Wright County, MO

OBITUARIES
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Nichols, Betty Jane
Betty Jane Nichols, daughter of Guss Garnett and Frances Louise "Lou" Parks Rippee, was born Jul 1, 1930, in Osage, IA.  She departed this life Friday, Aug 22, 1997, in Cox Medical Center South, in Springfield, MO, at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 21 days.  On Feb 12, 1949, she was united in marriage to Jason Nichols, Jr., and to this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jason, Jr., on Oct 25, 1995; a son Teddy Darrell Nichols; and a brother Bob Rippee.  Betty is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Randy and Cindy Nichols of Hartville, MO; 3 daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Michael Brooke of Nixa, MO, Patty and Joe Nolen of Rose Hill, KS, and Janie and Jim Dugger of Hartville, MO; 8 grandchildren Cara, Jason, Sara, Joshua, Kaleb, Katelyn, Leighann, and Megan; a great-granddaughter Taylor; a brother Bill Rippee of Groveland, IL; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  She was born and raised on her family's farm in Iowa, and then moved to Missouri in 1947.  Her family settled in Wright County, MO, where she met and soon married Junior.  In the early 1950's, she and Junior moved to Peoria, IL, where they lived for a couple of years.  When they returned to Wright County, they made their home on their farm, near Hartville, and lovingly finished raising their family.  Throughout the years, Betty was a devoted homemaker to her husband and family, and in 1968, went to work for Tobin-Hamilton Shoe Factory.  She remained in their employ until retiring in 1986.  Betty attended the First Baptist Church of Seymour, MO, where she enjoyed the friendships she made there.  She was also a member of the Honey Do's Club for many years.  She centered her life around her family, her home, and her church, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and niece, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed, but the memories she created for her familly and friends will live on forever. Burial:  Mount Zion Cemetery.

Nichols, Jason, Jr.:
Jason Nichols, Jr., son of Jason Nichols, Sr., and Bessie Cantrell Nichols, was born Nov 26, 1926 in Wright County, MO.  He departed this life Wednesday, Oct 25, 1995, in his home near Hartville, MO, at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 29 days.  On Feb 12, 1949, he was united in marriage to Betty Jane Rippee, and to this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son Teddy Darrell Nichols; a sister Kathleen Williams; and 2 brothers O. F. and Raymond Nichols.  Jason is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law Randy and Cindy Nichols of Lawrenceville, GA; 3 daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Michael Brooke of Nixa, MO, Patty and Joe Nolen of Rose Hill, KS, and Janie and Jim Dugger of Hartville, MO; 8 grandchildren Cara, Jason, Sara, Joshua, Kaleb, Katelyn, Leighann, and Megan; a sister Oleta Henry of Peoria, IL; 2 brothers Bill and Ralph Nichols, both of Peoria, IL; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born and raised in Wright County, near Duncan, and attended New Grove Grade School.  He then graduated from Marshfield High School before entering the military.  He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army in 1943 and 1944, during World War II.  Shortly after returning from the service, he married Betty and they made their home on their farm, near Hartville, and lovingly raised their family.  On Dec 1, 1991, he retired from Hutchen's Industries in Mansfield, after being employed there for several years.  Jason had professed his faith in Christ and was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.  His family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and had won several trophies for his coon hunting.  Jason was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed, but the memories he provided his family and friends will live on forever.  Burial:  Mount Zion Cemetery.

