LaVerne D. Wilson, 72, Neosho, died Jan. 15, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, following a rapid decline of health.  


LaVerne was born Aug. 8, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa, and moved to Neosho in 2008 from Plainview, Texas. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a master’s degree in Theology and has been a pastor of the Nazarene Church for 34 years and spent 10 years as a prison chaplain at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Plainville, before moving to Neosho. LaVerne served as Newton County ARES Coordinator; Red Cross DAT team; a volunteer foster parent for Faithful Friends Animal Advocates and was very active in Amateur Radio Services. He was an active member of the Neosho Church of the Nazarene. LaVerne and Ruth ‘LaVelle’ Bickford were married on June 28, 1963, in Security, Colo., and LaVelle survives of the home.  


Other survivors include four children, Brad Wilson and Marla Schmidt, Neosho, Steve Wilson and wife, Christy, Pea Ridge, Ark., Brian Wilson and wife, Cynthia, Harlingen, Texas, and Cindy Dupre and husband, Norman, Neosho; one sister, Kathleen White and husband, Joel, Clinton, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  


Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Neosho Church of the Nazarene, Pastor James Keezer, Pastor D. L. Huffman and Pastor Jim Dillow will officiate.  Interment will be in the Belfast Cemetery and grandsons, Brent Wilson, Austin Wilson, Petey Peters, Zackary Wilson, John Matthew Cavazos, Brandon Wilson, Cord Wright, Treye Covington, Jonathan Wilson and Brian Wilson will serve as pallbearers.  


Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  


Contributions in memory of LaVerne may be made to the American Red Cross, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.


Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.


Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.