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Sympathies are extended to the families of our classmates who are no longer with us.

Thomas Ray Whaley

Thomas Ray Whaley, age 70, of Everton, Missouri, passed away at 8:47 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at his home. He was born February 27, 1948, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Roy Ancil and Novagene (Woolford) Whaley.

Tom was a 1966 graduate of Hillcrest High School in Springfield and he attended Missouri State University. He was a United States Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. Tom retired after 39 years as a supervisor for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

We lost a good man this morning. Tom suffered a heart attack and left us this morning. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to so many. He was Deborah’s life partner. They were living the dream-everyday. Last winter when the pipes had been frozen for eight days, creek was frozen, no water, hell on earth to most. Trevor and I (Terra) walked across the frozen creek, up the hill to find them toting big totes of water on the four wheeler. I told them they were crazy! He looked at me and said “we’re living the dream, we have each other” and started unloading those heavy water containers with a smile on his face. “We love it here”. Last summer they would take dips in their little pools and enjoy a bowl of ice cream. He was always there. Tom worked so hard with Deborah by his side, on their dream property. He will be missed more than I can possibly say. He was a good man who kept Deborah smiling and was always there for his family. Tom will do it, Tom can fix it, Tom will figure it out, and he did. Treasure your loved ones. Give them your precious time. We never know what tomorrow will bring.

On July 24, 2010, he married Deborah Darr-Brown, in Aurora, Missouri. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Deborah; one son, Daniel Whaley, of Aurora, Missouri; two daughters, Angela Reynolds of Kansas City, Missouri and Diana Whaley of Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Michael Whaley and his wife, Jane, of Peculiar, Missouri; two sisters, Saundra Nigliazzo and her husband, Sam, of Brighton, Missouri and Patricia Kern and her husband, David, of Republic, Missouri; four step children, Terra Williams and her husband, Trevor, of Aurora, Teresa Smith and her husband, Doug, of Republic, Torianna Newton and her husband, Kevin, of Springfield and Thomas Waller of California; eight grandchildren; one great- grandson and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, Roy and Novagene, preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, in the funeral home chapel.


Nancy Jean Kiefer

APRIL 5, 1948 - MARCH 14, 2017

Nancy Jean Kiefer passed away March 14, 2017 at Cox South.

Nancy began her distinguished nursing career at Burge School of Nursing, and went on to earn her BSN from Drury University.  She became head nurse in ICU at Cox North.  Nancy was responsible for refining and supplementing the designs for the new ICU and CCU at Cox South when it was constructed in 1985.  These units and her innovations are still in use today.  She always enjoyed helping trauma patients, whether as a flight nurse, in ER, or the Cath Lab where she was also head nurse. She also traveled the country extensively to research the latest cardiac drugs/therapies and to introduce interventional stroke pharmaceutical advances to Southwest Missouri health facilities.

She was a member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church where she was a Deacon and in the Chancel Choir.

She is survived by her husband Charles F. Kiefer Jr. and mother Dorothy Beesley, as well as sister Patsy Rhoades, brother Jim Beesley, and daughters Stephanie Widner and Kristin Walker. 

The visitation will be Thursday March 16, 2017 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Gorman- Scharf Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be Friday March 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers that you kindly make donations to the Sarcoma Alliance (sarcomaalliance.org) or MD Anderson or a local charity of your choice.

Harold Hamblin Moore
Born: 01-03-1948 Died: 02-03-2017

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 
Time: 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m.

Visitation Location:
Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Service Location:
Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, MO

Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, MO

William David Newman

Feb. 8, 1947 - December 18, 2016

William David Newman, known as "David" to his family and friends, passed away peacefully at home early Saturday morning. David was born Feb. 8, 1947 in Fair Grove to Robert and Thelma Newman. Robert was killed in a motorcycle accident when David was 5. Thelma remarried Walter Elkins. David was preceded in death by his father, mother, and step-father. 

David married Susie Pierce February 11, 1967, and was looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary. David is survived by his wife, Susie, daughter, Cynthia and her husband Chris Fullington, and granddaughter, Cherish, as well as a multitude of family and friends. 

David worked at Frisco, retiring in 2008 after 38 years of service. David was truly a gifted man who could build, repair, or fix anything.

Visitation will be from 12:00-1:00pm at Greenlawn North followed by a Graveside Service in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

1965 Classmates, from Larry Clausen.

After a long battle with cancer, Rosemary Brown passed away today September 14th at UCLA Santa Monica. She had been in hospital hospice for the last 2 weeks. She had gone thru radiation, chemo and a new immune therapy. She was showing improvement until a recent set back with fluid around her lungs. 

Nancy Shumate
July 20, 1949 - June, 2016

Nancy Shumate died peacefully on Friday after a 41 month struggle with inoperable cancer. Until two weeks ago, and despite the debilitating effect of multiple chemotherapy routines, she felt that she had a life worth living.

