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Paul David Yates

September 12, 1956 - December 16, 2014

Paul David Yates, age 58, passed away at home on December 16, 2014. Paul was born in Independence, KS on September 12th, 1956. He graduated from Independence High School in 1975 after which entered the United States Navy in the Submarine Service.

In 1984, Paul received his Bachelor Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. He worked as a Neuro-trauma Critical Care Registered Nurse at St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield, Mo until 1996. Afterwards he served as home healthcare nurse for Oxford Home Health until his retirement in 1998. During his retirement he was invited to give a seminar on Neurological Nursing to first year nursing students.

Paul married his high school sweetheart, Kristine Dye-Shepard, in 1995. Together they raised four sons, which he considered to be his greatest accomplishment and joy.Paul considered Crossway Baptist Church of Springfield, Mo to be his home church. He was raised in the First Baptist Church of Independence, Ks.Paul enjoyed woodworking, photography, aeronautics, electronics, and reading. He would often read several books every week.

Paul Yates was proceeded in death by his sister April Yates, his first wife, Benna Beck-Yates, his father Donald Yates, and his mother Patricia Yates.

He is survived by his wife, Kristine Dye-Yates of the home, Joshua and Jennifer Yates of Lee Summit, Mo., Timothy and Amanda Shepard of St. Charles, Mo., Aaron Yates of Springfield, Mo., and Thomas and Couri Shepard of Richland, Mo., six grandchildren, his brother and sister in-law, Jerry and Toni Yates of Springfield, Mo., and many much loved nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home East from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday December 19, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home East on December 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.; officiated by Pastor Eddie Bumpers.

A graveside service will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, KS. at 4:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Jerry Yates.

The family encourages memorial gifts to be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Jean Hillhouse

October 25, 1928 - December 16, 2014



Jean Hillhouse of Springfield, Missouri was called home to be with her Lord on December 16, 2014. Jean was born on October 25, 1928 to Callie and Myrtle Mahan of Theodosia, Missouri. She graduated from Gainesville High School and went on to teach elementary school at Shiloh for a few years. On December 13, 1947, Jean married Ray W. Hillhouse of Gainesville and they lived in Kansas City, Missouri till 1951 and then moved to Springfield, Missouri. Jean and Ray had two sons, Jim Hillhouse of Plano, Texas and Roger Hillhouse of Mountain Grove, Missouri. Jean worked for Lilly Tulip about 32 years before retiring. She was a faithful member of the First General Baptist Church of Springfield, Missouri. Jean was well known for her cooking and love of family.

Jean is survived by her two sons; Jim Hillhouse (wife Pamela) and Roger Hillhouse (wife Christy); two grandchildren, Dr. Justin Hillhouse/wife Audrey and Heather Koval/husband Sean Koval; four great grandchildren, Emily Hillhouse, Colt Hillhouse, Abigail Koval and Luke Koval and brother Bill Mahan of Lutie, Missouri.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Ray W. Hillhouse, father and mother, Callie and Myrtle Mahan, and two sisters, Beulah Mashburn and Alene Clayton.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Greenlawn Funeral Home – East. Funeral services will be on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with burial at 2:00 PM at the Lutie Cemetery in Lutie, Missouri.

Jean’s family would like to give a special thank you to the staff and residents at The Waterford at Ironbridge for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital 762 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the Lutie Cemetery C/O Jo Stehle at Century Bank of the Ozarks  6151 US Hwy 160 Theodosia, MO 65761



Larry Groves

December 14, 1942 - December 16, 2014

Larry Groves passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in the home where he was born 62 years earlier: He wrote:

I have the fortunate opportunity to write my own obituary prior to my death, which will occur in the next few weeks as a result of of pancreatric cancer. I have had a wonderful full life and leave behind with great sadness, my marvelous wife, Bartbara, of 53 years who has been my caring soul mate and always believed in me. I also leave behind three outstanding children who have given me tremendous pride in all they have done and continue to do. My oldest son Jason and his wife Judy; Trenton and his wife Jennifer; and Elizabeth Rosen and husband Scott, all living in the Los Angeles area. In addition, my two brothers and two sisters whom I have loved dearly throughout my life: Carolyn Bonner, Warner Robbins, GA; James Groves and wife Judy, West Plains, MO; David Groves, Nevada, MO; and Linda Gillham and husband Stan. My parents, Warren and Ella Groves preceded me in death, my half brother George E. Jackson of Indianapolis, IN; and the most heart wrenching loss of my eldest son, Scott who lived in Scappose, Oregon and died at the early age of 50 fro heart disease in 2013. Barbara and I continue to grieve over the loss of this wonderful man.

