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Robert W. “Mike” Fredrichs of Bella Vista, Arkansas, was born on January 1, 1934 in Eagle River, Wisconsin to Effa Altman and Carl F. Fredrichs. After attending schools in Clintonville, he graduated from St. Norbert College in de Pere, Wisconsin, majoring in Business Administration. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After riding a destroyer for a year, he knew he wanted to fly. He became a Carrier Pilot, an ISO Officer, and a Flight Instructor. He proudly served 24 years in the Navy. While stationed in Long Beach, California, he met Gloria King of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were married for 52½ years. She was with him for 18 years of his Navy life, living in 14 cities in 8 states, and they became proud parents of Kirk and Kelly. He retired in 1978 as a Commander. He then became Director of Aviation at the Johnson County, Kansas, Industrial and Executive Airports. In 1998, after many visits over the years to Bella Vista, they moved again so Mike could enjoy more golf. He was also a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He also volunteered for various activities including Meals on Wheels. When his emphysema forced him from his activities, he so missed his golf buddies, the poker guys, and his many card friends. He struggled hard with his disease but lost the battle on February 10, 2014, at the age of 80. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister. In addition to Gloria, he leaves his son, Kirk of Verona, Wisconsin, and his daughter Kelly, her husband, Joe Proctor, and his beloved grandchildren, Kelsey, Lindsey, Jake, and Macy Proctor of Overland Park, Kansas. He is also survived by his brother, Pat Fredrichs and his wife, Susie, of Marble, North Carolina, along with many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Circle of Life at Legacy Village (1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712), a beautiful group of people who gave him so much caring, love and support in his final year. Donations may also be made to St. Bernard Church (1 St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715).

 

Seaman 1st Class John B. Gibbs of the United States Navy passed away on January 29th, 2014 in Bella Vista, AR at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his son Larry Gibbs, and his brothers and sisters Ervin, Gene, Naomi and Wanda.

After leaving the navy, John took a position with Sears in the repair services department. Soon he was a branch manager followed quickly with a promotion to a Regional Services Manager in Dallas, Tx.

John is survived by his loving wife Ethel of 72 years; by two sons, Gary (Brenda) and Steve (Sue); 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

 

Please join us in a celebration of John's life on Saturday, February 8th at 10AM at the United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

John James Stoneman 99, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed on October 3, 2013. He was born August 12, 1914, the youngest child of Nell and Roy Stoneman, in Phillips County, Kansas.

Early in his life he was a wheat farmer, working the family farm. He entered the Army Air Force in 1942 and flew as a glider pilot until 1946. He was a Professional Mechanical Engineer, working for the government throughout the U.S.

He was very active wherever he lived. He was a community supporter and active in the Boy Scouts and Soap Box Derby and various churches serving on many committees. Shortly after retiring to Bella Vista in 1975, John was elected to the POA Board of Directors where he served for six years, two of which he was the Chairman. He was also very active in the Bella Vista Community Church.

John loved the outdoors and enjoyed bird hunting and fishing, but his passion was golf. He participated in many golf tournaments and was always happy to assist in tournament administration.

John felt fortunate to have a loving family, a wealth of friends and a zest for living that allowed him to experience a full and successful life. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty, sons John and Tom, their wives, Gretchen and Barbara, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Concordia On The Hill, All Purpose Room, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. On-line condolences may be made to www.funeralmation.com

 

Richard "Dick" Frank Ashline, 79, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away on Sept. 2, 2013, after a five month battle with cancer. He was born May 19, 1934, to Lynn and Verda Brookshier Ashline in Edgewood, Iowa.

Richard graduated from Edgewood High School in 1952, and attended Gale Institute in Minneapolis to become a depot agent and telegrapher for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1956. He served 26 months in Korea in the 8th Army Signal Corps. After being discharged, he was employed with the Community Savings Bank in Greeley, Iowa. Dick was a loyal and dedicated employee at the bank and the Farmers Coop Creamery in Greeley for 38 years. Dick and Mabel moved to Bella Vista, Ark., to retire in 1997.

Dick married Mabel Adams at the United Methodist Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa, in 1958. They are the parents of two daughters. Dick enjoyed his family, and always looked forward to family reunions and family traveling vacations in the camper.

Dick's favorite times were when he was in the midst of nature, hunting, fishing, cutting wood, hunting for mushrooms and watching the birds.

Richard was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion, member of Fly Tyers and danced with the Kingsdale Squares. He enjoyed playing cards, bias bowling, square dancing, listening to Gospel, polka and country music, as well as traveling to visit the grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Verda Ashline; and his only brother, Ronnie in 2012.

Richard is survived by his wife, Mabel of 54 years; two daughters, Janet (Rick) Sedgwick of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Kay (Mark) Bernard of New Braunfels, Texas; grandchildren, Alex, Rachael, Kelsey and Parker Sedgwick, and Halee and Carsen Bernard. Also surviving are brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Judy Ashline of Guttenberg, Iowa, Harvey and Janice Adams of Lamont, Iowa, Louise and Don Haight of West Burlington, Iowa, and Donald and Mary Adams of Chicago, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Ark.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista Missions Fund or to the Nomad Shrine Club for the Children's Hospital.

John Paul Champagne, age 80 formerly of Texas, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013 at his home after a long illness.

John was born in Concord, New Hampshire, June 16, 1933, to Joseph Donat and Helen (Roi) Champagne. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the
Korean Conflict. John attended Quinnipiac University in Conn., and the Culinary Institute of America. On October 12, 1962, he married Barbara Robinson Webb in Houston, TX. John retired from the TX Div. of the American Automobile Assn as Director of Marketing & Sales after a 38 year career. He was a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nacogdoches, TX, and Grace Reformed Church of Bella Vista, AR. In TX he was an ordained Chaplain in Prison Misnistry. His deepest desire was to be a faithful servant of and witness for His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to share the good news of the Gospel. His life was a consistent witness of this in his family and to all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carole Anne Dato; one brother, Pete Champagne; and one sister, Louise Frost; John is survived by his wife Barbara of the home; daughter, Elizabeth Gallagher (Clem), two sons, Stephen Champagne (Debbie) and Joseph Champagne (Sara) all of TX. one brother, Tommy Champagne (Kim) two sisters, Helen Champagne, Ann Rice (Bill) all of New Hampshire; twelve beloved grandchildren; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Services will be later in the fall in Dallas, with Internment at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery with military honors.

Online tributes to the family may be made at
www.bentoncountymemorialpark.com

 

Clifford M Hunt, longtime resident of Estherville, Iowa, and Bella Vista, Arkansas, passed away on May 26, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas at the age of 88.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.. Visitation and rosary will be held from 9:15am to 10:00am prior to mass.

Clifford Hunt, the son of Robert Bruce Hunt I and Pearl (Sawyer) Hunt, was born December 5, 1924, in Jackson, Minnesota. His childhood years were spent on the family farm and in Jackson’s schools where he received his education. Following high school graduation in 1942, he enlisted and served in the US Navy during WWII. He was proud and honored to be able to serve his country where he was stationed at Pearl Harbor. After his honorable discharge of service with the Navy he enrolled at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa and participated in U.S. Navy Reserves. In May, 2012 as a remembrance to honor his Navy service, "Gampy", as known by his grandchildren and many others, was most fortunate to go on the Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. accompanied by his grandsons, Bryce Barnes and Eric Rosburg.

Cliff married Cleova Jean Vasen on April 24, 1946 in Ames, Iowa. His lifelong career at Emmet County State Bank in Estherville, Iowa began in January, 1948. While living there he was an active member of the community and St. Patrick's Church. He served on many boards and held offices in several organizations such as; American Legion, VFW, Elks, Estherville Golf and Country Club, National Ski Patrol, Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, Armed Services Draft Board, Winter Sports Festival, EIDC and many more.

Retirement allowed his love of the game of golf to become his new “job” and reason for Cliff and Cleova to move to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1987. He was able to enjoy a daily game (or two) of golf, time to volunteer and work at St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the pro shops of the Bella Vista Golf Courses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Robert Bruce Hunt II and Marvin, and one grandchild.

Left to cherish Cliff’s memory are his wife, Cleova; his children; Michele Barnes of Freeport, IL; Jim Hunt and wife Cynthia of Bloomington, MN; Jodi Maddocks and husband Henry of Whitewood, SD; Jean Reinking and husband Randy of Bella Vista, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, his sister, Neva Savchuk, and sister-in-law, Ilale Hunt; nieces and nephews and his special dog, "Gampson Eddie".

Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

Harold Eugene Brown, 91, of Blue Eye, Missouri, formerly of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Missouri. He was born on August 5, 1921 in Everett, Michigan to Ralph O. Brown and Edith Love Cockerton Brown.

He moved to Bella Vista in 1983 from Apple Valley, Minnesota. He was a Charter Member of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Wilda M. Brown on September 14, 2007.

 

He is survived by two sons, Steve E. Brown and wife, Rolene of Lakeville, Minnesota, Gary M. Brown and wife, Lori of Blue Eye, Missouri; sister, Dorothy Jean Reed and husband Ray of Santa Rosa, California; five grandchildren, Tony Brown (wife Cathy), Terry Brown (wife Terri), Angie Craven (husband Tim) Lisa Brown Miller, Brian Brown (wife Kristi), and eight great-grandchildren.

 

A Funeral Service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 22 at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. Burial will be at the Bella Vista Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

George Wilbur Orcutt, 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died April 7, 2013 of Bella Vista, Arkansas at the Concordia Health and Rebab in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born on March 23, 1923 in Ohio to Wilbur and Mary Garford Orcutt.

He was raised and educated in Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. George married Blanche Ledin in July 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia. After his discharge from the Navy, he was employed as a Warehouse Manager for Lerner’s Women’s wear. He retired in 1985 and they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1994. George was an avid Gardner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward, and grandson, Michael Orcutt.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche Orcutt of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Allen Orcutt (Regine) of Crystal Lake, Illinois; daughter, Karen Adamitis (Robert) of Oak Lawn, Illinois; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of the Resurrection 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

 

Michael R. Sator, beloved husband of Nancy Silas Sator, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 after an extended illness. He was 75 years young. Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2:00PM in the South Harlem Memorial Cemetery, Harlem, GA with Rev. Tom Kalliokoski officiating.

Mr. Sator was born in Scranton, PA and was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Marion Sator. He was a MSGT USMC Retiree with twenty-one years of service, serving three tours during the Vietnam War. Mr. Sator was also a retired electrician and was of the Catholic Faith. He loved fishing and spending time with family and his beloved cats, Flossy and Bandit.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Silas Sator; two sons, Michael T. Sator, Jacksonville, NC and James L. (Susan) Sator, Atlanta; one daughter, Cynthia H (Jeff) Wilkowski, Ridgeland, SC; stepchildren, Gary (Charlotte) Jones, Grovetown, Adams Jones, Evans, Gene Jones, Keysville, Kara (Jimmy) Summers, Harlem and Donna (Lawrence) Bruce of Dearing; six grandchildren, fourteen step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Sator is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Cary and Brenda Silas; niece, Kim S. Meadows; nephew, Clay Silas and great nephew, Tucker Meadows.

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Jack Edward Tingblad, 80 of Bella Vista, passed away March 1, 2013 in Rogers. He was born September 28, 1932 in Milaca, MN, son of Ruth and Roy Tingblad.

He served in the U.S. Navy, attended the Navy School of Music and played trumpet in the Admiral’s Band. He graduated from St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN and taught Junior High band for 33 years.

He and his wife of 55 years, Leah, moved to Bella Vista in 2000 where he enjoyed golf, Community band and bugling for military funerals.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Peter.

Survived by his wife, 4 children, Shari, Scott (Karen), Sonia (Marty), and Eric (Angela), 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, brother, James (Helen) and sister-in-law, Marge.

Memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista on Monday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements made by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Conley Gilmore Kuehl, 87, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Circle of Life Hospice Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, surrounded by his children. He was born in Nobles County, Minnesota, to William and Clara (Gehl) Kuehl.

After high school, he worked the family farm until entering the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. On September 28, 1952, after completing his military service, Conley married Violet Ihnen in Fulda, Minnesota. During the next 30 years, they raised four children while Conley served in law enforcement; first as a policeman and then as a Minnesota state patrolman while residing in Austin, Minnesota.

Conley and “Vi” retired and moved to Bella Vista in 1987. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing bridge, golf, and especially being with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Violet Kuehl; his parents, William and Clara Kuehl; his sister, Alita Oltmans; and his granddaughter, Megan.

Conley is survived by his four children: Kurt Kuehl and his wife, Marlene, of Ketchikan, Alaska, Kent Kuehl of Los Angeles, California, Kandace Kuehl-Dannenberg and her husband, Dr. Bernard, of Half Moon Bay, California, and Bruce Kuehl of Bloomington, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kristen Kuehl and her husband, David Christal, Erin Kuehl, Max Dannenberg, and Renee Dannenberg; sister, Joyce Cuperus of Fulda, Minnesota; and brother, Gary Kuehl of Worthington, Minnesota.

Conley had a great sense of humor and touched our hearts with his kindness, exceptional integrity and respect for everyone. He will be missed. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Circle of Life Hospice Care, Highland Health Care, Pastor Darrel Johnson and Conley's shepard group at United Lutheran Church for their loving care, prayers and support.

A memorial service for Conley will be held at United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, AR on Saturday, March 23, 2012, at 11:00 AM.

A 'Celebration of Life' memorial service will also be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with internment at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 11:15 AM on July 1, 2013. Questions regarding the services or condolences can be mailed to: Kandace Kuehl-Dannenberg, 441 Greenbrier Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2219, phone# 650-804-9733.

Arrangements made by Epting Funeral Home in Bella Vista. Condolences: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.


Keith Dean Albers, 83, of Bella Vista, AR passed away January 29, 2013. He was born April 10, 1929 in Diller, NE to Herman and Mildred Richardson Albers.

Graduating from Beatrice high school in 1947, he then enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers Kenneth and Darwin (Al) Albers.

He is survived by his wife Eunice and daughters Kathy (Chris) Coffman and Karen (Gary) Cornelius as well as 4 grandchildren; Mynette Carlson, Tiffany (Louis) Marascio, Steven Coffman and Misty (Travis) Grammer. He also has 3 great-grandchildren; Austin Carlson & Ellington & Evalyn Marascio.

He will be missed by many very special friends and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

Henry C. "Hank" Eales, 91 years old, passed on Jan. 26, 2013. He was born May 16, 1921, in Dos Palos, Calif., to Henry Clarence Eales and Florence Louise Hatch Eales.

He was the youngest of three children, brother, George Luther; and sister, Ruth Remington. Parents, brother and sister, deceased.

Hank learned to fly while attending Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, Calif., where the Civil Aeronautics Authority came to offer flying lessons. He never excelled in math, but when he associated it with flying his grades hit a high! The instructor taught primary flying to 10 students and this was the highest moment of his young life. As lessons continued and necessary hours of proficiency and good judgment were attained, he was awarded his private pilot's license and went on into secondary advanced flying which was 90 hours of aerobatics and night-flying. He was ever thankful for the strict discipline that was instilled in him. This was at the time rumbles of war were heard. He graduated from Santa Rosa J.C. with diplomas in flying and ground school and a scholarship in meteorology and had logged 200 hours flying time that summer, which helped greatly later on.

July 1941, he signed up with the Army Air Corps at Hamilton Field Air Base, and after many more hours, days, weeks and months, he completed advanced flying at Moore Field, Mission, Texas, and graduated receiving his flying wings and 2nd Lieutenant rating. July 1942, he was assigned to the 5th Air Force - 386th Bomb Squadron - 312th Bomb Group and took part in action in the South Pacific, Pa Pau New Guinea, Port Moresby, Gusap Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea. His favorite plane was the A20 Havoc and flew a total of 85 missions, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Upon leaving the U.S. Air Force, he drifted around as so many veterans do, but finally went to work with the Department of Weight, Measures and Consumer Affairs, licensed by state of California and worked for the County of Santa Clara and retired from there in September 1978.

He was a member of the B.V. Flyters Club and the Quiet Birdmen.

Hank is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Lois of Bella Vista; son, Michael (Sherry); five grandchildren, Kevin, Cory (Kimberly), Casey (Hillary), Kelly and Carter, all of Amarillo, Texas.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

Cremains will be placed in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Village Bible Evangelical Free Church Building Fund, 210 Town Center SE, Bella Vista, AR 72714; or to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

Robert George Baehr 83, went to his eternal home on January 16, 2013. He died at home in the arms of his loving wife. Bob was the son of Otto and Helen (Ficken) Baehr. Born January 25, 1929 during a snowstorm near Berlin, Wisconsin he is survived by his wife Clareen, 3 sons and 1 daughter: Amos, Randall (Kelly), Russell (Kris), and Rhonda Hardison (Mike); his sister Edith (Loren) Sultze; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings.

Bob graduated from Berlin High School and immediately went into the Marines for 11 months. His love of flying then led to the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK followed by a job as a crop-duster in Iowa where he met his wife to be. They were married on December 26, 1950 and they headed to Fairbanks, Alaska where he worked with the Air Force Weather Reconnaissance Squadron for 2 ½ years. After being discharged, he was employed by Trans World Airlines in Kansas City as a Flight Engineer and Co-Pilot for 28 years. Upon retirement they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas where they lived for the next 32 years happily ever after.

A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 at the Bella Vista Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

John Alfred Cooper Jr., 74, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Jan. 6, 2013. He was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Memphis, Tenn., to John Alfred Cooper and Mildred Borum Woollard Cooper, and spent his youth in West Memphis, Ark.

He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., with a post-graduate year at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala. He attended the University of Arkansas where he majored in business and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later served in the Air Force National Guard and was called for active duty during the Pueblo Crisis.

He joined his father's company, The Cherokee Village Development Company, which over the years converted to Cooper Communities Inc. He was elected president in 1968 and chairman of the board in 2002, a position he occupied at his death. Through his leadership, the company developed planned retirement communities across the Southeastern United States, including Arkansas communities of Cherokee Village, Bella Vista Village and Hot Springs Village; Tellico Village in Tennessee; Savannah Lakes Village in South Carolina; Glade Springs in West Virginia; and Stonebridge Village and Creekmoor in Missouri. Cooper Communities Inc. is also a developer of vacation ownership resorts and commercial properties throughout the region.

Mr. Cooper served on the boards of Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Company, Entergy, Arkla Gas Company, Arkansas Power and Light, Union Planters Bank and Worthen Bank Holding Company. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Business Council and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Foundation.

He was honored as a 1998 recipient of the Sam Walton Award presented by the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. An avid sportsman and hunter, he loved the outdoors and was a charter member of the Arkansas Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees and served on that board from 1983 until 1986. The Arkansas Nature Conservancy recognized him in 1994 for his leadership role in the Arkansas Corporate Council for Conservation. In 2003, that organization honored Mr. Cooper by establishing The Cooper Family Conservation Award. The award is presented annually to a business, organization or individual who has made outstanding contributions to conservation in Arkansas.

As a lifelong philanthropist to many causes he was instrumental in providing property for the Bella Vista Library, The Nature Conservancy, numerous community parks and recreation projects, and through Cooper Communities Inc., donated locations for over 50 churches and five schools.

Survivors include Pat, his wife of 47 years; a daughter, Mary Virginia Cooper Reid of Dallas, Texas, and Aspen, Colo.; two sons, John A. Cooper III and Borum M. Cooper and wife, Jamie Mayes Cooper, all of Rogers, Ark., and two grandchildren, Cooper McInnis Reid and Mary Tarver Reid of Dallas, Texas, and Aspen, Colo. Other survivors include two sisters, Boyce Woollard Billingsley of Bentonville, and Rebecca Cooper Whelan and husband, John, of Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Woollard Basore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, Ark., under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers, Ark., with Senator Kaneaster Hodges officiating.

Memorials may be made to The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Foundation, P.O. Box 5001, Bella Vista, AR 72714; The Arkansas Nature Conservancy, 601 North University, Little Rock, AR 72205; and Delta Water Fowl, P.O. Box 3128, Bismarck, ND 58502.

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Jack V. Sanders, 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Monday, December 10, 2012 at Circle of Life Hospice – Legacy in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on November 29, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Robert Sanders and Josephine (Everhart) Sanders.

He was in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, having served in the European Theater of Operations, participating in invasions of Anzio, Salerno, and Normandy. He worked in the banking industry for 50 years, was as avid wood carver and loved gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marion Sanders; Son Cary Sanders and daughter Angela Regan. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Sanders, one son Terry Alan Sanders, both of Bella Vista and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NWA Children Shelter and St. Bernard Catholic Church Building Fund.

A Rosary will be at 9:30 on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Church. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

A luncheon will follow in the parish hall after the burial.

 

Otis Alfred Dahl, 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Concordia Care Center, Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born April 10, 1922 in Sacred Heart, Minnesota to Ole and Anna Kjonsletten Dahl.

He was raised and educated in Sacred Heart, Minnesota. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945. Otis married Frances Clauson in September of 1945. They lived in Sacred Heart, Minnesota, Poplar, Montana, and Carrington, North Dakota before moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1983. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church, Kiwanis Lions, VFW, Sons of Norway, Habitat for Humanity, and Helping Hands.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Frances, 1 brother, and 4 sisters.

He is survived by three sons: Richard Dahl and wife, Sherry of Bella Vista, Arkansas; William Dahl and wife, Susan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Charles Dahl and wife, Shelly of Hazen, North Dakota; two daughters: Rosemary Houk of Oroville, California; Barbara Dahl of Shoreview, Minnesota; brother Stanley Dahl, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister Doris Spence, of Seattle, Washington; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; and a special friend Olive Walsh, of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

Sheldon "Shelly" Bernard Matthees, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away peacefully while hunting in the woods near Leech Lake, Minn., on Nov. 8, 2012. Shelly was born Aug. 25, 1936, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Bernard and Marie Pogalz Matthees.

He was raised in Owatonna, Minn., and in St. Paul, where he graduated from Concordia High School in 1954. He began studies in the Lutheran ministry at Concordia College. After leaving Concordia, he worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell, and he remained with "Ma Bell" for 30 years, eventually working as an engineer and a chemical-dependency counselor. After retiring from Northwestern Bell, he continued working in the chemical dependency field for the next 12 years.

In 1997, he moved to Bella Vista, Ark., where he continued to care for people through his work in Alcoholics Anonymous. Shelly was a friend of Bill W. and had just celebrated 39 years of sobriety on Nov. 5. He was always willing to share a cup of coffee and to listen. He was a positive, healing force in many lives.

He was married to his loving wife, Emily, who shared his deep love of the North Country for 35 years. This year was Shelly's 64th year of hunting in the woods near Leech Lake. He passed away peacefully doing what he loved most.

Shelly is survived by his wife of 35 years, Emily Matthees; his children, Michelle Matthees (Julie Gard), Shana Wenger, Kathi (David) Koester and Douglas (Angela) Matthees; close family friend, Marshall Pearson; 10 grandchildren; his siblings, Carol (Earl) Schroeder, Douglas (Carole) Matthees and Katherine (John) Longman; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his loyal dog, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Bella Vista Community Church in Bella Vista.

Memorials may be sent to Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72714.

 

John Bruton Benn, 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Highlands Health & Rehab, Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born on July 17, 1928 in Iantha, Missouri to Warren C. Benn and Willie Maude Bruton Benn.

He moved to Bella Vista in 1991 from Wichita, Kansas. He was an avid golfer and Bowler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Christopher Ian Benn.

He is survived by his wife, Judy of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Thomas Swaney (Stacie) of Kingman, Kansas; two daughters, Lynne Rockers (Brent) of Clive, Iowa, Ellen Cobb (Drew) of Bethesda, Maryland; one step-son, Van Beamon; one step-daughter, Fran Copley of Kansas City, Kansas; two brothers, Edward Harold Benn (Nadine) of Independence, Missouri, Warren C. Benn of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A family gathering will be held at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Burial will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice or Wichita State University – Baseball Program.

 

 

Max Edward Fischbach, 83,

 

of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Circle of Life Hospice – Legacy in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on October 1, 1929 in Lafayette, Indiana to Donald Francis Fischbach and Dorothy Lorine McKnight Fischbach.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald M. Fischbach and George R. Fischbach.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He moved to Bella Vista in 1997. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Methodist Men’s Club. He was a member of the bowling league, golf league, American Legion and was a Little League Coach.

He is survived by his wife Joanne I. Fischbach of Bella Vista; Max L. Fischbach (Kelly) of Carroll, IA), Michael J. Fischbach (Diana) of Golden, CO, Mark J. Fischbach (Tamie) of Larkspur, CO, Mitchell G. Fischbach (Julie) of Thornton, CO; daughter, Mary J. Fischbach Bailey (Doug)of Rochester, MI.; two brothers, Gerald L. Fischbach of California; Thomas L. Fischbach (Shirley) of Indiana; two sisters, Patricia J. (Fischbach) Wilson (Jim) of Ohio, Judith A. (Fischbach) Steerman of Ohio; thirteen grandchildren, Mandy Cushenberry, Max and Mitch Jones; Megan, Doc, Lindsey, Jayna, Natalie, Mae, Maggie, Todd, Mallory, Molly Fischbach and one great-grandchild, Jake Cushenberry.

A Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

 

Herman “Swede” Swanson, 88, of Bella Vista, AR died on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at his home. He was born on March 23, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa to Herman A. & Hazel Swanson.

Herman served in the United States Marine Crops. He enlisted on June 17, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri and achieved the rank of corporal. He served his tour of duty in the South Pacific and was attached to USS Pennsylvania at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Herman was honorably discharged at the end of the war at Quantico, VA on November 29, 1945. Herman married Agnes Rosemary Lodge on May 15, 1948 and they have been married 64 years. Herman was self employed in the flooring business for 40 years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Herman and Agnes retired to Bella Vista, AR in January 1989. He was the president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc. Herman was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and in his retirement he worked for the Bella Vista POA golf courses. Herman’s favorite past times were playing golf with the Sheneman Gang and Playing cards. Herman was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church of Bella Vista, AR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Ray Herndon, two brothers Gene and Melvin Swanson, sister, Janet Madole and two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Agnes Swanson, three sons: Michael Swanson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paul Swanson and his wife Mary of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kevin Swanson and his wife Heidi of Pineville, Missouri, daughters: Karen Swanson of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Lisa Beard and her husband Jeff of Rogers, Arkansas, ten grandchildren and eleven Great Grand Children.

A Rosary service will be held at 10:30 a.m. , and the Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, # 1 St. Bernard Lane. Military Honors will be immediately following the service at the church. A private internment will be held at a later date in the Fayetteville V. A. National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762 or the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, AR 72714.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Colonel Gordon W. Vacura, D.V.M., 94, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away on September 5, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on March 26, 1918 in Jackson, Minnesota, son of Joseph and Mary Vacura.

He graduated from Jackson High School in 1936, attended the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University, graduating with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He was united in marriage to Mary Alberta Wainscott in 1944. They spent the next thirty years in the military serving in Yugoslavia, Japan, Okinawa and Korea. Dr. Vacura retired from the military as Curator of the National Medical Museum. Upon retirement, Dr. Vacura accepted an appointment as Chief of Meat Inspection for the state of Maryland until 1988 when he relocated to Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Dr. Vacura is preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; parents, Joseph and Mary; brothers, Rudolph and Harold; sisters, Helen Betlach, Alice Palmer and Gladys Olson.

He is survived by his long time companion, Ilale Hunt and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with full military honors will take place in Jackson, Minnesota.

 

 

Duane “Dewey” Leines, 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, September 7, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born on May 20, 1926 in St. James, Minnesota.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Marigold Dairy of Mankato, MN for over 35 years. He loved, supported and was on the board at the Bella Vista Animal Shelter for over 25 years. He loved playing racquet ball and traveling. He didn’t know a stranger and was a very kind person.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Sarah Leines.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy Leines of Bella Vista, Arkansas; four daughters, Caroyn Michels, Dianne Moore, Darlene Bohnert, and Christine Christion all of Mankato, Minnesota; one step-son, Doug Miles (Lisa) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; step-daughters, Donna Miles (Joe Savage) of Gentry, Arkansas; Nicole Miles of Bella Vista, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Sara Miles, Conner Miles, Katie Savage, Joseph Savage, Jr., David Savage, Alexandra Savage and Wyatt Coggins.

A Gathering celebrating his life will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

 

 

Marilynn Reagan Hamilton

Marilynn Reagan Hamilton of Bella Vista passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Concordia Nursing Center. Mrs. Hamilton was the oldest of eight children of G. Bert Reagan and L. Mae Bergman Reagan and was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Minonk, Ill.

She served in the U.S. Navy WAVES during WW II at the Fleet Post office in New York City, at the headquarters for the Radar Training Schools in Chicago and at Great Lakes, Ill.

She married Philip A. Hamilton March 9, 1946. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1996 and he died in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers Oris, Ross Carey and Robert.

Mrs. Hamilton had an interesting life. She often said her great interest was being a world neighbor. The couple entertained 190 foreign guests from all over the world. She and her husband sponsored three families, "adopted in love" Maggie and Kjell Johansson from Sweden, Chinh and Doanh Pham from Vietnam, and Olivia Mercedes Urbina Ouart of Chile.

She was involved in community affairs as the director of Whispering Oaks Community Center and was also the activities director for nine senior centers in McHenry County, Ill., before moving to Bella Vista in 1995. She taught English as a second language both in Illinois and at the Benton County Literary Council. She recently retired after 11 years as the producer/hostess for the show "The Feminine Point of View" on Bella Vista Community Television.

She is survived by her son, John (Cathy) Hamilton of Elgin, Ill.; daughter, Lesley Ann Hamilton of Springdale, Ark.; stepdaughter, Susan Hamilton of Bella Vista, Ark.; grandchildren, Michael Hamilton of Clear Water, Fla., Linda (Bob) Torkelson of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mark (Lisa) Betchey of Denver, Colo.; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Nadine Provance of Sandy, Utah, Jolie Clark of Union Grove, Wis., Rene (Alan) Cathcart of Vancouver, Wash., and Glenda (Phil) Wieck of Bella Vista, Ark.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, July 24, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 McCollum Road, Bentonville, Ark., with services immediately following at 11. Interment will be at Windridge Memorial Park, Carey, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bella Vista Community Television, Highlands Crossing 1801 Forest Hills Blvd, Suite 110, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

Arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville. www.callisonlough.com.

 

 

 

Robert Emmett Kanatzar, SR., 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at his home in Bella Vista. He was born on November 3 1925 in Kansas City, Kansas to Emmett Kanatzar and Mary Heaney Kanatzar.

He was raised and educated in Kansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bob married Irene Grazda she died in 1987. Bob was employed by and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Bob met and married Peggy Robinson on 8-8-88. They moved to Bella Vista in 1998. He was a member of the Elks, American Legion and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus at St. Bernard Church. He loved his faith, family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Irene, daughter Anita Susan Kanatzar, son, John Nicholas Kanatzar, brothers, Harold and Jack and sister, Sue McElligott.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kanatzar of Bella Vista, Arkansas; four sons, Robert E. Kanatzar, JR., (Martha) of Gladstone, Missouri, Daniel L. Kanatzar (Joann) of Overland Park, Kansas, Thomas J. Kanatzar of Kansas City, Kansas, Phillip G. Kanatzar (Elizabeth) of Kansas City, Kansas; two daughters, Mimi Manning (Brian) of Kansas City, Kansas, Lisa A. Jenicke (Steve) of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother, Gene Kanatzar (Myra) of Overland Park, Kansas; thirteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

Wayne L. Mentink, 81, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born on March 21, 1931 in Stromsburg, Nebraska to Leonard G. Mentink and Carmelita Johnson Mentink.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Doris Larson on February 22, 1953. He retired as a Grain Merchandiser for Co-op Elevators and moved to Bella Vista 19 years ago. He was a member of the Bella Vista Lutheran Church. He was a member of the American Legion; loved golfing and fishing with his grandchildren and also enjoyed having coffee with the Wednesday Afternoon Coffee Shop group.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Greg Van Pelt.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Mentink of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Brian Mentink (Terri) of Lyons, Nebraska; one daughter, Janis Koranda (Ron) of Mitchell, Nebraska; one sister, DeEtt Harless (Dr. S.J.) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Taylor and Cassidy Mentink, Dr. Amanda Van Pelt, Caleb and Ethan Koranda.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 Forest Hills Blvd. with Pastor Paul Hass officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Lutheran Church or Charity of Donor’s Choice.

 

Robert Edward Schrader, 86, of Bella Vista, Ark., died May 4, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, in Rogers, Ark. He was born Feb. 27, 1926, in Terre Haute, to Robert Michael Louis Schrader and Bertha Gertrude Miller Schrader. He is known to the family as “Sunny,” although many know him as Bob, Robert, or R.E. Schrader.

Growing up in Terre Haute, he attended Gerstmeyer Tech before enlisting in the US Navy in January 1944. He was stationed in various naval stations around the US, eventually based in Hutchinson, Kans., where he was discharged Feb. 27, 1947.

After the Navy, his employment began at Hilton Electric Co., Inc. in February 1947, where he was a salesman for western Kansas, then general manager, part owner with three other employees, and then sole owner in 1985. He remained active at Hilton’s until the close of business on Feb. 10, 2001.

Very involved in community and civic affairs in Hutchinson, Bob was a member of the Jaycees and served as representative to Fathers Incorporated where he was a charter member. He was active with that group for 13 years during which time he served as admission chairman for Twin Oaks Boys Home. He served 14 years in Civitan International and was one of the early presidents of the organization. He served as lieutenant governor for Zone 3 and a variety of other Oklahoma-Kansas offices of Civitan International.

Bob also was active in the community development for downtown and served on the Mayor’s Downtown Advisory Committee of Hutchinson for two years. He joined the Hutchinson Masonic Lodge in 1967 and is currently a member of the Bentonville Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Wichita Scottish Rite for 35 years, and is now a member of the Western Arkansas Scottish Rite. He also belonged to the Shrine for several years. A member of the Moose Lodge since 1975, he was a member of the Eagles Lodge for two years.

As part of his passion for motorcycles and proud owner of a Honda Gold Wing, he was a member of the Moose Motorcycle Club, organizing many group rides and activities.

Bob was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hutchinson since 1961, where he served as a Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church Mexican Mission for several years. After relocating to Bella Vista in 2001, he became a member of the Bella Vista Community Church.

Bob married Ione McMillen on July 10, 1946, and they had two children who survive – Robert Schrader and his wife, Betty, of Bella Vista, and Roberta Schrader Jackson and her husband, Noel, of Rickmansworth, England.

Bob married Sue Sprague on Nov. 19, 1988, and she survives. Bob is also survived by his siblings, Maxine Hays, of Baldwin Park, Calif.; Wayne Schrader, of New Haven, Ind.; Donna Howard, of New Haven; Joy Roderick, of Irvine, Calif.; and Ralph Schrader of Terre Haute. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Steed; and brothers, Jim Schrader and Chap Schrader.

Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m., and again on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, from 9 a.m. until Bob’s funeral ceremony at 10 a.m., at Roselawn Funeral Home, 7500 N. Clinton St. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, Bella Vista, AR, 72714, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bella Vista Community Church. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at:

www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

 

Adolf W. Kluender, 89, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospice Care Unit in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born January 11, 1923 in Ruskin, Nebraska to William and Anna Kluender. He married Angelene “Ann” Kluender September 12, 1953, in Great Bend, Kansas. They moved to Bella Vista from Great Bend, Kansas, in 1994 after he and his wife retired. Adolf was employed by Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America for 29 years. He was a member of United Lutheran Church and was active in their Shepherd Group. He loved to play golf, cards and board games.

Adolf served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in World War II. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. SGT Kluender was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army August 22, 1952.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and three sisters. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sue Hutchins and husband Jim Hutchins of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Emil J. Kluender and his wife Evelyn of Yates Center, Kansas; sister, Kay Frederick of Colby, Kansas; sister-in-law Maxine and her husband Ray Wyatt of Bella Vista; brother-in-law William McCoy and his wife Betty of Great Bend, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. at the church followed by a 10:00 a.m. service. A special thanks to his caregivers; Brookfield Assisted Living, Michael Cook and the Little Rock VA Hospice who all helped make the last two years of his life the best it could be.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Norman-Vernon Hoffman, Jr., 83, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Ashley Health, Rogers, Arkansas. He was born on July 29, 1928 in Racine, Wisconsin the son of Norman Vernon Hoffman and Florence Criplean Hoffman.

He was raised and educated in Illinois and following his graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as an MP during the occupation of Japan. He married Donna Burks in 1950. He graduated from NW Missouri State College and throughout his lifetime he taught school, worked for Bankers Life Insurance, was a salesman for American Family Insurance and owned and operated the Lake Drive Motel and Apartments in Shawno, Wisconsin. Norm was a past president of the Shawano Lions Club and a lifetime member of the American Legion. They retired to Bella Vista in 1992 coming from Shawano, Wisconsin. He loved to bowl and belonged to several bowling groups. He also loved to golf and belonged to the Shenneman Golf Group, the Foster Golf Group and the Mulligans. He was a member of Bella Vista Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Donald), and his first wife Donna M. Burks Hoffman.

Norman is survived by his second wife Dolores of Bella Vista; his son N. Kurby Hoffman (Bette) of Shawano, Wisconsin; daughters: Jeannine Albers (Stephen) of Menominee, Michigan; and Kathy Hollenback (Emmett) of Shawano, Wisconsin; one sister, Marilyn Kocal and her husband, Richard of Lanark, Illinois; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by one step son, Bill Wyer (Roxie); and two step daughters, Sally Beasley (Mike) and Sara Mark (Stu).

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, Arkansas with Rev. Jeffrey Reed officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to Bella Vista Community Church or to Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

  Otto-Fredrick Oberhelman, 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away on March 10 at Bella Vista.

He was born on May 15, 1920 at Barnes, Kansas to Otto and Valecia Oberhelman. He graduated from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas in August 1942, and went to work right after graduation for the General Electric Company in Chicago, Illinois.

He married Ruth Flagg from Manhattan, Kansas on August 25, 1942.

They had 4 children, Susan Hill of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Robert Oberhelman, Parkville, Missouri; Steven Oberhelman, College Station, Texas; and Janet Troutner, Centerton, Arkansas. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Otto served in the Navy in World War II, and proudly belonged to the American Legion, District One at Bella Vista. After the war ended, he took a leave of absence form General Electric and owned and operated a lumber-hardware company at Farley, Missouri for 3 years. He then returned to work at General Electric. He spent 38 years working for General Electric Company, as Regional Manager in Field Engineering, from which he retired in June of 1984.

He was preceded in death by sister Gayle Thompson, Wamego, Kansas; brother Foster Oberhelman, Parkville, Missouri; brother Wayne Oberhelman, Hamilton, Missouri; and brother Marion Oberhelman, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife Ruth; sister Audrey Pollard, Mission, Kansas; and brother Allen, Gardner, Kansas.

In retirement, Otto enjoyed boating on Beaver Lake, playing golf, bowling and especially volunteering at the Bates Hospital and Northwest Medical Hospital in Bentonville.

He received the Community Service Award certificate and pin given by the National and State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for all his volunteer jobs. He was one of the first drivers for the Courtesy Van of Bella Vista, and worked at the Bella Vista Recycling Center until ill health prevented from continuing. He served on the Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board and as a member of the POA’s Street and Road Committee.

Besides Northwest Medical Center, he also volunteered at the Bates Hospital in Bentonville for many years.

Otto was a long time member of the United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista, and served as president during that time.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at United Lutheran Church and conducting the service will be Pastors Johnson, Jebsen, and Schaap.

Funeral arrangements aare by Bella Vista Funeral Home, with interment at United Lutheran Church. Any gifts or donations may be given to American Legion Post 341 in Memoriam of Otto.

 

Max L. Rowlison, 91, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday August 20, 2011 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on November 13, 1919 in Edgar, Nebraska to Roy Rowlison and Laura Gowen Rowlison.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas from Liberty, Missouri in 1985. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista. He enjoyed wood working, and gardening. He was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and help build eight houses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Leota Maudine Rowlison of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Brian Rowlison and wife, Mary of Kewanee, Illinois; one step-daughter, Carol Craft of Omaha, Nebraska; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the Bella Vista Cemetery with Military Honors by the Bella Vista Honor Guard. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas with Brother Jaimie Alexander officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Raymond Dale Moppin, age 73 of Bella Vista, passed away February 21, 2012. Raymond was born May 27, 1938 in Hasty, Arkansas to parents Raymond and Josephine Moppin. He was united in marriage to Joyce Refner on June 7, 1958 in Dallas, Georgia. Raymond was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Bentonville, a veteran of the United States Army 82nd Airborne and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Jelly Bellies Golf. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry L. Moppin and Sammy K. Moppin and sister, Jean Ann Moppin. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Moppin of the home; sons, Jeffery and wife Tera of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Gregory of Bella Vista, Douglas and wife Kim of Bella Vista; brothers, Charles and Joe Ray; sisters, Beverly Harper and Sue Johnson; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorial services are set for 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Bentonville. The family has asked, that in lieu of flowers that gifts be made to Joyce Moppin, care of Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home of Rogers, P.O. Box 328, Rogers, Ar. 72757, to help defray medical expenses.


Ernest W. Crocker, 78, of Bella Vista, passed away Feb. 15, 2012, in Bentonville. Ernest was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Ira and Mary Crocker. He served in the United States Air Force. Survivors his daughter, Jennifer Undernehr of Bella Vista; his son, Kenny Crocker of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Private interment Fayetteville National Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, Rogers, Ark.

Earl Daniel Schloemer, 95, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, February 2, 2012 at V.A. Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on December 17, 1916 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Rudolph and Rebecca Borkenhagen Schloemer.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He moved to Bella Vista 23 years ago from Hudson, Wisconsin. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Jane; four brothers, and three sisters.

He is survived by one son, Stan L. Schloemer and wife, Kristin of Scottsdale, Arizona; one daughter, Sara Jane Johnson and husband, Mark; sister, Camilla Schloemer of Oregon, Wisconsin; four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 6, 2012 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, One St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Burial will be at the Bella Vista Cemetery.

 

Sherman Wesley Clark, 94, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly of Bloomington, died on Jan. 17, 2012.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at St. Mary’s Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Ric Schneider officiating, where military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

He will be buried next to his wife in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 56 in Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Sherman was born on July 5, 1917, in Ladysmith, Wis., to Thomas and Eliza (Gallagher) Clark of Grant Center. He graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1935, where he was the senior class president. He spent 3 and 1/2 years as a forestry clerk in the Civilian Conservation Corps in three Wisconsin camps, the last being Camp Rusk near Glen Flora, Wis.

Sherman entered the military service in 1940 and remained in the military for 24 years, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in September 1964.

He married Katherine J. Hendricks of Ladysmith, Wis., on March 3, 1943, in Miami Beach, Fla. They lived in many places in the United States, in Okinawa and Puerto Rico, during his career as both an enlisted man in the infantry of the U.S. Army and as a commissioned officer in the Air Force. While in the Infantry, Sherman served in Iceland during WWII and later in the Army of Occupation in Korea. His career in the military was spent performing duties in personnel and legal services. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a civilian employee for the Air Force Communication Service as a personnel planner for 12 years and fully retiring in 1977.

Sherman and his wife, Katherine, moved to Rogers, Ark., to enjoy many years of retirement. He was an avid bass fisherman and active in the senior bowling league. Sherman acted as a guide for fishing on Beaver Lake, Ark. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, three sisters and his loving wife of 66 years.

Survivors are his five children, Connie (Bob) Horenkamp of Bloomington, Ill., Hank (Kathy) Clark of Kansas City, Kan., Dave (Linda) Clark of Bella Vista, Ark., Susan (Scott) Baker of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Ainsworth of Viera, Fla.; his nine grandchildren, Lorreine (Horenkamp) DiCamillo, Thomas Horenkamp, Paul Clark, Marissa Horenkamp, Andrea Cooper, Annie Clark, Jacob Johnson, Chad Ainsworth and Ryan Clark; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sherman’s wit, sense of humor and passion for life will be missed by all.

 

Emil Joe Kroutil, 89, of Sugar Land, Texas.

Emil Joe Kroutil was born June 12, 1922 in Glencoe, Okla., to Anton and Hattie Kroutil and was a graduate of Eureka High School.
     In 1942 he married Georgia Lorayne Atwood of Stillwater.  Kroutil served as a tank gunner in General George Patton’s 10th Armored Division in Europe, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
     Following World War II he returned to Stillwater and graduated from Oklahoma State University.  He joined the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as a reservoir manager in Republican City, Neb; Kanopolis, Kan; and Melvern, Kan.  During that time Mr. Kroutil was very active in hunting and fishing.
     Upon his retirement, he lived in the Bella Vista, Ark., retirement community for thirty years, where he was active in golf, fishing and in the Methodist Men’s organization of First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.  Kroutil was a lifelong member of the American Legion.
     He is survived by his wife Georgia Lorayne Kroutil of Sugar Land, Texas, daughter Karen Pullmann and her husband Ray Pullmann of Sugar Land, Texas, and by two grandsons Matthew Pullmann and his wife Charissa of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Michael Pullmann of New York, NY.
      Mr. Kroutil was predeceased by his parents, and by his brothers Tony Kroutil and Wesley Kroutil and his sisters Lucie Brazda and Ann Lowry, and by his infant son Kent Alan Kroutil.

     Pastor Carlton L. Riemer will officiate at a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens 10:00 am on Friday, January 20, 2012

 

 

Past Post 341 Commander

 

Charles Richard Forbush, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Dec. 22, 2011, at Concordia Health and Rehab. He was born on March 14, 1935, to Paul Forbush and Josephine Polus Forbush.

After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army and became a paratrooper with 36 jumps before being discharged in 1956.

He married Norma Jean Yancey on July 5, 1980.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Cal State Northridge in California and spent 13 years teaching math at Eastside Elementary School and one year in Greensburg, Kan. He also worked on the B&O Railroad, at Teledyne in California and he and his wife were owners of Burton Floral and Bucklin Market in Bucklin, Kan., before retiring and moving to Bella Vista, Ark., in 2001. He was a member of the American Legion, past commander of Post 341, loved golf, bowling, tennis and was an avid card player.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and spouse; and one sister and spouse.

He is survived by his wife of Bella Vista; one daughter, Roxanne (Chuck) Farmer of West Virginia; four stepsons, Craig (Eula) Yancey of Sheridan, Wyo., Doug (Gail) Yancey of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark (Jill) Yancey of Denver, Colo., Ron (Ronda) Yancey of Bucklin, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Susan (Mike) Frainey of Damascus, Ore.; 10 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; nephew, Rick Mays of Bella Vista; and other nephews and nieces.

A committal service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with Father Barnabas Maria-Susai officiating.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Bella Vista Community Church at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Jeff Reed officiating, with military honors by the Bella Vista Honors Guard.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

Memorials may be sent to Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72715; or to St. Bernard Catholic Church, One St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715; or to American Legion Post 341, P.O. Box 5923, Bella Vista, AR 72714; or to Patient’s Choice Hospice, 3277 West Sunset Ave., Springdale, AR 72762.

Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.

 

James Lyle Adamek, 80, of Bella Vista, Ark., joined his Heavenly Father on Jan. 9, 2012. Jim was born March 12, 1931, in Valley County, Neb., to Edward A. and Emma J. (Vasicek) Adamek.

He graduated from Ord High School in 1949. Jim joined the Navy in 1951. On Oct. 19, 1952, Jim married JoAnne Knadle in Vienna, S.D. The couple resided in Key West, Fla., Ord, Wahoo and Seward, Neb., Boulder, Colo., before retiring to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1992.

He was a member of the American Legion, lifetime member of VFW in Seward, Neb., and former trustee of Bella Vista Lutheran Church. Jim enjoyed a variety of activities including woodworking, fishing, traveling to see family and friends.

He was preceded in death by son, Bradley; grandson, Jesse Adamek; his parents; and brothers, Lawrence and Leroy.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAnne of Bella Vista, Ark.; sons, Craig (Annie), Todd (Jeanette), both of Seward, Neb.; daughters, Holly Adamek of Louisville, Colo., Andra (Jim) Downie of Evergreen, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; sister, Dorothy (Leonard) Weverka of Ord, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the Bella Vista Lutheran Church, with Pastor Paul Hass officiating.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice or to the Bella Vista Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

Clifford John Kuhn, 77, of Bella Vista, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 6, 1935, in Ellis, Kan., to Mathilda Boos and John Kuhn.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years along with the United States Air Force for an additional four years. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 12 years after moving from Denver, Colo.

He loved watching TV, also playing cards and some fishing. He was a sales representative for many years and enjoyed working.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Lisa Kuhn.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Carol Kuhn of the home, whom he married Dec. 7, 1968; one daughter, Kim Carman and her husband, Jim, of Bella Vista; five stepsons, Art Arpin of Rocky Hill, Conn., John Goetz of Jackson, Miss., Michael Goetz of Austin, Texas, Robert Goetz and his wife, Rhonda, of Mukilteo, Wash., Thomas Goetz and his wife, Teri, of Apple Valley, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Patricia Blake and her husband, Ubaldo, of Lakewood, Colo., Dena Martz and her husband, Jeff, of Antlers, Okla.; two sisters, Peggy Shaffer of Denver, Colo., Carol Thompson and her husband, Don, of Arvada, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Saturday at noon at Bella Vista Cemetery. Bella Vista Honor Guard will provide military honors.

Memorials may be sent to Easter Seals, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago IL 60606; or CP of Colorado, 801 Yosemite St., Denver CO 80230.

Service arrangements by Epting Funeral Home of Bella Vista.

Online condolences to family: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.

 

Lester C. Hanson, 92, of Bella Vista, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Manitoba, Canada, to Oscar and Nora Hanson.

He moved to Chicago in 1932 and served four years in the U.S. Army during WW II as a sergeant in the South Pacific. He was owner/operator of L.C. Hanson Painting and Decorating for 34 years, was on the board of directors for the Chicago Painting Contractors’ Association., president of the South Chicago Roseland Little League and an active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church.

After retiring, he relocated to North Port, Fla., where he enjoyed another 27 years of playing golf, serving on the board of the La Casa Home Owners Association, and on the council of Living Waters Lutheran Church. He moved to Bella Vista in October and resided at Concordia Retirement Center.

He was preceded in death by his mother; father; six brothers; and one sister. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Elsie (Larsen) Hanson; sons Jim (Su Lynn) of Bella Vista and Glen of Shoreview, Minn.; one grandson, Jake (Jessee); and two great-grandchildren, Grace and Quinlan of Kansas City, Kan. Surviving also are two sisters, Alice of Manitoba, Canada, and Beatrice of Greeley, Colorado.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Private inurnment will be at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, 72764.

Cremation arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers, www.rollinsfuneral.com

 

David W. Andrea 79,

of Bella Vista, AR died on July 18, 2011.

David was a Korean War Veteran serving in the US Army.

 

Harley E. Shotliff, 92, of Bella Vista died Oct. 29, 2011. He was born to Robert C. and Nellie K. Shotliff on April 4, 1919, in Wilmot, Wis.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in June of 1940 and completed airplane mechanics and electrical specialist courses prior to entering the Air Corps Cadet Flying Program. He received his Wings on August 1942 and served in the Africa/ European Theatres, participating in the Sicily, Italian and D-Day invasions as a pilot, squadron leader and operations officer. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Following WW2, he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control Division, serving the Chicago Center as a controller/supervisor and the Detroit and Kansas City Centers as center manager. He retired on April 29, 1974, moving to Bella Vista.

During his retirement, he served on most of the Property Owners Association Committees and as a POA director for three years. He was a charter member and first president of United Lutheran Church and was a board member of the Central States Synod, Lutheran Church in America for five years. He was on the advisory board of the Bank of Bentonville, a charter lifetime member of the Bella Vista Sportsman’s Club, life member of VFW Post 9063 and American Legion Post 341. He was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and one of the founding members of Bella Vista Crime Watch; also a past member of the Men’s Golf Association and the Bella Vista Fly Tyers. He was a charter life member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1547, serving primarily as chapter and state service officer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a son, Harley Robert; and two sisters, Anna Mae Heide and Ruth McDougall.

Survivors include a son, Larry; and one brother, Ronald.

A memorial service for both Helen and Harley will be held at the United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2011.

 

Jackie Jean Mitchell, 88, was born in Cairo, Ill., on June 4, 1923. He died on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and drummer.

He served in the military during World War II in the Air Force band. His career included 30 years as an exporter and many years in sales. He was also an inventor and author. He invented numerous board games for children and adults that were produced and sold around the country such as the popular “Know Your America” and “I Believe in Santa Claus.” He loved to use his children and grandchildren as his game “testers.”

After retirement, he moved to
Arkansas where he joined and later led the Bella Vista Big Band. It ultimately became the Jack Mitchell Big Band. He led the band for almost 20 years, leading it to perform at both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugural balls in Washington, D.C. He was recognized for his lifetime of musical achievement when he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2007.

After moving to
Cleveland, he continued to use his artistic skills – playing drums on a regular basis in the Broad Street United Methodist Church contemporary service as well as with the Greater Cleveland jazz band, and by taking courses at Lee University.

He had a deep and abiding faith. He was active in church throughout his life serving in many leadership and musical roles. He was currently an active member of
Broad Street United Methodist Church. It is a faith he has shared and passed on to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was larger than life, quick with a joke, and a friend to everyone. He could often be found with a drumstick in his hand or tapping on any surface he could find. He never saw a problem, only an opportunity to try something new.

He had a quiet generosity and he loved Christmas. Many children had a wonderful Christmas morning who would have done without because of him. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered by everyone who knew and loved him.

He is survived by Bettye, the great love of his life and his wife of 66 years; six children: Jackie and husband, Jim, of Cleveland, Libby and husband, Tom, of Forsyth, Ga., Troy and wife, Mary, of Austin, Texas, Curt of Cleveland, Dan and wife, Barbara, and Tom and wife, Jeanette, all of Overland Park, Kan.; he also left behind 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; grandchildren: Mary Hambleton (Evan) of West Chester, Pa., Sara Christi (Chris) of Nashville, Rebecca Lay (Andy) of Cleveland, Matthew Perry (Anna Ryan) of Forsyth, Ga., Mitchell Perry (Tarver), of Macon, Ga., Bryan Mitchell currently serving in Afghanistan, Marilyn Mitchell of Park Forest, Ill., Tim Harte, Mike Harte, and Brandon Mitchell, all of Overland Park and Drew Mitchell of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren: Knox and Ella Hambleton, A.J. Lay, Jillian Harte, Jack and McGahran Perry, Will Perry and one great-grandchild who is soon to arrive; his grandchildren thought he was the very best granddaddy ever; brother, Randall and his wife, Carol, of Oceanside, Calif.; his little sister, Alice Fisher, of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at noon Tuesday, Oct, 25, 2011, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Reed Shell and the Rev. Debbie Stokes officiating.

There will be a private interment at
Chattanooga National Cemetery with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to
Broad Street United Methodist Church, 155 Central Avenue, Cleveland, TN 37311.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Mitchell family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.

 

 

 

James Vernon Swift, 91, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died September 12, 2011 at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on December 3, 1919 in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma to Tuncie E. Swift and Nana Garner Swift.

He graduated from High School in Harlingen, Texas. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He received 3 Purple Hearts. He returned to South Texas opening a plumbing/electric shop. In later years, he served as Regional Sales Manager for the Baker Division of Otis Elevator. In 1970 they moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and he served as Sales manager for General Motors GMC Motor Homes Division.

He was Past Master of Masonic Lodge in Texas. He married Audrey McBride while serving in the Navy and one daughter was born to that union. They were later divorced. In 1966 Jim married Dorothy Kessler, of Atlanta, Georgia and they had 45 years of happiness together.

After retiring he and Dorothy traveled and RV’d across the U.S. and Canada. They came to Bella Vista in 1991. He served as Commander of the Purple Heart Chapter in Bentonville, and Rogers. He was a member of the Highlands Church a United Methodist Congregation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glenn, and one great- granddaughter, Carol Diane Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Swift of Bella Vista, Arkansas one daughter, Diane McMeans and husband Roger of Blue Ridge, Texas; three step-sons, Charles Kessler, Jr., and wife, Martha of Calhoun, Georgia, Rick Kessler and wife, Diane of Celina, Texas, David Kessler and wife, Debbie of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; one step-daughter, Nan Kessler of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Highland Church, 371 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas with Rev. Rex Darling officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas or to the Highlands Church.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

 

 

John Wilson "Doc Foot" Davis, 85  passed away at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at the home of his daughter, Susie Steinbeck, in Fairfield, Iowa.

Per his request, his body has been cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Fairfield Golf and Country Club at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairfield Golf and Country Club, or to the Presbyterian Church Music Department in Bella Vista. 

Cards and memorials can be sent Susie Steinbeck at 801 S. D St., Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

John was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Centerville, Iowa, to Frank and Edith Packard Davis. He married Janet Mortenson and they later divorced. He married Sharron McGuire and they later divorced.

He was a doctor of podiatry and practiced podiatry in Fairfield, Ottumwa and Washington, Iowa, for 45 years. He graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatry and attended the University of Dubuque and the University of Iowa

John was a member of Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 341 in Bella Vista, the American Podiatric Medical Association, Fairfield Golf and Country Club and Elks Lodge No. 1192. His hobbies included golf, officiating sports, reading, crossword puzzles and playing cards.

 

Clifford W. Jenkins, 79 of Bentonville, Arkansas died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, Arkansas. He was born on September 10, 1931 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Earl & Grace (Walker) Jenkins.

He was raised and educated in Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Clifford married Beth Reed on December 24, 1951 in Albia, Iowa. He worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone. Beth died in June of 1999. Cliff married Patsy Thompson in November 1999. He was an Auctioneer for 14 years and a 50 year Mason. Cliff was also a member of the Scimitar Shrine. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Lions, American Legion and Arkansas State Old-time Fiddler’s Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, His first wife Beth and a daughter Carolee. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Jenkins of Bentonville, Arkansas; one son, Richard Jenkins of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; two daughters, Shirlee Feneis and her husband Tom of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Joni Jenkins of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; one step-son, Anthony Rice and his wife Lisa of Jenks, Oklahoma; three step-daughters, Terri Barnes and her husband Doug of Germantown, Tennessee, Dinah Donley of Beggs, Oklahoma, Karen Boyett and her husband Mike of Bentonville, Arkansas; one brother, Melvin Jenkins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sisters, Nola Scott of Green Valley, Arizona, Karen Johnson of Centerville, Iowa; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on August 3, 2011 in the First United Methodist of Bella Vista at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in the Bella Vista Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Bella Vista Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

Rev. Dwight E. Dussair, 95

Services for the Rev. Dwight E. Dussair, 95, Lenexa, KS will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe.
Rev. Dussair passed away April 12, 2011, at
Lakeview Village, Lenexa.
He was born May 20, 1915, in
LuRay, Kan.
Rev. Dussair faithfully served the
United Methodist Church as pastor for 53 years.
He attended
Coffeyville Junior College and graduated from Tulsa University with an engineering degree. He then graduated from Northwestern University’s Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He attended Harvard School of Chaplains upon entering the military service in 1943.
He served in World War II with the 25th Infantry Division in the Philippines Campaign, receiving a bronze star. He spent six months with the occupational forces in
Japan.
Churches he served in
Kansas were in Marysville, Garnett, Parsons, Olathe, Topeka and Leavenworth. Upon retirement, he served 14 years as associate pastor of First Methodist Church in Bella Vista, Ark. Retiring again, he moved to Lakeview Village in Lenexa, KS.
He served on the Kansas Governors’ Advisory Committee for Institutions and was chaplain for the Kansas House of Representatives.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Merceda Dussair,
Lenexa; a son, David Dussair, Overland Park; two daughters, Denise Larson, Topeka, and Deborah Simone Wright, Lenexa; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., prior to the services, at the church.
The family suggests memorials to either
Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe, Lakeview Village, Lenexa, or Hospice Care of Kansas, sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

 

 Capt. Ronald L. Scroggin 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Memorial Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Church of Christ, Rockwell City, with Pastor Owen R. Englin officiating. Visitation will be at 12:00 noon Friday until service time. Military Rites by the Rockwell City Veterans Organization. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stewart Memorial Community Hospice, or the Church of Christ. Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

Ronald is survived by his wife Jeanette; children, Gaye Lynne (George) Bang of Omaha, Randy Scroggin, and Lori (Dale) Winterboer, all of Rockwell City; six grandchildren, Amy Jo, Joe, and Jordan Bang, Dawn Winterboer, and Ashlyn and Amanda Scroggin; two great-grandchildren, Amaya and Zion Hendon; sister Bettie Yates of Texas; and brother Lyle (Norma) Scroggin of Bristow. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Lucille (Lee) Scroggin; and brother-in-law Darwin Yates.

Ronald L. Scroggin was born Aug. 25, 1931 at Rockwell City. He graduated from Rockwell City High School, with the Class of 1950. Ronald joined the United States Marine Corps and served for 22 years until retiring in 1972, attaining the rank of Captain. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, receiving many medals including the Bronze Medal and four Purple Hearts. On Dec. 19, 1952 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Schultz in San Francisco, California. While serving in the Marine Corps, the couple lived in various communities in California, until returning to Rockwell City in 1973. His passion following his military career was golf. He was an active member of the Church of Christ, served on the Deacon Board, and a member of the Twin Lakes Golf Club. He will be missed and loved forever by his family and friends.

 

 

Louis H. Feder, 94 of Bella Vista, Arkansas died June 15, 2011.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII.  Survived by his wife Virginia.  He was buried at Fayetteville National Cemetery on June 21, 2011.

 

John Douglas, 83, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died on Feb. 26, 2011. Preceded in death, Faye Douglas, his loving wife of 49 years; his parents, Velma Elizabeth Stanfield and Stanley Dean Douglas; and sister Mary Fagan.

Survivors include Children, Judi Bermudez, Cheryl Miller and husband John, Stanley Douglas and wife Lisa, John Douglas and wife Bonnie, step-daughter, Wanda Lanerie; Sisters, Judy Tignor, Eugenia Schuler, Betty Hall; Grandchildren, Christopher Mechura and wife Peyton, Brian Mechura and wife Misty, Jason Mechura, Shawn Smith and husband Charles, Ginger Harper and husband Cody, Dusty Wey, Rita Hebert, Jacob Miller, John Miller IV and wife Christian, Brandy Pair, Wendy Douglas, Samantha Fitting, Tyler Douglas, Sean Douglas, Benjamin Douglas and wife Meghan, Samuel Douglas and wife Jessica, Amber Hodges and husband Ricky, Ashton Adams and husband Tony, Brandon Booth, Mark Daggett, Yvette Daggett; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Collin Smith, Abeegail Douglas and Macie and Mckinsey Miller.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234, Saturday, March 5, with services following at 10 a.m.

 

Hans A. Podszus, 94, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed to his heavenly home Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Concordia Health and Rehab, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Hans was born in Surprise, Nebraska February 11, 1917 to Rev. Franz and Helene Podszus and raised in the Russell, Kansas area before marrying Lenore Eichman in 1940 and moving to a farm near Nevada, Missouri. A son John Podszus was born from this union.

Hans served in the Military Intelligence Branch of the U.S. Army from April 29, 1940, to May 23, 1946, serving his last year in Germany. On return to the States, he studied Mechanical & Architectural Drafting in the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, Missouri. He was employed by Trans World Airlines and retired in 1979 after 23 years.

He married Olivette England on September 1, 1950 in Kansas City and they moved to Bella Vista from Overland Park, Kansas in October 1979. He enjoyed travel, work in his yard and developing new ideas in his workshop. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, his son A. John Podszus of Wake Forest, North Carolina; two grandchildren: Julie of Corvallis, Oregon, and Lane of Glendale, Arizona; three great-grandchildren: Spencer, Austin, and Mark; his brother Harry Podszus, and several nieces and nephews.

No Memorial Service is planned at this time, but memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church or charity of donor‘s choice.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

David Leslie Redway, 77,  died peacefully of melanoma at his home on Monday, May 23, 2011, surrounded by his loving wife and family.  David was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War.

 

Robert “Bob” E. Kasper, 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at his home in Bella Vista. He was born on March 4, 1925 in Prague, Nebraska to Louis and Bertha Vavrina Kasper.

He enrolled in the Army Air Force during World War II and was a member of the Bella Vista VFW and American Legion. Bob was active in his church and was on the Building Committee for St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and also laid out plans for the Columbarium at the church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Club. He was also president of the Nebraska Club for two terms.

Bob was manager of the ASCS office at Beatrice, Nebraska; Salesman for Golden Seed Company in Beatrice; and with Managements Recruiters in Omaha and on retirement he and his wife, Peg moved to Bella Vista in 1985.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed dancing, card playing and being with friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Dorothy.

Bob is survived by his wife, Peg; son Gary Lincoln, Nebraska; daughters, Diana Gratsinopoulos Lincoln, Nebraska, Pat Keifels (Curt) of Glendale, Arizona, Katie Helzer (Bryan) Waverly, Nebraska; brother Allan (Elaine Kaspar of Omaha, Nebraska; step-son, Bob Nelson (Peg) Ringgold, Georgia; step-daughter, Bonnie Nelson of Gahanna, Ohio; granddaughter, Emily Helzer, of Waverly, Nebraska; grandsons, Chris Justis, Las Vegas, Nevada, Eric Justis (Darby) Clarkston, Washington, Ionnis (Erica) Gratsinopoulos, Salem, Oregon, and Phil Gratsinopoulos San Mateo, California; great-granddaughter, Elise Justus Clarkston, Washington; two stepgrandchildren, Anastatia and Laura Gratsinopoulos. .

Rosary will be held 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening, April 24, 2011 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, One St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas with Father Barnabas Maria Susaic officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Bernard Catholic Church are preferred.

 

William James

McClurkin, 88, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died March 26, 2011 at his home in Bella Vista. He was born on September 23, 1922 in Wapello, Iowa to Cecil McClurkin and Cecilia Hoffman McClurkin.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille McClurkin of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

No services are planned. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

Robert Eugene Campbell, 83, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died March 17, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born on June 13, 1927 in Springfield, Missouri to Lester S. Campbell and Eva Jewel Looney Campbell.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had lived in Kansas, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. He moved to Bella Vista in 1991 from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church. He was a member of AARP, American Legion, Shriners, serving as President of the Nomads. He was a pilot, loved golf, an avid reader, and philosopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Mary P. Campbell of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Mark A. Campbell of Searcy, Arkansas; one daughter, Nancy Harris of Lowell, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Twins Blake and Derek Miles, Megan Rachelle Harris; four step-grandchildren and eleven step-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Rev. Richard Lindman officiating. Inurnment will take place at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas with Military Honors by the Bella Vista Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63131-3597, Nomad Transportation Fund, Box 5522, Bella Vista, AR 72714 or to the Bella Vista Community Church.

 

Brown, L. Warren "Bud" 89, of Bella Vista passed away March 3, 2011. He was born March 7, 1921 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Jeffrey and Emma (Bremer) Brown. A fighter pilot for the United States Navy serving during the Pacific Theater, a member of the American Legion, VFW, and First Methodist Church in Bella Vista. He worked as a sales rep. for Iowa Limestone Company for over 30 years. Survived by his wife, Mary Jane Brown, of the home; sister, Charlotte Sevaldson; brothers-in-law, Richard Greengo and wife Lolly, Roger Greengo; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Highlands Health & Rehab, Bella Vista. Military honors Bella Vista VFW Post 9063. Memorial contributions to First Methodist Church, Bella Vista, AR. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral home of Downtown Rogers.

Harold B. Weinbender, 78, of Bella Vista died March 1, 2011, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born June 3, 1932, in Etonia, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Sophia Fuchs and John Weinbender.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a chemistry teacher.

Survivors include two sons, Rick Weinbender and wife Karen of Arcadia, Mo., and Matt Weinbender and wife Lorrie of Brownsville, Minn.; a daughter, Robin Marr and husband Tim of Garfield; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. March 12 at Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

Cremation arrangements were by Epting Funeral Home in Bella Vista.

 

Thomas P. Gallagher, 80, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday December 11 in Bella Vista following two strokes in the fall.

Born in Chicago, raised his family in Lincoln, Nebraska. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1950-54. Earned economics degree form University of Illinois, 1959. Retired to Bella Vista, 1991, after 32 years in sales for Central Steel & Wire Company. Active member of Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, then St. ‘Bernard of Clairvaux in Bella Vista, instrumental in establishing parish columbarium. Tom was a warm and witty Irishman, a self-made man and lifelong salesman who made friends of strangers, and loved God, his family and golf, in that order. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary Therese (Terri); father, Daniel; mother Ann; brother Edward; sister Eileen Haggerty; and nephews Bill Haggerty and Tom McCormick.

Survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Mary Therese (Walsh) Gallagher; children Peg (Tom) Magnuson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Patti (Doug) Newberry of Cincinnati:; Kathy Gallagher of Chicago; and Tom (Kristi Frahm-Gallagher) of Denver; and grandchildren Riley Magnuson, Brendan Ford, Patrick Ford, Maura Ford, Frances Newberry, A.J. Newberry, Beatrice Newberry, Connor Gallagher, Lucy Gallagher. Also survived by siblings, all of Chicago, including Daniel Gallagher, Anna Mae McCormick, Rosemarie Gallagher, John Gallagher, Winifred (Gallagher) Fran; 23 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 17, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd. Mass of Christian burial Saturday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Bernard Catholic Church, One St. Bernard Lane. Inurnment of cremains will be on Sunday, December 19, following the morning mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church Columbarium.

 

Harry E. Mortensen, 88, died on Monday, October 18, 2010 at his home in Bella Vista. He was born on August 4, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois to Harry Mortensen and Rasmine Christensen Mortensen.

He was a recipient of the Boy Scout Eagle Award in 1940. Mort earned an Associate Arts Degree from Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa. He served 30 months as a flight crew member in the 9th Air Force in Europe during WWII. He received Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from the University of Minnesota. He taught and coached at Minnesota High schools for three years, then 6 years at Grand View College and twenty three years at North High in Des Moines, Iowa. With his wife Dorothy he owned and operated the Danish Inn Restaurant in Elk Horn, Iowa and enjoyed retirement in Bella Vista after 1984.

In Bella Vista he served on the POA Golf Committee, was president of the MGA and the Bates Hospital Development Association. He was head cook for the United Lutheran Men’s Club Monthly breakfast and was Honcho for their church Men’s Golf League. Mort was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Nomad Shrine, Bentonville Masonic Lodge and golf groups including M.G.A., 9-Hole Men, United Lutheran Men’s League, The Sand Hogs and Burri Bashers. Activities in Bella Vista were golf, fishing, reading, dancing and bridge playing.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Lucille Cleveland and Joyce Willie and son-in-law, Dr. Edward Nemore.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mortensen of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two sons, Jeffrey Mortensen and his wife, Jeannette of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Joel Mortensen and his wife, Carla of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two daughters, Jill Mortensen of Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, Jan Mortensen of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one brother, Glen Mortensen of Askov, Minnesota; three sisters, Ila Christensen of Eugene, Oregon, Lois Sahlen of Askov, Minnesota, Beverly Buchanan of Spokane, Washington; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Library, 11 Dickens Place, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.

On-line condolence may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Charles R. Robbins, 78, of Pea Ridge, AR passed away on September 27, 2010 in Bentonville. He was born August 19, 1932 in Eureka Springs, AR to the late Wilbur J. and Lucille J. Pierce Robbins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was a member of the Bella Vista American Legion Post 341.

He is survived by his wife Helen Robbins of Pea Ridge, AR, 2 sons Billy and his wife Debbie Robbins of Pea Ridge, AR, Robby Robbins and his wife Patty Robbins of Pea Ridge, AR, 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Joe Robbins and by 1 sister Mary Ella Jennings.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday September 30th at 10:00 AM at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville. A visitation will be held on Wednesday September 29 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 3291 S Thompson St # D104, Springdale, AR 72764-7357 or to the Circle of Life Hospice – Legacy Village, 900 NE Verdant, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers, AR.

 

Vilas “George” Benning, 87, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Highlands Health Care, Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born January 30, 1923 in Waumandee, Wisconsin to George Benning and Bertha (Hartzfeldt) Benning.

He graduated the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in 1949. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He married Virginia Orth in 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They moved to Bella Vista in 1996 from Morehead, Minnesota. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista. He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Fargo. He loved to play Bridge.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three sons, David Benning and his wife, Marge of Denver, Colorado, Paul Benning and his wife, Ruby of Bismarck, North Dakota and James Benning and his wife, Karen of Anchorage, Alaska..

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715. Pastor Richard Solberg will officiate. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

Charles“Kenneth” Squyres, 81, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Circle of Life at Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born May 15, 1929 in Plainview, TX to Jerome Walker Squyres and Lois Aline Waddel Squyres.

Kenneth married Bettye Jordan on October 7, 1950 in Clovis, New Mexico. He served as a Cpl. in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed by the Western Company for over 30 years. They moved to Arkansas in 1991. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, VFW and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Bettye (Jordan) Squyres; one son, Wesley James Squyres and wife Brigitte of Norman, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Ashley and Jordan; and one great granddaughter, Lauren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714. Richard Lindman will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, August, 2,2010 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR.

 

James H. Woodling, 89, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, July 30, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born on July 3, 1921 in Linneus Missouri to Alice (Powell) Woodling and Erving A. Woodling.

He proudly served in the US Navy aboard the US Highlands during WWII and was present for both the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and the signing of the treaty to end the war. After the service he worked briefly for TWA before meeting and marrying the love of his life, Margaret Neal in 1948 soon after embarking on a career in auto sales culminating with Woodling Chevrolet in Louisburg, Kansas from 1955-59. In 1960 he moved in to the Kansas City, MO. residential real estate business with McCue McGuire Reality. In 1966 he began what turned in to his true calling, his passion dealing in commercial real estate nationwide with the Leo Eisenberg & Co. Realtors retiring as Senior Vice President in 1986. Upon retirement Harold and Margaret left Kansas City for Bella Vista, AR. where he enjoyed many years of playing golf and enjoying the company of family and many treasured friends.

Harold is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Margaret, daughter Sharon, sons John, Ron and Jim; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and always loved.

Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Visa Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.

 

 

Arthur C. McLean

“Duck” 82, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, born August 25, 1927 in South Bend, Indiana, passed away June 20, 2010 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from 1944- 46, and the Naval Reserve from 1946-51. He served as VFW Post Commander in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and District 6 Nebraska Commander. He was a life member of VFW. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #6 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and a past patron Home Chapter OES in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He was also a member of Tangier Shrine in Omaha, Nebraska. Following a move to Missouri, he became and engineer on the steam train in Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri.

“Duck” was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lucile, and second wife, Jessie.

He is survived by wife, Darlene J. of the home and son Jeff McLean and wife, Sandy of Omaha, Nebraska. Stepsons, Cory Collins and wife, Deb of Crystal River, Florida, Mark Winslow and wife Carrie of Overland Park, Kansas; stepdaughters, Kay Brown of Indianapolis, Indiana, Marcie Straka and husband Jim of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two grandchildren, and ten step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 25, 1:30 p.m. at Village Baptist Church, 380 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Inurnment in Bella Vista Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Village Baptist Church.

 

 

Thomas M. Ellison, 94, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. He was born on October 11, 1915 in Port Huron, Michigan to Edna Brantner McCarthy and Albert Longfield McCarthy.

He graduated from Wilmot High School in Wilmot, Wisconsin. He retired after working for Wisconsin Energies for 39 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Petty Officer with the Seabees in Alaska during World War II. He served his community by being a charter member of the Rotary Club, President of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce in Whitewater, Wisconsin. After retirement from Wisconsin Energies, he worked selling cars for Ernie Von Schladehorn in Menomonie Falls, Wisconsin and for Aspelin Tree Trimming Company delivering trucks all over the United States.

He married Pear Call in 1944 and moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin when the war ended. His favorite pastime was golf and buying cars. He spent countless hours on the golf course with his wife and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; one brother and his son, Terry.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Call Ellison; daughter, Linda Lovas; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Edward) Meissner and Trent Lovas; one great-grandchild, Brendan Meissner; two sister-in-laws, Lenore Haberman and Phyllis Call, and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was extremely devoted to his family and will be dearly missed.

A Memorial Service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Community Church Building Fund or to the Helping Hands.

 

Delos P. “Moose” Struthers, 79, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born October 27, 1930 in DeKalb, Illinois to Lotan Struthers and Ruth (Phelps) Struthers.

Delos graduated from DeKalb Township High School in 1950 playing a key role in the successful basketball team that advanced to the “sweet 16.” Mr. Struthers was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was trained as an electrician and began his career working for his brother and later went on to manage several large jobs including Holmes Student Center and Founders Memorial Library both on the campus of Northern Illinois University and the Commonwealth Edison Nuclear Power Plant in Byron Illinois. He married Corinne Holmes on October 15, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois and she preceded him in death on May 5, 2006. He married Pat Klukvin on November 1, 2007 in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was a member of the woodcarvers, Bella Vista Fly-Tyers, Mulligan’s Golf Group, Shenmens Golf, Illinois Club, Snowbird’s Couple, American Legion and on The Move Couples Golf Group.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Corinne L Struthers, two brothers, Forrest & Donald (His Twin Brother) Struthers and a daughter, Joyce.

He is survived by: his wife, Pat Klukvin Struthers; sons, Jeff Struthers and wife, Pam of Kiowa, Colorado, daughter, Tammy Struthers of Little Elm, Texas, Tim Struthers and wife, Marilee of DeKalb, Illinois; son- in-law, Bill Nicklas Sycamore, Illinois; step-son, Nichlas Klukvin and wife Carla of Olathe, Kansas; two step-daughters, Michele Miller and husband Greg of Overland Park, Kansas, Melissa Klukvin Slover and husband Tom of Boulder, Colorado; one brother, Burton Struthers and wife Joan of Muskegon, Michigan; 9 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 26, 2010 in the Highlands Church, A Methodist Congregation, with the Rev Rex G. Darling officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road Springdale, Arkansas 72862 or to the Highlands Church, 371 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

 

 

Herbert Peter Eck, 94, of Bella Vista, AR for 37 years, formerly of Maywood. Services for Hebert Peter Eck, 94, will begin with prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 at Michaels Funeral Home, 800 S. Roselle Rd. (Between Irving Pk. and Higgins Rds) Schaumburg, IL, proceeding to 10 a.m. mass at St. Marcelline Catholic Church, Schaumburg. Inurnment will be at a later date at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 at the funeral home. Born March 29, 1915 in Chicago, he passed away peacefully Jan. 15, 2010 in Hoffman Estates. Hebert was the founder and former owner of Eck, Inc. located at 6839 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL, a proud WW II veteran in the Army Air Corps and past president of the Oak Park Lions. He was the loving husband of 70 years to Grace C., nee Feeley; dear father of Michael (Arline), Terry (Priscilla) and Larry (Heather); fond grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of nine. For information please call 847-891-2900 or visit www.michaelsfh.com.

 

Lester Eugene “Les” Hinkley, 90, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly of Fort Scott, Kan., died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, in Springdale, Ark. He was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Neosho County Kan., the son of Charles Sumner and Nina Pearl (Mix) Hinkley. He married Beth Irene Zimmerman June 20, 1942, in Chicago, Ill. She preceded him in death Aug. 26, 2004.

Les attended school in Kansas and college in Kansas City, Mo., before joining the Navy, where he served in the States and through World War II in the Pacific, entering Nagasaki, Japan, right after the bombing. After leaving the Navy he was in business in Clinton, Mo., before moving to Fort Scott, Kan., in 1953 where he was owner and manager of Hinkley Beverages Inc., servicing the four-state region ofKansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

He was active in civic work in Fort Scott, serving as president of the chamber of commerce, Fort Scott Country Club, Bourbon County Cancer Society, theparks board, YMCA and the community center. He was a member and past president of both the Kiwanis Club and the Clinton Rotary Club. He and Mr. Eakle started the United Fund and also Little League Baseball in Fort Scott. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, VFW and American Legion Elks Club of Rogers-Bentonville. He was a member of the Blue Lodge in Fort Scott, Fort Scott Consistory, Mirza Temple and Nomad Shrine Club of Bella Vista. An avid golfer, Les was for many years regional director of the Life Begins at 40 of Harlingen, Texas, with members throughout the United States. Beth and Les moved to Bella Vista, Ark., in the fall of 1985 after retirement.

He is survived by a brother, Dr. Charles “Wendell” Hinkley of Monte Vista, Colo., and his wife Orene; two nephews, Jeff Hinkley and David Hinkley; and a stepsister, Mrs. Roberta Page of Lenexa, Kan. In addition to his wife, Beth, he was preceded in death by his parents and a stepsister, Mrs. Danny Smith.

VFW Chaplain James Stradley will conduct graveside services 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701.

 

John W. Lieven, 83, of Bella Vista died March 1, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. He was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Hartford, Wis., to Werner and Kathryn Dietzler Lieven.

He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; two sons, Philip and wife, Eleni, of Lake Villa, Ill., and John Robert of Neenah, Wis.; two daughters, Pamela of Grafton, Wis., and Marcia of Appleton Wis.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Grafton, Wis.

Cremation arrangements are by Epting Funeral Home of Bella Vista.


Wayne Doty, 87, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista. He was born on September 5, 1922 in Clay County, Iowa to Lynn Doty and Mildred Horsley Doty.

He was raised and educated in Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Wayne married Carmen Winey on March 21, 1952 in Des Moines, Iowa. Wayne Worked for the Farmers Home Administration. They moved to Bella Vista in 1984. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hugh Doty, and sister, Marcelle Brown.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carmen Doty of Bella vista, Arkansas; tow son, Michael Doty of Kansas City, Missouri, Steven Doty and wife, Brenda of Golden, Colorado; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Reverend Verle Shoemaker officiating.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 


Fred W. McNelly 91, of Bella Vista, died March 30, 2009. He was born June 29, 1917, in McIntosh, Minn., to the late Chester LeRoy and Florence Hibbard McNelly. He grew up in rural Minnesota and attended pre-med at the University of Minnesota. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard at the age of 18, and the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1938 at the age of 21.


 Fred married his childhood sweetheart Ella Frances "Fritzi" Cutter in 1939.
 Fred was a pilot and an officer with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command for 27 years, first serving in the World War II Pacific Theater.  Following WWII he returned to the
University of Minnesota and completed a degree in engineering. Fred made a career of the U.S. Air Force, achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was in charge of airplane maintenance, was the director of supply at various U.S. Air Force bases throughout the United States and Newfoundland, and taught ROTC at the University of
Oklahoma
.


After retiring from the Air Force in 1962, he and his family settled in
Albert Lea, Minn., where he was sales manager for Culligan Water Service and office manager for Streater Division of Litton Industries.  Fred and Fritzi also established and managed a landscape and Christmas tree business.


After his second retirement in 1974, he and Fritzi moved to Bella Vista
in 1976

.
Fred was a member of many social and service organizations, including the Masonic Western Star Lodge No. 26 in
Albert Lea, Minn., and was Chairman of the Albert Lea branch of the American Red Cross Assoc. for several years. Fred was an Eagle Scout and a life long active Scout troop committee member for various Scouting organizations as he and his family moved with his Air Force work assignments. Fred was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church, where he also served on the building committee, was active in "Men In Action," and sang in the choir.


He served as the treasurer several times for the Kiwanis Club of Bentonville, and also served as treasurer of The Retired Officers Association.


Fred was the founder of the Bella Vista Friends of Hospice and donated thousands of hours of volunteer service to Hospice, Crime Watch of Bella Vista, and several other community organizations. He was also a member of MENSA and of The National Association of Retired Military Pilots ("Quiet Birdmen"), and of the Bella Vista Men's Chorus.

 

Fred was preceded in death by his first wife: Frances "Fritzi" Cutter Mc-Nelly, and his second wife: Jane Nielsen McNelly, brothers: Chester McNelly, Dean McNelly, Donald Mc-Nelly, and Richard McNelly, a sister:  Gertrude "Jerri" Christiansen, and brother-in-law: Dr. Harold Christiansen.


He survived by his son: Dr. Frederick W. (Rick) Mc-Nelly, Jr. of
Rockford, Ill., a brother and sister-in-law: Harold and Mary Niles, sisters-in-law: Joyce McNelly and Edna McNelly; and five grandsons, four great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service was held April 13 at the
Bella Vista Community Church
in Bella Vista.


   Memorials are encouraged to the donor's local hospice organization.

 

Roy Hardin Smith, 94, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died at his home on Sunday, January 10, 2010. He was born on April 19, 1915 in Clifton, Arizona to Hardin Smith and Pearl (Rae) Smith.

Roy was raised and educated in Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State College in Tempe, Arizona. He served in the U. S. Navy as an aviator during World War II. Roy married Margaret Caroline Schultze on March 3, 1943 in Globe, Arizona. He completed his Masters Degree at Northern Arizona State College in Flagstaff, Arizona. Roy taught high school Industrial Arts and coached at Flagstaff High School. Following his retirement, they moved to Bella Vista in 1985. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. He was a member of the American Legion and the Flagstaff Elks Club.

Roy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

No services are planned. Cremation arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

Col. Gene Russell Wilks, 92, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Monday, December 7, 2009 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born September 3, 1917 in Monett, Missouri to Britte Oscar Wilks and Fern Amelia Seals Wilks.

He was career Military Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry serving during World War II in 9 campaigns. Following his retirement they made their home in Bella Vista. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.

He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Jerry Wilks of Bella Vista, Arkansas; son, Gene R. Wilks, Jr. of Walla Walla, Washington; three daughters, Dianne Finklea of Texarkana, Texas, Susie Campbell of Phoenix, Arizona and Donna Ethridge of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren, David Finklea, Aimee Campbell, Wyatt and Jessalee Wilks, Mark & Mike Fogarty; and great-grandchildren, Nina Fogarty, MacKenzie and Dawson Finklea.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Reverend Sara Bainbridge officiating. Burial will be in the Bella Vista Cemetery. Military Honors will be by the Bella Vista Veteran’s Honor Guard.

On-line condolence may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Donald Keith McGee, 72, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born on August 8, 1937 in Anderson, Indiana to Alva O. McGee and Ruby Hall McGee.

He was raised and educated in Anderson, Indiana. He graduated from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. He married Myrna Gustafson on June 10, 1961 in Palco, Kansas. He received his teaching credentials from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and his Masters Degree from Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas. He taught in Natoma, Kansas, Oakley, Kansas, and Davenport, Iowa. He was a member of Lions Clubs International for 46 years. He was International Director of the Lions from 1991 to 1993, which involved extensive travel around the world. He was awarded the “Ambassador for Good Will” which is the highest award of Lion’s Club International in 1993. They moved to Bella Vista in 1999 and was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church, and Bentonville Noon Lion’s Club. He was a Board Member of Lion’s World Services for the Blind (Little Rock, AR); and Mid South Lion’s (Memphis, TN). Don was always known for his dry humor, penchant for practical jokes, and an infectious smile. He was always loving and concerned about those around him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Myrna McGee of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two sons, Randall McGee of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jeffrey McGee and wife, Laura of Palco, Kansas; one sister, Sharon Berry of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Memorial Service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Reverend Richard Lindman officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. Inurnment will be at a later date in Morlan Township Cemetery, Palco, Kansas

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Club International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-8842 or to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762 or to the Bella Vista Library, 11 Dickens Place, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 


John Everett Tate,


Jr., 89



or “Tate” as he preferred to be called – went home to be with his Lord on October 6, 2009. He was born on December 20, 1919 in Winston Salem, North Carolina to John Everett Tate, Sr. and Bertha Lee Butler Tate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of eleven years, Evelyn; his sister, Jewell Elizabeth and his son Craig.

He is survived by his sons John III (Fran) of Tucson, Arizona, Truett (Dorthe) of London, England; Mark (Lynnette) of Vail, Arizona; brother, Richard (Jeanette) of Kernersville, North Carolina; stepchildren, Bill Brown (Erin) of Omaha, Nebraska, C. Michael Piatt (Beth) of Phoenix, Arizona; and Jackie Spedding of Rogers, Arkansas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements were by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Benton County Sunshine School, 3400 Woods Lane, Rogers, Arkansas 72757

 

 


Charles B.


McMillan, Jr., 94,


of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, October 9, 2009 at Concordia Health & Rehab in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born on June 8, 1915 in Nashville, Tennessee to Charles B. McMillan, Sr. and Lucy (Holt) McMillan as their first child.

Most of Charles’ life was spent in the Kansas City, Missouri area, where he graduated from the Northeast High School and the Lathrop Flying School. He earned his first Flying License at the young age of 16 years. He also held an Aviation and Engineer’s License. Charles began his life in the Aviation field with the early Trans World Airline.

His life was interrupted in 1941 by World War II, in which he served as a Chief Petty Officer in the naval Air Transport Service (NATS) until 1945. He returned to TWA and in 1949 was contracted to the Ethiopian Airlines based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. He helped the Airline train their employees to maintain and repair their aircraft for the fledging airline. He returned to TWA in 1952 and was a Line Maintenance Foreman until his retirement in 1979 after 42 years of Aviation life.

In 1993 Charles and Berdein, his wife of 67 years, moved to their retirement home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was a member of the T.W.A. Senior Club, No. Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, Bella Vista American Legion Post 341 and attended the Bella Vista Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Virginia Lee Leonard.

He is survived by his wife, Berdein A. McMillan of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

A Private Service is planned. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.

 

Gwendolyn Marie Querry, 86, died Saturday, October 3, 2009 at Concordia Arms, Bella Vista, Arkansas. She was born September 8, 1923 in Webb City, Oklahoma the daughter of Cecil Ray Gambill and Helen May Wood Gambill.

She graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1941, and graduated from Draughans Business School. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES during WWII. After her honorable discharge she continued her education at Northern Oklahoma Junior College, and received a B.S. Degree in 1950 from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma. Gwendolyn married Kenneth Jay Querry on February 20, 1947 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. Growing up she lived in numerous Oklahoma towns. In her married life she lived in Genesco, KS; Palco, KS; Plainville, KS; Great Bend, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Houston, TX; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They retired to Bella Vista in 1982. Mrs. Querry accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at a young age. She served on many various committees in all of her home churches, most recently serving as music librarian at the Bella Vista Christian Church. She enjoyed participating in her grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of Sweet Adelines, and Sophisticated Ladies. She enjoyed her bridge club, golf, church choir, as well as numerous church activities. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Kenneth Jay Querry, and brothers Wynn Gambill, and Max Gambill.

She is survived by daughters: Marilyn Becker and her husband Bob, of Norman, Oklahoma; Karen Demory and her husband Gerald of Bentonville, Arkansas; and Kim Sheets and her husband Will of Perry, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and their spouses: Breen and Misty Haywood; Michael and Amy Becker; Jay and Dawn Sheets; Jaime and Chad Bagg; Brad and Angie Haywood; Brandan Sheets; and Maranda and Chad Wilson; thirteen great-grandchildren: Jonah, Canaan, Ethan, and Chloe Bagg; Preston, Tyler, and Adom Haywood; Maegan, and Gabriel Becker; Taylor and Braxton Haywood; Payton Wilson; and Adisyn Sheets; and brother Ray Gambill, of Oklahoma City, OK.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Bella Vista Christian Church, 103 Riordan Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday , October 5, 2009 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at the Tonkawa I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72715.

She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Music Ministry c/o Bella Vista Christian Church, 103 Riordan Road, Bella Vista, AR 72715. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Joseph L. Klesen, 63, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born on July 25, 1946 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania to Joseph Klesen and Rosemary Helen (Knize) Klesen.

He was raised around the world and graduated from Chalmette High School in New Orleans in 1964. He enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation. He went through Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Flight School in 1967. Joseph served two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Silver Star and other service and Campaign Ribbons. He received a Direct Commission and served in various ground and aviation assignments until his retirement as a Major in 1985. He married Ava Gail Sanders on March 20, 1993 in Benton, Arkansas. He moved to Bella Vista five years ago from Weatherford, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Klesen of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one daughter, Stacy Marie Klesen of Powder Springs, Georgia; and step-daughter, Karen Mason Buckland of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

A Funeral Service will be at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714 or to Bella Vista Veteran’s Wall of Honor, P.O. Box 3085, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

Charles V. Owen, Jr., 80, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Mercy Medical Center, Rogers, Arkansas. He was born October 17, 1928 in Atlantic, Iowa to Charles Virgil Owen and Marguerite Darrow Owen.

Charles was raised and educated in Atlantic, Iowa graduating from Atlantic High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. Charles married Joanna Crawford on November 27, 1949 in Griswold, Iowa. He began working at Iowa State University as a research metallurgist with the Ames Research Lab, retiring in 1988. They moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was a member of the ATO Fraternity, Jaycees, American Association of Metallurgy, former Exalted Ruler of the Elks, and Cub and Boy Scout Director and volunteer. He also loved hunting, fishing, and golfing.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joanna of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three sons, Dr. Micheal David Owen of Ames, Iowa, Gary Charles Owen of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Jeffrey Stephen Owen of Bloomington, Indiana; one daughter, Michelle Susan Taylor of Johnson, Kansas; fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Bella Vista Cemetery, Columbarium on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

 

Raymond E. Rickabaugh, 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in Rogers, Arkansas. Mr. Rickabaugh was born on June 28, 1925 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to the late Claude and Maude Rickabaugh.

He was a retired supervisor of the Omaha Public Power District. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Jean Rowley Rickabaugh and son, Larry Dale Rickabaugh.

He is survived by his wife Merle Rickabaugh of Bella Vista; two daughters, Nancy K. Smith and husband, Scott of Apple Valley, CA, Janice L. Cain and husband, Jerry of Palm Coast, FL.; step-son, David Flanagan and wife, Diana of Abilene, Texas; brother, Gerald Rickabaugh and wife of Omaha, NE., sister, Marjorie Webster and husband of Omaha, NE.; five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. .

Visitation will be Friday, September 11, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Bella Vista Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista with Rev. Dennis Ritchie officiating.

Memorials may be made to the to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Emma Ave., Suite 248, Springdale, Arkansas 72764, American Cancer Society, c/o Dorothy J. Mortensen, #1 Highlands Crossing Drive, Apt. 203, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715, Arkansas 72764, or to the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas, or to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 996, Rogers, Arkansas 72757.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 

Charles A. “Chuck” Gailliot, 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Sunday August 30, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born Sept. 27, 1918 in Pittsburgh, PA, one of eight children to Alex and Rose Gailliot.

Chuck was called into the service during the first draft and served 5 years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He was stationed in France with the Signal Corps during WWII. He was a life member of the Military Officer’s Association of America.

He worked in office management for Hercules, Inc., in Wilmington, DE. and Joplin, Mo. He retired from Hercules in 1977 after 31 years of service.

Chuck and Marylyn moved to Bella Vista in 1983, having bought property there in 1968. They were very active in various golf associations and groups in Bella Vista. Chuck served as president of the 18-Hole Men’s Golf Association, later as president of the 9-Hole Men’s Golf Association and served on the Board of the P.O.A. Golf Committee. He was an instructor of the AARP Driver’s Safety Program in Bella Vista for 22 years. He performed with the Sophisticated Ladies Plus tap dancers as one of the male participants making up the “Plus” portion of the Bella Vista tap dance group.

Chuck was a member of the Unity Church of the Ozarks. He and Marylyn led a Unity study group for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marylyn Gailliot, of Bella Vista; a sister, Rosemary Furrer of West Virginia; a cherished nephew, Greg Dorsett, his wife, Joni, and son, Scott of Whitehall, MI.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista. Reception to follow at the Bella Vista Country Club. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

 

William “Bill” Soulek, 83, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, August 21, 2009 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on March 4, 1926 in Lake Andes, South Dakota to Mike Soulek and Anna Kaiser Soulek.

He graduated from Lake Andes High School. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Betty Schoubye on November 22, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He retired from Aerojet in 1979 after twenty years. He also retired from Naval Weapons Center. He moved to Bella Vista in 1995 from California. He was a member of St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Soulek of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two daughters, Debi Jackson and husband, Mike of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Carolyn Kozlosky and husband Joe of Stella, Missouri and five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church, 1001 Kingsland Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas with The Rev. Kenneth T. Parks officiating. A Private Graveside Service will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas with Military Honors. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church, 1001 Kingsland Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714 or to the American Diabetes Association, 100 West Emma Ave., Suite 248, Springdale, AR 72764.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

 
 
Paul Marcus Mikelson, 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at his home in Bella Vista. Paul was born on March 23, 1925 in New England, North Dakota, the eldest son of Rev. Martin and Selma (Olson) Mikelson.

In 1943, he graduated from high school in Ringling, Montana and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving aboard the Attack Transport USS Alpine in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his honorable discharge, Paul attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Here he met and was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Fladager in 1948. After graduating in 1950, Paul embarked on a 40 year banking career which took him and Shirley from Maddock, Sheyenne and Grand Forks, North Dakota to Winnetka, Illinois and to Bemidji, Minnesota. He was active in many civic organizations. Paul had a zest for life and a wandering spirit.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents; sisters, Magdalene Mikelson, Pernilla Rathgeber; Rudella Halvorson; brother, John Mikelson and granddaughter, Kari Hanson.

Survivors include son, Tom Mikelson (Pam) of Thompson, North Dakota; daughter, Mary Hanson (Greg) of Bloomington, Minnesota; brother, Reuben Mikelson (Irene) of Billings, Montana; grandson, Jake Mikelson (Trish) of Northwood, North Dakota,; granddaughters, Kirsten Gensrich (Mike) of Northwood, North Dakota; Megan Mikelson of Thompson, North Dakota and Emily Hanson of Bloomington, Minnesota; grandson, Anders Hanson of Bloomington, Minnesota; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Family Graveside Service at Washington Lutheran Church, Rural Northwood, North Dakota at a future date. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas. The family request memorials be directed to Courage Center, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422 or to the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

 
   
   

Lynn Allen Schriner, 70, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas.

Lynn was born March 21, 1939, in Great Bend, Kansas, the oldest child of Adolph and Vida Stucky Schriner, growing up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. At the University of Oklahoma he studied Electrical Engineering, played trombone in the marching band and fell in love with Nancy Shorbe. Lynn served in the Army at Ft. Bliss, TX, and attended New Mexico State University before beginning his career in aerospace marketing. He worked on projects worldwide for Collins, Rockwell, Hughes, E-Systems, and Raytheon.

Lynn obtained his ham radio license at age 14. Shortwave radio remained one of his many passions throughout his life. He set records and won numerous world titles in competitions while making thousands of friends around the world over the airwaves as W5FO, WOPCO and W5EQT.

Poppie” will be remembered always for his sense of humor, his generosity and his never failing enthusiasm.

Lynn is survived by his wife, Nancy Schriner of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his daughter Julie Lazenby and her husband, Bill of Winchester, Virginia; his son, Scott Schriner and his wife, Sara, of Olathe, Kansas; his grandchildren, Camden and Madison Lazenby. Lynn is also survived by his brother Nolan Schriner and family of Colorado Springs, Colorado; his sister, Natha Haynes and family of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Dorothy J. Mortensen, #1 Highland Crossing Drive, Apt. 203, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715 or to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

 

John “Jack” Heck, 81, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on August 6, 1927 in Hornick, Iowa to Ross Heck and Gladys Forney Heck.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a teacher and coach and later worked for Horace Mann Insurance Company for over 25 years in Nebraska and Iowa. He moved to Bella Vista in 1983 where he owned and operated J.C. Golf Cars, retiring in 1993. He was an avid golfer and member of Bella Vista Golf Association for many years, bowler and enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, and doing cross word puzzles. He was a Mason for over 50 years and a Shriner for over 45 years. He was the family historian and loved his grandchildren. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmen Heck of Bella Vista, Arkansas; six sons, John “Dave” Heck and wife, Penny of Omaha, Nebraska, James Heck and wife, Jennifer of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joel Heck and wife, Ivette of Haymarket, Virginia, Jay Heck and wife, Kristie of Garden Grove, California, Jerald Heck and wife Deborah of Huntington Beach, California, Jeffrey Heck and wife, Kaylene of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, William Heck of Minnesota; three sisters, Shirley Longwell of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Mary Ann Robertson of Pender, Nebraska, Bonnie Rossiter and husband, Jim of Sioux City, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas, with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas with Military Honors by Bella Vista Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63131-3597 or to the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

Dale Dean Snodgrass, 87, passed away on July 2, 2009, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, St Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, after suffering a massive stroke on June 19.

Dale was born in Ely, Kansas, on May 13, 1922, to Leslie R. and Lillie (Lefever) Snodgrass. The family moved to the Chanute, Kansas area when Dale was very small and, then, to Iola, Kansas, where he graduated from Iola High School in 1940. He worked at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, until joining the Navy in 1943, participating in the Naval V-12 program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After his discharge in June, 1946, Dale reunited with his high-school sweetheart, Louann Stoddard, and the two were married on November 3, 1946.

The young couple made their home in Iola, where Dale worked as inspection clerk at Lehigh Cement Company for three years, before moving to Monarch Cement Company in Humboldt. After 34 years with Monarch, Dale retired as Plant Engineer in 1986. While in Iola, Dale was very active in The First Christian Church, serving as deacon, elder and several terms as Chairman of the Board and other board positions. He served as president and secretary-treasurer of the Iola Shrine Club and was an enthusiastic member of the club’s “Little Wheels” precision motorcycle team. He was a 65-year member of the Masons, Scottish Rite and Shrine, having recently received special recognition for these honors. At the time of his death, he was a member of Bella Vista Community Church, Bentonville/Bella Vista chapters of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Nomad Shrine Club, serving as this club’s secretary-treasurer for the past 19 years.

After completing a required speech class at Allen County Community College and combining it and other credits earned during his Naval V-12 program attendance at the University of Colorado during WWII, Dale received his Associate’s degree from ACCC in the mid-1960s, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. Dale also loved to design homes, turning this hobby into a second career having designed over 100 homes and untold numbers of room additions and remodels. The final results of these many and various design projects are located in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and a ski home in Colorado.

Dale had a passionate interest in the Shrine Children’s Hospitals and a special love for the children served by them. He spent many hours coordinating transportation to and from the hospitals for the children and their families and arranging accommodations during their stay.

He was an active member and officer of Bentonville-Bella Vista Rotary, having been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the organization. Dale also belonged to the Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and worked diligently to recruit new members to the organization.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Lillie, and a brother, Les, along with numerous aunts and uncles. Survivors include his wife, Louann; daughter Deanna Neuner and her husband Charles, Parkville, Missouri; son Larry Snodgrass and his wife JoEtta, Skiatook, Oklahoma; grandsons Geoff Deman, Lawrence, Kansas and Matthew Snodgrass, Skiatook, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his brother Max Snodgrass (Bernadene), Iola; a sister Vada Aikins, Humboldt, Kansas; brother-in-law Howard Stoddard (Velma), Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law Winifred Cation, Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law Ruth Baxter (Stuart), Omaha, Nebraska. Other survivors include step-granddaughters Vicki Verhoff (Mike) and Susan Popplewell (Tim) and five step-great-grandchildren, Ashlie, Adam and Alec Verhoff and Shelby and Jackson Popplewell, along with many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, at Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR 72714, followed by a memorial service at 2:00. Cremation will follow. A second memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, Iola, Kansas on Saturday, July 11 ~ visitation at 1:30 p.m. and service at 2:30 p.m. A burial service with the family will be held at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to: Shriner’s Hospital, 2001 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63131-3597; Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S Market, Wichita, KS 67202; or Bella Vista Community Church or First Christian Church (Iola) ~ Building Fund. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

Alvin Bender, 89, of Rogers, Ark., died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Regency Hospital in Springdale, Ark. He was born Dec. 2, 1919, in Leola, S.D., to Fredrick Bender and Katherine Guthmiller Bender. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was in the 5th Armored Division in the European Theater of Operations. He was a farmer and was retired from Clayton Mark in Rogers. He was a member of the American Legion and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rogers. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Durand Bender; and nine siblings. Survivors include his wife, Ida Kiesz Bender; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gerald Bender of Minneapolis, Minn., and Glenn Bender and Jenney Bender of Fargo, N.D.; a sister, Emma Hupel; and three grandchildren, Shawn Bender, Tiffany Bender and Chris Bender. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 27, at Callison-Lough Funeral Home with Pastor Gordon Besel. Burial was at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark. Arrangements were by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of

Archie Grant Holmes, 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born on May 12, 1923 in Fort Scott, Kansas to William Mac Holmes and Cleda Cross Holmes.

He was raised and educated in Kansas, graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army, 13th Airborne Division during WWII and later in the 82nd Airborne Division at Normandy. Archie married Mabel Norton. He was employed as Plant Manager for Crimsco Manufacturing and Stephen’s Industries, and later Vice President of Mar-Con Manufacturing, all in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1991 and Mabel died in 1996. He was a loving father and grandfather and a member of Judson American Baptist Church of Bella Vista.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, and his wife, Mabel.

He is survived by one son, Keith Holmes and wife, Ann of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one daughter Carol Holmes Riley and husband, Andy of Honolulu, Hawaii; one sister, Mildred Courtois of Pleasanton, Kansas; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Judson American Baptist Church, 1702 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Rev. Henry W. Hensley officiating. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.


Jerry Joe Phillips, 81,


of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2009 at his home in Bella Vista. He was born on May 10, 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri to Clifford Phillips and Ida Mae Kincaid Phillips.

A native of Chillicothe, Missouri, Jerry served with the 9812th Technical Service Unit, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, his work career included teaching woodworking an drafting and working in industry He worked as a Production Manager and Plant Manger for 25 years with the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jackie Pickford; and brother, Don.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret of Bella Vista; son, Steve Phillips of Lake Winnebago, Missouri; brothers Dale and Bob; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Dorothy J. Mortensen, #1 Highlands Crossing Drive, Apt. #203, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715 or to the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

Bruce William Potter, 76, of Bella Vista, AR passed away at Regency Hospital In Springdale, AR, AR on April 5, 2009 from complications arising from heart surgery in January, 2009. Bruce was born in Duluth, MN, on October 14, 1932 to Oran and Lydia (Beckman) Potter and relocated to Bella Vista, AR in 1994.

Following graduation from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1950, Bruce served in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1957 with a degree in Accounting. Bruce was employed with the Internal Revenue Service until 1965. He then went to work in the trust department of Norwest Bank Duluth (now known as Wells Fargo) until his retirement in 1993 as the position of Senior Trust Officer and Vice President. Bruce and family were members of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church of Duluth and he was active in several community organizations, including the board of the Wilbur Mitchell Foundation. Bruce was a member of the Masonic Temple. Outdoor activities that were enjoyed by Bruce included cross country skiing, fishing on Lake Superior and the streams along the North Shore, times at the family cabin on Island Lake. Bruce also enjoyed the game of golf which led he and Joan to retire to the warmer climate of Arkansas.

In Bella Vista, Bruce carried his enjoyment of fishing to Beaver Lake, the White River and other area rivers and streams. Golf played an important part of his retirement, belonging to the Bella Vista Men’s Golf Association Nine Hole, the Northerners, Men’s golf team of the Highlands Church and also the Hackers, a couples golf group. His church was important to him as he served on committees, both at Community Church and then Highlands Church. The streets committee of the Village was another enjoyable service group that Bruce was on at two different times. Bruce and Joey enjoyed traveling to different places and well as visiting family.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife of 45 years, Joan May (Goller) in 2000; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Joey of 7 years, sister Blendena Evans; daughter Elizabeth (Jim) Gausman; grandsons Bradley and Daniel; son Allen (Mona0: and cousins Paul (Betty) Potter and Charles (Kitty) Gustafson; step-daughter, Janice Linder Burch (Dick), brother in law Robert Crandall; two granddaughters Leslie Burch Spaeny (Ryan); Kim Burch and one great-granddaughter, Taylor Jo Spaeny.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at the Highlands Church, 371 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista, AR. Burial will be in Duluth at a later date. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714 or Highlands, Church, 371 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

 

 

Phyllis W. Caskey, 88, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Highlands Health Care, Bella Vista, Arkansas. She was born January 15, 1921 in Minden, Iowa to Ernest John Ploen and Minnie Matilda (Luchsinger) Ploen

She was raised and educated in Minden, Iowa, graduating in 1938. In 1943, she graduated from The Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing. She entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in December of 1943and was honorably discharged in 1945. She married Harold A. “Cass” Caskey on August 30, 1944 in Minden, Iowa. They made their home in Storm Lake, Iowa where she began working as a nurse in the Buena Vista Hospital in 1958. They moved to Newell, Iowa where she worked as head nurse at The Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She retired from nursing and moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1986. She was a charter member of The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. She loved to golf, tap dance, travel and was a member of The Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, three brothers, Virgil, Al and Billy.

Phyllis W. Caskey is survived by three daughters; Sue Gutz and husband Mel of Storm Lake Iowa, Carol Bradford and husband Robert of Pineville, Missouri and Minda Vazquez and husband Julio of Bentonville, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. Reverend Dennis Ritchie will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bella Vista Cemetery.

 

Charles “Francis” Baker, Jr., 83, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. Francis was born December 15, 1925 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri to Charles F. and Velma D. Baker. His childhood days were spent in St. Joseph, Missouri, graduating from LaFayette High School.

He served his country in WWII Army of occupation in Japan and later in the Marine Corp during the Korean conflict. He was a member of The American Legion Post No 0341.

Francis was a lifetime member of the National Dental Laboratory Association being one of the first Certified Dental Technicians to be accredited. He was a past president of the Nebraska Dental Laboratory Association. He owned and operated the Fremont Dental Arts Laboratory, in Fremont, Nebraska for 25 years before taking a position at Creighton University Dental College in Omaha, Nebraska where he served 18 years. He was the first staff member in the Dental School to be awarded Creighton’s highest service award “Universitas Creightoniana”, December 21, 1990.

In his younger years he worked with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, DeMolay. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Molia Shrine Club. He was a woodworker and wood carver and a past member of the Bella Vista Wood Carvers. He has been an active member of Bella Vista Community Church.

He married Dorothy Canaday April 20, 1946 who survives along with son, Phillip Alan Baker and wife Jan of Lincoln, Nebraska, four grandchildren, Travis J. Baker and wife Misty of San Antonio, Texas, Seth A. Baker and wife Kristin of Austin, Texas, Jayme Neiman-Tilley and husband Dylan of Sherman Oaks, California, Ian Oehm of Lincoln, Nebraska; 2 great granddaughters, Anna Sofia Baker and Julia Grace Tilley; brothers, Melvin J. Baker and wife Jean of Branson, Missouri, Thomas J. Baker and wife Nell of Saucier, Mississippi; a sister Delores Mullen of Centerville, Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2009 at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 East Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas with Doctor Thad Moore officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Bella Vista Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Community Church Building fund or Circle of Life Hospice at 901 Jones Road in Springdale, Arkansas 72762. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

Don Meisner, 77, of Bella Vista, died February 25, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Arkansas after a six year battle with cancer. Don was born October 12, 1931 in Cloquet, MN to William and Hildegarde Beckrich Meisner.

Don joined the Army in 1952 and served in Okinawa as a lead marksman on the pistol team. He graduated form Elgin Watchmakers College and worked in Fargo until moving back to Cloquet in 1960. He worked at Potlatch Paper Company for 33 years until he retired to Bella Vista in 1993.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to golf, fish, play cards with friends, have biscuits and gravy on Sundays and spend time with his family. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet, MN, and the American Legion.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John.

He is survived by his love and best friend of 51 years, Georgine (Jo Golden), five sons, Kim (Holly) of Cloquet, MN; Andy (Mary) of Rosemount, MN; Patrick (Lori) of Cloquet, MN; Geno of Edina, MN, and Brian of Fairbanks, AK; as well as brothers, William (Caroline) of Cloquet, MN, James (LeeAnn) of Hillsburo, OR, sisters, Patricia (Brian) Gilson of Cloquet, Marlene (David) Nehring of Tucson, AZ, and Nancy (Gerry) Cool of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Mindi, Blythe, Corey, Shawn & Joshua; great-grandchildren Cole and Kayla.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, One St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas with luncheon to follow. Don will be buried in Cloquet. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 22358 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

M.O. (Myrth Obert) Lee Jr., 79, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died February 10, 2009 at a local health care facility.

M.O. was born August 10, 1929, in Sacred Heart Village, Minnesota to Myrth O. Lee Sr. and Selma Holt Lee. He completed his elementary education at Montevideo, MN and then moved to Watertown, SD where he received his secondary education. He attended the University of South Dakota for four years and completed one year of law school. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War, serving in the Infantry. He was a member of the American Legion.

Following his military service, he became an insurance adjuster for General Motors. M.O. was united in marriage to Wanda Johnson Lee in Estelline, SD on February 1, 1958.

As an adjuster, he headquartered in Huron and worked much of South Dakota and some of North Dakota. Because of his work travel he knew the main roads, back roads, diners, body shops and dealerships of eastern South Dakota very well. He also always knew where the fish were biting and the mallards were gathering. M.O. and Wanda left Huron in 1983. He retired in 1985 and they moved to Bella Vista.

M.O. was an avid golfer who was always ready to give a lesson. It is likely he enjoyed sharing the game with others more than playing it himself. In his retirement years, he eagerly made sets of golf clubs for his relatives and friends. M.O. loved the outdoors and time spent hunting and fishing. He could always be talked into a game of cards and accompanying Wanda on trips. He especially took pleasure in watching his grandchildren participate in their sports, music, dramatic and dance activities. M.O. cherished time with friends and family more than any treasure.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Wanda, of Bella Vista; two sons, Mark (Lesa) Lee of Madison, SD and Todd (Kimberly) Lee of Owensboro, KY; one daughter, Karen Lee of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Allison (Jon) Uresk, Amanda Koenig, Meagan Lee, Michael Lee, Carson Lee, Jackson Lee and Peyton Lee; one sister, Mary (Tom) LeRoy of Hudson, Ohio, and one brother James (Carolyn) Lee of Naples, Fl. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John.

A memorial service will be held at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. A service of remembrance at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, SD will be at a later date. Memorials may be made in honor of M.O. Lee to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762; the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, AR 72714; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Box 146, Estelline, SD 57234. Bella Vista Funeral Home, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Vista is in charge of funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

John Richard Wiese,  81, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County, Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born October 2, 1927 in Manson, Iowa to Frank B. Wiese and Emma (Mueller) Wiese.

John was raised and educated in Iowa. He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. John married Helen W. Davich on June 20, 1948 in Gowrie, Iowa. John retired as Director of Veterans Affairs in Newton, Iowa. They moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2006.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one son, Jeffrey David Wiese of Reston, Virginia; one daughter, Karen Ann Wiese of Grinnell, Iowa; one sister, Carole Sharpe and her husband, William of Des Moines, Iowa; and four grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

E.S. Bud Neble, 89, of Bella Vista, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. He was born April 10, 1919, in Springfield, Neb., to Eyvind and Marie Feddersen Neble. He was a longtime resident of Omaha, Neb., where he was a radio news broadcaster and director for several years, and then owned and operated the marketing and public relations firm Bud Neble & Associates.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a former Kiwanian, Mason and a lifetime member of the Shrine. He retired to Bella Vista 20 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Dee Neble of Bella Vista; a son, Kirk Neble of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Kim Davis of Bella Vista; and one grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Omaha. Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home of Springdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or online at www.shrinershospitals.org.

 

 

 

Denzel Wayne Philo, 85, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away September 13, 2008 at his home. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Maple Hill Funeral Home. Burial will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon - 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Denzel was born in Wayside, KS spent his early years in western Kansas, graduated from Yates Center High School and spent the last 16 years in Bella Vista AR and Kansas City, KS. He worked at the Sunflower Ammuniton Plant and then as a toll collector for the Kansas Turnpike Authority at 18th Street before retiring in 1988.

Denzel was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII where he receieved 3 bronze service stars while serving in the European Theater. He was a member of Judson American Baptist Church in Bella Vista, AR, where he was in a quartet, choir, and the church golf group. Denzel was also a member of the American Legion and VFW. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Theodore Philo, Sr. and Wava (Lindley) Philo and a sister, Eleanor Slifer.

 Survivors include his wife of 66 years Marjorie Philo, of the home; son and daughter-in-law: Ronald and Carol Philo, Kansas City, KS; daughter: Linda Rathgeber, St. Louis, MO; 3 brothers: William Theodore Philo, Jr. and Claude Philo, both of Corsicana, TX, and Carl Philo, Omaha, NE; sister: Mildred Edmonds, McPherson, KS; 4 Granddaughters, 2 Step Grandsons, 10 Great Grandchildren, 4 Step Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandsons. (Arrs: Maple Hill Funeral Home, (913) 831-3345)


Eugene C. Williams
 

BELLA VISTA -- Eugene C. Williams, 84, of Bella Vista, died Jan. 9, 2009, in Bella Vista. He was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Hertel, Wis., to William and Estella Rohlf Williams.

He worked 32 years for John Deere Co. in Waterloo, Iowa, and after retirement moved with his wife to Bella Vista in 1978. He attended Bentonville Baptist Church, and was a member of the American Legion. He was a Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Retha of the home, to whom he was married Dec. 14, 1957; his sister-in-law, Virginia Schultz of Bentonville and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Rex Rodgers will officiate.

Burial will be in Bella Vista Cemetery.