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Obituaries from March 2013

GARY D. BANKS (03/27/13)
Gary D. Banks, 68, Fairview, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, following a sudden illness. He was born Nov. 19, 1944 in Washburn, to Jay W. and Marjorie Putnam Banks. He was a lifetime area resident and was a dairy farmer. Survivors include: one brother, Barney Banks and wife, Connie, of Fairview; and one sister, Treva McCool, of Grove, Okla...
JAMES MARION "BUG" BELL (03/27/13)
James Marion "Bug" Bell, 51, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, in an automobile accident near Wheaton. He was born Aug. 6, 1961, in Illinois, the son of Robert and JoAnne (Malott) Bell. On Jan. 20, 2001, he was united in marriage to Dawn Prewitt, who survives...
ORTA LEE RUGGLES CAMERON-COMSTOCK (03/27/13)
Orta Lee Ruggles Cameron-Comstock, 91, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, in Meridan Village Retirement Center in Edwardsville, Ill. She was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Downing. She was the daughter of Joseph B. Ruggles and Cleda Elschlager Ruggles. ...
CHARLES R. COOPER (03/27/13)
Charles R. Cooper, 88, of Golden, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, in his home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Golden Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Dudley, Pastor Woody Fletcher and Pastor Jerry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Western Grove Cemetery in Western Grove, Ark., under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home, Branson, Mo...
MARJORIE ROSE HOLMAN (03/27/13)
Marjorie Rose Holman, 70, of Arlington, Heights, Ill., passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, in Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington, Ill. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Corinth Cemetery, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
FRANK HUFFMAN (03/27/13)
Frank Huffman, 59, of Washburn, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. He was born on June 17, 1953, in San Bernardino, Calif. In 1993, he moved from Dayton, Nev., to Washburn. He owned and operated Frank's Drywall where he worked in construction/drywall for over 30 years...
CLIFF KNISLEY (03/27/13)
Clifford "Cliff" Knisley, 81, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital Springfield. He was born June 14, 1931, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Clifford C. and Opal (Walker) Knisley. On June 11, 1982, in Pennsylvania, he was united in marriage to Linda Lee Rice, who survives...
JOUA LOR (03/27/13)
Joua Lor, 25, of Sarcoxie, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in Newton County. She was born Oct. 18, 1987, in Thailand, the daughter of Song Xiong Lor and Cha Xiong Lor. In 2010, she was united in marriage to Pha Xiong, who survives. Additional survivors include: her parents of Oak Grove, Minn.; one son, Champion Muajyeej Xiong, of the home; one daughter, Claire Cintsa Xiong, of the home; five brothers, Toua Lor, Shoua Lor, Tou Thao Lor, Yee Lor and Chuck Lor all of Oak Grove, Minn., and two sisters, Bee Lor, of Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Chue Lor, of Oak Grove, Minn.. ...
DEBBIE LUSH (03/27/13)
Debbie Lush, 52, of Wheaton, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Shreveport, La. She was born on Nov.16, 1960, daughter of Anthony and Barbara (Wilson) Colasuono, in Buffalo Grove, Ill. On July 4, 2011, she was united in marriage to Kevin Lush...
CLARENCE WILLIAM MILLER (03/27/13)
Clarence William Miller, III, 62, of Golden, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, in the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark. Arrangements will be announced by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper...
ERMA LAVERN DOTSON MORELAND (03/27/13)
Erma Lavern Dotson Moreland, 81, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Cox-Monett Hospital. She was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Harrison, Ark., the daughter of Oliver and Allie (Cantrell) Anderson. She was united in marriage to Jim Dotson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1998. She later married William (Bill) Moreland, who survives...
RAY JOHN SMITH (03/27/13)
Ray John Smith, 83, son of Dewey John and Minnie (Jones) Smith was born March 27, 1929, in Raymondville. He passed away on March 22, 2013, in Springfield. He grew up and attended school in Raymondville. He was in the U.S. Army serving his country during the Korean War...
JOHN VERNON STARCHMAN (03/27/13)
John Vernon Starch-man, 90, passed away March 23, 2013, at the Missouri State Veteran's Home, Mount Vernon, Mo. He was born Nov. 8, 1922, to John and Cora Starchman, both deceased. He served in the U.S. Navy from July 15, 1942 to Nov. 25, 1945. He married Charlotte L. Cox on Oct. 19, 1946. She survives in Joplin...
