Donald Carl Abbey Born September 24, 1944 in West Plains, Missouri. He was the fifth child to parents, A.C. Pal Abbey and Ida Becker Abbey. He passed away on Monday, March 5, 2007 in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was married to Carletta Tune on July 10, 1970 in Mountain View, Missouri. This union was blessed with two children, Christopher Carl and Brandi Dell. Don attended school in Mountain View and graduated with the Class of 1962. He loved playing basketball and football with his teammates. Don’s early work life was with his father and brothers. He was known as a worker in the concrete and gravel business. He was forced to retire from working due to many health problems. Don was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church in Mountain View, where he loved to serve his Lord and Savior. He especially enjoyed learning in their Tuesday morning prayer group, Hungry Men, and being a member of the Faith Evangelism Team. Don is survived by his wife, Carletta, of Mountain View; daughter, Brandi Dell of Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Bob Abbey, of Topeka, Kansas, and Charles Joe Abbey and wife, Patricia, of Topeka, Kansas; two sisters, Betty Bass and husband, Thomas Red, and Nancy Pruitt of Mountain View; two sisters-in-law, Elloise Miller and husband, Johnny, of Batesville, Mississippi and Sharon Tune of Arlington, Virginia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don is preceded in death by his son, Christopher Carl; his parents, A.C. and Ida Abbey; two brothers, George Arthur and Roy Gene; his parents-in-law, Carl and Myrtle Tune; two sisters-in-law, Dell Peavler and Tammy Morris. Don enjoyed deer hunting, especially with friends Kenny Smith, J.R. Conner, and brother-in-law, Johnny Miller. In later life, he enjoyed all of his friends at Ken’s Gun Shop and friends at Mountain View Auto Parts. Don was known as a trader of knives and collectibles with his friends. Don loved his Lord, being with his wife and daughter, his family, his friends, the Renegar family that had adopted him and loved him. In early life, his nieces and nephews were a great source of enjoyment, as was his love of horses, especially the Appaloosa, which he was teased about quite often. Don always enjoyed working and visiting with people. Don will be deeply and sadly missed by his family and friends. We know our loss is Heaven’s gain. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Mountain View, Missouri with Dr. John Noble officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View, Missouri under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View.
Cynthia June Dickerson Abeda Born July 31, 1953 in St. Joseph, MO. She passed away January 20, 2008 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, MO at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 20 days. Cindy was the daughter of William C. (Bill), and June Alice (Copeland) Dickerson. She was welcomed with love and pride for their beautiful child. Cindy was a spiritual girl and woman, who loved all of God's beautiful things. Flowers and cats were her passions. Cindy was preceded in death by her grandmother, Margaret Copeland; grandfather Lewis Copeland; and mother June Alice Dickerson. She leaves behind her father and stepmother William and Darla Dickerson of Mountain View, MO; son Jason King of Kansas City, MO; daughter Shameriah King-Arzt of Mountain View, MO; son Jordan Abeda of Olathe, KS; three grandchildren, Sidney Michael King, Tye Ashton King and Reese Gabrielle Gilbert. Funeral services were held Friday, January 25, 2008 at 12:00 PM at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, MO with Pastor Brian Ingalls officiating under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona, MO.
Olie Aline Kelly Abbott Daughter of Ivy KELLY and Amanda Arvilla BRESSLER KELLY, was born May 31, 1934 in Shannon County, Missouri and passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, MO, Friday, October 12, 2007 making her age 73 years. Aline was united in marriage to Richard ‘Dick’ Abbott. They were not blessed with children, but loved their nieces and nephews. She was raised in the Catholic Faith. Aline loved cats, television, family, friends, and dancing. One of the highlights of her life was meeting Elvis in a dance hall in Arkansas, when she and her sister Merceline were celebrating her coming out of the children's home. She is preceded in death by her father Ivy KELLY, mother Amanda SHOUP, brothers, Damon KELLY, Buster KELLY, Simon SHOUP, and sister Merceline LEE. Surviving are one sister Stella May WALTERS of Lone Dale, MO; sister-in-law Darlene SHOUP of Mountain View, MO and brother-in-law Bob LEE of Summersville, MO and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services were held Wednesday, October 17, 2007; at 2:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville, under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.
