Stephen Ray Duckworth, a resident of Ava, MO passed away on December 10, 2020 in Springfield, MO, at the age of 70. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 1, 1950 to James and Velena (Erickson) Duckworth.
Steve is survived by his wife, Roxann Duckworth of the home; his mother Velena (Bea)Duckworth of Gainesville, Mo; his sister Randi Schmucker of Gainesville, MO; and his three daughters; Jennifer Woodard (Canton, Ga), Kimberly Duckworth(Greenfield, IN) and Nikki Duckworth (Indianapolis, IN); seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by many friends and neighbors.
He is predeceased by his father, James Duckworth; and sisters Sally Petro and Connie Duckworth.
Steve worked in many professionals throughout his life, including sales and home services, eventually finding his passion in the trucking industry. In his free time, he enjoyed grilling out, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles, driving off road vehicles, camping, and scuba diving. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his dogs, family, and friends.
A memorial to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at Walnut Grove General Baptist Church, Smallett, Missouri, on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 wearing of masks is requested at the service.
All arrangements are under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.
C.M. Letsinger departed this life on November 9, 2020 at the Autumn Oaks Care Center, Mountain Grove, Missouri, where he had resided a short time. He began this earthly life on January 4, 1930 to parents Cecil and Rosa (Miller) Letsinger. On July 22, 1950, he married the love of his life, Nadine Welton with whom he shared almost 67 years before her passing.
During his lifetime C.M. could stand on the hill of his farm and see the fruits of his many years of labor. He saw lush green pastures with contented cows grazing there. It took long hours, hard work, and a lot of sweat to have a farm considered by many people a model farm. He built his life around the principles of family, love, faith in god, and love of farming. With Nadine by his side, they carved out a place of beauty, from its neatly manicured lawn with beautiful flowers to the large garden to provide food for the family, to the pristine fence rows.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Florence and Selma.
C.M. leaves a legacy of honest, hard work to his children Chris and Nita Puchta (Ken); two grandchildren Chad Puchta and Amy Post. His six grandchildren will miss his giving and sharing personality. He will be deeply missed by sister Rosalee, and brothers Hershell and Norman. His many other relatives, friends, and neighbors will miss his willingness to help others and share in “farm talk.”
Funeral services for C.M. will be conducted at 11:00 Saturday, November 14, 2020, in the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation being hosted from 10:00 until service time also in the Funeral Home Chapel
C.M.’s life will come to a full circle as he is laid tor rest on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in the Prairie Hollow Cemetery north of Ava, near where he was born.
Family requests donations to be made to Gideon’s in lieu of flowers.
All arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Linda Dianne Lyons was born on November 6, 1953 at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, to parents Walter and Elsie (Burns) Peck. She departed this life on November 7, 2020, at her home near Vanzant, MO.
Linda was a truly compassionate health care professional, having worked as a nurse in numerous hospitals from New Jersey to Nevada. She was a compassionate nurse who placed her patient’s care as the foremost thing in her life. She achieved many Nursing degrees to advance the care she provided for her patients. This earned her the respect and admiration of her co-workers and patients, including the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in 1993, after being runner-up for many years. She went on to share her knowledge with other nurses as she taught nursing at several nursing schools.
Linda also extended her compassion to her family showing them great love. She was deeply devoted to her family; there was another side to Linda that her family and friends loved as well. She had a great sense of humor and was a little bit of a prankster. They described her as a “person who never put on airs, she was just what you saw.” Her presence will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons Timothy and Avery, and sister Carolyn.
She is survived by her beloved husband of over 40 years Roy; two daughters Patricia and Jennifer as well as one son Walter. Six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren will miss her unique personality and love. She also leaves behind a sister, Sharon and a brother David.
A memorial service to remember her life will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, LuAnn Mae Metcalf, age 64 passed away peacefully at the Cox South Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born August 13, 1956 in Pampa, Texas to Keith and Ilene Russell. She married Marty Metcalf in April 1978. They divorced in 2011, but remained very close.
