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Those we love truly never die
Though year by year the sad memorial wreath--
A ring and flowers, types of life and death--
Are laid upon their graves.
Well blessed is she who has a dear one dead
A friend she has whose face will never change,
A dear communion that will not grow strange.
The anchor of a life is death.
There is no death, nor change, nor any ending.
Only a journey, and so many go
That we who stay at length discern the blending
Of the two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
Come to the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
Are but ourselves, made beautiful instead.
 From, "Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Author Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
Arranged by, Helen D. Williams







































































































































































OBITUARIES COURTESY OF "THE COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE
Mrs. Betty Mae (Foster) Wirt, Class of 1951, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Ruth Mary Almquist Shannon, Class of 1939, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008.

Anna Mae Schnell Strawn, Class of 1943, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at South Hampton Place in Columbia.

Dolores Laverne Henderson Mead Class of 1949, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.

Wanda Coats Yeager, Class of 1939, died on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in Columbia.

Ronald Hampton Williams, Class of 1959, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

W. Kenneth Rice, Class of 1943, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Marguerite Prather Hoberecht, Class of 1920, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 at Foxwood Springs Care Center in Raymore, Missouri.

Betty Lou Fite Baker, Class of 1950, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mark Eugene Stone, Class of 1979, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Linnie "Jo" Walker Anderson, Class of 1956, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Alan Dale Jennings, Class of 1971, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Samuel E. Redmon, Class of 1969, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.

Billy A. Lindsey, Class of 1960, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 in Columbia.

Rob Vanattta, Class of 1963, passed away Saturday, November 15th at his home in Jupiter, Florida.

Irvin B. Jones Jr., 90, Class of 1936, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008.

Exie Morris Wright, Class of 1938, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Christopher W. Key, Class of 1990, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at University Hospital.

Luther L. "Doc" Woods, Class of 1949, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan.

Veneie Kea, Class of 2004, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City.

Colin Kelly, Class of 1998, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Mary E. Harrell, Class of 1977, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.

Mary J. Stone Black, Class of 1947, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Dean L. Wilmoth, Class of 1958, died Sept. 28, 2008, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia.

Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff, Class of 1949, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Anthony Scott Weil, Class of 1986, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

John Robert Gruender, Class of 1966, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Connie Sheets Barnd, Class of 1954, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Donald Richard "Donnie" Coleman Sr., Class of 1966, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.

Larry Dean Smith, Class of 1960, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.

Steven R. Schofer, Class of 1975, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, in San Diego, California.

Stephen M. Foreman, Class of 1975, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at his home in Kansas City.

Ben B. Beeson, Class of 1936, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. William H. Plott, Class of 1941, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Shirley Allton Woods, Class of 1953, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mary Alice Chilcott, Class of 1943, died Saturday, August 23, 2008, at MeritCare's Palliative Care Unit in Fargo, North Dakota.

Robb "Bobby" Bowser, Class of 1965, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Atlanta.

Erma McCallister Slankard, Class of 1942, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2008, in Springfield Rehabilitation Health Care Center.

Donna Mae Parton Kinder, Class of 1968, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at Lake View Health Care in Boonville, Missouri.

Edward "Eddie" H. McDaniel III, Class of 1967, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 in Springfield, Vermont.

Robert Peter "Bob" Casati, Class of 1969, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

William T. "Bill" Cockrell, Class  of 1973, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, at his home in Rocheport.

Mildred Pearl Johnson Todd, Class of 1935, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Sturgeon Rest Home.

Alvin Hall, Class of 1939, died on Friday, July 25, 2008, in Lancaster, Texas.

Don Bezler, Class of 1948, died Thursday morning July 24, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Wilma Joyce Vandiver McCary, Class of 1949, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri.

Larry Leonidas West, Class of 1954, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Thomas "Tom" A. Harr, Class of 1973, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Virginia "Ginny" Louise Lippard Baird, Class of 1935, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in Joplin, Missouri.

O. B. Crawford, Class of 1938, died July 8, 2008 in Springfield, Missouri.

Jane Ridgway Edwards, Class of 1939, passed away Monday, July 7, 2008, at University Hospital.

Robert G. Richardson, Class of 1949, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2008.

Harold Clarkson Duncan, Class of 1926, died Monday, June 30, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Frances T. Johnson McDonnell, Class of 1939, died Thursday, June 26, 2006, at her home in Columbia.

Allene Preston Jones, Class of 1936, died Saturday, June 21, 2008.

Connie Y. Warren Crum, Class of 1963, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Hazel Mae Rice, Class of 1940, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

Nathaniel JaRoe "Nate" Bentley, Class of 2004, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in Columbia.

Jean Brewer Miller, Class of 1949, passed away Monday, May 26, 2008, in Columbia.

Thomas A. Singleton, Class of 1946, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Wineva Jeanette Erlewine Gordon, Class of 1941, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center.

Genevieve C. Dulle Wiswall, Class of 1928, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Frederick August "Rick" Wehmeyer II, Class of 1975, passed away suddenly Thursday, May 22, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Kevin Wood, Class of 1978, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Carlyle Kurtz "C. K." Odor, Jr., Class of 1941, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, in Columbia.

Donald Quentin "DQ" Jones, Class of 1946, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

George W. Dexheimer, Class of 1948, passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

James Knox "Jake" Bozarth Jr., Class of 1956, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Claude William "C.W." Edgar Jr., Class of 1951, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at his home in Harrisburg, Missouri.

Randall Breckenridge Crowe, Class of 1967, died April 24, 2008, in Santa Marta, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

James R. Westerfield, Class of 1958, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Carl Dean Walden, Class of 1943, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Mayfair Manor in Lexington, Kentucky.

Howard E. Baumgartner, Class of 1941, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Paul Wendel Finlay, Class of 1951, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Glenda Kay Dinwiddie, Class of 1956, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Dorothy Mae Level, Class of 1957, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Jeanette "Marie" Barnes, Class of 1959, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Edward D. Bishop, Class of 1948, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Vivian Gayle Branham Enyard, Class of 1969, died Friday, April 4, 2008, at Cooper County Hospital in Boonville, Missouri.

Hazel B. Palmer Callison, Class of 1927, died Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Conroe, Texas.

Lewis Pryor "Bub" Cole, Class of 1941, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

Kathryn Belle Swearingen Rybolt, Class of 1936, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008 in Columbia.

Jack Whittle Merideth, Class of 1930, died March 22, 2008, in Glendale, California.

Betty Jean Bentlage Riddell Traxler, Class of 1958, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Robert Meyer "Bob" LeMone, Class of 1961, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, in his home in Columbia.

Bill Rees, Class of 1942, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Carl Miller Sneed Jr., Class of 1938, passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Mary Virginia Rogers Mitchell Victor, Class of 1933, passed away March 13, 2008.

Joan Renee Savage, Class of 1979, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at her home in Columbia.

Lynnette Scherrie Gordon Sumner, Class of 1958, died March 8, 2008, at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.

Janette Elizabeth Atkins McCauley, Class of 1931, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Michael Dewain Richmond, Class of 1979, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

J.W. "Chubb" Phillips, Class of 1941, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

James Audley Nichols, Class of 1939, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis.

Charles W. Bell, Sr., Class of 1952, died, Friday, February 22, 2008 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Robert Sterling "Bob" Kimpton, Class of 1940, passed peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, in Alton, Ill.

Elgin Eugene "Gene" Ballew, Class of 1947, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at University Hospital.

Harold Clyde Hinshaw, Class of 1935, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.

James Leon Roberts, Class of 1939, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Florissant.

Arthur Jolly, Class of 1967, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at home in Glasgow.

Bobby Joe Barkwell, Class of 1949, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Patricia Gale Heidman Spence Eby, Class of 1942, died Jan. 29, 2008, in Palm Desert, California.

Jeanne Evans Beasley, Class of 1962, died Wednesday January 23rd, 2008.

Norma Baker Mitchell, Class of 1948, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Shirley Sam Burks, Class of 1944, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at his home in Columbia.

Bobby J. Pipes, Class of 1964, entered into eternal rest Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.

Beverly Stone Swearingen, Class of 1935, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Villa Saint Joseph in Overland Park, Kansas.

Dorothy Sappington Holsinger, Class of 1922, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at The Stuart House in Centralia.

Marion Foster "Thursty" Thurston Jr., Class of 1930, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home in Columbia.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Col. Marion Foster "Thursty" Thurston Jr., 94, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, Jan. 5, at First Christian Church with the Rev. Dr. John Yonker officiating.

Thursty was born Jan. 12, 1913, in Columbia to Marion Foster Thurston Sr. and Alcenior Carter Thurston.

He attended Hickman High School and the University of Missouri, graduating with a law degree. He married Virginia Wisdom Buster on June 1, 1939.

He spent the World War II years at various installations as an enlisted man. After being discharged he promptly accepted a commission as regular Army captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. This decision resulted in tours of duty for Thursty and Virginia around the world: the Philippines from 1948 to 1949; Japan from 1949 to 1951; Arlington, Va., from 1951 to 1953; the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from 1953 to 1954, teaching law at the Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, from 1954 to 1957; Norfolk, Va., in 1958; headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1958 to 1961; again at Arlington, at the Pentagon from 1961 to 1965; and again to Fort Leavenworth, as post judge advocate.

After retirement from the Army in 1968, Thursty became commissioner of securities for the state of Missouri, where he served until 1978.

During this period and long after, Thursty’s great love, besides Virginia, being a grandfather and taking RV trips, was the Columbia Kiwanis Club. He served as lieutenant governor of Division 5, club president and club secretary for more than 15 years. He and Virginia attended more than five international conventions. He was a major financial contributor to the MO-ARK District. He received the Table of Honor, the highest honor given by Kiwanis International.

Col. Thurston is survived by his son, Thom Thurston of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; his daughter, Tesa Sterchi of Columbia; daughter-in-law Yoko Katagirl Thurston; son-in-law Ron Sterchi; and four grandchildren, Amanda, Eric, Katelyn and Tobias.

Memorials may be given to the Columbia Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 158, Columbia, Mo., 65205.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service, 449-4153.


Published Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dorothy Sappington Holsinger, 102, formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at The Stuart House in Centralia.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Steve Kuhlmann officiating. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Parker Funeral Service.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 6, 1905, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Admiral Dot Sappington, founder of The Central Dairy, and Lula Maggie Pearl Maupin Sappington.

Dorothy earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

She was an honored teacher and athlete. Her first teaching job was in the St. Charles schools in 1926, followed by Kansas State University (then College), the University of Wisconsin and the University of Dayton, where she started the program of physical education for women in the 1930s.

After teaching at Columbia College (then Christian College), and briefly in Pasadena, Calif., in the 1950s, she began the last 15 years of her teaching career at the University of Missouri. There she taught and coached the women’s field hockey and golf teams and taught countless men and women the methods and materials of teaching children physical education.

Before retiring in 1972, she received the university’s Alumni Award and the Department of Education’s highest faculty award. In 2002, she received the Women’s Intrasport Network Sportswoman of the Year award for paving the way for female athletes.

As an athlete, she won the Florida Women’s Amateur Golf Championship title in 1932 under the tutelage of University of Florida golf coach-husband, Joe. That was just two years after picking up a golf club for the first time. In the 1950s, she was five times the Missouri Women’s Golf Sand Greens champion.

She was the first coach of the MU women’s golf team during her years there, and she taught many Columbia youths the game in the city’s summer recreation and playground program that she began and directed in the early 1950s. She was a student of the game and played it daily until a broken elbow in her mid-80s limited her, but a photograph documents her chipping onto the green just four summers ago.

Dorothy loved Columbia and gave to the community, in both secular and religious realms. Besides her recreation work for the city, she once ran for the Columbia Board of Education, was a sought after speaker at the university and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1947, when she moved back to Columbia after the death of her husband. She started The Mother’s Club for the Catholic school there and served as its first president.

Up until age 99, she lived in her own home in Columbia under the care of Mark and Linda Holsinger. Since early 2005, she had resided at The Stuart House in Centralia.

She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Holsinger, who died of cancer in 1946, and she never remarried.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Tavel of Wellesley, Mass., and Elizabeth Ginsburg and husband Karl Diller of Bristol, Vt.; three sons, Michael Holsinger and wife Sharon of Sarasota, Fla., Dave Holsinger and wife Mary Ann of Centralia, and Mark Holsinger of Cannon Beach, Ore.; a daughter-in-law, Linda Holsinger of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters Helen Tallent and Rozalie Gibbs and brothers, Roy, Harry, Guy, A.D. and Spencer Sappington.

Dorothy lived a distinguished life, and she will be remembered with love by members of succeeding generations as a teacher and coach, mentor and model for how to live one’s life fully. She filled every day of her 102 years with working, playing, loving and praying.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the University of Missouri, c/o Dorothy Holsinger Women’s Golf Scholarship, Attn: Paula Schlager, 302 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211.


Published Sunday, January 20, 2008

Beverly Stone Swearingen, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Villa Saint Joseph in Overland Park, Kan., following a stroke.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Beverly was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1935 and was married to Mildred Hewitt Swearingen from 1940 until her death in March 2007. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and participated in the invasion of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. After his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he worked for various retail organizations in Columbia until his retirement.

During retirement he enjoyed oil painting and, as a member of the Columbia Art League, often exhibited his paintings at various locations in Columbia.

Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Grant of Overland Park; three grandchildren, Emily Swearingen of Vicksburg, Miss., Darin Grant of Overland Park and Catherine Downen of Wichita, Kan.; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Downen.

His son, Robert Swearingen, preceded him in death in April 2006.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, January 18, 2008

Bobby J. Pipes, 62, of Hallsville entered into eternal rest Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, from his home surrounded by the family.

Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Red Top Christian Church in Hallsville. Burial follows at Red Top Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia.

Bobby was born July 8, 1945, in Columbia to Nelson and Helen Mitchell Pipes.

He married Donna Kay Schepker on July 2, 1968.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Bobby attended Hickman High School in Columbia. He was employed with Pipes Excavating for 30 years before becoming the director of transportation at Hallsville R-4 School from 1996 to 2002. He then worked for the city of Columbia from 2002 until his retirement in 2006.

Bobby served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy Seabees from July 1968 to March 1969. While serving in the Navy, he received a Letter of Commendation. He was honorably discharged in November 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Kay Pipes, of Hallsville; two sons, Steve Pipes and wife Julie of Centralia and Bryan Davis and wife Lisa of Jefferson City; five grandchildren, Nikole Beard and husband Brian, Keith Davis Jr., Cameron Davis, Carson Davis and Nelson Pipes; and one great-grandchild, Zachary Davis.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hospice Center, 3315 Berrywood, Suite 102, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Arrangements are under the direction of parker Funeral Service. Guest book may be signed at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, January 20, 2008

Shirley Sam Burks, 82, of Columbia died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1925, to Zula Pickering Burks and Emmett Burks.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army for three years. He was united in marriage to Eddie Jean Davis on Aug. 26, 1949. He worked at Central and Meadow Gold dairies for 32 years. After retiring from Meadow Gold Dairy he worked in security at Stephens College for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Darlene Tjhang and husband Norman of Columbia, Paula Blount of Columbia, and Phyllis Smith and husband Scott of Lee’s Summit; three grandsons; one granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ruey Burks of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dola Barnett and Lois Akin; and two brothers, Lloyd and Silas Burks.

Shirley will be remembered as a very kind and gentle man.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, January 25, 2008

Norma Mitchell, 77, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Columbia, passed away Wednesday Jan. 23, 2008.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Columbia Cemetery.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her parents, Oscar Baker and Mattie Terry.

She is survived by a son, David Mitchell and wife Courtney of Southlake, Texas; daughters Nancy Kindle and Judy Johnson of Tulsa; brothers Dale Baker of Columbia and Al Baker of Springfield; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Norma was born in Columbia on May 11, 1930, and was a graduate of Hickman High School. She was a member of Beta Sigma Chi, a member Bella Vista Christian Church in Bella Vista, Ariz., where she served as a choir member, and also a member of the Dorcus Guild Christian organization. She was an avid golfer and a dedicated wife as well as a loving and providing mother.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements under the care of Parker Funeral Service, (573) 449-4153.


From caring bridge.org - THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008 11:57 AM, CST

Jeanne Evans Beasley, 63, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Wednesday January 23rd, 2008 after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Visitation will be Friday, January 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. On Saturday, January 26th a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., also at Floral Haven. The Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. the same day at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, followed by a reception.

Jeanne was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on July 27th, 1944, to James and Marie Evans. Jeanne moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1954. Her childhood in Columbia was spent literally right next to the University of Missouri campus; she attended MU and had been a proud Missouri Tigers fan ever since. Jeanne graduated from Hickman High School, the place where she met lifelong friends and her future husband, Jim Beasley. Jim and Jeanne were married June 4th, 1966. Jim was in the Navy and after many moves around the country, they finally settled in Tulsa where she spent her last 35 years. The couple had a very fulfilling marriage and family life with their children, Sarah and John.

A true explorer at heart, Jeanne enjoyed her many travels, especially to the Caribbean and to the mountains and streams of the western U.S. She loved hiking, snorkeling, watching birds and other wildlife, accompanying Jim on many fishing trips and simply being outside. She was a social person and was always attending, planning or hosting events. One could often find Jeanne out on the dance floor or entertaining folks with her stories. Jeanne’s other interests were gardening, cooking and baking, coaching soccer, and playing tennis, Mah Jongg, and bridge. Whenever help was needed, Jeanne volunteered for many groups and was always a presence at her children’s schools and in community organizations. Her positive outlook was infectious as well as her smile and her laughter.

Jeanne is survived by her husband Jim of Tulsa, daughter Sarah of Kansas City, Missouri, and son John of Tulsa. Survivors also include her sister Pat and her husband Jerry of Knoxville, Tennessee, and brother Rex and his wife Carol of Dadeville, Alabama, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents, Jim and Marie Evans, preceded Jeanne in death.

Jeanne touched the lives of everyone she met, whether they knew her for fifty years or five minutes. She will always be remembered and admired as such a dynamic, thoughtful, funny, talented and generous person. The main priorities in her life were her family and friends; she was an extremely loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend. She was such a genuine, down-to-earth woman, and a student of life. Jeanne will be sorely missed; the love and respect for her is immeasurable and her spirit will live on through her family and many devoted friends.

Memorial Contributions in her memory may be made to The Leukemia Society and/or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

Tributes can be left online at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeannebeasley.


Published Friday, February 1, 2008

Ken "Kenny" Kleasner, 78, of Columbia died Nov. 17, 2007, in Houston.

Services were held Nov. 19, 2007.

He was born in Fayette and attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1947.

He was fondly called the "mayor" of McBaine.

Kenny played baseball with the Yankees farm team. He later enlisted in the Korean War.

He later went to Texas, where he attended college and worked the remaining years of his life.

Kenny leaves behind a wife, Johnnie, of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Kleasner and Mattie Brown Kleasner; brothers Lewis and Wayne; and sisters Kathryn and Tootie.


Published Friday, May 23, 2008

Patricia Gale Heidman Spence Eby, 83, died Jan. 29, 2008, in Palm Desert, Calif.

Committal services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Columbia Cemetery.

Patricia was born May 11, 1924, and grew up in Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1942 and from Stephens College with an associate of arts degree and attended two years at the University of Southern California, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

Her business career started at Hughes Aircraft as a secretary, then United Airlines in reservations and finally as a stewardess with American Airlines.

Pat and her second husband, Bob, lived at the Chaparral County Club in Palm Desert. She was very active in all aspects of community. She was an avid golfer with four holes-in-one and a bridge regular with her friends. Line dancing was also one of her favorite pastimes.

Pat was dearly loved by her extended family and friends. We all miss her but are comforted that she has gone to a better place.

She is survived by her sister, Betty (Mrs. Thomas) Douglas of Columbia; her three children, Alexis Spence of Fallbrook, Calif., William Spence of Maui, Hawaii and Clay Spence of Princeton Junction, N.J.; stepson Gregg Eby of Virginia.; five grandchildren, Nicholas Allen and Carrie Carlisle of Fallbrook, Calif., Caitlin and Tony Spence of New Jersey, and Caroline Eby of Virginia. Other family members include nieces Kimmie Gibson, Tina Douglas, Gail and Robin Atkins; and nephews Gunnar Gibson, Tom Douglas and Guy Atkins.

Donations should be made to Visiting Nurses Association, 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif., 92211.


Published Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bobby Joe Barkwell, 76, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at his home.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bobby was born May 25, 1931, in Columbia to Samuel Edward and Elsie Mae Farrar Barkwell. He married Wanda Roberts on April 5, 1956, and she preceded him in death.

Bobby served in the Army Third Division as a medic during the Korean War and drove an ambulance in the front line for 11 months. He owned and built Rebel Room in the 1960s, owned a farm north of town and owned Chubb’s Club Tavern.

Survivors include a son, Joey Barkwell and fiancee Laura Davidson; and a niece, Roxanne Barkwell Hammer of Camdenton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother, Bill Barkwell.

Memorials may be given to Parkinson’s research.


Published Thursday, February 7, 2008

Arthur Jolly, 58, of Glasgow died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at home after his battle with cancer. He enriched the lives of all who knew and loved him.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Stephens College Firestone-Baars Chapel, 1306 E. Walnut St., with burial following at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway. A celebration of life is tentatively planned for June 1 at Stephens Lake.

Arthur was born on June 1, 1949, in Austin, Texas, the son of Andrew J. Jolly and Mary Foster Jolly. On Dec. 31, 2007, he married Donna Perry in Glasgow, and she survives.

His early childhood years were spent in Costa Rica. After returning to the United States in 1954, the family settled in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1967. He next served as a goodwill ambassador in Monrovia, Liberia, where his father had accepted a Fulbright scholarship. After returning from Africa, he attended the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.

He then began a career on the towboats and became a first mate, working for Valley Line and ACBL barge lines on rivers in the Mississippi River Valley. Arthur loved the water, and his leisure time was also spent there, traveling, fishing, swimming, skiing, diving, canoeing and floating. After more than 25 years, Arthur left his job on the water and worked in construction and painting until his retirement.

Other survivors include his mother, Mary Rosenthal of Lawrence, Kansas; a sister, Susanne Boatright and husband Ira of Lee’s Summit; three brothers, Norman Jolly of Jefferson City and Panama City, Panama, Allington Jolly and wife Joy of Columbia, Andrew Spencer and wife Mia of Ellensburg, Wash.; a half sister, Rachel Spencer of Lawrence, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew.

Floral deliveries will be accepted at the chapel only after 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

Contributions may be sent in his memory to the charity of your choice.


Published Wednesday, February 13, 2008

James Leon Roberts, 87, formerly of Columbia, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Florissant.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation with the family will begin one hour before the memorial service at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Howard County, the son of the late James Otho and Eva Gilmore Roberts.

Leon was a 1939 graduate of Hickman High School. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Bermuda during World War II.

Leon’s career was with the U.S. Postal Service in Columbia, lasting 33 years. He was well-known and well-liked as he was both a city and rural mail carrier during his tenure, and he treated his customers as friends. Leon was always willing to lend a helping hand to his friends and neighbors.

After retirement, Leon and Jessie traveled at length in Europe, a lifelong dream. After returning home, Leon’s wife, Jessie, passed away in 1977. For the last seven years, Leon had been living in Florida near his daughter Peggy and her family.

He is survived by three married daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Smith of Palm Harbor, Fla., Elizabeth "Betty" Noland of St. Peters and Mary Jane Johnson of Columbia; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He will be buried beside his first wife and mother of his three daughters, Jessie Zumsteg Roberts, at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Merle Nichols, Letha Magruder and Charles Louis "Chuck" Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, 404 Portland St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, February 15, 2008

Harold Clyde Hinshaw, 90, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.

Celebration services will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in McMurray Chapel of the Missouri United Methodist Church at 204 South Ninth Street with a holy service of the Masonic Lodge. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. in the main floor parlor adjacent to the sanctuary. At 2 p.m., the Rev. Jim Bryan will officiate in the sanctuary of the Missouri United Methodist Church. Burial and military honors will be private.

Harold Clyde was born Aug. 21, 1917, to Clyde Herbert Hinshaw and Enna Louise Hendrix Hinshaw on a farm in Englewood, with the help of their neighbors, the Logans.

His great-grandfather, Amos Hinshaw, as well as his brother, Abel, navigated up the Missouri River from Ohio after the Civil War. They initially settled south of Columbia in Claysville but, due to frequent flooding, resettled on a farm at the base of the Devil’s Backbone on Cedar Creek in Englewood.

Harold was an incredibly hard worker from an early age. Starting when he was 5, one of his chores was to walk to his grandfather’s house a mile away to run errands such as carrying buckets of milk.

As a child, he amazed others as he broke horses. Although slight in build, he had incredible physical strength.

As a young man, working in his father’s feed store during the Depression, he could carry a 50-pound bag of feed in each arm. At times he drove a truck daily to either St. Louis or Kansas City to the feed mills and developed an uncanny sense of direction.

He never lost his appreciation for hard, physical work - "real work," he termed it. Into his 60s he could throw hay bales from the back of a truck unerringly up a story into the side door of a barn. Well into his 80s, cutting firewood, spreading gravel by the shovel full off the back of a dump truck and mowing grass remained some of his favorite pastimes.

In 1941, immediately after Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 246th Combat Engineers. He joined the service as a relatively old man of 25, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a Master Sergeant. He was referred to as "the old man" by the 18-19-year-olds. Many of the men he served with looked up to him as the man who kept them safe and tried to keep them warm and dry during wartime. In 1942, he was among the engineers the Army began dropping off in the freezing woods with trucks, saws and tents to help build the Alaskan highway. That endeavor left him a bitter opponent of camping and cold weather in general. His unit followed the D-Day invasion on D+4 and served in the Battle of the Bulge.

Like most combat veterans, those were experiences he never did discuss.

At reunions, even 50 years later, they loved and respected him and his best friend, Sgt Dascolli.

When he returned home to Columbia in 1945, he was eager to become a family man. He married Vlasta Machala, then a teacher of Physical Education at Stephens College. He returned to work at his father’s feed store, finished his degree in business at the University of Missouri through the GI Bill and started a family. Ultimately, they had seven children and a dozen grandchildren.

Throughout his life he remained a small businessman, buying his father’s feed store in the 1950s. He ultimately went into real estate where he enjoyed his greatest success. He was an active adult leader in 4-H and the Boy Scouts of America. He was President of the Downtown Optimist Club in 1971-1972 and a past President of the United Methodist Men at Missouri United Methodist Church. He served on the boards of The Salvation Army, the Pinnacles Youth Park, and the Boone County Fair Board. He was an active member of the Gideon’s Camp of Columbia and enjoyed storing Bibles for them. His hobbies included farming, fishing and square dancing.

He is survived by his children, David Hinshaw and wife Melanie of Santa Monica, Calif., Frank Hinshaw and wife Mary of Honolulu, Hawaii, Paul Hinshaw and wife Chellie of Columbia, Peter Hinshaw and wife TyAnn of Columbia, Mary Ann Dana and husband Steve of San Antonio, Tom Hinshaw and wife Melissa of Chicago, John Hinshaw and significant other Kerry of Lebanon, Pa.; grandchildren, Margo Hinshaw, John Dana, Paige Hinshaw, Frank "T.K." Hinshaw, Marlie Hinshaw, Alex Hinshaw, Maggie Hinshaw, Sarah & Samuel Dana, Justin Hinshaw, Garrett Hinshaw, and Vlasta Hinshaw; sister, Ruth Lietz; dear cousins, Dorothy Fae Hendrix Sapp and Opal Hinshaw Fewell; and his constant companion the last two years, his dear friend and nurse, Monica McGeorge.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Vlasta "Val"; one brother, Frank Hinshaw; and one sister, Ann Hinshaw.

The family suggests memorials to The Pinnacles Youth Park, c/o Boone County Extension, 1012 N. Route UU, Columbia, Mo., 65203; Mel West’s P.E.T. Project at 1908 Heriford Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202; The Salvation Army at 1108 W. Ash Street, Columbia, Mo., 65203; The Missouri United Methodist Church at 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201; or SERRV International at 500 Main Street, New Windsor, M.D. 21776.

Online condolences may be left for Mr. Hinshaw’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Heartland Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia. 442-7850.


Published Thursday, February 21, 2008

Elgin Eugene "Gene" Ballew, 77, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at University Hospital.

Services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Smith, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Grandview Baptist Church. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Mr. Ballew was born June 15, 1930 in Boone County to Elgin T. and Ethel Marie Old Ballew.

He lived in Boone County his entire life. Mr. Ballew farmed cattle, corn and soybeans and later worked as a real estate broker.

In his free time, Mr. Ballew enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting antiques.

He is survived by his sons, Randy and Jacquelynn Ballew of Columbia, Roger and Sonia Ballew of Hallsville; two daughters, Linda and Keith Doornbos of Bloomington, Ill., Dorothy A. and Mike L. Wilson of Columbia; the children’s mother, Kathryn Houston of Columbia; three brothers, Billy D. and Pat Ballew of Columbia, Richard and Dorothy Ballew of Hallsville, and Ronnie and Karen Ballew also of Hallsville; three sisters, Willowdean and Marvin Robinson of Arlington, Texas, Marjorie and Paul VanHorn of Jefferson City, and Janet and Richard Wilson of Hallsville; grandchildren, Brian Foster, Sarah Wilson, Laura Doornbos Ludwig, Jordan Ballew, and Rachel Ballew; and great grandson Ben Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild, Sean E. Wilson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grandview Cemetery Maintenance Fund or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Sunday, February 24, 2008

Robert Sterling "Bob" Kimpton, 83, of Columbia passed peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, in Alton, Ill.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be noon, Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born March 26, 1924, in Malone, N.Y., and was raised in Columbia.

He was educated at the University of Missouri and taught at Kemper Military Academy in the 1950s and then at Versailles High School. Bob taught high school math and science for more than 30 years and retired from Morgan County Schools in Versailles in the 1980s.

Loved especially by his students, he was nominated and received Teacher of the Year awards from the University of Missouri. Having no children of his own, he touched the lives of hundreds that he mentored into college and often well into their professional careers.

He is survived by his sister and her husband, Mary Jo and Stance Crouch in East Alton, Ill.; and their daughters, Shelly and Mindy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adde Kimpton Elder; and stepfather Marion Elder.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would prefer that those who wish to give should make a donation in his name to the Humane Society. Information for this donation is available at www.kspirits.org.


Charles W. Bell, Sr., age 74, of Hot Springs, died, Friday, February 22, 2008.

He was born on January 6, 1934, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of Charles Porter Bell and Helen Trimble Bell. In 1953 he was married to Bettie Dudley who preceded him in death on March 3, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Sarah Bradley.

He was Methodist by faith and was a MBA graduate from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was City Manager for the cities of Camden, Arkansas; Sterling, Illinois; Toccoa, Georgia; Neosho, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; and Richmond, Michigan and was also a member of the Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and loved to read.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. Bell, II and wife Robin of Sanford, North Carolina; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth Eble and husband Brian of Bloomington, Illnois; five grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.

Services will be held at 12:00 PM, Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs with Rev. Brian Eble officiating.

Visitation will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 25, 2008, one hour prior to service, no visitation on Sunday.

A private family burial will be held in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois at a later date.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue; Dallas, Texas 75231.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
*Courtesy of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs, AR  71913


Published Monday, February 25, 2008

James Audley Nichols, 88, of Ashland passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Woodcrest Primitive Baptist Church in Ashland. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Robinson Funeral Home.

Mr. Nichols was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Hartsburg, the son of Ezra and Rebecca Johnson Nichols. He married Opal Sapp on May 4, 1946, in Ashland, and she survives.

Audley was a minister. He was a member of Woodcrest Primitive Baptist Church and of the American Legion in Ashland. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Nichols of St. Louis; a son, James Allen Nichols of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Joyce Zub of St. Louis; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one infant child, a brother and a sister.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Alzheimer’s Association.


Published Tuesday, February 26, 2008

J.W. "Chubb" Phillips, 84, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Baker and the Rev. Dr. John Yonker officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the church.

Chubb was born April 25, 1923, in Columbia to Robert Paul and Anna Barton Phillips. He married Mary Jo Aufranc on Oct. 25, 1947, and she survives.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated from mortuary school in Kansas City.

Chubb was a member of the Twilight Lodge 114 AF&AM, Scottish Rite, Tiger Shrine Club, Elks Lodge, VFW Post 280, past president of the Cosmopolitan Club and served on the board of directors for Cosmopolitan International, past commander of the American Legion, former vice president and president of the Missouri Tiger Quarterback Club, and former member of the board of directors of the Columbia Country Club.

Chubb was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia for more than 20 years. He then worked for the city of Columbia for more than 20 years, until his retirement in 1981. He then worked part time at Parker Funeral Service for another 20 years.

He was an avid golfer, an avid Missouri Tiger fan, a member of First Baptist Church and lived his entire life in Columbia.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo, of Columbia; three daughters, Paula Ann Phillips of Lawrence, Kan., Sally Lyn Hyde and Garth Bayer of Columbia, and Nancy Sue Deis and her husband, Jim, of Kansas City; five grandchildren, Lucas and his wife, Jenny Hyde, Ashley Hyde, Amy and Adam Deis, and Eliska Valehrachova; and one great-grandchild, Gage Hyde.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert and James Phillips.

Memorial may be given to First Baptist Church or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service.


Published Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Michael Dewain Richmond, 46, of Columbia died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at his home in Columbia after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at Nilson Funeral Home in Columbia. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Grandview Baptist Church.

Michael was born Aug. 22, 1961, at Boone Hospital Center to Rosalee and Carl Richmond. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1979, and in 1981, he married Charity Stroud. Their son, Corey, was born in 1988 at Boone Hospital.

Michael worked for 12 years at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Columbia. During that time, his store received many honors. He also worked at Tricon for seven years and five years at Boone Clinic before forced to retire by ill health.

Michael was an avid outdoorsman who believed with all his heart that a true sportsman should "leave nothing behind but his tracks" while experiencing the beauty and wonder of the natural world. His great passion was tournament fishing. One of the ways that he helped conserve natural resources was by practicing "catch and release."

He was a member of Little Dixie Bass Club for 17 years and served as president of the organization in 1995 and 2001. In 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2004, he won the Angler of the Year award. Mike was honored to have been chosen for the Frankie Johnson Sportsmanship award in 1997, 2000 and 2004. He was a founding member of Team R&B Outdoors, which organized many fishing tournaments at Mark Twain Lake. He never tired of sharing his fishing and hunting experience with others and on any given weekend was out on some body of water somewhere, fishing his heart out and enjoying every moment of his time outdoors. Passing his love of nature to his son, Corey, was his crowning achievement.

He is survived by his wife, Charity, and son Corey of the home; his mother, Rosalee Richmond of Columbia; his nephew, Karl Powell of Columbia; niece Mindy Travis and husband Brian Travis and daughter Brianne of Nebraska; niece Erin Pratt of Columbia; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Richmond, and his sister, Debbie Powell.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who reached out to them during Mike’s long illness. They also wish to thank the staff of Missouri River Hospice for the loving care provided.

"Don’t quit till the last call."

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Monday, March 17, 2008

Lynnette Scherrie Gordon Sumner of Stewartstown, Pa., long-term resident of Lawton, Okla., died March 8, 2008, at York Hospital in York, Pa., at the age of 67.

The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, in Lawton at Western Hills Christian Church with Tommy Jones officiating. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation was at Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Home.

Lynn was born June 26, 1940, in Lake Elsinore, Calif., and was the only child of the late Lloyd W. Gordon and Altamay P. McBride Gordon.

As a child, she spent time in California and Missouri and graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in June 1958. She married Kenneth G. Sumner Sr. on July 18, 1963, and was a loving wife for 44 years. Together they raised three children and were longtime residents of Lawton.

Lynn’s hobbies included cooking, arts and crafts, and the church. Lynn was a generous family member and friend of many. There was always plenty of food for guests at Lynn’s house, and guests who left hungry did so by choice. Lynn was a long-term member of Western Hills Christian Church and spent numerous years working in the Sunday school office and contributing to the efforts of the church. Lynn also found great joy in crafting stuffed bears, teaching others the craft and then giving these to family and friends.

After a serious illness in 2003, Lynn relocated from Lawton to Stewartstown to live with her son, Kenny, and family. She became active in the Stewartstown Senior Citizens Center and regularly attended Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Md.

Lynn’s memory lives on through her husband, Kenneth Gene Sumner of Stewartstown; son Kenneth G. Sumner Jr. and wife Anita Sumner of Stewartstown; son Lloyd W. Sumner and wife Barbara of Ardmore, Okla.; daughter Tammie Lynn Phillips and husband Ronald of Irving, Texas; grandchildren Nichole Sumner and Sarah Sumner, both of Stewartstown, Keith L. Sumner and Jennifer Wolf-Sumner both, of Ardmore, Ronald Phillips Jr., Jonathon Phillips and David Phillips of Irving; and great-grandchild Logan T. Sumner of Stewartstown.

Memorials can be made to the Stewartstown, Pa., Senior Citizens Center. Please make checks payable to Stewartstown Senior Citizens and mail to P.O. Box 235, Stewartstown, Pa., 17363.


Published Sunday, March 16, 2008

Janette Elizabeth McCauley, 94, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

A memorial committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. John Yonker officiating.

She was born on April 22, 1913, in Boone County, the daughter of the late Thomas Edward Sr. and Elsie Charlotte Hosler Atkins.

She was first united in marriage to the late Jacob P. McCauley in 1931. She later married Howard Walker, and after his death, she was married to the late James Travis.

Mrs. McCauley was a 1931 Hickman Kewpie graduate. She and her husband were owners of Atkins & McCauley Chemical Co. She was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Elosia Haseman King’s Daughter and Altrusa Club. Mrs. McCauley loved gardening and won many blue ribbons at the Boone County Fair for her roses. Her kindness and beauty was an inspiration to all.

Survivors include son Jerry P. McCauley and wife Mary Ann; grandson Douglas D. McCauley and wife Nicole; granddaughter Carol Ann Bosserman and husband, Mark; granddaughter Patricia Sue Kilgore and husband Vince; great-granddaughter Larisa Ann Elizabeth Bosserman; nephew Tom Atkins and wife Linda; and niece Marcelle Meyers. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by brother Thomas Edward Atkins II and grandson Dan P. McCauley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society or the donor’s choice.


Published Saturday, March 15, 2008

Joan Renee Savage, 46, Columbia, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Community United Methodist Church, 3301 West Broadway in Columbia. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1961, in Chicago, the daughter of William Clifford and Norah-Creina Alger Dalzell. She was united in marriage to Stephen James Savage on June 1, 1991.

Joan graduated from Hickman High School and with an MBA from the University of Missouri, where she was active in Marching Mizzou. She was founder and first president of the Zeta Omega Chapter of the Tau Betta Sigma band service sorority at MU on Sept. 11, 1982.

She worked at Tiger Academy of Gymnastics and volunteered at various places, including Fairview Elementary School.

Joan was a member of Community United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher.

In addition to her husband, Stephen, survivors include her parents, Bill and Nickey Dalzell of Columbia; daughter Cara Elizabeth Savage and son Devin James Savage of the home; brother Jeffrey Dalzell and wife Rhonda of Liberty; sister Ann Borgmeyer and husband Les of Columbia; brother-in-law Wayne Savage of Washington, D.C.; nieces and nephew Kimberly and Katherine Dalzell and Molly, Sara and Billy Borgmeyer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church or the Savage Children Education Fund.


A Son’s Reflection

She was born and raised on a farm in rural Boone County, Missouri.  She moved to Columbia, since the roads were impassable in bad weather, at the age of 15 to attend and graduate from Hickman High School.  She was independent at a very early age.  Education was her goal.  Being self-reliant was an inner motivational drive.  And, the Great Depression installed thrift.

Mother was a dedicated and determined individual that nurtured a child from her womb until her death.  She had a career of 58 years of professional attentive service to a law firm that bridged 3 generations of attorneys.  She considered it a joy, not work.  And balanced that life as a loving, caring and thoughtful mate to 2 husbands--my father, R. Barton Mitchell and then her companion, Joe Victor.

She taught me to eat with a spoon, taught me to walk, held my hand when needed and instilled in me my Christian values that were to be lived daily.  She was a person that rarely, if ever, sat in judgment of others, but she had a knack of getting someone to reflect on them self.  She encouraged those that listened to think for themselves, reflect on their behavior and ‘take stock’ of their lives.

She was the epitome of ‘waste not, want not’.  She never had a mortgage, never had a car payment and never had a credit card until it was mandatory to buy prescriptions from her health care clearing house.  She made her life comfortable with her means.

A bulb planted in the fall yielded a springtime flower.  She took delight.  She was a gardener with a green thumb.  And, with the same as her career, her effort in the garden was not work, but joy.

Her smile was catching!  Her knitted brows meant get quickly prepared to take stock of the situation or self.  She journeyed the extra mile not to be a burden and was gracious and grateful when a helping hand was needed.

Her words were few but sometimes quite profound.  She was a caring, loving person and that care and love had absolutely no strings attached.  Her touch was gentle as was her swat.

Her life ended with the same grace and dignity as she had lived her life.  God graced her with his blessing.

Mary Virginia Rogers
January 31, 1916 – March 13, 2008

By Patrick Mitchell, her son


Published Thursday, March 20, 2008

Carl Miller Sneed Jr., 87, of Columbia passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, in a natural gas explosion and fire at his home.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

He was born Jan. 6, 1921, in Columbia to Carl Miller Sneed, an HEENT physician, and Elsie Bartlett Sneed, musician and psychologist.

Intensely curious and inventive, Carl Sneed Jr. pursued a wide range of interests throughout his life. Able to pilot an airplane before he could drive, his long-standing love of flying transformed into a career as a mechanical and aerospace engineer.

During World War II, he helped to design aircraft engines.

Later, he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, married fellow faculty member Merna Fisher, and earned a Ph.D. in engineering at the University of Michigan. He retired after a long career as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri.

In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, listening to music, using computers and working on do-it-yourself projects. After retirement, he and his wife traveled and continued their lifelong pursuit of learning through Elder Hostels.

Survivors include his wife, Merna Sneed of Columbia; daughters, Linda Sneed of Columbia, Dr. Pam Heath of Alameda, Calif., and Dr. Penny Sneed of San Francisco; son-in-law, Dr. Dan Kelly; grandchildren, Kieran Kelly-Sneed, Devin Kelly-Sneed and Caitlin Kelly-Sneed; and nephews Chris Olander and Tim Olander.

Donations may be made to the Missouri Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, W1006 Lafferre Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

Arrangements by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bill Rees, 83, formerly of Columbia passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Viewing will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 21, and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at English Funeral Chapel, 1700 N. Spokane St. in Post Falls, Ind. A private burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls.

He was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Columbia to Alfred and Elizabeth Boucher Rees.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1942.

He attended the University of Missouri before volunteering for the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater as a radio-gunner on B-26s in the Marine Air Corp.

After the war, he moved to Auburn, Calif., in 1947, where he meet and married Effie Kaupila, who preceded him in death in 2002.

He worked for the Old Laken’s Hardware before joining the Thompson and Diggs Wholesale Hardware of Sacramento in 1962. From 1966 through 1973, Bill and Effie owned and operated the Auburn A&W drive-in with longtime friend William Merle of Auburn.

Bill worked as a manager for Edgewood Supply of Auburn from 1974 to 1978 before rejoining the Thompson and Diggs Co., from which he retired in 1991.

Bill and Effie moved to Post Falls in 1992.

From his boyhood in Missouri, Bill’s great passions were guns, hunting and bird dogs. He was a loving and generous father and husband, whose greatest legacy to his family was his honesty and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by three children, Sharon Gilman, Anna Davis and James Rees, all of Port Falls; four grandchildren, Cristy Turnipseed of Rathdrum, Ind., Michele Gilman and Babette Banducci of Coeur d’ Alene, Ind., and Steven Jones of Altus, Okla.; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sam Rees of Fulton and Scott Rees of Ava; and two sisters, Martha and Beverly Rees, both of Columbia.

English Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Published Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Robert Meyer "Bob" LeMone, 65, of Columbia passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd. in Columbia. Burial will be private. Location of the celebration of life reception will be announced after the service.

Bob was born Oct. 9, 1942, in Columbia to David V. LeMone, M.D., and Margaret Meyer LeMone. He attended Columbia Public Schools, Missouri Military Academy and the University of Missouri.

Bob was married to Sara Maguire on July 8, 1978, in Orlando, Fla.

He started his career in construction and later became the owner of Little Dixie Construction. In addition to his passion for work, he committed himself both to his family and the community. Bob’s passions also included University of Missouri athletics, hunting, fishing and attending sporting events with many of his friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sara; a son, Mac LeMone; three daughters, Sara Emily LeMone, Tracy Thompson and husband Dave, and Tricia Rackers and husband Jeff, all of Columbia; three grandchildren, Lauren Thompson, Trevor Thompson and Cole Rackers; a sister, Peggy LeMone-Gilman and husband Peter of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, Charlie LeMone of Roanoke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jacque Fredrick LeMone.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Robert M. LeMone Charitable Trust in care of Boone County National Bank. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Betty Jean Traxler, 66, of Columbia passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center after a long battle with heart disease.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at Memorial Funeral Home with services to immediately follow. Burial will be in Asher Cemetery in Salem.

Betty was born May 18, 1941, in Bates County, the daughter of Albert F. and Louise E. Bentlage.

She was first united in marriage to Robert E. Riddell Sr. in 1956 and later married Joe A. Traxler in 1984. Both preceded her in death.

In the ’60s, Betty and her first husband, Bob, were well-known for their eating establishments in Columbia, particularly the Tiger Inn, Trolley Car, Wig-Wam and The Fast Draw. Although she was her own worst critic, she was from the "old school" of cooking and was one of the best! She always left you wanting more!

Betty was a member of the ABWA, where she held the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. In the early 1970s, she received her real estate license, and in the ’70s and ’80s, Betty co-owned and operated Town ’N Country Tire and Battery. Early in the 1990s, Betty co-owned Kids Korner, a children’s resale clothing and toy store.

For the past six years, she worked as a courier for Assist2Sell Real Estate, where she was known as "Betty T." She was a stickler for details, and her approach to problem solving was with her infamous line, "Just use some common sense!"

Betty loved flower gardening, had a passion for home decorating and was an enthusiastic viewer of HGTV. Her occasional outings with "the girls" to "the boat" were another highlight for her.

Survivors include four children, Debbie Bass of Auxvasse, Gene Riddell of Columbia, Susan Dennis of Columbia and Michael Riddell of Keytesville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Ervin Bentlage and Troy Bentlage, both of Columbia, and Charles Bentlage of Joplin; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters.

Online condolences may be sent to bettytraxler41@yahoo.com.

Tributes can be left online atwww.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jack Whittle Merideth, 96, a Columbia native and last surviving member of the Hickman High School Class of 1930, died March 22, 2008, in Glendale, Calif.

He was laid to rest Saturday, March 29, at Rose Hills cemetery in Whittier, Calif. He is buried beside his sons David and Dick, and Jack will be missed by all who knew, loved and admired him.

The oldest son and second child of Eugene Merideth and Willie Mae Baumgartner, he had nine brothers and sisters, six of whom survive: Mary Jean Arrandale, 93, of Columbia; Billy Merideth, 91, of Oceanside, Calif.; Maxine Johnson, 87, of Columbia; J.B. Merideth, 86, of San Marino, Calif.; and George and Charles Merideth, 83 and 81, both of Columbia.

His elder sister, Julia Stewart of Columbia, Jim Merideth of Yucaipa, Calif., and Virginia Longmire of Oklahoma City preceded him in death, as did his sons, David in 1989 and John in 1994.

Jack Whittle Merideth was born during the presidency of William Howard Taft on Jan. 28, 1912, in his folks’ bedroom on the 125-acre Merideth family farm adjacent to Forest Hills golf course. There was no doctor and no midwife.

With a love of education handed down from his mother, a college graduate, Jack entered a scholastic competition at age 12 sponsored by the Boy Scouts. He won top prize in 1924 and a trip to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, where he saw one of the true legends of the day, show horse Stonewall King. At breakfast, his chaperone noticed Jack staring into his bowl of corn flakes. "Is everything all right, Jack?" she asked. "Yes, ma’am," he replied. "I’m just not used to eating this high off the hog."

When Jack entered junior high, he moved to town to make room for the growing family at home and to care for his grandfather, a veteran of the Civil War. Jack loved the tales he was told and developed a special knack for storytelling himself. His mind was a digital camera that never ran out of memory. He was the family Smithsonian.

In the early ’30s, he set out for Pasadena, Calif., with his uncle Jim Merideth in his ’23 Buick touring car. There the two connected with his uncle George, the assistant superintendent of schools for Pasadena. In short order, brothers Jim, Bill and J.B. migrated to Pasadena. All six Merideth boys served in World War II - with Jack in the Navy - and none was wounded.

Jack Merideth loved golf, his dachshund Buckie, quail hunting, horses, history, good food, good conversation, good books and a good joke. His brothers in California meant everything to him; his family back in Missouri and his sons meant everything else.

Mourners at his funeral included friends from the Pasadena post office, where he served as director of operations; nephews Larre Johnson, Bob Merideth, Grant Merideth, Reuben Merideth, Rick Merideth, John Longmire; and nieces Julie Faumina, Meredith Johnson, Lora Lee Howard, Diana Merideth and Dana Kemp.


Published Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lewis Pryor "Bub" Cole, 85, formerly of Columbia and Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Macungie, Pa., surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Bond’s Chapel Cemetery in Hartsburg.

Lewis was born April 11, 1922, on a farm near Ashland, the son of James Franklin and Sarah Jane Lewis Cole. On March 10, 1951, he married Mary Magdalene Grothaus Morris. A graduate of Hickman High School, Class of 1941, he played football with the Hickman Kewpies and attended most of its class reunions. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946 and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1950. In 1985, he retired from the U. S. Corps of Engineers as an engineering geologist. His hobbies were woodcarving and dancing.

Survivors include brother Waldo F. Cole of Columbia; three daughters, Connie A. Riley and husband Billy of Texas and children Bill, Jeanne and David; Vanessa L. Cole of Macungie, Pa.; Nancee J. Noderer and husband Bill of Macungie and children Ellen, William and Katelyn; and the children of son Roy B. Morris and wife Carolyn, both deceased, Kim Morris Domenico and Roy Brent Morris of Columbia; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, son Roy and sister Bernice E. Holland.

Memorial donations can be made to Bond’s Chapel in care of James E. Allen, 20560 S. Route A, Hartsburg, Mo., 65039. No flowers, please.


Published Monday, March 24, 2008

Kathryn Belle Swearingen Rybolt, 90, of Columbia passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born on June 17, 1917, in Boone County, the daughter of the late Raymond Bryan and Estie Frances Rowland Swearingen. She was united in marriage to Raymond Rybolt, who preceded her in death in 1981.

Survivors include sons Ernie Hay, Carl Brenton and wife Rita all of Little Rock, Ark., and Hal Brenton and wife Jane of Columbia; brother Raymond Bryan Swearingen Jr. of Columbia; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Rybolt graduated from Hickman High School in 1936. She retired from the University of Missouri, where she worked in medical records. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and a lifelong Missouri Tiger fan. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Baptist Church.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hazel B. Callison, 98, of Conroe, Texas, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Memorial services followed by a reception in Morris Parlors will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 4, at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Cemetery in Holliday.

Hazel was born on Dec. 4, 1909, in rural Boone County to Ezra Tildon and Zola Mae Palmer. She married James S. "Jim" Callison of Holliday on Sept. 21, 1930, in Columbia. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1956. One of four children, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Norris and Lester Palmer; and one foster sister, Arla Mae Marcum.

Hazel graduated in 1927 from the last class of Columbia High School. After World War II, she and Jim, a quarry foreman on large post-war construction projects, lived in six different states, settling from 1950 to 1956 in Sweetwater, Texas. After Jim’s death, she returned to Columbia with three of her four children so they could attend the University of Missouri.

From 1957 until her retirement in 1979, she worked as records supervisor and purchasing agent for the Missouri State Crippled Children’s Service. During the 1960’s, when Columbia was still largely segregated, she volunteered for People to People, who found off-campus housing for MU international students. She was a professional-quality seamstress and tailor, and until one year ago she was hand-quilting and restoring antique dolls. She lived independently until shortly before her death.

She will be remembered by her many friends and family for her vitality, strength of character, sense of humor and generosity of spirit.

Hazel is survived by four children and their spouses, Patricia Weyand, Kay Callison and Michael Naughton, and Phyllis Roller, all of Columbia, and Joseph and Alice Callison of The Woodlands, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses: Gene and Fawn Stephenson, and Bill Stephenson of Columbia; Tracey and Casey Tomlinson of Phoenix; Melissa Smith of Pacific; Sydney and Eli Sakellakas of The Woodlands, Texas; Joseph and Nicole Miley of Oklahoma City; and Dora Katherine Naughton, of New York City. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, among them Jason Stephenson of Columbia and Marty Harding of Fulton; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Imogene Mersey of Blackwater.

Hazel Callison and her family were charter members of the Broadway Christian Church. Memorial donations can be made to the Broadway Christian Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Fund through the Agnew Funeral Home, 128 W. Caldwell St., Paris, Mo., 65275. (660) 327-4167.


Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Vivian Gayle Enyard, 56, of Glasgow died Friday, April 4, 2008, at Cooper County Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Chapel in Glasgow. Visitation is one hour before the service.

Mrs. Enyard worked as a medical receptionist in Columbia for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Rickea Bacon; and son Sherman Brown III; six sisters; two brothers; and four grandchildren.


Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Edward D. Bishop, 77, of Columbia passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Edward was born on Feb. 10, 1931, in Columbia to Lloyd and Mary Berry Bishop, and they preceded him in death.

On Feb. 12, 1950, he married Juanita F. Grindstaff, and she survives.

He was a 1948 graduate of Hickman High School and worked for the University of Missouri as a medical photographer until his retirement in 1992. Edward was a member of Older American Klub, where he played guitar with several musical groups sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. He also built and flew model airplanes for several years and was a member of the Mid Missouri Radio Control Club.

He is also survived by his son, Gary Bishop, wife Rita, daughter Brooke and her fiance, Shane McLoughlin, all of Reno, Nev.; brother Ray Bishop and wife Rosemary of Centertown; sisters Geneva Shock and husband Edward of California, Mo., and Virginia Williamson and husband Melvin of Holts Summit; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to Grandview Cemetery, 8300 N. Route Z, Centralia, Mo., 65240. Tributes can be left online a www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Jeanette "Marie" Barnes, 66, longtime resident of Columbia, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, suddenly at home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Marie was born on Sept. 7, 1941, in St. Louis, the adopted daughter of the late Joe M. Barnes and Mettie Lee Croswhite Barnes.

Marie was a 1959 graduate of Hickman High School. She loved her family and friends and was famous for sending greeting cards for every occasion. She retired from Panera Bread at the Columbia Mall in 2006 and previously worked at St. Louis Bread Company, Ponderosa and Heritage House.

Survivors include nieces Cindy and husband Rich Schmid, Sandy and husband Gurdarshan Gurm; nephews Maury and wife Julie Barnes, Joe Barnes and Bruce and wife Jane Barnes. She is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Barnes and Jacquelyn Barnes; cousins; and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Joe M. Barnes, Robert I. Barnes and Maurice C. Barnes.

Marie’s family would like to express their gratitude to Marie’s neighbors and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dorothy Mae Level, 67, of Columbia died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at her home.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born to Russell and Mildred Phillippe Level on Aug. 16, 1940. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1957. She married L.E. "Gene" Grimes in 1959, and he preceded her in death.

In 1976, Dorothy became the first female to receive a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She worked in the oil business in Louisiana and Texas for the majority of her life.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Level of Columbia; her son, Jeff Grimes and wife Debbie of Centralia; stepdaughter, Terri McNabb and husband Matt of Bentonville, Ark.; four grandchildren, Tammie Stuart and husband Len of Linden, Texas, Tiffany Grimes of Centralia, Valarie Hardesty and husband Jake of Columbia, and Kim Grimes of Centralia; four great grandchildren; and numerous uncles and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Eileen Gail Grimes.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Women’s Shelter or Boone Hospice Program. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, April 14, 2008

Glenda Kay Dinwiddie died peacefully Saturday, April 12, 2008, at her home in Columbia, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia with Pastor Jim Bryan officiating. Visitation will follow in the Multi Purpose Room.

Kay was born on Feb. 20, 1938, to Glenn and Allene Brown Denham in Columbia. She attended Stephens College and Northern Illinois University.

Kay married Robert Dinwiddie on June 15, 1957, at First Baptist Church in Columbia. He survives at home.

Kay had recently retired as director of the Regency Club at First National Bank in Columbia. During her 24 years in that leadership position, she built the membership steadily from 387 to its present number of more than 3,600. Together with Kay, Regency Club has taken more than 200 trips and traveled to six of the seven continents. With more than 700 days of travel throughout her career, she led Regency Club tour groups on many exciting and unique trips throughout Missouri, the country and worldwide. Her tremendous passion for people made her feel "at home" in all corners of the world.

Kay’s innovative "Tuesdays at Two" programs both educated and entertained the many who attended. She made dramatic and musical productions a mainstay among the many activities available to Regency Club members.

Influenced by her mother, Allene, the theater was one of Kay’s lifelong passions. She took part in speech and verse choir in high school and later studied theater at Stephens College. While living in De Kalb, Ill., in addition to her jobs as special events director at Pine Acres Retirement Center and as an elementary teacher’s aide, Kay was active in the Stage Coach Community Theater. She played roles in many productions and received the Stage Coacher of the Year Award in 1978. She also served as the president of the Children’s Community Theater in De Kalb.

Upon her return to Columbia in 1981, Kay continued to expand her participation in theater. She was a financial contributor to every major theater group in Columbia and was a longtime member of the board of directors of the Lyceum Theatre, the Friends of Arrow Rock, the Theater Society of the Columbia Entertainment Company, and the Stage Door Club, University of Missouri Theatre Department.

Kay was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

She also belonged to the Ruth Major Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters. She participated in the Bank Travel organization and was featured on the cover of one of its magazine issues for her work as Regency Club director.

Kay loved her family, her friends, her work, her "doggies" and her cozy home at the Lake of the Ozarks. She delighted in the countless associations she made through the years with individuals and groups in and around Columbia and throughout the world. Wherever she went, hearts were touched and smiles were generated. Kay’s selfless, courageous, gracious and fun-loving nature will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Survivors include her mother, Allene Jones and stepfather the Rev. J. Paul Jones of Columbia; two sons, Robert Brooks II of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and David Preston and wife Kelly of Columbia; one sister, Jane Preston Peterson and husband Dick of Cannon Falls, Minn.; three beautiful grandchildren, Claire, Cole and Carson Dinwiddie, all of Columbia; nephew John Peterson and wife Erica; and nieces Katie and Maren Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Denham; and stepfather Alva Preston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, P.O. Box 14, Arrow Rock, Mo., 65320. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, August 3, 2008

Paul Wendel Finlay passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Fla.

A memorial service was held in Florida.

He was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Columbia to Richard B. and Fontel B. Finlay. Paul graduated from Hickman High School and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; and three children, Brooks, Diane and Eric. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Published Monday, April 21, 2008

Howard E. Baumgartner, 85, of Columbia passed away Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Parker’s Funeral Service in Columbia.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Howard was born on March 13, 1923, to Frank Dysart Baumgartner and Laura Coleman Baumgartner. He was married to Dorothy Cottle on July 4, 1945, at First Christian Church in Columbia.

Howard was 1941 Hickman High School graduate and a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Baumgartner was a master clock builder and a master lathe worker. Many of his lathe works adorn homes in Columbia, Boonville and Central Missouri. One example of his work is the spherical finial that sits above the entrance to Senior Hall on the Stephens College campus at the corner of Broadway and Waugh Street.

In the mid-1950s he was the foreman of a crew that built the feed mill at Schaffer Feed Co. in St. Louis. In 1958, he moved his family back to Columbia. In 1960 he went to work for Simmons’ Furniture Store installing laundromats. In 1962, he joined Boone County Oil Co-op and continued with them until his retirement in 1987. In 1962, Howard designed and helped build his family’s home.

He was a member of Chapter 51 of the National Watch and Clock Builders Association.

He was active with his sons in Boy Scout Troop No. 10, and he enjoyed his membership in the Old Wheels Car Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Baumgartner, of the home; a daughter, Carolyn and her husband Jerry Young of Lee’s Summit; two sons, Steve and his wife Lynda Baumgartner of Rocheport, and Jim and his wife Becky Baumgartner of Columbia. He is also survived by one brother, Bob and his wife Susan of Houston, Texas; six grand children, Mike, Rebekah, Steven, Brad, Leigh Anne and Kristen; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gordon and Ralph Baumgartner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Meals on Wheels at 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201 or Adult Day Connection, 137 Clark Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65201.Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Carl Dean Walden, 83, widower of Annabel Sergent Walden, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Mayfair Manor in Lexington, Ky.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington by the Rev. Jesse Baldridge. Burial will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Thomas Marshall and Mary Aileen Westbrook Walden.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War and was a member of Central Christian Church. Carl was a supervisor for GTE for 40 years and was past president of CWA Local 3372 and Moose Lodge.

He was an avid golfer and Kentucky Wildcats fan.

Survivors include a son, Tom Walden; daughter Paige Keller and Tom; a foster son, Jr. Hawthorne and Barbara; two grandchildren, John Merritt and Debbie, and Carla Grigalis and Steve; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Fred Walden.

Contributions can be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md., 20852; or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Ky., 40503.


Published Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Randall Breckenridge Crowe, 59, son of Dr. Asa Breckenridge Crowe and Mrs. Neda Ringwalt and stepson of Sonya Crowe, died unexpectedly April 24, 2008, in Santa Marta, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

A graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Institute, he served with valor in Vietnam in the U.S. Army, receiving the Bronze Star.

He leaves his wife Karen; his parents; brother Mark Crowe; and sisters Michelle Hester and Suzanne DeMarco.


Published Thursday, April 24, 2008

James R. Westerfield, 68, of Columbia died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at his home.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at First Baptist Church with burial at Columbia Cemetery, followed by a reception at his home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Parker Funeral Service.

Mr. Westerfield was born on April 4, 1940, in Murphysboro, Ill., to Paul Graves and Sibyl Stewart Westerfield. He grew up in Carbondale, Ill., moving with his family to Columbia during junior high school.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1958 and from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1963. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he served as house manager.

He was involved with the construction, real estate, property management and appraisal industries for more than 40 years. During the 1960s, he built new homes with his integrated company doing all phases of construction. He continued to renovate properties throughout his career. From 1970 to 2004, he was an active member of the Columbia Board of Realtors.

As the owner of Westerfield Appraisal and Brokerage, he appraised residential, historic, commercial and farm properties. He enjoyed serving as an expert witness in property disputes. He was affiliated with the Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers and the National Association of Home Builders and served on the Boone County Building Codes Commission and the city of Columbia Business Valuation Resources Committee.

He loved learning about his field and traveled across the country to real estate and appraisal-related courses, seminars and conferences, attending more than 1,250 classroom hours of instruction sponsored by major appraisal organizations. He also attended seminars on solar energy, concrete, technology and environmental hazards.

In his spare time, Jim loved entertaining friends and family, developing into a gourmet cook. He took pleasure in helping others, particularly his daughters and their families, with home renovation projects and in hunting and boating trips with friends.

Jim was devoted to his family. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 45 years, Mary C. "Khaki" Lang Westerfield; daughters Elizabeth Westerfield and husband Steve Griffith, and Carrie Ramlow and Alec Ramlow; two grandchildren, Ella and Lewis Griffith; his sister, Pat Messenger and husband Dwight; his sister-in-law, Martha Lang Delmez; his nephew, Marc Messenger and wife Bonnie; and nieces Melinda Messenger, Katie Delmez, and Sarah McElroy and husband Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Missouri River Hospice, 1410 Heriford, Columbia, Mo, 65202; Rusk Rehabilitation, 315 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65203; or Meals on Wheels of Columbia, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.


Published Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Claude William "C.W." Edgar Jr., 75, of Harrisburg, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Cater Funeral Home Chapel in Moberly, with visitation at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Mr. Edgar was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Columbia to Claude William Sr. and Marjorie Spurlock Edgar. He had received his accounting degree from the University of Missouri. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and after service, he came home and became involved with his dad in the Edgar Maytag Company in Columbia until its closing. Prior to retirement, he had been a journeyman wireman for the IBEW Local 257.

Survivors include his children, Cara Kempher of Jefferson City, Dana Crowson of Springfield, Donald Edgar of Harrisburg, Scott Edgar of Columbia and Sarah Wade of O’Fallon; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Colleen Edgar Hale of San Antonio; and other relatives and friends.


Published Friday, May 2, 2008

James Knox "Jake" Bozarth Jr., 70, of Bolivar died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield after a lingering illness.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Stunkel and Bill Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. He was born on Jan. 29, 1938, in Columbia, the son of James Knox Bozarth Sr. and Effie Jeanette Jacobs Bozarth.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda, of the home; two sons, James K. Bozarth III of Eldorado, Kan., and Marvin Dale Bozarth and wife Dixie of Humansville; two daughters, Jeanette Lou Culbertson and husband Mickey of Fair Play and Pamela Jean Bozarth of the home; 10 grandchildren, Vencil, Timothy and Allen Bozarth, Mickey Ray and Jessica Culbertson, Amanda Helmsworth, Ashley and Kristy Bozarth, Kimberly and Chris Pitts. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Natasha Bozarth, Haily Redd, Ethan Helmsworth, Anthony Culbertson and Kaden Lamb; three sisters, Joyce Smith and husband Dale of Alexander, Va., Hilda Marie Moore and husband Virgil of Columbia and Patsy Ruth Corley and husband John of Columbia; and mother-in-law, Maggie Lou Snell of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Suite 204, Overland Park, Kan., 66202

Friends may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com.


Published Tuesday, May 6, 2008

George W. Dexheimer, 77, of Columbia passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. in Columbia. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

George was born on Sept. 9, 1930, in Columbia to Frank E. and Louise Robbins Dexheimer, and they preceded him in death. He married Ann Wilson on Feb. 14, 1976, in Columbia, and she survives.

A 1948 graduate of Hickman High School, George later attended Sewanee University of the South and the University of Missouri.

He worked his entire life in the real estate business in the Columbia area where he had served as president of the Columbia Board of Realtors in 1969. He was also a member of the Missouri Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and was the 19th person in the state of Missouri to receive the GRI designation.

George was a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society and a longtime member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, where he started and sponsored the youth group,also serving as a vestryman for many years.

Survivors include his sons, Mark Brazeal of Woodstock, Ga., and Matthew Brazeal and wife Emily of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren Ashley, Nicholas, Peter, Patrick and Kay Brazeal; and brother Frank R. Dexheimer of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Brazeal.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo., 65205; or American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, May 9, 2008

Donald Quentin "DQ" Jones, 79, of Kansas City, formerly of Columbia, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone; visitation starts at 9 a.m. Burial is in Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.

Donald was born June 17, 1928, in Columbia to Mack and Hannah Stahl Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie; three children; and other relatives, including his sister, Virginia Sinclair of Columbia.


Published Sunday, May 18, 2008

Carlyle Kurtz "C.K." Odor Jr., 85, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital after a nine-year battle with lymphoma cancer.

Funeral services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at First Christian Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Parker Funeral Home and 10 to11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

He was born March 28, 1923, in Daytona Beach to Carlyle Kurtz Odor Sr. and Crystal Elizabeth Ford Odor, both deceased. He was a long time resident of Columbia. He was a member of the first graduating class of the new Robert E. Lee Elementary School. He attended Jefferson Junior High School.

C.K. graduated from Hickman High School in 1941. He was a varsity letterman in track and a tennis conference champion. He was a member of the National Honor Society.

After high school, he attended the University of Missouri. He pledged Sigma Nu and joined the U.S. Army ROTC. Because of service to his country in World War II, C.K. didn’t graduate until 1948, having been in and out of school for seven years. His degree was a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He played intramural tennis and won the campus championship. He was a member and president of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and member of Blue Key Omicron Delta Kappa.

On Dec. 1, 1944, C.K. married Minnie Malcolm Sheppard of Columbia at First Christian Church. They had five children.

C.K. was inducted into the Army as a private in June 1943. He completed Officers Candidate School and became a second lieutenant in November 1944. In September 1945, he was stationed in the Philippines with the 25th Infantry Division, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal. After peace was declared, he was stationed in Osaka, Japan, where he was promoted to first lieutenant. He served as a trial judge advocate in the 25th Division Occupation Court. By 1951, he made captain and was serving in the Officers Reserve Corps when he was recalled to active duty. He served in Stuttgart, Germany, until April 1952. He resigned from the National Guard in September 1952.

C.K. worked for his father in his construction company and several salesman jobs related to construction materials and housing. In 1957, he was employed by the city of Columbia to work for the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority. He rose to be executive director of the authority in 1962. During his tenure at the authority, the 126-acre Douglass School Urban Renewal Project was completed and apartments for 294 families were built. The 147-unit senior high-rise Oak Towers was completed. The Blind Boone Community Center was built and the 200-unit high-rise Paquin Tower finished.

During the late 1960s, he worked for the state of Missouri during Warren Hearnes’ administration, helping communities all over the state plan public housing projects. During this time, 125 city housing authorities were established. He was a Realtor with the Roy Willey Realtor Group from 1973 to 1977 in Columbia. During this time he also served on the Housing Authority Board for the city of Columbia.

In November 1977, he was employed as executive director of the city of Moberly’s Housing Authority. Under his direction the authority modernized all public housing apartments, built a 68-unit low-rise apartment building for the elderly, and the Head Start and the senior citizens’ buildings. He supervised the reconstruction after the tornado hit downtown Moberly. He retired in November 1995.

During his career, he was an active member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and served as president of the Missouri chapter from 1964 to 1966. He was honored as member of the year in 1994. In 1997, he received the Charles L. Farris Award at the Southwest Regional Council for 36 years of improving the quality of life in the state of Missouri.

C.K. was a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts. He earned his Eagle designation with Silver Palm in 1940. Beginning in 1957, he became active in adult leadership and served as Scoutmaster of Troop No. 9 at Baptist Church for 15 years. He is a member of Great Rivers Council Chapter National Eagle Scout Association.

He was state director of the Jaycees. In 1966, he began a long association with the Kiwanis Club. He also belonged to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an active member of his Hickman High School alumni group and the Rusty Zipper Men’s Club.

C.K. was a member of First Christian Church and, more recently, an active member of the historical committee.

He had numerous hobbies and interests, including racing and raising homing pigeons; bird watching; traveling; MU sports, especially basketball and football; poker; fishing; genealogy; tennis; and stamp collecting.

