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Funeral Services for Matthew Arnold Smytkowski of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles, Illinois. A memorial service will be held in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at a later date.

Matthew passed away July 26, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 79. He was born November 26, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Adam Matthew and Sophia Josephine Bogdan Smytkowski. He spent much of his life working in metal manufacturing and engineering. Matthew lived in Mountain Home on and off since 1985. He enjoyed sharing stories and telling jokes.

Matthew is survived by his daughter, Leanne Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA; son, Patrick Smytkowski of Euclid, OH; three grandchildren, Alexander Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA, Olivia Hamidzadeh of Woodland Hills, CA, and Nicholas Smytkowski of Euclid, OH; several cousins, and was the beloved nephew of Lillian Gancarz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial will be in the Saint Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Illinois.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

Irene Stafford, 84, of Wichita, KS passed away on August 1, 2015 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born on June 6, 1931 in Theodosia, MO the daughter of Bea and Minnie (Johnson) Kelley.

On August 14, 1950 Irene was united in marriage to Tony Stafford in Yellville, AR. To this union three children were born, Anita Kay, Debbie and Mike. Irene and Tony moved to Wichita over 40 years ago. Tony preceded her in death in 2000.

Irene has been the centerpiece of the family. She enjoyed all her time with them. She loved cooking and made everyone feel special with their very own pie. At all the family gatherings, everyone knew that they would have their favorite pie made just for them…. in some cases an extra one would be made to take home. Often times she would have to start baking a week in advance, but she wouldn’t have had it any other way. If there was anything Irene loved more than making sweets, it was eating sweets. There was no doubt she had a huge sweet tooth!! Irene also loved to crochet and embroidery. She was a very giving person who would welcome anyone into her house. Friends and strangers were all welcomed alike, and given a hot meal and place to stay if needed. She was just that kind of loving and caring individual. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents Bea and Minnie Kelley and her husband Tony Stafford. She is survived by three children: Anita Kay Larson and husband Richard of Denver, CO, Debbie Sharpe of Wichita, KS and Mike Stafford and wife Lisa of Dora, MO; six grandchildren: Tony Larson & Jennifer, John Larson & Sammi, Misty Titus & James, Jason Titus & Nicole, Cody Stafford & Hollie, Lacey Belcher & Derek; sixteen great grandchildren: Johnathan, Timmy, Bryce, Mandy, Jacob “J.J.”, Mia, Migel, Caleb, Nathan, Kayla, Ashlynn, Hailey, Brayden, McKenzie, Valarey, and Kenneth; numerous other children who referred to her as “Grandma”; and three siblings: Jerlene Newton, Samuel Coy Kelley and Troy Kelley all of Dora, MO.

Funeral services are Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, MO with Richard Martin officiating. Burial is in the Ball Cemetery near Dora, MO. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, August 4th from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ball Cemetery and left at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

Hilda E. Caudle, 81 years, 2 months, and 24 days old, passed to Heaven on August 3, 2015 at Lake Stockton Healthcare in Stockton, MO with her sons by her side.

Hilda was born May 10, 1934 in Laclede County, MO, Drynob community to William Watson and Verna (Crocker) Elmore. She graduated from Lebanon High School and later received her B.S. Degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State College (MSU) in Springfield, MO.

Hilda was a resident of the Ava community for many years. She was a retired Ava Middle School Teacher and had taught for over 36 years.

Hilda was a devoted member of Ava First Southern Baptist Church. On April 1, 1954 Hilda and Eugene Caudle were united in marriage in Cassville, MO and to this union three children were born.

Hilda was lovingly involved in her children and grandchildren’s activities. She enjoyed every minute she spent with them.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers, her daughter, Kristi Caudle McIntosh, a daughter-in-law, Kitty Caudle, and former husband, Eugene Caudle.

Hilda is survived by two sons and their spouses, Robin & Patricia Caudle, Holton, KS and Kevin & Kelly Caudle, Stockton, MO, five grandchildren, Tyler (Emily) Caudle, Kayla (Steve) Swensen, Chase McIntosh, Chance Caudle and Katie Caudle, one great grandson, Beau Caudle, and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Hilda will be Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Southern Baptist Church in Ava with burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Rose Cemetery, Lebanon, MO. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Pastor Nolan Carrier and Pastor Dick Bishop.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church, Ava, MO or American Heart Assoc.

Zula Plunk, 92, of Mountain Grove died August 1 at Houston House.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 4, from 6-7 PM, at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Grove. Services will be Wednesday, August 5 at 10 AM at Hillcrest Cemetery, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Norma Jean Fine was born October 21, 1937 in West Plains, Missouri and went to be with our Lord on August 1, 2015 in West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by one son, Jason Fine, and wife Sunni and two grandchildren.

She was loved by all that knew her and will be dearly missed by all.

A graveside service will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains, Missouri at 2:00 p,m. on August 4, 2015.

James “Jim” W. Deverell, 73 of Mtn. Grove, MO passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015 at his home. He was born on June 10, 1942 in Christ Church, New Zealand the son of the late Norman W. and Mary K. (Worthington) Deverell.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 at the Elliott-Gentry Carder funeral chapel in Cabool.

Jim was a longtime business owner in the community. He purchased the Polly’s Café on the square in Mtn. Grove in 1987 and operated in that location until 2000. Jim and Deane then opened Dee’s and operated in that location until July 2014. Both locations were a common gathering spot for many locals and were dearly missed when they closed.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Deane of the home; step daughter, Shari Andrus and children, Codey, Shaylinn and Ayedin; step son, Kevin Sartor and wife, Stacey and children, Brittani Roberts and family and Cory Tate; as well as many friends that knew and loved him.

Donna Simms, 81, of Pontiac, MO passed away on July 27, 2015 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born on June 8, 1934 in St. Louis, the daughter of Eugene and Augusta (Boone) Brower.

Funeral services are Saturday, August 1, 2015 in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville, MO with Dana Coyote officiating. Visitation is Saturday from 11 a.m. to service time. Burial is in the Pontiac Cemetery.

The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO.

David Lawrence Cattell, son of the late Harold and Louise (Hammond) Cattell, was born July 15, 1935, at Adrian, Michigan. He entered into eternal rest July 30, 2015, at the age of 80 years.

On November 28, 1959, he was married at Mountain View, Missouri, to Erma Faye Hansford, who preceded him in death on July 30, 2011. Mr. Cattell served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

After returning to Mountain View, he began working in a tire shop, delivered milk, and also did construction work. Mr. Cattell went on to serve the City of Mountain View for 50 years in many capacities. Over the years, he worked in every department for the City, served as policeman, councilman, and mayor. During this time, he was Fire Chief for 40 years, and continued as Safety Officer to the present time. Mr. Cattell was dedicated to, and honored to serve, the citizens of Mountain View.

He is survived by two sons, Larry Eugene Cattell and wife, Diana of Mountain View, and Paul David Cattell and wife, Ronda of Stroud, OK; five grandchildren, Amanda Weakley and husband, Todd, Adam Cattell and friend, Stephanie, Stacy Parsons and husband, Fred, Jennifer Davis and husband, Chad, Tina Roberts and husband, Brannon; six great grandchildren, Alexis and Payton Parsons, Chandler and Parker Davis, Emma Roberts, Paislee Cattell, and seventh great grandchild Baby Weakley, due in November; two brothers, Jim and George Cattell; and two sisters, Joyce Lavery and Patty Mills.

His parents, wife, one sister, Evelyn, and two nephews, Mike and Patrick Cattell, precede him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, with Bro. Stacey Prewett and Bro. Stanley Murphy officiating. Interment will be in Old City Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at

Kent Leon Stamper, 56 years, 10 months, and 22 days old, passed to Heaven on July 31, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, MO with family by his side.

Kent was born September 9, 1958 in Mansfield, MO to Troy Leon and Helen (Letsinger) Stamper. He graduated from Ava High School and attended trade school after that. He had also received his Auctioneer Certification.

Kent was the co-owner and operator of Stamper Trash Service for many years, working alongside his Mom and Dad. He and his Dad had recently sold the Trash Service to his niece, Chantelle to continue the family business.

Kent had been saved and was a Christian. Kent loved talking and visiting with everybody he met, he would stop at Casey’s nearly every day to talk with the girls there. He and his friends at KKOZ enjoyed visiting on and off the radio and Kent could frequently be found supporting Ava Bears sporting events and The Ava FFA Chapter. He also thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Ava Farm Bureau. Kent enjoyed spending time on the farm, and was a big supporter of his community, especially if it involved children.

Kent was preceded in death by his Mother, Helen, his Aunt Norma and Uncle Robert “Bobby”.

Kent is survived by his father, Troy, of the home, a sister, Troyce Gerk and husband, Brian, Livingston, LA, a niece and her husband, Chantelle and Chad Emmerson, Hartville, MO, nephew, Tristian Gerk, Livingston, LA, three Uncles, Danny and Charlene Letsinger, Ava, MO, Dewey Letsinger, Springfield, MO, and Paul Stamper, East Moline, IL, and a host of other family and many friends.

Funeral services for Kent will be Monday, August 3, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with burial in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Chad Emmerson and Pastor Robert Roberts. Memorials may be made to Ava High School FFA Chapter.

Hubert Modell McKinney, 75, of Smithville, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home. He was born May 3, 1940, in Heafer, Arkansas, and worked as an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ella , and his father, Clarence.

Survivors include his sons, David Hasty of Ash Flat, Leonard (Deanna) McKinney of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Bryan (Barbara) McKinney of Memphis, Tennessee; daughter, Jeri (Joseph) Thomas of Wichita, Kansas; mother, Melissa Baine McKinney of the home; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives and friends.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.