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Obituaries

Kenneth Cook enjoyed nature and being around groups of people

Mr. Cook and his wife Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale.

Earl James Miles, March 23, 1918 — Jan. 1, 2013

Mr. Miles also was active in the development and construction of Miles Manor, the first subdivision in Columbia to focus on African American home ownership.

WWII veteran Harold Bell Carter was a lively storyteller

World War II veteran Harold Bell Carter of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Betty Dack documented travel through art

Betty B. Dack of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 29. She was 90 years old.

Helen Irene Hathman enjoyed making crafts, quilting

Helen Irene Hathman of Columbia died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. 

Steve Simpson loved watching UFO movies, NASCAR racing

Steve Ray Simpson Sr. died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching UFO movies and NASCAR racing.

Dwayne White was passionate about blues and gospel

Dwayne White was a light-hearted man who loved to sing and dance to music by Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin. 

Lorna Perez loved family, gardening and her Filipino heritage

Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She dedicated her life to family, children and the Filipino community. 

Patricia Brock believed in importance of family

Patricia Brock taught the importance of family and friends and to her children.

Purple Heart recipient Ralph Poe loved animals and farming

Ralph Poe, 89, of Columbia died Thursday. He was a Purple Heart recipient, farmer, gardener and pied piper of animals. 

In remembrance 2012: Those we lost in Columbia, Boone County

As a new year begins, we look back at hundreds of people in Columbia and Boone County who died in the past 12 months.

Marcia Easley, 69, loved quilting, making things for others

Marcia Easley, who at one time worked at the Missouri School of Journalism, found time for many hobbies, including quilt-making, dancing and gardening.

Robert Eugene Riddell Jr., 54, had passion for racing, local products

Robert Eugene "Gene" Riddell Jr. died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

Annavesta Watchinski, 90, dedicated time to helping others

Mildred Rae Pifer, 89, retired nurse

Robert P. Henry, 77, professional polygraphist, loved to travel

From 1956 to 1960, Robert Paul Henry served in the Columbia Police Department.

Mary Jane Lang Grundler was an MU professor, staunch advocate of excellence

Mary Jane Lang Grundler died Tuesday at 93. Dr. Grundler taught business education and excellence.

A decorated World War II veteran, Claude Barton was thoughtful, disciplined

The decorated war veteran gave 31 years of service to the the military. He led troops through the Pacific during World War II and served as security division chief of the then-newly formed Central Intelligence Group (now the CIA), director of security in the Office of Secretary of Defense and eventually as a chief of security in a division at the Pentagon.

Mary Jane Grundler, Oct. 26, 1919 — Dec. 25, 2012, of Columbia

Mary Jane Grundler worked at MU for 38 years. When she retired in 1985, she was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Education.

Claude D. Barton, Aug. 12, 1916 — Dec. 24, 2012, of Columbia

Claude D. Barton, 96, served in the Army during World War II and continued his military career until 1970. He also was the CIA's first chief of its Security Division.

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