James Esry, 77, El Dorado Springs, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2002, in the V.A. Hospital in Kansas City.
Services are pending at Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.
ALBERT HERMAN MORLAN
Albert Herman Morlan, 87, Stockton, died on Monday, Jan. 14, in the Stockton Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 15, 1914, in Cobb, MO, the oldest son of O.L. and Emma Ellerman Morlan. On April 6, 1940, he was united in marriage to Helen Jane Haynes in El Dorado Springs and to this union was born one son and four daughters.
He worked for 28 years at Sac Osage Electric. Upon his retirement, he kept busy with gardening and working with his cattle. He especially enjoyed times with his family. He was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) and served several years as a church board member.
In 1989, he moved to El Dorado Springs and enjoyed going fishing with his neighbor, Verl Hatfield. For the last year and a half, he resided at the Stockton Nursing Home.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen, of the Stockton Nursing Home; a son, Kenneth, and wife, Betty-El Dorado Springs; four daughters-Kathy Jones, and husband, Jackie-Stockton, Jane Snavely and husband, Duane-Oklahoma City, OK, Joy Stephens and husband, Richard-Gardner, KS; and Vicki Greenwood and husband, Dennis-Adair, OK.
Other survivors include two brothers, Alfred and Delbert Morlan-El Dorado Springs; four sisters-Velma Burns and Cloe Brandon-Stockton, Frances Pinkman-El Dorado Springs and Maybelle Preston-Joplin; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters and one great-grandson.
Services were held Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Church of God (Holiness) in El Dorado Springs. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
CRAMER E. SPILLARS
Cramer E. Spillars, 83, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. He was born in St. Albert, MO, on April 19, 1918, the son of John D. and Lennie L. Spillars.
Cramer lived most of his life in the Cedar County area, where he was a farmer.
On Aug. 8, 1971, he was united in marriage to Fern Mae McCormick. Fern passed away on May 12, 1991.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. Howard McPeak officiating. Musical selections were provided by Ruth Brown and Joanne Alexander. Interment was in the Mound Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
LAWRENCE ANDREW HERZBERG
Lawrence Andrew Hertzberg, 99, El Dorado Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at the Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. He was born on April 17, 1902, in Prairie Home, to the late Henry and Laura Hertzberg.
Lawrence married Nellie Allen on Feb. 21, 1923, in El Dorado Springs. She preceded him in death in 1993. He was also preceded in death by four brothers-Bob, Herman, Floyd and Cecil.
Lawrence owned and operated a grocery store until 1944. In 1945, he and his son purchased a furniture store in El Dorado Springs, which he managed until his retirement in 1973. He was also very active in civic affairs; the Public Works Board, City Council, School Board and Chamber of Commerce. Lawrence was a member of the Rotary Club, Lions Club and the Country Club and helped to bring industry to El Dorado Springs, such as the International Shoe Factory and Dunbrooke Sports Company. Playing golf and gardening were his hobbies. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs.
Survivors include his daughter, Marva Lee Stephens-Coffeyville, KS; his son, Milton Hertzberg-Nevada; four grandchildren-Peggy Power-Springdale, AR, Kyle Stephens-Coffeyville, KS, Steve Hertzberg-Nevada, and Connie Mangiaracina-Kansas City; six great-grandchildren-Kimberly Glenn, Dana Stephens, Susan Stephens, Blake Hertzberg, Darcy Hertzberg and Sean Mangiaracina; three sisters;Viola Hazelwood, Ruth Bausch and Rachel Benham-all of El Dorado Springs; a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, at the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs with Rev. Tom Willoughby officiating. Musical selections were provided by Ron Alumbaugh. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Maxwell, Jerry Chambers, Rob Roe, Steve Broughton, Clemit Casey and Mert Fogler. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Osborne and Fr. Bill Krudwig.
JAMES B ESRY
James B. Esry, 76, was born to Mamie Ozella Pruet Esry and Clatus Flery Esry, on Sept. 13, 1924, in El Dorado Springs. He passed away at 9:14 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2002, at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Eula Mae and Loetta Smith; three brothers-Harry Esry, Archie Esry and Thomas Esry.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Evelyn of the home; three sons-Gary Esry and wife, Nancy, Kent Esry and wife, Connie, and Mark Esry, all of El Dorado Springs; two daughters, Cindy Esry-Carthage and Wendy Davis and husband, Chris-El Dorado Springs; one brother, Chester Esry-Walterboro, SC; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Esry-Sunnyvale, CA, and Ann Schaaf-Bolivar; one brother-in-law, Jim Chism-Moundville; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Jim also leaves a host of relatives and friends.
Jim grew up just south of El Dorado Springs, attending Pleasant Ridge school as a child. In 1944, he answered his call to his country and joined the United States Navy serving during wartime on the USS Hornet in Guam. Returning home to his hometown he returned to the farm life he so dearly loved. On Mar. 26, 1955, he married Evelyn Chism and to this union were born five children.
Together, Jim and Evelyn built the Esry Sale Barn south of town and operated the business from 1960 to 1979. Jim was many things, a cattleman, trucker and farmer. As Jim grew older he operated Esry's Feed Store and never felt he was old enough to retire. He loved cutting wood and working in the garden. Jim enjoyed his life. His soft chuckle and wry sense of humor will be missed. His declining health forced him to slow down the last couple of years, but he fought a valiant battle to the end.
Services were Friday, Jan. 25, at the Sheldon Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors was in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery, rural Stockton, under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home.
PATRICIA LEIGH RODROCK
Patricia Leigh Rodrock, 67, the daughter of William Cleo and Bernice Irene Bailey, was born on July 19, 1934, in Oakley, KS. She passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs.
On Aug. 2, 1950, Patricia and Raymond Keith Rodrock were married in Clayton, NM. They went to construction work immediately and traveled throughout the United States until his death in 1970, at which time Patricia returned to Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith and her sons, Michael and Raymond. Survivors include her daughters, Marvina Curtiss-Fairbanks, AK, Debra Dunn-Wharton, TX and Stormy Lynn Hadden-Richards; three brothers, R. R. Bailey-Schell City, Randal Bailey and Terry Lee Bailey-both of El Dorado Springs; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Hamby Cemetery with Rev. Doug Houdyshell officiating. Interment was in the Hamby Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.
Neva Roush, 86, daughter of Frank and Emma (McMillin) Conner, was born Oct. 21, 1915, in Cedar County. She passed away Jan. 19, 2002, at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City.
Neva lived in the El Dorado Springs and Appleton City area most of her life. As a youth she attended school in Filley and Schell City. She worked at Ellett Memorial Hospital for 15 years.
Neva was united in marriage to Paul Roush Oct. 10, 1936, in Osceola. To this union six children were born. She accepted Christ as her Savior in 1972. She attended the First Baptist Church in Appleton City.
Neva loved to spend time with her family, enjoyed traveling and sewing. Preceding Neva in death were her parents; her husband; a son, Raymond; two sisters, Florence and Mabel; one brother, Jack; and one great-grandson, Derek. Survivors include her children-Anna Faye and husband, Robert Tempel-Radium Springs, NM, Charles Roush and wife, Linda-Appleton City, Melvin Roush and wife, Joyce-Wellington, New Zealand, Susie Roush and husband, Ken Slaughter-Springfield, Carol Roush and finance, Dan Kropf-Moffit, CO; grandchildren-Jim Tempel and wife, Pat, and their son, Bryan-Albuquerque, NM, Debbie and husband, Eric, and their children, Tori and Dane-Buckeye, AZ, Vicky Sellers and her children, Benjamin and Alexandria, Christina and husband, Tim McGinnis, and their children, Cole, Seth and Madison; Charles Roush and Robin Roush of Wellington, New Zealand, her brother, Lester Conner-El Dorado Springs; and many other special relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, Jan. 24, at the First Baptist Church in Appleton City. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery under the direction of Hill & Son Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Appleton City Library or the El Dorado Springs Park.