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2010 deaths: Remembering those we lost in Columbia

Sunday, January 2, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 11:41 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 4, 2011

* Beulah Ralph was 83 when she died. A previous version of this story misstated how old she was when she died.
* Phoebe Goodman died June 17, 2010. A previous version of this story misstated the day she died.
*** Jose Lindner developed several shopping centers in Columbia. A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the jobs he held during his lifetime.

Columbia and Boone County lost hundreds of beloved citizens in 2010 — people who made contributions to the community in ways large and small.

On March 30, public servant and anthropology professor H. Clyde Wilson died at the age of 83.

Through four terms on the City Council and one two-year term as Columbia's mayor, he helped develop the Katy Trail system, advocated for civil rights before it was popular to do so and recommended plans for land use and energy conservation.

At MU, he founded the anthropology department in 1966 and filled a number of leadership positions.

The community lost a number of other former faculty members: Former MU Provost for Academic Affairs Owen Koeppe, 83; Raymond Hodges, 91, a professor of law and forensic medicine; horticulture professor Ray Schroeder, 97; and LeRoy Olson, 81, a distinguished researcher in veterinary pathobiology.

The Missouri School of Journalism said farewell to former professors Edward Heins, 79, and Donald Brenner, 78.

Robert Shaw, a former superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, died April 2 at the age of 80. He led the school district from 1962-1976, a turbulent period of desegregation and was described by a colleague as a "champion" for integration.

Beulah Ralph, a strong advocate for educational equality in Columbia schools, died Nov. 17 at the age of *83. She directed the district's home school communicator program, a program initially established to help bridge the achievement gap that black students faced after desegregation. She retired in 2005.

Phoebe Goodman, 80, died **June 17. She was the first president of Congregation Beth Shalom.

Paul Shurnas, a physician who specialized in bone cell biology and oncology, died in an automobile accident June 3 at the age of 44.

Marilee Howell, a physical education teacher at MU, died at 82 after jogging four miles a day into her 80s.

Ercell Miller, 92, died June 14 after treating patients in Columbia during his 50 years of dental practice.

Donna Abell, director of the MU Science Education Center, died in June at the age of 54. Mary Nirmaier was 89 when she died, but she received a Congressional Gold Medal just months earlier for her work as a pilot during World War II.

Nigel Kalton died at 64. He was known as a giant in the world of math as a faculty member at MU.

Bob Lincoln, 78, had served Columbia students as principal of Douglass High School, Russell Boulevard Elementary School and Field Elementary School. Bob Suits, 67,  spent 27 years as a science teacher at Hickman High School.

Leslie Pike lived to be 100, after spending much of his life as a writer, columnist and circulation manager for the Columbia Daily Tribune.

James Devine, associate dean of academic affairs at MU School of Law, collapsed in May during a meeting of the Boone County Bar Association at the Tiger Hotel. He was 62.

During his lifetime, Keith Crown developed a worldwide reputation as a watercolor artist. He died Jan. 31 at the age of 91.

Bob Rappold, a chef and former owner of Booche's, perished in a house fire in January at the age of 61. Carla Helmreich, who owned Downtown Appliance Home Center with her husband, died at 57.

Arthur Robins, 89, was a community leader who directed the MU School of Social Work, helped found the Columbia Art League and taught in the Honors College, which he did until just a few months before his death on Sept. 2.

Harry Morrison, 82, was known throughout Missouri as a singer, music professor, narrator for the MU Marching Band and director of 150 musicals. He died in September.

***Jose Lindner developed a number of shopping centers in Columbia, including those on Forum, Nifong and Broadway. He died Sept. 13 at the age of 62.

The Missourian has compiled a comprehensive list of obituaries the newspaper published during 2010. Those who would like to add other loved ones to the list can reach us at news@columbiamissourian.com.

JANUARY

3

Catherine Burger, 79. Worked for MU Health Care; retired from Rusk Rehabilitation Center.

6

Alma Lea Ausburn, 90. Managed a farm for 63 years with her husband; co-owned Ausburn’s Lake.

7

Izayah Brown, 23. Played lacrosse at Rock Bridge High School. "He always thought of others," said his sister, Michayah.

Sarah Elizabeth Young, 41.  Trained service dogs for people with disabilities.

Norma Sutherland Smith, 91. Active in Missouri United Methodist Church for many years.

8

Jack D. Burnham, 81. Hickman High School graduate, Army veteran and employee of Mid-Missouri Telephone Co. and General Telephone Co. for 42 years.

Shirley A. Custard, 73.

9

Lillian Swanson, 94. Office nurse for 30 years; also worked at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Leslie Cochran, 53. Enjoyed art; collected eagle artifacts and photographs.

10

Bob Rappold, 61.  Long-time restaurateur, chef and co-owner of Booche’s.

Donald E. Garrett, 78. Worked in the insurance field; established the automobile division of the Columbia Insurance Group.

12

Dorothy Zaring, 96.

Gary Woody, 56. General manager at Consolidated Public Water Supply District No. 1 for 37 years.

13

Doncella Daniels, 54.  World traveler, dedicated friend. “She was always looking for any way to help,” said her daughter, Michelle Oquendo.

Gary E. Cox, 52. Supervisor in child support enforcement for the state, avid bicyclist.

14

Edith Douglas, 95. Noted horticulturist and genealogist; collaborated on several genealogy books, including “The Kaleidoscopic Family.”

15

Mable Darlene Taylor Walter, 66.  Pianist at Russell Chapel C.M.E. Church; first African-American teller at the Westport Bank in Kansas City.

16

James Neely, 79. U.S. Army veteran; taught the Nike Hercules missile unit at the Air Defense Artillery School.

Helen Ruth Butterworth, 84. Owner of printing business, real estate agent, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center volunteer.

Samantha Kathleen Brown, 12. A student at the Delmar A. Cobble State School.

17

Robert Elson Sappington, 80. U.S. Air Force veteran, music and baseball lover; worked at Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. for 39 years.

Leslie M. Batye, 66. U.S. Air Force veteran, performed country music, drove a truck for Boone Distributors. “He was happiest when he had a project to work on," said his ex-wife, Nancy Batye.

18

Carla Louise Helmreich, 57. Owned Downtown Appliance Home Center with her husband; dedicated to her family.

19

John J. Williams, 88. Served with the U.S. Army during World War II, present at both D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge; supervised building trades at MU for 18 years; home builder.

20

Helen Bender, 84. Loved working with children and animals; showed horses; donated horses to the MU Equine School.

21

James R. Casstevens, 55. Database administrator for MU Division of Information Technology; sports enthusiast. He had eternal optimism that the Kansas City Royals might once again have a winning season.

Marcus Kevin Shaw, 45. Worked for MU and Kyger Glass. "He was always smiling and laughing,” said his sister, Teresa Shaw.

22

Leslie Francis Pike, 100. Worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune for 75 years as a writer and circulation director; president of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Raymond Robert Bacon, 86. Farmed; active in Family of Life Lutheran Church.

23

Harold Lee Brady, 69. Construction worker; Vietnam veteran; loved working with Belgian horses.

24

Meredith Lee, 81. Served with the Columbia Police Department for 20 years.

25

Elizabeth M. Jackmon, 79.

John Joseph Herman, 58. Worked for Boyce and Bynum Pathology Laboratories and H&R Block; traveled widely.

27

Owen Koeppe, 83. Former provost of academic affairs at MU, professor of biochemistry.

31

Paul D. Melton, 74. U.S. Army veteran; construction worker; song writer and musician.

LeRoy D Olson, 81. MU professor of veterinary pathobiology; authored and co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.

Keith A Crown, 91. Well-known watercolor artist with works in more than 100 museums and galleries. “He made our landscape the center of his art," said Joan Stack, curator for the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Louis Vernon Corey Jr., 72. Owner of Corey Soft Water; construction worker and painter.

 

FEBRUARY

1

Jack Vernon Shaw, 81. Caught an 8-pound, 6-ounce fish on the opening day of fishing season at Bennett Springs in 1993.

Raymond L. Hodges, 91. MU professor of law and forensic medicine; consultant in forensic medicine to the surgeon general; chief of international law and military justice at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.

2

Shirley Van Drie, 84. Sunday school teacher who believed that anything worth doing is worth doing big.

5

Mary Jo Phillips, 85. A nurse for Columbia Public Schools for 26 years.

David L. Klug, 75. MU graduate with interests in art glass, art deco, coins, music and American Indian pieces.

6

John T. Hartley, 91. World War II veteran, D-Day survivor, sportsman, retired from General Telephone Services after 41 years.

Jessie Robert Poe, 89. World War II veteran and farmer; "If I was 10 years old and I thought about what I would want my life to look like, it would be like how my dad lived," said his son, Gary Poe.

7

Lawrence W. Stromgren, 96. World War II veteran; delivered ice and coal to homes during the Great Depression.

8

Linsui Wu, 85. Came from Taiwan to assist her daughter in opening House of Chow in Columbia.

10

J.W. "Stan" Stafford, 91. Helped establish Stafford Family Charitable Trust and fund the Stafford Library at Columbia College.

Ellen May O'Neill, 62. Loved opera, ballet, art.

11

Zelma P. Williams, 65. Loved to spend time with her family at Lake of the Ozarks, camping and traveling.

12

Raymond Schroeder, 97. MU horticulture professor for 48 years; received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1963.

14

Betty Ruth Ganaway, 56. Technician at Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center.

Alvy Sanford Acton, 81. One of 17 children; worked at the Kelly Press and as print shop manager of the Missouri State Prison.

16

John Pelot, 84. Received Purple Heart and two bronze stars during World War II; founded Community Living Opportunities for the disabled.

17

Ben Overshiner, 63. Served with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam War; worked on the MKT Railroad for 15 years.

Martha Ellen Connor Lucas, 77. Enjoyed sailing; cruised around the world with her husband.

18

Marguerite Evelyn Myers, 69. Teacher and manager; active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

19

Joseph Pollreisz, 70. Worked at Diggs Packing Co. for 35 years; lived in a log cabin that he built in Richland, Mo.

20

Katherine Poletti, 84. Beautician; loved gardening, knitting and reading.

