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Obituaries

Norma Lee Wilkening was active in U.S., international missions

For more than 20 years after retirement, Mrs. Wilkening and her husband served others in need during mission trips around the United States and in other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Mozambique.

Norma Wilkening, April 20, 1925 — Dec. 24, 2014

For more than 20 years after retirement, Norma Wilkening and and her husband, Walter, served others in need during many mission trips around the U.S. and in other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Mozambique.

Dennis Lee Long, 60, of Hallsville, enjoyed golfing, fishing

Mr. Long worked for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department for 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children and watching them play sports.

Daryl Jerome Hobbs, 80, championed global development

Dr. Hobbs' daughter remembers her father's hard work on behalf of rural communities. Dr. Hobbs joined the MU faculty in 1964 as a professor of rural sociology.

 

Harold Skrabal, 66, was a University Hospital pharmacist for four decades

Harold Skrabal was a talented craftsman who made scroll saw art and worked on his 1930 Model A Ford. He was a member of Campus Lutheran Church. Mr. Skrabal, 66, died Friday, Dec. 19.

John Ford Beaman was an avid sportsman

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fayette, the Howard County Trail Riders and the Fox Hunters Association of Missouri.

Catherine C. Seltsam was member of First Christian Church, enjoyed time at Access Arts

The Columbia resident, who died Sunday at 59, graduated from MU in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Shelia Burnett worked in finance industry, was longtime member of Boonesboro Christian Church

Mrs. Burnett enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Daniel Niday loved faith and family

Daniel Niday died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. He was 93.

Beverly Murrell was known for an academic and musical lifestyle

Beverly Robertson Murrell was a well-respected doctor and academic, working for decades in the medical field. She died Dec. 11, 2014. She was 78.

Dr. Roy Brown was a veterinarian, veteran

Dr. Roy Edward Brown of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Lenoir Woods Care Center. He was 97.

Annie Ratliff, former Stephens College postmaster, remembered for love of children

Annie E. Ratliff of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. She was 71.

Joyce Steere loved to entertain

She sang with the Mother Singers because it allowed her to show off her goofy side, her daughter-in-law Carrie Steere said. "It combined her love of singing, and any chance she had to embarrass her grandkids was a good thing."

Joyce Sue Steere, Dec. 12, 1929 — Nov. 29, 2014, of Columbia

Mrs. Steere was a longtime member of the Columbia Mothersingers and an active member of First Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years. She worked for many years  at Boone County National Bank as a secretary.

 

Don L. Landers, 76, family man and devoted MU sports fan

Mr. Landers enjoyed golfing, attending the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater and MU Concert Series and fishing with his grandson.

Charles Allen Enochs worked for Columbia Public Works Department for almost 30 years

Mr. Enochs died Sunday, Nov. 30. He was 64.

Uel Blank had vision for peace, life of service

The 93-year-old was co-founder of the local chapters of Veterans for Peace and Habitat for Humanity. He died Saturday.

Oscar Uel Blank founded Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity

Mr. Blank was an active member of the Columbia United Church of Christ. He moved to Columbia in 1983 after retiring from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Franklin Mitchell remembered as encouraging mentor, surgical pioneer

Dr. Franklin L. Mitchell Jr. died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. He was 84.

William H. Dunn was a WWII veteran and broadcast engineer

William H. Dunn of Magee, Mississippi, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He was 92.

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