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Helmut Kuehne

Helmut Kuehne, 64, Argenthal, Germany, died Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at Simmern (Germany) Hospital after a short illness. He was the brother of Jutta ``Judy'' McIntosh-Robb, Joplin.

Mr. Kuehne had owned and operated an automobile electric business.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula Kuehne; two sons, Lothar Kuehne and Lutz Kuehne, both of Argenthal; and another sister, Margot Lehmann, Hamburg, Germany.

Services were held Thursday in Germany.

Jim Stephens

Memorial services for Dr. James E. Stephens, 74, 3622 Indiana Ave., who died Thursday, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. William Christman will officiate.

The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

The body will be cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Contributions may be made to Mercy Regional Health Foundation at St. John's Regional Medical Center or to the Missouri Southern Foundation at Missouri Southern State College.

Zana Carroll

NEVADA, Mo. Zana Ruth Coale Carroll, 84, Nevada, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9, 1997, at her home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Carroll was born April 13, 1912, at Clinton. She lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado as a child. After marriage, she lived in Nevada until 1953. She returned to Nevada in 1972 where she lived the rest of her life.

She worked for many years as a sales clerk at Kresge & Scott's, Nevada. She was a member of the SOS Club, Nevada.

She married Harry F. Carroll on June 29, 1935. He died on April 1, 1985.

Survivors include a son, Lanny Carroll, Raymore; a sister, Lila Bently, San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Bob Coale, Corpus Christi, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Loren Fox officiating. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery, Nevada.

Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Roy Gulliford

MOUNDVILLE, Mo. Roy M. Gulliford, 86, Moundville, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Gulliford was born Sept. 17, 1910, at Moundville. He was a lifelong Moundville resident. He was a farmer, retiring in 1976. He had served on the Moundville Water Board.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Keith Mackey officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada.

Friends may call until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Gulliford Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bronaugh High School.

John Hamacher

AURORA, Mo. John F. Hamacher, 68, Aurora, died at 8:24 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 1997, at the University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, after a long illness.

Mr. Hamacher was born May 25, 1928, at Kenosha, Wis. He was a retired deputy sheriff.

He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Aurora, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Springfield. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

He married Dorothy Wendler Smith on Dec. 16, 1994, at Pewaukee, Wis. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Mike Hamacher, Nixa, and Pat Hamacher, state of Oklahoma; a daughter, Bethany Hamacher, Nixa; a stepson, Mel Millenbereck, Fenton; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Peter Morciniec officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the National Cemetery, Springfield.

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

Contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Diane Horn

WEBB CITY, Mo. Diane I. Horn, 526 S. Devon St., died at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Freeman Hospital East, Joplin, after two years of ill health.

Mrs. Horn was born at Detroit, Mich. She moved to Webb City about three years ago from the state of California. She had been a Webb City police court clerk.

Survivors include her parents, Leonard and Ileen Horn, Venice, Fla.; and a sister, Pamela Moore, Dearborn, Mich.

The body will be cremated. No services are planned.

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

Sarah Neimeyer

AURORA, Mo. Sarah Ann Neimeyer, 77, Marionville, formerly of Aurora, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at a Marionville nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Neimeyer was born May 12, 1919, at Higginsville. She was a retired teacher.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Aurora, and the Methodist Women.

She married Frank Neimeyer on Sept. 16, 1945, at Higginsville. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, George Neimeyer, St. Louis; a daughter, Ethel Blankenship, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Ethel Newsom, Higginsville; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Gold officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Effie Nickoloff

MONETT, Mo. Effie M. Nickoloff, 93, Monett, died at 1:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at a nursing home in Monett after a long illness.

Mrs. Nickoloff was born May 21, 1903, at Sparks, Okla. She was a longtime resident of Monett. She was a homemaker and a member of Free Will Baptist Church of Monett.

She married Vern Vosburgh on Sept. 11, 1917; he died in 1952. She married George Nickoloff on April 24, 1954, at Kansas City. He died May 9, 1993.

She also was preceded in death by two daughters.

Survivors include a daughter, Clara Patton, Monett; a sister, Eva Williams, Checotah, Okla.; and a granddaughter.

Private services will be held Monday. Burial will be in Monett IOOF Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home.

Betty Windle

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Betty L. Windle, 79, 105 Foresome Lane, died at 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Windle was born Nov. 17, 1917, at Columbus, Kan. She was a 1935 graduate of Columbus High School and attended Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She moved from Columbus to Carl Junction in June 1978.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Ladies Golf Association, and Briarbrook Golf and Country Club of Carl Junction.

