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Dixon, Arvil Lee  
Arvil Lee Dixon, 90, Springfield. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 16, 2014
Dixon, Arvil Lee  
Arvil Lee Dixon Arvil Lee Dixon left this world to be with his beloved Dort on Friday, November 14, 2014. He was born January 13, 1924 in Springfield, to Orvil and Octi (Hannah) Dixon. A graduate of Central High School, he married Dorothy Mae Stevenson on August 23, 1944. Their honeymoon was spent in St. Louis where they enjoyed a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, the first of many they shared. Although he did not serve in the military, he and Dorothy soon moved to California where he contributed to the war effort by working in the ship building industry. When they returned home to the Ozarks, he began a career as a tailor and dry cleaner, and eventually went on to beauty and barber supply sales. Arvil Lee was passionate about his involvement with Boy Scouts of America, and the development of young people in the outdoors and in sports. Arvil Lee and Dorothy had two children, Denver and wife Gina of Golden, Missouri and Rebecca (Becky Messier.) He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ilene Gott and his daughter. Arvil Lee is survived by his son, five grandchildren; Chris Messier, Annette Mahannah, Richard Shuck, Brian Dixon, Leigh Ann Arturo; eight great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and his dog, Jake. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014 in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfield, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 15, 2014
Dowers, Patricia Ann Pierson  
Patricia Ann Pierson Dowers Patricia Ann Pierson Dowers, 80, of Nixa, Mo., died peacefully in her sleep on November 14, 2014 surrounded by her husband and four daughters. Pat was born on February 5, 1934, in Burlington, Kan., the daughter of Ray and Alice Pierson. She had two brothers, James Douglass Pierson and Ray Samuel Pierson, Jr., both of whom preceded her in death. Pat graduated from the University of Kansas in 1956. At KU, she was Head Varsity Cheerleader, a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Pi Lambda Theta Education Honorary, Mortarboard, and was Senior Class Calendar Queen. She was also the Kansas Princess in the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. A longtime resident of the Kansas City area, Pat was actively involved in significant volunteer endeavors including the Junior League, the PEO Sisterhood, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, and the Junior Women's Philharmonic (now the Kansas City Symphony). She directed the development of the first Symphony Designer Showhouse. Pat enjoyed music, travel, reading and, most of all, her family. Pat is survived by her husband, Harold Dowers, her four daughters, Anne Burke (and her husband Dee James), Kelly Barnett (and her husband Marc), Cathy Rhodes (and her husband Richard), Jenny Roth (and her husband Cameron), and stepchildren Terry Ogles, Merrill Dowers, and Beth Maldonado. She is also survived by ten granddaughters and five grandsons. A celebration of Pat's life will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM at St. Francis Xavier Church located at 215 Juniatta Street, Burlington, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This clipping was found in Pat's planner: Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. (Flavia)
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Published in the News-Leader from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2014
Elam, Lee Junior  
Lee Junior Elam, 82, Lebanon. Arrangements: Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon, MO.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 21, 2014
Elam, Lee Junior  
Lee Junior Elam, 82, Lebanon. Arrangements: Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon, MO.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 20, 2014
Evans III, Jimmy Eugene  
Jimmy Eugene Evans, III, 53, Marshfield. Arrangements: Fraker Funeral Home, Marshfield, MO.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 22, 2014
Fitch, Ned W.  
Ned W. Fitch Ned W. Fitch, 72, an iron worker of Fair Play passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 in his home. Services will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Birch Funeral Home of Ash Grove. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm (1 hour before the service). The body has been cremated.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 16, 2014
Floyd, Elda  
Elda Floyd, 76, El Dorado Springs. Arrangements: Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, MO.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 21, 2014
Fortner, Michael Kent  
Michael Kent Fortner, 61, Springfield. Arrangements: Greenlawn Funeral Home North.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 17, 2014
Fortner, Michael Kent  
Michael Kent Fortner Michael Kent Fortner, 61, of Springfield, MO, passed into the presence of the Lord on November 15, 2014, in his home and surrounded by family. He died of complications of his 11-year victory over mantle cell lymphoma. Mike was born in Joplin, MO on April 5, 1953. He graduated in 1971 from Hillcrest High School and went on to play football for Missouri State University (then SMS), graduating in 1975. He started his career running an A&W drive-in, and then began working with his father and brother operating the fairgrounds food concessions. The Pineapple Whip stands that extended outside the fairgrounds have become an Ozarks seasonal icon. It was at Tom Watkins Elementary School where Mike first met Diana Bernet; they married in1973. Mike and Diana were inducted into the Hillcrest High Hall of Fame in 2001. Mike was a long time member and former board member of Central Assembly of God and active in the Fellowship Class. He served two terms on the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Mike is survived by his wife, Diana; three sons: Nathan and his wife, Rachel, of Junction City, KS; Zach and his wife, Jenn, of Springfield, MO; and Anthony, of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren, Truman, Faye, Alice and Helen; his parents, Dan and Lovena Fortner of Springfield, MO; a brother, Chris Fortner of Springfield; a sister Danna Grear (who was also his stem cell donor), and her husband, Tim, of Fayetteville, AR; an aunt, Pat Sims of Springfield, MO; a brother-in-law Glenn Bernet and a sister-in-law Connie Bernet both of Springfield, MO; and numerous nieces nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his fellow cancer traveler, sister-in-law Lois Bernet, who passed earlier this year. Mike also left extended family and friends, including a battalion of young people for whom he served as their first employer at the A&W, the fairgrounds concession and Pineapple Whip stands throughout the years. Those who attended the Ozarks Empire Fair each year looked forward to getting their Pineapple Whip, BBQ, corn dog, or root beer in a jug—all thanks to the Fortner family. Mike was known for his witness during the past 11 years as a cancer survivor. In spite of the debilitating effects from chemo and radiation, he never lost his faith. The visitation will be held at Central Assembly of God, 1301 N. Boonville, on Tuesday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. The celebration of Mike's life will be Wednesday, November 19 at 10 a.m. at Central Assembly of God, with interment at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Seasons Hospice of Springfield. Flowers and condolences may be sent in care of Greenlawn Funeral Home North.
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 17, 2014
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