VICKSBURG, Miss. -- Kathryn (Dietz) Morsch, 96, Vicksburg, formerly of Atchison, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, at a health-care center in Vicksburg.
Born in Lone Star, Kan., she was the former owner and operator of the Northside Tavern in Oskaloosa, Kan. She was a resident of a health-care center in Vicksburg since 1984.
She was a member of the First Christian Church and Order of the Eastern Star, both of Atchison.
Mrs. Morsch was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Breon, in 1952; her parents, August H. and Madglene Dietz; and a daughter, five brothers and five sisters.
Surviving: a granddaughter, Kitty Hanney, Eagle Lake, Miss; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial: 1 p.m. Friday, Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison. Arrangements: Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison.
DEARBORN, Mo. -- Alva "Butch" Neaves, 48, Dearborn, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, at the Atchison, Kan., hospital.
Mr. Neaves worked at various grain elevators in the St. Joseph and Atchison areas, and as a maintenance supervisor at a shoe factory in Illinois.
Born in Leavenworth, Kan., on April 26, 1950, he lived in DeKalb, Mo., before moving to Dearborn five years ago. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
On March 7, 1975, he married Carlene Leer in Rushville, Mo. She survives of the home.
Mr. Neaves was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Dorothy.
Additional survivors: a stepson, David Pyles Jr., Platte City, Mo.; a daughter, Kawana Neaves of the home; a stepdaughter, Tonya Thate, Dearborn; two sisters, Norma J. Agan, Palestine, Ill., and Linda Wiggington, Indiana; and six grandchildren.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday, Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial: Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville. Visitation: after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 tonight.
S. Arline Rebel
COPPERAS COVE, Texas -- S. Arline (Guy) Rebel, 56, Copperas Cove, formerly of Craig and Mound City, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Rebel was employed by the Rexall Drugstore and as a bookkeeper at Ideker Motors, both in Mound City. She also owned and operated the Cedar Hills Realty in Copperas Cove from 1985 to the present.
Born in Mound City on April 10, 1942, she moved from there to Copperas Cove in 1985. She was a graduate of the Craig high school, where she was valedictorian.
Mrs. Rebel was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, Mo.; Texas Apartment Association; Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, both of Copperas Cove; and Fort Hood, Texas, Board of Realtors.
On Feb. 3, 1963, she married Duwayne Rebel in Craig. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Rebel was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Guy.
Additional survivors: three sons, Keith and Dean, Both of Copperas Cove, and Gene, Columbus, Texas; a daughter, Rheta Muniz, Hopkinsville, Ky.; her mother, Maxine Guy, Mound City; a brother, Larry Guy, Oregon, Mo.; a sister, Paula Noland, Mound City; and three grandchildren.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. Burial: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Craig. Family visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, in care of the funeral chapel.
Willie D. Roper
ATCHISON, Kan. -- Willie D. Roper, 79, Atchison, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Atchison hospital.
Mr. Roper worked for the L.F.M. Co. and Cooper's Foundry, which later became Rockwell International, all of Atchison, and now Atchison Casting Co., retiring from Rockwell as a chipper in 1987. During his early years, he was a farmer and lumberjack.
Born in Rutledge, Ala., on Feb. 12, 1920, he attended schools there. He moved to Atchison in 1953.
He was a member of the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Atchison, where he was a pastor's steward.
On Dec. 24, 1941, he married Mary Alice Perkins. She died in 1975. Then on July 6, 1986, he married Evelyn Bratton-Clayter. She survives of the home.
Mr. Roper was preceded in death by a son, William; his parents, Curley D. and Ida; four sisters, Olla M. Merritt, Clara Seymore, Annie M. Pleass and Annie L. Wilkerson; and two brothers, John H. and Johnny R. Rodgers.
Additional survivors: a daughter, Mary Russell, Atchison; three sons, Willie L., Atchison, Jesse J., Kansas City, Kan., and Bill L., Grandview, Mo.; four stepsons, Frank K. Clayter, Atchison, Marvin Clayter Jr., Enid, Okla., Roy Clayter, Leavenworth, Kan., and Jerry Clayter, Los Angeles; 28 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Campbell A.M.E. Church, Atchison. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Atchison. Family visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements: Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison. Memorials may be made to the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.