I also want to express my extreme joy and love my grandchildren have given me over the past years; Lora Myers, Alex Myers, Jack Groves, Nate Groves, Jake Groves and Asher Rosen. I will sorely miss the many nieces, nephews, and cousins who have provided me with many happy memories.

I want to give thanks and love to our very special friends of over 30 years Brian and Kathy Doyle of West Hills, CA. along with my childhood neighbor and friend, David Krasser and his wife Micaela. David’s mother was my first grade teacher.

In addition, I want to give special thanks to Hospice Compassus and their staff in providing me compassionate tender care over the remainder of my life. I wish to express my sincere love for all the caring friends I have known throughout my life and bid all farewells.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday December 27, 2014 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassus

Clarence A. Passmore

July 31, 1933 - December 15, 2014

Clarence A. Passmore, age 81, of Springfield, MO, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at Marantha Lodge. He was born July 31, 1933, in Ralls County, MO, to Clarence and Idabelle (Dodd) Passmore. He was a member of the Praise Assembly Of God Church. He served in the U.S. United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Russell Lorraine Passmore, a sister Beverly Ann Passmore, and his step-mother: Dora Mae Passmore. He is survived by his wife Dianne L. Passmore, two sons: Jay William Passmore, and his wife,Debra Fair Grove, and Brian Keith Rein Passmore, and his wife Cheryl, Springdale, AR Five Grandchildren: Sarah, Tammy, Amber, Nicole, and Jonathan, 10-great-grandchildren, two brothers: Charles Raymond Lowe, and his wife Bonnie, Valley Center, CA Larry Passmore, and his wife Pauline St. Louis, MO, two sisters: Esther Darlene Anderson, Independence, MO and Virginia Semkin and her husband George, New London, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO with Rev. Ken Fent officiating. Burial with Military Rites will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made to Praise Assembly Of God Church. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Larry R. Stafford

November 15, 1946 - December 15, 2014

Larry Stafford, 68 of Springfield, MO. passed away on December 15, 2014 at his residence. He was born on November 15, 1946 in Springfield, MO. to Allen Stafford and Geneva (Russell) Stafford. Larry married JoAnne Fillmer on August 14, 1965 and she survives.

Larry work as a maintenance worker for property owners in Springfield, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Dell Stafford, and sister; Nancy Sawyer.

Larry is survived by his daughter; Sheila and her husband Rick Wollard, sons; Mark and Mike Stafford, brother; Jerry Stafford, sisters; Becky Durbin, and Barbara Pinion, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 6 – 8 pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home North Chapel.

Funeral services will be on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the funeral home with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stafford family to assist with burial expenses.


Matt Calvin Shipley, Jr.

September 17, 1928 - December 15, 2014

     Matt Calvin Shipley, Jr., age 86, of Aldrich, MO, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014, at Citizens Memorial Hospital. He was born September 17, 1928, in Fort Smith, AR, to Matt Sr. and Marcella (Savacious) Shipley. He is a US Navy WWII veteran. He was united in marriage to Lucie Ramona Graffalo December 18, 1947, and to this union three children were born. He was a member of the local carpenters union.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother Horace Shipley.

     He is survived by his wife of 67 years Lucie Shipley of the home; three children: Matt Shipley, III of Aldrich, MO, Rene Eaves and husband Sam of Aldrich, MO, and Richelle Beltrin and husband Rick of Ventura, CA; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; one brother Gilbert Shipley and wife Annette of TN; two sisters: Beverly Conners of Ventura, CA, and Diane Casteneda and husband Frankie of Ventura, CA; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

     Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project: 7400 College Blvd, Suite 350, Overland Park, Kansas 66210. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

