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Larry Dale "Abe" Abraham

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Larry Dale "Abe" Abraham, age 55, of Nevada, Mo., died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Mo. He was born April 4, 1951, to Leo Joseph and Etta Louise Wisdom Abraham in Clinton, Mo. Larry, one of four children, grew up in the Ballard, Mo., community where he attended grade school and graduated from Ballard High School in 1969. He furthered his education at Central Missouri State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. Larry was a dedicated Conservation Agent of 32 years for the Missouri Department of Conservation serving in the counties of Audrain, Johnson, Buchanan, Camdenton and most recently for 14 years with Vernon County.

In the line of duty, Larry was known for his loyalty, perseverance, abiding by the ethics of his career and willingness to help in any situation. In addition, he was well respected by his co-agent in the field Larry's life revolved around his dedication and passion for his job as an agent and spending time with his children.

Larry is survived by a son, Ryan Abraham of Columbia, Mo.; a daughter, Jennifer Abraham of Centerton, Ark.; mother, Etta Lou Abraham of Butler; two brothers, Danny Abraham and wife Mary of Pleasanton, Kan., and Steve Abraham and wife Sara of Butler; a sister, Patty Plunkett and husband Ralph of Butler; several nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo J. Abraham in 1994.

Cremation memorial services will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler, with Chris Burke officiating. Contributions to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice.

Joyce Bendure

Friday, August 11, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Joyce Bendure, 67, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Nevada, died Aug. 8, 2006, in Wichita, following a lengthy illness. Joyce was born April 19, 1939, in Nevada, Mo., to Clyde and Glade Williams. Joyce was reared in Nevada, and lived here for many years. She attended school in Bronaugh, Mo.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence, of the home; five children, Dennis Williams, Topeka, Kan., Teri Wages and Rocky, Wichita, Joe Hendrix and his wife, Jamie, Raytown, Mo., Angel Smith and her husband, Ernie, Harlingen, Texas, Kathy Benson and her husband, Allen, Mulvane, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Duane Williams, Kansas City, Mo., and Richard Williams, Rich Hill, Mo.; two sisters, Daisy Shutters and Fern Swan both of Nevada; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Gene Williams, Ruby Wilson, and Marie Pryor.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Community Christian Church in Nevada with the Rev. Willis Hood of Wichita, officiating. Interment will be in Moore Cemetery.

Ethel Elizabeth Brewer

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Ethel Elizabeth Brewer, age 83, former resident of Cavalry Crossing Apartments, Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Fort Scott Medicalodge. She was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Greensburg, Kan., the daughter of Will J. and Helena J. Unruh. Ethel was a 1941 graduate of Nevada High School and graduated in 1946 from Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, Kan. She married Paul M. Brewer on July 31, 1950, in Fayetteville, Ark. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1986. Ethel was retired following 25 years of employment as department manager for Farm and Home Savings Company, Nevada. She also worked for seven years with Nevada Wal-Mart. In her earlier years she was an active leader with Boy Scouts in Hutchinson and Nevada. She was a Fred Harvey Girl in 1945 in Newton, Kan. She was an adult Girl Scout member since 1970, host site manager for Bourbon County Share Program, and did volunteer work for the Moss House and the RSVP program. With her love for gardening, she attended to the flowers planted at Cavalry Crossing Apartments.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Elizabeth Lemmon and husband Melvin, Fort Scott, and Martha Jane Sander and husband Daroan, Nevada; one stepson, Tom Shanley and wife Linda, Hutchinson; three sisters, Elda Becker, Halstead, Kan., Luella Williamson, Gahanna, Ohio, and Ruth Dyer, Benson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Darrell Sander, Jennifer Sander, Amy Lemmon and Taylor Ann Lemmon; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Victor Unruh, and three sisters, Wilma Unruh, Martha Unruh and Flora Smith.

Tim Woodring, pastor of senior involvement at Community Christian Church, conducted funeral services at 2 p.m., Today, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in the Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, Mo. The family received friends from 1 p.m., until service time at the funeral home.

