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love truly never die
year by year the sad memorial wreath--
and flowers, types of life and death--
upon their graves.
is she who has a dear one dead
she has whose face will never change,
communion that will not grow strange.
of a life is death.
no death, nor change, nor any ending.
journey, and so many go
who stay at length discern the blending
two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
ourselves, made beautiful instead.
"Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
by, Helen D. Williams
COURTESY OF "THE
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"
Christinia P. Calvin Sweatman, Class of
1953, passed away on Sept. 14, 2020 in Columbia.
Sharlyn Spragg Sappington, Class of 1946,
passed away on Sept. 4, 2020 at the Neighborhoods in Columbia.
Gary Turner, Class of 1969, passed away
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at his home in Columbia.
Kenneth R. Stone, Class of 1960, passed away
August 31, 2020 in Temple, Texas.
Howard Vernon Wade, Class of 1951, passed away
Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 at home in Columbia.
Corey Montez Jordan, Class of 2008, passed
away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Peggy Sue (Gilmore) Rhoades, Class of 1951,
passed away August 23, 2020.
Chapman, Class of 1961, passed away at his home in Jefferson City on
Aug. 23, 2020.
Palmer, Class of 1985, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020.
George Wilson Merideth, Class of 1942,
passed away Friday, August 14, 2020.
Jim Silvey, Class of 1949, passed away Tuesday,
Aug. 11, 2020 in Columbia.
William (Bill) Joseph Wulff, Class of 1949,
passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.
of 1970, died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Boone
Jean “Ellie” (Pace) Abraham,
1963, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at her home in Kansas
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.
Gordon Frank Withrow II, Class of 1960,
passed away at his home in Macon, Missouri on Saturday, July 18th, 2020.
LeNora K. (Lee) Klinfelter Boyle, Class
of 1941, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at her Tiger Place residence
Marion Paul Mourning, Class of 1945, died on
July 15, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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.,
of 1986, passed away July 8, 2020 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage
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.
Wright, Class of 1978, passed away on June 26, 2020 in Waipahu,
Robert Ray Parker,
1963, died Wednesday, June 24 at Winchester Medical Center near
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.
David Shelburne, Class of 1961, passed away
May 29, 2020 at his home in Reedsville Ohio.
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.
Anne Walker Siefert, Class of 1961, died in
her home in Overland Park, KS on May 5, 2020.
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.
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,
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’
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.
(Sims) Hudson, Class of 1942, passed away on Tuesday, February 11,
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,
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.
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.
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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
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
Published Wednesday, January 8,
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.
condolences may be made to the family at
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.
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
Online condolences may be made at
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020
Joy Acton Gardner, 92,
of Columbia, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Bluffs in
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.
are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory;
12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences
may be left online for the family at
Published by Greening-Eagan-Hayes
Funeral Home, Macon/Shelbina/Clarence, MO July 21, 1956 - January 15,
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
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
Worley, 37, of Columbia, unexpectedly left this earth on Friday, January
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
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
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.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Mary K. Acton, 85,
of Hallsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
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
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Stamper, loving wife of George Stamper, passed away peacefully on
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 78 after a battle with
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.
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
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
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
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Hinshaw, 66, of Columbia, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.
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.
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
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
Online condolences may be made at
Published Wednesday, February 12, 2020
(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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
lieu of flowers, donations to Parkade Baptist Church Building Fund are
Special heartfelt thanks to the staff of Elm
Neighborhood at The Bluffs and Boone Hospital Hospice.
condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at
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
Deborah was born Sept. 26, 1953, to Meredith (Mert)
and Elsie Lee in Columbia.
She married Keith Sublette on Sept.
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
Winner, 79, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 in
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.
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
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
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
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
He was preceded in death by one daughter: Sylvia Bradfield;
grandson: Brian Bradfield; and brothers: James Roberts and Donald
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
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Dickerson, Jr. passed from his earthly home in Columbia on Wednesday,
February 26, 2020, one day before his 80th birthday.
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
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
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.
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.
condolences may be made to the family at
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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
(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
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
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
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.
preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents and three older
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.
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.
condolences may be left for the family at:
Published Saturday, April 4, 2020
Comfort of Raytown died March 19, 2020 in Kansas City.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
and tributes may be shared with the family at
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens
11200 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210
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
Bayer, 79, of Columbia, passed away peacefully in her home on April 20,
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.
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.
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
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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
Funeral Service and Crematory
12 East Ash Street
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Published Thursday, April 30, 2020
On Saturday, April
25, 2020, Susan Cheryl (Sorrels) Kallenbach died unexpectedly at the age
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Richardson, 58, passed away at home May 2, 2020. He was a 1979 Hickman
High School graduate. He was an electrician and handyman.
private celebration will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.
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 by The Kansas City Star May 17, 2020
Anne Walker Siefert
Anne Walker Siefert died in her home in Overland Park, KS on May 5,
2020. She was born November 15, 1943 in Columbia, MO.
preceded in death by her parents, Pinkney and Helen Walker and brothers
Clay and John Walker. She is survived by her aunt, Hope Abernathy
Greiner; daughters, Liz O'Leary Albers (Brad), Katy O'Leary Nasse
(Jason); and five grandchildren, Emily, Claire, Jeffrey, Hope and Henry.
Anne graduated from Hickman High School in 1961. She was a member of
National Honor Society, the student body secretary, voted most popular
senior girl and Spring Hop Queen.
She attended Stephens College
where she served as President of Town Hall. She went on to receive a
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri where she was a member
of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Anne retired from Styers Equipment
Company in 2009.
Per her request, donations may be made to
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
A private gathering with family
and friends will be held at a later date.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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
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.
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.
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 &
He was preceded in death by his parents.
lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Woodlandville Methodist Church
or Sunrise Optimist Club in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Published Friday, May 15,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 22 at Memorial Park
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
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
He was preceded in death by his father; his three
brothers: Gary, Michael and Blaine; and his step-sister, Cheryl Brink of
Online condolences may be made at
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.
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.
condolences may be made at
Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Arrangements entrusted to Carr-Yager Funeral
Home, Fayette. Condolences may be shared at
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.
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
Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society - Parkersburg, WV 26101
October 1, 1943 - May 29, 2020
Born in Carbondale, IL
Resided in Reedsville, Ohio
David Shelburne 76, of Reedsville
passed away May 29, 2020 at his residence under the loving care of his
family and Ohio Health Hospice.
A private cremation will take
place at Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society, 414 Seventh Street,
Parkersburg WV 26101
June 10, 2020 by Parker Millard Funeral Home, 12 E Ash St, Columbia MO
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.
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.
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
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/
are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory;
12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.
Condolences may be left online for the family at
Published Friday, June 12, 2020
Cunningham, 77, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his home in
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Published by H. T. May Funeral Home,
Columbia MO - June 16, 2020
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.
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.
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
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
Published Sunday, June 14, 2020
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
Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the
family at www.bachyager.com.
Published Sunday, June 21, 2020
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
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.
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.
www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.
Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jun. 30,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
and tributes may be shared with the family at
Published by NEWCOMER'S WHITE CHAPEL FUNERAL
HOME, 6600 NE ANTIOCH RD, GLADSTONE MO 64119
(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.
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
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
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
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
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
Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020
“Rusty” Spieler, Jr., 52, of Columbia, passed away July 8, 2020 at Lake
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
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
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
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
Online condolences may be shared at
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.
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
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Christy Leigh Craig
Old passed peacefully from this life on July 14, 2020.
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.
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
Published Sunday, August 2,
Paul Mourning died on July 15, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of
Marion is survived by his children: Megan Mourning of
Minneapolis, Minnesota (and her husband, Joseph Anthony), and Paul
Mourning of Brooklyn, New York (and his wife, Laura Locke); his
grandchildren: Robert Hirseman, Daniel Hirseman, Emma Mourning and
Louisa Mourning; and his sister, Carolee Mastbaum of Scottsdale. He is
preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Beverly; and his daughter,
Marion (“Mimi”) Hirseman.
Marion was born on Dec. 17, 1926 in
Columbia to Edith Buster Mourning and Paul Mourning. He enlisted in the
U.S. Army after graduating from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1945,
serving in Italy before returning home to attend the University of
Missouri, from which he graduated in 1951 with a degree in chemical
engineering. He married Beverly Hill, his high school sweetheart, in
1949. Upon graduation, Marion moved to New York City to begin his career
with M.W. Kellogg as a junior engineer.
While working for M.W.
Kellogg, Marion, with Beverly and their two daughters, Mimi and Megan,
lived in England, Italy, Yugoslavia and Australia. In 1957 Marion took a
job with a small oil refining company in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which
was later bought by the Gulf Oil Corporation. Marion subsequently worked
for Gulf Oil in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
Madrid and Bilbao, Spain, and Cleves, Ohio, where he managed the Gulf
refinery until his “retirement” in the late 1980s.
embarked on a variety of farming, furniture and home building and land
development activities in and around Dillsboro, Indiana, and spent many
years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Cincinnati. Marion and
Beverly loved the opportunity to live and travel overseas, and they made
many trips to Europe after Marion’s retirement. After Beverly’s death in
2013, Marion moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where he enjoyed spending
time with daughter Megan and her family, including Brooke Anthony, her
husband Michael Karber and their two sons, Sam and Ethan, and Lindsay
Anthony, her husband Edgar Rapoport, and their two children, Lanie and
Ollie. Marion also spent winters in recent years with Megan and her
husband Joe in Scottsdale.
The family plans to host a memorial
service to celebrate Marion’s life after the current pandemic subsides.
In the meantime, the family asks that family and friends consider
sending a donation in Marion’s name to Habitat for Humanity in
Cincinnati (habitatcincinnati.org), or Hospice of the Valley (hov.org)
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.
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.
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.
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
Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Humane
Society, to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, or to an organization of
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 by Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home
- Macon Obituary
Gordon "Frank" Frank Withrow II
May 21, 1942 -
July 18, 2020
Withrow II passed at his home on July 18th with his family by his side.
