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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 am

Obituaries published in the Lawrence County Record earlier this year.

WILLENA JACKSON

Willena Jackson, 88, Marionville, died at 2:31 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010, in the Aurora Nursing Center.

She was born May 20, 1921, in Marionville to Charles Emerson and Jewell Opal Holder McClure.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Church in Billings.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Glen “Jimmy” Jackson, in 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Brown, Billings, and Marcia Sanders, Aurora; two brothers, Johnny McClure, Aurora, and Emerson McClure, Springfield; one sister, Margie Lathrop, Marionville; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday, March 22, in the Williams Funeral Chapel,  Marionville, with the Rev. Lee Miller officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery in Nixa.


ORVILLE F. JANES

Orville F. Janes, 78, Aurora, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at his home. He was born May 11, 1932, in Billings to Wyves and Venice (Talley) Janes.

He was a member of the Valley View Baptist Church, Marionville.

He married Doris Howard June 3, 1950. She died March 29, 2000. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Charles, Bobby and Billy; and two sisters, May Lou Andrews and Charlene Young.

Survivors include one son, Freddy Janes, Battlefield; three daughters, Jacquie Mais, Shirley Hopkins and Lori Wright, all of Marionville; one brother, Jimmy Janes; one sister, Margie Russell; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the First Baptist Church, Marionville, with Bro. Ed Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Marionville IOOF Cemetery, under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marionville public schools to benefit boys and girls athletics or the Valley View Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.


BRUCE F. JEFFERS

Bruce F. Jeffers, 86, Joplin, formerly of Neosho, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 25, 1923, Neosho. He was a graduate of Neosho High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from June 20, 1942 until Oct. 13, 1945, and was at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Following his return, he worked at the Neosho Police Department from 1962 until 1965, and then owned and operated Jeffer’s Skelly Service Station from 1965 until 1985. He was a member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church, Joplin, and the American Legion in Neosho.

He married Maxine Mapes July 26, 1945, at Columbus, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Richard Jeffers, Neosho, Lloyd E. Jeffers, Joplin, Thomas E. Jeffers, Burleson, Texas, and Patrick D. Jeffers, Mt. Vernon; one brother, Jerry Jeffers, Santa Maria, Calif.; five sisters, Loy Dean Hulsey, Neosho, Virginia Paul Putnam, Joplin, Rosa Lee Jennings, Fayetteville, Ark., Dorothy Allen Grove, Oklahoma, and Janice Mitchell, Anderson; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Ed Jeffers; one sister, Betty Jeffers; and one granddaughter.

Services were Tuesday, May 25, at Northside Baptist Church, Neosho, wit the Rev. Terry Swagerty and Brother Patrick Jeffers officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery, under direction of Clark Chapel, Neosho.


MAXINE JEFFERS

Maxine Jeffers, 81, Joplin, formerly of Neosho, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at St. John’s, Joplin, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 2, 1929, in Louisburg, Kan., and was a lifelong area resident.

She had worked at the Newton County collector’s office, at McGinty’s Department Store and with her husband, Bruce, in the family business, Jeffer’s Skelly. She was a member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church in Joplin.

She married Bruce Jeffers July 26, 1945, in Columbus, Kan. He died May 21, 2010.

Survivors include four sons, Richard Jeffers, Neosho, Lloyd Jeffers, Joplin, Thomas Jeffers, Burleson, Texas, and Patrick Jeffers, Mt. Vernon; four sisters, Eva Jean Mayfield, Joplin, Nancy Lou Jones, McPhearson, Kan., Erseline Hamlin and Nina Smith, both of Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday Aug. 9, at Northside Baptist Church, Neosho, with the Rev. Terry Swagerty and Brother Pat Jeffers officiating. Burial was at the IOOF Cemetery, Neosho.


MARYANN JENNINGS

Maryann Jennings, 90, Marionville, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at the Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville.

She was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Neosho to William H. “W.H.” and Margaret Ellen (Sprague) Charlton.

She lived was a homemaker and attended the Church of Christ.

She marred Raymond Jennings in 1941. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Eads and Edith Spencer; and four brothers, Wesley Charlton, Clinton Charlton, Irvin Charlton, and Robert Charlton.

Survivors include one sister, Margaret Mahan, Marionville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho, with the Rev. Brenda Garner officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Neosho.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.


DUANE LUTHER JENSEN

Duane Luther Jensen, 81, Nixa, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010. He was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Lindsay, Neb., to Edgar and Verna (Hansen) Jensen.

He was a retired auctioneer, who owned and operated DLJ Machinery in Crane. He was a longtime member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Kimberling City, and was currently a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Springfield.

He married Phyllis Fry Aug. 10, 1949. She died in 2002. He married Shirley Holt Aug. 30, 2003. She survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Jerry Jensen, Aurora; three daughters, Ann Winkler, Granby, Janice Riley, Columbus, Neb., and Kathy Jacks, Springfield; three brothers; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, June 26, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with the Rev. Rodney Peters officiating. Burial was in Mars Hill Cemetery, Crane.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made tot he Children’s Miracle Network or to Wesley United Methodist Church’s Honduras Mission.


BETTY COLEEN (PATTEN) JOHNSON

Betty Coleen (Patten) Johnson, 85, Miller, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the Mt.Vernon Place Care Center. She was born June 17, 1925, in South Greenfield, the daughter of Edgar and Lena (Hagenmeier) Patten. Betty was a former city collector for Miller and a member of the Miller Methodist Church. On June 17, 1945, she married Bradford “Brad” Johnson in Harrison, Ark. He preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1984. Her parents also preceded her in death.

