Joseph H. Littrell
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. -- Joseph H. "Joe" Littrell, 70, Chillicothe, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Littrell worked at Donaldson's, Chillicothe, for 31 years. He also served in the Army from 1948 to 1954 and was a veteran of the Korean War.
He was born Dec. 3, 1928, in Mendon, Mo.
Mr. Littrell was a member of American Legion Post No. 25.
On Nov. 7, 1953, he married Hazel I. Walters, Phoenix. She survives of the home.
Mr. Littrell was preceded in death by his parents, Covia and Edna P.; three brothers, Lee, Dale and Orville; five sisters, Irene Speichinger, Fern Wright, Joyce Little, Evila Swan and Laveta Adams.
Additional survivors: a son, Steven J., Lawson, Mo.; a brother, Kenneth, Carrollton, Mo.; two sisters, Lucy Wilson, Chesterfield, N.J., and Nina Martin, Dean Lake, Mo., a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Burial: Mendon Cemetery, Mendon, Mo. Visitation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight. Memorial contributions may be sent to Livingston County Home Health, in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.
Deborah J. Mathews
Deborah Jean "D.J." Mathews, 41, St. Joseph, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at her residence.
Miss Mathews had been self-employed in advertising. She also had worked in fashion merchandising at Pickadilly in Dallas.
Born in St. Joseph on Dec. 8, 1957, she lived in St. Joseph for most of her life. She also had resided in Atlanta and Dallas for several years before returning to St. Joseph six years ago.
Miss Mathews was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda J. Mathews.
Surviving: her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Horace Mathews, St. Joseph; a brother, Alton E. Mathews, Kansas City; and a sister, Pat Groves, St. Joseph.
Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Meierhoffer Family Funeral Care, St. Joseph. The body has been cremated.
Janie P. McNary
SABETHA, Kan. -- Janie Pearl (Hall) McNary, 97, Sabetha, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at a Sabetha health-care center.
Mrs. McNary had worked with her father on the farm and in homes in the Wetmore, Sabetha and Atchison, Kan., areas.
Born Nov. 14, 1901, in Rowan County, Ky., she lived there until 1910, when her family moved to a farm near Wetmore, Kan. She attended schools in Wetmore.
On Sept. 15, 1926, she married Harry McNary and moved into a new home in Sabetha. He died in 1987.
Mrs. McNary also was preceded in death by her parents, D.M. and Matilda Hall; three brothers, Faneuil, Marvin and Armer Hall; four sisters, Maggie and Mercedes Zwahl, Zona Keiswetter and Ruth Jones.
Surviving: two sons, Duane, Overland Park, Kan., and Orlo, Batavia, Ill.; two sisters, Alice Porter, Goff, Kan., and Doris Levick, Topeka, Kan.; and three grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday, Popkess Mortuary, Sabetha. Burial: Sabetha Cemetery in Sabetha. Family visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be sent to Sabetha Community Hospital, in care of the funeral home.
Ethel A. Mueller
HIAWATHA, Kan. -- Ethel A. (Bruning) Mueller, 95, Hiawatha, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at a Hiawatha health-care center.
Mrs. Mueller was born July 19, 1903, on a farm north of Robinson, Kan.
On Sept. 7, 1923, she married Carl J. Mueller at Robinson. They farmed at Denton, Kan., until 1943, when they moved to a farm northwest of Hiawatha. In 1956, they moved to Hiawatha. He died in 1973.
Mrs. Mueller was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Hiawatha.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert; her parents, August and Minnie Bruning; six brothers, Pearl, George, Lawrence, Vernie, Arthur and her twin brother, Andy; a sister, Virginia Daeschner; and a grandchild.
Surviving:: a daughter, Betty Jimeson, Hiawatha; two sons, William, Hiawatha, and Bradford, Blanchard, Iowa; two sisters, Lorene Luster and Goldie Frakes, both of Hiawatha; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday, Bethany United Church of Christ, Hiawatha. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha. Visitation: after 9 a.m. today, Framke-Casselman-Meek Funeral Home, Hiawatha, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany United Church of Christ , in care of the funeral home, 124 S. 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.
Fred D. Holzhauser
Fred Dewayne Holzhauser, 65, St. Joseph, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at a St. Joseph health-care center.
Mr. Holzhauser had been employed in food service at various food establishments. During the Korean War, he served in the Army.
Born in St. Joseph on Sept. 17, 1933, he had lived in Kansas City before returning to St. Joseph a year ago. He was of the Baptist faith.