Eva Maxine Capelle

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Eva Maxine Capelle, 75, of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away at her home early Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, 2006. She was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Warner Otis and Augusta Jane Van Loon McDowell. She graduated from Nevada High School, and moved to Fort Scott in 1949. She married Oscar Victor Capelle, Aug. 20, 1951, in Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1996. Eva is survived by her children, Mrs. Dale (Vickie) Lanham of Yates Center, Kan., Mrs. Mike (Debbie) Judy of Redfield, Kan., a sister; and Mrs. R.W. (Doris) Cullor of Fort Scott; a sister-in-law, Mona McDowell of Nevada; and three grandchildren. In addition to her husband Oscar, she was also prcceded in death by her parents; three brothers, G.O. McDowell, Bill McDowell, and Charles H. McDowel; and two sisters, Kathryn Hays and Ruby McConnoughey.

The Rev. Steve MacArthur will conduct gravcside services 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 10, at the National Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 9 a.m., and leave for the cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

Martin Oliver "M.O." Couch

NEVADA DAILY MAIL Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Martin Oliver "M.O." Couch, 77, Bronaugh, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at his home in Bronaugh following a brief illness. He was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Bronaugh, to Clyde Vernon Couch and Nellore Ann Packer Couch. He married Pauline Boatright on May 25, 1947, in Bronaugh, and she survives.

M.O. was a graduate of Bronaugh High School in 1947 and a lifelong resident of Bronaugh. He farmed all his life and was still active in farming. He was a member of the Bronaugh Christian Church, the Herman Masonic Lodge No. 187, Liberal, Mo., the Scottish Rite of Fort Scott, Kan., and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, Springfield, Mo.

In addition to his wife Pauline of Nevada, survivors include two sons, David Couch and his wife, Connie, Bronaugh, and Phil Couch, Moundville; six grandchildren, Susan Versluis, Neosho, Mo., Greg Couch, Bronaugh, Corey Couch, Nevada, Staci Andersen, Nevada, Brandi "B.J." Goodell, Moundville, and Tiffani Swarnes, Webb City, Mo.; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Connie Jean Couch, in 1965; his parents; one brother, Howard Couch; and two sisters, Wilma Lightner and Thelma Gulliford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. Friends may call now and until the hour of service. A Masonic Service will be held at 6, tonight, Oct. 31, at the funeral home with visitation following from 6:30-8 p.m.

Marvin A. Cummings

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Marvin A. Cummings, 59, Ozark, died Tuesday at Table Rock Lake, Mo. He was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Nevada, Mo., the son of Allen Lox and Elsie Lorraine Strange Cummings. Marvin grew up in Nevada and after graduating from high school in 1964, he attended Southern Missouri State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduation he became a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and in 1973, founded Oak Grove Construction. He enjoyed a long successful career in construction and had recently sold the company to concentrate on his real estate investments and to take time to further enjoy his many friends and hobbies.

Marvin was a man with a huge heart and was always willing to work, volunteer and lend financial support to worthy causes. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Contractors Association, Sertoina Club and Elks Lodge No. 409. He was an active volunteer and supporter of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and the Women in Need program.

Marvin was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and animal lover, especially enoyed horses and hunting dogs. He was fortunate enough to have made numerous hunting and fishing trips all over North, South and Central America. He supported many conservation groups and was a 30 year sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and past president of the Springfield Rod and Gun Club. He always proclaimed that the great outdoors was his church.

He is survived by his daughter, Dana and husband Cody Quisenberry, and their daughter, Cooper Elle, Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Janice and husband Gary Vaughn, Beaumont, Texas; a niece, Kelly and husband Tony Niles, Houston, Texas; a nephew, Matt Vaughn and wife Samantha, Clever, Mo.; and an aunt, Louise Snyder, Butler, Mo.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug.4, in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens with Gary Merkel officiating and Col. Jack Tough, eulogist, under the direction of Gorman-Scharp-Brentwood Chapel. Visitation will be from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, in the funeral home.

