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Kewpie Deaths - 2022
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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



Olivia Grace Boughton, Class of 2019, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022.

Billy Don Ballew, Class of 1948, died Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Moberly, Missouri.

Forrest Edward (Sonny) Perkins, Jr., Class of 1966, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Alan Roco Mitchell, II, Class of 1996, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Capital Regional Hospital in Jefferson City, Missoui.

Peter Langosch Breece, Class of 1994, passed away Friday January 7, 2022 at Boone Hospital.

Warren "Mort" Mordica, Class of 1950, passed away Thursday, January 6th, 2022 at his home in Columbia.

Keith Sumner, Class of 2021, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022.

Joanne Elizabeth “Jodie” Clark Calvert, Class of 1953, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Joseph Charles Petsel, Class of 1970, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022, at Boone County Hospital.



Posted online on January 05, 2022

Joseph Charles Petsel, of Columbia, Missouri, a caring uncle, brother, son and dog dad, passed away at the age of 71 on January 1st, at 2:15 am at Boone County Hospital.

He was born in Iowa City, Iowa to Coral and Joseph E. Petsel on September, 21, 1950. He is survived by siblings Randy Petsel, Cheryl Williams, Ramona Wayne, and Joe Carrone; and nieces and nephews Kristy Hampton, Jimmie Petsel (daughter Izzy), Rebecca Williams, Randy Dale Petsel (sons Blake and Blane), Jennifer Hicks, Valerie Theberge, Paige Baxter, and Hannah Carrone.

After graduating from Hickman High School, Joe took up photography and loved taking pictures, especially of nature and his dog.

Joe knew many people and all had an experience or memory with him on a river or stream. He was always one to watch while floating with, whether he was trying to spray you with his water gun or helping another family member flip your canoe. He loved his family and spending time with them and telling old stories. More than life itself, he loved his animals who held a very special place in his heart.

Memorial Services will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, January 8th at The Revolution Church on Leslie Ln. in Columbia, MO. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Columbia Humane Society or the animal shelter of donors choice.

Arrangements for Mr. Petsel are under the direction of TYLER M. WOODS FUNERAL DIRECTOR, 611 E. Capitol Ave. Jefferson City, Missouri 65101. (573) 636-2424. Condolences may be made to the family at www.WoodsMemorialServices.com.

Posted online on January 03, 2022

Joanne Elizabeth “Jodie” Calvert, age 86, of Gravois Mills, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. She was born July 18, 1935, in Russellville, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Clemons I. and Velma E. (Ward) Clark.

On August 19, 1954, in Columbia, Missouri, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, William E. Calvert.

For many years, Jodie worked as a secretary for Hickman High School in Columbia.

Jodie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Columbia.

She was an avid bowler and a member of the Laurie Area Women’s Bowling Association from 1980 to present. There, she served as past president and was the secretary for over twenty-five years.

In her younger years, Jodie enjoyed camping and going to derby’s. She always looked forward to traveling with Bill. Together, they visited all but three of the fifty states.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her daughters, Brenda Winscott of Columbia, Missouri, Cheryl York and husband Dale of Rocheport, Missouri, Sandy Bowerman of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Susan Sontag and husband Jim of Barnett, Missouri; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with two on the way; her sister, Jane McDivitt and husband Gary of Minneapolis, Minnesota and many other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Clark and sister, Judy Felt.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 8th, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Graveside services and interment will follow in Garber Memorial Estates. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Posted online on January 07, 2022

Keith L. Sumner was born on Sept. 3, 2002 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the son of Lloyd and Barbara Sumner. Keith moved from Ardmore, OK to the Columbia MO area in 2016. He was a student at Hickman High and had just completed his first freshman semester at the University of Missouri. Keith was active in the Hickman band; recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout with BSA; and enjoyed cooking, birdwatching, and composing and recording his own digital music.

Keith had strong work ethics and worked as a Shift Manager at Pickleman’s for several years and recently started as a part time IT tech as he transitioned into college.

Keith’s life ended abruptly in a tragic automotive accident on January 3, 2022.

He is survived by his parents, sister Jennifer Wolf and her husband Joseph Mangieri, uncle Kenneth Sumner Jr., uncle David Potts & wife Anne Marie, uncle Daniel Potts & wife Regina, aunt Tammie Phillips & husband Ron, grandfather Kenneth Sumner Sr., great aunt Bonnie Roberts, girlfriend Kamryn Kreitz, and many other family members and close friends in MO and abroad.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church with viewing/visitation starting at 10-11am, services and interment 11-12pm, and a memorial luncheon afterwards.

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

Posted online on January 12, 2022

Warren "Mort" Mordica, 89 of Columbia, passed away Thursday January 6th, 2022 at home with his family.

He was born January 31st 1932 in Columbia to John and Frances Mordica. He enlisted in the Navy in 1950 in the Korean War.

During his life he worked as a carpenter then went into the autobody field for 18 years. He was an avid gardener, cook, father, arrowhead and mushroom hunter and a fishing fool. He loved the outdoors and being with his family. Warren married Zula Williamson on May 16th, 1958. Together they raised 8 kids.

He is survived by all 8 kids: Steve McSwain, Greg McSwain (Mary), Darrel McSwain(Teresa), Ronda Quigley, Tina Fountain, Jr. Mordica, Tammy Mordica and Tim Mordica and one sister Gail Perkins. He has 10 grandkids, 14 great grandkids with one on the way. He had many nieces and nephews. Warren was loved by many. Preceded in death are his parents John and Geneva Mordica, wife Zula, brothers Gene, Beck, Bill and his sisters Edith and Fay and his grandson Ron Acton.

