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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










Arlin Frederick Epperson, father of  Karen Epperson (Class of 198) and Duane Epperson (Class of 1983) passed away Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Peggy Jane Culhane, mother of Karen Huggins (Class of 1993) passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Columbia.

Stephen Blake Sasse, father of David Blake Sasse (Class of 1987) and Stefanie Ann Crupe (Class of 1991) passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at The Bluffs Skilled Nursing facility in Columbia.

Charles “Dean” Lakin, father of Kim Mize (Class of 1986) and Phil Lakin (Class of 1988) passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Major James Blueitt, brother of Marcella Lige (Class of 1963) passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2016 at University of Missouri Hospital.

Barbara Anne Logsdon, mother of Kathy Alyea (Class of 1977), James Logsdon (Class of 1978), Amy Fields (Class of 1980), Denise Buffa (Class of 1985) and Eric Logsdon (Class of 1993) passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017.

JoAnn (Cagle) Beard, mother of Jack Beard Jr. (Class of 1985) Mylinda Lanzl (1986) and Rebecca “Beckie” Evans (Class of 1989) passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Columbia.

Jo Anne Heisner Savage, mother Susan Heisner Beekman (Class of 1966), Cathy Heisner, deceased (Class of 1969), Mark Heisner (Class of 1971) and Philip Heisner (Class of 1979) died Monday, May 1, 2017.

Alma Fay Scott, wife of Robert Scott (Class of 1942) deceased, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at South Hampton Place in Columbia .

Janice Nan Conover Oliphant, wife of Bob Oliphant (Class of 1941), deceased, passed away, at her home in Columbia on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Nellie Katherine Symm-Gruender, wife of Gene Gruender (Class of 1964) passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Lloyd Earl Cavanah, father of Richard Cavanah (Class of 1967) and Charles Cavanah, deceased (Class of 1971) passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Boone Hospital Center.

Charles Frank Schauwecker, father of  Tom Schauwecker (Class of 1971), Jim Schauwecker (Class of 1975) and Judy Switzer (Class of 1975) died Sunday, April 9, 2017,Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Mark Edward Everett Sr., father of MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy (Class of 2003) and Mark Everett Jr. (Class of 2006) passed away April 8, 2017 at Boone Hospital.

Evelyn Kay Crews, mother of Adam Crews (Class of 1996) and Aaron Crews (Class of 1998) passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.

June McDonald Rutter, wife of Charles Rutter, deceased (Class of 1944), passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Columbia.

Raymond Eugene Boothe, father of Kim Ritten (Class of 1979) and Michelle Gastler (Class of 1982) passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Boone County Hospital in Columbia.

Donald Herbert Schmiedt, father of  Adrian (Class of 1970), Sheldon (Class of 1975) and Jeff (Class of 19760 passed away Monday, February 27, 2017.

Mabel G. Smith, mother of Judy Huff (Class of 1964) and Harry Smith Jr. (Class of 1967) passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Ivan Lee Sander, father of Saundra Moore (Class of 1971) and Deborah Richards (Class of 1974) passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home in Vancleave, Mississippi.

Charles W. Blackwell, M.D., father of (Class of1973), Karen (Class of 1975) and Charles (Class of 1977) passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Columbia.

Jeanne Aline Ramlow, mother of Kristin Ramlow (Class of 1980) passed away on March 13, 2017, at her home in Columbia.

Dennis C. Tipton, father of David Tipton (Class of 1967) and Susan Musterman (Class of 1968) passed away at The Bluffs Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri.

Jeanne Vinyard Epple, wife of Jerry Epple, Class of 1944, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Leslie Eugene “Gene” Stephens, husband of  Mary Joe Brown (Class of 1953) passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at his home in Fulton, Missouri.

Donald L. Lake, father of Eric Lake (Class of 1988) and Stacey Lake (Class of 1992) passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at his home in Columbia.

John Austin Garrison, father of Doris Bender (Class of 1965), Elizabeth Brungs (Class of 1967) and Carolyn Reich (Class of 1970) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Richard Gregory Henderson, Hickman HS Biology teacher from (1963-1990) and father of Mary Kohne (Class of 1978), Lisa Signori (Class of 1980), Chris Henderson (Class of 1982) and Jean Foster (Class of 1986) passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Carriage Square in St. Joseph.

George Fredrik Hansen, Jr, father of George F. (Class of 1966), Mark A. Hansen (Class of 1968) and Michael J. Hansen, deceased (Class of 1971) passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Parkside Manor.

John Joseph Pascucci, father of Christopher Kelly (Class of 1983) and John Derrow Pascucci (Class of 1991) passed away Feb. 10, 2017.

Louise L. Dale, mother of  Cynthia Churchill (Class of 1969), Willian Dale (Class of 1971), Susan Wall (Class of 1973) and Sally Greene (Class of 1977) passed away, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Columbia.

Brian Bradfield, son of Roy and Sylvia Roberts Bradfield, deceased (Class of 1961 and Class of 1960) died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Sheila K Corey, mother of Amy Dati (Class of 1986) passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.

Shirley Ann Hickam, wife of Donald "Duck" Hickam, deceased (Class of 1962) passed away on Feb. 7, 2017, at her home in Columbia.

James Allen Middleton, father of Julie Gibson (Class of 1988) passed away February 6, 2017 at the Mexico Veteran’s Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Dorothy May Chambers, mother of Rusty Chambers (Class of 1964) passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Candlelight Lodge in Columbia.

Ronald Allen Monroe, father of Lorisa McFarland (Class of 1989) Erin Turner (Class of 1992), Jeremy Monroe (Class of 1996) and Paul Monroe (Class of 1997) passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Tiff Lauffer, father of Troy Lauffer (Class of 1986) passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Columbia.

George Henry Wagner, father of Ronald G. Wagner (Class of 1973) and Patricia Bornhop (Class of 1975) passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

Norma Lucille Bittle, mother of Duane Ederati Class of 1964) and David Ederati (Class of 1973) and step-mother of Dale Bittle (Class of 1963) and Dennis Bittle (Class of 1968) passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Parkside Manor in Columbia.

Mary W. Powers, mother of Denise Morris (Class of 1968), Joy Harrod (Class of 1970), Terry Powers (Class of 1972) and Todd Powers (Class of 1977) passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

James “Jim” Irby, father of Casey Irby (Class of 1998) passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Margaret Elinor Coradi Poché, mother of Elaine Poche (Class of 2004) died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Edna B. Lane, wife of Eddie Lane (Class of 1960), passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff in Kansas City.

Lewis “Pat” Hemphill, father of Brent Hemphill (Class of 1984) died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia.

Poeun Path, father of Sovann Path and Daramony Path (Class of 2004) passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

James C. Abraham, husband of Jean Ellen Pace (Class of 1963) passed away January 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nancy Alice Clark Lohmar,mother of Karl Lohmar, deceased (Class of 197) and Karen Gordon (Class of 1978) died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at home in Columbia.



Published Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nancy Alice Clark Lohmar, 80, of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at home with her husband by her side.

Lohmar, known simply as “Grandma,” was born July 10, 1936, in Detroit, Mich., to Irwin Clark and Leola Kennedy (Sportsman).

She was raised in Marceline by her maternal grandparents, Humphrey S. and Allie M. Sportsman. There she met and, one week after graduating high school, married the love of her life, Roland E. Lohmar; the two of them would go on to share the world together.

Later in her married life, she completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, including attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Nancy spent 18 years owning and managing MediQuick, an urgent care clinic ahead of its time. She was an avid outdoorsman, known to have gone fishing as far north as Canada; she also enjoyed skeet shooting, having been a member of Tigertown Trap and Skeet Club and having competed throughout that time.

She spent many years with her children and grandchildren volunteering for both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. Nancy could always be found at any of her grandchildren’s events or travelling, including to Alaska, Minnesota, Costa Rica, Paris, England and Japan, of which she had particularly fond memories.

Survivors include Lohmar’s husband of 62 years, Roland E. Lohmar of the home; daughter, Karen Gordon (Lohmar), her late husband Ronald, also of Columbia; granddaughter, Chelsea Yates (Gordon) and husband Daniel; great-grandson-in-law, Clark of Columbia; and grandson Seth R. Gordon, also of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her son, Karl.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Recycling Coalition Inc., 1220 L St. N.W., Suite 100-155, Washington, D.C., 20005.

Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 7, 2017

James C. Abraham, 76, of Kansas City, MO passed away January 2, 2017. All services will be held at the McGilley & Sheil Chapel; visitation from 6-8pm Mon., Jan. 9th and funeral service 10:30am Tues., Jan 10th. Burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

James was born June 10, 1940 in Kansas City, MO to James H. and Margaret (Lee) Abraham. He was raised in Noel, MO and graduated from Noel High School in 1958. James served his country by enlisting in the Army; stationed in Hawaii from 1960 to 1962. In 1964, James joined the Kansas City Fire Dept. as a Firefighter. He rose through the ranks to become a Battalion Chief, retiring in 2008. During retirement, James spent time with his family, fishing, traveling and enjoying his grandkids.

James is survived by his wife, Jean of the home; sons, James Ryan Abraham and Justin Abraham (Laney); brother, Danny Abraham; sisters, Barbara Daniel and Lamona Abraham and grandchildren, Jack, Maryn and Vivienne.

Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or alz.org. Online condolences to www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64133, 816-353-6555.

Published Friday, December 6, 2017

Poeun Path, 69, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Memorial Funeral Home.

Poeun was born in Battambang Province, Cambodia, on June 2, 1947, to Routh Path and Kong Nov. He had two siblings.

Poeun was a devoted husband and dedicated father.

Survivors include his wife, Saran Yin; five children, Sokun Path (Sopheary), Phillip Path, Patrick Path (Michelle), Sovann Path and Daramony Path (Ryan); nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three children, Keo Kunthea Path, VeSey Path and Resmesea Path.

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

Published Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lewis “Pat” Hemphill, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia.

A visitation celebrating Pat’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia. Another visitation celebrating Pat’s life will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center, Kan., with burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center.

Mr. Hemphill was born May 17, 1928, to Myrtle (Berrier) and George D. Hemphill at their farm home in Blaine Township, Clay County, Kan.

He graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 1946 and then joined the U.S. Navy with four classmates and served for two years.

He married Delores (Nemnich) Jan. 2, 1949, in Clay Center, Kan.

Pat had lived all his life on a farm, was a farmer for 30-plus years himself in Clay County and was friends with the the owner of a well-established grain handling business in Clay Center.