She married Ralph P. Windle on May 26, 1937, at Miami, Okla. He survives.

Additional survivors include a sister, Doris K. Brown, Indio, Calif.

The body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Columbus. The Rev. Christine Iannucilli will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Park Cemetery, Columbus.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice of Joplin, Mo., in care of the funeral home.

Arthur Maffei

McCUNE, Kan. Arthur E. ``Bud'' Maffei, 81, McCune route 1, died at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg, after an illness.

Mr. Maffei was born Feb. 11, 1915, in the Breezy Hill community, near Mulberry. He had lived in the Hepler and Mulberry area and was a graduate of Hepler High School. He was a farmer.

He married Bertha G. Bergmann on June 14, 1937, at Kimball. She died Aug. 15, 1992.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur W. Maffei, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Johnnie Maffei and Kennie Maffei, both of McCune; two daughters, Coleen Defreese, Lamar, Mo., and Betty ``Jeannie'' Vanleeuwen, St. Paul, Kan.; two sisters, Julia Attkisson, Girard, and Adeline Elegante, Helper, Utah; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Murdock Funeral Home, McCune. The Rev. Donald Thiessen will officiate. Burial will be in the McCune Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Mildred Mapes

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Mildred E. Mapes, 86, formerly of 1043 Park Ave., died at 4:04 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short illness. She had been living in a Galena nursing home.

Mrs. Mapes was born Sept. 5, 1910, at Sanger, Texas. She moved to Baxter Springs in 1953 from Mena, Ark. She was an office manager for Western Union from 1937 until retiring in 1972.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Baxter Springs.

She married Ellsworth Eugene Mapes on Oct. 25, 1944, at Shreveport, La. He died in 1963.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Michael Mapes, Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Richard Ray Quarles, Choudrant, La.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Ed Snider will officiate. Burial will be in the Baxter Springs Cemetery.

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

Lois Alen

GROVE, Okla. Lois L. Alen, 85, Grove, died at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at a local nursing home.

Mrs. Alen was born April 30, 1911, in Naylor, Mo. She had lived in Grove for 16 years.

Her husband, William W. Alen, and a daughter preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Lena Mae Beason, Claremore, Okla.; a brother, George Johnston, the state of Indiana; a sister, Ruth Hicks, the state of Illinois; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home.

Charley King

GROVE, Okla. Charley C. King, 85, Grove, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a sudden illness.

Mr. King was born Oct. 16, 1911, in Chicago, Ill. He lived in Nebraska until 1970 when he moved to California. He did janitorial work until retiring in 1980, when he moved to Neosho, Mo. He moved to Grove in 1987.

He married Lydia Schuldies on Dec. 5, 1937. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Harvey King, Grove, and Alden King, Mitchell, Neb.; two daughters, Barbara McGlassion, Pine Ridge, Mo., and Kathy Mazier, Grove; a brother, Freddie King, the state of California; a sister, Katherine Reitz, the state of California; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Barker will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove.

Ella Leake

BERNICE, Okla. Ella Rosalie Leake, 74, 405 Cherokee Drive, died at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after a long illness.

Mrs. Leake was born Feb. 24, 1922, at Cleora. She was a 1940 graduate of Miami High School. She had worked for the Safeway Company for 25 years.

She was a member of Bernice Baptist Church.

She married Jack E. Leake on Aug. 4, 1940, at Neosho, Mo. He survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Jack K. Leake, Girard, Kan., Wayne Leake, Webb City, Mo., and James Leake, Miami; a brother, Ken Lunday, Durant; three sisters, Josephine Moss and Deece Langston, both of Cleora, and Dorothy Spaulding, Winsboro, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the home of James Leake, 62600 E. Highway 137, Miami.

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

Helen van Uden

MIAMI, Okla. Helen van Uden, 83, 729 L St. N.W., died at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at a nursing home in Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

Mrs. van Uden was born Feb. 17, 1913, in the Turkey Ford community, south of Wyandotte. She moved to the Miami area 20 years ago from the state of California. She owned and operated Helen's Barbecue at Seneca, Mo., during the 1940s. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God Seventh Day, Joplin.

She married Earl van Uden on June 28, 1947, at Carson City, Nev. He survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sharron Munro, Livingston, Mont., and Doris Velez, Windsor, Calif.; a brother, John Murphy, Miami; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

Charles Weaver

FAIRLAND, Okla. Charles C. Weaver, 81, 22400 S. 560 Road, Fairland, died at 3:54 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness.

Mr. Weaver was born March 29, 1915, in Alexandria, S.D. He moved to Welch from Alexandria in 1933. He was a retired merchant, having owned and operated Weaver Hardware, Fairland, from 1947 until 1977. He was a member and deacon of Fairland First Baptist Church.

He married Elaine High on June 23, 1937. She died Feb. 18, 1978. He married Venice J. ``Penny'' Murphy on March 13, 1993, at Miami. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, George E. Weaver, Fairland, James C. Weaver, Garland, Texas, and Jerry Murphy and Marion Murphy, both of Elko, Nev.; a daughter, Danella White, Galena, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great- grandchildren.

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

The family will be at 335 W. Ritter St., Fairland.

Sierra Collins

Services for Sierra Danielle Collins, 3, daughter of Daniel and Angela Collins, Joplin, who died Saturday, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Klingner Mortuary, Springfield.

She was born June 23, 1993, at Joplin.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Elverene Dale

Private graveside services for Elverene Chitwood Dale, 99, Joplin, who died Friday, will be Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate.

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

Contributions may be made to Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, Joplin.

Gene Hatfield

Elvan Eugene ``Gene'' Hatfield, 67, Joplin, died at 4:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Hatfield was born April 10, 1929, at Globe, Ariz. He was a longtime area resident. He moved to Joplin from Noel in 1951. He had owned and operated an asphalt company in Webb City for several years.

He received the Webb City Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation twice for his work with youth softball and baseball leagues. He was a member of the Streetcar Committee in King Jack Park, and had been active in organizing the Miners Day Celebration.

He married Shirley Toutz on Oct. 16, 1955, in Carthage. She survives.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Hatfield and Carl Hatfield, both of Joplin; two daughters, Kimberly Libby, Neosho, and Robin Campbell, Joplin; his mother, Martha Hatfield, Noel; three brothers, Edward Hatfield, Noel, Jim Hatfield, Neosho, and Jack Hatfield, Anderson; three sisters, Doris Williams, Southwest City, Darlene Mitchell, Noel, and Pat Hutchens, Anderson; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Pallbearers will be Richard Hatfield, George Campbell, Edward Hatfield, Jim Hatfield, Jack Hatfield, Jeff Bedsaul and Junior Clifton.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

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

Harold Jones

Services for Harold H. Jones, 84, 2414 Kansas Ave., who died Friday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton's Funeral Service, Des Moines, Iowa.

Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines.

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

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, in care of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Agnes Munson

Agnes Nadine Munson, 91, Joplin, died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at University Medical Center, Columbia, after a short illness.

Mrs. Munson was born April 1, 1905, at Webb City. She moved to Joplin in 1922. She had been an English teacher at Webb City Junior High, retiring in 1970. She was a member of South Joplin Christian Church, the National Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons.

She married Harry A. Munson on Sept. 26, 1946, at Columbus, Kan. He died June 19, 1975.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Wrench, Dell; a granddaughter; four stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. The Rev. Ron Wade will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Contributions may be made to the South Joplin Christian Church, Joplin.

William Cooper

CASSVILLE, Mo. William Thomas Cooper, 87, Cassville, died at 7:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness.

Mr. Cooper was born Feb. 22, 1909, at Cassville. He graduated from high school in Springfield and worked in Alaska and California shipyards during World War II. He was a welder. For several years before his retirement, he worked as a booster-station foreman for gas and oil companies in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

He married Ceola Mae Baker on Oct. 2, 1937, at Springfield. She died Sept. 20, 1982.

Surviving are three brothers, J.T. Cooper, Springfield, Colo., Donald Cooper, Los Angeles, Calif., and Bryce Cooper, Nashville, Tenn.; and two sisters, Anna Plumb, Springfield, and Shirley Nolen, Mountainburg, Ark.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

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

Clarence Fetter

EXETER, Mo. Clarence Adam Fetter, 60, Exeter, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1997, at his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Fetter was born Jan. 18, 1936, at Palmyra, Ill. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from that military branch in 1975. He moved to Exeter four years ago from Fresno, Calif.

Surivors include a son, Steven Fetter, state of California; three daughters, Teresa Johnson, Fresno, Carol Pena, Clovis, Calif., and Jeannie Cox, Tacoma, Wash.; three stepdaughters, Wanda Powell and Karon Yancy, both of Fresno, and Linda Golding, Torrance, Calif.; three sisters, Dean Stouffee, Corsica, Texas, Dorothy Pratt, Palmyra, and Norma Williams, Illiopolis, Ill.; 11 stepgrandchildren and seven great-stepgrandchildren.

