Ivan Dennis Carmack
Ivan Dennis Carmack, the only son of the late Lloyd Calbert and Marie Zella (Smith) Carmack, was born Jan. 8, 1931 in Pulaski County.
Dennis grew up in the Waynesville area where he attended the Cedar Hills Elementary School, had his 8th grade graduation in the ol' Pippin Place, and graduated from Waynesville High School.
When Dennis was 12, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized in the Roubidoux River. He was a member of the Deerlick Baptist Church near Waynesville.
In 1951 during the Korean War, Dennis was called to serve his country with the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge in 1953 having attained the rank of PFC.
On Feb. 11, 1955, Dennis was united in marriage with June L. Greenstreet. They were married near Waynesville in the home of Dennis' cousin, Everal Vandergrif.
Dennis was a Civil Service employee for nearly 35 years. He worked at Fort Leonard Wood in the motor pool, cold storage shipping and receiving and managed two warehouses. He drove a school bus for the Waynesville schools for 10 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, fishing and horseback riding. He loved listening to the radio and spending time with family, friends and his special dog, Annie.
Dennis departed this life the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2003 in Springfield, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 13 days.
Dennis will be sadly missed by his wife, June of the home; two daughters: Joyce Maxwell and Cathy Hodgett; one son: Gary Carmack all of Waynesville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Minister Mark Peck officiating. Mr. Carmack's son-in-law, David Maxwell gave a lovely eulogy. The recordings of "The Impossible" and "Life Will Go On" were played. Pianist, Becky Lercher sang, "Wings of a Dove" "In the Garden" and "Peace in the Valley." Serving as escorts were Gary, James and Nathan Carmack, Shon Enlow, Michael Hodgett and David Maxwell. Honorary escorts were Scott Croteau, Ralph and Tom Greenstreet, Merrion Mallow and Eugene and Michael Wilson.
Burial followed in Deerlick Cemetery near Waynesville. Military honors were provided by the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Deerlick Cemetery fund.
Kathleen May Clark
Kathleen May Clark, daughter of the late Charlie and Doris (Bostwick) Pruitt, was born January 23, 1928 in Fairview, Mo., where she grew up and attended school. She was one of three children.
On August 21, 1946, Kathleen was united in marriage to Walter Clark in Harrison, Arkansas. They shared over 56 years together and were blessed with two children: Douglas and Donnie. Donnie preceded her in death in 1952 at the age of seven.
Kathleen was a switchboard operator with United Telephone Company until she retired. After leaving the telephone company, she began dispatching for the cab companies that she and Walter owned, the Union Cab Company and the Bell Cab Company, until the mid 1970's.
She enjoyed working with her hands. She loved working in her gardens and watching things grow that she had planted. She also was very good at crocheting and made several things for family and friends. She treasured the times that she could spend at the place they owned on the Gasconade River for 20 years, whether it be fishing or just being outdoors. Most importantly, Kathleen cherished the times that she could spend with her family and friends.
Kathleen passed away the evening of Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, having attained the age of 75 years.
Kathleen will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her husband, Walter Clark of Waynesville; her son, Douglas Lee Clark of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Francis Pruitt of Breckenridge, Texas, and Charlene Allison of Stoutland; several other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Breeden officiating. Pianist, Becky Lercher sang, "Precious Memories" and "How Great Thou Art." Serving as escorts were Beauford Clark, Don Clark, Larry Clark, Mike Fry, Keith Pendleton and James "Bud" Pruitt. Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Kathleen Clark and may be left at the funeral home.
Wilbur Virgil Wrinkle
Wilbur Virgil Wrinkle was born Nov. 14, 1911, and passed away Feb. 1, 2002 having reached the age of 90 years. He was born in the rural Richland area, the son of Silas Jefferson and Mary Margaret Durham Wrinkle and spent most of his life in the same vicinity. Wilbur Wrinkle and Veta Shelton were united in marriage July 7, 1938, and to this marriage were born a son, Gary and a daughter, Donna. Veta passed away Jan. 21, 1994.
Mr. Wrinkle was a man who was always busy. Though small in stature, he made up for it in energy and industriousness. Many will remember him as the floor sander and finisher of past years. He later laid carpet and always maintained a small farming operation. He was also a minister with the Christian Union organization and was a longtime member of the Hilltop Christian Church near Crocker.
Wilbur is survived by one son, Gary L. Wrinkle and his wife, Jewell of Poulan, Georgia, and one daughter, Donna K. Smith and her husband, Gary, of Richland.
Grandpa will also be missed by his four grandchildren, Cathi Barth, Brian Smith, Tonya Griffin, and Aaron Smith; and his three great-grandchildren, Gage, Brianna, and Ashley.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Veta, his parents, as well as all his siblings, including one brother, and eight sisters.
Services were held Tues., Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Billy Caiborn officiating.
Music was provided by Rusty Shadel, soloist and Marcia Shadel, organist.
Escorts were Merlyn Shelton, Gene Shelton, Robert Barth, Junior Shelton, Aaron Smith, Brian Smith and Michael Griffin.
Final resting place for Mr. Wrinkle is Concord Cemetery, Crocker, Mo.
Elmer LeRoy Hill, Sr.
Elmer LeRoy Hill, Sr., son of Scott Clifford and Effie Mabel (Bryant) Hill, was born February 23, 1928 in Pulaski County, Missouri. Elmer grew up and attended school around the Prospect/Laquey area.
On March 5, 1949, Elmer was united in marriage with Betty Jo Peterson in Salem, Arkansas, and to this union two children were born: Elmer LeRoy, Jr. and Kathryn Jo.
Elmer worked for Albert Atterberry in the logging and timber business for many years. He liked being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and always had a huge vegetable garden. But what Elmer enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends. He was a long time member of the Idumea Baptist Church and loved to teach about the Bible.
Elmer went home to be with his Lord the morning of March 4, 2003 at his home near Richland, Missouri, at the age of 75 years and 10 days.
Elmer leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Betty Jo of the home; one son: Elmer Hill, Jr. and his wife Marty of Laquey and one daughter: Kathryn Jo Green and her husband Raymond of Kane, Illinois. He also leaves four brothers: Warren Hill of Kansas City, Missouri, William Hill of Laquey, Clifford Hill of Camdenton and Alvin "Pete" Hill of Duke; two sisters: Anna Mae Griffin of the State of California and Hazel Fulmer of the State of Arkansas. Also surviving are six grandchildren: John and Kristie Green, Richard and Danielle Green, Todd and Toni Green, Chad and Carie Hill, Scott and Angel Hill and Sonja Hill.; eight great grandchildren: Adam, Bradley, Kristin, Elijah, Elisha, T.J., Trevor and Morgan; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
He will join in heaven his parents: Scott and Effie Hill; one sister: Violena Farris and one granddaughter: Heather Jo Hill.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 7 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Gary Humphrey officiating. Kristie Green played the piano as she and Danielle Green sang, "Oh, How I Love Jesus" "Amazing Grace" and "What A Day That Will Be." Pianist, Becky Lercher sang, "When I Stroll Over Heaven." Mr. Hill's grandson, Richard, read scripture and gave a lovely eulogy. Grandson, John, also shared treasured memories of his Grandfather with the congregation. Serving as escorts were Mike Hill, Bobby, Clinton, Jerald and Mike Peterson and Joe Skidmore. Pat Fincher was the honorary escort.
Burial followed in the Idumea Cemetery, Laquey. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.
Harold "Bob" Curtiss
Harold "Bob" Curtiss, son of Mary T. (Thurston) Curtiss Trickler and the late Harold William Curtiss, was born November 14, 1945 in Syracuse, New York.
Bob graduated from Oswego, New York High School in 1963. He then attended Central Texas College and earned his degree in Business, Maintenance Technology, Air Condition, Refrigeration and general studies. He received one Bachelor of Arts Degree and three Associate Degrees.
On February 15, 1974, Bob was united in marriage to Angelica Rodriguez DePuga in the Panama Canal Zone. They shared 18 years together and were blessed with two children: Harold Robert, Jr. and Emily. Both Emily and Angie preceded Bob in death.
Bob served his country in the United States Army from March of 1963 until July of 1984. He served in the Special Forces Infantry and went into logistics. He served 54 months in Vietnam, 36 months in Thailand, one year in Korea, 54 months in Panama and 41/2 years in Germany. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Unit), Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 1Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Bars (5), Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal (Unit). Sergeant First Class Curtiss retired from active duty at Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, NY.
After retiring from the military, Bob went to work at Fort Leonard Wood. He later began volunteering at the Pulaski County Courthouse; a position which became permanent, making him Director of the Central Ozarks Community Service Program.