LuAnn was very giving. She was always looking for ways to help others and offer support. She often took in additional children and families to help them until their circumstances changed. This would often lead to her doing without things to make sure others were cared for. She was also the kind of woman that was verbal when it came to things that she disagreed with or didn’t like, such as cheese and mushrooms—which she often got teased about especially by her son in law Shane who preceded her in death in 2017.
For many years LuAnn was a short order cook. She could cook anything you threw at her without a recipe and from scratch--a lost art in our world today. She was able to cook things she didn’t like to perfection such as Liver and Onions. It was amazing how she never had to taste things she didn’t like to make sure they were right and yet they turned out perfect. She worked for years at the Corner Café in Caldwell, KS and then at Rosie Joes in Ozark, MO.
LuAnn enjoyed watching the shows in MeTV such as The Rifleman, Gun Smoke and Bonanza. However, her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved being a grandma even more than a mother or aunt. She loved to spoil them and see their faces shine with joy. If a grandchild wanted something they knew grandma would let them have it, even if it was her last bit of money or item. She always seemed to have candy on hand for the grandkids. She loved listening to mostly country and the Oldies Rock such as Elvis. She was not one to bet with as she always won. She had a great smile and laugh and knew how to have fun.
LuAnn was preceded in death by her daughter Carolyn, father Keith, mother Ilene, brothers Lonte and Warren, nephew Jeremy, and son-in-law Shane. She is survived by her ex-husband Marty, three children LuAnna (Steve), Nicola (Harold), Levi (Shelby), eight grandchildren Ashlie, Jericho, Austin, Jodi, Austine, Jericha, Jacob and Payton, three great grandchildren Brayden, Bryson and Isaiah, three sisters Keithetta , Phyllis, Ellen (James), three brothers Monte, Steven (Kathy), Alan and several cousins, nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel in Ava, MO at 10:00 am. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at the Ava Family Funeral Chapel in Ava, MO from 5-7 pm. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery.
Larry D Bradshaw, 66 of Mansfield, Missouri passed peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020. He was born to Jack and Eula (Tyson) Bradshaw on November 11, 1953 in Norwood, Missouri. Larry was a 1971 graduate of Norwood High School where he was a member of The Crimson Grapes Band.
Larry was a graduate of Drury University and a teacher a t Ava School District for 20 years. Larry had many talents and abilities. He was a master craftsman, animal lover and Ford collector.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jackie Bradshaw of Norwood and Harold Joe of Kansas City, Missouri.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nanda (Casteel) Bradshaw, who he married on August 12, 1972, his brothers, Ray (Barbara) Bradshaw of Springfield, Missouri and Bill (Judy) Bradshaw of Norwood, Missouri, sister-in-law, Ann Raney and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at Retherford Cemetery on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Seasons Hospice of Springfield, Missouri or No Kill Animal Shelter.
Arrangements are by Ava Family Funeral Home.
Lousie Pennington entered this world on February 2, 1931, in Arno, Missouri. She ended her earthly life on October 13, 2020, at Cox Hospital, Springfield Missouri.
Friends have described her as an "independent spitfire". She always said she "did it her way." She worked in healthcare being kind and generous with those she cares for. Deer hunting season was a big event at her house, not that she hunted, but she always had a pot of coffee on for those who were hunting on the farm, it was often accompanied by one of her delicious blackberry cobblers or angel food cakes. The comradery shared was a special time for all who came into her home. She enjoyed the outdoors and helping neighbors building a fence was not a chore for her but a fun time. Her dogs, Freckles, Twister, and Baby were an important part of her life in her later years.
She was preceded in death by mother Bessie Cole and Clark Cole, and her husband Doc Pennington.
She is survived by her daughter Markette Maples, her granddaughter Mellody Maples. She will be deeply missed by Vern and Kathleen Deatherage who were not only close friends but relatives as well. Her unique personality will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Huffman Cemetery. For of the service please go to www.facebook.com/avafamilyfuneralhome .
All arrangements are under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Norma L. Zellner began her earthly life on March 8, 1923, and departed this life on October 6, 2020, at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Ava, MO where she had resided for several years. She was born to Matthew and Rose Kevett Boder in Ottertail, Minn.