21

Peggy Ann Boaz, 40.

25

Thelma Laverne Cockrell, 78. Owned and operated bowling alleys.

Donna Pulliam, 70. Housemother for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority for 22 years.

27

Mary E. Malloy, 77.  Wide-ranging talents, including cooking, crafts and carpentry.  “She probably made the best fried chicken in the state,” said her son, Marty Edmiston.

28

Kathy McBride Davis, 55. Staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ; English teacher in China.

 

MARCH

1

Jerry H. Gibson, 73. Retired welder and heavy equipment operator.

Gloria Fitzpatrick, 86. Volunteered with the American Red Cross, Show-Me State Games and CrimeStoppers.

2

Rachel "Peggy" Ankeney-Bott, 93. Ran a diner and gas station in Iowa with her first husband.

3

Edna Hollenbeck Merchant, 100. Public school teacher.

5

Judy Green, 53.

6

Eugene Bradford Jr., 45.  U.S. Navy veteran, organ donor, basketball player and coach.

Hugh Lewis, 73. Served in the Royal Air Force; owned a limousine company favored by celebrities.

7

Freddie Nevels Sr., 67. Passionate outdoorsman.

Joseph Hendren, 55. Minister, fisherman, race car driver and pit crewman.

9

Mary Victoria Edmondson, 86. Taught and played piano.

Karen Judith Aslin, 74. Special education teacher.

Paul De Haven, 84. Served with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

10

Doris Miller, 80. Housemother to MU fraternities and sororities.

Dorothy Marie Traynor, 88.

11

Robert Beasley, 81. MU professor; Columbia Daily Tribune reporter and author.

Vinis Perkins, 87.

Harold Schippert, 85. Farmer and world traveler.

12

Susan Decker, 57. Attorney with Central Missouri Family Law Practice.

13

Wayne Duncan, 68. Served with Missouri National Guard.

15

Sharon Patterson, 79. Registered dietitian.

17

Nellie Jane Branson, 82. Worked for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and MU.

18

Mary M. Thompson, 69. Elder and Stephen minister at Broadway Christian Church; faculty member at Fontbonne University and MU.

Dorothy Lee, 87.

19

Scott Wilson Patterson, 45. Sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

24

Terry Lee Bennett, 63. Heavy equipment operator and devoted father.

25

Harry N. Prange, 78. President of Prange Enterprises.

27

Michael Charles McGinity, 65. Worked in the oil shipping industry around the world.

28

Delores Mae Nichols, 81. Member of the Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary.

29

Kimberly Nichole Smith, 20. Columbia College student.

Daniel Bernard "D.B." Schuffman, 88. Writer and producer.

30

Paul Campbell Jones, 90. World War II veteran and builder.

Violet Margaret Fountain, 77. Avon representative for many years.

H. Clyde Wilson, Jr., 83. MU anthropology professor, Columbia mayor and City Council member.

31

Raymond Cornell, 66. MU watch officer for 30 years, Vietnam veteran, avid reader.

William Martin Zumwalt, 58.

 

APRIL

2

Emilee Geneva Williams, 92. Rode horses into her 80s.

Robert Calvin Shaw, 80. Former superintendent of the Columbia Public Schools, he led the district during desegregation.

3

James “Dude” Grossman, 88. Earned a Bronze Star during World War II; worked as a carpenter and painter.

Robert S. Ghio, 65. “He hugged everyone,” said his wife, Betty Ghio.

4

John “JD” Hartmann, 62. Served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years.

5

Helen Louise Abell Edwards, 85. Former beautician; enjoyed donating her time to help others.

Roy Cromwell Jeffries, 94. Avid St. Louis Cardinals, MU Tigers and Hickman Kewpies fan.

Montie Sanders, 52.

6

Gladys L. Weir, 71. Worked as a guard for the Missouri State Penitentiary until retirement.

Gerald Thomasson, 87. U.S. Navy veteran and forestry graduate.

Dana “Sally” Winslow Brown, 91. Volunteered for Columbia Audubon Society, PTA, Missouri Mental Health Association, the League of Women Voters and the American Red Cross.

9

Henry Sapp, 83. Lifetime row crop farmer, rural mail carrier and school bus driver.

Roy W. Meadows, 86.  Math and computer science professor, government analyst.

10

Alice de Boton, 103. Joined the French Resistance during World War II, dedicated her life to art.

11

Alean Daly, 87.

12

Paul Vernon West, 68. Founded a landscape company. “He was never the office guy. He was always the hands on, outdoors kind of guy,” said his daughter Tracy Perkins.

Wesley Mark Arbeitman, 49. Worked for the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Sydney Timmons, 25. "He never felt that he was at home until he was in Columbia," roommate and longtime friend Nicky Brookhart said.

13

B. W. Robinson, 93. Assistant commissioner of education and director of vocational education for the Missouri Department of Education.

14

Thomas McQuitty, 52. Custodian for MU Residential Life and groundskeeper for Landscape Services.

16

Noreen Kelly, 78. World traveler and genealogist. "She got to know the neighbors and parents at every school,” said her daughter, Kathryn Kelly.

