Doris Lee Price
Doris Lee Price, 92, of Bentonville, Ark., died Friday, March 17, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in New- man Grove, Neb., to Anes C. Johnson and Martha Elkjer-Peterson Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; a son, Norm; and a brother, Don.
She died with her daughters holding her hands.
She is survived by three children, Diane and husband John McWilliams, Karen and husband Ron Jones, and Brian Price, all of Bella Vista, Ark; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Trinity Grace Church, 5845 Bellview Road, Rogers, Ark.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband in the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be made at stockdalefuneral.com.
Robert F. Van Etta
Robert F. Van Etta, 92, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. He was born Sept. 28, 1924, the oldest son of Dr. Michael and Jean Van Etta.
He was raised in Cook, Minn., where his father practiced dentistry. He was valedictorian of the class of 1943 and played basketball and was named to the all-county team. Upon graduation, he began college at Virginia Junior College and then served during World War II as a seaman in the Navy. While attending the Navy Radio and Telegraph School in Detroit, he met his future wife, Luella ‘Lee’ Pauline Quinn, at the USO. After the war, he returned to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in 1950.
He re-enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and this time served as a dentist. While in the service, his eldest son, John, was born followed two years later by Robert II. After completion of his military service, the family moved to Ely, Minn., where he established his dental practice. Their third son, Thomas, was born in Ely. Dr. Van Etta practiced his entire career in Ely until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Ely school board, Vermilion Community College Advisory Board, the Ely Airport Commission, the American Legion, VFW and the Moose and Kiwanis clubs. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf and was a champion trap shooter.
Following retirement, the Van Ettas moved to Bella Vista. They continued their enjoyment of playing golf for many years. They had been married for 56 years when she passed away in 2003. He continued to remain active, residing independently in his home, attending mass each week at St. Bernard Catholic Church, as well as driving several friends to mass weekly. He also continued to play bridge and poker. He was an active reader and more recently enjoyed reading on his iPad, where he also had his Facebook page.
He is survived by his three sons, Dr. John and wife Dr. Linda Van Etta, Robert F. Van Etta II and Thomas and wife Leah Anne Van Etta; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his companion and friend Lynne Snodgrass.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista.
Memorials may be sent to the Circle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712.
Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
Maxine Meng Grandon
Nora Maxine Meng Grandon, 100, of Bella Vista, Ark., died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
She was born Feb. 23, 1917, in Lewis, Kan., to George H. and Hazel Strawn.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Meng; her second husband, Joe Grandon; and her sister, Verna Neola Wyckoff.
She is survived by her nephew and niece, John Wyckoff and wife Brenda of Bella Vista, and Marcia and husband Jim O’Bleness of Copeland, Kan, whom she mothered after their mother, who was her sister, died at age of 46; five great-nieces and great-nephews; 14 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and five great-great-great-nieces and great-great-greatnephews from the Wyckoff and O’Bleness families; many more nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great-nieces and great -great-nephews; and greatgreat-great-nieces and great-great-great-nephews from the Lawrence Meng, Mary Lou Gifford and Marcus Meng families.
Survivors of the Grandon family include three grandsons.
Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1 St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista.
A graveside service will be held in Cimarron, Kan. The date will be announced by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762, or online at www. nwacircleoflife.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.