As the eldest of twelve brothers and sisters, it was often her job to care for the younger children. Life was not always easy for Norma, at the age of 13 she started working in homes cleaning and doing housework for $3 a week. She and her husband Lenard moved to Ava to a home North of Ava where they enjoyed gardening. Their strawberry patch was well known as neighbors often visited it. Norma loved to walk in the woods near Bryant Creek on the back of their farm. She had a green thumb and raised beautiful flowers which she shared with people. Norma was a gifted musician, who shared her music with residents of nursing homes and senior citizens centers as long as she was able. Her folk and gospel music made the day brighter for many people as she strummed her guitar and yodeled.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lenard, her son Gary and niece Jane.
Cremation and all arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in the Ava City Cemetery next to her beloved husband at a later date.
Jay R. Downen was born on October 14, 1941 in Gault Mo, in Grundy County, MO. J.R.’s parents Harry and Lela (Smith) worked in Chicago, Hannibal, and Wichita to buy Green Castle Farm where J.R. and his sister Phyllis enjoyed growing up.
J.R.’s life was influenced greatly by his Great-Grandma Taylor who prayed for her family and Mrs. Yardley, his teacher in the one room country school prayed and read the Bible toher students. In 1952 Maud Kahl and Mamie Alvine came to Green Castle and due to their influence J.R.’s mother was saved. His mother would read Egermeier’s Bible Stories to them while Harry was working at General Motors in Kansas City.
Brother D.P. Foster took the family to church in Kansas City until J.R. started driving in 1957. During this time Winfield Poe came and preached a revival that saw J.R. and his sister Phyllis saved on November 3, 1953. After being saved J.R. wanted to become a Missionary and he often witnessed to those around him including giving tracts to his English teacher. J.R. prayed the rest of the year to be able to go to Bible school.
J.R. and Phyllis attended Gravette Bible School for J.R.’s 8th grade year. For his 9th and 10th grade year he attended Kirksville Bible College. He attended Kansas City College and Bible School from 1957-1965. While there Dr Cowen became a true friend. Sister Kristee and Brother James would help him get jobs. At one time while in Kansas City he ran out of gas on Rainbow Boulveard and coasted into a Phillips 66 Station to get $0.18 worth of gas to get him to class.
From 1965-1966 J.R. attended Kirksville State Teachers College and pastored a church. On March 1, 1964 J.R. married Mary Elizabeth Hoover, who also had aspirations to be a missionary. To this union two children were born, Twila and Roger. They would move to the Brainerd Indian School in Black Hills, South Dakota. They later moved to the Cheyenne Indian Reservation. In 1969 J.R. worked at Lame Deer trading post where he cut hair, worked part-time in a saw mill and contracted a trash route. Later J.R. would pastor an Indian church while Mary played the piano, sung, and taught VBS. The moved close to the Salt River Indian Reservation in Arizona where Daughter Twila was saved on her 6th birthday. While in Arizona J.R. wore many hats that included; Sunday School teacher, cleaned water coolers, roofing the church, and fixing cars. In order to make a living he working in a machine shop, which was a job he loved, and was a school janitor. He also taught Occupational Education at Carl Hayden School, he also had a job as an air compressor salesman, and worked as an auto mechanic.
After moving to Douglas County, Missouri the Mt. Zion Bible School became his address and the students became his family until God called him home on September 30, 2020.
J.R. was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Twila, and sister Madine.
He is survived by his son Roger; sisters Mary and Phyllis, as well as two brothers Larry and Alvin. Students, staff, and alumni at Mt Zion Bible School will deeply miss him. During his lifetime he influenced an untold number of people in personal and spiritual ways.
JR said “I am ready to go to Heaven, Twila Fae will be waiting to show me round heaven, after I have hugged Jesus!!”
Randy G. McFarlin was born June 4, 1951, in Ava, MO to Robert and Joyce (Keeton) McFarlin. He passed from this life on September 24, 2020 in Houston, Missouri.
His smile and friendly greeting to all he met, as he ran his milk route beginning in February of 1980, made him well known in the community. The kids on the route loved to see him pull in the drive. He always kept bubble gum in the truck for them. Randy and kids just went together!
