The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

Obituaries

Published 11-15-17

Willa Jean Juliano, 93
Willa Jean Juliano, of Fortuna, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles, Missouri. She was born December 18, 1923 in Diagond, Iowa, a daughter of Frank Alan and Iva May (Hooker) Higgins.

She was united in marriage to Larry Juliano and together they shared many year of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Terry Lovelace and four siblings, Darlene Owens, Maxine Hogan, Frank Higgins and George Higgins.

Survivors include her son, Rodger Juliano of Fortuna, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jim Lovelace of Lockport, Illinois, Brandy Juliano of Schaumburg, Illinois, Steve Lovelace of Springfield, Illinois and Ashley Gleason of Boling Brook, Illinois; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil Higgins of Fortuna, Missouri; two sisters, Catherine Cheser of Marysville, California and Doris Higgins of Wheaton, Illinois and a host of nieces and nephews.

Willa was raised in Iowa and later moved to Chicago. She lived in Kansas and eventually settled in Washington where she worked as an electrical engineer for Boeing for thirty-one years.

She purchased a turkey farm in Fortuna and made her home there. She worked for the nursing home in Tipton for many years.

She was a member of West Union Baptist Church in Versailles.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017 at West Union Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to West Union Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Venson Joseph (Joe) Hollandsworth, 84
Venson Joseph (Joe) Hollandsworth, of Montreal, Missouri, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his residence in Montreal.

Joe, the son of Hobert and Myra Robinett, was born March 29, 1933 in Freedom, Missouri.

Joe, known as “Captain Joe” worked at Kirkwood Lodge for more than 50 years. He was in charge of maintenance and taught water skiing. In his spare time he enjoyed building, gardening, fishing, and tending to his chickens, ducks, and goats.

Joe was an avid American League Baseball Fan, and especially cheered on the Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. He enjoyed eating Oreo cookies and spending time with his friends and family.

Joe is survived by his children; sons, David and wife Christie of Montreal, Dennis of Eldon, and Daniel (Dano) of Montreal; three daughters, Connie Stacy of Montreal, Teresa Hampton and husband Martin of Camdenton, and Kris Wilder and husband, John, of Montreal; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert of Linn Creek and William (Dee) and his wife Mary Jane of Richwoods, MO.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five sisters; and four brothers.

Services were held Tuesday, November 7 , 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment was at Freedom Cemetery in Montreal, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


George Knighton, Jr., 91
George Knighton, Jr., NHC Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away October 18, 2017. He was born March 16, 1926 to the late George T. Knighton and Lorene Faulkner Knighton in Platte City, Missouri.

He and Betty Lee Kalousek were married September 5, 1948 in the Kansas University Chapel at Lawrence, Kansas.

Mr. Knighton served in the U.S. Air Force and then received his engineering degree from Kansas University. He spent thirty-five years in management with Westinghouse Corporation, eventually retiring in 1986.

He was known to many for lovingly spending time with his family and friends at the Lake of the Ozarks home that he and his wife of sixty-nine years owned. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and was able to fix anything that needed it.

In addition to his devoted wife, Betty, he is survived by their four children, Kent and Cheryl of New Portland, Maine, Sherry of Columbia, Missouri, Curt and Sally of Salt Lake City, Utah and Bob and Nancy of Angola, New York; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassus or Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.


Grace L. Ralston, 76
Grace L. Ralston, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri on Wednesday November 8, 2017.

Grace was born September 30, 1941, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harold and Lucille (Nicholson) Gahart.

She was united in marriage to Billy W. Ralston on April 26, 1964 Shields, Illinois.

Grace owned and operated the Lil’ Bit of Country Furniture store in Osage Beach for 10 years, she was a member of Elks Lodge 2517 in Osage Beach, she loved shopping, boating and watching NASCAR racing, but she dearly loved spending time with her family.

Grace is survived by her husband of 53 years Billy, son Mike Ralston and wife Eileen of Cape Coral, Florida, two brothers; Ronald Gahart and wife Kathy, Dennis Gahart and wife Kay all of Libertyville, Illinois, two sisters; Arlene Alvin, of Green Lake, Wisconsin, LuAnne Kinney and husband (Ron), of Apollo Beach, Florida, three grandchildren; Carey Ralston, Jennifer Ralston and Molly Ralston and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Harold and Lucille Gahart and two brothers; Charlie and Carl Gahart.

Celebration of Life Services were held Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Elks Lodge 5161 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Memorials may be given to Dewey’s Toys for Kids.

Expressions of Sympathy may be placed online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home Osage Beach, Missouri.


Dorothy L. (Heinemann) Williams, 94
Dorothy L. (Heinemann) Williams, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born March 5, 1923, in Versailles, a daughter of the late August O. and Lillie Mae (Hunter) Heinemann.

On October 5, 1944, she was united in marriage to William W. “Bill” Williams, at her home in Versailles. He preceded her in death on August 24, 2017.

Dorothy graduated from Versailles High School in 1940. She attended business school and served as the Deputy County Collector for three years.

She spent the next several years raising her children and taking care of her family. In 1963, she became a licensed cosmetologist and worked alongside her husband at their salon, “The Beauty Box”.

Dorothy and Bill recorded all of the gravesites for the one hundred fifty-two cemeteries in Morgan County. Their knowledge and dedication will remain a perpetual, invaluable asset to the residents of Morgan County.

They also enjoyed traveling and genealogy. She especially enjoyed their trip to Germany following her heritage.

She was a member of the Versailles Westminster Presbyterian Church where she was active in various women’s circles.

She is survived by her children, Joy Peek and husband Dan of Barnett, Missouri and Lee Williams and wife Donna of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandchildren, Craig Baer and wife Kim, Nathan Baer and wife Kim Anne, Seth Baer, Bill Williams and wife Jodi, Angela Rashba and husband Dan, Kyler Williams, Allison Williams and Jordan Williams; great-grandchildren, Grace Baer, Spencer Baer, Elizabeth Baer, Rae Rashba, Reese Rashba, Lee Williams, Nora Williams and Peyton Williams and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jim Williams, brother, August “Bud” Heineman and sisters, Mary Washburn and Betty Sue Cable.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles with Pastor Rudy Beard officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Versailles Cemetery Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Published 11-8-17

Bobbi Kaye Steele, 72
Bobbi Kaye Steele, of Versailles, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 in Golden Age Living Center, Stover, Missouri. She was born September 13, 1944 in Fort Riley, Kansas, a daughter of Major Robert I. Jones (Ret.) and Billie Beatrice (Hubble) Jones.
On October 12, 1980 in Garfield, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Gary Lane Steele. Together they have shared the past thirty-six years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Patty Haley and Phyllis Cane.

Survivors include her husband, Gary of the home; four children, Aaron Quisenberry and wife Trish of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Wendy Leith and husband Troy of Abilene, Kansas, Layla Meyer and husband Jerico of Lost Springs, Kansas and Michael Steele and wife Mandy of Abilene, Kansas; twelve grandchildren, Leroy Leith, Bryan Leith, Morgan Leith, Haley Meyer, A.J. Quisenberry, Brianna Slavens, Ty Quisenberry, Gracie Meyer, Asher Quisenberry, Annalee Meyer, Wylie Meyer and Mikayla Steele; a half-brother, Helmut Jones of Austria; a half-sister, Joan Marie Fleener of Tennessee and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bobbi was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Stover, Missouri. She enjoyed painting and was very talented at it. Each year, she put out a garden. In her younger years, she drove a race car and won several trophies.

Having a father in the military, the family lived in various places, including overseas during World War II. She graduated high school in Wichita, Kansas and received an Associate’s degree from Dodge City Community College.

She worked as a commercial illustrator for Boeing and Cessna and later worked alongside her husband in his construction business. Her favorite job was doctoring cattle for a veterinarian.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s and Brian Research Center. (ALZ.org)

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Emma Grace Dobbins, 92
Emma Grace Dobbins, of Versailles, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 in Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles, Missouri. She was born May 13, 1925 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Charles and Marie Richardson.

On February 28, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ralph L. Dobbins. Together they shared fifty-eight years of marriage before his passing on August 18, 2001.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carol Huff; a grandson, Ralph Eugene Ruiz; two brothers, Jake and Charles Richardson and a sister, Carrie Miller.

Survivors include three granddaughters, Debra Chambers and husband Lloyd of Versailles, Missouri, Victoria Stone and husband Glin of Rancho Cucamonga, California and Kelly Ray of Somerset, Kentucky; numerous great grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great granddaughter.

She was raised in Pennsylvania and after World War II moved to California. She worked as a nurse’s aide for many years. She and her husband retired to Versailles in the early 1990’s.

Emma was a member of West Union Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was the Queen of the Apple Festival in 1999 and volunteered many hours at Good Shepherd Care Center.

Graveside services and burial were held Monday, October 30, 2017 at Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Larry Dewayne Turner, 77

Larry Dewayne Turner was born to Edward “Ted” Ashley Turner and Agnes Vernelle (Martin) Turner on March 8, 1940.

The 5th of nine children, Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother, Floyd; baby sister, Janice; wife of 40 years, Sandra J. Turner and great-granddaughter, Tess Marie Brown.

Larry was born in St. Joseph. He married Sandy Wright on October 16, 1959 and they had three children. They divorced in 2000. Larry was a bricklayer for over twenty years and later worked for Prime Tanning.

He fulfilled his dream of retiring to the Lake of the Ozarks. Larry loved hunting and fishing and, in his later years, playing cards with family and friends. He enjoyed lake life, cruising the lake in his pontoon, with Bob Seeger tunes and entertaining friends and family.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Terre Jo Turner (Rick Fitzwater); son, Todd Ashley Turner (wife Terri) and daughter, Debbie Best (Charles Lee Ussary); grandchildren, Aaron Brown, Eric Brown (wife Katie), Kelley Zwick, Brooke Turner, Jason Ross (wife Janet), Kelley Huonker, Travis Best, Taryn Best (Garrett Grable) and Trevor Pankau (Kelsea Hall); great-grandchildren, Hunter, Shelby, Erin and Dodge Brown, Ashlyn, Christian and Logan Zwick, Briley Thompson, Paige and Taylor Ross, Corey and Carlie Luellen, Tanner, Adylyn and Baby Pankau due in March of 2018; his brother, Ted Turner (wife Deb) and sisters, Shirley Herbert (Dave), Carole Helle, Sharon Sisk (Ron), Patty Blakley (Bill), Margaret Miller (Don) and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Graveside services and burial was held Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Union Cemetery in Faucett, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie.

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.


Richard C. Benman, age 81
Richard C. Benman, of Versailles, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born October 7, 1936, in Cooperstown, New York, a son of the late Carl and Josephine Benman.

On August 30, 1972, in Phoenix, Arizona, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Kay L. (Fredericks) Benman.

Richard was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He worked as a computer programmer for General Electric and later for Honeywell.

He expressed his religion through the Catholic faith.

In addition to his wife, Kay, he is survived by his brother, Eugene Benman of New York.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Donald Nelson Shanks, 75
Donald Nelson Shanks, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his home in Camdenton.

Don was born March 15, 1942 in Clinton, Missouri. He was the son of Nelson and Coleca (Clannan) Shanks.

On August 25, 1985 in Harrisonville, Missouri, Don was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Drummond. They shared 32 loving years of marriage together at the time of his death.

Don retired twice; from Honeywell Corporation and from Lucent (AT&T). After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, and spending time with family.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending his day’s deer and turkey hunting, fishing, camping and boating. He was thrilled when he was able to teach his grandchildren how to hunt and fish.

Don was loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a caring brother, friend and neighbor. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; his sons, Craig Shanks and wife, Kerri, of Harrisonville, Missouri and Kevin Edwards and wife, Margo, of Kansas City, Missouri; his daughters Kim Ackinson and husband, Josh, of Adrian, Missouri, Cheryl Schmidt and husband, JR, of Glasgow, Missouri, Susan Termini and husband, Mike, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Terri Adame of Gardner, Kansas; his sister Natalie Jean Becker and husband, Bill of Belton, Missouri; his mother-in-law Helen Drummond of Glasgow, Missouri; his niece Susan Jarrett and husband, Chip, of Lee's Summit, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren ;along with other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nelson and Coleca Shanks.

A Celebration of Don’s Life was held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association and may be left at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Rodney Delos Bacon, 78
Rodney Delos Bacon, of Barnett, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri. He was born November 17, 1938 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, a son of Delos Elmer and Nellie Irene (Long) Bacon.

On July 17, 1971 in Stewartville, Minnesota, he was united in marriage to Nancy Kaye Ingersoll. Together they shared the past forty-six years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Seth Stinnett; a great-granddaughter, Aria Robinett and a sister, Janet Wolfe.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Bacon of the home; three children, Michelle Batty, Shane Stinnett and Danielle Woodford and husband William, Jr. all of Barnett, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy VanTries and husband Don of Spring Valley, Minnesota and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rod was raised in Minnesota and lived in Houston, Texas for a time before settling in Versailles. He owned and operated Marvin Plant Farm and was known as “the tree man”.

He was a member of the Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners and enjoyed growing plants and trees and selling them. He also enjoyed wood working.

A family service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Willa Jean Juliano, 93
Willa Jean Juliano, of Fortuna, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles, Missouri. She was born December 18, 1923 in Diagond, Iowa, a daughter of Frank Alan and Iva May (Hooker) Higgins.

She was united in marriage to Larry Juliano and together they shared many year of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Terry Lovelace and four siblings, Darlene Owens, Maxine Hogan, Frank Higgins and George Higgins.

Survivors include her son, Rodger Juliano of Fortuna, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jim Lovelace of Lockport, Illinois, Brandy Juliano of Schaumburg, Illinois, Steve Lovelace of Springfield, Illinois and Ashley Gleason of Boling Brook, Illinois; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil Higgins of Fortuna, Missouri; two sisters, Catherine Cheser of Marysville, California and Doris Higgins of Wheaton, Illinois and a host of nieces and nephews.

Willa was raised in Iowa and later moved to Chicago. She lived in Kansas and eventually settled in Washington where she worked as an electrical engineer for Boeing for thirty-one years.

She purchased a turkey farm in Fortuna and made her home there. She worked for the nursing home in Tipton for many years.

She was a member of West Union Baptist Church in Versailles.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017 at West Union Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to West Union Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 11-1-17

Patricia Ann (Cook) Whitney, 87
Patricia Ann (Cook) Whitney, of Laurie, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born July 4, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter of the late Robert Blake and Donna Mae (Pierce) Cook.

On August 29, 1954, in Allegan, Michigan, she was united in marriage to George Whitney, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2012.

Pat earned her degree as a registered nurse from St. Augustine Nursing School in Chicago. She diligently used that degree to support their family while her beloved husband earned his degree, with the help of Pat, and the VA Bill from Western Michigan University.

She had a passion for sewing and she was a true seamstress. She added a label “LuvPats” to all of her loving talents.

When she wasn’t sewing, Pat was flower gardening, camping, entertaining family and friends, boating and spending time on the water with her sweetie and her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by those who loved her.

Pat was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church and the Lady Elks Auxiliary in Laurie.

She is survived by her son, Steve Whitney of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; daughters, Karen Benakis and husband John of Linn Creek, Missouri and Sara McElwee and husband Dale of Camdenton, Missouri; brother, Robert Cook of Kalamazoo, Michigan; six grandchildren, Lauren Neal and husband Jordan, Steven Whitney and fiancée Patty Turgeon, Whitney DeBourge and husband Justin, Joseph Cope, Nicholas Benakis and Andrew Whitney; a great-granddaughter, Ariadne DeBourge; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Jean Gilpin and daughter-in-law, Gwen Whitney.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 21, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Graveside services and interment followed in Garber Memorial Estates in Laurie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. 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.


Marvin Eugene Born, 83
Marvin Eugene Born, of Montreal, Missouri passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home.

Marvin was born October 5, 1934 in North Judson, Indiana. He was the son of the late Otto and Evelyn Born.

On June 23, 1956, Marvin was united in marriage to Josephine Murphy at United Methodist Church in North Judson, Indiana. They celebrated 61 years of marriage together at the time of his death.

He worked for State Farm Insurance in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Sunrise Beach, Missouri in 1996. Marvin and Josephine were avid boaters on the Mississippi River. He enjoyed woodworking in his shop.

Many happy hours were also spent on their deck with his lake friends. Marvin cherished time with his three sons and his grandchildren.

Marvin is survived by his wife Josephine of Montreal, Missouri; his three children, Dennis Born of Montreal, Missouri, Rick Born and wife Bonnie of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Craig Born and wife Jamie of Linn Creek, Missouri; his eight grandchildren, Dylan, Dyani, Zachary, Nicole, Steven, Aaron (Heather), Rene’ (Jamie) and Robert; his 8 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

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

The family welcomed friends and relatives for visitation on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri. Military Honors followed.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Carol Ann Mueller, 84
Carol Ann Mueller, of Laurie, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017, at her home. She was born September 9, 1933, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Bryan William and Zelma Jane (Lanham) Rose.

On June 23, 1956, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Robert H. Mueller.

She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Camdenton.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she is survived by her children, Jane Veronica Doss and husband Steven of Mt. Vernon, Missouri and Clifford Bryan Mueller and wife Kathleen of Aurora, Missouri; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Junior Rose.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 24, at the Peace Lutheran Church of Camdenton with Pastor Stewart Pepper officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Peace Lutheran Church. 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.
 

Published 10-25-17

John “Jack” Ronald Krier, 77 

John “Jack” Ronald Krier, of Warsaw, MO, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He suffered a massive heart attack Oct. 9.

Jack was born September 24, 1940 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of John M. Krier and Bernadette J. Michels of Emery, South Dakota.

Jack was raised in Alexandria, South Dakota and graduated from AHS in 1958. He graduated from South Dakota State University, Brookings, in 1962 with degrees in Journalism and Print Management.

Jack started working in the newspaper business when he was in the eighth grade as a “printers devil.” In high school he started writing sports stories for the paper and the dream of owning his own paper someday began.

After college, he joined the National Guard. His first job was for Jack Lough, owner of the Albion News and president of the National Newspaper Association in Albion, Neb. Six months later he met Kathleen Carver and told her immediately that he was going to marry her. They were married Feb. 6, 1965.

In June 1965 they purchased the Bridgewater Tribune, Bridgewater, South Dakota. Their first two daughters, DiAnn and Julie, were born while there. In 1968, they sold the paper and Jack worked for The Dickie County Leader, in Ellendale, N.D. to help out because of a tragedy at the paper.

In 1970, they purchased the Optic-News, Wellsville, Mo. Daughter number three, Sheryl, and a son, James, were born. In 1976, they moved to Audubon, Iowa and purchased the Audubon News-Advocate and the Exira Journal. Eventually they bought out the Nishna Valley Tribune. The company expanded by forming Jumbo Jack’s Cookbook Co., and specialized in printing cookbooks as fund-raisers. Daughter number four, Nicole was born.

Jack retired in 1991 and moved to Kimberling City, Mo. Retirement wasn’t what he wanted, so the hunt for another paper was on. They bought the Table Rock Gazette in Kimberling City and sold it. Next they started a new paper, The Stone County Gazette, and sold it.

Then, instead of one or two newspapers, he bought three and grew that group in Missouri: Carrollton Democrat, Carrollton; Lexington News, Lexington; Higginsville Advance, Higginsville; Norborne Democrat-Leader, Norborne; Santa Fe Times, Alma; Glasgow Missourian, Glasgow; Windsor Review, Windsor; Cole Camp Courier, Cole Camp; Lincoln New Era, Lincoln; St. Clair Courier, Osceola; Appleton City Journal, Appleton City; Humansville Star-Leader, Humansville; and Rich Hill Mining Review, Rich Hill.

In 2000, he purchased the Lyons Daily News, Lyons, Kan., later sold; then Russell Co. News, Russell, Kan.; Natoma Independent, Natoma, Kan. This was the beginning of Main Street Media.

They went on to purchase the Ellis Review, Ellis, Kan.; Plainville Times, Plainville, Kan.; Phillips County Review, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, Kan.; Downs News and Times, Downs, Kan.; Osborne County Farmer, Osborne, Kan.; Cawker City Ledger, Cawker City, Kan.; Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Neb.; Franklin Chronicle, Franklin, Neb.; Harlan County Journal, Alma, Neb.; Blue Hill Leader, Blue Hill, Neb.; Lindsborg News-Record, Lindsborg, Kan.; Sterling Bulletin, Sterling, Kan.; Gove County Advocate, Quinter, Kan.

In 2015 they sold the majority percent of the stock in Main Street Media, Inc. to Frank Mercer and Joe Blum, both business associates and friends.

Jack retired again to Warsaw, Mo. where he couldn’t sit still. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and on the parish council, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and editor of the church bulletin.

His hobbies included watching the Cleveland Indians, and all baseball. Above most things he loved following Lincoln Cardinal sports.

Over the years he was a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, American Legion, several community economic development groups and more.

Surviving Jack is his wife of 52 years, Kathy; one son: James (Kami) Krier of Warsaw; four daughters: DiAnn Bills of Warsaw, Julie (Ken) Pingrey of Coon Rapids, Iowa, Sheryl (Peter) Kao of Southlake, Texas, and Nikki (John Plumlee) Krier of Branson West; and eight grandchildren: Miranda Bills, MacKenzie Bills, Wilson Pingrey, Levi Pingrey, Makena Kao, Olivia Kao, Ashton Plumlee and Kennedy Krier. Two brothers: Dick (Pat) Krier, Idaho, and Don (Faye) Krier, South Dakota; two sisters: Delores Rudie, Minn. and Judie (John) Hritz, Calif.

He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Rudie.

Funeral services will be Nov. 25, 2017 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Warsaw, MO at 10 a.m. At 12 noon a Celebration of Life and Fellowship will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Warsaw, MO


Rise R. (Flippin) Wright, 60
Rise R. (Flippin) Wright, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017, at her home. She was born October 1, 1957, a daughter of the late James and Dolores (Barnes) Flippin.

She was united in marriage to Ron Wright, who preceded her in death.

Rise was generous and giving and was always willing to help someone in need.

She is survived by her sisters, Deena Cloe and husband Richard of Wellington, Missouri, Regina McClanahan of Sedalia, Missouri and Billie Weathers and husband Stormy of Versailles, Missouri; her brother, James Flippin of Virginia and her nieces and nephews, Tiffoni Adkins, Deidra Anderson, Lindsay McClanahan, Forest Moore, Timmothy Murray and Devon Murray.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Charles Moore, brother, Michael Flippin and sister, Danette Linares.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter in Sunrise Beach.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Darleen Goans, 85

Darleen Goans, of Buckner, Missouri, formerly of Versailles, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at her home. She was born November 25, 1931, in Morgan County, a daughter of the late Peter Albert and Amy (Tunis) Monteer.

On April 5, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to George W. Goans, who preceded her in death on December 25, 2010.

Darleen was a member of the Family Worship Center in Versailles.

She is survived by her daughter, Lavonne Endicott and husband Paul of Buckner, Missouri; son, Myron Gale Goans and wife, Sherri of Buckner, Missouri; grandchildren, Paula Fisher, Karen Young, Aaron Endicott and Peter Goans; eleven great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Coleman Monteer and Kenneth Monteer and her sisters, Bessie Parkinson and Grace Smith.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 18, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Danny Owsley officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Stover Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Family Worship Center. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Darla Elaine Stewart, 57
Darla Elaine Stewart, of Linn Creek, Missouri passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at her home.

Darla was born on November 9, 1960 in Versailles, Missouri. She was the daughter of Lloyd and Elaine (Odum) Thompson.

On February 13, 1993 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Darla was united in marriage to Ron Stewart. They shared 24 years of marriage at the time of her death.

She worked as a communication officer for the Lake Ozark Police Department for five years and for the Osage Beach Police Department for 20 years. Camping, watching movies, watching races on TV, and cooking for her family were things Darla greatly loved.

She also enjoyed traveling and Niagara Falls became her favorite destination. Darla was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed helping others in need, such as giving to the Candy Cane kids program and buying Christmas gifts for children.

Darla is survived by her husband Ron of the home; her son Eric Stewart and wife Nichole of Jefferson City, Missouri; her daughter Diana Tebo of Jefferson City, Missouri; her mother Elaine Thompson of Marion, Illinois; her brother Earl Thompson of Camdenton, Missouri; her brother Donnie Thompson of Yakima, Washington; her brother Danny Thompson of Salisbury, Missouri; two grandchildren, Brede Stewart and Isabella Stewart and many friends who will miss her dearly.

Service was held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.
 

Published 10-18-17

Jimmie Dean Hanks, 82
Jimmie Dean Hanks, son of Argus Cox and Leola Hanks, was born January 2, 1935 in Zebra(Osage Beach), Missouri. He passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Lenoir Woods Skilled Nursing Center, Columbia, Missouri, at the age of eighty-two years, nine months, and five days.

On October 13, 1984, Jimmie was united in marriage to Barbara Driskill and together they have shared the last thirty-three years.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oris and Wendell Hanks; as well as two brothers who passed away in infancy.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Columbia, Missouri; a daughter, Vickie Samuel and husband Johnny, of Ashland, Missouri; two sons, David Hanks and wife Julie, of Columbia, Missouri, and Michael Hanks and wife Christine, of Boonville, Missouri; his grandchildren, Keith Samuel and wife Chastity, Kevin Samuel and wife Melissa, Wesley Hanks, Patrick Hanks and wife Emily, all of Columbia, Missouri, and Justin Hanks of Boonville, Missouri; six great-grandchildren; his sisters, Wanda Bell, of Iberia, Missouri, Janice Brown of Fort Scott, Kansas, Barbara Sablan, of Whittier, California, and Roxanne Wright and husband Rodney, of Anderson, South Carolina; a step-son, Terry Toalson, of Columbia, Missouri; as well as a host of other relatives and many dear friends.

Jimmie had accepted Christ as his Savior and was a member of the New Beginnings Baptist Church in Camdenton.

Jimmie was born in Zebra, Missouri, and was a graduate of Camdenton High School. Following graduation, Jimmie entered the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict as a tank operator.

Jimmie served twenty years on the Columbia, Missouri Police Department, where he received numerous commendations throughout the years. Most notably were his brave and heroic acts during a motel fire as well as the First Bank West robbery, both in which Jimmie went above and beyond the call of duty.

Following his retirement, Jimmie returned to the Camdenton area and was a member of the VFW Post 5923. He later drove over the road for many years, worked as a Park Ranger at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and operated Hanks Garage Doors in Camdenton.

In 2005, Jimmie went with Missouri Task Force One to New Orleans to assist with Hurricane Katrina Rescue efforts. In his spare time, Jimmie enjoyed working in his yard, hunting, and riding his motorcycle.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton. Burial with full military honors followed in Laughlin Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Laughlin Cemetery and left at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.. Arrangements are under the direction of the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton.


Larry E Gridley, 84
Larry E Gridley, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Lake Regional Health Systems, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Larry was born on July 23, 1933 in Ellsworth, Kansas. He was the son of Elliott and Gladys (Elliott) Gridley.

On October 26, 1998, Larry was united in marriage to the love of his life Connie Rehan. They first met at Denny’s restaurant.

Larry served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Larry was very active in community. He was instrumental in getting the toll bridge to Sunrise Beach.

He became the Chairman of the Lake Ozarks Community Bridge Commission, City Administer of Lake Ozark, and a Board Member of Miller County Tax Increment Board which helped get Osage National Golf started.

He also held a seat on Lake Ozark Board of Alderman.

Larry helped many people reform their lives which he felt was his biggest accomplishment.

Survived by his family which he loved dearly.

Services were held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Jubilee Church in Kaiser, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Rachel Arnold, 97
Rachel Arnold, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Windsor Estates in Camdenton.

Rachel was born on March 18, 1920 in Green County, Kentucky at home.

On June 12, 1948 she was joined in marriage to Merle Monroe Arnold, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. They shared 45 years of marriage at the time of his death on January 23, 1993.

Rachel was a homemaker and a member of Women’s Auxiliary VFW Post 6514 in Kaiser, Missouri. Then she transferred membership to VFW Post 5923 in Camdenton, Missouri. She was also an active member of Osage Beach Elks Lodge #2517.

Some of her favorite things to do were reading, crocheting, playing bingo and volunteering at the Animal Shelter.

Rachel is survived by her granddaughter Bobbi Win; her grandson Nicky Winn; her great granddaughter Sidney Winn and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merle “Pops” Arnold; daughter Yvonne Winn; five brothers and three sisters.

Service were held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Burial will took place at Fort Leonard Wood Veteran Cemetery in Waynesville, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to Dogwood Animal Shelter.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Carmen Beatrice Bailey, 66
Carmen Beatrice Bailey, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home in Camdenton.

Carmen was born October 19, 1950 in Manchester, Jamaica. She was the daughter of Alton and Inez (Taylor) Henry.

Carmen was a dedicated homemaker and a loving mother to seven children. She loved her Lord and Master Jesus Christ, more than anything and her Church family meant everything to her.

Carmen enjoyed singing, listening to gospel music and doing crossword puzzles. She greatly enjoyed being with her family. Even though miles separated them, she loved them all dearly.

Carmen had a great sense of humor and her family laughingly recalls, “In her spare time, Carmen yelled at Shaniece trying to get her up. It didn’t do much good, but she tried.”

Carmen is survived by her children, Leon Bailey of Jamaica, Serena Bailey of Camdenton, Missouri, Veron Bailey and wife Sherane of Jamaica, Fabion Bailey of Jamaica, Kimone Bailey of Jamaica, Ramone Bailey of Jamaica, and Shanice Bailey of Camdenton, Missouri; along with 12 grandchildren and many friends.

Services were held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.
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Interment was at Hedges-Scott Cemetery in Camdenton.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Vernon Conway Brightwell, 96
Vernon Conway Brightwell, of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Bluffs, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Vernon was born July 3, 1921 in Harmontown, Arkansas. He was the son of Joe and Mamie (Harmon) Brightwell. He had three brothers and two sisters.

Vernon attended elementary and secondary school near his birthplace in Arkansas. He later served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II.

On July 11, 1942 he was united in marriage to Nina Jo Stair who preceded him in death in 1994. Two children were born to this union.

Later, Vernon was united in marriage to Esther Lucille Shockley in September of 1995. After their marriage, he moved to Lake Ozark, Missouri where they resided together until recently. The couple shared 22 years of marriage together at the time of his death.

Vernon worked as a mechanic for the Missouri Pacific Railroad until his retirement. During this time, he was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri where he served in many capacities over the years including deacon, RA leader, midweek service cook and helper.

Most recently he was an active member of Riverview Baptist Church in Osage Beach, Missouri. Vernon enjoyed several outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, hunting and gardening.

He was an avid craftsman. Grandfather clocks, china closets and hall-trees are just a few of the items he crafted. His greatest joy in life was being with family and friends no matter the occasion.

Vernon is survived by his wife Lucille of Springfield, Missouri; daughter Janet L. Enloe and husband Mark of Eugene, Missouri; step-children Linsey McClure, Donna Carrender, Todd Shockley and Tim Shockley; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren along with many friends that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mamie Brightwell; wife Nina Jo Brightwell; son Leo C. Brightwell; three brothers; two sisters and step daughter Sharon Declue.

A graveside service was held at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.
 

Published 10-11-17
Laureita Jewell Hicks, 81
Laureita Jewell Hicks, of Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully on Monday, September 25, 2017 at her home in Kansas City while holding the hands of her daughters.

Laureita was born September 12, 1936 in Green Ridge, Missouri, daughter of Hoyt and Jewell (Nations) Seaton.

Laureita was united in marriage on April 3, 1954 in Red Top, Missouri to George Hicks, and together they shared 59 years of marriage until George’s death.

Laureita worked for Sears in Kansas City prior to the birth of her daughters. Once they were born, her main focus was on raising them. She was a loving and devoted mom with a passion for making sure her kids knew how to behave, how to treat others, and right from wrong. She told them every day that she loved them.

Laureita was their “room mother” and “picture lady” at school, active in the PTA, supervised children in the lunchroom where many referred to her as “mom”, and a Girl Scout Brownie leader.

Laureita enjoyed camping, boating, and water skiing.

After her daughters were older, she had a job she enjoyed at Purcell Drug in Oak Grove. Later in life, she enjoyed reading, cheering on the Kansas City Royals, and spending time with friends and family, particularly her granddaughter and great-granddaughter, who were both the joy of her life and to whom she was known as “Grammie”

Laureita is survived and will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Gloria Hicks (Jeff) and Brenda McCracken; her granddaughter, Kelsey McCracken, referred to as “My Special”; her precious great-granddaughter Mila; and her brother Bob Seaton (Helen), as well as nieces, nephews, and friends.

Laureita was preceded in death by her husband George, her brother Bill Seaton, and her parents.

Services were held Monday, October 2 at Pleasant Grove Church, Edith, Missouri.

Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Edith, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Macks Creek, Missouri.


Winona Virginia Miller, 92
Winona Virginia Miller, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born February 3, 1925, in Hoisington, Kansas, the daughter of the late Albert L. and Rosa K. (Dumler) McCorkle.

On August 22, 1952, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Oda C. “Chuck” Miller, who preceded her in death on October 1, 2014.

Winona was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and Circle, now known as United Methodist Women.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing and baking. Her family most enjoyed her chocolate chip cookies, apple pies and homemade applesauce. She was also a collector of owls and strawberry figurines. Her family always knew they could find a lemon drop candy at her house.

Winona was an avid sports fan, especially the Kansas City Royals, Missouri Basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs. Most of all, she loved her family and treasured the time she spent with them.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Hedrick and husband Terry of Jefferson City, Missouri, Jim Miller and Dawn Hodges of Versailles, Missouri and Robert Miller and wife Valerie of Jefferson City, Missouri; her daughter-in-law, Michele Miller of Versailles, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Nita McMann and Gloria Coates both of Albuquerque, New Mexico and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bill Miller, grandson, Jared Charles Miller and her brothers, Nathan McCorkle, Albert Leroy McCorkle, Jr., Gene McCorkle, Roland McCorkle and Maurice McCorkle.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 4, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Lora Cunningham officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Carl F. Bolz, 81
Carl F. Bolz, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Carl was born March 15, 1936, in Oregon, Missouri. He was the son of Fred and Rose (Egger) Bolz.

On August 23, 1958, Carl was joined in marriage to Helen Joanne Fleek in Salina, Kansas. They shared 57 years of marriage at the time of her death.

Carl worked as an insurance adjuster and marine surveyor for many years. He was a member of the Camdenton United Methodist Church and served on the board. He was in the Army Reserves and was involved in the creation of the marine survey industry.

He played professional baseball for the St. Joseph Mustangs, a minor league team.

Carl loved making people smile and was well known for his jokes. He cared about people and was known for his kind heart, finding the best in others, and his “never give up” attitude.

He enjoyed being with his family and friends and spending time on his farm. One of his greatest joys was loving and spending time with his grandchildren.

Carl is survived by son Bradly Bolz and wife Christine of Camdenton, Missouri; son Brian Bolz and wife Molly of Camdenton, Missouri; daughter Brenda Dahlhoff and husband David of Warrensburg, Missouri; brother Albert Bolz of Lawrence, Kansas; 9 grandchildren, Brandon Hargrave and wife Elizabeth, Denton Hargrave and wife Michelle, Brittany Bolz, Hope Dahlhoff, Jenna Dahlhoff, Joshua Dahlhoff, Tessa Joseph and husband Hansen, Nick Dahlhoff, Justin Dahlhoff and wife Alyssa; and three great grandchildren, Eliza, Levi and Evelyn; along with many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife Helen Joanne Bolz, his parents Fred and Rose Bolz, sister Lucille Sublette, and daughter Susan Bolz.

Services were held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Camdenton United Methodist Church, Camdenton, Missouri.

Graveside Service and Interment was held Sunday, October 1, at Belmont Cemetery in Wathena, Kansas.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home of Camdenton, Missouri.


Gwendolyn June Cox, 87
Gwendolyn June Cox, of Fortuna, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. She was born April 20, 1930, in Syracuse, Missouri, a daughter of the late Cleo “Bill” and Mary (Birch) Mullins.

She was united in marriage to Lester Robert Haldiman who preceded her in death in March of 1980. Later, she married Robert Cox and he preceded her in death.

Gwen worked for Dr. Stonner in Tipton as a dental assistant for thirty-eight years. Later, she was employed at Walmart in Versailles for sixteen years until her retirement at the age of 84.

She was a member of the Tipton Country Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by her son, Darrel Haldiman and wife Dorothy of Fortuna, Missouri; her daughter, Barbara Baldwin and husband Danny of Hoover, Alabama; step-son, Chris Cox of Smithton, Missouri; step-daughters, Tina Gunn and Rina Freeman both of Camdenton, Missouri; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many friends.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, James “Jim” Haldiman, step-son, Steve Cox, brother, Ronald Mullins and sister, Barbara Kasper.

Graveside services and interment was held Friday, October 6, at the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Betty Lou Calton, 85
Betty Lou Calton, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Versailles, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017, at Jordan Creek Nursing and Rehab in Springfield. She was born July 7, 1932, in Morgan County, a daughter of the late Tony M. and Lola B. (Kaiser) Brockway.

On June 24, 1953, she was united in marriage to John H. Calton and he preceded her in death on September 28, 1999.

She worked at Head Start in Versailles as an assistant cook for twelve years until her retirement. There, she was affectionately known as, “grandma”.

In her spare time, she enjoyed making porcelain dolls, sewing and growing roses. She shared her passion for doll making with other members of the former group, Dolls and Things in Versailles.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue Stewart and husband Dale of Springfield, Missouri; her son, Larry Harrison and wife Carla Walnut Grove, Missouri; four grandchildren, Matthew Stewart of Springfield, Missouri, Emily Tompkins and husband Chris of Ozark, Missouri, Kimberly Roberts and husband Aaron of Springfield, Missouri and Jennifer Harrison of Springfield, Missouri; eight great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lloyd Brockway and her sisters, Frances Brockway, Jewell Haile and Oma Dowell.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 6, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 10-4-17
Samantha Rose Holmes, 21
Samantha Rose Holmes of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away on September 16, 2017 at University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

She was born December 30, 1995 in Osage Beach, Missouri to John and Jennifer Holmes.

Samantha graduated from Camdenton High School with the class of 2014. She completed her associate’s degree at State Fair Community College in May 2017.

Samantha accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior on December 2, 2012 at the age of sixteen and was baptized on December 23, 2012. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Edith, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Barbara Schroeder, her grandfather, Jim Schroeder, and her aunt, Paula Brewster.

Samantha is survived by her parents, John and Jennifer Holmes, her brother and sister-in-law, Zachariah and Sarah Holmes, her sister, Bradi Brewster, her grandparents, Leon and Rosa Dawson, her loving boyfriend, Dalton Lobosky and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and church family.

Samantha was a certified nursing assistant at Lake Regional Health System and was continuing her education in nursing at State Fair Community College. In all aspects of her life, Samantha showed love and care to those who were near her. Her bright smile brought cheer to many and as an organ donor she continues to touch lives.

Samantha will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know and to love her.

Services were held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Burial was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Edith, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family.


Aubrey O’Neal Denny, 102
Aubrey O’Neal Denny, son of Eugene and Emma Sandage Denny, was born, October 30, 1914 in Decaturville, Missouri. He passed away Monday evening, September 18, 2017, in Mercy Hospital, Lebanon, Missouri at the age of one hundred two years, ten months and nineteen days.

On December 22, 1944 he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Thomas and to this union, one daughter was born. Together they shared seventy-three wonderful years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy Denny Forbes and three brothers, Virgil, Delbert and Goss Denny.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of the home and his daughter, Darlene Denny of Camdenton as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Aubrey was a lifelong resident of Camden County. He served in the United States Army in World War II in the South Pacific and was a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans. He had worked as a custodian at Camdenton R-III Schools for seven years. Aubrey’s passion though was his farm.

Aubrey had been saved and baptized at an early age and attended Decaturville Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

In his spare time, Aubrey loved tending to his farm. He would help any of the other farmers with any questions that they may have had. He loved time spent with his family and his friends.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and a caring neighbor and friend. He is leaving his family and friends with many wonderful memories.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial with military honors followed in Myetta Cemetery, Camdenton.

Memorial donations may be made to Myetta Cemetery and left at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton, Missouri.


Michael Jay James, 54
Michael Jay James, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away September 20, 2017 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. He was born June 7, 1963 in Kansas City, Kansas to Melvin and Mary James, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Ann of the home; two daughters, Ashlynn of Syracuse, Missouri and Shelbie of Versailles, Missouri; a brother, Andy and sister-in-law, Nancy James of Gravois Mills, Missouri as well as seven grandchildren.

Mike worked as a mechanic his entire career and was currently employed by Bruns Service Center in Laurie, Missouri. He loved arrowhead hunting, fishing, camping, pro wrestling, dirt-track racing, NASCAR and a good pull.

Above all else, he loved his daughters, Ashlynn and Shelbie as well as his brother, Andy. He will be missed by many

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Lynn Facemyer officiating. Burial followed in Stover Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Bobbie L. Grimes, 74
Bobbie L. Grimes, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born August 24, 1943, in White Wright, Texas, a daughter of the late Thelbert Wade and Tiance (Smith) Coggins.

She was united in marriage to James Roland “Skip” Grimes, who preceded her in death in 2001.

Bobbie worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles until her retirement after twenty-five years.

She was a faithful and active member of the Versailles First Baptist Church. There, she served as vice-president of the Lottie Moon Mission Fund. She enjoyed spending her time volunteering at Head Start and also at Morgan County R-II Schools in Versailles. She also served as a 4-H and Girl Scout leader for many years.

Bobbie is survived by her children, Carole Gaither and husband Cecil of Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Wallace of Arlington, Texas, Sandra Odom and husband Bryan of Van Buren, Arkansas and Tonja Ferguson and husband Eric of Versailles, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Patricia Clinton of Dallas, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty McCullom and Nell Arnold.

A celebration of Bobbie’s life was held Saturday, September 30, at the Versailles First Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Martin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Morgan County Caring for Kids Coalition. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Patricia “Pat” Foreman, 72
Patricia “Pat” Foreman, of Linn Creek, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Camdenton Windsor Estates. She left this world surrounded by friends and family who loved and respected her.

Pat was born on June 28, 1945 in Prairie Hill, Missouri to William and Pearl (Folkes) Sullivan.

Pat was married to Bart Foreman. They shared 18 years together before he passed away in 2013.

Pat grew up in Chariton County, Missouri and Kansas City. She relocated to the lake area in 1988. She worked as a waitress for many years and developed numerous friendships along the way.

Pat also worked for the Camden County Associate Clerks office, from which she retired in 2013. Pat enjoyed going out to breakfast every morning to visit with her friends.

He family and friends were everything to her.

Aside from her husband, Bart, she was preceded in death by her father, mother, and three brothers.

Pat is survived by her two children; son, Allen (Diane) Schieni of Salisbury, Missouri and daughter Bobbi Winn of Linn Creek, Missouri; three grandchildren; Weston (Sara) Schieni, Whitney Schieni and Sidney Winn; four sisters, Betty (Al) Black, Anna (Paul) Twyman, Erma Nanneman, and Wanda Morrison; and many nieces, nephews and friends who she loved dearly.

Services were held Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Patricia Ann Gerlt, 79
Patricia Ann Gerlt, of Tipton, Missouri, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 in Tipton Oaks Manor. She was born March 24, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas a daughter of the late Donald and Goldie (Titus) Tracewell.

On May 24, 1954 at Glensted United Methodist Church, Versailles, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Charles Christopher Gerlt. Together they shared fifty years of marriage until his passing on December 24, 2004.

Pat was raised in Kansas and after her marriage, they resided in the Tipton, Missouri area. She retired from Stride Rite shoes and later worked for Good Shepherd Care Center.

She was a member of Glensted United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and growing flowers. She had a passion for cats.

Survivors include her son, Charles Steven Gerlt and wife Denise; two grandsons, Michael Wayne Gerlt and Daniel Joseph Gerlt and wife Rebekah; two great-granddaughters, Addy and Lilly Gerlt all of California, Missouri; a brother, Corwin Tracewell and wife Pat of Kokomo, Indiana; a sister, Vivian of Delaware and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 29, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. Burial followed in Glensted Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 9-27-17
Margaret Ann (Kowalski) Kearns, 72
Margaret Ann (Kowalski) Kearns, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Margaret was born October 10, 1944, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Michael and Mary (Kozlowski) Kowalski. Margaret was united in marriage to Patrick W. Kearns on Saturday, April 25, 1964, at Sacred Heart Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Kowalski; her father, Michael Kowalski and three sisters, Mary Marcella Neise, Marie Antoinette “Toni” Wilson and Joan Martha “Joni” Holt.

She is survived by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Patrick W. Kearns; three loving sons, Patrick W. Kearns, Jr. and wife Melanie, Michael W. Kearns and wife Genea and Daniel B. Kearns; four grandsons, Patrick W. Kearns, III, Aaron Pope, Michael Ashmead and Ethan Campbell; six granddaughters, Krista Kearns, Oliva Kearns, Cecilia Kearns, Emily Kearns, Ame’ Gibler and Lindsey Johnston; one great-granddaughter, Dayna Gibler and her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Margaret enjoyed traveling, bird watching and growing flowers. She was safety committee chairman at the Progress South Grade School for several years. She also substituted when the school nurse could not be at the school. She was very active in scouting, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother and on the Cub and Boy Scout Committees.

After moving to Gravois Mills, Missouri in 1996, Margaret, her husband, Patrick, and her sister, Joni purchased Buster’s Bait and Tackle Shop in Laurie, Missouri. She served as the General Manager for eighteen years before retiring.

A Memorial Mass was held Friday, September 22, 2017, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, Missouri.

Graveside services and inurnment followed in Garber Memorial Estates in Laurie. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be held in St. Leo’s Hall at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 176 Marian Drive, Laurie, Missouri 65037 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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.


Beeda Pearl Maynard, 77
Beeda Pearl Maynard, of Eureka, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at her home. She was born February 10, 1940, in Grundy, Virginia, a daughter of the late Alexander and Grace Brewington White.

She was united in marriage to Hersh V. Maynard, who preceded her in death on October 16, 2014.

For many years, Pearl cared for the residents at The Knolls in Laurie. Later, she was employed at Gates Rubber Company in Versailles until her retirement.

She enjoyed spending time outdoors landscaping and tending to her yard.

Pearl is survived by her children, Randy Maynard of Eureka, Missouri, Russell Gibson of Stover, Missouri, Larry Gibson of Laurie, Missouri, Darren White of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Donnie White of Versailles, Missouri; step-son, Mike Maynard of Kentucky; step-daughters, Gladys Jean Brady and Tressa Mollett both of Kentucky; her brothers, John White and Eugene White both of Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandy Booth; step-sons, Steve Maynard, Wayne Maynard and Tommy Maynard and her siblings, George White, Bob White, Evelyn Chapman, Lucille Starrett, Mae McClanahan, Shirley Blair, Pauline Towles, Donna McCann and Skip Dempsey.

A visitation was held Thursday, September 21, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Garber Memorial Estates. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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.


Evan DeWayne Kurtz, 30
Evan DeWayne Kurtz, passed away unexpectedly, September 17, 2017, at his home from complications of a heart attack, reaching the age of thirty years.

Funeral services were held at the Beulah Mennonite Church on Thursday, September 21. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

As a boy, Evan grew up in the Versailles, Missouri area on their family farm. He received his formal education at the Ozark Christian School in Versailles, Missouri.

At the age of fifteen, Evan gave his heart to the Lord, and on March 17, 2002, was baptized in the Church of God in Christ Mennonite. Evan was a man of faith that loved God and was faithful to the end.

On August 24, 2008, he married Kendra Smith at Versailles, Missouri. They were blessed with nine years and three weeks of a happy life together. There were three children born to this union: Jaci, 5, Garrett, 2 and Mason 3 months old. The children were dearly loved by their daddy and he would often take them with him during the day.

Evan was enthused with whatever he did and as a young man he began his working career as a carpenter. Although he really enjoyed that line of work, he soon moved on to pursue his dream of raising his family on a farm, working first for a ranch in the community and then on to having his own poultry and cattle farm in the Versailles area.

Evan had a ready smile and a big heart for those in need. He often looked for little ways to help others in need and would gladly serve or help in some way.

We have many special memories of the last weeks and days of his life.

