Ruth Buescher enjoyed bowling, family and friends

Ruth Buescher of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. She was 85.

Karen Jane Cox loved family, cats and dogs

Karen Jane Cox of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the age of 57.

James Vernon Lamb was Word War II veteran, gemologist

James Vernon Lamb, 90, of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. He served in World War II as a medical corpsman. When he returned, he operated Lamb's Jewelry with his brother for 30 years as a gemologist and master watchmaker.

Clarence Richard Castleman enjoyed playing the guitar

Clarence Richard Castleman, 69, of Hallsville died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. His family will hold visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

William Pingelton served country, worked as OB-GYN

Dr. William B. Pingelton of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. He was 88.

Frank R. Dexheimer enjoyed hunting, classical music

Dr. Frank R. Dexheimer of Columbia died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. He was 85.

Beulah E. Clemons was longtime Order of the Eastern Star member

Beulah Clemons described as giving, caring person involved in church and her children's activities.

David Jonassen was award-winning professor of educational psychology

Mr. Jonassen of Columbia died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, after a two-year-long battle with advanced stage lung cancer. He was 65.

J. Barton Boyle was a loyal supporter of his community

J. Barton Boyle of Columbia died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. He was 79.

Joyce Ann Crouch Waterbury died at the age of 53

Mrs. Waterbury lived in Paquin Tower where she had many friends. She was involved in the ceramics program and enjoyed playing dominoes and Wii Bowling with other residents.


Longtime Columbia resident was always helping others

Wilma Iris Via is remembered for her giving manner that touched people's hearts. She was 90.


Dr. Venkataseshu Kuppuswamy Ganjam lived life with passion for teaching

In 1981, Dr. Ganjam accepted a job at MU where he was a professor of veterinary biomedical sciences

Marylou Mayse was involved with Show Me Farms, other business endeavors

Marylou Mayse and her husband were involved in many business endeavors including Family Pawn Stores and Show Me Farms.

Prolific bowler Bill Shoe was also a musician, family man

Bill Shoe, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 72.

Gloria Seabaugh always had smile on her face

Gloria Seabaugh, 73, former director of human resources for the city of Columbia, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Blue Springs.

Godfrey 'Kirk' L. Hickam liked building homes, hunting mushrooms

Godfrey 'Kirk' L. Hickam of Columbia died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. He enjoyed country music, pool and spending time outdoors.

R. Dean Long loved his family, building and cooking barbecue

R. Dean Long of Columbia died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. He worked as a building supervisor of Clydesdale Hall at the MU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Leland 'Chip' McCray enjoyed flying airplanes

The former farmer and construction worker enjoyed flying airplanes.


Albert Rotundo worked for the federal government for 42 years

Mr. Rotundo, an MU graduate, was honored by Vice President Al Gore for helping develop awards and recognition programs at the Education Department.

Albert Rotundo of Fairfax Station, Va., July 8, 2012

Mr. Rotundo, an MU graduate, was honored by Vice President Al Gore for helping develop awards and recognition programs at the Education Department.