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 2-14-18

Gary Milton Kroeck, 75

Gary Milton Kroeck, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at home with his family by his side. He was born September 26, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of the late Clarence Milton and Florence Iona (Chapman) Kroeck.

On December 12, 1964 in Warrensburg, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Mardee Ann Tally. Together, they shared the past fifty-three years.

Gary was a graduate of Park Hill High School, class of 1960. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University.

He began his career as a credit manager for Sears, Roebuck and Company in Kansas City, Missouri and later in North Platte, Nebraska. Returning to Warrensburg, he became General Manager of the family business, Jerry Tally Motors. He retired as a finance manager for a GM dealership.

He and Mardee raised their family in Warrensburg, Missouri and spent most weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks. The lake became their second home with many fond memories to cherish. Gary and Mardee recently made the lake residence their full-time home.

Gary was a member of the First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in Warrensburg. He was also a forty-eight-year member of the Elks Lodge BPOE #673 in Warrensburg, holding many local offices including Exalted Ruler, Missouri State Recorder, Missouri State Chaplain and District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler.

In addition, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star in Warrensburg, as well as the Scottish Rite and the Ararat Shrine in Kansas City. He was currently serving as Vice President of the Moffett Homes Association.

In his spare time, Gary enjoyed antique cars, in particular his 1956 Crown Victoria. He absolutely loved the lake and enjoyed time spent on the water. Gary was blessed with a green thumb and had a passion for spending time in his yard and flower gardens.

Most of all, time spent with family brought him joy, especially being a grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Mardee of the home; two children, Cinnemon Ann Hilmes (Ben) of Kansas City, Missouri and Gary Douglas Kroeck of Cape Canaveral, Florida; a granddaughter, Brystol Malynn Hilmes; a brother, Jack Kroeck (Jonathan Greene) of Berryville, Arkansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Hospice Compassus for their professionalism and compassion for Gary.

A celebration of Gary’s life was held Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Ozarks Kat and K-9 Shelter.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.


Steven Boyd Hamersley, 66
Steven Boyd Hamersley, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri. He was born April 6, 1951 in Ottumwa, Iowa, a son of the late Merle Eugene and Betty Arlene (Pilcher) Hamersley.

On June 28, 1975 in Schaller, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Sue Schwab. Together they shared a great forty-two years of marriage.

Steve spent his childhood in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. In later years, his family moved back to Iowa where he was a 1969 graduate of Ottumwa High School. He worked several jobs before starting a career at the John Deere Des Moines Works in 1972.

He retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of service. In 2009, Steve and Becky moved to the Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy their retirement.

Steve loved life at the lake and was very happy. He enjoyed all aspects of being outdoors surrounded by nature. His mechanical aptitude allowed him to pursue his passion of restoring vintage automobiles and building street rods.

In his younger years, Steve was a model train enthusiast and recently began restoring some of his trains. He loved all animals, especially his dogs. Most of all, time spent with his family made him a happy man.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca of the home; two sons, Nathan Hamersley and fiance, Amber Watson and Shawn Hamersley all of Ankeny, Iowa; two grandchildren, Madelyn and Grayson and a host of other family and friends.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

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

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


Richard Dean Koehn, 86
Our father, Richard Dean Koehn, was born on December 9, 1931, at Montezuma, Kansas to Ben H. and Lydia Unruh Koehn. He passed away peacefully at his home in Versailles, Missouri on the evening of Jan 27, 2018, reaching the age of 86 years.

Dad passed away on his grandson Evan’s birthday. This was special to us, since Evan had gone home to be with Jesus, just a few months ago. We cherish the thought that it was like a special birthday gift to Evan.

Dad grew up in the Montezuma, Kansas, area where he received most of his formal education. He then moved with his parents to Winton, California where he attended high school.

Dad felt the need of a Savior and gave his heart to the Lord. He was baptized on March 2, 1947, into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite by Min. Ervin Harms.

In 1948, Dad moved with his parents to western Kansas, settling in the Scott City area, and there they began farming. Dad was married to our mother, Deloris Unruh, on March 25, 1951, at Wallace, Kansas, by Min. Ervin Nightengale. Their home was blessed with three daughters and one son.

In February of 1971, Dad and Mother moved their young family to Missouri, where there was a new congregation. This became their home, and they lived and raised their family on a farm close to the town of Versailles.

Mother and Dad enjoyed 56 years of married life together, until Mother became ill and passed away on Jan 29, 2008. This left Dad very lonely and he often wished for his beloved companion.

Dad was a hard worker and often worked long hours to provide for his family. He was gifted in many ways and worked in a variety of occupations, but he was a farmer at heart and that is what he did most of his years.

Dad would take time for us as the family, and when possible we would take a family trip to the mountains or someplace together. We have many fond memories of our home. Dad was a man of faith and taught us many things by his example.

He loved the Lord and was faithful to the end. He was always concerned about the spiritual well-being of his children and grandchildren.

Dad had a big heart and made all his children and grandchildren feel very special. As they married, he welcomed their spouses into the family and made them feel as though they were his own.

He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he took an interest in each one. Dad would often ask them how they were doing.

Dad had many friends and took a special interest in young people. We will miss his visits and encouraging conversations.

Dad enjoyed good health for the most part and liked to be outdoors. He loved to farm with his son and grandsons, working side by side with them, teaching them many things about life and farming.

As Dad’s health began to fade, his children and grandsons spent many hours staying with him and caring for him. With their care, he was able to stay at his own home until he passed away.

Dad was very thankful to be able to attend the recent communion service at church and to attend his sister Judy’s funeral in Inman, Kansas, just a week before his passing.

Though our hearts are sad at his passing, we are thankful for Dad’s testimony and the peace he had in his heart. It was his desire to go to a better place.

Left to cherish fond memories are three daughters, Lois and husband Rod Litwiller, Renita and husband Melvin Kurtz, Bonita and husband Mervin Kurtz, one son, Nolan Koehn and wife Irene, all of Versailles, Missouri, fourteen grandchildren and their spouses, and nine great-grandchildren, three brothers-in-law, Waldo Unruh, and wife Edrie, Dennis Unruh and wife Rachel, all of Versailles, Vernon Koehn, of Moundridge Kansas, one aunt, Vada Unruh, of Montezuma, Kansas, and nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his parents-in-law, one brother, Victor, and three sisters, Marlene Koehn, Bonnie Koehn, and Judy Koehn, and one grandson, Evan Kurtz.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 31, at the Beulah Mennonite Church near Versailles. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Beulah Mennonite Cemetery.

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.


Rhozella Nadine Kehl, 89
Rhozella Nadine Kehl, of Barnett, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in her home. She was born December 1, 1928 in Independence, Missouri, a daughter of Alfonso Lloyd and Gladys (Beaman) Greer.

On September 7, 1947 in Sedalia, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Jackie Gene Kehl. Together they shared sixty-nine years of marriage before his passing on September 29, 2016.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Mike W. Kehl.

Survivors include a son, Larry G. Kehl of Barnett, Missouri; four grandchildren, Christopher Kehl of Barnett, Missouri, Melissa Eidson of Windsor, Missouri, C.J. Walden of Kansas City, Missouri and Matt Walden of Clinton, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Veach, Lydia Burkhart, Emily Veach, Erica Walden, John Walden and Ben Kehl; a great-great-granddaughter; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kehl of Windsor, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Charlie Ford and wife Kathy of Lincoln, Nebraska and other relatives and friends.

Rhozella was raised in the Kansas City area. She moved to Sedalia, where she met and married her husband. Rhozella and Jackie spent weekends at their cabin on Lake of the Ozarks starting in the 1950’s. They moved to the lake area in the 1970’s.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed participating with her husband in his activities.

Services were held Monday, February 5, 2018 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Committal service and burial was in Highland Sacred Gardens, Sedalia, Missouri.

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 2-7-18

Marjorie Ann (Peterson) Niedbalski, 95
Marjorie Ann (Peterson) Niedbalski, of Laurie, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born July 15, 1922, in Norfolk, Nebraska.

After graduation, she taught elementary school for three years, and worked as a key punch operator until her retirement.

Moving from Omaha, Nebraska in 2015, she resided at the Laurie Care Center until her death.

She is preceded in death by her spouse, Louis Niedbalski, son, Lonnie Niedbalski, parents, and three siblings.

Surviving family includes, daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Dennis Bailey; grandsons, Scott (Kristi) Mortensen, Brad (Eva) Mortensen, and great-grandchildren, Brianna Mortensen, Ally Mortensen, Brandon Alexander, Kaitlyn Hall, and Madilyn Mortensen.

A memorial mass was held Tuesday, January 30, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mother’s Shrine. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

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


Charles Eugene McIntire, 66
Charles Eugene McIntire, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Audrain in Mexico, Missouri. He was born September 16, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of John Charles McIntire and Mary L. (Wooden) Shelnut.

He was raised in the Kansas City area and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks thirty years ago. He worked as a mechanic. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and building cars. Mostly, he enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Shelnut of Independence, Missouri; two daughters, Clarrissa McIntire of Warrensburg, Missouri and Melissa McIntire of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; two other distant daughters; nine grandchildren; a sister Janet McIntire of Independence, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Charles McIntire and a brother, Richard McIntire.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Westlake Christian Church, Laurie.

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


Eleanor “Sparky” Palmer, 80
Eleanor “Sparky” Palmer, of Gravois Mills, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was born May 9, 1937, in Jefferson, Texas, the daughter of the late William and Lorene (Odom) Martin.

On December 24, 1977, in Nashville, Tennessee, she was united in marriage to Edwin Palmer, who preceded her in death on June 2, 2006.

Eleanor was an over the road truck driver for many years until her retirement. Following her retirement, she enjoyed spending time gardening.

She is survived by her brothers, Tom Martin and wife Connie of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and Robert Martin and wife Meg of Kansas City, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services and interment was held Wednesday, January 31, in the Versailles Cemetery. 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.


Justin L. Edge, 48
Justin L. Edge, of Barnett, passed away suddenly at his home, “Edge Manor”, on Friday, January 19, 2018. He was born December 25, 1969, in Douglas, Arizona, the son of Lee and Carolyn (Smith) Edge.

He graduated from Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri, received a bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s degree from University of Kansas in social work.

Justin enjoyed herbs, flowers, anything silver, his friends from AA and loved his twenty-two pound spoiled cat, Loki (Lokee).

He was employed by Missouri Wildflower Nursery near Brazito.

Justin was preceded in death by his father, Lee Edge, paternal grandparents, George and Mattie Edge and maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Hazel Smith.

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Anderson; sisters, Misti Karver and Michele Fields; brothers, Gary (Crystal) Edge, Jason Edge and Hans (Beth) Anderson; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Justin’s was held Saturday, February 3, at Dry Dock AA Hall, 4680 Deer Run Drive, Osage Beach, Missouri 65065.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Caring Hearts Dog and Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 1684, Laurie, Missouri 65038.

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.


Chloe Lucille Ferguson, 101
Chloe Lucille Ferguson, 101 years “young”, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. She was born March 23, 1916, in Proctor, Missouri, a daughter of the late Ross Henry and Eliza Angeline (Sumner) Ward.

Chloe lived the majority of her life in Morgan County except for the twelve years she lived in Pearl River, Louisiana with her oldest son, caring for her daughter-in-law.

Chloe was a coat of many colors. She will be remembered for her fine cooking as she was known for her homemade pies and pan fried chicken. During her many years in the restaurant business, she served family style meals to local farmers during the harvest season, work crews in the area completing special jobs, Tweedies Shoe Factory employees and many locals enjoyed dining at Castle Café daily.

She was known to keep a running tab for those that needed to wait to pay her until they received their weekly paycheck. She owned and operated Chloe’s Laundry where she washed, dried, ironed and pressed clothing for her customers. Chloe also worked in the school cafeteria in Versailles up into her late eighties.

Someone asked, “What do you owe for your long life, Chloe?” Her response was, “Hard work and lots of kids!” She lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed life, hard work and her family.

Chloe was a member of the Versailles First Baptist Church.

Chloe had a blended family through her marriages to Everett McGinnis and later to Charles H. Ferguson. She is survived by her children, June Yows of Barnett, Jean Fiser of Gravois Mills, Jimmie McGinnis of Texas, Patty Cable of Gravois Mills, Charles Herbert Ferguson, Jr. of Gravois Mills, Paul David Ferguson of Raytown and Angela Marie Raines of Versailles; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde Ward, Robert Ward and Elmo Ward, two sisters, Wilda Hansen and Jewel Brown, sons, Wayne McGinnis, William Henry “Bill” Ferguson and Robert Ross “Bob” Ferguson and a daughter, Pamela Hope Richards.

Graveside services and inurnment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24th, at the Versailles Cemetery with Reverend Rod Campbell officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. 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.


Sandy Buchheit, 54
Sandy was born on April 10, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sandy is survived by her devoted wife Paula Major; her wonderful parents Tom and Carol Buchheit; her loving sister and niece Sheila & Meleah Goodin, along with many other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her beautiful sister Sherry and her beloved nephew Brandon Goodin.

Memorials are suggested to Sandy’s page on C.A.S.T for Kids https://Impact.castforkids.org/SandysLove4Kids and Dogwood Animal Shelter, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Visitation services were held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 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.


Byron Edward Deere, 80

Byron Edward Deere, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

Byron was born July, 24, 1937 in Independence, Kansas, the son of John Byron Deere and Martha Davis Deere (Dickinson).

He was united in love and marriage of 54 years to Janet Deere on August 10, 1963 in Grays Essex, England. He met his wife as pen pals when they were both very young.

Byron was a School of the Osage graduate. He spent time after graduating servicing our country in the Air Force. He took some business class at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri.

He spent over 40 years as a volunteer fireman for the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District. He worked as a salesman for a family business called J.B. Deere Cedarcraft in Lake Ozark, Missouri. He spent time working eight years alongside his wife in a business called By Jan Novelty Company in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Byron then spent 13 years working in the housekeeping department at Osage Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Osage Beach, Missouri. In April 2016 he decided it was time to retire from working.

Byron’s favorite hobbies were stamp collecting, collecting fire patches from all areas of the world, reading biographies and history books, finishing crossword puzzles in record speed, putting together puzzle, talking about history of the Lake area to just about anyone who would listen, attending NASCAR events, attending the Missouri State Fair and even volunteering as a fireman, and traveling.

He also looked forward every year to attending the School of the Osage Alumni dinner to catch up with classmates and friends and attending School of the Osage basketball and football games.

He followed many years of watching his daughter play sports. Byron also attended his daughter’s high school graduation and two university graduations.

Byron was a former and/or current member of the Lake Ozark Lions Club, Elks Club, and other Lake area civic clubs or organizations.

Byron was a lifetime member of Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri. He loved to share his knowledge of Word in weekly Sunday school class. Byron served many roles over the years in the church including as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife Janet Deere of Lake Ozark, Missouri, his daughter Sara Deere of Lake Ozark, Missouri, one sister Christine Deere of Ozark, Missouri, and Jake his beloved grandson dog, in addition to many cousins, nieces, & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Susan Basha Deere sister, and quite a few relatives

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

He now is resting very peacefully. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Instead of flowers or bereavement donations please consider Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Benevolent Fund and consider donating in his name.

A private service with military honors will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Hedges Scott in Osage Beach, Missouri.

A memorial service with fireman honors was held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Lake Ozark Christian Church with Reverend Gary Mitchell officiating the service.

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 1-31-18

Leslie Lee Woodall, 84
Leslie Lee Woodall, of Macks Creek, Missouri, formerly of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Leslie was the son of Onie and Mayme Moulder Woodall, born November 8, 1933 in the family room of the home he would later purchase, and spend his final day.

On September 6, 1959 in Macks Creek, Missouri, Leslie was united in marriage to Roberta Rice. Together they shared 58 loving years together as husband and wife.

Leslie served his country proudly as a First Class Fire Control Technician in the United States Navy from 1953 through 1957. Leslie served on the USS Saratoga Super Carrier during the Korean War.

After his honorable discharge, Leslie enrolled at the University of Missouri and graduated in 1961 with a BS Electrical Engineering degree.

He retired as a professional engineer as Executive Vice President from Smith & Boucher Inc, Consulting Engineers. He returned to the farm in 1989.

Leslie was an avid hunter, missing only two deer seasons; once while serving in the Navy and once while living and working in Hawaii. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing, bird hunting, turkey hunting, and growing beautiful gardens.

He absolutely loved the woods surrounding his property and enjoyed spending time exploring its beauty. Leslie was a race car fan and enjoyed watching the Indianapolis 500 or attending the races at Wheatland.

