As of Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Cities without a state are in Missouri 


Twylla Gisel

June 20, 1932 – March 10, 2023

Twylla Nadine Gisel, age 90, of Neosho, passed away at her home on Friday, March 10. She was born in Stella on June 20, 1932, to Lloyd Winchester and Bessie (McGuire) Winchester. 

Twylla loved to do crossword puzzles, embroidery, and play the piano. 

She married Vernon Gisel on Aug. 5, 1950, in Neosho, and he survives her at home. 

Twylla is also survived by her two sons, David Gisel and wife Tammy, Clinton, and Daniel Gisel, Neosho; her grandchildren, Kellie Hooper and husband Aaron, Grain Valley, Shelly Nauyok and husband Marty, Kansas City, Phillip Gisel and wife Heather, Spring Hills, Kansas, and Stephen Gisel, Neosho; five great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Bob Fields of Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, and one brother. 

Funeral services were held Monday at Simpson Funeral Home. Burial was in Friends Cemetery, Purcell. Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Flower Bible Church, 767 Prairie Flower Road, Webb City, MO 64870.


Bill Kimbrel

May 21, 1932 – March 13, 2023

Mr. William “Bill” Kimbrel, 90, of Joplin, departed this life on Monday evening, March 13, after a recent decline in health.

Bill entered this life on May 21, 1932, in Essex, Mo., the only son born to the union of the late William and Marquerite (Howell) Kimbrel. 

He was raised in Dexter, Mo. and was a 1950 graduate of Dexter High School. He served in the Missouri National Guard for 10 years, attaining the rank of sergeant first class. 

On Oct. 12, 1963, Bill was united in marriage to Linda Fritchey, and to this union one son was born, William, III. They resided in Sedalia for the majority of Bill’s working career. He retired from W.J. Menefee Constuction Company after 32 years of service. Following retirement, in 1993, Linda and he moved to Joplin. He enjoyed mechanical engineering projects and was an excellent welder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Kimbrel; and five sisters.

Bill is survived by his wife, Linda Kimbrel, of the home; a son, William Kimbrel III and wife Cristine; two daughters, Willa Moser and Charlotte Riddle; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Stone Cemetery near Diamond. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.


Donna Moore

Sept. 4, 1944 – March 6, 2023

– Lovingly Written by the Family –

Donna Sue (Mitchell) Morton peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, March 6.

Donna was born in Joplin on Sept. 04, 1944, to James Arthur Mitchell and Mildred Marie Casada. She grew up and attended school in Joplin, later living in Kansas and Texas, and finally settling in Carthage with her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Norvan Running Deer Morton, with whom she has been married for the past 14 years. Donna had survived two prior husbands, Michael Verna Kenney from Joplin, and Johnny Ray Livingston from Riverton, Kan.

Aside from loving her family, she loved having girls luncheons out with her friends and was a great cook in her own right. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James A Mitchell, Jr. and James E Mitchell; sisters, Marie (Mitchell) Wise and Marcia (Mitchell) Hooten; two prior husbands; and twin sons Johnny Ray Livingston, Jr. and Donald Forrest Livingston.

She is survived by her husband Ken; brother Sterling Mitchell; sons Michael V Kenney II and Joey Kenney; daughter Gina (Livingston) Reeves and son-in-law Jason Reeves; stepson David Morton and daughter-in-law Susan Morton; former daughter-in-law, Cindy Kenney Bannert; grandson, Michael V Kenney III; grandson and his wife, Trevor and Myleah Morton; and granddaughter, Tianna Morton.

Funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, with Father Rahab Isidor officiating. Interment will follow at Osborne cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Gary Stubblefield

Nov. 5, 1961 – March 11, 2023

Gary Douglas Stubblefield, age 61 of Carl Junction, passed away Saturday, March 11, at Mercy Hospital Joplin following a sudden illness. Gary was born Nov. 5, 1961, to Paul E. Stubblefield and Virginia Cramer at Jane Chinn Hospital in Webb City. 

He graduated in 1980 at Joplin Senior High and has lived and served in this Carl Junction area most of his life.

 Gary was dedicated to serving others, and that was noticeable in the fact that he was so involved in many community clubs and organizations: past president of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce, Carl Junction Senior Citizens, Lions Club of Carl Junction, NALA of Joplin, LaFayette House, Spiva Arts, Joplin Metro Credit Union, and many others. 

Gary was a gifted salesman. He had the ability to sell you a heater on the hottest day of summer. The gift of loving people and the ability to close the deal made him a great Realtor for Keller Williams in Joplin. Gary attended New Hope Church in Carl Junction, where he always greeted you with a hug and a smile.

Gary is survived by his mother, Virginia Stepp, of Joplin; a very close nephew, Jeremy Kelley; great-niece and nephew, Diana Kelley and Kevin Kelley, all of Joplin; and many extended family and cherished friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul; sister, Diana Kelley; grandparents and a special aunt, Vickie Bell.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Carl Junction Middle School Auditorium. Family will receive friends from noon up to service time. Memorial contributions may be made to either LaFayette House of Joplin, Carl Junction Police “Shop with a Cop” or “Hope For You” Breast Cancer Foundation, all in care of the mortuary. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Clark Swanson

July 26, 1959 – March 10, 2023

Marvin C. “Clark” Swanson, beloved husband and founder of OrangeBoy Inc., passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 10.

Clark was born the eldest son of the late Marvin Swanson Sr. and Virginia (Mahan) Swanson in Joplin, in 1959. His wife of 28 years, Sandra K. “Sandy” (Fox) Swanson, brother Michael “Brett” (Barbara) Swanson, and his sister Cindy Swanson survive him.

Clark and his family lived on Madison Street in Webb City, and Clark was a graduate of Webb City High School. He attended Missouri Southern State University and the University of Central Missouri. He was an accomplished student and writer, having served as the MSSU newspaper’s editor-in-chief three times, which earned him induction into the Chart Hall of Fame as its 11th member in October 2022.

Clark was a senior editor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and principal administrator at the Ohio Historical Foundation before founding OrangeBoy Inc. in 1996. He grew his company – named after his beloved orange cat, Opie – from a humble startup to an internationally recognized data analytics firm providing customer intelligence and analytics software to public libraries and Non-governmental organizations.

Clark loved and devoted himself to his wife, Sandy. In addition to growing and running a business together, they shared a love for art and mid-century modern furniture, amassing an extensive collection proudly displayed in their downtown Columbus home. Clark was also an avid marathon runner, travel road warrior, philanthropist, history lover and astrophysics enthusiast.

All who knew him will remember Clark’s impeccable dress, zeal for storytelling, and a natural curiosity about anyone he met. To highlight his introspective and inquisitive nature, this is an excerpt from Clark’s online journal dated Feb. 13, 2023: “Strength – where does it come from? I suppose from the conviction of one’s belief. If you truly believe, then you possess the power to move forward.”

Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schoedinger Midtown, located at 229 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. Guests are encouraged to wear Clark’s favorite color, orange. The family has requested donations to The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy and the Resurrection Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan.