Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Ray Houk 

Ray L. Houk, 85, 126 W. 45th St., died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center where he had been a patient for two days.

Mr. Houk was born Feb. 1, 1912, in Joplin and was a lifetime resident. He began his career in 1944 with the Kansas City Southern railroad and retired in June 1975 as chief clerk of Union Station.

He was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church since 1944 and was named deacon emeritus.

He married Elizabeth Webb on June 30, 1937, at Webb City. She died Aug. 28, 1992.

Survivors include a son, Ron Houk, 5527 W. Crestwood Bluff Drive; a daughter, Sharon McChesney, Bella Vista, Ark.; a sister, Lola Murphy, 3909 Silver Creek Road; and two grandsons.

Arrangements are pending with Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to Forest Park Baptist Church. 

Helen McCoy 

Helen E. McCoy, 88, 507 Morgan Court, died at 3:56 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after an illness.

Mrs. McCoy was born Oct. 17, 1908, at Sedalia. She moved to Joplin in 1984 from Sedalia. She worked for a division of AT&T for several years, retiring in 1974.

She married Guy Starkey in 1929 at Sedalia. He died Aug. 15, 1982. She married Curtis M. McCoy on May 9, 1984, at Miami, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Norris stet Joe Starkey, Kansas City; two stepsons, Stephen M. McCoy, Memphis, Tenn., and Alan stet C. McCoy, Rapid City, S.D.; two grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and one great-grandson.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia. The Rev. William A. Curwood stet will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, Kan.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home. 

James Clark 

NEVADA, Mo. James Clark, 51, Nevada, died at 5:36 p.m. Monday, June 30, 1997, at Nevada Regional Hospital after several months of ill health.

Mr. Clark was born Aug. 15, 1945, in Bates County. He was a life-long carpenter. He lived in Nevada the past 15 years.

Survivors include his mother, Mabel Clark, Osceola; one son, Joshua Clark, Butler; one daughter, Sarah Clark, Butler; one brother, Joe Clark, Osceola; and one sister, Karen Burrow, Osceola.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roscoe (Mo.) Cemetery. The Rev. Carl Craig will officiate.

Friends may call until noon Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. 

Donald Epps 

MILLER, Mo. Donald Epps, 58, Miller, died at 11:50 p.m. Monday, June 30, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mr. Epps was born April 15, 1939, in Miller and was a lifelong area resident. He retired as a forklift operator at Silgan Corp., Mount Vernon.

He was a member of the Miller Lions Club, a board member of the Miller Fall Festival Association, the Miller Senior Housing Authority, and the Sycamore Cemetery Association.

He married Martha Nicholson on Oct. 13, 1962, at Springfield. She survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Steven Epps, Miller; two daughters, Mitzi Ray, Bartlesville, Okla.; Dee Taylor, Miller; his mother, Marie Epps, Miller; one sister, Linda Robertson, Vinita, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Round Grove Baptist Church, northwest of Miller. The Rev. Bob Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, northeast of Miller.

Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Friday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Contributions may be made to the Miller Lions Club. 

Flora Snead 

NEVADA, Mo. Flora Lovernis stet Snead, 95, Nevada, died Wednesday morning, July 2, 1997, at a nursing home in Nevada after an illness.

Mrs. Snead was born Feb. 12, 1902, at Comet. Mo She lived in the Nevada area most of her life. She moved to the Bronaugh area in 1945 and worked at the MFA Store for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bronaugh.

She married Edward Perry Snead in 1932 in Nevada. He died April 4, 1937.

Survivors include a son, Everett Snead, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Ola Allen, Liberal; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo.

Friends may call until the service time at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southwestern Missouri Chapter, Springfield. 

Dean A. Wiggins 

WEBB CITY, Mo. Dean A. Wiggins, 65, Webb City, formerly of Minneapolis, Kan., died Monday, June 30, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Wiggins was born Oct. 19, 1931, at Hutchinson, Kan. He moved to Webb City from Minneapolis in May. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970. He was a State Farm Insurance agent in Minneapolis from 1973 until his retirement in January.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Minneapolis.

He was a past president of the United Methodist Men, the Life Underwriter's Association, the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Minneapolis Lions Club and the Jaycees. He was a former mayor of Minneapolis and was the former chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Committee. He was a former member of the Boy Scouts Commission.

Surviving are his wife, Phylis Wiggins; two sons, Michael Wiggins, Joplin, and David Wiggins, Lincoln, Kan.; two daughters, Anne Blackwell, Salina, Kan., and Toni Haddock, Manhattan, Kan.; a brother, Denzil Williams, Lakewood, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, Minneapolis. The Rev. Gene Langhofer will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Shields Funeral Home, Minneapolis. 

Thelma Collier 

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Services for Thelma Earleen Collier, 69, Baxter Springs, who died at 10:24 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 1997, at the Riverton home of a daughter, after a long illness, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.

The Rev. Roger Noah officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, rural Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ron Nowlin, Aaron Nowlin, Kyle Nowlin, Brendon Collier, Robbie Scott and Jason Gilstrap.

Mrs. Collier was born March 12, 1928, in Gravois Mill, Mo.

Among the survivors was a daughter, Deborah K. Nowlin, Riverton, who was incorrectly identified in a story in Tuesday's editions. 

Carl Ross 

PITTSBURG, Kan. Carl R. Ross, 89, 504 Chestnut St., died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at a Pittsburg nursing home after an illness.

Mr. Ross was born Feb. 19, 1908, in the state of Kansas. He lived in the Pittsburg area most of his life and attended schools in Pittsburg. He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Dickey Clay Co. of Pittsburg and was a personnel clerk at the Spencer Chemical Jayhawk Plant for 32 years. He retired Feb. 19, 1973.

He played baseball in 1929 in Nevada and in 1930 for the Nebraska State League. He signed with the St. Louis Browns at age 21. He played first base for the Joplin Miners and for the Hutchinson Western Association in 1932 and 1933, and for the Pittsburg (Kan.) Pirates. He was coach of the Ban Johnson baseball team in Pittsburg in 1940.

He was a member of Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion, Pittsburg, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an Army veteran of World War II who served in the European Theater of Operations as a gunner. He received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct medal, European Theater with five campaign stars, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Victory Ribbon.

He married Bonnie E. Koehler on Dec. 24, 1931, at Fort Scott. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, David Ross, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. The Rev. Wayne Black will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery.

Graveside flag folding services will be conducted by Benjamin A. Fuller Post No. 64, American Legion.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association of Mount Carmel Home Health Care, Pittsburg, in care of the funeral home.

Thomas Jenkins 

Thomas H. Jenkins, 78, Joplin, died at 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 4, 1997, at his home after an illness of two years.

Mr. Jenkins was born Aug. 23, 1918, at Taos, N.M. He moved from New Mexico to Goodman in 1977 and to Joplin two years ago. He was a carpenter with Zia Co. in Los Alamos, N.M., for 28 years. He retired in 1977.

He was a member of the Elks Club in New Mexico and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He married Ruth Phipps on Dec. 25, 1940, at Taos. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sandra Jo Slaughter and Karen Ann Johnson, both of Goodman; a brother, Robert Jenkins, Beaver, Utah; and five sisters, Angela Olquin and Bernadette Avila, both of Albuquerque, N.M., Mary Evelyn Martin, Billings, Mont., and Ruth Parker and Louella Draper, both of San Diego, Calif.

Services and burial will be in Santa Fe, N.M.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. 

Janie McCreary 

Janie Fra McDaniel McCreary, 84, 2427 E. 11th St. died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. McCreary was born June 3, 1913, at Racine. She was graduated in 1931 from Neosho High School. She entered Teachers College at Springfield and became a rural teacher. She taught three years in rural schools. In the fall of 1934, she became a second-grade teacher at Seneca and in 1941 she was a first-grade teacher in Joplin. During World War II, she spent 15 months as head of the Officers Pay Section and the Finance Office at Camp Crowder, Neosho.

She opened and operated the first children's ready-to-wear shop in Joplin on V-J Day, which she operated for 31/2 years. She returned to teaching in the fall of 1949 and taught second grade in Joplin. She received a bachelor of science degree in education in the spring of 1951 and her master of science degree in education in the fall of 1952, both from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She did post-graduate work at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

She continued to teach in Joplin elementary schools from 1952 to 1955, and in 1955 she became elementary supervisor of public schools in Joplin. During the summer of 1959, she taught on the graduate level at Eau Claire Teachers College, Eau Claire, Wis., and in September 1961 she lectured on reading for teachers of American Military Dependent School, Paris. During the summer of 1963, she taught a high school level General Educational Development certificate course for the U.S. Army at Camp des Loges, France. She taught in the junior high division of the American School of Paris from 1961 to 1965.

She was a life member of the National Education Association, a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, and a member and vice president of the Joplin Teachers Association. She was past president of the Joplin Branch of the Association of Childhood Education International and from 1960 to 1961 was on the Missouri State Board of that organization.

She was a member of South Joplin Christian Church and a member of the Jasper County Child Welfare Board. She served as president of the Joplin Branch of Soroptimist Club and served two terms as president of the Joplin Branch of Business and Professional Women's Club International. She was a member of the Association of American University Women and a board member of the Joplin Woman's Club.

In 1957, she was voted ``Woman of the Year'' for the City of Joplin for outstanding community service and achievement.

She married Robert McCreary on Sept. 2, 1960, in Joplin. He died Aug. 19, 1982.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction (Mo.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jerry England, Ken Ayton, Harold Barnhart, Pat Sells, Bud Southern, Don Sheets and Jerry Wells.

The family will be at the home of Wilma McDaniel, 2825 Jamestown Circle.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2825 Jamestown Circle.

Contributions may be made to the Association of American University Women, in care of the mortuary. 