Frank was born May 21, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to Gordon Frank Withrow and
Dorothy Frances Withrow. He was a Hickman High School graduate and
served four years in the United States Air Force.
Patsy Ann Bugg in 1965. Eventually, they made their home in Macon, MO
where they started the Macon County Guide, Journal and soon purchased
the Macon Chronicle Herald. Frank was best known for his passion and
love for his local community and the people in it. He actively pursued
that passion by volunteering as President of the Macon Area Chamber of
Commerce, serving on the Macon County Economic Development board and
other various civic organizations to include the Macon Optimist Club and
the Macon Lions Club.
Additionally, Frank became the Director of
Macon Economic Development and worked to create jobs in the county to
better his community. He served on boards such as Mark Twain Council of
Governments, Treasurer of the US Hwy 36 Coalition, Macon City Park
Board, MoDot’s Advisory Board, Board of Directors for the Child
Development Center, Board of Missouri Workforce Development, Board of
Missouri Economic Development Council and the Rural Mid-America
Association. Before retiring, he served three years as the Clarence
Economic Development Director.
Frank also shared a love for music
with his wife, Pat, where they entertained together in a local band,
“Sundown”, did gospel concerts with his family, and lead the
congregational singing and choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Macon. He
was a member of First Baptist Church of Macon. When Frank allowed
himself time to relax, he did so by fishing.
He was preceded in
death by his father (1974), mother (2000), his granddaughter Jonna
Schwartz (2009), his brother Phillip (2015) and daughter Denise Ann
He is survived by his wife: Pat
Richard Lee Withrow and wife Mary of Columbia, MO.
Tammy Jo Melott, and Joe, Watonga Oklahoma
Swartz, Weeping Water, Nebraska
Lissa Michelle Adams and Mark of
Jefferson City, MO
Stacey Lynn Cooper and Jim of Macon, MO
Holly Leigh Withrow, Jefferson City, MO
Rick Campbell and
Sabrina, Dallas, GA
Doug Campbell Moberly, MO
son-in-law, Jackson, MS
Frank had 17 Grandchildren: Amy Wenzel,
Kyle Roberts, Cole Campbell, Derek Campbell, Kristen Campbell, Eric
Campbell, Mikeal Baker, Justin Baker, Waylan Melott, Brittany Schwartz,
Tyler Watson, Haley Campbell, Syndey Adams, Morgan Reed and Adam Reed.
He also had 25 great-grand children.
Services will be held at
First Baptist Church in Macon, MO on Friday, July 24th at 12 p.m. It is
his family's desire to honor Frank's life in a way that provides safety
for those attending. Due to the threat of COVID-19, they will have a
socially distanced funeral. Masks will be required and provided at the
door along with hand sanitizer. Memorials may be made to: The Wounded
Warrior Project or The Mission Continues to benefit veterans.
Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Cunningham, 84, of Boonville, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at her
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
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
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.
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,
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.
condolences may be left at
Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020
(Pace) Abraham, 75, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020
peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.
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
Jean was born May 18, 1945 to Micajah D. and Nina Hazel
(Burnett) Pace. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1963.
Continuing her education she graduated from M.U. with her teaching
degree and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. She taught in
the Center School District for 47 years. She enjoyed traveling, spending
time with family, attending K.C. Chiefs games and her biggest joy was
her three grandchildren.
Jean was preceded in death by her
husband, retired KCFD Battalion Chief, James Abraham; and her parents:
M.D. and Nina Pace. She is survived by her sons: James Ryan Abraham and
Justin Abraham (Laney); sister, Deanna Jacobs; brother, Jim Pace; and
grandchildren: Jack, Maryn and Vivienne Abraham.
In lieu of
flowers, contributions can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America,
Online condolences may be left at
www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arrangements: McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home.
Published Sunday, July 28, 2020
obituary to COLUMBIA CREMATION CARE CENTER Jul 28, 2020
Russell Shaw, 68, of Columbia died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Boone
He was born May 22, 1952, in Columbia, the son of
Russell and Susan (Van Trump) Shaw.
Cremation arrangements are by
Columbia Cremation Care Center.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
William (Bill) Joseph
Wulff, 89, of Columbia, passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Friday,
Aug. 7, 2020.
A private Funeral Mass for immediate family will be
held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church in Columbia. Entombment will immediately follow with military
honors at Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are welcome at the cemetery
but asked to observe social distancing and/or wear a face covering.
Friends are invited to join a virtual service via Facebook live. Please
visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com and select the view livestream
tab under services at the time of the service. If you are unable to view
the service live, it will be available for replay on the Memorial
Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia Facebook page
after the mass ends.
