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Archive for January, 2014

Funeral services for Nathaniel F. Judd, 89, Washington, Illinois, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Judd died at 12:22 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria, Illinois.

He was born September 17, 1924, at Rover, Missouri, to Orville Judd and Alma Haywood Judd. On March 24, 1946, he was married at Koshkonong, Missouri, to Pauline Trantham. Mr. Judd was a Sergeant with the United States Army, having served during World War II with the 106th Infantry Division as a sniper. He was nominated for a Congressional Medal of Honor after leading his platoon at Okinawa and remaining as the only survivor. He was also part of the first group into Tokyo after the bomb was dropped. After coming home, he worked in District 50 schools, first as a math and science teacher, eventually serving as principal at Sundoer and Beverly Manor Schools. He enjoyed golf, bowling and woodworking in his spare time. Mr. Judd was an excellent marksman and loved spending time with his dachshund, Mr. Oscar Meyer. Most importantly, he loved his wife of nearly sixty-eight years and all of his family. His grandchildren fondly remember going with grandma and grandpa on RV trips to Branson.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Judd; two sons, Marc Judd, wife, Kathy, Carlock, Illinois and Eric Johann Judd Sr., wife, Tammie, Pekin, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Irene Judd, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Trantham, Nashville, Tennessee; one brother-in-law, Carl Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Erica Judd, Isaac Judd, Sara Judd-Downing, Rachel Judd-Janssen, Eric Johann “Bucky” Judd II, Anna Judd-Bikai and Andrew Judd; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Eliza Bikai.

His parents, one son, Nathaniel, one brother, Thomas, one sister, Pauline and one brother-in-law, Lee, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Lonnie Dean McGowen, age 72, son of Clifford and Syrena (Carter) McGowen was born July 18, 1941 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He passed away peacefully January 29, 2014 at Texas County Memorial Hospital following a struggle with cancer.

Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Gene McGowen.

Lonnie grew up in the Bucyrus area and graduated from Houston High School in 1960. He married his best friend, Roxie Pearcy, on May 11, 1963, and to this union three children were born.

He is survived by his wife, Roxie, of the home in Houston, Missouri, and three children: Kevin McGowen and wife Brenda of Houston, Missouri; Kelly Head and husband Heath of Houston, Missouri; and Karla Hinkle and husband Matt of Marshfield, Missouri, three grandchildren: Jenna, Megan and Mason, and two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Levi. He is also survived by a sister Sharon Williams and husband Leon of Bucyrus, Missouri.

Lonnie was a member of Ozark Baptist Church and was baptized August 11, 1974.

He and Roxie owned and operated the Trophy Shop for thirty-five years. They owned L & R Mobile homes from 1972 to present. They also owned and operated L & R Skating rink for ten years in the 1980’s. Lonnie held a real estate license, and he was a pilot, flying with Jim Brallier all over the United States.

Lonnie was an avid fisherman. He thoroughly enjoyed camping and fishing with his buddies at the surrounding lakes, catching his limit, soaking up the sun and just enjoying his time there. He loved to chauffeur Miss Roxie on various adventures, having a good time just being together.

His greatest enjoyment was being around his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were Saturday Feb. 1, at 2 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Rev. Kendall Ford officiated, with burial in Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bud Biram, Heath Head, Matt Hinkle, Doug Collins, David Fisher and Donald McCallister. The family requested memorials be made to the Texas County Food Pantry. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to

James Baker, 73 of Williford, Arkansas died on Friday, at U A M S.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday at Wortham Funeral Home Highland, Arkansas . Interment will be in Baker Cemetery, Ozark Acres, AR.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Paul Allen Marshall, 58, West Plains, Missouri, died at 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1955, at Memphis, Tennessee, to Gerald Allen Marshall and Freda Fay White Marshall. Mr. Marshall attended high school in West Plains and was a supervisor in constructing Wal-Mart stores.

He is survived by his long-time friend and companion, Cindy Toupnot; one brother, Gerald Marshall, wife, Michelle; two sisters, Janie Cummings, husband, Frank and Doris Clark, husband, Tom; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Paul Allen Marshall, Jr. and one sister, Jeanie Nelson, precede him in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Patricia “Trish” Sonntag, 45, a resident of Flippin passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born March 20, 1968, in Houston, Texas to Teddy “Pa” and Madeleine Ann (Freeman) Clough. Patricia married John Sonntag on October 22, 2005 in Houston, Texas and in 2010 they relocated from Houston to Flippin. She worked for Magness Oil Company and attended the Hopewell Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father and a granddaughter, Teddi Rae Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, John Sonntag of Flippin; a son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Andrea Johnson of Houston, Texas; a grandson, John Sonntag of Flippin; her mother, Madeleine Clough of Houston, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Doris Clough and Ted and Stacey Clough, both of Houston, Texas; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bo and Elin Sonntag of Flippin; a nephew, Billy Sonntag of Flippin; an aunt and uncle, John and Tootsie Sonntag of Flippin; a granddaughter, Dakota Rose Johnson of Houston, Texas; three nieces, Angela, Courtney and Natalie and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral will be to follow at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Louis Stephens officiating. Interment will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at

Michael Lynn Coggin, 53 of Bono, Arkansas died on Monday, January 27, 2014, at his home in Bono, Arkansas. Born Tuesday, August 2, 1960 in Jonesboro, Arkansas,

He was the son of Kirby Coggin and Bonnie Chaplain Coggin of Ash Flat, he is also survived by his son Kirby Franklin Coggin and a brother Kirby Joe Coggin.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, at Morriston Cemetery in Morristone, AR. Under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Pam Creech, age 59, of Licking, MO passed away January 26,2014 at Tulsa, OK.

Survived by husband Mike Creech, children Ryan Smith, Kassi Ramsey, Matt Creech, Mason Creech, mother Fern Hassell, siblings Gary Hassell, Audrey Friend, Irene Lingo, Wayne Kimrey.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014, 2:00 P.M. at Licking Church of Christ, under direction of Fox Funeral Home

Luella Kathleen Alley, age 93, of Licking,MO passed away January 27,2014 at Licking

Survived by son Jimmy Alley and brother J.D. Sisk both of Licking.

Memorial Service will be Friday, January 31,2014, 10:00 A.M. at Fox Chapel. Under the direction of Fox Funeral Home,Licking.

A visitation service for Sherry Ann Burden Curley, 51, Dora, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Odom Church of Christ.

Mrs. Curley died at 12:30 a.m., Monday, January 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 22, 1962, at Hartford, Michigan, to Arthur Roberson “Bud” Burden and Shirley Belle Martin Burden Hart. She had worked as a receptionist for a Bio-Medical company in Detroit Michigan. She enjoyed quilting and her children and grandchildren were her passion. Mrs. Curley was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her companion, Jerry Labika, Warren, Michigan; two children, April Curley and Autumn Curley, both of Warren, Michigan; two grandchildren, Noel and Paula; her brother and sisters, Andy Burden, wife, Robin, Viola, Arkansas, Connie Tucker, husband, Mark, Versailles, Missouri, Brenda Burden, West Plains, Missouri, Vickie Burden, Dora, Missouri, Donna Howard, husband, Ronnie, Dora, Missouri, Rose Mary Dobbins, husband, Patrick, Moulton, Alabama and Debbie Dunn, wife, Randy, Decatur, Alabama; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her parents and grandparents precede her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral services for Keith Edward French, 55, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. French died at 7:37 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri.

He was born April 5, 1958, at Harrisburg, Arkansas, to Albert E. French and Mabel Harper French. Mr. French graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1976 and was a self-employed locksmith. He enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing, gem hunting and panning for gold. Mr. French was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two sons, Ryan French, Laguna Niguel, California and Caleb French, wife, Len, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; his parents, Albert and Mabel French, Caulfield, Missouri; his brothers and sisters, Terry French, Rover, Missouri, Tom French, wife, Debbie, Pomona, Missouri, Tina Hendrix, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri, Teresa Osborn, husband, Keith, Willard, Missouri and Michael French, wife, Kim, Lawton, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews, Terry Jo, Robert, Michael, Tabetha, Daniel, Brook, Chad, Brittany, Clint, Shaun, Heather, Dedra, Crystal, Jared, Alicia, Michelle, Justin, Stephanie and their families; many great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

His grandparents, John Travis and Ethel French and Perry and Lois Harper and numerous aunts and uncles, precede him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Amy Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at