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Columbia Missourian

In remembrance 2012: Those we lost in Columbia, Boone County

By Caitlin Jones, Lindsey Miller, Lauren Gatcombe
December 30, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Flowers sit by a grave in Memorial Park Cemetery in February.

COLUMBIA — In 2012, Columbia lost a number of distinguished and influential residents, including business leader Tom Baumgardner; cardio-thoracic surgeon and MU School of Medicine pioneer Dr. Hugh Stephenson; and longtime Columbia Tribune columnist Irene Haskins.

As a new year begins, we look back at hundreds of others in Columbia and Boone County who died in the past 12 months.

Baumgardner, 73, a financial adviser for Edward Jones for 45 years and dedicated community servant, died May 31. Stephenson, who was instrumental in converting MU's two-year medical program into a four-year school, died at the age of 90 on July 26.

Irene Haskins, 84, died Sept. 27, after a long career as a media personality in the community, writing columns for the Columbia Tribune and appearing frequently on radio and TV shows.

Business leaders included B.D. Simon, CEO of B.D. Simon Construction Co., a leading firm that built the MU Research Reactor, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Columbia Daily Tribune building. He died Sept. 26 at 96.

Other leaders included Paul Cheavens, Columbia's longest-serving police chief, who died Nov. 11 at 88; and Carolyn Leuthold, 79, a lifelong civic activist and consumer advocate, who died April 6.

A young soldier from Columbia who died serving in the Middle East was Sterling Wyatt, on patrol in Kandahar Province Afghanistan when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy IED on July 11. He was 21.

A number of MU faculty died in 2012, including Wayne Loch, 73, former professor of equine science and an avid team roper, who died Sept. 1; John Foley, 65, English professor and an authority in the area of scholarship called oral tradition, who died May 3; and Alex Bermudez, avian pathologist and director of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, who died Oct. 8 at age 55.

The former dean of the College of Arts and Science, Armon Yanders, died May 7 at the age of 84. A biologist, he had retired in 1994 as professor emeritus of the Divison of Biological Sciences. Eula Harold, 87, was an accomplished cellist and chair of the music program at Stephens College for 36 years. She died Aug. 13.

The Missouri School of Journalism lost three former professors: Henry Hager, 85, who taught advertising practices, died March 8; Joye Patterson, 86, who taught science writing, died April 16; and John Merrill, 88, who left a legacy at the school in ethics, philosophy and international media, died Sept. 20.

The Missourian has compiled a comprehensive list of obituaries the newspaper published during 2012. They are listed by month in the order of death. 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.


Kameron "KC" Gwin, 19. Enjoyed spending time with his friends, working on cars, playing video games and listening to music.

Leonard “Buddy” Christian, 54. Veteran of the U.S. Army; employed by the Richard Johnson Lawn Care Company; loved sports and was a devoted New York Yankees fan.

Reva Cornett, 95. Worked as manager of the ladies department at the J.C. Penney store in Columbia; retired as an employee in the admissions office of the University Medical Center; liked to play golf, plant flowers and garden around her home.

Lucille Ferguson, 90. Worked as a medical secretary and receptionist for more than 36 years; member of the Northwood Baptist Church in Columbia.

Mae Barnes, 95.

Helen Keown, 90. Volunteered for many organizations, including the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU; enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and socializing with her many Columbia friends.

Jerry Thornton, 74. Worked at the Econo Lodge in Columbia; served in the military; loved his cat, collecting nutcrackers and everything about Thanksgiving.

Mary Florea, 84. Volunteered for several organizations; adopted a number of pets and donated to the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance.

Roy "Steve" Wade, 55. Was a guitarist and lead vocalist in a band in Texas.

Betty Landreth, 71. Worked at Columbia Regional Hospital; made family members quilts, afghans, cross-stitch pictures; baked cookies, homemade bread and fudge.

Hazel Baurichter, 93. Librarian at Rock Bridge Elementary School and volunteer librarian at Memorial Baptist Church; member of the Ophelia Shepard Extension Club; loved to make quilts.

Edith Wright, 90. Received a citation of merit from the MU School of Law; member of the Boone County Bank Trust Department; worked as legal counsel to the Children's Code Commission of Missouri.

Lisbeth Yasuda, 33. Loved music; taught violin and piano.

