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 3-25-15
Virginia “Jenny” Lee Cooper Davis, 68
Virginia “Jenny” Lee Cooper Davis passed away on March 13, 2015 at her home in Camdenton, MO surrounded by her family.

Jenny was born January 26, 1947 in Camdenton, Missouri to Aubrey Shores Cooper, Sr. and Iris Lorraine Patterson Cooper.

Jenny spent her childhood living in the Lake of the Ozarks area until 1957 when her family moved to Oak Grove Missouri. It was there that she met the love of her life, Wayne Eugene Davis and they were married March 9, 1968.

Together, they raised and loved 3 children – Rhonda, Renee and Wayne, Jr. She and her family returned to her roots in Camdenton, Missouri in 1983. Jenny was Deputy County Clerk of Camden County for 25 years, retiring in 2007.

Jenny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family, decorating her home, sewing, crocheting and fishing with her husband, Wayne.

Jenny was preceded in death by her father Aubrey Shore Cooper Sr., her mother Iris Lorraine Patterson Cooper Bush, a sister Sandra Bannister, her brother Aubrey Cooper, Jr. and infant twin brothers Ronald and Donald Cooper.

Jenny is survived by her husband of 47 years Wayne, of the home, two daughters, Rhonda Drury of Oak Grove, MO, and Renee Seaton and her husband Mike of Macks Creek, MO; a son Wayne Davis, Jr. of Branson, MO; grandchildren Nevin Seaton, Shelby Drury, Aereall Seaton, Daniel Drury, Tagen Seaton and Shae Seaton; sisters Audrey Dusil, Becky Meyer and Iris Carpenter; along with a host of nieces , nephews, cousins and lifelong friend Carol Nebgen.

A celebration of Jenny’s life was held Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, 1270 S Hwy 5, Camdenton, MO 65020.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Association or charity of choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Peter W. "Pete” Wenzel, 63
Peter W. “Pete” Wenzel, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed from this life, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at University of Missouri Columbia Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Pete was born May 12, 1951 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the son of William W. and Verna L. (Jensen) Wenzel.

He was married to Charlotte Roney on October 28, 1995, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Pete’s early years were enjoyed with his family in Waterford, New London, Harland, and Sauk Prairie, and with his loving family in Osage Beach, Missouri. In recent years, he enjoyed fishing, shooting and listening to blues music

Pete is survived by his wife Charlotte; one daughter, Jennifer Dunn, and husband, Greg of Catawissa, Missouri; one brother William F. Wenzel of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin; two grandchildren, Greg Dunn, Jr., and Alyssa Dunn; his mother Verna Wenzel of Praire du Sac, Wisconsin; his mother-in-law, Jean; along with several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William W. Wenzel; his grandparents Harry F. and Bertha E. (Dahl) Wenzel and William R. and Luella E. (Schellenberger) Jensen; niece Alexandria (Lexi) Wenzel; his father-in-law Charles; his beloved uncles, Harry (Bud) and Chuck.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Terry Lee Mummert, 67
Terry Lee Mummert, of Fortuna, Missouri, passed away early Monday morning, March 16, 2015 at Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility in Bolivar, Missouri.

Terry was born on February 11, 1948 in Fortuna, the son of Pauline Ann (Mummert) Williams.

Terry was of the Baptist faith. He worked at the billiard table factory (Fischer Manufacturing) in Tipton during his high school years, was a construction contractor around Lake of the Ozarks and was an over the road truck driver. Terry enjoyed all things racing and had his own drag car.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Williams; his brother, Sonny Williams; sister, Sue Robinson; and his maternal grandparents, Amos and Eunice Mummert.

Terry is survived by three sisters, Becky Coffman and her husband Carlos of Fulton, Penny Williams of Jefferson City, and Coty Strobel and her husband Laurence of Centertown; five brothers, Jim Williams of Fortuna, Wesley Williams and his wife Susan of Clarksburg, Tommy Williams and his wife Teresa of Warsaw, Steve Mummert and his wife Juanita of Fortuna, and Tim Mummert and his wife Sandy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

A celebration of Terry’s life was held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Fortuna Baptist Church in Fortuna.

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

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.kidwellgarber.com


Nancy Ann McAnally, 70
Nancy Ann McAnally, of Linn Creek, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Camdenton, Missouri.

Nancy was born October 21, 1944 in St Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Archie and Lorraine (Kinsey) Street.

Nancy was united in marriage to Lloyd McAnally on January 3, 1961 in St Louis, Missouri and together they shared 54 years of marriage until her death.

Nancy enjoyed reading, shopping, and watching cooking shows on television. Her greatest joy, however, was her family, whom she loved dearly.

Nancy is survived by her husband Lloyd; one son, Dean McAnally of Linn Creek, Missouri; one daughter, Debra Owens and husband, Jr., of Linn Creek, Missouri; three grandchildren, Amanda Lewis, David Lewis, and Joshua Lewis and wife Kayla; eight great-grand children; two brothers, Dennis Street and wife, Sherry, of Chandler, Az, and Michael Street and wife, Robbie, of Flag Staff, Az; three sisters, Brenda Littrell of Linn Creek, Missouri, Vicky Dorchinez and husband Rich of Parker, Az and Donna Street of Phoenix, Az; along with several other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Lorraine Street; and one sister Barbara.

A Memorial-Visitation was held Friday, March 20, 2015 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Marjorie Marie Welsh, 70
Marjorie Marie Welsh, daughter of Willie and Opal Ellen Jump Ginnings, was born, July 13, 1944 in Bolivar, Missouri. She passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015, in her home, Garden City, Missouri at the age of seventy years, eight months and two days.

On August 21, 1959 in Decaturville, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Jerry Wallander and to this union three children were born.

She later married Larry Eugene Welsh on October 13, 1979 in Independence, Missouri and together they shared thirty-four years of marriage before his passing on January 6, 2014.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister; Mary McCoy; an infant sister and a step-son, Terry Welsh.

Survivors include her children, Jerry Wallander and wife Tarra of Garden City, Missouri, Glenda Cobb of Garden City, Missouri and Stacy Miles and husband Rodney of Paola, Kansas; step-children, Debra Wright of Camdenton, Missouri and Randy Welsh and wife Alie of Eldridge, Missouri; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous step-grand and great-grandchildren; a brother, Willie Ginnings and wife Sandra of Eldridge, Missouri and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Marjorie was raised in the Decaturville area. She attended Missy Lee’s and Jim Gardner Beauty Colleges. She owned and operated Margie’s Klip and Kurl in Garden City for many years. She served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the United Methodist Church in Garden City.

Marjorie was a member of “the little church in the woods”, Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Wheatland.

In her spare time, she loved to do crafts and work with flowers. She was an excellent cook and baker. Fishing was always a good time for her. Most of all, time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren brought her joy.

She touched many lives during her time on earth and we take comfort in knowing her memory will linger on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 20, 2015 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Horeb Cemetery, Decaturville.

Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and left at the funeral home.

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

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jessie Lee Denny, 84
Jessie Lee Denny, son of Samuel Arthur and Edna Sandage Denny, was born, July 10, 1930 in, Camdenton, Missouri. He passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri at the age of eighty-four years, eight months and eight days.

On March 25, 1954 in Camdenton, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Acey Lea Looney. Together they shared sixty years of marriage until her passing on January 29, 2015.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia Denny; three brothers, Johnny, Glenn and Lester Denny; four sisters, Gracie Coleman, Mabel Coleman, Leonna Moreland and Ruby Price; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Karen Beasley of Lebanon, Missouri, Steve Denny and wife Vicky of Afton, Oklahoma and Larry Denny and wife Donna of Lebanon, Missouri; seven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jep was a life-long resident of Camden County. He worked at Lowe’s Boats in Lebanon for many years. He was well-known for being a dog breeder and raised many beagle and terrier pups.

Jep made a profession of faith and was a member of Webster Grove Missionary Baptist Church

In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting. He liked talking on C.B. radios. He always enjoyed working with his dogs. Most of all, time spent with his family was special to him.

He was a loving father and grandfather and a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and his accomplishments and will treasure the memories he created for his family and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 23, 2015 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial followed in Myetta Cemetery, Camdenton.

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

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

Published 3-18-15
Leo Sieler, 77
Leo Sieler, of Sunrise Beach, passed away on March 8, 2015, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, after a twelve year, courageous battle with lung cancer.

Leo is survived by his wife, R. Joanie Sieler; one son, Brian Sieler and wife Lana of Omaha, Nebraska; one daughter, Susan Sieler of Lincoln, Nebraska and two grandchildren, Trevor and Hailey of Omaha, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. Left to mourn his memory are three brothers, two sisters-in-law and a sister.

A celebration of Leo’s life was held Wednesday, March 11, at the West Lake Christian Church in Laurie with Pastor Kelly Caldwell officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family of Leo Sieler.

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.


Reba Lorene Belt Morse, 88
Reba Lorene Belt Morse, of Roach, Missouri, passed away on March 7, 2015.

Born in Salem, Kentucky in 1926, Reba was preceded in death by her beloved husband Leslie Bell Morse in 1995.

She is survived by her two sons Stephan P. Morse (Karen) of Roach MO, Mark W. Morse (Deborah) of Traverse City, MI, and her sister Flossie E. Varrialle of Tucson, AZ. Reba also has five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was a woman of purpose; serving in her home, church and community as well as operating her own business.

A life celebration service was held Friday, March 13, 2015 at Holt Baptist Church, 2020 Dean Avenue, Holt, MI 48842.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


August “Bud” Heineman, 85
August “Bud” Heineman, of Jefferson City, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at his home. He was born July 30, 1929, in Versailles, the son of the late August O. and Lillie Mae (Hunter) Heineman.

Bud was a graduate of Versailles High School and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Missouri where he played basketball and baseball and was a three year letterman and co-captain of the basketball team.

As a forward for the Missouri Tigers basketball team from 1950-1952, he was titled the “little leftie with the radar jump shot” and was the top scorer for the team in 1950’51.

After college, he worked for 38 years at the Department of Education with Vocational Rehabilitation. He was coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation when he retired.

He received the MRA Stevenson Award and was a lifetime member of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association and the National Rehabilitation Association.

Bud loved all sports and continued to support the Missouri Tigers, attending basketball and football games for over 50 years after he graduated.

He loved playing golf, traveling abroad, fishing, and boating at the Lake of the Ozarks.

He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and visiting with family and friends.

Bud was a lifetime member of the MU Alumni Association and QUEBH Honorary Society. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity and served in the United States Air Force serving in the Korean Conflict.

He was a member and ordained Elder and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.

On November 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Florene (Baumgartner) Heineman.

In addition to his wife, Florene, he is survived by his children, Brian Heineman and wife Rachel of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Cindy Brya and husband Ted of Champaign, Illinois; four grandchildren, Tom Brya, Heidi Brya, Steven Heineman and Elijah Heineman; his sister, Dorothy Williams and husband Bill of Versailles and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Bud’s life was held Tuesday, March 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City with Dr. Rob Erickson and Dr. David Henry officiating.

Graveside services and interment will be held Tuesday, at the Versailles Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Hospice Compassus or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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 Schultz, 82
Donald Schultz, of Camdenton passed away on March 12, 2015 after battling multiple illnesses. He was born September 5, 1932 in Montclair New Jersey.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Schultz and all of his eight brothers and sisters.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 and was a member of the American Legion Post 624.

He was very strong in his Christian faith and was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Camdenton.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Carol (Bayard) Schultz of Camdenton, Missouri; son, Donald Schultz and wife Giselle of Newport News, Virginia; daughter, Carol Schultz of Camdenton, Missouri; son, Robert Schultz and wife Rebel of Crocker, Missouri and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 17, 2015 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Camdenton under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial with military honors was Tuesday in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Leonard Wood.

