Sunday, July 21, 2019

Audrey Ward

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Audrey Lea Ward, age 89, Carl Junction, passed away at her residence on July 19, 2019. Audrey was born November 10, 1929 to Herbert and Marguerite Sandy. 

Audrey was instrumental in starting the first kindergarten class for the Carl Junction School District. She was a charter member of the Briarbrook County Club and the Briarbrook Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Carl Junction. She was active in Girl Scouts for many years, and she worked at the Carl Junction Post Office until she retired. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and most recently a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Carl Junction. Audrey was an active member in the Carl Junction community and loved her Bulldogs. She enjoyed reading and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She was the epitome of strength, class, elegance, spirit; and loved by many. 

She married the love of her life, Alan Dean “Sid” Ward, on June 5, 1949. They were married 52 years. He preceded her in death in 2001. 

Audrey is survived by her daughter Cheryl Ward Hicks of Carl Junction; her sisters Lily Ash and Jeanette Verbryck, of Carl Junction; sister-in law Denise Sandy, of Pennsylvania; and Lois Cupp, Wichita Kansas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris Patterson (wife Stephanie) of Carl Junction, Sydney Anselmi (husband Jacob) of Pittsburg, Kansas, Samuel Ward, Colorado, Darrell Hicks, Jr. (wife Carla) of Webb City, Melissa Neblett (husband Keith) of Carl Junction; and her great grandchildren, Jackson Patterson, Austin Daniel (wife Jordan), Addison Daniel, Ty Hicks, Kade Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Dawsyn Hicks, Tanner Neblett (wife Amanda), and Justin Hicks (wife Amanda); and four great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Audrey is also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Russell A. Ward; a brother, Steven Sandy; and son-in-law, Darrell Hicks, Sr. 

 Services will be Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Bob Simon officiating. The family will be present for a visitation on Monday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Simpson Funeral Home in Carl Junction. Burial will follow services at Carl Junction Cemetery.Pallbearers shall be Chris Patterson, Jacob Anselmi, Darrell Hicks, Jr., Keith Neblett, Jackson Patterson, Ty Hicks, Kade Hicks, Tanner Neblett and Justin Hicks. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in her memory. 

Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Carl Junction. Visit for online condolences.

June Leonard

(From Fohn Funeral Home)

Lillian June (Bush) Leonard, age 96, of Monett, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Oak Pointe of Monett.

She was born June 4, 1923, in rural Cassville, MO, to Harry and Alta (Dilbeck) Bush. She attended grade school at Cross Hollows and graduated from Cassville High School in 1940.

On April 5, 1941, she was united in marriage to G.E. (Bill) Leonard. Bill preceded her in death July 8, 2017. 

June is survived by her three sons, Stanley Leonard of Midwest City, OK, Jerry Leonard (Carolyn) of Peculiar, MO, and Kent Leonard (Stephanie) of Sarcoxie, MO; six grandchildren and spouses, eight great grandchildren and a spouse; and loving nieces and nephews, including Larry, Janice, and Lyla and their spouses that were so thoughtful and diligent in helping to make sure her needs were met and that she was comfortable. Also surviving June are two brothers, Harry Bush, of Kansas City, KS, and Frank Bush, of Gentry, AR, and a brother-in-law, Joe Young, of Farmington, MO.

Preceding her in death, in addition to Bill, her husband, were her parents, three sisters, her daughter-in-law, Frances Leonard, and a great grandbaby.

She was an active member for many years of First Baptist, Butterfield. After moving to Monett from Cassville, in 2013, she was blessed with a new group of friends who became like family to her. Her children will always be grateful for the attentiveness of Lacoba Villa Staff, the loving care she received during the time she lived at Oak Pointe of Monett, as well as the resident friends who became like extended family to her! The many visitors, some weekly, were such a pleasure and brought her much joy!

