Former MU employee enjoyed singing in her church choir

Thelma L. Halbert, of Frostproof, Fla., died June 7. She was 89.

Eric Scott Jansing loved family, music

Eric Scott Jansing, 40, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Jessie 'Dub' Miller was passionate about church, mechanics

Creola Jones was a life-long teacher, volunteer

Creola Jones, of Columbia, died Thursday. She was 97 years old.

Eric Scott Jansing, Dec. 13, 1971 — June 13, 2012

Eric Scott Jansing died Tuesday, June 13. He was 40 years old.

Remembering an avid pilot, devoted teacher, dedicated family man

"When I describe him to people, he was such an amazing gentleman. But not in a stifling way. He was a man of humor, integrity and values," William Somerville's daughter, Susan Moon, said.

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, July 5, 1950 — June 7, 2012, of St. Louis

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, 61, of St. Louis, died June 7, 2012.

Virgil Moore was a family man, World War II veteran

Mr. Moore survived for more than a year as a POW in Berlin before returning to Columbia and his high school sweetheart.

Humble veteran found humor in all situations

Gary Whitehead, formerly of Columbia and more recently of Hallsville, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was 70.

William 'Slim' Somerville, 85, loved his family, had passion for aviation

William H. "Slim" Somerville, formerly of Columbia, died Monday, April 23, 2012. He was 85 years old.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Dillow, 86, was cheerful, philanthropic

Dorothy "Dottie" (Jones) Dillow, of Columbia, died Friday, June 8, 2012. 

Wanda Mae Freie worked for Columbia Public Schools for more than a decade

Wanda Mae Freie, April 13, 1934 — June 8, 2012, of Columbia

Gordon "Gomez" Sackett was a hard worker, enjoyed being outdoors

Gordon Sackett, 53, had a passion for almost anything he could do outside.

Helen Nelson put the Lord, family before herself

Helen Nelson died Sunday, June 3, 2012. She was 88 years old. She traveled a lot in a Bambi Airstream trailer and visited all 50 states.

Former MU Professor James Burk lived a life full of music

James Burk taught at the MU School of Music for 30 years. He was 80 years old.

Gary Logan loved science, his faith and his guitar

Garry Logan, Hickman High School graduate, was dedicated to his faith. Mr. Logan died Wednesday, May 30, 2012. He was 60.


Thomas Baumgardner, 73, was leader in Columbia business community

Thomas E. Baumgardner worked as a financial adviser with Edward Jones. He was on the board of directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and an elder of First Presbyterian Church.

Thomas Baumgardner, Nov. 15, 1938 — May 31, 2012, of Columbia

Thomas Baumgardner was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia and was a financial adviser for Edward Jones for 45 years.

Gary Logan, May 22, 1952 — May 30, 2012, of Columbia

Gary Logan, a Columbia native, was a studious learner of the Bible and had a deep trust in God.