In lieu of flowers, Donald had asked that gifts of condolence be sent to the Samaritan Fund of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

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

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.


Peggy E. Solomon, 84
Peggy E. Solomon age84, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away Friday March 13, 2015 at the Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Peggy was born October 6, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Estelle Lee.

Peggy was married to James L. Duncan in 1949 who preceded her in death in 1974. She later married Lloyd Solomon in 1980.

Peggy loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Peggy is survived by her husband Lloyd of the home, one daughter, Kathleen Moyer and husband Cecil, of Osage Beach, Missouri, two sons, James L. Duncan II and wife Mary Beth, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Mike Duncan and wife Paula, of Brumley, Missouri, nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband James L. Duncan, she was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Estelle Lee, one daughter, Cynthia Duncan, one sister Evelyn Zollar, two brothers, Jack Lee and Robert Lee.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday March 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Interment will be in the Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Memorials donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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

Published 3-11-15
David Lee Brazie, 79
David Lee Brazie, of Laurie, passed away on Saturday night, February 28, 2015 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

David was born on October 15, 1935 in Cairo, Illinois, the son of Lee and Laura Brazie.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the St. Louis County Police Department. David was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, and enjoyed fishing.

In 1979 David was united in marriage to the love of his life, Myra Roth, in the Courthouse of Clayton, Missouri. Later, in 1992, David and Myra had a more formal wedding at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Laura Brazie.

He is survived by his wife, Myra Brazie of the home; his son, Parker Nanney; and his granddaughter, Taylor Nanney.

Memorial Mass was held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie.

Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery following the committal service.

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

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.kidwellgarber.com


Betty Jane (Moser) LaRue, 94
Betty Jane (Moser) LaRue, of Versailles, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born March 19, 1920, in Versailles, a daughter of the late Royce, Sr. and Russie (Stringer) Moser.

On November 25, 1947, at the Versailles First Baptist Church, she was united in marriage to Maurice Jehu LaRue, Jr., who preceded her in death on May 29, 1984.

Betty graduated from Stephens College in Columbia and worked as a secretary for a state senator for two terms and secretary to the delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Missouri. She was also secretary for the Moser Hatchery and Versailles Ice and Coal Company for 25 years.

She was an active member of the Versailles First Baptist Church and in her earlier years, she was a member of the Versailles Garden Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and making crafts for the garden club and their Christmas show.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Roberta Jane “Bobbi” Pataky and husband Dr. Jim Pataky of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; three grandchildren, Kristen Katkavich and husband Scott of Denver, Colorado, Corey Pataky and wife Heather of Seattle, Washington and Jeremy Pataky of Anchorage, Alaska; three great-grandchildren, Macy, Cole and Preston Katkavich of Denver, Colorado; her brother, Royce Moser and wife Lois of Salt Lake City, Utah; her cousins, Vicki and Warren Barber of La Cygne, Kansas and Martha and Jack Stringer of Atlanta, Georgia; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Maurice LaRue.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Versailles First Baptist Church with Dr. Todd Forman officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Billy Graham 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.


Aubrey Lloyd (Chuck) Churchman Jr., 84
Aubrey Lloyd (Chuck) Churchman Jr. died peacefully on February 26, 2015 at age 84. Chuck was born in Ionia, Kansas in 1930, to Aubrey Lloyd Churchman Sr. and Lona Ethel Dugger Churchman.

The family moved often during his childhood, Chuck attended 11 different schools and graduated from De La Sal High School in KC, MO in 1948, where he played football and baseball.

Chuck joined the United States Navy in 1950, where he was a radio communication specialist while proudly serving two deployments in the Korean War, to Alaska and Japan. Chuck was also proud member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

On October 30, 1951 he married the love of his life Mary Jo Erbacher of Kansas City Mo.

Chuck is survived by his wife Mary Jo and the five children they raised together. They are Mitch Churchman (wife Sharon), David Churchman (Julie Hagan), Mike Churchman (wife Cheryl) Carol McCoy (husband Mike McCoy) and Pat Churchman (wife Karla). Chuck and Mary Jo have thirteen wonderful grandchildren: Emily, Shawn, Rachel, Cameron, Courtney, Hannah, Spencer, Megan, Aubrey, Derrick, Christian, Katie, Jake, and one adorable great-grand daughter Ellie Jo.

He is also survived by his brother, Everett Lennington (Bill) Churchman of Riverside, California.

After the Korean War ended, Chuck returned home to work with the Rock Island Line RR while attending the University of Kansas City (UMKC) where he graduated with an accounting degree.

He accepted a job with the accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst where he worked for four years. In 1966, Chuck accepted a job with the Internal Revenue Service where worked for 28 years as a large case group manager until his retirement in 1993.

After retirement, Chuck and Mary Jo moved to the Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed the retired lake life together. Soon they also had a place in South Texas to get away from the cold Missouri winters. In Texas they met many great friends and enjoyed the warm weather together.

Chuck and Mary Jo took the family on many vacations to the mountains of Colorado to camp and ski, a trip to Disneyland when we were all young along with a trip to the Grand Canyon.

The family spent many, many enjoyable weekends boating, skiing and fishing along with spending time together at their Lake of the Ozarks home. Chuck was very active in little league baseball with coaching and attending the games of his four sons. Later attending many high school football, wrestling, volleyball, track and baseball games that his four sons and daughter played in.

He made the time in his very busy life to be at our games to proudly watch us play, thank you dad, we enjoyed that. He also insisted we work hard and have integrity as he was the most honest hard working man we know, we love and respect him for those qualities.

We helped dad to learn patience on those long cross country trips in the family station wagon to Colorado while pulling a camp trailer, which we are sure he later appreciated.

A quite service was held for Chuck with his family at the home in Sunrise Beach. Chuck will be missed as a wonderful husband and loving head of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements were under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
 

Published 3-4-15
John Eugene Russell, 85
John Eugene Russell age 85 passed away February 17, 2015 after a long illness of Alzheimer’s disease at the Four Seasons Living Center in Sedalia Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Pauline Russell, his parents Joseph and Deene Russell.

He is survived by his two sons Michael John Russell of Lafayette Louisiana and Mark Edward Russell of Roach; one sister Eileen Butts; three granddaughters Jolie and Savannah Russell of Springfield Missouri and Rhianna Russell of Lafayette, Louisiana; one nephew Joe Butts of Camdenton and one niece Billie Ruth Edwards of Roach.

John was born September 8, 1929 in Branch Missouri. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Camdenton.

John went through barber school after the war and barbered in Camdenton for over 50 years. John enjoyed his patrons company and lively conversations during his tenure as a barber in this community.

A loving husband and father, John was active in both of his son’s life and shared a wonderful marriage to Pauline. John coached Little League Baseball for seven years including coaching both of his sons and many others through Little League Baseball.

The family shared many wonderful times boating, hunting, canoeing and other activities presented by the wonderful Ozarks’ outdoors. John was a very good athlete and enjoyed playing town team baseball, bowling and golf.

John was well known in the community for his involvement in various civic organizations and activities.

He was a founding member of the Optimists Club of Camdenton and president of the Lake of the Ozarks CB club. John was recognized and considered a friend by many that he met during his years in Camden County.

Visitation was at Allee Holman-Howe Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Missouri
Chapter and left at the funeral home.

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

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.


William Bradley Patton, 46
William Bradley Patton, age 46, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the home of his parents in Versailles. He was born January 19, 1969, in St. Louis, Missouri and was adopted by Bill and Jo Patton.

Brad was a 1987 graduate of Versailles High School. He graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2006, with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science.

For the last nine years, Brad was employed with the Walmart Corporation in Bentonville, Arkansas as a computer analyst.

He enjoyed reading, bicycling and traveling. Brad loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his niece and nephews.

He was a member of the Versailles First Baptist Church and also the First Baptist Church in Bentonville. His church and his faith were very important in his life.

Brad is survived by his parents, Bill and Jo Patton of Versailles; his sister, Penny Haile and husband David of Versailles; his nephews, Miles and Tanner Westhues both of Fayette; his niece, Morgan Westhues of Fulton and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Michael Patton.

A celebration of Brad’s life was held Saturday, February 28, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Dr. Todd Forman officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles First Baptist 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.


Mary Ellen Alpers, 86
Mary Ellen Alpers, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born January 5, 1929, in Gassville, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Louis and Zelda Crosswhite Croy.

She was united in marriage on April 22, 1967, to Loren Louis Alpers, who preceded her in death on October 2, 1996.

After several years of work, Mary retired from Sundstrand in Camdenton. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stover.

She is survived by two sisters, Pauline Roll of Santee, California and Josephine Webster of Versailles and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 26, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Gerald Kurka officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Stover.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stover. 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.


Dorothy May Harbin, 69
Dorothy May Harbin, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born May 24, 1945, in Maryville, Missouri, a daughter of the late John and Elsie Fay Dorothy (Hardy) Harbin.

Some of Dorothy’s favorite hobbies included, fishing, crocheting and beadwork.

She is survived by her daughters, Crystal Stevenson and Roxann “Rocky” Kauffman both of Versailles; her son, Kenland Kurt “K.C.” Fuelling of Warsaw; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; her sisters, Jean Yandell and Georgia Robinson both of Versailles and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Harbin, John Harbin, Jr., Robert “Jarbo” Harbin and Morris “Sonny” Harbin and her sisters, Martha Harbin and Margaret “Betty” Howser.

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


Elsie B. Wittman, 88
Elsie B. Wittman, of Gravois Mills, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015, at her sister’s home in Warrensburg. She was born February 18, 1927, in Amsterdam, Missouri, a daughter of the late Vern and Evelyn (Erickson) Bell.

On November 16, 1946, in Jackson County, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Lawrence C. Wittman, who preceded her in death on November 28, 1992.

Elsie was an accountant for many years in Kansas City. In 1966, she and Larry moved to the lake and established Twin Bays Resort in Gravois Mills, which they owned and operated for many years.

She was a member of the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for many years and was active in United Methodist Women. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and dancing with her friends.

Elsie is survived by her sister, G. Bell Blalack of Warrensburg; her nieces, Angela Duncan of Warrensburg and Kathy Keeton and husband Terry of Independence; nephew, Dennis Smith and wife Fatiha of Lee’s Summit; great-nieces, Stacy Walsh and husband Mike of Warrensburg, Molly Wable and husband Michael of Kansas City, Missouri and Elizabeth Hayes of Independence; great-nephews, David Keeton and wife Brenda of Grain Valley and Kevin Keeton and wife Jennifer of North Kansas City; great-great-niece, MacKenzie Corbett of Warrensburg and great-great-nephew, Maxwell Wable of Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Smith and a niece, Sharon Hayes.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 2, at the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Keith officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Ozark Chapel Cemetery in Laurie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gravois Mills 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.


Kerry Donald Calton, 56
Kerry Donald Calton, of Versailles, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Kerry was born on March 30, 1958 in Versailles, the 7th child of John Edward Calton, Jr. and Laura Nell (Hess) Calton.

He worked with underground utilities and retired from the Laborers Local 663. Kerry could run most any piece of heavy equipment and could lead any crew to a successfully completed job.

His great personality and unmatched work ethic gained much respect from those around him and took Kerry far in life.

Kerry had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, playing cards, looking for lost treasures with his metal detector, and was an avid Chiefs fan.

He loved to have a seat and tell old stories. In high school he was quite the athlete, running track and playing football and basketball. Those experiences would often be the seed of a great story.

Kerry was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Calton, Jr., and by two nephews, Timothy Calton and Lamar Beckner.

He is survived by his mother, Laura Nell (Hess) Calton; two sons, Kurtis DeWayne Calton and his wife Kellie, and Klinton Douglas Calton and his wife Kelly; five sisters, Leora Dillon and her husband Golder, Ella Oyler and her husband Jaime, Kathy Beckner and her husband Larry, Kay Rieathbaum and her husband Bill, and Robin Pottorff and her husband Mitch; six brothers, Randy Calton, Danny Calton, Darrel Calton and his wife Kay, Dennis Calton, Denzil Calton and his wife Alice, and Mike Calton and his wife Stephanie; six grandchildren, Kelsey DaLaine Calton, Kadence DeNae Calton, Knox DeWayne Calton, Kiara Denise Calton, Kyla Danelle Calton, and Kasen Devin Calton; along with 37 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Dr. Todd Forman officiating.

Burial followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery.

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

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.kidwellgarber.com
 

Published 2-25-15
Patricia “Joney” Harrison, 72
Patricia “Joney” Harrison, of Osceola, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. She was born December 2, 1942, in Gravois Mills, a daughter of the late Earl and Lola (Fish) Webster.

She is survived by her husband, John Harrison of the home; two grandsons, Travis Webster and Matthew Lycan; her brothers, Doug Webster of Grain Valley, Missouri and Polly Webster of Oak Grove, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children, Johnna Bayless and Brad Webster, her brother, Billy Bob Webster and her sisters, Thelma Collier, Louella Anderson and Cora May Street.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Patrick Dolan officiating.

Graveside services and interment followed 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.

Published 2-18-15
James Allen “Jack” Gregg, 68
James Allen “Jack” Gregg, of Stover, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. He was born February 3, 1947, the son of the late Billy H. and Harriet Fern (Gunsallus) Gregg.

On April 5, 2010, in Versailles, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Jula Gloria (Pacan̄a) Gregg.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in Vietnam.

He graduated from Blue Springs High School and attended Longview Metropolitan Community College in Lee’s Summit. Jack retired as an iron worker after many years of service.

In addition to his wife, Jula, he is survived by his sister, Mary Frances Higginson and husband Ron of Lakewood, Colorado; his nephews, Gregg Higginson of Denver, Colorado and Scott Higginson of Lakewood, Colorado; his grand-niece, Shyanne Higginson of Littleton, Colorado and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Jack’s life was held Tuesday, February 10, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Dr. Todd Forman officiating. Graveside services and inurnment will be held at a later date in the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Memorial contributions are suggested 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.


Avis Bellamy Waddell, 90
Avis Bellamy Waddell, originally from Morgan County, MO, and later much traveled before retiring to Lee’s Summit and then Independence, died February 7, 2015, at Lakeside Meadows nursing home in Osage Beach.

Avis was born August 11, 1924, in Proctor, MO, daughter of Elias T. Bellamy and Anna Frisk Bellamy. She lived and attended school in Versailles, MO, graduating from high school in 1941.

She was married September 4, 1943, to William S. Waddell, of Versailles. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2007.

She is survived by a son, William Waddell, Jr. and his wife Linda Rubel, of Rochester, NY; a daughter, Suzi Waddell Layden and her husband John Layden, of Osage Beach; grandchildren Simah Waddell, Ethan Waddell, and Jay Layden; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Albert Bellamy, and nine sisters: Bessie Comer, Edna Lees, Mary Day, Helen Hopkins, Elsie Rumans, Stella Going, Jean Joiner, Ethel Buckle, and Laura Bell.

Avis retired from secretarial work in many businesses in cities where she and her husband lived. She was a hospice volunteer while living in Pittsburgh, PA, and, upon retirement and moving back to Missouri, belonged to Truman Medical Center Lakewood Auxiliary in Lee’s Summit and served there as a volunteer.

She was an Elder and longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Independence.

Funeral service was held Saturday, February 14, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles and was followed by burial at the Versailles Cemetery, next to her husband of more than sixty-three years.

A memorial celebration of her life is planned for June.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 1400 West Sheley Rd., Independence, MO, 64052, or to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA, 31709-3498.

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 2-11-15
Lucy Marie Frederick, 91
Lucy Marie Frederick, daughter of Clarence Alonzo and Minnie May Houghbun Sprague, was born, August 9, 1923 in Gorin, Missouri. She passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, in her home, Lebanon, Missouri at the age of ninety-one years, five months and sixteen days.

She was united in marriage to Leonard Eugene Frederick and to this union two sons were born. Together they shared many happy years of marriage until his passing on August 13, 1998.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Norman Frederick and Terry Frederick; five brothers; three sisters and one nephew.

Survivors include her sister, Dolly Ricketts of Keokuk, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Ricketts, Morris Ricketts, Glen Spraggins and fiancé Dawn Douglas and Gary Burgess and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Lucy was raised in the Gorin and Memphis, Missouri areas. She lived in Jefferson City for a time before moving to the Lake of the Ozarks where she worked as a head chef.

She met and married her husband and they made their home in Camdenton. She enjoyed being a wife and homemaker.

Lucy made a profession of faith and was a member of Eldridge Full Gospel Church.

In her spare time she loved doing crafts. She made many wonderful projects in embroidery, crocheting and beading.

Lucy touched many lives and her memory will linger on in the hearts of those who loved her.

Graveside services and burial was held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Montreal Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a cancer fund and left at the funeral home.

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

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robert Scott Emert, 53
Robert Scott Emert, of Gravois Mills, Missouri passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, January 29, 2015 following a courageous battle with cancer.

A good ol' boy from Sabetha, Kansas, Robert (“Rob” or “Bert” to friends) was a man gifted with many passions and skills, loving everything water and boats.

A marine technician by trade, Rob spent much of his free time floating down the river with friends, zipping around the Lake with his wife or restoring antique outboard motors in his ‘dawg house’ (shop).

He served as the President of the Mid-America Prop Spinners chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc., where he was revered for his expertise and his willingness to lend a helping hand to fellow Outboarders.