June’s family meant so much to her and of utmost importance for family gatherings, was preparing plenty of food! Her unforgettable cookies became a staple, especially for her grandchildren as they were growing up. She loved gardening and spent many hours taking care of her flowers.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Reverend Dave Eaton, Sr. will conduct the services. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Friday, July 26, 2019, at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Butterfield First Baptist Church.

Marvin Taffner

(From Weng Funeral Chapel)

Marvin D. Taffner, 76 of Carthage, Missouri passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at his home. He was born September 19, 1942 in Barton County, Missouri to Earl Bernard and Juanita Marcel (Pearish) Taffner. Marvin was a machinist and had worked for Leggett & Platt.

Marvin was united in marriage to Reta Morris in Jasper, MO.. She survives. 

Other survivors include, Two sons, Duain Taffner and Rickey Taffner. One sister, Earlene Rea. Two brothers, Earl Taffner Jr. and Charles Taffner Sr.. 

Graveside services will be held at Waters Cemetery on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:00 A..M.. Burial will be in Waters Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Weng Funeral Chapel. Online condolences can be made at Weng Funeral

Bonnie Broyles

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Bonnie Jean Broyles, 88, of Pittsburg, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home.

She was born June 11, 1931 at Leon, Kansas, the daughter of Lee O. and Flossie A. (Wisdom) Scratcher. She attended grade school in Arcadia, Kansas and Junior/Senior High School in Pittsburg.

On July 12, 1948, she was united in marriage to Max A. Broylesin Pittsburg. He preceded her in death on September 30, 1994.

Bonnie devoted her life to caring for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. She never met a stranger.

Membership was held in the Frontenac United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of Frontenac. Bonnie was also active in the church’s quilting group, was a song leader for Vacation Bible School, loved singing in local church choirs, volunteered for chicken noodle dinners, and delivered Meals on Wheels in Frontenac. One of her favorite things was hosting and cooking for family gatherings and reunions. She always enjoyed a good card game.

Survivors include, three daughters, Maxine Pennington (Lawrence) of Shawnee, KS; Joyce Kirk (Glen) of Joplin, MO; and Susan Smith (Jamie) of Joplin, MO; a brother, Ronald Scratcher (Mary) of Hammett, ID; two sisters, Lois Hines and Barbara Beasley, both of Sandy, OR; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Lobile (Jim) of Arma, KS; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Larry Broyles, a grandson, Greg Broyles, a brother, Gary Scratcher, two sisters, Dolores Beasley and her twin, Donna Johnson. Kenny Heilman, her dear friend and sweetheart since 2008, preceded her in death in 2018.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, (July 23) at the Frontenac United Methodist Church of Frontenac, KS, with Rev. Linda Stotler and Rev. Hyun Ju Gil officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the Frontenac United Methodist Church. The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Women of Frontenac and/or Angels Among Us. These may be left at the church or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. KS.

Roger Reed

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Roger Reed, 62, of Mulberry, Kansas passed away at 5:48 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Girard Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born September 8, 1956 in Lynwood, California, a son of Leonard and Violet (Whitter) Reed.

Roger attended school in Frontenac, Kansas; graduating from the Frontenac High School. He attended P.S.U. where he studied mechanics.
Roger and Norma Shull were united in marriage in Pittsburg, Kansas on September 3, 1976, they later divorced.

Roger was employed with the City of Pittsburg, Altec Braking, SEK-CAP Inc., and Union 311 of Joplin.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, drag racing, hunting and welding.

He served in the United States Army from 1976 thru 1979

Roger was a member of Open Door Mission in Arcadia, Kansas.

Survivors include, two sons; Travis Reed and his wife Ronnah of Lamar, Missouri, Ethan Reed and his wife Ashlyn of Lawrence, Kansas, two daughters; Brandy Hencey and her husband Justin of Arcadia, Jamie Tyler and her husband Eric of Girard; five grandchildren; Dexter, Taylor, Blake, Avery, Holly, two brothers; Chuck Reed of Frontenac, Carl Reed of Arma, two sisters; Mary Hubbard and Vickie Reed both of Pittsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parent’s, one brother, Paul Reed.

