Arthur C. Ausherman loved gardening, volunteering

Saturday, February 16, 2013 | 7:56 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Arthur Ausherman worked for MU for 39 years, and served as the state 4-H youth specialist for 20 of those years. 

Arthur Clyde Ausherman of Columbia died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. He was 99.

He was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Topeka, Kan. to Eppa and Margaret (Price) Ausherman. He married Rachel Williams on June 1, 1938.             

Mr. Ausherman graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College and received a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1936. While a student, he was a member of the FarmHouse fraternity. He was also a member of three honorary scholarship and leadership fraternities; Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta.  He earned a master's degree in extension education from MU in 1963. 

After graduation, he began working for MU Extension. He moved to Columbia in 1955, worked as the State 4-H Youth Specialist, and was a professor emeritus at MU. He was also a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Extension Fraternity. 

Mr. Ausherman was a member of United Missouri Methodist Church, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. He also enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Mr. Ausherman is survived by two sons, Darrell Ausherman of Torrance, Calif., and Dale Ausherman and his wife, Susan, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a daughter, Janet Lasley of Columbia; four grandchildren, Christopher Lasley, Benjamin Ausherman, Anna Ausherman and Emily Malone; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Ausherman of Topeka, Kan.

His wife, Rachel Ausherman, died earlier. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorial contributions can be made to University of MU Extension Development, 109-F Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 or to the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201.

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