Georgia Ann Abney Graveside services for Georgia Ann Abney, 74, West Plains, were Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the Howell Valley Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Abney died at 6:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 24, 1934, at Mountain Home, Ark., to Barton and Nettie Dover Alsup. On Oct. 18, 1952, she was married at Salem, Ark., to Bert Eli Abney. Mrs. Abney was a member of the Harbor Of Hope Church. She is survived by her husband, Bert Abney, of the family home; four children, Cecil Abney and wife, Sandy, of West Plains, Sandra Abney and special friend, Jessie Travis, of Pekin, Ill., Tamera White and husband, Timothy, of West Plains and Greg Abney and special friend, Heather Garcia, of Winona, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Barton Alsup Jr. of Springfield, Mo.; three sisters, May Shelton, and husband, Rev. Ray Shelton of Green Forest, Ark., Ellen Davis and Lena Hammock, both of West Plains, sisters-in-law, Mary Bragg and husband, Victor, of West Plains, Melvina Pankey of Pekin, Ill., Ellen Bragg of West Plains and Janice Foster and husband, Rev. Carmen Foster of Greenbriar, Ark.; and many nieces, nephews and special friends. Her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Reverend Anna Abney; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Abney; one grandson, Robert Michael Grogan; one great-granddaughter, Larisa Nicole Wilder; two sisters, Vina Kincheloe and Faye Baker; two brothers, Frank Alsup and John Alsup; two brothers-in-law, Rev. John C. Abney and John Bragg; and one sister-in-law, Nina Alsup, precede her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, May 13, 2009)
Lloyd Robert Abney A graveside service was held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Howell Valley Cemetery for Lloyd Robert Abney, six day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Abney of West Plains, whose death occurred Friday night in Christa Hogan Hospital. The infant was born prematurely - and weighed only two pounds, six ounces at birth. Rev. W. L. Abney officiated at the service with the Robertson Funeral Home in charge of burial. Mr. and Mrs. Bert H. Abney of West Plains are grandparents of the child. ~ West Plains Daily Quill June 1 1951. (Transcribed as it appeared in the newspaper).
Robert Fulton Acklin Apr. 24, 1906 - Dec. 19, 1990 - Funeral services for Robert Fulton Acklin, 84, West Plains, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 1990, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, with the Rev. Joe Bean officiating. Mr. Acklin died at 12:52 a.m. today, Dec. 19, 1990, in Ozarks Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1906, in Douglas County, the son of Thomas Henry and Ida Mary Greenway Acklin. He received his education at the Galloway School at West Plains. On May 2, 1930, he was married to Oma Coble who preceded him in death Feb. 14, 1951. On March 13, 1957, he was married at West Plains to Bertha Marie (Hall) Nolte. Mr. Acklin was the first groundskeeper at the West Plains Country Club. He was a carpenter and before his retirement had been employed with the street department for the city of West Plains. Survivors include his wife, Marie Acklin, West Plains; seven children, Donald Acklin; Helen Stanley and husband Dick; June Johnston, all of West Plains; Robert Acklin and wife Connie, Hawaii; Judy Acklin, Nevada; Ronald Acklin and wife Marsha, Sedalia; and Danny Acklin and wife Hazel, West Plains; three step children, Laura McVickers and husband Will, Summersville; Paul, Vienna; and J. D. Nolte, Oran; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Fancher, Estacada, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, two great grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains.
Cayden James Adams Graveside services for Cayden James Adams, infant son of James Leroy and Krista Jean Herring Adams of Pittsburg, Kan., will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Babyland, Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Cayden died 2:01 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ozarks Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, James and Kristin Adams, of the family home; one sister, Isabelle Adams; grandparents, Cheryl and Bruce Stillwell of Kansas City, Kan., Roger Adams and Richard and Janice Herring of Willow Springs, Mo.; great-grandparents, John and Joyce Cooper of Kansas City, Kan., Francis and Sue Adams and Sharon and Guy Wake of Willow Springs, Mo., and Lee Morris of Coos Bay, Ore.
Frances Alice Snodgrass Adams Age 100, West Plains - She was born April 2, 1908, in Topeka, Kan., to Mrs. and Mrs. Clemence Snodgrass. On Sept. 28, 1926, she was married at Tulsa, Okla., to Homer W. Adams who preceded her in death on June 25, 1989. Mrs. Adams died 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in West Vue Nursing Center. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Mizpah Rebekah Lodge Number 77 and the Grandmother’s Club. She was of the Baptist faith with her membership in the First Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She is survived by three children, Mary Jane Langston, husband, Arthur, of Seal Beach, Calif., Homer Adams of West Plains, and Wilma Dannhaus of Freeport, Texas; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, two sisters and two brothers precede her in death. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Glen Adams
Funeral services for Glen Roy Adams, 91, West Plains, were Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Adams diedat 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2009 at West Vue Nursing Center. He was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Howell County, Mo., to Glen Roy Houston and Nancy Marlissa Richardson Adams. He received his education in the
schools of Koshk nong, Mo., and on April 10, 2004, was married at West Plains, Mo., to Olene Quicksall Lee. Mr. Adams was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Before his retirement, he was a salesman for the Mac Tool Company for 58 years. Mr. Adams loved the out-of-doors, enjoyed gardening and to his family and friends, was
known as ?Pappy.? He was a dedicated Christian and was active in the Faith Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Olene Adams, of the family home; three stepchildren, Robert Lee, wife, Karin, of West Plains, John Finley, wife, Patti, state of Indiana and Lura
 inley of Houston, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben Adams of West Plains; and many nieces and nephews. His parents; two wives, Helen and Doris Bernice; and one brother, Joe Clarence Adams, precede him in death. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, July 8, 2009)
Jimmie Joanna Pruett Adams Age 75, West Plains, Mo., Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Amy Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Adams died 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in West Vue Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Hocomo, Mo., to John Vernon and Nannie May Fare Pruett. She graduated from Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, Mo., with the class of 1948. In 1955, she was married to Lyle Taffar. On Aug. 6, 1990, she was married to Robert Adams, who preceded her in death Dec. 6, 2005. Mrs. Adams had been a telephone operator and was a seamstress, owning her own sewing service. She was a Baptist and had attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Gainesville, Mo. She is survived by three children, Elaine Taffar and Leland Ray Taffar, wife, Penny, San Ingnacio, Belize, and Ralph Lee Taffar, wife, Cheryl, Harrison, Ark.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, William M. Pruett, wife, Greta, and Lonnie Pruett, West Plains, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, and one granddaughter precede her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Amy Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Lois Adams Age 85, Mammoth Spring AR - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. Mrs. Adams died today, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Camp Cemetery, Camp, Ark., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer. 
Anna Agee Memorial services for Anna Marie Agee, 76, Willow Springs, Mo., will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Agee died at 9:20 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph John and Francis Briski Carrano. On Jan. 27, 1958, she was married at Chicago, Ill., to Donald Lee Agee. Before her retirement, Mrs. Agee was employed as a housekeeper at the St. Bridgett of Sweden Church and she was a honorary member of the Red Hat Society. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Willow Springs, Mo. She is survived by her husband, Donald Agee, of the family home; three sons, David Gerard Agee, Duarte, Calif., Timothy Lee Agee, wife, Tamera, West Plains and Steven Michael Agee, wife, Misty, Marshfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph Carrano and Michael Carrano, wife, Georgiann, both of Chicago, Ill., and Louis Carrano, state of Arizona; two sisters, Mary Hamilton and Rose Berger, both of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, three sons, Joseph, Dale and Jeffrey Agee, one sister, Francis Brown and one brother, Carmen Carrano, precede her in death. The family would like to give a very special thanks to Riverways Hospice and staff and Dr. Charles Morgan and staff. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News)
Cora Kate Mumford Aid Age 89, West Plains - Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in All Saints Episcopal Church with Rev. Dan Brigham officiating. Mrs. Aid died at 6:10 a.m. Sunday at West Plains Memorial Hospital. She was born Sep. 24, 1889, at Farlinville KS, the daughter of the late Ezra Dew and Louisa Griggs Mumford. She came to West Plains in 1906 and on Jan. 26, 1910, she was married here to Joe Richard Aid, who preceded her in death Jul. 12, 1967. Survivors include two sons, Joe R. Aid, Jr., West Plains; Charles E. Aid, Farmers Branch TX; six grandchildren, Joe Aid, III, Hutchison KS; Mrs. Patricia Rogers and C. Toney Aid, West Plains; Barbara Braswell, Janice Mitchell and Charles Aid, all of Denver CO; eight great grandchildren; a niece, Mrs. Nadine Saunders, Roanoke VA; and three nephews, Joe D. Mumford, Waynesville; Jack Mumford, St Charles, and Dewey Brown, Philadelphia MS. The family would appreciate memorials in Mrs. Aid's name to All Saints Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Frankie Lester 'FRANK' Akers Age 57, son of Vernon Lester Akers and Beulah Beatrice Young Akers Franklin, was born Nov. 19, 1947, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died May 30, 2005, at Baxter Regional Medical Center at Mountain Home, Ark. He attended Raymondville School, graduated from Houston High School and attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He married Phyllis Lea Smith Dec. 31, 1982, at West Plains. Mr. Akers was a food broker and later a salesman for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. For the last five years, he was area manager for Pepsi Mid-America of Marion, Ill. He was president of the West Plains parks and recreation board for seven years and was on the board of West Plains City Pride. His hobbies were camping, baseball cards and music. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are his wife of the home at West Plains; three children, Michael Morgan Akers of Oceanside, Calif., Morgan Nicole Akers of West Plains and Angelina Dawn Akers of the home; his mother of West Plains; one stepbrother, Jim Franklin of Kansas City; and one granddaughter. Services are 11 o'clock today (Thursday) at the First Baptist Church in West Plains. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideons International or to the family in care of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains.
Linda Lavada Jones Akin Age 63, Strafford MO - Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mrs. Akin died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1945, at Elijah, Mo., to Leonard Leroy and Ina Lavada Roberts Jones. On March 7, 1975, she was married at Strafford, Mo., to Clyde Akin. Mrs. Akin was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Akin, of the family home; two children, Kari Sturdevant, Springfield, Mo., and James Akin, of the family home; one grandchild, Samantha Akin, Fair Grove, Mo.; sister-in-law, Donna Wolff, Springfield, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents and one brother, Leroy Jones, precede her in death. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Theresa M. Strong Alcantar Entered into rest on Friday, May 9, 2008, at her home in Willow Springs, Mo. Born March 27, 1940, to Calvin and Gertrude Strong, she was 68 years old. She was married to Antonio Alcantar on June 12, 1969. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Willow Springs for seven years. She had many enjoyments in her life; however, having her family around her was very important to her. She gave of herself unselfishly, always putting others needs above and before her own. A precious gift only she could give that touched the lives of so many around her. Mrs. Alcantar is survived by her husband, Tony Alcantar, Willow Springs; her mother, Gertrude R. Brooks, Willow Springs; two sons, Tony Hudson, Willow Springs, and Christopher Hudson and wife, Terry, Gassville, Ark.; two daughters, Rosemary Anderson and husband, Ragnar, Cherokee Village, Ark., and Melissa Russell and husband, Terry, Carthage Mo. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many more that considered her their own grandmother and more. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2008, at Seventh-day Adventist Church at East Fourth and N. Walnut Streets in Willow Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.