C.K. is survived by his children, Christina Wilde and husband Walter of Pensacola, Fla.,; Cynthia Blosser and husband John of Jefferson City; Clark Odor and wife Debbie of Germantown, Tenn.; Cliff Odor of Columbia; Catherine Stilec-Stevenson and husband Robb of Steamboat Springs Colo., and Liz Embree of Barefoot Bay, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Richard Odor and wife Nancy of Kansas City; sister-in-law Carol Odor of Columbia; ex-wives Minnie Malcolm Odor of Columbia and Judith Anne Ragains; and traveling and bird watching companion, Rose Ann Bodman of St. Louis.

Preceding him in death were one brother, Raymond Odor, and one son-in-law, Charles Stilec.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Parker Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201. Sympathy notes may be e-mailed to office@parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kevin Wood, 48, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, at First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Tracy Cook officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church, and cremation will follow the service.

Kevin enjoyed playing golf, fishing, painting and football. He was kind-hearted, loving and defended his siblings at a very early age. He took care of his mother and grandmother in their time of need. Kevin fell sick 10 years ago and wasn’t really the same after battling leukemia.

Kevin is survived by his grandmother, Hazel Douglas; mother Rosie Wood; father Kenneth Wood and his wife, Peggy; two sons, Bradley and Andrew Wood; a sister, Lisa Trierweiler; a brother, James Wood; as well as his ex-wife, Barbara "Bobbi" Wood, all of Columbia.

Online condolences can be extended to Kevin’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Kevin’s family, which can be left in the care of Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 1114 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201.


Published Saturday, May 24, 2008

Frederick August "Rick" Wehmeyer II, 51, passed away suddenly Thursday, May 22, 2008, at his home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

Rick was born Sept. 28, 1956, in Washington, Mo., to Burton and Dorothy Sickmann Wehmeyer. He moved to Columbia two short months later. He married Elaine Bedsworth on Oct. 11, 1980, at the Newman Center in Columbia.

Rick graduated from Hickman High School, where he played an integral part in a number of Hickman’s championship seasons. After graduation, he was recruited by Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. He attended school there on a football scholarship. But Columbia called him home before he finished, and he opened his own business with his wife, Elaine: Wehmeyer Heating and Cooling.

Rick was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Rick and his wife were owners of Wehmeyer Heating and Cooling, and in that position, Rick donated many, many hours of labor, as well as the equipment needed to poor and low-income families as well as to his church and his children’s school, Columbia Catholic. Rick was very civic-minded, but most of all, Rick was a family man, the best thing that can be said of a person.

Rick is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter Angela and son Frederick August III, "Freddy," all of Columbia; father Burton of Washington; sister Cheryl Price and partner Joseph Alder of Columbia; sister Linda Shelton and husband Scott of Greenville, N.C.; brother Randy Wehmeyer and wife Christina of Hallsville; and sister-in-law Delores Melloway and husband Danny of Columbia. Rick is also survived by and was dedicated to his four nephews and one niece, Justin and Zach Wehmeyer of Hallsville, Lt. Jeffrey Shelton, currently stationed in Afghanistan, Cara Shelton Stull and husband Dustin of Linn Creek, and David Melloway of Columbia. And then there were Rick and Elaine’s Old English sheepdogs, Toby and Mya, whom he adored.

As one colleague from the City of Columbia Energy Audit Department put it, "You can’t replace a golden asset like Rick - you can’t even try, because it’s impossible." He also went on to say, "Rick will always be remembered by the staff of Columbia Water and Light Energy Office for his jovial personality, his ability to communicate his technical expertise in an understandable manner, the generosity and patience he exhibited with his clients, his exhaustive ‘out of the box’ examinations of new trends and equipment, and for his overall reliability and friendliness. His unique sign-off of ‘as they say’ and ‘Rokee Dokee’ will be sorely missed."

Rick was preceded in death by his mother; both sets of grandparents; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va., 22038.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Genevieve C. Wiswall, age 96, of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with the Rev. James C. Fanrak, celebrant. A visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Cemetery in Columbia.

She was born Feb. 12, 1912, in Columbia to the late Lawrence J. and Anna Mary Bruns Dulle.

Mrs. Wiswall was a retired office manager for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.

She was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, St. Peter adoration group, St. Peter CCW group, past regent for the Daughters of Isabella in Kansas City and a past volunteer at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wiswall is survived by a daughter, Ann Freeman of Mountain Home; a stepson, James Wiswall and wife Diane of St. Louis; a granddaughter, Melissa Steiner and husband Rick of Mountain Home; three grandsons, Mark Freeman of Mountain Home, Jon Wiswall and wife Jill of Kirkland, Wash., and Steve Wiswall of Chicago; and a great-grandson, Jackson Steiner.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Chamberlain; second husband, Henry C. Wiswall; a twin brother; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home.

Visit our online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.


Published Saturday, May 31, 2008

Wineva Jeanette Gordon, 85, of Columbia died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 31, at Bethlehem Cemetery in St. Louis County. A memorial service will be held Tuesday for Winnie’s friends and family by the Rev. Maureen Dickmann in Lenoir Woods Chapel.

Winnie was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Florence, Kan., the daughter of Ralph and Fay Erlewine.

The family moved to Missouri, where Winnie attended Conley School near Browns Station. She graduated from Hickman High School and attended Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis. She completed her nursing training in the Naval Nursing Program in San Diego. She practiced nursing in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Florida.

After retiring, she lived in St. Louis until moving to Lenoir Woods in May 2003. She loved raising African violets.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Frances Lee Boyer and Wilda Erlewine. She is survived by three sisters, Marirose Axley, Betty McMilian and Barbara Jean Budde; one brother, Wayne Erlewine; and nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Rock Bridge Christian Church Building Fund or Lenoir Woods Benevolent Care Fund.


Published Monday, June 2, 2008

Thomas A. Singleton, 79, of Columbia died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial is in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Tom was born July 23, 1928, in Columbia, the son of John and Helen Jacob Singleton.

He was a graduate of Hickman High School, Class of 1946.

Tom was formerly married to Sarah M. Hickam. He later married Sybil Bowman Piatt, and she preceded him in death.

Tom was a member of the Good Old Boys at Midway; he worked in Residential Life as a maintenance supervisor at the University of Missouri for many years. He lived in Florida for 10 years after retiring but spent most of his life in Columbia.

He is survived by one son, Tommy Ray Singleton and his wife, Teresa. of Stoutsville; and one daughter, Connie Jean Kyi and her husband, Tuni, of Weston, Fla.; five grandchildren, Tiffany Minter, Crystal Kyi, Chris Singleton, Nicole Maltsberger and Alex Long; six great-grandchildren, Tyler Singleton, Dylan Minter, McCartney Minter, Aubrey, Christina and Allie Maltsberger; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother, Don Singleton.

Memorials may be given to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood, Columbia, Mo., 65201

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jean Brewer Miller, age 76, formerly of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Monday, May 26, 2008, in Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, Mo., 64113. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service.

She was born June 26, 1931, in Columbia to Chester Leland and Edna Garvin Brewer and moved to Kansas City in 1953.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She taught in the Prairie School District in the 1950s, the Head Start program in the 1970s, and E.F. Swinney in the Kansas City, Mo., School District until she retired in 1998. Mrs. Miller touched many lives in her 20-plus years as a kindergarten teacher at Swinney. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and was a past president of the Kansas City, Mo.-Shawnee Mission, Kan. Alumnae Association. She was a PTA president at Porter Elementary School, a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother. She was a member and past president of the American Field Service Chapter at Shawnee Mission East and hosted two exchange students in her home. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Sorority.

Jean was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for many years, volunteering in the nursery, teaching Sunday school and serving on the Altar Guild.

In her retirement, she volunteered at Children’s Mercy Hospital, The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Gordon Parks Charter School. Jean had a deep love for animals of all shapes and sizes. She trained to be a docent at the Kansas City Zoo and dedicated many hours to educating others about the rare animals she found so interesting. Her grandchildren all have fond memories of numerous visits to the zoo with "Grandy."

She is survived by her daughters, Molly Miller Roland of Columbia and Marty Miller Steffen of Prairie Village; a son, Paul Thomas Miller of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sons-in-law William Roland and Richard Steffen; daughter-in-law Midori Miller; grandsons Samuel Brewer Roland and Andrew Yuta Miller; and granddaughters Elizabeth Jean Colburn, Madeline Roland and Sarah Kelsey Colburn.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Mo., 64132; The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64111; or Preferred Hospice, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 311, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nathaniel JaRoe "Nate" Bentley, 22, of Columbia died Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Ward Memorial Baptist Church, 412 N. Osage in Sedalia,

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, 519 S. Ohio in Sedalia.

He was born Sept. 29, 1985, a son of Floyd Nathaniel and LaQueta Bentley.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.


Published Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hazel Mae Rice, 87, of Ashland passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Woodcrest Cemetery in Ashland.

Mrs. Rice was born March 12, 1921, in Boone County, the daughter of Willard and Stella May Nichols Calvin.

Hazel married Estill Rice on Oct. 12, 1940, in Columbia, and he survives. She worked for Shelter Insurance in the clerical department until her retirement. She loved quilting, crocheting, reading, handcrafts and her flower garden.

Survivors include her husband, Estill; one son, Gary Rice and his wife, Cheryl, of Ashland; three daughters, Joyce Evans and her husband, Mac, of Boonville, Valerie Williams and her husband, Roy, of Ashland, Marie McGee and her husband, Jim, of Ashland; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Crane.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodcrest Cemetery in Ashland.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home.


Published Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Connie Y. Crum, 63, of Columbia died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, at Progressive Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Warren Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Crum was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Columbia, the daughter of Leon Dias Warren and Margaret Corrine Warren. She was married on April 19, 1994, to George Lee Crum of Columbia.

She was a member of Amos Johnson Chapter No. 30, O.E.S. She was the founder and president of Free Women in Christ and also was the pastor of Carriers of The Kingdom of Christ.

Survivors include her husband; son Jonas P. Patterson V of Riverside, Calif.; daughters Joan M. Dortch and husband Grady and Janice Y. Patterson, all of Columbia,; stepson Michael Garmon of Springfield; two brothers, Gary Warren and wife Billie of Austin, Texas, and Barry Warren of Long Beach, Calif.; and three sisters, Janice Patterson and husband Don of Tyrone, Ga., and Paula Sanders and husband Bishop Lemme of Marion, Ind., and Kathleen Lodemann and husband Jim. Also surviving are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, grandparents, one brother and one sister.


Published Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Allene Preston Jones, 90, of Columbia died Saturday, June 21, 2008.

A celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, at First Baptist Church in Columbia with the Rev. John Baker officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. till the service.

Allene Brown was born Jan. 15, 1918, in rural Columbia, the daughter of Oliver and Letha Hawkins Brown. She attended school in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1936. She attended the former Christian (now Columbia) College and married Glen Denham on July 4, 1936. He preceded her in death in 1948.

She went on to earn a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Missouri. Allene acted in several rooftop summer theater productions at the university, including one with the late actor George C. Scott.

Allene married Alva L. Preston on June 23, 1951. He preceded her in death in 1980. She worked as a speech therapist and also taught many private students. She joined the faculty at Columbia College and taught speech classes there for 22 years. She enjoyed keeping in touch with former students.

During the 1940s, Allene actively participated in the theater group called Columbia Players. In the early 1960s, she hosted the daily KOMU television show "Of Interest to Women" for a brief time.

She married the Rev. J. Paul Jones on May 1, 1982, in Findlay, Ohio. They lived in Findlay and Xenia, Ohio, until returning to Columbia in 1988. She actively participated in church events while in Findlay and Xenia.

Allene joined First Baptist Church in Columbia at age 10. She served in several leadership positions, including the board of trustees and deacons. She taught Sunday school for many years and was president of Women’s Missionary Union.

She was a mentor and highly admired by the Young Women’s Auxiliary girls at First Baptist, where she planned many events and special programs with them in the 1940s.

She served as regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was past president of Church Women United and a member of Chapter IT of PEO. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Her community involvement, diligence and leadership served as an inspiring example to her daughters, grandchildren and to others who knew her.

She was preceded in death in April 2008 by her daughter, Kay Dinwiddie. She also was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, A.D. Brown; and sisters Racine Atkinson Clark and Thelma Courton.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, of Columbia; daughter Jane Peterson and her husband, Dick, of Canon Falls, Minn.; son-in-law Robert Dinwiddie of Columbia; and her grandchildren, Bobbie Dinwiddie of Unalaska, Alaska, David Dinwiddie and wife Kelly of Columbia, John Peterson and wife Erica of Sioux Falls, S.D., Katie Peterson of Los Angeles, and Maren Peterson of Cannon Falls, Minn; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Cole and Carson Dinwiddie; special friend Joann Olson of St. Joseph; stepson the Rev. Craig Jones and wife Gail of Cincinnati; stepdaughter Cheryl Leitner and husband Larry of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to Greenlake Conference Center, W2511 State Road 23, Green Lake, Wis., 54941.


Published Thursday, June 26, 2008

Linda "Darlene" Sutton, 57, of Columbia passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at University Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Darlene was born on April 23, 1951, in Columbia to Lewis H. Sutton Sr. and Alberta Edwards Sutton, and they preceded her in death.

She attended Hickman High School in Columbia and graduated with honors from Moberly Area Junior College in 1985. Darlene retired from the American Archaeology Department at the University of Missouri in 2006. She served for two years as the treasurer on the board at the Boone County Historical Society.

Darlene will be remembered for being a water baby who especially loved sharing her swimming pool with her family and friends.

Survivors include sons Daryl Sexton and wife Mechele of Republic and Shawn Sexton and wife Vicki of Columbia; daughter Stacey Uptegrove and husband Larry of Columbia; grandchildren Philip, Kurtis, Anna, Zachary, Cathryn, Maggie, Dakota, Ben, Madison and Paige; sister Barbara Sutton Baker of Columbia; brother Lewis H. Sutton Jr. and wife Sheila of Fayette; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Lawrence E. Morton; sister Pat Benzenhoefer-Prailey; twin brothers Ronald Wayne and Donald Dewayne White; stepbrother Gaylord Morton; and brother-in-law Buddy Baker

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, June 27, 2008

Frances T. McDonnell, 87, of Columbia died Thursday, June 26, 2006, at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a reception following the service on Sunday at the family home.

Frances was born April 3, 1921, to Samuel Clifton Johnson and Belle Moreau Johnson at the family farm on Mexico Gravel Road, northeast of Columbia. She was a sixth-generation descendant of early Boone County pioneer and Revolutionary War soldier William Ramsey.

Her first eight years of schooling were at Gillaspy School, a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1939. A year later, she was hired by the downtown law firm of Clark, Boggs, Peterson and Becker as secretary to Howard B. Lang, Jr. She continued working as Mr. Lang’s secretary throughout most of her working career, retiring in 1981 from MFA (now Shelter) Insurance Co. She took pride in writing Gregg shorthand, and throughout most of her lifetime kept a pad on her desk on which to make notes.

In 1941-2, Frances took flying lessons, training on Piper J3 Cub and Aeronca aircraft, and was certified as an airman by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

She met James E. McDonnell, a Columbia native, in 1941. They married on June 12, 1942, in Seattle.

A gracious hostess, she enjoyed collecting recipes, cooking and entertaining family and friends. She loved flower gardening and having fresh-cut flowers in her home. Her main interest was traveling with her husband Jim, and she took great pride in their marriage of 65 years. Together they toured all 50 states and visited six continents, returning several times to her favorite destination, Maui, Hawaii.

Frances was very loving, giving and generous with her time. She volunteered hundreds of hours at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and the University Hospital gift shop. Frances always had time to listen and sincerely enjoyed visiting with every guest, making them feel so welcome and comfortable. Friends have described Frances as an elegant, dignified lady in the truest sense of the word.

She is survived by a son, Barry L. McDonnell of Jefferson City; daughter, Susan McDonnell Murphy of Spring, Texas; sister, Betty Quisenberry and husband Charles K. Quisenberry of Columbia; and sister-in-law, Lila Ruth Johnson of Columbia. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Christopher "Randy" McDonnell, wife Joan and daughter Megan Goodman of Jefferson City; Clifton S. McDonnell, wife Darla and two sons, Grant and Chance, of Columbia; Bethany Clark of Kealakekua, Hawaii, and daughters Brittany and Kearston; James A. Murphy, and wife Mary of Mount Horeb, Wis.; Thomas E. Murphy, a physics student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas; and Rebecca A. Murphy, an engineering student at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. McDonnell, who died May 28 at age 90; her parents; four brothers, Christian, Ivan, Herbert and Edgar Johnson; and one sister, Ina Belle Johnson Gilbert.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the charity or church of the donor’s choice.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Harold Clarkson Duncan, 100, of Columbia died Monday, June 30, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Harold was born March 6, 1908, at the Duncan homestead in Millersburg. He was the son of Haden and Adelia Bright Duncan.

He married Alice Claypool on Sept. 14, 1945, in Las Vegas. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1982. Harold and Alice had no children; their "children" were their many nieces and nephews, whom they lovingly supported throughout their lives.

Harold moved to Columbia at a young age, where he resided for the remainder of his life, gaining local fame along with his brothers as an acrobat, performing at various shows and circuses.

Harold graduated from Columbia High School in 1926 and began working at Boone County Trust Company, which later merged with Columbia Savings Bank, and its successors, ending with Bank of America. He retired as vice president in 1982 after 56 years of dedicated service to the Columbia community.

Harold served in Alaska during World War II with the 3021st B-1 Squadron of the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945.

Harold enjoyed farming, having owned a farm in southern Boone County for many years. He was a longtime member of Columbia Kiwanis Club, Twilight Lodge No. 114, American Legion, VFW, Missouri Bankers Association and First Christian Church.

In March of 2008, Harold celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends with a party at Lenoir Woods, where he spent the last several years of his life. Harold will be remembered as a well-known and well-respected member of the Mid-Missouri community.

Survivors include his brother, Kenneth Duncan and his wife, Wilma, of Birmingham Ala.; nephews Joseph Duncan and his wife, Carole, of Columbia, John Duncan and his wife, Joan, of Ballwin, Joseph Duncan of Birmingham and Larry Duncan of Japan; niece Mary Oelschlaeger and her husband, George, of Rock Island, Ill.; 17 great-nephews and nieces; and 20 great-great-nephews and nieces.

Memorials are suggested to the New Salem Cemetery Fund, c/o Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Robert G. Richardson, 78, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2008, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Olivet Christian Church with interment following at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert was born June 30, 1930, to William L. and Nannie Black Richardson in Boone County. He married Mary Cook in 1950. She preceded him in death in 1980. He married Lois Richardson in 1981, and she survives.

Robert owned Columbia News Service for many years and worked at Wonder Bread for 17 years. He served in the U.S. Army and was in Korea for 18 months. He was an avid Cardinals fan. Robert is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Susan; son Mark, his wife Debbie and grandson Rob; three stepdaughters, Karen, Susan and Gretchen; one sister, Virginia Forbis; and Wrinkles and Angles, his four-legged kids.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Page, and an infant brother, William Herman Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Christian Church or Humane Society.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jane R. Edwards, 87, of Columbia passed away Monday, July 7, 2008, at University Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Missouri United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Bryan officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jane was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Columbia to the late F. G. and Ethel Gray Ridgway. On Jan. 21, 1945, she married the late Harold C. "Bo" Edwards.

Jane was a member of the United Methodist Church, the G.K. Chapter of PEO and a charter member of the Gray Circle of King’s Daughters. She was the first secretary and one of seven employees of MFA Mutual Insurance - now Shelter Insurance Cos. - and was a real estate agent for Boone Realty for 14 years.

Jane is survived by her son, Bryce Edwards and his wife Lisa; two grandsons, Blake and Alex Edwards; her twin sister, June Tull; and twin nieces, Sally Logan and Susan Wessler.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the University Hospital Palliative Care Program or the Activities Program at South Hampton Place, which may be left with the funeral home.

Tributes may be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published 07/09/2008  News-Leader.com Springfield, MO
Oral Bascom Crawford
 

Dr. Crawford died peacefully July 8, 2008. He was born July 3, 1921, in Brookfield, Mo., to Oral B. and Tottie Lois Crawford.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1938, in Columbia, Mo. He received a BS degree from the University of Missouri and his medical doctorate from Louisiana State University. He served his internship at Kansas City General Hospital then served in World War II as a Captain providing medical services.

After completing his training in Anesthesiology, he moved to Springfield, Mo., in July 1949. He joined St. John's medical staff until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Crawford was the first Board Certified Anesthesiologist in Springfield. Because the medical specialty was new, he implemented a board-approved Anesthesiology residency and began the school for nurse anesthetists, which has graduated hundreds of anesthetists. He invented an epidural needle (called the Crawford needle) that is displayed at the Smithsonian. He was asked by the FDA to test a drug, Citanest, a local anesthetic, providing an alternative to general anesthesia. He served the regional community as President of St John's hospital staff, President of the Greene County Medical Society, President of Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists, President of Southern States of Anesthesiologists and participated as chairman on both the Missouri Society and the Southern Society of Anesthesiologists. Nationally, he was invited to serve as an oral examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1956 and continued to serve as an examiner through 1995. He was elected to serve as a Board Director for 12 years and served as President 1983-84.

He was a member of Hickory Hills Country Club. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, enjoying his yearly trips to Alaska. He loved to float the Ozark streams especially the Buffalo River.

He was preceded in death by his son, Oral B ("Bud") Crawford III, and his brother, Dr. Arch L. Crawford. He is survived by his wife, Vernetta M. Crawford; five children, Pat Owens, Jackie Crawford, Barbara Pruett, Peggy Thomas and Brett Ashley Crawford; four step-children, Mike Willhoit, Sherry Willhoit, Mark Willhoit and Merry Carmichael; an older sister, Mildred Hourigan and her children, Tom and Joyce; plus many loved grandchildren and great-grand-children.

A gathering to honor and celebrate his life will be at Hickory Hills Country Club at 2 p.m., this Friday, July 11. Private burial services will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to his family at obvc9@sbcglobal.net.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the Stanford University Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (http://stemcell.standford.edu/gift.html, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025) or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (http:www.leukemia-lymphoma.org, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfiled, MA 01202).


Published Sunday, July 20, 2008

Virginia "Ginny" Louise Lippard Baird, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in Joplin.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin. Visitation will follow the service. Following the service and visitation, the family will receive friends at Baird’s home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia City Cemetery in the Baird family plot, where she joins her husband and four generations of Bairds.

She was born in Higginsville on Aug. 31, 1918, to Raymond C. Lippard and Catherine Campbell Lippard Stevenson.

During her childhood, she lived in Richmond and Sedalia, where her father held a Presbyterian pastorate. When her father left the ministry and entered the business world, the family moved to Columbia, where she graduated from Hickman High School. In 1939, she was the fourth generation of her family to graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Some of her honors at MU included membership in Pi Beta Phi sorority, Psi Chi psychology honorary society, and "Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges" of 1938.

In 1937, Virginia married Ralph E. Baird, who received his law degree from MU in 1938. They moved to Joplin in 1939, where he established his law practice.

Mr. Baird resigned his office as prosecuting attorney of Jasper County in September 1941 to serve in World War II, and Mrs. Baird returned to Columbia with her infant daughter, Sally, where they remained for the duration of the war.

In 1945, when Lt. Col. Baird’s active service ended, the family returned to Joplin, where he resumed his law practice. He again served as prosecuting attorney and later was a member of the Missouri state legislature.

Until his death in May of 1980, he remained active in community and cultural affairs.

In Joplin, Mrs. Baird was also active in a variety of community and cultural affairs. She belonged to and was a board member of the American Association of University Women; the League of Women Voters; the Joplin Women’s Club; an officer of Ridpath Club; and a member of the Joplin Little Theater, Twin Hills Golf Club and Show-Me Divers. When her youngest child entered college, she pursued her professional interests and joined the Division of Family Services, where she was a day-care licensing supervisor over 10 counties in southwest Missouri, retiring in 1981.

After her retirement, Mrs. Baird made many trips to Europe, Greece and Russia, as well as one around the world alone to visit her children in Hawaii, Australia, the Netherlands and Boston.

Mrs. Baird is survived by her four children and their families: Sally SpringerKotelnikov and her husband, Sergei, and their daughter, Kimberly, of Lexington, Mass.; Bruce Baird and his wife, Jacqueline, of Alameda, Calif.; Alison Spoor-Baird and her husband, Thijs, and their children, Maggy, Ben and Eva, of the Netherlands; and Kathleen Baird and her husband, Clark, and their children, Michael, Catherine, Clayton and William Mueller, of Canberra, Australia.

Their daughter, Elizabeth Rose Mueller, preceded Mrs. Baird in death.

She also leaves her caretakers and friends, Russell England, Lydia Simon and Maxine LaPardus.

Donations may be made to the University of Missouri Alumni Association or to the charity of one’s choice, in care of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.


Published Monday, July 21, 2008

Dr. Thomas "Tom" A. Harr, 53, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Tom Harr was a practicing dentist in Shawnee, Kan.

He passed away following a courageous cancer battle with multiple myeloma.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Curé of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road in Leawood, Kan. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., prior to the Mass.

Tom was born and raised in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1973. He earned his bachelor of arts in microbiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating cum laude in 1976. He earned his D.D.S. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1981. He went on to earn his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1984. Tom started his dental practice working for the U.S. federal prison system. He operated his private dental practice from 1982 to 2006. He worked part time teaching as an associate professor of dentistry at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry from 1989 to 1991. Dr. Harr was a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association and Missouri Dental Association. He was a member of the American Bar Association and Missouri Bar Association.

Tom is survived by his much-beloved wife, Joan, of 26 years. He is also survived by his father, Charles E. Harr and wife Caroline of Columbia; a sister, Dr. Virginia L. Harr and husband Dr. John K. Johnson of Chickasha, Okla.; a brother, Dave O. Harr and wife Cheryl of Columbia; niece Melanie L. Harr-Hughes and husband Jimmy C. Hughes Jr. of Moore, Okla.; and nephew Bradley C. Harr of Columbia. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Virginia K. Blomquist, and his aunt, Shirley Brinkman of Wichita, Kan.

Dr. Harr was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn L. Harr.

Memorial contributions can be made to one’s choice, or Catholic Charities of Kansas, 9720 W. 87th St., Overland Park, Kan., 66212.


Published Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Larry Leonidas West, 71, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 2301 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, and burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, north of Columbia.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1936, in Columbia, the youngest of three.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1954 and was an alumnus of University of Missouri, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education in 1961 and 1969, respectively. He taught at schools in Columbia, Augsburg, Germany, and St. Louis County. He devoted much of his life to teaching high school students, going that extra mile to encourage and support education. He was a sponsor for the National Honor Society and helped develop curriculum in language arts at Parkway North High School. He retired in 1991.

His retirement years were filled with friends and family. He served on the board of directors at his condo.

Throughout his battle with lung cancer, he maintained a sense of humor and strong faith. He had great love for his friends, who showed support all the way with visits, hugs, phone calls and cards. His family thanks his loyal friends, the Barnes Hospital staff and BJC Hospice for their loving care.

He is survived by a sister, Beverly Stone (Dail) of Cuba, Mo.; sister-in-law, Donna West Gray of Hernando, Miss.; two aunts, Exie Raish (Paul) of St. Louis and Marjorie West of Beaumont, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend Peter Bell Turner; and many other cherished friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Raymond West and Millie Kathryn West, and his brother, William Raymond West, Jr. (Bill).

Memorials can be sent to BJC Hospice in lieu of flowers.


Published Friday, July 25, 2008

Wilma Joyce McCary, 77, of Centralia died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Fenton Funeral Chapel in Centralia, with the Rev. Sandra Schaller, pastor of the Centralia United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. Pallbearers will be Russell Foster, Jed Foster, Gary Myers, Kevin Cunningham, Wayne O’Brien and Roger Ball.

Mrs. McCary was born on May 4, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of Isaac L. and Malvina M. Moss Vandiver. On Aug. 15, 1949, she married William Hughes McCary in Columbia, and he survives.

She was a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia and a member of First Baptist Church in Centralia. Mrs. McCary had the H&R Block franchise in Centralia for 25 years and operated independently for 10 years. She was noted for her expertise and accuracy in tax preparation. She was interested in animals, especially injured or stray ones.

Other survivors include a son, James M. McCary and his wife, Donna, and two granddaughters, Alyson McCary and Amanda McCary, all of Allison, Iowa. Also surviving is a sister, Mary Melvin of Liberty; and nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202.


Published Friday, July 25, 2008

Don Bezler died Thursday morning July 24, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

There will be a private family celebration.

Don was born in Columbia on Aug. 30, 1930. He was the son of Wylie and Ruby Coats. He married the former Jeannine Lionberger.

He was a brick mason and retired from the University of Missouri. Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Don is survived by his wife, Jeannine; three daughters, Sharon Lynch and husband Mike, Janet Bezler and Cindy Bezler; sister, Donna Gooch of LeRoy, Ill.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; two nieces; two great-nieces; two great-nephews and numerous cousins.

Special thanks to Dr. June Watson and all of the health-care providers that assisted in his care.

Memorial contributions can be made to Walter Johnson Palliative Care Foundation, Boone Hospital Center, 1600 E. Broadway, Box 88, Columbia, Mo. 65201. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Obituary submitted by West/Hurtt Funeral Home, 217 S. Hampton Road, De Soto, TX 75115

Alvin Hall, aged 86, died on Friday, July 25, 2008, in Lancaster, Texas.

A decorated veteran of World War II with three Navy Air Medals and a Purple Heart, Al lived in Fort Smith from 1959 until 2008. As a longtime employee of Arkhola Sand and Gravel and a member of First United Methodist Church, he took great pride in his adopted city, working to improve the city and supporting activities for children.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maydean Hall; and by three children, Donna Bishop of Cedar Hill, Texas, Ron Hall of Mesquite, Texas, and Ken Hall of Booneville, Arkansas. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be private. Memorial gifts may made to the Salvation Army or the charity of the donor's choice.

Courtesy of West/Hurtt Funeral Home, 217 S. Hampton Road, De Soto, TX 75115 (972) 223-6314.


Published Monday, August 4, 2008

Mildred Pearl Todd, 91, of Columbia passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Sturgeon Rest Home.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Columbia with the Rev. Dr. John J. Yonker officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mildred was born Feb. 9, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of Arthur Dean and Stella Lily Hamilton Johnson.

She married George C. Todd on June 16, 1934, and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1993.

She graduated from Hickman High School. She was a deaconess emeritus and a 56-year member of First Christian Church. In 1974 she retired from Boone County National Bank after having worked in the bookkeeping department for 20 years.

She and her late husband had been supporters of the Rainbow Girls and Oakland Junior High School and had been awarded the Honorary Eagle Award in 1980. She was named to the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame in 1976 and bowled for 30 years on the Edgar Maytag bowling team.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra DeHaven and Sharon Winner, both of Columbia; six grandchildren, Bernadene Loemker, Wes DeHaven and wife Dawn, all of St. Louis, Les DeHaven and wife Stacey of Atlanta, Jan Winner of Smithville, Jill Salmon and husband Shane of Hermitage, and Lynn Klotz and husband Daryl of Columbia; 10 great-grandchildren, Sydney Loemker, Max and Sophia DeHaven, Gabrielle DeHaven, Kari, Ryan, Ben, Jay and Jeff Salmon, and Devin Klotz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth Nichols; and two brothers, A.D. Johnson Jr. and Hamilton Johnson.

The family suggests memorials to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, July 30, 2008


William T. "Bill" Cockrell, 53, of Rocheport passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, at his home.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday, July 31, at Memorial Funeral home followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Bill was born on Jan. 10, 1955, in Columbia to Charley T. and Margaret L. Coats Cockrell. He married Mary K. Wood, and she survives.

Bill was an automobile mechanic who was an avid Ford diesel fan. He was part Cherokee and Blackfoot Native American with an interest in his heritage. Bill loved cats and dogs and was also described as a gadget guy by his family.

Survivors also include daughters Elizabeth Baumgartner and husband Steve, Jennifer Romesburg and husband Tom, and Kristen Cockrell, all of Columbia; stepdaughter Katie Romesburg and granddaughter Isabella, both of Harrisburg; and cousins Rick and Jana Cockrell of Renick.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Second Chance and the Salvation Army.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, August 3, 2008

Robert Peter "Bob" Casati, 57, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

A family service is planned.

Bob was born Jan. 2, 1951, in Nuremberg, Germany, to U.S. Col. Robert H. Casati and Jane Casati.

In his life he was a father, son, brother, uncle, artist, sportsman, salesman, gallery owner, teacher and friend.

He was a 1969 graduate of Hickman High School. There he excelled in football and track and was a class president. At the University of Missouri, he studied art and was a member of the freshman football team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor of fine arts in 1975 and earned a master of fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1978.

From youth through adulthood, he won many art awards. His collections are found in colleges, businesses and homes, locally and elsewhere. A diorama depicting the evolution of man is a permanent fixture at the MU School of Anthropology. A mural, painted in North Carolina, where he spent many years, can be seen in the Kevin Costner movie "Bull Durham."

"Bob was a hell of a good artist," said Columbia College retired art Professor Sidney Larson, who mentored Mr. Casati. He was a fine gentleman and friend to everybody he encountered."

Marion Guffey, who knew Mr. Casati for most of his life and owns several of his art pieces, recalls the time he brought her a painting. "He showed up at my house one Christmas dressed as Santa Claus and produced a gift from underneath his outfit. It is a beautiful watercolor and rivals any Monet I have ever seen. Bob was very gifted. He always had humor, which I will miss," Mrs. Guffey said.

His nephews remember him for orienting them to art and the outdoors.

"He instilled in me a passion for golf, fishing and painting," Daniel Lipscomb said. Daniel believes being exposed to art by Mr. Casati helped him with the decision to study architecture.

Nephew Benjamin Lipscomb, a fisherman and golfer, said, "I remember once we went to the smallest pond, and he pulled out the biggest lure and caught what we figured was the largest fish, a 5-pound bass."

His creative talent was complemented by his athletic prowess. In the 1970s and ’80s, Mr. Casati won tournament-level handball competitions in Missouri and was the North Carolina state champion in the 1980s. Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler, a longtime friend of Mr. Casati, competed with him. "He was one hell of a handball player," Oxenhandler said, "and was a fascinating and independent guy. He lived his life the way he wanted to."

He is survived by his daughters, Alden Casati of Albuquerque, N.M., and Caroline Casati of Columbia; his mother, Jane; sister Jennifer Casati-Zajicek; and brother-in-law Jim Zajicek. Nephews Benjamin and Daniel Lipscomb also survive and reside locally. His brother, Chris Casati, and niece Caeli survive and live in Portland, Ore.

His father, Robert H. Casati, preceded him in death in 2004

Charitable donations can be mad to the American Diabetes Association of Missouri.


Published Sunday, August 24, 2008

Edward "Eddie" H. McDaniel III, 59, of Springfield, Vt., formerly of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.

Services were held Sunday, Aug. 10, at New Hartford Church in White River, Vt.

Eddie was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Ironton, Mo., the son of Edward H. and Almedia Bollinger McDaniel.

He graduated from Hickman High School.

Ed was a man of faith and much loved by family and friends. We will miss him.

Survivors include wife Lyn Hughes; mother Almedia McDaniel of Columbia; children Fawn McDaniel and Brad McDaniel; sister Nancy McDaniel; brother Todd McDaniel; one granddaughter; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward McDaniel Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Published Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Donna Mae Kinder, 58, of Boonville passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at Lake View Health Care.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Columbia.

