Born September 23, 1952
Departed May 16, 2017
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Winter Dawn (Cross) Riley, age 56, of Golden City, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017. She was born January 10, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Gary John Cross and Marjorie Ann Cross. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
With an artistic mind, Winter enjoyed painting, drawing and gardening. In the great outdoors, she spent time camping, floating and appreciating the beauty of flowers in nature. Winter cared for animals, including her dog Shorty. She dedicated many of her working years in a paper factory. Most importantly, Winter was proud mother, devoted to her loving family.
She was preceded in death by her Uncle Bud (Alice), Uncle Jack (Laverne), Uncle Ted, Uncle Bernie, Aunt Kathleen, Uncle Pat, Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Mary.
Winter is survived by her loving family, including her parents, Gary and Marjorie Cross; a son, Tommy Plante; Madeline Berry, who was like a daughter; Adam Wood and Matthew Oloson, who were like sons; three aunts: Clela, Pat and Cleo; three siblings: Carl “Butch” Cross (Janet), Tracy Asher (Thomas), and Gary Cross (spouse); and nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family will gather privately at a later time for inurnment at the Elijah Church of Christ Cemetery in Ozark County, Missouri.
Alan Gregory Mileski, age 69, of Forsyth, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017. He was born May 23, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Chester and Beatrice Mileski. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Having grown up in West Chicago, Al was a life-long fan of the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. He enjoyed fishing in Canada. Most of all, Al loved his family and treasured the memories of the many gatherings he had with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Toni Lee Mileski and Judith (Mileski) Wall.
Al is survived by two sons, Ron Mileski of West Chicago, Illinois, Steve Mileski and Brandy Vasauskas of West Chicago, Illinois; a daughter, Sheree Slupski (Dennis) of Pingree Grove, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Michelle Ferguson-Tirpak (Matthew) of Matteson, Illinois, Jake Ferguson (Jamie Muzika); as well as his former spouse and friend, Linda Mileski of West Chicago, Illinois.
A memorial service to celebrate Al’s life will be held at a later time in Illinois..
Gerald L. Klessig, age 81, of Gainesville, Missouri, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Springfield, Missouri. He was born July 9, 1935, in Colby, Wisconsin, the son of Harold and Olive Klessig. Gerald was joined in marriage June 4, 1960, to Donna Nienow. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Gerald proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. During his working years, he worked for the railroad. Gerald enjoyed model trains, fishing and camping. Most of all, he loved his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, LaVonne Matz; and two grandsons, Scott and Nathan Andersland.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Donna Klessig; his daughters, Debra Andersland and husband Mike, Pamela Powers and husband Scott; a son, Matthew Klessig and wife Rachel; his grandchildren, Megan Zink and husband Elliott, Joel Andersland, Emily Andersland, Abigail Powers, Elisabeth Powers, Danial, Jacob, Isaac, Clara, Sarah, Anna, Emma and Luke Klessig; a great-granddaughter, Deborah Zink; a sister, Karen Winkler; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service in memory of Gerald will be held Monday, May 15, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Tad Darren Houston, age 57, of Walnut Shade, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Tad was born August 22, 1959, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Dean and Phyllis Houston. He was joined in marriage to his loving wife Cherie on May 9, 1980. Funeral services and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Tad worked for the city of Branson in the Utilities Department and volunteered as a coach for the Branson School Trap Shooting Team. He loved music, old cars, fishing and spending time with family. With a generous sense of humor, Tad will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Tad is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Cheryl Houston of Walnut Shade, Missouri; three sons: Derek Houston and wife Nicole of Forsyth, Missouri, Travis Houston of Newport News, Virginia, and Cory Houston of Forsyth, Missouri; his mother, Phyllis Houston of Topeka, Kansas; a brother, Brett Houston of Liberty, Missouri; and a sister, Tara Sawyers of Topeka, Kansas.
Visitation for Tad Houston will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, at Branson United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, at Branson United Methodist Church in Branson, Missouri, with Pastor Eric Derks officiating. In Lieu of flowers we will be accepting donations for the Tad Houston Memorial Fund to give determined youth trap shooters the opportunity to succeed. Donations can be mailed to Cory Houston at 14900 us Highway 160 Forsyth , MO 65653.
Craig “Neon Woody” Franklin Wood, Sr., age 68, of Branson, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born August 17, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of George and Bonnie Wood. Woody was joined in marriage June 2, 1991, to his loving wife Lillian. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Woody proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. As the owner of Neon Sign, his work can be seen all over the country, especially in the Branson area where he and Lillian have installed many neon signs. A hard working, fantastic man, “Neon Woody” loved people and was very generous with his time to others and he had a special place in his heart for our veterans. Woody will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Connie Wood and Charlie Robbins.
Woody is survived by his lovely wife of 25 years, Lillian Wood of the home; a son, Craig Wood, Jr. of Harrison, Arkansas; a daughter, Tracey Harper of Harrison, Arkansas; a son, David Charles Davis of New Mexico; A daughter, Sandra Veazey and husband Michael of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Dejah Belle Veazey, J.D. and Tabitha Harper, Dalton and Franklin Davis, Jasmine and Sam Wood; and a brother, David Wood of St. Louis, Missouri.
A graveside memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Plumlee Cemetery, Compton, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Richard “Rich” Charles Lammers, age 75, of Blue Eye, Missouri, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017. He was born September 15, 1941 in Riverton, Nebraska, the son of Clarence and June Lammers. Rich was joined in marriage to Kathryn Wolf on June 2, 1962. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Rich proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was a farmer and a truck driver most of his life. Prior to moving to the Tri-Lakes area, Rich and Kathy lived in Nebraska where he served as a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. Rich was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan with a great sense of humor. He was always on the go, spending many hours as a “handyman.” He believed he could fix anything with duct tape and bailing wire. Rich enjoyed tractor pulls, stock car races and good fried chicken. He never met a stranger. In his later years, he and Kathy traveled domestically and abroad, including their most recent trip to South Africa. He enjoyed watching old Westerns, but most of all, Rich loved his family. His kindness and friendly nature will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to have known him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Kenneth and Bertha Wolf; and a grandson, Dustin Lammers.
Rich is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kathy Lammers; three daughters, Lori Bohrer of Omaha, Nebraska, Lisa Schriner of Papillion, Nebraska; Lana Edgar and husband Bryon of La Vista, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, Jon Schriner and wife Robyn, Joseph Schriner and wife Rochale, Jade Schriner and special friend Matt, Brandy Pillen and husband Deven, Becky Heavrin and husband Tom, Ashley Cox and B.J. Edgar; three great-grandsons, Avery, Jagger, Reed and one on the way; a sister, Caroline Jackson and husband George of Riverton, Nebraska; and two brothers-in-law, Richard Wolf and wife Karen of Audubon, Iowa, and Curt Wolf of Franklin, Nebraska.
A celebration of Rich’s life will be held 1:00 pm Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Pines Community Christian Church in Blue Eye, with Pastor Kevin Green officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.