Nancy was born July 20, 1949, the only child of Roland Shumate and Fern Nance Shumate. Graduating from Missouri State University in 1972, she began a 34-year career with the Missouri Department of Social Services. She was a Hearings Officer in the Legal Services Division from 1983 to 1998. While there, she acquired a reputation for compassionate but rigorous claims evaluation. Nancy moved to the Family Support Division in 1998 as Assistant Area Director and started the Springfield Medical Review Team. Her team, because of its effectiveness and efficiency, eventually took over medical reviews for most of the state. Nancy retired from state government in 2006. From then until 2011, she worked for the BTS group, representing clients seeking assistance from Medicaid.

Nancy was a remarkably intelligent woman, an omnivorous student of history, anthropology and medicine. She was capable of reviewing her medical team's reports with a critical eye. She was an expert with the camera and became the "official" photographer at all family gatherings. She was an avid bird watcher. She was especially fond of pandas, walruses, Neanderthals, and the royal families of Europe. And she loved dogs, including most recently an affectionate but entirely ugly English bulldog named Biscuit.

Nancy was generous to a fault with family and friends, almost always exceeding reasonable expectations. She brought fifty dollar wines to five dollar meals and spirited away restaurant checks unless closely watched. But she also provided real help when needed. She was a good listener and a good therapist. She made a difference in people's lives.

Nancy's ashes will be interred at Greenlawn North, in the plot of her mother and father. She is survived by an aunt, Wilma Nance, an uncle, Harry Appleby, by their families, and by many friends. They will all miss her very much.

Nancy was a strong supporter of natural habitat conservation and wildlife preservation. Contribution to the Nature Conservancy or any similar group would be a fitting memorial.

Published in the News-Leader on June 26, 2016- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-marianne-shumate&pid=180455723&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.F69uakOj.dpuf

John Eli Tucker ~ Class of 1966
Date of Passing - July 25, 2015


We remember John Eli Tucker, who passed away after a short illness at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, ...AR. He was 68.

He lived an amazing life. He was born in Belgium and was adopted by J.W. and Angeline Tucker, who were missionaries in Africa for the Assemblies of God. He spent much of his youth in Africa, and survived being kidnapped by Congolese rebels who killed his father after releasing John in 1964. Recently his families story was listed in the "100 Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things Assemblies of God" book.

John was many things - husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, respiratory therapist, and cattle farmer. He dedicated his professional life to helping people breathe, including a five year period where he took his young family to the Africa he loved as a child so he could help people there with the healing gifts he developed as an adult. Later in life, he took up raising Angus beef cattle and gave family members the privilege of naming several of his bull calves (Joltin' Joe, Stan the Man, Unitas).

He leaves behind his wife, Julia; his children Mieka, Mindi, John S., and Carrie; four grandchildren and one on the way; three great grandchildren and one the way; his sister, Carol Lynne, one nephew and 3 nieces; and many more family and friends.

John E Tucker's Celebration of Life will be held in Pierce City, Missouri @ Lakin Funeral Home.
Visitation - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be in the Monett area (TBA)

Ruth Ann Dilday Clausen

Obituary - Ruth Ann (Clausen) Dilday Ruth Ann (Clausen) Dilday June 12, 1948 - July 5, 2015 Age: 67 Residence: Kissee Mills, , MO Ruth Ann ?Ruthie? Clausen Dilday, 67, of Kissee Mills, MO Ruth passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at her residence with her family at her side. She was born on June 12, 1948 at Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Leora (Stodgel) Clausen. Ruth graduated from Hillcrest High School in Springfield, MO in 1966. She worked for Kraft Foods for 37 years. She had been confirmed on April 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield, MO., and was an active member of the Bryant Ridge Church at Taneyville, MO. Ruthie married Carroll Dilday in 1990 at Taneyville, MO. After her retirement from Kraft she moved to Kissee Mills, MO. Survivors include her husband, Carroll Dilday of Kissee Mills, MO.; daughters, Cindy Koile-Penn of Summerville, SC., and Sherri Mackay of Springfield, MO.; 4 grandchildren, Landon Looney, Austin Koile, Blake Koile and Mariah Lee; 2 brothers, Dave Clausen of Forsyth, MO., and Larry Clausen of Georgia. Funeral Services will be held on Wed., July 8, at11:00 AM., at the Bryant Ridge Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM. Burial will be Kissee Mills Cemetery, Kissee Mills, MO. Memorials may be made to the Bryant Ridge, 285 Sims Rd., Taneyville, Mo 65759. Services are under the direction of the Forsyth Whelchel Funeral Chapel. - See more at: http://www.ozarksremembers.com/obituary.php?ObitID=3287#sthash.0pi1ldue.KPp4xoyl.dpuf

Robert (Bob) L. Salley, Sr., 66, of Springfield, passed away to his Heavenly home on January 9, 2015, at Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was born October 23, 1948, in Springfield, MO to Lloyd and Martha (Sheridan) Salley who preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara of 45 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Shelly Salley; grandsons, Joshua, Kaleb and Kyle Salley; sisters, Jennifer (Phillip) Welch and Julie (Doug) Gibson; aunt, Annabelle Sheridan; brother-in-law, B.W. (Marilyn) Jackson of Amarillo, TX; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Bob graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966. He was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Army as a Combat Engineer. Bob retired from the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland. He was raised in the Christian faith and was a member of Dale Street United Methodist Church (now Pathways United Methodist Church). Bob loved to hunt, fish and garden. Family was very important to Bob and his grandchildren were the apple of his eye. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte Chapel, 4500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO. Services will be held at 2 P.M., January 15, 2015, in the chapel. Burial will follow in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.

The family is requesting memorial donations to be made to the D.A.V. Chapter 11, 1708 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, MO 65802.

Dan Davis
Date of Passing:  September 4, 2014

We have received word that our classmate, Dan Davis passed away at his home in Arizona on Thursday evening, September 4, 2014.  The sudden nature of his death points to a heart attack or stroke.  We will remember him for his amazing wit and his writing talents, having served as the editor of the Hillcrest Herald.

Rest in Peace, Danny!

Jane Katherine Rhoades, 66, of Nixa went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2015, at home surrounded by family. Jane was born January 21, 1948 in Buffalo, NY to Lloyd and Mary Anderson. Jane retired from CoxHealth after 27 years of service and enjoyed meeting new people and traveling in her free time. Family was Jane's passion and delight, always giving of herself to make others happy. Later in life she attended Aldersgate UMC where she accepted the Lord as her Savior. Jane is survived by her husband, Wayne Rhoades; father, Lloyd Anderson; daughters: Lisa Gardner (Everett), Lori Cantrell (Tom Silva), Melanie Cantrell (Kahly Hall); sons: Chris Rhoades (Rivers), Tim Rhoades, Jason Rhoades (Sherry); father-in-law, Hosea Rhoades; and 13 grandchildren. Jane is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Anderson; mother-in-law, Anna Rhoades. Jane requested a private funeral and burial. Memorial contributions are suggested to a cancer research charity in lieu of flowers.

 Joe Schaffitzel

March 22, 1949 - May 12, 2014

Joseph P. Joe Schaffitzel passed away on May 12th, 2014 at the age of 65. He is survived by his wife Pat, children Ryan (Terri Schaffitzel) and Jana (Chad Lewis), and grandchildren Brant, Brock, Carter, and Addyson.
Joe was born the son of Jerome and Bernadine Schaffitzel on March 22nd, 1949 in Springfield, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jay. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Joe graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1967. He dedicated a great deal of his life to Schaffitzel's Greenhouse as owner and floral designer. His work earned him a selection to do the floral design for the presidential inauguration for President George H.W. Bush. He also served on the Springfield Public School Board from 1990-1996, serving as president for two of those years. Joe spent the last years of his life giving back to the community as a substance abuse counselor, a job that he truly loved. He was a personal friend of Bill W.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 16th from 6-8p.m.at Greenlawn East Funeral Home, 3540 E. Seminole. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17th at 4:00p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church, 1232 E. Dale St. with pie and coffee to be served immediately following.

Jane Crosswhite Hendricks 

Date of Passing:  January 20, 2013 
Class of 1966 

Jane passed away January 10, 2013 at her home in Springfield, MO after a long illness. Born Oct. 15, 1948, she was the daughter of Henry Lee & Bernice Cruzan Crosswhite. Jane was a 1966 graduate of Hillcrest High School. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. She is survived by five daughters, a brother and a sister and several grandchildren. She expressed her wish to be cremated and to have no services. 


Richard Avery Hughes

Date of Passing:  November 29, 2011
Class of 1966

Richard Avery Hughes was born February 5, 1948 and passed away on November 29, 2011 after a long illness. He was raised in the Springfield area, Hillcrest High School class of 1966. Rick spent the last several years in the New Orleans area. He was a talented guitar player and avid fisherman. He is preceded in death by his parents Roe Oliver Hughes and Marion Louise Tettleton (Edmo  and Eugene Tettleton). He is survived by four children: Kevin Thompson Hughes (Lisa), Stephanie Luttrell (Dirk), Angela Hughes, Kathy Domiano (Mark); sister, Merrilie Bryant; 10 grandchildren, 2 nieces and a host of friends. A memorial service was held in Louisiana and another is planned in Harrison, Ark. later in the Spring.


Nancy Jean White

Date of Passing:  June 11, 2011
Class of 1966 

Nancy Jean White , 62, of Springfield was born Nov. 16th, 1948 and passed away June 11, 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer. Nancy died in her home with her loving family around her.

She graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966 and was united in marriage to Larry White on July 21st 1966 at Hillcrest Presbyterian church. Nancy was retired from the family business, Triple Play & Super Fan. She was an active member of Hamlin Baptist Church and accepted Jesus as her savior at a young age. Nancy's life revolved around her family and her home. She loved decorating and was an amazing seamstress. Nancy had the sweetest spirit, unmatched by anyone we have ever known. She was proceeded in death by her parents. Harold and Ressie Schell and brother Larry Schell. 

She is survived by her husband Larry White; children, Bryan and Laurie White, Jeff White, Jennifer and Ryan Riggs; grandchildren Austin and Kensen White, Jared, Ashley and Emma White, and Ella and Avery Riggs; brothers, Denny and his wife Jeanie Schell and her late brother's wife , Maryann Schell; sisters, Beverly and her husband Kenneth Hill, and Charlene Gardner; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Funeral services will be in Hamlin Memorial Baptist church on June 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Fair Grove, Mo. Visitation will be in Greenlawn North Funeral Home on June 14, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m.


David M. Collier

Date of Passing:  April 21, 2011
Class of 1966 

David M. Collier, age 62, of Springfield, Mo., was born July 5, 1948 and passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011 in his home surrounded by family.

He graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966. He served in the USMC Reserves from 1967-1973. He was a retired computer programmer from Bank of America; and had worked six years as a Catastrophe Claims Adjuster.

He was united in marriage to Judy (Roberts) Collier on February 11, 1967 in Springfield. He was a member of James River Assembly. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, and ride his Harley. He was a Nascar fan but most of all an avid golfer. He loved cooking on the Big Green Egg and making homemade ice cream 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Geneva Collier; and his brother, James. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy Collier; children, Kevin and his wife Carrie and Danny and his wife Tina; grandchildren, Gregory, Paige, Grace, Mikala, and Paige Hopkins; brothers, Charles and Ellen, and Richard and Freda; half-sister, Judy and Ray Morris; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He had numerous friends throughout the country. He loved spending time on the golf course with his buddies, Curt Horton, Craig Withers, and Jerry Henderson as well as hunting with Dennie Whittaker. He is also survived by his two couch pals, Buster and Buddy.

Funeral services will be April 26, 2011 in Greenlawn Funeral Home East at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn. Visitation will be April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 East 79th Street, Tulsa, OK 74133.

David was an outstanding husband, father, papa and friend. He was very patriotic and extremely proud of his family and a true believer in God. He will be loved and remembered forever.


Wyman Bradley Miller (18 Aug 1948 - 30 Dec 2005)

Date of passing:  Dec 30, 2005
Class:  1966
Wyman Bradley Miller, 57, Springfield, Missouri, died Friday, December 30, 2005 in his home. Wyman was born on August 18, 1948, in Springfield, Missouri, to Warren and Marie (Moore) Miller. Wyman was a retired barber. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of the home; his daughter, Rebecca Young and her husband, Kelly, Battlefield, Mo.; his son, Martin Miller, Nixa, Mo.; his brothers, Lyle Miller and his wife, Beverly, of Springfield, Mo., Randy Miller and his wife, Carole, Springfield, Mo., and Rick Miller and his wife, Janet, Ozark, Mo.; two stepsons, Shane LeBak, Springfield, Mo., and Kerry Rothermel and his wife, Jennifer, Springfield, Mo.; his grandchildren, Alisha Miller, East Cargon, Utah, Brock and Neolle Young, Battlefield, Mo., Devin and Morgan Miller, Springfield, Amanda and Chrissy LeBak, Monroe City, Mo., Kaedin Rothermel, Willard, Mo., Makenzie, Draevin, and Keegan Trent Rothermel, Springfield, Mo., Funeral Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2006, in Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut, with Rev. Bruce McNeely officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.hloymeyer.com . [Spfd News Leader dated January 02, 2006; SSDI:]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jan 13, 2010


Stephen E. Smay (29 Jan 1948 - 30 July 2009)

Date of passing:  Jul 30, 2009
Class:  1966
Stephen E. Smay, loving husband and father, went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2009, in his home. Steve, a native Springfieldian and horticultural food scientist, was born January 29, 1948, to Alvin and Dorothy (Rutledge) Smay. On August 29, 1969, he was united in marriage to Nancy Barton, his high school sweetheart. Steve graduated from Hillcrest High School and then received a Bachelors of Science degree in Horticultural Food Science from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated number one in his class. He worked 40 years in the "food business" in Springfield as Quality Control Manager at French's and as the Food Service Director for Springfield Public Schools and Bentonville, Ark. Public Schools/Aramark. Steve was a deacon and treasurer for High Street Baptist Church. He enjoyed coaching the Tenth Inning Kids baseball games, even when he was ill. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Sarah Daly and husband, Jesse, Kansas City, Mo., and Erin Smay, Springfield; a sister, Jeanne Smay, Omaha, Neb.; mother-in-law Mary Barton, Springfield; sisters-in-law and spouses, Liz and Chris Trussell, Roseville, Calif., and Jeanette and Chris Mohr, St. Charles, Mo.; two nephews, Tyler Trussell and Alex Mohr; an aunt, M.M. Thompson and husband, Richard; and cousins, David and Kathy Rutledge, Julie Ann and Jimmy Woodward, Jennifer Rutledge, and John and Laura Woodward. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law James W. Barton; and an uncle, Gene Rutldege. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009, in High Street Baptist Church Auditorium, 900 N. Eastgate, in Springfield, with Pastor Eddie Lyons officiating. Donations may be made to the Springfield Public Schools Foundation Steve Smay Scholarship, the American Cancer Society, or High Street Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com. [Spfd News Leader dated: August 2, 2009 ]


Robert L. Dennen (21 Jun 1948 - 14 Oct 2006)

Date of passing:  Oct 14, 2006
Class:  1966
Robert L. "Bob" Dennen of Republic was born June 21, 1948, in Springfield, MO., and went home to his Lord October 14, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Frances Dennen. Bob leaves behind his devoted wife, Patricia; daughter, Lisa Dennen of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law Krista and Ryan Maul ofSpringfield; son, Robert Jason of Republic, and two grandsons, Zachary and Preston Dennen of Republic. Bob also leaves behind two sister, Kathryn Breihaupt of Buffalo and Virginia Mayes of Republic; a large extended family and longtime friend, Don Griffin of Springfield. Bob served his country in Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. After leaving the Army, Bob returned to Springfield where he worked as an Engineer for Frisco Rail Road until he became disabled by blindness. Bob shared a special love with his wife, Pat, and each of his children. If any of his family needed help, he was there with a strong shoulder to work, or to cry on. Bob met challenges of his life with bravery and a sense of humor. All of us who loved him are the better for having him in our lives. We can take comfort in knowing his suffering has ended, and even though legally blind himself, he final gift may help others see. He�d be happy to know that. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2006, in Meador�s Funeral Home, Republic. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the funeral home. Burial, with Military Honors will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Willard. [Spfd News Leader dated October 16, 2006; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jan 13, 2010


Richard Lee Tatum (27 Feb 1948 - 06 Aug 1968)

Date of passing:  Aug 06, 1968
Class:  1966
Springfield Sergeant Dies In Vietnam Vehicle Mishap 

Another Springfield Soldier, Sgt. Richard Lee Tatum, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude O. Tatum, 1324 South Prince Lane, has died in Vietnam. Sgt. Tatum was killed Tuesday when the military vehicle in which he was riding hit a soft shoulder in a road near Chu Lai and overturned, it was learned today. The combat engineer was with a group moving heaving construction equipment at the time of the accident. A graduate of HillcrestHigh School, Sgt. Tatum took basic Army training at Ft. Leonard Wood and began a year of Vietnam duty in January. He was promoted posthumously to sergeant E5. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Mr. John Pearce, 2739 East Lombard, and Claudine, of the home; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Tiller, 2069 North Lexington. The body will be returned for services and burial under the direction of Klingner. [Spfd News Leader dated August 9, 1968] 

Funeral services for Sgt. Richard Lee Tatum, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude O. Tatum, 1324 South Prince Lane, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Klingner Chapel with the Rev.Eli Routh officiating. Burial will be in WhiteChapel Cemetery with military rites. Sgt. Tatum was killed August 6 in Vietnam when the truck in which he was riding overturned. [Spfd News Leader dated 16 Aug 1968] 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Panel 49W - Line 21 

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jun 21, 2010


Penelope (Davis) Lea Lane (30 Mar 1948 - 02 Nov 2009)

Date of passing:  Nov 02, 2009
Class:  1966
Penelope Lea (Davis) Lane of Springfield, Mo. died November 2, 2009 after a short illness. Penny was born March 30, 1948 in Burge Hospital to Morris and Violet Davis, Springfield, Mo. Penny graduated from HillcrestHigh School and Southwest Missouri State University. Penny married her soul mate Bobby Lane July 10, 1971. They have a daughter Heather and two grandchildren Britany Nicole and Dustin Bryant Lane. Penny was a devoted librarian and teacher with the Springfield school system for 21 years before retiring this last spring. She was honored as librarian of the year and an outstanding teacher. She was a member of Southhaven BaptistChurch where she enjoyed serving as librarian and bible school teacher. Reading was her mission, her passion and her joy. Penny is survived by her sisters Karen Jackson of Raymore, Debby Fowler of Springfield, and Stacey Davis of Sparta. She leaves behind life long friends Kay Johnson of Springfield, Carolyn Millsapp ofSpringfield and Ruth Molder of Lansing Mich. Bob and Penny shared a long and joyful friendship with Tom and Judy Cowens. She leaves behind sisters-in-law Dorothy Higginbotham and her husband Darrell, and Doris Lane. She was preceded in death by brother-in-law Buddy Lane and nephew Chris Lane. Nieces and nephews are Rusty Lane, Tabitha Michaelson, Tim Lane, Buddy Lane Jr., Mike Lane, Dennis Lane, Renee Cones, Jennifer Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Shawna Jackson. Visitation will be Friday, November 6 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held in Greenlawn Funeral Home North on Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m., followed by burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Webster County. You may honor Penny by making a donation to the library at Robberson Elementary in Springfield, Mo. [Spfd News Leader dated 05 Nov 2009]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Nov 09, 2009


Burley D. McElwain (12 Aug 1948 - 06 May 1992)

Date of passing:  May 06, 1992
Class:  1966

Burley McElwain, 43, Long Beach, Calif. formerly of Springfield, died Wednesday in Long Beach MemorialHospital. He is survived by his mother, Ruby McElwain, Springfield; a sister, Karen Stone, Willard; a niece, Pam Rhodes; and a great-nephew, Ian Z. Rhodes, both of Mesa Ariz. Services will be in Long Beach. [Spfd News Leader dated 07 May 1992; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - May 24, 2010


Charles Dale Deckard (16 Feb 1948 - 25 Apr 2003)

Date of passing:  Apr 25, 2003

Class:  1966
Mr. Charles Dale Deckard, Springfield, a woodworker, died at 11 a.m. Friday in Cox South hospital. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North. [Spfd News Leader dated April 28, 2003; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jan 13, 2010


Donald Dean Hicks (29 Jan 1948 -15 Jun 2007)


Date of passing:  Jun 15, 2007
Class:  1966
Donald Dean Hicks, 59, Springfield, Mo., passed away on June 15, 2007, in his home of cancer. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Mr. Hicks worked at Zenith Electronics for 27 years then for the Public Works Department for the City of Springfield. Mr. Hicks was of the Baptist faith and a member of Blue Lodge United #5 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Joplin. Donald was proud of his various awards including "Twinkle Toes", honorary clown of Abou Ben Adhem Temple. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Stella Hicks; and a brother, Jack Pryor. Donald married his loving wife, Deloris Robertson on April 18, 1980. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his loving daughters, Donale Allen and husband, Jerry, and Ronda Hicks and special friend, Jeff Engle; step-children, Danny Cummings and wife, Gwen and Rebecca Lugena and husband, Brent; grandchildren, Kourtney Stevens, Sophia Stevens, Justin Essick, Christina Kensinger, Molly Lugena, Ambra Cummings and Dalton Cummings; great-grandchildren, Audra Kinsinger and Hunter Essick; sister Eva Akin and husband, Ted; and two nieces, Terry and Tammy. Graveside services, officiated by Rev. Gary Robertson will be held in Highlandville Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held Monday, June 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, with Masonic services beginning at 7 p.m. The family requests that contributions in Mr. Hick's memory be made to the Childrens Miracle Network, 3525 S. National Ste. 203, Springfield, MO 65807 or to ISCA Red Sneaker Fund for Burn Research at Shrine Burn Center, P.O. Box 102, Marine, IL 62061. 
[Source: Spfd News Leader dated: June 17, 2007 ]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Dec 01, 2008


Edward Allen Brooks

Date of passing:  May 20, 1966
Class:  1966

Viet Nam Memorial Wall 

PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service 101st Airborne Division Length of service 0 years; His tour began on Nov 10, 1968; Casualty was on May 20, 1969 In THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM; Hostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTYOTHER CAUSES;Body was recovered 
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Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Sep 24, 2008


Jerold William Fairman (27 Oct 1948 - 22 Aug 1975)

Date of passing:  Aug 22, 1975
Class:  1966
Services for Jerold William Fairman, 26, of 3038 North Pierce, will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Greenlawn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Jeffries officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. The casket will be closed at all times. Mr. Fairman apparently shot himself in the head with a 12-guage shotgun about 10:45 p.m. Friday at his home. According to police reports, the death was an apparent suicide. A lifelong resident of Springfield, he was employed as a Frisco Railway switchman, and a member of East Avenue Baptist Church and the UTU Railroad Union. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Ann; two daughters, Andrea and Shelly, both of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Fairman, 1638 East Turner; a brother, Jim, of 1030 East Kerr; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Hamp, 2744 North Pierce; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence Miller, 428 West High. [Spfd News Leader dated August 24, 1975; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jun 21, 2010


Joan Darleen (Dilley) Delzell (31 Dec 1947- 14 Jan 2001)

Date of passing:  Jan 14, 2001
Class:  1966

Joan Darleen Delzell, 53, Springfield, Missouri passed on to be with the Lord January 14, 2001. Joan was born Dec. 31, 1947, to J.W. and Jean Dilley in Moberly, Mo. She graduated from Hillcrest High School. She married John E. Delzell on June 17, 1966 in Springfield, MO, and was a wonderful homemaker. Joan loved and was loved by her family and friends. She was dedicated to the church and her strong Christian faith. She loved her ministry to babies and children, which included her caring for 89 foster children over a 27-year period. Joan also enjoyed ceramics and crafts. Joan is preceded in death by her parents Rev. J.W. and Jean Dilley. She is survived by her husband, John Delzell, Springfield. Joan is also survived by her son, Dr. John Delzell, Jr. and his wife, Wendy, Columbia, Mo.; and a daughter Melissa D. Tierce and her husband, Troy,Plano, Texas; as well as her grandson, David Delzell, of whom she was very proud. Also surviving are brothers John W. Dilley and his wife, Sue, Walnut Grove, Mo., and James W. Dilley, Olathe, Kan.; and sisters, Patricia Gelszler, Springfield Arleen Nelmi and her husband, Ken, Halfway, Mo., and Sandra Maupin and her husband, Ron, Bolivar, Mo. She is also survived by father-in-law, Joe V. Delzell; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, in Springhill Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenny Quails and Rev. Calvin Maberry officiating. Burial will follow immediately in Greenlawn MemorialGardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Klinger Mortuary. Memorials can be sent to the Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri, 305 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO 65806, and Springhill Baptist Church �Willing Hearts Campaign�, 7370 N. Farm Road 159, Springfield, MO 65803. [Spfd News Leader dated 17 Jan 2001; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Nov 09, 2009


Lauren Linden Nance (06 Apr 1948 - 04 Aug 1999)

Date of passing:  Aug 04, 1999
Class:  1966

Lauren Nance died Aug. 4, 1999, of complications arising from brain cancer. Her husband, Don Nance [Blood], her mother, Wilma Nance, her brother, John Nance, and their families survive Lauren. Lauren was born April 6, 1948, in Springfield. She was student body vice-president at Hillcrest High School. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in education from Southwest Missouri State University. She taught biology at Jarrett Junior High and was a counselor at Reed Junior High, Center High School and Glendale High School. She served the Springfield Public School system for 28 years with persona integrity and professional competence. Lauren was sensitive to natural beauty. She loved the outdoors, the mountains and the sea. She loved and cared for animals. She loved her family and her friends and cared about people. She traveled widely and lived well. She was, and she believed that she was, a part of all that she had met. Lauren was active and physically fit. She approached recreation with enthusiasm and determination. She biked and ran and hiked many miles. She took up mountaineering, and climbed every major peak in the Teton Range of Wyoming. She did not climb to conquer mountains, but for the joy of being among them. Years ago, when climbing the Grand Teton, Lauren encountered difficulty in passing through a place called "the eye of the needle." She said to her companions that she was panicked. Then she worked through that place and climbed five more hours through harder places to the summit. That experience was a model for the last few months of her life. Lauren's memory will be honored at a private memorial service under direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, she wised that contribution be sent to the Southwest Missouri Humane Society, 3161 West Norton Road, or the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL. 60018. [Spfd News Leader dated 08 Aug 1999; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Dec 09, 2009


Lawana L. (Hill) Handley (21 May 1948 - 13 Oct 1971)

Date of passing:  Oct 13, 1971
Class:  1966

Mrs. Lawana L. Handley, 23, of Willard, died at 2 a.m. today in Cox Medical Center after a two-year illness. She was a life-long resident of Springfield and Willard; a member of the First Baptist Church in Willard. Mrs. Handley is survived by her husband, Donald W.; two sons, Jamie and Dougie, both of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Hill, 2433 North Fremont; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Sue Hoaglin, 1369 E McGee, and Mrs. Sandra Uber, Willard; a brother, Geral Hill, 1927 East Marsa, and her maternal grandfather, Roscoe Jackson, Bolivar. The family said memorial contributions may be made to the Ellis Fischell Cancer Hospital in Columbia. Greenlawn will announce arrangements. [Spfd News Leader dated October 13, 1971; SSDI] 

Mrs. Donald W. Handley_ Funeral Services for Mrs. Lawana L. Handley, 23, of Willard, who died early Wednesday following a two-year illness, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Funeral Home. The Rev. U. John Holmes will officiate, and burial will be in Danforth Cemetery. [Spfd News Leader dated October 14, 1971; SSDI

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jun 21, 2010


Marcus James Michael (30 Sep 1948 - 20 July 1975)

Date of passing:  Jul 20, 1975
Class:  1966

Marcus James Michael, 26, of 1046 East Villa Marie, died at 8 p.m. Sunday in Cox Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Michael, a maintenance employee for the Springfield R-12 School District, attended Glad Tiding Assembly of God Church. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; a son, Sean Marcus, of the home; his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Paul J. Michael, 2247 North Nettleton; two brothers, David, of Marshfield, and Richard, of 2247 North Nettleton; three sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Braden, Bruner, Mrs. Rebecca White, Springfield, and Miss Paul Michael, 2247 North Nettleton; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Erma Low, Springfield; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Araminta Michael, Springfield. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Klingner Chapel with Rev. Wilford David officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. [Spfd News Leader dated July 22, 1975; SSDI]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jun 21, 2010


Nancy Kathleen (Berg) Miller (23 Mar 1948-14 Dec 2008)

Date of passing:  Dec 14, 2008
Class:  1966
Nancy Kathleen Miller of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2008. She was born March 23, 1948, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Louis and Mary Berg. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Richard Berg. She moved to Springfield at the age of six and graduated from HillcrestHigh School in 1966. She worked for twenty-one years at EDCO and she was a member of St. Agnes Cathedral. She was a devoted grandmother, loved animals, and loved fishing with her husband. She is survived by her husband Steven Eugene Miller of Springfield; one daughter Sheri Mitchell and husband John of Fredericksburg, Va., two step sons, Chris Miller of Springfield, and Michael Gisi of Kansas; one step daughter Melody Miller of Poplar Bluff, Mo., two brothers, Michael Berg and Vincent Berg; and one sister Regina Nixon. She is also survived by four grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Father Thomas Reidy, celebrant under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery. [Spfd News Leader dated: December 17, 2008]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Dec 22, 2008


Carl Wesley "Wes" Ashcroft (29 Jun 1948 - 16 Nov 1991)

Date of passing:  Nov 16, 1991

Class:  1966
Carl Wesley "Wes" Ashcroft, 43, Springfield, and an active churchman, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1991, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mr. Ashcroft was born in Hartford, Conn., on June 29, 1948, and had been a resident of Springfield for 43 years. He was the son of Rev. J. Robert Ashcroft and Grace Pauline Larson Ashcroft (deceased)), both also of Springfield. Mr. Ashcroft graduated with a degree in mathematics from Evangel College in 1972 and was a member of the Board of the Evangel College Alumni Association. While attending college, he participated in Christian outreach efforts and was a student athlete. Evangel College awarded him varsity letters in both soccer and tennis. Mr. Ashcroft's enthusiasm for athletics extended into his family life. He coached and supported soccer teams on which his children participated in the Springfield youth soccer programs. He was an active bicyclist, frequently riding over 20 miles a day. Professionally, Mr. Ashcroft was involved in the land title insurance industry. Working in Springfield, he held partnership interests in Independence, Buffalo and Lebanon. He was a past president of the Missouri Land title Association and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Land Title Association. Mr. Ashcroft dedicated his life to his family and his church. He was a former member of the Board of Deacons at Evangel Temple. For the past five years, Mr. Ashcroft participated in mission efforts in Mexico, working with a church team constructing new churches in Mexican communities. 

Among the survivors are his wife, Denise Lillian; a daughter, Carried, 14; two sons, Danny, 12, and Joe, 19, all of the home; his father, the Rev. J. Robert Ashcroft and Mrs. Ashcroft; and two brothers, Robert Ashcroft, Gladstone, and John Ashcroft, Jefferson City. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1991, in Evangel Temple Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery. under direction of Thieme Colonial Chapel. Those who wish to honor their association with and their memory of Wes Ashcroft may contribute to the missions fund of Evangel Temple Church of the Ashcroft Memorial Scholarship Fund atEvangel College. [Spfd News-Leader dated November 19, 1991; SSDI] 

by: Larry C. Armendariz 

Carl W. "Wes" Ashcroft was remembered by his friends as some who was always upbeat and compassionate. Ashcroft, the younger brother of Gov. John Ashcroft, was killed in a two-car accident Saturday morning inSpringfield. Mickey Brown, a close friend and business associate said, "I knew him for 15 years. He was the nicest person I ever met. I used to kid with him and say 'You know Wes, whenever I get depressed, all I have to do is call, talk to you and that picks me up.' " 
Another business associate, Springfield attorney, Fred Brooks, said Ashcroft, 43, was loved by all and had a zest for life. "He was a member of a very prominent, political family," he said, "but he never lost his perspective." 
Ashcroft worked for Hogan Land Title Co., 921 Boonville Ave. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966 and Evangel College in 1972. His father, the Rev. J. Robert Ashcroft, is a former president of the school. He was a math major and soccer and tennis letterman at the liberal arts college, Evangel spokesman Paul Logsdon said. He was a longtime member of the Evangel College Alumni Association Board of Directors. 
Chuck Cox, Evangel alumni director, described Ashcroft as "a person with a very tender heart. He is the type of person that everyone loved to be around." 
Ashcroft was active in his church, making several mission trips to Mexico, Cox. said. "He was a person who's always looking for ways that he can help people in need.,' he said. [Spfd News-Leader dated 17 Nov 1991]

Submitted by Jan Robertson (Lowry) (class of 1968) - Jul 12, 2010