WILBER DeWITT “DEE” RICHARDSON
Wilber DeWitt Richardson, Jerico Springs, known locally as “Dee”, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 23, 2002, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar.
Dee was born August 5, 1924, in Locke, Crawford County, AR, to Wilber and Jennie Richardson, Dee was a carpenter and farmer by trade. He helped build many beautiful homes in the Kansas City and Stockton Lake area.
Dee served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was one of five divers for the Army whose job was to weld and repair the large ships, working underwater.
Dee had a very rich life and leaves family and friends behind in several states who will miss him greatly.
Dee is survived by his wife, Lucille Richardson, and step-son, Joe Kaderly, of the home. His children include Mark Richardson-Jerico Springs; Janette Perryman, Donald Richardson and W.D. Richardson of Arkansas and Annette Jeffries of Oklahoma. Step-children include Cindy Appel, Karen McGatha, David McGatha, Christine Stewart, Roy D. Kaderly and Brenda Jeffries. He leaves behind 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews in California and one in Arkansas.
Dee was a member of the First Christian Church, El Dorado Springs. Even as his Parkinson's made each trip more difficult, his walk into his church was always made with such pride. Dee was a strong-willed man in life, but loved his Lord and his family whole-heartedly.
Services were Friday, April 26, at the First Christian Church, El Dorado Springs, under direction of Brumback Mortuary, Stockton. Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks, 3924 North Broadway, Springfield, MO 65803.
Dorothy Knowlton Smith, 90, Stockton, was born May 13, 1911, in Grand Junction, CO, and died in Stockton, on April 26, 2002.
Dorothy was the oldest daughter of Lloyd Evan Knowlton and Mable Popplewell Knowlton. She grew up in El Dorado Springs. She graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1929 and Cottey College in 1931. She also attended Pittsburg (Kansas) State Teachers College. She taught for several years in El Dorado Springs.
Dorothy was married to Frank H. Smith of Stockton on November 30, 1934. They made their home in Stockton. They had three children. Mr. Smith died in 1958.
An eighth generation Presbyterian elder, she was moderator of the John Calvin Presbytery in 1978, a position held in the 1940s by her father, Lloyd Knowlton. She was a faithful member and tireless worker for her church, Ross Memorial Presbyterian, in Stockton.
She was involved in many volunteer activities; civic, educational and cultural. She was a seventy year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and a charter member of Chapter LD She was a member of the Eastern Star and Lend-A-Hand Club.
Dorothy was a kind, caring person and a lovely lady. She will be remembered by many for her sweet smile and her encouraging words. She always knew just the right things to say to make someone feel better. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Franklin “Hank” and Mary Ruth Smith-Stockton; two daughters, Annette Smith-Houston, MO, and Susan Smith, of the home; her sister, Rebecca Holloway, Neosho; one grandson and his wife, James and Holly Smith-Sikeston; one granddaughter and her husband, Suzanne and George Davis-Lee's Summit; three great-grandchildren-Nicole Martindale, Tanner Smith and Hannah Smith-Sikeston; and one niece and her husband, Dotty and Larry Doennig-Neosho.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stockton. Burial will be in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of Brumback Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stockton Library Building Fund or the Stockton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
JEWELL WINGFIELD KELLER
Jewell Wingfield Keller, 97, was born Feb. 6, 1905, in Collins to Benjamin and Josephine Wingfield, the second of six children. On Dec. 28, 1924, she was joined in marriage to Oma Cecil Keller. To this union six children were born-Oma Junior Keller, Bud Keller, Dorothy Keller Dale, Willa Dean Keller, Gerald Dale Keller and Bobby Wayne Keller. She passed away April 20, 2002.
A loving, caring wife and mother, she spent her entire adult life caring for those she loved. She raised her children and took care of her mother. She and Oma lovingly took care of their youngest son, Bobby, for 45 years. She baby sat for her grandchildren and provided a place where they always wanted to be.
In her own quiet way, she inspired respect and dedication to family in those who were fortunate enough to be around her. She was always extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and will always remain a very special part of their lives.
Jewell was saved at an early age and was a life long member of the Coon Creek Baptist Church in Collins.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Willa Dean Keller; a son, Bobby Wayne Keller; and her husband, O.C. Keller. She is survived by four children-Junior and Wanda Keller-Kansas City, Bud and Neomia Keller-Collins, Dorothy and Gene Dale-El Dorado Springs, and Gerald Keller-Collins-nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; numerous step-great and great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Tula Hughes, a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
She was the center of the family and will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
Services were Tuesday, April 23 at Sheldon Funeral home in Osceola with Internment in Robison Cemetery near Collins. Pallbearers were: Paul Keller, Jerry Keller, Tommy Garver, Travis Dale, Vincent Hughes and Clayton Hughes.
NORMA J. SLONIKER DEPUE
Norma J. Sloniker Depue, 76, Nevada, passed away on April 13, 2002, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1925, in Kansas City, KS, to Joseph P. Greiner and Opal Washburn Greiner. Norma was raised in Barton County. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1943. She worked at the Nevada State Hospital for 10 years 1976-1986. She had lived in El Dorado Springs for 20 years before coming to Nevada in 1998.
Norma is survived by one daughter, Jo Ann Doubleday and her husband, Carmen Schell-Louisburg, KS, and one son, Steve A. Sloniker, and his wife, Denise-Milo; six grandchildren-Joe Sloniker and Jared Sloniker-Nevada, Jay Sloniker-Dearborn, Jim Wagoner-Plattsburg, John Wagoner-Kansas City and Jennifer Klingler-Kansas City and two sisters, Deane Harris-Lamar and Kathryn Smith-Stockton. She was preceded in death by one daughter, E. Sue Joyce, in 1993 and one brother, Everett Greiner.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 16, in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
Those who wish, may contribute in her memory to the American Cancer Society c/o Ferry Funeral Home 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
TIMOTHY PAUL BYBEE
Timothy Paul Bybee, 19, Nevada, died suddenly Sunday, April 14, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident near Deerfield. He was born July 13, 1982, in Sanger, CA, to Tracy Leroy Bybee and Barbara Ann Aldridge.
Tim grew up in Nevada. He attended Nevada Schools and was a lifelong resident of Nevada. He enjoyed working on his own cars and enjoyed hunting.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Ann Rooney, Story City, IA; father, Tracy L. Bybee, Nevada; two sisters, Christina Mayfield-Nevada and Jessica Bybee-Ft. Scott, KS; two brothers, Jared Bybee-Nevada and Matthew Mayfield-Ft. Lipton, CO; grandparents, Connie and Pete Moffatt-Nevada and Dewain and Jeanie Anderson-El Dorado Springs; great-grandmother, Gwen Hook-Story City, IA; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Pastor Tom Haynes officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service. The family received friends from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute to the family in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
ARLENE A. (LAMBRECHT) BOHRER
Arlene A. (Lambrecht) Bohrer, formerly of El Dorado Springs, passed away April 2, 2002, at Sundermann Nursing Home in Seward, NE.
Her sisters, Lena and Scottie Elliott Lois and Ray Hill, and brother, Frank and Tammy Lambrecht of this area attended her funeral services April 5, at Norfolk, NE.
CHARLES ROBERT BENHAM
Charles Robert Benham, 86, Stockton, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 30, 2002, in the Nevada Hospital. He was born on Feb. 11, 1916, on a farm northwest of Stockton, the eldest son of Ivens I. and Avis Rich Benham.
Charles graduated from Stockton High School in 1933. After his graduation from high school, Charles helped his parents on the family farm. He continued to operate the farm after his parents retired, and he lived his entire life on the farm.
He was married to Clara Lou Steely on April 28, 1940. They had two sons, Kenneth and Ellis. Charles and Lou observed their 62nd wedding anniversary in the hospital two days before his death.
Charles was a member of the West Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully until his hearing deteriorated so much he could no longer participate in the services.
He is survived by his wife, Lou, of the home. Their sons, Kenneth-Ava and Ellis-Lincoln, NE; two brothers-in-law, Merle and his wife, Dot-Branson, Thayne and his wife, Charlotte,-Springfield; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Hays-Independence and Rachel Benham-El Dorado Springs, many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and twin brothers, John and Earl Benham.
Services were Saturday afternoon, May 4, at the Brumback Chapel, with Rev. Everett Smith officiating. Internment was in the Stockton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ralph Benham, Paul Benham,, David Benham, Olaf Ehlers, Stanley Phipps and Jerry Chambers.
JAY DEE ANTRIM
Jay Dee Antrim, 83, a life long resident of the Schell City area, passed away on April 9, 2002, at NHC Healthcare in Joplin. He was born on Sept. 15, 1918, the son of Oren Homer and Myrtle Shrum Antrim, in Rockville.
A United States Army veteran of WWII. Mr. Antrim was a member of Local 101 in Kansas City, where he was a heavy equipment operator.
Jay Dee was united in marriage to Yettive Mearle Fox, who survives of the home. Other survivors besides Mrs. Antrim are his son, J. Douglas Antrim, and his wife, Diane-Joplin; his sister, Martha Dickbreder-Schell City; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Saturday afternoon, April 13, at the Greenlawn Cemetery at Schell City with Rev. Tom Willoughby officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.