Born: 4/23/1971, Atascadero, California
Passed: 4/19/2018, Oak Grove, Arkansas
Patricia “Patty” Ann Trump, age 59, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, passed away April 16, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri. She entered this world February 2, 1959, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Horseman) Painter. Her parents have preceded her in death. She was joined in marriage March 27, 1987, to Lynn Trump. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Patty was an exceptional athlete in many sports and especially in softball. She played on a travel softball team and was one of the best first basemen in the Midwest. Patty was awarded All-American status more than once for her efforts. In her working life she was a teacher, teaching physical education, driver’s education, and coaching basketball. Patty was the business partner and bookkeeper with her husband Lynn. She was an exceptional lady who will be dearly missed.
Patty is survived by her husband of 31 years, Lynn; brother, Ben (Catherine) Painter of Branson, Missouri; brother, Bill (Carmen) Painter of Chicago, Illinois; sister, Linda (Mike) Kuhl of Reeds Spring, Missouri; niece, Cara Stone of Branson, Missouri; nephew, Ryan Painter of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nephew, Ben Painter of North Carolina; niece, Nicole Britt of North Carolina; and niece, Casey Pearson of Mansfield, Missouri.
A celebration of life will be held from 11:00-1:00 PM, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Schooner Bay Community Center, Kimberling City, where family and friends will tell of memories and good times with Patty. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local humane society at www.humanesociety.org in Patty’s name.
Barbara Ann Morris, age 77, of Branson, Missouri, passed away April 13, 2018. She entered this world December 23, 1940, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Earl and Augusta (McKinnley) Morris. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
A gifted writer, Barbara enjoyed scriptwriting for Universal and Paramount Studios. She authored various short stories and novels. Along with her late husband, Donn Davison, they produced several independent movies. She was also a controller for Wayne Newton and Charlie Pride. She will be missed by all who knew her and memories of her will be treasured.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Betty Jean Tomes and Katherine Rule; and a brother, Robert E. Morris.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Ruth (Harry) Spurrier of Owensboro, Kentucky; brother-in-law, Bob (Elleda) Rule of Duluth, Georgia; sister, Carol Marsh of Branson, Missouri; niece, Kim (Charles) Pritchard of Powder Springs, Georgia; nephew Steven (Amy) Rule of Chapin, South Carolina; nephew Kenneth (Becky) Spurrier of Beaver Dam, Kentucky; niece, Sherry (Randy) Blackwell of Georgia; and nephews: Christian Teague, Steven Teague; and great-nephew, Joshua Teague of Winder, Georgia.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later time.
Ralph Rudolph Zeman, age 84, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away April 11, 2018, in Branson, Missouri. He entered this world January 14, 1934, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Rudolph and Bessie (Bauer) Zeman. His parents have preceded him in death. Ralph was united in marriage August 13, 1955, to Judith Pekarek. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Ralph has always enjoyed using his hands for skills and hobbies like woodworking and fishing as well as other outdoor adventures. He worked for Northrop Grumman as a tool and dye machinist. Ralph was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was very proud of his kids. All who knew him will miss him greatly.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judith; three children: Deborah (Craig) Peting of Huntley, Illinois, Michael (Nancy) Zeman of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and Mark (Shari) Zeman of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois; four grandchildren: Robert, Kristina, Brandon, and Ryan; and two greatgrandchildren: Luke and Grace Ann.
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held later in the Chicago area. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to the Cox Health Children’s Network (https://www.coxhealthcmn.com).
Dennis George Kurczek Sr., age 75, of Berryville, Arkansas, passed away April 4, 2018. He entered this world May 27, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of George and Violet (Snow) Kurczek. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Dennis was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, woodworking, traveling, and art. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents; son, Jesse Kurczek; sister, Darlene Grabinski; and brother, Douglas Kurczek.
He is survived by his children: Kimberly Johnson of Fort Myers, Florida, Dennis Kurczek Jr. of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Kurczek of Sherwood, Arkansas, Jason Kurczek of Berryville, Arkansas, and Jennifer Sargent of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; numerous loving grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dennis’ name to The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, www.agfc.com.
John “Mitch” Mitchell Porter, age 75, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away April 1, 2018. He entered this world March 9, 1943, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Harlan and Faye (Crawford) Porter. He was joined in marriage April 1, 1978, to Geraldine “Gerry” Heinemann. His parents and a greatgrandchild, Kaiden Light have preceded him in death. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Mitch proudly served our country as a Vietnam veteran in the United States Army. He enjoyed his work as a truck driver, fishing, his dogs, and his computer. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Mitch is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gerry Porter; daughter, Kelley (Robert) Nicholls of Springfield, Missouri; daughter, Michelle (Bob Turner) D’Amond of California; grandchildren: Austin, Tatianna, Cameron, and Corrigan; great-grandson, Michael; and two brothers; Robert Porter of Alabama, and Gary Younker of Colorado.
Inurnment will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Robert “Bob” Farthing Hails, age 78, of Hollister, Missouri, passed away March 30, 2018. He was born February 23, 1940, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Robert Franklin Hails and Susan Luella (Farthing) Hails. They have preceded him in death. Bob was joined in marriage January 29, 1966, to Vicki Ann Nelson. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Bob earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois College and started his work towards his master’s degree at Illinois State. He was a junior high and high school teacher in Springfield, Illinois, and Chatham, Illinois. Bob touched the lives of many students. He enjoyed golfing, riding horses with Vicki, and spending time with his cats. Bob was a very talented man who was an accomplished woodworker. He even built the house that he and Vicki lived in. Most of all, he was a caregiver for his children and grandchildren and his family will miss him dearly.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Vicki Hails of Hollister, Missouri; his children; Robert Nelson Hails and wife Toni of Collinsville, Illinois, and Jodi Linn Hails of Macomb, Illinois; five grandchildren: Austin Michael Hails, Robert Braden Hails, Shelby Leighann Hails, Tanner Christian Hails and Tristan David Krohe; and a brother, William Franklin Hails and wife Fran of Littleton, Colorado.
A family gathering to celebrate the life of Bob will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DAV www.dav.org.