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Cornelia (Neal) E. Lawson

September 28, 1920 - July 31, 2014

Cornelia (Neal) E. Lawson, age 93, of Springfield, MO, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 in her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO with Rev. Sam Conley officiating. Burial will be held in TurnerCemetery, Turners Station, MO. Visitation will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Juanita Ellingsworth

May 9, 1918 - July 30, 2014

Juanita Kinser Ellingsworth, age 96, was welcomed to heaven on Wednesday, July 30. She was born May 9, 1918 in Greene County, Missouri to James H. and Myrth M. Johnson Kinser. She was united in marriage on October 16, 1935 to Buck Ellingsworth and to this union two daughters were born.

She was a stay at home mom until after her daughters were grown at which time she joined the work force eventually retiring from General Electric.

Juanita had a wonderful sense of humor and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Juanita accepted Christ as her Savior in 1958 and faithfully served Him all of her life. She was a member of South Haven Baptist Church for 54 years and was currently a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Jane Davis (Bill) and Judy Williams (Ron); 3 grandchildren, Lisa Holcomb (Charles), Chris Davis (Jan), and Ryan Williams (Julie); 6 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Nina Bruce and one brother, Budd Kinser.

Visitation will be Monday, August 4, 2014, 6-8 p.m. at Greenlawn South. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 5th at 10:00a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts are requested for Oxford Hospice c/o CoxHealth Foundation, 3525 S. National, Suite 204, Springfield, Mo. 65807.

A special thank you is extended to Stephanie, Shirley, Randy and Amy for their compassionate and loving care.

Richard Allen Glass

February 21, 1961 - July 30, 2014

Richard Allen Glass, age 53, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at his mother’s residence in Walnut Grove, Missouri. He was born to Billy Gene Glass Sr. and Phyllis Ann Russell Glass February 21, 1961, in Dexter, Missouri . He was a member of the Community Southern Baptist Church. He served in the Missouri National Guard.

Richard was a devoted Christian that served his church in missions and as a bus driver. He worked at JP Morgan Chase as a Customer Quality Analyst since 1999. He loved taking his girls to Cardinals ballgames plus fishing and camping with family and friends. Richard never hesitated helping those in need.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Gene Glass Sr.  He is survived by his mother: Phyllis; three daughters: Dawn Nicole Glass and Samantha LaRee Glass, both from Ohio, and McKenzie Ruth Glass of Springfield; three brothers: Billy Gene Jr., Marcus Arnold and Joshua Aaron; one sister: Evelyn Denise Glass Gregg; five nieces and two nephews; one great-niece and one great-nephew, plus the mother of his children: Baby Momma Rhonda Michelle Glass. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Community Southern Baptist Church, Fair Grove, Missouri with Dustin Lair officiating. Burial will be held in Union Grove Cemetery, Fair Grove, Missouri.

The family would like to thank the EMT’s for their tireless efforts and compassion shown the family. Richard truly loved his doctor: Leonid Shunyakov (Dr. Leo) of the Central Care Cancer Center of Bolivar.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Southern Baptist Church and the Union Grove Cemetery.  Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.



Patricia “Pat” Dean Hively Reese

July 9, 1932 - July 30, 2014

Patricia “Pat” Dean Hively Reese, 82, passed away on the evening of July 30th, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri.  Pat was born on July 9th, 1932, and grew up in Heavener, OK.  She was the second daughter of Evelyn and David Hively.  Pat resided in Springfield, MO, with her husband Homer Calvin Reese.  Pat was married to Homer on March 26th in Heavener, OK.  Pat and Homer made their homes and raised their four children in Oklahoma, California, Arkansas, Texas, and finally retired and settled in Springfield, MO.  Pat received a degree in Psychology from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and worked in Social Services during her career years.  Pat attended the Methodist Church, spent many years singing in the choir, played Bridge, was an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening and landscaping her homes that Homer had built for her as they moved during their lifetime.  Pat’s passions during her life were listening to Jazz and Classical music, and she passed this love to her family, as they all became musicians.


Pat was preceded in death by her Son, Homer Steven Reese, Sister, Joan Hively Perry, Joan’s Husband William “Bill” Perry, nephew William “Jeff” Perry, and Veronica’s Husband Terry Sharp.


