The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Obituaries

June 3, 2011

David Kendrick

JOPLIN, MO — James "David" Kendrick, age 63, Joplin, passed away May 22, 2011, at the Elks Club during the tornado. David was born in Joplin, on Dec. 17, 1947, to Carl L. Kendrick and Olive ³Billie² Reeves Kendrick, both deceased. David is survived by two brothers, Clyde "Don" Kendrick (wife Colleen), Neosho, and Toney Kendrick (wife Pam), Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Allen Kendrick (widow Anita). Also surviving are five sisters, Diana Porter, Carthage, Nita Lane (husband Vernon), Diamond, Mary Jane Eichelberger, Joplin, Sharon Prauser, Baxter Springs, Kan., Suzanne Mael (husband, Stanley), Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by a daughter, Brandi Lawson; and a grandson, Jonathan Matarazzo, Joplin. David graduated from Duenweg High School in 1965. He served in the Army from 1968 to 1969, and was a Vietnam veteran. He retired in 2010, after 40 years in the explosive industry, working for the former Atlas Powder and its successive owners. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time with friends and family. David was interested in everything, but a special interest and the source of many stories were his experiences prospecting for gold in Alaska. He loved to fish and went on a spring fishing trip with the same group of fisherman for over 40 years. He was an active member of the Elks Club and the Gold Prospecting Association of America. He also was a former member of the VFW. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Jim Willis will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elk¹s Lodge Rebuilding Fund, 1802 West 26th Street, Joplin, Mo., or your favorite charity in memory of James D. Kendrick. Online condolences may be made at

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Tornado: Obituaries
  • Dorothy M. Johnston

    Dorothy M. Johnston, age 91 of Joplin, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    September 13, 2011

  • Sweet, Gregan.jpg Gregan Douglas Sweet

    Gregan Douglas Sweet, age 59, of Joplin, passed away from injuries sustained in the tornado on May 22, 2011.

    July 26, 2011 1 Photo

  • J.T. Strickland

    J.T. Strickland, 85, a motel manager, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011.

    July 9, 2011

  • Gaudsmith,Charles.jpg Charles K. Gaudsmith Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Gideon,Billie.jpg Billie Jo Gideon Billie Jo Gideon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord early Monday, May 23, 2011, at Freeman Hospital from injuries suffered during the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Lansaw,don.jpg Donald Wayne Lansaw Mr. Donald Wayne Lansaw Jr., 31, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life suddenly on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, at his home from injuries sustained in the devastating Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Martha Jane Webb

    Martha Jane Webb, 76, Nevada, Mo., formerly of Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, in the Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo., from injuries sustained in the May 22, Joplin tornado.

    June 25, 2011

  • Bresee,Burnice.jpg Burnice Bresee

    Burnice M. Bresee, age 91, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital from complications with her health following the Joplin tornado.

    June 24, 2011 1 Photo

  • Grace Marie Sanders

    Grace Marie Sanders passed from this life at 3:08 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at St. John’s Intensive Care Unit in Springfield, Mo., from complications following surgery.

    June 22, 2011

  • Alice L. Cope

    Alice L. Hudson Cope, 79, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011.

    June 21, 2011