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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
Richard Williams, Class of 1974, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia.

Barbara Jo Sutton Baker, Class of 1950, passed away Dec. 29, 2016.

Karin Lea Kespohl, Class of 1984, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Columbia.

Debra K. Turner-Sims, Class of 1982, passed Dec. 27, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Dr. L. Dale Wood, Class of 1953, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in McCalla, Alabama.

Pauletta Ann Glasgow Gresham, Class of 1966, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016, at University Hospital.

Chad Alan Billington, Class of 1990, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at his home in Gravois Mills, Missouri.

Suzanne C. “Suzi” Dunscombe Davis, Class of 1956, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Anthony Quinn Lopez, Class of 1988, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

June M. Haseman, Class of 1940, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at the Arbors at Colony Point in Columbia.

Maudie Genevieve Crane O’Neal, Class of 1950, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Columbia.

Jacqueline Whitesides Pierce, Class of 1951, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Columbia.

George Lee Day, Class of 1968, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Carl Bennett Smith, Class of 1965, passed away Dec. 7, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Sharon Ann (Kohl) Graham, Class of 1971, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at her home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Beverly J. Deles Dernier Crabtree, Class of 1955, passed away December 7, 2016 at the Manor at Elfindale, in Springfield, Missouri.

Henry "Hank" Marvin Belden III, Class of 1962 died December 2, 2016 in Florida.

Tracey E. Bradley-Williams, Class of 1994, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at her home in Columbia.

Doris Elaine Epperson Shannon, Class of 1955, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Richard Louis Johnson, Class of 1964, passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home in Joplin, Missouri.

Dale Lee Chrisman, Class of 1971, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2016.

Mary Ruth Gollaher (nee Claywell), Class of 1943, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 in St. John, Miissouri.

Kathleen Anne Hunker, Class of 1970, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

David Royer Wilkerson Sr., Class of 1955, passed Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

Jack Shettlesworth, Class of 1958, passed away November 18, 2016.

James Martin Shemwell, Class of 1954, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico.

Ronald F. Braselton, Class of 1970, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Sarah English Young, Class of 1948, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.

Kevin Scott Earnest, Class of 1980, passed away on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Springfield, Missouri.

Richard P. Starke, Class of 1966, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Jeriel Kent Kurtz, Class of 1948, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Sylvia A. Roberts Bradfield, Class of 1960, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Billy Ray Perkins, Class of 1955, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at his home in Columbia.

Bob Vanatta, Class of 1937, passed away October 22, 2016 in Melbourne, Florida.

Regina A. Blair, Class of 1969, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Michael Joseph Holsinger, Class of 1955, passed away October 17, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida.

Jon Michael Graznak, Class of 1971, passed away October 12, 2016. at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sharon Lewis Wiser, Class of 1962, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at her home in Centralia, Missouri.

Virginia Richardson Forbis, Class of 1941, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Walla Walla, Washington.

Gerry Sisson, Class of 1959, passed away October 9, 2016 in Parker, Colorado.

Ronald Dean Harmon, Class of 1961, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Delbert “Wayne” Wheeler, Class of 1986, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Parkside Manor Nursing Center in Columbia.

Elizabeth Holsinger Ginsburg, Class of 1957, died at home on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bristol, Vermont.

Alice L. Grim Yoest, Class of 1967, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Clifford H. Boyd Jr., Class of 1947, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Becky Murray Brammer, Class of 1973, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Carolyn June Conner Little, Class of 1964, passed away on Sept. 13, 2016.

Julie A. O'Connor Durnil, Class of 1976, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Kerry William Allen, Class of 1981, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Robert (Bob) Sisson, Class of 1930, passed away on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in Columbia.

Sarah Kathryn “Sally” Brown Mathis, Class of 1960, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, at University Hospital.

R.B. Swearingen, Class of 1938, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Contessa Taylor, Class of 2010, passed on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 in Columbia.

Benny Gayle (Reno) Dawson, Class of 1944, passed on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Denver, Colorado.

Katherine J. Platz McGee, Class of 1965, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Sherman Brown Jr., Class of 1969, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at home in Columbia.

Peggy Jane Burnett, Class of 1954, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Betty Fern Johnson Quisenberry, Class of 1941, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at the Stuart House Nursing Home in Centralia, Missouri.

Betty Jean Hathman Coleman, Class of 1945, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Boone Hospital.

Lucas Paul Thornton, Class of 2009, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

Mary Katherine Strawn Nelson, Class of 1960, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Wayne Alan McMillen, Class of 1968, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at his home in Hartsburg, Missouri.

Linda King (nee Green), Class of 1961, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016, at New Haven Care Center.

Linda Lee Cunningham Kinney, Class of 1964. passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

J.W. “Jay” Lewis Jr., Class of 1969, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Boone Hospital.

Ruth Ellen Barnes, Class of 1966, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 in Columbia.

Martha Thompson Nistendirk, Class of 1940, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Leona Foley Middlebrooks, Class of 1941, passed away, Monday, July 11, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Curtus Eugene Atkins, Class of 1973, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Janice K. Douglas Johnson, Class of 1972, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Thomas William “Tom” LaHue, Class of 1972, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center.

Paula Helene Elam, Class of 1985, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016.

Norman Earl Dietz, Class of 1955, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Eldon Nursing & Rehab in Eldon, Missouri.

John Joseph Sprague Jr., Class of 1962, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Elsie Fellows Madden, Class of 1954, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida.

Steven Mullens, Class of 2000, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016.

Ronald “Ronnie” Clyde Nielsen, Class of 1960, died at his home in Columbia, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Donald Eugene Hartley Sr., Class of 1953, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Ernie R. Hay, Class of 1956, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Jimmie Allen Daly, Class of 1963, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Robert “Bob” Leo Behrens, Class of 1969, died Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Gail Marriott Overbeck, Class of 1971, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

William Norman Riggs, Class of 1954, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 in Lenexa, Kansas.

Arnel “Spanky” Monroe, Class of 1985, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Beverly Dickerson Cofield, Class of 1955, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Lenoir Woods Care Center in Columbia.

Robert Lee Kemper, Class of 1943, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Barbara Jean “Bobbi” Hunt Everitt, Class of 1963, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Marsha Jane Crews Harrison, Class of 1996, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, at her home in Columbia.

Archilee William Sapp, Class of 1943 passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Charlene R. Bayless Snell, Class of 1967, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016.

John “Kevin” Griggs, Class of 1979, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home in Boonville.

Ann Craven Kemp, Class of 1948, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Connie J. Barnes McKinzie, Class of 1960, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Frances Lorene Gentry Turner, Class of 1941, passed away Wednesday, April 20, at her home in Rocheport.

Brian John Gill, Class of 1973, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Ryan McNeil, Class of 2005, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Foster Carr Tekotte,Classs of 1952, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 11, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Jonas Craig, Class of 2004, died in Greenwood County, Kan., on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Wilson Dale Cornelison, Class of 1950, died Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Mack L. Brushwood, Class of 1936, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Robert Craig, Class of 1943, died on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Westwood Hills Nursing Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Sabra Lynn Buckner, Class of 1974, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Southampton Place.

Anita Graebner McSpadden, Class of 1974, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016, at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton.

Tyler Joshua Davis, Class of 2011, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at University Hospital.

Jo Marie Johnson Lewis, Class of 1942, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016.

William “Mike” Michael March, Class of 1976, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Robert “Bob” Ellery Gentry, Class of 1961, passed away Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 2016, in Versailles, Mo.

Thomas E. Wirt, Class of 1950, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Cordes L. Potter, Class of 1964, passed away Good Friday, March 25, 2016, at his home in Columbia.

Robert L. Epperson, Class of 1947, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Presbyterian Manor in Fulton.

Mark C. Crawford, Class of 1964, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at The Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia.

Mary Elizabeth Acton Taylor, Class of 1954, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Ashland Healthcare.

Robert C. (Bob) Smith, Class of 1940, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Columbia.

Jack Henry Chibnall-Voltmer, Class of 2015, died on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

William “Bill” Eugene Francis Roberts, Class of 1995, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Menorah Medical Center.

William D. Trumbower, M.D., Class of 1963, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center.

Norma Lorene Wolfe Willis, Class of 1943, passed away March 3, 2016 at Arrowhead Hosptial in Sun City, Arizona.

Steven Dean Jenkins, Class of 1981, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Columbia.

Robert “Bob” Brooks Dinwiddie, Class of 1953, passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center.

Andy Kanagawa, Class of 1986, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.

Mary M. Patton Nelson, Class of 1961, died Sunday, February 14, 2016, in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Erich Jackson Crosby, Class of 1987, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at his home in Orangeburg, S.C.

Roy Lee Rogers, Class of 1955, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at University Hospital.

Dorothy Laverne McBain Wyatt, Class of 1948, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.

Rhonda Renee Thompson Wise, Class of 1983, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Martin “Marty” Wulff, Class of 1955, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Columbia.

Edward Lawrence Dulaney, Class of 1943, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at his home in Greenspring Village retirement community located in Springfield, Va.

Nancy Marie (Nowlin) Berry, Class of 1988, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

Millard (Abe) Young, Class of 1965, passed away January 10, 2016.

Lois McCallister Sublett, Class of 1950, died at her home in Columbia, MO, on January 10, 2016.

Carl Sapp, Class of 1958, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at home in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Imogene Palmer Mersey, Class of 1938, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at her home in Blackwater, Missouri.

Judith E. Hunt, Class of 1957, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Washington, Missouri.

Roger Owen Wilson, Class of 1960, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at University Hospital in Columbia.











































Published Monday, January 4, 2016

Roger Owen Wilson, 73, of Columbia passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at University Hospital after a short but courageous battle against cancer and its related maladies.

At Roger’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no memorial service. A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at a later date.

Roger was born Sep. 6, 1942, in Nashville, Mo., the second of four children, to William Carl and Irene (Crane) Wilson.

Raised in Columbia, Roger graduated from Hickman High School in 1960. After time in the military and while working at the U.S. Postal Service, he received a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Columbia College in 1978.

In 1965, Roger began a four-year enlistment in the Marine Corps. He was discharged in 1969 as a sergeant after completing tours of duty in Southeast Asia, including combat missions in Vietnam. He was a life member of VFW Post 280.

Roger began his U.S. Postal Service career in 1971 and retired in 2000. He held several positions, starting as a city carrier and being promoted to top-level assignments including director of finance at the Columbia post office. He went on to become, and retired as, postmaster of Belleville, Ill., including Scott Air Force Base.

Roger is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carolyn, of the home. Survivors also include sons Clint Wilson (Mindi) of O’Fallon and Tim Wilson (Nichole) of Columbia; stepdaughters Stacy Griffith (Bruce) of Sturgeon and Sheryl Roberts of Lee’s Summit; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Addison and Sara Wilson; stepgrandchildren Brandon Jones, Lacy Jo and Dillon Higginbotham; and great-stepgrandchild Haven Jones. Roger is also survived by his brother, Michael Paul Wilson (Stacy) of Ashland, and sister Sally (Gus) Kolilis of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother William Boyd Wilson. He will be lovingly remembered by numerous cousins and dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army in Columbia.

Published Friday, January 15, 2016

Judith E. Hunt, 76, of Villa Ridge passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Washington, Mo.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Nieburg-Vitt,Thiebes Funeral Home in Pacific, Mo. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.


Mrs. Hunt, daughter of the late Stanley Hunt, and his wife June Ellene Hunt, was born Oct. 14, 1939, in Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School, and then Stephens College. She also graduated from the University of Missouri with BS and MA degrees in art and history. Judith was employed by the Shaw Nature Reserve Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Among her survivors are two sons, Darin Gilley and wife, Michele, of Pacific and Jason Gilley of Villa Ridge; brother, John Hunt of Webster Groves; two grandchildren, Miranda Gilley and fiance, Caleb White, and Marissa Gilley; uncle and aunt, C.L. and Nancy Richardson and family of Ashland; as well as other relatives and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society.

Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Imogene Palmer Mersey, 95, of Blackwater passed away on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at William Wood Funeral Home, 517 Fourth St. in Boonville. Visitation will be one hour before services, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.


Imogene was born March 25, 1920, in Columbia, to Ezra T. and Zola (Dailey) Palmer. She was united in marriage on Nov. 25, 1959, to Eugene Mersey.

Imogene was a homemaker and was known as the “Pie Lady of Blackwater” and owned the pie shop in town. She was also fondly know by all as Mammagene. She loved her cats and dogs, loved the theater in Blackwater and was an excellent seamstress and cook. Imogene made a lot of the costumes for the theater productions in Blackwater.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Lester and Norris Palmer; and two sisters, Hazel Callison and Arla Mae Marcum; and a grandson, Jim Bob Wells.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Bird and her husband, Marvin, of Cape Girardeau, and a son, Dean Vanlandingham of National City, Calif.; three grandsons, Bill Wells and wife Shawn, Shannon Wells and wife Jenny and Darius Vanlandingham; two great-grandchildren, Avalyn and Ian Wells; and many nieces and nephews and will be missed by all. She is also survived by her niece and caregiver, Beverly Linhart, and good friends, Sue, Bonnie, Donna, John and Orland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blackwater Preservation Society or the Boonville Animal Shelter in care of the funeral home.

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Carl Sapp, 75, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at home in Buena Vista, Colo.

Honoring Carl’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will be planned in the spring in both Buena Vista, Colo., and his hometown of Columbia.

Carl was born May 24, 1940, in Columbia to Paul and Jessie Sapp. Carl worked for Midstate Distributing in Columbia until 1984, when he and wife Debra moved to Colorado. Together they bought and operated Woodland Brook Cabins for 15 years. When he decided to “semi” retire, the cabins were sold, and he bought a car wash. Still not content to idle in retirement, he built and opened The Missing Sock Laundry, which he maintained until his passing.

He — and most anyone who met him — would say about his life, as Frank Sinatra did, “I did it my way.” His laugh was loud and contagious, and he loved to recount his bottomless supply of stories, quotes and witticisms at every occasion.

Carl is survived by his wife, Debra; son Carl Sapp II, daughter Chris Creasy (husband Jay), son Philip Sapp (wife Kathryn), and daughter Carla Sapp (Phillip F.); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, David Sapp and Dennis Sapp (wife Kathy) of Columbia; and four nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Carl E. Sapp Memorial Fund at Colorado East Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 1620, Buena Vista, Colo., 81301.

Published Thursday, January 14, 2016

Lois McCallister Sublett, 83, died peacefully with family at her side in her home in Columbia on Jan. 10, 2016.

A private celebration of her life will be held by the family in the next few weeks.

Lois graduated from Hickman High School and married Thomas Sublett in 1950. Together they raised their five children and lived in Ardmore, Okla., Rolla, St. Louis, Jefferson City and Madison, Conn. They returned briefly to the Lake of the Ozarks before retiring permanently to Melbourne Beach, Fla., in the early 1990s. Lois returned to Columbia to be closer to family.

Lois enjoyed water skiing and playing the piano. She taught piano and was the pianist for church services. She also was a professional hairdresser and owned her own salon in Jefferson City.

Lois is survived by her children, Michele Smith, Vicki Sublett and Anthony Sublett, all of Columbia, Gary Sublett of Jefferson City and Valerie Shippers of Madison, Ala.; six grandchildren, Nicole, Samantha, Nick and Kitrell Sublett, Lyndsey Wilson and Chandler Smith; four great-grandchildren, Jackson, Gracie and Bodhi Wilson and Hudson Smith; and her sister, Ann Brown-Harrah of Naples, Fla.

Lois is preceded in death by Tom, her husband of 61 years, and her parents, Evalyne and Marion (Mac) McCallister.

The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff at TigerPlace and her friends for their kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local food bank in her honor.

Share stories and condolences with the family online at www.heartlandcremation.com.

Published Thursday, January 14, 2016

Millard (Abe) Young, 68, went home to be with the Lord Savior Jesus on January 10, 2016.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 11am to 1pm with a service at 1pm at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Columbia Cemetery.

He was born on March 7, 1947. Abe was a graduate of Hickman high School in 1965. He was in the Army from 1966 to 1972. He was employed with the University Hospital for 12 years and retired from the Columbia Regional Airport after 25 years.

Abe is preceded in death by his mother Ethel Young, sister Joyce Malveaux, niece, aunts and uncles. He leaves behind a brother Maurice (Leah) Donnell, sister Shirley Buford both of Columbia, MO, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association in his name.

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

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nancy Marie (Nowlin) Berry of Columbia passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

A short memorial service, followed by a celebration of life, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Lions Club in Harrisburg. The family requests that anyone with a hot rod bring it Sunday to help give Nancy a memorable final farewell.

Nancy was born Dec. 28, 1969, to Opie Nowlin and Linda (Enochs) Nowlin.

A hardworking, devoted and loving wife and mother, whose passions included firearms and fast cars, Nancy also loved babies, family and friends. She will be remembered for her rambunctiousness, big heart and generous spirit. A 1988 graduate of Hickman High School and a proud military mom, Nancy put her sons and other loved ones before herself and will be missed by many.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Nowlin of Harrisburg; two sisters, Pamela Nowlin-Carey and Kimberly Small, both of Columbia; two brothers, Tom Nowlin of Harrisburg and Tim Nowlin of Glasgow; husband of 21 years, Daniel Berry of Harrisburg; son Blake Berry of Harrisburg and son Brandon Berry of Hawaii. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly, and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents, including her beloved maternal grandmother, Maxine Marie Enochs.

Condolences may be left at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Martin “Marty” Wulff, 79, of Columbia passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Columbia.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

He was born March 9, 1936, in Vienna to Louis Wulff and Margaret Wansing Wulff. The family moved to Dixon and then to Columbia in 1947. Marty graduated from Hickman High School in 1955. He was married to Margaret Hilden on July 2, 1960. He served in the National Guard.

Marty was a member of Bricklayers Allied Craft Local 15 for 59 years and was president of Wulff Brother’s Masonry Corp. Marty enjoyed fishing and hunting and had a love for farming. He was a lifetime member of the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association and a member of the Ferguson Tractor Club. He had a passion for antique tractors and cars.

Marty was a loving family man, survived by his wife, Margaret, of 55 years; their three sons Kent (Janet), Mike (Tammy) and Matt (Stacey); 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers, Al, Bill and Harry “Doc.”

Marty was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Central Missouri Honor Flight.

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

Published Sunday, March 20, 2016

In loving memory of Edward Lawrence Dulaney, 90, who passed away gently on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at his home, which he had shared with his late wife, Norma, in Greenspring Village retirement community located in Springfield, Va. They had previously lived part-time in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ed will be laid to rest next to Norma and in the company of America’s “best and brightest,” of which he was one, with honor and in the best military tradition, in the hallowed ground that is the Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m. April 5, 2016.

Ed was born Sept. 6, 1925, to Edward N. and Dewey Bradley Dulaney. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia and later received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri, where he also earned a master’s degree.

He served with the 85th “Blackhawk” division of the U.S. Army during World War II. His unit was near Nuremberg, Germany, when he was seriously wounded during the final days of World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery.

As proud as Ed was to serve his country in war, his real legacy will be his involvement in shaping environmental policies in his recognized role as a senior executive in the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Ellerbrake of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and by his four nieces and nephews.

Published Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rhonda Renee Wise, 50, of Columbia passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, with her loving family at her side.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Rollins Road, Columbia. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Rhonda was a graduate of Hickman High and the University of Missouri Nursing School. Nursing was her calling and she worked at the University Hospital for 25 years.

Rhonda was a loving wife, mother and daughter, and a friend to many.

Survivors include her loving husband of 13 years, Rick Wise. They were married on March 9, 2002, and from their union came two children, Hannah and Collin Wise. She also leaves her loving mother, Gladys Thompson, of Columbia and her sister, Lisa Thompson, of Columbia.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, Harold Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hannah and Collin Wise Educational Fund, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Condolences can be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Friday, January 29, 2016

Dorothy Laverne McBain Wyatt, 85, of Rocheport passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.

A visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with a service at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dorothy was born in Boone County on July 4, 1930. She graduated from Hickman High School. She was married to Alvin Lester Head on Nov. 15, 1947, who passed away on June 4, 1977. She remarried R. Richard Wyatt on July 14, 1979. Dorothy worked as a nurse for Lee Hospital, Keller Memorial and University Hospital. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxilliary and had a passion for cooking and vacationing in Arizona.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Edward E. and Exie McBain; first husband, Alvin Lester Head; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Bud Coats; nephew Michael Coats; niece Amanda McBain; step-son Ronald Joe Wyatt; and sister-in-law Gertrude Wyatt.

She is survived by her husband, R. Richard Wyatt; children Barbara (Jacky Hendren) Allphin, Patsy (Sam) Marcum, Susan (George) Frink, Wesley Wyatt, Rita (Scott) Estes, and Lisa (John) Gingerich; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Pete McBain.

Please send tributes and condolences to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Roy Lee Rogers, 78, of Columbia passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at University Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at First Christian Church, 101 W. Tenth St., with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Roy graduated from Hickman High School and the University of Missouri with a degree in agriculture journalism. While working at Iowa State University, he studied for his master’s degree and also served in the Marines for two years. He worked in agriculture for many years before becoming a real estate developer and builder. After retiring, he was a substitute teacher for the Columbia Public Schools. Roy was an avid golfer, active in his church and a past president of the Kiwanis Club. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Karen Rogers, of the home; three children, Teresa Rose (Wayne) of Olathe, Kan., Beth Brenneman (Joe) of California, and Anne Rogers of Columbia; brother, Raymond Rogers (Jeanne) of St. Louis; grandchildren, Jacob Rose (Amanda), Haley Rose, Cory Brenneman, Alyssa Rose, Nichols Brenneman, Jenna Rose, Kyle Brenneman, Derek Brenneman, Max Herriman, Jackson Dampier, Emily Dampier, Carter Dampier and Sarah Dampier; and two nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his grandparents Roy and Ida Wright; and his parents, Ralph and Mary Lou Rogers.

In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations to the First Christian Church.

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

Published Sunday, March 20, 2016

Erich Jackson Crosby, 47, formerly of Columbia, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at his home in Orangeburg, S.C.

Memorial services were held in February in Orangeburg.

Erich was born Jan. 11, 1969, the son of Willierean Jackson Crosby O’Rourke and the late Dr. Isaac Crosby.

Erich’s father, the Rev. Dr. Isaac Crosby, in 1972 joined the faculty of Stephens College, where he taught in the House Plan, the Liberal and Professional Studies Program and in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. His mother, Willierean Jackson Crosby O’Rourke, was a business education instructor at Hickman High School for 23 years and fondly remembers Columbia and her students at Hickman.

In his early years, Erich attended morning kindergarten at Fairview Elementary School and afternoon kindergarten in the early childhood development program at Stephens College. In subsequent years, he attended public schools in Columbia, graduating in 1987 from Hickman High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in history from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., and his Master of Arts degrees in teaching and education, administration and supervision from the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., and Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

On June 13, 2008, Erich married Donyale Mosley, and to this loving union a wonderful son was born.

