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 8-15-18

Lillian Maxine Richards, 96
Lillian Maxine Richards, from Camdenton, Missouri passed away Friday August 3 at 11:45 p.m. in Warrenton Manor in Warrenton, Missouri.

Lillian was born October 28, 1921 in Sikeston, Missouri to Jim & Nora Kirby. She was the youngest of nine. The Kirby’s owned and operated their family restaurant in Sikeston, Missouri where all the locals enjoyed dinning.

Lillian enjoyed helping her family with the business, she also found time to volunteer at the public schools as a teacher’s assistant, and also loved sharing her time at the Windsor Estates nursing home in Camdenton upon their return there.

Lillian later met Gomer Richards while he was serving in the air force stationed in Sikeston, Missouri. Lillian and Gomer were married on December 18, 1943 where they then returned to Camdenton, Missouri.

The Richards family owned and operated the Reveille Leader newspaper and also had a printing company where Lillian loved to work. On December 18, 2003 the special couple got to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Survivors included are, Debbie and Randy Burke of Wentzville, Missouri, Gloria and Don Wingate of Columbia Missouri, and Patti Blevens of Pittsburgh Kansas.

Also included are several grandchildren and great grandchildren too numerous to mention.

Services were Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment followed at Dale Blair Memorial Cemetery in Camdenton.

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


Joyce A. Szemplenski, 75
Joyce A. Szemplenski, of Camdenton, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. She was born March 28, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a daughter of the late Leo and Annette Denne.

On October 28, 1963, in Omaha, Nebraska, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Theodore “Mike” Szemplenski.

Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha and her master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Iowa. She taught at the Iowa School for the Deaf for thirty years until her retirement.

She had a passion for gardening and was a member of the Lake Bloomers Garden Club. Joyce was also a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

Joyce loved her family and treasured the time she spent with them.

In addition to her husband, Mike, she is survived by her daughters, Ann Plaza and husband Chris of McLean, Virginia and Janet Szemplenski of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Matthew Plaza, Katherine Plaza, Madelynn Szemplenski, Randi Szemplenski and Theodora “Teddie” Szemplenski; her brother, Charles Denne of Omaha, Nebraska and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 7, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie with Father John Schmitz celebrating. Graveside services and interment followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Laurie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Lake Bloomers Garden Club. 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.


Edward Francis Rymer, 69
Edward Francis Rymer, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 in Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles, Missouri. He was born May 15, 1949 in Kansas City, Kansas, a son of Harvey W. and Clara Belle (Watts) Rymer.

Ed was raised in the Kansas City area. He served his country proudly in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. He was an electrical drafter for the City of Kansas City, Kansas and was a drummer in a band.

He retired to the Lake of the Ozarks fifteen years ago. He loved to be outdoors especially riding his Harley. He enjoyed collecting military and Harley Davidson memorabilia.

He is survived by two sons, Edward Michael Rymer of Gravois Mills, Missouri and William James Rymer of Oak Grove, Missouri; three grandchildren, Elyssa Moon Dodson, Aiden James Rymer and Hunter William Rymer; a sister Francis Taylor and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service with military honors was held Friday, August 24, 2018 at Fort Scott National Cemetery. A potluck followed at the Fort Scott V.F.W.

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

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

Wilfriede Emma Lawson
Wilfriede Emma Lawson, of Gravois Mills, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.

She was born in the war torn German town of Polleben, a daughter of Fritz and Emma (Kosiol) Ehrenberg. Polleben was in the communist sector of Germany which became East Germany.

In 1957, she escaped the communist country to West Germany and eventually married James Lawson in August of 1968.

In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by her children, Petra Byrd and husband Charles of Killeen, Texas, Diana Ahern and husband John of Enterprise, Alabama, Tarry Lawson and wife Kristyn of Papillion, Nebraska, Robert Lawson and wife Melissa of Kenner, Louisiana, Karin Evans and husband Eddie of Avino, Florida and Karen Kill of Sweden; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a sister and half-sister in Germany.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and a son.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, Inc., 3610 West Market Street Suite 110, Akron, Ohio 44333.

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 8-8-18

James William Comer, 79
James William Comer, of Versailles, Missouri, passed away, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles. He was born December 3, 1938 in Jefferson City, Missouri, a son of Louis Bernard and Mary Katherine (Lampson) Comer.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Jane Simpson on August 7, 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri. Together they shared fifty-seven years of marriage before her passing on February 4, 2017.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob Comer, Lawrence Comer and Donald Comer and two grandchildren, Troy and Justin Young.

Jim leaves two daughters, Shelley Burk and husband Phillip and Sherrey Young and husband Rick; three grandchildren, Tiffany Jane Young, Alex Robert Young and Wade William Young; a brother, David Comer and wife Barbara; a sister, Mary Jo Doores; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Comer and Pamela Comer and many nieces and nephews.

Jim served his fellow man as a firefighter from 1965 to 1990. He worked as a locksmith from 1977 until 1993. After moving to Versailles in January of 1994, Jim worked for Morgan County, was a rural mail carrier and volunteered for Latham Fire Department.

Jim and Barbara loved seeing the country and camping in their motor home. He treasured time spent on his farm. Most of all, his grandchildren were the light of his life.

Graveside services and interment were held Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Hopewell Cemetery with Reverend Danny Owsley officiating.

Kindly omit flowers and donate to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Dorothy M. Dorton, 96
Dorothy M. Dorton, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Dorothy was born February 9, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of Robert and Rose (Janssen) Taylor. Dorothy was an only child, but grew up along with her aunts and uncles whom were more like sisters and brothers to her.