Those surviving include two daughters,  Joyce Hunt and her husband, John and Sharon Hunt and her husband, Mike, and two sons, Kerry Johnson and his wife, Kathy, and Kris Johnson and his wife, Penny, all of Miller; nine grandchildren, Lisa Richardson, Amy Pendleton, David, Jeff, Delana and Corbin Hunt, Matthew Johnson, and Kal and Kaitlin Johnson; 15 great-grandchildren, Brenden, Presten and Payten Richardson, Conner and Allie Pendleton, Laura, Levi, Danae, Christian, Jacob, Sydney and Marcy Hunt, and Brandy, Jaxon and Layni Johnson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home in Miller with burial to follow in the Misemer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Miller Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.


CALVIN QUINTON JOHNSON

Calvin Quinton Johnson, 86, Halltown, died at 10:25 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, north of Halltown. He was born in Halltown Oct. 26, 1924, to Loren O. and Bessie Bullard Johnson.

He was a lifelong resident of the Halltown and Everton areas. He was a dairyman, owning and operating Johnson Dairy for many years with his wife, Fayma Jean, and later with his son, Jason. He attended the Sac-River Cowboy Church. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post #2293 of Ash Grove DVA.

He married Fayma Jean Adamson Nov. 11, 1948. She died Jan. 11, 2007.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Edwin, Billie, Olan, Wesley and Willis Johnson; and one sister, Gwen Fine.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Johnson, Jefferson City, and Jason Johnson, Everton; one daughter, Jennifer Holmes, Ozark; one sister, Retha Ella Berry, Overland Park, Kan.; and four grandchildren.

Services were Monday, Dec. 13, inWilson-Brim-Daniel Chapel, Ash Grove, with the Rev. Scott Killingsworth officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, southwest of Everton, with military honors under the auspices of the Missouri Military Honors Team.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Cemetery Association.


CLORENE WRIGHT JOHNSON

Clorene Wright Johnson, 93, Marionville died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in her home. She was born Jan.2 4, 1917, in Forgan, Okla., to Joe and Eva Wright.

She married Ivan Johnson in 1934. He died in 1998.

She retired from Vaisey-Bristol Shoe Company after 24 years.

Survivors include two sons, Ray and Jay Johnson, both of Marionville; five daughters, Ovella Vanderhoof, Natalie Jackson, Bobbi Kerans, and Olga Carr, all of Marionville, and Jackie Harvey of Forth Scott, Kan.; one sister, Dolores French of Marionville; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday, Aug. 16, in Mount Olive Cemetery, north of Marionville, under the direction of Williams Funeral Home, Marionville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Hospice of Aurora, or the charity of donor’s choice.


DONALD L. JOHNSON

Donald L. Johnson, Grandview, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.

Services were Saturday, Jan. 30, at Zion Evangelical Church, Stotts City. Burial was in Zion Cemetery, Stotts City.

He was retired from General Motors and a member of the Masons and Scottish Rite.

He was born Oct. 20, 1936, in Aurora. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Johnson; parents, and brothers, Ernie and Denny Johnson.

Survivors include sons Larry and wife Amy, Jerry and wife Charlotte, Terry and wife Pam, Garry and wife Deborah; grandchildren, Kristi, Tiffany, Brandy, Jessica, Valerie, Becky, Nicholas, Jessica, Nikhole, Rachael, Stephanie and Tiffany; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Cecil Johnson and sisters, Gloria Brown and Beverly Gilson.

Fond memories and condolences can be left for the family at www.dwnewcomers.com. Arrangements were under direction of Longview Funeral Home, 816-761-6272.

(Paid obituary)


ESTHER MARIE LYDIA JOHNSON

Esther Marie Lydia Johnson, 85, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Mt. Vernon Place Care Center, Mt. Vernon. She was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Freistatt to Edward and Laura (Meyer) Hagemeier. Esther lived in Mt. Vernon her entire life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Summit Baptist Church. She married Max Elbert Johnson Oct. 2, 1943, in Mt. Vernon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2003.

Those surviving her include one daughter, Maxine Tennison of Mt. Vernon; two grandchildren, Lorrie Lindeman and her husband, Shawn of Mt. Vernon, and Mark Tennison and his wife, Melinda of DeMotte, Ind.; six great-grandchildren, Madison, Matthew and Aaden Tennison, Justin Dailey, Tyler Aiken and Seth Lindeman; one sister, Lorene Sawyer of San Antonio, Texas; several nieces and nephews and her little dog, Cricket. Her parents, sister Nora Neely and son-in-law David Tennison, also preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, with burial to follow at the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.


FREDA B. JOHNSON

Freda B. Johnson, 88, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 4:45 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at the Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon. She was born March 11, 1922, in Dadeville, the daughter of Charley and Elzora (Mayes) Hill. Freda was a homemaker, a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge in Mt. Vernon, and a 60-plus-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon.

On Oct. 4, 1941, she married Herbert N. Johnson in Marionville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 2009.

Those surviving her include one daughter, Sharon Schnake and her husband, Leroy, of Ludlow; one son, Gary Johnson and his wife, Helen, of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren, Carrie Gilliland, Shari Wells, Stuart Johnson and Rebekkah Stuteville; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frederick Hill; and one sister, Betty Lou Rowe.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.


ROMA D. JOHNSON

Roma D. Johnson, 95, Carterville, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Webb City Health and Rehab. She was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Peace Valley to John and Nora (Green) Brixey.

He worked at the Elder’s Manufacturing in Webb City as a line supervisor for 39 years. She was a former member of the Carterville Christian Church.

Her husband, John M. Johnson preceded her in death in 1970.

Survivors include two sons, John Johnson, Jasper, and Sam Johnson, Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday, Dec. 10, at the Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City with Pastor Ken Ansley officiating. Burial was in Carterville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Webb City Senior Citizens Center, in care of the funeral home.


