James M. Gering
CUMMINGS, Kan. -- James M. Gering, 88, Cummings, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at an Atchison, Kan., hospital.
Mr. Gering had worked as a farm hand at St. Benedict's College Farm, Atchison, then for the Armstrong Brothers' Farm, then on his own. He retired in 1975.
Born Oct. 24, 1910, in Beloit, Kan., he moved to Cummings in 1931.
Mr. Gering was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Mooney Creek, Kan., and Knights of Columbus, No. 2885. He was designated Farmer of the Year in 1956.
On April 6, 1944, he married Alice E. Domann in Mooney Creek. She died in 1987.
Mr. Gering was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; his parents, Louis P. and Catherine; four brothers; and two sisters.
Surviving: two sons, John F., Cummings, and Robert E., Winchester, Kan.; three brothers, Martin, Atchison, Kan., Roy, Wichita, Kan., and Joe, Topeka, Kan.; five grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; three great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Mooney Creek. Burial: Corpus Christi Cemetery, Mooney Creek. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, where a parish prayer service will follow. The family will receive friends following the prayer service until 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
John F. Barton
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- John F. Barton, 70, Independence, formerly of Stanberry, Mo., was found dead at his home on Tuesday, June 29, 1999.
Mr. Barton had been employed as a truck driver until retiring. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy.
Born in Bedford, Iowa, on March 31, 1929, he had lived in the Guilford, Mo., area as a child. He also had lived in Conception Junction, Mo., and Stanberry before moving to Independence about 45 years ago.
On April 20, 1974, he married Jo Ann Smith in Independence. She survives in Independence.
Mr. Barton was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Olga.
Additional survivors: his stepmother, Izora Barton, Albany, Mo.; a brother, Lawrence E., Bethany, Mo.; and a sister, Iris James, Stanberry.
There will be no service nor visitation. Burial will be in the Mount Grove Cemetery in Independence. Arrangements were by the Carson and Sons Funeral Home, Independence.
Arvel R. Bryant
MOORESVILLE, Mo. -- Arvel R. "Lefty'' Bryant, 74, Mooresville, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at the Liberty, Mo., hospital.
Mr. Bryant, a farmer, also had been a substitute mail carrier in Mooresville and served as assessor for the Mooresville Township.
Born in Burkburnett, Texas, on April 23, 1925, he had lived most of his life in Livingston County, Mo.
Mr. Bryant was a graduate of the Mooresville high school and Chillicothe, Mo., Business College. He was a member of the Mooresville Christian Church, where he was a board member.
On Feb. 23, 1953, he married Mildred Treon in Ludlow, Mo. She survives of the home.
Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Beulah B.; and a brother and a grandchild.
Additional survivors: two sons, Gerald, Chillicothe, and David, Mooresville; a daughter, Norma Richardson, Chillicothe; a brother, Royce, Loveland, Colo.; a sister, Wanda Archer, Nampa, Idaho; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe. Visitation: noon to 9 .m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Livingston County American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.
Donald C. Egbert
BURLINGTON JUNCTION, Mo. -- Donald C. Egbert, 88, Burlington Junction, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at the Fairfax, Mo., hospital.
Mr. Egbert had been employed as a heavy equipment operator.
Born in Blanchard, Iowa, on March 17, 1911, he was a graduate of the Burlington Junction high school and a member of the United Methodist Church in Burlington Junction.
On Feb. 8, 1931, he married Eva L. Spargur in Burlington Junction. She died in March of 1999.
Mr. Egbert also was preceded in death by infant twin sons, Larry and Lanny; his parents, William N. and Mary; two brothers, Lynn and Clay; and two sisters, Helen Henning and Fern Francis.
Surviving: two daughters, Donna J. Hann, Burlington Junction, and Judy Carroll, Flippin, Ark.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Graveside service and burial: 10 a.m. Saturday, Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction. Arrangements: Barr-Merrick Funeral Chapel, Burlington Junction. Memorials may be made to the I.H.S. Care Center in Tarkio, Mo.
