Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Charlotte Brunkhorst dies at age 103
Charlotte Brunkhorst, 103, Gladstone, a former Joplin resident, died at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 1996, at a nursing home in Gladstone after an illness. Mrs. Brunkhorst was born Feb. 18, 1893, at Hungerford, Texas. She lived in Joplin from 1921 to 1980, and in Independence from 1980 to 1993. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Edwin Brunkhorst, preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Lyons, Gladstone; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Independence. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Charter Funerals/Earp and Son Blue Ridge Chapel, Kansas City.

LaVerne Hiebert
LaVerne M. Hiebert, 85, Lenexa, Kan., died at 11:20 a.m. Friday, June 28, 1996, at Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Medical Center after an illness. She was the mother of LaVerne ``Pris'' Spong, Joplin. Mrs. Hiebert was born Oct. 19, 1910, at Nortonville, Kan. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1935. Her husband, Dr. Peter E. Hiebert, died in 1983. Additional survivors include a son, Dr. David L. Hiebert, Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, FlaVelle Haskell, Collinsville, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Porter Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nortonville (Kan.) Cemetery. Friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Franklin Witt
Franklin Lee Witt, 55, Waco, Texas, formerly of Joplin, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Witt was born July 10, 1949, in Joplin. He retired from A & M Engineering Service, Waco, in 1995. He was a former board member of Waco Christian School and a superintendent of Sunny Glen Children's Home, San Benito, Texas. He was a member and a deacon at Columbus Avenue Church, Waco. He was a former member of the Rotarians in San Benito. He served 26 years in the Navy, Air Force, and the Texas Air National Guard. He married Rosemary Murphy on Dec. 23, 1965, at Waco. She survives. Additional survivors include two daughters, Erlinda Renee Bounphasaysol, Charlotte, N.C., and Merie Michele Witt, Waco; his parents, Benjamin F. and Katherine M. Witt, Fairland, Okla.; and a grandson. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Brookview Funeral Home, Waco. Joe Keyes will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Waco. Contributions may be made to Columbus Avenue Church of Christ or Sunny Glenn Children's Home.

John Acree
AURORA, Mo. ... John E. Acree, 85, Aurora, died at 1:48 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 1996, at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Mr. Acree was born Oct. 22, 1910, at Lexington. He lived in Aurora for 60 years. He was a retired water superintendent for the Empire District Electric Co., Aurora. There are no immediate survivors. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mackpelah Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Elizabeth Bayless
CARTHAGE, Mo. ... Elizabeth ``Lizzie'' Bayless, 87, 918 W. Centennial Ave., died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Bayless was born Sept. 25, 1908, at Exeter. She moved in 1927 to Carthage from Exeter. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, where she taught Sunday school for several years. She also was a member of the Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a past noble grand of Rebekah Lodge No. 844. She also did volunteer work for several years at McCune-Brooks Hospital. She married George H. Bayless on Jan. 24, 1923, at Exeter. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Billy Bayless, Carthage; a sister, Bernice Savage, Carthage; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Jimmie Hinson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

David Billings
SARCOXIE, Mo. ... David Grant Billings, 77, Sarcoxie route 2, died at 8:51 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mount Vernon, after a long illness. Mr. Billings was born May 3, 1919, at Highland Park, Mich. He lived in Sarcoxie for three years, moving from Adrian, Mich. He owned Gamble's Furniture Store, Adrian, and sold insurance for American General Insurance. He was a Bronze Star recipient for Outstanding Service during World War II as a Prisoner of War in Germany. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He married Olivia W. Hancock in September 1955 at Battle Creek, Mich. She died Sept. 23, 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Gautz, Sarcoxie; a sister, Eleanor Billings, Pacific Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Rev. Mark Killingsworth will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Wood Cemetery, Adrian.

Andrew Burton
MONETT, Mo. ... Graveside services for Andrew G. Burton, 50, Monett, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. today at Sparks Cemetery, east of Butterfield. The Rev. Bill Banks will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. Contributions may be made to the Sarah Burton Education Fund, in care of the funeral home. Additional survivors include two sons, Timothy Burton and Andrew I. Burton, both of Denver, Colo.