Audrey Lucille Nichols Aldridge Age 73, was born September 20, 1934 in Texas County, MO to George Nichols and Opal Beasley. She went to be with her Lord April 18, 2008. She grew up in the Pine Creek area and attended Willow Springs School. On April 5, 1952 she married Oral Aldridge. To this union, seven children were born. She was preceded in death by her father, George Nichols; Mother, Opal Nichols Adkins; brother, Elmer Nichols; step father, Harvey Adkins; husband, Oral; one son, Danny Joe; grandson Heath McAlister; and three sisters, Ocie, Virginia and Norma. She is survived by her children: Rosemary Mooney of Elk Creek; Dee and wife Julie, of Elk Creek; Jeanie McAlister and husband, John of Piedmont; Wayne Aldridge of Houston; Annette Hartman and husband, Brian, of Houston; and Patty Aldridge of Houston; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia Lynch of Mtn. Grove, and Phyllis Adkins of Mansfield; two brothers, Donald Adkins of Prineville, Oregon and Vaughn Nichols of Golden City; two daughters-in-law, Nancy Foster and husband, Don, of Houston; Cindy Flanagan and husband, Dale, of Cabool; one son-in-law, Bill Mooney, of Mtn. Grove, MO; and a host of family and friends. Audrey enjoyed going to church, studying the Bible, reading and many types of hand work. She crocheted and did many pieces of needlepoint, which she gave to family and friends. They were wonderful gifts given to those she loved and cherished. The best times of her life were spent with her family. She touched many lives with her generous heart and loving spirit. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Services were Wednesday, April 23, at 10 AM in the Evans Funeral Home. Brother David Mathis officiated with burial in the Tyrone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tyrone Free Will Baptist Church or Tyrone Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to
Anna May Miller Allen

Age 85, daughter of Virgil O. and Rosa Anna Garlett Miller, was born Feb. 27, 1923, at Cabool. She died April 25, 2008, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Allen grew up in the Cabool area, attending grade school at Sargent and Pea Ridge. She graduated from Cabool High School in 1940. She attended SMS and began teaching in 1942 in the rural schools of Howell and Texas counties. She received her bachelor's degree in social science from Drury University in Springfield and taught from 1942 to '47 at Stony Point, Lebanon and Union schools. She married Walter Allen March 1, 1947. They had three children. Mrs. Allen was a stay-at-home mother for several years. In 1952, she began teaching at rural schools including Houston, Victor, Freely Give, Lone Star, Logan, Elk Creek and Willow Springs. After 18 years, she started at Houston Elementary in the fall of 1967. She retired July 1, 1979, after 12 years for a total teaching career of 31 years in Howell and Texas counties. She was baptized at an early age and was a member of the Mount Pisgah Church. She later moved her membership to Solid Rock General Baptist Church near Willow Springs.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 147 Auxiliary of Cabool. She loved taking care of her grandchildren, playing games and reading to them. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sept. 29, 1990; one brother, Wayne Miller; and a granddaughter. Surviving are her children, Gary Walter Allen and Nita May Moore of Cabool and Rita Ann Williams of Houston; two sisters, Jewel Wagner and Naomi Wisdom of Willow Springs; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were April 28 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Hamm and the Rev. Bill Vandivort officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Association. Houston Herald, May 22, 2008.

Katherine Elizabeth (Thompson) Allen born May 30, 1930, in Pomona, Mo., the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Henry) Thompson. She went to her heavenly home Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the age of 79 years and 17 days. Katherine was united in marriage to Howard Dean Allen on Dec. 20, 1950, in Salem, Ark., making their union 57 years before his passing on Aug. 10, 2008. To their union, five sons and five daughters were born; Douglas Dean, Howard Lynn, Henry Oliver, Dennis Marvin, John Edward, Katherine Claudine, Minnie Nadine, Bonita Elaine, Nancy Dawnita and Sarah Marlene. Katherine and Howard spent 35 years in Genoa, Ill., where they worked and raised their family. After Howard’s passing, Katherine returned to her childhood hometown, spending time along the Jack’s Fork River, renewing ties with family and childhood friends. Katherine and Howard were cared for in their home until their passing by their son Henry and his wife, Shelley. Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Howard Dean Allen; one son, Howard Lynn, one daughter and son-in-law, Bonita Elaine and Ron Brown; three brothers, George Herman, Ernest Howard, and Leonard Hale; and two sisters, Vernice Menard and Ruby Levina Hockman. Surviving are her four sons and four daughters, Douglas Allen and wife, Debra, Machesney Park, Ill., Henry and wife, Shelley, Mountain View, Mo., Dennis Allen and wife, Rose, Belvidere, Ill., Kathy Berner and husband, Brian, Baltimore, Md., Nadine Davis, Cherry Valley, Ill., Nancy Borges and husband, Billy, Thornton, Colo., Sarah Allen, Belvidere, Ill., and John Allen, Hutchinson, Kan.; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Virgil Thompson, Mountain View, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Lucille Shoup, Mountain View, Mo.; niece/ “sister” Mary “Tooter” Willbanks and husband, Karl, West Plains, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Yarber Chapel. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View, Mo., under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. (Howell County News, June 23, 2009)
Oliver Allen
Born July 25, 1886 Crocker, Pulaski CO., MO and died Oct. 5, 1969 Mountain View, Howell Co., MO. Son of John Allen and Nancy Jane Smith Allen. First marriage was to Marcella Spiva May 16, 1905, to this union 7 children were born: Dovie Bell, Clarence Clifford, Olive Irene, Lawrence Lynn, Oliver Eugene, Kenneth Rene and Betty Jane. Second marriage was to Bonnie L. Tune Nov. 26, 1927. To this union 6 children were born: Dean, Lucille, Frances May, Edith and 2 others that died young. Source: Janet Ward. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View MO.
