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Kewpie Family Deaths - 2011
 

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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"
Kenneth H. Niemeyer, father of Russ Niemeyer (Class of 1974) passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Frances Dean Sapp Crosswhite, mother of  Don Sapp, deceased (Class of 1961), Gary Sapp (Class of 1962) Linda Audrey (Class of 1966) passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2001, at King’s Daughters Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Dave Hemmann, father of Adam Hemmann (Class of 2004) and Katie Hemmann (Class of 2005) passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.

M. Jane Livingston Decker, mother of Susan Jane Decker, deceased (Class of 1971) passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Lenoir Woods Health Center.

LaVaune June Schmidt, mother of Jo Ann Loomis (Class of 1971), Cheryl Nichols (Class of 1973) and Katherine Gibson (Class of 1977) died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Norma Q. Stroupe, mother of Chris Finlay (Class of 1968) passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at home in Columbia.

James “Tim” Williams, brother of Donna Floyd (Class of 1963) and Bill Williams, deceased (Class of 1964) died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home in Boonville, Missouri.

Glenda A. Hine, mother of Kim Cathey (Class of 1980) and Brad Hine (Class of 1982) passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.


William “Bill” Arthur Markel III, father of George Anne Cossey (Class of 1983), Michelle Markel (Class of 1988) and Will Markel (Class of 1992) died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.

Ruth Oliver, mother of David Oliver (Class of 1960) and Donna Dornfeld (Class of 1962) died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Maryville, Tenn.

Juanita Pearl Dailey, mother of Robert Dailey, deceaseed (Class of 1975) and Marty Dailey (Class  of 1983) passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

John Barnett McKinney, son of  James McKinney, deceased (Class of 1944) passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at his home in Columbia.

Mae Ora Jones, mother of Prentice Jones (Class  of 1988) and Marcell Jones (Class of 2010) passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

Erma Stella Glascock, mother of  Italene Lucas (Class of 1952) and Martha Geel (Class of 1963) passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Kenneth E. Kite, father of Mary Jane Stuart (Class of 1964), Phyllis Ann Leach (Class of 1966), Rhonda Kay Bias (Class of 1980) and Randy Eugene Kite (Class of 1983) passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

David A. Malaney, father of Kelley Chandler (Class of 1997) and Conor Malaney (Class of 2004) died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.


George William “Bill” Nordholtz Eggers Jr., M.D., father of Carol Eggers (Class of 1975) died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Columbia.

Dudley Gene Forsee, husband of Patsy Morris (Class of 1952) passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his home in Sedalia.

Mary Beth Clark (Johnson), mother of Phillip A. Clark (Class of 1981) passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Columbia.

Herman Carl Page Sr., father of Herman C. Page Jr. (Class of 1977), Jeff Page (Classof 1982) and Debbie Nichols (Class of 1987) passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.

Marion T. Barnds Shaw, mother of Virginia M. Sprenger (Class of 1960), Carole B. Lohman (Class of 1963), Larsella A. Tasova (Class of 1966), Larsen K. Barnds Jr. (Class of 1973) and Martha Shaw Yount (Class of 1978) passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 in Columbia.

Dorothea Wanner Frech, mother of Andrew Frech (Class of 1957), William Frech (Class of 1958), David Frech (Class of 1960)died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Elizabeth Zenge, mother of Sari Ramey, deceased (Class  of 1961) and  Nancy Straub (Classof 1965) died November 8, 2011 at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Myrtle Adams Taft, mother of Marie Margolin (Class of 1960), Bill Taft (Class of 1963) and Alice Taft (Class of 1971) passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

William Hughes Bennett, stepfather of Ryan Gerling (Class of 1995) passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at his home in Otterville, Missouri.

Michael Clinton Perry, M.D., father of Rebecca Perry Magniant (Class of 1991) and Katherine "Katie" Perry Harris (Class of 1993) passed away Oct. 23, 2011, in Columbia.

Elmira Carolyn Hoffman, mother of Jim Hoffman (Class of 1967) and Janelle Patterson (Class of 1971) passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Orles Brown Sigler, father of Diane Cook (Class of 1964), Kathleen Dorsey (Class of 1968) and Timothy Sigler, deceased (Class of 1972) died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at University Hospital.

Helen Reeder, mother of  Richard Coose (Class of 1957) and Elizabeth Levacy (Class of 1963) passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Virginia Hanson Ladenson, mother of Paul William Ladenson (Class of 1966), Reid Baker Ladenson (Class of 1969)and Ann Ladenson Garrison (Class of 1972) passed away  Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Lenoir home.

Barbara Poe, mother of Cathy Morse (Class of 1983), Donna Morris (Class of 1984) and Sherry Bishop (Class of 1986) passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

Irene Mae Marsh, mother of Patricia Irene 'Patsy' McDonald (Class of 1960), died Friday Oct. 7, 2011, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MIssouri.

Jane LaRue Partridge Fudge, mother of Terri McGrath (Class of 1977) passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Dr. Gwilym S. Lodwick, father of Malcom Lodwick (Class of 1973) died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Ira Chesley “Rocky” Powell, father of Alan Powell (Class of 1970), Steve Powell (Class of 1972), Danny Powell (Class of 1974) and Howard Powell, deceased (Class of 1976) passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.


Shao Hua He, father of Wei He (Class of 1991) and Rong He (Class of 1993) died on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Columbia.

Betty Longan, mother of Michael D. Cox (Class of 1970) passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.

Larry Gale Edwards, father of Kimberly A. Shopper (Class of 1981) died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Debbie Burchett, mother of Deana Holmes (Class of 2000) passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

Augusta “Gusta” Thornton, mother of Rita Stoltzfus (Class of 1954) passed away at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park, Kansas.

A. John Anderson, a teacher at Hickman for 30 years and father of Mary Mills (Class of 1981) passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Lakeland, Florida.

Forrest Edward Perkins Sr., father of Forrest “Sonny” Perkins Jr. (Class of 1966), Connie Mann (Class of 1967), Carol Schubert (Class of 1970), Linda Rodabaugh (Class of 1972), Glenda Perkins (Class of 1974) and Brenda Whitworth (Class of 1974) passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.

Mauree Grace Umphres Taliaferro, mother of Stephen Charles Taliaferro Class of  1 and Robert Nicholas Taliaferro passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Salida, Colorado.

Joseph Michael Corcoran, father of Michele “Chellie” Walter (Class of 1963) and Victoria “Torri” Corcoran (Class of 1969) died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.

Monk Bryan, father of Bob Bryan (Class of 1960) and Jim Bryan (Class of 1963) died in Dallas, August 20, 2011. 

William M. Jones and Ruth Ann Jones, father and mother of Margaret Shull (Class of 1971), Elizabeth Anderson (Class of 1974) and Bronwen Ashburn (Class of 1977) died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at their home in Columbia.

Edward John Hinderberger Jr., father of Gina Henry (Class of 1993) passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

Lloyd Estes “Blackie” Blackburn, wife of Betty Harper Blackburn (Class of 1946) and father of Randy Blackburn (Class of 1970) and Katy Kovar (Class of 1977) passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.

Jack Edwards Alden, husband of Virginia Todd Alden (Class of 1954) passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his home in Columbia.

James Richard Schwartz, father of  Catherine Henke (Class of 1994) and Jennifer Hargrove (Class  of 1998) passed away  Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at home in Columbia.

Harry L. Gentry, father of Michael Gentry (Class of 1964), Carol Hourcade (Class of 1965) and Linda Daniel (Class of 1970 passed away Aug. 1, 2011.

Susan Louise Adkins, wife of Al Adkins (Class of 1951) passed away July 31, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Betty L. Withrow, mother of Ruth Shelton (Class of 1970) passed away  Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Frank Ranz, father of Dale Ranz (Class of 1953) and Karen Immegart (Class of 1964) passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at home in Columbia.

Elaine Mae Sleper, mother of Daniel Sleper (Class of 1989) and Kimberly Sleper (Class of 19992) passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Yancey Manning Taylor, father of Judith Taylor (Class of 1972) died Friday, July 15, 2011, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital after a brief illness.

Marilyn Miller Benson, mother of Carolyn Benson (Class of 1967) and Nancy Lewis (Class of 1969) passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Adalene Peace Felts, mother of Marcia Odman (Class of 1962) passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Lottie Burton-McDonald, mother of James Carl "Fuzzy" McDonald (Class of 1964) passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in Berkley, California.

Betty Bruner Wood, mother of Michael Bruner (Class of 1963) and Betsey Bruner Jones (Class of 1965) died Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Columbia.

Frank Thomas Parker, father of John Parker (Class of 1963) died Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Patricia Kraff, mother of Mike Kraff, deceased (Class of 1985) and Kevin Kraff (Class of 1987) passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011.

Mary Emma Stone, mother of , Jimmy Stone, deceased (Class of 1956) and Gene Stone (Class of 1961) passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in McKinney, Texas.

Thomas Wesley “Thom” Weaver, son of Carrol Thomas (Class of 1947) and Nelda Ernestine Nichols Weaver, deceased (Class of 1946) passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his residence in Gardner, Kansas.

Dr. David A. West, father of  Tim West (Class of 1972) and Lori Staub (Class of 1975) passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Columbia.

Greg Nichols, husband of Phyllis Montgomery (Class of 1978) passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011, in Columbia.

J. Burdette “Burt” Baugh, father of Stephen Baugh (Class of 1976) passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, in Springfield.

Ralph “Gene” Munson, 79, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at University Hospital.

James D. Meyers father of Connie Grant (Class of 1964) passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Bluff Creek Terrace in Columbia.

Pon Chinn, father of Kimi Chinn (Class of 1975), Kathi Chinn (Class of 1976) and Kevin Chinn (Class of 1985) died Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

Luther Wayne Gladney, husband of Betty Graves (Class of 1949) passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at home in Columbia.

Geraldine Ruth Lange, mother of Thomas Lange (Class of 1974), Jennifer Linn (Class of 1978), Stephen Lange (Class of 1981) and Sara Deutschmann (Class of 1983) passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Melvin “Mel” Joe Heath Sr., father of Joe Heath (Class of 1989) passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Rea Proctor, wife of Charlie Proctor, deceased (Class of 1930) and mother of Les Proctor, deceased (Class  of 1960) and Betinna Proctor (Class of 1964) passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Denver, Colorado.

Vivian Irene Conklin, wife of Roger Conklin (Class of 1946) passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Mildred L. Winscott, mother of Jim Winscott, deceased (Classof 1959) and Zay Reynolds (Class of 1963) died May 26, 2011 at The Stuart House in Centralia, Missouri.

Edward L Hampton, father of Edward L. Hampton III (Class of 1970) and  Mary E. Flower (Class of 1971) passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Dolores LaVonne Heizelman, mother of Debbie Purvis (Class  of 1974) passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

James “Jack” R. Holland, husband of Joyce Baumgartner Holland (Class of 1961) passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at home in Columbia.

Helen Amanda Wade, mother of Betty Ann Fenton (Class of 1954) died Monday, May 9, 2011, at University Hospital in Columbia.

Dortheda Leath, mother of Barbara Leath (Class of 1970) and Richard Leath (Class of 1971) passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, Texas.

Joyce Murray, mother of Darryl Murray, deceased (Class of 1960) passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Nina Katherine Thrift, mother of Richard Thrift, deceased (Class of 1960), Steven Thrift (Class of 1963), Dorothy Romero (Class of 1968), Kathy Blackburn (Class of 1969) and Allen Thrift (Class of 1983) passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Topeka, Kansas.

Richard Lewis “R.L.” Weibel, father of Glenda DeShon (Class of 1972) died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Audrain Medical Center.

Larry E. Yeakey, father of  Jonathan Yeakey (Class of 2002) passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Edythe Russell, mother o f Paul McAtee (Class of 1960) passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Milton D. Glick, father of David Glick (Class of 1988) and Sandy Glick (Class of 1989) passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Reno.

Alice R. Brownlee, mother of Richard S. Brownlee III (Class of 1964) and Margaret Brownlee (Class of 1971) passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Venita Goldie Redman Elder, sister of Vi Purdy (Class  of 1952) passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Columbia.

James Adelbert Buckman, father of David Kim Buckman (Class of 1974), James Kevin Buckman, deceased (Class of 1979) and Charles Keith Buckman (Class of 1981) passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.

Henrietta “Henri” Smith Fields, mother of Michael J. Fields (Class of 1961), James R. Fields (Class of 1966) and Mary L. Windmiller (Class of 1969) passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Dr. Nylen W. “Eddie” Edwards, father of Michael Edwards (Class of 1968) and James Christopher Edwards (Class of 1970) passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.

Sylvia Hahn McCann, mother of Raymond Dee McCann Jr. (Class of 1982), Anastasia McCann-Harris (Class of 1983) and Marlese M. Loveall (Class of 1987) passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at The Bluffs nursing home in Columbia.

Mary Alice Crane, mother of  Gwen Cockrell (Class of 1956), Jacquelyn Stamper (Class of 1959) and Judith Denney (Class of 1961) passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011, at South Hampton Place.

John James Stolt, father of  John Thomas Stolt (Class of 1976) and Judith LaRose (Class of 1977) passed away Monday, March 21, 2011.

Carol Jane McCall Bowling, mother of Robert Bowling (Class of 1964) and John Bowling (Class  of 1965) passed away March 14, 2011 in Charlotte, NC.

Louis Vincent Holroyd, father of Barbara Jane Giles (Class of 1969), John Edward Holroyd (Class of 1971), George Walter Holroyd (Class of 1975) and Suzanne Marie Holroyd (Class of 1977) died Friday, March 11, 2011, at his home in Columbia.

Trevor F. Watson, M.D., father of Trevor Watson Jr. (Class of 1973) passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

John M. Franz, father of Kristine Dashiell (Class of 1976), Col. Jack Franz (Class of 1978), Kathleen Quinn (Class of 1980) and Janice Rike (Class of 1981) passed Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at The Bluffs.

Nellie Irene Palmer, mother of Ruth Ann Rice (Class of 1962) and Jerry Palmer (Clas of 1964) passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Mary “June” Kay, mother of Michael D. Kay (Class of 1976), Denise Schoennoehl (Class of 1976) and Cheryl Kay-Brown (Class of 1978) gpassed away peacefully at her home in Columbia on Friday, March 4, 2011.

Robert A. Bartel, father of Rob (Class of 1971) and Susan (Class of 1973) passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center. 

Dr. Lawrence G. Morehouse, father of Timothy Morehouse (Class of 1981) and Glenn Morehouse Olson (Class of 1984) died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Della Spees, mother of Suzanne Spees (Class of 1971) and Teresa Raines (Class of 1974) passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Lucille Pearl “Mimi” Helm, mother of Nancy Taylor (Class of 1965) and Beverly Sumpter (Classof 1968) passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Mary Sue Bassford, mother of John Bassford (Class of 1979) and Jim Bassford (Class of 1981) passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

Dr. William Howard “Bill” Taft, father of Marie Margolin (Class of 1960), Bill Taft (Class of 1963) and Alice Fisher (Class of 1971) passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Lenoir Woods.

Raymon Saunders, husband of Letha Mae Elder Saunders (Class of 1944) and father of Daryl R. Saunders (Class of 1962), Gary Raymon Saunders (Class of 1963) and Marvin Lee Saunders (Class of 1964) passed Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at South Hampton Place.

Robert Jackson Bevins, father of Brian Andrew Bevins (Class of 1981) died peacefully at home in Columbia, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

Clyde Albert Powderly, father of  Patricia Kowalski (Class of 1974) died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Misssouri.

Margaret M. Barbero, mother of Peter Barbero (Class of 1975) passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Carol Jean Pastoret, mother of Polly Musacchia (Class of 1975) and Susan Pastoret (Class of 1978) died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Ralph Guy Maledy, father of Steve Maledy (Class of 1971), Susan Tapia (Class of 1974) and Scott Maledy (Class of 1976) passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Jan S. Fugit, wife of Darin Fugit (Class of 1983) died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Anne Fallon Fisher, mother of Sarah Fisher (Class of 1975) died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in Boulder, Colorado.

Billy Carl Westbrook, father of Jeff Westbrook (Class of 1976) and Jody Henry (Class of 1982) died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Columbia Manor.

John P. “Jack” Shern, father of  Kim Penton (Class of 1981) and Kelly Rosenkrans (Class of 1986) passed away on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Parkside Manor.

Dixie Wyatt Speer, mother of Janet Peek (Class of 1966), Debbie McMillen (Class of 1969), Paul Speer (Class of 1972) and Martha Rouby (Class of 1974) died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.

William Robert “Bill” Brandkamp, brother of Anna Kathleen Ashburn (Class of 1985) died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri.

Edith P. Davis, mother of Marilyn Dodge (Class of 1954) and Darold Davis (Class of 1964) passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Bessie P. Cornelison, mother of Bill Cornelison (Classof 1959) and Mary Love (Class of 1967) died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

Dr. Fred E. Neiger, father of Helen Neiger (Class of 1960), Al Neiger (Class of 1964), Shirley Beck (Class of 1966) and Sharon McCarthy (Class of 1966) passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in St. Louis.

Hildegard Wilson, mother of Maria Hines (Class of 1978) and Ginger Shern (Class of 1985) passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Arbors of Bluff Creek in Columbia.

Florine Whitesell, mother of Lynne Eason (Class of 1970) passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at her home in St. Louis.

Hallie Bass Colvin, mother of Linda McKenzie (Class of 1959) passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at The Bluffs in Columbia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Published Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hallie Bass Colvin, 89, of Pierpont passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Nashville Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Hallie was born on Aug.15, 1921 to Charles and Florence Pauley Ellis in Elkhurst. She married Joseph Colvin on May 17, 1940, in a double ceremony with her sister Delia and husband Woodrow Knipp in Columbia.

She was a member of the Nashville Baptist Church and played the keyboard in the Nashville Country Church Band for many years. She had worked at Ar-Cel Garment Co., J.C. Penney and the University of Missouri Printing Service. Later Hallie served as a volunteer at Boone Hospital Center for 10 years.

Hallie is survived by her daughter, Linda (Ray) McKenzie of Hallsville; sisters Delia (Kenneth) White, Phoebe Begemann and Dolly (Jim) Olsan; all of Columbia; granddaughters, Kimila (David) Boyle, Kara (Donald) McDaniel and Kena (Andrew) Neely; great-grandsons Tyler Boyle and Bryce, Colin and Aidan McDaniel; sister-in-law Darrell Ellis of Ashland; brother-in-law, Julius (Ruth) Colvin of Independence; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe and brothe, G.W. “Jack” Ellis.

Memorial contributions can be made to Nashville Baptist Church, 355 W. Nashville Church Road, Ashland, Mo., 65010; the P.E.T. Project, 1908 Heriford Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202; Hallsville United Methodist Church, 11700 N. Route B, Hallsville, Mo., 65255; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Published Monday, January 3, 2011

Florine Whitesell, 89, was called home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. She began her journey home quietly at her home in St. Louis, surrounded by family.

The family will have a private gravesite ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Florine EllaMae Shearer was born May 17, 1921, to Miles and Ruth Shearer in Kansas City. She was the eldest of three children, with a sister, Jeanette, and a brother, Miles Shearer Jr.

Florine married DeVere R. Whitesell of Kansas City on May 19, 1940.

Florine was a longtime resident of Columbia and was active with Broadway Christian Church, the Columbia Art League and faculty activities at the University of Missouri and School of Social Work, where DeVere was a professor for 25 years.

Florine is survived by her daughter, Lynne J. Eason; a son-in law, Alfred Eason; and two grandchildren, Thomas Reed Eason and Jennifer Elizabeth Eason.

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


Published Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hildegard Wilson, 85, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Arbors of Bluff Creek.

A memorial gathering will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. A private interment will follow at a later date.

Hilde was born Jan. 1, 1926, to Moritz and Anna Schwab Kist in Nurnberg, Germany. She came to Columbia in 1954, from Pittsburgh to help establish a lamp company at Walnut and Orr Streets. She later worked for a short period at State Farm Insurance Cos. before she became a secretary for B.D. Simon Construction Co. in the mid-’60s and subsequently retired from Professional Contractors and Engineers in 1991. After retirement, Hilde volunteered for many years at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and was active in the local VFW.

Hilde was an amazingly determined woman who triumphed over every adversity that intersected her life until death conquered her spirit. Those whose lives were touched by her learned the value of love and the importance of meeting life’s challenges full on.

She is survived by two daughters, Maria (Skip) Hines of Ashland and Ginger (Kyle) Shern of Columbia; a son, Rick (Muoi) Perri; grandchildren Aaron (Kelli) and Andrew Reed, Tina (Dylan) Giltrap, Tony Perri, and Olivia, Gabrielle, and Peyton Shern; and great-grandchildren, Neil and Eve Reed, and Alexis and Natalie Giltrap. Also surviving are a former husband, Paul E. Wilson of Columbia; former son-in-law Warren E. (Gene) Reed of Holts Summit; a foster sister, Maria Grubmuller; nephew Peter Fleischmann; and other relatives in Nurnberg, Germany, and cousins in New York.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Karoline Fleischmann; her brother, Max Kist; and former husbands E. Massey Watson of Columbia and Victor Perri of Pittsburgh.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice Compassus, both of Columbia, or a charity of the donor’s preference. Tributes may be left online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dr. Fred E. Neiger, 100, of Columbia passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in St. Louis.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, with services at 4 p.m.  Burial will be Monday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. in Laurel Hills Cemetery in St. Louis.

Dr. Neiger was a professor of the Bible and director of the Baptist Student Union at the University of Missouri for a quarter of a century before retiring at age 65. He then worked another 31 years as an interim pastor and also pastor of hospital visitation. A lifelong sports fan, he was a member of baseball’s original Knot Hole Gang in St. Louis during World War I, and he served as an unofficial chaplain for the University of Missouri Tigers football team for many years.

 He received a great deal of media publicity in 2006 as a 96-year-old still making daily rounds at Columbia hospitals, praying with patients and sitting with their families during surgeries. That year, Calvary Baptist Church held a day of events honoring his 20th anniversary as an associate pastor there. He fully retired at the end of that year when his own surgery left him with the inability to walk. He lived at Lenoir Health Care Center, taking time to travel often to his daughter’s home in St. Louis, to Washington D.C. for the wedding of a grandson, and exactly a year ago celebrating his 100th birthday on a Caribbean cruise.

 He was born Jan. 11, 1910, in St. Louis to Caspar and Emma Neiger, immigrants from Switzerland and Germany.  His father had a horse and a wagon and earned his living delivering coal in the winter and ice in the summer, and milk year round. After two years of high school, he went to work and showed promise of becoming a professional baseball player.  But after a few years, he said, he heard a call to enter the ministry and felt that the call was for life, or until he was no longer physically able. He finished high school and two years of college at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar before completing his bachelor’s degree at William Jewel College, where he met Fern Fowler of Vandalia, a fellow student who worked in youth ministry. They married in 1941.

 Dr. Neiger earned his master’s degree and doctorate of theology at Southern Baptist Theological School in Louisville, Ky., and accepted a call to pastor Immanuel Baptist Church of St. Louis in 1945. The Missouri Baptist Convention asked him to move to Columbia in 1949 to teach university courses on the Bible and to run the Baptist Student Union. He estimated that he taught about 7,000 students in those classes before retiring in 1975.

 He was an especially popular pastor among university athletes who requested that he meet with them in the locker room, sometimes traveling with them. He was a serious student of the entire St. Louis Cardinals history, missing few games on radio and attending games at the park every year from 1917 except during his seminary days and the last year of his life.

 Throughout his years at the university, he did guest preaching most Sundays in country and town churches across mid-Missouri. From 1975 to 1986, he served as interim pastor of churches going through difficult transitions. From 1978 to 1979, he was the pastor of an English-speaking Baptist church in Mexico City while the pastor took a year furlough in the United States. He also served on mission trips to Hong Kong, Australia and a number of other countries, as well as helping with the establishment of a pastors’ school in Pittsburgh.

