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 January 18, 2023

Patricia R. “Patty” Mullins, 75
Patricia R. “Patty” Mullins, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at her home.  She was born October 31, 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter of the late Jesse James and Naomi (Lillian) Mozingo.
 
Patty was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Sunrise Beach.
 
She enjoyed gardening, all animals, fishing, RV camping, reading murder mystery books and crocheting.  She was an avid NASCAR and Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan.
 
Patty had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
She is survived by her significant other, Jerry Borchers of the home; her children, Kelly Riddle (Wes Clark) of Peculiar, Missouri, Dawn Fann (Tony) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jessi Parsons (Steve) of Rocky Mount, Missouri and Sebastian “Buddy” Tucker (Laura) of Marshfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Ashley, Tanner, Harlie and Madelyn; great-grandchildren, Grayson, Jade and Rowdy and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Mozingo.
 
A celebration of Patty’s life was held Friday, January 13, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research. 

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.

William Karl “Bill” Armstrong, 72
William Karl “Bill” Armstrong, of Versailles, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, Missouri.  He was born June 17, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of William and Mary (Conner) Armstrong. 

He later found his birth-parents, Harold and Olive Bertha Wright.

On July 1, 1972 in Laurie, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Loretta Ann Blanks. Together they shared fifty years of marriage.

Bill was raised in Kansas City and later moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. He worked in auto body repair and later in construction.  In his spare time, he enjoyed motorcycles and playing solitaire on his phone.
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Survivors include his wife, Loretta Armstrong of the home; three children, Lorie Spaulding of Versailles, Missouri, Billy Armstrong and Jeremy Armstrong both of Gravois Mills, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three siblings, Denice Valdez of Arizona, Larry Partell of Florida and Ray Wood of Ohio and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by both sets of parents and two sisters, Vicky and Lavonne.
 
No services will be held.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Betty Rose Musbach, 96
Betty Rose Musbach passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023, with her children and family surrounding her.  Betty Rose was born July 3, 1926, in Columbia, Missouri, at Boone Hospital to George and Floy May Bright.  Betty Rose married her high school sweetheart, Gene Edward Musbach, on October 14, 1945, in Columbia, Missouri. As of October 2013 they had been married for 68 years. (He passed on March 7, 2014.)
 
Betty Rose worked at the Callaway Bank in Fulton in 1945, was Secretary to the Dean of Westminster College 1945-1948 and was present to hear Churchill give his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton. 

She worked for the Missouri School for the Deaf from 1948-1951.  In 1958, she went to work for the Columbia Public School System, retiring in July 1987 after 29 years of faithful service. 

While employed by the school system, she was instrumental in developing and operating the “Materials Center" as the buyer for all materials and books for all of the schools within the school system in Columbia. 

Betty Rose was 1 of 3 individuals responsible for obtaining retirement benefits in the retirement system for the “non-certified” employees of the Columbia Public School System.  Until this time, there were not any retirement benefits for these employees.

Betty Rose also served as Vice-President of the Columbia Public School System Secretaries Organization, receiving numerous recognitions.  Betty Rose loved to help others and did so with a great passion. 
 
Betty Rose was a faithful member of Christ The King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri, where she was active in the Women’s Bible studies and other activities in the church.  She also volunteered at the HOPE House, a place where individuals in the Lake Ozark area could receive needed assistance. 

She and Gene were lifetime sponsors and volunteers for Ducks Unlimited.  She loved to antique, to read, to work in her flowers, and live at the lake but most of all she loved to spend time with her family and friends.  She was a wonderful example to her children, grandchildren and so many others. 
 
Betty Rose is survived by her son, Larry Gene Musbach (Sandi) of Wildwood, MO; her daughter, Linda Lou Powell Linsenbardt (Tom) of Lohman, MO. 

She is also survived by four grandchildren: Laura Lee Musbach Drake, Bradley Gene Musbach (Ashley Whitesell Musbach), Amanda Lou Powell Wells Tomson (Travis), Jennifer Lou Dampf (Nathan); 10 great-grandchildren:  Alexis Simonne Drake, Nataleigh Rose Wells, Colton Joseph Whitesell, Hayden Lee Drake, Lillian Grace Marie Whitesell, Payton McKenzie Dampf, Conner Harland Tomson, Samantha Rose Wells, Brynna Renae Dampf and Mia Ann Tomson; a sister, Nannie Lou Mallett and several special nieces and nephews also survive her. 
 
Betty Rose is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Edward K. Bright, sister-in-law, Shirley Ann Bright and brother-in-law, Jesse (Bud) Mallett. 
 
Services were held Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Christ The King Lutheran Church, in Lake Ozark, MO.  Burial followed in Millersburg, MO. 
 
It was Betty Rose’s wish that any memorials be given to Christ The King Comfort Dog Ministry or Hospice Compassus, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109. 
 
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.

Brian Gene Mummert, 44
Brian Gene Mummert, of Laurie, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023, at his home.  He was born January 19, 1978, in Warrensburg, son of the late Lloyd Gene and Karen Sue (Moore) Mummert.
 
Brian enjoyed basketball, arrowhead hunting and spending time with his friends.  Above all, he loved his daughter more than anything.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Mallory Carl-Mummert of Eldridge, Missouri, sister, Tanya Shaumeyer of Sedalia, Missouri; nephew, Steven Allison of Sedalia, Missouri; niece, Mackenzie Shaumeyer of Sedalia, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.
 
A celebration of Brian’s life will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 27th, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home to assist the family. 

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.

Helen Ruth Caldwell, 93
Helen Ruth Caldwell passed away December 31, 2022, at the Laurie Care Center in Laurie, Missouri, at the age of 93.
 
Helen was born in Erlanger, North Carolina on January 27, 1929, to Gertrude and Owen Wesson.  Helen married Bertie Caldwell on December 13, 1952, after a chance meeting while both of their fathers shared a hospital room.

They remained married for 49 years until Bert’s death in 2001 and during their marriage they raised four sons; David, Brent, Joe and Kelly.
 
Helen grew up in North Carolina. She enjoyed attending “Camp Meeting” and became a Christian believer and was baptized in the summer of 1945. She remained in North Carolina until she and Bert moved to Kansas in 1961 and settled in the Turner area.

Helen was a longtime member of Metropolitan Southern Baptist Church in Turner. In 2017, Helen moved to Laurie, Missouri and began attending West Lake Christian Church where her son Kelly was the pastor.
 
While she occasionally worked outside of the home, she was active in the lives of her sons. She was a room mother for all of her sons throughout elementary school and was active in the Morris P.T.A. She volunteered her time at Wyandotte Ministries and at the day care center of her church.

She was a participant of the Boy Scout Troop 40 “Philmont Support Team” which provided her with many memorable moments and stories to tell. She had many other varied interests including sewing, quilting, reading, and jig-saw puzzles.
 
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bertie, her youngest son Kelly and her brother Leonard Wesson.
 
She is survived by sons David (Debra), of Lane, Kansas; Brent, of Smith Center, Kansas; Joe (Pam), of Overland Park, Kansas and daughter-in-law Nancy (Kelly), of Kansas City, Missouri.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Shirlene Wesson (Leonard), twelve grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and a soon to be great-great-grandchild.
 
A celebration of life service will be held February 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Metropolitan Southern Baptist Church, 5502  Metropolitan Ave, Kansas City, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the church in her memory. 

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 January 11, 2023

April Lenora Stoner, 68
April Lenora Stoner of Macks Creek, Missouri was born April 16, 1954 in Linwood, California to Allen and Ramona Miller. She passed December 23 at the age of 68 after a brief illness.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother Bryan, uncle and aunt Walter (Gloria) Wedo, aunt and uncle Barbara (Richard) McCormick, as well as her father-in-law and mother-in-law Oval and Betty Stoner. 

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David Stoner, her son Joel Stoner, and daughter Brandi Stoner, all of Macks Creek.

Other survivors include sister Penny Grace (Tom Perkins) of Buffalo New York,  brother Allen Miller of Rosemead California, uncle James (Gloria) Wedo of Slayton Minnesota, aunt Patsy Plumlee of Arcadia California,  sister-in-law Carolyn Bowling of Macks Creek, two nieces, three nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

At the age of 16, April met David while he was serving in the U.S. Navy in Long Beach, California. They married on August 14, 1971 in Temple City, California.

After David’s military service ended, they moved to his hometown of Macks Creek where April finished high school. In the following years, April and David lived at times in both Missouri and California. In 2005, they moved back to Macks Creek permanently.

April became a Christian at an early age and was currently a member of First Baptist Church of Macks Creek. She served in the choir, the kitchen, children’s ministries, and anywhere else needed. She was well known in the community for her volunteer work at the Macks Creek Senior Center where she served for over 16 years.

April loved animals, especially her cats and dogs. She liked to crochet and many of her friends and family received crocheted gifts from her. She also enjoyed doing puzzles and making crafts. Most of all, she loved going to church and spending time with her family. She was kind and generous and will be greatly missed.

Visitation was scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2023 with a memorial service following, both at First Baptist Church of Macks Creek. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family to help with expenses and may be sent in care of the church at PO Box 32, Macks Creek, MO  65786.

Dale Leon Nipper, 62
Dale Leon Nipper, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023, at his home.  He was born September 29, 1960, in Independence, Missouri, a son of the late Daniel and Betty (Fulks) Nipper.
 
In addition to his wife, Beverly, he is survived by two step-daughters, Jamie Lopez and husband Rudy of Kansas City, Missouri and Jessica Franciscus of the state of California; grandchildren, Gwen Greeley, Thomas Greeley and Mateo Lopez; brother, Danny Nipper of Emporia, Kansas and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louetta Hunt.
 
Graveside services and interment was held Tuesday, January 10, at Garber Memorial Estates in Laurie. 

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 Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Ronald Dee Blecher, 72
Ronald Dee Blecher, son of Wilbert Dee and Betty Jean Thompson Blecher, was born, April 18, 1950 in Alameda County, California.  He passed away, Monday, January 2, 2023, in his home in Macks Creek, Missouri at the age of seventy-two years, eight months and fifteen days.

On May 29, 1970, he was united in marriage to Sherry Lynette Pierce, and to this union, one daughter was born. Together they shared fifty-two years of marriage

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Trudy Darby and a brother Randy Blecher.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Blecher of the home; his daughter, Shanna Wirths and husband Kelly of Macks Creek, Missouri; his two grandsons, Kobe Wirths and Kennen Wirths of Macks Creek, Missouri; his sister, Patricia Mulich of Osage Beach, Missouri; his brother, Larry Blecher and wife Linda of Louisburg, Missouri and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ronald was raised in Tunas, Missouri and was a graduate of Tunas High School, Class of 1968.  Following graduation, Ronnie worked for Chapman’s in Buffalo, Missouri.  He was a dump truck driver, and managed the local trash service till it was sold. 

Ronald later owned his own trucking company for many years. 

He started his music career with Billy Jo Carnahan when he was thirteen years old and traveled the country playing music.  He loved playing Western Swing, Rock-n-Roll and Country music.

Ronald was saved and baptized at an early age and was a member of Hopewell Freewill Baptist Church in Tunas, Missouri. 

In his spare time, he was blessed to live a very adventurous life.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses. 

“Rompin Ron”, as he was known, was a very skilled drummer and had the pleasure of playing for Johnny Paycheck, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Chuck Berry, David Alan Coe and many others.

He loved his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandsons and was very proud of his grandsons.  Ronald was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle 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.
Graveside services were held Friday, January 6, 2023 in Hopewell Cemetery, Tunas, Missouri. 

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

Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com

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

Paul Joseph Watson, 42
Paul Joseph Watson, of Stover, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at his home. He was born October 3, 1980, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Mark and Jill Watson.

He married Jessica Shimonek on December 30, 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica; his two faithful companions, Hope and Titus; his parents, Mark and Jill; his brother, Craig; his in-laws, John and Judy and many nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by many family members.

Paul was a United States Army Iraq War Veteran. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed working on his property and creating food plots.

There was a celebration of Paul’s life on Sunday, January 8 at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials can be made in his honor to Tunnels to Towers.

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

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

Published January 4, 2023

Martha Hurst Stauffer, 83
Martha Hurst Stauffer, 83 years, 10 months and 23 days, of Barnett, Missouri, died Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

She was born January 21, 1939 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Manual Kilmer and Katie (Hurst) Brubacher.

She married Eli Hursh Stauffer on November 10, 1960 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Martha was a member of the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Barnett, Missouri. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by seven children, Lester Stauffer and wife Julia of Barnett, Missouri, Leonard Stauffer and wife Katherine of Barnett, Missouri, Allen Stauffer and wife Mary of Shiloh, Ohio, Eli Stauffer, Jr. and wife Jane of Barnett, Missouri, Leon Stauffer and wife Alma of Barnett, Missouri, Kathrine Stauffer of Barnett, Missouri and Martha Sauder and husband Jonathan of Barnett, Missouri; 54 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Oberholtzer and husband Harry of Lewistown, Pennsylvania and a host of other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eli; her parents; a brother, Ezra Brubacher and a daughter-in-law, Irene Stauffer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 20, 2022 in the family home and in the Hopewell Mennonite Church with Harry Leinbach, Leonard Martin, Matthew Hoover and Luke Ray Zimmerman officiating.

Pallbearers were Allen Stauffer, Eli Stauffer, Jr., Leon Stauffer, Jonathan Sauder, Kevin Stauffer and Joseph Stauffer. 

Interment was in the Hopewell Mennonite Cemetery.

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

Steve Decker, 75
Steve Decker, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022, at his home.  He was born December 27, 1946, a son of the late Harold and Marie (Ogle) Decker.
 
Steve was a United States Army veteran having served in Vietnam.
 
He was an over the road truck driver for thirty-five years.  He later worked for SBI Ethanol Plant and retired as safety director.
 
Steve was a member of the Family Worship Center in Versailles.  He was an avid golfer and a member of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles.
 
He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was proud that he built a cabin to live in outside of Versailles and the cabinets in his home. 

Steve wrote his own music and was an accomplished guitarist.  He loved being outdoors deer hunting and riding his motorcycles.
 
Steve is survived by his fiancée, Lyndia Brown of the home; his sisters, Cindy Blakley and Nancy Cable both of Versailles; four step-sons; three step-daughters; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a very large family and extended family. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.
 
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later date at the Family Worship Center in Versailles. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home to assist the family.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Claris Rex “Pete” Moody 59
Claris Rex “Pete” Moody, son of Harold Gene Moody and Fern Marie (McClure) Moody, was born November 18, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He passed away December 14, 2022 at his home Linn Creek, Missouri surrounded by his family at the age of fifty-nine years, and twenty-six days.

On September 8, 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri he was united in marriage to Francine Sheffield. Together they shared thirty-two years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Randall Clark.

He is survived by his wife, Francine Moody of the home; one daughter, Amber Stites & husband Jerrick of Linn Creek, Missouri; three sons, Andrew Raykowski of  Kansas City, Missouri, Wesley Moody of Kansas City, Missouri, and Chad Oyer & wife Kayleigh of Nixa, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Shawn, Jadea, Ava, Alexis, Kal, Preston, and Peyton; one sister, Haley Ubaldo of Grain Valley, Missouri, one brother, Jerry Clark & wife Tammy of Pickwick, Minnesota, nephew, Thomas Ubaldo; his faithful best friend and pup Emma Gene, as well as other relatives and many friends.

Pete was raised in Kansas City and was a graduate of Hickman Mills High School class of 1977. After high school Pete began his career as a truck driver which he did until his retirement 2003. In 1993 he and his family moved from Kansas City to the Lake of the Ozarks and Pete embraced everything that it offered.
 
In his spare time Pete truly enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a true skill at “pushing someone’s buttons” just for fun. He also had an ear for music and was a pure instrumentalist, as he loved to play the guitar and the harmonica.

Pete was a loving and a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, 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 Friday December 23, 2022 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.  Burial took place Monday, December 26, 2022 in Eldon City Cemetery, Eldon. 

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

Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com

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

Lois Lucille “Mitzi” Chase, 90
Lois Lucille “Mitzi” Chase, of Gravois Mills, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022, at her home.  She was born April 25, 1932, in Rockport, Missouri, a daughter of the late George and Clara Knapp.
 
The Knapp family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1940, but moved back to Missouri a couple years later after her mother passed away.
 
Mitzi graduated from Forest City High School, the class of 1950.  She worked as an administrative assistant for many years.
 
She sang in a championship Sweet Adeline Chorus for twenty-five years in St. Joseph and Kansas City.
 
On December 17, 1981, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, David L. Chase.
 
Mitzi was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie where she served on the communion outreach for hospitals, nursing homes and homebound parishioners. 

She was also a charter member of the Lake Bloomers Garden Club where she served as their first president.
 
Mitzi was a loving and caring wife, mom, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
In addition to her husband, David of 41 years, she is survived by her children, Bill “Skip” Foster and wife Deb of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Greg Foster and wife Jaime of St. Joseph, Missouri, Christine Chase of Maryville, Missouri, Brad Chase and wife Lori of Dallas, Texas and Laurel Chase of Laurie, Missouri; grandchildren, Broc Foster and wife Kim of Rota, Spain, Cal Foster and wife Kelsey of Danville, California, Nicholas Foster and wife Lindsay of Smithville, Missouri and Breanna Foster and fiancé Karl Sicoli of Kansas City, Missouri and ten great-grandchildren, Lily Vivi, Teddy, Joey, Indie, Crew, Hunter, Hayden, Hayes and Emabelle. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Knapp and sister, Evelyn Huffer.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 2, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie. 

Inurnment will be held at a later date in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic 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.

Betty Lou Denny, 94
Betty Lou Denny, daughter of Arthur Thomas and Mabel (O’Neal) England, was born October 25, 1928 in Lebanon, Missouri.  She passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022 in Arrowhead Senior Living at the age of ninety-four years, one month and twenty-three days.

On December 22, 1944 Betty was united in marriage to Aubrey O. Denny and to this union, one daughter was born. Together they shared seventy-three wonderful years of marriage until Aubrey’s passing on September 18, 2017.

Betty was also preceded in death by her mother Mabel England and a brother Ray England.

She is survived by her daughter Darlene Denny of Camdenton, Missouri.

Betty spent her younger years living in Lebanon and later moved to Camdenton where she would reside for the remainder of her life. 

Betty was saved and was a member of Myetta Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

During her working years, Betty was employed at the Night Hawk Café, Connie’s Diner and Adams Café. She also spent time working at Camdenton High School as a Day Custodian, where she occasionally also filled in as a cook in the lunch room.

She had a knack for baking and was known for her homemade hot rolls and bread.  She never used a recipe and her bread turned out perfect every time.
 
In her spare time, Betty enjoyed to travel. She took many tours in various locations and especially liked to travel to Florida.

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

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 27, 2022 in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial followed in Myetta Cemetery.

Mary Sue Hunter, 76
Mary Sue Hunter, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at her home.  She was born June 1, 1946, in Birch Tree, Missouri, a daughter of the late Luther and Cynthia (Chitwood) Dawson.
 
On November 5, 1967, in Eldon, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Clark Hunter.
 
Sue worked at Gerbes in Versailles for several years. She also assisted Clark in the Collector’s office at the courthouse for many years during tax season and was famous there for her Christmas candy.
 
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Versailles.
 
Sue loved her family and enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
In addition to her husband, Clark, she is survived by her children, Keri Heinrichs and husband Todd of Chester, Nebraska, Tracy Lepley and husband Troy of Versailles, Missouri and Jeff Hunter and fiancée Jessica Lentell of Osage Beach, Missouri; grandchildren, Colin and Andrew Lepley, Sequoia and Andrew Heinrichs and Savannah Hunter; great-grandson, Carson Lepley; her sister, Linda Kemp and husband Jim of Villa Ridge, Missouri and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Duane Dawson and Wilbur Dawson and her sisters, Loeta Hayes and Norma Phelps.
 
Funeral services were held Monday, December 26, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Brother Lloyd Camp 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.

Linda Sue Atkinson, 73
Linda Sue Atkinson, of Stover, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at her home.  She was born April 10, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, a daughter of George Ray and Katie Belle (Burrow) Moore.

She was united in marriage to Kenneth Eugene Atkinson in Arkansas. They shared many happy years of marriage.

Linda lived in various places during her life and worked in the Insurance industry for many years. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in the Ivy Bend community. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and decorating her home for the holidays.

Survivors include her husband, Ken Atkinson of the home; six children; thirteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Moore and wife Diane of Barnett, Missouri and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dan Moore.
 
A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Lakeview Baptist Church. 
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

James Daniel Evans, 50
James Daniel Evans, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away from an extended low blood sugar reaction for an extended time, due to Juvenile Diabetes, type 1 on December 23, 2022 in Capital Region Medical Center.  He was born October 8, 1972 at Still Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri to David Myron and Ella Mae (Fry) Evans.

James was a graduate of Morgan County R-II High School in the class of 1991.

He was united in marriage in 1994, which culminated in divorce in 1997. He never recovered from the end of his marriage. 

Survivors include his parents, David and Ella Mae Evans of Versailles, Missouri; an aunt, Jean Henderson of Bonner Springs, Kansas; cousins, Charlene Webb of Bonner Springs, Kansas and Diana Harrington of Monroe, Oregon and a multitude of second cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Norman and Geneva K. Fry and Naomi and Charles “Chuck” Davis; aunt, Barbara Prince and her husband of sixty-nine years Albert Prince.

James was a welcome addition to the family at birth and loved by his parents very much. His paternal grandmother babysat him and loved him dearly. James used to watch for the school bus every morning from the time he could walk until he could go to school. He was so excited to go to school and ride that yellow bus. He loved to play with his Tonka trucks.

When James had just turned eight, his dad went to hug him and noticed that he just didn’t feel right, thinner and bony.  He was taken to the doctor the next morning and after persuasion, the doctor ran blood and urine tests and found it was diabetes, not the flu as the doctor said first. No one can imagine what a shock and chagrin that was. Something that you never can accept fully, or come to terms with. A likely death sentence for someone who wanted to be independent and live alone.

James never got over the breakup of his marriage and turned to smoking cocaine as a crutch until he got a conservator to handle his finances. He had a cocaine caused stroke in early 2000, which left him disabled with a speech impediment and loss of dexterity in his left side.

Services were held Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles with Pastor Tobin Scott of Faith Lutheran Church of Jefferson City officiating. 

No graveside services are planned. 

Burial will be in Laurel Oaks Cemetery, Windsor, Missouri beside his paternal grandmother and behind his great-grandparents.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Missouri for diabetes research.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Robert Dale Forrest, 91
Robert Dale Forrest, of Laurie, Missouri, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022 at his home. He was born May 24, 1931 in Norwood, Missouri, a son of Fay and Mary Elizabeth (Snavely) Forrest.

On February 19, 1954, in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, he was united in marriage to Catherine “Tina” Wagner. Together they shared fifty-three years of marriage before her passing on November 15, 2007.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a twin brother, Russell Forrest.

Survivors include two sons, Robert S. Forrest and wife Debbie of Laurie, Missouri and Phillip Forrest and partner Chris Dingman of Palm Springs, California; four grandchildren, Sarah Hayek and husband Bobbie, Jennifer Andes and husband Gabe, Matthew Forrest and wife Rebecca and Robert Forrest and wife Katie; two step-grandchildren, Joe Martin and wife Jenny and Erin Larimore and husband Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra Andes, Gavin Forrest and Titus Forrest; two step-great-grandchildren, Oliva Martin and Liam Larimore; his siblings, Millie Heinemann, Ronald Forrest and Duane Forrest and a host of other relatives.

Robert was raised in Norwood, Missouri. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was later stationed in New Jersey. He lived most of his working life in the Kansas City area and retired to the Lake of the Ozarks. 

He was a member of the American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 and the Teamsters.  He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life.

Services were held Friday, December 30, 2022 at Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.  Burial with military honors followed in Garber Memorial Estates. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

John Francis Berry, 91
John Francis Berry, better known as “Steve,” to friends and family, passed away at his Linn Creek, Missouri, home on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, at 91.

He was born June 10, 1931, in Manchester, England, the eldest child of Mary Lilian (Lyons) and Frank Berry. He pursued an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer prior to entering the Royal Air Force, in which he served from 1952 to 1955.

On February 23, 1957, he and his former pen pal, Maureen North, were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Church of England in Gomersal, England.

The family emigrated from the United Kingdom to the United States in 1966, returning to England in 1971. In 1974 they returned to the U.S. settling in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, where Steve and Maureen were active as coaches in local soccer clubs.

In 2002 they retired and relocated to Linn Creek, Missouri, where word of their compassion quickly spread among the stray animal community whose members often managed to find their way to the Berry home.

Steve was known for his sharp intelligence, good natured humor, culinary creativity (his bread pudding was unsurpassed), and passion for Manchester City Football Club. We are grateful that he was able to enjoy one last World Cup, although the final result clearly was not authored by an Englishman.

His parents and two siblings, Lilian Burns and Ken Berry, preceded him in death.

Surviving to celebrate our memories of Steve are his wife of nearly 66 years, three children, Dawn (Jim) Hall, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Tracey Berry (Raymond Legg), Mexico, Missouri, and Christopher (Amy) Berry, Geneva, Illinois; six grandchildren, Sebastian, Derek, Hayden, Jacob, Lauren and Andrew; five great-grandchildren, Liam, Kodiak, Ryian, Sineca and Azalea; brother, Geoff (Ailish) Berry, Little Haseley, England, and Orlando, Florida; sister-in-law, Denise Berry, Ormond Beach, Florida; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023 at St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton, Missouri. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at St. George Episcopal Church. A reception for friends and family will follow the services at the church.

The family extends our thanks to the staff of Integrity Hospice for their compassionate care.

If friends wish to remember Steve with a memorial, the family suggests gifts to Lamb House of Camdenton.

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

Edna Eveline McGinnis, 89
Edna Eveline McGinnis, of Barnett, passed away December 28, 2022, at The Springs of Mooresville in Mooresville, Indiana.  She was born December 23, 1933, in Versailles, daughter of the late Murrell and Margaret (Wood) Shockley.
 
On January 30, 1951, in Barnett, she was united in marriage to Oscar “O.L.” McGinnis who preceded her in death in January 7, 2008.
 
Edna worked at Fasco in Eldon for many years until her retirement.
 
She enjoyed cooking, but most of all, she treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren.
 
Edna was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Barnett.
 
She is survived by her children, Michael McGinnis of Mooresville, Indiana, Deborah Silvey of Barnett, Missouri, Patricia McGinnis of Barnett, Missouri and Rose Utter of Kansas City, Missouri; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey “Ken” McGinnis and her brothers, Murrell Shockley, Jr., Ralph “Wayne” Shockley and two infant twin brothers in 1931.
 
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday, January 6, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Danny Owsley officiating.  Graveside services and interment will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery near Barnett.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, Friday, at the funeral home. 

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

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

Sue Elaine Ballard, 73
Sue Elaine Ballard, of Versailles, passed away Friday, December 30, 2022, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles.  She was born March 9, 1949, in Boonville, Missouri, daughter of the late William H. and Anna Gertrude (Bohling) Gabriel.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Lora Davis and companion David Swantner of Laurie, Missouri; grandchildren, Zachary Kays and Sydney Kays; her brother, Stephen Gabriel of Stover, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.
 
Graveside services and inurnment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 4th, 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 December 28, 2022

Russell Ballard, 56
Russell Ballard of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022 in St. Louis.

Services were held Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.

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

Adolf Navarrette, 83
Adolf Navarrette, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Sunday December 11, 2022, at his residence in Osage Beach, Missouri.

No Services per family request

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

Frances Joan Moore, 94
Frances Joan Moore (1928-2022) known to friends and neighbors as Joan, passed away peacefully in Osage Beach at Arrowhead Senior Living.  She was married to Roy C. Moore for 68 years and was anxious to be reunited with him in heaven. 

She is survived by son David and his wife Vicky of Montreal, daughter Debra Foster of Montreal, son Dale of Austin, TX, and daughter Dawn Smith of Ft. Smith, AR, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Joan was born in Enid, OK, and grew up in Baton Rouge, LA.  Roy was in the Air Force for twenty years, and they had adventures and made a lot of memories traveling all over the world.

They lived in Okinawa, the Philippines, England and Spain, plus many tours in the United States including Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, South Carolina and Colorado.

They retired on a small farm in Montreal, Missouri in 1969. They loved to travel and visit family all over the country and her favorite pastime was the two of them taking short road trips just to view the scenery. 

Joan was known in the area as being a kind, soft spoken, gentlewoman who put up with the antics of a sometimes mischievous husband with quiet amusement.

In her later years she loved reading and working on jig-saw puzzles and in good weather would spend the afternoons outside soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

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

Oscar Willis, 69
On the morning of December 11, 2022, Oscar Willis, of Eldon, MO, passed away at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was born August 7, 1953, in Sedalia, son of Albert and Carol Willis.
 
He was united in marriage to Laurel Willis on July 16, 2016.
  
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Willis Sr.
 
He is survived by his wife, Laurel; sons, Oscar Jr. (Wendy), Joshua (Erica), Adam (Casey), Brandon (Elizabeth), Jennifer Vernon, Jessica Hendrix (Randy) and Jerry Ridge; mother, Carol Willis; siblings, Christina Albertson and Mary Meyers; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 
He was a local logger/tree trimmer entrepreneur. He loved researching for his treasure hunt. He was always full of humor and pure orneriness. He loved big and he loved hard and he was loved by many.

He loved fishing with his buddies, George, Cris, John and Anthony.
 
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17th, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.  Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17 at the funeral home. 

Graveside services and interment was at Big Rock Cemetery near Barnett following the funeral.
 
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.

Barbara Mary Hawkins, 84
Barbara Mary Hawkins, of Versailles, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, in her home.
 
She was born December 4, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of Leonard and Marie Derengowski and sister of Ronald Derengowski.
 
She married Arthur Neil Hawkins on February 14, 1987, in Chicago, Illinois.
 
In 1989, the couple moved to Missouri.  She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved dancing and collecting antiques.  She and her husband owned and operated an antique store.

She loved going to the casino, traveling and going out to eat.  Most of all, she loved her family and friends.
 
She is survived by her children, Deborah Kaminski, Linda Mazur and Robert Jurasz; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Marge Hawkins; sister-in-law, Gloria Derengowski; ten grandchildren, Kristin Mazur, Michael Aguilar, Isabell Jurasz, James Jurasz, Jake Jurasz, Terrance Kaminski, Brook Kaminski, Christine Paulina, Joseph Paulina and Johnathan Kaminski; seven great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Kaminski, Terrance “T.J.” Kaminski, Jr., Miranda Paulina, Kara Paulina, Serena Paulina, Dylan Kaminski and Sophia Kaminski and step-sons, Mark Hawkins, Scott Hawkins and Thomas Hawkins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother.
 
No funeral services are planned at this time.  A prayer service was held at her home.
 
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.

Betty Ann (Barr) Bryant, 88
Betty Ann (Barr) Bryant, passed away on December 12, 2022.
 
Betty was born January 3, 1934, in Merriam, Kansas.
 
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of fifty-one years, Frank Bryant who passed away on October 3, 2005 and her parents, Jess and Ethel Barr.
 
Betty attended South Park Elementary and went on to Shawnee Mission North High School.  After graduation, in May of 1953, she was employed at Hallmark Cards for two and a half years.  She married Frank Bryant on July 3, 1954. 

Betty retired from Hallmark in January of 1956, to be a stay-at-home mom.  There were five children over a period of years. 

She is survived by her sons, Frank Bryant and wife Terri, Cliff Bryant and wife Sherri and Don Bryant and wife Jen; daughters, Julie Bryant and Lori Ramsey and husband Jason; fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 
Betty also was self-employed as manager of a childcare center for twenty-five years.
 
She was very active in her church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, serving as deaconess, later as Hostess Committee Chairman and soloist for morning worship services.
 
Betty was a Cub Scout Den Mother for a period of four years as her sons were in Cub Scouts.  She later worked along with her husband, Frank, in Youth for Christ Ministries as club sponsors at the Trailridge Junior High School, pointing many teens to Christ.
 
Graveside services and interment was held Monday, December 19, at Shawnee Memorial Gardens in Shawnee, Kansas with Pastor Bill Shiflett officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to City Union Mission, 1100 East 11th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64106. 

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.

Danny J. Haggerman, Sr., 67
Danny J. Haggerman, Sr., of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.  He was born December 18, 1954, in California, Missouri, a son of the late Olen Onley and Evelyn Della (Evans) Haggerman.
 
Danny volunteered for many years serving on the Versailles Rescue Squad.  He was also a supporter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
 
In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and was gifted with the “Haggerman green thumb”.  He loved animals and his dogs held a special place in his heart.
 
He is survived by his children, Danny Haggerman, Jr. of Sedalia, Missouri, Bobby Haggerman of Jefferson City, Missouri, Amanda Haggerman of Laurie, Missouri, Josh Haggerman of Eldon, Missouri and Justin Haggerman of Laurie, Missouri; his siblings, Shirley Sidebottom of Versailles, Missouri, June Rae Wood and husband William of Windsor, Missouri, Lynda Raines of Versailles, Missouri, Ted Haggerman of Raytown, Missouri, Michael Haggerman and wife Patti of Versailles, Missouri and Janie Reinke and husband Ronald of Fortuna, Missouri; seven grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Haggerman and step-brothers, Eugene Haggerman, Larry Haggerman and Jerry Haggerman,
 
Funeral services were held Monday, December 19, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Blake Tiemann officiating.  Graveside services and interment followed in the Versailles Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ozarks Kat and K9 Shelter or to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home to assist the family. 

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

Catherine P. Bell, 88
Catherine P. Bell, of Gravois Mills, died on December 13, 2022, at Lake Regional Hospital.  Catherine was born on November 12, 1934, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Robert and Marie (Werner) Nave. 

She graduated in 1952, from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She married the love of her life, Donald Bell, Sr., on October 17, 1952.  The two celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year. 

Catherine worked briefly at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company before becoming a full-time homemaker in 1958. She was mother to one daughter and two sons.
 
After retirement, she and Don settled in the Lake of the Ozarks and were active in the auxiliary of the Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624 and were members of the West Lake Christian Church in Laurie.
 
Catherine is preceded in death by her parents and her son and daughter-in-law, Donald, Jr. and Robin.  She is survived by her husband, Donald, Sr., her daughter, Cynthia (Gary) Satterfield of Gravois Mills, her son, Robert of Lee’s Summit, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
 
Catherine enjoyed her extended family and friends. She continued the Werner family tradition for many years of hosting an open house on Christmas Eve, with food, music, and fun. She was also always there for a hug or words of encouragement whenever they were needed.
 
Services were held at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. 

Entombment will be held at a later date in the columbarium at Garber Memorial Estates. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the West Lake Christian Church. 

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

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

Published December 21, 2022

Kenneth Eugene Rosack, 86
Kenneth Eugene Rosack was born December 4, 1936 in Alton, Illinois.  He passed away Monday, December 5, 2022 in River Crossing of Alton, at the age of eighty-six years and one day.

On May 14, 1973 in Alton, Illinois; Kenneth was united in marriage to Sally Lynne Palen, and together they shared thirty-two years until her passing on April 26, 2006.

He was also preceded in death by his father, Nicholas Rosack; mother, Gertrude Stillwell; step-father, Keith “Red” Oettle; a daughter, Melisa Rosack; a son, Robert Parker, Jr.; a sister, Oray McAfoos and a step-sister, Roberta Steingrubey.

Kenny is survived by his children: Michele Rosack of Alton, Illinois, Steven Rosack and wife Linda of Linn Creek, Missouri, Melinda Hopper and husband Martin of Gillespie, Illinois, Kathleen Allison and husband Bruce, of Camdenton, Missouri, Vickie Shelton and husband John, of Camdenton, Missouri, Cindy Brown and husband Kenny of Camdenton, Missouri, and David Parker and wife Michelle of Reno, Nevada; twenty-three grandchildren; numerous great-grand and great-great-grandchildren; a brother Michael Oettle, of Alton, Illinois; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Kenny grew up in Alton and was a graduate of Alton High School where he was a stellar Baseball player and graduated “Silver Alpha.”  He attended Shurtleff College before starting his career in the Grocery Store industry.  Kenny excelled as a second baseman and short stop and even tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Kenny started his career in the grocery industry as a clerk and eventually worked his way to managing his own store.  After Kenny and Sally were married, they fulfilled a dream of moving to the Lake of the Ozarks and owning a resort.  They purchased Chimney Rock Resort and operated it for ten years until retirement.

During his retirement year Kenny stayed busy working as a Marshall at the Deer Chase golf course.

Along with his family, Kenny helped establish and serve as an Elder at the Rock Church.
Kenny had a love for music and played bass guitar in the family band “Ozark Family Express” and together they played at many venues throughout the area for several years. 

He was an avid outdoorsman.  Kenny was a skilled deer and turkey hunter as well as an excellent fisherman.  One of his favorite times spent hunting was the annual hunting trip he took with his sons, brother, nephews and grandsons.  In his younger years, Kenny also worked as a sports official and played rec league softball.

Kenny was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and uncle.  We celebrate his long life and many accomplishments and will treasure the wonderful memories he has created for his family and friends. 

Funeral services were held Monday, December 12, 2022 in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton, Missouri.  Burial followed in the Dale Blair Memorial Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be left at the funeral home. 

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

Mark James Rusk, 65
Mark James Rusk, of the Ivy Bend Community in Stover, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.  He was born August 27, 1957, in Kansas City, Kansas, a son of the late Howard Edwin and Sylvia Jeanne (George) Rusk.
 
On September 18, 1982, in Kansas City, Kansas, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Naomi (Robison) Rusk.
 
For many years, Mark worked alongside his dad and brothers at H.E. Rusk Construction Company.  He also worked at Carquest Auto Parts for almost twenty years. He enjoyed woodworking and building RC Airplanes.
 
Mark was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and NASCAR fan. He was a generous, sweet and caring man who loved his family unconditionally.  His children and grandchildren were the apple of his eye. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
 
In addition to his wife, Naomi, he is survived by his children, James Michael Rusk, Lisa Marie Rusk, Jennifer Renee Everidge and husband Corey and Melanie Jean Rusk all of the home; grandchildren, Mia Everidge, Malia Everidge and Gracelyn Everidge; his mother, Sharon Rusk of Versailles, Missouri; his siblings, Phillip Mitchell Rusk and wife Carol of Basehor, Kansas, Darro Rodney Rusk and wife Sue of Kansas City, Missouri, William Howard Rusk of the home; Joel Dennis Rusk and wife Dorothy of Ottawa, Kansas, Jeffery Linn Rusk of Drexel, Missouri, Karri Elizabeth Killingsworth of Kansas City, Kansas, Sherri Lynn Wronski and husband Steve of Port Orange, Florida, Donna Lee Brooks and husband John of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Beth Ann Montgomery of Versailles, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.
 
A celebration of Mark’s life was held Saturday, December 10, at the Versailles First Christian Church.
 
Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Benjamin Paul Coffman, 92
Benjamin Paul Coffman, son of the late Floyd and Clares Coffman, was born at home in Leadwood, MO on April 6, 1930.  He passed on December 6, 2022, at his home on the Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton, MO, at the age of 92.

Paul, as his family called him, married his high school sweetheart Barbara Lee Maurer on August 5, 1949, and is survived by his wife of 73 years.  Paul and Barb are survived by their three children:  Linda Sue Coffman (partner Steve Olson) of Hartsburg, MO, Robert Paul Coffman (wife Devona) of Camdenton, MO, and Michael Glenn Coffman (wife Marsha) of Frisco, TX. 

Paul and Barb have four grandchildren: Barbara Robbins (husband Joshe Henry), Stacy Zellin (husband Harold), Aaron Coffman (wife Katrina),and Michael Coffman.  Paul’s sisters, Fairy and Ruby, and his brother Clarence, preceded him in death.

Paul graduated from Leadwood High School in Leadwood, Missouri in 1948.  He was a member of the starting basketball team which made it to the state championship playoffs Paul’s senior year.  Paul attended mechanic trade school in Bonne Terre and Flat River Junior College (now Mineral Area Community College). 

After marrying Barbara in 1949 the newlyweds moved to St. Louis. While in St. Louis Paul worked at a wire rope company, a baby carriage company and a radio shop. Wanting to move back near home they relocated to Herculaneum in 1955 where Paul worked as a chemical mixer for St. Joe Lead. 

In 1956 they moved to Festus where Paul secured a job with Union Electric (now Ameren).  Over the years Paul steadily advanced from laborer to lineman to foreman of a three-man crew to overhead repairman, and finally to trouble man, working alone as the first responder to emergency outages and other on call needs of the electrical distribution system of Jefferson County. After working 36 years maintaining the electrical grid for UE, Paul retired in 1992. 

Light hearted and witty, Paul was a family man always putting his family first.  He was an avid outdoorsman.  He liked to fish, hunt, boat, and camp. He was a good slalom water skier mastering the ‘sandbar’ start on the Mississippi River, where the family often picnicked. 

He enjoyed bluegrass music and playing the banjo. Family members occasionally joined him with various instruments in the family band. 

After retirement Paul and Barb settled in Camdenton, MO in 1995. He served on the Board of Directors at their lake home subdivision.  Paul and Barb loved to travel. They enjoyed RV camping in state parks.  They routinely spent the winter in Florida and hosted family gatherings there.  They traveled the western USA in their RV, making the trip to Alaska twice.

Paul was a skilled handyman with a reputation for being able to fix anything, often using what he had on hand.  Paul was installing a replacement water softener in their home in the hours before his death.

Paul maintained his independence until the day he passed. He rarely asked for help but was willing to take the time to help others troubleshoot a problem. Like many blue collar workers of his era Paul learned to keep things running on a lean budget. His innovative approach stands in contrast to those of us living in a world where most problems are solved by buying a new one.

He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17, 2022 in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial followed in Allee Memorial Gardens, Camdenton, Missouri.

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

Bobby Edward (Pete) Willis, 88
Bobby Edward (Pete) Willis, the son of Joe and Thelma (Pitman) Willis, was born on January 27, 1934, at Jacks Creek Hills, near Macks Creek. He passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side, in Macks Creek on December 11, 2022, after a long battle with cancer.

Pete was saved at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church as a young boy. He joined the church and was baptized and remained there until his death.

At the age of nine, Pete began travelling to the state of Washington with his parents to work in the fields picking various crops. He attended nine different schools in eight years, graduating from the eighth grade at Chapel Bluff School.

He proudly served in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer. Pete was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Macks Creek.

On April 16, 1955, Pete was united in marriage to Wanita Seaton at Tunas, Missouri, in the home of the Reverend Charley Stidham. To this union three children were born, Teresa Diann, David Wesley and Darren Wayne. Pete and Wanita enjoyed 67 years together building a home and putting down roots for their children and grandchildren.

He worked as a truck driver, loader driver, and dispatcher for local Ready-Mix companies for 35 years. Pete enjoyed many things during his life, showing horses, coon hunting, fishing with Bill, Tommy and Terry, playing music with his buddies and working on the farm with his children and grandchildren. His best times were times spent with family and friends.

Pete was preceded in death by an infant son, David Wesley, his parents Joe and Thelma, father-in-law and mother-in-law Homer and Velma Seaton, brother Slim and sister Virginia, step-father Ben Byler, niece Sherry Willis Smith, and great-niece Kimberly Nations.

Pete is survived by his wife Wanita, daughter Teresa and husband Gary, and son Darren and wife Carol, all of Macks Creek. Also surviving him is one granddaughter and her husband, Melissa and Shawn Marshall, three grandsons and their wives, Joe and Tiffany Willis, Zack and Jessica Willis, and Ethan and Jessica Willis and seven great-grandchildren Emily, Connor, Dakota, Peyton, Reagan, Archer, and Otto, as well as his nieces and nephews and many friends that he made throughout his life.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 13, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek, Missouri.
Services were held Wednesday, December 14 at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek, Missouri.  Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Edith, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus and may be left at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Published December 14, 2022

Drew Evan Fairchild, 54
Drew Evan Fairchild, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.

Alfred Earl Vasey, 91
Alfred Earl Vasey, of Gravois Mills, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at his home.  He was born May 15, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri, son of the late Earl and Ina (Chaffin) Vasey.
 
On June 17, 1961, in Kansas City, Missouri, he was united in marriage to his surviving wife, Marilyn (O’Connor) Vasey.
 
Alfred served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
 
He was an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for over thirty years, serving in five different councils, and positively impacting thousands of lives.
 
Alfred was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie where he was active in the Knights of Columbus. 

He was also an active member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge 2705 in Laurie, a member of the Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach and swam laps for many years at the Westlake Aquatic Center in Laurie.
 
He loved the Lake of the Ozarks and living in his home on the lake. Alfred enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and boating.
 
In addition to his wife, Marilyn, he is survived by his sons, Steve Vasey and wife Valerie Hunter of Calgary, Canada, John Vasey and wife Becki Leitman of Loma, Colorado and Charles Vasey and wife Betsy Stephens of Marceline, Missouri; grandchildren, Elaine, India, John, Dale, Alison, Jackson and William; great-grandson, James; sister, Ina Faye Lewis of Lee’s Summit and many other relatives and friends.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, December 9, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie with Father John Schmitz celebrating.  Graveside services and inurnment followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lake Regional Hospice or the St. Patrick Catholic 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.

Teresa Anne Coughlin, 65
Teresa Anne Coughlin, of Stover, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.  She was born October 2, 1957 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a daughter of Richard E. and Dorothy C. (Hennrikus) Coughlin.

Teresa lived in Reno, Nevada, Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Stover, Missouri twenty-five years ago.  She was a manager of McDonald’s in Sedalia and was a member of the Morgan County 48-hour Online Auction. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing and target practice.

Survivors include her husband, Donnie Lee of the home; a son, Michael Disney of Arkansas and seven siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Brian Disney.
 
No services will be held.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Barbara Ann Harn, 80
Barbara Ann Harn, of Laurie, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022, at the Laurie Care Center.  She was born October 15, 1942, in Berkley, California, a daughter of the late Lewell and Sophie Ann (DelConte) Thomas.
 
On December 17, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Tim Harn.
 
Barbara worked in sales for Sears and Nordstrom until her retirement in 2011.
 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Laurie.
 
In addition to her husband, Tim, she is survived by her children, Daniel Hostikka of Rose Mead, California, Duane Hostikka and wife Brenda of Laurie, Missouri, Laura Boos and husband Mike of Kansas City, Missouri and Kristina Hostikka of Austin, Texas; step-children, Timothy Harn, Jr. of Mission Viejo, California, Debbie Engle of Phoenix, Arizona, Lisa Goodner and husband Stuart of Billings, Montana, Barbara Stuart of Austin, Texas and Christine Bridges of Nederland, Texas; nineteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Poulos.
 
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, at the First Baptist Church in Laurie with Reverend Tony Shaw officiating.
 
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.

Jaime Mari Wright, 37
Jaime Mari Wright, of Kirksville, formerly of Versailles, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
 
Jaime was born on August 9, 1985, to Jim and Erlene Wright in Jefferson City, MO. After spending her early years at Versailles schools, Jaime went on to attend and graduate from Eldon High School. She earned her degree from the University of Central Missouri.
 
Jaime spent many of her years in Versailles, it’s where she grew up and spent her early years in school, it’s where she made many of her friends and it’s where she spent her adult years working in the family business. During her time in Versailles, Jaime also shared her talents in volunteer work with Versailles Community Betterment and taking the lead in bringing Movies in the Park to the community.
 
Jaime relocated to Kirksville to take her dream teaching job. She was so happy to be teaching her students about graphic arts. Her love for her students and passion for teaching was evident in her daily life and in the impact that she made on her students.

In her first year of teaching, both her quiz bowl students and a photography student of hers won first place in Missouri SkillsUSA and went on to the National Contest in Atlanta.
 
Jaime was known for her creativity and generously shared her gifts for cooking, baking, hair bow making, knitting and other crafts with friends and family. If she wasn’t working, at church, watching a musical, attending book club or trivia night, or volunteering, you could find Jaime playing with her dogs and taking them to the Bark Park in Kirksville.
 
To know Jaime was to know her love for her Savior Jesus Christ. She became a Christian when she was young and was actively involved in church throughout her life. Jaime was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Osage Beach and worked with the Student Ministry and the Tech Team. In 2016 she joined the church on a mission trip to Mexico to help spread the message of the gospel.
 
Jaime was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Richard and Irene Kaneshiro; and her paternal grandfather, James R. Wright.

She is survived by her parents, Jim and Erlene Wright of Versailles; her sister, Rebekah Wright of Versailles; her brother Derek Wright and his wife Barbara of Columbia, two nieces Natalie and Hannah Wright; and her paternal grandmother, Wanda Wright.
 
A celebration of Jaime’s life was held Saturday, December 10, at Riverview Baptist Church, 989 State Highway 42, Osage Beach, Missouri 65065.

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.

Jay Duane Slack, 59
Jay Duane Slack, of Osage Beach, passed away on November 30, 2022.

Jay grew up at Lake of the Ozarks and attended School of the Osage where he played basketball in high school.  After graduating in 1981, he went on to obtain his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and practiced for 30 years, most recently serving the local community at Hy-Vee.

His daughter, Emma was the light of his life. He loved watching her dance and spending time with her in his favorite place, Pass-a-Grille, Florida, where they played endlessly in the water, looking for shells and small creatures.

In true father fashion, he loved to embarrass her and pretend to know the latest hits on the radio. Most importantly, Jay raised his daughter to know Jesus Christ. He was a shoulder she could cry on and an advisor in times of need. They shared a very special bond, and as a young child Emma was attached at the hip or always on her Dad’s knee.

While Emma was the light of his life, his brother Tony was the menace of it. The legend of a dart that Jay threw “accidentally” getting stuck in the back of Tony’s head, was a frequent topic of debate decades later.

Jay enjoyed music and all things fast and furious, including dirt bikes, motorcycles and cars (especially Porsche). He loved sharing his passions with others - he was the first person to try to teach his niece, Bailee, how to drive (well before she was 16), and took his nephew, Skyler, to his first motocross race.

He loved to travel and rode motorcycles all across the country. This year he toured through the southwest with friends and attended the Daytona 500. We only wish his passion for motorsports was matched by his skill, as there were far too many ER visits for Lois’ comfort.

She frequently nursed him back to health with her tender care and copious amounts of spritz and chocolate chip cookies. 

His dry humor, easy smile and adventurous spirit will be sorely missed.  He may no longer walk alongside us in this life, but we take comfort knowing that Jay accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and because of this redemption we will be together in the next.

When peace, like a river attendeth my way
When sorrow like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Jay was predeceased by his father, Bobby Slack. He is survived by his mother, Lois; daughter, Emma and her mother Samantha; brother, Tony, and wife, Renee’; and niece and nephew Bailee and Skyler.

In memory of Jay, we ask that you hold your loved ones a little tighter- make the phone call, take the trip, break bread and share wine together, go for a drive - and savor this life together.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kids Harbor, as Jay had a soft spot in his heart for children.

Services were held at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton, MO, on Saturday, December 10. 

Graveside service was held at the Macedonia Cemetery in Buffalo, MO.

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

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

Shirley J. Erxleben, 86
Shirley J. Erxleben, of Osage Beach, Missouri passed away at Arrowhead Senior Living in Osage Beach, Missouri Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

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

 

Published December 7, 2022

Charles Owen Huff, 89
Charles Owen Huff, of Barnett, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at his home. He was born August 13, 1933, in Lynch, Kentucky, a son of the late Charles Lee and Bertie Clara (Connell) Huff.
 
On July 4, 1978, he was united in marriage to Jodie Neva Casper, who preceded him in death on July 20, 2012.
 
Charles was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
 
He attended Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Barnett. Chuck showed great love for children and young people, and was a friend to everyone. He will be remembered for his kind hospitality and great love for music. He left behind an example of diligence and hard work. Chuck will be missed by all.
 
He is survived by his children, Charles Huff of Wentzville, Missouri, Cooleen Hall and husband Bryan of Warrensburg, Missouri, Jeff Huff of Cave Creek, Arizona, Tracey Huff Montague and husband Greg of Henderson, Nevada, Charlene Lewis of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Vicki Thompson and husband Tom of Orland Park, Illinois; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy McConnell of Timonium, Maryland and many other relatives and friends. 

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.
 
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 3, at the Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Barnett.  Graveside services and interment followed in the Beulah Cemetery near Barnett. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ridgeview Mennonite 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.

Cornel Ranley C. Black, 63
Cornel Ranley C. Black, son of Thomas Laird Black and Verna Susan (Worm) Black was born October 11, 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He passed away on November 24, 2022 in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Missouri at the age of sixty-three years, one month and thirteen days.

Ranley was married to his wife Cathy whom he loved and adored dearly until her passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Cathy Black.

He is survived by his four brothers, Stuart Black & wife Christina of Roach, Missouri, Douglas Black & wife Denise of Camdenton, Missouri, Duncan Black of Branson, Missouri, Kelton Black & wife Sharon of West Huntsville, England; one sister, Heather Susan Black of West Midlands, England; a step-daughter, Willa Brown of Camdenton, Missouri; nine nieces, Lindsey Estes, Laura Black, Stacey Hawkes, Kayla Summers, Lexy Estes, Ruth Vaupel, Deborah Black, Miriam Taylor, and Abby Black; five nephews, Aiden Estes, Lucas Estes, Devin Clinton, Dalton Clinton, and Malaki Black, as well as other relatives and many friends.

Ranley was raised at a young age in the Maskego, Wisconsin area before moving to the United Kingdom. He would complete High School and earn his bachelor’s degree in the United Kingdom before returning to the United States where he would move to his home in Roach, Missouri. Ranley would make the lake his forever home and lived there until his passing.
Ranley made a profession of faith and was a dedicated member of Climax Springs Assembly in Climax Springs, Missouri.

In his spare time, Ranley loved to buy, sell and trade many things and did so with a passion. If a person was ever in need of something in particular, Ranley would most likely have three of them.

He loved in particular to buy, sell, and make jewelry. Often known for his many gold necklaces he would wear; he absolutely loved to sing and play the piano and he did so with excellence, glorifying the Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Ranley was a quiet man but had a knack for having some of the corniest “Dad jokes” ever known that gave you no choice but to laugh.

He was a loving and a caring step-father, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend.  We celebrate his life and his accomplishments and will treasure the memories he created for his family and all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held at Ranley’s home church, Climax Springs Assembly at a later date. Information on this will be posted once it is set.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com

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

Cecelia F. Walker, 93
Cecelia F. Walker, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Laurie Care Center.  She was born July 24, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Frank and Natalya (Lopotka) Niemczewski.
 
On February 12, 1966, in Brooklyn, she was united in marriage to Charles K. Walker, who preceded her in death.
 
Cecelia was an associate at Walmart where she was employed for twenty-nine years.
 
She had a sense of fashion and enjoyed various accessories and clothing.
 
Cecelia was a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Tipton.  She loved her church and her faith.
 
She is survived by her fellow co-worker and close friend, Lorrie Andrews and many other friends and co-workers.  She was preceded in death by four sisters.
 
A celebration of Cecelia’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, December 7, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.  Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, at the funeral home. 

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Versailles Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Andrew’s School in Tipton. 

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.

Janet L. Ubben, 81
Janet L. Ubben, of Camdenton, Missouri passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

A celebration of life was held Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Robert Edward Randolph III, 74
Robert Edward Randolph III, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.

Larry Richard Morrison, 80
Larry Richard Morrison, of Versailles, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 25, 2022 at University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri. He was born October 14, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Lewis Jasper “Buck” and Evelyn A. (Purinton) Morrison. 

On February 14, 1969, he was united in marriage to Erline “Sue” Kelly Jones.  She preceded him in death on September 24, 2008. 

Larry was a graduate of Versailles High School in the class of 1960.  He was baptized in the First Christian Church of Versailles in March of 1961, along with his father and twin brother. Larry was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Versailles. 

Larry was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. He loved the Lord, hunting, fishing and his family.  Larry retired after thirty-five years of service from General Motors and AC Delco. He later worked part-time at the Family Center for fishing bait.

Larry is survived by brother, Lewis Earl “Buster” Morrison and wife Pat; twin brother, Jerry Lee “Punky” Morrison all of Versailles, Missouri; nieces, Cindy Nickels and husband Harry of Vichy, Missouri, Sandy Atwell of Olean, Missouri and Melissa Slagle of Kentucky; nephews, Jerry Wayne Morrison of Eldon, Missouri, Joshua Morrison and wife Andrea of Versailles, Missouri, Gerald Downey and wife Cindy and Dewayne Downey and wife Amy all of Kentucky; six great-nephews; four great-nieces; a great-great-niece and nephew; a sister-in-law, Monda Cornelius and husband James; a brother-in-law, William Kelly and wife Judy and a host of cousins and friends. 

Services were held Friday, December 2, 2022 at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles with Pastor Blake Tiemann officiating.  Burial followed in Versailles Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God Church of Versailles or Versailles Cemetery Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com

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

Gary W. Dickerson, 77
Gary W. Dickerson, of Roach, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2022. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home.

Lorene Kirkman, 59
Lorene Kirkman, of Kaiser, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at her home in Kaiser, Missouri.

Services were held Monday, December 5, 2022, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Arrangements have been placed under the direction of the Hedges-Scott Funeral Osage Beach, Missouri.

Mary Goodwin, 74
Mary Goodwin, of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Services were held Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Brumley Lions Club in Brumley, Missouri.

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

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