Francis Goddard
NEVADA, Mo. ... Francis ``Red'' Ivan Goddard Sr., 78, Nevada, died Monday morning, July 1, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. Mr. Goddard was born Aug. 21, 1917, at Richards. He farmed for Dave and Inez Todd near Walker for 26 years. He later was a mechanic for Richardson Motor Co., Nevada, and Frank McDaniel Nevada Dodge for many years. He was a member of Ralph Bobbet Post No. 2175, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nevada. He served in the Navy Seabees during World War II. He married Buelah Gladys Higgins on June 8, 1940, at Fort Scott, Kan. She died June 4, 1996. Survivors include a son, J.R. Goddard, Nevada; a daughter, Charlene Goddard, Nevada; four brothers, Donal Goddard and Earnest E. Goddard, both of Richards, William Goddard, Topeka, Kan., and Joe Goddard, Springfield; three sisters, Maxine Burnett, Fort Scott, Dorothy Anderson, Redfield, Kan., and Joan Cook, Lecompton, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Vernon County Cancer Relief, in care of the funeral home.

Max Goodman
PINEVILLE, Mo. ... Dr. Max Lawrence Goodman, 64, Winchester, Mass., died Sunday, June 23, 1996, at Exeter, N.H., after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was the son of John and Corrine Goodman, Pineville. Mr. Goodman was born Jan. 27, 1932, at Camden, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School. After serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II, he completed his residency at the Mallory Institute, Boston, Mass. He was a member of the medical staff at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., and Boston University Hospital. He was named director of ear, nose and throat pathology on Nov. 1, 1968, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass., where he was a staff pathologist for 28 years. He won an award for resident teaching in 1991. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, Suffolk Medical Society, New England Society of Pathologists, American Society of Anatomical and Clinical Pathologists, European Society of Microcirculatory and New York Academy of Science. He had been a member of Crawford Memorial Methodist Church, Winchester, since 1963. Additional survivors include his wife, Donna Lou Goodman; two sons, Michael T. Goodman, New Orleans, La., and Jeffery P. Goodman, Winchester; a daughter, Laura J. Goodman, Arlington, Mass.; and two sisters, Laudine Clark and Judy Holland, Nashville, Tenn. Services were conducted Wednesday, June 26, at Crawford Memorial Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Costello Funeral Home, Winchester. Contributions may be made to the Max Goodman Memorial Fund at Pineville Methodist Church.

Harvey Haley
SHELL KNOB, Mo. ... Harvey Lee Haley, 58, Shell Knob, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Haley was born Dec. 23, 1937, at Magnolia, Miss. He moved to Shell Knob from Seattle, Wash., in 1991. He was a tugboat captain for 33 years and became a master mariner in 1990. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob. He was a member and past officer of the Shell Knob Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4155. He was a member of the Master Mariners' Association, Seattle. He married Onita Heggen Buckley on May 7, 1994, at Shell Knob. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Tullier, Shell Knob, and Tina Louise Haley, Picayune, Miss.; a stepson, James Patrick Buckley, Panama City, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Gail Patricia Buckley, Springfield, Mo., and Julianne Kay Buckley, Shell Knob; two sisters, Fay Lorraine Shoemake, Avondale, La., and Peggy Allen, Magnolia; a granddaughter; and 11 stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, with the Rev. Jim Forkner officiating. Burial will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob. Pallbearers will be Charlie Holt, David Lamb, James Buckley, Jimmy Tullier, Harvey Haley and John Hendrix. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Carroll Regional Medical Center, in care of the funeral home.

Wally Holder
WEBB CITY, Mo. ... Wally K. Holder, 63, 503 S. Roane St., died at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, 1996, at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Mr. Holder was born Nov. 13, 1932, at Hilleman, Ark. He moved to Webb City from Hazelwood in March 1988. He owned and operated service stations in the St. Louis area before moving to Webb City. He served in special services with the Navy during the 1950s. He was a member and lay leader at Central United Methodist Church, Webb City. He married Virginia Galbraith Gibson on Jan. 11, 1964, at Clayton. She survives. Additional survivors include a stepson, Alan Gibson, Columbia; and a stepgrandson. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. J.K. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Pallbearers will be Carl Bailey, Paul Jackson, Ron LaMere, Dan Whitworth, Ed Franklin and Phil Richardson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Delbert Obenshain
NOEL, Mo. ... Delbert Obenshain, 91, Noel route 2, died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Obenshain was born Sept. 26, 1904, at Clifty, Ark. He moved to Noel in 1993 from Puyallup, Wash. He was an oilfield worker. He was an member of the Oil Field Workers Union and Windom (Kan.) Masonic Lodge No. 276. He had served as marshal of the Order of the Eastern Star at Windom for eight years. He married Nellie Ehrlich on Sept. 20, 1933, at Clifty. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Robert L. ``Bob'' Obenshain, Noel; three daughters, Norietta M. Hanan, Noel, Jennie M. Newcomer, Kent, Wash., and Dorothy A. Harner, Westminster, Colo.; a brother, Ralph Obenshain, Huntsville, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel. Dick Sanders, chaplain, will officiate. Burial will be in the Noel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Nathan Obenshain, Steve Obenshain, Jim Obenshain, Gary Smith, Chuck Smith, Gene McCullough, Wylie Summerlin, Lloyd Thomas and Lee Eddie Graham. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Grove (Okla.), in care of the funeral home.

James Torchia
COLUMBUS, Kan. ... James D. Torchia, 86, Columbus, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 1996, at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, Okla., after a one-year illness. Mr. Torchia was born Oct. 25, 1909, at Weir. He lived in the 42 Camp area of Cherokee and moved to Columbus in 1938. He owned Torchia's Cafe in Columbus from 1938 to 1976 and J.T. Kourts in Columbus for 30 years. He retired in 1976. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Columbus. He married Edith L. White on Oct. 18, 1930, at Scammon. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Dr. James S. Torchia, Tulsa, Okla., and Ronald F. Torchia, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Loretta T. Goldenberg, Miami; two sisters, Dorothy Torchia, Oswego, and Angeline Meranda, St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rose Catholic Church. The Rev. Michael Rooney will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Scammon. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, where the family will receive friends until 8 p.m. The Rev. Chrysostom Ah Maung will officiate. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, Kan.

Gertrude Walker
PITTSBURG, Kan. ... Gertrude Mary Walker, 70, 904 N. Miles St., died at noon Monday, July 1, 1996, at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md., after a long illness. Mrs. Walker was born Sept. 14, 1925, at Scammon. She was an explosives operator for the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons, for 22 years. She retired in Aug. 1989. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the American Association of Retired Persons, all of Pittsburg. She married Frank Ronald Walker on Oct. 24, 1942, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Arma. He survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Ronald David Walker, Miami, Fla., Tim Walker, Edmond, Okla., and Michael Walker, Columbia; five daughters, Nancy Montgomery and Debby Smith, both of Columbia, Marilyn Short, Frontenac, Susie Edward, Pittsburg, and Jody Flora, Mulberry; two sisters, Kathleen Eggan, Almeda, Calif., and Molly Bogina, Arma; 25 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg. The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Rosa Sherwood
WYANDOTTE, Okla. ... Rosa E. Sherwood, 87, Wyandotte route 1, died at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday at Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an illness. Mrs. Sherwood was born Oct. 23, 1908, in Ottawa County. She was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wyandotte Friends Church. She married James William Sherwood on Aug. 17, 1926. He died in November 1965. Survivors include two sons, Robert ``Bob'' Sherwood, Miami, and Roy ``Bill'' Sherwood, Seneca, Mo.; two daughters, Dorothy Hinshaw, Miami, and Doris Cantwell, rural Wyandotte; a sister, Ernestine Miller, Bartlesville; 15 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca. The Rev. Cloyce Thornton will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Murl Sparlin
WYANDOTTE, Okla. ... E. Murl Sparlin, 79, Wyandotte route 1, died at 6 p.m. Monday at his home after a long illness. Mr. Sparlin was born March 24, 1917, at Seneca. He was a lifelong area resident. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a retired farmer and cattle rancher. He married Celia Moore on March 26, 1961, at Joplin, Mo. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, James Sparlin, Wyandotte route 1; a brother, Melvin Sparlin, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Edna Mason, Loomis, Calif.; and a grandson. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo. The Rev. Richard Grewell will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veterans Funeral Detail. Pallbearers will be Troy Coffman, Ernest Coffman, Dannie McDaniel, Randy Keener and Andy Keener. Contributions may be made to the Seneca Church of God Holiness, in care of the funeral home.


 

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