On March 8, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was married to Roland E. Dorton who preceded her in death on January 11, 2004. They had shared 57 years together at the time of Roland’s death.

Dorothy and Roland owned and operated Dairy Creme in Owensville, Missouri for over 25 years, where they lived and became close friends with many in the community there.

In her spare time, Dorothy enjoyed crafts of all kinds, including ceramics, and she enjoyed playing Bingo. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, and she loved Taco Bell and ice cream.

Dorothy was a member of Eastern Star and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and for many years, volunteered as a Pink Lady with Lake Regional Health System.

Above all Dorothy loved God, and her greatest joy in life, was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Kerry Dorton and wife, RaeAnn, of Cooper Hill, Missouri, Kenny Dorton and wife, Marilyn, of Canaan, Missouri and Kevin Dorton and wife, Karen, of Drake, Missouri; her daughter Kristie Shrieves of Camdenton, Missouri; her grandchildren, Shannon Whelchel and partner, Jennifer Martin, Shane Dorton and wife, Christie, Carey O’Neil, Danielle Dittman and husband, Chad, Josh Dorton, Amber Bouse and husband, Chad, Krystal Bogle, Corey Dittman and wife, Rachel, Alex Dorton, Sherri Lorton and Travis Lorton; along with many great-grandchildren.

Dorothy is also survived by her uncle Ivan (Chub) Janssen of St. Louis, Missouri.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Roland B. Dorton; her father Robert Taylor; her mother Rose Brown; her step-father Clarence Whiles; along with numerous aunts and uncles.

Graveside Services were held, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery 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.


Buddy E. Kennedy, 48
Buddy E. Kennedy, of Brumley, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Buddy was born October 21, 1969 in Waynesville, Missouri. He was the son of Elmer and Deborah Kennedy.

Buddy served his country proudly in the United States Army. He was married to Jackie Kaiser in 1991.

Buddy owned and operated his own construction company and worked in and around the lake area for many years. When he wasn’t working, Buddy loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved throwing a BBQ now and then and was an avid football fan.

Buddy is survived by his sons, Dylan Kennedy and his son, Weston, of Eldon, Missouri, Dustin Kennedy of Brumley, Missouri, and Logan Kennedy of Richland, Missouri; his daughter Morgan Minnick and husband, Ethan, and their two children, of Thornton, Colorado; and his mother Deborah Hill.

Buddy is also survived by his brothers, David Kennedy and Dennis Kennedy; and his sister Renee Winsatt.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie; and his father, Elmer Kennedy.

Graveside Services with Military Honors was held Monday, July 30, 2018 at New Hope Cemetery in Kaiser, 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.


Michael Frank Buerck, 62
Michael Frank Buerck, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away, Monday, July 30, 2018 in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born October 17, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of Cletus Frank and Dorothy Catherine (Buettmann) Buerck.

Michael was raised in St. Louis and was a 1973 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He made a career of doing construction. After moving to the Lake of the Ozarks, he continued in the construction field and also worked at Big Dick’s Halfway Inn.

He was a member of the Southern Drag Boat Association and the International Hot Boat Association. He was an avid boat racer and a NASCAR fan. He loved being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his five siblings, Linda M. Dreiling and husband Robert of Springdale, Arkansas, Darleen A. Buerck of Union, Missouri, Susan M. Buerck of Union, Missouri, Pamela J. Boland and husband Daniel J. of New Haven, Missouri and Mark A. Buerck and wife Denise of Union, Missouri; three nephews, Adam, Jacob and Michael Boland; his good friends, the Stock family and all the employees at Big Dick’s.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his life-partner, Brenda Gatewood.

Services were held Friday, August 3, 2018 at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Burial followed in Garber Memorial Estates.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Billie Spruill Dittmer, 83
Billie Spruill Dittmer, of Camdenton, Missouri passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Hospice Care.

Billie was born on December 19, 1935 in Aurora, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Leonard Alston and Elizabeth (Peele) Spruill.

On April 11, 1968 she was united in marriage to Bill Dittmer, who preceded her in death on March 26, 2011.

Billie worked over 30 years in the public-school system and retired from Lincoln Public Schools. After her retirement, they moved to Camdenton, Missouri, where they enjoyed living at the lake.

Billie was often described as a “force of nature”, who was passionate about every aspect of life.

She is survived by her two sisters, Betty MacLean (Jerry) of Salisbury, North Carolina and Judy Hudnill (John) of Aurora, North Carolina.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents Leonard and Elizabeth Spruill, and two step sons, Dana and Brian Dittmer.

Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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.


Bonnie Lou Cruzen, 68
Bonnie Lou Cruzen, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri. She was born October 8, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Rexford Frank and Ellen Grace (Tracey) Cruzen.

She was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of her life in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Bonnie moved to the Lake of the Ozarks three years ago. She enjoyed doing crafts, especially knitting.

Bonnie is survived by her son, Dustin Reed and wife Brittany Gillispie of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and numerous brothers and sisters.

A service will be held at a later date in Virginia.

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.
 

Published 8-1-18

James Rogers, 64
James Rogers of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the age of 64, after a long battle with a rare form of leukemia.

James was born May 1, 1954 in Eldridge, Missouri, a son of Joe and Lois (Nations) Rogers.

James graduated from Macks Creek High School. He worked as a cook around the lake area for several restaurants, including J Bruners, where he worked for over 10 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved nothing more than being outside hunting, fishing or doing yard work. James loved his family, his kids and grandchildren.

He was a hard worker; a man of faith and always a man of his word. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

James is survived by his daughter Adria Dawn Rogers of Springfield, Missouri; his son Austin Joel Rogers of Camdenton, Missouri; three grandsons, Bentley Cole Page, Terrence Connor Killingsworth and Jameson Beau Rogers; one granddaughter, Kelise Marie Sellers; two brothers, Bob Rogers and wife, Carolyn, of Buckner, Missouri and Roy Rogers of Camdenton, Missouri; three sisters, Maryanne Humphrey of Independence, Missouri, Lucille Rogers of Camdenton, Missouri and Joyce Burgess of Iberia, Missouri; two nephews, Kirk Rogers and Rob Rogers; three nieces, Melanie Rogers, Natalie Shipman and Tammy Duryea; along with many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lois Rogers and his father Joe Rogers.

Services were held Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

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


Judy A. Taylor, 62
Judy A. Taylor, of Macks Creek, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Macks Creek.

Judy was born July 3, 1956 in Buffalo, Missouri. She was the daughter of Junior and Peggy (Linton) Clopp.

On October 11, 1974 in Macks Creek, Missouri, Judy was united in marriage to Larry Taylor. They had shared over 43 loving years together as husband and wife.

Judy was currently working as office manager for Lake Ozark Land & Title. She had previously worked over 37 years with Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch Land & Title in Camdenton.

Judy loved spending time outdoors fishing and especially vacationing in the mountains. However, her greatest joy by far, was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her husband Larry of the home; her son, Chad Taylor and wife, Scotti, of Macks Creek, Missouri; and her five beloved grandchildren, Bailey, Brianna, Anthony, Bentley, and Bryce.

Judy is also survived by her brother Mike Clopp and wife, Linda, of Macks Creek, Missouri; along with numerous other relatives and many friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Junior and Peggy Clopp; and her grandson Dylan Taylor.

Services were held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek, Missouri.
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Interment was at Pleasant Grove 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.


Mildred V. Davidson, 85
Mildred V. Davidson, of Tipton, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Tipton Oak Manor.

She attended the Tipton First Baptist Church.

Mildred is survived by her granddaughters, Michele Hawks of Florence, Missouri and Peggy Duffey of Smithton, Missouri.

A private graveside service and inurnment will be held at a later date in the Glensted 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.


James Carlisle Evans, 84
James Carlisle Evans, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri, surrounded by family who never left his side.

James was born April 6, 1934 in Pettis County, Missouri, the son of Henry and Wenonah (Hillman) Evans.

James moved to many different states as a child with his father and step mother doing farm work, before moving to Raytown, Missouri and marrying Shirley I. Hill on December 21, 1952.

He cut meat for Milgrims Grocery until he took a job delivering wholesale foods to restaurants and grocery stores before moving to Camdenton, Missouri.

He and his wife opened J&S Upholstery in Greenview, Missouri, in August of 1976.

They were married 62 years before her passing

James was a member of Masonic Lodge AF & AM #391 in Raytown, Missouri and a Shriner with the Arit Shrine in Raytown, Missouri. He volunteered with the civil defense and also did rescue diving.

He was an avid fisherman and held the state record in 1961, when he caught a 14 lb, 6 oz. walleye at Lake Taney Como. James had served as a deacon with the Southern Baptist Church.

James loved ice cream and donuts, and laughing and talking with people. He was always taking care of his family, smiling and joking. He enjoyed helping others, cutting wood and taking care of numerous homes and docks for neighbors who lived at the lake part-time.

He lived his life as an example of what a true family man should be. His most important job was that of Papa to his granddaughter Jessica (Nichi) Staciwa Myers and two great granddaughters, Hailli D. Myers and Ryne Myers.

James is survived by his granddaughter Jessica Staciwa Myers and husband, Larry, of Camdenton, Missouri; his great-granddaughters, Hailli Myers and Ryne Myers; his step-sister Atona Harmon of Warsaw, Missouri; along with many friends.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Evans; his father Henry Evans; his mother Wenonah Pate; his stepmother Millie Evans; his daughters Charla Nell Hill and Sharon Keeran; and his stepbrother Theodore Evans.

Services were held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Graveside services were held July 26 at Oak Ridge Memory Garden in Independence, Missouri.

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

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


Karl F. King, 86
Karl F. King, Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away July 12, 2018. He was born September 2, 1931 in Kansas City, Kansas of parents, Walter Vernon King and Josephine Bade. They preceded him in death.

He married Martha Bowser in 1956 and her death was November 6, 1988. Through an introduction by Karl’s daughter Kathy in 1989, he met his current wife Sharon and the two became inseparable and married six months later.

Karl and Sharon retired in 1991 and came to live at the Lake of The Ozarks.

Karl was a chemist for Colony Paints and Valspar Paint. Karl was one of the active core members of the Shawnee Bend Three Homeowners Association. From mowing the cemetery to contributing his ideas at board meetings.

It is important to note his long-time involvement with Abdallah Shrine and Masonic Lodge Linn Creek #152. Karl was a man everyone could count on.

His favorite past-times were hunting, fishing, and helping others. He was the official “go to” guy with his neighbors, friends, and family. There really was nothing he couldn’t fix or re-engineer.

He loved his family and looked forward to hearing all about his children’s grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments. Karl was a hugger and ended his phone calls with “I Love You”.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of the home; children, Kathy and Larry Fryer, Vernon King, Chris and Ellen King, David King and Debi and George Weaver; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who all miss him dearly.

A Celebration of Karl’s life will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at West Lake Christian Church, 936 Hwy O, Laurie, MO 65308, 573-374-0647. A meal and fellowship will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the church.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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


Ronald Luke Kitterer, 80
Ronald Luke Kitterer, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Laurie Care Center, Laurie, Missouri. He was born March 21, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas, a son of the late Otto Phillip and Jessie Gertrude (Clark) Kitterer.

On August 28, 1956, he was united in marriage to LaDonna Jean Rankin. Together they shared fifty-two years of marriage before her passing on September 18, 2008.

He was raised in Kansas City, Kansas and spent most of his life in Lenexa, Kansas before retiring to the Lake of the Ozarks in the mid 1990’s. He owned and operated Associated Pools in Lenexa. He was a member of the Lenexa Lions Club and in his free time enjoyed golf.

Survivors include three children, Rhonda Greene of Eudora, Kansas, Brian Kitterer of Kansas City, Missouri and Brad Kitterer of Roeland Park, Kansas; two grandsons, Ryan Greene of Lawrence, Kansas and Brandon Greene of Eudora, Kansas; a brother, Barry Kitterer of Hamilton, Missouri; a sister, JoAnn Bryant of Tomball, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to Laurie Care Center.

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.
 

Published 7-25-18

Dorothy B. “Dottie” Llafet, 94
Dorothy B. “Dottie” Llafet, of Monroe, Ohio, died Monday, July 9, 2018, at Ohio Living Mt. Pleasant. She was born in Quincy, Illinois on July 11, 1923, to parents Ira and Bernice (Waddington) Batchelder.

Dottie had many occupations over the years but dedicated her time to making a loving home for her family and she loved to entertain friends. She enjoyed playing bridge, bird watching, spending time on the water either boating or fishing & traveling.

Dottie was an active member of Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary #624, Hurricane Deck Lions Club and a volunteer and board member of Community for Christ.

Mrs. Llafet is survived by her daughter, Linda (Jack) Griffin; son, Tom (Peggy) Snow; step-daughter, Lisa Hickman; ten grandchildren, Tracy, Laura, Joren, Emily, Whitney, Lyndsay, Ryan, Samuel, Andrew & Natalie; twenty great-grandchildren; and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Llafet; parents; and sister, Jean Bullard.

Graveside services and interment was held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at the Ozark Chapel Cemetery in Laurie. Memorial contributions are suggested to Community for Christ, P.O. Box 204, Sunrise Beach, Missouri 65079.

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.


Diana Rose Fell, 75
Diana Rose Fell, of Climax Springs, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at home, with her family and friends by her side.

Diana was born August 7, 1942 in Clyde, Kansas. She was the daughter of Roland and Edna (Girard) Ouellette.

On January 20, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada Diana was united in marriage to Greg Fell. They had shared 32 loving years of marriage at the time of her death.

Diana was a loving and devoted wife and helpmate to her husband Greg, and a caring mother and grandmother to her children and their families. Diana enjoyed traveling, playing cards with family and friends and fishing. By far, her greatest joy in life was her family.

Diana is survived by her husband Greg of the home; her children, Rodney Eaton and his wife, Michelle, Angela Eaton Balman and her husband, Richard, Randy Eaton and his wife, Michelle, Julie Foster and her husband, Brent, and Travis Fell and his wife, Marcie; and twelve grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sisters, Sharon Keeler and husband Garry, and Loretta Hinkle; her brothers Larry Ouellette and wife, Diane, Dean Ouellette and James Ouellette and wife, Peg.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roland and Edna Ouellette; her daughter Stephanie Jo Fell; her sister; Leona Sand and husband William; her brother-in-law Walt Hinkle; and her sister-in-law Delores Ouellette.

Services were held Monday, July 16, 2018 at St Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, Kansas. Interment was held at Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Kansas.

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.


Ryan David McKinney, 28
Ryan David McKinney, of Macks Creek, Missouri, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his home.

Ryan was born May 3, 1990 in Springfield, Missouri. He was the oldest son of David and Nancy (Edwards) McKinney.

Ryan grew up in the lake area. He attended grades K-12 in the Camdenton school district where he graduated with the class of 2008. After graduating high school, Ryan worked for Edwards Products, Cain’s Painting and as official dog walker of Bobby McGee.

In his spare time, Ryan created his own music under the Muffin Lad brand. He enjoyed hiking at Ha Ha Tonka, playing disc golf and collecting arrowheads and vinyl records. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He loved to cook and shoot fireworks. Ryan planned year round for the annual McKinney Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Ryan was a member of First Baptist Church of Camdenton.

Ryan is survived by his mother Nancy McKinney of Roach, Missouri; his father and step mother, David and Mary Jo McKinney of Baxter Springs, Kansas; his brothers Nathan McKinney of Roach, Missouri and Sam McKinney and fiance' Kaylee Robertson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his special friend Melina Dale and her daughter Henley, of Stover, Missouri; his maternal grandmother Mary Lou Edwards of Camdenton, Missouri; his paternal grandparents Earl and Ethel McKinney of Taylorville, Illinois; his aunts and uncles, Roma and Steve France of Osage Beach, Missouri, Marsha and Jim Blount of Waynesville, Missouri, John and Toni Edwards of Macks Creek, Missouri and Shelley and Walt Pollard of Iberia, Missouri; along with numerous other relatives and many friends.

Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Edwards.

Services were held Wednesday July 18, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment was at Dale Blair Memorial Cemetery in Camdenton, Missouri.

In honor of Ryan’s memory, the family suggests making donations to the Dogwood Animal Shelter or an animal rescue organization of your choice.

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.


Terrance Lynn “Terry” Yoder, 55
Terrance Lynn “Terry” Yoder, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, in his home. He was born February 25, 1963, in Sarasota, Florida, a son of Raymond Edward and Martha Lou (Slabaugh) Yoder, brother to Tamera “Tammy” (Yoder) Loganbill.

Terry was raised in Sarasota, Florida and at the age of eleven moved to Stover, Missouri, alongside his parents and sister, Tammy. Then, later moved to Versailles, Missouri, where he graduated from in 1981.

On June 2, 1984, at Mt Zion Mennonite Church in Versailles, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Sheila Janine Moore. Together they shared thirty-four years of marriage, four children and six grandchildren.

He worked at Moore’s Lumber and later started doing construction with his father, Ray, for fifteen years. Terry and Sheila owned and operated Western Hills Motel for ten years.

He worked at Gates Corporation in Versailles from 2005-2016. He then retired to travel the United States alongside his wife Sheila and their pup Sissy.

In his free time, he enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting. Terry never hesitated to lend a helping hand, never knew a stranger and always led with a contagious smile. Most of all, he treasured time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila Yoder of the home; two sons, Justin Yoder and wife Sierra of Versailles, Missouri and Cory Yoder and significant other Lea Humphrey of Newport, North Carolina; two daughters, Emily Ryder and husband Lonny of Versailles, Missouri and Becca Yoder and significant other, Winston Parker of Clearwater, Florida; five grandchildren, Jaxon, Kinley, Brooks, Luke and Trinity; a much anticipated new granddaughter, Emma Louise; his parents Ray and Martha Yoder of Versailles, Missouri; sister Tammy Loganbill and husband Matt of Versailles, Missouri and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Kimberly Dawn Yoder.

Services were held Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the family. 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.


Donald (Don) Eugene Killian, 76
Donald (Don) Eugene Killian, of Lake Ozark, Missouri passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Don was born May 27, 1942 in Popular Bluff, Missouri. He was the son of James Arvil and Ellen (Stout) Killian.

On November 27, 1992 in Florissant, Missouri Don married Sally Wayland and they shared twenty six years together. Donald was a loving and devoted husband, and a wonderful caring father and grandfather to his children and their families. He will be sorely missed by all.

Don owned his own business at the Lake called Rent-A-Gents at Village of Four Seasons. He loved woodworking, building things, and playing board games with his family and friends.

Donald loved his dog Alli and spending time with his family. He was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri

Don is survived by his wife Sally; son Bob Killian and wife Dee of Newton, Kansas; daughter Kim Buckley of Wichita, Kansas sisters; Renee Osborn, of Popular Bluff, Missouri Barb Worley and husband Don of Popular Bluff, Missouri grandchildren Alyssa, Matthew and J.D. along with several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Arvil and Ellen Killian, his brother Dale Killian and his brother in law Sonny Osborn.

Services were held Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Memorials may be given to Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

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

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


Frank Alvin Foster, 64
Frank Alvin Foster, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 in his home. He was born January 21, 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Harry N. and Esther B. (Hickock) Foster.

On September 21, 2002, he was united in marriage to Melinda Sue “Mindy” Dannevak. Together they shared fifteen years of marriage before her passing on December 3, 2017.

He was raised in Kansas City and lived there until moving to Lake of the Ozarks in 1986. He worked for Laurie Care Center and was a member of Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends.

Survivors include a son, Jason Wheat and wife Jaimie of Camdenton, Missouri; two grandchildren, Haley and Logan Wheat; a brother, Dennis Foster and wife Joan of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister, Barbara Rock and husband Frank of Shawnee, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and a sister, Janet McGee.

A celebration of life 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 7-18-18

Philip Dennis Duffy, 72
Philip Dennis Duffy died on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at his home in Camdenton, Missouri. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on March 14, 1946 to Philip A. Duffy and Ruth (French) Duffy. He was the second child and eldest son of six children.

Denny was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. After graduating from Bellevue High School in 1964, he attended Kearney State University, where he was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity.

During his enrollment, Denny was drafted into the U.S. Army for service in the Vietnam War Subsequently, Denny served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. Following his military service, Denny worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Lebanon, Missouri, until his retirement.

Among his many other jobs, Denny worked on a ranch in the sand hills of Nebraska and on a farm in Falcon, Missouri.

Denny loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, shooting sports, hiking, boating, and fishing throughout his life. He also had a passion for music and history.

Denny and his wife, Barbara Duffy recorded several albums of historical and period music with friends. He and his wife performed their music for historical reenactments, a pastime Denny enjoyed for many years.

For his service to his country, Denny was awarded the Purple Heart, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Combat Infantry Medal, and the Bronze Star.

Above all, Denny loved spending time with family and friends, both far and wide.

Denny was preceded in death by his father Philip A. Duffy, mother Ruth (French) Duffy, and sister Frances (Duffy) Miller.

Denny is survived by his wife Barbara Duffy of Camdenton, MO, son Brian (Krista) Duffy of Franklin, TN, daughter Elizabeth (Carl) Anderson of Kansas City, MO, daughter Michaela (Justin) Hostetler Duffy of Mishawaka, IN, stepson Alan (Dixie) Hopkins of Houston, TX, stepson Mike (Julie) Hopkins of Houston, TX, and stepdaughter Lorene Kirkman of Kaiser, MO.

He also leaves behind his brother-in-law Jack Miller, brothers Mike (Jan) Duffy and Kevin (Mary) Duffy, and sisters Maureen (Rich) Losee and Katie (Mark) Nazeck.

He also leaves behind seven grandsons, two granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.

On Sunday, July 8, a visitation and memorial service was held at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Additional Services will be held on Sunday, July 15. A visitation will be from 4:30 -6:30 pm and memorial service from 6:30-7:00 pm will be held in Denny's hometown of Bellevue, Nebraska, at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Home.

