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Howard Cheek

Nov. 10, 1945 – March 23, 2024

Howard Dale Cheek, age 78, of Webb City, passed away on March 23, 2024.

Howard was born on Nov. 10, 1945, in Joplin to his parents, Ernest and Flora (Kunkle) Cheek.

He was an Army veteran and served a tour in Vietnam. He was lifetime resident of the Webb City area and retired from FAG Bearing after over 20 years of service.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virgie Drake and Dorothy Drew; and one brother, Homer Cheek.

Howard is survived by his only daughter, Lee Ann Mecomber (husband Jeff); one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024 at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.


Jacob Hendrickson

July 1, 1981 – March 18, 2024

Jacob Nathan Hendrickson, 42, of Webb City, passed away on March 18, 2024. He was born on July 1, 1981, in Logan, Utah, to Janis Ball and the late Lynn “Brent” Hendrickson.

Jacob worked at Modine as a set-up operator in Joplin. He was a proud Eagle Scout at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served a mission for the church in the Provo South Mission District.

His family was the center of his world, and he took every opportunity to spend quality time with them, especially enjoying outdoor activities like fishing and exploring the beauty of lakes.

Jacob is survived by his wife, Diane (Andrus) Hendrickson; mother, Janis Ball; children, Oliver Hendrickson of Oklahoma, Gwyneth Hendrickson of Oklahoma, Evelyn Hendrickson of Missouri, and Eleanor Hendrickson of Missouri; siblings, Charity Hendrickson of Joplin, Rachel Harris of Monett; and his half-brother, Paul Hendrickson. Jacob was preceded in death by his father, Lynn “Brent” Hendrickson; and his children Eden and Lynn Hendrickson.

A celebration of Jacob’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2024, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Joplin. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Parker Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to The Mission Fund, in care of the mortuary.


Angela Hodson

March 9, 1979 – March 20, 2024

Angela Nichole Hodson, age 45, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 20, 2024, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born on March 9, 1979, in Joplin, Angela’s life was a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. She departed this world in the comfort of her home in Oronogo, surrounded by the love of her family and the memories of a life well-lived.

Raised in Oronogo, Angela was a graduate of Webb City High School, class of 1997. Angela’s professional journey was marked by nearly two decades of compassionate work as a medical assistant for Dr. Russell Kennedy, where she touched the lives of countless individuals with her warmth and dedication. Angela attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Joplin.

Family was the heart of Angela’s world. She is survived by her loving husband, George Triplett; and their blended family of five children, Drew Hodson, Shilynn Hodson, Jasmine Triplett, Elijah Triplett, I, and George Jaden Triplett; five grandchildren, Paris Powell, Elijah Triplett II, Pierre Triplett, Aalyah Triplett, and Huxley Greek, with the anticipation of welcoming the sixth; her father, Rod Hodson; and her sister, Julie Cartright and brother-in-law Billy. Angela’s mother, Jeanine Hodson, preceded her in death, and she is now reunited with her in eternal peace. Angela’s faithful dog, Blue, will miss her deeply, as will all who knew her.

Angela was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, loved the sitcom “Roseanne” and had a passion for traveling. Above all, Angela’s greatest joy was found in the simple moments spent with her loved ones. She approached life with a gentle heart and a spirit that refused to be dampened, even in the face of life’s greatest challenges.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, with the Rev. George Triplett officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blaise Williams, Gentry Adams, Jeremy Mann, Jaxson Cartright, Carlos Martinez, Johnathan Draper, Jaydan Draper and Charles Davis III.