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Christen Thiel Shoemaker was born November 22, 1976 at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA the son of Craig Thomas Shoemaker, MD and Susan (Jones) Shoemaker. He passed away June 25, 2015 at Shannon County, MO at the age of 38 years.

Christen was preceded in death by his grandfathers William Jones, and George Shoemaker, Jr.; and his grandmother Artie Mae Jones.

Christen is survived by his mother Susan Jones of La Center, KY; his father Craig Shoemaker and stepmother Janet Shoemaker of Dallas, TX; two sons Aaron Shoemaker and Joseph Shoemaker of Casselton, ND; his grandmother Robbie Heitzman of Moline, IL; five brothers Todd Jones, Drew Jones and Will Jones all of La Center, KY and Ben Shoemaker and Nick Shoemaker both of Dallas, TX; one aunt Dawn Gorsuch and husband Blair of Peoria, IL; one uncle Kenn Shoemaker and wife Kathy of Silvis, IL and Don Jones of Oklahoma, and a host of other family and friends.

Christen graduated from the Leelanau School in Michigan and attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Christen had lived in the Ellington, MO area for the past year. He started an organic farm growing hydroponic crops, raising tilapia, non-GMO vegetables and free-range poultry and cattle. Along with his farming, he also worked with computers and satellite dish instillation. Christen was an accomplished musician who enjoyed performing with various bands, and was talented in playing eight musical instruments. Christen was an artist and a free spirit who fought for his beliefs even when unconventional.

Christen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

No funeral services are planned at this time.

A Funeral Service for Ruby Nancy Driml of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 2:00 pm, Monday, June 29, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Barry Lagg officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm, until time of service.

Ruby passed away June 24, 2015, in Gassville, Arkansas at the age of 91. She was born February 13, 1924, in Hazleton, Missouri, the daughter of James and Lottie Hale Bates. She married James Driml on March 18, 1961, in St. Louis, Missouri. Ruby lived in Mountain Home since 1987, moving from Ellisville, Missouri and loved the outdoors and traveling in the RV with James, visiting many of the United States.

Ruby is survived by her husband, James Driml of Mountain Home, AR; nephew, Bill Wilson and niece, Mora Olsen both from Washington State and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Nick) Nicholson of Cincinnati, OH and Wanda D’Alesandro of Golden, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Jewel Sliger, Virginia Wilson and Fay Ammann.

Entombment will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Mausoleum, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials may be made to a charity of their choice.

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

Graveside services for Kimber Elise Hughston, 18 day old infant daughter of Derek and Jordan Hughston, Pomona, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Dripping Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Kimber Elise Hughston was born June 4, 2015, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Derek Hughston and Jordan Denise Sheldon Hughston and went to be with the Angels at 10:10 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

She is survived by her parents, Derek and Jordan Hughston; her sister and brother, Madison and Abel Hughston; paternal grandparents, Janice Hughston and David and Deidre Hughston; maternal grandparents, Sharon Walsh and Tom Sheldon; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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.

Graveside services for Harvey Lee Strong, 92, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Strong died at 11:45 a.m., June 23, 2015, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

He was born July 23, 1922, at Gainesville, Missouri, to Robert Bess Strong and Vada Verona Luna.  He graduated from Gainesville High School with the Class of 1937.  Mr. Strong was a veteran, having served with the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II in Germany.  He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940’s.  On December 20, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Evelyn Marie Heard, who preceded him in death on February 7, 1989.  On March 11, 1991, he was married to Nona Ellen Stanley Clarke on their pontoon boat in Oregon County, Missouri.   He was a member of the West Plains Lion’s Club; having received a 30 year Diamond Award in 1997.  Harvey helped organize the South Howell County Ambulance Service and served on the board for twenty-three years.  For many years he was a contractor of school buses for West Plains R-7 Schools; after the school purchased buses, Harvey drove for the school system until his retirement.   He loved to fish and enjoyed bluegrass music and attended many bluegrass festivals.  Mr. Strong was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Nona Strong; one step-son, Allen Clarke, wife, Jeannie; three step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and several cousins, including Jean Thompson and Ronnie Luna.

