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    Springfield, Missouri 65803
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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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    Bolivar, Missouri 65613
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Karon Jean Burtrum Robertson

January 10, 1973 - July 23, 2014

Karon Jean Burtrum Robertson 41, Springfield, was born Jan. 10, 1973 in Springfield. She passed away, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in her home, after a sudden illness.

Randy and Karon were married on March 26, 1993 and had 21 wonderful years together. Karon was a life-long Christian and kept God close to her heart. Karon was well loved and had a positive outlook on life.

Karon had a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science fron Drury University, where she graduated with Honors. She was a devoted member of the Left Overs car club.

She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Robert Burtrum Sr. Karon is survived by her mother: Karen Jean Burtrum, Karon’s siblings; Rhonda Wales, Ramona Burtrum, Ronnie Burtrum, and  Michael Burtrum. Her nieces and nephews; Michael Burtrum Jr., Tanner and Zac Burtrum, Joshua and Rachelle Wales, a great niece; Zoey Elizabeth Wales and Joshua’s wife Jessica Wales. Karon is also survived by Randy’s family which includes her father-in-law; Jim Robertson, and her mother-in-law, who preceded her in death; Judy Robertson, and many other family members.

A famous quote to our dear loved one: “Death and Love are the two wings that bear a “Beautiful Princess” to heaven”. Michaelangelo

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Clyde W. Dusenbury Sr.

December 4, 1919 - July 22, 2014

Clyde W. Dusenbury Sr., age 94, passed away on July 22, 2014. He was born in Marionville, MO on December 4, 1919. Clyde was retired from the Greene County Assessor’s Office after 26 years of service. His hobbies included fishing and gardening, especially tomato’s. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen (Norris) Dusenbury. He is survived by his son’s; Clyde W. Dusenbury Jr. and his wife Jamie and Larry Gene Dusenbury and his wife Hazel, his grandchildren; Natisha Lynn Durham,Ursula Marie Dusenbury, John David Dusenbury and Tyler Renae Dusenbury, one great-grandson Connor David Allen, several nieces and nephews, one cousin and close friend and neighbor Melinda Mullin. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 11:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South with graveside services following in Eastlawn Cemetery around 12:30 p.m.


Beverly Ann Burks

March 1, 1940 - July 21, 2014


Beverly Ann Burks, age 74, of Morrisville, MO, passed away July 21, 2014, in her home. She was born March 1, 1940

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James (Junior) Burks; two sisters and one brother.

She is survived by one son, and one daughter; a granddaughter Tabatha Curtis of Mt. Vernon, MO; several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a niece, Crystal Smith; three nephews: Joey O’Brien, David Douglas, and Terry Todd; as well as other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services will be held in National Cemetery, Springfield, MO, at a later date. Online condolences may be made at: www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.



Richard C. Hackel

August 2, 1932 - July 20, 2014




Funeral services for Richard C. Hackel age 81 of Branson West, Mo. will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson with burial to follow in the Blue Eye Cemetery with full military honors.


He died July 20, 2014 at Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab in Hollister, Missouri.


He was born on August 2, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Fredrick and Catherine Decker Hackel.  He was retired lineman and splicer with a telephone company.  He had been a resident of the area since 1988 moving here from Calumet City, Illinois.  He was a member of the Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church in Kimberling City, Missouri.


Survivors are his three children:  Richard Hackel of Goshen, Indiana, David & Monica Hackel of Warrington, Pennsylvania and a daughter, Debra & Gerald Sawyer of Branson West, Missouri, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Doris Hackel.


Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM Monday in the funeral home.



Please visit our web site at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences. 


Laurie Belew

June 22, 1971 - July 20, 2014

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Laurie (Schatzer) Kelsey-Belew, age 43, of Spring­field, MO passed away on July 20, 2014 after a brief illness.Those who knew her loved her for her gen­erous nature, loving spirit, and willingness to give all she had, most of all to her children. She worked ex­tensively volunteering at the school and at her fa­vorite charities – Children’s Miracle Network, Camp Barnabas, and Champions Committed to Kids. Her five children always came first, and she would do anything to further their edu­cation and give them better lives.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, and her five children, Devin Kelsey, Stefan Kelsey, Lauren Kelsey, Jodelyn Belew and Scotlyn Belew. She is also survived by her father, Bruce Schatzer, and her mother, Carolyn Rapp; and her siblings Tim & Chris­tina Schatzer; Jody & Jeff Wilcox; Michael & Robin Schatzer; Lyle & Melissa Schatzer; Shane & Rachel Schatzer; Kelly & Aaron Edwards; Jolein & Justin Willhite, along with many loving nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednes­day, July 23, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home-East in Springfield, MO. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Smart Cemetery, Clever, MO follow­ing the service.


