Miscellaneous McDonald County, Missouri Obituaries

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Hope M. Banta
Oct. 3, 1974 - Nov. 29, 2001
Hope M. Banta, 27, was killed Nov. 29, 2001, just north of Danbury, Iowa.
She is survived by two daughters, Kiali, 9, and Alanna, 5, of Oto, Iowa; her mother and stepfather, Donna and Dan Reisdorph of Anderson, Mo.; a brother, Alan Reisdorph of Jay, Okla.; a sister, Tami of Oto, Iowa; her dad, Doug Kirkpatrick of Madison, Texas; maternal grandparents, Tuck and Kathy Banta of Oto, Iowa; and paternal grandparents of Mapleton, Iowa.

Brandon L. Riffell
Oct. 11, 1977 - Dec. 3, 2001
Brandon L. Riffell, 24, Ozark, Mo., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo.
He was born Oct. 11, 1977, in Rochester, Ind., the son of David Riffell and Jane (Carnagey) Riffell Essick. Brandon was a graduate of Ozark High School. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.
Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Russ Carnagey.
He is survived by his mother, Jane Essick, and stepfather, Bill, of Ozark; his father, David Riffell, and stepmother, Nancy, of Anderson, Mo.; four sisters, Brooke Riffell, Jessica Giles and husband Rick, Shilo Essick and Shannon Plank; one brother, Shane Spencer; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Carnagey; paternal grandparents, Franklin and Betty Riffell; several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at Barnes Family Funeral Home in Ozark. Troy Powell officiated. Private family burial followed in Selmore Cemetery.
Visitation was held Dec. 6, 2001, at Barnes Family Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Brandon Riffell, c/o Barnes Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 796, Ozark, MO 65721.

Columbus Douglas Roundtree
March 13, 1923 - Nov. 11, 2001
Columbus Douglas Roundtree, 78, of Denver, Colo., formerly of McDonald County, Mo., died Nov. 11, 2001, in Denver.
He was born in Weskan, Kan., March 13, 1923, and moved to near Pineville, Mo., as a teenager. He married Lillie Owen of Pineville in 1943. She survives.
He served in the Army during World War II. He was an auto and truck mechanic for Mobile Pre-Mix of Denver for many years, moving to Denver in 1951. He was formerly a mechanic for Tatum Motor Company in Anderson, Mo. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Square Dance Club and Teamster’s Retirees Association.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Roundtree of Littleton, Colo., and Douglas Roundtree of Lakewood, Colo.; two daughters, Carian Mace of Littleton, Colo., and Linda Adamson of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Herbert Roundtree of Hayden Lake, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Roundtree were held Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Aspen Mortuaries in Lakewood, Colo., with burial at Highland Cemetery in Northglenn, Colo.

Gene M. Russell
May 1, 1912 - Oct. 14, 2001
Gene Madison Russell, 89, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Gene was born May 1, 1912, in Neosho, Mo., to Andrew and Ora Russell. They both preceded him in death.
He was a Baptist. Gene served four years in the Army in World War II. He served in Attu and New Guinea.
Surviving are his wife, Twyla M. Russell, and one son, Jim A. Russell, both of the home; and one daughter, Audean Kaiser, and one grandson, Andy Kaiser, both of Centerville, Kan.
Graveside services were held Oct. 16, 2001, at the Howard Cemetery in Goodman, Mo. The Rev. Johnson officiated.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Kimbrough, Gary Simmons, Jim A. Russell and the Rev. Johnson.
Arrangements were by Simmons Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan.

Olivia E. Swartz
March 8, 1906 - Dec. 7, 2001
Olivia E. Swartz, 95, of Pineville, Mo., died at 8:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at Beverly Health Care of Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Mrs. Swartz was born March 8, 1906, in Trenton, Tenn., to the late James and Lee Tatum. She had lived in Pineville, Mo., since July of 1968, coming from Kansas City, Mo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pineville, MO., where she served as church hostess for many years. She was also a member of the Sewing Club in Pineville.
She married Ned Swartz Feb. 22, 1930, at St. Joseph, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 11, 1978.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Billie Hitsch of Kansas City, Kan.; two nephews and a niece; and her longtime friend and caregiver, Carl Bradley and wife June of Pineville, Mo.
Graveside services for Olivia Swartz will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Pineville Cemetery in Pineville, Mo. Jack Clark will officiate.

Karl E. Gaston
Nov. 19, 1914 - Dec. 2, 2001
Karl E. Gaston, 87, passed away Dec. 2, 2001, at Freeman Neosho Hospital.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Karl was born IN Pittsburg, Kan., Nov. 19, 1914, to parents Verde and Ethel Gaston. He graduated from Miami High School and attended N.E.O. Junior College where he was a member of the tennis and debate teams.
During World War II, Karl served in the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and trained at Yale University before deploying to Europe. His unit was the “Direction Finders,” specializing in providing navigation assistance for U.S. aircraft operating in Europe.
Following the war, Karl served as commander of the 9824th Air Reserve Squadron in Joplin. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Colonel in 1974.
Karl owned and operated Gaston’s IGA in Goodman, Mo., for 31 years. He was an active and supportive member of the Goodman and Neosho communities. He served on the Board of Directors of the Goodman State Bank for many years, most recently as chairman.
He was a member of the American Legion, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for the Small Business Administration. Karl enjoyed his retirement years golfing, traveling and visiting with daughters and grandchildren.
He was an active member of the Community of Christ, formerly RLDS Ridgewood Chapel Church in Neosho and served the Lord in every aspect of his life. Karl’s devotion to family, friends, community and church was the foundation of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Gaston; two daughters, Sandra Pambechy and husband Amir of Kansas City, and Diedra Michel and husband Hal of Irving, Texas; two grandsons, Ben Michel of Alascadero, Calif., and Colin Knight of Kansas City; and a granddaughter, Andrea Pambechy of Kansas City.
Private interment will be held with family and a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at First Christian Church in Neosho.

Jewell “Gardner” Landers
Feb. 11, 1909 - Nov. 30, 2001
Jewell “Gardner” Landers, 92, of Pineville, Mo., died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Beverly Health Care of Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Mrs. Landers was born Feb. 11, 1909, in Pineville, Mo., to the late Frank and Catherine Matilda (Watkins) Gardner. She was a lifelong resident of McDonald County. She was a charter member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #392 in Pineville, Mo., a charter member of the Elk River Extension Club in Pineville, Mo., and am ember of the First Christian Church in Pineville, Mo. She and her husband owned and operated MFA Filling Station in Pineville, Mo., from 1954 to 1974.
She married Oliver “Bud” Landers Sept. 8, 1931, in Neosho, Mo. He preceded her in death in July of 1964. Five brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Arnold and his wife, Shirley, of Lanagan, Mo., and Junior and wife, Kay, of Pineville; four grandchildren, Greg, Doug, Melissa and Larry; six grandchildren, Gary, Kathy, Cassie, Jason, Jennifer and Kyle; and two great-great grandchildren, Andrew and Emily.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell Landers will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Pineville. Pastor Gary Graham will officiate. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery in Stella, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Howard Young, Harry Bever, Larry Caywood, Harold Melton, Don Underwood and Troy Henson. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Douglas Landers, Gregory Landers, Larry Landers and Gary Landers.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., from noon until 8 p.m. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First Christian Church Youth Group.

Doris E. Soderstadt
Oct. 16, 1925 - Nov. 12, 2001
Doris E. Soderstadt, 76, Independence, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at Independence Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Soderstadt was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Sugar Creek, the daughter of Sterling and Freeda Watkins. She graduated from the Anderson High School with the class of 1943. She had worked in data processing for Armco Steel until her retirement, and was a member of Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Soderstadt.
Her survivors include two sisters, Bess Hampton, Springfield, Mo., and Pat Downs, Holt, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Nov. 16, 2001, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial was in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens.

Lillian Hutchings
July 31, 1916 - Nov. 19, 2001
Lillian Hutchings, 94, of Clarksville, Ind., formerly of Pineville, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Clark County Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Ind., after an illness.
Mrs. Lillian Hutchings was born Aug. 26, 1907, in Charlestown, Ind., to the late Henry A. and Mary (Kempster) Schafer. She had lived in Pineville, Mo., for 50 years before returning to Indiana in 1997. While in Pineville, she a member of the Pineville United Methodist Church, the Pineville Extension Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Tri-County Bridge Club. She enjoyed painting, the out-of-doors and helping others.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother and her husband Esten C. Hutchings, who died Aug. 31, 1973. Survivors include one brother, William G. Schafer of Clarksville, Ind.; one sister, Bertha A. Teeple of Charlestown, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lillian Hutchings has been cremated in Indiana. A memorial service for Mrs. Lillian Hutchings will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Pineville United Methodist Church in Pineville, Mo. The Rev. Doris Schlessman will officiate. At 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, the ashes will be interred at the VA Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark., next to her husband.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Hutchins may be given to the Pineville United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

Ivan W. Rowe
Jan. 13, 1924 - Nov. 27, 2001
Ivan William Rowe, 77, Wheaton, died at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the home of his daughter in Wheaton, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Rowe was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Stella, Mo., and was a lifelong area resident. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a rural letter carrier for the Stella Post Office, retiring in 1988. He had served on the school board of the Stella Schools, was active in the Stella softball league, a member of the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ in Neosho. He and Margaret Jean Bankson were married Feb. 2, 1946, in Cedar Town, Ga., and she preceded him in death June 28, 1997.
He is survived by one son, Bill Rowe of Joplin, Mo.; three daughters, Carolyn Ellis of Fairview, Mo., Sharon McBride of Wheaton, Mo., and Melissa Boehnke of Cocopaxi, Colo.; a sister, Helen Kelly of Branson, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Mills, March 1, 1987; a granddaughter; and a sister.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Troy Risley will officiate.
Burial will be in the Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Mo., and pallbearers will be Brad Rowe, Jeffrey Rowe, Jeremy McBride, Lincoln Littlefield, Brad Lyerla, Danny Beardsley and Jimmy Burton.
Friends may call Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home in Neosho, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.

Warren D. Harter
Feb. 23, 1922 - Nov. 6, 2001
Memorial services for Warren Dale Harter, 79, of Bandon were held at the Christian Church in Reedsport, Ore., Nov. 10, 2001.
He was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Joplin, Mo. He died Nov. 6, 2001, at Bandon, Ore.
Dale was a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the European Theater and was awarded two Bronze Stars and the French Croix de Guerre.
In 1950 Dale moved to the west coast and lived in the Florence and Reedsport areas. He worked at the sawmill in Gardiner for about 35 years until retiring.
Dale loved God, his family, friends and the great outdoors. He liked to fish, hunt and go for drives all over this part of the country, especially on logging roads. He also loved to help his friends and spent many hours helping to cut and haul firewood.
He is survived by his wife, Lucia Harter of Bandon; son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Barbara Harter of Florence; daughters, Catherine Cluver and Cassandra Harter, both of Roseburg; step-children, Pete Peterson of Reedsport, Dennis and Sherry Yarbrough of Bandon, Gary Yarbrough of Longview, Wash., Mary and Don Holt of Alaska and Anette and Rpy Brainard of North Bend; son-in-law, Bill Shepherd of Florence; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Dorothy Tuttle of Wheaton, Mo.; and brother Dean Harter of Wheaton, Mo.

Betty D. Sutherland
March 11, 1927 - Nov. 21, 2001
Betty D. Sutherland, 74, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at the Independence Regional Health Center in Independence.
Betty was born March 11, 1927, in Pineville, Mo., and had lived in the Independence area since 1959. She was a member of the Eden Heights congregation of the Community of Christ Church.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd R. Sutherland of the home; two brothers, John E. Jeffers of Langley, Okla., and Harold R. Collins of Pineville, Mo.; and one sister, Patricia R. Dowdy of Bella Vista, Ark.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial was in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Speaks Suburban Chapel.

Bob Thurman
Nov. 21, 2001
Robert Thurman, 59, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001.
He was raised in McDonald County, Mo., and graduated MCHS in 1959. He worked at Earthworks Construction in Neosho.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 24, at Parker Mortuary Chapel. He was buried in Carl Junction Cemetery.

Lewis Daniel Houser
Nov. 21, 1911 - Jan. 30, 2002
Lewis Daniel Houser, 90, Gladstone, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in the North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Houser was born Nov. 21, 1911, in McDonald County, Mo., to Charles and Ethel Houser. Upon graduation from high school he entered Oklahoma State University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. He taught trade and industrial arts in the Pryor Public School system in Pryor, Okla., retiring in 1976. He came to Carthage in 1976 and lived there until moving to Gladstone, Mo., in 1995.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He married Rosemary Karnes May 7, 1939, in Neosho, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include his daughter, Sherea Lynn Blanton of Gladstone, Mo.; two brothers, James Houser of St. Paul, Minn., and Robert Houser of Redding, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
One sister and three brothers preceded him in death.
Graveside services were held Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Neosho, Mo. The Rev. Keith Miles officiated. Memorial gifts may be made to the Blind Association in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo.

Leona ‘Mae’ McGarrah
Feb. 26, 1921 - Feb. 2, 2002
Mae McGarrah, as she was known, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Granby House in Granby, Mo., at the age of 80 after a long illness.
She was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Bethlehem, Mo., to Andy E. “Bogue” and Bessie (Utter) Flaxbeard. She married Elmer McGarrah Dec. 4, 1937, in Neosho, Mo. They had just recently celebrated their 64th anniversary of marriage. They lived in the Wheaton area prior to moving to California for about 31 years, returning to the Wheaton area 35 years ago. She was a homemaker and attended the Bethlehem Methodist Church as a child.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James McGarrah; a daughter, Betty McGarrah; and five brothers, Clovis, Carl, Henry, Noble and Homer Flaxbeard.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer; a son, Larry McGarrah of Farmington, Ark.; two daughters, Marlene Gunter of Wheaton, Mo., and Marie Paul of Wheaton; three brothers, Jessie Flaxbeard of Stark City, Virgil Flaxbeard of Wheaton, and Charley Flaxbeard of Redding, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and her daughter-in-law, Rosemary McGarrah (her deceased son James’ wife).
Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Wheaton Funeral Home in Wheaton with burial at the Union Cemetery in Stella, Mo. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday evening. The Rev. Richard Buck will officiate.

Patricia A. Deaton
Nov. 23, 1930 - Jan. 30, 2002
Patricia A. Deaton, 71, of Noel, died at 11:54 p.m., Jan. 30, 2002, at her home after an illness.
Mrs. Deaton was born Nov. 23, 1930, at Arkadelphia, Ark., and had lived in Noel since 1966, moving there from Little Rock, Ark. She was a member of the Noel United Methodist Church.
She worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in Arkadelphia and was a homemaker.
She married Guy Deaton Sept. 30, 1949, at Arkadelphia. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Wendy Deaton of Noel; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ray Adair of Noel; one sister, Lillian Turner of Booneville, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the Noel United Methodist Church. The Revs. Bob Ewens and George Fuller, Jr., will officiate. Burial will be in the Noel Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Larry Fincher, Wayne Buck, Alan Marks, Brooks Turner, Robert Turner, Jerry Fincher, Tom Ed Buck and Tommy O’Baugh.
Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Ozark Funeral Home in Noel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made the American Cancer Society in care of the Ozark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 520, Anderson, MO 64831.

