Friday, January 20, 2017

Robyn Sunderland

(From Knell Mortuary)

Robyn A. Sunderland, 80, Carthage, MO, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Carthage Health and Rehab, Carthage, MO. Robyn Ann Basnett was born November 7, 1936 in Carterville, MO to the late Robert Basnett and Crystal (Hamilton) Basnett. She graduated from Carterville High School, Class of 1954. Robyn married James “Squire” C. Sunderland on September 5, 1958 in Carterville, MO; he preceded her in death on July 24, 2010. She worked in the County Clerk’s office for the Conservation Department. Robyn was past matron of the Eastern Star Webb City Chapter 204 for 60 years and a member of the First Christian Church, Carthage.

Survivors include an aunt, Jane Phillips, Bend, OR; and a cousin, Dick Sunderland (wife Barb), Carthage, MO; and several other cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Visitation will be held 1:30-2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017 at Knell Mortuary. A service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. at Knell Mortuary. Minister David Cook will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Fasken Cemetery, Carthage. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sondra Bottorff

The world lost a beautiful woman and a one-of-a-kind soul with the passing of Sondra "Sandy" Bottorff, 84, of Joplin After a Christ-filled life she made her way to her final home just after midnight on January 12, 2017. At that moment she was reunited with her parents, siblings, husband and all her children in a glorious meeting.

Sondra was born in 1932 as one of six children to the union of Grady F. Beckham and Amba M. Gilbert-Beckham in Joplin. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1950. She married the late Clyde Hill in 1954 and had three amazing children who have gone before her, Darlene, Marla and Patrick. In 1978 she married Kenneth Bottorff and was widowed in 1990.

She is survived by her four grandchildren and her 10 great-grandchildren (and five great-great-grandchildren). Darris Hill of Southwest MO and his children LaShaunda (Daronte, Michael & Kushaun), Darien (Max), Darris Jr & Dezi. Ambii Hill-Taylor of Kansas City and her children Brian, Brice & Brylon. Jamelle Hill-Hamlett and wife Tameka Hamlett of Chapel Hill, NC and their children Jamaris (Eryn), Asia & Angel. And DeLisa Hill, her best friend and granddaughter, of whom cared for her these past five years in the twilight of her life. She raised DeLisa and thought of her as a daughter.

To assist the family by offsetting costs, contributions can be made in her name to Ozark Memorial Park.

Sondra's body has been entrusted to Ozark Memorial Park for cremation. Due to the inclement weather, a celebration of life will be planned for at future date.

Ray McBride

(From Derfelt Funeral Home)

Ray Ernest McBride, Jr. age 87, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, with his wife and children by his side. Ray was born August 31, 1929 in Columbus, Kansas to Ray and Flossie (Crowder) McBride. He attended school in Columbus, Kansas and graduated from Cherokee County Community High School with the class of 1949. He and Betty Sandella were married April 24, 1954 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Scammon, Kansas, and spent nearly 63 years together. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus, except for eight years spent in Topeka, Kansas.

He proudly served his country in the US Navy aboard the Battleship USS Iowa BB 61 in the Korean waters during the Korean conflict. He was a former employee of Junge’s Baking Company of Joplin, Missouri, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Pittsburg, Kansas, and Vickers Hydraulic plant in Joplin, Missouri, where he worked for 25 years as a machinist until the plant closed in 1987. Upon closing of the plant, he was asked by Vickers to go to the company’s Statesville, North Carolina plant, where he spent six months to set up specialty machines and train personnel on their use.

He and his wife Betty moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1991 where he went to work for the Kansas Dept. of Revenue until retiring due to his medical health in 1998.

Ray and his wife Betty owned and operated McBride Concessions. A business they owned for 27 years (their night time job), serving students and the public at the Columbus High School ballgames and track meets. They also operated a concession stand each year during the Cherokee County Fair. One of his fondest memories was giving babies their first taste of cotton candy.

Ray was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church of Columbus. He was a 66 year-member of the Columbus American Legion Post #3, and a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars of Columbus, Post #1372.

He is survived by his spouse Betty, daughter Ruth and son-in-law Mike Hall of Olathe, Kansas, Son Wesley Ray and daughter-in-law Pam McBride of Sherman, Texas. Two granddaughters Kimberly McBride of Krum, Texas, and Jennifer McBride of Sherman, Texas, and one grandson Matthew Hall of Kansas City, Missouri. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and he enjoyed every minute he spent with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Flossie McBride, brother Wesley V. McBride of Savannah, Georgia, and sister Juanita (McBride) Ness of Kansas City, Missouri.

Burial is under the direction of the Derfelt Funeral Home in Columbus. Rosary will be held at the funeral home Friday January 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The family will meet friends following the rosary. Burial mass will be at St. Rose Catholic Church Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Father Jeremy Huser will officiate. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery in Columbus.

