Hillcrest High School Class of 1966

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In Memoriam

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

 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 ]

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Edward Allen Brooks

Date of passing:  May 20, 1966
Class:  1966

Viet Nam Memorial Wall 
http://thewall-usa.com 

EDWARD ALLEN BROOKS 
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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] 

COLLEAGUES MOURN DEATH OF MAN WITH ZEST FOR LIFE 
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