WANDA JO MOON
Wanda Jo Moon was born on June 21st, 1962 and was taken from this world on July 6th, 2017. She was born in Ventura California and was the daughter of Caroline Yarbrough and Frank Winget and older sister to Frankie Jr.
Wanda was also known as “Wonder” because friends and family were always wondering what she would do next. Wanda was a mother to all, whether they were younger or older than herself. She was a kind hearted, free spirited woman who always stood up for what she believed in and protected those she loved.
Wanda’s true joys were her children and grandchildren. She sacrificed many things in her own life to make sure they had what she could offer them. It did not matter who you were or where you came from, if you needed something, she would be the first person to try and offer help, shelter, food, or clothes. She wanted to be an Abuse Counselor to assist others so they would not live the life of abuse she had always lived. She always had a story to share, a laugh to provide, and a strong hug for anyone who needed it.
Wanda was not just a mother and a grandmother, but a Biker, an Indian, and Momma Moon to many. She loved dream catchers, Harley Davidsons, Pit Bulls and nature. She also loved Rock Oldies, guitars, fun times, and the Ocean. She will be truly missed and forever remembered by many souls she touched on a daily basis.
Wanda is survived by her children, Richard Tubb and Stormy Acuna. As well as her blood sisters, Betty, Tricia, Mary, Cindy and many more. She was a grandma to Jolene, Charlotte, Kylie, Lil Man (Richard) Hunter and many more who were family, friends, and adopted kids (meaning she just took you under her wing and didn’t let go). She may be gone, but never will she be forgotten. In her words, “Love you to the Moon and back,” and many do, love Wanda to the moon and back.
Funeral services will be conducted on Satruday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funral Home with Pastor Dave Van Bebber officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 8:30-10:00 prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made out to Bikers agaisnt Child Abuse and left with the funeral home.
LAWRENCE HENRY THORNBRUE
Lawrence "Larry" Henry Thornbrue, 57, left his earthly body to enter his eternal heavenly home on July 10, 2017. He was born to the late Robert John Thornbrue and Jackie (Jackson) Thornbrue Ellis on June 8, 1957 in Kansas City, Kansas. His family later moved to Trenton Missouri.
After graduating from Princeton High School in 1975, and after going to a local community college for a year, he enlisted in the Navy on July 29, 1976 and was a medic/corpsman until he was discharged in January of 1987. Larry loved his time in the military and was a proud patriot. During his time in the Navy he met and married Cindy Imhoff and they went on to have 2 daughters and a son.
They later divorced and Larry left Virginia coming back to Missouri where he met Barbara Cooley. Although they never married, they lived as husband and wife. They had an official "in the eyes of God" wedding a few months before her death. He stood in as a step-father to her children until the end.
Larry was a hard worker and devoted to his family. He was an extreme Kansas City Chiefs fan and a KC Royals fan. He enjoyed fishing when he could and was a devoted Fox News watcher. He was a very stubborn opinionated man but that didn't stop him from being well loved by everyone.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John Thornbrue; his sister, Rebecca Thornbrue Griffin; and his "wife" Barbara Cooley. He is survived by his children, Vanessa (Matt) Gray, Joshua (Stacey) Thornbrue and Jessica Thornbrue of Virginia; his step-children, April (Gary) Raine, Joshua (Ghesika) Cooley and Stephanie (Jason) Wallace, all of Buffalo, Missouri; his 16 grandchildren, Ethan, Kaleb, Kallie, Haley, Aiden, Katarina, Erika, Derrick, Aiden, Avery, Addy Mae, Savannah, Jaylyn, Taylor, Robyn and Serenity; and a great granddaughter, AnnaBella. He also leaves behind many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made out to the Buffalo D.A.V and left with the funeral home.
FREDA BARBARA GLOSE
Freda Barbara Glose, daughter of R.V. "Felt" and Ida Alma Eidson, was born on January 6, 1933 in Springfield Missouri. She departed her life on July 14, 2017 at Colonial Springs Care Center at the age of 84 years old.
After her union in marriage on January 27, 1951 to Wilburn L. Barclay they moved to Springfield, MO where they lived until 1970. Freda moved to the St. Louis area later in 1970 where she went to work for the C.H. Robinson Co. and then later for Glenn's Truck Service which she later retired from. Upon her move to St. Louis she met Fredrick R. Glose who on November 9, 1974 became her best friend and husband of 23 years.
In 1990 Freda and Fred were blessed with retirement and moved to the Buffalo, MO area. Freda wasn't one to sit around and do nothing so she entered the work force again going to work for Ground Source Systems in Buffalo, MO where she retired for the second time at the age of 79. Freda was raised in Macks Creek, MO on a farm in Prairie Hollow. She attended Macks Creek School where she graduated in 1950. She enjoyed many activities in school and was an avid basketball player.
As most people know Freda took great pride in her appearance rather it was her hair, her home or her flower garden. She had such a passion for her flower beds, the love for all the stray cats in the neighborhood, and feeding the birds. She had a good eye for and loved collecting antiques of all kinds. She loved sitting at her kitchen table watching the humming birds while reading a good book and having a cup of coffee.
The highlights of her life were her Grandkids and Christmas. She always looked forward to decorating and preparing things for Christmas knowing how much fun and laughter it was going to bring. Christmas at "Grans" was a special time for all the family as well.
Freda and Wilburn were blessed with 5 children whom survive her. Melissa Pojar and husband Terry of Buffalo, MO, Sam Barclay of Buffalo, MO, Suzanne Gustafson of Buffalo, MO, Jeff Barclay and wife Terry of Urbana, MO & Tracy Rank of Buffalo, MO. Freda was saved at an early age and rejoiced in the Lord.
Freda is preceded in death by her husband. Fredrick R. Glose; her parents, R.V. "Felt" & Ida Alma Edison; her brothers, Bobby and Billy Eidson; her sisters, Jean Sullivan & Lydia Budelovich and son-in-law Daniel "Gus" Gustafson. She is also preceded in death by her 2 dog companions of many years Hobo and Tramp. Freda is survived by nine grandchildren, Shawn Pojar, Sammie Lynn McCracken, Loryn Barclay, Alicia Turner, Cody Barclay, Erica Barclay, Josh Tuning, Kaysea Rank, and Tony Rank. She has eight Great Grandkids with another one on the way and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. Freda will be missed by her family and many friends.
Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Butcher officiating. Escorts were Shawn Pojar, Cody Barclay, Josh Tuning, Chris McCracken and Jared Spence. Visitation was held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made out to Colonial Springs Resident Activity Fund or Hospice Compassus of Springfield, MO.
DALLAS EARL McELROY
Dallas Earl McElroy, son of the late Kenneth & Mary (Seagle) McElroy, was born on September 26, 1940 in Blue Mound, Arkansas and departed this life on July 19, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 76 years, 7 months and 25 days of age.
Dallas was born in Arkansas and later moved to Illinois where he attended school. He joined the National Guard when he was 15 and then served 2 stints in the U.S Army. He loved to write stories and even published two of them. He sold Redwing shoes, worked at a casket company, JC Penny and worked as a Caterpillar mechanic. He loved to read, work on cars, volunteer for the 4-H Club, playing with his grandkids and scaring their parents.
Dallas was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Mike and Daryl; and one grandson, Dylan. He is survived by his two sons, Mark & wife Laura McElroy and Eric McElroy; three daughters, Tami McElroy, Amie & husband Brian Lurten and Suzi Rievley; two brothers, Lyle McElroy and Dean McElroy; one sister, Marilyn Gonnett; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Hopewell Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Butcher officiating. Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
MICHAEL THOMAS ECKSTROM
Michael Thomas Eckstrom, son of the late Bud M. and Beverly Jean (Henriksen) Eckstrom was born on June 30, 1960 in Evanston, Wyoming, and departed this life on July 22, 2017 at his home in Buffalo, MO. At the time of his passing he was 57 years and 21 days of age.
Michael was a good and loving man with a good heart. He loved selling fireworks and spending time with his bulldog J.J. He was loved by many family and friends and will be truly missed.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Trudee and Carla. He is survived by his wife Sheila of the home; two sons, Michael and Nicholas; one brother, Nick; and four sisters, Mary, Donna Sue, Laurie, and TayCee. He also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss him.
HELEN IRENE MADDEN
Helen Irene Madden, daughter of the late Lonnie and Winnie (Smith) Coggins, was born on August 6, 1918 in Leadmine, Missouri and passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her home in Cleveland, Oklahoma.
Helen grew up in the Buffalo, MO area and attended Buffalo and Tunas High Schools. Helen married Henry F. Madden (deceased) on August 16, 1940 in Buffalo, they were married 55 years and had four children, Richard (Sue) Madden, Winnie Pauline Brown, Henry Lee Madden (deceased), and Linda (Ralph) Williamson. Grandchildren Darren (deceased) (Traci) Madden, Dawn (Shannon) Nesbit, Terry (Doug) Graham, Kevin Brown, Kelly Sue Brown, Hank (April) Madden, Shannon (Chris) Aikens, Vicki Lynn (Kevin) King, and Pauline Rachelle Parker. 16 Great Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren. Sisters Melba (West) Harmon and Lucille Newhouse, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
“Grandma”, as she was known to all of her friends and family, was kind, loving and opened her home to so many over her 98 years. Her main occupation was homemaker and caring for her family, but she did work outside of the home at Mt. Vernon Hospital prior to her marriage and at Jensen-Salsbury Laboratories later in Kansas City, Kansas. Helen and H.F. raised their family in Kansas City, then moved to Cleveland, OK when they retired in 1986. It was in Cleveland where she spent her last days with her sisters Melba and Lucille, and passed quietly after goodbyes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Morris officiating. Visitation will be held on August 4, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.