Leslie was an active member of First Baptist Church Macks Creek where he served as Sunday School Secretary. He proudly served on the Macks Creek Alumni Scholarship Board for many years and was a founding member of the Macks Creek Park Board.

Leslie was a loving and devoted husband and father and a loving grandpa and great grandpa. He had a large extended family he loved and many wonderful friends throughout his life. He loved and cherished his grandkids more than anything.

Leslie is survived by his wife Roberta; his children Sheryl & Ed Gillmore of Taos, Missouri, Brenda & Gregg Mattoon of Grain Valley, Missouri, and Joyce & Howard Syler of Salisbury, Missouri; his brother Lynn & Becky Woodall of Springfield, Missouri; his grandchildren, Breylee & Cody Evers, Kylee Mattoon, Tyler & Katie Mattoon, Aly & Drew Dixon, Tiara Syler, Samuel Syler, Shane Gillmore, and Dodge Syler; his great grandchildren, Zilphia Evers, Charleigh Evers, and Colt Evers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Onie Lee and Mayme Moulder Woodall.
Visitation was held Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Macks Creek, Missouri.

Services were Wednesday, January 24, at First Baptist Church, Macks Creek, Missouri.

Interment will follow at Stanton Chapel Cemetery in Macks Creek.

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.


Larry Russel “Splinter” Vance, 60
Larry Russel “Splinter” Vance, age 60, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 at his home.

Larry was born on November 15, 1957 in California. He was the son of Edward and Darline Musgrave.

On April 26, 1996 Larry was united in marriage to Denise Hearns. They shared 24 loving years together at the time of his death.

He worked as a roofer for most of his life and was a man of the outdoors. Larry could always be found at the lake with a pole in his hand or in the woods with a crossbow doing what he loved.

He was never shy to lend a helping hand to those who needed it, crack a joke to those who were sad, or share a drink to keep the good times going. Larry was a man who loved the simple things, loved making memories, and loved his family most of all.

He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Larry is survived by his wife Denise; his son Justin Vance and wife Tara, and grandchildren Jordan, Ireland, and Elijah of Bend, Oregon; his daughter Candice Vance and fiancé Nick of Saint Charles, Missouri; his daughter Cassidy Hickerson and husband Austin of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; his son Conner Vance of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; his parents Edward and Darline Musgrave of Lebanon, Missouri; his brother Randy Vance of Eldon, Missouri; his brother Brad Vance and wife Sharron of Lebanon, Missouri; his brother Brent Vance and wife Gale of Lebanon, Missouri; his brother David Vance and wife Randa of Lebanon, Missouri; his brother Edward Musgrave and wife Christy of Kansas City, Missouri, along with many other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his brother James Vance.

A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 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.


Jack A. McMurtree, 82
Jack A. McMurtree, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. He was born February 17, 1935, in Higginsville, Missouri, a son of the late C.A. and Bessie (Booker) McMurtree.

On May 20, 1960, in Kansas City, Missouri, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Paulette (Lawrence) McMurtree.

Jack worked as a cement mason for the Local 518 in Kansas City, Missouri for many years until his retirement.

He loved to train and ride his horses and could often be seen riding them along Highway 5 near Versailles.

In addition to his wife, Paulette, he is survived by his sons, Tim McMurtree and wife Jossette of Lancaster, New York and Lonnie McMurtree and wife Sherry of North Augusta, South Carolina; grandchildren, Gracie, Timmie, Michael, Kristen and Marissa and many friends.

There are no services planned at this time. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and car of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Janice Marjorie Cutshaw, 86
Janice Marjorie Cutshaw, of Camdenton, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born December 28, 1931, in Galesburg, Illinois, the daughter of the late William H. and Ruth Charlotte-Linnea (Engwall) Johnson.

On July 9, 1955, she was united in marriage to Clifford Franklin Cutshaw, who preceded her in death on December 31, 1986.

Janice was the head housekeeper at the Kidwell Home in Versailles for many years until her retirement.

She enjoyed spending time doing embroidery work, crocheting, cooking and growing flowers.

Janice was a member of the Walk on the Water Faith Church in Osage Beach.

She is survived by her children, Joyce Singer and husband Ed of Camdenton, Missouri, Carol Ann Summers of Albuquerque, New Mexico and David Cutshaw of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dodie Johnson of New Windsor, Illinois; her beloved dog, Bugs and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Johnson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 25, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Robbie Ollison officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family in care of Joyce Singer.

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.


James Leslie Keeney, 53
James Leslie Keeney, of Linn Creek, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at his home in Linn Creek.

James was born January 16, 1965 in Kansas City, MO. He was the son of Warren and Mary (Morris) Keeney.

James worked in construction. He loved his family above all. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with Bikers for Christ and attending church at Osage Beach First Assembly of God.

James is survived by his mother Mary Keeney of Linn Creek, MO, daughters Jessika Keeney of Albany, Missouri, Leslie Keeney of Camdenton and Autumn Keeney f Camdenton, two brothers Glen and his wife Rebecca of Montreal, MO and Gearl and his wife Tiffany Burke of Osage Beach, MO his girl friend Pam Doumel of Linn Creek, MO; along with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Dale Keeney, his sister Pam Phillips.

Funeral services were held Saturday January 27, 2018, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home Camdenton.

Burial was at Hedges Cemetery, Camdenton, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers donations may be left at funeral home to help with services.

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.


Olive Marie Taylor, 91
Olive Marie Taylor, of Macks Creek, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Hermitage Care Center in Hermitage, Missouri.

Olive was born May 7, 1926 in Tunas, Missouri. She was the daughter of Joseph and Edna (Hendrix) Jackson.

On October 3, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Olive was married to Johnny Taylor who preceded her in death November 29, 2003. They had shared 58 years together as husband and wife at the time of Johnny’s death.

Olive was a loving and devoted wife and helpmate to her husband Johnny, and a caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother to her children and their families.

Olive enjoyed spending days outdoors fishing on the Big Niangua with her family and spending time with friends. Olive created many beautiful memories for her family to cherish for a lifetime.

She will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.

Olive was a member of Branch Assembly of God Church in Branch, Missouri.

Olive is survived by her sons Billy Taylor and wife, Joyce and Larry Taylor and wife Judy, all of Macks Creek, Missouri; her daughter Paula Kay Robinson of Lucedale, Mississippi; her brother Arlie Jackson and wife, Wanda, of Kansas City, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brian West, Tracy Willis, Aaron Taylor, Amber Shofner, Chad Taylor, and Tara Mashburn; eighteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; along with several other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Edna Jackson; her husband Johnny Taylor; her brother Lester; and her sisters, Myrtle Swaningan, Bethel Hodges, and Pearl Willis.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, in Macks Creek, Missouri.
Funeral Services were Friday, January 26 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek, Missouri.

Interment followed at AB Cemetery in Celt, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to the AB Cemetery Fund.

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.
 

Published 1-24-18

William Ray Weatherford, 82

William Ray Weatherford, of Gravois Mills, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born January 7, 1935, in Shelbina, Missouri.

Ray was a manager of a road crew in Kansas City for many years. After moving to the lake, he worked for Lyman Moore for several years.

He was proudly sober for forty-five years and was a major supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous helping many people in Morgan, Miller, Camden, Moniteau and Shelby counties fight their addiction.

He was an avid sports fan, especially the Kansas City Chiefs. Ray was a wise and loving man and will be missed by all who knew him.

He expressed his faith through his Christian life.

Ray is survived by his extended family at Alcoholics Anonymous.

A celebration of Ray’s life was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 20, at the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church with Pastor Lynn Facemyer officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Versailles, Missouri 65084.

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.


J.C. Garrison, 91
J.C. Garrison was born on April 2, 1926, in Versailles and he died on January 15, 2018. His parents were Jesse Iven Garrison and Ruby (Morris) Garrison. He was the first of three brothers, Alfred Lee and Robert Edward Garrison.

J.C. grew up in Versailles in the West Lawn neighborhood. In high school he excelled in basketball and baseball. Throughout his life, he worked as a paper boy, at Skelly service station, at a grocery store, an optical plant, drove a milk truck and owned Jay’s Tobacco Store.

He enlisted into the Army-Air Force on May 19, 1944 and served with the 398th Bomb Squad/504th Bomb Group in the Pacific Theater in WWII, specifically in the Tinian Islands until March 30, 1946. Cpl. Garrison served in the Reserves until January 31, 1953.

Decorations and citations were American Theater Ribbon; APT ribbon; Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. J.C. returned and entered College at CMSU in Warrensburg. He completed two years.

