Rudy Dueck VanHouten

Posted in Obituaries on March 22nd, 2017 by admin

Rudy VanHouten 001Rudy Dueck VanHouten of Hazen, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He was born January 22, 1927 in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Commie Dwight and Viola Mathis VanHouten.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and John VanHouten; sisters, Gladys Vick and Charlotte Ivy; daughter, Evelyn Ann VanHouten, and a niece Vicki McClure Hutchcraft.  Rudy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosetta Ann VanHouten; sons Darrell (Tammy) VanHouten of Maumelle, Rodney (Tammy) VanHouten and Travis (Shelly) VanHouten of Hazen; daughter, Trudy (Rick) Johnson of Hazen; Also survived by three brothers, T.L. (Skinny) VanHouten, B.R. VanHouten, Kenneth (Bumpin) VanHouten all of Hazen; sisters, Ruby Petrus of Stuttgart and Bobbie Petty of Hazen; ten grandchildren, Josh (Amy) VanHouten, Christian (Stephanie) VanHouten, Paige (Heath) Hawkins, Kim (Brian) Glaze, Karmen (Mitchell) Lawson, Alexis (Tyler) Fields, Brayden, Clark, and Chase VanHouten; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke, Peyton, Zac, Luke, MacKinlee, Addison, Tesla, and Beckett.

Rudy was loving and devoted to his wife, kids, and grandchildren.  He was a lifelong farmer and avid hunter.  His joyful and joking spirit will be remembered and cherished throughout the community.  His acts of kindness will never be forgotten and always cherished.

Rudy was a retired fire department member, city council member, former deputy sheriff, justice of the peace, member of the American Legion, Hazen Deer Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazen and a World War II veteran.

Visitation will be 10:00 A.M.Friday, March 24, 2017 and funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. all at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen. Burial will be at the Hazen Cemetery following services.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice  11900 Colonel Glen Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210.




Paul Joseph Oslica

Posted in Obituaries on March 5th, 2017 by admin

Paul Joseph Oslica of Carlisle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  He was born January 5, 1939 in Hazen, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Joseph John and Mary Agnes Oslica.  Paul is survived by much of his family; his four sisters, Agnes and Mary Louise of Eads, Tennessee, Evelyn of Greenwood, and Joan O’Keane (Jim) of Maumelle; his four children, Connie (Lesley) of Conway, Ramona Ball (Ross) of Paron, Richard (Penny) of Fayetteville, Ed (Wanda) of Omaha, Nebraska; his nine grandchildren, Ren (Nicole), Katie Holt (David), Austin, McKenzie, Aly, Jeremy Ball, Justin Ball, Zac and Morgan and four great-grandchildren, Jasper, Tristan and Addison Holt and Ellis Croken.

Paul was a devoted father to his children and loving brother to his sisters.  He was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church; member of the Parish Council, Carlisle, Arkansas; the Knights of Columbus, Slovak; and he was a proud member and founder of Cedar Tree Acres, Slovak, Arkansas.  He was also a member of the Carlisle Jaycees.

Paul graduated from Subiaco Academy, Subiaco, Arkansas in 1957.  He enjoyed farming in Hazen and Carlisle for 30 years.  He continued his love for the outdoors and hunting while working at Greenbriar Hunting Club, Hazen, Arkansas for the past 30 years, making lifelong friends along the way.  Paul was widely respected in his community and loved by all.  He was known for his kindness towards others and his concern for others over himself.

Paul treasured travelling to his grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Some of the special names that Paul is known by are:  “Big Paul” – to his many friends, “Schlitz”- to his classmates at Subiaco, “Brother” – to his loving sisters, “Pawpaw” and “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the greatest name of all known by his children – “DAD”.

We have faith and trust that he has recently heard: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle followed by Rosary at 7:00 at the church.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Rose Catholic Church inCarlisle.  Interment will be in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius CatholicCemetery in Slovak.

Bill Carroll Flatness

Posted in Obituaries on March 1st, 2017 by admin

Bill Flatness picture 001Bill Carroll Flatness, 37, of Pine Bluff, passed away February 27, 2017.  Bill was born in Stuttgart, December 21, 1979. He was a devoted Cubs and Chicago Bulls fan and a loving son, father, and brother.

Bill is survived by his parents, Keith and Debra Flatness and his biological father, Billy Joe Quinn; one son, Wyatt Flatness of Hazen; three daughters, Hanna, Cassidy and Bailey Flatness all of Illinois; three brothers, Chris (Jennifer) Flatness of Minooka, Illinois, Joe (Eva) Quinn of Dacula, Georgia, and Ricky Snellgrove of Brinkley; one sister, Angela (Jessie) Barnhill of Hazen and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Family Christian Fellowship Church in Hazen by Bro. Teddy Walker.  Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Laura Anne Konecny McKee

Posted in Obituaries on March 1st, 2017 by admin

Laura Konecny MckeeLaura Anne Konecny McKee, 45, of Stuttgart passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  She was born September 26, 1971 in Stuttgart to John and Betty Ahrens Konecny.  Laura was preceded in death by her father, John Konecny and son Matthew McKee.

Survivors are her twins, David and Jennifer McKee; mother, Betty Konecny; brothers, James and Lester; sisters, Vanessa Denman and Cindy Munnerlyn.

Memorials may be made to her children David and Jennifer McKee Memorial fund at Farmers and Merchants Bank, p.o. Box 1010, Stuttgart, Ar. 72160,

Visitation and rosary will be 6:00 P.M.Thursday, March 2 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M.Friday, March 3, 2017 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak.