JOHN J. STONE
John J. Stone, 75, Nevada, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 14, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Chanute, KS, to John R. Stone and Susie G. Meighen Stone. He married Jackie Lou Reed on Sept. 25, 1952, in Miami, OK. She preceded him in death in 1993.
Mr. Stone grew up and attended schools in El Dorado Springs. He moved to Nevada in 1957 where he has lived ever since. He worked for American Tank Company painting water towers. He also owned and operated Stone's Salvage for many years.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Miller, Nevada; five sons-Jack Raymond Stone-Wichita, KS and William Scott Stone, John Michael Stone, Monty Dennis Stone and Shannon Wade Stone-all of Nevada; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Stone-Nevada and Jim Stone-Joplin; four sisters- Pearl Kimzey and Micky Vandenburg-Nevada; Dortha Payton-Milo and Bessie Bradley-Llano, CA. In addition to his parents and wife, Jackie, he was preceded in death by one son, Kelly; two brothers, Frances and Alfred Stone and one sister, Ella Miler.
Services were Monday, June 18, at Ferry Funeral Home. Interment followed in Moore Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
THELMA VERNICE LEONARD
Thelma Vernice Leonard, 94, was born in St. Clair County, on June 3, 1907, the daughter of Timothy and Bessie Millsap. She departed this life Monday afternoon, June 18, 2001, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital.
In 1925, Thelma was united in marriage to Avery Leonard who preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1963. To this union were born nine children.
The surviving children are: Bobbie and Betty Leonard, Bonnell and Joe Huff, Dorothy and Bernard Moore, Cletis and Nancy Leonard, Imogene and Russell Marquis, Patsy and Van Baker and Ronnie Leonard all of El Dorado Springs, and Sharon and Gary Witt of Overland Park, KS. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Thelma was also preceded in death by one child, Harold Lee; her parents, Timothy and Bessie Millsap; two sisters, Willie Bland and Alton Davis; and one brother, Merl Millsap.
She was converted early in life and lived a good Christian life. She faithfully attended Blackjack Church of God (Holiness) and later the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) for as long as her health permitted. Thelma was a great mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved baking her famous cookies and apple dumplings. She always took time to read to her great-grandchildren and loved to play Skip-Bo.
Thelma was a very neat lady and was loved by all. The last two years of her life she was lovingly cared for by her children. Thelma loved to be in their homes and during this time she earned the title, “Sarge in Charge”.
She will be sadly missed by her family, but there will come a day of a great reunion with no more parting and no more tears.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, June 21, at the Church of God (Holiness) with Revs. Wayne McCollough, Leland Trussell and Jeff Conners officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Rev. and Mrs. Bob Clouse. Interment will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Danny Marquis, Dustin Leonard, Randy Moore, Greg Leonard, Kent Bland and Rick Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Leonard, Brian Leonard, Tyler Leonard, Kenny Moore and Kevin Bland.
Ellen French, 88, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday morning, June 16, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. She was born in Holden on May 2, 1913. Ellen was one of 11 children born to Charles and Lily Bell Webb Kelley.
Ellen was united in marriage to Ashley French and they moved from Holden to El Dorado Springs in 1954, where Mr. and Mrs. French began the Dunbrooke Factory.
She is preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and her husband, on May 13, 1993. Survivors include her three children-Margie Hayes of El Dorado Springs, Molly McCoy of Belton and Monte French of Seffner, FL; one brother, Rev. Elwood Kelley, Independence; one sister, Lucille Cameron, Pleasant Hill; nine grandchildren, 13-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held on Monday afternoon, June 18, 2001 at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. G.H. Sublett officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jeremy Hayes, David Hayes, Ed Morlan, Ron Brown, L. Alfred Morlan and Gerald Dobbs.
CHARLES R. HENDRICKSON
Word was received this week of the death of Charles R. Hendrickson, 74. He lived in Charleston, SC, for the last 50 years.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force and taught mechanics at the A.F. Base. He then opened his own auto repair shop, specializing in Volkswagon repair.
He grew up in and around Roscoe, attending Roscoe High School. He lived in El Dorado Springs for a while before joining the U.S.A.F. His parents were Thomas and Grace Hendrickson.
His wife of more than 50 years preceded him in death in August of 2000.
He is survived by four children and five grandchildren, all living in the South Carolina area. He has two sisters, Joan Stebbins of K.C. and Dorothy Hawkins of the El Dorado Springs area.
He loved to come back to the Roscoe Reunion and the El Dorado Springs picnic.
Until his health failed, he was very active in Gideons, doing jail ministry each Sunday morning.
Our loss is Heaven's gain.
FRANCES M. OSBORNE
Frances M. Osborne, 92, El Dorado Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at the Christian Health Care Facility in Nevada.
Frances was born June 1, 1909, in El Dorado Springs, the daughter of Ira and Alice Hurt. On Feb. 14, 1934, she was united in marriage to Louis Osborne. They moved to Indiana in 1935 and returned to El Dorado Springs in 1947.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of El Dorado Springs.