William Stevens "Steve" Garr

Sunday, August 6, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

William Stevens "Steve" Garr, 68, Tyro, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at his home in Tyro following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Clarence Oliver Garr and Margaret Lucele Stevens Garr. He was married to Betty Catherine Pittman on May 16, 1956, in Caney, Kan., and she preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 2005, He later married Wydene Smotherman Finney on June 10, 2006, in Caney, and she survives of the home. Steve was born and reared in southwest Kansas. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1962. He made his living in a variety of self-employment areas including electrical contracting, a service station and farming. He later worked for a number of years in a maintenance supervisory capacity in the printing business and finally as a cattleman in Vernon County. He was a member of the Cape Fear Baptist Church in North Carolina, a Mason and an avid team roper.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Wydene, include two sons, Dennis Garr, Springdale, Ark., Bill Garr, Lamar, Mo.; one daughter, Cathy Cain, St. Pauls, N.C.; five grandsons; one great-grandson, nurnerous step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Jo Garr.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Kent Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo, Mo.

Ellen Halsey

VOL. 61

Ellen Halsey was born June 8, 1870. Died at her home in Schell City, Jan. 24, 1941. Aged 70 years 7 months, 16 days.

She was united in marriage to J. F. Hicks Dec. 26, 1892. To this union was born ten children, three preceding her in death. Those living, John Hicks, Schell City; Charley Hicks, Frankie jr., Mrs. Tom Laughlin and Mrs. Fred Lukenbill of Harwood; Gene Hicks, Clinton, Mo.; and Wade Hicks of Kansas City, Mo. She leaves to mourn her loss: her devoted husband, seven children; two brothers, Mr. Charles Halsey of Clinton; Mr. James Halsey of Sedalia. and one sister, Mrs. Wade Johnson of Creighton, Mo.

She united with, the Baptist church in her youth and her love for her savior continued to the end. Before sickness enfeebled her she was always doing works of kindness and gave generously of her time and strength in cases of need and many of those are still living to bless her memory.

Funeral services by Rev. Albert Broughton of Harwood were conducted from the Baptist church of Schell City on Saturday afternoon, Jan, 25 and the remains were laid to rest in Greenlawn cemetery.

Edwards Hart

Nevada Noticer, listed in the news from Praier Dell, Dec. 22, 1887. Wm. Edwards died at his home one mile east of Warwick, last Thursday evening (was a widower of Nancy Jobe Edwards, father of Mary Belle Edwards born 1872, Jesse L. Edwards born 1876).

Franklin Hart

7 Jan 1898--Franklin Hart, an old and well known resident of this county, died at the home of his son-in-law in Nevada Monday morning aged 84 years. He had been in feeble health for a long time past, but about 10 days ago he became so much worse that it was apparent that the end was near, and as a result his death was not unexpected. He was a man of integrity and high moral worth and was held in the highest esteem by everybody with whom he was acquainted. He was an uncle of the editor of this paper and father-in-law of Cassie Crews, a well known citizen of Walker. His remains were laid to rest in Deepwood cemetery Tuesday evening. The deceased left one son, James P. Hart, of Ft. Scott, Kan, and two daughters, Mrs. John B. Harvey, of Nevada, and Mrs. Cassie Crews of this place, to mourn the irreparable loss of a kind father. Peace to his ashes.--Walker Herald. Mr. Hart at one time lived near Sturgeon and is well know in this county.

Source: Higbee News, Higbee, MO (Randolph / Howard Co).

Leonard Owen Hazelton

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Leonard Owen Hazelton, 69, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Monday, July 31, 2006, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., following an illness of several months. He was born Feb. 1, 1937, in Augusta, Maine, to Eugene and Mary Hazelton. Leonard was reared in Maine, one of nine children. He came to Nevada in 1987. He worked as a truck driver all of his working life.

Survivors include one daughter, Mabel Louise Hazelton, Southern California; one sister, Olive Roe Veltri, Spokane, Wash.; two brothers, Edward Hazelton, Oroville, Calif., Jerry Hazelton, state of Maine; and one niece, Tina Marie Myers, Dederick, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.


