JAMES "DENNIS" HIGHFILL
James “Dennis” Highfill, son of the late James Noel Highfill and Lucy Jean (Lillegard) Highfill was born December 10, 1956 in Buffalo, Missouri and departed this life on March 5, 2013 at Cox Medical Center-South in Springfield, Missouri. He was at the time of his passing 56 years, 2 months and 23 days of age.
Dennis was reared in southern Dallas County and attended school in Fair Grove and graduated from Fair Grove High School in 1975. He then attended SMSU and graduated in 1980 with degrees in Agri-Business and History. He worked at Consumers Supermarket for 10 years. He then owned and operated his own concrete business for several years, doing mostly residential work. For the last 3 years he had worked for Food For Less. His daughter, Ashlea, was the light of his life. Drag racing and John Deere Tractors were favorites of his. He also collected stamps and was a fantastic Two Step partner. Dennis had a good heart and would do anything for a friend.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Ashlea Highfill of Springfield, MO; his sister Denita & husband Don Kent of Marshfield, MO; his special aunt, Elva “Toot” Smith; and his best friend, Randy McKinney. He also leaves other family members and many friends and neighbors who will truly miss him.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 in the Mt. Olive Cemetery with Elder Floy Parrack officiating. Escorts will be Randy McKinney, Dana Higgins, Heath Anderjaska, Ron McGinnis, Rob Meyer, Greg Iott, and Scott Harralson. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 in the funeral home.
BETTY MAY RASH
Betty May Rash, daughter of the late Samuel Adams and Velma (Uttinger) Adams was born May 7, 1930 in Slater, Missouri, and departed this life on March 7, 2013 at Cox Medical Center-South in Springfield, Missouri. She was at the time of her passing 82 years and 10 months of age.
Betty went to live with her grandmother Hannah at a very young age. She lived her early years in Preston where she also attended school. She was united in marriage with Jay Rash on February 18, 1949, and to this union four children were born, three of whom survive her. She and Jay lived in the Pittsburg area until moving to Urbana in 2010. She worked at Teters Floral in Bolivar for a short time. Most of all Betty was a homemaker, caring for the needs of her husband and children. She was a very practical person, always remembering her Depression era rearing. She enjoyed embroidering and quilting, and made quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed going out to lunch with the Prairie Chapel Quilters. She loved the out of doors and was truly happy while crappie fishing on Lake Pomme de Terre. Working word puzzles was a relaxing way to spend free time.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jay Rash; one son, Jimmy Rash; and one brother, Lewis Adams. She is survived by her children, Sue Evans & Harold of Marshall, MO, Mary Glor & husband Keith of Urbana, MO, and Ron Rash & wife Sue of Pittsburg, MO; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; two sisters, Rosemary Evans of Marshall, MO and Dorothea Osborn of Long Lane, MO; one half-sister, Evelyn Kromer of the State of California; three half-brothers, Lloyd Adams of the state of California, Arthur & Pat Adams of the state of Washington, and Richard Adams of the state of Washington. She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jeff Cole officiating. Music will be provided by Jeff Cole, Melissa Cole, and Jennifer Kelley. Escorts will be Jeff Evans, Tony Evans, Jeff Cole, Clint Kelley, Corbin Cole, and Chris Evans. Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Tunas, MO, under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Monday morning prior to service time. Friends may call from noon until 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Chapel Food Pantry.
ARVA MAUDE RIESCHEL
Arva Rieschel was born Arva Maude Hoof in What Cheer, Iowa on January 6, 1920 from the union of Oscar Hoof and Maude Hoof. She was the only daughter of four children (Vincent, Robert, Wayne and Arva). She Married Henry William Rieschel on December 28, 1938 in Chicago, IL where Hank worked as a machinist and Arva worked as a secretary. Two children were born of the marriage, William Henry Rieschel and Wayne Keith Rieschel. Arva's husband Henry William died in 2003 and her son William Henry died in 2009. Following Hank's retirement from the Navy in 1946, he and Arva bought a resort in Wisconsin Dells. They ran the
resort for 2 years and then moved to Buffalo, opening the first coin-o-matic laundry in this area. After ten years in the laundry, both Hank and Arva obtained their real estate license and operated United Farm Agency for many years.
Hank and Arva enjoyed square dancing and belonged to the "Bill and Jills" here in Buffalo. Among her many hobbies Arva liked to read, crochet, and sew. She stayed busy keeping the Rieschel family tree and working part time in the Title office of her son Wayne. She was Wayne's Cub Scott leader and Sunday school teacher. She was an active member of the Buffalo United Methodist Church for 65 years and loved the Lord.
Arva passed on March 8, 2013 at the CMH Care Center here in Buffalo. Arva is survived by her son Wayne, four grandchildren, Angie Rieschel, Karen Lemke, Doug Rieschel, and Lisa Lorraine and numerous great grandchildren, and will be missed by all.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 in the Buffalo United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Howell officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date.
