, Loretta Adrian, stet Pomona, stet Calif., and Alberta Dickerson, Greenfield; and seven grandchildren.

A son preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. Richard Crane and Alan King will officiate.

The body will be cremated.

A private family committal service will be at a later date at Fletchall stet Cemetery, Grant City.

Grandchildren serving as pallbearers will be Benjamen stet King, Zachariah stet King, Jacob King, Isaac King, Hannah King, Erin Crist and Randall Crist.

Paul Gatliff

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Paul Dean Gatliff, stet 61, 1708 Hawthorn Drive, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997, at his home after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Gatliff was born Dec. 15, 1935, at Carthage. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked at Atlas Powder Company/I.C.I. Explosives for 32 years. He retired in 1993. He also was a cattle farmer.

He was a member of Christ Church, Oronogo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He married Phyllis Anne stet Lee on June 18, 1961, at Springfield. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, David Alan stet Gatliff, Peculiar, and Stephen stet Duane stet Gatliff, St. Louis; two brothers, Joe Gatliff, Carthage, and Robert Gatliff, Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Eunice stet Farmer, Carthage; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ulmer Funeral Home. Allen Brintnall, stet minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Howard Erwin, stet Lonnie Harmon, Raymond Peters, Jason Peters and Doug Ball.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Glen Kohler

NEOSHO, Mo. - William Glen Kohler, 16, Neosho, was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic accident on Eland Road in Newton County at 6:21 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997.

Mr. Kohler was born April 24, 1981, at Orange, Calif. He had lived in the Neosho and Seneca areas most of his life.

He was a student at Seneca High School.

Survivors include his parents, William E. and Valerie J. Kohler, rural Neosho; a sister, Billiejean Renee, Neosho; paternal grandmother, Nadine Thacker, Quapaw, Okla.; and maternal grandparents, Dale and Sarah Blackburn, Neosho.

The body has been taken for cremation.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ, Neosho.

Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.

Evelyn Lee

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Memorial services for Evelyn Lee, 73, who died Wednesday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Ruby McCary

NEOSHO, Mo. - Ruby Lucille McCary, 80, Neosho, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday, June 20, 1997, at a Neosho nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. McCary was born Feb. 17, 1917 at Rocky Comfort. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the family farm. She worked on the McDonald County Election Board for more than 50 years and received special recognition for her years of service. She was a member of Loveland Primitive Baptist Church. She moved to Neosho in 1996 from Rocky Comfort.

She married William Norman McCary in 1936 at Neosho. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sisters, Letha Youngblood, Neosho, and Mary Lunderman, Sarcoxie.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Stella. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Loveland Primitive Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Ruby Meyer

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. - Ruby T, Meyer, 85, Mount Vernon, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 1997, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness.

Mrs. Meyer was born Oct. 21, 1911, at Gates, Okla. She was a graduate of Springfield (Mo.) Teachers College and taught school for several years in the Union area of Lawrence County. After moving to Mount Vernon, she and her husband owned and operated Meyer Hardware, Mount Vernon Implement Company, the Mount Vernon Ford agency, M. & M. Market and the Dairy Queen for many years.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon.

She married Walter Meyer on June 1, 1935, at Springfield. He died Oct. 23, 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Meyer, Aurora, and Steven Meyer, Dallas, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon. The Rev. William Harris will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon.

Friends may call from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society or the Missouri Rehabilitation Center.

Ruth Toft

EXETER, Mo. - Ruth Allen Toft, 74, Exeter, died at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Toft was born May 27, 1923, in Barry County. She lived her early years in Barry County and moved to Colorado in 1943. She returned to the Exeter area in 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Cassville.

She married Frederick Toft on May 1, 1944, at Riverside, Calif. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Douglas Toft, Rifle, Colo., Donald Toft, Fallon, Nev., and Eric Toft, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Berger, Oshkosh, stet Wis.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grand-children.

Arrangements are pending with Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Homa Thomas

MIAMI, Okla. - Homa stet Thomas, 82, 2115 Rockdale Blvd., died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, June 20, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness.

Mr. Thomas was born March 31, 1915, in the state of Oklahoma. He moved to Miami in 1941 from Claremore. He was a 1932 graduate of Clinton (Okla.) High School. He attended Panhandle A&M College and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and his master's degree in 1948 from the University of Oklahoma. He also graduated in 1965 from the University of Missouri.

He had taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, for 38 years and served as the baseball coach for NEO. He also taught school at Claremore for five years.

He was past president and organizer of the National Junior College Athlete Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Miami, and a past member of Miami Noon Lions Club.

He married Lois Bell Anderson on Dec. 31, 1937, at Braman. stet She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sue Weese, stet Denver, Colo., and Cathy stet Tam, stet Jenks; two brothers, Okla stet Thomas, the state of California, and Solan stet Grover, Thomas, Gore; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.


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