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Archive for November, 2013

Dustin Eugene Camden, 28, of Ottawa, Kansas departed this life on November 13, 2013 in Mountain View, Missouri. He was born on June 9, 1985 in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Jerry Gale and Debra Ellen (Young) Camden.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 15 from 6-7 PM at Yarber Mortuary.

He is preceded in death by grandfathers, Gale Camden, William L. Young, Sr., and Larry Stewart; grandmother, Jean Stewart; and one uncle, John Young.

Survivors include his father, Jerry Camden and wife, Diana, of Warsaw, MO; his mother, Debra Bishop of Ottawa, KS; grandmother, Evelyn Ellison of Ottawa, KS; one son, Colten Gale Camden of Olathe, KS; one daughter, Alexis Paige Camden of Wichita, KS; two brothers, Jared Rector of Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Jonathan Rector of Fort Drum, NY; two sisters, Stephanie Renee Camden of Shawnee, KS and Alisha Rector of Ottawa, KS; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Dustin was a good and sweet kid. He enjoyed video gaming. He also loved to taunt and tease his family and friends. His kids were his greatest pride.

Graveside services for Verdie Plympton, 91, of Hollister will be Tuesday, November 19 at 2 PM at the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, MO.

Mrs. Plympton’s body will lie in state at Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, November 18 from 9 AM until 7 PM.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer.

Luke Wayne Holland, age 28, son of Bruce and Patricia (Holder) Holland was born July 11, 1985 in Houston, MO. He passed away November 13, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO of a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents; Bill and Irene Holland and James Royal Partlow.

Luke is survived by his parents Bruce and Patti Holland of Bucyrus, MO, two sisters; Jennifer Scott of Roby, MO and Angela McCloud of Houston, MO, grandparents, Lee and Faye Holder of Branson, MO, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He is also survived by a special friend, Lacey Pittman, who was a childhood friend and they always remained very close.

Luke grew up in Bucyrus, MO and attended school at Houston and Licking, MO graduating from Licking High School in 2004. He graduated in 2006 from Mineral Area Park Hills and on May 2010 from the College of the Ozarks with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Marketing.

He was currently employed at Boyd Metals where he had just begun his career as a Corporate Metal Buyer. Through his employment he gained several friends with his business dealings from coast to coast.

Luke was very athletic and loved to hunt, fish and play basketball and baseball, but his passion was baseball, he was a very gifted and talented pitcher and played during his school years and on many traveling teams. In college he pitched for the Mineral Area Cardinals and College of the Ozarks Bobcats. He received scholarships because of his pitching abilities and that paid for his college.

He was very family oriented. He loved to play and teach his nieces and nephews about his love for sports. Luke loved to spend time hunting and fishing with his Dad and spent many hours just visiting and talking with his Mom.

Luke touched many lives. Although his life here was short, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from his many, many friends and acquaintances. He will forever be missed. Luke was greatly loved and will always remain in our hearts.

The family requests contributions be made in his honor to the Licking R8 High School Baseball Program, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent to

Visitation will be held Saturday November 16, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Licking High School Gymnasium with a Memorial Service beginning at 2:00 P.M. at the Gym with Pastor Bill Villapiano officiating. Services and cremation were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Wade Shelton, age 80, son of Milburn Fred Shelton and Jennie (Bates) Shelton, was born April 8, 1933, in Houston, Missouri. He passed away November 11, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

The family requests that memorials be made to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation-Youth Ambassador Program, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation will be held Thursday November 14, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Friday November 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are; Scott Shelton, Kevin Shelton, Dennis Skaggs, Randy Walker, Rodney Mullins, Johnny Clinton. Burial is in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Wade was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Viola (Walker) Shelton, and sons Gregory Wade Shelton and Jimmy Dean Shelton. He is survived by his son Dewayne and wife Pennie, and daughter Brenda Lanning and husband Todd; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Greg Shelton and wife Crystal; two great grandchildren, Lilly and Emily; one sister, Freda Mullins of House Springs, Missouri; and four brothers, Dale Shelton and wife Carolyn of Derby, Kansas, James Shelton and wife Sandy of Houston, Jerry Shelton and wife Peggy of House Springs, and Bob Shelton and Judy of Licking, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wade grew up and lived in the Houston area most of his life. While in high school he worked at Brown’s Chevrolet. Wade bought his first brand new car when he was a high school senior – a 1950 Chevrolet convertible. In Wade’s words: “It was quite a looker!” He then established his own milk route but was drafted by the military and served two years in the Army during the Korean War.

After returning from the Army, Wade went back to work at Brown’s Chevrolet where he met his wife-to-be when she came in to have the top of her new car painted. Wade and Viola Mae Walker were married on May 17, 1956, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. They then moved to Wichita, Kansas, for a couple of years before returning to Houston where they established their lives and raised a family.

Wade worked as an insurance adjuster for MFA Insurance for 12 years and then ran the body shop at Honeycutt Chevrolet for several years. In 1975, Wade bought a farm in Bucyrus, Missouri, and expanded into farming and raising beef cattle on the side. Wade established Shelton’s Body Shop in Bucyrus when Dewayne graduated from high school in 1979. Dewayne ran the business on his own until Wade left Honeycutt’s in 1982 to become Dewayne’s business partner.

In the mid-80’s, Wade and Dewayne switched the beef operation to a dairy operation, which they ran successfully for about 15 years, before switching back to beef. In the meantime, Wade had gotten into bulldozing, initially to clear his own land, but this expanded into a major part of their business over the years, especially when they decided to close the body shop. What was initially just bulldozing turned into a substantial land-clearing, pond-building, earth-moving operation when Dewayne got involved. Through it all and to the very end, Wade continued to be a big part of the business.

Wade enjoyed spending time at the lake and looked forward to fishing for crappie off his boat dock at Lake of the Ozarks. He also took pleasure in coaxing the chipmunks to eat sunflower seeds out of his hand on the patio of the lake house and was always ready to help devour a batch of homemade black walnut ice cream!

Wade was proud of his family and enjoyed being a grandfather and great-grandfather, but he loved working side-by-side with Dewayne. His partnership with Dewayne and the many business enterprises they built and grew together over the years were his proudest accomplishments.

Some would say Wade was a man who could do almost anything – and he could. He had an amazing ability to design, build or repair almost anything. He never complained about anything, never asked for help and never wanted anyone to worry about him. He was truly one-of-a-kind. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his son, friend and business partner, Dewayne.

Funeral services for Margaret Ellen Long, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains with Sister Monte Neal officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Richard Collins and May Baker Collins, on January 19, 1929 in Lake City, Arkansas and died November 13, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Gospel Hill Cemetery, Pottersville, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation services for Bonnie R. Gamble, 82, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gamble entered into eternal rest November 13, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born February 4, 1931, in Upland, California. Bonnie married the love of her life, Jack, on March 29, 1947. Together they had three wonderful children, nine beautiful grandchildren and eight very special great-grandchildren. They moved to Missouri in 2000 to be with their family.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Jack D. Gamble; children, Dennis Gamble, wife, Phyllis, Apple Valley, California, Gary Gamble, Peace Valley, Missouri and Cindy Blades, husband, Gary, West Plains, Missouri; grandchildren, Tammy Kerr and Dennis Gamble, both of State of California, Sandie Cloven, husband, Chris, West Plains, Missouri, Renee Coatney, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri, and Danyell Harbison, husband, Tim, Odessa, Missouri; and numerous other family members.

Although Bonnie was limited in what she could do the last few years of her life, she enjoyed spending time with her four very special boys, Jarod, Christopher, Jack and Jesse. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Betty Brown, 82, of Butler, MO, formerly of Mtn. Grove, MO, died November 11 at Butler, MO.

Funeral services will be held at Craig-Hurtt Chapel in Mountain Grove Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 PM. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 15 from 1-2 PM in the chapel. Burial will be in Lone Star Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, and left at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Alfred “AJ” Lohr, 97, of Thayer, will be held Friday, November 15 at 2 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Thayer on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery, east of Koshkonong, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.

Roger Lee Ray, 76, West Plains, Missouri died Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born March 18, 1937, at Filer, Idaho, to George Dewey Ray and Beulah Sporich Ray. On February 1, 1955, he was married at Santa Anna, California, to Janet Lorraine Hicks, who preceded him in death on February 16, 2003. He worked as a pipe fitter with Local Union #520. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stores and piddling in his shop.

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Barks, husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri and Tamara Ray and life companion, Jon Dupuy, State of Louisiana; four grandchildren, Jason Willbanks, who was also his care taker, Cody Willbanks, wife, Christy, Chance Bone and Colton Bone; three great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Drew and Haley Willbanks; two brothers, Richard Ray, State of Nevada and Kevin Ray, wife, Tammy, State of Nebraska; two sisters, Koneg Austin and Jo Ann Ray, both of State of California; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and wife, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Graveside Services for 96 year old Alma Fisk-Sullivan a resident of Hiawatha, Kansas and former resident of Summersville, will be held Friday, November 15, at 2 PM at Summersville City Cemetery with Rev. Arvel Schweighauser officiating.

Visitation will be Friday morning from 12 to service time at Bradford Funeral Home. Burial will be in Summersville City Cemetery in Summersville

Arrangements are under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.