Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jack Dale Fincher d. February 13 2013

Jack Dale Fincher, Sr., son of the late Junior Dale and Alice Marie (Richard) Fincher, was born May 22, 1947 in Hartville, Missouri. As a young boy, Jack and his family moved to the Waynesville area where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In 1964, Jack entered the United States Navy and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge in 1968. He had attained the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer E-5.

On October 25, 1972, Jack was united in marriage to Nellie Jean Richards in Houston, Missouri. They shared 22 years of marriage together before she preceded him in death on May 23, 1994. Jack and Nellie were blessed with three sons: Jack Dale, Jr., Steven Michael and James Darrin.

Jack moved to the Waynesville / St. Robert area and immediately became involved in the community. He served as City Administrator for the city of St. Robert and retired from that position on March 1, 2004. He also served for 20 years on the Pulaski County Ambulance Board. In his spare time, Jack enjoyed being outdoors while fishing and also liked doing photography.

On June 30, 2002, Jack was baptized at the New Friendship Baptist Church and became a member there.

Jack passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Phelps County Regional Medical Center, of Rolla, Missouri having attained the age of 65 years, 8 months and 12 days. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all those that knew and loved him.

Jack leaves to cherish his memory four sons: Steven Fincher (Kimberly) of St. Robert, MO, James Fincher (Melissa) of Hibbing, MN, Jack Dale Fincher, Jr. (Ida) of Madera, CA, and Matthew Voigt (Brandi) of St. Robert, MO; his daughter, Amanda Voigt of Waynesville, MO; eight grandchildren: Tiffany, Caitlin, Brittany, Ashley, Brandon, Alyssa, Rylie and Jace; four great-grandchildren: Sade’, Damarion, Maci, and Kace; two brothers: Ronnie Fincher (Karen) of St. Robert, MO and Kenny Fincher (Debi) of Lakeside, CA; his sister: Dorothy Gilstrap (Travis) of Crocker, MO; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jack was preceded in death by two brothers: Bob Indermuehle and Bruce Fincher.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert with Rev. Christopher Hendrix officiating. Debra Adkins read the obituary and recalled her memories of Jack and Anita Ivey read a proclamation from the City of St. Robert honoring Jack’s service to the community. The songs “Consider the Lilies”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” and “Amazing Grace” were played. Serving as escorts were Jerry Shaw, Junior Levett, Greg Cantrell, Matthew Voigt, Gary Carmack and Doug Adkins. Serving as honorary escort was Bob Marshall.

Burial with military honors followed in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville. Military honors were provided by the Missouri Honors Team. Serving as funeral procession escorts were the St. Robert Police Department and the Pulaski County Ambulance Service.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jack Fincher and may be left at the funeral home.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dr. Bland Nixon Pippin d. 7 July 1945


Dr. Bland Nixon Pippin, professor emeritus on the faculty of the Washington University School of Dentistry, died yesterday at Barnes Hospital of a complication of diseases after a long illness. He was 70 years old.

Dr. Pippin, who lived at 6806 Kingsbury place, University City, practiced dentistry here for more than 45 years. His office was at 4932 Maryland avenue. An oil portrait of Dr. Pippin, together with one of Dr. Benno E. Lischer, dean of the school dentistry, was unveiled at a testimonial dinner at the time of their retirement two months ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Vaughan Pippin, a son, Dru. L. Pippin, of Waynesville, and a daughter, Mrs. Charles Eckert of St. Louis. Cremation will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock at University Methodist Church.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis, Missouri
8 July 1945
Page 7

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rowland L. Johnston d. 22 September 1939


Services for Former Congressman Who Died at 69, Will Be Under Masonic Auspices

Funeral services for Rowland L. Johnston, former Congressman and an Assistant Circuit Attorney under Howard Sidener, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Robert J. Armbruster mortuary, Clayton road and Concordia lane, under Masonic auspices, followed by cremation.

Mr. Johnston, 69 years old, died Friday at his home in Rolla, Mo., after a long illness. He was born in Louisiana, Mo., and practiced law in St. Louis County when a young man. Following a term in the State Legislature, he served three terms as Prosecuting Attorney of St. Louis County, prosecuting the “Lord Barrington” murder case.

He later was acting Mayor of Waynesville, Mo., and in 1921 was appointed an Assistant Circuit Attorney. Moving to Rolla in 1926, Mr. Johnston was elected to Congress from the old Sixteenth District two years later. He was a member of Congress two years and in 1930 was a Republican congressional nominee at large. His wife and two sons survive.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis, Missouri
24 September 1939
Page 21

Samuel George Koonce d. 5 October 1941


Samuel George Koonce, citizen of this community for only past months, committed suicide by drowning in Indian Creek, only a short distance from his home Sunday morning. Mr. Koonce had for long-term of years been an honored citizen of Bloodland, serving as postmaster and was a citizen who stood high in that community. With the passing of Bloodland into the Fort Leonard Wood Area, Mr. Koonce came to Houston and purchased of Jess Hilterbrand his desirable farm home two miles south of Houston on Indian Creek. During recent weeks he had been gloomy and worried. Early last Sunday morning he slipped out of the house, went to a bluff of rocks on Indian Creek where there was a considerable pool of water; there he hung his coat on a bush, fastened a large stone onto his body and jumped in the creek. Search was soon made but as the water was muddy the body was not at first found, but aided by the family dog, the search was soon rewarded by finding and recovering the body from the water.

Officers were called and Coroner Hubbard determined that no inquest was necessary.

Samuel George Koonce came from Bloodland, where he had long resided, only five or six months ago. He was the son of George and Emma Koonce, born in Chicago, Illinois, and was 66 years, 4 months and 1 day of age.

Funeral services were conducted at the Elliott Funeral Home here Tuesday at 2pm. Rev. J.R. Halbrook conducted the funeral service and the remains were conveyed to Bloodland cemetery under auspices of Elliott Funeral Home.


Samuel George Koonce was born in Chicago, Illinois, June 4, 1875, and departed this life October 5, 1941, at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 1 day. He came with his parents to Pulaski County, Mo., in 1889, located near Bloodland, Mo., which place was his home until a few months ago, when he bought and moved to the Hilterbrand farm near Houston, Mo.

Mr. Koonce had been in failing health since having to give up his old home, which was taken over by the government and became a part of Fort Leonard Wood camp area. He worried a great deal about the change he had made and the strain and worry was more than he could bear.

He had many close friends in an around Bloodland, as he was  man highly respected by all who knew him; his counsel was sought by many and his assistance freely given. He served as postmaster at Bloodland for 23 years. Friends bear out the reputation that Mr. Koonce was a good man and a good citizen.

He was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Deaton at Bloodland, MO., December 3, 1902, and to this union six children were born: Lois Kinnaird, of Roby, Mo.; Vance Koonce, of DEnver, Colorado; Dorothy York, of Hughson, California; Lena Maude Koonce, of Hughson, California’ Edyth McAtee, of Carthage, Mo.; Rosemary Smith of Houston, Mo.

Mr. Koonce professed faith in Christ early in life and for a time was affiliated with the Methodist denomination and was quite active in religious service. He read his Bible and lived a consistent Christian life.

Those who survive him are the wife, the children above mentioned and ten grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Koonce, of Eagle, Colorado, many distant relatives and a host of friends. Obituary contributed.

The Houston Herald
Houston, Missouri
9 October 1941
Page 1

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Brady Feltner d. 22 September 1993

Brady Feltner, 74

WAYNESVILLE- Services for Brady Feltner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Feltner, a retired shoemaker, died at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday in Sunset Village of the Ozarks Med Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday in the funeral chapel.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
24 September 1993
Page 14

Sunday, March 4, 2018

H. Dale Hooker d. 3 April 2009

H. Dale Hooker, 89, Springfield, formerly of Lebanon, Missouri passed away Friday, April 3, 2009 in his home.

A native of Dixon, Missouri, Dale served in the United States Navy during World War II. He owned and operated Dale's Sporting Goods in Devil's Elbow from 1950 until 1968.

He served on the board of Laclede Electric Cooperative in Lebanon and then became the general manager of the Coop for several years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Lebanon Rotary Club, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He had served on the Lebanon City Council, the Hughes Foundation Board, and as president of the Lebanon Country Club. Early in his life he had been a Deputy Sheriff of Pulaski County.

He was united in marriage to Aileen Parker in 1941, and to this union two children were born. Aileen passed away in 1986. In 1988, he married Rita Y. (Bear) Campbell.

He was also proceeded in death by his parents, Harrison Pryor and Flora Harrison Hooker; and a son H. Dale Hooker, II.

Dale is survived by his wife Rita, of the home; a daughter Anne Williamson, Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-sons, Mark, Jim, Scott, and Greg Campbell; a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in the Holman-Howell Funeral Home of Lebanon, with Rev. Andy Bryan officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, in the Dixon Cemetery, Dixon, Mo. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the funeral home.

A memorial to the Diabetes Association has been established and contributions may be made through Holman-Howe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 28, Lebanon, MO, 65536.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
7 April 2009
Page 11

Squire Andrew Wells d. 12 September 1962

DEVIL'S ELBOW- Squire Andrew Wells, 78-year-old grocer here, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Pulaski County Hospital, following a long illness.

Surviving are his wife, Ann; three sons, Sterling and Harold, both of Devil's Elbow, and the Rev. Dallas Wells, Waynesville; a daughter, Miss Jewell Wells, Birmingham, Ala., a brother, Tom Wells, Crocker; three sisters, Mrs. Della Stewart and Mrs. Grace Hooker, both of Lebanon, and Mrs. Pearl Wilson, St. Louis; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday in Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. J.W. Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Hooker Cemetery, under direction of Moss-Williams, Waynesville.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
14 September 1962
Page 55

Nellie May Burgard d. 2 June 1975


MANSFIELD- Graveside services for Mrs. Nellie Burgard, 85, Devil's Elbow, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Rolla City Cemetery, with the Rev. Larry Keeth officiating. Burial will be under direction of Null and Son of Rolla.

Friends may call at the funeral home tonight.

Mrs. Burgard died Monday in the hospital at Mansfield after a short illness.

A native of Sedalia, she and her late husband operated a grocery store at Devil's Elbow from 1937-1960.

Surviving are two sons, Granville L., of St. Louis, Ill., and Robert S. of Mansfield.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
4 June 1975
Page 38

Randel E. Norvell d. 25 December 1974


DEVIL"S ELBOW- Funeral services for Randoll E. Norvell, 74, of Devil's Elbow, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moss-Williams Chapel, Waynesville, with Rev. John Hedlund officiating. Burial will be in Hooker Cemetery, Devil's Elbow.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Moss-Williams Chapel.

Mr. Norvell died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Pulaski County Hospital of an apparent heart attack.

Survivors include his wife, Emma; two sons, Stanley and Lester, both of St. Louis, and a sister, Ethel Norvell, address unknown.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
27 December 1974
Page 20

Charles O. McCoy d. 24 April 1972


WAYNESVILLE- Funeral services for Charles O. McCoy, 79, of Devil's Elbow, Mo., will be at 2 p.m. today in Moss-Williams Chapel here with the Rev. Kenneth Greene officiating. Burial will be in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. McCoy died at 8:15 p.m. Monday in Pulaski County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Surviving are his wife, Maggie; a son, Paul of Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Miller, of Devil's Elbow, and Mrs. Norma Dodds, Waynesville; a brother, Francis of Halstead, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Shaffer, Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Stella Dalton, Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. Festa Pruitt, Tucson, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri
27 April 1972
Page 34