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Kewpie Family Deaths 2020
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Those we love truly never die
Though year by year the sad memorial wreath--
A ring and flowers, types of life and death--
Are laid upon their graves.
Well blessed is she who has a dear one dead
A friend she has whose face will never change,
A dear communion that will not grow strange.
The anchor of a life is death.
There is no death, nor change, nor any ending.
Only a journey, and so many go
That we who stay at length discern the blending
Of the two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
Come to the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
Are but ourselves, made beautiful instead.
 From, "Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Author Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
Arranged by, Helen D. Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OBITUARIES COURTESY OF"THE COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"

Joseph L. Kurzejeski, Neal (Class of 1975), Paul (Class of 1978) and Lisa (Class of 1980) died April 3, 2020.

Nellie Pearl Kyger Jones, mother of Janice Nelson (Class of 1974) died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Boone Hospital Center.

Libby Gill mother of Mike (Class of 1969), Kevin (Class of 1971) and Brian, deceased (Class of 1973) passed away March 30, 2020.

Freda Pauline “Polly” March, mother of Becky Reeves (Class of 1966), Sue Brown (Class of 1967) and Steve March (Class of 1968) passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

Viola LaVerne Purdy, mother of Rena Crane (Class of 1971), passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Maxine Lois (Sparkman) Sewell, mother of Bruce Sewell (Class of 1972), Brent Sewell (Class of 1974) and Beth Blevins (Class of 1979) passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Robert Edwin Studley, father of Karen (Class of 1972) passed away Monday, March 23, 2020.

Sherrie Neff, mother of Matthew (Class of 2014) and Katherine (Class of 2019) passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Nancy Collier, mother of Joseph Patterson (Class of 1988), passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Columbia Manor.

John Yanos, father of Luke (Class of 2008) and Kate (Class of 2011) passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Delphinus Otto Twenter, father of Edward Twenter (Class of 1976) and Brenda Ewings (Classs of 1978) passed away peace Friday, March 13, 2020 in Columbia.

Esther “Nadine” Moosmann, mother of Gus Moosmann (Class of 1975) and Thomas Moosmann (Class of 1981) passed away Tuesday March 10, 2020.

Linda Sue Harper, mother of Billy Harper (Class of 1980) , died Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

Julie Faye Eaker, mother of Johnny Eaker (Class of 1996) passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

Susan Cynthia Kelley, wife of Sterling Kelley (Class of 1950) passed away Monday, March 2, 2020 at her home.

Gordon D’Arcy Christensen, father of Charlotte Ruth Christensen Bowcutt (Class of 2001) and Janara Maria Christensen (Class of 2004), died on Feb. 29, 2020, at his home in Columbia.

Henry Miroslav Korcak, brother of Helen Korcak (Class of 2018) passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Arthur Windell “Artie” Sims, father of Lionel Sims (Class of 2002) passed away at University Hospital on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Einar Wallace Palm, father of, son Wally (Class of 1974) and daughter Mary Ellen (Class of 1976) passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Santa Fe Trails assisted living home in Cleburne, Texas.

William Edward Jones, husband of Carol Coleman (Class of 1961) deceased, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Philip Loy Alspaw, father of Mark Alspaw (Class of 1978) and Michael Alspaw (Class of 199) passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Lorene Mueller, wife of Randy Mueller, Class of 1949, deceased, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at her home in Centralia.

Teresa Elizabeth (Terri) Olsen (nee Hill), daughter of Carol Haley Holt (Class of 1954) passed away on February 4, 2020, at Evelyn's House, a hospice house in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Louis Glauser, father of Lauren (Class of 1964), Randy (Class of 1967), Cande (Class of 1970) and Tammy (Class of 1976) passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Alice Dellande, mother of Brian Dellande, deceased (Class of 1970) passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace in Columbia.

Sidlee W. Leeper, father of Kevin A. Leeper (Class of 1973) and Karen L. Stone (Class of 1973) passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 at his home in Rocheport.

Joseph Marcel Vandepopuliere, father of Amy Jehman (Class of 1974), passed away, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Mary Sue Bea, mother of Jon Bea (Class of 1972) and Billy Bea (Class of 1973), passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Helen Frances Clayborne-Sheley, mother of David Sheley (Class of 1977) and Dale Sheley (Class of 1981) passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

LaVerna Joy Hatesohl, mother of Kent Hatesohl (Class of 1973) and Beth Mosher (Class of 1976) died Monday, January 20, 2020.

Professor Emeritus Charles F. Saylor, father of Scott Saylor (Class of 1987) and Shawn Hastings (Class of 1995) passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Rod Gelatt, father of Dr. Mark Gelatt (Class of 1980) and Dr. Tom Gelatt (Class of 1982) passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Green Valley, Arizona.

Dr. Dan Mertz, father of Jodelle Cayou (Class of 1976), passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Columbia VA Hospital.

Phyllis Ann Hunt, mother of Joseph Hunt, deceased (Class of 1977), Michael Hunt (Class of 1978) and Mark Hunt (Class of 1982) passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Columbia.

Robert Eugene Ragland, father of Charles Ragland (Class of 1975), passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Claudia Evelyn Anderson (Adams), mother of Jonathen Anderson (Class of 1972), Rebecca Bratkowski (Class of 1973), Timothy Anderson (Class of 1975) and Teresa Wren (Class of 1978) passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

Alan R. Havig, father of Kirsten Havig (Class of 1989), passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Columbia Post-Acute Care.

Edward William “Bill” Brandecker Jr., father of Will Brandecker (Class of 1968), Bitsy Aldrich (Class of 1971), Ann Sullivan (Class of 1973) and Sara Rutter (Class of 1975) passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Phyllis Jarman, mother of Christy (Class of 1997) and Michelle (Class of 2001) passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Bill Helvey, father of Howard Helvey (Class of 1986) and Howard Helvey (Class of 1993) passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at his home in Columbia.




























Published Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bill Helvey died peacefully at his home in Columbia surrounded by his wife, Julia, and son, Howard, on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Son, Harold, also survives.

A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, Jan. 26, 12-3 p.m. Casual lunch reception followed by Tribute (1:30) at Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro, 14020 West Hwy BB, Rocheport.

He completed his MA at UMC in 1970, and was a professional fine art photographer and artist whose work is collected internationally. An avid and gifted educator, he taught children through adults, and was a passionate 4-H leader.

Memorials are gratefully accepted by these non-profit organizations: Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201; Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble (The William Helvey Memorial Fund for Art and Music Education), 748 East Epworth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232.

Published Thursday, January 9, 2020

Phyllis Jarman, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

She is survived by her husband, James (Jim) Jarman, of 50 years; her two daughters; and five grand-children.

Phyllis was a kindhearted woman and friend to all.

The Celebration of Life is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Reichmann Pavilion in Stephens Lake Park, Columbia.

Donations may be made to Healthwell, an organization assisting with cancer medicine costs.


Published Tuesday, January 7, 2019
Edward William “Bill” Brandecker Jr., 98, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 2, 2020 at his home in Columbia surrounded by family.

Services include a Funeral Prayer Vigil at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Columbia, with family receiving visitors there from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, followed by a military service at Columbia Cemetery, concluding with a luncheon for all guests at the church.

As Bill repeatedly stated, he lived a wonderful life. Bill was born July 11, 1921 in Marshall as the only son to Clara and Edward Brandecker. In 1942, he enlisted in the USAF as a pilot and later became a flight instructor based in Texas. In 1944 he was assigned to the 456th Bomb Group as captain of a B24 squadron and deployed to Italy. During the war, he led dozens of successful missions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his courageous and heroic service in the line of duty when he bravely returned his crew from a mission despite the loss of two engines and navigating inclement weather.

