Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries

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Dona Redwine

Dona R. Sellers Redwine, 62, Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Joplin, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, in Oklahoma City after a short illness.

Mrs. Redwine was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Jasper County. She graduated from Joplin schools. She moved in 1960 to Oklahoma City, where she worked as a bookkeeper for Cooper Brothers Construction and TG&Y.

Her husband, Everett Redwine, died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Cordell, Oklahoma City, and Tracy Thomas, Edmond, Okla., two sisters, whose names and addresses were unavailable; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Demuth Funeral Home, Oklahoma City. The Rev. Del Hamm will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park, Oklahoma City.

Claude Riggs

Claude E. Riggs, 60, St. Charles, Mo., a former Joplin resident, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1997, at a Bridgeton, Mo., hospital after an illness.

Mr. Riggs was born Sept. 10, 1936, at Joplin. He worked as a transportation agent for Northwest Airlines.

He married Bessie Greninger on March 9, 1957, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Debra Walsh, Eagan, Minn., and Lisa Korner, Tulsa, Okla.; a son, Kevin E. Riggs; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Baue Funeral Home, St. Charles. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Emmanuel Cemetery, Carthage.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Paul M. Silva

Paul M. Silva, 20, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Mountain Home, Idaho, a former Joplin resident, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1997, following injuries he received in an automobile accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Silva was born July 15, 1977, in Lancaster Calif. He was a graduate of Joplin High School. He joined the Air Force in 1996 and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. In September 1996, he was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base. He was the recipient of the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Survivors include his wife, Angel Silva, of the home; his mother and stepfather, Vickie and Floyd Clark, Joplin; his father, Raul Silva, state of California; a brother, Victor Silva, Joplin; and his grandmother, Velma Stoffer, state of Oklahoma.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Liberty Chapel on the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

The body is to be cremated.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Mountain Home.

Eunice Taylor

Eunice ``Marie'' Taylor, 85, 2310 Harlem Ave., died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Ms. Taylor was born March 16, 1912, at Lincoln, Ark. She has lived in the Joplin area more than 20 years. She was a waitress at Fred and Red's and a homemaker. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include two brothers, Frank Kidd, Phoenix, Ariz., and Fred Kidd, Joplin; and a sister, Ola Mae Bowman, Joplin.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Kyle Gardner, minister, will officiate.

Burial will be in Saginaw Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roger Kidd, Jim Bowman, Bill Bowman, Darrell Kidd, Bill Stephens and Mitchell Stephens.

Betty Cantrell

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Betty M. Cantrell, 67, Carl Junction route 1, died at 9:57 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness.

Mrs. Cantrell was born May 20, 1930, in Jasper County. She was a lifelong area resident. She worked at Eagle-Picher Industries. She was a member of Smithfield Christian Church.

Her husband, Fred Cantrell, died Oct. 3, 1982.

Survivors include a son, Freddie Cantrell, Carl Junction; a daughter, Vickie Mortz, Carl Junction; three sisters, Peggy Gaston, Clara Maddox and Vera Miller, all of Carl Junction; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Simpson Funeral Home, Carl Junction. The Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Cindy Evans 

JASPER, Mo. Cindy Marie Evans, 43, 12367 Thorn Road, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, from injuries received in a two-vehicle accident on Route A, south of Lockwood. 

Mrs. Evans was born July 19, 1954, at Carthage. She lived in the Jasper and Carthage area all her life. She was a 1972 graduate of Carthage High School and attended Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. She was a homemaker. She had worked as a florist at several area flower shops and was a former substitute teacher for Jasper schools. 

She was a member of Jasper United Methodist Church, the Jasper Booster Club and Hearts of Hope. She was past president of the Jasper Parent-Teacher Organization.

