JOHN W. O'BANION
John Wesley O'Banion, 51, was born Nov. 16, 1949, in Kansas City. To John W. and Ruby M. Elliott O'Banion. He passed away April 8, 2001, at his home in El Dorado Springs.
John was preceded in death by his father, John O'Banion; a sister-Virginia Bell O'Banion; and his grandparents, Elmer and Eva Elliott.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris, of the home; two sons, Jamie Vogel-St. Joseph, and Shawn O'Banion-Lamar; two daughters, Stacey Fenton and Deanna O'Banion-both of El Dorado Springs; his mother, Ruby Dempsey; a brother-Ronald O'Banion; a sister, Diane Cain, all of Clinton; two grandsons, Tyler and Alex O'Banion-El Dorado Springs and numerous other loved ones.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Chapel in El Dorado Springs under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home El Dorado Springs.
VIOLA MABLE DADE
Viola Mable Dade, 90, the daughter of Theodore G. and Florence (Stockman) Deckwa, was born Nov. 27, 1910, in Topeka, KS and passed from this life on Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Barone Care Center in Nevada.
On March 10, 1929, Vi was united in marriage to Wilbur Lawrence Dade in Lawrence, KS. To their union two sons were born. In 1935 the family moved from Kansas to Vernon County, where Wilbur farmed and Vi worked parttime in a local grocery store. She then worked for many years at Dickbreder's Cafe in Shell City.
Vi was always known for her willingness to help other people, whether that meant helping deliver babies, babysitting, or sewing. She also enjoyed gardening in her spare time.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Schell City as well as a member of the Harwood Helpers Club.
Survivors include her two sons, Jack Dade-Nevada and Dean Dade-Bella Vista; six grandchildren-Tim Dade, Monty Dade, Jeff Dade, Dana Carlin, Jay Dade and Sheila Talkington; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives, and many friends.
Vi was proceeded in death by her parents, two brothers, one granddaughter, and her husband, Wilbur, who passed away June 23, 1985.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 17, at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City with Rev. John Nichols officiating. Interment followed the service under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Baron Care Center in care of the Funeral Home.
MARTHA RUTH DADE CLAWSON
Martha Ruth Dade Clawson, 73, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Friday morning, April 13, 2001, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. She was born at Tiffin in St. Clair County on May 4, 1927, to Mary Ann Amos Dade and Thomas Elbert Dade. Ruth was the last child of four children, all who preceded her in death: brothers, Delbert Amos Dade-Hanford, CA and Donald L. Dade of Tulare, CA and sister, Margaret King-El Dorado Springs.
Ruth attended the Union Point elementary school at Tiffin and graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School. She was employed at the Commerce Trust Bank in Kansas City and also attended business school in that city.
On June 23, 1946, she married Arthur Ernest Clawson, after he returned from WWII. They were married at Hyde Park Christian Church in Kansas City. Her job career included working as a bookkeeper at Sac-Osage Electric, the pay roll department of the International Shoe Company, part time at the Union Gas Company, part time at the Cedar County Library, Davidson's Shoe Store and the El Dorado Springs Police Department. Her love of volunteer work included memberships in the American Legion Auxiliary, Progress Club, Christian Care Center, the Hospital Auxiliary and the POPS Museum. Ruth dearly loved children and worked with them many years in Sunday School and Bible Study. She had a lifelong love of learning and spent quite a bit of time researching out facts taht aroused her curiosity.
Ruth was baptized in July of 1941 at the Pape Christian Church. Her Lord mean alot to her and she spent time in prayer for her fellow man.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her only aunt, Beulah Dade True; her only uncle, Tom Amos, and her husband of more than 49 years, Ernie Clawon.
She leaves behind her son, Thomas Ernest Clawson-El Dorado Springs; her grandson, Jonathon Thomas Clawson-Winfield, KS; her great-granddaughter, Mariah Elizabeth Clawson-Winfield, KS; a step granddaughter, Heather Clawson-Springfield; cousins; one sister-in-law; and many friends she cherished.
Services were held on Monday morning, April 16, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Charles Kincaid and Rev. Howard McPeak officiation. Musical selections were provided by Barbara Fortney. Interment was in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jim Pope, Tim Carter, Ken Fortney, Ferrel McMasters, Wilbur Charbonneau and Matt Nelson. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Drewry and Orval Hargrave.
JOHN WESLEY MIZNER JR.
John Wesley Mizner Jr., 76, Billings, MO, formerly of El Dorado Springs, passed away Monday, April 2, 2001, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1925 in Amsterdam, MO the son of John Wesley Mizner Sr. and Inez Hedrick Mizner.
