Merritt, Ernest C., d. 1975 - Meyer, Henry L., d. 1934


Merritt, Ernest C. 1 Nov 1913 - 16 Oct 1975 OH 23 Oct 1975 p13

[Note: Son of William M. & Sarah Margaret  (Johnson) Merritt; married Juanita Hunt]

Ernest C. Merritt of 145 E. 33rd, Eugene, Oregon passed away, Oct. 16, 1975 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, at the age of 61. He was born November 1, 1913, in Hurley and was the son of the former William and Sarah Merritt. Survivors include his wife, Juanita (Hunt) Merritt; three children, Mrs. Jerri Sue Legler of Lander, Wyo., Wayne Merritt, Eugene and Elaine Sparks of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, four sisters, Illa Young, Billings, Mo., Bertha Rickets, Bois’d’Arc. Mo., Vetah Glazebrook, St. Louis, Mo.; Maxine Burgess, Springfield, Mo. Military services were held at the Willamette National Cemetery at Portland, Oregon Monday, October 20 at 11 a.m. Arrangements were under direction of McGarrey Andreason Funeral Home of Eugene.


Merritt, George Clinton 22 Feb 1874 - 24 Jul 1946 CCR 1 Aug 1946 p1

[Note: Son of Wilson & Mary (Collier) Merritt; married  9 Oct 1898 CCM Lou Tisha Ocora Ghan 11 Dec 1883 - 17 Jul 1946]

George Clinton Merritt was born on the old Merritt farm near Clever on Feb. 22, 1874, and passed away at his home near Clever on July 24, 1946. He was a son of the late Wilson and Mary Merrett and spent his entire lifetime in the Clever community. He was united in marriage to Lou Tishie Ghan on Oct. 8, 1898, and to this union six children were born. Two children preceded him in death. He professed faith in Christ several years ago and lived a devoted Christian life. Surviving are his wife, Lou; two sons, Clarence and Lawrence, both of Clever, two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Eagan of Springfield and Mrs. Ellen Keltner of San Jose, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, John of New Meadows, Idaho, and Jeff of the old home place near Billings; two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Sullivan of Aurora and Mrs. Anna Pope of Clever. Also one aunt, Mrs. Jennie Merritt of Billings. Funeral service were held Friday afternoon at the Delaware chapel with Rev. Roscoe Harding of Nixa officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Merritt, Ira Ralphus 30 Jan 1898 -14 Oct 1950  CCR 1 Mar 1951

[Note: Son of Isaiah Sidney & Mary Ann (Fritzpatrick) Merritt]

Doyle Short, 25, of Squires, MO, was found guilty on second degree murder in the circuit here on Wednesday and drew a recommended sentence of 15 years from the jury which deliberated for three hours. Short, along with Roy Lamb, 20, also of Squires, confessed to the fatal beating of Ralph Merritt, 52, of Ava last October, as the trio drove in a car along country roads. The victim’s body was discovered the day following the murder, October 15, in Little North Fork river, badly beaten and with a rope around his neck. The case entered the circuit court in Christian county on a change of venue from Douglas county. The testimony in the case was completed Wednesday afternoon before Judge Tom R. Moore. Fourteen witnesses were called by the state with no defense witnesses being presented. The state asked the death penalty. The defense attorneys were given 30 days by Judge Moore to file a motion for a new trial, with sentencing held until such action is taken. Christian county sheriff Clay Hodges stated that Short would probably returned to the Greene County jail in Springfield until the sentencing date. He has been held there since the date of his arrest. At the time of their arrest on the murder charge, Short and Lamb were already under arrest for another beating and robbery in the Squires community.


Merritt, Jennie Lee (Young) 24 May 1869 - 20 Mar 1947 CCR 27 Mar 1947 p1

[Note: Daughter of Daniel M. & Nancy Jane (Shelton) Young; married Wiley S. Merritt 17 Mar 1855 - 29 Jun 1932]

Mrs. Jennie L. Merritt, 77, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom White, Thursday night, following a lingering illness. Born in Greene county, she was the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Young, pioneer settlers of the Battlefield community. Mrs. Merritt was a member of the Old Antioch church, east of Billings. Besides Mrs. White, she is survived by a son, Charlie Merritt, Route 1; a sister, Mrs. Betty Stewart, and two brothers, John and T.B. Young, all three of Battlefield community. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Baptist church here. Burial was made in the Delaware cemetery under direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home.


Merritt, John Eugene, Jr. 10 Jul 1970 - 6 Aug 2005 SN-L 10 Aug 2005

[Note: Son of John Eugene & Patti Lynn (Lukehart) Merritt, Sr.; married 3 Jul 2001 Norma Marie Masters]

John Eugene Merritt, Jr., 35, of Jefferson City, died Saturday, August 6, 2005, at Capital Region Medical Center. He was born July 10, 1970, in San Gabriel, Calif., a son of John Eugene Merritt, Sr., and Patti Lynn Lukehart Merritt, who survive in Nixa, Mo. He was married on July 3, 2001, to Norma Marie Masters, who survives of the home. He attended high school in Marietta, Ga. He was a Navy Corpsman from 1988 to 1992. He attended the Nixa Assembly of God Church. He loved working with anything electronic, especially computers and photography. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by one son, Bryan Merritt of Georgia; one daughter, Aundrea Merritt of Georgia; his paternal grandparents, Benny and Loretta Merritt of Springfield, Mo.; his in-laws, Allan and Judy Masters of Jefferson City, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends will be received from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Houser-Millard Funeral Directors Jefferson City Chapel. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Thieme-Shadel Hicks Funeral Service at Rivermonte in Springfield, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Thursday, August 11, 2005, in the Thieme-Shadel-Hicks Funeral Service at Rivermonte with Rev. Don Blansit officiating. Interment will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo., with full military honors. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children's Miracle Network. Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors-Jefferson City Chapel, 2613 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636- 3838.



Merritt, Lawrence Andrew 9 Mar 1908 - 7 Jun 1970 CCR 11 Jun 1970 p8

[Note: Son of George Clinton & Lou Tisha Ocora (Ghan) Merritt; married  7 May 1932 Veronica Lucinda King]

Lawrence Merritt, 62, of Route 1, Clever, died about 4:10 p.m. Sunday at his home five miles southeast of here as the result of injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder.  Mr. Merritt was stringing an electrical wire from his barn when the fall occurred.  He had suffered from a heart condition.  No inquest is planned.  He is survived by his wife, Veronica; one son James Allen Merritt Nixa; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Boyd, Nixa; one brother, Clarence of Billings; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Atwill, San Jose, Calif., and Mrs. Ellen Keltner, Santa Clara, Calif.; and four grandchildren.   Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mt. Sinai Baptist church near Nixa with the Rev. L. W. Van De Mark officiating. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery under direction of Harris of Nixa

Note: this clipping from the collection of Audrey (King) Maples has a handwritten date of June 7, 1970 in the margin.  Contributed by Rada Beth (Hayden) Maples.


Merritt, Lou Tishie Ocora (Ghan) 11 Dec 1883 - 17 Jul 1948 CCR 22 Jul 1948

[Note: Daughter of  Lorenza Price & Martha Jane (Merritt) Ghan; married  9 Oct 1898 CCM George Clinton Merritt 22 Feb 1874 - 24 Jul 1946]

Mrs. Luethesia Ghan Merritt was born on a farm in Christian county near the Delaware bridge on December 11, 1883 and passed away at her home in Clever July 17, 1948. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Ghan. She was united in marriage to George Merritt and to this union wee born six children. Her husband and two daughters preceded her in death. She was converted early in life and united with the Missionary Baptist Church at Mt. Sinai where she remained a faithful member. Surviving are two sons, Clarence and Lawrence of Clever; two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Eagan and Mrs. Ellen Keltner, both of San Jose, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Baker of Springfield, and Mrs. Willard Frazier of Clever; other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Delaware Chapel by Rev. Lynn Swadley of Springfield. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Maples of Clever.


Merritt, Louise (Greer) 5 Dec 1847 - 17 Feb 1943 CCR 25 Feb 1943 p8

[Note: Daughter of  David & Francis (Hart) Greer; married  14 Feb 18 75 CCM William A. Merritt 24 Jan 1837 - 14 Mar 1920]

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Merritt, 95, who passed away Feb. 17, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.T. Mills near Linden, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Sparta Church of Christ, conducted by Brother Elmer Butler, with burial in the Sparta cemetery under direction of Rathbun & Chaffin. A native of San Augustine, Texas, she was married in 1875 to Wm. A. Merritt and to this union were born four children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Ella Mills, Mrs. Lilly J. Barr, and W.R. Merritt, all of Sparta, and Fred A. Merritt of Denver, Colo. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


Merritt, Margaret (Benton) 1892 - 15 Aug 1963 CCR 22 Aug 1963

[Note: Daughter of G. W. & ? (?) Benton]

Services for Mrs. Margaret Benton Merritt, 71, of 2428-1/2 E. Newton St., Tulsa, Okla., were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Locust Grove, Okla. She died Thursday, Aug. 15. Mrs. Merritt went to Tulsa 10 years ago from Locust Grove. She was a native of Carroll County, Ark., and the daughter of the late Rev. G. W. Benton, a pioneer minister in northeast Oklahoma. Surviving are two sons, Clyde W. Merritt, Summerville, Mo., and Rev. Gordon L. Merritt, Columbia City, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Laverna Dedmon, 1307 N. Evanston Ave., Tulsa; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; six sisters and one brother. Interment was in Hogan Cemetery, west of Locust Grove, directed by Green Funeral Home, Pryor, Okla. Mrs. Merritt, with her family, was a resident of Ozark for several years.


Merritt, Margaret A. 18 Dec 1924 - 26 Mar 2008 SN-L 27 Mar 2008

[Note: Daughter of Freddie Orville & Opal G. (Short) Merritt]

Margaret A. Merritt, 83, departed this life at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in the Manor at Elfindale, where she made her home the last several years, due to a stroke. Margaret was born December 18, 1924, in Clever, Mo., the daughter of Freddie and Opal (Short) Merritt. She graduated from Clever High School and the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis. She worked at St. John's Hospital for a number of years until she had to retire because of her health. She took great pride in her career and in her church. She was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Margaret is survived by her sisters, Ruth Ann Davis and husband, Arthur of Buffalo and Yvonne Swadley and Phyllis Branson, both of Springfield; her brother and his wife, Freeman and Pat Merritt of Mt. Vernon; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home, with prayer services starting at 7 p.m. Online condolences can be shared at


Merritt, Nancy Josephine (Jackson) 8 Mar 1878 - 1 Jan 1964 CCR 2 Jan 1964 p1

[Note: married William Reginald Merritt 19 Nov 1875 - 21 Nov 1945]

Mrs. Josephine Merritt, 84, a former resident of Sparta, died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in Burge-Protestant Hospital after a four-week illness. A 50-year resident of Sparta, Mrs. Merritt had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Fae Hawkins, 662 South Kickapoo, since moving to Springfield 10 years ago. She was a member of the South National Church of Christ. Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Galen Adams, Kirkwood; one son, T. A. Merritt, Lynwood, Calif.; 3 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Harris Chapel at Ozark. John Alley officiated and burial was in Sparta Cemetery.


Merritt Nola Vertrude (McClelland) Flood Moody 9 Feb 1913 - 26 Sep 2011 SN-L 29 Sep 2011 & CCH-N 5 Oct 2011

[Note: Daughter of John Efton & Myrtle Ella (Curbow) McClelland; married Theodore Flood 20 Jul 1906 - 14 May 1933, married Forrest Moody; married Benjamin Merritt - possibly the Benjamin Bethel Merritt 16 Jul 1922 - 4 May 1985 buried at Crane]

Mrs. Nola Vertrude Merritt, age 98, of Nixa, Missouri, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 in her home, with family at her side. She was born February 9, 1913 in Stone County, Missouri, the daughter of John Efton and Myrtle Ella (Curbow) McClelland. "Granny," as Nola was affectionately known, enjoyed dairy farming, gardening, cooking and baking, especially M & M cookies. She was a hard worker, and had a full zest in life. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and had a great love for all children that she met. Nola attended Nixa Assembly of God Church. Nola was preceded in death by: her three husbands, Theodore Flood, Forrest Moody, and Benjamin Merritt; two sons, Hubert Flood and Leotis "Bub" Flood; her parents; two brothers, Chester and Elbert McClelland; and three sisters, Ailene McClelland, Berneta Steele, and Eloise Burton. She is survived by: her daughter, June Davis, of Nixa; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Francis Flood, of Clever, and Rebecca Flood, of Kansas City, Mo.; and many other relatives and friends. The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Dominic Meldi for the years of wonderful care he gave to Nola, and to the Three Rivers Hospice for their support and loving care. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2011 in Meadors Funeral Home, Clever. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home, with Rev. Donnie Blansit officiating. Burial will follow the service in Delaware Cemetery, Nixa. Online condolences may be made at


Merritt, Nora Melissa 1879 - 11 May 1953 CCR 21 May 1953 p5

[Note: married Ben Merritt]

Funeral services for Mrs. Nora Melissa Merritt, 73, who died May 11 at her home route 2, Clever, were held Thursday, May 14 in the Clever Baptist Church conducted by Rev. R. W. Forbes and Rev. Everett Bryant. Burial was in Jamesville Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Clever. She is survived by her husband, Ben Merritt, two sons and five daughters. She had spent most of her life in the Hurley community and was a member of the Hurley Baptist Church.


Merritt, Octavia Lillian (Irwin) 12 Jul 1892 - 9 Nov 1992  NN-E 18 Nov 1992

[Note: Daughter of Charles & Mary (Monger) Irwin; married Fred A. Merritt]

Octavia Lillian Irwin Merritt, 100, formerly of Sparta, died Monday, Nov. 9, in Poison, Mont. She was born July 12, 1892, in Sparta, the daughter of Charles and Mary Monger Irwin. She lived in Sparta until 1922 when she and her husband moved to Colorado. They had nine children, and after her husband died she lived with her sons, moving to Montana to live with her son, Fred, more than 20 years ago. Her accomplishments in life include being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker, gardener and quiltmaker. Survivors include four sons, Fred Merritt, Kalispell, Mont., Kelly Merritt, Oregon City, Ore., Robert Merritt, Santa Teresa, Calif., and Leonard Merritt, Tucson, Ariz.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday, Nov. 12, in Old Boston Cemetery under the direction of Harris Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Conrad Kitchell officiating.


Merritt, Orie B. 1905 - 31 Dec 1973 OH 10 Jan 1974 p6

[Note: Son of William M. & Sarah M. (Johnson) Merritt; married Marion]

Clever - Funeral services for Orie B. Merritt, 68, former resident of the Boaz community, were held Wednesday in New Orleans, Burial was in New Orleans under direction of Shoen Funeral Home. Mr. Merritt died Dec. 31, his New Orleans home after suffering a heart attack following a long illness. He was a retired Navy officer. Survivors include his wife, Marion; a son, Jack, New Orleans; four sisters, Mrs. Willa Young, Billings, Mrs. Bertha Ricketts, Bois d’arc, Mrs. Vetah Glazebrook, St. Louis and Mrs. Maxine Burgess, Springfield; a brother, Carmel of Eugene, Ore. and four grandchildren.


Merritt, Pansy Mae (Salkill) Childers 30 May 1893 - 22 Aug 1963

[Note: Daughter of James & Sarah (Haney) Saltkill; married ? Childers; married Clyde Bethel Merritt 12 Sep 1893 - 21 Sep 1954]

Funeral services for Mrs. Pansy Merritt, 70, former Republic resident who died Thursday in Torrance, Calif., where she had lived the past nine years, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Republic Baptist Church with the Rev. H.V. Wells officiating. Burial will be in Delaware Cemetery under the direction of Harris of Nixa.  Mrs. Merritt is survived by two sons, Hubert, Torrance, and Jack Formosa; a daughter, Mrs. Ola May Leisure, Brey, Calif.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother and four sisters.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of 1963 in the margin.


Merritt, Rosa Belle (Skaggs) 25 Jun 1897 - 28 Aug 1947 CCR 4 Sep 1947 p1

[Note: Daughter of Hannibal Marion & Belle (Stokes) Skaggs; married James Bethel Merritt 4 Feb 1896 - 8 Oct 1973]

Mrs. Rosa Belle Merritt, 50, died at 12:15 Thursday morning following an apoplectic stroke Tuesday night at her home in the south part or Republic. She had been in frail health for several years and suffered frequent attacks of asthma. She never regained consciousness following the stroke Tuesday. The deceased was born at Clever, Mo. on June 25, 1897, and grew to womanhood there. She was married to J.B. Merritt on Aug. 19, 1917, and the family moved to Republic several years ago. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a good neighbor. Her home and her family were her principal interests in life and she and her husband gave much time to making their home attractive with flowers and lawn accessories. She is survived by her husband, J.B. Merritt; four children, Mrs. Juanita Mason, Rolla (Buster) Merritt, Mrs. Annabelle Mason, and Jimmy Lee Merritt, all of Republic; her mother, Mrs. Bell Skaggs, of Clever; three sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Maxon of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Mrs. Harry Pierce of Bois D’Arc, and Mrs. Oscar Coughron of Tulsa, Okla., two brothers, Stanley S. Skaggs of Springfield and Marion Skaggs of Clever, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Republic Baptist church, of which she was a member, at one o’clock Saturday afternoon with the pastor, Russell Ward repeating the last rites. Burial will be in the family lot in the Delaware cemetery east of Clever under direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Merritt, Sarah Cordelia (Wise) 6 Dec 1856 - 9 Sep 1939 CCR 28 Sep 1939 p4

[Note: Daughter of Ben & Eliza (Bain) Wise; married Bethel Merritt 15 Dec 1847 - 25 Mar 1920]

Sarah Cordelia Wise was born on Dec. 6, 1856, and departed this life Sept. 9, 1939, aged 82 years, nine months and 13 days. She was married to Bethel Merritt on March 1, 1873, and to this union were born 11 children. The husband and four children preceded her in death. Survivors are four sons and three daughters. Sherman and Ben of Rt. 1 Billings, Clyde and Willie of Republic, Mrs. Nannie Wells, Mrs. Nettie Wells and Mrs. Mary Earnhart of Aurora. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Delaware Chapel conducted by Rev. Robert Baker of Springfield with burial under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Merritt, Sarah Margaret  (Johnson) 11 Oct 1883 - 12 May 1950

[Note: married William Nathaniel Merritt 7 Nov 1879 - 21 Apr 1946; no MO DC found]

Mrs. Sarah Margaret Merritt, 66 of Clever, died last Friday in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Ricketts, of Republic, Route 1. Mrs. Merritt had spent most of her life in Greene and Christian Counties. Survivors include three sons, Ora of New Orleans, Freddie and Carmel of Clever, and four daughters, Mrs. Ila Young of Springfield, Mrs. Ricketts, Mrs. Vetah Glazebrook of St. Louis, and Mrs. Maxine Burgess of St. Louis, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church at Clever Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Lynn Swadley officiating. Burial was in the Delaware Cemetery.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner is not dated.


Merritt, Sherman Wiley 28 Apr 1896 - 18 Jun 1948 CCR 24 Jun 1948

[Note: Son of Bethel & Sarah Cordelia (Wise) Merritt; married 24 Dec 1914 Alice L. Pearce 15 Apr 1894 - 12 Nov 1980]

Funeral services for Sherman Wiley Merritt, 52, a lifelong resident of the Clever community, who died June 18, were held Sunday at the Clever Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. W.H. Hawes and Rev. Lynn Swadley of Springfield. Burial was in Delaware Chapel cemetery under direction of the Maples Funeral Home of Clever. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Merritt; one daughter, Mrs. Elbert Young; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Barnhart, Mrs. Nancy Wells, and Mrs. Nettie Wells, all of Aurora; two brothers, Ben Merritt of Crane and Clyde Merritt of Republic; several other relatives and many friends.


Merritt, Wiley S. 17 Mar 1855 - 29 Jun 1932 CCR 7 Jul 1932 p1

[Note: Son of Nathaniel & Nancy (Ragsdale) Merritt; married 21Dec 1890 Jennie L. Young May 1869 - 20 Mar 1947]

W.S. Merritt was born in Green county, Missouri on March 17, 1855 and departed this life Wednesday, June 29, 1932, at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was married to Jennie L. Young on Dec. 21, 1890. To this union two children were born, one daughter, Mrs. Nora White of Billings and one son, Charley of the home address. He was converted and joined the Presbyterian church several years ago. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church at Wilson’s creek. He is survived by his widow, the two children, one sister, Winsie Herrington of Springfield and two grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were at the residence, 4 miles northeast of Clever on Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Burial was made in the Delaware cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Merritt, William Reginald 19 Nov 1875 - 21 Nov 1945 CCR 22 Nov 1945 p1

[Note: Son of  William A. & Louisa (Grier) Merritt; married Nancy Josephine Jackson 8 Mar 1878 - 1 Jan 1964]

William Reginald Merritt, 70, died Wednesday afternoon at his home in Sparta following a long illness. He had been a lifelong resident of Christian county. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Hawkins of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Galen Adams of Kirkwood; one son, P.A. Merritt of Los Angeles; two sisters, Mrs. W.P. Mills and Mrs. Lillie J. Barr of Sparta; a brother, Fred A. Merritt of Denver; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Sparta Church of Christ with Bro. C.L. Wilkerson of Springfield officiating. Interment will be made in the Sparta cemetery under direction of Chaffin of Ozark.


Mersecchi, Marian (Hickman) 23 Oct 1952 - 4 Mar 1997 CCH-N 12 Mar 1997

[Note: Daughter of David & Joan (  ) Hickman; married 25 Nov 1979 Roby Mersecchi]

Marian Mersecchi, 44, died Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at her home in Durant, Oklahoma. She was born in Franklin, Louisiana, on October 23, 1952, and was married to Roby Mersecchi on November 25, 1979, in Durant, Oklahoma. She is survived by her parents, David and Joan Hickman, Ozark; mother and father-in-law, Francesco and Elsa Mersecchi of Forli, Italy; daughters, Angela Mersecchi, Denton, Texas, and Alena Mersecchi, Sherman, Texas; brother, Michael Hickman, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; granddaughters, Milena Blanton, Denton, Texas and Lauren Abbott, Sherman, Texas; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Marian was a very loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the co-owner with her husband, Roby, of Roby's Hallmark & Flowers. She was a very giving, selfless, community-minded and caring person. Marian was a licensed private pilot, a writer, and a freelance photographer. She enjoyed music, old movies, and loved to read. She loved Italy and had studied the castles and the history of the country. Marian learned true Italian cooking from Roby's mother and became an excellent cook. She loved animals and was a judge in several dog shows. She also owned the Romeran Kennels, which raised "Chinese Shar-Pei", to which she raised 7 grand champions. She enjoyed bird-watching and her pet squirrels. She was also a very good floral designer. Marian knew no obstacles and met challenges as well as opportunities - always with a sense of success. Memorial services were held Thursday, March 6, 1997, at Murray Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Dillow officiating. For those who desire, a Marian Mersecchi Magnolia Festival Scholarship Fund has been established at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The recipient of this scholarship will be a student in the field of cultural arts. Donations should be directed to the Alumni Association.


Mersereau, John J. 23 Jan 1898 - 18 Feb 1989  OH 23 Feb 1989

[Note: married Winona R. Roberts 7 Jan 1904 - 14 Feb 1994]

John J. Mersereau, 91, of Ozark, died Feb. 18 at Springfield Community Hospital. The body was cremated under the direction of Harris Funeral Chapel, Ozark.


Mersereau, Winona R. (Roberts) 7 Jan 1904 - 14 Feb 1994  NN-E 16 Feb 1994

[Note: Daughter of William & Mabel (Dawes) Roberts; married John J. Mersereau 23 Jan 1898 - 18 Feb 1989]

Winona R. Mersereau, 90, Nixa, died Monday, Feb. 14, 1994, at I 1: 11 a.m., in Nixa Park Care Center Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 7, 1904, in Hiawatha, Kan., the daughter of William and Mabel Dawes Roberts. She had lived in Nixa for the last 9 months, formerly of Springfield and Forsyth. She is preceded in death by her husband, John J. Mersereau, Dec. 1989, and by her parents. She is survived by two sons, Charles Mersereau, Forsyth, and John J. Mersereau, Dexter, Mich. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home, Ozark.


Mertel, Ona J. 1884 - 18 Oct 1968  CCR 24 Oct 1968 p8

[Note: married Henry E. Mertel 22 Sep 1883 - Dec 1972 ]

Mrs. Ona J. Mertel, 84, of Springfield, died at 8:50 a.m. Friday in Burge-Protestant Hospital after a short illness. A native of Christian County, Mrs. Mertel had lived in Springfield 56 years. Survivors include her husband, Henry E.; two daughters, Mrs. Parker Moon and Mrs. Harry F. Kirkpatrick, of Springfield; a son, Dr. Holly Mertel, Westfield, N. J.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church with the Revs. Ralph Prosser and James R. McQueen officiating. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery under direction of Klingner.


Mertens, Owen Joseph 23 Jul 1968 - 3 May 2008 SN-L 4 May 2008

[Note: Son of Michael & MaryLou (Vestal) Mertens; married Sherri]

Owen Joseph Mertens Saturday, May 3, 2008. He was born July 23, 1968, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Michael and MaryLou (Vestal) Mertens. Owen was a math instructor at Missouri State University. He enjoyed music, and collecting coins. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife, Sherri; twin sons, Eric Mertens and Evan Mertens, of the home; his father, Mike Mertens, Ozark; two sisters, Laurie Mertens-Price and husband, Dean, Springfield, and Jennifer Mattei and husband, Lou, Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Michael H. Mertens III, and wife Vicki, Shell Knob; friends at the University; and his church family. His mother, MaryLou preceded him in death. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7 in St. James Episcopal Church, 2645 Southern Hills Boulevard, Springfield. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday, until service time. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, Ozark.


Messenger, Hervie B. 17 Jul 1892 - 22 Jan 1966

[Note: Son of  Benjamin F. & Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Messenger; married  30 Jan 1913 Manerva A.Wilson 15 Jun 1896 - 14 Apr 1976]

Funeral services for Hervie B. Messenger, age 73, of near Hurley, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Union City Church of the Nazarene.  The Revs. Lester Lemmons and Arnold Ray Evans will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Clever under direction of Harris of Nixa.  Mr. Messenger died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in his home.

(Contributed by Hazel Messenger)


Messenger, Hervie B. 17 Jul 1892 - 22 Jan 1966  CCR 27 Jan 1966 p1

Hervie B. Messenger. 73, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at his home five miles north of Hurley. A lifelong Stone County resident and retired farmer, he was a member of the High Ridge Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Manerva; two sons, Austin, Crane, Otis, Clever; two sisters, Mrs. Alma Mease, Reeds Spring,  Mrs. Bertha Roach, Webbers Falls, Okla.; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Union City Church of the Nazarene. The Revs. Lester Lemmons and Arnold Ray Evans officiated and burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Clever under direction of Harris of Nixa.


Messenger, Mary (Wright) 25 Aug 1916 - 4 Jan 1982 OH 7 Jan 1982 p9

[Note: Daughter of William E. & Susan Emaline (Jones) Wright; married Austin G. Messenger  1 Jun 1916 - 15 Apr 2000]

Mary Messenger, 65, Springfield, died Jan. 4 in St. John’s Regional Health Center after a long illness, Mrs. Messenger was a native of Hurley. Survivors include her husband, Austin; two sons, Gerald, Springfield and Carlos, St. Louis; a daughter, Mrs. Emma Lee Radford, Nixa; three sisters, Mrs. Retha Curbow, Springfield, Mrs. Goldie Maples, Marionville and Mrs. Lela Wilson, Nixa; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Messenger, Otis C. 3 Jan 1922 - 11 Oct 2010 SN-L 13 Oct 2010

[Note: Son of Hervie B. & Minerva A. (Wilson) Messenger; married 3 Jan 1942 Hazel M. Wilson]

Otis C. Messenger, age 88, was born January 3, 1922 in Stone County, Mo., to Hervie B. and Minerva A. (Wilson) Messenger. He departed this life October 11, 2010 in Sonshine Manor, Republic, Mo. Otis graduated from Hurley High School in 1940 in a class of 12. On January 3, 1942, he was united in marriage to Hazel M. (Wilson) Messenger. He did general farming in Stone, Christian and Greene Counties, until he retired in 1982. He enjoyed traveling, making new friends from all over the United States and Canada, while spending winters in South Texas. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife Hazel of 68 years; one daughter, Loretta Porter and husband Denis, of Springfield; two sons, Jimmie Messenger and wife Celeste of Easley, S.C. and Gene Messenger and wife Margie of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and many relatives and friends. His parents, 2 brothers, Vertle Messenger and Austin Messenger, preceded him in death. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sonshine Manor for the care they gave Otis, and support to the family. They also wish to thank Preferred Hospice for the care they gave. A visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at Meadors Funeral Home, Clever A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 14th at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Clever, with Pastor George Wisley officiating under direction of Meadors Funeral Home, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the charity of your choice.


Messenger, William M 8 Aug 1865 - 16 Mar 1942 CCR 19 Mar 1942 p1

[Note: Son of Dan & Liza (Estes) Messenger; married Elizabeth]

Funeral services for William Messenger, 76, a retired farmer, who died at his home in Billings Monday were held at 3 o’clock Wednesday in the Methodist church at Billings, conducted by the Rev. D. S. Frazier, pastor, with burial in the Marionville cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and ten children, Charley, Hershel and Oscar Messenger, all of Billings, Harvey of Ozark, AR and Reggie of Texas, Mrs. Emma Mitchell, Mrs. Minnie Robinson, Mrs. Alice Robinson, and Mrs. Ella White all of Clever, Rt. 1, and Mrs. Bessie Brown of Billings.


Messer, Mary Josephine (Kerr) 14 Jan 1926 - 17 May 1996 CCH-N 22 May 1996

[Note: Daughter of Lyman James & Alice Josephine (Tennis) Kerr; married ? Messer]

Mary Josephine Kerr Messer, 70, Leawood, Kan., passed away Friday, May 17, 1996, at Saint Joseph Health Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 21 at Mount Moriah and Freeman Chapel. Burial in Antioch Cemetery, Merriam, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, c/o Development Dept. 1400 Jackson, Denver, CO 80206. Mrs Messer was born January 14, 1926, in Ozark. She was a 1948 graduate of Saint Luke’s School of Nursing and was an accomplished seamstress and artist. She was a member of Village Presbyterian Church. She was the daughter of Lyman James Kerr and Alice Josephine Tennis Kerr. Survivors include her daughters, Robyn Palmer, Garden Grove, CA., Carolyn Messer, Philadelphia, PA, and Michelle Chiacchia, Uxbridge, MA, and three grandchildren, Alyub Palmer, Muhammad Palmer, and Olivia Chiacchia.


Messersmith, Ella A. 7 Jan 1922 - 21 Jun 1983 OH 20 Jun 1983 p10

[Note: married Lowell C. Messersmith; age in obit disagrees with birth date on SSDI]

Services for Ella A. Messersmith, 51,Springfield, were held June 25 at Klingner Chapel with the Rev. Earl Smith officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Messersmith died of natural causes June 21 in a Topeka. Kan., hospital. Survivors include her husband, Lowell C.; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce June Clough, Sedalia; one son, Gordon Dean, Ozark; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren


Messersmith, Glenda Rhea (Swearengin) 28 Aug 1965 - 29 May 2006 SN-L 1 Jun 2006 & SN-L 2 Jun 2006

[Note: Daughter of Wilbur & Gwen (Yates) Swearengin; married Steve Messersmith]

Glenda Rhea Messersmith, of Ozark, was born August 28, 1965. She departed this life on May 29, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Bowling Green, Kentucky. Glenda graduated from Ozark High School and Franklin Technical School in Joplin as an LPN. She particularly enjoyed working with children in home health settings and older adults in nursing care facilities. Glenda was a member of the Riverside Road Church of Christ in Ozark. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Steve, and especially loved camping, fishing and traveling with him. Glenda was proud of being a grandmother to Lincoln. Survivors include: Her husband, Steve; her mother, Gwen Swearingin, Ozark; her father, Wilbur Swearingin and his wife, Beverly, of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Amy VanGorden and husband, Todd, Ozark, and Susan Dimitrijevic and husband, Dejan, of Austin, Texas; a stepsister, Amy Deckard, Ozark; a step- brother, David Deckard, New Mexico; stepson, Tyler Messersmith and wife, Lorisa, and grandson, Lincoln, Springfield; mother-in-law, Judy Messersmith, Nixa; two brothers-in-law, Wade Messersmith and wife, Lori, Republic, and Doug Messersmith and wife, Shelly, of Ozark; a sister-in-law, Penny Dudley, Palmyra; her grandmother, Ruby Yates, Ozark; a nephew, Andrew Dimitrijevic of Austin, Texas; two aunts; an uncle; three cousins; and many friends. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Hopedale Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home today, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial fund has been set up in Glenda's name at Regions Bank, Ozark.


Messersmith, Gordon Dean 29 Mar 1940 - 21 Feb 2003  CCH-N 12 Mar 2003

[Note: Son of Lowell & Ella (Dixon) Messersmith; married Judy Rae Estes 26 Mar 1944 - 6 Aug 2009; married Rosemary]

Gordon Dean Messersmith, 62, Ozark, died Feb. 21, 2003, in Cox South, Springfield. He was born March 29, 1940, in Mountain Grove, the son of Lowell and Ella (Dixon) Messersmith. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Messersmith was a welder and had been employed by Fasco Industries before retirement. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary; four children and their spouses, Penny and Mike Dudley, Monticello, Steve and Glenda Messersmith, Sparta, Wade and Laura Messersmith, Republic, and Doug and Shelly Messersmith, Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren, Nick, Dana, Tyler, and Tim Messersmith, and Danielle Dudley; a great-grandchild, Lincoln Messersmith; a sister, Joyce Cates, Florida; his stepmother, Mary Messersmith, Superior, Neb.; and nephews, Ronnie Clough, Donnie Clough, and Ron Clough, Jr. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy P. Messersmith, and his parents. A graveside service was Feb. 25, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by Veterans Memorial Team. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Messersmith, Judy Rae (Estes) 26 Mar 1944 - 6 Aug 2009 CCH-N 12 Aug 2009 & CCH-N 19 Aug 2009
[Note: Daughter of ? & Jessie Mae (Kidder) Estes; married Gordon Dean Messersmith 29 Mar 1940 - 21 Feb 2003]
Judy Rae Estes Messersmith passed away Aug. 6, 2009, because of complications with COPD at St. Johns Hospital. She lived in Ozark for 30 years and retired from Fasco Industries after a severe stroke. Judy was preceded in death by her brother Doyle Estes, son Timothy Peter and mother Jessie Jensen. She is survived by her children Penny Dudley and Dale Cantrell, Steven Messersmith, Wade and Laura Messersmith, Douglas and Shelly Messersmith. Her grandchildren Nick and Shasta Messersmith, Danielle and Ruben Gomez, Dana and Dustin Shipman, Tyler and Larissa Messersmith and Timothy J. Messersmith. Her great grandchildren Lincoln, Jorden, Morgan, Jaxson and Ryder. Judy donated her body to science and research. Cards and condolences can be sent to the family at 1305 S. 18th Ave., Ozark, c/o Penny Dudley.

Messier, Rebecca A. “Becky“ (Dixon) Shuck 12 Sep 1947 - 9 Apr 2011 SN-L 17 Apr 2011
[Note: Daughter of Arvil Lee & Dorothy Mae (Stevenson) Dixon; married ? Shuck; married Joseph Messier - from the line of Octa Ellen (Hannah) Dixon, daughter of Alvin & Mary Alice (White) Hannah of near Highlandville]
Rebecca A. (Dixon) Messier 'Becky', 63, of Tolland, Conn., passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2011. She was born September 12, 1947 in Springfield, Mo., daughter of Arvil Lee and Dorothy Mae (Stevenson) Dixon. Becky was a graduate of Springfield's Central High School. After moving to Connecticut, she became an avid fan of UCONN Women's Basketball, and also enjoyed her many card games and bingo. Becky also had a passion for genealogy, spending countless hours researching family history. In addition to her husband, Joseph, she is survived by her father; her children, Christopher Lee Messier and wife Jung-ah of Fla., Richard Lee Shuck and wife Jackie, and Leigh Ann Attarto and husband David, all of Conn.; precious grandchildren, Joseph Bae Messier, Christine Bae Malone, Richard Lee Shuck, Jr., Heather Marie Shuck; and great-grandson Liam Malone. She is also survived by her brother, Denver Dixon and wife Gina; her niece, Annette Mahannah, all of Golden, Mo.; and nephew, Brian Dixon of Springfield. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm in South Haven Baptist Church, 2353 South Campbell, Springfield. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens at 3:30 pm. For online condolences, please visit .

Messinger, Frances B. 22 Oct 1951 - 12 May 1987 OH 28 May 1987 p5

[Note: married Clyde W. Messinger, Jr.]

Services for Frances B. Messinger, 35, Leavenworth, Kansas, were held May 15 in Belden Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Local arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Ozark. Mrs. Messinger was found dead in her motel room May 12. Her death was ruled a suicide. A housekeeper for nursing home in Kansas, she had been visiting relatives near Ozark. Survivors include her husband. Clyde W., Jr.; two daughters, Frances Renee and Rae Lynn, of the home; a sister, Nora Jackson, Leavenworth, Kan.; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Leroy Hale and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Johnson, both of Ozark.


Messner, Donald Louis, Rev. 9 Sep 1921 - 22 Mar 2005 SN-L 24 Mar 2005

[Note: Son of  Clark Emerson & Sarah Caroline (Trott) Messner; married 17 Mar 1943 Louise F. Williams]

Reverend Donald Louis Messner, 83, Nixa, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in St. John's Hospital surrounded by loving family. Donald was born on Sept. 9, 1921, to Clark Emerson and Sarah Caroline (Trott) Messner in Williamsport, Ind. He married Louise F. Williams on March 17, 1943, in Hammond, Ind. Donald proudly served in the United States Army during World War II under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. He was known for his love of the church and worked diligently for over 50 years as an Assembly of God minister/church planter building the Kingdom. He attended Central Bible Institute in Springfield. Donald loved to play the trumpet and was known as a hard working man, working as a contractor in construction. He attended Central Assembly of God in Springfield. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Louise; sons, Donald R. Messner, Sacramento, Calif., James L. Messner and wife, Gwendolyn, Raleigh, N.C., Reverend Michael D. Messner and wife, Sandi, Nixa, and Mark A. Messner, Nixa; one daughter, Sharon R. Black and husband, Tom, Rocklin, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren also survive. Visitation will be on Friday, March 25, 2005, beginning at 1 p.m. with services at 1:30 p.m., in the James River Assembly of God Clark Chapel under the care of Thieme-Shadel-Hicks Funeral Service, with Reverend John Lindell and Reverend Jack Sheline officiating. Interment will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 10 a.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to James River Assembly/Assemblies of God World Missions Fund with envelopes provided at the funeral home.


Metcalf, James 20 Nov 1942 - 5 Dec 2009 Daily Journal Park Hills MO 8 Dec 2009

            An inmate at the prison in Bonne Terre died Saturday. James Metcalf, 67, was serving a 12-year sentence for two counts of statutory sodomy. He was received into the Missouri Department of Corrections in November of 2002 from Christian County . He died of apparent natural causes


Metcalf, Virginia LouCelia (Merritt) Bliss 13 Apr 1924 - 14 Jul 2000 Monett Times 17 Jul 2000


[Note: Daughter of Raymond & Alice (Turner) Merritt; married Lawrence E. Bliss 17 May 1918 - 3 Jan 1962; married James O. Metcalf 9 Apr 1920 - 12 Oct 1985; shares tombstone with first husband and son, Benjamin C. Bliss 21 Feb 1949 - 5 Oct 1969]


            Virginia LouCelia Metcalf, 76, of Aurora, died July 14 following a long illness. Mrs. Metcalf was born April 13, 1924, in Christian County , the daughter of Raymond and Alice Turner Merritt. She moved to Aurora two years ago and was a quilter. She was married to Lawrence Bliss, and he preceded her in death in 1962. She was married to James Metcalf, and he preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Bliss of Kansas City and Ginny Bransteter of Jenkins; three sons, Steve Bliss of Marionville, and Robert Bliss and Mark Bliss, both of Aurora; two sisters, Joan Dewitt of Hurley and May Smithwick of Crane; one brother, Junior Merritt of Crane; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Bennie Bliss; one sister, Ruth Martin; and two brothers, Donald Merritt and Bethel Merritt.


Services will be 2 p.m. tomorrow, July 18, at the First Baptist Church in Crane. Burial will be in Crane Community Cemetery under the direction of Manlove Stumpff Funeral Home of Crane.


Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today, July 17, at the funeral home.


Mettler, Alta Maxine “Mickey” (Thomas) Essick 2 Oct 1919 - 25 Mar 2011 SN-L 27 Mar 2011

[Note: Daughter of Ben & Meda (Turner) Thomas; married Rube C. Essick 18 Jul 1913 - 23 Mar 1985 ; married Emmett “Pete” Mettler 1 Nov 1915 - 13 Oct 2005]

Maxine Mickey Mettler, 91, Highlandville. Arrangements: Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.


Mettler, Alta Maxine “Mickey” (Thomas) Essick 2 Oct 1919 - 25 Mar 2011 CCH-N 30 Mar 2011

Alta Maxine Mettler, 91 of Highlandville, died March 25, 2011. She was born Oct. 2, 1919, the daughter of Ben and Meda (Turner) Thomas. She was united in marriage to Emmett Mettler, who preceded her in death in 2005. Maxine, known as “Mickey” to her family and friends, was a longtime resident of the Highlandville community. She attended Highlandville Assembly of God Church and was a Charter Member. In addition to her husband, Maxine was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter Francis Kyker, grandson Mark Essick and two sisters. She is survived by her three sons, Dickie Essick and wife Carla, Frank Essick, Bill Essick and wife Debbie all of Highlandville; a sister Billie Wingo; 10 grandchildren; one great and one great-great grandchild, several good neighbors and friends. Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. March 28, in Spokane Cemetery with Pastor Gary Phipps officiating. Services under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at

Mettler, Emmett "Pete" 1 Nov 1915 - 13 Oct 2005 SN-L 16 Oct 2005

[Note: married 1946 Mickey (?) Essick]

Emmett "Pete" Mettler passed away Oct. 13, 2005, at his home in Highlandville, Mo. He was born Nov. 1, 1915, in Smithton, Mo. He was a World War II veteran and received two purple hearts. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and five sisters. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mickey; and four stepchildren, Frances Kyker, Frank Essick, Bill Essick and Dick Essick. Graveside services will be in Spokane Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gary Phipps officiating.


Metz, Brenda  E. (Chandler) 3 Oct 1955 - 29 Jan 2007 SN-L 31 Jan 2007

[Note: Daughter of Keneth L. & Willa (Craft) Chandler; married 12 Jan 1979 Dan Metz]

Brenda E. (Metz) Chandler, 51, of Bolivar, formerly of Salem, passed away Jan. 29, 2007. She was born Oct. 3, 1955, in St. Louis, and graduated from Salem High School in 1973. On Feb. 12, 1979, Brenda married Dan Metz in Miami, Okla. Brenda was employed with Walmart for 20 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Second Baptist and enjoyed camping and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Keneth L. Chandler, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. August Craft, Mr. Fred Chandler, and Mrs. Minnie Rawlings. Survivors include her husband Dan Metz; mother Willia Chandler; brothers and their spouses, Gary and Sandra Chandler, Nixa, and Larry and Nancy Chandler, Springfield; a sister and her spouse, Cheryl and Paul Smith, Branson; and nieces and nephews, Stephanie Medley, Kristin Chandler, K.P. Smith, Curtis Chandler, Mary Chandler and Jeff Davis. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3, 2007, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 2, 2007, in the funeral home.


Metzelthin, Gertrude (Bond) 17 Jan 1896 - 21 Apr 1977 OH 28 Apr 1977 p12

[Note: Daughter of Edgar & Emma Josephine (Quick) Bond; married Herman W. Metzelthin 20 Aug 1890 - 14 Nov 1971]

BILLINGS - Services for Mrs. Gertrude Metzelthin, 81 of Route 1, Billings, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Meadors Chapel here with the Rev. Jim Jones officiating. Burial will be in Smart Cemetery near Clever. Mrs. Metzelthin, a lifelong resident of Stone and Christian Counties, died Thursday morning in Cox Medical Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Harry Kloppenburg, Mrs. James Maples, and Mrs. Herman Bluebaum, all of Billings and Mrs,. Harley Kasinger, Marionville; a brother, Norman Bond, Route 1, Billings; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one step grandchild. Meadors or Billing will announce arrangements.


Metzelthin, Herman W. 20 Aug 1890 - 14 Nov 1971   CCR 18 Nov 1971 p8

[Note: Son of William & Wilhelmine (Dahms) Metzelthin; married Gertrude Bond  17 Jan 1896 - 21 Apr 1977]

Herman Metzelthin, 81, of Route 1, Billings, died at his home at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. He was a lifetime farmer and member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. Survivors include his wife, Gertrude; four daughters, Mrs. Pauline Bluebaum, Mrs. Mildred Kloppenburg, and Mrs. Mary Lois Maples, all of Billings, and Mrs. Dorothy Kasinger, Marionville; one sister, Mrs. Ann Kohl, Denver, Colo.; and 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Union Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Thompson officiating. Burial was in Hall Cemetery, under the direction of Harris of Ozark.


Metzelthin, Willard Carl 1916 - Mar 1971

[Note: married Geneva]

Willard Carl Metzelthin, 54, of 5754 Lakeview Terrace, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John’s Hospital, following a short illness.  An office worker at Harry Cooper Supply 25 years, Mr. Metzelthin was a World War II veteran, and a member of the First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge at Republic.  Surviving are his wife, Geneva; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Freeman, of 1360 East Brower; two sons, Willard, Jr., of 532 North Patterson, and John, of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Metzelthin, Clever; four sisters, Mrs. Pauline Bluebaum, Mrs. Mary Maples and Mrs. Mildred Kloppenburg, all of Billings, and Mrs. Dorothy Kassinger, of Marionville.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Chapel of the Ozarks with the Rev. Ivan Coyle officiating.  Burial will be in Rivermonte Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.

Note: This clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of March 1971 in the margin.


Metzelthin, William 8 Jan 1850 - 21 Aug 1935 CCR 29 Aug 1935 p8

[Note: married Wilhelmine Louese Henrietta Dahms 16 Dec 1849 - 6 Jun 1921; married Villa; parents unknown on DC]

Funeral services for William Metzelthin, 85, native of Germany and a retired farmer, who died at his home on Billings Route 1 at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the German Church in Billings, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bauer. Burial was made in the German cemetery under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever, Mo. He is survived by five children, Mrs. Charles Lehman and Herman Metzelthin of Billings, Carl Metzelthin of Kansas City, Mrs. Otelia Green of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Anna Koll of Denver, Colo.


Meyer, Chris F. 23 Jul 1950 - 24 Feb 1991 NN-E 28 Feb 1991

[Note: Son of Leon & Dorothy (  ) Meyer; married Debra]

Chris F. Meyer, 40, Nixa, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 1991. The son of Leon H, and Dorothy Meyer, he was born July 23, 1950, in St. Louis. He was a member of the National Avenue Christian Church. He was a nurse anesthetist and was a former employee of Cox Hospitals and St. John's. He was a partner. in General Anesthesia Services, Ft. Scott, Kan. He was an avid sportsman and loved to fish to hunt. He is survived by his wife, Debra; two daughters, Sasha and Paige, of the home; his parents, Leon and Dorothy Meyer, Springfield; a sister, Caryn Meyer, Richardson, Texas; a brother, Philip Meyer, Springfield; his father- and mother-in-law, Warren and Elizabeth Christenson, Springfield; and many friends and relatives. Services were Wednesday afternoon in National Avenue Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Randle officiating. Visitation was Tuesday night in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, or the charity of the donor's choice.


Meyer, Elmer John 20 Jun 1908 - 18 Oct 1998   CCH-N 28 Oct 1998

[Note: Son of John Frank & Leonora (Lohr) Meyer; married Dorothy Kruse; married Mabel]

Elmer John Meyer, age 90, of Ozark, died Sunday, October 18, in Primrose Place, Springfield. He was the son of John Frank and Leonora (Lohr) Meyer. He graduated from the University of Illinois and the Benton School of Law. He practiced law for over 60 years in Ferguson and Branson. He was a past Missouri State Representative. Mr. Meyer served as a combat veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 7628. He was a devout Christian and member of the Hopedale Baptist Church. Survivors include: his wife, Mabel Meyer; a son John Meyer and his wife, Sherry, Columbia; a daughter and her husband, Elaine and Dr. Seneca Ferry, Fairfax Station, Virginia; two stepdaughters, Mrs. George Thompson (Margo), Chicago, Illinois, and Mary VanHouweling and her husband, Norman, Des Moines, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His former wife, Dorothy Kruse Meyer, preceded him in death as well as his parents and a sister. Funeral services were Thursday, October 22, in Hopedale Baptist Church, with Rev. Terry Kendrick officiating. Burial was in Hopedale Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopedale Baptist Church.


Meyer, Henry L. 1 Jan 1877 - 21 Oct 1934 CCR 25 Oct 1934 p1

[Note: Son of John B. & ? ( ) Meyer; married Anne]

Henry L. Meyer, 57, superintendent of the Olendorf Company of Springfield, died rather suddenly early Sunday morning, a mile north of here, while enroute to Lake Taneycomo. Accompanied by his wife, he was enroute to the lake region to spend the day. He took suddenly ill while driving along the road stopped. He died in just a few minutes.

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