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Maxine Ethel Speidel

January 28, 1930 - September 3, 2015

Maxine Ethel Speidel, 85 was born in Durbin, North Dakota on January 28, 1930 to her parents Herman Adolf Franz. Miller and Mary C. (Werner). She married Richard Lewis Speidel on October 2, 1949 in the Canaan Moravian Church, Davenport, North Dakota. Maxine was mother of David and Linda, grandmother of four, Cristal, Justin, Matthew and Kari, and great grandmother to four children, Kalista, Braden, Hanna and Alec. Maxine passed away September 3, 2015. Of her eleven brothers and sisters she is survived by her sister Billie Schatzke and brother Vernon Miller, both of Fargo, North Dakota. Maxine is now with the lord; may she rest in peace.

 Maxine, after graduation from the Casselton, N.D. High School she moved to California seeking employment while living with her sisters. There she met Dick (Richard) and found a career with the phone company. Maxine, after several moves, company changes and new assignments retired as an AT&T manager in 1990. Mom enjoyed flowers, in practical roses. She would order them and Dick cared for them. Music was another passion and Lawrence Welk a favorite. In that she and Dick attended one of his shows in California and also the Branson Welk Palace. Maxine was a long time member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Blackman Road, Springfield, Missouri and attended the Methodist church in Nixa with her family since 2008.

 Services are expected to be held the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Nixa, MO at Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:30 with interment following at 1:00 PM located in the Veteran’s Cemetery 5201 South Southwood, Springfield, MO. A Brunch is being provided by the church at 10:30. Visitation are scheduled at the Greenlawn Funeral Home South, 441 W Battlefield; Springfield, Missouri from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.


Harold E. “Hal” Poole

August 2, 1951 - September 1, 2015

Hal Poole was born Aug. 2, 1951 and went to be with the Lord Sept. 1, 2015. He died peacefully at home in his sleep after a long illness. An Air Force brat, Hal lived in Maine, Turkey and Washington, D.C. with his family. This suited his outgoing personality as he easily made friends and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved people and he cherished his family. Hal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970 and the stories he could tell would make a great movie. Semper fi; he loved America.

Hal enjoyed motorcycles, classic rock, and conservative politics. He worked in construction, and was a member of Teamsters Local 245 and American Legion Post 639. Of the Methodist faith, his heartfelt prayers before family dinners were inspiring and memorable.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Teresa; daughter Natalie Waneka and her husband James; son Lucas, brothers Scott and Burl, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Services will be at 12:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. A memorial visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday in the funeral home. Hebrews 13:8.

Memorial donations may be made to Springfield Victory Mission or Rescue One.


Verdene Shirley Reed

July 29, 1930 - September 1, 2015

Verdene Shirley Reed, daughter of Orean and Dora Bass, was born on July 29, 1930, near Norwood MO. She went home to be with the Lord September 1, 2015 in Woodland Manor Care Facility, in Springfield MO at the age of 85.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Ben Reed; two brothers, Kermeth and Bud Bass; and two grandsons, Bruce and Eric Schmachtenberger.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Shirley Schmachtenberger of Springfield, Sue White and her husband Bill of Strafford; one son, Bennie Schmachtenberger and his wife Debbie of Fair Grove; 3 grandchildren, Jessica McCulley and her husband Larin of Springfield, Lindsay Pearson of Louisville, KY, Nathan Schmachtenberger and his wife Rachelle of Shawnee, KS; and 1 great- grandson, Ian Schmachtenberger of Shawnee KS.

She was born near Norwood, Mo and moved to the Ashley community as a young child. She attended Spence School for grades 1 through 8 and later graduated from Mansfield High School in 1949. She married Ernie Schmachtenberger on June 26, 1949 and later married Ben Reed on Aug 6, 1983. Along with being a devoted homemaker caring for her family, she worked various jobs outside the home as a nurse’s aide and store clerk. Later in life she enjoyed providing companionship and assistance to older individuals.

Verdene made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ at an early age. She was a member of Grant Avenue Freewill Baptist Church in Springfield. Her church has always been an important part of her life and she has many special friends that she attended church with.

In her spare time Verdene enjoyed reading. Her favorite stories were about the Amish. In earlier years she also enjoyed cooking special treats for her family and friends.

Verdene was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a friend that you could count on. We celebrate her life and love and will cherish the wonderful memories she created for her family and friends.


Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, MO with Pastor Keith Garrison officiating. Burial will be at Ashley Cemetery in Mansfield, Missouri. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 03, 2015 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family contributions may be made to Grant Avenue Freewill Baptist Church or St Jude.

Constance Joanne Keller

January 29, 1955 - September 1, 2015

Constance Joanne Keller, 60, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri. She was born in Danville, VA on January 29, 1955 to Alton and Connie Keller. Joanne worked as a bookkeeper for Greenwood Laboratory Schools for several years. She was a graduate of SMSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. For the last several years, Joanne has been a full time caretaker for her mother. She was a member of the Center Point Church of Christ. She enjoyed bowling and bowled in several bowling leagues. Joanne also enjoyed quilting. One of her greatest joys in life was her two cats, who she affectionately referred to as her boys.

Joanne was preceded in death by her father, Alton P. Keller.

She is survived by her mother, Connie Tesar; her step-mother, Beverly Bonner, three brothers, James Keller of Rochester, MN, Robert Keller of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Larry Keller of High Point, NC; two sisters, Janice Lee and husband John of Springfield, Missouri and Kelley Ritter of Rogersville, Missouri; her grandmother, Annabelle Whobrey of Rogersville, Missouri; one nephew; four nieces; one great niece; one great nephew; and many other family and friends.

