Sunday, February 26, 2017

Donna Crocker

(From Knell Mortuary)

Donna Anne Pfenninger Crocker, 89, Carthage, entered Heaven February 11, 2017 at St. Luke's Nursing Home, surrounded by family members telling wonderful stories of her life. She was born March 6, 1927, in Carthage, MO, to Albert Rudolph Pfenninger and Della Marie (Baucom) Pfenninger.

Donna was born and raised in Carthage, in a house constructed of Carthage stone, built by her grandfather, John Rudolph Pfenninger. Her grandfather, as well as her father, were stone masons, and John Rudolph helped build the Jasper County Courthouse.

She graduated from Carthage Senior High School and was president of her senior class in 1945.

She married her high school sweetheart, James Leroy Crocker, on August 29, 1947 after he returned from his eighteen month duty in the Army Air Corp. They were married 54 years. He preceded her death on October 18, 2001.

She was a faithful member of all of the Baptist churches she attended in Carthage, Raytown, and Springfield, MO. She looked forward to being reunited in Heaven with so many loved ones. We are encouraged to know that reunion is happening now.

Donna was a model employee wherever she worked; a mentor and friend to all. But where she was truly in her element was in her home, raising 6 children, who still adore her. She was a wonderful hostess and cook, sharing her table with many. Everyone gravitated to the kitchen to report what was going on in their lives. She is a model of forgiveness and unconditional love.

Donna worked in the civil engineering industry from 1964 through 1996, retiring after 32 years. She worked for Deac Glenn in the Jasper County Engineer's office from 1964-1968.

Donna is survived by her children: Mary (Rick) Shewmake of Overland Park, Kansas, Jim
(Jeanie) Crocker of Carthage, Sue (Jim) Hess of Carthage, David (Debbie) Crocker of Joplin, Nancy Frasier of Camdenton, MO, Dan (Michaelle) Crocker of Poteau, OK, 21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Patsy (Pfenninger) Hendrickson and husband Dick Hendrickson, of St. Charles, MO.

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 3pm at Knell Mortuary, Carthage, MO. An inurnment committal service will be held Monday, March 6, at 10am at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, south of Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Carthage Crisis Center, in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut Street, Carthage, MO 64836. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

Dorothy King

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Dorothy Louise King, age 89 of Joplin passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the St. Luke's Nursing Home in Carthage. Mrs. King worked for the Sarah Coventry Jewelry and Precious Moments Chapel.

There will be a visitation Tuesday 3 PM – 7 PM at the Christ Church of Perseverance on HH Hwy in Joplin.

Graveside service 10:30 AM Wednesday at the Webb City Cemetery. Arrangements Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Don Blancett

(From Ozark Funeral Home)

Donald Lee Blancett, 88, passed away February 23, 2017 in Anderson, Missouri. He was born on September 10, 1928 in Pittsburg, Kansas to the late, James and Jennie (Calso) Blancett. He served in the Military during the Korean War. Don was a Radiologic Technologist and worked at hospitals in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Kansas City area.

Don married Sue Hill on August 3, 1968 in Roeland Park, Kansas. They spent most of their life together in Overland Park, Kansas. He was active in the American Legion and the Forty and Eight until they moved to Anderson, Missouri in 2002. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, the Boy Scouts, his flea market booths and spending time with family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Blancett; his brother, Robert Blancett and his sister, Lorene Adams.

Don is survived by his wife, Sue Blancett; a son, Lee Blancett and wife, Connie of Butler, Missouri; a daughter, Lou Ann Blancett of Sheldon, Missouri; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His enthusiasm and big bear hugs will be greatly missed by all.

Graveside services are pending.

Gene Willet

(From Daniel Funeral Home)

Eugene Herbert Willet, age 90, of Lamar, passed away Friday night, February 24, 2017, at Truman Healthcare Center following a long illness.

Gene was born November 7, 1926, at the family farm in the Newport community, to Earl and Nora (Archer) Willet. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Austin in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Returning to the states in 1946, Gene worked in logging and shipping yards in the northwest for several years. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ruth Alaire Moore, and they were married on November 26, 1949 in Ajlune, Washington. In 1951, they moved back to Missouri where Gene was a telegrapher and depot agent for the Frisco Railroad for 28 years. Many in Lamar will remember Gene by his CB handle, “Railroader” or by the bicycle they bought or had repaired at Willet’s Bike Shop. After retiring in 1981, Gene enjoyed “treasure hunting” with a metal detector or sharing the abundance of his vegetable garden with family and friends.