He is survived by his son, Al of Detroit; daughters, Helen Neiger of Columbia, Shirley Beck of Washington, D.C., and Sharon McCarthy of St. Louis; a sister, Dorothy of St. Louis; brother-in-law, John of Vandalia; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and New York; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Baptist Student Union, 812 Hitt St., Columbia, Mo. 65201

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


Published Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bessie P. Cornelison, 87, of Columbia died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at her home with her family by her side.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Cornelison was born Aug.11, 1923, in Shidler, Okla., to William W. and Grace Shadrick Coats.

She is survived by a son, Bill Cornelison, and a daughter, Mary Love, both of Columbia; her grandchildren, Cheryl Shaffery of Florida, Aaron Cornelison of Arizona, Eric Cornelison and Laura Rodgers, both of Columbia, Brad Rodgers and Magen Hart-Peters, both of Harrisburg; eight great-grandchildren: and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri River Hospice.

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


Published Sunday, January 9, 2011

Edith P. Davis, 101, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Edith was born March 8, 1909, in Laclede to William Robert and Sadie Peacher, the youngest of six children.

She attended Chillicothe Business College and was selected to attend a Western Union Simplex School in Fremont, Neb. She worked in Leavenworth, Kan., as a branch manager of Western Union and then was transferred to the office in Excelsior Springs. It was there she met Robert V. Davis. They married on June 12, 1932, and moved to Columbia in 1941.

Edith taught Sunday school for 46 years at Oakland Christian Church and was the first woman to become a church elder and chair of the board. She was a volunteer at University Hospital for 47 years and received the Gold Star for serving more than 2,080 hours as a volunteer. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and in 1991 she was presented a plaque in recognition of her volunteerism.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Zane) Dodge; a son, Darold (Jenny) Davis; grandchildren, Mike and Debbie Hardin, Danny and Karen Hardin of Hallsville, Billy and Cheryl Hardin of Hallsville, Steve Lochner of Mississippi, Uwe Lochner of Columbia, Kevin and Lisa Davis of Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Rachel Hardin of Lee’s Summit, Cody Hardin of Columbia, Jennifer Hardin of Hallsville, Lenze and Ryan Hopke of Columbia, Jake Hardin of Hallsville, Jeremy Hardin and Lori Hardin of Columbia, Stephanie Lochner, Micah Lochner and Devon Lochner of Mississippi, Justin and Jared Davis of Hawaii; and great-great-grandchildren, Bryant and Brooklyn Hardin of Lee’s Summit, and Liam Hopke of Columbia.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and a daughter, Nancy Davis.

Memorials may be sent to Oakland Christian Church or Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center.

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


Published Thursday, January 20, 2011

William Robert “Bill” Brandkamp, 49, of Cuba, Mo., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Baptist Hospital in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City. Interment will be in the Warrenton City Cemetery in Warrenton. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Saturday at the Schlanker Funeral Home. Pallbearers include Dennis Lee Brandkamp Jr., Jason Earl Brandkamp, Andrew Wade Gilbert, Daniel Joseph Brandkamp, Charles Michael Brandkamp and Chris Ashburn. Honorary pallbearer is Michael Comprato.

William Robert Brandkamp was born Oct. 10, 1961, in St. Louis to Dennis Lee Brandkamp Sr. and Kay Ann Karrenbrock Brandkamp. Bill was in the U.S. Army Reserves during the 1980s. He built cabinets in the family business in Columbia, but most recently, he was in the construction business. Bill also parked cars in St. Louis for sports activities. 

Bill was a very hard worker and loved watching any kind of sports, including NASCAR. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his many friends.

Bill is survived by two daughters, Katelyn Ann Brandkamp and Justine Paige Mayfield, both of Columbia; his father and stepmother, Dennis Lee Brandkamp and wife Joanne of Columbia; five brothers and one sister, Dennis Lee Brandkamp Jr. and wife Sharon of Columbia, Jason Earl Brandkamp and wife Stacey of Columbia, Anna Kathleen Ashburn and husband Chris of Hallsville, Andrew Wade Gilbert and wife Jessica of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel Joseph Brandkamp and wife Morgan of Centralia, and Charles Michael Brandkamp of Columbia; a granddaughter, Sophia Ann Mayfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. 

 Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Ann Karrenbrock Brandkamp; grandparents Grace and Maynard Karrenbrock and Bob and Margaret Brandkamp; and an uncle, Maynard (Bill) Karrenbrock.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, Mo., 63361.

Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com.


Published Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dixie Wyatt Speer, 91, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at home with her family at her bedside after a short illness.

A private service was held at Memorial Funeral Home with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was in born Jan. 10, 1920, in Franklin to John Lewis Wyatt and Effie Mae Cherrington. She married William Dixon Speer Jr. on Dec. 28, 1941.

Dixie began her college education at Drury College in Springfield and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha for more than 70 years. She was active for many years on the house corporation for the Alpha Psi chapter of ZTA at the University of Missouri.

Dixie was a volunteer with the American Red Cross during World War II and continued volunteering for the next four decades. She gave her time to RSVP, worked with autistic children at the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center, volunteered with the Ellis Fischel Breast Cancer Demonstration Project and served as a Laubach reading tutor. She volunteered with Missouri River Hospice for eight years. She also was a docent at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology for 10 years. Dixie played in several bridge groups and enjoyed exercising at the Health Connection.

She was active in the Volunteer Missions program through Missouri United Methodist Church where she was an active member since 1965. She participated in many church organizations, including the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and she knitted baby hats and sweaters for the church mission. She belonged to the Bratton-Cunningham Circle and served as a representative on the United Methodist Women Executive Committee.

Dixie is survived by four daughters, Pamela Speer of Columbia, Janet Peek (Terry) of Godfrey, Ill., Deborah McMillen (Randall) of Columbia, and Martha Rouby (David) of Little Rock, Ark.; and one son, Paul Speer (Robin) of Mountain Home, Ark. She had 13 grandchildren, Brian Peek of Denver, Tyler Peek of Godfrey, Ill., Sarah McMillen and Travis McMillen of Columbia, Lucas McMillen of Dallas, Ryan Speer of Atlanta, Kristen Speer of Mountain Home, Ark., Zach Bogart of El Paso, Texas, Trevor Bogart of Mountain Home, Ark., Wyatt Reid Smith of Bossier City, La., Logan Smith of Little Rock, Ark., and Aaron Rouby of Tallahassee, Fla., and Abigail Speer, who preceded her in death. She also is survived by seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her granddaughter, she was preceded in death by her husband and one sister, Lewise Wyatt Henderson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Missouri River Hospice, 1410 Heriford Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, January 26, 2011

John P. “Jack” Shern, 73, of Columbia passed away on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Parkside Manor.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Jack was born Sept. 21, 1937, in Milliken, Colo., to Elwood and Eleanor Case Shern, and they preceded him in death.

He married Penny Nichols on May 12, 1961, in Harrisburg, and she survives.

He also is survived by daughters Kim (Bob) Penton of Columbia and Kelly (Randy) Rosenkrans of Pendleton, Ind.; sister Barbara Douglas of Harrisburg; and grandchildren Micala and Eric Penton, and Ashley and Abigail Rosenkrans.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

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


Published Thursday, January 27, 2011

Billy Carl Westbrook, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Columbia Manor peacefully surrounded by his family.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Bob Webb officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of services.

Billy was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Benton, Ark., to Carl Dewitt and Virgie Stonecipher Westbrook, who preceded him in death. He married Betty Lou Morris of Farmington in 1955.

Billy attended Draughon School of Radio Broadcasting in Little Rock, Ark., where he received his radio telephone first class license.

He worked at radio station WCAZ in Carthage, Ill., for one year.

He worked at radio station KREI in Farmington as chief engineer and radio disc jockey for four years.

He then moved to Columbia, where he worked as staff engineer at KOMU-TV from 1955 until 1989, when his health required his retirement.

He also built radio stations in Centralia and an AM/FM station in California, Mo.

Later, he returned to California to move radio station KZMO to a new studio.

He worked part time as an engineer at radio station KTGR in Columbia and in Montgomery City.

In later years, he worked as a volunteer at radio station KOPN in Columbia.

He was an amateur radio operator, and he had a radio amateur first class license.

He enjoyed riding his red scooter and was seen all over Columbia riding it. He had admired and wanted a scooter since he was 6 years old.

He enjoyed working with his grandson’s Boy Scout Troop at Camp Thunderbird, where he received an honorary Arrow of Light.

Billy was a member for 55 years at Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as audio engineer for three years. He taught Sunday school, where the children called him Mr. Willie.

Billy was a licensed real estate broker, and he enjoyed flying but couldn’t pursue it because of eye problems.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; son Jeff (Cherri) Westbrook of Columbia; daughter Jody (Bill) Henry of Columbia; five grandchildren, Jake and Josh Westbrook, Traci and Travis Henry and Tara Henry (Cassidy) Mathews; and cousin Joe Lee Richards of Benton, Ark.

He was also preceded in death by three granddaughters, Ashley, Andrea and Erika Henry; and cousin Bud Garland Richards.

He will be sorely missed by his family and his beloved St. Bernard, Harley.

At Billy’s request, his body will be donated to The Gift of Body Program, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Science, School of Medicine, in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus, 3050 I-70 Drive S.E., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

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


Published Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anne Fallon Fisher, 92, a former Columbia resident, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, surrounded by family in Boulder, Colo.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at North Shore United Methodist Church in Glencoe, Ill.

Mrs. Fisher and her husband of 50 years, Roy M. Fisher, lived in Columbia from 1971 to 1981, when Mr. Fisher was dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Mrs. Fisher was born on Sept. 8, 1918, in Falkirk, Scotland, the youngest daughter of Stephen and Margaret Fallon. She came to the United States at age 5 and grew up in Rhode Island. She was a registered nurse and later chief stewardess for American Airlines in Chicago. She and her husband raised four daughters in the Chicago area, where Mr. Fisher was editor of the Chicago Daily News.

She was active in the League of Women Voters and the North Shore United Methodist Church. The Fishers enjoyed music, traveling, playing tennis and entertaining. In Columbia, Mrs. Fisher was active in P.E.O. and the Missouri Methodist Church and was known for throwing elegant dinner parties for visiting journalists and dignitaries. In 1981, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Mr. Fisher directed the journalism school’s Washington reporting program and Mrs. Fisher was active in the Women’s National Democratic Club. They retired to Wilmette, Ill., in 1990.  Mr. Fisher died in 1999.

Survivors include four daughters, Leslie (Arthur) Muir of Northbrook, Ill.; Patty Fisher (Robert Ryan) of Palo Alto, Calif.; Mary Fisher of  Boulder; and Sarah Fisher of Denver; and 11 grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe, Ill., 60022, or to VistaCare Hospice at www.vistacare.com.


Published Friday, February 4, 2011

Jan S. Fugit, Boone County treasurer, 43, of Columbia died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center while being comforted by her husband, sons and family.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia with interment following in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Saturday at the church.

Jan was born in 1967 in St. Louis to Charles C.O. and Sally Dees. She graduated from Crystal City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in accounting.

Jan married Darin W. Fugit on June 6, 1992, at First Baptist Church of Festus/Crystal City. Jan was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, friend and public servant. She will be dearly missed and always remembered.

Jan spent the first six years of her professional life working in Missouri state government as an assistant state auditor, accountant for the Department of Insurance and accountant for Missouri Department of Higher Education. She was hired by Boone Hospital Center’s finance department where she worked for 13 years. Her last promotion at Boone Hospital was manager of the finance department. She was proud to receive Boone’s “Spoon” award and considered herself a Boone Blue Employee.

Jan was honored to be appointed Boone County treasurer in March 2010 by Gov. Jay Nixon. She was elected to office by the voters of Boone County in August and November of 2010. In her short time as Boone County treasurer, she worked with other officeholders to implement plans to save taxpayers money.

Jan volunteered in children’s ministries/musicals throughout her life at First Baptist Church of Festus/Crystal City, Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia and Parkade Baptist in Columbia.

She was most proud of the day her twin sons were born and the day they were baptized. She and her husband spent most of their spare time transporting their sons to piano, two basketball leagues, youth group, chess club and band.

Survivors include her husband, Darin Fugit, and sons, Charlie and Carter Fugit, of Columbia; and siblings Julie Hunn of Festus and John Dees of Crystal City. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Charles and Carter Fugit Education Fund, c/o Commerce Bank, attention Lydia Cecora, P.O. Box 1677, Columbia, Mo., 65205-9936.

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


Published Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ralph Guy Maledy, 86, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Parker Funeral Service, with visitation from noon until service time.

Ralph was born Aug. 9, 1924, in St. Louis to John Guy and Emma Elizabeth Stephens Maledy.

He married Marciele Mueller on June 24, 1949, and she survives.

He grew up in Dent County, but lived most of his adult life in Columbia. Ralph graduated from Salem High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in Europe during World War II, helping liberate France with the 80th Infantry Division in the 1st and 3rd Armies. He received a Purple Heart for injuries received in combat. After his military service, he joined his father-in-law’s business, H.R. Mueller Florist, eventually becoming president of the business until his retirement in 1981. He was actively involved in the Columbia community for many years. He was one of the first chairmen of the Columbia Housing Authority and served as Columbia’s Third Ward city councilman from 1967-71. He was a past president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for First National Bank as well as other various boards and commissions.

He went to Washington, D.C., as an honored veteran with the Central Missouri Honor Flight in May 2009.

Survivors include his wife, of Columbia; two sons, Steve Maledy and his wife, Michele, and Scott Maledy and his wife, Teresa, all of Columbia; a daughter, Susan Tapia and her husband, Lonnie, of Columbia; grandchildren, Jesse Tapia, Niko Tapia, Grant Maledy, Grace Maledy, Mike Rouse, Troy Rouse, and Tiffany Rouse; an aunt, Irene Day; two nieces, Cora Breezley and Michelle Griffits; as well as several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Maledy.

The family would like to express special thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital Community Living Center.

Memorials may be given to Central Missouri Honor Flight.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, February 7, 2011

Carol Jean Pastoret, 80, of Columbia died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center after a brief illness.

No services are planned.

Carol was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Chicago. Carol was a retired public health nurse for the city of Columbia and was active in teaching Elderhostel at the YMCA of the Ozarks in Potosi with her husband, Jim, until the time of her death.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James, of the home; three daughters, Pamela Pastoret of Portland, Ore., Polly Musacchia of Fargo, N.D., and Susan Pastoret of St. Louis; one son, Peter Pastoret of Columbia; and seven grandchildren.

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


Published Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Margaret M. Barbero, 85, of Columbia passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Sacred Heart Church in Columbia. Visitation will be an hour before the service at the church.

Born in Girardville, Pa., on Dec. 16, 1925, to John and Florence Goff, Margaret lived “upstate” until her family moved to Philadelphia when she was in high school. She graduated in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and married Giulio Barbero on May 31, 1947. They raised their family in Media, Pa., until they moved to Columbia in 1972.

Margaret was a devoted wife and mother. She volunteered for many organizations and loved her Bible study and prayer group. Her passion was gardening, and she created and cared for several gardens in Columbia, including the Wardrobe and the Ronald McDonald House.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, John Goff; and two sisters, Katherine Goff and Florence Carrier; two sons, Paul Barbero and Christopher Barbero; and a granddaughter, Clare Barbero.

Survivors include her sister, Ann Burden, of Silver Springs, Md.; her children, Peter Barbero of Charleston, S.C., Mary Barbero of Aston, Pa., Claudia Galbraith of Holts Summit, and David Barbero of Columbia; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Cystic Fibrosis of Missouri. Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, February 14, 2011

Clyde Albert Powderly, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

Clyde was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Jerseyville, Ill., to John and Luella Powderly. He served in the U.S. Army and later graduated from Saint Louis University. In 1952, he married Rosemary Sheeran. He was a physical therapist and served as the chief of physical medicine at veterans hospitals in St. Louis and Poplar Bluff. He moved to Columbia as chief to open the Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and remained there until his retirement.

Clyde is survived by a daughter, Patricia Kowalski; and two sons, John and Thomas Powderly. In addition, he is survived by a granddaughter, Tara Brown; five grandsons, Curtis, Ryan, Michael, David and Jack Powderly; a great-grandson, Evan Powderly; one sister, Joann Ashford; friend and caregiver Phillip Poehner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rosemary; sons James and Paul; brother Ted; and sisters Catherine, Wilma and Mary Lee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Clyde’s honor to the Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Mo., 65265, or Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary, 3818 Blue Cedar Lane, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

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


Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Robert Jackson Bevins, 82, of Columbia died peacefully at home Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia. Friends will be received at a reception at the church immediately after the service.

Robert Bevins was the son of Samuel Robert Bevins and Elizabeth Jackson Bevins. He was born and grew up on a farm a few miles from the village of Concord, Tenn., west of Knoxville.

On Nov. 5, 1955, he married Priscilla Ruth LeBaron of San Antonio, Texas.

He completed a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1949. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After teaching agriculture to veterans of World War II in southern Indiana, he served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. He trained as a counter intelligence investigator, serving in Japan and Korea. He returned to UT, completing a master’s degree in agricultural economics in 1955. In May 1960, he received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. (President Harry Truman was the commencement speaker. Dr. Bevins had no idea he would spend the major part of his career in Missouri)

After six years on the Kansas State University faculty, Dr. Bevins brought his family to Columbia in 1967. He joined the University of Missouri agricultural economics faculty, with a special emphasis in domestic agricultural policy. He retired as professor emeritus in 1989. He was a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the American Economics Association.

Dr. Bevins became an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church in 1967. He joined Northwest Rotary soon after it was formed in 1970. He was an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 705 and was awarded the Order of the Arrow. He was active in Veterans for Peace, was a past commander of Post 202 of the American Legion and a member of the VFW. After retirement, he served as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital for 12 years.

Dr. Bevins is survived by his wife; two children, Mary Colleen Bevins and her husband, Sea Stipe, of Peoria, Ill., and Brian Andrew Bevins and wife Lisa of Columbia; granddaughter Jessica Stipe of Dallas, Texas; and his sister, Lillian Bevins Swan and husband Bill J. Swan of Concord, N.C.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be given to the Calvary Episcopal Memorial Fund or to the charity of your choice.

Dr. Bevins has given his body to the Anatomy Department at the MU Medical School so that some benefit will come from the body he no longer needs. At a later date, his ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, February 20, 2011

Raymon Saunders, 88, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at South Hampton Place.

No services are planned at this time.

Raymon was born Dec. 30, 1922, to the late Raymon Thomas and Nellie Greene Saunders on a family farm on old Route 8, now Highway 163, three-fourths of a mile east of Pierpont. He graduated from University High School in 1940. He married Letha Mae Elder on Sept. 8, 1942.

After marriage, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces on Nov. 7, 1942, and trained as an airplane armorer (MOS 911). After his training, he was stationed on Attu Island of the Aleutian Island chain off the coast of Alaska during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 10, 1945, as a private first class.

Raymon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in September 1951, retired and was honorably discharged in August 1966 with the rank of master sergeant. In February of 1952, he joined the Columbia Police Department and became the first 3-wheeler motorcycle traffic policeman in Columbia. He retired from the police force on Jan. 13, 1978, as a captain of traffic. In retirement, he became a U.S. Deputy Marshal in 1982 and resigned in 1984.

Raymon is survived by his wife of 68 years, Letha Mae Saunders; sons Daryl R. Saunders and his wife Zofia Saunders, Gary Raymon Saunders and Marvin Lee Saunders; grandsons Marc Stuart Saunders, Brian Daniel Saunders and John Raymon Saunders; granddaughters Dena Raylea Saunders, Ariel Saunders and Breezy Caitlin; a great-grandson, Blake Saunders; stepgrandchildren Jakub Sarnecki and Maja Jaszczynska; a great-grandson, Alexander Sarnecki; and a great-granddaughter, Oktavia Pearl Jaszczynska.

Donations are suggested to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280, 1509 Ashley St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online condolences may be extended to Raymon’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com.


Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dr. William Howard “Bill” Taft, 95, of Columbia passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Lenoir Woods.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Missouri United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Taft was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Mexico, Mo., to Raymond and Ferrie Taft. They received a letter from former President William H. Taft, thanking them for naming their son after him and wishing them the best. In 1927, Young Taft met the big man (300 pounds plus), then chief of the Supreme Court.

A graduate of Mexico High School, he received degrees from Westminster College in 1937 and the University of Missouri in journalism in 1938 and his master’s degree in 1939.

In 1951, he received his doctorate from Western Reserve University in Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle. They were married Jan. 18, 1941.

He also is survived by three children, Marie Margolin and her husband, Christopher, of Portola Valley, Calif., Bill Taft and his wife, Christine, of Prairie Village, Kan., and Alice Fisher and her husband, Charles, of Campbell, Texas; four grandchildren, Larry Taft of Kansas City, Michael Taft of Austin, Texas, Linda Medina of Dallas, and Matthew Margolin of New York City; and four great-grandchildren.

Dr. Taft was associated with Hiram, Youngstown and Defiance colleges in Ohio from 1946 to 1950 before joining the Memphis State College (now the University of Memphis) faculty, where he established the department of journalism and worked part time on the Memphis Commercial-Appeal copy desk.

In 1956, he joined the University of Missouri faculty, where he taught more than 10,000 students before his retirement in 1981 as associate dean of the journalism graduate program. He also supervised a hundred master’s and 25 doctoral students’ programs.

Dr. Taft was past president of the Columbia Kiwanis Club and the Boone County Historical Society. He was awarded the Kiwanis Churchman of the Year and Kiwanian of the Year recognitions and presented Life Membership, the Tablet of Honor and the Hixson awards. For 14 years, he edited the club’s newsletter, once voted the best among all large Kiwanis groups around the world.

For 30 years, Taft was executive director of Kappa Tau Alpha, national journalism honor society. He was honored by the Association of College Honor Societies for contributions to journalism education. For more than 60 years, he was a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and was given that group’s Presidential Award in 1991 for contributions to journalism education.

He was presented the UM Faculty-Alumni Award and the Westminster College Alumni Achievement Award. Two annual recognitions are named in his honor: the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association award to the top high school journalism teacher and the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Advisor Award.

In 2001, Taft was inducted into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame. For years he was the MPA historian. In 2004, he was presented the MU School of Journalism Distinguished Service in Journalism medal. The Tafts are members of the Jefferson Club and the Walter Williams Society.

Taft authored 12 books, co-authored several others, wrote encyclopedia and magazine articles and book reviews. His books concerned Missouri newspapers, American magazines and 20th-century journalists. Three major articles dealt with one of his favorite subjects, Missouri-born Bernarr Macfadden. He also re­searched a history of the Donrey Group, whose founder, Donald W. Reynolds, gave the university funds for the alumni center and expanded programs at the School of Journalism, where he received the Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1927.

Taft’s “Wit and Wisdom of Missouri’s Country Editors” appeared in 1996, a collection of some 600 inter­esting items from old Missouri newspapers. His “Show-me Journalists: The First 200 Years” appeared in 2003. In late 2006, he completed an updated history of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, where he and his family have been members since 1956. For a number of years, both he and his wife taught Sunday school classes there.

In 2008, his book, “Created in Heaven: A Love Story” was a tribute of his and Myrtle’s nearly 70 years together. Since he always held side jobs, the book emphasizes the role she played in raising the children, caring for the home and preparing her husband for his activities. Children and grandchildren told of their memories of Myrtle as did many friends, relatives, neighbors and others. In late 2009, his final book, “They Don’t Write Like This Any More,” is a collection of stories through the centuries with drawings throughout. This was dedicated to groups and others who had influenced and/or helped Taft through the years in various ways. The longtime director of the State Historical Society, Dr. Richard Brownlee, wrote that Taft’s book “Missouri Newspapers: When and Where, 1808-1963” in a research sense “was the most important book the Society has ever published.” It was a collection of titles of more than 6,000 newspapers that had appeared in the state since the first in 1808, together with starting/ending dates when available and where copies were bound or on film, including those at the Library of Congress. It is still used by genealogists. A charter member of the Columbia Track Club, Taft was known for his race walking, though he seldom won.

For 30 years, he wrote a weekly Sunday school lesson syndicated to newspapers. He had a lifelong association with newspapers, starting with the Mexico Ledger while in high school. That experience earned him board and room at Westminster for four years, serving as the college’s public relations director. He covered his own graduation, publicizing the commencement speech by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. At MU, he was a graduate assistant in journalism.

Taft served nearly five years in World War II. Drafted in June 1941, he later was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry. Transferred to the Air Force in Orlando, Fla., he attended combat intelligence school and served in Rapid City, S.D. By early 1945, he was in Pratt, Kan., with a B-29 group as its intelligence officer. His group was headed for the Pacific area when President Harry Truman ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb. Taft often credited Truman’s act with possibly saving his life, along with millions of others.

Among his side interests was grading school yearbooks in the early 1960s. He judged a thousand or more each year for a national scholastic association. He gave numerous talks to programs held for yearbook advisers and staff members. He also co-authored booklets to assist students in their yearbook duties. Among his hobbies in retirement were reading mystery novels, watching such programs as “Law & Order,” making fudge and finding four-leaf clovers, more than a thousand in 2009. In retirement, his “home away from home” was the Missouri Press Association, where he served as historian. He researched Missouri newspapers, and several of his books were sponsored by the MPA. The Tafts lived in Parkade for more than 50 years before moving to Lenoir Woods. His body was donated to the UMC anatomy department. Ashes will be buried in the family Columbia Cem­etery lot.

Taft’s career revolved around the Missouri United Methodist Church, the MU School of Journalism, the Missouri Press Association, Boone County Historical Society and the Columbia Kiwanis Club.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the recently created Taft Fellows’ program for doctoral students at the School of Journalism or to Missouri United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Columbia, Mo., 65205, Missouri Press Association Foundation, 802 Locust, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or William Taft Scholarship Fund, University of Missouri Development, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mary Sue Bassford, 75, of Columbia passed away peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Mary Sue was born July 13, 1935, in Boone County to Wiley and Ruth Bennett Tremaine. She married Robert Bassford on June 7, 1959, in Hartsburg. Mary Sue was a graduate of Southern Boone County High School and a member of the Eastside Church of Christ. She taught children’s Bible class, loved to garden and was a Cub Scout den mother. She was very devoted to her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Bassford; two sons, John Bassford (Karen) of Columbia and James Bassford (Lisa) of Kansas City; grandchildren Natalie, Jackson, Emma, Travis and Tyler Bassford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wiley and Ruth Tremaine; and son Jeffery Bassford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

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


Published Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lucille Pearl “Mimi” Helm, 87, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Family memorial graveside services will be later at the Union City Cemetery in Union.

Lucille was born March 1, 1923, in Union to John and A. Grace Owens Mitchell, and they preceded her in death.

She was married on April 4, 1942, in Union to Edward J. Helm, and he preceded her in death in 2004.

Lucille will be remembered as a lady who enjoyed working around her home, but her greatest love was spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Taylor and Beverly Sumpter; grandchildren, Yvette McNellis, Stacy Stephens, Heather Wachtman-Jones and Hanna Rogers; great-grandchildren, Connor Stephens, Summer McNellis, Jack McNellis, Alexis Rogers, and Hayden Jones.

Lucille was also preceded in death by daughter, Rebecca Helm; and a brother, Harlan Mitchell.

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

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


Published Monday, February 28, 2011

Della Spees, 83, of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday with family at the funeral home.

Della was born June 14, 1927, to Noble and Pauline Rouner on a farm near Plevna. Della attended elementary school in Plevna and graduated from Edina High School in 1944. Della was very academically successful as well as active in high school activities. She sang in the girl’s glee club and mixed chorus. She played the trombone in both the marching and concert band and also lettered in basketball.

After high school, she attended Culver Stockton College in Canton. She earned a teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Novelty and Plevna. On June 15, 1947, she married Sam Spees. To this union, two children were born: Suzanne of Ashland and Teresa of Scott City. Sam and Della moved to Columbia in August 1951.

Della was a kind, loving mother and wife. She was a gentle woman and a lover of nature. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a competitive spirit. Della was an avid bowler and University of Missouri fan. She loved professional tennis, and she was an accomplished golfer. She even had a hole-in-one at the Columbia Country Club, where she and Sam were members.

Survivors include her husband, Sam, of the home; daughters Suzanne Spees (Nick Corry) and Teresa Raines (Mark Raines); two granddaughters, Amanda Henderson of Havana, Ill., and Erin Wolfhope (Jeff Wolfhope) of Hickory, N.C.; and a cousin, Mike Taylor of Plevna.

Della was preceded in death by her father, Noble Rouner; her mother, Pauline Rouner; and a sister, Dorothy Snelling of Baring.

Della’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Boone Hospital Center for their loving care.

Messages of condolence or support can be received at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

If desired, donations can be made to either the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in Della’s name.


Published Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dr. Lawrence G. Morehouse, 85, of Columbia, professor emeritus of veterinary pathology and retired director of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at the University of Missouri, died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the sanctuary of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

A reception and visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Friday in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Dr. Morehouse was born July 21, 1925, on a farm near Manchester, Kan., to Edwy and Ethel Glenn Morehouse. 

He graduated from a one-room schoolhouse and Abilene High School. 

He served in the Pacific as a pharmacist’s mate during World War II, before returning to Kansas State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1952. 

After a year of practice in the St. Louis area, he went to Purdue University. While working on his M.S. and Ph.D., he served as director of the USDA’s brucellosis laboratory. He married Georgia Lewis on Oct. 6, 1956, in Lafayette, Ind. 

From 1960 until 1963, he worked for the USDA in Washington, D.C., and later at the newly established National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. In 1964, he accepted a position as professor and chairman of the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Missouri. In 1968, he became the organizing director of the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and served in that capacity until he was named professor emeritus in 1987. During his career, Dr. Morehouse authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications dealing with diseases of livestock, laboratory and companion animals. He was co-editor of a three-volume encyclopedic work on fungal toxins. He was a member of a large number of professional organizations including the American and Missouri Veterinary Medical Associations; The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians — where he served as president and was a recipient of its prestigious E.P. Pope award; the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (secretary-treasurer);  the U.S. Animal Health Association; Sigma Xi; The Royal Society of Health; and many more. 

In his retirement, his interest in genealogy led him to publish a Morehouse Family genealogy. At the urging of his wife and children, he wrote an autobiography entitled “The Nine Lives of L.G. Morehouse.” 

 He was a member of the M. Graham Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society. He also served as president of the MU Retirees’ Association.

Dr. Morehouse was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he served several terms as elder and also as clerk of session. 

He was passionate about his love of music, especially opera, and served on the board of the Missouri Symphony Society.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia; a son, Timothy Morehouse, his wife Kara, and their sons Gabriel and Elijah of New Jersey.; and a daughter, Glenn Morehouse Olson, her husband Joel, and their daughters Zoey, Abilene and Jolie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, E. Wayne Morehouse; and sisters, Inez Lathrop and Dona Davidson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Missouri Symphony Society, 203 S. Ninth Street, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

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


Published Sunday, March 6, 2011

Robert A. Bartel, 87, of Columbia passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Brian Ford, and preceded by visitation at 1 p.m. 

Robert was born April 9, 1923, to August and Hattie Bartel. He graduated from Union High School in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, Marie Williams, on April 25, 1943. He attended Hannibal-LaGrange College, where he played basketball, and William Jewell College, where he graduated as salutatorian in 1948. He received master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Robert served as pastor of Little Bonne Femme and Nashville Baptist churches and assistant pastor of First Baptist Church. He was the director of United Fund (now United Way) and held several administrative positions as a consultant with the Missouri Department of Health. He retired from the American Kennel Club after 22 years as executive field staff. He taught adult Sunday school for the past several years — that class will serve as his pallbearers.

Robert is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Rob and Susan, both of Columbia; a brother, Mel (Bernita) of Columbia; two grandsons, Zack (Cara) and Jake, both of Portland, Ore.; a granddaughter, Kate Kromann (Ryan) of St. Louis; and a great-granddaughter, Ellie Kromann.

Memorials can be made to Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church, 5350 E. Bonne Femme Church Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.


Published Sunday, March 6, 2011

Our beloved mother, Mary “June” Kay, 76, of Columbia passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 4, 2011.

A private family memorial service will be next week in Columbia.

June was born June 21, 1934, in Hobson, Texas, to the late Ernest Peter Paul Koenig and Mary Annie Gulley Koenig.

In 1938, her family relocated to Conroe, Texas, and this is where she grew up and graduated from David Crockett High School in 1952.

June married Raymond Lee Kay on Dec. 31, 1955 in Houston. After 42 years of marriage, Ray preceded her in death in 1999.

June was an outgoing, generous and positive person.

June loved her family, people, reading, dancing, cooking, bowling, the outdoors, and attending MU football games. Ray and June especially loved to spend time every year fishing and camping at Bennett Springs. June was a secretary for many years at a local insurance company and at the University of Missouri.

June is survived by her four children, Michael D. Kay, Denise Schoennoehl (Eddie), Cheryl Kay-Brown (Mike), and Patricia “Annie” Scantling; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Cecil Koenig; and her sister, Lydia Mixon.

She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Gilbert and Irvin.

Memorials may be sent to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, Colo. 80112.

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


Published Monday, March 7, 2011

Nellie Irene Palmer, 87, of Columbia passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at Parker Funeral Service with the Rev. Dennis Swearngin officiating. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Nellie was born April 24, 1923, in Cooper County to Will and Lula Calvert. She married James William Palmer on April 13, 1940, in Columbia, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters, Ronald and Fay Palmer, Ruth Ann Rice, Jerry and Susie Palmer, and Karen Super Carter; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kay Palmer; a son, Larry E Palmer; and a granddaughter, Sherry Palmer.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, March 10, 2011

John M. Franz, 83, of Columbia passed Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at The Bluffs after a long illness.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

John was born May 23, 1927, to Jack and Lucy Franz in Oak Park, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army of occupation in Italy after World War II. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a chemistry degree in 1950. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1955.

John joined the faculty of the biochemistry department at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1955 and taught until 1993. Teaching students was his true love, and his research interest was the hormonal control of metabolism. John was a student of wines for more than 50 years. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and appreciation with others.

John married Janice Howard on Aug. 18, 1951, in Wood River, Ill., and she survives. John and Jan were married nearly 60 years, and Jan took extraordinary care of him. Also surviving are his sister, Mary Lotts of Los Alamitos, Calif.; children Kristine Dashiell (Hap) of Smithfield, Va.; Col. Jack Franz (Gina) of Bellbrook, Ohio; Kathleen Quinn of Columbia; and Janice Rike (Michael) of Chicago; six grandchildren, Caitlin and Kerry Franz-Quinn, Tucker Dashiell, and Jessica, Jaclyn and Jaimie Franz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jerome.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Bluffs for caring for John the past eight months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations honoring John may be sent to Columbia Catholic School, the University of Missouri Concert Series or the charity of your choice.

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


Published Sunday, March 13, 2011

Trevor F. Watson, M.D., 82, of Columbia passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center surrounded by loved ones as he entered the gates of heaven.

Services will be at p.m. Monday, March 14, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Trevor was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Quincy, Ill., to Ray B. Watson and Evelyn Cook Watson, and they preceded him in death. He was united in marriage with Judith Willis in June 1954 in Kansas City, and she preceded him in death.

He was a 1947 graduate of Quincy High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1951. Trevor was a member of Theta Beta Pi and ran the quarter-mile in college for the track team.

He obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1956. He completed his internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from 1957 to 1958. He completed his obstetric and gynecologic residency in the U. S Air Force, where he was stationed in Tachikawa, Japan, from 1958 to 1961. He returned to the United States to continue his training at three University of Texas campuses — Galveston, Houston and Austin.

Dr. Watson moved to Columbia in 1963, where he established his private practice. He retired in 1999, after serving as an OB-GYN in the community for 39 years.

Trevor married Ellen Sawyer Watson on Dec. 26, 1987, and she survives.

Trevor also is survived by his children, daughter Cheryl Perkins and husband Keith of Lee’s Summit, son Trevor Watson Jr. and wife Stacy of Hixson, Tenn., and daughter Mary Ellen Ankeney and husband John of Columbia. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Dana and Audrey Perkins of Lee’s Summit, Claire Watson of Nashville, Tenn., Trey Watson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Arthur Ankeney of Columbia, and Jennifer and Jessica McKinley of Hixson, Tenn.; and one sister, Joyce Watson of North Hollywood, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Watson; and granddaughter, Megan Sawyer Ankeney.

Throughout his life, he served his church and community in a variety of capacities. Trevor was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and the Golden K. Kiwanis. He was a loyal contributor of the Tiger Scholarship Fund and was an alumni member of Johns Hopkins University, University of Missouri and Kansas State University. He was a member of the Cook Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Galveston. He was a senior fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boone County Medical Society and the Kansas City Gynecological Society, and a fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons. He was granted an honorary membership in the Republic of Georgia Medical Association.

Trevor will be remembered fondly as having many talents: sewing, making handcrafted wood furniture, and canning and cooking with and for loved ones. Trevor enjoyed being active and spending time skiing, fishing and hunting. Nature and animals were important to him. He loved his many pets that he had throughout his life. He loved to travel and was fortunate to see many parts of the world. Trevor loved people, loved life and valued education. He inspired all around him with his wonderful smile, his sense of humor and his genuine goodness.

Most importantly, Trevor was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He always will be remembered as the best “Grandypa.” He enriched all of our lives and is a man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

His family would like to express their special thanks to all the staff of Bluff Creek Terrace, Candlelight Lodge, and personal caregiver Tony Allen for their exceptional care, love and support.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Memorial Baptist Church.

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


Published Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Louis Vincent Holroyd, 86, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, March 11, 2011, at his home in Columbia.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Sacred Heart Church. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the church, starting with a short prayer service at 6 p.m.

On Jan. 22, 1925, Louis was born in Vancouver, Canada, to Ernest George Holroyd and Lalita Eva and had two older brothers, Lawrence and Francis Holroyd, who preceded him in death. Helene Marie LaBerge and Louis were married for 57 years until Helene’s death in 2007. They had four children, Barbara Jane Giles of Columbia, John Edward Holroyd of Portland, Ore., George Walter Holroyd of Bend, Ore., and Suzanne Marie Holroyd of Washington, D.C. Louis also is survived by four grandchildren, Darcey Lynn Shumacher of Kansas City, Andrea Kay Rice and Katherine Sue Ross, both of Columbia, and Simone Marie Francis of Washington, D.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Ellysa Sue Ross and Graham Lee Rice of Columbia.

Louis began his education at St Pat’s Catholic School in Vancouver, where science and choir were his favorite subjects. He finished his education in Canada, earning his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia in 1944. During his university years, he also served as a second lieutenant in the Canadian Army Signal Core. Louis entered graduate school to study solid-state physics at Notre Dame University.

After completion of his Ph.D. in the spring of 1950, Louis and Helene Marie LaBerge were married on May 20. The newlyweds moved to Columbia, where Louis had secured an assistant professor position in the Physics Department at the University of Missouri. For 38 years, Louis enjoyed teaching the fundamentals of physics, particularly to undergraduates. During that time, he co-wrote an elementary physics laboratory manual that was used in the department for many years. Louis served as department chairman for 12 years, during which time he oversaw the design and construction of the new physics building. To encourage improvement of science education for college-bound students, Louis started a summer enrichment program for high school teachers. In the later years of his university career, he participated in the formation of the Department of Environmental Health Safety and, in particular, the Hazard Materials Management Program, for which he served as manager of hazardous materials.

Throughout his life, Louis possessed an insatiable curiosity in the world around him, leading him to place a strong emphasis on travel and lifelong learning. Those around him noted he always could find something interesting to explore between two points along any road. He was never without something to read in his hand, and he encouraged that opportunity in others by volunteering for several years at book sales for the Friends of the Daniel Boone Regional Library. He applied this same enthusiasm to growing roses and orchids with his daughter and granddaughter. The Sacred Heart Church community was a second family to Louis. During his 60 years as an active church member, he was always willing to lend a hand, advice and support toward any parish improvement project.

Thanks to the professionals at the Health Connection and UMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, he stayed physically active. Until his last day, Louis truly lived a full life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Daniel Boone Regional Library would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, March 17, 2011

Carol Jane McCall Bowling, 86, formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Carol was born in Lexington, Tenn., the oldest child of John A. and Raulie Yates McCall. She came to Columbia in 1941 to attend Stephens College and later the University of Missouri, where she earned a degree in business administration. While at Stephens, she met Dale O. Bowling, her future husband. They married in 1943 and spent 62 years in Columbia until his death in 2005.

Dale was a University of Missouri vice president, and they were loyal MU Tiger fans. They also were avid golfers for many years.

Survivors include sons Robert and his wife, Gail, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and John and his wife, LaDona, of Charlotte; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Bowling Clinical Research Fund for Parkinson’s Disease, c/o Nell Lucas, KU Endowment, MS 3012, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 66160.

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



Published Tuesday, March 22, 2011

John James Stolt, 75, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Missouri United Methodist Church.

He was born in Pocahontas, Ark., on July 28, 1935.

Dr. Stolt was a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, BA 1958, and the University of Missouri, MSE 1965 and EdD 1977.

In 1958, he began his career teaching English and coaching football in southeast Missouri and Illinois.

In 1967, he became the assistant principal at Jefferson Junior High in Columbia and later principal. From 1978 to 1984, he served as associate superintendent in St. Joseph. He returned to Columbia and was associate superintendent with Columbia Public Schools until retirement in 1991. He was an adjunct professor in the College of Education at MU in the 1990s.

John was an active member of Missouri United Methodist Church until his illness and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver for 19 years.

He enjoyed playing golf with friends, writing poetry and spending precious time with family.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Tommye; a son, John Thomas Stolt (wife Julie); daughters Judith LaRose (husband Paul) and Jana Crane; grandchildren Sara, Matt and Jana K. Stolt, Claire, Grace, Kate and Joe LaRose, Max, John, Daisy and Eden Crane; brother Alan Stolt (wife Bonnie); nephew Mike Stolt; and niece Susan Spencer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Public School Foundation, P.O. Box 1234, Columbia, Mo., 65205, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65203. Condolences and tributes may be sent to columbicremationcare@yahoo.com.


Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mary Alice Crane, 99, of Columbia passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011, at South Hampton Place.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Alice was born was born on Aug. 3, 1911, in Stoddard County to Herman and Myra Garrett Nichols, and they preceded her in death. She married Wayne Crane on Feb. 18, 1933, in Boone County, and he preceded her in death in 1990.

She was a 1929 graduate of Ashland High School, and during her school years, her transportation was her horse, which she rode fall, winter and spring three miles each way. After graduating from high school, she pursued a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri, qualifying her to teach in one-room schools. She used her teaching credentials for one year at the Jones School in Hartsburg and for three years at the Pauley School west of Ashland.

Alice was active during her daughter’s school years at Ridgeway Elementary School, where she was PTA president several times. She was also active in the PTAs at Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School, where she supported her daughters as they progressed through school.

She was an active member of the Mary Martha Circle of Kings’ Daughters, the Order of Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge and held several different offices in these organizations over the years. She enjoyed quilting — each grandchild has an “Alice original” quilt that they cherish — and ceramics.

Alice is survived by daughters, Gwen (Frank) Cockrell of Overland Park, Kan., Jacquelyn (George) Stamper of Four Seasons and Judith Denney of Kansas City; grandchildren Marcus Cockrell, Matthew Cockrell, Allison Cockrell Hurley, Ronald Graves, Bob Graves, Jane Ann Denney and Curtis Denney; sister Ora Lee Epperson; great-grandchildren Matthew and Will Graves, Wilson, Campbell, Harper and Walker Graves, Sam and Ben Hurley, and Julian Duff; five stepchildren, Leesa Ingalls, Laura Nunnelly, Leslie Stamper, George Stamper Jr. and Geoffrey Stamper; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by brothers J. Harold Nichols and James Nichols; and sister Elaine Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2833 E. Battlefield Road, Building B, Suite 100, Springfield, Mo., 65804.

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


Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sylvia Hahn McCann, 73, of Columbia passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at The Bluffs nursing home in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Memorial Funeral Home.

She was born on March 10, 1938, in Olney, Ill., the daughter of the late Bertha and Otto Hahn of Olney, Ill. She was united in marriage to Raymond Dee McCann Sr. on Nov. 20, 1963, and he preceded her in death in May 2007.

Survivors include her children, Raymond Dee McCann Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Clearwater, Fla., Anastasia McCann-Harris and her husband, Michael, of Kansas City, Kan., and Marlese M. Loveall and her husband, L. Dale Loveall, of Columbia; and one grandchild, Lieska McCann of Clearwater.

Sylvia was the fourth of seven daughters and raised in Olney, Ill. She graduated from East Richland High School in 1956.

She worked for GTE, Golden International and Columbia Prosthetics.

Sylvia and Dean raised their children in Columbia.  Sylvia was a devoted wife and loved working in the yard with her kids and cooking on the weekends for her family. She enjoyed bowling, watching football, baseball and stock car racing and reading. Sylvia loved music. We will miss and always remember the memories she made for us. 

She was especially close to her wonderful caregivers of one year, The Bluffs nursing home. Our family cannot begin to thank you for your kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of your loved one who has been stricken with the disease or in the name of Sylvia McCann.

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


Published Sunday, April 24, 2011

The family of Dr. Nylen W. “Eddie” Edwards announces his sudden passing on Friday, April 8, 2011. He was 90 years old.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Kathie Jackson of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Military honors will be performed at his graveside service. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, followed by the memorial service.

He is survived by his sons, Michael of Evanston, Ill., James Christopher of Kansas City and Steven of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; as well as seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His first wife of 47 years, Barbara Graham Edwards, and his second wife, Helen Abel Edwards, both preceded him in death.

Nylen was born March 23, 1921, in Las Animas, Colo., to Victor and Bertha Edwards. The family moved to Davies County, Missouri, in 1922. Nylen, aka “Sappy,” graduated as valedictorian of Winston High School in 1938. During his school years, he was recognized as an outstanding athlete, toastmaster and musician.

In 1942, Nylen graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg with a bachelor’s degree in education. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a lieutenant in June 1942. Nylen became the lead navigator for a B-24 photographic bomber squadron in the South Pacific. His pre-invasion missions included the islands of Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Truk, and Iwo Jima. He was awarded several Theatre Stars and the Distinguished Air Medal for his actions.

Nylen and Barbara were married in October 1944 in Warrensburg. After the war, he continued his pursuit of advanced educational degrees and career choices. Nylen enrolled at Auburn University in Alabama, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical administration in 1947. He then attended the University of Maryland, receiving his Master of Arts in business administration in transportation and marketing in 1948. At this time, Nylen joined the faculty at Wichita State University as an assistant professor. In 1953, the University of Missouri offered him an assistant professorship position teaching marketing, logistics and transportation. Nylen received his doctorate from the University of Indiana in 1957 and became a full professor. Nylen served for five years as the assistant dean for the College of Business and Public Administration (B&PA). He taught Transportation and Logistics from 1953 to 1985, when he retired as professor emeritus. He continued to teach as an adjunct professor for another five years.

The students who majored in business deeply appreciated classes taught by Dr. Nylen Edwards. Affectionately recognized by his students by the moniker “Professor Choo Choo,” Nylen thrived on the one-to-one interaction with his students. He was constantly sought out as an adviser because he cared about individual students and their success at the university and beyond. His former students continue to tell his sons that he was the best professor they ever had at Mizzou. Besides his teaching and advising responsibilities, Nylen served as academic adviser for Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and the Logistics Club. He also was the regional president for the Midwestern Economics Club.

Outside the classroom, Nylen’s impact was equally important. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served many terms as a deacon, trustee and elder. He also was the president of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and regional officer for Kiwanis International. He was a member of the COLT Advisory Board that manages the Columbia short line railroad.

Additionally, Nylen was active in sports. He officiated and umpired football, basketball and baseball games for many years around Central Missouri. During the ’60s, Mizzou football coach Dan Devine always invited Nylen to referee his Black and Gold spring scrimmages. Nylen was a founder of Daniel Boone Little League and served as its president and umpire-in-chief for years. Nylen was active in building the baseball fields formerly at the Boone County Fairgrounds and the present ones on Scott Boulevard.

Nylen’s life was dedicated to community, country, students and teaching. Although his physical presence will be missed, his impact will be felt by others for decades to come.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Columbia Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Columbia, Mo. 65205.

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


Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Henrietta “Henri” Smith Fields, 91, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at her home.

Private family services will be at a later date.

She was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Novelty to Bill and Maude Smith.

She married Harry Fields, and he preceded her in death in November 2008.

Henrietta was a great athlete and played basketball at Novelty High School. She attended the University of Missouri on a music scholarship. She later received a bachelor’s degree in business. She worked at the School of Husbandry and Instructional Design for the University of Missouri and worked tirelessly in the home preparing delicious meals daily. Henrietta gave to her family unconditional love. She was intelligent, honest and compassionate. She loved being outdoors, working in her yard with geraniums and wildflowers, reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from front to back, and she loved to sing.

Survivors include four children, Michael J. Fields and wife Sheila, James R. Fields, Mary L. Windmiller and husband Gene, all of Columbia, and Susan A. Fields and husband Jeff Scott of Englewood; six grandchildren, Nicholas Windmiller, Eric and Andrea Fields, Chelsea Fields, Harrison and Isabelle Cunningham, Eric and Cyndi Fields and Andrea and Anthony Bell; and four great-grandchildren, Blake Bell, Carter Bell, Alexander Fields and Austen Mary Fields.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011

James Adelbert Buckman, 85, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Sacred Heart Church in Columbia. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia.

Jim was born July 8, 1926, in Shelbina to Otis and Frances Buckman. He was a veteran of World War II.

Jim married Jeanne Tipton Buckman on Feb. 22, 1955, and she survives.

Survivors include sons David Kim and Kimberly Buckman of Darby, Mont., and Charles Keith Buckman and wife Karen of Fair Grove; grandchildren Gus Buckman of Missoula, Mont., Emma Kate, Korrie and Kurt Buckman of Fair Grove; sisters Veronica Gander of Shelbina, Jane Hightower of Kingfisher, Okla., and Madge March of Hallsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Guy and Sam; and a dear son, James Kevin.

Jim loved spending time outdoors and shared this passion with his sons and was one of the founding members of the Columbia Sportsmen’s Club. He was a fabulous storyteller and never tired of entertaining friends and family with his life experiences and journeys.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion in Shelbina or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, April 17, 2011

Venita Goldie Redman Elder, 84, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Columbia.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearingin, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Parker Funeral Service.

Mrs. Elder was born June 17, 1926, in Boone County to Charles Augustus and Myrtie Belle Smith Redman. She was married to Raymond Ardell Elder on Dec. 17, 1945, and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Elder’s husband, Ray, was in the U.S. Army for 20 years, and they lived in Texas and Germany. They lived in California, Mo., for 18 years, returning to Columbia in 1998.

She was a housewife who enjoyed gardening, cooking for her family, camping and fishing, and spending time with the grandchildren, her sisters and special friend Shirley McNear. She volunteered for more than 20 years at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. Mrs. Elder was of the Baptist faith, joining the church when she lived in Texas. Mrs. Elder was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her son Richard Elder and his wife Sharon of California, Mo.; two daughters, Nancy Bishop and her husband Mick of New Franklin, and Janis McCray and her husband Ron of Columbia; two sisters, Vi Purdy and her husband Don, and Joy Henry; two brothers-in-law, Bob Elder and Jerry Elder; 10 grandchildren, Jackie and Blake Koetting, Joni and Jason Bieri, Wayne and Michelle Bishop, Jacob and Renee Houg, Kevin and Kelly Bishop, Jaimie and Kyle Hentges, Randi Hancock, Kim and Lance Griffin, Amanda and James Carroll, and Tony McCray; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and loving and caring friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray, great-grandson, Brady Griffin; three brothers; and two sisters.

Memorials may be given to Central Missouri Honor Flight or the American Heart Association.

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


Published Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Alice R. Brownlee, 91, of Columbia passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011.

A memorial gathering will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 21, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Alice was born March 27, 1920, in Little Rock, Ark., to Forrest Massie and Velma Lucille Trail Rowley. The family moved to New Haven, where she grew up on the family farm at Trail Hill.

She graduated from Christian College, now Columbia College, and the University of Missouri. She married Richard S. Brownlee II on Oct. 27, 1941. He preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1990.

Alice was active in the Cecil Taylor Circle of Kings Daughters, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority National Board. She was also very supportive of the Friends of Arrow Rock and served on the board of the State Historical Society of Missouri. She was a kind and caring person who loved her children and her many friends deeply. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by one son, Richard S. Brownlee III and his wife, Kate, of Jefferson City; and one daughter, Margaret Brownlee of Columbia.

Memorials may be given to Kappa Kappa Gamma, Missouri Mansion Preservation Inc., 722 E. Capitol, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, or the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, 217 Oscar Drive, Suite A, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101.

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


Published Thursday, April 21, 2011

Milton D. Glick, 73, loving husband, father and grandfather, 15th president of the University of Nevada, Reno and nationally respected figure in higher education, whose academic career spanned more than 50 years, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Reno.

Services will be at a later date.

Dr. Glick was born July 30, 1937, in Memphis, Tenn., to Lewis Glick and Sylvia Kleinman Glick. He married Peggy Porter on June 22, 1965, after a long courtship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., where the two had met while Dr. Glick was pursuing his doctorate degree in chemistry and Peggy was pursuing her degree in mathematics. The couple had two children. Son David was born June 6, 1970. Son Sandy was born Dec. 13, 1971. David resides in Seattle, Wash., is married to Jennifer and has two children, sons Toby and Elijah. Sandy resides in Vienna, Va., is married to Laura Pennycuff and has one child, daughter Nina. Of all the accomplishments in his life, Dr. Glick said he was most proud of his family. He noted Peggy had been a high school mathematics teacher, earned her master’s degree in economics and had worked as a financial analyst while raising two sons who were bright, talented and compassionate toward their families and others.

Dr. Glick grew up in Rock Island, Ill., part of the “Quad Cities” area along the Illinois-Iowa border. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Augustana College in Rock Island in 1959. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., in 1965.

After two years of post-doctoral studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Dr. Glick joined the chemistry faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit. He remained at Wayne State for 17 years. During this time, he became a leader of the Faculty Senate, and during his final five years there served as chair of the Department of Chemistry. In the initial phase of his academic career, Dr. Glick was a noted researcher in the field of X-ray crystallography. His work was funded for 15 consecutive years by the National Science Foundation, and he published 99 research articles during this time.

Dr. Glick’s first senior administrative position was dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri in Columbia from 1983-88. As dean of the College of Arts and Science, Dr. Glick was responsible for many advances, including a writing-across-the-curriculum program that became a model for other universities. He then spent three years, 1988-91, as provost at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, serving as interim president of Iowa State for the final eight months.

Dr. Glick served 15 years as executive vice president and provost at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. During his tenure at Arizona State — first as senior vice president and, later, as executive vice president and provost — Arizona State experienced unprecedented success, enjoying a 20 percent improvement in its freshman retention rate, a 15 percent improvement in its graduation rate and a doubling of the number of minorities enrolled. The Tempe campus became the largest in the United States in terms of enrollment, and the number of National Merit Scholars rose from about a dozen to more than 500. Funding for sponsored research tripled, and ASU recruited 10 faculty with prestigious national academy memberships and one Nobel Laureate. ASU President Michael Crow said, “Milt Glick was one of America’s great educators. He fought his entire career for all to have access to a great university and lived his life for that purpose. He helped ASU to achieve that goal with 15 years of service and leadership, and we are of greater service because of his leadership, intellect and drive.”

Dr. Glick was appointed president of the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2006 and took office in August 2006. During his five-year tenure as president of the state of Nevada’s oldest institution of higher learning, Dr. Glick led the campus to historic institutional and reputational milestones in areas ranging from student success to campus expansion to research capacity. Under Dr. Glick’s direction, the University of Nevada, Reno increased its number of National Merit Scholars from a handful to 38 during the 2010-2011 academic year — a record for the state of Nevada. For these efforts, the university was named a prestigious National Merit Scholarship sponsor school. In 2010-2011, the university set all-time records for enrollment and graduation. In addition, freshman retention rates reached 80 percent, also an institutional record. In fall 2010, for the first time in the university’s history, the institution was named a Tier I school in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. Dr. Glick stressed the value of creating a “sticky campus” — a dynamic campus setting where both the student body and the community are engaged and excited — and with the opening of key buildings such as the Joe Crowley Student Union, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the Center for Molecular Medicine and the Davidson Mathematics and Science Building, he was able to markedly strengthen the connection between the campus and the community it serves. Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich said, “Milt was an outstanding leader and has left an indelible mark on the University of Nevada, Reno and the state. Milt had a wonderful sense of humor and an engaging, enthusiastic style. He poured his energy and his love of life and education into the university and our state, and that commitment should long be a source of pride and gratitude for all Nevadans.” U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said, Dr. Glick “was a breath of fresh air on campus with his trademark hat and great sense of humor. He was loved by faculty and students alike. Milt fostered a culture of excellence at the university by increasing graduation rates, growing the school’s capacity as a research university and building a more diverse student body by opening the doors to a college education for more Nevada students. Dr. Glick was a renowned scientist, teacher and leader, and Nevada will miss him dearly.”

In addition to his body of work as an administrator, researcher and teacher, Dr. Glick also was a nationally prominent figure in the use of technology in public higher education. He was a technology consultant and senior fellow of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research and presented often on the roles and implications of information technology in higher education.

Dr. Glick was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Sylvia; and brother Barry.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Glick’s family requests donations be made to the Dr. Milton D. Glick Memorial, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, Nev., 89557. Condolences to the family may be mailed to this address or, to post remembrances and condolences, visit www.unr.edu/in-memoriam.


Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on May 5, 2011

Edythe Russell, 94, of West Pierce Street, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Lakeview Christian Home.

Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at Lakeview Christian Home Chapel with Chaplain John Mezger officiating. Interment will follow in St. John Garden Memorial Mausoleum, Jeanerette, La. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edythe Russell was born June 23, 1916, in Bloodland, Mo., to George and Nellie (Deaton) Koonce. She graduated from Bloodland High School in 1933, married Paul Flint McAtee and had two sons, later marrying Chester J. Caskey and had two more sons.

Edythe raised her family and worked in the PX at Ft. Leonard Wood, and at a day care center in Phoenix, and lived in several states. After Chester's death, she married James A. Russell in 1967. They moved to Carlsbad in 1989, where Edythe was active in church works. She enjoyed people, loved to volunteer helping young people, loved to entertain, cooking, fashion and collecting mugs.

Survivors include sons: Paul F. McAtee Jr. and wife, Marilyn of Glendale, Calif., Chester J. Caskey Jr. and wife, Cathy of Spokane, Wash., and Joseph V. Caskey and wife, Donna of Ontario, Calif.; and nine grandchildren: Paul F. McAtee, Joshua Caskey, Crystal Caliri, Amanda Caskey, Will Caskey, John Caskey, Christine Caskey, Anthony Caskey and Michael Caskey.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association , 2625 Pennsylvania NE #225, and Albuquerque, NM 87110. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.


Published Friday, April 22, 2011

Larry E. Yeakey, 64, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at New Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1947, in Moberly to Charles E. Yeakey and Edith Baker Yeakey, and they preceded him in death. He married Martha Gardner on June 13, 1981, in Columbia.

Larry retired after 30 years as a custodian at Campus Facilities at the University of Missouri. He also was a Vietnam veteran. He leaves behind many relatives and friends.

Survivors include his wife; son Jonathan Yeakey; three brothers, Danny Yeakey, Billy Yeakey and Jack Yeakey.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church.

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


Published Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Richard Lewis “R.L.” Weibel, 80, of Columbia died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Audrain Medical Center.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1020 El Chaparral, Columbia. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. A private family burial was held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Richard was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Jefferson City, the son of Lewis Henry and Ruby Ann Sanspeur Weibel. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and on Oct. 7, 1951, he married Betty Ann Chilton.

He attended the University of Texas-Arlington and worked in aircraft engineering for General Electric. He then worked for the city of Columbia and farmed. Richard served on various agricultural and community commissions and boards. 

He and his wife received an award recognizing their conservation practices.

In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by a daughter, Glenda DeShon and her husband, Jeff, of Columbia; two grandchildren, Justin DeShon (wife Jenny) and Jessica DeShon and a great-grandson, Chase DeShon, all of Columbia; two brothers, Robert Weibel of Thompson and Donald Weibel of Athens, Texas; three sisters, Anella Crisp of Lindale, Texas, Ruth Little of Columbia and Joann Bullard of Ashland.

Memorials may be made to the New Horizon United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com.


Published Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nina Katherine Thrift, 88, formerly of Columbia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Topeka, Kan.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family invites friends to a visitation in celebration of her life from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m.

Nina was born Nov. 30, 1922. She married Eugene Huntley Thrift on Aug. 21, 1940.

Nina was a loving wife and homemaker. She and Eugene opened their home to shelter and loved 52 foster children over several years.

Nina also excelled during her long career at Boone Hospital Center, where she retired at the age of 78, spending the majority of her time welcoming new lives in the labor and delivery unit.

Nina enjoyed spending simple time with her family on the farm, doing chores, riding horses and cooking.

Nina also had a love for the Lake of the Ozarks and vacationing with family.

Nina is survived by five daughters, Dorothy Romero of Jamestown, Nancy Bingham and Kathy Blackburn, both of Columbia, Mary Thrift of Charleston, S.C., and Barbara Boos of Topeka, Kan.; three sons, Steven Thrift of Sedalia, Michael Thrift of Columbia and Allen Thrift of Port Luci, Fla.; a sister, Jean Schaffer; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son Richard Thrift; granddaughter Amber Thrift; two sisters; and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Nina to the Make a Wish Foundation or a charity of donor’s choosing.

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


Published Sunday, May 1, 2011

Joyce Murray, 95, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Joyce was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Nettleton, Ark., to Clarence and Bertha Wester Sagely, and they preceded her in death.

She was a longtime member and enjoyed going to Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, where she had many great friends. Joyce was a longtime member of White Shrine, and she had been a member of Eastern Star Boone Chapter 290 since 1964. Joyce worked as the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Roy E. Murray Tile Co. She loved going with her family to their cabin at Lake of the Ozarks, which they enjoyed for many years. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly.

Joyce is survived by her grandsons, Steven Boyer, Brandon Boyer and Steven Boyer Jr.; along with her sister, Norma Lou (Don) Belk.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy; and her son, Darryl Murray.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.

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


Published Sunday, May 1, 2011

Minnie Colvin Fox, 91, formerly of Columbia, died Friday, April 29, 2011, in St. Charles.

Services will be at noon Monday, May 2, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Mrs. Fox was born July 26, 1919, in Boone County to Edgar and Gladys Crane Colvin. She married J.W. Fox on Sept. 27, 1941, in Boone County. They were married for 58 years until his death in 2000.

She worked at Columbia College and, in retirement, volunteered at Columbia Regional Hospital and was an avid quilter. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney (Ellen) Fox of Kansas City and Andy (Debbie) Fox of Columbia; a daughter, Jane (Jerry) Smith of St. Charles; a sister, Edna Sublett of Kansas City; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Miller.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201; or to the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dortheda Leath, 86, of Keller, Texas, formerly of Columbia, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the First Christian Church in Columbia with Pastor Larry Veatch officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Macon.

Dortheda was born March 30, 1925, in Bevier, the daughter of John and Maudie Hill Simons. She was united in marriage to Bryan Leath Jr. on Dec. 25, 1942. Dottie’s eyes sparkled, whether she was engaged in a political debate, laughing with friends, stubbornly sharing her opinion or with her family, especially her husband, Bryan. When they met, Dottie told him he had to learn to dance if they were going to date. He didn’t hesitate to ask her to teach him. Throughout their 68 years of marriage, they continued to dance beautifully together.

Her devotion to family was unshakable. She often reminded her children and grandchildren that the sky is the limit and encouraged them to soar. Her compassionate spirit, sense of humor and loyalty to her family will be missed.

Dortheda was a member of the First Christian Church in Columbia. She enjoyed reading and watching the birds and animals.

Dortheda is survived by husband Bryan of the home; one son, Richard Leath and his wife, Kristy, of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Judy Elliott and her husband, Ron, of the Knoxville, Tenn., and Barbara Leath of Grapevine; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Cheryl; three brothers, Bernard, Jesse “Vinny” and John Norman Simons.

Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive in Columbia. Services are under the direction of Hutton and McElwain Funeral Home in Macon.

Online condolences may be made to www.greeningeaganhayes.com.


Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Helen Amanda Wade, 96, of Columbia died Monday, May 9, 2011, at University Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the funeral service at Memorial Funeral Home.

Helen was born Oct. 14, 1914, in Columbia to Presley West and Lavonia Berry West. She attended Wade School, where she met her husband, Ray Wade. They married on Oct. 31, 1934, in Centralia. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1984.

Helen was a member of Dripping Springs Christian Church and its quilting group. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed her various sewing projects. She also loved going anywhere as long as it was with her family members.

Before her passing, Helen enjoyed spending her days at Summit Villa, an assisted living home in Holts Summit. She was very appreciative of the loving and caring staff, the companionship of fellow residents and the vast number of daily activities. She was fanatical about bingo and would always show off the number of bingo bucks she had won.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Fenton; son-in-law Carl Fenton; two granddaughters, Debra Guthrie and husband Stephen and Connie Fenton; and three great-grandchildren, Jason and Sara Guthrie and Carlee Fenton, all of Columbia.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband; and one grandchild, Peggy Leigh Fenton.

Memorials are suggested to Coyote Hill Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1, Harrisburg, Mo., 67256.

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



Published Sunday, May 15, 2011

James “Jack” R. Holland, 87, of Columbia passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at home after a hard fought battle with cancer.
 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday.

Jack was born March 31, 1924, to Thurman and Jennie Hobson Holland in Parke County, Ind.

From 1943 to 1949, he served in World War II in the Navy. He was in the Asiatic Pacific. After the war. He became a member of the Pacific tuna fleet as a deckhand and an engine room assistant.
In 1955 he acquired his license as a chief engineer. From 1966-70, after recovering from a broken neck, he worked as a civilian in Vietnam as port engineer at Da Nang and Cam Ranh Bay.

In 1970, he returned to San Diego to become a chief engineer in the tuna fleet. He worked briefly in the Pacific Northwest on the barges to Alaska.

After moving to Columbia in 1978, he began working for Square D as an electrician until his retirement in 1992.
Not wanting to quit working, he immediately went to work in the gambling boat industry. He was chief engineer on various casino boats in the Quad Cities area; Peoria, Baton Rouge, La.; Kansas City; and Louisville, Ky. He was construction engineer for the Capitol Queen in Jefferson City. He retired in 2005.

He loved bowling and his three black cats, Baby, Midnight and Py.

Jack is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce; his son, Mark Alley and Stacey; his grandson, Zachary Alley and Sabrina; a sister, Rovigne Bracken of Covington, Ill.; a brother, Richard Holland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Randy Holland and Arianne Holland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Central Missouri Food Bank. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dolores LaVonne Heizelman, 81, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Liberty Baptist Church.

Mrs. Heizelman was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Northwood, Iowa, the daughter of the late Albert Edward and Helen Grace Clayton Miller.

She was married in 1953 to Donald Ray Heizelman, and he preceded her in death in 1992.

Mrs. Heizelman worked with her daughter providing childcare for 22 years. She was known to the children as “Grandma Dee” and as “Dodie” to her family. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, dancing and singing. She attended Liberty Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Debra Purvis and husband Jim of Columbia; siblings, Margaret Eske of Buffalo, Mo., and Roger E. “Bud” Miller of Belleview, Neb.; grandchildren, David, Darin and DeAna Grant; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Joseph, Gracen and David; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Timothy; and sister, Avis Sherrard

Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Baptist Church for the children’s cancer fund.

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


Published Thursday, May 26, 2011

Edward L Hampton, 88, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home. Internment will be private with military honors.

Ed was born June 19, 1922, to Edward Sr. and Lizzie Prince Hampton in Wardsville, and they preceded him in death. He married Doris Scheidt on Dec. 2, 1950, in St. Peters Church in Jefferson City.

Ed established the first Boy Scout Troop at Russell Boulevard Elementary where he was Scoutmaster. He was an Eagle Scout, helped to establish Camp Thunderbird and received the Silver Beaver award for his years of service to Scouting.

During World War II, he was a pilot of a B-17 bomber in the Army Air Forces. He achieved the rank of captain, was wounded during a mission over Germany and received the Purple Heart medal. He was a volunteer for 21 years at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Downtown Optimist Club, VFW, American Legion, the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris; one son, Edward L. Hampton III and wife Barbara of Covington, Wash.; one daughter, Mary E. Flowers of Columbia; three grandchildren, Kimberly Darby and husband Chris of Covington, Justin Hampton of Covington and Travis Flowers of Columbia; and one great-grandchild, Cody Edward Darby of Covington.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Marjorie Tegarden and Dr. Nellie Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials by be given to the PET MO-Columbia, First Baptist Church or the Boy Scouts.

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


Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Mildred L. Winscott, 93, a lifelong Columbia resident, died May 26, 2011 at The Stuart House in Centralia.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 11:30–1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. all at Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Winscott was born in rural Boone County on June 27, 1917. She was the oldest of five children of William Miller Mathis and Zalie Lee White. On May 1, 1938 Mildred married James Delbert Winscott. They attended college and lived all of their adult lives in Columbia. Delbert preceded her in death in 1991. Mr. and Mrs. Winscott were founding members of Calvary Baptist Church and opened their home to college students and young families over many years. She served as the church secretary, was an executive secretary for MFA Insurance, and a statistician for the United States Agriculture Department.

Mrs. Winscott is survived by her daughter Zay Winscott Reynolds of East Lansing, MI; one sister, Martha Seymour (Sidney) of Sturgeon; one brother, Clifford Mathis of Sumner, WA; one granddaughter, Dr. Michelle Winscott of Phoenix, AZ and two grandsons, Michael Winscott (Keri) of Portland, OR and Walter A. Reynolds III (Sharon) of Haslett, MI. Mrs. Winscott is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lola Mathis; many nieces and nephews; two great granddaughters of Portland, OR and two great grandsons of Haslett, MI.

She was preceded in death by husband Delbert; one son, James Lee Winscott; one sister Oneda Carr; one brother Eldred Mathis; and son-in-law Walter A. Reynolds, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sturgeon Rest Home, P.O. Box 328, Sturgeon, MO 65248.

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


Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vivian Irene Conklin, 79 of Columbia passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Vivian was born Oct. 13, 1931, in Hallsville to Jabe and Opal Wade. She married Roger Conklin in 1951, and he survives.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and spoiling her grandchildren.

Vivian was a member of the White Shrine for more than 50 years.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Roger; two sons, 
Randall Conklin and wife Sondra of Columbia and Russell Conklin and wife Joyce of Hallsville; a brother, David Wade; two grandchildren, Ryan Conklin and Renee Conklin; and many nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Rea Proctor, 96, formerly of Columbia, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Denver.

A private celebration of Betty’s life will be in August in Columbia. Her ashes will be interred in the Proctor family plot at Memorial Park Cemetery at that time.

Daughter of Nelle Marlatt and Ernest Rea, Betty was born in Indianola, Iowa, and grew up with her family in Des Moines.

She married native Columbian Charlie Proctor in 1939, and after his service as a captain in the Army in World War II, they lived in Columbia until his death in 2003.

Betty moved to Denver to be near her daughter, Bettina Proctor, in 2007.

Betty was an extraordinary communicator, poet, peace advocate and patron of the arts and literature.