Roy M. Fine Jr.
BRADDYVILLE, Iowa -- Roy Maurice Fine Jr., 49, Braddyville, formerly of Hopkins, Mo., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, while at his place of employment, NSK Corp. in Clarinda, Iowa.
Mr. Fine had worked for NSK Corp. in Clarinda since 1974.
Born in Maryville, Mo., on Feb. 4, 1950, he was a graduate of the New Market, Iowa, high school and attended the Iowa Western Community College at Clarinda.
Mr. Fine was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins; and Siam Masonic Lodge No. 285, A.F. & A.M.; and Highland chapter No. 315, Order of the Eastern Star, both of Siam.
He was preceded in death by a son, Aaron C.; and a brother, Stephen C.
Surviving: a daughter, Vanessa M. Morgan-Fine, West Des Moines, Iowa; and his parents, Roy M. Sr. and Sara Fine, Braddyville.
Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins. Burial: Hopkins Cemetery. Family visitation: 7 to 8 tonight, at the Swanson-Price Chapel, Hopkins, with a Masonic service to follow. Memorials may be made to the Maurice Fine Memorial Fund.
SAVANNAH, Mo. -- Lucille (Pyles) Taylor George, 71, Savannah, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. George had been employed by the former Dr. Nichols Sanitorium in Savannah. Then for 31 years, she worked at LaVerna Heights of Savannah until retiring in 1993.
Born in Rosendale, Mo., on Nov. 4, 1927, she was a lifelong resident of Andrew County, Mo.
Mrs. George was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph H. Taylor, in 1982; her second husband, Robert W. George, in 1991; her parents, Clarence and Blanche Pyles; two brothers, Everett and Wayne Pyles; and a sister, Frances Nuckols.
Surviving: two sons, Dean and Gene Taylor, both of Savannah; and a brother, Robert Pyles, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Breit & Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah. Burial: Savannah Cemetery. Visitation: after 10 a.m. today, at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Jack R. Kirschner
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- Jack R. Kirschner, 75, Cottonwood, formerly of St. Joseph, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at a health-care center in Camp Verde, Ariz.
For 40 years, Mr. Kirschner had been employed as a miller by Quaker Oats in St. Joseph until retiring in 1974.
Born in St. Joseph on May 10, 1924, he had resided in Neosho, Mo., beforemoving to Cottonwood in 1996.
He served in the Army during World War II and participated in the Omaha Beach invasion on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Kirschner was a member of the Methodist faith, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and American Legion Post in Arizona. He was a former member of Pony Express American Legion Post No. 359 in St. Joseph.
On Oct. 23, 1983, he married Betty L. Tibbetts. She survives of the home.
Mr. Kirschner was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Katherine Smith, in 1981; his parents, Sylvester and Blanche; and a brother, Sylvester.
Additional survivors: two sons, Tom, St. Joseph, and Roger, Neosho; a stepson, Alan Martin, Quartz Hill, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Nancy Gore, Parkville, Mo., and Tracy McLaughlin, St. Joseph; a brother, Henry, Springfield, Ill.; a sister, Kathleen Hill, Gladstone, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Meierhoffer Family Funeral Care, St. Joseph. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, with military rites by members of the Pony Express American Legion Post No. 359, St. Joseph. Family visitation: 7 to 8:30 tonight, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Josephine L. Wollard
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. -- Josephine Lavelock "Jo'' Wollard, 100, Excelsior Springs, formerly of Polo, Mo., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at a health-care center in Excelsior Springs.
Born north of Hardin, Mo., on May 26, 1899, Miss Wollard had lived in Polo, New Mexico and California before returning to the Polo area in 1986.
She was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church in Lawson, Mo.
Miss Wollard was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence A. and Claudia Wollard; three sisters, Merlin, Thelma and Frances; and five brothers, Carl, Raymond, Ray, Frank and Robert Wollard.
Surviving: a brother, Clarence O. Wollard, Excelsior Springs.