Survivors include her mother, Maybelle Parton of Jefferson City; brother Gene Parton of Jefferson City; sister Brenda Parton of Columbia; daughter Katharine M. "Kate" Kinder of Boonville; son James Kinder of Columbia; one niece; several nephews; and cousins.


Published Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from the News-Leader.com of Springfield, Missouri

Erma M. Slankard, 84, Springfield, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2008, in Springfield Rehabilitation Health Care Center.

She was born August 8, 1924, in Columbus, Georgia, the daughter of Charles and Erma Robertson McCallister.

She graduated from Columbia Hickman High School and Stephens College.

She was united in marriage to John P. Slankard, Jr. in March of 1960. Erma is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, John; three daughters, Linda Ketchum and her husband Keith, Mason City, Iowa, Nancy Greene, Springfield, and Cindy Otts and her husband James, Springfield; seven grandchildren, Molly, Kristen, Jason, Sally, Steve, Karridy and Chelsea; and nine great-grandchildren.

Big Erm's family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Springfield Rehabilitation Health Care Center and Seasons Hospice for all their wonderful care and concern.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2008, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with Chaplain Harold Williams officiating, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. No visitation is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice, 1831 East Melville Road, Springfield, MO 65803 or the Alzheimer's Association, 1500 South Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804.


Published Sunday, January 25, 2009

Robb "Bobby" Bowser, 61, formerly of Columbia, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Atlanta.

No services were held.

Robb was born on Jan. 25, 1947, to Ray and Betty Hewitt Bowser.

He married Marty Pearl on Feb. 21, 1969.

Robb was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam.

Robb will be remembered as someone who loved to spend time with his family and friends, listen to music, dance, play pool, cook and reminisce about good times.

Robb will be missed by many; he touched a lot of hearts!

Other survivors include his sister, Connie Test; his wife of more than 39 years, Marty; his two daughters, Robin Bowser and Katie Floyd and husband Aaron; and his grandchildren, Kali Summer and Braeden Floyd.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray; mother Betty; brother Jerry; and grandmother Margaret Hewitt.


Information provided by Phyllis Litherland of Moorhead, Minnesota.

Mary Alice Chilcott, 82, died Saturday, August 23, 2008, at MeritCare's Palliative Care Unit in Fargo, ND.

A memorial service was held in Moorhead, MN on August 26.

Mary Alice was born on the Agricultural Experiment Station outside Woodward, Oklahoma on January 30, 1926. She was the second child of Ellery Franklin Chilcott and Winona Hunter Chilcott. The people who worked in the fields and laboratories of the Station never left a child's question unanswered, so it was there that her free and independent spirit was nurtured.

Upon the death of her father when she was 13, Winona moved the family to California for a short time, and then settled in Columbia, Missouri, where Mary Alice graduated from high school and attended Stephens College.

Because of World War II, she left college to respond to an urgent need for weather observers with the US Weather Bureau. Her first post was in Lander, Wyoming. Here career lasted nearly 32 years, with promotions taking her to Springfield, IL, Ashville, NC, Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC and Denver, CO. She retired in 1976 as Branch Chief/Supervisory Personnel Specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration. After retirement, she worked as a personnel consultant in the transportation industry. She moved to Eventide in Moorhead in 2004.

Mary Alice was an active volunteer, avid traveler, sports fan, bridge player and a keen political observer. She obtained a private pilot license. She held memberships in the National Organization for Women (charter member), the Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO and the National Association of Parliamentarians (Colorado State President). The latter two interests converged when she served as parliamentarian for PEO international.

She is survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Chilcott.


Published Friday, August 29, 2008

Shirley Allton Woods, 73, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at University Hospital.

No services will be held.

Shirley was born Aug. 15, 1935, in Boone County to Roscoe Benjamin and Florence Mae Elliott Allton.

Survivors include two sons, Ross Elliott Allton and Danny Wayne Woods, both of Columbia; and six grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mr. William H. Plott, 84, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home, where funeral services will immediately follow.

William was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Columbia, the son of Arvil and Lucille Plott, both deceased.

He was married on Dec. 21, 1941, in Fulton to Evelyn Evans. She preceded him in death.

He graduated from Hickman High School. William served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a pilot. For most of his life, he was a building contractor.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 594. He loved to fish and was an avid golfer.

William is survived by a daughter, Linda Rubin of Columbia; three grandsons, Kenny Ash of Columbia, Brian Ash and wife April of Jefferson City, and Corey Ash of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gary Plott.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Stephen M. Foreman, 51, of Kansas City passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at his home.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Memorial Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later time.

After graduating from Hickman High School in 1975, Stephen obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1979. He majored in history with a minor in political science. Stephen obtained his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Missouri in 1982. Stephen was president of the MPA Student Association. Stephen obtained postgraduate computer science education in 1991 and 1992.

Stephen had a professional membership in the Midwest Foxpro Users Group and the Kansas City Delphi Users Group.

He was employed by the UPAC firm in Overland Park, Kan., as an advanced computer programmer.

Stephen is survived by his parents, Joan and Mark Foreman; a brother, Paul; and several cousins.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Walter; both maternal and paternal grandparents; two uncles; and an aunt.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable contribution in Stephen’s memory to the American Heart Association or any other cause.

Online tributes may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Commander Steven R. Schofer, retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve, husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" Sprague and father of Tommy of Coronado, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, in San Diego following a recent illness.

Steve received full military honors at services Tuesday, Sept. 30, held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in San Diego.

Steve graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. His childhood was spent in Columbia, attending Hickman High School, where he swam at the state championship swim meet in 1975.

Following his graduation from the University of Missouri, he was selected for Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1980. Flight school in Pensacola, Fla., was followed by advanced instruction at the then Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif. He flew E-2Cs based at NAS Miramar. Numerous cruises on board USS Coral Sea and USS Constellation followed, and he was later assigned to Persuppdet Point Loma, Calif., as commanding officer of Tactical Training Group Pacific 119 and concluded his career with VAW-77.

Among his military awards were the Navy Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Battle "E" Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Sharpshooter Ribbon and numerous citations and letters of appreciation.

His civilian career as a computer systems analyst included work with AIT Corp. and Intelisis of San Diego.

His love of competitive swimming was passed to his beloved son, Tommy, who swims with the Coronado High School water polo and Coronado Swim Team. He was past president of the Coronado Aquatics Club and worked on the committee that funded the building of the Coronado High School swimming pool.

Steve’s main loves after his family were Mizzou football, Coronado High School water polo and barbecue.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Elizabeth "Betsy," and son Thomas "Tommy" Schofer of Coronado; mother Marlene Schofer of Lee’s Summit; father Richard Schofer of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother Paul Schofer of Jefferson City; sister Susan Johnson of Austin, Texas; eight nephews and nieces; fraternity brothers; friends and fellow Navy personnel too numerous to mention.

Steve is preceded in death by a niece, Anna Schofer.


Published Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Larry Dean Smith, 66, of Ashland died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Nashville Baptist Church with the Rev. Verlyn Bergen officiating. Burial will follow at Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home.

Larry was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Ashland, the son of James Gilbert Smith Sr. and Merle Nichols Smith. He married Mary Davis on May 30, 1964, in Ashland.

He worked for Campus Construction at the University of Missouri until his retirement. He was a member of Nashville Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; son Matthew Smith of Ashland; daughter Leigh Ann Smith of Hallsville; sister Rose Baker of Mary’s home; and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Ashleigh Fisher of Hallsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shepherds Basket and Nashville Cemetery.


Published Sunday, September 21, 2008

Donald Richard "Donnie" Coleman Sr., 61, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mount Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Donnie was born on May 18, 1947, to Carl S. and Ella Lucille Vaughan Coleman. He was a 1966 graduate of Hickman High School. Donnie was united in marriage to Ginny Burley on Aug. 11, 1979, in Columbia. He was a welder and mechanic at Emery Sapp and Sons for 25 years.

Donnie loved fishing, deer hunting, spending time with his family and helping others. He will be greatly missed.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Ginny; six children, Eric Barnhill and his wife, Linda, Donald Richard Coleman, Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, Mike Barnhill and his wife, Kelly, Leslie Kewley and her husband Derek, Scott Coleman, and Danielle Coleman; his mother, Ella Lucille Coleman; his brother, Carl D. Coleman and his wife, Brenda; his sister, Elaine Robbins and her husband, David; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl S. Coleman and his brother, James W. Coleman.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Connie Barnd, 72, of Mattoon, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Connie was born Jan. 30, 1936, in Columbia, a daughter of Maurice and Gertrude Henry Sheets.

She married Bobby H.D. Barnd on Dec. 26, 1959.

She leaves her husband; four daughters; and six brothers and sisters, Faye Lewis and husband Kenneth, Stanley Sheets and wife Sharon, Brenda McAllister and husband Bill, Bill Sheets and wife Colleen, David Sheets and wife Mary, and Debbie Russell and husband Curt, all of Columbia.


Published Tuesday, September 23, 2008

John Robert Gruender, 60, of Macks Creek died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Hedges Funeral Chapel in Macks Creek.

John was born on Feb. 29, 1948. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia until 11th grade and graduated from Rolla High School. He was a master craftsman in many areas of construction.

John loved riding his motorcycle, hunting and trapping. The place he held dearest in his heart was Cedar Camp, on the Little Niangua River, which he built with his wife, Karen. He shared his undying love of the outdoors with hundreds of campers and canoers who all became his friend and called him "Big John."

John’s philosophy of life was: Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "Holy crap, what a ride!"

John is survived by his wife and soul mate, Karen Gruender of Macks Creek; four daughters, Tammy Gail Vandeloecht and husband Steve of Steedman, Tammy Sue Sharley and husband Jr. of Macks Creek, Laurie Veach of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Debra Spence and husband Keith of Wilmington, Ohio. John is also survived by his father, Eugene H. Gruender Sr. and companion Willa Smith of Sturgeon; and brothers Eugene H. Gruender Jr. and wife Nellie of Sturgeon, Joe W. Gruender and wife Mary of Columbia, and James W. Gruender of Mexico, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Gruender; and a sister, Dottie Lee Gruender.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the John Robert Gruender Memorial Fund c/o Macks Creek Bank, Macks Creek, Mo.


Published Thursday, September 25, 2008

Anthony Scott Weil, 40, of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Faith Baptist Church, 3909 Brown Station Road, with Pastor Joe Kline presiding. Burial will follow at Red Top Cemetery in Hallsville.

Anthony was born in Breckenridge, Minn., on May 20, 1968, to Gary and Alice Weil.

The family moved to Columbia in 1974.

Anthony graduated from Hickman High School in 1986.

A proud American, Anthony served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1992. He attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield. He was studying to be a minister. He was in Iraq for nine months.

He loved hunting, fishing and gardening.

A devout Christian, Anthony was very active in church. He studied the Bible regularly and witnessed for the Lord every opportunity he had. Anthony set a very good example in his everyday life by praying, witnessing and giving.

Tony gave of himself so others could have life more abundantly. Anthony did not build or live in a mansion on this Earth, nor did he store up wealth to spend here. Tony had his eye on the prize in the sky and worked tirelessly to help others spiritually and economically until his death.

He is survived by his fiancee, Wilgee Vina; his parents, Gary and Alice Weil of Columbia; two brothers, Michael Weil of Columbia and Timothy Weil of Warrensburg; his grandparents, Robert and Ann Weil of Hazen, N.D.; his nieces, Kaithyn Weil and Kyleith Weil of Harrisburg; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Lillian Johnson; and uncle James Weil.

Flowers, donations and memorials can be sent to Faith Baptist Church. Further donations can be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Charitable Foundation (MMCF), P.O. Box 6454, Rochester, Minn., 55903.

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff, 77, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at her home with her loving family by her side.

Visitation is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday followed by entombment at Memorial Park Cemetery and a reception in Flanagan Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes immediately following.

Helen was born on March 14, 1931, in rural Boone County to Cora Elizabeth Crane Wilson and Roger Isaac Wilson. She married William "Bill" J. Wulff on Oct. 4, 1952, in Kansas City, Mo. One of six children, she was preceded in death by one sister, Allene and four brothers, Carl, Harold, Woodrow and Paul Wilson.

Helen was born at home in Nashville, Mo. As an infant, she came to Columbia with her family to reside in a home addition of the Boone County Courthouse/Jail while her father served as Boone County sheriff. At the age of two, after her father was killed in the line of duty, her family moved back to their farm. As a young girl, she and her family made several moves back and forth from their farm to Columbia while her mother worked to support them.

Helen graduated from Hickman High School in 1949. Her early employment included jobs at American Optical, American Dairy, and Alton Ford.

In the 1950s, after marriage and while raising her own family, Helen and Bill welcomed young, unwed mothers into their home for Christian assistance and support. She also enjoyed being involved in her children’s church, school and civic activities.

A hidden talent she discovered later in life was that of oil painting. Today, her beautiful paintings grace the walls of family and friends. In 2005, an exhibit displaying many of her paintings was held at the Boone County Historical Museum Art Gallery, where some of her artwork continues to be on display.

As a fifth generation native of Boone County, Helen took a strong interest in her family’s genealogy. She had just recently finished assisting George Grazier with a book titled "And Then It Happened" regarding the tragic death of her father, Sheriff Roger Wilson and Highway Patrolman Ben Booth. She actively supported and served the Boone County Historical Society and Museum, where the Wulff-Wilson History and Genealogy Library is located. Present and future generations can continue their genealogy research in the library. She also took great pride in the following organizations, in which she was a member: the Columbia chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the United States Daughters of 1812; and on a more social front, a member of Radiant Red Hatters Chapter.

Helen and her husband, Bill, lovingly raised four children.

Helen is survived by her husband, Bill, of Columbia; son Joseph and wife Mary Wulff of Hallsville; son Philip and wife Karen Wulff; daughter Sharon and husband Walter Naylor; and daughter Janet and husband Jeff Hagan, all of Columbia.

In addition to her family, her love was bestowed upon her grandchildren, Douglas, Katie and Amy Wulff; William and Daniel Naylor; Elizabeth and Nicholas Hagan. She was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jayda Wulff; step-grandchildren, Erica, Erin and Evan Enderle; Aaron and Nathan Schwartze, and step-great-grandchildren, Nathan M. Schwartze and Emma Jewel Schwartze.

Several sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews from the Wilson and Wulff families also survive her.

She will be remembered by her many friends and family for her vitality, strength of character, sense of humor and generosity of spirit.

Memorial donations can be made to the Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa Dr., Columbia, Mo., 65203 or the 10-33 Benevolent Fund, 1105 Lakeview Dr., Columbia, Mo. 65201.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, September 29, 2008

Dean L. Wilmoth, 67, of Sturgeon, died Sept. 28, 2008, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.

Graveside funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery, with burial to follow. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Wilmoth was born Oct. 10, 1940, in Oklahoma City, the son of Marvin L. and Elaine Eakens Wilmoth. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and the Merchant Marines for 20 more years, traveling the world. Dean loved his family and his dog, Cassie.

Mr. Wilmoth is survived by one son, Dean L. Wilmoth II; two grandchildren, Damien K. and Savannah D. Wilmoth; one brother, Don L. Wilmoth, and wife Reve; one nephew, Tim, and wife Robin and their children; one niece, Kelly Willis, and her children; and a close friend, Paula Ives.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, October 6, 2008

Mary J. Black, 79, of Lee’s Summit passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at Wilshire of Lakewood from cancer.

A celebration of her life and visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Langsford Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Mary was born on March 21, 1929, in Hinton to Wilford and Mattie Kemper Stone. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Black, in 1950. They were married 58 years with two children.

Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lee’s Summit. She was active in many organizations throughout her life. She retired from Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

In the past few years, she was involved in the Retired Secretaries Group, XXV Study Club and the Red Hat Society.

Her love of her family and friends was above all her greatest legacy. Gardening, traveling and wintering in Texas, and being with her family and friends were the joys of her life.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Bill Black, of the home; two daughters, Beverly Brown of Kansas City and Diane and husband Mike Daugherty of Springfield; her siblings, James and wife Betty Stone, Lavenia and husband Raymond Lee, Nina Austin, Wayne and wife Arleta Stone, and Sharon and husband Stan Sheets; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jack and Laverne Black, Betty Black and Barbara Stone; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister Marguerite Stone; sister Oleta Wade; and brother Richard Nelson Stone; three brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.

Mary touched everyone’s lives with her smile, compassion and love. She will be so very missed until we meet her again.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation or the American Cancer Society in her memory.

Arrangements are by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. Third St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063; (816) 524-3700.


Published Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mary E. Harrell, 50, of Dallas, formerly of Columbia, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.

Memorial services will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at Columbia Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park.

Survivors include sisters Annie Fields, Diane Harrell and Christina Harrell; brother Harry Harrell; several nieces, neph-ews and cousins; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather; brother; and grandmother.


Published Friday, October 10, 2008

Colin Kelly, 29, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation will start one hour before the service at 1 p.m.

He was a lifelong Columbia resident, born Oct. 4, 1979.

Colin graduated from Hickman High School, attended the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, where he received several fine art awards and was on the dean’s list.

He was a talented artist who specialized in whimsical, moody pen-and-ink sketches. His interests included graphic novels, music and film. He worked in film editing and for the University of Missouri. His quick wit, tolerance and kindness will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Michael Kelly and Kaitlin Post, and Jill Kelly and Jerry Kyle; and his brother, Brendan Kelly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, October 16, 2008

Veneie Kea, 22, of Columbia passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Veneie was born on Jan. 7, 1986, in Columbia to Ot and Karen Ta Kea.

She was a 2004 graduate from Hickman High School and a 2008 graduate of University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She had worked as an intern at Boone County National Bank while going to college and after graduation worked at Metcalf Bank in Overland Park, Kan.

