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In Memory of Rosemary O’Dowd

Rosemary O'Dowd Obituary
 Springfield, MO – Rosemary O’Dowd, 82 of Springfield passed away peacefully in her home January 6, 2018 after a battle with cancer. She was born on July 11th 1935 in Aurora, MO to Osa and Reitha Nash. She is preceded in death by her husband Pete O’Dowd as well as sisters Marie, Eula Mae, Betty, Barbara, and Carol; brothers Paul, Harold and Darrell. Survivors include her brother Tommy and sister Mary,
nieces & nephews Randy & Patty Scott, Mike & Kathy Scott, Brenda Russell and Pete Purvis; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and her best friend Kathy Davidson.Rosemary owned and operated the Wig Chalet in Springfield for many years and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was dearly loved by her friends and family and will be truly missed by all.

Visitation will be January 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn North funeral home.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday January 9th, 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church

2818 E. Bennett St. A special thank you to the Integrity hospice and home care team.

Published in the News-Leader on Jan. 8, 2018

In Memory of Nicholas Francis Shoults

Nicholas Francis Shoults ObituarySpringfield – Nicholas Francis Shoults, age 62 of Springfield, Missouri left this world on Sunday December 10, 2017. Nicholas suffered a fatal injury from a mountain biking accident. Nicholas left this world in the company of his son Will, doing a sport he loved.

Nicholas was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Nicholas grew up in St. Louis and St. Clair Missouri. He attended medical school and residency at the University of Missouri. Nicholas was a practicing general surgeon at Mercy Health since 1989

Nicholas had a unique love for life and adventure. He had a dedication to his career that was mirrored in how his patients and coworkers felt for him. He spent endless hours providing outstanding surgical care, and holding the hand of many of his patients and their families. He sought to excel, and be the best at what he did, and in his last day, countless coworkers have confirmed what his family always knew; that he truly was the best. His coworkers knew him best as “Nick at Night”. He stated to Velvet recently: “When it is my time, I’ll be ready-it’s been a great ride, and I’ve been blessed.

Nicholas had a greater love than his career. He was blessed with the greatest gift: his children. He enjoyed time with them in many settings. He was an adventurer who wanted all out of life he could get. He snowboarded, wakeboarded, rode bicycles, motorcycles, hiked, kayaked and anything that posed a challenge. He pushed all around him to enjoy every minute of every day, and be thankful for those days. He will be greatly missed, but thanked

Nicholas leaves behind his best friend of 26 years, his wife Velvet. They had a lifetime love and affection spanning many settings. Nicholas is survived by Velvet, his sons: Michael, Matthew, Mitchell, and Will. His daughters Michelle and Maria, and a brother John; his grandchildren Aidan, Bryce, Skylar and Kinsley; He was blessed with great spouses for his oldest children, Luke, Crystal and Christina. Nicholas had numerous nieces and nephews he loved. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lucy, and his son Coen, and nephews Michael and Anthony.

Nicholas’s final contribution to better this world, was as an organ donor, in hopes to give a life to many others.

Services for Nicholas will be Friday December 15th at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church 2818 E Bennett Springfield, Missouri. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday, December 14th at Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home 500 E. Walnut, Springfield, Missouri. 6-8:00p.m. There will be a wake celebration of Nicholas’s life Friday evening, with location available at the services. Scrubs are welcome at any of the services and wake. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to an account for Will at Great Southern referenced as “Remembering Coen”. The account will be used for Will’s education, as education was paramount to Nicholas for his children.

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Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 12, 2017

In Memory of William Wilcox

William P. Wilcox, 50, of Springfield, Missouri passed away November 23, 2017. He was born on June 30, 1967 in Columbia, Missouri to Phyllis and Carl Wilcox, joining older siblings David Wilcox and Beth Wilcox Adamson. He was a 1984 graduate of Glendale High School and attended Drury University on a tennis scholarship before graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration. His passions in life included tennis, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with family and many friends. He will be missed by many. He was quick to lend a hand to friend and stranger alike, and brightened any room he entered with his sharp wit and loving nature. He was preceded in death by his father Carl Wilcox and sister Beth Wilcox Adamson. He is survived by his children Lauren and Liam Wilcox of Dillon, Colorado, his mother Phyllis Wilcox, his brother David Wilcox, sister-in-law Sue Wilcox, brother-in-law John Adamson, nieces and nephews Billy and Mary Wilcox, and Emily and Elaine Adamson, and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home (1947 E. Seminole) from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 28 followed by a short prayer service. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Fergus Monaghan at Holy Trinity Church (2818 E. Bennett) at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 29. Memorial donations may be made in Bill’s name to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri,

In Memory of Dena Leann Baker (Lilley)

Dena Leann Baker (Lilley)

Dena Leann (Lilley) Baker age 42, daughter of Maynard Leroy Lilley & Carol Ann Lilley (Markovich), was born on September 28th, 1975 in Springfield Missouri, and went to her heavenly home on November 18th, 2017.

Dena spent her childhood years in Buffalo Missouri and at the age of 13 her family moved to Independence, Missouri where she attended Holy Family grade school and went on to attend and graduate from St Mary’s High School. She went on to Central State University where was part of a sorority and made many treasured memories.

Dena was an avid swimmer and worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the YMCA and American Red Cross. She spent her adult years working as a retail account executive for AT&T wireless.

Dena’s hobbies included making jewelry, swimming, cooking, grilling, gardening, photography and most of all spending quality time with those she loved and cherished, but without a doubt her greatest joy in life that made her heart the happiest was being a mom to her beautiful children Christian and Chloe and a stepmom to Jaxson and Kira.

Dena was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Caroline Markovich and Maynard and Lucille Lilley.

Dena is survived by her parents, Leroy and Carol Ann Lilley; her husband, Race Baker; her children, Christian and Chloe Muza; her step children, Jaxson and Kira Baker; her brothers, Jeff Lilley, Greg Lilley and his wife Jennifer, Chris Lilley and wife Kim; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Dena will be forever remembered by her beautiful smile and contagious laugh. The way she treated others with her kind and gentle heart is a legacy that she leaves for all that knew and loved her.

The family is tremendously thankful for the outpouring of love and support during this most difficult time. Please feel free to share a special memory or photo here as they would love to know how she touched each of you.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until 10:00 am Saturday morning, November 25, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2818 E. Bennett Street, Springfield, Missouri.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, following the visitation, at 10:00 am Saturday morning, November 25, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017 at Church Grove Cemetery near Foose, Missouri just South of Buffalo, Missouri.

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In Memory of Elaine Hain

Feature ImageElaine Hain, age 84, of Springfield, MO died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at home after a long illness.

Elaine was born in Pierce, NE to Herman and Esther Plahn.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years George, daughter Anne and son-in-law David Buckley, granddaughters Sarah and Kate Buckley; son Scott Hain, grandson Joe McCarty; a sister Delores Thomsen of Arizona; a brother and sister-in-law Harold and Barbara Plahn of Virginia; nieces and nephews.

Elaine worked for nearly 30 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, retiring as assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Services will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Springfield.  Rosary and visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov 9.  Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov 10.

Memorial contributions are suggested to LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home of Springfield.

Arrangements under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf.


Friday November 10, 2017, 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
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Thursday November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
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In Memory of Louis Anthony Sable

Louis Anthony Sable

Louis Anthony Sable, age 83, of Rogersville, Missouri passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at his home.

Louis was born on June 16, 1934 in Wamego, Kansas the son of Henry Francis Sable and Alice Viola (Weltsch) Sable.

As a boy and young man, he was very involved in the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He worked for the newspaper in Wamego, Kansas, during high school and the Kansas State University student newspaper while in college. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1957 with a degree in technical journalism. He married Mary Therese “Tess” Wieland on August 17, 1957. He worked for town newspapers in Kansas and Missouri before being hired by the Kansas City (Missouri) Board of Realtors. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1963. In 1966 he became executive vice president of the Greater Springfield (Missouri) Board of Realtors, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, including the Fourth Degree. He held numerous elected and appointed positions in the Knights of Columbus, including grand knight and district deputy. He was one of the original parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of Knights of Columbus St. Anne Council 698 before becoming a charter member of Holy Spirit Council 9533. He also worked many years as a disaster relief volunteer with the American Red Cross. A lifelong do-it-yourselfer, he did much of the construction of the home and farm in Rogersville where he and his wife have lived for nearly 40 years, and where his children grew up. For much of his life, he was a businessman by day and a farmer on nights and weekends. In retirement, he took up the hobbies of woodcarving, wine and beer-making.

Louis is survived by his wife, Mary Therese “Tess” Sable of the home; his son, Jeffrey Joseph Sable and his wife Helen of Memphis, Tennessee, his daughter, Angela Marie Boedecker of Liberty, Missouri; three grandchildren, Peter Anthony Sable, Karl Joseph Sable and Noah Scott Boedecker; one brother, Francis Sable of Wamego, Kansas; and a sister, Mary Jean Delpup and her husband Ron of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Mark Sable, John Sable and Joseph Sable.

A Rosary Service will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Springfield with a visitation to follow the rosary until 6:30 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 am Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Monsignor Thomas Reidy celebrant. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2818 E. Bennett Street, Springfield, Missouri 65804 or to the St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 515 W. Scott Street, Springfield, Missouri 65802.

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In Memory of Robert Stringham

Feature ImageRobert Stringham passed away at his residence on July 10, 2017 surrounded by family members.  He was born in 1920 in Millard, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Taylor Stringham and mother, Jessie Delilah; his loving wife of 63 years, Marian Mary and by three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Stringham was Captain of the 1938 Utah State champions in football. It was also in high school he developed a keen interest in flying.  At the beginning of his military career, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and while bombing in Tunisia was awarded the Purple Heart along and other citations.  He re-enlisted in the Air Force and was part of the only squadron that was equipped to carry nuclear weapons, flying the B-29 Super Fortress.  He retired in 1962 with the rank of Major.  For several years he and his wife operated a dairy farm in Clever, Missouri, where he made many friends.
Surviving him are three sons, Bob Stringham Jr. and wife Kitty, Springfield; S. Michael Stringham, Phoenix, Arizona; and Matthew Stringham, Springfield; along with 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home, with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

In Memory of Viola (Vi) Marie Duren

Feature ImageViola (Vi) Marie Duren, longtime Springfield resident, passed away at age 97 years and 9 months on July 9, 2017.  She was born on the family rural farm in Southeast, MO on October 22, 1919, the daughter of John and Bertha Scheeter.  She attended school in Chaffee, MO.  While working in the bank in Chaffee she met her future husband Ken and they were married in 1943.  Their union produced two sons Fred Kenneth, Jr. and Don David.

After Ken’s retirement, they enjoyed a two-month trip to Europe and eventually bought a winter home in Lake Havasu City and later moved to Sun City West Arizona, where they enjoyed playing golf and visiting with friends.

Vi was an avid bridge player for many years, loved crossword puzzles and making rosaries for her church.  She, laughing, would tell her family, “I need to get younger friends because my bridge playing friends are dying off.”

She was preceded in death by six sisters, three brothers, her husband Ken, son Fred and grandson, Chet Duren.  Vi is survived by her son Don and his wife Brenda, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made to

In Memory of Martin Golden

Martin  Golden

Martin W. Golden “Marty” or “Shorty” 84 of Fair Grove, passed away Saturday June 24, 2017 in his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1933 in Springfield, Missouri to Martin and Marie (Plum) Golden.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and his wife Loretta Mae Golden in 2015.

Marty is survived by his children, Angelya (David), Acilia (Tony), and Andrew (Jewel); grandchildren, Kristin, Ariel, Bianca, Anthony, Connor, Kaylee, Ronnie and Ricky; great grandchildren, Owen, Reid, River and a baby girl due in September.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday June 30, 2017 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Reidy celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home.

Rosary Services will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday June 29, 2017 in the church with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m.

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In Memory of John A. Simpson

John A. Simpson Obituary
 John A. Simpson, 92, of Springfield, MO peacefully passed away on June 18, 2017 at Mercy Hospital. He was born on October 5, 1924 in Wichita, KS to John and Agnes Simpson after they immigrated from Canada.
He graduated from Capitol High School in Topeka, KS and went into the Army in 1943. John served with the 91st Infantry Division as an artillery observer, serving in Africa and Italy during WWII and was later stationed at the 103rd station hospital in Italy – a POW hospital for Germans. After the war, John graduated from Park College in Parkville, MO where he met and married Nora Jane Chiles on August 29, 1949. They lived in Lebanon, MO then moved in 1954 to Springfield where he became a sales rep for Chiles Tractor and Machinery Co. In 1960 John joined Jerry Nixon Insurance Agency which later became Nixon Simpson Insurance. In 1965, he established Simpson Insurance which he owned and operated until 1990. In 1962, he became involved with a new resort on Table Rock Lake – Rock Lane Lodge and was acting president until it was sold in 1988. John was one of the founding members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club and remained an active member until his death, having served as president in 1974 and five terms as Sargent of Arms. He hosted 44 annual shrimp feeds at his house from 1970 to 2013. John was a devout Catholic and very active in church activities, first at Immaculate Conception, and then at Holy Trinity.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jane, his parents, grandson Jason, and sister Agnes Anne. He is survived by his children John Watt, Richard (Valorie), Martin (Nancy), and Jennifer Simpson, two step children Holly Reed (Chris), and Heidi Smith (Tom) from a second marriage to Karol Hilton, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren, all in the Springfield area. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout the U.S. and Canada.

John was a born entertainer and famous for his humor, joie de vivre, wit, big heart and delicious cooking. He never missed on opportunity for a joke or a prank, and will be forever cherished and missed.

A funeral mass will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Springfield, MO on Thursday, June 22 at 10 am. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-7:30pm at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Kitchen, 1630 N. Jefferson Ave, Springfield, MO 65803.

Published in the News-Leader on June 20, 2017