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Kewpie Deaths - 2019
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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

Rose Marie Buescher Corgan, Class of 1947, died at home in Springfield, Illinois on January 17, 2019.

Susan Louise Batye, Class of 1986, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at The Neighborhoods Skilled Nursing Home in Columbia.

Jack Edward Sapp, Class of 1941, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at his home in Columbia.

Morris Raymond Cleveland, Class of 1949, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

Larry Wayne Kreutz, Class of 1991, passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Ronald Ray Coleman, Class of 1968, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at his home in Columbia.

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ronald Ray Coleman, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at his home.

A Gathering of Friends will take place from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Ron was born in Columbia on Jan. 10, 1950 to Betty Jean and Odell Coleman who preceded him in death. He was married to Kim Coleman for 48 years and the proud father of two sons, Christopher and Justin (Sarah) Coleman and the grandfather to Olivia, Evan, and Paloma whom he adored. He is also survived by a brother, Mike (Tawanda) and a niece, Hali.

Ron attended the University of Missouri and was a proud supporter of the Mizzou Tigers. He was also a avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved to watch them play.

Ron started his working life at Bobs Market on Worley St. sorting pop bottles in the 7th grade. He started working for Nowells Supermarket after high school and then got into the restaurant business starting at Flaming Pit and Katy Station restaurants. He then worked for various restaurant companies throughout the US. He loved the restaurant business and felt lucky to travel all over the country with the business. He mostly loved the people he would meet and loved to make new friends. Ron never met a stranger and was a mentor to many.

After retiring from the restaurant business he sold commercial real estate for Maher Commercial Real Estate.

Ron was loved by many and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, Ron’s family would request memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society using this link: or dropped off at the funeral home.

Published Friday, January 4, 2019

Larry Wayne Kreutz, 47, of Columbia, passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton. Please come as you are; Larry always did. Inurnment will follow in Portland Cemetery.

He was born in Columbia on July 9, 1971, the son of Lawrence Kreutz and the late Dorothy Lee (Watson) Kreutz.

Larry worked in Inside Sales for French Gerleman Electric. His hobbies included shooting pool, camping, fishing, and target shooting. He was proud to serve as a Boy Scout leader. Larry’s passion was collecting money to fight childhood cancer with the Hooligan’s Charitable Riding Group. When he was young, he loved spending time with his Grandpa and Grandma Kreutz working on the farm.

Those remaining to cherish his memory include sons, Jerry Kreutz, and Lucas Kreutz, both of Columbia; father, Lawrence Kreutz of Columbia; sisters, Kerrie Smith (Robert) of Montgomery City, Dianna Harmon (Scott) of Columbia, and Cheryl Pokorny (Eric) of Aurora, IL.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hooligan’s Charitable Riding Group Larry Wayne Kreutz Scholarship Fund, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251. Checks should be made payable to Hooligan’s Charitable Riding Group.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Morris Raymond Cleveland, 88, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

There are no services scheduled.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mildred (Jordan) Cleveland; and his wife, Rosemary (Evans) Cleveland. Morris is survived by his children and their families, Rebecca, Jimmy, David and Danny

Online condolences may be made at

Published Friday, January 11, 2019

Jack Edward Sapp passed away peacefully in the company of family on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in his home at the age of 97.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with graveside services at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Jack was born in December of 1921 in Columbia, the fourth child of Franklin M. Sapp and Ora M. Sapp (Smith). Jack was married to Beverly J. Eldridge- Meyers in November of 1953 and they recently celebrate 65 years of marriage.

Jack was a graduate of Hickman High School class of 1941. He and his three brothers proudly served simultaneously in WWII where Jack was a Sgt. in the U.S. Army. He worked as the manager of Bowling Lumber Company in Columbia for twenty years and then served as the Purchasing Agent for the City of Columbia until his retirement in 1983. Jack was a life-time member and one of the organizers of the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) in 1972 and served as President in 1978. He was a charter member of the Cosmopolitan Breakfast Club and also a member of American Legion Post 202. He was a member of American Veterans (Am Vets) and the Lions Club of Rocky Mount, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife Beverly; two daughters, Patsy Michaud and husband Jim of Colorado and Donna Sapp and husband Micki Summey of Boonville; one son, Steven Sapp and wife Kim of Columbia; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Franklin Morris Jr., Marion Lee, and Russell E.; and one sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Powell.

Memorials may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight or the charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank BrightStar Care and Hospice Compassus for their compassionate care of Jack during his time of confinement.

Online condolences may be made at

Published Sunday, Jaunuary 20, 2019

Susan Louise Batye, 54, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at The Neighborhoods Skilled Nursing Home in Columbia.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia, with memorial services to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Francis Doyle officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Susan was born on Dec. 12, 1964 in Edwardsville, IL the daughter of Arthur and Vera (Miessler) Batye, who preceded her in death . She was a graduate of Hickman High School and worked at ACT in Columbia.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Lou Gray of San Diego, and Rhonda Robb (Terry) of Columbia; two brothers, Gale Batye of Wentzville, and Rick Batye of Columbia; two nieces, Heather Roberts (Brandon) of Columbia, and Brittany Robb of Columbia; and three nephews, Shawne Batye (Eddy) of Overland, Jonathan Batye of Wentzville, and Kevin Gray (Nicole) of Goodyear, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boone County Family Resources OR Special Olympics, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Rose Marie Buescher Corgan, 89 years old, born on July 18, 1929 and died at home in Columbia on January 17, 2019.

She was the daughter of William and Estelle (Rice) Buescher. She married James Emory Corgan on 9/10/1949 in Columbia, Missouri.

Rose grew up with five siblings- James, Carolyn, Una Mae, Sara, Maribeth and her parents in a four-room house in Columbia, Missouri.

Maribeth, the youngest and only one left says about Rose: “We are both caretakers. We are a lot alike.”

Rose graduated from Hickman High School in 1947 and was a proud Kewpie. She attended the University of Missouri, quit to get married and went back to school at Blackburn College in 1970, to save her sanity. She received her master’s degree from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois. Rose became a teacher, educating and entertaining legions of fifth graders in Virden. She forever referred to them as “the world’s finest people.”

Rose was a force of nature- she lived out loud, with enthusiasm, humor, generosity, kindness, and love. Rose was an amazing life partner of 69 years to Jim, whom she met in dance class and won over with chocolate pie. With Jim, she raised four children, Wesley Corgan, Lynne Galassi, Carol Corgan and Bill Corgan(Joyce).

Rose loved people- family, friends, strangers. She adored so many: we can’t name you all, but you know who you are. She wanted to know your story and what mattered to you. She delighted in telling you her stories and what mattered to her. Things that mattered to her were many: people, words, literature, writing, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, travel, conversation, politics, theatre, hot air balloons, giraffes, cardinals, art and more conversation. She loved to have a party, opening the door, cooking together, and inviting everyone to tell stories and laugh.

She leaves all her family and friends sorrowful and full of stories, which we will keep telling. Rose never wanted a funeral: “Have a party,” she always said. So, raise a glass!

She only wanted flowers while she was living. So, in lieu of flowers, think of her or send a donation to: Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 100 N 16th St, Springfield IL 62703

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