Funeral Rites to Be at 1 P.M. Tomorrow

Mrs. Ida Ophelia Kelly Hope, 79, resident of Pittsburg for only a month, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E. G. McCalester, 308 West Washington. Mrs. Hope was ill for a week.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1862, in Vernon County, Missouri. A membership was held in the Christian church in Mound Valley, from where Mrs. Hope moved on Dec. 1.

Funeral services will be held at the Ellsworth chapel here at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with burial in Moore Cemetery at Nevada. Rev. Virgil G. Nalley will officiate. The body is at the chapel.

Surviving besides the daughter are a son, W. T. Hope of Moundville, Mo.; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren, and a brother Warren Kelly of Yates Center.

The Headlight-Sun, Pittsburg, Kansas

Marjorie R. Hurst

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Marjorie R. Hurst, 84, Nevada, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada. She was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Almeda, Texas, the second daughter of Benjamin H. Sheldon and Francis Gaston Muse. She and her family moved to Kansas where she spent her childhood. Marjorie married the love of her life, Charles Hurst Jr. on Nov. 8, 1942, in Wichita, Kan., while they were both working for Boeing Aircraft. Marjorie and Charles moved with their family to Bronaugh, Missouri in 1962, and then moved to Nevada to be closer to their family after their retirement. Marjorie graduated from High School in Cedar Vale, Kan., and attended college in Winfield, Kan. Marjorie retired from the state hospital in Nevada after 22 years of service. She was a member of the Bronaugh Christian Church. Additionally, Marjorie was a member of Bushwhacker Quilting Guild and secretary of the Bronaugh Volunteer Fire department for several years.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Charles of the home; two sons Benjamin L. and Julie A. Hurst, of East Wenatchee, Wash., and Joe H. and Linda Hurst, of Nevada; five grandchildren, Lila Hurst-Carta, Leonard Hurst, Louise Hurst-Rediger of East Wenatchee, Christina Hurst-Compton and Bradley W. and Sherry K. Hurst of Nevada; eight great-grandchildren, Brandi Hurst, Ryan Rediger and Benjamin Carta of East Wenatchee, Ashleigh and Brandon Compton, Samantha Williams, and Reba and Justin Hurst of Nevada; one sister, Helen J. Sailors of Fort Scott, Kan.; one niece, Kay; and one nephew, Bill. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith A. Hurst Willoughby.

Marjorie was a fantastic wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She doted on all of her grandchildren and loved being with them as often as possible. One of her favorite pastimes was creating beautiful handmade quilts for her family and friends. Another favorite of hers was "her squirrels." She had a feeder outside her backdoor and left pecans for the squirrels to eat. Once she even coaxed one inside to eat pecans from her hand.

Marjorie will be cremated and buried in Atchison, Kan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bronaugh Volunteer Fire Department or Bronaugh Scholarship Fund which can be made through Ferry Funeral Home. There will be no local services.

Ernest Kleen

Ernest KLEEN died at 8:15 Thursday night of lung trouble. He had been ill several months. Services will be conducted at the home by Rev. M.A. WOLFE at 2 today. Burial in Balltown Cemetery. John Ernest Detrich KLEEN was born at Hanover, Germany November 31, 1841, and was 64 years, 3 months and 1 day old. He came to America when but a boy and located in New York State. In 1861 he enlisted in a New York Regiment and served three years in the war between the states. He also served three years in the regular army. He came to Missouri in 1870 and on August 24, 1874 married Miss Mattie CHARLES. Six children born to them, all of whom were at his bedside with their mother at his death. They are Mrs. Della BINGLE, Wyandott, I.T., Mrs. Rosa BOWERS of May, MO, Mrs Birdie DARR and John, Loyd and Arthur KLEEN of Metz, MO. He was a member of the GAR and was a kind and considerate husband and father.

