Thomas R. Shrout challenged status quo in and out of the classroom

Dr. Thomas Shrout challenged racial barriers and taught his students to think critically and question the status quo as a professor and president of the Missouri School of Religion, which is now the Mid-America Center for Ministry. He died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. He was 95.

Lyle Koch loved art and the Columbia Quaker community

Lyle Koch displayed a passion for art throughout her life and regularly attended the Quaker Columbia Friends Meeting for more than 40 years.

Mary Faith Russell was committed to social justice, education

Mary Faith Russell worked tirelessly for social justice and taught criminology at a St. Louis County high school for nearly 20 years.

Donald Naumann: Educator dedicated to students, service and public

For years, Don Naumann wore a ball cap that read "meathead" to display his love for the meat industry. He died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Victoria Delores Filinuk always had a warm smile ready

Mrs. Filinuk was a lifelong Catholic and a philanthropic supporter of children and animals.

Shirley Bernice Felten enjoyed spending time with family

Shirley Bernice Felten died Tuesday, Feb. 3. She was 79.

Elizabeth Ann Parry was passionate humanitarian, esteemed bridge player

Elizabeth Ann Parry started a food pantry in her hometown of Marshall, Arkansas, with the help of two volunteers. By the time she left, hundreds of volunteers were involved with the effort.

Karl Alan Schweikert loved traveling, flying his plane

Karl Alan Schweikert died Sunday, Feb. 1. He was 56.

Joel A. Hartman helped students, doctors at MU understand Amish, Mennonite communities

Joel A. Hartman, an associate professor emeritus of rural sociology at MU for 39 years, helped doctors and public health workers understand and work with mid-Missouri Amish and Mennonite communities. He died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was 85.

Landon Michael Holliday, Jan. 6, 2015-Jan. 27, 2015

Landon Michael Holliday of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 27. He was 3 weeks old.

Joel A. Hartman taught at MU for 39 years

Joel Hartman was best known for his class at MU titled "The Amish Community," which studied contemporary Amish and Plain Mennonite society.

Martin "Marty" H. Danson enjoyed traveling, spending time with family

Mr. Danson died Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 61.

Catherine Imogene 'Jean' Murphy enjoyed volunteering

Jean Murphy, avid volunteer within her church community, died Monday.

Jack Gilmore served in Korean War, enjoyed spending time with family

Jack D. Gilmore served in the Korean War and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 257. Mr. Gilmore died Jan. 26. He was 85.


William Hughes enjoyed growing tomatoes and hunting

William Leon Hughes of Columbia died Wednesday,, Jan. 21. He was 88 years old.

William Leon Hughes, May 22, 1926–Jan. 21, 2015

William Leon Hughes of Columbia died Wednesday, Jan. 21. He was 88 years old.

Rex Owen Dillow, 92, was instrumental to golf in Columbia

Mr. Dillow's involvement in the Columbia golf community was instrumental in the promotion of the game in the area. A three-war veteran, he died Thursday, Jan. 22, at the age of 92.

Martha Golden loved to cook and garden

Martha Louise Long Golden, a long-time Fayette resident, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Topeka, Kansas. She was 95.

James 'Jim' Viggers dies at 86

Mr. Viggers enjoyed working with wood and carving unique sculptures of religious figures, lions, mythical creatures and human characters. 

Lois 'Pauline' Richey dies at 82

Lois "Pauline" Richey of Columbia and formerly Fayette, died Saturday, Jan. 17. She was 82.