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Funeral services for Joe W. Minge, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at First Christian Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Minge died at 3:20 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born September 30, 1924, at Cumi, Arkansas, to John Ezra Minge and Ollie Wright Minge.   His mother passed away in 1927 and in 1929 his father married Sara Tackett.  Joe received his education in and around Bakersfield, Missouri and in 1942 he moved to Wichita, Kansas with his father and step-mother.  On September 3, 1947, he was married at Winfield, Kansas, to Lena Cantrell, who preceded him in death April 4, 1997.   On July 17, 1999, he was married at the First Baptist Church, Myrtle, Missouri, to Eureta Cantrell Chester.   Before his retirement, Joe worked in research and development at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita for forty-one years.  Joe was an avid golfer and his favorite golf partner was his grandson, Jeff Minge.  Joe also loved watching baseball games.  He was a member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge, Wichita, Kansas.  Mr. Minge was a member of the First Christian Church, West Plains, where he served on the board and as a deacon.  Joe was a good neighbor and devoted husband.  He loved his church family, his own family and his many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Eureta Minge, of the family home; the children of Joe and Lena: Don Minge, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Brenda Minge, St. Louis, Missouri; step-children, Tom Hill, Jr., wife, Nancy, Wichita, Kansas and Barbara Dunn, husband, Ron, Wichita, Kansas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Burchett, Greenville, Texas and Pat Baker, Oakland, Arkansas; and Eureta’s family and friends, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

His parents and wife, Lena, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Francis A. O’Brien was born December 3, 1928, on a dairy farm in Truman, Wisconsin, the oldest of 12 children, born to the late Ben and Mary O’Brien. He was employed by J. I. Case Co. and Marathon Electric Co. of Wisconsin. He worked himself up to supervisor and process engineer.

He was a coach in both basketball and baseball as his children were growing up. He loved to fish for Muskie and was President of Bill’s Muskie Club in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was a licensed real estate salesperson, insurance agent and home builder contractor.

He married Leecha in 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in his third marriage. He joined the Lions Club International in 1980, and served as Lions District Governor in both Wisconsin and again in Arkansas and helped to start many new Lions Clubs and received many awards for his service.

Francis served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is a chartered member of the Korean War Veterans in Mountain Home, a life member of the Alley-White American Legion Post #52 and served as 2nd District Commander, Northwest Area Vice Commander, State Department Judge Advocate, Department Commander of Arkansas American Legion and served two years on the National American Legion as Alternate Executive Committeeman.

As a member of the North Central Arkansas Veterans’ Council he was chairman of their effort to get the Veterans Clinic in Mountain Home and was chairman of building the Veterans’ Wall of Honor on the plaza in Mountain Home and in front of the county court house. He had been Secretary/Treasurer of the NCAV Council since 1995, and was the building chairman of the Post #52’s buying and building of their present building.

He served 8 years as State Chairman of the Arkansas State Athletic Association under Governor Mike Huckabee and 2 years as Chairman under Governor Mike Beebe.

Francis is survived by his loving wife, Leecha of the home; daughter, Mary Clark of Round Rock, TX; sons Kevin and Jeff of Wausau, WI, son, Randy and wife, Teri of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Nicole of Wausau, WI, Ryan Clark (Alyssa) of Austin Texas and Cori of Pheonix, AZ; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; brothers, Paul and Mike O’Brien of Tomahawk, WI, Patrick and wife, Betty of Mesa, AZ; sisters, Jean Stopper and husband Phil of Baraboo, WI, Joan and Husband, Dilbert Carey of Mineral Point WI; and Mary Karrow of Pardiville, WI; many nieces and nephews and three loving kitties, Tiger, Sam and Masan.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Herold and Larry O’Brien.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 pm, April 30, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel with family receiving friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be at 7:00 pm, following the visitation with Art Wallace and Don Owens officiating. Military Honors will be by the Alley-White American Legion Post #52 Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be the past Post Commanders.

Memorials may be made to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, 3612 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116, (501) 590-6936.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Charles Monroe Heard (“Charlie”) was born December 3, 1924, in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He died in Austin, Texas, on April 14, 2015, preceded in death by his wife, Althea Heard, his son, Mark, his parents Grace and Elmer Heard, and his brothers, Elmer and John. Charlie is survived by Mary Ann Grance and his children, Lynne H. Williams (husband John), Stephen Ortman Heard, and David Frank Heard (wife Martha Adams), his grandchildren, Blaine Williams, Elizabeth W. Crawley (husband Rob), Kelly and Mark Heard, Rachel and Alex Adams-Heard, his great grandson, Robert Cooper Crawley, and his brother James Heard (wife Joyce and their family), his sisters-in-law, Charlotte Heard and Anita Becker (and their families). Charlie’s children wish to express their great appreciation for the dedication, support and love shown to Charlie by the associates at Casa Mesquite, Palmetto Place, and Longhorn Village.

