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    3506 North National
    Springfield, Missouri 65803
    Phone: 417-833-1111
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    Springfield, Missouri 65809
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    Branson, Missouri 65616
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    Springfield, Missouri 65807
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    316 East Broadway Street
    Bolivar, Missouri 65613
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Robert W. Johnston

November 19, 1944 - August 26, 2016

Robert W. Johnston, 71, Springfield, passed away August 26, 2016. Robert was born November 19, 1944, in Springfield to Elbert and Katherine (Ross) Johnston. He was united in marriage to Nita on February 14, 1994.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Nita; two sons, Wes (Christi) Johnston, and Bryan Johnston, Springfield; grandson, Ridge Johnston; two sisters, Anna Mae Baker, Springfield and Janet Johnston, Palacios, TX; one brother, Don Johnston, Keller TX, and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, August 29, 2016 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with visitation from 1-2 pm. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Mission or any Missouri State Park.

Dwight (Bob) Edmond Lucas

May 30, 1949 - August 25, 2016

Dwight  (Bob) Edmond Lucas, age 67, of Springfield, MO, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 in his home.  He was born May 30, 1949, in Martinez, CA, to Edmond (Bud) and Ruth (Ballard) Lucas.  Bob owned Lucas Auto Body. Bob enjoyed playing music, barbecuing, fishing, and making people laugh. He was a huge Superman fan. Bob will always be remembered for his unconditional love and Brut Cologne.

He was preceded in death by father, Edmond (Bud) Lucas and one sister Barbara Blankenship.  He is survived by  his loving mother, Ruth Naomi Lucas, Reno, NV; three children, Sheila Day and husband John, Phillipsburg, MO,Michael Lucas and wife Michele, Springfield, OH,and Kris Brooks and husband Frank, Columbia, MO; four grandchildren, James, Sierrah, Michael, and Brock; two brothers, Larry Lucas, the state of West Virginia and Danny Raborn, Lebanon, MO; three sisters, Deborah Parker, Reno, NV, Sheila Iverson, Newport OR, and Lisa Raborn, Reno, NV; former wife, Karen Lucas, Columbia, MO; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2016, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Center, Columbia, MO .  Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO.

Joyce Saville

September 25, 1930 - August 25, 2016

Joyce Saville of Springfield, MO. passed away of a short illness on August 25 in Mercy Hospital, with her family by her side.

Joyce was born September 25, 1930 to Vance and Josephine Hamilton. She graduated from Fair Grove High School in 1948, and then was united in marriage to Robert Saville of Springfield. They had one daughter, Brenda.

Joyce enjoyed the outdoors, sewing, playing the piano, and cooking for her grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her daughter, Brenda Garrett. She is survived by her grandsons, Greg Knight and wife Renee’, and Richard Knight of Springfield, 4 sisters and brother, Gram, and will be dearly missed.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 10:00am, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North.

 

 

Freda M. Klingensmith

June 29, 1928 - August 24, 2016

     Freda Murel Klingensmith, age 88, passed away on August 24, 2016 in Springfield, MO. She was born on June 29, 1928 in Dawson, Wright County, Missouri. Freda married Earl Klingensmith on August 21, 1948. She was a school teacher for 34 years, teaching from rural southwest Missouri schools, finishing her last 25 years in the North Kansas City School District. Freda started teaching school at age 19 in a two-room school in southwest Missouri. She attended Missouri State University and Central Missouri State University where she received her bachelors and masters degrees in education. Freda believed that experience is the best teacher and what you read in books does not always work as well as learning by doing. Freda loved her students. Before teaching Freda has worked for the American Red Cross in Kansas City. Freda was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, but most of all she loved her Lord and Savior and was a faithful member of Seminole Baptist Temple in Springfield. One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalms 23.

     She is preceded in death by her parents; Jack and Ethel (Baty) McGownd. Freda is survived by her husband of 68 years; Earl Klingensmith of Springfield, MO, daughter; Sherrie Black and her husband Brad of Elgin, IL, grandchildren; Derek Black and his wife Laura of Soldotna, AK, Bethany Comstock and her husband Kevin of St. Charles, IL, great-grandchildren; Elias, Jathan and baby girl on the way. Freda is also survived by her siblings; Pauline Robertson of Mtn. Grove, MO, Veta Moberly of Redding, CA and Jack McGownd of Mtn. Grove, MO and a host of other family and friends.

     Funeral services will be on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service starting at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mtn. Grove, MO.

 

Yvonne Marie Evans

October 1, 1946 - August 23, 2016

     Yvonne Marie Evans, age 69, of Bolivar, MO, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility Bolivar, MO. She was born October 1, 1946, in St. Louis, MO, to Harry and Retha (Bell) Key, Sr.. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church of Pleasant Hope, MO.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Leslie Evans; and a sister Mary Finey.

     She is survived by two sisters: Dona Moore of Harrisonville, MO, and Gloria Davis of Garden City, MO; seven children: April Merritt and husband Randy of Coffey, MO, Michael Carr and wife Laura of Bolivar, MO, Teresa Carr of Bolivar, MO, Sheryl Kyle and husband JR of Pleasant Hope, MO, Debra Khawja of Bolivar, MO, Angie Stevenson and husband Russell of Liberty, MO, and Gary Carr of Westminster, CO; 13 grandchildren: Amber, Elizabeth, Suncirae, Jacob, Mikaela, Hannah, Lorelai, Heaven, Blake, Mackenzie, Carissa, Anthony, and David; and 11 great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 26, 2016, at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO, with Pastor Ted Graham officiating. Burial will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO, at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, August 25, 2016, in the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Council of the Blind: 5453 Chippewa St. Louis, MO 63109. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

Roma Janette Abbott

March 23, 1940 - August 23, 2016

Roma Janette was born on March 23, 1940 at Burge Hospital and passed away August 23 at Woodland Manor in Springfield, MO. She was the oldest child of Cecil James and Lorene Evenell (Potter) Anderson. Janette graduated from Central High and attended Southwest Missouri State College until she met and married James H. Abbott, II.After their oldest daughter was born, they moved to St. Louis where their family grew to include three more children. The family returned to Springfield in 1978, and soon after Janette found herself a single mother. She decided to return to college at the age of 40 to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She was passionate about her profession and taught 3rd grade in Clever, MO for most of her career. One of her proudest accomplishments was earning an M.Ed.Yet, she was the most proud of her children and was known to brag on them to any captive audience. She also cherished being a grandma and loved spending time with her grandkids telling stories, coloring Easter eggs, camping in the backyard, and embracing teachable moments. Making a mess was never a concern as long as learning was involved. Janette was a very talented artist, mostly sketching and working with oil paints. She was always delighted to use her talent in many capacities, especially for her school or church.She and her family were Charter members of Ridgecrest Baptist where she taught Sunday School, directed VBS, and worked as nursery coordinator. She remained a committed member of the church until her passing.She was proceeded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, her sisters and best friends Wanda Thompson (J.D.), and Thelma Towe (Paul), daughters Annette Abbott and Jane Collins (Warren), son Scott Abbott (Connie), and daughter Nicole Montgomery (John R.), 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other family members and friends.A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug 26 with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug 27 at Greenlawn East in Springfield. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Janette was a very vibrant person and specifically requested that those attending her services not wear the color black.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care to Learn or Pet Therapy of the Ozarks.

Beverly Plumb

September 9, 1949 - August 23, 2016

Beverly Plumb, age 66, passed away on August 23, 2016 in Lenexa, KS. She was born and lived most of her life in the Springfield area.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Bennett and Lottie Goodwin and her brother; Dennis Goodwin. Beverly is survived by her husband; Kenneth Plumb, sons; Eric and Jeff Newman, step-children; Devin Seeger, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John Plumb and Michelle Holtman, sisters and their husbands; Collette and Bob Fow and Becky and Mark Stratton, grandchildren; Cody, Andy, Cassidy Newman, Eva Greco and Seth Perkins, great-grandchildren; Emmerson Newman and Ameya Greco, step-grandchildren; Sierra, Noah, Angela, Christa Plumb and Eli Holtman as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South with the visitation 1 hour prior to the service starting at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Eastlawn cemetery.

 

Ossie Wilkes, Jr.

August 3, 1938 - August 22, 2016

     Ossie Wilkes, Jr., age 78, of Aldrich, MO, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO. He was born August 3, 1938, in Phoenix, AZ, to Ossie and Estell (Allen) Wilkes. He is a United States Navy Korean War veteran. He was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Holscher June 22, 1962.

     He loved coaching his children and grandchildren in the fundamentals of baseball and softball. His favorite ball team was the San Francisco Giants. He was an all around sports fan and loved watching them all. He was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club playing nearly every day weather permitting. He was also a member of the Aldrich United Methodist Church, and professed his belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters: Shirlee Donaldson, and Janet Schupp.

     He is survived by his wife of 54 years Beverly Wilkes of Aldrich, MO; five children: Jonathan Wilkes and wife Linda of Foresthill, CA, Cheryl Erickson and husband Mark of Huntington Beach, CA, Laura Wilkes of Aldrich, MO, Jolee Marsh of Pittsboro, NC, and Schilee Wilkes of Pittsboro, NC; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; three brothers: John Wilkes and wife Julie of Merced, CA, Albert Wilkes and wife Debra of Grabill, IN, and Jackie Wilkes and wife Tina of Fort Wayne, IN; one brother in-law Walt Schupp of Killeen, TX; as well as many other relatives and friends.

     A celebration of Ossie’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Aldrich United Methodist Church with Pastor Patty Smith officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of plants and flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Play Athletic Booster Club. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

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Richard Lee Moses

December 26, 1939 - August 22, 2016

Richard Lee Moses was born on a farm in Franklin County, KS on December 26, 1939, the son of John W. Moses and Marie (Geiss) Moses. He was married to Elaine Kingery on February 7, 1958, and they had four sons: Bill, Rick, Ray, and Ron. He graduated from Appanoose High School, Baptist Bible College, Drury University, and Central Missouri State University. He served on the Springfield Police Department from March 1961-October 1981, retiring as a Major. Elaine and he established Road Runner Party Sales, a wholesale distributor of Tupperware Products, in Joplin, MO after his retirement from the SPD. He married Arlene Clouse on November 25, 1988. They continued in the Tupperware business until March 1992. He worked 13 years for the Joplin Public Schools as attendance/security officer, retiring in June, 2006. From October 2006 until February 2013, he worked as a bailiff in the Circuit Courts in Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Elaine, one son, Bill Moses, and one brother, Raymond. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, three sons; Rick, Ray, and Ron (Michelle) Moses, daughter-in-law, Carolyn. Richard is also survived by 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:00pm, also at Greenlawn North. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Victor Allen Christian

January 2, 1948 - August 21, 2016

     Victor Allen Christian, age 68, of Bolivar, MO, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Stockton, MO. He was born January 2, 1948, in Springfield, MO, to Loy and Shirley (Crain) Christian. He served in the United States Air Force.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Donna Lynn Christian, and Sally Gayle Christian; and one brother Greg Christian.

     He is survived by five siblings: Connie Barber of Bolivar, MO, Janie Christian of Aurora, MO, Bonnie Kelly of West Point, GA, James Christian of Fair Play, MO, and Bradley Christian of Aurora, MO; One niece Cassie Mongomery of West Point, GA; one great niece Jill Straton and one great nephew Torin Johnson both West Point, GA; as well as many other relatives and friends.

     According to Victor’s wishes his body will be cremated and a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, August 26, 2016, at Pitts Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.