Charlie always said it was her mission in life to “connect everyone with just the right book.”

She is survived by her daughter, Bettina; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Betty’s son, Leslie Proctor II, preceded her in death on March 15.

Cards may be sent to Bettina Proctor, 2261 Hudson St., Denver, Colo., 80207.

The family requests memorial donations be sent to the Friends of Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 1267, Columbia, Mo., 65205, or the Friends of Peace Studies, University of Missouri, 243 Walter Williams Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65201-1200.


Published Thursday, June 2, 2011

Melvin “Mel” Joe Heath Sr., 79, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Millard Family Funeral Home. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born on Sept. 26, 1931, in Columbia to Vernon and Jewel Heath.

Mel was raised in Rocheport and attended high school in New Franklin. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. After serving his country, he returned home to Columbia and opened a service station on what is now Business Loop 70. In 1955 he met his beloved wife, Rosie, and they wed on Aug. 5, 1956. Mel and Rosie started their family in 1960 and believed in taking an active role in the children’s activities. Mel was interested in youth athletics and often recalled the sheer delight of awarding the sportsmanship trophy to an unsuspecting youngster who came to the team with minimal skills, both social and athletic. Mel was involved in campfire girls, Cub/Boy Scouts, Mighty Might football and coaching baseball. In 1984, Mel changed occupations and became an independent painting contractor. Mel was an exceptional bowler and was inducted into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame. He always enjoyed playing cards with friends, working in his garden and volunteering at the Senior Activity Center, where he served on several committees and the board of directors.

Mel is survived by his wife, Rosie; a son, Joe (Jennifer) Heath; a daughter, Debbie (Arbie) Johnson; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters; six brothers; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joey; and one brother, Steve.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 East Ash Street; Columbia, MO 65203. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com.


Published Saturday, June 4, 2011

Geraldine Ruth Lange, 79, of Columbia passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at her home.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

She was born March 15, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of the late Paul Anthony and Ruth Ione Lee Ryan.

She was united in marriage to Leo Jerome Lange on June 23, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colfax, Iowa.

In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by her children, Thomas Jerome Lange (Jill), Jennifer Anne Linn (Mark), Stephen Joseph Lange (Teresa), and Sara Elizabeth Deutschmann (James); grandchildren, Ann Schreiber (Sven), Bethany Baar (Erik), Erin Lange, Andrew Linn, Meaghan Linn, Brian Lange, Ingrid Lange, Joseph Deutschmann and Laura Deutschmann; great-grandchildren, Clara Baar and Calvin Schreiber; and one brother-in-law, Norman Vandehaar.

Gerry was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed her many friendships and was an expert at knitting and needlepoint. She treasured and took pride in her Irish heritage. Mrs. Lange was an accomplished piano teacher for 34 years in her Columbia home. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

She attended Drake University for two years, graduating from the University of Colorado with her Bachelor of Music Education degree. Mrs. Lange and her husband were members of St. Thomas More Newman Center and Our Lady of Lourdes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Catholic Charities. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

 


Published Sunday, June 12, 2011

Luther Wayne Gladney, 83, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Wayne was a hard worker from an early age on his parents’ dairy farm. He owned restaurants in Columbia: G&G, Max’s Campus Snack, Ernie’s Steak House, Farmer’s Café, White House, Salt and Pepper Lounge and others. In “retirement” he was known as “The Wood Man,” rural mail delivery man, Meals on Wheels driver and FedEx expedited driver.

Wayne was the devoted dad of Suzanne (Alan) and Rebecca (Eddie); grandpa of Charlie (Bobbi), Elizabeth (Katie) and Sarah (Pat); and great-granddad of Mary, Patrick, Joseph, John and Ruth. He married Betty June Graves and knew the joys of a perfect match for 62 years. Together they gave love, attention, advice and wisdom to their daughters and granddaughters.

In the words of his family, “Our love for Dad surpasses every measure except the love he had for us.” He was devoted to his family and took joy in working and talking to everyone he met.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201 or Ronald McDonald House, 2501 Cherry, Kansas City, Mo., 64108.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pon Chinn, 84, of Columbia died Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the Firestone Baars Chapel at Stephens College.

Pon was born in Kwangtung, China. He came to the United States with his uncle in 1936 at the age of 10. In North Platte, Neb., he grew up working in the restaurant business owned and operated by his father and uncles. In 1948, he participated in Boys State, where he was elected governor from Nebraska. He went on to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C., where he had the honor of meeting President Harry S. Truman.

Pon graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1955. While attending the University of Nebraska, he met the love of his life, Elsa Carino Palafox, from the Philippines. Pon and Elsa shared the joy of three wonderful children. Kimi, Kathi and Kevin carried into adult life the many artistic, intellectual and caring attributes of their parents. With the untimely death of his Elsa in 1979, he continued his successful career while raising his family.

In 1959, the family moved to Columbia. Pon was hired as the in-house architect for Stephens College, where he remained for two years. In the early 1960s, the architectural firm of Chinn, Cragin & Darrough was established. In the early 1970s, the partnership dissolved, and Pon soon after established Chinn & Associates, Inc., where he practiced and mentored many local architects until his recent death. Pon left a legacy of commercial and residential projects in Columbia and surrounding areas. Notable projects in Columbia include Columbia Regional Airport, the downtown canopy, Boone County National Bank facilities, the Langley Atrium at the First Christian Church, the A.L. Gustin Golf Course Clubhouse and both city of Columbia golf course clubhouses. Along with his architectural practice, Pon taught architectural delineation in the Housing and Interior Design Department at the University of Missouri for 17 years and ventured into opening several restaurant businesses, including the first Chinese restaurant in Columbia, Kai Min. He also was involved with a number of community boards and service organizations including BOCA Building Code Revision Committee, Columbia Building Code Board of Appeals, Columbia Fire Code Board of Appeals and the Downtown Rotary Club, and he served on a multitude of advisory committees. In addition, he most recently taught Chinese cooking classes through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MU.

Pon was a very creative and insightful person, with a keen eye for architectural aesthetics. He welcomed design challenges and built a reputation for designing timeless, artistic buildings of quality and optimal function. Pon also was an excellent cook, loved to entertain, enjoyed traveling overseas, golfing, hunting, fishing and woodworking, in addition to being a wonderful father and teacher. He was a humble, personable and gentle man who left a lasting impression with those he befriended. He had a zest for life and shared his enthusiasm with his family and friends. He always carried with him a youthful smile and sense of humor.

We know he greatly appreciated all the support of his family and friends through his declining health over the past year and a half. We will miss his generous nature and charming personality, but we will keep his spirit alive as we cherish the wonderful times spent with him.

Pon is survived by three children, Kimi Chinn Rother and husband Rick Rother of Columbia, Kathi Chinn of Columbia, and Kevin Chinn and wife Linda Chinn of Atlanta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Steve Chin; and his son, Warren Chinn.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a fund be established to support local youth golf programs and a legacy memorial in Pon’s name. Memorials may be sent to the family in care of the Memorial Funeral Home.

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


Published Sunday, June 19, 2011

James D. Meyers passed away early on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Bluff Creek Terrace in Columbia.

A memorial service has been set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Olivet Church, with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time. Jim gifted his body to science.

Jim was born March 14, 1913, to O.D. and Nancy Meyers, and he was married for 72 years to Ella Mae Meyers, who preceded him in death.

Jim obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri in l936 and a Master of Arts degree in agriculture extension from the University of Missouri in 1951.

From 1936 through l951, except for his time in the military, he was employed as a county extension agent in a total of 14 counties in Missouri.

He served in World War II from 1942 to l946 with the 104th Infantry Division in northern Europe as operations officer of a 155 mm field artillery battalion. He was discharged with the rank of major. In 1952, he started farming in Boone County and continued to do so until his retirement. During his lifetime in Boone County, Jim served as president of Boone County Public Water District No. 9, ASCS County Committee, and as a board member of Boone County Farm Bureau, Olivet Christian Church and two school districts. In addition, he served as a Boone County special deputy sheriff.

Survivors include one daughter, Connie Grant of Columbia; one grandson, Thomas Grant of Columbia; a granddaughter, Renate Feyeraband of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a granddaughter, Kelley Howell of Eugene Ore.; and two great-grandchildren of Palm Harbor, Fla.

One daughter, Bettie Roberts, and one sister, Sue Gerard, preceded him in death.

The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Permanent Nancy, O.D. and May Meyers fund at Olivet Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

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


Published Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ralph “Gene” Munson, 79, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at University Hospital.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Praise Assembly of God, 4300 Clark Lane, with Pastor Dennis Stuart officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Ozark.

Mr. Munson was born June 12, 1932, in Barry County to Earl and Fairel Munson, who preceded him in death.

He was the oldest of three brothers. Dr. Munson was raised in Crane, where he graduated high school. He started college at the University of Missouri and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served his tour in Korea until 1954. Dr. Munson was a retired professor emeritus of entomology from the University of Missouri, where he worked for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Schwarz Munson; his son, Jeffrey E. Munson and his wife, Glenda; his daughter, Donna Marie Thomas and her husband, Joel; five grandchildren, Holly Flynn and Heather Munson, and Boen, Cole and Trey Quinlan; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert and Derril Munson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Praise Assembly of God, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.


Published Monday, June 27, 2011

J. Burdette “Burt” Baugh, 77, passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, in Springfield.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Burt was born July 21, 1933, in Chariton County to Omer and Ethel Shaw Baugh. He married Jacqueline “Jackie” Snodgrass on Jan. 28, 1956, at Thomas Hill. He enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen Baugh (Judy Ann) and Gary Baugh (Jennifer); one daughter, Lou Ann Baugh; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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


Published Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Greg Nichols, 52, of Columbia passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011, in Columbia.

A visitation commemorating Greg’s life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a private graveside service to follow.
Greg was born in Columbia on June 1, 1959. He attended Rock Bridge High School from 1974 to 1977 and also attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Greg met his wife of 29 years, Phyllis Montgomery Nichols, while attending high school.

In 1995, Greg formed a real estate management and investment company, and he continued that career throughout his life. Greg was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to travel the world, and he adored all animals.
Greg is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his parents, Dale and Louise Nichols of Columbia; his brother, Glenn Nichols of Columbia; two sisters, Julie John of Columbia and Debbie Meadors of Edmond, Okla.; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society or Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dr. David A. West, 77, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Columbia, of complications due to polio.

Private family services are being held Saturday, July 2, under the direction of Parker Funeral Service. A memorial tribute will be announced at a later date.

David was born May 3, 1934, to North and Frances West. He and his wife, Jane, were married on May 23, 1953.

Professor West taught at University of Missouri College of Business for 44 years, receiving numerous awards for teaching and research. He was active in faculty governance, community service and independent living, having used a wheelchair for more than 60 years because of polio in 1950.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, a man of vision and persistence, passion, courage and commitment, who mentored many, cared deeply and enjoyed the many happy times of life.

He is survived by Jane; their two children, Tim and his wife Susan, and Lori and her husband Karl Staub of Jefferson City; five grandchildren, Carlie and Brian West, Patrick and Diana Staub and Kara Staub Bono and husband Doug; two sisters, Mary Campbell and Carol Lewis; and his brother, Paul.

Memorials may be given to University of Missouri David A. West Scholarship Fund, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thomas Wesley “Thom” Weaver, 45, of Gardner, Kan., and formerly of Belton, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his residence in Gardner.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 306 Madison St., Gardner, Kan. Burial will follow in Gardner Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the service begins at the church.

Thom was born May 25, 1966, in Kansas City to Carrol Thomas and Nelda Ernestine Nichols Weaver, both of whom were originally from Columbia. Thom received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Missouri State University. He married Allison Elizabeth Armontrout on March 21, 1998, in Belton. He was a television engineer for Channel 2 in St. Joseph and for Channel 62 in Kansas City. His last position was for WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City.

Thom was a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir and was active in other church activities. He especially enjoyed music, was an American history buff and was a big sports fan. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Allison, and daughter, Valerie, of the home; father, Carrol Weaver, and stepmother, Ruth Weaver, of Belton; sisters Linda Williams (George) of Columbia and Cindy Baker (Rick) of Wheatland; two nephews; and two nieces.

Thom was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Valerie Weaver Education Fund.


Published Sunday, July 3, 2011

Longtime Columbia resident Mary Emma Stone, 94, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in McKinney, Texas, after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 1 p.m.

She was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Columbia to Fredrick and Mary Forbis Schmidt. She was the third youngest of a robust family of four brothers and eight sisters, and she is survived by one sister, Barbara Shives, of Chula Vista, Calif. After the early death of her father, who was the groundskeeper for Columbia Country Club, she and her siblings were raised by her mother, with Mary Emma quickly learning to cook the large family dinners so beloved by her own family in later life. She married her childhood sweetheart, Bryan Wilson Stone, on Feb. 16, 1935, and they had a long and loving marriage until his untimely passing on Jan. 1, 1981.

Wilson and Mary Emma were members of Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church and maintained close ties with their families and childhood friends throughout their lives. Mary Emma put her cooking skills to good use for several years at both the University of Missouri and MFA Insurance, where she helped in banquet service, feeding athletes, coaches and various dignitaries. Her homemade yeast rolls were legendary at any event, and the aroma of fresh-baked dinner rolls would greet her family at every Sunday luncheon. Mary Emma also was a talented seamstress, sewing sample clothing for TGY in Mexico for many years.

Mary Emma was a loving mother to her three children and delighted in their visits. Although Alzheimer’s slowly robbed her memory, it could not erase the love she had for her three children.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by her beloved daughter, Beverly Ann Boyt, and son-in-law, Harry Boyt, of Venice, Fla.; and her treasured son, Gene, and daughter-in-law, Deborah Stone, of Plano, Texas. She also is survived by and happily remembered by more than two dozen grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she deeply cherished.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Jimmy Stone, who died in Columbia on March 4, 2002.

Memorial donations are appreciated in Mary Emma’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Published Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Patricia Kraff, 72, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, at the Gerdes Meyer Funeral Home, 2414 H St. in Fairbury, Neb. Burial will follow in Fairbury Cemetery.

A celebration of life memorial service for Pat will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd. in Columbia.

Pat was born in McPherson, Kan., to Jack and Dorothy Shea Brandenburg.

She attended Fairbury, Neb., schools and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1956. She attended Fairbury Junior College, St. Joseph School of Nursing in Omaha and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Omaha University in 1961.

Pat met Mike Kraff, an Air Force officer attending OU under a military educational program. They were married Aug. 26, 1961, in Fairbury. When Mike resumed civilian life in 1977, Pat and he moved to Columbia, where they resided the rest of her life.

Pat continued her education in Columbia, earning a master’s degree in health education and counseling psychology. She worked as a home health nurse, part-time school nurse and health educator in a substance abuse center and served as a nursing supervisor in a state mental hospital.

After retiring in 1998, Pat tirelessly pursued volunteerism in Columbia. She was actively involved in the Upscale Resale shop of the local Assistance League. Pat also volunteered at the Museum of Art and Archaeology on the University of Missouri campus. Her retirement activities also included membership and participation in the University Women’s group Fortnightly, with special interest in the Bernice Burckholder Book Club and the Bess Schooling Antique Group. Pat also enjoyed extensive travel with her husband, Mike, visiting many sites in the United States and abroad. Pat loved traveling, reading and visiting museums. She was a most interesting conversationalist, a true lifelong learner with remarkable detail recall.

Pat was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; son Kevin and wife Leslie and their children, Summer and Forrest, of Los Angeles; brother Jerry and his wife, Sherrie, of Fairbury, Neb.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael.

Pat will be sorely missed by her many friends and family members, whose lives she touched with her enthusiasm and compassion. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Columbia Manor and Hospice for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be designated to The Assistance League of Columbia at 1729 W. Broadway, Suite 1A, Columbia, Mo., 65203-1190 or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be left at www.gerdesmeyerfh.com or www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Sunday, July 10, 2011

Frank Thomas Parker, 91, died Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Services will be at a later date.

Frank was born April 29, 1920, in Louisiana, Mo., in Pike County to John Roy Parker and Rose Pearl Richardson Parker. He attended the University of Missouri and studied engineering.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II for 3½ years; he went in as a private and was discharged as a first lieutenant. He served in Guam, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima until the duration and fought the last battle on Okinawa.

He was president of the school board in Troy in Lincoln County. He was a loan officer for Production Credit Association. Later, he started selling farm machinery for International Harvester and then moved to Columbia in 1962 and started Parker’s Appliance Store and later Parker’s Western Store until he retired.

He was married Nov. 18, 1944, to Elizabeth Ann “Bettye” Howard, and she survives.

Their son, John G. Parker DVM, lives and practices in Columbia; their daughter Merry Beth Hardy is a retired social worker and lives in Fayette. Their other daughter Rebecca Ann Stephens of Thompson passed away in December 2009; she was a journalist. They had eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was a great neighbor, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sorely missed. “He was a man for all in all; I shall not look upon his like again.”

A heart-felt, special thank-you goes out to Emily Ann Moner for being Tom’s primary caregiver, supporter and best friend for the last two years.


Published Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Betty Bruner Wood, 92, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Columbia.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Betty was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Bloomington, Ind., to John Otto and Anne Dawson Sutphin and attended Bloomington public schools. She graduated from Indiana University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in Spanish. While at IU, Betty was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. After graduation, Betty went to New York City and worked as an executive secretary at Pan American Airways until she was reunited with a high school friend, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Edmond Bruner. They were married Oct. 14, 1944, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After his promotion to captain and his deployment to occupied Japan, they returned to Bloomington, where Mr. Bruner graduated from Indiana University. Mr. Bruner died Oct. 13, 1955, as a result of a service-connected illness.

In 1957, Betty married Joseph Wood, a Ph.D. candidate in paleobotany at Indiana University, and they moved to Columbia, where Dr. Wood taught in the University of Missouri Biology Department. Betty was a homemaker and also worked for many years as a secretary in the departments of music and English at Stephens College. She had a lifelong interest in investing and tracking her investments. Upon Dr. Wood’s retirement in 1985 as professor emeritus, they enjoyed traveling and the time spent together until his death in 1994.

Betty was a former member of the Fortnightly Group, League of Women Voters, the Gray Ladies, the Kate Thompson Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons and the First Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by her son, Michael Bruner, and his wife, Donna, and two granddaughters, Nola and Franny Bruner, of St. Louis; her daughter, Betsey Bruner Jones, and her husband, Conway, of Columbia; a grandson, Benjamin Jones, and his wife, Susan, and two great-grandsons, Roger and Warren Jones, of Liberty.

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


Published for the memorial service at the Mount Sini Missionary Baptist Church, 7501 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94605 at 11:00am, July30th 2011.

Lottie Burton-McDonald, 100, of Berkley, California passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

Lottie Burton-McDonald was born on June 13, 1911 to the proud parents of John and Daisy Burton in Columbia, Missouri. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age, and was baptized at St. Paul A.M.E Church in Columbia, Missouri.

She received her education in the Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Douglass High School and continued her education by attending Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lottie was employed at Stephens College and retired after 35 years of work and service. Lottie also participated and worked as a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program. Lottie was very active in her local church and she enjoyed cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

In 1944 Lottie fell in love with J. L. McDonald and they married on June 10, 1944 and this union resulted in a bundle of joy a son James Carl McDonald. Lottie also raised a daughter Margaret Logan, Lottie loved her son, daughter, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, the Lord called Lottie Burton-McDonald to rest. She was preceded in death by her father; John Burton, mother; Daisy Burton, husband; J. L. McDonald, Sisters; Selma, Sallie, Gussie,Sara, and Margaret Knolley, Brother; John Carl Burton, Cousins; Gene Knolley Logan, Walter Rolley, Ruth Wilhite and Nephew Leonard Burton and long-time friend Martin William. 

Lottie leaves to cherish her precious memories: her son, James Carl McDonald, Berkeley, CA; daughter, Margaret Logan, Belton, TX; her loving granddaughters, Kesi McDonald, Fremont, CA; Ericka McDonald, San Leandro, CA; grandson, James Carl McDonald, Jr. Portland, OR; great-grandchildren, Latasha, Jamani, Jabree Taylor; Briana, Malaysia Cusseaux; and a host of family and friends.


Published Thursday, July 14, 2011

Marilyn Miller Benson, 87, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Memorial Funeral Home with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday, at the funeral home.

She was born on July 2, 1924, in Kansas City, the daughter of the late Carolyn North and Van Roy Miller. She was united in marriage to George Benson on April 3, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2005.

Mrs. Benson, along with her husband, owned Benson Lumber Co. for 60 years. She was a lifelong blood donor, enjoyed playing bridge and exploring her genealogy. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, American Saddlebred Horse Association and a PTA secretary.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Benson and fiance Bob Shields and Nancy Lewis and husband Jay; sister Barbara Forrest; grandchildren Nicole Harrison, Gabrielle Harrison and partner Gaige Larson and Alycia Lewis; and great-grand dogs, Barbee, Tucker and Dexter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Dorothy Millikan

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Red Cross.

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


Published Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Adalene Peace Felts, 88, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center, after a long struggle with increasing dementia and several strokes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Adalene Peace Felts was born the second child of John Sampson Peace and Pearl Swaggerty Peace on Sept. 16, 1922, in Stonington, Colo.

The family was swept out of Colorado in the Dust Bowl era and eventually settled on a small farm/nursery near Carthage. Adalene enjoyed following her father and learning the names and care of the flowers and shrubs. One of her favorite jobs was cleaning out the chicken house. She remained an avid gardener and energetic organizer for the rest of her life.

When she was about 14, the family moved to Siloam Springs, Ark., where Sam and Pearl bought and operated a flower shop and greenhouse. Adalene did much of the housework and cooking for the family here. She is remembered as an excellent cook by her family, as well as someone who was interested in good nutrition and learning new ways of preparing delicious meals. Adalene attended Bethany Nazarene College in Oklahoma, majoring in home economics. There she met Doil Felts, and they were married in her parents’ home in 1942. Their daughter, Marcia Rhea, was born in 1944, son Edley Clay in 1948, and son John Trafton in 1950. Adalene and Doil lived in many places in California, Oklahoma and Missouri.

The family considered a place “home” when the furniture was set up in a new locale and they were gathered there. When she was 38, Adalene finished her college degree in elementary education at Northwestern Oklahoma State College in Tahlequah, Okla. The family then moved to Columbia, and she began a new life as a teacher as well as pastor’s wife and homemaker. She taught fifth and fourth grades for nearly 20 years at Russell Boulevard Elementary School in Columbia. Her schedule was very disciplined. She worked in her classroom until 5:15, then after the supper dishes were cleaned up, she usually worked another hour or more preparing her lessons. Adalene cared about every one of her students over the years.

In 1979, Adalene and Doil retired and moved to Siloam Springs so Adalene could help her aging parents and sister Alice. She was faithful to visit and care for them, as each lived in the local nursing home for a time. She and Doil together built a nice home of her design, creating beautiful gardens about the house and 7 acres. Adalene was expert at caring for the flowers as well as bringing them in and arranging them. Doil raised a bountiful vegetable garden, and Adalene cooked and canned. She often put up more than 100 quarts of beans and that many of canned tomatoes and frozen corn in a summer. Her children loved to bring their own children to this beautiful place and looked forward to the delicious garden food served at Adalene’s table. In 1994, Adalene and Doil moved back to Columbia and into a house on Hal Court. Yet again, another place became the repository of the family furniture and a home was created that was warm and welcoming. Good garden food continued to be a staple of life, and a continuing parade of colorful flowers gradually emerged about the yard. Adalene was particularly proud of her wildflower garden under the cedars.

She designed and directed the construction of a marvelous sunroom that overlooked those cedars. She enjoyed watching a steady stream of birds that came to the many bird feeders that Doil and John kept supplied. Over some 16 years, the things Doil, Adalene and Edley planted made what was initially a rather barren yard into a real beauty spot.