VIRGINIA CLETA JOHNSON

Virginia Cleta Johnson, 93, Mt. Vernon, passed away at 7:53 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon. She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Greene County the daughter of Elmer and Texa (Mynatt) West. Virginia married Olan Francis West Jan. 23, 1936. He preceded her in death February of 1984. She was a homemaker and a member of the Onward United Methodist Church.

Those surviving her include two daughters, Sharlyn Emerson of Mt. Vernon and Betty Wood and her husband, Don, of Billings; four grandchildren, Greg Prater, Stephanie Colley, Chris Prater and Kevin Wood; five great-grandchildren, Jason Prater, Erika Elmore, Brandon Colley, Rachel Colley and Jared Prater; four great-great-grandchildren, Sydnee, Shaye and Sophie Prater, and Joey Elmore. Her parents; four sisters, Irene Cardwell, Thelma Winn, Faye Tiller and Jewell Cropper; and two brothers, Arvel and Theodore West, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 14, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, with burial at Rock Prairie Cemetery at Halltown.

Memorial donations may be made to the Onward Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.

(Paid obituary)


CHARLES ELMER JONES

Charles Elmer Jones, 67, Aurora, died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at St. John’s, Springfield. He was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Texana, Okla., to Elmer and Alta (Hart) Jones.

He was a 1960 graduate of Eufaula (Okla.) High School and moved to the Aurora community in 1984. He joined the United States Air Force and retired 21 years later as a master sergeant. He served in Vietnam, United Kingdom, Turkey and several stateside bases. After retirement, he worked for Missouri Workforce Development for 19 years.

He married Barbara Ann Abraham July 30, 1999, in Aurora. She survives.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 126, Aurora Lions Club and was in the Gideons of Lawrence County.

Additional survivors include five children, Gemma Milne, Scotland, Julie Jones, Illinois, Matt Jones, Republic, LeAnne Jones, Mt. Vernon, and Monica Jones of the home; three brothers, Odell Jones, New Mexico, Jim Jones, Checotah, Okla., and Joel Jones, Cushing, Okla.; and three granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carolyn Borders; and one sister, Barbara Overman.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 19, at the Aurora United Methodist Church, with full military honors, under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora. Private burial will follow the service. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the AmericanLegion, Aurora Lions Club or the United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.


EUGENE LYNDON JONES

Eugene Lyndon Jones, 90, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, after a short illness. He was born April 23, 1920, in Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell, to whom he was married 54 years.

Survivors include one son, Ronnie Jones; one daughter, Faith East; one brother, Lawrence Jones; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from Dayco Industries. He was a longtime member of Central Assembly of God, Springfield.

Graveside services were Tuesday, July 27, in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. Hubert Morris officiating, under the direction of Walnut-Lawn Funeral Home, Springfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


JENIEL RAE JONES

Jeniel Rae Jones, 41, Sarcoxie, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at St. John’s, Joplin, after a sudden illness. She was born June 24, 1969, in Springfield to Clell Eugene and Linda J. (Smith) Pippin. She was raised in Sarcoxie and attended the Sarcoxie school. She married Tommy L. Jones March 23, 1985. He survives.

She worked for Mid-America Hardwoods in Sarcoxie for several years. She was baptized at Reeds Baptist Church.

Additional survivors include one son, Andrew Jones, Joplin; two daughters, Sarah Williams, Sarcoxie and Elizabeth Jones of the home; her parents, Clell and Linda Pippin, Miller; two brothers, Danny Clell Pippin, LaRussell, and Perry Lynn Pippin, Carthage; one sister, Sonya Kay Lewis, Carthage; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home, Sarcoxie, with Pastor Cliff Mansley officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Moog Learning School for the Deaf, in care of the funeral home.


WILLIAM ROBERT ‘BILLY BOB’ JONES

William Robert “Billy Bob” Jones, 79, Marionville,  died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in St. John’s, Springfield. He was born March 19, 1931, in Galena to Charlie and Minnie (Thomas) Jones.

He married Betty Jennings Oct. 7, 1950. She survives. He was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a minister for more than 50 years, preaching at the Horse Creek Church for the past nine years.

He was preceded in death by one son, William Rodney Jones; and two sisters, Avis Henry and Anna Mae Blair.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Linda Eutsler, Billings, and Roberta French, Aurora; three brothers, Archie Jones, Charles Jones and Jerry Jones; two sisters, Phyllis Carver and Rosemary Lafferty; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday, April 16, at Manlove-Stumpff Chapel, Crane, with Brad Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Galena Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital


JEAN JORDAN

Jean Jordan, 75, Monett, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. She was born July 13, 1935, in Pontotoc County, Okla., to George and Cora Bain. She married Max Jordan Nov. 8, 1958. He died Dec. 11, 1997.

After graduating from East Central College she was hired by the Bakersfield (Calif.) School District, where she began her teaching career. She taught in the Monett School District for 31 years.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, LeRoy Bain and G.W. Bain; and one sister, Peggy Bain Young.

Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Thornton, Aurora; one son, Ron Jordan, Fayetteville, Ark.; four siblings, Wanda Gary, Pasadena, Calif., Wayne Bain, Dickson, Texas, Harvey Bain, Allen, Okla., and Roberta Miller, Stratford, Okla.; and five grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, Oct. 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Monett. Burial was in Monett IOOF Cemetery, under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.


GRACE JUSTICE

Grace Justice, 92, Aurora, died at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, at St. John’s, Springfield.

She was born Aug. 8, 1917, on her family farm south of Aurora to William A. and Kathryn B. (Bradley) Samuels.

She was a graduate of Aurora High School and was a member of the First Church of God, Aurora. She married Clyde Justice in 1941 in Aurora. They had recently moved to the Aurora Nursing Center, Aurora. He survives.

