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November 2015

Giles "Larry" Steffen passed away on November 28, 2015

Please click here to read a copy of his obituary

February 2015

Larry A. Hertel, Jr, 88, of Forsyth died Friday, February 13, 2015 in Cox Medical Center Branson.

Loraine "Larry" Arthur Hertel Jr. was born Saturday, October 30, 1926 in East St. Louis, IL to Loraine A and Helen (Carigan) Hertel. He attended school in East St. Louis and graduated from high school in 1944. He then moved to Detroit, MI and worked for the Ford Motor Co. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. During this time, he attended the University of Omaha where he received a Bachelor of General Education. Larry retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1968. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (ROK), Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

After his retirement from the service, he moved to Ventura, IA where he became a licensed insurance agent and worked for Allstate Insurance. He retired in 1989 after twenty-four years. He met Coleen Long in 1977 in Clear Lake, IA. They were married May 9, 1989 in Hawaii. That same year he and Coleen moved to Forsyth. Following their move to Forsyth, Larry worked part time for the DMV.

He was a lifetime member the V.F.W, a member of the Trap Shooting Club in Ventura where he helped organize the youth shooting club. He also belonged to bowling leagues, played golf, tennis, liked watching sports and worked with stained glass. He was an avid fisherman and collected fishing gear. He was a member of the Forsyth United Methodist Church.

Larry was a kind, gentle, generous and loving gentleman that was very patriotic and proud of his service in the military. Most of all, he loved his family and delighted in his is grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Coleen of Forsyth; three daughters, Danette Schutjer and husband, Denny of Clear Lake, IA, Danene Starr of St. Simons Island, GA, Alisa Kinseth and husband, Les of Clear Lake; five grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Delisha, Desiree and Ashley and five great-grandchildren, Aiden, Mackenzie, Hailey, Irie and Desi.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Larson.


CDR James Robert Walker (Retired) passed away on February 6, 2015 at the age of 76, at his home on Table Rock Lake.

Jim was born in Indianapolis, IN on September 21, 1938 to CJ and Henrietta Walker. He was the oldest of four siblings, Linda, Paula, and Joe. He graduated from Cathedral High School.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Preissel of New Britain, CT, whom he married in 1999, twenty seven years after he met her in 1971; his three children, Seane Walters and husband, Carl, of Newton MS; Sherri Boatright and husband, Terry, of Talihina, OK ; James Anderson Walker of Pensacola, FL and one grandson, James Wesley Walker, currently in the Air Force and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was an enlisted aviation petty officer, attended NAPS and The United States Naval Acadamy (USNA) before going into the Naval Air Prepatory School (NAVCAD) program.  Jim spent twenty two years in the Navy as a Naval Aviator. He graduated the NAVCAD program and received his wings in 1961. He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran where he was a Seawolf -gunship pilot (HAL3 Det 3) and received the Navy Cross. He also received two Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Flying Cross, thirty two Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal-Cuban Conflict, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal-four Campaign Stars, two Silver Stars and many more commendations. His medals will be on display at the National Navy Seal Museum and Memorial in Fort Pierce, FL.

He graduated Christ for the Nations Bible School where he became a Chaplain in the Florida prison system.

Jim and Barbara moved to Branson West in 2007 where every day he felt like he had already gone to heaven. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America 913 (VVA 913) in Branson, MO.

Although he is an decorated Naval Officer he is best remembered for his love of God and country, a husband, a father, a grandfather, his sense of humor and a friend to many. 


September 2014

Major John "Mac" McGuire passed away on September7, 2014

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February 2013

Audrey Goodspeed wife of Paul Goodspeed passed away Friday morning February 8, 2013.
Services were held at United Methodist Church, Kimberling City, February 11, 2013.

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January 2013

Murray Yates passed away in Riverside California on January 9, 2013

September 2012

Mary Kathryn Jewell, wife of CDR Norm Jewell, passed away on September 24th, 2012.

Survivors include:

Her husband: Norm Jewell of Blue Eye, MO. One son: Christopher Jewell and wife, Kelly of Branson, MO. Two daughters: Theresa Jewell and husband, Blaine Liddick of Gainesville, FL and Stacy Jewell Rogers and husband, Mark of St. Charles, IL. Three brothers: Tim Henrich of Denver, CO, Dan Henrich of Colonial Heights, VA and Reed Henrich of Brunsville, IA. Two sisters: Anita Vasto of Adel, IA and Rochelle Niehus of Le Mars, IA. Six grandchildren: Chris Rogers, Mary Kait Rogers, Audrey Rogers, Joel Rogers, Nicholas Jewell and Kayla Jewell. And a host of other relatives and friends.


COL. Gary Frank Herchenroeder passed away on September 30, 2012 (click here to view Gary's obituary)


August 2012

Bernard (Ben) Hevel, a long time member and former Board Member passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012 following heart surgery. He is survived by his wife, Ellie Hevel, a son, Neal Hevel of Portland OR, three daughters, Julie Scott of Kimberling City, Jeannie Moeskau and husband Jim of Branson, MO, and Christine Neill and husband Keith of Colleyville, TX. Two sisters, Maureen Hevel of Irving, TX and Kathy Woods of St. Joseph, MO. Five grandchildren, Kyle Moeskau, Olivia Neill, Georgia Neill, Lacey Scott, and Samantha Tolbert. Seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. His celebration was held at Lady of the Cove church in Kimberling City with a record attendance. We will miss him.


February 2012

Charles (Chuck) Shantag, Honorary Member of MOAA and US Marine veteran died suddenly of natural causes February 23, 2012. He and his wife Mary have been long time directors of P.O.W.-M.I.A. in this area as well as supporters of Mozark MOAA. His memorial was presided over by our member, CDR (ret.) Mike Jones.


January 2012

MAJOR George Clark, US Army, retired, and long time member of Mozark Chapter of MOAA died early January 2012. He was a resident of the Veterans Home in St. James, Missouri. We are not aware of any services planned.

October 2011

CAPTAIN John Koutrakos, DDS, US Navy retired and member of Mozark chapter and the national Military Officers Association of America passed away October 27, 2011. He was a past president and longtime member of our local chapter. He also served as the US Navy representative for the chapter as well as a member of the Missouri Council of Chapters. He was a member of the Mozark chapter Board of Directors. His visitation was held at Whelchel Funeral Home, Forsyth, Saturday evening, October 29th with several MOAA members present. His funeral and interment was scheduled for November 2, 2011 in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.


September 2011


Helen Todd

Helen was born September 20, 1926 in Henry County, Tennessee to Hiram Cecil Brooks and Allene Kilpatrick Brooks.  Helen graduated from Springville, Tennessee High school and also Tolers Business College in Paris, Tennessee.  Helen married William Dorse Todd on December 29, 1945 in Paris, Tennessee.

Helen worked as a bookkeeper at the Commercial Bank in Paris, Tennessee, and later as a bookkeeper at a bank in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Helen and Bill had lived in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and moved to the School of the Ozarks, in 1959.  She then received her B.S. Degree in Education at School of the Ozarks.  Mrs. Todd was an art teacher for the Kirbyville School district for many years.  She also enjoyed raising black Angus cattle with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Dr. William D. Todd.  She is survived by her two daughters, Martha and husband Roger Waddle of Walterboro, South Carolina; Marsha and husband Steve Fulkerson of Kirbyville, Missouri; three grandchildren Douglas and wife Robin Fulkerson of Kirbyville, Missouri, their three children, Amanda, Alexis and Avery; Alisa (Fulkerson) and husband Daniel Cornelison of Kirbyville, Missouri, and their two children Rylan and Reese; Sara Fulkerson of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.   Helen also leaves two sisters Louane Smith of Ft. Myers, Florida; Elizabeth and husband Wayne Hamlin of Henry, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.   

Memorial gifts may be given to The College of the Ozarks or a charity of the donorís choice in Memory of Helen Todd.