Richard Gene Stober

September 26, 1938 - December 15, 2014

Richard Gene Stober, 09/26/1938 – 12/15/2014


Richard Gene Stober, 76 of Springfield, Missouri peacefully passed away from Parkinson’s disease at his home on December 15, 2014.  Born on September 26, 1938 in Davis County, Gene graduated from Davis County High School and lived most of his life in Bloomfield, IA.  Gene married Beverly Jean Speer on April 5, 1958.  In 1956 Gene began his 42 year business career working and later co-owning Bloomfield Lumber.  Gene is survived by his wife Beverly who lovingly cared for him for the past 13 years, his brother James and wife Judy (Nixa, MO), daughter Jane Ann Redding and husband Michael Redding (Daytona Beach, FL), son Danny Stober and wife Kim Stober (Springfield, MO), six grandchildren, Calvin Redding, Kyle Redding, Ryan Stober, Alyssa Stober, Evan Stober, and Gabrielle Redding, three great grandchildren Natalie Redding, Sydney Redding, and Avery Redding.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 18th at 2:00pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3506 N National 65803, 417-833-1111.  A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service from 1:00-2:00pm.  Memorial donations can be made to High Street Baptist Church (Companions Class), 900 North Eastgate, Springfield, MO 65802.

Gene was a gentle and generous man who was kind to all who knew him.  He will be greatly missed.


Barbara Louise Blair

March 20, 1930 - December 15, 2014

Funeral Service for Barbara Louise Blair, age 84 of Rockaway Beach, MO. will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at Morgan Community Church at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater in Branson with Pastor Mark Cowsert officiating.  Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. in Springfield, MO.

She died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, MO.

She was born on March 20, 1930 in Tulsa, OK the daughter of Raymond McConnell and Ona Letha McConnell. She was a former employee of The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater and of the Methodist faith. She had been a resident of the area for the past 25 years.

She is survived by her two children; Paula Sue Blair Shields and husband Rick of Hollister, MO, Shaun Blair of Rockaway Beach, MO., two grandchildren; Blair Shields and wife Mary and Ryan Shields and wife Dana and three great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul Blair two children, Phillip Ray Blair and Carla Elaine Blair, a brother, Billy Ray McConnell.

Visitation will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald  McDonald House Charities Inc.26345 Network Place Chicago, IL 60673-1263.



Lowell D. Johnson

August 13, 1927 - December 14, 2014

Lowell Duane Johnson, 87, resident of The Cambridge Independent Living in Springfield, MO passed away late December 14, 2014. Hospitalized and suffering from complications due to heart attack and stroke the Lord called him home while surrounded by his children, grandchildren and sister.


Lowell was born in Marshfield, MO,at the home of his parents, J.F. Johnson and Georgia (Shannon) Johnson, August 13, 1927. At age 14, Lowell attended Kemper Military Academy, graduating in 1945. He served in the army until the end of World War II. He worked as a farmer for many years.


He is survived by his children: Darrell Johnson and wife Beth, Danville, Kentucky: Leonard Johnson and wife Willie, Humansville, MO: Ellen Replogle and husband Mark, Phillipsburg, MO; Beth Ryan and husband, Rick, Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, Scott, Jeffrey, Heather and Sarah; sister, Audrey Wiser, Springfield, MO; long-time companion, Sally Harrison, Springfield, MO.


Visitation for Lowell D. Johnson will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenlawn Funeral Home East, Springfield, MO, Thursday, December 18, 2014. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon, then a ceremony to honor his military service will be held at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.


A quiet, gentle, kind man, Lowell inspired family and friends with examples of caring, thoughtfulness and strong work ethic.

Thomas Lee Bethurem

August 20, 1970 - December 13, 2014

Thomas Lee Bethurem, age 44, of Bois D’Arc, MO, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Cox South Medical Center. He was born August 20, 1970, in Springfield, MO, to David and Cynthia (Arthur) Bethurem. Tom was united in marriage to Melissa Hemmerling on July 31, 1994, in Springfield. Tom worked for Milky Way Transportation Company for over twenty-three years.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom and Melissa would take a vacation every April in order to be able to hunt for  Morel Mushrooms. Tom was truly a man who enjoyed the outdoors, but the greatest love of his life was his wife, two daughters, and family.

He is survived by his  loving wife,Catherine Melissa Bethurem  Bois D’Arc, MO; two daughters,Angela Bethurem, Bois D’Arc, MO and Elizabeth Bethurem, Bois D’Arc, MO; his mother,Cynthia Bethurem of Springfield; his father,David Bethurem of Willard; one brother, Paul Bethurem of Republic, MO; one sister, Jennifer Williams of Springfield; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO with Pastor Nic Keith officiating.  Burial will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO.  Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO.