Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jerry Huellinghoff

(From Parker Mortuary)

Jerome E. "Jerry" Huellinghoff, age 75, Joplin, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Mercy Hospital.

Jerry was born October 30, 1941 in Villa Ridge, Missouri, son of the late John Huellinghoff and Rose Kensell Huellinghoff. He grew up in Villa Ridge, and began his career as a truck driver at the age of 16. He and his brother purchased a pair of dump trucks and began Huellinghoff Brothers Hauling, which they did for several years. In the early 1970's Jerry began Huellinghoff Trucking, Inc. which he operated until his retirement in 2012. He was of the Catholic faith, and served in the National Guard for six years.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by son, Glen Keller, a grandson, Jimmy, and his brothers, Eddie and Tony.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gladys L. Huellinghoff; children, Dora Jeffers and husband Jerry of Carl Junction, Jean Simon and husband Jerry of Duenweg, Flora Jane Wilcox of Tyner, North Carolina, Patricia Farley and husband Roy of Joplin, Gail Vaughan and husband Larry of Joplin, Leroy Dickey and wife Donna of Neosho, Gary Keller of Joplin, Joetta Miller of Owensville, Missouri, and Ann Casey and husband Robert of Owensville; grandchildren, Kim, Doug, Andy, Rene', Chris, Matt, Jason, Zach, Heather, Zac, and Mistie; several great-grandchildren; brother, Freddie; sisters, Annie, Jeannie, Rita, Bernice, and Mary; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Chris Vaughan (grandson) officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Goldie Conner

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Goldie Conner, 85, Neosho, passed away April 21, 2017 at Freeman West in Joplin following a short illness. She was born February 9, 1932 in Noel, Missouri, the daughter of Eugene ‘Bud’ and Mettie Jane (Barker) Nims. 

 Goldie was a lifelong Neosho area resident. She and her husband, Jim owned and operated Conner Excavating, established in 1969. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, reading, music and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

 Goldie married James W. ‘Jim’ Conner on May 27, 1949 in Neosho and he preceded her in death on November 3, 1999. She is survived by five children, Darlene Bacon (Mike), Janey Harper (Steve), Jim Conner (Ruth), Nancy Wood, all of Neosho and Kathi Zornes (Terrie) of Cassville; three brothers, Kenneth Nims, Gary Nims and Elmer Nims, all of Neosho; three sisters, Sue Brodie, Ruth Cummings, both of Neosho and Martha Spencer of Joplin; ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Goldie is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and two brothers. 

 Services will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home in Neosho with Dr. Jerry Seigel officiating. Interment will follow in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Goldie’s grandsons, Michael Bacon, Chris Harper, Matt Rice, Stephen Harper, Justin Conner and Dalton Stipp. The family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. The casket will be closed at all times. Contributions in memory of Goldie may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.

Harlan Snow

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Harlan Boyd Snow, 88, Joplin, a retired veteran Missouri Journalist, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at
Freeman Hospital, following an illness.

Mr. Snow, a lifelong Missourian, was born Aug. 13, 1928 in western Lawrence County near
Sarcoxie, to Hazel A. Snow and Pauline E. (Woods) Snow, both descendants of pioneer settlers
of the southwest corner of the county in the 1840s – 1850s.

A graduate of Sarcoxie High School and the class of 1951 of what is now Missouri State University, he spent his 44-year work career entirely in Missouri, beginning with a two-year hitch as history and speech teacher at Eldon High School.

Next, following one year as an announcer at KRMS at Osage Beach, he began a career as a newsman at KFSB in Joplin. One-year stints at KRMS and KBTN at Neosho then preceded 10.5 years as news director at KSIS, Sedalia.

He joined The Joplin Globe as a reporter on Feb. 1, 1968 and retired 27 years later. His tenure at
The Globe involved reporting on a wide variety of beats, including politics, business, city government, education and highways.

Upon retirement, he served one elected term as the first chairman of the Jasper County Emergency
Services board which oversaw the startup of the county’s first enhanced 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system. 

While in Sedalia he served as co-chairman of the town’s first Scott Joplin ragtime concert, a
forerunner of today’s annual festival honoring the pioneer pianist and composer. In 2007,
Mr. Snow received an award from the festival sponsors for his early efforts.