Erich was employed by Lexington School District 2, West Columbia, S.C. Through the years, he maintained a love for teaching that spanned 19 years and three states, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. He served as a teacher, mentor, instructional coach, adviser, golf and cross-country coach, swim instructor and dog trainer. He had such an influence on so many colleagues and students.

Erich loved all kinds of music — classical, jazz, pop, country, reggae and blues, to name a few; he was a member of the jazz and marching bands while a student at West Junior High School and Hickman High School. On his days off, he was an avid writer, fly fisherman, golfer and clay shooter.

Erich attended St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Orangeburg, S.C., and was a member of the Dadeville Masonic Lodge 71 F&AM of Alabama.

Among those left to cherish the memories of his life are his wife, Donyale Mosley Crosby; one son, Ethan Jackson Crosby; his parents, Willierean and Glen O’Rourke of Montgomery, Ala.; his longtime friend and best man, Jason Baker, who tirelessly watched over and cared for Erich during his illness; his devoted in-laws; cousins; loving relatives and many friends.

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Mary M. Nelson
Born: April 19, 1943 - February 14, 2016

Mary M. Patton Nelson, 72, of Leavenworth, Kansas died Sunday, February 14, 2016, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Columbia, Missouri the only daughter of Alton and Julia Patton, both of whom preceded her in death.

She attended Frederick Douglas High School in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School. She received an Associate Degree from Lincoln University.

Mary married Colin Nelson on October 13, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri.

She worked for Housing and Urban Development until her retirement in 2008. Her passion outside of work was Black Belt BBQ, which she owned and operated with her husband. Mary was also active in Blacks in Government and Leavenworth Community Service Organization. She was a member of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church where she was an usher and spiritual counselor.

She is survived by her husband, Colin Nelson, children, Sharlie Thomas Nelson (Terrill), Richardo Nelson (Chyza) and Jon Nelson (Heather); grandchildren, Antonio, Ignacio, Saryja, Alea, Nehemiah and Annalise Nelson and countless friends as she did not know a stranger.

Services for Mrs. Nelson will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Leonard P. Butler, Jr., officiating. Burial Memorial Park Cemetery Columbia, MO. Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.
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Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Andy Kanagawa, 48, of Columbia passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, from complications due to cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Rollins Road, with Pastor Michael Stanfield officiating. All attending are welcome to attend a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately after the service.

He was born Nov. 21, 1967, in St. Louis, the son of Linda Ortmeyer Kanagawa and Harold Kanagawa.

Andy was a graduate of Hickman High School and was a talented horticulturist and master gardener, a program of the Missouri University Extension Service. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Andy was kind, generous and compassionate, caring for his grandparents Beulah and Oscar Ortmeyer in their final years in their home in Jefferson City and his stepfather Curt Brandhorst in his final year in his home in Columbia.

Andy had a gentle sense of humor, a vivid imagination and was a collector of classic sci-fi movie memorabilia. He loved animals and had two beloved cats, Tommy and CiCi.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Ortmeyer Kanagawa; father Harold Kanagawa and his wife, Sandy; sister Pam Rubert and her husband, Russ; brother Chris Kanagawa and his wife, Kim; stepsister Stacy and her husband, David; aunt Patricia Dornfeld; cousin Debbie Dornfeld; and nephew Niko and nieces Lily and Nora.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meds & Food For Kids in Haiti, USA Headquarters, 4488 Forest Park Ave., Suite 230, St. Louis, Mo., 65108, www.mfkhaiti.org.

Expressions of grief and sympathy may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Robert “Bob” Brooks Dinwiddie, 81, of Columbia passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Memorial Funeral Home, followed by a reception.

Bob was born Feb. 11, 1935, in Chicago, the son of Robert and Mable (Brooks) Dinwiddie, who preceded him in death. On June 15, 1957, he married Glenda Kay Denham, who preceded him in death in 2008.

He graduated in 1953 from Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. He was the owner of three nursing homes in northern Illinois in the 1970-80s. He returned to Columbia, where he served as vice president for Tom Atkins at Atkins Chemical. He spent the remainder of his working days at Boone Quarries for Harold “Bud” Johnson until his retirement. He enjoyed traveling the world, boating, fishing and spending time at his home at the Lake of the Ozarks with family, friends and his black Labs. Bob had an appreciation for restoring and driving classic cars and, in his earlier years, piloting his Cessna airplane.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Dinwiddie Jr. of Alaska and David (Kelly) Dinwiddie of Columbia; and three grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye, Claire, Cole and Carson Dinwiddie of Columbia. Robert is also survived by sister-in-law Jane Preston Peterson, brother-in-law Dick Peterson, and nephew John and his wife Erica.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Central Missouri Humane Society or American Kidney Foundation c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Sunday, April 24, 2016

Published Sunday, April 24, 2016

Steven Dean Jenkins, 52, a long-time resident of Columbia, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Kirkwood, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Columbia.

A memorial barbecue will be held in the summer in Kirkwood.

Steve was born April 11, 1963, to Jim and Jean Jenkins. He attended school in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School in 1981 and the University of Missouri in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He earned his degree through the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1986.

Steve was stationed at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt AFB in Okaloosa County, Fla., and Homestead AFB in Homestead, Fla. Steve worked with telecommunications, traveling frequently to other bases in the United States and overseas. In 1993, he trained briefly with an Army Ranger unit and realized his dream of rappelling out of a helicopter.

He left the military after 8 years of service, earned a master’s degree in computer science and continued working at Eglin AFB as a computer specialist.

In 1998, he left Eglin to work for Boeing in St. Louis. While there, he helped create a flight simulator communications system that enabled pilots to train virtually and simultaneously with other pilots located all over the world. He also worked on a project which involved traveling regularly to various European countries for NATO meetings.

Steve’s passions included his children, whom he loved completely and without reserve, cooking (particularly barbecuing and making homemade ice cream), cross word puzzles, golf, and annual fishing trips with his dad and brothers.

Survivors include his children, Emma and Zachary Jenkins; his parents; his brothers, Randy and Larry Jenkins; his nephews, Kyle and Bryan Jenkins; and niece, Carli Ragoo.

Steve will be missed for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. Memorial contributions may be sent to Steve’s favorite charity, Doctors Without Borders.

A memorial barbecue will be held in the summer in Kirkwood.

Steve was born April 11, 1963, to Jim and Jean Jenkins. He attended school in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School in 1981 and the University of Missouri in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He earned his degree through the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1986.

Steve was stationed at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt AFB in Okaloosa County, Fla., and Homestead AFB in Homestead, Fla. Steve worked with telecommunications, traveling frequently to other bases in the United States and overseas. In 1993, he trained briefly with an Army Ranger unit and realized his dream of rappelling out of a helicopter.

He left the military after 8 years of service, earned a master’s degree in computer science and continued working at Eglin AFB as a computer specialist.

In 1998, he left Eglin to work for Boeing in St. Louis. While there, he helped create a flight simulator communications system that enabled pilots to train virtually and simultaneously with other pilots located all over the world. He also worked on a project which involved traveling regularly to various European countries for NATO meetings.

Steve’s passions included his children, whom he loved completely and without reserve, cooking (particularly barbecuing and making homemade ice cream), cross word puzzles, golf, and annual fishing trips with his dad and brothers.

Survivors include his children, Emma and Zachary Jenkins; his parents; his brothers, Randy and Larry Jenkins; his nephews, Kyle and Bryan Jenkins; and niece, Carli Ragoo.

Steve will be missed for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. Memorial contributions may be sent to Steve’s favorite charity, Doctors Without Borders.

Norma Lorene Wolfe Willis

Sun City, Arizona – surrounded by family and friends Norma passed away peacefully on 3-3-2016 at Arrowhead hospital after complications from a brief illness.

On Feb 3, 1946 she married Robert Leon Hill who preceded her in death on Aug 8, 1976.

She left behind her five children: son, Bruce D. Hill, of North Pole, AK, son, Steve Hill of North Platte, NE, daughter Vicki Smith, of West Des Moines, IA, daughter Mitzi Bartalos, of Sun City, AZ, son Robert L. Hill Jr. of Shelbyville, TN.; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Published Monday, March 7, 2016

William D. Trumbower, M.D., 70, of Columbia passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 4, 2016, after a battle with kidney cancer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth Street. Service for the celebration of Dr. Trumbower’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the church.

He was born June 1, 1945, in Oak Park, Ill., to William C. and Iola Trumbower. On Dec. 18, 1971, he married Eva Waring of Little Rock, Ark.

Bill, fondly known as Dr. T. or Trum by patients and colleagues, is an alumnus of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1971 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospital in 1975. Before entering private practice, he was a member of the MU Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty for two years. In 1979, he began his practice at Boone Hospital Center, and in 1995, joined Women’s Health Associates. He was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. After a career of more than 40 years in obstetrics and gynecology, he transitioned to Pela Cura Anti-Aging and Wellness in 2015, fulfilling his dream of working alongside his daughter, Elisabeth, to establish an integrated practice to treat men and women for hormone and endocrine imbalances and to promote patient health and wellness.

Throughout his career, Dr. Trumbower was honored with awards, including the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence and the Russell Sheldon Award for Anesthesia. Locally, he was selected as one of Inside Columbia magazine’s favorite doctors for 2016 and one of the best authors of 2015 for his contribution to the book, “Stop the Thyroid Madness II.” From his perspective, his greatest professional achievement and honor was the privilege of administering care to his patients.

Bill’s interests included tennis, which he played with his doubles group nearly every Saturday from the 1980s to a month ago; youth soccer, which he coached for several years; and bicycling. In addition, he enjoyed walking, gardening and traveling with his wife, Eva. Bill was a loyal Mizzou football fan and tailgated with close friends and family for more than 40 years. He was an active member of Missouri United Methodist Church, and in 2015, he combined his love of helping others and his love of travel when he and Eva volunteered for a medical mission to Guatemala.

Friends and family of Bill know him as a kind, generous man, with an excellent sense of humor and a love, above all, for his family. His two granddaughters, Siri and Eliot, were the light of his life, and they loved playing with their grandpa.

In addition to his wife, Eva, of 44 years, he is survived by their daughter, Elisabeth Joan Trumbower; son, William Waring Trumbower and wife Eliza; grandchildren, Siri Claire and Eliot Elisabeth Trumbower; and sister, Mary Swearingen-Grant and husband Stephen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by brothers, Frederick and Charles Trumbower.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Missouri United Methodist Church, Dr. William D. Trumbower Memorial Fund, 204 S. Ninth Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or the charity of your choice.

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

Published Friday, March 11, 2016

William “Bill” Eugene Francis Roberts, 39, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Menorah Medical Center.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 14, with visitation one hour prior to service at Unity of Kansas City North, 1000 N.E. Barry Road in Kansas City.


Bill was born Oct. 8, 1976, the son of Beverly Jean (Mordica) and the late William Junior Roberts. He was a grandson of the late Eugene and Zula Mordica.

Bill graduated from Hickman High School and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated cum laude.

He first went to work at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and currently was employed at Kutak Rock in Kansas City.

Bill married Erica Dale of Smithville on Nov. 23, 2013.

Bill was a lifelong Cardinals fan — “don’t judge” — and was a passionate dog lover. He will be missed by his dog Calvin.

Bill is survived by his wife, Erica; his mom, Beverly Roberts; Erica’s family, Mike, Marcia and Andy Dale; and many many friends.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Wayside Waifs, a no-kill animal shelter, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64137.

Condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 64133. 816-353-1218.

Published Sunday, March 13, 2016

Jack Henry Chibnall-Voltmer, 18, of Columbia died on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

A memorial service will be held on April 2, 2016, in Columbia at a venue to be determined. Details will be communicated by phone, email, text and social media.

Jack Henry, who preferred just Jack, was born on July 16, 1997, to Leigh Miller (Voltmer) and Tim Chibnall and was brother to his dear sister Maude. He grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 2015.

From the time he was little, Jack Henry was attuned to the presence and needs of others. He loved his friends and family deeply, and he worked to improve those relationships and to make new ones. He loved to talk and explore and look for answers, to understand and make the world a better place. He was all about trying to figure things out — people mostly — and he never stopped trying. He was articulate and thoughtful, caring and joyful and brought happiness to many.

This was a boy — a young man — whose heart was too big for this world. He felt deeply and intensely, and wasn’t always sure what to do with that. He loved music, poetry, helping out those in a pinch; in short he loved life. He worked hard and had no idea how smart he was. Humble to a fault, his possibilities were endless.

Jack didn’t show it to everyone, but he had the heart and soul of a poet. At 18, he struggled between being seen as a tough guy and being his true gentle self. We loved his many facets, and his beauty showed through them all.

Those close to Jack know he was a special boy, unique to the world, deep and wise beyond his years, impulsive and wild, full of love for family, friends and those on the margins. Though he’s gone far too soon, the world is a better place for having had him in it.

In addition to his mom, dad and sister, Jack Henry is survived by his grandmothers, Dorothy Harrison of Columbia and Mary Ann Chibnall of St. Louis; his stepfather Dwayne Miller; his stepsister Jennifer Ward; nephew Brayden; and stepbrother Spencer Miller; his many aunts and uncles; his cousins, Samantha Churchill and Liz Voltmer, Danielle Payne, Asher and Sophie Voltmer, Emily Olson and Tom Chibnall, Dan Chibnall, Johnny and Mike Chibnall, Nick and Kristin Colyer, Sam and Cyd Chibnall; Anna, Emma, Audrey, Alice,and August Chibnall; and his Squad — his friends he dearly loved.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation of your time or money to Turning Point (United Methodist Church), 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 573-214-4077.

Published Sunday, March 13, 2016

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Robert C. (Bob) Smith, 92, died peacefully, surrounded by family, in Columbia.

A celebration of life service for Bob will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, 112 E. Broadway.

A lifelong resident of Columbia, Bob served as the city’s mayor from 1961 to 1963. Over the years, as the city grew and changed, he took great pleasure in remaining actively involved in the political, cultural, business, and educational life of the community.

Born in 1923, Bob earned his bachelor of arts and juris doctorate from the University of Missouri. His early career as a lawyer was bracketed by military service. He served as an artillery observation pilot during World War II, and again during the Korean War, when he received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters for his combat service.

In 1945, Bob married Jean Isabel Durant of Columbia. After the Korean War, he returned home to raise a family, build his law practice and pursue political aspirations. In 1953, he was elected Representative from Boone County in the state legislature, serving as speaker pro tem in his second term. Bob attempted a run for United States Congress in 1958. After a narrow defeat, he shifted his focus to local politics and community service. In 1959, he co-founded the law firm of Smith & Lewis.

During the years that followed, Bob continued to make myriad contributions on local, county and state levels. He served as chairman of the Boone County Democratic Committee, member of the Missouri State Bar Association Disciplinary Committee, member of the Board of Curators for Stephens College, president of the State Historical Society, director of Callaway Bank, president of the Missouri Symphony Society, chairman of the Missouri State Gaming Commission and honorary lifetime deacon of the First Baptist Church.

Bob helped create the Stafford Family Charitable Trust to support charitable work in Boone County, and he sat on its selection committee from the trust’s inception until his death. Over the years, he received numerous awards for public service, including the Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for lifetime service to the Columbia community.

A devoted family man, Bob and his wife Jean, who died in 1995, enjoyed spending time with their four children and six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

Bob always looked forward to family gatherings during holidays (Christmas was a favorite) and other special occasions. He delighted in ping pong and croquet tournaments with the grandchildren, float trips in the Ozarks, tennis and golf games, Tiger football and basketball games and group outings to familiar, beloved destinations such as Arrow Rock, Rocheport, Warm Springs Ranch, Meramec Caverns and the Churchill Museum in Fulton.

He also ventured farther afield. His zest for life and passion for travel led him to exotic destinations in South America, Africa, and Asia. A quintessential “people person,” he appreciated even passing encounters with folks he met along the way, and fellow travelers often became valued friends.

Bob had a deep love of nature. Whether he was planting potatoes in his vegetable garden, pruning the red roses that grew along his split-rail fence, waiting patiently in a cold duck blind or riding down the Amazon in a dugout canoe, being outdoors was an endless source of enjoyment. Having a faithful dog by his side made these adventures even more fun. His appreciation for the natural world included respect and fascination for animals of all types —from the humblest songbird at his backyard feeder to magnificent elephants in the Serengeti.

Bob is survived by his four children, Robert D. Smith, Penney Oedel, Jeanne Powell and Haden D. Smith; two sons-in-law, Bill Oedel and Bill Powell; daughter-in-law Kathy Smith; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Oedel, Andrew Oedel, Dylan Powell and his wife Heidi Hyland, Caleb Powell, Haden M. Smith and his wife Sophie Zavaglia, and Cliff Smith; and cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Jean Smith Memorial at the First Baptist Church of Columbia; Stephens College; the University of Missouri School of Law; or the Bob Smith Fund, created in his honor by his longtime client, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont., 59801.

Expressions of grief and sympathy may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, 80, of Ashland passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Ashland Healthcare, with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Nashville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Nashville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland.

Mary was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Boone County, the daughter of Leonard “Otto” and Trellis Rice Acton.

On June 29, 1958, she married Reed Taylor in Columbia. She was a member of Nashville Baptist Church.

Mary retired from the University of Missouri microfilm department. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and daughter. She loved traveling to the beach and mountains, camping, dancing and Cardinals baseball.

Survivors include her two children, Montie (Ginger) Taylor of Ashland and Leslie Taylor (Melvin) Ingles of Columbia; four grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Anna, and Pamela, Trevor and Haylie; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Harmon of Clark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Trellis Acton; sister, Shirley Crane; and her beloved husband of 51 years, Reed Taylor.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Nashville Cemetery in care of the family.

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mark C. Crawford, 69, of Columbia passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at The Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held privately by family.

He was born Oct. 31, 1946, in Kankakee, Ill.

He graduated in 1964 from Hickman High School.

Mark was married to Paula Wirth in Columbia, and they celebrated 49 years together in November.

He had a passion for reading, motorcycles, traveling and his grandson’s sports.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Wesley and Doris Ethel Crawford, and his brother James.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; son Andrew Crawford; special extended family Hope (Jan) McCrary; grandsons Brent and Ethan McCrary; siblings Jean (Don) Bittner and Linda (Dick) Rybacki; sister-in-law Pat Lawrence and brother-in-law Phil Wirth; niece Sharon Bittner and nephew Tim (Tarala) Rybacki; and many nieces and nephews that live in Kansas City, Atlanta, Florida and South Carolina.

Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and therapists at Rusk-Healthcare South, nurses and staff at The Bluffs for their wonderful care, and Compassus Hospice and the doctors and nurses who took care of him at University Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Stroke Association.

Please send tributes and condolences to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Robert L. Epperson, 86, of Fulton passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Presbyterian Manor in Fulton.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Debo Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the funeral home.

Robert was born July 22, 1929, in Woodlandville to James and Ila Daly Epperson, and they preceded him in death.

He married Joyce Throckmorton on Dec. 28, 1956, in Columbia, and she survives.

Robert graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 2nd Armored Division during the Korean conflict and worked for the E.L. Stephens Printing Co. in Columbia and later retired from the Ovid Bell Press in Fulton.

Robert was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fulton and a past president of the Fulton Rotary Club.

He enjoyed being a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity adviser at Westminster College, coaching Little League Baseball and watching his granddaughters play softball.

He is also survived by his son, David (Connie) Epperson, and daughter, Linda (Tim) Baysinger, both of Fulton; sisters, Doris (Ron) Shannon and Betty Conner, both of Columbia; and grandchildren, Jennifer (B.J.) West of Trimble, Amy (Brandon) Hargrove of O’Fallon, Kellyn Baysinger of Merriam, Kan., Brittney (Lawrence) Rukse of Fallbrook, Calif., Taylor Epperson and fiancé, Fred Manor, of Warrensburg and Kaitlyn Epperson of Fulton.

He was also preceded in death by son, Stephen Lee Epperson; brother, Jim Epperson, and sister, Annabell Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Robert L. Epperson Phi Kappa Psi Endowed Scholarship Fund at Westminster College or Central Missouri Honor Flight.

Online condolences may be offered at www.debofuneralhome.com.

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cordes L. Potter, 69, passed peacefully from this life on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, at his home with his wife at his side.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Memorial Cemetery.

Cordes was born July 28, 1946, to James Edward Potter Jr. and Alice Marie (Cordes) Potter at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

He attended Hickman High School and the University of Missouri, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1969.

He was vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon and later served 10 years as chapter adviser.

He received the Volunteer Excellence Award from the national chapter in recognition of his service.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Eglin Airforce Base, where he was assigned to the Engineering Squadron and was a member of Prime BEEF (Base Emergency Engineering Force), a part of RED HORSE. Prime BEEF team members were on call for rapid response to anywhere in the world. Cordes distinguished himself by being awarded Airman of the Year in 1971. This award is given yearly to only one outstanding airman in the entire Air Force. He honorably discharged in 1973 with the rank of staff sergeant.

He then went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRCS, where he designed and oversaw the building of small agriculture flood retention dams to help manage water runoff and prevent flooding of crop land.

He also was proud of the multimillion-dollar pumping plant he designed and built on the Missouri River in Ray County. The pumping plant saw its first action during the Flood of 1993, pumping flood waters out of the bottoms and keeping the only road into Ray County open for residents. He was named flood coordinator liaison between USDA and the Army Corps of Engineers, determining damages and repairs to agricultural levies and dams.

He married the love of his life, Gayle Ann (Coats) Potter on Oct. 16, 1970, at Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia, and she survives. They celebrated 45 years of marriage and had two daughters, Robyn Goodman of Gainesville, Fla., and Samantha Potter of Columbia. He also had three grandchildren, Avery Goodman, Reese Goodman and Braden Grathwohl. He and his son-in-law Brett Goodman held a special bond, both being SigEp fraternity brothers and civil engineers. His wife, daughters, grandchildren and son-in-law were his whole world.

He loved nothing more than playing with the grandkids, discussing engineering problems and golfing with his son-in-law, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to www.sigep.org/chapterscholarships. Under ‘choose a program,’ select Missouri Alpha Cordes Potter Scholarship. Or, send a check to Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity in Cordes Potter’s name to: Emily Lowry, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (www.sigep.org), 310 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Va., 23220. All donations are tax deductible.

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

Published Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Robert “Bob” Ellery Gentry, 73, passed peacefully on Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 2016, in Versailles, Mo.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Graveside services and inurnment with full military honors will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Bob was born Feb. 8, 1943, to Robert Earl and Elaine (Harris) Gentry in White Cloud, Mich.

The Gentry family moved to Boone County in 1948 to be closer to family. He attended Columbia schools and was a proud graduate of David H. Hickman High School — go Kewpies!

Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in 1962 and trained as an Air Traffic Controller in Glynco, Ga.

Bob returned to Boone County after the military and met and married his better half, Carolyn (Adams) on March 16, 1968. They were married 48 years.

In November of 1969, Bob embarked on a career with the FAA as an air traffic controller and supervisor in Olathe, Kan. Bob loved being an ATC; this career lasted 30 years, and he retired in 1999.

Bob and Carolyn moved to Laurie in 1999, on the lake, where they loved boating and fishing. But, true to his nature, Bob did not remain idle for long. He was tapped to be an instructor for the FAA in 1999 and would teach in the Air Traffic Control Training Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla., for two years.

An avid outdoorsman, Bob found joy in hunting, fishing, golfing and travel. Throughout his lifetime, right up to the end, he talked about a 50th wedding anniversary trip with Carolyn.

Bob was baptized a Catholic and was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Carolyn of the home; his children, Kathryn (Roger) Casadei of Higbee, Karen (Roy) Manning of Gladstone, Russell Lee Gentry of Gladstone and Scarlett (Ken) Marchman of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Desie Brooks, Angie Brooks, Heath Brooks, Madelyn Barnes, Taylor Gentry and Allie Gentry; and six great-grandchildren. Bob also leaves his mother, Elaine Gentry of Columbia; two sisters, Tina (Jeff) Crane of Hallsville and Diana (Jerry) Jones of Columbia and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Last but not least, Bob leaves his beloved Scotty, Jock, who misses him terribly.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Earl Gentry and a brother, Matthew Gentry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hickman Kewpie Scholarship Fund, Central Missouri Community Foundation with a notation of Bob Gentry Memorial, c/o Charley Blackmore, 2312 Deer Creek Court, Columbia, Mo., 65201-3564.

Expressions of sympathy can be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Published Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thomas E. Wirt, 83, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Klingner-Cope at Rivermonte Chapel in Springfield. Burial will follow at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.

Tom was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Columbia to James E. and Virginia M. Wirt.

He graduated from Hickman High School and received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of Chi Epsilon, an honorary civil engineering fraternity. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and participated in the 1950s in the construction of radar- and rocket-launching facilities for the International Geophysical Year at Fort Churchill, Canada. He was also an instructor at the engineer officer’s school at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Tom was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Junction, Colo., before going to work as a construction engineer for Dondlinger and Sons Construction Co. of Wichita, Kan. He opened a Springfield office for Dondlinger in 1964 and in 1974 started The Wirt Corp., retiring in 2000.

Over the years, his organization has built many industrial, commercial and religious facilities in the Springfield area, including the Zenith and 3-M plants, Southwest Sewage Treatment Plant, Blackman Water Treatment Plant, Hammons 22-story, 15-story and 10-story buildings, the $28 million expansion of Cox Medical Center South, the eight-story Plaza 11 office building at Cox South, the bridge over National Ave., Central Assembly of God Sanctuary, Praise Assembly Sanctuary and Ridgecrest Baptist Sanctuary, as well as several projects at MSU and Dillon’s supermarkets. He served on the board of directors of the Springfield Contractors Association for more than 30 years and was president of that organization three different times. He also served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, The Safety Council of the Ozarks and the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks. He was a member of Kingsway United Methodist Church and also delivered meals for South Side Senior Center.

Tom flew his airplane for 30 years, was a World War II history enthusiast and loved bluegrass music, gardening and fishing in Canada, Mexico and Missouri lakes and streams.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Betty Mae (Foster) Wirt, in December 2008, and is survived by daughters, Kathy Luginsky and Beverly Flavin; sons, James Wirt and wife Claire and Kenneth Wirt; granddaughters, Kelly (Luginsky) Dinkins, Bayley Flavin and Sarah Wirt; and grandsons, Bryan and Scott Flavin.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Meals on Wheels and Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.

Online condolences may be made at www.klingner-rivermonte.com.

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

William “Mike” Michael March, 58, of Columbia passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City.

Mike was born Nov. 18, 1957, in Fulton to William Joseph and Carolyn Sue Knipmeyer March. He retired from Iron Workers Local No. 396.

He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. He enjoyed painting and spending time with his daughter, Maddie.

He is survived by his mother, Susie March Ethal, and stepfather, Carl Ethal; his precious daughter Maddie March; his brother, Jim March and wife, Cheryl, of Columbia; his sister, Wendy March Stevenson of St. Louis; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William March; his wife, Kellie, and daughter McKenna.

Memorial contributions are suggested to “The Trust Fund of Madison March”, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jo Marie Lewis, 92, of Columbia passed away Monday, March 28, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Parker Funeral Service, located at Tenth and Walnut streets in Columbia. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jo was born Jan. 14, 1924, in Columbia to Raymond Johnson and Madlyn Nichols Johnson.

She married James “Jake” Lewis on Sept. 15, 1945, and he preceded her in death.

She lived in Columbia her entire life, graduating from Hickman High School, Class of 1942, and lettering in athletics. She graduated from the Rosenthal School of Commerce and attended classes at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

She was employed by Noyes Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Johnson’s Furniture Co. and the Boone County National Bank. She was a member of the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. She enjoyed volunteering in the church nursery for 13 years and in assisting with summer bible school.

She loved family, friends, holiday gatherings, Grandparent’s Day at the public schools, hugs, long truck rides, laughter, whistling, reading, art, music, poetry, dancing the jitterbug, Avon, fishing, sports, flowers, pets, soap operas, old photographs, coupons, puzzles and ice cream. She was a member of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Ukulele Ensemble, Rhythm Band and the Senior/Unified Bell Choirs. Performing with these groups gave her the opportunity to entertain at hospitals, retirement centers, public schools and at special events in the community. She loved her musical companions and the opportunity to lift one’s spirit through music. She was a caring and gentle woman, skilled at making all feel welcomed. She saw the best in everyone, and her smile and warmth will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by two sons, Larry White Feather of Alabama and Gary Ray Lewis of Columbia; two daughters, Janice “Cookie” Hagan and Shari Lynn Lewis, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Michael David Lewis, Jeremiah Charles Lewis, Madalyn Lynn Lewis, Adam Christopher and Sara Lynn Lewis and two great grandsons, Brayden Christopher Lewis and Cason Allen Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Lee Johnson and Madlyn E. Johnson; her husband of 44 years, James “Jake” Orville Lewis; one daughter, Patricia Ann Lewis; one sister, Joyce Hill; and one brother, Donald Lee Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that, today, you call an old friend and tell them that you love them.

Expressions of grief and sympathy can be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tyler Joshua Davis, 23, of Columbia passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at University Hospital.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Celebration of life services will begin at 3 p.m. with fellowship to follow until 6 p.m.

Tyler was a kind, gentle and beautiful soul. He brought a smile to those he met with his wit and humor, along with being the best hugger ever. He was an animal-lover who will be missed by his dogs, Cooper and Bear, and his rabbit, Hank. Tyler was a musician who played guitar and bass clarinet. He loved technology and attended college with computer science aspirations. Tyler was a fierce swimmer with a stealthy backstroke. He was an aviator who had a passion for flying and took the opportunity every chance he got. We know he is soaring above us now and watching over us.

Tyler is survived by his mother, Dawn; father, Darin; stepfather, Jason; his partner, Noah; little brothers, Alex and Micah; and his sisters, Arin and Sasha. He was an amazing grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. His proud family will miss him dearly.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trevor Project, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Sunday, April 10, 2016

Anita Graebner McSpadden, 60, formerly of Columbia passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016, at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service in Granite City is planned for a later date.

Anita was born Nov. 13, 1955, in Columbia. She was a 1974 graduate of Hickman High School and a registered nurse at DePaul Hospital.

Anita is survived by her son Nicholas (Tiffany) McSpadden of Granite City, Ill.; daughter Laura McSpadden of Troy, Ill.; grandchildren Taylor, Brendan, Mason, and baby B.A.M. (due in May); sister Cathy (Phil) Jose of Hartsburg; nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Jean Graebner; and her longtime friend Marv Wagner.

Published Friday, April 8, 2016

Sabra Lynn Buckner, 60, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Southampton Place.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to noon Monday, April 11, at Second Missionary Baptist Church, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Clyde L. Ruffin officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on March 3, 1956, in Columbia, the daughter of Earl W. Buckner Sr. and Jessie Pauline Cheers.

Sabra was a graduate of Hickman High School, Class of 1974. She worked at Shelter Insurance in Columbia for 22 years. She also worked at the Missouri Girl’s Town in Kingdom City as a house parent. She worked at Gerbes Supermarket and the Columbia Insurance Group before she became disabled. She also worked as a foster grandparent for Columbia Public Schools.

Sabra was a people person; she loved all children and her family. She would do anything to help someone in need. She loved to entertain family and friends. She was baptized and became a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church in 2000. She served as an usher, and she greeted people with her big smile and a “How are you this morning?” She started bowling when she was 10 years old and enjoyed it for the next 40 years. Although she had no children of her own, she spoiled everyone else’s children. She was known to always have candy ready for any children she met. This earned her the title of “The Candy Lady” from the children in the neighborhood. She was also a lifelong Mizzou fan.

Sabra leaves to mourn: four brothers, Phil Oliver of Moberly, Earl (Diana) Buckner Jr. of Columbia, James Buckner of Kansas City and Melvin (Stephanie) Buckner of Columbia; one sister, Angel Buckner of Dallas, Texas; one aunt, Corrine Buckner of Columbia; a godmother, Shirley Williams of Columbia; four very special cousins, Pauletta Gresham, Loutisha Glasgow and Marshanna Gresham, all of Columbia, and Anjanette Glasgow of North Kansas City; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Sabra was preceded in death by her parents and a very special cousin, Ernest S. “Butch” Redd III.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203; 573-442-7112.

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

Published by Moore Funeral Services, Poplar Bluff MO

Robert Craig, 91, of Poplar Bluff, died on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Westwood Hills Nursing Home.

He was born on May 18, 1924 to Zonah and Josie (Eaton) Craig in Armstrong, MO. He graduated Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. On April 20, 1947 he married Helen Tiberghien in Jefferson City, MO. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2012.

Robert was a dairy farmer, Poultry Processing Inspector for the USDA, and he retired from The Department of Natural Resources working as an Air Pollution Control Inspector. He enjoyed building, gardening, his cows, and wood working.

He was a member of His Place Church in Doniphan.

Robert is survived by his children, Joy (Steve) Stillman of Farmington, MO, Duane (Cindy) Craig of Columbia, MO, Loretta (Randy) Cloud of Olathe, KS, and Dan (Sara) Craig of Fairdealing, MO; his grandchildren, Kimberly Wichman, Tamra (Chris Cook) Hale, Kevin (Emily) Hale, Jason (Jamie) Craig, Adam (Danielle) Cloud, Shannon Cloud, Ashley Craig, Benjamin Craig, Caleb Craig; and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pauline Peacher; one brother, Nolan Craig; and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Hale.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 10-11 AM at Moore Funeral Service in Poplar Bluff.

Funeral Services will begin at 11 AM in the Moore Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in the Veteran’s Cemetery at Bloomfield at 2 PM.

Published Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mack L. Brushwood, 97, a lifelong resident of Boone County, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his home.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Parker Funeral Service, 22. N Tenth St., with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mack was born Oct. 17, 1918, to Malcom Lewis and Alberta (Nauser) Brushwood. He worked for the family greenhouse and nursery as a young man. He was a 1936 graduate of Hickman High School and later graduated from American Technical Society with a degree in business administration.

On Dec. 21, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, he married June Gibbs at the Post Chapel at Brooks Air Force Base. He served in World War II from 1941 to 1945. In 1946, he went to work for the Missouri Department of Labor for 35 years; he retired Feb. 1, 1985. After retirement, he started volunteering his time to AARP, polling, Silver Hair Legislators, CMMA, ARMSE, the Oakland Senior Center and many more.

Mack is survived by his son, David Mack Brushwood of Tomè, N.M.; three grandchildren, Christina Walters, Tammy Barnes and Michael Brushwood; one great-granddaughter, Jacqueline; and niece, Nancy Ann Garrett.

Donations can be made to Jacqueline’s college education fund.

Condolences can be left for the family and a full life story for Mack can be read online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wilson Dale Cornelison, 83, of Columbia died Thursday, April 7, 2016.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at Parker Funeral Service, with visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Columbia native, Dale was born at home on Third Avenue in July 1932 to Ray and Ruby (née Vemer) Cornelison. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1950 and then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia, interrupting his studies to serve two years in the U.S. Army. Upon completing his military service, he returned to the University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and earned bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism.

Briefly employed as a sportswriter, Dale had fond memories of reporting on local sports teams. He left journalism to spend the rest of his career as the owner-manager of Eastgate Foods (formerly Eastgate IGA), a store he opened with his father in 1964 and that he later expanded with the addition of the Eastgate Party Shop. He retired in 1999.

Dale was a lifelong and enthusiastic fan of Hickman High School and University of Missouri sports. He spent his happiest days on his farm in southwest Boone County, where he raised Angus cattle. Indeed, he was the first Columbia grocer to carry certified Angus beef. He also enjoyed fishing, listening to music and socializing with family and his many friends.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Sharon Cornelison of Columbia; four children, Robin Cornelison, Trudy Cornelison McCollum and Andrew Cornelison of Columbia, and Sally Cornelison of Syracuse, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Erin Kinnard and Molly Cornelison; two great-grandchildren, Dalton Cornelison and Khaia Kinnard; two stepsons, Michael Huber of Iowa City, Iowa, and Daniel Huber and his wife Diana of Leawood, Kan.; four step-grandchildren, Lily and Grace Huber and Nicholas and Olivia Huber; and his nieces and nephew.

His parents and sister, Carolyn Williams, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Adult Day Connection (adcshp.missouri.edu/hours.php) or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201; 573-449-4153.

Condolences can be left for the family online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Friday, April 15, 2016

Jonas Craig, 30, of Fayette died in Greenwood County, Kan., on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services for Jonas will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayette, with the Rev. Harold Young officiating. Burial will follow at Myers Chapel Cemetery in Higbee.

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Jonas Aaron Craig was born Dec. 19, 1985, in Columbia to Fred Craig and Kathy (Tipton) Craig.

Jonas attended Fayette High School and Hickman High School. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in road construction and in landscaping.

Jonas enjoyed outdoor activities that included hunting, fishing and trapping. He was an avid cook who enjoyed sharing new recipes with friends and family. He is remembered for having a kinetic but kind-hearted personality. He was quick to laugh and inspire others to laugh. He worked hard to be a beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Craig of Fayette; father, Fred (Jane) Craig of Fayette; mother, Kathy Craig of Columbia; two brothers, Justin (Susan) Craig of Columbia and Josh Craig and Jessie Terrell of Fayette; grandmother, Mary Tipton of Rocheport; childhood sweetheart and soulmate, Dana Kunze of Fayette; two children that he loved and helped raise, Morgen and Trenton Campbell; two stepsisters, Mary Blair and Stephanie Smith; stepbrother, Ryan Blair; and four nephews, Tanner, Hunter, Caleb and Christian.

Memorial contributions can be made to benefit Elizabeth Craig – Justin Craig custodian in care of Commercial Trust Company, 119 N. Main, Fayette, Mo., 65248, or Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service 174 Highway 5 and 240 N., Fayette, Mo., 65248.

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Foster Carr Tekotte, 82, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Monday, April 11, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Olivet Cemetery, 1991 S. Olivet Road in Columbia.

Foster was born on Jan. 25, 1934, in Columbia to Willie Joe and Kathryn Foster Tekotte.

He married Mary Ann Whitesides in 1954 in Harrison, Ark., and she survives.

He is also survived by one son, Blake and wife Cheryl; three grandchildren and their spouses, Lindsay and Aaron Bell, Nikki and DJ Anderson, and Blake and Jessica Tekotte; and two great-grandchildren, Alec Bell and Kinsley Anderson.

Foster was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Jay and Jack; and two sisters, Anna Mae and Betty.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1952 a proud Kewpie. His love for athletics especially football, baseball, basketball, bowling, swimming and golf was an integral part of his life. In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing golf with the “3 Dollar Club” at Lake of the Woods Golf Course and socializing with his ARC exercise buddies.

Foster and his family moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1953 through 1978.

He returned home to Columbia and was the co-founder of T-MAC Solid Waste, Inc. Foster was a member of Grandview Baptist Church, the Odd Fellows Lodge and Elks Lodge.

Foster was an animal lover and rescuer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Foundation, P.O. Box 10186, Columbia, Mo., 65205.

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

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ryan McNeil, 29, of Columbia passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis from heart and lung failure related to his two prior battles with cancer.

A private burial was held at Memorial Park Cemetery on Tuesday, April 19. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Ryan graduated from Hickman High School in 2005 and went on to get an interdisciplinary degree in French, music and international studies from the University of Missouri in 2008.

Ryan pursued his passions of French and music in many varied ways. He studied abroad in Paris and taught kindergarten at the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. He partnered with his dear friend Irene Haskins, a fellow cancer survivor, to create a singing duo called the Comeback Crooners. Ryan studied composition at Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y., and was working toward a masters degree in music composition at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Along with many pieces for which he wrote music and lyrics, Ryan composed original scores for plays, including Mother Courage and a new adaptation of Macbeth. Ryan served as music director for countless productions and was a skilled conductor.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Greg and Kay McNeil; his sister, Alie McNeil; his beloved partner of 10 years, Matt Saltzberg; his grandmother, Pauline McNeil; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and countless friends who loved him dearly.

Ryan will be remembered as a talented, kind, funny, joyful spirit with an intense love of life and art. But most of all, he will be remembered as the strongest person anyone who loved him will ever know. Ce n’est qu’un au revoir, mais pas un adieu.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ryan’s honor can be made to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation at mhopus.org/gift, or used musical instruments can be donated to Columbia Public Schools at the school board building.

Expressions of grief and sympathy can be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Friday, April 22, 2016

Brian John Gill passed peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2016, surrounded by family and dear friends.

A private celebration of life will be held at Brian’s home on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 1 p.m.

Brian was the middle child of five rambunctious, raucous boys. He and his four brothers happily called the Old Southwest Neighborhood their personal playground, and had many grand adventures there accompanied by their faithful Weimaraner, Fritz.

Brian attended Hickman High School, where he excelled as a track athlete, running the high hurdles and the 440 relay. After graduating, he attended Mizzou for several years, studying business. But he came to realize that a desk job wouldn’t satisfy his love of physical activity, and joined the carpenter’s union as an apprentice. In addition to working on many residential properties around Columbia, he helped build the Callaway nuclear reactor.

It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Peg, a Mizzou journalism student from northern Illinois.

When Peg graduated, Brian followed her to Chicago, where she pursued a career in advertising and he started what would be a successful carpentry business. The couple also owned several rental properties on Chicago’s north side.

Brian was an avid outdoorsman who loved rock climbing, canoeing and fishing. He was also an extraordinary photographer, a lifelong learner, and a voracious reader with a particular penchant for geography and history. Incredibly well-read and well-informed, he could converse with anyone about anything.

Brian’s enormous passion for life was matched by his enormous heart. He was generous and giving, and over the years, he helped scores of people. Whether they were employees he hired or kids that he mentored, Brian gave unselfishly of his time, attention and money.

Although Brian took great pride in his carpentry creations, he took the most pride in another creation — his twins James and Dorothy. As they were growing up, he coached their various sports teams, chauffeured them and their teammates, and was a very vocal cheering section.

He helped build sets for their school plays, volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club where they belonged and ended his workday early so he could walk them home from grade school every day.

Brian and Peg moved back to Columbia in 2013, settling in at “The Gillage,” a property Brian lovingly renovated, located not far from where he grew up.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Gill.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Peg; children, James and Dorothy; mother, Libby Gill; brothers, Mike, Kevin, Mark and Steve Gill; as well as countless nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help keep Brian’s generous spirit alive and contribute to the charity of your choice.

Published Sunday, April 24, 2016

Frances Lorene Gentry Turner, 92, of Rocheport passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, April 20, surrounded by her family and friends.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Memorial Cemetery. To honor Frances, a celebration of life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at the Rocheport Community Hall.

Frances was born on Jan. 4, 1924, in Boone County, to the late Charles and Brooksie James Gentry. Upon their early deaths, she was raised by paternal grandparents, Richard and Martha (Taylor) Gentry.

She was a 1941 graduate of Hickman High school. In 1956, she married Carl E. Turner Sr. He preceded her in death in 2009. Frances was the loving mother of Linda (Phil) Chapman, Carl E. “Butch” Turner, Charles E. “Chuck” (Vickie) Turner, Mary (the late Bart) Maxwell, and Maria (Paul) Begemann.

Frances retired as a chief clerk from the University of Missouri Registrars Office. She dedicated herself to her family and community. She was a former board member of the Friends of Rocheport, the Rocheport Monitau Senior housing, the Rocheport Disciples of Christ Church, the Christian Women’s Fellowship and a committee chairperson for the City of Rocheport. Later on, she retired after 20 years of being mayor. In her later years, Frances loved to travel and spend time with her family.

Along with her children, she is survived by her grandchildren, David (Brenda) Chapman, Lori (Rich) Bishop, Jessica (Ricky) Cook, Travis (Steve) Cima-Studley, Christy (Shawn) Tiffany, Justin (Kim) Begemann, Ashley (David) Baysinger, Nichole Turner, Cara Turner, Megan (Leon) Bontrager, Cody Maxwell, Mariah Begemann, Morgan (Drake) Kintner and her namesake, (Gentry) Begemann. She also had a new generation of great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Mary Louise Rapp.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Carl; her parents; grandparents; sister, Bea Even Stuart; great-grandson, Jayden Paul; and son-in-law, Bart Maxwell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rocheport Christian Church, Second Street, Rocheport, Mo., 65279. The family of Frances wishes to thank her doctor of 34 years, Charles Chapman, and all of those from Boone County Hospice who provided the loving care in making her final days comfortable and peaceful.

Published Thursday, April 28, 2016

Connie J. McKinzie, 74, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

A private visitation will be Friday, April 29, at Memorial Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service.

Connie was born Jan. 7, 1942, in Columbia, the daughter of J.W. and Evelyn (Penrod) Barnes, who preceded her in death. She was married Jan. 8, 1960, to Norris McKinzie in Columbia. She was employed as an executive secretary for 10 years with MFA–Grain Division. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, and an avid Cardinal baseball fan.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Norris McKinzie; one son, Eric McKinzie and his wife, Misty, of Ashland; one sister, Patsy Hampton of Columbia; and one grandson, Justin McKinzie of Ashland.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, Scott William McKinzie and Darren Garth McKinzie; and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Barnes Jewish Hospital, 1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.

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

Published Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ann C. Kemp, 85, of Centralia, formerly of Columbia, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, May 2, in Columbia Cemetery.

Ann was born in Herrin, Ill., on July 10, 1930, the daughter of Eli Eric and Vivien Craven. The family moved to Columbia in 1945. Ann graduated from Hickman High School and attended Christian College for two years. She married Paul E. Kemp on July 19, 1950. Ann was active in her church life, especially the music. Ann and Paul were members of the Memorial Baptist Church at one time. Ann worked many years at Shelter Insurance and made many lifelong friends.

She is survived by her two children, Barbara Lee Reeder and Brian Paul Kemp; one sister, Nancy McDonald (Herb) of Joplin; brother Richard Craven (Ruthie) of Columbia; two granddaughters, Shelby and Logan Reeder; one great-grandson, Declan; six nephews, Rick, Chris, Duke, and Hugh McDonald and Rick and Ed Craven; and one niece, Cathy Craven. Ann will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

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

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016

John “Kevin” Griggs, 54, of Boonville passed away unexpectedly at his home Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Per Kevin’s wishes, he was cremated. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Truth Tabernacle Church in Boonville, with the Rev. Cook officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.

John Kevin Griggs was born June 14, 1961, in Columbia, the son of Johnnie and Kay Griggs.

He is survived by his children, John (Kayla) Griggs and Rochelle Griggs; his grandchildren, John, Kara and Xaidyn, all of Columbia; his siblings, Karen of Columbia and Jeff of Boonville; and his companion of 20 years, Ida.

His parents preceded him in death.

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Charlene R. Snell, 67, of Columbia passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Memorial Funeral Home.


She was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Warrensburg to Harold and Vanitta (Torrance) Bayless.

She married Vencil Don Snell in 1970.

She is survived by her son Donald; stepdaughters Laura, Lisa and Virginia “Ginny”; siblings Barbara and Brett; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Vencil; and sister Ronnie.

Donations can be made to the family in care of Donald.

Please send tributes and condolences to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Archilee William Sapp, 93, of Ashland passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Wilton. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m., with graveside service immediately following.

Arch served in the Army during WWII and landed in Normandy on D+12. (I may be off a day or so, but it was early in the operation.) He was a medic.

Afterwards, he became an ordained minister of the Primitive Baptist Church and, for many years, pastored a church in southern Indiana, from which he retired.

He attended several of our reunions and, as a pastor was always called on to ask the blessing. After he retired and moved back to Boone Country, he came to the monthly 1943 Kewpie luncheon on several occasions. He resided in Ashland.

by Joe Forsee, Hickman Class of '43



Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Marsha Jane Harrison, 38, of Columbia passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson St., Columbia, Mo., 65203. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, at the funeral home with another visitation one hour prior to the service. She will be cremated, and her cremains will be placed in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Marsha is a 1996 graduate of Hickman High School, and she enjoyed reading and doing cross-stitch.

Marsha is survived by her husband, Scott, of 17 years; as well as her mother, Marie Crews; her twin sister, Monica Crews; and her brother, Marshall Crews Jr.; her mother-in-law, Jessieann Harrison; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Maria) Erwin and David (Julie) Erwin; sister-in-law, Paula Harrison; grandparents Leonard (Marie) Rustemeyer; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marsha was preceded in death by her father, Marshall Crews; father-in-law, Jim Harrison; uncles, Matthew Rustemeyer, Melvin Rustemeyer, Danny Schachtele and Joelee Hayward; and her cousin Brian Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family of Marsha Harrison, in care of Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. Memorials can be mailed or left with the funeral home.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.heartlandcremation.com.

Arrangements are by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia. 573-442-7850.

Published Sunday, June 5, 2016

Barbara Jean “Bobbi” Everitt, 70, of Columbia passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Memorial Funeral Home.

Bobbi was born in Columbia to Carl L. Hunt and F. Louis Hunt on Dec. 10, 1945. She worked in the insurance industry, where she met her husband, Chuck Everitt. They married on Feb. 5, 1977. In October 2000, they opened Award Pet Supply, which they ran together until they sold the business in 2014. It is now owned and operated as Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market.

Survivors include her step-children, Todd Everitt (Paulette) of Columbia and Marcia Spruytte (Phillip) of Olathe, Kan.; sister, Carolyn Hunt; cousins, Randall Pollock (Dru) and Tom Rippeto (Ellen) of Columbia, Ellen Wood and Lori Hall (Dennis) of LaPlata, and Pat Pafford (Bill) and Glenda Moss (Jerry) of Texas; five grandchildre; and eight great-grandchildren.

Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Brian Cook; her husband, Chuck Everitt; and cousin, Judy Perkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to Second Chance.


Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Robert Lee Kemper, 90, of Columbia passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at his home, with his loving family at his side.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Memorial Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service and military honor and entombment at Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert was born Oct. 10, 1925, in a farmhouse in Hallsville to Smith and Ethel Kemper. As his dad liked to move, the family moved 25 times from house to house while Robert was growing up. Robert graduated from Hickman High School in 1943.

In February 1944, he proudly went into the U.S. Navy, completing boot camp in Farragut, Idaho. He served on the USS Washington and was stationed at Pearl Harbor before sailing on the Prometheus and being stationed on the island Peleliu for 14 months. He recently received the Quilt of Valor from the American Legion for his service. He loved his family, friends and country. On Nov. 20, 1949, he married Betty McAlpin at Calvary Baptist Church. In 1951, daughter Karen Lea was born, followed by her brothers, John David, Robert Wayne and Bruce Smith.

Robert worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1951 as a city mail carrier, then a rural route carrier, retiring in 1981. He then worked for Columbia Public Schools as a mail and package carrier, retiring in 1995.

Robert was a hard worker and didn’t complain. He enjoyed building, and built their home on Brown Station Road as well as their cabin on the Osage River in Warsaw.

Robert is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Karen Wingert-Bornhauser (Sam) of Columbia; sons, John of Des Moines, Iowa, Bob (Trudy) of Mokane, and Bruce (Jojie) of Las Cruces, N.M.; six grandsons, Jason Wingert (Heather), Ken, Bryan, K.C., Konrad and Smith Kemper; two granddaughters, Jen Wingert and Laney Kemper; great-grandson, Reid Wingert; sister-in-law, Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Don; his sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Frank Douglas; and his two great friends, Norm Davidson and Tom Stone.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1509 Ashley St., Columbia, Mo., 65201, or to Columbia Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Beverly Dickerson Cofield, 79, entered eternity Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Lenoir Woods Care Center in Columbia, after many years of challenging health.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with a visitation from 1 p.m. until time of the service. There also will be a gathering of friends at 7 p. m., Monday, June 20, at Paquin Towers, 1201 Paquin St., Columbia.

She was born May 30, 1937, in Columbia, the first child of Ross O. and Louise Barnes Dickerson. In 1939, she contracted scarlet fever which left her visually impaired and hearing impaired for her life. In spite of her differing abilities, she worked hard as both student and homemaker. She loved her days at Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School (class of 1955), where she was in the pep squad and attended almost every athletic event. She also attended William Woods College in Fulton. She was able to hold several jobs in service industries. Her heart was generous; she often gave to others things she really needed herself.

She was married to Cleveland Crouch in July 1958, to Leland Byars in 1960 and to Ernest Cofield in 2006.

She had two children, Joyce Crouch Waterbury and Leland Scott Byars.

She encountered many challenges in life, but her strong Christian faith enabled her to face each day with new resolve. She professed her faith and was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. She was a faithful member for more than 30 years of the Salvation Army Church in Columbia, where the leadership and the congregation embraced her and her spiritual gifts. She also faithfully attended the Rocheport Christian Church bluegrass worship service.

She found great joy in her many nieces and nephews, her church and any parade.

She is survived by her son, Scott Byars of Columbia; her siblings, Mickey Dickerson Havener (Ralph) of Columbia and Ross O. Dickerson Jr. (Gloria); nieces, Chellie Davis Hinshaw (Paul) of Columbia and Barbara Dickerson Moneymaker of Tucson, Ariz.; nephews, James R. Davis (Laura) of Atlanta, Ga., James R. Fisher of Hamilton, Ill., Jeffery Fisher (Lori) of Columbia, and Chuck Dickerson of Tucson, Ariz., brother-in-law, Jim Fisher of Hamilton, Ill.; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.

She will be missed by her faithful friend and caregiver, Melinda Cramer; her faithful friend and cousin, Bonnie McDaniel; and her faithful friends, Sheila True and Judy Maxwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Joyce Waterbury; and her husband, Ernest Cofield.

Donations are suggested to The Rocheport Christian Church, c/o Betty Sullins, treasurer, 401 Lewis St., Rocheport, Mo., 65279, or to The Salvation Army Church, 1108 W. Ash, P.O. Box 1864, Columbia, Mo., 65205-1864.

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

Published Thursday, June 9, 2016

Arnel “Spanky” Monroe, 49, passed into eternity Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Hickman High School Alumni Stadium. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at The Crossing Church in Columbia. The visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arnel was born May 19, 1967, in Columbia, the son of Shirley Mae Curtis and Ronald E. Monroe Sr. (deceased).

He dedicated his life to his family, community and fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Arnel worked for Columbia Public Schools for 22 years, first as a home school communicator and later as a teacher. Though Arnel spent time in many buildings during his tenure, his heart and spirit always were that of a Hickman Kewpie.

As a coach, Arnel was in his element. After his playing days were over both as a Kewpie and at the University of Central Missouri, Arnel returned to Hickman as an unpaid assistant under Greg Nesbitt in 1995. He was committed to his craft and worked his way through the coaching ranks, becoming the defensive coordinator in 2006.

In 2011, he was named Hickman’s head coach. He was excited for the opportunity and did not take one game, possession, practice or team meeting for granted. Coaching was his passion; it truly was his calling. As “Coach Monroe,”

Arnel was well-known not just for his sophisticated play schemes or his diligent preparation during and in the off season but for his ability to inspire his players on and off the field — they became not just better players but better people. The same intensity he displayed during a pregame speech or on the sidelines also could be seen in the halls of Hickman and on the streets of Columbia. Coach Monroe challenged his players and his students to be their best selves. He wanted his players and students to win in the game of life.

Off the field and outside of Columbia Public Schools, Arnel’s ability to inspire was evident in his service to his fraternity. Arnel was initiated into the ranks of Alpha Phi Alpha on March 21, 1986, through the Zeta Gamma chapter at the University of Central Missouri. He was known throughout the state of Missouri and the Midwest Region for his care and concern for his brothers and left a lasting and unparalleled positive impact on the young men he mentored and taught in the Zeta Alpha chapter at the University of Missouri in particular. For some he was brother, father, friend and life coach. His powerful, inspiring oratory was just as impactful in the fraternity as it was on the field of play, in the classroom or in the community.

Arnel Monroe was a transformative force of human spirit who dedicated his life to the betterment of his family, community and fraternity.

Arnel is survived by his fiancée ShaShana; his children, Christina (Adrian), Alyssa (Tony), Kierra, Tony, Caitlin and Benjiman; his grandson, Adrian Jr.; his mother, Shirley Mae Curtis; his brothers Ronald Tooley, Ricky Tooley, Michael Monroe and LaRon Monroe; his sisters, Leslie Monroe, Tori Monroe, Rae Monroe and Dionne Houston; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Monroe Sr.; his brother Ronald Monroe Jr.; and his paternal grandmother, Vitilla Monroe Boone.

Arrangements are under the direction of H.T. May & Son Funeral Home.

Published by Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe MO

William Norman Riggs, 80, of Chillicothe, MO passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 in Lenexa, KS.

William was born May 7, 1936 in Wentzville, MO the son of Paul Flood Riggs and Ella Lucille Ridgway Riggs. He was a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, MO and the University of Missouri attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering.

For 41 years William worked as an agricultural engineer for the United States Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service.

William was a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1958 thru 1960 in Germany.

On December 27, 1964 William married his wife of 51 years, Ruby Arlene Booth in the Lincoln Center Church, Corning Iowa. She survives of the home.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chillicothe; the Kiwanis Club of Chillicothe and the Masonic Lodge of Bethany, MO. He was a Registered Professional Engineer since 1957 and a member of the Society of Agricultural Engineers since 1958. He was most proud of receiving the FFA State Farmer Degree in 1954 and working since 1983 with the Boy Scouts and receiving the Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

William enjoyed gardening, photography, traveling extensively with his family and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and Missouri Tigers fan. His favorite times were spent with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby of the home; three children, Russell Paul Riggs and wife, Melinda of Caruthersville, MO, Rachelle ReNae Lee-Warner and husband Jon of Norfolk, VA, and Ryan Alan Riggs of Warrensburg, MO; four grandchildren, Courtney, Katlyn, Raena and William. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials in honor of William Riggs may be made to Butterfield Youth Services in Marshall MO or to the United Methodist Church of Chillicothe and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Chillicothe.

A visitation will be held at the church 1 hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Lincoln Township Cemetery, Corning IA.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.

Published Friday, June 10, 2016

Gail Overbeck, 64, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the funeral home.

Gail was born Oct. 16, 1951, in St. Joseph to George and Hazel (Vessels) Marriott. She graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1971 and started working at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center as a dietary aide shortly after graduation. She met Wayne Overbeck, and they were wed March 2, 1974, in Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia. She later transferred to University Hospital, where she finished 38 years of service before retiring in 2011.

Along with her husband of 42 years, she is survived by her youngest daughter, Erika, and soon to be son-in-law, Tylor Prentice, of Centralia; two grandsons, Deven and Jace of Centralia; one brother, Gary Marriott, and his wife, Carole, of Eldon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Emily Overbeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to JDRF — The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Robert “Bob” Leo Behrens, 65, died Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Castle Rock, Colo., after a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Roxborough Park Community Center, 6237 Roxborough Drive in Littleton, Colo.

Bob was born April 2, 1951, in St. Louis.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1969, where he served as student body president and was a pitcher on the Kewpie baseball team that finished second in the 1967 Class L tournament. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1973 with a degree in Business and Public Administration. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity

After marrying Rebecca “Becky” Schulte, Hickman class of 1969, in 1973, he moved to Denver, Colo., where he began a successful real estate career with RE/MAX. Behrens was the Director of RE/MAX International’s Commercial/Investment Division, where he worked for more than 14 years before forming his own company, Behrens & Associates. He rejoined RE/MAX in 2002 as president and managing broker of RE/MAX Commercial Alliance in Denver. His practice involved global commercial/investment opportunities as a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Commercial Alliance and financial intermediary.

In 2004, Behrens served as president of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute internationally. CCIM recognizes leaders in the commercial investment real estate industry, and he earned the CCIM recognition in 1992.

He also served as treasurer of the Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of Realtors in its inaugural year and was active nationally with the National Association of Realtors. He served on numerous committees of the CCIM Institute and was the Colorado/Wyoming CCIM Chapter president in 1995.

In 2004, The International Real Estate Finance Center of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, named Behrens a visiting professor. He received the prestigious RE/MAX International Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Behrens was a board member of the Finance Department at Metro State College in Denver as well as president and board member of the Rocky Mountain ALS Association and was a member of the Douglas Masonic Lodge No. 153 AF & AM in Castle Rock.

He was an instrument-rated multiengine aircraft pilot, a competitive sporting clays shooter, an avid golfer and touring motorcyclist.

He is survived by his wife, Becky; sister Barbara Behrens of Sewell, N.J.; aunt, Ruth Walker of Milwaukee, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Judith Horvath of Hinsdale, Ill., Mary Marischen of Orlando, Fla., and Joyce Schulte of Columbia; eight nieces and nephews; and 19 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernece and Leo Behrens of Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CCIM Foundation in memory of Robert Behrens or to ALS Association, 10855 Dover St., Suite 500, Westminster, Colo., 80021, or online at alsaco.org.

Published Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jimmie Allen Daly, 72, of Holts Summit passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at Houser-Millard Funeral Chapel. Services will be held at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Entombment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City.


He was born on Feb. 20, 1944, in Columbia, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Siefert) Daly, who preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage on Nov. 5, 1987, in Jefferson City to Melba Jean Penberthy, who preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2010.

He is survived by one daughter, Sherry Barnhouse, with her husband, Stuart, of Frisco, Texas; one son, James Daly, with his wife, Khan, of Millersburg; one brother, Freddie Daly, of St. Louis; two sisters, Betty Coleman and Jane Rhodes of Columbia; three grandchildren, Jason Barnhouse, Ryan Daly, and Cherish Daly; and three great-grandchildren, Brian Barnhouse, Briana Barnhouse and Kyden Daly. He was also preceded in death by one great-grandson, Scott Barnhouse.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109; 573-636-3838.

Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com.

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ernie R. Hay, 78, of Little Rock, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, in the chapel at Good Shepherd in Little Rock, Ark.


Mr. Hay was born April 25, 1938, in Columbia to his parents, Albert and Kathryn Hay.

He was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church.

Ernie leaves behind five children, Sherry Kelly, Perry Hay, Jerri Jo Bucher, Keith Hay and Scott Hay. He is also survived by his brothers, Carl Brenton, Hal Brenton, Albert A. Hay and Marvin Hay; his sisters, Vivian O’Dell, Janet Settle and Dottie Shirley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.

Published Thursday, June 16, 2016

Donald Eugene Hartley Sr., 80, an avid traveler, completed his final journey to heaven on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, after a two-year battle with cancer, at his home in Columbia surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, with an interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Don was born in Columbia on Dec. 4, 1935, the eldest of two sons of Alice (Dawson) and George Sidney Hartley. He attended Ridgeway Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and Hickman High School, graduating in 1953. He had fond memories of visiting his grandparents’ homes in Centralia, often riding the train between Columbia and Centralia. He had a horse that he kept at the farm of his grandpa John Hartley. While in high school, he was a Sea Scout on a ship at Lake of the Ozarks sponsored by the Columbia Daily Tribune. He also played trombone in a jazz and dance band and worked at a service station as he started his lifelong passion for automobiles.

Don studied engineering briefly at the University of Missouri. He met a nursing student from Eldon, Virginia Hanly, and they married in January 1955. They lived in Kansas City as he worked as a highway surveyor for Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff. Most notably, he surveyed the route for Interstate 70 between Boonville and Kansas City, and the route for the interstate highway around St. Joseph.

Don and Virginia had four children in six years: Gene, John, Larry and Laura. When a two-room apartment in central Kansas City no longer was big enough, the family moved to Gladstone in 1963. Don moved from surveying to the data processing department of HNTB, where he learned punch-card entry and other early computer skills. In 1968, he moved to United Computing Systems, a company that sold computer time-share services to other businesses.

While his sons were growing up, Don served as a Boy Scout troop leader, going on many campouts, including four treks to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He also took many canoe trips with his co-workers from UCS on the rivers of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, including the Buffalo River before it became a national river.

After his first 25-year marriage ended, he met a former classmate, Loretta Stull Petrich, at a Hickman High School reunion. He and Loretta were married in 1986 and enjoyed 30 years of marriage. They took many driving trips across the country, visiting friends and family in Florida, California, Texas and other places.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; children: Gene Hartley Jr., John (Mary Jo) Hartley, Larry (Cindy) Hartley and Laura (Harold) Swalley; grandchildren: Cullen (Bree) Hartley, Adrienne (Nick) Pullins, Donald H. Hartley, Anna Hartley, Lindsay Jo (Tom) Swaim, Alice Hartley, Nick Hartley and Rachael Swalley; stepchildren: Beth Moise, Mark Petrich, Danny Petrich and Jennifer Baker; stepgrandchildren: Lindsay Smith, Ally, Cole, Dillon, Adam and Jordan Petrich; and brother Daryl (Ann) Hartley.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council, 1616 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, Mo., 65809.

Published Friday, June 17, 2016

Ronald “Ronnie” Clyde Nielsen, 74, died peacefully at his home in Columbia surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be hosted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Christian Fellowship Church, 4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203 . A private family burial will be held at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Ron was born in Houston, Texas, to Clyde Elwood and Hazel (Hassie) Irene Nielsen. His family moved to Columbia when he was eight years old. At fourteen, Ron found himself working and responsible for supporting his brother Rick and his mother. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1960.

Ron married Kim Schenewerk in 1988. They raised their daughters Krista and Zoey in Columbia.

Ron and his first wife, Dolores (Dody) Duvall, raised their sons Tim, Todd and Chris in Marshall.

Ron began his career as a dishwasher and was later promoted to chef at Christian College, now Columbia College. In 1962, Ron was on What’s My Line and stumped the panel. They were not able to guess that Ron was the youngest chef at a women’s college. Following the show, Ron was sought after by several restaurants nationally, but he did not want to leave Missouri.

Ron was a tireless businessman and taught others to work hard. He mentored many in the business. He helped many reach their potential through his example of hard work, perseverance and generosity.

In 1972, Ron started American Food Management in Marshall. The company provided food service to Missouri Valley College and over the next 14 years grew to serving 140 schools/facilities in 34 states. Ron, sold American Food Management in 1986. Ron also owned Millstone Lodge and Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks, Sachs Sixth Avenue Restaurant, The Ice Chalet, AmeriServe and helped to finance the opening of Peachtree Banquet Center. Ron was an exceptional business partner and set an example of business excellence, dedication and loyalty for his employees.

With his family, Ron enjoyed many weekends fishing, skiing and boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. Ron also enjoyed deep sea fishing, playing cards, collecting coins and spending time with his pups. He gave freely to others. He had a huge heart and passion for the care and protection of animals. Ron was a charismatic man admired by all. He was witty, sarcastic and known for speaking his mind. He had the ability to positively impact others and was full of life and love. He will be dearly missed.

Ron is survived by his wife Kim Nielsen; brother Rick; sons Tim, Todd, and Chris; daughters Krista Schenewerk Spradlin (Chris) and Zoey Rodriguez; grandchildren Tyler (Sophie), Lexie, Samantha, Hanna, Henry, and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Condolences can be left in the online guest book at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society or Second Chance.

Published Sunday, June 26, 2016

Steven Mullens, 34, of Columbia passed away Monday, June 20, 2016.

Friends will be received at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Timbrook presiding. Interment at Columbia Cemetery will follow at a later date.

He was born on May 29, 1982, a son of Michael Mullens and Astrid Tuschka Mullens.

Steven was a very smart man. He graduated in 2000 from Hickman High School and went on to receive a B.A. degree in business management and a B.S. degree in marketing from Columbia College in 2007. This all led him to his most recent career path as a project manager for IBM. In his spare time, Steven enjoyed fishing, spending time golfing and was a dog enthusiast in which he also bred Cane Corsos. Another one of Steven’s favorite pasttimes was living up to his self-proclaimed chef title of the BBQ Pitmaster. Steven was a charismatic and caring man, inviting all who met him with a warm presence. Most of all, he loved his family and cherished the time he was able to spend with them.

Of Steven’s home survives his son, Leo Mullens, and the mother of his child, Chrissy Haver. In addition to his surviving parents, he leaves behind a brother, Jeremy Mullens and wife Jessica; two nieces: Adilene and Gretchen Mullens; one nephew, Cole Mullens; his grandmothers, Alice Gustafson of Fairfax, Va. and Margit Tuschka of Germany; and stepgrandfather, Gerald Gustafson of Fairfax, Va.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gehard Tuschka of Germany.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service & Crematory, 22 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Elsie Fellows Madden, 79, of Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Elsie died of complications from vasculitis at Avow Hospice in Naples.

A private memorial service and celebration of Elsie’s life will be held by the family at a later date.

Elsie was born Oct. 16, 1936, to John William and Flora Conley Fellows in Columbia. She attended the University Laboratory School, where she served as freshman princess of the Uesta court, and she was a graduate of Hickman High School.

