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SMART, Maxine Eunice Crabtree
St. Clair County Courier, 9 February 2007
Maxine Eunice Smart was born Oct. 17, 1919 in Iconium, the eighth child of Fount A. and Florence Gilla Wright Crabtree. She passed away Feb. 1, 2007 at St. Luke's Medica Center, Kansas City. She was a lifelong resident of St. Clair County. Maxine was baptized and attended Mt. Olive Holiness Church until her health declined.
She married Neil Smart on Feb. 15, 1941 and following a short time of working in Kansas City, they made their home on a farm in St. Clair County where they raised three children. Maxine was a devoted wife and mother and worked hard on the farm alongside Neil. She raised most of their food in her garden and she would fix a fence, drive a tractor and could still swing an axe and split wood into her mid to late 70s. In her spare time, you could probably find her at the pond or the creek with her fishing pole. Maxine was preceded in death by her father, Fount Crabtree; her mother, Florence Crabtree; four sisters, Retha May Parks, Wynnie Sarah Alderson, Eudell Sartin, Caddy Suiter and four brothers, Wright Crabtree, Van Dee Crabtree, Cleo Crabtree and Woodrow Crabtree and her daughter, Lovella Hilty. Survivors include her son, Ron Smart and his wife, Peggy of Osceola; Loretta Young and her husband, Gary of Riverside; grandsons, John Hilty and his wife, Kelly, Shawn Hilty and his wife, Wendy, Joe Hann Hilty and his wife, Mary of Osceola; 10 great grandsons and three great granddaughteres, nieces, nephews and  friends. Services were Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Rev. Tom Sharp and Rev. Kenneth Shinn. Music selection was "Softly and Tenderly" and "Precious Memories" by Richard Sunderwirth, vocalist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Davie Smart, Montana Hilty, Mason Hilty, Conner Hilty, Zach Hilty, Orren Hilty, Macray Hilty and Dillon Bush.
Interment was in Iconium Cemetery. Arrangements were done by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

SMITH, Allice Johannigmeier Brown
Hill & Son Funeral Home
Alice Johannigmeier Smith, daughter of Rolla and Molly Brown, was born on May 13, 1913 in Osceola, Missouri. She passed away October 31, 2007 at 94 years of age. Alice graduated from Appleton City High School. She was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church, P.E.O. Chapter CC and the bridge club. Alice and Paul Johannigmeier were united in marriage on May 15, 1936 in Neosho, Missouri. Alice was later married to Alfred Smith who preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1999. Alice was a gifted artist, enjoyed crocheting, loved to travel and enjoyed spending winters in Coolidge, Arizona. Preceding Alice in death were her parents, her sister Evelyn B. Laney, her husband Paul Johannigmeier, brother-in-law Eddie and son-in-law Michael J. Costello. She is survived by her daughter Jane Costello of Westcliffe, Colorado, her son Truman Johannigmeier and his wife Janice of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; five grandchildren: Pam Pulse, Paula Eden, Tracy Costello-Lear, Paul Costello, Molly Costello-Stauffer; six great-grandchildren; and her many friends and neighbors of Appleton City Manor. Memorial Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Friday, November 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Minister: Jerry Johannigmeier. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: Evelyn Brown Laney Hospice.

SMITH, Andrew D.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 5 January 2006
Andrew D. Smith, 66, Osceola, formerly of Kansas City, died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, near Blairstown. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 7, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Iconium Cemetery, near Osceola.

SMITH, Barbara L.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 20 August 2002
Barbara L. Smith, 66, Osceola, a plastics manufacturing machine operator, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, at her home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 21, at 1 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Cremation. 

SMITH, Bertha Ellen Burton
Osceola Library Files
Bertha Ellen Burton Smith, daughter of Columbus and Lina Lister Burton, was born Jan. 29, 1889 at Maurine, Missouri. Mrs. Smith passed away at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital October 17, 1985 at the age of 96 years, 9 months and 16 days. On Nov. 26, 1908, Bertha was united in marriage to Charles Robert Smith at the First Methodist Church in Clinton. They moved to Montrose in 1917. Bertha was an employee for the United Telephone Co. for 36 years, retiring July 1, 1953. After retirement they moved to Osceola, to a farm which both enjoyed very much. Mrs. Smith has lived at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City the past 4 years. Mr. Smith preceded her in death on February 23, 1972. She is survived by one son, Ted Salmon of Clinton; one grandson, Robert Salmon and wife, Susan and four great-grandchildren of Appleton City; two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Hugh Burton and Mrs. Oral Burton of Clinton; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, 1985 with Rev. Lee Ward officiating. Burial was at the Englewood Cemetery under the direction of the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Michel, Clem Rotert, Ted Conrad, and Virgil Bunch. Pallbearers were Glen Burton, Hugh Burton, Bob Daniels, Ernie Barnhart, LeeRay Hart, and Raymond Spender.

SMITH, Bertha L. Koger
St. Clair County Courier, 16 February 2007
Bertha L. Smith, 89, Warsaw, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at the Lighthouse Care Center in Warsaw. She was born in Damascus on Oct. 22, 1917, the daughter of James B. and Hazel Walker Koger. She attended and graduated high school in Osceola. She then moved to Kansas City and went to work at the Dolly Madison Bakery where she would work for the next 32 years, retiring from there in 1967. On March 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Arthur "Jim" Smith in Bentonville, Ark. In 1968, after retirement, they moved to Cole Turkey Acres near Warsaw. When she was a teenager, she attended the Hill High Baptist Church in Damascus; after moving to Warsaw, she attended the Grace Baptist Church. She was a member of the Bakers and Confectioners Union in Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim, in December 1990; two brothers, one as an infant and Ralph Koger in 1997 and one sister, Emma Burris in 1999. She is survived by two brothers, Bill Koger, Warsaw and George Koger and his wife, Thelma, Kansas City; one sister, Gladys Roberts, Kansas City; one sister-in-law, Lillian Koger, Osceola; one step-son, Bill Smith and his wife Betty, Warrensburg; three stepdaughters, Wanda Morgan and her husband, Garner, Jacksonville, Fla., Ester Smith, Warsaw and Margarette Smith, Nixa; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Bertha were Thursday, Jan. 11, at Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Reverend Johnny Logue officiating. Musical selections were "If You Knew" and "Amazing Grace" with Russell Lucas, vocalist.
Pallbearers were Norman Ballou, Wayne Koger, Don Roberts, J.J. Doop, Tyrone Perry and Mark Roberts.
Interment was in the Shawnee Cemetery, Warsaw, under the direction of Reser Funeral Home.

SMITH, Bertha L. Koger
Kansas City Star, 10 January 2007
Bertha L. Smith -- Bertha L. Smith, 89, of Warsaw, Mo., passed away January 8, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, (660) 438-5151, with visitation an hour before the services. Burial in Shawnee Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorials to Lighthouse Care Center c/o the funeral home.

SMITH, Boyce E. Jr.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 22 August 2002
Boyce E. Smith Jr., 49, Lowry City, died Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at his home. He was a computer repairman. Funeral services are pending at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Chapel.

SMITH, Byron D.
St. Clair County Courier, 17 August 2005
Byron D. Smith, 76, passed away August 13, 2005. He was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Rockville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked 30 years as an accountant for Farmland Industries. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross C. and Grace Rebecca Smith; brother, Clifford Smith and sister, Lenore Smith-Lovell.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florene Smith, of the home; three sons, Gregory Smith, of the home, Douglas Smith and his wife, Stephanie, Blue Springs and Scott Smith, Lenexa, Kan.; his brother, Emerson Smith, Warrensburg and three grandchildren, Rebekah, Josiah and Hannah. Byron deeply loved his family and devoted his life to serving them. His care and provision for his mentally handicapped son, Greg, was exemplary and admired by all. Services for Byron were Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Barry Christian Church with burial in Mt. Moriah Terrance Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Triality, Inc., Developmental Work Activity Center for Mentally Handicapped Adults, 920 S. Kent, Liberty, MO 64068

SMITH, Byron D.
Kansas City Star, 14 August 2005
Byron D. Smith, 76, passed away August 13, 2005. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, at Barry Christian Church, 1500 NW Barry Rd, with burial in Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 15, at the Mt. Moriah North Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Triality Inc., Developmental Work Activity Center for Mentally Handicapped Adults, 920 S. Kent, Liberty, MO, 64068. Byron was born Sept. 15, 1928 in Rockville, MO. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked 30 years as an accountant for Farmland Industries. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross C. and Grace Rebecca Smith; brother, Clifford Smith and sister, Lenore Smith-Lovell. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florene Smith of the home; three sons, Gregory Smith of the home, Douglas Smith and wife, Stephanie of Blue Springs, MO, and Scott Smith of Lenexa, KS; his brother, Emerson Smith of Warrensburg, MO; and three grandchildren, Rebekah, Josiah, and Hannah. Byron deeply loved his family and devoted his life to serving them. His care and provision for his mentally handicapped son, Greg, was exemplary and admired by all. (Arr; Mt. Moriah Terrace Park, 816-734-5500).

SMITH, Canyun Camaro
El Dorado Sun, 21 February 2008
Canyun Camaro Smith - Canyun Camaro Smith, one month, Bolivar, passed away Feb. 14, 2008. Canyun was born to Mark and Angie Smith at 8:53 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. He weighed four pounds, five ounces and measured 16.5 inches in length. At 28 weeks, Canyun was diagnosed with the same illness as his sister, Cali, who passed away November 2002. Even though the remainder of the pregnancy was emotional for Mark, Angie and family members, the love and excitement surrounding Canyun's birth was tenfold. Canyun fought to hang onto life with every breath and with prayers answered; he was able to go to his loving home in Bolivar, on Jan. 17, to see his brother and sister. Just like his sister in heaven, Canyun brought such delight to all those who knew him and even to those who only heard of him and his strength.
Canyun Smith went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 14, 2008, just four short weeks after being with his
family. In just those few weeks, his family came to know him and love him unconditionally. This child touched the lives of many and is now gathered in God's heavenly garden of souls – where imperfections are made perfect; all injustices made right; all mysteries are explained; and all sorrows turned to happiness. Canyun is survived by his father and mother, Mark and Angie Smith; four-year old sister, Shae and two-year old brother, Easton; four uncles and their families – Leland, Randy, Kendall and Randall; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Smith, and grandparent, Brenda Price; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland LeAn; and many other family members and friends. Canyun was preceded in death by his sister, Cali and grandparent, Dennis Price. Services were Saturday, Feb. 16, at the First Baptist Church of Bolivar, with Rev. Gary Strickland and Dr. David Whitlock officiating. Special music was, “Glory Baby” and”“With Hope.” Casketbearers were Clay Myer and Jeff Fugate. Interment under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home – Osceola, was in the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery – Collins.

SMITH, Eddie L.
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Eddie "Ed" Smith, August 11, 1929 - May 26, 2009. Eddie L. “Ed” Smith, son of Albert Richard and Leona Beatrice (Lair) Smith was born August 11, 1929 in Cedar County, Missouri. He passed away May 26, 2009 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Missouri at 79 years of age. Ed grew up in Stockton and Bolivar later moving with his family to Appleton City where he attended and graduated from high school in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Ed worked as a driver for Burtay Gas Company in the early 1950’s and then the Skelgas Company where he retired in 1985. Eddie and Ellen Dorreen Swopes were united in marriage November 5th 1950 in Eureka Springs, Missouri and to this union two children were born. He was a life-time member of the Montrose VFW and belonged to the First Christian Church in Appleton City. Ed loved a good joke and everyone knew where they stood with him as he always spoke his mind. He enjoyed a good western movie and loved to be outdoors, hunting deer, fishing and boating at the lake. He also enjoyed traveling to National Parks, taking his grandkids to Branson and visiting the Bass Pro Shops. Ed loved his family and spending time with them, the 4th of July fireworks were always at the top of his list of fun family times. Preceding Ed in death were his parents, wife Ellen Dorreen and son Richard “Bud” Smith. Survivors include his daughter Debbie Weno and husband Claib of Rockville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Becky L. Allis and husband Scott of Lebanon, Missouri, Bobby J. Wright and husband Gary of Aurora, Missouri, Bridget Fennewald and husband Gerald of Appleton City, Colby Weno and wife Melissa of Appleton City, Missouri and Courtney Montgomery and husband Brian of Seymour, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren, Jessica, Kimberly, August, Grace, Mattie, Gavin, Samuel and Allie; his companion Pat Coleman of Roscoe, Missouri; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Ministers: Reverend Bob Fenwick and Pastor Tony Reynolds. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Military Graveside Service: Missouri Honor Guard. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Memorials: Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation or Appleton City Landmarks Restoration.

SMITH, Eliza
Appleton City Journal, 8 January 1920
Mrs. P.F. Smith Dead - The friends of Mrs. Eliza Smith were startled a few days when they heard that she was near death, and when about noon on the second day of January they heard that she had passed away. A feeling of sadness came over the entire community. Mrs. Smith was born in the state of Illinois June 24, 1864. She was married to P.F. Smith in 1879. To this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter, Emory of this city and John of Norwood, Missouri. The daughter having died about eleven years ago. Her funeral was conducted at the M.E. Church South Saturday afternoon by her pastor, assisted by Rev. Carpenter of the Christian Church. The place she held in the town was shown by the large number present at the service and the beautiful floral offering. A number of the local miners who made their home with her were present and acted as pallbearers. The affliction which ended her life struck the entire community as well as her family. Her church in which she had worked for the last twenty years has lost a faithful worker.

SMITH, Eliza
Appleton City Journal, 8 January 1920
Card of Thanks - We take this method of thanking our friends and neighbors for their acts of kindness shown us during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother, the late Eliza Smith, and we wish to thank one and all for the beautiful flowers we received during her sickness and death and especially do we feel indebted to the U.M.W.A. for their beautiful wreath. These acts of kindness will always be remembered by us. Pete Smith,
Emory Smith and Family, Johnnie Smith and Family.

SMITH, Elmina Ann Olson
Kansas City Star, 1 September 2004
Elmina Ann (Olson) Smith, 82, Grandview, MO, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2004, at the Life Care Center of Grandview. She was born July 8, 1922 in Mills, NM, the daughter of Edwin Nathaniel Olson and Opal Fontella (Everett) Olson. On April 19, 1946 she married William "Bill" Jameson Smith in Abbott, NM. Elmina was a lifelong member of Kensington Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO. She was a beginner Sunday school teacher for 43 years. She retired from Ross Miller Cleaners in 1987. She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Lee (Smith) Marsh, Higginsville, MO and Opal Marie (Smith) Oldham, Gladstone, MO; two sisters, Dawn Ophelia (Olson) Parrott, Glendora, CA and Vera Leone (Olson) Clark, LaPuente, CA; one brother, LeRoy Jay Olson, New Braunfels, TX; eight grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, William "Bill" Smith, preceded her in death on April 7, 1993. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Helen Maxine (Olson) Evans. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2004, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2004. (Arrangements: Muehlebach Funeral Home (816) 444-2060)

SMITH, Jane Brunson
Appleton City Journal, 22 February 1917
Jane Brunson was born in Indiana, September 7, 1846. She was married to Lonson Smith January 2, 1867. To this union were born four girls, one of whom has preceded the mother by many years to the land of great majority, and three survive her; Mrs. G. C. Clark of Appleton City; Mrs. J. T. Horner of Oklahoma; and Mrs. J. R. Pollard of North Dakota. Her husband died March 5, 1909. Subsequent to that event she lived with her sister Heppie in the north part of Appleton City about two years ago. Since that time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. G. E. Clark at whose home she died February 19, 1917 at the age of 70 years, 6 months, and 12 days. She became a Christian in early womanhood and died in that faith. She has been a citizen of this state for about forty two years. Her funeral services were held at the home where she died on February 20, 1917, conducted by her pastor, H. B. Carpentar in the presence of a large and sympathetic audience after which the remains were interred in Meyers Cemetery.

SMITH, Jimmie D.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 26 February 2003
Jimmie D. Smith, 70, Harwood, a retired power plant superintendent, died Monday, February 24, 2003, at St. John's Springfield. Funeral services were 1 p.m., Friday, February 28, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial will be in Benton Green Cemetery, Roscoe.

SMITH, Jo Carol Kiefer
St. Clair County Courier, 12 January 2007
Jo Carol Smith was born on May 29, 1931, to Beryl and Leroy Ray Kiefer of Osceola. On May 26, 1949, she married her high school sweetheart, Jack Smith, and they continued to make Osceola their home until moving to Wymore, Neb. in 1954. There they became part of the community, raising a family, attending the Wymore Methodist Church where Jo was very active, and working. Jo for over 30 years was as a typesetter for the Wymore Arbor State Newspaper. In the early 90s Jo and Jack returned to Osceola to care for her mother. And like her mother, Jo loved music and gave piano lessons for several years to several students. She played the piano at the Osceola Community Church and at numerous weddings and funerals. Jo was preceded in death by an infant son, Joe Jonathan; her parents; and her brother, Jack Kiefer. She is survived by her husband, Jack Smith; her children, Kevin Smith, Osceola and Carol Smith, Springfield; her grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Lincoln, Neb., Derek and Missy Smith and Jamie Smith and her great grandchildren, Tyler and Rylie Smith, all of Hinton, Iowa; her sister, Betty Bybee, Beatrice, Neb. and her brother, Dick Kiefer, Osceola. Jo was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a rock to family and many friends. She was loved deeply and will be sorely missed.

SMITH, John D.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
John D. Smith, December 13, 1919 - September 1, 2009. John D. Smith, son of Earl D. and Louise R. (Lampkin) Smith, was born on the family farm near Montrose, Missouri December 13, 1919. He passed away September 1, 2009 at his home of 20 years, near Belton, Missouri at 89 years of age. John grew up in the rural Montrose area, attending a country elementary school and then attending and graduating from Appleton City High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1940 and was stationed in Tucson, Arizona where he was an airplane mechanic. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Master Sergeant following his tour of duty. John and Ladine Burch were united in marriage March 16, 1944 and to this union three children were born. John was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He retired from his job at the Post Office and began working in the postal department for Black and Veatch where he remained for several years, until he again retired. John was a faithful member of the Belton Christian Church since 1960. During that time he had served the church in many capacities including board chairman. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years and was also a member of the Ararat Shrine. Preceding John in death was a daughter Ella May Smith at age three and a grandson Bryon Smith. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ladine Smith of the home; one son Rick Smith and wife Charlotte of Mandeville, Louisiana and their children Jeremy Smith of Mandeville, and Kelly Presley and husband of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter Marla and husband Brandon Chabner of Manhattan Beach, California and their son Ben; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Barbara Wade and husband Ivan of Overland Park, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Robert Burch and wife Janet of Adrian, Missouri and Leland Burch and wife Sara of Butler, Missouri. Service: Belton Christian Church in Belton, Missouri on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Minister: Dr. James T. Bottrell. Visitation: Belton Christian Church in Belton, Missouri on Saturday, September 5, 2009 between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial:  Belton Christian Church.

SMITH, Leland D.
St. Clair County Courier, 30 March 2007
Leland "D" Smith was born December 7, 1931 at Collins, Mo. Passed away March 23, 2007. Funeral Service was Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, Mo.

SMITH, Leroy L.
Clinton Daily Democrat
Roy Smith, 92, Roscoe, died Monday morning, May 20, 1996, at Community Care Center in El Dorado Springs. Mr. Smith was born near Roscoe and was a lifelong area resident. He had been a member of the Roscoe Christian Church since 1921. He is survived by his wife, Wretha of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Dorsha Hooper of Roscoe; two sisters, Mrs. Madeline Mitchell of Collins, and Mrs. Myrtle Colson of Camdenton; three grandsons, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the Roscoe Christian Church. Burial will be in the Benton Green Cemetery near Roscoe. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola.

SMITH, Lois Darlene Fletcher
ElDorado Sun, Friday, July 17, 2009
Lois Darlene Smith, 72, was born Aug. 6, 1936, in Cedar Creek, NE, to Lewis Henry Fletcher and Nova Waunetta (Walker) Fletcher. She passed away at her home in El Dorado Springs on July 8, 2009. On June 30, 1956, Lois was united in marriage to Robert Edward Smith. To this union two daughters were born, Karen Sue Smith and Brenda Lou Koca. She worked for Dunbrooke Sports Wear and Perry Manufacturing for a total of 48 years. She made many dear friends while she was working there who stayed with her throughout her years.
Darlene enjoyed sewing, needle working and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her favorite pass- time was going to Bluegrass music concerts with her best friend, Blanche Eslinger. She was an active member of the Church of Christ in El Dorado Springs. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Preceding Darlene in death were her father, Lewis Fletcher; her mother, Nova Fletcher; her beloved husband, Robert Smith; and one brother-in-law, Leroy Smith - Pleasant Hope. She is survived by her two daughters, Karen and Brenda - both of El Dorado Springs; two granddaughters, Trisha Sue Bayless - Roscoe, and Stephanie VanReenan - El Dorado Springs; six great-grandchildren - Jason Thomas, Chayna Penny, Sidney Bayless, Arron Simerell, Erica Simerell and Colton Eaton; two brothers, Donald Fletcher, and wife, Georgia - El Dorado Springs, and Scott Fletcher - El Dorado Springs; one sister, Janice Howerton, and husband, Richard - Nixa; two brothers-in-law, Bill Smith - Kansas City, and Ernie Smith, and wife, Caroline - Buffalo; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Moyer - Lamar, and Anna Mae Howerton, and husband, Robert - Osceola; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held Monday, July 13, in the Sheldon Funeral Home with W.L. Studer officiating. Music was provided by the Church of Christ Singers. Interment was in the Osceola Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. Casketbearers were - Stephanie VanReenan, Kenny Wayne Norman, Jeff Simerell, Kurt Norman, Rick Eslinger, Randy Fletcher, Jerry Eaton and Jordan Fletcher.

SMITH, Marvin Leroy
Clinton Daily Democrat, 5 August 2003
Marvin Leroy Smith was born June 20, 1925, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Andrew McCoy Smith and Beulah Viola Barker Smith. He died Friday, August 1, 2003, at Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton. He was a fire inspector and vehicle maintenance worker for a security company for many years. He married Ruth Virginia Smith December 27, 1955, in Liberty. She died August 3, 1993. He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Lowell Smith, Raymond Smith, Luceal Pretzel and Ola June Smith and one stepson, Bob Smith. He is survived by his son, Marvin Wayne Smith and wife Brenda, Kansas City, Kansas; his stepchildren, Lois Elliott and her husband Elmer, Clinton, Gary Smith and wife Mary, Moreno Valley, California, Tom Smith and wife Vickie of Kansas City, Kansas, Sandra Devosha of Kansas City, Kansas; his brothers and sisters, Dorotha Geneva Hart of Osceola, Lena Catherine Richardson of Little Rock, Arkansas, Esther Viola Holliman of Kansas City, Letha Daisy Swofford of Collins, Lucy Pansy Wetzel of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nova Lee Shelton of Stockton, Andrew Delano Smith of Osceola; several grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were Monday, August 4, 3 p.m., at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Rev. William Webber officiating. Burial was in Iconium Cemetery.

SMITH, Mary E. Green
Clinton, Missouri - Mrs. William R. Smith died at her home on the corner of 7th and Elm streets at 4:10 pm Wednesday, March 12, with heart trouble and high blood pressure. That morning, when she awakened she was not able to get up, and her husband called the doctor. She admonished him, however, to go out and work in the garden on account of it being such fine spring weather. She did not get any better so he called her daughters over, who came and ministered to her, but despite what they and the doctor could do, she passed into eternity. She had been as well as usual until that morning although she had been subject to similar attacks for some time. Mary Green was born at Tipton, Ind. January 17, 1857, where she grew to young womanhood. Fifty-five years ago this February 2nd, she was united in marriage at Tipton, Ind., with William R. Smith. Four years later she came with her husband and family to Henry County and settled near Coal, which was her home until 20 years ago when they moved to Idaho, where they lived about two years, then returned to Clinton and this had been their home since. Eight children were given to this union. The family circle was only broken the death of Mrs. S.P. Hallford some years ago. The others are left to comfort their father during his days of loneliness without his beloved companion. They are: Mrs. L.B. Albin, Mrs. Frank Campbell, of Clinton; Mrs. Will Houk, Mrs. Walter Lawler, and Tom Smith, of near Coal; Mrs. A.E. Allis of Appleton City; Miss Kathryn Smith, of St. Louis. There are 36 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She also leaves two half brothers, Tom and Ol Green of Tipton, Ind. Mrs. Smith was a woman of rare charm, who surrounded her family with the best things of life. She brought into her home, flowers, sunshine and good books, the chief of which was the Bible. This book is well thumbed, and shows the constant searching she made of the scriptures, as she had read it through, time and again. She leaves a heritage to these children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren that is priceless because she has set such a high standard of true womanhood. She ever realized that her kingdom lay in the circle which she could reach. To her neighbors and friends she gave generous service at all times. Every grandchild and great grandchild appreciated what it meant to have an opportunity of visiting Grandmother Smith. She welcomed each as they came, and the last one, the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Burnes Caughell, seemed to especially delight her, and she could hardly wait to see the wee baby. She gave to this world such bright and happy descendants. The world has been blessed not only by her, but by those who come after her. The writer is glad to claim all as my friends. They shine out as beacons of light among those we know, distinctively different, their lives permeate with the good cheer and good will that has come down from this good mother through the generations. Mrs. Smith was well versed in the Scripture. During her residence at Coal, she taught the young mens class at the Sunday School. Her house was always in order and a record kept of family history as well as the business transactions. When the last call came her daughters found everything in place. Mrs. Smith was a direct descendent of the famous General Nathaniel Green of Revolutionary fame, who fought to free our country. Coming from the best blood in America, combining it with real Christianity, and seizing every opportunity for improvement, she used every talent which came her way. A little woman she was, tis true, whose real work never extended beyond her small realm, but whose life has counted for more than any other woman we know. She had been a follower of the Lord Jesus since her girlhood. At the time of her death she was a member of the M.E. Church, South. She believed in Christianity, not in doctrine, and wherever she lived she belonged to the church nearest at hand, where she could do the most for the Heavenly Father. She loved the out-of-doors and her garden. Her daughters found packages of flower seed she had purchased in her plan for making her yard beautiful. Her work is finished as an earthly gardener. Her hands are still, it seems to those who love her, but in reality her garden of love and service have just commenced to blossom in the promise of her coming generations. Rev. Shockley conducted funeral services in the M.E. Church, South, Friday afternoon. Her body was laid in Englewood.

SMITH, Rebecca W. Worick
St. Clair County Courier, 30 June 2006
Rebecca Worick Smith, 93, of Grant, Alabama, formerly of Collins, passed away June 23, 2006. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home with burial in the Osceola cemetery. Under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

SMITH, Roy Alvin
Clinton Daily Democrat, December 1994
Roy Alvin Smith, 88, Westwood Nursing Home of Clinton, died December 7, 1994. He was born to John Isaac Plutarch Smith and Ida Elizabeth (Gilbert) Smith on May 27, 1906. He was born and raised in the Smith Bend community near Iconium before moving to Creighton in 1967. In April 1993 he moved to Westwood Nursing Home in Clinton. He was united in marriage March 16, 1938, to Sarah Doshia Ray of Smith Bend. He was a lifelong farmer and a veteran of World War II. He enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting and fishing and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Doshia Smith, mother and father, his infant son, Wayne Ray Smith, two infant brothers, two sisters, Laura Smith and Elsie Elliott. He is survived by one daughter, Beverly Smart; one granddaughter, Kimberly Cook; one grandson, Bradley Smart; one great-granddaughter, Kara Cook, all of Clinton; three sisters, Bessie Evans and Lydia Smith of Clinton, Hannah Beckner of Belleville, Illinois; a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held on December 9 at Vansant-Mills Chapel. Burial was held at the Smith Bend Cemetery.

SMITH, Ruth Virginia
Mrs. Ruth Virginia Smith, 73, Kansas City, Kansas, died Thursday morning, August 5, at K.U. Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Marvin, of the home; three sons, Gary Smith, Moreno Valley, Calif., William Smith of Clinton, Marvin W. Smith of Kansas City, Kansas; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Elliott of Clinton and Mrs. Sandra Devosha of Kansas City, Ks.; two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Raney of Jay, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Margaret Booth of Pitcher, Oklahoma; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, August 9, at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial was in the Iconium Cemetery.

SMITH, Sandra Darlene Anderson
Clinton Daily Democrat, 13 December 2002
Sandra D. Smith, 66, El Dorado Springs, a nursing home housekeeper, died Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Monday, December 16, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Cremation.

SMITH, Thelma M.
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Thelma M. Smith , February 2, 1917 - March 6, 2008. Thelma M. Smith was born February 2, 1917 in Montana. She passed away March 6, 2008 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Missouri at 91 years of age. Thelma’s family moved to Appleton City when she was about two years old and she has remained in this area throughout her entire life. Thelma was united in marriage with Murrel H. Smith June 11, 1938 in Appleton City. They made their home on the farm where her husband had been born and lived most of his life. Thelma was a homemaker working hard on the farm and for years she baked cakes for special events, especially weddings. She enjoyed collecting dolls and making clothing for them. Thelma also liked making crafts and was a member of the Green Valley Club. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by one sister, Velma Hardesty of Los Lunas, New Mexico; two nephews, Ed Hardesty and wife Kerri of Appleton City and Scott Hardesty of Peralta, New Mexico; a niece Michelle Gallegos and husband Timmy of Los Lunas, New Mexico; and four great-nephews, Matt Kroeger of Wheatland, Wyoming, Justin Hardesty of Peralta, New Mexico, Joshua Gallegos and Bryce Gallegos both of Los Lunas, New Mexico. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Minister: Reverend Tony Reynolds. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment: Appleton Cemetery in Appleton City, Missouri.Memorial: Evelyn Brown Laney Hospice.

SMITH, Vicky A. Fahnestock
Joplin Globe, 16 November 2007
Nevada, Mo. - Vicky A. Smith, 42, a former Key Work Clothes employee, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Burial will be in Taberville Cemetery, Taberville, Mo. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

SMITH, Vicky A. Fahnestock
Joplin Globe, Saturday, 17 November 2007
Vicky A. Smith, 42, Nevada, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. She was born July 9, 1965, in. Nevada, to Floyd Dwayne Fahnestock and Betty A. Buckner Fahnestock. Vicky grew up in Nevada and graduated from high school here. She worked for Key Work Clothes for 20 years and had worked for Vain Merchandisers in Fort Scott, Kan., this past year. She attended Crowder College in Nevada for two years. Vicky was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pineville, Mo. Survivors include her mother, Betty Evans, Nevada; three sons, Jason Hallam and Josh Hallam, both of Nevada, and Jeremy Smith, S.C.; one daughter, Jeanette Hallam, Nevada; one stepdaughter, Bethany Millman, Bronaugh, Mo.; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Bill Fahnestock, Moberly, Mo., Clayton Fahnestock. Milo, Mo., and Butch Mealman, Urich, Mo.; one sister, Mary Mealman, Nevada, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd, and one brother, Dwayne Fahnestock. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Interment will follow in Taberville, Cemetery, Taberville, Mo. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7-8 p.m. Monday evening, Nov. 19, at the funeral home. Memorials may given for the family in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

SMITH, Warren Leslie
St. Clair County Courier, 10 November 2006
Warren Leslie Smith, 94, was born east of Tiffin, Nov. 23, 1911 to Thomas Cleveland and Mamie Ellen Hart Smith. He passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City. Warren spent his early years living east of Tiffin. His family later moved to the Walker area where he complted 8th grade at Dederick. He farmed with his dad, uncles and later his brothers. They farmed many acres owning one of the first horse drawn hay balers. They all worked together camping out for days while they baled hay around the area. For a couple of years Warren and some of his buddies also went to Iowa to pick corn during harvest months.
Warren and Minnie Marie Bedford were united in marriage Feb. 21, 1937 and to this union five children were born. The Smiths celebrated 55 years of marriage shortly before Minnie's passing. Warren and Minnie were active in the Ohio Christian Church as were their children. He was an Elder, the assistant Sunday school superintendent, and served as the teacher to the older Sunday school class until his age and health would not permit him to drive anymore. Warren was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Minnie; eight siblings; twins Ellen and Lester who died at birth, Earl, Tommy, Cecil, Fern, Nova, and DeLoris. He is survived by his children: Leslie W. Smith and his wife Maria of Appleton City, Evelyn M. Wilmoth and husband Larry of Gravitte, Ark., Vernetia E. Preston and husband Charles of Bolivar, Marilyn A. Roper of Fair Grove and Danny R. Smith and Toya of Appleton City, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters Ester Maschewski and Alma Calkins both of Albuquerque, N.M. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City officiated by Minister Jim Randall. Music selections were "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Casketbearers were Loren Smith, Craig Preston, Brian Preston, Scott Klentz, Tony Smith and Jason Smith. Interment was in Westfield Cemetery in rural Appleton City. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Westfield Cemetery.

SNEDEGER, William Robert
Clinton Daily Democrat
William R. Snedeger, 57, Lowry City, died Friday, March 12, 1993 at Veterans Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Carson Independence Chapel; burial in Lowry City Cemetery. Mr. Snedeger was born in Jackson County July 27, 1935 and lived in Independence before he moved to Lowry City in 1985. He was a mechanist for Dart Truck Co., retiring in 1985. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a leader of a Boy Scout troop in Deepwater. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Snedeger of the home; three sons, Steven Snedeger, Phillip Snedeger and Jason Snedeger of Lowry City; a daughter, Julie McBee, Independence; his stepmother, Dorothy Snedeger, Oak Grove in Jackson County; three sisters, Kathleen Hagemaster and Judith Obert of Lockwood, Mo., and Flora Harkness, Oak Grove; a half sister, Fay Hoehn, Washington State; two stepbrothers, Melvin Tinder, Kansas City, and Clifford Tinder, California; and eight grandchildren.  

SNETHEN, Floyd Alonzo
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Floyd Alonzo Snethen, January 30, 1914 - July 24, 2008. Floyd Alonzo Snethen was born on January 30, 1914 in the Upper Monegaw area of St. Clair County, Missouri to Forrest E. and Ivy M. Snethen. He passed away peacefully at home on July 24, 2008 at the age of 94 years. As a young man Floyd accepted Christ as his Savior. On January 27, 1939, Floyd and Zoe Ginter were united in marriage at Osceola, Missouri and to this union four children were born. Floyd lived his entire life in the St. Clair County area except for a very short time when he went to California during the depression. Floyd was a hard worker and could be seen on numerous spring and summer days working in the field with his team of horses. He worked in the hayfields for many area farmers and was always asked to load the wagons because nobody else could load a wagon like Floyd. He also worked for Green Thumb for several years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Zoe, just 52 days earlier, a daughter, Fran Schellman on August 5, 2004, an infant daughter, Faye Allene, on June 25, 1941, an infant son on February 25, 1943, his parents, a brother, Lawrence, of Appleton City, Missouri and a sister, Thelma Ginter of Kettle Falls, Washington. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Julia Snethen of Appleton City, Missouri, a sister, Bessie Foster and husband Joel, and a special son-in-law, Dane Schellman, all of Rockville, Missouri, ten grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, five nieces and five nephews. Floyd was a quiet and easy going man and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Minister: Jerry Johannigmeier. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Saturday, July 26, 2008  from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery in Rural Appleton City, Missouri. Memorials: Heartland Hospice or Mt. Zion Cemetery.

SNETHEN, Forest Elmer
Obituary located on findagrave.com website.
Forest Elmer Snethen, son of Gentry and Alsis T Snethen. He died at his home in Rockville Mo. On August 20, 1910 he married Iva Mae Snyder. Four children were born to this marriage: Lawrence, Floyd, Bessie and Thelma. In April 1922 Mrs Snethen died, and Forest remarried on December 28, 1929 to Missouri Taylor of Lamar, Mo. At the age of 17 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He was a member of the Methodist Church and loved to go to church. He served for many years as Sunday school Superintendent. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. A loyal and true neighbor and friend, always ready and willing to help. He enjoyed working with the soil and the beauties of nature. In 1947 due to failing health and declining years, Forest and Missouri left the farm and moved to their home in Rockville, Mo .

SNETHEN, Iva Mable "Ivy" (Snyder)
The Lowry City Independent, Thursday, 13 April 1922
From last week's Appleton City Journal - Mrs. Forest Snethen died at the family home southwest of Monegaw Springs, Monday evening, April 3rd, death resulting from smallpox. Her husband and four children, two boys and two girls, survive. About a week or ten days ago, Miss Margaret Dunham, aged about 18 years, who had been visiting in the Snethen home, died of the same disease. One of the Snethen children, and John Dunham, father of the deceased young woman, are also seriously ill of the dread malady, which is reported to be in a very malignant form. The Snethen home is near the Prairie Home school, which has been closed for the remainder of the school year on account of the prevalence of the disease.

SNETHEN, Keith Arlon
Clinton Daily Democrat, 27 February 2003
Keith A. Snethen, son of Elbert Roy Snethen and Anna Lucille Hendrickson Snethen, was born July 4, 1955, in Butler and died Monday, February 17, 2003, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. He was a material handler for Rival Manufacturing. He was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church, Clinton. He is survived by his mother, Lucille Snethen, Appleton City; three brothers, John Snethen and wife Patty, Green Ridge, Kenneth Snethen and wife Kristy, Springfield, and Dale Snethen and wife Debbie, Lowry City; one sister Janice Leiber and husband Wes, Osceola, as well as 14 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel on Friday, February 21, at 10 a.m. with Rev. James Eager officiating. Pallbearers were Junior Landes, Harold Lloyd, Chuck Daniel, Jamie Williams, Mike Goodfield and Mike Ward. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, Appleton City, under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton.

SNETHEN, Mary Frances Isabelle Ridgway
Clinton Daily Democrat, 20 April 2004
Mary Frances Isabelle Ridgway Snethen left us and went on to a wonderful place on Sunday, April 4, 2004, at the age of 80 years and four days. Isabelle was born to Arthur and Evelena Ridgway on April 1, 1924, in McDonald County. She was united in marriage to Charles Raymond Snethen on January 17, 1946. To this union six children were born, Delores Ann, Karon Kay, Evelena Viola, Charles Francis, Arthur Roy and Evelyn Fern. Isabelle enjoyed gardening and canning for years until her health no longer permitted this hobby. Isabelle accepted Christ at the age of 14-years-old at Monegaw Springs. She was baptized in Big Monegaw Creek. Isabelle is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Raymond; six children, Ann O'Ferrall and husband Wally, Covelo, California, Karon Julian and husband Bud, Clinton, Viola Jones and husband Gene, Butler, Charles Francis, Lowry City, Arthur Snethen of Osceola and Evelyn Snethen, Clinton; two brothers, Elza Ridgway of ElDorado Springs and Eldon Ridgway of Ottawa, Kansas; two sisters, Imogene Spruell of Odessa and Osie Balchin of Topeka, Kansas; 19 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. One grandchild and one great-grandchild preceded Isabelle in death. Funeral services were Wednesday, April 7, at Brumback Funeral Home. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, Appleton City.

