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.

Don Robert Webb, former MU professor, loved family, gardening, traveling

Don Robert Webb, former MU professor at the business school, loved to garden and spend time with his family and friends.

Jimmie Algiere worked hard for the University Hospital, loved carpentry

Linda Barnes remembered for dedicated service to Columbia Public Schools

Jimmie W. Algiere, May 3, 1941 — May 31, 2012, of Columbia

James Martin Kroon traveled in 49 states, served in Air Force

He served in the Air Force for nearly 20 years, retiring with the rank of captain.

James Martin Kroon, Feb. 17, 1957 — May 25, 2012, of Columbia

James Kroon was an avid traveler and had visited every state in the nation except Alaska and was planning a motorcycle tour of Australia and Europe.

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Starks loved quilting, golfing, her family

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Starks of Columbia died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. She was 67.

Jack Kennedy was an active volunteer in Columbia

Mr. Kennedy's passion for the history of early aviation led him to become a member of the Boone County Historical Society and he was also a member of several other volunteer organizations in Columbia. 


Jane Smarr loved traveling the country, caring for her home

Jane Elizabeth Smarr of Columbia died Monday. She was 89.

Gary Elder was a helpful teacher, adventurous explorer

Gary Elder died Monday, May 7. He was 60 years old.

Robert Smith served family, community and country

Jim Hellmann remembered for his musical talents and love of nature

Over the years, Mr. Hellmann earned a reputation as a talented musician in Columbia. He was admired for his skill on an impressive range of instruments.

James J. Froese, former MU art professor, known for '90 Days of Spring'

James J. Froese, a former MU faculty member, enjoyed sketching, painting and fishing. He died Thursday, May 17, 2012. He was 75.


Son says mother was quiet yet outgoing

Ethel L. Todd was focused on community outreach, aiding her husband in relating to his congregation.