Bill was born on July 24, 1931 in Vienna to
Louis Joseph and Margaret Wansing Wulff. One of five children, he was
preceded in death by one infant sister, Mary; and two brothers: Martin
and Al Wulff. He married Helen Ruth Wilson on Oct. 4, 1952 in Kansas
City, and in 2008 she preceded him in death. Bill and Helen raised four
children: son, Joseph W. of Hallsville, son, Philip D. (Karen),
daughters: Sharon K. Naylor (Walter) and Janet L. Hagan (Jeff), all of
From the time of their birth, his Grandfatherly love
and guidance was bestowed upon his grandchildren: Douglas, Katie and Amy
Wulff; William and Daniel Naylor; Elizabeth and Nicholas Hagan. He was
also blessed with great-grandchildren: Jacob, Jayda, Andi and Charlotte
Wulff, Lyla Draffen, Harper Naylor; step-grandchildren: Erica, Erin and
Evan Enderle; Aaron and Nathan Schwartze and great step-grandchildren:
Nate Michael, Emma and Keegan Schwartze.
Bill is survived by his
brother, Doc Wulff and his sisters-in-law: Phyllis, Bernice and Margaret
Wulff of Columbia. He was dearly loved by his nieces, nephews and
cousins. As a widower, Bill was fortunate to meet Betty Slate and they
forged a loving and supportive friendship which lasted for many years
until her passing in 2019.
Bill spent his adolescent and early
teen years attending Catholic schools and working on their family dairy
farm in Dixon. His family relocated to Columbia when his father was
offered employment with BD Simon. The family still maintained a farm
life by moving to a dairy farm in Prathersville. Bill attended and
graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1949, and during his
senior year his mother signed papers giving him permission to enroll in
the U.S. Army. While at Fort Sam Houston Medical School he received a
medical technician diploma. He attended undergraduate courses at Fort
Bliss, Texas, Fort Ord, California and the University of Alaska. He used
his medical training while stationed at Eielson Field, Alaska during the
Cold War and the Korean Conflict. Bill returned to Columbia in 1952 and
not long after, he and Helen were married in Kansas City. His years of
service in the Army helped to develop him into the man he was and he was
honored to be a Lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280
and an Honorary Life Member of the Elks Lodge 594. The friendships he
developed in those organizations were ones of great importance to him.
His early employment experience ranged from auto and farm machinery
sales, serving as an officer for the Columbia Police Department,
insurance sales and general construction. His first introduction to
building began while working with a special masonry brick that was used
on several homes in the Parkade Subdivision and constructing kit homes.
After building confidence in home sales he decided to harness his
entrepreneurial spirit and encouraged his brother Al to come to work
with him. In 1959 they formed the Wulff Brothers Construction Company.
Soon after, his father Louis joined them as a carpenter. Later, his
Uncles, Cletus (Chick) and Ben who were both painters by trade also made
their imprint on the beautiful homes the brothers built.
years later, his brothers Marty and Doc, who were masons, started their
company, Wulff Bros. Masonry. The four brothers eventually came to share
an office together on Lakeview Drive. For over 50 years he and Al built
custom homes and worked with other local builders to develop
subdivisions such as Parkade, Rothwell Heights, College Park,
Georgetown, Country Farms and Germantown. They built beautiful custom
homes for clients throughout Boone, Callaway, Camden, Howard and Morgan
Counties. Bill was asked to do some construction work in the early 1960s
at the Lake of the Ozarks. While in the area of Gravois Mills he made a
deal for some land on Soap Creek branch. It was there that he envisioned
building a lake resort. In 1964, the Wulff Harbor Resort opened and it
featured a restaurant, lounge, full service marina, pool, riding
stables, recreation complex and best of all, its own airport! Bill was a
pilot and decided it was as good a time as any to also become a Cessna
dealer. The resort and airport were a success and individual cabins were
also constructed for family members to share. Full time business
commitments back in Columbia made it difficult to manage a resort from a
distance. Eventually the resort was sold but the family kept a houseboat
at the marina and continued to enjoy the lake life together and with
many friends for the next 20 years. In 1996, while it was still a
working resort, Bill’s family arranged for a trip there for his 65th
The business adventures Bill has started or invested in
with his brothers are numerous. Some, but not all, include: A Frame Kit
homes, Winnebago Motor Home Sales, Mid-City Lumber Yard, Snoopy’s Liquor
Store, Barberry Christmas Tree Farm, Northwest Properties, Holiday
Seafood’s, A Millwork business, Al’s Cars and Trucks, numerous rental
properties, storage units, Critter Guard and A Fuels, an alternative
fuel company. If one came up with an idea, all four would do what they
could to help support it with the strengths they each brought to the
table. Purchasing property adjacent to the Whiteman Air Force Base put
them in a prime position when they received the contract to refurbish
base housing. In 1987 when Missouri U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton
announced the Department of Defense had selected Whiteman AFB as the
first home of the newest B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber, the Wulff
brothers also created an extremely important business partnership with
the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Bill loved all kinds of sports.
He and his wife were avid supporters and longtime season ticket holders,
rarely ever missing an MU Tiger Football or Basketball game. For several
years he and Helen, along with Al and Bernice and friends Joe and Fran
Scallorns, were honored to host military personnel from Whiteman AFB at
the games honoring veterans.