Elsie was a vocal music major and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. On June 9, 1973, Elsie married Jean Madden in Columbia, where she lived until moving to Naples in 2002.

Elsie was a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and numerous other charitable organizations. She was an avid and formidable bridge player actively involved in the American Contract Bridge League. Elsie was a dog lover, especially devoted to her “Buddy” and beloved “Bella.” She will be remembered by her smile, her uncanny ability and delightful habit of whistling a happy tune, her beauty both inside and out, and by her unconditional love.

Elsie’s heart continues to live on in the lives of her family and friends. She is survived by six children, Katherine Conley Hodge (Len) of Mt. Zion, Ill., Laurie L. Digges (Charlie) of Columbia, Charles William Lindstrom Jr. (Marcia) of New Market, Ala., John Frederick Lindstrom (Mary Therese) of Normal, Ill., Mark Madden (Karen) of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ann Kelley Madden (Rick Treleaven) of Bend, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Madden, Dr. Katherine Carr, Chas Lindstrom, Tyler Madden, Steve Lindstrom, Michael Carr, Betsy Carr, Terri Lynn Dyson, Jack Lindstrom, Lauren Lindstrom; and niece Sarah Fellows.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Flora and John Fellows; her husband, Jean Madden; and brother Bill Fellows.

Memorials in Elsie’s name can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society www.cmhspets.org, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202, or The Guadalupe Center: www.guadalupecenter.org, 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, Fla., 34142.

Published Monday, June 27, 2016

John Joseph Sprague Jr., 72, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at First Assembly of God Church, 1100 N. Seventh St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

John Joseph Sprague Jr. was born Sep. 12, 1943, in Columbia, the son of John Joseph and Myrtle Quinley Sprague. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed visits to the beach, dining out and gaming.

Survivors include a son, Shawn Sprague; daughter, Michele Friedrich; two brothers, Don and Joe Sprague; three sisters, Avavone Hagan, Londa Reno and Susan Groh; and four grandchildren, Austin Friedrich, Arlan Friedrich, Kira Sprague and Caleb Sprague.

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

Published by Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, Missouri.

Norman Earl Dietz, 79, of Eldon, MO passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Eldon Nursing & Rehab.

Norman was born March 19, 1937 in Columbia, MO to Thomas Joe Dietz and Mary Emiline (Caldwell). Norman was formerly married to Violet (Nathan) Lovette who preceded him in death.

He was raised in Columbia, MO where he attended and graduated from the University of Missouri. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.

He lived in Seattle, WA from 1962 to 1974. He then located to Florida where he retired from United Water Resources and in 1992 he moved to Eldon, MO.

He is survived by step-daughter Kathy Unmuth (Mike), Grand Daughter Jody Chin (Ed) and two Great Grandchildren Jake and Caleb Chin, all from Seattle, WA. While at home he was cared for by special friends; Annette and Roni Viles, Chris and Afton Ratcliffe, Monica Healy and Brad Mild.

One brother, Charles E. Dietz preceded him in death.

There are no services planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.

Published Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Paula Helene Elam, 49, of Columbia passed away Friday, July 1, 2016.

Services were held on July 5, 2016, at Memorial Funeral Home.

She was born in Quincy, Ill., on Feb. 18, 1967, to Rick and Jacqueline Elam.

Paula graduated from Hickman High School and attended Stephens College, as well as the University of Missouri.

She had a career in commercial real estate with Midland Group (St. Louis) and Maly (Columbia), and established her own firm in Kansas City.

She had a passion for lake activities, snow skiing and her beloved pets.

She is survived by her parents, Jackie Bulgin and Rick (Karen) Elam; siblings, Trevor (Denise) Bulgin, Melinda (Rick) Schumacher and Todd (Stefana) Morgan; and four nieces and nephews.

Paula is preceded in death by her stepfather, Lawrence Bulgin, and grandparents, Paul and Ella Jones, and Al and Helene Elam.

Donations can be made in her name to the local humane society or donor’s choice.

Tributes and condolences can be sent to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Thomas William “Tom” LaHue, 64, of Columbia passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Boone Hospital Center.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, at Community United Methodist Church, with a celebration of life service to follow at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Horeb Cemetery in Sturgeon.

Tom had a true passion for the military and its purpose. He was a talented artist, an avid fisherman and, above all, a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bernice and Nora White LaHue; and two sisters, Sue Ellen McCubbin and Marie Michelle LaHue.

Survivors include his loving wife of eight years, Carole LaHue of Columbia; daughter Tara Shirer (Josh) of Nashville, Tenn.; son Malcolm LaHue; stepchildren Mark Wright, Nick Wright, Dawn Elias, Tracy Fuemmeler and Dan Wright; six siblings, Jackie Sakati (Sam), of Sterling, Va., Diane Signorello (James), of Bowling Green, Ky., Charles R. LaHue of Columbia, Steven P. LaHue (Ruth) of Columbia, Sherri Sweezer (Claude) of Clark and Robert M. LaHue (Cheryl) of Sturgeon. Tom has 11 grandchildren, a grandchild on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggest memorial contributions can be made to the PET MO-Columbia organization (www.giftofmobility.org). Flowers can be sent to Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway.

Published Monday, July 11, 2016

Janice K. Johnson, 61, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Boone Hospital in Columbia from pneumonia after a lifelong battle with scoliosis.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia with the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Janice was born on Oct. 20, 1954, in Columbia, the daughter of Garland and Lois (Murray) Douglas. She was married on Aug. 22, 2000, in Columbia to Scott Johnson. She was a girly girl who adored anything pink. She has accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. Janice loved her family and her cats. She enjoyed the Lake of the Ozarks, Comic Book Society and caring for others.

She is survived by her husband, Scott Johnson of the home; her father, Garland Douglas of Columbia; one son, Jason Brown (Stacey) of Columbia; one sister, Phyllis Smith (Mike) of Columbia; one brother, Denny Douglas (Dodie) of Columbia; two grandchildren, Jaden and Devin Brown; two nephews, Zeb and Abe Smith (Stephanie); one great-nephew, Harry Smith; and one great-niece, Kylie Smith. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Douglas and one sister, Connie Jo Douglas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63110. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ret. Lt. Curtus E. Atkins, 61, of Columbia passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016, at home with his loving family at his side.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Memorial Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia. Interment and Firefighter’s Last Call will follow at Glendale Memorial Cemetery in Centralia.

Ret. Lt. Curtus Atkins was born May 8, 1955, to Robert and Doris Atkins, in Moberly. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1973.

He was a career firefighter for the Columbia Fire Department from June 22, 1981, until he retired as a lieutenant with 20 years of service on July 12, 2001.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Boone County Fire Protection District with 10 years of service.

Lt. Atkins worked as an adjunct instructor for the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute and for the Callaway Nuclear Plant’s fire brigade for 25 years.

He enjoyed being on his farm, spending time watching and feeding his horses.

When they say firefighting is in your blood, heart and soul, they are talking about Curtus Atkins. He was a friend to everyone he met and would go out of his way to help family, friends and even people he didn’t know.

He was the best son, father, brother and grandfather. He will truly be missed.

Survivors include his daughter Lindsey McCoy and her husband Kyle of Columbia; grandchildren Andrew Murray, Brenden Murray, Mackenzie McCoy, Cameron McCoy and Colleen McCoy; mother Doris Ann “Barnes” Dill of Columbia; sibling Retired Division Chief Robert “Bob” Atkins Jr. and wife Darla of Columbia; aunt Clara Carter; niece Heather Atkins; and nephew Brad Atkins (Amanda), both of Columbia; and his extended fire service Family.

Curtus was preceded in death by his father Robert Atkins; and his grandparents Curtus and Anna Belle Barnes.

The family suggest donations to SafetyNet of Missouri, 315 Ellis Blvd., Suite 302, Jefferson City, Mo., 65110, or www.safetynetmo.org.

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

Published in The Oklahoman on July 13, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

March 10, 1924 - July 11, 2016
Leona Middlebrooks, 92, was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord & Savior on July 11, 2016. She was born to Marvin E. & Eva M. (Rice) Foley on March 10, 1924 in Boone Co., MO near Columbia.

Leona gave her heart to the Lord in December 1937 at a Revival meeting in Columbia, MO at the Church of God with Sis. Katchel as Evangelist. She began singing at the church. Bro. Eschol Hendrix taught her to read shaped notes & Bro. C.E. Cox, Sr. taught her to direct music which she did down through the years.

Her family moved to Lubbock, TX in December of 1952 and later to Dallas, TX in July 1953. On Jan. 6, 1956, Leona married her sweetheart, Lee Eugene Middlebrooks. This union of marriage was blessed with more than 52 years of marriage, a growing family and serving the Lord until his passing in 2008.

She was active in the music program at the First Church of God in Dallas, where she sang in the choir for 30 years, including many weddings & funerals, retiring in December 1983. Leona also served as a Treasurer of First Church of God for 9 years during the time the new building was built, served on various boards & committees, was secretary-treasurer of the West Texas WCG for 17 years as well as treasurer for the Southwest Church of God for 5 years.

Most of the time, she worked outside the home as a secretary & bookkeeper. She worked for 17 years in the Servicing Dept. for a Mortgage Co.

In January of 1994, the family relocated to OKC where they enjoyed worshipping at Shartel Church of God. Leona loved her family & celebrated their accomplishments. Her prayer was that they all would come to love & serve the Lord.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Ray Foley. She leaves behind her loving children: Thomas E. Middlebrooks & wife, Marsha of Moore, OK, Robert W. Middlebrooks & wife, Lee of Marble Falls, TX, Marvin L. Middlebrooks & wife, Janice of OKC, Nan Louise Graf & husband, Dan of Grapevine, TX, Glenda K. Morrison & husband, Jim of Newcastle, OK, and Sheila Middlebrooks of OKC; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jo Foley of OKC.

Memorials may be made to the Marvin L. Middlebrooks Ministry Scholarship Fund c/o Mid-America Christian Univ. or the Gideon International.

Viewing will be 4-8 PM Wednesday with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be held 10 AM, Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Shartel Church of God, 11600 S. Western Ave. Friends may leave condolences for family at vondelsmithmortuary.com.


Published Friday, July 15, 2016

Martha Nistendirk, 93, of Columbia passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 17, with a service at 11 a.m., at Memorial Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Martha was born July 31, 1922, to John and Levia (Neal) Thompson in Columbia. She married Elroy on Feb. 5, 1957, and had a passion for cooking.

She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter and is survived by loved ones.

Tributes and condolences can be sent to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ruth Ellen Barnes, 68, of Columbia passed away Friday, July 15, 2016.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Memorial Park Cemetery.


Ruth was born March 30, 1948, in Boone County to William and Ruth (Hendricks) Barnes. She graduated from Hickman High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Missouri.

She loved gardening and cooking, and enjoyed the farm life with the animals.

She is survived by siblings, Doris Bundy, June Conley, Larry Barnes and Kenneth Barnes; and multiple nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the donor’s choosing.

Please send tributes and condolences to www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

J.W. “Jay” Lewis Jr., 65, of Columbia passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Boone Hospital.

A celebration of life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Shakespeare’s Pizza South, 3911 Peachtree Drive, Columbia, Mo.

Jay was born on May 17, 1951, in Boone County, the son of J.W. and Ruth (Page) Lewis who preceded him in death. Jay married the love of his life, Nancy Benson, on March 11, 1973. To this union, one daughter, Alycia, was born.

With Nancy by his side, in 1976, Jay took a chance on a restaurant and brought to life Shakespeare’s Pizza. They have been fortunate to watch the business grow and flourish for 40 years into the Boone County landmark that it is today. For Jay, it was never about him, it was always about good pizza and great employees.

Having played on the golf team at Hickman, one of Jay’s favorite pastimes was watching PGA Tour events with Alycia. The family has a cabin where they would escape to relax, fish and watch football on the weekends. He also enjoyed collecting cars — his most recent purchase, a 1965 Corvette.

Jay liked to keep things simple, but his love for history and reading always kept him learning. While Nancy and Alycia often convinced him to travel to museums and monuments, he was his happiest while spending time at home in Boone County.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Jay is survived by his sister, Dee Lantzy (Walt); one sister-in-law, Carol Benson (Bob Shields); one nephew, Seth Turner (Ariana); three nieces, Erin Turner-Lantzy (Sandra Wojciehowski), Gabrielle Larson (Gaige) and Nikki Harrison; and great-nieces and nephews: Graham, Belén, Heath and Bensynn, as well as many friends and the entire Shakespeare’s Pizza family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Columbia Golf Foundation or the American Diabetes Association, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Bus. Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Linda Lee Kinney, 69, of Columbia passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home.

She donated her body to the University of Missouri Gift of Body program and there will be no services.

Linda is survived by her husband of 36 years, James Kinney; one son, Erik (Robyn) King; her grandchildren, Tyler and Charley King; as well as her brother John (Pamela) Cunningham.

Share stories and condolences with the family online at www.heartlandcremation.com.

Published Monday, July 25, 2016

Linda King (nee Green), 73, a longtime resident of Columbia and New Haven, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at New Haven Care Center.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home in New Haven, where a memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.

Born June 27, 1943, in Kansas City, she received her associate’s degree from East Central Jr. College in Union in 1973. She served as housemother in several sororities at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which only solidified her Mizzou Tiger fan spirit. She also loved good food, family get-togethers and going to shows at the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, but mostly she loved Elvis Presley.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill and wife Donna Green of Lake Ozark and Bob and Mary Green of Ozark; daughter, Becky and husband David Senter of Eureka; son, David and wife Lori King of Washington, Mo.; and six grandchildren, Katy Bartram and Kerryn, Jacob, Haley, McKenzie and Grace King.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenwood Green and Willie Gray (Bornhauser) Doyle.

Memorials can be made to New Haven Care Center, 9503 Highway 100, New Haven, Mo., 63068.

Arrangements are under the direction of Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.

Published Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wayne Alan McMillen, 66, of Hartsburg passed away Friday, July 29, 2016, at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland, with visitation one hour before. Burial will follow in Higginsville Veterans Cemetery.


Wayne was born Nov. 21, 1949, in Columbia, the son of Hartley McMillen and Willa Dean Wood. He was married to Rhonda Meeks, and she survives at her home. Wayne served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the V.A. Hospital in Columbia where he worked as a computer technician. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers fan.

Survivors include his mother, Willa Dean Garrett of Ashland; two daughters, Amanda McMillen of Columbia and Rachel McMillen of St. Louis; three brothers, Randal (Deborah) McMillen of Columbia, John (Connie) McMillen of Ashland and Bill (Becky) McMillen of Scottsbluff, Neb.; two sisters, Laura (Richard) Munson of Columbia and Kay McMillen of Gering, Neb.

Published Friday, August 12, 2016

Mary Katherine Nelson, 74, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Memorial Funeral Home with a celebration of life to follow at 2 p.m.


Mary was born in Columbia to Clara Virginia and Estell Strawn. She attended Hickman High School and later obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.

Mary worked for the University for many years before attending nursing school and obtaining her L.P.N. license. She furthered her nursing career by completing the Registered Nurse program at Central Methodist College. Mary provided exceptional and loving care to many people during her long and varied nursing career.

Mary dedicated much of her personal time to ensuring that her elderly mother was well cared for.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, April Stariwat and her husband Dan; grandchildren, Timothy and Katarina Stariwat; and great-grandchildren, Brielle and Liam Stariwat. Mary is also survived by her brother, Steve Strawn, and his children, Benjamin, Jesse and Samm; and her sister, Shirley and husband Tom Kowalewski and their children, Aleksy, Helena, Ginny and great-nephew Casper Palmer. Mary also leaves behind her close friends, Byron Smith and Pam Lessley, as well as numerous other friends and acquaintances who brightened her life.

Mary had an independent, but loving soul and she will be missed by many.

Published Friday, August 12, 2016

Lucas Paul Thornton, 25, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a celebration of life to follow at 7 p.m.

Lucas was born June 7, 1991, to Kevin and Barbara Thornton.

He later attended Hickman High School. He was an avid rock climber and had a fierce love for his profession in forestry.

Survivors include the love of his life and soulmate, Kayla Smith, and their son, Benjamin Hargus “Gus” Thornton of the home; father, Kevin Thornton (Lisa) of Sturgeon; brothers, Jake Thornton of St. Louis and Chris Padgett of Columbia; grandparents, Kenny Thornton and wife Annie of Huntsdale; stepbrothers, Jake Lee of Columbia and Jesse Fudge of Hallsville; stepsisters, Jacqie Melloway (David) of Hallsville and Adrian Campbel of Columbia; the entire Smith family of Columbia; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Lucas was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara “Moore” Thornton; and his grandmother Loretta Thornton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be given to the Luke Thornton Memorial at Missouri Credit Union for his beloved son, Gus.

Published Monday, August 15, 2016

Betty Jean Coleman, 89, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Boone Hospital with family members by her side.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Betty was born in Columbia to Ambrose and Gertrude Hathman. She attended Hickman High School. Betty worked in the family restaurant, Ambrose’s Café, and at Jefferson Jr. High School. Betty dedicated much of her personal time to her family and friends. Betty was dearly loved and respected by everyone she encountered. Betty’s brilliant smile and laugh will be missed by all.

Survivors include two sons, Ron Coleman (Kim) and Mike Coleman (Tawanda); one sister, Pricilla Crane; two brothers, Ambrose Hathman Jr. and Bobby Hathman; grandchildren, Hali Coleman, Chris Coleman and Justin Coleman; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Paloma, Brandon, Evan and soon-to-arrive Tristin.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Odell Coleman; and four sisters, Mertle, Madeline, Maryetta and Lerlene.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Betty Fern Quisenberry, 93, of Centralia passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at the Stuart House Nursing Home.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church. An additional visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Columbia, the daughter of Samuel Clifton and Lizzie Belle Johnson, who preceded her in death. Betty was united in marriage to Charles Quisenberry, who preceded her in death.

Betty was a graduate of Hickman High School, Class of 1941. She attended the University of Missouri for one year, at which time she worked for the Dean of Education.

She later was manager of Central Missouri Abstract and Title Co. for 30 years. She also served as assistant manager of Boone Central Abstract Company. In 1991, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Land Title Association. She was a member of the Altrusa Club, an organization of professional women.

Betty’s great loves were bird watching, her flowers and playing the piano and organ at Prairie Grove Baptist Church, where she was a member for more than 60 years. She attended Bethlehem Church in the years before going to the Stuart House.

Betty is survived by one daughter, Bethel DeSpain, and husband, John; one son, Mark Quisenberry; and one grandson, Joseph Quisenberry, all of Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Memorial donations can be made to Prairie Grove Baptist Church, Bethlehem Church or the Stuart House. Condolences can be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Published Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peggy Jane Burnett, 80, formerly of Col umbia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road in Columbia. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Peggy Jane Burnett was born April 26, 1936, in Columbia, the daughter of Winfield Scott and Ona Irene Daughtery Burnett. Ms. Burnett worked for A.B. Chance Co. for 15 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, birds, flowers and gardening.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Monk and Bobbie Wyatt (husband Kenny Dixon), and one son, David Baumgardner; five grandchildren, Clint House, Steven Mackenberg, Jenny Williams, Peggy Hermes and Katie Dixon; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sherman Brown Jr., 65, lifelong resident of Columbia, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at The Crossing, 3615 Southland Drive. The processional will depart The Crossing and take Providence Road to Sexton, passing Lindsey Rentals, for anyone who might want to stand along the route and pay their last respects. A private family graveside service will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Sherman was the son of Sherman Sr. and Madge Brown, born July 8, 1951, at Boone County Hospital, the sixth of nine children. He was a 1969 graduate of Hickman High School and a U.S. Army reservist from 1971 to 1979. Though Sherman did not have a formal education beyond high school, anyone that knows him agrees he has his doctorate in people. Tall people, short people, Black people, orange people, Rich people, poor people — it really didn’t matter to him who you are and where you’ve come from, you’re his friend. In 1968, he began working for Bill and Rose Lindsey at Lindsey Rentals and never left. Sherman and partner Bill Spry took over ownership in 1980, where he was known for dishing out advice alongside rental equipment and for mentoring a multitude of teens. His passion for Lindsey’s, its employees, both past and present, and its customers continued into his last days.

Though Sherman was honored many times during his life with numerous awards and recognitions, his most proud recent accomplishment was living a full six months past the birth of his newest grandson, Malakhi Sherman Lee Moore. Malakhi’s presence was an irreplaceable gift during a time that tested the strength of our Superman.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 28 years, Vicki; children Rickea Lynn Bacon of Avon, Ind., Sherman (Mollie) Brown III of Columbia and Whitney (De’Vion) Moore of Columbia; siblings Marva Jo Brown, Sandra (James) Turner, Janice Brown and Daniel (Donna) Brown; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a multitude of brothers and sisters-in law, cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Sherman was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Barbara Ballenger, Shirley Donnell, Elane Agee and Nathalyn Forrest; son-in-law Steven Bacon; and granddaughter Nadine Bacon.

A scholarship fund is being established in Sherman’s name for deserving Columbia Public Schools seniors who embody his values of citizenship, altruism and responsibility.

Sherman spent a lifetime helping others. It was not until after his diagnosis in 2015 that he was able to truly grasp the impact he had on others.

The outpouring of support from friends and family was a bittersweet realization that he had made a difference.

Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

Matthew 25:23.

Published Sunday, August 21, 2016

Katherine J. McGee, 69, of Columbia went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home, with memorial service to follow at 3 p.m.

Kathy was born June 13, 1947, in Columbia to Harold and Bernice (Dorricott) Platz, who preceded her in death.

Kathy graduated from Hickman High School in 1965 and received her nursing degree from Central Methodist College in Fayette. She was a registered nurse for more than 30 years, working at Boone Hospital Center for 26 years. She loved everyone she met and was dedicated to her family and church. Kathy loved animals and the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, gardening and bird watching. She was a member of the United Church of Christ.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Raymond “Ed” McGee of the home; daughter Marni (Colby) Ardrey of Harrisburg; three grandchildren, Kieran, Riley and Taelan Ardrey of Harrisburg; siblings, Joseph Platz and wife Terri of Columbia, and Susan deCamara and husband Richard of Houston; five nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences can be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Benny Gayle (Reno) Dawson, 89, passed on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Denver.

Services were held on Aug. 25 and Benny was interred in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

Benny Gayle was born May 18, 1927, in Columbia to Guy Leroy Reno and Bertha Beatrice Baldwin Reno.

She was raised in Columbia and went to Bethel School, graduating from Hickman High School in 1944 and then from Stephens College in 1946.

Benny Gayle married Edward L. Dawson on June 14, 1947. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Denver and raised three daughters, Diane, Glenda and Edwina.

She retired from the Denver Public Schools as a secretary in the psychology department after 20 years of service. Benny was an active member of the Stephens College Alumni Association and the Denver Rose Society, winning many awards for her roses at the annual Denver Botanical Gardens rose show.

Survivors include three daughters; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Benny was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Frances Ellen and Guy Leroy Jr.; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Benny Gayle would be delighted to have donations made to Stephens College at www.stephens.edu or to a charity that is important to you.

Published Thursday, August 25, 2016

Contessa Taylor, 25, of Columbia passed on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Victory Baptist Church.

Contessa was born on October 19, 1990, in Columbia, the daughter of Marina Taylor and Sherman Booker.

Survivors include her brothers, Junous, Demetrious, and Shermaal and Stephen; sisters Katara, Nizah, O’Leesa and Samaya; and grandparents Carolyn and Angel Villarruel.

Donations to help fund the funeral may be made to gofundme.com/2kx5nnxs.

Published Tuesday, August 30, 2016

R.B. Swearingen, 96, of Columbia passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at The Bluffs.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, with a celebration of life at 11 a.m., at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at the grave site.

The honorable World War II veteran was born July 30, 1920, in Columbia to Raymond B. and Estie Rowland Swearingen.

He started working as a young boy and found his first “real’ job at Art Craft Press in the bindery department. When this business closed, he started working and finally retired at the University Printing Services at the University of Missouri. R.B. was a 1938 graduate of Hickman High School.

He met his future wife of 75 years at a skating rink in Columbia, and on Aug. 23, 1941, he saw Bernice on Broadway in downtown Columbia and asked if she wanted to get married. The answer was “I guess.” So at midnight that same day, they were waking up the preacher in Boonville to marry them. That is where their life together began, and they lived it out in Columbia. R.B. and Bernice attended every auction Pete Kemper had for more than 40 years and would always bring home a bargain whether it was bought or given to them. They enjoyed camping and meeting new friends for more than 50 years and were lifetime members of the Wings Around Tiger Town camp club.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 75 years, Bernice; his daughter, Susan (Pete) Kemper; grandchildren, Shana (Chad) Martin and Matthew McGlasson; and great-granddaughter Lauren Martin. Also missing him will be his beloved dog, Grace.

R.B. was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

The family would like to thank those who were honored to take care of him at The Bluffs and Boone Hospital Center Hospice.

Contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 1C, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Published Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sarah Kathryn “Sally” Mathis, 73, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 30, at University Hospital.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a reception to follow from 3 to 5 p.m.

Born Nov. 19, 1942, Sally attended Stephens College and the University of Arizona, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She later earned a master’s degree in education. She traveled, worked and lived in California for a number of years before moving to Kansas City to teach elementary school.

She and her husband, Jerry, reunited at their 20th Hickman High School reunion and never parted. Married in 1981, Jerry and Sally lived in Texas for several years before returning to Columbia, where she worked at the University of Missouri Athletic Department until her retirement in 2006. She was an adviser at the Chi Omega sorority and supported a number of charities in Columbia. She enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong, reading and traveling.

Survivors inlclude her husband, Jerry Mathis; her two stepdaughters, Liz Boyles of Columbia and Anise Foster of Wheaton, Ill.; an older brother, Thomas Brown, of Wichita, Kan.; and her grandchildren, Caleb, Bekah, Noah and Zach Boyles, and Avery and Gus Foster.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn Hemry; and her stepfather, Scott Hemry.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Voluntary Action Center, Salvation Army or Chi Omega in her name.

She will be remembered as a loyal and trusted friend to many.

Published Sunday, September 4, 2016

Robert (Bob) Sisson, 103, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

A private family memorial service will be held in the spring to remember his long life.

Robert was born Aug. 16, 1913, in Columbia to Stanley and Mary Doria Dyer Sisson.

Robert graduated from Hickman High School on May 29, 1930. He married Margaret Louise Hutchins on Sept. 12, 1936, in Columbia.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Columbia and the AARP. During his time with the Boy Scouts, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest awards. Bob retired from the U.S. Post Office and also worked for First National Bank (Landmark), finally retiring when he was 82.

He was active in fighting for the implementation of the minimum wage in Columbia during the 1930s.

Survivors include four sons, Robert H. Sisson (Del) of Charleston, S.C., Sam Sisson (Cindy) of Evanston, Wyo., Thomas Sisson (Marsha) of Columbia, Gerald Sisson (Sally) of Parker, Colo.; one sister, Mary Lloyd; eight grandchildren, Leah, Heidi, Jon, Erin, Joey, Harley, Monique, Troy; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maragaret; a brother, John (Jack) Edward Sisson; and three sisters, Dorothy Redmon, Betty Ann Reynolds and Medora LaGrande.

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

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kerry William Allen, 53, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at his home.

Friends will be received from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., with Kevin Clohessy officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

He was born Feb. 8, 1963, in Doniphan and is the son of the late Lawrence Kenneth Sr. and Bonnie Ponder Allen.

Kerry graduated from Hickman High School in 1981. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve and was activated for Operation Desert Storm. Kerry was a longtime employee of Columbia Orthopedic Group where he worked as an X-ray technician.

He is survived by two brothers, Ken Allen (wife Joeanna) and Kraig Allen (wife Lisa), and three nephews, Gregory, Garret and Chad Allen.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Boone Hospital Hospice Care.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203; 573-442-7112. Condolences can be left for the family online at www.parkermillard.com

Published Saturday, September 10, 2017

Julie A. Durnil, 58, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, a t her home in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14, at Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the funeral home.

Julie was born in Evansville, Ind., on June 6, 1958, to Donald and Eloise O’Connor.

Julie is survived by her husband, Gary; daughter Cassidy; grandson Cameron; sisters Patricia, Jeanne, Donna, Sylvia and Mary; and her parents. She is preceded in death by her sister, Teresa, and her grandparents.

Julie will be remembered for her caring nature and her sense of fun.

Tributes can be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Thursday, September 15, 2016

Carolyn June Little, 70, passed away on Sept. 13, 2016.

Services for Carolyn are pending and will be announced at a later date.

She was the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth Johnson Conner of Columbia, born on Feb. 15, 1946. Carolyn married her husband, Mike Little, on Jan. 21, 1978. They lived and loved life together for 38 years.

Carolyn was a family-loving, friend-loving, fun-loving wife and mother who enjoyed life in so many ways. She was an avid golfer who enjoyed competition but enjoyed sharing time with friends after a round even more; she was always one to nurture and encourage those new to the game. She was an active promoter and force behind charity golf events, the Charity Cup being one that she held close to her heart.

Carolyn was up for almost anything — except cooking. She maintained friendships with many of her high school classmates; she was Kewpie through and through — Class of 1964. Girls’ night out was a source of much laughter and many smiles. Carolyn loved bridge, board games and animals. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed family outings such as MU and Fox Theater performances.

Carolyn was a successful businesswoman, enjoying a 32-year career with Verizon. After starting as a secretary and holding numerous positions throughout the company, she retired as Missouri state vice president of regulatory and legislative affairs in 2001.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter, Jody Haden (Paul) Blythe; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two stepchildren, Tina Little and Ivan (Julie) Little, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Tom Little and Jim (Julie) Little; three siblings, Warren (Janice) Conner Jr., Sandra Conner Hombs, Marilyn Conner (Bud) Stone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the following: True North, Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, Welcome Home Inc., or Boone Hospital Hospice Foundation.

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

Published Monday, September 19, 2016

Becky Brammer, 61, of Columbia passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Becky was born on March 25, 1955, in Columbia, the daughter of Joseph and Betty (Evans) Murray, who preceded her in death. Becky was married on May 31, 1981, in Columbia to David Brammer, and they were happily married for 35 years.

Becky was a kind, caring person with the best sense of humor and a special knack for decorating. She enjoyed being married to David, visiting with family and friends and reminiscing about happy times.

Survivors include her devoted husband, David; brother, Jay Murray; extended family; lifelong friends; and her beloved cat, EO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Sunday, September 25, 2016

Clifford H. Boyd Jr. 87, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at his home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes, 903 Bernadette Drive.

Clifford was born Dec. 23, 1928, to Clifford Sr. and Nellie Boyd. He graduated from Hickman High School and later married the love of his life, Agnes Bolli, on Nov. 11, 1950. Clifford was a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force.

Clifford was a union sheet metal worker and a Knights of Columbus knight for more than 60 years. As a knight, Clifford also was a member of the Clown Club, entertaining many children over the years. In addition, Clifford was a Scoutmaster of Troop 6 in Columbia.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vincent; sister, Jennie Murray; and his son, Thomas Boyd.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Agnes, of the home; daughter, Christy Provance (Guy) of Villa Ridge; sons, Tim Boyd of Columbia, Steve Boyd (Laura) of St. Louis and Joseph Boyd (Heather) of Columbia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 3501 Lansing Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online contributions can be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Alice L. Yoest, 67, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, after a long fight with multiple systems atrophy. She died peacefully at her home with family by her side.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Alice was born to the late Joseph and Elsie Grim on April 3, 1949, in Columbia. Alice attended Hickman High School, where she met her husband of 49 years, L. David Yoest. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education in 1971. Together, they relocated to Prairie Village, Kan., and raised three sons.

Her passion was her family. Alice dedicated herself to her husband, three sons and grandchildren. She adored her family and cherished every moment with them.

Together, they created a lifetime of memories. In addition to family, Alice had passion for friends, animals and antiques.

Alice is survived by a loving husband, L. David Yoest; three sons, Joe Yoest and wife Leslie, Jason Yoest and wife Vina, and Taylor Yoest and wife Robbie; four grandchildren, RJ, Braxton, Teagan and Zachary; and two sisters, Josette and Peggy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be sent to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo., 64137.

Published Sunday, October 9, 2016

Elizabeth Holsinger Ginsburg, 76, formerly of Columbia and a graduate of Hickman High School (1957) and the University of Missouri (1961), died peacefully at home on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bristol, Vt.

A memorial service will be held in November.

An artist and teacher, she was a painter, sculptor, and for many years an instructor of modern dance at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Liz was passionate about dance and performance, and in New Hampshire, she founded two dance companies; Synergy, for modern dance and improvisational dance, and Dance Revival, a performance company for Renaissance court dance. She also directed or co-directed several major community productions, including Purcell and Dryden’s English opera, King Arthur; Shaker Spirit, a production of Shaker singing and dance; and An Elizabethan Feaste, featuring music, dance, drama and food of the Shakespearean era, in which she also performed in the role of Queen Elizabeth I.

Liz was thrilled to travel and loved learning about other cultures. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines in the early 1960s, lived for a year each in Taiwan and Hong Kong and spent a year and a half in Japan, where she was a visiting lecturer in English at Kobe Shoin Women’s University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in dance and physical education from the University of Missouri in 1961, where she was the champion woman golfer and was awarded “Best All-Around Female Athlete.” Her Master of Arts in teaching from Rhode Island College focused on anthropology and sociology. She had wide intellectual, cultural and artistic interests. After she retired from teaching dance, she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and painting, summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire at age 56. Her senior project honoring her mother, Dorothy (Sappington) Holsinger, became a one-woman show at Columbia College.

In 2007, Liz suffered significant right hemisphere brain damage from a ruptured aneurism and was no longer able to continue her work. But her injury did not dampen her intense love for her family, and she enthusiastically enjoyed talking with people, reading and attending musical performances.

Liz will be remembered for her creativity, her commitment to the arts, her warmth toward strangers, her intense love of family and her vibrant spirit.

Survivors include her husband, Karl Diller, professor emeritus of the University of New Hampshire, of Bristol Vt.,; son, Adam Ginsburg of Bristol, Vt., his wife Kristen, and their daughters, Eden and Eliana; son, Matthew Ginsburg of North Andover, Mass., his wife Melissa, and their children, Caleb and Cecilia; stepson, John Diller of Oakland, Calif., and his wife Melissa Levine; stepson, David Diller of Northwood, N.H.; Liz’s former husband, Philip Ginsburg and his wife Carolyn Anderson of Newmarket, N.H.; god-daughter, Sonia Ginsburg of San Francisco, Calif.; three brothers, Michael, David and Mark Holsinger; a sister, Anne Tavel; and several nieces and nephews.

Published Thursday, October 6, 2016

Delbert “Wayne” Wheeler, 49, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Parkside Manor Nursing Center in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia with funeral services at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Centralia City Cemetery.

Wayne was born June 1, 1967, the son of Delbert and Stella (Gilpin) Wheeler.

Survivors include Wayne’s father; three children; four siblings; and other family and friends.

Published Friday, October 7, 2016

Ronald Dean Harmon, 72, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, from complications from a heart attack.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Ave. in Columbia.

Ronald was born May 30, 1944, to Harold and Ella (Sapp) Harmon. He lived the majority of his life in the vicinity of Pierpont. With very few exceptions, you could find Ronald every morning at 6:30 a.m. sharp at the Pierpont Store Coffee Club, which is where all of the world’s problems are solved and the best jokes are told.

Ronald loved hunting and the outdoors, working crossword puzzles, coconut cream pie (although almost any pie would do), popcorn, country music and country dancing. He attempted to play golf but was a master at woodworking and maintaining an immaculate lawn. He loved his family with his whole heart, and they loved him as well.

Ronald was such a good person with a tender heart and a gift of service to others. He was a member of Nashville Baptist Church, a former Master of the Masonic Lodge in Ashland and served on the board of Consolidated Public Water District No. 1.

Survivors include Ronald’s wife, Joy Rissmiller; son, Jason (Delta) Harmon of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Eugene (Patricia) Harmon of Clark, Randy (Helen) Harmon of Ashland; grandchildren, Gunnison, Trager and Delany; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

When Ronald married Joy, he inherited additional family that he loved as his own. They include John (Jen) Rissmiller of Jefferson City; Jeff (Emily) Rissmiller of Denver, Colo.; and grandchildren, Bailey, Madi, Coleman, Tucker and Shelby.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Joy would appreciate your using that money to do a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day.

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Gerald Wayne Sisson (Feb 12, 1941 - Oct 9, 2016)

Gerry Sisson of Parker, Colorado passed away October 9, 2016 of pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his wife, daughter and two granddaughters.

Memorial service: Thursday November 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm, Parker Funeal Home, Parker, Colorado.
Reception: Thursday November 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Vines Wine Bar & Bistro, Parker, Colorado.

Published Thursday, October 20, 2016

Virginia R. Forbis, 94, formerly of Columbia, fell asleep Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Walla Walla, Washington.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral services following. Elder Albert Oetman will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Forbis was born July 1, 1922, in Boone County, the daughter of William L. and Nannie (Black) Richardson. On Dec. 16, 1945, she married Ernest Frederick Forbis Sr. in Columbia. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2007, after 62 years of marriage.

Survivors include her beloved step-son, Ernest "Fred" Forbis Jr. of Indio, Calif.; two grandchildren, Jodie DuPuis of College Place, Wash., and Steven Forbis and his wife, Kathy of Henderson, Nev.; and three great-grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister and two brothers.

Virginia was a member of the Columbia Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1943. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbia SDA Church, 1100 College Park Drive, Columbia.

Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeand cemetary.com.

Published, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sharon Lewis Wiser, 73, passed peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at home. Gracefully she let go of her sister’s hand, taking God’s as He led her through the gates of Heaven.

A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

She was born Sep. 12, 1943. She attended David H. Hickman High School. She married Larry D. Wiser of Boonville.

Sharon retired from the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics where she made many friends. Sharon loved the outdoors. She loved to work in the flower garden, camping, fishing and floating. She loved life.

Sharon moved to St. Louis in late February due to her continued health issues where she lived her last days with her sister.

Survivors include her brother, Robert Lewis (Carolyn) of Greenville, S.C.; sisters, Sandra Wentz of Springfield Ill., Deborah Tomlin (Larry) of Columbia and Lisa Lewis of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Jean Lewis of Columbia; four nephews; one niece; and her loving “furever” friend, Ms. Ellie, who never left her side.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Leonard E. Lewis, and her mother, Imogene Harrison Lewis; one brother, Fred Lewis; one nephew and one niece.

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Jon Michael Graznak, age 63, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed on October 12, 2016. at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital due to complications with Bile Duct Cancer.
Jon was born in January 12, 1953 in Quincy, Illinois to Jeanne and Michael Graznak.
Jon majored as an undergraduate in Parks and Recreation, due to his great love of the earth and play as well as study in drama and theater.
Most recently he was a substance abuse recovery case manager and educator. He enjoyed a rich and varied career including being a radio DJ, Park Ranger and nature educator, successful business owner and manager, wilderness guide, a Toby Show Tent Performer, and magician in many ways.
His home town was Columbia, Missouri followed by a move to Virginia.
He loved bird hunting with friends and Brittany spaniels, gardening and gathering wild foods. Performing theater and singing in a band were early life passions. Some of his favorite times were spent around water, especially in rivers, “messing about in boats”, and as a white water raft guide. He was endlessly, intellectually spiritually curious. Later in his life, Native American Traditions resonated with him as well as mystic and progressive Christian teachings. He also continued his family's both Irish and Ukrainian story telling heritage and was a great raconteur.
Jon was sensitive and active politically. He was a true feminist and advocate and volunteer for river and stream restoration. He had great empathy for and helped people who suffered from their addictions. For instance, he recently traveled on his own accord for training in the use of NARCAN™, to immediately block the effects of opiate overdoses.
Jon is survived by his partner and comrade Leigh Meredith, sister Lynn Graznak, daughters Elizabeth Graznak, Charlene Graznak, Sarah Schloss, nine grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, and a great niece and nephew, Suvanna the snake and Dude the cat. He is survived as well by the many people he helped and saved in his work with substance abuse recovery. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Paul and Parker the wonder dog Brittany spaniel.
A community reception was held Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Teague Funeral home, 2260 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903. For more information please contact the funeral home. All are welcome. Interment will be held on private property later this fall. Donations in lieu of flowers are welcomed by James River Foundation, jrava.org/join.
A prayer Jon used frequently towards the end of his life when faced with frustration was, “Bless them, change me.” And quite courageously, much laughter.

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Sarasota FL 34236

Michael Joseph Holsinger passed away October 17, 2016 at the age of 79.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Mike was a 20 year career officer in the US Air Force and decorated Vietnam Veteran having earned The Bronze Star. After retiring from the military, Mike returned to the University of Missouri to earn a Master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

In 1986 Mike and his devoted bride Sharon moved to Sarasota to begin his 20 year career with Sarasota County and the University of Florida as Director for County Extension Department.

Mike’s crowning achievement was his pivotal role in vision, design, and successful establishment of “The Florida House” in Sarasota as a model for sustainable and environmentally responsible construction. Mike was an accomplished writer with published articles during his tour in Vietnam, as well the Sarasota Herald Tribune with articles on horticulture, ornamental/non toxic landscaping and beautification.

His two passions in life were fishing and gardening and these loves are carried on by his wife and children.

Mike was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church with Sharon. He served as a lay member of the Bishop's Archdiocese Planning and Development Council and was a former member of Sarasota Fruit and Nut Society. Mike worked in retirement as a horticultural consultant to numerous individuals and associations.

Mike is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, children Jeffrey (Beth), Jamie (John) Barron, and Joseph (Sarah) in addition to 4 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on November 18 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Sarasota on Siesta Key, followed by a military burial at Sarasota National Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mikes name may be made to Tidewell Hospice, or the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.

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Regina A. Blair, 65, of Kansas City, MO passed away October 22, 2016. Regina was born in South Carolina on April 4, 1951. She graduated high school in 1969 then attended and graduated from Lincoln University. Regina then received her master’s in education from Webster University. Her career in school teaching was for 31 years within North Kansas City School District.

Regina was married for 28 years to Charlie. She was also survived by her mother Katie, and 3 children Charlie, Sean and Joy.

Her spirit was always happy, her smile gave you a reason to smile, and her heart was an example of genuine beauty. Her legacy lives on.

Service 12:00pm Friday White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone, MO. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am to the service time.

Bob Vanatta was born on July 7, 1918, and died on October 22, 2016.

He was an American head basketball coach for Central Methodist, Missouri State University, Army, Bradley, Memphis State, Missouri, and Delta State University.

While he was at Missouri State, Bod won the 1952 and 1953 NAIA Championship. At Memphis State, he compiled a 109-34 record, including making it to the 1957 NIT Championship game.

Following his coaching career, he later served as athletic director at Oral Roberts University, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, commissioner of the Atlantic Sun Conference, executive director of the Independence Bowl, athletic director at Louisiana Tech University, commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference, president of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association, and associate athletic director at Florida Atlantic University.

Vanatta was a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, which presents the Lou Groza Award to the nation’s top placekicker.

He died in Melbourne, Florida.

Bob Vanatta passed away at 98 years old.

Bob Vanatta, considered by many to be the coach who first put University of Memphis basketball in the national spotlight, died Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. Vanatta was 98.

When Vanatta accepted the then-Memphis State head coaching job in 1956 — after two seasons at Bradley — he led the Tigers to a 24-6 record, which included upset wins over No. 3 Louisville and No. 20 Western Kentucky and a trip to the National Invitational Tournament finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the championship game of the NIT, a prestigious event in the 1950s, the Tigers dropped a one-point decision to Vanatta’s former school, Bradley.

When the Tigers returned home from the NIT, several thousand fans greeted them at the airport, including Elvis Presley, who had routinely attended practices at the Field House during the season.

“I think you can look back and say Memphis basketball came of age when he took them to the NIT finals,” said Memphian Allie Prescott, a longtime community leader and former president and general manager of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. “He really put the program on the map.”

Prescott, as a 10-year-old, attended the NIT championship game with his mother and uncle, Dr. Clifton Woolley, who was a team doctor for the Tigers.

“Bob was a class act,” Prescott said. “In all circles, he was well-respected and he was well-respected in the coaching fraternity.”

In Vanatta’s six seasons as the Tigers’ coach, the team went 109-34, returning to the NIT in 1959-60 and 1960-61, but failing to reach the finals again. In Vanatta’s last season at Memphis in 1961-62, the Tigers went 15-7 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. He accepted the head coaching job at Missouri after the season and spent five years in Columbia.

“I’ll miss him, he was like a father to me,” said Don Duckworth, the former basketball coach at Rhodes College who played for Vanatta at Southwest Missouri State in the early 1950s. Duckworth also served as a graduate assistant on Vanatta’s first Tiger basketball team and said he remembers the stories about how the 1957 NIT team captured the city’s attention.

“Policeman said when the game was being played on television — all those black-and-white sets back then — that there was no traffic on the streets because everybody was watching the basketball game,” Duckworth said. “I think that team was instrumental in not only getting Tiger basketball on the map, but I think it led to emphasizing football, too.”

Three years after the NIT run, Tiger football began a four-year stretch in which it went 33-5-1.

Vanatta’s son, Tim, who also lives in Melbourne, said his father had battled kidney and heart problems “for a long time.”

Tim said being in Memphis represented “a very special part of my life” from the success in basketball to the meetings with Elvis. The Vanattas lived on campus the first few years.

“Elvis came to practice all the time,” he said. “I met Elvis when I was a little boy. He and Orby (Arnold, a player on the 1957 team) were good friends. They’d go to the Mid-South Fair and win a bunch of teddy bears and come back to the dorm and I’d get to go out and get my pick of the teddy bears in Orby’s trunk.”