Charlie graduated from the University of Oklahoma (with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering). He was a talented and well liked college athlete, lettering in track and football. During college Charlie was in the Navy V-12 officers’ training program and served in China as WWII was winding down. It was at O.U. that Charlie and Thea met and fell in love. They later married and spent over 65 wonderful years together raising a family, putting down roots and making many friends in each city where they lived. Charlie had a successful career with Union Texas Petroleum Company rising to the position of Vice President of Domestic Production. When Charlie retired, he and Thea moved to the beautiful Ozarks community of Bull Shoals, Arkansas where he so enjoyed spending time studying the great philosophers, writing his memoirs and short stories, playing gentleman farmer (in his newly acquired bull dozer and tractor), clearing and planting trees on some land he had acquired, playing tennis, participating in the Senior Olympics, being an active volunteer in the community and serving on various city committees. Charlie and Thea enjoyed their retirement years immensely including extensive travel throughout the world, boating adventures on Lake Bull Shoals and plenty of quality time with family and friends. They moved to Austin in 2003 where Charlie’s friendliness and zest for life enabled him to quickly become an avid Austinite. Among Charlie’s many wonderful traits were his genuine interest in and his kindness and caring for others – all of which led to his tireless participation in the Open Door Ministry (through University United Methodist Church) which serves the homeless and others in need.

After Thea’s death in 2012, it was Charlie’s great fortune to meet another wonderful woman – Mary Ann Grance. Their love for and dedication to each other have been an inspiration to their families and friends and a source of joy for Charlie and Mary Ann. A celebration of Charlie’s well lived life will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the Forty Acres room at Longhorn Village (12501 Longhorn Parkway, Austin, TX). A memorial service will also be held next fall at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Cotter, Arkansas.

Those desiring to make a donation in memory of Charlie might wish to consider University United Methodist Church in Austin, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 (please designate the Open Door Ministry on the check memo line) or a charity of your choice. Please visit the guest book and online obituary at www.wcfish.com <http://www.wcfish.com>. Please also read the beautiful tribute to Charlie by his good friend, Dorian de Wind, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dorian-de-wind/on-departed-friends-and-fields-of-poppies_b_7104300.html.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Norma Delloyd, age 82 of Gassville, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Gassville Nursing Center in Gassville.  She was born on October 20, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Earl Louis and Velma Grace Davis House.  She was the retired owner of Dancingly Yours Dance Studio in Mountain Home.  Norma enjoyed and loved anything that had to do with dance.  At an early age she performed with the U.S.O. during WWII. She worked as choreographer for West Plains and Mountain Home High schools.  She was a member and past president of NADAA Dance Association and Dance Masters of America.    Norma was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Earl House, Jr. and Myrl Lester House.  She is survived by three sons, Kevin “Kip” Kanatzar of Gassville, AR, Kerry and his wife Mary Kanatzar of Kansas City, MO and Kris N. Kanatzar of Jordan, AR; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

She was a member and attended Memorial Christian Church and White River Nazarene Church.

A Gathering of Friends will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will be private.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105 or American Diabetes Association, 1701 No. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

An online guestbook is available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Billie N. Orr of Myron departed this life at home with family by his side on April 22, 2015, at the age of 88 years, two months, and ten days. He was born February 12, 1927, at Ash Flat to Everett and Alma Wade Orr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Julene King Orr; three brothers, Roy Orr, Russell Orr, and Clay Orr; and one sister, Audrey Orr McKimm.

He is survived by his wife, Norma J. Orr; one daughter, Patricia (Dave) Bolt of North Little Rock; a son and daughter by marriage, Kendall (Tammy) Stroud of Myron and Kelly (James) Quinn of Conway. He was “PaPa Bill” to Justin (Jordan) Vaden and baby Able, Cody Stroud, and Ty Stroud, all of Myron; two nephews, LeRoy (Jane) Orr, Bill (Rae) McKimm; and two nieces, Alice Nix and Gail (Maurice) Rogers.

Bill served in the United States Army, attended Arkansas College (Lyon College), and was a loyal and dedicated employee of Cooper Communities, retiring as Senior Vice-President. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for FNBC from 1988 until 2015 at which time he began serving as an Honorary Director. He was a member of the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church of Violet Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Chapel of Tri-County Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Bailey officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Burial will be in Hickory Grove/Old Baptist Cemetery at Ash Flat.

Pallbearers include Mike Nix, Phillip Orr, Bill McKimm, Dr. Marc Rogers, Martin Carpenter, and Billy Joe French.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

H. Jean “Karlsson” Warren, 88, of Ash Flat, Arkansas, passed away April 22, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 31, 1926, in Carterville, Illinois, to Albert and Bessie (Hindman) Lannom. She was a book packer for 25 years and loved going to different dances as often as she could.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Harry Sterling and Odd Karlsson; a son, Todd Michael Karlsson and an adopted son, Michael Anthony Karlsson; four brothers and three sisters; and a special friend, Richard Perrin.

Survivors include her sons, Steven (Linda) Sterling of Aurora, Illinois, and Karl (Karen) Karlsson of Ash Flat; her daughters, Lois Anderson of Mtn. View, Arkansas, and Marsha Perkins of Carthage, Mississippi; 16 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, in the McKinney Chapel Cemetery in Marion, Illinois, with Albert D. Kelly officiating. Arrangements are with Blue Funeral Home of Marion.

Local arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

A Gathering of Family and Friends with a Celebration of Life for Tobby Lee Haught of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be from 1:00-4:00 pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Arkana Baptist Church located at 10919 Highway 201 South, Mountain Home, AR.

Tobby passed away April 22, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 53. He was born August 8, 1961, in Anaheim, California, the son of Ernie and Donna Mooney Haught. He married Theresa Parker in 1985, at Las Vegas, Nevada and worked as a carpet installer and boiler maker. Tobby lived in Mountain Home since 1994, moving from California. He enjoyed playing with the grandchildren, listening to music, playing drums, fishing, riding his Harley, watching NASCAR and spending time with his wife.

Tobby is survived by his wife, Theresa Haught of Mountain Home, AR; four children, Levi (Angie) Haught of Norfork, AR, Lacie (Nate) Robinson of Gassville, AR, Travis (Allison) Haught of Mountain Home, AR and Jason (Allie) Haught of Conway, AR; eight grandchildren, Macie, Tanya, Braiden, Haddison, Luke, Harlie, Hank, Dawson and one on the way; parents, Ernie and Donna Haught of Mountain Home, AR; brother, Ernie (Jennifer) Haught, Jr. of Lakeview, AR and a host of cousins, friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tanya Haught.

Memorials may be made to the Haught Memorial Fund at any Bear State Bank location.

Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

David Eugene Lawson, age 53, of Cherokee Village Passed away at his home,Tuesday April 21, 2015. David was born May 16, 1961 in Aurora, IL. He was the son of the late Junior Lawson and Geneva (Hayes) Lawson.

He is survived by his wife Laura (Watson) Lawson of the home; daughters Melanie Reiter and Geneva Lawson, granddaughter Mae Lyn Reiter, his mother, 3 brothers 2 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is holding a private Celebration of Life at the home.

Guy Roland Cooper, age 55 of Ash Flat, Ar. died at his home Monday April 6, 2015. Guy worked in construction and was a cook.

He is survived by his mother Joyce Balderston, father Guy Cooper, son James Cooper, Brother Tim and Phillip Cooper, Michael, Joseph and Mathew Balderston.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday May 2, 2015 at Christian Tabernacle Church on Hwy 175, Wirth, AR. The family has ask that donations by made to Wortham Funeral Home P.O. Box 676 Hardy, AR. 72542, to help with final expenses.

Graveside services for Louise Ellison, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at Bean Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ellison died at 4:19 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born February 11, 1930, at Gamaliel, Arkansas, to Earl Watts and Nellie Davidson Watts.  On July 11, 1957, she was married at West Plains, to Bob Ellison.  She graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1951 and was a member of the Christian Women’s Club and Moody Helping Hand Club.  Mrs. Ellison was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Ellison, of the family home; two children, Cindy Three, husband, Lynn and Stan Ellison, special friend, Jean Ann Dickson, all of West Plains; three grandchildren, Ashley Hamby, husband, Josh, Luke Tyree and Kate Tyree; one great-granddaughter, Ellie Tyree; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and three brothers, James, Bob and Dale Watts, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Bean Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.