("Metz Times" of March 3, 1905; courtesy of the late Dryden Baze, former publisher of this newspaper and his wife Madge Baze, which was in "The Suttler": )

Earl Randall Maffett

Friday, August 4, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Earl Randall Maffett, 80, Bronaugh, Mo., died Aug. 2, 2006, at Medicalodge of Fort Scott, following a lengthy illness. He was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in Fort Scott, to Earl Henry Maffett and Ethel Blubaugh Maffett. On April 10, 1955, he was married to Betty Saathoff in Bronaugh, and she survives of the home. Earl was a graduate of Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College. He held the bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and specialists in education degrees from Pittsburg State University. He was a licensed psychologist.

Earl worked in the Bronaugh School System from 1954-'56 and again from 1974-'79 as a counselor and school psychological examiner. He worked 18 years at the Nevada State Hospital, taught psychology at Cottey College in Nevada from 1967-'70 and worked several years at the Nevada Mental Health Clinic.

Earl came to the Bronaugh community in 1954 when he purchased the farm where he and Betty lived the past 51 years. He was a member of the Bronaugh Christian Church, Mensa, the Missouri Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Betty, include three children, Linda Woody and her husband, Mike, Carthage, Mo., Larry Maffett and his wife, Alice, Redfield, Kan., and Bill Maffett, Bronaugh; five grandchildren, Cherie Grant, James Woody, Heather Marcum, and Amber Moffatt; one great-grandson, Aidan Marcum; and one brother, Ronald Maffett, Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Doris Maffett Jack.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fort Scott. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends Friday, Aug. 4, from 7-8 p.m., at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Nellie Lucille Martin

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - NEVADA DAILY NEWS

Nellie Lucille Martin, age 84, a former resident of Fort Scott, Kan., and more recently of Nevada, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Bourbon County, Kan., the daughter of Fred Leroy Cowan and Jennie Daering Cowan. She married Joe K. Martin on Nov. 13, 1972, in Girard, Kan. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2005. Nellie worked for Key Industries in Fort Scott and the Nellie Don Dress Company in Nevada. She was of the Baptist faith. Nellie was a former member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Lawrence, and husband, Jim, of Nevada; two grandchildren, Bryan Lawrence, Nevada, and Bridget Kavanagh, Carterville, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Shannon Lawrence, Deerfield, Mo., and Melissa Kavanagh, Carterville; and a great-great-granddaughter, Emilie Lawrence, Deerfield.

The Rev. Bill Smith will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Scott. The family will receive friends at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel on Friday from 10 a.m., until leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

Elbert L. McFarland

Elbert L. McFarland died Tuesday afternoon in his home at 509 East Locust street. Mr. McFarland was born Sept. 6, 1874, in Vernon county and spent the greater part of his life in Nevada. He retired Feb. 1, 1946, after 45 years of service with the Missouri Pacific railroad. Mr. McFarland was a deacon in the Pine Street Baptist church and was an active member of the church for many years. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Flora Alice Clendenin, to whom he was married on Feb. 11, 1903, two sons, N. W. McFarland of the home and A. C. McFarland of Kansas City, one sister, Mrs. J. F. Hestand of Parsons, Kas., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Hays Funeral chapel with the Rev. Cecil C. Laster, pastor of the Pine Street Baptist church, conducting. Burial will be in Newton burial park. (22 Jan 1947, The Daily Mail, Nevada, MO)

Flora A. McFarland

Mrs. Flora A. McFarland, 85, died early yesterday morning in Lakeside Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. McFarland was born Jan. 4, 1879 in Virgil City, Mo,. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Clendenin. On Feb. 9, 1903, she was married to Elbert McFarland, now deceased. She had been ill since October 1. Mrs. McFarland was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, A. C. McFarland and N. W. McFarland. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferry Funeral Home, with the Rev. Archie B. Warren, pastor of the Pine Street Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park. (11 Oct 1964, The Nevada Herald, Nevada, MO)