J.C. married Willie Nell (Campbell) on April 16, 1949. They had one daughter, Teresa Gale (Garrison) Capps. Nell died on February 2, 1978.

J.C. married Mary (Slagle) on February 23, 1980. Mary survives in their home.

He ended his work career with twenty-three years at the Versailles Post Office from May 4, 1968 to December 3, 1991, where he logged over 70,000 walking miles as the City of Versailles mail carrier. He carried dog biscuits, a smile, and his sense of humor along his route.

He had pet names for the “Banking Beauties”; the “Library Lovelies” and he called the City Hall employees the “City Slickers.” J.C. wore his golf spikes when sidewalks got slick with ice.

Jay and Mary were avid golfers at Rolling Hills Country Club, where Jay was a charter member. He was instrumental in the purchase of the land and the creation of Rolling Hills Country Club.

J.C. was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the American Legion, the Morgan County Historical Society, the Versailles Lion’s Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Before Alzheimer’s took his memories and his ability to read, he was a prolific reader. He loved the classics and has an extensive library of the classics. He also loved history and “ancient alien theory” books. He also loved gardening, and his 100 proof “Old Fitzgerald.”

J.C. is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Tommy Capps, grandchildren and their spouses; Vanissa Dunklee, Dustin and Dina Dunklee, and Desirae and Bill Lipp, Andrew Capps, Amy Weis and Anna Henry, twenty-six great-grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers, Alfred Lee (Myrt) Garrison and Robert Edward Garrison and wife Betty.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 17, 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. 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.


Wayne Ross Thompson, 83
Wayne Ross Thompson, of Versailles, passed away, Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. He was born August 10, 1934 in Enon, Missouri, a son of Herbert Hadley and Stella (Hardcastle) Thompson.

He was a farmer and lived in Missouri most of his life. He served his country in the United States military. In his free time, he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Survivors include four sons, George Ross Thompson and wife Tonia of Fortuna, Missouri, Kenneth Wayne Thompson of Fortuna, Missouri, Jerry Lee Thompson of Stover, Missouri and Larry Don Thompson and wife Tammy of Versailles, Missouri; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Monfort of Eldon, Missouri and Coleen Mitchell of Holden, Missouri; a brother, Glen Thompson of Florida and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ann Thompson; two brother, Lloyd Thompson and Carl Thompson and two sisters, Doris Birdsong and Gail Thompson.

A graveside service and burial was held Friday, January 19, 2018 at Clearview Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Arthur Raymond Hannah, Jr., 79
Arthur Raymond Hannah, Jr., was born December 7, 1938 in Silex, Missouri. He passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 in his home, at the age of seventy-nine years.

On January 9, 1960 Arthur was married to Shirley Spargo in Lemay, Missouri and to this union two children were born.

His parents, and a sister, Rita Ruiz, preceded him in death.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Shirley; a son, Arthur R. Hannah III, of Camdenton, Missouri; a daughter, Lynnette Smith and husband, John, Jr., of Richland, Missouri; his grandchildren, Arthur R. Hannah, IV, of Foristell, Missouri, Rachael Hannah-Croce, of St. Charles, Missouri, Wesley Smith and wife Katey, of Brumley, Missouri, Cody Smith, currently serving in the United States Air Force in Nebraska, and Kristin Plemmons and husband Randy, of Ulman, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, two sisters Anna Richardson and husband Bob, and Beverly Tebeau, all of Florissant, Missouri; one brother, Dennis Hannah and wife Peggy of Camdenton, Missouri; and Sherri Croce, who was like a daughter to Art, of Foristell, Missouri; a number of nieces, nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Arthur spent his younger years living in the Silex area and entered into the United States Army following high school where he was a paratrooper.

He was honorably discharged and moved to the St. Louis area where he began his career as a beer brewer with Anheuser-Busch. He retired after thirty-eight years.

He was baptized into the Catholic Church as an infant.

Arthur was a member of the Elks, the Solid 50 Club, and was in the Teamsters Union.

In his spare time, Arthur enjoyed fishing, jugging, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

There are no services planned at this time.

Online condolences may be left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com

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

Published 1-17-18

Dorothy Joanne Mordecai, 78

Dorothy Joanne Mordecai, of Gravois Mills, MO died peacefully at the Good Shepard Care Center on January 7, 2018 at the age of seventy-eight.

She was the daughter of Gaylerd Quigley and Kathleen (Haggard) Quigley. Joanne was born on April 20, 1939 in Linn County, Missouri and continued to live in various areas of Missouri throughout her life.

Joanne married D. Gene Mordecai in 1983 and both enjoyed many years together in Moberly, Kansas City and at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Joanne was a talented artist and enjoyed painting and gardening. She enjoyed her friends in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Moberly and Kansas City and the Lady Elks Auxiliary Lodge #2705 of Laurie, Missouri. Her greatest love was spending time with family and friends whether it was at family reunions, the Missouri State Fair, the excitement of a casino or wintering in Texas. She had a zest for life and spread joy to all who encountered her.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gerald Quigley and a brother-in-law, Theodore Bredson.

Loved ones she leaves behind include her husband, Gene; her sister, Margaret Quigley Bredson; her sister-in-law, Christine Quigley; three daughters, Sheryl Howell Hilburn, Kathy Howell Frank, Margaret Howell Hoke and their spouses; four children by marriage, Mike Mordecai, Linda Mordecai Collins, Melanie Mordecai King, Donnie Mordecai and their spouses and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to the care givers at Hospice Compassus in Osage Beach and the Good Shepard Care Center in Versailles.

The family gathered with friends for a Celebration of Joanne's Life on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.


Jannette Sue “Susie” Jackson, 73
Jannette Sue “Susie” Jackson, of the Ivy Bend community near Stover, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. She was born May 27, 1944, in Lexington, Missouri, a daughter of the late Louis C. and Julia (Howland) Jackson.

Susie was a member of the Ivy Bend First Baptist Church where she considered her church family, part of her family.

When she was younger she loved boating and being on the water at the lake. In later years, she enjoyed cooking, listening to Elvis Presley, collecting dolls, riding in the golf cart, coloring, solving puzzles and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by a brother, Louis S. “Buddy” Jackson; a sister, Lois Kathleen Smith; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, David Jackson and Dale Jackson and her sisters, Lillian Young, Irene Strickler and Charlotte Patton.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held at the Versailles Cemetery.

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.


Esther Lucille (Brown) Shockley Brightwell, 94
Esther Lucille (Brown) Shockley Brightwell, was born March 11, 1923, to Will and Bertha Lupardus Brown. She joined seven other siblings at their home near the end of Hwy D in Kaiser, Missouri. Five years later another sister was added totaling nine Brown Children.

The Brown Family was very poor like so many in rural Missouri at that time. Their lives revolved around chores with livestock, gardening, school and church. She and her eight siblings were kept busy but still made time to hike to a nearby cave for picnics and play in the fields.

In order to save their shoes, Lucille and siblings walked barefoot two miles through the woods to their one room Post Oak School house. Once there, they put on their shoes and at noon ate the one cold biscuit in their sack for lunch.

Lucille’s oldest sister, Lena Brown Bear offered Lucille a chance to go to high school in Tuscumbia, Missouri by helping care for Lena’s two children, Sandra and Bill. Near the end of her senior year, on December 20, 1941, Lucille married Claudius Shockley of Iberia, Missouri.

Later the couple moved to Lake Ozark where they bought and operated Ozark Market for a little over nineteen years. During this time their family grew with the birth of five children; Sharon, Lindsey, Donna, Todd and Tim.

Most of Lucille’s brothers and sisters lived near each other and thrived by sharing their daily lives. The regular phone calls, meet-ups for coffee, meals and holidays never dwindled over the years.

Her brothers and sisters were always her greatest source of joy and fulfillment. As a result her children, nieces and nephews grew up together. The large extended family has become a great source of love and support for each other.

Lucille joined and regularly attended Riverview Baptist Church for over fifty years. She served in many capacities, but primarily in the kitchen, as she was known to be an excellent cook and enjoyed the work. Lucille also joined the Eastern Star in Eldon, and was active in the local PTA organization serving continuously for thirty-five years.

Lucille was a busy energetic woman. She worked in the grocery store with her husband, kept an immaculate house, cooked three meals a day, ironed anything she washed and volunteered at church and other organizations, not counting keeping up with five children all at different stages in life.