MR. RAYMOND ORLEY WADE
Mr. Raymond Orley Wade, son of the late Lawrence LeRoy and Edna (Miller) Wade, was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on December 8, 1922 and departed this life on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013 at the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 90 years, 3 months and 5 days of age.
Ray grew up in Pittsburg, KS and after he graduated high school he worked at various jobs before entering the United States Army in 1942. His career spanned 32 years and he saw service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He earned the Marksman Badge in both Rifle and Carbine. He primarily worked in mechanic work and received the following honors: Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following his discharge he returned to Pittsburg, Kansas where he lived until the early 2000’s when he moved to Buffalo, Missouri. On June 24, 2004 he was united in marriage with Alverna (Pixley) Setser and they continued to live in Buffalo.
With his spare time Ray enjoyed fiddling around with anything that he could make something out of. He liked gardening and mowing the yards for his neighbors and for relaxation he watched westerns. He didn’t like to sit still. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also the D.A.V. He also attended church at Crossroads Baptist Church.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Alverna of the home; 2 step-daughters, Timme Hartsell & husband Bud of Buffalo, MO and Patricia Setser of Lincoln, NE; 3 step-grandchildren, Jennifer Hartsell, Will Hartsell, and Jonette Ybara; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Kendra and Anthony.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Cantlon Otterness Chapel, Buffalo, MO, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 with the Rev. Ronald Lilley officiating. Taped selections will be played. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home. Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Horner Chapel Cemetery, Fredericksburg, IN under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home, Henryville, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
EARL DEAN JONES
Earl Dean Jones, son of the late Roy Jones and Mamie (Harrell) Jones was born February 13, 1932 in Windyville, Missouri and departed this life on March 16, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was at the time of his passing 81 years, 1 month and 3 days of age.
Earl spent his early years and attended school in Windyville before entering the U.S. Army where he served in Korea. He also served several years in the National Guard. While in the National Guard he served as honor guard in San Francisco, California. After his discharge he worked for the Springfield Grocery Company for 25 plus years, and then retired from the Keebler Cookie Company. Earl loved music and played guitar and sang with the Ozark Travelers. He was an awesome dad, always concerned with the welfare of his family.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Shirley Steinmark; and one grandson, Jarrod Knox. He is survived by his son, Ron and wife Susie Jones of Odessa, Missouri; his daughter, Kim Knox-Dabney and husband Randy Dabney of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Jewell Jones of Springfield, Missouri and Donna Konopasek of Wapato, Washington; two grandchildren, Melissa Jones and Jeffrey Jones; one great grandchild, Trinity Dawn Jones; and Delores Thompson mother of his children and life-long friend. He is also survived by other family members and many friends and fellow musicians who will all truly miss him
Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Scrivener Cemetery Windyville, Missouri with Donna Konopasek officiating. Escorts will be Don Cook, Larry Jones, Shawn Jones, Jeff Jones, Jeffrey D. Jones, and Melissa Jones. Military Honors will be presented by Bravo Team and Galmey VFW Post 9638. Interment will be in Scrivener Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home prior to the graveside service.
POLLY SUE HICKS
In loving memory of Polly Sue Hicks 1951-2013. Died at 61 years old, leaving
behind two daughters Melissa Smith and Valerie Patterson, son-Jon and- Leslie Hicks, boyfriend-Charlie White five grandchildren,2 great grandchildren, brother-Larry and Deborah Voorhees, sister-Janice and Gene Cadwell. Preceded in death by parents-Ed and Clovie Voorhees, and daughter Jeannie Hicks. She had a big heart, was fun loving, ornery and stubborn! She will be missed dearly!
There will be a memorial dinner at the Halfway Lions Club on April 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring dish and any pictures you have to share.
ARTHUR RAYMOND TUCKER
Arthur Raymond Tucker, son of Don Tucker and Nancy (Crismon) Tucker was born October 1, 1966 in Springfield, Missouri and departed this life on March 21, 2013 at the Veterans Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was at the time of his passing 46 years, 5 months and 20 days of age.
Arthur was reared in Dallas County and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1984. He was in the Navy Reserves from 1985 to 1989 when he went on active duty in 1989 until 1996. He served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was united in marriage with Debra Patrick in 1997.
Arthur is survived by his parents, Don & Nancy Tucker; his wife, Debra; one son, Mark Patrick; four grandsons, Salem Gertz, Alex Engle, Aiden Patrick, and Faolin Patrick; four brothers, Kenneth Wickham, Danny Wickham, Randy Wickham, and Marvin Tucker; and five sisters, Tammy Clark, Kathy Davidson, Diane Nancy Bradley, Marsha Matthews, and Cindy Hardiman. He also leaves other family members, many friends, and his fellow servicemen who will all truly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Urbana, Missouri under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:30 Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Funeral Home.