Loren E. Mills

BELVIDERE, Ill. -- Loren E. Mills, 85, of Belvidere died May 2, 2001, at Provena Cor Mariac Center. He was born Nov. 24, 1915, in Nevada, Vernon co Mo., to Edwin and Florence Ping Mills. He taught agriculture for 10 years in Rock Falls and for 25 years in Belvidere High School. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard a destroyer in the Atlantic. He was a former member of Grace United Methodist of Arkansas and the United Methodist of Belvidere. He was a member of Broadway United Methodist. He was former head of the FFA, the Elks Club and was a former deputy sheriff in Arkansas. He was a gardener and an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and boating. He also enjoyed making wooden toys and clocks. His wife, Ruth E. Whitmore Mills, died on July 23, 1998. Survivors include two sons and daughters- in-law, Edwin Mills and Carol of Lincoln, Ill., and Timothy Mills and Connie of Belvidere; one daughter, Christine E. Mills of Rockford; seven grandchildren. (NWAR Morning News)

Velma Colleen Robinson


Velma Colleen Robinson, 75, Nevada, MO, passed away suddenly Monday, May 5, 2003, at her home in Nevada. She was born May 1, 1928, in Mapleton, KS to Archie Clyde Sweet and Ethel McIntire. She married T. V. Robinson on May 29, 1944, in Ft. Scott, KS, and he survives of the home.

Mrs. Robinson was born and raised in Kansas but spent much of her adult life in Kansas City, KS. She came to Vernon County in 1984 and spent the remainder of her life here. She was a member of the Pentecostal Assembly Church in Nevada and was a homemaker.

Survivors in addition to her husband T. V. of the home, include one daughter, Sandy Edgington, Pleasanton, KS, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, and one brother. She was preceded in death by one son, Virgil Dwaine Robinson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2003, at the Pentecostal Assembly Church in Nevada with Rev. A. D. Hawes officiating. Committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, KS. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.


From the Nevada Evening Post, Time unknown, early 1900s.

Slate Killed Miner: Slab which Weighed Three Tons Fell on Harry Runyan. The funeral of Harry Runyan, of Moundeville, who was killed Wednesday in a coal mine accident, will be held at that place Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be made at the Moundeville Cemetery. He is survived by a wife and two small children. Mr. Runyan and William McIntosh were at work in the Jack Smith Coal Mine Tuesday afternoon when they were struck by a large slab of slate from the roof of the tunnel. McIntosh called to Runyan, asking if he heard a cracking noise, the latter replying he did not. In a short time McIntosh again heard the noise and again called the attention of the other man, who was in a sitting position in the room. McIntosh stepped back about ten feet but the other man was unable to get out of danger before the slab of slate, which formed the roof to the room, about twelve feet square, fell. The slab is said to have weighed between three and four tons. Before striking the floor of the mine it broke into two pieces, one piece striking Mr. Runyan on the shoulders, breaking his neck and five ribs and fracturing his skull. He died almost instantly. A part of the rock struck Mr. McIntosh on the hip causing bruises and a sprained back. He is reported getting along nicely. There was no further collapse of the roof of the tunnel. (submitted by Marjorie Chodrick Johnson, niece of Mr. Runyan)


From The Nevada Daily Mail -- Nevada, Missouri -- Monday September 12, 1960


Lloyd E. Slonecker of Moundville, 65, retired Safeway Stores manager, died at 1:55 o'clock Sunday morning at the Nevada Hospital, where he had entered for treatment shortly before midnight.

He was born in Seward County, Neb., on August 26, 1895, the son of John T. Slonecker and Nettie Archer Slonecker. Following his retirement as a food store manager, the Sloneckers moved to Moundville in 1946, from Marysville, Kan. He was married Dec. 30, 1915 to Ina Ellen LaBounty, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Dale Slonecker of California, Lloyd Slonecker, Jr., of Norfolk, Va., and Ward Slonecker of Buffalo, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three half- brothers and two half-sisters.

Funeral rites will be conducted at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Ferry Funeral Home. The Rev. Edwin A. Stoddard of Richards will officiate and internment will be held in the Moore cemetery.