Lucille also provided child care for several children. After the couple sold the grocery store she began working full time at School of the Osage Elementary building in food service. During the summer she and Claudius worked at the Ozark Opry: he parking cars and she working in the snack bar popping popcorn and waiting on customers.

Claudius passed away in April1989, after forty-eight years of marriage. Several years later Lucille met and married Vernon Brightwell of Jefferson City, on September 9, 1995. The two shared twenty-two years together continuing to invite family and friends into their home. Vernon passed away in October 2017.

One by one Lucille’s siblings passed away and she remained the only one of the nine Brown children. As a result she established a special bond with her nieces and nephews. Each one became a great pleasure and comfort to her.

Lucille was never old in spirit. At age 94 years of age, she continued to work in her yard, attend grandchildren’s events, and shop. She invited family and friends over for ‘coffee klatches’, serving pin-wheel cookies or raisin pie. Most family requests were a meal of brown beans, and fried potatoes. Games of Brown’s Bridge or Hand and Foot were a must when visiting.

The grandchildren have always adored Lucille; especially her frank conversations with them. They were able to tell her anything and often did. She provided them wisdom through stories of her struggles through life. She and the grandkids often laughed together as she expounded on past and current topics; memories her grandkids treasure.

Esther Lucille Brown Shockley Brightwell, 94, passed away at the Neighborhoods at Quail Creek in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, January 6, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claudius Shockley and husband Vernon Brightwell, daughter, Sharon Shockley DeClue (Ron DeClue), her parents, Will and Bertha Lupardus Brown, her brothers; Earl Brown, Uhel Doc Brown, Russell Brown, Mack Brown, and sisters; Lena Brown Bear, Faye Brown Bechtold, Lela Brown Duffield, and Doris Brown Porter.

Lucille is survived by children, Todd Shockley (Daphne Forester) of Camdenton, Missouri, Tim Shockley of San Diego California, Lindsey Shockley McClure (Bruce McClure) of Swann Valley, Idaho, and Donna Shockley Carrender (Gary Carrender) of Lake Ozark, Missouri, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Riverview Baptist Church, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Entombment was at Lake Memorial Garden Cemetery Mausoleum, Osage Beach.

In lieu of flowers the family would request that consideration be made to donate to either the Shockley-DeClue Memorial Scholarship fund or the American Lung Association in memorial to Lucille

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.


Nelda Sue Varner, 65
Nelda Sue Varner, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Lakeside Meadows in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Nelda was born April 22, 1952 in Brumley, Missouri. She was the daughter of Virgil and Cecille Jeffries.

Nelda worked over 20 years as a waitress at Arrowhead Lodge making many friends and loyal patrons during that time. When the Lodge closed, Nelda went to work in the Deli Department at Hyvee in Osage Beach and enjoyed working and helping customers there for 12 years.

She enjoyed collecting Fenton Glass pieces through the years and loved helping other people when she could. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children.

Nelda is survived by her children, Michael Varner of Eldon, Missouri, Mickey Varner of Eldon, Missouri, and Melissa Mackay and husband Bill of Osage Beach, Missouri; her brothers, Donald Gene Jeffries and wife, Nancy of Findley, Illinois, Jerry Jeffries and wife, Erica, of Eldon, Missouri, Dennis Jeffries and wife, Gayla, of Brumley, Missouri, and Lester Jeffries of Brumley, Missouri; her sisters , Louise Thorson of Olean, Missouri, Erma Byrd and husband Edgar, of Brumley, Missouri and Faye Burks of Columbia, Missouri and one granddaughter Janna Mackay of Boonville, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Cecille Jeffries; two brothers, Laverne and Timothy; and two sisters, Lucille Hargis, and Ruth Shoemate.

Services were held Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, 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.
 

Published 1-10-18

Norma Frances Emerick, 75

Norma Frances Emerick, of Sunrise Beach and formerly of Kansas City, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017. She was born July 15thin Lamar, Missouri to the late Harley Francis Ross and Myrtle Taylor Ross.

She is also preceded by a brother, Lew Ross.

Upon graduation from Lamar High School she moved to Kansas City, where on a blind date she met the love of her life, Bill Emerick who survives.

Norma loved her family, flower gardens, and baking. Following Norma’s retirement as a cafeteria manager for the Hickman Mills School District, they moved to the lake and began traveling extensively. They traveled to almost all the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and portions of Europe.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; her daughters, Kimberly Emerick of Belton and Karen Emerick of Grandview; her son, Daniel Emerick and wife Andrea of Raymore; her granddaughter, Abby; her brother, Larry Ross of Clever; her sister Nancy Williams and husband Elbert of Lamar; nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

No services are planned.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Alice Esther Shaw, 81
Alice Esther Shaw, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. She was born April 26, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of John Ralph and Gretchen Marie (Richards) Abbott.

In 1963, she was united in marriage to Rodney Russell Shaw. Together they shared forty-six years of marriage before his passing on November 6, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Evelyn Jackson, Dorothy Parrish, Eugene Abbott and Arnold Abbott.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Abbott of Jefferson City, Missouri; a son, Russell Shaw and wife Aida of Stover, Missouri; a granddaughter, Kristel Shaw of Stover, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

Alice was raised between Chicago and St. Louis. She later moved to Idaho where she met and married her husband and they later retired to Missouri.

She was an avid Bible reader and loved going to church and participating in church activities. She enjoyed traveling and seeing music shows, especially in Branson. She was a baseball fan and was great at canning vegetables.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stover.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private burial will be in Hopewell 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.


Claudia K. Hiley, 70
Claudia K. Hiley, passed away December 13, 2017, at her home in Laurie, Missouri. She was born April 2, 1947, to (Claude) Dale Hiley and Wilma (Smith) Hiley, the second of three children.

Claudia was a graduate of Hickman High School where she enjoyed spending time with her friends, biology, and Spanish classes.

Claudia retired as the Payroll Administrator at MBS Textbook Exchange after 32 years. She was always there with an ear to listen and made many wonderful friends during her employment there.

Her favorite time of year was spring when she could get outside and “play in the dirt” and she always grew the prettiest flowers.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Anthony Spangler. She is survived by her three daughters, LaVecie, Deborah and Pamela Windsor; her precious grandchildren, Heather Spangler, Gabriel and Victoria Harwood; her brother and sister, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life took place at Claudia’s home in Laurie on Saturday, December 30, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Ozarks Kat & K9 Shelter, 17290 MO Hwy 5, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079.

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

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

Judith Ann Higgins Carlson, 78
Judith Ann Higgins Carlson of Camdenton, Missouri was born September 2, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of James and Lola (Swift) Higgins. As a young child, the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where she was raised and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1957 and then attended one and a half years of college.

In 1960, she married her high school sweetheart, Michael Carlson at the First Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. After her husband graduated from college, his employment required the family to live in many areas.

After quite a few years in St. Louis, Missouri, they retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1996, where they enjoyed many wonderful hours at their lake house with family and friends.

Eight years ago, they moved off the lake and into town where they have resided since.

Judy enjoyed life to the fullest. Her faith carried her through many obstacles, the main being her health. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed reading, spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren, and her greatest pleasure and accomplishment was putting together family genealogy books for her family, a hobby she enjoyed for years.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Greenview, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Michael of the home; sons, Shawn Carlson and wife Michelle of Pasadena, Texas and Andrew Carlson of Houston, Texas; Timothy Carlson of Lake Ozark, Missouri and children, Hayden and Hannah Carlson; daughter Rebecca Pylipow and husband Ken of Valparaiso, Indiana and their children Ryan of Chicago, Illinois and Brandon Pylipow of Hillsboro, Oregon; three sisters, Jane Stewart of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jean Schleisman and husband Ted of Sunrise Beach, Missouri ; four brothers, Jerry Higgins and wife Barb of Solan, Iowa, Richard Higgins of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Tom Higgins and wife Frankie of Bothel, Washington, and C.B. Higgins and wife Sheryl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, a brother a sister and three nieces.

Baptized: March 18, 1951
Confirmed: June 4, 1961
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Service was held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, Greenview, Missouri.

Inurnment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Greenview, 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.


Betty L. Knighton, 91
Betty L. Knighton, of Gravois Mills, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. She was born November 14, 1926, in Crescent City, Kansas, a daughter of the late George and Nellie (Curtis) Kalousek.

On September 5, 1948, in Lawrence, Kansas, she was united in marriage to George Knighton, Jr., who preceded her in death on October 18, 2017.

Betty worked as a registered nurse for many years. Following her retirement, she enjoyed painting, wood carving, gardening and traveling in the RV.

She was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie where she was active in United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her sons, Kent Knighton and wife Cheryl of New Portland, Maine, Curt Knighton and wife Sally of Salt Lake City, Utah and Bob Knighton and wife Nancy of Angola, New York; her daughter, Sherry Knighton of Columbia, Missouri; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Kalousek and her sisters, Jean Taylor and Peggy Schanze.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date in the spring at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ozark Chapel 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 Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Published 1-3-18

Norma Frances Emerick, 75
Norma Frances Emerick, of Sunrise Beach and formerly of Kansas City, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017. She was born July 15thin Lamar, Missouri to the late Harley Francis Ross and Myrtle Taylor Ross.

She is also preceded by a brother, Lew Ross.

Upon graduation from Lamar High School she moved to Kansas City, where on a blind date she met the love of her life, Bill Emerick who survives.

Norma loved her family, flower gardens, and baking. Following Norma’s retirement as a cafeteria manager for the Hickman Mills School District, they moved to the lake and began traveling extensively. They traveled to almost all the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and portions of Europe.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; her daughters, Kimberly Emerick of Belton and Karen Emerick of Grandview; her son, Daniel Emerick and wife Andrea of Raymore; her granddaughter, Abby; her brother, Larry Ross of Clever; her sister Nancy Williams and husband Elbert of Lamar; nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

No services are planned.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Alice Esther Shaw, 81
Alice Esther Shaw, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. She was born April 26, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of John Ralph and Gretchen Marie (Richards) Abbott.

In 1963, she was united in marriage to Rodney Russell Shaw. Together they shared forty-six years of marriage before his passing on November 6, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Evelyn Jackson, Dorothy Parrish, Eugene Abbott and Arnold Abbott.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Abbott of Jefferson City, Missouri; a son, Russell Shaw and wife Aida of Stover, Missouri; a granddaughter, Kristel Shaw of Stover, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

Alice was raised between Chicago and St. Louis. She later moved to Idaho where she met and married her husband and they later retired to Missouri.

She was an avid Bible reader and loved going to church and participating in church activities. She enjoyed traveling and seeing music shows, especially in Branson. She was a baseball fan and was great at canning vegetables.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stover.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private burial will be in Hopewell 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.


Claudia K. Hiley, 70
Claudia K. Hiley, passed away December 13, 2017, at her home in Laurie, Missouri. She was born April 2, 1947, to (Claude) Dale Hiley and Wilma (Smith) Hiley, the second of three children.

Claudia was a graduate of Hickman High School where she enjoyed spending time with her friends, biology, and Spanish classes.

Claudia retired as the Payroll Administrator at MBS Textbook Exchange after 32 years. She was always there with an ear to listen and made many wonderful friends during her employment there.

Her favorite time of year was spring when she could get outside and “play in the dirt” and she always grew the prettiest flowers.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Anthony Spangler. She is survived by her three daughters, LaVecie, Deborah and Pamela Windsor; her precious grandchildren, Heather Spangler, Gabriel and Victoria Harwood; her brother and sister, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life took place at Claudia’s home in Laurie on Saturday, December 30, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Ozarks Kat & K9 Shelter, 17290 MO Hwy 5, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079.

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

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

Judith Ann Higgins Carlson, 78
Judith Ann Higgins Carlson of Camdenton, Missouri was born September 2, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of James and Lola (Swift) Higgins. As a young child, the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where she was raised and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1957 and then attended one and a half years of college.

In 1960, she married her high school sweetheart, Michael Carlson at the First Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. After her husband graduated from college, his employment required the family to live in many areas.

After quite a few years in St. Louis, Missouri, they retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1996, where they enjoyed many wonderful hours at their lake house with family and friends.

Eight years ago, they moved off the lake and into town where they have resided since.

Judy enjoyed life to the fullest. Her faith carried her through many obstacles, the main being her health. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed reading, spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren, and her greatest pleasure and accomplishment was putting together family genealogy books for her family, a hobby she enjoyed for years.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Greenview, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Michael of the home; sons, Shawn Carlson and wife Michelle of Pasadena, Texas and Andrew Carlson of Houston, Texas; Timothy Carlson of Lake Ozark, Missouri and children, Hayden and Hannah Carlson; daughter Rebecca Pylipow and husband Ken of Valparaiso, Indiana and their children Ryan of Chicago, Illinois and Brandon Pylipow of Hillsboro, Oregon; three sisters, Jane Stewart of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jean Schleisman and husband Ted of Sunrise Beach, Missouri ; four brothers, Jerry Higgins and wife Barb of Solan, Iowa, Richard Higgins of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Tom Higgins and wife Frankie of Bothel, Washington, and C.B. Higgins and wife Sheryl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, a brother a sister and three nieces.

Baptized: March 18, 1951
Confirmed: June 4, 1961
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Service was held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, Greenview, Missouri.

Inurnment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Greenview, 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.


Betty L. Knighton, 91
Betty L. Knighton, of Gravois Mills, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. She was born November 14, 1926, in Crescent City, Kansas, a daughter of the late George and Nellie (Curtis) Kalousek.

On September 5, 1948, in Lawrence, Kansas, she was united in marriage to George Knighton, Jr., who preceded her in death on October 18, 2017.

Betty worked as a registered nurse for many years. Following her retirement, she enjoyed painting, wood carving, gardening and traveling in the RV.

She was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie where she was active in United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her sons, Kent Knighton and wife Cheryl of New Portland, Maine, Curt Knighton and wife Sally of Salt Lake City, Utah and Bob Knighton and wife Nancy of Angola, New York; her daughter, Sherry Knighton of Columbia, Missouri; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Kalousek and her sisters, Jean Taylor and Peggy Schanze.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date in the spring at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ozark Chapel 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 Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Published 12-27-17

Stanley Duain Clark, 75
Stanley Duain Clark, of Barnett, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at his home. He was born February 27, 1942, in Static, Tennessee, a son of the late Charles Marion and Sarah Lucille (Groce) Clark.

On November 25, 1981, in Versailles, he was united in marriage to Linda Jean Clark who preceded him in death on July 19, 2016.

Stanley worked for the union as a painter in Chicago for over twenty years. After moving to Barnett, he established Clark’s Decorating and Painting operating his own painting business for over thirty years.

He was an active member of the East Side Assembly of God Church in Eldon where he devoted most of his free time. He was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for many years. Stanley was always willing to help others in any way he could.

He enjoyed spending his time outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, gardening or just sitting in his favorite chair. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

His family will treasure his favorite quotes, “I’m always right, Lord be willing”.

He is survived by his children, Regina Hilgar and husband Darren of Versailles, Missouri, Lisa Schlegel and husband Todd of Barnett, Missouri, and Duain Smith and wife Sharon of Barnett, Missouri; grandchildren, Derek Hilgar, Kristy Hilgar, Ciara Hilgar, Junior Smith and Bobbi Sue; brother, Henry Redmond of Tennessee; sisters, Joyce Sullens of Eldon, Missouri and Darlene Carmichael of Columbia, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Joe Groce, Earl Groce, Paul Groce, Junior Clark, Rosie Manis, Dimple Sullens and Margaret Clark.

A celebration of Stanley’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 6, at the East Side Assembly of God Church in Eldon with Sister Buena Huffman officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Versailles Cemetery.

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.


Virginia Louise “Ginny” Ross, 88
Virginia Louise “Ginny” Ross, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born June 16, 1929, in Versailles, the daughter of the late Julius and Sudie (Ratcliff) Cooper.

She was united in marriage to Greg Ross who preceded her in death on October 27, 1990.

Ginny loved living on the farm and working alongside her husband. She had many interests and talents. Her passion for gardening led her to grow test roses for the University of Missouri. Ginny also grew large vegetable gardens for many years and enjoyed canning and preserving for her family and friends.

She was known for her lively piano playing. In her earlier years, she played in piano bars in the lake area. For many years, she was a member and the accompanist for the Glensted United Methodist Church and could always be found under the sycamore tree playing the piano at the annual song fest.

Most recently, she accompanied Reverend Robert Ross at many community and church functions, and enjoyed playing the piano at the Kidwell Home while she was a resident.

She is survived by her son, Ronald Ross and wife Carin Reust of Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Willem Ross and Jessica Ross and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Cooper and her half-brothers, Warren Cooper, Chevalier Cooper and Herbert Cooper.

Ginny requested no formal services be held, but that those wishing to honor her memory may perpetuate her legacy through memorial contributions to the Glensted 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.


Eugene G. Harrison, Jr, 72
Eugene G. Harrison, Jr, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Eugene, known as “Gene” to his family and friends, was born July 12, 1945 in Tampa Florida. He was the son of Eugene G. Harrison, Sr and Heloyce (Surrency) Harrison.

On June 22, 1991 in Laguna Niguel, California, Gene was married to Lorraine Ann Chaperlo.

Gene served his country proudly as a helicopter pilot with the United States Marine Corps. His military career spanned the course of 21 years where he earned the rank of Major.

His second career of 14 years was as a director at FHP and Pacificare Healthcare. After retirement, he remained physically active and enjoyed spending time outdoors, golfing, fishing and playing tennis.

He loved his family more than anything, and enjoyed spending time with them.

Gene was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Gene is survived by his wife Lorraine; his son, Brett Harrison and wife, Alissa, of San Francisco, California; his daughters, Laura Penner of Vinita, Oklahoma and Julie Dube' of Lake Ozark, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jayson Osborne, Danielle Wycoff, Julianne Wycoff, Austin Dube', Cassidy Dube' and Gene Harrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene G. Harrison Sr and Heloyce Harrison.

Services were held Friday, December 22, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to Our Lake of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri.

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

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


Shaun David Lake, 35
Shaun David Lake, of Eldon, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at his home. He was born May 5, 1982, in Columbia, a son of Scott and Carolyn (Burke) Lake.

Shaun managed several restaurants with his most recent being Dairy Queen in Raymore and McDonald’s in Eldon.

He enjoyed the thrill of riding roller coasters and was an avid sports fan. Shaun was always cheering on his favorite teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers.

He was an active supporter of Relay For Life and was always willing to help others in their time of need. Shaun had a loving heart and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was a member of the Eldon United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Scott and Carolyn Lake of Barnett, Missouri; his brother, Les Lake and wife Ellen of Harrisonville, Missouri; a nephew, Isaac Lake; a niece, Leah Lake; grandfathers, James Lake and Donald Burke both of Versailles, Missouri; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Dixie Lake and Kathryn Burke.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 23, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Steve George officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Beulah Cemetery near Barnett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to SSM Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. 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 12-20-17

Marjorie Ann Kensinger, 87
Marjorie Ann Kensinger, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. She was born June 22, 1930 in Independence, Missouri a daughter of Lonnie and Mary (Burdette) Fleetwood.

On October 10, 1948 in Independence, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Robert Joseph Kensinger. Together they shared sixty-nine years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Elihu and Bill Fleetwood and a sister, Ruth Edmondson.

Survivors include her husband, Robert “Bob” Kensinger; four children, Michael Kensinger of Gravois Mills, Missouri, Gary Kensinger and wife Susan of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Joyce Dickman and husband Dave of Loveland, Ohio and Jeanette Houston and husband Paul of Florence, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a twin-sister, Mary Hill of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marjorie was raised in Independence, Missouri. She and her husband lived in Martinsville, West Virginia, Concord, Kentucky and San Francisco, California. They retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1986. She was a homemaker and a help-mate to her husband and took pride in taking care of her children.

A family service will be held at a later date. Entombment will be in Garber Memorial Estates, Laurie, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation to help fund research for rheumatoid arthritis.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Cindy L. Hudson, 60
Cindy L. Hudson, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017, at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Hudson of the home; son, James Alewine and wife Angel of the home; grandsons, Derrick and Christopher Alewine; brother, Terry Folsom of the state of California; two sisters, Debbie and Patty and many other relatives and friends.

There are no services planned at this time. 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.


Mary Jo Myers, 59
Mary Jo Myers, of Stover, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at her home. She was born March 22, 1958, in Kansas City, Missouri, a daughter of William and Viola (Spurrier) Brownfield.

On August 22, 2000, in Independence, Missouri, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Stephen Myers.

Mary Jo was employed in the human resources department at AT&T, retiring after twenty-seven years.

She was a member of the Sedalia Seventh Day Adventist Church.

In addition to her husband, Stephen, she is survived by her daughter, Amber Brodersen and husband Kevin of Florence, Missouri; step-children, Amber Riggins and husband Kendall and Stephen Myers, Jr. and fiancée Erin Yeagley all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Alexa Brodersen, Blaine Brodersen, Caleb Brodersen, Dylan Brodersen, Houston Riggins and Brady Riggins; her mother, Viola Brownfield of Laurie, Missouri; brothers, Gary Brownfield of Independence, Missouri and Rick Haukenberry and wife Debbie of Parkville, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Brownfield.

A celebration of Mary Jo’s life will be held at a later date at the Sedalia Seventh Day Adventist Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sedalia Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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 12-13-17

Donald Ray Allen, Sr, 74
Donald Ray Allen, Sr., son of Bob and Naomi (Edmondson) Allen, was born August 31, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. He passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Lake Regional Health Systems, Osage Beach, seventy-four.

On January 20, 1993, Don was united in marriage to Teffra Calvert, and together shared nearly twenty-five years. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dennis Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Teffra, of the home; his children, Donnie Allen, Jr., and wife Amy, of Versailles, Matthew Allen, of St. Louis, and Alisha Allen, of Osage Beach; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Allen and wife Terry, of Humansville and a sister, Marilyn Hood, of Raytown.

Don spent his early years living in the Kansas City area and graduated from Raytown High School in 1961. Don was drafted into the United States Army on November 23, 1966, and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on November 12, 1968.

Don followed the call to be a pastor and received his Ministerial Degree from Rhema Bible College. He served the congregation of Sunrise Baptist Church as Senior Pastor from 1985-1991. He was a member of the Rhema Ministerial Alliance for many years.

In 2006, Don started the Family of God Church and was serving as Senior Pastor at the time of his passing.

Don owned and operated I.B. Nuts & Fruit Too as well as I.B. Cooking & Catering Too for many years. He was active in the Camdenton VFW POST 5923, and was an attendee on the Central Missouri Honor Flight in November of 2016.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home with burial following at Allee Memorial Gardens, Camdenton, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers a donation has been established and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.


Lee A. Thomas, 63
Lee A. Thomas, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born June 20, 1954, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lee never met a stranger and had a kind spirit. He enjoyed singing and had a Christian heart.

He is survived by his companion for the last thirty-three years, Peggy Birdsong and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services and interment was held Tuesday, December 5, at the Versailles Cemetery with Reverend Danny Owsley officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Ronda Louise Smith, 73
Ronda Louise Smith, daughter of Franklin and Mildred (Yeates) Orwig, was born February 1, 1944 in Kankakee, Illinois. She passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Windsor Estates Care Center, Camdenton at the age of seventy-three years.

On January 2, 1965, Ronda was united in marriage to William “Bill” Smith, and to this union one son was born.

Ronda was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Michael Smith, of Orlando, Florida; two brothers, Allen Orwig and wife Marla, and Gary Orwig and wife Joyce, and a sister, Judy Mau and husband Randy and a number of nieces and nephews.

Ronda spent her younger years living in the Kankakee, Illinois area. She was a graduate of Herscher High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Following their marriage, Ronda and Bill purchased Hyd-A-Way Cove in Camdenton. They owned and operated the resort for over thirty years. She also spent many years working at the Camdenton Medical Center as a Lab Technician.

Ronda had accepted Christ as her Savior and was a member of the Methodist Church.

In her spare time, Ronda enjoyed working jig saw puzzles, reading, and being outdoors. She enjoyed traveling to the Gulf of Mexico and collecting many beautiful seashells.

While Ronda’s failing health took many things from her, it never took her sense of humor and her ability to share a laugh with others.

Ronda was a loving mother, sister, and aunt, and was a caring friend. We celebrate her life and accomplishments and will treasure the many wonderful memories she has created for her family and friends.

Memorial services were held, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to Camdenton Windsor Estates or Regional Hospice and left at the funeral home.

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

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


Melinda Sue Foster, 65
Melinda Sue Foster, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 in her home. She was born August 14, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri a daughter of the late, William C. and Ferl J. (Eierman) Dannevak.

She was united in marriage to Frank Alvin Foster on September 21, 2002.

In her early years, she lived between Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri. She moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1984.

She was a cook and worked for Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care and Laurie Care Center.

She was currently a cook for the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie, where she was also a member.

In her spare time, she and Frank loved to travel and just recently returned from Mexico.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Foster of the home; a son, Jason Wheat and wife Jaimie of Camdenton, Missouri and two grandchildren, Haley and Logan Wheat.