Mark "Marty" Esser, 56. Assistant director of facility operations at MU; previously co-owned a plumbing business in Boonville; loved being outside, fishing and barbecuing.

John Miles, 78. Faculty member with the mechanical aerospace engineering department at MU; taught seminars about financial subjects.

Kyle McKinney, 49. Loved to play sports; known as a humble man.

James Cassidy, 81. Emeritus professor at MU; director of pediatric rheumatology; wrote hundreds of academic papers and a textbook; considered to be “the father of pediatric rheumatology"; served in the U.S. Navy.

Denise Twyman, 58. Employee of Eldon Drug for 26 years; enjoyed music and tended a flower garden.

Dorothy Stumpe, 93. First woman to receive the American Grand Championship award for her calf at the American Royal in 1933 in Kansas City; environmentalist and strong community member.

Betty Martin, 86. Sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" when the Planters Peanut Factory opened in San Francisco; director of the Hillside Nursery School.

Harmon Fansler Jr., 87. Served in the U.S. Army; worked in logging, heavy equipment operation and automotive mechanics.

Harry Sanders, 93. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; married for 70 years; worked as a welder and woodworker.

Lois Johnmeyer, 94. Taught first through eighth grades in mid-Missouri schools; served as a librarian at New Franklin and Fayette public schools; passionate about education and her family.

Robert Tsutakawa, 81. Former MU Department of Statistics chair; served as associate editor of the Journal of Educational Statistics; mastered the process of identifying the difficulty level of each question, or item, on a standardized test.

Ruth Kennedy, 53. Worked as a certified nurse assistant for 35 years; enjoyed watching and feeding birds and gardening .

Laura Melloway, 88. Owned a ceramics shop for 15 years in Ashland called Laura's Ceramics; loved helping others.


Virginia Norris, 93. Was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in agricultural education at The Ohio State University; served as the assistant director of the College of Home Economics for Extension at MU; member of the Historical Bethel German Colony; loved antiques and was interested in restoration.

William Goodge, 83. Director of the gift body program; secretary-treasurer of the Missouri State Anatomical Board; served on the Missouri Bird Records Committee; member of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps during the Korean War.

Walter Lawrence, 73. Worked as a brick mason for 45 years; served in the U.S. Army; loved spending time with his family.

Mitchell Matthews, 39. Served in the U.S. Army in Iraq; worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections as a corrections officer; member of the Warrior Riders.

Ruth Roe, 71. Enjoyed decorating her house; waitressed at Flaming Pit and Midway Travel Plaza, as well as several other restaurants in Columbia.

Barbara Morefield, 49. Worked as a registered nurse at Boone Hospital Center.

Michael Taksar, 62. Born in Moscow; began working at MU in 2002 as a math professor.

Sue Logan, 58. Worked as a barmaid, store clerk and on an oil rig.

Eric Alyea, 54. Served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Calvin "Joe" Genereux III, 23. Served as a rifleman in the Second Squad, First Platoon as a private first class in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 138 Infantry Regiment of the Missouri Army National Guard in St. Louis.

Paul Rexroad, 86. Served with the U.S. Army Air Corps where he trained as a navigator; worked for 25 years as an associate manager of MU's Experiment Station Chemical Laboratory; volunteered for the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.

Orlyn “Wray” Homan, 76. Loved practical jokes; worked for 28 years as a car salesman at Joe Machens Ford.

Timothy Bunton Jr., 27. Worked as a carpenter for Coil Construction.

Winifred Harmston, 96. Taught special education and adult literacy programs; was a riveter in the aircraft industry; worked in the library of Stephens College until her retirement.

William Dalzell, 86. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an aviation ordnanceman; director of alumni relations at MU and a founding member of the Tourin' Tigers program; raised funds and volunteered for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation.

Neil Koch, 70. Retired employee of Siegel-Roberts as a quality control manager; was a member of St. Paul United Church of Church of Christ; a City Council member from 1976 to 1978.

Joyce Carter, 77. Liked to make people laugh; always lent a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Fred Cervinka, 87. Graduated from MU with a degree in poultry husbandry; established and owned Heart of Missouri Poultry Farm and Enterprises.


Priscilla Guzman, 18. Enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in February 2011; played forward for the Rock Bridge High School soccer team.

Helen Johnson, 79. Worked at University Hospital for 30 years; employee of the month in 1981 at University Hospital; seamstress.

William Buckler, 93. Served in the U.S. Army during WWII; 17-year employee of MU in the refrigeration department.

John Hemminger, 64. Served three tours in Vietnam in the Military Police Detachment; police officer in Columbia for 20 years; liked to tinker with old computers and stay current with new electronics.

Henry Hager, 85. MU journalism professor; creative supervisor of advertising campaigns for major domestic manufacturers of automobiles; author of “Fireball,” a novel on his experiences in advertising.

DeAudre Johnson, 17. Member of the Douglass High School basketball team.

Betty Workman, 88. Worked at The Downtowner in Columbia for more than 15 years.

Irene Nolin, 73. Skilled card and scrabble player; enjoyed collecting hummingbird decorations.

Matthew Ross, 46. Former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City; certified animal caretaker in the Office of Animal Resources at MU for more than 20 years.

James “Fireball” Jenkins, 78. Thirty-one-year racing career; earned his nickname while racing in the early 1960s; won an “old timers” race in a car that had never run well.

Gertrude Dawson, 100. Worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for a year as a surgical nurse; worked with children suffering from polio as a public nurse; trained to fly a Cessna aircraft to treat children living on isolated farms.

Jo Ann Smarr, 76.

Frances Sackman, 99. A tennis advocate; loved to play Scrabble. 

Chester Logan, 97. Awarded silver star for service in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II; president of the Columbia Show-Me Cosmopolitan Club; owned West Side Barber Shop.

Anthony Luciano, 74. Served in the U.S. Army and the Air Force in top secret communications. 


Michael Blackburn, 66. Veteran of the U.S. Army; awarded five medals of honor, including the Purple Heart; director of emergency services at Boone Hospital Center in 1989. 

Sharion Shern, 77. Hospital administrator at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; became a bus driver for the Harrisburg School District after retirement; liked animals and farming.

Carolyn Leuthold, 79. Member of the Boone County League of Women Voters; received the Eleanor Goodge award for service; worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and conducted research and evaluated aging with other MU researchers.

Chong “Anna” Sin, 56. Ran an Asian food market; led a local church group called the Legion of Mary. 

Bryan Rankin, 17. Went by the name Phatman, given to him by his father, after gaining weight quickly as a baby.

John Schuder, 90. Spent much of his life as a peace activist; founding member of both the Columbia Friends Meeting and Columbia Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1961.

Robert Ault, 63. Knew how to play 27 different instruments, but mostly performed the piano and banjo at Columbia's Blind Boone Ragtime Festival, as well as other festivals throughout Missouri and nationwide.

Margaret Jarvis, 82. Worked as an office manager at Barzell Apartments; loved to garden and play the piano.

Ruby Howell, 67. Worked at Hannibal Regional Hospital; liked to debate politics.

Jerry Case, 63. Avid fly fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman; enjoyed making investments and owned several pieces of income property.

Avalene Kruger, 87. Worked at Kruger Plumbing, Heating and Tax Service; enjoyed going to antique tractor shows; liked to play the calliope; had an impressive Beanie Baby collection.

Joye Patterson, 86. Credited by journalism colleagues for inventing the modern approach to teaching science writing; taught science writing at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Noah Barkovitz, 97. Member of the Signal Corps in World War II; central figure as a member of Temple Israel in Blytheville, Ark., then as a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia.

James Morris, 54. Worked in the construction industry; owned and operated Morris Excavating LLC for more than 20 years; enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Marcelyn “Kay” Lewis, 62. Worked in Jefferson City for the U.S. Internal Revenue Services and for the past 20 years for the state Department of Revenue; liked to shop, watch cooking shows and listen to music. 

Mary McDonald, 80. Nurse at the Boone Hospital Center, University Hospital and the Department of Health; loved singing in the choir at Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg.

Ryan Lewis, 34. Worked as the frozen food manager at Hy-Vee on Conley Road.

Shirley Traxler, 76. Member of the Red Hat Society and the Show-Me Travelers RV Club.

Elizabeth Windmiller, 97. Taught millinery in the fashion department at Stephens College.

William "Slim" Somerville, 85. Served in the U.S. Navy; licensed pilot; substitute teacher.

Crystal Crane, 92. Spent her leisure time sewing before and after she retired.

Gladys Roth, 98. Worked in the real estate business for 50 years; opened Roth Gladys Realtor.

Eloise Brickner, 85. Enjoyed shopping with her daughter, going on walks with her friends and babysitting her grandchildren.

Carolyn Dolan, 19. Student at MU studying political science; played soccer and lacrosse; described as a shoe queen and fashionista.

Cynthia Collins, 55. 


John "Jerry" Epple Jr., 85. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; helped build notable buildings in Columbia. 

Calvin Ahlbrandt, 71. Mathematics professor and researcher at MU; lifelong learner.  

Marion Sorenson, 85. Served in the U.S. Army; MU professor of zoology.  

John Foley, 65. MU director and founder of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and the Center for eResearch; founded the Oral Traditions Journal.

Norman Devine, 94. Served in World War II; loved driving all over Missouri and traveling across the country; collected built-to-scale toy tractors.  

Gary Elder, 60. Loved to teach and mentor children; passionate about helping autistic and mentally disabled children; enjoyed taking bass fishing trips. 

Armon Yanders, 84. Former MU College of Arts and Science dean; volunteered with the Golden K Kiwanis Club. 

Howard Pemberton, 92. Decorated soldier in the U.S. Army; worked for Riback Supply Co. for 26 years.   

Robert "Bob" Pauley Jr., 89. Owned Bob Pauley Electric in Columbia; member of VFW Post 280; favorite hobby was bowling.   

Martha Morris, 83. Worked for General Telephone for more than 10 years; enjoyed sewing, quilting and traveling with family; canned homegrown vegetables.   

Dixie Botner, 84. Taught first grade for 10 years; worked to develop a public administration program at MU.

Michael Harms, 28. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps; spoke three languages including Korean, German and English; loved baseball and photography. 

Ethel Todd, 79. Loved animals, gardening and caring for her family. 

Jim Hellmann, 57. Musician and songwriter. 

James Froese, 75. Former MU art professor; enjoyed sketching, painting and fishing. 

Robert Smith, 85. Served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer; worked for the Columbia Fire Department for 30 years. 

John Elias, 75. Former MU marketing professor; fisherman and hunter; horse and dog trainer. 

Jane Smarr, 89. Enjoyed traveling, taking road trips and touring national parks.  

James Kroon, 55. Served for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Air Force; enjoyed traveling; member of the Central Missouri Motorcycle Riders Club.  

John "Jack" Kennedy, 84. Owner of Columbia Brick and Tile; had a passion for the history of early aviation; member of the Mid-Missouri Civil War Round Table.   

Ruth Williamson, 86. Enjoyed crocheting; was a skilled seamstress.  

Don Webb, 83. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force; former MU business school professor; loved gardening.  

Virginia "Ginny" Starks, 67. Enjoyed quilting, golfing and playing Bunko. 

Gary Logan, 60. Interested in science, technology and math; enjoyed music and playing the guitar. 

Linda Barnes, 58. Was a Center for Responsive Education data specialist with Columbia Public Schools;    

Thomas Baumgardner, 73. Columbia business leader; financial adviser for Edward Jones;  member of the board of directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce; active in the First Presbyterian Church.

Jimmie Algiere, 71. Served as a U.S. Marine; worked at the University Hospital for more than 20 years as a painter; loved carpentry.  


Helen Nelson, 88. Loved to travel with family; visited all 50 states; supportive mother.

James Burk, 80. MU professor for 30 years; assistant bandleader in the 60th Army Band; president of Blue Key, a national leadership organization.

Thelma Halbert, 89. Long-time member of Grandview Baptist Church in Centralia; enjoyed singing in her church's choir, gardening and traveling.   

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, 61. Self-employed contractor. 

Dorothy "Dottie" Dillow, 86. Prominent participant in social and philanthropic organizations; member of King's Daughters.  

Wanda Freie, 78. Worked for Columbia Public Schools for more than a decade.  

Virgil Moore, 89. Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II; recipient of a Purple Heart; U.S. Postal Service employee for 34 years.

Gary Whitehead, 70. Served in U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart; served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Hallsville Baptist Church. 

Eric Jansing, 40. Worked at the Missouri Research and Education Network with the University of Missouri System for 15 years.; loved rock 'n' roll. 

Berry Kelly, 88. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; teacher and education consultant.

Creola Jones, 97. Teacher for 26 years; counselor at Northeast Missouri State University; volunteered at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and the Daniel Boone Regional Library.   

Jessie "Dub" Miller, 91. Devoted time to Dripping Spring Christian Church; worked as a mechanic for the city of Columbia for 32 years.    

Sylvia Woods-Dixon, 74. Douglass High School graduate; licensed practical nurse; worked at the Los Angeles County Hospital for 31 years.

Ann Ford, 76. Member of the Ruth Circle of the King's Daughters and Sons for more than 45 years; enjoyed playing bridge and cooking. 

Larry Starke, 65. Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star for his service; worked as a firefighter for 12 years. 

Betty Hoffman, 81. Worked as a bookkeeper for Como Tire for nearly two decades; enjoyed volunteering especially at the Rainbow House; loved cooking.  

Herbert Williams, 74.  

Kasiani Aslanidis, 82. Dedicated to family businesses; loved to cook, garden and spend time with family.   

Frank Wegner, 69. Served in U.S. Army for 10 years; worked for the Columbia Daily Tribune; passion for cooking.  


Brayden Anderson, 8. Played on the Ashland Optimist Club youth basketball team and flag-football team; enjoyed riding his bike and reading. 

Alexandra Anderson, 13. Honor Roll student; member of the Yearbook Club and Student Council. 

Mary Dierkes, 59. Mathematics teacher at Jefferson Junior High School, Columbia Catholic School and MU; involved in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. 

Albert Rotundo, 80. Held administrative positions with the federal government for 42 years; honored by Vice President Al Gore for helping develop awards and recognition programs at the Education Department.  

Zane Lee, 20. Served in the U.S. Army Reserves 7228 Medical Support Unit in Columbia; Eagle Scout. 

Robert "Bob" Miller, 91. Spent 37 years representing J.B. Lippincott & Co. and Harper & Row Publishers;  St. Louis Cardinals baseball and MU fan.

Sterling Wyatt, 21. Served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; Eagle Scout; black belt in Taekwondo.

George Marshall, 65. Served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps; co-founder of the Missouri Pride Softball Organization.

Bernadine Ford, 87. Docent at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology; contributed weekly to St. Francis House; played music at Columbia Manor's church services.  

Dona Gaddy, 93. Head nurse at the Marshall State School and Hospital; served on the Graduate Nurse Advisory Council to the MU School of Nursing. 

Nicholas Holland, 21. Loved books; curious and passionate about learning; enjoyed playing pool with his father.   

Hugh Stephenson Jr., 90. Distinguished cardio-thoracic surgeon; led the effort to establish a four-year medical school at MU; University Hospital's first elected chief of staff; served Beta Theta Pi fraternity in many capacities; president of the UM System Board of Curators. 

Janet Saunders, 51. Worked at Environmental Dynamics International in Columbia; enjoyed cooking, gardening and antiquing. 

Ernest Falloon, 87. Served in the U.S. Army; loved volunteering; enjoyed traveling.  

Mark Williams, 64. MU graduate; civil engineer with firms in Chicago and Kansas City; private pilot.

Bernice Zobrisky, 86. Loved gardening, reading and baking; longtime member of Oakland Christian Church.  

Jerome Antel Jr., 88. Served in the Navy during World War II; electrical engineer who taught at George Washington University; founding member of the Mid-Missouri Bonsai Society.   


Robert Wood, 27. MU honors graduate in biological sciences and interdisciplinary arts. 

Aditi Avhad, 25. Earned bachelor's degree in dental surgery in India; graduate student in health administration at MU; worked at the MedZou clinic. 

Mechelle Stewart, infant.  

Ashley Rapp, 28. Worked as an aide at Missouri Psychiatric Center; enjoyed spending time with friends and family, fishing and sports.  

Klifton Altis, 88. Master sergeant during World War II; owner and manager of the Barzell Inc., an apartment rental company in Columbia, for 44 years; member of the Missouri Symphony Society.   

William Foley, 74. Established Foley and Sons Construction Co.; served in the Army National Guard; passion for singing.

Brian Cook, 44. Information technology expert; tested banks' Internet connections to see if there were any vulnerabilities in their security that hackers could breach; Pittsburgh Steelers football fan. 

Jane Jenkins, 54. Loved to fish on the Missouri River. 