Left to cherish fond memories, his loving wife, Kendra; three beloved children, Jaci, Garrett and Mason; his father and mother, Mervin and Bonita Kurtz of Versailles; one brother, Kendall and wife Savanna of Versailles; two sisters, Bethany and Luke Toews of Hadashville, Manitoba and Dedra and Colby Nightingale of Fairview, Oklahoma; his mother-in-law, Belle and husband Scott Johnson of Eldon; his father-in-law, Doug and wife Darlene Smith of Barnett; five brothers-in-law, Matt and Donna Smith of Versailles, Daniel Smith of Seward, Nebraska, Kendall and Holly Penner of Barnett, Kyler Penner of Barnett and Kaleb and Stacey Penner of Versailles; his special Grandpa Koehn and also his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins whom he very much loved and enjoyed being with.

He was preceded in death by his Grandpa and Grandma Kurtz and his Grandma Koehn.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com..

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Frank Henningsen, 76
Frank Henningsen, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Frank was born January 24, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Frank Carl Sr. and Sylvia (Meyers) Henningsen.

Frank had a distinguished 35 year career in engineering in the F-15 program along with the research and development program, Phantom Works at McDonnell Douglas.

From a young age, Frank had a hard working nature; from running a paper route in elementary school to designing and assisting in building his retirement home on the lake. Frank was instrumental in turning a warehouse into a worship space and helping his family and friends in countless home improvement projects.

Frank was always generous with his talents, time, wit, and humor. Frank was a loving and devoted husband, brother, father, and grandfather.

Frank is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Hitt) Henningsen: sons Michael Henningsen and David Henningsen, daughter Laura (Kevin) Kincade; sisters Janice Henningsen, and Linda Gnagy and grandchildren Andrew Henningsen, Matthew Henningsen, Sydney Henningsen, Hayden Henningsen, Shelby Henningsen, Christian Kincade, Lela “Frankie” Kincade and Charlotte Kincade. He also has loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends.

Frank was a member of the Faithbridge United Methodist Church community in Lake Ozark. Frank was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank Sr. and Sylvia Henningsen.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, September 23 at Faithbridge United Methodist Church in Lake Ozark. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faithbridge United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Larry Vernon Black, 73
Larry Vernon Black, of Versailles, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 in SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, Missouri. He was born September 22, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Alvin Vernon and Sarah Opal (Stotler) Black.

On February 27, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was united in marriage to Dee Dee Ann Madderra. Together they shared the past twenty-five years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Daniel M. Black; a brother, Dwight Black and a step-son, Travis Hahn.

Survivors include his wife, Dee Dee Black of the home; sons, Steven M. Black and wife Mary of Sedalia, Missouri, David W. Black and wife Karen of St. Louis, Missouri and Justin W. Hahn and wife Kristina of Boonville, Missouri; daughter, Natalie Hineman and husband Jimmy of Gravois Mills, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Duane H. Black of St. Louis, Missouri and Mark G. Black of Laurie, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

Larry was a St. Louis County Police Officer having served on the Bomb and Arson Squad and in Homicide Investigations. He was a member of the St. Louis Country Retired Police Association. He retired to the Lake of the Ozarks area.

He was a sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Blues. He was fond of the outdoors and liked fishing, hunting and shooting. He was also a coin collector and did wood working.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 9-20-17

Larry Lee Hunter, 79
Larry Lee Hunter, of Tampa, Florida, passed away August 30, 2017 after an extended illness. His wife of fifty-eight years, Marcella (Avey) Hunter and children, Cynthia Morency of Columbia, Tennessee and Stuart Hunter of St. Petersburg, Florida were at his side.

Larry was born in Versailles, Missouri on March 5, 1938, to Donnon Kleber Hunter and Molly Opal Roe and grew up in this idyllic small Midwestern town which helped shape the fine man he became.

Larry attended Versailles High School where he excelled scholastically and in sports. He played basketball and was selected to All-Conference, All-District and All-State teams. He also pitched on the high school baseball team and competed in numerous events in track and field.

Larry graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1963 and obtained a position as a radar systems engineer with McDonnell Douglas, which included aerospace electronics.

While working at Dorsett Electronics, Larry conceived and designed the portable electronic thermometer and method of temperature measurement - in simple terms, the very first hand held electronic digital instrument, able to read an oral temperature in twenty seconds.

In 1984, Larry acquired his masters of business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology and began his numerous project manager positions. He made invaluable contributions to Magnavox, LTV Electro Systems, Dorsett Electronics, Teledyne, The Harris Corporation and Amp Inc.

Larry’s management positions demanded that he frequently travel all over the world to countries such as Germany, Italy, England, China, Japan, Mexico and Canada, just to name a few. He once hosted dinner for a group of Russian businessman in his home.

A major unexpected event happened in 1988, when Larry was published in the 21st edition of Who’s Who in America.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella (Avey) Hunter; two children, Cynthia Morency and Stuart Hunter; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

To all who had the honor of knowing him, he will be sorely missed.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 9, at the Versailles United Methodist Church with Pastor Lora Cunningham officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Red Cross in memory of Larry would be welcome. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com..

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.


Kimberly Jean (Kirk) Farris, 57
Kimberly Jean (Kirk) Farris passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 1, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harry E. (Tom) and Barbara Faye (Whitten) Kirk.

Kim spent her childhood in Independence, Missouri and graduated from Truman High School. She began work at Southwestern Bell where she met Joel Farris and they married October 30, 1982. Kim moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area and became mother to Lindsay and Kirk Farris.

She worked for the Camdenton School system while attending college to earn a degree to pursue her dream of teaching. Kim worked for the Richland School system as the Middle School Language Arts teacher for eight years before retiring in 2016. Teaching and mentoring young people were some of her greatest joys.

Kim is survived by her parents, her brother Bruce Kirk and wife Tammy of Kansas City, Missouri; her sister Krista Beard and husband Richard of Blue Springs, Missouri; her husband Joel of Linn creek; daughter Lindsay Walters and husband Justin of Richland, Missouri; son Kirk Farris and wife Courtney of Nixa, Missouri; and her grandchildren Allie Grace and Miya Catherine Walters of Richland, Missouri.

She is also survived by many Aunts and Uncles, cousins, and her many students who call her “Mom”.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Community Christian Church in Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Chuck Sandy, 74
Chuck Sandy passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at his home in Osage Beach, Missouri, with his family by his side, after his battle with lung cancer.

Chuck was born May 13, 1943, in Gretna, Nebraska to Benjamin and Alvira Sandy. He was one of eight children.

Chuck was married to Vicki (Peschka) Sandy in Columbus, Nebraska and the couple were blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Amy (Sandy) Balk.

Chuck received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and Technology at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Throughout 38 years of excellence at John Deere, he served in a variety of positions including Manager of Industrial Engineering, Manager of Distribution Reliability, and John Deere Fleet for Worldwide Logistics.

During his career, he traveled to Europe several times and participated in developing a patent for John Deere. Chuck retired in 2006.

In 2014, Chuck and Vicki relocated to Osage Beach. Chuck loved car racing, flea markets, traveling, boating, riding jet skis, being on the lake, convertible rides in his 67 Camaro, happy hours at the pool, spending time with family & friends, and laughing.

Chuck was always found wearing a smile on his face. He was a loving and caring person, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, always thinking of others first.

Chuck never met a stranger and was well liked by everyone. “To know him was to love him.”

Chuck leaves his beloved wife Vicki, of 49 years, son Jeff and Bonni Sandy, grandsons Evan, Brandon and Zachary, daughter, Amy (Sandy) Balk, grandsons Jordan, Austin and granddaughter Megan, a brother Harold Sandy, sisters Joyce Hoeft, Ida Siedel, Judy Leu and Eileen Eisele, nieces, nephews, and friends. They cherish his memory with love.

He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Alvira, two brothers Leslie Sandy, and Carl Sandy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 16, at The Church at Osage Hills, 5237 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent either to Lake Regional Health System in memory of Chuck Sandy, Attn. Fund Development Department/Hospice, 54 Hospital Drive, Osage Beach, MO 65065, or to your local animal shelter.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Todd Christopher Miesner, 43
Todd Christopher Miesner, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at his home. He was born September 20, 1973 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Larry E. and Susan E. (Harris) Miesner.

Todd was a self-employed roofing contractor. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed being on the golf course when time allowed. He also like to go bowling and fishing. He enjoyed collecting and shooting guns. Most of all, time spent with his family and friends was important to him.

He was a member of the Sunrise Bible Church in Sunrise Beach.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Sue Miesner of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; a son, Trenten Miesner of Laurie, Missouri; two brothers, Tony Miesner and wife Lisa and Troy Miesner all of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Grant and a brother, Tim Miesner.

In keeping with Todd’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to Sunrise Bible Church.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.


Alene Jeneta Reed, 86
Alene Jeneta Reed, of Laurie, Missouri, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at Laure Care Center, Laurie, Missouri. She was born October 14, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas the only child of Henry Alford and Georgia Clementine (Stephens) Williams.

She was united in marriage to James William “Bill” Reed. They shared forty-four years of marriage before his passing in 2012.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her youngest son, Lehlan Paul Sparks and his wife Donna.

Survivors include three children, Lynne Wurm and husband Gary of Camdenton, Missouri; A. Dale Sparks and wife Irene of Cleveland, Texas and Wehlan C. Sparks and Angela Sparks of Carlsbad, New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Jan (Spere) White, Lance Spere, Allen Sparks, David Sparks, Steven Sparks, James Sparks and Henry Sparks; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a very special neighbor and friend who was as close as a daughter, JoAnn Ledford of Laurie, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

Alene was born in Texas and raised in Clovis, New Mexico. She lived in various places in New Mexico until the 1980’s when she and her husband moved to Odessa, Texas.

She moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2012 following the death of her husband. She worked as a retail manager for Handy Dan’s Hardware store in Texas for many years.

She was an honorary member of Montgomery Baptist Church in Camdenton. Gardening was her passion and she loved getting her hands in the dirt. She was talented at painting and making crafts. Most of all, time spent with family and friends was precious to her.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16, 2017at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Burial was in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
 

Published 9-13-17

Gregory “Greg” Earl Shearer, 56

Gregory “Greg” Earl Shearer, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at his home.

Greg was born on October 7, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of Earl and Minnie Katheryn (Wilson) Shearer.

On September 14, 1985 in the Fern Grotto on Kauai island, Hawaii, Greg was united in marriage to Kathryn Rachaner. They shared 32 years of marriage together at the time of his death.

Greg worked as a carpenter for many years specializing in cabinetry. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, working on his vehicles, and watching sci-fi movies. Cooking for his family and spending time with them brought him the greatest joy.

Greg is survived by his wife Kathryn of the home; daughter Madison Shearer of Eldon, Missouri; daughter Haley Shearer of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; daughter Sydney Shearer, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; daughter Darby Shearer of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; brother Harry Steven Shearer and wife Lori of United, Pennsylvania; sister Kim Shearer Miller and husband Jim of Raymore, Missouri; sister Amy Shearer of Kansas City, Missouri along with many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Katie Shearer.

Celebration of Life Services were held at Paradise Restaurant in Sunrise Beach, MO Tuesday September 5, 2017. Please instead of flowers or material items, please feel free to make donations to scholarship fund setup for Sydney and Darby Shearer at Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, MO

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home of Camdenton, Missouri.


Kenneth Lynn Grossman, 78
Kenneth Lynn Grossman, passed away on Thursday August 31, 2017 at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri. He was born in Nuckolls County Nebraska on December 22, 1938, the first son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Blevins) Grossman.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, Angus, Nebraska being baptized in the Little Blue River near Angus, Nebraska. He graduated from Nelson High School with the Class of ’56 and was married in Zion Lutheran Church in Clay Center, Nebraska on March 29, 1959 to Marjorie Lobeda.

They shared their lives together for 58 years and were blessed with two sons, Kenneth L Grossman II (companion, Robin), Dudley Grossman (Laura) and one daughter, Rebecca Parker (Ralph); six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Ken served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller. He was honorably discharged in 1961; then graduated from the Federal Aviation Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the same year.

He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 29 years of service.

Upon retirement the couple moved to the west side of the Lake of the Ozarks where Ken devoted many hours of community service, being an active member of Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Sunrise Beach, serving as Council President and on the Property Committee.

He was proud to be inducted into the North Highway 5 Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He enjoyed the sport of horseshoe pitching having won first place in his class at World Horseshoe Tournament in Springfield, Illinois.

He was a man of honesty and integrity having guided several young boys to the rank of Eagle Scout, including his two sons, during his many years as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.

Ken is survived by his wife, Marjorie; twin brother and sister, Leonard (Gail) and LeAnn (Dorrel) Lipker; his three children and their families and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with military honors was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Edgar City Cemetery, Edgar, Nebraska.

Memorial donations may be made to the family who in turn will donate to a worthy charity.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.


Larry Dale Hawkins, 78
Larry Dale Hawkins, of Cocoa, Florida formerly of Brumley, Missouri passed away Wednesday August 30, 2017 at his home in Cocoa.

Larry was born January 6, 1939 in Brumley, Missouri. He was the son of Reber L. and Faye (McClain) Hawkins.

Larry proudly served in the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, he was hired by McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked on the Mercury Project with the space shuttle for numerous years. He later transferred to Cape Canaveral in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Larry explored different opportunities and developed and owned Pine Island Estates in Merritt Island, Florida. He also owned a used car business.

In his younger adulthood, Larry loved to water ski at the Lake of the Ozarks, squirrel hunting, and racing his corvettes, winning several trophies through the years. Larry loved his two white shepherd dogs and in general loved all animals.

His family was very dear to him, always coming home every Christmas time to see his parents, aunts, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Many in the family looked forward to his fresh oranges, grapefruits, and pecans he brought with him each Christmas to share

Larry is survived by one sister, Danita (Dee) Allan and husband Gary, of Eugene, Missouri; two brothers, Gary Hawkins, of Brumley, Missouri and Ken Hawkins and wife Ethel, of Ballwin, Missouri; his aunt Dean Edwards, of Tuscumbia, Missouri; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his father and mother, Reber L and Faye Hawkins.

Services were held Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Private Family burial was at Gott Cemetery in Brumley, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Wade Wood Huffman, 86
Wade Wood Huffman, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. He was born October 24, 1930, in Morgan County, a son of the late Oliver P. and Elizabeth “Kate” (Friedley) Huffman.

On April 22, 1977, in Versailles, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Aretta (Capps) Silvey Huffman.

Wade was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in the Korean Conflict. In March of 1954, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.

He started his teaching career in 1962 at the Gravois Mills School where he taught fifth and sixth grades. Later, he taught fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades and the Title 1 Remedial Program at the Morgan County R-II School in Versailles retiring after thirty-four years.

Wade was a member of the Versailles First Assembly of God Church.

In addition to his wife, Aretta, he is survived by his sons, Lanny Silvey of Versailles, Missouri, Keven Silvey and wife Teresa of Stover, Missouri, Phillip Silvey and wife Debbie of Ozark, Missouri, Ron Silvey and wife Shelly of Joplin, Missouri and Mark Silvey and wife Susan of Shalimar, Florida; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; brother, Aubrey Huffman and wife Betty of Versailles, Missouri; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred Huffman, Earl Huffman, Don Huffman, Vencil Huffman, Cecil Huffman, Norman Huffman and Greg Huffman, a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Silvey and a grandchild, Leslie Silvey.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 5, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor John Fransisco and Reverend Roy Bennett officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors followed in the Stover Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Convoy of Hope. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Carole L. Fitzgerald, 53
Carole L. Fitzgerald, of Climax Springs, Missouri passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 surrounded by her family at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Carole was born on February 23, 1964 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of John (Jack) and Mariann (Drake) Harris and step-mother Chris Harris.

On March 8, 1984 in Hutchinson, Kansas, Carole was united in marriage to Terry Fitzgerald. They shared over 33 years of marriage together at the time of her death.

Carole enjoyed spending time outdoors hiking, camping and fishing. She loved making arts and crafts and enjoyed keeping bees. Her greatest joy was in spending time with her family.

Carole is survived by her husband Terry of the home, her children Marianne Koeppen and Katherine Fitzgerald; two grandchildren, Erin Rose and Kyra Lynn Koeppen; sister Kathy Reffner and husband Brian; brother Loren Harris and wife Adah along with several other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mariann and one son, Terry Gordon Fitzgerald Jr. and Grandmother Vivian Prock.

A Celebration of Life was held September 8, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri. Officiating was Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Dake.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.


George Cleveland Hartsell, 75
George Cleveland Hartsell, of the Ivy Bend Community near Stover, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Laurie Care Center. He was born August 21, 1942, in Iola, Kansas, the son of the late David Washington and Marjorie Marcella (Gilbreath) Hartsell.

George was an over-the-road truck driver for Olinger Transport in Kansas City for many years until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Hartsell; son, Robert David Allen Hartsell of Blue Eye, Arkansas; daughters, Donna Brandle of Stover, Missouri, Georganna Myres of Pryor, Oklahoma, Sherlyn Hickerson of Amoret, Missouri, Elisabeth Goodson of Blue Springs, Missouri and Kathleen Couillard of Italy; nineteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and many friends.

A private celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 9-6-17

William W. “Bill” Williams, 93
William W. “Bill” Williams, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born October 28, 1923, in Versailles, the son of the late Raymond Lee and Sarah Agnes (Woodin) Williams.

On October 5, 1944, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Dorothy Heinemann at her home in Versailles. Together they have shared seventy-two years of marriage.

Bill graduated from Versailles High School in 1941. Following graduation, he enrolled in a business college for a year and then moved back to Versailles. He began his employment at the Courthouse working in the military draft office.

Having known there was a good possibility he would be drafted, he enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps. He went on to serve in World War II and flew the Corsair Fighter Plane. After being honorably discharged, he established his own salon in Versailles, “The Beauty Box” that he owned and operated for forty-five years until his retirement.

Bill kept busy during his retirement years. He was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles where he served as Deacon, Elder and played the organ for many years. He also served as a sexton of the Versailles Cemetery for many years and served on the Versailles Cemetery Board for over twenty years.

His passion for the cemetery led he and Dorothy to record all of the gravesites for the one hundred fifty-two cemeteries in Morgan County.

Their knowledge and dedication will remain a perpetual, invaluable asset to the residents of Morgan County. Bill was also a member of the American Legion Post 104 in Versailles and a former member of the Lions Club.

As busy as Bill kept himself, he still had time to do what he loved, mow his lawn. Most of all, he loved his wife, children and grandchildren and treasured the time he spent with them.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his children, Joy Peek and husband Dan of Barnett, Missouri and Lee Williams and wife Donna of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandchildren, Craig Baer and wife Kim, Nathan Baer and wife Kim Anne, Seth Baer, Bill Williams and wife Jodi, Angela Rashba and husband Dan, Kyler Williams, Allison Williams and Jordan Williams; great-grandchildren, Grace Baer, Spencer Baer, Elizabeth Baer, Rae Rashba, Reese Rashba, Lee Williams, Nora Williams and Peyton Williams and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jim Williams in 2005.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles with Pastor Rudy Beard officiating. Graveside services and interment with full military honors followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Versailles Cemetery Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Bobby Gene Myers, 80
Bobby Gene Myers, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri. He was born July 17, 1937 in Clinton, Kentucky, a son of Clifton Leo and Mary Linnie (Rabbi) Myers.

On February 23, 1957 in East St. Louis, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Lois Lutat. Together they shared the past sixty years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sheila Myers and two sisters, Margaret Gregory and Kay Smothers.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Myers of the home; a daughter, Sherral Carter and husband Terry of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Cory Kinder, David Rhoades, Elizabeth Persons, Katy Carter and Timothy Carter; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Wray Moore and wife Carol of Mississippi; a sister, Pat Eberhardt and husband Lee of Illinois and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bobby served his country proudly in the United States Army. He worked for Edison Brothers Shoe Factory in St. Louis. He and Lois retired to the lake area in 2004 where they became members of First Baptist Church of Gravois Mills.

In his spare time, enjoyed fishing, gardening, and playing horseshoes.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Gravois Mills.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Donald Anthony Karch, 65
Donald Anthony Karch, of Barnett, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at his home. He was born May 24, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Harold and Dorothy (White) Karch.

Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army. He worked as a brick layer for the union until his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Tony Karch of Olean, Missouri; a daughter, Heather Tinsley of St. Charles, Missouri; five grandchildren, Brody Tinsley, Kinleigh Karch, Colby Karch, Bristal Tinsley and Kelly Karch; a brother, John Karch of Rocky Mount, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Karch, two brothers and three sisters.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date in St. Charles, Missouri. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Lois Lavena Holst, 94
Lois Lavena Holst, of Versailles, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born December 10, 1922, in Versailles, a daughter of the late Albert Elias and Lula Elizabeth (Kinney) Silvey.

On March 7, 1942, in Versailles, she was united in marriage to Roy Nicholas Holst, who preceded her in death on July 10, 2001.

After attending a semester of college to become a teacher, Lois taught at Proctor School. She then moved to Kansas City where she was employed at the Federal Reserve Bank for twelve years.

Upon moving back to Versailles, she worked as a teacher’s aide for the Morgan County R-II Elementary School until her retirement. She enjoyed spending her retired years sewing and cooking.

Lois was a member of the Versailles First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Ron and Barbara Holst of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Jim Holst and wife Elaine of Lenexa, Kansas; grandsons, David Holst, Paul Holst, Dr. Joshua Holst and Jacob Holst; five great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Bias of Versailles, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Phineas Silvey, sisters, Melva Wood and Faye Drace, five half-brothers and five half-sisters.

Funeral services were held at Saturday, September 2, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Ken Martin officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Holst Cemetery in Gravois Mills. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holst Cemetery Association, Versailles First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Randy Lee Chronister, 55
Randy Lee Chronister, of the Ivy Bend area of Stover, Missouri, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in his home. He was born June 27, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Kenneth Dale and Martha Irene (Myers) Chronister.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Harper of Slater, Missouri; two brothers, Terry Chronister of Buffalo, Missouri and David Chronister of Slater, Missouri; a sister, Deborah Weingburg and husband Steven of Concordia, Missouri and his good friends, Butchey Schultz, Greg Jones and Berry Monteer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Dale Chronister and his stepfather, Paul Harper.

Randy owned and operated a siding business. He was a “wheeler-dealer” and enjoyed buying, selling and going to flea markets. He was loved by his family and friends.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

 

Published 8-30-17

Paul Raymond Distler Sr., 86

Paul Raymond Distler Sr., of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at his home.

Paul was born April 19, 1931 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was the son of Oscar Henry and Antonia A. (Dulle) Distler.

On July 25, 1953, Paul was united in marriage to Earline Pauline Eiken at St. Francis Xavier Church in Taos, Missouri. They shared 64 years of marriage together at the time of his death.

Paul worked for Falstaff and Fechtel's Beverage before moving to Lake Ozark, Missouri in May of 1968. Paul and Earline owned and operated Paul’s News Agency and the Villager Tavern. Paul also worked and retired from AT&T.

Paul was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and wrestling.

Paul cherished time with family and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his wife, Earline, of Lake Ozark, Missouri; five children. Becky Distler, of Brumley, Missouri, Paul Distler Jr. and wife Diana, of Eldon, Missouri, Sandy O'Connell and Terry Salisbury, of Kaiser, Missouri, Lori Distler and Rick Wallace, of Russellville, Missouri, and Dale Distler and Lisa Cochran of Kaiser, Missouri; twenty grandchildren and twenty nine great grandchildren; his sister, Theresa Hilke, of Jefferson City, Missouri; brothers; Vincent Distler Sr. of Taos, Missouri and Jerome Distler, of Little Rock, Arkansas and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother and three grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Interment was in Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osage Beach, Missouri. Memorials donations are suggested to the family or Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Leonard Christopher Franklin, 62
Dr. Chris Franklin has enjoyed many experiences during his life, and celebrated and enjoyed each day to the fullest. He was a man of many talents, and loved to be with friends and family.

Leonard Christopher Franklin (Chris) was born in Lebanon, MO on February 12, 1955 and passed away on August 22, 2017 at the age of 62.

Dr. Franklin was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Ann Price, father J.C. Franklin, and grandparents Swede and Ruby Franklin and Floy and Elvira Roofener.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Franklin of the home, two sons and daughters in law Christopher K. Franklin and his wife Danielle of Linn Creek and Andrew L. Franklin and wife Karen of Vacaville, CA, three sisters, Deanna McArthur and fiancée Michael Donahue of St. Louis, Dawn Jeffries and husband Lonnie of Brumley, and Terri Heintz and husband Brett of Springfield.

Also, five grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Chris and his wife, Diane Marie Clos were united in marriage on June 18th, 1978.

Chris, better known to most as “Dr. Chris”, graduated Camdenton High School in 1973. During his high school years, not only was Chris an outstanding student, but was also a dedicated and competitive athlete excelling in basketball and track.

From high school he went on to Northeast Missouri State University on a Track Scholarship and was named an All American in Track and Field in 1975.

Upon graduation from college, Chris decided helping others was his calling at which time he entered medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Chris and Diane returned to their hometown of Camdenton where he established the Lake Area Clinic. He served his community caring for patients at the clinic as well as the hospital, nursing home and at times house calls.

One of Dr. Franklin’s favorite ways to give back to the community was by offering bus driver and student athlete physicals. He always enjoyed seeing students involved in athletics and hearing about their accomplishments.

Over his years of practice Dr. Franklin helped thousands of patients giving each one the same care, respect and dedication as the other and was never satisfied until he could find the answer to their ailment.

Dr. Franklin was a beloved and respected doctor who touched many lives. During his career and into retirement, Dr. Chris would constantly be stopped by patients or their families reminiscing about their time under his care.

Chris was an avid golfer and trapshooter. He put as much drive to excel into his leisure sports career as he did his high school and college career.

He won many competitions in trapshooting and golf. He was proud to be awarded 100 Targets in a row at a trap shoot and served as the Missouri Trap Shooting President.

Along with shooting sports, he also loved his golf and enjoyed many rounds with his friends. He was a part of the Champion Flight in the Men’s League at Dogwood Hills from 1994 – 2000.

Chris and his wife, Diane also loved to spend time working on their Century Family Farm. Chris enjoyed checking the cattle, seeing newborn calves born, and caring for them.

Chris was raised on the farm so it was important to him to carry on his family traditions and share those with his boys. There they learned hard work and the value of life.

One of Chris’s proudest moments was when he saw his wife, Diane, elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. He was her biggest supporter. He was delighted when his son Andrew joined the medical profession and his son Christopher took over the family farm.

Chris loved his family and his community. He will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of crossing paths with him during his time on earth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Camdenton Schools with a memo on the check specified for the Camdenton Trap Club or for Special Needs Children.

Services were held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the Tim Scott and Brett Eidson.


Rex Leonard Dull, 79
Rex Leonard Dull was born on July 24, 1938 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Clyde Dull and Wilda Fern “Babe” Dull (nee Brundridge). He was raised across the Midwest hunting, fishing and camping, settling in Gary, Indiana.

After deciding against a boilermaker career, Rex joined the Air Force in the Aviation Cadet Program at Harlingen AFB, Texas. He graduated from flying training course, earning his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, his Navigator wings, and marrying the love of his life, Shirley, all on June 4, 1959.

After several Navigator assignments, including the RC-121 aircraft during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he applied for Pilot training and was sent to Craig AFB, Alabama. After graduation and earning his pilot wings, Rex and Shirley moved to Nellis AFB, NV, where he completed F-105 training.

Rex then served at McConnell AFB in Kansas as an instructor pilot, at Nellis AFB and at Yokota AFB in Japan. He was later stationed at Korat AFB in Thailand and flew more than 100 F-105 combat missions over North Vietnam.

He then returned to Nellis where he converted to the F-111 and flew the fighter-bomber there, and on another tour in Thailand including more missions over North Vietnam.

In 1977, the family moved to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, where he served with distinction as a Fighter Squadron Operations Officer and Commander.

Rex and Shirley then lived and served in Bangkok, Thailand with the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group, where he was promoted to Colonel.

Then he served in Southern California at the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center and in Frankfurt, Germany as the Air Force Liaison to the US Army’s 5th Corps.

Rex’s final assignment was as the Inspector General at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.

Rex retired as a Colonel in May 1989 after 30 years of service to our country. He served as a highly decorated AF fighter pilot, including during the Vietnam War in Southeast Asia.

Flying well more than 100 combat missions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster for missions in Cambodia and Vietnam, the Air Medal with three silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, in addition to approximately thirty additional medals, recognitions and citations, including one for Small Arms Expert Marksmanship with One Bronze Service Star for besting General Colin Powell in a marksmanship contest.

During retirement Rex devoted himself to his family and to volunteering for the American Legion, the Dogwood Thrift Shop, Meals on Wheels and many other causes.

Rex was a loving husband and father, an avid outdoorsman and skilled marksman, and frequently took the family camping, fishing and hunting. He was well-loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Shirley Hutchens Dull; his younger brother, Terry (Laura); daughters, Julie and Kimberly and grandchildren, Spencer and Emily. His only son, Scott Michael, preceded him in death.

Services were held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home of Laurie. There was a celebration of life event (with lunch) at the American Legion Zack Wheat Post in Sunrise Beach immediately thereafter.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to The Lamb House at 50 Illinois Street, Camdenton, Missouri 65020.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
 

Published 8-23-17

Raymond “Sid” Hawks, Jr., 69
Raymond “Sid” Hawks, Jr., of Florence, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was born November 13, 1947, in Independence, Missouri. Sid was the only son of the late Raymond S. Sr. and Mary Lou (Gerhart) Hawks.

He was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Michele (Stark) Hawks in 1995.

Sid was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves.

He was self-employed for many years and maintained the appearance of the vehicles for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Tipton for the past few years.

Sid was a member of the Tipton First Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Michele, he is survived by his daughters, Erin Hawks-Warshay (Alyssa Hawks-Warshay) of Moore, Oklahoma and Heather Hawks of Independence, Missouri; an unborn grandson due this October; and many friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 14 at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor David Stephenson officiating.

Graveside services and interment with full military honors followed in the Glensted Cemetery north of Versailles.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Louis K. Kulhanek, 81
Louis K. Kulhanek, of Camdenton, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017, at his home. He was born October 21, 1935, in Milladore, Wisconsin, a son of the late Kenneth and Helen (Czaikowski) Kulhanek.

He was married to Ruth Kulhanek and together they had four sons, Kenneth, Robert, Scott and Michael. He later married Rosa Kulhanek.

Louis was employed at the Fisher Body Plant in Willow Springs, Illinois as a general supervisor of the tool and die department. He retired after over thirty years of employment.

He enjoyed woodworking and was truly a master craftsman. His expertise included nearly every facet of home construction.

He was an outdoorsman who loved spending time hunting and fishing.

Louis was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, the Osage Community Elks Lodge 2705 in Laurie and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Kulhanek and wife Jeannie, Robert Kulhanek and wife Lynn, Scott Kulhanek and wife Allison and Michael Kulhanek; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; step-children, Selina, Joe and Richard; five step-grandchildren; brother, Melvin Kulhanek and wife Patricia; sister, Irene Pasquini and husband Robert and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Kulhanek and a sister, Janet Verba.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 15, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie. Inurnment will be held at a later date in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dogwood Animal Shelter. 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.


Deborah Sue Ash, 57
Deborah Sue Ash, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. She was born October 1, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of James J. and Jeanette (Seals) Vernitte.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jim Vernitte.

Survivors include her husband of thirty-nine years, Derrick Ash of Perryville, Missouri; a son, Douglas Ash and wife Tina of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; five grandchildren, Autumn Geer, Shania Noland, Glen Noland, III, Michael Cochran, Jr. and Lucas Ash; a sister-in-law, Jane Vernitte of Troy, Missouri; two nephews, Jack Eller of Troy, Missouri and Jeremy Vernitte of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and two great-nieces, Debbie Gibson and Gina Vernitte.

Debra worked as a bookkeeper for most of her working life. She was a resident of St. Louis, Missouri and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks ten years ago.

She enjoyed the lake area and living on the lake brought her joy. She loved casinos and enjoyed gambling.

Family services will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.

Published 8-16-17

Binford Fowler, 96
Binford Fowler, of Akinsville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Tipton Oaks Manor, Tipton, Missouri. She was born March 2, 1921 in Akinsville, Missouri a daughter of Dudley David and Alma Mae (Lingle) Akin.

On February 15, 1941 she was united in marriage to James Elbert Fowler and to this union one son was born.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, James Allen Fowler; three brothers, Clifford, Gaylord, and Ted Akin and one sister, Wilford Wilcox.