Pat is survived by her husband, Homer Calvin Reese; Son, James Courtney Reese and his wife Robin;

Daughter, Mary Jane Ewing and her husband, Craig; Son, Dr. Jon Allen Reese and his wife, Kimberly;

Niece, Veronica “Ronnye” Perry Sharp; Granddaughters Christi Pettit and husband Roger, Amy Ewing Rinkowski and her husband Glen, Megan Ewing, Kylie Moffatt; Grandsons Jon Michael Reese, Matt Reese, Sam Reese, Alex Moffatt, Tyler Moffatt; Great Grandson Chase Pettit.


Services are at the Greenlawn North Funeral Home, Springfield, MO, on Monday, August 4th, Visitation at 12:00pm and Services at 1:00pm.  Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, August 6th, at 1:00pm at the Heavener Cemetery, Heavener, OK.


Maxine Lucille Bossing

January 29, 1928 - July 29, 2014

Maxine Lucille Bossing, 86, was born January 29, 1928, and passed away July 29, 2014, in Springfield, MO.

Maxine was born in Hammond, MO and grew up in Seymour, with majority of her life in Springfield. She was the daughter of Bertha and Chloe Trent and sister of Gladys Hubbard all of which preceded her in death.

Maxine and Charles Bossing were married November 28, 1946 and had a long and loving relationship.  Charles passed away in 1993.  They had two children Lyndle Bossing and Diana Patton.

Maxine has the distinction of being longest standing member at Macedonia Baptist Church, Springfield, MO joining in 1952.  Maxine was an award winning quilter.  She loved gardening and cooking.  She wrote poems, which she shared with family and friends, which were inspired by major events in her life.

Maxine was fortunate to rekindle a 70 year friendship with Herschel Hubbard and they enjoyed each other’s company the last 17 years of her life.

Maxine is survived by her son, Lyndle Bossing, his wife Marilyn and grandson William Knight and his wife Sarah Knight and great-grandchildren Mason, Cassidy and Lauren; daughter, Diana and her husband Bob Patton and granddaughters Amy Hopkins and Aryn Hopkins-Walker and husband Joe Walker; along with many family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3110 West Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807 with Rev. Charles Hufft and Rev. Rich Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Greenlawn South Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made on behalf of Maxine to Macedonia Baptist Church.

Patricia Rae Richardson

September 24, 1934 - July 29, 2014


No services are planned at this time for Patricia Rae Richardson age 79 of Branson, Missouri.  Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson.


She died July 29, 2014 at her home in Branson.


She was born on September 24, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the daughter of Raymond and  Mary Shultz Thomason.  She was a retired investment banker from Denver, Colorado and had been a resident of Branson for the past five years.  She was of the Methodist faith.


Survivors are her husband;  Billy Richardson of the home in Branson.  Two sons:  Terrence Lee Richardson of Colorado and Ronald Jay Richardson of California.  One brother, Michael Thomason of Oklahoma, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Mark Benjamin Richardson and Gene Ray Richardson.




Mildred (Blondie) Jean Austin

October 2, 1933 - July 27, 2014

Mildred (Blondie) Jean Austin, age 80, of Strafford, MO, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Mercy Hospital. She was born     October 2, 1933, in Fair Grove, MO, to Vern and Myrtle (Cheffey) Kaylor. She was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to Pete Austin on April 19, 1950.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Myrtle Kaylor; daughter, Nancy Austin; two sisters, Shirley Scott and Nicky Bigheart. She is survived by her husband, Pete Austin, Strafford, MO; five children, Diana Krasser and husband Jerry of Springfield, Rocky Austin of Wichita, KS, Rick Austin and wife Debbie of Dixon, Mo, Randy Austin of Pittsburg, MO, and Kelly Rook and husband Jody of Strafford; thirteen grandchildren; Twenty great-grandchildren; one brother, Tommy Kaylor and wife Brenda of Canton, TX; one sister, Juanita Gregg and husband Dickie of Batesville, AR; and a host of family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at Liberty Cemetery, Springfield, MO with Rev. Mitchell Wright officiating. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Greenlawn North Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

James “Le Roy” Mayne

March 11, 1925 - July 26, 2014

James “Le Roy” Mayne, age 89, passed away on July 26, 2014. He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Patricia Mayne, one daughter, two brothers and three sisters. A visitation will be on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. No other services are scheduled.


Edsel “SY” Wantland

July 23, 1927 - July 26, 2014

Edsel was born in Niangua, MO., July 23, 1927 to Guy and Ethel (Massey) Wantland. He graduated from Niangua High School and served in the Navy during World War II. He was employed by McCurdy Paint Co. for 391/2 years and the Y.M.C.A. for 81/2 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Bill Wantland. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia (McLemore), son; Larry and wife Gayle of Ozark, MO., daughter; Lisa and husband Jack Ehrhart of Battlefield, MO., grandsons; Jason and wife Elizabeth, Evan and wife Missy Wantland, and Nicholas Ehrhart, one sister; Vieta Slavens of Texas. He is also survived by his best friend, Max. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10:00 AM, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

Dr. William “Bill” Sunderwirth

December 29, 1926 - July 26, 2014


William Clarence “Dr. Bill” Sunderwirth passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Dr. Bill leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Karen L. (Daily) (Hammer) Sunderwirth, and several children and stepchildren: Paula (Sunderwirth) Guernsey, Jama (Sunderwirth) Eidson, Lisa (Sunderwirth) Lawrence, Stacy (Sunderwirth) Caraway, Donald Hammer, Karen J. Hammer, Bruce Hammer, and Mary (Hammer) Reichard.  He married Wilma Jean Payne in 1950 and they had four daughters. He married Karen Lou Daily in 1968.  He leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 5 great-children, brother- in -law Rich Randol, nieces and nephews, and his beloved friends as well as his cat, CPO.

He was born December 29, 1926 in Burlington, Kansas to Clarence and Ruth (O’Rear) Sunderwirth. The youngest of three children, his sisters were Ruby Ruth (Sunderwirth) Randol  and Betty (Sunderwirth) (Belcher) Pollard.  They and their parents preceded him in death, with Betty passing away just two days before Dr. Bill.

Dr. Bill practiced medicine for 51 years as a board certified general practitioner, a career he chose at age five.  After serving as a Corpsman in the Navy from 1944-46, Dr. Bill graduated from the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1953.  He interned at Wetzel Hospital in Clinton, MO and began his medical career in El Dorado Springs, MO where he practiced with his father, Dr. C.H. Sunderwirth.  In 1979 he moved to Springfield, MO where he practiced until he retired in 2004 at age 77.  During those years, Dr. Bill trained many student doctors and he was careful to teach the compassionate side of medicine. He was beloved as a doctor who listened well, cared greatly and treated all with dignity wherever he went.

Dr. Bill provided care to people in nursing homes, house calls, at his office, and even when he met them on the street. He and Karen saw fifty patients or more every day in their medical office, turning no one away regardless of ability to pay.  He often said, “We took care of a lot of poor people. We never had a patient that we didn’t like.” He delivered thousands of babies and sat at deathbeds to offer comfort. He was an exemplary physician and a fine representative of his profession.

Recognition came often.  A few examples:  Family Physician of the Year, Jefferson Award, Missouri Osteopathic Medallion Award. He was active in civic organizations throughout his life: President of the Ozark, Southwest, and West Central Districts of the Osteopathic Association; State Delegate for the Osteopathic profession; Chamber of Commerce; Boy Scouts; Freemasons; North Springfield Betterment Association; Missouri Foxtrotters; Rotary Club, and many others.

His final 2 ½ years were spent at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, MO, where he tended his roommate and pushed those in wheelchairs to the cafeteria. He was still helping friends on his final day. He served as president of the resident’s council there.  As he had throughout life, he arose at 5 AM for coffee and the news to inform him for a rousing discussion later in the day.

Dr. Bill loved and appreciated his fellow veterans and the excellent care he received from staff at the Missouri Veterans Home.

He loved his family, riding horses and visiting with friends. Everyone was his best friend. The most important thing to him: belief in Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead.

No kinder man, no gentler soul, no better doctor. Dr. Bill, you will be missed.

Friday, August 1, 2014 at noon: Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery interment ceremony, 5201 S Southwood Rd, Springfield, MO.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 an opportunity to sign a guest book and offer condolences for Dr. Bill will also be at the memorial for his sister Betty Pollard at Sheldon Funeral Home, 2111 Missouri 32, El Dorado Springs, MO.  Visitation noon, service 1 pm.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Central Christian Church, 1475 N. Washington Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Mention it is for Culture Club in honor of Dr. Bill.