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Archive for February, 2012

Robert Lee Gunter, age 68, son of John and Beatrice (Collins) Gunter was born November 7, 1943, in Hocomo, MO. He passed away February 11, 2012 at his home in Houston, MO with his family by his side.

He grew up in the Hocomo, MO area and attended grade school in Egypt Grove. He graduated from West Plains High School in 1961. Robert married Lovella Davenport on March 4, 1962 in West Plains, MO.

Robert worked as a welder in Colorado in his earlier years. For most of his life he worked as a logger until retiring. After retirement he enjoyed woodworking, hunting, especially turkey hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish. He also loved to go mushroom hunting and gardening.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two infant grandchildren, Devin Ross Gunter and Bethany Nicole Wilson.

Robert is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Lovella of the home in Houston, MO, two sons, Robert L. Gunter, Jr. and wife LuEllen and Richard Gunter and his wife Michelle all of Bucyrus, MO, a daughter, Leslie Wilson and fiancé Michael Hubbard of Springfield, MO, eight grandchildren, Tyler, Danielle, Sydney, Crystal, Justin, Payton, Stanton and Lauren, six great-grandchildren, Addi, Ava, Halle, Brylea, Abilena and Tymber, four brothers, Wayne Gunter and wife Mildred of Colorado, Wayland and wife of West Plains, MO, Joe Gunter of Success, MO and David Gunter and wife Daisy of West Plains, MO, two sisters, Sylvia Peterman of Eufaula, OK, and Zella Mae Rhoades of West Plains, MO

Robert will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Success Baptist Church or Hospice Compasses, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday February 15, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday February 16, 2012 at Success Baptist Church with Pastor’s Gary Davenport and Ted Moore officiating. Pallbearers are; Taylor Gunter, Payton Gunter, Stanton Gunter, Justin Gabel, Garon May and Mike Hubbard. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

A simple service of remembrance and informal graveside service for Vernie Allen Shelton, 62, Aurora, Colorado and formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Salem, Arkansas Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Shelton died January 18, 2012 at his home in Aurora. He was born July 13, 1949, the son of Clarence Andrew Shelton and Odelsa Squire Collins and Everett Collins. Mr. Shelton was a graduate of the West Plains High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Missouri State University.

Allen is survived by three children and their spouses, Jay Shelton, Holly and Cory Carlson and Nicole and Wes Rothove; six grandchildren, Kortnee Long, Bailey Shelton, Abee Shelton, Kiley Carlson, Kamdyn Carlson and Madeline Rothove; and two brothers, Clarence (Butch) Shelton and Phillip Shelton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan Outreach Center or the Salvation Army and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life service for Mary Ellen Wheeler, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Ms. Wheeler died at 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at West Vue Nursing Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born November 13, 1919, in Howell County, Missouri, to James A. and Marcia VanVleck Porter. She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1936. She was a teacher and was active in the Daughters of The American Revolution and the South Central Genealogical Society. Ms. Wheeler enjoyed her flowers and gave starter plants to many in the community.

She is survived by her son, Wayne Wheeler, wife, Linda, Georgetown, Texas; four grandchildren, Kendra Wheeler, Dallas, Texas, Jamie Wheeler, Madison, Wisconsin, John Wheeler, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Porter Wheeler, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Her parents, one son, James Q. Wheeler, one grandson, Patrick Wheeler, two brothers, S. E. “Mike” Porter and James Quincy Porter, precede her in death.

Genessa Ann Mikolajski, 13, a resident of Lakeview went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

She was born October 20, 1998, in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington to John Robert and Casi Eisele Mikolajski. Genessa struggled with cancer for three years. Through multiple treatments and surgeries, she continued to look at life with courage, happiness. She shared that happiness with all she met. Genessa was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Home. She was preceded in death by a paternal great grandmother, Mary Lou Bush and paternal great grandparents, Bernard and Betty Mikolajski.

Survivors include her paternal grandparents, John Frederick and Carrie Louise Mikolajski of Lakeview; her parents, John Robert Mikolajski of Salsbury, North Carolina and Casi Mikolajski of Springfield, Missouri; a brother, John Hunter Mikolajski of Lakeview; a sister, Rane Marie Mikolajski of Lakeview; paternal great grandfather, Robert Bush of Bull Shoals; two maternal great grandmothers, Pam Alvarez of Spokane, Washington and Mildred Eisele of Sequim, Washington; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Mountain Home Baptist Church with Pastor David Kapler officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Mikolajski Family or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591.

Funeral services for Billy Joe Jones, 77, Springfield, Missouri, will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Jones died at 11:25 a.m., Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Springfield, Missouri. He was born August 8, 1934, in Christian County, Missouri, to Fred Wiley Jones and Clara Marie McGinnis Jones. On November 16, 1973, he was married at Miami, Oklahoma, to Joan M. Crider, who preceded him in death on March 31, 2009. Mr. Jones was a veteran having served with the United States Marines and United States Army. Before his retirement, he was the maintenance supervisor for Logan-Rogersville Schools. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by eight children, James Jones, wife, Madeline, West Plains, Missouri, Larry Jones, wife, Janet, Springfield, Missouri, David Jones, wife, Johnnie, Brighton, Missouri, Dorothy Kornegay, husband Bryan, Ozark, Missouri, Leigha Snow, Park Hills, Missouri, Billie Jo Wiles, husband, Jay, Springfield, Missouri, John David Crider, wife, Michelle, Tucson, Arizona, and Michael Crider, wife, Vickey, Battlefield, Missouri; thirty-nine grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sandra Jones, Lebanon, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one son, Billy Ray Jones, one daughter, Rebecca Denke, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two brothers, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Dripping Springs Cemetery.

Hazel Ireta (Carter) Postelwait, daughter of Oscar and Leah (Snyder) Carter, was born on May 15, 1922 in Upton, MO and went home to be with the Lord, with her loved ones by her side on February 11, 2012 at Houston House, Houston, MO at the age of 89 years and 9 months.

Hazel grew up in the Upton community and attended the Coffee School at an early age. She was united in marriage to Wayne Postlewait on August 20, 1942. To this forty four year union twelve children were born.

She worked at Quarter Master Laundry, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO until her retirement in 1979.

Hazel accepted Christ as her Savior at age 16. She loved telling the story to her children of breaking the ice in the water during her baptism. As a child she enjoyed walking with her friends to Hickory Ridge Baptist Church and during her later years attending services with her grandson as Pastor.

Hazel’s greatest joy in life was her family. She loved holding her grandbabies and giving them kisses. Afternoons were spent gardening, quilting and watching her children play baseball. She enjoyed watching the Cardinals on television and listening to them on the radio at the same time. Her love for her family will always be a treasured memory. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers, Wesley Carter, Harvey Carter, Wiliford Carter, Marshall Carter and Kenneth Carter, one sister, Velma Lorene (Carter) Tollefson, one daughter, Lois Mings, one infant daughter and one infant son, two great-grandchildren, Christy and Nathan, and two sons-in-law, Jack Schaffer and Oris Weber.

Hazel is survived by her sons, Virgil and wife Sherryn, Jerry and wife Jan, Larry, Robert and Leslie and wife Cynthia all of Bucyrus, MO, Stanley (Ed) and wife Carol of Chesapeake, VA, her daughters, Joyce Schaffer of Osage Beach, MO, Shirley Weber of Lynchburg, MO and Donna Petty and husband Mark of Plato, MO, 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 14 great great-grandchildren, one sister, Ruby Ramsey of Bucyrus, MO, one brother, Vernon Carter and wife Freda of Houston, MO and three sisters-in-law, Bonnie Carter and Irene Carter of Bucyrus, MO and Shirley Carter of Success, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Houston House Crafting Department Fund. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com

Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday February 15, 2012 at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church with Pastor Albert Weber officiating. Pallbearers were; Jerry, Larry, Virgil, Bob, Ed and Les Postlewait. Burial was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Robert Lee Gunter, age 68, son of John and Beatrice (Collins) Gunter was born November 7, 1943, in Hocomo, MO. He passed away February 11, 2012 at his home in Houston, MO with his family by his side.