Additional survivors include one nephew.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Samuels.

Graveside services were Monday, April 19, at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, with the Rev. David Ellis officiating, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Aurora Nursing Center, in care of the funeral home


DONALD JOSEPH KATZFEY

Donald Joseph Katzfey, 48, LaRussell, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., after a brief illness.

He was born April 27, 1962, in North Fork, Va., to Francis and Mildred (Brock) Katzfey. He was raised in St. Peters and attend Ft. Zumwalt High school. He served in the United states Air Force as an avionics Staff Sergeant. He moved from Plattsburgh, N.Y., to LaRussell in 2005. He worked as an electrical engineer. He was of the Catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Katzfey, and his great-grandfather, James Brock.

He married Diane L. Fountain Katzfey June 21, 1986. She survives.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Bethany Katzfey, and one son, Joseph Katzfey, both of Carthage; and his mother, Mildred Katzfey, LaRussell.

Mass was Monday, June 14, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Sarcoxie, with Father Peter Morciniec officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was in St. Agnes Cemetery, under direction of Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.


BOBBY ‘BOB’ RAY KAY

Bobby “Bob” Ray Kay, age 73, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, in Mt. Vernon. He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Wetumka, Okla., to Robert “Rob” and Letha (Littlejohn) Kay.

Bob graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1954, then served as an airman first class in the United States Air Force.

Bob and Doris E. Cagle married Aug. 25, 1956, in Okmulgee and of this union two children were born, Terri and Bill.

After an honorable discharge, Bob received his bacehelor’s of education degree from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Okla.

In 1964, Bob along with his brothers and father founded Kay Concrete Materials Company, located in Monett, Aurora, Mt. Vernon,  Sarcoxie and Republic, all of which are still thriving today.

In 2003, Doris, Bob’s wife of 47 years, passed away. Bob and Linda S. Mathis Eldridge married May 1, 2004, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Bob was a member of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife Linda S. Kay of the home;  mother, Letha Kay of Monett; brothers, Rex and Carol Kay of Monett, Larry and Rhonda Kay of Aurora; daughter, Terri Mills of Mt. Vernon; son Bill and Penny Kay of Ozark; two stepsons, Pat Eldridge of Salem, Conn., and Jeff and Rachel Eldridge of Sagamore Beach, Maine; six grandchildren, Amy Brown and husband Brinson, Lacie Aleshire, Dylan Mills and his father Kevin Mills, Rehgan Kay, Christian Kay, and their mother Jennifer Kay, and Maddie Ellingson; two step-grandchildren, Sydney and Jackson Eldridge; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Haden, Addison, Calista, Colton and Caitlin; and two sisters-in-law, Delores Walters of Okmulgee, Okla., and Mary Jane McGuire of Waverly; a brother-in-law Don and Lynn Mathis of Miller; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, all of which loved him very much.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Doris, father Rob, and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon. A visitation hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. Funeral service Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by burial at the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at WWW.FOSSETTMOSHERFUNERALHOME.COM.


JAMES W. M. KEENE

James W.M. Keene, 84, Doniphan, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at John J. Perishing Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in Poplar Bluff. He was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Ketchum, Okla., to James Arthur and Ticie Elenard (Murray) Keene. He retired from the United States Forest Service. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Doniphan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3485.

He married Daisy Mae Runion March 7, 1946, in Alton, Ill. She died Feb. 24, 2009. He married Celia (Linz-Steinger) Aug. 7, 2010, in Doniphan. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Clyde Edward Keene, Bourbon, Dale Keene, Springfield, Paul Anthony Keene, Pryor, Okla., and Mark Keene, Arnold; two stepchildren, Jacob Chamberlain, Lapeer, Mich., and Jerry Chamberlain, Lansing, Mich.; one brother, Norman Clifford Keene, Alton, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Pearl Lester Keene; and two sisters, Isa Mae Keene and Minnie Morgan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Edwards Funeral Home, Doniphan. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial, with full military honors, will be at Stevens Cemetery.


ERVIE E. KEENER

Ervie E. Keener, 85, Crane, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, in the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born May 28, 1925, in Hurley to Edward and Bertha (Saltkil) Keener.

He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of the Elsey Baptist Church. He was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II. He received the combat infantry badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Keener; five brothers, Dallas, Darrell, Thurman, J.W. and Danny; and three sisters, Edna Keener, Barbara Keener and Rosella Deihl.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; two daughters, Irene Chase, Crane, and Ilene Chase, Galena; two brothers, Dwight Keener and Robert Keener, both of Crane; three sisters, Fern Hood, Marionville, Helen Cravens, Clever, and Betty Hecht, Joplin; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Manlove-Stumpff Chapel, Crane, with Pastor David Berryhill officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Jones-Chastain Cemetery, Highlandville, under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Homes.


KAYLIN RUTH KEITH

Kaylin Ruth Keith, infant daughter of Kenneth Keith and Latosha Knearem, died at birth Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, twin Kynsie Keith, and Brooke Yahner, and one brother, Brayden Yahner, all of the home;  maternal grandmother Kim Stacy, Pierce City; paternal grandparents Kim Lewis Probstfield, Ava, and Kenneth Keith Sr., Pierce City; and great-grandparents, Patty Gilmartin and Jeff Miller, Verona, Brenda Keith and Chuck Wakefield, both of Monett.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 6, at the family cemetery, near Pierce City, under direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.


DONALD EDWARD KELLER

Donald Edward Keller, 54, Granby, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born July 27, 1955, in Du Quoin, Ill., to Arthur P. and Madge (Clampet) Keller.

He moved to the Neosho/Granby area from Illinois in 1992. He was a supervisor at K&S Wire, in Neosho.

Survivors include his wife, Revonda “Carla” (Miracle) Keller; six children, Vicky Woodside, DuQuoin, Ill., Shelly Rybacki, Cameron, Heath Misner, Aurora, Derrick Keller, Dublin, Ireland, Alaina Lawson and Ashley Lawson, Granby; three brothers, Ronald Keller, DuQuoin, Eugene Keller, Neosho, and Raymond Keller, Florida; four sisters, Trisha Foist, Tamaron, Ill., Phyllis Keller, Pinckneyville, Ill., Carol Woodside, Hutchinson, Minn., and Ellen Keller, DuQuoin; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were Saturday, Jan. 16, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel, Granby, with minister Mike Warlow officiating.


ELDA KELLEY

Elda Kelley, 84, Aurora, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, in Cox South, Springfield.

She was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Clever to Nubern and Emma Points Brown. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Gene; two sons, Roger Kelley and Tommy Kelley, both of Aurora; two daughters, P.J. Kelley, Aurora, Colo., and Pamela Cox, Springfield; three brothers, Don Brown and George Brown, both of Aurora, and Joe Brown, Springfield; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Grover Brown and James Brown; one sister, Vesta Dean; and one granddaughter.

Services were Saturday, March 20, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Maple Park Cemetery.


TALBERT COOPER KELLEY JR.

Talbert Cooper Kelley Jr., 65, Mt. Vernon, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born June 28, 1944, in Memphis, Tenn., to Talbert and Ruby Kelley. He was raised by his grandparents, Boonie and Albert Kelley, Memphis.

He was preceded in death in 1998 by his wife of 29 years, Donnie Beard Kelley.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mike Kelley.

Survivors include two sister, Pat White, Springfield, and Nancy Cothern, Memphis.

He graduated from Memphis State University and coordinator for many charity tennis tournaments. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1967 to 1973.

Graveside services, with full military honors, were Tuesday, April 13, at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, Tenn., under direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon, 1600 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712, or the American Cancer Society.


JERRY LEE KELTNER

Jerry Lee Keltner, 65, Springfield, formerly of Republic, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. He was born June 7, 1945, in Christian County to Howard and Inez Elizabeth (Hampton) Keltner.

He married Helen Marvel July 28, 1971. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include two children, Randy Keltner, Aurora, and Jennifer keltner, Springfield; his mother, Inez Keltner; one brother, Ronnie Keltner, Springfield; one sister, Judy Rabe, Republic; a former wife, Wanda, Springfield; one grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his father, Howard Keltner.

Memorial services were Saturday, Nov. 13, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with the Rev. Eddie Dykes officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to C.A.R.E. Care Center of the Ozarks, an animal rescue organization.


KAREN KAY KENNEDY

Karen Kay Kennedy, 49, Mt. Vernon, died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Mt. Vernon Place Care Center, Mt. Vernon. She was born April 17, 1961, in Windsor to Eldon LeRoy and Geraldine Ruth (Manes) Orr. She was a 1978 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Verona.

Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Kennedy, Joplin; her mother, Geraldine Orr, Mt. Vernon; one sister, Celia Rathmann, Mt. Vernon; and three brothers, LeRoy Orr, Mt. Vernon, Guy Orr, Everton, and Daniel Orr, Aurora. She was preceded in death by her father.

Private graveside services were Thursday, April 8, at Summit Cemetery, with Pastor Danny Burks officiating, under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or Faith Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.


SONDRA LYNN KENNEDY

Sondra Lynn Kennedy, 50, Waxahachie, Texas, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was born Sept. 17, 1959, in Monett to Leroy and Betty Jean (Bradley) Parker.

She was a 1978 graduate of Aurora High School and was known for her work with Relay For Life programs.

She married Tim Kennedy June 9, 1978, in Aurora. He survives.

Prior to moving to Waxahachie in 2008, she owned and operated Blessings Floral in Marionville and the Kennedy Tax Service. She was a member of Aurora Baptist Temple. In Texas she attended Red Oak First Baptist Church.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brandon Kennedy, Waxahachie, and Josh Kennedy, Mt. Vernon; her mother, Betty Parker, Aurora; one brother, Steven Parker, Aurora; and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by one son, Caleb; and her father.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Aurora Baptist Temple. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.


JACK ROBERT KERR

Jack Robert Kerr, 63, Mt. Vernon, died at 5:53 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 15, 1948, in Tacoma, Wash., to Mr. Kerr and Jane Caddick Kerr. He was parts supervisor for Ford Motor Company.

Those surviving include his girlfriend Patricia Johnson.

No services are planned. Local arrangements are under direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.


DR. CLARENCE WILLARD KETCH

Dr. Clarence Willard Ketch, 88, Springfield, died Sunday, March 7, 2010. He was born Sept. 28, 1921, to Frank and Belle Ketch.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, a master’s degree from Texas A&M and doctor’s degree from Louisiana State University. He was a sociology professor at Missouri State University for 25 years. He was an ordained minister in both the Baptist and Disciples of Christ denominations.

He was owner and operator of the Gift Mansion chain of retail stores and founder of Adult Tendercare Center.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lilly Belle Glynn; and four brothers, Frank Jr., Ervin, Leo and Marvin.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Virginia Louise; two daughters, Clarene Shepherd, and Sandra Perry; one brother, Paul; one sister, Ethel Bates; one half-brother, Joel; six grandchildren, including Heather Barnes of Mt. Vernon; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were Wednesday, March 10 in the Brentwood Christian Church, Springfield, with the Rev. Charlie Bahn officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.


VIVIAN K. KIMBROUGH

Vivian K. Kimbrough, 80, Goodman, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at St. John’s, Joplin, following a short illness.

She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Neosho to Harry and Mable (Eaton) Carter.

She was a lifelong area resident and worked as a nurse’s aide at area nursing homes.

She was married to Emery Wagner for 24 years. She later married James Kimbrough. They were married 19 years, until his death. She was also preceded in death by one son, George Dale; one daughter, Connie Lynn; two sisters, Carol and Betty; and two brothers Bud and Melvin.

Survivors include her children, Emery Wagner Jr. and Lanita Nivens, both of Neosho, Jimmie Wagner, Goodman, Lynette England, Patrick Wagner and Michael Wagner, all of Joplin; siblings, Donna Lindenfelser and Patsy Zumwalt, both of Seneca, Jimmy Carter, Diana, Texas, Joe Carter, Mosley, Dennis Carter, Williamsburg, Ky., Donald Carter, Harrison, Ark., and Kenny Acres, Aurora; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday, Feb. 5, at Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho, with the Rev. Ralph Walker officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery, north of Neosho.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Advocates, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.


ROBERT LEE KINKEAD

Robert Lee Kinkead, 79, Aurora, formerly of Marionville, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at his home. He was born March 6, 1931, in Ash Grove to Fredrick and Ida (Crider) Kinkead.

He lived in the Lawrence County community since 1965, and worked for IDF as a maintenance man.

Survivors include five daughters, Robyn Hovis, Shelly Feeney, of Wyoming, Brenda Carr, Springfield, Valene “Tootie” Price, Aurora, and Janette “Sally” White, Marionville; three sons, Scott Kinkead, Fenton, Jeff “Buck” Kinkead and Steven “Shorty” Kinkead, both of Marionville; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Floyd, Earl, William, Loyd, Oma, Genieva, Verlee, Dorthy and Wanda Jean.

Graveside services were Monday, April 12, at Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.


NANCY ANN KINNEY

Nancy Ann Kinney, 62, Purdy, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville. She was born March 26, 1948, in Morenci, Ariz., to Theodore and Georgia (Cook) Miller.

She married Jerry Kinney, Aug. 17, 1991. He survives.

She and her family moved to Republic, where she received her education. She was a dancer and moved to California for her career.

Additional survivors include her mother, Georgia Williams, Everton; one brother, Michael Williams, California; one sister, Lynn Levitt, Everton; one stepbrother, Bill Babb, Tucson, Ariz.; and one stepsister, Patricia Williams, Bolivar.

She was preceded in death by her father, Theodore; and one daughter, Angie Videc.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.


B.L. ‘KEN’ KINNISON

B.L. “Ken” Kinnison, 83, Carthage, died at 1:45 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Carthage. He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in ElDorado Springs to Clyde and Hazel (Harry) Kinnison.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita Willard, and one brother, Jesse Kinnison.

He attended Cheyenne High School in Cheyenne, Wyo. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a custodian for the Joplin School District, until his retirement. He was a member of the Carthage Church of God Holiness.

He married Adalene Meyer May 15, 1992, in Sarcoxie. She survives.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Linda Hardamon, Aurora, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Carr, Halltown, Marzy Burke, Joplin and Lisa Orr, Springfield; five stepsons, L.R. Harris, Carthage, Everett Harris, Diamond, Dale Chapman and David Chapman, both of Mt. Vernon, and Don Chapman, Billings; one sister, Oleta O’Kelly, Marionville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, March 23, at the Knell Mortuary Chapel, with Pastors John Poff and Robert E. Thompson Sr., officiating. Burial was in the Marionville IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, in care of the Knell Mortuary.


THOMAS D. KIPPING

Thomas D. Kipping, 85, Springfield, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home/Mt. Vernon. He was born June 9, 1924, in Quincy, Ill., to Leo and Ruth Kipping.

He married Sarah Whitson June 30, 1966. She survives.

He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Quincy. He retired from Tri-State Wholesale Florist.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Wayne L. “Bud”, Lloyd J., William E. and Patrick G.; three sisters, Delores “Dolly” Recksieck, Patricia M. “Patsy” Vilsick, and Ruth Kipping.

Additional survivors include one sister, Nancy J. Kipping Peters, and one brother Daniel G. Kipping.

Funeral Mass was Monday, April 26, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Springfield, with Father Fergus Monaghan, celebrant, under direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, Springfield. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1500 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804.


RUBY PEARL KISSEE

Ruby Pearl Kissee, 89, Moberly, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at Moberly. She was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Cedar Creek to Billie and Eliza (Marlor) Brown. She married James Melvin Kissee in August 1935. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Full Gospel Church in Billings for many years. She retired as a nurse’s aide from the Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville, where she worked for more than 25 years.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and two grandsons.

Survivors include one daughter, Audrey Steele, Moberly; three sons, Carl Kissee, Clinton, James Kissee, willow springs, and Kenneth Kissee, Aurora; one sister, Billie Birdwell, Forsyth; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Williams Funeral Home, Marionville, with Pastor Abby Kearns officiating. Graveside services will be at Crane Community Cemetery, Crane.


LELAGI MARIE KLEIN

Lelagi Marie Klein, 28, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, in Provo, Utah. She was attending Brigham Young University at the time, where she was majoring in dramaturgy, a division of Theatre Arts Studies, with an emphasis in critical studies and a minor in chemistry.

Lelagi was born Sept.. 29, 1982, in Wichita, Kan., to Dr. Kendel L. and Melinda Klein. She attended elementary school in El Dorado, Ark., until her family moved to Mt. Vernon in 1991. During high school, she was involved in band, color guard and math league, as well as speech and drama competitions. Her junior year she was elected captain of the color guard. She also served as an officer in the student body council. She finished all the requirements needed to graduate at the end of her junior year and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School with the Class of 2000.

Lelagi initially attended college at Drury University in Springfield before transferring to BYU in Provo. She worked fulltime in a variety of jobs. She did transcription for her father. She took pictures for the photo shop inside Wal-Mart, and spent several years working for Tracker Marine in the accounts receivable department. Her most recent job may very well have been her favorite — she worked with “The Office of First Year Experience” at BYU, where she was able to spend lots of time interacting with new students, helping them adjust to life at the university, and making new friends wherever she went.

Lelagi was an excellent student and enjoyed learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others. She was very outgoing and people were drawn to her caring, giving spirit. She touched the lives of many through the love that she exhibited. She had many diverse interests including clogging, tap dance, playing the guitar, studying the Samoan language and culture, scrapbooking and Veggie Tales movies. Her favorite color was pink.

She is survived by her parents, Dr. Kendel and Melinda Klein of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Matthew Klein of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sisters, Talia Klein of Provo, Utah, and Sina Bat-erdene and her husband, Bat, with their son, Kenny J., of Springfield; grandparents Eula Henderson of Arlington, Kan., and Helen and Marvin Klein of Amarillo, Texas; her Uncle Brad Klein and his wife, Suzy, of Amarillo; her Aunt Nancy Klein, also of Amarillo, and her children Christopher, Brent and Emily; her Uncle Dale Henderson, his wife, Debbie and their son, Chance of Hutchinson, Kan.; her Uncle Darrell Henderson of Valley Center, Kan.; and his children Deanna, Darrell Micol, David and Deangela; cousins, Bree and Dave Shuffield and their daughter Brooke of Lewisville, Texas; and cousin Britt and Brent collins and their son Kinsler of Carrollton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Orville Henderson and Uncle Blake Klein.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aurora Ward building, located on Highway 39 just south of Highway P, between Mt. Vernon and Aurora.


JIMMIE V. KNOBLOCH

Jimmie V. Knobloch, 90, of King Street, Mt. Vernon, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, in the Corry Memorial Hospital, Corry Pa. She was born in Clovis, N.M., April 19, 1920, a daughter of the late James Landis and Lula Marlin Lish Landis Choeler.

Jimmie was raised and educated in Memphis, Texas, and Lubbock, Texas, where she graduated from high school, then attended Texas Tech University. Following her marriage, she lived in Buffalo, N.Y., where her main priority was raising and caring for her family. In the late 1970s, she and her husband retired to Mt. Vernon.

She enjoyed refinishing and reupholstering furniture, sewing, quilting, and vegetable and flower gardening. She also liked playing the piano, playing cards and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bennett Knobloch, in 1996. They were married in Buffalo, N.Y., June 14, 1946. Jimmie was also preceded in death by a sister, Lula Mae Lund, and two brothers, Coleman and Herman Lish.

She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Horvatits and her husband, Kenneth, of Agua Dulce, Calif.; three sons, Dale Knobloch and his wife, Beverly, of Jefferson, Mass., William Knobloch, Glendale, Ariz., and James Knobloch, Wellsville, N.Y. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation observed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Corry Memorial Hospital, 612 W. Smith St., Corry, Pa. 16407, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bracken Funeral Home, 316 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.


EDWARD JOSEPH ‘ED’ KOEHLER

Edward Joseph “Ed” Koehler, 55, Verona, died at 1:59 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010, at St. John’s, Springfield, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born Dec. 21, 1954, in Monett to Ernest and Margaret (Hudson) Koehler.

He lived his entire life in the Verona community. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. He was a beef cattle rancher and a farmer. He was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include a son, Junior Cope; daughters, Christina Koehler-Simpson, Megan Koehler and twins Selena and Trevor Koehler, all of Aurora; his mother, Margaret Koehler, Verona; two brothers, Phillip Joseph “Joe” Koehler, Aurora, and Ernie Koehler, Verona; two sisters, Ann Riggs and Teresa Dunning, both of Aurora; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Koehler, and one brother, Andrew Koehler.

Graveside services were Saturday, July 10, at the Calvary Cemetery, Verona, under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.


JENSEN MATTHEW KOSKOVICH

Jensen Matthew Koskovich, 22, Hemphill, Texas, formerly of Republic, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, in Hemphill.

He was born Feb. 13, 1988, in Aurora. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Willadean Peters.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Michelle (Pritchett) and Russel Robinson; his father, Matt Koskovich; two sisters, Jordan and Jennifer; two brothers, Jaymin and Nick; grandparents, Charles and Cindy Pritchett, Noel and Joy Robinson, John adn Connie Tarber, and Ron and Rose Koskovich; and great-grandparents, Elizabeth Pritchett, Rex Peters, and Roy and Edith Parker.

Services were Thursday, April 15, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with the Rev. Bradley Hudson officiating. Burial was in Marionville IOOF Cemetery.


MAUDE EVELYN KRAEMER

Maude Evelyn Kraemer, 97, Marionville, formerly of Monett, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at the Ozarks Methodist Manor, Marionville. She was born July 12, 1912, in Princeton, Texas, to Elbert and Sarah (Skipper) Foy.

She married LaVerne Elvis Kraemer May 15, 1937, in Marysville, Kan. He died Nov. 27, 2001.

She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse for a doctor’s office in Denver, Colo., and a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Sara June Britton, Denver. Colo., and Sandra Jean McKee, Blairsville, Ga.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Wednesday, July 14, at the Monett IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Brenda Garner officiating, under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett.


BETTY JOANN KRISTEK

Betty JoAnn Kristek, 80, Verona, died at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Aurora Nursing Center. She was born June 29, 1929, in Wichita, Kan., to Glenn and Viola (Apple) Hamman. She was a 1947 graduate of Wichita East High School and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Kenneth Glover in Mt. Vernon, the Aurora Community Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Monett. She also worked as the camp nurse for Camp Renewal, was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Cursillo. She also assisted with RCIA classes at her church.

