Clayton William Rippee “Rip”, 91 years old departed this life on September 18, 2023, at Cox South Hospital Springfield, Missouri with his family by his side. He was born on April 21, 1932, to Bill and Lena (Bevins) Rippee on Rippee Creek near Ava, Missouri.
On June 24, 1950, he was united in marriage to Alice Walker. They had 3 daughters. He was devoted to Alice their entire marriage. As her health deteriorated her last few months were spent at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Rip went every day while she was there and took her to lunch and dinner to make sure that she was eating well.
Rip spent his life as a truck driver. He drove well into his 70’s. He remembered every load including what he was hauling, where it was going, and the weight of the load. He also loved listening to bluegrass music.
Rip was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, his parents, Bill and Lena Rippee. He is also preceded in death by his brothers Eugen Rippee, Boyd Rippee, and Floyd Rippee his sisters; Helen Tate, Gladys Holman, Glenda Hulse, and Betty Rippee. He is also preceded by two sons-in-law Junior Davis and Dennis Baughman.
Rip will be missed by his 3 daughters, Anita Bright and husband Terry of Rogersville, Mo, Cathy Carpenter, of Ava, MO, and Loretta Davis of Mountain Grove, MO. He will also be missed by 5 grandchildren; Brian Hesterlee, Jessie Bright, Travis Denney, Mindy Baughman, Lindsey Davis 5 great grandchildren; Jacob Hesterlee, Hunter Baughman, Madison Denney, Macy Denney, Maddex Denney and 2 great-great grandchildren Magnum Lirley and Remedy Lirley. He will also be missed by his brother Dale Rippee of Springfield, MO. Esther Terry, a friend and caregiver, will miss him in her life. His dog Coco will miss him every day. Many other nieces, nephews, and friends will miss him in their lives.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 2:00 PM in the Ava City Cemetery.
The family request love offerings to defray expenses in lieu of flowers.
Clayton Rippee, "Rip", passed from this life on September 18, 2023 at Cox South Hospital. He was born on April 21, 1932 on Rippee Creek east of Ava.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Ava City Cemetery.
A full obituary will follow.
Services in Kansas have been changed to a graveside only. It will be at Half Day Cemetery, Elmont, Kansas on Tuesday September 19. 2023 at 1:00 PM.
Carolyn Sue Thompson passed from this life on September 13, 2023, from her home near Ava, MO, with her loving family by her side. She was born on August 27, 1943 in Topeka Kansas to parents Howard Dean and Ethel Mae(Keith) Wagner.
On November 23, 1960 she was united in marriage to Melvin Aaron Thompson and their union was blessed with one son.
Carolyn loved to sew and knit. She knitted sweaters for her son Dale and had one ready if the Lord would have blessed her with a daughter. Carolyn loved to make quilts for her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also loved to make ceramic and porcelain. Carolyn loved to ride horses due to her short stature she needed a boost to get on her horse and would only take a boost from her husband, Melvin.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Aaron, and her parents.
Carolyn will be missed by her son Dale (Traci) Thompson of the home, her grandsons Melvin Aaron Thompson (Mat), Cody Lane Thompson, and Jake Alan Thompson. She will also be missed by her seven great-grandchildren, her sister Anita Brooks, and an Aunt Shirly Finuf. Other family members and friends will miss Carolyn in their life.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 16, 2023 at The Rock United Pentecostal Church in Seymour, Missouri starting at 12:00. Visitation will be held from 10 until service time.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 20232 at Half Day Cemetery Elmont, Kansas.
Carolyn Sue Thompson, 80 passed from this life on September 13, 2023. She was born on August 27, 1943.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at The Rock United Pentecostal Church, 570 Luck Road, Seymour, MO, starting at 12:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 10 until service time.
A service will also be held on Tuesday September 19, 202, at The Apostolic Church of Topeka Kansas, 2313 SE 29th St, Topeka Kanas at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 11 until service time.
Burial will follow at Half Day Cemetery, Elmont, Kansas.
Sally Jo (Wagner) Prock, 89 Years 7 months, 3 days, passed away on August 26, 2023, at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare, Ava, Missouri.
Sally was born on January 23, 1934, in Kettle Falls Washington to Phillip and Grace (Ousley) Wagner.
In 1954 Herman Prock and Sally Wagner were united in marriage. To this union two sons were born, Mike and Kenny.
She was a Christian and loved to go to church. Sally loved the Cowboy church and occasionally attended Gentry Church.
She loved bluegrass music and on occasion went to Gib’s Barber Shop to listen to her brother, Jerry Wagner, play music. They also went to Vanzant on Thursday evenings to jam out. Playing Scrabble with her sister-in-law, Lena Wagner, was an on-going competition between the two.