He grew up in the Hocomo, MO area and attended grade school in Egypt Grove. He graduated from West Plains High School in 1961. Robert married Lovella Davenport on March 4, 1962 in West Plains, MO.

Robert worked as a welder in Colorado in his earlier years. For most of his life he worked as a logger until retiring. After retirement he enjoyed woodworking, hunting, especially turkey hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish. He also loved to go mushroom hunting and gardening.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two infant grandchildren, Devin Ross Gunter and Bethany Nicole Wilson.

Robert is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Lovella of the home in Houston, MO, two sons, Robert L. Gunter, Jr. and wife LuEllen and Richard Gunter and his wife Michelle all of Bucyrus, MO, a daughter, Leslie Wilson and fiancé Michael Hubbard of Springfield, MO, eight grandchildren, Tyler, Danielle, Sydney, Crystal, Justin, Payton, Stanton and Lauren, six great-grandchildren, Addi, Ava, Halle, Brylea, Abilena and Tymber, four brothers, Wayne Gunter and wife Mildred of Colorado, Wayland and wife of West Plains, MO, Joe Gunter of Success, MO and David Gunter and wife Daisy of West Plains, MO, two sisters, Sylvia Peterman of Eufaula, OK, and Zella Mae Rhoades of West Plains, MO

Robert will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Success Baptist Church or Hospice Compasses, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday February 15, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday February 16, 2012 at Success Baptist Church with Pastor’s Gary Davenport and Ted Moore officiating. Pallbearers are; Taylor Gunter, Payton Gunter, Stanton Gunter, Justin Gabel, Garon May and Mike Hubbard. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Glenda Marie Wright was born in Illinois on September 27, 1953, to Lena Mansfield Goldsberry. Her mother later married Richard Ford who adopted Glenda as his own and was the only father she ever had. She departed this life February 11, 2012, at West Plains, Missouri, at the age of fifty-eight years.

In November 1970, Glenda married Junior Hayes of West Plains, Missouri, and to this union two children were born, David and Jessica. As a young mother, she stayed home with her children and enjoyed being a mommy. At a young age, Glenda accepted the Lord at Pilgrim Rest Church near Blue Springs in Mountain View, Missouri. Although her journey would prove to not always be an easy one, because of this decision, her final destination was at Heaven’s throne.

Her father, Richard Ford and one grandson, DeWayne Hayes, precede her in death.

She is survived by two children, David Hayes, wife, Dianna, and Jessica Sloan, both of West Plains, Missouri; mother, Lena Bridgeforth, husband J.D., Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Carey Ford, Dover, Delaware and Scott Ford, wife, Rita, Mountain View, Missouri; one sister, Faith Collins, husband, Darrell, Mountain View, Missouri; four grandchildren, Emma Hayes, Junior Hayes, LaLique Cauthen, husband, Justin, all of West Plains, Missouri, and SaBrina Hayes, Springfield, Missouri; four great-grandsons, Mason Hayes, Brendan Smith, Clayton Hayes, and Hayden Hayes; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will be missed.

Per Glenda’s wishes, no services will be held.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Eldon Ray Burgess, 81, Overland Park, Kansas, died February 14, 2012 at 10:27 a.m. at Timberlake Care Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Wayne T. Kanatzar, 84, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Gassville Nursing Center.

He was born December 9, 1927, in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Riley T. and Hazel Onita Parker. Wayne served in the United States Navy for 4 years during World War II. Wayne married Norma Delloyd on July 6, 1952, in Kansas City, Missouri. After his military service he was a firefighter with the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department. During his career at the fire department he worked his way up to captain and was the Scuba Instructor for the department. Wayne retired after 25 years of service. He umpired and coached Little League Baseball. He relocated to Mountain Home in 2007 from West Plains, Missouri. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wallace Gibson and Wasby Dell Kanatzar.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin “Kip” Kanatzar of Gassville, Kerry and Mary Kanatzar of Kansas City, Missouri and Kristen Neal Kanatzar of Norfork; a sister, Lawanda Hank of Raytown, Missouri; his former spouse, Norma Delloyd of Gassville; a daughter-in-law, Amanda Kanatzar of Mountain Home; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home. Interment will be in Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.