LUELLA HENDERSON
    Luella (Fricke) Henderson, daughter of the late Christ and Nora (Meyer) Fricke, was born on May 19, 1923 in Emma, MO, and departed this life on October 3, 2016 at Colonial Springs Healthcare in Buffalo, MO.  At the time of her passing she was 93 years, 4 months, and 13 days of age.
    Luella was united in marriage to Lemuel Henderson on November 23, 1946 in Fort Scott Kansas and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive her.  She enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the Women’s Army Corp.  She joined the Louisburg Baptist Church in 1949, and served as the Church secretary and Sunday school teacher for many years.  She loved living on the family farm and raising cattle.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family, watching her grandkids play sports, and listening to Cardinals games with them.
    Luella was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel Henderson; her parents; and her brother, Marcellus Fricke.  She is survived by her children, Patti Buckmaster of Springfield, MO, Sharri Henderson of Springfield, MO, and Dick Henderson of Louisburg, MO; three grandchildren, Nick Henderson, Jordan Henderson, and Morgan Henderson; two great-grandchildren, Rylee Henderson and Deacon Henderson; and her sister, Marylin Wheeler.  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. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Bro. Loren Dryer and Bro Stan Gray officiating.  Escorts will be Steve Henderson, Gary Henderson, Brent Hamlet, Randy Miller, Chris Wheeler, and Kenny Langlands.  Honorary escort will be Jim Wilkerson.  Interment will be in Memorial Gardens of Memory under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. 


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MARCELLA KAY HENDERSON
Marcella Kay “Marcie” Henderson, daughter of the late Melvin and Helen (Tiisto) Kyllonen, was born near Belden, North Dakota on July 7, 1947 and departed this life at her home near Louisburg, Missouri on October 3, 2016. At the time of her passing she was 69 years, 2 months, and 26 days of age.
Marcie grew up all over the country as her dad was in construction. She finished her schooling in New York. On  September 4, 1970 she was united in marriage with Ronnie Henderson in Kansas City, Missouri. They had just last month celebrated 46 years of marriage. She worked as a teacher’s aide in the Raytown School District #2 while living in Raytown, MO. They moved to Louisburg in June of 1994 following retirement.
Marcie was baptized at the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Eagles Aerie #4010, where she actively supported its causes. She loved to travel, to watch the Chiefs, and to spend time with friends and family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Marcie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Mickey Kyllonen. She is survived by her husband, Ronnie of the home; 2 daughters, Kathy Jo & husband Josh Davis of Urbana, MO and Darcie & husband Jeff Ricketson of Peculiar, MO; 5 grandchildren, Mike Owens, Kayle Owens, Johnathon Davis, Marshall Cox, and Josie Davis; 2 brothers, Ray & wife Shirley Kyllonen of Urbana, MO and Calvin Kyllonen of Laughlin, NV; and 1 sister, Lorraine & husband Larry Langley of Liberty, MO. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends who will all truly miss her.
    Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 wit Rev. Jeff Cole officiating.  Escorts will be Josh Davis, Jeff Ricketson, Mike Owens, Marshall Cox, Austin Yates, and Johnathon Davis. Interment will be in the Mission Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left with the funeral home.


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NANCY IRENE TUCKER
    Nancy Irene Tucker, daughter of the late Stanley and Ora (Dake) Crismon, was born on April 10, 1931 in Iberia, MO, and departed this life on October 6, 2016 at her home near Urbana, MO.  At the time of her passing she was 85 years, 5 months, and 25 days of age.
   Nancy was reared and attended school in the Iberia, MO area.  After her children were raised, she went to work at the Brown Shoe Factory in Eldon, MO, Chastains Nursing Home, and finally as a cook in the Dallas County R-1 School District.  In her free time she enjoyed crocheting afghans for as many children and grandchildren as she could.  She also enjoyed fishing for crappie and catfish, making her homemade chicken and noodles and passing on the recipe, and spending time with her family when they got together.  Nancy was a member of the Bennett Springs Church of God.
    Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Arthur Tucker, Donald Lee Tucker, Jr., and Penny Woolen; seven brothers, Sullivan, Major, Morris, Wilson, Dewey, Loman, and Hayden Crismon; one sister, Mattie Mitchell; five infant brothers; and one infant sister.  She is survived by her husband Donald Tucker of the home; her children, Kenneth & wife Rebekah Wickham of Urbana, MO, Danny & wife Lois Wickam of Springfield, MO, Kathy & husband Don Davidson of Lockwood, MO, Randy & wife Kim Wickham of Blackwell, OK, Nancy & husband Roger Bradley of Buffalo, MO, Tammy & husband Joe Parker of Wheatland, MO, Marvin & wife Cindy Tucker of Granite City, IL, Cindy & husband Bill Hardiman of AL, and Marsha Matthews of FL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  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. on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Stowe officiating.  Escorts will be Jarret Lindsey, Ryan Clark, Kelly Wickam, Taylor Davidson, Gary Wickham, Shane Wickham, and Reuben “Raz” Wickham.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Memorials may be made to the Gideon's and left at the Funeral Home.


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LINDA LOU COOPER
    Linda Lou (Peck) Cooper, daughter of the late Aubrey Cleo and Mable (Barnett) Peck, was born on July 17, 1943 in Bruner, MO, and departed this life on October 8, 2016 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, MO.  At the time of her passing she was 73 years, 2 months, and 20 days of age.
    Linda was reared in the Bruner, MO area before moving to Springfield, MO when she was seven.  She graduated from Central High School and moved to Washington, D.C. where she was a hair dresser at Walter Reed Hospital.  She moved back to Missouri in the mid 1960’s and started working for Zenith.  She was united in marriage with Leland Cooper on December 29, 1978 in Greene County, MO, and together they made their home in the Charity, MO area.  She retired from Zenith in 1983 and loved spending her free time painting landscapes with oil and acrylic paints, sewing, making floral arrangements for Memorial Day, and fishing for anything that would bite.  She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, and was well known for her homemade rolls.  Linda was a member of the Charity Christian Church.
    Linda was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ima Jean Hull and Betty Saunders.  She is survived by her husband Leland Cooper of the home; three children, Leisa & husband Greg Hicks of Buffalo, MO, Leslie Dill of Yukon, OK, and Kari Cooper of Springfield, MO; two brothers, James & wife Doris Peck of Republic, MO and LeRoy Peck; and four grandchildren, Roma Quintin Hicks, Neil Hicks, Erin Hicks, and Kelsey Newlun.  She also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss her.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Charity Christian Church with Bro. Dave Stott and Rev. Tim Case officiating.  Escorts will be Scott Perry, Randy Peck, Mark Peck, Grant Hull, Chris Sharp, David Hull, Wayne Hardison and Brad Earls.  Interment will be in the Charity Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home. 


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BERTHA LORENE DEARTH
    Bertha Lorene Dearth, daughter of the late Richie L. and Mary A. (Hewitt) Stark, was born in Bronaugh, MO on June 3, 1917 and departed this life at her daughter’s home in Springfield, MO on Sunday morning, October 23, 2016. At the time of her passing she was 99 years, 4 months and 20 days of age.
Bertha grew up and went to school in Bronaugh. After her schooling she began working as a nanny and doing housekeeping for the neighbors. On December 12, 1943 she was united in marriage with George Dearth. They made their home in Moline, IL where George worked for International Harvester. They later moved to Port Byron, IL and then finally decided to retire to the Pomme de Terre Lake area because they both loved to fish. Following George’s death she moved to Springfield to be closer to her daughter, Cynthia.
Bertha loved working on crossword puzzles, reading, and doing crafts. The family loved her cooking, especially her meat loaf. She was a member of a Bunco club in Port Byron and also attended the Freedom Chapel Church near her home in rural Urbana, Missouri.
Bertha was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George. She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Larry) Teaver of Springfield, MO, Richard (Sue) Dearth of Chesapeake, VA, and Charlotte Smiddy of Moline, IL; her sister, Blanche Morgan of Springfield, MO; her grandchildren, Dena, Henry, Whilma, Mark, Craig, Leslie, and Valerie; 14 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and her cat, Babe, who will all truly miss her.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Angel Grajirenesortiz officiating. Interment will be under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home.