After the war, Bill married Betty Hinnenkamp on Nov. 30, 1946, a marriage that lasted 53 years until her death in June, 2000. Bill completed his degree from the University of Missouri Law School in 1950, serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney before opening his own law practice in Columbia that lasted over 60 years, and included a role as president of the Boone County Bar Association.

In addition to serving his country, running a business and raising a family, Bill had many interests but none exceeded his passion for flying–which he was able to continue until the young age of 88. He flew his own plane for work, family trips and to MU football games, always saying there was no better comfort than being in control in the air. All of those who flew with him knew there was no better, more prepared and experienced pilot. Bill’s other loves included any activity with family, hundreds of trips to the lake, boating, swim meets, card games, dirty gin martinis, watching college football games, following the stock market and passing out $2 bills to his grandchildren. Everyone that knew Bill loved his quirky personality, wit and charm as reflected by his many other names–Dad, Papa, Old Papa, Uncle Bill, Mr. Nice Guy and Baron Von Squatley-to name just a few.

Mom and Dad loved joining their friends and neighbors in both Columbia and south Florida for cocktail parties, laughs and storytelling. They were avid supporters of Tiger football as season ticket holders for over 50 years. Together, they raised six children who were their true priority. Mom and Dad gave their children a foundation which included the importance of family, faith, hard work, respect, patience and service. The love and support they modeled and taught their children will last forever as will their legacy and traditions. Their family will never forget the generous sacrifices they made to create times together at the lake and the annual extended family trips to Florida during Christmas. Dad called Mom a beautiful lady. Cheers to a wonderful man.

Survivors include their children: Will (Ginny) Brandecker, Bitsy Aldrich, Ann (Bill) Sullivan, Sara (Scott) Rutter, Tracy (Randy) Markway and John (Janet) Brandecker; as well as 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

His wife, parents, only sister Betty Smith, and a dear family friend Mary Campbell, preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial in his name to the Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum in Marshall Mo.

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

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

Published Sunday, January 12, 2020

Alan R. Havig, 79, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Columbia Post-Acute Care.

A celebration of Alan’s life will take place on March 14 at the Firestone Baars Chapel on the campus of Stephens College. Additional details and a more complete obituary will be published closer to the service.

Alan was born Aug. 26, 1940 in Litchfield, Minnesota, the son of Harold Rolf Havig and Blanche Sylvia (Peterson) Havig. He was united in marriage to Bettina (Baker) Havig for over 52 years. He was a history professor and archivist at Stephens College for 50 years.

Alan is survived by his wife: Bettina; their daughter: Kirsten Havig of Laramie, Wyoming; and one sister: Margaret Daniher of Huntington Beach, California.

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

Published Sunday, January 12, 2020

Columbia-Claudia Evelyn Anderson (Adams), 86, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15 at Memorial Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow.

Claudia was born Oct. 8, 1933 in Leadmine to William Err and Alta “Necie” (Tucker) Adams. Claudia attended Leadmine schools and graduated from Tunas High School in 1951. On Feb. 14, 1952, Claudia married W. LeRoy Anderson in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Together they raised four children. For many years Claudia was a homemaker and nurturer, and much of her time was focused on her family. Claudia loved her family and was extremely dedicated to her children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities and sporting events. She also took on leadership roles in 4-H, PTA and the Extension Club. Claudia was a great cook and made sure that no one went hungry when you visited her home. She would check her cabinets and whip up a whole meal for you, no recipe required. Eventually, she began working for Sears, where she retired.

She is survived by her sister Ruth Parish; children: Jonathen Anderson and wife Cindy of Columbia, Rebecca Bratkowski and husband Bob of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Timothy Anderson of Columbia, and Teresa Wren and husband Curtis of Ashland; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and siblings: Velva Bishop, Vivian Gravell, Richard Adams, Edith Landon, Warren Adams, Owen Adams, Paul Adams, Helen Holt, Marie Leffert, Peggy Hackney and Esther Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Missouri American Heart Association at https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/missouri/missouri or to the American Diabetes Association https://www.diabetes.org/donate.

Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com/ to leave condolences for Claudia’s family and friends.

Published Thursday, January 16, 2020

Robert Eugene Ragland, 83, of Columbia, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 with his loved ones by his side.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave, Columbia, with Fr. Richard Litzau officiating. Reception will follow at the church.

Robert was born on Jan. 11, 1937 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of John and Lauretta (Forgie) Ragland, who preceded him in death. He was married on May 7, 1956 in Wichita to Mary Englebrecht, who preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2007. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. He was a faithful member of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Bob retired after owning ServiceMaster of Columbia for 23 years. After retirement, instead of sitting still, he became a regular volunteer at PET (Personal Energy Transportation). The PET Project provides three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchairs for victims of polio and landmines all over the world. He also enjoyed yardwork, trap, skeet and 5 stand shooting. He always made people smile and he loved to laugh and tell jokes.

He is survived by two sons: Charles Ragland and his wife Polly Blomenkamp of Columbia, and Scott Ragland of Columbia; four grandchildren: Emily Ragland, Andrew Ragland, Krista Blomenkamp and Bo Blomenkamp; and one great-grandson, Prentice, along with many nieces, nephews, dear friends and extended family whom he loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PET (Personal Energy Transportation) Project, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202 or at www.mobilityworldwide.org.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Sunday, January 19, 2020

Phyllis Ann Hunt, 80, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Columbia.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m., both at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia.

Phyllis was born on Oct. 26, 1939 in Mexico, Missouri to James and Viola (Smith) Harrison, who preceded her in death. She married on Feb. 14, 1958 in Mexico to Billy Joe Hunt, who preceded her in death in 2006. This modest, tiny little woman, through years of life experience, was expert in Domestic Engineering, Culinary Arts, Animal Science, Horticulture, and Multitasking. She worked for Columbia Public Schools, and adored her Midway Heights Family. Oh how she loved baking and cooking for those kids and teachers. On the farm she could work all day alongside her men, simultaneously cook a feast for all to enjoy, clean it up, and do the laundry while they sat and discussed how hard they worked. This woman loved her husband unconditionally and supported her family unwaveringly. Phyllis was tougher than most men and completely willing to do whatever it took to get the job done.

She is survived by two sons: Michael (Kara) and Mark (Becky); four grandchildren: Heather Blankenship (Jesse), Zachary Hunt (Nikki), Kelsi Peuster (Chris) and Dustin Hunt; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Joseph Victor Hunt in 2001; and granddaughter, Amber Richardson in 2019. “Rest In Peace Beautiful, you’ve earned it.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 4-H Foundation, c/o Memorial Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dr. Dan Mertz, 91, of Columbia, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Columbia VA Hospital.

No memorial service will be held at Dan’s request.

Dan Mertz was born Sept. 19, 1928 in St. Marys, Ohio, the second child of Ernest and Martha Post Mertz. After he graduated from high school in 1946, Dan joined the U.S. Navy, spending the next three years on and off of a naval ship, sailing around the world. In 1949, he started school at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, beginning a long educational career which took him to study abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, and the University of Laval in Quebec. His extensive studies ultimately earned him his B.S. in botany from Miami University and ultimately received his Ph.D. in plant physiology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1960. While in Austin, he met and married Betty Tanner, and they had their first child together. After finishing his studies in Texas, Dan moved his family to Columbia to accept a job as a professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and taught until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure at the University of Missouri, Dan received four Fulbright-Hays Scholarships as a professor of plant physiology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, two at the University of Dakar, Senegal and at Hassan II University, Rabat, Morocco.

In his retirement, Dan enjoyed traveling extensively and exploring all around the world with his second wife, Sally Lynn Mertz. They spent their time in Columbia surrounded by friends and family, and their beloved dogs.

Dan is survived by his three children: Jodelle (Douglas) Gayou, Daniel (Pamela) Mertz and Brenda Mertz, all of Columbia; step-daughter Wendy (Ken) Yelton; grandchildren: Audrey and Scott Gayou, Emily Woodruff and Maria Mertz, Madison Mertz and Benjamin Yelton, all of Columbia; great-grandchildren: Isla and Eloise Woodruff; sister, Marilyn (Paul) Smith of St. Marys; sister-in-law, Mary Mertz of Lima, Ohio.

His parents, brothers Richard and Wendell, sister Jeanette and wife Sally Mertz preceded him in death.

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

Published Sunday, February 9, 2020

The “voice,” known throughout mid-Missouri for over 50 years, was silenced on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Green Valley, Arizona.

Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave, followed by lunch. Visitation will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the church.

Rod is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Andree; sons Dr. Mark Gelatt of Kansas City, Missouri and Dr. Tom Gelatt (Karyl) of Kenmore, Washington; grandsons Andrei of Mesa, Arizona and Sasha (Austin) of Kansas City, and grandchildren Miles, Kaia, Neve and Heath of Kenmore.

Memorials may be made to the Rod Gelatt KBIA Faculty Enhancement Fund. Missouri School of Journalism, 103 Neff Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Published Saturday, January 25, 2020

Professor Emeritus Charles F. Saylor, 83, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation will be one hour before mass at the church on Saturday. A private interment at Columbia Cemetery will follow the services.

Charles was born in San Pedro, California on April 6, 1936, the son of John A. Saylor and Mary Klotnya Saylor. He grew up in Seattle, Washington. Charles earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1968 Charles received his doctorate in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught Classical Studies at the University of California, Davis and San Diego State University before moving to Columbia in 1968. Charles taught at the University of Missouri for 42 years until his retirement in 2010. He served as chairman of the Classical Studies Department from 1984 to 1996. His long list of publications reflects his particular interest in Roman comedy and silver Latin literature. He was also interested in classical tradition in Master painters.

Charles, a beloved husband, father and grandfather was always smiling and had a wonderful sense of humor. Charles enjoyed sports, spending time with his family, working around his house and in the yard, and walking his dog at Twin Lakes. Dr. Saylor married his wife of 62 years, the former Gayle Galvin of Los Angeles, California in 1958.

Survivors include his wife Gayle of Columbia; a son, Scott Saylor of St. Paul, Minnesota and his wife Amy and children Charlie, Greta and Amelia; a daughter, Shawn Hastings of St. Louis and her husband Justin and children Hollie and Anna; and sister, Frances Zimmerman of Lompoc, California.

Published January 28, 2020

LaVerna Joy Hatesohl, 89, of Linn, Kan., died Monday, January 20, 2020.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 25, in Greenleaf, Kan.

LaVerna and her husband, Delmar, were longtime residents of Columbia. She worked at the MU Engineering School and a local doctor’s office before beginning her teaching career in the Columbia Public Schools. She taught fifth grade at Russell Boulevard for many years. She was also an active scout leader and Sunday school teacher. LaVerna and Delmar retired to Linn, Kan.

LaVerna is survived by husband Delmar; son Kent (Brenda) Hatesohl of Lawrence, Kan.; daughter Beth (Dan) Mosher of The Woodlands, Texas; grandchildren, Brian (Laura) Hatesohl, Laura (Richard) McLaughlin, Chris Mosher and Tyler Hatesohl; and great-granddaughter, Emma McLaughlin.

Memorials have been established for Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf, Kan., and the Linn American Legion Endowment, Linn, Kan.

Published Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020

Helen Frances Clayborne-Sheley, 86, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Services will be held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, corner of Fifth Street and Park Avenue, on Saturday, February 1, beginning with a public viewing at 11 a.m., followed by a homegoing celebration of life at 12 p.m. The family will gather for a repass at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center on the campus of the University of Missouri at 813 Virginia Ave.

On July 17, 1933, God blessed the union of Ruben Clayborne and Gladys Mae Sallee Clayborne with a baby girl, Helen Frances Clayborne.

Helen was the eldest of five children and is survived by four sons, Daryl Sheley, Rodney Sheley, David Sheley and Dale Sheley (Kim); one sister, Berniece Wilkerson of Denver, Colo.; one brother, William Clayborne (Marie), one brother-in-law, Robert Sheley (Joan) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

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

Published Saturday, January 25, 2020

Mary Sue Bea, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Nilson funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

She was born in Columbia on Sept. 25, 1935. Her parents, William Raymond Kite and Mary Lou Griffin (Brown) both preceded her in death.

Mary Sue married Clyde Lee Bea on April 25, 1953. They had three children: Billy (Jan) Bea of Fayette, Pam (Mark) Ledgerwood, both of whom preceded her in death, and adopted Jon (Tabitha) Bea of Republic.

She has four grandchildren: Brea Dutoit of Willard, whom she helped raise and Anthony Bea of Columbia. Also Aleigha Balk-Adank of Springfield and Arieonna Cusati, of Republic, both gifted to her by the marriage of Jon Bea to Tabitha Cusati. Mary Sue has one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Youngblood of Republic. She is survived by one brother-in-law, Frank J. Pike, of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Sue loved being surrounded by her family at the kitchen table playing cards. She bowled for many years on league at the local bowling alley and missed it when she had to give it up. She also enjoyed her time playing bingo and trips to the casino.

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

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Joseph Marcel Vandepopuliere, 90, of Columbia, passed away peacefully, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A private burial will take place later.

Joe was born June 21, 1929 near Parkville, the son of Marcel A. and Amy Irene Jantzen Vandepopuliere. He married Marjorie A. Smith, Sept. 6, 1953 in Kansas City.

He received his BS in Biology from Central Missouri State, MS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ph.D in Animal Nutrition from the University of Florida-Gainesville.

Joe worked as a research scientist at Ralston Purina-St. Louis for 17 years, developing several successful animal chow products. He completed his career at the University of Missouri-Columbia, dedicating his life to his students and research as a professor with the Department of Poultry Science for 25 years, retiring in August 1997. Joe was a member of the St. Andrews Lutheran Church-Columbia. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and snow skiing with his children, grandchildren and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife, Marjorie and four daughters: Amy (Jerry) Lehman of Jefferson City, Mary (David) Thorne of Holts Summit, Carla (Jefferson) Vandepopuliere of Jefferson City and Linda (Stacie) Vandepopuliere of Columbia; nine grandchildren: Christine (Dane) Hughes, John (Tiffany) Lehman, Carrie Lehman, Garrett (Chris) Thorne, Taylor Thorne, Alicia (Werner) Nels, Lauren Nicastro, Joseph and Isaac Vandepopuliere; and six great-grandchildren: Jillian and Parker Thorne, Dax and Cal Hughes, Wade and Otto Lehman. He is also survived by one sister, Mary Parrish of McArthur, California.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gus Vandepopuliere.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church-Columbia, or Children’s Mercy Hospital-Kansas City.