19

Harold Leroy Simpson, 85. World War II veteran, government cartographer.

21

Anna May Loy, 90. "She was a farm girl, and that's where her roots were," said her daughter, Brenda Brown.

Wanda Hughes, 84. Loved crafts, baked cookies for soldiers, helped found the Red Hat Society at her nursing home.

22

Denisha Shavon Renee Midgyett, 20. “She was very fashionable and she loved to dress up,” said Kelly Midgyett, her cousin.

Georgia Smith, 88. Dedicated to faith and family.

23

Margery Wheeler, Columbia, 87.

Charles Henry Holt, Columbia, 76. Official "granddad" for his wife's at-home day care center.

24

William C. Northup, 79. Interests included golf, studying his family’s genealogy, bowling, singing baritone in a barbershop quartet.

Susan Jean Warnhoff, 53. Teacher at Grant Elementary School and the EEE Gifted Program.

25

James Anthony Grieshaber, 74. Owner of Adams Locksmith.

30

Marilyn Ruth Capron, 79. Retired as assistant to the dean of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Verdell Mitchell, 69.

 

MAY

2

Columbia Jane Cole, 90. “People always enjoyed hearing her play" the piano, said her daughter, Marianne Cole Fues.

4

Edward Heins, 79. Former Missourian editor and professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

6

Eugenia “Jennie” Victoria Lubahn, 86.

Jack Hensley Hall, 79. Owned Jack Hall Cabinet Co.

7

Billy J. Ray, 78.

12

Robert “Bob” Suits, 67. Science teacher at Hickman High School for 27 years.

Otto E. Griessel, 99. Worked for the Soil Conservation Service, loved gardening.

Robert Collier, 87. Worked in the antique business for 37 years.

James R. Devine, 62. A lawyer, MU professor and associate dean.

14

Amanda Joy McDaniel, 18. Senior at Christian Fellowship School, cheerleader, Student Council officer, National Honor Society member and varsity soccer player.

Bob John Wyatt, 74. Enjoyed fishing, playing pool, buying and selling furniture.

William “Bill” Mark Fitzgerald, 52.  ”A very sweet person, he had depth to him,” said Lenora Boyle, his mother.

16

David Edward Grooms Jr., 52.

17

John “Jack” M. Clarke, 75. Served more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy prior to retirement in 1989.

19

Alison Reeves, 19. "She had a huge personality and a huge sense of humor," said her sister, Hanna Reeves.

21

Rothie Robert Nichols, 95. Cook with the Veterans Hospital, gardener, St. Louis Cardinals fan.

23

Archie Lee Edwards, 83. World War II and Korean War veteran, painter and night watchman.

Don Checkett, 83. Social worker, World War II veteran; known for his loyalty to friends, his dedication to helping others, and his witty stories.

Wesley Wyatte Crenshaw, 94. A veterinary medicine professor, he helped develop the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in Bhubaneshwar, India.

24

Elmer John Schewe, 85. Spent 25 years of his medical career at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; involved in the creation of Columbia Regional Hospital; founded Columbia Surgical Associates.

25

Robert Eugene Jacobs Jr., 78. Worked at Lenoir Home, enjoyed people and long conversations.

26

Cora Edna Connor, 80.

27

Jane Corcoran, 89. Golf champion, loyal Missouri Tigers fan, active volunteer.

28

Danny Joe Johnson, 52. Member of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department until his retirement as a sergeant in 2008.

29

Margret “Margie” Ann Rogers, 85. Taught physical education at Stephens College.

30

Kenneth Sloan, 56.

31

Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda, 35. Refugee from Congo, spiritual leader. “He had a good heart. He was a man that wanted everything good for his family,” said his friend Caritas Habimana.

Nancy Taylor, 89. Stephens College professor of fashion and merchandising for 25 years.

 

JUNE

3

Alan W. Harris, 47. Drove semi-trucks around the country for 26 years; followed NASCAR.

4

Robert Eugene Alvis, 74. U.S. Army veteran; worked for Red Weir Athletic Supplies.

5

Carel Lewis Griffin, 95. A lifelong farmer, worked until six months before his death.

6

Linda Alice Prowell, 62. Telephone operator, English teacher.

8

Norma Falloon, 80. Teacher, world traveler, worked for State Farm Insurance for 33 years.

Arthur Edward Gilmore, 85. Farmer, owner of tractor and machinery dealership.

9

Margaret A. Petrus, 82. Homemaker, active member of the Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church.

10

Mary Kathleen Edwards, 71. Librarian and adviser. “... She was so incredibly pleasant, friendly and approachable," said her friend Shawn Wallace.

Jo Ann Coates, 77.

11

Fern Robie, 90. Grew up on a farm; loved to cook and garden.

Henderson “Doc” Johnson, 83. Retired from MU plant engineering in 1988.

13

Gwendolyn B. Shofner, 89. Active member of Fairview Road Church of Christ.

14

Ercell Leon Miller, 92. Pioneering dentist with an active practice for 50 years. “... Not only dedicated to excellence in his professional life but also very dedicated to the betterment of the community,” said Lynn Miller, his son.

15

Fred Henry Meinershagen, 90. Professor with the MU College of Agriculture, published genealogist, world traveler.

16

Nancy Jane Freeman, 79.

Jean Fleming Rossman, 90. Reading teacher, world traveler.

John William Thomas, 89. Retired from the Missouri State Highway Department.

17

Daniel Cody Horine, 20. Liked to work on cars with his father.

Phoebe B. Goodman, 80. Arts volunteer; first president of Congregation Beth Shalom.

19

Doris Ann Faingnaert, 57.

Violet Nell Hackmann, 82. Retired cook for the Southern Boone County School District.

20

Robenette Quint, 55. Registered nurse and fiber artist.

Robert Crane, 85. Printer, honorary member of the Ashland Masonic Lodge.

21

Zenobia Isaac, 66. Worked for the American Red Cross; “very outgoing, loved people,”  said her sister, Patricia Patrick.

Doris Strickland, 84. Worked for General, Ideal Corp and ACT.

Margaret Lillian Elkin, 95. Taught Sunday school at Hallsville United Methodist Church for more than 40 years.

23

Shirley Jean Townsend, 75. Active volunteer, mother, grandmother and friend.

26

Randy Griggs, 61. Worked for Central Missouri Food Pantry. "He would help you with anything you needed," said Sean Ross, a co-worker.

Vivian Joyce Erickson Nimmo, 70. Special education teacher, health planner, children’s book reviewer, columnist.  Executive director of Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity.

27

William A. Freelon, 60. Worked in horticulture, played banjo.

Rita Kay Ricketts, 70.

30

Franca Marie Puglisi, 94. Interpreter, seamstress, businesswoman. “She was actually a women’s liberator before women knew they needed to be liberated,” said Renata Maiorino, her goddaughter.

 

JULY

1

John Elmer Fichter, 86. World War II and Korean War veteran; soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rebecca J. Sarrazin, 60. Worked in the Columbia Public School district for nearly 30 years.

Rahmah B.T. Sakri-Hill, 44. Immigrated from Malaysia, attended Second Baptist Church.

2

Edward Dean Baker, 49.

Cora Sherman, 90. Worked for J.C. Penney and Southern Boone County Schools.

Ora Irene Hussey, 96. Worked in cosmetic sales for Avon and J.C. Penney.

Donald Gene Richey, 74. U.S. Marine, teacher, state fire investigator, insurance adjuster, firefighter and police officer.

3

Paul Stanley Shurnas, 44. Scholar, athlete and physician who specialized in bone cell biology and oncology.

4

Mabel Evelyn Allen, 98.

5

Boyd Davis, 76. City employee for 19 years and active member of the Nashville Baptist Church in Ashland.

Majorie Clellen Rippeto White, 87. Homemaker, waitress, bank employee. “She was a great mother and a wonderful grandmother,” said her oldest daughter, Colleen Scholz.

6

Mildred Janosko, 89. Avid gardener and baker.

Florence Moss, 89. University Hospital volunteer with interests in bird-watching, traveling, square dancing and making stained glass.

William Valdean Smith, 77. U.S. Marine test pilot, founded W. V. Smith Oil Co., owned Conoco Oil stations.

7

William H. "Bill" Cravens, 78. Farmer and Korean War veteran.

Virginia Jeffries, 87. Owned the Wigwam Restaurant.

Samuel Adam Robertson, 26. Fulton High School graduate,  F-15C pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force.

8

Grace Mary (Lynch) Reams, 90. U.S. Army veteran, accountant for Time magazine.

Marilee Howell, 82. Physical education faculty member at MU for 40 years; jogged four miles a day until she was 80.

10

Esther Christiansen Waal, 104. Earned a college degree at age 81; active volunteer and church member.

Francena Miller, 91. Professor of rural sociology and family studies; national director of the American Association of University Women.

11

George Washington Norman Sr., 81. Head cook and operator of Norman's BBQ.

15

Elicia Ann "Annie" Fischer, 72. Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, art gallery owner, real estate agent.

17

Jessie Foster, 90. Ran a gas station with her husband on Old Highway 40; farmed; active in the First Assembly of God Church.

Jim Craigmile, 85. World War II veteran; MU professor in the department of educational administration.

18

Arthur L. Roberts, 63. Worked for the city transfer and delivery in Columbia for 15 years and for 3M in machine maintenance.

19

Florence Neal, 69.

20

Noreen Charlotte Carl, 75.

21

John Taylor, 72.

Bob Lincoln, 78. Principal of Douglass High School, Russell Boulevard Elementary and Field Elementary; Korean War veteran.

22

Edgar Allen McGinnes Jr., 84. World War II veteran and MU professor of forestry. “He always saw good in people,” said his daughter Christine Borgmeyer

24

August Russell Wyble, 69. Worked for Dalton Concrete for 10 years and Columbia Ready Mix for 21.

Lyle Abbott, 92. Flew P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, editor and advertising executive.

26

Opal Hinshaw Fewell, 100. Collected antiques and enjoyed crafts.

28

Gladys L. Burnett, 98. Former teacher in Callaway and Cole counties.

30

Julius "Jay" Bruno Loesing, 90. MU pilot, established the Missouri Art Gallery, retired as a major with the U.S. Air Force.

Patricia Margaret Love-Tate, 57. Served with the U.S. Navy and a member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

31

Gerald Hagerman, 68. Army paratrooper; IBM employee for 36 years.

George Mazurak, 56. Journalist with the Fulton Sun Gazette and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

 

AUGUST

1

Thomas Neil Reifschneider, 49.  “There is probably not a play by the Tigers that Tom didn’t analyze,” said his sister, Laura van der Meer.

Paul Thomas King, 87. Education professor and director of the Testing and Counseling Center at MU.

James Wesley Wilson, 85. Won a medal of honor from All-America Selections, a gardening organization, for lifetime achievement; a sweet bay magnolia tree is named “Jim Wilson” in his honor.

3

Michael Schulte, 47. Prolific artist and nature photographer.

Edward  “Smith” Tate, 87. Loved telling stories of days when life was simpler.

4

Margaret “Peggy” Cline, 92. “She was a lifelong Mizzou fan,” said her daughter Rose Williams.

Ryan Nuckolls, 22. A junior at Columbia College majoring in English and German and a published poet.

Marsha Anne Bower, 59. Worked at Total Environments Garden Center; landscape gardener and supervisor at MU.

7

Patricia Cuffy, 68. Worked at Boone Hospital Center for 20 years.

9

Caitlin Valora, 20. MU junior in sociology.

12

Margaret Mae Klug, 95. Volunteered at Boone Retirement Center and The Bluffs.

Darrell Lee Richardson, 57. His mother, Charlene Burnett, described him as a kind, gentle person always trying to help others.

16

James E. Berkley, 84.  Worked for MFA Insurance Co.; founded Silvery Insurance Co. His family described him as a caring, quiet man.

17

Mimi Hess, 59. Dedicted to her children’s education; worked at University Hospital.

18

Lucille E. Meyer, 97. Taught music to students for 44 years in rural schools.

Brenda Kay Ewing, 58. Worked at Missouri Girls Town until 2009.

19

James Mahan,  87. World War II veteran and a lifelong carpenter.

20

Mary Goldstein, 90. Professional swimmer and teacher.

21

Emogene Burks, 93. "A wonderful mom and grandmother,” said her daughter Nancy Coleman.

Stanley Rudy Sadich, 85. Former Columbia Public Schools teacher and professional baseball player for the St. Louis Browns.

24

Sandra Abell, 54. Director of the MU Science Education Center and a Curators’ Professor of Science Education.

28

Michael Ray Mings, 55. Delivered flowers, drove a bus for people with disabilities, led a Bible study for truck drivers at Midway Travel Plaza.

29

Mary Margaret Adkins, 93. Proud of her work with the cosmetics company Avon.

Mary Burch Nirmaier, 89. A pilot during World War II who received a Congressional Gold Medal for her efforts in the war this year.

30

Betty Evelyn McMillan, 79. Active in Rock Bridge Christian Church.

31

Deana Ruth Smith, 71. "My mom loved her family very much," her daughter Robin Scruggs said.

Nigel Kalton, 64. MU professor and a giant in the world of mathematics.

 

SEPTEMBER

2

Arthur J, Robins, 89. Professor of psychiatry, director of MU’s School of Social Work and founder of the Columbia Art League with his wife; taught at the Honors College until 2010.

4

Harry Morrison, 82. Music professor at MU, choir director at First Presbyterian Church, narrator for the MU marching band and director of 150 musicals.

8

James E. “Jimmy” Armistead, 71. Computer programmer, restaurant manager, timeshare salesman, apartment manager, insurance salesman.

9

John Thomas Jones, Jr., 82. Member of Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame  and the Missouri State Bowling Association.

Mary Louise Baumgartner, 98. Loved piano, singing and the St. Louis Cardinals.

MaryLou Wright, age undisclosed. U.S. Army veteran, physical therapist, middle school English teacher and literary scholar.

11

Bob Edwin Chaney, 82. Mechanic for Chrysler, Pontiac, Volkswagen and MU.

12

Michael Eldon Chandlee,  21. Liked to hunt, fish and play softball.

Margie Haddock Watson, 84.  Actively involved as the president of the Officers Wives Club in New York and Washington, D.C.

13

Jose Luis Lindner, 62. Taught Spanish at Stephens College before becoming a prominent developer of Columbia shopping centers.

14

Charles Kenneth Quisenberry, 92.  Dedicated to his career as a barber.

Herbert L. Sauer, 100. Worked with MU and the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare conducting research on geographic influences on cause of death.

15

Wendell E. Buckler, 86. World War II veteran, manager of Electrolux Vacuum in Columbia, founding member of Camp Gideon, dedicated to Calvary Baptist Church and "just a great guy,” said Rod Klobnak, a 30-year colleague.

16

Lorene Bangert Emmerson, 85. Volunteered with the League of Women Voters of Columbia, Boone County Democratic Party, Central Missouri Humane Society, Boone Hospital Center, University of Missouri Health Information Center and American Cancer Society.

18

Kathleen Ann Olden, 62. Registered nurse, hospital administrator.

19

James Allen, 78. Korean Army veteran.

20

Illa Mae Turner, 76. Worked in retail sales and as a medical assistant; loved dogs and her family. “She wrote the book on unconditional love,” said her daughter Linda Eagle.

Kenneth Lloyd Coleman, 78. Former firefighter and carpenter.

Raymond John Balulis, 60. Worked in the maintenance department at Boone Hospital Center for more than 30 years.

23

Mildred C. Edwards, 87. Switchboard operator, insurance saleswoman, restaurant manager, owner of rental properties.

25

Sandra Lee Young, 65. Started out as a cosmetologist before spending the majority of her career doing what she loved: baking and cooking.

27

Jeromy Lee Brown, 34.

28

James O. Davis, 94. Chairman of the department of physiology at the MU School of Medicine; conducted experimental heart research; member of the National Academy of Sciences. "He was always hardworking, very scientific, very honest and loved to fish," his son, Larry Davis, said.

 

OCTOBER

1

Harry “Bud” Ackmann Jr., 85. "(He) had a very kind heart. He loved to joke with people, and he was a big Missouri football fan," said his daughter, Sheila Robertson.

2

Eli Douglass Gibson, 2 days old.

Ruby Nadine Jackson, 92. Worked in retail at The Purple Shoppe and Park’s department store, then owner of The Wholly Cow Creamery with her daughter.

3

Erma Anderson Oliver, 94. A member of three separate PTA groups for a total of 29 years.

Galena Estelle Hartman, 77. Taught English in Laos; worked for the National Fisheries Resesarch Containment Center.

4

Bertes Alva Clayton, 89. Personal caretaker for the Visiting Nurses Association, passionate gardener.

8

Melvin Eugene "Slim" Perrigo, 77. Earned his nickname because he was 6 feet 4 inches tall and skinny.

Hugh D. Smith, 41. Dedicated hunter and fisherman. "He always put everyone else before himself, always,” said Jay Greenwell, a longtime friend.

9

Mona Belle Parker, 94.  Ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and founder, along with her husband, of the First Assembly of God Church.

11

Evelyn Jane Young, 72. Longtime elementary school teacher and avid bridge player, earning Life Master status. 

David Martin Vemer, 82. Member of Olivet Christian Church, veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and respected cattleman.

12

Nora “Teeny” Duffy Parks Gibbons, 91. Prolific painter with work exhibited at the Tiger Hotel and the Boone County Historical Society. She left behind beauty, strength and great love, her family said.

RosaLee A. Hofbauer, 86. Worked at Columbia Savings Bank for many years.

13

Walter R. Horn, 93.  Plant manager for MFA Oil in the Midwest and the Middle East.

James Unger, 76.

14

Allan Purdy, 96. Founding president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

16

Gwendolyn Knight Lucas, 92. Golfed until she was 80.

17

William Raymond Williams, 103. Farmer, bookbinder and handyman.

18

Ina Ruth Murray, 91. Member of the Athens Rebekah Lodge 383; Noble Grand in 1988.

21

Mary Ann Dugan, 83.

23

Engelbert Ssekasozi, 73. A scholar with doctorates in philosophy and adult education, a law degree and two master's degrees; taught at Lincoln University.

Ralph Howard Mueller, 71.  Founder of Columbia Winnelson Co., mentored others in the plumbing business, participated in professional fishing tournaments.

Donald J. Brenner, 78. Longtime professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Ruby Irene Johnson, 103.

24

Jonathan Edward Remus Tamerius, 13. A natural athlete who excelled at sports.

25

Ronald Fabion Fager, 81. Worked as a supervisor for GTE, founded Contact Communications Corp.

26

Herman “Shinnie Bones” Hartley, 87.

29

James R. Pringle, 57. "He had friends all over town. Everybody liked him,” said his father, Oran Pringle.

30

Shirley Ann Fry, 86. Active volunteer and card player.

Robert Reifschneider, 80. Faculty member in the MU College of Education, professor of education administration and director of the Educational Placement Office.

31

Audrey E. Davis, 77. Loved spending time with her family and friends and member of the Suffolk Boat Club.

Wayne Hunter Featherston, 80. Served in Korea and Vietnam; opened the first Radio Shack in Columbia, where he worked for the remainder of his life.

 

NOVEMBER

2

Ronald E. Smull, 69. Practiced law in Columbia for 44 years.

3

William “Bill” Anderson, 86. U.S. Navy veteran; worked at State Farm Insurance for 40 years; passionate bowler.

4

David McKeeman Scott, 88. U.S. Army veteran, golfer, music teacher and singer; worked for Scott Foresman and Co. for 35 years.

5

James Lewis Rogers, 33.

6

Rudolph “Jack” Dykes, 72. Former supervisor of MU Department of Residential Life.

8

Rosetta Sublett, 80. "Our life was pretty much art and flowers. I did the planting, and she did the watching," said her husband, Albert Sublett.

9

Mary Marguerite Kirk Lohman, 84. Worked for MFA Oil and the Missouri License Bureau.