Pamela F. Burton
AMAZONIA, Mo. -- Pamela Fern (Hughes) Burton, 37, Amazonia, formerly of St. Joseph, died of cancer Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Burton worked for the Waggoner Mercantile in St. Joseph for six years. She also worked for G.E. Capital in Merriam, Kan., and Arlington, Texas, for 10 years and as a collections manager for Citicorp Credit Services Inc. of Kansas City for two years.
Born in Maryville, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1961, she lived most of her life in the St. Joseph area and resided in Amazonia since 1987.
Mrs. Burton was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended Missouri Western State College, both of St. Joseph. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Amazonia.
On Dec. 31, 1983, she married Gary L. Burton in St. Joseph. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Burton was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys F. Sweeney; and paternal and maternal grandparents.
Additional survivors: a daughter, Rachel L. Burton of the home; her father and stepmother, Lonnie C. and Wanda Hughes Jr., Stuart, Iowa; her stepfather, Don Sweeney, Skidmore, Mo.; three brothers, Steven C. Hughes, St. Joseph, Richard L. Hughes, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Charles A. Hughes, Effingham, Kan.; and two sisters, Cindy Miller, Waukee, Iowa, and Billie Jo Gomes, Dexter, Iowa.
Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Breit & Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah. Burial: Masonic Cemetery, Barnard, Mo. Visitation: after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, Amazonia.
Hattie C. Collins
ROCK PORT, Mo. -- Hattie Catherine (Wolf) Collins, 86, Rock Port, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at the Fairfax, Mo., hospital.
Mrs. Collins and her husband, Wade, owned and operated a trucking business in Watson, Mo., from the time of their marriage until 1945. Then they farmed in the Watson area from 1945 until retiring in 1971.
Born in Watson on Aug. 4, 1912, she attended the Linden and High Creek Schools, north of Rock Port. She lived in the Watson area until moving to Rock Port in 1993.
Mrs. Collins was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Watson, where she was a former Sunday school teacher.
On March 31, 1928, she married Wade B. Collins. He survives at a health-care center in Rock Port.
Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her parents, George V. and Ethel Wolf; and a brother, Ben Breazile.
Additional survivors: two sons, Stan, Fremont, Neb., and Harold, Missouri Valley, Iowa; a daughter, Ruby Meyrand, Warrensburg, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. Burial: Linden Cemetery, north of Rock Port. Visitation: after 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association in care of the funeral home.
Marvin W. Drake
Marvin W. Drake, 90, St. Joseph, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Drake worked for Seaman and Schuske Roofing for more than 50 years until retiring in 1975 as a foreman.
Born March 27, 1908, in Gracemont, Okla., he lived in the Holt County, Mo., area and in St. Joseph since he was a teenager.
During World War II, Mr. Drake served in the Army and was the recipient of several medals, including the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of St. Joseph; Roofers Union Local No. 20 and Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 5531, Wathena, Kan.
In 1943, he married Lillian A. Cunningham in Holt County. She survives of the home.
Mr. Drake was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. and Fanny F.; three brothers, Clark, Earl and Harry; and two sisters, Maude Brondridge and Mildred Wilding.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, with military rites by members of the Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 5531, Wathena. Parish rosary: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Meierhoffer Family Funeral Care, St. Joseph, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Billie F. Fuller
Billie Frances (Wheeler) Fuller, 60, St. Joseph, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. Fuller, a certified medical technician, was born in Lamesa, Texas, on June 23, 1938, and lived in Albany, Mo., before moving to the St. Joseph area. She was a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilburn and Florence Wheeler.
Surviving: a son, George S. Hughes, St. Joseph; a daughter, Connie Fuller, St. Joseph; two brothers, James Wheeler, DeKalb, Mo., and George Wheeler, Rushville, Mo.; a sister, Wanda McCaulley, New Hampton, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday, Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. The body has been cremated. Inurnment: Westlawn Cemetery, DeKalb.
Frieda R. Gibson
Frieda Ruth Gibson, 71, St. Joseph, formerly of Easton, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at a St. Joseph health-care center.
Miss Gibson, a farmer, also worked for D.W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Home in Kansas City, and later Montgomery Ward and Co. in St. Joseph.
Born south of Easton on Oct. 6, 1927, she spent all of her life on the farm where she was born until entering a St. Joseph health-care center.