He never played golf but volunteered
for over 30 years at annual tournaments hosted by his nephew and then
also for the 10-33 Benevolent Fund. During the tournaments, it made him
happy to share with the golfers the pro bono work he had developed with
his bulldozer to help take the Columbia Country Club course from nine to
18 holes. Wulff Brothers also built several of the homes along the
Country Club of Missouri golf course. Anyone that participated in those
tournaments knew that it would be Bill who started things off with a
shotgun start! Sporting activities also kept him busy. He was an avid
supporter for the Wulff Brothers Flippers touch football team, where he
loved seeing adult family members and friends participate in the
challenging sport. Hunting for game was a given when he was growing up
out in the country but later in life, hunting excursions offered him an
opportunity to develop lifelong friendships like the one he shared with
Dr. Lynn Mitchell. When his family grew to include grandchildren he did
the best he could to share his hunting skills. In addition, he also
enjoyed attending their school programs and sponsored many sports teams
for swimming, tennis, soccer, football, baseball, golf, shooting sports
Bill enjoyed being involved in numerous volunteer
efforts in Columbia and the surrounding counties. He initiated the
Auxiliary Police, started a volunteer ambulance service, formed the
Columbia Home Builders Association, served on the bank board for Farmers
and Traders in California, Missouri and assisted with several political
campaigns for family and friends including: Carolyn Lathrop, Karen
Miller, Pat Lensmeyer and nephew, Roger B. Wilson. He was also a
supporter of the Boone County Fair and loved attending it annually and
always showed support for the 4-H youth projects by attending the
auctions that followed the Boone County Ham Breakfast. It was a treat
for him to be able to attend the 2019 auction with his family and dear
friend Richard Sorrels. He was always so pleased when his nephew Roger
B. Wilson emceed the event, and of course Bill generously purchased
numerous hams for his family.
Showing his support for the long
running Salute to Veterans Air Show by attending fundraising events and
the annual parade provided an opportunity to show his patriotism and
love for country. He always attended the events with dear friends
Eleonore and Jay Loesing. Meeting the honored veterans at the events
made an everlasting impression on him and became the highlight of many
stories he would share.
Bill felt with the construction knowledge
he had gained over the years that it was his duty to give back to the
community. He served on the Building committee for Our Lady of Lourdes
and oversaw construction of the new church and school wing. He was
especially proud that his family donated the slab of granite that would
become the altar for the church, and beneath it is a memorial plaque
recognizing his parents who were also devout members of the parish. His
father had worked on the construction of the first church building which
now serves as the Parish Hall.
In the 1980s when Bill’s wife was
a member in the Genealogical Society of Boone County, the members of
that organization and the Boone County Historical Society had been
discussing for several years their desire to have a space for a
genealogical library and a historical museum for Boone County. Helen
told Bill that she was sure with his business contacts and construction
knowledge that he could make what seemed like a grand dream, a real
possibility. There were many naysayers in the community who said the
museum would never happen, but they didn’t know Bill Wulff and the other
strong community members who would rise to the occasion to back the
project. Several creative fundraisers were held and the idea for a
museum was talked up at presentations and on TV programs like Paul
Pepper. Bill always credited his good friend Raul Walters for his
financial backing that really helped to get the ball rolling with the
project. When he approached Walters and offered him a way to leave a
legacy in honor of his family, all Walters asked was “How much do you
need Bill?” That afternoon Walters wrote a six figure check to the
The museum was named The Walters Boone County Historical
Museum and Galleries. Wulff also forged a close friendship with American
Artist Tracy Montminy. She had asked Bill to help her crate and uncrate
pieces of artwork she had stored at her home. Next thing he knew they
were developing a plan to store her and her late husband Pierre’s art
pieces, as they had no heirs to leave them to. When Bill promised her he
could add an addition on to the museum and create vaults to store her
work, she made arrangements for her estate to fund the Montminy Gallery,
and when she passed, she left her remaining estate to the Boone County
Historical Society. Helen helped to prepare the estate for auction, and
the friendship with the world renowned artist left a lasting impression
on Bill that he would never forget. The museum, which recently had its
name changed to the Boone County History and Culture Center, celebrated
its 30th anniversary in July 2020.
When Bill was honored in 2012
as a Wall of Fame Recipient by the Boone County Historical Society, he
was able to recall each of the close friends and business owners that
had come through for him when he called on them for help with monetary
donations, supplies, services and building materials. He had physically
prepared the building site and foundation among many other construction
efforts and continued to donate his time performing work and serving on
various boards for over 25 years. It meant the world to Bill, when his
dear friend, Karen Miller, took it upon herself to garner support to
create the Wulff Flag Garden in front of the museum. She felt it was
important to honor Bill for his years of service and dedication. The
Boone County Genealogical Society Library inside the museum is also
named after the Wulff and Wilson families. His last project was helping
to support his daughter in 2014 when she initiated a native plant and
butterfly garden in the Village of Boone Junction. Bill also received a
Certificate of Appreciation from the Voluntary Action Center for his
outstanding volunteer service and the Wulff family received a
certificate as Charter Members of the Builders Club.
years ago, Bill moved from the last home he built and shared with his
family since 1976 in Rothwell Heights to The Terrace and then to
Cedarhurst Assisted Living. He rekindled many old friendships at those
locations but also made many new friends. His family greatly appreciated
the assistance offered by staff members at those locations. Last week,
he knew his years of work here had been completed and he was finally
ready to rest and be at peace.