John retired from Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. with 37 years service. In his retirement his favorite hobby was fishing with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John an Inez Mizner; his sister, Clara Stroer; his brother, Ray Mizner; and baby sister, Norma Jean Mizner.
He is survived by three daughters and two son-in-law: Melvin and Yolanda Smith-El Dorado Springs; Delene Powell-Banson and Darrell and Kim Matthews, El Dorado Springs; and two sons and daughters-in-law: Gale and Wanda Mizner, Gray Summit and Jay Mizner-Fort Worth, TX; 11 grandchildren-Lee and Rita Smith, Neshawn smith, Michelle Smith, Stacy and Jerrod Baldwin-El Dorado Springs; Corey and Jolene Powell and Kendell Powell-Branson; Travis and Canin Mizner-Gray Summit and Darren, Nicholas and Casey Matthews-El Dorado Springs; eight great-grandchildren-Levy Smith, Jon, Cheyenne and Hailey Donahue, Jordan Geer and Sidney Balthrope, Skyler Baldwin and Tyler Powell.
His body was cremated at Greenlawn Funeral Home, Branson. Private services were held on April 5.
Memorial serivces will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, April 21, at the City Cemetery in El Dorado Springs with Rev. Everett Smith officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Jolene Powell.
CHARLOTTE M. GRAHAM
Charlotte M. Graham, 70, El Dorado Springs, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2001, at her home in El Dorado Springs.
Among survivors are her husband, Wayne, of the home; two daughters, Deborah Hamilton-Reno, NV and Nancy Harper-Paola, KS; and one son, Glenn White-Waterloo, IA.
Services began at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Sheldon Chapel in El Dorado Springs. Burial was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs.
Jane Wilbanks, 75, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6.
She is survived by one son, Joe Wilbanks-Rolla; one daughter, Susan Priegel-Auora; one brother, Beason Moore-Harrison, AR; one sister, Maxine Witty-Duncan, OK; and five grandchildren.
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs. Interment will be in the National Cemetery in Springfield.
RUTH M. GENTRY
Ruth M. Gentry, 83, Independence, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 32, 2001, peacefully at her home.
Services were Friday, Aug. 3, at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit with burial in Buckner Cemetery, Buckner, under the direction of Langsford Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gentry was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Decatur, AL. Ruth's greatest ambitions in life were to be a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a pillar of strength to all those around her. She succeeded in these goals beyond her wildest dreams. She was independent, full of spunk and she put family first above all else. Her passion in life was to write poems and short stories. She loved gardening and hunting for antique books. She was a person of deep faith and we now have an angel we know by name.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Homer Gentry, in 1991, and by two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Orestie) Tucker of the home and Cynthia and Stephen Schwalm of Houston, TX; two brothers, C.W. Martin of Willard and John Martin of Springfield; one sister-Katherine Boeding, Springfield; grandchildren-Candi Smith, Tish and Brian Bennett of Blue Springs, John Schwalm of New York City; great-grandchildren, Adam and Stephanie Bennett, Nathan and Logan Smith all of Blue Springs.
She is also survived by her beloved 17 year old cat, Bootsie, of the home. After the death of her husband in 1991, Bootsie was a great comfort to her.
RENEE BLYSTONE HOAGENSON
Renee Blystone Hoagenson, a residence of Odessa, died on July 29, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. She was 43 years old.
Renee was born on Nov. 24, 1957 in Kansas City. She grew up in Raytown, graduating from the Raytown High School in 1976. Renee was a devoted wife and mother. She had a long time career as a legal secretary and was currently employed by the law firm of Bryan Cave. Renee loved animals. Her pets included dogs, cats, birds, ducks and horses.
Renee is survived by her husband, Darrin Hoagenson, of the home; her daughters, Athena and Jessica, both of the home; her mother, Guelda Fern (Reeves) Blystone of El Dorado Springs; her father, Wallace Blystone and step mother, Sue Blystone of Kingsville; three brothers, Jeffrey Blystone, Randy Blystone and Wallace Blystone, Jr.; two sisters, Lila Carriker and Melba Boyd. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Renee was loved and will be missed by all.
Services were held on Thursday morning, Aug. 2, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Doug Houdyshell officiating. Musical selections were provided by Vera Bourland. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dale Hoagenson, Corbett Martin, Mike Mogan, Steve Bailey, Buddy Reeves and Nick Reeves. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Mogan, Floyd Root and Gary Dobbs.