The body has been cremated. Services will be at a later date in California.

Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville.

Annie Hackney

NEVADA, Mo. Annie Lee Hackney, 98, Nevada, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Hackney was born Oct. 6, 1898, at Moundville. She was a lifelong Vernon County resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Community Christian Church, Nevada.

She married John Harvey Hackney on March 17, 1930, in Nevada. He preceded her in death.

There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Moore Cemetery, Nevada, with the Rev. Wes Anderson officiating.

Friends may call until 9:30 a.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Ruby Johnson

GRANBY, Mo. Ruby May Metcalf Johnson, 83, Granby, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at a local nursing home after a long illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 18, 1913, at Powell. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a member of Chapel of the Ozarks, Rocky Comfort.

She married Leo R. Johnson on April 26, 1947, at Neosho. He died Feb. 17, 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Carroll Gene Alexander, Shell Knob, and Leo Ray Johnson Jr., Granby; a daughter, Ruth Nadean Armstrong, Ritchey; a sister, Martha Pritchett, Webb City; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Granby Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Fred Franks officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.

Ruth Landis

NEOSHO, Mo. Ruth Rebecca Landis, 97, Clovis, N.M., a former Neosho resident, died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at a Clovis nursing home after a three-year illness.

Mrs. Landis was born Aug. 20, 1899, at Eureka Springs, Ark. She moved to Neosho in 1960 from the state of Oklahoma. She had lived in Clovis since 1993. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Neosho Congregational Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Neosho.

She married David ``Tom'' Landis on April 29, 1923. He died April 25, 1973.

Survivors include a son, David M. Landis, Clovis; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The Rev. Tom Thorne will officiate. Burial will be at Neosho IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Helen Lilly

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Helen Elizabeth Lilly, 84, Mount Vernon, died at 4:47 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a short illness.

Mrs. Lilly was born March 25, 1912, at Springfield. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a member of St. Susanne Catholic Church, Mount Vernon.

Her husband, James August Lilly, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Rick Lilly, Mount Vernon, and Thomas Lilly, Monett.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Susanne Catholic Church. The Rev. Monsignor Westhues will officiate. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Contributions may be made to the Barry-Lawrence Association of Retarded Citizens, Monett, in care of the funeral home.

Bernadine McCrite

NEOSHO, Mo. Vera Bernadine McCrite, 89, Kent, Wash., a former Neosho resident, died at 10:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997 at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. McCrite was born Jan. 1, 1908, in Neosho. She graduated from Neosho High School and from the former Joplin Business College. She had worked for a Neosho attorney, Leo Johnson; at Neosho High School; and as a clerk in the Newton County probate and magistrate courts.

She then moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked as a secretary in the estate and gift-tax division of the Internal Revenue Service. She retired in December 1972 and moved to Joplin. She moved to Kent in 1988.

She was a former member of Joplin First Christian Church and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Association of Retired People.

Her husband, Ira E. McCrite, died in 1947.

Survivors include a daughter, Paula Jean Gillmore, Kent; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Pugh will officiate.

Pallbearers will be George Henry, Dwight Douglas, Eldon Morgan, Fred Clark and Dick Reed.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Laura Ross

CARTHAGE, Mo. Laura E. Ross, 82, Carthage, died at 5:13 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a short illness.

Mrs. Ross was born June 3, 1914, at El Paso, Texas. She moved to Carthage from Neosho in 1951. She was co-owner of the former Carthage Auto Supply and United Automotive Distributors. She also was a homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carthage.

She married Darrell G. Ross on May 16, 1936, at Joplin. He died June 23, 1983.

Survivors include a son, Ron Ross, Carthage; and four granddaughters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Jim Lawley will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

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

Pallbearers will be Ross Riley, Marvin Steverson, Stephen Holt, Jerry Norwood, Bud Norwood and Donald Hoagland.

Contributions may be made to the Darrell and Laura Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Jim Wilks

PURDY, Mo. James Riley ``Jim'' Wilks, 65, Purdy, died at 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Wilks was born June 12, 1931, at Pierce City. He moved to Purdy in 1979 from St. Paul, Kan. He was a retired Air Force veteran.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Monett.

