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Fred A. Woeltje

Fred August Woeltje, 95, of Scranton died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Barling.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church at Morrison Bluff, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post No. 258 at Scranton and a World War II veteran.

Survivors include one son, Don Woeltje and wife, Bonnie, of North Little Rock; three grandchildren, Dr. Keith Woeltje and wife, Gabrielle, of St. Louis, Mo., Ann Hodges of Little Rock and Joan Bick and husband, Frank, of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janice Jackson of Topeka, Kan., and Izetta Osborn of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. Josely Kalathil officiating.

Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Francis Raible, Bill Beshoner, John Hodges, Thomas Hodges, John Woeltje, and Xavier Bick.

Harlan L. McMillan

Harlan Luther McMillan, 84, of Russellville, a 1950 graduate of the University of the Ozarks, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Saint Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

He was a native of Cabot, son of the late Garland Granbury and Norean McDaniel McMillan, served in the Naval Hospital Corps during World War II, received a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, attended the University of Kansas and earned his Ph.D. in medical entomology from Purdue University in 1960. He did research in the Communicable Disease Laboratory for the U.S. Health Service in Savannah, Ga., prior to returning to the University of the Ozarks as head of the science department.

At Arkansas Tech University, he served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, established the nursing program at the college and retired as professor emeritus in 1992. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Russellville and the Russellville Kiwanis Club, former board member of the Arkansas Health System Agency Board and the Arkansas Arts and Humanities Board, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Marie McMillan; one son, David Harlan McMillan; and one brother, Harrell E. McMillan.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ellen Marie Town McMillan; three daughters and sons-in-law, Libby and Ron Goddard of Waldron, Karen and Ed Love of Fayetteville, and Dianne and Alan Harju of Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter-in-law, Sarah McMillan Hurd of Wichita, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Tracy Williams and husband, Jack, of Waldron, Nathan Goddard of Tampa, Fla., Matthew Goddard of Russellville, Eddie, Ryan, Andrea, and Scott Love of Fayetteville, and Megan and Gabe Harju of Tulsa; and two great-grandchildren, Trey and Braden Williams of Waldron.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Russellville with Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. Arrangements were under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Active pallbearers were grandsons, Nathan Goddard, Matthew Goddard, Eddie Love, Ryan Love, Scott Love and Jack Williams.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Russellville Kiwanis Club.

Memorials may be made to the David Harlan McMillan Memorial Scholarship at Arkansas Tech University or to First United Methodist Church of Russellville.

Janice Louise Vaught

Janice Louise Purdion Vaught, 30, of Clarksville, a native of Pineville, La., died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include one daughter, Heather Nichole Vaught of Clarksville; one son, Coy James Purdion of Clarksville; father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Earl (Mary Hill) Purdion Sr. of Clarksville; mother and stepfather, Jeanette Mock Purdion and Bobby Lucius of London; one stepsister, Katie Waller of Delhi, La.; two brothers, Raymond Earl Purdion Jr. and George Matthew Purdion, both of London; and grandmother, Louise Mock of Houston, Texas.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Father William Wewers officiating. Burial was in Holman Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Matt Purdion, Bobby Lucius, Jerry Lucius, Naymond Purdion, Johnny Wilson, Justin Lucius, and Frankie Stepp.

Honorary pallbearers were William Hill, Jeremy Lucius, and Eugene Hill.

Joyce Gagliardi

Joyce Laura Russell Gagliardi, 65, of Paris, mother of Lance Carr of Coal Hill, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Paris.

She was born in Ovid, Colo., to Judd and Morna Clark Russell.

She is survived by one other son, Shane Carr of Yuma, Colo.; two daughters, Lora Einstahr of Roland, Okla., and Dana Baker of Paris; 12 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Cremation was under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Colorado.

Lillian M. Gilbert

Lillian Marie Glueck Gilbert, 90, of Clarksville died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at her home.

She was a native of Portageville, Mo., daughter of the late Chris and Mary Jannette Gilbow Glueck, widow of John Gilbert, retired cook, Baptist, and was preceded in death by twin sons, Larry Gilbert and Gary Gilbert; and one grandson, Steven Gilbert.

Survivors include one daughter, Connie Leavell of Clarksville; five sons, John M. Gilbert, Jackie L. Gilbert, Doyle Gilbert, and Victor Gilbert and wife, Brenda, all of Clarksville, and Bobby Gene Gilbert and wife, Frances, of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Gilbert, Randy Gilbert, Lonnie Gilbert, Doyle Farmer, Wayne Gilbert, and Gerald Gilbert.

Louise Marie Jackson

Louise Marie Freda Jackson, 96, of Lamar died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at her home.

She was a native of Lutherville, daughter of the late Valentine and Bertha Schlafke Drittler, widow of Harold Jackson, and member of River Valley Grace Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and Knoxville Extension Homemakers Club.

She is survived by three daughters, Anita Prochaska and husband, Tony, of Herrin, Ill., Carol Grimmer of Lamar, and Mary Socall and husband, Dave, of Wheaton, Ill.; one son, Richard Jackson of Anthony, Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at River Valley Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Herb Swanson officiating.

Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery at Lutherville under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Richard Jackson, Tony Prochaska, Dave Socall, Brian Socall, Leo Knoernschild, and Edmund Drittler.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Prochaska and Ed Yepez.

Vivian Annis Hudson

Vivian Annis Hudson, 88, of Clarksville died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Batson, daughter of the late Charlie and Lillian St. Clair McMinn, and member of Stillwell Bible Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Sexton and husband, Tommy, of Clarksville; one son, Rick Hudson and wife, Teressa, of Little Rock; two sisters, Evelyn Cooper of California and Charlene Tedford of Louisiana; three grandchildren, Aaron Sexton, Shane Sexton, and Zack Hudson; and four great-grandchildren, Emma Hudson, Noah Sexton, Carley Sexton, and Connor Sexton.

The body was cremated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Stillwell Bible Baptist Church, 117 CR 3452, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Wallace “Wally” Dobbins

January 6, 1920 ~ January 5, 2011

Wallace (Wally) Dobbins of Cedaredge, Colo., died on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Horizon’s Care Center in Eckert at the age of 91.  He was a retired newspaper editor and publisher, college faculty member and administrator, and rancher. 

He was born January 6, 1920, in England, Ark., the son of parents of diverse occupations.  His mother, Lillian Meador Dobbins, was a third-generation journalist.  His father, J. W. Dobbins, was an undertaker, as the profession was known in that era.

Wallace attended public schools in England, graduated from England High School in 1936 after having begun his first employment in his future career, as high school news and sports reporter and “printer’s devil” in 1934.

He later attended The College (now University) of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., for two and one-half years.  In August 1939 he began work at the Johnson County Weekly Graphic,  where he met Anna Carolyn Bush, the paper’s society editor.  With desks side-by-side they soon decided they would make a good team and were married three months later, beginning a partnership that lasted more than 66 years, until her death in August 2006.

Soon after their marriage they embarked on journalistic ventures that took them elsewhere in Arkansas and also to Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, and then to Colorado, where they would spend most of their years together.  They published their own weekly newspapers in Raton, N.M., Fruita and Olathe, Colo., with time out during World War II for a year in the west-coast aircraft industry.

In 1955, after a small-boat trip to Alaska, they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., for Wallace to finish a college degree at Colorado A&M College (now Colorado State University) that he had started in Arkansas.  Planning to teach what he had been practicing much of his life, he earned a master’s degree in English at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., while teaching freshman English classes.

While working as editor of the Montrose (Colo.) Daily Press in 1958 he was offered a job at Mesa College (now Mesa State) in Grand Junction, Colo., where for the next 22 years he had numerous teaching and administrative responsibilities. Always interested in young people, including 34 years in some connection with Boy Scouts, he kept in close contact with students by sponsoring various organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity as seminar leader at honors institutes and as national sponsors chairman

During business years he was active in civic organizations including serving as president of his school district.  At Mesa State College he was on numerous councils and committees, including Administrative Council, Athletic Council, and Building Names Committee, chairing the latter.  He was public relations director during transition from two-year to four-year status.

After retiring from the college in 1980, he spent the following years at the 255-acre ranch the family had owned near Cedaredge, Colo., since 1961.

Survivors include a son, David of Cedaredge, CO; a grandson, Dylan (Amri), of Grand Junction, CO; two great-grandchildren, Indica and Kyton Dobbins; a niece and two nephews in California.  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and all of his first cousins.  Concluding rites were held at the Dobbins family plot in the Olathe Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011, with Pastors Jo DeVinny and Max Kendrick officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory of Delta, Colorado.

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