Private Adolphus 'Dolph' Anderson Jan. 26, 1890 - Jul. 22, 1918. 'WWI.' Private Adolphus 'Dolph' Anderson was killed in France during World War I. He was enlisted in the 1st division, 13th Ambulance Corps. He was the son of James Anderson & Margaret Lucinda Lee. According to a newspaper article from West Plains MO he was originally buried in France, but his remains were later returned to his family. This news article also stated that his was the first body to be returned from overseas to the West Plains area. Dolph was engaged to be married to a woman named Zolla. According to family legend, Zolla never married, and always wore a locket with Dolph's picture in it around her neck. Dolph is buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Basil Leon Anderson Age 67, West Plains - Funeral services were held at the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, with Rev. Gerald Bruner officiating. Mr. Anderson died at West Plains Memorial Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born at Haviland KS, Feb. 17, 1908, the son of the late William Franklin and Adele Morey Anderson. He came to this county with his parents at the age of seven years, receiving his education in the schools of Howell County. He had been engaged in farming until forced to retire due to ill health. On Dec. 3, 1931, he was married at West Plains to Doris J. Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Collins. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 40 years, with his membership being in the New Liberty Baptist Church near West Plains. Mr. Anderson had served for many years as director of the Pleasant Point and Vienna School Boards in Howell County. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Doris Anderson of the home; four children, Ila Dickey, Bartlesville OK; Lyle Anderson, Paducah KY; Eula Rowden, Eminence MO, and Loretta Parrott, Fenton MO; 11 grandchildren and 7 brothers and sisters, Jess Anderson, Drumright OK; George Anderson, Jackson MS; Guy Anderson, St Louis MO; Rev. Joe Anderson, West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains MO; Mrs. Frances Pitman, Pomona MO; Mrs. Nellie Cook, Tahlequah OK, and Alene Huff, St Charles MO. Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother, Rudolph Anderson. (Rest is missing; obituary appeared in West Plains newspaper Monday, Sep. 29, 1975) Died on Tuesday; burial on Friday.
Elza Celeste Wheeler Anderson Age 80, Willow Springs - Funeral services held at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with Rev. Wrex Hauth officiating. Mrs. Anderson died at Stormont Vale Hospital in Topeka KS. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Vida Henry and Mrs. Geraldine Hood, both of Willow Springs, and Mrs. Katheryn Evans, Topeka KS; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Martin, Willow Springs and Mrs. Cassie Reynolds, West Plains; a brother, Earl Wheeler, Pomona MO; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Burial was in Mackey Cemetery under the direction of Hiler Funeral Home, Willow Springs.
Jack Randle Anderson

Memorial services for Jack Randle Anderson, 73, West Plains, will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2009, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Anderson died at 6:50 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2009, at his home.  He was born June 30, 1935, at Rockford, Ill., to Elmer B. and Nellie M. Logan Anderson.  On July 6, 1957, he was married at Rockford, Ill., to Pauline Ashcraft.  Before his retirement, Mr. Anderson was employed as an inspector at S.E.I.  He enjoyed hiking, biking and writing, having had his book, Sauntering Along The Gila, published.  Mr. Anderson was a member of the United Freewill Baptist Church, West Plains. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Anderson, of the family home; two children, Mike Anderson, fiancée, Denise, of West Plains and Karen Moffis, husband, Michael, of West Plains; five grandchildren, Lorenda Anderson, Joe Anderson, David Biring, Steven Moffis and Evan Moffis, wife, Megan; one great-grandchild, Autumn; three brothers, Bill Anderson, wife, Ofelia, Bob Anderson, wife, Nancy and Jim Anderson, wife, Miriam; one sister, Pat Rogness; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and three sisters precede him in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, (Howell County News, May 20, 2009)

John D. Anderson Age 49, Camden AR, formerly of West Plains - Funeral services held at Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Mr. Anderson died at Quachita County Hospital at Camden AR. He was born at Walnut Ridge AR, Sep. 12, 1926, the son of the late Jerry Anderson and Mrs. Annie Groce Anderson of Thayer MO. He came to West Plains in early childhood, receiving his education in the schools here. In 1943 he was married at West Plains to Lela Judd. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Annie Anderson, Thayer MO; four children, Truman Anderson, San Diego CA; Larry Joe Anderson, Seattle WA; Wanda Lee Anderson, Salina CA; and Cathy Anderson, Pendleton OR; two grandchildren and two sisters and brothers, Clyde Anderson, Thayer MO; Lola Thomas, Walnut Ridge AR; Truly Hill, Camden AR, and Lester Anderson Camden AR. Interment was in the family plot at Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains.
Mabel L. Thomas Anderson Daughter of the late Joe Thomas and Nancy Turner Lovins, was born in Howell Co MO Nov. 10, 1906. Entered into rest Mar. 22, 1972 at the age of 65 years. On Jun. 10, 1923 she was married at West Plains MO to the Rev. Joe Anderson, who survives her, as do two daughters, Mrs. Wova Harris of Mission KS and Mrs. Floyd Weaver, residing in the state of Kansas. There are 6 grandchildren surviving, two brothers and one sister, Harve C. Lovins, West Plains MO, John Lovins and Mrs. Carl Turner, both of Pomona MO. Preceding Mrs. Anderson in death are her parents, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Anderson has been a member of the Baptist Church since early womanhood, her membership being in Friendship Baptist Church. She had been a member of the Rebeckah Lodge for a number of years. PALLBEARERS: Gene Jones, Norman Burgess, John H. Pitman, Charles Smith, Sr., Frank Reed, Virgil Turner. INTERMENT: Mount Zion Cemetery. Robertson - Drago Funeral Home, West Plains MO.
Margaret Lucinda Lee Anderson  Feb. 27, 1854 - Jan. 17, 1917 - Wife of James Ancerson and the daughter of John Conway Jefferson Lee & Elizabeth Eddings. She and James had 7 children: James Monroe, Serena Elizabeth, Nellie Jane, Pearl Matilda, Adolphus A. 'Dolph', Hattie E. and Arthur Rufus Anderson. She is buried beside her husband at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Mark Richard Anderson 53 - Springfield MO, formerly of West Plains - Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains. He was born the son of the late Phillip A. Anderson and Leoda Bales Anderson on Aug. 21, 1955 in Springdale, Ark., and died Dec. 1, 2008 in Springfield, Mo. He is survived by five children, Kelly, Sunny, Dylan and wife, Dustin and wife, and Phillip Ashley, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mark loved the outdoors and was always happiest in the company of friends and family. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell County, Mo.
Martha Jane Smith Anderson Born January 7, 1930 to Aaron R. Smith and Lottie Ann (Winningham) Smith at Mountain View, Missouri. She passed away June 23, 2006 at Springfield, Missouri at the age of 76 years. She was united in marriage to Leslie W. Anderson on January 2, 1949 at Summersville, Missouri and to this union two children were born. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron R. and Lottie Ann Smith. She is survived by her husband Leslie W. Anderson of Summersville, Missouri; her son Dickie Anderson of Mountain View, Missouri; her daughter, Ann Miller and husband C.L. of West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren Brent Anderson and wife Gina of Mountain View, Missouri; Kip Anderson and wife Lindsay of Lexington, Kentucky; Jessica Schiwitz and husband Josh of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and Erica Miller of Springfield, Missouri; four great grandchildren, Mackenzie Anderson, Ashley Taylor Schiwitz, Jaden Anderson and Riley Anderson; one brother Neal Smith and wife Jane of Adrian, Missouri; one aunt Mattie J. Wells of Mountain View, Missouri; and one uncle, Robert F. Smith of Summersville, Missouri. She worked at Padgett Hardware in Mountain View in her early years. She retired in 1995 from Angelica Image Apparel after nearly 40 years of service. She attended Midvale Pentecostal Holiness Church in Summersville. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting, cooking holiday dinners and spending time with her family. She was always ready and willing to serve others when the need arose. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbor and will forever be missed. Although she is gone from this world, she left footprints that will never be removed from our hearts and memories. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, Missouri. Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mountain View, Missouri under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home in Mountain View. [Obituary courtesy of The Current Wave.] 
Patton Richard Anderson Age 64, West Plains MO - Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Anderson died 2:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at West Plains. He was born Nov. 28, 1943, in Shreveport, La., to Jay and Dorothy Bashore Anderson. He is survived by his companion, Shirley Mondragon, of the family home; four children, Barbara Couch and Robert, David Warnes and wife, Patsy, Susan Anderson and husband, Dale, and Josephine Mondragon, all of West Plains; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Dorothy Anderson, Denver, Colo.; and four sisters, Sonia Morgan, Derae Neill, Jaydean Anderson and Ramona Nester, all of Denver, Colo. His father and one son, Donald H. Warnes, precede him in death. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Seth Lee Anderson Graveside services - Stillborn infant son of Hans Alfred Anderson and Carrie Sue Kelly, were held Friday, May 9, 2008, at Babyland in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.Seth died 4:01 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Ozarks Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, Hans Anderson and Carrie Kelly; four brothers, Garland Jr., Austin, Dakota, and Jacob, one sister, Desiree; grandparents, Patricia and Bobby Kelley and Wilda Fisher; great-grandmother, Melba Walker; aunts and uncles, Marcy, Robert, Lisa, Kenneth and Cindy; and many cousins. Our Little Angel is in Heaven now.
Shirley Rose Fisk Anderson Daughter of Benjamin Turl Fisk and Anna Elizabeth Knight Fisk, was born June 18, 1934 at Venice, Illinois and passed away at Cox Medical Center on Saturday morning, May 20, 2000 make her age 65 years 11 months and 28 days. She was united in marriage to Hugh N. Anderson August 1, 1959 making their union together 42 years. To their union two children were born, Anna Elizabeth Anderson Crabtree and Hugh Neil Anderson Jr. Shirley became a member of the Order of Eastern Star Summersville Chapter 363 April 14, 1989 and was a member of Summersville United Methodist Church for many years. She was a housewife and mother. Shirley loved to sing and enjoyed music. She especially loved to be with her grandchildren who she loved very much. She enjoyed animals and liked to watch them play. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, Charles Ernest Fisk, Sr., Robert Hardford Fisk, Benjamin Turl Fisk Jr., Lawarren Kenyon Fisk and sister Bonnie Virginia Fisk Harbarch. Surviving are her husband Hugh Anderson of Mountain View Health Car, Mountain View, MO; two children, Anna Crabtree, Hugh Anderson Jr. and wife Gwen, five grandchildren; Benjamin Levi Crabtree, Lydia Cecile Crabtree, Dustin, Derrick and Tiffany Pobst, all of Summersville, MO, one brother Ty Fisk and wife Fannie of Madison, Illinois, and one sister Betty Sue Gay of Granite City, Illinois. Funeral Services and Eastern Star Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alva Trowbridge officiating. Burial was in Summersville City Cemetery in Summersville. Arrangements were under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville. Memorial may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 
Floyd Dean Andrews Age 36, West Plains - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Mr. Andrews died 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo. He was born Dec. 3, 1971, in West Plains, Mo., to Gary and Kathy Sinclair Andrews. Mr. Andrews was a veteran having served on the U.S.S. Yellowstone during the Gulf War with the United States Navy. He also had served with the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Army National Guard. He had been employed for 15 years with Bruce Hardwood and currently was employed as a machinist for Tri-Lakes Tools. Mr. Andrews enjoyed his motorcycle and loved his boys. He is survived by his sons, Trevan Dean Andrews and his mother, Lesa Eberle, and Floyd Dalton Andrews and his mother, Anita French, West Plains; his parents, Gary and Kathy Andrews, West Plains; one sister, Alicia Gunter, husband, Wesley, West Plains; grandmother, Ruth Andrews; niece, Jayna Gunter; nephew, Kyler Gunter; special friend, Kevin Kintner; his former wife, Susanne Andrews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. His grandparents, Omrie and Alice Sinclair and Leamon Andrews; one uncle, Floyd Andrews; and one cousin, Larry Wayne Andrews, precede him in death. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrews Boys Scholarship Fund and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Jack Andrews Age 77, Koshkonong MO - Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Cave Springs Cemetery, Oregon County, Mo., with the Rev. Dion Prewett officiating. He was born the son of the late Amos Andrews and Rose Ellen Stockstill Andrews, on July 9, 1930, in Alton, Mo., and died Sept. 27, 2007, in Springfield, Mo. He is survived by three children, Jackie Wade, husband, Ricke, of West Plains, Glen Andrews, wife Jo, of Kansas City, Mo., and Keith Andrews, wife Shirley, of Kansas City, Mo.; four stepchildren, Mike Ruff, wife Arlene, of Kansas City, Mo., Connie Shelton of West Plains, Steve Ruff of West Plains, and Susie Thompson, husband Dennis, of Batesville, Ark.; one brother, Glen Andrews of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos Andrews and Rose Ellen Stockstill Andrews; and two brothers, Gene Andrews and Laverne Andrews. Military rites were performed by the Missouri Military Funeral Honors and the West Plains Honor Guard. Burial was in Cave Springs Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.
Joseph Antonio 'Anthony' Arell

Oct. 14, 1855 - Mar. 5, 1936 - Married Martha James 'Mattie'Hawkins December 18, 1879 Bowling Green Pike Co MO.


Ralph Lee Arl

Son of the late Ola Patterson Arl and Lewis Arl was born at Sweetwater, Missouri on January 24, 1930. He departed this life at his residence in Eminence, Missouri, on November 20, 2007, having attained the age of 77 years, nine months and 27 days. On August 15, 1953, Ralph was united in marriage to Glenna Grogan. Ralph later married Joyce Mitchell on March 28, 1969, she preceded him in death on December 29, 1994. Ralph loved working with wood, he built cabinets, stools and anything made of wood. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael Lee Arl. Ralph is survived by his special friend, Nan McClanahan of Eminence, Missouri, three daughters, Glenda Rosa and husband Stephen of Richwoods, Texas, Rhonda Crafton and husband David of St. Louis, Missouri, Susan Glaus of Perryville, Missouri. Four Stepchildren: Tommy McClanahan of Eminence, Missouri, Jeff McClanahan of Mountain View, Missouri, David McClanahan of Ellington, Missouri, Jessy Huett of Mountain View, Missouri. Two brothers: Jim Arl of Rolla, Missouri and Walter Arl of Corridon, Missouri. Four sisters: Ruth Gray of Corridon, Missouri, Grace Johnson of Salem, Missouri, Martha Baker and Edith Callahan both of Ellington, Missouri. Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Five step grandchildren. Ralph is also survived by special employee, Chink.

Ralph will be deeply missed by his family and many friends who will mourn his passing. Funeral services were held at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington, Missouri on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating was Marvin Richards and Burial was at the Polk Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Arl, Keith Arl, Kevin Arl, David Arl, Jim Arl and Bruce Callahan. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, Missouri. - Card of Thanks - The family of Ralph Arl would like to thank each and everyone that has shared in our sorrow. To those that sent cards, flowers, food, came for visits, for the phone calls and just to know that this community cared so much for Ralph is such a blessing! Thanks again and God Bless, Nan and family.

