Waters Funeral Home

Obituaries - 2017

December 5, 2017

Goodpasture-Culwell, Felicity, age 45, of rural Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music: Ruth Calcaterra and Ruth Nation - vocalists; Joy Davis - organist.
Entombment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Josh Johnson, Jon Robnett, Jason Bean, Bert Shannon, Chris Kohl, and Doug Aylward.
Honorary Pallbearers: Scott Hodges, Greg Frost, Darrin Davies, Justin Hopke, Ryan Hulse, and Brandon Straube.

Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the family's home south of Vandalia. She grew up in the rural Vandalia area and was a 1990 Van-Far High School graduate. Felicity graduated from the University of Missouri in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Ag Economics. She then began working for Culwell Farms and continued farming as her career. Felicity was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia where she served as an elder, deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and financial officer. She was also a member of the Suzannah Randolf Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; P.E.O.; the Vandalia YMCA Project Chairperson; Van-Far Athletic Boosters; Consolidated Electric Coop board member; Channel Seedsman; Vandalia Recreation Corporation, President; Playcare Treasurer and Abronne representative. Her hobbies included running, basketball, and supporting her children in all their sporting events.

Born: February 21, 1972 in Mexico, Missouri the daughter of Selby Eugene and Charlene Mary (Steffen) Goodpasture.

Married: Shannon Mayo Culwell Jr. in Vandalia on April 13, 1996.

Survivors include: husband, Shannon Jr. of rural Vandalia; two sons: Treyson Eugene Goodpasture Culwell, Reece Shannon Culwell; one daughter, Annalynn Goodpasture Culwell; mother, Charlene Goodpasture of rural Center; father and mother-in-law: Shannon Mayo and Linda (Gooch) Culwell Sr. of rural Vandalia; three sisters and their families: Emily Ann Davies (Darrin) Shelby, Dustin and Delaney of Dawn, Missouri; Leticia Ann Hulse (Ryan) Selby, Edward, Burt, Cecelia and Anna of Hannibal; Greta Ann Hopke (Justin) Garrett, Kate and Emma of rural Vandalia; sister and brother-in-law, Sheila (Culwell) Frost (Greg) son, Samuel Boyd Middleton of rural Vandalia; maternal grandmother, Catherine Lackner of Cuba, Missouri; also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Preceded in death by: father, Selby Eugene Goodpasture, in 1987.



Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia YMCA Project.

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November 28, 2017

Pargeon, Brinda Lee (Fielder), age 68, of Vandalia

Visitation:

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Vandalia.
Officiating: Father Jason Doke.
Music: Sacred Heart Choir
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ryan Morris, Ronnie Woods, Jim Miller, Mike Atkinson, George Riley, and Gary Detienne.
Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Smith

Brinda Lee (Fielder) Pargeon passed away at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2017 at her home in Vandalia. Brinda grew up and lived in Vandalia all her life. She attended Saint Joseph Catholic School in Martinsburg until the 8th grade. Brinda went to Van-Far High School and graduated with the class of 1967. After high school, she attended and graduated from the Aladdin Beauty School in Kansas City in December 1967. In 1968, she started working for other beauty shops in town. Brinda opened her own shop, "Beauty Box," in 1977 and ran it until her retirement in February 2017. She was active on the church parish council; chairwoman of the Van-Far Ambulance District for several years; taught CCD at church and worked at Tri-County Care Center doing hair for many years.Brinda enjoyed reading, flea marketing, antiquing, oil painting, scrapbooking, working with flowers, and spending time with her family.

Born: April 26, 1949 in Mexico, the daughter of David Lee and Ione Jewell (Terry) Fielder.

Survivors include: four sons: Sean T. and wife, Wendy Lovelace of Jefferson City; Jeffrey E. and wife, Carrie Pargeon of Frankford; Errett D. and wife, Pamela Pargeon of Vandalia; John T Pargeon of Vandalia; one daughter: Roma Lee and husband, Tony Lovell of Curryville; one sister, Teresa I. and husband, Ron Hendrix of Vandalia; 13 grandchildren: Zach Lovelace, Heather Hawkins, Holly Pargeon, Davon Pargeon, Lily Pargeon, Michael Lovell, Brian Lovell, Steven Lovell, Payton Pargeon, Katelyn Pargeon, Isabella Pargeon, Joscelyn Pargeon and Jaxeson Pargeon; two great-grandchildren: Bryanna Hawkins and Madyson Hawkins; nephew, Travis Hendrix.

Preceded in death by: parents, Jim and Ione Drainer; husband, Gene; one son: Christopher S. Lovelace.



Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society

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November 13, 2017

Miller, Jesse Len, age 60, of Kansas City, formerly of Bowling Green

Visitation:

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.
Officiating: Rev. Jerry Gamm.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Curryville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jay Joe Boydston, Brendan Rhoten, Jeff Gatschet, Tyler Bebout, Bill Dean, and Brian James.

Jesse Len Miller passed away at 6:36 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at his home in Belton, Missouri. "Lenny" attended schools in Bowling Green and was a 1975 graduate of Bowling Green High School. He attended several trade schools and worked for several years in the late 1970s in the oil fields. Lenny worked at Walmart and the Golden Beach Marina at the Lake of the Ozarks. Since 1992 he was employed as a 5-Star Master Technician with Dent Wizard out of Kansas City. He recently retired due to health concerns. Lenny was a member of the NRA and MOPAR. He enjoyed fishing, guns, and was a big NASCAR fan, attending music concerts in the area and spending time with his family.

Born: June 10, 1957 in Bowling Green, Missouri, the son of Howard S. and Lenora Maye (Holcumbrink) Miller.