An amateur historian, he wrote a history of the first 100 years of the Sedalia Fire Department published in 1968 after his move to Joplin. He served as a member and report drafter of a citizens committee, appointed by the City Council, to conduct a management audit of the Joplin Fire Department in 1979. In addition to being a fire buff, he was a collector of jazz records, most all of which were lost in Joplin’s May 22, 2011 tornado.

He was a past member of the Lions Club at Eldon, and at Osage Beach; the Sedalia Jaycees, and the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He was an Eagle Scout in his youth. He was baptized in the Methodist Church and attended Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin.

He married Carolyn Ann Breeden, June 15, 1969 in Joplin. Surviving are his wife; a son, Brice Snow, of the home; and a daughter, Beth Snow, of Joplin.

Funeral services for Harlan Snow will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children, in care of the mortuary.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Arthur Fuller

(From Knell Mortuary)

Arthur M. Fuller, 91, Carthage, passed away Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon. Arthur Mason Fuller was born May 29, 1925 in Hammond, IN to Arthur M. Fuller and Marie Martha (Krone) Fuller. Arthur served in the Marine Corp during WWII. He married Dorothy Slowinski on August 23, 1947 in Chicago, IL; she preceded him in death on March 7, 2001. He worked as a distributor for Little Debbie. Arthur was a Catholic by faith.

Survivors include two daughters Barbara Radebaugh (husband Jeff), Barrington, IL, and Diane Bougher (husband Roger), Carthage, MO; five grandchildren, John Lutz (wife Melissa), Scott Fournier (wife Kim), Andrew Bougher (Heather), Elizabeth Bougher, and Jenifer Martinsen (Tim); and six great grandchildren, Lillian Fournier, Royal Fournier, Karliah Bougher, Chelsea Martinsen, Mackenzie Martinsen, and David Wiesmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, Robert “Bob” Fuller, and longtime companion, Dell Flanigan.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Chuch, with a visitation following. Fr. Steve Wilson will officiate. Inurnment will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to Missouri Veteran’s Home, Mt. Vernon, MO for Bingo Games in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO 64836. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eleanor Souders

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Eleanor G. Souders, 90, Reno, Nevada, formerly of Anderson, MO, died peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2017. 

 Eleanor was born Aug. 4, 1926 in Joplin, the daughter of Glenn and Sylvia (Wallace) Westfall. She attended schools in Emporia, Kansas and was a homemaker. While living in Anderson, she was involved with the Senior Citizens Groups in Lanagan and Pineville, helping with the flowers and taking care of the building. She moved to Reno in 2005 from Anderson. 

 Eleanor and Walter J. Souders, Jr. were married on Nov. 25, 1942 in Neosho and he preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 2002. She is survived by three children, Carl Souders of Jasper, MO; Sharon L. Stoppleman of Arizona and Janice F. Maddux of Reno, NV and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two daughters, Karen and Joyce. 

 Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho on Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.

Brian Bennett

(From Knell Mortuary)

Brian K. Bennett, 74, Carthage, MO, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017. Brian Keith Bennett was born October 4, 1942 in Liverpool, England. He earned his Associate Degree from Kansas City Community College in 1960. He served in the United States Air Force. Brian married Elsie Marie Young on September 26, 1999 in Fairbanks, AL. He worked as an Aerospace Technician.

Survivors include; his wife, Elsie Marie Bennett, Carthage, two daughters; Andrea Perry, Fairbanks, AL, Wendy Calvey, Dover, TN, two sons; Bruce Bennett, Fairbanks, AL, Jon Sanchez, Fairbanks,
AL, one brother, one sister, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

Richard Givens

(From Knell Mortuary)

Richard L. Givens, 78, Carthage, MO, passed away Monday morning, April 17, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, MO. Richard Lee Givens was born September 11, 1938 in Graybull, WY to Roy David Givens and Josephine (Harris) Givens. Richard was a graduate of Granby High School, Class of 1956. He continued his education at Southwest Texas State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Richard served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1956-1960. He worked in Law Enforcement before retiring.

Survivors include; one daughter, Susan Larchart, two sons; Kevin Givens and Jeffrey Givens, one sister; Betty Nagel, one brother; David Givens, and six grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.