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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"

Jean “Ellie” (Pace) Abraham, Class of 1963, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at her home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thomas E. (“Tom”) Atkins III, Class of 1952, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Patsy Ann Dickson Cunningham, Class of 1953, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at her home in Boonville, Missour.

LeNora K. (Lee) Klinfelter Boyle, Class of 1941, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at her Tiger Place residence in Columbia.

Christy Leigh Craig Old, Class of 1987, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Daniel W. “Dan” McGee, Class of 1971, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tuscumbia, Missouri.

James Russell “Rusty” Spieler, Jr., Class of 1986, passed away July 8, 2020 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Elvin Emery Sapp, Class of 1955, passed away on July 5, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Darrell Lee Palmer, Class of 1957, passed away July 4, 2020 in Boise, Idaho.

Warren Douglass (Doug) Dickenson, Class of 1960, died July 3, 2020.

Mark E. Schultz, Class of 1974, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Colin Bret Wright, Class of 1978, passed away on June 26, 2020 in Waipahu, Hawaii.

Robert Ray Parker, Class of 1963, died Wednesday, June 24 at Winchester Medical Center near Basye, Virginia.

Cynthia Maureen McLaughlin, Class of 1970, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at MU University Hospital.

Alexander Joseph Prelas, Class of 2006, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Terrence Johnson, Class of 2007, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

William Jessie (Jay) Harmon, Class of 1948, passed away on June 7, 2020, at Parkside Manor in Columbia.

Larry Cunningham, Class of 1959, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Scott Jerome Bess, Class of 1968, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

James Duane Nanson, M.D., Class of 1965, passed away May 20, 2020.

Wanda Sue Baumgartner Carr, Class of 1965, passed away May 20, 2020, at her home in Fayette, Missouri.

John Boardman Murdock, Class of 1973, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home in Durham, North Carolina.

Gene Dale Kite, Class of 1956, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Columbia Post-Acute Center.

Gregg Orlan Parker, Class of 1976, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Barry Charles Kausler, Class of 1980, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Vinita Sadie Cathey Moreau, Class of 1947, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Rob Bartel, Class of 1971, died on May 10, 2020 at University of Missouri Hospital.

James Ballenger, Class of 1954, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020, at his home in Harrisburg, Missouri.

John David Richardson, Class of 1979, passed away May 2, 2020.

Carol Ann Roberson Williams, Class of 1952, died May 3, 2020 at her home in Kansas City.

Sherry Ann (Willis) Pugh, Class of 1962 passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Susan Cheryl (Sorrels) Kallenbach, Class of 1969, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020.

William George Ridgeway, Class of 1953, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Mary Margaret Mitchell Bayer, Class of 1958, passed away April 20, 2020, at her home in Columbia.

Billie Earl Strawn, Class of 1959, passed away April 16, 2020 at Boone Hospital.

Donald (Don) James Martin, Class of 1976, passed away April 11th, 2020.

Vernon Julius Jouret, Class of 1961, passed April 5, 2020 at Kansas City Hospice House.

Bonnie Sue Sutton Shockley, Class of 1959, passed away April 8, 2020.

Dr. George Franklin Mansur, Jr., Class of 1946, died Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Mildred V. Grissum (nee Woods), Class of 1947, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

John P. Williams, Class of 1952, died March 27, 2020 at his home in Kansas City.

David Holmes, Class of 1974, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Margaret Booker, Class of 1980, passed away in her home on March 25, 2020 in Columbia.

Charles Comfort, Class of 1955, passed away March 19, 2020 in Kansas City.

Nancy Ellen White Torrance, Class of 1965, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Carmen Joyce (Hartley) Neely, Class of 1956, passed away March 6, 2020 at her home  in Overland Park, Kansas.

John Mack Bryan, Class of 1962, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Marilyn Lee Davis Dodge, Class of 1954, passed away on February 26, 2020.

Ross Olen Dickerson, Jr., Class of 1957, passed away at his Columbia home on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Leo William Roberts, Class of 1938, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital.

Sharon Dean Todd Winner, Class of 1958, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Hermitage, Missouri.

Deborah Lee Sublette, Class of 1972, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Verna I. (Sims) Hudson, Class of 1942, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Cody A. Meserve, Class of 2005,  died Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 in his home in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Morris Stewart, Class of 1958, passed away at her home in Columbia on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Carl Clayton Hill, Class of 1970, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.

Phillip Allen Hinshaw, Class of 1972, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.

Jacquelyn Kay Crane Stamper, Class of 1959, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Mary K. McBaine Acton, Class of 1952, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Michael Sequinne Bruner, Class of 2010 passed away Monday, January 27, 2020.

Jillian Nicole Worley, Class of 2001, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020.

Denise Ann Withrow Batton, Class of 1974, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Joy Acton Gardner, Class of 1945, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Bluffs in Columbia.

Betty Sue Arnold Casteel, Class of 1952, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020.

Grace Coats Tietz, Class of 1969, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Boone Hospital.

Krista M. Jones White, Class of 1984, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019.
 
















































Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Krista M. White passed away at home on Thursday, December 26, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born to Dona and James Jones on May 25, 1966 in Roswell, New Mexico. Krista lived in Denver, Colorado until she was 11-years-old, at which point she moved to Columbia with her mother, Dona. Krista attended Oakland Middle School, and later earned her degree from Hickman High School, where she ran track and graduated with honors. Krista attended Mount Holyoke College and Sorbonne University in Paris, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. Krista married John Barak White on Sept. 23, 1989. Krista went on to receive her master’s degree in foreign language from the University of Missouri.

Krista had many hobbies, including running marathons and training dogs in agility and obedience. She ran nine marathons, and even won the Heart of America, the Columbia area marathon. Krista also participated in the AKC national tournament of dog agility with her beloved dog, Spark.

Krista was preceded in death by her father, James, and his brother, Robert Jones, and all of her grandparents: Burl and Jo Wilkerson, and Robert and Pauline Jones. Krista is survived by her three brothers: Marcus, Mike and Rob; stepbrother John Everson; her two sisters: Amy and Jamie; her mother Dona; her two sons: Jonathan and Nicholas and his wife Maria; and her husband John.

Krista made a friend out of every person she came into contact with, and had a large following in the dog agility and running communities. Any donations on Krista’s behalf should be directed to the Vincent P. Gurucharri MD Foundation or the Columbia Second Chance.

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Grace Coats Tietz, 69, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Boone Hospital.

Grace was born to parents Bob Coats and Helen Easley Coats Dec. 30, 1950. Grace loved growing up on her family farm with sisters and wonderful parents, which she always held very dear to her heart. Grace attended Columbia schools and graduated from Hickman High school in 1969. Grace moved to Houston, Texas in 1975 with her sisters and was employed by the Johnson Space center. She married in 1976 and had two amazing daughters. Grace moved back to Columbia in 1997. She enjoyed spending time with her daughters and grandchildren who meant the world to her. Grace also loved the country life and enjoyed learning new crafts, especially working with leather.

Grace is survived by her daughters: Kristen Tietz Launius and husband Steve and Candace Tietz Jackson and husband Brian; grandchildren: Gaberial Launius, Dylan Launius, Isabella Launius and Samuel Launius; sisters: Jean Coats and Jo Ann Coats Hofeditz and husband Vincent; nephew, Karl Hofeditz and wife Jamie; and niece, Lisa Hofeditz Craig and husband Thomas.

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

Published Friday, January 10, 2020
Betty Sue Casteel, 85, of Columbia, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 6, 2020 surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 13 at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral services at noon. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Betty Sue Arnold was born on June 15, 1934 in Columbia, the daughter of L.H. Arnold and Allene (Potts) Arnold. She was united in marriage to Wallace “Wally” Dale Casteel on June 13, 1954. Their marriage lasted 49+ years until his passing in March of 2004.

Throughout her working career she held jobs at the Missouri State Teachers Association, Holiday Inn East and Atkins, Inc.

Betty Sue enjoyed dancing, roller skating, ceramics, knitting, cross stitch, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. She and Wally always enjoyed their time spent dancing with their friends.

Survivors include her two sons: Steven (Holly) Casteel and David (Ryanne) Casteel; and three grandchildren: Bryan Casteel, Brandon Casteel and Chloe (Casteel) Rimer (AJ).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

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


Published Thursday, January 16, 2020

Joy Acton Gardner, 92, of Columbia, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Bluffs in Columbia.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery following the service.

Joy was born on May 19, 1927 in Harrisburg to James Richard and Sena (Buckler) Acton. Joy met Virgil Gardner while attending Lathrop County School. They were married Aug. 27, 1950 and were married for 68 years. Virgil passed away May 2, 2019. Joy was a lifelong member of the Woodlandville United Methodist Church and served as organist for over 50 years. Joy was a graduate of the Lathrop County School and Hickman High School. She also attended the University of Missouri. Joy worked at Central Dairy and Ben Franklin in Columbia, then worked for the U.S. Forest Service many years until her retirement. Joy was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing her famous Scotcheroos!!

She is survived by her sister: Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) Fenton of Columbia; two nephews: Rick Fenton of Lake Ozark and Randy Fenton of Rocheport; one great-niece: Nicole Norvell, husband Clayton and daughter Sadie of Pleasant Hill; one great-nephew: Kyle Fenton and fiance’ Yamile Oberlechner of Pleasant Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Coyote Hill Christian Children’s 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 www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published by Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home, Macon/Shelbina/Clarence, MO July 21, 1956 - January 15, 2020

Denise Ann Batton, daughter of Frank and Pat Withrow, went to be with her Lord January 15, 2020 after a valiant fight against cancer. She and her husband Edward lived in Clinton, Mississippi. She was born and raised in Madison, MO but later moved to Columbia where she attended and graduated from Hickman High.

After graduation she worked at State Farm and retired from that company three years ago in Winter Haven, Florida. She loved traveling and crafting, but mostly loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Edward of Clinton, Mississippi, her daughter Amy and husband Derick Wenzel of Columbia, MO, her son Kyle and Sarah Roberts of Edmond, OK, her grandchildren, Sophie and Emma Wenzel and Campbell and Sloane Roberts, her sisters Lissa Adams (Mark) of Jefferson City, MO, Stacey Cooper (Jim) of Macon, MO., Holly Leigh Withrow of Jefferson City, MO., Tammy Melott (Joe) of Watonga, OK., and Lesley Schwartz (Lew) of Weeping Water, Nebraska and her brothers Rick Campbell (Sabrina) of Dallas, Georgia, Doug Campbell of Moberly, MO and her mother Pat Withrow (Frank) of Macon, MO. Also several very well loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Father Charles Campbell of Moberly, MO, her maternal grandparents Hershel and Minnie Bugg and her paternal grandparents Norman and Daisy Campbell of Madison, MO.

Memorial service will be 12:00 pm on January 21, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Macon, MO. Inurnment will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Wreaths Across America. Arrangements are under the direction of Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon, MO.

To know her was to love her. She will be greatly missed. Follow your arrow sweet Denise. #bigbearhugs

"Best memories are made in flip flops." - Denise Ann Batton

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Jillian Nicole Worley, 37, of Columbia, unexpectedly left this earth on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Friends and family will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Prairie Grove Baptist Church, 860 NE Park Lane, Columbia. Interment will follow in the New Salem Cemetery.

Jill was born on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1982 at Reynolds Army Hospital, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

She was a graduate of David H. Hickman High School in 2001. Jill received an Associate Degree in Science Nursing on May 8, 2008 from Columbia College-Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on Dec. 17, 2015 at Central Methodist University-Fayette. Recently she was working towards being a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jill has been working in the medical field for the past 13 years and has lived in Columbia since March of 1986. She loved cooking, crafts, reading, movies and family.