Nichols, Madra Pauline:
Madra Pauline Nichols, daughter of Jesty Mahlon "J.M." and Grace Rose Whitlock Hughes, was born Dec 31, 1914, near Odin, MO.  She departed this life Saturday, Apr 12, 1997, in the Hartville Care Center in Hartville, MO, at the age of 82 years, 3 months, and 11 days.  On Jan 7, 1937, she was united in marriage to Sherman Cecil Nichols, and to this union one daughter and one son were born.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cecil on Oct 27, 1977; and two brothers Harry and Roy Hughes.  Pauline is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Paul Smith of Kansas City, KS; her son and daughter-in-law Joe and Linda Nichols of Morris, IL; 5 grandchildren, Mark Smith and his wife Jerri, Chris and Dough Smith, Mike Nichols and his wife Kelli, and Lisa Smith and her husband Terry; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters Mable Patterson and Gracie Hampton, both of Hartville, MO, and Elsie Newton of Springfield, MO; a sister-in-law Priscilla Hughes of Hartville, MO; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  She was born and raised in the Odin community area.  After she and Cecil were married, they first made their home on their farm in the Mount Zion community, and then later moved to their farm near Odin.  In 1968, they sold their farm and moved to Hartville, where Pauline worked in several cafes in Hartville.  For 10 years, she worked as a cook for the Hartville Schools.  Throughout her life, she was also a devoted homemaker to her husband and family.  Pauline made her profession of faith in Christ at a young age, and had been a member of the Odin Community Church, and the Mount Zion Baptist Church.  In 1968, she moved her membership to the Hartville First Baptist Church, where she remained an active member for as long as her health allowed.  In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, caring for her family, and visiting with her neighbors and friends.  Pauline was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Burial:  Mount Zion Cemetery.

Nichols, Millard Washington:
Millard Washington Nichols, was born Dec 23, 1911, to George and Liza Nichols, near Hartville, MO.  He departed this life Oct 23, 1996, at the age of 84 years and 10 months.  He was united in marriage to Fern Evelyn Shaver, on Dec 21, 1938.  To this union two sons were born.  He was a kind and considerate husband, father, grandfather, and brother.  He lived most of his life in the Grovespring area farming and doing some carpentry.  For the last 9 years of his life he enjoyed visiting about old times with his friends at the Conway Senior Citizens Complex.  Everyone who knew him enjoyed his company.  He loved fishing with his sons, growing flowers and enjoyed getting together with his four grand-girls.  Millard is survived by two sons, Hershel and his wife Betty of Conway, MO, and Jimmy and his wife Bonnie Sue of Springfield, MO; 4 granddaughters Michele Shuman and her husband Jamie of Springfield, MO, Melanie Nichols of Salt Lake City, UT, Marla Nichols of Springfield, MO, Melette Robertson and her husband Stacy of Ozark, MO; and a host of other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Fern on Mar 10, 1985; 3 brothers Herman, Cecil and Willard Nichols; and 2 sisters Pearl Bledsoe and Verna Crawford.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.  Burial:  Shaddy Cemetery.

Nickle, Dowe Woodrow, Jr.:
Dowe Woodrow "Dub" Nickle, Jr., was born Feb 17, 1934, in Kenneth, KS.  He departed this life Aug 8, 1993, in his home in Hartville, MO, at the age of 59 years, 5 months and 21 days.  On Nov 21, 1966, he was united in marriage to Nancy Lou Smith and to this union one daughter was born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister Bonnie Jean Nickle; and one other sister Barbara Lee Gilmore.  Dowe is survived by his wife Nancy of the home; his daughter and son-in-law Theresa and Jerry Couch of Hartville, MO; two grandchildren Selina Ann and Jerry William Couch; one sister Mary Nickle of Hartville, MO; one niece Kari Chowning of Hartville, MO; his mother-in-law Rachel Smith of Downey, CA; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born in Kansas and then as a child moved to Hartville, MO, where he graduated from high school in the class of 1952.  After graduating, he moved to Kansas City for the next few years and worked at a lumber company.  He returned to Hartville, after his father suffered a heart attack, and helped his father on the farm.  He also was employed by the Glenstone Block Company.  In 1966, he moved to Seattle, WA, where he was employed by Boeiong Aircraft.  It was while living in Seattle that he met and married Nancy and a year later their daughter, Theresa, was born.  After he became disabled, he and his family returned to Hartville once again in 1972.  In March of 1982, Dowe and Nancy moved to California for a short time to be near Nancy's mother, and made their way back to Hartville once again in 1983.  In 1984 "Dub", as he was called by his friends, was employed by the Wood Funeral Home in Hartville.  He continued to work there after the funeral home changed ownership in 1989 and became the Holman Funeral Home.  He was a good worker who, despite his disabilities, handled many different and important duties.  He was a friendly face that greeted the public as they entered the funeral home, and was truly concerned about those they served.  He greatly enjoyed watching television, especially sports of all kinds, and liked doing woodworking projects.  He was rather well known for his picnic tables, cedar chests, memorial crosses and miniature mailboxes which he sold to the public.  He was usually seen each day having coffee at the local cafe and talking about what was "news worthy" in town.  He was always willing to help anyone in need and possessed a heart of gold.  Dowe was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered for his many acts of kindness and his friendly ways and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.  Burial:  Steele Memorial Cemetery.

Nickle, William "Bill" Carl:
William "Bill" Carl Nickle, son of John Titus and Susan Alice Guinn Nickle, was born Jun 30, 1925, near Hartville, MO.  He departed this life Thursday, May 15, 1997, in Cox Medical Center South, in Springfield, MO, at the age of 71 years, 10 months, and 15 days.  On Nov 27, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jean Wakefield and to this union one son and two daughters were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers John, Jr., Ezra, and Dowe Nickle; and 3 sisters Blanche Mathis, Mabel Baker, and Jessie Broyles.  Bill is survived by his wife Betty Jean of the home; a son Jeffrey Nickle of Springfield, MO; 2 daughters Karen Nickle of Overland Park, KS, and Penny Nickle of Waynesville, MO; 3 sisters Marie Helsley and Florence McCoun, both of Hartville, MO, and Millie White of Marceline, MO; 2 brothers Elmer Nickle of Overland Park, KS, and Dorris Nickle of Grandview, MO; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born near Hartville, MO, and while still a young boy, his family moved to Kenneth, KS.  His family later returned to the Hartville area, where he graduated from Hartville High School.  He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Navy from November of 1943 until May of 1946.  Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he attended carpentry school.  Shortly after he and Betty Jean were married, they moved to the Kansas City area, where Bill worked as a carpenter for several years.  He later worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City, retiring as a supervisor in 1982.  After he and Betty Jean retired, they spent their early retirement years in Hartville, and then moved to Springfield in 1988.  Bill had made his profession of faith in Christ and was a member of the Hartville First Baptist Church.  While living in Kansas, he had belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Stanley, KS.  In his spare time he enjoyed doing woodworking projects, gardening, and playing pool and card games.  Bill was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Burial: Steele Memorial Cemetery.

Nothdurft, Frank Xavier:
Frank Xavier Nothdurft, son of August and Magdalena Ernst Nothdurft, was born Jan 1, 1905, in Gross Furste, Germany.  He departed this life Monday, Jun 13, 1994, in St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, MO, at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 12 days.  On Jul 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Virginia Louise Dresch and to this union one son and one daughter were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Virginia on Feb 21, 1994; two sisters Agnes and Magdalena; and two brothers John and Joseph.  Frank is survived by a son Franz Nothdurft of Constantine, MI; a daughter Maggie Morgan of Springfield, MO; a sister Theresa of Germany; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born and raised in Germany and then, as a young man, moved to Brazil, South America where he worked on a sugar cane plantation.  In 1928, he came to the United States and landed on the East Coast.  He later spent time in both California and Arizona.  Shortly after he and Virginia were married, they moved to Michigan where they owned and operated the Weatherbee Lake Farm for many years.  In 1969, and for the next two years, they made their home in Florida before moving to their farm near Norwood, MO, in 1972.  For the last few months he had made his home in Hartville.  Frank was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Mansfield for several years.  He enjoyed keeping informed of political issues and was very knowledgeable of current affairs.  He loved his farm and enjoyed raising and watching over his livestock.  In his spare time he liked to read.  Frank was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and friends.Burial:  Thomas Cemetery.

