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Archive for June, 2013

Graveside services for Ronald D. Trantham, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Elijah Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Trantham died at 11:50 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Trantham will lie in state from 4:00 pm Wednesday until Noon Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Elijah Cemetery or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Graveside services for Bobby Eugene Collins, 78, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Ledbetter Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Collins died at 7:23 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center. He was born March 16, 1935, at West Plains, Missouri, to Tommy E. and Clora Edith May Collins. On April 1, 1966, he was married at Crider, Missouri, to Merlene Ruby Robinson. Mr. Collins worked at DRS, formerly Southwest Truck Body and was the owner and operator of AD Grocery. He enjoyed bluegrass music and visiting friends and neighbors. Mr. Collins was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Merlene Ruby Collins, of the family home; four children, Ronnie Collins, special friend, Angie McDonald, Barbara Busby, husband, Dennis, all of Crider, Missouri, Kathy Fisher and Marlynn Fisher, both of the State of Idaho; three grandchildren, Bryan Tharp, Kelsie Nelson, husband Leon and Bobbi Busby; three great-grandchildren, Baylie, Hunter and Trevan; and one sister, Imogene Belcher, husband, Walter, Crider, Missouri.

His parents, one son, Robert Collins, four sisters, one great-granddaughter, Keylie and mother-in-law, Kate Robinson, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Mr. Jimmie Walker, age 63 of Licking, MO passed away June 9,2013 at Licking,MO

Visitation will be Monday, June 10,2013 from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at Fox Funeral Home.

Services will be Tuesday, June 11,2013, 11:00 A.M. at Fox Chapel. He is survived by his mother Ruby Walker of Licking.

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

Tennie (Holmes) Hendrickson, 93, daughter of John Welk and Carrie Eldoro (Gilmore) Holmes was born July 24, 1919 in Shirley, Arkansas. She passed away June 7, 2013 at Houston House, Houston, MO.

As a young child, she worked in the cotton fields with her father and siblings she also worked in the orchards.

Tennie married Herchel Hendrickson and two children were born to this union, Sherman and Mary. Her husband served in WWII and was a POW for three years. She continued to work in the orchards as a migrant worker to raise her children.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Mary and 10 brothers and sisters.

Tennie is survived by her son, Sherman Hendrickson and wife Carolyn, grandchildren; Andrew Noponen and wife Sherry, Mary Kendrick and Loretta Helm and husband Cecil, many great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Tennie loved to tend to her vegetable garden, she loved growing vegetables to enjoy and share with family and friends.

She lived a long happy life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.

Private family services were held Monday June 10, 2013 at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Mrs. Connie McCallister, age 62, of Licking, MO passed away June 5, 2013 at her home in Licking, MO

Visitation will be Monday, June 10, 2013 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. at Fox Chapel with memorial service at 10:00 A.M.

All arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking.

Graveside services for Ervin Wayne Gintz, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m,Monday, June 10, 2013 at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Greene County, Missouri, with Brother Charles Allen officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Chris Lewis Gintz and Mary Meyers Gintz, on January 2, 1931 in Marshfield, Missouri and died June 7, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage November 1, 1957 in Springfield, Missouri to Maude Ann Wood.

He is survived by his wife, Maude Ann Wood Gintz, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; two children, Tammy Gintz of West Plains and Terri Lamb and husband, Rick, Mt. Vernon, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Bernice Gintz Clark and husband, Craig, of Seymour, Missouri; one sister, Lois Marriott of Roeland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Alison Alaimo, Michael Kennedy, James Kennedy, Stephanie Hickey, Hillary Gintz, Mindy Detherow, Brett Lamb, Joshua Lamb and Adam Lamb; four step grandchildren, Tim Clark, Jeremy Clark, Brandon Clark, and Kelby Clark; nine great grandchildren, Kiora, Quana, Sydney, Andrew, Cooper, Brandon, Truman, Sophie, and Joey; five step great grandchildren, Isaac, Kierra, Sienna, Cash, and Riley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven Gintz; one brother, Arnold Gintz, and one sister, Retha Browne.

He was a member of Fremont Hills Baptist Church in Ozark, Missouri. He loved woodworking. He had been employed as a repairman for National Cash Register Company for over twenty-five years. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Graveside services for Donald “Dean” Kilkenny, 80, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Kilkenny died at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013, at West Vue Nursing center.

He was born August 30, 1932, at Canton, Missouri, to the late Kenneth Benton “Pappy” Kilkenny and Louise Burford Pollock. He graduated from high school in northern Missouri and then moved to the West Plains area, where he went into business with his father, Kenny Kilkenny, in a limestone quarry. He owned Kilkenny Limestone and Fertilizer Company for many years and then expanded with Kilkenny International Harvester tractor and implement dealership. He continued in business with auto sales and used equipment. His sons, Gary and Randy, assisted him in the businesses throughout the years. Mr. Kilkenny was a veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp in the 1950’s and was a member of the Elks Lodge of West Plains.