Ronald Davidson, 72. MU custodian; avid reader; enjoyed gardening and music. 

Thomas Wood, 51. Worked at Urology Associates of Central Missouri for more than 20 years; enjoyed biking, hiking and Missouri football. 

Eula Simmons Harold, 87. Graduate of Juilliard School of Music in New York; accomplished cellist; chair of the music program at Stephens College for 36 years. 

Mildred Pauley, 91. Worked as a secretary at insurance companies in Columbia; enjoyed sewing, quilting and making doll clothing for her daughters and nieces. 

Helen McLaughlin, 84. Worked as a photo lab technician for Today's Farmer Magazine for 33 years; enjoyed traveling and dancing. 

Jerry Hunter, 77. Served three tours in Vietnam; worked for the Boone County Sheriff's Department; volunteered at the International Order of Rainbow Girls in Columbia.  

Sandra Kormeier, 69. Practiced nursing for 44 years; actively involved in childbirth education and women's health care.  

Barbara Kay, 73. Served in the Army Signal Corps; enjoyed spending time with her family and taking camping trips.  

Timothy "Kelly" Needham, 21. MU student studying business administration; positive role model. 

Lucy Scheerer, 97. Strived to help others; hard worker; loved to crochet.  

Marquis Landrum, 73. Owner of Landmark Bank; instrumental in the expansion of the family banks across Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas; played collegiate football at Yale.

Helen Pearl Cornell, 101. Lived in Columbia for 100 years; loved gardening and baking.  

Clifford Caruthers, 76. Taught English literature at several universities and colleges, including MU; editor of Ring Lardner's letters; played collegiate baseball; established Marmot Press.   

James McCartney, 76. Director of MU's International Center; interested in international studies specifically Asian culture; loved to travel. 

Rosanna Whitesides, 72. Formerly worked at Boone Electric Cooperative; involved in the Eagles Auxiliary; enjoyed sewing, traveling and reading.  


Wayne Loch, 73. Professor of equine science at MU for 35 years; received various awards from the MU College of Agriculture; passion for teaching and horses.

Elizabeth Smith, 81. Member of the Memorial Baptist Church, the National Art Honor Society and the National Association for Northern Cherokees.  

Nell Gardner-Roderick, 79. Sang in a faith-based musical group, Gospel Girls; loved cooking; encouraged her children to follow their dreams.  

Albert Nichols DeRousse Jr., 53. 

Eva Jo Sapp, 68. Passionate about protecting the right to vote; former League of Women Voters president; editor for the Missouri Review. 

James Terrian, 90. Worked at ABF Trucking in Chicago; enjoyed traveling, reading books and playing bridge; loved the St. Louis Cardinals.  

Susan Buchner, 47. Mother and grandmother; loved playing bingo and reading. 

Richard Boggs, 84. Funeral director; served in the Navy during World War II.

David Peters, 82.  

Helen Girard, 95. Nurse for more than three decades; lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II; member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for more than 20 years.

Judi Hourigan, 68. Started the women's department at Barth Clothing Company.

Raymond Lee, 92. World War II veteran; worked for MFA Oil Co. and Phillips 66 in Boone County; longtime member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 280.

Jennie Olson, 90. Member of the Columbia Seventh-day Adventist Church; worked as a nurse's aide at Truman Veterans Hospital.  

Shirley Frasier, 77. Worked for the Cardinal Glennon Hospital and later for the U.S. Postal Service.   

John Merrill, 88. Journalism scholar, advocate of a free press; professor at the Missouri School of Journalism; taught workshops and gave lectures around the world. 

Jennifer Bradley, 36.

Derryl Schake, 69. Served in the Marine Corps.  

Frederick Lewis, 70. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War; won the National Yamaha Fishing Tournament in 1992.   

Leslie "Spencer" Wegener, 86. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; graduated from MU in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture; farmer with a passionate about soil conservation. 

Bernard Simon Jr., 96. CEO of B.D. Simon Construction Co. that built the MU Research Reactor, First Baptist Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and other prominent buildings in Columbia; U.S. Army veteran;  held numerous positions on community boards and committees.

Irene Haskins, 84. Longtime columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune; received the Missouri Press Women's 1986 Woman of Achievement Award.    

Norris McDaniel, 82. Served in the Korean War; enjoyed taking float trips; avid fisherman.