Jill is survived by her son: Wesley, 14; parents: Mark and Rita Worley; brother: Jacob Worley (wife Jackie); sister: Stefani Worley; three nephews: Ethan, Eli and Noah; paternal grandparents: George and Phyllis Worley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Edmund and Mary Ann McGary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/f/jillian-worley.

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

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Michael Sequinne Bruner, 29, of Columbia passed away Monday, January 27, 2020. He was born in Columbia July 3, 1990 to Anna “Marie” Bruner and Michael Patrick Douglas.

Visitation: 12 to 1 p.m. Funeral service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1707 Smiley Lane, Columbia, MO 65202.

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

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

Published Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mary K. Acton, 85, of Hallsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel with Pastor Travis Fritz officiating. Family will receive friends from noon until time for the service. Burial will follow the service at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mary was born on July 1, 1934 in Columbia, the daughter of William Henry and Jewell Thornton McBaine, who preceded her in death. She retired from 3M and was a member of Dripping Spring Christian Church. She was an artist and craftsman that enjoyed working with her hands and wanted everything done perfectly. She was very kind and loving.

Mary is survived by her children: Charles Edward Acton (Patty) of Pilot Grove, Randy Acton (Diane) of Ashland, Mitchell Earl Acton of Columbia and Rhonda Kay Acton of Hallsville; siblings: Helen Turner of New Franklin, Henry Dale McBaine of Boonville and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by siblings William Junior McBaine, Ruth Harris and Frank McBaine.

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

Published Saturday, February 1, 2020

Jacquelyn Kay Stamper, loving wife of George Stamper, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 78 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Broadway Christian Church with a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Country Club of Missouri.

Jackie was born Dec. 2, 1941 and was a lifelong resident of Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School (Class of 1959), Christian College and the University of Missouri (College of Education). She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and remained active after college, serving as President of the House Corporation for many years. She received the Delta Gamma Cable Award for her years of extraordinary efforts and loyalty to the organization.

Jackie was a teacher in the Columbia Public Schools for more than 25 years, with most of her time teaching at Robert E. Lee Elementary School. She and her family were especially proud of her receiving the Columbia Community Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award in 1983-84.

She was an active member of King’s Daughters, Margie Rogers Circle, a social bridge player, an officer in the Rock Bridge High School Booster Club, and a proud supporter of all of her children and grandchildren’s sports interests and activities.

While Jackie was active in the community and within her profession, her greatest love was her family. A mother of two and step-mother to five, Jackie embodied motherhood and surrounded all her children with love and compassion.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, George; her children Ronald Graves (Deborah), Robert Graves (Stacey), Leesa Ingalls (Kerry), Laura Nunnelly (Ron), George “Buster” Stamper, Jr. (Annie), Geoffrey Stamper (Shivani) and Leslie Stamper; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild and her sister Judith Denney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Alice Crane and her sister, Gwendolyn Cockrell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (https://thewomensalzheimersmovement.org) or the charity of your choice.

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

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phillip Allen Hinshaw, 66, of Columbia, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at Nilson Funeral Home.

Phillip was born in Marshall, Mo. on April 16, 1953, the son of Cecil Allen Hinshaw and Hazel (Hampton) Hinshaw. He was a 1972 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia. He followed in his father’s footsteps, working as a commercial plumber throughout his life. He enjoyed spending time at his home away from home, Elks Fork Campground in Paris, Mo., where he enjoyed crappie fishing, boating on Mark Twain Lake and being surrounded by all the wonderful friends he made there throughout the years. Kerrie and Jay Garrett were among those special friends, along with his best friend, Frank England, who preceded him in death. Phillip was also an avid golfer, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife: Sharon Hinshaw of Columbia; two daughters: Bridget (Clint) Gallup of Columbia and Jamie (Pete) Stoops of Columbia; and grandchildren: Jaden Gallup, Sophie and Harper Stoops.

He is also survived by his step-daughters: Rhonda (Bruce) Begemann of Hartsburg and Angie Miller of Hallsville; grandchildren: Colby McKee, Tanner McKee, Carson Middaugh, Kamryn Offineer; and great-grandchildren: Colton, Cayden, Chase McKee, Harper Turner-McKee.

He is also survived by siblings: Justin (Marty Howell) Hinshaw of Boonville, Kevin (Janice) Hinshaw of Rocheport, Becky (Danny John) Hinshaw of Hunstdale, Eric Hinshaw of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Shelia Hinshaw, father- and mother-in-law: Robert (Bob) and Eunice Bangert; two sisters-in-law: Carolyn Johnston and Tammy Lepper.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to: The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202; 573-474-8443. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published Thursday, February 6, 2020

Carl Clayton Hill, 67, of Columbia, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Neighborhoods.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 and Funeral Services will follow at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at Park Cemetery in Carthage.

Carl was born Nov. 26, 1952 in Carthage, the son of Clayton Robert Hill and Jeanette (Miller) Hill. Carl became an Eagle Scout at 14-years-of-age. He earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Missouri. Carl worked in many aspects of the construction industry and was a particularly talented carpenter as well as computer tech whiz. He enjoyed playing chess and backgammon online and with friends. He was an avid reader, a devotee of Star Trek, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Carl was also a fan of the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs, and delayed leaving his Earthly bonds until mere hours after their Super Bowl victory!

Carl is survived by his mother: Jeanette; his daughter: Holly Linneman; two granddaughters: Moxie and Joey; two sisters: Nancy (David) Foote of Fulton and Mary (Tim) Felshaw of Simi Valley, California and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clayton Robert Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to: Windsor Street Montessori School in care of the funeral home.

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

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Stewart, 79, passed away with family by her side at her home in Columbia on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Thomas officiating.

She was born on June 25, 1940 in Columbia, the daughter of Charles (Teeny) and Mary Ann Morris. She was the wife of Thomas Benjamin Stewart III, and he survives. They shared 57 years of marriage together. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1958, obtained a degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1962 and was an honorary member of Gamma Phi Beta. She had a long career at the University of Missouri State Historical Society, specializing in the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection.

She was a long-time member of Forest Hill Country Club, playing golf with her parents, husband, children and friends. She was an avid reader, gardener and the world’s best grandma.

She is survived by her husband Tom; three children: Charles Brent Stewart and his wife Kristine of Columbia, Douglas Preston Stewart and his wife Gigi of Centennial, Colorado and Maria Jane Renner and her husband Keith of Columbia, Illinois; and five grandchildren: Haden Renner, Landon Renner, Benjamin Stewart, Walter Stewart and Thomas Stewart.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Boone County Historical Society or the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Club.

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

Published Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cody A. Meserve, 33, of 3rd Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania, formerly of Columbia, died suddenly Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 in his home.

Memorial Services: 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. Call, noon-2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Entombment with Military Honors: 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Born in Truckee, California, he was the son of Corey Meserve of Salem, Oregon and the late Donna (Augustine) Meserve.

Cody served as a career soldier HEALTH CARE SPECIALIST and Infantryman, achieving the rank of SGT (E-05). He was awarded ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL/ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL (2ND AWARD)//NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL//GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL//IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL W//CAMPAIGN STAR//ARMY SERVICE RIBBON (2ND AWARD)//COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE//AIRBORNE. Cody was a graduate of Columbia High School. Cody was an active volunteer for Wounded Warriors Association, Valor House-Jonas, DAV, and the 22 Vets a Day Supporter.

Survivors: father; step-mother, Belle (Nava) Meserve of Salem; fiancée, Melissa C. McGowan with whom he resided; daughter, Lola of Erie; sons: Ean of Missouri, Gunnar of Erie; stepsisters: Gabriella Grey, Sierra Grey, Rachel Nava; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Paul’s House Valor Foundation Clinic, 1130 Scenic Drive-Jonas, Kunkletown, PA 18058.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.

Published Sunday, February 16, 2020

Verna I. (Sims) Hudson, 95, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Avenue, Columbia, with visitation from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by funeral service at noon with Reverend Chris Cook and Reverend Terry Hunsaker officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the church service.

Verna was born July 17, 1924 in Northern Boone County to Tilford and Ocie (Voorheis) Sims. The family moved to Columbia when she was 4-years-old. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1942 and married her high school sweetheart, Roy Hudson. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1943 and she followed him to California, Texas, Maryland, Utah and Kansas, but her travel stopped when he went overseas. He preceded her in death in 1978. They were married 36 years.

She and Roy had five children: one daughter, Glenda and four sons: Ronald, Richard (Rick), Randall and Roddy. Verna was a homemaker most of her life. However, when Rick was drafted due to the Vietnam War, Ron enlisted in the Air Force and Randy left to serve an overseas mission, she went back to work at the University of Missouri and Stephens College, and then to Parkade Baptist Church as financial secretary, where she served for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2008. Upon retiring, they honored her as “Financial Secretary Emeritus.” She was an active member of Parkade Baptist Church, where she taught children’s and adult Sunday school. She dearly loved her church and family. They were her pride and joy. She loved her Lord and her many friends.

In addition to her church activities, she was a member of the Columbia Art League and Fabulous Fifties Senior Club. Hobbies included her many crafts, especially China and oil painting and growing roses. Her most faithful and enjoyable hobby was watching her sons’ and grandsons’ sports activities; as well as her baseball Cardinals and Mizzou Tigers.

Verna is survived by one son, Richard Lee and wife Linda; two daughters-in-law: Lauri Murphy (Alan) of Columbia and Jill Kerley (Monty) of Simpson, Illinois; four grandsons: Scott (Sarah), Steve (Trisa) and Ron of Columbia and Tyler (Erica) of Sanford, Maine. She often said that she was blessed that God let her live to see her great-grandchildren: Stevie Richard and Mya Joy Hudson of Columbia, Ava, Kai and Zoe Hudson of Sanford, Emily, Helaina Anne and Claire Elizabeth Holmes, and great-great, Daisy Durran. She is also survived by many treasured nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant daughter Glenda; three sons: Ronald Roy, Randall Dale and Roddy Gene; one great-granddaughter, Emily Suzann and three sisters: Leota Palmer and Cleo Anderson of Columbia and Geneva Bates of Boise, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkade Baptist Church Building Fund are suggested.

Special heartfelt thanks to the staff of Elm Neighborhood at The Bluffs and Boone Hospital Hospice.

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

Published Sunday, February 16, 2020

Deborah Sublette, 66, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at her sister’s home, surrounded by her friends and family.

A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Nilson Funeral Home in Columbia.

Deborah was born Sept. 26, 1953, to Meredith (Mert) and Elsie Lee in Columbia.

She married Keith Sublette on Sept. 4,1982.

Deborah attended Hickman High School and later graduated from dental assisting school. After her marriage to Keith, she became a homemaker and lovingly raised their children. Deborah and Keith only had two children, but she was a mom and grandmother to many. When her children reached teen years, she worked as a CSM at Walmart. She then worked for a short time at Walnut Street Day School, and then began babysitting her grandchildren until they started preschool, which she and Keith enjoyed immensely.

Deborah was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brother. She is survived by her children, Jodi Moit (Jason) and Ryan Sublette; her grandchildren, Jackson and Jenna Moit; her sisters, Kris Lee, Sandy Spry and Merry Baize; along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hallsville Cub Scout Pack 12 or Walnut Street Day School.