DONALD WUELLNER (03/19/13)
Donald T. Wuellner, 82, of Alton, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home. He was born April 21, 1930, in Alton, the son of Andrew J. and Emma (Leib) Wuellner. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Vera (Bradford) Zinn (formerly of Cassville) on April 11, 1955, in Springfield, and she survives...
DICK WHITTINGTON (03/19/13)
Clarence Richard "Dick" Whittington, 77, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Autumn Hill Nursing Home, Berryville, Ark. He was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Clarence and Susan Bernice (Alsip) Whittington. On Oct. 9, 1954, in Chicago, he was united in marriage to Leatrice Joanne "Lea" Smith, who survives...
BOBBY RUTH SHOWALTER (03/20/13)
Bobby Ruth Showalter, 82, of Golden, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in her home. She was born July 24, 1930, in Newton County the daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth (Loving) Stockton. On Aug. 22, 1948, in Ritchey, she was united in marriage to Doyle "Ray" Showalter, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents, her younger son, Bobby Lynn Showalter; one brother; and one sister...
ANNA BELL ROBBINS (03/19/13)
Anna Bell Robbins, 84, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Cassville Health Care and Rehab. She was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Stark City, the daughter of Leslie and Clara (Nale) Bateman. On Jan. 19, 1946, at Exeter, she was united in marriage to Loren Calvin Robbins, who preceded her in death on March 4, 1996. Also preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Guy Bateman, Herman Davis and J. D. Bateman; and two sisters, Bea Browning and Hester Horn...
JIMMIE LEE LAND (03/19/13)
Jimmie Lee Land, 67, of Purdy, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. He was born April 8, 1946, in Wheaton, the son of the late Paul and Marjorie (Burton) Land. He was united in marriage on Aug. 11, 1995, in Eureka Springs, Ark., to Carla Brown, and she survives...
STANLEY LACKEY (03/19/13)
Stanley Lackey, 55, of Seligman, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on April 24, 1957, in Lancaster, Calif., son of Roy and Mary (Rambo) Lackey. On July 4, 1991, he was united in marriage to Rose Martin, and she survives...
ALBERT LABONTE (03/19/13)
Albert "Al" William Labonte, 70, of Seligman, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at his home. He was born in Thompson, Conn., April 1, 1942, the son of Telesphore and Doris (St. Maire) Labonte. On June 14, 1970, in Dorchester, N.H., he was united in marriage to Janice Elaine Gaspie, who survives...
STEVE KECHTENHOFER (03/19/13)
Robert Steven "Steve" Knechtenhofer, 56, of Washburn, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in his home. He was born in St. Joseph, April 25, 1956, the son of Robert C. "Bob" and Beverly "Bev" (Peek) Knechtenhofer, who survive. Additional survivors include: one son, Erien Lee Knechtenhofer and his wife, Kerri, of Savannah, Mo., his companion, Debi Harville, of Washburn; two brothers, Donald Knechtenhofer and his wife Karin, of St. ...
FUE YIA CHANG (03/19/13)
Fue Yia Chang, 72, of Salida, Calif., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at his son's home in Exeter. He was born May 14, 1940, in Long Khan, Laos, the son of Xai Khu Chang and Mee Xiong. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Ka Xiong, who survives...
ERNESTINE MARIE CASNER (03/19/13)
Ernestine Marie Casner, 88, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation in Cassville. She was born Nov. 20, 1924, in South Haven, Kan., the daughter of Jacob and Minta (Newell) Prough. On March 28, 1942, in Wichita, Kan., she was united in marriage to Harold Heuback, and to this union three children were born. ...
ORTA LEE CAMERON (03/19/13)
Orta Lee Cameron, 91, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, in Glen Carbon, Ill. Arrangements will be announced by 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...
MILDRED BLAKLEY (03/19/13)
Mildred Ovelyn Blakley, 90, of Purdy, passed away on March 13, 2013. She was born on Jan. 3, 1923, in Albuquerque, N.M., the daughter of Roland "Otto" and Oralea (Creasa) Yarnall. On Nov. 24, 1945, she married Howard C. Blakley, who preceded her in death in 1997...
FUE YIA CHANG (03/13/13)
Fue Yia Chang, 72, of Salida, Calif., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at his son's home in Exeter. Arrangements will be announced by McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper. Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences...
ROGER DALE CRIM (03/13/13)
Roger Dale Crim, 48, of Washburn, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in his home. He was born June 23, 1964, in Rogers, Ark., the son of Lloyd Joe and Alice (Wilbanks) Crim. Survivors include: his mother, Alice Crim, of Washburn; one son, Cody Crim, of Seligman; two brothers, Lloyd Allen Crim and his wife, Jeannie, of Washburn, and Doug Crim, of Seligman; and four sisters, Barbara Rainey and her husband, David, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Donna Belleau and her husband, Mike, of Bella Vista, Ark., Sandra Robinson, of Columbia, and Karen Morris and her husband, Mike, of Grain Valley.. ...
DOYLE LEROY DALTON (03/13/13)
Doyle Leroy Dalton, 81, of Washburn, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Benchmark Healthcare of Monett. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Washburn, the son of Paul G. and Amy Katherine (Richard) Dalton, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were: one son, Brady Dalton-Hayes; four brothers, Clifford, Richard, Lewis and Kenneth Dalton; and two sisters, Pauline and Lilly...
ROBERT "BOB" HUNTER (03/13/13)
Robert Len "Bob" Hunter, 73, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Crane. Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Janet Simmons Hunter; his two daughters, Susan Lynne McWilliams and her husband, Mike, of Mountain Home, Ark., and Teri Anne Hunter, of Republic; and his mother-in-law, Elaine Skogman...
STEVE KNECHTENHOFER (03/13/13)
Robert Steven "Steve" Knechtenhofer, 56, of Washburn, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in his 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...
GLADYS LONG (03/13/13)
Gladys Long, 91, of Seligman, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. She was born on March 18, 1921, in Seligman, daughter of Clyde and Irma (Bridges) Roller. She worked as a production supervisor in Kansas City, Kan., for the Hallmark Company for over 40 years...
CLAUDIA OWENS (03/13/13)
Claudia Owens, 49, of Purdy, formerly of Wheaton, passed away on Feb. 23, 2013, at Red Rose Health and Rehab Center in Cassville. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, with Rev. James Alverson officiating...
EMMA JO PRIVETT (03/06/13)
Emma Jo Privett, 83, of Butterfield, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 28, 1929, in Blackwell, Okla., the daughter of Joseph and Edna (Elemquist) Shoemaker. On July 1, 1951, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Donald D. Privett, who preceded her in death on March 11, 1970. Also preceding her in death were her parents, three sisters and three half-sisters...
BONNIE NELSON (03/06/13)
Bonnie Gayle Nelson, 70, of Exeter, passed away in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. She was born on July 3, 1942, in Denison, Texas, daughter of Larry and Florence (Duncan) Shelton. She was a 1960 graduate of St. Paul High School in Madison County, Ark. On May 23, 1960, she was united in marriage to Gerald Lee Nelson in Stillwell, Okla. In 1990, they moved to Exeter where they owned and operated G & B Nelson Trucking, Inc. She was a member of the Exeter Church of Christ...
CHARLES MURPHY (03/06/13)
Charles Mac Murphy, 75, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, in his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1937, in Stella, the son of Carl and Marietta (Marney) Murphy, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Rocky Comfort High School and then business school in Springfield. He worked for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Okla., for 13 years, returning home to raise and trade cattle. Before retiring, he was employed for Gary Keen at the Cassville Livestock Market as sales manager...
LINDA MOSS (03/06/13)
Linda Moss, 60, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She was born on May 27, 1952, in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Robert and Mary Louise (Arnold) Fries. She graduated from the Poway High School in Poway, Calif. ...
LINDA MATTINGLY (03/06/13)
Linda L. Mattingly, 68, of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 9, 1944, in Wayne, the daughter of John and Dafner Lee (Martin) Box. On Sept. 1, 1963, in Exeter, she was united in marriage to David Leon Mattingly, who preceded her in death on March 2, 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one sister and one brother...
JACK KEITH (03/06/13)
John "Jack" Edward Keith, 92, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Brighton Ridge, Ark. He was born on Aug. 6, 1920, in Van Buren, Ark., son of Lawrence Fuller and Jatta (Taylor) Keith. He grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Westport High School. ...
BARBALINE DUDLEY (03/06/13)
Barbaline Marie Dudley, 80, of Cassville, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Centerville, Kan., the daughter of Wilton D. and E. Marie (Pearson) Mathews. On May 3, 1953, she was united in marriage to Sheldon Dudley, who preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2002. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one daughter, Julie Dudley Gates...
EDITH (SMITH) ASH (03/06/13)
Edith Helen (Williamson) Smith Ash, 93, of Cassville, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, in Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Dexter, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Mamie (Brock) Williamson. On Aug. 8, 1936, she was united in marriage to Grover Smith, who preceded her in death in July 1981. ...