Brandon L. Riffell
Oct. 11, 1977 - Dec. 3, 2001
Brandon L. Riffell, 24, Ozark, Mo., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo.
He was born Oct. 11, 1977, in Rochester, Ind., the son of David Riffell and Jane (Carnagey) Riffell Essick. Brandon was a graduate of Ozark High School. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.
Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Russ Carnagey.
He is survived by his mother, Jane Essick, and stepfather, Bill, of Ozark; his father, David Riffell, and stepmother, Nancy, of Anderson, Mo.; four sisters, Brooke Riffell, Jessica Giles and husband Rick, Shilo Essick and Shannon Plank; one brother, Shane Spencer; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Carnagey; paternal grandparents, Franklin and Betty Riffell; several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at Barnes Family Funeral Home in Ozark. Troy Powell officiated. Private family burial followed in Selmore Cemetery.
Visitation was held Dec. 6, 2001, at Barnes Family Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Brandon Riffell, c/o Barnes Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 796, Ozark, MO 65721.
Columbus Douglas Roundtree
March 13, 1923 - Nov. 11, 2001
Columbus Douglas Roundtree, 78, of Denver, Colo., formerly of McDonald County, Mo., died Nov. 11, 2001, in Denver.
He was born in Weskan, Kan., March 13, 1923, and moved to near Pineville, Mo., as a teenager. He married Lillie Owen of Pineville in 1943. She survives.
He served in the Army during World War II. He was an auto and truck mechanic for Mobile Pre-Mix of Denver for many years, moving to Denver in 1951. He was formerly a mechanic for Tatum Motor Company in Anderson, Mo. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Square Dance Club and Teamster’s Retirees Association.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Roundtree of Littleton, Colo., and Douglas Roundtree of Lakewood, Colo.; two daughters, Carian Mace of Littleton, Colo., and Linda Adamson of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Herbert Roundtree of Hayden Lake, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Roundtree were held Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Aspen Mortuaries in Lakewood, Colo., with burial at Highland Cemetery in Northglenn, Colo.
Gene M. Russell
May 1, 1912 - Oct. 14, 2001
Gene Madison Russell, 89, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Gene was born May 1, 1912, in Neosho, Mo., to Andrew and Ora Russell. They both preceded him in death.
He was a Baptist. Gene served four years in the Army in World War II. He served in Attu and New Guinea.
Surviving are his wife, Twyla M. Russell, and one son, Jim A. Russell, both of the home; and one daughter, Audean Kaiser, and one grandson, Andy Kaiser, both of Centerville, Kan.
Graveside services were held Oct. 16, 2001, at the Howard Cemetery in Goodman, Mo. The Rev. Johnson officiated.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Kimbrough, Gary Simmons, Jim A. Russell and the Rev. Johnson.
Arrangements were by Simmons Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan.
Olivia E. Swartz
March 8, 1906 - Dec. 7, 2001
Olivia E. Swartz, 95, of Pineville, Mo., died at 8:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at Beverly Health Care of Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Mrs. Swartz was born March 8, 1906, in Trenton, Tenn., to the late James and Lee Tatum. She had lived in Pineville, Mo., since July of 1968, coming from Kansas City, Mo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pineville, MO., where she served as church hostess for many years. She was also a member of the Sewing Club in Pineville.
She married Ned Swartz Feb. 22, 1930, at St. Joseph, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 11, 1978.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Billie Hitsch of Kansas City, Kan.; two nephews and a niece; and her longtime friend and caregiver, Carl Bradley and wife June of Pineville, Mo.
Graveside services for Olivia Swartz will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Pineville Cemetery in Pineville, Mo. Jack Clark will officiate.
Karl E. Gaston
Nov. 19, 1914 - Dec. 2, 2001
Karl E. Gaston, 87, passed away Dec. 2, 2001, at Freeman Neosho Hospital.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Karl was born IN Pittsburg, Kan., Nov. 19, 1914, to parents Verde and Ethel Gaston. He graduated from Miami High School and attended N.E.O. Junior College where he was a member of the tennis and debate teams.
During World War II, Karl served in the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and trained at Yale University before deploying to Europe. His unit was the “Direction Finders,” specializing in providing navigation assistance for U.S. aircraft operating in Europe.
Following the war, Karl served as commander of the 9824th Air Reserve Squadron in Joplin. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Colonel in 1974.
Karl owned and operated Gaston’s IGA in Goodman, Mo., for 31 years. He was an active and supportive member of the Goodman and Neosho communities. He served on the Board of Directors of the Goodman State Bank for many years, most recently as chairman.
He was a member of the American Legion, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for the Small Business Administration. Karl enjoyed his retirement years golfing, traveling and visiting with daughters and grandchildren.
He was an active member of the Community of Christ, formerly RLDS Ridgewood Chapel Church in Neosho and served the Lord in every aspect of his life. Karl’s devotion to family, friends, community and church was the foundation of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Gaston; two daughters, Sandra Pambechy and husband Amir of Kansas City, and Diedra Michel and husband Hal of Irving, Texas; two grandsons, Ben Michel of Alascadero, Calif., and Colin Knight of Kansas City; and a granddaughter, Andrea Pambechy of Kansas City.
Private interment will be held with family and a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at First Christian Church in Neosho.
Jewell “Gardner” Landers
Feb. 11, 1909 - Nov. 30, 2001
Jewell “Gardner” Landers, 92, of Pineville, Mo., died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Beverly Health Care of Anderson, Mo., after an illness.
Mrs. Landers was born Feb. 11, 1909, in Pineville, Mo., to the late Frank and Catherine Matilda (Watkins) Gardner. She was a lifelong resident of McDonald County. She was a charter member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #392 in Pineville, Mo., a charter member of the Elk River Extension Club in Pineville, Mo., and am ember of the First Christian Church in Pineville, Mo. She and her husband owned and operated MFA Filling Station in Pineville, Mo., from 1954 to 1974.
She married Oliver “Bud” Landers Sept. 8, 1931, in Neosho, Mo. He preceded her in death in July of 1964. Five brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Arnold and his wife, Shirley, of Lanagan, Mo., and Junior and wife, Kay, of Pineville; four grandchildren, Greg, Doug, Melissa and Larry; six grandchildren, Gary, Kathy, Cassie, Jason, Jennifer and Kyle; and two great-great grandchildren, Andrew and Emily.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell Landers will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Pineville. Pastor Gary Graham will officiate. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery in Stella, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Howard Young, Harry Bever, Larry Caywood, Harold Melton, Don Underwood and Troy Henson. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Douglas Landers, Gregory Landers, Larry Landers and Gary Landers.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo., from noon until 8 p.m. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First Christian Church Youth Group.