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

Published Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sidlee W. Leeper, of Rocheport, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at Community United Methodist Church, 3301 West Broadway. Visitation will follow in the church Welcome Center.

Dr. Leeper (Sid) was born July 2, 1929 in St. Louis, but resided in Piedmont until age 10, and then in Poplar Bluff, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He then attended the University of Missouri from 1947-1953, receiving BA and MS degrees, along with two years of medical school. He transferred to Harvard Medical School, receiving his MD degree in 1955.

In the summer of 1953 while working at Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine, he met Mary Jean Chapman. They were married in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, her hometown. After nearly five years in the U.S. Air Force and three years of internal medicine residency in Houston, Texas, he moved with his family, including four children, to Columbia, where he practiced Internal Medicine with Dr. John T. Logue (Jack). He later became medical director for Shelter Insurance Company, where he remained until retiring from the Board of Directors in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Leeper, and four children: Kevin A. Leeper of Council Grove, Kansas, Karen L. Stone (Scott) of Rocheport, Amy L. Bowers (Troy) of Manhattan, Kansas and Nancy L. Wilkening (Wayne) of Summerville, South Carolina; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde W. Leeper, Alta McGee Leeper; daughter-in-law Marla M. Leeper and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to either Community United Methodist Church, Friends of Music at the University of Missouri or Missouri Symphony Society.

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

Arrangements by Heartland, 616 Jackson St., Columbia, MO 65203, 573-442-7850.

Published Monday, February 2, 2020

Alice Dellande, 92, passed away gently on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace.

She was born in Missouri to Hilda and Charles Hassebrock. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Jim of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, William and son, Brian.

Alice worked as a secretary in St. Louis and Chicago prior to moving to Columbia with her husband, William Dellande. They married in 1947. In addition to being a homemaker, Alice assisted her husband in various capacities in his optometry practice. Gardening and music were special pleasures for her. She was a member of the Hazel Ebert Circle of King’s Daughters for 50 years and was a member of the Missouri Symphony Society. Alice volunteered for a number of organizations over the years and cared deeply about her community and the larger world. She was good-natured, had a down-to-earth approach to life, a hearty laugh and a spark of mischief in her eyes.

Alice maintained a deep sense of gratitude and a vision of a more caring and peaceful world. For those who knew Alice, remember her and do something kind for someone.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com/ to leave condolences for Alice’s family and friends.

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Louis Glauser, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 96.

Memorial will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3006 Riverside Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The formal remembrance will begin at 4:15 p.m. with a Celebration of Life afterwards. A celebration of life will be held in Columbia at a later date.

Louis “Lou” Glauser Jr. was born Feb. 6, 1923 in St. Louis, the son of Louis Glauser and Lillie Marie Ramstein. While serving in the military he met Marian June Glass in Tucson, Arizona. They married on Nov. 12, 1944. Lou and Marian raised four children together: Lauren, Randy, Cande and Tammy.

Lou enlisted in the Air Force during his freshman year at the University of Missouri. While serving in the Air Force he received the purple heart for wounds suffered on March 1, 1944. Lou’s military service was a source of pride for the entire family.

Lou also took great pride in his accomplishments as a tackle for the University of Missouri Tigers. The 1945 team was the undefeated Big 6 Champions and went on to appear in the 1946 Cotton Bowl against Texas. They lost the game but Lou tackled future hall of famer Bobby Lane on a kickoff return.

Lou went on to establish Glauser Realty in Columbia with his wife Marian. They both had successful careers as realtors, with Lou serving as the Columbia Board of Realtors President in 1967 and the Missouri Association President in 1976.

During lunch or on game day Lou could be found at Booche’s enjoying a burger with a cold Stag. He frequented Murray’s for dinner in the evenings. He was fond of tailgating, rooting for Mizzou, weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks and traveling with Marian and his children. He had a quick wit and was loved by all.

Lou was preceded in death by his wife Marian, father Louis and mother Lillie. He is survived by his four children: Lauren, Randy, Cande, Tammy; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be left on the tribute wall at eternityfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations be sent to Cat Angels at catsangels.com. He is also missed by his best bud kitty Tom who now lives with Lou’s daughter Cande.

Provided Monday, February 17, 2020 by mother Carol Haley Holt, Class of 1954

Teresa Elizabeth (Terri) Olsen (nee Hill), 61, of Lake St. Louis passed away on February 4, 2020, at Evelyn's House, a hospice house in Creve Coeur, after a 12 year battle with colon cancer. She was born on August 30, 1958, in Columbia. She was a 1976 graduate of Fulton High School and a 1982 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She was united in marriage to Michael (Mickey) Olsen on October 19, 1991, and he survives her passing.

Terri worked for her dad's business for over 30 years and was very involved in First Baptist Church-Lake St. Louis. She believed in eternal life through Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, and she loved sharing her hope in Him with others. She also loved camping, boating, playing games, doing puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She had a unique ability to make friends wherever she went, and her nieces and nephews were the lights of her life.

In addition to her husband, Terri is survived by her father, Dr. Thomas (Betty) Hill, of Lake St. Louis, and her mother, Carol Holt, of Columbia; two sisters, Marie (Joe) Kernell of Greenville, SC, and Michelle (Ken) Kelsay of St. Charles; one brother, Scott (Valery) Hill, of Brambleton, VA; nieces Haley Kernell and Juliette Hill; and nephews Joel, Noah, Zachary, and Levi Kelsay, as well as loving extended family and many dear friends. She was preceeded in death by her beloved stepfather, Raymond Holt.

It was Terri's desire that her body be donated to Washington University in St. Louis for medical research. In addition, it was her wish to not have a service after her passing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Missouri Baptist Children's Home or to a children's charity of the donor's choice.

Published Friday, February 14, 2020.

Lorene Mueller, 88, of Centralia, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. with Mark Kelly officiating. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Lorene was born March 27, 1931 in Columbia to the late Dora (Marsh) and Grover Farrar. Our beloved mother and friend now resides in heaven with the love of her life, her husband, Randall Mueller. They married on July 29, 1950 in Columbia.

Lorene taught many children the joys of bowling in Junior leagues and bowled in leagues herself, developing many friends! Lorene was inducted into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame in January, 1975. She also enjoyed her life in the country working in the yard and attending her horses, goats and dogs! She loved and cherished her time spent with family and friends. She was an amazing mom, grandmother and friend!! To know her was to love her!

Lorene is survived by her children: Randall Mueller Jr. (Terry) of Springfield, Kim Veley (Chris) of Winter Haven, Florida and Tammie Morris of Centralia; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; sister: Norma Cunningham of Kansas City; along with many nieces and nephews.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Randall; sister Betty Golden and son-in-law Jimmy Morris.

Special thank you to her caregiver Michele Hall and her granddaughter Michelle Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Greater MO.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Saturday, February 15, 2020

Philip Loy Alspaw, 82, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be as follows: Jon Alspaw, Jacob Alspaw, James Alspaw, Matthew Grieshaber, Charles Holcomb, Bob Avant and Dave Avant; Honorary Pallbearers: Kenny Anderson, Keith Anderson and Steve Grieshaber.

He was born in Harrisburg on June 22, 1937 and graduated from Harrisburg High School.

Philip was married to Judy Alspaw (Bourland) on June 20, 1959. He is survived by his wife, Judy Alspaw; sons: Mark Alspaw and wife Amanda Alspaw, Michael Alspaw and spouse David Politte; grandchildren: Jon Alspaw and his wife Ashley, Jacob Alspaw, James Alspaw, Josephine Alspaw, Bailey Grieshaber and Matthew Grieshaber; and brother, Dale Alspaw.