From The Nevada Daily Mail -- Nevada, Missouri -- February 12, 1961


Mrs Lloyd E. (Ina) Slonecker, 64, Moundville resident, died at 3:09 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Nevada Hospital where she had entered for treatment on Saturday. Mrs. Slonecker had been ill for about two weeks.

She was born October 31, 1896 in Moorefield, Neb., the daughter of Albert and Aurelia Moffett LaBounty. She was a retired schoolteacher. On December 30, 1915 she was married in Moorefield, Neb., to Lloyd E, Slonecker, who died Sept. 11, 1960.

Survivors include three sons, Dale Slonecker of California, Lloyd Slonecker Jr., Virginia Beach, Va., and Ward Slonecker of Buffalo, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, stepmother, Mrs. Nora LaBounty of Farnam, Neb.; two sisters, Mrs. C.R. Logan of Lincoln, Neb., and Mrs. Harold Ealy, Moorefield, Neb.; two brothers, Allan LaBounty of Moorecroft, Wyo., and Marion LaBounty of Omaha.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:20 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Ferry Funeral Home with the Rev. E.A. Stoddard of Milo officiating. Internment will be in the Moore cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Ann Smith

January 1, 1935 - Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri ,Newspaper
This Estimable Christian Woman Had Been a Resident of the This County Since 1885
Funeral Service to Be Held Thursday Afternoon

Mrs. Mary Ann Smith, wife of A. M. Smith of this city, and a resident of Vernon county since 1885, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home, 336, North Cedar street, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Mrs. Smith had not been well for many years but her condition was considered critical. A week ago she suffered an attack of asthma but seemingly improved until Sunday night when pneumonia developed.

Mrs. Smith who was before her marriage Mary Ann Riley, was born December 22, 1866, near Cedar Rapids, Ia, the daughter of Barney and Elizabeth Riley. When she was eleven years old her parents moved to Missouri and located in Platte county where they lived until 1885, when they came to Vernon county and located on a farm near Moundville. On May 24, 1888, Mary Ann Riley was married to A. M. Smith and they began housekeeping on what is known as the Chambers farm, south of Nevada. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and five of them survive their mother. Seven years ago, Mrs. Smith took the responsibility of another family when her son's wife, Mrs. C. L. Smith, died leaving three children, the youngest of them eleven days old. Mrs. Smith had been a faithful member of the Christian church for many years and she was also a member of the Royal Neighbors.

Surviving Mrs. Smith are her husband, three daughters, Miss Hattie Smith, Miss Pearl Smith, and Mrs. L. L. Stratton of Nevada and C. L. Smith of Kansas City, and four grandchildren, Eleanor Arlene, Betty Jane, and Bobby Lee Smith of the home address, and Martha Ann Stratton. She also leaves two brothers, John Riley of Glyndon, Minn, and James Riley of Uncas, Okla.

Mrs. Smith's body was taken to the Ferry Funerall Home. The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the First Christian church and will be conducted by the Rev. Huell Warren, pastor. Burial will be in Newton Burial Park.

Caleb Owen Yurk

NEVADA DAILY MAIL Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Caleb Owen Yurk, 18, Nevada, Mo., passed away Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at St. John's hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He was born Feb. 18, 1988, in Nevada, to Owen Willis Yurk and Sheila Elaine Dirks Yurk. Caleb was a lifelong resident of Nevada. He attended Nevada schools. Caleb was currently employed by Aramark Foods Service at the Nevada Habilitation Center. He was loved by all his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Owen Yurk and Sheila Yurk, Nevada; one sister, Tonia Davis and her husband Bill, Bonaire, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Ellen Yurk Nevada; maternal grandmother, Edith Dirks, Barone Care Center; uncles and aunt, Bill Yurk, El Dorado Springs, Mo., Willard Yurk, Wichita, Kan., LuDeen and Michale Nichols, Bonaire, Ga., Mary and Noble Landis, Lenexa, Kan., and Floyd Dirks, Nevada; one niece and nephew, Trinity Davis and Iszach Davis; numerous cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Interment will follow in Welborn Cemetery, Moundville. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family will receive friends 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home.


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