Midlife often can bring a desire for a career change. A major decision then was made to open this type of business in Mid-Missouri. Pat and his family moved to Columbia in January 1980. Because of the mid-1980s high interest rates plus the severe drought that hit Missouri farming communities, a decision was reached to close the business.

Pat then worked for Mid-America Plastics, a company right next to his grain handling business, for eight years. Since Pat always had a love for the outdoors, he and his John Deere lawn tractor then began to receive requests to mow other lawns. Keene Medical Building and Berrywood Medical Building hired him for 11 years to be in charge of their lawn and grounds. Each morning, their lawn and grounds, his pride and joy, were first on his list to be immaculate for the day! Pat then would join his coffee group at McDonalds on Clark Lane.

After both of his knees received replacement surgery, it was now time to quit this lawn service. And yet, always wanting to be busy, he became the owner of several rentals. Because of Pat’s declining health, they all have been sold.

Pat loved sports and was on a bowling team for several years while living in Kansas. Golf also was on his sport list in Kansas as well as Missouri. In 1988 and 1989 he received gold medals in pole vault, triple jump, long jump and high jump in the Senior Show-Me Games.

Pat is survived by his wife, Delores, of the home; two daughters in Kansas, Debbie (David) Hall of El Dorado and Susan (Galen) Jackson of Wichita; and two sons, Brian (Natalie) Hemphill of Clay Center, Kan., and Brent (Deanna) Hemphill of Jefferson City; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Frank Hemphill of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Bluford Hemphill of Clay Center, Kan.

Memorials can be made for the veterans to the Community Living Center at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201. In Clay Center, Kan., memorials can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral home, 918 Seventh St., Clay Center, Kan., 67432.

Online condolences canbe left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Edna B. Lane, 68, of Kansas City, formerly of Columbia, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff in Kansas City.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Edna was born Aug. 5, 1948, in Columbia, the daughter of Clyde and Virginia (Simms) Arnold, who preceded her in death.

Edna was married Nov. 11, 1989, in Columbia to James Edward Lane, who survives of the home. She enjoyed her grandchildren and had a soft spot for all animals.

Other survivors include Edna’s six children, Jennifer Garner (Tony) of Eureka, Kan., Doug Lane (Sally) of Columbia, Christie McCaleb of Columbia, Michelle Staats (Joe) of Columbia, Wendy Lane of Columbia and Keith Lane (Angie) of St. Peters; brother, Bob Arnold (Doris) of Sparta, Ill.; sister-in-law, Jean Slate (Ned) of Lafayette, Ind.; 25 grandchildren, Jozie, Casey, Brandon, Cadie, Brooke, Paiton, Kyle, Cory, Brianna, Austin, Amber, Tyler, Kelcey, Zane, Kaitlyn, Grayson, Dylan, Andrew, Austin, Stuart, Samual, Sarah, Maddie, Ben and Blaine; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64137.

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

Published Wednesdday, January 25, 2017

Margaret Elinor Coradi Poché, 59, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, when she accidentally asphyxiated on a rare, endangered butterfly while skydiving over a nature preserve and trailing a banner protesting the current political climate.

Just kidding. It was cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Orr Street Studios.

Meg was born Nov. 10, 1957, in Charlotte, N.C., to Richard and Janice (Casavecchia) Coradi.

Survivors include her husband, David, of Columbia and her kid, Elaine, of Monona, Wis.

Meg will be remembered as the social connector among many circles of friends, an enthusiastic patron of the arts, a playful and mischievous instigator of fun, and a generous, compassionate, loud, determined and larger-than-life kinda gal.

Memorial contributions can be made to KOPN 89.5 FM or Missouri River Relief.

Published Friday, January 20, 2017

James “Jim” Irby, 67, of Clark passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia after a long battle with liver cancer.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home. A rosary will be said at the conclusion of the visitation. Services celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Moberly. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Jim was born Jan. 6, 1950, in Dexter to the late J.R. Roosevelt Irby and Virginia Smith.

In his early life, Jim attended Ozark Bible College. He later graduated from Linn Tech and attended the University of Missouri. He started his career in electronics at Radio Shack. He later owned and operated Jim’s Custom Building and eventually worked as a construction foreman for the city of Columbia before he retired. During his retirement, he owned and operated A+ Auto Center in Moberly.

Jim’s American Indian heritage was important to him, and he was a 4th-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Moberly. Jim was a man of many talents, interests and hobbies. He had been there, done that and had a story, or a song, for all of it. He was a talented auto mechanic, carpenter and cook. He enjoyed trail rides, country music, country dancing, camping, hunting and fishing. He loved his horses, cats, dogs, geese, chickens and many other animals that found their way to the farm. Some of his favorite times were traveling, riding horses and giving buggy rides to his grandchildren and friends.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Patricia of Clark; daughter, Rebeccah Reeves (Tommy) of McKinney, Texas; sons, Casey Irby of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jeremy Irby of Columbia; stepdaughters, Erica Powers (Mike Klinginsmith) of Columbia, Nikki Bergendahl (Duff) of Sturgeon, Jessica Powers (Troy Gardner) of Columbia and Hope Stufflebeam (Brad) of Milan, Ill.; grandchildren, Alexis, Landon, Austin, Ava, Barrett, Benjamin, Nicholas, Lily, Julianna, Jace, Isabelle, Cayden and Gabby; sister, Patty Smith of St. Clair; brothers Gary Irby and Greg Irby, both of Overland; half-sister, Nancy Owens of St. John; extended family; and close friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother Larry Irby; and stepson, Will Powers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Missouri Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, 16 Hampton Village Plaza, Suite 215, St. Louis, Mo., 63109.

Condolences can be expressed online by “lighting a lantern” at www.pathwaymemorial.com.

Pathway Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mary W. Powers, 90, of Lebanon, Tenn., formerly of Columbia, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the presence of family.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel in Columbia, with funeral services following at 1 p.m.

Mary was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Gideon to the late Thomas Pace and Pearl Pace.

She was united in marriage with James F. Powers on Feb. 1, 1948, in St. Louis, a union that lasted 63 years until his death in 2011.

Mary lived in Columbia for 52 years and was a longtime faithful member of Grace Bible Church. She was an avid reader who served as church hostess and librarian for many years. She and her husband loved southern gospel music and introduced it to many of their friends. Mary was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She worked in an ammunition factory in St. Louis during WWII before marrying James. She also ran a second-hand children’s clothing store, Mary’s Shoppe, in Columbia for several years.

She is survived by a sister, Maxine Elkins; her children, Denise Morris (Carl), Joy Harrod (Ron), Terry Powers (Julie), Todd Powers (Tori), and stepson Don Powers; nine grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Powers; an infant daughter, Kimberly (Kimmy) Powers; daughter-in-law, Brenda Bernskoetter; and brothers, Joseph and James Pace.

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

Published Thursday, February 2, 2017

Norma Lucille Bittle, 90, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Parkside Manor in Columbia.

Services will be private for the family.

She was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Rosati, the daughter of Joseph Piazza and Lucille L. (Tessaro) Piazza, who preceded her in death.

Norma was a gifted beautician and worked for many years at Phillippe Beauty Shop. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts projects, fishing, traveling and playing cards. In her younger years, she enjoyed clogging, and in her later years, mall-walking.

Survivors include Norma’s two children, Duane Ederati of Columbia and David (Laura) Ederati of Lancaster, Pa.; two stepsons, Dale and Dennis Bittle, both of Springfield; two grandchildren, Eric (Kate) Ederati of Pennsylvania and Anthony Ederati of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Ederati and Lloyd Bittle; sister, Grace, and brother, Robert.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203; (573) 449-4153.

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

Published on Sunday, February 5, 2017

George Henry Wagner, 88, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

He was entombed Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery in a private family service.

A memorial service will take place in the near future with a full obituary notice before the service.

Survivors include his six children, Ronald G. Wagner, Patricia Bornhop, Katherine Barrett, Sandra Bacon, Jerald P. (Julie) Wagner and Julie (Paul) Ladehoff.

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

Published Thursday, Febraury 9, 2017

Tiff Lauffer, 81, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Columbia.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, with a visitation from 10-11 a.m.

Tiff worked from Landmark Bank for over 30 years, and was member of the Daniel Boone Library Board. He was a founding member of the Southern Boone Library. He was also a Shriner for over 50 years and a Mason at Lodge 156 in Ashland.

Tiff is survived by his son, Troy Lauffer & wife Betty of Columbia; grandchildren, Hannah & Abbey Lauffer, Amanda McCrary, and Rebecca & husband James Culley; and great grandson, Roland Culley.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis, Mo.

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

Published Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ronald Allen Monroe, 74, of Cary, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at St Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia. Funeral Service and Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m.

Ron married the love of his life, Donna, on April 12, 1969.

He graduated from Garland High School, Garland, Texas, Class of 1961. He graduated from East Texas State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration in January of 1967. Ron served in the U.S. Army from March of 1967 to February of 1969 and attained the rank of Specialist E5 while serving in Vietnam.

Ron was employed by Southwestern Life Ins. Co. in 1969, followed by Dresser Industries in 1983. He relocated with Donna and their 4 children to Columbia in 1987 and was employed as Manager of Faculty & Staff Benefits for the University of Missouri System until retirement in 2004. After retirement, Ron and Donna sold their home and traveled in an RV for 11 years until settling in Cary, N.C. in 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Donna, the devoted father of Lorisa (David) McFarland, Erin (Chris) Turner, Jeremy (Kelly) Monroe and Paul (Holly) Monroe; loving grandfather of Jessica, Ashley, Justin, Natalie, Bryce, Megan, Lukas, Abigayle, Jace and Adilynn; great-grandfather of Paden and Presley; dear brother of Willis (Dixie) Monroe and the treasured brother-in-law of Kathy Monroe.

He was the cherished son of the late Willis W and Jessie Chloe (Allen) Monroe; he was also preceded in death by his brother Scott Monroe.

Published Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dorothy May Chambers, 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at Candlelight Lodge in Columbia.

A private family service will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

She was born on March 9, 1922 in Childress, Texas to Charles and Grace Hoge.

Dorothy loved Broadway musicals, golfing, playing bridge, traveling with her husband and family, playing BINGO, going to the lake, Wolf Harbor, baby-back ribs and prime rib. Mostly she loved her family. She was generous and thoughtful. For many years, Dorothy and Russell owned and operated The Music Shop on Broadway in Columbia. She was a life-long Missouri Tigers fan!

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother is survived by her son, Russell Chambers, Jr., her four granddaughters, Yvette Chambers- Jeffries (Joe), Stacy Stephens, Melissa Chambers and Stephanie Chambers, her 5 great-grandchildren, Connor Stephens, Summer McNellis, Jack McNellis, Mollie Chambers and Paisley Chambers.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Jack Hoge and her loving husband, Russell A. Chambers, Senior. Russell and Dorothy have one son, Russell A. Chambers, Jr. married to Judy Chambers, both of Springfield, Missouri.

Special thanks to the wonderful and patient staff at Candlelight Lodge.

We will miss you, our Dorsey! Have I told you that I love you today?

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

Published Sunday, February 12, 2017

James Allen Middleton, 91, of Columbia, MO passed away February 6, 2017 at the Mexico Veteran’s Home in Mexico, MO.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Memorial Funeral Home chapel, with an inurnment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the service time.

James was born Feb., 17, 1925 in Woodbine, Kan., son of James and Elizabeth (Evers) Middleton who preceded him in death.

James married Doris Ione Gugler on December 15, 1946. Together they enjoyed working in their flower and vegetable gardens, playing and listening to music, going to concerts and doing puzzles. James and Doris had a strong sense of family values and their kids were a priority. She preceded him in death in 2007 after 60 years of marriage.

James attended Woodbine High School and then served in the U. S. Army during WWII, earning a bronze star and numerous other medals. After the war James attended Southern Nazarene University earning a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal and instrumental music, then attended the University of Oklahoma finishing his masters and then his PhD in Music Education. He worked in schools teaching instrumental vocal and instrumental music starting in Edmond, Okla. then in Norman, Okla.. He authored three books on musicianship. He was an assistant professor of music at Tulsa University; in 1973 he moved to Columbia to serve as a professor (emeritus) of music education at the University of Missouri, retiring in 1987. He also directed the Chancel Choir at Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church from 1982-1995.

Survivors include four children: Julie Gibson of Columbia, Christine Worsham of Charleston, S.C., Brian Middleton of Claremore, Okla. and Stephanie Watson of Leawood, Kan., five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and one sister.

Memorials are suggested to the Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway, Columbia MO 65203. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shirley Ann Hickam, 76, passed away on Feb. 7, 2017, at her home in Columbia, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 10, at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by a Memorial service at Parker-Millard Funeral Home, 12 E Ash, Columbia.

Shirley was born in the small town of Atlanta, Mo. She was the oldest of five children. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1958, but grew up in Bevier. She was very athletic in high school and was captain of her basketball team. After moving to Columbia, she played soft pitch softball as the pitcher and home runs were plentiful. Shirley moved to Columbia in 1968 and was the first female meter-maid in downtown Columbia. In the early 70’s, you might have seen her downtown on her 3-wheel motor scooter waving a warning of parking tickets if you didn’t “feed the meter” soon.

In 1975, she married the love of her life, Donald (Duck) Hickam. In her later years, she worked at 3M where she worked for 25 years and retired in the year 2000.

In her retirement years, she found a love for gardening and was an avid animal lover. Her daily routine was to feed the feral cats, rabbits, squirrels and birds. Her front yard was beautifully landscaped by her and an oasis for all animals to live in peace and comfort of daily food. You would also find her at breakfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays with her “Breakfast Club” or playing bingo all over Boone County. She was always on the go.

If you ever had the pleasure to meet her, you would know she never felt the need to impress you. She was very independent and stubborn. Once you were under her umbrella of love she was loyal to the end. Her greatest loves before she passed were her adoring two grandsons, Nicholas and Peyton. She said “they were the loves of her life”.

Shirley was very loyal and dedicated to her family. Her love for God and her family were unconditional! Shirley made sure she paved an easier life for her daughters by always making sure they came first.

Shirley is survived by three loving daughters and two grandsons. Tammy Tarwater (Bob Bynum) of Columbia; Trudy Romjue of Pensacola Beach, Fla; and Tonya Hickam Schleeter (David) of Hallsville; Nicholas Romjue of Pensacola, Fla; and Peyton Schleeter of Hallsville; She is also survived by one sister, June Becker of Columbia; two brothers, Rick Contratto (Cheryl) of Owensboro, Ky; and Kerry Contratto of St. Louis; as well as, several nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Donald (Duck) Hickam, by her parents, Jettie and Merico Contratto; her father, Louis Barton Yeager; and her sister, Rosalie Magers.

She and her daughters would like to give a special hug and thanks to her caregivers who made the last few years of her life so much better. She adored them, like family.

Memorial contributions can be made to No Kill Columbia (www.nokillcolumbiamo.org)

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

Published Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sheila K Corey, 72, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at The Neighborhoods.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Marty Edmiston officiating. Inurnment with graveside services will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Columbia Cemetery.

She was born on March 4, 1944 in Tampa, Florida, the daughter of Stanley W. Chabal and Martha (Cherwinker) Chabal.

On Sept. 25, 1978, she was united in marriage to Louis V. Corey in Sac City, Iowa.

Sheila was a 1962 graduate of Washington High School, Washington, Iowa. In February of 1964 she was united in marriage to Steve Madsen. She earned her LPN from Mineral Area Community College and her RN/ADN from Iowa Central Community College in 1981.

She worked at Columbia Regional Hospital & Missouri Orthopedic Institute for over 25 years. Sheila was a member of Orthopedic Nursing Certification Board. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, shopping, dancing and going to the casino and hanging out with four legged companion: L.J.

Sheila is survived by her mother: Martha Chabal of Columbia; one son, Jeff Madsen (Janelle) of Columbia and their children Emily and Andrew; two daughters, Tracey Madsen of Portland Oregon; Amy Dati (Ed) of Columbia and their children, Nichole (Logan) and Eric; one step daughter; Michelle Dornath of Breda, Iowa and her children Dani (Wyatt) and Kena; a great granddaughter, Everly; a niece, Rachael Schmerbach (Adam); a nephew, Todd Elvers.

Sheila was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Chabal; her husband, Louis Corey; and one sister, Marlene Elvers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Published Sunday, February 12, 2017

Brian Bradfield, 52, of Fayette, died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson St, Columbia, MO 65203. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Brian is survived by his wife Katherine (Katie) of the home as well as his son, Matt Bradfield of Fayette.

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

Published Sunday, May 7, 2017

Louise L. Dale, 93, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Columbia.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 13, at Rock Bridge Christian Church, 301 W. Green Meadows Road, in Columbia.

Louise was born to Armin and Catherine (Cline) Leibold Jan. 31, 1924 in Park Ridge, Ill.

She graduated from Maine Township High School in 1941, then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., graduating in 1946.She then attended Northwestern University, in Illinois for a short time.

She married and after raising four children, attended the University of Missouri, earning her Master’s degree in clinical psychology. She then moved to Arizona where she practiced counseling at St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe. She retired in 1991, returning to Columbia several years later.

Overcoming health issues, she continued living actively, volunteering through her church at the Wardrobe, Loaves and Fishes, and helping with the transition of a family from Liberia to life here. She had many hobbies and interests, including gardening, spending time exploring the arts at Access Arts of Columbia, reading, attending the book club at Lenoir Woods, and going to every exercise class she could! She loved animals and was rarely without a pet.

Louise is survived by sister, Kay Talbot from Neenah, Wis.; her four children, Cynthia Churchill of Columbia, Willian Dale (Lou Ann) of Portland, Ore.; Susan Wall (Michael) of Solon, Iowa, and Sally Greene (Thomas) of Columbia. Grandchildren, Aaron Gravesdale (Meg) of Vancouver, B.C., Sara Dale Bley (David) of Denver, Christopher Dale of Columbia, Eric Wall of Solon, Iowa, Kurt Wall of New Orleans, Brian Wall of Iowa City, Iowa, Thomas Greene of St. Louis, and Julie Greene of Salt Lake City. Step grandchildren, Erin Fay of Portland, Ore. and Garett (Jenny) Fay of Las Vegas; great- grandchildren, Max, Annabelle, and Chloe.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert and her niece Donna.

We wish to express our thanks to the staff at Lenoir Skilled Nursing facility for their kindness and care of Louise.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wardrobe, Loaves and Fishes at Wilkes Blvd Church or Rockbridge Christian Church all of Columbia.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia Missouri.

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017

John Joseph Pascucci, 90, quietly and courageously passed from this life on Feb. 10, 2017.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at The University of Missouri Alumni Center. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1:30 pm. at St. Thomas More Newman Center.

John was born on Nov. 16, 1926 in New York City, New York to Joseph Edward Pascucci and Aida Anna (Guffanti) Pascucci.

A 1945 graduate of Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J. John’s adolescence was filled with a mixture of jobs and activities typical to the youth of the era; stocking shelves and bagging groceries at the A & P store, working as a beach comber out on Long Beach and family summer’s on Island Park, N.Y. John often reflected on the times spent with friends and family at the shore and the tremendous respect he developed for the power and beauty of the ocean.

Mentored and encouraged by his father’s 42 year career in investment banking, John worked part-time as a runner for Clark Dodge & Company while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University in 1950. While working in New York City for American Automobile Association, John went to school at nights earning his MBA from Rutgers University in 1955.

After 29 years of living the east coast grind, John applied and was accepted to the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. graduating with a second MBA in 1956. During this time John met Jacqueline at a community dance, a love blossomed, and they were married on July 8th, 1961. Jacqueline continued her work as a registered nurse at the Stanford Medical Center while John completed his dissertation and finished his PhD in 1964.

Soon thereafter the family relocated to Galesburg, Ill. where John took an assistant professorship at Knox College. In 1966 John joined the faculty of the business school at the University of Missouri-Columbia as an Associate Professor of Finance reaching tenured full professorship in 3 years. In 1974 John was elected as a Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA) becoming the 1637th member so designated.

Over the course of 25 years, John taught the discipline of Finance to thousands of University of Missouri students in courses such as; Investments, Portfolio Management and Security Analysis. Many of his former students went on to enjoy very successful careers as executives in commercial and investment banking firms and as analysts in Fortune 500 corporations. John’s fondest memories of his time at Mizzou were in the classroom and his interactions with the students. John retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus of Finance.

In the years following his formal retirement as a University Professor, John focused his time and energies on the management of securities portfolios for his private clientele through the formal organization of JJP Capital Management. For more than 40 years John proudly and expertly served the financial interests and betterment of his clients in providing them a comfortable and secure retirement. Additionally, John established and managed The Pascucci Family Charitable Trust, and along with the guidance and assistance of his wife Jacqueline, was honored to have provided capital funding for numerous Missouri charities over the last 25 years. He was indeed a man of great accomplishment.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Jacqueline Pascucci and sons Christopher (Kelly) and John Derrow Pascucci and Grandsons Jordon and Anthony and Granddaughter Caprice.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marie.

John Pascucci deeply loved his family and he most exhibited this in the loyal and devoted care he took of each member. His greatest joy came when looking upon the beautiful faces of his three beloved grandchildren. They made him very, very proud.

His strength, guidance, love and wisdom will be deeply and profoundly missed.

I am standing at the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails in the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her... until at length she is only a ribbon of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!”

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” , there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There! She comes!” And that is death.

Published Friday, February 17, 2017

George Fredrik Hansen, Jr, 92, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Parkside Manor.

Visitation will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born in Creighton, Neb. on May 4, 1924 the son of George Fredrik Hansen, Sr. and Edna (Harper) Hansen.

On Nov. 24, 1945, in Bloomington, Ill., he was united in marriage to Ann Elizabeth Hauptman who survives.

His family moved to Bloomington, Ill. in 1937.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy late 1942 where he soon attended U. S. Naval Diesel Engine School at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. He served aboard the LST 268 and later the LSMR 193 rocket ship as a First Class Petty Officer MOMM 1/C. The LSMR 193 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action as part of a radar picket patrol on May 11, 1945, where the “LSM(R)-193 shot down 8 enemy planes, then went to the rescue of USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774), putting out fires, rescuing the majority of her crew, and finally towing the stricken destroyer to Kerama Retto.”

George had a 40-year career with State Farm Insurance serving in the regional office operations segment. He moved his family to Columbia, MO, in 1959. He served as president of the Columbia Coin Club, president of the Columbia Tiger Quarterback Club, sports writer for the State Farm Mo-Kan employee newsletter, paid contributor to Hallmark Card Company, wrote three songs, which one, “I Will to Thee,” was sung at his eldest son’s wedding ceremony. He took pride as a Central Missouri Food Bank contributor. He participated many years with the Military Honor Guard for VFW Post #280.

George graduated with a BA in Individual Studies from Columbia College in 1976.

He was an avid Missouri Tigers fan and a long-time football and basketball season ticket holder. He built a home on the former Forest Hills Country Club where golf was his life-long passion. Family trips, fishing and country music were pleasures in his life.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ann Elizabeth of Columbia; sister, Clarey Butzirus, Bloomington, Ill.; sons, George F. (Marie) of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas; and Mark A. (Marsha) of Boonville. Also included are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Preceding him in death were parents, George F. Hansen and Edna Harper Hansen; brother, Donald Hansen; sister, Jeanette Ethington; and son, Michael J. Hansen.

Family was central to George’s being, who dearly loved everyone with equal joy. He will be sorely missed by all.

Memorials may be made to the Food Bank for Central and NE Missouri, 2101 #b, Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO, 65202

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published Thursday, February 23, 2017

Richard Gregory Henderson, 86, formerly of Nevada, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Carriage Square in St. Joseph.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Our Lady Catholic Church in Festus. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the hour of service. Interment with Military Honors will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis.

Richard was born in St. Louis, on April 1, 1930 to Charles Bernard and Elizabeth Antoinette (Wapelhorst) Henderson.

He was united in marriage to Jane F. Murray on March 31, 1951 and she preceded him in death on January 19, 2006.

Richard graduated from DeAndreis High School in St. Louis with the Class of 1948. He served with the United States Navy on board the USS Oriskany and the USS Princeton during the Korean Conflict. He served two tours of duty and was discharged in 1954.

Richard received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1957 from the University of Missouri in Columbia where he became a General Botany Lab Instructor for several years. Richard taught Honors Biology at Hickman High School in Columbia from 1963-1990 where he sponsored the Biology Club. Richard received numerous awards including the Columbia Public School Teacher of the Year 1975-1976, Missouri Science Teacher of the year 1976-1977, National Association of Biology Teacher’s Outstanding Biology Teacher for the State of Missouri in 1968. He was appointed Chairman of Secondary Science Department for Columbia Public School System.

Before moving to Nevada, Richard called the Hallsville/Columbia area home for 55 years. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed the outdoors and was a CPR instructor for a number of years. He was a member of the Newman Center in Columbia and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada.

Survivors include his children, Mary Kohne (Kevin) of Festus, Lisa Signori and Carlos Mentley, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Chris Henderson (Dawn) of Voltaire, N.D., Jean Foster (John) of St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren, Mike Kohne (Maddie), Claire Kohne, Ethan Signori, Erin Signori, Toni Perry (Kyle), Kathleen Reilly and friend Wes Decoteau, Sean Riley, Caitlin Vore and friend Mitch Tucker, Hannah Vore, William Vore, Marissa Foster; and several great- grandchildren, Aliah, Kayden and Kaylee.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, James O’Leary and mother, Elizabeth O’Leary; his wife Jane; and one sister, Dorothy Whatley.

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests planting daffodils, one of his favorite flowers, in the fall or donations may be made in memory of Richard Henderson to “The Kewpienet Scholarship Fund”. Donations may be mailed c/o Charley Blackmore, 2312 Deer Creek Court, Columbia, MO 65201.

You may view obituary and send condolences on line at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.

Published Monday, February 27, 2017

John Austin Garrison, 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 606 Ridgeway Avenue, Columbia, with Visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Entombment will be at Memorial Cemetery.

John was born Jan. 26, 1920, son of John W. and Viola Blanche Garrison.

Having made his home in Columbia for 57 years, John touched many lives, providing lasting memories to those in his church community who as friends in faith were so important in his life, golfing partners of 40 years fishing buddies throughout the state and every stranger ever met.

As a veteran of World War II, having served in Patton’s 737 Spearheaders Tank Battalion, his passing reminds us that another member of the “Greatest Generation,” who endured and gave so much has been lost. The depth of our admiration and appreciation is immeasurable. John was the kindest of souls, loved by his entire family and will be greatly missed.

He was a beloved husband to his bride of 72 years Dorothy (Allen) Garrison and a loving father of his three daughters, Doris Bender (Ralph), Elizabeth Brungs (Heinz) and Carolyn Reich. Known as Papa (and golf cart chauffeur) his memory will live on in his greatest joys, his grandchildren, Julie Moriarity (Mike), Jennifer Christofferson (Phil), Scott Arnold (Sabrina), Kate Center (David), Kay Brungs and Molly Reich-Chester (Aaron) and great grandchildren, Mary Claire, Ellie, and Brady Moriarity, Matthew and Bennett Christofferson and Austin, Gabi and Taylor Center.

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

Published Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Donald L. Lake, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at his home.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2nd at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Don was born on May 22, 1940 in Eldon, the son of Wilmer and Dorothy (Worthley) Lake who preceded him in death.

He moved to Columbia in 1966 and opened Don Lake Mobil Service Station. He owned and operated Don Lake Towing & Trucking and was known for his “blinged” out tow trucks. He also enjoyed mowing lawns, collecting John Deere tractors and spending time with his dog Roxy.

Survivors include Vera Lake of Columbia; two children, Stacey Lake (David Hoover) of Saint Louis and Eric Lake (Kim Duncan) of Columbia; two sisters, Anita Cox (David) and Juanita Branstetter (Dwayne) of Belton; one brother, Harold Lake (June) of Mountain Grove; two nephews, Tim Cox and Joel Branstetter; three nieces, Suzanne Van Hecke, Cathy Yeatts and Elana Wagner and his right hand man, Melvin Pinkett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Chance OR Stray Rescue OR Needy Paws, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

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

Published Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Leslie Eugene “Gene” Stephens, 85, a native Callawegian passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at his home in Fulton.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at Maupin Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Crowson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Callaway Memorial Gardens.

He was born May 18, 1931 in Auxvasse, the son of the late Earl Skeleton Stephens and the late Myrtle Mae (Cuno) Stephens.

Gene was married to Mary Joe (Brown) Stephens on April 12, 1961. She survives his passing.

Gene was known all over Callaway County and beyond for many reasons. A veteran of the United States Army, volunteer deputy sheriff, but probably best known as a musician, he loved sitting in on a jam session. He played professionally over the years in several groups starting with The Kingdom Serenaders, Glen Dickson’s Dance Band and One for the Road at many a dance hall and gatherings. He spoke of picking up the tenor banjo at the age of 10 and playing for square dancers on Saturday nights in Shamrock.

Gene was a sportsman with a love for hunting and fishing. He took over as Scoutmaster of Fulton Troop 53 and continued to serve Boy Scouts of America when he helped start Explorer Post 353. A worthy competitor that loved working with mules, miniature horses and fox hounds. Competing in dog shows, field trials and winning several awards with his foxhounds. In 1999 Gene was made a member of the Grand Royal American Foxhound Club’s Hall of Fame.

His memory will be treasured by his wife of 55 years, Mary; son, Dennis E. Stephens (Jo Ann) of St. Charles; granddaughter, Patricia Hope Stephens of Norfolk, Va., numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Gene was preceded in death by three brothers, Bud, Wilford and Francis Stephens; and two sisters, Kathryn Klick and Ethel Christopher.

Memorial donations are suggested to Boone Hospice Home Health Care, American Lung Association (COPD), Boy Scouts of America or Donors Choice, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251.

Condolences may be left for the family at maupinfuneralhome.com.

Published Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jeanne Vinyard Epple passed from this earthly life on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Overland Park, Kan.

Columbia area friends are welcome to join the family for a graveside service March 13 at 3:00 p.m., at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. The family will welcome guests in the reception rooms at Memorial Funeral Home immediately following the burial.

A memorial celebration will be held March 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City. The Reverend Clayton Smith, of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection presiding.

Jeanne was born in Carrollton to Leroy Franklin Vinyard and Wilhelmina Reiter Vinyard on February 6, 1927. She was the eldest of three children.

Jeanne’s childhood years were spent on the family farm near Norborne. She was especially close to her father who was a remarkable man of deep compassion and kindness, and who believed in education and in his daughter. At a time when it was rare for women to attend college, he encouraged Jeanne to attend the University of Missouri, where she worked to support herself and graduated in 1949 from the College of Home Economics.

It was at the University where Jeanne met her future husband, John (Jerry) Epple, Jr. of Columbia. They were married after graduation and built their life in Columbia, raising their four children and becoming actively involved in the community. When Jerry’s brother and sister-in-law were tragically killed, their surviving children came to live with Jeanne and Jerry’s family.

As a member of Missouri United Methodist Church, Jeanne served on many boards and committees. Her administrative and leadership gifts were apparent, and soon she was tapped to serve in leadership roles, often as chairperson. She served at every level of governance in the denomination, including as a member of the Jurisdictional Council on Ministries. She served two terms on the General Board of Discipleship, and worked closely with The Upper Room and on development of the Disciple Bible Study program. Jeanne deeply loved her work with pastors and other leaders in the church, and she loved helping to share the hope and strength she found in her faith.

Jeanne was an unassuming, unselfish, visionary leader, uniquely able to help forge a path forward in times of upheaval and change. In 1974 she became the first woman lay leader from the Missouri United Methodist Church. And in 1983 she was appointed by Gov. Christopher Bond to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. She would go on to become the first woman to serve as president of the board, beginning in 1988.

She was ever a strong supporter of education and of her alma mater, and was a fierce Tiger fan. She and Jerry cheered the basketball and football teams through many seasons, win or lose.

Jeanne was also involved in community life beyond the Church and University. She served on the Board of Trustees for Columbia Regional Hospital and as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She was on the Board of Directors for the Columbia United Way, Chairwoman for the Commission on the Arts for the City of Columbia, and President of the University of Missouri Museum Associates. She served as Executive Director of the Boone County Mental Health Association from 1979-1983.

Jeanne was a devoted wife to Jerry and they were married for 62 years before his passing in 2012. After retirement the couple moved to Kansas City to be closer to family, and were members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

Mrs. Epple is survived by a brother, Jerry Vinyard of Herington, Kan., her loving children: Elizabeth J. Epple, of Overland Park, Kan.; John A. Epple III, of St. Louis; Constance Epple Stella, (Reid) of Kansas City; and Margaret Epple Gilk, (Tobias) of Overland Park, Kan. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: John A. Epple IV, Zachary Epple, Benjamin Epple, Victoria Epple, Samuel Stella (May Ling), Olivia Stella, Francesca Stella Barth (Alexander), and Helena Gilk; and nieces, nephews and cousins across the country, including Amy Epple Hoag, Ellen Epple Burris, and Jennifer Epple Jerichow.

Mrs. Epple was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Dr. Jack Vinyard, brother-in-laws Robert C. Epple and Dr. Lawrence K. Epple and sister-in-law, Dr. Katherine Christman Epple, nephew Dr. Lawrence K. Epple, Jr. and niece-in-law Nancy Johnson Epple.

Jeanne asked that those wishing to honor her would do so by making a donation to one of the following, in lieu of flowers: The Missouri Area Methodist Foundation, which provides funds for a variety of ministries across the state. PO Box 1076, Columbia, MO, 65205-1076; Central Methodist University, which provides liberal arts education emphasizing ethical leadership and social responsibility. 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO, 65248; or The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s Foundation, funding scholarships for seminary students. 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, Kan., 66224

Contributions may also be made to The Jeanne V. Epple Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is being established by Jeanne’s family to provide assistance for students in need at the University of Missouri. Mizzou Gift Processing, 411 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211

Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dennis C. Tipton, 90, of Columbia, passed away peacefully at The Bluffs Saturday, March 11, 2017.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 16th at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

Dennis was born Aug. 4, 1926 in Fillmore, to Oral and Irene Tipton. He was the first of four siblings, David, Linda, and Tom.

A proud veteran, Dennis served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theatre. Upon returning home to Kansas City, he married his first wife Teresa Hanson in 1947, the mother of his natural children David and Susan. While working to support his wife and children, Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Kansas City School of Pharmacy under the G.I. Bill.

Dennis and family moved to Columbia in 1964, where he worked and became part owner of D&H Drug Store until his retirement. Following Teresa’s passing in 1992, Dennis married Maxine Roberts and after enjoying 22 years of marriage she survives at the home.

Dennis and Maxine took great enjoyment from their blended family and were very proud of them all. For several years following marriage, the couple spent the winter season at their vacation home in McAllen, Texas. Golfing three times a week with his wonderful friends and the camaraderie of that group was a real joy to him. At age 87, Dennis hit a hole-in-one on the golf course and took great pride in that accomplishment in the company of his friends.

He is survived by wife, Maxine; children, David Tipton (Leanna) and Susan (Ed) Musterman; grandchildren, Matt (Kelly) Tipton, Scott (Stacy) Tipton, Katy (Gentry) Musterman, Molly (Derrick) Schooler, and Joe Tipton; as well as five great grandchildren. He is also survived by stepson, Randy (Glenna) Roberts; Maxine’s grandchildren, Erin (Danielle) Carey, Beth (Jason) Carey, Ryan (Eryn) Carey, and Amy (Bryce) Carey, as well their combined six children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Teresa and sister, Linda.

A special thanks to Eddie Carey, Maxine’s dear son-in-law, who provided great friendship and assistance to Dennis and Maxine in their later years.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memoriam to Dennis be made to the Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri.

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

Published Friday, March 17, 2017

Jeanne Aline Ramlow, 74, passed away on March 13, 2017, at her home in Columbia.

A service honoring her memory will be announced at a later date.

Jeanne was born June 29, 1942, in Independence. Following the death of her parents when she was a very young child, Jeanne was adopted by Helen and Leigh Prettyman, her maternal aunt and uncle.

She grew up in Spring Lake, Mich., the eldest of three sisters, and often reminisced fondly about boating, swimming, and skating in a lakeside community. She returned to Missouri in 1960 to attend college at Stephens College in Columbia, where she met and married William A. Ramlow in 1961. They initially lived in Kansas City for Bill to obtain his dental education. After Bill’s army tour in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., they moved to Columbia, where Bill opened his orthodontic practice.

The couple had three children, Kristin, Alec, and Andrew. Some years after her marriage dissolved, Jeanne lived briefly in Sedona, Ariz., and Petrosky County, Mich., both artists’ colonies, but was always drawn back to Missouri to be closer to her family.

Jeanne was an accomplished artist, who especially loved creating portraits of children. She also shared her wonderful eye for color and design, tactfully helping many friends and family members decorate their homes. She had a positive outlook and an infectious laugh. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a caring friend, cheerfully assisting those who needed help. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children, daughter, Kristin Ramlow (Adam) of Columbia; sons, Alec Ramlow of Columbia, Andrew Ramlow of West Hollywood, Calif.; and grandson Joshua Lewis (Crystal) of Columbia. She is also survived by her sisters, Nathalie Prettyman and Linda Boer.

She was preceded in death by her biological and adopted parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to Second Chance Animal Shelter, 24687 Highway 179, Boonville, MO 65233.

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Charles W. Blackwell, M.D., passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Columbia.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Charles was born Nov. 26, 1930 in Huntsville to Grace Anna Locke Blackwell and Wilfred Eugene Blackwell. His aunt, Opal Williamson (husband, Warren), contributed to a loving upbringing and he benefited from the presence of his step-father, George Webdell.

Charles married his beloved wife, Glenda Reagor Blackwell, on June 5, 1954; she survives him. Charles graduated from LaPlata High School and Northeast Missouri State University where he was a member of Blue Key honorary and service fraternity and Sigma Tau Gamma social fraternity.

He received a B.S. in Medicine from the University of Missouri, and obtained his M.D. at McGill University, Montreal.

Following his medical internship at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, he partnered in a general medical practice at Platte Medical Clinic for six years. Charles completed a residency in radiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

He returned to Columbia in 1966 for a 33 year practice in radiology, including service as the Chief of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Ellis Fischel Cancer Hospital. Charles was a Senior Scientist in Radiology for the Cancer Research Center where he was the mammographer for the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project from 1974-1980. This was followed by appointment as the Director of the Women's Cancer Control Program at the Cancer Research Center.

He was on staff for hospitals in Mexico, Fulton, Fayette, Moberly, and Marceline. Throughout the years he provided radiology services for the MU Student Health Service. He was appointed Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Missouri Health Sciences Center.

Charles was instrumental in training generations of radiology residents who benefited from his depth of knowledge and experience. He was a member of several radiological societies and published articles and chapters that contributed to the science of mammography.

Charlie’s first passions were clarinet and jazz; his talents afforded him his undergraduate education. He enjoyed trout fishing and photography.

Charlie was an avid golfer and a charter member of the Country Club of Missouri where he was a member of the Wild Bunch. He was the proud owner of five holes in one (three certified!). His loyalties extended to the MU Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.

He was a man of intellect, love, and humor. He was loyal, honorable and tenderhearted, steadfast, gentle and even-tempered. He was the rock of our family and he is missed deeply.

Our family is forever grateful to Marla Merritt and Helen Noonan, caregivers and friends to the end. We are grateful to the staff and caregivers of Home Instead, Right at Home, Boone Hospital Hospice, and Anne Reeves and Elder Care Resources.

He is survived by daughter Linda Blackwell (David Goldman), daughter Karen Blackwell Mahoney (Don), and son Charles D. Blackwell (Mary); grandchildren, Brian Goldman (Stacey), Joe Goldman (Katie), Lauren Goldman (Kyle), Sam Blackwell Mahoney, Liz Mahoney Fulton (David), Sarah Mahoney, Geoff Blackwell (Pam), Ben Blackwell, Joanne Blackwell; and great-grandson, Matthew Fulton.

Charles is further survived by his sister, Jean Brown, of Pleasanton, Calif.; and her daughters, Patricia and Lisa.

Memorial donations suggested to the Mammography Fund at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, DC066.00, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212.

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

Published Friday, March 17, 2017

Ivan Lee Sander, 89, of Vancleave, Miss., and formerly of Columbia, entered eternal life peacefully, at home, on Thursday, March 16, 2017 after a short illness. He’s now back in Betty’s loving arms.

There will be a private funeral with interment in Jackson, Mo.

Ivan was born March 13, 1928 in Cape Girardeau.

He attended a one room school for grades 1-8 and then graduated from College High School in Cape Girardeau in 1946. His boyhood summers were spent on his grandparents farm near Jackson, Missouri where he met Betty Ann Wendel, the love of his life.

He and Betty were married on June 12, 1949 and spent 65 wonderful years together.They welcomed three children into theirs lives, Saundra, Deborah and Michael.

He received bachelor and master’s degrees in Science of Forestry from the University of

Missouri, graduating in 1953. After graduation, he began his 36 year career as a research forester with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. His specialty was researching how to effectively manage and regenerate hardwood forests of the Central United States and published numerous papers on the subject. His career took Betty and him to several places over the years including Berea, Kentucky, Athens, Ohio and Columbia where he retired in 1989.

Ivan was an active volunteer with the Columbia Kiwanis Club and served as President and on numerous committees. At the time of his move to Vancleave, he was a member of the Columbia United Church of Christ where he was twice president of the church council and served on many committees throughout his membership.

He and Betty loved to golf, bowl and play bridge and pinochle. They were big Mizzou basketball and St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fans. Ivan was also an accomplished woodworker, making intricate cars, toys and other items for all the grandchildren. The last several years he enjoyed making wooden pens and pencils and giving them away to his ‘special people.’

Ivan is survived by his three children, Saundra Moore of Vancleave, Miss., Deborah Richards (Pat) of Bliss, Idaho and Michael Sander (Cindy) also of Vancleave; five grandchildren, Jaret Moore (Trudy) of Mobile, Ala., Travis Moore of New Orleans, La., Ben Sander of Bozeman, Mont., and Amanda and Alicia Richards of Bliss, Idaho; two great- grandchildren, Kayley and Maddox Moore of Mobile, Ala..

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and his granddaughter Sarah Sander.

Ivan was a kind, loving and generous man which was evidenced by his care of Betty during her long struggle with Parkinson’s, refusing to put her in a facility. He was our hero and will be terribly missed.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Deaconess Hospice, 2556 Marcia Court, Suite 101, Biloxi, Miss. 39531. We thank them for all the loving care they gave to our father.

Published Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mabel G. Smith, 97, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at The Bluffs.

There will be no visitation and a private family graveside service.

Mabel was born September 29, 1919 in Bardstown, Ky.

She graduated from Christian College in 1939. Mabel transferred to the University of Missouri and graduated in 1942 majoring in Sociology.

Also in 1942, she married Harry E. Smith in Columbia.

During World War II, she became a spectrograph operator for the Aluminum Co. of America in their war plant in Kansas City.

After the war, Mabel and Harry returned to Columbia where Harry became an assistant coach with Don Faurot at M.U. Mabel became a full time homemaker, helping raise their two children and supporting her husbands’ career from Missouri to Southern California, Canada, and back to Columbia in 1952.

Mabel was a den mother for their son Harry and a Girl Scout leader for their daughter Judy, serving in that capacity for eight years. She was an enthusiastic supporter for their many activities. After they were older, she became a substitute teacher in the Columbia Public Schools. Through that experience she returned to the University of Missouri School of Education, graduating again and securing her lifetime teaching certificate. On completion, she taught twenty years at Ridgeway Elementary in Columbia. Mabel retired in 1984.

Mabel will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother who lived her life in full. She had many hobbies through the years. Gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, and walking were her favorite as she aged. Mabel loved her neighborhood.

She is survived by her daughter Judy (Duane) Huff; son Harry Smith Jr.; granddaughters Kelly (Tania) McLane, Laura (Dan) Shearer, and Haley Smith.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and a baby daughter. Her husband of 71 and a half years, Harry preceded her in death.

The family would like to thank The Bluffs staff and Home Instead for taking care of Mabel in her last months of life.

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

Published Sunday, April 2, 2017

Donald Herbert Schmiedt, 86, passed away from complications due to surgery from an aortic aneurysm on Monday, February 27, 2017 surrounded by family.

There will be a private celebration of life later this summer.

Donald was born April 2, 1930 in Woonsocket, S. D. to Herbert and Josephine Schmiedt.

Don was a sergeant in the Marines during the Korean conflict when he married Joye Garrett in May of 1951. Together they raised an outstanding family of six children.

Don was an avid reader, gardener and successful realtor. A man of great faith, Don and his family spent two years as missionaries serving the people of Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Joye; sons, Adrian (Linda), and Gordon (Marcia); daughter, Carla (Allen); sons, Sheldon (Gail), Jeff (Izabella), JD (Melissa); grandchildren, Aaron, Thomas, Travis, Heather, Jayson, Anthony, Christopher, Leah, Siana and Cory; great-grandchildren, Jason, Aliah, Courtney, Caitlin, Isaiah, Urijah, Brett, Evelyn, Gabriel, Gauge, Farran and Addisyn.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree.

“Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us.” Ecclesiastes 12:7

Published Friday, March 31, 2017

Raymond Eugene Boothe, 78, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Boone County Hospital in Columbia.

Family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory. Memorial Celebration will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at Columbia Benevolent Organization at the Columbia Elks Lodge 594.

He was born on June 15, 1938 in Green Mountain, Iowa. The son of Raymond and Myrtle (Bass) Boothe of whom preceded him in death.

Ray was married to the love of his life, his best friend, and soulmate Charlotte on June 15, 1958.

He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation he was employed with the Missouri Department of Transportation before moving to Columbia in 1967, where he built, opened and operated Nickerson Farms.

Ray and Charlotte purchased and operated Ed’s Café on the corner of Broadway & 5th from 1973-1983. Ray was an entrepreneur and business man throughout the years. He was an active member of the Columbia Elks Lodge #594 for 42 years. He served as a Trustee for many years, received Elk of the Year numerous times along with other awards and accolades. Ray was an active member in the community working hard to better all those around him.

He is most known for his immense love for his family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends whether at an MU game tailgating, fishing with his grandkids, cooking for any occasion or just going to the movies with his sweetheart. His integrity, loyalty and passion to others was unsurpassed. His strong character and soul not only touched the lives of his children but spread to all those who crossed his path. He was a father figure to many.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Charlotte Boothe of Columbia; his four daughters, Kim Ritten (Hans) of Chicago, Michelle Gastler (Mark) of Columbia, Stacy Morgan (Matthew) of Warrensburg, Amy McDonald (Thomas) of Lake Tapawingo. Grandchildren, Liam Ritten, Joshua Mantle (Julie), Amanda Gastler and fiancé Dan Valbracht, Madelyn Morgan, Mackenzie Morgan and Charles Morgan, Lillian McDonald and Molly McDonald; Great grandson, Bennett Mantle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by four sisters, Loretta DeWild, Phyllis Berube, Erma Lee Cooke, Lucille Dunphy; and one brother, Larry Boothe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Benevolent Organization (501-C3).

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203. (573) 449-4153

Published Sunday, April 9, 2017

June McDonald Rutter, 88, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Columbia.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Sat., April 15, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia. Friends may gather from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

June was born Dec. 6, 1928 in Joplin, to Louis and Leona Saunders McDonald.

After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1950 with a BS in Elementary Education and a member of Delta Gamma, she married Charles Rutter in Joplin. She would work as a teacher in the Ashland Public Schools and substitute in the Columbia school system for many years before retiring.

She is survived by four children, Jim Rutter (Catherine VanVoorn) of Columbia, David Rutter (Jane) of Ashland, Scott Rutter (Sara), and Brenda Walker (David) each of Columbia; ten grandchildren, Charles Rutter (Stephanie) of Durham, N.C., Rachel Rutter of Kearney, Laura Nutt (Ken), Corey Myers each of Ashland, Jacob Myers (Sarah) of Germany, Justin Rutter of Columbia, Elliot Rutter of Denver, Colo., Brandon Walker of Denver, Colo., Kate Walker of Columbia, and Libby Walker of Lawrence, Kan.; one niece, two nephews, and sister-in-law, Jane Smith (Ray) of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Charles on July 12, 2001.

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

Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Evelyn Kay Crews, 66, of Columbia, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at The Neighborhoods.

There will be a Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at The Crossing. Dinner will follow the service at The Crossing.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1951, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Dean and Shirley (Terrell) Rammelsberg.

She was married on June 13, 1975, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Charles “Chuck” Crews, who survives at the home.

She graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and in 1973 earned her B.A. in Education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Evy worked her way through college by waiting tables at the Ox Yoke Inn in the Amana Colonies. It was a family affair there with her mom, Shirley, cooking and sisters Lynde and Marilyn also waiting tables.

Evy was a proud University of Northern Iowa teaching grad and landed her first teaching job in Hampton, Iowa. She taught there two years and then moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa to marry Chuck. It didn’t take her long to land a teaching position with the Waterloo school system and she probably would have retired from there if Chuck hadn’t convinced her to move to north Texas, where they owned and operated two Flowerama of America plant and flower shops. Evy loved plants and probably would have retired there if Chuck hadn’t convinced her to move to Tulsa, Okla., where they owned and operated gift shops. Evy loved the excitement of the trade shows and working with customers and probably would have retired there if Chuck (it seems like there’s a pattern here) hadn’t convinced her to move to Columbia.

Columbia was the answer for Evy, Chuck and their boys. She landed a first grade teaching job at Shepard Elementary School and she and her students flourished there for 17 years.

Evy and Chuck spent many years away from attending church but found The Crossing 10 years ago and have been blessed to be members there. Evy loved many things, walking, exercising, tending her garden, pampering her indoor plants and camping with Chuck and the boys. She always had to have at least one cat who would find her lap. The last eight years she cherished every minute that she could spend with her energetic grandkids. There was never such a thing as having them over too much.

Besides her husband of 41 years, Evelyn is survived by, her father, Dean Rammelsberg, of Marshalltown, Iowa; her mother, Shirley Rammelsberg, of Fairfax, Iowa; two sons, Adam Crews (Sheila), and Aaron Crews (Enith), all of Columbia; grandchildren: Austin, Jordyn and Naomi Crews; two brothers, Jim and John Rammelsberg; and two sisters, Lynde Rammelsberg and Marilyn Ewer.

She was preceded in death by; maternal grandparents, Charles and Hulda Terrell; and paternal grandparents, Arthur Rammelsberg and Elizabeth Van Voy.

The family has set up an Evy Crews memorial scholarship fund at Central Bank of Boone County. The fund will be managed by and the scholarships award by Love, INC with the goal to award an annual scholarship to a local student who wants to be an elementary teacher and who would otherwise financially not be able to attend college. If you would like to donate to this fund please send your contribution to: Central Bank of Boone County, 720 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO. 65201. Make check out to Love, INC, memo line state Evy Crews Scholarship fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mark Edward Everett Sr., 59, of Columbia, passed away April 8, 2017 at Boone Hospital from a sudden heart attack.

Family and friends will celebrate Mark’s life on Sat., April 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn East, 915 Port Way.

Mark was born in Kansas City on October 29, 1957 to Edward and Elaine Everett.

He was the middle of five children, and the family lived in several states while growing up. Most memorable were his times in Vidalia, Ga., and Watertown, S.D., where he played football and met his life-long friends, who fondly call him “Hank.”

After graduating from Watertown High School in 1976, he briefly attended Black Hills State University before starting a career in retail. He had a talent for sales and was promoted to open and manage produce departments throughout the Midwest, eventually settling in Missouri with his family.

Mark was a die-hard KC Royals and Chiefs fan, and he enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and talking politics.

Mark was known for his sarcasm, quick wit, and the ability to connect with anyone and make them smile. He had a fierce love for his children and granddaughter, and he bragged on them to all.

Mark is survived by his children, Ryan Weatherstone and wife Jessica, Mark Everett Jr. and wife Jolie, MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy and husband Ryan, and granddaughter Stella, who was the apple of his eye. He is also survived by siblings Debbie (Jerry) Thomas, Linda Mohr, Jeri (Rick) Fyock, and Dennis (Dawna) Everett, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia, Missouri, in gratitude for services they provided the family in the last years of Mark’s life.

Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Charles Frank Schauwecker, 90, of Columbia, died Sunday, April 9, 2017, in the compassionate care of the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Mo., after a lengthy battle with Parkinsons Disease.

A visitation will be at the Parker-Millard Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Charlie was born at home to Alois Theodore Schauwecker and Margaret Anna (Meyer) Schauwecker on March 24, 1927.

Their family farm was located near Westphalia, on the Little Maries River in Osage County. When Charlie reached the age for school, he and his sister Jane attended Fatima School in Westphalia where he learned not only how to read and write, but also to speak English since German was spoken in his home. When he wasn’t in school, he helped with farm chores.

After his formal education ended, he farmed and then enlisted in the army as soon as he turned eighteen in 1945. Fortunately, the war ended at the same time as his basic training, so he spent his time overseas as a soldier in the occupation army stationed in Austria. He was able to speak to the citizens in German and enjoyed the local cuisine that reminded him of home. After he returned stateside, he met the love of his life, Stella Nacke. They courted at dances and church picnics, where they earned a reputation for their light steps on the dance floor and their luck at winning raffle prizes.

They married on Sept. 27, 1952 in Meta. Together they raised three children, Tom, Jim, and Judy. Charlie worked in sales of agriculture-related products in Jefferson City, Sedalia, and Columbia until retirement in 1996.

He especially loved the springtime when the farmers began planting their crops and he made sure they had all the seed and fertilizer they needed for a bountiful crop. He loved being outdoors; family and work were his passion. He would mow his own lawn, the lawns of his family members, and all of the church grounds at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Charlie’s faith in God was foremost in his life. He became a 4th Degree Knight and served as the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus while attending Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia. After moving to Columbia in 1966, he was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes. He set an example for his family with his strong work ethic and selfless manner of always putting others first.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Stella; and his sister, Evelyn Wekenborg of Salisbury. Other survivors include his children and their spouses, Tom (Sharon) Schauwecker, Jim (Kathy) Schauwecker of Columbia, and Judy (Mark) Switzer of Kansas City. Grandchildren include, Drew (Leslie) Switzer, Matt Switzer, and Abby Switzer of Kansas City, Kurt (Suzanne) Schauwecker of Chicago, Anne (Kramer) McLuckie of Des Moines, and William, Harry, and Margaret Schauwecker of Columbia, Charlie Schauwecker of Seattle; and great-grandchildren, Max and Summer Switzer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Jane Wegman; and brother, Walter (Corky) Schauwecker.

Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, #1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, 65265 or Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 813 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, 65203.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203. (573) 449-4153

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lloyd Earl Cavanah, 97, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Boone Hospital Center.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

He was born Sept. 18, 1919 in Chariton County, north of Keytesville, son of Cyrus and Mary (McAdam) Cavanah.

He was united in marriage to Anne Willhite on Sept. 12, 1948 and she preceded him in death. He married Ocal Hensley Condra on March 21, 1998 she also preceded him in death.

Lloyd spent the early part of his life on the farm, getting his elementary education in one room rural schools and graduating from Salisbury High School in 1940. He enrolled at the University of Missouri, Columbia in the fall of 1940 and attended two years before being called into military service during World War II. After basic training and officer’s school he was assigned to an armored artillery unit. He served under Geo. S. Patton from the Normandy Beaches to the Battle of the Bulge in the European theater. He was discharged as Captain in 1946.

He reentered the University of Missouri receiving BS and MS degrees in Agronomy. He joined the Agronomy faculty in 1948 and retired as professor emeritus in 1985. He was engaged in teaching, research and managing the Agronomy Research Farms. He was instrumental in developing the Missouri Foundation Seed Program, a program that increases and distributes quality seeds to the farmers of Missouri. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and Gamma Sigma Delta fraternities, Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia and the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Lloyd is survived by one son, Richard and his wife Sandra of North Palm Beach, Fla.; Daughter-in-law Joan Cavanah, of Columbia; Step-son, Charles Condra and wife Catherine of Fenton. Grandchildren, Kristin, Molly, Haydon, Dylan, Alison and Emily. Lloyd also had seven great grand-children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Charles Cavanah; and three brothers.

Special thanks to the compassionate staff at Phoenix Home Care, Hospice Compasses, Boone Hospice and Boone Hospital Staff.

Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels, Columbia.

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

Published Sunday, April  23, 2017

Nellie Katherine Symm-Gruender, 65, of Rockport, Texas and Columbia, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after fighting a 4-month battle with cancer.

Celebration of life services to be held on April 23, at Unity Church at Noon, located at 1119 North Pearl Street Rockport, Texas 78382. Reception to follow afterwards.

In addition, there will be a celebration of life on April 30, at The Tiger Shrine Club from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., located at 2315 N. Stadium Blvd Columbia, MO 65202. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Born Nellie Katherine Reynolds in Decatur, Ill., Nellie graduated from Stephen Decatur High school in 1969, already a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She went on to earn her degree as a Registered Nurse and was Director of Emergency Departments for several major-medical centers during her career. During her career, she was named Nurse of the Year by Seton and several other organizations for her exceptional work.

Nellie was instantly loved by everyone she met with her exuberant and bright personality. She loved sailing and traveling, and she combined the two by traveling in her sailboat on several extended cruises to the Caribbean. Nellie found great joy in visiting with the locals she met and learning their life stories. She also applied her nursing skills in her travels and volunteered numerous times on medical missions to Honduras through Honduras Good Works, which provides the only medical care available to thousands of people in the remote mountain regions. She paid for scholarships for several young Hondurans to continue their education, including one who completed her degree and is now a teacher. The young lady considers Nellie to be her child’s grandmother and they held a special connection through the years.

Nellie recently had her first book published, “Wisdom from the Cup”, a memoir of her adventures, each story a life lesson learned while acquiring one of the many coffee cups in her now grand collection. She was an accomplished fused glass artist and loved teaching students in her studio in Rockport, creating unique pieces of art.

Nellie is survived by her husband, Eugene H. Gruender Jr.; sons, Eugene H Gruender III (Shelly) of Columbia, Robert Wayne Gruender (Nichole) of Tipton, James Mason Roark-Gruender (Paul) of Sturgeon, and Zachary Symm (Sarah) of Round Rock, Texas; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Charles Reynolds of Decatur, Ill. and Harold Reynolds of Decatur, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Reynolds, Ida Green Reynolds; and brother, Junior Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Honduras Good Works (hondurasgoodworks.org), an organization she loved and cherished where there are no paid personnel. All funds go directly to medical supplies and education for the poor of Honduras.

Guestbook available online at www.resthavenfunerals.com

Arrangements and care entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Aransas Pass.

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Janice Nan Conover Oliphant, 88, of Columbia, passed away, at home, Friday, April 28, 2017, surrounded by her daughter and son-in-law.

A memorial service will be at Tiger Place, 2910 Bluff Creek Dr., Columbia, MO 65201, on May 11 at 3:00 p.m. Inurnment services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery on June 1, at 11:00 a.m.

Jan graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. She graduated from Stephens College, Columbia, with an Associate Arts degree in 1948. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Jan married Robert S. Oliphant, of Columbia, on Dec. 27, 1948 at St. George Church, St. Louis, Mo.

Jan was active in Daughters of the American Revolution, Columbian Chapter. She was a King’s Daughters charter member of the Margaret Hart Circle (Columbia). She was a King’s Daughters member of the Hazel Ebert Circle. Jan was a foster parent for St. Johns Children Home in Belleville, Ill. She was involved in the World Affairs Forum in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

After Bob’s retirement from World Color Press, Mt. Vernon, Ill., they traveled throughout the United States. In 1997, they returned to Columbia to make it their final home. She was an avid golfer & home chef.

They were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Kris Knutson.

Jan loved all animals, especially her two cats Snickerdoodle and Lucy Blossom. Memorials in Jan’s memory can be made to Second Chance, 24687 MO-179, Boonville, MO 65233 or Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Alma Fay Scott, 90, of Hallsville, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at South Hampton Place.

Alma was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Ashland, the daughter of Derby L. Martin and Estelle (White) Martin.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, at New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, in Ashland.

Alma retired from 3M after 15 years of employment. She was a homemaker and devoted to her family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Cathy (John) Rigsbee of Columbia; one son, Carl (Joan) Scott of Florida; one brother, Eddie Lee (Rachel) Martin of Ashland; one sister-in-law, Betty Martin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Doris Fern (Robert) Calvin of Lee’s Summit; one granddaughter, Shari; and several nieces and nephews.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, Derby & Estelle; her husband, Robert Scott; two brothers, Guy Martin and Jesse Leon Martin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.

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

Published Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jo Anne Heisner Savage, 87, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, May 1, 2017.

There will be a small service at 10:00 am on Wed., May 24 in the Boone Landing chapel, at 101 N Keene St. Around 10:30 family and friends will meet in the activity room to share stories and refreshments.

She was born to Benny and Esther Meador in 1929 and raised on a family farm near Sweet Springs.

She wed Wallace Heisner, her high school flame, in a 1947 home wedding.

They raised four children in Columbia after moving here in 1958. Jo Anne often said she always “just wanted to be a mother and a housewife,” a role she relished. When her children were older she went to MU and later became one of the first employees of Boyce and Bynum labs and the secretary to the Chaplain’s Office at Stephens College.

Five years after Wally died, she married Jim Savage in 1992. They cherished their late life romance and traveled extensively for ten years before his death in 2001.

Jo Anne was one of the first residents of Boone Landing, where she was known for her friendliness and quick humor.