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sharon Dean Winner, 79, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Hermitage.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory with an OES Memorial Service held at 4:45 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at First Christian Church, 101 North 10th Street, Columbia, Missouri 65201 with Dr. Brad Stagg and Dr. John Yonker officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on May 10, 1940 in Columbia, a daughter of the late George Cecil and Mildred Pearl (Johnson) Todd.

Sharon was a 1958 graduate of Hickman High School. She earned an Associates Degree from Christian (Columbia) College in 1960 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1963. Sharon was a librarian for Blue Ridge Elementary School from 1973 until 1977. She taught mathematics and served as the cheerleading coach at Oakland Junior and Jefferson Junior High Schools from 1977 until her retirement in 2002.

Sharon was a member of the Kewpie Class of ’58 Reunion Committee, the Re-Cyclones, Order of Eastern Star #309 in Ashland and the White Shrine. From the age of 13, she was involved with the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Columbia Assembly #18. She served as State Dean of the Grand Cross of Color from 1963-1964. Sharon joined the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Columbia in 1953 and served over the years as an Elder and was active in the Drennan Circle. Sharon cherished the times spent with family, especially all the sporting and academic events she attended over the years for her children and grandchildren.

Sharon is survived by her three daughters: Jan Winner (Ginny Mohr) of Smithville, Jill Salmon (Shane) of Hermitage and Lynn Klotz (Daryl) of Columbia; sister: Sandra DeHaven of St. Louis; grandchildren: Kari Hopkins (Dan) of Columbia, Ryan Sharp (Warren) of Miller, Ben Salmon (Stevie) of Bolivar, Jay Salmon and Jeff Salmon of Hermitage and Devin Klotz of Columbia; great-grandchildren: Sam and Lucy Hopkins and Jackson and Harrison Sharp; a niece, two nephews, cousins and many other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Rainbow Girls, Columbia Assembly #18, 6761 South Field Drive, Columbia, MO 65201 or Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, 9501 West Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, Missouri 65256.

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 23, 2020

Leo William Roberts, 101, of Columbia passed away Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital.

Friends will be received from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Parker Millard Funeral Service. Graveside Services will be privately held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Columbia, the son of the late Jimmie and Viola (Gossett) Roberts. On July 14, 1940 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Faris. They were married for 73 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2013.

Leo served in the United States Navy during WWII. Leo was the owner of Paris Road Market from 1957-1967. Leo was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed traveling/camping with his wife and fishing, especially at Bennett Springs.

Leo is survived by one daughter: Nancy Seiler (John) of Columbia; three grandchildren: Missy Meister (Pete) of Columbia, Michele Binkley of Olathe, Kan., and Brett Bradfield (Christy) of Texas; granddaughter-in-love: Katie Bradfield of Fayette; great-grandchildren: Brad Meister, Andrew Meister, Lizzie Ham, Jackson Ham, Madalyn Bradfield, Olivia Bradfield and Matthew Bradfield; and nephew: John Faris

He was preceded in death by one daughter: Sylvia Bradfield; grandson: Brian Bradfield; and brothers: James Roberts and Donald Roberts.

Expression of sympathy may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight.

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 Saturday, February 29, 2020

Ross Olen Dickerson, Jr. passed from his earthly home in Columbia on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, one day before his 80th birthday.

A celebration and memorial of his life will be held Sunday, March 1 at the ARC, 1701 Ash St. in Columbia starting at 3 p.m.


Published Satuday, February 29, 2020

Marilyn Lee Dodge passed away on February 26, 2020. She was born on April 3, 1936 in Excelsior, the daughter of Robert and Edith (Peacher) Davis.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ron Farmer officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Marilyn retired from her administrative position with the University of Missouri system on Sept. 30, 1999, after more than four decades of exceptional service and dedication. She began her long and illustrious career with the University of Missouri as a stenographer in the Agriculture Extension Service on Aug. 18, 1958 and went on to fulfill the many duties and responsibilities placed before her as a Secretarial Stenographer with the Cooperative Extension Service, Secretary to the Assistant Director with the University Extension Division, Secretary to the Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects with the University Wide Extension, Secretary to Assistant to the President and Director of the Public Affairs, Senior Secretary in the Office of the President and Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Resident; and on May 1, 1980, Marilyn became an Executive Staff Assistant I in the Office of the President where she was known, admired, and respected as a caring and conscientious employee who took great pride in her work and the terrific job she did. A Mizzou football and basketball fan, Marilyn always enjoyed working with the Athletic Department and the Ticket Department to promote Tiger sports on the UMC campus.

Along with being a huge part of the University of Missouri, Marilyn was an active and dedicated member of Oakland Christian Church for over 70 years. She also loved the outdoors, mowing the yard and Mother Nature. For 10 years Marilyn and Zane served meals on wheels. Before that, she served meals with her mother for a total of 20 years. Marilyn was also a part of the Red Hats and the Sunshine Singers, visiting nursing homes and singing gospel songs.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Zane Dodge of Columbia; three sons: Michael (Deborah) Hardin of Columbia, Danny (Karen) Hardin of Hallsville, Billy (Cheryl) Hardin of Hallsville and stepdaughter Peggy (Steve) Whipple of Columbia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Lori Hardin, Lenze (William) Shannon, Jacob (Jaimie) Hardin, Brandon (Rachel) Hardin, Cody (Lacy) Hardin, Jennifer Hardin, Eric Whipple, Jackie Whipple Bianca (Chris) Parks and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Jo Davis; a brother, Darold Davis; sister-in-law Jenny Davis; grandson Jeremiah Hardin; and previous husband Pete Selovich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hallsville Youth Development (aka Hallsville Optimist Club) or Oakland Christian Church in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.

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

Published Sunday, March 8, 2020

John Mack Bryan, 75, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. John was born March 29, 1944 in Boonville to Frances Harris and John McKinley “Kinney” Bryan.

A Columbia resident, John graduated from Hickman High School in 1962.

John met Lois Heffner on a blind date, and they married in 1966. He is survived by Lois and their two daughters, Theresa (Deven McDonald) and Michelle; grandchildren Ric (Nicole), Jacque, Monica, Bryanna, Zeke, and Ian; and great-grandson Vincent.

John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Vietnam 1968-1969. He compassionately cared for patients as an x-ray and radiation therapy technician, and he served as Director of Radiation Oncology departments in Missouri and Alabama. He was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish and Knights of Columbus Council 1529, attaining the rank of 4th degree Knight. He enjoyed family hikes, donated notable Native American artifacts to MU’s Archeology Museum, and was a memorable nature photographer. John and Lois enjoyed many hours engaged in puzzles, card-games, and dominoes with friends, and family gatherings were not complete without a game of Hand and Foot. He will always be remembered for his warmth, wit, and wisdom.

On Thursday, March 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m., and Msgr. Michael Flanagan will celebrate Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, John requested donations be given to St. Raymond’s Society and Society of St. Vincent DePaul.

Published Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Carmen Joyce (Hartley) Neely, 82, of Overland Park, Kansas, was called home to her lord and savior on March 6, 2020 peacefully at home after a courageous battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor with her children by her side.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at Nall Ave. Baptist Church and services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

She was born Jan. 21, 1938 in Columbia to Ora Dell (Slater) Hartley and Luther A. Hartley. Carmen graduated from Hickman High School in 1956 and received her Associates Degree from Stephens College in May 1958. She married Gerald A. Neely on Jan. 24, 1960. Carmen was a stay-at-home mom for many years until she went to work for the Shawnee Mission School District in the Central Kitchen as a Baker. She retired after 18 years. After that, she managed the concession stand at JCGAA for more than 10 years. She didn’t like to sit still for long and spent many Friday and Sunday evenings with her dear friends the Gillpatricks.

Carmen was a faithful member of Nall Ave. Baptist Church for 52 years where she taught children’s Sunday School, VBS and served on many committees. Her faith was very important to her and never wavered! Some of her favorite activities were attending Sunday School, church, Bible Study Fellowship and cooking for many occasions, especially sweet treats and spending time with friends. Carmen was very involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She was an avid Jayhawk fan and her Jayhawk caramels (can’t be beat!) were enjoyed by many.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Doug); son, Brian (Marci) and daughter, Laura; as well as her grandchildren: Connor, Austin, Logan, Kaylee, Margaret and Jack; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Martha Padgett and childhood best friend of 77 years, Maribeth Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents and three older brothers.

The family requests no flowers, however, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), Prayer Card Ministry, the Kidney Foundation in memory of Gerald Neely, or Nall Ave. Baptist Church. The family expresses gratitude to the St. Luke’s Oncology and Hospice.

Online condolences may be left at www.amosfamily.com (Arr. Amos Family Funeral Home 913-631-5566).
Published Friday, March 20, 2020

Nancy Ellen White, 72, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time.

Nancy was born Nov. 8, 1947 in Columbia, the daughter of Virginia Fox-Torrance and Harley Torrance. She married Michael White in 1969 and he survives.

Nancy loved her husband and family. She was always a constant support to them. Nancy was a true friend to all that met her and her friendship was for a lifetime. Nancy married Michael White in 1969. They stayed on the East Coast before moving back to Missouri. They spent a few short years in Ohio, close to family there, before moving back to Missouri in 2016. Her hobbies included reading, craft shows and collecting frogs. She worked for MFA Insurance and Provide Medical Equip. Co.

Survivors include: her husband, Michael; a niece, Brenda Riggins; great-niece, Laura Riggins; great-nephew, David Avery; two great-great nephews, Hayden and Brayden Avery.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Batye and a great-great niece, Tori Avery.

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

Published Saturday, April 4, 2020

Charles Comfort of Raytown died March 19, 2020 in Kansas City.

He was born in Columbia on Feb. 15, 1937 to James E. and Elizabeth Meek Comfort. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1955 and the University of Missouri in 1960 with a degree in engineering. In 1966 he married Suanne McDaniel. He served as an Elder in the Raytown Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Suanne; daughter, Kelly Comfort of Houston, Texas; brother, George of Mexico, Missouri and sister-in-law, Maria Comfort of Los Angeles, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Comfort.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

Margaret Booker passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in her home on March 25, 2020 in Columbia. She was 58.

Margaret was born on Oct. 26, 1961 in Columbia to her parents, Paul E. and Deborah S. Booker. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1980, then went on to graduate from William Woods University in Fulton with a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies and also a bachelor of arts degree in English. She then went on to graduate from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a master of arts philosophy degree in literary science where she loved studying The Great Books. She continued furthering her education at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she earned her master of arts degree in library science.

She held director positions for the Kansas City Public Library-Westport Branch, and the Missouri Department of Corrections–library division, where she developed programs that allowed Missouri inmates to gain access to the federally mandated legal and personal library materials. Margaret retired from the Missouri Library Association, as their Executive Director, in 2009.

In her retirement years she volunteered as a transporter for the Unleashed Pet Rescue Adoption of Mission, Kansas. She transported many stray dogs and cats from kill shelters throughout the Midwest to where they had a chance for permanent loving homes. Margaret was an avid activist in Missouri. She stayed active in neighborhood, local, and also state government issues. She was an active member of Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Boone County Democratic Central Committee. Margaret was passionate about her causes and her dedication to them was her life-long goal.

Margaret is survived by her mother, Deborah Booker; her sister Sarah Booker of

Columbia; also her brother, Charles Booker and his wife Cynthia Booker of Wellington, Florida. She was a loving aunt to nieces McKenzie Booker of Columbia and Shannon Booker of Orlando, Florida. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Booker.

A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a future date to be held at the Booker family farm, The Horse Fair in Columbia. All are welcome to attend and honor Margaret’s life.

In lieu of flowers, Margaret would want you to please register to vote, and then vote for your choice.

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

David Holmes, 63, of Columbia, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 after his long battle with cancer, surrounded by family at home.

Celebration of Life Services are being planned after the COVID-19 health crisis passes.

David was born on July 5, 1956 in Columbia, the son of Frederick and Hazel Price Holmes. On Sept. 9, 2016, he married Mary McDaniel in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1974 and worked 37 years at the University of Missouri–Columbia as a Distribution Coordinator.

After David retired he enjoyed collecting antiques and Mexican pottery. He enjoyed going to auctions throughout his life, listening to music on the deck with ‘the girls’ (cats) nearby, named Pansy and Lolli and enjoying Mexican food and margaritas on the weekend. He was always eager to help his children out. He was a Mizzou dad!

David is survived by his wife, Mary; his two children: Shane and Shannon Holmes, both of Columbia; and his sister, Patty Irwin (Bill) of Columbia. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Marta Weiss, the mother of his children, and by his most dear friends: Ron Logan, Reggie Bentley and Dave Hammond.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Fred and Steve.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Joyce Meyer Ministries, 700 Grace Pkwy., Fenton, MO 63026.

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

Published Sunday, May 10, 2020

John P. Williams, 85, of Kansas City, died peacefully at home surrounded by his now late wife, Carol Ann Williams, and daughter, Elizabeth Ann Williams, on March 27, 2020.

John was born in Columbia on July 7, 1934 to Nola B. Old and Paul A. Williams. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1952, and the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in accounting in 1956, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

John married his wife in 1955 in their hometown of Columbia. They moved to Ann Arbor, where John earned a law degree at the University of Michigan in 1959, and then to Texas, where John served in the United States Air Force as a JAG Captain from 1959-1962 at Webb Air Force Base. John and Carol Ann settled in Kansas City, where John joined the law firm of Caldwell Blackwell Sanders & Matheny (now Husch Blackwell) in 1962; he retired in 1995.

His daughter, sister- and brother-in-law Laura Lee Ellifrit and K. Paul Ellifrit, and sister-in-law Nancy L. Schoenbrun survive him.

A wonderful and devoted husband and father, he was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mildred V. Grissum (nee Woods), 90, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Lenoir Woods.

A private family burial service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on April 9, 2020.

Mildred was born on Nov. 2, 1929 to Reuben Woods and Ethel O’Neal Woods. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1947 and married Ralph N. Grissum, Jr. on March 6, 1948. Mildred and Ralph owned and operated The Copy Center on Tenth Street for many years. Following Ralph’s death in 1982, Mildred became reacquainted with a school friend, Andrew Lee McGee, and was blessed to share 31 years of love and companionship with Andy.

Mildred is survived by her partner: Andy McGee; three children: Kay Hardy (Tim) of San Antonio, TX, Gayle Stratmann (David) of St. Louis and Gary Grissum (Kathy) of Fort Worth, TX; five grandchildren: Jack Maher, Jr., Morgan Mayne (Mike), Christopher Grissum (Carly), Jennifer Mason (Lee) and Julie Winkler (Garrett); four great-grandchildren: Jack Maher III (Brooke), Kennan Maher, Olivia Maher and Corbin Grissum; and one great-great-granddaughter: Isla Maher.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband: Ralph; one granddaughter: Kaitlyn Leigh Grissum; and her four siblings: Charles Woods, Dorothy Woods, Luther Woods and Donald Woods.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) online or at P.O. Box 37920, Boone, IA 50037-0920.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Woods Central Unit at Lenoir Woods for their loving care of Mildred for the past two years.

Published Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dr. George Franklin Mansur, Jr., 91, died peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

George was born April 23, 1928 in Hardin. The family later moved to Columbia and Dr. Mansur graduated from Hickman High School. In 1948 he married Mary Lu Jones of Columbia and they were married for 70 years. She preceded him in death in 2018.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and the Master of Science degree in 1956, both in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in 1963.

Following graduation in 1949 he joined Emerson Electric Company of St. Louis and subsequently in 1952, the Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories as a member of the armed services and served in the Korean conflict. During this period, he contributed to the design and test of radar fire control systems.

He joined Collins Radio Company in 1953 where his initial responsibilities included design of equipment for surface-to-air missiles. In 1957 he became Project Engineer for AN/SRN-4 radiometric sextant for the Polaris Program and subsequently Technical Director for the Navy’s Tactical Data Link and High-Capacity Communication System.

In 1964 he directed Collins activities in the successful competition for the Apollo Manned Space Flight Network for NASA, and served as Program Manager until completion of this program. During this period he was promoted to Director of Space Systems Division and in 1969 was appointed Director of Microwave and Space Systems when the two organizations were merged. In 1969 he was given NASA’s Public Service Award “for his outstanding contributions as a key leader of the government-industry team which made possible the exceptional success of the Apollo program.”

In 1970 he was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Director of Telecommunications Policy in the Nixon White House.

In the 1970s after government service he joined Martin Marietta in Orlando, Florida as Director of Telecommunications.

He served as CEO for Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (AIRINC) in Annapolis, Maryland until his retirement in 1988.

George was preceded in death by his only sister, Dorothy Jacob and her husband Roy. George has three children. James Robert died at birth. He is survived by his son George Richard (Rick) and daughter-in-law Susan and his daughter Mary Ann and Robert Furgal. He has two grandchildren, George Robert (Robby) and wife Sammi and Joel Morris. In addition, he has three great-grandchildren, George Lucus (Luke), Hailey Morris and Jessica Morris.

We will miss him deeply. America lost a real hero.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2020.

Bonnie Sue Shockley

Heaven just became a littler Brighter and Happier place. Bonnie Sue Shockley went to spend eternity with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on April 8, 2020.

She leaves behind her husband and best friend, Dennis; daughter Carrie Reed, her husband Brian and three grandkids, Lauren (19), Nathan (17) and Andrew (10). They were the light of her life. She leaves brothers, Albert Sutton (wife Betty) and Edward Sutton (Jeanne), and sisters Ozie McCasland (husband Danny) and Sandra Umstattd (husband Bob).

She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Wright, who left behind her husband, Woody. She also leaves behind Brother & Sister-in-Law William and Colleen Shockley and Oscar and Carolyn Session. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well.

She will be deeply missed by all. Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Lauren's Institute For Education (laurensinstitute.org).

Published Friday, April 17, 2020

Vernon Julius Jouret passed peacefully on April 5, 2020 at Kansas City Hospice House.

Vern was blessed with an artistic ability and received awards in art class at Hickman High School C/O 1961. He loved the companionship of dogs and usually owned one or two.

He is survived by his siblings: Jerry (Sharon), Nevada, Jan (Lynn), California, Joe (Sharon), Springfield, Gene (Jane), Columbia, Jon (Lucie), Florida, Ginger (daughter Haley), Oklahoma, and cousin Eileen, St. Louis.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius Joseph Jouret and Marjorie Olivia Van Noy Jouret.

Donald J. Martin
March 25, 1958 ~ April 11, 2020 (age 62)

Donald (Don) James Martin of Leawood, KS was born March 25th, 1958 and passed unexpectedly on April 11th, 2020. He grew up in Columbia, MO and proudly graduated from Hickman High School as a wrestling state champion. He went on to study business and graduated from the University of Missouri.

Don began his long and successful career as an audio engineer in 1981 at Soundtrek in Kansas City. In 1995, with his partners John Blank and wife Ginny, he would open Evolution Audio. Don poured his love and creativity into the studio over the last 24 years and truly cherished working with amazing people. Don was also a remarkable voice talent. If you've heard his voice you understand.

Don was a devoted husband, an awesome father, a loving grandfather, and a generous friend.

He is survived by and will be forever missed by his loving wife Ginny; his children Jordan, Jessica and Christopher, his grandchildren Jackson, Piper, Clive and Marlo; his 6 siblings as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Carol Martin.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Obituary by: Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens
11200 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210

Published Thursday, April 23, 2020

Billie Earl Strawn, 78, of Harrisburg, passed away April 16, 2020 at Boone Hospital with his family by his side.

Due to the virus, we are unable to have a visitation and a private graveside will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery for the immediate family.

He was born in Boone County, the son of Earl and Juanita Strawn on June 1, 1941. For most of his life, he was a hard working farmer. He was a graduate of Hickman High School, class of 1959. On June 24, 1962, he married Glenda.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda; their sons Kevin (Kim), Kent (Tammy) and Keith (Becky); grandchildren: Alyssa (Chris), Monica Dustin, Jeremy, Derek, Emma, Kameron and Kourtney; brother, Paul (Ruth); and two nieces, Lisa (Craig) and Teresa.

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Cemetery (where Billie was a board member) at 982 County Road 417, Fayette, MO 65248.

The Strawn family will hold a private burial service, however the service can be viewed live on Facebook at the Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia page at 2 p.m., Friday, April 24.

Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published Sunday, May 24, 2020

Mary Margaret Bayer, 79, of Columbia, passed away peacefully in her home on April 20, 2020.

Mary Margaret was born Aug. 21, 1940 to Horace Taylor and Margaret Ruth (Armstrong) Mitchell in Mexico, Missouri. She was raised in Columbia and was a graduate of Hickman High School class of 1958.

Mary Margaret was united in marriage to William Joseph Bayer Sept. 4, 1960. They had two sons, Joseph Mitchell (Natalie) Bayer of Columbia and Jason Mitchell (Katherine) Bayer of Ballwin.

Mary Margaret attended Stephens College and received an Associate of Arts degree in 1960. She returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in 1964. She completed her Master in Educational Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1967.

Mary Margaret began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York in 1964. She returned to Columbia as a Staff Nurse at University Hospital and Clinics until 1966. From 1966 to 1970, she served as a Staff Nurse, followed by the Director of Nursing, at the Cancer Research Center at Ellis Fischel Hospital in Columbia. She practiced as the Director of Health Occupations for Columbia Public Schools in the Department of Adult and Vocational Education from 1970 to 1977. Mary Margaret returned to University Hospital and Clinics as the Assistant Director of Nursing Service from 1977 to 1980. From 1980 to 1993 she served as an Instructor and Director with Continuing Nursing Education at the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. She moved to the Professional Continuing Education Coordinator from 1993 to 1995 at the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. She completed her nursing career in 2002 as a Staff Nurse at both the Student Health Center at Missouri University and Cancer Screening Services at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Mary Margaret participated in numerous professional activities throughout her career. She was a chairperson of the legislative committee and Regional Director of the Continuing Education Provider Committee for the Missouri Nurses Association, along with the MNA 7th district president. She was a member and treasurer of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an honorary nursing organization. Mary Margaret was a member and president of the Nursing Alumni Organization at the University of Missouri. She was a ten year member of Altrusa International. She was also the president and treasurer of Columbia Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Mary Margaret had a passion for cooking and researching recipes. She was an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinal baseball and the Missouri Tigers. She was involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution society. She was a proud supporter of the Hickman Kewpies and enjoyed attending Kewpie luncheons. She was a committed volunteer at the Sinclair School of Nursing and devoted countless hours in the simulation lab assisting future generations of nursing students. She thoroughly enjoyed pursuing genealogy studies and traveled extensively retracing her family history. She was a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church. However, her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved cat C.C.

Mary Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, William. She is survived by her two sons and grandchildren, Alec Mitchell Stark and Landon Joseph Bayer of Columbia, and Stella Mae Bayer and Maxwell Mitchell Bayer of Ballwin.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sinclair School of Nursing to support alumni activities and mailed to Gift Processing, 407 Reynolds Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.            


Published by Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory

William George Ridgeway, 85, of Town & Country, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020.

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

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Columbia, MO 65203
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Published Thursday, April 30, 2020

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Susan Cheryl (Sorrels) Kallenbach died unexpectedly at the age of 68.

Susan was born on Sept. 27, 1951 in Columbia to Walter and Dorothy Sorrels. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1969 and went on to graduate from Columbia College in 1971. On May 6, 1971, she married James William Kallenbach and raised their only son, Andrew James Kallenbach.

Susan resided primarily in Kansas City, where she worked at the headquarters of NCAA and Hallmark Cards. She loved art, drawing, and the outdoors. Volunteering and service to others through her church was an important endeavor. She lived life with a smile, patiently raised her son, and thoughtfully gave of her time and talents to friends and family.

Susan is survived by her loving family: her son and his wife, Andrew and Anna Beth Kallenbach; her three grandchildren: Matthew, Dean and Eileen; her parents, Walter and Dorothy Sorrels; her brother and his wife Mark and Debby Sorrels; her brother and his wife Kevin and Cheryl Sorrels; niece and her husband Lisa and Jerry Smith; nephew and his wife Mitchell and Corrie Sorrels and their children Makenzie and Camren.

Susan’s family will be following up with a Memorial Service when stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted and people are willing to congregate in a Chapel setting. If you would like a direct announcement, please provide written correspondence to P.O. Box 901660 Kansas City, MO 64190 or send an email to susan.memorial.service@gmail.com.

A family graveside service will be held on Friday, May 1 at the Terrace Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Susan’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse at P.O. Box 3000, 801 Bamboo Road Boone, N.C. 28607.

Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sherry Ann Pugh (Willis) passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

She was born May 11, 1944. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Dale Pugh. Sherry was born and raised in Boone County and lived in Columbia.

Sherry was the definition of a great mother, grandmother, and friend. She was an incredibly caring person who gave so much love to family and friends. She placed her loved ones above herself. She had a great sense of humor and always brought a smile to everyone’s face. Everyone knew she had a soft spot for all animals. Her own pets were treated as family. She made regular donations to the ASPCA and Humane Society and St. Jude.

Sherry had a lot of fond memories with her loved ones such as, fishing for crappie, running trotlines on the river, and hunting for mushrooms in her “secret patches.” She was an incredibly special person who will be missed by all who knew her.

Sherry is survived by her two daughters, Stacey Lee and Kimberly Cooper. She also had three grandchildren: Dustin Lee, Danyiell Lee, and Ivy Farinella.

Published Sunday, May 10, 2020

Carol Ann Williams, 86, of Kansas City, died peacefully at home on May 3, 2020.

Carol Ann was born in Columbia on December 20, 1933 to Florence E. Luffman and Ed Roberson. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1952, and the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Home Economics in 1956, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Carol married John P. Williams, her late husband, in 1955 in their hometown of Columbia. They settled in Kansas City in 1962.

Her daughter, Elizabeth A. Williams, sister- and brother-in-law Laura Lee Ellifrit and K. Paul Ellifrit, and sister-in-law Nancy L. Schoenbrun survive her.

A wonderful and devoted wife and mother, she was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Published Sunday, May 17, 2020

John David Richardson, 58, passed away at home May 2, 2020. He was a 1979 Hickman High School graduate. He was an electrician and handyman.

A private celebration will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

He is survived by son John David and his mother Rebecca Stoltz; sister Cindy (Jeff) Parshall and many nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020

James Ballenger, 83, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020, at his home place of 55 years in Harrisburg, MO with his loving family. Graveside service will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Memorial Park Cemetery. The services will also be live streamed on Memorial Funeral Home’s Facebook Page.

James was born June 2, 1936 to Roy and Mabel (McKenzie) Ballenger. On March 16, 1958 James married the love of his life, Mary Lou Grant. They were married for 62 beautiful years.

There were many things James enjoyed in life; pheasant hunting, Boone County Fair, fishing, cooking, gardening and Sunrise Optimist but most of all his family and friends. We’re certain we have never known a sweeter soul of a man than Pawpaw. Oh how grateful we are to have been on the receiving end of his genuine Christ-like love and joy. He had the most incredible way of making you feel so valuable, cared about, and really seen. He was truly a real-life hero in the most meaningful ways.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Lou, daughter, Cheryl (Bruce) Perkins, of Isabella, MO, three sisters; Joan (Bob) Wilson, of Columbia, Janice (Harrell) Critchfield, of Columbia, MO, and Betty Grossi, of Mariemont Ohio; two grandchildren; Meredith (Jeremy) Craig of Ashland, and Weston (Tera) Perkins of Florida, Great Grand Children, Jacoby Craig, Waylon & Quin Perkins

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Woodlandville Methodist Church or Sunrise Optimist Club in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.

Published by Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO

Published by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson St, Columbia MO 65203

Rob Bartel, 66, resident of Columbia, Missouri, died on May 10, 2020 at University of Missouri Hospital from complications of a stroke suffered during surgery.

Rob was born in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1971. After earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1978 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he moved to Oregon to begin his career in computer engineering. He started a family and was a devoted father coaching little league, sharing his love of computers, serving as Scout Master and watched his sons play football. He served as a role model at work and in life encouraging a love of learning, innovation, challenge and growth both personal and professional. Rob returned to Columbia in 2006.

As a senior software developer for iGrafx of Portland, Oregon, he spent his career as a computer software problem solver, taking on difficult projects as a process modeling and software architect. He was well respected and colleagues shared “Rob would always solve problems no matter what kind.” Committed to bettering his community, he was a champion of Kate’s Heart, active in Metro Rotary, the Unitarian Universalist church, and several other service organizations.

A man with a kind heart, great compassion, and bright mind, Rob was also selfless and humble. He cared deeply and unconditionally, making each person feel special. Friends said, “He made every person that he met feel cared for, listened to and beautiful.” “He wanted to know the things that people felt were important and he wanted to journey along exploring that with them.” “Rob was incredibly generous and kind. He had a really great laugh. And he looked upon the world with clarity and courage.” He was well-known for his wonderful “Rob hug.”

Rob was fiercely dedicated to his family from his 97-year-old mother to his newest grandbaby. Time with his family and friends was his most cherished resource. Rob fought bravely and we desperately wanted him to win this battle. We loved and cherished him and he loved us back in his deep and wonderful way.

Rob is survived by his mother, Marie Bartel; fiancée, Elaine Alleman Martin; sons, Zack (Cara) Bartel and Jake (Kim) Bartel; grandchildren, Ben, Blair, Ryder, Kayden, and Mila; Elaine’s children, Alex Martin (Katherine McKean) and Andrea Martin; sister, Susan Bartel; nephew-in-law, Ryan (Jennifer) Kromann; grandniece, Ellie and grandnephew, Sam; uncle, Mel (Bernita) Bartel; dear friends, Jan and Marvin Neitzert; the mother of his sons, Lynda Sweet Bartel; former wife, Jill Ostrow; and many loving cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his father, Robert A. Bartel and his beloved niece, Kate Kromann.

In accordance with his wishes, his final deed on this earth is to give a gift of life and restored health to others through organ and tissue donation. He will be a hero to people he will never meet, in addition to a hero to those of us who knew him.

A memorial service will be planned later. To honor Rob’s generous support of nonprofits please make donations to Kate’s Heart katesheart.org, Metro Rotary of Columbia columbiametrorotary.org, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia uucomo.org, or the charity of your choice. If you are unable to make a donation, consider performing a simple act of kindness in remembrance of Rob.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date so we are all able to celebrate together as he would have liked.

Please share memories, photos and condolences either here and/or send an email to memories@bartel.com. It will help his grandchildren know him.

Published Friday, May 15, 2020

Vinita Sadie was born Feb. 19, 1928 north of Wheeler, Kansas to Sadie Mae and George William Cathey. She graduated Hickman High School in 1947, the last but not the least of six sisters. She married Elrie Lewis Moreau on March 21, 1948 and they resided in Columbia until his passing in 2008. She went to meet him again on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. She is survived by her three children: Linda, Leah, and Steven (Nancee); and two grandchildren, Cameron and Taylor.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on May 16 at Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m., 1217 Business Loop 70 W Columbia, Missouri 65202. The service will be live streamed on Facebook at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/ Columbia Facebook page.

“At this time, we are limiting the occupancy of our building to 50 people due to COVID-19 restrictions. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to keep our families and staff safe. Please be prepared to be directed by staff when you arrive for visitations and services.”

Published Friday, May 15, 2020

Barry Charles Kausler, the ultimate family man, quintessential Christian, remarkable professional, extraordinary Cardinals fan, music aficionado, dogs’ best friend and an inspiration to all, rested in peace Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was 58.

In the past five years, after being told that he had a year to live, Barry rose to legendary superhero status and became an exceptional role model when he slapped cancer in the face, punched it in the gut and knocked it on its backside, but in the end, the disease wore out the warrior.

Born on Nov. 21, 1961 in St. Louis, Barry lived in Missouri all of his life. He and his family moved to Columbia in 1971, and except for short stretches in St. Louis and Springfield, he lived in the college town that he loved.

A 1980 graduate of Hickman High School, Barry remained close friends with many of his classmates. He once pitched a no-hitter for the Kewpies. Jeff Krupsaw, the Columbia Daily Tribune reporter who documented the feat, became Barry’s brother-in-law.

At the University of Missouri, Barry majored in tech radio, TV and film. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and enjoyed a fulfilling career in the production field.

Starting in 1994, he developed a passion filming commercials, producing them and voicing them for various cable companies, most recently OnMedia. He received the Star Award as the company’s employee of the year.

The few people in Columbia who didn’t know Barry probably would recognize his distinct voice. He did a spot-on impersonation of Droopy Dog and once, for laughs, used the cartoon character’s voice in a draft of a commercial. His client was not amused.

Travel was a favorite pastime. Barry and his family particularly enjoyed train trips. A grand ride last fall to the Grand Canyon was a highlight.

Barry had an eclectic taste in music but particularly enjoyed fusion jazz. If there is a bigger Pat Metheny fan in the world, he or she has not been identified.


Barry spent some of his last days re-watching Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series. In recent years, he developed a secret, serious man crush on Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.

Barry is survived by his beloved wife, Sheila; his remarkable children: Raquel, Jordan and Holden; his siblings: Renee Ratna, Don Kausler Jr. and Jill Krupsaw; his nephews: Neil Ratna, Donald Kausler III and Daniel Krupsaw; and his nieces: Tara Ratna, Rose Brown, Paige Gregg, Rebecca Krupsaw, Elizabeth Krupsaw and Kimberly Krupsaw.

Barry was predeceased by his mother, Martha Kausler, and his father, Donald Kausler Sr.

Barry was a deacon at First Baptist Church, which will play host to a private family Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 16. The Celebration of Life will be streamed at https://vimeo.com/fbccolumbiamo for all who wish to view the service.

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

Published Thursday, May 21, 2020

Gregg Orlan Parker, 63, passed away suddenly at home on May 13, 2020.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 22 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Gregg was born on Dec. 17, 1956 to Geraldine Hieke and Sidney Parker. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1974. He worked for various grocers in Columbia with the last one being Moser’s Discount Foods.

He was a kind, soft-hearted, hard-working man. He loved being outdoors and had a great love for eagles. He had a large collection of eagle memorabilia. In his youth he played league baseball and was very good at it. He loved being with his brothers; whether it’s fishing, playing cards or just talking.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Gerri and Len Hieke; his children: Amanda Parker, Jeremy Parker, Shannon Fenner Christina McDougal; his step-sisters Kim Ridgway of Moberly, Mary Dannenberg of Cincinnati, Ohio and two special friends, Mark Anthony and Jane Ruhlmann. He had 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; his three brothers: Gary, Michael and Blaine; and his step-sister, Cheryl Brink of Centralia, Illinois.

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

Published Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Gene Dale Kite passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Columbia Post-Acute Center.

Gene was born October 12, 1938 to Roscoe Kite and Nina Forbis Kite in Woodlandville, Missouri. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1956. Gene joined the Navy right after graduation and married the love of his life, Mary Ravenscraft on December 13, 1956 at St. Simons Island, Georgia, where he was stationed. She preceded him in death in 2010.

After the Navy they returned to Columbia where he started working for the University of Missouri in the Refrigeration and Maintenance Department in 1960. He retired from the University in 2000 as supervisor of the Maintenance Department. In their retirement, Gene and Mary enjoyed traveling around the country. They started a jewelry making business that Gene continued after Mary’s death.

Gene is survived by his two children: Cherie Rutter (Terry) of Columbia and Alan Kite (Michael) of Las Vegas, Nevada; two grandchildren: Shawn Rutter (Dena) of Olathe, Kansas and Stefany Foust (Devin) of Columbia; five great grandchildren: Jeff, Landon, Greyson Rutter of Olathe; Sawyer and Stella Foust of Columbia. Gene is also survived by his brother Jere Vanderpool of Lee’s Summit; three nephews and their families; several cousins and many friends who loved him.

The family will hold a private graveside service in Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors and a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Community Hospices of America Foundation, 3050 I70 Drive SE, Columbia, MO 65201.

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

Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020

John Boardman Murdock, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home in Durham, North Carolina.

He was born to John C. and Jean B. Murdock in Columbia in 1955. Growing up, he spent most of his summers at the family ranch near Dubois, Wyoming.

After high school, John followed his love for old-time fiddle music into competition, and by 1979 he was a National Championship semi-finalist.

Later, he moved to Arizona to pursue a career in graphic design. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at Arizona State University College of Design, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He ran a successful graphic design business in the Phoenix area. Ultimately, his love for teaching took him back into the college scene with professorships at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. John moved to North Carolina in 2010, to be closer to his father.

His family and friends loved to listen to his funny and often wild tales, which were sometimes even true. None of us will ever forget the one about slaying the 60-pound beaver with a filet knife while waist deep in the rapids at the outlet of Torrey Lake. We might not have believed it except that some of us got to feel the pelt, which mother had tanned for him with the admonition “try not to do that again.”

John was most at home when painting landscapes and portraits of the richness in life that surrounded him. He was ever captivated by the creativity and brilliance of children, and wherever he lived he always found time to teach them how to draw and paint.

He was predeceased by his mother; and is survived by his father; brother Robert C.; and nephew Chase (Robert).

John did not wish to have any official public services. A private memorial service will be scheduled at the family ranch in Wyoming during the summer of 2021.

Published Friday, May 22, 2020

Wanda Sue Carr, 74, of Fayette, passed away at her home on May 20, 2020.

Wanda was born in Columbia on Dec. 17, 1945, a daughter of Woodrow and Ethel Forbis Baumgartner. She married Walter Wayne “Big Daddy” Carr on May 3, 1986 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Columbia. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 2016.

Wanda was very proud of her 26 years of service at Central Methodist University, where she had been employed as stockroom manager and post office clerk. She had also worked for 17 years with MFA Oil in the home office, tire division and bulk plant.

Wanda was a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Fayette. She loved learning and teaching the Bible and was not bashful about sharing her faith and encouraging others. Another of Wanda’s greatest joys was caring for the many “fur babies” she took into her home and loved over the years. She was also a lifetime member of Sigma PI Alpha Sorority.

Survivors cherishing her memory include a son, Michael (Tammy) Holman of Clinton, Oklahoma; two step-daughters: Shari (Mark) Fisher and Wanda (Larry) Fuemmeler, both of Fayette; a sister, Joyce Holland of Columbia; and her much loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Wanda was preceded in death by a step-son, Wally Carr; a nephew, Mark Alley; and a great-grandson, Fernando Flores.

Graveside memorial services celebrating Wanda’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 at Fayette City Cemetery with Pastor Ken Stacey officiating. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic recommendations, social distancing will be required.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Food Bank of Central Missouri or the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Carr-Yager Funeral Home, Fayette. Condolences may be shared at www.carryager.com.

Published Sunday, June 7, 2020

James Duane Nanson, M.D., 73, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away surrounded by his beloved family on May 20, 2020.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Debbie; sons Ben and James (Holly) Nanson; daughter Kelli Nanson Disidore (Tom) and cherished grandchildren: Zoe and Bingham Nanson and Declan and Dominic Disidore.

James was born in Columbia to James Clayton and Mary Ruth Wilson. His older sister, Carol Jean Olive precedes him in death and younger sister, Nancy Jo survives.

James was an alumnus of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his B.S. in Chemistry before graduating from medical school in 1973. He was a member of the American College of Physicians and completed his residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics and Truman Veterans Hospital. He completed his post doctoral fellowship in Nephrology in 1979 and was designated a diplomat and board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

During his time as resident, James met and wed the love of his life, Debbie Davis in 1976.

He opened his first office at the Boone Clinic and continued his journey in private practice while he and Debbie raised their three children: Benjamin, Kelli and James.

James’ love and dedication to his patients was outmatched only by his love for his family. He was a devoted father and husband and gifted physician who worked tirelessly to serve, help and heal others.

In 2001, James retired from private practice and moved with Debbie to Kansas City to be close to his children and treasured grandchildren whom he adored.

We will remember his kind and gentle nature, his compassion for animals, and his unconditional love for his family. He was patient beyond measure, eccentric and genteel and always saw the good in people. He taught his children to respect all life and led by example with humility and generosity of spirit.


As his health declined in his last year of life, he retained his keen wit, humor and optimism. He never complained and fought till the end.

We find solace in knowing that he will continue to cheer, watch over and protect us...ever our father, until we meet again.

A celebration of life will be held by the family in the months to come.

In lieu of flowers, we know James would be honored by donations made to those in need during these difficult times. Harvesters of KC, the ASPCA, or support of your local front line health care workers at the hospital of your choosing would be greatly appreciated.

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by Parker Millard Funeral Home, 12 E Ash St, Columbia MO 65203

Obituary for Scott Jerome Bess
Scott Jerome Bess, born June 23rd, 1950, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning, June 4th. An only child of Jerome & Claudia (Blacklock) Bess, he grew up in Columbia Missouri and was a 1968 graduate of Hickman High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1972. Son Christopher was born in 1972 to Scott and first wife, Sandra. He and wife Mary (Lobenstein) had recently celebrated 26 years of marriage.

His love of golf came from his mother Claudia and intensified after her death in 1964. Hickman won State golf titles in 1967,68, & 69. Freshmen were not allowed to play, or a title in 1966 would have been possible too. Scott received all State Honors as well (‘67, ‘68, ‘69). In 1969 he defeated Don Dupske 8 & 7 to win the State Amateur, after previously defeating Tom Watson. At the University of Missouri, he was an All-Conference player (‘69, ‘71), led the team to 2nd in the Big Eight Championship (‘71,’72) and played twice in the NCAA Tournament (‘71, ‘72). Scott then turned Pro in 1973, finished 2nd at Disney World Team event, played in 12 Majors, and played on two United States PGA Cup Teams in ‘86 & ‘88 with a record of 7-1-1. The USA won both years. Later in life, Scott was the Senior Gateway PGA Player of the year 5 times and is the only Gateway PGA member to win Section Championship and Senior Section Championship in the same season (2004). He was inducted unanimously into the Missouri Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.

In addition to his years playing, Scott was a golf club designer. As a Tour Rep for Cleveland, Odyssey, & Callaway, he worked behind the scenes with his friend Roger Cleveland. Locally, he was always available for lessons, club repair, and enjoyed working/playing with up & coming golfers & old friends.

When he wasn’t on the links, his passion for cars was evident, all you had to do was drive by his home. His 1st car & love, a ‘67 red Camaro sits next to “Old Blue” a ‘82 diesel Mercedes in his garage today.

Scott is survived by his wife Mary; son Christopher (Joy); stepdaughter Cara (Dallas) Christenson; grandchildren Anna, Brooke, Jack, Bailey, Abbey; and a close-knit group of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and his stepmother Marjorie (Opp) Bess.

A private graveside service will be held, and a public celebration of life will occur at a date TBD once the City of Columbia allows it.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Central Humane Society https://cmhspets.org/tribute-gifts/ or Boys and Girls Club of the Columbia Area https://www.bgc-columbia.org/donate/

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 Friday, June 12, 2020

Larry Cunningham, 77, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Larry was born Aug. 21, 1941 to Floyd and Juanita Cunningham. Larry was married to Donna Cunningham for three wonderful years.

In Larry’s younger days he was a volunteer firefighter. He had many hobbies and passions, which included motorcycles, hunting, and fishing.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Sunday, June 14, 2020

William Jessie (Jay) Harmon, age 90, of Millersburg, passed away on June 7, 2020, at Parkside Manor where he resided for six months.

Services will be held at a later date when family and friends may gather to honor Jay’s life.

Jay was born in Boone County on Oct. 14, 1929, a son of Shady Lilbert Harmon and Elsie Leah Charlton Harmon. He married Anna Sue Bryant on May 21, 1951 when he was on leave from Army training en route to active duty in Korea.

Jay, also affectionately known as Jaybird, graduated from Hickman High School in 1948 and lived in Columbia 60 years. He worked as a technician for Central Office Equipment for much of his career.

After retirement, Jay and Anna Sue moved to the farm in Millersburg and, along with Roger, they farmed where Jay’s passion for the outdoors and hard work were fully realized. His mechanical experience came in handy while keeping farm equipment running. He enjoyed raising cattle and harvesting hay. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and could catch one nearly anywhere.

Jay and Anna Sue loved to camp with friends and family, including many years when they were Good Sam Club members. In the early years they tent camped with their children and their friends then progressed into larger and nicer campers until they wintered in a well-appointed motorhome several years near Harlingen, Texas. Nothing pleased them more than family and friends visiting them in Texas so they could visit all their favorite spots under the auspices of guiding tours. Folks knew they would have a good time with Jay and he did his best to please.

Family meant the world to Jay as his parents inspired the joy of belonging to a large family, so for his 90th birthday, family celebrated with him by holding a reunion.

Jay is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Sue Bryant Harmon; son, Roger Harmon (Janie); and daughter, Janis Harmon Stock of Millersburg; grandchildren: Jennifer Toohey (Brian), Kelly Carney, Amanda VanMatre (Brennan) and Matt Stock (Gina); and great-grandchildren: Aiden, Ella, and Grayson Toohey, Lila Carney, Kyler and Brecken VanMatre, and Kori Jay Stock, who is named in honor of her great-grandfather. Jay is also survived by his sisters: Dorothy McBride of Canton, Georgia, Shirley Smith (Billy Jack) of Columbia; and brother, Larry Harmon (Judy) of Hallsville; and many dear nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by a large circle of friends.

Family members who preceded Jay in death include his parents; brother, Leonard; sisters: Bonnie Poe, Alma Holton and Yvonne Bryant.


The family wishes to thank caregivers at The Arbors at Millcreek and Parkside Manor who compassionately cared for Jay during the past two years.