Growing up in a large family, he learned to enjoy quiet and solitude. “Truck driving was in his blood,” his family would say. He drove a truck for many years, bearing that out. Randy enjoyed dairy farming and the outdoors as well as spending time with his family, whom he loved above all else. He passed his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren, taking them fishing, camping, and playing in the creek. He had a wicked, sharp sense of humor, was curious about things of all kinds, and had an amazing memory. There were so many places and people he remembered from his childhood. He’d say, “I remember him. I used to pick up his milk.” Or, “We went to school together. His sister married so and so and had 3 kids. They lived over that way.” His recollections were endless.
Randy loved to read, put together puzzles and work word games to keep his mind active. He loved to play games, like Cards Against Humanity, with family and friends. He was a prankster with an infectious laugh and a creative mind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Brandy, brother Roger, and sister Arlene.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Margaret.
He was the loving father of four daughters: Shelly McFarlin and fiancée Court, Jennifer Myers-Jones, Julia Myers and Jillian Fussner, as well as one son and his wife, Brian and Heather McFarlin. He also leaves six grandchildren: Jackie, Darrell, Zachary, Katlyn, Caleb and Dakota. He is also survived by nine brothers: Bobby, Clinton, Richard, Ronald, Otis, Phillip, Francis, Larry and Terry.
His big smile, and even bigger personality, will be missed by family and friends.
Private services will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC, MO.
Cremation and all services are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
On July 5, 1942, in Auburn, Washington, Frank and Anne Marie (Parkerson) Tost welcomed Ronald Gene into the world. On September 18, 2020, Ron left this world at his home in Ava, MO with his wife Teresa by his side.
Ron was the head custodian at Enumclaw High School, Southwood, and Sunrise Elementary School. At that time he was PSE Union president for the Enumclaw School District. He was a paid/volunteer firefighter for the Enumclaw and Cumberland Washington Fire Departments, and the assistant fire chief in Alaska where he also worked for 30 years serving as an EMT-B.
Ron saw many changes in the media and electronic industry. When he started operating the Tost TV and Appliance business in Ava he worked with huge TV sets with a lot of tubes, from that he witnessed the rise in the internet and large screen TV's. He loved to spend his time with Ham radios and radio operators as they helped people through disasters and difficulties. His call signs KØRGT could always be counted on when there was a need. He was President of the DCAR radio club and ARES® Emergency Coordinator for Douglas County and District Emergency Coordinator for Region G. His need to help people was also shown by his work in law enforcement with the Ava City Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office being the first City Police officer carrying a commission with the Douglas County Sheriff's office. For many years he volunteered as the Emergency Management Director for the city of Ava and Douglas County. He proudly served citizens of the region with the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Ava Lions Club even serving as President.
In his spare time, Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, and sister-in-law Connie.
He will be missed by his wife Teresa, of the home. Two sons Tony (Leigh), Los Angeles, Ca; John, Washington, and a daughter Michelle (Rob) Gosselin from New Hampshire. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Jeremy, and Stephanie of Washington State, Rachel from Idaho, Ryan from New Hampshire, and Simon and Wyatt of Los Angeles, California. He also left nine great-grandchildren Elijah, Brooklyn, Erame, Madelyn Paisley, and Serenity all from Washington State, and Anika, Claire, and Easton from Idaho. He will also be missed by many Ham operator friends, fellow firefighters, and the Ava folks who saw him scooting around town in his electric wheelchair.
A special thank you to Three Rivers Hospice for the wonderful care they took to Ron.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 2:00 September 29, 2020, at the Cross Point Church in Ava, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the family, DCAR ham radio club, or the Ava City Fire Department.
Cremation and all arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at avafamilyfunerlahome.com
In accordance with CDC guidelines we will be asking for all those attending the service wear masks, if possible, and social distance as much as possible during the service. For those not able to attend the service will be lived streamed on the Cross Point Church facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cpcavamo as well as the Ava Family Funeral Home page at facebook.com/avafamilyfuneralhome.