She will be missed especially by her surviving children, Susan Heisner Beekman, Mark Heisner, and Philip Heisner; as well as, Joshua Harlan, her daughter Cathy’s son. She also leaves behind four other grandchildren, Ben and Johanna Beekman in Oregon, Paige Heisner Molina in Chile, and Olivia Heisner Rousseau in Illinois; and a great-grandson, Evan Harlan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to PACE Children’s Theater c/o Mark Heisner, 2000 E. Broadway Ste 336, Columbia, MO 65201.

Published Sunday, May 14, 2017

JoAnn (Cagle) Beard, 75, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Columbia, leaving this notice:

Dear Kids,

I made it! I’m in Heaven with Dad, and what an amazing trip! I had the privilege of being Wife, Mom and Grandma. I was a stay at home Mom for you because you matter, family matters and home matters. As family and friends gather to remember me and say goodbye, hold on to the good times and the happy memories. Cherish every moment, love one another, and show kindness to those around you. All my love forever and a day, Mom.

We are so proud of each of you and our legacy continues with our children and grandchildren.

Son, Jack Beard Jr.; daughters, Mylinda (Tobin) Lanzl, Rebecca “Beckie” (Carl) Evans and Lisa Martin. Grandchildren, Austyn-Marie Hollowell, Zechariah “Cole” (Courtney) Macbeth, Ethan Evans; brother, Albert “Skeet” (Sheri) Cagle; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and the great-grandchildren yet to come!

The children of JoAnn will honor their Mom with a visitation on Friday May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, in Columbia. Jack retired from the United States Marine Corps after 30 years of service, because Jack enlisted, JoAnn also served; their military service will be honored on Friday May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery, 1479 County Rd 1675, in Jacksonville, Mo. where they will be buried together with full military honors.

Jo Ann was born to Randall Rowe Cagle and Lucy Ellen (Franklin) Cagle on Feb. 15, 1942 in Wichita, Kan.

Waiting in heaven for JoAnn was Jack, her loving husband of 43 years; both of her parents, Randall and Lucy Cagle; one brother, Randy Cagle; and daughter-in-law, Rebecca (McNew) Beard.

JoAnn & Jack volunteered in their church tutoring and working with children in after school programs, as well as, helping anyone less fortunate with food, clothing, and basic needs.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Coyote Hill Children’s Home, Rainbow House or a charitable organization of your choice. Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Barbara Anne Logsdon, 78, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 surrounded by her family.

A memorial celebration will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Columbia.

Barbara was born in Woburn, Mass. on Sept. 12, 1938, daughter of Allen and Ruth (Cowham) McLatchy.

She married James Nelson Logsdon and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Barbara enjoyed playing cards and stirring up the area with the Bethel Ridge Gang. She enjoyed her family and being in the know about things.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth McLatchy; children, Kathy Alyea (James), James Logsdon (Buffy), Amy Fields (John), Denise Buffa (Tony) and Eric Logsdon (Yvonne); brother, Allen McLatchy and sister, Marsha Bartolo (Leo). 16 grandchildren and eight great -grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Richard McLatchy.

Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans.

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

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Major James Blueitt, 73, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2016 at University of Missouri Hospital.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 16, funeral services followed at at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with Bishop Lorenzo Lawson, officiating.

Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.

He was born on August 5, 1943 in Columbia, the son of Fred Blueitt and Estell (Turner) Blueitt, who preceded him in death.

Major was employed at Columbia Brick and Tile until they closed. He then worked for Dialysis Clinic, Inc. of Columbia, retiring after nearly twenty years. Major was a friend to everyone he met. He lived his life to the fullest and on his own terms. He liked sports and fishing, but he loved people. His family and friends knew him by many names: Scrappie, Scooby, Louie and Old Player to name a few. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at the clubs in town. He was known to hang out at Tony’s Pizza for hours at a time.

He is survived by two daughters, Jeanetta Blueitt, Nicole Blueitt both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, Ernest (Joyce) Blueitt of Lakewood, Colo., Fred Blueitt, Bennie (Cythnia) Blueitt; five sisters, Marcelle Lige, Carrie (Elmer) Redden, Risa (Phillip) Warrick, Leneta Dixon, Patricia Blueitt; one aunt, Mary Catherine Turner, all of Columbia; and seven grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents Major was preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Crum Williams.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.

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

Published Thursday May 11, 2017

Charles “Dean” Lakin, 81, of Columbia, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 12 at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Road (I-70 at the Lake of the Woods exit), Columbia, Mo. 65202 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Born Feb. 29, 1936 in Liberal, to Fred and Ellen Lakin.

A graduate of Pittsburg State University, he completed his Army basic training at Fort Knox.

Dean began his 42-year career at MFA Oil Company in 1958. It was at MFA Oil that he met his wife Betty, the love of his life. They were married in 1962.

He is survived by two children, Kimberly Lakin Mize (Geoffrey) of Charlotte, N.C. and Phil Lakin (Johnna) of Rocheport; and one grandchild, Oliver Mize. Also surviving are his two brothers-in-law, whom he counted as his best friends, Keith Boyer (RuthAnn) of Burlington, Iowa and Ronnie Boyer of Arbela. Dean is survived by eight nieces and nephews, who could always count on Uncle Dean for a little gas money while in college in Columbia.

Over the years, Dean was an active supporter of his children’s passions, including 4-H and FFA. He loved sharing his talent for chemistry, small engine repair, woodworking, and welding with young people and was an incredible friend to everyone who knew him. In his later years, he rarely missed an auction or lunch at the Senior Center.

He grew popcorn in his garden and popped it by hand in butter on the stovetop. He maintained a perfectly manicured lawn of five acres until the day before his death. A leap year baby, he delighted in sharing his “real” age. He was an incredible grandfather, teaching Oliver the basics of archery, fishing and genuine kindness. He was on his way to see his grandson when he died.

In his honor, memorial contributions may be sent to support the Betty Boyer Lakin Scholarship at Stephens College (Advancement Office, 1200 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215) or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stephen Blake Sasse, 76, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at The Bluffs Skilled Nursing facility.

Graveside services, with full military honors will be conducted privately at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery at Jacksonville, Missouri.

He was born in Moberly, on March 16, 1941, the son of Louis Donald and Helen Norine (Blake) Sasse.

Steve married Joyce Swearingen Sasse Nov. 22, 1964 in Topeka, Kan. and she survives.

Steve graduated from Moberly High School and attended Moberly Junior College. He graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Steve joined the United States Air Force in 1961 and served four years. He was stationed in Texas, Labrador, Greenland and Topeka, Ka.

Steve enjoyed trout fishing and quail hunting. He was a founding member and President of the Rocheport Republican Rod and Gun Club. He was a member of VFW Post 280.

Steve was employed at State Farm Insurance for nearly 30 years, most of that time as a Superintendent. He retired in 1997.

He is also survived by a son, David Blake Sasse (Christine) of Conway, Ark.; a daughter, Stefanie Ann Crupe of Columbia; a sister, Dodie Jones of Columbia; a sister, Kathy Wistrom of Grove, Okla.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.

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

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peggy Jane Culhane, 73, of Columbia, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Columbia.

Funeral Service in Missouri will be on Friday, May 19th, at 11:00 a.m. at Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia. Burial will occur later in Willow Creek Cemetery in North Dakota.

Peggy was born Oct. 15, 1943 in Bottineau, N.D., the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Hagen) Larson.

She married Ronald Culhane on Feb. 16, 1966 in Belle Glade, Fla. and they had three daughters; Lisa, Amy and Karen. Peg and Ron lived in Overly, N.D. for many years before moving to Columbia.

Peggy dedicated over 40 years of her life to caring for and helping others as a Registered Nurse (RN). She loved to travel with family and friends, play the piano, sew and quilt, feed and watch birds, and play cards. Peggy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren - playing games, building and fixing things, sledding, and visiting places with them like the zoo, amusement parks and Branson.

Peggy’s love and dedication for her family was never more apparent than when she took time off from work to care for her daughter Lisa during her battle with lung cancer, and later to fight for the best care possible for her husband Ron when he was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia. Peggy’s caring and loving heart showed throughout her life and she had a sweet smile for people even during her last week.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Allen) Huggins of Columbia; son-in-law, Brent Knoepfle of Bottineau N.D.; sister, Barb (Mark) Evanger of Mandan N.D.; brother, Ronald Larson of Overly N.D.; six grandchildren, Nicholas and Patrick Knoepfle, and Caitlyn, Garrett, Logan and Rylan Huggins; uncle, Oscar Hagen of La Crosse Wis.; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Greeting Peggy in Heaven was her husband, Ron; daughters, Lisa Knoepfle and Amy Culhane; brother, Curtis Larson; and parents, Clarence and Clara Larson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building campaign at Campus Lutheran Church, 304 S College Ave, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

Published Friday, May 19, 2017

Arlin Frederick Epperson, 79, succumbed to an abdominal tumor and passed peacefully from this life, at his home surrounded by his family, on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

A Celebration of Life ceremony is planned at the New Life Community Church in Columbia, on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. We invite those that knew Arlin to attend and share memories of his life.

He was born Oct. 30, 1937 in Independence, to Fred and Frances Epperson and was the eldest of four children.

He was married to Mary Stone, in Columbia, in 1960 and he remained in Columbia the rest of his life.

He attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and received an Associate of Arts Degree. He later completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Business from the University of Missouri. Masters and doctorate degrees were completed at the University of Indiana in the area of managing public and community services.

Arlin was a man of many talents and had a variety of jobs in his life. He was active duty in the Army and in the Army Reserves from 1960-1963. He was a teacher, a computer programmer, State Park Administrator, a pastor, a college volley ball assistant coach, certified tax broker, certified financial adviser and had a real estate license.

He could water-ski barefoot and roller skate like a professional. He was the author of two books, a magazine editor with a circulation over 500,000, and wrote many programs for teaching the gospel. He was the Assistant Dean of Graduate studies and Associate Professor at Columbia College and initiated the online education programs for the college.

Beginning in 2006, Arlin traveled to Africa each year as a missionary, where he taught seminars to nearly 10,000 pastors in over 35 cities to spread the Word of God.

He has two children, Karen Epperson of Warrensburg and Duane Epperson, with wife Patricia, in Columbia. He was the proud “Papa” to five grandchildren, Madison Stuart and Travis Toy of Warrensburg, and Kaitlin, Cameron and Nicholas Epperson of Columbia. His two brothers, Merle and Melvin Epperson also survive.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Graceland University http://www.graceland.edu/giving/make-a-gift-today


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