Robert E. Butler, age 77, went to meet the Lord on June 12, 2016.  “Bob” as he liked to be called, had polio as a child.  He was determined not to let his disability keep him from doing what his friends and family did.  He was very determined to live a normal life, and he did.
    Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Emma Butler; two brothers, Floyd and Jack; two sisters, Nathaline Franke and Mary Dallas; a brother-in-law, Tom Medley; four sisters-in-law, Phyllis, Hazel, Lois, and Dee; and his mother and father-in-law, Gene and Minnie Lewis.  He is survived by his wife Betty of almost 58 years; one sister, Pauline Medley; two children, Sharon & husband Roy Knight and Bill & wife Lorri Butler; four grandchildren, Jessica Butler, Megan Butler, Sarah Butler, and Brianna & husband Chris Jordan; nine great-grandchildren, Mason Butler, Daniel Jones, Brystal Williams, Haley Long, Noah Long, Dexter Jordan, William Jordan, Julianna McMurtrey, and Addie Butler.
    He was a wonderful husband, dad, and grandparent.  He will be greatly missed.
    Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Freedom Chapel Baptist Church in Urbana, MO.  Visitation will be held before the service.  Interment will be at a later date.  In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Freedom Chapel Baptist Church or the March of Dimes. 

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    Carol was born and raised in Pennsylvania and went to High School at Lansdale Catholic High School. Carol married Paul, July 31, 1965 after meeting him on a mission's trip to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Most of their married life was spent living in various towns throughout Missouri and other areas of the Midwest. Carol was an enthusiastic participant in many activities with her family including her grandchildren... especially her grandchildren. Carol truly lived the Christian lifestyle in every aspect of her life, including church groups, women's support groups, prayer circles, and being a strong witness to anyone who crossed her path. Carol had the most caring spirit. She would pray for those who came to support her, even up until her last days in the Hospital.  For the past 17 years, she has played music with her family band, The Back Porch Players, featuring music from the 1800's and earlier. She also enjoyed graphic design, making handmade ornaments for friends and family at Christmas, and sitting at home with her husband, Paul, and her dog, Kodi, while reading a good book. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed hosting many family dinners. One could not enter her house without being offered something from her kitchen. Through the years, Carol has worked as a cabinet designer, cartographer, and graphic designer. She has touched many lives and will be missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and best friend.
    A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in the First Evangelical Free Church with Bro. Jerry Carlin Officiating. Music will be conducted by David Evans. Cremation rites have been accorded by the Cantlon Otterness  Funeral Home of Buffalo. Online condolences and register book entries may be left at

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    Jerry Wayne Cox, son of the late Sinclair Don and Vivia Lala (Pitts) Cox, was born on September 24, 1941 in Urbana, Missouri and departed this life on June 17, 2016 at his home in Urbana, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 74 years, 8 months and 27 days of age.
    Jerry was united in marriage on July 3, 1960 to Leota Fern Ownby of Buffalo at Louisburg, Missouri.  They made their home in Urbana, Missouri where Jerry hauled milk, worked for Pete Vaughan of Vaughan Funeral Home, later hauling concrete for Lonnie Pitts at Urbana Redi-Mix Plant.
     Jerry was humbled and greatly honored to have been elected five terms as Dallas County Sheriff for a total of twenty years.
    He also worked at Prime Inc., in all the while maintaining the family farm in Urbana where he and Leota raised stock cattle. Jerry was a faithfully attending member of Louisburg Christian Church and served on the board of Howard’s Chapel Cemetery.  He dearly loved playing music with all of his friends.  After retirement from Sheriff, Jerry and Leota spent fourteen winters in Zapata, Texas, where he greatly enjoyed playing fiddle for area dances.  In the summers they ran pilot cars for Morris McGregor.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Betty Jo Martin of Urbana, and one beloved granddaughter, Bailey LeeAnn Cox.
     Survivors include his wife Leota; his daughter, Susan Lea and husband Deryle Potter: his sons, Martin Wayne and wife Denise (Cheek), David Don and wife Dawn (Smith); seven grandchildren, Audrey Suzanne (Potter) and husband Derrick Enloe, Abigail Potter, Shelby Wayne and Jodi Cox, Julia Leigh, Amelia Dawn, and Seth Don Cox; one great granddaughter, Madeleine Aubrey Enloe; brother-in-law, Clay Martin, and one niece, Barbara Jo (Martin) and husband Riley Bell.
     Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cantlon Otterness funeral chapel with Rev. David Miller officiating. Escorts will be Marc Hart, Phillip Beck, Steve West, Larry Shockley, Henry Thiesen and Jimmy Alexander. Honorary Escorts will be Bill Sharp, J.D. Shoemaker, Red Fowler, Bill Archie Bishop, Denzil Taylor, Jim Smith, Morris McGregor and Leonard Whipple. Music will be conducted by Sarah Harmon, Sandy Gumm, Steve West and Russ Weeks. Visitation will be held on Monday from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic rites conferred at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at Howard’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness funeral home.

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Ruth Cushman was born Ruth Marie Dickins on March 24th, 1930, in the home in West Palm Beach, Florida, that she shared with her sister, Bea, and parents, Harold and Edith (affectionately known to most as Dede), until her graduation from Palm Beach High School in 1948. Ruth’s passion was playing the violin, so instead of college, she spent two years of private study in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After she returned to Florida, she worked in Belk’s Department Store, in the fine china department, sat as a portrait model for Gertrude Schweitzer (Palm Beach painter, sculptor, and writer), and gave concerts. A local pianist, John Robert Sander, Jr. (known as Bobby Sander), the resident pianist for the Norton School of Ballet, located in the Norton Art Gallery, often accompanied her. He was a local phenomenal talent, highly regarded, and totally dedicated to his piano. She managed to grab his attention, and they were married in 1952. They had their first child, Susan, a year later, and second child, Jeannine, in 1955. They were founding members of Grace Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, where Bobby was organist and choir director and Ruth sang in the choir, served on the altar guild, taught Sunday school, headed up Vacation Bible School, and took children to visit sick and elderly in the nursing homes. In addition to church activities, she was PTA secretary, always a room mother and had a dressmaking alteration business at home so she could earn a little money and still be a “super mom.” She was always there when we got home from school with milk and cookies and an interest in how our day had gone. Weekends we spent with her parents, grandparents, and sister’s family. We always had a lot of love and fun, especially eating Dede’s homemade bread—a project we all would often share in creating. Ruth took care of her family on a meager musician’s income with much planning, creativity, and frugal skills that she passed on to her grateful daughters.
Sadly, the happy family was forever changed when Bobby suffered a stroke at the young age of 37. Depression and physical disability led to his leaving the family, and he and Ruth were later divorced.
Ruth loved to talk to people, so she used her social skills to earn a living as a single mom selling Avon, had a “Welcome Wagon” service to new neighbors, as well as her sewing skills making drapes for Grossman Draperies, and she joined the local musicians’ union to make more money playing violin. She started and completed a music degree to enable her to teach violin in the public school system. Sadly, by the time she graduated (mostly with A’s), funding had been taken away from the string program, so there was no job available, but she never regretted getting the degree. It kept her busy and focused during a very tough emotional time.
She met David Cushman, a supervisor with the City of West Palm Beach Water Department while he and his crew were laying new water pipe on her street. She saw how hot and tired they were and offered them lemonade. That was the beginning of a long relationship that led her to move to Missouri. David retired and bought farmland in Missouri and invited her to join him. They married in 1977, and she traded her sandals and capris for boots and dungarees, and began a very different life in a place she would come to love much more than Florida. Even as they aged together and David longed to return to the warm climate, and as grandchildren and great grandchildren were born and she could only her their voices, never actually seeing some, except in photographs, she chose to stay in the place with the people she loved so much. When she did decide it was time to return, loss of mobility due to a spinal cord injury prohibited her travel. The nursing staff and administration of Colonial Springs Healthcare Center provided patient, loving care from 2008, up until her death on June 21st, 2016. Her faithful friend, Nancy Bradley, led a graveside burial service June 22nd at Memorial Garden Cemetery in Buffalo, Missouri. A memorial service will be held in Florida, July 30th at 2:00pm, at Bethel Assembly of God in Lake Worth, Florida.
Ruth is survived by her daughters Susan Bursey of Lake Worth, Florida, and Jeannine Whiting of Okeechobee, Florida, her grandchildren Jeremy Bursey and Kara Bursey of Lake Worth, Florida, Heather Farmer, Haley Whiting, and Hannah Whiting of Okeechobee, Florida, and great granddaughters Mariah Farmer and Marysa Farmer of Okeechobee, Florida. Her parents, sister, and both husbands are deceased, as well as stepdaughter Ann Emory and stepson Steve Cushman. Stepson John Cushman lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also survived by niece Geri McClane of West Palm Beach, Florida, nephew Larry Rothell of West Palm Beach, Florida, and many cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Ruth was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and spent her days praying, encouraging through scripture, and singing from her wheelchair to almost everyone she knew. If you asked her to pray for you, she did and expected an answer, keeping records of prayer requests and answered prayers. Even with her broken body, she found a purpose and reason to live and bless others. We rejoice that her suffering is over and she is now in the presence of the Lord she loved and served.

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    Loyal Burd, son of the late Ray and Mella (Phillips) Burd, was born on August 10, 1920 in Long Lane, MO, and departed this life on June 26, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.  At the time of his passing he was 95 years, 10 months, and 15 days of age.
    Loyal was reared and attended school in Long Lane except for two years in Buffalo.  He was united in marriage to Opal Bennett in 1941 and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive him.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and proudly served his country during WWII.  After his discharge in 1945, he moved back to Long Lane and bought his Grandpa’s farm.  He raised dairy and beef cattle, pigs, chickens, horses, and longhorn cattle for roping stock.  He was a member of the Long Lane Lions Club, the Long Lane Fire Department, and was a 4-H leader while his children showed cattle.  He was an Elementary School Basketball Coach, a Democrat, and a Baptist who was saved in a fox hole in Germany.  Loyal enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, building a cabin in the woods, Cystic Fibrosis Trail Rides, going to his grandkids sporting events, square dancing with his partner Daisy, and was an avid Cardinals fan.
    Loyal was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Enola Burd, Cecil Burd, and Izola Henson.  He is survived by his three children, Daniel & wife Sally Burd of Graff, MO, Beckie & husband Phillip Lane of Springfield, MO, and David & wife Donna Burd of Long Lane, MO; two siblings, Junior Burd of Long Lane, MO and Neil Price of Mt. Vernon, MO; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  He also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss him.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dennis Skinner officiating.  Escorts will be Ross Burd, John Burd, Darrick Burd, Cody Lane, Dylan Burd, Susan Burd, Samantha Essary, Sarah Kumpula, and Kerry Clemons.  Music will be provided by Dylan Burd.  Interment will be in Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednessday at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Gideons and left at the Funeral Home. 

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    Born in Buffalo, MO on October 8, 1931, Sally Jane Copper Shantz was the fourth daughter born to Benjamin Franklin Copper and Chloe Johnson Copper.  The date of her passing was June 26, 2016.
    Sally graduated from Buffalo High School in 1949, and from Drury College in 1954.  Sally and Donald Gene Shantz were married in 1954 and to this union two sons were born, Joseph Benjamin and William Robert Shantz.  She was preceded in death by Don, who was killed in a car accident in 1963; her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Peggy Copper Fontaine and William Fontaine; and her brother-in-law, Darby Derry.
    While at Drury, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.  Memberships also included Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and Meyongo Chapter of DAR.
    Sally taught school in Buffalo Elementary for twenty eight years and for seven years at Westport Elementary in Springfield.  She was inducted into the Dallas County Schools Hall of Fame in 2015 as an Exceptional Educator.  Sally’s love for children was evidenced in her classrooms and also in her church work.  She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Buffalo for over 50 years where she used her talent for teaching with the children there.  In later years she continued this love in working with the children at Golden Avenue Baptist church in Springfield where she has remained a member.  Her very strong Christian faith and her love for God have led her and have served as an example for others.
    Sally is survived by her two sons, Joe & wife Melissa of Rogersville, MO and Bo & wife Dianne of Cape Girardeau, MO. Then when one thinks you can’t love anyone more, along come the grandchildren, Ben and Riley Shantz of Springfield, MO and Hunter and Polly Copper Shantz of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Polly Copper of Springfield, MO and Virginia Copper Derry of Houston, TX; her nieces, Ann Lewis of Maryland, Jane Fontaine of Florida, Debi Finklea of Texas; and her nephew, Copper Derry of Texas.  She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Pastor Boone Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Golden Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund and mailed to 558 S. Golden Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. The family would like to thank the staff of Magnolia Square for their love and care.

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    Billy Joe Sweaney was born to Donald Sweaney and Barbara Doyle Sweaney on June 30, 1962 and died on June 30, 2016, his 54th birthday.
    Billy Joe married Susan Hurst on August 17, 1990 in Springfield, Missouri. They were blessed with their daughter, Allison Miranda Michelle Sweaney in December 18, 1999.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Sweaney of Buffalo, Missouri and also his brother in law, Bruce Blecher also of Buffalo.
    He is survived by his wife, Susan and daughter, "Allie" of Brookshire, Texas and his mother, Barbara Sweaney of Buffalo. Also surviving, his sister, Vickie Blecher, niece Christy Blecher and Christie's fiancé, Brandon Miller, sister Melissa Hague and her husband, Nathan Hague, all of Buffalo, Missouri, and his nephews, Nathan Lee Hague and his fiancée, Amber Carey and Joseph Hague and his fiancée, Megan Goins all of Springfield, Missouri. Billy Joe also leaves other family and many friends to celebrate his life, including special friends of the family, Donna Bruno and her husband, Mike Mitchell.
    Billy Joe graduated from Buffalo High School in 1980, from MSU in 1995 and UTMB-Galveston, TX in 2008.
    He spent nine years as a middle and high school Math teacher. He decided on a career change and returned to college for a nursing degree. Billy Joe worked as an RN at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and as a nurse case manager for Aetna, Inc.
    Billy Joe was a member of Pathways Church in Houston, TX.
    He loved to laugh and enjoyed playing practical jokes on family members and friends and was known as the class clown.
    His favorite hobbies were fishing, gardening and listening to music. He was also known to be a computer guru.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 with Pastor Roland Raham, officiating. Eulogy will be provided by Dawn Webb. Escorts will be Nathan Hague, Brandon Miller, Mike Mitchell, George Cunningham, Joseph Hague, and Nathan Lee Hague. Interment will be at Riverview-Sweaney Cemetery in Dallas County under the direction of Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 8:30-10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

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