Bethany, MO Auto Wreck, Feb 1971

Bethany Crash Kills Three

Car Passing a Farm Tractor and Another Collide On U. S. 69.

BETHANY, Mo. (AP)--A collision in which three persons were killed Thursday involved a California family returning home from a funeral.

Killed in one car were James Arless Loder, 36, and his daughter Jeri Lynn Loder, 19, of Maysville, Okla.

In the other car, Claude Joseph Lavanway, 19, Aberdeen, Wash., was killed and two brothers, a sister and their mother were injured.

The injured were Darrell Lavanway, 32, Mrs. Vivienne Lavanway, 34, and Mrs. Naomi Williams, 30, all of San Diego, Calif. and Russell Lavanway, 32, a soldier stationed in Germany.

The family had buried the husband and father in Janesville, Wis., and was returning home.

The highway patrol said Loder tried to pass a farm tractor pulling a wagon on U S 66 nine miles south of Bethany and was met head-on by the Lavanway car.

Mr. Loder and his daughter were pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Gilbert Kroeger, Harrison County coroner, Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney William Esely and Sheriff Donald Stockwell assisted in investigating the accident.

The bodies of the accident victims were taken to the Noble Roberson mortuary at Bethany.

The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Chillicothe, MO, 12 Feb 1971