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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.

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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

In Memory of Paul McGinn

Paul David McGinn Obituary
Paul David McGinn

Paul David McGinn, 64, of Springfield, MO entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  He was raised in Sedgwick, KS by the late Sam and Virginia McGinn.  Beloved husband of Sheila Cannon McGinn for 37 years.  Dear father of Sam and Maggie McGinn and Annie (Cory) Cox. Brother of Mick (the late Joyce) and Jim (Renea) McGinn and the late Tom McGinn.  He was a loving son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and a good friend to many.  David began his broadcast career over 40 years ago. Most of his professional radio career was spent in Springfield, MO where he was known as Mike Morgan.  He was employed by Christ Episcopal Church as a sexton for the past 11 years.  He was well respected by family, friends and colleagues and will be greatly missed. A funeral mass will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Springfield, MO on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Maple Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel.

Published in the News-Leader on May 31, 2017

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In Memory of Rose Ann Moore

Rose Ann Moore Obituary
Rose Ann Heger Moore, 90, passed away on May 3, 2017, In Athens, Georgia. Rose Ann was born in 1926 to Arthur Heger and Veronica Naumann Heger in Jasper County, Missouri. She graduated from Alba High School in 1944. She also graduated from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) in 1975 with a Master’s Degree in Education and a minor in business.

Rose Ann was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church for many years and an avid quilter and square dancer before moving to Athens, Georgia, in 2013 to be near her son and daughter-in-law. In Athens she was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Leo in 1945; two sisters, Martha Mink in 1962 and Clara Rita Yates in 2003; brother-in-law, Harold Mink in 1962; and sister-in-law Erma Heger in 2006. Rose Ann is survived by her son, Charles Moore, Jr. (Carol); three step grandchildren, Beth Robbins (Cliff), Kevin McClure (Tanya), and Lynn McClure (Steve); and six step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Luke Heger (Jo), Paul Heger (Meredith), and James Heger.

A funeral mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Springfield. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City.

Published in the News-Leader on May 18, 2017

In Memory of Donald Edwin Dedrick, Jr

Donald Dedrick Jr.

Donald Edwin Dedrick, Jr., age 83, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Saturday night, April 8, 2017.

Don was born on November 17, 1933 in Wichita, Kansas to Donald E. Sr. and Margaret E. Dedrick. Don attended the University of Wichita before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After discharge from the Army, he finished his education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He spent his long working career in the food facilities design & consulting business which included 24 years with his own nationwide consulting firm, Don Dedrick Associates. Along with his professional career, he also spent several years raising cattle on a small farm in the Ozarks. Don was an ardent student of Classical and Early Christian history for more than 30 years and used his knowledge to write a historical novel titled The Epiphany of Marcus Apronius.

Don will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He was the loving husband of 56 years to Jeanne Pfeifer Dedrick, devoted father of Michelle Mawson of Fountain Valley, CA; son Gregory Dedrick and wife Patty of Plano, TX; proud grandfather of Dylan Rettenberger, Audrey & Kate Dedrick and Michael & Sabrina Mawson. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Fergus Monaghan officiating. Lunch will be served at the church after Mass. Burial and military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2818 East Bennett, Springfield, MO 65804 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri.

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