Nothdurft, Virginia Louise:
Virginia Louise Nothdurft, daughter of Christian Albert and Elizabeth Howard Sears Dresch, was born Apr 18, 1908, in Mishawaka, IN.  She departed this life Monday, Feb 21, 1994, in St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, MO, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 3 days.  On Jul 11, 1945, she was united in marriage to Frank Xavier Nothdurft and to this union one son and one daughter were born.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister Billie.  "Jinny", as she was called by her family and friends, is survived by her husband Frank of the home; one son Franz Nothdurft of Constantine, MI; one daughter Maggie Morgan of Springfield, MO; one brother Christian Dresch of Edwardsburg, MI; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  She was born and raised in Indiana and graduated from the Grand Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, IL.  She then received her bachelors degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and her masters degree from Columbia University in New York City.  For many years she was employed as a supervisor in aide to dependent children and families in Baltimore, MD.  Shortly after she and Frank were married, they moved to Michigan where they owned and operated the Weatherbee Lake Farm.  While living in Michigan, she was employed at the Child Guidance Clinic in Kalamazoo and at other children's clinics in the area.  In 1969, and for the next two years, they made their home in Florida before moving to their farm in Norwood, MO, in 1972 and making their home there.  She enjoyed doing handwork projects and loved to go fishing.  She also liked visiting with her friends and family.  Jinny will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, and as a kind and caring neighbor and friend.  She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.  Burial:  Thomas Cemetery.

O'Dell, Brenda Sue:
Brenda Sue O'Dell, daughter of Harold Junior and Luella May Jones O'Dell, was born Nov 27, 1953, in Lebanon, MO.  She departed this life Thursday, Jun 8, 1995, in Cox Medical Center, South, in Springfield, MO, at the age of 41 years, 6 months and 11 days.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and an uncle, Jerry Jones.  She is survived by her father Harold O'Dell of Lebanon, MO; her mother Luella O'Dell of Grovespring, MO; 2 brothers Curtis O'Dell of Richland, MO, and Ron O'Dell of Huntington Beach, CA; a sister Kathy Izard and husband Carroll "Buzz" of Santa Rosa, CA; 2 nieces Tammy and Lindsey O'Dell; 2 nephews Shane and Cole O'Dell; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  At her age of three the family moved to Anaheim, CA, where she attended school.  She continued to make her home there for the next 20 years.  In 1989 she returned to the Grovespring area.  As a young child Brenda professed her faith in Christ and was baptized.  She was a very giving person and was always ready to lend a hand to others.  Her family was very close to her, as each one held a special place in her heart.  She was fond of the outdoors and animals.  Her dog Brandy and her birds brought many hours of comfort to her.  In her spare time she enjoyed bowling and playing pool.  Brenda was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of her family and many friends.  Burial: Thomas Cemetery

Oliver, Wistra Othea:
Wistra Othea Oliver, daughter of Henry A. and Opal Newton Wood, was born Nov 1, 1923, in Wright County, MO.  She departed this life Apr 30, 1991, in the Hillhaven Convalescent Center, Springfield, MO, at the age of 67 years, 5 months and 29 days.  On Dec 7, 1940, she was united in marriage to Bert Nichols Oliver and to this union one daughter and one son were born.  She was preceded in death by her father and her husband Bert on Jun 14, 1985.  Wistra is survived by one daughter Linda Baney of Hartville, MO; one son Harold Oliver of Liberty, MO; her mother Opal Wood of Mansfield, MO; one brother Dwight Wood of Springfield, MO; 5 grandchildren Joseph Baney, Kerri Long, Kent Oliver and Paul and Zachery Werle; 2 great-grandchildren Kaleb and Katelyn Long; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  She was a lifelong resident of Wright County and considered Hartville her home.  She was a devoted homemaker who loved her family dearly.  For a number of years she had written the Hartville News article for the Wright County Republican Newspaper.  In doing this it made her a knowledgeable source of information concerning the happenings and news of the community and she greatly enjoyed visiting with her neighbors and friends to obtain her items of interest.  In her spare time she enjoyed painting and music.  She also had a great love for all animals.  Wistra will be fondly remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister and a caring friend.  Burial: Steele Memorial Cemetery.