Gene and Ruth had shared more than 53 years together before her death on March 26, 2003. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Hyche; and three brothers, Melvin, Edward, and Robert.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Alaire Harrison, Thelma Forkner and her partner, Bill Cackley, all of Lamar; three sons, Robert (Nancy) Willet, Austin, Texas, Michael (Brenda) Willet, Branson, Missouri, and Brian Willet, Independence, Missouri; two brothers, Marvin Willet and Gaylord (Pam) Willet, all of Lamar; two sisters, Ruby (Wayne) Poe, Lamar, and Pauline Nickloson and partner, Marvin, Clarksville, Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Elvin Winans officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy Honors Team and Lamar VFW Post 3691.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday at Daniel Funeral Home.

Memorial contribution are suggested to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Clyde Ward

(From Simpson Funeral Home)

Clyde Leon Ward, age 75, of Webb City passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 surrounded by family in his home.

For 42 years, he owned and operated Ward's Asphalt. Clyde was a hard worker all his life. In 2005 he retired and handed over the business to his son, Clyde Jr. Even though he retired you would always find him on the jobsite.

Clyde enjoyed racing, camping and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn; sister Marie Estes; Children, Edith (Mike) Coberley, Cynthia (Jeff) Redmon, Clyde Jr (Rachel) Ward; 6 grandchildren, Zachary (Cali) Redmon, Tiffany (Austin) Norvell, Jennifer (James) Cates, Brandon Coberley , CJ and Clayton Ward; 3 great grandchildren, Colton, Brooklyn and Sadie. Clyde was preceded in death by parents Charles and Agnes, sister, Henrieltta and brother, Clarence Ward.

Visitation for Clyde Ward will be Monday 6:00 -7:00 PM at the Simpson Funeral Home. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. John Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bubby and Justin Wald, Charlie and Rick Ward and Dwayne and Mike Standley. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home.

Jamie Galbraith

(From Parker Mortuary)

James Maxwell 'Jamie' Galbraith, age 55, Joplin, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness.

Jamie was born November 21, 1961 in Joplin to James Galbraith and Daisy Billings Galbraith and had lived in Joplin all of his life.

He attended MSSU and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Jamie was an administrator at Quaker Hill Nursing Center for several years and a longtime member of the Kansas Healthcare Association. A talented guitarist, Jamie was a member of several local bands, including 'The Blues Blasters'. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting or shooting his guns.

Survivors include two daughters, Jamilyn Galbraith and Kaitlyn Galbraith, both of Joplin; his parents, James and Daisy Galbraith, Joplin; a brother, John C. 'Chad' Galbraith, Joplin and several extended family members, including Randy Billings of Miami, Oklahoma.

Services are planned for Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Gary Crawford will officiate. Interment will follow at Hornet Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Merrill, Raymond Merrill III, Zach Watkins, Mark Eads, Kevin Gunlock and Daniel Rodriquez. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Martin, Randy Billings, Orville Barnett, Paul Parker, Jeff Matthews, Greg Riddle, Scott Sanger, Jim Landreth, B.G. Gilliam, Scott Brown, along with all his other band members, his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, and friends .

The family will receive friends Friday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Quaker Hill Nursing Center, in care of Parker Mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Dennis Olsen

(From Knell Mortuary)

Dennis W. Olsen, 77, Carthage, MO, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO. Dennis Wayne Olsen was born December 16, 1939 in Abilene, KS to the late Clayton E. Olsen and Alberta I. (Staatz) Olsen. He graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in Kansas, Class of 1957. He worked for Guerrero Security in Oklahoma City, OK. Dennis married Connie E. Lancrain on December 9, 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK; she preceded him in death on January 23, 2014.

Survivors include three daughters, Leslie Ann Olsen, Tressa Lynn Murphy, and Rosemarie Heron; two sons, Dennis W. Olsen and Shawn Olsen; and one brother, Richard Olsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Donald Olsen and Clayton Olsen, and one sister, Joyce Ann Podolan.

Visitation will be held 1:30-2:00 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 at Knell Mortuary. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Rev. James Schnackenberg will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.