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Funeral services for Laverna Mary June Ford, 82, West Plains, Missouri, were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ford died at 9:45 a.m., Friday, March 27, 2015, at NHC Healthcare.

She was born June 25, 1932, at Thomasville, Missouri, to Ogle Tharp Judd and Olive Marie Bay Judd.  On May 17, 1949, she was married at Pocahontas, Arkansas, to David Foriest Ford.  Mrs. Ford was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers and crafts.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, David Ford, of the family home; five children, Leon Ford, wife, Vicky, West Plains, Victoria Hansen, West Plains, David V. Ford, West Plains, Doris Collins, husband, James, Peace Valley, Missouri and Donna Ford, Peace Valley, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Amy Wood, husband, Chris, Anna Bayona, husband, Michael, Regina Pickett, husband, Neal, Jennifer Edgeller, husband, John, Ashley Fugate, husband Torey, Jason Mizell, Brandi Ford, Kenny Grisham, wife, Carrie, Paul Grisham, wife, Amanda and Benny Grogan, wife, Tiffany; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary Wood, Samuel Wood, Nicole Hergesheimer, Chyenna Pickett, Jasmine Pickett, Nathan Pickett, John David Edgeller and Jeffrey Edgeller; three sisters, Joyce Gualundi, Mendota, Illinois, Dolly Wadlow, husband, James, West Plains and Eva Carolyn Judd, West Plains; and two sisters-in-law, Vida Hall and Mable Judd, both of West Plains.

Her parents, one infant granddaughter, Christy Dawn Mizell, three brothers, Lon, Lynn and Melvin Judd, one sister, Lela Gilbert and one sister-in-law, Elsie Judd, precede her in death.

Burial was at the New Hope Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Susan Komen Breast Cancer Research or New Hope Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thomas Joseph Wasko, 78, of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. Thomas was born February 6, 1937 in Tower City, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Mary (Russin) Wasko. He worked hard all his life. He had owned a print shop, was a carpenter and was a “jack-of-all-trades”. He was a member of St. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church.

He is survived by three sons, Michael, Greg and Scott Wasko; two grandchildren, Shawn Wasko and Kierstin Johansen; five great grandchildren, Brianna, Brayden, Jordan, Colt and Emily and loving friend and caregiver, Sandra Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jimmy Wasko and Robert Clark.

Funeral arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The online guestbook and obituary are available at

Kenneth Wayne “Peck” Brown was born January 11, 1945 at Eminence, MO the son of Glen E. Brown and Edna Elizabeth (Chilton) Brown. He passed away March 27, 2015 at St. James, MO at the age of 70 years.

Peck was united in marriage to Alice Rose Akers of Winona, MO on August 19, 1966 in St. Louis, MO. To this union two children were born: Robert Wayne and Holly Laura. Peck and Alice raised their children together in Shannon County.

Peck was preceded in death by his parents Glen E. Brown and Edna Elizabeth Cooper; two nephews Kenneth E. Brown and Ricky L. Brown.

Peck is survived by his wife, Alice Brown, of the home in Eminence, MO; one son Robert Brown and wife Carol of Kingsville, MO; one daughter Holly Baysinger and husband Marty of Ellington, MO; two brothers Glen Brown Jr. of Eminence, MO, and Bobby Gene Brown and wife Valeria of Helendale, CA, and two sisters Sue Smith and husband Vernon of Paola, KS, and Nikki Grandstaff and husband Richard of Birch Tree, MO; and a host of other family and friends.

Peck was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He later worked in construction, farming, and spent the majority of his working life as an owner/operator OTR truck driver until his retirement in 2006.

Peck always enjoyed traveling, life on the farm, and spending time with family and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 31 from 6-8 PM at Duncan Funeral Home of Eminence, with burial at Munsell Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lois Wallrath, 80, of Mountain Home passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements for 80 year old Lois Wallrath of Mountain Home are pending at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Lois Wallrath passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Hervel Dean Jones, 82, of Gainesville, Missouri, passed away on March 27, 2015, at the Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Dean was born on February 6, 1933, to Clyde and Vada Jones in Ozark County.

On November 2, 1951, Dean married Norma Reynolds in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and they were blessed with 63 years together. They had two children Marty Jones and Marsha Jones Hagan. Their family expanded with three grandsons and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Hestel Jones, and infant grandson Jacob Hagan. He is survived by his wife Norma, his son Marty Jones (Gainesville), daughter Marsha Hagan (Bolivar), brother Norvel Jones and wife Esther (Springfield), sister Norma Whittenton and husband Truman (Ozark), and special aunt, Fern Rhoads (Springfield). Other survivors include grand¬children Charlie Jones of Leavenworth, Kansas, Ben Hagan and wife Ashley of Buffalo, and Rachel Hagan and fiancé Jason Loos of Bolivar.