Miss Gibson was a member of First Baptist Church, Gower, Mo., where she was a former Sunday school teacher and youth leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William W. and Dora A. Gibson.
Surviving: a friend, Betty French, Hiawatha, Kan.
Graveside service and burial: 10 a.m. Monday, Allen Cemetery, Gower. Visitation: after 9 a.m. Sunday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph, where visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Filomena (Cruz) Hagg, 67, St. Joseph, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at a St. Joseph health-care center.
Born in St. Joseph on July 5, 1931, Mrs. Hagg, a former homemaker, was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deanna Hagg; her father, Alfonzo Cruz; and a brother, Johnnie Cruz.
Surviving: a son, David, Kansas City; three daughters, Teresa Carden and Patricia Hagg, both of St. Joseph, and Carol A. Skinner, Cosby, Mo.; her mother, Isabel Cruz, St. Joseph; five brothers, Alfonzo Cruz Jr., Lebanon, Mo., Ralph Cruz, Canyon City, Colo., Alex Cruz, Firestone, Colo., and Floyd and Sylvester Cruz, both of St. Joseph; five sisters, Agnes Gerard and Patty Westhoff, both of St. Joseph, Jenny Hymer, Longmont, Colo., Tina Donovan, Mesa, Ariz., and Mary L. Ashworth, Columbia, Mo.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The body will be cremated. There will be no visitation or service. Inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangements were by the Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Western Missouri, 1900 W. 47th Place, Westwood, KS 66205.
Rena R. Hawks
CAMERON, Mo. -- Rena R. Hawks, 92, Cameron, formerly of Hamilton, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at a Cameron health-care center.
Mrs. Hawks was a cook at restaurants and nursing homes in the Hamilton area until her retirement.
Born in Hamilton on Jan. 26, 1907, she lived all of her life in Hamilton. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and United Methodist Church both of Hamilton.
On Feb. 19, 1927, she married Francis Hawks in Troy, Kan. He survives of the nursing home in Cameron.
Additional survivors: three sons, Blue, Cameron, Pete, Kansas City, Kan., and Armour, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Mike Riley, Hamilton; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton. Burial: Highland Cemetery, Hamilton. Visitation: after noon Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Hamilton.
Peter C. Jensen
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Peter Clarence Jensen, 84, Maryville, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at a Maryville health-care center.
Born May 29, 1914, in Forest City, Iowa, Mr. Jensen, a carpenter, was a graduate of the Britt, Iowa, high school and served in the Navy from 1935 to 1946. He lived in Grandview, Mo., from 1961 to 1967 and was a resident of Maryville for two years.
He was a member of Hickory Christian Church, Pittsburg, Mo.; Veterans of Foreign Wars and Carpenter's Union. He was active in Boy Scouts of America.
In February of 1961, he married Evelyn Tyler in Vale, Iowa. She died in 1997.
Mr. Jensen also was preceded in death by his parents, Martin C. and Mary C.; two brothers, Ray and Harold; and two sisters, Christine Andersen and Louise Seifert.
Surviving: two daughters, Joan Jensen, Maryville, and Sandra Swope, Wood Heights, Mo.; two sons, Peter M., Pasadena Md., and Richard P., Kansas City; a stepson, Thane Tyler, Houston, Texas; a sister, Elizabeth Seifert, Corpus Christie, Texas; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Service: 3 p.m. today, Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Burial: Miriam Cemetery, Maryville. There will be no visitation.
Susan (Peterson) Johnson, 49, St. Joseph, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Mrs. Johnson was the music director and organist at Brookdale Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph.
Born in California on Dec. 31, 1949, she had been a resident of St. Joseph since 1990. She was a non-traditional student at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Brookdale Presbyterian Church and American Guild of Organists.
On April 14, 1973, she married Darell Johnson in Anaheim, Calif. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Bonita Peterson.
Additional survivors: three sons, Joel, New Hampshire, and Kenan and Peter, both of the home; and a daughter, Linnea Johnson of the home.
Memorial service: 7 p.m. Sunday, Brookdale Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph. The body has been cremated. A reception will follow the service at the church. There will be no visitation. Arrangements: Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Student Ministries Center Building Fund at Brookdale Presbyterian Church, 31st and Edmond streets, St. Joseph, 64501.