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.

Jo Dozier, Jan. 31, 1941 — Dec. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Mrs. Dozier worked for Shelter Insurance for 30 years.


Ellen Kackley, 62, enjoyed volunteering, golf and family

Ellen Kackley of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 15. She was 62 years old.

Loretta Holt, 100, remembered as hardworking, devoted to family

Loretta Holt, 100, of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She enjoyed spending time with family, crocheting and playing bingo.

Anita N. Robinson, 59, enjoyed reading, teaching

Anita N. Robinson enjoyed reading and teaching children.


June Fansler loved her family and music

June M. Fansler is remembered by her daughter as a strong, wonderful woman who loved music and her family.

Clayton Robert Hill loved singing, travel

Mr. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts with a minor in mathematics from Southwest Missouri State in 1952 after graduating from Excelsior Springs High School.