He loved brewing (and drinking) beer and playing tug-of-war with his energetic Labrador, Ellie.

With a contagious, deep-from-the-belly laugh that made anything instantly funny, Rob carried a smile for everyone and if he was feeling particularly mischievous, a joke too.

Rob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. Emert and Melba (Grey) Emert. He is survived by his devoted wife, Susan Emert; two step-children, Sarah Ray and Tony Ray; sister, Debra Sutton; sidekick, Ellie, and numerous antique outboard motors that were saved and restored by his skilled, loving hands.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the numerous healthcare professionals who fought alongside Rob throughout his journey. Their committed efforts to Rob's care cannot be overstated and the family is forever grateful.

Friends, family, and fellow Outboarders joined Susan, Sarah and Tony to celebrate Rob’s life Sunday, February 8th at Kidwell-Garber Funeral home in Laurie, MO

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to a charity of the giver’s choice, or the American Cancer Society, in Rob’s memory.

Prior to his passing, Sarah had been raising funds in his honor (and with his blessing) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More details available at www.rally4rob.com.

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


Tyla DeAnn Lundh, 19
Tyla DeAnn Lundh, of Eldon, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015. She was born June 22, 1995, in Sedalia, Missouri, a daughter of Don and Cindy (Moritz) Lundh.

Tyla loved animals and held a special place in her heart for dogs and cats. Her family was most important in her life and she cherished each moment spent with her family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Cindy Lundh of the home; her siblings, Shane Lundh of the home, Ashli Bowman and husband Bryan of Jefferson City and Heath Lundh and significant other, Jessica Heller of Laurie; maternal grandparents, Jeanne and Ron Reeves of Texarkana, Arkansas; nephews and niece, Nathan and Andrew of Jefferson City and Daven and Kaylee of Laurie; her partner, Alexandria Marie Wright of the home and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Don Lundh, her paternal grandparents, J.C. and Beulah Lundh and her maternal grandfather, Glen Moritz.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 5, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Dr. Todd Forman officiating.

A private family graveside service and interment will be held in the Swede Cemetery in Richland, Missouri. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dogwood Animal Shelter.

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


Marjorie Ann Price, 78
Marjorie Ann Price, (Ann), of Roach, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri.

Ann was born May 11, 1936 in Ha Ha Tonka, Missouri, the daughter of Floy and Elvira (Drennan) Roofener.

Ann was united in marriage December, 1978 to D.L. Price, who preceded her in death in April of 1997. She later married Jewell Blansett, in October of 2010, who preceded her in death May, 2014.

Ann worked many years as an Executive Secretary in the banking industry. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a past-member of Eastern Star. Ann was a member of First Baptist Church, Camdenton, Missouri.

Ann is survived by one son, Chris Franklin and wife, Diane, of Camdenton, Missouri; three daughters, Terri Heintz and husband, Brett, of Springfield, Missouri, Deanna McArthur and fiancé, Michael Donahue, of St. Louis, Missouri, and Dawn Jeffries and husband, Lonnie, of Brumley, Missouri; one sister, Ilagean (Geanie) Blair of Osage Beach, Missouri; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; along with several other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband’s D.L. Price and Jewell Blansett, she was preceded in death by her parents Floy and Elvira Roofener; her brother Wallace Roofener; and two sisters, Lillian Faye Cunningham and Bertha Roam.

Funeral Services were Friday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment followed at Roach Cemetery, Roach, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to Lamb House of Camdenton.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Geneva “Jo” Bauermeister, 90
Geneva “Jo” Bauermeister, of Gravois Mills, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at her home. She was born January 2, 1925, in Madison County, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Noah and Nora (Holland) Coverdell.

On April 16, 1974, in Chouteau, Oklahoma, she was united in marriage to Robert Henry Bauermeister, who preceded her in death on October 18, 2001.

Jo was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Stover.

Her favorite hobbies included sewing, quilting, crafting with plastic canvas and playing Yahtzee. Jo loved her family and was known as “grandma” to many.

She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Runager of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Saundra Harrison and husband Robert of Tulsa, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons, George Edward Stewart and Claude Wayne Bark, her daughters, Rachael Ann White and Barbara Thomason and her sister, Thelma Claver.

A celebration of Jo’s life was held Monday, February 9, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.

A private family inurnment was held in the Versailles Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the S.T.A.F.F. Animal Shelter.

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 2-4-15
Diana L. Nichols, 75
Diana L. Nichols, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Ozark Care Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Diana was born October 31, 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Darwin and Evelyn (Duncan) Nichols.

Diana was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly. She owned and operated The Smorgasbord Restaurant in Osage Beach for 30 years. Diana was a volunteer with the Osage Beach Fire Department and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Diana is survived by one son, Donnie Nichols and wife, Shannon, of Columbia, Missouri; two daughters, Debbie Boehm of Camdenton, Missouri and Karen Barker and husband, Roger, of Osage Beach, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ryan Barker, Lauren Barker, Brennan Nichols and Michael Boehm.

She was preceded in death by her parents Darwin and Evelyn Nichols; one sister, Patty Jones; and one great-grandson, Silas Boehm.

Visitation was held Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Claude Morris Coldwell, 89
Claude Morris Coldwell, of Laurie, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Laurie Care Center. He was born April 25, 1925, in rural Cameron, Missouri, a son of James S. and Matilda (Basset) Coldwell.

On March 31, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Anna Mae (Butcher) Coldwell.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Terry Coldwell of Laurie, Missouri; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Cady of Eldon, Missouri, Michael Vincent Coldwell of Independence, Missouri, Maria Calkins and husband James of Laurie, Missouri and Christopher Lee Coldwell of Laurie, Missouri and five great-grandchildren, Chris, Ali, Ellie, Alex and Bailey.

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

Claude was a World War II veteran having served in the Army Air Corps in Europe from 1943 to 1946.

He worked for TWA as a mechanic until 1955, when he upgraded to flight engineer. He started flying on the Constellation and retired in 1978, as a flight engineer on the Boeing 727. Flying was his passion.

Claude was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie and the American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach.

We want to thank the staff at the Laurie Care Center for the best care possible. You are a great bunch of people.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 26, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie with Father Joseph Abah celebrating. Graveside services and interment with full military honors followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Laurie.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Laurie Care Center. 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.


Viola G. (Lee) Wells, 66
Viola G. (Lee) Wells, of Eldon, formerly of Versailles, passed away early Sunday morning, January 25, 2015 at Eldon Nursing and Rehabilitation in Eldon.

She was born on December 13, 1948 in Versailles, the daughter of Howard Lett and Katie (Richie) Lett.

On May 29, 1966, at the First Baptist Church in Versailles, she was united in marriage with John E. Lee. To this union five children were born. John passed on April 15, 2007.

In recent years Viola was united in marriage with Loren Wells who survives.

Viola was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Katie Lett; her first husband, John E. Lee; and by one son, Shawn Edward Lee, who passed away in infancy.

Viola is survived by her son, Patrick John Lee of Stover; three daughters, Amanda Black of Boone, Colorado, Pam Berkstresser and her husband Patrick of Stover, and Kathryn Lee of Eldon; three sisters, Freda Driskell and her husband Jerry of Marshall, Missouri, Rita Burgess and her husband Justin of Simpsonville, Kentucky, and Irena Mood of Arizona; along with twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A private service and burial will take place at a later date.

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

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.kidwellgarber.com


William Parker, 89
William Parker, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the home of his sister with whom he resided.

William Henry Parker was born on July 24, 1925 in Jonestown, Mississippi to his proud parents, Rosie and William Parker. He accepted Christ at an early age.

William was a resident of Clarksdale, Mississippi for many years. In 1996 he relocated to Versailles, where he attended the Second Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert Ross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosie and William, and by two sisters, Bertha Grandberry and Sarah Stevenson.

He leaves to cherish many loving memories his one sister, Willie (Thomas) Buckingham of Versailles; seven nieces, three nephews, and a host of great nieces and nephews; one cousin, Dorothy Stevenson of Clarksdale, Mississippi; and a very loving care giver and friend, Darlene Marriott.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 31, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Reverend Robert Ross officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested 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.


J Dennis Firestone, 71
J Dennis Firestone, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away on Monday night, January 26, 2015 at Lake Regional Heath System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Dennis was born on February 8, 1943, in Portland, Oregon, the son of John Donald Firestone and Phyllis (Craig) Firestone.

Dennis and his family moved to Spokane, Washington when he was in the 10th Grade. He attended Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane.

Dennis was married to Carol K. Howard on October 13, 1962. They moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1971, Lenexa, Kansas in 1973 and to Des Moines, Iowa in 1975.

In Des Moines he started Mid Iowa Solid Waste Equipment Company. In August of 2000 he retired to the West Side of Lake of the Ozarks.

Dennis enjoyed many hobbies over the years. He was a hot air balloon pilot for 15 years in Des Moines, and had bought and sold many classic cars. He was a NASCAR fan and loved boating on the lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Phyllis Firestone.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Carol of the home; one daughter, Jodi Firestone and two grandchildren, Joshua and Jordyn all of Grimes, Iowa; two sisters, Pennie McCallum of Redmond, Washington and Jill Firestone of Seattle, Washington; and one brother Jeffrey Firestone of Indianola, Iowa.

A celebration of life was held Monday, February 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Laurie with Pastor Mark Knapp officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
American Diabetes Association and/or First Baptist Church – Laurie, Missouri

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

Family and friends may sign the guestbook or leave private condolences at www.kidwellgarber.com


JoAnn Jeffords, 82
JoAnn Jeffords, of Lake Ozark, Missouri passed away Monday January 28, 2015 at the Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

JoAnn was born April 11, 1932 in Popular Bluff, Missouri a daughter of Lester and Fannie (Deem) Massingham.

She was united in marriage to Jacque (Jack) Jeffords on August 6, 1955 in Piggott, Arkansas.

Joann was a member of St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton, Missouri, where she sang in the choir. She was also involved with the Lake Area Choral, volunteering at the Lake Regional Health System and Eldon Golf Club on Wednesday’s.

JoAnn was a member of the D.A.R. and the Lincoln University Travel Group in Jefferson City, Missouri, loved reading and was an avid Bridge player. She loved traveling with Jack and being a wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband Jack of the home, one daughter; Judith Homitz and husband Joe, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, one daughter-in-law; Pam Jeffords, of Denver, Colorado, one granddaughter, Jessica Homitz, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, one brother, Wallace Massingham and three nephews, Terry Massingham, Danny Massingham and Mark Massingham.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents and one son John Jeffords.

Visitation will be held Tuesday February 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer serves at 7:00 p.m. at the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach.

Memorial service will be held Wednesday February 4, 2015 at the St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. George Episcopal Church Camdenton, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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

Published 1-28-15
Icel Maxine Bartley, 92
Icel Maxine Bartley, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Ozark Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage Beach. She was born August 23, 1922, in Versailles, a daughter of the late Ira Herbert and Jodie (Hibdon) Crabtree.

On August 10, 1946, in Lebanon, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Max Bartley.

Maxine owned and operated the Glass Knob Antique Shop in Sunrise Beach for several years. While operating her business, she also worked as a dispatcher for the Cam-Mo Ambulance district for many years.

She was a charter member of the Lakeland Baptist Church, currently known as the Sunrise Beach First Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting and crocheting.

In addition to her husband, Max, she is survived by a son, Gary Bartley and friend, Linda Smith of Gravois Mills, Missouri; her daughters, Mary Jo Paulsen and husband Bill and Terry Schertz and husband Edwin, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Eva Grace Uptergrove of Weslaco, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 19, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel with Pastor Nick Stutesman officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Garber Memorial Estates Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the S.T.A.F.F. Animal Shelter. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

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


Suzanne Zaiss, 75
Suzanne Zaiss, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away early Saturday morning, January 17, 2015 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Suzanne was born on May 25, 1939, the daughter of Hugh Fraze and Marie (Stadler) Fraze.