Philip was an exceptional entrepreneur, owning and operating first the House of Carpet and later Carpet for Less, both in Columbia. The way he died is just like he lived: with grace, dignity, integrity and courage. Philip will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving husband, father, companion and caring soul.

Flowers and contributions to Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice, 1605 E Broadway Suite #250, Columbia, MO 65201, are both welcome. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com/ to leave condolences for Philip’s family and friends.

Published Sunday, February 16, 2020

William Edward Jones, 80, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Celebration of Life visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel.

William was born on Nov. 17, 1939 in Harrisburg, the son of Robert Earl and Audrey Hope Reeves Jones, who preceded him in death. He was one of 11 children. In 1957, he married Carol Coleman in Columbia and she preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He retired after 25 years as a firefighter with the Columbia Fire Department, Station 2.

William was survived by his children: William C. Jones (Robin) of Columbia, Billy Jones, III of Harrisburg and Karen Jones of Harrisburg; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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

Published Sunday, March 8, 2020

Einar Wallace Palm, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Santa Fe Trails assisted living home in Cleburne, Texas. He was 96-years-old.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 at Memorial Funeral Home, followed by service and burial at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at the Compass Evangelical Free Church. Reverend Gary Wrisberg will officiate the service and burial.

Einar was born in 1923 in Spooner, Minnesota to Otto and Maria Palm and grew up on the family dairy farm. He graduated high school in Baudette, Minnesota and went on to earn a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from North Dakota State University. He then served as State Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Missouri from 1965 until his retirement in 1993.

Throughout his many years, Einar was devoted to church work, serving for a time in the 1950s as a lay preacher and from the 1950s on as a regular Sunday School teacher. He and his wife Helen were founding members of the Evangelical Free Church (now “Compass”) in Columbia. He was an avid musician, playing the accordion, piano and organ for numerous church-related and other events. Einar also traveled broadly through the United States and internationally, with professional and personal trips to countries including Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Israel and Vietnam.

Einar was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and brother, Evert. He is survived by son Wally (Randi) of Plymouth, Minnesota, daughter Mary Ellen (Barney) of Cleburne and son David (Lorene) of Westby, Wisconsin; also by his grandchildren Kris, Andrew, Holly, Ben, Michelle, Christopher, Emily, Michaela and Bridget; and great grandchildren, Rosalyn, Isabel, Vivienne and Abram.

Please visit www.MemorialFuneralHomeColumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published Sunday, March 1, 2020

Arthur Windell “Artie” Sims departed this life at University Hospital on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Parker-Millard Funeral Services, with a funeral service at 12:30 p.m.

“Artie” was born on Nov. 1, 1954 in St. Louis to Henry and Anna B. Sims. Artie was the third child of eight siblings.

Artie received his education at Wright City School Systems in Wright City.

Artie loved fishing, playing lottery and enjoyed collecting (scrapping) and hanging out with friends having a good time.

Artie retired from the City of Columbia.

He is survived by two sons: Lorell Lawhorn and Lionel Sims; two sisters: Valerie Gross and Rose Hunter; three brothers: Roland Sims, Michael Sims and Marcus Jones; grandchildren: Centaurian Lawhorn, Goddess Lawhorn, Makena Sims, Azari Sims and Memphys Sims; and good friend Bonnie Gibson.

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

Published Sunday, March 8, 2020

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Henry Miroslav Korcak passed on from this life. He leaves his parents, Steve and Marty Korcak, and Laurie Shellhart; his older brother Christopher Martinez and his children Alexandra, Andrew, and Audri; younger sister Helen Korcak; older sister Sophie Nielsen, her husband, Tyler Nielsen, and their son, Jack; his dear girlfriend, Kaitlyn Wolfe; his Aunts Mimi Korcak, Leta Korcak, Maria Shellhart; his Uncle Mark Shellhart and Aunt Cheryl; and Grandpa “Sparky” and Jan Shellhart; “Aunt” Cindy Durk, and numerous cousins and extended family and friends.

Henry was born in Santa Monica, California on October 29, 1992. In 1993, he moved with his family to Columbia, where he attended school. He was a joy to his family, who will always remember him as a young man who lived life on his own terms. Henry was an avid skateboarder in his youth, and enjoyed drawing, painting, and music with his many friends. He loved animals, and he often cared for any dog, cat, or squirrel that crossed his path. Henry was tenderhearted, sweet, and full of life and love for his family and friends. Stubborn, yet amusing, his humor, wit, and wry comments served as insightful truths and will be missed dearly!

Those who knew him in his short time on earth know how deeply caring Henry was in his soul. Henry was the kind of person who wanted to help others, even throughout his own struggles. His family and friends are heartbroken by the loss of Henry. He will be loved and missed eternally by those he has left. May he find peace on his journey forward, and continue to love, and to feel the love.

The family wishes to thank everyone who reached out to them with condolences, prayers, letters, blessings, and care.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will take place at Orr Street Studios, Saturday, March 14, from 4-6 p.m. Everyone who loved Henry is welcome to attend!

Published Tuesday, March 4, 2020

Gordon D’Arcy Christensen, 71, a member of the University of Missouri School of Medicine faculty since 1988, died on Feb. 29, 2020, at his home with his family. The cause of death was cancer.

Funeral services will be held at noon on March 9 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, followed by a graveside service at Columbia Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at the home of Brenda Peculis and Frank Schmidt.

Dr. Christensen was a Professor of Medicine, specializing in infectious diseases and tropical medicine.

As a physician, he was best known for taking on difficult cases and making elusive diagnoses. For many years he held a clinic for patients who feared they had Lyme disease and for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. Christensen was serially elected by his colleagues (1996–2012) for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.

As a medical educator for more than 40 years, Dr. Christensen took greatest joy in passing on his knowledge and skills to students and colleagues, emphasizing systematics and analytics. His students honored him with four teaching awards. Dr. Christensen took great pride in his undergraduate course, The Practice of Medicine Through Literature. This unique class introduced undergraduate honors students who were considering a career in medicine to the challenges and joys of medical practice as portrayed in literature. Dr. Christensen was a proud member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Best known in scientific circles for his research into the cause of medical device infections, Dr. Christensen was the first to recognize that the coagulase-negative staphylococci were a major cause of medical device infections, particularly infections of intravascular catheters. After this, while working with his close colleague, Dr. W. Andrew Simpson, they discovered that the capacity to attach to the surfaces of medical devices by forming a sticky layer of bacteria accounted for the predilection to infect medical devices. Dr. Christensen was elected to Fellowship in both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Christensen’s career in laboratory research abruptly ended when he “blew the whistle” on the attempt by officials of the Department of Veterans, with the assistance of University of Missouri officials, to conceal and block the criminal investigation into the murder of multiple Veteran patients at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in 1992. This tragedy led to Dr. Christensen appearing before three Congressional Committees. To his bitter disappointment, it did not lead to prosecution of the murderer or punishment of those officials who blocked the investigation and concealed the deaths. Most regrettably, it also did not lead to an explanation for the tragedy or compensation for the families of murdered Veterans.

Dr. Christensen studied tropical medicine in Peru for three months. After this he lived in

South Africa for a month while serving as the attending physician on an internal medicine ward at Eshowe Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Nearly all of Dr. Christensen’s patients had either or both advanced HIV and tuberculosis. Dr. Christensen led five groups of University of Missouri students, resident physicians, and University physicians to Falmouth, Jamaica, to staff the Methodist Church Clinic for two-week missions. Dr. Christensen also journeyed on short missions to Panama and Nicaragua to provide medical services.