She loved going to her sons, Mike and Vickie’s home to join with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members for fish fries, big dinners, and holiday events.
She was a woman with a love for people and work. She owned the Dairy Queen, and The Rafters Restaurant, and ran Primetime Video and BNT Loan office. She was also a member of Eastern Star, Chitter Chatter Club, and on the board of the Mtn. Grove Alumni Memorial Park, in Mtn Grove.
After graduation from Mtn Grove High School Sally lived most of her life in Ava.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Grace (Ousley) Wanger, her brother John Wagner and wife Shirley (Winters) Wagner, a nephew Bruce Wagner and great-nephew Braxtin Bell.
She is survived by her sons, Mike and wife Vickie (Delp) Prock and Kenny Prock. Also, she will be missed by grandsons Cody and wife Rachel (Robertson) Prock, and Clinton Prock. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Caden, Conner, and Jaxtin Prock. Her brother Jerry and wife Lena Belle (Ray) Wagner will miss Sally in their lives as well as many other nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 6:00 PM at Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. Burial will be at a later date in the Ava City Cemetery.
Sally Jo Prock passed from this life on August 26, 2023 at the age of 89 years.
A memorial service to celebrate Sally's life will be held on September 1, 2023 at 6:00 PM at Ava Family Funeral Home.
A complete obituary will follow.
Donna Lee Hamm passed away from this life on June 2, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 28, 1943, to parents Lee Roy and Betty Lou (Craft) Moser in Wichita, Kansas.
On June 30, 1962, she was united in Marriage to William Paul Hamm. To this marriage three children were born.
Growing up Donna loved to play the guitar and sing. She was an artist and avid reader who had a love for archaeology and mythology. Donna also enjoyed dancing. She would move all the furniture from the living room and have dance parties with her friends and her sister would join in, while playing her 45’s on her record player. Later, she enjoyed caring for her family’s horses and riding together with friends and her husband.
Donna was soft spoken and used her soft toned voice when she gave unconditional love to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Before her health declined Donna loved to attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Ava, Missouri.
Donna is preceded in death by the love of her life, husband William Paul Hamm, she is also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lynne Moser, and brothers Roy and Byron Moser.
Donna will be missed by her children; Theodore and Latrisia Hamm, Marshfield, Missouri, Christine Hamm and Gary Goutney, Ava, Missouri, Carie and Robert Salas, Thousand Oaks, California. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Lynnette Hamm, Carolynn and Toby Osborn, Steven and Jennifer Hamm, Jacqueline Hamm, Savannah and Justin Huckaby, Brian and Leah Reed, William Salas, and Noah Salas. Her great-grandchildren will also miss her; Rylee, Violet, Alexys, Matt, Kooper, Parker, and Wyatt. She also leaves behind to mourn her sister Debra Hamann, brother-in-law Jim Hamann, sisters in law, Bonnie and Wendy Moser. Good friends Chuck and Marie Self will also miss Donna. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends to mourn her.
Funeral services will be held June 7, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church starting at 11:00 am. A burial will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Online condolences can be left at avafamilyfuneralhome.com.
Funeral Services for Donna L Hamm, 79, Ava will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church starting at 11:00. Burial will follow in Mt Tabor Cemetery.
A complete obituary will follow.
Wilma "Jean" Porter started her heavenly journey on March 9, 2023 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare in Ava, Missouri. She started her earthly journey on October 12, 1932 to parents Everett and Anna (Myers) Hicks, in Ava, Missouri.
On September 18, 1950 Jean, as she was known to one and all, was united in marriage to Herval Porter in Salem, Arkansas. They would have 70 years of marriage until Herval departed this life in 2020. Jean helped Herval for many years with the taxi business in Ava. She also was known to do the books for the trailer park.
Most of all Jean lived her life for Christ. She was a devote Christian and was known as witnessing to all she saw. Before her health prevented it, she was a dependable member of Faith Rock Church and Church of the Living God. She was also a prayer warrior. Even after living at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare the other residents knew they could depend on Jean to pray for them when they were having concerns, she also would leave them get well cards or cards of encouragement. Jean always made friends wherever she was and to know Jean was to love Jean.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Herval, her parents Everett and Anna and step-mother Velma. She was also preceded in death by son, Richard Dean Porter and brother Bill Hicks and sister Lisa Osburn.
Jean will be missed by her son Richard Lee Porter, he grandchildren, Michael Porter, James Porter, Richard Lee Porter II, and Alex Porter. She will also be missed by one great-grandchild. Also mourning Jean will be her brothers, Jim Hicks and John Hicks. She will also be missed by many other family members, friends, and the staff and residents of Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday March 15, 2023 at Girdner Cemetery starting at 10:00 AM.