She was a wonderful homemaker and cared deeply for her family. She was of the Catholic Faith.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Marie; by her husband, Raymond Zaiss; and by her brother, Sam Fraze.

She is survived by her son, Michael Hugh Fraze of Tennessee; by two daughters, Tina Thompson and her husband Dave Ross of Gravois Mills and Angela Davis of Texas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.kidwellgarber.com


Patricia Joann (North) Morgan, 77
Patricia Joann (North) Morgan passed away January 16, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones.

Pat was born April 9, 1937 in Bisbee, Arizona, daughter of Leonard and Velva Parrack North.

She was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Carl (C.L.) Morgan February 14, 1958. Together they enjoyed 56 years of marriage filled with lots of love and fun.

Pat and Carl had 3 children, Kerry Leon, Philip John, and Michael Ralph.

Pat grew up in the Tunnel Dam area of Camden County. She graduated from Camdenton High School in 1954 and proudly received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri and later earned her Master’s Degree.

Pat’s passion was teaching and working with children. She taught 3rd grade at Camdenton Elementary for 33 years.

After her retirement, she continued as a beloved volunteer for 10 more years. She influenced countless lives and was always there for a child who needed love, a lift up, or just someone in their corner. She was also a mentor and friend to many teachers.

She is survived by her husband Carl; her brother Dennis North and his wife Nancy of Camdenton; two sons Kerry Morgan and his wife Claire of St. Charles, Missouri and Phil and his wife Toni of Camdenton; grandchildren Dylan Morgan and Jessica, Alexandra Malloy and husband Nick, Anna Morgan, and one great grandson Sebastian Morgan.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; infant son Michael Ralph; and brother, Denzil North. Pat made her profession of faith in Jesus as her savior as a young girl.

“MeMe” loved spending time with her family and friends and was always there to help those that needed her.

Although MeMe laughed often and freely and had fun wherever she went, she never forgot the importance and serious responsibility of being there and doing what was needed for everyone in her life. She was always busy taking care of everyone else.

We celebrate her life and the love she shared and will cherish the memories she created for us. MeMe is loved and will be missed immeasurably by everyone who knew her.

Services were held Monday, January 19, 2015 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment followed at Dale Blair Memorial Cemetery, Camdenton, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network or your favorite local charity.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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

Frederick William Schekorra, 83
Dr. Frederick William Schekorra, of Laurie, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. He was born February 19, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of the late Frederick William and Ida Schekorra.

Fred was a United States Navy veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.

He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and practiced in Tuscumbia and Jefferson City for over thirty years.

Following his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and boating, but his true passion and love was medicine and caring for his patients.

He is survived by his sons, John William Schekorra of O’Fallon, Missouri and Dr. Frederick Michael Schekorra and wife Barb of Versailles, Missouri; his daughter-in-law, Claudette Schekorra of Ashland, Missouri; eight grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; his companion, Pat Moore of the home and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Jeanne Schekorra; his son, James Robert Schekorra and his sister, Eva Schekorra.

A private celebration of Fred’s life will be held by his family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Memories of Love Foundation, 4932 Sunbeam Road Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.

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.
 

John “Jack” Henry Bouck, 80
John “Jack” Henry Bouck, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.

John was born June 28, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Lyle Sr. and Magdalen (Weber) Bouck.

In 1957, John entered and proudly served his country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1962.

On March 30, 1957 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Gibbs. Together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his death.

John worked at the Cupples Aluminum Products Factory in St Louis for over 40 years He enjoyed volunteering at Lake Regional Hospital and several other community activities. He was a Charter Member of Lake Area Parkinson’s Group.

John is survived by his wife Mary Lou, of the home; two sons, Steven Bouck and wife Rebecca, of Linn Creek, Missouri, and Gary Bouck; two brothers, Lyle Bouck Jr., of Sunset Hills, Missouri, and Eugene Bouck, of Ballwin, Missouri; three grandchildren, Jeremy, Monica and Zachary Bouck and one great grandchild, Keyten Bouck.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Magdalen Bouck, and one brother, Robert Bouck.

Funeral Mass was held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Camdenton, Missouri.

Interment was at Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Waynesville, Missouri with full Military Honors.

Donations to St Louis American Parkinson Disease Association, 1415 Elbridge Payne Rd. Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017 and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave.5th floor, Norwalk, Ct 06851, or may be left at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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


Ronald Lee Smith, 51
Ronald Lee Smith, of Camdenton, Missouri passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home in Camdenton.

He was the beloved husband of Gabriela (Perez) Smith; loving father of Gabriel Smith and Ronald Smith Jr.; stepfather of Jasmin Angel, Sandra Angel and Jesus Guerrero; dear brother of Rodney Smith and Tara Hunziker; son of Virginia and Earl Vaughn Smith; grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend to many.

Ron was born on January 14, 1964 in Sedalia, Missouri. He was raised in Versailles, MO where he attended Versailles High School. He was united in marriage to Gabriela on August 6, 1986.

Ron had a wide array of interests including listening to classic rock musicians such as The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Styx, Rush, The Cars, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones; watching classic television series and films such as The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Columbo, Dirty Harry, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High,; and was an avid sports fan of baseball and basketball, his favorites being the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Celtics, consecutively.

Ronald enjoyed each of these things, but of course the love he felt for his family and the compassion he felt for Christ, were what he enjoyed most of all.

Ron was also an avid traveler and often traveled across country with his family visiting numerous locations which included the Redwood Forest, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Cascade Mountains, Grand Canyon, New York, Florida, Washington and many others.

Ron had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed telling all kinds of jokes. He was a humble, simple man with a big heart.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Family Worship Center, Versailles, Missouri.

Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com

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

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