Many of Dr. Christensen’s University of Missouri colleagues will remember him for his

election to Chair the Faculty Council on University Policy, 2003–2005, and his election to Chief of Staff for the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, 2008–2009.

More recently, in 2016, Dr. Christensen was the Democratic candidate to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District in Congress.

At the close of his life, Gordon finished writing a science fiction novel entitled Charon.

Gordon took great pride in the accomplishments of the three women at the center of his life. His wife, Alice, completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the Peabody School for Teachers in Nashville. Alice is now a Clinical Psychologist at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. His older daughter, Charlotte, earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington; Charlotte is now on the faculty of Grinnell College in Iowa. His younger daughter, Janara, earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington; she is now a Research Scientist at Google.

Gordon was born on Sept. 14, 1948, in Bethesda, Maryland, the oldest child of Jacqueline (Day) Christensen and Thomas Gordon Steffen Christensen.

Gordon grew up in Westchester County, New York, while his father was a member of the faculty of the New York University School of Law. By the fourth grade, it became evident that Gordon could not read. This incapacity dominated Gordon’s life through grammar school. Fortunately, the principal at Gordon’s school correctly recognized that he was dyslexic. With a tutor, Gordon learned to transcend his learning challenges. He graduated from White Plains High School in 1966.

Gordon met his future wife, Alice Maria Hyde, on Sept. 17, 1966, while they were both freshmen students at Grinnell College. They married on June 9, 1970 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, where for many years Alice’s father, the Rev. E. Clarendon Hyde, served in the ministry and Alice’s mother, Mary Ruth Hyde, served in various church positions. Gordon and Alice both graduated from Grinnell College in 1970.

In 1974 Gordon graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha. He completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the

University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1979. Later in life (2008), he obtained certification in tropical medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene after completing a course of study at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.

From 1979 to 1988, Gordon served on the Faculty of the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. While living in Memphis, Gordon and Alice had two children, Charlotte and Janara. In 1988, the family moved to Columbia when Gordon joined the faculty of the University of Missouri and the medical staff of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. He retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2003 and from the University of Missouri in 2015 with the title of Professor Emeritus.

In addition to his wife, Alice, Gordon is survived by his older daughter, Charlotte Ruth Christensen Bowcutt, and her husband, Christopher Nelson Bowcutt, and their son, Simon Gordon Bowcutt. Gordon is also survived by his younger daughter, Janara Maria Christensen, and her husband, Gregory John Valiant. Gordon is also survived by his step-mother, Andrea Christensen; his sister, Lise Marie King, and her husband, Jeff; his step-brother, Michael Jay, and his wife, Colleen; his brother, Timothy Thomas Christensen, and his wife, Liza; his step-brother, Hans Tor Christensen, and his wife, Alison; and his step-brother, Kel Ward Christensen, and his wife, Bella; along with Gordon’s siblings’ seven children.

Gordon was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, Andrew Henning Christensen (New York City); his step-sister, Sara Jay and step-father, John Jay (Minneapolis). Gordon was also preceded in death by his parents-in-law (Columbia).

Memorial donations may be made in Gordon’s name to Calvary Episcopal Church, Grinnell College, or the University of Missouri, Division of Infectious Diseases.

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

Published Sunday, March 8, 2020

Susan Cynthia Kelley died peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020 at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Branson to Della Betts Shaffer and Edward Rollins Shaffer. She attended Stephens College, married Dale Forrest of Sturgeon, and they had three sons: Scott, Steve, Stewart, and grandchildren, all of whom survive. After being widowed, she married Sterling Kelley, and they lived 13 happy years in their woods hideaway near Hallsville.

You may have known her as “the Gourd Lady.” A Master Gardener, she was known nationally for her expertise in growing and shaping thousands of gourds per year, and artistically painting them with the faces of Santa or Leprechauns. She was asked to make presentations of the science and art of growing them, and did so in many states around the country. Her artistic brilliance went further into watercolor and oil paintings. She also won awards for the creation of very artistic quilts.

Her creations were shown in the very elite top world competition in Paducah.

She may have been the first woman licensed by the Coast Guard to pilot a river boat. To see her back her car out of her garage, one would wonder how that happened. Her love of nature was known to all who knew her, and her happiest moments were sitting in the dirt, talking to the frogs, snakes and turtles, planting to create a colorful picture of her own design.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

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

Published Sunday, March 15, 2020

Julie Faye Eaker, 64, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at her home.

Her family will host a celebration of Julie’s life from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 at the Fulton Events Center, Fulton.

Julie was born on Feb. 20, 1956 in Rolla, the daughter of Chuck McKee and the late Geri (Brown) McKee. In 1976 in Fulton she was united in marriage to David Eaker, who survives in their home. She worked for the United States Post System and later Advent Enterprises.

Julie enjoyed crafting, word puzzles and traveling. She will be forever remembered as an incredible cook with her special recipe for apple pie. She was an active member of the Greater Columbia Area Association of the Deaf and the Missouri Association of the Deaf. She gave countless hours as a volunteer to many organizations in Central Missouri. She was an active alumni member of the Missouri School for the Deaf. She was a friend and mentor to many in the deaf community. The heart of her life was her love for David, her sons and her dear grandchildren.

Survivors include her father: Chuck; her husband: David; her sons: Johnny (Krista) Eaker, Dennis (Jennifer) Eaker and Andy Eaker; her grandchildren: Elise Eaker, Caitlyn Helms, Keely Eaker, Mackenzie Eaker, Addison Eaker, Connor Eaker and Hadleigh Eaker; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Geri and one brother: Ed McKee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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

Published Saturday, March 7, 2020

Linda Sue Harper, 77, of Columbia, formerly of Marshall, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Parker Millard Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.

Born Sept. 24, 1942 in Marshall, she was the daughter of the late Larry D. Bacon and Louise Williams Bacon. On Sept. 20, 1961, she married William F. (Bill) Harper, who survives of the home. She lived in Columbia since 1967, moving from Marshall. She loved and raised many kids in her home as a daycare provider.

In addition to her husband, Bill, Linda is survived by one son, William F. (Billy) Harper Jr. of Columbia; two grandchildren: Sarah Tynes (Travis) and Erin Harper; three great-grandchildren: Issa, Zoey and Lucas; three siblings: Betty Drake of Marshall, Fern Vogel of Gladstone and John Bacon (Vicki) of Marshall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by seven sisters: Ruth Meyers, Joicy Riley, Jewel Smith, Lucille Clouser, Shirley Bacon, Nora “Nip” Bacon and Wilma “Jo” Keck; and two brothers: Robert Bacon and Joseph Bacon.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Published Friday, March 13, 2020

Esther “Nadine” Moosmann, 99, of Columbia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 10, 2020.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16 at Forum Boulevard Christian Church.

Nadine was born April 30, 1920 in Belle, the daughter of Rainey Phillip Goodman and Mabel Isabelle Murphy Goodman. On Nov. 20, 1941 in Washington, she was united in marriage to Roger P. Moosmann who preceded her in death 15 years ago, on the same date.

Nadine, along with her husband, formed a home and a family founded on their strong Christian faith. They conducted bible study in their home for many years. She was a member of the Women’s Guild most of her life. She was a gracious host and homemaker. For many years Monday evening suppers were a tradition in her home. She will be remembered as a classy lady, with a great sense of humor and a sassy attitude. She enjoyed bird watching and antique shopping with Lucy and Ruby. She loved her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons: Gus (Almay) Moosmann of Melbourne, Florida and Thomas (Angelia) Moosmann of Columbia; two grandchildren: Sadie Moosmann and Ethan Moosmann, both of Columbia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roger; and one brother, Thomas Goodman.

Memorials may be made to Show Me Christian Youth Home, PO Box 6 LaMonte, MO, 65337 in care of the funeral home.

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

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Delphinus Otto Twenter, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Columbia.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church with Rev. Christopher Cordes officiating. Private burial will follow.

Del was born March 20, 1932 in Speed to Mikel and Caroline (Kempf) Twenter. In 1956 Del married the love of his life, Mary Rose Belstle. They were married for 63 years.

Del was always a man of integrity and honor. His word was as good as gold you could take to the bank. He was a determined, dedicated, hardworking man. When he said he would do something it was as good as done. He was always willing to help and touched many lives. He loved his family fiercely, everything he did was with purpose and for his family. Del served in the Army and was deployed to Korea. After his return he began working for an upholstery shop. He went on to purchase Tiger Auto Trim and Upholstery where he started with little and grew the business into one his family could be proud of. He loved to tinker with anything that needed fixing, especially vehicles, and grow fruits and vegetables in his garden, although tomatoes and watermelon were his favorites.

Delphinus is survived by his loving wife, two children: Edward Twenter and Brenda (Mark) Ewings, both of Columbia; a sister, Margaret Wessing of Blue Springs; two grandchildren: Veronica Bullock of Columbia and Del Johnson of Ashland; four great-grandchildren: Adriana, Ericka, Alexandrea and Hayden; and one great great-grandchild, Everleigh.

He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings: Coletta, Joseph, Florence, Isabell, Cecilia, Walter, Vincent and Mary Ann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans or Our Lady of Lourdes in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.

Condolences may be made to the family at

www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Sunday, March 22, 2020

John Yanos passed away on March 14, 2020; he was 65.

He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1980. He was Associate Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri and a physician at the Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Julie; son, Luke (Marie Fourman); daughter, Kate (Christopher Yaeger); and brothers, George and Paul.

Given the current public health situation, services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri in memory of John Yanos.

Published Sunday, March 22, 2020

Nancy Collier, 73, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Columbia Manor.

A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton.

She was born in Mexico, Missouri on Oct. 10, 1946 to the late John R. Duckworth and the late Mary Tricia (Hane) Duckworth.

Nancy was a 1964 graduate of Fulton High School. She worked in Food Service at the University of Missouri Hospital for 20 years, retiring in 2006. Nancy acquired her Beautician’s License from Columbia Academy Hair School though she never practiced professionally. In her spare time, she liked to swim, bowl, play BINGO and shop. However, nothing brought her as much joy as her family and grandchildren.

Nancy will be lovingly remembered by son, Joseph Patterson of Columbia; daughters, Vickie Patterson of Columbia, Elizabeth Bruno (Chris) of Columbia and Charlotte Ferguson-Cooper (Ray) of Columbia; step-daughter, Anna Ferguson; one brother; one sister; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Anthony Ferguson; daughter, Malinda Duckworth; step-son, Hurley Ferguson; one brother; and one sister.

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

Published Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sherrie Neff, age 60, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Celebration of Life services are being planned.

Sherrie was born on Jan. 25, 1960 in Wood River, IL, the daughter of Earl and Sylvia Prager who preceded her in death.

As a teenager in Fosterburg, IL she obtained the First Class (Gold) Award in Girl Scouting. She has been involved with the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland since 2009 and served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Northeast Missouri State University in 1982. On Oct. 3, 1992 in Fosterburg, IL she was united in marriage to Bruce Neff who survives in their home.

Sherrie worked most of her career at the University of Missouri Columbia as a veterinary technician. She celebrated 35 years of service with the University in May 2019.

She is survived by her husband Bruce; son Matthew; and daughter Katherine. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Ward of Fosterburg, IL; brother Tom Prager and his spouse Paula of Fosterburg, IL; and brother, Frank Prager and his spouse Chris of Dorsey, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; Aunt Sophia Prager; and Brother Wilmer “Willie” Prager. Donations can be made to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org

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

Published Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Downey, Idaho—Robert Edwin Studley, 88, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 after a valiant fight with COPD.

Bob was born on Nov. 4, 1931, in Mineral, Bureau County, Illinois, the third son of Christopher Edwin Studley and Edna Francis Comp Studley. He and his brothers had many wonderful adventures on the family farm. He graduated from Wyanet High School, where he was a star center on the basketball team. He met his wife Donna Jean Rakestraw when she tackled him on the playground in the first grade. They were married Nov. 25, 1951. One month later Bob was shipped off to Korea for a year, where he was a radio technician.

When he returned from active duty, he and Donna moved to Finland, Minnesota where they made many lifelong friends and learned to appreciate bears and snow. Their only child, a perfect and humble daughter, Karen Leigh, was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota on March 28, 1954. After his military obligation was fulfilled Bob and Donna made the bold decision to use his GI Bill to send Bob to college, the first in his family, while Donna stayed home in Mineral and worked at the bank to support their little family.

Robert graduated from Bradley University in 1959 with a degree in Business Administration. He immediately started working as an insurance underwriter with State Farm Insurance in Peoria, Illinois. Bob was transferred to the State Farm office in Columbia the next year, and thus they became “Missourians.”

After three happy years working with State Farm, Bob and his father and brothers had the opportunity to buy a farm in Missouri and work together to raise corn, hogs and soybeans. These were happy years with all the family working and playing together. Farm economics being what they sometimes are, it became necessary for Bob to find another source of income, so he and Donna moved back to Columbia, where Bob took a job with MFA Insurance Company. MFA became Shelter Insurance and Bob retired in 1993 as Director of Individual Insurance. Bob and Donna then began their retirement years together, traveling with friends in their RVs from Alaska to Mexico and everywhere in-between. In 2006 Bob and Donna moved to Idaho to be near their family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Karen (John); five grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and both of his brothers.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a family viewing was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27 at the Horsley Marsh Valley Funeral Home in Arimo, Idaho, followed by a graveside service at noon. Bob will be interred in the Arimo Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life for Bob at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, in Virginia, Idaho. All are welcome.

Published Thursday, April 2, 2020

Maxine Lois (Sparkman) Sewell passed from this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

She was born to the late Leslie and Bessie (Lamkin) Sparkman on Aug. 20, 1925 in Cane Creek Community, Butler County.

A private graveside ceremony is planned.

After graduating from Broseley High School in 1943, Maxine alternated teaching school and attending Southeast Missouri State. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State, she taught Home Economics at Broseley and Highland, Illinois until her marriage to Homer Sewell on Aug. 8, 1953. After marriage, she dedicated her life to raising their three children and serving her church family.

Maxine and Homer moved to Columbia in 1958. Maxine was a member of Fairview Road Church of Christ in Columbia for over 50 years, where she was active in the Education ministry and taught the three-year-old class for years. Maxine was an excellent seamstress and cook and she enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens and sharing the bounty with friends and neighbors. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as the outdoors, so she shared her favorite areas around Columbia with them, including Rockbridge Park, Shelter Insurance Gardens and Cosmo Park. She and Homer spent several winters in Port Aransas, Texas at the beach, and spent many years tent camping with the family as they were growing up.

Survivors include siblings: Lil Griffey, Jimmy Sparkman, Glenda (Neil) Anderson; sons: Bruce (Sandra) Sewell, Brent (Nancy) Sewell; daughter, Beth (Garry) Blevins; grandchildren: Jennifer Sewell, Joshua (Colleen) Sewell, Michael (Cassandra) Sewell, Zachary Sewell, Sarah (Ben) Marx, Will (Miranda) Harrison, Erikka Blevins, Cody Blevins; and seven great-grandchildren.

Maxine was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Sparkman; her father and stepmother, Leslie and Mary Sparkman; husband, Homer; siblings: Anna Mae Miller, Nancy Booher, Gene Sparkman and Ruby Mayberry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Fairview Road Church of Christ, 201 S. Fairview Rd, Columbia, MO, 65203 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 119, Columbia, MO 65201.

Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600).

Published Thursday, April 2, 2020

Viola LaVerne Purdy, 85, of Columbia, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Due to the current public health guidelines, a private family graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 2 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia and a Celebration of Life Service will be held once health restrictions are removed.

Viola was born Dec. 10, 1934 to Charles and Myrtie Smith Redman. She married Donald Purdy June 21, 1952 in Harrison, Arkansas. She enjoyed life — golfing, sewing, dancing, trout fishing and trips to the casino with her sister. Most of all, she loved spending time with family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Viola is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter, Rena Crane (Jeff) of Columbia; grandchildren: Jessie Kempf (Travis) and Mandy Crane; and great-grandchildren: Colten and Callie.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings: Venita, Mae, Joy, Pearl, Pat, Roy and Volna Dean.

Memorials are suggested to Columbia Senior Center, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Freda Pauline “Polly” March, 91, of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Polly was born June 3, 1928 in Atlanta, Missouri, the daughter of the late Aaron and Lola (Wares) Porter. She married the love of her life, Marvin Dale March on March 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2013.

Polly is a retiree of General Telephone Company. After retirement, she and Dale enjoyed their wood crafting business, The March Hare. They were founding members of the Columbia Sportsman Club and founding members of the Westside Christian Church. Polly’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and spending time outdoors tending to her flowers.

Polly is survived by her two daughters, Becky Reeves and husband Randy of Houston, Texas and Sue Brown of Kansas City; two sons, Steve March and wife Jackie of Hallsville and Jim March and wife Debbie of Hallsville; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; two sisters; and dear son, Raymond Gale March.

Polly was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and she will be terribly missed.

There will be a private family service at Parker-Millard Funeral Home, and burial will be at Jacksonville, Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery.

Polly attended Rocky Fork Church of Hallsville. Contributions can be made to Rocky Fork Fellowship, 12095 Rt B, Hallsville MO 65255.

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

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

Libby Gill set out on her latest journey, traveling from this world to the next, on March 30, 2020. Since her birth on October 26, 1928, to Matilda Hood and Frank J. Hervey in Des Moines, Iowa, Elizabeth “Libby” Rose Hervey was a seeker of the wonders of life.

Libby graduated from Stephens College High School and from Drake University. Following her stay-at-home days raising her family, Libby had a long and accomplished career at Boone County National Bank, now Central Bank of Boone County, retiring after 26 years as Sr. VP of Marketing. During her lifelong civic involvement, she wore many hats (both literally and figuratively!), serving as a Trustee of Stephens College, a member of The Boone County Community Trust, chairing the original Courthouse Square Committee, and serving as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, among others.

Libby married Maurice Patrick Gill on October 1, 1949. They had five sons, her proudest accomplishments–Mike (Ellen) of Palm Coast, Florida, Kevin (Cheryl) of Wildwood, Mark (fiancée Viktoriya Koleva) of Sacramento, California and Steve (Laurel) of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Libby was predeceased by son Brian (Peg) of Columbia.

Libby’s greatest joys are the 13 magnificent grandchildren her sons and their extraordinary wives gave her–Jeffrey (Laura), Lisa (Erik Stites), David (Manasa), Brad (fiancée Rachel Holtman), Curtis, James, Dorothy (Brad Johnson), Ashley (Joe Rossi), Travis (Cara), Chandler, McKenzie, Paige and Taylor. Libby enjoyed taking her grandchildren on their own special trips, and joyfully welcomed her 11 great-grandchildren as they arrived–Addison, Emerson, Jack, Will, Calvin, Isaac, Aaron, Payten, Landon, Makenna and James, who will be joined by a sibling later this year.

Upon retirement Libby practiced the art of living, and traveled the world for 20 years, exploring diverse places and cultures. In addition to travel, hobbies of walking, music, art, reading, writing and enjoying family and friends filled her days. She relocated to Sacramento during 2013 to be near family there, but maintained her strong ties to Columbia, her beloved home for more than 50 years. Consistent with her lifelong love of learning, Libby donated her body to medical science.

Libby leaves the world in appreciation for this life and in anticipation of the next. She celebrated her 91st birthday last year with a special pay-it-forward gift to those celebrating with her–truly a gift that gave to others as it gave to her as well. Similarly, anyone wishing to remember Libby is asked to do so with an act of kindness for another.

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

Nellie Pearl Kyger Jones, 86, died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Boone Hospital Center.

A small family service will be conducted at Memorial Funeral Home.

Born in New Bloomfield on Feb. 3, 1934, to Gladys (Sappington) Kyger and Clayton P. Kyger, Nellie graduated from Ashland High School in 1952 and married Kenneth P. Jones on Jan. 30, 1954. The pair celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

Nellie explored various artistic endeavors such as tole painting, sewing, ceramics, and decoupage. As one who never met a stranger, Nellie also enjoyed the meet-and-greet time that came with various part-time jobs, including her own small jewelry business, Jewels & Junk.

A Hartsburger at heart and a longtime Columbia resident, Nellie was known for her fun spirit, sense of humor, and a fierce dedication to her children. She is perhaps best described in her son’s 2016 book, SHOW ME: “Nellie Pearl Jones not only marched to the beat of her own drum, she was the drum, the drumsticks, the drummer and the band.”

Survivors include her husband, Ken; two daughters, Janice Nelson (Harris) and Paula Brown (Brent) of Columbia; son, Randy Jones (Derek) of Naples, FL; sister, Shirley Bennett (Columbia); grandchildren: Adam Crutchfield (Wildwood), Blake Crutchfield, Whitney Brown, and Wade Brown (Columbia), Kevin Jones and Maribeth Jones (Herndon, VA); three great-grandchildren: Max, Darcy, and Delaney Crutchfield (Wildwood).

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Bill Kyger and Bobby Hudson.

The family suggests sending memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at this link: https://bit.ly/2xLFopX

Published Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Joseph L. Kurzejeski died April 3, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Newman Center in Columbia.

Mr. Kurzejeski was born April 9, 1927 in Twin Rocks, Pennsylvania to Walter Frank and Anna Caroline (Malek) Kurzejeski. He married Elda L. Vecchi on Oct. 24, 1953 in Canandaigua, New York. Mr. Kurzejeski was a World War II Navy Veteran. He attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving a master’s degree in healthcare administration.

He spent his entire career, over 40 years, in the healthcare field. He held various clinical faculty appointments in Healthcare Administration at several universities, including the University of Missouri.

Before retiring Mr. Kurzejeski was Director at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, Elda; sons: Eric (wife Lori), Neal (wife Kris), Adam, Paul (wife Lisa); daughter, Lisa (husband Mac Gable); grandchildren: Joe, Meghan, Eva, Zachary, Wyatt, Adam and Katie; and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by grandsons, Jack and Samuel.

Memorials may be made to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, the Newman Center or the American Cancer Society.

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



  
  
       
 











































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