JAMES ESTEL WALLACE
James Estel Wallace was born January 30, 1928 at the family farm near Weaubleau, Missouri to Orville and Maye (Whitworth) Wallace. He departed this life on June 3, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 89 years, 4 months and 4 days of age.
James grew up on a farm bordering the Little Niangua River in Camden County. He attended grade school at High Point Grade School and graduated from Macks Creek High School in 1945. James came to know Jesus at an early age and attended both Harmony and Parrack Grove Baptist Churches. He served his country in the Army and Air Force during WW 2 and the Korean Conflict. For over a year he was stationed at a remote refueling station in the Pacific known as Johnson Atoll. On September 3rd, 1954 he married Hilda Ruth Eldred. Following his marriage to Hilda, James worked for his father-in-law, Roy Eldred, building homes in Kansas City. Within a short time they moved back to Camden County where they owned and lived on two different farms. One farm was located northwest of Macks Creek along the Little Niangua River and the other near Banister Holler. They sold the Camden County farm sometime around 1959 and relocated to a farm near Windsor, Missouri for three years and finally moved to a farm south of Louisburg, MO in 1962. James and Hilda milked on their family farm for many years and then converted to a beef operation where they raised registered Charolais cattle. During their 62 year marriage four children were born, Judy and her husband Michael Richter, Dennis and wife Pam Wallace, David Wallace, and Janet and husband Stan Vest. James is survived by eight grandchildren, Theresa, Jamie, James, Jared, Nathan, Zachary, Weston, Ivy and 12 great grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vivian McClanahan, step-father Roy Moulder, step-brother Ralph Moulder, and step-sister Fern Atkinson. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family. James was always willing to help his neighbors and will be missed by family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Loren Dryer officiating. Jessica Wallace will sing “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace.” Escorts will be James Richter, Jared Wallace, Nathan Wallace, Zach Wallace, Weston Wallace, J.W. Slusser, and Jerod Crump. Interment will be in the Parrack Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Memorial donations can be made to the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri.
JOHN JACKSON CHAPMAN
John Jackson "Jackie" Chapman left this earth to join our Heavenly Father on June 5, 2017. Jackie was born March 6, 1928 in Buffalo Missouri to Leroy Jackson and Grace Vontella (Gaunt) Chapman. After graduating from Buffalo High School, he served in the United States Army. In 1953, he married Norma Berry.
As a boy, he started his sales career on the sidewalk in front of his father's store selling popcorn. He was very proud that he was able to put all of his children and his wife through college due to his ownership of Buffalo Furniture and Appliances. He showed the same respect to his customers whether they were rich or poor and made life-long friends with many of them. Jackie was always kidding and joking with everyone he met with a goal of making them smile. He was a valued volunteer for 16 years at Mercy Hospital after his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Virginia Alford and Elizabeth and Josie Chapman along with his brothers Harold and Bob. His is survived by his wife Norma, children Karin Garrett (Don), Don Chapman (Liz), Lisa Jones (Butch), and his brother Bill Chapman, sister Mara Lou Bradley and sister-in-law Ina Chapman. His grandchildren: Griffin Long (Carrie), Trevor Long, Elsie Larson (Jeremy), Emma Chapman (Trey), Doren Chapman, Andrew Jones (Cheryl) and Ian Jones, and three great-grandchildren Penelope, Maebry, and Everett along with many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church Buffalo where he was a life-long member. Interment will follow the service at Memorial Gardens in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Memorial Fund
RANCE DEVLIN NEILL
Rance Devlin Neill, son of Scott Edward, Jr. & Delois Ferguson Neill, was born on September 10, 1971 in Salida, CO and departed this life on June 6, 2017 at Cox South Hospital.
We moved from CO to Borger, TX and Rance started kindergarten with his friend Eric, they cut their finger to become blood brothers. In 1982 we relocated to Fritch, TX, where Rance entered school and played football. In 1984 we moved to Missouri where we bought a farm and a convenience store. Rance finished school at Skyline where he graduated. He was famous for riding a motorcycle to school, both during the summer and winter and arriving to school with icicles on him. On March 7, 1992 he was united in marriage with Shanna Charlton in Urbana on the family farm, to this union a daughter was born, Baleigh Lashell. In a later relationship a son was born, Conner Devlin, to Rance and Bonita Dizy in Los Cruses, NM. He then moved to New Mexico where he attended the University of New Mexico to become an E.M.T and also took welding courses. After he finished with college they moved to Washington State before returning to Missouri until his passing. He loved music, playing the guitar and piano, rock hunting, motorcycles and his 1926 Hot Rod. Mental illness and a drug addiction destroyed what could have been a wonderful life.
Rance was preceded in death by his father, Scott E Neill Jr.; his step-father, Ron Wallace; his sister Shalana Ferrell; two step-brothers, Bill Reed and Randy Wallace; a nephew, Scott Edward Neil IV; a great niece, Keelie Marie Neill; his grandparents, Scott Edward Neill Sr., Argie Burns, and Willie & Doris Ferguson. He is survived by his mother, Delois (Wallace) & step-father, Steven Wollenberg; five brothers, Scott Edward Neill III, Brad Neill, Damon Neill, Gene Wallace and Phil Wallace; three sisters, Shahara Hughes, Torri Brunkhorst, and Janet Lewis; and 20 nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home in Urbana with Rev. Keith Pyles officiating. Pallbearers will be Sid Edgar, James Miller, Perry Hughes, Robbie Gann, Sean Pittelko, and Craig Ferguson. Music will be conducted by Keith Pyles and Jill Blankenship. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m at the funeral home on Sunday. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana.
VINONA BELL WATKINS-ALSBACH
Vinona B. Watkins-Alsbach, daughter of the late Albert & Jewell (Johnston) Cronk, was born on April 16, 1923 in Vernon County, MO and departed this life on June 7, 2017 in Republic, MO. At the time of her passing she was 94 years, 1 month and 21 day of age.
Vinona was reared in Vernon County and attended grade school in the Nevada area and graduated from Sheldon High School. She was united in marriage to Philip “Peck” Watkins. Together they lived in St. Louis, Conway and then settled on the family farm in Elkland. Eleven years after Philip passed away in 1988 she was united in marriage to Frank Alsbach. She loved playing the guitar, singing hymns and playing the harmonica. She was a great cook, everyone knew her for her gooseberry pie, and she always cooked for the farm hands. She loved her Lord and was a long time member of Mt. Pleasant Church where she also taught Sunday School.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two husbands, Philip Watkins and Frank Alsbach. She is survived by her three sons, Curtis & his wife Loretta Watkins, Philip & his wife Beverlea Watkins and Gerald & his wife Sue Watkins; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Southern Baptist Church with Bro. David Larimer officiating. Escorts will be Cris Watkins, Derek Watkins, Daron Watkins, John Watkins, Justin Watkins and Philip Watkins. Honorary escorts will be Philip Watkins Jr., Ora Hostetler, Leroy Perry, James Howe, John Howe, Chuck Howe, George Crowder. Music will be conducted by Steve & Alicia West. Interment will be conducted in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
ROBERT E. GOWER
Born November 19, 1942, in Elkland, MO, Robert Eugene Gower entered the world to his parents, Russell and Gertrude Lusk Gower. He was the fourth of six children, one girl and five boys. Bob, as everyone knew him, joined the United States Air Force on November 25, 1959 and was honorably discharged January 1961. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Rosemary Diane Phillips in Buffalo, MO, at a high school basketball game. Rosemary remembers him wearing a tan Levi's jacket and matching jeans, a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. He was the cutest thing she'd ever seen. They married in 1962 welcoming their first son, Dennis Lee Gower, the next year. Daughter Tandi Lea Gower (Ball) was born in 1966, and daughter, Tara Lynn Gower, in 1978. Bob and Rosemary were baptized and became Christians shortly after Dennis was born and joined Johnson and Dale Church of Christ. They volunteered with the church bus program driving those in need to church each week. As well as, door to door ministries inviting families to church and delivering meals on wheels to the elderly. As an entrepreneur, Bob successfully owned and operated Bob's Backhoe Service from 1970-1982. Shortly after, Bob began working for the United States Postal Service transporting mail from Springfield to St. Louis and Oklahoma City. His entrepreneur spirit flickered yet again as he opened Bob Gower Trucking, for produce transportation. Bob retired from Peterbilt of Springfield in 2002.
Bob and Rosemary spent part of the past 14 years volunteering for the U.S. Forest Service on the Ocala National Forest in Florida. Initially he worked in the Recreation and Engineering Departments, but soon he and Rosemary found their favorite spot volunteering at the Ocala Helibase. This helibase supports the forest and local area in wildfire suppression and prescribed burning efforts and supports the U.S. Navy’s only Live Bombing Range on the east coast for the entire Atlantic Fleet. The range is a vital part of our national security and Bob’s work at the helibase contributed to the mission of the Pinecastle Bombing Range Complex. Bob’s work at the helibase included cutting grass, trimming trees, repairing broken equipment and parts all while adding his personal touch. In times of high fire danger, Bob set up smoke signs along the highway, picked up incoming personnel from the airport, managed the fire cache and took meals, water and supplies to firefighters in the field. Bob provided a cherished friendship to many staff in the U.S. Forest Service and the surrounding community.
Bob went to Heaven June 10th and he will be deeply missed. He is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother James Russell Gower. He is survived by his wife of 55 years and the foundation of his life, Rosemary Gower. He is also survived by his three adoring children, Dennis (Laura) Gower; Tandi (Chris) Ball and Tara Gower. Papa lovingly looks upon his grandchildren Brennan Ball, Jessica Gower, Abby Ball and Ella Grace Ball and many more loving relatives, friends and the pup who stole his heart, "sweet little Libby".
Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. in Thorpe Cemetery with Bro. Clarence Feeny officiating. Interment will be in the Thorpe Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Memorials may be made to the Thorpe Cemetery Fund and left with the Funeral Home.
BOBBY GENE NEWMAN
Bobby Gene Newman, son of the late Ralph and Katie (Layman) Newman, was born on November 12, 1936 in Webster County, MO, and departed this life on June 10, 2017 in Strafford, MO. At the time of his passing he was 80 years, 5 months, and 28 days of age.