She married Bob Evans on Feb. 15, 1975, at Carthage. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Matthew Evans, of the home; a daughter, Heather Evans, of the home; her parents, Roger and Ella Marie Leaming, Carthage; a brother, Steve Leaming, Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters, Sandy Fagg, Bella Vista, Ark., and Cheryl Stump, Jasper; paternal grandmother, Lena Leaming, Carthage; and maternal grandmother, Marcella Sunderland, Carthage.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. The Rev. Jack Martin and the Rev. John Chaffin will officiate. Burial will be in Hackney Cemetery, southeast of Jasper.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Cindy Evans trust fund at Southwest Missouri Bank of Jasper or in care of the funeral home.

Virginia Lowe

CASSVILLE, Mo. Virginia L. Lowe, 66, Cassville, died at 9:53 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at a nursing home in Cassville after a short illness.

Mrs. Lowe was born March 6, 1931, in Barry County. She lived in Barry County most of her life. She attended school in Cassville. She was a health care worker.

Survivors include a son, Jim Stephens, Freeman; a daughter, Nancy Boyd, Cassville; three brothers, James Ennes and Morris Ennes, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Robert Ennes, Seligman; two sisters, Barbara Hendrix, Washburn, and Lois Champine, Ceylon, Minn.; and three grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. The Rev. Don Beeson will officiate. Burial will be in Ennes Cemetery, Cassville. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Ennes, Bobby Ennes, Greg Ennes, Randy Ennes, James Stephens and Jackie Stephens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dell Moss

CARTHAGE, Mo. Memorial graveside services for Delbert Earl ``Dell'' Moss, 85, 511 E. Macon St., who died Thursday, will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Dudman Springs Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

The body will be cremated.

Mr. Moss was a member of the Elm Road Church of Christ, Carthage.

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

Velma Wilson

WEBB CITY, Mo. Velma M. Wilson, 88, Kent, Ohio, a Webb City native, died Sunday, May 4, 1997, at a Kent nursing home after an illness.

Ms. Wilson was born July 26, 1908, in Webb City. He was a retired saleswoman for a Kansas City department store.

Survivors include two sons, James Wilson, the state of Florida, and Glee Wilson, Kent; a daughter, Olive Wilson, the state of Oregon; two sisters, Esther Hulsey, the state of Missouri, and Alice Taylor, the state of California; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Nashville Cemetery, southwest of Lamar. The Rev. Marty Green will officiate.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Youngstown, Ohio, or to the Portage County Visiting Nurse Service, Kent.

Ruby Yarbrough 

SHELL KNOB, Mo. Ruby Pfaff Yarbrough, 89, Shell Knob, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at her home after an illness.

Mrs. Yarbrough was born July 17, 1908, at Sallisaw, Okla. She received her education in Van Buren, Ark., and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1930 from the University of Arkansas. She also attended Highlands University, Las Vegas, N.M., and the University of Denver, receiving a degree in library science. She taught school for 38 years at Eufaula, Okla., and for eight years in New Mexico.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Eufaula, P.E.O. Chapter T, and Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Alpha Theta educational fraternities.

She married H.T. ``Ditty'' Yarbrough on March 3, 1934. He died Oct. 10, 1979.

Survivors include a son, Steve Yarbrough, Arlington, Texas; a daughter, Anneece Arning, Shell Knob; a brother, William Pfaff, the state of Arkansas; a sister, Mildred Grinstead, Pawhuska, Okla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, Eufaula, under the direction of Black's Funeral Home, Eufaula. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery, Eufaula.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Lucille Deck

PITTSBURG, Kan. Lucille E. Deck, 85, formerly of 902 E. Centennial St., died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at a Frontenac nursing home after an illness.

Mrs. Deck was born Dec. 4, 1911, near Burlington Junction, Mo. She was reared in Commerce, Okla., before spending 16 years in Hinsdale, Ill. She moved to Pittsburg in 1969. She was a homemaker.

She married Bill J. Deck on June 9, 1949, at Bentonville, Ark. He died March 30, 1975.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Deck, 1131 E. 13th St., and Jerry Harreld, Tahlequah, Okla.; two daughters, Claudell Gunnetts, Grove, Okla., and Donna Wantloy, Topeka, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Velma Stewart, Galena; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Sarcoxie (Mo.) Cemetery. Pastor Conrad Ide will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Evelyn Pipkin

FAIRLAND, Okla. Evelyn Annette Pipkin, 50, Spring, Texas, a Fairland native, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1997, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Pipkin was born Feb. 17, 1947, in Fairland. She moved to Houston, Texas, in 1986 from Tulsa. She was a 10-year secretary at Klein Methodist Church, Spring. She was a member of the Abundant Life Church.

She married Dick Pipkin on Jan. 29, 1966, at San Bernardino, Calif. He survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Joseph Pipkin, serving in the Navy; a daughter, Sherrie Pipkin, Spring; her mother, Nedra Brown, Grove, Okla.; three brothers, Don Brown, Grove, and Ellis Brown, Manteca, Calif.; and two sisters, Carol Peterson, Kelseyville, Calif., and Sharon Hughes, Saratogo, Wyo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. Margaret Hawthorne, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Herman Cemetery, Jay.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Bob Vinson Jr.

GROVE, Okla. Robert W. ``Bob'' Vinson Jr., 45, Grove, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Vinson was born Sept. 24, 1951, at Pampa, Texas. He worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Co., Denver, before moving to Grove. He was a member of the Crossroads United Pentecostal Church, Miami.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Vinson and Joe Vinson, both of Grove; his mother, Louise Vinson, Grove; and a sister, Laura Schultz, Grove.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove. The Rev. Bruce Winch will officiate.

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

Ernest Arbuckle

AURORA, Mo. Ernest Arbuckle, 77, Aurora, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Aurora Community Hospital after 

a short illness. Mr. Arbuckle was born Feb. 2, 1920, at Ash Grove. He was a Baptist, a World War II Navy veteran and a retired aircraft mechanic.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Arbuckle, Aurora, and George Arbuckle, state of Arkansas; two daughters, Sarrah Scheibley, state of Arizona, and Velvia Arbuckle, Greenfield; and a brother, Eddie Arbuckle, Miller.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. The Rev. Tommie Blair will officiate. Burial will be in Miller (Mo.) Memorial Gardens.

Joe Fisher

AURORA, Mo. Clarence Joseph "Joe" Fisher, 88, Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Aurora, died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Mr. Fisher was born Aug. 8, 1909, at Essex Center Vt. He was a retired engineer for the former Southwest Manufacturing at Aurora. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

His wife, the former Pearl Bechtel, survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Clarence J. Fisher, Antioch, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Kaping, Talent, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Aurora. The Rev. Peter Morciniec will officiate.

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

Donald Johnson

MILLER, Mo. Donald Marvin Johnson, 59, Miller, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Johnson was born April 4, 1938, at Joplin. He was a graduate of Joplin High School. He moved to Miller in 1967 from Redding, Calif.

He was a mechanic for Bill Dowdy Chevrolet, Mount Vernon, and Easson Motors, Lockwood. He later worked as a self-employed mechanic.

He was a crew member for the Johnson Racing Team, Miller. He was a member of the Joplin Elks Lodge, No. 501.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Johnson, Carl Junction, and Jimmy Johnson, Mexico; a daughter, Jody Pulif Paris, a brother, John Johnson, Lees Summit; a sister, June Shelton, Joplin; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller, with the Rev. Bob Holman officiating. Burial will be in Pennsboro Cemetery, north of Miller.

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

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

Philip Johnson

WEBB CITY, Mo. Philip W. Johnson, 80, Webb City, died at 1:37 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness.

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 8, 1916, at Los Angeles, Calif. He grew up in Glendale, Calif. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a design engineer for Rockwell International, retiring after 35 years of service. He moved to Webb City in January 1993. He was a member of College Heights Christian Church, Joplin.

He married Virginia Current on Aug. 29, 1941, at Glendale. She survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Linda Gardner, Joplin; a son, Dennis Johnson, Webb City; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, with Rick Bushnell, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City.

Graveside military rites will be performed by Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13.

Contributions may be made to the College Heights Christian Church "For His Glory" building fund.

Lawrence McPherson

MILLER, Mo. Lawrence McPherson, 78, Miller, died at 10:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at his home after an illness.

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 4, 1918, at Henrietta, Okla. He moved to Miller four years ago from Lincoln, Calif. He was a forklift operator for Interpace Corp., Lincoln.

He married Mildred Farrar on Dec. 24, 1945, at Reno, Nev. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Eugene Sifferman, LaRussell; three sisters, Florence Griffin and Faye Pinaglia, both of Loomis, Calif., and Gladys Studhite, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; and a grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Goss Cemetery, east of Avilla, with the Rev. Bill Fish officiating.

Pallbearers will be James Faust, Gerald Irwin, Jim Irwin, Milton Ryan, Eugene Sifferman and Bob Myers.

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

Bonnie Conrad

GALENA, Kan. Bonnie Mae Conrad, 63, 912 E. 10th Street, Galena, died at 11:34 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at the scene of a traffic accident in rural Columbus. 

Mrs. Conrad was born Aug. 12, 1934, at Cardin, Okla. She lived in the Galena area her entire life.

She was a homemaker. She attended Assembly of God Church, Duenweg, Mo.

She married Herbert Lee Conrad on March 24, 1951, at Picher, Okla. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Curtis Conrad, Galena, and Bill Conrad, Joplin, Mo.; three daughters, Bonita Whitt, Columbus, Ruth Ash, Galena, and Lorna Owen, Joplin; a brother, Bill McKinzie, Seneca, Mo.; a sister, Bernice Hussong, Galena; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great-grand-children.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, with the Rev. Don Anderson and the Rev. Garey Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Pallbearers will be Tony Green, Ben McKinzie, Marty Leach, Brian Leach, Doug Leach, Dennis Artinger and Kevin McKinzie.

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

Ardath Shrock

GALENA, Kan. Ardath W. Shrock, 83, Grove, Okla., formerly of Galena, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Shrock was born July 18, 1914, at Galena. She had lived in Grove the past four months, moving from Shawnee, where she had lived for ten years. She lived the rest of her life in Galena.

She operated Sader Grocery, Galena, in the 1940s and '50s. In 1955, she was elected Cherokee County treasurer. After working as treasurer for a number of years, she was elected Cherokee County Clerk. She then was employed as administrator at Galena Manor, Galena. Her last job was as operator of Ann's Tavern, Riverton. She retired in 1975. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Galena.

She married William Link in 1935. He died in 1940. She married Sam Shrock on May 3, 1961, at Sapulpa, Okla. He died May 3, 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Young, Galena, Samme Watson, Riverton, and Marilyn Engel, Grove; four grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, with Roy L. Derfelt officiating. The casket will remain closed.

Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, in care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Ryan Slimp

GALENA, Kan. Ryan Michael Slimp, 6, 912 E. 10th St., Galena, died at 11:34 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at the scene of a traffic accident in rural Columbus.

He was born Dec. 20, 1990, at Joplin, Mo. He had lived in Galena for the past five years.

He had just begun first grade at Spring Grove School, Galena. He played T-Ball in the Galena Little League for the past two years.

He attended Assembly of God Church, Duenweg, Mo.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Christina and Dustin Shellenbarger, Joplin; a brother, Cale Slimp, Joplin; a sister, Zoe Slimp, Columbus; maternal great-grandfather, Andy Slimp, Joplin; maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Bonita Whitt and Glen Bennett, Columbus; maternal great-grandfather, Herbert Lee Conrad, Galena; and maternal great grandmother, Evelyn Slimp, Galena.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, with the Rev. Don Anderson and the Rev. Garey Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Slimp, Larry Jilge, David McKeehan and Dough McKeehan.

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


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