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests memorials be made to one of the following that were very
important to Bill: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette
Dr. Columbia, MO 65203; Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd.
Ste. 7-A, Box 334 Columbia, MO 65203 and the Boone County Historical
Society, 3801 Ponderosa St. Columbia, 65201.
Published Thursday, August 13, 2020
Jim Silvey, 89, of
Columbia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Columbia.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 at Memorial
Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. The Funeral Service will
follow at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home with burial in Memorial
Park Cemetery. In keeping with the guidelines put forth by the Boone
County Health Director, all guests are required to wear a mask, to keep
social distancing (six feet apart), cough into your sleeve and wash and
sanitize your hands often. Friends are invited to join a virtual service
via Facebook live. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com and
select the view livestream tab under services at the time of the
service. If you are unable to view the service live, it will be
available for replay on the Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial
Park Cemetery/Columbia Facebook page after the service ends.
was born Jan. 24, 1931 in South Gifford, the son of James Madison
Silvey, Jr. and Ivis Love. He moved to Columbia as a young man, and
attended Grant Elementary and Jeff Junior High. In 1949, he graduated
from Hickman High School, and was the captain of the basketball team. He
began his education at the University of Missouri, but was called into
military service his senior year.
On June, 6, 1954 in Columbia,
he married the love of his life, Billie Hopper, and then returned to
service. He would serve until 1955, and was stationed at Fort Hood and
Fort Riley. Upon his discharge from the Military, he went to work for
MFA Mutual Insurance Company, and then in 1963, he, his father, and
shareholders opened Silvey Companies.
He loved to play sports,
especially golf and bowling. He had bowled a 299 game, was a member of
the 600 club, and was elected into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame. He
coached little league baseball and loved to travel with his family. He
and Billie attended MU Women’s and Men’s basketball games and, for the
past 50 years, had been attending MU’s football games. They were also
supporters of the Columbia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff’s
He was also active in First Christian Church, having
served as a Deacon and reaching the status of Deacon Emeritus. He was a
Gentle Giant with a bright smile, a caring and polite man that was
always happy to help anyone.
He is survived by his loving wife,
Billie; daughter, Sheryl Ann Silvey of Ellisville; and nieces and
nephews: Jean (Dave) Landon, Michael (Sally) Bauer of California, and
David Bauer of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be shared at
Published Monday, August 17, 2020
Merideth, at 95 years of age, passed from this world on August 14, 2020
surrounded by his loving family. George was born September 3, 1924 in
Boone County, to Eugene and Willie (Baumgartner) Merideth. He married
Marjorie Adair on September 1, 1947.
After serving in the U.S.
Navy during WWII, George was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 35
years, from which he retired. He then became a proud farmer, raising his
Shorthorn cattle for most of his life. George was a special man with a
big heart for his family. He enjoyed his time, and truly connected, with
each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
George is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marjorie Merideth, and a
brother, J.B Merideth of San Marino, Calif. He is also survived by his
four children, Sandy (Merideth) Bemboom, Judie (Merideth) Akin (David),
Billy G. Merideth, and John W. Merideth (Sandy) – along with 10
grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
four brothers and four sisters.
A Celebration of Life is planned
for a later date. The family requests that donations be made to the
American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of
our beloved George.
August 27, 2020
Danny Palmer, 53, of Columbia, passed away
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.
As per his wishes, he will be cremated
and no services will be held. He was survived by his sister, Sharon
Matney; a nephew, Larry Matthew Matney; and girlfriend, Carol Bilson,
all of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and
Condolences may be shared online at
Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Chapman, of Jefferson City, passed away at his home on Aug. 23, 2020. He
He was born July 12, 1943 in Sacramento,
California, the son of Horace W. and Edna Quick Chapman. He married
Shirley Chapman on April 8, 1965 in Ashland and she preceded him in
death. Kenneth was a Deacon at the 1st Baptist Church in Jefferson City.
He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Studebakers and his dog Dash. He was a
member of the Lions Club in Jefferson City, and was in the National
Guard. He was principal for the Lawson School in Jefferson City for many
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug.
28 at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, Memorial
Contributions are suggested to Puppies for Parole, 2729 Plaza Drive,
Survivors include two sons: Thomas (Angela)
Chapman and Kenneth (Lori) Chapman, both of Columbia; two brothers:
Robert Dale Chapman of Columbia and Phillip Chapman of Hallsville; five
grandchildren: Allie, Cole, Elijah, Kirstin and Noah.
Published Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Peggy Sue (Gilmore)
Rhoades, of Sturgeon, passed away Aug. 23, 2020 at the age of 87.
Peggy was born on Dec. 11, 1932 in Columbia to parents Harry and
Mamie (Bradley) Gilmore. She married Jack DuWayne Rhoades, Sept. 6, 1959
at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. Jack, her husband of over 60
years, preceded her in death on June 12, 2020. Together they had three
children: Paul, Becky and Dan.
Peggy graduated from Hickman High
School in Columbia in 1951, after which she worked as a sales clerk and
bookkeeper in downtown Columbia stores. Her career was that of a
farmer’s wife, mother and homemaker. Many rewards are stored for her in
Peggy was a long-time member of Little Bonne Femme
Baptist Church and Sturgeon Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School and
Vacation Bible School teacher. She came from a strong Christian family
and taught the love of God to her husband and children. She loved her
family, gardening, canning vegetables, walking old country roads and
rocking on the porch at the end of a busy day.
Peggy is survived
by her three children: son, Bobby Paul Rhoades (Bobbie); daughter, Becky
Hardesty (Doug); son, Daniel Harvey Rhoades (Nicole); eight
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, James Gilmore; and
many, many friends. She was preceded in death by husband, Jack Rhoades;
her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at Memorial Funeral Home in
Columbia. Services for extended family will be held immediately
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Joy Group at Centralia First Baptist Church, 101 South Collier Street,
Centralia, MO 65240.
www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.
Published Friday, September 4, 2020 - Parker
Montez Jordan, 51, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Corey was born March 30, 1969 in Columbia, Missouri to Gordon Brown and
Friends and family will be received from 11:00 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Parker-Millard Funeral
Service. The Funeral Service will be private for the family.
Corey attended Rockbridge and Hickman High Schools in Columbia. He
worked at Linen King as a laborer. He enjoyed watching and playing
basketball, desserts and loved being with family.
survived by his mother: Karen Jordan-Ware (Julián) of Columbia; father:
Gordon Brown of Kansas City; sons: Corey Jordan Jr. and Courtney Jordan,
both of Columbia; daughter: Marquisha Jackson of Kansas City; siblings:
Darren Jordan (Yolanda) of Columbia, Kimberly Sheley (Dale) of
California, Max Ware, Demetrius Ware of Columbia, Carmen Houston of
Kansas City, Annetta Peal of Columbia, LaDonya Jordan of Columbia; step
sisters: Sonia Rodriguez and Kendra Concepcion, both of Texas,
Jacqueline Harrison, and Carolyn Ware of Georgia; step brother Julián
Ware Jr. of Texas; grandmother Nettie Jordan; 2 grandchildren: Ka'Myiluh
Jordan, Coreyan Jordon; several nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was
preceded in death by his grandfather: Herbert Jordan, step-sister:
Jullian Harrison, uncle: Robert Jordan; aunts: Jo Ann Jordan, and Lauren
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard
Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri,
65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at
Published Thursday, September 3, 2020
Howard Vernon Wade,
87, of Columbia, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 at home
surrounded by his daughters.
A private family service will be
held Friday, Sept. 4 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Vernon was born June 23, 1933 in Boone County to Robert Austin Wade
and Amy Oleta Stone Wade and was the oldest of 10 children.
Vernon graduated from Hickman High School in 1951. He served in the U.S.
Marine Corp stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. After returning to
Missouri, Vernon was employed by General Telephone and Electric until
his retirement after 32 years of service. After his retirement from GTE,
he was employed by University of Missouri Centrex Telephones until his
second retirement after 20 years of service. He worked part-time for the
Ad Sheet until he was 80 years of age.
He was a member of Oakland
Christian Church for over 50 years and delighted the children of the
church for many years at Christmas as Santa Claus.
include three daughters: Teresa Wade Powers (Roy) of Lexington, South
Carolina, Becky Wade-Carlson (Spence) of Sturgeon and Lori Lynn-Wade
Ellis (Kevin) of Harrisburg; four grandchildren: Dustin Timmerman, Emily
Scoggins, Carli Ellis and Macie Ellis; and one great-granddaughter,
Avery Timmerman. He is also survived by eight of his brothers and
sisters: Dale Wade, Glenda Stahl, Russell Wade, Florine Jenkins, Joe
Wade, Dennis Wade, Barbara Wehmeyer and Cindy Spires.
preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Oleta; a dear companion,
Jane Pemberton; a sister, Fay Hopper; and a grandson, Brandon Timmerman.
Vernon was a very generous man who was loved by all who met him. He
always had a smile on his face and would always pitch in to help with
whatever was needed to get the job done.
Memorials may be made in
lieu of flowers to Oakland Christian Church, PO Box 453, Columbia, MO
Published by RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME &
CREMATORIUM, 5600 Williams Dr., Georgetown TX 78633
Kenneth R. Stone, age
77, passed away August 31, 2020 in Temple, Texas.
No services are
planned for Kenneth per his wishes.
Kenneth was born in Long
Beach, California on November 29, 1942 to Jack and Mabel (Barnes) Stone.
He served our country in the United States Army, married Judith Janet
Gordon on August 31, 1985 in Columbia, Missouri, and had a profession as
a Sheet Metal Foreman in heating and air conditioning. Kenneth loved to
Survivors include: wife, Judy Stone of Georgetown; son,
Aaron Stone of Ft. Worth, Texas; stepson, Jody Denberg of Austin, Texas;
stepdaughter, Mindy Tyler of Georgetown, Texas.
donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Kenneth's name.