She is survived by her parents and three sisters, Molly, Chanvavy and Kimberly Kea, all of Columbia.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, November 13, 2008

Luther L. "Doc" Woods, 77, of Ishpeming, Mich., and Longboat Key, Fla., passed away at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, surrounded by his loving family at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had resided since Nov. 7, 2005.

Information about services was unavailable.

Luther was born on Feb. 5, 1931, in St. Joseph, the son of the late Reuben L. and Ethel O’Neal Woods, and he was raised in Columbia.

Luther served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Spanner on Oct. 21, 1955, in Hibbing, Minn.

He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business in 1958 . He moved to Hibbing, Minn., working as an auditor for Range Firestone and Range Motors.

Luther moved his family to Ishpeming in 1961 and opened Northern Tire Inc., which he owned and operated until his ill health in 2005. Luther holds a patent for a one-piece mining wheel.

He was a longtime member of the TIA Off Road Tire Group and the old NTDRA Off Road Retreaders Group.

He had a very generous and giving heart, and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Spanner Woods of Ishpeming; son, Lee and wife Cindy Woods of Ishpeming; three daughters, Elizabeth "Lisa" and husband Alfie Maki of Negaunee, Mich., Victoria "Vicki" and husband Rodney Saul of Des Arc, Ark., and Marilyn and husband Mike DuBois or New Bloomfield; sister Mildred Grissum of Columbia; brother Donald Woods of Columbia; brother- and sister-in-law Ted and Sherry Spanner of Hibbing, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Mae Lee; and brother Charles Woods.


Published Sunday, October 26, 2008

Christopher W. Key, 36, of Columbia passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at University Hospital.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 1 pm Monday, Oct. 27, at Parker Funeral Service.

Christopher was born October 20, 1971, in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School and Metro Business College in Jefferson City, and he attended Columbia College, studying criminal justice.

Survivors include his step-father, Floyd Strader of Columbia; a half-brother, Robert Strader of Lacey, Wash; a half-sister, Penny Vaught of Macon; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J.T. Jones of Columbia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosita Pearl Carter.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, November 10, 2008

Exie Wright, 87, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at her home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born on March 29, 1921, in Boone County, the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Mary Elizabeth Morris.

She was united in marriage to Guy Lee Wright on Aug. 8, 1938, and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wright, along with her husband, owned the original Guy’s Diner in Columbia for many years. She retired from Silveys Co. She was a member of Parkade Baptist Church

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Novak of Columbia, Nancy Wright of Jefferson City and Lorna Lownik of Yorktown, Va.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, November 14, 2008

Irvin B. Jones Jr., 90, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Columbia to Irvin B. Sr. and Adelia Nichols Jones, and they preceded him in death. On Jan. 16, 1942, he married Dora Perkins in Vancouver, Wash., and she preceded him in death.

Irvin was a World War II veteran and a member of Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church.

Irvin is survived by six children; Sondra Rippeto of Columbia, Kenneth Jones of Camdenton, Jeffrey Jones of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Debra Cather of Centralia, Russell Jones of Tarpon Springs and Charles Jones of Imperial; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

One sister and one brother also preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published in The Palm Beach Post on 11/17/2008

Robert Williams "Rob" Vanattta, 63, of Columbia and St. Louis, MO and Jupiter, FL, passed away Saturday, November 15th at his home in Jupiter, FL.

Rob held undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri, and he played on the Missouri basketball team under his father, Bob Vanatta. Rob worked as a corporate attorney in Missouri, Minnesota and New Jersey.

Rob was best known by family and friends as someone who loved life to the fullest, enjoyed his friends and family, never quit and made the best of any situation, making others laugh even while fighting cancer in his last months.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Vanatta; a son, Matthew Vanatta; parents Bob and Lois Vanatta; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Tim and Rhonda Vanatta and Tom Vanatta.

A celebration of his life will be held in a private location.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to Hospice of Palm Beach County.

To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries


Published Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ben B. Beeson, 89, of Honolulu died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008.

Ben was a 1936 graduate of Hickman High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri with Phi Beta Kappa honors.

Ben was director of civilian personnel in the Department of the Army from 1972 to 1980. He had served as the civilian personnel director in Europe and the Pacific.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; brother Bill of Lee’s Summit; and nieces and nephews.0


Published Friday, November 21, 2008

Billy A. Lindsey, 68, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1940, in Jefferson City, a son of the late William David and Bessie Meng Lindsey.

He was united in marriage to Alpha Jewel Sapp on April 28, 1972, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, Brenda Perkins and husband L.J., Johnny Samuel and wife Vickie, Debbie Foreman and husband Terry and David Samuel and wife Ruth; three sisters, Carolyn Holloway and husband DeWayne, Marilyn Chapman and husband Dale and Wanda Mills and husband Eddie; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Billy retired from the city of Columbia after 31 years of service. He greatly enjoyed spending his time farming, gardening and making sausage.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, November 23, 2008

Samuel E. Redmon, 57, of Columbia died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Fifth Street Christian Church. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Samuel was born on Jan. 17, 1951, in Columbia, the son of Robert Redmon Jr. and Lillian Rolley Redmon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and he was also a member of Fifth Street Christian Church.

Survivors include one son, Tajudeen E. Redmon of Columbia; three brothers, Robert Redmon III, and Charles E. Redmon, both of Columbia, and Walter A. Redmon of Milwaukee; and one sister, Tessie J. Redmon of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two sisters.

H.T. May and Son Funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements, (573) 443-2273.


Published Friday, November 28, 2008

Alan Dale Jennings, 55, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

A memorial gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home.

Alan was born on Jan. 20, 1953, in Columbia to Raymond and Florence Millett Jennings.

He was a 1971 graduate of Hickman High School. Alan was employed at Accent Press in Columbia. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his mother, Florence of Columbia; two daughters, Elizabeth and Claire Jennings of Columbia; sister Betty Moore of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers, James and Terry Jennings of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, November 30, 2008

Linnie "Jo" Anderson, 70, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the time of service at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star memorial ceremony at 1:45 p.m. Entombment will follow the funeral service at Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Mrs. Anderson was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Columbia to Morris F. and Alpha Clemons Walker. She married William J. Anderson in Aug. 1968, and he survives.

She was a member of the Elks Lodge, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, and the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, William, Mrs. Anderson is survived by a daughter, Kelli Embry, and her husband, Mark; a son, Tom Anderson, and his wife, Kathy; seven grandchildren: Michael Horn, Joshua, William, Sarah and Beth Anderson, and Walker and Sydney Embry; and three great-grandchildren, all of Columbia.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Eastern Star Boone Chapter No. 290 or the Rainbow Girls Columbia Assembly No. 18, which may be left with the funeral home.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mark Eugene Stone, 48, of Columbia passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Nashville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Mark was born on Dec. 1, 1960, in Sedalia to Thomas and Rita Kraus Stone. He was married to Liz Ross-Stone on March 25, 1989, at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

Mark was active in various community activities and will be remembered as a man who loved the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Liz, of Columbia; mother Rita of Columbia; sisters Debbie Hanlin and husband Randy of Jefferson City and Pam Otto and husband Randy of San Antonio; brother Randy Stone of Hartsburg; nieces and nephews Joshua and Jessica Hanlin, Sheena, Allen and Shelby Otto, and Nicholas Stone.

His father preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Nashville Baptist Church Cemetery, American Red Cross, March of Dimes or charity of donor’s choice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Saturday, December 6, 2008

Betty Lou Baker, 76, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at University Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1932, the daughter of William and Mary Fite.

She loved to go camping and fishing with her family. She worked until her retirement from the 3M Corp.

Survivors include her husband, Russell Baker of the home; four sons, Bobby Baker of Columbia; Russell "Rusty" Baker of Wilton; William Baker of Columbia; and Johnny Baker of Columbia; two sisters, Joan Kennedy of Hallsville; and Juanita Kidwell of Columbia; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister and one infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Hickory Hill.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, December 7, 2008

Patricia B. "Trish" Hawkins, 71, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, after a brave struggle with lung cancer.

A service in Trish’s honor will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at Parker Funeral Service followed by a gathering at the home of her daughter, Mary Stauffer.

Patricia Oliver Becker was born on Jan. 27, 1937, to Geneva Moreton Becker and William Henry Becker Jr. in Columbia. Trish attended elementary school in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1955. She attended the University of Missouri, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in June 1959.

In September 1958, she married Richard Hawkins of Webster Groves.

Trish lived and taught elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Syracuse, N.Y. She was the owner and director of Hilltop School in Logan, Utah. After a divorce in 1988, she returned to Columbia, where she taught at Grant Elementary and Mill Creek School before retiring in 1999.

Trish loved news and politics. She immersed herself in current events all her life. As a young child, she rode on Harry S. Truman’s lap during the Veterans Day Parade down Broadway, and in the 1950s she worked for Stuart Symington during his senatorial races and his presidential campaign. During the past year she worked from her hospital bed making campaign calls for Sen. Barack Obama. She was surprised and delighted when she had the privilege of spending some private time with Sen. Obama just 5 days before he was elected president.

Trish loved cooking, children, family activities, traveling, casino trips and warm friendships, and she celebrated life and its adventures fully. Very much at home in Columbia and Boone County, she was active, attractive, loving and well-loved, and she will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Trish loved Christmas and all the joys and excitement it brought. It was her wish that all of her friends and family take time to enjoy the Christmas season first and then gather together in remembrance. She is survived by her siblings, Nancy B. Bevan of Atlanta, Ga., Genny B. Jacks of Columbia and William H. Becker III of Minnetonka, Minn.; her children and their families, Paul and Geneva H. Goldy of Boise, Idaho, Grant and Mary H. Stauffer of Columbia and Peter H. Hawkins of Columbia; and six grandchildren, Mark Alexander Goldy of Portland, Ore., Timothy Becker Goldy and Courtney Rose Goldy of Boise, Idaho, and Elizabeth Dimond Stauffer, Henry Oliver Stauffer and Elliott Stanton Stauffer of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances B. Mills of Belvedere, Calif.

A Mill Creek teachers classroom fund has been established in her name at Boone County Bank.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, December 11, 2008

Marguerite Prather Hoberecht, 105, of Foxwood Springs Care Center in Raymore passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, conducted by John Yonker.

Marguerite was born May 15, 1903, in Columbia to Edward and Margaret Prather. She attended the University of Missouri where she met and married her late husband, Milton R. Hoberecht in 1923.

Although she was blind from the age of 31, Marguerite never let it interfere with living life to the fullest.

She attended the Seeing Eye School in Morristown, N.J., and she had two seeing-eye dogs as companions over the years.

Marguerite was a member of P.E.O. for more than 70 years. She belonged to chapters ET of Lee’s Summit; BW of Jefferson City; FA of Columbia and EV of Kansas City. She was also a member of the First Christian Church in Columbia.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Hoberecht Kuechler; two grandchildren, Steve Kuechler and Janise Kuechler Naughton; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters; and her husband, Milton, who died in 1946.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, December 11, 2008

W. Kenneth Rice, 83, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

Survivors include wife Diane of Sevierville, Tenn.; son Gregory Rice of Elizabethtown, Ky.; twin daughters, Terry Prelgovisk of Westminster, Calif. and Vicky Terstegge of Boston, Ky.; and grandson, Toby Rice Terstegge of Boston, Ky.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ronald Hampton Williams, 67, of Columbia died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

At his request, there will be no funeral services; he will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico.

He was the son of Forrest L. and Mable Hampton Williams. He was educated in Columbia and earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Missouri.

He achieved the rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving as a deputy missile combat crew commander in the Strategic Air Command in North Dakota.

Although Ron was born and died in Missouri, he found his true home in the West, spending many years in Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado as an engineer for the U. S. Forest Service.

He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fly fisherman who pursued these interests throughout his life.

Condolences may be sent online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, December 19, 2008

Wanda Coats Yeager, 87, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in Columbia.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of services Saturdayat the funeral home.

Wanda was married to Robert Clyde Yeager, who died in 1985. She was the daughter of William Warren Coats and Grace Shadrick Coats.

A lifelong resident of Columbia, she was a registered nurse at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center until her retirement in 1981. She loved visiting and working on the family farm northwest of Columbia. She was very interested in American Indian culture, and she was an avid antique collector.

She especially liked collecting Missouri walnut furniture.

Wanda worked with Missouri quilters to share the quilting craft with her grandchildren and daughters-in-law.

She loved to spend time with her boys, and she and her husband were active volunteers for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for many years.

Wanda is survived by loving family members Jesse and Suzanne Yeager of Atlanta, Jim and Renee Yeager of Fulton; Theresa Yeager of Columbia; Bessie Cornelison of Columbia; six grandchildren, Jay Yeager, Darcy King, Tristin Dooley, Troy Yeager, Derik Yeager and Jessica Santoyo; three great-grandchildren, Makaela and Adelyne Santoyo and Owen Yeager; six nieces; and one nephew.

She was also preceded in death by a son, John Stephen Yeager; brothers and sisters-in-law Fred and Mabel Coats, Bob and Helen Coats and Jesse Coats; and granddaughter Angela Renee Yeager.

The family appreciates donations to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Rollins Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, December 26, 2008

Dolores Laverne Henderson Mead of Columbia passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 28, at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1932, in Columbia to Lance Henderson and Marylou Yeager Henderson. The family lived in the Midway area, where Dolores attended a one-room schoolhouse up through the eighth grade. They were also faithful members of the Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church, where Dolores sometimes played the piano. After graduating from Hickman High School, she attended Christian (now Columbia) College.

Dolores married Donald G. Sanders in 1952 and graduated from the University of Missouri the following year. Don graduated from MU law school and served as the city attorney for Columbia, a USMC officer and an FBI special agent. He uncovered former President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes while working for the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee. Don and Dolores had three children.

The couple returned to Columbia in 1983 where Don served as Boone County commissioner and president of the Boone County Historical Society. Dolores and Don were members of the Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church for many years. Don died in 1999. She wrote and published "Out of the Wilderness, One Hundred and Eighty Years of Methodism in Boone County, The History of the Locust Grove United Methodist Church, 1817 to 1997." Dolores was president of the Henderson-Sanders Trust which donated funds to charities in Boone County. She was also a founding board member of Rainbow House in Columbia, which cares for foster children.

In 2000, Dolores married Lewis Mead of St. Louis, who received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri. He retired from McDonnell Douglas Corporation of St. Louis as manager of financial planning in 1990.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis Mead of Columbia; Lewis’ son, Ron, and wife Carol and their sons, David, Kevin and Jordan of Zionsville, Ind. and his daughter, Kathy of St. Louis; her sister, June Powell and husband Sidney of Columbia and their daughters Janis, Kathy and Phyllis; her daughter, Debi Sanders, and son Paul of Arlington Va.; her son, Mike Sanders, and wife Elsie of Rockwall, Texas and their sons David, Matt and Joel; her son, Matt Sanders, and wife Diana of Monrovia, Calif., and their children Aliviana and Micah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rainbow House, 1611 Towne Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, December 28, 2008

Anna Mae Strawn, 84, formerly of Sturgeon, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at South Hampton Place in Columbia.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Anna was born March 21, 1924, in Columbia to Roy Raymond and Lela Mae Burkhart Schnell. She was united in marriage to John V. Strawn on May 29, 1943, in Columbia, and he preceded her in death.

Anna Mae Strawn is survived by two daughters, Janice Whitaker and her husband, Stacey, of Madison and Connie Stanley of Columbia; one brother, Raymond Edwin Schnell and his wife, Peggy K., of Columbia; five grandchildren, Jill Gates and husband Bryan of Columbia, Rhonda Cuddy and husband Michael of Ashland, Josh Whitaker of Madison, Jacob Whitaker and wife Tiffany of Keytesville, and Levi Whitaker and wife Robin of Vandalia; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Anna was preceded in death by her parents.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, which may be left with the funeral home.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ruth Mary Shannon, 87, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008.

Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church in Columbia on a date to be determined.

Mrs. Shannon was born Oct. 19, 1921, in St. Louis. She moved to Columbia in 1936 with her family after living in St. Louis her first three years and Audrain County for 12 years.

She graduated from Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Ruth Rogers of Overland Park, Kan.; a son, Rodney Clark Shock of Marana, Ariz.; three granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Palmer; her first husband, Fielding Clark Shock, and their youngest son, David Nathan Shock. Her second husband, Edwin Shannon, died in 2004.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, P.O. Box 20256, Sarasota, Fla., 34276.

Arrangements by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, (800) 254-7679.


Courtesy of the Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home of Springfield, MO

Mrs. Betty Mae (Foster) Wirt, 75, passed away Wednesday, December 31 after a long and painful fight with cancer.

She was born in Winfield, Mo. to Charles and Kathryn Foster, on May 2, 1933. In 1949 her family moved to Columbia, Mo. where she graduated from Hickman High School in 1951. She met her husband, Thomas E. Wirt, the same year and they were married September 6, 1952.

After living in several places from the East to West Coast, they settled in Springfield in 1965.

Betty was a 43 year member of King’s Way United Methodist Church. She was also a long time member of SMMA, Home Design Art Group where she had many friends. She was a devoted housewife and mother for 56 years and raised four children.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, and her daughters, Kathryn Luginsky, and Beverly Flavin and husband Tim Flavin; two sons, Jim Wirt and wife Claire, and Kenneth Wirt; and grandchildren, Kelly Dinkins, Bryan, Bayley and Scott Flavin, and Sarah Wirt, all of Springfield. Also surviving are a sister Mrs. Eva Olson and husband Glen of California, brother Tom Foster and wife Joanne of Kansas City, brother David Foster of Kansas City, and sister-in-law Anna Foster, of St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dale Foster of St. Louis.

No visitation is planned.

Services will be held Monday January 5, 2009 at 2:00pm at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home Rivermonte Chapel, 4500 S. Lone Pine. Springfield, Mo. Interment to follow in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the physicians and nurses at Cox Medical Center and Walnut Lawn for the kind care during her long illness.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to King’s Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, Mo. 65804.

Online condolences may be made at www.klingner-cope.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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