In 1970, he married Norma Stout in St. Joseph. She is deceased.
Mr. Holzhauser also was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick R. and Viola F.
Surviving: two sons, Bruce D. Richardson, St. Joseph, and Michael Richardson, Topeka, Kan.; three daughters, Melissa Holzhauser and Marsha Young, both of St. Joseph, and Jennifer Wilson, Hamilton, Mo.; a brother, Carl, St. Joseph; a sister, Jeannie Powell, St. Joseph; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Family visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. today, Clark-Sampson Funeral Home, St. Joseph. The body will be cremated following the visitation. Inurnment: Tuesday, Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) National Cemetery.
Mildred J. Lockwood
HORTON, Kan. -- Mildred Jane (Wheeler) Lockwood, 83, Horton, formerly of Muscotah, Kan., died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at a Horton health-care center.
Mrs. Lockwood worked as a seamstress for the Horton and Holton (Kan.) Garment Factory until retiring.
Born Nov. 7, 1915, in Tyro, Kan., she was a member of the Whiting (Kan.) Chapter No. 287, Order of Eastern Star; and Muscotah United Church.
On Oct. 5, 1940, she married Levi R. Lockwood in Atchison, Kan. He died in 1969. Then she married Berney Lockwood on July 9, 1971, in Hiawatha, Kan. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Lockwood also was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Delia Wheeler; two brothers, Henry and Ernest Wheeler; and a sister, Mary McClenon.
Additional survivors: a daughter, Linda Lockwood, Atchison; two sons, Charles, Trimble, Mo., and Larry, Huron, Kan.; a brother, Walter Wheeler, Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Hazel Meerpohl, May Smith and Ruth Russell, all of Horton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Monday, Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, Horton. Burial: Brush Creek Cemetery, southeast of Horton. Visitation: after 10 a.m. today and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Muscotah United Church in care of the mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439.
TRENTON, Mo. -- Mabel (Allen) McComas, 81, Trenton, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. McComas, born in Eagleville, Mo., on April 24, 1918, was reared in the Coin, Iowa, area.
She was a member of the Gilman City (Mo.) Baptist Church and attended the Trenton First Baptist Church. Mrs. McComas also was a member of Church Women United and Auxiliary to the Wright Memorial Hospital, both of Trenton, and a volunteer at the Clothing Shelter in Trenton.
On July 1, 1935, she married Curtis McComas in Albany, Mo. They lived and farmed in Pattonsburg, Albany and Gilman City, Mo., all their married lives until retiring and moving to Trenton in 1971. He died in 1995.
Mrs. McComas also was preceded in death by her parents, Bert A. and Myrtle Allen; and two brothers and two sisters.
Surviving: two daughters, Lonna Carlson, Davis, Calif., and Judi McComas, Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service: 2 p.m. Sunday, Baptist Church, Gilman City. Burial: Masonic Cemetery, Gilman City. Family visitation: 7 to 8 tonight, at the Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home, Trenton.
Vera F. McKnight
WESTON, Mo. -- Vera F. (Coose) McKnight, 96, Weston, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at a Weston health-care center.
Mrs. McKnight, a homemaker, also had worked for several merchants in Weston.
Born April 22, 1903, in St. Louis, she was a graduate of a Jefferson City, Mo., high school.
Mrs. McKnight was a member of the United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Women's Society of Christian Service, of which she was a past president. She also was a member of the Weston Swamp Club; Weston Historical Museum; Weston chapter No. 197, Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was a past district deputy grand matron; and Weston Garden Club, of which she was a past president.
In 1926, she married Rabon B. McKnight in Quincy, Ill. He died in 1979.
Mrs. McKnight also was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney P. and Lillian G. Coose; and three brothers and two sisters.
Surviving: Mr. and Mrs. David Horseman, Weston, who had cared for her; and several nieces and nephews.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Vaughn Funeral Home, Weston. Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Weston. Family visitation: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Weston.
James G. Murphy
James Gregory "Greg" Murphy, 30, St. Joseph, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, from injuries sustained in an accident at his place of employment in Kansas City.
Mr. Murphy was employed as a mechanic with Belger Cartage of Kansas City. He also worked for Dr'S. of Entertainment Karaoke and Dance, and at the Letterman's Club, both of St. Joseph.
Born in Fort Belvoir, Va., on Oct. 10, 1968, he lived most of his life in Stewartsville, Mo., and the past five years in St. Joseph.
Mr. Murphy was a graduate of the Stewartsville C-II High School and had attended autobody repair classes at N.S. Hillyard Vocational-Technical School of St. Joseph.
He was a member of MoKan Teamsters Union Local No. 541 and I.M.C.A. Racing Association, of which he was a stock and modified race car driver.
On March 20, 1995, he married Stephanie K. Glenn. She survives of the home.
Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Russell Ratliff; and paternal grandparents, Rex and Doris Murphy.
Additional survivors: two daughters, Abigail L. and Mackensie R. Murphy, both of the home; his father and stepmother, Jimmy M. and Mary, Stewartsville; his mother and stepfather, Shirley and Bob Wofford, St. Joseph; two sisters, Jamie S. Scearce, St. Joseph, and Jo O'Neal, Trenton, Mo.; and maternal grandmother, Clara L. Ratliff, Trenton.
Service: noon Monday, Meierhoffer Family Funeral Care, St. Joseph. Burial: 2:30 p.m. Monday, Springer Chapel Cemetery, Brimson, Mo. Visitation: after 6 p.m. today, at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Frank O. Barker
GRANT CITY, Mo. -- Frank Otis Barker, 81, Grant City, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at a Worth County, Mo., health-care center.
Mr. Barker was active in business, investments and farming for more than 40 years. He had co-owned a Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership and a John Deere dealership and had farmed near Grant City for many years. He also served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Born Nov. 2, 1917, in Memphis, Mo., he lived in Grant City since the age of 12. He was a graduate of Grant City High School and attended Northwest Missouri State University-Maryville. He later was a graduate of the Advanced Army Finance School at Wake Forest University.
Mr. Barker was a member of Grant City School Board; Grant City Cemetery Board; Worth County Development Corp.; and Citizens Bank board of directors. He also was a member of Masonic Lodge; Moila Shrine; First Christian Church; Rotary Club; and American Legion, all of Grant City. He had served as mayor of Grant City and vice chairman of Missouri Beef Packers.
On Oct. 18, 1939, he married Ella M. Wiley in Grant City. She survives of the home.
Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Fannie; two brothers, Freeman and Jack; and two sisters, Marjorie May and Maxine Palmer.
Additional survivors: two sons, John R., Tulsa, Okla., and William F., Cameron, Mo.; and five grandchildren.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City. Burial: Grant City Cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Grant City First Christian Church or Grant City Cemetery.
James R. Batterson Sr.
PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- James Robert "Bob" Batterson Sr., 62, Platte City, died Friday, July 9, 1999.
Mr. Batterson, a lawyer, worked for State Farm, Employers Mutual Co. and the law firm of Hubbell, Lane and Sawyer, before joining Employers Reinsurance Corp. in 1967. He retired in 1997 after 30 years of service. He also served in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1987, spending much of his time with the 418th U.S. Army Civil Affairs Unit, Kansas City.
Born May 14, 1937, in Tiffin, Mo., he was a graduate of North Platte High School, Platte County, Mo. He also was a graduate of University of Missouri- Columbia and received a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1965.
Mr. Batterson was active in the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel; Kansas City Claims Association; People to People; CPCU; and the Alumni Association of the University of Missouri School of Business and Public Administration. He was a member of Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, the Missouri and Kansas City Bar Associations, Reserve Officers' Association and Retired Officers' Association.
Surviving: his wife, Joyce, of the home; a son, James R., M.D., Kansas City; and his parents, Jim and Elma, Platte City.
Memorial service: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, north Kansas City. Family visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements: Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City. Memorials may be sent to Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
Lloyd V. Gastineau
NORFOLK, Neb. -- Lloyd Vernon Gastineau, 68, Norfolk, formerly of Chillicothe, Mo., died Saturday, July 10, 1999, in Norfolk.
Mr. Gastineau had worked as an insurance salesman and as a salesman for K.C.H.I. radio station, Chillicothe.
Born May 3, 1931, in Cowgill, Mo., he was a graduate of Chillicothe High School. He lived most of his life in Chillicothe, moving to Norfolk in 1993.
Mr. Gastineau was a member of the Chillicothe First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd R. and Lillian.
Surviving: three daughters, Irene Schmatt, Waterloo, Ill., Cheryl Campbell, Norfolk, and Anita Curry, Garden City, Ga.; a son, Stephen, Celina, Texas; two sisters, Doris Walter, Westminister, Colo., and Lucille Todd, Dallas; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Norman-Wagy-Gordon Funeral Home, Chillicothe.