Services for Roger Reed will be 9:00 a.m., Friday, July 26 at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Girard; burial will follow in the National Cemetery in Fort Scott. 

Visitation will be Thursday July 25 from 6 p.m. until 8 the funeral home; friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home after 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to family wishes and these may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W. St. John P.O. Box 258, Girard, Kansas 66743.

Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneral

Mark Hemphill

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Mark Alan Hemphill of Columbus, Kansas passed from this life on July 17, 2019 at his home, he was 50.

Mark was born on August 9, 1968 in Miami, Oklahoma to Gary and Cheryl (Wilmoth) Hemphill. He was the grandson of Robert and Ollie Wilmoth of Commerce, Oklahoma. He lived in the Columbus area for 15 years moving from Miami. Mark graduated from Miami High School with the class of ’87. Mark was a Commercial Diver for two years and also worked as a Laborer for Calibrated Forms before going to work for Wal-Mart. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Columbus. Mark’s hobby was his grandchild.

Mark had a motorcycle accident young in life and overcame the odds to go on and get married and have a family of his own. He put others before himself and was always there when you needed him.

Mark is survived by two daughters Emma Hemphill of Ada, Oklahoma and Chloe Hemphill of Ada, Oklahoma, a Granddaughter Paisley Tilton and an Uncle Jerry Wilmoth of Webb City, Missouri. He is also survived by numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins and closest friend Vhonda Meeks of Joplin, Missouri.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday July 24, 2019 at First Christian Church in Columbus with Pastor John Warring officiating. Burial will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church of Columbus. Online condolences can be made at

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ann Ryan

(From Holland & Lyons Mortuary)

Ann Ryan was born July 24, 1941 in Webb City Missouri to Madeline and Earnest Dean; she passed away peacefully, July 14, 2019 in Ridgecrest, CA 10 days shy of her 78th birthday.

Ann graduated from Carl Junction High, Carl Junction, MO in 1960.

Ann met the love of her life, Colin Daniel Ryan, a Navy service man in Portland Oregon where they married in September 1961.

Ann started her career at the Naval Weapons Center as a Disbursing Officer where she made life-long friendships. She loved her work, and eventually moved to the Housing Office, helping many Navy families find the perfect home while stationed at NWC.

Ann Ryan was best known as the Toys For Tots coordinator in the Indian Wells Valley where she served enthusiastically for over 20 years.

That deep passion for children, was reflected in her devotion to her own grandchildren. Any day with grandchildren and tinker toy building was a great day.

Ann was a beloved Sorority Sister since 1975 active with Beta Sigma Phi for more than three decades; she was President of Sorority City Council 4 times.

Also, an early member of the Ridgecrest Star Follies for whom she looked forward every year to volunteering her talents.

A 45 year supporter of the Elks Bpo Ridgecrest Lodge 1913 she and Dan celebrated their 50th anniversary with more than 100 friends and family in 2011.

She was a thoughtful, compassionate and caring woman, who always saw the best in everyone; she never met a stranger she didn’t like.

Ann’s kind positive spirit was such an inspiration to all who knew her and will truly be missed.

Ann is survived by her husband Dan Ryan of Ridgecrest, her son Richard Ryan, and his wife Diane Burko of Philadelphia, PA, her daughters Julie Sorensen and husband Michael Sorensen, Cathy Braem and husband Mike Braem, of Ridgecrest, CA, sister Joyce Gieszler and brother Jimmy Dean of WA, seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

We wish to thank the staff of High Desert Haven and the TCRU at Ridgecrest Hospital for the love and compassion shown to our mother during the months they cared for her.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 AM, Holland & Lyons Mortuary, 216 S. Norma St. Ridgecrest, CA with reception to follow at a location to be determined.

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