His parents, first wife and step-daughter, Connie Henry, precede him in death.

Mr. Strong will lie in state from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until 12:00 noon Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

A Graveside Service for Dale Loyd Wolverton of Kimberling City, Missouri, formerly of Bull Shoals, AR will be 12:00 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Newton Flat Cemetery, with Military Honors by Hoevel-Barnett Post #1341 VFW and the United Sates Army Honor Guard.

Dale passed away February 21, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 85. He was born February 11, 1930, in Morning Sun, Iowa, the son of George and Ruth Beaucock Wolverton. Dale was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Dale is survived by his daughters, Lisa Ales of Moline, IL and Sherry Shrake of Rock Island, IL and his son, Michael Dale Wolverton of Trinidad, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jean Bras Wolverton.

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

Mary Lou Alexander, 81, of Pontiac, MO passed away on June 23, 2015 at her home with family by her side. She was born on March 19, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of James “Bill” and Fran K. (Smith) Gregory.

On October 25, 1970 Mary was united in marriage to Thomas Alexander. She was a homemaker and a very loving wife and mother. Mary was also very involved with the Pontiac Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Alexander of the home; five children: Greg Rethmeyer, Christina Monroe, Michael Rethmeyer, David Rethmeyer, Douglas Rethmeyer; and two step children: Mark Alexander and Matthew Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Fran Gregory.

Graveside services for Mary will be Friday, June 26, 2015, 10:30 A.M. in the Pontiac Cemetery, Pontiac, MO.

A Memorial to the Life of Arabella F. Schramm Richardson of Lakeview, Arkansas, formally of Tampa, Florida,will be Sunday, June 28, 2015, during the 10AM worship service at the Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church under the direction of Dr. Reverend Fred Taylor. All friends of Arabella’s are welcome to attend.

Arabella suddenly went to be with her Lord Jesus on June 23, 2015, at the age of 84. She was born September 16, 1930 in Cape May, N.J.. The daughter of August and Florence Schramm. She married the love of her life, Bob, 65 years ago, March 12, 1950 and they celebrated their wedding anniversary each month on the 12th. She went to college when she was in her 50’s and graduated at the top of her class as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Arabella was a member of, and an elder in, the Bull Shoals Presbyterian Church, She was active in teaching Sunday School and doing volunteer work in her earlier years when living in Florida. Arabella was a past volunteer at Baxter County Library, and a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved the beaches and sunsets of Florida and the nature ,flowers and wildlife of Arkansas and Colorado. She embraced life with smiles and laughter and was always willing to give of herself to help others.She was a good wife, mother and grandmother, and soul mate and best friend to Bob. Heaven has received an angel, and we have a new shining star in the heavens above us. Her family, friends and beloved dog Henry are there to joyfully welcome here home to the Lord.

Arabella is survived by her husband, Robert R. Richardson of Lakeview, AR,; daughter, Cathy (Tom Brock) Richardson of Venice, FL; son, Robert Richardson II of Lakeview, AR; grandsons, Scott Huggins and David (Christine) Huggins of Bradenton, FL; great-granddaughter Liberty Nicole, and great-grandsons Trace and Austin; sisters, Florence Danilko of Toms River, NJ and Inez (Ed) Hallman of Cape May, NJ and Cape Coral, FL; and her many nieces and nephews. She truly kept each and everyone in her family close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jeanne Middleton.

Memorials may be made to her favorite charity, the Humane Society or the Bull Shoals Arkansas Food Pantry.

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

beardsley-225x300Lyndell Laverne Beardsley, 90 years, passed away on June 21, 2015 at he r home in Wichita, KS with her family surrounding her.