He married Dixie Hawkins on Jan. 1, 1990, at Purdy. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, David Wilks, Yorba Linda, Calif., Jim Wilks, Menifee, Calif., and Kenneth Wilks, Concord, Calif.; a daughter, Diane Thompson, Temecula, Calif.; one stepson, Bill Hawkins, Carthage; one stepdaughter, Tracy Hammond, Monett; two brothers, Larry Wilks, Pierce City, and Mike Wilks, Monett; and 14 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. The body will be cremated.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Beulah Willhite dies at age 101

SHELDON, Mo. Beulah Fern Willhite, 101, Sheldon, died Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at a Nevada nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Willhite was born Sept. 11, 1895, at Montevallo. She attended school in Montevallo and went to Cottey College during her last two years of high school. After graduation, she was hired to teach the first four grades at Montevallo. She later moved to Deerfield, teaching for two years before moving to Sheldon to teach. She and her husband lived on a farm south of Sheldon before moving into the city in 1925.

She was a homemaker and a member of Sheldon First Christian Church, where she played the organ.

She married Tom Willhite in 1917 in Sheldon. He preceded her in death.

Two sons also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Willhite, Tulsa, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sheldon First Christian Church. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Beeny-Ferry Funeral Home, Sheldon.

Contributions may be made to Sheldon First Christian Church.

Leona Newcomb

COLUMBUS, Kan. Leona I. Newcomb, 91, Columbus route 2, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Newcomb was born March 29, 1905, at Quapaw, Okla. She was a retired cook for the Columbus and Maude Norton hospitals. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, south of Columbus.

She married Issac Newcomb in 1921 at Quapaw. He died Aug. 4, 1959.

Three sons also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Don Newcomb, Columbus; a daughter, Evelyn Garner, Claremore, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. The Rev. Marvin Cleveland and the Rev. Wilma Heavin will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs (Kan.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Graham, Glen Graham, Bobbie Sanders, Larry Duree, Norman Sills and Richard Garner.

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

Ronnie Walton

GALENA, Kan. Ronnie Walton, 55, Galena route 2, died at 12:52 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a sudden illness.

Mr. Walton was born Oct. 29, 1941, near Galena. He was a lifelong area resident.

He had worked for 40 years at what is now Walton Hickory Station, Galena. He purchased the business from his father and renamed it in 1996. He was a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Department from 1970 to 1975.

He married Glenna Phalen on Feb. 24, 1962, at Riverton. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Eric Walton, of the home; a daughter, Diane Fitzer, Galena; a sister Rosalie Shyrock, Joplin; and two granddaughters.

Arrangements are pending with Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Dorothy Bunce

QUAPAW, Okla. Dorothy Lee Bunce, 66, Quapaw, died at 2:29 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Bunce was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Lincoln County, Okla. She worked 25 years at Moncrief Greenhouse, Lowell, Kan. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Hockerville.

She married Oscar Junior Bunce on Jan. 1, 1960, at Douthat. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Danny Bryant and Lloyd Bunce, both of Quapaw; a brother, Charles Ray Clingenpeel, Woodard; two sisters, Kathleen Byrant, Aplena, Ark., and Pauline Corcoran, Neosho, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sons.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. The Rev. Chuck Price and the Rev. Robert Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Baxter Springs (Kan.) Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ray Dean Shoemaker, Wyan Simms, Paul Howey, Tommy Bunce, Donald Bunce and Tim Bunce.

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

Red Miller

MIAMI, Okla. Services for Garland Lee ``Red'' Miller, 65, 308 Fourth St. N.W., who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

The Rev. David McCord and the Rev. Bob Whitchurch will officiate.

Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami.

Pallbearers will be Doyle Egnor, Ronnie Watkins, Jim Watkins, Jerry Goins, Frankie Goins and C.J. Masters.

Louis Newman

MIAMI, Okla. Louis L. Newman, 76, Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Miami, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after an illness.

Mr. Newman was born March 18, 1920, in Miami. He was a design engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., retiring after 25 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

His wife, Doris Newman, died Sept. 23, 1980.

Survivors include a son, Louis E. Newman, Broken Arrow; and a brother, Walter Newman, Miami.

Arrangements are pending with Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher.

Lucy Studie

JAY, Okla. Lucy Studie, 74, Jay, died at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997, at her daughter's home in Jay after a long illness.

Mrs. Studie was born April 15, 1922, in Delaware County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation and Pine Ridge Baptist Church.

She married Bill Studie in October 1984 in Jay. He died Sept. 11, 1984.

Survivors include three sons, Joseph King Fisher, Salina, and Rider Studie and Robert Studie, both of Jay; two daughters, Wilma Dry and Marilyn Payton, both of Jay; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Jay. The Rev. Clifford Loftis and the Rev. Chuck Glass will officiate. Burial will be in Jumper Cemetery, Jay.

The body will be taken to the home of Wilma Dry, Jay, after 5 p.m. today.

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


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