As the provider and protector of his family, Dean worked many years as a business owner, salesman, and farmer. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ since 1962. He loved the church and the church family. After his health required him to be at home most of the time this past year, he would sleep till 10 or 11 Monday through Saturday, but on Sunday morning he would wake up at the crack of dawn wanting everyone to get ready for church. He enjoyed deer hunting, turkey hunting, fishing, and anything that involved his grandkids. He was always busy doing something for others.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Gainesville Church of Christ with Halbert Smith and Dale Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to service time at the church. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. Memorial donations are requested to the Center Point Cemetery.

Graveside services for Helen Ramsey, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Oak Lawn Cemetery with Pastor Rick Rutledge officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Funeral services for Mary Crabtree, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Crabtree died at 9:23 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born October 8, 1928, at South Carrolton, Kentucky, to Lummie J. Blanks and Mamie Childers Blanks.  In 1963 she was married at East St. Louis, Illinois, to Raymond Crabtree, who preceded her in death in 1994.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Crabtree worked as a nurse’s aide.  She loved antiques and was a member of Victory Family Worship Center.

She is survived by her son, Wylie Stone and wife, Linda, High Ridge, Missouri; two grandchildren, Cathy Schammel, and husband, Brad, High Ridge, Missouri and David Stone, Sarasota, Florida; two great-grandchildren, Nora and Audrey; and step-daughter, Susie Richardson and husband, Richard, West Plains, Missouri.

Her parents, husband and all of her siblings, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m., until service time Monday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Family Worship Center, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Joseph Leroy Head, 74, son of Roy E. and Auda (Weaver) Head, was born August 15, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri. He departed this life Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was united in marriage to Carolyn Cooper on June 6, 1960 and they shared 54 years together. To this union two sons were born, Jeffrey Scott and Jay Loren.

Joe graduated from Thomasville High School with the class of 1959. He was a basketball standout in high school, receiving many athletic awards. Joe later attended Washington University in St. Louis, O’Fallon Technical College, and numerous lending schools over the years. He spent over 35 years in the lending business, including Production Credit Service, Federal Land Bank, and West Plains Bank.

He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Troyce Reese; and grandparents Ed and Clem Weaver.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the family home; two sons, Jeffrey and wife, Debra, and Jay and wife, Shanna, all of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Kayla Jo Franks and husband Matthew, Dalton Joseph Head and Lauren Beth Head; step-granddaughter, Jessica Vanderbilt and husband, Billy; three great grandchildren, McKinley Jo Franks, Hannah and Hailie Vanderbilt; and sister Charlene Sherrill of Pomona, Missouri.

Joe loved working with people. He was a member of the Mountain View Birch Tree School Board for 11 years, was the Chamber of Commerce President of Birch Tree, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Mountain View Chamber of Commerce in 2005. He attended County Line Pentecostal Church where he served as deacon for many years. Joe enjoyed farming, St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at County Line Pentecostal Church, Birch Tree with Pastor Rick Binkley and Tim Reed officiating. Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Birch Tree. Condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for James Cecil Richardson, 88, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Richardson died at 11:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home.

He was born November 28, 1926, at Pineville, Arkansas, to James Richardson and Lula Belle Fountain Richardson.  Mr. Richardson was a veteran, having served as a Military Policeman in the United States Army.  He was married in 1950 to Thelma Fountain, who preceded him in death in 1972.  On September 4, 1993, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Dorothy Louise Bailey, who preceded him in death on August 15, 2007.  Before his retirement he worked at Jasper Engines.  He enjoyed working in his yard and raising roses.  Mr. Richardson was a member of the Worldwide Church of God.

He is survived by four children, Larry Richardson, wife, Cindy, Rockford, Illinois, Roger Richardson, wife, Christy, West Plains, Missouri, Jared Richardson, Batesville, Arkansas and Sherri Gratza, husband, Bill, Kingman, Arizona; ten grandchildren, Jena, Cira, Elizabeth, Jessica, Josh, Mandy, Joey, Rodney, Roger and Audria; several great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gaston, Kenneth and Howard Richardson; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wives, one daughter, Geraldine Tardio and one sister, Pauline, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be at the Cumberland Cemetery, Pineville, Arkansas.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Mrs. Velma Hardester, age 60, of Lenox, MO, passed away March 21, 2015.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 4 to 6:00 PM at Fox Chapel. Service will be Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Fox Chapel.

All arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO.