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Harold “David” Wood, 66, Koshkonong, Missouri died at 9:32 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 19, 1948, at Olden, Missouri, to Lester Joseph Wood and Faye Burgin Wood Bennett.  On May 29, 1964, he was married at Memphis, Tennessee, to Ginger Nicholson.  Before his retirement, he was employed with DRS, formerly known as Southwest Truck Body for thirty-seven years.  Mr. Wood was a hard worker, always keeping busy and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Wood, of the family home; one son, Harold Wood, Jr.  “Crockett”, of the family home; three grandchildren, Robbie Wood, Samantha Bunch and Tommy Mowery; two great-grandchildren, Holli Wood and Lane Bunch; one brother, Elroy Wood, Pomona, Missouri; three sisters, Pat Holloway, West Plains, Missouri, Bonnie Johnson, Osage Beach, Missouri and Emma Powers, Cape Girardeau; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one daughter, Cathy Wood, one son, Joe Wood, one brother, Bill Wood and two sisters, Norma Williams and Freda McAmis, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Connie Sue Acklin, 73, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Acklin died at 8:05 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born November 8, 1941, at Eminence, Missouri, to Paul W. Hunt and Creado Bell Hunt.  On February 8, 1963, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Robert Acklin.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts and puzzles and loved to play golf and watch others golf.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Acklin, of the family home; three children, Jerry Acklin, wife, Diana, West Plains, Missouri, Deborah Acklin, Phoenix, Arizona and Michael Acklin, wife, Anita, Hale, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Chad, Elizabeth, Donovin, Robert, Laureen, Tyler, Alivia, Hannah, Jaci, Alexy and Tristyn; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Hunt, Huntsville, Alabama; her twin sister, Bonnie Purdy, husband, Russell, Pleasanton, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, one brother, Paul Hunt and one sister, Darlene Snipes, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Stroke Help Association or American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

A graveside service will be held at a later date for Donald Creed Shertz, 77, West Plains, Missouri at the White Oak Cemetery, Rogersville, Missouri.

Mr. Shertz died at 6:14 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri.

He was born August 15, 1937, at Fordland, Missouri, to William Creed Shertz and Gladys Pauline Pursley Shertz.  He was the oldest of five children.  In 1957, he was married at Coffeeville, Kansas, to Sharon Joseph and to this union one child was born, Michael Creed Shertz.  He was married at Fordland, Missouri, to Linda Waters and raised two step-children.  On April 18, 2003, he was married at Rogersville, Missouri, to Debra Bradshaw.  The couple moved to West Plains in October, 2006.  Mr. Shertz was a veteran, having served in the United States Army National Guard for thirty-two years.  He worked at an oil refinery in Coffeeville, Kansas for nineteen years, owned and operated a Honda motorcycle shop in Kansas, was a sales representative for an insurance company, managed MFA exchange, managed Buckeye Gas Product Company and many other jobs throughout the years.  While living in Rogersville, Missouri, he was a bass singer in a gospel quartet, “The Ambassadors” and traveled to many churches singing around the area.  Don was a devoted Christian and attended Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church in West Plains, Missouri until his health failed.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Shertz, of the family home; one son, Michael Creed Shertz; four step-children, Kevin Waters, wife, Renee, Branson, Missouri, Kathryn Waters Ballard, husband, Shane, Ozark, Missouri, Travis Bradshaw, Cabool, Missouri and Jeremy Bradshaw, Koshkonong, Missouri; one brother, Richard Shertz, wife, Yolanda, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Dixie Spragg, husband, Gary, Rogersville, Missouri and Kathy Wright, husband, Gary, Springfield, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Jean Shertz; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Charles Shertz, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the family, and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Jackie Darrell Judd, 82, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Judd died at 7:07 a.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born September 6, 1932, at Rover, Missouri, to Alva Judd and Alice Bridwell Judd.  He attended Bales Elementary School and graduated from Thomasville High School with the Class of 1951.  He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed at Babenhausen, Germany.  Following his military service he attended Molar Barber School in Kansas City, graduated in 1956 and began a career that spanned fifty-four years.  He opened his first barber shop in West Plains on Washington Avenue in 1958.  In 1965, he built a shop on Jefferson Avenue, owning and operating that shop until 2010.  Jack loved his work.  He looked forward to every day at his barber shop.  He was dedicated to his customers and was pleased to have had the opportunity to cut the hair of five generations of several families in this area.  He provided the first haircut for numerous youngsters who then became faithful customers through the years.  Jack grew a large garden as long as his health permitted and was always happy to share corn and tomatoes with friends and neighbors.  One of his greatest pleasures was spending his spare time on his tractor, plowing or mowing his land.  Jack became a Christian at age thirty-three.  His faith was strongly woven through the fabric of his days.  He attended Howell Valley Church.  He was a strong, quiet and gentle man who loved his Lord, his family and his friends.  In 1976, Jack was married to Catherine Henry Judd; they celebrated their 38th Anniversary on April 18.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Judd, of the family home; one brother, Junior Judd, wife, Margaret, Koshkonong, Missouri; two sisters, Shirley Jett, Rover, Missouri and Kay Johnson, husband, Dale, West Plains, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Wanda Crow, husband, Gary, Juanita Walker, husband, Jim, all of Pomona, Missouri and Freda Tate, husband, Randall, West Plains, Missouri.  He was Uncle Jack to Michael, Paula, Randy, Marilyn, Melva, Bruce, Tina, Regina, Ramona, Brandon, Nathan, Tawnya, Kyle and Kevin.  He was Pa-Pa to Sam, Jonathan, Robert and Josh and a dear friend to Jack and Wanda Littlejohn.

His parents,  two sisters, Maxine and Emogean Judd, brother-in-law, Sam Jett, one niece, Tammy Jett, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Geneva Henry and two nephews-in-law, Everett Crow and Chase Johns, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Redburn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon Bible Society or Redburn Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Graveside services for Marian Eileen Reichardt, 93, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reichardt died at 5:08 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born March 25, 1921 at Salem, Arkansas, to Harry Ferguson and Lillie Annabelle Woods Ferguson.  On January 1, 1938, she was married to Archie Johnson and on September 25, 1961, she was married to Charlie Reichardt.  Mrs. Reichardt enjoyed spending time with her family and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She is survived by four children, Bonnie West, Scott City, Kansas, Gary Johnson, wife, Sally, West Plains, Harry “Fuzzy” Johnson, wife, Rose, Kinsley, Kansas and Linda Polzin, husband, Marvin, West Plains; twelve grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Ferguson, wife, Margaret, Wynnewood, Oklahoma; one sister, Madge Westfall, Great Bend, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husbands, two brothers, Bob Ferguson and Earl Ferguson and two sisters, Inez Lamons and Martha Snyder, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the TV/38 Light the World Ministries, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

A Memorial Service for Linda Joyce Kelch Wagner, 67, West Plains, Missouri will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Ms. Wagner died at 12:12 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at NHC Healthcare.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 a.m. followed by a dinner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  A guest book is available for signing at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Ms. Wagner will be laid to rest in the South Fork Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Christmas for Kids program or Alzheimer’s Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

She was born October 12, 1947, at Mason City, Iowa, to George Michael Kelch and Phyllis Marie Studer Kelch.  She graduated from Marquette-McGregor High School in Iowa with the Class of 1965.  She was an honest, dedicated hard worker and was self-employed in the farming and pallet industries.  Linda enjoyed gardening and canning which started in her childhood days of being in the 4-H program.  She also enjoyed dancing, gambling, socializing and anything outdoors, especially fishing, camping and 4-wheeling at Cloud 9 Ranch.  Linda was always eager to help with the charities of the Elks Lodge, especially Christmas for Kids project that gave her great joy.  She cherished time with her kids, grandkids and her wonderful close friends.  Ms. Wagner was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by three children, Terri Braynard, husband, Shane, West Plains, Troy Witte, wife, Vikki, West Plains and Tony Witte, wife, Staretta, Edmond, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Audie Russell, Paris Witte, Elijah Witte and Caleb Witte; three sisters, Norma Mason, husband, Charlie, Lollie Kelch, all of State of Iowa and Karen “Tootie” Schafer, husband, Howard, Branson, Missouri; and several nieces, nephews and special friends.

Her parents and one brother, George Michael Kelch, precede her in death.

Mrs. Charlotte Van Bibber, age 94, Mountain View, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Mountain View Healthcare, due to complications from pneumonia.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday January 16, 2015 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Hill Church, Mountain View, on Saturday January 17, 2015. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

She was born May 7, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, to Melvin and Henrietta (Brand) Brown. Charlotte grew up in Springerville, Arizona, attended high school in Chicago and received a BS in Biology from the University of Arizona. In 1944 she graduated with the first class of nurses to obtain a Masters in nursing from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charlotte came to southern Missouri to work at Burge Hospital, which later became Cox North in Springfield. While working there she met a young soldier who was a patient at the Army’s O’Reilly Hospital, where Evangel University is now located. The young man, C.W. “Van” Van Bibber, became her husband on May 24, 1947. They began their life together in Augusta, Georgia, then moved to Peace Valley, Missouri, to start a family. As the family grew they moved to Mountain View where Charlotte worked in the new Mountain View Memorial Hospital with Dr. Skaggs for 5 years. When the hospital closed she began working at West Plains Memorial in 1959. She worked in every area of the hospital and was Director of Nurses from 1962-1972. Charlotte retired in 1999 but never stopped nursing anyone in need.

As an active member of the Mountain View Community, Charlotte is well known for her straight forward manner, her stamina and her kind and caring heart. She was always willing to help others and her compassion was evident as she cared for her patients not only with her hands, but with her heart. Charlotte was an active member of the Mountain View Garden Club and could often be seen with the Wednesday Weeders. She was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, American Nurses Association and took pride in being the Ombudsmen for Aging Individuals. Mrs. “Van” was a mentor to all who knew her. The respect and admiration she received was well deserved, yet she remained very humble.

She was preceded in death by her husband C. W. Van Bibber. Charlotte is survived by four sons, Floyd (Marsha), Walter (Trish), Paul (Cathie) and Fred (Kathy); 9 grandchildren, Jim Van Bibber, Reba Cole (Billy), Cindy Hall (Kendrick), Adam Van Bibber, Clark Van Bibber (Stephanie), Jessica King (Derek), Chad Van Bibber, Ashley Van Bibber, Somer Van Bibber and Linsey Moore; 6 great grandchildren, Kaden, Chloe, Kiley, Kellen, Norah, Tuck and one more on the way.


Caiden Jordan of Cherokee Village was born at White River Medical Center in Batesville and passed away in Little Rock at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Dennis Jones.

Survivors include his mother Callie Jones and father Cole Jordan; grandmothers Tracey Witherspoon and Sherrie Jones; great-great-grandmother Helen Maxwell; uncles Daniel and David Jones and Jaime Jarrett; aunt Savannah Jones; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 14, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland with Chris Clem officiating. Burial will follow in Turkey Pen Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Mildred Fern Watson, 92 years, passed to Heaven on January 12, 2015 of congestive heart failure at Springfield, MO with her sister, JoAnn and husband, Fred Souder Livingston by her side.

Funeral services for Mildred will be Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ava General Baptist Church with burial in the Lutie Cemetery, Theodosia, MO. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn and Rev. Dennis Livingston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lutie Cemetery (Jo Stehle, c/o Century Bank of the Ozarks, 6151 US Highway 160, Theodosia, MO 65761), Ava General Baptist Church Memorial (P.O. Box 116, Ava, MO 65608) or charity of your choice.

Mildred was born September 5, 1922 in Lutie, MO to Rev. George and Clara (Bruer) Willhoit. Being raised in Ozark County, she went to grade school at Barefoot and graduated from Gainesville High School. She also attended one summer at Bolivar College.

On January 22, 1943 Mildred and Earl Watson were united in marriage in Lutie, MO. She has been a resident of Ava since that time. She taught two years of school at Mt. Taber and three years at Black Oak. She owned and operated Mildred’s Beauty Shop in Ava for 22 ½ years. She also served as an election judge for 30 years.

She accepted Jesus into her heart and was baptized at nine years old, remaining faithful through all her life. She began singing with her other siblings when she was young, who would often go with their father and sing when he preached or conducted a funeral. She joined the Ava General Baptist Church in 1947 and served as church secretary for 60 years. Another of her ministries was singing at funerals. Since she started keeping a record, she has sung for over 600 funerals.

Mildred loved working in the church and devoted her life to serving others. She taught Guild Girls for several years and several generations of first/second graders. She was still serving as a Sunday School teacher and helping clean the church each week until Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, when she broke her hip after helping clean the church.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl of 54 years, three sisters, Beulah Campbell, Opal Young, and Helen Griego, three brothers, Willard, Conley and Rev. Howard Willhoit.

Mildred is survived by her sister, JoAnn Livingston (whom she raised from the age of 14) and her husband, Fred Souder Livingston Springfield, MO. She is also survived by nephews, Don Young, George Willhoit, Mike Griego, Rev. Dennis Livingston and Doug Livingston and nieces, Juanita Garrison, Gail Jodzko, Norma Martin, Kathie Jermstad, and all their families, plus many other relatives and a multitude of friends.

Johnnie Chisam, of Kansas City, KS, passed away at the age of 82 on Sat. Jan. 10 at home. He was born in Isabella, MO, the son of Noah and Vic Whisnant Chisam.

Visitation will be at Highland Park Funeral Home in KCKS on Wednesday, January 14, from 6-8 PM. Funeral will be held at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville, MO on Friday, January 16 at 2 PM, with interment in Isabella MO.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to KC Hospices or Isabella Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Highland Park Funeral Home and Crematory, 4101 State Ave. KC KS. (913) 371-0699

Local services and burial arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

He worked for Sunshine Biscuit for 42 years, retiring in 1995. Johnnie was preceded in death by his first wife Donnie in 1984; brothers Olen, Everett, Ed and Wes Chisam; sisters Betress, Dora, and Mima Chisam, Lorene Long, and Alene McDonald.

Survivors include his wife Linda Chisam of the home; sister Rena Lininger; children Peggy Wheaton, Gary Chisam, Betty Kentech (Dave), Jerry Chisam, Penny, John Chisam (Katrina), Kelly McGinnis, Kerry Honeycutt (Eddie); 21 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.