Bobby was reared and attended school in Webster County and graduated from Fair Grove High School. After graduation, he went to a tech school for Telecommunications. He joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and later transferred to active duty and served time in Germany as a Military Police Officer. After his service he returned to Arizona where he worked for Southwestern Bell and AT&T. He moved his family back to Missouri in 1987 to be near his parents. Bobby loved going for a ride in his grandson’s mustang and admiring his granddaughter’s artwork. He also enjoyed amateur radio, working in his garden growing tomatoes and cantaloupe, and going to the Dixie Stampede. He spent time volunteering for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Springfield and volunteering at the Hot Rod Nationals. Bobby was a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Susie Newman. He is survived by his son, Bobby Joe & wife Tonya Newman of Fair Grove, MO; two grandchildren, Austin and Hallie; one brother, Junior Wayne & Dee Newman of Bella Vista, AR; and best friend for 18 years, Helen Hurt of Strafford, MO. He also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss him.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Freewill Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Rod Butterworth officiating. Interment will be in the Freewill Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
LAVETTA MARIE SCHELERT
Lavetta Marie Schelert, daughter of the late Francis (Joe) and Vivian (Morris) Neeland was born on June 4, 1937 in Troy, Kansas, and departed this life on June 25, 2017 in Bolivar, MO. At the time of her passing she was 80 years and 21 days of age.
Lavetta was preceded in death by her parents; two granddaughters, two sisters, and one brother. She is survived by six children; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister. She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Cremation rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Interment will be on July 9, 2017 at Riverview Cemetery.
MARGARET "ARLENE" GOOSEY
Margaret Arlene Goosey, daughter of the late Wilbur Newbrough and Lillie (Austin) Newbrough, was born on November 11, 1929 in Renick, Missouri, and went to be with the Lord surrounded by family and friends on June 27, 2017. At the time of her passing, she was 86 years of age.
Arlene was a true Proverbs 31 woman. She always enjoyed having family together, especially for special occasions. She had the family hold hands around the dinner table to ask for blessing of the meal and loved gathering around the piano to sing hymns. She touched a lot of lives. All who met her were affected by knowing her and she never missed an opportunity to share the gospel with others. Arlene’s favorite saying was “God’s still working on me”, her favorite reading material was the Bible, and her favorite verse was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. In her early adult years, Arlene was a nurse by trade, however her biggest pride in life was raising five children, guiding and mentoring them well into adulthood, remaining a true matriarch until Jesus welcomed her home. Arlene’s smile and endearing love will be remembered and missed by all who knew her.
Arlene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Al Goosey, and her son, Tom Goosey; three sisters, Anna Pearl Newbrough, Myrtle Livesay, and Lucy Newbrough; and three brothers, Hugh Newbrough, Roy Newbrough, and Dean Newbrough. She is survived by one sister, Wretha Davis of Kansas City and one brother, Carl Newbrough & wife Pauline of Moberly Mo; one step-daughter Marsha Heiken and husband Kent of Cedar Rapids Iowa, one son, Robert Goosey & wife Jan of Springfield; three daughters, Sheryl Moore of Buffalo, Tina Sanders of Buffalo, and Debbie Manary & husband Ken of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and her faithful dog, Moe. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends and other family members who will all truly miss her.
Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church in Buffalo, Missouri on Saturday, July 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m., preceded by visitation at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens of Memory in Buffalo, Missouri, immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Angel Tree Ministries (checks made payable to First Baptist Church of Buffalo).
MARGARET LYNN JAMES
Margaret James, 54, of Urbana, Missouri passed away on June 29, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on April 7, 1963 in Kansas City, Kansas the daughter of Ike and Betty Jones.
Margaret moved to Urbana in 2nd grade, and later graduated from Skyline High School. She went on to college and taught in Buffalo before going to work at the Coffee Cup in Urbana for her mother. She was working most recently at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. She met Larry James at the Eagles Club, and they were united in marriage on February 14, 1994, combining their families for a total of five kids. She enjoyed bowling, making blankets for the grandkids as they were born, baking for the family as Christmas presents, and watching her racecar at the races.
Margaret was preceded in death by her father, Ike Jones; one son, Lindsey James; and two sisters, Kim and Diane Jones. She is survived by her husband Larry James; her mother, Betty Jones; three sons, Jason, Clinton, and Toby; one daughter, Angie; eight siblings, Ransom, TJ, Donnie, Ronnie, Charlotte, Jennifer, Brandy, and Doug; 12 grandkids, Rhianna, Hope, Ryan, Elijah, Matthew, Breanna, Sara, Riley, Micah, Piper, Talia, and Clinton; and two great-grandkids, Julian and Gabriel. She will be greatly missed by a large and loving family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel in Buffalo with Bro. Donnie Jennings officiating. Escorts will be Toby James, Jason Jones, Clint James, Larry James, Ronnie Jones, Donnie Jones, Ransom Jones, and T.J. Jones. Interment will be in the Mission Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Memorials may be made to the Margaret James Memorial Fund and left at Oak Star Bank.