Lassley, John W., d. 1933 - Lawing, Joseph D., d. 1956

Lassley, John W. 23 Aug 1902 - 28 Jun 1993  OH 29 May 1986 p8

[Note: Son of Marion Henry & Eliza Angeline (Brown) Lassley; married 4 Jun 1921 Iva Opal McTeer]


Lassley, Iva Opal (McTeer) 12 May 1906 - 24 Dec 2003   OH 29 May 1986 p8

[Note: Daughter of John & Iva Maud (Purcell) McTeer; married 4 Jun 1921 John W. Lassley]

Lassleys To Celebrate 65th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Lassley of Fresno, Calif. will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary June 4. The couple has one daughter, Margie Orr of Fresno. They also have two great-granddaughters, Karen and Tina Brown and one great-great-grandson, all of Fresno. John Lassley and Opal McTeer were married June 4, 1921 by the Rev. Green Melton near Shady Grove.

Lassley, Joseph Robert 21 Mar 1864 - 16 May 1934 CCR 24 May 1934 p8

[Note: Son of Joseph Henry & Susie "Susannah" Anne (Scott) Lassley; married 19 Jan 1885 Luritta Watts 12 Aug 1865 - ?]

Joseph Robert Lassley, aged 70 years, died at his home near Oldfield Thursday, May 17. Funeral services were held at the Old Boston cemetery conducted by Rev. McCormack of Rogersville. Burial was under the direction of B.C. Klepper.

Lassley, Joseph William 29 Apr 1890 -  25 Dec 1928 CCR 27 Dec 1928

[Note: Son of William Joseph & Unica Anne (Harper) Lassley]

Joseph W. Lassley -- Died at his home south of Shady Grove December 25th, at the age of 38 years. Burial was made in the Lassley cemetery, southeast of Rogersville, December 26th at 2 o’clock p.m. under the direction of T. B. Chaffin of Ozark.

Lassley, Kelly Gene 3 Aug 1974 - 23 Jul 2010 Preston-MarshFH

[Note: Son of Clyde William & Beulah Faye (Barr) Lassley; married Mary]

Kelly Gene Lassley 36 of Cleburne, Texas passed away Saturday July 23, 2011 from a pedestrian/automobile accident. Kelly was born on August 3, 1974 in Springfield to Clyde William Lassley and Beulah Faye “Barr” Lassley. He attended Washington Illinois High School, was of the Baptist Faith and was married to Mary “Bailey”. Surviving is his father & mother Clyde “Bill” Lassley and Buelah “Barr” Lassley of Fordland. Sons William & Branden Lassley and their mother Mary of Peoria, Ill. Tyler Lassley of Fordland, Twins Carson and Cameron Leeper and their mother Katie of Iowa, brothers Ronald Lassley of Springfield, Dennis Lassley of Texas and Gary Lassley of Iowa. Girl friend Amy Westbrook of Cleboure, Tx. Many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Lassley, Marion Otto 28 Jan 1893 - 1 Sep 1960     CCR 8 Sep 1960 p1

[Note: Son of  James Sherman & Mary Belle (Ferguson) Lassley; married Beulah]

Funeral services for Marion Otto Lassley, 67, former resident of Sparta, who died Thursday, Sept. 1 in a veterans hospital in Oakland, Calif., were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sparta Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Shipman officiating. Burial was in Sparta Cemetery under direction of Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark. He was a member of the Sparta Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his widow, Beulah of Oakland; two  sons and two daughters; five sisters, among them, Mrs. Thomas McTeer of Sparta and two brothers.

Lassley, Mary Magdalene (Moore) 23 May 1920 - Sep 2004 SN-L 13 Sep 2004

[Note: Daughter of James Edward & Corda May (Grisham) Moore; married 1 Oct 1936 CCM Clyde H. Lassley 9 Feb 1914 - 5 Mar 1978]

Mary Magdalene Lassley, 84, of Billings, formerly of Rogersville, passed away Saturday at her daughter's home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Preston-Marsh Funeral Home, Rogersville, with burial in the Miller Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Miller Cemetery.

Lassley, Milda Elwanda (Todd) 26 Sep 1938 - 3 Oct 1982 OH 7 Oct 1982 p5

[Note: Daughter of James Leslie & Hester Pearl (McHaffie) Todd; married 29 Oct 1958 Dewey Virgil Lassley]

Services for Milda Lassley, 44, Rogersville, were held Oct. 5 in Marsh Chapel with the Rev, Charles Eakins officiating. Burial was in McHaffie Cemetery. Mrs. Lassley died Oct. 3 in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, after a long illness. A native of Christian County, she was a member of Rogersville Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Dewey; two sons. Scott and Kevin, both of the home; a daughter, Karen, of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Todd, Rogersville; a brother, Carol L. Todd, Sparta; and a sister, Mrs. Sherry L. Green, Rogersville. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home.

Lassley, Tyler James 5 Dec 1997 - 24 Feb 2012 SN-L 26 Feb 2012

[Note: Son of Kelly Gene Lassley & Mary Bailey; raised by Clyde “Bill” & Beulah ( ) Lassley]

            Tyler James Lassley, age 14 of Fordland, Mo., passed away Friday, February 24, 2012 in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Born Again Cass Chapel Church on A Hwy, Fordland. Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery, Rogersville. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Preston-Marsh Funeral Home, Rogersville.


Lassley, Tyler James 5 Dec 1997 - 24 Feb 2012 Webster County Citizen 7 Mar 2012

            Funeral services for Tyler James Lassley of Fordland were held Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at the Born Again Church (Cass Chapel), north of Fordland. Burial followed in the Miller Cemetery in Rogersville, under the direction of Preston-Marsh Funeral Home in Rogersville. Mr. Lassley, 14, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was born on Dec. 5, 1997, in Peoria, Ill., to Kelly Gene Lassley and Mary Bailey. He was raised by his paternal grandparents Clyde “Bill” and Beulah Lassley.


Lassley, Unica Ann (Harper) 5 Jan 1862 - 20 Nov 1944 CCR 30 Nov 1944 p1

[Note: Daughter of Vinson & Matilda (Miller) Harper; married 23 Sep 1875 CCM William Joseph Lassley 9 Sep 1854 - 14 Nov 1925; spelling from tombstone]

Eunica Ann Lassley was born Jan. 5, 1862, and passed away at her home in Ozark, Nov. 20, 1944. She was married to William Lassley in 1875 and to this union were born 12 children. Her husband and six children preceded her in death. Mrs. Lassley had maintained membership in the Shady Grove Baptist Church for the past 50 years and was a faithful member as long as health permitted her to attend services. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred McCord, Springfield, and Mrs. Edna Davis, Red Water, Texas; four sons, Charley, Wichita, Kansas, John of Kansas City, George of Ozark and Garrett of Washington; a number of grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22, in the Chaffin Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Worth Caughron. Burial was in the Miller Cemetery.

Lassley, Wilda Feb 1933 - 11 Jun 1935 CCR 20 Jun 1935 p8

[Note: Daughter of Leonard & ? (?) Lassley; No MO DC

Wilda Lassley, aged 2 years, 4 months, and 15 days, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lassley, who died at their home in Fresno, Calif., on June 11 was buried on June 15 in the West Finley cemetery near Rogersville. The services were conducted by Rev. Hill and burial was in charge of T.B. Chaffin of Ozark.

Lassley, William “Bill” 30 Apr 1897 - Mar 1981 OH 28 May 1981 pB6

[Note: Son of Marion Henry & Eliza Angeline (Brown) Lassley]

Card of Thanks

Many thanks for all the kind expressions of sympathy at the recent death of our Dad and grandfather, Wm. “Bill” Lassley of Fresno, Ca. and Shady Grove, Mo. His many friends and relatives in his beloved Missouri have made his many trips back there a home going each time. We always knew he was “in good company” when he was back home in Missouri. Thanks again to you all.  Gerald Lassley and Geneva Waring and families of Fresno, Calif.

Lassley, William Joseph 9 Sep 1854 - 14 Nov 1925 CCR 20 Nov 1925 p1

[Note: Son of  Joseph Henry & Susie Anne "Susannah" (Scott) Lassley; married 23 Sep 1875 CCM  Unica Anne  Harper 5 Jan 1862 - 20 Nov 1944]

Wm J. Lassley, aged 71 years, 2 months and 5 days, died at his home one and a half miles south of Shady Grove, Saturday night November 14, 1925. Funeral services were held at the Miller cemetery at Pedlo, near Rogersville, Monday afternoon with interment under direction of T. B. Chaffin.

Lassley, William Ola 28 Nov 1897 - 23 May 1986  OH 29 May 1986 p4

[Note: Son of William Henry & Eliza Adaline (Elliot) Lassley; married 24 Nov 1924 CCM Capitola Patterson 4 Jun 1903 - 7 Aug 1987]

Services for William Ola Lassley, 88, Rogersville, were held May 27 in Marsh Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ray Lassley officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, southeast of Rogersville. Mr. Lassley died May 23 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, following a long illness. He was a retired farmer and lived most of his life south of Rogersville. Survivors include his wife, Capitola; two sons, Arthur, Burnet, Texas, and Dewey, Rogersville; one daughter, Wilma Green, Springfield; three brothers, John, Jack, and H. C. “Purd”; four sisters, Loda Patterson, Marie Seligar, Lois Wagnon, and Sarah Smith; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Lasswell, Rosetta (Rogers) 4 May 1910 - 22 Feb 1983 OH 3 Mar 1983 p9

Graveside services for Rosetta Lasswell, 72, Nixa, were held Feb. 26 in Dotson Cemetery near Lebanon with the Rev. Agnes Hill officiating. Burial was under direction of Holman of Lebanon, Mrs. Lasswell died Feb. 22 of natural causes at her home. Survivors include three sisters, Ruth Lawler, Mountain Grove, Edith Perkins, Manchester, Conn., and Marjorie Nicol, Escondido, Calif.; four brothers, Leonard Rogers, Shoshone, Idaho, Thomas Rogers, Everglade City, Fla., William Rogers, Rupert, Idaho, and Dale Rogers, Elk City, Okla.; and two half brothers, Jim and Wesley Rogers, both of Boise, Idaho.

Latham, H. Bob 3 Dec 1923 - 24 May 2006  SN-L 28 May 2006
[Note: Son of William & Pearl (  ) Latham; married 1944 Eileen]
H. Bob Latham, age 82, of Highlandville, passed away at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 24th. Bob was born in Springfield on Dec. 3, 1923, to the late William and Pearl Latham. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, South and Central Pacific combat areas, during World War II and was discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Bob retired after 30 years with Caltrans as a Civil Engineer. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen; daughters, Cathleen Collins and Lucinda Kelly; four grandchildren, Shannon Harward, Nathan Stover, Breanna Bayless and Ryan Kelly; seven great grandchildren; sister, Vida Jinks and brother, Larry Lathem. Bob was preceded in death by brother, Earnest Lathem and sister, Mildred Vantine. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospices of America, Springfield, Mo.

Latham, Paul Edward 2 Sep 1939 - 18 Jan 2011 CCH-N 26 Jan 2011

[Note: Son of Ora & Sadie (   ) Latham]

Paul Edward Latham, 71, of Morgantown, Ky., died Jan. 18, 2011, at the Morgantown Care and Rehab. He was a Christian County native, son of the late Ora and Sadie Latham and was a plumber. He was preceded in death by one son Paul Alan Latham. He is survived by one daughter Teresa Love of Princeton, Ky.; son Michael Latham of Woodbridge, Va.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister Effie Christie of Morgantown, Ky. Cremation and funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Chapel.

Lathrom, April Dawn (McHaffie) 26 Jun 1973 - 25 Feb 2010  SN-L 27 Feb 2010

[Note: Daughter of George and Marilyn (Zinker) McHaffie; married 10 Jul 1999 Grant Lathrom]

April McHaffie Lathrom, 36, Springfield, Mo., passed away February 25, 2010 in St. John's Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.


Lathrom, April Dawn (McHaffie) 26 Jun 1973 - 25 Feb 2010 CCH-N 3 Mar 2010

April Dawn McHaffie Lathrom, 36, Springfield, passed away Feb. 25, 2010, in St John’s Hospital. April was born June 26, 1973, in Mansfield, the daughter of George and Marilyn (Zinker) McHaffie. On July 10, 1999, she was united in marriage to Grant Lathrom.  After graduating from Sparta High School, April attended Missouri State University where she completed her Master of Business degree.  Later, she furthered her career and became a certified public accountant with the State of Missouri Auditors Office. Presently, she was employed by the City of Springfield as the Internal Auditor. Characterized by her desire to continue raising her children, April fought a courageous fight against cancer. She will always be remembered for her unconditional love and will be truly missed by her family. April is lovingly survived by: Her husband, Grant, and their two young children, son Caleb and daughter Sydney; her father, George McHaffie; mother Marilyn McHaffie; half-brother Shawn McHaffie; half-sister Devon McHaffie; several other caring relatives, many friends and co-workers.  April was preceded in death by her grandparents, Burk and Eugemia McHaffie. Funeral services were 10 a.m. March 2, in Barnes Family Funeral Home with Pastor Ronnie Turner officiating. Visitation was March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove.

You were a precious gift from God above, so much beauty, intelligence and love.

You touched our lives and guided our hearts, even though we may be apart.

When God's whisper called you home, you did not want to leave us alone.

You loved us so much, you held on tight, till all strength was gone and you could not fight.

So you gave your hand to God and slowly drifted away, knowing that with God’s love, together will we be someday.

Lathrom, Thomas Richard “Dick” 18 Feb 1943 - 22 Jun 2009 SN-L 24 Jun 2009 & CCH-N 1 Jul 2009

[Note: Son of William & Betty Maxine (Denny) Lathrom; married 25 Jul 1996 Glenda]

Thomas Richard "Dick" Lathrom, 66, Nixa, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009, in Cox South Hospital. He was born February 18, 1943, in Los Angeles, California to William and Betty Maxine (Denny) Lathrom. On July 25, 1996, he was united in marriage to Glenda Lathrom. Dick was employed in car sales for Don Wessel of Springfield and always appreciated his loyal customers. He led a rich and varied life and was a member of several civic organizations including Shriners of North America, Elks Lodge and Gate of Temple Lodge #422. Dick was a devoted family man who enjoyed barbecuing, social gatherings being outdoors and playing golf. He always worked his magic being a grandpa and remembered to tell everyone about his special granddaughter Eva. He will be missed by Trooper, Ginger and Lucky, his faithful four-legged companions. Dick is lovingly survived by his wife, Glenda; four children, Thomas Richard "Richie" Lathrom II and wife Tracy of Ozark, Jeremy Lathrom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ashley Lind and husband Jake and Gary Wood all of Springfield; granddaughter, Eva Lathrom; a brother, Max Lathrom and wife Sandy; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Larkins; other caring relatives, co-workers and good friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Harold Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Hopedale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.


Lathrom, Thomas Richard “Dick” 18 Feb 1943 - 22 Jun 2009 SN-L 24 Jun 2009

While it is with sadness that we mourn the loss of our co-worker Dick Lathrom, we are thankful for the life, humor and faithfulness he shared with his family, many friends and customers. As a trusted salesman and loyal member of the extended Don Wessel Honda family for over 20 years, the suddenness of his passing is especially bitter. Dick always felt that a memorial should "be short and make 'em laugh". We're laughing through our sorrow because we knew Dick Lathrom as a man of integrity and ultimate victory over life's challenges. Our sincere condolences to his family, his sons, Rich and Jeremy, and especially his wife, Glenda, whom he truly loved and adored. The Friends and Family of Don Wessel Honda

Lathrop, Bertha Florence (Walker) 22 Jul 1903 - 11 Jan 1969        CCR 16 Jan 1969 p8

[Note: married 5 Nov 1921 William Wesley “Wes” Lathrop 20 Sep 1896 - 17 Jul 1969]

Mrs. Bertha F. Lathrop, 65, Ozark, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Nursing Home in Springfield. Mrs. Lathrop moved to Ozark from Seneca in 1966. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving is her husband, Wesley. Funeral services were at 2 p.m Tuesday in Chadwick Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Bob Grady officiating. Burial was in Chadwick Cemetery under direction of Harris.

Lathrop, James E. 24 Jan 1892 - 15 Apr 1964 CCR 23 Apr 1964 p5

[Note: Son of Thomas Benton & Martha Caroline (Hill) Lathrop]

James E. Lathrop, 72, died at his home in Garden Grove, Calif., Wednesday, April 15. A resident there 12 years, he had lived in Springfield for 15 years. He spent the early part of his life in Ponce de Leon community. Survivors include two brothers, Albert, Delaware, Ohio, and Fred, of the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Ark, and a sister, Mrs. Dwight Seymour, Garden Grove, Calif. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Ponce de Leon Cemetery. The Rev. Tommy Bilyeu officiated with burial under the direction of Harris of Ozark.

Lathrop, William Wesley “Wes” 20 Sep 1896 - 17 Jul 1969     CCR 24 Jul 1969 p8

[Note: Son of Columbus “Lum” & Jennie (Lewis) Lathrop; married 5 Nov 1921 Bertha Florence Walker 22 Jul 1903 - 11 Jan 1969]

William Wesley “Wes” Lathrop, 72, of Ozark, died at 2 a.m. Thursday in the Veterans’ Hospital, North Little rock, Ark. where he had been a patient since May 4. Mr. Lathrop, a retired farmer and former 20-year employee with the Carborundum Company, Seneca, also had lived in the Chadwick community. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church and a veteran of World War I. Survivors are two brothers, Raymond, Carthage, and Norman, Prosperity. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Harris Chapel here with the Rev. Bob Grady officiating. Burial was in Chadwick Cemetery.

Lathrope, Elizabeth Ann 1890 - 7 Jul 1965     CCR 8 Jul 1965 p1

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Lathrope, 75, Ozark, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Mrs. Lathrope, who lived most of her life in the Lone Star community of Taney County, was a member of Lone Star Church of God. Survivors include a son, Ernest of the home; a half-sister, Mrs. Nora Cook, Los Angeles, Calif.; a half-brother, Tom Tetters, state of California; and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Harris of Ozark.


Lathrope, Elizabeth Ann 1890 - 7 Jul 1965     CCR 15 Jul 1965 p1

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Lathrope, 75, of Ozark, who died Wednesday morning in St. John’s Hospital, were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Harris Chapel. The Rev. Roy Shipman officiated, with burial in Lone Star Cemetery in Taney County.

Lathrope, Ernest E. 1909 - 20 Nov 1968   CCR 28 Nov 1968 p8

[Note: Son of ? & Elizabeth Ann (  ) Lathrope; married Rosa Crum]

Ernest E. Lathrope, 59, Ozark, died at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday in Springfield Baptist Hospital. A lifelong resident of Taney and Christian Counties, Mr. Lathrope is survived by two daughters, Miss Lora Lee Lathrope, Kansas City and Miss Rowena Lathrope, St. Joseph. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday in Harris Chapel at Ozark. Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery in Taney County.


Lathrope, Ernest E. 1909 - 20 Nov 1968   CCR 28 Nov 1968 p8

NOTICE OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION GRANTED - Estate of Ernest S, Lathrope, Descendent.

To all persons interested in the estate of ERNEST E. LATHROPE, deceased.

On the 20th day of November, 1968, Lora Lee Lathrope was appointed the administriax of the estate of ERNEST E. LATHROPE, decedent of, by the probate court of Christian County, Missouri. The address of the administriax is 216 North Wheeling, Kansas City, Missouri 64123 and her attorneys are Crain and Garrison whose address is  103 Telephone Building, Ozark, Missouri. All creditors of said descendent are notified to file claims in court within nine months from the date of this notice or be forever barred. Date of this publication is November 28, 1968. BEULAH ANDERSON, Clerk of the Probate Court, Christian County, Missouri 36-4

Lathrope, Roena Mae 18 Sep 1941 – 11 Sep 1997  CCH-N 24 Sep. 1997

[Note: Daughter of Ernest & Rosa (Crum) Lathrope]

Roena Mae Lathrope, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 11, in Kansas City. She was born at Swan on Sept. 18, 1941 to Ernest and Rosa (Crum) Lathrope. She is survived by one sister, Debbie (Lora Lee) Lathrope of Kansas City; an uncle, Lloyd Crum, Cottage Grove, Ore.; an aunt, Olive Hammond, Joplin; and a host of other relatives. A memorial service and burial will be at the Chadwick Cemetery Sept. 27, 11 a.m., with Neal Crum officiating.

Lathrope, Vernon L. 1911 - 28 Jul 1964   CCR 30 Jul 1964 p1

[Note: Son of ? & Elizabeth Anne (  ) Lathrope]

Vernon L. Lathrope, 53, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday at his home south of Ozark. He was a resident of the Swan community in Taney County most of his life. He moved to Ozark 14 years ago. He was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lathrope and a brother, Ernest, both of the home. Funeral services will be announced by Harris of Ozark.


Lathrope, Vernon L. 1911 - 28 Jul 1964   CCR 6 Aug 1964 p1

Funeral services for Vernon L. Lathrope, 53, who died at 6 a.m. Tuesday at his home south of Ozark, wre at 1 p.m. Sunday in Harris Chapel at Ozark. The Rev. Roy Shipman officaited, and burial was in Lone Star Cemetery in Taney County.

Lato, Rita Marie (Groenke) 10 Feb 1941 - 10 Feb 2008 SN-L 14 Feb 2008

[Note: Daughter of William & Lorena (Helte) Groenke; married Leo Lato]

Rita Marie Lato, of Nixa, Mo., formerly Chippewa, Wisc., passed away on her 67th birthday, February 10, 2008. She was born February 10, 1941 in Osseo, Minn., the daughter of William and Lorena (Helte) Groenke. She was united in marriage to Leo Lato on December 27, 1965. Mrs. Lato had a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, during her working career she was an elementary school teacher and also a certified nurse assistant. She retired from Eagleton Home Care Center. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Mo. Survivors include her husband, Leo; a daughter, Sue Hillsdale and husband, Erick, Sunnyvale, Calif.; a son, John Lato and wife, Katie, Austin, Texas; two brothers, Joel Groenke and Marc Groenke; and a sister, Eunice Lunde. Cremation was under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Latsbaugh, Donna (Farmer) 22 Feb 1883 - 10 Apr 1933 CCR 13 Apr 1933 p8

[Note: Daughter of Jasper Newton & Eliza Ann (Smith) Farmer; married E. J. Latsbaugh]

Mrs. Donna Farmer Latsbaugh, aged 50 years, passed away at the Baptist Hospital in Springfield on Monday, April 10. She is survived by an adopted son, 5 years old, one sister, Mrs. Emory Gardner of Oldfield and one brother, Ross Farmer of Crane. Funeral services were held at the Sparta Christian Church on Tuesday, April 11, with Rev. Larimore officiating. Burial was made in the Farmer cemetery north of Sparta with T.B. Chaffin of Ozark and Otto Rathbun of Sparta, the Sparta Undertaking company, in charge.

Latta, Laura Marie (Hyder) 5 Feb 1924 - 29 May 2011 SN-L 1 Jun 2011
[Note: Daughter of Edgar & Laura (  ) Hyder; married 2 Jun 1945  Raymond Jack Latta 8 Feb 1922 - 3 Apr 2011]
Mrs. Laura Marie Latta, 87, Ozark, Mo. passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Ozark Nursing and Care. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences at
Latta,  Laura Marie (Hyder)   5 Feb 1924 - 29 May 2011 CCH-N 8 Jun 2011
Laura Marie Hyder was born to Laura and Edgar Hyder on Feb. 5, 1924, in Troy, Texas. She died May 29, 2011, at the age of 87. Shortly after her birth, the Hyder family loaded up their horse and wagon and headed north to settle in Stigler, Okla., where Marie was raised. In May of 1942, Marie graduated from Stigler High School. Following her graduation, Marie worked as a telephone operator and was later employed at Skelly Oil Company. Marie married Raymond Jack Latta on June 2, 1945. Upon Jack’s discharge from the United States Navy, they moved to southern California where they lived for the next 39 years. During this time, Marie gave birth to three children and was an active member of The Church of God. Along with raising her children, Marie worked for General Dynamics, and later retired from the Simpson Paper Mill. Following their retirement, Jack and Marie moved to Ozark, in the summer of 1985. It was here in Ozark that Marie spent the last 26 years of her life. During this time Marie raised a garden in which she would grow fresh fruits and vegetables for canning homemade salsas, pickles and jams. She attended various churches in the area and enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with her family, neighbors, friends and her beloved dog, Tiny. Marie was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Raymond Jack Latta. She is survived by two sisters, Eva Garrett and Sue Hensley; three children, Linda Gomez and husband Fred, Ed Latta and wife Bette, Jon Latta and wife Millie; seven grandchildren, Dante Gomez and wife Christie, Michael Gomez and wife Anna, Tiffany Gomez, Danielle Latta, Benjamen Latta, Amanda Windham and husband Billie, Jonnie Latta; nine great- grandchildren, and her dogs Tiny and Dolly. Services were held at 12:30 p.m. June 2, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor Jack Bunn officiating. Burial followed in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation was held June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at

Latta, Raymond “Jack” 8 Feb 1922 - 3 Apr 2011 SN-L 5 Apr 2011
[Note: Son of William Morgan & Lula Bell (Ballard) Latta; married 2 Jun 1945 Laura Marie]
Raymond "Jack" Latta, 89, Ozark, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 in his home. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be 11 a.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Mo. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Mo. Online condolences may be made to
Latta, Raymond “Jack” 8 Feb 1922 - 3 Apr 2011  CCH-N 6 Apr 2011
Raymond “Jack” Latta, 89, Ozark, passed away April 3, 2011,  in his home. Jack was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Paden, Okla., the son of William Morgan and Lula Bell (Ballard) Latta. Jack grew up in Stiger, Okla. Upon being drafted into the U.S. Army, Jack promptly went to the nearest U.S. Navy offices and enlisted. Then requested the military due something about his draft notice. It worked! He became a private first class in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 29, 1942, and served in Malta, Sicily, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. In July of the following year he was on the USS Maddox that sank in the Mediterranean Sea after being bombed by German aircraft. In late fall of 1944, Jack was on a second destroyer that was bombed and sank off the Philippine Islands.  After surviving the sinking of two navy destroyers, Jack returned to Stigler, Okla., to marry Laura Marie Latta on June 2, 1945. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in November of that same year. Upon his discharge, Jack and Marie moved to southern California where they lived for the next 39 years. During this time Jack worked for the Simpson Paper Mill from which he retired after 30 years of service. Following retirement Jack and Marie moved to Ozark in the summer of 1984. It was here in Ozark that Jack spent the last 26 years of his life. His life of retirement was hardly one of rest as he set about building a 40-acre farm on which he raised horses, cattle, and a true Victory Garden. He spent his free time at home with his beloved family, friends and pets, or riding Fox Trotter horses in the Mark Twain National Forest. When he wasn’t able to enjoy the outdoors, he could often be found in his favorite chair reading Western novels or watching John Wayne films. Jack is survived by his wife, Laura Marie Latta; one brother, Tom Latta; Three Children, Linda Gomez and husband Fred Gomez; Ed Latta and wife Bette Latta; Jon Latta and wife Millie Latta; seven grandchildren: Dante Gomez and wife Christie; Michael Gomez and wife Anna; Tiffany Gomez; Danielle Latta; Benjamen Latta; Amanda Windham and husband Billy Windham; Jonnie Latta; nine great grandchildren; and his dogs Tiny and Dolly. On lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jack’s honor to the Ozark’s Honor Flight program which flys local veterans to the visit the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans. Donations may be made at the following website:  Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. April 7, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. April 6, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.

Latterner, Clarence Lee 11 Mar 1901 - 6 Sep 1986 OH 11 Sep 1986 p7

[Note: Son of Daniel & Ida Mae (Yeakle) Latterner; married Zelma Esther 29 Jan 1907 - Feb 1975; Daniel Latterner born Middletown, OH, on 1880 Lemon Twp, Butler County OH with parents Philip and Mary Latterner both born Prussia; Daniel died Springfield, MO, buried Hepler, Crawford  County KS - on 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses in Hepler KS; Ida Mae was daughter of Michael Samuel & Nancy Ellen (Garver) Yeakle; Clarence is brother of Charles R. Latterner born Jan 1894, Willard Frederick Latterner Feb 1896 - 21 Aug 1958, Eva E. (Latterner) Hardin 7 Sep 1897 - Dec 1986, and Ernest Dale Latterner 31 Oct 1904 - 29 Oct 1999; see more information in the Frisco Employee cards]

Services for Clarence Lee Latterner, 85, Ozark, were held September 9 in Adams Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dave Dowlen officiating,. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield. Mr. Latterner died September 6 in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, after a long illness, He was a retired employee of the Frisco railroad and had lived in the Ozark community since 1934. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. P. I. Frankum and Mrs. Floyd Shockley, both of Springfield; one sister, Eva Hardin, Buhl, Idaho; one brother, Ernest, Springfield; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Latterner, Zelma Esther 29 Jan 1907 - Feb 1975 OH 20 Feb 1975 p11

[Note: married Clarence Lee Latterner 11 Mar 1901 - 6 Sep 1986]

Funeral services for Zelma Esther Latterner, 68, were held February 18, at Adams Chapel, Ozark with the Rev. Conrad Kitchell officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Adams.

Latty, Paul A. 10 Jul 1912  - 5 Jun 1980 OH 12 Jun 1980 p5

Services for Paul A. Latty, 67, Lanigan, father of Mrs. Helen Pruitt, Nixa were held last Sunday in Lanigan. Mr. Latty, former Springfieldian, died June 5 in Gravette Medical Center, Gravette, Ark.

Lauderback, Virginia (Trogdon) 6 Feb 1922 - 30 Nov 2011 KCStar 1 Dec 2011

[Note: Daughter of Daniel Clarence & Ethel Lena Ruth (Matthews) Trogdon; married 31 Aug 1940 Kenneth Lauderback 1914 - 1994]

            Virginia Lauderback, 89, of Independence, Missouri died on November 30, 2011 at The Groves. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 6-8 pm at the Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 10:00 am also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Missouri at 2:30 pm. Virginia was born on February 6, 1922 in Billings, Missouri (Christian County ) to Dan & Ethel Trogdon and later moved to Republic, Missouri in 1924 where she attended grade school and high school. She attended SMS University in Springfield. Virginia married Kenneth Lauderback on August 31, 1940. They lived in Springfield until moving to Independence in 1956. Virginia worked at J.J. Newberry Co. & Revco Drug before retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Virginia was preceded in death by Kenneth in 1994. She is survived by her two children Judith Ann Childers of Vienna, Virginia & Steven Kenneth Lauderback of Independence, Missouri, 3 grandchildren; Adam Childers, Jeff Lauderback and Stacey Schraeder, 2 great grandchildren; Jordan and Taylor Lauderback. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at

(Arrangements by Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., K.C., MO 64133, 816-353-1218) D.W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories.


Laudermith, Donald Alan 21 Apr 1945 - 8 Aug 2005 SN-L 10 Aug 2005

[Note: Son of Donald & Dorothy (McCann) Laudermith; married ?; married 1 Jan 1992 Linda Mae Bomer 26 Dec 1945 - 21 Dec 2009  who maried first McDaniel]

Donald Alan Laudermith, age 60, of Ozark, passed away Monday, August 8, 2005. He was born April 21, 1945, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Donald and Dorothy (McCann) Laudermith. His parents preceded him in death. As a U.S Marine, he served his country in Vietnam. Mr. Laudermith worked as a water treatment systems salesman. He enjoyed football, especially Nebraska Corn Huskers and the Colorado Broncos. On January 1, 1992, he and his wife, Linda, were married. Survivors include his wife, Linda; six children: Roxanne Middleton, Omaha, Neb.; Donald Scott Laudermith, Dallas, Texas; Michael James Laudermith, Omaha, Neb.; Michelle Carmichael, Omaha, Neb.; Angelica Laudermith, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Aaron Laudermith, Vermillion, S.D.; a step-child, Bob McDaniel, Jefferson City, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral service will be at 9 a.m. today in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Iva Laudermith officiating. Viewing will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery.


Laudermith, Donald Alan 21 Apr 1945 - 8 Aug 2005 CCH-N 17 Aug 2005

            Donald Alan Laudermith, 60, of Ozark, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2005. A funeral service was at 9 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 10 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial was in Sparta Cemetery. 

Laudermith, Linda Mae (Bomer) McDaniel 26 Dec 1945 - 21 Dec 2009 SN-L 23 Jan 2009 & CCH-N 27 Jan 2009

[Note: Daughter of Jim & Leona (Willoughby) Bomer; married ? McDaniel; married 1 Jan 1992 Donald Alan Laudermith 21 Apr 1945 - 8 Aug 2005]

Linda Mae Laudermith, age 63, Ozark, died January 21, 2009. She was born December 26, 1945, in Moreland, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jim and Leona (Willoughby) Bomer. Linda was a member of St. Joseph the Worker, Ozark. Survivors include a son, Bob McDaniel and wife, Lisa, Jefferson City; three grandchildren, Kimberly and Christopher McDaniel, and Holly Wiggins; a great-grandson, Sam Wiggins; three brothers, Bill Bomer, Jim Bomer and wife, Fern, and Allen Bomer; nieces and nephews; and loving friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Laudermith; a son, Howard "Butch” McDaniel; and a sister, Marvella Koksile. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Sparta. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, immediately before the service, in the funeral home.

Launstein, Barbara Ann (Jones) 1940 - 27 Jun 1980  OH 10 Jul 1980 p8

[Note: Daughter of Earnest W. & Rosie Belle (Kirby) Jones; married 1960 Don Launstein; no SSDI found]

Barbara Ann Launstein, 40, Mason, Mich., daughter of Mrs. Earnest Jones, Ozark, died unexpectedly in Clare, Mich. June 27. Barbara was vice president of Laustein Sawmill, Inc. and a member of the Eden United Brethren Church in Mason, Surviving are her husband, Don of Mason; a daughter, Mary Lou, of the home, a son, Dave of Mason; her mother, Mrs. Rosia Jones, Ozark; two sisters, Mrs. Judy Hord, Ozark and Mrs. Wanda Sue Castleman, Girard, Ill,; two brothers, Larry Dale Jones, Ozark and John Jones of Joplin. Funeral services were held July 1 in Eden United Brethren Church. Burial was in Hawley Cemetery. Barbara was a lifelong resident of Ozark until her marriage in 1960 when she moved to Mason, Her death was due to a heart ailment.

Laurinas, Mildred Kathryn “Millie” (Cox) Gilbert  19 Dec 1917 - 6 Mar 2012 SN-L 8 Mar 2012

[Note: Daughter of Oreayla & Mary (Roberts) Cox; married John David Gilbert; married George A. Laurinas]

            Mildred "Millie" Kathryn Laurinas, 94, Branson. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Laurinas, Mildred Kathryn “Millie” (Cox) Gilbert  19 Dec 1917 - 6 Mar 2012 CCH-N 14 Mar 2012

            Mildred (Millie) Kathryn Laurinas died March 6, 2012. She was born Dec. 19, 1917, Chariton, Iowa, the daughter of Oreayla and Mary (Roberts) Cox. Millie grew up and lived most of her life in central Iowa. In the ‘80s, her love of music prompted her and George to move to the Branson area. George was a violin player and Millie played the keyboards and mandolin.

They played at church, in the “Kitchen Band,” and at several other restaurants in the Branson area, including Bob Evans and McFarlands. Millie was a member of the Friendly Baptist Church, where she played the banjo. She leaves behind many dear friends including Bob and Sue Mabe. She was preceded in death by parents, husbands John David Gilbert, George A. Laurinas, son Ivyl Lee Gilbert, sister Irene Wright, brother Arlo William Cox (age 3) and aunt Areala Cox. She is survived by sister Betty (Gene) Arns, Des Moines, Iowa; daughter-in-law Karen Gilbert (Jim) Hartzler, London, Ohio; granddaughters Stacey (John) Peters, Hilliard, Ohio, Shelly

(Mark) Fugere, Fargo, N.D.; and grandson Ryan (Amy) Gilbert, Beavercreek, Ohio. She also leaves behind six great grandchildren, one great great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Services are 10 a.m. March 10 at the Friendly Baptist Church, 2751 Kirkland Dr. Branson. Visitation will from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church. Funeral services are being provided by

Adams Funeral Home in Nixa, with graveside services at Highlandville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendly Baptist Church and Hospice Compassus, 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Ste 200, Branson, 65616.


Laurinas, Mildred Kathryn “Millie” (Cox) Gilbert  19 Dec 1917 - 6 Mar 2012 AdamsFH

            Mildred (Millie) Kathryn Laurinas passed peacefully into her Heavenly home on Tuesday March 6, 2012. She was born December 19, 1917, Chariton, Iowa the daughter of Oreayla and Mary (Roberts) Cox. She is survived by sister Betty (Gene) Arns, Des Moines, Iowa, daughter-in-law Karen Gilbert (Jim) Hartzler, London, Ohio. Granddaughters Stacey (John) Peters, Hilliard, Ohio, Shelly (Mark) Fugere, Fargo, ND, and grandson Ryan (Amy) Gilbert, Beavercreek, Ohio. She also leaves behind 6 great grandchildren, 1 great great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her “Aunt Puggy”. She was preceded in death by parents, husbands John David Gilbert, George A. Laurinas, son Ivyl Lee Gilbert, sister Irene Wright, brother Arlo William Cox (age 3) and aunt Areala Cox. Millie was a member of the Friendly Baptist Church, where she played the banjo. She leaves behind many dear friends including Bob and Sue Mabe. Millie grew up and lived most of her life in central Iowa. She came from a musical family. Parents and sisters were all gifted musicians. In the 80’s, that love of music prompted her and George to move to the Branson area. George was a violin player and besides the banjo Millie played the keyboards and mandolin. They played at church, in the “Kitchen Band”, and at several other restaurants in the Branson area, including Bob Evans and McFarlands. A celebration of Millie’s life will be held Saturday March 10th, 10 a.m. at the Friendly Baptist Church, 2751 Kirkland Dr. Branson, MO. Visitation will also be at the church, 9-10 a.m. on Saturday. Funeral services are being provided by Adams Funeral Home in Nixa, MO., with graveside services at Highlandville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendly Baptist Church and Hospice Compassus, 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Ste 200, Branson, MO 65616. 

Lavin, Ella 12 Aug 1933 - 13 Dec 1982 OH 23 Dec 1982 p9

[Note: married Francis T. Lavin]

Services for Ella Lavin, 49, Republic, were held Dec. 17 at Meadors Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Fred Beyer officiating, Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Billings. Mrs. Lavin died Dec. 13 at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Mrs. Lavin was a native of Nuremburg, Germany. Survivors include her husband, Francis T.; and two sisters, Mrs. Hanna Austin, Billings, and Mrs. Lisa Kuhnen, Nuremberg, Germany

Law,  Edgar D. 4 Oct 1922 - 12 Aug 2003  SN-L 14 Aug 2003

[Note: Son of Cly & Edna (Rouse) Lawmarried 1946 Elizabeth]

Edgar D. "Bud" Law went home to be with the Lord August 12, 2003 at 3 p.m. at Cox South in Springfield, Missouri. The son of Cly and Edna (Rouse) Law, he was born October 4, 1922 at Green City, Sullivan County, Missouri. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the South Pacific, Honolulu, Saipan and Iwo Jima with the 752nd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion. He retired from Ozark Electric Cooperative after 31 years of service. He leaves his beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth; one son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Sharron Law; two granddaughters, Michelle Law of Springfield, MO, and Leah Grier and her husband Dr. Aaron Grier of Ozark; two great-grandchildren, Kirsten and Ethan Grier; four sisters; two brothers; and a host of nieces and nephews survive him. Bud was a member of the First Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Missouri, and loved to serve the Lord and the church there. After moving to Springfield, he worshiped at Christ United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, August 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call at Greenlawn Funeral Home South today between the hours of four and eight p.m. No formal visitation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Victory Mission or Christ United Methodist Church.

Law, Thomas Alvin 4 Mar 1862 - 12 Dec 1939 CCR 21 Dec 1939 p1

[Note: Son of John & ? ( ) Law; married 20 Oct 1892 Mary Elizabeth  Campbell 20 Mar 1864 - 19 Feb 1956]

Thomas Alvin Law was born March 4, 1862, and departed this life December 12, 1939, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 8 days. He was married to Mary E. Campbell, Oct. 20, 1892, and to this union were born five children; Walter, of Aberdeen, WA; Ernest of the home; Mrs. Ora Cloud, of Ponce de Leon; Rolla, of Detroit, MI, and Mrs. Wade Garoutte, of Crane, MO. Beside the wife and children, he is survived by 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one brother, Willis Law of Indiana. He was converted at an early age at a Methodist meeting but never untied with any church. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 pm, in the Floods church, conducted by Rev. Floyd Hanks of Ozark, MO, with burial there under the direction of Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.

Lawing, Allen Abraham 12 Dec 1904 - 14 Jan 1955      CCR 20 Jan 1955 p1

[Note: Son of Waldo & Lavonneia (Payne) Lawing; married Evelyn Maurine Phillips 17 Mar 1910 - 15 Feb 1990 m/2 McCoy]

Funeral services for Allen Abraham Lawing, 50, who died Friday morning, January 14, at his farm home south of Ozark where he was born, were held Sunday afternoon in the Selmore Christian Church, with Rev. Harold Mayes officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery under direction of the Chaffin Funeral Home. He was a member of the Selmore Christian Church, a longtime member of the Modern Woodmen. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Maurine Lawing; one son, Orville L. Lawing; one daughter, Mrs. Maurine Young; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Lawing; a sister, Mrs. Lucille Blevins of Ontario, Calif; four grandchildren; five nieces and one nephew.

Lawing, Dorothy Clara 5 Sep 1888 - 29 Nov 1918 CCR 6 Dec 1918 p1

[Note: married Samuel Ralph Lawing 18 Mar 1884 - 12 Sep 1923; no MO DC found]

Mrs. Ralph Lawing died last Saturday, November 30 at her home in Eldorado, Kansas, from influenza. Mrs. Lawing was the wife of Ralph Lawing, who is a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Lawing, who lived until recently about two miles north of the city, but who recently moved to Springfield. Funeral services was held at  the home of a neighbor in Springfield Sunday, on account of the serious illness of Mrs. Jess Lawing Elliot and her baby with influenza. Burial was made in the Weaver cemetery near the old Lawing place north of town.,

Lawing, Felix Earl 28 Oct 1883 - 19 Jun 1904 CCR 23 Jun 1904 p1

[Note: Son of John Ossian & Jennie (Nichols) Lawing]

Both Drowned - Earl Lawing and Louis Maxwell Lose Their Lives Sunday

A party of young people went to the Delaware crossing on the James Sunday from Republic for an outing, among them being Earl Lawing, Louis Maxwell, Teague Anderson, Maggie O’Neil, Carrie Russell, Bertha Williams, Clara McClerry and Chester Roop, who were eye-witnesses to the tragedy. The merry party spent the morning fishing and after luncheon spent some time in wading into the river that rushes over the rocks, giving it the name of slick rock ford. The water was muddy but nor deep. They were up to their waists in the water when Maxwell in some manner slipped and fell and was washed into deep water in just an instant. Earl Lawing followed his struggling companion down the stream in his efforts to reach him, but both were carried down and sank in a deep hole of water. The scene on the bank while the boys were struggling in the water was very pathetic. Anderson waded out to the bank of the river while Lawing was struggling with Maxwell who could not swim, while the girls screamed for assistance. A boat was tied near the ford and Anderson tried to unfasten the chain, but in his excitement could not release the skiff. Failing to free the boat, he unhitched one of the horses from the hack and forced it into the stream, but in the meantime, they both had sunk and he was nearly drowned himself in reaching the bank. The screams of the girls had attracted quite a crowd to the banks who at once organized a search party who kept up the search until about 8:00 o’clock Monday morning when the bodies were recovered 100 years below where they sank. Louis Maxwell lives near Republic, to which place he was taken for interment. Earl Lawing was taken to his rooming house at Republic. Earl Lawing was born and reared near hear, going from here to Springfield when he graduated. He accepted a position as assistant cashier of the Bank of Republic, which position he held at the time of his death. He was 19 years old and of a loving disposition and counted his friends by the scores. He was an exemplary young man and the tragedy has caused deepest sorrow at this place as well as at Republic. The remains were brought to this place Tuesday and interred in the Weaver Cemetery followed to its last resting place by a host of sympathizing relatives and friends.

Lawing, Felix V. Jul 1859 - Nov 1941 CCR 13 Nov 1941 p1

[Note: Son of Robert & Margaret Brooks (McDaniel) Lawing; married 1898 Lexa M.]

Mrs. Metta Stewart of Ozark received word this week of the death of her brother, Felix Lawing, 83, who passed away at the home of his daughter at Tulare, CA. Mr. Lawing spent a great part of his life near Ozark. He was reared on a farm 2 ½ miles northwest of Ozark, moving to California in1910. He is survived by his daughter, two granddaughters, and one sister, Mrs. Stewart. Mrs. Stewart is the only living member of a family of eleven children.

Lawing, Fred H. 16 Jun 1872 - 24 Jun 1920 CCR 21 May 1920 p1

[Note: Son of Robert Preston & Margaret Brooks (McDaniel) Lawing; died Nome, Alaska;

married, but wife’s and daughter’s name not given]

A cable from Nome, Alaska, the 13 inst. to Mrs. W. L. Woody, stated that her brother, Fred Lawing was beyond all home of recovery. End might come at any minute. Mr. Lawing has been in Nome since October 1918. He has been in the hospital since last January: cause unknown. The body is expected to arrive on the first boat to Seattle some time in June and will be brought to Ozark for burial


Lawing, Fred H. 16 Jun 1872 - 24 Jun 1920 CCR 9 Jul 1920 p1


According to a telegram received from Guy Lawing, the remains of Fred Lawing who died at Nome, Alaska June 24th, was shipped Monday from Seattle Accompanied by Guy Lawing. The remains are expected to arrive in Springfield sometime Friday and will be brought to Ozark for burial in the Weaver cemetery, the old family burial ground.


Lawing, Fred H. 16 Jun 1872 - 24 Jun 1920 CCR 16 Jul 1920 p1

All members of the Masonic Fraternity are hereby requested to meet in Masonic Temple in Ozark at 1:30 o’clock p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 1920 for the purpose of conducting the funeral of our deceased brother, Fred H. Lawing.  Charles Shollenberger, W. M.  G. T. Breazeale, Secretary.


Lawing, Fred H. 16 Jun 1872 - 24 Jun 1920 CCR 16 Jul 1920 p1

The body of Fred H. Lawing who died at Nome, Alaska June 24th where he had been a deputy U. S. Marshal the past year or more, arrived in Ozark last Saturday morning, Funeral services were held at the Weaver cemetery, two miles north of town at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon under direction of the local Masonic lodge, he being a member of a Masonic lodge in Seattle, where he had been prior to going to Alaska, He was also a member of the local Christian church. He was born and raised in Christian county but had later resided in Springfield and Republic before going west. He his survived by the wife and little daughter and five brothers and two sisters, to wit: Robert J. Lawing, John O. Lawing of Long Beach, Calif.. Marshall M. and William E. of St. Joe, S. S. Lawing of Ozark and Mrs. Metta Stewart of Springfield and Mrs. Effie Woody of Ozark.


Lawing, Fred H. 16 Jun 1872 - 24 Jun 1920 CCR 30 Jul 1920 p1

Tribute of Respect To the Memory of Fred H. Lawing

To the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Friend Lodge, No, #352, A. F. & A. M. Your special committee,  appointed to draft a tribute of respect to the memory of Brother Fred H, Lawing, respectfully submit the following: From time immemorial, members of our Craft have been respected and regarded in proportion to their worth in what ever land they have been found sojourning; and if for them “low twelve” sounded in the frozen regions of the poles or on India’s coral strands, they have ever found tender care and brotherly support from those bound to them by the ties of the Fraternity. Brother Fred H. Lawing grew to young manhood within the territorial jurisdiction of Friend Lodge but the calls of active business life took him out into the world and his membership in the Fraternity at the time his call came was in a Lodge at Seattle, Washington, yet he met death and answered its summons while serving his county in official position at Nome, Alaska, June 24, 1920. Though in that far away land, yet he lacked not for the care and comforts that are but the just due of every member in time of affliction and his body was borne by loving hands to the home cemetery north of Ozark, where he sleeps among relatives and loved ones to await the sound of the trumpet that shall announce “high twelve”. While we mourn with his loved ones, the cruel edict that called him from them in the prime of usefulness, yet we rejoice with them that he has left evidence that the path of the just and active servant is a shining light for the feet of other pilgrims and we tender them our sympathy in their sorrow. We ask that this tribute be adopted, spread upon our records, that a copy be furnished the family of the deceased and copies furnished the Ozark papers for publication.

Lawing, George B. 23 Mar 1870 - 1 Nov 1909 CCR 4 Nov 1909

[Note: Son of  Robert Preston & Margaret Brooks (McDaniel) Lawing]

A telegram was received by John C. Rogers Monday from Springfield Nova Scotia announcing the death of George Lawing, a brother of S. S., F. V., J. O., A. R. and Fred Lawing. Arrangements have been made for the shipment of the body to Ozark for burial and is expected to arrive here about Saturday. Burial will be held at Weaver Cemetery, 2 1/2 miles north of Ozark, the cause of his death is unknown at this time as the telegram gave no particulars.

Lawing, Harry Huber 28 Mar 1885 - 4 Apr 1889 Springfield Express 12 Apr 1889

[Note: Son of Samuel Sterling & Mary Ann (Cox) Lawing]

Mr. S. S. Lawing's wife and children were visiting at her father's, W. P. Cox, and on last Thursday, April 4th, the three little boys went out east of the house, where the leaves had been burned off the night before and found a small chunk of wood still on fire.  The oldest boy, seven years of age, took some fire and went further down the hill to fire some leaves, leaving the two little boys by the fire. The youngest boy, four years old, was playing around the fire when his clothes caught fire and he ran about fifty yards towards the house, when he fell on his face.  The eldest boy seeing him ran home calling for his mama.  When the mother got to him the clothing was nearly all burned off his body.  She took him up in her arms, and her mother meeting her they carried him to the house, a distance of nearly a quarter of a mile.  Dr. Fulbright was sent for at once, coming in haste, but could do nothing for the child, so the little fellow died in a few minutes after the Dr. arrived.  He only lived about (1 1/2?) hours.  The remains were interred in the Weaver cemetery Friday. --Ozark Republican from Springfield Express newspaper.  It was dated 12 April 1889. Contributed by Renee Glass.

Lawing, Homer H. 2 Jul 1905 - 31 Jan 1985 OH 7 Feb 1985 p5

[Note: Son of William Thomas & Rinnie Margaret (Webber) Lawing; married Violet Wilhoit; married Malburn Chaudoin 18 Oct 1898 - 8 Aug 1957 m/1 Gann;  married Sarah Doris Tennis  10 May 1914 - 13 Mar 1991; and, Yes, his parents did name a second son Homer after the death of another son Homer Otte 27 Apr 1886 - 16 Jul 1888]

Services for Homer H, Lawing, 70, Ozark, were held Feb. 2 in the Harris Funeral Chapel, Ozark, with the Revs. Troy Rhoten and Howard Blevins officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery south of Ozark. Mr. Lawing died Jan, 31 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Christian County, he was an Army veteran and member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Doris; his twin brother, Horace, Harrison, Ark;  a sister, Dora McCullah of Blackfoot, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.


Lawing, Homer H. 2 Jul 1905 - 31 Jan 1985 OH 14 Feb 1985 pB8

Card of Thanks

I would like to thank you for all the phone calls, visits, prayers, flowers and food during the death of our loved one. Homer H. Lawing. His wife Doris, brother, sisters and nieces.  5-1tc

Lawing, Hugh Guy 16 May 1881 - 15 Aug 1945 CCR 23 Aug 1945 p1

[Note: Son of  Robert Jasper & Mary Jane (Clark) Lawing]

Hugh Guy Lawing was born near Ozark, Mo., May 16, 1881, and passed away in the veteran’s hospital in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 13, 1945. He was the son of the late Robert J. and Mary J. Lawing. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Canadian forces but later in Europe he was transferred to the American forces. After the close of the war he served with the army of occupation. Mr. Lawing was a member of the Ozark Christian church. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Claribel Crain of Tallahassee, Fla., Mrs. Annie Crain and Mrs. Ethelyn Crowdus of Springfield, and Miss Kathleen Lawing of Ozark; three brothers, Charles F. Lawing of Grove, Okla., Paul G. Lawing of Edmonds, Wash., and Kenneth Lawing of Borger, Texas. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16, in the Chaffin Funeral Home chapel by Rev. R.E. Musgrave with burial in the Weaver cemetery under direction of Chaffin of Ozark.

Lawing, John Bob Sep 1859 - 1 Aug 1938 CCR 25 Aug 1938 p1

[Note: Son of William Andrew & Angeline Ross (Weaver) Lawing; married 1893 Maud Jun 1875 - ?]

Miss Stella Bain is in receipt of a letter from her brother, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Bain, who are visiting at Salt Lake City, telling of the death of their uncle, John Bob Lawing. Mr. Lawing died Aug. 1 in a Salt Lake City hospital from cerebral hemorrhage, aged 79 years, He was the son of William A. and Angelina Lawing and leaves to mourn his loss the widow, two sons, one daughter, four grandchildren, one great grandchild and two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Horne of St. Louis and Mrs. Lola Crawford of Kansas City. The Lawing family left Ozark a number of years ago to locate at Salt Lake.

Lawing, John O. 16 Jul 1852 - 2 Dec 1928 CCR 20 Dec 1928

[Note: Son of Robert F. & Margaret Brooks (McDaniel) Lawing; married 1878 Jennie Nicholas]

John O. Lawing, son of Robt. P. and Margaret McDaniel Lawing, was born 1852 two and one half miles east of Ozark and died in his home in Long Beach, California on December 2nd, 1928, aged 76 years, 4 months and 16 days. Fifty years ago last June, he married Miss Jennie Nicholas. To this union were born three sons, Ernest, Harry and Earl, the last was drowned in the James river some years ago. Mr. Lawing spent his life in Christian county and Springfield until 1911 when he moved his family to Los Angeles. Later, they spent several years at Phoenix, Arizona, them moving to Long Beach. On November 28th, all the family except Dr. E. O. Lawing drove to Dinuba and spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. Felix Lawing, who had as guests Mr. and Mrs. Frank Drury of Clovis, New Mexico, formerly Ozark people. Friday they drove to Grant Park to see the big Redwood trees. Mr. Lawing seemed to enjoy the trip immensely and was much interested in everything and seemed in the best of health, until they were ready to start home on Sunday morning. At that time, he had a severe heart attack and lived only fifteen minutes after they arrived home. He was a member of the Christian church and was patient and kind to all. The funeral services were held at Long Beach with burial in the Sunnyside Mausoleum. As the procession approached the Mausoleum, the chimes in the tower played, “Jesus Savior Pilot Me.” He is survived by the widow and two sons: four brothers, Felix V. of Dinula, California; Will of St. Joseph, Missouri; Marshall and S. S. Lawing, and two sisters, Meta Stewart and Effie Woody of Ozark.

Lawing, Joseph D. 1933 - 18 Sep 1956 CCR 27 Sep 1956 p1

[Note: Son of Paul Dombey & Emma (Coin) Lawing; married Patricia]

Funeral services for Joseph D. Lawing, 23, formerly of Marionville, who died Tuesday, Sept. 18 in a Los Angeles, Calif. hospital of injuries sustained when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, were held Monday afternoon in the Marionville First Baptist Church.  Rev. Oscar Higgins and Rev. Kim Hylton were the officiating ministers and burial was in the IOOF Cemetery at Marionville under direction of Bradford-Surridge. Immediate survivors include his wife, Patricia; his mother, Mrs. Emma Lawing of Marionville; a sister, Mrs. W. B. Jones of Phoenix, Ariz and a brother, W. T. Lawing of Kansas City, Kan. The deceased was a son of the late Dombey Lawing, a native of Ozark and a nephew of Mrs. Ralph Hartley of Ozark.

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