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JOHN WESLEY GILLISPIE
    John Wesley Gillispie, 67, was born May 5, 1949 at South Haven, Kansas, the son of Alva Walter and Ersa Berdena (Lippincott) Gillispie. He died October 22, 2016.
    John attended school in Kansas through his fourth grade year. At that time his family moved to Louisburg, Missouri. He finished his grade school years at Louisburg and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1966.
    He was baptized in Wellington, KS and joined the South Haven Baptist Church. When his family moved to Missouri he had his membership moved to the Louisburg Baptist Church.
    John later joined the Army and served in Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. His CO was putting him in for a Silver Star but was killed during fighting before he could get the paperwork done. He left the army in 1971 as a Sgt. E-5.
    He was married to Linda Looney on November 30, 1974. He worked in sheet rock for several years and at the stave mill in Lebanon. In 1984 he started working with the Buffalo Post Office and retired from there in 2009 after 25 years.
    He was a hunter and fisherman from the time he was a small boy. When his health began to fail him, he spent many hours watching the deer, squirrel, and other animals that would come up near his window.
    He was a very happy and fun-loving man and everyone loved his great personality. Even when he was so sick he could still find something to laugh about.
    John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Martin and David. Survivors include his wife, Linda of the home; daughter Tara of Wichita, KS; his two grandchildren, Macy of Buffalo and Landon of Wichita, KS; two sisters, JoAn Beemer of Winfield, KS and Doris Gillispie of Buffalo; two brothers, George and Joe, both of Buffalo; and many other family members and friends.
    Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in the New Hope Cemetery at Louisburg with Eric Otterness officiating. Steve and Alicia West will perform “Where the Roses Never Fade.” Interment will be under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice and left with the funeral home.


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DALE LAVON ERICKSON
     Dale Lavon Erickson, son of the late John Robert & Benatha (Boardman) Erickson, was born on August 10, 1936  in Blunt, South Dakota and departed this life on October 25, 2016 in Buffalo, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 80 years, 2 months and 16 days of age.
    Dale was born in Blunt, South Dakota, but raised in Salvodovia, AK. He later attended college at Washington State. After his graduation, he joined the U.S Army in February of 1956. He served 9 years achieving the rank of E-7 serving in the 101 1st Airborne division, in Badtoz, Germany and in the 10th Special Armed Forces. He then joined the U.S. Coast Guard and earned the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer E-8. He was stationed in Juno, AK, serving a total of 23 years in the military. After his time of service he moved to Missouri and started a cattle ranch, drove a school bus for the Skyline school district for 18 years, and did custom hay baling for those who needed it. Dale enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling. He loved to read, especially articles about the country. He was saved at a young age and was very strong in his faith.
    Dale was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and five sisters. He is survived by his wife, Sue Erickson; two sons, Dale Jr. & wife Margo Erickson and Darrius Erickson; two step-daughters, Stacey & husband Darrin Lewis and Teresa & husband Mike Graham; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren and two on the way. He also leaves a host of many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
    Cremation Rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Services will be announced at a later date.


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DELLA MARIE MYERS
    Della Marie Myers, daughter of the late Luther and Emma (Moore) Kendall, was born on July 1, 1923 in Salt Lick, KY, and departed this life on October 31, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.  At the time of her passing she was 93 years, 3 months, and 30 days of age.
    Della was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, OH for 46 years and The Bible Baptist Church in Buffalo, MO for 15 years.
    Della was preceded in death by her husband Ralph; her parents; three brothers, John, Elsa, and Corbett Kendall; and two sisters, Jane Simpkins and Amanda Crouch.  She is survived by her son, Ralph N. Myers, Jr. & wife Linda of Lake Worth, FL; her daughter, Donna M. & husband Dr. Robert Baker of Buffalo, MO; granddaughter, Melissa & husband Dr. Wayne Slusser of Clark Summit, PA; grandson, Michael & wife Kristen Baker of Greenville, SC; and three great-grandchildren, Jack and Nick Slusser and Dani Reece Baker.  She also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss her.
    Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel in Buffalo, MO.  There will be a family committal service in Middletown, OH at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gideon’s International.


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