SNETHEN, Ruby Violet Ginter
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC, Appleton City, Missouri
Ruby Violet (Ginter) Snethen departed this life on December 21, 2007 at 85 years of age. She was born in
St. Clair County on January 11, 1922, the daughter of Clarence Edgar Ginter and Sally Ann (Bolen) Ginter.
She was united in marriage to Emmett William Snethen on March 22, 1940. To this union one son, Lloyd
William Snethen was born. She was a wonderful homemaker and took great pride in her three grandchildren, and later in her three great-grandsons. Preceding Ruby in death were her parents Clarence and Sally Ginter, her husband Emmett Snethen, four brothers: Edgar, Brian, George and Orville Ginter; and two sisters Ruth Wilson and Belva Robinson. Survivors include her son Lloyd and wife Donna of Montrose, Missouri; three grandchildren: Michael and wife Tanya of Willard, Missouri, Christopher and wife Jennifer of St. Louis, Missouri and Kimberly and husband Sean Hayes of St. Louis, Missouri; three great-grandsons: Terry and Nicholas Snethen of Willard, Missouri and Aidan Snethen of St. Louis, Missouri. She also leaves one sister Lizzie Parks of Ft. Scott, Kansas. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City,Missouri on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Minister: Reverend Bob Fenwick.Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri at Wednesday, December 26, 2007 between 1:00- 2:00 p.m. Iinterment: Harmony Cemetery in Rural Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: American Cancer Society

SNETHEN, Zoe Belle Ginter
ElDorado Sun, Thursday, 12 June 2008
Zoe Belle Snethen, 97, Mt. Zion area, daughter of James O. and Fanny F. Ginter, was born April 20, 1911, at Pleasant Gap. She entered into rest peacefully at her home June 3, 2008. She lived nearly all her life in the Johnson City, Iuka Springs area, except for a short time during her childhood when the family moved to South Dakota for a time. On Dec. 27, 1939, Zoe was united in marriage to Floyd Snethen and to this union four children were born. Zoe was a homemaker all of her married years with Floyd. She loved to raise a big garden as long as her health permitted and she deeply loved her family. She was an exceptionally good cook and everyone enjoyed get togethers at her home. She enjoyed going to Mt. Zion Club meetings and for many years she was the piano player at Mt. Zion Church. She also taught Bible School for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ward and Elmo; children - an infant daughter, Faye Allene and an infant son who passed away at birth and daughter, Fran, who passed away in August 2004. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Floyd; a son and daughter in law, John and Julia Snethen – all of the Home; a special son-in-law, Dane Schellman – Rockville, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Friday, June 6, at Hill and Son funeral Home – Appleton City, with Jerry Johannigmeier officiating. Musical selection were–Face to Face and In the Garden with organist Esther Lou Breon and vocalist Suzann Johannigmeier. Casket bearers were – Leslie Carpenter, Dan Smith, Leslie Parsons, David Schapeler, Larry Foster and Lonnie Shepard. Honorary casketbearers were – Gary Schellman, Michael Snethen, Philip Snider, Mark Disselhoff and Ron Thompson. Interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, rural Appleton City, under the direction of Hill and Son Funeral Home – Appleton City. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery or Heartland Hospice.

SNETHEN, Zoe Belle Ginter
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC, Appleton City, Mo.
Zoe B. Snethen, April 20, 1911 - June 3, 2008. Zoe Belle Snethen, daughter of James O. and Fanny F. Ginter, was born April 20, 1911 at Pleasant Gap, Missouri. She entered into rest peacefully at her home June 3, 2008 at 97 years of age. She lived nearly all her life in the Johnson City, Iuka Springs area except for a short time during her childhood when the family moved to South Dakota for a time. On December 27, 1939 she was united in marriage to Floyd Snethen and to this union four children were born. An infant daughter, Faye Allene, and infant son passed away at birth and daughter, Fran, passed away in August 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ward and Elmo. Zoe was a homemaker all of her married years with Floyd. She loved to raise a big garden as long as her health permitted and deeply loved her family. She was an exceptionally good cook and everyone enjoyed get togethers at her home. She enjoyed going to Mt. Zion Club meetings and for many years she was the piano player at Mt. Zion Church. She also taught bible school there for many years. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Floyd; a son and daughter in law, John and Julia Snethen all of the home; a special son-in-law, Dane Schellman of Rockville, Missouri; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Minister: Jerry Johannigmeier.Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Friday, June 6, 2008 between 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery in Rural Appleton City, Missouri.Memorials: Mt. Zion Cemetery or Heartland Hospice

SNIDER, Frances Mae Anderson
Clinton Daily Democrat, 25 April 2003
Frances Mae Snider was born October 21, 1906 at Taberville, the daughter of James and Laura Mae Lemon Anderson. She died April 9, 2003 at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. She married Walter G. Snider on October 30, 1922, at Nevada, Missouri. She was a member of the Parks Chapel Baptist Church. She worked at various restaurants in Clinton and raised Black Angus cattle. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; one son, Lloyd Snider; one daughter, Virginia Frances Preston; on sister, Rosie Prough; one brother, Ben Anderson; two grandsons, Larry Clark and Dennis Preston, and one great-granddaughter, Whitney Plumlee. Surviving are five sons, Clyde Snider, Don Snider, both of Tightwad, Clifford Snider and wife Sharon K., Lincoln, Keith Snider, Nevada, Garry Snider and wife Sandra, Tightwad; nine daughters, Thelma Maxine Richter, Grandview, Claudine Champ and husband Al, Raymore, Vernetta Clark, Adrian, Marjorie Kincheloe, Kansas City, Shirlene Terry and husband G. L., Branson, Bonnie Bailey and husband Jerry, Lee's Summit, Gwendolyn Perry and husband Robert, Grandview, Charlotte Ray Gillespie and husband Larry, Kansas City, Gail R. Vaughn and husband Herschel, Clinton; 48 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 31 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 12 at Consalus-Bradley Chapel. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Taberville.

SNIDER, Opal L.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 24 May 2001
Opal L. Snider, 85, Deepwater, died Thursday, May 24, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs. She is survived by a son, Ronald Snider, Deepwater; a daughter, Betty Thomas, Independence; two sisters, Marvel Tracy and Erma Steward, Wellington, Kansas. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, with burial in Appleton City Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SNUFFER, Josiah T.G.
Confederate Veterans Magazine, Volume 12, October 1904
While grading a street in Little Rock, Arkansas, workmen uncovered a number of graves which proved to be those of Confederate Soldiers who died April 1863 in a temporary hospital which was located in the vicinity.

SNUFFER, Lilly Margaret
St. Clair County Republican, 12 September 1888
Died on Sunday night, September 9th, 1888, at her father’s residence in Chalk Level Township, Miss M. Snuffer, daughter of O.M. Snuffer, aged 24 years, 4 months and 3 days. Miss Snuffer had been suffering from consumption for several months, caused by a shock received during a cyclone last year, which destroyed the house she was living in. She was buried in the Green burial ground, near her home. The funeral will take place next Sunday in the Baptist church at Roscoe, of which she has been a consistent member for over a year. The sermon will be preached by Rev. Shackleford. Mr. Snuffer has the sympathy of many friends in this his last bereavement.

SNYDER, Edmond Edgar
Clinton Daily Democrat, April 1993
Edmond E. Snyder, 76, Kansas City, Ks., died Wednesday, April 7, 1993 at Bethany Medical Center. Services were Saturday at the Eckhoff-Hill Chapel, Appleton City; burial in the Appleton City Cemetery. Snyder was born in St. Clair County and lived in Colorado before he moved to Kansas City in 1958. He was a security guard for the Kansas City, Ks. Municipal Court; he retired two years ago. He was a member of the United Church of the Good Shepherd. Survivors include two sons, Steve Snyder, Calhan, Colo., and Keith Snyder, Westminister, Colo.; two daughters, Edwina Detweiler, Huntington Beach, Ca., and Cheryl Calvert, Harper, Ks.; a brother Leroy McMillian, Adrian; seven sisters, Mildred Dietz, Pleasant Hill, Leona McMillin, Adrian, Lorene Davis, North Kansas City, Bertha Price, Kansas City, Wanda Gragg, Appleton City, Georgia Sampson, Gravois Mills, and Shirley Pierce, Lowry City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

SNYDER, Edna M. Murray
Clinton Daily Democrat, March 1993
Mrs. Edna Snyder, 82, northeast Kansas City, died Monday, March 22, 1993 at the Independence Regional Health Center. Services will be Thursday at the Centropolis Baptist Church; graveside services will be Thursday at the Lowry City Cemetery. Mrs. Snyder was born in Iconium and lived in Osceola before moving to the Kansas City area 46 years ago. She was a member of the church. Survivors include a son Ron Snyder, Lee's Summit; four daughters, Elaine Wilson, Blue Springs, and Mary Anne Lawrence, Ruth Reed and Karen Hammond of Independence; two brothers, Roy Murray, Osceola, and Buel Murray, Gladstone; a sister Buelah Hooper, Osceola; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

SNYDER, Ernest Bruce
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1993
Ernest Bruce Snyder was born February 12, 1898 in St. Clair County and died Monday, September 13, 1993, at Meadowbrook Manor, Clinton, at the age of 95. He was a farmer, later working at booth Hatcheries and Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, St. Clair County. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his parents; three brothers, Henry, Emil and Everett; one sister, Mina Willis, and son Lloyd Allen. He is survived by one son Norman, North Cape May, New Jersey; three stepdaughters, Anna Moberly, Geneva McClymond and Lorene Phillips; also 11 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, September 16, 1993 at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Burial was in the Landaker Cemetery, St. Clair County.

SNYDER, Steve
Kansas City Star, 1 October 2008
Steve Snyder, 55, of Independence, Mo., passed away Sunday, September 28, 2008, at his home. A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lighthouse Baptist Church; burial to follow at Landaker Cemetery in Lowry City, Mo. The family suggests contributions be made to either Landaker Cemetery, c/o Harold Snyder, 8525 N.E. 501 Road, Lowry City, MO 64763, or the American Lung Cancer Association. Steve was born June 13, 1953, in Clinton, Mo., to Johnnie and Kathryn (Crawford) Snyder. He married Shelia Garner and together raised two children. Steve has been employed with Bayer Chemical Co. for the past 33 years. He recently became a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church, where he wished that he would have had more time to get to know everyone better. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling, but most of all loved his family. Steve is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shelia Snyder; son Steven J. Snyder, wife Alana and their children Dylan and Dakota; son Matthew A. Snyder, wife Jennifer and their children Kane and Kirsten; mother, Kathryn Snyder; siblings: Janet McCarty, Danny Snyder, and Debbie Lipari, and a host of extended family and many friends. His father, Johnnie Snyder, preceded him in death. Steve will be missed for his great sense of humor and his honest and generous nature by all who knew and loved him. Condolences may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements by: Speaks Suburban Chapel, (816) 373-3600.

SNYDER, William H.
Osceola Library Files
William (Bill) Snyder – William H. Snyder, 79, Independence, Mo. died February 20, 1988 at the Medical Center in Independence. He was born in St. Clair County near Monegaw Springs. He was united in marriage to Beulah Winn in 1931. They moved to Independence in 1942. Mr. Snyder was employed by Armco Steel as a shearman for 24 years, then poor health forced him to retire in 1967. He was a member of the United Steel Workers of America, Local 13. He attended the Full Gospel Assembly Church of Independence.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bernita, in 1968. Survivors include his wife, Beulah M. Snyder of the home; a son, William O. Snyder and daughter-in-law Mona; a sister, Dolly Jones Larkin, Kansas City; four grandchildren, William Gene and wife Sharon, Amie and Brandon Snyder, Linda Belgiere and husband Sam; three great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Carson Independence Chapel with Rev. Loren Waterman officiating. Burial was in Mount Washington Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy, Edgar and Walter Hearn, Melvin Jones, Hershel Ferguson and Jim Mellon.

SPANGLER, Larry R. Sr.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
Larry Ray Spangler, Sr., the son of Lester Louis and Mary Bell (Wheatley) Spangler, was born on June 1,
1936 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. He passed away on August 17, 2007 Ellett Memorial Hospital at the age of
71 years. Larry grew up in the Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville areas and early in his life moved to North Kansas City where he worked as a funeral director for D.W. Newcomer Sons for 17 years. Later he worked as an over
the road truck driver for 14 years and his last 8 years were spent working as a custodian for Appleton City High School. Larry was united in marriage to Brenda Woodall on November 22, 1963 at the First Baptist Church in North Kansas City, Missouri. To this union of 43 years four children were born.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Appleton City. Larry was always very proud of the 17 years he spent working as a funeral director and truly enjoyed his employment as custodian for Appleton City High School.  Larry was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald. He is survived by his wife Brenda, of the home, two sons, Larry Jr. of Butler, Missouri and Michael of St. James, Missouri, two daughters, Tammy Rindom of Springfield, Missouri and Annie Johnson of Appleton City, two brothers, Paul of Harrisonville, Missouri and William of Clinton, Missouri, two sisters, Effie Hill of Appleton City and Eulalia Lee of Fort Worth, Texas, ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Larry was a loving husband and father and shared a special love with his grandchildren. He enjoyed woodcarving and the time he spent with co-workers at school. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Service: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 3:00 PM. Minister: Reverend Tony Reynolds. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City,Missouri on Monday, August 20, 2007 from 7:00 8:00 PM  Interment: Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: American Cancer Society.

SPANGLER, Mary Belle
Clinton Daily Democrat, 12 March 2001
Mary Belle Spangler, 103, Appleton City, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home. She is survived by two daughters, Effie Hill, Appleton City, and Eulalia Lee, Fort Worth, Texas; three sons, Paul Spangler of Harrisonville, William Spangler of Clinton and Larry Spangler of Appleton City; 19 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hill & son funeral Home, Appleton City, with burial in Will's Cemetery, Peculiar. There will be no visitation, but friends may call at the funeral home.

SPEIGHT, Alvin
Clinton Daily Democrat, 16 November 2005
Alvin Speight, 82, Osceola, died Sunday, November 14, 2004, at his home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 17, at Assembly of God Church, Osceola. Burial will be in Roscoe Cemetery.

SPEIGHT, Clara Margaret
St. Clair County Courier, 29 March 2006
Clara Margaret Speight, age 90, of Dadeville, departed this life on Wednesday, March 15, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born on November 4, 1915 in Dadeville, the daughter of James Luther and Clara Amanda Wriston Speight. Margaret graduated from Dadeville High School in 1933. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1936 and later received a Masters Degree from M.U. Margaret was a retired teacher and taught school for 40 years retiring in 1976, after teaching the final year at Parkview High School in Springfield. After retirement she spent many hours traveling to hospitals and nursing homes and attending funerals for the many people she knew. She became a Correspondant for the Vedette Newspaper in Greenfield in 1973 and she was still a dedicated reporter at the time of her death. Margaret joined the Dadeville United Methodist Church in 1931 and was a faithful member until her death. Preceding her death were her parents and five brothers, Gray, Hollis, Clinton, Norwood and Tilmon Speight. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Carl Speight and his wife, Loretta of Dadeville; Dennis Speight and his wife Ann of Stafford, Vir.; Ella Mae Vanhooser and her husband, Billy of Dadeville; Mark Speight and his wife Sylvia of Springfield; Brent Speight and his wife Patsy of Montgomery City; Larry Speight and his wife Mary of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Gayle Hall and her husband Ron of Nixa; Helen McMasters and her husband Clyde of Dadeville, and Donna Courtney of Arlington, Vir.; one sister-in-law, June Speight of Springfield and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2006 in Dadeville High School Gym with pastor Larry Malaney officiating. Burial followed in Dadeville Masonic Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dadeville United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be to the Dadeville Masonic Cemetery or to the Dadeville United Methodist Church. Services were under the care of the Dadeville Funeral Chapel.

SPEIGHT, Neva M.

Clinton Daily Democrat, 18 December 2003 
Neva M. Speight, 79, Osceola, a retired communications assembler, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 20, 11 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, Osceola. Burial will be in Stockton Cemetery.

SPERRY, Theodosia Ernestine Lawler  
Clinton newspaper, 13 December 1902
At the hour of 10 o'clock last Friday night, December 5, 1902, the death angel entered the home of W. O. Sperry, who lives about 3/4 of a mile southeast of Hortense, and bidding his beloved companion "come", wafted her spirit to the beautiful realms above. Deceased maiden name was Miss Dosha Lawler, daughter of the Rev. W. B. Lawler. It had been but six months and three days since her mother departed this life and she had been very despondent ever since, which partly brought on her untimely death. She was born near Osceola, St. Clair County, July 4, 1861, and was married to W. O. Sperry November 19, 1885, by the Rev. W. B. Gray, near Mt. Olivet, and she made a loving and faithful helpmeet for over 17 years. Three children were born to this union. Mrs. Dosha Sperry united with the Baptist Church at Mt. Gilead in the spring of 1878 and was baptized by Rev. Willie Wiers. She was a good and kind Christian woman and had a wide circle of friends. Funeral by Rev. Jenkins at Tebo and her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

SPRINGSTUBE, Letha Marie
Clinton Daily Democrat, 26 December 2002
Letha Marie Springstube, 88, Osceola, a retired secretary, died Tuesday, December 24, 2002, at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City. Funeral services will be Monday, December 30, at 1 p.m. in the White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, Kansas. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita. Arrangements are under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

SPROULL, Mata Bell Middaugh
Osceola Library Files
Mata Bell Sproull To Be Buried This Afternoon - Funeral services for Mata Bell Sproull, 72 years old, a former resident of this community, were to be held this Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church, directed by Rev. C.A. Moss. Interment was to be in Spring Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Sproull died March 26 at Fulsom, Calif., where she lived. A life sketch will follow in next week’s paper.

SPURGEON, Gladys L. Bunch
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Gladys L. Spurgeon, 76, Lawson, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Jarman Chapel in Lawson with graveside services at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Peaceful Home Cemetery, southeast of Deepwater. Mrs. Spurgeon was born on September 24, 1922, in St. Clair County to Hugh and Esther (Koger) Bunch. She had lived in the Lawson area for the past 42 years. She was a homemaker and had been employed most recently as a real estate sales agent with the Nolker Real Estate Company in Lawson. Earlier she had been employed as a telephone switchboard operator with the Bell Telephone Company in Kansas City for several years. She was married on February 6, 1948, to Harlen Spurgeon. She was a charter member of the Knoxville Community Church near Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Kermit Bunch and Buel bunch, and a sister, Helen Tyler. She is survived by her husband Harlen Spurgeon, of the home; one son, Rickey Spurgeon of Olathe, Kansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Steve Dearing of Parkville; two brothers, Reed Bunch of Clinton and Royce Bunch of Riverside; one sister, Betty Lamp of Gladstone; two grandchildren.