Mary Kay Mueller, 65. Sang on Broadway and in performances of “Mass” by Leonard Bernstein at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

11

Tom Dan Beary, 45. Worked with his family at Bargain Barn, also as a bartender and business manager.

12

Marilyn Maddux, 81. A professor in the MU School of Social Work.

13

Diane Elizabeth Tipton Cross, 51. Worked for University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and JES Holdings.

William W. Russell, 81. Korean War veteran, chemical engineer, science and physics teacher; worked for Monsanto for 34 years. "He loved and was fascinated with the world, the heavens and the natural world," said his daughter, Marianne Marti. "He saw it with a poet's eye."

14

Ronnie Harmon, 62. Retired from Harold G. Butzer in Jefferson City after 36 years.

15

Ivan Hull, 82. Served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam; worked for General Telephone and Electronics for 20 years.

Marion “Benny” Sullivan, 90.

16

R. Carol Hatfield, 69. Liked to quilt, sew, cook, trail ride and play the fiddle.

17

Beulah Ralph, 83. A strong advocate for educational quality in Columbia Public Schools, she retired after working 58 years for the district.

Roger Dean Campbell, 59. A truck driver for Remsel Corp.; loved golf and choir.

21

Daniel W. Hall, 96. Spent 20 years as foreman for John Epple Construction, then founded a company and built custom homes.

Charles “Chuck” Wilms, 68.

Robert “Bob” Frank Jurgensmeyer, 75. Military veteran, president of Philips & Co.; developed the Colonies Office Plaza and Country Club Village.

Donna Rae Marple, 68.

24

Laurel E. Anderson, 94. Teacher, faculty member at MU, U.S. Army veteran.

William Jesse James, 54. A drummer for several bands, including Wide Eyes, Ponytail Crooks, White Rock Prairie Band, Blues Night Band, Blue Steele, the Mode and SRE.

25

Juanita Black-Morris, 84. Retired from the MU School of Nursing in 1989.

Edward Harlin Locklin, 83. Navy veteran, worked for McDonnell Douglas, retired as an electrical engineer.

27

Earl Smarr, 82. U.S. Air Force veteran and building contractor.

28

Iris Elliott, 94. Supported MU athletics; married for 66 years.

William Gasperson, 29. "He was always smiling," said his wife, Sarah Ballard. "He was a happy, funny and caring person."

 

DECEMBER

1

Donna L. Coen, 69. Noted high school basketball player, watched MU sports. "She was one of the people, you always knew where you stood with her," said her son, Jeff Chandler.

2

Robert Roy Grissum, 66. Worked for Midway Travel Plaza.

4

Ruth Virginia Dall Bank, 84. Assisted pediatricians, worked at Boone County Hospital, loved to travel. "She always had a caregiver personality," her son, David Bank, said.

Irene B. Dugger, 95. She and her husband were known as devoted volunteers and active members of the church, school and community of each town where they lived.

Oeun Meas, 66. A native of Cambodia, he relocated here after losing family members in the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.

6

Jean Ann McCartney, 73. “She made it clear that her children were her top priority and was fiercely loyal,” said her son, Brian McCartney

10

Allen York, 49. Member of Grace Bible Church, loving father and grandfather.

Dorothy LaRue Daggert, 95. Taught high school for many years.

William Hillenbrand, 52. Worked for Ralston Purina for 30 years.

13

Merle Belcher, 95. "She was easy to get along with and easy to talk to," said Chrissy Jones, executive administrative assistant at First Presbyterian Church.

Donald R. Kemper, 76. Taught Sunday School at Grace Bible Church.

Helen Louise Smith Burnham, 57. Social worker for Visiting Nurses, Boone County Health Department, Ronald McDonald House and Missouri River Hospice.

Elroy John Peters, 88. Soldier, humanitarian, agronomist and loving family man.

15

Frances Koepke, 61. Worked for her family at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.

16

Charles Edgar Harr, 84. Service engineer for IBM for 36 years and a Mason for 50 years.

17

Robert Wilborn, 55. Taught English literature for 20 years in Moberly and Springfield.

Sabina Yasmin Saba, 32. Theater activist promoting female empowerment and human rights in Bangladesh.

18

Mary Anastasia “Ann” Karrer, 96. Eucharist minister and volunteer.

19

Earl Wayne Crowley, 76. Played bluegrass and country music on his guitar, private pilot and car enthusiast.

22

H. Leroy Nickerson, 68.

Joseph Emery Montie, 70. Associate professor of surgery at MU, adventurer and pioneer of advances in transsexual surgery.

Aletha Mae Turner, 67. Loved cats, the Chicago Cubs, Missouri Tigers and Carl Edwards.

23

Lee Edward “Ed” Brown, 73. U.S. Army veteran and diesel mechanic for the city.

24

Ellen Catherine Horton, 67.

Alan L. Koehn, 57.

25

Sylvia Turley Price Lasley, 92. Logged more than 6,000 miles on her exercise bike.

26

Martin Lee Mahula, 89. U.S. Air Force veteran and public school teacher.

29

John C. Ledgerwood, 86. World War II veteran, lumberjack and vice president of MFA Oil Co.


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Samantha York January 10, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.

allen was a loving husband.

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