Born: March 22, 1968, Los Angeles, California
Passed: December 13, 2017, Forsyth, Missouri
Mark Segundo McKinsey, age 62, of Hollister, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. He entered this world October 4, 1955 the son of Weaver McKinsey and Shirley Mumberger. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
During his working years, Mark was an office manager and salesperson in the carpet installation industry. Smart, funny, and full of ideas, he always had a book in his hand. With a kind heart, Mark lived for his family, who will dearly miss him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Morgan McKinsey; and a sister-in-law, Angel Fire.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Sandra (Clements) McKinsey; a son, Josh McKinsey (and family); daughter, Ella McKinsey; and granddaughter, Zoe McKinsey. He is also survived by four brothers: Aaron Fire, Murray McKinsey (and family), Myles McKinsey (and family), and Paul Mumberger (and family); and sister, Sherill Johnson.
A private gathering of family, neighbors, and friends will take place in Mark’s memory.
Peter A. Wessels, age 84, of Branson, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. Peter entered this world April 14, 1933, in Lakota, Iowa, the son of Herman and Mabel Wessels, who have preceded him in death. He was joined in marriage to Janette Wiegand on October 23, 1957. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Peter proudly served our country for many years in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Army, and the Air Force. While in high school, he read the complete Unabridged Webster’s Dictionary, the Bible, and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Peter spoke seven languages.
A man of many talents and skills, he worked at Hughes Electronics and Annie Wittenmyer Home and Mercy Medical Center, was owner of Crown Syndicates Mines-The Lord Byron and Lord Wellington Mines for more than 30 years, developed real estate, and operated Vermilion Underwater Salvage for five years. Peter was a fisherman and scuba diver, earning his Divemaster Certification from PADI. “The ‘A’ Frame” family home in Tower, Minnesota, is the work of his hands, skill, and labor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Janette A. Wiegand Wessels of the home; a son, Peter R. Wessels; a daughter, Melissa Wessels Horton; three grandchildren: Sheryl Horton, William Wessels, and Jonathan Horton; and a great-grandchild, Charles P. Wessels. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he will be dearly missed.
Robert "Rookie" "Bob" Frank Fisher, age 65, of Branson, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. He arrived in this world on October 31, 1952, in Brawley, California, the son of James and Beverly (Rank) Fisher. His parents have preceded him in death. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Bob has donated his corneas in memory of his mother, who suffered from macular degeneration. He was a graduate of Central Union High School, Class of '70, in El Centro, California. Bob enjoyed golf, tennis, the San Diego Chargers, and playing music. Bob "Rookie" was known for shooting the breeze, having fun, singing, and basically loving life.
He thrived in his music as a trumpet player for many bands: Groovy and the Thunderbirds of El Centro, California; Bump and Grind of Reno, Nevada; The Alpine Band of Reno; Wade Brothers Band (Gary Wade Band) of Reno; Horn Dawgs of Branson, Missouri; and Mickey Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band of Branson. A three-time winner of the Branson All-American Entertainment Award for Trumpet, he was also inducted into the Branson Musicians & Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2000.
Bob is survived by his sister, Mary Jane (Fisher) Arner of Sonoma, California; brother, Randy Fisher of Branson, Missouri; three nieces: Melanie Corona, Sally Spilsbury, and Megan Loftus; and eight grand nieces and nephews. Rookie will be missed by many.
A celebration of life is to be at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob's name to the Central Union High School Jimmy Cannon Valley Jazz Scholarship Fund c/o Renea Baker 1920 Aurora Dr., El Centro, CA 92243 or to the James B. Fisher FUMC Organ Fund. c/o First United Methodist Church, 312 South 8th Street, El Centro, CA 92243.
Joel Robyn Evans, age 38, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away December 9, 2017. He was born June 24, 1979, to David and Susan (O’Hara) Evans in Springfield, Missouri. Services and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
A great student of music, Joel poured his heart and soul into his singing. With a passion for outdoor adventures, Joel was in his element camping, floating, and cycling. He also enjoyed great literature and gaming. Never knowing a stranger, Joel was a true renaissance man, who excelled in all his endeavors. A graduate of Branson High School, he also attended College of the Ozarks and Ozarks Technical Community College. Most importantly, Joel was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. The memories of Joel will be treasured.
He was preceded in death by his Grandpa Don and Dorine “Nana” Dudley; Grandma Mildred Evans; and an aunt, Jane Evans.
Joel is survived by his loving parents, David and Susan Evans of Nixa, Missouri; sister, Kelly Evans of Springfield, Missouri; brother, Michael and sister-in-law Aimee Evans of Springfield, Missouri; and nephews, Judah and William.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. and memorial services at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at The Springs, 5500 S Southwood Rd, Springfield, Missouri 65804 with Pastor Tom Semmelbeck officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at a later time at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the Joel Evans Memorial Fund has been established in Joel’s honor.
Thelma Adkins, age 78, of Hollister, Missouri, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017. She was born November 11, 1939, in Wayne County, West Virginia, the daughter of Robert and Ruby (Rainwater) Adkins. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Thelma loved all living things and enjoyed the outdoors. Early in life, she drew maps in Arkansas. Thelma earned her degree from Southwest Missouri State University and painted beautiful oils of the history of Hollister, Missouri, on display at the Hollister City Hall. She was a beautiful lady who will be dearly missed.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Lydia Rainwater; her parents, and a sister, Virginia Pilgrim.
Thelma is survived by her dear friend Shirl Gardner of Hollister, Missouri; four sisters: Barbara Cunningham (Jim) of Tucson, Arizona, Anna Lee Davis of Enid, Oklahoma, Dorothy Uhr of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Cathy Hapool of Little Rock, Arkansas; a brother, David Adkins of Versailles, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Thelma will be private at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Thelma may be made to the Humane Society.
Gilbert “Gil” McCutchan, age 91, of Branson, Missouri, passed away at home Friday, December 8, 2017. He was born August 10, 1926, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Elmer and Madge (Poulson) McCutchan. Gil was joined in marriage October 16, 1964, to Mary Lou Angus. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Gil proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Greyhound Bus driver for 35 years, retiring in 1986. After retirement, Gil and Mary Lou moved to the Branson area in 1992. They worked 18 years for theaters in Branson, most notably the Osmond family, Joey Riley and others. Gil loved working with people and made lasting friendships. He was a role model for his grandsons, living as a fine example of what a good man should be.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lillian Smith.
Gil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Lou McCutchan of the home; two sons, Harold “Bob” McCutchan and David (Mary) McCutchan, all of Evansville, Indiana; stepson, Kevin McBride of Crane, Missouri; six grandsons; two stepgrandsons; 15 greatgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Alberta Hinman of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother, James McCutchan of Houston, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Anita McCutchan of Evansville, Indiana; and the mother of his sons, Mary Dilger of Newberg, Indiana.
No services are planned at this time. A loving thank you to the caregivers of Compassus of Branson for their kindness and care of Gil during his illness.