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Obituaries from February 2012

JEAN DUNEHEW (02/29/12)
Willa "Jean" Dunehew, 78, of Cape Fair, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in her home. She was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Dowdy, Ark., the daughter of Ethel (Inmon) McDoniel. On May 7, 1954, in Batesville, Ark., she was united in marriage to Robert Nash "Bob" Dunehew, who survives...
GARY WAYNE SCHELL (02/29/12)
Gary Wayne Schell, 56, of Exeter, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield. He was born on Sept. 29, 1955, in Monett, son of Billy Wayne and Dollie Faye (Thomas) Schell. He graduated from Southwest High School in Washburn. ...
NORMA JEAN ALLEN (02/29/12)
Norma Jean (Randolph) Allen, 84, of Monett, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Benchmark Healthcare of Monett. She was born May 19, 1927, in Fremont, the daughter of Silas H. and Ella M. (Vermillion) Randolph, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were three brothers and four sisters...
FRANCES MAE THOMAS RICHMOND (02/29/12)
Frances Mae Thomas Richmond, 80, of Jay, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. She graduated from Cassville High School, class of 1950. After graduation, she moved to Jay, Okla., to live with her grandmother Thomas. She married Neal Richmond in 1952...
JACKIE CLARK (02/29/12)
Jacqueline "Jackie" (O'Benar) Clark, 76, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in her home. She was born Dec. 14, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John and Emma (Schue) O'Benar. On Dec. 29, 1961, in Aurora, Ill., she was united in marriage to Ronald Allen "Ron" Clark, who survives...
VERNA MAE NATIONS (02/29/12)
Verna Mae Nations, 81, of Cassville was called to her eternal rest on Monday, February 27, 2012. She died peacefully at home following a short battle with cancer. Verna Mae was born April 23, 1930 in Purdy, Missouri, to John and Anna Miller. Siblings include Elna Meister, Dorothy Miller, Marzella Hemmerling, Mildred Lilleoien and Gene Miller, all of which predeceased her except for Gene...
JOHN FOLAND (02/16/12)
John O. Foland, 73 of Jenkins, passed away on Feb. 10, 2012. Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Sadonna Foland; his daughter, Cynthia and her husband, Steve Tennant, of Hanford, Calif., a daughter, Lynette Davey, of Cassville, and his son, Patrick L. Foland and his wife, Pamela, of Purdy; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters...
RUBY BAKER (02/16/12)
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers, Bill Spiva, J.C. Spiva and Ray Spiva; three sisters, Theresa Laudenslager, Maudine Johnson and Chloe Woolard and a grandson in law, Matt Rowe. She will be missed, but never forgotten. ...
DANNY MACKEY (02/16/12)
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cassville and attended O.K. Mission Baptist Church in Washburn. Survivors include: his companion of many years, Jeannie Nickell, of Cassville; his son, Jason Mackey and his wife, Janelle; his daughter, Julie Gadiaga and her husband, Demba; two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, "Junior" Mackey, his mother, Beulah Harris Garoutte, and his sister, Shila Cendroski...
RAY EASLEY (02/16/12)
Charley Ray Easley, 90, of Springdale, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark. He was born May 7, 1921, in Eagle Rock, the son of William Greenberry Easley and Mollie (Larcey) Easley. On April 3, 1941, in Wheaton, he was united in marriage to Roma Epperly...
PHILLIS JEAN PIERCE (02/16/12)
Phillis Jean Pierce, 71, of Eagle Rock, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in her home. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
DR. WILLIAM "BILL" KAROW (02/16/12)
William F. "Bill" Karow II, M.D., 75, of Springfield, formerly of Cassville, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, of cancer at his home. He was born March 9, 1936, in Duluth, Minn., the son of the late Kenneth and Florence Karow, who preceded him in death. His father, Kenneth, was head of the U.S. Forest Service in Cassville during the 1950s and '60s...
MELBA EAKIN (02/16/12)
Melba Sutton Eakin, 66, of Shell Knob, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. She was born May 29, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Luther and Jessie (LaCroix) Sutton. Surviving is her mother, Jessie Sutton, of Pineville, La. Preceding her in death were her father and her brother, Marlin Sutton...
GEORGE COFFEY (02/16/12)
George W. Coffey, 81, of Exeter, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Cassville. He was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Barry County, the son of Tom and Alta (Stamps) Coffey. On Jan. 23, 1997, he was united in marriage to Marilyn (Chambers), who survives...
