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 May 12, 2021

Ronald Lee Smith, 71
Ronald Lee Smith, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.  He was born January 17, 1950, in Columbia, Missouri, a son of the late George Jr. and Nadine (Coleman) Smith.
 
On June 7, 1969, in Farber, Missouri, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Evelyn E. Tipton.
 
Ron was an occupational therapist working for home health in the lake area and also at Lake Regional Health System until his retirement.
 
He enjoyed fishing and always had a home remodeling project he was working on.
 
In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he is survived by his son, Kyle Smith and wife Anita of Sebring, Florida; granddaughter, Aundria Smith; sister, Lisa Pritchett of Columbia, Missouri and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Wayne Smith.
 
There are no services planned at this time.
 
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Joan Darlene Goodman, 78
Joan Darlene Goodman, passed away on May 4, 2021. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.

Charles Grant Walton, 75
Charles Grant Walton, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri. He was born February 26, 1945 in Dallas, Texas, a son of Charles Grant and Winnona Virginia (Stipzer) Walton.
 
On February 5, 2010, he was united in marriage to Barbara Dianne Koslow. Together they have shared the past eleven years of marriage.
 
Chuck was a military kid and proudly served the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a distinguished member of SEAL Team 1. After being honorably discharged from the military as a Lt. Commander, he moved to the Chicago area. 

Chuck served his fellow man as a Police Office in the Kane County area for most of his working life. He and Barbara moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2018.
 
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a black belt from American Okinawan Karate Association. Being at the lake made him happy and he enjoyed the natural beauty and watching the local wildlife.
 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Koslow; three children, Carol Walton-Berndt, Charles G. Walton III and Sandi Walton; three grandchildren and two sisters, Patty Marlee and Virginia Walton and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Military honors were conferred and services were held Friday, May 7, 2021 at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com
 
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. 

Marsha Leigh Buzan, 67
Marsha Leigh Buzan, of Gravois Mills, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at her home. She was born June 21, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, a daughter of the late Robert Oscar and Lillian Parker (Henson) Buzan.
 
Marsha worked as a chef for the Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center until her retirement after many years.
 
She was an artist and was an avid animal lover.
 
Marsha is survived by her twin sister, Patricia Brauner of Tampa, Florida; sisters, Sue Ellen Tuder of Houston, Texas and Becky Buzan of the home and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis Paul “Rainmaker” Buzan.
 
There are no services planned at this time. 
 
Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Wanda Jean “Fizz” Edgar, 75
Wanda Jean “Fizz” Edgar, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at the Laurie Care Center. She was born November 3, 1945, in Sedalia, Missouri.
 
On December 25, 1963, in Versailles, she was united in marriage to George W. Edgar, who preceded her in death on September 4, 2018.
 
She worked in the factory industry for over forty years until her retirement.
 
In her spare time, she enjoyed watching television, shopping and always looked forward to going out to eat.
 
She was a member of the Versailles First Assembly of God Church.
 
She is survived by her children, Mike Edgar and wife Sherie of Versailles, Missouri, Robert Edgar and wife Renee of Versailles, Missouri and Teresa Edgar and boyfriend Jeff Groves of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and one due to be born in December and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Helen Louise Wessel.
 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 11, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Blake Tiemann and David Edgar officiating.  Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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

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

Billie Jo Lahay, 94
Billie Jo Lahay, 94, of Laurie, Missouri, passed away on May 5, 2021 on her own terms. She beat smoking Salem, drinking Budweiser, raising four rowdy boys and COVID-19 but could not outlast father time.

Her legacy will live on through her family and friends and through the stories they share about her and how she dealt with life.

Her nieces and nephews loved coming to her house where they could run freely and have fun! She had an amazing ability to remember numbers (phone, addresses, dates, etc.) and details behind them up until the day she died.

Her innate ability to make people feel important brought joy to everyone her life touched. This, she will always be remembered for.
 
Billie was born on September 17, 1926, to Nell (Whittle) and Urse Wallace (Wallis) in St. Louis. She is a 1944 graduate of McKinley High School.
 
She married the love of her life, Floyd J. Lahay in 1948, after a whirlwind romance. A year later, the first of four boys was born, Steven (Georgia) followed by Jeffery (Melinda) then Kevin (Linda) and then Bruce (Elaine).

Her heart has been aching for her Floyd since his passing in 2014. Her dedication and love for her family was an example for her children and everyone to follow.
 
She is survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other family and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant brother, Jack and her three sisters, Imogene, Betty and Jane.
 
She will be missed but not forgotten!
 
A visitation was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie on Monday, May 10 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.  Graveside services followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Floyd. 

She was loved by all and will be missed by everyone.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ronald McDonald House of Mid Missouri.
 
