Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Earling Iverson Jr.
Earling George Iverson Jr., 62, Joplin, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his home after a long illness. Mr. Iverson was born Aug. 23, 1933, at Chicago, Ill. He moved to Granby eight years ago and to Joplin in 1995. He was a plasterer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Joplin Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Survivors include two sons, Edward Iverson, Joplin, and Jeffery Iverson, Detroit, Mich.; four stepsons, David Gerfen and William Gerfen, both of Granby, Walter Gerfen, Chicago, and Brian Gerfen, Round Lake, Ill.; a daughter, Jennifer Iverson, Granby; two stepdaughters, Michelle Trayhan, Schaumberg, Ill., and Kathleen Poentke, Lakeville, Ill.; a sister, Eleanor Tillquist, Ventura, Calif.; and 19 grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby, with the Rev. Ralph Walker officiating. The body will be cremated after the service.

Vivian Rapp
Vivian Lorine Reeves Rapp, 66, 410 N. Division Ave., died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at her home after a short illness. Mrs. Rapp was born April 18, 1930, at Phoenix, Ariz. She moved to Joplin from Phoenix in 1940. She was a homemaker and a member of the Central Christian Center. Surviving are a son, Fred ``Butch'' Rapp, Joplin; two daughters, Vicky Kissel, and Vanessa Rapp, both of Joplin; a brother, Fred Reeves Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending with Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

Diane Swoveland
Diane Elizabeth Swoveland, 46, Lakewood, N.J., died Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, N.J., after an illness. Her husband, V. Lynn Swoveland, is a former Joplin resident. Mrs. Swoveland was born June 14, 1950, at Lakewood, and was a lifetime area resident. She was secretary for the superintendent of the Lakewood Board of Education for several years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Lakewood. Additional survivors include a son, Michael L. Swoveland, Lakewood; her mother, Ruth Norcross Brower, Lakewood; and a brother, John C. Brower, Barnegat, N.J. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lakewood. Arrangements are under the direction of D'Elia Funeral Home, Lakewood.

Jack Bone
PINEVILLE, Mo. Jack Calvin Bone, 69, rural Pineville, died at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at Gravette (Ark.) Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Bone was born Feb. 7, 1927, at Kansas City. He had lived in the Pineville area most of his life. He was a 1944 graduate of Pineville High School. He received a degree in electronics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and also attended Crowder College at Neosho. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years, attaining the rank of senior master sergeant. He also was a cattle farmer. He married Naomi Pierce on Dec. 19, 1962, at Kingston, N.C. She survives. Additional survivors include five sons, Calvin Joe Nance, Pineville, Charles Albert Nance, John Bone and Roger Bone, all of Joplin, and Jack Bone, Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Christi Edgerton, Newport News, Va., and Beth Milar, Carl Junction; five brothers, Bill Bone, Ted Bone and George Bone, all of Pineville, Ed Bone, Gravette, and Jim Bone, Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister, Thelma Bertuzzi, Houston, Texas; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pineville Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ozark Funeral Home, Pineville. Contributions may be made to the McDonald County Library, in care of the funeral home.

Virginia Booth
PIERCE CITY, Mo. Virginia L. Booth, 39, Pierce City route 2, died at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, in a two-vehicle accident on Missouri 76 near Rocky Comfort. Mrs. Booth was born Jan. 21, 1957, at Denver, Colo. She moved to PierceCity 10 years ago. She was a secretary for Green's Trucking Company in Pierce City. She was a member of the Family Worship Center, Monett. She married Tim Booth on June 21, 1975, at Carl Junction. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, Jarred Booth, of the home; a daughter, Cara Booth, of the home; her father, Loyd Mullins, Stella; her mother, Verna Bowers, Monett; a brother, Loyd Mullins Jr., Monett; two sisters, Valerie Dacy, Monett, Rhonda Plummer, Carthage; and maternal grandmother, Jessie Wallace, Carterville. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. The Rev. Olen Rainey and the Rev. Fanny Rainey will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Monett. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Family Worship Center, Monett.

Larry Buckley
ANDERSON, Mo. Larry Joe Buckley, 50, Anderson, died at 7:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at his home after a short illness. Mr. Buckley was born Dec. 11, 1945, at Sulphur Springs, Ark. He moved to Anderson in 1991 from Jane. He was a 1965 graduate graduate of Anderson High School. He was a purchasing agent for Concordia of Bella Vista, Ark. He had served in the Missouri Army National Guard. He married Connie Main on Sept. 19, 1979, at Miami, Okla. She survives. Additional survivors include a daughter, JoAnna Vanderpool, Pittsburg, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Pam Cooper, Anderson, and Kim Powell, Fayetteville, Ark.; two brothers, Jim Buckley, Sulphur Springs, Ark., and David Buckley, Alexandria, Va.; two sisters, Dorothy Herzel, Grove, Okla., and Faye Latty, Oglesby, Ill.; one grandson; and seven stepgrandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.The Rev. Billy Joe Gentry will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Sulphur Springs. Friends may call after noon Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.

Chester Black
ALBA, Mo. Chester Eli Black, 76, Deltona, Fla., a former mayor of Alba and past president of the Alba School Board, died at 9:10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at John Knox Medical Center, Orange City, Fla., after an illness. Mr. Black was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Cherokee County, Kan. He was a mechanic for 26 years at Hercules Powder Co., near Carthage. He moved from Alba to DeBary, Fla., in 1974. He moved from DeBary to Deltona in 1986. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and a patron of the Order of Eastern Star, both of Alba. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, DeBary. He was a member of the Alba Friends Church. Surviving are his wife, Rita Black, Deltona; two sons, the Rev. Thomas Gene Black, Chrisman, Ill., and James Nathan Black, Deltona; a daughter, Melissa Sue Chambers, Ocoee, Fla.; a brother, James C. Black, Winter Haven, Fla.; two sisters, Edna Chidester, Alba, and Sylvia Wright, Carthage; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be at at 10 a.m. Thursday at Deltona Memorial Gardens.Arrangements are under the direction of Stephen R. Baldauff Funeral Home, Deltona.

Bruce Gardner
NEOSHO, Mo. Bruce W. Gardner, 35, Tulsa, Okla., a former Neosho resident, died at 6:42 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996 at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, after a long illness. Mr. Gardner was born Sept. 30, 1960, in Neosho. He was a 1978 graduate of Hale High School at Tulsa, Okla. He formerly was employed by Boeing Aircraft at Everett, Wash. He later worked at Sunbeam Leisure Products, Neosho. Surviving are his father, Fred L. Gardner, Joplin; his mother, Margaret ``Andy'' Gardner, Tulsa; a brother, Fred N. Gardner, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and paternal grandmother, Alice Daugherty, Neosho. The body will be cremated. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, with the Rev. Todd Decker officiating. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.

M.E. Genrich
CARTHAGE, Mo. Graveside services for Dr. M.E. Genrich, 80, Carthage route 3, who died Sunday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Park Cemetery, Carthage. The Rev. Joe Rychcik will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Knell Mortuary. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the First Presbyterian Church in Carthage, in care of the mortuary.

Coralie Harkins
NOEL, Mo. Coralie Jean Daugherty Harkins, 64, Noel route 1, died at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on July 29. Mrs. Harkins was born April 7, 1932, at Coffeyville, Kan. She moved to the Noel area 24 years ago from Coffeyville. She had taught school for five years in Kansas, and 25 years in the Noel and Anderson area. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers' Association and the Southwest Missouri International Reading Association. She was a a Protestant. She married William O. Harkins on Oct. 18, 1952, at Coffeyville. He survives. Additional survivors include three daughters, Hazel Green, Claremore, Okla., Della Ogden, Tulsa, Okla., and Terry Robinson, Joplin; and a brother, John Q. Daugherty, Commerce, Okla. The body will be cremated. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ozark Funeral Home, Noel. The Rev. Bob Howard will officiate. Contributions may be may made to the American Cancer Society.

James Leake
SHELL KNOB, Mo. James E. ``Speedy'' Leake, 82, Shell Knob, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at his home after a long illness. Mr. Leake was born March 15, 1914, at Kansas City, Kan. He was a builder and welder, and had served as caretaker for 20 years at the Tri-County Rod & Gun Club, Bonner Springs, Kan. He managed baseball teams in the Kaw Valley League and youth baseball in the Kansas City area. He had helped manage the ballpark and had maintained the field at Bonner Springs. He moved in 1985 to Shell Knob from Bonner Springs. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob. He married Margaret Enloe on Oct. 22, 1953, at Olathe, Kan. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, James Leake, Jacksonville, N.C., and Robert Leake, Ingalls, Ind.; two daughters, Joann Michellek, Shell Knob, and Melinda Rinehart, Shawnee, Kan.; a brother, name and address unavailable; three sisters, names and addresses unavailable; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. The body will be cremated. Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church. The Rev. Eric Kahn will officiate. Contributions may be made to the building fund at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Lorraine Neal
SHELL KNOB, Mo. Lorraine Neal, 71, Shell Knob, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Neal was born July 22, 1925, at Hamilton, Ohio. She moved in 1985 to Shell Knob from Springfield, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary No. 4155, Shell Knob. She married Leo E. Neal on Oct. 18, 1968, at Richmond, Ind. He survives. Also surviving are a brother, Don Worth, Springfield, Ohio. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob. Corky Johnson, minister, will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

Felice Stites
SARCOXIE, Mo. Felice B. Stites, 82, Sarcoxie, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a two-year illness. Mrs. Stites was born Oct. 7, 1913, in Jasper County. She moved in 1938 to Kansas City, Mo., and returned in 1973 to Sarcoxie. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She married Carl Stites in 1933. He died in 1962. She has no immediate survivors. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Greenlawn Cemetery, Kansas City. Arrangements are under the direction of Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

Dale Creger
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. Graveside services for Dale E. Creger, 89, 533 E. 19th St., who died Friday, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. The Rev. Ralph Irwin and the Rev. Wilma Heavin officiated. Arrangements were under direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. Survivors include a son, Larry Creger, Burlington, N.C.

Walter Keely
COLUMBUS, Kan. Walter S. Keely, 97, Columbus, died at 9:17 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at a local nursing home after a two-year illness. Mr. Keely was born Jan. 9, 1899, at Butler County. As a young man, he was a farmer and worked in the oil fields. He had lived in the Sherman City community, north of Oswego, before returning in 1927 to Butler County. He also had lived in the Sunnyside community, north of Winfield, in Cowley County, where he farmed and was a carpenter. In 1956, he moved to El Monte, Calif., where he was a carpenter for a camper manufacturer until his retirement. In 1974, he moved to Columbus. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Columbus. He married Ruby Prigmore on June 4, 1923, at Oswego. She died Jan. 26, 1979. Surviving are five daughters, Carol Hrabik, Oceanside, Calif., Lois Holt, Harper, Ruby Littlepage, Columbus, Patricia Harding, Clinton, Mo., and Marilyn Schmitt, Columbus route 2; five sons, Walter D. Keely, Elk City, Paul E. Keely and Keith D. Keely, both of Wichita, Kenneth R. Keely, Columbus route 2, and Danny D. Keely, Shell Knob, Mo.; two sisters, Maude Hoy, Pittsburg, and Gladola Mullins, Wichita; 29 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus. The Rev. Garland Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Darrel McGuire
GALENA, Kan. Darrel Gene McGuire, 32, 600 E. 17th St., was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., from being stabbed at 11:48 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, at his home. Mr. McGuire was born July 23, 1964, at Joplin. He had lived the last eight years in Galena, moving from Joplin, where he attended schools. He worked at Bagcraft, Baxter Springs. He attended the Assembly of God Church, Galena. Surviving are five sons, Michael Don McGuire, Joshua Paul McGuire, Brandon Wayne McGuire, Dustin Gene McGuire and Jeffrey Allan McGuire, all of the home; his parents, Wayne and Pauline McGuire, Joplin; three brothers, Calvin W. McGuire, Martin C. McGuire and Brian K. McGuire, all of Joplin; and two sisters, Peggy Alane Henderson, Independence, Mo., and Beth Diane Buford, Neosho, Mo. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Gandy Cemetery, west of Galena. Jim Jones, pastor, will officiate. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. The family will be at his parents' home at 2829 Sergeant Ave., Joplin.

Charles Sprague
GALENA, Kan. Charles LeRoy Sprague, 58, Galena route 2, died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after an apparent heart attack. Mr. Sprague was born Dec. 30, 1937, at Exeter, Calif. He had lived in the Galena area since 1952. He worked in the customer service department at Contract Freighters Inc. in Joplin since 1987. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 71 and Magnolia Chapter No. 158, Order of the Eastern Star, both of Baxter Springs, and the Scottish Rite Mirza Temple at Pittsburg. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves during the 1950s. He married Barbara Roosa on Sept. 2, 1956, at Galena. She survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Roger LeRoy Sprague, Little Rock, Ark., and Rodney Alan Sprague, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two daughters, Patricia Lynn Madson, Galena route 2, and Pamela Sue Wadley, Tulsa, Okla.; his parents, Leland and Elizabeth Sprague, Galena route 2; a half brother, Dennis Hail, Riverton; two half sisters, Beverly Clark, El Paso, Texas, and Cathy Irwin, Bakersfield, Calif.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Burial will be in the Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. Masonic graveside services will be conducted. Pallbearers will be John Steele, Paul Hinds, Dan Shears, Charles Brinkley, Larry Shaw and Charles Button. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.

Emma Livingston
MIAMI, Okla. Services for Emma Doll Webber Livingston, 76, Hendersonville, Tenn., a former Miami resident, who died Saturday, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. David Whitlock will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairland (Okla.) Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Walker, Jim Harlin, Jeff Harlin, Johnny McVay, Randy Walker and Robert Garrett.

Chrissie McRae
MIAMI, Okla. Services for Chrissie Lee Jane Addington McRae, 85, 210 H St. N.E., who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. The Rev. W.D. Hollandsworth will officiate. Burial will be in the GAR Cemetery, Miami. Pallbearers will be Johnnie Norman, Gene Green, Joe Johnson, Wayne Williams, Don Giles and Efton Waymon. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at her home, 210 H St. N.E., Miami. Contributions may be made to Gideons International, in care of the funeral home.

Marshall Spangler
MIAMI, Okla. Marshall Guy Spangler, 79, 2121 M St. S.W., died at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at a nursing home in Picher after a long illness. Mr. Spangler was born Nov. 26, 1916, at Opolis, Kan. He moved to Miami from Pittsburg, Kan., in 1947. He had owned and operated the Miami John Deer Farm Equipment Co. from 1947 to 1969, and worked in sales for Neil Norton Motors in Miami from 1969 to 1984. He also had worked at the Sears Catalog Store in Miami for several years. He attended the First Christian Church, Miami. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, and the American Legion Post, all of Miami. He had played baseball for the Tri-State Miners and the Welch baseball teams. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 43rd Engineers. He married Wanda Lee Scales on July 31, 1970, in Miami. She survives. Additional survivors include a son, Marshall Greg Spangler, Sugar Land, Texas; a daughter, Marsha Moriconi, Arcadia, Kan.; a brother, Clifford Spangler, Muncie, Ind.; a grandson; and two stepgrandsons. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Ron Eden, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Northeast Oklahoma Veteran's Funeral Detail. Pallbearers will be Calvin Foust, Jim Riley, Mark Rendel, Grover Boulware, Neil Hall and Harold Landrum.


 

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