A full military honor will be given on July 16 at 10am, where he will be entombed at the National Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

In honor of Denny’s memory, the family asks that you consider making donations to: The Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America.

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.


Joseph A. Menzel, 52
Joseph A. Menzel of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Joe was born February 19, 1966 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of William and Mary (Tardiff) Menzel.

Joe owned and operated his own asphalt company. In addition, he worked as a cook for Captain Ron’s and also drove trucks for several area companies.

Joe enjoyed growing plants and tending to his fish aquarium. He also loved living at the lake and all the beauty and activities that surround it.

His greatest joy in life however was his family. Joe loved taking Jodah and Anthony out every morning to feed the birds and squirrels that visited their home.

Joe is survived by his fiancé Kelly Jones of the home; his sons Jasper Menzel of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, William Joseph Menzel of St. Louis, Missouri and Joshua Michael Menzel of Sedalia, Missouri; his daughter Jody Menzel of St. Clair, Missouri; his mother Mary Menzel; his brother William Menzel of Wentzville, Missouri; and his 10 beloved grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father William Menzel; his daughter Jamie Dever; and one brother Philip Menzel.

Services were held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

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


Anne Irene Connole, 43
Anne Irene Connole passed away Friday, July 6, 2018, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. She was born June 25, 1975, in Columbia, Kentucky, a daughter of Jeffrey and Kathleen (Blackwell) Connole.

On October 5, 2002, at Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Elliott Raymond Dunn.

Anne graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing. She was employed at Walmart in Versailles for the last ten years working in customer service and the accounting department.

She enjoyed spending time quilting, sewing and making handmade greeting cards. Anne loved listening to music and was an avid fan of U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

She was so blessed to attend the U2 concert she had been looking forward to for several months. On July 1, 2018, she and her mom traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York City and her dream of attending her thirteenth U2 concert was fulfilled.

The family would like to extend a special thank you for the wonderful care Anne received from Dr. Haddadin and his staff at JCMG and also SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

“There’s two dates in time that they’ll carve on your stone and everyone knows what they mean but what’s more important is the time that is known in that little dash there in between”, Garth Brooks, Pushing up Daisies. Anne is gone but will never be forgotten.

In addition to her husband, Elliott, she is survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Kathleen Connole of Yellville, Arkansas; her brother, Lucian Daniel Connole and wife Adrienne and their baby daughter, Poet of Santa Fe, New Mexico; her sister, Ella Rose Connole and her children, Alice Rose and Lucas Orion; her dogs, Moses and Murphey; cats, Jesse, Bailey and Darby; her beloved aunts, uncles and cousins and a large circle of friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her precious infant brother, Daniel.

A celebration of Anne’s life was held Thursday, July 12, at the West Union Baptist Church in Versailles with Reverend Rod Campbell officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to aid in the fight against breast cancer. 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.


Edna Mae Stanley, 96
Edna Mae Stanley, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri. She was born March 28, 1922 in Holyoke, Colorado, a daughter of Joseph Walter, Sr. and Ollie (Kight) Jinkens.

In March of 1939 in Haxtun, Colorado, she was united in marriage to Gilbert Clarence Stanley. Together they shared seventy years of marriage before his passing on December 30, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings.

Survivors include her son, Lee Stanley and wife Tanya of Gravois Mills, Missouri; two grandchildren, Bryce Stanley and Kami Macias and husband Greg all of Kansas City, Missouri; two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Parker Stanley; a sister, Mary Lou Holtman of St. George, Utah and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was raised in Colorado. After her marriage, she and Gib farmed in Colorado. Then after a few years in California they made their home in Missouri.

They owned and operated a successful 488-acre farm near Osceola Missouri. She and Gib worked side-by-side in the field farming, milking their dairy herd and raising chickens.

She loved the farm life and being a housewife until they retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2000.

Edna also enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. When time allowed, she spent time sewing, doing needle work and reading. She was known everywhere as an excellent cook and baker. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. They were her and Gib’s pride and joy. She also loved visiting and cooking for all her family and friends.

Services were held Friday, July 13, 2018 at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Burial followed in Garber Memorial Estates.

In lieu of flowers, 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.


Clinton Ray Slawson, 49
Clinton Ray Slawson of Stover, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018, at his home. He was born July 22, 1968, in McAlister, Oklahoma, a son of David W. and Carolyn J. (VanCleave) Slawson.

On December 29, 2012, in Tonganoxie, Kansas, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Kimberlee C. (Keeney) Slawson.

Clinton was currently employed at Railhead Incorporated as an underground directional boring specialist.

In his spare time he enjoyed bird hunting. He loved spending time with his family and lived life to the fullest.

In addition to his wife, Kimberlee, he is survived by his sons, Storm Slawson of the home and Colin Daniels of Lawrence, Kansas; his parents, David and Carolyn Slawson of Edwards, Missouri; his brother, Steven Slawson of Edwards, Missouri; his sister, Jennifer Morris of Overland Park, Kansas and many family and friends.

A celebration of Clinton’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to his son, Storm Slawson.

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 7-11-18

Jack “PoPo” Williams, 74
Jack “PoPo” Williams, of Laurie, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. He was born December 27, 1943, to Carl and Lorrie Walters Williams.

In his younger years, Jack grew up dining on squirrel and rabbit which he, his dad and brothers hunted in the Idabel, OK areas. Jack spent his career in the oil and gas business finishing as a natural gas inspector.

His lack of modern day plumbing in the 40’s, and growing up in a rural community filled the rest of his life with stories for all of us that would hear them.

The times and conditions in which he grew up taught him to be a great hunter and fisherman, but furthermore, it gave him a deep sense of family.

