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Richard Roy Havens

June 16, 1932 - May 26, 2016

Graveside services for Richard will be at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are under the care of Greenlawn Funeral Home East.

Etta Mae (Hillenburg) Hogue

July 23, 1925 - May 25, 2016

Services for Etta Mae (Hillenburg) Hogue will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with interment following at Pleasant Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the funeral home.

Bernice Geneva Maples

January 31, 1920 - May 25, 2016

Bernice Maples, born January 31, 1920 in Rogersville, passed on May 25, 2016. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Arlan. Bernice is survived by her son, Steve Maples and wife Julia of Ozark, grandchildren; Timothy Maples of Ozark, John and Casey Cyr of Springfield, Jerry and Krista Cronin of Ozark, Chris and Amanda Cole of Ozark, and many great-grandchildren. She loved her farm and life in Rogersville, and was proud to work during WWII as a ticket agent for Greyhound bus. Her visitation will be Friday, May 27, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Funeral services will follow at 2:00pm, also at Greenlawn North.

Velma Arlene Hensley

March 12, 1943 - May 25, 2016

Velma Arlene Hensley, 73, passed away May 25, 2016. She was born March 12, 1943 in Niangua, Missouri to Warren and Anna Hilburn.

Visitation will be Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Funeral service will be Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00am, also at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Interment will be in Bellview Cemetery.

Elsie Isensee Hill

September 25, 1919 - May 25, 2016

Elsie Isensee Hill, 96, of Decatur, Illinois went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 25, 2016.   She was born September 25, 1919 in Tolleson, Arizona to Ezra Ruben and Marguerite Houghton Beedle. She was preceded in death by both her parents, two sisters in infancy, four other sisters, five brothers, husband Frank Eugene Isensee, Jr. of Modesto, California, second husband J.W. Hill of Springfield, Missouri and son Kenneth Eugene Isensee of Spring Hill, Kansas.   She and her first husband, Frank Isensee, served as ordained Assemblies of God missionaries to Peru, South America   Frank Isensee lost his life in an accident in the high Andes Mountains in 1951. Elsie then served as a missionary in Mexico before returning to Peru. Elsie returned to the United States and spent 22 years working in various positions at the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.

Elsie leaves behind daughter Margie Isensee Briscoe and her husband Steve of Decatur, Illinois; daughter-in-law Darlene Isensee of Spring Hill, Kansas; granddaughter Lori Hutchings (Bryan) and great granddaughter Ashley Illum of Springfield, Missouri; granddaughter Kendra Meeker (Danny), great granddaughters Brooklyn, Kaysie, and Baylie Meeker, and great grandson Matt Bronx O’Meagher of Olathe, Kansas. Brothers Edward Beedle, Danny Beedle and sister Nell Stangeland of Olympia, Washington also survive her.

Besides her missionary work, Elsie was very active as a volunteer in various organizations including the Springfield, Missouri Area Literacy Council, of which she served as President; a member of the Board of Trustees of Laubach Literacy International; served for two years on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Adult Literacy for the State of Missouri; twelve years of volunteer service with the Chaplain’s Office at the Federal Prison in Springfield, Missouri and many years of service in the Ladies Auxiliary of Evangel University. Elsie is also the author of the book Abused But Chosen. She was a featured speaker at many women’s conferences both nationally and internationally.

Elsie loved to garden and delighted in her flowers. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed nothing better than setting a beautiful table and sharing delicious meals with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed sharing a good cup of tea in her special collection of china teacups.   She sang in her church choir and taught Sunday School for many years.

Elsie left this message found in some of her writings: “What do I most want to be remembered for? Dedication, commitment and faithfulness.” She loved her God with all her heart, soul and mind. She was dearly loved and will be dearly missed… until the resurrection.

The family would like to give special recognition and thanks to the wonderful staff of Fair Havens Christian Home, and Safe Havens Hospice of Decatur, Illinois for their loving service and care.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 2nd at Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield, Missouri from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed immediately by the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a tax deductible donation be made to the Wawawasi Foundation through Paypal at www.wawawasifoundation.org or checks made out to Wawawasi Foundation and mailed directly to P.O. Box 120937, Chula Vista, California 91912. This foundation was established by Sharron Hall and is a ministry in Arequipa, Peru that reaches out to underprivileged and abandoned children and adults.

Kenneth Max. Johnson

December 14, 1947 - May 24, 2016

     Kenneth Max Johnson, 68, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 after a sudden cardiac event. Ken was born December 14, 1947 to Elmore and Lois Johnson, the oldest of three children. He was raised in Arkansas City, KS where he graduated high school in 1965 and began his college education at Cowley County Community College. He met the love of his life while in junior college and both of them transferred to Wichita State University where he finished his bachelors degree in Accounting.


     Ken and Carolyn Johnson were married March 30, 1969 and were blessed with three children, Jeff, Allyson and Kelli.

    Ken had a successful career that stretched over 45 years. His talent, work ethic and loyalty to AGCO for over 40 years provided him numerous sales, marketing, and management positions that allowed him to provide for his family. Many of his positions required the family to move on a regular occasion, which allowed him to meet people and make friends whom he cherished all over the Midwest and other states.


     Ken retired in 2014 and continued to reside in Springfield, Missouri with Carolyn. His children and grandchildren were his favorite topic to discuss (maybe even bragged a little) and he could always be found in the stands watching and cheering them on in all of their activities. He also loved his churches, Sunset Church of Christ and Jackson Street Church of Christ, where he served as elder and later in the food pantry ministry. He was a great friend and always there to lend a hand or a shoulder.


     Ken was preceded in death by his father, Elmore Johnson. Ken is survived by his mother, Effie Lois Johnson; his wife Carolyn (Cully) Johnson; son Jeff Johnson and wife, Gwen; daughter Allyson McCall and husband, Doug; daughter Kelli Brown and husband, Brandon; 7 grandchildren; sister Kathy Sells and husband, Tom; sister Jan Alexander; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marion and Maxine Cully, Jim and Anita Phillippi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Ken joined his father in heaven where we imagine they played catch and told fish stories. We look forward to the day we see him again and until then will live the way he taught us, “Your attitude determines your outcome”, and “Love God, serve others.”


     Visitation will be held Friday, May 27, 6-8pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home-South. Funeral service will be Saturday, May 28, 10am at Sunset Church of Christ. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, South Haven, KS at approximately 4:30pm.

Jasper (Jay) Andrew Fleetwood

January 24, 1951 - May 24, 2016

Jasper (Jay) Andrew Fleetwood, age 65, of Springfield, MO, passed

away Tuesday, May 24,2016 at The University of Chicago Medical

Center, with his family by his side. He was born January 24, 1951, in

Fordland, Mo to Homer and Helen (Speirs) Fleetwood. He was united

in marriage to Verla Mounce on October 2, 1983. He retired from The

United States Army as a Staff Seargent. Jay enjoyed fishing and

traveling, he loved to travel to Florida and go to the beach. His greatest

love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Fleetwood and Helen

Gaines. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Verla Fleetwood,

Springfield, MO; three children, Kelly Harris of Springfield, Bill

Fleetwood of Mountain Grove, and Jessica Jackson and husband Bill of

Mountain Grove; eight grandchildren, Jadyn, Landon, Ashlyn, Rilyn,

Nolan, Kaevin, Eli, and Brady; one sister, Gladys Morehouse and

husband Dave, Springfield; and a host of family and friends.


Graveside services will be at a later date at Missouri Veterans

Cemetery, Springfield, MO. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn

Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO.


Brian John Whitson

November 7, 1965 - May 23, 2016

Brian John Whitson, of Branson Missouri, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, of an apparent heart attack. He was 50 years old.

Brian was born November 7, 1965 in Springfield, Missouri. He attended Sequiota elementary school in Springfield, before moving to Branson in 1976. He was a 1984 graduate of Branson High School, and lived the remainder of his life in the Branson community. Brian operated SkateWorld, a family-owned business that was started by his parents, John & Bonnie Whitson, during the 1970’s. Brian had a life-long love for roller skating, and was involved in numerous skating activities for area youth. Brian was a member of the Roller Skating Association for rink operators, and attended the United Methodist Church of Branson.

Brian is survived by his wife of 24 years, Martha, and sons Seth Alexander Whitson, and Leo Conner Whitson. He was preceded in death by his mother Bonnie Downs Whitson, and a niece, Chanel Schroll. He is also survived by his father John Whitson, of Branson, sister, Janeen Schroll and her husband Lee, nephew Ryan Schroll and family, and sister, Debbie Baker of Springfield, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Brian had a heart of gold and never knew a stranger. He was beloved for his friendly personality and generous nature. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home, Hwy 248, Branson, MO. Services will be held Friday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Branson. Burial to follow at Waldensian Cemetery in Monett, MO.

Derold R. Adler

October 10, 1935 - May 23, 2016

     Derold Richard Adler, age 80, of Springfield, MIssouri, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2016.  He was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on October 10, 1935, to George and Ida Adler.  Derold is survived by his wife, Nancy Adler, three daughters, Lisa (Bob) Avery, Karen (Loren) Cummins, Tracy (Bryan) Bevel, and one brother, Roger Adler.

     When Derold was a small child, his family moved him and his siblings to Lodi, California, where he lived until he joined the United States Marines at the age of eighteen, serving from 1953-1955.  He then began a career with the United States Air Force.  Shortly after joining, Derold was stationed in Fordland, Missouri, where he met the love of his life, Nancy Durham.  They were married after a whirlwind six week courtship and celebrated 59 years of marriage on May 18th, 2016.  They went on to have three daughters, Lisa, Karen and Tracy (a.k.a. Lucy, Fred and Sam).

Derold’s Air Force career took him and his family to numerous locations across the United States and Canada, before finally settling in Springfield upon retirement.  After retiring from the Service, Derold embarked on yet a second career with General Electric Corporation where he was employed an additional 17 years before finally enjoying full retirement.  While at General Electric he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and obtained a Bachelors Degree from Columbia College.

     Derold loved reading and was rarely without a book in his hand.  He was a member of Friends of the Library and looked forward to volunteering at their bi-annual book sale.  His other hobbies included hunting, fishing, movies, and in later years, trips to the casino.  Derold found so much joy in his seven grandchildren, Brandon, Jeremy, Chance, Tabitha, Riley, Lexie and Wesley, numerous “grand dogs” and was looking forward to the birth of his first great grandchild in July.

     Derold was a loving husband and father, and a friend to everyone he met.  He will be missed greatly.

     Visitation will be on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Funeral Service will be on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:00 am in the funeral home with the burial following at 10:00 am in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Lillian Bernice (Courtois) Choate

July 4, 1922 - May 22, 2016

Lillian Bernice (Courtois) Choate, age 93, was peacefully released from her earthly body May 22, 2016. No more pain. Bernice was born July 4, 1922 to Henry and Caroline Courtois. She married Willie F. Choate May 21, 1940. Together they raised 5 children. Devoted parents, they developed a close and loving family. That tight bond is a continued blessing for their children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children: James Choate of the home, John (Susi) Choate, Strafford, Judy Seely, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Janie (Kermit) Owens, Marionville, and Willie “Gene” (Patty) Choate, Strafford, grandchildren; Janie Seely, Patty (Michael) Moore, Teresa (Roger) Hodges, Donald Choate, Kermit (Eve) Owens, Justin (Abby) Owens, and granddaughter-in-law, Karen Choate, also 9 great-children and 2 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie, and 2 grandsons, William A. Seely and most recently, John W. Choate. Visitation will be at Greenlawn North on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm. Services will be Thursday, May 26th, 10:00am. Burial will follow at Brighton Cemetery. Mom’s kitchen was her domain. A fantastic cook, she enjoyed feeding all who came into her home. Many have enjoyed her fried chicken and apple pie. Mom, your rest is well earned and our love and gratitude goes with you.