Monday, June 27, 2011

Claude Henry Morgan 1903-1990

Claude Henry Morgan began life on April 11, 1903, the seventh of eight children born to John B. and Ida (Rollins)Morgan. He died September 25, 1990, at the age of 87, having survived all of his siblings. He was born on the Morgan family farm on the Roubidoux Creek south of Waynesville, and he spent his entire life in Pulaski County, with the exception of brief periods attending school in Springfield.

He married Irene Mitchell on October 9, 1931, and they took up residence on South Benton Street in Waynesville.

Claude and Irene had one child, William C. Morgan, and one grandchild, Julie K. K. Morgan. In addition to his wife, son, daughter-in-law Louise Morgan and grandchild, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

During his lifetime he took an active interest in community and political affairs in Pulaski County, and served two terms as a member of the Board of Education of the Waynesville School District.

Although Claude always considered himself to be first and foremost a farmer, he spent most of his adult life engaged in various occupations in Waynesville. He served as a Deputy Circuit Clerk and Recorder for Pulaski County and was a property and casualty insurance agent for over fifty years.

Beginning in the middle 1960's, he and his brother Joe N. Morgan acquired the Pulaski County Abstract Company. Claude managed that business until his son became manager in 1968. Thereafter he continued to be active in the business as well as on the farm.

He suffered the first of several strokes in 1985 and became increasingly impaired until he was admitted to Sunset Village in February 1988, where he remained until his death.

Funeral services were held Thursday September 27, 1990, in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Reverend Richard Breeden officiating. A eulogy was given by William C. Morgan. Music was provided by organist Jean Ely and soloist Charles Folkert. Serving as escorts were Art Anderson, Jim Laughlin, Keith Prichard, Sr., Tom Tinsley, and Greg Warren. Honorary escorts were Norman Humphrey, G. W. Lane, Joe Miller, and C. W. Parker.

Burial was in the Morgan Family Cemetery, Pulaski County MO. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

A memorial has been established to the Masonic Lodge 375 AF&AM New Building Fund in memory of Claude Morgan.


Emery Singleton, 94, died Monday, August 27 1990. He was born in Hancock MO on January 2, 1896, the son of Pink F. and Lucy (Hensley) Singleton.

He married Parlea Keller in 1916 and she preceded him in death on September 11, 1971. He married Bertha Rice on February 14, 1972.

Mr. Singleton is survived by his wife, Bertha, of the home; two stepsons, David Rice of Independence and Douglas and his wife Phyllis Rice of Dixon; three grandchildren, Chandra, Daniel and Jennifer Rice; one sister-in-law, Bertha Boulware of Crocker; his mother-in-law Katheryn Boulware of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charlie and Arthur, and one sister, Nell Bartlett.

Mr. Singleton attended the Freedom Church. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a mechanic, retiring in 1942, and spent the rest of his time on his farm near Dixon.

Funeral services were held in the Long funeral Home in Dixon on Wednesday, August 29, 1990 at 11 a.m. with Harold Withers officiating. Burial was in the Freedom Cemetery. Serving as his pallbearers were Douglas and Daid Rice, Larry Boulware, Farris Dake, Howard Howser and Richard Boulware.


Sergeant (Ret) Robert Kenneth "Swede" Therkelsen, 63, of St. Robert, died Thursday, August 30, 1990 in his home. He was born February 11, 1927, in Evanston IL, the son of Otto and Hjordis Ann (Krogsgard) Therkelsen. Mr. Therkelsen grew up and attended school in the rural farm community of Sutton/Cooperstown/Binford ND. He had been baptized in the Lutheran Church.

In 1946 Mr. Therkelsen entered the U. S. Army, serving a tour during the Korean War, earning him the National Defense Service Medal. When he retired May 31, 1967, he had attained the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the Ozark Memorial VFW Post 3176 and American Legion Post 331,

After retiring, he went to work for Bridgeport Marina, repairing boat motors. He also worked for civil service repairing boat motors at the Army Recreational Area at the Lake. He later started a small engine repair business.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Dieman of Plato and Julie Wagoner of Rolla; three sons, Kenneth Therkelsen of Cedar Rapids IA, Bruce Therkelsen of Dixon, and David Therkelsen of Montgomery AL; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Wesley Therkelsen of Texas; three aunts, Lulu Krogsgard, Ebby Krogsgard, and Alice Krogsgard Mason ; and a sister in law, Marcella Therkelsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Hjordis Ann Therkelsen, and his twin brother, Richard Therkelsen.

VFW services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 1, in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Chaplain (CPT) Jeffrey Burns officiating. Escorts were military. Members of the Ozark Memorial VFW Post 3176 and the American Legion Post 331 served as honorary escorts.

Burial with military honors was in the Ozark memorial VFW Cemetery, St. Robert. Services were under the direction of the Waynesville Memorial Chapel.


James Lee Johnson passed away at the home of a granddaughter in Olathe KS on September 5, 1990.

He was born in Stoutland February 5, 1901, to Charles Lee Johnson and Maggie D. Johnson. After his father's death, he, his mother and his sister moved to Hazelgreen and he remained in that area his entire life.

He was married to Lola Mae Drennan of that same community on February 11, 1922. They had two sons, Bobby Lee, who died in infancy, and James Richard, who died in May of 1983; and two surviving daughters, Bonnie Dickinson of Kansas City and Donna Lee Krutsinger of Joplin.

Johnson was a member of the Independence Baptist church, and also served as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, song leader and Men's Sunday School teacher.

He worked as a barber in Richland for almost fifty years, and finished up with five years of barbering in Waynesville.

An avid fox hunter and breeder of Walker hounds, he spent many hours hunting, raising hounds and judging at state and national meets and field trials.

Other than his father and two sons, he is preceded in deaath by his mother, one sister, and his wife Lola.

He is survived by his two daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Independence Baptist Church September 8.

Alta Adeline Alice Ousley 1918-1990

Alta Adeline Alice Ousley of Waynesville died Wednesday, August 29, 1990 at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. The daughter of Francis Eugene Headley and Anna Julie Headley, she was born January 29, 1918, at Trotsky MN.

Mrs. Ousley attended the St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. She was a school teacher in Minnesota, but mostly was a homemaker taking care of her family.

Survivors include her husband, Alva Eugene Ousley of Wayneville; two sons, Richard E. Ousley of Waynesville, and Rickey Francis Ousley of Colbert WA; and cousins Dorothy Bennett of Ponca NE and LeRoy and Verna Rupp of Hardwick MN.

No services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.


Funeral services for Phyllis J. Hansen, 59, of Plato, will be held Tuesday, August 28, 1990, at 10 p.m. in Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Judi Dodson officiating. Burial will be in the Palace Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 7 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Hansen, a Licensed Practical Nurse, died Saturday, August 25 at 11:05 p.m. in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla.

She is survived by her mother, Alma Ramsey of Binford, ND; two daughters, Deborah Dieman of Plato and Julie Wagoner of Rolla; three sons, Bruce Therkelsen of Dixon, Kenneth Therkelsen of Cedar Rapids IA, and David Therkelsen of Montgomery AL; three sisters, Elaine Dahl of Fargo ND, Marianne Bowden of Fargo ND, and Connie Beer of Brush Prairie WA; four brothers, Gordon Ramsey of Minot ND, John Ramsey of Chicago IL, David Ramsey of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Gary Ramsey of Binford ND; and eleven grandchildren.