Orth, Leo Earl:
Leo Earl Orth, son of Russell and Goldie Mae Dixon Orth, was born Dec 12, 1932, in Nodaway, IA.  He departed this life Jan 25, 1991, in his home near Hartville, MO, at the age of 58 years, 1 month, and 13 days.  On Feb 27, 1956, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Larson.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Leo is survived by his wife Ann of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law Debbie Ann and Patrick Dipzinski, Oak Harbor, WA, and Brenda Lee and Gary Stringer, Rialto, CA; one son Neil Vance Orth, Maryland Heights, MO; two grandsons Aaron and Eric Dipzinski; one granddaughter Tanya Stringer; two sisters Goldie Myers, West Union, IA, and Joy Hintz, Oelwein, IA; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  His childhood was spent in southern Iowa and he later made his home in West Union, IA, where he met and married Ann.  Together they raised their family in the Clermont, IA, area and then retired to Hartville, MO, in 1987.  Leo was a member of the Hartville United Methodist Church and enjoyed his fellowship there.  While in Iowa, he was a volunteer fireman and has always enjoyed bowling and stock cars.  Since his retirement, he has enjoyed fishing and has become involved in horseback riding, raising baby calves and gardening.  Leo will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a caring friend.  Burial: God's Acre Cemetery, Clermont Iowa.

Ottinger, Albert Odell:
Albert Odell Ottinger, son of George Harvey and Mary Dee Harper Ottinger, was born Dec 3, 1921, in Eaton, TN.  He departed this life Oct 7, 1992, in the Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, MO, at the age of 70 years, 8 months, and 4 days.  On Mar 14, 1939, he was united in marriage to Edna Ruth Smith and to this union one daughter and two sons were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister Zula May Goff.  Al is survived by his wife Ruth of the home; one daughter Edna Groom of Shell Knob, MO; two sons Ronald and Mark Ottinger, both of St. Louis, MO; two brothers Joe Ottinger of the state of Arkansas, and Burl Ottinger of the state of Missouri; two sisters Rose Williams and Leona Jordan, both of St. Louis, MO; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born in Tennessee and then as a child moved with his family to St. Louis, MO.  At the age of 13, he and his family returned to Tennessee where Al finished school, and met and married Ruth.  Al served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army from May of 1944 until January of 1946 and was in the infantry in Europe during World War II.  While he was in Italy, during the war, he professed his faith in Christ.  Al was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery during battle.  For many of their married years, Al and Ruth made their home in St. Louis, MO, where Al was employed for 34 years by the Spuck Iron and Foundry Company.  He started as a sand boy for the foundry and through the years worked his way up to being Plant Superintendent for the last 10 years the company was in business.  In 1978, Al and Ruth moved to the Hartville area where they made their home in the country.  Since retiring to the Ozarks, he became active in the American Legion Post #128 in Mansfield, MO.  While living in St. Louis, Al was a member of the Baden Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.  For the last several years, he was a faithful member of the New Hope Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon.  He was very actively involved in the church and enjoyed the fellowship there.  In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and visiting with his friends and family.  Al was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.  Burial: Steele Memorial Cemetery.

