Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Karan Willkomm
ORONOGO, Mo. Karan J. Willkomm, 41, Oronogo route 1, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at her home after a seven-month illness. Mrs. Willkomm was born Nov. 25, 1954, at Phoenix. She moved to the Joplin area about 15 years ago from Phoenix. She was a loan supervisor for Commerce Bank of Joplin for the past 12 years. She married James Willkomm on Feb. 29, 1980, at Phoenix. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, James Willkomm, of the home; a stepdaughter, Holly Dunn, Phoenix; her mother, Betty Hemphill, Phoenix; a sister, Barbara Cole, Phoenix; a brother, Dale Hemphill, Maricopa, Ariz.; and a half-brother, Ronald Day, Phoenix. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Wayne Van Gundy will officiate. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, north of Oronogo. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the First Community Church of Joplin's memorial fund.

Betty Beisly
NEVADA, Mo. Betty Jo Beisly, 63, Nevada, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Mrs. Beisly was born July 10, 1932, at Deerfield. She was a lifetime Vernon County area resident. She was a bus driver for 25 years for Rich Hill schools and Cedar Ridge State School, Nevada. She married Bob Beisly on March 30, 1952, at Nevada. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Bob Beisly II, Richards; three daughters, Patricia Lynne Michelle, Nevada, Jo Buzbee, Rogersville, and Toni Beth Williams, Joplin; a brother, Jack Brock, Deerfield; a sister, Anna Jeans, Richards; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends may call until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Contributions may be made to Cedar Ridge State School.

Iva Fortenberry
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Iva M. Fortenberry, 93, Fort Worth, Texas, a Carl Junction native, died Friday, July 5, 1996, at her home of natural causes. Mrs. Fortenberry was born June 6, 1903. She lived about 30 years at Fort Worth. She was a homemaker and a member of Samuel Baptist Church. Her husband, Art Fortenberry, died in July 1988. Surviving are two daughters, Gladys Smith, Quapaw, Okla., and Thelma McKee, Joplin; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, Fort Worth. The Rev. Tom Fatka will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth.

Lula Hamilton
Lula F. Hamilton, 96, 201 Northpark Lane, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Hamilton was born Sept. 3, 1899, at Linn Creek. She spent most of her life in Webb City. She was a licensed practical nurse at the former Jane Chinn Hospital, Webb City, and Freeman Hospital in Joplin. She retired in 1970. She was a member of First Christian Church, Webb City, and Freeman's auxiliary. Her husband, William Hamilton, died July 3, 1947. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Hutchinson, Webb City, and Carol Heinritz, Pampa, Texas; two sisters, Azilee Howard, Asbury, and Hazel Butler, Webb City; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Rick Bushnell, minister, will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Hutchinson, Tom Herrod, Tom Herrod Jr., Gary Bright and Dean Bright. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. Contributions may be made to Spring River Christian Village, Joplin.

Beatrice Jaster
PIERCE CITY, Mo. Beatrice Jaster, 97, Chillicothe, formerly of Pierce City, died Friday, July 5, 1996, at a Chillicothe nursing home after an illness. Mrs. Jaster was born May 25, 1899, at Thomas, Okla. She moved from Pierce City to Chillicothe in 1983. She was a piano teacher. In Pierce City, she was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Garden Club and the Library Club. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Phelan Sr. and Tony Jaster. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Irene Reno, Monett; five step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren and 11 step-great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Webb City. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Pierce City. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Lindley Funeral Home, Cillicothe.

Eula Kotka
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. Eula Mary Kotka, 94, Mount Vernon, died at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Kotka was born Sept. 9, 1901, at Martinsville. She had lived since 1984 in Mount Vernon, where she moved from Yakima, Wash. She was a clothing store salesclerk. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon. She married A.E. Justice on April 3, 1918, at Ava. He died Jan. 19, 1961. She married E. Victor Kotka on Aug. 8, 1964. He died Aug. 19, 1969. Surviving are a son, Dale Justice, Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Mount Vernon. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Dennis Krantz
MILLER, Mo. Dennis Jack Krantz, 45, Miller, died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday at his home after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Krantz was born Dec. 12, 1950, at Muscatine, Iowa. He moved in 1980 to the Miller area. He was an orchard worker and a Baptist. He had worked with the Future Farmers of America at Rockbridge, Ill. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the North America Fishing Club. He married Jolene Frances Bleadorn on April 4, 1978, at Muscatine. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Cherakee Krantz, of the home; a son, Jason Krantz, of the home; and a half sister, Glena Stark, state of Illinois. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Misemer Cemetery, east of Miller. The Rev. Wan Hope will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home, Miller.