Bob Vanatta, inducted into the school’s M Club Hall of Fame in 1989, had a lengthy and memorable career in athletics as a basketball coach and administrator. As basketball coach at Army during the 1953-54 season, he also was an assistant football coach, working on the same staff as another assistant: offensive line coach Vince Lombardi.

After a coaching career that included back-to-back NAIA national titles at Missouri State in the early 1950s, Vanatta served as athletic director at Oral Roberts University and Louisiana Tech and commissioner of several conferences, including the Ohio Valley and Atlantic Sun. He also spent time as executive director of the Independence Bowl.


Published Thursday, October 26, 2016

Billy Ray Perkins, 80, of Columbia passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral services following. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Billy was born on Feb. 28, 1936, in Wilton, the son of the late William and Laura (Nichols) Perkins. On Aug. 2, 1992, he was united in marriage to Sherry (Jones) Perkins. Billy was a homebuilder, worked in street construction and owned Billy’s General Store and Billy’s Joint Sealing LLC. He was a member of McCredie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, playing pitch, visiting with his customers and friends, trips to Branson and candy.

Survivors include Billy’s wife, Sherry; son, Bruce (Cheryl) Perkins; grandchildren, Weston (Tera) Perkins and Meredith (Jeremy) Craig; great-grandchildren, Jacoby Craig, Waylon Perkins and Quin Marie Perkins; and sister, Erma Bennet.

Memorials may be made to McCredie United Methodist Church, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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

Published Monday, October 31, 2016

Sylvia A. Bradfield, 74, of Columbia passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at home.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Memorial Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Sylvia was born Jan. 5, 1942, in Columbia, the daughter of Leo William and Mary Ann (Faris) Roberts. She was married July 7, 1963, to Roy T. Bradfield, who preceded her in death July 28, 1995.

She worked at the University of Missouri for 27 years. After retirement, she spent her time volunteering for the Missouri State Historical Society, Missouri Honor Flight and Columbia Visitors’ Center. She was especially passionate about researching genealogy and caring for her two fur babies. Sylvia was well liked by so many people she met throughout her life, and she will be missed.

Survivors include two sons, Brian Bradfield (Katie) of Fayette and Brett Bradfield (Cristy) of Edinburg, Texas; one sister, Nancy Seiler (John) of Columbia; three grandchildren, Matthew Bradfield, Madalyn Bradfield and Olivia Bradfield; and her father, Leo Roberts of Columbia.

She also was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ann Roberts.

Memorials can be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight Program, 625 Cherry St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

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

Published Wednesday, November 2,, 2016

Jeriel Kent Kurtz, 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Mo., after an 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St. in Columbia, followed by a reception at the church. A private burial will be held prior to the memorial service.

He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Columbia, the youngest of six children to Grace (Brady) and Earl Nicholas Kurtz.

Kent began his love of sports early on, shooting marbles and playing stickball. That love evolved into football, basketball and baseball — his favorite. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia, where he played basketball and was quarterback of the Kewpie football team.

After graduating from Hickman in 1948, Kent pledged the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1953, a master’s degree in 1958 and a doctorate in 1989. He excelled as a second baseman for the Tiger baseball team, earning third team All-American in 1952.

Drafted by the New York Yankees, he progressed to their AAA minor league team — the Kansas City Blues. His baseball career was put on hold while he served two years as a U.S. Air Force special services officer (captain) at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, Minn.

Returning from active duty, he met his future bride, Paula Oviatt, and they were married Aug. 24, 1956, in Kansas City. Thus began a long and productive life as a devoted husband and father. Kent’s greatest joys in life were his family, friends, cheering for the Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals and playing golf.

The majority of his 35-year professional career was with Columbia Public Schools as a teacher, coach, principal of West Junior High School and the first district athletic director. In 2003, he was inducted into the Columbia Public Schools Hall of Leaders. He ended his career and retired as the associate director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Throughout his working life, Kent showed his love of sports by officiating football and basketball at the high school and college levels, including many years as a Big 8 basketball referee. He also took a leadership role in rule interpretation and referee evaluation at both levels.

As a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Columbia, Kent served as a deacon, elder and chairman of the administrative board.

Kent is survived by his wife, Paula; son, Brian Kent Kurtz (Teri) of Kansas City; daughters, Kim Kurtz Burzinski (Joe) of St. Louis, Kristan Lynn Kurtz of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kelly Elizabeth Kurtz of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Ruth Portell of Mission, Kan.; grandchildren, Christopher Brian Kurtz, Katherine Rose Kurtz, Brady Kent Kurtz, Joseph Kent Burzinski and Grace Margaret Burzinski; cousin, Bert Brady (Marty); brother in-law, Jim McMillan; sisters-in-law, Sue McMillan and Marsha Cole; and dear nieces and nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene; and sisters, Kay Ogden Leonard, Grace Garrison and Phyllis Wood.

Special thanks to friends, support groups, the staff at the Missouri Veterans’ Home, Mary Reams, Lynne Hillis and Hospice Compassus for helping him and the family during the journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201; the Missouri Veterans’ Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Mo., 65235; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Condolences can be left on Kent Kurtz’s online guest book at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Friday, November 11, 2016

Richard P. Starke, 68, of Columbia passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

As per Richard’s request, no services will be held.

Richard was born Jan. 27, 1948.

He was a 1966 graduate of Hickman and worked for Gerbes for 38 years.

He is survived by his son, Ryan Starke, of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Jessie (Turner) Starke; and a son, Robert Starke.

Condolences can be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Friday, November 25, 2016

Kevin Scott Earnest, 54, of Columbia passed away on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Springfield after a battle with liver failure.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, at Reichmann Pavilion, 2300 E. Walnut St., Columbia with Guy Hulen of Columbia officiating.

Kevin was born in Kansas City to Harold and Deanne Earnest on May 17, 1962. Growing up, he built forts and defended them with his trusty cap gun. Later, in that same spirit, he and his lifelong friends built a four-story mansion of a treehouse.

Kevin attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1980. He went on to earn a degree in pharmacy from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1987. While at UMKC he was a member of Rho Chi, pharmaceutical honor society, and Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity. He was awarded Outstanding Senior Student 1987 in the school of pharmacy, UMKC.

He worked as a pharmacist for Gem Drug Co., the family business, and for University Hospital.

In addition to these, he worked at multiple pharmacies, often three or four at one time.

He enjoyed teaching others, buying, selling and driving cars as well as art and writing.

He received numerous awards, honors, and academic achievements in addition to those mentioned. Kev always felt that bringing his daughters into the world was his greatest honor.

While working at University Hospital, Kev was set up on a blind date with Robin Henderson, who later became his wife on June 13, 1996. She remembers him at that time as charismatic, passionate about his work, the guy that would do anything for his group of lifelong friends who were more like brothers to him, and (early on) as a loving husband and father who forgave easily. They later divorced in large part because of the wake of destruction addiction leaves behind. In deep conversations he would admit that despite pain and frustration following divorce “I’d marry her again in a heartbeat; I love her.”

In the autobiography that he was working on, he talked about the influence of drugs and alcohol in his life. He stated that “you choose your own path even with genetic markers and outside influences.” During his last weeks with us his motto became “don’t be me, my life academically and professionally was stellar, but my personal life was a complete mess.”

Together with Robin Henderson Earnest, bringing each of his daughters into the world was what Kev considered his life’s purpose. He was in awe of each of them as they have grown into phenomenal young women. Kev often said that he would endure every difficult and painful experience again without question if it meant that even a single change in his life along the way might create a ripple effect taking him down a path that resulted in his missing the opportunity to become their Dad.

Survivors include Kevin’s daughters, Natalie, “Sweet Pea”, 19, and Rae Ann, “Rae Rae”, 15, of Washington, Iowa; sister, Jana Wilson (Paxton) of Springfield; brother, Bradley Earnest (Kimberly) of Columbia; uncle, Leonard “Earnie” Earnest (Marilyn) of O’Fallon; aunt, Nell Earnest of Harrison, Ark.; uncle, Ron Crouse (Sue) of Columbia and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kev is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Deanne Earnest; paternal grandparents, Harley and Marie Earnest; maternal grandparents, James and Mildred Crouse; aunt Julie Schaller and uncle Randall Earnest

The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation for Kev’s cousin, Larry Schaller of Sedalia, and his indispensable help physically and mentally along with his incredible emotional support during the last six months of Kev’s life. This helped make it possible to provide care for Kev at home with family care instead of facility admission or agency assistance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to his daughter's college funds, contact Robin Earnest, 1004 E. Tyler, Washington, Iowa, 52353 or Jana Earnest Wilson, 2156 S Luster Ave, Springfield, Mo., 65804.

Published Sunday, November 19, 2016

Sarah E. Young, 86, felt God’s welcoming arms on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at First Baptist Church, 100 W. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64114. Women are invited to wear hats. A reception will follow the service.

Sarah was born June 23, 1930, in Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1948 and the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1952.

She and John Edwin Young were married Aug. 2, 1952, and they moved to Kansas City.

She was active in the Friends of the Library board at UMC, KC-SM Tri-Delta Alumnae Chapter, First Baptist Church, Girl Scouts, Church Women United, Tri Psi, People to People and PTA, and she enjoyed the KC Repertory Theatre and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

She was employed by the Kansas City school district as a parent educator for 15 years.

Sarah leaves behind her five children, Kathie Manda (Gil), Laurie Tourtellot (Nick), Julie Law (Stan), Greg Young (Eileen) and Chris Young (Stacie); grandchildren, Will (Susan), Jay (Whitney), Sarah (John Halcomb) and Frank (Kirsten) Manda, David and John Tourtellot, Brad Law, Jill Young Reilly (Ryan), Catharine and Emily Young, and Abbie and Maddie Young; and great-grandchildren, Gary, Fritz, Luke, Hank and Walt Manda, Etta Kate, Matilda, Margaret and Trudy Manda, and George Halcomb. She was a steadfast friend to many.

She was predeceased by and joined in heaven her beloved husband, John; parents, Elizabeth Millsap Minter and William Francis English; and sisters, Carolyn Frances Roderick and Elizabeth Ann Orthwein.

For those who would like, memorial contributions can be made to the Haitian Student Fund at First Baptist Church; the University of Missouri-Columbia (Friends of the Library), 104 Ellis Library, Columbia, Mo., 65211; or to the charity of your choice.

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2016

Ronald F. Braselton, 65, of Columbia passed away peacefully Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2016.

A gathering for Ron’s family and friends is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at his home.

Ron was born Oct. 13, 1951, in Columbia.

Ron continued to be a loyal fan of the Hickman High School Kewpies and the University of Missouri Tigers through his adulthood. Ron’s early career was in the grocery business for K-Mart and Safeway. Ron found his calling, however, when Don Albert hired him to work for Albert Buick-Honda-GMC more than 30 years ago. Ron never forgot a name and never stopped making new friends.

Survivors include his brother, Gene Braselton of Nixa; two daughters, Penny Braselton of Harrisburg and Wendy Isaacs of Concord, Calif.; four grandchildren, Sophie and Jonah Isaacs, Cece Higgins, and James Palmer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Fred William and Helen Shaw Braselton; and his sister, Jacqueline Nadine Braselton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Ron’s memory: donatetomu.missouri.edu/CMN.

Published Monday, November 14, 2016

James Martin Shemwell, 80, of Mexico, Mo., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Arnold Funeral Home, with a Masonic Lodge service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Mexico United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karen Taylor officiating. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

James Martin Shemwell was born May 1, 1936, in Boonville, to Bishop Wilson and Gussie Lee (Finnell) Shemwell. The family moved to Columbia in 1940.

James married Eleanor N. Hindman on Aug. 4, 1961, in Charleroi, Pa. Two sons and one daughter were born to this marriage, Ted W. Shemwell of Clinton, Iowa, Timothy Shemwell of Palmyra and Traci Standifer of Monroe City. Eleanor preceded him in death Nov. 19, 2004. Jim married Barbara Wilson in April 2006, and she survives of the home.

Jim was educated in Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Hickman High School in 1954. He then served for three years in the U.S. Army in Germany and returned after service to attend and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in 1962. From 1962 to 1970, Jim worked in industry as a production supervisor for Ford Motor Company, Olin Mathieson Chemical Company and Corning Glass Works.

In 1969, James felt the call to ministry, and he entered the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1970. He graduated with a master’s of divinity degree in 1973. He received his license to preach May 1, 1970. During his seminary days, he served several local churches in the Louisville, Ky., area, including Beard Street, Trinity Temple and West-Point Hillview. Late in 1973, the family moved to the Missouri East Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and served the following churches: Cabool, Shelbina-Hunnewell, Clayton, Perryville-York Chapel, Fenton and Mexico United Methodist. He retired July 1, 2001, and remained in Mexico after retirement.

Rev. Shemwell was active in the Masonic Lodge and served as worshipful master of the Perryville Lodge No. 670 AF & AM, and was a 32nd degree Scottish rite mason. He also served as a grand chaplain for the Grand Lodge AF & AM of Missouri. As he moved from one church to another, he remained a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and a board member of Crime Stoppers. He served as a law enforcement officer in two states and served as chaplain for four different law enforcement organizations. He served 10 years as a volunteer fire fighter in West Point, Ky., and Cabool and Perryville. A year before his retirement, he became a chaplain for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Rev. Shemwell is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; two sons and a daughter; four grandchildren, Grace Shemwell, James Mitchell Shemwell, Gussie Lee Shemwell and Keller Christine Shemwell; a stepson, Tom Wilson; and three step-grandchildren, Allison Wilson, Ian Wilson and Nick Conrad.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mexico United Methodist Church or the Mexico Veterans’ Home staff development fund, in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, Mo., 65265.

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

Submitted 2017-02-16 by Jack's sister Iris Price, 1960 Kewpie


Jack Shettlesworth

Jack was born January 28, 1940 and passed away November 18, 2016. He graduated from Hickman High in 1958 and the University of Missouri in 1963.

Jack is survived by his fiancee, Julie Conrad and two children, Mark Shettlesworth and Amy Deckter, 3 grandchildren, a sister, Iris Price and several nieces and nephews.

Jack lived in Tucson, Arizona and was in the Kentucky Fried Chicken business for many years but always maintained a home in Columbia and loved coming back to see old friends and attend University of Missouri football games and Sigma Chi events.

Published Tuesday, November 22, 2016

David Royer Wilkerson Sr., 79, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St. in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. With respect to Thanksgiving travel, a celebration of David’s life will be announced at a later date for family and friends.

David was born on July 29, 1937, in Columbia, the son of Royer K. and Louise (Bishop) Wilkerson, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a 1955 graduate of Hickman High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Missouri. He was an Eagle Scout and a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. David served in the National Guard, where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. One of the highlights of his service was that he was a guard for President Eisenhower’s plane as it sat on the tarmac.

Over a more than 40-year career, he was a co-owner of Wilkerson Nursery, and owned and operated Wilkerson Landscape Design. He was a builder and developer throughout Mid-Missouri. He served as president of the Missouri Association of Nurserymen. He was a big fan of Mizzou Athletics, having seats at football and basketball games for over 50 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and poker games with his group of lifelong friends. He was an avid collector of antiques and automobiles. David always had his dog by his side. He enjoyed time with his family and travel.

Survivors include Ann Slay; his children, Lisa Smith (Hugh) of Centennial, Colo., David Wilkerson Jr., of Columbia, Grant Matthew Wilkerson (Nancy) of Leawood, Kan., Sarah Slay-Norden (Brett) of Columbia, Susan Slay of Columbia, Synthia Slay-Wendell (Jeremiah) of Silverthorne, Colo., and Stephanie Slay of Columbia; his grandchildren, Lauren McIntyre (Xavier), Mitchell Fisher, Carter Smith, Margaret and Cecelia Wilkerson, Crew, Cole and Carlisle Norden, and James Wendell; brother, Kenneth Lee Wilkerson (Jo Anne) of Columbia; aunt, Anna Blanche Murrell; and several very special nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, David was preceded in death by his stepmother, Juanita (Branstetter) Wilkerson; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Jack Webster; and grandson, Lucas David Fisher.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to JDRF (Diabetic Foundation), 6501 S. Sabine Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65203. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Bluffs for their loving care of David the last few years.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash Street, Columbia, Mo., 65203; (573) 449-4153.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published Friday, November 25, 2016

Kathleen Anne Hunker, 65, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Forum Christian Church in Columbia, with memorial services following.

Kathy was born March 7, 1951.

Survivors include Kathy’s sisters, Dian Pauley and Susan Young.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Patricia Hunker.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, 65201.

Published by Shepard Funeral Chapel, Saint Louis MO

Mary Ruth Gollaher (nee Claywell), age 90 of St. John, MO, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, November 27, 2016. She was born on Thursday, December 24, 1925 in Winchester, IL, the daughter of the late Charles Claywell and Flossie (nee Harrison) Easley.

She was the beloved wife for 61 years of the late Joseph P. Gollaher; dearest mother of Joseph Wayne (Carol) Gollaher; cherished grandmother of Diane Gollaher, Denise (Jon) Koch and Darlene (Matt) Tilley; dear sister of Joan Johnson, Howard "Buddy" Easley and the late Thelma Hooks, Ruby Carey, Grace Dolan and Roy Easley; our uncle, cousin and friend.

Mary worked many jobs during her life, retiring from Wagner Electric. She was a faithful member of Fee Fee Baptist Church.

Services: Visitation at SHEPARD FUNERAL CHAPEL, 9255 Natural Bridge Road at I-170, St. Louis, MO (314-426-6000) on Friday, December 2 from 4:00 until 8:00pm. Funeral Service also at SHEPARD FUNERAL CHAPEL on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 10:30am. Burial follows at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 11101 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO.

Memorials: Mary's family appreciates memorial donations to Fee Fee Baptist Church, 11330 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044.

Mary Gollaher was born Mary Claywell on Christmas Eve in 1925 in Winchester, Illinois. She grew up in a community that was still somewhat rural. She did farm work as a child and went to school in a one-room school house. She worked hard and dealt with the realities of the world – laboring to earn a living, life and death, even in her childhood.

She stayed in Winchester most of her elementary and high school years. Halfway through high school, she moved to Columbia, Missouri and graduated a Hickman Kewpie in 1943. That same year she married her classmate, Joseph Proctor Gollaher, also from the 1943 class.

Her husband served in the midst of the fighting in World War II. She also joined the war effort, making 40 mm shells in a defense plant. A few years later, she and her new husband moved to St. Louis. After a few shorter-term jobs, she joined Wagner Electric, doing factory work such as winding motors. She would work at Wagner 23 years, well into her 50s.

She would work a dozen jobs throughout her life. Most of her jobs involved demanding physical labor and sometimes long hours. She was never afraid of hard work.

In 1949, her only child, Joseph Wayne Gollaher, was born. She was a loving mother, giving her son lots of room to discover the world, but reminding him of the values of kindness and respect when he would wander and get into tiffs with neighborhood children.

He learned the lessons she taught and became a faithful son that she loved and was proud of.

Mary Gollaher bought a house in St. John, Missouri and lived there over 60 years. Various pets resided there for periods of time. Relatives would come to visit. Friends and grandchildren would spend time with her there. That home became a center of her world. She cared for her husband there. She remained there, strong and independent, until almost the end of her life.

Those who knew Mary could say many wonderful things about her. The first thing they would say was how generous and welcoming she was. No one could come to visit her without being offered a cookie, a soda, some candy and a cookie again. She wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The second thing they might say is how much she loved her family: loved spending time with them, always took time to write them letters, to call them, treasured their pictures and momentos.

The third thing they might say is how much she loved the St. Louis cardinals. She watched every game. She even kept score.

Those who knew her might also throw in that she was stubborn, determined, sometimes too blunt. If you wanted to know what she thought, she would tell you.

Mary died November 27th 2016, surrounded by her family who love her. She was almost 91. She will be missed but not forgotten. The times spend with her, the values of loyalty and faithfulness, live on in her siblings, her nieces and nephews, her son and her grandchildren. Her legacy will continue.

Published Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dale Lee Chrisman, 63, of Columbia, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2016, as a result of a stroke.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Memorial Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m.

Dale, son of Lucille and David, was born Dec. 4, 1952, in Columbia, graduated from Hickman High School and served three years in the U.S. Army.

He returned from the service to work with his father and grandfather in the carpet cleaning and upholstery business and most recently was employed by HyVee as a maintenance and delivery driver.

He was married to Sherri Henke of Salisbury for 31 years and they have two sons, Douglas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who is a personal chef in Washington, D.C., and Greg, a University of Missouri graduate who is a flight attendant with United Airlines.

Dale’s greatest treasure and joy was his family, especially his two sons, and he instilled in them his values of hard work, thoroughness in any job undertaken and a love of all people. This man, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, friend, musician and “Morel Marauder,” will be deeply missed forever.

At 16, he joined his brother Bill’s band, The Coachmen, playing bass guitar, and continued playing with groups such as Woodrose. Music was in his blood, and blues and the Allman Brothers could be heard whenever he was near a radio or CD player. He was in the process of putting together a new band with old friends Bill Jenkins and Steve Pass. When he wasn’t at work or playing his bass, he was in the woods almost every day in the spring, looking for morels, always giving away his finds to friends and neighbors — always a generous and caring man.

Anyone who knew him will attest to the twinkle in his eye, his big smile and his desire to make everyone feel special. If he wasn’t repairing or building shelves at HyVee, he was putting a light fixture up at his father’s or raking leaves at sister Lori’s.

He is survived by his wife, Sherri; his sons, Douglas and Greg; his father, David of Columbia; his brother, Bill of Traverse City, Mich.; and his sister, Lori of Columbia.

Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Gertrude Chrisman; and maternal grandparents, Bill and Edna Duren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Monday, December 5, 2016

Richard Louis Johnson, 70, of Joplin passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Park Plaza Christian Church, with Pastor B.A. Austin officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Richard was born April 20, 1946, in Columbia, son of the late Richard Hamilton Johnson and Ruth Miller Byers Johnson.

He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era with the Navy Fighter Squadron VF-92 aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in 1966 to 1967. Richard moved to Joplin in 1976 and worked for First State Bank in the credit department and collections from 1997 until his retirement in 2008.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judy Johnson; daughters, Jennifer Johnson of Denver, Colo., and Rebecca Johnson of Joplin; and grandchildren, Ethan, William, Eli and Chloe, all of Joplin.

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Doris Elaine Shannon, 79, of Columbia passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, peacefully at the home she shared with her loving husband of 56 years, Ron.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Columbia.

Doris was born Sept. 21, 1937, in Woodlandville to Ila Laurine Daly Epperson and James Ray Epperson. One of five siblings, Doris also had a twin sister who, unfortunately, did not survive birth. At age 5, her family moved to Columbia, where Doris graduated from Hickman High School. She was proud to be a lifelong Kewpie. She continued her education and received an associate’s degree from Christian College.

After many years residing in Iowa, St. Louis and Tennessee, Doris and Ron returned to Columbia to stay in 1995. Doris was excited to be back home, once again close to longtime friends and family. She loved playing cards. Bridge with friends and spades with family were two of her favorite ways to spend time.

Survivors include Doris’ husband, Ron; daughter, Kris; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Lee; sister, Betty Conner; sisters-in law, Joyce Epperson and Ora Lee Epperson; many nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and many other family and friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Laurine and Ray Epperson; brothers, James Epperson and Bob Epperson; and sister, Anna Belle Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, Decemeber 7, 2016

Tracey E. Bradley-Williams, 43, of Columbia passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with a visitation from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

Tracey was born July 5, 1973, the daughter of Harold ”Rusty” and Deborah Bradley. On June 9, 2012, she was united in marriage to Randolph Williams Jr., who survives at home.

Survivors include Tracey’s husband; children, Joselynn Lashea Bradley of Ocean City, Md., DeAndre’ Phillip Harris and DeMarcus Alozo Harris of the home; sister, Kelley L. Moore and husband Ralph; sister-in-law, Jasmine Harris; father-in-law, Randolph Williams Sr.; stepmother-in-law, Gloria Williams; and mother-in-law, Curlita Fountain.

Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 15, 2017

Henry "Hank" Marvin Belden III, 72, died December 2, 2016. Hank was born in Orlando, FL on July 19, 1944. While Hank's hospitality career and adventurous spirit took him across the globe, he was a true Floridian and an active member of the Ormond Beach community for over 40 years.

Hank began his storied life in hospitality at age 16, working as a busboy, dishwasher, and bar back at the Fort Myers Holiday Inn. Hank attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland. While it's reported he rarely saw the inside of a classroom, his exploits at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are the stuff of legend. After graduating with a business degree, Hank pursued advanced degrees in business and law at the University of Missouri before heeding the call of hospitality once again, this time in Hawaii.

Good fortune smiled upon Hank throughout his life, and so it was that-upon arriving on the islands without a job-Hank spotted a familiar SAE pin on the jacket of a hotel manager, who turned out not only to be a fraternity brother, but a fellow Florida Southern graduate named John Applegate. John hired Hank on the spot, beginning a lifelong friendship and business partnership. The rest is history. Hank operated hotels, restaurants, and bars throughout the world-from Hawaii, to Australia, to California-eventually returning to Florida to manage Daytona Beach's Beachcomber and Treasure Island Inns, and open several much-loved restaurants of his own: The Key West Trader Bar & Grill, Marker 32 on the River, and HB's Food and Spirits.

Upon retiring from day-to-day management in 1998, Hank continued to serve Florida's hospitality needs with his Hospitality Training program, a feeder of passionate, service-oriented talent into local bars and restaurants, and The Caterers, a high-quality catering outfit serving the Speedway and others. Hank served two terms as President of his local Florida Restaurant Association chapter, served on the Board of Directors for his local American Cancer Society chapter and the Ormond Beach Main Street association, chaired committees for the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and Greater Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, was a long-time youth mentor for the Department of Juvenile Justice of Volusia County, and a volunteer for the Halifax Humane Society and United Way.

Hank lost his beloved wife, Christine, to cancer in 1996, but felt her presence daily as her urn lay beneath the beautiful oak tree they enjoyed on the grounds of their sprawling Ormond Beach home. Hank is survived by his sister, Georgiana B. Barker, and his nephew, Mark V. Barker III, and is remembered fondly by countless cherished friends from around the world.

A celebration of Hank's life will be held next Saturday, January 21st, at 1PM. Please call Jack Watson for details, (386)-679-1925.

Provided by Robert Martin, Class of '55

Dr. Beverly J. Crabtree, 79, formerly of Ames, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2016 at the Manor at Elfindale, in Springfield, MO after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born June 22, 1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Wayne and Frances Deles Dernier. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri in 1955. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1959 and 1962 with a major in Home Economics Education. Bev completed her Ph.D at Iowa State University with a major in Home Economics Education and minors in Sociology and Statistics. She met R. Jewell Crabtree while an undergraduate at the University of Missouri and they were married June 1, 1958.

Dr. Crabtree began her career as a high school home economics teacher in southwest Missouri. In 1964 she went on to become a faculty member at Michigan State University. She moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1967 as the Chair of the Home Economics Education Department and later served as the Associate Dean of Extension for the College of Home Economics. She assumed the position of Dean of the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University in 1975 and served for 12 years. In 1987, Bev accepted the position of Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University and retired there in 1997. Throughout her career Dr. Crabtree belonged to numerous professional, honorary and local civic organizations and served in a variety of leadership roles.

After her retirement, Beverly and Jewell had the good fortune to travel extensively in the US and abroad. Beverly was an avid reader and played a mean game of Scrabble and Pitch. She also adored her five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father. Bev is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jewell Crabtree; son, Greg Crabtree and wife Ursula; daughter Karen Kunkel and husband Allen; grandchildren Annelisa and Amelia Crabtree and Logan, Braden and Eden Kunkel; her brother, LeRoy Deles Dernier and wife Ruth, and sister, Marilyn Hunter and husband Paul, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was loved deeply and will be greatly missed.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home, 1418 Fawcett Parkway, Nevada, IA. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Nevada First United Methodist Church, 1036 7th Street, Nevada, IA with interment immediately following.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Beverly and R. Jewell Crabtree Scholarship in care of the Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Boulevard, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, IA 50010-2230.

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sharon Ann (Kohl) Graham, 63, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory.

A celebration of life service will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 25, 1953, in Lake City, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Richard and Irene Lucille Kohl.

She was married to Richard Graham on Sept. 8, 1984, in Columbia. He survives of the home.

She was a 1971 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia. She loved dogs, horses and people.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years; mother, Irene Kohl of Columbia; son, Robert Graham of Birmingham, Ala.; and brother, Don Kohl of St. Peters.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kohl.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203. 573-449-4153. Condolences can be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published Sunday, December 18, 2016

Carl Bennett Smith, 69, of Columbia passed away Dec. 7, 2016, after battling cancer for more than two years.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 21, with reception following at Rockbridge Church of God. Carl will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and will receive full military honors with a squad of active-duty Marines.

Carl lived in Boone County most of his life as did his father, Jim Carl Smith, his grandfather, Tom Brownlee Smith, his great-grandfather, Jim Smith, and his great-great-grandfather, Jesse Moon.

Carl was born Nov. 22, 1947, to Jim Carl Smith and Vera G. (Bennett) Smith in Columbia. He attended Columbia Public Schools and graduated from Hickman High School in 1965. In 1966, while a student at the University of Missouri, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the height of the Vietnam War. He served a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam with Marine Corps infantry companies as a field radio operator and was in one of the harshest battles of the war, the battle of Hue. He served on active and reserve duty for six years. He received numerous combat decorations including a Presidential Unit Commendation, two South Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses, Combat Infantry badges and numerous awards. He received the Purple Heart award for wounds received in action against enemy forces during Operation Auburn. He always said he was proud to know the men he served with; he called them heroes.

Carl was an insurance adjustor and later a residential/commercial construction contractor in Columbia.

Carl was a member of the American Legion, the Military Assistance League of Columbia, a life member of the Marine Corps League and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was also a member of the Crone’s Club of New Orleans. He enjoyed his morning coffee club where he said he learned many things from engineers, businessmen, professors and ministers, but he said he could never determine which things he heard were fact or fiction. This was fine, as he could give as good as he got.

He was proud of his Cherokee heritage and kept his medicine bag close at hand. He enjoyed his many friends and business partners immensely. He also enjoyed flower gardening, MU football and just walking. He enjoyed watching Ben play baseball and all the after-school conversations with Ian.

Survivors include his best friend and love of his life, Ann Beasley of the home; two sons, Benjamin Michael Whitehorse Smith (“Ben Boy”) and Ian Thomas Walker Smith (“Little Buck”) of the home; older children from previous marriages, Lisa Kay Schnipke (Bill), Matthew Smith, Amber Roberts (Scotty); two grandchildren, Maddie and Dalton Roberts and “brother” Michael Barnes of New Orleans.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Carl and Vera Smith, and mother-in-law Freda Beasley of Columbia.

Semper Fidelis (always faithful), Carl.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Carl’s honor to Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 1-C, Box 334, Columbia, Mo., 65203. www.central missourihonorflight.com.

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

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

George Lee Day, 67, of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Parker-Millard Funeral Services with services at 1 p.m. and burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery.

George was born Jan. 2, 1949, the son of Harry Day and Eva Mae (Lee) Day.

On June 6, 1975, he married Margie Lou Muse, who has passed.

He leaves behind his children, George Day (Candace), Jim Day (Kristen), Ross Day and Candy Green (Christopher); 10 grandchildren; and sister, Wanda Barnes.

Arrangements are under that direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia. Condolences can be left online for the family at www.parker millard.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family.


Published Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jacqueline Pierce, 83, of Centralia was surrounded by her family as she went home to receive her angel wings on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Columbia.

Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Bus. Loop 70 W., with the funeral service at 3 p.m.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jacqueline was born in Boone County to E. Glenn and Lena Schmidt Whitesides.

She attended Hickman High School, and on Sept. 26, 1950, she married Eugene T. Pierce in Columbia.

She and their children traveled around the world with Gene while he served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. She and Gene returned to Boone County in 1972 and worked together at the University of Missouri, where she became known as the “Pool Lady” at McKee Gym. She enjoyed reading and keeping up with game shows and soap operas. She had lots of very close friends and was a kind-hearted woman. Everyone was family to her.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Susan) Pierce, Eugene Jr. (Tom) Pierce, Stephen Pierce and Jeffrey Pierce, all of Centralia; daughter, Janis (Bill) Callihan of Linton, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; siblings Larry (Connie) Whitesides, Kenneth Whitesides, Dorothy (Walter) Sorrels and Brenda Kay Matney, all of Columbia, and Gwen (Billy Ray) Turner of Moberly; and by her boxer, Rocky.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; brothers, Donald and Bobby Whitesides; and her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 5054 Monticello Road, Jefferson City, Mo., 65109.

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

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Maudie Genevieve O’Neal, 83, of Hartsburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Genevieve was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Boone County to Julius Bradford and Sarah Ann Richardson Crane. She was a graduate of Hickman High School.

On June 4, 1949, she married Harold Lloyd O’Neal in Boone County. She often volunteered at the Food Pantry, and she was an excellent homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She especially loved her great-grandchildren. Genevieve enjoyed playing cards and traveling to Branson with her husband, but she was famous for her homemade apple dumplings. She had been a member of the Legion Auxiliary in Hartsburg and, later in her life, always was working on puzzles and reading a good book.

Survivors include Genevieve’s daughter, Elizabeth Cross of Columbia; brother, Luther Crane of Columbia; grandchildren, Jeremiah Cross of Columbia, Jennifer (David) Hasegawa of St. Louis, Jason (Sarah) Thomas of Hartsburg and Stephanie Cross of Lee’s Summitt; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Henry Hasegawa, Owen and Blake Thomas and Devon and Jette Cross; and several nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; daughter, Shirley Thomas; brothers, Bradford Crane and James Crane; sons-in-law, Bill Cross and John Thomas; and her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017

June M. Haseman, 94, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at the Arbors at Colony Point with her daughter, Carol, by her side.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., in Columbia.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1922, in Columbia, the second daughter of Buell and Anna (McKenzie) Million.

She graduated from Hickman High School and Christian — now Columbia — College.

She was married July 2, 1942, to 2nd Lt. Wilber C. Haseman in Columbia. They raised their five children beginning in Pinehurst, N.C., at the 17th Airborne base. After the war, they went on to Harvard University, Syracuse University, a Fulbright year abroad in Turku, Finland and finally back to Columbia, where her husband was a professor of accounting at the University of Missouri.

She was an excellent homemaker, and an attentive and loving mother and wife. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and travelling, and was a shrewd bridge player and talented artist. These skills and interests live on in her children.

Survivors include her sons, Leonard (Judy) Haseman of Eagan, Minn., Robert (Brenda) Haseman of Helena, Mont., Richard (Nancy) Haseman of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Diane (John) Rademacher of Chiloquin, Ore., and Carol (Jim) Roller of Columbia; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Gwen Meyer, and her husband, Wilber.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Haseman Preaching and Lecture Series at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia.

Published Sunday, December 25, 2016

Anthony Quinn Lopez, 46, of Columbia passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel in Columbia, with a celebration of life at 3 p.m.

Anthony was born July 10, 1970, on a U.S. Army base in Neubrücke, Germany, to Joseph Lopez and Elizabeth Daugsch Lopez.

He was a 1988 graduate of Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri.

On June 14, 1997, he married Lindsay Young and they were blessed with two beautiful children, Bennett and Kathryn. Anthony was a manufacturer’s representative and sales manager in the hunting industry for 25 years. He was annually named a top performer for his company, Hudalla Associates, and was well-respected nationally in his field. When he wasn’t with his family, Anthony was happiest working on the farm, sitting in a tree stand or in a duck blind with his faithful dog, Scout.

Anthony is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lindsay Young Lopez; children Bennett and Kathryn; parents-in-law Robert and Marilyn Young; brother-in-law Rob Young and wife Nan of Fayette; sister-in-law Mindy Young of Columbia; and numerous friends whom he considered family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two older brothers, Trin and Hans.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lopez College Fund, Central Bank of Boone County, c/o Relationship Banking, P.O. Box 678, Columbia, Mo., 65205.

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

Published Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Suzanne C. “Suzi” Davis, 77, of Lexington passed away at 10:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Her visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill. An additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Columbia, with a service and burial to follow.

Suzi was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Flint, Mich., daughter to Alford L. and Freda D. Vernon Dunscombe.

She married Clay Davis in 1963. He preceded her in death in 1982.

Suzi grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1956. After high school, Suzi attended Stephens College.

She married Clay Davis in 1963 and they moved to Lexington, Ill., in 1967 to open Compass Travel, Bloomington/Normal’s first premier travel company. In 1972, Suzi opened Suzi Davis Travel and later Suzi Davis Travel Careers School. Suzi was a leader for women in business and a past president of the American Business Women’s Association. Suzi sold her business and retired Jan. 1, 2001.

One of Suzi’s great joys, after her kids, was traveling as a group leader with many central Illinoisians. Suzi helped organize and lead some of the first WJBC Great Escapes and later worked with McLean County Bank on their VISA (vacation inspired savings account) program, where again she was able to put unique travel programs together and take people to faraway places around the world. Suzi made many lifelong friends while leading these trips, and it was those relationships and memories that brought laughter and a sense of satisfaction into her life.

Suzi was a great leader and mentor to so many and, as a boss, was loved by all who had the opportunity to work with her. She would always be there, arm in arm with her team, to get the job done together. She never thought of herself as the boss but more as a partner, willing to do whatever it takes to make her clients and her staff successful. The very special people that worked with Suzi, to help create Suzi Davis Travel, are the ones she respected most and were her best friends for life.

Suzi and her family would like to sincerely thank all the great people at Advocate Bromen for their sincere efforts and support throughout Suzi’s illness. Words could never express our appreciation. Thank you!

Suzi was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Suzi wanted to wish all her great friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year. God Bless us all.

Surviving are two sons, Daniel B. (Kelly) Davis of Columbia and Timothy A. (Dawn) Davis of Bloomington, Ill.; a daughter, Tracy E. (Gary) Pitts of Downs, Ill.; a brother, Terry (Vicki) Dunscombe of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren, Dan, Chase, Kelsey, and Dallas Davis, Columbia, Brandi Davis, Orlando, Fla., and Danielle, Lauren and Cole Davis, Bloomington, Ill.; two great-grandsons, Aaron Powers and Cayden Davis; a niece, Terre Ann (Mark) Costley of Monett; and a nephew, Rob (Linda) Dunscombe of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Memorials may be made to Lexington United Methodist Church, Boone Hospital Foundation Dunscombe Cosmetology Room, Columbia, Mo., or the donor’s choice. Please leave online condolences and share any special memories of Suzi at www.kiblerbradyruestman.com.

Published Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Chad Alan Billington, 44, of Gravois Mills passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at his home.

A celebration of Chad’s life will be held at a later date.

He was born March 22, 1972, in Sedalia, a son of Jack and Joann (Zeigler) Billington. Chad graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia.

He worked several years as a bartender for Planet Hollywood in both Chicago and Miami Beach. The past several years, he lived at the lake and worked in marinas as a mechanic and enjoyed boating.

Chad was extremely artistic and was always happiest working with his hands. He left numerous bird houses, wood carvings and Christmas ornaments with his family to cherish.

Growing up in Columbia, Chad played soccer beginning at age 5 and was on several traveling teams. At Hickman High School, he was known for his wicked cross to the center forward.

He will always be remembered for his ironclad memory, quick wit and his heart of gold. He helped neighbors, friends and even strangers when they needed groceries, lawns mowed or repairs made — always thinking of others before himself. He held a special place in his heart for his niece and nephews and loved them very much. He was a precious son, caring brother and loving uncle who will be sorely missed and forever cherished.

Survivors include Chad’s parents, Jack and Joann Billington; brother Mike Billington and wife Susie; brothers Greg Billington and wife Liz; brother Brett Billington; niece Maggie; nephews Porter, Sam and Eliot; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Published by Millard Family Chapels, Inc.

Pauletta Ann Gresham, 68, of Columbia passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016, at University Hospital. She was born on March 5, 1948, in Columbia, the daughter of William Floyd and Anna Mae (Jones) Wilson, both of whom preceded her in death.

Pauletta graduated from Hickman High School in 1966. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1979, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College in 1982, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985. She was employed by Boone Hospital Center for over 30 years. Her roles included the Director of Purchasing for Boone Hospital Center from July 1978 to September 1996, and later as Manager of Products Standardization for Boone Hospital Center from September 1996 through September 2000. She loved to bowl, and was a member of the Missouri Women Bowling Association, the Columbia Bowlers Hall of Fame, and USBC National and Local Association. Her other passion in life was Bingo.

She is survived by: her children, Loutisha Glasgow of Columbia, Anjanette Davis (Rudy) of Kansas City, and Marshanna Gresham of Columbia; grandchildren, Arlandis Glasgow (Maya) of Columbia, Ciara Glasgow (Angelique) of Kansas City, Darius Glasgow of Kansas City, LaTia Glasgow of Columbia, and Nadia Gresham of Columbia; and one great grandson, Landon Glasgow. She was preceded in death by: one grandson, Trevor Glasgow; and special friend, Marvin Kinney.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dr. L. Dale Wood, 81, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in McCalla, Ala.

Services were held in December in Pleasant Grove, Ala.

Dale was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Kansas City to D.E. and Blanche Wood.

Dale graduated from Hickman High School in 1953 and joined the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as a major.

After retirement, he returned to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri, graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

He married Bertha Bast, who preceded him in death. He later married Janet Michaels, who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Mark (Babs) Wood and Dale Andrew (Jane Ellen) Wood; a daughter, Debbie (Jeff) Allen; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and brother Robert Wood of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter; a son; two brothers; and a sister.

Published Thursday, January 5, 2017

Debra K. Turner-Sims, 52, of Columbia passed peacefully at home on Dec. 27, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be held a later date.

Debra attended elementary school in Hallsville and was a graduate of Hickman High. Debra went on to receive her degree in psychology from Columbia College.

Debra was the proprietor of a small business in Columbia. Several homes and businesses are a chief representation of Debra plying her artisanal trade. Debra toiled in her work and showed her pride, applying much attention to detail on every project for which she was commissioned.

During Debra’s life, she was a daughter, sister, mother and a wife. Debra made a positive impact on every person and creature she came in contact with. Debra was a bright soul and had a penchant for rescuing animals. There was not an animal she had never met nor took into her home, as it came naturally to be nurturing and compassionate.

Survivors include Debra’s brother, Mike Anderson; sister, Patricia Gholson; and son, Justin Spencer.

Debra was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Sims; parents, Kenneth Turner and Anna Belle Anderson; and brothers, Johnnie, Ronnie, Manley, Jerold and Dennis Anderson.

Family requests that all donations be made in Debra’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at ww5.Komen.org or American Cancer Association at www.cancer.org.

Published Friday, December 30, 2016

Karin Lea Kespohl, 51, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Columbia. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Wilkes Boulevard Church in Columbia with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Karin was born Dec. 3, 1965, in Columbia to Edward Henry and Robin Evans Kespohl. She was a 1984 Hickman High School graduate and lifelong resident of Boone County. She enjoyed biking, photography and drafting.

Survivors include Karin’s mother, Robin, of Columbia; father Edward of Joplin; sister Karla (Michael) Geerlings; nephew Sean, and niece Kristine Geerlings, all of Columbia.

Karin was preceded in death by her brother, Keith Kespohl.

Memorial contributions may be to the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

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

Published Sunday, January 1, 2017

Barbara Jo Baker, 84, of Columbia passed away Dec. 29, 2016, surrounded by her family.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barbara was born Nov. 6, 1932, the daughter of Lewis Henry Sutton Sr. and Lucille Gravitt.

Barbara graduated from Hickman High School in 1950. She was married to Ralph “Buddy” Baker on Aug. 2, 1952. She was a charter member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and was involved in the “Ruth Circle” at the church. She enjoyed volunteering at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Meals on Wheels.

She worked as a bookkeeper at Columbia Florist Supply, Country Mouse, GTE telephone and J.J. Newberry’s store. She was a member of the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame.

She loved spending time at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks, bowling, sewing, gardening and cheering on her children and grandchildren at their sporting events.

Survivors include Barbara’s children, Linda Baker, Janie Blackwell (Tim), Nancy J. Baker and Russ Baker (Krista); brother, Lewis H. Sutton Jr., (Shelia); grandchildren, Marcus Rainey, Makayla Baker, Amanda Baker, Abby Baker, Olivia Blackwell and Briana Blackwell; great-granddaughter, Aniayah Rainey; and 12 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patsy Prailey Benzenhoefer and Darlene Sutton and her step-mother, Alberta Morton.

Memorials are suggested to the Columbia Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published by H.T. May & Son Funeral Home - Columbia MO

Obituary for Richard Williams

Richard Williams, 60, of Columbia, MO., slept into eternity on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11 AM at the H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Columbia.

Richard Earl Williams was born on March 13, 1956 in Columbia, Missouri to Earl and Mildred Bass Williams. Richard "Ricky" was baptized and a member of the Sugar Grove Baptist Church in Columbia, MO. He attended 4-H and loved to draw and paint. Upon graduation from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO., he joined the Army and served his country with an honorable discharge. At times he attended services at Latter House Kingdom Ministries.

Richard leaves to cherish his memory three children Erica Smith, Jillian Smith, and Richard Smith all of Columbia. He also leaves sisters Edith Glean and Jacqueline Robinson, Betty Helen Robinson and and Deann Brown, brothers Berry Leo Robinson, Dwight Williams, and Leland Williams, seven grandchildren, and many friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his father and his mother and one brother.  




    



        










































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