With Sympathy

Kewpie Deaths - 2015
2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007

2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999
Class of 1963 Memorial - Class of 1967 Memorial - Class of 1970 Memorial - Class of 1986 Memorial
Memorial Slideshows shown at reunions
"If you have lost Kewpie, family or friends, since September 1998, when this webpage began, please contact me."
Please CLICK HERE to register for Kewpie Classmates Association
Local Links for Kewpies
Back to Homepage
Corrections or Additions
Courtesy of Charley Blackmore, Kewpie Classmates Association




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

Jack D. Gilmore, Class of 1947, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Columbia.

Johnnie Lee Wayland, Class of 1941, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Donald C. Proctor, Class of 1942, passed away January 15, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Howard Eugene Smith, Class of 1956, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

Michael Francis Eng, Class of 1965, passed away at his home in Columbia on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

James Ray Coats, 63, of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at his home in Houston, Texas.

George Earl Gibson, Class of 1946, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Kenneth R. Mountjoy, Class of 1943, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at his home in Columbia.

Published Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kenneth R. Mountjoy, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at his home in Columbia. During this time he kept his wit and pleasant personality. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland.

Kenneth was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Ashland to Claudis Ralph Mountjoy and Stella M. Hinshaw Mountjoy. He attended school in Ashland until his junior year of high school and attended his senior year at Hickman High School, graduating in the class of 1943.

After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and retired Nov. 1, 1967, with 20 years of service.

His early years of service were sea duty. In 1951, he was ordered to Paris, France, to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe when General Dwight D. Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commanding Officer. He returned to the States in 1952 and was stationed at the Pentagon to Chief of Naval Operations OP-33, which was the hub of the organization.

His single days ended Aug. 7, 1954, when he married Dorothy (Onusko) Mountjoy in Perryopolis, Pa., at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

In 1956, he received orders to Paris and was assigned to Military Assistance Program Mission, or MAGG. In 1959, he received orders to the Naval Air station in Kingsville. In 1963, he was ordered to Saigon, Vietnam. In 1964, he was ordered to Atsugi, Japan, Fleet Composite Squadron Five. In 1966, he returned to the Pentagon once again in the Office of Naval Intelligence, until his retirement in 1967. He served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

After retiring from the Navy, Kenneth worked for Shelter Insurance Company for 18 years and retired in 1986.

He kept busy with Veterans Affairs and was very active in VFW Post 280 serving as Quartermaster, bingo worker and Chairman for a number of years. He also volunteered at Harry S Truman VA Hospital. He was a member of VFW Post 280, Life member of the Military Order of the Cooties — a fun organization under VFW serving veterans in beds of white — American Legion Post 202 in Columbia, Fleet Reserve Association, and TREA (The Enlisted Association).

Ken is survived by his wife of

60 years, Dorothy; son Larry (Norma Lea) and two step-grandchilden, MSGT (Ret) USMC Kenneth Voorhies (Evelyn) and Bobby Voorheis (Stephanie); three sisters, Sue Downey and Martha Nan Sapp of Ashland and Eddie LaVern McKim of Jefferson City; one brother, Joe Mountjoy of Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his parents; and three sisters, Mary Francis Lewis, Jane Richardson and Dorothy Nichols.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Church, The Columbia Humane Society or charity of your choice. Tributes can be shared with the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Friday, January 9, 2015

George Earl Gibson, 86, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Boone Hospital in Columbia with his family by his side.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Graveside services will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born July 22, 1928, in Boone County to Aubrey and Anna Rebecca (McCown) Gibson.

He was a 1946 graduate of Hickman High School. He was a member of the Kewpie football team for three years. In June 1946, he joined the U.S. Marines. He was honorably discharged in January 1949. He attended the University of Missouri. He was employed by American Optical and the city of Ashland. He loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by a first cousin, Celeste Davidson (Jack) of California; first cousin Larry McCown (Dee) of Rifle, Colo.; cousins Karen Loyd-Minear (Bobby), Will and Sam Minear all of Edina, Norma Loyd of Ashland, Charlene Loyd of Jefferson City; and many more cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Virgil Vestal.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Southern Boone County Public Library, 109 N. Main St., Ashland, Mo., 65010.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

James Ray Coats, 63, of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at his home in Houston, Texas.

Memorial and services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bonnie officiating.

Mr. Coats was born Jan. 31, 1951, in Columbia to Mae Emalyne and Marion Aubrey Coats.

He married Luz Caval on Oct. 14, 1989, in Buena Park, Calif., and she survives.