Ruby I. Harper Jones
July 14, 1915 - Jan. 30, 2002
Ruby I. Harper Jones passed from this world Jan. 30, 2002, after a short illness at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, Mo.
Ruby was born at Kingston, Ark., July 14, 1915, to John W. Slaven and Dora McClung Slaven. Ruby married Ermon H. Harper July 26, 1934, at Lakin, Kan. He passed away April 24, 1956. Ruby married Raymond W. Jones Nov. 22, 1969. He passed away April 3, 1994.
Ruby is survived by three sons and one daughter, Gary and Susan Harper, Tom and Janey Harper of Lanagan, Mo., Ermon and Marie Harper of Pineville, Mo., and Gene and Dora Latty of Anderson, Mo.; three stepsons and two stepdaughters, Clyde Jones, Ivan Jones, Donnie Jones, Mary Cochraine and Linda Grohler, all of Lanagan, Mo.; seven brothers and three sisters, Winfield and Thelma Slaven of Syracuse, Kan., Frank Lewis and Jim Slaven of Tucson, Ariz., Maurice and Lois Slaven of Cascade, Colo., Paul and Doris Slaven of Cimmeron, Kan., Charles and Marcelle Slaven of Friendswood, Texas, Lily and Albert Finkenbinder of Oklahoma City, Okla., Isabell and Silas Smith of Vian, Okla., and Melissa and Robert Lopez of Waldorf, Md.; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and hosts of friends. She was known as “Granny” to many.
Ruby lived in Lanagan since 1950. She was very active in the Lanagan United Methodist Church, with the CYC and MYF which involved young people, the UMW the women’s part of the church and was on the board of the senior citizens.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Services will be held Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lanagan, Mo. The Rev. Doris Schlessman will officiate. Burial will be in the Lanagan Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.
Contributions may be made to the Lanagan United Methodist Church Building Fund or Lanagan Senior Citizens OATS Transportation.

Sharon A. Martin
Feb. 16, 1942 - Jan. 30, 2002
Sharon Ann Martin, 59, of Goodman, Mo., formerly of Southwest City, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at 12:30 a.m. at her home in Goodman after an illness.
Sharon Martin was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Neosho, Mo., to the late Lois Faye (Lair) Patterson and Edward A. Patterson. She had lived in Goodman for six weeks, coming from Southwest City, Mo., where she lived most of her life. She was a member of the Oak Chapel Church at Southwest City, Okla.
Survivors include three sons, Doyce Latimer, George W. Scott and Jimmy Joe Scott, all of the home in Goodman, Mo.; two daughters, Cynthia Frye of Southwest City, Mo., and Judy Richey of Platte City, Mo.; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Sharon A. Martin will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Chapel Church in Southwest City, Okla. The Rev. Wesley Robbins will officiate. Minister Mike Frey will give the eulogy. Burial will follow the service in the Oakwood Cemetery in Neosho, Mo.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, from noon until 8 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Southwest City, Mo. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions in memory of Sharon Martin may be given to St. John’s Hospice in care of the Ozark Funeral Home.

Gene Land
Jan. 1, 1931 - Jan. 28, 2002
Mr. Robert Eugene “Gene” Land, 71, of Anderson, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at 5:10 a.m. at Freeman-West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after an illness.
Mr. Gene Land was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Liberal, Mo., to the late Robert Land, Jr., and Audrey (Winship) Land. He had lived his entire life in Anderson where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Anderson Odd Fellows Lodge. He worked for the Missouri State Highway Department District #7 for 20 years before retiring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jim Land, and one sister, Pansy Baker.
He married Betty L. Martin Jan. 12, 1949, in Harrison, Ark. She survives of the home in Anderson, Mo. Additional survivors include one son, Randy Land and his wife, Debra, of Anderson, Mo.; two daughters, Debbie Greene of Gaithersburg, Mass., and Kathy Drumright and her husband Ken of Valley Center, Kan.; two sisters, Rosemary Wood of Lee, Fla., and Janice Koester of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren, Mike Drumright of Keller, Texas, Greg Drumright of Wichita, Kan., Krista Drumright of Valley Center, Kan., Brian Greene of Jacksonville, N.C., and Jeff Greene of Gaithersburg, Mass.; and two great-granddaughters, Delaney Drumright and Aubrey Drumright, both of Keller, Texas.
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Eugene Land will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo. The Rev. Haskell Martin will officiate. Burial will follow the service in the Anderson Cemetery in Anderson.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Mike Drumright, Greg Drumright, Brian Greene and Jeff Greene, and nephews, Bill Martin and Charles Land.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson from noon until 8 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in memory of Gene Land may be given to the McDonald County Nursing Center, where Gene had been a volunteer for the last five years, in care of the Ozark Funeral Home.

