Ora M. Gates, 76, 3402 Sergeant Ave., died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack at her home.
Mrs. Gates was born Nov. 29, 1919, at Nevada. She lived most of her life in Joplin. She was a homemaker.
She married Ralph J. Gates on July 11, 1936, in Joplin. He died May 16, 1965.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Gates, of the home, and Bill R. Gates, Joplin; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, with Richard Johnson officiating.
Arrangements are under direction of Parker Mortuary.
Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Madeline L. Kessinger, 79, Joplin, formerly of Aurora, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996, at the home of her daughter, Sondra Eubanks, Joplin, after a long illness.
Mrs. Kessinger was born June 16, 1917, in Joplin. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
Additional survivors include a son, Jim Kessinger, Monett; two brothers, Leroy Thurman, Fresno, Calif., and John Thurman, Redding, Calif.; two sisters, Ruth Snyder, Fresno, and Doris Jean House, Porterville, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. Rick Bushnell officiating.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. today at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.
Franklin P. Mitchell, 79, McLeansboro, Ill., a former Joplin resident, died at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at a nursing home in Centralia, Ill., after a short illness.
Mr. Mitchell was born June 14, 1917, in Hamilton County, Ill. He moved from Joplin to McLeansboro in May. He was a retired salesman. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church.
He married Helen Harrison on May 7, 1939. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Gary Mitchell, Joplin; a daughter, Janice Sigwearth, Mount Vernon, Ill.; a sister, Wanda Baker, St. Louis; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gholson Funeral Home, McLeansboro. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WEBB CITY, Mo. … Ruth Maxine Dove, 77, Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Webb City, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at her home after a one-year illness.
Mrs. Dove was born April 20, 1919, at Purcell. She attended Webb City schools. She was retired from the Arkansas State Police. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Dove; two sons, Ted Dove, Baton Rouge, La., and Ronald Holt, San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Jan Walker, Pensacola, Fla.; four brothers, Jack Worthy, Joplin, Kenneth Byler, Topeka, Kan., Tom Byler, Sherman, Texas, and Buddy Byler, Webb City; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. The Rev. Gary Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin.
Pallbearers will be Jack Worthy, Kenneth Byler, Tom Byler, Buddy Byler, Marvin Riley and Charles King.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Leona ``Lea'' Duke, 83, Carthage, died at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a short illness.
Mrs. Duke was born April 25, 1913, in Carthage. She lived in the Carthage area most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Carthage and the Navy Mothers Club, National City, Calif.
She married Loran A. Duke on Aug. 3, 1957, at Miami, Okla. He died Nov. 4, 1986.
Survivors include a brother, Roscoe M. Thomas, Joplin; and a sister, Marlyn Robertson, Carthage.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. Jack Lawhon, minister, will officiate.
Arrangements are under direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.
MONETT, Mo. … Hester Marie Ish, 79, 605 Sixth St., died at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1996, at her home after a short illness.
Mrs. Ish was born Sept. 28, 1916, at Beloit, Kan. She lived more than 15 years in Monett. She was a retired receptionist for an industrial wire company.
She married Orville V. Ish on March 17, 1938, at Maumee, Ohio. He died Dec. 12, 1986.
Survivors include a son, Venton Ish, Cerritos, Calif; two daughters, Joh Gail Hostelor, address unavailable, and Marion Hampton, Hesperia, Calif.; two sisters, Hazel Brumbagh, Smith Center, Kan., and Marion Farr, Beloit; a brother, Burton Walter, Fostoria, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The body is to be cremated. No services are planned.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in care of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Eva Alfreda Perkins, 83, 1113 Grand St., died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996, at her home after a short illness.
Ms. Perkins was born June 14, 1913, at Miami, Okla. She formerly co-owned Van Perk's Ladies' Specialty Shop, Carthage. She was a member of the Broadview Country Club Tuesday Night Club, Carthage, and the Joplin Woman's Club.
Survivors include a son, Ed Belkham, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister, Betty Meacham, Joplin; and a grandson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. The Rev. Bruce Green will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.
CARTHAGE, Mo. … Tawni Renee Sanders, 29, 725 Limestone St., died at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after a short illness.
Mrs. Sanders was born June 12, 1967, at Olathe, Kan. She lived at Pittsburg, Kan., from 1967 to 1974. She moved to Carthage from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1978. She was a hair stylist for 10 years at Rumors of Design, Carthage.
She married Brian P. Sanders on Feb. 28, 1984, in Carthage. He survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Austin Sanders, of the home; her mother, Janet Bloom Claussen, Carthage; and maternal stepgrandmother, Nancey Bloom, Nevada.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. Jay Albright will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
VERONA, Mo. … Barbara Gean Sexton, 63, Seabrook, Texas, formerly of Verona, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1996, at St. Luke's Hospital, Houston, Texas, after an illness.
Mrs. Sexton was born Nov. 21, 1932, at McAlester, Okla. She was a schoolteacher at Dallas, Texas, and later was a legal assistant for a Houston law firm. She was a member of Community Baptist Church, Seabrook.
She married Hirchel A. Sexton on March 16, 1952. He survives.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Donna Packard, Philadelphia, Pa., Elizabeth Gaye Tennison, Cleveland, Tenn., and Mary-Margaret Black, Dallas; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Spring River Cemetery, Verona. The Rev. Bryan Shaw will officiate.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.
GALENA, Kan. … Brett James Bowman, 23, 1804 E. 13th St., died at 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., of a gunshot wound. The death is under investigation.
Mr. Bowman was born Aug. 14, 1972, at Joplin. He was a lifelong area resident. He attended Galena schools. He had attended the Assembly of God Church, Galena.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Kay Bowman, Galena; a brother, Chad Bowman, Galena; a sister, Jodi Lansaw, Galena; maternal grandparents, Royal and Velma Stewart, Galena; paternal grandparents, Bill and Ola Bowman, Joplin; and maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Crowell, Galena.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Assembly of God Church, Galena. The Rev. Jeff Martin and Pastor Jim Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rob Link, Freddie Billingsley, Scott Wittenmyer, Jim Bilke, Kyle Bankson, Jeff Qualls and Delmar Slankard.
The casket will be closed.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.
PITTSBURG, Kan. … Bob W. Dugan, 47, 1081 S. 220th St., died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at his home of a sudden illness.
Mr. Dugan was born March 24, 1949, at Baxter Springs. He was raised in the Riverton area. He graduated in 1967 from Riverton High School and in 1971 from Pittsburg State University. He had lived in Pittsburg 11 years, moving from Cherokee, where he lived 10 years.
He had worked with Gene Bicknell, NPC International and Pitt-Plastics for 22 years. He was a certified public accountant, assistant treasurer and personal financial adviser for Bicknell, and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Pitt-Plastics.
He married Judith S. Walker on Aug. 21, 1970, at Riverton. She survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Karleigh Sommer Dugan, of the home; a son, Kameron Rane Dugan, Rochester, Mich.; his father, Thomas F. Dugan, rural Baxter Springs; a sister, Toni M. Crabtree, Jefferson City, Mo.; and a brother, Rick L. Dugan, Bartlesville, Okla.
The body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the family home. The Rev. Dave Robinson will officiate. Private burial will be in Pence Cemetery, near Baxter Springs.
Arrangements are under direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.
OSWEGO, Kan. … Floyd William Manar, 85, Oswego, died at 1:52 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996, at a local nursing home after an illness.
Mr. Manar was born Aug. 18, 1910, at Hallowell. He attended schools in Hallowell. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was wounded and captured by German troops in North Africa on Feb. 17, 1943. He was held prisoner until 1945, when he was liberated by Russian troops. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oswego, and the Masonic lodge, Columbus.
He married Jean Mae Parsons Zimmerman at Girard. She survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, John Manar, Oswego, and Ralph Manar, Chetopa; and a sister, Pauline Bagby, Detroit, Mich.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at City Cemetery, Columbus.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.
GALENA, Kan. … Frances L. Manus, 61, St. Louis, Mo., died at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 1996, at Integrated Health Systems, St. Louis, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Vernice Vaninger, Galena.
Mrs. Manus was born Jan. 2, 1935, at Gideon, Mo. She worked 15 years at International House of Pancakes, St. Louis.
Additional survivors include her husband, William M. Manus Sr.; a daughter, Darlemne Darwin, St. Johns, Mo.; a stepson, William M. Manus Jr., state of Illinois; two stepdaughters, Barb Noe and Amey Williams, both of the state of Illinois; her stepfather, John Vaninger, Galena; a half sister, Vickie Kelzer, state of Florida; a stepsister, Gloria Chestnut, St. Louis; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Hoffmeister Mortuary, St. Louis. the Rev. Geneva Ousley officiated. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lemay, Mo.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Shelton Sr., Scott Evans, Michael Prater, John DeWeese, Robert Starr and Shawn Broome.
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. … James J. Martin, 63, Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Baxter Springs, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, after a 5"-year illness.
Mr. Martin was born April 6, 1933, near Quapaw, Okla. He was raised in Baxter Springs and graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1953. He moved from Oswego to Kansas City, where he lived the past 20 years.
He was an instructor of industrial technology at Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City. He was a member of the National Education Association, the Kansas National Education Association and the College Education Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kansas City. He served in the Air Force from 1957 to 1960.
He married Betty Jarvis on June 11, 1955, at Nortonville. She survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Sara Martin, Oxford, and Lori St. Clair, Olin, N.C.; his mother, Elma Martin, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Russ Martin, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Margie Fry, Joplin; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lowell (Kan.) Cemetery. Wilma Heavin will officiate.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Baxter Springs.
MIAMI, Okla. … Andrew E. ``Andy'' Brown, 82, 404 16th Place, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Brown was born April 15, 1914, at Granby, Mo. He lived most of his life in the Picher and Miami areas. He was a truck mechanic and retired from Burggraf Tire Co., Quapaw. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Miami.
He married Rosabell Duree on Sept. 23, 1940, at Quapaw. She survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Gary Brown, Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Freda Tanner, Miami; two sisters, Flora McCrairy, Granby, and Emaline Platner, Joplin, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Miami. The Rev. Phillip Platner and the Rev. Sonny Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami.
Pallbearers will be Earl Mathis, Joe Mathis, Joe Karnes, Bob Pesek, Dean Duree and Richard Brown.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
WELCH, Okla. … Chester A. Rupert, 82, Coffeyville, Kan., formerly of Welch, died Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 7, 1996, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center after an illness.
Mr. Rupert was born Nov. 7, 1913, at Coffeyville. He lived on a farm west of Welch and attended Welch schools. He worked on the family farm until 1943. He entered the Army on Jan. 1, 1943, and served with the 229th Tank Battalion in Europe. He was discharged March 26, 1946.
He worked for Sinclair Oil Refinery from 1946 to 1949; for Continental Can Co. from 1949 to 1953; for Comet Mobile Homes from 1953 to 1965; and for Funk Manufacturing Co. from 1965 until his retirement in 1978. He coached the Comet Mobile Homes softball team in the 1960s. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, both of Coffeyville.
He married Lou Alma Merton on April 14, 1949, at Independence. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, Dale Rupert, Coffeyville; two daughters, Wilma Johnston and Carol Lakey, both of Coffeyville; a brother, Wayne Rupert, Chetopa, Kan.; a sister, Ruth Caven, Yucca Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robbins Cemetery, west of Coffeyville.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Service, Coffeyville.
Contributions may be made to Coffeyville Recreation.
Kirby Williams Jr.
COMMERCE, Okla. … Kirby Cecil Williams Jr., 76, 515 N. Bine St., died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1996, at his home after a sudden illness.
Mr. Williams was born Aug. 3, 1920, at Milam, Texas. He was a lifelong area resident. He was a self-employed plumber. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a son, Clifford Williams, Commerce; a daughter, Sheila D. Evans, Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Virgil Williams, Commerce; a sister, Bernice Brown, Bluejacket; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at GAR Cemetery, Miami. Chaplain Marvin Warren will conduct military rites.
Arrangements are under direction of Jim Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce.