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May Our Deceased Classmates, Rest in Peace

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Gary Acton

Mary Allen

Ronnie Anderson

Mike Andrews 

Pat Andrews

Carol Ashlock

Bill Ballew

Georgia Banks

Edward Barbee

JT Barnes

Virginia Barnes

Janice Barnhart
Jewell Bledsoe

Ronald Bledsoe

George Bradfield

Cheryl Branham

David Brinkman

John Brown

Ed Bryant

Bob Bryson

Melvin Burnett

Carter Burton

Sherry Bush

John Chapman

Roy Lee Clayborne

   David Cornelison

Glenda Crane
   Jimmie Daly

John Daly

JoAnn Denney

James Devier

Henry Doenges

John Douglas

Sharon Fisk

Bruce Goebel

Russell Grant

Rick Gray

Karen Harris

Robert Hendren

Dale Holman

Greg Hourigan

Ron Hudson

Bobbi Hunt

John Hunt

June Hunt

Sara Hunt

Harley Hyde

Jim Jones

Jimmie Jones

Michael Judd

Kary Kabler

Janet Keene

Carolyn Kemper

Marvin Kinney

Sharon Lay

Natalie Levitt

Carol Libbee

Blair Long

Dennis Marriott 

Mattie Matthews

Johnnie McBaine

Freddie McCray

Pete McDermott 

Dennis McGreer

Carolyn McIlvain

Sue Ann McLeod

Roy Morris 

Eldon Mosby

Jane Murdock

Sharon Kay Mustain

Danny Neal 

Sandy Nelson

Shirley Niles

Susan Norman

John Ohman 

Jean Ellen Pace

Tammy Page

Jack Palmer

Bob Parker

John Parker

Gail Petri

David Poe

Nick Putnam 

Danny Rector

Tessie Redmon

Sharon Reed

Jerry Rice 

Sandy Riggins

Phillip Robinson

Ronnie Roth

Biola Samuels 

Gerald Sappington

Gary Saunders

Mary Schulte

Pat See 

Sarah Seelen

Phyllis Short

Betty Gayle Smith

Sandra Kay Smith   

Jay Spangler

Robert Strader

Eddie Sutton

Georoge Todd

Susan Troelstrup

Bill Trumbower

Rob Vanatta

Barry Vanlandingham

Joe Wade

Kay Wade 

Connie Warren

John Washington

Donna Wayland

Susie Weinberg 

Richard Wilson

John Windsor

Don Zumwalt

Those we love truly never die

116 Kewpies deceased of the Class of '63 - Updated April 4, 2024

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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 

Deceased Family Members of 1963 Kewpies 
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Published Thursday, June 26, 1969

Jerry Orville Rice, 24, of 4313 Rice Road, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 1969, at the University Medical Center, from the injuries he received in an accident June 13 on U. S. Highway 63, North.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jim Hoehn.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born April 1, 1945, in Flint, Michigan; he was the son of Orville and Lola Hall Rice.  He married the former Barbara Cottle, March 12, 1966, and she survives.  He was a member of the Teamster's Union local and was employed by the Missouri Concrete Company at the time of the accident.  He had just returned from active duty with the U. S. Navy.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Candy Lynn Rice, both of 4313 Rice Road; his parents, Route 1; two sisters, Mrs. San J. House, 4313 Rice Road; and Miss Marilyn Rice, Route 1, two brothers; Danny Lee Rice, U. S. Navy, and Darrell Lynn Rice, Route 1; a paternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Rice, 700 N. Garth Ave; and two nieces and two nephews.

Pallbearers will be Larry Perkins, Gary Chaney, Mervin Wells, Henry Lamb, Chris Mattingly, and Clarence Hyde.  Friends may call at the Memorial Funeral Home until time for burial.

Published Tuesday, April 4, 1984

Former Columbia Sandra Riggins Morrison, 39, of McLean, Va., died March 24, 1984, in Upper Heyford, England of injuries received when a motorcycle struck a car in which she was a passenger.

A 1963 Hickman High School graduate, she graduated from Stephens College and, in 1967, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She moved to Washington, D. C. in 1967 to work for the U. S. Navy where she became head of Public Inquiries and Research in the Office of the Chief of Infomation.  She transferred to the Air Force Surgeon General's Office where she became chief of Congressional Inquiries.  An Air Force spokesman said Mrs. Morrison was on temporary assignment at the time of her death.

Surviving are her husband, Stephen Morrison of McLean, Va., who was with her when the accident occurred; two children, Stephanie M. and Alexander W. of McLean; her father, John Riggins of Kansas City; her stepfather, Stanley Hlasta of Columbia; a brother Wayne Riggins of Fullerton, Calif.; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Hunsaker of Camp Point, Il.

Her mother, Mildred Hlasta, preceded her in death in 1972.

Services will be at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean, Va., with burial in the Washington area.  Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va.

Eddie Barbee died of cancer on March 30, 1993.

Story ran on May 19, 1996

Roy Lee Clayborne, 50, of Columbia died Thursday, May 16, 1996, at his home.

Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Russell Chapel CME Church with the
Rev. John Loving officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Warren Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Clayborne was born May 17, 1945, in Columbia to Ruben Clayborne and Gladys
Sallee Clayborne.

He graduated from Douglass High School in Columbia. He served in the U.S. Army
from 1965 to 1967 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Spc. 5. He
worked as a salesman for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 23 years.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys Clayborne of Columbia; a son, Roy
Stephens of Columbia; a brother, William Clayborne of Columbia; two sisters,
Helen Sheley of Columbia and Bernice Wilkerson of Denver; a granddaughter; an
aunt; an uncle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.

Story ran on August 2, 1996

George Ronald Roth, 51, of Columbia died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at his

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Parker Funeral Chapel with the
Rev. John Yonker officiating. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery. Visitation
will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the funeral chapel.

Mr. Roth was born on Jan. 18, 1945, in Boone County to George H. and Gladys
Palmer Roth.

He graduated from Hickman High School and attended Kansas City Art Institute.
He was employed by Sears and was a property manager for Roth Properties.

Survivors include his mother, of Columbia; two sisters, Vicki Connelly of
Platte City and Carolyn Boucher of Chesterfield; and a brother, Dudley Roth of

He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church of Columbia.

Published Monday, September 9, 2002

Gerald E. Sappington, 57, of Lynnwood, Wash., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Northwest Christian Chapel in Seattle.

Mr. Sappington was born Jan. 30, 1945, to Robert Earl Sappington and Frances E. Snell Sappington of Centralia.

He married Martha Shelton on Dec. 24, 1965, in Union, and she survives.

He was a member of the Northwest Christian Church of Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ozark Christian College in Springfield. He was a faculty member of Puget Sound Bible College in Seattle at the time of his death.

Other survivors include his mother, Frances Sappington of Columbia; a daughter, Adina Peck of St. Paul, Minn.; a son, Brian Sappington of Lynnwood, Wash.; and a grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials are suggested to cancer research.

Published Saturday, April 27, 2002

Thomas Nichols Putnam III, 57, of Las Vegas, and formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at his home.

Services will be held at Palm Green Valley Mortuary in Las Vegas. Burial will be in Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Columbia. Arrangements are pending.

Mr. Putnam was born Aug. 11, 1944, in Alexandria, Va., to Thomas Putnam II and Jane Seybold Putnam.

He graduated from Kemper Military Academy in Boonville and earned a degree in landscape agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as a landscaper for more than 30 years.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Putnam IV and Justin Putnam, both of Las Vegas, and David Putnam of Rockford, Ill.; and a sister, Joel Seybold Putnam of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Published Monday December 17, 2001 (From the Houston Chronicle)

Georgia Marie Banks Koletzke, 56, passed away Friday, December 14, 2001, in Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Koletzke was born July 15, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri to Ralph Richard Anthony Banks and Helen Copeland.

Georgia is survived by her three daughters; Robin Koletzke, Jacqueline Mancuso and her husband Anthony, Stephanie Donato and her husband Jack; her two sons, Matt Koletzke and wife Stacy and Mike Koletzke, mother, Helen Copeland, brother Raymond Copeland and wife Cindy, sister Pam Waldron and husband Preston and three grandchildren.

She is also survived by her children's father, Robert Koletzke, her former husband and dearest friend, Michael Short, as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

Before establishing her own medical billing business, Mrs. Koletzke retired from Enron Corp. in 1992 after 27 years of employment.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday December 17, 2001 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in the chapel.  Interment will follow in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial and Honor Program, P. O. Box 370127, Houston, Texas 77257-0172 or to the charity of your choice.

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2001

John Michael Ohman, 56, formerly of Columbia, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at the Valley Medical Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

Burial will be in the Columbia Cemetery with a private family service under the direction of Parker Funeral Service.

Mr. Ohman was born Nov. 1, 1945, to Victor A.G. and Marian M. Ohman.

He graduated from Hickman High School and attended Drury College in Springfield.

Survivors include his parents; a son, Christopher Ohman of the state of California; a daughter, Jennifer Herron, of the state of California; a brother, Joseph E. Ohman of Columbia; a sister, Annie O. Ruh of Harrisburg; and a granddaughter.

Story ran on Sunday, September 24, 2000

Sandra June Rhine, 55, of Rocheport died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Schawo officiating. Burial will be in Midway Locust Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rhine was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Boone County to William and Mary Mahan Hunt.

She married Dean Rhine on Dec. 25, 1965, in Columbia, and he survives.

Survivors also include a son, Stephen Rhine of Rocheport; a daughter, Rebecca Carter of Harrisburg; two brothers, Joe Hunt of Columbia and Tom Hunt of Rocheport; five sisters, Barbara Roberts and Jane Tutt of Columbia and Wanda Hartley, Betsy Rule and Glenda Heath, all of Rocheport; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Published Sunday, August 17, 2003

Floyd Bell "John" Windsor III, 57, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at University Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with the Revs. Gary Denbow and Carole Barner officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Windsor was born Dec. 6, 1945, in Panama City, Fla., to Floyd Windsor Jr. and Carlie Wells Windsor. On March 10, 1984, he married Linda Denise Windsor in Columbia, and she preceded him in death.

Mr. Windsor was an emergency medical technician for University Hospital, an EMT instructor for the state, a volunteer firefighter and an ironworker. He was a member of Christian Chapel and was active in the church prison ministry.

Survivors include his parents, Bill and Connie Windsor of Columbia; a daughter, Stacie Friedrich of Columbia; two sons, Jason Windsor of Alexandria, Va., and Jonathan Windsor of Detroit; a brother, Gerold Windsor of Hallsville; and five grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Mid-America Transplant Services, in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Published Thursday, April 1, 2004

Cheryl J. Branham Malone, 58, of Columbia died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Boone Hospital Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. April 3 at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow, with the Rev. Raymond Hayes officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.
She was born May 16, 1945, in Columbia to Iona Gladys Renfro and Harold Warrick.

She attended Douglass High School, where she played flute in the band. She was also a student of the Hickman High School class of 1963.

She was an accomplished seamstress. Cheryl lived in Tucson, Ariz., and Birmingham, Ala. While in Birmingham, she worked for the American Red Cross and later in customer service at Wal-Mart for a number of years until her illness in January 2003.

Survivors include one son, Ricardo Malone of Kansas City; one daughter, Kandus Vassar of Fort Lee, Va.; two grandchildren, Demitirus and Dezmond Vassar; three brothers, Terry Branham of West Covina, Calif., John Branham of Columbia and Paul Branham of Rocheport; and six sisters, Mary Bush of Phillip Ranch, Calif., Glenda Kinney of Longmont, Colo., Vivian Enyard of Glasgow, Emma Lawson of West Covina, Calif., Jennifer Branham of Kansas City, Kan., and Sereatha Branham of Columbia.

Published Friday, November 12, 2004

Peter H. McDermott, 59, of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Memorial Herman Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Houston.

He was born Feb. 4, 1945, in Green Bay, Wis., to John and Marjorie McDermott. He attended Hickman High School and Northwestern University.

Survivors include a daughter, Kristin, of Texas; a brother, Stephen, of Oregon; and his mother, Marjorie, of Rocheport. He was preceded in death by his father, John.

Published in the Kansas City Star on 3/24/2005.

Carol Ann Chamberlin, beloved wife and mother, joined her Lord in Heaven March 22, 2005.  At age 59, she gained eternal victory over her battle with cancer while surrounded by the love of her family in her home.  Friends are welcome to visit with the family Saturday, March 26.  Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. for visitation as the memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her honor to the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit, MO.

Carol was born May 26, 1945, to Norman and Minnie Ashlock in Amarillo, TX.  She grew up in Columbia, MO, with her older brother Tim Ashlock.  Childhood was full of life, love, and discipline which grew her into a woman of royal character.  Baptized at age 9 at Memorial Baptist Church, Columbia, MO, she was a faithful member and disciple of Christ.  This relationship with her Savior was the focal point of her life.  Everyone who knew her, knew her life's purpose was to glorify the Lord.

While attending college at the University of Missouri, she was pursued by many charming men.  But she gave her heart and love to only one, A. Howard Chamberlin, Marshall, MO.  They began their life together August 29, 1970, and shortly thereafter moved to Lake Lotawana, MO, where they plunged into the social atmosphere of sailing, dinner parties, skiing, and communion with friends.  With unmatched beauty and grace, Carol quickly became a favorite lake blonde and treasured friend.  Carol dedicated all her time and energy to her family.  A devoted wife, she left nothing for her husband to do in the house, for she was the best homemaker God could ever provide.  She raised three beautiful children: Whitney, Austin, and Ashley.  Her pride and joy was providing a warm and cozy home where every need and want was met.

Her heart also opened to each and every other child who came through her door.  From cookies to conversations filled with Godly wisdom, she loved them as her own.  Friends and family consider her a spiritual mentor, one of the lake's best cooks, and an Audry Hepburn-always dressed to the nines.  With a constant smile and joyful attitude, she served generously, loved deeply, and was a constant ray of sunshine.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father.  She is survived and dearly missed by her husband Howard; three children, Whitney, Austin, and Ashley; brother Timothy Ashlock and wife Carroll, Arnold, CA; and many loving family members.  She lived her life according to Romans 12:12: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer."  Her life and testimony will be forever remembered. (Arr. Langsford Funeral Home, 816-524-3700) 

Published Friday, May 6, 2005

Dan E. Thompson, 59, of Kansas City passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2005. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Raytown.

Dan was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Joseph Ellis Thompson and Gladys Louise Talmage.

He grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1963.

While Dan worked in the sales industry, he and his family often moved. He was known for his "one-liners."

He married Mary Ann Yearout on July 8, 1978. In November 1988, he was confirmed in Calvary Episcopal Church in Sedalia.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Charles Curtis Thompson and his wife, Randa, of Clinton and Jeremy Thompson and his wife, Lisa, of Grain Valley; one daughter, Danielle Sebring and her husband, Curtis, of Blue Springs; one granddaughter, Chelsea Nicole Thompson of Clinton; a sister, Judy Ballard and her husband, Doug, of Columbia; and one brother, Harvey Neal and his wife, Diane, of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his mother; his stepfather, Carl Neal; and a sister, Carla Splaine of Salem, Mass.

Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Cremation and Burial Society.

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2005

David Earl Cornelison, 61, of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Cornelison was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Columbia to Earl J. and Loreta Summers Cornelison.

He served with the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include three children, James Robert Cornelison of Columbia and Bridgett Cornelison and Rachel Cornelison, both of New York City; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Christie, Gregory and Emily.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va., 22038.

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Patricia Sue Scott, 60, of Columbia passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pattie Sue was born Aug. 7, 1945, in Florissant to Edgar Victor and Laura Fittje Andrews.

She was a 1963 graduate of Hickman High School. She was previously married to Gary Bratton of Hallsville and Jeff Scott of Ashland, and they survive. Pat was employed with MFA Oil and served as city clerk in Columbia. She was also employed at Callaway Bank in Fulton, where she was active with the Gold Leaf Club. She was a cancer survivor and continued to participate and serve on the Relay for Life board. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Survivors include her mother of Columbia; two sons, Anthony "Tony" Bratton and his wife, Rachel, of Hartsburg and Craig Bratton of Centralia; a daughter, Victoria King and her husband, Brent, of Columbia; and three grandchildren, Samara Wellman-Bratton, Hannah Bratton and Evelyn King.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Patricia Scott Scholarship Fund, in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202; or the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Tributes can be left online at

Published Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gary Dale Acton, 61, of Hemet, Calif., died Saturday, June 3, 2006.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 13, at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery in California.

Gary was born in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; a sister, Wanda Backues; and three brothers, Donald Acton, Vernon Senor and Edward Senor.

His parents preceded him in death.

Published Thursday, June 15, 2006

Frances "Kay" Wade, 60, of Columbia passed away Thursday, June 15, 2006, at West Village Manor in Columbia.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Kay was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Columbia to William O. and Frances A. Semon Wade.

She will be remembered for making and collecting many quilts. Kay taught home economics in Sturgeon for 25 years.

Survivors include her mother, of Columbia, and her uncle, Russell Semon of Howard County.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of your choice.

Tributes can be left online at

Published Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sharon Kay Ballew, 61, of Columbia, passed away Friday, July 21, 2006, in St. Louis.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 28 at Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Reisch officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Sharon was born on Dec. 31, 1944, to Russel and Mary Noel Mustain in Boone County. On Dec. 13, 1969, she married Charles Ballew, and he survives.

She was a member of Dripping Spring Baptist Church, where she loved participating in her quilting group.

Survivors include her husband Charles of Columbia; one daughter, Lola Dealiso, of Independence; three grandsons of Independence; a stepbrother, John Rawlings; a stepsister, Marilyn McCormick; brother-in-law Jesse Ballew; and sister-in-law Alice Nesta.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dripping Spring Baptist Church, 2701 Dripping Spring Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Online tributes may be left at

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2006

John William Daly, 61, of Columbia passed away Saturday, July 29, 2006, at his home.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway.

Mr. Daly was born in Aruba, Dutch Caribbean, on June 27, 1945.

He came to Columbia in 1956 but never forgot his ties to the island of his birth and greatly enjoyed attending reunions both in the U.S. and in Aruba.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1963, attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and was in the National Guard.

Most of his career was spent in the insurance industry. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and also the Downtown Optimist Club.

John is survived by one sister, Maureen Daly of Columbia; two nieces, Deborah Breese-Garelick of Scottsville, N.Y., and Susan Pinkowski of Louisburg, Penn.; one nephew, Douglas Breese of Maplewood; and four great-nieces.

He was a loving brother, uncle and friend.

He cared deeply about his church and community.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo., 65205; or Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Tributes can be left online at

Published Sunday, October 1, 2006

Bobby W. Bryson, 60, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bobby was born on Nov. 15, 1945, in Fulton, the son of Sol and Mildred Fern Foster Bryson.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, then worked for the Victor Valley Union High School District in Victorville, Calif., where he was well-liked by both students and staff.

Bobby loved history and traveling, and when his wife retired in 2003, they began traveling full-time in their RV until he became ill in 2006 and returned to Columbia for treatment.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Bryson, of Columbia; one son, Robert S. Bryson and his wife, Sarah, of Pensacola, Fla.; one grandson, Matthew S. Bryson, of Pensacola; one brother, Don Bryson and his wife, Roberta, of Centralia; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House, 1001 Stadium Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online tributes may be left at

Published in the Longview News-Journal on January 16, 2007

James Michael "Mike" Andrews

Mike died Tuesday, January 9, 2007, in Shreveport, La., after a brief illness.

Memorial services for James Michael "Mike" Andrews, 61, of Ore City, Texas, will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2007, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Longview, with the Reverend Becky Henson and the Reverend Jerry Turner officiating.

Also memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri. Mike will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born January 21, 1945, in Columbia, Missouri, to Senator and Betty Andrews, Mike attended Columbia College and the University of Missouri. He remained an avid Missouri Tiger fan all of his life. He was a veteran who served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic in Vietnam. He worked in the insurance industry for many years and was a member of Greggton United Methodist Church.

Mike is survived by his loving children, Leah Andrews of Boston, Mass., and Adam Andrews of Longview. He is also survived by the children's mother, Susan Andrews. Other survivors include his brother, Dr. Larry Andrews and wife, Ruthie of Lincoln, Neb.; and his nieces, Wyn Andrews of Lincoln, Neb., and Sally Andrews of Los Angeles, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newgate Mission, Greggton United Methodist Church, Longview, or the charity of your choice.

A memorial guestbook may be viewed and signed online at

Published Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Connie Y. Crum, 63, of Columbia died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, at Progressive Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Warren Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Crum was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Columbia, the daughter of Leon Dias Warren and Margaret Corrine Warren. She was married on April 19, 1994, to George Lee Crum of Columbia.

She was a member of Amos Johnson Chapter No. 30, O.E.S. She was the founder and president of Free Women in Christ and also was the pastor of Carriers of The Kingdom of Christ.

Survivors include her husband; son Jonas P. Patterson V of Riverside, Calif.; daughters Joan M. Dortch and husband Grady and Janice Y. Patterson, all of Columbia,; stepson Michael Garmon of Springfield; two brothers, Gary Warren and wife Billie of Austin, Texas, and Barry Warren of Long Beach, Calif.; and three sisters, Janice Patterson and husband Don of Tyrone, Ga., and Paula Sanders and husband Bishop Lemme of Marion, Ind., and Kathleen Lodemann and husband Jim. Also surviving are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, grandparents, one brother and one sister.

Published in The Palm Beach Post on 11/17/2008

Robert Williams "Rob" Vanattta, 63, of Columbia and St. Louis, MO and Jupiter, FL, passed away Saturday, November 15th at his home in Jupiter, FL.

Rob held undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri, and he played on the Missouri basketball team under his father, Bob Vanatta. Rob worked as a corporate attorney in Missouri, Minnesota and New Jersey.

Rob was best known by family and friends as someone who loved life to the fullest, enjoyed his friends and family, never quit and made the best of any situation, making others laugh even while fighting cancer in his last months.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Vanatta; a son, Matthew Vanatta; parents Bob and Lois Vanatta; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Tim and Rhonda Vanatta and Tom Vanatta.

A celebration of his life will be held in a private location.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to Hospice of Palm Beach County.

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Published Sunday, March 29, 2009

John Melvin “Mel” Burnett, 63, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Elgin.

For family and friends, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland. All are invited to celebrate Mel’s life from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant at 1903 Business Loop 70 E.

He was born on May 14, 1945, in Columbia to John Harold “Dusty” Burnett and Nettie Margaret Burnett, both deceased.

Mel worked as an ironworker and homebuilder in Elgin. He graduated in 1963 from Hickman High School. Mel did not let his lifelong fight with diabetes affect his love of life with his family and his Kewpie classmates.

He is survived by his two children, Carla Mote and husband Tim, and Jeff Burnett and wife Jessica; and four grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Judy Ridgley; and a significant other, Marybeth Sedgewick.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, (800) 342-2383 or

Published Thursday, April 9, 2009, Conway, Arkansas

Sueann McLeod Pennebaker, 63 of Conway went home to her Lord on Monday, April 6, 2009. She was born Sept. 17, 1945, to the late Ellen Virginia McLeod.

Pennebaker was a member of the Church Alive in Conway. Her family could not ask for a better mother and grandmother. They feel a fitting description would be a Proverbs 31 woman. She was always available to lend a helping hand.

She is survived by her sons Ted Pennebaker of Custer, Wash., and Paul Pennebaker of Grady: daughter, Cherilyn Rockaway and her husband John of Lexington: five grandchildren, Chris Pennebaker of Center Ridge, Kayla Jo Pennebaker of Morrilton, John IV, Paul and Olivia Rockaway of Lexington, Ky.; and many family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Eddie Joe Pennebaker.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Church Alive with Bro. Randy Long and Doyle Glass officiating. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park with Pete Beck, Anthony Terri, Ricky Clements, Jordan Culter, Sammy Heath, Jim Glass, Alvin Reeves and Travis Sims serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Bishop-Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

Published Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jimmie Lee Jones, 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, after a second battle with cancer.

Jimmie was born Sept. 21, 1945, to J.T. and Katherine Garrett Jones.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. After graduation, he worked in credit and finance. He then worked in the construction and concrete business, where he spent the majority of his working career. Jimmie took great pride in the quality of work he did. He also enjoyed being a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Jimmie had three children: Shawn Lee Jones, Monica Lynn Myers and Justin Kyle Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Gary.

He is survived by his children; four grandchildren, Cheyenne, Dakota, Madelynn and Kylee; his siblings, Wayne, Karen Kessler and Larry; and his sister-in-law, Rhonda Jones.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tributes may be left online at

Published Sunday, November 9, 2009

Susan Ann Norman, 64, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at her home in Columbia under hospice care.

Memorial services will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Superior Garden Center, 3100 Old Highway 63.

We will be celebrating her life in the manner and style that would bring a twinkle to her eyes and a smile to her lips.

Susan was born Aug. 17, 1945, in Rochester, Minn., the second child to J.P. and Jeanette Norman.

She is survived by two brothers, Richard and William; one sister, Elizabeth; three nephews, Nathan, Matthew and Kevin; one niece, Megan; and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Missouri River Hospice.

Published Monday, December 7, 2009

Edwin Charles Bryant, 64, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1945, in Columbia, the son of Wilbur E. and Gertrude Eldridge Bryant. He was united in marriage to Gail Jones on April 25, 1981, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Vickie Rae Traylor and her husband, Steven, of Parkville; siblings James D. Bryant and Debbie A. Dupree and her husband, Steve, all of Columbia; aunt Alma Ausburn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur E. Bryant; and nephew Bryan D. Dupree.

Ed was deeply involved with many organizations, including the National Federation of the Blind, which he joined in 1979. He was editor of the Voice of the Diabetic for 21 years. This publication reached more than 300,000 subscribers in 17 countries. He was very active in the organization and took part in several fundraisers until his death. He worked alongside the late Dr. Ron James with Camp Hickory Hill for diabetic children. Ed was named volunteer of the year in Columbia in 1989.

Ed was an advocate for the blind and spent several years fighting for their independence. This included trips to Washington to testify before Congress in order to send their message. He will be remembered as a champion for the underdog. Ed was also involved with the Diabetes Action Network and held major leadership roles within the organization until his death. Ed was a devoted Tiger fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Action Network or Columbia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

Tributes can be left online at

 Published Thursday, January 7, 2010

Carol R. Williams, 64, of Fulton, formerly of Columbia, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

There will be no services.

Carol was born Oct. 10, 1945, to Charles W. and Elinor Kathryn Rhea Libbee in St. Louis.
Survivors include her mother, Kay Libbee; two sons, John Libbee and Joe Williams; and a daughter, Kate Williams

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Published Sunday, February 7, 2010

Janice Barnhart Copeland passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

Janice Marie (Barnhart) Copeland was born May 2, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri to Edgar Vernon and Evvangeline Thornton Barnhart.

On March 10, 1967 she married Garry Thomas Copeland and he survives at home in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.

Jan graduated Hickman High School and Columbia College before a career venture to the Kansas City area, marriage, children, and ultimately to the Lake of the Ozarks. Her infectious smile and laughter, her hugs and kisses; were ever present, even in her final hour. Her life was full of those "things" that countless good people do, as friend, wife and mother; as listener, leader, follower and friend. Jan was unique in how she shared her life with everyone, leaving each of us more complete. Jan's career with us is finished here, but her eternal career is just getting started at a new university, we still hear the echo of your healing laughter, even beyond Heaven's gates.

Other survivors include two sons, Aaron Thomas Copeland of Osage Beach, Missouri and Austin Blane Copeland of Gravois Mills, Missouri; one sister, Carolyn Kephart of Holden, Missouri; five grandsons and five granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her father, mother and two brothers.

A memorial service was held Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church, conducted by Reverend Ellen Hoff.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church (GMUMC), 437 Valley Rd, Gravois Mills MO 65037-3016 to be given to the family to help with medical expenses.*

Published Saturday, May 1, 2010 *(Updated May 11, 2010)

David A. Brinkman, 65, of Columbia died Thursday, April 29, 2010, at his home in Columbia. 

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Chapel, third floor.

David was born Dec. 11, 1944, in Des Moines, Iowa to Kenneth A. and Virginia H. Burdett Brinkman.

He is survived by his brother, Bill Brinkman of Moberly.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Published Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Danny Joe Rector, 66, of Columbia passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011.

Services for family and friends will be at a later date.

Danny was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Columbia to Woodrow Wilson and Marjorie Fern Murray Rector. He married Linda Holton on Aug. 6, 1966, and she survives.

Danny was a woodworker and gardener and worked as a carpenter for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons.

Survivors include two sons, Brian Scott Rector and Timothy Wayne Rector, both of Columbia; a sister, Kathy Diane Little and husband John of Boonville; and two grandchildren, Justin and Nathan Rector.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Columbia Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.

Online condolences may be left at

Published Sunday, August 7, 2011

Janet Belle Moore, 66, of Columbia passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time or service.

Janet Belle Keene was born April 2, 1945, the daughter of Edmond B. and Lucille S. Davis Keene.

She married Bob Moore on June 5, 1965, in Columbia.

Jan was a member of Midway Locust UMC. Being a homemaker the majority of her life, she enjoyed spending time with her family, working in crafts, scrapbooking and reading.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; one son, Jason Moore (wife Rachel); one daughter, Shari Thomas (husband Mike); one brother, Kenneth Keene (wife Jo); and three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Shelby and Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Shannon Robert in 1971.

Memorial contributions may be made to Coyote Hills Children’s Home, 9515 Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, Mo., 65256, or Midway Locust Church, 2600 N. Locust Grove Church Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202, or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Natalie Levitt Dawson passed away on January 27, 2011. I am unable to find an obituary and have never heard back from Natlie's sister Miriam Levitt, Class of 1961, but you can send tributes to Natlalie through this website (

I received an email from "U-High Lives" on March 18, 2013, that Miriam 'Mimi' Levitt, a '61 Kewpie, Natalie's sister sent a story to the "U-High Lives" website. Here is that story Mimi sent to "U-High Lives" website.

 My sister Natalie and I were born in Columbia, but our parents were not Missourians. Our mother was from St. Paul, Minnesota, our father from Montreal, Canada. Both came from immigrant families. They moved to Columbia when our father got a position at the university. At that time, Columbia had a small Jewish community; and we were, I think, the only Jews at the Lab School until the class after Natalie’s. We both attended the Lab School from 4-year old kindergarten through 9th grade, transferring to Hickman for high school.
After high school, Natalie attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Our education included two years abroad during our father’s sabbaticals: one in Sweden when Natalie was in third grade; and one in Paris, where she spent her junior year of high school at the American high school outside Paris. This influenced us both in our love of travel in foreign countries. Natalie loved boats and being on or near water: the sea, rivers, canals. That was one thing she loved about Halifax, where she ultimately settled.

But before that, she moved around a lot. After college, she spent a year or two on a kibbutz in Israel, managing to be there for the 1967 Six-Day War. And after returning to the U.S. for a couple of years to spend time in Columbia and New York, she returned to Israel in time for the next war, the 1973 Yom Kippur War. At some point during these stays in Israel, she became an Israeli citizen, so that when she later moved to Canada, she had triple citizenship. One thing I was glad she was able to do before she died was to visit Israel in 2007, where she renewed old friendships and then remained in touch with some of her friends through e-mail.

Natalie moved to Berkeley in the mid-1970’s. She was a spiritual seeker; and it was here in Berkeley that she discovered the Tibetan Buddhism that would be the focus of the rest of her life. While living here, she also met and married Jim Dawson, with whom she then moved to Connecticut. After they divorced, she spent some time in the Boston area before moving definitively to Halifax.

One of Natalie’s great passions was music. She was an accomplished flutist and at one time contemplated going to Julliard. Although she ultimately gave up playing the flute, music was always very important in her life. In one of her recent poems, she wrote that “music is like air to me”. Yes, she was also a poet. She wrote poetry extensively in her college years; and in recent years had gone back to it. She loved beauty in all forms, from the way she decorated her apartment to the blooming of trees and flowers in the spring to the music and poetry that were so important to her. Natalie also loved movies and in recent years, had become the unofficial film critic for the newsletter of her Buddhist organization. At their urging, she began a film blog, which she maintained for the past couple of years.

In Halifax, she found the place where she felt at home. Many people in the Shambhala community had moved to Halifax when their teacher moved the center there from Boulder, Colorado. So there was a large Buddhist community of which she became a core member. She taught Buddhist practice and meditation; and, from what I heard during her memorial service and from talking to people she knew, she was an inspiring teacher. In her “day job”, she worked as an administrative assistant for a research group of doctors at the university. Natalie was always a very competent, efficient person; and she was evidently a bulwark of their working group. He former boss spoke to me of how valued she was by their group and how much she was missed. I benefited from these traits of hers, as well as from the time we spent together, in my mother’s very difficult last year of life when the two of us traveled back and forth to Columbia (from opposite coasts) numerous times. She was definitely the organized, competent one; and I couldn’t have done it without her.

We were very close and of course I miss her very much. She was also close to my children, especially my daughter Anna, who was terribly sad to lose her aunt; but she has a lovely memory of Natalie helping her dress for her wedding; and of visiting her in Halifax. I’m also glad she was able to be here for Anna’s graduation from veterinary school last summer, after which she and I went to Minneapolis, where we hadn’t been for decades, to visit our cousins. That is a very good memory for me and for them. And, although ill, she was able to attend a month-long meditation retreat in a center in Colorado that was very special to her. Although I grieve that her life ended too early, it is comforting to know that she had found the life she wanted in Halifax, as she said in a poem: “the Promised Land – or rather the land that promised nothing but gave me everything.”

Submitted by Miriam Levitt, class 1961, Natalie's sister, to "U-High Lives" website........


Published Friday, November 23, 2012

Sandy Nichols, 68, of Hallsville passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at University Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Praise Assembly of God Church with Pastor Stuart officiating.

She was born April 10, 1944, to Marian and Pearl Davison Nelson in Boone County. She married Paul Nichols on Feb. 14, 1962, in Columbia, and he survives.

Also surviving are her children, Paula (Granville) Loyd, Karla (Bob) Driskill and Kevin Nichols; grandchildren Scott (Natalia), Casey (Chris), Kayla (Joe), Jordan, Paige, Junior, Elisha (James), Zac and Eliza; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings Larry (Flo) Nelson, Keith (Lorine) Nelson and Karen (Newman) Starke; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jackie Nelson.

Memorials may be made to the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Published Thursday, April 4, 2013

Marvin K. Kinney, 70, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Millard Family Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., to include military honors, with the Rev. Ballenger officiating. Interment will be private for the family.

The sun rose on the life of Marvin "Dickie" K. Kinney on Oct. 1, 1942, in Columbia to the late Louis and Leona Whitley Kinney. He was a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia.

At the time of his death, Marvin was employed at the Missouri Division of Work Force Development, where he had been employed for 40 years. He also served on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners for more than 25 years. He was appointed to his first four-year term on the CHA Board as a resident commissioner in 1968. Marvin was the first African-American appointed to serve on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and is reported to be one of the first resident commissioners in the United States. Marvin was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1966.

Survivors include a very special lady friend of 47 years, Pauletta A. Gresham of Columbia; three daughters, Marshanna "Babe" Gresham (Aaron) and Loutisha Glasgow, both of Columbia, and Anjanette Glasgow of North Kansas City; three granddaughters, Nadia "Baby" Gresham and LaTia Glasgow, both of Columbia, and Ciara Glasgow (Angelique) of North Kansas City; two grandsons, Arlandis (Maya) Glasgow of Columbia and Darius Glasgow of North Kansas City; one great-grandson, Landon Glasgow of Columbia; two sisters, Carol Jones of Columbia and Dorothy Palmer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters; and two brothers.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Published By the Lincoln Journal Star Aug 23, 2013

Sherry Ann Jefferson, daughter of the late Arthur and Georgia (Warrick) Bush was born on March 9, 1945 in Columbia, Mo. She departed this life on August 17, 2013. Sherry received her education through the Columbia, Mo. city public school system, graduating from Hickman High School in June 1963. She was a very spiritual woman and was a member of the Newman United Methodist Church until she transferred membership to the New Hope United Methodist Church where she remained as a member until her death.

She worked for Union Insurance and Continental Western Insurance for over 30 years, retiring in 2011. She married David Lee Jefferson on August 24, 1963. Out of this union two children were born, Carla and David. This marriage lasted for 50 years. Sherry made numerous friends wherever she went. A consummate mother and homemaker, she was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She also loved to watch her beloved soap operas.

Sherry leaves to mourn: her daughter, Carla (Melvin) Clayborne and her son, David (Catherine Pattillo); grandsons, Antonio Clayborne and David Jefferson; granddaughters, Camille Jefferson and Jasmine Clayborne; brother, A. Wayne (Mary) Bush; sister, Eunice (Herbert) Crum; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th Street, Lincoln. Burial will immediately follow this service. The family will greet friends from 6 - 7 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at Lincoln Memorial Park. There will be an Eastern Star and Golden Circle service beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel following this reception. Condolences

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

James "Jim" B. Jones, 68, of Mapleton, Ill., passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, after a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, Ill. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery.

Jim was born July 11, 1945, in Mexico, Mo., to Richard and Maxine Jones, both of whom preceded him in death.

He graduated in 1963 as a Hickman High School Kewpie. Jim married Trish Borgman in 1964. After attempting several colleges, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966. After his son was born in 1970, he received an honorable discharge and went back to college, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1972.

In 1972, Jim started work as a management trainee for State Farm Insurance Cos., in Columbia before moving to Bloomington, Ill. He then became an agent for a short time before settling in with a third-party agency in Wichita, Kan. After 10 years, Jim accepted a position with Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Peoria, Ill., where he served for 25 years, retiring in 2009 as assistant vice president. It was at Illinois Mutual that Jim met and later married Diane Kehl on Oct. 1, 1988.

Jim is survived by his wife of 25 years, Diane; his children, Philip (Angela) and Angela (Erik), both of Lee's Summit, and Jessica and Jennifer, both of Mapleton, Ill. He also is survived by his grandsons, Noah, Ian and Emery; and one granddaughter on the way. Jim is survived by his sister, Connie (Ron) Anderson of Beaverton, Ore.

Jim was a very active person who enjoyed all sports, particularly golf and bowling, and was a longtime Cubs fan. He felt that being a Cubs fan meant that you exude a tremendous amount of patience and a great sense of humor.

When someone would ask me how I was feeling, I would usually say, "Well, I feel a lot more like I do now than I did when I got here." If that brought a confused look to their face, I would continue with, "Now, wait, I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I don't think you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." Those were my Dad's favorite lines right up to his passing in 2010 at the age of 93. His persistent refusal to give up on his positive attitude and humor meant so much to me. Over the past year and a half, I learned to cope and deal with my own illness through the power of prayer, the power of family and friends, and, yes the power of maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor. Easy? Of course not. But it helped me tremendously, right up to the end. Would I have done things differently in my life if I had known this was coming? Sure, we all have some regrets, but get over it. I elected to dwell on the positives and so many things that I did right. And NOBODY can say that I ever lost my sense of humor, which in my opinion, is so important to the human spirit. Stay positive, stay close to family and friends, keep that sense of humor, or at least get one, and enjoy the day … every day. May the rode rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. SYOTOS

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care Research or OSF Hospice.

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sara Jane Tutt, 69, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Mount Nebo Cemetery.

Sara Jane Tutt was born Jan. 17, 1945, to William Angel Hunt and Mary Nancy Mahan Hunt in Boone County.

She married George Tutt on Nov. 1, 1963, in Columbia. They enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage, though they had known each other from childhood.

A mother of three young boys, Jane was supportive of the activities her sons were involved in. She loved caring for children, gardening, canning and cooking. Jane was a homemaker and found great joy in making sure her family was well taken care of. In her later years, she derived the most pleasure from spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Survivors include her husband, George; three sons, Scott Tutt (wife Kathy) of Clark, Kevin Tutt (wife Peggy) of Columbia and Brian Tutt of Clark; one brother, Thomas A. Hunt of Rocheport; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; six sisters; and her stepmother, Elsie Hunt.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Huntsdale Baptist Church, 3101 Route O, Columbia, Mo., 65203, or The American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Online tributes and condolences may be left at

Published Monday, July 21, 2014 updated August 15, 2014

Kary Lilburn Kabler, 68, of Columbia, died July 4, 2014. He was born August 12, 1945 to Mary Katherine Dorman Kabler and Lilburn Walton Kabler who preceded him in death.

Kary attended Hickman High School and the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he received a BS and MEd in secondary education. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. In 1968, he married Margaret Grayson Neate who survives. That same year, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps at Ft. Lee, VA.

Following Kary’s discharge in 1970, the Kablers returned to Columbia where Kary became President of the family retail business, Neate’s. During his years as a Downtown Columbia merchant, Kary was dedicated to furthering the strength of Columbia’s Downtown area. He served as president of the newly formed Central Columbia Association, was President of its successor organization Downtown Columbia, Inc., Interim Director of the Special Business District and, after selling his business, remained active Downtown as a member of the Special Business District’s Board of Directors.

Kary was also a member of the Boards of Directors of the Downtown Rotary Club, the MS Society and the Missouri Symphony Society. After his retirement, he was actively involved with SCORE, helping counsel people who wanted to start small businesses of their own.
His leisure-time interests included fishing, travel, the MU Tigers, and Cardinal baseball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Kim Kabler Rootes (Mrs. George Minor Rootes) of Spring, Texas, and a nephew, John Minor Rootes and his family of San Rafael, CA.

The family will receive friends at the home for a celebration of Kary’s life on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 4-7.

Memorials are suggested to: National MS Society (Restricted to Research), 197 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146.

Online condolences may be left at

Published Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jewell F. Burns, 70, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Columbia.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at 1st Assembly of God Church, 1100 N. Seventh St. in Columbia. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Church.

Jewell was born Oct. 12, 1944, to James Thomas and Ella Mable Wren Bledsoe in Ashland. She married Charles David Niederschulte, and had two children; he preceded her in death. For many years, she ran a cleaning service in Columbia.

She also was a fantastic cook and was known for her homemade fudge and rolls. She often would deliver food to people in need and cook for many church functions.

Jewell is survived by her son, Larry B. Niederschulte and wife Nancy of Grain Valley; daughter Melinda Niederschulte and husband Jerry Walters of Overland Park, Kan.; two brothers, Donald Bledsoe and wife Carol, and Robert Bledsoe and wife Sara; three sisters, Doris Crowley and husband Ray, Mary Lou Palmer, and Erma McColskey and husband Bob; grandchildren, Brandy and Ryan Niederschulte, Hunter Niederschulte, Brett, Paige, and Season Walters; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Bledsoe.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Ernest Burns; two brothers, Ronald and Russell Bledsoe; and her parents John Thomas and Ella Mable Bledsoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia First Assembly of God Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Published in Kansas City Star on July 25, 2015

Henry A. Doenges, 70, passed away July 22, 2015, at Life Care Center of Osawatomie, Kan.

Henry was born Sept. 22, 1944, to Faye Eugene and Elizabeth Carey Doenges in Moultrie, Ga. He was raised in Columbia, Mo. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge. On May 30, 1991, he was united in marriage to Nancy Rigg. Henry owned a pest control business in Arizona and Texas, worked for JC Nichols as a commercial painting contractor. He also served his community as Stanton County Township Clerk for nine years.

Henry enjoyed shooting and took pride in keeping his acreage well maintained. He had fun shooting hedge apples with his kids. He was an avid Chiefs fan. He had quite the life full of adventure, intrigue, and laughter and he is on to his next adventure.

Henry is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Pamela Eugene Yarborough, King Henry Doenges, and Max Douglas Doenges; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and sister, Jane Kendrick.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, July 27, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 605 O'Neal Ave., Osawatomie, Kan. Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial is in Osawatomie Cemetery.

To leave a special message for the family online, please visit

Arr.: Penwell-Gabel Osawatomie Chapel, (913) 755-6500.


Carolyne Sue Culotti, 70, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 6, 2015.

She was born May 10, 1945 to the late Gaylord & Marth (Ellis) McIlvain. Carolyne was a member of Christian Ministries Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Don Culotti and a brother Judd McIlvain.

She is survived by her daughter Christi-Ann Faith Baldwin & her husband Hal Miller; a brother Gary McIlvain & his wife Val; and a sister-in-law Herlinda McIlvain.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Thursday, November 12, 2015 with Rev. Mark Adams officiating.

Added by Susan, December 10, 2015

Dennis Maynard McGreer died at home in Bloomington on Dec. 9. He was born Apr. 1, 1945, in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late Maynard and Evelyn Wagner McGreer.

Dennis is survived by wife Susan Schooler of Bloomington; brother Jerry McGreer and sister Carol Camp of Texas; daughter Laura Mintz of Liverpool, England; and grandchildren Liya and Delilah Mintz, Parker McFarren, Nicolai and Alexis N˙˝ez, and Jackson Busker. He was preceded in death by grandson Eli Mintz.

Dennis retired from Indiana University in July, 2014, where he had worked for over 30 years. He served on the faculty of the I.U. School of Music in the Secondary Piano department and later in the School of Music Administrative Offices. For many years he worked at UITS (University Information Technology Services) on the team that developed systems for the I.U. Libraries statewide. Prior to coming to I.U., he was a Russian linguist with the U.S. Army for four years.

Dennis was an accomplished pianist and teacher who passed on his love of music to countless students at I.U. and in the Bloomington community. He was known for his sense of humor and gentle character. He was an avid reader with wide-ranging intellectual curiosity. He enjoyed choral singing, international travel, languages, riverboats, and cats.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 P.M. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3750 E. Third St., and will be followed by interment at the congregation cemetery located in Valhalla Memory Gardens. The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Dennis' memory do it in one of the following ways: plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund; or make a contribution to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, & Technology in Bloomington or the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, IN.

Susan R. Schooler

Published Monday, March 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Published Sunday, June 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be left for the family online at

Published Monday, January 9, 2017

David Poe, 71, of Columbia passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Boone Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Nebo Cemetery.

David was born on July 15, 1945, in Boone County, the son of Stanley and Mildred (Bennett) Poe.

A devoted father and caring friend, David loved farming at Poe Holler, trucking, family and friends. He was a joy to all that knew him and gave much love to his extended family and friends, especially the children. David also enjoyed his Harley rides, NASCAR, watching old western movies with his great-grandson, Brayden, traveling to historic locations and staying busy at the farm.

Survivors include his significant other, Annie Lusher, of the home; two sons, Martin Poe (Kelli Smith) of Columbia and Christopher Poe; one daughter, Lori Robbins (Lance) of Hallsville; two step-daughters, Jeannie Lusher and Zoe Williams-Osbon; one step-son, Daniel Collis; five brothers, Billy Poe, Tommy Poe, Ronnie Poe, Gary Poe and Roger Poe; 10 grandchildren, Carson, Ariel, Christy, Andrew, Paige, Aaliyah, Daniel, Nicholas, Mason and Bailey; and two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Amyira.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Anna Rybolt and Betty Bowen; and one brother, Raymond Poe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or the family of David Poe, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Bus. Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

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Published Sunday, May 14, 2017

Donna Wayland Trice, 71, left us on Thursday, May 4, 2017 after suffering severe health issues for over 10 years.

Donna was entombed at Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at a private family service.

Donna was born on July 20, 1945 to her parents, Edgar G. Wayland and Ella C. Wayland, who proceeded her in death. She arrived in this world at Kelley Air Force Field in San Antonio, Texas at the time her father was training to be a Navigator during World War II.

Donna graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. She then attended Stephens College, the University of Missouri, and Central Methodist College. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority while attending Stephens College. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education in 1972, from Central Methodist College and taught kindergarten in Linn Creek, from 1972-1975. Donna lived in Columbia from 1975 until 1983.

She loved to work on political campaigns while in Columbia, including the late Jerry Litton and Supreme Court Justice Warren Welliver. She worked as a model and was in Elton John’s video for the song “I’m still Standing”, while residing in St. Petersburg, Fla. from 1983 until the time of her death.

Donna was an extremely creative artist and a seamstress. When she was 12 years old, she won the national competition hosted by Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans by submitting the cowgirl suit she created. She was honored nationally at an awards Ceremony.

She designed her own needlepoint patterns and occupied her time by her artistic passion. She was a talented sculptor, photographer, painter, and loved to make Christmas ornaments of beads and ceramics that are now family heirlooms. When she was able, she and William enjoyed traveling and time with friends. She attended Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church will growing up in Columbia. She was also a member of Girl Scouts as a young girl and her Mother Ella assisted as a troop leader.

She married William Conley Trice in 1977 and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on March 18, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, William Conley Trice of St. Petersburg, Fla. William was the most dedicated husband any woman could imagine. He was a blessing to her during her extended 10-year illness and an advocate for her always; her daughter, Lisa Wayland Altschul of Columbia; and her grandchildren, Anastasia Rosella Boettcher of Columbia, Joseph Wayland Boettcher who is attending Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and Louis William Boettcher of Columbia, and will be attending college this August.

Donna was very loved and cherished by us all, as we felt pain and empathy during the time of her extended illness. She will be cherished and sorely missed by us all. We keep solace in the fact she is free of pain, and walking in heaven.

Memorials can be sent to the American Heart Association in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, Missouri.

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Published by Shrine of Remembrance, Colorado Springs, CO

George E. Bradfield

Born Sept. 16, 1945. Died Nov. 1, 2017.

Retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer, longtime Colorado Springs resident.

Survived by his wife, Trish Bradfield; a son, George Bradfield, Jr.; two daughters, Bridget Richter, and Bobbi Holder; a stepson, Jesse Hofmann; a stepdaughter, Kelley Dawdy; and his 10 grandchildren.

Visitation, 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Blvd. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO.

Written by Julie and Katie Donovan

Sarah Seelen (December 26, 1945 - November 12, 2017)

Sarah Elizabeth Seelen Donovan 71, passed away November 12, 2017, in the presence of family and close friends. She leaves her husband of 50 years, Steve Donovan, and daughters Julie Donovan of Atlanta, Georgia and Katie Donovan of Rochester, New York.

Sarah was born on December 26, 1945 in Sedalia, Missouri, but grew up in Marshall and Columbia, MO. She attended David Henry Hickman High School, and obtained a degree in French from the University of Missouri in 1967. She was an accountant, teacher, and most recently consultant with Rodan and Fields. Due to her husband’s Air Force service and career as an airline pilot, Sarah lived in Arizona, Florida, Colorado, and Georgia, but her true home was at the family cottage on Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada.

She is survived by her sister, Susie Gary of Kentucky, her stepbrother David Heinemann of Missouri, her stepsister Jayne Sullivan of Iowa, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Sarah was the embodiment of a friend and neighbor, striking up conversations with whomever she came across. She loved baseball, reading, and music; in recent years, she sang barbershop with Song of Atlanta and was learning to play the ukulele. Sarah also had a wonderful sense of humor, a smile that was infectious, and was considered by all to be the spark of fun at any gathering.

A private memorial celebration was held at the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia on November 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests paying Sarah’s generous spirit forward by contributing to the charity of your choice.

A memorial has been established by some of Sarah's classmates for the class scholarship, at "Charley Blackmore's Class of '63 Scholarship", for those who would like to contribute send email to for details.

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Russell Edward Grant, 74, of Hallsville, also known as “Rosco”, “Daddy Rabbit”, “The Rock”, and “Smoothie”, loyal customer of Poppy’s Place Diner, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia.Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, and burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Russell was born Sept. 18, 1943 in Boone County to James Cecil and Sue Mae Edwards Grant.

He married Barbara Jean Chowning Grant, Feb. 14, 1971.

After graduating Hickman High School in 1963, he was drafted into the Army to fight in the Vietnam war. After serving his country, he started his career at The University of Missouri, working in Residential Life for 45 years before his retirement in 2005.

Since his retirement, he has enjoyed his time fishing with friends, creating birdhouses, Christmas decorations, and other crafts for his family and friends, hunting for mushrooms and deer, and playing cards at the Parlor.

Russell had a knack for making friends, and made an impact on many lives thru his light-heartedness and jovial personality. Dull moments were rarely had in the company of Russell. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by son, Stephen Ray Grant and wife, Kristina; daughter, Jennifer Ann Grant Potucek and husband Joe, all of Columbia; three brothers, Bobby Lee and James Earl, both of Columbia, and Don Grant of Punta Gorda, Fla.; three sisters, Lois Garrett of Fayette, Mary Lou Ballenger and Patsy Watt, both of Harrisburg; six grandchildren, Christian, Harleigh, Hudson, Weston, Hayley, and Cooper.

His parents and two sisters, Claudia Butzin and Mary Sue Singleton, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 4, 2018

Susan L. (Gabert) Sumpter, of Lee's Summit, MO, passed away December 29, 2017.

Susan was born Oct. 29, 1945 to Ann and Arch Troelstrup in Columbia, MO.

She is survived by husband Duane of the home; brother, John Troelstrup of Oak Park, IL; brother-in-law, Charles Sumpter of Blue Springs, MO; step son, Robert Sumpter of NC.

Susan was employed as a para-legal at Dysert Taylor Law Firm.

At her request, no services are planned.

Donations are suggested to any no-kill animal shelter in her name.

Arr.: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 524-3700.

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018

Carolyn Ann Kemper, 72, of Columbia, entered the Kingdom of Heaven after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Manor at Elfindale in Springfield, Mo.

Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In the days leading up to her passing, family members gathered around her to reminisce and say goodbye. Her sisters, Wanda Kay and Marilyn, were by her side in her final moments. Carolyn was a member of Faith Baptist Church where she worshiped our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Carolyn was born March 12, 1945 at Noyes Hospital (University Hospital) in Columbia to Annie Mildred (Rader) Kemper and Harold Glenn Kemper. She was born 6 minutes after her twin sister, Marilyn Sue (Kemper) Sunderland. Carolyn and her siblings grew up on the 125 acre family farm northeast of Columbia where many happy memories were made.

She was a Hickman Kewpie who graduated in 1963, and she later studied at Columbia College.

In 1981, she became a Certified Professional Secretary from the Professional Secretaries International. She proudly worked for 35 years for the University of Missouri. During the last 23 of those years she held the position of Executive Staff Assistant II for no less than three Vice Chancellors; most recently Kee Groshong. After much soul-searching and hand wringing, Carolyn took early retirement in 2002 and soon wondered when she had time to work!

Carolyn had a lifelong love of country music; particularly Alan Jackson. She loved country line dancing as well as square dancing. Carolyn filled her retirement days pursuing her passions, including photography, genealogy and gardening. She continued the work of her mother in researching and documenting her family history, and she was a member of the Mid-Missouri Genealogical Society. With Carolyn’s support, her mother wrote her life story resulting in a cherished book and Carolyn was also a proud member of the Fortney Family Cemetery Trust.

Carolyn was equally passionate about her gardening and she had a particular love of daylilies. She was a member of the Columbia Garden Club. In 2011, her gardens were featured in the Mokanok, a daylily magazine, and that same year her personal gardens were included in a bus tour bringing people from all over the country.

Her garden was filled with common, and not-so-common daylilies, and she loved them all! These flowers were a perfect reflection of Carolyn. Her nephew, Brian, described her best, “Carolyn walked through life with a positive attitude. She wasn’t a bloom that withered away; she lived her life like a field of daylilies with new blooms every day just as beautiful as the day before!”

Survivors include sisters, Wanda Kay Mitchell (Phil) of Springfield, Mo., and Marilyn Sue Sunderland of Riverton, Utah; nephews, Brian Lockwood (Roxanne), Chris Lockwood (Kristi), and Chadd Ashby; niece, Michelle Ashby Brown (Danny); and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Mildred and Harold Glenn Kemper; brother, Billie Dale Kemper; and great-nephew, John Eli Lockwood.

Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. John Gregory Parker, 72, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at his home.

Friends will be received from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the Parker-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 5 at the Parker-Millard Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Elsberry, the son of the late Frank Thomas and Elizabeth Ann (Howard) Parker.

“Doc” Parker practiced as a Veterinarian in Columbia for nearly 50 years.

In 1969, he graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary School. He served in the United States Army for two years during the Vietnam War.

John also loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include four children, Elizabeth Smith (husband Dr. Rick Smith) of Springfield, Mo., Darren Parker of Irvine, Calif., Jennifer Parker of Columbia, and Kristen Coleman of Hartsburg; nine grandchildren, Haley Boyd, Rylee Smith, Zach Parker, Wade Smith, Karlie Coleman, Jadon Coleman, Hannah Parker-VanVeen, Bentley Parker and Joshua Parker; sister, Merry Beth Hardy of Fayette; and longtime companion, Emily Moner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karla Parker; and sister Rebecca Stephens.

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

Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published Sunday, June 24, 2018

Gail P. Toedebusch, 72, of Richmond, Ind., died peacefully at home Tuesday, June 12, 2018, following a courageous battle with Glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Memorial visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4 at First English Lutheran Church, 2727 East Main Street, Richmond, Ind.. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will follow at 12:00 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church with Pastor John R. Walker and Pastor Chip Belanga officiating. A luncheon will be held at the church after the service.

Born Jan. 29, 1946, in Chicago to Albert and Hilda Petri, Gail’s early childhood was spent briefly in Pasadena, Calif., and later in Columbia where she attended elementary and high school.

Gail graduated from Christian College (two year) on a full academic scholarship and later completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri.

Following college, she married William Toedebusch on August 2, 1969.

Gail moved to Richmond in 1982 and was supportive of her husband’s medical career and the arts. She was a board member of the former Whitewater Opera Company and a charter member and founder of Civic Hall Associates.

Gail was proud of her family heritage. Her grandfather, John G. Neihardt, was a writer and Poet Laureate of Nebraska. She was an avid reader and book collector and also enjoyed bowling. Gail was known for her devotion and unconditional love for her family. The entire family has been long term members of First English Lutheran Church. She will be deeply missed by all of her family.

Survivors include her husband of almost 49 years, Bill; daughter, Allison (Matt) Tierney of Baton Rouge, La.; son, John Toedebusch of Denver; granddaughters, Lillian and Sophia Tierney; sister, Coralie (Robert) Hughes; brother, Robin (Joy) Neihardt; nieces, Alexis Petri, Kristel Hughes, and Ariel Stanley; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Petri; and mother, Hilda Neihardt.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Reid Foundation for the Hospice Program, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374 or First English Lutheran Church, 2727 East Main Street, Richmond, Ind. 47374.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

Published by Warren-McElwain Mortuary & Cremation Services
1003 John L Williams Dr, Eudora KS 66025

William Robert Ballew, born February 13, 1945, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2018. Bill loved Jesus, his family, music and dogs. For thirty year’s he was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Sherry (Pearl), who preceded him in death, June 13, 2014. In June of 2016 Bill moved to Eudora to be closer to his grandsons. For two year’s he worked as their chauffeur, confidant, music and car consultant, and dear friend. Bill was a member of the Family of Faith church, where his servant’s heart and willingness to serve were continuously observed. He loved dogs and leaves behind his companion, Quincy. Bill, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a pioneer in the computer industry, most recently working for KCPL until his retirement in 2016.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry (Pearl) Ballew; brother, Jim Ballew; father, William Leonard Ballew; and mother Alice (Rouse) Ballew. Survivors include his daughter, Heather Ballew Sampson (Kevin Sampson), Overland Park, KS; two sons, Daniel Ballew (Eric Drabiuk), Washington, DC, and Robert Miraglia (Kevin Miraglia), Atlanta, Georgia; his brother, Tom Ballew, Winter Spring, FL; and two grandsons, Caleb and Blake Sampson.
Memorial services for Bill will be held at 1pm, Friday, July 13, 2018, at Family of Faith Church, Eudora, KS. Family inurnment will take place in the Berlin Cemetery in Berlin, MO, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 11am.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Bill’s name to Family of Faith Church, Eudora, KS, and may be sent in care of Warren- McElwain Mortuary.

Provided by family of Mary Schulte, November 11, 2018

Mary Margaret (Schulte) Marischen died on September 27, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 73.
Mary was born on February 20, 1945 in Eugene, Missouri. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri and graduated from Stephens College in Columbia with a BFA Degree in piano.

Mary had a 35 year career with McLane Company, with her most recent position as Human Resources Manager in Orlando, Florida. She was the recipient of the prestigious Star Award which is presented by the corporate office of McLane Company to one Human Resources Manager per year in recognition of distinguished leadership. Her employment with McLane took her to Denver, Tacoma, San Bernadino, Danville, Illinois and Orlando.

Mary was a member of Sweet Adelines in Simi Valley, California. While with this organization, she performed with her quartet at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

Mary is survived by her son, Jason Marischen, daughter-in-law, Vikki Marischen and grandson, Kaden Marischen of Tucson, Arizona. She is also survived by her sisters, Judith Horvath of Hinsdale, Illinois and Rebecca Behrens of Castle Rock, Colorado; sister-in-law, Joyce Schulte of Columbia, Missouri and her former husband, Kenneth Marischen of Phoenix, Arizona.

In addition, Mary is survived by two nieces: Abby (Jim) Sheehan of Flossmoor, Illinois and Amy (Sandy) Culbertson of The Villages, Florida; three nephews: Carl (Cherie) Schulte of California, Dennis (Ruth) Schulte of Maryland and Michael Mitchell of Illinois; five great nieces and four great nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Lela and Otto Schulte of Columbia, Missouri; her brother, David Schulte of Columbia, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Robert Behrens of Castle Rock, Colorado and John Horvath of Hinsdale, Illinois.

Published Thursday, June 20, 2019

Glenda Berniece Salmon, 74, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, June18, 2019 at University Hospital.

Visitation will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, with funeral services at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery.

Glenda was born March 13, 1945, the daughter of Marion Crane and Wilmoth (Bennett) Crane. She was truly a child of Boone County, living most of her life on the family farm. She was a hard working woman who provided for her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, needle work, quilting and other forms of crafts. She was a person of faith and took strength from her church family at Nashville Baptist Church. Glenda was a long-time employee of the Columbia Daily Tribune, where she edited obituaries. More than anything, she loved spending time with friends and family. Her dedication and unconditional love for her children and grandchildren was above all. Glenda was compassionate and determined. Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Glenda is survived by her children, Bryon (Pam) Salmon, Tammy (Jay) Wilson and Matt (Kris) Salmon; grandchildren, Brayden, Brooke, Reid, Kristi and Ryan; two brothers, Tim (Loretta) Crane and Jeff (Rena) Crane; one sister, Becky (Keith) Strawn; one sister-in-law, Patty Crane; and a host of relatives.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Janice Crane; and two brothers, Tiry Crane and Danny Crane.

Memorials may be made to the Old Union Cemetery.

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Published Sunday, July 7, 2019

Karl Bruce Goebel, 74, of Columbia, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at his home in Columbia.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia.

He was born in San Diego on Sept. 9, 1945 to Karl and Iris Lubben Goebel, just as World War II was coming to an end. Bruce traveled with his parents as they returned to the Midwest. He grew up in Columbia and attended West Boulevard Jefferson Junior High School and graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. He attended The University of Missouri for two years, then attended the University of Kansas to study architecture. He was initiated into Tau Beta Pi, an engineering Honors Society. He was thrilled when his daughter Sara was also initiated in 2010. His studies were interrupted by an induction into the army. His service was completed two years later when he returned from Vietnam. He then returned to KU and graduated with distinction in 1971. After college he returned to Columbia and he and Shari married in 1973.

Bruce fell in love with architecture in sixth grade, when he saw the design model for the new Trinity Lutheran Church. He had his first job in an architect’s office at age 16. In his 40-years of practice he touched the landscape of Columbia and the surrounding area. Through the years he designed every type of building imaginable, from a simple pole barn, to commercial office buildings and apartments, to the complexities of historic restoration and preservation. Although the average Columbian won’t know the legacy left by Bruce, they interact with his buildings like the Senior Center, the Holiday Inn Executive Center, the Cherry Street Center at 10th and Cherry, and the Columbia Medical Plaza on North Keene St. regularly. Of all the buildings he designed, churches always held a special place in his heart. He cared greatly about making sure the design would meet the needs of the church both now and for the future.

He is survived by his wife Shari; and his daughter Sara Ankea of Kansas City; his sister, Karla and Randy Huck of Columbia; his two brothers-in-law and their wives Ron (Nancy) Wildberger of Texas and Chuck (Barbara) Wildberger of Nevada; and nieces and nephews: Debi, Sarah, Jeff, David, Martha, Mindy, Angie, Brandon and Joe.

He is preceded by his parents Karl and Iris Goebel.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Welcome Home a Community for Veterans, c/o Memorial Funeral Home OR Central Missouri Honor Flight, in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.

Published Saturday, August 24, 2019

Michael Reyburn Judd, 74, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at University Hospital.

Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, Noon to 1 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service where friends and family will be invited to share stories of Mike will be held at 1 Memorial Park Cemetery.

Michael was born May 17, 1945 in Columbia, the son of William Glenn Judd and Helen Frances Rader, both of whom have preceded in death. In 1985 Mike was united in marriage to Rita (Malin) Judd who survives at their home. Mike was a computer specialist and retired from the University of Missouri. Mike was always generous, kind and ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He liked taking road trips and being outdoors. He earned his Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Mike is survived by: his wife Rita; two daughters: Jessica Judd of Arizona and Sarah Judd and her husband Austin Fitzgerald of Columbia; one sister: Glenda Masters and her husband Tom of Columbia; and one brother: John R. Judd and his wife Angele of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Online condolences may be made at

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jun. 30, 2020.

Robert Ray Parker, 75, of Basye, Virginia, died Wednesday, June 24 at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Parker was born March 10, 1945 in Ironton, Missouri. He was the son of the late Robert Vernon Parker and Rubye (White) Parker McKinney Gold.

Mr. Parker was a member of the Hickman High School class of 1963 in Columbia, Missouri. He was a proud Eagle Scout and he briefly served in the National Guard and the United States Navy.

Mr. Parker worked as a general manager for Virginia Management for over 22 years. Prior to working for Virginia Management, Mr. Parker worked for a variety of real estate management companies in the Mid-Atlantic region including Calmark Realty. Early in his career, Mr. Parker owned a home improvement company.

In recent years, Mr. Parker had a kettle corn business and was affectionally known to many as the 'popcorn guy' at festivals and fairs throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. In addition, Mr. Parker created Bob-B-Que, a barbeque sauce that was loved by family and friends alike.

Most notably, Mr. Parker was known for being quick with a smile and a story for every person he met. He had a gift for making people feel important and he was well known for helping people acquire jobs and get back on their feet after difficult times.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Andrienne Hall Parker; one daughter, Sarah Parker Hughes and husband Christopher Dixon Hughes of Annapolis, Maryland; a son, Graham Robert Parker of Baltimore, Maryland; four grandchildren, Nathan Parker Collins, Andrienne McHale Hughes, Sophia Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jane Hughes; one sister, Anne Parker Sheetz and her husband the late George Harold Sheetz of Edinburg, Virginia; one nephew, Jason T. Sheetz, his wife Brandi Hottel Sheetz and their children Parker and Bailey Sheetz of Woodstock, Virginia; and numerous other relatives and friends.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" for family and friends in Annapolis, Maryland at a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Feeding America at or Helping Up Mission at In addition, Mr. Parker would have encouraged everyone to vote this November, as well as do something kind for a stranger in his memory.

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Jean “Ellie” (Pace) Abraham, 75, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.

The visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 30 at the Firefighters Union Hall, 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. Graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 31 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jean was born May 18, 1945 to Micajah D. and Nina Hazel (Burnett) Pace. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. Continuing her education she graduated from M.U. with her teaching degree and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. She taught in the Center School District for 47 years. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, attending K.C. Chiefs games and her biggest joy was her three grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, retired KCFD Battalion Chief, James Abraham; and her parents: M.D. and Nina Pace. She is survived by her sons: James Ryan Abraham and Justin Abraham (Laney); sister, Deanna Jacobs; brother, Jim Pace; and grandchildren: Jack, Maryn and Vivienne Abraham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America,

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements: McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home.

Published November 18, 2020 by Parker-Millard, Columbia, Missouri

Tessie Jean Redmon, 74, of Columbia, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 13, 2020. She was born December 27, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri to the late Robert and Lillian (Rolley) Redmon, Jr.

Tessie attended Douglas High School then graduated from Hickman High.

Tessie was a hard worker! She was a licensed beautician. She was also a phlebotomist at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital for 30 years, and Boyce and Bynam for over 10 years.

Tessie was a lifetime member of The Fifth Street Christian Church. She enjoyed music, cooking (especially peach cobbler). She was a strong person and was “Momma” to everyone. She didn’t mind giving advice and her opinion, but especially loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian Redmon Jr.; sister: Ida Mae Ricketts, brother, Samuel Redmon, uncle, Walter Rolley, and god-daughter, Leiona Redmon.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her sons: Sean Tucker of Columbia, Mekyle “Shayne” Tucker of Moberly; daughters: Lintoshia Redmon of Kansas City, Fertonya Tucker of St. Louis; god-children: Sharon Kay Ricketts, Simone Ricketts, Robin Ricketts, all of Columbia; brothers: Robert Redmon III (Essie), Charles Redmon (Geraldine) all of Columbia, Walter Andrew Redmon (Janice) of Milwaukee; grandchildren: Deja, Sjhonquail, Sontierre, Brittney, Demeyon II, Kourtnei, Brineja, Quadrez, Journei; great-grandchildren: Dante, Caila, Messiah, Amayah; and a host of other nieces and nephews that are like her children.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with a Homegoing Celebration to follow at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Published on February 02, 2021

Harley Wayne Hyde, age 76, of Columbia, passed away on January 27, 2021.

He was born to Tilford and Edith Hyde on September 1, 1944. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1963. Harley married Judith (Lee) Hyde on August 9, 1963.

Harley worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, including Hays Hardware, Newberry’s, Phillips Electric, Boone County Oil, and MFA Bulk Plant. He described his life experience as “jack of all trades and master of none.” His life-long passion and career began December 12, 1971 with the Columbia Fire Department until his retirement as a Fire Engineer on January 5, 2001. He continued to remain close with his fellow firefighters and stopped by routinely to visit, drink coffee or meet up for breakfast after completion of their shift, until recently due to his declining health. All while working with the Columbia Fire Department he worked during his days off at Koonse Glass, Tommy Lee Construction Company as a plumber, and March Heating and Air Conditioning. He also helped found the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 and served as Chief until his retirement in 2012. Although he retired in 2012 you could still find him at the firehouse daily, his role had officially changed but his passion to serve the fire district and his beloved community never did. The lives he changed are countless!

Outside of his passion for his service with the fire departments, he immensely loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He carried pictures with him and loved showing them off to everyone along while sharing stories about them. Harley loved telling stories, jokes, and was always quick-witted.

Harley is preceded in death by Tilford Hyde (father); Edith (Melloway) Hyde (mother); Beatrice (Hyde) Voyles (sister); David Hyde (brother); Clarence Hyde (brother); Cecil Hyde (brother); Ronald Wayne Hyde (son).

Harley is survived by his wife, Judith (Lee) Hyde; children: Patricia (Hyde) Fischer and husband, Donald of Fulton, Scott (Chelsey) Hyde of Okinawa, Japan; eight grandchildren: Brandi (Fischer) Hassien and spouse, Joe, Ashley (Fischer) Hoer and spouse, Ben, Haylee (Fischer) Middaugh and spouse, Ryan, Abigail Fischer, Nathan Hyde-Burton and fiancÚ’, Courtney Lewis, Jonathon Hyde-Burton, Christopher Hyde, Jason Hyde; four great-grandchildren with another on the way: Brylinn Terry, Joseph Hassien, Jordynne Hassien, Gannon Hoer, and baby Middaugh. One sibling, Jacquetta (Hyde) Merriott and spouse, Rolla; numerous nieces and nephews; two wonderfully close friends and former colleague fire fighters: James Jones and wife Kelly; Gene Windmiller and wife Mary.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. Services will be held at 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Dr., Fulton, MO 65251 with processional and motorcade to Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. Harley specifically requested that everyone in attendance dress casual and comfortably, and to come prepared to share stories. COVID-19 protocol will be followed for the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department or the Fire Fighter Memorial in Kingdom City.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2021.

Jane Murdock

Jane Murdock passed away suddenly and peacefully on March 18, 2021, just days shy of her 76th birthday. Following a successful social work career in public welfare in Missouri, Jane moved to Phoenix more than 20 years ago to begin working with Hospice of the Valley as a social worker until her retirement. Prior to moving to Phoenix, Jane lived primarily in Missouri, growing up in Columbia, going to college in Springfield, working in St. Louis and getting her masters degree in social work from Washington University.

Jane was a dedicated musician, moving from the accordion to the French Horn to the guitar. It's been the guitar that formed and informed Jane's music. Calling herself a singer/song interpreter, Jane was well known in folk music circles around the country. She began entertaining while in college, singing every summer in Kimberling City, Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Here in the Valley, Jane performed at Tempe Center for the Arts Walk-In Wednesday, their Artist Showcase, the Laverne and Glendale Folk Festivals, Tucson Folk Festival and Pride celebrations around the State. Jane was a member of AZWIT (now Phoenix Women's Chorus) and of the Valley Women's Ensemble. She was a proud Alto One, as proclaimed on her car's license plate.

In addition to her music, Jane was an active volunteer with the Harp Society, the Black Theater Troupe and was a docent for the Tempe Center for the Arts Art Gallery. Jane also attended Community Church of Hope, and often performed special music for their services.

Jane is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Bonny and Tom Thrower of California and by hundreds of her chosen family and friends around the country. Memorials will be held on Zoom in North Carolina, Missouri, Tucson and Phoenix. Information regarding the memorials will be posted on social media. Her friends and family ask that donations in Jane's name be made to the Tempe Center for the Arts Foundation, Community Church of Hope, the Phoenix Women's Chorus and the Valley Women's Ensemble.

Published on May 07, 2021

Richard Charles Wilson, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at home with his family by his side.

Richard was born in Denison, Texas on December 6, 1944 to Charles and Melba Redding Wilson. The family moved to Franklin, Missouri in 1954 and Columbia, Missouri in 1958. Richard graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went right into the army, where he served active duty and active reserve duty from 1963-1966 as a part of the Army's historic 128th Artillery.

He attended MU for three semesters, then went to work for the United States Post Office in Columbia in 1965, where he worked for 41 years. He married Janet Ballew on October 17, 1969 and they were married over 51 years. They moved to Hallsville, Missouri in 1971. They had two children, Lisa Kathleen Wilson Martin and Gregory Scott Wilson. He was a Christian by choice and a Baptist by preference.

He belonged to Hallsville Baptist Church from 1975-2010, then Heritage Baptist church from 2010-2019 and Calvary Heritage Baptist Church from 2019 to present after Calvary Baptist and Heritage Baptist merged in 2019. He served his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years. He retired as a letter carrier in 2007 and worked as a courier for Boyce & Bynum Labs from 2007-2018, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with Pastor John Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time for the service. Burial will follow the service at Grandview Baptist Cemetery.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Scott Wilson; mother and father-in-law, Elgin and Marie Ballew; sister-in-law, Willowdean Moore Robinson; brothers-in-law: Eugene, Richard and Ronnie Ballew.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and John Martin; grandchildren: Joy, Matthew (Abbey Laws), Grace and Adam Martin; brother, John (Karin) Wilson of San Diego, California; nephew, Ben (Candace) Wilson and their children; brother-in-law, Bill Ballew (Pat); sisters-in-law: Margie (Paul) Van Horn, Kathryn Houston, Dorothy Ballew, Karin Ballew; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be given to the donor’s charity of choice.

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Published on July 06, 2021

Betty Gayle Smith

Columbia - Betty Gayle Smith, 76, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Celebration of Life Service, with Rev. Marci DeVier, will follow at 2:00pm.

Betty Gayle Smith was born on May 16th, 1945, in Boone County, Columbia, MO. She grew up on the family farm on the west side of Columbia. She graduated from David H. Hickman High School with the class of 1963. She went on to attend school at the University of Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. She then moved to Houston, TX, where she taught 7th and 8th grade history for six years. She would later attend the University of Houston from 1973-1974, where she received certification in auto insurance. In 1979 she married Raymond Jenkins and in 1980 they had a child, Deidre. In 1984 she divorced and returned to Columbia. From 1974-2003 she worked on and off for various insurance companies such as St Paul Companies, Crawford and Company, self employed as a PCA, Progressive and then Cornerstone Insurance until her stroke in 2003.

After 2003, she volunteered at many local community organizations. She enjoyed being a Lay Chaplain at her church, Unity of Columbia, along with helping programs such as Course of Miracles and Interfaith. She also enjoyed volunteering with Plant a Row for the Hungry Project through the Food Bank, English as a Second Language, at the Columbia Senior Center and Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners. Betty was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved to read, visit with her friends and family, and take lots of amazing photographs. She also loved to travel and has been to Great Britain, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. She had a passion for building and designing labyrinths and peace poles for meditative and healing purposes. She had a tremendous amount of love to share and only wanted peace and happiness in the world.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Beatrice Smith.

Posted online on August 12, 2021

Jack Palmer

Jack Palmer (1945-2021) 76 years old, went suddenly at his home on August 7, 2021. He is at home now with the Lord that he served faithfully. Jack was born February 21, 1945 to Audrey Palmer and Jack Palmer in Columbia, Mo. Jack was a good-hearted man, and faithful to God, who he loved to talk about. One of his friends described Jack as one of the Lord's favorites. He was a great storyteller and never met a stranger. Jack was also a Gideon.

Jack worked at Benton Homes for 25 years. He is a former Cosmopolitan Club member, a real estate broker, member of Missouri Association of Realtors, owner of Palmer and Associates, and 443- Stop property management company.

Jack is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Palmer; mother, Audrey; and father, Jack.

Jack is survived by wife, Nancy Rebecca Palmer; son, Troy Palmer; Patti Palmer (mother of Troy); daughters, Tiffany Matney and Jennifer Gray; grandsons, Christopher Palmer, Jacob Palmer, Justus Palmer, and Matthew Gray; granddaughter, Sydney Palmer; as well as Rylie and Dreamer, his beloved golden retrievers.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Second Chance 24687 MO-179 Boonville, MO. 65233 (Animal Shelter).

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Published by SCNow on Sep. 2, 2021

JoAnn Denney Fisher passed away Tuesday, August 31st surrounded by her family.

Born on March 21, 1945 in Missouri, JoAnn was the daughter of the late Ida Ilene Tucker Denney and the late Arthur Hugh Denney.

JoAnn is survived by her husband Raymond; daughters Amy Fisher Urquhart and her husband Derick and Carrie Fisher Sherard and her husband Reid; and her four doting grandchildren Catherine Dawes Urquhart, Raymond Fisher Urquhart, Ann Fisher Sherard, and Goodman Tucker Sherard.

JoAnn was a graduate of Hickman High in Columbia, Missouri and of the University of Missouri where she earned a bachelor's of science degree. Growing up in Missouri, JoAnn spent her formative years enjoying the natural beauty of the Blue Springs and Currant River. JoAnn worked as a devoted physical therapist for years prior to she and Raymond opening Fisher Jewelers, Inc. in Florence, South Carolina in 1978. JoAnn loved owning and operating a small family business where she treated all customers and associates like friends and family. Having grown up as a Girl Scout, she later led her two daughters' Girl Scout troops for nearly a decade. Over the years, she made room in her heart and home for many stray dogs and cats. JoAnn loved life in abundance and she always greeted life's adventures, including her multiple cancer diagnoses, with good-humored courage.

The family would like to thank McLeod Hospice for providing compassionate care the past year. The family would also like to thank Mrs. Jannie Green, Ms. Nicky Hickson and Ms. Martha Bell for the love and dedication they provided to JoAnn and Raymond.

A private family service will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The JoAnn Fisher Animal Welfare Fund of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, PO Box 1615 Florence, SC 29503 or The McLeod Health HOPE Fund, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502.

Arrangements are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Published September 9, 2021, by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076

Edward Lee Sutton roared into the world on February 1, 1945 in the great “Show Me State” of Missouri. He departed peacefully at home in Conway, AR on September 8, 2021 for the Kingdom of Heaven to be greeted by Jesus, his beloved mother, Thelma, father, Albert, sisters, Mary and Bonnie, and brother, Bunny. He has also been reunited with Bill and Wanda Srygley, his much loved father in-law and mother-in-law, as well as other departed friends and family.

Ed grew up poor, but with a sense of rare self-reliance that had him picking strawberries during the Summer to pay for shoes in the Fall for the new school year. Known as “Eddie” in his youth, he had a way with people from the beginning– he was class president and was popular in school. While carousing his way through the University of Missouri, he was set up on a blind date with a Stephens College girl, Jeannie Srygley. This was sort of a joke of a set-up, with Eddie having a little bit of a wild reputation and Jeannie being a straight-laced girl, from Arkansas. The spark ignited on that first date to a football game, led to the flame of an enduring love, a 55 year marriage, three daughters, ten grandchildren, and one great grandson-Miles!

Ed’s intelligence was only matched by his humility. Count yourself lucky if he ever accepted a compliment from you! He had an absolute gift with people, and treated everyone he met with dignity and kindness. Ed knew how to make you feel like the most important person, not only in the room, but in the world. He was a natural born salesman, and enjoyed a long and successful career in the corrugated packaging industry. After retiring from Willamette Industries (Weyerhaeuser), Ed owned and managed Interpack, Beaver Pallet and Sutton Trucking in Berryville, Arkansas.

Faith was always an important part of his life. He knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and served faithfully through ministries at Goddard United Methodist Church and Holiday Island Baptist Church. Ed exuded a boundless generosity and helped countless people throughout his life, whether it was lending a hand or anonymously contributing to individuals and worthwhile causes. He possessed a deep love and appreciation of country, and served in the National Guard. If you were blessed to call him a friend, you felt his unwavering love and loyalty.

Words fall far short of describing what he means to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, sisters, extended family and friends. He was a lover of music, a good time, race horses, fishing, puzzles, sports, and laughter. Ed had an endless work ethic and love of learning. As kids, growing up, we thought he knew everything, and, as adults, we became certain of it.

Ed is survived by his cherished wife, Jeannie Sutton; his daughters, who he adored, and sons-in law, who he dearly loved, Stephanie & Glenn Crockett, Leigh & Dan Gillett, and Melanie Sutton & Chris Clausen. Ed’s pride and joy were his grandchildren, and as their “Pops” was proud of every single one: Edward Crockett (Ragan), Grace Walter (Blake), William Crockett, Caroline Crockett, Chris Crockett, Kelli Newsome (Jessi), Kate Gillett Seyman (Mike), John Gillett, Joseph Gillett, and Elizabeth Gillett. Ed is also survived by his beloved sisters, Ozie McCasland (Danny), Sandie Umstattd (Bob), and Chaise Myers, who was like a son to him, along with many treasured family and friends.

We want to extend our gratitude to the following people who provided compassionate care to Ed: Dr. Jonathan Dranoff, Dr. Brad Tilley and staff, Kindred Hospice, HomeWell Care Services, and Conway Fire Station 5.

In accordance with Ed’s wishes and humble nature, there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be made to United Way of Fort Smith Area (120 North 13th Street Fort Smith, AR 72901) and United Way of Central Arkansas (PO Box 489 Conway, AR 72033). Ed’s life will continue to be celebrated by each of us extending kindness to one another.

Cremation under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400

Submitted by Rick's son, Mark Gray.

Rick Gray gave ALS an incredible fight for over 11 years. He passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021.

For our San Diego friends, a memorial service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with a reception following at our home in Lakeside.

For our friends and family in the Kansas City area, a memorial service is scheduled for noon on February 26, 2022. A reception will follow. The service will be at Johnson County Funeral Chapel at 11200 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

As many of you know, my Dad, along with his brother Bruce, was an avid golfer. A memorial scholarship fund at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, was established for Bruce, and my Dad's name has now been added.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Columbia Public Schools
Business Services
C/O Bruce & Rick Gray Scholarship
1818 W. Worley Street
Columbia, MO 65203
(Checks should be made payable to Columbia Public Schools)
Thank you to friends and family, near and far, for all the support you have given us these past 11 years.

Posted online on October 04, 2021

John Hunt

Columbia - John Hunt, age 75, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on September 22, 2021 at Boone Hospital Center. He was born on October 27, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri; a son of Daniel Hunt and Maguerite Ruth Zaring Hunt, and they precede him in death.

He married Marcia Diane Oser Hunt on November 7, 1977 and she survives.

After graduation from Hickman High School, he enlisted in the US Army and training at Fort Leonard Wood. During his tenure in the Army, he was stationed in Germany, Turkey, Berlin, and many other places.

John is survived by his wife Marcia Hunt, a daughter Erica Hunt of Columbia, sons Phillip Hunt of Columbia, Robert Hunt of Casper Wyoming, John L. Hunt and a sister Sonie Robertson of Reno, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Connie Cloud and brother Robert.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Grandview Cemetery in Centralia, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to VFW and Disabled veterans.

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

Received from Tammys daughter, Wendy Bellantoni

Tamara Ann Ray, 76, died Oct. 17, 2021, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

She was born May 2, 1945, in Bexar County, Texas, to Girthie Elizabeth Tallmage Page and Dean Page.

Friends and family said she was a loving, devoted wife, mother, aunt and grandma.

They said they would love her always.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly Weller; her parents; sister Chanda Ball; and brother, Dean Page, Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years John Edward Ray; daughter Wendy (Matt) Bellatoni; sons, James Ray, Wesley Ray and Lyn (Debbie) Ray; grandchildren, Brianna, Frankie, Anjelika and Kieran; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Braysen, Caysen, Aubreyella, Josiah, Jaxon, Alaska and Ariella; nieces, Melissa (Dan) Gutowski and their children, Amy Nichols and Sheena McAroy (Richard) Riley; nephews, Cliff (Kim) Selkoe and their children and Ed O’Brien; and a sister, Deannay (Ray) O’Brien.

Memorial services have yet to be determined.

Arrangements were with Science Care Colorado.

Submitted at

In loving memory of Miriam Dyak who peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge on July 20, 2022.
Born on April 24, 1946 in Manhattan, New York, United States
Passed away on July 20, 2022 in Seattle, Washington, United States
For Miriam with love...

We will miss your irrepressible, irreverent, and compassionate presence in our lives. We will miss seeing your ever-present smile and hearing your tinkling laughter. And needless to say, we will miss the sight of your recently-purple hair. You are a true original! And we treasure your unique contributions to our lives.

We have loved your brilliance, your non-judgmental appreciation of the depth and complexity of the human experience (including your own), and your keen observations of the many deep contradictions within each of us. You remained sunny and optimistic, but never without an awareness of the contrasting dark side. And you were able to describe your multifaceted observations clearly and elegantly – but always with the soul of a poet.

We are grateful for the rich body of work you leave behind: your poetry, your esoteric writings, your feminist and political writings, and your Voice Dialogue teachings, books and articles. I’m so glad that the Miriam’s Memorial Fund has been created to honor you and move your work forward.

From your earliest years in Greece to your final years in Washington, your fearless journey has been one of exploration, observation, and great creativity. We wish you a fascinating continuation of this journey in the new realms on the other side of the rainbow bridge. You’re an extraordinary being - may you fly joyfully and free!

Sidra Stone
Those who know and love Miriam can attest to her unwavering commitment to her husband Richard, and to her family, friends, and her work in the world as a counselor, author, artist, and poet. Her beautiful soul, brilliant mind, generous heart, and Mother Bear nature has touched many of us and will continue to do so for generations to come.

This online memorial is intended to support a healthy grieving process for all of us; to connect with others who loved Miriam, and to share what Miriam meant to you.

Please scroll down to leave a tribute to Miriam; upload photos, video, or audios to the Gallery tab above; or add a memory of Miriam in the Stories tab.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund is being set up for donations to support the continuation of Miriam’s work: the completion and publication of The Voice Dialogue Facilitators Handbook Part 2 and future scholarships for those attending trainings developed by Miriam in collaboration with Cassandra Cosme DePree of the Voice Dialogue Institute.

Please check back to this site. Once Miriam’s Memorial Fund is established contribution information will be posted here. Memorial Service Information will also be posted, and notices will be sent out once it is planned.

Thank you for love and light, and for contributing.

Posted online on December 11, 2022

John T Barnes III (Jay) passed away on July 31, 2022 in Sedona, Arizona.

His wife, Shirley J (Bigham) Barnes passed away on October 15, 2022.

John is survived by a brother, Bob. Shirley is survived by a brother, Robert and sister, Patty Loper. The couple is also survived by multiple nephews and nieces.

The couple were truly devoted to each other and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 13th.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Humane Society of Sedona 2115 Shelby, Sedona, AZ 86336.

An online guestbook is available to sign at


Carter Burton, 76, of Columbia, MO, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at the University of Missouri. No services are planned.

Carter J Burton was born October 2, 1945 in Moberly, MO, the son of Jay and Mary Frances Carter Burton. He worked for many years for JC Drywall and was very accomplished at his craft. He loved spending time with his wife white water rafting and he loved spending time with his friends in the “Good Old Boys Club”.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Melissa Counts Burtn, his two daughters Ashley Counts of St. Louis, MO, and Lindsey Mueller (Daniel) of Columbia, MO, one Brother Bob Guthrie (Suzanne) of Columbia, MO, his sister Beverly Carmichael of Boonville, MO, his niece Jennifer Allen of Mexico, MO, his nephew Jeff Carmichael of Boonville, MO his cousin Mary Guthrie and two grandchildren Dawn and Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

John William McBaine Jr.
MAY 3, 1945 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2022

Obituary of John William McBaine Jr.
IN THE CARE OF Serenity Funeral Home & Serenity Gardens Memorial Park

Johnnie W. McBaine Jr. died at home September 3rd, 2022 surrounded by family after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He is survived by his children Marci, Johnnie Ill, Christopher, Kelly, and Craig. His loving wife, Carole, passed away in 2010.

John had an amazing career with General Motors in Flint, MI that spanned four decades. Once retired from General Motors, he relocated with his family to Largo, FL in 2000.

He loved to golf and play softball. He was active in various leagues around Pinellas county.

He will be missed greatly and loved always.

May God bless him and rest in peace.

Services will be held at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL 33774 on Friday September 9th, 2022. Johnnie's visitation will be held from 10-11am, his funeral service will begin at 11am, with a graveside to follow at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park.

Sharon Reed Bosch, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until time for the service. A private family burial will follow the service at Dripping Spring Cemetery.

Sharon was born December 3, 1945, in Boone County, to the late Howard Dell “Punk” and Virginia “Lucille” (Level) Reed. She lived her entire life in Boone County and was a 1963 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. She was employed with the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics and Columbia Regional Hospital as a Nurse-Certified Medical Tech for 30 years. She also worked for Stephens College.

Sharon loved to entertain, having card parties and parties for her grandchildren, their friends and neighborhood children. She loved her dogs, but most of all loved spending time with family.

Sharon is survived by her son, Jerry G. Cockrell, Jr. (April) of Columbia; three step daughters,

Paula Wager (Brian) of Columbia, Karen Berger (Justin) of Rolla, Tammy Back (Kenneth) of Rolla; brother, Gene Reed (Jean “Dede”) of Columbia; sisters, Gloria Reed Ewens and Ruth “Ann” Reed Shaon, both of Hallsville; grandchildren, Katelyn Dawn Cockrell Smith (Nathan) and Kortney Lynn Cockrell (Matthew McFall) and step-grandchildren, Ashley Wager Turley (Ross), Matthew Wager (Kali), Haley Owens, Wyatt Owens, Bridgett Owens, Henry Berger, Gracie Berger, Ivy Berger and Aiden Back; great grandchildren, Everett Wager and Maysen Smith and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by sister, Anna Mae Reed and brother, Bobby Dell Reed.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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Posted online on October 21, 2022

R. Blair Long, 76, of Stoutsville, Missouri, passed away on October 18, 2022 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was born December 17, 1945, near Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, to Rufus Long and Ethel Davies Long. When Blair was six months old he moved with the family to Boone County where he resided for several decades.

Blair graduated from Hallsville High School in 1966 and, soon after, married Sue Baugh Long and started a family. He worked for 3M Company in Columbia for 26 years, retiring in 1996. During those years he also raised cattle, horses, sheep and hogs on the family farm near Hallsville. In retirement, and after divorcing and moving to Monroe County, he continued to help neighbors farm. He also bought property in North Dakota and helped area farmers there with planting and harvesting for several years. He later married Jill Quade.

Blair loved horseback riding much of his life, and especially looked forward to trail rides with friends in Eminence, Missouri, and Rudolf Bennitt Wildlife Area in Howard County. Farming, horses and good friends enriched his life.

Survivors include two sons, Matt Long of Centralia and his friend Cassie Gray, and Marc Long and wife Lisa of Yankton, S.D.; grandchildren Ruby Long of Hallsville, Alex Long and wife Haley Canaday of Columbia, and Andrew Long of Hallsville; brothers, Ross Long and wife Mary of Centralia, David Long and wife Vicki of Centralia, sister Florence Nelson and husband Larry of Centralia, and sister-in-law Vicki Long of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dean Long, and a sister, Rita Long.

At Blair’s request he will be cremated and no services will be held. A gathering to remember Blair and his famous sayings will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Spirit Hall, Knights of Columbus, 20650 Highway 124, Centralia.

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Sharon Sue Lay, age 77, of League City, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride!” Hunter S. Thompson

One of Sharon’s favorite quotes and she lived it! Nobody loved and lived life more than Sharon. She was a giant force of nature in a petite frame. Sharon’s energy lit up a room, with contagious laughter and relentless positive attitude – all who knew her, loved her.

Sharon was born on October 8, 1945 in Rush Hill, MO to Omer and Ruth Lay. A humble upbringing was rich in love, laughter, song, faith and Ruth’s delicious fried chicken. Sharon was the third child to Omer and Ruth following siblings Bonnie and Ken. Sharon’s family was a source of strength and comfort and Sharon always brought the joy of life to her brother and sister, even in tumultuous times. Sharon was a graduate of Hickman High School (where she was a human cannonball!) and of the University of Missouri with a major in Drama and Music – of course!

The family and extended family spent holidays in Omer and Ruth’s home gathered around the piano singing carols and hymns late into the evening. The family was tight to the end, celebrating the life of each as they passed knowing they would all reunite one day in the kingdom of Heaven – where Sharon now joins them for a celebration unlike any other!

An avid sailor – Sharon raced her Orient Express throughout the Gulf Coast – one time even through a hurricane where her boom broke. The sailing and boating community was an extended family to Sharon whether in Houston, Coconut Grove, the Bahamas or wherever her boat may have taken her, much of it shared with the love her of her life, Joe Ellis.

Joe and Sharon met in 2000 and were married shortly after. They enjoyed many adventures together; boating in the Bahamas and the coasts of America, traveling, watching polo in Houston and in South America, and many, many family gatherings and parties. Joe was by his “sweetheart’s” side until the very end with loving care.

Sharon was an accomplished businesswoman – converting her love of travel to a successful travel agency. After traveling the world – Sharon made a second home for herself, family and friends in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Her house in Uruguay was always full of friends from around the world – Asados would last hours with delicious food, wine and best of all – conversation. Not to anyone’s surprise, Sharon bought land near her house and developed a beautiful vineyard where her Cuatro Caballos wine received awards and accolades.

As Alzheimer’s disease took a toll on Sharon over the past few years, she still maintained her wit, enthusiasm and a sparkle in her eye. The loss of Sharon is a loss to so many – while she lived large, she loved even larger. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Joe Ellis, her bonus children, Dee Dee and Eric and their children, Zoie, Megan and Parker. In addition, Sharon is survived by her nieces and nephews, Liz Lay, Mark Lay, Mary Elizabeth Bourne, Michael Bourne and John Bourne and their families. It cannot go without saying, she is survived by countless friends across the globe who loved her dearly and mourn the loss of this beautiful person who impacted so many. Sharon’s wish for her family and friends is her favorite toast: “Salud, pesetas y amore y tiempo para gozarlos!”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s such as the Alzheimer’s Association.

Posted online on October 04, 2023

Norman "Dale" Holman, age 78, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Dale was born February 16, 1945, in Texas to parents, Norman and Elsie Afton (Brown) Holman. He graduated from Hickman High School and became a master technician at Perry Nissan. August 16, 1991, Dale and Cheryl Sue (Shettlesworth) were married. Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the shooting range.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his step-daughter, Catheryn Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, children: Michael (Tammy) Holman and Travis (Teresa) Perkins, grandchildren: Rachel, Amanda, Sarah, Amber, Devon and five great-grandchildren, sister: Mary Rini and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for Dale will be held Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, Missouri 65202.

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Posted online on October 22, 2023

Karen Gay Harris Howard, was born May 12, 1945 to William Coe and Cora Payne Harris. Lived 78 years, 5 months, and 5 days. She passed from this life on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

Her purpose in life was to love unconditionally and mentor. You may have come to know her from one of her father's churches, at school in Columbia, Moberly or Ashland, a church she attended, playing piano for church, weddings, or funerals, the University of Missouri where she worked 28 years, Stretch 'n Sew Fabrics, Maupin Funeral Home, Soul Sentiments Scrapbook cottage - or been in front of her in line at the grocery store, in an elevator, or eating out somewhere. Like her father, she never met a stranger.

While she never had biological children, she collected them and kept up with their lives. You all know who you are - each very special and loved.

She was married to Billie George Martin, Delbert Eugene Howard, and Lloyd Harley Barrow.

Her parents had 2 other daughters, Glee (Dale) Ross and Coellette (Richard) Jorgensen. The rest of her family includes their descendants and other dear ones added through long time close friendships. Again, you know who you are and that she loved you.

At her request there will be no formal services. Her body, which had endured the chronic pain and many other side effects of Post Polio Syndrome, as well as a mixture of other interesting conditions, was donated to the University of Missouri Medical School for research and cared for by the Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. Its final resting place will be the Auxvasse Cemetery.

Instead of formal services, she asks that you have gatherings of your circles of friends, tell stories about this person who loved to laugh, seriously discuss (in the words of poet Mary Oliver) "WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE?", and eat. She loved food events.

Instead of memorials, she asks that you use the money for a cause dear to your heart, or plant trees, or buy real hardback books for yourself or to give to a child. Then spend some time alone with yourself, journaling, listening to beautiful music, experiencing nature, listening to your heart, and listening for God to speak to you.

The two most important things in Karen's life were her faith through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and her prayer life. If you haven't experienced that in your own life - or have let it slip away - find it at a church near you.

Her last request is that you examine your relationships with family and friends. If there is any discord or bitterness in your heart, seek reconciliation immediately. Forgive or ask to be forgiven.

Then her life as we know it here will not have been wasted. Live in the present, mindful of each moment's beauty and joy.

Love unconditionally. KGH

Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Kenneth “Joe” Wade, 78, of Columbia passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at his home. A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be conducted on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will take place at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Joe was born on November 11, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri the son of Robert Austin Wade and Amy Oleta (Stone) Wade. He graduated from David H Hickman High School and Columbia College. He served his country in Vietnam in the US Army. On August 8, 1969 he was united in marriage to Nancy Fisher who survives at their home.

Joe had a successful career with State Farm Insurance Company in agency training. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and just about anything outdoors. He was proud of his ten-acre grove of walnut and pecan trees. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy; their children: Patrick (Patricia) Wade of Wentzville; Krista (Matt) Blansett of Auxvasse; two grandchildren: Macyn & Ryan; his brothers: Dale (Betty) Wade; Russell (LaVerne) Wade; Dennis (Vickie) Wade; his sisters: Glenda Stahl; Florine (Bob) Jenkins; Barbara (Bill) Wehmeyer; Cindy Spires (Bobby) and a host of nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Vernon Wade and one sister: Fay Hopper.

Memorials in Joe’s honor may be made to Coyote Hill at or mailed in care of the funeral home.

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Posted online on December 29, 2023

John Allen Brown

5/17/1945 – 12/22/2023

John Brown, 78, of Columbia, passed away Friday, December 22, 2023 while in Independence, MO. Visitation will be from 10-11am, Wednesday, January 3rd at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Masonic service will immediately precede the funeral service at 11am, and burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

John was born May 17, 1945 in Columbia, MO to Melton and Mildred Williamson Brown. In 1963, he graduated from Hickman High School. He attended a trade school in St. Louis, MO where he studied welding and pipe fitting. He then worked the next 50 years as a Union Pipefitter before his retirement. On January 11, 1990, he Married Karen Sue Brown in Fulton, and she preceded him in death in August 2017. He and Karen enjoyed going to estate sales and gun shows together, as well as spending time at the lake in their cabin. They most enjoyed spending time together with their friends and family. John also enjoyed hunting, and was a life-time member of the NRA. He also served many years as a Mason and was a member of Union 562 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

He is survived by his children, Michele (Brad) Bates of Johnstown, CO, Michelle (Mike) McGhee of Kingdom City, Keith Miller of Columbia, Susan Brown of Chesterfield, and Stephane (Mark) Howard of Mason, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Kate) Karnik, Kayla (Grant) Christensen, Josh Gotfried, Owen Gotfried, Thomas Brown, Aiden Brown, Caleb Howard, Anneliese Howard, and Elaine Miller; six great-grandchildren, Jax, Liam, and Nash Christensen, and Kristin, Eliana, and Charlotte Karnik; sisters, Cheri (Pat) Wilson of Millersburg and Bobbi Brown of Yuma, AZ; a sister-in-law, Carla Brown of Eagle Point, OR; a dear friend, Eddie Hutchison, several nieces and nephews, and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Karen Sue Brown; two brothers, Joel and Andy Brown, and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Submitted by,SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin MO

James (Jay) Savage Spangler III, aged 78, of St Louis County, passed away in his home on January 3, 2024. Born in Kansas City, MO on March 4, 1945, Jay is survived by his loving wife Patricia (nee Schmidt), sons James Spangler IV (Jeannie) and Tom Spangler (Melissa), cherished granddaughter Morgan, as well as his brothers Klein Spangler (Pam) and Danny Spangler (Marty), and his many friends and family. Jay was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Tull (Hamlin) and father, James S Spangler II (Billie Mae).

Jay was a 1963 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, MO and recently attended his 60th high school reunion. His early love of sports would inspire his lifelong passion for collegiate football, as an avid fan of the Mizzou Tigers. Jay was also a member of the Clinton, Missouri Elks Lodge #1034. Having been employed in the railroad industry for 33 years, Jay retired in 2000 from Norfolk Southern as a National Account Manager. During his time with Norfolk Southern, Jay served multiple terms as the President of the St Louis Rail Sales organization, and also served on many Transportation Club boards. Jay and Pat lived in several cities during Jay’s time with the railroad, including Kansas City, Cleveland, Decatur, and New Orleans, before settling in St Louis. Of the many cities they lived in, Jay and Pat have always had very fond memories of their time in New Orleans. Jay served as a Krewe member with the Krewe of Centurions for several Mardi Gras seasons. He was installed as King Centurion XXXIV for the 2013 Mardi Gras season, and regally presided over that year’s Mardi Gras festivities. Having married the love of his life in 1972, Jay and Pat celebrated 50 years of marriage in September 2022. During his free time, Jay enjoyed catching the latest Mizzou game, watching John Wayne westerns, pursuing his interest in numismatics, hunting on the family farm, and recounting stories from various travels, adventures, and treasured time with loved ones.

All hail King Centurion XXXIV, James Savage Spangler III.

Services: Visitation at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Friday, January 12, from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Charley Blackmore's Class of '63 Scholarship, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, P.O. BOX 6015, Columbia, MO 65205-6015. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at 

Submitted by, Nilson-Millard Cremation & Burial Center, 5611 E. St. Charles Rd.; Columbia, MO 65202

Robert “Bob” Wayne Hendren was born at home in Huntsdale, MO on August 3, 1944, to Taylor Robert Hendren and Mary Frances (Turner) Hendren and passed away March 29, 2024.

He spent most of his young life in the Huntsdale/McBaine area, and attended Huntsdale school, Midway Elementary, Jefferson Jr High and Highman High School.

Bob joined the US Army in October 1965 and was a Vietnam Veteran where he served as a Specialist 4th class. He was Honorably discharged in October 1971.

Bob spent much of his life driving a concrete truck where he was first hired at Dalton Concrete in 1969, and then drove with Columbia Ready Mix until 1987.

Bob then began working at Broad Building Supply in 1987 driving a tractor trailer until his retirement in 2005 due to health issues.

Bob was always humble and the calm in the storm.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with all his family, and serving our God. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and had served 3 times as a deacon.

Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janet, of the home. His sister, Ida (Hendren) Gash, his children; Kristi Phelan, Kari Hallowell, Angela Miller (Corby), Mary Acton, Robert Hendren Jr (Jacque). He was very blessed with grandchildren; Reagan Strough (Jared), Shawn Miller (Brittany), Kortni Davis (Nick), Kassiti Walters, Steven Hendren, Kolten Phelan, Hunter Acton. Great-Grandchildren; Emerson Phelan-Lomas, Gunner Strough, Mason Miller, Bennett Davis, Ayla Walters, Kendrix Walters, Lucas Kline.

He was preceded in death by his parents Taylor and Mary Hendren, brother Thomas Hendren, son-in-law Billy Acton, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and his grandson Hayden Holt.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation & Burial Center, 5611 E. St. Charles Rd.; Columbia, MO 65202. (573) 474-8443. Online condolences may be left for the family at       











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