He carried that with him into his retirement years, which he spent in Laurie, MO.

He was an avid fan of NASCAR racing, sporting events, and playing cards. He made the best fried chicken on Saturday nights, which he cooked while enjoying a cold 4:00 p.m. “Energy Drink” of Canadian Mist.

He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 49 years Rose, daughter Terri (Mitch), sons Brian & Dennis, as well as granddaughter Amber, grandson Tim (Donna), great-grandson Thomas, and his favorite great-granddaughter Emma who loved sharing ice cream with him.

He is also survived by three sisters, Shirley Huffman (John) of Edmond, OK, Gail Rhoades of Idabel, OK, and Sharon Helms (Mark) of Idabel, OK, and brother Tony Williams (Louise) of West Columbia, TX.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Carl & Lorrie, brother James Carl Williams, and granddaughter Nichole.

Supporters of Jack’s are welcome to make donations to Pheasantsforever.org

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.


Cordelia Catherine Willis, 87
Cordelia Catherine Willis, “Babe”, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Kansas City Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Catherine was born January 7, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of William and Ruby (Rooffener) Donnelly.

On May 27, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Catherine was united in marriage to Frank Willis of Macks Creek, MO. They had shared 57 years of marriage together at the time of his death, June 1, 2006. They made their home in Farley, MO for many years.

In 1950, the Lord saved her soul at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Camden County where she joined the church and was baptized. She spent many years as a member at Jericho Missionary Baptist Church in Independence, MO until her death. She filled her role as a deacon’s wife.

Catherine enjoyed being a homemaker and was a loving and devoted wife. She was also a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her children and their families.

She loved her family more than anything and will be sorely missed by them.

She is survived by her son, Ed Willis and wife, Rusanne, of Platte City, Missouri; daughter Cindy DeLozier and husband, Kevin, of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandchildren, Eddie Willis and wife Maria, Kelli Hendee and husband Nate, Holly Henderson and husband Matt , and Amber DeLozier; and thirteen great grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Skinner and husband, Tommy, of Butler, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Ruby Donnelly; husband Frank Willis; her daughter Catherine Willis Manley; grandson Brian Willis; and brothers, Bill Donnelly and Bud Donnelly.

The family received friends for visitation at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek, Missouri on Monday, July 2, 2018. The funeral was at 3:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Macks Creek, Missouri.

Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Macks Creek, Missouri.

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

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


Kenneth A. Moffitt, 83
Kenneth A. Moffitt, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Lake Regional Hospital. He was born in Bristol, Connecticut on January 13, 1935.

Kenny retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant. He received several medals during his service including, Army Occupational Medal – Germany, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Recruiter Badge, Marksman with Carbine and Expert with 45 Caliber Pistol.

He lived in Phoenix, Arizona for several years and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2015 with his wife Margie. He enjoyed all his friends and neighbors so much. He was a member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father, mother, four sisters, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

He leaves his wife, Margie; daughters, Debbie and husband Dave of Stilwell Kansas and Valerie and husband Eric of Sierra Vista, Arizona; sons, Keith of Phoenix Arizona and Kent and wife Joy of Phoenix, Arizona; three step-children; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Kenny will be missed by all his family, friends and neighbors. He loved to tell jokes and sang oldie songs. He sang all the time. A service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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.


Margaret Ruth Hatch, 91
Margaret Ruth Hatch, of Eldon, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018, at Westphalia Hills. She was born February 9, 1927, in Garnett, Kansas, a daughter of the late Jasper and Minnie (Milliman) Lankard.

On August 10, 1946, she was united in marriage to Jesse Charles Hatch, who preceded her in death on March 3, 1995.

She was employed at Primo Pants Factory and later in 1980 she went to work for Gates Rubber Company in Versailles until her retirement.

She was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and a founding member of the Ninth Street Christian Church in Eldon.

Her favorite hobbies included sewing, quilting and flower gardening.

She is survived by her children, James Charles Hatch and wife Joann of Lincoln, Missouri, Gary Lee Hatch and wife Margie of Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Susan C. Claypole of Eldon, Missouri; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Lankard and wife Margaret of Garnett, Kansas; sister, Jeannette Hiatte of Garnett, Kansas and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill Lankard, Don Lankard, Sam Lankard, Bob Lankard, Leonard Lankard, Dick Lankard and Gene Lankard, her sister, Mary Lankard and a granddaughter, Mindy Sue Claypole.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 5, at the Ninth Street Christian Church in Eldon with Pastor Chris Reynolds officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in Hopewell Cemetery near Versailles.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus.

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.


Terry C. Clayton, 71
Terry C. Clayton, of Gravois Mills, Missouri passed away, Thursday, June 28, 2018. He was born in Toledo, Ohio.

He is predeceased by his parents, Chester and Wanda Gilinski and son, Justin Clayton.

He is survived by his wife, Melsande Huycke-Clayton; a daughter, Tonya DeBell and husband Chris of Wisconsin; a son, Byron Huycke of Arizona; those that knew him as “Grandpa”, Nicholas and wife Jaimie, Kaylee, Joey, Sadie, Emily, Wyatt, and Xander and one great-grandson, Liam.

Terry was an electrician of 46 years and 39 as a Master and owned Clayton Electric Services along with Westwood Construction. Terry was involved in the local community and formerly the mountain areas of the Colorado mountains.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since 1992; Past Exalted Ruler #2363 in Evergreen, Colorado; Past Trustee and Past President of Home; member of Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705; Sons of the American Legion in Evergreen, Colorado #2001; American Legion Riders District 5, Post 178 - President two years and Vice-President four years; Patriot Guard Rider; Certificate of Ministry; pilot; avid hunter and member of The Past Shooters 2 Shot Goose Club; Member of West Lake Chamber of Commerce, past board member and West Lake Leads Group.