DAVID VESTAL (02/16/12)
David B. Vestal, 69, of Nevada, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin. He was united in marriage to Lucille Layton, who preceded him in death on Dec.12, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents. He served his country in the U.S. Army from April 26, 1961, until Jan. 29, 1963, when he was honorably discharged. He worked as a mechanic for Ford Motor Company and also did some oil prospecting. He was of the Baptist faith...
MELBA EAKIN (02/08/12)
Melba Sutton Eakin, 66, of Shell Knob, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
RAYMOND CARTER (02/08/12)
Raymond E. Carter, 47, of Belton, passed way Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1964, in Kansas City, the son of Elmer D. and Avenell (Dodson) Carter. Survivors include: his mother, Avenell Innis, of Shell Knob; one daughter, Samantha R. Carter, of Blue Springs; and two sisters, Connie Ring "Anderson" of Golden, and Carolyn Riddle and her husband, Shaun, of Shawnee, Kan...
DAMIAN ALLAN LITTLER (02/08/12)
Damian Allan Littler, infant son of Travis Allan Littler and Charlotte Ann Buttrum, of Cassville, was born and departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Cox Monett Hospital, Monett. Survivors include: his parents, Travis and Charlotte; one brother Donavan Mikesh; and his grandparents, Larry and Chris Littler, of Shell Knob, and Glen and Jill Buttrum, of Cassville...
LEOTA FAYE RODEN (02/08/12)
Leota Faye Roden, 81, of Cassville, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. She born Jan. 8, 1931, at Cassville, the second child of William Henry and Lois Olena (Hawk) Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harold Roden, and her twin sister, Oleta Maye Thompson...
JIM GAUTNEY (02/01/12)
Larry James "Jim" Gautney, 75, of Cassville, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Boise, Idaho, the son of Fred and Leota (Hudson) Gautney. On April 15, 1966, in Jenkins, he was united in marriage to Sherlene Fryman, who preceded him in death on April 2, 1999. Also preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Louise Aldridge; and three brothers, Loyal Dean Gautney, Bill Gautney and J.D. Gautney...
THOMAS C. BLANKENSHIP (02/01/12)
Thomas C. Blankenship, 63, of Sedalia, passed away Jan. 25, 2012, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Columbia. He was born Oct. 22, 1948, at Cato and graduated from Cassville High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He had a career at Superior Asphalt in Kansas City as a highway construction surveyor. He was preceded in death by his father, Cleo K. blankenship and his mother, Lois K. Roney-Fox...
ELSIE MAE RENKOSKI (02/01/12)
Elsie Mae Renkoski, 82, of Purdy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. She was born April 12, 1929, in Gallatin, the daughter of Harley and Mabel (Graham) Phillips. On Oct. 22, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan., she was united in marriage to Lawrence Henry Renkoski, and to this union 12 children were born...
LEROY HANS MUNSON (02/01/12)
LeRoy Hans Munson, 80, passed away Jan. 28, 2012, in Eagle Rock. He was born March 24, 1931, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to David and Hulga (Sumptom). He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. On March 26, 1955, he was united in marriage to Virginia Davison in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was employed 28 years for the Clinton Engines Company and farmed in Iowa from 1966 to 1984. They owned and operated the Tango Bar in Maquoketa, Iowa, from 1978 to 1984...
DELEVA SUE "DEE" WALKER (02/01/12)
Deleva Sue "Dee" Walker, 67, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in her home. She was born Sept. 25, 1944, in Barry County, the daughter of Onis and Maxine (Steele) Wilson. On Dec. 31, 1965, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Walker...
JOHNNIE SIMPSON (02/01/12)
Johnnie Morris Simpson, 89, of Jasper, (formerly of Purdy) passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born July 10, 1922, in Butterfield, the son of the late Barney and Mabel (Taylor) Simpson. He was united in marriage on June 21, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., to Jewell Pryor, she preceded him in death on May 6, 2010...
JOHNNY O. REID (02/01/12)
Johnny O'Dell Reid peacefully departed this life on Friday, January 27, 2012, at his home in Cassville, Missouri, at the age of seventy six. Johnny was born on December 1, 1935, in Doniphan, Missouri, the third child of Don Van Reid and Mabel Mae Sharum Reid. On December 28, 1952, Johnny married Octava Marie Tittle and to this union came four children, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Johnny and Marie recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary...
SHELBY TAYLOR PIETZ (02/01/12)
Shelby Taylor Pietz, 33, formerly of Cassville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Spring-field. She was born on Aug. 1, 1978, in San Diego, Calif., daughter of Rex and Maureen (Burke) Pietz. She moved, along with her family, to Cassville and attended Cassville High School. After graduation, she worked as a professional freelance make-up artist all over the United States...