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



























 






OBITUARIES COURTESY OF "THE COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"

Don M. Griffin, Class of 1953, passed away at Parkview Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Bobby Gene Roberts, Class of 1952, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at his home in Columbia.

Kenneth Spry, Class of 1948, passed away December 28, 2020 in Columbia.

Charles J. Dysart, Class of 1948, passed away at his home in Columbia, Christmas, December 25, 2020.

Billy Harper, Class of 1980, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Donald Wayne Powell, Class of 1952, passed away December 22, 2020.

Turner Lewis Vemer, Class of 1948, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

David Frank Russell, Class of 1964, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at his home in Hallsville.

Gerry V. Douglas, Class of 1972, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Angela Dunkin Nance, Class of 1960, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020.

Matthew Bradfield, Class of 2009, passed away in Nebraska on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

William Lynn (Bill) Idle, Class of 1971, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.

Grace Pearl Sapp Neal, Class of 1959, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Jimmy Dan Hall, Class of 1977, passed away at his homein Columbia on December 5, 2020.

Evelyn Jeannine Dothage Eichelberger, Class of 1950, passed away Dec. 4, 2020.

William Eric Summers, Class of 1981, passed away at his home in Columbia Deccember 3, 2020.

Shirley Ann Palmer Curry, Class of 1956, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020.

James Warren Fisher, Class of 1959, died on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

Ronda K. Bower Bryan, Class of 1973, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Georganne Quinn Lanham, Class of 1948, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020 in Columbia.

James Van Lewis III, Class of 1971, passed away peacefully at his home in Columbia November 25, 2020.

Patricia Lay Hiner, Class of 1954, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at her home in Paducah, Kentucky.

Robert Wyatt, Class of 1951, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Jack A. Batterson, Class of 1979, died Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the University of Missouri Hospital.

Tessie Jean Redmon, Class of 1963, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020.

Carolyn V. Saylor Gruber, Class of 1960, passed away on Nov. 10, 2020 in Montgomery City, Missouri.

George Roaten Griggs, , Class of 1954, died Monday, November 9, 2020 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Jimmie Bob Mansfield, Class of 1961, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 in Lebanon, Missouri.

Mariana Bell Langwell, Class of 1955, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in her home in Springfield, Missouri.

Joyce Marie (Throckmorton) Epperson, Class of 1954, passed away on November 5, 2020.

Andrea “Andrie” Jackson, Class of 1974, passed away on November 3, 2020 at Jefferson Manor in Jefferson City.

Alex Edward Palmer, Sr., Class of 1960, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at his home in Columbia.

Paul K. Smith, Class of 1984, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Maynard McKinney (Knobby) Hulett, Class of 1952, died Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at University of Missouri Hospital.

James Deane Patterson, Class of 1952, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Ruth Ann Palmer Rice, Class of 1962, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

Pastor Cecil Lewis Logan, III, Class of 1982, passed away October 16, 2020. 

Betty Robinson Kidwell, Class of 1962, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

Angi Lea Estes Pauley, Class of 1982, passed away October 8, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

Judith Mathis Richards, Class of 1958, died peacefully at her daughter’s home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Matthew Eugene Forsyth, Class of 1991, died Sept. 22, 2020 in Long Lake, Minnesota.

Linda L. Fries Nixon, Class of 1966, passed away on September 18, 2020, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Christinia P. Calvin Sweatman, Class of 1953, passed away on Sept. 14, 2020 in Columbia.

William Elliott McClain III, Class of 1961, passed away on September 10, 2020 in Gadsden, Alabama.

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.

Kenneth Ray Chapman, Class of 1961, passed away at his home in Jefferson City on Aug. 23, 2020.

Danny Palmer, Class of 1985, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Glenda Lee Adams Callaway, Class of 1958, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at her home in Bolivar, Missouri.

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.

James Russell Shaw, Class of 1970, died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Boone Hospital.

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

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

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

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 in Columbia.

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., Class of 1986, passed away July 8, 2020 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Shelburne, Class of 1961, passed away May 29, 2020 at his home in Reedsville Ohio.

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

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

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

James "Jim" Martin, Class of 1965, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Crossville, Tennessee.

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.

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

Fr. Porphyrios (Dr. James Stephen Taylor), Class of 1961, passed away April 16, 2020.

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

Dale Pyatt, Class of 1979, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve McGee, Class of 1967, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
















































Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Published Thursday, January 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, February 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Saturday, February 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Thursday, February 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Thursday, February 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melinda Kay (Baskett) Garcia, of Dalton, Georgia and formerly of Columbia, passed away February 11, 2020.

A private family graveside service has taken place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mindy was born in Columbia on July 5, 1960, the daughter of James Willis Baskett and Marjorie Bernice (Tomlin) Baskett. She attended Hickman High School.

Mindy was employed by the Holiday Inn Executive Center and later earned her degree as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, working in Boone County and Dalton. She enjoyed all types of crafts as well as cooking. She was proud of her large collection of rosters and holiday snowmen. She loved the times she spent with her nieces and nephews.

Mindy is survived by her husband, Defino Garcia of Dalton; her father, James Baskett; one sister, Cindy (Jack) Simmons of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one brother, James Baskett, Jr. of Columbia; along with a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Baskett; and one sister, Wendy Allcorn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boone County Family Resources of Columbia, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

Published Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

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

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

She married Keith Sublette on Sept. 4,1982.

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, February 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted Wednesday, Febraury 26, 2020

Steve McGee, 70, of Versailles, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, following a terminal illness.

In keeping with Steve’s wishes, no public ceremony will be held.

Steve was born on July 19, 1949 in Columbia to the late Olan and Betty McGee.

Steve is survived by three children, four brothers and grandchildren.

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

Published Saturday, February 29, 2020

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

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


Published Satuday, February 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, March 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Saturday, April 4, 2020

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

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

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

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

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, May 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, April 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Sue Shockley

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

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

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

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

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

Published Friday, April 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dale Pyatt passed away on Wednesday, 4/15/20, 5:35am at the age of 59.

The Pyatt family would like to deeply thank you for your compassion and love. We are very grateful for your support.
Your words, thoughts and encouragements during this time are important to us and helpful in this difficult transition.

DP was very proud of his work and deeply wanted everyone to feel loved by him. For that, we are better.

In lieu of his life, we ask everyone that would like to honor him, to do something special for someone else. He would want your energy to be used for good!

The family has also asked that you remember Dale, and share these stories. We have asked that you send us a time you shared, when you met, or how he impacted your life. Big or small, he loved it all.

In replacement of flower arrangements, Dale has asked that any donations be given to the Hospice Compassionate Center in Richmond, Kentucky.

We hope that Dale’s life has, or will motivate you to move forward with a sense of passion. To encourage those you meet to be the best versions of themselves.

In closing, DP would want you to know that he is no longer in pain. His journey, although cut short it seems, was a full journey, jam packed with love.

There will be a register book available for drive-by signing from 8am-12noon on Friday, April 17th on the carport of Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

A closed family service will be conducted on Friday, with burial in Missouri on Saturday, April 18th.

Love & Peace, from ChickenGrease

Published Thursday, April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Memoriam: Fr. Porphyrios passed away on April 16, 2020.

Fr. Porphyrios (Dr. James Stephen Taylor) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Columbia, Missouri, where he attended the public schools and the University of Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in humanities and his master’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, was the setting for his doctorate in philosophy of education, and was where he attended courses in the famous integrated humanities program with professors John Senior and Dennis Quinn. At KU he taught freshmen and sophomore English and literature as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of education. Upon graduation, Taylor taught in middle and high schools, parochial schools, and preparatory academies, including St. Mary’s Academy (Kansas), Wichita Collegiate School, and Topeka Collegiate School. For 5 years he was assistant, then associate, professor of the education department at Hillsdale College, Michigan. For 2 of those years he served as department chair. He held regular classes using the Good and Great Books as part of the teacher preparation program. His last collegiate position was at the University of Tulsa, also in the department of education, where his specialties were philosophy of education in the graduate school, and children’s literature classes for future elementary and middle school teachers. Dr. Taylor is also the author of Poetic Knowledge, a book often used and cited in the renewal of classical Christian education.

Dr. Taylor’s father, a newspaperman and writer for the Associated Press, became editor of the Missouri Alumnus magazine and a popular speaker. Taylor’s mother was a fourth-grade teacher and librarian for Columbia public schools. James Taylor was raised in the Methodist church. His journey to Orthodoxy may have well begun there while, during a lengthy sermon, he gazed at the engraving on the wooden pulpit: “The Truth Shall Make You Free.” He was pleasantly surprised years later to learn that John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was an Anglican minister deeply read in the fathers of the Church. Later, he began a tour through the various expressions of Roman Catholicism, particularly traditional Benedictine monasticism, then spent several years with a Byzantine Rite, and finally arriving, somewhat broken but not beyond repair, at peace in the Orthodox Church.

Published Sunday, May 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Published by Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory

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

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

Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory
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Columbia, MO 65203
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Published Thursday, April 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, May 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, May 17, 2020

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

A private celebration will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Published 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.

She was 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.

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Friday, May 15, 2020

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

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

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

Published Friday, May 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Published Thursday, May 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Services will be held at a later date for James “Jim” Milton Martin, age 73, of Crossville TN.



Jim passed away May 16, 2020.

Survivors include brother: Mark Martin; and cousin: Dana Albis.

Obituary by Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville.


Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Friday, May 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, June 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Published by Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society - Parkersburg, WV 26101

David Louis Shelburne
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Friday, June 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, June 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, June 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, June 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published by NEWCOMER'S WHITE CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 6600 NE ANTIOCH RD, GLADSTONE MO 64119

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

Published Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, July 19, 2020

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

There will be a private family burial.

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

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

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

Published Sunday, July 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, August 2, 2020

Marion Paul Mourning died on July 15, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 93.

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.

Marion then 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) in Scottsdale.

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published by Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home - Macon Obituary
Gordon "Frank" Frank Withrow II
May 21, 1942 - July 18, 2020

Gordon Frank 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.

Frank married 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 Batton (2020)

He is survived by his wife: Pat

Brother: Richard Lee Withrow and wife Mary of Columbia, MO.

Children:

Tammy Jo Melott, and Joe, Watonga Oklahoma

Lesley Lynn 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

Ed Batton, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Sunday, July 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, www.curesarcoma.org/donate.

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

Published Sunday, July 28, 2020

Family submitted obituary to COLUMBIA CREMATION CARE CENTER Jul 28, 2020

James Russell Shaw, 68, of Columbia died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Boone Hospital.

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.

Published 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 Columbia.

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.

Several 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 birthday.

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 and basketball.

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 Society.

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.

About five 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.

Jim 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 Department.

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 www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Monday, August 17, 2020

George Wilson 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.

Published by Hearld-Free Press - BolivarMoNewx.com

Glenda Lee Adams Callaway, 80, died at 2:22 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in her home.

She was born June 23, 1940, in Columbia, the daughter of Wm. Glenn Adams and Bessie Lee Kelley.

Glenda was a member of Bolivar First Christian Church and served as a deaconess. She was very active in the Boy Scouts of America for nearly two decades, serving as a Cub Scout den leader and a trainer for other leaders. She was a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.

Glenda was a clerk for Roberts Livestock Auction for 42 years. Her passions included quilting and numerous other crafts. Her most treasured times were spent making food for and spending time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Glenda was preceded in death by her husband, K. Charles Callaway Jr.; her father, Glenn Adams; her mother, Bessie Kelley; her father-in-law, Kenneth C. Callaway; her mother-in-law, LaVeda Callaway; her sister, Sue Stevenson; and her nephew, Ray Sutton.

Glenda is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Pat) O’Dell of Jefferson City and their children, Kevin and Megan O’Dell, Mary Ann Callaway of Bolivar and her children, Jacob (Claudia) Neal, Joshua and Charlotte Waddelow; her sons, James Callaway of Bolivar and his children, Amanda (Ryan) Bybee and their daughter, Hailey, Samantha (Justin) King and their son, Weston, and Thomas (Brittany) Callaway, Kenny (Tammie) Callaway of Bolivar and his daughter, Kenna Callaway, John (Pam) Callaway of Bolivar and their children, Jill Wilson and her children, Laila, Lane and Logan, Levi (Jessica) Callaway and their children, Noah and Liam, Jade (Jeremy Cook), Luke, Kaisha and Jackson Callaway; Charles’ two sisters, Evelyn Fullerton of Bolivar and Rosemary Sutton of Overland Park; a brother, Jeff (Gail) Herndon of Arizona; a sister, Julie (Doug) Hawks of Tennessee; an uncle, Elmer (Sally) Adams of Arizona; an aunt, Marie (Howard) Brown of Joplin; Charles’ cousin, Dorothy Isdell of Bolivar; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a multitude of friends.

Private family services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tremain Family Hospitality House in lieu of flowers, online at citizensmemorial.com/about/giving/cmh-foundation-donations.html or mailed to 1500 N Oakland, Bolivar MO 65613.

Published Thursday, 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 Sarah Palmer.

Condolences may be shared online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Kenneth Ray Chapman, of Jefferson City, passed away at his home on Aug. 23, 2020. He was 77-years-old.

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 years.

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, Jefferson City.

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 heaven.

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.

Visitation will 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 following visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joy Group at Centralia First Baptist Church, 101 South Collier Street, Centralia, MO 65240.

Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published Friday, September 4, 2020 - Parker Millard

Corey 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 Karen Jordan.

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.

Corey is 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 Jordan.

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, 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.

Survivors 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.

Vernon was 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 65205.

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 bowl.

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.

Memorial 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 www.RamseyFuneral.com.

Published Sunday, September 6, 2020


Gary 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 greatly missed.

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.

Memorial contributions can be made to Christina Turner for distribution.

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

Published Thursday, September 10, 2020

Sharlyn Spragg Sappington, 92, passed away on Sept. 4, 2020 at the Neighborhoods in Columbia.

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 Maledy.

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 support.

Contributions can be made in her memory to the charity of your choice, Second Chance, or the Columbia Humane Society.

A 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 www.ParkerMillard.com.

William Elliott McClain III was born on September 15, 1943 in Columbia, Missouri and passed away on September 10, 2020 in Gadsden, Alabama and is under the care of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on October 8, 2020 at 11:30 am at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, Georgia. Memorial Service will be held on October 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, Georgia. Burial will be held on October 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm at Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, Georgia.

By Ashley Remkus | aremkus@al.com - Posted Sep 12, 2020
Search crews this morning found the body of 76-year-old pilot William Elliot McClain at the site of a plane crash in Etowah County, officials said.

McClain’s body was found at the crash site in a thick, wooded area off Old Baker Gap Road in the Aurora community, about 15 miles northwest of Gadsden. McClain was from Acworth, Georgia.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. McClain’s body will be autopsied at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.


“There does not appear to be (any) foul play and the incident appears to be a tragic accident,” Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton said in a press release.

McClain built the Zenith CH750 aircraft over the past couple of years and was certified to fly, his brother Gary told the authorities. McClain planned to fly from Georgia to visit his brother in Arkansas and celebrate their birthdays this week.

The plane went off radar Thursday afternoon in the west end of Etowah County in Alabama. The plane left Calhoun, Georgia earlier that day headed for Tupelo, Mississippi, where it was supposed to refuel, The Gadsden Times reported. Instead, the plane circled the airport in Tupelo and headed back east.

The sheriff said McClain was doing a test flight to Tupelo — the halfway point between his departure point in Georgia and landing location in Arkansas.

Search teams and helicopter crews had been looking for the plane since Thursday evening near Aurora Lake. The area has rugged terrain with ridges, valleys and thick woods around various farms, ponds, lakes and homes, the authorities said.

The crash site was discovered around 10:30 a.m. today.

Published Thursday, September 17, 2020

Christinia 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.

Chris is 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 friends.

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.

Published by McGilley Memorial Chapel-Midtown, 20 West Linwood Blvd, Kansas City MO 64111

Linda L. Nixon, 72, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on September 18, 2020, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House. She spent her youth in Columbia, Mo., graduating from Columbia Hickman High School and Stephens College. She and Richard Nixon were married in June, 1970, commencing a fifty year life together. Linda received her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1975; one of only four women students in the law school.

After passing the Missouri Bar exam, Linda joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City legal staff, examining bank trust departments and handling legal issues for the Fed. While there she became an expert on consumer lending regulations and spoke on the subject at banking conferences around the country. The birth of her third child, Jon (who is sometimes referred to as the “Last Straw”), led to the decision to leave the Fed and reduce the time spent on her legal career, although she did consult with Kansas City area banks for several more years.

While she applied great energy to her career, her passion is best described as “doing things for others”. She worked tirelessly making a wonderful home for Dick and their three children: Stephen, Katie and Jonathan. She was a mother first and foremost. She loved cooking and was a great natural cook. Their home was always filled on Christmas Eve with family and friends enjoying the standard fare of chili and oyster stew.

One of her specialties was cannelloni, which she could make in large quantities for family get togethers, friends, and the many dinner events she hosted supporting Dick’s law career. On one occasion, a large outdoor gathering ended up inside after a torrential downpour. Thanks to Linda’s versatility it was still a big success, albeit a bit cozy!

Her organizational skills were well up to the challenges of running a very active household for her own family as well as frequent additions. Linda could relate to people irrespective of their background, making them feel welcome, comfortable and important. She didn’t hesitate to welcome in extended family members and others who might need a temporary place to stay. A notable addition was Tommy Xu who came to the United States from China for his senior year in high school. Tommy soon became a member of the family, and with no reservations adopted Linda as his American mother.

Linda had a list of her own Life Lessons. At the top was — “Give yourself to a cause because it is important to you”. And give she did. She personally helped many friends with hospital visits, home-cooked meals and other support when they needed it most. She helped her community more broadly by serving on various governing boards, often as Chair, for Country Club Christian Church, The Family Conservancy, Bishop Miege High School Foundation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and Stephens College. She loved being a part of each of these boards and the many friends she made. She might object to listing these board positions, since another of her life’s lessons was —"Never do anything for personal recognition”.

Linda wasn’t all work and no play, in her younger days she enjoyed a good tennis match, and she was an accomplished seamstress. For her wedding she made her own wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses. She loved annual family vacations to Colorado and California. In recent years, Dick and Linda traveled extensively. For several winters they spent a month in Coronado, California where Dick’s brother and wife reside. Along the way they spent time with friends in Phoenix and Palm Desert. They traveled abroad a number of times, spending a memorable month in Tuscany and a 42-day trip around the world in 2008 attending Olympic events in Beijing, including Usain Bolt’s world record 400 meter performance.

Linda is survived by her husband, Dick, her three children, Stephen (Shannon), Katie (Ken Barber), and Jon (Haley), her six grandchildren, who she referred to as “pure joy”, Savannah, Jackson, Sinclair, Alexander, Caroline and Benjamin), her Chinese “son”, Tommy Xu (Marie Hill) and their two children, Harper and Hudson and her sister, Donna Buck (Craig). She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola K. Fries, and her father, Wilbert C. Fries.

Her passing has left a great hole in our hearts and in our lives. And we’ll remember that even during her illness, she always met visitors with her beautiful smile.

The family is most grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at The University of Kansas Hospital for their many years of professional help and support, to the aides from CareStaf and in particular, Tanesha Roath-Monroe, Keyona Sanders and Cynthia Phillips; to Kim Sanders, who kept Linda exercising, and to the staff at Saint Luke’s Hospice House.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29th in the sanctuary of Country Club Christian Church. In-person attendance will be limited to 100 people so that social distancing can be achieved. Wearing a mask and registration for the in-person service is required. Seats can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/linda-nixon-memorial-service-in-person-registration-tickets-122098480843.

For those who do not attend in-person, the service will be streamed live via the following link (registration is not required): https://youtu.be/YyPwgk7HM0Q" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://youtu.be/YyPwgk7HM0Q. The service will be recorded and can be viewed online after the live service has concluded using the same link as the live services: https://youtu.be/YyPwgk7HM0Q.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to The Family Conservancy (444 Minnesota Ave., Suite 200, Kansas City, Kansas 66101; https://www.thefamilyconservancy.org/donate/), Country Club Christian Church (6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. 64113; https://www.cccckc.org/church-life/give/) and The University of Kansas Hospital, 400 Cambridge St., Kansas City, Kansas 66160; https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/giving/).

Memories of Linda and condolences may be shared at www.mcgilleymidtownchapel.com.

Published Sunday, September 27, 2020

Matthew Eugene Forsyth, 47, died Sept. 22, 2020 of cardiac failure in Long Lake, Minnesota. He leaves his wife, Ellen, and three children, Maddison Marie, 14, Clayton William, 11, and Jacob Frederick, 6.

Matt was born June 8, 1973 to Gene and Joan Forsyth in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School, Columbia; the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; and the University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Civil Engineering. Matt was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity.

Matt and Ellen Siebenborn were married Sept. 11, 1999 in Trenton. Throughout his life Matt loved being outdoors hunting, fishing, and hiking with family and friends. Matt was an Eagle Scout with Troop 6 and continued to support the scouts as his children grew. He spent hours coaching and practicing sports with his children, sometimes learning with them. Ice hockey, baseball, volleyball, football and soccer kept the Forsyth family connected to each other and their community.

Weekends and summers found Matt with his children and their cousins riding four-wheelers or bowhunting at his family farm near Columbia or at Ellen’s home along No Creek in north Missouri. Matt especially enjoyed spending time with his dad checking cattle or fixing fences at their farm near Columbia.

This spring Matt took on the challenge of taking four nephews and Clay trout fishing at Bennett Springs, some for their first time. Matt was blessed with an abundance of patience. Matt was truly a gift of love to his family and to Ellen’s. Uncle Matt was a special friend to his nieces and nephews.

Matt is survived by Ellen Siebenborn Forsyth; daughter, Maddison and sons: Clayton and Jacob; father, Gene Forsyth; sister, Kate (Rob) Quinn; and niece and nephews: Hunter, Parker and Ashley Quinn; father and mother-in-law: Bill and Sarah Siebenborn; sister-in-law, Katie (Eric) Williams; and nephews: Aiden, Tyler and Logan Williams; brother-in-law, Andrew (Michelle) Siebenborn; and nieces: Katalina Couch and Annabelle Siebenborn; uncle, Jim (Judy) Crow; uncle, Jim (Dorothy) Fennewald; aunts: Sr. Janice Fennewald, SSND, Sr. Jennette Fennewald, SSND, and Joyce (Bob) Springer.

Matt was preceded in death by mother, Joan; brother, Fred; and sister, Beth Forsyth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 903 Bernadette Dr., Columbia. The family also will host a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Country Club of Missouri, 1300 Woodrail Ave., Columbia. A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, Wayzata, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or your favorite local youth sports organization.

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, Octobere 15, 2020

Judith Mathis Richards, 80, of Columbia, died peacefully in her daughter’s home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

She was born “Judith Ann Mathis” in 1940 in St. Louis to Roy Sublett “Pete” Mathis and Pauline Voorhies Mathis, both of whom preceded her in death.

She graduated in 1958 from Hickman High and in 1960 she married her high school sweetheart, Lon Davis Richards (Captain USAF), who preceded her in death in 1968 in Vietnam. She never remarried, saying he was the love of her life.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jane Pemberton.

She is survived by her daughters: Kirsten Richards and Regan Richards; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She earned an MA in Art from MU in 1971 and art remained a cornerstone throughout her life.

Judy was a lifelong Girl Scout, was active in the American Red Cross, Columbia Friends Meeting, Locust Grove Baptist Cemetery Association, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

A virtual memorial meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 under the care of Columbia Friends Meeting. FMI: info@quakersmissouri.org

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Columbia Friends Meeting quakersmissouri.org/donate or Locust Grove Baptist Cemetery Association c/o Parker-Millard, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Angi Lea Pauley went to heaven on October 8, 2020 unexpectedly at her home in Columbia.

Angi was born on July 23, 1964 in Fayette. She graduated from Hickman High School with the class of 1982. She then went on to marry her best friend and soulmate, Tony Pauley, in 1985. They had their one and only daughter Brooke on September 11, 1989, who is their pride and joy. She loved her Brookie with all her heart.

Throughout Angi and Tony’s 35 years of marriage they formed an unbreakable bond and made countless amazing and unforgettable memories. Angi and Tony completed each other. They were inseparable whether it was watching a sports game, entertaining friends, or spending time with their daughter.

Angi loved her work. She spent the past 15 years as the Career Services Manager at Columbia College. She made many friends that she worked with and truly enjoyed helping others. She was outgoing and was such a people person, she knew no stranger.

Angi enjoyed many hobbies: planting flowers, gardening, perfecting her “grill master” skills (telling her “sous-chef” Tony what she needed), laying out in the sun, sorting her amazing jewelry collection, and above all, spending time with her Husband Tony and her Brookie, as well as surrounding herself with her many friends whom she considered family.

Angi also loved taking long Jeep rides and walks with her princess pup Marley. Angi loved so hard, her smile was contagious and she was always the life of the party. She had such a bright light and always carried the most positive energy. Her beautiful spirit will live on through the many people that she was close to.

A visitation for Angi is being held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Angi is survived by her parents: Larry and Serena Estes; her husband, Tony Pauley; her daughter and son-in-law: Brooke and Stephon Austin; and her sister, Lori Madison.

In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe page has been set up. gf.me/u/y4kxf8.

Tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

Published by "The Columbia Daily Tribune"

Betty Kidwell, 75, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at home surrounded by family who adored her.

Celebration of Life Service will be at noon on October 19 at Northwood Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time for the service.

Betty was born on December 11, 1944 in Columbia, as the only child of Lloyd S. and Helen L. (Martin) Robinson, who preceded her in death. On June 24, 1962 she married Thomas P. Kidwell and remained devoted to each other for 58 years.

Betty lived all her life in the Columbia area. She was a member of Northwood Baptist Church in Columbia and previously a member of Midway Heights Baptist Church in the Midway area. She will always be remembered as a faithful and humble servant of God.

Betty is survived by her husband, Tom of the home; daughter, Lynette Austin of Centralia; sons: Jeff (Diane) Kidwell of Midway and Scott (Stephanie) Kidwell of Wake Forest, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Tyler (Caroline) Austin of Centralia, Lauren (Connor) Whicker of Houston, Texas and Allison Kidwell of Houston. She and Tom were also blessed with four great grandkids, all of Centralia: Madison Lynne Austin, Haleigh Marie Austin, Audrey Elizabeth Austin and Cole Thomas Austin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Northwood Baptist Church – Building Fund, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.Published by "The Columbia Daily Tribune"

Betty Kidwell, 75, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at home surrounded by family who adored her.

Celebration of Life Service will be at noon on October 19 at Northwood Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time for the service.

Betty was born on December 11, 1944 in Columbia, as the only child of Lloyd S. and Helen L. (Martin) Robinson, who preceded her in death. On June 24, 1962 she married Thomas P. Kidwell and remained devoted to each other for 58 years.

Betty lived all her life in the Columbia area. She was a member of Northwood Baptist Church in Columbia and previously a member of Midway Heights Baptist Church in the Midway area. She will always be remembered as a faithful and humble servant of God.

Betty is survived by her husband, Tom of the home; daughter, Lynette Austin of Centralia; sons: Jeff (Diane) Kidwell of Midway and Scott (Stephanie) Kidwell of Wake Forest, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Tyler (Caroline) Austin of Centralia, Lauren (Connor) Whicker of Houston, Texas and Allison Kidwell of Houston. She and Tom were also blessed with four great grandkids, all of Centralia: Madison Lynne Austin, Haleigh Marie Austin, Audrey Elizabeth Austin and Cole Thomas Austin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Northwood Baptist Church – Building Fund, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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

Published Friday, October 30, 2020 by H T May & Son Funeral Home - Columbia

Pastor Cecil Lewis Logan, III was born July 27, 1963 in Columbia, Missouri to Cecil Lewis Benton Logan, II and Frances Logan. He is preceded in death by his father.

Pastor Logan’s early education started in Columbia, MO at Lee Elementary School, continued at Jeff Junior High School and he graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1982. At Columbia Hickman Cecil was a part of the drama and music clubs, football, and basketball teams. He was a feature lead in several school plays at Jeff Junior High School and Columbia Hickman High School. After graduation he attended Columbia College in Columbia, MO on music and basketball scholarships. He was currently a student at Western Baptist Bible College in Kansas City, MO.

Pastor Logan accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at an early age at Russell Chapel C.M.E. Pastor Logan always talked about being drug to church at St. Luke’s United Methodist and Shiloh Christian Worship Center with his mother, Frances and paternal grandmother, Rosetta Logan.

Pastor Logan was ordained on December 14, 2003 in Columbia, MO at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Roderick Williams. He has been an Associate Minister at Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor James A. Terrance, Jr., since 2007. At Friendship, Rev. Logan was an active associate minister, Leader of the Village Parent Ministry along with his wife, Leader of the Evangelism Ministry, worship leader, sang with the male chorus, worked with the Hope Ministry and has previously worked with our youth doing Rapping with the Rev. He was also an active member of the Metropolitan Baptist Ministers Union (Kansas City, MO).

Pastor Logan married the love of his life, Marriah D. Brown on October 10, 2010 at Memorial Church International in Kansas City, MO, by Bishop Larry and Pastor Olivia C.Q. Aiken. To this union 3 handsome sons were born, Caleb John-9, Caden James-7 and Cameron Jacob-6. A fourth son, Carter Joshua is due Christmas Day 2020. He is also the father of Ciara and Cecil IV. Cecil and Marriah thoroughly enjoyed the simple pleasures of life by watching and attending sporting events, attending family gatherings, traveling, entertaining family and friends, and working in ministry together. When you saw one, you saw the other followed by the boys.

On the first Sunday of September 2019, he began preaching at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atchison, KS. At the beginning of 2020 he was elected to serve as their Pastor. This year was his year! His dreams were manifesting right before his eyes. He was the PROUD Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He did not take that assignment lightly and took great pride in this role. In just his short time at Ebenezer, he led the church in understanding, embracing, and accomplishing its’ mission to develop disciplines and engaging followers in worship, community, and ministry. He also established the church’s online presence increasing church participation, growth and community engagement. Pastor could be seen every Sunday broadcasting live from the church’s Facebook page.

Pastor Logan had the motto “Where Giving is our Living, Loving is our Life and Jesus is Christ.” A lot of things he did you would never know unless you were on the receiving end. He was a proud member of "The 148" Amos Johnson Masonic Lodge where he served as Chaplain and truly lived out the phrase, I am my brother's keeper. A few knew him from miracle on 74th street when he and some neighbors shoveled the block during a snowstorm to help the ambulance get to a sick neighbor. He spent many hours visiting the sick, sitting with and praying for families as their loved ones transitioned and he also staying in touch afterwards. He spent countless hours counseling and mentoring numerous men and women that society had written off.

At any given time of day or night, you might have seen him in the inner parts of the city handing out sacks of food and goodies that he has personally paid for, prepared and prayed over to the homeless and addicts. Cecil and Marriah started the Dimas Ministry as an outreach effort. On Christmas, they would also buy extra gifts, wraps them and takes them to the children of those individuals so they can have a gift to unwrap on Christmas like other kids. He was a standup man that walked into court rooms with individuals and had cases dismissed because he showed up. He went by himself or with people's loved ones to get them off the street and into treatment. There have been many lives that he has touched that have been able to recover from addiction and saved from suicide!

Pastor Logan has worked in the Humanities field for the last 25+ years. He worked with several agencies including AdHoc Group Against Crime, Heartland Center for Behavioral Change/KCCC, Dismas House, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Swope Parkway Drug Treatment Center, Benilde Hall, National Counsel on Alcoholism/Drugs, Scott Greening Adolescent Treatment Center, Footprints and Jackson County Family Court. He was a Certified Instructor of Mental Health First Aid, Missouri Substance Abuse Counselor 1 and Peer specialist. He was a Certified Violence Interruption Process (VIP) Trainer. He was a licensed pre-need agent with the state of Missouri and was currently working to become a Licensed Funeral Practitioner. He began his career in the Funeral Industry at Lawrence A. Jones and Sons and also worked with Serenity Memorial Chapel and Elite Funeral Chapel prior to E.S. Eley and Sons. He also served as a volunteer chaplain for the Jackson County jail and previously the Wyandotte County jail.

He leaves to mourn and will be forever cherished by his wife, Marriah Logan; children- Caleb John, Caden James, Cameron Jacob and Carter Joshua (on the way) of the home; daughter Ciara and son Cecil, IV of the city; Mother, Frances Logan of Columbia, MO; sisters, Anna “Missy” Logan, Tammy Redden (Herman), of Columbia, MO, Lisa Kay Wright-Logan (Robert) of St. Louis, MO; brothers, Anthony Logan (Mercy) of Modesto, CA, Gorlan Smith of Jefferson City, MO, Timothy Wright and Brian Logan (Darcy) of Columbia, MO; step-mother, Wilma Logan of Fayette, MO; two step-sisters, Kim Ashcraft, of Columbia, MO and Tonja Ashcraft-Foster (Greg) of Rahway, New Jersey; father and mother-in-law, Fred and Donna Brown and sister-in-law, Amanda Brown of Kansas City, MO; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was a highly committed servant leader who enjoyed building and maintaining meaningful, Christ-centered relationships and was compassionate and dedicated to helping others succeed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Second Baptist church, visitation will be from 10-11 AM Saturday at the church.

Ruth Ann Rice, 76, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at Boone Hospital Center.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 27 at Memorial Funeral Home. 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.

Ruth was born here in Columbia on February 14, 1944, the daughter of James William Palmer and Nellie Irene Calvert. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1963.

Ruth began working at an early age. When she was young she worked at Texico Town, Dog & Suds, Playboy Drive Inn, Interstate Pancake House, Hilton II and the Campus Inn. She finished her career as Head Chef at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading and researching the family ancestry. For a time she delivered papers for the Columbia Daily Tribune and she enjoyed meeting and making friends with the people on her route. When Pam was young she was the Girl Scout Leader for many years and was also a member of the Dietary Managers Association.

Ruth is survived by her children: Pam (Andy) Acton, James T. Pearl III; one sister, Karen Rayhart and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Ronald Palmer, Larry Palmer, Jerry Palmer and one sister, Sharon Palmer (Kay Baby).

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

Published by Rapid City Journal from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, 2020.

James Deane Patterson was born in 1934 in Gillette, WY, and passed away on Oct. 22, 2020. His parents were John F. Patterson originally of Truro, Iowa, and Mabel E. Patterson originally of Princeville, Illinois. When he was one year old, his parents moved to Missouri. Until he was 10, the family lived on a farm near Centralia, Missouri (the area was called Possum Walk), and then moved to Columbia, Missouri after his father died. The move allowed Jim (as he was known) to attend the U. of MO while staying at home and thus be affordable to him and his family.

Since he was very young he had been fascinated with physics and therefore he obtained an AB from MU, a SM (Master of Science) from the U. of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the U. of Kansas, all in physics. He was an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University, an Associate Professor, then Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, a Professor then Professor and Department Head at the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition he was a Visiting Professor at the U. of Notre Dame, the U. of Nebraska, and the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

While in Brazil, he met his wife Marluce Teixeira Marinho Patterson, who was the Chief Librarian at the Physics Department there.

In addition, during summers he has had professional positions at North American Aviation, Columbus, Ohio, Hughes Semiconductor Laboratory, Los Angeles, CA (two summers), Texaco Research Lab, Houston, TX, Atomics International, Los Angeles , CA, Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, IL, Ames Lab. of Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Avionics Lab of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, OH, Sandia Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, REPEC, Rapid City, SD, and Marshal Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (two summers).

He taught many classes in physics both at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has supervised 13 Master's theses, two Ph.D. theses (one co-supervised) and three post doctoral students. He has had numerous grants awarded to him from outside agencies, and has written several papers and books, both technical and fictional. His last book was (with Bernard C. Bailey), "Solid State Physics, An Introduction to the Theory," Springer, Verlag, 2018. This was third edition of the book published by Springer. An earlier edition, written by JDP alone, was published by Addison -Wesley. Solid State Physics was Jim's specialty, both for teaching and research.

In retirement, he has lived the last 20-plus years in Rapid City with Marluce. They have two daughters, one is an attorney in private practice and the other is a physics professor.

Besides his family and physics, he has had a lifelong interest in the St. Louis Cardinals, Writing (e.g. "Prince of Possum Walk," by J. D. Patterson, Xlibri s, 2013), Literature (Hemingway and, Conrad especially), dogs, airplanes, dixieland jazz, photography, and the American West. In his younger days he also enjoyed traveling.

Before he passed away he wrote down for his obituary that his single most lucky time was when he went to Brazil and met his future wife (Marluce) which also led, of course, to his beloved daughters, Marlann (son Liam whose father is Marlann's husband Todd Zimmerman) and Jamy (daughter Roja whose father is Jamy's deceased husband Timothy Standing Soldier).

He thanks his mother for directing his energies to intellectual areas, his father for teaching him important moral values, and his sisters Amy and Patricia (now deceased) for teaching him to select a goal and never give up pursuing it.

Published by Parker-Millard Funeral Services, Columbia MO

Maynard McKinney (Knobby) Hulett died Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at University of Missouri Hospital. He was born at Noyes Hospital in Columbia, Missouri September 20th, 1934 to William Roger and Marjorie (Hoover) Hulett. He married Joycelin Louise Brown on September 8th, 1961 and divorced in 1989. They had one child, Sheri Lynn (Hulett) Hines. He spent many happy years with his dear friend, Phyllis Jennings Ward.

He attended Grant Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and graduated from Hickman High School. He served in the Missouri National Guard achieving the rank of Master Sargent. Knobby was a man of many and varied interests. He was a gifted machinist, inventor and musician with a lifelong interest in history.

He started his business, Knobby’s Repair and Machine Shop, in Columbia during his early 20’s and operated in rural Millersburg until his health failed in his early 80’s. If you wanted something fixed you took it to him. When a part couldn’t be found he made the part himself. He used his talents to retrofit vehicles, often at no charge, enabling the disabled to drive before there were businesses dedicated to this. His machine shop took on many unusual jobs including manufacturing parts for nuclear power plants during the 1970’s. He had many inventions one of which was patented. Knobby heated the shop with an old fashioned, pot-bellied stove that warmed the hands of everyone from childhood friends to federal judges and newspaper publishers when they visited during winter. They recalled the warmth of the stove and the lively conversations had by it. Pepsi Cola delivered weekly to his shop and many friends stopped by during warmer weather for an ice cold Pepsi out of a 1920’s vintage refrigerator.

In his youth he raced sprint cars around the Midwest and beyond. If you wanted a race car to go faster you consulted with Knobby. It was a go-cart racing accident at the Iowa State Fair that left him with plates and screws in a leg. An Iowa hospital wanted to amputate the leg and he said no, take him to Columbia to Dr. McElroy. His friends put him in the back of a station wagon and brought him to Columbia where the leg was indeed saved by Dr. McElroy who predicted he would always walk with a cane. He recovered and not only walked unaided, but one would never have known.

Knobby was a member and former board member of the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association. He owned and operated a miniature steam tractor allowing his young daughter, to drive it in parades under his supervision. He was instrumental in restoring a small gauge train for families and children to enjoy which still exists on the association grounds.

He enjoyed boating on the Missouri River much of his life. He took pride that his great grandfather Hulett owned steamboats that navigated the same river. He had a fishing business with a friend on the Missouri River for years. He took his family and friends on boat rides and to picnics and parties on its sandbars.

Music was a big part of Knobby’s life. He had a lifelong love of music playing Tuba in the Hickman High School band and later in a Dixieland band called the Third Street Five. He wrote music and was proud that one of his songs was recorded by a local band. He sang Karaoke all around town in his later years and had a following, even taking requests. Weekends found he and his dear friend Phyllis enjoying live music in local venues.

He is survived by daughter Sheri (Robert) Hines, granddaughter Caroline Hines and dear friend Phyllis Ward. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Kathryn (Hulett) Burlison, brother William (Skip) Hulett, and a niece Susan Burlison. Graveside services with military honors will be held at Columbia Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 2nd observing COVID-19 restrictions.

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 on November 04, 2020

Paul K. Smith, age 54, of Clark, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Paul was born December 7, 1965 in Columbia to Lewis and Betty Jean (Brown) Smith. Paul was a graduate of Hickman High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. Paul worked as a banker at Central Bank. He had a passion for fast cars, country music and extreme karaoke. He also enjoyed outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing.

Paul is survived by his mother; siblings: Pamela Marinelli (Michael), Michael L. Smith (Harriet); nephew, Roman Schuh; nieces: Amanda Smith, Maggie Fletcher (Dustin); great nieces: Lydia, Ada, and Ila; and countless other beloved family members.

He was predeceased by his father in 2014.

A graveside visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 business loop 70 W, Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice in memory of Paul.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Smith family.

Published by Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia MO

Alex Edward Palmer, Sr.78, of Columbia passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at his home.
Agraveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Alex was born November 2, 1942 in Warrensburg, MO, the son of John Stewart and Lula Eaton Stewart who both preceded him in death. At a young age Alex was blessed with a step father Rienzo Palmer. Alex was united in marriage to Harri Anne Palmer who preceded him in death in 1996.

Alex was a long term resident of Columbia, MO, attending Hickman High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air force. Later he would work in construction where he helped construct many large, commercial buildings in Central Missouri. He also worked as a millwright and for Ameren Missouri at the nuclear power plant in Reform on the refueling team. He spent many years working at the MU Power Plant as well. He had many talents and used them to earn a living, as well as help his friends and family in many different ways.

In his younger days, he enjoyed scuba diving and riding motorcycles. In his later years he enjoyed the time he spent with his friends and family. He also loved his four legged friends.

Alex is survived by his children, Pam (Steve) Kroeger and Alex (Linda) Palmer; one brother, Rienzo Palmer, Jr; four grandchildren, Nick Kroeger (Amy), Sam Kroeger (Hayley), Dakota Palmer, and Arrianna Palmer; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Alex was preceded in death by his sister, Gladman Palmer and his brother, Richard Palmer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Published on November 11, 2020

Andrea “Andrie” Jackson passed away on November 3, 2020 at Jefferson Manor in Jefferson City.

She was born on December 21, 1955 at Boone Hospital in Columbia to Andrew and Rose Jackson.

Andrie was the life of the party and a jokester. You never knew what she might say or do to get a laugh. She was one of the most intelligent people you would ever meet. In her classes, rather than listening to the lectures or studying, she wrote notes to pass to her friends in the halls instead, and she still came out with all As! She could type over 100 words a minute, as did her mother. Andrie was just a phenomenal woman that was loved by everyone.

Andrie was the first incarcerated woman to graduate from Lincoln University, earning a bachelor's degree. She later attended a rehabilitation program in Branson, and was able to find herself and make her peace with God. In Branson, she was the House Mother for a nonprofit organization for women struggling with substance abuse issues. She later moved to Moberly and was the House Mother for a women’s shelter. Andrie retired from the University of Missouri Hospital as a secretary in the Laboratory Department.

Andrie graduated from Hickman High School in 1974. She then went on to receive a double bachelor's in psychology and sociology at Lincoln University in 1981. She earned her master's in human behavior with honors at Capella University in 2014 and was working on a second master’s in nonprofit management and leadership.

She was preceded in death by both parents: Andrew Bragg Jackson Jr., and Rosie Mae (Wilson) Jackson; and one sister, Ila Fern Guthrie.

She is survived by one son, David Andrew Richards of St. Louis; one grandson, David Andew Richards Jr. of St. Louis; older brother, Gary (Patricia) Jackson of Columbia; younger sister, Jennifer (Anthony) Lloyd of St. Louis; three nieces, five nephews, and a host of cousins and very special friends.

The visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 at St. Luke on East Ash in Columbia. Services will be reserved for the family only at noon.

Published on November 08, 2020


Joyce Marie (Throckmorton) Epperson, 84, of Fulton passed away on November 5, 2020.

Joyce was born on September 6, 1936 in Mountain View, MO the daughter of Eldo Leroy & Margaret Marie (Marik) Throckmorton, who preceded her in death.

Joyce graduated from Hickman High School in 1954 and attended the University of Missouri, where she met her future husband. Joyce was married to Robert L. Epperson on December 28, 1956, sharing 59 years together before he preceded her in death in 2016.

They moved to Fulton Missouri in 1958 where Joyce was a committed stay-at-home mother but always found time to volunteer within the community and with the activities of her children. She was known as “Granny” to family and friends and for giving out hugs to anyone that needed them. She was involved in the following volunteer roles: part of the parent committee that started the Fulton High School All Night Party, was a medical first responder who gave of her time to the Callaway Ambulance District, Fire Districts, and the CCH Emergency Room. Joyce was a Crisis Response Team Member for the Fulton Police Department, an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor, and served on the Fulton Housing Authority board of directors. Joyce was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and served many roles there, including being an elder.

She received the following commendations and awards for her volunteer work: the Callaway Chamber of Commerce Loyal Subject Award in 1990, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44 Appreciation Award in 2010, and The Kingdom of Callaway Settler’s Award in 2015.

Joyce is survived by her children, Linda (Tim) Baysinger and David (Connie) Epperson, all of Fulton. Grandchildren: Jennifer (BJ) West of Trimble, MO, Amy (Brandon) Hargrove of O’Fallon, MO, Kellyn Baysinger of Mission, KS, Brittney (Larry) Rukse of Fulton, Taylor (Freddie) Manor III of Jefferson City, MO, and Kaitlyn Epperson of Fulton. Five great-grandchildren: Colten & Brooks West, Briella & Freddie IV Manor, and Broderick Rukse.

She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Epperson, and a brother, Leroy Throckmorton Jr.

Private graveside services and burial will be at Callaway Memorial Gardens on November 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Aaron White officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and the Super Sam Foundation, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251.

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

GREENLAWN FUNERAL HOME Nov 10, 2020

Mariana Langwell, 84, of Springfield passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in her home.

She was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Columbia to John W. and Winnie R. (Drane) Bell. She was a homemaker and a former minister’s wife. She loved her Lord and spending time with her family. She loved Silver Dollar City, gospel music and quilting.

Mariana was preceded in death by her parents; two spouses, the Rev. Delbert Glen Hall and the Rev. Samuel Coleman Langwell; and by siblings John Wesley Bell Jr., Alma Dee (Bell) Miller and Joseph Nelson Bell.

She is survived by daughter the Rev. Janna Marie (Hall) Knowles; husband Bill Junior Knowles; son Jeffrey Mark Hall; grandsons Delbert Ray Daniels, Bill Junior Knowles II and his girlfriend, April Gansman, Robert Glen Knowles and his wife, Marie (Buxbaum) Knowles; great-granddaughter Keira Rayne Strayborn-Daniels; siblings David Little Bell and Anita Ruth (Bell) Semon; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with burial at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, 3506 N. National, Springfield, MO 65803.

Memorial donations are suggested in Mariana’s name to Campground Funds, Southern MO District, 528 West Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807.

Published on November 12, 2020

Jimmie Bob Mansfield, son of Rolla Vernoy and Helen Rhodes Mansfield, was born October 20, 1943 in Columbia, and departed this life November 9, 2020 in Lebanon, Missouri at the age of 77 years.

Jimmie obtained his Ph.D. and was a business education professor at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg for many years. He enjoyed teaching and mentoring to students through the years. Those who worked with him appreciated his knowledge and expertise in his field.

On June 16, 2000, Jimmie was united in marriage with Joan Catherine Fischer. Together they shared many years of love and laughter.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Joan; one son, Matthew (Kelly) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one daughter, Hilary of DeLuth, Minnesota; three brothers: Stephen “Corky” Mansfield (Vicki) of Columbia, Keith Mansfield (Anita) of Marlow, Oklahoma and Kevin Mansfield (Georgeanne) of Keyser, West Virginia; one grandson, Maxwell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Beth and Kenneth Burkhardt of Overland Park, Kansas; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a private service at a later date for Jimmie. At his request his body is to be cremated under direction of Shadel's Colonial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to AmVet #108 in Rocky Mount, Missouri. Donations may be left at or mailed to Shadel's Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948 or 1001 N. Lynn, Lebanon, MO 65536.

Published on November 18, 2020

George Roaten Griggs, 85, of Centralia, died Monday, November 9, 2020 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 21 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Centralia. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the cemetery.

To those attending the visitation and graveside service, we ask that you wear a face mask, and maintain social distancing. Be aware that capacity and seating may be limited. We will follow guidelines set forth by Boone County.

George was born September 19, 1935 in Columbia, the son of the late Otto and Stella Mae (Sims) Griggs.

George married Beverly Reeves Swanson in March 1987.

Along with his wife Beverly, George is survived by his children: Terry (Gary) Wilburn of Holts Summit, Pam (Martin Dale) Whitehead of Centralia, Mike (Linda) Griggs of Columbia, Darren (Stephanie Edwards) Griggs of Centralia, Robert (Lisa Bowne) Reeves of Centralia. George’s legacy also includes 18 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

George was a people person who worked many years in sales, television sales/repair and later at the KWWR radio station selling advertising.

He proudly served his country in the National Guard of Missouri, being Honorably Discharged in 1954.

He had been attending the First Christian Church in Centralia until his health prevented it.

As a young man, George was a member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department and belonged to the Cedar Valley Riders Saddle Club. More recently, he was a member and officer in the Mexico Host Lion’s Club and spent many hours working on their annual fireworks display in Mexico, Missouri. He also was a member of the Elk’s Club in Mexico.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or The Central Missouri Food Bank, and may be sent in care of Fenton-Kendrick Funeral Home 104 S. Collier St. Centralia, MO 65240.

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

Published on November 13, 2020

Carolyn V. Gruber, 78, of Montgomery City passed away on Nov. 10, 2020. She was born on Sept. 6, 1942 in Mexico, Mo., where she lived on a farm and had many lively antics with her siblings. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. Carolyn was married to James Gruber on December 26, 1959. They enjoyed dancing, bowling and the company of many friends. She spent most of her adult life in Columbia, where she raised her family and worked for Schnucks grocery store as a bookkeeper. She was an active member of the D.A.R. for the past 15 years.

Carolyn is survived in death by her four children; Danny and wife Karlene Gruber of Hallsville, Angela and husband Gary Procee of Montgomery City, Carole and husband Nathan Davis of Montgomery City, and Wayne and wife Anita Gruber of Fulton; sister, Denise Lenk and husband Mike; along with five grandchildren; Ginger Weseloh and husband Chris, Brandi Mccaskill and husband Wayne, Caleb Davis, Jacob Davis and Emma Davis; two step-granddaughters, Ashley McGrath and husband Doug, and Kameka Stiers. She also leaves two great-grandsons, Davis and Howie Weseloh, and numerous beloved family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph L. Saylor and Helen V. Llewelyn, siblings Francis Calvin, Mary Kilburn, Ralph Saylor and husband James Gruber.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. Both will be held at Mineola Baptist Church in Mineola with Rev. Jim Cline presiding. Burial will be private for the family.

Carolyn was a friend to all that knew her and will be greatly missed.

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

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

Tessie attended Douglas High School then graduated from Hickman High.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on November 19, 2020

Jack A. Batterson, of Columbia, died Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the University of Missouri Hospital from complications of leukemia.

A private family burial was held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The son of Jack L. and Polly Batterson, Jack was born on December 2, 1959 in Columbia. Just after his first birthday, he lost half of his hearing from a virus, and his future life was one of prevailing over obstacles.

Jack treasured his years at Hickman High School, never losing track of his many friends. While at Hickman, Jack was very involved in the music program, and his clarinet and saxophone skills led to the offer of a full music performance scholarship at the University of Missouri Music Department, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music History. His master’s thesis on the life and career of Blind Boone was later published by the University of Missouri press as Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer as part of the Missouri Heritage Series. This was the first modern biography of Boone, helping to initiate the Blind Boone surge of interest in Columbia. Jack went on to serve as a member of the Blind Boone Foundation which led to the restoration of the Blind Boone home in Columbia.

The son of two history professors, Jack realized that his love of books was as important to him as his love of music. He then went on to complete a Masters of Library Science Degree at the University of Indiana in Bloomington just as librarianship was embracing technology and expanding in scope. Specializing in cataloging as a career, he worked at Xavier University Library in Cincinnati. He later returned to Columbia to work at University of Missouri Ellis Library for 27 years.

It took Jack quite a time to find his perfect soulmate, Mary Eileen Woods of Prairie Village, Kansas. They were married May 30, 1998, and both worked as librarians, Mary at Columbia College and Jack at the University. For the next 22 years, Jack’s happiness was complete as they enjoyed a harmonious and loving marriage.

In his later years, although hampered by health problems, Jack nevertheless enthusiastically practiced his avocation of retirement planning and financial investment. Jack continued this interest until his final day. His concern for others was exemplified by his loving attention to the needs of his wife and his mother.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; his mother, Polly; his father-in-law, Jim Woods of Overland Park, Kansas; his brother-in-law, Paul Woods of Overland Park; his niece, Kate Woods; and nephew, Brian Woods of Prairie Village, Kansas. Although divided in distance, his continued contact with his numerous cousins in Ohio remained especially important to him.

Preceding him in death were his father, Jack L. Batterson; his mother-in-law, Teresa Woods; grandparents on both sides of his family; and his aunts and uncles in Ohio.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Blind Boone Foundation, Post Office Box 163, Columbia MO, 65201.

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

Published on November 21, 2020

Robert Wyatt, 87, of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 after a long illness.

Funeral Service will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, November 23 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia with visitation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Burial will be 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.

Robert was born March 23, 1933 in Boone County, the son of Tommie and Goldie Turner Wyatt. He was a 1951 graduate of Hickman High School. Robert worked for 55 years as a Carpenter of Local Union 1925, working all over mid-Missouri for commercial contractors. He was a hard worker and very skilled carpenter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a great coon hunter, and raised several good hunting dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Patty of Harrisburg; sons: Tommy (Rosie) Wyatt of Ashland and Rick (Stephanie) Hudnell of Hallsville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four siblings: Richard, Donald, and Porter Wyatt, and Irene Cook.

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

Published on November 28, 2020

Patricia Hiner, 84, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at her home from respiratory complications.

She was a member of Arcadia Methodist Church and loved attending church. She enjoyed watching Sunday School and church services online. Pat was born in Chicago and raised in Browning, Missouri and Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School and later attended Stephens College.

She married, had two daughters, Debbie and Cathy, and moved her family to Mentor, Ohio and then Lakeland, Florida. Eventually Pat remarried and moved to Tampa, Florida, where she worked in administration at the University of South Florida until she retired at the age of 62. Pat had a great smile and a generous heart. She was so amazing God made her an angel.

Pat loved reading, solving crossword puzzles, and playing bridge. She helped start a duplicate bridge club in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Bridge Center, where she made many good friends. Harry and Pat Hiner moved to Paducah in spring of 2017 to be closer to her family. She has loved her stay at Jackson Oaks and made many friends there.

Pat is survived by two daughters: Debra Brawner and Cathy Rigsby; her brother, Jim Lay of Columbia; two nephews: Mike and Scott Lay; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter due in February.

Preceding Pat in death is her husband, Harry Hiner and her parents, Stephen and Marjorie Lay.

No services are scheduled at this time due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Lindsey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at lindseyfuneral.com.

Published on December 06, 2020

James Van Lewis III, 67, of Columbia, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 25, 2020. He was born May 28, 1953, the son of Veronika (Kokoshka) Lewis and James Van Lewis Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

Growing up on military bases from Long Island, New York to Weisbaden, Germany to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, James fell in love with airplanes and adventure. He loved to ride his bicycle and make model airplanes.

James graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1971. He attended Earlham College where he played varsity volleyball and ran cross-country.

To broaden his horizons, James decided to try his luck in the Big Apple, where he filled in between fashion modeling with odd jobs and a bit of acting. He soon landed an advertising copywriter position.

Wanderlust struck, again, however, and James moved to Boston, Mass. where he was first mate on the tugboat "Luna." He became interested in the health-care profession and became a kidney dialysis technician while attending Harvard University’s evening program.

James returned to Missouri to help his parents on their farm in California, Mo. He began classes at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he met his wife-to-be Mia, and they were married in Boonville on May 24, 1995. They adopted Johanna, a stray cat.

James graduated from Mizzou in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. He pursued an internship at the Warsaw Fish Hatchery.

James returned to Columbia and enjoyed working with his hands building model airplanes.

James is survived by his beloved wife Mia, their two rescue cats Jennifer and Johanna II, his sister-in-law Karen Pfost, his niece Rachel Cofer and great niece Maya Cofer of Bloomington, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathleen Lewis and his nephew Michael Cofer.

Our utmost gratitude to the many nurses, physicians and associates at Boone Medical Group South for the kindness, support, and professional care. Many thanks to both Phoenix Home Health and Compassus Hospice for the compassionate care of their staff.

The last months of James's life spent with his friend and aide Daniel, whose kindness and gentleness while attending to his every need, so greatly enriched our lives and brought his "million dollar smile" to the surface as they watched the hummingbirds, the squirrels, and James' favorite show "Jeopardy."

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 on December 02, 2020

Georganne Lanham, 90, a life-long resident of Columbia, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020 in Columbia.

A private family graveside service will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Georganne was born February 26, 1930 in Columbia, the daughter of George Lee Quinn and Alma Whitfield. She was a 1948 graduate of Hickman High School, where she was a member of the Blue Triangle, the Kewpie Band, Triship and Dance Club. Her motto was “A tender heart, a loyal mind.” She also graduated from Stephens College May 30, 1950 with an AA degree. On July 2, 1950, she married Victor Andrew “Andy” Lanham, and he preceded her in death. She served as a Boone County Court clerk for Judge Temple Morgett for many years, then went on to serve as secretary for several departments throughout the University of Missouri until her retirement. She enjoyed being outdoors, and tending to her garden. She was active at the Columbia Senior Center, where she could often be found shooting pool and having fun with her friends. She loved to walk at the Columbia Mall in the mornings and then visit with friends over lunch in the Café Court.

She is survived by her sons: Rick (Caroline) Lanham of Columbia, and Mark (Anita) Lanham of Centralia. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jack Quinn.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Columbia Senior Center of Boone County, 1121 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65201.

Condolences may be shared online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published on December 06, 2020
Ronda K. Bryan passed from this life and began her eternal walk on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Ronda was born on January 3, 1955 in Columbia to William and June (Danner) Bower. She married Glen G. Bryan on September 3, 1977 and together they raised three sons: Jason, Justin and Jerrod. Glen and Ronda embarked on many adventures throughout their life together. Ronda’s deepest passion was for her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Ronda had a unique skill for selecting antiques, decorating spaces, and planning social events. Ronda was a proud Hickman Kewpie from the class of 1973 and maintained many close friendships over the years. She was always willing to help a friend and cared for many in her lifetime. Looking back, she was a mother to many and a friend to all around her.

Ronda is survived by her husband of 43 years, Glen; her brother, Kent (Melinda) Bower of Columbia; her three sons: Jason (Lori) Bryan of Columbia, Justin (Melanie) Bryan of Centralia and Jerrod (Amanda) Bryan of Ashland; and her six grandchildren: Shelby, Levi, Ethan, Wyatt, Genevieve and Lucille. Ronda is preceded in death by her parents: William and June (Danner) Bower.

There will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

Published by Herald-Whig on Nov. 30, 2020.

James Warren Fisher, age 79, of Quincy, died on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Blessing Hospital. He was born on September 21, 1941 in Kansas City, KS the son of James Rhoten and Pauline (Davis) Fisher. His father died at an early age and James was then also raised by his step-father, Clyde Dick. He married Kathleen Schultz on February 12, 1977 in Hannibal, MO. She survives.

James was a union pipefitter and welder for over 55 years. He as a member of Steamfitters Local 353, Peoria, IL. He attended First Christian Church in Quincy. James volunteered to drive the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) van for 11 years. He enjoyed music and playing his guitar. He also liked walking and riding his bicycle.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by:

THREE CHILDREN; James Rhoten Fisher, Jeffrey Kent Fisher (Lori) and Sandra Burgess (Kevin).

One sister: Nellie Jeffries (Roger)

Eight GRANDCHILDREN, fifteen GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

James was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, a son Stephen Fisher and a grandson Kale Fisher.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Greenmount Cemetery. There is no visitation, but friends are invited to the graveside services. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund at First Christian Church. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Published on December 09, 2020

On Sunday, November 29, 2020, Shirley Ann Palmer Curry, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, of Jefferson City, passed away at the age of 82. Four days later she was followed in death by her loving husband, John M. Curry, of 26 years.

A private family service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 12 at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be live streamed on our Facebook page at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia.

Shirley Ann Palmer Curry was born August 31, 1938 in Columbia to Ray Earl Palmer and Mary Ruth Ballenger Palmer. She was baptized at the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ. She attended schools in Columbia and is a graduate of Hickman High School. On November 2, 1957, Shirley married John Old, of Columbia. They had three children. While attending the University of Missouri-Columbia, she was a librarian assistant, and temporary Acting Librarian at the School of Journalism Library. She was also named “Miss National Newspaper Week.” She worked as a secretary in the Missouri House of Representatives. She worked with then Senator Roger B. Wilson in the Missouri Senate, and in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as Administrative Assistant to Lieutenant Governor Wilson, from which she later retired.

Shirley was a volunteer for her children’s schools and events, Daniel Boone Little League Team Mother, plus several charitable organizations. In Shirley’s teen years and early twenties she modeled for several clothing stores in Columbia and made television commercials. Later in life she became an avid watercolor artist, and enjoyed decorating, gardening, traveling, and cooking for her family. She was an active member of the Jefferson City Country Club where she played golf and enjoyed weekly card games with her friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother whose pride and joy were her children and grandchildren.

On March 17, 1994, she married John Michael Curry in a beach ceremony in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She was followed in death by her husband, December 3, 2020.

She is survived by her children: Stacy A. Kneibert (Philip) of Leawood, Kansas, Jeff D. Old of Columbia; her brother, William Palmer of Anderson, South Carolina; five grandchildren: Ashley and Ryan Old, Nicholas and Elizabeth Kneibert, Joshua K. Old; seven step-children: Shannon Curry of New Mexico, Sean Curry (Cindy) of Dallas, Texas, Patrick Curry (Meredith) of Jefferson City, Tim Curry, Lenexa, Kansas, Kathleen Haslag (Dan), Jefferson City, Mary Rackers (Tom), Jefferson City, Sheila Curry O’Neal (John), Overland Park, Kansas; 14 step-grandchildren: Bret and Megan Curry, Courtney and Danielle Rackers, Erin, Jacob, Madeline and Nicholas Haslag, Katie, Anne and J.P. Curry, Molly, Jack and Irene Curry, Emma and Johnny O’Neal. Also surviving are five nieces and six step- great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Mark S. Old; her parents; her two brothers: Jerry Palmer and Jim Palmer; and one nephew, Michael Palmer.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, American Heart Association, and Alivingtribute.org.

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

Published on December 06, 2020

William Eric Summers, 57, of Columbia succumbed to cancer in the comfort of his own home on Dec. 3, 2020, and is resting in the presence of his savior Jesus Christ.

Eric is survived by his wife Judy of 35 years, his daughter Heather Richardson (Aaron), his sons Jay (Nicole) Summers, Jacob Summers, Forrest (Sierrah) Summers, and Landon Newberry, brothers Dennis Summers, Mark (Midge) Summers, and Kevin (Levina) Summers, as well

As his granddaughter Lucy, and grandsons Liam and John, and several nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

Eric had a thirst for adventure and knowledge, which led him to such activities as juggling club, stage and close-up magic, musical theater, DeMolay International and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was a commander of Royal Rangers USA, where he mentored young men in Christian character while participating with them in outdoorsmanship activities, becoming coordinator of Outpost 21 in Columbia. He was also a certified scuba diver.

Eric graduated from Hickman High in 1981, and later went back to obtain his associates degree with honors from Columbia College.

His family would like to thank Compassus Hospice providers for their help in this difficult time, as well as Nilson Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Columbia First Assembly of God, 1100 N Seventh St., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the same location. His family asks that you wear a mask and maintain social distance out of respect for the health of those grieving.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Royal Rangers Outpost 21 by contacting Columbia First Assembly of God at 573-443-3626.


Published on December 06, 2020

Evelyn Jeannine Eichelberger passed away Dec. 4, 2020 at the age of 88. Born August 20, 1932 to Elvin and Sylvia Dothage in Boone County. Jeannine is now at home with her heavenly Father and her Savior Jesus Christ. She is also being reunited with her earthly parents, Elvin and Sylvia Dothage, and her brothers, Joe and Ronnie Dothage.

Jeannine graduated from Hickman High School in 1950. Jeannine married Roy Eichelberger Aug. 5, 1950. Together they had three children: Rob Eichelberger, married to Debbie, of Columbia; Rhonda Granrath, married to Torry, of Bartlett, Ill.; Sylvia Patton, married to John of Forest Green.

Jeannine loved the Lord and she and her husband were diligent in seeing that their children were raised in church and the importance of giving their lives to the Lord. Jeannine had six grandchildren: Taylor Wilson, husband Aaron, of Austin, Texas; Ashley Marquez, husband Matt, of Wayne, Ill; Natalie Wuest, husband Tim, of Columbia; Robyn Connell, husband Dillon, of Hallsville; Patrick Maher, wife Heidi, of Columbia; Zach Maher, wife Amanda, of Ozark. Jeannine also had 12 great grandchildren, and a thirteenth on the way.

Jeannine’s career consisted of working in insurance, dentistry, banking and financial aid at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Also taught Sunday School and led Bible study groups. She was the best wife, mother and grandmother. And all could attest to that. She set the type of example that everyone in her family, friends and acquaintances can know for sure is a true statement.

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Funeral service attendees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing due to COVID-19.

Those that cannot attend may join us via a Zoom meeting. For Zoom information, contact Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel at 573-441-2932. Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

Published on December 08, 2020

Jimmy Dan Hall, of Columbia, passed away at his home on December 5, 2020. He was 62 years old.

Jimmy was born November 1, 1958 in Columbia, the son of Daniel and Elgene Turner Hall. He worked for the University of Missouri in the tele-communications department. He had a big heart, loved his son and family. Jimmy also loved animals, outdoor activities, science and game shows.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his son, Jacob Hall of Columbia; three sisters: Nancy Novak of Huntsville, Texas, Susan (Roger) Ballard of Columbia and Ellen (Stephen) Preston of Centralia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Shirley McClure.

Published on December 10, 2020

Grace Pearl Neal, 79, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 11 at Columbia Cemetery.

Grace was born June 27, 1941 in Boone County, the daughter of Hollis and Sadie Bartmess Sapp.

Survivors include two sons; one daughter; two brothers; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Published on December 29, 2020

William Lynn (Bill) Idle, 67, died unexpectedly on December 9, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked in the Managed Care and Payer Relations Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Bill was born in Columbia to Dorsey Francis (Frank) Idle and Vivian (Todd) Idle on October 27, 1953. He was a graduate of Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri. On April 22, 1979, Bill married Linda (Lynn) Slinkard Idle in Columbia and their only child, daughter Laura Elizabeth, was born in 1981.

Prior to moving to the East Coast, Bill was employed in management at Susie Scott’s Children’s Store and for University Physicians in the Patient Relations Department. While in North Carolina, Bill worked for the City of Greensboro in the Finance Department. His move to Virginia was a result of accepting employment with Virginia Commonwealth University, where he worked in their Transplant Program as a Financial Advisor before he transferred to his most recent department.

Bill was known in his field for his work ethic. He was also appreciated for the compassionate care he gave every patient he worked with. Bill’s daughter, Laura, would like for him to be remembered for his unique sense of humor and as a loving father.

No public service will be held to protect the well-being of others. The family and a few close friends will celebrate his life in the beautiful landscape of the water’s edge as they lay him to rest. In lieu of flowers, open your heart to honor his spirit and send him loving prayers.

Bill was preceded in death by both his parents and his older brother, Don F. Idle. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Idle, of Marengo, Wisconsin and her partner, Richard (Richie) Brick; his former wife, Lynn; his fraternal twin, Alan Ray (Ray) Idle and wife Patricia Carl; and his sister, Glenda (Dena) Nichols.

Published on December 15, 2020

Matthew Bradfield of New Madrid, Mo., formerly of Columbia, passed away unexpectedly in Nebraska Dec. 10, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his father, Brian Bradfield and grandparents Roy and Sylvia Bradfield.

Matt is survived by his mother, Katherine Bradfield of Fayette, Mo., his fiancée Amanda "Mandy" Miller of New Madrid, Mo., his grandparents Andrew and Karen Weber of Harrisburg, Mo., his uncle Brett (Cristy) Bradfield of Edinburg, Texas, aunt Virginia Weber of Columbia, Uncle Robert (Tina) Weber of Harrisburg, Mo., cousins Madalyn, Olivia, Jacob, Andrew and Isabella. He also is survived by many close friends who will miss him dearly.

Matthew was born in Columbia in 1991. He was a graduate from Hickman High School in 2009. He was a owner-operator with Steelman Transportation in Springfield, Mo.

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

Published on December 22, 2020

Angela Dunkin Nance, who was born and raised in Columbia but lived most of her adult life in Texas, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 after a brief illness.

She was born March 3, 1942 in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1960. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri. She was very active with the Christian Student Center and continued to attend annual retreats for several years afterward.

Not long after finishing college in 1965, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and worked as a legal secretary at local law firms. She married Douglas M. Nance of Dallas and they had two children, Carrie A. Nance and Andrew D. Nance. The couple divorced many years later.

Ms. Nance returned to Columbia for about 20 years before returning to the Lone Star State recently, this time to Cameron, Texas. She was living in Cameron when she died.

She enjoyed singing in her church choirs, genealogy, gardening and her pets.

Ms. Nance was preceded in death by her daughter, Carrie. Survivors include her son, Andrew D. Nance (Celina Fuentes) of Austin and granddaughter, Addison; her brothers: Alan Dunkin (Ann) of Rosburg, Washington, and Carter Dunkin (Cathy) of St. Louis; a niece, Jessica Hamlet of Northport, Alabama; a nephew, Bradley Dunkin of Forest Grove, Oregon; and several cousins.

Burial will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org/ways-to-give), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (www.wildflower.org/donate), or to an organization of the donor’s preference.

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 on December 23, 2020

Gerry V. Douglas, 66, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gerry was born on November 21, 1954 in Columbia to the late Hano Franklin and Dorothy Mae Douglas.

As a child, Gerry attended St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbia where he was a member of the children’s choir. Gerry graduated from Hickman High School and attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City for two years where he majored in Art. In the summers he interned as an illustrator at the Columbia Tribune.

Gerry loved watching the KC Chiefs football, bowling, hanging out with his family and friends, camping, Boy Scouts (he was a proud Eagle Scout), traveling, cooking, and enjoying the fruits of its labor of cooking (eating!) He mostly loved being a father and a brother.

Gerry is survived by his children: Gerri Williams of Phenix City, Alabama, Ranada Douglas of Kansas City, Brittany Douglas of Colorado Springs, Brandy C. Douglas of Colorado Springs, Gerry V. Douglas, Jr. of Colorado Springs; sisters: Donna M. Douglas of Wichita, Kansas and Carolyn S. Douglas-Jordan of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren: Indaca, Raesean, Amare, Kieashia, Robert Jr., Tieon, Daizah, Arianna and Bria; and a host of nieces, nephews to include great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorothy Mae Douglas and Hano Franklin Douglas; sisters: Imagene Jones, Ann Lorraine Douglas-Gilmore; brothers: Larry F. Douglas and Delroy Douglas.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 28 at Parker-Millard Funeral Services, 12 E. Ash Street, Columbia MO 65203, with a burial following at Columbia Cemetery.

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 on December 19, 2020

David Frank Russell, 74, passed away Dec. 17, 2020 at home in Hallsville, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on July 8, 1946 to Turner Reuben Russell and Edna Grace Armstrong Russell in Baltimore, Md. His family moved to Boonville and later to Columbia, where he attended Hickman High School and the University of Missouri. He served in the Army during the Vietnam war and later in the Missouri National Guard.

David married Jan Elizabeth Phillips on Oct. 2, 1994, sharing 26 years together. He worked hard every day to build a life for his family and to help others. He spent many years in the nursery industry and loved to design and create landscapes. David was a builder and he made the dream of owning a home possible for many people. He had the gift to visualize a house sitting on a site from a set of plans.

David cared about people and became an ordained minister in 2011. He served communion regularly at several nursing homes and performed many marriage ceremonies. David is a member of Rocky Fork Fellowship Church.

David loved to work and spend time with his family and friends. He was always willing to change his schedule to help someone or teach them various construction trades. He was a good man, a good friend and the best husband, father and Papa. Jan and the kids have many special memories they will always cherish.

David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eileen Schrader. He is survived by his wife, Jan Elizabeth Russell, brothers, Alan Russell and Michael Russell, and sister, Pat Benner, sister-in-law, Kelly Barnhouse, brother-in-law, Ray Schrader, daughters, Jeanettee Lamberson, Jennifer Wood, Rebecca Howard, Shirley Brewer, Jessica Carter, and sons, Josh Carter, Mark Wood, Rodney Howard and Bill Lamberson; grandchildren, Titus Howard, Brenden Howard, Abby and AJ Wright, Roston Howard, Logan Wood, Caden Wood, Olivia Wood, Myles Nguyen, Chaytin Carter, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Services will be at Rocky Fork Church in Hallsville on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made in David’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements under the direction of Fenton-Kendrick Funeral Home in Centralia.

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

Published on January 03, 2021

Turner Lewis Vemer, 90, of Heber City, Utah, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Mr. Vemer (known as “TV”) was born February 6, 1930, at the family homestead on Bowling Lane to the late Helen (Selby) and Floyd Vemer. Mr. Vemer was a graduate of Hickman High School, a lifelong member of Olivet Christian Church (and choir), and a veteran of the US Air Force. He met his first wife, the late Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Nelson, while stationed in Portland, Oregon. The two settled on the ancestral farm on Bowling Lane in eastern Boone County, raising their four children there.

While cattle was his passion, TV also excelled growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and red clover seed. Mr. Vemer served on the New Haven School Board; starred in productions at the Maplewood Barn Theatre; and was a vital early organizer of the Missouri Symphony Society. He proudly worked the mutton grill at the annual Olivet Church barbecue and won four grand championships for his hams at the Boone County Fair (one was served at the White House).

Mr. Vemer actively farmed in Boone and Callaway counties until 1992, when he moved to Chandler, Arizona. There he worked briefly for a housing developer in the Phoenix area while also retooling his farming skills to the southwestern climate. He also met his second wife, Jean Serena, and the two moved for a time to Las Cruces, before ultimately settling in Heber City. Jean and TV loved to travel, and enjoyed visiting Russia, Italy, and Australia in recent years.

His generosity and community mindset were boundless. On top of the countless hours Mr. Vemer gave to coaching his children, volunteering for civic organizations, championing causes he believed in as part of his political campaigns, and donating land and time for public schools, he willingly shared his knowledge of everything from weather to fishing to music with his children and grandchildren. He regularly lent his family, friends, and neighbors a hand, and shared slices of country ham and his best sweet corn with everyone he knew.

Mr. Vemer was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Elizabeth; his cherished second wife, Jean; his brothers, Robert and David, and sister, Betty Anne; and his parents, Floyd and Helen. He is survived by his son Randall (wife Mary Frances Byrne), of Portland, Ore.; daughter Paige Banet (husband Gerry) of Clayton; Leslie Trogdon (husband Tim) of Columbia; and daughter Anna Andrzejewski (husband Matt) of Madison, Wis.; and four grandchildren (Taylor Vemer Trogdon (Miami, Fla.); Nathan Vemer Banet (Klamath Falls, Ore.); Benjamin Vemer Banet (Bishop, Calif.); and Elizabeth Nelson Andrzejewski (Milwaukee, Wis.).

A memorial will be held when it is safe for people to gather again. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Vemer’s name can be made to: University of Missouri, Elizabeth Vemer Memorial Minority Scholarship Fund, 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211.

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

Published on December 27, 2020

Donald Wayne Powell, of Columbia, passed away December 22, 2020.

He was born on August 20, 1934 and graduated from Hickman High School in 1952. Wayne met his wife Maxine on a blind date in August 1953 and they were married September 25, 1954. He was the owner and operator of Powell Trailer Sales in Columbia for 30 years.

He was an avid Mizzou fan and lover of people. He was often found fundraising and selling tickets for local charity dinners and was a member of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion, Good Ol’ Boys, Rock Bridge Men's Picnic and past president of the Show-Me Cosmopolitan Club. Wayne also had a love for traveling and dancing with his wife.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Odus Powell and Ruby Pauline Easley. Survivors include his wife, Maxine (Hirschman) of Columbia; daughters: Susan Powell and Sheryl Oncken, husband Doug, both of Columbia; granddaughters: Lindsay Grace, husband Zac, of Columbia and Hilary Oncken, fiance Adam Love, of Wichita, Kansas; and great-granddog, Riley Grace.

A private service was held for immediate family and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight.

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

Published on January 06, 2021

Billy Harper, 58, of Columbia, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at his home.

Memorial services will take place at a later date with inurnment at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born April 14, 1962 in Marshall, he was the son of William F. “Bill” Harper, who survives of Columbia, and the late Linda Sue Bacon Harper. Billy lived in Columbia most of his life and was a 1980 graduate of Hickman High School. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in drafting from Central Missouri State University, now University of Central Missouri. On August 2, 1986 he married Connie Burton, who survives of the home. Billy’s entire professional career was spent as a draftsman with SEMCO in Columbia.

In addition to his father and wife, he is survived by two daughters: Sarah Tynes (Travis) of Kansas City and Erin Harper of Columbia; three grandchildren: Issa, Zoey and Lucas; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Published on January 10, 2021

Charles J. Dysart, 90, passed away at home on Christmas, December 25, 2020. Charles’s loving family was by his side at the time of passing.

Charles was born February 16, 1930 in Columbia to Maurice and Catherine Dysart. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1948 then enlisted in the Navy. Upon completion of his service to our country, Charles enrolled at the University of Missouri and graduated in 1957 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Charles married Mary R. Harpster in 1955, and she preceded him in death.

Charles is survived by his three daughters: Ann Blake (Rhine), Kathy, and Pat; as well as four grandsons; two great-grandsons; and one sister. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Charles joined MFA Insurance (now Shelter Insurance) in 1956 as a part-time employee in the Auto Division. He then became a full-time underwriter in the Fire Division and advanced to the role of assistant manager and manager of that division. He then served as manager of Auto Division before becoming Vice President of Underwriting, then retired in February 1995 as Senior Vice President of Underwriting.

His legacy at Shelter was that he was an effective manager, and a great leader of people who had the respect of fellow employees. He had that exceptional human quality that one needs in business to instill in other employees the same care for the job that he had. He was described by many as a gentleman who knew everyone’s name, spoke to all, never too busy to listen, and was always fair.

Charles loved his family, traveling, bowling, playing golf, and was a huge fan of Missouri football, basketball, and women’s softball. He was a member of University of Missouri-Columbia Friends of Music, the Tiger Scholarship Fund, and the University of Missouri Alumni Association. He was a long-time member and deacon of the First Christian Church in Columbia.

A visitation will be held starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 15 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. along with burial of the urn at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coyote Hills Children’s Home or to the donor’s charity of choice.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences and to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

Published on January 03, 2021

Kenneth Spry, 91, a life-long resident of Boone County, passed away December 28, 2020 in Columbia.

Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery with a private family graveside service.

Kenneth was born September 10, 1929 in Columbia to Ollie Virgil and Mary Edna Peacher Spry. He served state-side in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Lionbergers and Lindsey Rentals before working several years as a custodian for Vickers Incorporated before retiring.

Kenneth was a simple man who lived daily with the Joy that folks often lose as they age. He always kept close to home to be near his beloved wife, Marian. After she passed away in 2003, he began to volunteer for the Boone County Council for aging, where he would mow lawns for the elderly. In 2009, he was named RSVP Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Boone County Council on Aging. Also he was very proud to take part in a Missouri Honor Flight. His model building hobby started with a ship, then an airplane, now Kenneth's hobby has taken off in a direction he didn't see coming. Among the hundreds of tiny parts, Kenneth found a piece of himself; he had invested over 800 hours to his hobby.

Kenneth is survived by several nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian; brothers: Virgil Lee Spry and Harold Vaughn Spry; and a sister, Lois Spry Pepper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight in memory of Kenny Spry, 1400 Forum Suite 7-A, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203 or Services for Independent Living (senior connect) 1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201.

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

Published on January 03, 2021

Bobby Gene Roberts, 86, of Columbia, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at his home, with his wife and daughters at his side.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5 at Memorial Funeral Home, with graveside service to follow at 11 a.m. The graveside service will be live streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page: Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery. In keeping with the guidelines put forth by the Boone County Health Director, all guests are required to wear a mask, to maintain social distancing (six feet apart), cough into your sleeve, and wash/sanitize your hands often.

Bobby was born in Boone County on May 2, 1934 to Velpo and Flossie (McKissick) Roberts. He was a graduate of Hickman High School. On March 15, 1962, he was united in marriage to Marcella Caruthers, who survives. Bobby was a self-employed contractor, building many family homes throughout Boone County. He was also employed with the University in the athletic department. He was a talented artist, loved music and singing and had a deep-rooted appreciation of antiques. He enjoyed refinishing and restoring furniture, re-caning chairs and attending auctions. With his family, he loved listening to music, stomping them at Trivial Pursuit, and watching sports and westerns.

In addition to his wife, Marcella, Bobby is survived by two daughters: Shelly (Vern) Johnson and Angie (Chad) Rosenstengel; three grandchildren: Katelyn, Leah and Keiland; one great-grandson, Carter; one brother-in-law, Earl (Mariea) Caruthers; two sisters-in-law: Sue Caruthers and Eula Caruthers; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bobby may be best remembered for his resilience, having defeated death countless times, leaving his family, friends and doctors in complete and total amazement. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

Published on January 02, 2021

Don M. Griffin, age 85, passed away at Parkview Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

He was born and raised in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School. He married, had two children, became a land surveyor and worked in Mentor, Ohio, Lakeland, Florida, Columbia, and El Paso, Texas. Don learned aerial mapping when he moved to Lakeland. After moving to Columbia, he was elected county surveyor for a time, and then moved to El Paso, where he worked about 30 years as a city surveyor. Don was very involved with Alanon in Texas and made many friends. He also helped greatly with the Alateen program. Don loved people and never met a stranger. He moved to Paducah, Kentucky to be near his family in the spring of 2019.

He is survived by his two daughters: Debbie Brawner of Paducah and Cathy Rigsby of Paducah; two granddaughters: Kimberly Jesky of Defuniak Springs, Florida, and Sarah Rudolph Kamp of Chicago, Illinois; one grandson, Jonathan Shaun Rudolph of Louisville; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lynne Arthur; one granddaughter, Amanda Hemphill; and his parents, Merrill Griffin and Betty Payne.

He will be cremated per his wishes and no services are scheduled at this time.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com. 

 





























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