Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Donnie Balestrin

(From Parker Mortuary)

Donnie Lee Balestrin, Sr., age 71, of Joplin, Missouri, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Missouri.

Donnie was born September 29, 1945 in Miami, Oklahoma to the late Eli Balestrin and Betty Jean Wall. He served our country during the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine. Donnie owned several businesses in heavy construction, including Midco Redi Mix that eventually became Associated Redi Mix and Balestrin Construction which is still going today. He also developed Hickory Hills Estates.

Donnie loved racing, owning two different modified race cars. He was a Ford man, loving his Ford pickup truck. He enjoyed taking care of his cattle and going to the casino with Connie and friends. He was just a great guy, very talented and driven to influence a lot of people.

On October 14, 1967, Donnie married Connie Jo Palmer in Joplin. After nearly 50 years together, she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include sons, Donnie Balestrin, Jr. and wife, Debbie of Joplin, Gregg Balestrin and wife, Debbie of Joplin; brother, Sid Clark and wife, Connie of Joplin; grandchildren, Colten Balestrin and wife, Kendra, Amber Balestrin, Cole Howe, Allyson Tyree, Kylee Sikes and Robert Sanchez; great granddaughter, Addisyon.

Other than his parents, Donnie was also preceded in death by a step father, Clarence Clark and a brother, Charles Clark.

A visitation is planned for Friday, July 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary, Joplin. Donnie's wishes are to be cremated following the services and burial will take place at a later date in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.

Vivian Lewis

(From Clark Funeral Home)

Vivian T. Lewis, Monett, entered into rest on July 18, 2017 at Lacoba Homes in Monett at the age of 96.

 Vivian was born June 18, 1921 at Barnsdall, OK, the daughter of Bart and Ludie (Soward) Swanson. She and Russell Stephenson were married in 1938. She resided in Neosho from 1946-1965, moved to Cassville in 1965 and in 1998, returned to Neosho and then moved to Monett six weeks ago. Vivian was co-owner of Hal’s Automotive with her husband, Hal Lewis in Cassville until, October 1987. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting and traveling. 

 Vivian and Harold ‘Hal’ Lewis in September 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 21, 2004. She is survived by three children, Beverly Lewis and husband, Bill of Neosho; Gaylene Farwell and husband, Stona and Jim Stephenson and wife, Maurcine of Cassville; two brothers, Loyal Swanson of Barnsdall, OK and Everett Swanson and wife, Martha of Copan, OK; one sister, Earnestine Montgomery of Barnsdall, OK; six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. 

 Graveside services will be Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2 pm at the Monett IOOF Cemetery, Dr. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho on Thursday from 9 am until 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Vivian may be made to Lacoba Homes, Inc. or America Diabetic Association, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, MO 64850. 

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

Veralene Bates

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Veralene Marie Bates, age 94, of Webb City, Mo. went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Webb City Health and Rehab Center. Veralene was born March 12, 1923 in Broken Bow, OK. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Broken Bow Nursing Home for 26 years, beginning in 1965. She came to the Joplin area in 2007.

Veralene married Samuel E. Bates December 24, 1941 in Broken Bow. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2007. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gwen Wood, and an infant son, Samuel Joseph Bates. Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Stephens, Webb City, and Sue Ann Rankin and husband Jack, Sapulpa, OK, one sister, Billie Mulkey, Columbia, MO, 9 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 18 great great grandchildren.

Veralene’s wishes were to be cremated. Private family graveside services at the Broken Bow Cemetery are pending. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory of Joplin, Mo.

Ron Baker

(From Parker Mortuary)

Ronald ‘Ron’ L. Baker, went to his home in heaven on July 19, 2017 at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 28 days at Medicalodge in Neosho, following declining health and an extended illness. 

Ron was born on July 21, 1941 in Ft. Worth, Texas, the son of George William and Ida Lee (Taylor) Baker and they precede him in death. He was saved and baptized in Fort Worth, Texas and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Neosho. Ron worked at Ozark Terminal when he first moved to Neosho and then worked at Don’s Honda for over twenty years. He then became a process server and bail bondsman for many years. Ron and his wife, Pam, owned and operated a payday loan office, ‘Cash Connection’ in Neosho for twelve years. 