A memorial 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 Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

 

Published 12-6-17

Rebecca Ann Anderson, 76
Rebecca Ann Anderson, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Four Seasons Living Center, Sedalia, Missouri. She was born April 6, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana, a daughter of Roy H. and Bertha Bell (Dungey) Bryant.

She was united in marriage to Donald Paul Anderson on April 11, 2004 in Aurora, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, E. Abe Oblinger.

Survivor include her husband, Don of the home; two daughters, Ericka Grant of Louisiana, Missouri and Tracey Folk and husband Jeff of Marshall, Missouri; four grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rebecca was raised in Indiana and lived in Illinois before moving to Missouri. She worked for an insurance company for many years and was a homemaker. She was a talented piano player and enjoyed spending time playing. Most of all, time spent with family was precious to her.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Carmen Eugene Hayden, 79
Carmen Eugene Hayden passed away on November 25, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

Carmen was born on May 6, 1938 in Hannibal, Missouri to Chester Lee and Helen Elizabeth (Daume) Hayden.

His childhood was lived happily in Palmyra, Missouri and at the age of 12 he was baptized into the Christian faith at the First Christian Church of Palmyra. Carmen graduated from Palmyra High School in 1956 and graduated from Northeast Missouri State College (Truman State) in 1960. He later earned his Master’s Degree from the same college in 1965.

On August 14, 1960 he married Mary Glennis King and to this union two sons, Kenneth Michael and John David were born. Carmen and Mary shared 57 years together.

He began his teaching career in 1960 in Glasgow, Missouri. He then taught at Vandalia from 1962-1968. Carmen moved to Versailles in 1968, serving as high school principal for four years and the remaining 20 years as middle school principal. Carmen retired in 1992 after working in the Missouri education system for 32 years.

Carmen was appointed as the Morgan County Public Administrator in 1992 serving until 2002. He served one year as treasurer and one two year term as the president of the Missouri Association of Public Administrators during this time. Carmen also served as a Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Safety Instructor for 35 years.

He was a member of numerous local organizations and associations, including being a member of Versailles Lions Club for 49 years and serving as Morgan County Fair Board chairman. He was also a member of the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association.

Carmen was a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Missouri and maintained this membership for over fifty years.

Carmen was a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and many other education related organizations, including serving as the chairman of the Flottman Scholarship Committee for 15 years.

He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and served as financial secretary.

Carmen is survived by his wife, Mary, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny & Debbie and John & Gayle, four grandchildren, Zachary and wife Alyson, Claire, Sarah, Luke and one great-grandchild, Chase, a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Carmen was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed a life well lived, full of love and service to others.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 29, at the Versailles United Methodist Church with Pastor Lora Cunningham and Reverend Robert Ross officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 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.

Erva Mae (Watson) Stepp, 79
Erva Mae (Watson) Stepp peacefully passed away while asleep at her home on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Visitation will be held Friday, December 1st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home at 219 North Monroe Street in Versailles, Missouri.

A funeral service was held December 1 at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in. Burial followed at Latham Cemetery just outside of Latham, Missouri. Memorial donations in Erva’s name may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Erva was born October 25, 1938 in Latham, Missouri to Charles Albert Watson and Alpha Grace (Morris) Watson. Her parents early in her life moved the family to Chicago, Illinois, where her father became a long-time welder.

Erva was the loving mother of three sons: Robert Vincent Stepp, James Richard Stepp and Michael Allen Castillo, all born in Chicago. Erva worked variously as a cosmetologist, electrologist and factory worker. After her father retired in the late sixties to return to Missouri, Erva soon moved her family to central Missouri as well.

In Erva's later years she enjoyed some world traveling adventures, was always an avid reader (especially enjoying the fantasy and mystery genres), visiting with her two grandchildren and loved improving her house in Blue Springs, Missouri, which she dearly loved.

She has been a long-time member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -Blue Springs, Second Ward.

Erva is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her three sons Robert Vincent Stepp (Little Rock, AR), James Richard Stepp (Versailles, MO) and Michael Allen Castillo (Blue Springs, MO); her brother Charles Albert Watson, Jr. and his wife Leona (Leeds, AL); her brother's sons Charles Albert Watson III (Moody, AL) and Patrick Neal Watson (Silver Spring, MD); Patrick's wife Sharon and their children Alexis, Angelica, Kelton and Sterling; her son Robert's wife Vonda and children Jessie and Jeremy and her beloved dog, Maggie and her cat Co Co.

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.


Karen Marsala, 73
Karen Marsala, of Osage Beach, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Lakeside Meadows in Osage Beach.

Karen was born on July 26, 1944 in New York City, New York. She was the daughter of Walter and Betty Appleton.

She had an unmatched spirit, ability for joy and a heart so big it is difficult to believe it could ever stop beating. Karen’s long battle with Parkinson’s Disease has concluded and we are sure she is in a better place.

She was a beloved wife to her husband Thomas Marsala and a wonderful, caring friend to all. Karen was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Service was held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, 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.

Ricky Wayne Ritchie, 57
Ricky Wayne Ritchie, of Camdenton, Missouri passed away on November 11, 2017 at University Hospital, Colombia, Missouri

Rick was born October 15, 1960 in Levelland, Texas.

He is survived by his daughter, Morgan Ritchie of London, England; his mother, Barbara Roeder and stepfather Michael Roeder of Alamo, Texas; his father Stanley Ritchie and step-mother Ruthe Ritchie of Denison, Texas; his sisters Debi Ritchie of San Antonio, Texas and Linda Cole and husband Mark Cole of Denton, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends around the world.

Rick accepted Christ as a boy and was a very active member of Grace Temple Baptist Church in Denton, Texas through his high school years. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas in 1984. Rick earned his CPA qualification shortly thereafter.

Rick never worked in the U.S. in the accounting profession, moving to Saudi Arabia fresh out of Texas Tech University. Rick started his accounting career with Deloitte Al-Juraid in 1984 and then moved to Saudi Aramco in November of 1988 where he spent the next 28 years - 32 years in total in Saudi Arabia.

Rick was a loyal member of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Community where he served as the Director of the Dhahran Harley Owners Group Chapter.

He led the group on the first ever crossing of the causeway from Arabia to Bahrain. Over the years, Rick and his friends enjoyed several Harley Davidson rallies and numerous rides around the world including Poland, Germany, Nova Scotia and Oman.

Rick left Saudi Arabia on November 1, 2016 to begin his long-anticipated retirement. In his year of retirement, he accomplished many of his dreams and goals including hosting his friends and family from far and wide in his beautiful new home on Lake of the Ozarks.

Rick enjoyed sunsets on his dock, watching the eagles and deer from the balcony of his home and spending time cruising the lake. He was a fun, kind and generous man who was a friend to all and always made sure everyone was having a good time.

Although Rick’s life was short, he lived more in his 57 years than most people do in their entire lives - traveling around the world, visiting with friends and family and making the most of every day.

A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, December 3, 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.

Allen Arthur Wooters, 89
Allen Arthur Wooters, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 in his home. He was born September 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas a son of the late Albert and Vivian (Grube) Wooters.

On September 19, 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Dixie Lee Rook. Together they shared sixty-two years of marriage.

Allen served his country proudly in the United Sates Army during the Korean War. He worked for the telephone company in the Kansas City area until his retirement in 1985.

He and Dixie moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and enjoyed time spent there. They settled in Springfield in the late 1990’s.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Asbury United Methodist Church.

Allen is survived by his loving wife, Dixie of the home; a daughter, Sandy Rappert of University Park, Florida and a host of friends.

Services were held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Burial followed in Garber Memorial Estates.

Memorial donations may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.

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 11-29-17

Rebecca Ann Anderson, 76
Rebecca Ann Anderson, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Four Seasons Living Center, Sedalia, Missouri. She was born April 6, 1941in South Bend, Indiana, a daughter of Roy H. and Bertha Bell (Dungey) Bryant.

She was united in marriage to Donald Paul Anderson on April 11, 2004 in Aurora, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, E. Abe Oblinger.

Survivor include her husband, Don of the home; two daughters, Ericka Grant of Louisiana, Missouri and Tracey Folk and husband Jeff of Marshall, Missouri; four grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rebecca was raised in Indiana and lived in Illinois before moving to Missouri. She worked for an insurance company for many years and was a homemaker. She was a talented piano player and enjoyed spending time playing. Most of all, time spent with family was precious to her.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

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