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Columbia Missourian

Arthur C. Ausherman, Oct. 22, 1913 — Feb. 14, 2013, of Columbia

By Parker Funeral Service
February 16, 2013 | 7:18 p.m. CST

Arthur Clyde Ausherman, 99, of Columbia, died Feb. 14, 2013, at Tiger Place in Columbia. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Missouri United Methodist Church in the McMurray Chapel­­­­­­­­­­­­­.  Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Mr. Ausherman was born Oct. 22, 1913, in rural North Topeka, Kansas, to Eppa and Margaret Price Ausherman. He married Rachel Thelma Williams of Meridan, Kansas, on June 1, 1938.  She preceded him in death on Dec. 18, 2007.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University) in 1936 and a master’s degree in Extension Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1963.  He was elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta, and Gamma Sigma Delta, honorary scholarship and leadership fraternities.  He was a member of the Farm House Social Fraternity in Manhattan, Kansas.

Mr. Ausherman was employed by the Extension Division of the University of Missouri on June 1, 1936 and served in five counties until moving to Columbia in 1955, where he served as a State 4-H Youth Specialist until retiring in Dec. 1975.  He was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Extension Fraternity.  The University granted him the title of Professor Emeritus.

He served in the headquarters battery of the 60th Field Artillery Brig. of the Kansas National Guard. Mr. Ausherman was also a member of the United Missouri Methodist Church where he served on numerous commissions, boards and committees.  He worked on many of the Habitat for Humanity houses in Columbia and volunteered working at the Habitat Restore.  He was an avid woodworker and gardener, interests which he passed on to his sons and daughter.

Survivors include two sons, Darrell Ausherman of Torrance, CA, and Dale Ausherman (Susan) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; one daughter, Janet Lasley of Columbia; grandchildren Christopher Lasley, and Benjamin, Emily (Malone) and Anna Ausherman; two great-grandsons, and three great-granddaughters, and one sister, Ruth Ausherman of Topeka, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Faye, and a brother, Ernest.

Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to the University of Missouri Extension Development Fund (109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211) or the Missouri United Methodist Church, Columbia (204 S. 9th St., Columbia, Mo, 65201).

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