Graveside service and burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, New Hope Cemetery, Hardin. Visitation: after noon today, at the Bailey Funeral Home, Polo. Memorials may be made to the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, Lawson.
Norma M. Reeves
KERRVILLE, Texas -- Norma Marie (Troxell) Reeves, 83, Kerrville, formerly of Bigelow, Mo., died Oct. 17, 1998, in Kerrville.
Mrs. Reeves had taught in country schools and later in Craig, Mo., and Quincy, Ill., elementary schools. She also had taught in the Arlington Heights, Ill., District No. 25, and was a learning center director for District No. 59 before retiring after 39 years of teaching.
Born in Bigelow, Mo., on April 12, 1915, she had lived in Missouri, Quincy and Arlington Heights before moving to Kerrville.
Mrs. Reeves was a graduate of the Craig high school, and earned a teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College at Maryville and a bachelor of science degree in education from Pastalozzi Teachers College in Chicago.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, where she was active in the women's circle; Pointe Theater Auxiliary and Illinois State Teachers Association.
On May 18, 1940, she married Avon D. Reeves. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Reeves was preceded in death by her parents, William M. and Ethel Troxell.
Additional survivors: three daughters, Trilla A. Barr, Santa Clara, Calif., Linda S. Curran, Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Kristin L. Reeves, West Milford, N.J.; a sister, Flossie M. Potts; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial: 11 a.m. Friday, Maple Grove Cemetery, Oregon, Mo. Arrangements: Chamberlain Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Kerrville.
Mildred W. Sampson
DEKALB, Mo. -- Mildred Wilson (Reagan) Sampson, 92, DeKalb, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Sampson, a homemaker, also was a former school teacher.
Born in DeKalb on May 15, 1907, she had spent all of her life in the DeKalb area.
She was a member of the DeKalb Christian Church.
On Aug. 9, 1930, she married J.B. Sampson in Shenandoah, Iowa. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Sampson was preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Reagan; two brothers, Reginold and Clyde Reagan; and a sister, Virginia Reagan.
Additional survivors: two sons, Glenn and Jerry Sampson, both of DeKalb; a sister, Eugenia Hunt, St. Joseph; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery, DeKalb. Family visitation: 7 to 9 tonight, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the DeKalb Christian Church.
Cora R. Smith
KANSAS CITY -- Cora R. (Matchett) Carr Smith, 85, Kansas City, formerly of St. Joseph, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at a health-care center in Kansas City.
Mrs. Smith had worked at the former Mannings Grocery, and Stop and Shop, both of St. Joseph.
Born near Polo, Mo., on July 16, 1913, she lived most of her life in St. Joseph.
She married Vincil Carr, and they later divorced. He is deceased.
Mrs. Smith also was preceded in death by her second husband, Smitty Smith; her parents, Harper and Cora Matchett; and five brothers and two sisters.
Surviving: a son, Danny Carr, Gladstone, Mo.; three daughters, Kathy Jones, Rotondo West, Fla., Dorothy George, Gladstone, and Cindy Silkwood, St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren, including, Candy Cox, St. Joseph, who was reared in the home; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Service: 3 p.m. Thursday, Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial: King Hill Cemetery, St. Joseph. Family visitation: 6 to 9 tonight, at the funeral home.
Carl H. Stamps
PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- Carl H. Stamps, 90, Platte City, died Saturday, July 3, 1999.
Mr. Stamps had been the owner of the Ben Franklin Store in Platte City for many years. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He also had served as mayor of Platte City from 1964 to 1966.
Born in Stella, Mo., on March 8, 1909, he lived in Platte City since 1940.
He was a member of the First Christian Church, Platte City; Platte City Masonic Lodge No. 504, A.F. & A.M.; and Moila Shrine Temple, St. Joseph, and its bodies.
Mr. Stamps was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 1998.
Surviving: a daughter, Judy Williamson, Naples, Fla.; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Rollins Funeral Home, Platte City. Burial: Platte City Cemetery. Family visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Platte City.