Mary Winter
NEVADA, Mo. Mary Frances Winter, 73, Nevada, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 1996, at her daughter's home at Haysville after a long illness. Mrs. Winter was born Oct. 3, 1922, at Alton, Ill. She moved in 1979 to Nevada, where she volunteered the last several years at Spirit and Truth Christian Center. She married Benjamin Franklin Winter on Jan. 12, 1939, at Alton. He died in 1993. Surviving are five sons, Raymond Francis Winter, Baton Rouge, La., James Douglas Winter, Wichita, Kan., Thomas Edward Winter, Las Vegas, Nev., Franklin Winter, address unknown, and Milton Winter, address unknown; two daughters, Edna Mellvina Abadie, Grosse Tete, La., and Carol May Williamson, Haysville; two sisters, Dorothy Rojo, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Stella Price, Alton, Ill.; a brother, Peter Romanko, Coral Gables, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Spirit and Truth Christian Center or Hospice. Richard Cole
Richard W. Cole, 79, Corpus Christi, Texas, a Joplin native, died April 13, 1996, at Spohn Hospital, Corpus Christi, of an illness. Mr. Cole was born Aug. 16, 1916, in Joplin. He graduated in 1934 from Joplin High School. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He moved to Corpus Christi from San Antonio, Texas, in 1957. He majored in business and hotel management at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. He owned the Mayflower Resort Hotel, Corpus Christi. Survivors include a brother, Harry Cole, Rockport, Texas. Services were held April 15 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service, Corpus Christi. Burial was in Mission Park Cemetery, San Antonio. Contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Corpus Christi.

Mary Delise
Mary R. Fillinger Delise, 52, 1711 Wall Ave., died at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a short illness. Mrs. Delise was born Dec. 17, 1943, at Huntington, W.Va. She moved to Joplin three years ago from Chicago. She worked several years as an office secretary for American Envelope Co., Chicago. She married Joseph Michael Delise on July 29, 1983, at Chicago. He survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Catherine Montz, Neosho, Rebeckah Johnston, Rocky Ford, Ga., and Victoria Rose Delise, of the home; and four grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. J.K. Wright officiating. Arrangements are by Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

Edaleen Johnson
Edaleen Johnson, 80, 2700 E. 34th St., died at 7:20 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Johnson was born April 23, 1916, at Webb City. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Women and Tower Sunday School School class. She was a former church secretary and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of St. John's Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a grandparent volunteer at the Cerebral Palsy Center and was a volunteer at Birthright of Joplin. She formerly was active in the Boy and Girl Scouts of America and the P-TA at Emerson School. Survivors include a son, Roger Johnson, Kansas City; a daughter, Nancy Hoagland, rural Joplin; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Aaron Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Pallbearers will be Dennis Hoagland, Reed Hoagland, Heather Hoagland, Phil Thompson, Travis Dewey and Brad Wilson. The family will be at the home of the daughter, 3007 Outer Road, which is near the Petro truck stop southwest of Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary. Contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or the Leukemia Society.

Anna Weeks
Anna Mae Weeks, 77, 2502 Moffet Ave., died at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West after a short illness. Mrs. Weeks was born Jan. 18, 1919, at Oilton, Okla. She moved to Joplin from Jasper about nine years ago. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Walter Wayne Harter Sr., Buffalo, Texas, and Don Harter, Tyler, Texas; and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stone Cemetery, east of Joplin. The Rev. Larry Six will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Mary Bryant
CASSVILLE, Mo. Mary Ruth Bryant, 86, Cassville, died at 2:29 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett, after a short illness. Mrs. Bryant was born June 27, 1910, in Cassville. She was a 1929 graduate of Cassville High School. She was a homemaker. She had worked at the Cassville Farmers Exchange and Fanning's Department Store for 16 years. She was a member of Mill Street Church of Christ in Cassville. She married E.R. ``Pat'' Bryant in 1930 at Bentonville, Ark. He died Oct. 21, 1985. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Wayne Deffenbaugh, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sara Chambers
CASSVILLE, Mo. Sara Caroline Chambers, 86, Cassville, died at 10:40 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at a nursing home in Crane after a long illness. Mrs. Chambers was born May 29, 1910, at Jenkins. She was a 1929 graduate of Cassville High School. She lived at Roaring River, near Cassville, from June 1932 to March 1934 while her husband was park superintendent. She had lived in California several years before moving to Springfield in 1962. She returned to Cassville in March 1995. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star, both at Bethany. She married Lewis Reynolds ``Bill'' Chambers on July 5, 1932, at Springfield. He preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Corinne Terry, Cassville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. The Rev. Bryan Shaw and the Rev. Bob Neeley will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Nancy Gates
WEBB CITY, Mo. Nancy Ann ``Nanc'' Gates, 39, Tulsa, Okla., a Webb City native, died Friday, July 5, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a short illness. Mrs. Gates was born Feb. 8, 1957, in Webb City. She owned and operated a day-care center in her home for the past 14 years. Her husband, Robert Gates, survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Rachel Wiesman and Gina Wiesman, both of the home; a stepdaughter, Crystal Gates, of the home; a stepson, Nathan Gates, of the home; her father and stepmother, Frank and Wilma Byrd, Bakersfield, Calif.; three brothers, Tony Byrd and Terry Byrd, both of Temecula, Calif., and Richard Byrd, Rainbow, Calif.; and a grandmother, Pearl Desmond, Webb City. Services will be 10 a.m. today at Central Church of the Nazarene, Tulsa. The Rev. Dave McKellips will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Tulsa. Contributions may be made to her daughters' trust fund, in care of Citizens' Bank of Tulsa. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Southlawn Chapel, Tulsa.

Bessie Henderson
MONETT, Mo. Bessie Henderson, 78, Blue Springs, formerly of Monett and Purdy, died at 3 p.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at St. Mary's Hospital, Blue Springs, after a long illness. Mrs. Henderson was born Aug. 29, 1917, at West Plains. She and her husband formerly owned Henderson Restaurant at Monett and several other locations. She was a member of Glade Tidings Assembly of God Church, Cameron, Mo. Her husband, Oren Henderson, died Jan. 27, 1983. Survivors include three daughters, Pat Manning, Blue Springs, Judy Kurle, Sugar Creek, and Sharon Benson, Kansas City; a sister, Etta Barnes, Riverside, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, with the Rev. Arnold Ray Evans officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, near Monett. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

William Long
NEVADA, Mo. William Lee Long, 40, Nevada, died Sunday, July 7, 1996, at Nevada Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. Mr. Long was born Aug. 10, 1955, at Fort Benning, Ga. He spent most of his life in the Nevada area. He was an auto mechanic. Surviving are two brothers, Michael Long and Dwayne Long, both of Nevada; and two sisters, Diana Long, Nevada, and Patty Shulze, Baird, Texas. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. John Nichols will officiate. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Friends may call until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

E.W. Morgan
DIAMOND, Mo. Ernest Wondel ``E.W.'' Morgan, 87, Diamond, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Morgan was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Newton County, and lived in the area all of his life. He was a carpenter and a farmer. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Carthage. Surviving are two sons, Don Morgan and Earnest Morgan, both of Diamond; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Diamond. The Rev. Greg Snow will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Rubottom, Kenneth Brummet, Noel Whitson, Elmer White, Mike Harris and Floyd Long. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today tuesat Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Stanley Patterson
JASPER, Mo. Stanley Nathan Patterson, 76, Stigler, Okla., formerly of Jasper, died at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 1996, at Haskill County Hospital, Stigler, after a sudden illness. Mr. Patterson was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Jasper County, Mo. He lived in this area until 1940, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in World War II. He moved to Stigler in 1977. He was a former mail carrier at Stigler, retiring in 1975. He was a member of the Jasper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6415. He married Juanita Aldrich on Feb. 4, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael Patterson, Vienna, Va.; two daughters, Tina Patterson, Glendale, Calif., and Laura Warrenburg, Santa Barbara, Calif.; a brother, Daryl Patterson, Blue Springs; a sister, Patricia Bartram, Canoga Park, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Weng Funeral Home, Jasper. The Rev. Tim Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Hackney Cemetery, southeast of Jasper.

James Troxel
WEBB CITY, Mo. James Edward Troxel, 82, Webb City route 1, died at 2 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at a Webb City nursing home after after a long illness. Mr. Troxel was born July 2, 1914, at Charlestown, Ind. He moved to Webb City in April 1993 from Clarksville, Ind. He was an engineer for the Colgate-Palmolive Co. at Clarksville for 43 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of Colgate Baptist Church, Clarksville. He married Violet Rickard on Oct. 10,1959, at Jeffersonville, Ind. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, Betty Sellmer, Jeffersonville; a brother, Chuck Troxel, Jeffersonville; three sisters, Mabel Slaughter, Louisville, Ky., Louise Cowen, Jeffersonville, and Mary Trevarton, the state of Colorado; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family will be at the home of a granddaughter, Tami Grasser, 515 S. Madison Ave., Webb City. Arrangements are pending with Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City.

Claude Whitchurch
LAMAR, Mo. Claude ``Cotton'' Whitchurch, 75, Lamar, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a short illness. Mr. Whitchurch was born July 19, 1920, in Lamar. He had lived in the Lamar area most of his life. He was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of World War II and had served at Pearl Harbor. He also had been a high school coach at Wentzville. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3691, both of Lamar, and the Pearl Harbor Survivors. He married Helen Gough Brockman on June 1, 1957, at Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Michael Whitchurch, address unavailable, Ed Whitchurch, the state of California, and Mark Brockman, Stockton, Calif.; three daughters, Beverly Loveless, Milwaukee, Wis., Donna Murr, Chico, Calif., and Patricia Whitchurch, address unavailable; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

Vernon Card
COLUMBUS, Kan. Vernon L. Card, 96, Colorado Springs, Colo., a Columbus area resident, died early Sunday, July 7, 1996, at a Colorado Springs nursing home after an illness. Mr. Card was born Dec. 1, 1899, near Columbus, where he grew up and attended schools. He was an automobile mechanic and dealer in Columbus and Baxter Springs. He later moved to Greeley, Colo., where he lived 45 years and where he worked in the soft drink bottling business. He was a member of the First Christian Church, both in Columbus and Greeley. He married Elsie Johnson on April 3, 1926, at Columbus. She died Oct. 30, 1983. Surviving are a son, Robert L. Card, Colorado Springs; a brother, Dale Card, Riverton; two sisters, Grace White and Christine Card, both of Columbus; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Center Christian Church, south of Columbus. The Rev. Johnie Adkins will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, southwest of Columbus. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. Contributions may be made to Center Christian Church.

Leo Bennett
JAY, Okla. Leo L. Bennett, 71, Jay, died at 5:48 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., after a short illness. Mr. Bennett was born Oct. 27, 1924, at Chelsea. He had lived in the Jay and Southwest City, Mo., area all of his life. He started preaching at age 19 and was a pastor of the Jay Free Holiness Church. He also was a carpenter. He married Carlene Jackson on Dec. 22, 1943, at Vinita, Okla. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Larry Bennett, Eucha; two daughters, Jeanie Pendergraft and Joy Haggard, both of Jay; three brothers, Clinton Bennett, Jay, Glen Bennett, Springdale, Ark., and Marion Bennett, Grand Blanc, Mich.; a sister, Anna Roberts, Jay; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God Church, Jay. The Rev. Carl Page and the Rev. O.B. Carlton will officiate. Burial will be in Eucha Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay, where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Otis Reeves
MIAMI, Okla. Services for Otis Reeves, 80, Miami route 4, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher. The Rev. Charles Welch will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, northwest of Treece, Kan. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kevin Sharp
JAY, Okla. Kevin Wayne Sharp, infant son of Shelly D. Sharp and James L. Hogshooter, both of Jay, died at birth Saturday, July 6, 1996, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center. Additional survivors include two brothers, Thomas Sharp and Tyler Sharp, both of Jay; two sisters, Kayla Sharp and Destini Sharp, both of Jay; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Mary Sharp, Jay; and paternal grandmother, Sharon Severs, Jay. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Round Springs Cemetery, near Jay. Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.


 

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