Lyndell was born July 9, 1924 in Ava, MO, the third child of Benjamin Wesley and Nora (Miller) Everett. She graduated from Ava High School. After high school she went to CA and worked in the shipyard during WWII. When the war ended she worked at a furniture factory. Then later she worked at the streetcar barn switching the cars and signing them. On February 8, 1947 Lyndell and Harold Beardsley were united in marriage in Almeda, CA and to this union three children were born. They have been married for over 68 years!

She is the last one of 9 children, five girls and three boys to leave this earth.

She gave her heart to the Lord at an early age and raised her family in church. She taught Sunday School, Bible School and was Secretary of the Ladies Aux. She will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends.

Lyndell is survived by her husband, Harold Beardsley, Wichita, KS, three children and their spouses, Kerry & Sandy Beardsley, Stockton, CA, Rhonda & Mike McGuire, Goddard, KS and Kirk Beardsley, Wichita, KS, 15 grandchildren; Doug, Angela, Marla, Scott, Cheryll, Michael, Cindy, Dennis, Danette, Brandon, Jenny, Ken, Melanie, Danielle and Joe, 19 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Lyndell will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial following in the Dyer Cemetery (U Hwy), Ava, MO. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Serrato.

Memorials may be made to Dyer Cemetery.

Lyndell Laverne Beardsley, 90 years, passed away on June 21, 2015 at he r home in Wichita, KS with her family surrounding her.

Lyndell was born July 9, 1924 in Ava, MO, the third child of Benjamin Wesley and Nora (Miller) Everett. She graduated from Ava High School. After high school she went to CA and worked in the shipyard during WWII. When the war ended she worked at a furniture factory. Then later she worked at the streetcar barn switching the cars and signing them.

On February 8, 1947 Lyndell and Harold Beardsley were united in marriage in Almeda, CA and to this union three children were born. They have been married for over 68 years!

She is the last one of 9 children, five girls and three boys to leave this earth. She gave her heart to the Lord at an early age and raised her family in church. She taught Sunday School, Bible School and was Secretary of the Ladies Aux. She will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends.

Lyndell is survived by her husband, Harold Beardsley, Wichita, KS, three children and their spouses, Kerry & Sandy Beardsley, Stockton, CA, Rhonda & Mike McGuire, Goddard, KS and Kirk Beardsley, Wichita, KS, 15 grandchildren; Doug, Angela, Marla, Scott, Cheryll, Michael, Cindy, Dennis, Danette, Brandon, Jenny, Ken, Melanie, Danielle and Joe, 19 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Lyndell will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial following in the Dyer Cemetery (U Hwy), Ava, MO. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Serrato. Memorials may be made to Dyer Cemetery.

Funeral services for Bobby Lee King, 68, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. King died at 4:10 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2015, at West Vue Nursing Center.

He was born January 22, 1947, at Peace Valley, Missouri, to Calton Edmon King and Alice Pauline Willard King.  On May 20, 1966, he was married at Peace Valley, Missouri, to Judy Faye Moss, who preceded him in death on December 12, 2008.  Mr. King retired from the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Springfield, Missouri.  He enjoyed his dog, Sissy, hunting and fishing with his brothers and raising roses.  Mr. King was a Christian.

He is survived by two grandchildren, Jamie Chapman, husband, Joseph and Jeremy Riddle, wife, Schyleur; five great-grandchildren, Selena, Heidi and Donaven Chapman and Zeek and Echo Riddle; four brothers, Don King, wife, Jan, Rick King, wife, Leslie, John King, wife, Donna and Joe King, wife Melinda; four sisters, Shirley Moritz, husband, Jim, Elizabeth Watkins, husband, Ted, Jean Johnson, husband, Larry and Gloria Brotherton, husband, Jess; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one daughter, Karen Riddle, two brothers, Clarence and Othel King, one sister, Deanna Vandiver and his twin sister, Carolyn Marie, precede him 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 Elk Creek Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (bile duct cancer research) and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.