In 1998, Adalene’s companion of 56 years died. She continued to maintain the home and yard and was active in Columbia Garden Club, Water Aerobics at the Activity & Recreation Center, Retired Teachers’ Associations and Fairview United Methodist Church. There she met and later married her friend Robert Treece in 2004. Soon they moved to Boone Landing on the east side of Columbia and continued to enjoy the fellowship at Fairview UMC. Bob died in January of 2008, and Adalene moved into a cozy room at Candlelight Lodge. She and her family appreciate the kindness shown to her by the staff there. We recognize for her as well as ourselves the friendship of Gene Chambers, also a resident there at Candlelight, who passed away in May of this year.

At Boone Hospital, as well as every step along the way, people liked Adalene because of her gentle, helpful spirit.

She will be missed by her daughter, Marcia, and her husband, Bob Odman, of St. Paul, Minn.; her son Ed and his wife, Betty, of Alva, Okla.; and son John and his wife, Brenda, of Columbia.

Adalene loved and created a special relationship with each of her seven grandchildren: Kim, Scott, Joseph, Matt, Daniel, Erika and Mary; and 12 great-grandchildren loved hearing stories and getting hugs from Adalene: Sam, Nicholas, Jack, Meghan, Jacob, Ryan, Stella, Lilah Adalene, Quinnlan, Noah, Emma and Adalynn.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Peace Wesner; brother, Sammy J. Oliver Peace; and her parents.

She and her family have much appreciated the loving doctors, nurses and other caretakers who helped her in her last days. Her family encourages friends to express their concern by a contribution to a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.

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



Published Thursday, July 21, 2011

Elaine Mae Sleper, 66, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at her home in Columbia.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Broadway Christian Church.

Elaine was born July 18, 1945, to Ehno and Elsie Folkerts in Titonka, Iowa. She married David A. Sleper on March 5, 1965. Elaine was a homemaker for most of her life. She took a great deal of pride in raising her two children and providing the proper environment for them and her husband.

Before becoming a full-time homemaker, she worked as a cosmetologist and later as a bookkeeper for Coca-Cola in Madison, Wis. She took a great deal of pride in being the early breadwinner and putting her husband through school.

She was very energetic and loved life and always had the unique ability to see the good things in life, even though she experienced many travesties. She was a selfless person and always put her family first and encouraged them to succeed in whatever they wished to do. She was very active in PTA and other school activities while the children were growing up. Elaine loved sports, particularly racquetball, running and walking. She was an active participant in the Columbia Track Club’s races. She completed the Heart of America Marathon twice. She also coached girls softball at Daniel Boone Little League. She traveled with her husband extensively, including to several countries, and lived in New Zealand for one year.

She was a longtime active member of Broadway Christian Church, where she served on the board of directors, as deacon, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School and was a member of the Chancel Choir for more than 30 years. She loved to sing and usually had a song in her heart. And late in her life, the grandchildren became a primary focus of her being.

Elaine is survived by her husband, David; son Daniel and his wife, Jaime; daughter Kimberly and her husband, Joseph; four grandchildren, Benjamin and Sydney Sleper of Chicago and Abby and Lucy Hurtado of Columbia; three step-grandchildren; K.C., Mathew and Austin Gwin of Columbia; brothers Ronald Folkerts and wife Karen and Frank Folkerts and wife Janice, all of Titonka, Iowa; and sisters Wanda Douglas and husband Earle of Okabena, Minn., and Ann Tegtmeyer and husband Don of Britt, Iowa.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gary Folkerts; her maternal and paternal grandparents; and several uncles and aunts.

Memorials may be designated to the Chancel Choir at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65203. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to Elaine’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com.


Published Sunday, July 24, 2011
Frank Ranz, 102, of Columbia passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at home.

A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 25, at the funeral home.

Frank was born March 25, 1909, in Boone County to Jacob and Duncan Coonce Ranz. He married Lou Alameda Mahan in October 1932, and she preceded him in death. He married Mary Piatt on July 5, 1978, in Columbia, and she survives.

Mr. Ranz farmed before he started his business as a building contractor and electrician. After retirement, he volunteered at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. He was a nondenominational Christian.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Dale Ranz and wife Fran of Redmond, Wash.; one daughter, Karen Immegart and husband Neil of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Joan.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, July 28, 2011

Betty L. Withrow, 82, formerly of Columbia, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 26, 2011, after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, with a visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. There also will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Betty was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Hannibal to James Leroy and Emma Lawson Wagner.

She married Boyd Withrow on Dec. 26, 1946, and he preceded her in death.

Betty was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary 5366 in Isabella for more than 20 years. She also enjoyed cross-stitching, especially baby quilts, and watching Cardinals baseball games.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Shelton (Steve) of Wentzville; one son, William Withrow (Donna) of West Plains; one brother, Donald Wagner (Nona) of Hannibal; grandchildren Matt Shelton (Angie) and Stephanie Miller (David), both of O’Fallon, and Jason Willig of West Plains; six great-grandsons; and one great- granddaughter.

In addition to her loving husband, she also was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be given in Betty’s memory to St. Peters Senior Center, 108 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, Mo., 63376, for the Meals on Wheels Program, for which she touched many hearts.

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



Published Sunday, August 21, 2011

Harry L. Gentry, 91, of Oregon passed away Aug. 1, 2011.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

Common men sometimes rise to valor in uncommon times. Such was the case for Capt. Harry Gentry in Normandy in July 1944. Among his numerous awards from this nation and from France (including the Croix de Guerre), his receipt of the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor, speaks volumes:

“Captain Harry L. Gentry, Field Artillery, 8th Infantry Division, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on 10 July 1944 in the vicinity of LES JULES, FRANCE. Although subjected to and wounded by constant enemy artillery, mortar, machine gun and rifle fire, Captain Gentry consistently directed such accurate artillery fire on enemy formations that several enemy counter-attacks were broken in their initial stages. In one intense enemy counter-attack, during which the infantry started to withdraw, he voluntarily assumed the role of an infantry officer, and, exposing himself to enemy mortar and small arms fire, personally led an attack which silenced an enemy machine gun. Still exposing himself to intense enemy fire he went among the men, encouraging them and urging them to hold their ground. His personal courage and gallant leadership contributed directly to the success of the operation. By command of Lieutenant General Patton”

Harry arose from humble beginnings in Delta. After graduating from Charleston High School, he entered the University of Missouri when the war intervened. During his year-and-a-half recuperation from major wounds, a certain attending Army nurse captured his attention and his heart. He married Lt. Wilma Gasser on Nov. 21, 1944. A month after their marriage, she was sent overseas on a six-month tour of duty. Harry patiently (no pun intended) awaited her return in the Army hospital while she was sent overseas.

Upon Wilma’s homecoming and their discharge from the Army in 1946, he returned to the university, where he obtained his degree in business and public administration in 1946. He started in business in Columbia as a real estate broker, forming several agencies and brokerages during the next 40 years. In addition to being recognized as a premier real estate professional in the region, Harry became an appraiser in high demand for his precise and thorough work ethic.
His skills and leadership ability honed during his years in the service evidenced themselves throughout his professional life. His many awards and accomplishments included various terms as president of the Insurance Agents Association, director of the Missouri Association of Realtors, president of the Columbia Board of Realtors, Realtor of the Year, president of the Missouri Chapter Fee Appraisers and state director of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers.

Harry also was active in civic affairs, serving a term as president of the Columbia Junior Chamber of Commerce as well as holding most of the offices in the Columbia Cosmopolitan Club at various times. He chaired the board of the Columbia Community Rehabilitation Center for a year and also served a term as chairman of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission, followed by chairing the Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment. He was president of the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Retired Officers Association in 1988, and he was a life member of the organization as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

As his family grew, he found time to participate in their activities as well, serving as treasurer of the Hickman High School PTA, coaching Little League baseball and assisting in the Teenage Rifle Safety Training Program.

After Harry retired in 1985, he and Wilma traveled extensively in the United States, Asia and Europe. On one of their trips, they visited war memorials in France, and on another trip they journeyed to Ireland where his unit was deployed for several months in advance of D-Day. His activities included golf (remarkable for one with such severe shoulder injuries) and fishing (for which his son would like to claim credit for instilling that passion).
Wilma had worked as a nurse in Eugene, Ore., before the war, and throughout the family-raising and work years in Missouri, the couple maintained fond memories of Oregon. Their son had moved to Portland, Ore., to practice law in 1971, and one daughter had settled in Boise, Idaho. Many visits to the Pacific Northwest over the next three decades only increased their love of the region. Harry and Wilma moved to McMinnville, Ore., in 1997 and enjoyed the many attractions of the area. They relocated nearby to The Wilsonville Retirement Community in 2005. At that facility,

Harry was widely known as a gregarious friend with a devotion to detail and a phenomenal memory for persons and events, both past and present.

Wilma predeceased Harry in May of this year.

He is survived by his son, Michael Gentry of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and his daughters, Carol Hourcade of Boise, Idaho, and Linda Daniel of Elsberry; several grandsons; and other family. Harry was interred next to Wilma at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors. He was a man to know and love, and he will be missed by many.

The family requests that those who knew him and wish to do so may make a contribution to their favorite charity in his memory.


Published in North County Times on August 21, 2011

Susan Louise Adkins, 78, passed away July 31, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Mother, Grandmother, and Friend to all, Sue was born January 8, 1933 in Indiana, raised by two loving parents, Andy and Adah Stoll, and her brother, Jim.

Sue graduated from Indiana University, after which she traveled by train to San Diego. Here, she worked at Convair and McMillin Companies, married Al Adkins, and raised two daughters, Lori and Cindy.

Not only was she an amazing mother and mother-in-law to Mike Scozzafava and Greg Marcon, she was also an extraordinary grandmother, or "G-Sue" to her five grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Morgan, Derek, and Gavin. She never missed a milestone or event of any kind for all five of her grandchildren.

She could be seen and heard at many of their sporting events across the county. Her family and her friends, many for over 50 years, gave her much joy. She touched many lives, young and old, with her feisty spirit and unconditional love. We all love you, G-Sue, and will miss your presence.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, September 10, at St. Gabriel's Church Hall, 13734 Twin Peaks Rd., Poway with reception following.

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Published Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yancey Manning Taylor, 85, of Columbia died Friday, July 15, 2011, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital after a brief illness.Yancey Manning Taylor, 85, of Columbia died Friday, July 15, 2011, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital after a brief illness.

A private memorial service will be Thursday, Aug. 11, at the family home.

The date for the memorial service for his beloved co-workers is still to be announced.

He was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Johnson City, Tenn., the son of the late David H. and J. Lucy Taylor. He was the youngest of three children. On June 9, 1951, he married Evelyn F. Johns.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant on a minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II and attended the University of Virginia upon discharge. His first career was in the diplomatic corporation serving as vice consul in Mexico and Spain. Upon returning to the United States, he taught high school Spanish and political science classes before embarking on his third and final career at the Columbia Public Library, to which he devoted the next 40 years, only retiring in 2009.

He is survived by his daughter, Judith Taylor; grandchildren Cameron Ferriere of Minneapolis and Jessica Thrower of Columbia; and great-grandchild Fae Ferriere.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; sister Sallie Robertson; and brother David Taylor.



Published Friday, August 19, 2011

James Richard Schwartz, 60, of Columbia passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at home.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born June 12, 1951, in St. Louis to Herbert and Martha Huff Schwartz. James was the oldest of four.

He married Sally Engelman on Jan. 6, 1973, in St. Louis. They had two children, Catherine and Jennifer.

He attended the University of Missouri and graduated in 1974 with a degree in fisheries and wildlife. He was a resident of Columbia for 24 years and employed by the Missouri Department of Conservation as a game warden for 25 years. James was a member of the Downtown Optimist Club. He enjoyed fishing, reading, more fishing and playing with his grandchildren.

James made this world a better place for those around him and would help any stranger. He will be missed deeply by his loving family, and his life will be celebrated by all he touched.

James will be remembered by his loving wife and their two daughters, Catherine Henke and husband Clayton of Lexington, S.C., and Jennifer Hargrove and husband Jordon of Columbia; his father, Herbert of St. Louis; one brother, Tom Schwartz and wife Julie of St. Charles; two sisters, Sandra Duck and husband Randy of Sullivan and Beverly Schwartz and wife Licia of Sierra Madre, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jonathan and Elizabeth Henke and Brooke and Christopher Hargrove; and one niece, Sarah Schwartz.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Martha.

James had an ever-enduring love and fascination for his grandchildren. In respect of that devotion, memorials may be made to a trust that will fund their future education.

Tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.



Published Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jack Edwards Alden, 84, of Columbia passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his home after several days of being surrounded by loving friends, neighbors and family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

He was born July 4, 1927, in Shawnee, Kan., the son of the late Ralph Alden and Mary Ann Knipmeyer Alden Nix and stepson of F.H. Nix.

After graduating from high school in June 1944 in Evansville, Ind., he entered the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Philippines until August 1945.

After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Evansville, where he attended college and studied engineering. He then moved to Columbia to apprentice in plumbing under his uncle Alf Knipmeyer.

He met Virginia Lee Todd, and they were united in marriage Aug. 16, 1957.

He was a union plumber for more than 50 years with local 317 and 562. Mr. Alden loved working in his garage and was a great handyman. He enjoyed donating his plumbing services to his many friends and family members for their homes. He enjoyed spending time working with antiques, refinishing furniture, watching Missouri Tigers football and basketball games, and playing pitch with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the home; his son, Todd Alden of Columbia; his daughter, Rebecca Alden Barthol and her husband, Craig, and their children, Jaden and Raleigh, of Overland Park, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepdad; and brother William T. Alden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md., 21741-5018.

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



Published Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lloyd Estes “Blackie” Blackburn, 83, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Rocheport United Methodist Church.

Lloyd was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Rocheport to Estes Dorsey and Eunice Pearl Gravitt Blackburn. He married Betty Harper on Nov. 23, 1950, at Rocheport United Methodist Church.

Lloyd served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended the Honor Flight in 2010. He was co-founder and owner of Employee Data Forms Inc. from 1969 until his retirement. Lloyd enjoyed the game of golf and traveling, spending winters in Arizona.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Betty; one son, Randy Blackburn and wife Susan of Rocheport; one daughter, Katy Kovar and husband Leroy of Columbia; five grandchildren, Bryan Kovar and wife Pam of Ashland, Kyle Kovar and fiancée Quenna Lam of Columbia, and Clay, Cole and Andy Blackburn, all of Columbia; three great-grandchildren, Kannon, Kinley and Kourtlyn Kovar; one sister, Elizabeth Davidson of Columbia; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bobby Blackburn; and one sister, Juanita Clemens.

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

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



Published Sunday, August 21, 2011

Edward John Hinderberger Jr. 66, of Columbia lost his battle with esophageal cancer and went to be with his Lord and savior on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Christian Church.

Edward was born Nov. 20, 1944, to the late Edward Hinderberger Sr. and Evelyn Myers, who also preceded him in death. He was the grandson of Walter and Edna Cattron of Fredericktown and nephew of Marcella Arcidino of Springfield and the late Polly Henson.

Ed graduated from Fredericktown High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University, and later a master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

He married Cherry Ludwig on Aug. 12, 1967, and had two children, a daughter, Gina Henry (Charles), and a son, Jon Hindenberger (Julie); four grandchildren, Darby and Grace Henry and Corry and Haley Crowley. He had a surviving sister, Carol Hughey (Tom) of Columbia.

Ed worked for the University of Missouri, Sinclair Research Farm, and more recently he owned and operated his own laboratory, LET, which is one of three labs in the country chosen by Fish and Wildlife to test samples for parts per billion.

Ed was an avid bowler and held many offices in the league. He was inducted into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame. In 2010, he became the bowling director of the Missouri Open tournament. He also loved playing golf and ran Vandiver Putt-Putt for several years.

He was a member of First Christian Church since 1966, and always had a love, loyalty and faith in his savior.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to Ed’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church at Tenth and Walnut streets.



Published Sunday, August 21, 2011

William M. Jones, 83, of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Jones was born Sept. 19, 1927, in Dothan, Ala., to William M. and Margaret Farmer Jones. He was married to Ruth Ann Roberts on Aug.14, 1952, in Las Vegas, N.M. She also died on Aug. 18, 2011.

Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. He was a professor at the University of Missouri until his retirement.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Margaret Shull and her husband, Bill, of Warrensburg, Elizabeth Anderson and her husband, Vernon, of Silver Spring, Md., and Bronwen Ashburn and her husband, Robert, of Johnson City, Tenn.; a sister, Miriam Thomas of Moody, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Henry Shull, Eric Anderson, David Anderson, James Ashburn and John Ashburn.

Memorial donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia, Mo., 65201. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.



Published Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ruth Ann Jones, 82, of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at her home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Jones was born Sept. 21, 1928, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Byron David and Laura Ann Pike Roberts. She was married to William M. Jones on Aug. 14, 1952, in Las Vegas, N.M. He also died on Aug. 18, 2011.

Mrs. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. She was a professor at Columbia College and Westminster College. She taught piano for many years in her home and played the cello in several Columbia orchestras for many years. Mrs. Jones was a member of the IT Chapter of P.E.O. and First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Shull and her husband, Bill, of Warrensburg, Elizabeth Anderson and her husband, Vernon, of Silver Spring, Md., and Bronwen Ashburn and her husband, Robert, of Johnson City, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Roberts of Albuquerque, N.M.; and five grandchildren, Henry Shull, Eric Anderson, David Anderson, James Ashburn and John Ashburn.

Memorial donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia, Mo. 65201

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



Published in Dallas Morning News on Tuesday August 23, 2011

Monk Bryan, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died in Dallas, August 20, at the age of 97. The retired United Methodist Church minister and bishop remained active in the religious, social and intellectual activities of the Presbyterian Village North Retirement Community through the last week of his life.

Born July 25, 1914, in Blooming Grove, TX to Gideon Johnson Bryan and Era Monk Bryan, he followed his father, grandfather and great-grandfather into the ministry after his education at Weatherford College, Baylor University, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, with additional studies at Drew University and Iliff School of Theology. Bishop Bryan served churches in Central Texas and Missouri before being elected and consecrated a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1976. He served the Nebraska Conference until his retirement.

Bishop Bryan married Corneille Downer of Waco, TX, and they were blessed with three children. After the death of his beloved Corneille, he married Twila Stowe. They lived in Dallas and in Lake Junaluska, NC, until moving to Presbyterian Village North. Bishop Bryan is survived by his wife of 19 years, Twila, his daughter, Lucy Barlow and her husband Sam of Dallas, his son, Bob Bryan, and his wife, Virginia, of Madison, Wisconsin, and son Jim Bryan and his wife, Caryl of Columbia, Missouri, his seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The extended family also includes Twila's children, Bill and Mary Frances Stowe, Twila and Bob Gass, and Martha Stowe and Ken Benson.

As we remember the life of Monk Bryan, we join in celebrating his greatest loves: faith, Corneille and Twila, his family, the United Methodist Church, classical music and his never-ending curiosity and fascination with the world around him, particularly his love of horses and dogs.

A service of celebration for Monk Bryan will be held at First United Methodist Church of Dallas on Wednesday August 24, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations in Monk's name to the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska, NC, your church, or the charity of your choice.


Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Joseph Michael Corcoran, 93, a resident of Columbia since 1938, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, just five days before his 94th birthday.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. There will be a celebration of his life and an old-fashioned Irish wake at noon Saturday at the Columbia Country Club after the funeral services.

Joe was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Paragould, Ark.

He was raised in St. Louis and graduated from high school in Damascus, Ga. Joe was a lifetime member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association. He got his season tickets to Missouri basketball and football in 1948 and attended them until a few years ago. He never missed a Tigers or Cardinals game on TV or on the radio.

During World War II, Lt. Cmdr. Corcoran was a Navy pilot initially flying submarine patrol over the Atlantic and Caribbean and was a flight instructor of the PBM and PBY aircraft. He helped escort the Atlantic Fleet to the landings in North Africa. Later, Joe flew in the Pacific Theater as a patrol bomber and convoy escort. His wife, Jane, always knew his location by a secret code Joe devised with two identical dictionaries using page numbers for longitude and latitude.

In Columbia, Joe was a real estate broker and housing developer. Later, he was a textbook salesman, often attaining No. 1 status in his region and in the nation. He belonged to the Jaycees, Lions Club and Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Joe was a member of the Columbia Country Club for more than 50 years, an avid golfer, fisherman, sportsman and reader.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Jane Spees Corcoran, in 2010.

He is survived by his two daughters, Michele “Chellie” Walter and her husband, Dennis, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Victoria “Torri” Corcoran and her husband, Ray Steinmetz, of Houston, Texas; three granddaughters, Katie Walter and her husband, Joe Taylor, and Ally and Jesse Steinmetz; one great-grandson, Finn Taylor; numerous nieces and nephews in the Scott, Tipton, Valentine, Spees, Wilson and Ousley families in Columbia; as well as Alice, Dan and Mike Looney of St. Louis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Missouri Hospital Cardiology Department, 1 Hospital Drive, DC095.00, Columbia, Mo., 65212.


Published Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mauree Grace Umphres Taliaferro, 90, passed away near the banks of the Arkansas River on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Salida, Colo.

She will be buried at the National Cemetery in Springfield with her husband. Graveside services will take place on Friday, Oct. 7.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, to Robert Oden Umphres II and Bertha Rebecca Redditt Umphres in Casa, Ark., on the banks of the Arkansas River near Petit Jean Mountain.

She was a lifelong Methodist.

Mrs. Taliaferro lived her early childhood in St. Louis, where her father taught her to love trees. She was the oldest of five children and the last one surviving. Because of the difficulties of the Great Depression, when she was 12 the family moved back to Arkansas to live with her grandparents. Her father left the family to look for work and died in 1937 while working in Birmingham, Ala. From the time of that move, Mauree helped support the family by working in other people’s homes and in the cotton fields.

A love of learning and books was instilled in her by her grandfather and her mother, both teachers. She graduated from high school in 1938 in Casa, Ark., where she was on the state champion girls basketball team. She began teaching some lower grades at Adona School and started working on her college degree.

She married another teacher, Carl Eugene Taliaferro, on May 26, 1941. They lived in many places in Arkansas, while they both taught and were school principals. Mauree sometimes stayed home as her first three sons were born, and she always worked on pursuing her college degree. She changed her university emphasis to library science in the 1950s and worked in school libraries after that. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education at the University of Arkansas. The family lived in various places in Arkansas and Missouri in the 1950s until moving to Columbia. In 1964, her husband took a job as regional manager with the American Dairy Association, and she started work with the Columbia Public Schools as an elementary school central librarian.

Mauree held many leadership positions and received many service awards in Delta Kappa Gamma, DAR, Eastern Star, Missouri Association of School Librarians and the Boy Scouts of America. She was the mother of four Eagle Scouts.

By the time she retired in 1986 as the director of media services for Columbia Public Schools, she had established 22 elementary and five middle school libraries under her supervision. She taught school and had been a librarian, on and off, for most of 47 years.

She was inducted into the Columbia Public School Foundation’s Hall of Leaders in 2000. She met many famous authors in her library work.

All through the years as her four sons were growing up, the family scrimped and saved to do travel camping all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 1973, Mauree started traveling the world and by the time she stopped in 2002, she had visited 176 countries. She spent many happy years in Columbia, working in her yard, crocheting, sewing, reading and traveling. Finally, in the spring of 2004 after she suffered a stroke, her only living son, David, and wife Judy convinced her to move to Salida, Colo., to be near them. She lived in her own home in Salida until September of 2005. She spent almost 6 years at Safe Haven Manors in Salida.

Mrs. Taliaferro was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sons, Carl Eugene Taliaferro, Stephen Charles Taliaferro and Robert Nicholas Taliaferro; and grandsons, Rodney Taliaferro and John Taliaferro.

She is survived by her son, Dave (Judy) Taliaferro of Salida; five grandchildren, Amber (Ken) LeBlanc, Jenny (Barney) Tanner, Will (Cheri) Taliaferro, Amy Taliaferro and Zack Hallowell; as well as four great-grandchildren, Renee LeBlanc, Hudson and Elizabeth Tanner and Jack Taliaferro. She also is survived by daughters-in-law, Jill Hallowell and Joyce Taliaferro; and many nieces; nephews; cousins; dear friends and the loving staff and residents of Safe Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Rocky Mountain Council, 411 S. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, Colo., 81005; or to Angel of Shavano Hospice, 8044 W. Hwy 50, Suite 202, Salida, Colo. 81201.

Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida, Colo.

Online condolences may be made to the family at lewisandglenn.com.


Published Saturday, September 3, 2011

Forrest Edward Perkins Sr., 88, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Funeral Home, with a prayer service to follow at 7 p.m.

He was born Sept. 19, 1922, the son of the late Luther Edward and Grace Crane Perkins.

He was united in marriage to Florence Irene Salmon on March 15, 1947, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include six children, Linda Rodabaugh, Forrest “Sonny” Perkins Jr., Connie Mann, Carol Schubert, Glenda Perkins and Brenda Whitworth; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Perkins was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Columbia VFW Post 280.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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


Published Saturday, October 29, 2011

A. John Anderson, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, surrounded by his family in Lakeland, Fla.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, with a reception to follow at the church. All friends are welcome.
John was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Towanda, Kan., the second youngest of seven siblings. His family moved to Wichita, where John attended elementary through high school and was active with church and the Boy Scouts. John served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946, working as a radar technician during World War II.

After serving in the Army Air Forces, John returned to Kansas, where he attended the College of Emporia and received a B.A. degree in education.

In 1949, he married Florence Christine Strickler, who would be his wife of 62 years. He and Florence moved to Chicago, where John entered and graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister.

He received a B.S. in education and science in 1958. John taught history, anthropology, and African studies at Hickman High School from 1961 to 1991. He received two Fulbright Scholarship awards, which he used to further study anthropology and culture in Senegal and Israel.

John and Florence were very active with First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. John and Florence had recently moved to Lakeland, Fla., to be near their daughter and son-in-law.
John is survived by his wife, Florence; and his daughter, Mary Mills (Peter).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to feralfanciers.org, an animal rescue organization.


Published Thursday, September 15, 2011

Augusta “Gusta” Thornton, 92, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park, Kan.

A visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia. The visitation will be immediately be followed by a graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Gusta was born Nov. 24, 1918, near Harrisburg. Her parents were Noble and Maggie Gibson.

Gusta was the youngest of eight children.

She married Olen V. Thornton in 1935. Olen had 10 siblings. Gusta was the last of all the siblings to pass away. She and Olen had one daughter, Rita Thornton Stoltzfus of Overland Park, and she survives.

Olen preceded Gusta in death in 1994. Gusta lived in Columbia until 2003. She moved to Lenexa, Kan., and resided at Garden Villas, an independent living apartment complex. In August 2009, Gusta moved to Delmar Gardens of Overland Park.

Gusta held several jobs but worked primarily as a receptionist for Missouri Farmers Association Printing Co.

Gusta was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors also include three grandchildren, Sheri Stoltzfus of San Diego, Greg Stoltzfus (Jenny) of Lenexa and Deanne Stoltzfus of New York City; as well as one great-grandson, Brandon Stoltzfus, the son of Greg and Jenny.

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


Published Saturday, September 17, 2011

Debbie Burchett, 52, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 18, 1958, in Boonville to Kenneth and Fay Hendrix Kempf. She married Dean Burchett on April 14, 1978, and he survives.

Debbie was a longtime resident of Columbia and worked at Shelter Insurance for 34 years.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her parents, of Boonville; one daughter, Deana Holmes (Michael) and grandson, Logan Holmes, of Saint Louis; four siblings, Hank Griesbach (Jeana), Dale Kempf (Pat), Lisa Danner (Mark), and Connie Shipman (Kerry), all of Boonville; 11 nieces and nephews; 9 great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be appreciated to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

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


Published Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Larry Gale Edwards, 70, of Columbia died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at The Bluffs, surrounded by family, after a valiant battle with liver cancer.

A funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation will follow from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1940, to Robert J. Edwards and Edith M. Snedeker Edwards in McKittrick.

As a boy, he went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and joined his brothers in childhood pranks. He graduated from Hermann High School in 1959 and moved to Columbia. He married Judith A. Heberle on Sept. 8, 1962, at St. Joseph’s Church in Rhineland. Larry’s neat appearance and slick dance moves caught Judy’s eye as a young girl, along with his taste for peanuts in his Pepsi bottle. They celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in September. Larry graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His last position before retirement was assistant vice chancellor facilities/director of Campus Facilities. Larry was a trusted friend, dedicated employee and an inspiration to his daughter and grandsons.

During his retirement, he served on the University of Missouri Botanical Garden Advisory Committee, which combined his love of flowers with his continued interest in the university. He also volunteered at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Larry’s family nicknamed him “Tinker” to describe his various interests. He enjoyed his family, antique cars, gardening and nature. Larry always said, “You need to find happiness from the little things in life as the big ones are few and far between.” He belonged to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Survivors include his wife, Judith A. Edwards of Columbia; daughter Kimberly A. Shopper (James) and grandsons Jared M. Shopper and Cody D. Shopper of Kansas City; brother Rick A. Edwards of Owensville; sister-in-law Oleta Edwards of Danville; sister-in-law Janice Ziegler (Donald) of Gravois Mills; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; a twin brother, Garry; and brothers Lowell and Jerry Edwards.

Memorials may be given to the University of Missouri Botanical Gardens, c/o Landscape Department, 900 E. Stadium Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65211.

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


Published Friday, September 23, 2011

Betty Jane Longan, 82, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Road Church of Christ, 201 S. Fairview Road. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the service time Sunday at the Church.

Betty Jane Longan was born on Oct. 10, 1928, in Nettleton, the daughter of Virgil and Martha Hamilton Locke.

She married S.W. “Woody” Longan, and he preceded her in death.

Betty loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a member of Fairview Road Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Michael D. Cox and Stephen F. Lampone; one daughter, Merideth Strewn; one brother, Clarence B. Locke; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Jerold Lee Cox in 2003; brother, John E. Locke and a sister, Mary R. Wilburn.

Online condolences may be left for the family at nilsonfuneralhome.com.


Published Monday, September 26, 2011

Shao Hua He, 74, battled with bile duct cancer and died on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Columbia.

A funeral Mass for Shao Hua He will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, with a reception after the service.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1937, in Shanghai, China, to Zian He and Yun-Qing Li.

He graduated from Shanghai Light Industry School in the 1960s and then worked for Shanghai Beer Factory as the deputy head of the technical department. He came to the United States in 1983 to pursue his doctorate in biochemistry, which he earned from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1987. He proceeded to a post-doctoral in biochemistry at the University of Missouri from 1989 through 1996. He then worked at the Agricultural Experimentation Station at MU’s College of Agriculture as a research chemist from 1997 to his retirement on Sept. 1, 2011. He was always a very diligent worker. He was very devoted to taking care of his family. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, echoing faithfulness of his father, Zi An He, who died in a Communist China labor camp for his faith in 1960.

He is survived by his sons, Wei He and Rong He of Columbia; and his five brothers and sisters, Bo Hua He of Shanghai (sister), Xiao Li He of Naperville, Ill., (sister), Joseph Ho of Atlanta, Ga., (brother), Xin Du He of Shanghai (brother), Ji Hua He of Shanghai (sister).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Qi Yang, on Dec. 5, 1989; and brother Zhenmin He of Shanghai in November 2008.
Contributions in his honor may be made to Sacred Heart for the poor or the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dr. Ira Chesley “Rocky” Powell, 81, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Memorial Baptist Church. Visitation will be after the service.

Rocky, the oldest child of the Rev. Ira M. and Margaret Anderson Powell, was born in Luling, Texas. He arrived April 20, 1930, Easter Sunday morning, while his father was leading an Easter sunrise service. He grew up in all parts of Texas as his father started music programs in Baptist churches there. His earliest memories revolve around church, family, music, and summers on his grandmother’s farm. He was older brother to sisters Margaret and Fran.

Rocky earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University, his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. After Oklahoma, Rocky came to the University of Missouri, where he served in numerous positions, including chairman of the voice department, choral director and assistant chairman of the music department. His special love was the vocal jazz ensemble, Singsations, which represented MU in performances around the state. On a concert tour of Romania and Bulgaria, through Friendship Ambassadors, Singsations won the gold medal in international competitions at Primorsko, Bulgaria.

Before, during and after his academic career, Rocky was a music minister. His first appointment, at age 17, was in Tucumcari, N.M. He then served churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. His last church position was co-minister of music with his wife, Ellie, at First Baptist Church in Moberly. He retired from that church in 1997, with a celebration of his 50 years of work in church music. His rich bass voice and great harmony continued to anchor the Messengers quartet, which sang for Baptist churches as long as health permitted.

Rocky loved summer vacations in Colorado. He taught all the family to fly fish and to enjoy jeeping in the mountains. He looked forward to shooting his eight-point buck the first day of each deer season and dove hunting with friends. His zest for life was infectious. His sense of humor was evident in conversation, enjoyment of a good joke and telling of family stories.

Rocky married Leila Mae Bohner in 1948, and they had four sons. He married Elinor VanDyke Gaunt in 1974.

Rocky is survived by his wife, Ellie; sisters Fran and Margaret; children Steve Gaunt, Michelle Gaunt, Matt Gaunt, Alan Powell, Steve Powell and Danny Powell; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Howard Powell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Published Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dr. Gwilym S. Lodwick, 94, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. Lodwick will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was chairman of University Hospital’s radiology department from 1955 to 1983, and his career was described in “Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.”

Survivors include children Gwilym Lodwick III of Austin, Texas; Philip Lodwick of Santa Monica, Calif.; Malcolm Lodwick of Evanston, Ill.; and Terry Lodwick of Columbia.


Published Thursday, September 29, 2011

“My idea of having lived a good life is not ending up at death’s door safely in an attractive and well-preserved body but rather to skid into Heaven sideways in a worn-out body saying, ‘Woohoo! What a ride!’ ” — Anonymous

Jane LaRue Partridge Fudge ended her wild “ride” Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, to join passed loved ones. She was surrounded by her family at her home in Shaw.

The celebration of Jane’s life will begin with a visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jane was born March 12, 1940, and grew up in Dexter, Iowa, the youngest of Claude and Hazel Bruner Partridge’s six children. She enjoyed riding horses and had a special connection with animals of all kinds. While attending Dexter High School, she lettered in basketball and marching band, regularly drank milk and Pepsi for breakfast, and raised Spitz puppies. She detassled corn during the summers and always found a way to enjoy any task, no matter how arduous.

Jane married Keith Rollin Morgan in 1958 in Redfield, Iowa. She married Don Lee Fudge on Oct. 12, 1962, in Monroe, Iowa. She worked at Newton Manufacturing Co., was a licensed cosmetologist (using the kids for tinting and dying practice), owned and worked for Pizza Hut Inc., owned Fudge’s Convenience Store at the Lake of the Woods exit and made custom Western horse show clothes. Jane belonged to the Eagles Lodge of Newton, Iowa, the National Quarter Horse Association, attended skeet shoots and enjoyed archery. She had a natural affinity toward children and was a 4-H Club Leader, taught 4-H Crafts, was a mom to many foster kids in her home and through Save the Children and the Southwest Indian Foundation programs, and was the “neighborhood mom” who taught the kids how to “TP” a house as well as a few other prankish fun things. She bought and sold many horses and bred miniature horses but couldn’t bear to sell any of them. She enjoyed motoring around the country with her sister and best friend, Penny Sipe, and their many dogs.

Jane had a phenomenal sense of humor, an ornery streak and a natural artistic ability. She truly used all the talent God gave her, enjoying sandblasting, woodworking, sewing, embroidery, beadwork and painting anything from saw blades to gourds.

Jane is survived by one brother, Maurice Partridge (Josie); two stepdaughters, Diane Fudge and Denise Creagan (Michael); her children, Tony Fudge, Terri Fudge-McGrath (Mark), Tod Fudge (Nani); 21 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Sherman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald Lee Fudge; a son, Tracy James Fudge; a sister, Eloise “Penny” Sipe; and brothers Lyle, Drexel and Gerald Partridge.

The family would like to express appreciation to Missouri Cancer Associates and Dr. Trendle and staff for offering excellent care and support during Jane’s courageous fight.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Academy, 4895 E. Highway 163, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Memorial tributes may be left online at www.memorialfuneral homeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, October 10, 2011

Irene Mae Marsh, 88, of Sunrise Beach, formerly of Columbia, died Friday Oct. 7, 2011, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.

Mrs. Marsh was born May 11, 1923, in Prathersville to David Thomas and Estelle Mae Hathman Sims. She was very devoted to God and her family; she loved people and never met a stranger. Mrs. Marsh made dolls by hand and loved flowers, gardening, birds and all of God’s creations.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Irene McDonald, and son-in-law Lee McDonald of Sunrise Beach; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service in Columbia. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, October 14, 2011

Barbara Poe, 67, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time.

Barbara was born Feb. 26, 1944, in Granby, the daughter of Thomas and Bessie Johnson Rogers.

She married William Poe on Jan. 2, 1964, in Mexico, Mo.

She worked as a CNA for Boone Hospital Center for 20 years and also University Hospital in the burn unit for a number of years. Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family, was an avid reader and loved to crochet.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Cathy (Rick) Morse, Donna (Brent) Morris and Sherry (Dickie) Bishop; three brothers, Robert, James and Jerry Rogers; and eight grandchildren, Brian, Brooke, Eric, Anna Beth, Keila, Kelsey and Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roy; and a grandson, Corey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Nebo Cemetery, 1401 Longwell Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Online condolences may be left for the family at nilsonfuneralhome.com.


Published Sunday, October 16, 2011

Virginia Hanson Ladenson, 94, died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Lenoir home.

Mrs. Ladenson was born in Larimore, N.D.

After attending the University of North Dakota, Miss Woods School (now Macalester College) and Northwestern University, she became a teacher and met and married Dr. Roland P. Ladenson on the eve of World War II. During their three years of subsequent forced separation, she moved to Columbia, where she joined the faculty of Stephens College. After Dr. Ladenson returned from the Pacific, they moved to Columbia, where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

Mrs. Ladenson was involved with many community organizations and was an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church, where she was the first woman vestry member in Missouri.

Mrs. Ladenson’s life was unselfishly dedicated to her husband, children and grandchildren, and her many friends and her neighbors.

Survivors include her two sons, Paul William Ladenson and wife Martha of Baltimore and Reid Baker Ladenson and wife Patty of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Ann Ladenson Garrison and husband Leslie of Arlington, Va.; seven grandchildren, Mark Milton Ladenson and Melissa Irene Ladenson of Baltimore, Roland Blake Ladenson and Nathan Allen Ladenson of Omaha, Neb., Jessica Fox Garrison and Rebecca Hanson Garrison of New York, and Lucas Roland Garrison of Arlington; and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ladenson was preceded in death by her parents, William George Hanson and Lucille Arnold Hanson; her husband, Dr. Roland P. Ladenson; and by her two sisters, Dorothy Hanson Little and Betty Hanson Awes.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Ladenson to the Dr. Roland P. and Virginia H. Ladenson Scholarship Fund of the Boone County Medical Society, Box 196, Columbia, Mo. 65205.

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


Published Monday, October 17, 2011

Helen Reeder, 88, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Helen Reeder was born on Nov. 14, 1922, in southern Missouri, the daughter of Ira and Carrie Saltzman Rice. She married James Reeder on Oct. 4, 1947, in Columbia. Helen worked for MFA Oil for a number of years and later worked in the cafeteria at West Junior High School. She loved spending time with her great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Judy) Coose of Alaska and Jerry Coose of Texas; one daughter, Elizabeth (Bill) Levacy from Columbia; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; her parents; two brothers; and four sisters


Published Friday, October 21, 2011

Orles Brown Sigler, 95, of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at University Hospital.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Orles was born on Nov. 20, 1915, in Bloomington, Ill., the middle of the five children of Clara Belle Brown and Ray Orles Sigler.

He married Margaret Lawler on Jan. 16, 1943. They met while both were employed by State Farm Insurance Cos. in Bloomington when Margaret passed Orles’s office on roller skates as she delivered the mail. They were married and remained sweethearts for 64 wonderful years. Orles retired in 1980 from State Farm after 39 years. The Siglers retired to Mesa, Ariz., where they were involved in many activities, such as fishing, bridge, pool, lapidary and many crafts.

Orles served in the Army during World War II and was in Paris during the liberation. He was again a hero in July 1973, when he pulled two young women from a burning car in front of his house.

He was dearly loved for his humor, spirit, patience and kindness by his daughters, Diane Cook of Columbia and Kathleen Dorsey and husband Gary of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law Robin Sigler of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren David Cook and wife Christina of Topeka, Kan., Daniel Cook and partner Mandy Waldo of Rowlett, Texas, Andrea Dorsey Sebald and husband Michael of Fort Collins, and Andrew and Cary Sigler of Scottsdale; great-grandsons Dylan and Dexter Cook of Topeka; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; four sisters; and Timothy Sigler.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts by made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneral homeandcemetery.com.


Published Saturday, October 22, 2011

Elmira Carolyn Hoffman, 85, of Columbia, formerly of Jefferson City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, at St. Paul Church in Napoleon, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of services.

Elmira was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Napoleon as the eldest daughter of Edgar and Meta Kronshage. Elmira married Howard Hoffman on Oct. 10, 1946, and they lived on a farm in Bates City until moving to Columbia and Jefferson City. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading recipes, as well as raising and spending time with her family.

She leaves behind a loving husband of 65 years, Howard Hoffman; three children, Jim and Sharon Hoffman of Columbia, Janelle and Lowell Patterson of Columbia and John and Christina Hoffman of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren she loved so much, Sarah Hoffman of Columbia, and Ellen and Thomas Hoffman of Austin; one sister, Elaine Busse, Grain Valley; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is joining her parents and brother, Bryon Kronshage, in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Paul Church, 205 Hill St., Napoleon, Mo., 64074, or to the charity of one’s choice, in care of Kolkmeyer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 315, Wellington, Mo., 64097.


Published October 25, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.

Michael Clinton Perry, M.D., 66, of Columbia passed away Oct. 23, 2011, in Columbia after a long and courageous battle with polycystic kidney disease and cancer.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church. A private burial at Columbia Cemetery will follow. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Michael was born Jan. 27, 1945, in Wyandotte, Mich., the son of Clarence Clinton and Hilda Grace Perry. As a teenager, he broke his arm, and after discussing career options with the attending physician, decided to change his career goal from that of pharmacist to physician.

He earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, where in a French class he met the woman who would later become his wife, Nancy Ann Kaluzny. He went on to attend medical school at Wayne State, earning a medical doctor degree in 1970. He also earned a master of science in medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1975.

He married Nancy on June 22, 1968, and they moved to Minnesota so he could complete his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Mayo and served as an instructor of medicine there before moving to Columbia in 1975 to become an assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he would spend his professional career.

He became the director of the division of hematology and medical oncology at the University Hospital in 1982. He served as chairman of the department of medicine from 1983 to 1991, becoming full professor in 1985 and serving as senior associate dean of the department of medicine from 1991 to 1994. At Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, he became medical director and associate cancer center director for clinical and translational research. He served as medical director of clinical trials for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University Hospitals and Clinics since 2008. He became a professor emeritus in 2010.

Among his many awards and honors included the University of Missouri Faculty Alumni Award, the Nellie B. Smith Chair of Oncology, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University Medical School, the Distinguished Southern Oncologist from the Southern Association for Oncology, the Physician of the Year from Boone County Medical Society, Master of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Statesman Award, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee Service Award. He was frequently named one of the Best Doctors in America and included in America's Top Doctors.

In addition to his many accolades, he was a member of professional societies including the American Medical Association and the Missouri State Medical Society. He served in leadership positions in many of these societies, including as president of the Boone County Medical Society, president of the Southern Association for Oncology and on the board of directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He also was chair of the State of Missouri Organ Donor Advisory Committee. At the national level, he was a member of the Federal Drug Administration Oncology Drug Advisory Committee. He was dedicated to the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), a national NCI-designated clinical research group, and served as chair of the membership committee for more than 30 years.

During his career he published more than 150 research papers, nearly 50 book chapters and presented more than 100 abstracts at conferences. He was the editor of the books Toxicity of Chemotherapy and The Chemotherapy Source Book, both of which are widely-used and respected manuals in the field. He also held editorial positions at many distinguished journals, from the Journal of Clinical Oncology to Contemporary Oncology.

More than his many awards and accolades, he was much respected and beloved by his oncology patients and gave them the best care possible. He was a dedicated clinician and physician, and took great pride in his research, profession and in the training of future physicians. He also was a supporter of organ donation, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of his kidney transplant in July 2011.

Michael had a great passion for collecting baseball cards, a hobby he began in his youth, and enjoyed teaching a course on the history of baseball for the Honors College at MU. His favorite team was his hometown Detroit Tigers. He had a great love of reading, including to his granddaughters, and consumed books on a variety of topics. He also loved his golden retrievers, from Candy to Ginger, and his classic Thunderbird convertible, which was driven in parades and for weddings. He was a longtime member of Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Most of all, he will be lovingly remembered by his family, wife, Nancy; daughter, Rebecca Perry Magniant, husband Stanislas "Stan" and daughters Lucie and Charlotte, all of Paris, France; and daughter, Katherine "Katie" Perry Harris, husband Jeff and daughter Grace, all of Columbia. He also is survived by a brother, Paul Perry of Taylor, Mich., and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the University of Missouri School of Medicine, designated in memory of Dr. Michael C. Perry, to 1 Hospital Drive, DC0066.00, Columbia, Mo., 65212.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, October 31, 2011

William Hughes Bennett, 66, of Otterville, formerly of Columbia, passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, from cancer at his home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bill was born Aug. 28, 1945, to William K. and Ruth Hughes Bennett, who both predeceased him. He married Joyce Brumback on Feb. 1, 1992.

He graduated from Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Md., where he was a National Merit Scholar finalist and attended Washington University in St. Louis. Just before college graduation in 1967, Bill joined the U.S. Navy and served his country for seven years. Trained by the Navy as a data systems specialist, he was stationed aboard the USS Jouett, DLG-29. The ship controlled the Linebacker II strikes that brought the North Vietnamese to the treaty table to actually sign documents. During the ’72-’73 cruise, the ship rescued five pilots, four from Haiphong Harbor, and got credit for destroying a MiG-25. The Jouett was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for that service.

Bill worked for 24 years at the Electronics Instrument Lab at the University of Missouri, which supported all electronics on campus. Among other accomplishments, the EIL designed and built the first fetal heartbeat monitor. Bill was especially known for his design work involving electronic insect monitors, electroshock fishing boxes for the Missouri Department of Conservation and instrumentation measuring hip dysphasia for the Veterinary Science Department.

After retirement in 1999, he continued working with USDA entomologist Elaine Backus through his in-home business, EPG Electronics. They published numerous papers together, co-authored a chapter in an entomology book and held entomology workshops attended by researchers across the globe. Bill received patents on his electronic insect monitors and is fondly remembered by entomologists worldwide as he designed and built the equipment necessary for their research.

He was a member of Bunceton Federated Church and served on its board. Bill was a computer tech volunteer at the Pilot Grove and Bunceton schools for a number of years during his retirement. He also was a moderator for the electronics bulletin board AllAboutCircuits.

Always ready with political commentary, Bill most respected the principles of President Harry S. Truman.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three stepchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Gerling of Columbia, Michael (Jennifer) Gerling of Edwardsville, Ill., and Jillian (Ryan) Kovacs of St. Peters; and three grandchildren, Charlotte Gerling, Marcus Gerling and Emily Kovacs. Bill said his greatest regret was to miss watching the grandchildren grow up.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smithton Public Schools’ Backpack Program, c/o Lisa Goss at Smithton Public Schools, 505 E. Myrtle, Smithton, Mo., 65350; the Boonville Animal Shelter, c/o Animal Control, Pam Paxton, 525 E. Spring St., Boonville, Mo., 65233; or Bunceton Federated Church.

Arrangements are by Harmony Crematory in Sedalia.


Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Myrtle Adams Taft, 93, of Columbia passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Missouri United Methodist Church in the McMurry Chapel. Visitation will follow services.

Myrtle was born on Aug. 8, 1918, in Lunenburg County, Va. One of 14 children growing up on the farm, Myrtle recalled her childhood of picking black cherries, making ice cream and helping with the tobacco harvest with extreme fondness. She brought her love of gardening and her immense common sense to the many homes she and her husband of 70 years made on their way to finally settling in Columbia, where Dr. William H. Taft taught journalism. Myrtle welcomed her children’s friends, Dr. Taft’s students and colleagues, and her neighbors to her home with fresh-baked cookies, pot roasts and a gentle Southern hospitality.

Myrtle taught Sunday school at Missouri United Methodist Church. She participated at all levels in her church circle, brought flowers to shut-ins and was a member of the UMC Central Missouri Arthritis Board. Myrtle loved making crafts, producing one-of-a kind gifts for her children and friends. She and her husband enjoyed many travels in their later years, depending heavily on Myrtle’s navigational abilities. They particularly enjoyed historical places and musicals.

Myrtle is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Howard Taft; her parents, James Waverly and Gracie Rebecca Adams; and her siblings, James A. Adams, Rosa Reames, Louise Rogers, Dorothy Coleman, Grace Lee Fore and Pearl Martin.

She is survived by her children, Marie Taft Margolin (husband Chris), Bill Taft (wife Chris), and Alice Taft (husband Charles Fisher); grandchildren, Linda Medina (husband Michael), Larry Taft (wife Trina), Michael Taft (wife Bory), and Mathew Margolin; great-grandchildren, Emily, Hannah, Marielle and Christian; and siblings Rebecca Price, Helen Nolte (husband Frank), Lois Julian, James W. Adams Jr., George Adams (wife Flossie), Horace Adams (wife Pat), and Howard Adams (wife Janis).

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to the Arthritis Foundation, 9433 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63132, or at info.emo@arthritis.org, or the Caring Ministries program at the church.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com
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Published Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elizabeth Zenge, 100, of The Bluffs in Columbia died Nov. 8, 2011.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Elizabeth was born July 2, 1911, in Fayette to Vodra and Emma Lee Godbey Philips. She married Kenneth Zenge on Dec. 25, 1933, in Clayton. Kenneth died in 1992.

She had been a member of Missouri United Methodist Church since the 1930s. Elizabeth was a member of Gibson Circle for more than 40 years. She graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette with a bachelor’s degree. She was a bookkeeper for Philips and Co. for many years.

Elizabeth is survived by one daughter, Nancy Straub and her husband, Mike, of Hartsburg; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Ramey of Geneva, N.Y., and Sean Straub of Russellville; one great-grandchild, Shannon Straub of Russellville; one great- great-grandchild, Aiden Straub of Russellville; one sister, Nancy Swinney of Tallahassee, Fla.; and several nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Sari Ramey; a a son-in-law, Bill Ramey; and two brothers, A. Perry Philips of Columbia and Jack Philips of Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Missouri United Methodist Church.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dorothea Wanner Frech, 97, of Spanish Fort, Ala., formerly of Boone County, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Parker Funeral Service.

Mrs. Frech was born Aug. 26, 1914, to Percy H. and Johannah Wanner in New Orleans. She graduated from Maryville College in St. Louis. She married William M. “Bill” Frech on Feb. 21, 1938. Bill and Dorothea were well-known and active members of the community, raising their four sons on their Boone County farm. Dorothea was involved in Columbia Garden Club, Republican Women, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Adult Literacy Program and was a Pink Lady at Boone Hospital Center.

Survivors include three sons, Andrew and Kathy Frech of Bristol, Ind., William and Sandy Frech of North Haledon, N.J., and David and Linda Frech of Columbia; daughter-in-law Betty Frech of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Louis Frech; and granddaughter Martha Frech Berry.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17152, Baltimore, Md., 21297-1152, or a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com
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Published Sunday, November 27, 2011

Marion T. Shaw of Columbia passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at the home of her daughter, Martha S. Yount, also of Columbia. She was 90 years old. She was a good and faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service.

Ms. Shaw was born and raised in Marshall. She was the first of three children born to Benjamin Franklin Terrell and Marion Day Thayer, also of Marshall. She married Larsen K. Barnds in 1941 and had four children: Virginia, Carole, Larsella and Larsen Jr.

Ms. Shaw moved to Columbia in 1955. In 1959, she married Eugene W. Shaw and had one daughter, Martha. Ms. Shaw was a nurse and retired from the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in 1985. She also was an artist and taught painting classes for the city of Columbia’s adult education program until this year. She was a member of the Restorationist Church of Jesus Christ. Marion also was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

She is survived by her sister, Marie Jaeger of Arizona; her daughters, Virginia M. Sprenger of Ottumwa, Iowa, Carole B. Lohman of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Larsella A. Tasova of Cumming, Ga., and Martha S. Yount of Columbia; and her son, Larsen K. Barnds Jr. of Kansas City. Ms. Shaw has 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Benjamin F. Terrell, in 2007; her first husband, Larsen Barnds, in 1976; and Eugene Shaw in 2000.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 800 Highway 63 N., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online condolences can be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Herman Carl Page Sr., 77, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at his home.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Boone County, the son of the late Omie and Amy Garrett Page.

He was united in marriage to Janet Love on Dec. 3, 1983.

Mr. Page worked for Meadow Gold Dairy for 31 years. He was a member of the National Guard. He enjoyed riding motorcycles in his early years.

He raised cattle,and his hobbies included hunting, gardening, fishing and fish-fries. Above all, his family was the most important thing in his life,and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Page; sons Herman C. Page Jr. and wife Diane of Lake Ozark and Jeff Page and wife Nancy of Columbia; daughter Debbie Nichols and husband Kurt of Harrisburg; and grandchildren Spencer, Carly, Matthew and Travis Page.

He was preceded in death by siblings J.T. Page, Bobby Page and Peggy Belshe.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association.

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


Published Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mary Beth Clark (Johnson), 69, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.

A celebration of her life will be held at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

Mary was a highly skilled educator, a courageous advocate for women’s rights and a devoted mother, grandmother and wife.

She is survived by her loving husband, Donald R. Johnson; her mother, Flossie Clark, and brother, Tim Clark, both of Tuscumbia; and a sister, Alice Meinhold of St. Charles. She also leaves behind her son, Phillip A. Clark, his wife, Joan, and two grandchildren, Joseph and Stuart, all of Knoxville, Tenn.

All who were graced with Mary’s friendship will remember her with love. Her professional colleagues will recall her with respect and admiration.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name to the Central Missouri Food Pantry will be appreciated.


Published Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dudley Gene Forsee, 78, of Sedalia, formerly of Columbia, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his home.

Celebration of life memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Rea Funeral Chapel in Sedalia with Pastor Ed Broyles officiating. There will be no family visitation.

He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Columbia, a son of Hubert H. and Nettie M. Blackburn Forsee.

On Dec. 19, 1954, in Columbia, he was united in marriage to Patsy “Pat” Morris, who survives of the home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be left at reafuneralservice.com.


Published December 8, 2011

Kenneth E. Kite, 83, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Howard County.

He was born May 7, 1928, in Woodlandville, the fifth of six children of Orin Sylvester and Wilmoth Ada Wilhite Kite.

At the tender age of 16, he met and married the love of his life, Miss Martha Sue Nichols of Hartsburg, and on March 3, 2011, they celebrated 66 years of marriage.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by their four children, Mary Jane Stuart, Phyllis Ann Leach, Rhonda Kay Bias and Randy Eugene Kite, all of Columbia; eight grandchildren, Tony Stuart, Chris Leach, Wendy Leach, Brittney Scott, Benjamin Kite, Kathryn Kite and Hayden Kite, all of Columbia, and George K. Stuart of Chicago; four great-grandchildren, Chad Stuart, Russel Leach, Sarah Leach and Gabriel Scott, all of Columbia; and one sister, Ruth Samuel of Columbia.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ida Lee Pipes and Allene Pipes; and two brothers in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online tributes may be left at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Saturday, December 24, 2011

George William “Bill” Nordholtz Eggers Jr., M.D., 82, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Columbia.

Memories of Dr. Eggers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a memorial Mass at 1 p.m. Dr. Eggers will be inurned next to his wife at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born in Feb. 22, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. His education included Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, 1945; Rice University, Houston, Texas, B.A., 1949; The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, M.D., 1953; internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, 1953-54; residency (Anesthesiology) at Philadelphia General Hospital, 1954-55; and residency (anesthesiology) at the University of Texas Medical Branch, 1955-56.

Dr. Eggers academic appointments included professor emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1994-2001; Russell D. Shelden, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, 1994; chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1970-1994; president of American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1992; acting chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1969; visiting research professor, Department of Anesthesia, Northwestern University Medical School, 1968-1969; professor, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1967, visiting instructor in Anesthesiology, USAF Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, 1956-61; research associate, Space Science Research Center, University of Missouri, 1965-66; and associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1961-67.

Dr. Eggers met his future wife, Mary Francis Futrell Eggers, M.D., during his residency in Philadelphia. She also was an anesthesiologist, Duke Medical School Class of 1947. They were united in marriage in 1955. To this union, two children were born. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Eggers, 54, of San Francisco, MBA from Stanford, married to Dan Gruzd, and their two children, Zach (25) and Katie (20); and a son, Will Eggers (or G.W.W. Eggers III), 46, of Tolland Conn., Ph.D. candidate in medieval and renaissance literature), married to Polly Painter, and their two daughters, Olivia (13) and Cate (10).

Dr. Eggers was current in his musical tastes, with most recent favorites including Radiohead’s album “In Rainbows” and Adele’s song “Someone Like You.” He had a close circle of friends with whom he played poker and once won a series of poker tournaments to qualify for the World Series of Poker. He was a singer (tenor) during his medical residency and participated and performed in a musical written, composed, and performed by all residents. He was an avid practitioner of magic, particularly close-up card tricks. In addition, he was a national champion skeet shooter.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Eggers can be made to the University of Missouri and mailed to School of Medicine Development, One Hospital Drive, DC205.00, Columbia, Mo. 65212. For more information, call Neveda Bailey, 882-3103. Please include Dr. Eggers’ name on the memo line of the check.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, January 1, 2012

David A. Malaney, 62, of Naranjo, Costa Rica, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. David died after a brief illness from esophageal cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Fairview Community of Christ Church, 1111 Fairview Road, in Columbia. He was cremated in Naranjo.

David was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Valley City High School in Valley City, N.D., in 1967.

In 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years as a corpsman and served in Vietnam in 1969. He then attended the University of Missouri, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English education in 1978, a master’s degree in education in 1987 and an educational specialist degree in 2000.

He taught English at Hallsville R-4 School from 1978 to 2004. During those 26 years, he served as athletic director, boys golf coach and middle school principal. He was Teacher of the Year several times. He was the author of “History of the Community of Hallsville,” published in 1984.

David is survived by three children, Troy Malaney Diehl (39) and wife Shellie and their daughter, Taylor, of Lee’s Summit, Kelley Chandler (33) of Columbia and Conor Malaney (25) of New York City; his stepdaughter, Elena (18); his wife, Doris Herrera of Naranjo; his mother, Christine “Pat” Malaney; brother, Ron Malaney and wife Beverley of Dadeville; sister, Karen Sexton and husband Doug of Mount Vernon; sister, Krissy McClanahan of Gulfport, Miss.; and sister-in-law, Wanda Malaney of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Larry Malaney, who died in 2010; and his brother, Dan Malaney, who died in 2009.

Dave was a lover of the great outdoors, golfing, online Scrabble, reading, creative writing and music.

Gifts in memory of David can be made to Hallsville R-4 School or the charity of your choice.


Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mae Ora Jones, 60, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with pastor Caroles Taylor officiating.

Mae was born Feb. 28, 1951, to the late Jimmie White and Ora Mae Jones in Coahoma County, Miss. Being the oldest of 23 siblings, she left school at an early age to help raise her brothers and sisters. She moved to St. Louis in 1963 and later to East St. Louis in 1971. She worked many years at Monday Maid Laundry and was a faithful employee. In 1987, she moved to Columbia, where she resided till her departure.

Mae was a loyal member of Friendship M.B.C., and she believed strongly in God. She enjoyed making jokes and making people laugh. A teacher of facial expressions and a great cook who enjoyed making people smile and laugh, she loved children and was a mother to all who both knew her as family and friend.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Prentice Jones (Barbi) of Columbia, and Marcell Jones (Sharlotte) of Moberly; siblings Warnester Barney, Pearlie Henderson, Dorothy Nealy, Dianna Barney, Erma Jean Barney and Annette Ingram, all of Columbia, Barbara Carthron of Raleigh, N.C., Silvia White of Saginaw, Mich., Gloria and Rochell White, both of Flint, Mich., Robert Barney, Fredrick Barney, Jimmie White, Frank White, Jesse White and Dywane White, all of Columbia, and Henry White of Grand Rapids, Mich. Siblings who proceeded her in death were Flora Smith, Gwen Wicker, Vera McNeese and James White.

Her legacy includes 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203. Online condolences may be left at www.millardfamilychapels.com
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Published Monday, December 12, 2011

Erma Stella Glascock, 97, of Columbia passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Erma was born Nov. 18, 1914, in Boone County to Missouri Stella Sapp Taylor and John Thomas Riley Taylor. She married E.L. “Jack” Glascock on Nov. 29, 1933, in Ashland. She was a member of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Wilton as well as Thilo Chapter of Eastern Star.

Erma is survived by two daughters, Martha Geel (Ken) of Columbia and Italene Lucas of Bowling Green, Ky.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1990; and three brothers, Elmo Taylor, Elfrey Taylor and Emuel Taylor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of choice.

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


Published Sunday, December 18, 2011

John Barnett McKinney, 58, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at his home in Columbia.

A private family gathering will be held at First Presbyterian Church.

John was born on Sept. 5, 1953, in Columbia to James and Margaret Pemberton McKinney. He graduated from Columbia College in 1978. John worked as an assistant manager at Arby’s, was an elder at First Presbyterian Church and was an avid golfer.

John is survived by his mother, Margaret; daughters, Maggie Reavis (Shane) and Jamie Moehling (Luke); and his sisters, Mary McCoy (Wayne) and Meg Brown (Patrick).

He was preceded in death by his father, James McKinney.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

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


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Juanita Pearl Dailey, 74, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1937, in Boone County to Charles and Mattie Lee Whitesides Benedict. On July 15, 1955, she married Carl Frederick Dailey, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Marty Dailey (Donna) of Fair Grove; two brothers, Jerry Benedict of Greeley, Colo., and David Benedict (Patricia) of Vicksbury, Mich.; two sisters, Belinda Davanport of Hallsville and Linda Sue Cooper (Tom) of Columbia; and four grandchildren, Jamie, Brittany, Bradley and Alec.

In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Dailey; her parents; two brothers, Terry and Lloyd Benedict; two sisters, Daisy Chrisman and Sarah Roberts; and a longtime friend, Betty Baysinger.

Memorial donations may be made to Rainbow House or the Central Missouri Humane Society.

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


Published Monday, December 19, 2011

Ruth Oliver, 94, formerly of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Maryville, Tenn.
There will be no services.

Mrs. Oliver was born May 5, 1917, in St Louis to Clarence and Sue Hulskamp Hottensen.
She was married to Clyde Oliver, and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Oliver and her husband were active in the Shrine Club.

She was a secretary at Jefferson Junior High School for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna Dornfeld; a son, David Oliver; one granddaughter, Dee Gilbert; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Gilbert.

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


Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011

William “Bill” Arthur Markel III, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who Bill greatly loved.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Midway Heights Baptist Church in Columbia. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

Bill was born Jan. 23, 1944, in St. Louis to Dr. Arthur Dean Markel and Laura Marie (Gayle) Markel.

He attended Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar Bluff, where he was raised.

He continued his education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and continued on to his master’s degree in higher adult education.

Bill worked at the Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia for more than 20 years as chief of the respiratory therapy department, and he also contributed to the department’s establishment. Bill enjoyed sports of all kinds, but none more than football, and grilling food on his trusty Weber. His greatest love was time spent with his family.

He is survived by his brother and his wife, Jim and Linda Markel; his best friend, Gloria Markel; his children and their spouses, George Anne and Kevin Cossey, Michelle Markel, and Will and Amy Markel; and his grandchildren, Justin Wyatt, Ryan Macrum, Jessica Wyatt, Savannah Cossey, Collin Cossey and Grace Markel; and his great-granddaughter, Chloe Wyatt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Columbia Youth Football League or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, December 22, 2011

Glenda A. Hine, 72, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at Memorial Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Glenda was born on Feb. 15, 1939, in Kennett to James and Altha Mae Masterson Collins. She married Larry Hine on Dec. 24, 1960, in New Madrid. He preceded her in death.

She received her nursing degree from Barnes School of Nursing in St. Louis.

She was an avid collector of Coca-Cola memorabilia and turquoise jewelry and loved to do needlepoint. She also loved hot air balloons and was lucky enough to take a ride in one several years ago. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandkids.

Glenda is survived by one daughter, Kim Cathey of Columbia; one son, Brad Hine and his wife, Jennifer, of St. Louis; and four grandchildren, Lauryn Miller and Abbey, Andy and Allison Hine.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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


Published Thursday, December 22, 2011

James “Tim” Williams, 58, of Boonville died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home.

The family will have a private gathering to honor his life.

Tim was born on Feb. 26, 1953, to Rolla Francis and Dorothy Jane Cluster Williams in St. Louis. Tim married Jane Lago on March 30, 1990, in Columbia. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and pursued a career as a visual artist and poet.

“Tim Williams was one of the finest painters I have ever known. His fundamentally cheerful but incisive wit showed in all of his work in a great variety of media. He was very much a modern abstract artist, though his work was always based on keen observation of the ever-changing landscape and of human character. Though he showed little interest in showing or selling his painting, the quality of his work could have made him an international reputation. He was, I think, one of the area’s great cultural treasures.” — Frank Stack , professor emeritus, Department of Art, University of Missouri.

He is survived by his wife of the home; one sister, Donna Floyd of Brandon, Fla.; and one brother, Chuck Williams of Columbia.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Rolla “Bill” Williams Jr.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Boonville Friends of the Library or One Drop Zendo Association. For online condolences or to view photos, please go to www.thacherwood.com.


Published Sunday, December 25, 2011

Norma Q. Stroupe, 85, of Columbia passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at home following a stay at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Norma was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Hallsville, to Charles C. and Ruth Kemper Quisenberry. She was the youngest of eight children.

Norma married Don C. Finlay on Dec. 24, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1971. She then married Ross Stroupe of Columbia on Oct. 15, 1986, in Honolulu, and he survives.

Norma graduate from Hallsville High School in 1944 and from Chillicothe Business College in 1945. She was a member of Barnes Chapel Baptist Church.

Norma retired from the University of Missouri in 1991, after working many years in secretarial and accounting positions for the athletic department, Jesse Hall, University Hall and several other departments.

She remained active after retirement, until being slowed down by a stroke in July 2007.

Perhaps Norma’s favorite activity was visiting and talking with people. She made friends wherever she went and will always be remembered for her wonderful smile, her great laugh and the sparkle in her beautiful eyes.

In addition to her husband, Ross, Norma is survived by a son, Chris Finlay of Charleston; two daughters, Kim Leven and husband Bob of North Las Vegas and Diana Finlay of Webster Groves; a brother, Shirley D. Quisenberry and wife Catherine of Hallsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; four sisters; and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Barnes Chapel Baptist Church in c/o Nadine Owen, 10149 Johnson Cemetery Road, Ashland, Mo. 65010.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, December 27, 2011

LaVaune June Schmidt, 82, of Columbia entered her heavenly home Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at her home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was born April 29, 1929, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of the late Raymond and Lola Pearson Hauser. She was united in marriage to Donald Schmidt in 1951, and he survives.

LaVaune was a resident of Columbia for more than 40 years, residing at Terrace Apartments with her husband during the past five years.

Mrs. Schmidt was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

In addition to her loving husband, LaVaune is survived by three daughters, Jo Ann Loomis of Campbell, Calif., Cheryl Nichols (Brent) of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Katherine Gibson (Mark) of Austin, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com.


Published Thursday, December 29, 2011

M. Jane Livingston Decker, 90, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Lenoir Woods Health Center.

A memorial service was Wednesday, Dec. 28.

She was born in Marion County, Iowa, and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Jane was a graduate of the University of Missouri with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education. Jane had teaching certificates from Iowa and Missouri.

She was retired as a reading specialist for Columbia Public Schools, where her most recent teaching assignment was at Grant Elementary School.

She was a member of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Audubon Society and the International Reading Association.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years; one grandson in Hawaii; and a nephew in Arizona.

Her daughter, Susan Jane Decker; both of her sisters; and her parents preceded her in death.


Published Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dave Hemmann, 61, of Columbia passed away peacefully from this world to continue his journey into his next exploration on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, with his beloved wife at his side.

There will be an informal memorial gathering to celebrate Dave’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the home of Kathy Savage, 2710 Malibu Court, in Columbia.

Dave was a deeply compassionate person who touched and was touched by many people of all ages throughout his life, and he loved them all.

Dave was born Feb. 6, 1950, in St. Louis to Doris and Herbert Hemmann. He grew up in St. Louis until moving to Columbia in the early 1970s.

Dave was a furniture and cabinet maker and refinisher for many years.

After becoming disabled, he enrolled at Columbia College and the University of Missouri, earning a degree in computer science, and he spent the majority of his career at MOREnet.

Dave is survived by his wife, Chris, with whom he spent the last 27 years. He liked to joke that those were the best 20 years of his life. Dave also is survived by his son, Adam, and daughter, Katie, both of Columbia; a sister, Judy of Collinsville, Ill.; sister-in-law, Kathy Savage and nephews, Dan, Nathan, and Will, also of Columbia; sister-in-law, Anne Bush and her husband, Steve, of Pleasant Hill; brothers-in-law, Tim Sullivan of Columbia, Pat Sullivan and his wife, Catherine, of Nevada City, Nev., Pete Sullivan and his wife, Tina, of Springfield, and Mark Sullivan of Virginia Beach, Va.; his very special brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Susan Bashaw of Thayer; as well as countless other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Dave’s name to Second Chance Animal Shelter of Columbia.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, December 30, 2011

Frances Dean Sapp Crosswhite, 86, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2001, at King’s Daughters Home in Mexico, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Frances Dean Sapp Crosswhite was born on Oct. 21, 1925, in Fayette, the daughter of Maxel and Eleanor Downey Jackson, and they preceded her in death.

She was a supervisor of food service at the University of Missouri until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Columbia and the VFW Post 280 Auxiliary.

Survivors include a son, Gary M. Sapp and wife Sara; a daughter, Linda Ardrey and her husband, Lee; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Donald L. Sapp and Terry M. Sapp.

Memorial contributions may be made to King’s Daughters Home, 620 West Blvd., Mexico, Mo., 65265.

Online condolences may be left for the family at nilsonfuneral home.com.


Pubished Sunday, January 1, 2012

Kenneth H. Niemeyer, 83, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Kenneth was born Sept. 15, 1928, in St. Louis to William C. and Olinda C. Schwerdt Niemeyer. He married Margaret R. Rennick April 3, 1953, in Washington, Mo. Ken served in the U.S. Navy for three years, which included one year on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa.

He was a longtime member of Missouri United Methodist Church. He retired as associate dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, concluding 38 years of service.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Margaret of Columbia; one son, Russell W. Niemeyer and his wife, Pamela J., of Hobbs, N.M.; two grandsons, Kyle W. Niemeyer and Michael J. Niemeyer, also of Hobbs, N.M.; one brother-in-law, Robert F. Rennick and his wife, Mary, of Jefferson City; one sister-in-law, Juanita Rennick of Washington, Mo; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother-in-law, James W. Rennick.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Niemeyer Lecture Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1600 E. Rollins, Columbia, Mo. 65211; or to the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, Kenneth H. Niemeyer Scholarship Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1600 E. Rollins, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

Tributes can be left on line at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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