Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries 1996

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Katherine Chew
Katherine Arnold Chew, 90, Joplin, died at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Chew was born Aug. 14, 1905, at Fort Scott, Kan. She lived in Joplin most of her life. She previously was employed at the former Joplin Millinery Co. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Her husband, Earl Elvin Chew, died Nov. 2, 1962. Survivors include a son, David Chew, Freeburg, Ill.; a daughter, Caroline Martin, Joplin; two brothers, George W. Arnold, Belton, Texas, and Owen J. Arnold, Houston, Texas; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Roland Mortenson
Roland ``Beau'' Mortenson, 62, Cathedral City, Calif., a former Joplin-area resident, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif., after a short illness. Mr. Mortenson was born Sept. 5, 1933, at Macon. He was a former resident of Neosho and Joplin. He was a key grip operator with Universal Studios in California for eight years. He later was a machinist for the former Teledyne plant at Neosho for 18 years. He moved to Cathedral City about five years ago after retiring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1959. His first wife, Janice V. Mortenson, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Foster Mortenson; a son, Matthew Mortenson, Palm Springs, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Tammy Wiles, Kansas City, and Angela Rodriguez, Palm Springs; his parents, Lee and Juanita Mortenson, Cottonwood, Ariz., and Berenice Mortenson, Seneca; three brothers, Martin Richardson, Miami, Okla., Norman Mortenson, Orange, Calif., and Darrel Mortenson, Palm Springs; a sister, Lynn Hoff, Festus; and a stepgranddaughter. Services were conducted Friday, July 12, at Palm Springs Mortuary, Cathedral City. Burial was in the Palm Springs Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.

Vivian Rapp
Services for Vivian Lorine Reeves Rapp, 66, 410 N. Division Ave., Joplin, who died Sunday, will be scheduled at a later date. The body has been cremated. Arrangements are under direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.

David White
David James White, 88, 2821 Wisconsin Ave., died at 1:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after an illness. Mr. White was born April 22, 1908, near Lebanon. He moved to Joplin from Springfield in 1938. He was a retired sign painter for the Frisco Railroad. He also founded the Joplin Hearing Aid Center in 1948, retiring in 1968. He was a member of the First Community Church and a life member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501, both of Joplin. He was a member and past president of the Sertoma Club, Joplin. His wife, Mary E. White, preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Everitt, Joplin. Private graveside services will be conducted today at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home, Springfield. Contributions may be made to the Humane Society or First Community Church, both of Joplin.

Delorous Glover
NEOSHO, Mo. Delorous May Glover, 54, 8984 Huntington Pointe Drive, Sarasota, Fla., a former Neosho resident, died at 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Glover was born May 1, 1942, in Neosho. She received her bachelor of science degree in education from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. In 1974, she began teaching the elementary and secondary areas in the Neosho school system. She taught for six years in Neosho, eight years in the Joplin R-8 School District, a year each at Corpus Christie, Texas, Orlando, Fla., and Sarasota, Fla., and two years at Tulsa. She was employed by a Neosho public school during the 1995-1996 school year. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Joplin, National Education Association, and Kappa Gamma Society. She married Leon Glover on Nov. 15, 1957, at Miami, Okla. He survives. Additional survivors include a son, Brian Glover, Mustang, Okla.; two daughters, Barbara Yount, Ballwin, and Denise Walker, Webb City; her mother, Eunice Tuggle, Joplin; two brothers, Jerry and Eddie Tuggle, Joplin; two sisters, Martha Baughman and Patty Lett, both of Joplin; and eight grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clark Funeral Chapel, Neosho. William Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Glover Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Walker, Aaron Walker, Steven Tuggle, Jason Tuggle, Neil Baughman, Jimmy Lett, Joe Lett, Jeremiah Lett, and Waylon Tuggle. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, in care of the funeral home. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home.

Eddie Hunter Jr.
NEOSHO, Mo. Edwin L. ``Eddie'' Hunter Jr., 76, 1312 Fairmont Drive, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at his home after a short illness. Mr. Hunter was born Aug. 30, 1919, at Bartlesville, Okla. He moved in January 1956 from the state of Arkansas. He helped build the former Rocketdyne plant at Neosho. The plant now is the Sabreliner Corp. plant. He also had owned and operated a cafe and a plumbing business in Neosho. He had worked for the former Branham Bros. Construction Co., Neosho. He later worked for the Newton County Sheriff's Department, retiring in February 1985. After his retirement, he did real estate appraisals and accounting services. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Neosho, where he was a deacon and had served on several boards. He was a Mason, a York Rite member and a Shrine member. He was serving on the board of directors of Crowder Industries, Neosho. He was a former member of the Neosho Kiwanis Club. He married Alice Green on July 12, 1937. She died Feb. 27, 1992. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Teeter, Dumas, Ark., and Marla Richmond, Neosho; a son, Ronald Hunter, Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Gladys Peavey, Wichita, Kan., and Pat Snyder, Lyons, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and eight grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church. The Rev. Clement Graham will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho. Friends may call until noon Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. The casket will be closed at service time. The family will be at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Richmond, 504 Cottage Lane, Neosho. Contributions may be made to the transportation fund of the Neosho Shrine Club.

Charleen Smith
ALBA, Mo. Charleen Vivian Smith, 85, Alba, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1996, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. Miss Smith was born April 3, 1911, in Alba. She attended Coonfoot School, Alba High School and what now is Southwest Missouri State University. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. She was a schoolteacher for 48 years, 32 of which were at Jasper. She retired in 1976 and was active in the Retired Teachers' Association. She was a member of the Alba Friends Church, the Carthage Area Teachers' Association and National Teachers' Association. She had no immediate survivors. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Friends Cemetery, Purcell. The Rev. Mark Shaffer and the Rev. Richard Buck will officiate. Pallbearers will be Brad Hodson, Clint Hodson, Matt Hodson, Doug Agee, Alan Stephens, Willie Kessinger and Kevin Watts. Arrangements are under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Retha Twaddell
GREENFIELD, Mo. Retha E. Twaddell, 87, Greenfield, died at 10:12 a.m. today at a local nursing home after a long illness. Miss Twaddell was born March 14, 1909, in Dade County. She was a retired U.S. Civil Service worker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Greenfield, the new Century Club, the Dade County Historical Society, and the Fort Knight Federated Club. She is survived by two sisters, Lena Belle Brogan, Cape Girardeau, and Loretta Holder, Benton, Ill. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery.

Irene Coker
WEIR, Kan. Christine Elizabeth ``Irene'' Smith Coker, 90, Ogden, Utah, a Weir native, died Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, after a long illness. Mrs. Coker was born Sept. 19, 1905, at Weir. She was a Methodist and was active in the Methodist Women's Circle. She married Perl Edward Coker on Aug. 2, 1926, at Girard. He died March 15, 1976. Surviving are a sister, Mattie Marie Titus, Layton, Utah; five granddaughters; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Myers Mortuary Chapel, Ogden. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Park Cemetery, Columbus. The Rev. Gary Parsons will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.

Lisa Beth Ikenberry
BAXTER SPRINGS, Mo. Lisa Beth Ikenberry, 36, 2405 Lincoln Drive, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday of injuries she suffered in a traffic accident near Fort Scott. Miss Ikenberry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Baxter Springs. She was a lifelong resident of Baxter Springs. She was a bookkeeper for the American Bank in Baxter Springs. She was a member of the Baxter Springs Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Alex Ikenberry, of the home; a daughter, Ticey Ikenberry, of the home; three brothers, Richard Largen, San Antonio, Texas, Philip Largen, Cumming, Ga., and Greg Largen, Wichita; and three sisters, Sally Willard, Miami, Okla., Anne Boston, Jefferson City, Mo., and Jana DeGraff, Galena. Arrangements are pending with Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.

Marie Ireton
PITTSBURG, Kan. Marie Agnes Ireton, 81, 607 W. Ninth St., died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center after a 1"-year illness. Mrs. Ireton was born Dec. 6, 1914, at Kansas City, Mo. She moved in 1942 to Pittsburg from Kansas City, Mo. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar Society, the American Association of Retired Persons and a pinochle club in Pittsburg. She married James Ireton in March 1940 at Kansas City, Mo. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela J. Curtis, Arlington, Texas, and Mary Ann Stalcup, O'Fallon, Mo.; a brother, John Ryan, Kansas City, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pittsburg. The Rev. Samuel Pinkerton will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, where the rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Roy V. Walton
RIVERTON, Kan. Roy V. Walton, 65, Riverton route 1, died at 11:20 p.m. Monday at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, after a long illness. Mr. Walton was born Aug. 18, 1930, at Baxter Springs. He was a lifelong area resident and had lived in Riverton for the past 28 years. He worked as a master carpenter for the former Burrows Construction Co. and then retired in 1988 from the Adams Construction Co. He then worked as maintenance supervisor for the Baxter Springs senior citizens' housing complex, retiring in 1989. He was a member and trustee of the First Church of God, Miami, Okla. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He married Dorothy Louise Kinkade on Oct. 11, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Sonja Rogers McWilliams, Springfield, Mo., Brenda Kay Short, Baxter Springs and Sandy L. Busch, Grove, Okla.; a brother, Chester O. Walton, Galena; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, with the Rev. Ervin Maltbie officiating. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Cecil Simmons
EUCHA, Okla. Cecil M. Simmons, 88, Eucha, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Simmons was born July 5, 1908, in Delaware County. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Bill Simmons, died in 1975. Surviving are a son, Thomas Plummer, Langley; two daughters, Jewell White, Tulsa, and Pat Baker, Eucha; a brother, Warren Buzzard, Eucha; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. today Wednesdayat Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Service, Jay. The Rev. Don Greenfeather will officiate. Burial will be in Mose Ridge Cemetery at Topsy, south of Jay. Pallbearers will be Ted Howard, Robert Williams, Curtis Baker, James Baker, Thomas Plummer Jr. and Dorn Weaver.

Anna Viles
GROVE, Okla. Anna E. Viles, 87, Grove, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Viles was born March 31, 1909, in Grove. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation, a lifetime Grove resident and a member of the First Christian Church, Grove. She retired from Ramsey's clothing store at Grove. She married Clyde Viles on Sept. 22, 1930, at Lamar, Colo. He died in 1980. Surviving are a brother, James Melton, Afton; and a sister, Elizabeth Peterson, Denver, Colo. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church. Marvin Tunnel, minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Olympus Cemetery, Grove. Pallbearers will be Jessie Melton, Chester Melton, Mike McChurin, Nick Ketcher, Jim Bales and George Meads. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Hinderliter Funeral Service, Grove.


 

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