Survivors include her siblings, Dwight Akin of Sedalia, Missouri, Yvonne Leiding of Panama City, Florida, R. D. Akin and wife Joy of Akinsville, Missouri, Darrell Akin and wife Shirley of Rowlett, Texas, Dudley Akin and Betty of Andalusia, Alabama, and Phyllis Nester of Panama City, Florida and a host of nieces and nephews.

Binnie was a life-long resident of Morgan County and lived in the same farm house in the Akinsville area since 1942. She worked for a shoe factory in Tipton until her retirement. In her spare time, she made rag rugs and enjoyed farming and putting up hay until recent years.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. Burial followed in Akinsville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Akinsville Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Daniel J. Metz, 72
Daniel J. Metz, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his home.

Daniel was born September 9, 1944 in Marion, Indiana. He was the son of Clyde and Esther (Jernigan) Metz.

He graduated from Purdue University in 1966 with a Bachelor degree in Industrial engineering. On November 18, 1967 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Daniel was united in marriage to Janice Dwenger. Together they shared over 49 years of marriage at the time of his death.

Daniel was a purchasing manager for a glass manufacturer in Illinois for thirty years. Upon retirement, they moved to his favorite vacation spot, Lake of the Ozarks. He loved everything about the Lake, whether it be boating or just enjoying a breathtaking view during the various seasons.

He also loved cooking for family and friends and doing any woodworking projects. More than anything, his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Daniel was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Janice (Dwenger) Metz of Eldon, Missouri; son Brian Metz and wife, Kristin, and their children Annali and Harrison, of Homer, Alaska; his daughters Jennifer Otto and husband, Anthony, and their children Adam, Nathan and wife Kelsey, Aaron, Grace, and Rebekah, of Lake Ozark, Missouri and Jodi Metz and son Elijah of Bloomington, Illinois; his brother William Metz and wife, Sharon, of Warsaw, Indiana; his sisters Leslie Palmer and husband, William, of Paulden, Arizona and Loni Thompson of Greenwood, Indiana.

Along with his immediate family, he is also survived by two great grandchildren, Atlas and Adelaide, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Esther Metz; and one infant brother, Clyde Jr.

Services were held Saturday, August 12 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested in lieu of flowers to Compassus Foundation, 5780 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, Missouri 65065, or to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church P.O. Box 2390, Lake Ozark , Mo , 65049, for Sister Parish Saint Kisito Parish, Burkina- Faso, West Africa.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Arthur Kennon Casey Cochran, 36
Arthur Kennon Casey Cochran, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was born November 11, 1980, in Denver, Colorado, a son of Denton and Patricia (McMillin) Cochran.

Casey graduated from Versailles High School in 1999 and attended State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

He was employed at Gates Rubber Company in Versailles for many years. After moving to Kansas City, he worked in computer sales.

In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf and fishing.

Casey expressed his religion through the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by his children, Keaton and Kalysa Jolee Cochran both of Stover; his mother, Pat Tomblinson of the home; sister, Shelly McMillin of the home and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Denton Cochran, his step-father, Joe Tomblinson, his grandparents and other aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Versailles, Missouri 65084 to assist with expenses.

Expressions of sympathy can be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Joyce Marie Herrmann, 77
Joyce Marie Herrmann, of Gravois Mills, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at her home. She was born October 28, 1939, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of the late Oscar and Vonita (Lowery) Kisling.

On December 21, 1957, in Merriam, Kansas, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Harry Herrmann.

Joyce was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She loved living at the Lake of the Ozarks and spending time on the water. Her favorite hobbies included, sewing, reading and walking.

In addition to her husband, Harry, she is survived by her daughters, Paula Shurtz of the home and Laura Paul of Shawnee, Kansas; grandchildren, Jamie Shurtz, Joe Shurtz, Christopher Paul and Ronald Sandnes; several great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

A private lakeside celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 8-9-17

William Garrett Moulder, 88
William Garrett Moulder, son of Benjamin Valentine Moulder and Mamie Catherine (Garrett) Moulder was born March 12, 1929, in Non-Such, Missouri.

He died on July 22, 2017 at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Osage Beach, Missouri. Garrett was 88 years, four months, and 10 days.

On December 3, 1954, Garrett was united in Marriage to Edna Lee Scott. They eloped and were married in Tunica, Mississippi. Garret and Edna Lea raised three children. Saba Lea (Moulder) Weatherly, Garrett Scott Moulder, and Fred David Moulder.

In all their years of marriage, you would seldom see Garrett without Edna, or Edna without Garrett.

He was preceded in death by his parents (Ben and Mamie Moulder), his sister Muriel Howard, and brother Earl Moulder.

Garrett is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna Lee of the home, brother Gerald Moulder of Archie Mo, daughter Saba Lea Weatherly (and husband Chuck) of Parkville Mo, son Garrett Scott Moulder (and fiancé Angel Rader) of Conway Mo and son Fred David Moulder of Bennett Springs Mo, grandchildren Garrett Todd Moulder, Lindsey Elizabeth Moulder, Benjamin Ahrens Moulder, Alyssa Ann Weatherly, Alexander Reese Weatherly, Adam Scott Weatherly and several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Garrett was raised in Macks Creek and graduated from Macks Creek High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He served his country in the Korean War as a Forward Observer and fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir where he braved 40 below weather.

Later in his Korean tour he received a Purple Heart when he was wounded in July, 1951. He was discharged from the Marines in October, 1953. On one of his military leaves, he met Edna Lee Scott, and they started dating and later married in 1954.

Garrett went to work at Scott’s Clothing Store, a family owned business that he and Edna Lee ran for 43 years. Garrett served many years on the First National Bank Board of Directors.

Following retirement in 1997, Garrett became an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time at the Moulder family farm, Mineral Valley Farm, where he loved to hunt and fish.

Garrett was a very good cook, and especially loved making candy. His fudge was a family favorite at Christmas time. Pampa Moulder was also known to make the “Best Biscuits and Gravy” and it was always expected by the grandkids they would have biscuits and gravy when they went to Pampa’s house.

Garrett was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. Garrett never met a stranger that he would not reminisce about the Korean War and his family. It warmed his heart when he was “thanked for being serving our Country.”

Services were held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment followed at Hedges Cemetery in Camdenton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Diabetes Research Institute or the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Marilyn Marie Raus, 81
Marilyn Marie Raus, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2017 in Eldon Nursing and Rehab, Eldon, Missouri. She was born May 5, 1936 in Elgin, Illinois, a daughter of Edward and Willetta Aileen (Thornton) Lohse.

On February 26, 1966, she was united in marriage to Reynold Joseph “Rey” Raus. Together they shared thirty-seven years of marriage before his passing on November 22, 2003.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Harriett, VanNatta.

Survivors include, two sons, Michael Vinkavich and wife Laure of Papillion, Nebraska and William Vinkavich and wife Cheryl of Versailles, Missouri; a daughter, Linda Simpson and husband Dan of Gravois Mills, Missouri; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, David Lohse and wife Brenda of McCordsville, Indiana; two sisters, Erma Eggum of Elgin, Illinois and Barbara Klingberg of Hampshire, Illinois and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marilyn was raised in the Winthrop Harbor, Illinois area. She lived in various places in Illinois and Iowa before moving to the Lake of the Ozark in the mid 1980’s. She worked as a waitress and bar tender for many years.

She was a member of Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. She had served as past-president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 624 in Sunrise Beach, Missouri as well as the District American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31, 2017 at Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. Burial followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Laurie, Missouri. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday in the church.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.


Elizabeth Catherine Groth, 92
Elizabeth Catherine Groth, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 in her home. She was born May 8, 1925 in Utica, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Clifton Saltonstall and Alma Grace (Engelbrecht) Newsom.

On July 28, 1944 in Wheaton, Illinois, she was united in marriage to Burton William Groth. Together they shared fifty-three years of marriage before his passing on March 1, 1998.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Saltonstall Newsom and a granddaughter, Megan Grace Storm.

Elizabeth was blessed to have all of her family together two weeks prior to her passing which included her three children, Walter Clifton Groth of Versailles, Missouri, Sarah Elizabeth Storm and husband Roger Lee of Winfield, Kansas and Mary Robin Gerber and husband Melvin Lee of Versailles, Missouri; six grandchildren, Dixon Elizabeth Storm, Roger Burton Storm, Astrid Joy Storm Wood, Adam Christopher Gerber, William Walter Gerber and Grace Elizabeth Gerber; fourteen great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

She was raised in Pennsylvania and being the daughter of a pastor, lived in several communities. After college and her marriage to Burton, they moved to Missouri to be near relatives in the Hopewell community.

Elizabeth taught piano to numerous students for over sixty years. Many will her remember her joking nature and the tricks she liked to pull on people. She enjoyed fun and laughter and organizing games and parties.

She was a faithful member of Bethel Mennonite Church where she played organ since the 1950’s. She also served as the church librarian.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial followed in Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Mennonite Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Jerry C. Young, 81
Jerry C. Young, of the Ivy Bend community near Stover, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 in his home. He was born November 17, 1935 to William and Hazel Young.

On May 29, 1969 in Lexington, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Sharon Bingham. Together they shared the past forty-eight years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Young of the home; a daughter, Diana Stratton and husband Michael of Richmond, Missouri; two sons, Dennis R. Young of Lexington, Missouri and Gary D. Young of Savannah, Missouri; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Lorene Ford of Richmond, Missouri as well as a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.

Jerry was a beloved neighbor in the Ivy Bend community and he enjoyed working on golf carts, lawn mowers and helping out his neighbors.

No formal funeral services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Leon Edgar “Junior” Tucker, Jr., 86
Leon Edgar “Junior” Tucker, Jr., of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Versailles.

He was born on November 11, 1930 in Sedalia, the son of the late Frieda (Harms) and Leon E Tucker, Sr. He later moved to Cole Camp, where he was raised.

He was baptized on November 23, 1930 and confirmed on March 25, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp. His confirmation verse was Psalm 27:4, “One thing I will ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to seek Him in his temple.”

He married Florence Harms, who survives of the home, on February 17, 1952.

On, April 4, 1952, he was drafted in the army to serve in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on March 11, 1954.

He was employed at the Gunn Clinic in Versailles as a pharmacy tech for thirty five years, retiring in 1992.

He was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Versailles, where he served on various boards, including President and Trustee.

In addition to his wife, Florence, he is survived by two sons and their wives, Mark and Connie Tucker of Versailles and Matt and Sharon Tucker of Jefferson City; one sister, Barbara Ann Bahm and husband, Jim, of Kansas City; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Schnakenberg of Cole Camp and Millie Latshaw of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Greg Tucker and wife Lisa, Brad Tucker, Courtney Borman and husband Ryan, and Chelsey Pohl, and husband Dustin; seven great-grandchildren, Noah and Aidan Storr, Evan and Ava Tucker, Landon, Jackson, and Bailey Borman, along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Versailles with the Pastor Erik Rottmann officiating. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Greg Tucker, Brad Tucker, Ryan Borman, Dustin Pohl, Guy Schnakenberg, and Charles Morarity. Honorary casket bearers are Tom Todd, Jay Fajen, Wayne Harms, Alan Morris, David Holst, Jim Pendergraft, Cliff Brown, Stuart Holsten, and Susie Morarity.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Grace Lutheran Church in Versailles.
 

Published 8-2-17

Janice Mae Noland, 91
The Honorable Janice Mae Noland passed peacefully on July 14, 2017. She was born September 10, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri to Dr. Walter and Clara Pueser, and had one sister, Joyce Hayes.

Her legacy is indisputable, as she had practiced law for over sixty-five years, taking her father’s advice to be the attorney and not the secretary. An overachiever, she graduated from Washington University School of Law at the age of 20, when women comprised a mere two percent of attorneys.

Because she was such a pioneer in the legal profession, she was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine when she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She was also invited to tea at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II. Her pursuit of justice inspired all three of her daughters to follow in her footsteps.

While working as a bill drafter for the Missouri Legislature, she met and married her husband James Noland, Jr. As a young State Representative, he was so struck by her beauty, he ran right into the door jamb of her office.

They were married in the Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol on March 26, 1958. The two left Jefferson City for Camden County, where they built their lives and reared their family, and where she would practice law, become the first City Attorney for Osage Beach, and serve as Camden County Associate Circuit Judge.

In addition to being an attorney and judge, she had a passion for politics and was a lifelong member of the Republican Party, chairing the 4th District Republican Women, and serving as the National Committeewoman for the Missouri Republican Assemblies.

She was a prolific writer who published a book for West Publishing on statutory construction and her most recent book, Seeing Justice, gives a glimpse into her legal career. In the sight of her friends and family, she was a beloved matriarch.

Most importantly, she defined herself, first and foremost, as a follower of Christ. Whenever asked how she was doing, she always replied "I am GOOD, not evil.” She was filled with wisdom and was always quoting the Word of God. Psalm 91 was one of her favorites, and her desire was to be like Enoch and walk with God.

She is survived by her husband, her three daughters, ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. They all take comfort in the assurance that the Lord’s Promises in Psalm 91 were bestowed upon His faithful servant. The Lord satisfied her with a long life, and she is now experiencing the fullness of His salvation.

Funeral services were be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Walk On Water Faith Church, 959 Old Park State Road, Osage Beach, MO, with a second service held at 12:00 p.m. at Hopewell Freewill Baptist Church, 2334 State Hwy. 73, Tunas, MO.

Interment at Hopewell Cemetery Tunas, MO.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Lela Pauline Stanton, 96
Lela Pauline “Polly” Stanton, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Polly was the daughter of Wesley and Desdia (Watts) Vaughn, born November 4, 1920 in Miller County, Missouri.

On June 21, 1940 in Oklahoma, Lela was united in marriage to Lon Stanton, who preceded her in death.

Polly is survived by her son George Stanton and wife, Linda, of Lake Ozark, Missouri; her daughter Jane Herbert and husband, Mike, of Camdenton, Missouri; her brothers Gathiel Vaughn and wife, Delores of Boyd, Texas, Charles Vaughn and wife, Sharon, of Eldon, Missouri and Terry Vaughn and companion, Ann, of Fairfield, Illinois; her sisters, Mary Bailey and husband, Ben, of Tucson, Arizona, Norma Evans of Eldon, Missouri, and Joyce Hammond and husband, Joe, of Clear Water, Florida; eight grandchildren, Matthew Bentz, Amy Carson, Holly Nimmo, Jill Schaffer, Emily Carter, Andy Herbert, Elizabeth Veit, and Jonathan Stanton; and twenty-seven great grandchildren; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Desdia Vaughn; her husband Lon; her daughter and son-in-law Betty and David Bentz; her brothers Henry, Cecil, Bob and Harold; her sister Neta Bunch; and two great-grandchildren, George Caleb, and Sophie.

Polly and husband, Lon, owned and operated Stanton Novelty in Lake Ozark, Missouri for many years. She was passionate about gardening and loved spending days outdoors tending her flowers.

She was a founding member of the Arrowhead Beach Garden Club. Aside from her love of gardening, Polly enjoyed traveling and cooking, especially for family gatherings and was famous for hosting wonderful family dinners.

Polly was very involved with her children and their school activities when they were growing up, including leading Cub Scouts and volunteering for the School of the Osage PTA organization.

Polly was a member of Lake Ozark Christian Church and was active with the C.W.F.

Polly was a loving and devoted wife and helpmate to her husband Lon, and a wonderful, caring, nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her children and their families. She will be sorely missed.

Services were held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Lake Ozark Christian Church. Interment followed services at Freedom Cemetery in Linn Creek, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Raymond Gene Flory, 67
Raymond Gene “Ray” Flory, son of John Melvin and Dorothy Pauline Hoffman Flory, was born October 10, 1949 in Eldorado Springs, Missouri. He passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 in Lake Regional Health Systems, Osage Beach, Missouri, at the age of sixty-seven.

His parents preceded Ray in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Angie Thomas and husband Capt, of Montreal, Missouri; son, Nick Flory and wife Alesia, of Wetmore, Colorado; three grandchildren, Brett Kincaid, Ryan Kincaid, and Shane Thomas, as well as a greatly anticipated grandson, Dominik Ray Flory; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Kincaid; a brother, John Flory and wife Donna, of Montreal, Missouri; a niece, Sandy Fitzgerald and husband Bud, of Phillipsburg, Missouri; a nephew, Donald Flory, of Atlanta, Georgia; the mother of his children, Rita Anderson, of Lake Ozark, Missouri; as well as a host of other relatives and many dear friends.