There will be a memorial service Friday, September 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, Strafford, Missouri.

Kregg Murray

December 15, 1966 - August 31, 2015

     Kregg Murray, age 48, of Bolivar, MO, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015, at Cox Medical Center South. He was born December 15, 1966, in Herington, KS, to Donald and Ginger (Cook) Carlson.

     He was preceded in death by his father; his step-father Cliff Young; and a sister Sherry Annette Harrell.

     He is survived by his mother Ginger Young of Bolivar, MO; Fiancee Debbie McGee of the home; four sons: Patrick McGee of Trenton, MO, Dustin McGee, Cameron Murray, and Blake Murray all of the home; one daughter Victoria McGee of the home; four grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters: Debbie Nelson and husband William of Kincaid, KS, and Terri Chappell and husband Dan of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

     Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in c/o the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

Audrey Bernice “Bonnie” Kirkey

February 7, 1933 - August 30, 2015

Audrey Bernice “Bonnie” Kirkey, age 82, born February 7, 1933 went to her heavenly home on August 30, 2015. She was surrounded by her family. She passed away peacefully in her sleep in Springfield, Missouri. Bonnie was born to John and Eva McLaughlin and spent her early life in Texas with her siblings James, Mitchell, Dean, and Kenneth. She moved to Missouri after meeting her husband, Billy Gene Kirkey. Together they raised their children Robert Sheffield, Barbara Smith, Billy Kirkey Jr., and Brenda Yarnell.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her  husband Billy Kirkey Sr., her son Robert Sheffield, and daughter Barbara Smith. She is survived by Two children, Billy Kirkey Jr. and his wife Janet their children Katie, Rachel, Billy and Grant; Brenda Yarnell and her husband Van their children Cassie, Chelsea and Carlie; her son in law John Smith, his children Clint and Jacob; her granddaughter Destiney, her husband Tommy, and their children Marissa, Dezirae, Jessyka, Jordahn, Dakota, and Leevy; Grandsons Bobby and Noel.

Bonnie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends who all love her very much.

The visitation will be held at Greenlawn North Funeral Home on Thursday, September 3rd from 6pm until 8pm and the funeral will be in the same location on Friday, September 4th at 1:30pm. Interment will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at 5201 S. Southwood Road. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that a donation be made to one of the following charitable organizations: American Cancer Society, Intrepid Hospice, Wounded Warrior Project, or the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Raymond Wayne Garoutte

September 30, 1930 - August 30, 2015

Raymond Wayne Garoutte 84, passed away on August 30, 2015 in his home. Wayne was married to Loretta Fields in April 15, 1949. Wayne loved his family and his farm.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Loretta Fields; five children, Melinda “Linda” Gerschoffer, Lola Diane Weaver, Michael Raymond Garoutte, James Alvey Garoutte, and Roy Wayne Garoutte; 16 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren.

Services for Wayne will be Thursday September 3, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Burial will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, with full military honors.



Carl E. Johnson

February 6, 1947 - August 30, 2015

Carl E. Johnson , age 68, of Springfield, MO, passed away Aug. 30, 2015. He was born Feb. 6, 1947 to Wilma Herridge. He served 8 years in the U.S. Air Force. He loved fishing, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was preceded in death by Wilma Herridge and Pappy Williams. He is survived by his wife: Sharon, his children: Clifford, Takami, Eddie, Michelle, son-in-law: Chad, grandkids: Travis, Anna, Josh, Kyle, Kimberly, Lacey, and Parker. His brothers: Ronald and wife Terri, Rusty and wife Kay.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery. No visitation is planed.


Margaret Louise Crites

April 25, 1944 - August 29, 2015

     Margaret Louise Crites, age 71, of Bolivar, MO, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Parkview Healthcare Facility Bolivar, MO. She was born April 25, 1944, in Carthage, MO, to John and Leona (Campbell) Roark. She was united in marriage to Larry Crites April 13, 1963, and to this union two sons were born. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bolivar. She retired from Commerce Bank in Bolivar where she worked as a teller.

     She was preceded in death by her parents.

     She is survived by her husband of 52 years Larry Crites of the home; two sons: Larry Crites and wife Melissa of Bolivar, MO, and Steve Crites and wife Angela of Bolivar, MO; six grandchildren: Tyler Crites, Maggie Crites, Zane Crites, Seth Crites, Jared Bruegman, and Amanda Jackson; two great granddaughters: Lexi and Kenzi Jackson; one sister Joyce Hahn and husband Mack of Independence, MO; one brother Johnny Roark and wife Pat of Bolivar, MO; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO, with Pastors Don Baker and Neil Breshears officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Cemetery, Bolivar, MO. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, August 31, 2015, in the funeral home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.

D. Edna Gladden

September 8, 1917 - August 29, 2015

D. Edna Gladden

September 8, 1917 – Au­gust 29, 2015


A Celebration of Life will be held in Honor of D. Edna Gladden at 11:00 AM, Thursday, Septem­ber 3, 2015, Greenlawn Funeral Home East.

Edna is survived by her two daughters; Donna Payne, Linda White, 8 grandchildren, 14 Great-grandchildren, 1 Great-great-grandson.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Gladden and Grandson, Rick A. Glad­den.

Visitation at 10:00 AM, Burial at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.