SPURGEON, Harrison E.
Clinton, Missouri - Harrison E. Spurgeon, November 22, 1922 - January 28, 2008. Harrison E. Spurgeon, 85 of Lowry City, Missouri was born November 22, 1922 in Chalk Level, Missouri to Lee and Bernice (Powell) Spurgeon and passed away January 28, 2008 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. Harrison joined C.C. Camp at the age of 15 and then joined the Navy and served for four years serving during WW II. He met his wife, Catherine in Kansas City in 1947, married her and moved to California in 1948. Harrison worked 18 years for fertilizer company in California and then moved beck to Missouri and
worked for Scott&700;s for 14 years. He was a Mason while he lived in Missouri and a Eagle when he was in California. He was on the Lowry City Council for several years and after retirement served as mayor for 12 years. Harrison was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joyce Spurgeon, his parents, Lee and Bernice Spurgeon, his step-dad, Bob Brown, eight brothers and sisters, Shelton Spurgeon, Bill Spurgeon, Edwin Spurgeon, Erwin Spurgeon, Lenora (Sayles), Roy Lee Spurgeon and Alice Spurgeon. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Spurgeon of the home, two sons, Jim Spurgeon of Clinton, Mo., and Gary Burton of Fairplay, Mo.. Two grand-daughters, Keri Barker of Clinton and Amy Spurgeon of St. Louis, five grandsons, Shawn Burton of Aurora, Brett Burton of Blue Springs, Ryan Burton of Battlefield, Jason Burton of Sedalia and Jason Fick of El Dorado Springs. Four great-grand-daughters, Kylee, Zoey, Marissa, Bailey and six great-grandsons, Jared, Noah, Daniel, Michael, Kole and Konner. Services:  Friday, February 1 at 1 P.M., Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Minister: Rev. Durward Scott. Music: Delbert, Harold & Philena Scott. Casketbearers: Tom Spurgeon Jerry Spurgeon, Fred Kalberloh Terry Himes, Ronnie Crowder Jim Journey. Honorary Casketbearers: Shawn Burton, Brett Burton, Ryan Burton, Jason Burton, Jason Fick. Military Honors: Clinton VFW Post 1894. Interment:  Peaceful Home Cemetery. Arrangements By: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo.

SPURGEON, Janene Kay
Kansas City Star, 19 September 2004
Janene Kay Spurgeon, 46, Raytown, MO, passed away September 17, 2004, at her home. Janene, a homemaker, is survived by her husband Curtis, of the home; children Bill Spurgeon, Raytown, MO, Corinna Hopkins, of the home, Jason Spurgeon and his wife Elisa, Buckner, MO, and Tiffany Spurgeon, of the home; her mother Irene Fenton, Harrisonville, MO; eight grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be Monday, September 20 at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, where family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Peaceful Home Cemetery, Deepwater, MO. (Arr. Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, 417-646-8135).

STANTON, James
Clinton MO - The death of James Stanton occured at his home, one and one-half miles south of Finey, June 12, 1907 of complicated kidney trouble of six weeks duration. Born near St. Louis September 15, 1829. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Allen nearly 49 years. He was a Baptist in belief, always a friend to all and owed no man a collar. He had lived in this neighborhood for more than 50 years. He went to California in 1850 and was four months crossing the plains. He was in the Union army and honorably discharged for sickness. Leaves his devoted wife, two sons and three daughters living and three children dead. Those living are Mrs. N. E. Scott of Clinton; Mrs. Julia Smith of St. Clair County; John Stanton, Sulphur Springs Stock Farm near Finey; E. C. Stanton, Goodland, Kansas, and Mrs. Bessie Walen of Bandon, Oregon. All his children were at his bedside during his illness. He had 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

STAPLES, Marie Elizabeth
ClintonDaily Democrat, 2 April 2004
Marie Elizabeth Staples, 79, Appleton City, died Wednesday, March 31, at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home. She is survived by four daughters, Elaine Staples of Lee's Summit, JoAnn Simpson of Grain Valley, Patty Mulvey of Kansas City and Dorothy Weston of Montrose; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montrose, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Montrose, under the direction of Hill & Son funeral Home, Appleton City. 

STARK, Newton Bertie
Appleton City Journal, Dec 24, 1992, Page 5. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Newton B. Stark, 91, of Lowery City passed away December 20th at Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola. Newton was born in Iconium and was a lifelong area resident. He was a retired carpenter and farmer. He was a resident of Butler area from 1945-1951. He was a member of the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 46 years. He is survived by one son; Jimmie Lee Stark of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2 daughter, Marie Helen Stark and Ethelene Stark both of Lowery City, 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel. Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the Sheldon Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

STARK, Newton Bertie
Appleton City Journal, Dec 31, 1992. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Newton Bertie Stark was born December 25, 1900 near Iconium, and passed away December 20, 1992 making him 5 days short of age 92. he was the eldest child of Rosa Baumgarden Stark and Dolby Thomas Stark. He lived most of his life in St. Clair County with the exception of 4 years in Colorado and 6 years in Bates County. Newton lost his mother when he was eleven and his father when he was fourteen. The remainder of his childhood along with his brothers and sister, was spent among relatives. He began doing carpenter work at age seventeen and built many houses, barns, and other cabinetwork. He farmed from 1938 to 1958 until ill health forced him to leave the farm. At that time he moved to Lowry City and returned to carpenter work. On August 29, 1925, he was married to Laura Bell Stephens and to the union four children were born, a son, Jimmie Lee Stark of Colorado Springs, Co., two daughters, Macie Helen and Ethelene Stark both of Lowry City, MO and an infant son who died at birth. In 1943 Newton and Laura joined Goshen Primitive Baptist Church at Harper, MO. He was ordained a deacon and served in that capacity to the best of his ability as long as his health permitted. He was preceded in heath by his beloved wife, Laura n 1976, two brothers, Dolby Thomas, Jr. in 1975, Willie in 1986 and a sister Eunice in 1930. In addition to his three children, he is survived by three granddaughters, Kathy Ann Akers and Dawn Marie Moore of Colorado Springs, Co., and Sandra Lee Bartone of Newark, Ca. and 7 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Newton had many afflictions which he bore with great patience including the loss of an eye in 1939. He will be sadly missed by his family, but we rejoice in the belief that he is at rest with his Savior. Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 24th at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Elder Charles Surbaugh officiating. Music was under the direction of Bill Wood. Casketbearers were Marvin Jackson, Ivan McLerran, Dwight Bitner Jr. Lloyd Hockett, Everett Baumgarden and Kenneth Hill. Interment was in the Robinson Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon Goodrich Funeral Home.

STARNER, Mary Elizabeth Hunter
ElDorado Sun, Thursday, 17 July 2008
Mary Elizabeth Starner (nee Hunter) 92, formerly of El Dorado Springs, was born July 25, 1915, in Oyer, to William H. and Rosa (Taylor) Hunter and passed away on July 10, 2008, at Ozark Riverview Skilled Nursing Home, Ozark. She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1935 and spent most of her life in Missouri. Elizabeth lived in El Dorado Springs for over 20 years before moving to an assisted living facility in Springfield in October 2007. She was admitted to the Riverside Manor, a skilled nursing facility – Ozark, in April 2008. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs. Elizabeth was an avid walker and enjoyed walking early mornings in her neighborhood in El Dorado Springs. She would pick up neighbors' morning papers and place them on their front porch. Up until her 92nd birthday, she was still driving her car and would take her neighbors shopping and run errands. She was dearly loved by her family and friends. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Wm. H. Hunter and Rosa (Taylor) Hunter; by her first husband, Dell M. Garver, father of her children; her second husband, Loyd C. Starner; and two daughters, Betty Heath and Ruth Reed; four brothers – John, Edgar, Walter and Lewis Hunter. She is survived by her daughter, Helen L. Queen, and husband, Clyde – Ozark; son, Melvin W. Garver, and his wife, Patti – Smithfield, VA; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held Monday, July 14, in the Sheldon Chapel with Frank Haynes officiating. Musical selections were One Day At A Time and Amazing Grace with vocalists Jim and Mary Luster and pianist Rita Farris. Casketbearers were – Ethan Hopkins, Steve Reed, Claud Hoffman, Jack Redinger, Jim Heath and Robert Williams. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home – El Dorado Springs.

STAYTON, John Wesley
Bates County Democrat, November 1928
John Wesley Stayton, fourth and youngest child of John and Elvira (Kirtley) Stayton was born in Adair county, Kentucky, September 1, 1845 and died at his home in Aaron, Missouri, October 1, 1928, at the age of 83 years and 2 months. When not yet 18 years of age, Mr. Stayton responded to the nation's call to arms during the Civil War and served as officer in the Union Army until the war ended. He was one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War. He was married to Nancy C. Hendrickson January 22, 1867. This union was blessed with nine children, 27 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was born in the Church of Christ 61 years ago and was a faithful and loyal christian. He served as an officer of the church some forty years and died in the triumph of a living faith. Mr. Stayton, with his family, moved to Missouri in 1878 and located on a farm near Aaron, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was an esteemed and highly respected citizen in his community. He always rejoiced in being able to lend a helping hand whenever or wherever it might be needed. His friends never tired of listening to the stories he told of his many and variet experiences. He always enjoyed good health up until October 25, when he happened to an accident which caused his death a few days later. Four children: Joseph Stayton, Samuel C. Stayton, Mrs. Esther Mills and Esther Stayton have preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, five children, William Stayton, Mrs. Eva Thurman, Ray Stayton, Welby Stayton and Mrs. Lula Hedges, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hood Sunday, November 4, at the Union Church and burial was made at the Cove Creek cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS - We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who were so kind and thoughtful during the illness and death of our loved one. Also for the floral offering.
Mrs. Nancy Stayton, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Thurman, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stayton.

STEELE, Nina Elizabeth Woods
St. Clair County Courier, 18 March 2005
Nina Elizabeth Woods Steele passed away Feb. 8, 2005, in Granite Falls, Wash. She was born Feb. 21, 1911, to Chris and Josephine Woods in the Chalk Level area. She married Major Steele. No children were born to this union. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Josephine Woods; two brothers, Ben Woods, Osceola, and Dick Woods, Guthrie, Okla.; and one sister, Christine Kimes Thompson, Lowry City and Garden City. She is survived by two sisters, Josephine Birkett and Theodocia Nelson, both of Granite Falls, Wash.; plus numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

STEINBACH, Mary Catherine Volmer 
Hill & Son Funeral Home
May 24, 1918 - February 7, 2005. Mary Catherine (Volmer) Steinbach of Montrose, Missouri, first born child of Joseph and Mary (Bekebrock) Volmer, was born May 24, 1918 in Germantown, Missouri. She departed this life on February 7, 2005 at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton, Missouri at 86 years of age. Catherine attended St. Ludgers School in Germantown, Missouri and was Salutatorian of her graduating class at Montrose High School. On September 20, 1937 Catherine was united in marriage to Herman H. Steinbach and to this union eight children were born. Mrs. Steinbach was a devout member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Montrose, Missouri and served in the women’s Altar Society until her passing. The Lord was an integral part of her life always a source of spiritual comfort. She valued her family to the fullest extent along with her love of the outdoors. She was an avid gardener, especially her roses, which enhanced the landscape of her home. The fish pond, her family so lovingly created for her enjoyment, provided everyone who visited with a sense of peace and tranquility. She cherished the company of her neighbors and was always ready to challenge them and her family in a game of cards while her dog, Bandit, lay beside her. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy and they valued the time they spent together. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will forever be missed. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman, who passed away on November 4, 1975, Danny, their first born, who died at one week of age, twin infant daughters who died at birth, and two brothers, Gene and Jerry. Survivors include her children, Janice and husband Ivan Corp of Blue Springs, Missouri, Edwin Steinbach and wife Barbara of Montrose, Missouri, Donald Steinbach and wife Barbara of Independence, Missouri, twin daughters, Sandra of the home and Sylvia and husband Allen Smith of Clinton, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Susan and Chris Corp and his twin Cathy (Corp) and husband Scott Trauernicht, Mike Steinbach and wife Missy, Lori (Steinbach) and husband Brad Halsey, Danny Steinbach and wife Mindy, David Steinbach and wife Kim, Doug Steinbach, Deanna (Steinbach) and husband Ray Bullock, Jennifer (Smith) and husband Phillip Parks, and Melissa (Smith) and husband Martin Lindenbusch; 15 great-grandchildren; an unborn great-granddaughter; one sister Eileen Strope of Montrose, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

STEPHENS, Albert Taylor and William Fountain McColley
Appleton City Journal, Appleton, Missouri, Jan 30, 1930, Front Page. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
W.F. McColley, pioneer Resident, Succumbs to Pneumonia Attack - William Fountain McColley was born in central Tennessee, Jan. 20, 1845, and died at this home near Appleton City, Mo Jan. 25, 1930, aged 85 years and 5 days. Albert Taylor Stephens was born on Oct. 1, 1928, and died Jan 24, 1930, aged 1 year, 3 months, and 20 days. Both deaths were due to pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days. In an impressive double funeral service in the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. G. M. Hansford on last Sunday afternoon, a large number of friends bade farewell to the grandfather and grandson. Together as they has been much in the brief life of the little boy, so they were together in death. It seemed almost as thought the grandfather held the little hand in his as they fared forth along the path to the better land. The pastor’s impressive sermon was based on a text from the beautiful book of Job. The choir, assisted by Mrs. W. N. Watkins in the solo, “I Know He Cares,” sang favorite songs, including “Gathering Home.” At the grave of Mr. McColley, the Masonic burial service was carried out, a large number of his Masonic brethren being present. When Mr. McColley was four years old his father died and he lived with his grandfather until 10 years of age. Then his mother married again and she and her husband and the little boy moved to Southeast Missouri. He spent his youth there, and at Pilot Knob, Mo., on Aug. 9, 1862 when but 17 years of age, he enlisted in the union army, becoming a member of Co. D, 30th MO Inf. He saw much service and was in the siege of Vicksburg, on of the crucial movements of the Civil War. Young as he was, he made a good soldier and when mustered out Dec 24, 1864, although not yet 20, he was first sergeant of his company. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, to which organization he belonged for 46 years, being a charter member and commander of J. B. Stedman Post No. 172 at Appleton City for many years. That post formerly had over 100 members and now has but seven – J. R. Pickerill, E. B. Smith, W. H. Wood, C. O. Hedrick, V. L. LaBier, and French Mead of Appleton City, and P. H. Sullivan of Montrose. Six members have passed away in a little more than a year, including E. S. Chapin, Jas. Wyckoff, W. F. McColley of Appleton City; Pat Shea of Rockville, and Robt. Dugan of Montrose. Mr. McColley has been a member of the Masonic lodge for 56 years and has been Worshipful Master several times. He was a charter member of the local chapter of Royal Arch Masons and the past High Priest of the chapter. He was a member of Centralia Council of Royal and Select Masters. He has been treasure of the local Masonic lodge for many years. He has much to do with the well-being of Masonry in this community and was largely responsible for the continued growth of the local bodies, being constant in attendance at all meetings and being looked up to with love and veneration by the younger members of the order. Dec. 20, 1868, W. F. McColley and Miss Florence D. Taylor were married at Pilot Knob, MO., and soon after moved to the farm near Appleton City where he continued to live until the end of life. To this home were born four sons, all now dead; and four daughters; Mrs. Geo. Bearce, who with her husband have lived for years with the father; Mrs. C. E. Wyckoff, Mrs. Fred Simpson, and Mrs. William J. Stephens, the latter three living with a mile of their father. The mother died Aug. 10, 1903, at the family home. Mr. McColley was the only son of an grandson bearing his family name He was active in the life of community, and was a member of the school board for many years. For 10 or 12 years he was president of the Merchants Bank, retiring recently at his own request. W. F. McColley was 85 years young. His outlook on life was not that of age. He was jovial by disposition and happy in the things that interest the young. With his grandchildren and other children he joined as a playmate. He liked to go with a group of younger men on a fishing trip, and was active and interested in that kind of an outing as any of them, going frequently and staying a day or two at a fishing camp near the river. He has a genius for friendship and a wide circle of friends in all stations of life. On one occasions he said “My friends are worth more to me that a million dollars.” On last Thursday morning he prayed with his family and said to them “I have never gone anywhere without my children, but I am willing to go this journey without you. Live so that you may come to me.” His was along life filled with service to his country, the love and companionship of this family, and the joy of many friends.

STEPHENS, Albert Taylor and William Fountain McColley
Appleton City Journal, Appleton, Missouri, Jan 30, 1930, Page 4. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Card of Thanks - We wish in this way to express in a manner our deepest gratitude to each and everyone of our neighbors and friends that was with us in word or deed during the sickness and passing of our dear father, W. F. McColley, and precious babe, Albert Taylor Stephens. The beautiful flowers were to us almost human in their expression of sympathy and respect. May God in His infinite mercy send neighbors and friends to help when your great sorrow engulfs you. Mr. and Mrs. Wm Stephens and Family, Mr. and Mrs. George Bearce, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wyckoff and Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bunch

STEPHENS, Charley T.
Kansas City Star, March 28, 1995. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Charley T. Stephens, 82, of Kearney, Mo, died March 26, at St. Lukes Northland Smithville Hospital Campus. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Mr. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at Fry Funeral Home in Kearney. Mr. Stephens was born in St. Clair County and moved to Kearney in 1945 where he worked as a carpenter for over 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa, his parents, two sisters and four brothers. He is survived by his son, Charles W. Stephens, Mulvane, KS; two daughters, Janice Reynolds, Pilot Grove, Mo and Joyce Murdock, Camdenton, MO; Johnny Stephens, Popular Bluff, MO, four sisters, Ora Dull, Independence, Mo, Esther Prier and Beulah Moreland both of Arizona, Stella Newcomb, Lowry City, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren., several nieces and nephews.

STEPHENS, Edith Arline Resz
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, Missouri, August 15, 1991, Page 4. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Edith Arline Stephens. Kansas – Edith Arline Stephens, daughter of David and Edna Boaz Resz, was born in Appleton City on February 21, 1925 and passed away August 7, at her home in Kansas City, MO at the age of 66. Edith spent the early part of her life in Appleton City where she attended Appleton City High School. In the early 1940’s she moved to Kansas City where she has resided the remainder of her life. Edith was united in marriage to Jack Bunker in November of 1944, and to this union 1 daughter was born. In 1956 she marred Max Stephens. Edith worked at Pratt and Whitney during World War II, and was later employed as a private housekeeper until her retirement. She was baptized in the Baptist Church in Chickasha, OK. Edith loved her family and was a housewife and mother. She loved to play the piano. Edith was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers, Hubert and Glenn Resz. She is survived by: her daughter, Barbara Covington of Kansas City; and 2 grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In her passing she found eternal peace. Graveside services were held on Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment was at the Appleton City Cemetery under the direction of Eckhoff-Hill Funeral Home.

STEPHENS, Eva Alice Tucker
St. Clair Courier, May 16, 1963. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Osceola Baptist Church for Mrs. Letes Stephens, who died May 13, at the age of 77 years and three months. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Merlin Shively, pastor of the church and Bro. Wilmer Harper. Burial will be made in the Osceola cemetery.

STEPHENS, Eva Alice Tucker 
St. Clair Courier, May 23, 1963. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Funeral Services were held Thursday afternoon, May 16 at the First Baptist Church in Osceola for Eva Alice Stephens who died in her home in Osceola, May 13 at the age of 77 years and three months. Rev. Merlin Shively, past of the church and Bro. Wilmer Harper officiated at the services. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Kiefer and Dixie accompanied by Mrs. Beryl Keifer, sang “Won’t it be Wonderful There” and “Beyond the Sunset”. Pallbearers were Lewis Beach, Harley Albertson, Harry Holcomb, Harvey Baumgarden, Wilber Taylor, and Frank Davis. Burial was made in the Osceola cemetery under the direction of the Goodrich Funeral Home. Mrs. Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Tucker, was born Feb 14, 1886, near Gerster. She was converted at an early age and was a member of the Baptist church at Gerster. Her marriage to Letes Stephens occurred Aug 17, 1902. Twelve children were born to the couple. One child died during infancy. Survivors are her husband; 11 children, Roy Stephens, El Dorado Springs, Stella Newcomb, Collins, Laura Stark, Lowry City, Johnnie Stephens, Osceola, Charley Stephens, Kearney, Otha Stephens, Wellington, Kas, Ora Dull, Independence, Beulah Moreland, Sedalia, Buford Stephens, Boulder, Colo, Violet Walters, Columbia, and Esther Prier of the home; 30 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Della Doyal, Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Letha Terry, Lexington, Mrs. Carrie Rogers, Ottawa, Kas, and Mrs. Lula Baumgarden, Collins, and one brother, Everett Tucker, Tulsa, Okla. Among the out of town relative who attended the service were Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Terry, Lexington, Mr. and Mrs. Everette Tucker, Tulsa, Ok, Mrs. Charley Rogers and two daughters, Ottawa, Kas, Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Stephens, and daughters of Wichita, Kas, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Moreland, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moreland, Studley, Kansas, Mrs. Faye Brown, Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Florence Breashears, Raytown, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Frank, Garden City, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Baumgarden, Urich and Mrs. Don. Kemper, Studley, Kas.

STEPHENS, Eva Alice Tucker 
St. Clair Courier, May 23, 1963. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Card of Thanks - We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Clancy and all those who remembered us with flowers, cards, and food during the illness and death of our loving wife and mother. Your kind words of sympathy will never be forgotten. We will be forever grateful to all those who gave us assistance in time of need. Letes Stephens & family, Mr. and Mrs. Dorman Prier

STEPHENS, Gladys Margaret Davis
El Dorado Springs Sun, May 26, 1988, Page 7. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Gladys Margaret Stephens, 83, a lifelong resident of the El Dorado Springs area, passed away on Monday morning, May 23, 1988, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept 21, 1904 near Cedar Springs the daughter of George Washington and Sarah Melissa Davis. On Sept. 12, 1925, Gladys was united in marriage to Roy Stephens. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1980. They were the parents of seven children. Their oldest son, Floyd, passed away on Dec. 20, 1985. She is survived by two sons, Vernon Stephens of Kisse Mills, Mo, and Ray Stephens of Paramount, California; four daughters – June West of El Dorado Springs, Doris Smith of Cadillac, Mich, Peggy Hale of Joplin and Imogene Owens of Cape Girardeau; three sisters – Flora Kruzick and Bessie Scatena, both of Hayward, California, and Georgia Garrett of El Dorado Springs, and Mark Davis of Lamar; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and other relatives. One brother, Ellis preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1949. Gladys was a loving mother and wife and during her life and her illness never complained and always thought of others before herself. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, May 26, in the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Larry Nail officiating. Interment will be in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Hale, Dennis Hale, Todd Hale, Dean Hale, Larry West and Brad West.

STEPHENS, John Everett
Clinton Daily Democrat, 31 July 2002. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
John E. Stephens, 92, Dexter, a retired farmer, died Sunday, July 28 in Dexter. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 1, at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial will be in Kings Prairie Cemetery, Osceola.

STEPHENS, John Everett
Dexter Daily Statesman, 30 July 2002. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Johnnie Everett Stephens of Dexter, the son of Moletes and Eva Tucker Stephens, was born at Gerster, Mo., on Feb. 7, 1910, and died at his home on Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the age of 92. On July 25, 1932, he married the former Thelma Dora Dull at Osceola, Mo., and she preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 1997, after enjoying 65 years together. He was a row crop and livestock farmer all his life. As a young man, he worked in the wheat harvest out west and in Iowa corn harvests. He helped cut the right-of-ways on many roads in the Gerster area, and was an active citizen in the community. Johnnie Stephens came from a musical family who played blue grass music during the dancing era in St. Clair County. Johnnie played the French harp (harmonica), sang and called square dances. He continued to entertain at local schools in Stoddard County - his last performance was in April. After many years of farming on the Osage River, downstream from Osceola, Johnnie and Thelma were forced to give up their beloved farm to the Truman Dam acquisition. In 1975, they left St. Clair County, relocating to the Missouri Bootheel, and continued farming until retirement. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his only daughter, Marilyn Kaye Farmer on May 31, 2001; five brothers, Roy, Charley,
Otha, Bufford and Ernest Stephens; four sisters, Stella Newcomb, Laura Starks, Violet Walters and Beulah Moreland. He is survived by two sisters, Ora Dull of Independence and Ester Prior of Phoenix, Ariz.; his only son, Johnie Everett Stephens, Jr., of Parma; three granddaughters, Cecilia Lanpher, Anne Seyer and Patricia Turman, all of Dexter; three grandsons, William Christopher Farmer and Michael Farmer of Rockport, and John Stephens III of Dexter; 11 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Crow Stephens of Parma; and a son-in-law, William W. Farmer of Rockport; and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, followed by services at 11 a.m. in the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment will be in Kings Prairie Cemetery.

STEPHENS, John Everett
St. Clair Courier, August 2, 2002, Page 20. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Johnnie Everett Stephens of Dexter was born Feb. 7, 1910, at Gerster, the son of Moletes Stephens and Eva Tucker Stephens. He departed this life Sunday, July 28, 2002 in his home at the age of 92. On July 25, 1932 Johnnie was united in marriage to Thelma Dora Dull in Osceola. They enjoyed 65 years together. John was a row crop and livestock farmer all his life. As a young man he worked in the wheat harvest out west and in Iowa corn harvests. He helped cut the right of ways on many roads in the Gerster area and was an active citizen in the community. Johnnie Stephens came from a musical family who played blue grass music during the dancing ear in St. Clair County. Johnnie played the French Harp (harmonica) sang and called square dances. He continued to entertain at local schools in Stoddard County; his last performance was in April. After many years of farming on the Osage River, down stream from Osceola, Johnnie and Thelma were forced to give up their beloved farm to the Truman Dam acquisition. In 1975 they left St. Clair County relocating to the Missouri Bootheel, and continued farming until retirement. Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, on November 16, 1997; followed by his only daughter, Marilyn Kay Farmer on May 31, 2001; five brothers, Roy, Charley, Otha, Bufford, and Ernest Stephens; four sisters, Stella Newcomb, Laura Stark, Violet Walters, and Beulah Moreland. He is survived by two sisters, Ora Dull, Independence and Ester Prior, Phoenix, Ariz.; his only son, Johnnie Everett Stephens, Jr. of Parma; three granddaughters, Cecilia Lanpher, Anne Seyer and Patricia Turman all of Dexter; three grandsons; William Christopher Farmer and Michael Farmer of Rockport, and John Stephens, III of Dexter; 11 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Shirley Crow Stephens of Parma, son-in-law William W. Farmer of Rockport and other relatives and friends. Services were held on August 1 at 11 a.m. under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment was in Kings Prairie Cemetery.

STEPHENS, Letes M.
St. Clair Courier, April 23, 1965. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, April 30, at Goodrich Chapel for Letes Stephens, 85, who died Tuesday, April 17, at his home. Among his survivors are six daughters and five sons. Burial will be made in the Osceola cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Courier.

STEPHENS, Letes M.
St. Clair Courier, April 30, 1965. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Former Gerster Resident Dies - Funeral services were held in Goodrich Chapel Friday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. for Letes Stephens; who died April 27 at the age of 85 years, two months and 14 days. Elder Wilmer Harper officiated at the services and burial was made in the Osceola cemetery. Mr. Stephens, son of Otha and Elizabeth Stephens, was born Feb 12, 1880. He was married to Eva Alice Tucker Aug 17, 1902. Twelve children were born to this couple. A member of the Gerster Baptist Church, he resided in the Gerster community until about ten years ago when he and his wife moved to Osceola. Mrs. Stephens died May 13, 1963. Also, preceding him in death were an infant son, Earnest Asa, three brothers and two sisters. Survivors are five sons and six daughters, Roy Stephens, El Dorado Springs, Stella Newcomb, Osceola, Laura Stark, Lowry City, John Stephens, Osceola, Charley Stephens, Kearney, Otha Stephens, Denver, Colo, Ora Dull, Independence, Beula Moreland, Baldwin Park, Calif, Buford Stephens, Boulder, Colo, 30 grandchildren, 12 grandsons and 18 granddaughters and 30 great-grandchildren.

STEPHENS, Mary Iona Bazzill
St. Clair Courier, February 4, 1937, Page 9. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Mary Iona Bazzill was born August 17, 1865 in Mills County, Colorado, passed away at the home a few miles east of Vista, Missouri January 27, 1937, being 71 years and 5 months of age. Her mother died when she was a small child and with her father she came to Missouri where she grew to womanhood near her present home. At the age 23 years, after her father’s death, she made her home with a cousin, Cha. Stiles until she was united marriage to John H. Stephens, February 24, 1895. To this union two daughters were born, both dying in infancy. They raised two orphan girls, Mrs. Gertie Custer of Amsterdam, Mo and Mrs. Jennie Taylor of Max, MO, and in later years took a 9 month of boy to raise who passed away at the age of 11 years. In early life she was united with the Macedonia Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until her death. She has been in failing health for several years and an intense sufferer for the past year or more. She is survived by her faithful husband, 3 half-sisters, Mrs. Lexa Thomas of Kansas City, Mrs. John Sullivan of Pueblo, Colorado, and Mrs. C. E. George of Vista, one half brother, G. S. Bazzill of Freedom, Wisconsin and a host of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted at Vista Baptist Church, January 28, 1937 by the Rev. D. D. Tally; Burial was in Macedonia cemetery under the direction of undertaker Firestone of Collins. We extend to the bereaved out heartfelt sympathy. - Oh sleep rest soothingly upon her eyes, - So weary of the dismal scenes of earth; - Your ministry shall wake her soul to mirth. - And life her heart beyond the reach of sighs. - Now that her peaceful heart makes no replies - She rest in hopes embrace - This rest is worth a thousand, thousand times all joys since birth - For now her spirit dwells in Paradise.

STEPHENS, Nina May Knight
St. Clair County Courier, 22 June 2007
Nina May Stephens was born on July 29, 1932 in Kansas City, Kansas to Samuel Jess and Laura (Ellifrits) Knight and passed away June 18, 2007 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. Nina loved going to the boats, enjoyed needle work, sewing, sitting on the porch watching the neighborhood kids play and had to stop at every garage sale she happened to see. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Deepwater. Nina was preceded in death by her husband, William Stephens, stepson, Richard Stephens, twin sisster, Nona, five brothers, Charles, George, Raymond, Bob and Joe, and her parents Jess Wig and Laura Gertrude (Ellifrits) Knight. She is survived by her children, Flossie May Leonard and husband Merlin "Hank" of Humansville, Missouri, Wilma Hentschell of Lincoln, Missouri, Bonnie Green of Clinton, Missouri, Sam Stephens and wife Leslie of Clinton, Missouri, and Bill Stephens and wife Sonja of Clinton, Missouri, nineteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, six sisters, Georgia, Bonnie, Maxine, Corine, Teresa and Christine and one brother Jim, all of Kansas City, Kansas, other relatives and many friends. Services were held on Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Deepwater. Officiating the funeral was Rev. Jim Brack. The music selection was "Old Rugged Cross", "Rock Of Ages", "Let Her Fly", and "Prayer". Casket bearers were Mike Green, Brian Tennal, Jeffrey Stephens, Richard Stephens, Hank Leonard, Willie Stephens, and Merlin Leonard. Interment was at Deepwater Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

STEPHENS, Rosa Mary
Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, January 29, 1994, Page C-5. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Rosa M. Stephens - Rosa Mary Stephens, 78, of Kearney, died Jan. 27, 1994 at the Barry Road Campus of St. Luke’s Northland hospital. Service will be at 2 pm Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Kearney; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney. Friends may call from 7 to 8 pm today at the Fry Funeral Chapel, Kearney. The family suggests contribution to the church. Mrs. Stephens was born in St. Clair County, MO and moved to Kearney in 1947. She was a member of the church. Survivors include her husband, Charley T. Stephens, of the home; a son, Charles W. Stephens, Wichita; two daughters, Janice Reynolds, Pilot Grove, Mo, and Joyce Murdock, Camdenton, MO; Three sisters, Elsie Epperson, Collins, Mo, Ann Sheets, Dewey, OK, and Ruth Hemmeway, Wheatland, MO; two brothers, Jack Carpenter, Hollister, MO, and Vernon Carpenter, Raymore in Cass County; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

STEPHENS, Roy Ray
El Dorado Springs Sun, April 24, 1980, Page 10. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Roy Ray Stephens, 78 of El Dorado Springs passed away Saturday morning, Apr 19 at his home. He was born May 24, 1903 in St. Clair County, the son of Letes M. and Eva Tucker Stephens. On Sept 12, 1925 in Osceola, Mo he was united in marriage to Gladys M. Davis. To this union were born 7 children – three sons and four daughters. Mr. Stephens has been a farmer most of his life. On April 1, 1966 he sold his farm and moved into El Dorado Springs. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Gladys of the home; three sons – Floyd, Wichita, KS, Vernon, Kissee, Mills, MO, Ray, South Gate, CA, 4 daughters – Mrs. Doris Smith, Cadillac, MI, Mrs. Peggy Hale, Joplin, Mo, Mrs. Imogene Owens, Cape Girardeau, MO. 2 brothers – Charley Stephens, Kearney, MO, Johnny Stephens, Southern MO, 5 sisters – Mrs. Stella Newcomb, Lowry City, Mrs. Violet Raithel, Columbia, MO, Mrs. Beulah Moreland, Wickenburg, AZ, Mrs. Ora Dull, Independence, Mo, Mrs. Esther Prier, Loveland, Co. Funeral Services were held Monday, April 21, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Riddle officiating. Burial was in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of Milster-Isbell-Carothers Funeral Home.

STEPHENS, Thelma Dora Dull
St. Clair Courier, November 20. 1997, Page 16. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Thelma Dora Stephens was born on Nov. 5, 1908 in Osceola, to Isaac Edward and Maude Anne Hedgpeth Dull. She passed away at the age of 89 years and 11 days on Nov 16 at her home in Dexter. She drew up in the Kings Prairie area of St. Clair County, on the family farm. Thelma was on of nine children. She worked on the family farm, along with her brothers and sisters. Leaving home to keep house, she continued to help her brothers in their farming operations. Early in her youth, she was fondly called “Jack.” She loved music and especially square dancing. Thelma loved her cooking, gardening, canning, needlework, and making quilts. She always enjoyed visiting with friends and loved having the family together and looking for everyone. There was always a place at her table. She accepted Jesus Christ into her life at Dillon Church, east of Osceola, and remained a strong believer all her life. Thelma and Johnnie reaffirmed their faith in December 1996. Thelma and Johnnie E. Stephens were married July 25, 1932. To this union two children were born, John of Parma, and Marilyn Farmer of Rock Port. Thelma is survived by her husband, John of the home; one brother, Clem, Independence; one sister, Dell Mae Burchett, El Dorado Springs; one son, John, Parma, one daughter, Marilyn, Rock Port; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, also may nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Thelma were Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Goodrich Funeral Home is Osceola, with Father Lawrence Lewis officiating. Music was furnished by the Osceola Community Choir. Casketbearers were Leon Dull, Wendall Burchett, Gayle Dull, W. C. Farmer, Mike Farmer, and John Stephens. Interment in Kings Prairie Cemetery under the arrangement of Randy Sheldon, Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contribution to the St. Clair County Library in care of the funeral home.

STEPHENS, William Irvin
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, Missouri, September 8, 1955, Front Page. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Resident Dies in Tractor Accident - William I. Stephens, 63, life time resident of Appleton City, died last night, Wednesday, the result of a tractor accident. Mr. Stephens was plowing in a field on the Oliver Piepmeier farm south of town. Details of the accident are not known. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but for particulars call Lee Funeral Home.

STEPHENS, William Irvin
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, Missouri, September 15, 1955, Front Page. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Funeral Sunday for Will Stephens - The funeral service for William I. Stephens, who died September 7, the victim of a tractor accident, was held Sunday afternoon, September 11, at the Trinity Methodist Church, with the pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Brown, officiating. Mrs. Robert Payne, Mrs. Jess Piepmeier, Floyd Bowman and W. B. Stout Jr., sang “When the Roll is called Up Yonder,” “Going Down the Valley,” and “Beyond the Sunset.” Mrs. W. B. Stout, Jr., was at the organ. Pall bearers were Glen Davis, Earl Thomas, Paul Eye, Darwin Piepmeier, Oliver Piepmeier, and Clarence Thompson. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery under the direction of Melvin L. Janssens. William Irvin Stephens, son of James L. and Vitulia Steeles Stephens was born March 15, 1892 in Henry County near Montrose, MO. He was united in marriage to Winnifred Ed McColley of Appleton City November 8, 1916. Mr. & Mrs. Stephens were the parents of five children. Bill, as many of his friends knew him, was a kind and loving father, husband, friend, and neighbor. His entire life has been spent in the Appleton City-Montrose area. A farmer by vocation, he loved his occupation and it was while farming that he was accidentally killed September 7, 1955. In his childhood, he attended Sunday school and worship services at Bear Creek Chapel. He became a member of the Trinity Methodist Church of Appleton City March 31, 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Albert, who died in 1930 at the age of a year and one half, two brothers and an only sister. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Lucille) Johannigmeier of Appleton City; three sons, Mac of the home, Joe of Modena, PA., and Donald of Kansas City; two nieces, Mrs. Gene Powell and Miss Marjorie Clapp; a nephew, Homer Clapp; five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and many other relatives and friends.

STEPHENS, William Irvin
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, Missouri, September 15, 1955, Page 2. Submitted by Marie Reynolds.
In Appreciation - We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the many heartwarming deed and kindnesses extended by our friends and neighbors during our time of bereavement. The express of your sympathies will be remembered with deepest regard always. Mrs. Winnie Stephens, James Mac Stephens, Mr. & Mrs. Donald L Stephens and family, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Stephens and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johannigmeier, Mrs. Charley Stephens, Miss. Marjorie Clapp, Mrs. Betty Jo Powell.

STEPHENS, Winnifred Ed McColley
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, Missouri, February 18, 1965, Page 4. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Mrs. Stephens Dies Sunday at Home - Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon Feb. 17 for Mrs. Will (Winnie) Stephens, who died at her home Sunday, Feb 14. The services were at the Trinity Methodist Church with the Rev. Louis Johnsen officiating. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery directed by Eckhoff Funeral Home. Immediate survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Lucille) Johannigmeier of Appleton City; to sons, Joe of Nyack N. Y., and Mac of the home, and one sister, Mrs. Nettie Wyckoff.

STEPHENSON, Ethel  
Osceola Library Files
Last rites for Miss Ethel Stephenson were held May 29, 1969, at the Trinity Methodist Church of Appleton City, Mo with the pastor Charles D. Pence officiating. Musical selections were "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," "Beyond the Sunset" and "Meet Me There," were by Mrs. Robert Payne and Mrs. Del Erhart, accompanied by Mrs. Lillian Howell organist.   Casket bearers were part of her great nephews, who were Ray Culver, Rolla Ford, Clark Wix, Chester Holt, Floyd Culver and Kent Wheaton.   Interment was at Round Prairie cemetery under direction of Eckhoff funeral home of Appleton City. Miss Ethel Stephenson, last surviving child of John and Drucilla Stephenson, died May 27, 1969 at Ellett Memorial Hospital of Appleton City, Mo. at age of 91 years, two months, four days. She was born March 23, 1878 and grew up in the Round Prairie community of Bates County, Mo., where she attended Rich Valley school. She lived and worked with her parents, brothers and sisters until 1910 when her father suddenly passed away. She and her sister, Gertie, lived on the farm until March 1915, when they moved to Appleton City and continued to care for their aged mother who died in 1916. Her sister, Miss Gertie, died in December 1918. Soon her brother Frank came from Clay County, Mo. to live with her until his death in February 1937. Since 1937 her 12 nieces and nephews have been her family, who enjoyed going to see "Aunt Ethel."   The seven living ones are Amos Ford, Eunice Wilson, Gladys Wix, Sylvester Culver, Wilbur Holt, Berniece Drake and Helen Young. Three years ago she gave up her home and went to Barnett Rest Home, which she called home and enjoyed visits with many who came to see her.   She had been in Ellett Memorial hospital several times but only there a few days her last sickness. She was a regular attendant at church and Bible school while living on the farm and at the Trinity Methodist church in Appleton City, as long as health permitted her to attend. She still enjoyed the services they had at the rest home. She was a dress-maker but never too busy to care for her mother and for others. She was a talented woman in many ways.   Miss Ethel was the last of nine brothers and sisters who were Eugene, Elosia, Ella, Minnie, Frank, Carrie, Hallie and Gertie. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, 32 great nieces and nephews, a number of great-great nieces and nephews and other relatives, neighbors and friends.

STEPHENSON, Frank S.
Appleton City Journal, 4 March 1937
Death has again invaded our little city, this time claiming, Frank Stephenson, aged 65 years, a respected and well known resident of this community for a long term of years. Frank and his sister, Miss Ethel, were both taken to the Community Hospital early last week, suffering from flu and pneumonia. His condition was very serious from the start and the end came about nine o'clock Sunday evening. Since that time the condition of Miss Ethel has gradually grown worse and as this is written, about noon Thursday, little hope of her recovery is entertained. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Stephenson were set for Tuesday, but on account of the critical condition of his sister, the services were postponed indefinitely, awaiting developments in her condition. For many years Frank was an employee of the Herrman Lumber Co. and was a good employee, honorable and trustworthy in all his dealings. He was one of the most faithful members of the First M.E. Church, serving as superintendent of the Sunday school through a number of years, and taking an active part in all efforts directed towards the up-building of the church and community. A suitable life sketch was not available for publication in this week's paper, but will be published next week.

STEPHENSON, Frank S.
Appleton City Journal, 11 March 1937
Frank S. Stephenson, son of John and Drusilla Stephenson, was born near Haynesville, Mo., July 13, 1871. While yet a small child he came with his parents to Bates county, locating on a farm three and one half mile south of Appleton City. They lived in this location for ten years, then moved to what is known as the "Stephenson Farm," near the Round Prairie Baptist Church. Here he grew to manhood. Soon after attaining manhood he returned to Clay County where the major part of his business life was spent. In 1919 he came to Appleton City to make his home with his sister, Miss Ethel. While yet young in years he gave his heart to his Creator and ever lived the consistent life of  Christianity. After making his home in Appleton City he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a regular attendant at its services. On Sunday evening, February 28, being 65 years, 7 months and 15 days of age, he passed peacefully into the Great and Glorious Beyond to be with his Maker, whom he loved and served. He leaves here one sister, Miss Ethel, all that is left of a family of nine children, a number of nieces and nephews to whom he was ever a wise and faithful counselor, and a host of warm and loyal friends. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. G.A. Moss, were held Saturday afternoon, March 6 at 1:30 o'clock at the First M.E. Church, after which the body was taken to Round Prairie Baptist Church where a short service was held, and interment made in the nearby cemetery.

STEPHENSON, Jared Judge
Osceola Library Files
Mr. Jared Stephenson died at his home in Appleton City at 10 a.m. April 21, 1908. He was born in Clinton, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1824. He married Miss Elizabeth Ridgeway in 1846. To this union were born eleven children, a wife and seven children survive him. He came to Missouri in 1859 and lived four miles west of Montrose until a few years ago when he moved to Appleton City. He has been in ill health for some time and has been bed ridden for several months. Mr. Stephenson was an honest, upright man and all that knew loved him. The funeral will be held at Union church by Rev. Price of Schell City. The remains be interred in the Union cemetery. A large circle of old friends and neighbors of the family sympathize with them in their sorrow.

STEPHENSON, Minnie Florence
Appleton City Journal, 12 April 1928
Minnie Florence Stephenson, daughter of John and Drusilla Stephenson was born near Haynesville, Clay County, Mo., June 8, 1865. She came to Bates County in October, 1872, the family residing near Hudson, Mo. In 1881 they moved to the farm near Round Prairie church where she was married to Charles Culver, Dec. 27, 1888. With her husband she went to Nevada where they resided for a year, after which they moved to the present home on Round Prairie, where she lived the remaining years of her earthly life, passing to the life beyond Easter morning, being 62 years and 10 months of age. In young womanhood she was converted to Christ under the ministry of Rev. Israel Thompkins, at Round Prairie Baptist Church, uniting with the M.E. Church, South, at Hook's Chapel, being a member of the church until its disorganization a few years ago, when her membership was removed to the same church at Appleton City. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, two sons, Sylvester and Ralph Culver, of Appleton City; two daughters, Mrs. Oscar Wheaton, Butler, MO, and Mrs. Lafe Wilson, Rich Hill; and Charles Knox, of Parsons, Kansas, to whom she became a mother in his early life. Three children, Ora, Ethel and an infant son preceded her in death. There also remain nine grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Round Prairie Church, conducted by Wm. Sutton, and interment was made in the cemetery there, R.R. Kenney, funeral director.

STEPP, Henry Paul
St. Clair County Courier, 3 June 2005
Henry P. “Buddy” Stepp was born on Oct. 31, 1928, to David and Lucy Dixon Stepp and passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Sac-Osage Hospital after a long illness. Henry married Sarah Viola Brown on Nov. 29, 1952. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was in the construction business for many years in Kansas City before moving to Lamar where Henry was a farmer and truck driver. After retiring Henry and Sarah moved to their home in Osceola. Henry was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and four brothers. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of the home; one daughter, Paula Beemer and her husband, Brad, Harrisonville; three sons, Henry Stepp Jr., Kansas City, Carl Stepp and his wife Tammy, Kansas City and Jerry Stepp, Golden City; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; many relatives and friends. Graveside service for Henry were Saturday, May 21, at the Osceola Cemetery with Charles Crouch officiating under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

STEPP, Henry Paul
Kansas City Star, 20 May 2005
HENRY P. STEPP - Henry Stepp, 76, Osceola, MO, formerly of KCMO, died May 17, 2005. Graveside services with military honors 11 a.m. Sat., May 21 at Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends 78 p.m. Fri. at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO, 417-646-8135.

STEWART, Bobbie Ann
Kansas City Star, 2 July 2008
Bobbie Ann Stewart, 55, of Osceola, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, died June 30,, in Osceola, Mo. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, Mo. Final disposition will be cremation.

STEWART, Bud
Kansas City Star, 17 February 2008
Bud Stewart, 82, Buckner, Mo., passed away in his wife's arms on February 12, 2008. Bud was born January 4, 1926, in Osceola, Mo., to Jessie and Sylvia (Rash) Stewart. Bud is survived by wife Minnie (Cravens) of the home; seven children, Debra Stewart of Independence, Mo., Sandra (Jim) Henderson of Blue Springs, Mo., Donna (Chris Green) Newell of Blue Springs, Carla Henley of Plano, Texas, Rhonda (Gerald) Martin of Tennessee, Ronnie Stewart of Independence, Mo., Katherine (James) Black of Spring Hill, Fla.; sister Bertha (Jim) Hodkins of Sibley, Mo.; 24 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Other survivors include Beverly and Larry Clinkscales of Springdale, Ark., Steve and Vickie Vaughn of Springdale, Ark., Johnny and Lisa Vaughn of Salina, Okla., Marsha Vaughn of Springdale, Ark., Brenda and Odell Graves of Springdale, Ark., Sylvia Howard of Springdale, Ark., Pete Vaughn of Missouri, Eddie Vaughn of Hominy, Okla., Bill and Shelly Stewart of Springdale, Ark., and Phyllis and Mark Learner of Independence, Mo. Private family services and cremation will be held. (Arrs. by: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677.)

STEWART, Charles Kenneth
Clinton Daily Democrat, 19 August 2003
C. Kenneth Stewart, 76, Lowry City, a carpenter - farmer, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at Golden Valley Hospital, Clinton. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 20, 10 a.m., at Lowry City United Methodist Church with burial in Lowry City Cemetery.

STEWART, Earnest Lee
St. Clair County Courier, 24 March 2006
Earnest Lee Stewart passed away on March 14, 2006, at El Dorado Springs. He was born to Glen and Lena Stewart on September 23, 1928, in Yale, Okla. The eldest of four children, he was raised in Oklahoma, moved to Missouri and joined the Army Air Force. Earnest returned to farming, became a traveling evangelist and was pastor of several local churches. He founded and was pastor of the Full Gospel Faith Temple in Clinton. In addition, he was an enthusiastic and talented musician with numerous instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and dobro. Earnest was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Lena Stewart; one sister, Dorothy Hill; one son, Earnest Leon Stewart; one daughter, Ethel Marie Knight-Riley; and a grandson, Johnnie Knight. Earnest is survived by his children, Melva Pellegrin of Lompoc, Calif., Althea Wosoba of El Dorado Springs, Edward Stewart of El Dorado Springs, Glen Stewart of Clinton and Vivian Hawkins of El Dorado Springs; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; one sister, Athlene Shepard of Clinton; and one brother, Melvin Stewart of Urich; other relatives and many friends. Services were held Saturday, March 18, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. The minister was Rev. Frankie Dutcher. The music was “Life’s Railway To Heaven”, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, “Wildwood Flower”, “Amazing Grace” and “Guitar Town”. Casket bearers were Bobby Kish, Bill Frizzell, Fred Wasoba, Bob Kelly, Kenneth Cook and Glen Stewart. Honorary Casket bearers were Veryl “Buttons” Goucher and Jim Schnakenberg. Military honors were furnished by the Clinton VFW Post #1894. Interment was at the Lowry City Cemetery. Arrangements were by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

STEWART, Earnest Lee
El Dorado Springs Sun
Earnest Lee Stewart, 77, formerly of Clinton, was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Yale, OK, the eldest of four children to Glen and Lena Stewart. He passed away March 14, 2006, in El Dorado Springs. Earnest was raised in Oklahoma, moved to Missouri and joined the Army Air Force. Earnest returned to farming, became a traveling evangelist and was pastor of several local churches. He founded and was pastor of the Full Gospel Faith Temple in Clinton. In addition, Earnest was an enthusiastic and talented musician who enjoyed singing, playing bluegrass, country and gospel music with numerous instruments including the guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and dobro.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Lena Stewart; one sister, Dorothy Hill; one son, Earnest Leon Stewart; one daughter, Ethel Marie Knight-Riley; and a grandson, Johnnie Knight. Survivors include his children - Melva Pellegrin - Lompoe, CA, Althea Wosoba - El Dorado Springs, Edward Stewart - El Dorado Springs, Glen Stewart - Clinton and Vivian Hawkins - El Dorado Springs; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Athlene Shepard - Clinton; one brother, Melvin Stewart, Ulrich; other relatives and many friends. Services with military honors presented by Clinton VFW Post #1894, were held Saturday, March 18, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola with Rev. Frankie Dutcher officiating. Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Kish, Bill Frizzell, Fred Wasoba, Bob Kelly, Kenneth Cook and Glen Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were Veryl Goucher (Buttons) and Jim Schnakenberg.

STEWART, Vernon P.
Kansas City Star, 6 February 2006
Vernon P. Stewart, age 49 of Spring Hill, KS passed away February 4, 2006 at his home. Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. at Fairview Rider Cemetery, Rich Hill. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at the Bruce Funeral Home in Spring Hill, KS. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Olathe Hospice. Vernon was employed for 27 years at SPRINT. He is survived by his wife Debby Stewart, Spring Hill, KS, three daughters, Chelle Wilson, Prosser, WA, Carey Klinksick, Rockville, MO, Kristy Fleer, Osawatomie, KS, one sister, Val Caffey, Kansas City, MO, and five grandchildren. (Arr: Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, MO).

STIDHAM, Voneita Verlene Sloan
Clinton Daily Democrat, 4 March 2003
Mrs. Voneita V. Stidham, 70, Buckner, formerly of Collins, died Sunday, March 1, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital, Blue Springs. She is survived by her children, Nadine Thomas, Rex Stidham, Johnna Kronk and Melanie Springer; a brother, Gail Sloan; a sister, Wanda Jones, and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 6, 1 p.m., at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, with burial in the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery near Collins.

STILES, Jacob E.
St. Clair County Courier, 15 December 2006
Funeral services for Jacob E. Stiles, 20, formerly of Coral Springs, Fla., was held on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Knox Presbyterian Church. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Born Nov. 20, 1986, in Plantation, Fla., he died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, in Dallas. Jacob grew up in Naperville, attended Wheatland and White Eagle Elementary Schools and was a 2005 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School, where he was a varsity swimmer and editor of the academic section of the yearbook. Jacob was currently in his sophomore year at Southern Methodist University, SMU, in Dallas, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, SAE, fraternity and most recently had been named SMU's "Mr. University". While growing up in Naperville, Jacob was a lifeguard and swim team member at White Eagle Country Club and was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. He had a talent with computers and enjoyed watching movies. Jacob is survived by his parents, Thomas and Rhonda Stiles of Naperville; sister, Amelia Stiles of Minneapolis; paternal grandparents, William and Laveta Stiles of Kansas City; maternal grandparents, Glen and Marjorie Askew of Eagle Rock; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Miracle Network at 801-278-8900, in memory of Jacob E. Stiles. Arrangements were made by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville, 630-355-0213.

STILES, Zola Mae Paul
Kansas City Star, 26 November 2004
Zola Mae (Paul) Stiles, 90, of Collins, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, MO. Mrs. Stiles, a homemaker, was born May 15, 1914, in Dunnegan, MO. She is survived by her daughter Tamie Smith and husband, Jim of Clinton, MO, and son, Joe Stiles and wife, Karen of Anderson, IN, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., at SheldonGoodrich Chapel with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery, under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday. Contributions may be made to the Osceola Senior Center, in care of the funeral home (417) 646-8135.

STOLL, Eunice Edith Prier
Newpaper clipping, Brazilton, Kansas, 3 December 1958
Woman Is Fire Victim - Kerosene Stove Explodes at Brazilton, Kans. - At 75, Mrs. Eunice Stoll, burned to death here this morning when a kerosene heating stove exploded and set fire to her home. A neighbor, Fred Mahnken, said he attempted to enter the house but  that the flames were so intense they drove him back before he could  get through the doorway. William Niggeman, Crawford County engineer, and a road crew working nearby joined Hobart Ahrens, Crawford County sheriff, in an unsuccessful attempt to reach Mrs. Stoll and in fighting the fire.

STOLL, John Frederick
Osceola Library Files
John Fred Stoll, highly respected resident of this vicinity, died unexpectedly at his home about five miles northwest of El Dorado Springs, last Saturday night. Not feeling well, Mr. Stoll came to town Saturday afternoon to consult a physician, but shortly after he had returned home, he became much worse and his death occurred about 11 o'clock that evening. He had been in poor health for several years, but was able to be around about his tasks. Deceased was born near Prairie City, Mo., Jan. 12, 1874 and was over 69 years old. He was the oldest son of John and Anna Stoll, both of who died when he was quite young. He grew up and made his home around Prairie City, and on Aug. 27, 1902, he was married to Eunice Prior of Appleton City. To this union were born seven children, five sons and two daughters. Two of the children preceded him in death, Mrs. Clara May Russell, who died June 14, 1935, and Allen Raymond, who passed away when he was two years old. Surviving are his devoted wife and five children, Lewis C. Stoll, Hepler, Kans., Herold J., Marion Lee and Leonard Stoll of the home. He also leaves one brother Charles Stoll, Schell City, Mo., seven grandchildren, five nephews and ten nieces, besides other relatives and many friends. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith in infancy and confirmed at the age of 14 in the Lutheran Church, and the Christian virtues were exemplified in his life. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always thoughtful of others when they were in need or in trouble, and he will be sadly missed in the home as well as in the community. Funeral services and burial took place at Taberville Monday afternoon.

STOLL, Leonard Arthur
The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, December 1992
Leonard A. Stoll, 66, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1992, at Allen County Hospital. He was the father of Tracy Lee of LaHarpe. He was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Rockville, Mo., the son of John and Eunice Stoll. He married Bernice Bilderback on Aug. 21, 1949. Until 1968, he lived most of his life in the El Dorado Springs area, where he worked for International Shoe Company and later in the real estate and insurance business. After that he lived in several places and was engaged in construction work. He and his wife moved back to El Dorado Springs in February 1990. In addition to Mrs. Lee, he is survived by his wife, Bernice, three sons, Michael of Burley, Wash., Dan of El Dorado Springs and Scott, Jefferson City, Mo.; another daughter, Sandra Stoneking, Sedalia, Mo.; a brother, Marion Stoll, Humboldt, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased. He was a member of Union Hall Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs; was closely associated with Hope Chapel Assembly of God, Bronson, where he was a member while living in that area; and a member of Clintonville Masonic Lodge. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hackelman and Son Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs. The Rev. Marshall I.J. Lackrone will officiate. Burial will be in Taberville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

STONE, Thomas
St. Clair County Democrat, 28 January 1915
Death of "Grandpa" Stone  - Thomas Stone died at the resident of his son in Osceola on Tuesday afternoon last, and the funeral will be held at the residence this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, services by the Rev. M.V. Heidlebaugh, after which charge of the remains will be assumed by the G.A.R. fraternity. Mr. Stone was 76 years of age, having been born in Mount Carmett, Ill. December 29, 1838. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Hester Campbell, who fell asleep in 1904. To this union two sons were born, Joseph J. and Emory O., both of Osceola. August 23, 1862, he enlisted in Co. C., 115 Illinois volunteer infantry, and served until the end of the war, being mustered out June 29, 1865. He was wounded at the battle of Chicamauga, but resumed service as soon as he was able. He passed most of his life in Illinois, removing to Osceola in 1907, where he has since resided. His death was the result of dropsy. Mr. Stone was one of those men who had a kindly word and a hearty handshake for all and as a result he was beloved by all that knew him. He was a member of the Methodist church and a faithful attendant when the weather would permit his presence.

STOUT, Mary Elizabeth Moss
Clinton Daily Democrat, 22 March 2004
Stout, Mary Elizabeth MOSS (1917 – 2004). Mary Elizabeth Stout died at the Appleton City Manor March 8, 2004, at 86-years-of-age. Mary Beth, as she was known to her family and friends, was born August 19, 1917, in Avilla, Missouri, to Rev. G. A. and Clara (Underwood) Moss. The family moved to Amoret and four years later they moved to Joplin where Mary Beth started school. When she was in the third grade the family moved to Golden City and from there to Siloam Springs, Arkansas in 1930. She graduated from high school there in 1935 as salutatorian of her class. In the summer of 1935 the family moved to Appleton City and she went to work in the bank in 1936. About this time she also began taking piano lessons from Professor Marion Davies at the college in Warrensburg. On April 18, 1939, Mary Beth and Dr. W. B. Stout, Jr. were united in marriage. The couple was married in Harrisonville by Rev. Firestone and then they spent their honeymoon in South Dakota. In 1944, a son was born to this union, William Blake Stout III. Mary Beth was the organist at the united Methodist Church in Appleton City for approximately 60 years. She also played for many weddings and funerals as well. Her other church work included being a dedicated Sunday School teacher and leader of Bible study groups. Mary Beth was a member of the PEO Sisterhood. She has continued to provide the prize for the annual Stout Baby Show held during the Appleton City Fair, which was started by Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Stout, Sr. in 1903. Survivors include her son, Bill, and wife, Jean, Clinton; a stepdaughter, Sue Wagoner, Long Beach, California; a sister, Maxine, and husband, Wilfred Dugan, Montrose, and a nephew, Jim Dugan and wife, Brenda, Butler. Mary Beth loved people and enjoyed serving people. She also loved music and had begun playing the piano for Sunday School when she was 11-years-old. Mary Beth had a wonderful sense of humor and a kind and gentle spirit that was ever present even to the last hours of her time spent on earth. Many memories of Mary Beth will be cherished by all who were privileged to know her. Funeral services were at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Friday, March 12, 2 p.m. Pastor John Ketcher officiated. Pallbearers were Ron Hargrave, Rick Hill, Matt Alexander, Ross Dugan, Jim Dugan and Jack Knight. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Breon, Clark Welling and Granville McQueen. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

STRATTON, Charles Steward
St. Clair County Library Files, Durl Barnett Collection
Charles Steward Stratton, son of the late Charles S. and Sophia Donovan Stratton, was born February 3, 1909, at Roscoe, Missouri, and died November 23, 1972 at the M.U. Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was 63 years of age. He was graduated from the Lowry City High School and attended Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar and Central Missouri State at Warrensburg. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1935. He was married to Helen Ruth Vaughn in Boonville, Mo., on December 17, 1931. One daughter was born to the union. Upon his graduation from law school, the Strattons located in Osceola, where he practiced law until they moved to Clinton in 1938. He served as city attorney in Clinton for many years and also as city clerk for some time. For the last five and one-half years, he has been Prosecuting Attorney for Henry County. He was a member of the Christian Church of Clinton where he served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He was chosen to serve as a colonel on the staff of Gov. Warren Hearnes. Charles is survived by his wife of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Tom McCune and two grandsons, Michael Stratton McCune and Jeffrey Boone McCune, all of Clinton; one sister, Mrs. Virginia Lendenmeyer of Scottsboro, Alabama; a cousin, Mrs. Car Nitsche of Roscoe, Mo., other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held November 27, 1972 at the Clinton Christian Church with burial in Englewood Cemetery.

STRATTON, Helen Ruth Vaughn
Clinton Daily Democrat, 13 February 2004
1912 – 2004. Helen Ruth Vaughn Stratton, daughter of Maurice Brown and Margaret (English) Vaughn, was born March 24, 1912, in Montgomery City and died at Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center January 17, 2004, at the age of 91 years. Helen Ruth was married to Charles S. Stratton, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the first Christian Church, Clinton; the DAR; a charter member of the Clinton Study Club; a lifetime member of the Henry County Historical Society; a longtime member of the Clinton Country Club and she loved to play bridge. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Margaret Vaughn; her husband, Charles Stewart Stratton; her son-in-law, Thomas Boone McCune; one great-grandson, Jeffrey Boone McCune II, as well as two brothers, James English Vaughn and Maurice Brown Vaughn. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy McCune DeLozier and husband Tracy, Clinton; two grandsons, Michael Stratton McCune and Jeffrey Boone McCune and wife Annette, and one great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Leeann Boone McCune, all of Florida. The funeral service was held in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church, Thursday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Howard Cupp, Jr. officiating and Dr. Richard King giving the eulogy. Pallbearers were Mike McCune, Jeff McCune, Bill Cason, Bill Roberts, Vance Gover and Berry Beebe. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.

STRICKLAND, Alma Opal Harvey
Clinton Daily Democrat, Septmeber 2000
Alma Opal Strickland, daughter of George Robert and Cora May Conkwright Harvey, was born June 20, 1909, near Iconium and died September 19, 2000, in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 91 years. On October 1, 1930, she married Glen T. Strickland of Deepwater and they began their married life farming near Deepwater, later moving to a farm south of Lowry City, where they lived until her husband's death in May 1978, when she moved to Florida to be near her children. She was a loving wife and mother of her three children and she and Glen were like second parents to his nieces and nephew, Kay Parks, June Stoneking and Bill Gilkey, always ready to lend a helping had to anyone in need. She loved to sew and quilt, making many treasured quilts for her family. She also enjoyed flower gardening and vegetable gardening, happily sharing a jar of home canned vegetables with visitors. Opal was an excellent cook and for a number of years was employed at the Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City, a job she dearly loved. She has left her family with wonderful memories and will be missed by all. Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Myrtle Olsen, one brother, Noel Harvey and two sisters, Myrtle Harvey and Verna C. Smith. She is survived by one daughter, Nina Bertolini, St. Petersburg, Florida; one son, Glen Hansen Strickland and wife Kathy, Cumming, Georgia; one sister Dimple Ferguson, Clinton; one brother-in-law Gene Strickland, Deepwater, and one sister-in-law, Ruth Gilkey, Clinton; five grandchildren, Chris Lingelback, St. Petersburg, Florida, Gina Anderson, Memphis, David Bertolini, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kelly Strickland Price, Westminster, South Carolina, and John Strickland, Cumming, Georgia; also seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held October 13, 2000, at the Lowry City Cemetery.

STRICKLAND, Eugene Jacob
St. Clair County Courier, 23 February 2007
Eugene J. Strickland was the second child born Sept. 10, 1909 in Deepwater to Frank M. Strickland and Mallie (Shaffner) Strickland. He passed away Sunday, February 19, 2007 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City. He was born in St. Clair County near Deepwater where he lived for 95 years until January, 2005 when he entered Countryside Estates in Appleton City. He farmed together with his father. He continued farming throughout his lifetime except for the period of time he served in the Army during World War II. Gene had many interests besides farming. He was also a member of the VFW where he attended many meetings throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Glen Strickland and sisters, Lillian Lewis and Ruth Gilkey; two nieces, Myrtle Olsen and Nina Bertolini. He is survived by nephews, Glen Hansen Strickland and wife Kathy, Cumming, Georgia, and Bill Gilkey and wife Sharon, Clinton; two nieces, Kay Parks and husband Bodie, Clinton, and June Stoneking and husband Bob, Lee's Summit; five great-nephews, six great-nieces and 16 great-great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, February 21 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel officiated by Rev. Bob Fenwick. Music selection was "I Did It My Way", "Peace In The Valley" and "I'll Fly Away" by Donna Carney, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Wayne Gilkey, George Gilkey, Danny Smith, Eldon Gilkey, Terry Strope and Mike Gurley. Honorary casketbearers Ed Strope and Dale Pasley. Military honors Clinton VFW Post #1894.
Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

STRICKLAND, Eugene Jacob
Clinton Daily Democrat, 1 March 2007
Eugene J. Strickland was the second child born September 10, 1909, in Deepwater to Frank M. Strickland and Mallie (Shaffner) Strickland. He died Sunday, February 19, 2007, at Ellett Memorial Hospital, Appleton City.
He was born in St. Clair County near Deepwater where he lived for 95 years until January 2005 when he entered Countryside Estates in Appleton City. He farmed together with his father. He continued farming throughout his lifetime except for the period of time he served in the Army during World War II. Gene had many interests besides farming, including raising cattle, attending sales and auctions searching for those "best buy" antiques, in which no distance was too far to travel for that unique antique. From a young man, Gene had a passion for attending sales and auctions and where he eventually started helping the auctioneer. He was also a member of the VFW where he attended many meetings throughout his life. Throughout the years, he was a regular customer at many local restaurants. Through all these interests and hobbies, he made many lifelong friends and many acquaintances that he greatly cherished. Gene was a very giving and generous person to anyone in need ... family, friends and even complete strangers. His love for animals extended to any stray dog or cat that came to his door. He took his first plane ride with his sister Ruth, and a few of his nieces at the age of 80 to attend his sister-in-law's birthday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Then at the age of 86, he took his first small plane ride as Bodie flew him over the Clinton countryside. Gene looked forward to his daily newspaper, so that he would have the most current events on what was going on in local and world news. He loved to discuss many of the topics with his friends and family. He had a special gift in remembering dates and specific information such as quoting prices of livestock, crops and land values. He would often share his stories of historical events with his family, especially the Great Depression and the drought years of the mid 1930s. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Glen Strickland, and sisters, Lillian Lewis and Ruth Gilkey; two nieces, Myrtle Olsen and Nina Bertolini. He is survived by nephews, Glen Hansen Strickland and wife Kathy, Cumming, Georgia, and Bill Gilkey and wife Sharon, Clinton; two nieces, Kay Parks and husband Bodie, Clinton, and June Stoneking and husband Bob, Lee's Summit; five great-nephews, six great-nieces and 16 great-great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, February 21, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery.

STRICKLAND, Mary Conway
Appleton City Tribune, Tuesday, 15 September 1908
Mrs. M.B. Strickland Dies Suddenly at Family Residence in Our City. - Mrs. Mary Conway Strickland, wife of Mr. M.B. Strickland, died at the family home in our city at an early hour last Friday morning. While Mrs. Strickland had been in poor health for many months her death was a surprise to all our people and even the immediate members of the family were not until a very short time before the end aware of the fact that Mother Strickland had reached the end of her earthly pilgrimage. The end of a well-rounded Christian life came peacefully to the aged wife and mother, and Mrs. Strickland’s spirit was with her God, whom she had served so faithfully here below. Funeral services, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Clagett, were held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, followed by interment in the city cemetery. The services were largely attended by friends who assembled to pay a last farewell to the departed. Her life had been well spent and her death is mourned by all. The family have the sympathy of our people in their affliction. Born to Christian parents and nurtured in the faith she early gave heart to God, uniting with the Presbyterian Church. She was a most hospitable lady, but preferred her home and the company of her family instead of society. Mary Conway was born in St. Louis County, MO., Dec. 4, 1830, and was united in marriage with M.B. Strickland May 5, 1857, to this union was born eleven children, five of whom with the husband survive. They are Judge V.C. Strickland, of Johnson City, Mrs. Scott Stout, of Johnson City, James Strickland, of Aurora, MO., Mrs. C.C. Knowles, of Clinton, and Miss Mary, who is at home. Thirty years ago last March Mr. Strickland and family located in the Westfield neighborhood, this county, where they resided until 7 years ago last June, when they moved to our city. It was at the home of Mrs. Strickland’s grandfather, Mr. Joseph Conway, in Bonum township, St. Louis County, Missouri, that the first Presbyterian Church, west of the Mississippi River was organized, Missouri at the time being under Spanish rule, and her father, a small boy at the time accompanied the elder Conway when he called on the Spanish governor to make the request that religious services might be held at his home. Few families are closer related to and acquainted with the early history of Missouri than were the parents and grandparents of Mrs. Strickland.

STRICKLER, James R.
St. Clair County Courier, 30 June 2006
James R. Strickler, son of Charles R. and Irene Harleman Strickler, was born June 13, 1939, in St. Clair County. He passed away at Ellett Memorial Hospital June 24, 2006, at 67 years of age. He lived most of his life in the Taberville area except the years spent serving his country in the U.S. Army. Jim and Shirley Nations were united in marriage March 29, 1965, in Miami, Okla., and to this union two sons were born. Mr. Strickler was a member of the American Legion in Lowry City. Jim was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Strickler of the home; his two sons, Charlie Strickler and his wife, Nancy of Monegaw Springs and Lee Strickler and his wife, Kelly of Taberville; his mother, Irene Grayer of Appleton City; one brother, Charles Strickler of Peoria, Ariz.; four sisters, Bernice Marshall of Rockville, Clara Dunham of Appleton City, June Jelks of Rockville and Betty Hayes of Harrisonville; and two grandchildren, Chelestia Strickler and James Strickler.
Services were held at the Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City on Tuesday, June 27, with Sam Maston officiating. The music was "The Fishin Hole". Casketbearers were Murle Barbour, Mike Wales, Rick Bourland, Charlie Strickland, Lee Strickler and Deonne Marshall. Honorary casketbearers were Wallace Bass, Orville Oehring, Jr., Paul Hillerman, David Oehring and Charlie Hillerman. Military graveside services were conducted by Clinton VFW Post 1894. Interment was at the Taberville Cemetery, Taberville. Memorials may be made to the Family of Love fund.

STRINGBERG, Naomi Mae
St. Clair County Courier, 24 February 2006
Naomi Mae Stringberg, 74, Garden City, formerly of Humansville, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Adrian Manor Nursing Home, Adrian. The daughter of William Guy and Gladys Norwood Cooper, she was born in Wyandotte County, Kan., on Oct. 14, 1931. Naomi and Arthur E. Stringberg were married on July 29, 1949. He preceded her in death March 16, 1999. Her parents and a brother, Ermal Guy Cooper, also preceded her in death. She and Arthur moved from Pleasant Hill in 1989 to a small farm northwest of Humansville. Survivors include three children, David Stringberg, Kansas City, Debi Yeager, Adrian and Diana Schrock, garden City; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. A memorial service was Friday, Feb. 17 in Springfield National Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Murray Funeral Home.

STROPE, Rita Marie Vogel
Osceola Library Files
January 23, 1925 - October 15, 2005. Rita Marie (Vogel) Strope, daughter of Frank and Louise (Cook) Vogel, was born January 23, 1925 at Germantown, Missouri. She passed away October 15, 2005 at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri. Rita lived her entire life in the Germantown, Montrose and Appleton City area. She attended school at St. Ludger’s School at Germantown. Her mother passed away when she was 17, and she being the oldest daughter, cared for her father and siblings for several years. Rita was married February 23, 1949 to Vincent Strope at St. Ludger’s Catholic Church in Germantown and to this union five children were born. They lived their married life in Montrose and Appleton City, Missouri, celebrating 52 years together in February of 2001. Mrs. Strope was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, and was a past member of the Ladies Sodality. She spent her life as a home maker, wife and mother. Rita was preceded in death by her devoted and loving husband, Vinnie, in 2001; her parents, Frank and Louise Vogel; her brothers, Eugene, Erwin and Marcellus Vogel; and her sister, Mary Ellen Jurgensmeyer. She will be sadly missed by her five children: Linda and husband Larry Wilson of Flemington, Missouri, Donna and husband Clifford Foster of Montrose, Missouri, Joyce and husband Ron Noland of Fordland, Missouri, Jean and husband John Denney of Huntsville, Alabama and Leroy Strope and wife Ronda of Appleton City, Missouri; 13 grandchildren: Lynn Wilson, Tiffany Harrison, Brett Foster, Lesley Guillot, Nicki Sparks, Brooke Bojko, Jessie and Ronni Noland, Teresa and Tara Denney, Shelly Koehler, and Adam and Erin Strope; eight great-grandchildren: Hunter and Avery Wilson, Olivia Harrison, Allie, Noah and Sophia Sparks, Shawn Guillot and Brock Koehler. Rita also leaves one sister, Betty Kniffin, of Lenexa, Kansas; four brothers: Cecil, Raymond and Bob Vogel all of Montrose, and Paul Vogel of Kansas City; two sisters-in-law, Mary Vogel of Kansas City, Missouri and Beatrice Vogel of Montrose, Missouri.

STUART, Sarah A. Elledge
St. Clair County Democrat, 21 December 1913
Sarah A. Elledge was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky August 8, 1830, and died at her daughter's home in Osceola December 4, 1913. In 1845 she was married to Edwin Stuart. To this union was born twelve children, only one remains living, she being Mrs. Charley Prock of this place. She came to St. Clair county in 1887, where she remained until her death. When 14 years of age she gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Church of which she remained a member until her master called her home. Her character won for her a wide circle of friends. She was loved by all who knew her. She leaves, one daughter, four grandchildren, one brother and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. B.F. Lawler at the Baptist Church Friday afternoon, December 5, after which the remains were laid to rest in "God's Acre".

STUART, Sarah A. Elledge  
St. Clair County Democrat, 21 December 1913
Card of Thanks - We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us in the illness and death of our mother and grandmother. Mr. and Mrs. Charley Prock, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Franklin

SUITER, Ronald Phillip
Clinton Daily Democrat, 14 April 2006
Ronald Phillip Suiter, 59, Manitou Springs, Colorado and formerly of Osceola, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Funeral services will be Monday, April 17, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in the Iconium Cemetery.

SUITER, Ronald Phillip
St. Clair County Courier, 21 April 2006
Ronnie Phillip Suiter was born Dec. 25, 1946, and passed away April 13, 2006. Ron was born and raised in Osceola. He graduated from Osceola High School. While in school Ron was involved in FFA and was a short order cook at Pete's Snack Shop, where he was famous for his baking of delicious pies. Ron started his professional career with AT&T after graduation. He enlisted in the Army and served for four years. After leaving the Army, he returned to work for AT&T, working as an installer of radio towers in many locations in the western United States. Ron worked for many years as a service manager for the local phone company, US WEST Communications. He was a dedicated volunteer for many service organizations, such as United Way and Operation Back To School. Ron is survived by his daughter, Jill Deboth, Coon Rapids, Iowa; son, Darren Suiter, Manitou Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Joshua and Andrew Harris and Christian Suiter; brothers, Estell Suiter, Iconium, Everett Suiter, Kansas City; sister, Mary Ann Keyser, Concordia; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his father, James C. Suiter; mother, Mabel Devasher; sister, Kathleen Truitt and brother, Eugene Suiter. Services for Ron were Monday, April 17, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Reverend Richard Manley officiating. Music was by Doylene McLeerran and Linda Erwin with Carolyn Suyderhoud, accompanist. Casketbearers were Doug Loehr, Tim Suiter, Jimmy Suiter, Jeff Gilbert, Aaron Brisbane and Randall Suiter. Honorary casketbearers were Ross Chambers, Rusty Peevler, Andy Harris and Junior Williams. Military honors were by Clinton VFW Post 1894. Interment was in the Iconium Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. Memorials may be made to the Ron Suiter Scholarship Fund, c/o Janice Penman, Manitou Springs High School, 401 El Monte Pl., Manitou Springs, CO 80829 or the College Scholarship Fund at Osceola School, 76 SE Highway WW, Osceola, MO 64776.

SULLIVAN, Muriel S.
Osceola Library Files
Muriel S. Sullivan, daughter of Lorenzo Webster and Amanda Edith Johnson Sullivan, was born September 25, 1892, in Appleton City and passed away Tuesday, October 8, 1991, at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton. She was a teacher for 49 years, having taught in Montrose and El Dorado Springs. She also taught in Ottawa, Kansas, and Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District in St. Louis County, Missouri, before she retired in 1960. She graduated from Warrensburg Normal College before starting her teaching career. She was a member of the Clinton Christian Church and the Clinton Rebekah Lodge. She also belonged to the National Educators Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. During the summers she worked for the Hamilton Stores at Yellowstone National Park for 17 summers. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Sullivan. She is survived by a number of cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, October 11, 1991, at 2 p.m. at the Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton. Rev. Howard L. Cupp officiated. Pallbearers were William J. Roberts, Harry Mills, Robert Welling, Mitchell Mills, Frank Kelland and Milton Mills. Burial was held at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.

SULLIVAN, William Orville
Montrose Republican, 17 October 1910
Montrose Boy Killed By Train - William Sullivan Struck By Katy Limited at Appleton City - William O. Sulllivan born Jun 14 1889 - died Oct 15 1910. William, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Sullivan, met with a violent death at Appleton City Saturday evening by being struck by the Southbound Limited. He, with several companions, attempted to cross the track before the train, the glare of the electric head light making the distance of an approaching train very delusive. The other young men reached the other side in safety, Will, being the last, was struck by the engine and thrown about fifty feet distant, receiving fatal injuries, his head being crushed to a pulp on the back. He was taken to a doctor's office where it was found medical aid would not avail anything. The young man was then tenderly conveyed to the home of Wm. Sageser where he died about ten o'clock. Besides his parents, he leaves a sister and many relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death. Judge P. H. Sullivan, an uncle, was in Appleton City at the time of the accident attending the Hadley speaking, as well as many others from Montrose. The funeral services were held at the home of his parents in Montrose, Sunday at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev Elam of Clinton. The body was laid to rest in the Montrose cemetery followed by a large concourse of friends.

SUNDERWIRTH, Richard Dobin
Clinton Daily Democrat, 11 April 2001
Richard Dobin "Scoop" Sunderwirth, 15, of Columbus, Mississippi, died Sunday, April 1, 2001. Visitation was Tuesday evening, April 3, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus, Mississippi, with 1,500 family and friends paying respect. Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Columbus with burial at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. Rev. Kip Rush, Rev. Robert Schwanebeck and Scoop's great uncle Jim Sunderwirth officiated. Pallbearers were the Housefathers at Palmer Home and honorary pallbearers were the Children of Palmer Home, who loved Scoop dearly. Scoop was born May 14, 1985, in Palm Springs, California, to Richard Wayne and Sheryl A. Sunderwirth. For three months in 1991 he lived with his grandparents, Richard and Neta Ruth Sunderwirth, and attended Osceola Elementary Kindergarten. Scoop lived at Palmer Home for Children and was in the 10th grade at Immanuel Center for Christian Education. Scoop played baseball, basketball and football. He was a member of the Student Council. Recently he was chosen to receive the Best Academic Effort Award and the Cottage Pride Award at Palmer Home. He attended Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his father, Richard Wayne Sunderwirth, Jackson, Mississippi, and mother, Sheryl A. Sunderwirth, Atlanta, Georgia; paternal grandparents, Richard F. and Neta Ruth Sunderwirth, Osceola; great-grandmother, Zeda Sunderwirth, Osceola; uncles and aunts, Rick and Laneta Watts and J. R. and Tina Leiber, Osceola; cousins, Rylee and Race Leiber, Osceola; maternal grandmother, Patti Gilbert, Warsaw; great-grandmother, "Granny" Helen Durbin, Osceola; Uncle C. L. Gilbert and family, Clinton; Uncle Tony Gilbert and family, Ozark; Uncle Clay Gilbert and family, Warsaw; special friends, David Owen, Atlanta, Georgia; Wally and Karan Cox and their daughters, Katy and Kris, Helena, Arkansas. Scoop is also survived by other uncles, aunts and cousins and a host of friends. Scoop was preceded in death by paternal great-grandfather, Roy F. Sunderwirth, and paternal great-grandmother, Ruby Combs and maternal grandfather, Ronnie Coleman, and great-grandfather, John "Dobin" Durbin, all of the Osceola area.

SUNDERWIRTH, Richard Wayne
St. Clair County Courier, 1 April 2005
Richard Wayne Sunderwirth was born Oct. 3, 1959, in Clinton, and was promoted to glory March 18, 2005, at the University Hospital in Columbia, at the age of 45 years, five months and 16 days. Richard Wayne attended Osceola Public School, graduating in 1977. He enjoyed playing basketball in his high school years, continuing to play when he entered Central Bible College in Springfield, graduating in 1981. He was married to Sherri Gilbert, of Osceola, and to this union one son was born, Richard Dobin "Scoop" Sunderwirth. Scoop preceded his father in death April 1, 2001. Upon graduation from college, Richard Wayne moved to Yucca Valley, Calif., to the First Assembly of God Church, where he served as youth pastor for two years. Then he pastored Bethel Assembly of God Church in LaHabra, Calif., for four years. After leaving California he lived in Knoxville, Tenn., for several years where he was employed by UPS. Later he lived in Atlanta, Ga., where he continued working for UPS. Richard Wayne moved to Springfield in 2002, and was employed by Churchill's Coffee Shop. Since July 2003, he was a faithful employee of Disabled American Veterans in Springfield. Preceding Richard Wayne in death were his grandparents, Roy F. Sunderwirth, of Osceola, and Rohl and Ruby Combs, of Clinton and Osceola and cousin, Krystal Davis and her husband, Darrell, also of Osceola. Richard Wayne is survived by his parents, Richard F. and Neta Ruth Sunderwirth, of Osceola; two sisters, Laneta Watts and her husband, Rick, Cozahome, Ark., Tina Leiber and her husband, J.R., Osceola; neice and nephew, Rylee and Race Leiber; paternal grandmother, Grandma Zeda Sunderwirth, of Osceola; uncles; aunts; cousins and a host of friends.
Services for Richard Wayne were Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Reverend Carl Whitacre and Reverend Danny Fergerson officiating. Musical selections were "One Day At A Time" and "It Will Be Worth It All" with Jim Sunderwirth, vocalist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Barry Wilson, Reverend David Brown, J.R. Leiber, Joe Nelson, Fred Gipson and John Bennett. Honorary Casketbearers were Reverend Kent Ingle, Rodney Leiber, Bill Leiber, Reverend Rick Watts, Race Leiber and Carl Combs. Interment was in the Resthaven Memorial Garden Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

SUNDERWIRTH, Richard Wayne
Kansas City Star, 20 March 2005
Richard Wayne Sunderwirth, 45, of Osceola, MO, died March 18, 2005, at University Hospital in Columbia, MO. He was employed by the DAV in Springfield. Richard Wanye was born Oct. 3, 1959, in Clinton, MO, son of Richard F. and Neta Ruth Sunderwirth. He was a graduate of Osceola High School, and Central Bible College in Springfield. He was married to Sherri Gilbert and they had one son, "Scoop," who preceded him in death April 1, 2001. Also preceding him in death were his grandparents, Roy F. Sunderwirth, of Osceola, and Rohl and Ruby Combs, of Clinton and Osceola. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Neta Ruth Sunderwirth; two sisters, Laneta Watts, and husband, Rick, and Tina Leiber, and husband, J.R., their children, Rylee and Race; paternal grandmother, Zeda Sunderwirth, of Osceola; aunts, uncles, and cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m., March 22, at the SheldonGoodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in the Resthaven Memorial Garden Cemetery, under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., Monday, in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Clair County Friends of Hospice Care or the Bear Creek United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

SUTTON, Goldie Lee
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 6 June 2008
Goldie Lee Sutton, age 54, of Warrensburg, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was born September 22, 1953, in Osceola, the daughter of Alvie Sutton Sr. and Goldie [White] Sutton. Her family moved to Warrensburg in 1963, where she continued school, lived and worked all her adult life. She never married and never had children. Goldie was employed by Rival Manufacturing Company in Warrensburg for 19 years until the plant closed and was later employed at Country Club Care Center for seven years until her illness forced her to stop working. She picked up a lot of friends along the way. She was happy go lucky and kind to all. Children were drawn to her and entertained by her, to know her was to love her. She was devoted to her many friends and family. Goldie requested this opportunity to say goodbye to family and very dear long time friends, Dorothy Heatwhol, Elvira Boldeen, Celeste Long, Molly Campbell a very special little girl, Officer Jeffrey Reynolds, Earl and Nila Reynolds, Wes and Joni Porter, Wally and Lucille Moore and entire family. Goldie will be long remembered by all who knew her. Survivors include four brothers, William Sutton and wife Karen, Wilbur Sutton and wife Liz, all of Clinton, Tom Sutton of Sedalia and Alvie Sutton Jr. and wife Pat of Knob Noster; seven sisters Wilma Bedford and husband Arthur of Lowry City, Mary Ann Quick of Clinton, Dorothy Bedford and husband Clarence and Corrine Leismeister and husband Gerald, all of Deepwater, Aline Jurdan and husband Rick of Warrensburg, Betty Bentley and husband Eugene of Knob Noster and Bonny Sutton of Springfield; numerous nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Wesley Sutton on November 3, 2000, and a niece Rhonda Lynn Sutton on March 27, 1979. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Sweeney-Phillips and Holden Funeral Home in Warrensburg. The Reverend Richard Ricard officiating. Burial will be in the Deepwater Cemetery in Deepwater. Pallbearers were Kevin Bedford, Dwayne Bedford, Curtis Quick, Jeff Reynolds, Rick Bentley and Michael Elmore. Honorary pallbearers were David Sutton, Dale Sutton, Wes Porter, Richard Bedford, Eugene Quick and Brian Bedford. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and may be left in care of the funeral home.

SUTTON, James M.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 3 March 2003
James M. "Doc" Sutton, 99, Osceola, a farmer, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 4, 2 p.m., at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Pleasant Mound Cemetery.

SUYDERHOUD, Loretta Anna Meier
St. Clair County Courier, 15 September 2006
Loretta Anna Suyderhoud was born December 6, 1915, in Linn, Kan., to William A. and Mary F. Pacha Meier. She passed away Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Christian Health Care in Hermitage where she had resided since 2002. Before coming to Hermitage, Loretta lived at John Knox Village located in Lee's Summit for 12 years where she was an active member of Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church. Before that, Loretta lived for many years in Northeast Kansas City. Loretta grew up on the family farm near Hanover, Kan. She met her husband, Richard in 1942 while he was in flight training for the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. They were married April 24, 1943 in Jackson, Miss. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Meier; sisters Leona Meier and Elnora Atchison; brother William F. Meier; two brothers who died in infancy and son David J. Suyderhoud. Loretta is survived by her husband Richard M. Suyderhoud; son, Richard W. Suyderhoud and his wife Jean; granddaughters, Angela Higgins and Lori Tinoco; step grand daughter, Rebecca Bontrager; four great grandchildren and two step greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Anna Mae Orpin, Marcella Morris and her husband Bob, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service were held Thursday, September 7, at the Sheil Avenue Chapel, 6606 Independence Ave., Kansas City. Interment was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy, September 7, under the direction of Sheil Funeral Homes, Kansas City. Memorial contributions may be made to Benton County Hospice or Mt. Zion Cemetery in care of Sheil Funeral Homes.

SUYDERHOUD, Loretta Anna Meier
Kansas City Star, 5 September 2006
Loretta Anna Suyderhoud, 90, a former resident of Northeast Kansas City, Missouri passed away Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Christian Health Care in Hermitage, Missouri. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 7, 2006 11:00 A.M. at the Advantage Funeral Home, 6606 Independence Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy, Missouri under the direction of Sheil Colonial Chapel, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Benton County Hospice or Mt. Zion Cemetery in care of Sheil Colonial Chapel, 11924 E. 47, KCMO 64133.

SUYDERHOUD, Richard Maurits
St. Clair County Courier, 2 February 2007
Richard Maurits Suyderhoud was born May 14, 1916 in Magetan, Province of Madison, Island of Java, former Dutch East Indies, to Willem Jean Baptiste and Johanna Constantia Veenstra Suyderhoud. He passed away Jan. 29, 2007 at Christian Health Care in Hermitage. Richard met his recently departed wife, Loretta, in 1942 while he was in flight training for the Royal Dutch Air Force at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. They were married April 24, 1943 in Jackson, Miss. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Willem Jean Baptiste and Johanna Constantia Suyderhoud, his wife Loretta Anna Suyderhoud, son David John Suyderhoud, brother Frits Jan Suyderhoud and sister Constance Lucie Wesselman. Richard is survived by his son Richard W. Suyderhoud and his wife Jean; granddaughters, Angela Higgins and Lori Tonoco, step granddaughter Rebecca Bontrager, four great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother Edward Max Suyderhoud, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Sheil Avenue Chapel, 6006 Independence Ave., Kansas City, Missouri with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment and a short graveside service will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Quincy on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at 3 p.m. under the direction of Sheil Funeral Homes, Kansas City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery or the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, directly or in care of Sheil Funeral Homes.

SUYDERHOUD, Richard Maurits 
Kansas City Star, 31 January 2007
Richard Maurits Suyderhoud, 90, formerly NE Kansas City, Mo., passed away January 29, 2007. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, February 3, at Advantage Chapel, (formerly Sheil-Blackman), 6606 Independence, KCMO, (816) 353-6555; visitation one hour prior. Interment 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy, Mo.

SWADLEY, Mary Elizabeth Holmes
St. Clair County Courier, 13 April 2007
Mary Elizabeth Swadley was born on January 14, 1963 in Independence to Clyde and Annie Johnson Holmes and passed away on April 9, 2007 at her home in Clinton. Mary was a loving mother. She enjoyed music, dancing, loved the water especially when fishing or water skiing and enjoyed the time she spent with her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews whom she loved very, very much. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Annie Holmes, a brother, Art Holmes and a nephew, Joey Snodgrass. Mary is survived by her three daughters; Jessica Swadley of Kansas City, Jackie and Julie Swadley of Clinton; her father, Clyde Holmes of Osceola; two brothers, James of Anniston, Ala., and Walter Holmes of Camden; four sisters, Dorothy Roberts of Princeton, Doris Moore of Lowry City; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Services were Thursday, April 12 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Rev. Jeff Ferguson and Rev. Harvey Woods. Music selection was "Come and Dine" by Kathy Brown, soloist. Casketbearers were Phillip Henley, Brad Moore, Sr., Tony Snodgrass, Brad Moore, Jr., Shelby Goodman and Lucas Moore. Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

SWEARENGIN, Alaska Irene Herd
St. Clair County Courier, 18 May 2005
Alaska Irene Herd Swearengin, 89, Collins, Mo., died May 10, 2005, in her home. She was born January 20, 1916, at Isabella, Mo., to Joe E. and Alta Mae Wallace Herd. She graduated from Gainesville High School. She married Roy L. Swearengin in 1935, and he preceded her in death in 2003. They lived in Theodosia, Mo., until 1952 when they moved to Collins. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Cassell, Stockton; Thelma Underwood, El Dorado Springs; two sons, Leslie Swearengin, Olathe, Kansas, and Darrell Swearengin of Stockton; two brothers, Dallas Herd, Noble, Mo., and Willard Herd, Collins; two sisters, Donna Hobbs, Raytown, and Bonnie Johnson, Dixon; 16 grandchildren; 31 great- grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were May 14 in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel, Bolivar, with Rev. Allen Kauffman officiating. Burial was in Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery, Collins.

SWEARENGIN, Ronald Darrel
El Dorado Sun, January 2010
Ronald Darrel Swearengin, 61, Stockton, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Ron was born in Gainsville, MO, on Jan. 17, 1949, the youngest son of Roy and Alaska (Herd) Swearengin. He lived his first three years near Theodosia until Bull Shoals Lake took the family farm. From there they moved to the family farm near Collins where he lived until he graduated from Collins High School in 1968. Then he attended Vo-Tech School in Springfield for one year. He married Clara Mae Keller on Sept. 6, 1969, and just celebrated their 40th anniversary. They moved to Belton for six years then on to Overland Park, KS, where they made their home and raised a family. He moved back to Stockton in the late 90s to help his dad farm. He had already purchased land near Stockton where he built a shop to work in and a new home close to family. He worked on cars most of his life, starting out by helping his older brothers on their cars as a gofer and farm machinery for his dad and others after moving to Stockton. He was happiest when farming with his dad on the family farm and continued to do so until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alaska Swearengin; one brother, Tessley (Red) Swearengin; and one nephew, Steven Willbanks. He is survived by his wife, Clara, of the home; two sons, Ronald R. Swearengin, and wife, Danielle – Springfield, and Joseph Swearengin, and friend, Katie White - Stockton; four grandsons - Remington, Ethan, Austin and Logan Swearengin – Springfield, and Katie’s boys, Dustin and Joshua White - Stockton; one brother, Leslie Swearengin, and wife, Linda - Overland Park; two sisters, Wanda Cassell - Stockton and Thelma Underwood, and husband, Tony - El Dorado Springs; and many more aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Services were Saturday, Jan. 23, in Brumback Funeral Home with burial in Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery.

SWEENEY, Marion Leon
Kansas City Star, 13 December 2005
Marion Leon Sweeney, 69, of Gladstone, Mo., formerly of Osceola, Mo., passed away December 10, 2005. Graveside services 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 13, at Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends 9 a.m. until service time at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, 417-646-8135.

SWEENEY, Marion Leon
St. Clair Courierm 16 December 2005
Marion Leon Sweeney, was born April 5, 1936, to Ed and Elsie Sweeney of Osceola. He was the loving brother to Ray Sweeney who, along with his parents, preceded him in death. Marion is survived and deeply missed by his sister, Betty Clegg of Osceola, his wife of many years, Joyce, his daughter, Twila and his son, Lee. Marion was the loving grandfather of four, Nick, Dustin, Jordan and Ryan. Marion was also the great grandfather of one, Trinity. Graveside services were Tuesday, December 13, at the Osceola Cemetery. Officiating the services was Pastor Wayne Golf. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

SWICEGOOD, Lillie Mae Delozier
Clinton Daily Democrat, 21 July 2003
Mrs. Lillie M. Swicegood, 90, Wheatland, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. A longtime Wheatland and Weaubleau area resident, she is survived by her husband of the home, and a daughter, Shelba Swicegood of Wheatland. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery, near Weaubleau.

SWOPE, Julia Jewel Tindle
Jewel Swope, daughter of Daniel R. Tindle and Bessie Beam Tindle, was born March 7, 1913, in Beames, Tennessee, and died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. She was married to Oren Herald Swope on May 24, 1952. Oren preceded her in death on April 12, 1994. She is survived by one sister, Hattie, and one brother, as well as a number of nieces and nephews and cousins and other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held at the Carbon Center Cemetery, Rich Hill, on Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Audry Harris officiating. Burial was in the Carbon Center Cemetery, under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton.

SWOPES, Dorothy Mae Dawson
ElDorado Sun, Friday, February 6, 2009
Dorothy Mae (Dawson) Swopes, 76, Roscoe area, was born April 16, 1932, in St. Clair County near Roscoe, to O.D. Dawson and Mollie (Smith) Dawson. She passed away late Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2009, at her home. Dorothy attended Benton Green School her first two years, Motley School through the eighth grade and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1950. Two days after graduating high school, she married the love of her life, Melvin Swopes, on May 15, 1950. In obedience to the command of her Lord Jesus Christ and in imitation of His example, Dorothy was buried with Him in baptism for remission of sins on March 24, 1963. Thus began her walk with Jesus. While working at the International Shoe Company in El Dorado Springs for several years, Dorothy very much enjoyed raising two sons, strawberries, flowers, gardening of any kind and quilting with her community group of ladies, the “Jolly Farmers.” Dorothy spent most of her life in the Roscoe area, but enjoyed traveling and seeing America on bus tours or just Melvin and her taking off for a few days to visit friends across the country. Although she had much illness in her life, Dorothy always had a positive attitude. When asked, “How are you doing?” She would give you a smile and respond, I'm doing all right, how are you doing?” Those around her never heard her complain about her pains. Dorothy's life was devoted to caring for others. She was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother and did so much more... Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, O.D. and Mollie Dawson; and one brother, Harry Dawson. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Melvin S. “Vess” Swopes, of the home; two sons, Rick, and Ron, and wife, Janet - rural El Dorado Springs; one brother, Clifton Dawson, and wife, Jean rural Roscoe; two grandchildren, Rob Davis, and wife, Lisa – rural Roscoe, and Mandi Hutchison, and husband, Jac – rural El Dorado Springs; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; great-grandchildren, Kourtney and Ian – rural El Dorado Springs, and Kolton, Kanen and Kyler - rural El Dorado Springs; great-great-granddaughter, Icis – rural El Dorado Springs; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Services were held Friday, Jan. 30, in Sheldon Chapel with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Special music was Will There Be Any Stars To My Crown? and What A Day That Will Be by Joe and Janice Clayton. Casketbearers were Jeff Dawson, Leroy Swopes, Bruce Swopes, Steve Dawson, Harry Dawson Jr. and Kolton Hutchison. Interment under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home – El Dorado Springs, was in Benton Green Cemetery – Roscoe.
 


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