He is survived by three daughters, Serena Speaker, husband, Bill, Brenham, Texas, Denise Solberg, husband, Cary, Portland, Oregon and Savannah Kilkenny, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Randy Kilkenny, wife, Madlyen, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Christy Englehart, Wellington, Florida, Alison Head, Richmond, Texas, Jennifer Sholes, West Plains, Missouri, Benton Kilkenny, West Plains, Missouri, Braylynn Jean Deanne Sewell, West Plains, Missouri and Harley Dean Allen Hercher, West Plains, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Logan Klineline, Sydney Englehart, Noah Englehart, Dalton Head, Taylor Hicks and Carter Hicks.

His parents and one son, Gary Kilkenny, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Kilkenny will be laid to rest in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, between his father, Kenneth Kilkenny and his son, Gary Kilkenny. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

Funeral services Shirley Marie (Napier) Smith, age 77, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. She was born to Charlie Michael Napier and Norma Rebecca (Havin) Napier on November 4, 1935 in Delaware, Shannon County, Missouri. She spent her early years in Thomasville, Rover, and West Plains, Missouri where she met James Lamar Smith. They were married on July 21, 1957. They moved often as Lamar advanced in the telephone business, living in many places in Missouri including Shelbina, Jefferson City, and Kansas City and Lenexa, Kansas before settling in Tulsa. Shirley picked up painting soon after graduating from West Plains High School and enjoyed her hobby for most of her life. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Shirley was a strong Christian and shared her faith with anyone she met. She was also very proud of her Scottish heritage and her extended family was especially dear to her.

Shirley is survived by her husband Lamar; two sons and daughters-in-law, Victor and Christy Smith, Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Eric and Leanne Smith, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three grandchildren, Katelynn, Garret, and Wyatt Smith.

The family will receive their friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

David Lee Russell, Sr. 75, West Plains, Missouri, died at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born July 27, 1937, at Omaha, Nebraska, to Ray Roy Russell and Genevieve Swick Russell. On June 29, 1957, he was married at Kettering, England, to Maureen Ritchie, who preceded him in death on December 22, 2010. Mr. Russell was a veteran having served with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a policeman for eleven years, then owned and operated his own business and was a member of the neighborhood watch while living in California. He was a hard worker and loved people; a strong man who never gave up. His family was an important part of his life and he will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by three children, David Russell, Jr., wife, Claudia, West Plains, Missouri, Colleen Neff, Alta Loma, California and Bradley Russell, wife, Denise, West Plains, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Russell.

His parents, wife, two sisters, Betty and Dorothy and one infant sister, precede him in death.

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

Esther Lavern (Hutsell) Richardson, age 70, daughter of Carlos and Blanche (Greenlee) Hutsell was born November 16, 1942 in Huggins, MO. She departed her earthly life June 3, 2013 after a short stay in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO.

Esther is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, three sons, Carl Gene, Steve and David and one daughter, Connie Lavern.

She is survived by her husband Carl of Mtn. Grove, MO, one son, Randy of Cabool, MO, six grandchildren; Zach, Summer, Tori, Ariah, Cameron and Johna, three great-grandchildren; Kaden, Asher and Marlea, two brothers; Emmitt Hutsell of Huggins, MO and Ernest Hutsell of Oregon and a host of nieces and nephews.

Esther grew up in the Huggins area and went to high school at Houston High.

She married her love at the young age of 15, on May 25, 1958 and five children were born to this union.

Esther was always hard at work, whether it be putting thirty years in at Brown Shoe Factory, being a homemaker at night or keeping the business side straight at the car lot. As hard as she worked Esther always loved the feel of a tug on the end of the line, as fishing was one of her favorite hobbies.

Esther grew up going to church with her parents at the No.1 Church in Huggins and accepted the Lord at an early age. She loved the Lord and relied heavily on him throughout all the heartaches of her life. She rededicated her life to the Lord in the early 1980’s. She was active in the church, serving as Sunday school teacher and church secretary at Southside Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove, MO. After years of dedication at Southside, God called her to a new church home at First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove, MO.

Later in life Esther found the invention of the computer and would spend hours playing spider solitaire. Some of her favorite times were cookie baking and decorating with all of her grandkids. Esther loved her kids and grandkids, whether it was waiting up late nights for curfew or the countless trips to the orthodontist, she was always there. Esther also enjoyed watching the Mountain Grove Panther football games and DIY home projects.

Esther was a Strong, loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will truly be missed, but she is now walking the streets of gold.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be held Thursday June 6, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, Mtn. Grove, MO. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday June 7, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Mtn. Grove, MO with Bro. Gene Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery, Graff, MO, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.