J.D. Shaver
July 15, 1967 - Jan. 29, 2002
J.D. Shaver, 34, of Anderson, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at 1 a.m. at his home after an illness.
Mr. J.D. Shaver was born July 15, 1967, in Neosho, Mo., to Jack and Dana (Hollingsworth) Shaver. He lived in McDonald County all of his life. He graduated from McDonald County High School in 1986, where he participated in baseball, football and basketball. He attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where he played basketball and Crowder College in Neosho. He worked for Wal-Mart, Inc., at warehouse #4 in Bentonville, Ark. He was a member of the Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in Tiff City, Mo., where he sang. He also played the guitar and sang with “White Oak.”
He married Gina Frencken July 30, 1988, at Wanda United Methodist Church in Wanda, Mo. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include his parents, Jack and Dana Shaver of Tiff City, Mo.; a son, Tyler Dean Shaver, and a daughter, Callie Jo Shaver, both of the home; a paternal grandmother, Virginia Shaver of Tiff City, Mo.; two sisters, Jenny Frencken and husband, Todd, of Tiff City, Mo., and Jill Dill and husband, Jason, of Anderson, Mo.
The funeral service for J.D. Shaver will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the McDonald County High School in Anderson, Mo. Pastor Lloyd Crawford will officiate. Burial will follow at the New Bethel Cemetery in Anderson, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Kerry Fields, Rod Fields, Kyle Fields, Jason Dill, Todd Frencken, Troy Taggart, Keith Taggart, Jeff Frencken, Bo Speed and Jeremy Drouin.
A family visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at the Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in Tiff City, Mo., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in care of the Ozark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 520, Anderson, MO 64831.

Gail Lerae Atkins
Oct. 10, 1935 - Jan. 20, 2002
Gail Lerae Atkins age 65 of Magnolia Beach, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2002.
Gail was greeted at the shores of heaven by her parents, Tivis and Arlie Wilkins, and her son Bryan Atkins. Awaiting their reunion with her are, Barry and Tami Atkins of Smithville, Texas; Joseph Atkins and Donna Nelson of Liberal, Kansas; Jamison and Donna Atkins of Raytown, Missouri; Jill Atkins and sons Michael Weersing and Kyle Christy of South West City, Missouri; her sister Arlis Mercer of Cleveland, Ohio; brother Kaye Wilkins of San Antonio, Texas; her former husband of over 20 years, Ken Atkins of Liberal Kansas; and friends innumerable that she has made along the way.
As a Registered Nurse for over 40 years, Gail dedicated her life to helping others in need. This attribute certainly wasn’t limited to just her work, Gail was always quick to selflessly assist in any endeavor that would benefit another. With her friendliness, quick wit and sense of humor Gail Atkins brightened the lives of all that knew her. Her entire community will feel this loss for a very long time. 
It was among Gail’s fondest wishes to return to her home in the Missouri Ozarks. Her family will carry her remains there to be interred in a small cemetery outside Noel, Missouri. There she will rest on a hill overlooking meadows, a river, and the Ozark Mountains.
There will be a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery located outside Noel, Missouri at 10:00 Friday, January 25th. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you follow Gail’s example and do a kind act for a stranger in her honor.


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