Sydney Denninghoff, 60. A nurse at the University Hospital and Institute of Outpatient Surgery and Boone Hospital; provided volunteer medical services in Mexico. 

Fred Todd, 92. Served in Navy during World War II. 


Ray Quick, 62. Loved music, playing the guitar and poetry; ironworker with Local 396. 

Bertha Ravenscraft-Perkins, 84. Devoted mother and wife; retired from the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in 1982; member of Praise Assembly of God Church. 

Dale Sechler, 85. Received doctorate from MU in plant biology; MU professor in the agronomy department as a small grains breeder; retired in 1989 with designation as professor emeritus.  

Douglas Steuerwald, 59. 

Lena Ardrey, 86. Helped her mother-in-law run the family restaurant; worked in the food service industry most of her life. 

Florence Jones, 104. Received her degree in teaching.  

Kenneth Tompkins, 73. Enjoyed doing wood work; started Tompkins Construction; formerly designed and built on-board computers for airlines.   

Alex Bermudez, 55. Avian pathologist and director of the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory; member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists; elected president of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Eleanor Dude, 92. Teacher for nearly 40 years; passion for reading; member of the Missouri State Teachers Association and the International Reading Association.  

Lois Gerzen, 84. Member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of Union Veterans; loved traveling; visited all 50 states. 

Isla Mae "Kitty" Crane, 91. Worked as secretary for her husband.

Mary Shaver, 74. Leading scholar in advertising and communications for more than 25 years; passion for teaching; one of the first editors of the Journal of Advertising Education. 

Thelma McArthur, 96. Loved books, nature and traveling. 

Dorine Bartlett, 87. Worked in the insurance industry for 40 years. 

Ada Bartlett, 91. Worked as a translator for the Office of War Information during World War II; spoke four languages; editorial researcher for Time Magazine; volunteered at hospitals and soup kitchens. 

Carolyn Rumph, 75. Passion for cooking; enjoyed reading and had an interest in etymology; loved to travel. 

Ralph Anderson, 79. Extensive academic career in endocrinology and dairy science; conducted DNA research to improve milk production in cows at MU.  

John Rabbit, 72.  

Jerome "Jerry" Jett, 81. Served in the U.S. Air Force; Korean War veteran; 60-year member at the Odd Fellows Lodge. 


Dorothy Weir, 83. Founder of Red Weir Athletic Supply in Columbia; previously taught in Tina, Stockton and Eldon public schools.

Carmen Wood, 95. Worked at the Daniel Boone Regional Library; president of a Methodist women's group; master crossword puzzler.   

David Craig Sr., 73. Worked for Columbia Ready Mix, a concrete-mixing company, before retiring; enjoyed golfing and building and repairing computers.  

Beuna Ridenhour Lansford, 90. Teacher for 35 years; hostess of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Boone Hospital Center; local, state and national officer of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. 

Faye Sharp, 76. Taught mathematics for more than 30 years, including at Hickman High School. 

Joyce Crouch Waterbury, 53. Volunteered at the Central Missouri Food Bank; involved in the ceramics program at Paquin Tower.

Sheila Robertson, 51. Missouri School of Journalism graduate; worked for media companies including the Kansas City Star.

Nadine Quisenberry, 86. Fond of stitching, singing and ceramics.

Cory Braden, 28. Enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting.  

Paul Cheavens, 88. Columbia's longest serving police chief; veteran of the U.S. Air Force; earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his service during World War II. 

Freddie Tyler Rudkin, 18. Graduated from Southern Boone High School in May; played basketball, football and ran track.

Leland "Chip" McCray, 95. Flew his Cessna airplane for 40 years; enjoyed taking his grandchildren on trips to view Missouri from above; raised turkeys and grew corn and soybeans on his 80-acre farm before working in construction in the 1960s until the 1980s. 

John Harvey McHenry Dunn, 75. Served in the U.S. Army; joined the MU faculty in 1968; started the Turfgrass research program at the College of Agriculture; served as the department's director of graduate studies; retired in 2006 but continued to teach until 2009. 

Godfrey "Kirk" Hickam, 83. Homebuilder and land developer for 39 years; loved the outdoors, camping and fishing, rebuilding lawnmowers and listening to country music.  

Mickie Jenkins, 88. Active in King's Daughters, Republican Women and various women's circles; volunteered and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader; taught junior high Sunday school classes at Missouri United Methodist Church. 

R. Dean Long, 62. Worked as a building supervisor of Clydesdale Hall at the MU Veterinary Teaching Hospital until he retired in 2011; enjoyed camping and traveling.

Gloria Seabaugh, 73. Enjoyed singing, playing the piano, baking, sewing and interior decorating; worked as the director of human resources for the city of Columbia.

Bill Shoe, 72. Enjoyed taking his family on scenic drives and taking his grandkids outside to look for deer; loved music, playing the guitar and bowling.  

Venkataseshu Kuppuswamy Ganjam, 72. MU professor of veterinary biomedical sciences since 1981; loved teaching; enjoyed traveling and following cricket.   

Marylou Mayse, 64. Graduate of the MU School of Home Economics in 1970; involved with Show Me Farms raising registered shorthorn cattle. 

Frank Dexheimer, 85. Served in both World War II and the Korean War; pursued a surgical career after receiving his medical degree in 1952 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren.     


Wilma Via, 90. Housed soldiers in the 1960s who didn't have a place to stay; had 25 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren; worked in the central supply unit at MU's Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. 

J. Barton Boyle, 79. Associate director of the MU Health Care; president of the Woodrail on the Green Homeowners Association; enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. 

David Jonassen, 65. Professor of educational psychology; wrote 37 books, 182 journal articles and 67 book chapters along with numerous other types of publications. 

William Pingelton, 88. Joined the U.S. Air Force at 16; first soldier to start the B-24 bomber; mentored MU students after retiring from his gynecological practice in 1995.  

Ruth Buescher, 85. Member of the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame; enjoyed recreational vehicle camping with friends; grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.  

Beulah Clemons, 96. Dedicated mother; active in the women's group at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church; 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.   

Marie Crenshaw, 95. Graduate of MU School of Nursing in 1944; MU football and basketball season ticket holder for more than 40 years.

Karen Cox, 57. Known for rescuing cats and dogs; worked at a phone company since 1971. 

James Lamb, 90. World War II veteran; received three Bronze Stars for bravery; member of the Columbia Police Auxiliary, the Scottish Rite and the Downtown Optimist Club where he was president from 1962 to 1963 and lieutenant governor in 1964. 

Clarence Castleman, 69. Member of the Local 257 Electrical Union; enjoyed music and playing guitar. 

Emily Ferguson, 19. MU sophomore; varsity volleyball player for Kirkwood High School near St. Louis.

Michelle Morrow, 24. Graduated cum laude from MU in 2010; studied biological sciences; loved to travel; lifelong member of Forum Christian Church.  

Clayton Hill, 83. Enjoyed spending time with grandchildren; loved traveling; traveled to all 50 states. 

Nell Atchley, 103. Enjoyed telling ghost stories; loved Van Gogh and enjoyed painting.

Curly Joe Harper, 63. Harmonica player and singer in mid-Missouri blues community. 

June Fansler, 80. Loved singing; played the Hawaiian guitar; member of the Evangelical Free Church.  

Ellen Kackley, 62. Enjoyed volunteering and playing golf; worked part time for the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance.

Anita Robinson, 59. Taught at North Callaway R-1 for 30 years; enjoyed reading and crafts.

Loretta Holt, 100. Hard worker; devoted to family; enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. 

Robert Henry, 77. Columbia police officer from 1956 to 1960; moved to Arizona; enjoyed traveling.

Jo Dozier, 71. Worked for Shelter Insurance for 30 years.

Claude Barton, 96. World War II veteran; career military officer; MU professor of military science; executive director of the United Fund; keen interest in hammered dulcimers.

Robert Eugene Riddell, 54. A proud "Boone County boy"; avid NASCAR fan; helped his family operate its business, Town 'N Country Tires and Batteries.

Mary Jane Grundler, 93. Spent 38 years with the MU College of Education; frequent consultant and speaker at state, regional, and national professional meetings; active in national and campus teaching associations; longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mildred Rae Pifer, 89. Retired registered nurse; attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Annavesta Watchinski, 90, former school counselor at Hickman High School and social worker at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Volunteer for Missouri United Methodist Church.

Marcia Easley, 69. Loved gardening, square dancing and quilting; devoted to dogs.