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Archive for April, 2014

Kenneth Lientz, 72, West Plains, Missouri, died April 29, 2014, at 9:31 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains.

Memorial services for Kenneth Lientz will be held at 6:00 p.m., May 10, 2014 at the Davis Creek Community Church, Howell County, Missouri.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Dorothy Roberta Hauser, of Foristell, MO will be held will be held Saturday, May 3, at 12:00O’clock at Bradford Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating.

Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Hartshorn under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois Terrill, age 81, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, will be held Friday, May 2nd , at 11:00 PM at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville.

Visitation will be Friday morning, May 2nd from 10 Am to service time at 11 Am at Bradford Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be in Summersville City Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home of Summersville.

Nancy Carolyn Brinkley, 78 of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at First Baptist Church of Hardy, with Dr. Larry Kindrick officiating.

Born Saturday, July 13, 1935 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Burnon Willey and the late Prudence Lunsford Willey. Nancy was the Bookkeeper for Romack CO. in Memphis, TN for 26 years.

Surviving are sons, David Brinkley and Mark Brinkley, brother, James Willey, sister, Kathleen Willey of Cherokee Village, AR; 4 grand children; 5 great grand children.

She was predeceased by a son, Steven Brinkley; husband Richard Brinkley and her parents. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Jonesboro, AR.

A memorial service for Jerry Dale Newton, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the family home on West 7th Street, West Plains, Missouri.

Mr. Newton died at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born November 5, 1947, to Clifford and Edna Newton. Jerry was married for thirty years to JoAnn Newton. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs and enjoyed gambling and fishing.

He is survived by four children; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister; one sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

His parents, wife and 5 brothers, Alvie, Mark, Donnie, Jim and Lonnie, precede him in death.

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

James Peter Roles, born on January 7, 1933, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Peter and Magdalen (Bueltel) Roles. He passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home in Mountain View, Missouri, at the age of 81 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be Wednesday April 30, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. A Memorial Mass will be Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

He grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, with a fond memory of listening to the boxing matches of fighters such as Joe Lewis and Tony Zale over the radio with his dad. After graduating from St Louis Park High School, he chose the field of forestry and graduated in 1957 from the University of Minnesota.

Jim met the love of his life, Jeanne Lenora Kendall, in St. Louis Park. They married on October 5, 1957. This was followed by short-term employment with the U.S. Forest Service before entering the military service as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery. Following his military service, Jim and Jeanne moved to Ely, Minnesota, where he was a forester in the Boundary Water Canoe area. Living in Big Fork, Minnesota, he served as Assistant Ranger in Marcell, Minnesota, and then proceeded to Bena for another assistant position. He then moved on to a Job Corp Center in Isabella, Minnesota, to direct the Works Program. In 1967 Jim held his first Forest Service Ranger position at the cut Food Sioux Ranger District in the Chippewa National Forest Service in northern Minnesota. From that point on, Jim and Jeanne named all of their subsequent nine dogs ‘Chippewa’. Jim was decorated as Forester of the Year in Minnesota in 1972.

Jim accepted a transfer in 1973 to the District Ranger position with the Mark Twain National Forest in Cassville, Missouri. Then in 1978 he was reassigned as Recreation Staff Officer with the U.S. Forest Service in Rolla, Missouri. Soon after, he was moved to the Eleven Point Ranger District in Winona, Missouri. His primary job there was to manage the Eleven Point National Scenic River. Jim wrote the Master Plan and the Prototype Recreation Management Plan for the Eleven Point area and developed miles of the Ozark Trail.

After 38 years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service, Jim retired and he remained in the Mountain View area. While in Mountain View, volunteerism became a major effort in his life. He became President of the Mountain View Senior Citizen Housing. In addition, he became more deeply involved with the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in training lectors and landscaping the church grounds. Jim was instrumental in establishing the Twin Pines Society of American Foresters Forestry Education Center near Winona, Missouri. He was active in assisting the city to manage parks and other recreation developments. He served as Chairman of the Mountain View Parks Recreation and Tree Board for a number of terms.

Jim worked feverishly to make the parks a safe environment for the Mountain View public, including the removal of hazardous trees and limbs. Significant improvements were made in the parks by the Park Board, including new signage. Jim’s dedication to the value of trees showed up dramatically with the planting of 700+ trees on the Mountain View golf course. He and other volunteers continued to work on the pruning of the trees that were planted on the course. Jim worked with the Mountain View Rotary Club in establishing the ‘If Trees Could Talk’ trail, designed to educate school children, scouts, and the general public in the value of trees to people. The same thing was accomplished at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center near Winona. Jim’s love for all of nature, especially in the planting and caring for God’s beautiful trees, is his legacy that will live on for generations to come. His imprint was made in every community he lived in because he became enthusiastically involved in all he did. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” (Albert Pike)

Jim always felt blessed to have been born a Catholic and believed that giving back to God is an important part of life. He believed in service to God, service to people, and putting the control in God’s hands, and he could support that through a tremendous amount of prayer. His favorite bible verse was Romans 10:9-11. Jim’s strong passion for the great American outdoors was fed by years of camping and traveling the U.S. with his spouse and their four children, and hunting or fishing on the rivers, lakes, or through the ice. He was an avid golfer and also a faithful fan of his beloved Minnesota Vikings and Twins. All who have known Jim have been entertained by his stories and jokes or have been the ‘victim’ of his harmless pranks.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jeanne, his daughter Dianna Koehne and her husband Tony, of Severna Park, Maryland, his daughter Therese Ruzicka and her husband Mark, of St. Louis, Missouri, his daughter Debbie Schrader and her husband Troy, of Kansas City, Missouri, his son David Roles of Mountain View, Missouri; 10 granddaughters, 6 grandsons, 1 great-grandson, and family and friends across the country. He was preceded in death by two infant children. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim repeated throughout his life, “I feel truly blessed”.

Betty Joyce Hodge, 79, of Mountain View, Missouri departed this life on April 24, 2014 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Missouri. She was born October 30, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of D.F. and Lena Lucinda (Haggard) Smith.

Visitation will be Monday April 28, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be Monday April 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary.

She was united in marriage to Frances Lee Hodge on June 28, 1950 in Salem, Arkansas. To this union seven children were born; Robert, James, Sue, Patricia, Sharon, Julie and Diane.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, husband, nine siblings, and two grandsons.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Hodge and wife, Josie, of Kingwood, TX and James Hodge and wife, Elsa, of Millbrook, AL; five daughters, Sue Allen of Russellville, AR, Patricia Harriss and husband, Eddie, of Russellville, AR, Sharon Volner and husband, Lynn, of Mountain View, Julie Heiney and husband, Ivan, of Eunice, MO, and Diane Morgan and husband, Danny, of Fox, AR; two brothers, Marion Smith of Napa Valley, CA and Richard Smith of Roach, MO; one sister, Shirley Jones of Spokane, WA; 23 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren.

Betty was of the Pentecostal faith. She was a huge Elvis fan and an avid reader. She enjoyed painting and watching game shows and soap operas. Her family was very important to her.

Donald Ratterree, 83, of Mountain Grove passed away April 28 at his residence.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 29 from 6-8 PM at the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 10 AM Wednesday at Hopewell Free Will Baptist Church, north of Mountain Grove. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery.

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

Bruce Charles Kerr, age 54, of Cherokee Village, AR died Wednesday April 23rd while at work.

A visitation will be Monday April 28,2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Wortham Funeral Home of Highland and a private family interment will be held at Bronaugh Cemetery in Hardy, AR. Under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland.

Bruce was born Tuesday, May 19, 1959 in Corry, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Glenn and Myrtle Kerr. Bruce work in flooring.

Survived by his wife Rose “Cook” Kerr; sons Daniel Kerr and Laroy Getz, daughters Pauline Cook and Christine Getz, adopted daughters Amber LaGace and Jessica DeMarco, adopted son William LaGace, brothers Steve and Gary Kerr, sisters Joette and Sharon Kerr and 13 grandchildren.

Ronald (Ron) Zebedee Pinkston, age 71, son of Zebedee and Clara Pinkston, was born September 17, 1942. He left his home in Success, MO to be with his Lord and Savior on April 23, 2014.

Visitation will be held Monday April 28, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Faith Fellowship Church with services beginning at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Bill Villapiano officiating. Pallbearers are; Bill Ramsey, Matt Ramsey, Randy Pinkston, Mike Pinkston, Benny Bean and Drew Bean. Honorary Pallbearers are Adam Suda and Brad Richards. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Children’s Ministry, in his honor, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, and one sister Donna Kay Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of the home; two sons: Allan and Shane Pinkston and their families, two step-children: Lonnie Buehlmann and wife Lisa; Mellony Richards and husband Victor, both of Success, MO, two grandsons, Dakota Buehlmann, who he raised like a son, wife Emery; and Carter Richards; a granddaughter, Sierra Buehlmann; and one great-granddaughter, Dakota’s daughter, Paisley Buehlmann, as well as nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Ron grew up in Success and graduated from high school in Licking in 1960.

He married Jackie, 31 years ago, on January 17, 1983.

Ron attended Faith Fellowship Church in Houston, MO. He received Christ as his Savior at Licking Pentecostal Church as a child.

Ron loved chauffeuring Jackie and Sierra to barrel races, both local and as far away as Florida and Oklahoma City. He always liked to let everyone know that the horses they were riding were his. To hear him tell it, he trained them himself.

He enjoyed many years of watching Dakota play baseball, going hunting with him, and helping him buy, sell, and trade trucks. He also enjoyed taking Carter to feed cows on the farm.

Ron loved his family, friends, and especially his grand-children. He looked forward to, and was very excited to meet his great-granddaughter, Paisley, when she arrived in February of this year.

Ron will be missed by all who knew him. We know that he is enjoying a perfectly healed body in the beauty of Heaven in the presence of his Lord and Savior.

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. Malachi 4:2