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Obituaries

Retired Air Force Major Tex Badger loved flying, family

He was 89 and dedicated his life to his career as a combat pilot.

Robert Stevens opened home to travelers, ministered to international students

Robert "Bob" Harold Stevens died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He was 86.

Betty Burns was inspiring home economics teacher, active community member

Betty Burns loved traveling, reading, playing bridge and quilting. She attended every MU football and basketball home game until she was 90. She died Tuesday at age 94.

Debora Lynne Moore of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

Debora Lynne Moore of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. She was 50.

MU professor Robert Kvam had a love of big band jazz

The son of two musicians, Robert Kvam played trumpet in several bands and had a love of big band jazz. Later, he taught accounting at MU and was much loved by students and colleagues.

Missouri hall of famer Francis Peay dies

The former Northwestern coach and All-American offensive tackle was 69.

Frank Graham worked as 4-H leader, loved baseball

Albert Franklin Graham of Columbia died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. He was 93. Frank Graham dedicated his life to educating young people about agriculture through Missouri 4-H.

Robert McDuffie was a Gulf War veteran, volunteer fireman

Robert D. McDuffie died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Columbia. He was 49.

 

Twila Jones, 71, was a passionate nurse and had a love for Elvis

Twila Jones of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Boone Hospital Center.

Rita Dudley traveled to all 50 states and was a florist

Rita Julie Dudley died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, after a 7-year battle against cancer. She was 55.

Belinda Hulen was encouraging mother, wife, worked as accountant

Belinda Gay Hulen of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. She was 53.

Datsko Datsov, 1945 — Sept. 16, 2013, of Columbia

Datsko Datsov of Columbia died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. He was 68.

Former Stephens College professor Constance Schenk was an avid traveler

Constance Schenk taught in the foreign language department at Stephens College for 25 years. Her language skills fueled a lifelong passion for travel.

Joan Burns was a passionate Tigers fan, gracious entertainer

Joan Burns loved to tailgate. She and her husband lived in a home on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Providence Road, near Memorial Stadium.

Thomas Matthew Rush, May 1, 1972 — Sept. 10, 2013

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Royer Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m.Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mark Douglas Weaver, 53, was loving husband, friend

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church.

Jacob Meadows had appreciation for jazz music, nature

Jacob William Meadows of Ashland died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. He was 17.

William Christopher Boettcher enjoyed biking, golfing, sports

Chris Boettcher of Columbia will be remembered for his interest in the outdoors and as a fan of the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mary 'Kay' Sells, 93, was influential in global Girl Scouting

Mary Kathryn "Kay" Sells, 93, formerly of Columbia, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Barthena Barnes valued family, knitting for nearly a century

Barnes was born Jan. 1, 1914, in the Deer Park area south of Columbia, one of 14 children.

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