Memorials are not necessary but may be made in Jay’s honor to The Longest Day, Alzheimer’s Association and mailed to Mary Kaye Swanson, The Arbors at Millcreek, 1990 W. Southampton Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.

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

Published by H. T. May Funeral Home, Columbia MO - June 16, 2020

Terrence Johnson, 31, of Columbia, MO, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center. Services will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation will be from 12-1 PM on Saturday at the church.

Terrence M. Johnson was born on December 21, 1988 in Columbia Mo the son of Cynthia Johnson and Alonzo Spencer.

He departed this life on June 10,2020 He was proceeded in death by both parents grand parents Thomas and Dorothy Hubbard and nephews Tyrese and T’Jean Johnson.

Terrence leaves to cherish 1 daughter Tamarah L.Newman 1 son T’Jean Reign Johnson 2 Sisters Tia and Tramicka Johnson of Springfield Ill 1 Brother Troy (Hali) Johnson of Columbia Mo 10 nieces and nephews 3 uncles Donald(Patricia) Richard (Stephanie) Carter of Springfield Ill and Scott Johnson of Bloomington Ill 3 Aunts Juanita Anderson of Columbia MO, Kris Hunter (Lee) and Vivian Johnson of Springfield Ill 2 great aunts Stella James and Blondell(Kelly) Kelly of Columbia Mo 1 great uncle Eddie Hickem and companion Natoya Lewis of Columbia Mo. A host of cousins and friends

Terrence enjoyed spending time with his kids and being with family. Most of his free time was spent playing Call of Duty on line and going to the shooting range with his friends. His favorite hobby was guns, outside of the kids, so if any person wanted a gun cleaned or had questions about guns he was your man. T’Jean and Tamarah was his heart and soul.

The family is accepting contributions to go towards expenses for services. Any amount is a blessing to the family. Contributions can be made at https://fundthefuneral.com/terrence-johnson.

Published Sunday, June 14, 2020

Alexander Joseph Prelas, 32, of Columbia, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at home surrounded by family.

Alex was born on April 19, 1988 in Columbia, the son of Mark Prelas and Rosemary Roberts. He was a 2006 graduate of Hickman High School. He attended the University of Missouri in the Fall of 2006, majoring in Psychology, wanting to work with disabled children. Alex was an avid hunter and enjoyed camping and hiking. He also enjoyed gunsmithing and performing gun appraisals. He enjoyed life to the fullest and had a great sense of humor. He loved listening to classic rock music. Alex had a big heart and was kind to everyone he met.

Alex is survived by his parents; a sister, Natalia K. Prelas of Columbia; aunts: Ines Prelas, Joann Thoming, Chris Vojnovich and Karen Veatch and many cousins and family members of choice. He is also survived by Grandmother Mary Collins; Aunt Leslie Houttuin and Uncle Steve Brookins.

A Celebration of Life is planned when allowed by the health restrictions.

As per Alex’s wishes, memorial contributions are asked to be made to your local Food Bank.

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

Published Sunday, June 21, 2020

Cynthia Maureen McLaughlin passed away peacefully and gracefully on Friday, June 12, 2020 at MU University Hospital.

Cindy burst on to the scene of life with a passionate flame of energy and adventure on May 25, 1952. That flame was sadly extinguished after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born in the original Boone County Hospital in Columbia, Cindy was the proud first child of Wayne and Helen McLaughlin.

She is survived by her brother, Tim McLaughlin, (Yvonne); and nephews Ryan McLaughlin and Brendan McLaughlin, all of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A 1970 graduate of David H. Hickman High School, Cindy had the opportunity to explore several professional careers, ultimately finding her dream job at KOMU TV Channel 8 as the Advertising Commercial Copy Editor and Professional Voice-Over. She occasionally had the opportunity to fill in as a Guest Host for Paul Pepper’s daily program, Pepper & Friends, which was one of her career highlights. She was forever grateful for her colleagues and the lifelong friendships created at Channel 8.

Cindy had many hobbies, but her passion was spending time in her garden and enjoying the company of the numerous four-legged furry friends she had rescued over the years.

Although her flame may be gone, her light still shines bright.

There will be a small private family memorial celebration of life at a future date. Final interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and/or the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

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 feedingamerica.org or Helping Up Mission at helpingupmission.org. 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 1, 2020

Colin Bret Wright passed away on June 26, 2020 in Waipahu, Hawaii. He was born on Feb. 19, 1960 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Colin, known affectionately as Moe, was raised in rural Boone County and attended Columbia Public Schools. He graduated from Hickman High in 1978. He joined the Navy in 1980 and was a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power School and Prototype Training Unit.

He was stationed onboard the USS Sargo submarine in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He participated in numerous deployments of vital national security interests during the Cold War. He served with distinction and obtained the rank of Machinist Mate First Class (Submarines). He was honorably discharged in 1987 and transitioned to civilian employment at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a Safety Management Specialist. He advanced to Branch Head in the Radiological Controls Department and retired in 2016 after over 30 years of combined federal service. He passed away at his home surrounded by family.

Mo is survived by his wife, Krisanna; his sisters: Mariam Decker (David), Marla Sue Thelen (Jeff); his brother, Wes Wright (Shana); beloved nieces and nephews, friends and shipmates.

He is predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and his parents, Harley and Clara Wright.

Mo was an avid golfer and loved to visit Las Vegas. He will be deeply missed and remembered always as a loving and kind brother and friend. Rest your oar sailor, we have the watch.

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mark E. Schultz, 63, of Sturgeon, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 3 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m.

Mark was born on July 25, 1956 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Eugene Donald and Carman Dee Nisbet Schultz, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 27, 1980, he married Susan Monroe in Columbia. He was a 1974 graduate of Hickman High School. He graduated from the University of Kansas, majoring in architecture, fulfilling his childhood desire to become an architect. He was a member of A.I.A. and truly enjoyed his profession as an architect. Mark loved working and instilled his work ethic in his sons. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark is survived by his wife, Susan; sons: Kyle Schultz (Taylor) and Patrick Schultz, all of Sturgeon; siblings: Patty Alfermann of Columbia, Ann Schultz (Mike Komen) of Richmond Heights and Mike Schultz of Boynton Beach, Florida; and five grandchildren: Samuel, Brenden, Alex, Zoey and Tyler.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to the donor’s choice.

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

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Warren Douglass (Doug) Dickenson, age 78, died peacefully and unexpectedly on July 3, 2020. Doug was born in Swainsboro, Georgia, grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and lived all his adult life in Kansas City, Missouri.

Doug graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia and received both his Under-graduate and Graduate degrees from University of Missouri.

Doug was a partner with Troupe Kehoe Whitaker and Kent CPA Firm and later maintained a private accounting practice. An avid golfer, fisher, and lover of the Kansas City Royals; Doug will be missed.

Doug is survived by his wife, Dianne Peacock Dickenson, and stepchildren, Kristin Pick and David West. Doug’s only sister, Donna Dickenson Sublett, resides in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to THE DIABETES FOUNDATION.

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Darrell Lee Palmer, 80, passed away July 4, 2020 in Boise, Idaho after a brief illness. He was born in Columbia to Sidney Darrell and Leota Catherine Sims Palmer of Columbia on July 27, 1939.

In Darrell’s free time he enjoyed the outdoors, living off the land in a primitive cabin and panning for gold in the mountains. His excitement for finding Indian artifacts and sharing his discoveries with those close to him gave him great enjoyment. Discovering, researching and displaying the insects he would find placed people in his presence in awe of his knowledge of the subject. He also was passionate about collecting coins from around the world. He was a man that never lost his passion and drive for knowledge.

He was a 1957 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. He is survived by his sister, Terry Lynne Fetterly (Gordon); daughters: Elizabeth LeAnn Palmer-Stone (Curtis), Laurie Lynne Ritter, Dodie Elizabeth Palmer; nephew, Matthew Palmer Fetterly; and niece, Tracy Lynne Fetterly, all of Columbia. He is also survived by many cousins all over the states.

He will be greatly missed by many that have crossed his path over his many years on this earth.    

Published Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

Elvin Emery Sapp, 84, passed away on July 5, 2020 at his home in Columbia surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at Memorial Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery. In keeping with the guideline put forth by the Boone County Health Director, we ask anyone attending to keep social distancing (six feet apart), cough into your sleeve and wash and sanitize your hands often. We would also strongly encourage all guests to wear a face mask. The service will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the funeral home.

Elvin was born on June 24, 1936 in Boone County, the son of Emery Everett and Velma Lorraine Sapp, who preceded him in death.

Elvin graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1955. As a senior, he began a lifelong career as a respected and well-known homebuilder and land developer. He and his father, Emery Sapp built homes together in the late ’50s through the mid ’70s. In the early ’60s he expanded the business to include the development of several residential subdivisions. Elvin had a gift for looking at a piece of raw ground and visualizing its potential. That gift enabled him to develop some of Columbia’s premier residential developments throughout his life: Bluff Creek, Thornbrook and Bristol Lake being some of the most recent.

Elvin enjoyed his work and liked sharing his vision and expertise with family. In the early 90s he furthered his legacy by mentoring his son Shannon into the homebuilding business, and later brought both Shannon and his grandson Justin into the development side of the business. He also encouraged his daughter Valerie to represent them as a real estate agent. Elvin, with his brother Billy and other family investors, were founding members of Columbia Ready Mix and Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Century State Bank in Columbia and was a past Secretary of the Homebuilders Association.

Elvin married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Mary Geraldine (Geri) Murray, and she survives. True to their vows taken 64 years ago, their devotion to each other has been an inspiration to many.

He is survived by their daughter, Valerie Barnes (Alan); son, Shannon Sapp (Diane); six grandchildren: Justin Barnes (Brooke), Megan Barnes Harris (Tyler), Brittany Sapp Smarr (Kyle), Coleman Sapp, Clayton Sapp and Carley Sapp; and seven great-grandchildren: Rylee, Hudson and Rhett Harris, Quinn and Lincoln Barnes and Clay and Hayden Smarr. He is also survived by a sister, Norma Bennett (Marvin); a brother, Billy Sapp (Glenda); and several nieces and nephews.

If asked, Elvin would always say he enjoyed getting up and going to work. To him, it was not a job. He loved finding land, picturing it in his head and then developing it. He liked a good Pitch card game and “calling” square dances with family. He also enjoyed showing and raising horses. Many great memories were made with family and lifelong friends while caring for and showing their horses around Missouri and surrounding states.

Elvin will be remembered for his devotion to his family and for his great work ethic. He was an honorable and respected man.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of choice in care of the funeral home.

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

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

James Russell “Rusty” Spieler, Jr., 52, of Columbia, passed away July 8, 2020 at Lake Regional Hospital.

He was born in St. Louis on April 16, 1968 and was loved and adopted as an infant by Jim and Audrey Spieler. Throughout his youth from 8-18 he was a competitive swimmer and traveled to swim meets throughout Missouri and Kansas, swam on the Hickman High team, and made a friendship exchange to Leicester, England with the Columbia Swim Club.

He loved to learn and was a good student, graduating from Hickman High School, the University of Missouri, The University of Kansas School of Medicine, and did an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, Columbia. He began his internal medicine practice in 1999 associated with the Audrain Medical Center, Mexico, Missouri. Following that he became a Hospitalist for the rest of his career, starting with St. Johns Hospital, Springfield. In 2004 he initiated the Hospitalist program at Boone Hospital, Columbia. In 2010 he moved to Kauai and joined the staff at Kauai Medical Center. Following the death of his father in 2014 he joined the staff of Lake Regional Hospital. He loved working there with an excellent staff including specialists. This was Rusty’s ideal work setting where there was adequate time and specialists if needed to serve his patients. Everywhere he served he was praised and appreciated by patients, staff and administration. He was a Board Certified internal medicine physician with a license in both Missouri and Hawaii.

Rusty’s move to Kauai in 2010 was to court his life mate Dr. Melinda Menezes. They both grew up in Columbia, went to the same elementary school, swam on the same swim team, and did their residency training at the same hospital. The summer before Rusty left for college, they briefly dated. In retrospect, they realized that the big feelings they had as teenagers were those of soul mates. Rusty, Melinda, and her two boys created a happy life together walking and playing on the beautiful beaches, enjoying the delightful live Hawaiian shows, and sampling island cuisine. They also loved gardening and created a beautiful tropical landscape surrounding Melinda’s home. They both enjoyed cooking though Rusty maintained that Melinda was the superior cook. Rusty enjoyed being a friend and father to Melinda’s sons Victor and Tomás. Following his father’s passing, Rusty commuted from Kauai to work at Lake Regional Hospital the first 14 days of each month. He thrived on being able to see his Missouri family for a meal plus overnight in his home on both sides of this work schedule.

In addition to swimming, biking, camping, hiking, and fishing, Rusty enjoyed oil painting, landscape gardening, and cooking. For those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him socially or professionally, they found him to be quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, and well informed. It felt wonderful to see him smile and laugh. He was a gentle, kind soul and spent much time and personal resources lifting up those who needed his amazing compassion.

He is survived by his mother, Audrey Spieler; his sister, Leslie Spieler-Winn and her husband Rick Winn; his nephews, Jackson Winn and Cotter Clinkingbeard; his significant other, Dr. Melinda Menezes; and her two sons, Victor and Tomás Sánchez.

Since February, the COVID-19 virus blocked Rusty from flying to Kauai each month and he could not get back to see Melinda, the love of his life. That added to the enormous stress he was unable to overcome. Dr. Chris Elliott who worked with Rusty for 10 years wrote in his tribute... “When we look back at Rusty’s life of service and commitment to others, we should remember that how Rusty lived is more important than how he died, and is the reason I believe him to be in Heaven getting the happy ending he deserves.”

You are invited to a Zoom Celebration of Rusty’s life which is hoped to be aired around the third week in August. The time of the Zoom video will be announced in this newspaper and on Audrey’s Facebook page. His memorials will be focused on Acts of Kindness on a website and will also be announced at that time.

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

Published Sunday, July 19, 2020

Daniel W. “Dan” McGee, 67, of Eldon, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center.

There will be a private family burial.

Dan was born on Nov. 26, 1952 in Columbia to the late Olan and Betty McGee. Dan graduated from Hickman High School and attended machinist trade school in Kansas City and Linn Technical College. He was previously employed with 3M Company. Dan enjoyed vintage cars. He could draw and fabricate anything. He was a great storyteller and could make anyone laugh.

Dan is survived by a daughter, Christie; three grandchildren: Amber Kendall, Amrin Helm and Lauren Helm; and brothers: Duane, Ken and Mark (Lisa) McGee, all of Columbia. Dan was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Steve; and daughter, Stacey Helm.

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

Published Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christy Leigh Craig Old passed peacefully from this life on July 14, 2020.

Christy was born Jan. 6, 1969 to Gordon and June Thompson Craig in Springfield.

Christy graduated from Hickman High School in 1987 and married Jeffrey Old of Columbia in August, 1989. She worked for ten years at Boone Hospital Center and then moved over to the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. She loved her job and interacting with faculty, staff, doctors and medical students.

Christy’s pride and joy were her children — daughter, Ashley and son, Ryan. One of her favorite quotes, “They are the beat of my heart, the pulse in my veins and the energy of my soul. They are my kids.”

Christy loved all animals, especially her cats. She loved going to the beach and the river. She enjoyed sunrises, sunsets and the beauty of the weather. She was loved by many for generosity, kindness, friendship and warm smile. She was like a mother to many and called them her children.

Christy is survived by her children: Ashley Old of Dallas, Texas and Ryan Old of Columbia; the father of her children, Jeffrey Old of Columbia; her brother, Gordon (Donna) Craig of Columbia; sister, Julie (Kurt) James of St. Louis; nieces: Kimberly Craig of Columbia, Kendall Beavers (Tim) of St. Louis, Elizabeth Kneibert of Leawood, Kansas; nephews: Thomas Craig of Columbia, Evan James of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Josh Old of Columbia and Nicholas Kneibert of Leawood; and former in-laws: John and Shirley Curry of Jefferson City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Mark Old.

Christy wishes to spend eternity among the seas, her ashes will be spread at Gulf Shores, Alabama at a later date.

Memoriam to honor Christy’s life on earth will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to the “Memorial Fund for Christy Old” c/o Central Bank of Boone County, P.O. Box 678 Columbia, MO 65205.

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LeNora K. (Lee) Boyle, 96, of Columbia, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at her Tiger Place residence in Columbia.

She was born May 15, 1924 in North Platte, Nebraska. Her parents were H.E. and Milly Klinefelter.

Lee was proud to have attended Bethel Labadie one room school for seven years, then graduated from Hickman High School, class of 1941, and in 1946, graduated from the University of Missouri. She taught in Columbia and in Champaign-Urbana Illinois Public Schools.

Lee married William Lyle Fitzgerald, Oct. 14, 1944. Lyle was a recipient of the Silver Star in the Philippines in World War II.

March 16, 1974 Lee married George V. Boyle who had seven children. She was proud to note she taught all the children to drive in her new Pontiac using the Strawn School area in west Columbia for the training ground.

Lee was active in Fortnightly, Extension Wives, and Hazel Ebert Kings’ Daughters. She traveled in many countries but considered camping in the Rocky Mountains and sleeping on the ground in a tent by a mountain stream to be the most beautiful experience. Lee had an affection for and understanding of all animals and was quick to assist an animal in trouble no matter where. Her little dog Rags provided her with wonderful companionship during her later years. Everyone will agree that Lee had a wonderful sense of humor. She could see the funny side of things and we were all better for having a chuckle as a result.

Survivors include her sister, Ann Allen of Olathe, Kansas; her son, James Lyle Fitzgerald of Fort Mill, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Lola Tracy of Cameron; stepchildren: David Boyle of Columbia, Joan Barnhill of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Elaine Basham of Kansas City, Catherine Basse of Leawood, Kansas, James Boyle of Denver, Colorado and Judy McMahon of Columbia. Christine Gee is deceased.

Lee’s daughter, Nancy Lee Racey; son, William Mark Fitzgerald; infant child; husband, Lyle Fitzgerald; parents: H.E. and Milly Klinefelter; and brothers: James and Halmar Klinefelter preceded her in death. George Boyle died Thanksgiving Day, 2007.

Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Humane Society, to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, or to an organization of your choice.

A memorial service for the family will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. However, the service will be live streamed online via the Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia, Facebook page. You can find this by visiting www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com under LeNora’s name by clicking “Join Livestream.” By visiting this website you can also leave condolences for Lee’s family.

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Patsy Ann Cunningham, 84, of Boonville, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at her home.

Following her wishes, she will be cremated and services will be at a later date.

She was born in Columbia on Aug. 4, 1935 to Herbert and Mary McMaster Dickson. She attended Columbia Public Schools and was a 1953 Hickman graduate. In 1957 she graduated with a BSN from the University of Missouri School of Nursing. In the late 50s and early 60s she was an evening supervisor and nursing administrator at the University of Missouri Medical Center. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, serving as Chapter Advisor for several years at Morehead State University. In 1978, for her dedication and support to the sorority she received the ZTA Alumnae Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service to District V and the Louise Kettler Helper Memorial Life membership Award.

She is survived by her husband, Donald H. Cunningham; son, Mark Cunningham; sisters: Carol Bear and Linda Anderton (Radell) Sapp; a brother, Donald A. (Barbara) Shettlesworth; many nephews and nieces; and grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Pat was preceded in death by her father and mother: Herbert Dickson and Mary McMaster Dickson; sister, Anita C. McKee; and brothers-in-law: Gerald Anderton and Karl Bear.

The Cunningham family wishes to express a special thanks to the nurses, aides, and other staff of Hometown Healthcare, and to Dr. Benjamin Crenshaw of the South Providence Medical Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer Society.

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

Published Sunday, July 26, 2020

Thomas E. (“Tom”) Atkins III passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the age of 86.

Born Dec. 24, 1933 to Thomas Edward Atkins, Jr. (“Country Atkins”) and Ruby Schuermann Atkins, Tom was a life-long Columbia and Boone County resident, graduating from Hickman High School in 1952 as senior class president. Tom graduated from the University of Missouri in 1956, the same year he married Linda Lou Holman. Tom met Linda in kindergarten and began dating her in 9th grade. She was the love of his life.

While in college, Tom worked at the Stein Club in downtown Columbia, a popular local bar owned by Tom’s father, Country Atkins. After serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Tom partnered with his uncle, Mac McCauley to work in the family business. Founded in 1925 by Tom’s grandparents, T. E. Atkins, Sr. and his wife, Elsie, the company would grow and thrive to later become known as Atkins Building Services and Products, Inc.

Tom led a long and influential life in Columbia and Boone County and was considered a pillar of this community. He was a former President of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College, from which he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Tom was a member of Phi Delta Theta, a Faurot Fellow, recipient of the Faculty-Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri, a lifetime member of the Missouri Alumni Association, and a long time member of the “Round Table” lunch group.

Tom was a firm believer in “paying it forward” and the impacts of his philanthropy and charitable work are far-reaching. Tom served as a founding member of the DeToqueville Society of United Way, served as Co-Chair for the establishment of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Hospital Advisory Board, and led the effort to establish a wellness program for the University of Missouri System. Tom and his family donated 80 acres to the City of Columbia and Boone County to build the Country Atkins Park and provided the lead gift to build the Atkins-Holman Student Commons Building at Columbia College. Tom’s most recent philanthropic passion was the University of Missouri’s Next Gen center, a multi-disciplinary approach to research in human health that will benefit Missourians for generations to come. Tom and his family also have a long history as generous supporters of many local non-profit organizations.

An entrepreneur and businessman, Tom and his son, Scott, led the way for downtown Columbia revitalization by spearheading historic remodeling of downtown buildings, including the old Strollway Center – now Atkins City Centre – along with four other historic downtown properties. Tom served as President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, served as President of the United Way-Columbia and was a founding member of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI).

Possessed of an easy sense of humor, Tom was able to see the light side of most things. Twenty years ago, a visitor to Tom’s office referred to Tom as “The Old Guy in the Corner Office.” Tom condensed that to OGITCO, adopted it as a nickname and used it the rest of his life.

Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda Holman Atkins; his daughter, Mindy Atkins Wickersham and husband Andy Wickersham of Kansas City; his son, Scott Atkins and wife Fran Mehrle Atkins of Columbia; and grandchildren: Thomas I (“T I”) Atkins and wife Avery, Andrew F. (“Drew”) Atkins, Paul M. Atkins, Jake A. Wickersham, Chloe Rose Wickersham; niece, Meredith Meyers; and nephew, Gary Meyers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Marcelle Meyers; and May and Raymond Holman, mother and father in-laws.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, funeral services will be limited to family only. In memoriam donations may be made to NextGen c/o Mun Choi, Chancellor’s Office, 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

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

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, www.curesarcoma.org/donate.

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




























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