Helen McGonigle was chief dietitian at Truman Veterans Hospital

Helen McGonigle of Columbia died Thursday, Nov. 28. She was 86 years old.

Gerald Dean Fitzgerald, Oct. 5, 1928-Nov. 26, 2013

Mr. Fitzgerald loved flying, world travel, scuba diving and Christmas trees. He and his wife, Diane, built and ran Log Providence Pines, a Christmas tree farm, for many years.

Elmer Carl Cook, Aug. 19-1925-Nov. 28, 2013

Mr. Cook was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Columbia to Ira and Minnie (Acton) Cook. In 1950, he married Bernice Hague in Columbia.

Devonia Raye 'Dimp' Turner, July 27, 1938 — Nov. 26, 2013

Mrs. Turner was a lover of music. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and drawing. For more than 30 years, she worked in nursing.

James P. 'Jimmy' Dorsey, Aug. 3, 1937 — Nov. 25, 2013

He was involved in trucking most of his life, beginning as a driver for Midwest Brewing of Columbia. In 1975, he began a 26-year association with National Carriers Inc. of Liberal, Kan., first as a driver, then in 1977 as an owner-operator. Seven years later, he bought five trucks and became a small-fleet owner. He retired in 2007.

Millie Mae (Dourty) Siegismund, May 7, 1923 — Nov. 24, 2013

She was a farm wife but also worked at Unitog in Warrensburg and later assisted her husband and their son, Chuck, in the family business, the Holden Body Shop. She retired from the Stahl's Foundry Kitchen in Kingsville.

Marilyn Colster worked for the Postal Service for more than 20 years

In her free time, Marilyn Sue Colster enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren. She died Friday.

Former MU professor James Allen Irvin dies at 75

Former MU professor and administrator, James Allen Irvin dies at 75.

Thomas Hovey served multiple tours in Vietnam, practiced anesthesia

Mr. Hovey served multiple tours in Vietnam and served in the military for more than 30 years.

David Lee Coleman enjoyed the outdoors, time with family

David Lee Coleman died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. He was 66. He enjoyed fishing, boating and playing with his grandchildren.

Robert E. Pauley worked at University Hospital for 20 years

Robert E. Pauley of Columbia died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. He was 77.

Paul Heine, 64, enjoyed outdoors, fishing and artwork

Paul Heine died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, after battling cancer. He was 64.

Gabriel Watkins worked to remove barriers to music education

Gabriel J. Watkins of Columbia died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, after a car accident. He was 27.

MU professor Dr. Beryl Ortwerth was devoted to friends, eye research, traveling

Beryl Ortwerth was a professor in the Ophthalmology Department at MU, dedicating his time to finding ways to cure blindness and other eye diseases.


George Fleener was a World War II veteran, fisheries biologist

George Fleener served during World War II and worked as a fisheries biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation for nearly 40 years. He died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. He was 90.


Rex Hamilton was a noted wildlife biologist and WWII veteran

Rex Hamilton of Columbia died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. He was 88.

John Beahler loved rivers, journalism and writing

John Beahler had a way with words and a talent for storytelling. He enjoyed spending time kayaking on the Missouri River. He died Thursday, Nov. 14, at age 62.

Elaine Buddemeyer worked as lab receptionist at Boone Hospital Center

Elaine Buddemeyer moved from Mountain Lakes, N.J., to Columbia to attend Stephens College. She graduated in 1954.

Gail Finch Hubbell loved knitting, reading

Gail Finch Hubbell was a member of the King's Daughters, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Boone County Medical Society Alliance and the MUMC Breakfast Group Church Circle among other groups around Columbia.

Eli Henry Schneider served in Navy during WWII, enjoyed gardening

Eli Henry Schneider died Friday, Nov. 8. He was 87.