She married Albert Kristek Sept. 30, 1952, in Verona. He died Oct. 30, 1988.

Survivors include  her children, Dennis Kristek and Craig Kristek, both of Verona, Viola Kirk and Fay Bryant, both of, Aurora, Patricia Drake, Monett, Therese Ramos, Springfield, and Nancy Smith-Leach, Mt. Vernon; one brother, Chuck Hamman, Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Punky Atteberry, Verona and Katie Barger, Towanda, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;  several step-grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Kelly Kristek; one brother, Frank Hamman; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral Mass wasWednesday, March 31, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Aurora. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Verona, under direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Renewal, in care of the funeral home.


EDWARD DUANE KROPF

Edward Duane Kropf, beloved husband of Martha Kay (Miller) Kropf, was born Aug. 22, 1967, to Howard and Verna Kropf. He and his twin brother, Edwin David, were born in Fairfax, S.C., and were always very close.On Feb. 26, 2010, he passed away at the age of 42 years, 6 months and 4 days, when he and his twin brother Edwin were in a truck accident in Springfield, which also injured and hospitalized Edwin.He, with his family, moved to Buffalo in December 1974. He accepted Christ in his youth and was baptized at Pleasant View Amish Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained faithful until death.On Aug. 30, 1987, he was united in marriage to Martha Kay Miller, daughter of Orlan and Sarah Miller, at the Pleasant View Amish Mennonite Church, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together for over 22 years. This union was blessed with 10 children, all of whom survive. Laura Beth, 21, and husband Lonnie Hostetler of Miller, Malinda Kay, engaged to Larry Miller, Susie Anne and friend, Martin Miller, Emma Joy, Duane Levi, Samuel Jacob, Josiah David, Mary Ella, Edson Lee, and Gene Edward; and a granddaughter, Larissa JoAnn.Also surviving, besides his deeply bereaved companion and his children, are his mother, Verna Kropf of Buffalo; four brothers and two sisters, Richard and wife, Ellen, of Costa Rica, Rosalie and husband, Loren Hostetler, of Everton, Harold and wife, Carrie, Wellsville, Vernon and wife, Judy, of Buffalo, twin brother Edwin and wife, Esther, of Everton, Sharon and husband, Joseph Swartzentruber, of Wellsville; three uncles; three aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his dad, Howard; and grandparents, Alvin and Ella Kropf and Dave and Dorothy Kropf; also one infant niece and one nephew.He, with his young family, moved from Buffalo to Vandalia in February 1992, and then to the Halltown area in the fall of 2003, where a new church was started.Edward was a very loving and devoted companion, father and grandfather, much concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family and church. Although we weep, we grieve not as those who have no hope, looking forward to a glad reunion in Heaven.The family expresses a heartfelt thank you to all for their expressions of sympathy and prayers during our loved one’s death.Services were Tuesday, March 2, in the Cedar Haven Amish Mennonite Church in Miller. Burial was in the Cedar Haven Amish Mennonite Cemetery, under direction of Fraker Funeral Home, Marshfield.

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NORMA C. KRUEGER

Norma C. Krueger, 87, Verona, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, in Lacoba Nursing Home, Monett, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Freistatt to Arthur and Alma (Voskamp) Fellwock. She was a lifelong resident of the Freistatt community. She worked on the family farm and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt.

She married Reno Gust Krueger Nov. 22, 1945, in Freistatt. He survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jerry Krueger and Charles Krueger, both of Verona; one daughter Patsy Woods, Monett; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Fellwock, and one sister, Orba Holle.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt, with the Rev. Ryan Buchmueller and lay minister Wilbur Claude officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Freistatt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church radio broadcast, in care of the funeral home.


VERA B. (KLEIBOEKER) KRUSE

Vera B. (Kleiboeker) Kruse, 92, Aurora, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the Aurora Nursing Center, Aurora. She was born March 20, 1918, in Wentworth to August and Hulda (Rusch) Kleiboeker.

She grew up in the Freistatt and Pierce City area. She attended Trinity Lutheran School until graduation from eighth grade. She graduated from Pierce City High School. She worked at Camp Crowder during World War II, and later moved to Kansas City.

She married Glenn Kruse Nov. 27, 1952, in Freistatt. He died Oct. 12, 2008.

They moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where she worked for the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City. She was a charter member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City. After her retirement she moved to Aurora and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Kruse, El Cerrito, Calif., and Dennis Kruse, Leesburg, Va..; one daughter, Sandra Morfitt, Brownsville, Texas; two brothers, Alvin Kleiboeker, Stotts City, and Lorn Kleiboeker, Wentworth; one sister, Loren Buescher, Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

Services were Monday, Nov. 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt. Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Freistatt, under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.


THELMA L. KUHNERT

Thelma L. Kuhnert, 92, Mt. Vernon, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at the Lawrence County Manor, Mt. Vernon. She was a resident of Mt. Vernon for the past 27 years, where she was active in her church and the Lawrence County Historical Society. She also volunteered for several years for hospice at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Vernon.

She was born March 18, 1918, in Ottawa, Kan., to Herbert and Florence (Mozely) Lemon and married June 2, 1935, to Howard J. Kuhnert in Atchison, Kan. She is survived by her three children, sons, John T. Kuhnert and wife, Sherry, of Marionville and Howard J. Kuhnert Jr. and wife, Beverly, of Monett and one daughter, Shirley J. (Kuhnert) Ward and her husband, Jack W., of Verona.

Other survivors include a sister, Marie Munsey of Kansas City; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976; two brothers, Marvin and Harold Lemon; and by one granddaughter, Danika L. (Ward) Burge.

No local services are planned. She will be buried beside her husband in Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, Calif. Arrangements are being made by Walnut Lawn Funeral Home in Springfield.

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