JOPLIN, MO —
Paul Akuna Sr. passed away Aug. 6, 2012, at age 85, in Joplin, Mo.
He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 1, 1927, son of Aki and Ung Tom Akuna.
He graduated from Farrington High School. At 22, he married his high school sweetheart, Dutch, who he remained devoted during their 63 years of marriage.
He served in the Army and Air Force during World War II, the Korean War and as a civil servant at the Sharpe Army Depot, the Mare Island Shipyard and in Vietnam.
Together with his family, he was stationed around the world in locations both domestic and overseas including Otis Air Force Base, Mass., West Palm Beach, Fla., Fairfield, Calif., and Okinawa, Japan. He had a B.S. in Occupational Education and was an avid bowler throughout his life. He enjoyed gardening, swimming and motorcycling.
Most of all, Paul was the beloved patriarch of the Akuna family, survived by his brother, Barney; beautiful wife, Dutch; children, Janis, Ginger, Paul Jr., Bruce, Terry and Chris; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kimberly, Kelyn, Rene, Amber, Melanie, Corina, Kalani, and Kiara; and great-grandchildren, Juliet and Elijah.
He will be greatly missed.
JOPLIN, MO —
Marjorie Mary Thorn
Marjorie Mary Thorn, 82, a beloved wife and devoted mother and a long-time resident of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Allan Ensor, age 91, of Neosho, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Taylor, Md.
Rev. Robert L. Roy
Rev. Robert L. Roy, age 85, Webb City, Mo., passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Elvin Hance, 88, Lancaster, Texas, formerly of Fairview and Stark City, Mo., died Dec. 8, 2013, at his home in Lancaster, following an illness.
Rance "Mikey" Mata
Rance Miguel "Mikey" Mata, age 37, Joplin, passed away at 10:11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Freeman West E.R. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Leonard Douglas Lujan
Leonard Douglas Lujan, 55, Carthage, Mo., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home after a lengthy illness.
David Lee Cook
David Lee Cook, 57, of Carthage, Mo., was born in March 1956, and passed away Dec. 10, 2013.
Raymond R. Ritchhart
Raymond R. Ritchhart, age 87, of Carthage, Mo., passed away Dec. 9, 2013, at his home.
Lois Kay Morehead "Cake Lady"
Lois Kay Morehead "Cake Lady", 69, Neosho, Mo., died Dec. 11, 2013, at her home in Neosho, following a short illness.
Celia White Scifers
Celia Celeste White Scifers, age 93, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of the Joplin area, passed away at 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Culpepper Place of Springfield East.
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