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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










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.

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.

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 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 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.


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