Survivors include her husband, Louis; a niece, Janice Giacolini and her husband, Earl, and their family of Fresno, CA; a brother-in-law, Raymond Osborne, and his wife, Joan, and their family; a nephew, Bud Osborne, and his wife, Robyn, and their family of Sidney, Australia; a niece, Deanna Pugsby, and her husband, Chris, and their family of Berkshire, England; a cousin, John Hurt Jr., and his wife, Deloris, of Montrose; and a host of friends.
Services were held at the Hackleman Chapel on Friday, June 22, with Rev. G.H. Sublett and Fr. Bill Krudwig officiating. Music was provided by Ruth Brown and Joanne Alexander. Pallbearers were Gary Allison, Owen Elliott, Frank Doty, Ronnie Hieber, Richard VanBummel and Claud Appleberry. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the El Dorado Springs Fire Department.
MARY FLORENCE JONES
Mary Florence Jones, 93, Kansas City, formerly of the Taberville area passed away at the Independence (MO) Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, June 20.
Mary Florence was born on Feb. 17, 1908, in Osceola to David and Mary Florence Batterson. The family recalls Mary often telling them about the horse and buggy days, when as a child, this was her mode of travel to and from school in Taberville.
Mary Florence was married on Aug. 30, 1930, to George Herbert Joens. They made their home in Kansas City and while living there, they purchased a weekend home in Taberville. They really enjoyed their weekends trips home where they enjoyed gardening.
Mary was a beautician and also worked as an office clerk for National Belles Hess for many years and also for Russel Stover. After Mary and Herb retired in 1968 they moved to their farm south of Taberville where they raised cattle and gardened. Mary loved her gardening and canning the fruits of her labor. She also spent much of her time sewing.
Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her husband of 67 years passed away in 1997. Mary has lived in Kansas City for the past several years.
Preceding her in death were her husband and two sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Oehring, and husband, Bob, of Kansas City; one brother, James Batterson, Platte City; three sisters-Helen Boch-El Dorado Springs; Orpha Hon-Kansas City and Georgia Hallford-Rockville; three grandchildren-Christal, Jason and Darren; and one great-grandchild, Logan.
Services were held Saturday, June 23, at the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home with burial in the Taberville Cemetery. Officiating was G.H. Sublett. Pallbearers were Jason Oehring, Darren Oehring, Fred Oehring, Orville Oehring Jr. and Mike Hallford.
CLIFFORD C. JORDAN
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 6, at the United Presbyterian Church in Vail, IA, with the Rev. Thomas S. Buzbee officiating, for Clifford C. Jordan, 74, of Denison, who died Saturday afternoon, June 2, 2001, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, IA, after suffering a heart attack.
Music for the service was provided by Jean Ang as organist and soloist Glenn Freese singing, “In The Garden,” “Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Honorary bearers included Ray Pollock, Raynard Schmidt and Van Mosier.
Casket bearers included, Joe Schierbrock, Robert Hudson, Chuck Clausen, Ray Willson, Robert McCool, Roger Allen, Ryan Jordan and Jeff Jordan.
Interment was in Crawford Heights Memory Gardens, Denison, IA.
The Pfannebecker Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements where Tuesday, June 5, a Masonic Service was conducted under the direction of the Diamond Lodge No. 432, AF & AM, Vail, IA.
Clifford C. Jordan was born May 12, 1927, on a farm in Milford Township, Crawford County, IA, the son of Tracy and Grace Lingle Jordan. He received his early education in the rural schools and was graduated from the Vail High School with the Class of 1945.
On Sept. 5, 1948, Clifford was united in marriage with Bertha Ann Allen and to this union were born two children, Richard and Mona.
Clifford farmed near Vail and also drove school bus for the Ar-We-Va Community Schools for 36 years.
His wife, Bertha, died on Sept. 14, 1970, and Clifford continued to reside on the farm. On June 23, 1973, he was united in marriage with Margie Brackenridge Abbott at the United Presbyterian Church in Vail. The couple continued to farm, retiring in 1993 and moving to Denison in 1995. Clifford was employed at Denison Engineering from 1995 until his death.
Clifford was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Vail and Diamond Lodge #432 AF & AM of Vail. He enjoyed fishing, camping, craft work and was always busy as a handyman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha and a brother, Archie Jordan.
Survivors include his wife, Margie, of Denison; one son, Richard Jordan, and his wife, Connie, of Ida Grove, IA; daughter, Mona Schwaller and her husband, Ron, of Vail; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-sons: Larry Abbott of Werner Robbins, GA, Jon Abbott of spencer, IA and Dale Abbott of Holstein, IA; a step-daughter, Donna, and her husband, Michael Tsagalakis of Kent, WA; two sisters: Viola Tibbetts of Denison and Ramona Jordan of Vail, IA; his mother-in-law, Maude Brackenridge, El Dorado Springs; other relatives and friends.