Contributions may be made to St. Rose Catholic Church of the Columbus Community Foundation.

Gary Doerge

(From Knell Mortuary)

Gary W. Doerge, 74, Carthage, passed away Tuesday at his home after a lengthy illness. Gary Wayne Doerge was born May 20, 1942 in Carthage; a son of the late Mason T. Doerge and Maxine Reid Doerge. Gary was a graduate of Carthage Senior High School, Class of 1960 and received his BS degree in Industrial Technology from SMSU in 1970. He married Donna Maxwell on July 14, 1963 in Avilla, MO; she survives.

Upon graduation from Southwest Missouri State university Gary and Donna moved to Kansas City where he began his career with the Atomic Aerospace Commission/Bendix Aerospace. Gary and Donna welcomed their only child Amy into their lives in 1972. In 1974, Gary moved the family to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin a lifelong career in the petroleum industry, specifically in Loss Prevention and Control. This career culminated with more than 20 years with Phillips Petroleum where he worked in Oklahoma, Texas, and finally as the Loss Prevention Manager for Phillips Puerto Rico Chemical Company, in Puerto Rico. During more than 30 years in the Aerospace and Petroleum industries Gary Gary had the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S., Canada, China, Singapore, and many other locations around the world.

Upon retirement from Phillips, Gary spent the better part of his time traveling with Donna on regular trips to Hawaii and Arizona where they enjoyed wonderful vacations and most importantly warm weather. Gary was a true “Mr. Fix It” and there was never a problem he couldn’t solve around the house, in the yard, or on the car. Frequently, Gary could be found repairing, improving, restoring old cars, or even giving haircuts. As though this wasn’t enough, Gary decided to end retirement and become a real estate agent with Charles Burt Realtors for the last several years where he enjoyed great success working with families to fulfill their home ownership goals. While not on traveling, playing Mr. Fix It, or selling homes you could find Gary surrounded by family with a smile on his face and at any number of soccer, softball, baseball, golf, basketball, and football games watching his beloved grandkids.

Survivors include a daughter; Amy (Chuck) Bryant, Carthage; two grandchildren, Mason and Hailey Bryant, Carthage and one brother, Ken (Beverly) Doerge, Overland Park, KS. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, LeRoy Doerge.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Thursday, January 19, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 20 in the Knell Mortuary Chapel. Ministers Dustin Ledford and Ron Franklin will officiate. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage Community Foundation in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO., 64836. Online condolences may be expressed through

Tom Heskett

(From Parker Mortuary)

William Thomas 'Tom' Heskett, Jr., age 78, Joplin, passed away at 9:14 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at Mercy Hospital after an illness.

Tom was born August 31, 1938 in Meade, Kansas to the late William T. Heskett, Sr. and Margaret Hickey Heskett.

He worked in the oil industry from 1960-2003, retiring as a supervisor for Murfin Drilling. Tom was a veteran of the United States Navy and a lifetime member of the V.F.W.

Tom married Vivian Rist on June 25, 1961 in Meade, Kansas. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include children, Tonya, Thomas, Abrianna; one brother, Dale; two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two sisters; one brother and a niece.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Deorani Singh

(From Parker Mortuary)

Deorani Singh, wife of Dr. M.M. Singh of Joplin, passed away at the age of 67 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Deorani was born on June 10, 1949 and is survived by her husband, Dr. M.M. Singh; two daughters, Nita Choudhari and husband, Lallan, India, Rakhi Sharma and husband, Murari, of the home; her father, Laxman Singh, age 93 of India; two grandchildren, Dr. Tannu Priya and Kumar Srijan, both of India; and several nieces and nephews, all living in India.

'Rani' was a wonderful homemaker, devoted wife and a good caring mother.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Roger Wells

(From Parker Mortuary)

Roger Thomas Wells, age 70, Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital.

Roger was born October 14, 1946 in McMinnville, Oregon. He enlisted in the United States Navy out of high school, and served during the Vietnam Era. He stayed with the Navy until his retirement in 1986 as Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (E6). After his military career he worked as an independent contractor, where he helped many people with projects, and did a lot of work for the Sonic's in this area doing remodeling for the restaurants. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge of Joplin, Elks Club of Joplin, Veterans of Foreign War (V.F.W.), and the American Legion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Roger Taisi Wells.

Survivors include his children, Richard Wells and wife Sarah Jean of Cornelius, North Carolina, Christina Leanne Montpetit of Molalla, Oregon, Nele Thuening of West Columbia, Texas; sister, Kay Bishop of Kansas City, Missouri; companion, Billie Sheets of the home; grandchildren, Katherine Brundage, Deena Griffin, Kyleigh Wells, Zechariah Wells, Christian T. Wells-Montpetit, Courtney C. Montpetit; great-grandchildren, Malachi and Hunter.

Memorial services will be Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel with Jeff D. Martin officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.