Sandra Kay 'Sandy' Claxton Arnold Age 60, Woodland Hills CA - Daughter of Jean Claxton Wilson, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, in the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liver Foundation and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Arrangements under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains.
William Henry Arnold 1847 - 1894 - Son of William Henry Arnold, Sr. and Mary 'Polly' Shockley. Grandson of Thompson Arnold and Susannah Holland. He was born in Indiana and died in Howell Co MO and is buried at Cureall Cemetery at Cureall Howell Co MO. He married Malissa Ann Cobler in Shelby Co IN Jun. 23, 1869. She died Nov. 12, 1897 and is buried at Fairland Cemetery at Fairland Shelby Co IN. They were the parents of eight children: Bridda, William Lewis, Dora, Charles David, Mary K., John T., Ruth L. and George Washington Arnold, all born in Indiana before the bought land and began to make their home in Howell Co MO. He was about age 47 when he died. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He enlisted at the age of 16 into I Company, 51st Indiana Infantry on Sep. 1, 1863, and mustered out Dec. 13, 1865.
Floyada Margetta "Flo" Blurton Arvin Born July 24, 1908 at Pittsburg, KS., the daughter of Alfred and Ethel Draper Blurton and departed this life on Aug. 15, 1989 at the home of her granddaughter, Marie Jenkins in Queen City, TX., at the age of 81 years, and 22 days. She was married to Samuel Otis Arvin on Oct. 31, 1926 and to this union 10 children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, and two sons. She is survived by three daughters, Lila Hopkins and husband, Arnold of Oil City, LA., Thelma Alexander of Mountain View, MO. And Eve Arvin of Queen City, TX,; five sons, Sam and wife, Della of Kansas City, Ks., Bill and wife Sue, of Bossier City, LA., Howard and wife Sandy of Kansas City KS., Donald of Queen City, TX. And Joe Arvin of Rolla, MO.; 35 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and two great great grandsons; two sisters, Opal Robards of Jay, OK. and Elizabeth Collins of Wichita, Ks.; and a host of other relives and friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Graveside services were held Fri. Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Montier Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral home of Birch Tree.
Ruby 'Hazel' Miller Atkinson Age 92, died Friday, April 18, 2008. She was born May 30, 1915, in Mtn. Home, Ark. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nobel, in January 2008; her parents, William and Florence Miller; four brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Nolene Roberts of Panama City, Fla.; a son, David and wife, Debbie, of Minneapolis, Kan.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Salina. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorials may be made to The Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 611 Willis, Salina. Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe, Salina, Kan., is handling arrangements. For online condolences, visit
William (Bill) Austen

William (Bill) Austin, 83, West Plains, Mo., formerly of Momence, Ill., died in his sleep at the home of his son, George Milton Austin in West Plains, Mo., on May 3, 2009, at 4:45 a.m. Bill was born Oct. 9, 1925, at Golconda, Ill., the son of George Austin and Lottie (Wiley) Austin. Bill had five siblings, Verna Voyles (Ralph) of Indiana, Clara Mae Austin of Illinois, Raymond Austin (Mary) of Minnesota, Lonnie Austin of Bourbonnais and Robert (Sammy) Austin (Betty) of Earlville. On Nov. 17, 1950, Bill married the late Florence Belle Brady, daughter of George Milton Brady and Opal Irene (Lashbrook) Brady, in Watseka, Ill., and gave seven children his name – Linda Lester (deceased) (Leon) of Marion, Ind., William (Butch) Austin (Brenda) of Flora, George Austin (Deborah) of West Plains, Mo., Donna Tobeck (Ed) of Watseka, Vicki Eheart (Harry) of Selma, N.C., Gregory Eugene Austin of Indiana and Debra Brown (Rick) of Watseka. In 1973, Bill married his second wife, Patricia Anne Boudreau of St. Anne. She died Jan. 25, 1998, of cancer, at their home in Momence, Ill. Bill farmed, worked dairies and worked as a mechanic all of his life. Nearly blind, he was still chain sawing and splitting his own wood at the age of 82. Not leaving his several acre yard, Bill loved to drive around in his F150 Ford pickup. He was also known to ride his riding lawn mower down to the mailbox on the highway. The family gives special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Hartman of Momence, Ill., for their watchful eye on Bill the last several years before his move to West Plains in October of 2008 and his son-in-law, Ed Tobeck of Watseka, Ill., for coming to Momence every week-end to check on Bill and take him to the grocery store, or wherever he needed to go. Without you, Bill would have been completely stranded. Bless you. Also a very special thank you to the wonderful staff at Riverways Hospice of West Plains, Mo., for your kind and loving care of William (Bill) Austin in his last days allowing him to remain at home. Without you, the family would have been lost. The family had a memorial service in Watseka, Ill., at The Centential Christian Church on Saturday, May, 9, 2009, performed by Joe Hughes. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in William Austin’s name to Riverways Hospice, 114 East Main Street, West Plains, Missouri 65775. Arrangements are under direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. (Howell County News, May 13, 2009)


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