Bob was an avid coin collector, and loved playing pinochle. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #375 A.F. and A.M. in Waynesville/St. Robert, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason at Joplin, Order of the High Priesthood Royal Arch Chapter #64 at Lebanon, a Cryptic Mason from Lebanon Council #56, a Knight's Templer of Lebanon Commandery #33, a member of the White Shrine, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield, Missouri Lodge of Research, Order of the Eastern Star Hansen Chapter 22 at Waynesville/St. Robert, past Commander of Ozark Memorial VFW Post 3176 in St. Robert, William C. Anderson Memorial American Legion Post 331 at St. Robert, the Voyager #460, and the Sword of Bunker Hill.
Bob departed this life the afternoon of June 28, 2003 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri, at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 14 days.
Bob will be very sadly missed by his son: Harold "Bobby" Curtiss, Jr. and his wife, Shawrisa of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his mother: Mary Trickler of St. Robert, two sisters: Sandra Kingsley of Oswego, New York and Dawn Blaisdell of Fulton, New York; two grandchildren: Isaac and Xavier Curtiss along with nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his daughter and wife, Bob was also preceded in death by his father: Harold William Curtiss.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2003 at the Ozark Memorial VFW Post 3176 Cemetery in St. Robert with Rev. William Kempen officiating. Full military honors were provided by the United States Army of Ft. Leonard Wood. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.
Elfriede Walburga McGuffee
Elfriede Walburga McGuffee, age sixty-nine, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at Richland Care Center. She was born August 9, 1933 at Bayerbach, Germany, the daughter of August and Katharina (Roeder) Stoeberlein. Elfriede and Samuel A. McGuffee were married December 5, 1955 in Munich, Germany. She became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on Dec. 4, 1963.
Elfriede was a military wife, homemaker and mother of five children. She loved to crochet, bake, spend lots of time with her grandchildren and go to their sporting events. She was an avid Cardinal baseball fan. She worked for H.D. Lee for twenty-five years as an inspector.
Survivors include her husband, Sergeant Major Samuel A. McGuffee, Sr., U.S. Army Retired; two sons, Samuel A. McGuffee, Jr. of Waynesville and Austin McGuffee of Springfield; three daughters, Linda D. Carter of Springfield, Evelyn (Annie) Willis and Susie Hildebrand, both of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Herman Stoeberlein and one niece, Angelika Stoeberlein, of Munich, Germany; seven grandchildren, Erin Hildebrand, Jennifer and Ashley Willis, of Cape Girardeau, Samantha and Simone McGuffee of Waynesville and Justin and Jamie McGuffee of Springfield; and one great grandchild, Jeremiah Lee Garner, of Waynesville.
Her parents, one sister, Thekla Glasl, and one niece, Helga Schiller of Munich, Germany preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003 at Colonial Chapel, Richland, with Pastor Derek Staples officiating.
Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, under the direction of Thieme-Shadel-Hicks Funeral Service at Colonial Chapel.
Velma Louise Jennings
Velma Louise Jennings was born January 19, 1925 in LaFrance, South Carolina. She was the daughter of William LeRoy and Bertha Ann (Smith) McCoy. Velma and her six sisters grew up and attended school in LaFrance.
On October 6, 1945, Velma was united in marriage with John Dewey Jennings Jr. in Anderson, South Carolina.
Velma was a member of the Ft. Wood Church of God in St. Robert. She was a very faithful woman who loved to read her Bible. She was also a member of the VFW Post 8220 Ladies Auxiliary and the MOC-PT21 Ladies Auxiliary both in Belton, Missouri. She also belonged to the Harry Herron Memorial DAV Chapter 49 Ladies Auxiliary in Crocker and the William C. Anderson Memorial American Legion Post 331 in St. Robert. Velma enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and doing crafts.
Velma went home to be with her Lord the morning of March 5, 2003 at her home in St. Robert, Missouri, at the age of 78 years.
She is survived by two daughters: Brenda Segars and Sandy Crispo, both of Cassatt, South Carolina; two sisters: Loretta Hamby of Star, South Carolina and Jean Bradford of Abbeville, South Carolina; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and several other relatives and friends.
She will join in heaven her parents: LeRoy and Bertha McCoy; her husband: John Jennings, Jr.; her daughter: Delores Dianne Jennings and four sisters: Viola Crawford, Mary Nimmons, Jeannete Merck and Mildred Merck.
Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Sat., March 08, 2003 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. William Kempen officiating. The songs "Home", "The Last Mile Together" and "Tears Are a Language God Understands" were played. Serving as escorts were Steve Agnola, Bill O'Dell, Tom Bushley, Bland Smith, Bob Belton and Roy Wrightson.
Burial followed in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.