Owens, Archie Edward:
Archie Edward Owens, son of Charley Chester and Nora Myrtle Mace Owens, was born Aug 26, 1944, in Wright County, MO.  He departed this life Oct 12, 1992, in the Research Hospital in Kansas City, MO, at the age of 48 years, 1 month and 16 days.  On Mar 28, 1964, he was united in marriage to Linda Lou Gallion and to this union 2 sons and 2 daughters were born.  He was preceded in death by one daughter Janice Kay Owens; one sister Sharon Marie Owens; his maternal grandfather Andy Mace; and his paternal grandparents E. Britton and Janey Owens.  Archie is survived by his wife Linda of the home; 2 sons Archie E. Owens, Jr., of El Dorado, KS, and Michael Owens of Kansas City, KS; one daughter Lou Ann Owens of Edwards, MO; his parents Chester and Nora Owens of Osceola, MO; his maternal grandmother Lillie Hurt of Mansfield, MO; 5 brothers Charlie Cook and Jerry Owens, both of McLouth, KS, Wayne and Bobby Owens, both of Kansas City, KS, and Jackie Owens of Osceola, MO; 3 sisters Darlene Gardner of Kansas City, KS, Wanda Beeler of Macomb, MO, and Sandy DeBoard of Des Arc, MO; one granddaughter Amanda Owens of Kansas City, KS; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He spent most of his childhood in the Hartville area and attended the Hartville schools.  Shortly after he and Linda were married they moved to Kansas City, KS, where they made their home and lovingly raised their family.  For the last 6 years they had lived in Edwards, MO.  He worked for the Kansas City Cold Storage Company as a forklift mechanic and was a member of the Teamsters Union.  Recently Archie had professed his faith in Christ and had become a Christian.  He enjoyed being outdoors where he liked to hunt and fish.  He especially enjoyed fixing up his 1967 Chevrolet truck and showing it in antique car and truck shows.  Archie was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and all those who knew and loved him.  Burial: Steele Memorial Cemetery.

Owens, Bobby Dean:
Bobby Dean Owens, son of Charley Chester and Nora Myrtle Mace Owens, was born Jul 2, 1948, in Wright County, MO.  He departed this life Thursday, May 23, 1996, in his home in Kansas City, KS, at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 21 days.  He was preceded in death by his father; a brother Archie Owens; and a sister Sharon Marie Owens.  Bobby is survived by two sons Randy Owens of Olathe, KS, and Jeremy Owens of Kansas City, KS; his mother Nora Owens of Mountain Grove, MO; 3 sisters Darlene Gardner of Kansas City, KS, Wanda Beeler of Mountain Grove, MO, and Sandra DeBoard of Des Arc, MO; 4 brothers Charley Cook and Jerry Owens, both of McLouth, KS, and Wayne and Jack Owens, both of Mountain Grove, MO; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born near Mansfield, MO, and spent his growing up years in both Wright County and the State of Kansas.  Later in his life he made Kansas City, KS, his home.  He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army.  In his spare time he enjoyed playing pool.  Bobby was a loving father, son, and brother and was a caring neighbor and friend.  He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.  Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, near Hartville MO.

Owens, Charley Chester, Rev.:
Rev. Charley Chester Owens, son of Elisha Britton and Janie Wilson Owens, was born Jul 19, 1921, in Wright County, MO.  He departed this life Tuesday, Jan 17, 1995, in his home in Mountain Grove, MO, at the age of 73 years, 5 months, and 28 days.  On May 27, 1942, he was united in marriage to Nora M. Mace and to this union 4 daughters and 6 sons were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Archie Owens; a daughter Sharon Marie Owens; and a granddaughter Janice Owens.  Chester is survived by his wife Nora of the home; 3 daughters Darlene Gardner of Kansas City, KS, Wanda Beeler of Mountain Grove, MO, and Sandra DeBoard of Des Arc, MO; 5 sons Charley Cook and Jerry Owens, both of McLouth, KS, Wayne, Bobby, and Jack Owens, all of Mountain Grove, MO; a brother Larner Owens of Mountain Grove, MO; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.  He was born and raised in the Wright County area and lived most of his adult years there, except for several years when he lived in Kansas City.  For 33 years he was a minister who preached, pastored and evangelized while serving at two churches during those years.  Chester was saved and baptized at a young age and was of the Pentecostal faith.  He spent a lot of time studying the bible and meditating with God.  He loved his family dearly and was dedicated to them.  He was not only a great father, but a great father-in-law as well.  He enjoyed fishing in his spare time.  He possessed an outgoing personality and had made many friends throughout his lifetime.  Chester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.  He will be fondly remembered as a loving family man, a sensitive and caring pastor, and as a good neighbor and friend.  He will be greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.  Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery.


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