Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Dorothy Ludwig
Dorothy Louise Sage Ludwig, 80, 1707 Massachusetts Ave., died at 11:25 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where she had been a patient since July 11. Mrs. Ludwig was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Shelby County. She had lived in Joplin since 1978, moving from Rochester, Mich. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education. In 1970, she retired as an elementary school teacher, having taught more than 25 years in school districts in Northeast Missouri, Rochester and Pontiac, Mich. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Joplin and the church's Searchers Sunday School Class. She was a charter member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Rochester. She was a former member of Order of Eastern Star, Oak Hill Hospital Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, National Education Association and the Christian Women's Club of Joplin. She married Birney ``Leo'' Ludwig on May 28, 1939, at Moberly. He died June 12, 1984. Surviving are a sister, Reba Weis, St. Charles; and a brother, John B. Sage, Kansas City. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary, where a prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. Phillip McClendon will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Mich.

Cora Waggoner dies at age 102
Cora E. Reynolds Waggoner, 102, 320 N. Harlem Ave., died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, where she had been a patient since July 18, 1996. Ms. Waggoner was born April 8, 1894, at Frankfort, Kan. She had been a resident of Joplin since 1905, moving from Lamar. She was a homemaker. She was a charter member of First Gospel Worker's Church, where she was a pianist for several years. She also was a member of the Faith Chapter No. 334, Order of the Eastern Star, Carl Junction, and a former Republican committee woman in the 8th Precinct. She married Frank Waggoner in 1909 in Barton County. He died Jan. 11, 1954. She is survived by a son, Charles Waggoner, Joplin; a daughter, Margaret Beaver Middleton, Webb City; and a grandchild. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Forest Park Cemetery. The Rev. William Addams and the Rev. Phil Erwin will officiate. The family will be at the home of granddaughter, Sally Addams, 2015 Delaware, Ave. Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.

Harvey Wagner
Harvey L. Wagner, 88, 7791 Beefbranch Road, died at 3:33 a.m. Tuesday,July 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. Mr. Wagner was born Jan. 16, 1908, in Newton County. He was a longtime Joplin resident. He was an engineer in the Joplin school system for 20 years and also was involved in farming. He was a member of the Harmony Heights Baptist Church, Joplin. He married Pauline Lacey on Oct. 29, 1927, at Iola, Kan. She died April 3, 1982. Survivors include a son, Ed Wagner, Joplin; three grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. The Rev. Charlie Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Pallbearers will be David Stiger, Jason Stiger, Don Stiger, Rob Sherwood, James Willett and John Miller. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Sue Chorum
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. Norma Sue Chorum, 54, Carl Junction route 1, died at 8:05 p.m. Monday at her home after suffering an apparent heart attack Mrs. Chorum was born Sept. 4, 1941, at Lindsay, Okla., where she was a long-time area resident. She was a 1959 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker. She attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She married Leroy Chorum on July 3, 1959, in Jasper. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, Steve Chorum, Asbury; three sisters, Barbara Call, Joplin, Jerri Abbott, Tulsa, Okla., and Winona Taylor, Denver, Colo.; and a granddaughter. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, with the Rev. Bob Simon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, northwest of Webb City. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Steve Ellioitt, Don Polen, Howard Darnell, Lloyd Southern, Don Herr and Bill Brown. Contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Herman Doennig
MONETT, Mo. Herman W. Doennig, 89, 1854 Highway H, Monett, died at 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at a Monett nursing home after a short illness. Mr. Doennig was born Feb. 2, 1907, at Lawrence County. He was a lifelong resident of the Monett area. He was a retired cattleman and farmer. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. He married Esther C. Obermann on May 8, 1932, at Freistatt. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Gerald Doennig, Republic; a daughter, Gloria Buttes, Chino, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. The Rev. Keith Christiansen will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. A memorial has been established to the Trinity Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast, or to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home.

B. Vincent Hunt
LOCKWOOD, Mo. B. Vincent Hunt, 80, Lockwood, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Hunt was born March 19, 1916, at Lockwood. He attended Lockwood schools and graduated in 1938 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving three years in the 6490th tank-destroyer battalion. He was retired from McKesson Chemical in Kansas City in 1978 and moved to Lockwood. He was a member of the American Legion, Lockwood, the Masonic Lodge of Greenwood, the Scottish Rite of Kansas City, and the Abou Ben Adhem of Springfield. Survivors include his wife, Mary Hunt; a son, Mike Hunt, Lockwood; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Lockwood. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Roy E. Carr American Legion Post 372. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lockwood Funeral Home.

Woodrow Phipps
LAMAR, Mo. Woodrow Henry Phipps, 80, 548 N.E. 20th Lane, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin. Mr. Phipps was born Feb. 6, 1916, at Irwin. He was a lifelong Barton County resident. He was a farmer. He was a member of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon and treasurer of the church. He married Madelene Jones on Aug. 18, 1939. She died Nov. 7, 1985. He married Alberta Borghardt on Feb. 16, 1989, at Carthage. She survives. Additional survivors include three sons, J.H. Phipps, Carl Phipps and Leon Phipps, all of Lamar; one stepson, Gregory Leon Borghardt, Virginia Beach, Va.; two stepdaughters, Joan Shick, Carterville, and Donna Proctor, Grove, Okla.; a sister, Nina Blinn, Fredonia, Kan.; ten grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in care of the funeral home.

William Pierce
MONETT, Mo. William Robert Pierce, 79, 84121 Highway 60, Monett, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at a Monett nursing home after an illness. Mr. Pierce was born Sept. 17, 1916, at Erie, Kan. He was an engineer for the Frisco Railroad for 40 years. He was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Vonna Pierce; a son, William Pierce Jr., Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, Jim Pierce, Erie, and Ross Pierce, Tulsa, Okla.; and three sisters, Marge Duehan, Erie, Jane Miller, Encino, Calif., and Ginnie Lou Pierce, Sunrise Beach. No services are planned. The body has been cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Wessell Funeral Home, Pierce City.

Hannah Reida
SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. Hannah Elise Reida, daughter of Shawn and Nona Reida, Wichita, Kan., died at birth Saturday, July 20, 1996, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was the great-granddaughter of Slyvia Drake, Southwest City. Additional survivors include her brother, Evan Reida, Wichita; maternal grandparents, Ray Schoonover and Stella Schoonover, Wichita; paternal grandparents, Dusty Reida and Shirley Reida, Wichita; maternal great-grandmother, Slyvia Drake, Southwest City; and paternal great-grandmother, Irene Reida, Harper, Kan. Services were Tuesday at Wichita. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita. Arrangements were under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home, Wichita. Contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Wichita.

Gerald Robbins
STARK CITY, Mo. Gerald Robbins, 87, Independence, a former Stark City resident, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Kansas City, after a long illness. Mr. Robbins was born March 6, 1909, at Sarcoxie. He moved to Independence in 1984 from Stark City. He was a retired highway department employee for Riley County and was also a farmer. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Survivors include three stepsons, Jack Hoppenstedt, state of Florida, Francis Hoppenstedt, Independence, and Orville Hoppenstedt, Manhattan, Kan.; a brother, Maurice Robbins, Stark City; and three sisters, Ula Branham, Granby, Reetha Franfen, Fylmar, Calif., and Vera McDermott, Bellville, Mich. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Neosho IOOF Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darrell Schick, Darwin Hoppenstead, Duane Hoppenstead, Robin Robbins, Brian Robbins, John Robbins and Joshua Branham. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Nina Wilson
NEOSHO, Mo. Nina Ruth Wilson, 85, Neosho, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Wilson was born Nov. 20, 1910, at Neosho. She was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Raymond Wilson Sr., Neosho; a son, Raymond Wilson Jr., Neosho; a daughter, Carolyn Franklin, Iola, Kan.; a brother, Paul Osborn, Neosho; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Alan Brock officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Skyler Farris
GROVE, Okla. Amy Skyler Farris, 3, daughter of Robbie Farris and Amy Tatum Farris, Grove, died Sunday July, 21, 1996, at her home. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office will rule on the cause of death. She was born Sept. 22, 1992, at Orange, Calif. Additional survivors include a sister, Jordan Rebekah Farris, of the home; maternal grandparents; Janice Tatum, Grove, and Ken Tatum, Neosho, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Janine Farris, Irvine, Calif., and Bobby Buford, Vicksburg, Miss.; and paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Carmen Farris, Irvine, Calif. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Olympus Cemetery, Grove, with Billy James Hargis officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

Bertha Schliep
MIAMI, Okla. Bertha Marie Chase Schliep, 86, Miami, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at her son's home in Miami after a short illness. Mrs. Schliep was born July 24, 1909, at Glenvil, Neb. She lived for several years in Holyoke, Colo. She moved to Miami in 1994 to live with her son. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist church at Holyoke. She married Frank Leroy Schliep on March 8, 1929. He died in 1982. Survivors include her son, Ronny Schliep; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holyoke (Colo.) Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Jack Pedotta officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

Alice Therese Dorsey
Sister Alice Therese Dorsey, 80, Leavenworth, Kan., a Joplin native, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at the Mother House, Ross Hall, Leavenworth, after an illness. Sister Dorsey was born April 9, 1916, in Joplin. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from St. Mary College, Leavenworth. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Sept. 8, 1935, and took her profession of vows on June 27, 1937. She had been a teacher at St. Mary's School in Joplin; Independence and Kansas City, Mo.; Leavenworth, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan.; Falls City, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; and Butte, Livingston and Billings, Mont. She was a house mother at orphanages in Denver, Topeka and Montana. She served in the prison ministry to prisoners' families at state, federal and armed services prisons at Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She was associated with the Volunteers in Service to America and the Grey Panthers. She had worked in the archives at the Mother House as a clerk-typist. She retired from active ministry in March 1994. There are no immediate survivors. A vigil service will be at 7:15 p.m. today at Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House, Leavenworth, where friends may call after 4 p.m. today. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ross Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. Arrangements are under direction of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapels, Leavenworth. Contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth retirement fund, Leavenworth.

Betty Love
Betty May Love, 71, Paducah, Ky., formerly of Joplin, died at 6:07 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 1996, at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, after a short illness. Mrs. Love was born Oct. 25, 1924, at Jefferson City. She lived in Joplin from 1954 to 1975. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Paducah, and was instrumental in organizing Grace Memorial Gardens. She was the founder and past president of the Missouri Association for Children with Disabilities. Survivors include her husband, Clyde T. Love; two sons, Michael C. Love and Riley D. Love, both of Paducah; two daughters, Patricia L. Sanders and Margaret E. Murray, both of Paducah; a brother, Otto Nieman, Benton, Ky.; and nine grandchildren. Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, Paducah. The Rev. Andre Trevathan and the Rev. Gregory Waldrop officiate. Burial was in Grace Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under direction of Roth Funeral Chapel, Paducah. Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at Paducah.

Ray McDaniel
C. Ray McDaniel, 66, Airport Drive Village, a longtime real-estate developer and civic leader, died at 2:28 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at his home after a short illness. Mr. McDaniel was born Sept. 3, 1929, at Bryant, Ill. He was raised at Pittsburg, Kan. He was a 1947 graduate of Pittsburg High School and a 1955 graduate of Pittsburg State University, where he played football. He was named all-conference for two years and was voted outstanding player in 1954. He played professional baseball for the New York Yankees organization. He did graduate study at PSU and the University of Minnesota. He had been involved in home building at Baxter Springs, Kan., and the Springfield area. He was involved in building dormitories and apartments in Joplin, Carthage and Canton; Pittsburg and Parsons, Kan.; Monmouth and Carthage, Ill.; and Keokuk, Iowa. He also had worked in land development, including Port Duncan on Monkey Island at Afton, Okla., and Loma Linda Estates, south of Joplin. He moved to the Joplin area in 1971 from Girard, Kan. He was a former trustee of Airport Drive Village and served on the Board of Equalization. He was a self-employed commercial real-estate appraiser. He was a member of the Joplin Board of Realtors, serving as treasurer for three years and as president in 1992. He was named Realtor of the Year in 1991. He was past president of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Springfield, and hr served on the first zoning board for Greene County in 1963. He had been a member of the Appraisers Institute since 1981. He was instrumental in setting up the testing department for the Census Bureau at Pittsburg. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church at Webb City, where he taught the Seekers Sunday school class. He was past commander and past sergeant at arms of Webb City Post No. 322, American Legion, and past president of the Galena (Kan.) Jaycees. He had served on the Galena school board. He was a former coach for the Webb City American Legion baseball team. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a first lieutenant. He married Carol Cushman on Aug. 20, 1950, at Neosho. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Dan E. McDaniel, Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Susan L. Watts, Conway, Ark.; three brothers, Rex McDaniel, Dallas, Texas, Mike McDaniel, Alexandria, Va., and Roylan James McDaniel, Pittsburg; a sister, Colleen Souther, Pittsburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private family graveside services will be conducted Friday morning at Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City. Military rites will be conducted by members of Webb City Post No. 322, American Legion. Pallbearers will be Rex McDaniel, Mike McDaniel, Jim McDaniel, Tim McDaniel, Zack McDaniel and Joe McCreary. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Central United Methodist Church, Webb City. The Rev. Wayne McDaniel will officiate. A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall after the services. Members of the Joplin Board of Realtors, affiliates and appraisers will be seated as a group. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home, Webb City. Contributions may be made to Souls Harbor Mission, the Salvation Army or New Hope Hospice, all of Joplin.

Naomi Morrison
Naomi T. Morrison, 91, Joplin, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 1996, at Freeman Hospital East after an illness. Mrs. Morrison was born March 26, 1905, at Collins. She had lived in Joplin the past 20 years. She was a former resident of Nevada. She was a retired beautician. Her husband, John O. Morrison, died in 1961. Survivors include a sister, Doris Stufflebam, Sun Lake, Ariz. The body was cremated. Graveside services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Deep Woods Cemetery, Nevada. The Rev. Kerry Skidmore officiated. Arrangements were under direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville.

Richard Murray
Richard P. Murray, 70, Ormond Beach, Fla., a former Joplin resident, died Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Murray was born at Muskogee, Okla. He moved to the Ormond Beach area in 1974 from Joplin. He was a graduate of John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark.; Cleveland Chiropractic College; and Texas Chiropractic College. He was a chiropractic physician, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and the Douglas Laboratories International-National Advisory Board. He was a fellow with the National Academy of Research Biochemists. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South and Central Pacific, and had served in the Naval Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Doris Vanslyke Murray; two daughters, Lynn Doris Swafford, Ormond Beach, and Leslie Marlene Pearson, Port Orange, Fla.; three sons, Richard Andrew Murray II, Ponte Vedra, Fla., William Van Murray, Joplin, and Paul Michael Murray, Lexington, N.C.; a sister, Ruth Sharp, Fort Worth, Texas; and 19 grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach.

Pauline Barcus
MONETT, Mo. Trella Pauline Barcus, 79, Monett, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Barcus was born Nov. 15, 1916, at Carterville. She moved to Monett in 1994. She had been an office clerk for an insurance company. She was a Methodist. Her husband, Harold Barcus, preceded her in death. Survivors include a sister, Fleta Hatfield, Monett. The body has been cremated. Burial will be in Galena (Ohio) Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Lewis Freemyer
SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. Lewis E. Freemyer, 84, Salina, Okla., formerly of Southwest City, died Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at his home after an illness. Mr. Freemyer was born June 14, 1912, at Gunnison, Colo. He lived at Gunnison through the 10th grade. He moved to Southwest City, where he graduated from high school. He attended Miami Business College, Miami, Okla., for two years. He was a farmer at Grove, Okla., from 1934 to 1938, when he returned to Southwest City and continued farming until 1965. He then worked in construction. He moved to to Salina, where he owned a barber shop with his son. He retired as a barber in 1976. He continued working in the service department at Vance R.V. Center, Salina, for several years. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Salina, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school director and a member of several committees. He married Alta McBride on Nov. 15, 1934, in Southwest City. She died Aug. 13, 1992. Survivors include three sons, David F. Freemyer, Carrollton, Texas, Howard L. Freemyer, Tulsa, Okla., and Kenneth L. Freemyer, Kansas City, Kan.; three daughters, Mary Ellen Sanders, Lawton, Okla., Doris Ann Coulter, Sherman, Texas, and Carol June Moss, Lewisville, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lakeview Baptist Church, Salina, with the Rev. Bobby Belew and the Rev. Kenneth Freemyer officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southwest City Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Key Funeral Home, Pryor, Okla.

Willa McKinley
AURORA, Mo. Willa E. McKinley, 99, Aurora, died at 9:55 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. McKinley was born Oct. 23, 1896, at Lebanon. She was a longtime resident of the Aurora area. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Aurora, and was active in the Republican Party. Her husband, Harry McKinley, died June 6, 1950. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. The Rev. Ray Dunlap will officiate. Arrangements are under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Aurora.

Jack Sanders Sr.
SHELL KNOB, Mo. Jack N. Sanders Sr., 87, Shell Knob, died at 10 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1996, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson, Ariz., after a long illness. Mr. Sanders was born Nov. 24, 1908, at Crossett, Ark. He started working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1927 as a secretary to the general freight agent at Little Rock, Ark. He later was named assistant vice president of traffic at St. Louis. After 46" years with the company, he retired Dec. 1, 1973, and moved to Fox Woods near Shell Knob. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, Ark., where he served on the vestry. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and had received a 50-year Masonic pin. He married Joecile Garrison on Sept. 14, 1933, at Little Rock. She died Sept. 24, 1983. Surviving are a son, Jack Newell Sanders Jr., Tucson; a daughter, Judith Sanders Slavens, Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ruebel Funeral Home, Little Rock. The Rev. Don Nolley will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Crest Memorial Park, Little Rock. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Maurice Allen
SCAMMON, Kan. Maurice W. Allen, 61, Scammon route 1, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a one-year illness. Mr. Allen was born Feb. 6, 1935, at Hallowell. He was raised at Hallowell and attended schools at Columbus. He was a cook for 21 years in the Navy. He retired in 1979 and moved to Scammon. He married Grace Schultz on Nov. 5, 1954, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Maurice Allen Jr., Pittsburg, and Mickey Allen and Marty Allen, both of Scammon; four daughters, Sharon Johnson, St. Louis, Mo., Teresa Puffinbarger, Brazilton, Laurie Tyree, West Mineral, and Lisa McGowan, Pittsburg; his mother, Doris Johnson, Hallowell; two brothers, J.D. Allen, Wichita, and Ronnie Allen, Hallowell; a sister, Verna Bull, Columbus; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Bridget's Cemetery, Scammon. B.W. Forehand will officiate. Members of Keith Reeves Post No. 3, American Legion, will conduct military rites. Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Weir, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Leslie Austin
GROVE, Okla. Leslie Edward Austin, 76, Grove, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Austin was born March 11, 1920, at Marion, Mich. He graduated from high school at Reed City, Mich., where he played varsity basketball. He was a Boy Scout as a youngster. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, serving in the Office of Strategic Services with the Army Air Corps. He retired in 1964 as a master sergeant. He later was a foreman for Handrickson Manufacturing Co., Hinsdale, Ill. He was a member of Grove First United Methodist Church. He married Mary Ann Kholstrom on Sept. 9, 1951, at San Francisco, Calif. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, John Austin and James Austin, both of Grove; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Grove First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Moss will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. Members of the Grove Veterans Ritual Team will conduct graveside military rites and serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Grove. Contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

Roy Simmons
JAY, Okla. Roy Walton Simmons, 73, Jay, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at Grove General Hospital, Grove, after an illness. Mr. Simmons was born Jan. 22, 1923, at Jenks. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Elizabeth Sharp on Jan. 22, 1985, at Southwest City, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Roy V. Simmons, Noel, Mo., and Terry Simmons, Pineville, Mo.; three daughters, Carolyn Gee, Vera, Debbie Bishop, Noel, and Vicky Sweargin, Salina; two brothers, Gerald Simmons and Eddie Simmons, both of Tulsa; four sisters, Phyllis Harris, Tulsa, Evelyn Fields, Collinsville, Mevalene Carter, Noel, and Cleal Baynes, address unavailable; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Mount Herman Cemetery, Jay, with Marvin Tunnell officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Jay.

Theda Starling
PICHER, Okla. Theda Eileen Starling, 79, Lake Annette, Mo., a former Picher area resident, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at St. Luke's Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo., after an illness. Mrs. Starling was born June 4, 1917, at Joplin, Mo. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1952 from the Douthat community, near Picher. She was a homemaker. She and her husband had raised foster children. She married William Robert Starling in August 1934. He died in April 1989. Survivors include a son, Bobby Starling, Shawnee, Kan.; three daughters, Barbara Kessler and Cindy Bradley, both of Kansas City, and Bonita Reek, Lake Annette; two brothers, Marion Allgood and Jerry Allgood, both of Commerce; two sisters, Gail Keener, rural Miami, and Patsy Raulston, Fort Worth, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. Gregory Hunt will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Nina Thatcher
JAY, Okla. Nina May Thatcher, 97, Jay, died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1996, at a local nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Thatcher was born March 29, 1899, at Joplin, Mo. She moved to Jay in 1921. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Church of Christ, Jay. She married Emmett L. Thatcher in 1920 at Carterville, Mo. He died in 1938. Survivors include three daughters, June Shear, Inola, Carley Mitchell, Grants Pass, Ore., and Mary Ruddle, Jay; a son, Louis Thatcher, Foyil; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Jumper Cemetery, Jay. The Rev. Bill Richardson will officiate. Arrangements are under direction of Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Home, Jay.


 

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