 Ron married Pamela (Blinzler) on March 1, 1975 in Granby and she survives. Ron and Pam have one daughter, Deborah Chandler and her husband, Michael of Lawrenceville, Georgia; two grandchildren, Brandon Smith and his wife, Loran and Bryan Smith all of Lawrenceville, Georgia and a great grandson, Riley Smith. Additional survivors are a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents, Ron is preceded in death by two sisters, Imogene Baker and Billie Garrett and husband, Walter of Granby and a brother, James Byron Baker. 

 The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Medicalodge and Avalon Hospice for the compassionate care provided to Ron, we appreciate your kindness. 

 Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 am at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Dr. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Following the service, the family will receive friends at a time of visitation until 11:30 at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, MO 64850.

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

Clinton Myers

(From Weng Funeral Chapel)

Clinton John Myers Jr., 79 of Jasper, Missouri passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at his home. 

He was born October 8, 1937 in Burley, Idaho to Clinton and Alma (Hall) Myers. Clinton was a farmer. He had also worked for Locarni Marble Co. and also worked in construction. Clinton was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

Clinton was united in marriage to Sharon Jones on August 2, 1959. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two sons, Matthew (Shelly) Myers of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Clint Myers of Jasper, Missouri. Three daughters, Katrina (Roben) Muller, Wendy (Allen) Deitz both of Carthage, Missouri. and Peggy (Larry) Harper of Neosho, Missouri. Three brothers, Ralph Myers of Carthage, Missouri, Gordon (Connie) Myers of Carterville, Missouri, and Alvie (Jan) Myers of Marcel, France. Four sisters, Thelma Doolen of Alpharetta, Georgis, Christine (Garry) Greek of Carterville, Missouri, Beatrice (Grant) Tyron of Carthage, Missouri, and Claudia (Stan ) Walker of Joplin, Missouri. Sister in-law, Evelyn Myers of Webb City, Missouri. Fifteen grandchildren and Seventeen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Roy Myers, a brother, Erman Myers, and a sister, Lila Mrotek. 

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in Fullerton Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Program.

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

Joan Schenk

(From Parker Mortuary)

Joan Schenk, age 85, Joplin, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at Joplin Gardens after a long illness.

Joan was born February 28, 1932 in Pittsburg, Kansas to the late Millard Givens and Ruth Snyder Givens. Her family relocated to Bellwood, IL, where they lived for many years. While in Bellwood, she married Bud Schenk on January 26, 1952, and worked for Proviso East High School. They eventually moved to Chelmsford, MA, where they lived until 1978.

In 1978, Joan moved to Joplin, where she graduated from Missouri Southern State University. Thereafter, she worked as a coordinator for the March of Dimes. She was a past board member of the Joplin Family Y and Freeman Advantage. Joan served as president of the Business and Professional Women and the American Association of University Women.

Joan was also a member of the Heartland Doll Club; participated in the Tradition of Trees; Soroptomist International; Women's Club of Joplin; Tau Delta Omega Sorority; BBI Investment Group; Garden Club of Massachusetts and was a longtime participant in the Joplin Bridge Group.

An avid collector of many things, especially bears and dolls, Joan loved to travel and visited sixteen countries. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include cousins, Alan and Judy Priddy of Joplin, Jim and Bev Zerkel of Joplin, Keith and Terri Snyder of Carl Junction, and several other extended family members and many friends.

Memorial services will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary. Rev. Bob Simon will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services at the mortuary. Interment will follow at a later date at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the AAUW Scholarship Fund, in care of Parker Mortuary.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

EM Rush

(From Ulmer Funeral Home)

Emerald “EM” Rush, 76, passed away July 14, 2017 at Carthage Health and Rehabilitation Center. EM was born February 9, 1941 in Jasper, Missouri to Clarence Rush and Eunice Potter Rush.

EM was a lifelong resident and served in the United States Army. He worked for Schreiber Foods as a machine operator.

EM was united in marriage to Sharon Turner December 11, 1976 in Carthage; she survives.
EM is survived by two daughters: Kim Switzer of Carthage and Nancy Bologna of California, four sons: Vincent Rush of California, David Rush of Arkansas, Brian Switzer of Kansas and Jason Bonine of Carthage, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one sister Sylvia Doswell of Carthage and two brothers: Norman Rush and wife Lois of Carthage and David Rush of California.

The body has been taken for cremation and no services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.