This page is an ongoing tribute to the lives of friends and family lost on May 22, 2011, in the tragic tornado that struck Joplin at 5:41 pm.
These beloved fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and friends are special individuals who are part of the close-knit Joplin community. They will be forever remembered for their courage, love, and dedication to their families, their friends, and the City of Joplin.
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Age: 31Mr. Donald Wayne Lansaw, Jr., 31, of Joplin, Missouri departed this life suddenly on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011 at his home from injuries sustained in the devastating Joplin tornado.
Don began his journey on August 21, 1979 in Joplin, Missouri born to the union of Donald Wayne Lansaw, Sr. and Beth R. (Dinwiddie) Lansaw. He was raised in Seneca, Missouri and was a 1998 graduate of Seneca High School. He furthered his education at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. Don was a man of great work ethic. He owned and operated Lansaw Technologies and was a licensed Realtor with Charles Burt both located in Joplin, Missouri. He enjoyed spending time outdoors where his favorite activities were camping and float trips.
On July 2, 2005 in Webb City, Missouri he was united in marriage to Bethany Ann Krudwig and she survives of the home. Additional survivors include his parents, Donald Wayne Lansaw, Sr. of Joplin, Missouri and Beth Lansaw of Seneca, Missouri; a brother, Zach Lansaw of Joplin, Missouri; paternal grandmother, Mary Sargent of Carl Junction, Missouri; his father and mother in-law, Jim and Donna Krudwig of Webb City, Missouri; as well as a host of other family and close friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Lansaw are 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Central United Methodist Church in Webb City, Missouri with Rev. Tom Shouse and Pastor D.R. Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Osborne Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Zach Lansaw, Troy Pierson, Matt Shear, Paul Dudley, Tim Sanders, Jason Brookshire and Mike Cory. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8:00 p.m. at the church (5 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Webb City, Mo). Memorials are being directed to the Don Lansaw Memorial Fund and contributions may be left US Bank in Webb City. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.thornhilldillon.com. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.
Visitation: Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church of Webb City.
Funeral Services: Thursday June 2, 2011, 1:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church of Webb City
Final Resting Place: Thursday June 2, 2011 at Osborne Cemetery
Source: Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary
Age: 48Bruce Allen Lievens, 48, Joplin, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.
He was born December 18, 1962, in Moline, IL to James Lee Lievens and Darlene Kay (Kelso) Lievens.
Bruce moved to the Neosho area in 1975 from Illinois where he had worked in the family business of Circle L-Auctions Service as an auction clerk for over 30 years. He was an avid sports fan, loved being with his family and also buying and selling antiques.
He is survived by his parents James and Darlene Lievens of Neosho; two brother, Bart Lievens, Seneca, Brett and wife Roxanne Lievens, Neosho; two sisters, Brenda Boyd and companion Mike Larson, Neosho, Betsy and Gabe Shorter, Neosho; 13 nieces and nephews, Marquise, LaKyne, Jake, Mark, Dakota, Garrett, Cara, Carinna, Trevor, Seth, Grace, Hollie and Katlyn; and his best friends Rick and Giselle Scott.
The family will receive friends from 4 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. There will be a prayer service at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. Officiating will be Fr. Hank Grodecki, C.M.. Following the services, the body will be cremated.
he family has requested for contributions in Bruce’s honor be made to the Missouri Ozark Cerebral Palsy, in care of Clark Funeral Homes, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.
Source: Clark Funeral Homes
Age: 65Billie Sue Huff Little, age 65, of Joplin went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 22, 2011 as a result of the tornado. Billie was born January 10, 1946 in Butler County, Missouri to Harry and Martha (Mitchell) Huff. She was a waitress.
Billie is survived by her daughter, Tammy Curtner and grandson, Donnie Reed both of Joplin along with other siblings. She will be missed by those who loved her.
Billie has been taken for cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home of Webb City.
Age: 1Skyular Ignatius Logsdon, 16-months, Joplin, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.
He was born January 19, 2010, in Joplin to Corderro I. Logsdon and Carol J. Tate.
He is survived by his parents; his paternal grandparents; Robin Logsdon and Michael Rickey of Jopin and John Logsdon and Alesha Feather, Goddard, KS; maternal grandparents, James Tate, Carl Junction;MO, Milissa A. and Rusty, Carl Junction, MO; paternal great grandparents, Sue Crow Slaughter and husband Ralph, Grove, OK; Frank Reynolds, Rutledge, GA; maternal great grandparents, Debbie and Lee Cummins, Carl Junction, MO; Nancy Reynolds, Joplin, MO; Carol Tate, Joplin, MO; maternal great-great grandmother Joyce McGuirk, Sarcoxie, MO; numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Skyular I. Logsdon Memorial Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, Mo. 64850
Source: Clark Funeral Homes
Age: 27Christopher Don Lucas, 27 year old former Vinita resident, died Sunday May 22, 2011 in Joplin. He was born November 24, 1983 in Claremore to Terry Don Lucas and Pamela Jean Parker.
Chris attended Vinita Schools, then joined the United States Navy in August of 2003, and was Honorably Discharged in July of 2009. He was currently the Assistant Manager of the Rangeline Pizza Hut in Joplin.
The family includes: his two daughters, Chloe Alexandra Lucas and Emily Kay Lucas; father Terry Don Lucas and wife Angel; mother Pamela Jean Praytor and husband Michael; grandparents, Mary J. and Bill K. Parker, Alice F. and Bobby D. Lucas; his girlfriend Brooke E. Praytor and their unborn child; brothers and sisters, Jacqueline Rene Bass, Terri Jo Bass and her Fiancee` D. C. Williams, Tiffanie Faye Wickliff, Terri Dawn Breger, Joshua Aaron Lucas, Jacob Ryan Lucas, Jeremy Kyle Lucas, Cody Lee Lucas, Cody Michael Praytor; the mother of his children Andrea Monique Lucas; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his great-grandparents Alfred and Julia “Babe” Woolman.
The memorial service for Christopher Don Lucas will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Church of God with Rev. Eddie Wrinkle officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmemories.com. Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.
Source: Luginbuel Funeral Home