A private interment will be held later.

Warren Elliot leaves behind a good name and lifetime of memories. He was a lifetime fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou Football.

Posted online on January 11, 2022

Peter Langosch Breece, 46 of Columbia, passed away Friday January 7, 2022 at Boone Hospital. Visitation will be 10 a.m. -11 a.m. Thursday January 13, 2022 at Faith Baptist Church, 3909 Brown Station Rd, Columbia, MO 65202 with a Memorial Service celebrating Peter’s life beginning at 11 a.m.

Peter was born on April 29, 1975 in Columbia, the son of Frederich Peter Breece and Sandra (Blumer) Breece. On December 18, 2010 he was united in marriage to Tamara (Hartle) Breece who survives.

Peter was a devoted husband and loving father. He was employed in the restaurant and retail business. He spent the last 12 years working for Wal-Mart. He enjoyed bowling in a league, playing card games with his friends and listening to music. He was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church for over 25 years. He loved God. He loved his country but most importantly he loved his family.

Peter is survived by his wife: Tammy; their son: Peter Arthur Breece; his siblings: Andrew Breece; Suni McConnell; Emily Breece and a host of cousins; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents: Bobby Lee and Betty Jean Breece.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 3501 Lansing Ave, Columbia, MO 65201.

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

Posted online on January 15, 2022

Alan Roco Mitchell, II, 43 of Columbia passed away due to Covid-19 at Capital Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Family and friends gathered to celebrate his life.

Alan was born in Columbia, the son of Alan Roco Mitchell and Debra Worley. He attended Columbia Public Schools and graduated from Hickman High School. He graduated from the College of the Ozarks with a degree in education. It was there that he met his future wife, Bethlehem Mills. Upon returning to Columbia Alan built a career with the Columbia Police Department first as a booking officer. After attending the Law Enforcement Training Institute and receiving his police license he became a fulltime police office. He worked all the patrol shifts, a downtown foot beat, an evidence technician, and as a detective.

He then entered a second career as an over the road truck driver for Prime Trucking. He loved driving and it gave him many great experiences.

Alan leaves behind his beloved wife Beth, three daughters whom he adored, Emily, Molly, Alyssa; his mother Debra Mitchell; his father Alan (Sheryl) Mitchell; two sisters Heather, Dawn; one niece Ramona and one nephew James. Alan will be remembered fondly by many.

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

Posted online on January 15, 2022

Forrest Edward (Sonny) Perkins, Jr., 73, of Columbia, MO passed away Wednesday, January 12th. Funeral Service will be 10am, Tuesday January 18 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Nashville Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may gather at Memorial Funeral Home, Monday from 3-6pm.

Sonny was born March 1, 1948 to Forrest and Florence Salmon Perkins. He was a 1966 graduate of Hickman High School where he was active in the FFA and served as the Chapter President. He worked for several years with the University of Missouri as a Master Plumber. He also worked as a plumber for many years with Fairway Construction. He loved to fish and spend time with his friends at the River Cabin. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, and raised two Parakeets; Big Al and George.

He is survived by his daughters, Mony Perkins, Windy Leighton, and Sunny Perkins; sisters; Linda Rodabaugh, Connie Mann, Carol Shubert, and the twins Rock Perkins and Jo Whitworth; ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and a loving extended family, many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri 2101 Vandiver Dr, Columbia, MO 65202

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

Posted online on January 19, 2022

Billy Don Ballew, 90, of Columbia, Missouri died on January 15, 2022 in Moberly, Missouri.

Born December 5, 1931, in Murry, Missouri, son of Elgin and Marie Ballew.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Wilborn Ballew, sons Warren Ballew, Glenn Ballew, Steven Ballew, step-son James Storms (Lori), step-daughter Tammy Calcote (Ralph), six grandchildren and sisters Janet Wilson and Marjorie Van Horn. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Willowdean and brothers Eugene, Richard and Ronnie.

He graduated from Hickman High School at age 16. He served in Germany as an Army Corporal Technician performing diesel engine repair during the Korean War. He farmed in the Murry and Hallsville area. His hobbies were John Deere tractors and playing competitive chess and checkers with his step-son and grandchildren who will dearly miss their Pawpaw Billy. He loved to eat ice cream and always said that he liked just two kinds of pie, cold and hot.

Interment private.

Posted online on January 19, 2022

Olivia Grace Boughton, 21, Columbia, passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2022.

Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 21, 2022 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will follow the visitation at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Olivia was born on October 18, 2000 in Mesa, Arizona, the daughter of Brian and Clover (Chenoweth) Boughton. Olivia graduated from Hickman High School and attended Sam Brown Cosmetology School. She was employed by Varsity Nails as a nail tech in Columbia.

Olivia loved the outdoors, the sunshine, the woods and her favorite place the Missouri River. Her smile, bubbly personality and a laugh nobody can forget. She loved her cats, spooky haunted places, her friends and family meant everything to her!! She was a diehard Raider fan! Olivia was a free spirit who needed to be set free.

She is survived by parents, Brian (Gretchen) Boughton and Clover (Roger) Helmka, all of Columbia; Brother, Zachary Boughton of Columbia; sister, Bethany Chenoweth of Columbia; grandparents, Deborah Black of Columbia, Dennis and Julie Boughton of Chicago, Illinois, Randy and Cathy Chenoweth of South Carolina and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, c/o of 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.            


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