OVAL LUCILE ROSE
Oval Lucile Rose, daughter of the late George Wesley Owens and MaryLou CindyMay (Smith) Owens was born July 11, 1919 in Buffalo, Missouri and departed this life on March 27, 2013 at Big Springs Care Center in Humansville, Missouri. She was at the time of her passing 93 years, 8 months and 16 days of age.
Lucile was reared in Dallas County and attended school in Buffalo. She was united in marriage to Robert W. Rose in August of 1972 in Miami, OK. She was known as a “Buffalo Hillbilly” and for her fantastic cooking. She loved spending time in her garden and canning the vegetables that she raised. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with her husband and son. Lucile enjoyed life to the fullest.
Lucile was preceded in death by her parents; infant twin siblings; and two sisters, Louise Looney and Annie Gower. She is survived by her husband Robert W. Rose of Flemington, MO; children, Leland & wife Pat Edmunds of Raymore, MO and Gail & husband Dean Combs of Flemington, MO; five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jack Sawyers officiating. Escorts will be friends and family that are present. Interment will be in Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Funeral Home.
AGNES FERN ROBINSON
Agnes Fern Robinson, daughter of Harvey William Ralston and Wilma Fern (Barrett) Bettencourt was born September 11, 1953 in Republic, Missouri and departed this life on March 27, 2013 at her home near Tunas, Missouri, Missouri. She was at the time of her passing 59 years 6 months, and 16 days of age.
Agnes was united in marriage with Jim Robinson on June 19, 1983 in Tahoe, Nevada. She is survived by numerous family members and many friends who will all miss her.
Cremation rites were accorded by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
BILLY DALE LANE
Billy Dale Lane, 86 of Buffalo, MO, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Cox Hospital at 10:55 a.m. His devoted wife Edna and children were at his side. Bill was born September 10, 1926 in Kansas City, KS. He was the son of Howard and Norma (Shewmaker) Lane.
At a young age his family moved to the Dallas County area to work the family farm. He enjoyed being in a large family of 11 children and farm life. He attended rural schools in the community and graduated from Buffalo High School. He worked early on in the Kansas City area but on a return visit to his home he met his best friend and love of his life, Ednamae Wicker. They married on April 30th, 1949. He is survived by his wife Edna of 63 years; his two sons, Dale & wife Katie Lane of Buffalo, MO and Phillip & wife Beckie Lou Lane of Springfield, MO; two daughters, Bunny & husband Dwight Nyberg of Buffalo, MO and Becky Jane & husband Darrell Rader of Republic, MO; nine grandchildren, Brian Nyberg, Bradley (Chessa) Nyberg, Kristen (Zane) Mathews, Nathan (Andrea) Lane, Anthony Lane, Cody Lane, Samantha (Samuel) Essary, Erik Rader, and Emily Rader; eight great-grandchildren, Braden, Dawson, Gavin, Noah, Stetson, Cody, Hunter, and Jordan; five brothers, Perry Lane of Buffalo, MO, Paul, David, and Lyndell Lane of Springfield, MO; and Donnie Lane of Pleasant Hope, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, LeAnn; three brothers, Harold, Russell, and Jerry Lane; and two sisters, Marjorie Shaffer and Carol Perkins.
Bill was saved and baptized as a young boy. His life was a testimony to his faith in Christ. He left his family with a wonderful example and legacy of a Godly man. He demonstrated how to be a great man of God in your everyday life as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He faithfully attended the Buffalo Bible Baptist Church. Over the years he had served as deacon, trustee, teacher, and member of the choir.
Bill served in the United States Army during World War II. He was proud to be a veteran and to serve his country. Bill went on a World War II honor flight to Washington, DC with his daughter Becky. He was so proud to be with fellow veterans and share this time with his daughter.
Bill served the Dallas County area as a rural mail carrier for 25 years. He loved his job but most of all he enjoyed meeting and knowing the people on his route. During this time he made many friends and saw numerous changes. Bill loved to work in his garden, spending hours digging in the soil and planting. He enjoyed sharing the produce with his family. He also loved to mow; he spent hours on his Skags mower. He also loved to work in his garage on his projects. Many people have enjoyed his birdhouses and benches. Bill loved to use his hands to create and care for those he loved. Bill and Edna enjoyed camping at the lake. As soon as the weather would start warming up Bill was ready to start getting the camper ready. He loved to sit around the campfire and enjoy time with Edna, family and friend.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the Bible Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Lane and Dr. Robert Baker officiating. The Church Quartet will provide the music. Escorts will be Brian Nyberg, Kristen Mathews, Brad Nyberg, Cody Lane, Samantha Essary, Nathan Lane, Anthony Lane, Erik Rader, and Emily Rader. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens of Memory under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in the funeral home. Memorials may be made for Gideon Bibles.