You may share a message or memory on our online guestbook at
Published Sunday, September 6,
Turner, 69, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at his
home after a long illness.
A private family gathering will be
held in Memorial Park Cemetery, where his urn will be interred.
Gary was born Sept. 17, 1950 in Newburg, the son of Dewey and Gloria
Turner Kerr. He was a 1968 graduate of Hickman High School and worked
for over 20 years as a custodian for the Columbia Public Schools. He was
a quiet and reserved man who loved his family dearly, and will be
He is survived by his daughter, Christina Turner
(Alvin Sheard, Jr.) of Columbia; siblings: Steve (Robin) Turner, LouAnn
(Carl) Triplett, Warren (Wanda) Turner, all of Columbia, and David
Turner of St. Louis; grandchildren: Kristopher Reasons and Jonathan
(Christine) Turner; and two great-grandchildren: Damian Reasons and
Loretta Turner; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by his parents; and a brother, Joe Turner.
can be made to Christina Turner for distribution.
condolences may be shared at
Published Thursday, September 10, 2020
Sappington, 92, passed away on Sept. 4, 2020 at the Neighborhoods in
She was born March 17, 1928 in Ridgeway to Earle Gordon
Spragg and Ottoline Nancy Young.
She is survived by her husband,
William Roy Sappington, Jr. (Bill); son, William Brent Sappington
(Nina); daughter, Nancy Sue Sappington; granddog, Bree; cousin, Marion
Guffey; nieces and nephews: Michelle (Chris) George, Terry Moore, Steve
Storm, Starla Steinmann, Stacia (Tim) Minton; and best friend, Marciele
Her parents; sisters: Shirley Moore and Sheila Storm; and
nephew, Stewart Storm preceded her in death.
Sharlyn was a
graduate of David H. Hickman High School (1946) and was honored as St.
Pat’s Queen. She was also a graduate of the University of Missouri
(1950) with a Bachelor of Science in Business and was a member of Gamma
Phi Beta sorority.
She married Bill on Aug. 7, 1948 and they
graduated together from MU. She was a devoted wife and mother, spending
her time as a homemaker until she went to work as an auto underwriter
for Shelter Insurance, formerly MFA Insurance. She shepherded her
children through Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and served
multiple years on the PTA.
She and Bill retired together in 1990
from Shelter Insurance and spent an enjoyable retirement giving back to
the community and traveling. She was a 73-year member of Chapter GK of
PEO. She served on the KBIA Board of Directors, delivered meals for
several years for Meals on Wheels and served as a docent for the Boone
County Historical Society Museum, now the Boone County History and
Culture Center. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church. She
and Bill took several cruises, the last of which was from Miami to
England to see London where Bill lived while he was stationed there with
a U.S. Navy band in World War II.
Sharlyn and Bill also enjoyed
their many years of Friday afternoon dates at the Pasta Factory, even
being featured in a Pasta Factory ad and considered family by the Pasta
Factory owners and staff. She kept track of waiters and waitresses’
names in the back of her checkbook register.
Sharlyn honored her
parents by establishing with Bill the Earle G. and Ottoline N. Spragg
Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for students majoring in finance
at the MU College of Business. They were members of the Davenport
Society, the Jefferson Club, and the Legacy Society and enjoyed
attending university concerts and other cultural events. She was a
member of the alumni association and a strong supporter of MU athletics
and the St. Louis Cardinals. She and Bill had season tickets for many
years for MU football and women’s basketball and attended games until
climbing stairs made it difficult. She kept in shape by being a member
of Wilson’s Fitness Center, which contributed to her long life.
The family sincerely thanks Home Instead Senior Care, Compassus and The
Neighborhoods/Katy Station staff and therapists for their caregiving and
Contributions can be made in her memory to the charity
of your choice, Second Chance, or the Columbia Humane Society.
private graveside service will be held for family and friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service
and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203;
573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at
Published Thursday, September 17, 2020
P. Sweatman, 85, of Columbia, passed away on Sept. 14, 2020 in Columbia.
She was born in Columbia on March 27, 1935 to Violet (Jesse) and
Walter Calvin. Chris worked for most of her life for the University of
Missouri-Columbia in patient accounts until she retired in 1997.
She had two children: Joseph “JC” Calvin and Monica “Susie” Whitlatch,
that she loved very much; along with three grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
survived by her son, Joseph Calvin (Barb) of Columbia; her
granddaughter, Rebekah Broadus (Derek) of Columbia; grandson, Bryce
Whitlatch (Brittany) of Centralia, along with their children Levi and
Grayson; grandson, Blake Whitlatch of Hallsville; her great-grandson,
Tyler Buckwalter (Megan), along with their children Lucas and Leyna; and
great-granddaughter, Mercedes Henderson; along with many other family
Chris was preceded in death by her daughter, Monica
Whitlatch; her brother, Edward “Wayne” Calvin; and her parents: Violet
and Walter Calvin.
Memorial services are pending.