Sylvia Dana 

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Sylvia Rowena Plank Dana, 89, 1407 Gold Stream Drive, died at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Dana was born July 6, 1907, at Spring Hill, Kan. She was a homemaker and a member of Central United Methodist Church, Webb City.

Survivors include her husband, George Dana, Mableton, Ga.; a son, Robert W. Plank, of the home; three stepdaughters, Pauline Dyer, Olathe, Kan., Georgia Riggs, Mableton, and Edith Matthews, Hanford, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Trammell, Olathe; two grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several great-stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Robert Plank and the Rev. Tom Shouse will officiate. Burial will be in Colley Cemetery, near LaRussell.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Wood, Lyndell Wood, Mark Wood, Chuck Wood, James Plank and Michael Plank.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, Webb City. 

Donald Epps 

MILLER, Mo. - Services for Donald Lee Epps, 58, Miller, who died Monday, June 30, 1997, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Round Grove Baptist Church, northwest of Miller.

The Rev. Bob Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, northeast of Miller.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the Miller Lions Club, in care of the funeral home.

Survivors include his mother, Marie Epps, Mount Vernon; and a brother, Charles Epps, Miller. 

Doris Welty 

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Services for Doris L. Welty, 78, 504 W. Fairview Ave., who died Thursday, July 3, 1997, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage.

The Rev. Bruce Green will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Grace Episcopal Church common room.

Contributions may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church scholarship fund, in care of the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary.

She was a retired bookkeeper for The Steadley Co., Carthage, and a former chief deputy auditor of Jasper County. She was a member of the Jamestown Society. 

Grace Allen 

SCAMMON, Kan. - Grace Marie Allen, 64, Scammon, died at 11:01 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, where she had been a patient three days after one year of ill health.

Mrs. Allen was born March 12, 1933, at Chetopa. She moved to Scammon 20 years ago from Columbus. She was graduated from Chetopa High School.

She married Maurice W. Allen on Nov. 5, 1954, at Miami, Okla. He died July 23, 1996.

Survivors include three sons, Maurice Allen Jr., Mickey Allen and Marty Allen, all of Scammon; four daughters, Sharon Johnson, St. Louis, Mo., Teresa Puffinbarger, Brazilton, Laurie Tyree, West Mineral, and Lisa McGowan, Weir; two brothers, Clyde Schultz, Walnut, and Fred Schultz, Wichita; a sister, Margie McCaffrey, Welch, Okla.; 19 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Bridget's Cemetery, Scammon.

The procession to the cemetery will leave at 1:45 p.m. Sunday from Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. 

Gertrude McKenna 

FRONTENAC, Kan. - Gertrude McKenna, 82, formerly of 517 S. Linn St., died at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after a long illness. She had resided in a Frontenac nursing home since 1992.

Mrs. McKenna was born Sept. 26, 1914, at Carona. She moved to Frontenac in 1982 from Weir. She had lived in the Weir, Scammon and Carona area most of her life and was graduated from West Mineral High School. She had been a cook at Maude Norton Memorial Hospital in Columbus for 10 years. She retired in 1982.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac, the Sacred Heart Altar Society and the Caring Club of Frontenac. She served as a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels Program in Weir and Frontenac and helped organize the Weir Senior Citizens Club. She was a former member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Scammon.

She married Joseph Edward McKenna on Feb. 6, 1934, at Scammon. He died Oct. 31, 1969.

She also was preceded in death by one son and one daughter.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph McKenna Jr., Kansas City, Mo., and Edward McKenna, Branson, Mo.; four daughters, Lillian Wayenberg, Mission, Philomena Fromong, Independence, Kan., and Mary Wilson and Veronica Boyce, both of Frontenac; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Scammon. The Rev. Patrick York and the Rev. Chrysostom Ah Maung will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Scammon.

The parish rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Contributions may be made to St. Bridget's Catholic church building fund, in care of the church or funeral home. 

Hubert Spencer 

AFTON, Okla. - Hubert ``Red'' Spencer Sr., 71, Afton route 3, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mr. Spencer was born Nov. 24, 1925, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He lived in the Afton-Fairland area from 1959 until 1994, when he moved to Little Rock, Ark. He returned to Afton in 1996. He was an electrical lineman and retired in 1979. He later owned and operated the Air Park in Fairland.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Kansas City, Mo. He was a former member of the Civil Air Patrol. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fairland.

He married Vivian Schubert on July 16, 1949, at Fairland. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Perry Kent Spencer, Brooklyn, Mich., and Hubert Spencer Jr., Fairland; two daughters, Vanessa Gleidt, Benton, Ark., and Valessa Swanson, Senatobia, Miss.; a sister, Glenda Smith, Joplin; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Rev. Leo Schroeder and the Rev. Don Kirchhoff will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Perry Spencer, Hubert Spencer Jr., Roger Gleidt, Walter ``Bull'' Swanson, Charles McGhee and Frank McDugle.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Fairland.

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


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