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Obituaries

Shirley Jean Johnson was dedicated to her family, faith and job

Shirley Jean Johnson worked at Shelter Insurance for more than 30 years, and she always made church a priority. She died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was 75.

Vernon Sievert, March 29, 1920 — Aug. 28, 2014, of Hartsburg and Ashland

Mr. Sievert, of Hartsburg, Ashland and most recently Jefferson City, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was 94.

Vernon Sievert served in the Air Force, won air medal with three bronze stars

Mr. Sievert served in the Air Force during World War II, and he would often talk about dropping humanitarian aid into Holland. Mr. Sievert died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was 94.

Richard 'Bobcat' Pauley 'just loved people in general'

Richard "Bobcat" Pauley died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was 73. His family remembers him as a man with a strong work ethic and generous heart. 

Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs

Dayne William Hathman, shot and killed Thursday in Callaway County, will be remembered by family and friends for his positive attitude.

Esther Annalee “Ann” Ayers went the distance, even when she was afraid

Mrs. Ayers' family remembers her spontaneity, her generosity and her famous homemade applesauce. She died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was 93.

Bill Carter channeled passion into sports photography, Rock M Nation

Bill Carter died Wednesday at the age of 56. He had worked as a photographer at Rock M Nation since 2009.

Michael Tufts loved fishing, working on cars

Michael Tufts died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the age of 25.

Marcella G. Esterly was full of generosity and wit

Mrs. Esterly gave her time and heart to the community that she loved, and the community loved her back. She died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. She was 97.

Gwendolyn Joyce Alexander dies at 71

She enjoyed and taught several forms of needlework in addition to her job at Lucille's Restaurant.

Esther Annalee 'Ann' Ayers loved cooking for family, guests

Mrs. Ayers trained as a nurse and worked at several hospitals during her career, including the MU Medical Center.

New Bloomfield police officer dies 2 years after being struck by drunk driver

Michael Tufts, the New Bloomfield police officer who was involved in a December 2012 drunk driving accident, died Saturday night in Columbia after almost two years in a coma.

Steven Nagel, former astronaut and MU professor, dies at 67

Mr. Nagel was an Air Force flight instructor, commanded two space missions and earned more than a dozen medals for his service, but what his friends and family remember most about him is his generosity and sense of humor.

Rebecca East was a loving mother, sister, wife

Rebecca East of Columbia died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was 55.

Elvy Anna Hartley, Sept. 18, 1925 — Aug. 23, 2014, of Columbia

Elvy Anna Hartley, of Columbia, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. She was 88.

Rebecca "Becky" East loved being a mother

Becky East was known for having a generous heart She loved helping others.

June Kingery loved her animals and taking trips to the mountains

June Wahllel Kingery, of Columbia, died Friday. She was 82.

Martha Singleton loved refinishing furniture and gardening

Martha Sue Singleton, of Columbia, died Friday. She was 76.

Patricia "Dale" Oberer was a lifelong reader, world traveler

When Patricia Oberer found out she had pancreatic cancer, one of her griefs was that there were still so many books left that she wasn't going to have time to read. Mrs. Oberer of Columbia died Sunday, Aug. 17. She was 77.

Erin Johnson had a kind heart, could brighten anyone's day

Erin Johnson loved to laugh and see others happy. His family and friends were the most important thing to him. Mr. Johnson died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. He was 22.

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