J.J.’s socials and Omega Coffee were some of his favorite places to meet up with friends and make new ones.

Arrangements are being made for a Celebration of Life on August 11, 2018.

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 7-4-18

Noble Don Chaney, 78
Noble Don Chaney, of Stover, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was born August 21, 1939, a son of the late Noble Josyer and Iona Lee (Lawson) Chaney.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. Noble was employed at Gates Rubber Company in Versailles, working there his entire working life until his retirement.

He attended the Lakeview Baptist Church in Ivy Bend.

Noble enjoyed fishing and watching westerns on television. He was a loving caregiver for many family members and neighbors. He is survived by his sisters, Suzanne Murphy of Stover, Missouri and Cyntha Lee Rains of Bolivar, Missouri.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Chaney, Tommy Chaney and Joe Chaney and his sister, Jean Carrol.

There are no memorial services planned at this time. His wishes were to be remembered with smiles and laughter. 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 6-27-18

Jon Dale Wilson, 71

Jon Dale Wilson, of Macks Creek Missouri, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Jon was born April 27, 1947 in Independence, Missouri. He was the son of Dale and Rachel M. (Netz) Wilson.

Upon retirement from Sundstrand, Jon enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends, helping at his church, and of course woodworking.

Jon is survived by his son, Timothy J. Wilson of Holt's Summit Missouri; two granddaughters; his daughter Katherine M. Wilson of Lake Ozark Missouri; his brother, Rev. Jack R. Wilson Sr. & wife, Vicky, of Platte City, Missouri; his brother-in-law, Donnie Moulder of Montreal, Missouri; along with several nephews, nieces and many friends. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Susan Moulder.

Jon’s calling in life was to meet and greet as many people as possible in order make friends. It’s been said he never met a stranger. His great love was his church and everyone who made up the local body of Christ.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 25, 2018 at Heartland Worship Center 2340 Old Rt. 5 in Camdenton, Missouri.

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

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

Harriet Miller, 85

Harriet Miller was born March 25, 1933 to Clara Thompson and Kenneth Wiscarson. Both preceded her in death. Harriet passed away June 18, 2018 at the age of 85 years, three months and six days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Parce O’Bryan Miller in 1994, son Edward Miller in 1993, son George Miller 1997, and three grandchildren, infant Miller, Connie White, and Justin Miller

She leaves behind one daughter Frances (Miller) White & husband Raleigh White, one son Melvin Miller & wife Cindy (Oster) Mille; grandson Scott Miller & wife Susan and their three children Amy, Bryan & Collins; grandson Randy Miller & wife Candice and their three children Riley Barclay, Issac and Madison Miller; and sister, Lovine Miller.

Graveside Services were held Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Stanton Chapel Cemetery in Macks Creek, Missouri.

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

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

Marcella “Sally” Wilde, 94

Marcella “Sally” Wilde, passed away, June 19, 2018, at Fair View Nursing Home, Sedalia, Missouri.

She was born in Cuming County, Nebraska, near Bancroft, on January 17, 1924, a daughter of Theodore and Matilda (Pravitz) Buchholz.
She graduated from West Point High School in May of 1942. On June 3, 1942, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Wilde. Together they shared sixty-five years of marriage until his passing on November 24, 2007.

They made their home on a farm until he was drafted into the Army and served in the famous 104th Timberwolf Division from 1943-1945.
In 1949, they took a trip to Missouri and while there they bought a farm near Fortuna, Missouri and moved there on November 1, 1949. It was there that they raised their four children.

Sally worked at the Lamey Levi factory and for Swift & Co. in Sedalia, Missouri. She also worked at Cargill in California, Missouri, retiring after sixteen years of employment. She was a member of Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sedalia, Missouri.

Sally loved flowers of all kinds and was a rock collector. A large garden always meant lots of canning, which she enjoyed. Her backyard was a bird haven, with many feeders and bird baths, providing a place to relax and watch birds.

Surviving are her children, Kendall Wilde of Independence, Missouri, Judy Hall of California, Missouri, Greg Wilde and wife Wanda of Latham, Missouri and Marcia Newland and husband Roger of Sedalia, Missouri; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Arnold) Wilde; a grandson, Brad Hall; a brother, Oral Buchholz and two sisters, Delilah Schmidt and Vera Warner.

Thank you to Fair View Nursing Home and Crossroads Hospice for your loving care. A private graveside service and burial will be held at Versailles 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.

Published 6-20-18

Merle Dean Strowmatt, 88
Merle Dean Strowmatt, of Gravois Mills, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born February 8, 1930, in Roodhouse, Illinois, a son of the late Lee and Leona (Elliott) Strowmatt.

Merle was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in the Korean Conflict.

While living in St. Louis, he worked for The Teamsters Union as a lab technician. After moving to Versailles, he established Central States Refining, Inc. and remained in business for fifty-five years.

His favorite hobbies included playing golf, traveling, flying airplanes and collecting cars and speed boats.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Merle is survived by his son, Craig Strowmatt of the home; his friend for many years, Cher McMillan of Stover, Missouri; brothers, Richard Keith Strowmatt of the state of California and Jimmy Strowmatt of Manchester, Illinois and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Strowmatt and sisters, Barbara Strowmatt and Marian Shull.

Thank you to Good Shepherd Care Center and Hospice Compassus for your loving care. Also, thank you to special friends, Mary Ella Zimmerman and Minnie Jett for your love and thoughtfulness.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 14, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to an animal shelter 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.

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