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Ted A. Nelson, 72
Ted “Tattoo Ted” A. Nelson, of Eldon, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Ted was born November 18, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Bing and Dorothy Nelson.

On June 19, 2005, Ted was united in marriage to Janice Braeckeveldt in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Ted was a tattoo artist at Lake of the Ozarks for 28 years, known as Tattoo Ted. He had a career of 50 years tattooing all over the US. He was a talented guitar and drum player and played for Loretta Lynn for a time.

He loved motorcycles and show cars and even raced sprint cars. He was a loving husband and friend.

Ted is survived by his wife Janice Nelson of Eldon, Missouri; step-son Brian Swanson of Texas; grandchild Blake Swanson; family member Kenny Lathrop; and his dog Cushie.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents Bing and Dorothy Nelson.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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 May 5, 2021

Thomas Munger, 82
Thomas Munger, of Linn Creek, Missouri, passed away on April 23, 2021.

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

Allen D Smith, 76
Allen D Smith, of Climax Springs, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Osage Beach, Missouri.

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

Russell Eugene Stanfield, 48
Russell “Gene” Eugene Stanfield, of Roach, Missouri, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Gene was born July 31, 1972 in Columbia, Missouri, the son of James and Sandy (Osborn) Stanfield.
Gene was an outdoors man. He loved hunting, fishing, and boating. Gene loved coaching his kid’s sports teams. Gene was a loving father, son, brother, grandson, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who know and love him.

Gene is survived by his children Hunter, Brenner, and Shaylea Stanfield of Linn Creek, Missouri; his mother Sandy Wise and step-dad Ira of Yuma, Arizona;  his father James Stanfield and his companion Jean Black of Slater, Missouri; his brother Thurman Stanfield and wife Johna of Camdenton, Missouri; his sisters Rebecca Vernon and husband Dustin of Eldon, Missouri and Tammy Bartel and husband David of Macon, Missouri; paternal grandfather Wayne Stufflebean of Brookfield, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Stanfield Children’s Fund; an account has been set up at Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks.

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.

Loyd Holman, 82
Loyd Holman, of Roach, Missouri, passed away on April 24, 2021.

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

Joyce Laverne Stafford, 91
Joyce Laverne Stafford, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the Good Shepard Care Center. She was born February 1, 1930, in Camden County, Missouri a daughter of the late John and Della Breen.

On October 6, 1950, she was united in marriage to John Stafford in Charlton County, Georgia.  He preceded her in death on August 6, 2011.

Joyce was a homemaker and Navy Wife (living around the United States and Cuba) and after John’s retirement settled in Versailles and enjoyed baking, garage selling, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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

She is survived by her sons, Gary Stafford and wife Karen of Union, Missouri, Cary Stafford and wife Brenda of Green Ridge, Missouri, Jerry Stafford and wife Lisa of Versailles, Missouri, and Mark Stafford and wife Patricia of Versailles, Missouri; grandchildren, Liz Pace and husband Danny, Sara Buscher and husband Luke, John Stafford and wife Nicole, Alex Stafford and wife Kayla, Alainya Chamberlain and husband Nate, Wyatt Stafford, and McKayla Stafford; great grandchildren, Shelby Dodson, Braden Dodson, Hudson Sherwood, Chloe Stafford and Ethan Stafford; a sister, Mary Helen Kumberg of Versailles, Missouri and a host of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Stafford; a son, Kevin Mark Stafford; a grandson, Kevin Eugene Stafford; one brother, Bert Breen, and four sisters, Eunice Barrett, Thelma Sterling, Grace Thatcher, and Lottie Jones.

Services were held Monday, May 3, 2021 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.  Burial followed in Versailles Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Dorice "Dori" Clark, 59
Dorice "Dori" Clark, passed away on April 30, 2021.

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

Robert Allen, 87
Robert Allen, of Eureka, Missouri, died Wednesday April 28, 2021 at Baisch Nursing Center in De Soto, Missouri.

He married Betty Marriott on February 9, 1952. They enjoyed spending time together doing the simple things in life. They were always by each other’s side.

He last worked as an assembly line worker for the Chrysler Corporation. While living in Versailles, he drove a bus and owned a local gas station.

He enjoyed working on cars and tractors when at home. He liked to listen to swap meets and enjoyed collecting things. If you needed something, Bob would have it.

He is survived by eight children, Ruth Bradbury of St Clair, Missouri, Phillip Allen (Patricia) of LaCenter, Kentucky, Karen Marler (Mark) of Gray Summit, Missouri, David Allen (Sherrie) of Arnold, Missouri, Dan Allen (Ana) of Fort Worth, Texas, Lesa Arnhart (Kenny) of Farmington, Missouri, Bobbie Gammill (James) of Pacific, Missouri and Andrew Allen (Heather)of Union, Missouri.

He also leaves behind grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.  Burial followed in 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.

 

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