Audrey Mae Nielsen

June 15, 1945 - July 20, 2014

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Audrey Mae Nielsen

June 15, 1945 ~ July 20, 2014


Audrey Nielsen left this life on July 20, 2014 at the age of 69. She grew up in St. Louis, MO, graduated from Normandy High School in 1963 and made Nixa, MO her home as an adult.

Audrey was fun loving and made many lifelong friends wherever she went. Her family was of the the utmost importance to her and she cherished time spent with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandson. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Donald Nielsen, parents Floyd and Mary Weather, brothers, Terry and Bobbie Gene Weathers and grandson Zeke.

She is survived by daughter Tina Sanders (David) of Ava, MO; son Scott Tairent (Cindy) of Collinsville, OK; sisters Shirley Morgan of Lilburn, GA and Mary Cook of Springfield, MO and grandchildren Joshua, Ilia, Jayme, Brittany, Courtney, Scott, Tanner, Rocky and Urijah and many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield on Friday, July 25 at 12:00 p.m. The family requests those in attendance wear purple.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or C.A.R.E Animal Shelter in Springfield, MO.

Everly Faith Leigh

July 20, 2014 - July 20, 2014

Everly Faith Leigh came into this world July 20, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. earned her butterfly wings on July 20, 2014 at 1:24 a.m.  She is survived by her parents James Leigh and Tiffany Weatherford her grandparents Rick and Janet Weatherford, David and Melinda Leigh her great-grandparents Gerald and Marilou Daum, John and Kathy Back.  She is also survived by her 10 brothers and sisters: (brother) Dakota Braden, (sister) Mystic Leigh, (sister) Macey Vale, (sister) Aleah Vale, (brother) Dawson Leigh, (brother) Cameron Vale, (sister) Marisa Leigh, (brother) Dawson Vale, (sister) Maryah Leigh, (brother) Wyatt Vale.  She will be missed very much!!  Her service will be held at Greenlawn South at 3:00 p.m. on Friday July 25, 2014. Burial will follow at Lindsey Cemetery in Republic.

Norma L. Brake

July 29, 1931 - July 20, 2014

Norma L. Brake, age 82, passed away on July 20, 2014. She was a Charter Member of Boulevard Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons; Robert and Richard Brake. An open viewing will be on Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home South with graveside services being on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Harrington Cemetery in Republic.

Richard Verne Stemmons

October 17, 1933 - July 19, 2014

Richard Verne Stemmons, age 80, died July 19, 2014. He was born in Jasper County, Missouri, to Omer James Stemmons and Pearl Busby Stemmons.

He attended school in Golden City, MO and graduated from Central High School in Springfield, MO. In 1955 Verne married Florence Suttle, shortly after spending two years active duty in the US Army, Military Police Corps. Following were four years in the Active Reserves. Verne became a Christian in 1958, and was ordained as a Deacon at Pleasant Home Baptist. Later he attended Hamlin Memorial Church for longer than 30 years. He retired from Kraft foods in 1993, continuing on working for F & H foods in Springfield.

He was preceded in death by both parents as well as a sister Alice Fraser and brother Kenneth Stemmons. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Florence Stemmons, as well as a brother Wayne and wife Mary and a sister Marilyn and husband Bill Stark, two daughters; Vicky Stever and husband David and Teresa Ramsey and companion Guy Arras, two grandchildren; Tori and Bryce Ramsey and several nieces, nephews which he treasured, along with his many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Funeral service will be Thursday at 10:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

George Gardner Johnson

July 17, 1938 - July 19, 2014

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George Gardner “Gar” Johnson, 76,  of Springfield, Missouri, died Saturday July 19, 2014.  

Gar was born on July 17, 1938 in Wheaton, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his father, George R. Johnson Sr., his mother, Chana Frances Johnson, brothers George R. Johnson and Fredrick L. Johnson, and son Victor G. Williams. 

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy, children Terri Laka (Frank), Shannon Wooley (Randy),   James G. “Jim” Johnson (Deidra), and Elizabeth Sweeney (Jason) (Jordon Bisher).  Twelve grandchildren, Nathan Laka, Matthew Laka, Andrew Wooley, Michael Wooley, Olivia Wooley, Emerald Johnson, Addysyn Johnson, Landyn Johnson, Benjamin Bisher, Layla Bisher, Addyson Sweeney and Liam Sweeney. 

Gar was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. His drive and love for life was something that came natural.   His strength and knowledge in business resulted in owning his own company, Harmony Hospitality, which he began in 1998. Harmony Hospitality thrived and eventually developed into other sister companies.  He later retired, but enjoyed working part time at the Springfield Golf and Country Club.  

Anyone who knew or came in contact with Gar will remember him for his wit,  love of others, and the social interaction with those he treasured.  His compassion and joy could be seen from his love for spending time with his grandchildren, all the way to his many furry friends around the house.  

He was the strength that drove his family through life, he was their “Rock”.  

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” -Alex Elle 

Memorial Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home East 3540 E Seminole St. Springfield, MO 65809. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6 pm to8 pm.