Vaughn, Leslie Harold, d. 2005 - Vickery, John, d. 1907


Vaughn, Leslie Harold 23 Jul 1926 - 24 Apr 2005 SN-L 26 Apr 2005

[Note: married 15 Sep 1951 Nina Fern Kester 15 Mar 1924 - 12 Apr 1988]

Leslie Harold Vaughn, age 78, of Nixa, passed away from complications of a massive stroke Sunday, April 24, 2005, in the James River Care Center. He was born July 23, 1926, in Salem, Ark. He was a World War II Army veteran, a retired truck driver, and currently employed at 160 Grand Prix. He was an avid fisherman, sportsman, and NASCAR fan. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Harold was united in marriage on Sept. 15, 1951, to Nina Fern Kester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Fern; son, Randy; his parents; and one grandson. He is survived by sons, Terry Trulson and wife, Launa, Washington state, and Jack Vaughn, Springfield; daughters, Sharon Owens, Springfield, Linnea Boyer and husband, Howard, Belton, Brenda Vaughn, Tulsa, Okla., and Pat and Mike Freeman, Nixa; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Roscoe Vaughn, Mammoth Springs, Ark.; sister-in-law, Ilean Harber, Springfield; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2005, in Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Mo. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Greenlawn Funeral Home South.


Vaughn, Minnie B. (Brown) 16 Nov 1893 - Jun 1978 OH 29 Jun 1978 p9

[Note: married 26 Aug 1922 Arch Vaughn 1 Feb 1895 - 20 May 1976]

ROGERSVILLE - Services for Mrs. Minnie B. Vaughn, 84, Rogersville, was at 10 a.m. Monday in Marsh Funeral Chapel here with the Rev. Darrell Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery, Mrs. Vaughn was a longtime resident of the Rogersville area, and was a member of the Holiness Church. Nieces and nephews survive.


Vaughn, Murl Lee 9 Jan 1930 - 2 Jun 1983 OH 20 Jun 1983 p10

Graveside services for Murl Lee Vaughn, 53, Las Vegas, Nev., were held June 27 in Springfield National Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Swadley officiating. Burial was under direction of Ayre-Goodwin Funeral Home. Mr. Vaughn, a native of Springfield, died in Las Vegas June 2 from injuries he received in an accident, according to a funeral home spokesman. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Carla Burton and Mrs. Stacey Boswell, both of Billings, and Miss Deena Vaughn, Concord, Calif.; two sons, David, Billings, and James, address unknown; and three grandchildren.


Vaughn, Rene 1958 - 19 Apr 2005  SN-L 21 Apr 2005 & SN-L 22 Apr 2005

[Note: Son of Raymond & (?) Roberts Vaughn; married 1987 Kathy  Nobles]

Rene Vaughn, a loving husband and father, peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the age of 46 after a courageous battle with cancer. Rene and Kathy (Nobles) were married 17 years and had two daughters, Rena and Resa, and one step-daughter, Cori Hammonds. He grew up on a farm in Ozark, Mo., and graduated from high school in 1977. He worked for Paul Mueller company for 18 years as a welder. Rene founded Heavens Helpers Inc. (a non-profit charitable organization) where clothing, furniture, and miscellaneous items were given freely to anyone with a need regardless of income. He was a member of Central Assembly of God in Springfield. He was a van driver, an usher, and Rene was involved in honorbound. One of his favorite things to do was to watch movies with his family whether at the theater or at home. Some of his fondest memories were going on vacation to Texas with his dad; his last family vacation to Memphis, Tenn.; floating in a boat on our pond; working on the living Christmas tree at High Street Baptist Church; bible studies with Jerry and Kristen Donovan; delivering toys to Boyd Elementary School as Santa Claus; and delivering donations, from Heavens Helpers Inc., to a girl scout troop. As a young adult Rene enjoyed playing in his tree house on the farm, and being with Charlotte, his cousin. Rene is survived by his wife, Kathy; their two daughters, Rena, 16, and Resa, 12; and step-daughter, Cori Hammonds, 22; his parents, Raymond and wife, Pat, Roberta Vaughn; two brothers, Randy and wife, Brenda, Rudy and wife, Sharon; his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Karolyn Schoolcraft; two nieces; and four nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday April 23, 2005, in Central Assembly of God with Pastor Hubert Morris officiating under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday April, 23, 2005. All memorial contributions may be made to BBFI, P.O. Box 802757, Kansas City, MO 64180, donor #89740 (Jerry and Kristen Donovan, Missionaries to China). The family wants to thank Dr. Galen Hasler for always being there and being a friend, Gary and Connie Miller for their mentoring, Rudy and Loretta Doric for being our best friends. Special thanks go to all of the prayer warriors.


Vaughn, Richard 21 Apr 1912 - 2 Nov 1979 OH 8 Nov 1979 p11

[Note: married Jewell Florence Ruby 8 Jan 1915 - 7 Sep 1985]

Services for Richard Vaughn, 67, Rt. 1, Strafford, father of James Vaughn, Nixa, were held Monday in the Klingner Chapel. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Mr. Vaughn is also survived by his wife, Jewell. He died last Friday at Cox Medical Center after an illness of 20 years.



Vaughn, Roberta L. (Bateman) 5 Mar 1932 - 29 Jan 2008 SN-L 31 Jan 2008 & AdamsFH & CCH-N 6 Feb 2008

[Note: Daughter of Audie Paris & Nople Belle (Landers) Bateman]

Roberta L. Vaughn, age 75, of Ozark, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2008, in Kindred Hospital, Kansas City. She was born March 5, 1932, in Salem, Arkansas, the daughter of Audie Paris Bateman and Nople Belle (Landers) Bateman. Roberta was employed for 30 years as a billing clerk for Paul Mueller Company, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and rock collecting. She was a Precious Moments collector, a member of Unique Precious Moments Club and served as Vice President for Betsy's Precious Pals. She was a volunteer for the Stained Glass Theatre and an avid member of the Red Hat Society. Roberta was a long time faithful member of First Baptist Church, Ozark. Survivors include: two sons and their wives, Randy and Brenda Vaughn, Warrensburg, and Rudy and Sharon Vaughn, Auxvasse; eight grandchildren, Rusty, Ryan, Rachael, Rena, Resa, Reva, Reggie and Rily; and two great-grandsons, Riley and Reese. Roberta was looking forward to the arrival of her first great-granddaughter in March. A son, Rene Vaughn, preceded her in death as well as her parents. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, in First Baptist Church, Ozark, with Pastor Troy Rhoden officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until service time. Burial will follow the service in Selmore Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Vaughn, Sarah A. "Sallie" (Simms) 20 Apr 1857 - 14 Feb 1921 CCR 4 Mar 1921 p1

[Note: Daughter of  Daniel P. & Mary C. (Sheroder) Simms; married  John Bookout Vaughn 27 May 1858 - 14 May 1937]

In memory of Sarah Vaughn, wife of John Vaughn, who departed this life Monday, February 14, 1921, aged 63 years, 9 month and 25 days. She underwent an operation in a Burlington, Iowa, hospital on February 11th, and died February 14th. Her remains were shipped to Rogersville, arriving on the 16th and were laid to rest in the McHaffie cemetery on the 17th, in the presence of a large and sympathetic crowd. She had been a member of the Methodist church since early years. She was a loving wife and mother. She leaves a husband, four daughters and three sons and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was loved by everybody who knew her. -- A Friend


Vaughn, Stella May (Lewis) 16 Jul 1897 - 18 Jun 1982  OH 15 Jul 1982 p3

[Note: Daughter of Charles & Nancy Jane (Tucker) Lewis; married 29 Mar 1913 W. Tom Vaughan]

Stella May Vaughn, 87, Sacramento, Calif., died June 18 in Mercy General Hospital after a short illness. Services were held July 1 at North Sacramento Funeral Home with interment at Sierra Hills Memorial Park. A native of Christian County, she resided in Sacramento since 1942. She was the wife of the late Tom Vaughn. Survivors include one son, John E. Vaughn, Sacramento; three daughters, Nancy Carr, Rocklin, Calif.; Hester Rinck, Ozark and Ruth Rooney, Sacramento; one sister, Myrtle Newberry, Kansas City; 14 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.


Vaught, Jo Elaine (Williams) 22 Sep 1943 - 4 Oct 1980 OH 16 Oct 1980 p9

[Note: Daughter of Gerald & Treva (Hill) McGinnis; married Cordell Vaught; another source says she was daughter of Treva (Hill) by an earlier marriage to a Williams]

Graveside services for Mrs. Elaine Vaught, 35, Gillette, Wyo., a former Ozark resident, were held last Saturday in Selmore Cemetery, south of Ozark with the Rev. Faust A. Matthews officiating. Burial was under direction of Adams. Mrs. Vaught died Oct. 4 in an auto accident in Gillette. Among those surviving are her husband, Cordell; five children, Keith, Sharon, Marie, Leah and Johanna, all of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McGinnis of Ozark; one sister, Mrs. Cathy Bielle, Eldorado Springs, Ark. and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clell McGinnis of Ozark and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hill, Fort Smith and Mrs. Geneva Childers, Hominy, Okla.


Veach, Elsie M. (Schonert) 14 Mar 1926 - 22 Jan 2009 SN-L 25 Jan 2009

[Note: married Robert R. Veach Jr.]

Elsie M. Veach, 82, of Nixa, MO. passed away January 22, 2009, at her home in Nixa, MO. She was born March 14, 1926 in Danvers, IL and graduated from Danvers high school in 1943. She was a professional secretary and retired in 1991. Her and her husband Robert R. Veach Jr. were married on Easter Sunday 1950.She was a member of a Lutheran The Faith Church and loved plants. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Veach Jr. Survivors are her children, Bob and Pat Veach, Nixa, MO., Clint and Rox Veach, Mt. Vernon, WA., grandchildren, Amanda and Greg Hagedorn, Ellensberg, WA., Samantha and Jake Roberts, Spokane, WA., Bob and Tricia Veach, Nixa, MO, Greg and Allison Veach, Springfield, MO., Adam and Therese Veach, Everett, WA., Rhonda and Rudy Giecek, Arlington, WA., great-grandchildren, Tommy Veach, Taylor Veach, Raichel Giecek and Korynn Roberts, brother, Fred and wife Joann Schonert. Visitation is in Greenlawn Funeral Home South, January 26, 2009 at 7 p.m.


Veach, Marsha Lynn (Farthing) 3 Jan 1956 - 27 Jun 2003 SN-L 29 Jun 2003

[Note: Daughter of Rex & Nadine (Stine) Farthing; married 20 Jul 1974 Jerry Veach]

Marsha Lynn Veach, age 47, of Springfield, was born January 3, 1956, and passed away June 27, 2003 in her home. She was united in marriage on July 20, 1974 to Jerry Veach. Survivors include her husband, Jerry; a son, Nathan Veach of St. Louis; a daughter, Nicole Veach of Springfield; her parents, Rex and Nadine Farthing, Ozark; a sister, Karen Carmichael of Nixa; a brother, Kevin Farthing of Ozark; her paternal grandmother, Erma Steele; her mother-in-law, Margaret Veach; a sister-in-law, Patricia Andrews, both of Springfield; and two brothers-in-law, Bill Veach, Springfield, and Eddie Veach, India. A graveside funeral will be at 3 p.m. today in Richwood Cemetery, near Fremont Road, with Tom Allen officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Springfield News-Leader, June 29, 2003.


Vecoli, Peggy Elizabeth (Owensby) Schuster 1 Mar 1953 - 20 Nov 2008 SN-L 30 Nov 2008

[Note: Daughter of Lindell & Barbara (  ) Owensby; married ? Schuster; married Sep 2006 Marc Vecoli]

Peggy Elizabeth Schuster Simon Vecoli, 55, of Billings, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 20, 2008. Peggy was born March 1, 1953, to Lindell and Barbara Owensby, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was married to Marc Vecoli in September 2006. She is survived by three children, two daughters and one son, Erika Cox, of Springfield, Mo., Angela and her husband Kris Stevens of Ozark, Mo., and Tim Schuster of Nixa, Mo.; two grandchildren who she loved dearly and were the highlight of her life, Tristian and Madelynne Stevens. Mom was truly an exceptional person and an extraordinary nurse practitioner. She touched many people's lives and for that we are very grateful. She will be missed dearly. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2008, in Holy Ground Ministry Church, 1034 N. Broadway, Springfield, MO. In regard to donations in Peggy's behalf, we ask that you please send them to the Humane Society of the Ozarks, 3161 W. Norton Rd. 65803.


Veehoff, Diane C. (Culver) , R.N., PhD 2 Oct 1941 - 18 May 2007 SN-L 27 May 2007

[Note: Daughter of Gary & Margaret (  ) Culver; married Joseph Veehoff]

Diane C. Veehoff RN, LCSW, Ph.D, age 65, of Ozark, was killed in an auto accident in St. Louis on May 18. Memorial mass services will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Ozark at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1.


Veehoff, Diane C. (Culver) , R.N., PhD 2 Oct 1941 - 18 May 2007 CCH-N 30 May 2007

Diane Veehoff, RN, LCSW, Ph.D. 65, of Ozark, was killed in an auto accident in St. Louis May 18. Diane was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Chicago to Gary and Margaret Culver. She held degrees from Mercy School of Nursing, Drake University, the University of Iowa and Columbia Pacific University. She worked at the Shealy Institute, St. John's Hospital, Skagg's Hospital and Drury University.  Diane had established a private practice in individual and family therapy in recent years.  She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Ozark. Her faith and spiritual development were very important to her.  She was active in the community, particularly the Springfield Dog Training Club, where she could be found teaching classes and working with her Cocker Spaniel, Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents and her eldest son, Ed.  Diane is survived by her husband, Joseph Veehoff, a daughter, four sons and their families, as well as her three sisters and her brother and two step-children. Funeral services for Diane are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 1 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with a luncheon to follow.  ©Ozarks Newsstand 2007


Velasquez, Luis 7 Jul 1956 - 24 Mar 2012 SN-L 27 Mar 2012

[Note: Son of Rafael & Juanita ( ) Velasquez; married Alba]

            Luis Velasquez, 56, Ozark. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Velasquez, Luis 7 Jul 1956 - 24 Mar 2012 CCH-N 4 Apr 2012

            Luis Velasquez, 56 of Ozark, died March 24, 2012. Visitation and will be held from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. He was born July 7, 1956, in El Salvador, the son of Rafael and Juanita Velasquez. Survivors include: His wife, Alba Velasquez; three children, Luis Velasquez, Jr., Patricia Velasquez and Edwin Velasquez; three grandchildren; his mother; three brothers; and many nieces and nephews. Luis was preceded in death by his father and a sister.


Velasquez, Luis 7 Jul 1956 - 24 Mar 2012 CCH-N 28 Mar 2012 & AdamsFH

   Luis Velasquez, 56 of Ozark, died March 24, 2012. Visitation and will be held from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. He was born July 7, 1956, in El Salvador, the son of Rafael and Juanita Velasquez. Survivors include: His wife, Alba Velasquez; three children, Luis Velasquez, Jr., Patricia Velasquez and Edwin Velasquez; three grandchildren; his mother; three brothers; and many nieces and nephews. Luis was preceded in death by his father and a sister.

Venable, Bertha Jane (Barks) 10 Aug 1920 - 26 Apr 1996  CCH-N 1 May 1996

[Note: Daughter of James M. & Delaney E. (Godwin) Barks; married 26 Jul 1942 Adrian Venable]

Bertha Jane Venable, 75, Nixa, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Friday, April 26, in St. Johns Regional Health Care Center in Springfield. Bertha was born August 10, 1920 in Poynor, the daughter of James M. and Delaney E. Godwin Barks. She was married to Adrian Venable on July 26, 1942 in Poynor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nixa She was a retired elementary teacher having taught 28 years in the Springfield school district. Her hobbies were reading, quilting, fishing and gardening but her greatest love was her years of teaching. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Indermuehle, Sugar Land Texas and Tammie Knight, Nixa; one brother, Robert Barks, Doniphan, one sister, Evelyn Wilburn, St. Charles and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday in the First Baptist Church, Poynor with the Reverend Randy Whiteside officiating. Local arrangements were under the direction of Harris a Heritage Funeral Home, Nixa.


Venable, Elizabeth G. (Gwin) 21 Nov 1914 - 2 Feb 2009 SN-L 4 Feb 2009

[Note: Daughter of William A. & May (Cloud) Gwin; married 14 Jun 1939 Wilbur Loren Venable 21 Dec 1915 - 11 Nov 2004]

Elizabeth G. Venable, age 94, of Ozark, Mo., passed away on February 2, 2009, in Ozark Nursing Care Center in Ozark, Mo. She was born on November 21, 1914, in Conway Springs, Kan., to William A. and May Cloud Gwin. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; her husband of 65 years, Wilbur Venable; and two grandsons. She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Reichert and husband, Frank of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Harold Venable and wife, Diane of Spring Valley, Calif., and Loren Venable and wife, Dorothy of Ozark, Mo.; one sister, Ruth Pinkerton, San Lorenzo, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several nephews; and one niece. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in Cassidy United Methodist Church, 5151 N. Fremont Rd., Nixa, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Cassidy United Methodist Church.


Venable, Wilbur Loren 21 Dec 1915 - 11 Nov 2004 SN-L 12 Nov 2004

[Note: Son of Elmer L. & Elberta (Hoefgen) Venable; married 14 Jun 1939 Elizabeth G. Gwin 21 Nov 1914 - 2 Feb 2009]

Wilbur Loren Venable, age 88, of Ozark, Mo., passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 11, 2004. He was born Dec. 21, 1915, to Elmer L. and Elberta (Hoefgen) Venable, west of Atlanta, Kan. He was married to Elizabeth Gwin on June 14, 1939. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home; three children, Patricia Reichert and husband Frank, Blue Springs, Mo., Harold Venable and wife Diane, Spring Valley, Calif., and Loren Venable and wife Dorothy, Ozark, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Cassidy United Methodist Church, Ozark, Mo. Arrangements are under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Cassidy United Methodist Church Building Fund.


Venter, Rosalie B. (Fields) 19 Jul 1933 - 31 Jul 1988 OH 4 Aug 1988

[Note: married Ernest R. Venter]

Rosalie B. Venter, 55, of Rogersville, died at 11:12 pm Sunday at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. Services for Mrs. Venter were held at 10:30 am Wednesday in the Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield, with the Rev. Bill Rogers officiating. Graveside services followed at Love Mound Cemetery, near Ed Dorado Springs. A native of Cedar County Mrs. Venter had lived in the Rogersville area for the past 22 years. She was a member of the High Street Baptist Church. Her survivors include her husband, Ernest R.; a brother, Forest C. Fields, El Dorado Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Venzlaff, August K. 17 Dec 1895 - 23 Sep 1985 OH 26 Sep 1985 p10

[Note: Son of Herman Gustave & Albertina (Atchaberg) Venzlaff; married Freda Barke; married Lena O. 2 Jun 1900 - 18 Aug 1986]

Services for August K. Venzlaff, 89, Billings, were held Sept. 25 in Meadors Chapel with the Revs. Raymond Schultz and James Schultz officiating. Burial was in St. Peters Evangelical Cemetery. Mr. Venzlaff died Sept. 23 in Hillhaven Convalescent Center, Springfield, after a long illness. A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Church. Survivors include his wife, Lena; three sisters, Martha Schultz, Billings, Amelia Rauch, Springfield, and Louisa Salchow, Branson and nieces and nephews.


Venzlaff, Herman A. 19 Jan 1886 - 10 Mar 1969     CCR 13 Mar 1969 p4

[Note: Son of Carl A. & Bertha Marie Augusta (Verch) Venzlaff]

Herman A. Venzlaff, 83, of Billings, died at 7 a.m. Monday in his home after being in ill health for some time. He was a retired farmer and a member of the United Church of Christ in Billings. Survivors include two brothers, William F. of Billings and Henry of Cheboygan, Wis. and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Freedman and Mrs. Wilhelmenia Rickett, both of Billings. Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the United Church of Christ in Billings with the Rev. Forrest Brown officiating, Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Cantrell of Billings.


Venzlaff, Lena O. 2 Jun 1900 - 18 Aug 1986 OH 28 Aug 1986 p3

[Note: married August K. Venzlaff 17 Dec 1895 - 23 Sep 1985]

Services for Lena O. Venzlaff, 86, Billings, were held August 21 in Meadors Chapel, Billings, with the Revs. James Schultz and Raymond Schults officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Mrs. Venzlaff died August 18 in Hillhaven Convalescent Center, Springfield, following a long illness. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ and a longtime Billings resident. Survivors include a sister, Grace Dryer, Anaheim, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.


Venzlaff, Wilferd Edward 22 Jun 1920 - 7 Nov 2004 SN-L 9 Nov 2004

[Note: Son of Gustav H. & Bertha “Betty”  (Graf)  Venzlaff; married 7 Jun 1951 Nellie Joe Toynton]

Wilferd Edward Venzlaff, age 84, Springfield, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2004, at his home, surrounded by members of his loving family. Wilferd was born June 22, 1920, on a farm near Billings, Missouri, to Gus and Betty Venzlaff. He was a veteran of World War II, 35th Infantry Division, where he attained the rank of S.Sgt. He served under Gen. George Patton and made the Omaha Beach landing on D Day 1. Upon returning from the war Wilferd married the former Nellie Joe Toynton on June 7, 1951. They spent 36 years in Carthage, Missouri, where they owned and operated the Artcraft Print Shop. After retiring, they moved to the current home west of Springfield. His favorite hobbies were fishing and hunting with his brother in-law, Larry Letterman. Wilferd was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nellie Joe; two sisters, Lena Dunning, Aurora, and Hazel Letterman, Lee's Summit; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2004, in the Marionville IOOF Cemetery with Chaplain Paul Stanek officiating, and military honors by the Veteran's Memorial Team. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Meadors Funeral Homes, Billings. The family requests memorials may be made to Community Hospices of America Foundation, Inc., 1465 E. Primrose, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65804.


Verch, Audie Jane (Gold) 2 Jul 1901 - 30 Jul 1968 CCR 1 Aug 1968 p8

[Note: Daughter of  Andrew Thomas & Rhoda Evelyn (Rhea) Gold; married  John J. Verch 19 Nov 1889 - 19 Nov 1979]

Mrs. Aude Jane Verch, 67, Route 1, Billings, died Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. Mrs. Verch was a member of United Church of Christ, Billings, She is survived by her husband, John; one son, Eugene, Billings; four brothers, Cecil and Lynn Gold, both of Tulsa, Okla, Otis Gold, Sand Springs, Okla, Elmer Gold, Hurley; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cantrell of Billings.


Verch, Audie Jane (Gold) 2 Jul 1901 - 30 Jul 1968 CCR 8 Aug 1968 p8

Funeral for Mrs. Audie Jane Verch, 67, of Route 1, Billings, were at 2 p.m. Friday, August 2, in the United Church of Christ in Billings with the Rev. Hank Liebeck officiating. Burial was in Evangelical Cemetery under direction of Cantrell.


Verch, John J. 19 Nov 1889 - 19 Nov 1979 OH 22 Nov 1979 p5

[Note: Son of  Herman G. & Annie (Utritz) Verch; married  Audie Jane Gold 2 Jul 1901 - 30 Jul 1968]

Services for John Verch, 90, Billings were held Wednesday in St. Peter’s Evangelical Church with the Rev. Carl Helle officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Mr. Verch died Monday in the Aurora Community Hospital after a long illness. He was a farmer and a veteran of World War I. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. Survivors include a son, Eugene, Billings; a sister, Mrs. Mary Young,. Springfield; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Verch, William Carl 3 Apr 1871 - 14 Jan 1955  CCR 20 Jan 1955 p1

[Note: Son of William & Johanna Fredricke (Kruger) Verch; married Annie Genralaski 9 Feb 1877 - 18 Apr 1951]

Funeral services for William Carl Verch, 83, a native of Hankingdorg Marks Friedland, Germany, who died January 14, following a long illness were held Sunday afternoon in the Harris Funeral Chapel there, with Rev. Harry O. Hein, assisted by Rev. Richard Gandy officiating. Burial was in St. Peters Evangelical Cemetery at Billings, under direction of Harris. He came to America in 1888 and settled in the Billings community where he spent most of his life. He was a longtime member of  St. Peters Evangelical congregation in Billings. Survivors include a nephew, William F. Verch of the home, 19 other nieces and nephews and many friends.


Verch, William F. 15 Dec 1901 - 25 Jul 1961 CCR 27 Jul 1961 p5

[Note: Son of  Herman G. & Annie (Utritz) Verch; married Susie E. Hagen 12 Jun 1907 - 24 Jul 1999 who married first ? Brown]

Services for William F. Verch who died early Tuesday at his home in Billings after a lingering illness, were at 2 p.m. in the Harris Chapel at Billings with the Rev. Robert Baker officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s Evangelical Cemetery in Billings. A lifelong resident of the Billings community, he served as city marshall 7 1/2 years and was a retired carpenter. He was a member of the Billings Baptist church. He is survived by his wife, Susie, a brother, John Verch of Billings; a sister, Mrs. Mary Pendergrass, 715 North Glenn, Springfield, a stepson, Earl Brown of Raytown and one step grandchild.


Verfurth, August “Gus” G. 29 Mar 1908 - 17 Oct 1979  OH 25 Oct 1979 p11

[Note: Son of August & Lena M. (  ) Verfurth]

A funeral mass for Gus G. Verfurth, 71, Springfield, brother of Gene Verfurth, Nixa, was held Oct. 19 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Billings. Mr. Verfurth was dead on arrival Oct. 17 at St. John’s Regional Health Center after a long illness. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery.


Verfurth, Frank T., 1st Lt. 1916 - 30 Nov 1944 CCR 5 Apr 1945 p3

Henry and Ted Verfurth of Billings received word this week of the death of their cousin, First Lieutenant Frank T. Verfurth, 28, in a bombing mission mishap over Merseberg, Germany, last November 30. According to the message Lt. Verfurth’s plane collided in midair with another bomber and his ship blew up. He had received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and other honors.


Verfurth, Henry J. 28 Feb 1900 - 2 Feb 1973  OH 4 Jan 1973 p8

[Note: Son of  August & Lena M. (?) Verfurth; married  Mary Lee Yoachum 21 Nov 1900 - 29 Aug 1982]

Billings - Henry J. Verfurth, 72, a lifelong resident of Billings died at his home after an apparent heart attack. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Billings. Mr. Verfurth was the owner of the Verfurth Hardware in Billings, the Knights of Columbus of Springfield and St. Vincent De Paul. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee; three sons, Robert of Howard, Calif., William of Billings, Patrick of Roy, Utah; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Lee Reichert of Brunswick and Mrs. Mary Ellen Hillhouse of Normal, Ill.; three brothers, Ted of Billings, Gene of Des Moines, Iowa, and Gus of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Schatz, of Billings and Mrs. Marie Swift of Billings, and 18 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Harris of Ozark.

Verfurth, Margaret J. (Pfitzner) 15 May 1910 - 12 Sep 2011 SN-L 15 Sep 2011 & CCH-N 21 Sep 2011

[Note: Daughter of Valentine John & Anna (Korba) Pfitzner; married 13 Aug 1928 Ted Verfurth ? - 1981]

Margaret J. Verfurth, age 101, Republic, formerly of Billings, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 in the Republic Christian Health Care Center. She was born May 15, 1910 in Verona, Mo. to Valentine John and Anna (Korba) Pfitzner. Margaret was united in marriage to Ted Verfurth on August 13, 1928. They were blessed with four children and 54 years of marriage before Ted passed away in 1981. She was an active member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Billings. Due to her loving and caring personality, she was blessed with a loving family and many friends. Margaret stayed at her home in Billings, to the healthy age of 95, before moving to the Christian Health Care. Others preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, one sister, an infant twin son; two grandsons, and one granddaughter She is survived: by three sons and their wives, Jim and Arlene Verfurth, Billings, Ted and Alice Verfurth and Jerry and Kay Verfurth, all of Springfield; a daughter and her husband, Margie and Jim Fry, Republic; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren (plus two due) other family and friends. The family wants to extend sincere thanks to the staff at the Christian Health Care Center and Compassus Hospice, for their tender, compassionate care of their dear mother. There will be a visitation 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (with rosary service at 7:00 p.m.) Friday, September 16, 2011, in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings. The funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Billings, under direction of Meadors Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul in Billings or The Kitchen. Online condolences may be made at


Verfurth, Mary Lee (Yoachum) 21 Nov 1900 - 29 Aug 1982 OH 2 Sep 1982 p3

[Note: Daughter of Frank & Martha Lena (Holcomb) Yoachum; married 14 Jul 1926 Henry J. Verfurth 28 Feb 1900 - 2 Feb 1973]

Rosary services for Mary Lee Verfurth, 81, Billings, were held Aug. 31 in Meadors Funeral Chapel in Billings. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Billings with Monsignor John J. Rynish officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Mrs. Verfurth died Aug. 29 in Springfield Rest Home after a long illness. Survivors include two sons, Bill, Billings, and Pat, Roy, Utah; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hillhouse, Normal, Ill.; and Mrs. Virginia Riechter, Republic; a half-brother, Claude Yoachum, Billings; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Verfurth, Robert H. 1928 - 3 Mar 1974 OH 7 Mar 1974 pB-1

[Note: Son of Henry J. & Mary Lee (Yoachum) Verfurth; married Marine]

Billings - Funeral services for a former longtime Billings resident, Robert H. Verfurth, 45, will be Friday in Hayward, Calif. Mr. Verfurth, of Hayward, was killed in an auto accident in the Los Angeles area early Sunday morning. He moved to California about 20 years ago. Survivors are a wife, Marine; two daughters, Laura and Lisa, both of Hayward; a son, Patrick of Hayward; a step-daughter, Christy of Hayward; three step-sons, Bob, Dick and Ron of Hayward; his mother, Mrs. Lee Verfurth of Billings; two brothers, Bill of Billings and Pat of Salt Lake City, Utah and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hillhouse, Bloomington, Ill. and Mrs. Virginia Reichert of Brunswick.


Verfurth, Ted J. 29 Jan 1905 - 25 Oct 1981 OH 29 Oct 1981 p10

[Note: Son of  August “Gus” & Lena M. (  ) Verfurth; married Margaret]

Services for Ted J. Verfurth, 76, Billings, were held Oct. 28 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Rynish officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under direction of Meadors of BIllings. Mr. Verfurth died Oct. 25 in St John’s Regional Health Center after apparently suffering a heart attack. He was a retired employee of St. John’s Regional Health Center, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a member of St. Joseph’s Men’s Club. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three sons, James, Billings, Ted, Jr. and Jerry, both of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Ann Fry, Republic; a brother, Gene, Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; a sister, Mrs. Marie Swift, Billings; 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Vermule, Albert R. 21 Nov 1912 - 25 Apr 1991  NN-E 2 May 1991

[Note: Son of Peter Jacob & Bertha (Duffner) Vermule; married Josephine L. Baum 19 Nov 1911 - 9 Apr 1993]

Albert R. Vermule, 78, Billings, died at 10:13 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 1991, in St. John's Regional Health Center Emergency Room, Springfield, of an apparent heart attack. He was a farmer and a retired employee of Ramey's Supermarket. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Josephine; a son, Jerry Vermule, Billings; a daughter, Doris Schmidt, Billings; three brothers, Herman, Billings, John, Springfield, and Jacob, Republic; and four grandchildren. Funeral Mass was Friday in St. Joseph's Church with the Msgr. John J. Rynish officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery under direction of Meadors Funeral Home.


Vermule, Bertha (Duffner) 22 Dec 1879 - 23 Apr 1962 CCR 26 Apr 1962 p4

[Note: married Peter Jacob Vermule 14 Dec 1861 - 20 Oct 1930]

BILLINGS - Mrs. Bertha Vermule, 82, of BIllings, Died Monday night at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Germany and came to Missouri at the age of nine months. Mrs. Vermule had lived in Billings 42 years. She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Billings and the St. Joseph’s Altar Society. Rosary services were at 8 p.m. at the Harris Chapel in Billings with funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church with the Rev. William Connell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under direction of Harris. Survivors include four sons, Jacob of Verona, Herman, John and Albert, all of Billings; a brother, Albert Duffner, Buffalo; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Derzog, Red Top and Mrs. Rosa Sowers, Aransas Pass, Tex. and two grandchildren.


Vermule, John A.  23 Sep 1908 - 7 Jan 1992  NN-E 16 Jan 1992

[Note: Son of Peter Jacob & Bertha (Duffner) Vermule]

John A. Vermule, Billings, died at 7:35 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1992 in Mercy Villa Nursing Home, Springfield. A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Joseph's Men's Club, and Knight of Columbus, Springfield Council. He is survived by two brothers, Jacob A., Verona, and Herman, Billings; and nieces and nephews. Services were Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. Rynish officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery under direction of Meadors Funeral Home. The family requests contributions to the stained glass repair fund at the church.


Vernatti, Esther (Bonds) 4 Sept 1913 - 23 Jan 2003

[Note: married William James Vernatti]

Esther Vernatti, 89, Ozark, died Jan. 23, 2003, in St. John's Regional Health Center. She was born Sept. 4, 1913, in Miami, Okla. Before retirement, she was a bookkeeper for Ozark Gas and Appliance. She served as past regent for the D.A.R., Branson Chapter, was active in the Ozark Chapter No. 98 O.E.S., was a member of the Jamestown Society and the Ozark V.F.W. Auxiliary. She had a special interest in genealogy. Her husband, William James Vernatti preceded her in death, as well as a daughter, Priscilla George, and two brothers, R.Q. Bonds, and Wilbur Bonds. Survivors include son Rex Vernatti and wife Janet, Ozark; a son-in-law, Chris George and wife Esther; seven grandchildren, Leanne Miller, Ken Vernatti, Marc George, Brad Vernatti, Julie Vernatti, Tim Vernatti, and Matt Vernatti; eight great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Don and Delbert Bonds, Washington State.


Vertz, John W., Rev. 3 Mar 1903 - 15 Jul 1974 OH 18 Jul 1974 p7

[Note: married Myrtle]

NIXA - Funeral services for the Rev. John W. Vertz, 71, of Rt. 2, Nixa, was at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the St. Paul United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Arbaugh officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery under direction of Klingners. Mr. Vertz died at 1:15 a.m. Monday in his home following an illness of one year. Mr. Vertz was pastor of several Springfield churches, including Dale Street Methodist, Broadway Methodist and Schweitzer Memorial Methodist Church for the past three years and was a member there at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Myrtle; one son, R. John of 2052 Ventura; one daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Nicholson of 831 East Loren; one brother, Dixon of the state of Washington; five sisters, Mrs. Zelda Dawson of Pittsburg, Kan., Mrs. Ethel Gordon of Herford, Colo., Mrs. Edith Chedsey of Walden, Colo., Mrs. Ruth Elrey of the state of California and Mrs. Inez Brittain of the state of Wyoming and seven grandchildren.


Vest, Daniel Webster "Webb" 9 Jul 1918 - 30 Apr 2000  CCH-N 3 May 2000

[Note: Son of Benjamin Franklin & Esthel Ada (England) Vest; married Nora Zuba Davis 23 Jul 1918 - 25 Aug 1993]

Daniel Webster "Webb" Vest passed away Sunday, April 30, 2000 in his home. He was born July 9, 1918 in Peter Pender, Arkansas and was the son of Benjamin Franklin Vest and Esthel Ada (England) Vest. Mr. Vest was a retired Teamster's Union truck driver. Survivors include: five children, Ralph Vest and his wife Lynn, Diana Taylor, Brenda Mitchell, and Binnie Branson and her husband Cliff, all of Ozark, and John Vest, Seattle, Washington; eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zuba Davis Vest; a son-in-law, Don Taylor; two brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services were 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Jerry Humble officiating. Burial was in Martin Cemetery, south of Highlandville.


Vest, George Graham, Sen. died 9 Aug 1904 CCR 11 Aug 1904 p1

After lingering for weeks between life and death at his cottage in Sweet Springs, Mo., Ex-Senator George Graham Vest passed peacefully away into the great beyond at 5 o’clock Tuesday morning. His remains will be interred in Bellefontaine cemetery, St. Louis today. Senator Vest was one of the truly great men of Missouri.


Vest, Gertrude E. “Trudy” (Geer) Purseley 19 Oct 1918 - 17 Aug 1985 OH 22 Aug 1985 p8

Services for Trudy E. Vest, 66, Highlandville, were held Aug. 20 in Harris Chapel, Ozark, with the Revs. Ted Carter and Tom Uzell officiating. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery. Mrs. Vest died Aug. 17 in Cox Medical Center North, Springfield, after a long illness. A retired 20-year employee of Safeway Markets, she was a longtime Bolivar and Polk County resident before moving to Highlandville four years ago. She was a member of Ozark United Pentecostal Church. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Coram of the home; a son, William Purseley, Olathe, Kan; six grandchildren; a great granddaughter; five brothers, Cliff Geer, London, Ontario, Canada, Donald Geer, Killarney, Manitoba, Canada, Lloyd Geer, Lane Villa, Ill., Glenn Geer, Ventura, Calif., and Bill Geer, Grand Forks, N. D.; and a sister, Betty Jean Geer, Fargo, N. D.


Vest, Nora Zuba (Davis) 23 Jul 1918 - 25 Aug 1993 OH 1 Sep 1993

[Note: Daughter of Johnnie & Anna (Pritchard) Davis; married Daniel Webster “Webb” Davis 9 Jul 1918 - 30 Apr 2000]

Nora Zuba (Davis) Vest, 75, Ozark, died Aug. 25, 1993 at 4:10 p.m., in Cox Medical Center South following a long illness. She was born July 23, 1918 in Abesville, in Stone County, the daughter of Johnnie Davis and Anna Pritchard Davis. She was united in marriage to D.W. (Webb) Vest, November 1938. She was a cosmetologist with shops in Rockaway Beach, Spokane and the home. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Webb Vest; three daughters, Diana, and her husband, Don Taylor, Brenda Mitchell and Binnie Vest; two sons, Ralph, and his wife Lynn Vest, and Mike Vest, all of Ozark; eight grandchildren, Kim Bell, John Vest, Quintin Taylor, Leah Taylor, Patti Maness, Zuba Melton, Dan Mitchell and Lisa Vest; five great-grandchildren, Gavin and Quid Taylor, Zac Melton, Jerry Dan Mitchell and Nichole Brown. Services were held Sunday, Aug. 29, in Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Gary Phipps officiating. Burial followed in the Martin Cemetery.


Vich, Barbara (Simpson) Baker 14 Sep 1935 - 1 Mar 2012 AdamsFH & SN-L 3 Mar 2012

[Note; Daughter of Theodore & Edna ( ) Simpson; married Fred H. Baker; married 1984 William R. Vich, Sr.]

            Barbara Jean (Baker) Vich, age 75, of Ozark, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. She was born September 14, 1936 in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore and Edna Simpson. Before retirement she worked for Dean’s Foods in Belvedere, Illinois; Mrs. Vich enjoyed the Ozark Senior Center, and had been a volunteer there for the past seven years. Survivors include: Her husband of 28 years, William R. Vich, Sr; three children, Rhonda Mielke (Louis), Deborah Konsdorf (William), and Fred H. Baker, III; five step-children; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters residing in Rockford, Illinois. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Baker Moore, her first husband, and her parents. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, March 3, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Vickers, Charles S. "Vic" 24 Apr 1937 - 29 Nov 2004  CCH-N 24 Nov 2004

[Note: Son of Charles S. & Delia (Beaulieu) Vickers, Jr.; married 1982  Sharon Woolery]

Charles S. "Vic" Vickers, 67, Springfield, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, in Cox Medical Center, South. Vic was born April 24, 1937, in Farmington, N.H., to Charles S. Vickers, Jr. and Delia Beaulieu Vickers. He graduated from Farmington High School and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as an air traffic controller in Biloxi, Miss.; Morocco, Africa; and Wichita, Kan. Prior to his retirement two years ago, he was the owner and operator of As You Like It Catering in Springfield, where he delighted in the preparation, presentation and service of his creations to his customers. He made many long-lasting friendships with his clients and associates and valued their respect. Vic was a member of the food service industry in the Springfield area for at least 28 years. After retirement, when the weather was nice, Vic was ready to play golf or go fishing. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Vickers, Jr. and father-in-law, Walter Woolery. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sharon, his mother, Delia Vickers, Farmington, N.H., and his mother-in-law, Orlena Woolery; Rogersville. Also surviving are daughters, Kelly Ann Vickers, Dallas, Texas; Jami Flanigan and husband Jeff, Sachse, Texas; Kimberly Borders and husband Rob, Yorktown, Va; Ruth Pratt and husband Don, Englewood, Fla.; brother, Kerry Vickers, Charleston, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Janice Pitts, Springfield and Kathy Seaver, Farmington, N.H. Last, but not least, he leaves the "lights of his life", his five grandchildren whom he adored: Maci, Lilli and Jack Flanigan and Katy and Evan Borders. He is also survived by a special aunt, Dolly French, Laconia, N.H., and a host of nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Fr. Fergus Monaghan officiating. Visitation was between the hours of 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. just prior to services. Burial will follow in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the loving and compassionate care given to Vic and family members by the nurses and staff of Cox Medical Center South during the final days of his life. Memorial contributions may be made to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis; 1685 Branham Lane, Suite 227, San Jose, CA 95118, or www


Vickers, Homer 20 Mar 1899 - 4 Aug 1914 CCR 7 Aug 1914 p1

[Note: Son of Lou & Sinda (McCoric) Vickers]

Colored Boy Drowns

Monday a large delegation of Springfield negroes arrived in Ozark by special train and proceeded to Jones’ spring for the days festivities such as are generally are observed at an old fashioned negro picnic with brass band trimmings. In the afternoon, while a number of the boys of the crowd were swimming at the mill pond, Homer Vickers, a boy some 14 years of age was drowned, supposedly by being overcome by cramps. The body was shortly recovered and brought to the Easson building at the northeast corner of the square where the body remained till taken away by the Lohmeyer funeral car to Springfield about 8:30 in the evening, Coroner Wasson of Nixa was called and viewed the remains but decided an inquest unnecessary. The boy was a bell boy at the Metropolitan hotel and was accompanied to Ozark by two sisters and an aunt who were much affected by the unfortunate accident.


Vickery, John died 10 Nov 1907 CCR 14 Nov 1907

John Vickery of Pittsburg, Kan. while sitting on the railroad track near Rogersville, Mo. Sunday morning was struck by the second section of Frisco train No. 251 in charge of Conductor Bybee and Engineer Dent Morris and killed. The remains were left at Rogersville,

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