2011 deaths: Remembering those we lost in Columbia

Monday, January 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:56 p.m. CST, Friday, January 13, 2012

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb was one of many people we said goodbye to in 2011. As a new year begins, we look back at hundreds of others in Columbia and Boone County who died in the last 12 months.

Robb, 69, was having dinner out to celebrate the birthday of his son, Adam, on Sept. 24 when he left the restaurant and collapsed on the street. He also had been a state representative.

Milton Glick, former dean of MU's College of Arts and Science, died April 16 at age 73. He also had been provost of Arizona State University and president of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Journalism historian William Taft died Feb. 21 at age 95 after a career at MU that spanned 25 years and touched the lives of more than 10,000 students.

Architect Pon Chinn died June 8 at age 84, after contributing a number of notable buildings to the community, including the terminal at Columbia Regional Airport, the A.L. Gustin Golf Course clubhouse and the Langley Atrium at the First Christian Church.

MU English professor J. Donald Crowley died July 1 at age 78; law professor Greg Scott, 54, died walking to class Aug. 22; and Shao Hua He, a retired MU College of Agriculture research chemist, died Sept. 14 at the age of 73.

William "Mac" Jones, 83, an energetic and popular teacher of Shakespeare at MU for 30 years, and his wife, Ruth, 82, died Aug. 18 of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Donald K. Anderson, also an English professor at MU and associate dean of the graduate school, died Nov. 3 at age 89.

Lawrence G. Morehouse, professor emeritus of veterinary pathology and retired director of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at MU, died March 2 at the age of 85.

David A. West, a business professor at MU for 44 years, died June 29 of polio complications. He was 77.

Bishop Alonzo Monk Bryan, who served as pastor of Missouri United Methodist Church for nearly 20 years, died Aug. 20 in Dallas at age 97.

Carl Connor, a lifelong educator, celebrated his 100th birthday Jan. 20 and died Aug. 31. After graduating from Douglass High School in 1929, he was denied admission to MU because he was African-American and later earned a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University and a master's degree from Indiana State Teachers College.

Dr. Gwilym Lodwick had been chairman of MU's Department of Radiology and interim dean at the MU School of Medicine. He died Sept. 25 in Florida at 94.

Boone County Treasurer Jan Fugit died Feb. 1 of unforeseen medical issues at age 43. Gov. Jay Nixon had appointed her to the position in March 2010.

Pat Barnes died Feb. 11 at age 69 after serving Columbia as a city councilman, founder of the Boone County Fire Protection District and vice president of operations at a real estate firm.

Another former councilman and civic leader, Les Proctor, died March 15 at age 68. He was among the sixth generation of his family to be born in Boone County.

The Missourian has compiled a comprehensive list of obituaries the newspaper published during 2011. They are listed by month in the order they died. Those who would like to add other loved ones to the list may reach us at We will add them to the list as they are submitted.


John Riley, 70. Owned The Peppermill restaurant (now The Brick) in Moberly for 17 years. 

Robert W. Pharris, 48. Sergeant 1st Class in the Missouri Army National Guard; agriculture specialist in the Missouri Agri-Business Development Team IV; brought farming techniques to Afghan families.

Peggy Leach, 69. Taught fifth grade and elementary vocal music in Columbia public schools for 38 years: violinist and vocal musician.

Bill Doiron, 52. Worked for University Medical Center and MU Residential Life; member of the Columbia Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Bessie P. Cornelison, 87.

Fred E. Neiger, 100. Director of the Baptist Student Union at MU for 25 years; professor of theology at MU. 

Vicki A. Jackman, 58. Employee with Cunningham Plus Associated architecture firm. 

Iva Belle Nordstrom, 102. Ran a dairy farm with her husband in Broomfield, Colo.

Xianqin Wang, 74.

Robert M. Sutton, 61.

Sue "Oni" Maxwell Dalton, 95. Member of King's Daughters; volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Boone Hospital Center Auxiliary and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Jack Morgan Kelly Sr., 89. Served in Japan during World War II with the U.S. Army; played semi-pro baseball in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bernard Leslie "Bernie" Christain Jr., 68. Enjoyed riding his Harley.

Roger Lee Teague, 63. Served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War; employee of MU.  

Thomas Laurence McCain, 64. Navy veteren; taught in both Marshall and Columbia; supervisor at Centeral Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises. 

Carol Ann Porter, 52. Employee of University Hospital and Clinics; loved playing sports.

Lola Harriet Dorman, 74. Registered nurse; member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Tomie Powell, 75. Born in Japan; owned Kasai the Tailor sewing shop; member of The Kaedekai Japanese Club; dressed and danced in traditional kimono for celebratory events.

Anne Cree, 86. Born in Italy; worked part time at the Columbia Daily Tribune and Shelter Insurance.

Vera Louise O'Dell, 97. Worked for the Detroit Board of Education and MU School of Home Economics; member of Columbia Art League; avid supporter of MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Maude Worstell, 77. Enjoyed showing prized Gelbvieh cows with husband; worked as nurse's aide at University Hospital. "She enjoyed delivering babies," daughter Pamela Stenger said.

Charles Rohrer, 47. Liked hosting parties and making others laugh; was a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. 

Carroll Davis, 80. An avid reader and volunteer at the Columbia Public Library for 20 years; raised sheep, cattle and horses.

Marian Martin, 84. Member of Columbia PEO Chapter MA and the Columbia Art League; works of art chosen for the American Association of University Women's "Women in Arts" exhibit and the Missouri Council on the Arts touring exhibit. 

Clarence Ralph Cochrane, 88. B-24 pilot for the Army Air Corps during World War II; worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Home Program.

Michael Jeffrey Miller, 22. Received a certificate of recognition from the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for sound design; National Merit Scholar; Muscular Dystrophy Association Ambassador.

Kim Dey, 56.

Anne Fisher, 92. Born in Scotland; head of American Airlines' stewardess school in Chicago; loved playing the piano; wife of Roy Fisher, former MU journalism dean.


Janice Sue Fugit, 43. Boone County treasurer; manager of finance at the Boone Hospital Center for 30 years; worked for the Missouri Department of Insurance and Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Ricardo Sam Perri, 62. Worked at the Truman Veteran's Hospital for 26 years becoming the chief supervisor of food services; favorite pastime was fishing with his son.

Ralph Guy Maledy, 86. Received Purple Heart for injuries received serving in the U.S. Army in World War II; former chairman of Columbia Housing Authority; former president of Columbia Chamber of Commerce; former Columbia Third Ward city councilman.

Steven A. Dunbar, 62. Vietnam veteran; dispatcher for Century Link.

Margaret M. Barbero, 85. Gardened at The Wardrobe and Ronald McDonald house for more than 20 years; volunteered as a Pink Lady at University Hospital.

Leslie "Les" Bradshaw, 61. Opened Les Bradshaw Painting; avid bowler; member of the Eagles Lodge and the Oakland Baptist Church.

Gertrude J. Bridgett, 90. Homemaker and minister's wife.

Morris N. Turner, 91. World War II veteran; volunteered at local ministries and Veterans Hospital; carpenter.

Bettie A. Chick, 74. Employee of MU for 30 years; member of the Christ the King Agape Community Church. 

Lisa M. Labrie, 42. Loved to write.

Helen Amedeo, born in 1919.

Marjorie Soloman, 92.

Theresa Bernice Wood Christy, 99. Worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Services and MU; among first researchers of frozen prepared food, food mixes and microwave ovens.

Haywood Strickland Hullender, 91. World War II Navy veteran; ordained minister; worked for Cities Service Oil Co.

John Patrick "Pat" Barnes, 69. Founded Boone County Fire Protection District; served 14 years on Columbia City Council; vice president of Executive Affiliates Inc.

Peggy Cobb, 52. Employee at Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.; tutored math and science at learning center.

Dewey Franklin Steven, 65. Refurbished mobile homes; enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Robert Jackson Bevins, 82. U.S. Army counterintelligence officer; taught at Kansas State University and MU; scoutmaster for Troop 705.

Mary Hovey, 55. President of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars; loved fishing in Canada.

Gordon Dale Davis II, 54. Studied plants' resistance to bacteria and their hormonal growths; loved dogs. 

Jerry F. Graham, 69. Member of National Cowboy Hall of Fame; was asked to sing at the Grand Ole Opry; started Heart of America Sales.

Wilma Lillian Owenson, 79. Registered nurse at Boone Hospital Center for 15 years.

Charles Lloyd Byers, 88. World War II Army veteran; member of RSVP Volunteers and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Kenneth Dale Davis Sr., 74. Worked for Rider's Trucking.

Ralph Huffstutter, 91. Army flight engineer in World War II; mason of 32nd degree; president of Missouri Horticulture Society; started Huffstutter Orchards. 

Diane Katherine Holthouse, 47. Registered nurse at Boone Hospital Center; member of League of the South; attended First Assembly of God.

Michael Swanson, 59. Member of the Nostalgia Superstock Club; fixed and sold rare cars.

George Christopher Bishop, 50. Worked for Nordyne for 32 years; owned Main Street Pub in Boonville; member of Jaycees and Eagles.

Robert Linton, 66. Owned and operated Fidelity Financial Services; true passion was the outdoors.

William Taft, 95. Journalism historian; member of the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame; taught journalism at MU for 25 years; wrote 12 books.

Kathleen Watkins, 57. Delivered flowers for Schnucks; enjoyed the beach.

Mauricio Hurtado, 69. Born in Colombia; accounting professor at University of Cauca; talented musician.

James Thomas Head, 64. Served with U.S. Navy as firefighter; worked at Columbia Fire Department for 25 years.

Kristen Leigh Hornig, 26. 

Maniben A. Patel, 97. Born in India; loved to cook.

Michael DePriest, 41.

Grace Virginia Bacon Ferrier, 97. A teacher for 43 years; awarded first place for best nonfiction in 1987 from the Society of Midland Authors; wrote two books.

Catherine Ruth Lauderdale, 56. Member of Missouri United Methodist Church.

Della Spees, 83. Taught elementary school; accomplished bowler and golfer; once made a hole-in-one. 

Margaret Louise Wood, 85. Member of Bethany Baptist Church; served as Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher.

Cecil Maurice McDonald, 66. Veteran of the armed forces.

Barbara A. Kidwell, 69. Member of the Southern Boone County Senior Center; enjoyed quilting and dancing.


John Blakemore, 81. Served with U.S. Air Force and Missouri Air National Guard.

Lee Owens, 88. Librarian for the American Home Economics Association; member of the American Society of Picture Professionals.

Jane Eleanor Clark, 81. Associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism; helped establish Edgar Snow Fellowship.

Lawrence G. Morehouse, 85. Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at MU; worked for the USDA and the National Animal Disease Laboratory; member of the Missouri Symphony Society.

Mae Robinson, 85. Hobbies included bowling, fishing and playing cards.

Patricia  "Pat" Beall Sullivan, 70. Small aircraft flight instructor; passionate volunteer with the Red Cross; member of the Mensa society.

Robert Bartel, 87. Director of United Fund (later United Way); consultant for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; served as pastor to multiple churches.

Genevieve Masters, 92. Attended Northminster Presbyterian Church in Kansas City and Oakland Christian Church in Columbia; enjoyed sewing and knitting.

Karole Hughes Weise, 64. Manager of the Public Finance Co. and the Avco Finance Co. in Moberly; loved crafts.

Mary "June" Kay, 76. Secretary at MU. “A lot of people just loved her,” daughter Cheryl Kay-Brown said.

Lorna G. White, 83.

Jayden Kai Haas, 2. Loved tractors, trucks and buses. “He was going to be a good man,” said his mother, Megan Haas.

Yinetta E. Hatton, 54. 

Betty L. Jennings, 93. Member of Fifth Street Christian Church.

Nelson McGary, 90. Rode a pony to school; enjoyed sharing his faith.

Nellie Irene Palmer, 87.

John M. Franz, 83. Served in Army of Occupation in Italy; professor of biochemistry at MU; wine connoisseur.

Trevor F. Watson, 82. Obstetrician and gynecologist; world traveler; started his own seed and feed company.

Louis Vincent Holroyd, 86. Born in Canada; taught the fundamentals of physics at MU for 38 years, co-wrote a lab manual for the department, spent 12 years as  department chairman.

Elizabeth Joan Kennedy, 72. Worked at 3M in Columbia for 22 years. "She loved family and going to auctions," said her daughter, Rita Estes. 

Robert Larry Clemens, 66. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps; worked for the Columbia Missourian press room; member of Center Point Church.

Lucy Mildred Schooler Hall, 102. Elementary teacher; founding parent of Rise and Shine 4-H club; member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Bill Fletcher, 75. Korean War Army veteran; worked as a mechanic, pipe fitter, welder and truck driver.

Michael Ray Tindell, 48. Served with the U.S. Air Force; member of the Praise Assembly of God.

Clifford N. Penserum, 62. Vietnam veteran; member of the Disabled American Veterans; member of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

Les Proctor, 68. Former mayor of Columbia; sixth generation of family born in Boone County; involved in Rotary International.

Raymond L. Forsee, 93. Crop and livestock farmer for more than 70 years; bought first tractor in 1951; worked at the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Laura B. Spence, 49. Registered nurse at Boone Hospital Center; member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church; loved to read and work puzzles.

Alice Marie Newman, 57. One of two female workers at a rock quarry; loved movies.

Emma Ethel Vogt, 87.

Mildred M. Pauley, 90. Homemaker and farmer.

John K. Critser, 57. Gilbreath-McLorn professor for comparative medicine at MU; enjoyed hiking and photography.

Carson Russell, 89. Worked on a farm; active church member.

Gertrude Frances McDaniel, 88. Raised foster children; volunteered as a clown; member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

Vivian Alice Clark, 91.

Billie Sue Lanham, 84. Raised pet crows growing up; was in first graduating class at Hickman High School.

Mary Hopkins Sellers, 87. Professor of cultural anthropology at MU.

Betty A. Countryman, 89. Worked at Truman Veterans Hospital; enjoyed making quilts and dolls. 

Vivian Shepard, 86. Taught for 30 years.

John A. Young, 66. Vietnam veteran; entrepreneur. 

David Davis, 83. Born in Scotland; psychiatrist; professor at MU; published poet; award-winning photographer.

Harold Victor Bieller, 90. World War II Army veteran; professor of poultry science at MU; responsible for the research and development of the Egg-A-Day Chicken.

Anna Rose Speichinger, 79. Lover of cats and country western music.


Kyle Justin Major, 31. Fluent in Portuguese; played the oboe; world traveler.

Kenneth Blanford, 45.

Joan Louise Lehr, 76. Real estate broker; enjoyed boating and dancing.

Jerry N. Jones, 73. Navy veteran; mayor of Sedalia; appointed to Missouri State Coordinating Board of Higher Education; worked for Toastmaster Inc. for 30 years.

Connie S. Bush, 63. Librarian for 40 years; taught Sunday school.

Charlie Beldon "C.B." Miller, 79. Korean War veteran; liked to fish and cook.

Gary Filbert, 81. Marine Corps veteran; coached basketball at Missouri Western State University; executive director of Missouri Show-Me State Games.

Nylen W. Edwards, 90. Assistant dean of MU's College of Business and Public Administration; regional officer of Kiwanis International; founder of the Daniel Boone Little League.

Tekla Johnmeyer, 62. Enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Virginia Lee Jackson, 88. Taught for the U.S. Department of Defense; taught for the Department of Interior Adult Education Program; wrote poetry.

Robert Demorest Miller, 91. Grew up in Columbia and graduated from MU;  World War II veteran; professor emeritus of soil physics at Cornell University.

Gordon Russell Sabel, 84, Army Air Corps veteran; Civil War enthusiast.

James Adelbert Buckman, 85. World War II veteran; founding member of Columbia Sportsmen's Club.

Henrietta Smith Fields, 91. MU employee; enjoyed working outdoors with flowers.

Larry Ewings, 61. Worked for Columbia Water and Light for 33 years.

Milton D. Glick, 73. Dean of MU's College of Arts and Science; executive vice president and provost at Arizona State University; president of University of Nevada, Reno.

Alice R. Brownlee, 91. Member of Cecil Taylor Circle of Kings Daughters; member of Kappa Kappa Gamma national board; board member of State Historical Society of Missouri.

Venita Goldie Redman Elder, 84. Volunteered at the Truman Veterans Hospital; enjoyed outdoor activities.

Cheryl K. Kroha, 63. Bookkeeper for city of Columbia for 13 years; worked with Visiting Nurses (now Boone Hospital Home Care).

Druly A. "Skip" Meadows, 77. Helped open Granny's Antiques in Rocheport; skilled mechanic, plumber and electrician.

Joy C. Duren, 80. Active at the Columbia Area Senior Center; member of the First Christian Church.

Phillip Carlton Reiss, 59. Spent part of his childhood in Taiwan.

Harry H. White, 77. Neurologist at the Truman Veterans Hospital; World War II enthusiast; president of local chapter, National Rifle Association.

Ken Vandeloecht, 72. Worked for University Chrysler; singer and performer.

Mary Lou Bassford, 71. Worked at the former Gary Post-Tribune in Indiana covering weddings and lifestyle content; loved nature.

Matthew Meyers, 39. Enjoyed music, photography and computers.

Gary Dean Carter, 53. Truck driver; started Gary's Home Improvement.

Virginia J. Orton, 88. Worked at the YMCA-YWCA in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dorothy M. Jacob. Worked at Boone County National Bank for 68 years; first female bank officer in Boone County.

Mary Elizabeth Rea Proctor, 95. Had tea with Irish President Mary Robinson in Dublin; involved with MU's Museum of Art and Archeology and peace studies.

Michelle Leigh Brown, 38. 


Edna Franklin, 84. Classically trained opera singer.

Michael Jon Dyer, 62. Nurse at University Hospital; worked in restoration and remodeling construction.

Doris Louise Gibson, 81. Secretary at Columbia Regional Airport; founding member of Columbia Area Senior Center.

Ethel Christine Lemonds, 75. Registered nurse.

Karen S. Taylor, 71. Elementary teacher; an active member of Columbia's Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Columbia Mother Singers and the Hy-Vee Breakfast Club.

Robert Doyle Hudson, 72. Carpenter and construction worker.

Blake Merson, 10. Loved professional wrestling.

Jesse James Wilbert, 79. Worked at Daimler Chrysler Corp.; avid fisherman.

Judy C. Morgan, 71. Registered nurse at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Columbia HealthCare Center; collected thimbles.

Dortheda Leath, 86. Member of the First Christian Church in Columbia; enjoyed reading and watching birds.

Melissa Grace Phelps, 39. Member of Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia.

Phillip Allen Stewart, 67. Regional fisheries manger in Montana; vendor at Columbia Farmers Market.

Helen Amanda Wade, 96. Enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, playing bingo.

James R. Holland, 87. World War II veteran; worked as civilian port engineer; chief engineer on casino boats.

Maurice Stack, 89. Built hangars for Boeing; owned Callaway Lumber Co.

Margaret Frances Jacobs, 104. Worked at The Candy Factory; cook and seamstress; member of the Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church.

Bonnie Jean Buescher, 84. Worked as a bookkeeper; collected toothpick holders.

Guy D. Baker, 61.

Dolores LaVonne Heizelman, 81. Member of Liberty Baptist Church in Columbia; loved to bowl and play bingo.

Wilma Gentry, 94. Served in Army Nurse Service; accomplished artist.

Bertha Ida Steffen Hussmann, 95. Nurse at St. Louis Children's Hospital, volunteered with American Red Cross; taught Sunday school.

Finley Thomas Tate, 84. World War II and Korean War veteran; worked at Bendix Aviation Corp. in Kansas City for 12 years; spent 25 years as personnel manager at publishing company Modern Handcraft Inc. in Kansas City.

Gladys Mae Young, 73. Elevator operator at the Tiger Hotel; senior choir member at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

Mary Caroline Trapp McRoberts, 92. Girl Scout troop leader; PTA president; active in the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Mildred L. Winscott, 93. Founding member of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia; statistician for the Department of Agriculture.

Judy Maye Rippeto Perkins, 69. Medical transcriptionist for 40 years.

Mary Pauline Russell, 52. Worked security at Fulton State Hospital; loved camping and picnics.

Rosemary Dohring, 79. 

Kathleen Marie O'Neal, 81. Seamstress at the National Garment Co.; enjoyed bingo.

Roberta Jane Werner-Monning, 58.  Seamstress for the TT Group Shoe Factory in Aurora.


Melvin Joe Heath, 79. Korean War veteran; independent painting contractor; coached baseball in the Diamond Council Little League.

Geraldine Ruth Lange, 79. Taught piano; member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. 

Mariah Greenwood, 68. Played the piano and harpsichord; studied religions.

Elizabeth Ann Barnes, 85. Reporter for Kingsport Register and The Richmond New Leader; taught at Stephens College.

Dale Edward Hassler, 73. Army veteran; owned and operated Mizzou Bar-B-Cue; passion for racing.

Everett Leo Funk, 85. World War II veteran; superintendent at Lancaster High School; owner and president of Schuyler County State Bank; world traveler.

Maxine Gladden Norman, 86. Nurse's aide at Waynesville Hospital; collected birdhouses, salt and pepper shakers.

Pon Chinn, 84. Born in China; architect; designed Columbia Regional Airport terminal; professor at MU; opened first Chinese restaurant in Columbia.

Luther Wayne Gladney, 83. Columbia restaurateur.

Vickie L. Diehl-Bangs, 59.

Joshua Taylor Boyer, 13. Member of the New Oakland Baptist Church in Ralls County; enjoyed fishing, baseball, music.

Viola M. Campbell, 97. Registered nurse at MU Student Health Center; active member of Altrusa.

Martha Huelsman, 93. Proofreader for publishing company.

Mercedes Duncan Smith, 98. Supervisor of public health nursing in Jackson County; loved nature and the outdoors.

Annette McLean Garver, 84. Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma; avid reader; crossword puzzle enthusiast.

Marie Esther Burrow Welborn, 79.

William Alexander Reynolds, 18. Disc jockey; interested in music.

Nettie Jeanne Potter Heiwig, 80. President of Illinois State PTA; founding member of the Galva Art Council.

Anthony Mario Diullo, 38. Bartender at Booches.

Ralph Munson, 79. MU professor of entomology.

George F. Gehlert, 82. Army veteran; owned Gehlert's Shoes; member of the Optimist Club; member of Washington City Council.

Robert Riley Caldwell Sr., 97. World War II veteran; outdoorsman.

Linda K. Currier, 59. Montessori teacher; started 9th Street PreSchool; board member of Jefferson City Figure Skating Club.

Jeremy Michael Nevils Porter, 19. Wm. McCoy Award winner, Marching Mizzou; member of Phi Mu Alpha.

Billy Lee Dibben, 69. Navy veteran; enjoyed arrowhead hunting.

Sean E. Radcliff, 20. Marching Mizzou; member of Phi Mu Alpha; member of the Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band.

Carol Jean Conley, 51. Worked at University Hospital and Clinics; member of Forum Christian Church; owned Arabian horses. 

Elwyn Ewer, 95. Choir director and organist at First Christian Church; sang in the choirs at First Christian Church and the MU Choral Union.

David West, 77. Professor in MU's Trulaske College of Business; helped make MU campus wheelchair accessible.


J. Donald Crowley, 78. Lover of literature; writer and publisher; taught at the University of Delaware and then in the MU English Department.

Lyle Allan Harris, 77. Member of the Columbia music community; stationed in Japan with the Air Force; had a passion for libraries and good food.

Patricia Kraff, 72. Worked as a psychiatric nurse and health educator in a substance-abuse center; served as a nursing supervisor in a state mental hospital; active volunteer.

Robert Habenstein, 96. Was professor in the sociology department at MU from 1950 until his retirement in 1981.*

Leaha Sue Skaggs, 2 months, infant daughter of Jeffrey and Meyra Wyant Skaggs.

Carl Wayne Nichols, 58. Worked for MU as a cement mason for 11 years; served in the armed forces; a recreational golfer.

Betty Bruner Wood, 92. Worked for Stephens College as a secretary in the music and English departments.

William Grey Bell, 23. Columbia College student; worked part time with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

Ruby M. Stone, 84. Worked at the MU athletics department ticket office for 25 years.

Joab Sublett Jr., 89. World War II veteran; worked for the city of Columbia for more than 30 years at Columbia Municipal Power Plant in a supervisory position.

Adalene Peace Felts, 88. Teacher at Russell Boulevard Elementary School in Columbia; gardener knowledgeable about flowers.

Lola Stewart Brooks, 89. Made more than 150 quilts by hand; antique collector throughout her life.

Danny Joe Rector, 66. Woodworker and gardener; worked as a carpenter for many years.

Alice (Padova) Anderson, 75. Earned four master's degrees in extension education, home economics education, community development and social work at MU; started a home health care business, Companion Care Inc., in 1988; dance instructor for more than 30 years.

Robert Wayne Poe, 62. Loved being outside; worked as a groundskeeper at MU.

Willard Price Hall Roberts III, 68. Optician for 15 years; co-owner of a printing and office supply store in Neosho; drove trucks in his 60s; a minister in two states for more than 30 years.

Marvin Allen Reeder, 78. President of the Sunrise Optimist Club from 1986 to 1987; exalted ruler and state chancellor of the Columbia Elks Lodge 594; enjoyed barbecuing and cooking outdoors.

Mildred L. Elkin, 89. Dedicated to education; started Hallsville's first kindergarten program. "She was a lady in every true sense of the word," said her daughter Kena Forbis.

Norman N. Carver, 92. Stationed in Hawaii with the Marine Corps during World War II; worked as the supervisor in the manufacturing department at Couples Aluminum Co.

Tamara (Knepp Poore) Romero, 49. Worked for catalog retailer Montgomery Ward and as an administrative assistant for the New Mexico Corrections Department.

Janet McMickle Roddy, 99.

Robert Kent Gibson, 57. Worked as a CAD designer; served with the Coast Guard.


Carol Bo Sun, 18. Graduated from Rock Bridge High School; volunteered for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri; enjoyed basketball, singing and collecting card games.

Mary Ella Cathey, 87. Worked for West Junior High School and Hickman High School as a secretary; member of the Fabulous 50’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary; enjoyed making ceramics.

Alice Elizabeth West, 63. Worked for Consolidated Public Water Supply District No. 1 for 26 years as a clerk; member of the Wings Around Tiger Town Camping Club.

Alice Sublett Howe, 95. Teacher at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Singer Sewing Center; known as talented seamstress.

Morrison Ibibo Oduye, 78. Studied in France, London and MU to complete his doctorate; native of Nigeria.

June Ridgway Tull, 90. Active member of community and church organizations; worked as a secretary to the comptroller at Stephens College.

*Christy Welliver, 59. Activist, dedicated to equal rights for persons with disabilities; co-founder and vice president of the PedNet Coalition; loved music.

Othelia Dixon Mengel, 91. Advocate of women’s rights; taught kindergarten and first grades in Columbia Public Schools.

Jack Edwards Alden, 84. Served in the Navy; foreman of heating and plumbing work at Hearnes Center; union plumber with Local 317; worked in his shop at home after retirement.

Donald J. Snedeker, 56. Member and president of the Cosmopolitan Club of Columbia; owner and manager of Missouri Stairway Lift Corp.; organized the Fourth of July fireworks events.

Joseph Wheeler, 19. Played in the Daniel Boone Little League; loved to hunt.

Smiley C. Herrin Jr., 94. Worked as Columbia regional postmaster; joined the infantry and served on the Philippine Islands during World War II; loved music and woodworking.

Patsy Ruth Corley, 76. Member of Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia.

Leland Smithson Salamon, 99. Worked as a comptroller for the Commodity Exchange Authority. “The most important thing to her would be her family and friends,” said her niece, Jane Foland Poore.

Charles Wayne Rowe Sr., 68. Member of Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia; worked for the 3M Corp.; veteran of the Missouri National Guard.

Lloyd Estes "Blackie" Blackburn, 83. Served in the Navy during World War II; worked at American Press; opened his own print shop in Columbia; co-founder and owner of Employee Data Forms Inc.; enjoyed golf and traveling.

William M. Jones, 83. English professor at MU who taught a popular course on Shakespeare's plays for many years; member of First Presbyterian Church; received a doctoral degree in English from Northwestern University.

Ruth Ann Jones, 82. Professor at Columbia College and Westminster College; received her doctoral degree in history from MU; taught piano in her home and played the cello in several Columbia orchestras; member of the IT Chapter of P.E.O., and the First Presbyterian Church.

Alonzo Monk Bryan, 97. Served as pastor of Missouri United Methodist Church for nearly 20 years.

Gary Rybolt, 67. Co-owner of The Music Suite; previously worked as a high school band director and chief pilot for Graybar Electric Co.

Joseph Michael Corcoran, 93. Served as a lieutenant commander during World War II; real estate broker and housing developer; golfer, fisherman, sportsman and reader; devoted Missouri Tigers fan.

Clarice Ann Godfrey, 67. Started playing piano at the age of 8; pianist for the Dripping Spring Christian Church in Columbia.

Gregory James Scott, 54. Law professor at MU; previously worked at Swanson Midgley Law Firm in Kansas City and the Missouri Attorney General’s office in Jefferson City; received the Graduate Professional Council’s Gold Chalk Award; leader of Boy Scout Troop 707; earned an Eagle badge.

Harrison Coburn "Harry" Rogers, 63. Worked with MU Campus Mail Services; purchased MU football season tickets for 30 years.

Cardula Henderson, 100. Worked as a clerk and cashier; had a strong spiritual life.

David Ray Wright, 63. Served two tours in Vietnam as an explosives expert in the Marines; awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart; worked as a quality manager; member of the Devil’s Icebox Victory Motorcycle Club.

Marvin Eugene Holmes, 46. Better known as DJ Ice.

Valvin R. Sinclair, 82. Served in the Navy on an aircraft carrier and in the submarine service during the Korean War; volunteered with the American Red Cross for 35 years.

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Morgan, 63. Co-founder and guiding teacher at Show Me Dharma; worked as a play therapist for acute and chronically ill children at University Hospital; led the expansion of Buddhist teachings in the Midwest in 1995.

Marvin Richard Sims, 93. Served more than 20 years in the Air Force; loved sports, a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Carl Connor, 100. Educator; dedicated to advancing education for black students.

Jimmy C. Davis, 72. Chief engineer for Boone Electric Cooperative; previously worked for the Columbia Electrical Engineering Department; enjoyed coaching softball, target-shooting and doing woodwork.


Ruth Royston George, 87. Home economist with MU Extension; earned the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Carolyn Ford Dickinson, 76. Received her Ph.D. in English from MU; professor at Columbia College.

Mary Delores Boatman, 69. Served at the U.S. Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego; worked as a clerk at University Hospital and Clinics.

A. John Anderson, 87. Served in the Army Air Corps as a radar technician in World War II; taught history, anthropology and African studies at Hickman High School; received two Fulbright Scholarship awards.

Dorothy "Dashing Dominique" Brackett, 59. Member of the housekeeping staff at Ellis Fischel Hospital for 20 years; belonged to the United Pentecostal Church in Columbia.

Alex "Bud" Wilson Smith, 96. Served in the Merchant Marines during World War II; worked for Sunshine Biscuits and MU Extension.

Gregory "Twig" Novak, 62. Founded Plaza Insurance Agency; loved historic homes and cars.

Ibbie Lorrain Richardson, 90. Enjoyed square dancing and quilting.

Juanita Marie Poe, 82. Worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Kansas City News, Auto Auction Central Missouri, the Boone County Fair Board and the Rocheport Water District.

Howard D. Berkley Jr., 91. Served as a pilot during World War II; lieutenant colonel in the Reserves.

Shao Hua He, 73. Worked for MU College of Agriculture as a research chemist; earned a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Georgia; completed post-doctorate at MU; native of China.

Fannie Gertrude Miller, 95. Member of Millersburg Baptist Church; enjoyed quilting, sewing and spending time with her family.

Bill "Punky" McMahon, 62. Served in the Vietnam War; received a Purple Heart; member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; helped promote awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder at the Truman Veterans Hospital.

Wayne Randolph Hall, 69. Loved to fish, hunt, play guitar and especially listen to country music; a woodsman.

Larry Gale Edwards, 70. Director of MU facilities; volunteered with the Reynolds Alumni Center and MU Botanical Garden Advisory Committee; member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Edith Rogillio Wright, 96. Teacher; assistant principal at Jackson High School.

Edward Robb, 69. Economics professor at MU; leading expert on governmental and tax analysis in the Midwest; state representative in the Missouri General Assembly; presiding commissioner of Boone County; principal of the firm Edward H. Robb & Associates.

Ira Chesley "Rocky" Powell, 81. Member of MU music faculty; received a doctoral degree from Oklahoma University.

Burdette "Bud" Lewis Frew, 77. CEO of MFA Inc. "He was a great husband, great father, great grandfather and a great businessman," said his wife, Byrdie Frew.

Gwilym Lodwick, 94. World War II veteran; chairman of MU Department of Radiology; interim dean at the MU School of Medicine; member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Melinda Maiorino, 91. Co-owned tailor and seamstress business with her sister.

Barbara Jean Clark, 67. Occupational therapist; played the piano, organ and bassoon; loved animals.

Daniel Edward Springer, 50. Supervisor of stage services for the Theatre Department at MU; member of Alpha Psi Omega; loved fishing, sailing, skiing, climbing and gardening.

Michael David Deering, 60. Worked at Tony's Pizza as a driver for 33 years.


Cuihua Zhang, 49. Associate professor at MU in the departments of internal medicine, medical pharmacology and physiology and nutrition and exercise physiology; researcher at MU's Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.

Jane H. Wiswall, 100. Worked as a postal clerk for Stephens College; enjoyed playing the piano and organ, cooking, sewing and gardening.

Paul Robb, 73. Worked for the Columbia Municipal Power Plant; owned area service stations, car sales and rental and other businesses; served in the Army; awarded an extended service ribbon.

Leona "Lee" McDaniel, 76. Private nurse at Boone Hospital Center; foster grandparent at Blue Ridge and Parkade elementary schools. “She was also a barrel of laughs,” said her sister Leahanne Johnson.

Betty Griggs Royer, 86. Teacher in children’s ministry for 68 years; member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Marilyn Painter, 85. Worked at First Bank of Commerce in Columbia as a teller. "She was recycling before we called it recycling," said her daughter Terry Ball.

Royda Crose, 72. Professor and director of the gerontology programs at Ball State University in Indiana; hosted a radio show on KOPN called "Women's Issues, Women's Voices."

Virginia Hanson Ladenson, 94. Teacher; worked for Stephens College; member of the vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Reba S. Nichols, 85. Homemaker; loved sewing and painting.

Mark D. Terrell, 47. Worked at Frost Electric in Columbia; enjoyed fishing, dove hunting, music; fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Esther Richardson, 91. Worked for General American Life Insurance and then Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance in St. Louis; seamstress and football lover.

Daniel Case, 64. Did years of excavating work in southern Boone County.

James Otis Williams, 62. Enjoyed taking walks, singing and sharing his testimony at church on Sundays.

Orles Brown Sigler, 95. Worked for State Farm for 39 years; served in the Army during World War II.

Alma Elizabeth Parker, 93. Financial secretary at MFA Inc.; charter member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Missouria Ann Reed, 78.

Katherine W. Smith, 95. Served the Army Air Corps during World War II; worked at the College of Agriculture Dean’s Office at MU; one of the first women deacons at the First Baptist Church; fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri football.

Helen Keitel, 72. "She kept everything together, always," said her daughter Teresa Nelson.

Ella Pigford Jones, 89. Worked for J.B. Deere Cedar Craft Co. in Osage Beach for about 35 years; golfer and softball player; adored animals.

Ronald "Tom" Baker, 71. Worked for State Farm Insurance Co. as a senior commercial accounts underwriter.

Michael Clinton Perry, 66. Earned a medical degree; medical director of clinical trials for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences at University Hospitals and Clinics; professor emeritus; named one of the Best Doctors in America.

Betty Cook Rottmann, 89. Worked at MU's Office of Public Information; founding member of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association; received the Governor's Humanities Award.

Russell D. Nichols, 89. Served in the South Pacific during World War II; worked for the Missouri State Highway Patrol; director of the Missouri State Fair.

JoAnn Hagans, 87. Member of the Ashland Order of the Eastern Star No. 309 for 60 years.

William Hughes Bennett, 66. Worked at the Electronics Instrument Lab at MU; served in the Navy for seven years.

Margaret Jean Marikos, 63. Meat cutter; fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gerald Paul Thompson, 77. Served with the Navy during the Korean conflict and the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Myrtle Adams Taft, 93. Loved making crafts; active in the Missouri United Methodist Church.


Donald K. Anderson Jr., 89. Served as an intelligence officer in the Navy during World War II; earned his doctorate in English from Duke University; associate dean of the graduate school at MU.

Donald Lee Poore, 79. Served for the Army in the Korean War; estimator for Rock Hill Asphalt; loved sports and fishing.

Charles Walter Fay, 26. Worked at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. "No matter what the circumstances were, he was cheerful," said his brother Jack Fay.

Virginia Day, 91. Member of Broadway Christian Church and served on the newsletter crew.

Emma "Susie" Blount, 82. Hostess for Retired United Methodist Pastors and Spouses; enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Margaret Hauschild, 96. Head librarian of the Conejo Valley Consolidated School District in California; taught at the Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity and Unity of Columbia.

John Rogers Cochran Jr., 74. Devoted to the Boy Scouts; loved shooting, fishing and canoeing.

Phyllis Elaine Leiby, 78. President of the Ladies' Auxiliary Chapter 280 and District 2; dedicated her time to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Janet Elizabeth Munroe, 70.

James "Jamon" Hickem III, 17. Junior at Hickman High School. Loved skateboarding and spending time with his friends.

Jack M. Curry, 80. Worked as a telephone installation and repair technician for more than 40 years.

Ruby M. Sapp, 93. Worked for Walmart. “She made it a wonderful day no matter what,” said her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Davidson.

Brigid Monica Holleran, 45. Worked as an accountant; active volunteer with animal shelters and animal rescue operations.

Mary Caroline Palmatary, 92. Librarian at Unionville High School in Putnam County; raised more than $20,000 for church missions over 20 years by quilting with her friends.

Helen Marie Ousley, 88. Worked as an assistant to the president of General Telephone & Electronics Corporation in Grinnell, Iowa.

Nicole Jean Vanderlip, 18. Student at Hickman High School.

Franklin Edward Daly, 61. Vietnam veteran; worked for United Parcel Service as a package and tractor trailer driver; owned Ed’s Quik Stop in Hallsville.

Jane Ann Weitkemper, 84. Teacher at Grasslands School near Centralia; worked at the Columbia Public Library, where she developed and ran the Outreach Department.

Doris Ruth Brandt, 94. Volunteered at the Columbia Public Library and The Wardrobe; enjoyed playing bridge.


Frieda Cathey-Willis, 86. Dedicated her life to children of Columbia public schools; worked in a number of school kitchens; long-time member of Christian Chapel in Columbia.

George William Nordholtz Eggers Jr., 82. Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the MU School of Medicine; emeritus professor at MU; elected president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists; helped shape the profession's best practices nationwide.

Tracy Dexter, 45. Landscaper; occasionally worked at Lucy's Corner Cafe; stationed in Bamberg, Germany, for two years in the 1980s. "If the mayor died tomorrow, there would be more people at Tracy's wake," said Lucy's cook Mark Canestraight.

Dorothy Mae Wittcamp, 80. Bridge player, reader, artist and golfer; owned and operated the Modern Book Shop in Kansas City for several years.

Kenneth Eugene Kite, 83. Led an adventurous life full of travel.

Kenneth Holdstock Baker, 87. Served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Walter Heidlage, 97. Associate professor emeritus at MU; member of Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity; extension agent for Osage and Bates counties; awarded a doctoral degree from Cornell University; a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.

David Knowles, 46. Owned Knowles Wholesale Auto with his wife; member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles; loved motorcycles.

*Mary Landa Glasgow, 98. Enjoyed reading, cooking and going to church.

*Kenneth H. Niemeyer, 83. Associate dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine; served in the Navy for three years.

Juanita Dailey, 74. Loved animals, antiques and Elvis Presley.

Laura Lynn Ahart Eckles, 49. Worked as a hair stylist at The Look for 18 years.

Walter Lee Maupin, 72. Earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics and a master’s degree in history and economics at MU.

Donald L. Wilmoth, 74. Served two years with the Army at the Fifth Army headquarters in Chicago; owner and an insurance agent at Don Wilmoth Insurance Agency for 33 years.

James "Tim" Williams, 58. Painted and photographed everything; an artist, poet and strong believer in Buddhism.

Martha Jane Livingston Decker, 90. Reading specialist for Columbia Public Schools; taught at Grant Elementary.

Preston Tyrone Shepherd, 54. Worked for Hercules/Dyno Nobel and then AllParts; enjoyed sports, especially football, baseball and basketball.

James "Jim" Alan Gierke, 64. Former president and owner of The Louisiana Press-Journal, Press Journal Printing, the Bowling Green Times and weekly newspapers, The Elsberry Democrat, the Troy Free Press, the Hermann Advertiser Courier, Lincoln County Journal and the New Haven Leader.

Norma Q. Stroupe, 85. Worked for MU in secretarial and accounting positions.

LaVaune June Schmidt, 82. Enjoyed reading, playing bridge and attending Bible study with close friends.

Margaret Adelle Garrison, 84. Managed Garrison Used Furniture for 15 years; served on the Doniphan City Council for 10 years. "The best way to sum up my mother is to call her a people magnet," said her daughter Ann Korschgen.

Patricia Perkins Moore, 83. Nurse at University Hospital in the mental health unit and rheumatology department; served St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Fred L. Baker, 73. Ran a vending route with Brown Amusement and Vending for 28 years; loved football, fishing and playing poker.

Mary Ann Bishop, 79.

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