He attended Mizzou but was drafted for the Vietnam War. After returning from tour, Jim worked as a cattle herdsman until continuing his education at Linn Tech. He later worked for Shell Oil Co. until he became a private contractor. During his career and life, Jim gained many friendships and loyalties with his love of stories and hearty laughter.

Survivors also include one son, Johannes Lonaker; two daughters, Kimberly Coats (a Texas A&M graduate) and Atalie Coats, of Houston; two brothers, Jerry Coats and John Coats; and one sister, Bonnie Martin, all of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Thompson.

Memorials are suggested to Bethel Baptist Church, 201 E. Old Plank Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Published Friday, January 16, 2015

Michael Francis Eng passed away at his home in Columbia on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. He was 67, and evidently he was needed on the other side to liven things up a bit.

Per Mike and his family’s wishes, there will be no service. Rather, Mike’s family and friends will celebrate his too-short but well-lived life at a date to be determined in the near future. Mike asks that you stop by and retell the stories that he can no longer tell.

Born May 6, 1947, in Carroll, Iowa, Mike spent a fair portion of his childhood getting into mischief with the help of his brother, cousins and childhood friends “the Mork boys.” When his mother became the director of nurses of the University of Missouri Medical Center in 1960, Mike moved to Columbia and began the eighth grade at Jefferson Jr. High School, where he managed to find entirely new forms of mischief, until his graduation from Hickman High School in 1965. Mike attended the University of Missouri and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1966-1972.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a spiritual leader, manager and star pitcher of the Stein Club softball team on the City League circuit. Mike led this merry band of talented misfits in regular and heated match-ups against their classic rivals: the Harpo’s “Biters” and Otterville All Stars.

In the early 1970s, he and a business partner purchased the Gladstone, a popular local road house, which they ran successfully for many years. After retiring from insurance and real estate sales, Mike grew fond of trading harsh Missouri winters for the warmth and beaches of Naples

Known to many as “Moe,” Mike was not a saint and would not want to be remembered as one. He was, however, a selfless and free spirit who, after a life filled with laughter, challenges and more laughter, didn’t take himself too seriously. In the short time since his passing, Mike is already remembered as a skillful storyteller with a boundless sense of humor. Those who heard his unmistakable raspy laugh could be assured Mike was nearby, flashing his infectious smile and telling a new joke or story, or simply recounting an old one that was somehow more entertaining than the version he had told before. Mike had a unique ability to make anybody from any walk of life feel like an old friend, and he leaves a 67-year trail of generosity, compassion and laughter.

He was unconditionally devoted to his family, in particular to his nephew Matthew, who was his regular Saturday sidekick at Booches, Murray’s and other Columbia institutions. In this role, his absence will be most deeply felt.

Mike is survived by his brother, Patrick Eng; his sister-in-law, Mary Del Eng; and his nephew, Matthew Eng, all of Columbia; his niece Jennifer Eng and nephew Allen Russell, Jr., both of Kansas City; and by many other family and friends too numerous to list.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Eng Elliott; his step-father, James Elliott; and his two beloved and loyal dogs, Zach and Coon.

Though not necessary, for those who feel compelled to send flowers, the family asks that you instead make a donation to Alternative Community Training (www.actservices.org).

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

Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Howard Eugene Smith, 77, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, with his children by his side. His beloved wife, Carolyn, passed away just one day before on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home.

Howard was born in Fulton on Oct. 13, 1937, to Harold and Mary Smith. After the passing of his mother, his stepmother, Anna Elouisa, lovingly helped to raise him. He was the youngest of four children and grew up surrounded by many cousins who were like siblings.

He married the love of his life, Carolyn Andrews, on Aug. 28, 1956. Howard was the loving father to three children, loving grandfather to four and loving great-grandfather to one.

Howard lived the majority of his life in Columbia. Howard served his country in the U.S. Navy from June 12, 1956, through Feb. 28, 1966. After his service, he continued to serve his community by being an active member in both the Sunrise Optimist Club and Twilight Lodge No.114 AF&AM He also was a devout member of Olivet Christian Church.

Howard was a long-time employee of GTE. He also spent time driving over the road for RPS. Howard was also the proud owner of Howard’s Upholstery, loving his work of crafting and handiwork.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Smith; his parents, Harold and Mary Smith; his stepmother, Anna Elouisa Smith; his sisters, Helen Louise Smith and Isabell Holiman (Jack, deceased); and his brother, Harlan Ritchie Smith (Gerry).

He is survived by his children, Mary Ann Gruender (Joe), Steven Smith (Rhonda) and Linda Smith; his grandchildren, Robbie Hall (Shelli), Lisa Ward (AJ), Jason Gruender (Bridget) and Jessica Ketsenburg (Jonathan); and his great-granddaughter, Lydia Gruender.

Howard was a loving man who gave of himself for the sake of others. His legacy will live on through the lives of his children and grandchildren, the life lessons he shared, his love for John Deere and Jack Daniels collectibles, and his sweet tooth for chocolate-covered cherries.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2015

SEDALIA — Donald C. Proctor, 91, of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away January 15, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

Don was born January 13, 1924, to Roy G. Proctor and Martha A. Crane in Columbia, Missouri.

Don graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia and attended the University of Missouri, receiving his bachelor degree. Following that he attended Washington University, receiving his medical degree. His surgical residency was at the University of Oklahoma. Don attended the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, receiving a degree in Meteorology. Following his meteorology training, he joined the Army Air Corps flying through hurricanes assisting naval ships during World War II. After his military service he returned to Sedalia and began his medical career in 1953, retiring in 1989.

Don was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Phi Beta Kappa, first president of Sunrise Optimist, youngest physician to be chief-of-staff at Bothwell Regional Health Center, first doctor to serve on the hospital's board of trustees, president of Pettis County Medical Society, served as Secretary, Vice-President and President of State Fair Community College Board of Trustees from 1966 through 2002, and served on the college foundation board. The college library now bears his name.

Don is survived by his wife, Janet; and children, Steve Proctor (Angelia), Tim Proctor, Ann (Steve) King, Julia (Kim) Whaley, Dawn (Steve) Elliott, Matt Proctor (Linda), Kyle (Roxanne) Herrick, Ben Proctor (Jen), and Elizabeth Proctor; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lee See; and a brother, Cecil Hackley. Don was preceded in death by his parents and twin sons, Tom and Mike Proctor.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Heckart Family Center.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with inurnment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Father Mark Miller will officiate.

The family suggests contributions to Sacred Heart Church, Donald C. Proctor Library, or Missouri Veterans Home Unit D in Warrensburg.

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015

Johnnie Lee Wayland, 91, of Columbia passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30, and a celebration of life including a Masonic ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Parker Funeral Service.

Johnnie was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Columbia to John W. and Anna B Wayland. He married Lucille Comer on Oct. 4, 1962, and she survives.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1941. At 19 he entered the Army and was assigned to the 86th Black Hawk Division, 331st Field Artillery, Battery A. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation.

He was a loyal friend to his buddies. Many of the friendships stemmed from early childhood through grade school, Hickman High School and World War II, until their final passing, one by one.

Each year, Johnnie looked forward to a reunion with his Battery A buddies that shared a bond of love and friendship unlike any other.

He established Wayland Flooring Co. installing resilient flooring and suspended ceilings in residential and commercial buildings.

In 1965, he sold the flooring company to join his wife full time in the operation of Lucille’s Yarns and Fabrics. Later he was employed at the Boone County Assessor’s Office.

Upon retirement he spent several years transporting cars for Bob McCosh Chevrolet.

Johnnie was a member of VFW Post 280, and the Twilight Lodge for over 50 years as a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. As a Shriner he was one of the original members of the Shriner’s Motor Patrol.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille, of Columbia; a son, Keith Wayland and wife Cheryl Mason and three step-children, Vicki Nerenberg, Randy Comer and Sonny Comer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mable Coats; and brother A.C. Wayland.

Memorials can be given to The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences can be left at www.parkerfuenralservice.com.

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jack D. Gilmore, 85, of Columbia passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Columbia.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Entombment will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jack was born on May 15, 1929, in Boone County, the son of Mamie (Bradley) and Harry Gilmore.

Jack married Bessie Olsan on March 6, 1955, in Columbia. He spent his entire life in the Boone County area and was a member of IBEW Local 257. Jack served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Jack enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie; sons, Mark (Emily) Gilmore and Kevin Gilmore; grandchildren, Justin (Pam) Gilmore, Courtney Gilmore, Collin Gilmore, and Joshua Gilmore; sister, Peggy (Jack) Rhoades; brothers, James (Betty) Gilmore and Bradley Gilmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret Wood, Forestine Wallace and an infant sister, Meddy Lorraine Gilmore; and one brother, Albert Ray Gilmore, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.



Back to Top of This Page or Back to Home Page

For any corrections or additions, please send email to:
or call: 573-442-1873

COLUMBIA MO  65201-3564