Ray moved to Camdenton with his family as a child. He attended Linn Creek grade school and was a graduate of Camdenton High School in the Class of 1967. Ray started his career in Auto Parts Sales at Camdenton Auto Supply, and retired from O’Reilly Auto Parts after many years of service.

Following his retirement, Ray worked at Marty’s as a bartender and cook until his passing.

Ray had accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and enjoyed going to the horse track. He was a skilled woodworker and made many beautiful pieces throughout the years.

Ray took great pride in his yard and landscaping. He often would joke about how he “manicured his yard instead of mowing it.”

Spending time with family and friends was something that Ray truly cherished.

Ray was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and was a caring friend.

A Celebration of Ray’s Life was held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri. Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Arrangements are under the care of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Floyd Edwin Cooper, 97
Floyd Edwin Cooper of Lake Ozark, MO passed peacefully in his sleep on July 21, 2017 at Waterford Estates, Hazel Crest, IL at the age of 97.

Son of the late Raymond and Adelle Cooper, he was born on June 10, 1920 in Orland Park, IL where he resided for 67 years. Husband of the late Geraldine Cooper; nee Jackson for 44 years until her passing.

Loving Father of the late Theodore and Mark Cooper. Beloved Grandfather to Kimberly (Tony) Novak and Shelley (Jeff) Jordan. Great-Grandfather of Theresa, the late Alecia, and Frank Coglianese, Martez Walker, Taylor and Briana Novak and Brayden Jordan. Great-Great Grandfather of Giana Shepley. Brother of the Late Merrill Cooper. Uncle and dear friend to many.

At the age of 13, he was one of a 100 selected to play in the marimba band at the World's Fair. An independent businessman throughout his life, he started his career as an entrepreneur by selling small appliances out of the trunk of his car. He then opened Cooper Electric Co., the first store in Orland Park to ever sell televisions.

Although he had many business endeavors, he spent the majority of his life as a building contractor. He was the first builder to ever build apartments in Orland Park. His main business was F. Cooper Builders. In 1956 he expanded to the Kankakee, IL area and built Cooper's Hillcrest Subdivision.

In the early 70's he expanded further south and opened Port O’ Call resort in Lake Ozark, MO. He fell in love with Lake Ozark and at that time it became his second residence. In 1981 he built Cooper subdivision in Eldon, MO. He was a master mason, member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago and member of Lake of the Ozarks Shrine Club.

Floyd loved living on the lake and was often heard saying, “just another beautiful day in Lake of the Ozarks”. He enjoyed traveling the world, boating, water skiing, and most importantly spending time with family and friends.

He was an honest businessman, a loyal friend and went above and beyond to provide and care for his family. His thoughtfulness and generosity was extended to everyone he knew yet he remained humble and spared much expense when it came to himself. Duct tape or spray paint could fix anything! He could definitely be described as quite the character. He lived as he died, he did it his way!

Memorial visitation was held August 1, 2017 at Faith United Methodist Church 15101 S. 80th Ave, Orland Park, IL.

Interment of ashes was at Orland Memorial Cemetery, 153rd & West Ave following. Special thanks to Holt Funeral Home, Harvey, IL.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home of Osage Beach, Missouri.
 

Published 7-26-17

Norman Alva Grooms, 65
Norman Alva Grooms, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 in his home. He was born January 29, 1952 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, a son of the late Alva Edward and Vera Margaret (Davis) Grooms.

On August 28, 1987 in Fremont, Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Suzanne Jo (Trotter) Boye. Together they shared the past twenty-nine years of marriage.

He was raised in the Valentine, Nebraska area and spent time in Kansas while his father worked construction. He lived in Yankton, South Dakota then Fremont, Nebraska before moving to Missouri in 2011. He was a truck driver and later started working for Ace Hardware, where he eventually became a Master Service Technician.

He and his son had been active in the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoyed tinkering, especially on lawn mowers, doing carpentry and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne of the home; a son, Jeremy Grooms and wife Carol of Torrington, Wyoming; a daughter, Bonnie Grooms and friend Ivey Lesly of Yankton, South Dakota; eight granddaughters, Alexandria Grooms, Cheyenna Filips, Ashleigh Grooms, Christa Kotik, Stephanie Sabata, Mykki Sabata, Deborah Reding and Heather Hall; five great-grandchildren, Damon, Bentley, Ella, Jacqueline and Ayden; three step-children, Darren Boye of Fremont, Nebraska, LorriBoye of Fremont, Nebraska and Kelly Russell of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sisters, Margaret Kruse and husband Allen of Gurley, Nebraska and Elaine Storms of O’Neill, Nebraska and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Services were held Friday, July 14, 2017 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, Nebraska.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Larry R. Allman, 63
Larry R. Allman, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

Larry was the son of John and Willa (Mueller) Allman, born December 28, 1954 in Ulysses, Kansas.

On January 3, 1981 in Lake Ozark, Missouri, Larry was united in marriage to Marla DeGraffenreid. They had shared over 36 loving years of marriage together at the time of his death

Larry taught Industrial Technology courses at Camdenton High School, sharing his knowledge and earning respect from countless students over the course of 23 years.

He was a thoughtful man, involved in serving others, including coaching the Camdenton Trap Club, serving as former Youth Leader and Sunday School Teacher at Riverview Baptist Church where he was an active member, and donating blood to the American Red Cross on a consistent basis.

Larry was also an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed spending days hunting and fishing and bee keeping and was a biking enthusiast, riding in the MS 150 every year.

Larry was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and wonderful and caring son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed beyond words.

Larry is survived by his wife Marla of the home; his daughters, Erin Steck and husband, Matthew, of St. Charles, Missouri, Abby Harmon and husband, Marcus, of Ozark, Missouri, and Tara Mueller and husband, Robbie, of Springfield, Missouri; his father John Allman, of Osage Beach, Missouri; his mother, Willa Allman of Ft. Collins ,Colorado; his brothers, Dale Allman and wife, Beth, of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Dean Allman and wife, Joanne, of Drexel, Missouri; his step-brother, Roy Smith and wife, Darleen, of Sacramento, California; his sister, Glenda Riemann and husband, Doug, of Wichita, Kansas; his step-sister Nancy Challand and husband, Cal, of Sacramento, California; his mother and father-in-law, Vivian and Tennyson DeGraffenreid of Brumley, Missouri; his brother-in-law Jon DeGraffenreid of Jefferson City, Missouri; his three grandchildren, Aubrey Steck, Bailey Steck, and Maggie Harmon; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his step-mother, Grace.

Services for Larry were held Friday, July 14, 2017 at Riverview Baptist Church in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Interment was at Boltz Cemetery in Brumley, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Donna B. LeBaube, 67
Donna B. LeBaube, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.

Donna was born April 4, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of William and Shirley (Hanna) LeBaube.

During Donna’s freshman year in high school, her father took a new job in Morton, relocating the family from St. Louis. Donna later moved to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., where she raised her family.

She was a devoted mother who took great pride in loving and caring for her family. Her favorite things in life where those that involved her children; they were everything to her.

Donna was known for her cooking abilities. As co-owner of Tucket’s, Donna’s passion for cooking was renowned at the Lake of the Ozarks, especially her hot wings and cheesecakes.

She was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoyed sharing her delicious repertoire of fantastic recipes with her family and friends while watching the games.

Donna lived a very full life and was an amazing woman whom her family will miss tremendously. She was the first born in family that remains devoted to each other in every circumstance, never abandoning each other. She taught many valuable lessons that the family will always remember and cherish.

“We love you mom, daughter, sister, aunt, grandma, Godmother, friend, WWATW; until we meet again, sweet girl.”

Donna is survived by her son, Billy J. Cowan of Osage Beach; her daughters, Heather Cowan of Osage Beach and Lacey DenHartog and husband, Mitch, of Camdenton; her brothers, William LeBaube of Morton, Illinois, Danny LeBaube and wife, Mindi, of Roanoke, Illinois and Kim LeBaube and wife, Lorrie, of DeWitt, Illinois; her sisters, Nancy Aupperle and husband, Steve, Jaime Squier, and Nichole Bailey and husband, Dane, all of Morton, Illinois; her brother-in-law Dorwin Doty, of Washington, Illinois; her three grandsons, Seth, Bennett, and Jace; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William and Shirley LeBaube; her sister, Michele Doty; her brother-in-law, Kelly Squier; her nephew Dylan Bailey and her mother -in-law and father-in-law Fran and Joe Skomal.

A Visitation was held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri with graveside services following at Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial Donations are suggested to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Joshua Wayne Goodman, 36
Joshua Wayne Goodman, of Gravois Mills, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his home. He was born December 11, 1980, in Columbia, a son of Jack Montoya and Kathern Goodman.

Joshua worked at the Hearnes Center in Columbia as a custodian until his was no longer able due to his health.

He loved the outdoors and taking long nature walks. Joshua enjoyed listening to hard rock music and watching movies, especially Cliffhanger. He was an avid collector of do-rags. The hymn that gave him the most comfort was, “Amazing Grace”.

He is survived by his mother, Kathern Dore of Gravois Mills, Missouri; father, Jack Montoya of Columbia, Missouri; step-father, Robert Dore of Columbia, Missouri; brothers, Rodney Goodman and Robert Dore IV both of Gravois Mills, Missouri; sister, Hazel Dore and husband Jason Ashby of Gravois Mills, Missouri; two nieces, two nephews and many friends.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Gary Lee Bachman, 79
Gary Lee Bachman, died July 15, 2017 with family by his side at Lake Regional Hospital.

He was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri where he graduated from Central High School. Gary joined the Army National Guard in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1965.

After taking early retirement from Amoco Oil, he moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. While working as a Real Estate Agent he continued to enjoy the lake life. He spent many hours fishing and skiing with his kids and grandkids. Eventually Gary retired from real estate to be a full time lake person.

Gary was an active member of the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club for many years. His wife, Florence and he spent many hours on corvette runs and activities. He was also a member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie, which he really enjoyed.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Bachman; three children, Shelly (Gere) Boyle, Brad Bachman and Don (Tami) Bachman; three step-children, Ray (Sara) Robinett, Debbie (Joe) Robinett and Vernon (Regina) Robinett; twelve grandchildren, Skyler, Shelby, Sydney, Creighton, Kierra, Gerilyn, Jami, Matt, Greg, Michelle, Jeannie and Ricky; four great-grandchildren, Danica, Alyssa, Aliyah and Fay; his sister, Janice (Gordon) Sunderland and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ruth Bachman of St. Joseph, Missouri.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Kent Memorial Lutheran Church at 184 Sunset Hill Drive, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Kent Memorial Lutheran Church, or any charities of your chose in honor of Gary Bachman.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.

Published 7-19-17

Lewis Andrew “Jay” Banks, Jr., 86
Lewis Andrew “Jay” Banks, Jr., of Grandview, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Life Care Center of Grandview. He was born March 3, 1931 in Bay, Arkansas a son of Lewis Andrew Banks, Sr. and Hellen (Hancock) Banks.

On August 17, 2007 in Grandview, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Joyce ErleneNeher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Banks of Lee’s Summitt, Missouri; a son Donnie Banks and wife Terri of Lebanon, Missouri; a granddaughter, Genesis Banks of Sugar Creek, Missouri; a grandson, Justin Banks of St. Louis, Missouri; nieces, Debra Banks and grand-niece and nephew of Blue Springs, Missouri, Renita Altum and husband Bill and Susie Watson and husband Glen and grand-nieces and nephews of Buckland, Missouri; a step-son, Keith Corder of Grandview, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

Jay was raised in Arkansas and Kansas City, Kansas. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy and after being honorably discharged, moved to Grandview, Missouri. He retired to the Gravois Mills area of the Lake of the Ozarks.

He attended First Baptist Church of Gravois Mills and was an avid fisherman.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 7, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. Burial with military honors followed in Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Martin Earl Callaghan, 57
Martin Earl Callaghan, age 57, died on Monday, July 3, 2017, on his farm near Versailles, Missouri. Marty was born on March 12, 1960, in Ottawa, Kansas, to William and Wilma (Keith) Callaghan.

He attended school in Ottawa, Kansas and moved to Versailles in the early ‘70s, graduating from Versailles High School in 1978. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Becky Hunter, on July 2, 1978.

In the early years of their marriage, Marty and Becky raised produce and sold at the Farmers’ Market in Kansas City. Marty was also working at Gates in Versailles at the time.

The trucks used to transport plants also became utilized for delivering parts for Gates. A long-lasting hauling relationship developed, which expanded to eight semi-trucks, many employees and warehouse buildings that grew to total over 100,000 square feet.

He was very proud of the employment opportunities the warehouse provided in the Versailles community. He also continued to utilize his farm working alongside his son, Jeremiah, hauling gravel locally and raising crops.

Marty was always busy – but his main focus in life was enjoying and loving his family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed Colorado elk hunting trips each fall with his son and sons-in-law.

Collecting and restoring old Chevy trucks (especially ’67-’72) was a passion of his, and he had hoped to restore one for each of his grandkids’ first vehicle. More than anything else, he especially loved being Grandpa.

Marty is survived by his wife, Becky, of the home; children, Amanda Garrison and husband, Jeremy of Versailles, Jeremiah Callaghan of Versailles, Carolyn Handtke and husband, Jeremy of Linn Creek; adopted children, J’Marie Tindle of Arkansas, Michael Callaghan and wife Elise and family of Great Falls, Montana, Mahala Killeen and husband, Eric of River Ridge, Louisiana; grandchildren, Lauren Garrison, Parker Garrison, Rylee Callaghan, Kodie Callaghan, Weston Handtke, Berklee Handtke and Xantha Killeen; his mother, Wilma Straub and husband, Randy of Laurie; brothers, Pat Callaghan and wife, Debbie and Bill Callaghan and wife, Susan all of Ottawa, Kansas; sister, Kathy Sangster and husband, Sandy of Paris, Texas; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Callaghan; brother, Danny; half-brother, William Michael (Mike), and a daughter-in-law, Krista Callaghan.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Versailles.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Becky Callaghan and can be left 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 Funeral Home of Versailles.

Bonnie Sue Selby, 80
Bonnie Sue Selby, daughter of William Aubrey and Frances Elizabeth Porter Avery, was born July 6, 1937, in Moberly, Missouri. She passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 in her daughter’s home, Linn Creek, Missouri, at the age of eighty years and one day.

On August 18, 1958, Bonnie was united in marriage to Duane Bernard Selby, and to this union three children were born.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her parents; and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Delane Selby, of Linn Creek, Missouri, Yvonne Leah Selby, of Camdenton, Missouri, and Dana Lynn Gardner and husband, Paul, J., of Linn Creek, Missouri; her grandchildren, Wade Aubrey Stout, Kyle Robert Stout, Paul T. Gardner, and Autumn Jade Selby; a great-grandson, Savaun Joseph Stout, and a greatly anticipated great-granddaughter, Fynlee Clark; as well as a number of other relatives and many dear friends.

Bonnie was born in Moberly and was a graduate of Fayette High School, and also attended the University of Missouri.

In 1958, Bonnie and Duane moved to Camdenton and there they raised their family. Bonnie spent her career in the University of Missouri Extension in Camdenton, and proudly served the community for over forty years.

She had accepted Christ as her Savior and was a member of the Camdenton Community Christian Church for many years.

Bonnie had an infectious laugh that brought a smile to everyone’s face. She never met a stranger, and was loved by all that knew her. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoyed playing bridge and bingo, and especially cherished the many fall trips she took with her girls.

Bonnie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate her life and many accomplishments and will treasure the many wonderful memories she has created for her family and friends.

Funeral services for Bonnie Selby were held at Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial was in Hugo Cemetery.

Memorial donation may be made to the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.

Karl John Koster, 67
Karl John Koster, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home with friends and family around him. He was born October 13, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas, a son of the late Martin and Marie (Rosenhagen) Koster, and grew up in nearby Cheney, Kansas.

On May 10, 1980, in Topeka, Kansas, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Martha Koster.

Karl served in the Kansas Army Reserves.

He was employed as an industrial engineer for Southwestern Bell, now known as AT&T. He worked in Kansas and Texas, retiring in 2001.

Karl was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark.

He enjoyed spending his retirement snow skiing, water skiing, traveling and sailing. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with friends and family as often as possible.

In addition to his wife, Martha, he is survived by his daughter, Heather Denman and husband Jason of Versailles, Missouri; grandsons, Hunter and Joshua Denman; brother, Kent Koster and wife Sandy of Cheney, Kansas; two nieces; two nephews and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donn Koster and a niece.

A celebration of Karl’s life was held Saturday, July 15, at the Yacht Club at Porta Cima in Sunrise Beach. Graveside services and inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church both in Cheney, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


John Paul Stevenson, 83
John Paul Stevenson, Stover, died July 1, 2017 at Golden Age Living Center.
He was born May 21, 1934 in Lewiston Illinois, a son of John H. and Gertrude E. (Pierce) Stevenson.

In 1954 John married Betty McDaniel of Macomb, Illinois and had two sons, John J. Stevenson and Randall E. Stevenson. On May 3, 1969, he married Shirley Hallam and had one son, Paul.

John graduated High School in 1952 at Valley Senior High School in Fairview Illinois. Soon after high school, John worked at Caterpillar in Peoria Illinois, and was later employed at the Illinois Electric Porcelain Company of Macomb, Illinois.

Having grown up on a farm his hard work ethic and skills as a mechanic lent well to a job as carnival operator in the state of California during the 60’s. After returning to Missouri, John was employed by Parkhurst Manufacturing Co. of Sedalia painting trailer and truck frames then later by Fischer Manufacturing Co. in Tipton building pool tables.

After Spalding closed the pool table factory, John was employed by GW Lumber Co. in Stover as a ban saw operator. He raised chickens and goats on his farm in Stover and sold eggs. By 1980, John began his one woodworking and furniture manufacturing business specializing in children’s furniture which he continued on past retirement.

His pieces were original designs including gliders, picnic tables, porch swings, gliders and much more. He designed and built his own home and out buildings. He also designed a removable plumbing system that resisted damaged from freezing, repaired and maintained his own vehicles, and cut his own wood.

John’s high value on independence lead him to be very self-reliant, yet he was eager to help others and careful to remember birthdays and holiday treats for the grandchildren. He was a fun lover and favored family get together activities.

Survivors include two sons, John J. and Randall E.; wife, Shirley; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. in 1958 and Gertrude E. in 2002 and son, Paul in 1968.

A family service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 7-12-17

Robin A Shirley Mae Huffman, 69
Shirley Mae Huffman, daughter of Ira O. and Lucille Vaughn Allen, was born, October 13, 1947 in Kansas City. She passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, in her home, surrounded by her loving family at the age of sixty-nine.

She met the love of her life, James Martin Huffman, on Aunt Lydia’s farm and that is where their love story began. On October 28, 1971in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Jim and Shirley were united in marriage.

To this union they were blessed with two daughters. Together they shared nearly forty-two years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

She is survived by her daughters, Shannon Huffman and Kalyn Rogers and Don Holbrook; her four grandchildren, Jesse Huffman, Austin Oshel, SPC Dylan Weiss and wife Ashley and Jacob Rogers; great-granddaughter, Mia Weiss; her siblings, Linda Allen, Nancy Cook and husband Kelson, Rita Parker and husband Dennis and Ira Allen and wife Linda.

Shirley grew up and lived in the Lee’s Summit area. She loved working for Southwestern Bell as a phone operator. She had often said that this was her favorite job.

She was a bookkeeper for Tom’s TV for many years. Jim and Shirley could often be seen on their John Deere mowers. They owned and operated Our Patch for many years.

Shirley had made a profession of faith.

In her spare time she was very busy. She loved, gardening and had taught many people the correct way to take care of their flowers so they would put on their best show when it was time for them to bloom.

She was gifted with being able to craft whatever she set her head to do. Shirley loved doing craft shows and flea markets and she never met a stranger.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Shirley’s home.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors or Honor Flight and left at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Bernice C. Wroda, 79
Bernice C. Wroda, age seventy-nine, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Camdenton, Missouri, after losing her battle with cancer.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1938 one of five children. She married the love of her life, William E. Wroda, Sr. in 1957.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, William E. Wroda, Jr.; her parents, Vincent and Jennie Sadowski; a brother, Charles Sadowski and a granddaughter Sarah Wroda.

Bernice is survived by her six children, Jennie B. Coleman and husband Merlin of Camdenton, Missouri, Vincent Wroda and wife Barbara of Wauconda, Illinois, Ernest Wroda and wife Kelly of Tinley Park, Illinois, Roger Wroda of Chicago, Illinois, Keith Wroda and wife Isabel of Dania Beach, Florida and Kim Wroda and Terry Woods of Camdenton, Missouri; her twenty-two grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jason, Jeremy, Nigher, Ciara, Hughie, Larissa, Kinliegh, Ella Mae, Christopher, Morgan, Aaliyah, Alivia, Tyler, Dawn, Jillian, Paige, Paityn, Anthony, Austin, Adam, Caitlin, Michael, Ryker, Aidian, Keegan, Kirsten, Danille, Amber, Ashley, Emily, Brianna, Vincent, Hunter, Colton, Phillip, Sarah, Brandon, Niki, Jordan, Ben, McKinzie and Johnny; her siblings, Thomas Sadowski, Sr. and wife Carmilla, Theresa Koski and husband Bill and Vincent Sadowski, Jr. and wife Vicki all of Chicago, Illinois; her loving companion, Chrissy her dog, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She loved spending her time with her children and grandchildren. She bowled for many years at Zodiac Lanes. Bernice enjoyed crocheting, coloring and playing games on her computer.

Our Mom was loving, caring and an amazing woman. She fought cancer twice and lost that battle this time around. She was strong, courageous and stubborn. Fly high sweet butterfly to the sky. You are free.

There will be no services here in Missouri as her wishes are to be buried with her husband and son in Chicago, Illinois.

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

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


Rene Michael “Mike” DelMotte, 70
Rene Michael “Mike” DelMotte, of Camdenton, Mo. passed away peacefully at home Monday, July 3.

He left this world surrounded by friends and family who loved and respected him.

Mike was born on March 6, 1947 in Independence, Mo. to Rene B. DelMotte and Mary Morris.

Mike was married on December 6, 1975 to Kay Heimbeaugh in Linn Creek, Mo. and shared 41 years of marriage until his death.

He was a US army veteran that served in the Vietnam era. Mike was a member of the VFW Post 5923.

He had moved to the lake area in 1973 and started working in construction. He eventually went into business for himself with some co workers. He was a craftsman with integrity that took pride in his work and was widely respected in the area.

Mike loved baseball and coached his son until school baseball took over. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved to watch and talk baseball.

“PaPa Mike” as he was widely known as, was an inspiration and great friend to a wide group of people of all ages.

His family was everything to him.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kay of the home; two children; daughter Melissa Trigg and a son Mike “Mikey” and wife Wendy; one brother; Rob Brady and wife Linda; four grandchildren; Bradley Trigg, Michael Allen DelMotte, Seth Caby-DelMotte, and Sadie DelMotte; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Memorial donations may be made to Lake Regional Cancer Center in Mike’s name.

Services were held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Inurnment will be at Hedges Cemetery, Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


James Junior Storment, 93
James Junior Storment, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the home of his grandson in Laurie, Missouri. He was born October 13, 1923 in Huron, Missouri, a son of the late James Earl and Eunice Marie (Walker) Storment.

On December 25, 1946 in Hays, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Gladys Lorriane Lansbury. Together they shared seventy years of marriage.

James was raised in Polk County, Missouri and enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country proudly for over twenty-one years before his retirement. He and Gladys lived in Tacoma, Washington before moving to the Lake of the Ozarks area in 2009.

He was a member of the Redmen and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Tacoma, Washington. In his spare time, he enjoyed salmon fishing and working on cars.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Storment of the home; two sons, Michael “Mike” Storment and wife Karen of Spanaway, Washington and Edward “Ed” Storment and wife Kim of Versailles, Missouri; two daughters, Ann Rouland of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Emma Olsen and husband Ed of Tacoma, Washington; twelve grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Smith Storment of Lufkin, Texas and Nathan Storment of Hampton, Virginia and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, April; two brothers, Riley Storment and J. Melvin Storment and five sisters, Roberta “Birdie” Powell, L. RozellaSalsman, Lilly Rose Berry, Hattie Kornelson and Hazel McKee.

A family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Milford Chris Sheets, Sr., 91
Milford Chris Sheets, Sr., of Versailles, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 in his home. He was born September 4, 1925 in Herman, Nebraska a son of Will Leonard Sheets, Sr. and Mabel (Lund) Sheets.

On September 4, 1947 in Blair, Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Ramona L. Edwards. Together they shared sixty-three years of marriage before her passing on May 6, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Scott Anthony Espinosa and nine siblings, Elizabeth Loges, Hazel Richmond, Gerald Sheets, Harold Sheets, Xona Groves, Leonard Sheets, Jr., Iona Goreham, Inez Goreham and Dorena Dalton.

Survivors include his sons, Harry Sheets, Milford Sheets, Jr., Robert Sheets, Kevin Sheet and wife Linda and Kelvin Sheets all of Versailles, Missouri; his daughters, Virginia Espinosa and husband Tony of Versailles, Missouri and Patti Jackson and husband David of Syracuse, Missouri; eighteen grandchildren; forty-nine great- grandchildren and one on the way; sixteen great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; his twin brother, Wilford Sheets of Fremont, Nebraska; his brother, Lee Roy Sheets and wife Alice of Central City, Nebraska; his sister, Loretta Kleckner and husband Kenny of North Bend, Nebraska and a host of nieces and nephews.

Millford was raised in Nebraska and served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Nebraska and worked for many years at Hormel’s.

He moved to Versailles, Missouri in 1976 and worked for Fasco Industries. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed working with the animals on his farm.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. Burial with military honors followed in Greenmore Memorial Gardens, Barnett, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
 

Published 7-5-17

Robin Ann Jones, 63
Robin Ann Jones, daughter of Pleas C. Morris, Jr. and Viola M. Clair Morris, was born, November 27, 1953 in Hornell, New York. She passed away June 18, 2017, in her home, Linn Creek, Missouri at the age of sixty three years.

On April 7, 1995 in Forsythe, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Albert Ordell Jones. Together they shared twenty-two years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her father; her sister Kathy Morris and her daughter Connie Lee Jones.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Ordell Jones of Linn Creek; two daughters, Kathy Charlton of Macks Creek and Jan Cox of Camdenton; a son, Charles Hudson of Camdenton; her mother Viola Morris of Columbia; her brothers Bob Morris of St. Louis and Keith Morris and wife Debbie of Ashville, North Carolina; five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; her dog Max and cat Sissy.

Robin was born and raised in New York and later moved to Hallsville, Missouri. She worked in various Retail Stores throughout her career where later she worked herself up to a management position.

She owned and operated “The Yarn Basket” in Osage Beach for many years. She was also proud to serve on the Board for the Children’s Advocacy Center, Linn Creek Museum and the Senior Citizens Board.

Robin made a profession of faith and was a member of Camdenton United Methodist Church.

In her spare time she loved spending time and money on her grandkids and great-grandkids. She was gifted with a special talent for creating and weaving baskets that were sold all over the world.

Robin loved to paint and grow beautiful flowers. As everyone knew, her favorite color was purple.

Memorial services were held Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Advocacy Center and left at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Raymond Vaughn Silvers, 87
Raymond Vaughn Silvers passed away Friday, June 2, 2017, at his home, in Camdenton, Missouri, at the age of eighty-seven. He was born June 29, 1929 in Chariton, Iowa, the son of Vaughn and Darlene Parks Silvers. His parents and a sister, Doris Hall, preceded him in death.

On April 22, 1966, Ray was united in marriage to Dorthy Jean Cappel. Together they raised four children.

Ray is survived by his wife, Dorthy, of the home; children, Holly Mickelson and husband Joe, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Craig Silvers and wife Michelle, of Camdenton, Missouri; Marcy Oerly and husband Mark, of California, Missouri; and Katie Brown and husband Jim, of Peculiar, Missouri; grandchildren, Broc and Eric Silvers; John, Matt, and Brian Norris; Rachel and Matt Oerly; Hannah Coovert, Abbi and Zach Brown; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Ray grew up in Iowa and later moved to Quincy, Illinois where he attended middle school and high school. During his time in Quincy he excelled in football, basketball and was active in Student Government.

Ray attended the University of Missouri and was recruited by the legendary coach, Don Faurot. He entered in to the United States Air Force and proudly served during the Korean War. Following his discharge from the service, Ray returned to Clinton, Iowa where he operated a women and children’s clothing store with his mother, and later with his wife, for many years.

While living in Clinton, Ray was active in the community; he served as the President of the Lyon’s Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in the founding of the Lyon’s Farmers’ Market. Ray and Dorthy retired to the Lake area in 1982.

Ray was an avid tennis player and also enjoyed reading, writing, gardening, and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on July 1, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the home. Friends and family are invited to attend. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


James Allen Fowler, 66
James Allen Fowler, of Fortuna, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was born December 25, 1950, in Versailles, a son of James Elbert and Binford (Akin) Fowler.

James graduated from Versailles High School in 1968 and Tri County Technical school in 1972, during and after which he surveyed and taught surveying.

He also served in the National Guard and spent most of his employment with the Missouri Department of Transportation as a surveyor and design technician for many years until his retirement.

James enjoyed spending his retirement on the farm and raising cattle.

He is survived by his mother, Binford Fowler of Fortuna and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 24, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment followed in the Akinsville Cemetery in Akinsville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Akinsville Cemetery Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.


Roselena Charlotte Barnes, 73
Roselena Charlotte Barnes, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born August 11, 1943, in Lindsey, California.

On July 13, 1959, in Independence, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Jerry B. Barnes, who preceded her in death on January 15, 1986.

Roselena was raised in California and lived for a time in Arkansas before relocating to Independence, Missouri. In the early 1970’s, she moved to the Lake of the Ozarks.

She was a licensed practical nurse and worked at several nursing homes including Laurie Care Center and retired from Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Care Center. In her spare time, she enjoyed Facebook, watching church services on television and listening to the BOTT Radio Network.

She was a dedicated and faithful member of The Door in Laurie.

Survivors include three daughters, Jerri Barnes of Kansas City, Missouri, Sherri Barnes of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Debra Barnes-Alvarez and husband Kenneth of New Orleans, Louisiana; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Forbes of Sacramento, California and a host of many friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Harley Grossman.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 24, 2017, at The Door in Laurie. A private inurnment will be held in Garber Memorial Estates at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.


Virginia G. Hale, 64
Virginia G. Hale, of Gravois Mills, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at her home. She was born June 22, 1953, in Conrow, Texas, a daughter of the late William B. and Jo Ann (Sooby) Hamilton.

She was united in marriage to Leonard Martin Hale who preceded her in death on February 17, 2008.

Virginia worked at Vinny’s restaurant in Laurie for the last sixteen years where she was known for her fried chicken.

In her spare time, she enjoyed putting puzzles together. Her walls at home are filled with many puzzles she’s completed.

She is survived by her daughters, Bessie Loudner of the home and Gail Loudner of Charlotte, North Carolina; step-daughter, Linda Garcia of Kansas City, Kansas; her sisters, Rochelle Hamilton and Michelle Robinson both of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Barbara Russell and husband David of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.


Ardith Grace (Leiber) Watson, 83
Ardith Grace (Leiber) Watson, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father Friday, June 23, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield after battling illness for over 2 years.

Ardith was born September 6, 1933 in Gerster, Missouri at her home, the daughter of Willie and Eva (Wilkerson) Leiber. She graduated from Weaubleau High School.

She worked for Western Union Telegraph Company, where she met Paul J. Watson. They married on November 18, 1956 in Weaubleau. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November 2016.

She “retired” from Western Union to be a devoted mother for her two children. She lived in Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; and Blue Springs, Missouri (where she worked as an Admitting Clerk at St. Mary’s Hospital).

In 1992, she retired to rural Camdenton and worked as a volunteer for many years at Mercy Hospital in Lebanon.

Ardith loved quilting, gardening, canning, cooking, and dogs. Her pecan pies were the best! She loved to spoil her grandchildren. Her goal was to read through the entire Bible once every year and was a faithful member at First Baptist Church in Camdenton.
Ardith is survived by her husband Paul; son Mike and Janna Watson of Columbia, Missouri; daughter Robin and Tom Wheeler of Clinton, Missouri; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Eva; brothers Ivan Leiber and Sonny Leiber, and sister Dean Baldwin.

Visitation was held at the First Baptist Church on June 27. Funeral services were followed by interment at Butcher-Fairview Cemetery, near Gerster.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

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