Survivors include: two sons: Creo E. Lee of Belton; Terry W. Miller and friend, Elise Baanders both of Kansas City; two daughters: Charlie Kay Lee of Stover; Billie Jo Lee of Gravois Mills; one brother, Larry W. Miller of Curryville; three grandchildren: Brian James, Lucius James, and Kaelyn Lee.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Terry Lee Miller.



Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

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November 4, 2017

Bryant, Jacqueline "Jackie" E., age 74 of St. Louis, formerly of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 from noon. to 1 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Service:

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Romeo Montez.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Elaine (Shelton) Bryant passed away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Evelyn's House in St. Louis.She attended Lincoln Elementary School and Van-Far High School. After raising her family, Jackie began working in the childcare industry, providing much needed love and support to the children of parents working at the U.S.Government Building in St. Louis. She worked there for more than 15 years while obtaining her Associates Degree in child psychology. Jackie was a hard, dedicated, and strong-willed worker, and she raised her children to be the same way. She was proud of her children and bragged about them to friends often. Jackie was an avid reader, an artist, she loved plants and flowers, and in her later years enjoyed traveling.

Born: October 31, 1943 in St. Charles, Missouri, the daughter of Maudie Mary Cropp and William Shelton.

Married: Wesley Jackson Bryant, Jr. on August 29, 1960; he preceded her in death on January 10, 2002.

Survivors include: five daughters: Robyn L. Gibson (Maurice Gibson); Merri E. Bryant; Tatia N. Bryant; Whitney R. Bryant (Floyd Edward Eaton II) and Heather C. Berry (Kevin Berry - deceased). Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Maurice I. Gibson (Malachi I. Gibson, Jaylen Gibson, Jayce Gibson); Elmise Elou Telsaint Bryant, Torrey N. Bland (T'Aaliyah J. Bland); Amber L. Gibson; Sir Ron Jose Primus II; Hunter C. Bryant; Wesley Jackson Bryant III; Sasha L. Berry; Marlon D. Echols; Erin J. Stroud and Myles C. Petty; brothers: Raymond Ellis Cropp (Maggie Cropp); Ronald Shelton (Yvonne Shelton); Lewis Shelton and Charles Shelton (Jeannie Shelton); sisters-in-law: Ethel Tinder, Laura Williams and Joyce Jackson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Preceded in death by: parents; sisters: Stella Wray; Bessie Holman; Florine Dixon, Anna Margaret Burks (sister-in-law); Helen Josephine Fowler (sister-in-law); brother, Wilford Moore.



Memorials are encouraged to the Jackie Bryant family in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.

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October 12, 2017

Frey, Phillip Dean age 52 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.
Officiating: Rev. Brad Riley.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment will take place at a later date.

Phillip Dean Frey "changed addresses" from his earthly home to his eternal heavenly home on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the family's home in Vandalia.He attended grade school in the St Louis area, moving to Lexington, Missouri when he was in 7th grade. Dean was a 1983 graduate of Lexington High School. He then worked in various jobs and became a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God in 1992. Dean and his family moved to Vandalia in January 2006 coming from St. Charles. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and gladly answered His call to be the pastor of the Assembly of God Church (Beacon of Hope) in Vandalia. At that time, he also became a school bus driver for the Van-Far School District. Dean continued both of those jobs until recently when his health declined. He was a member of the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance as well as the Assemblies of God Section 3 Ministers Network. Dean enjoyed bowling, fishing, and helping at the Pike County Auction in Bowling Green. Dean loved a variety of music. He and his son, Phil, wrote and recorded all songs for their Christian Band, "Beauty in Fury."

Born: July 9, 1965 in St. Louis, the son of Bobby Dean and Anna Jean (Johnson) Frey.

Married: Deanna May Creed on October 29, 1983 in Lexington, Missouri.

Survivors include: wife, Deanna of Vandalia; one son, Phillip C. and wife, Jennifer Frey of Vandalia; two daughters: Cassandra M. and husband, David Johnson of Wentzville and Rebekah D. and husband, Michael Cook of Columbia; one sister, Frances Kay and husband, Charles Frye of Couch, Missouri; five grandchildren: Joseph P. Frey, Matthew C. Frey, Sophia R. Frey, Arissa M. Johnson and Elijah D. Johnson; honorary son, Cody M. Buckholz.

Preceded in death by: parents.



Memorials are encouraged to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (L.L.S.).

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October 6, 2017

Hamilton, Melba Jean age 75 of Farber

Visitation:

Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Mike & Jeannie Gratton - duet.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date in the Farber Cemetery.

Melba Jean (Watson) Hamilton passed away at 5:10 a.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was born in rural Ralls County, Missouri near Frankford and attended area schools. Melba lived most of her adult life in the Vandalia/Farber area. She worked as a seamstress at the Bobby Brooks, Leisure Wear and Laddonia Garment factories. After retiring, she spent most of her time yard selling and was known as the Queen of Yard Sales. Melba also loved fishing and camping in her free time.

Born: June 20, 1942 near Frankford, Missouri the daughter of Samuel Albert and Elsie Belle (Walsinger) Watson.

Survivors include: one sister, Viola Hilt of Marion, Illinois; two brothers: Henry Watson of Curryville and Albert and wife, Donna Watson of Vandalia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; her companion of many years, James Mitts; one daughter, Jeanne Diane Barker; six sisters and one brother.



Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Care Center Resident Activity Fund, 601 N. Galloway Road, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

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October 4, 2017

Kropf, Charles R. age 69 of rural Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hickory Ridge Amish-Mennonite School House southwest of Vandalia.

Service:

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Grove Amish-Mennonite Church south of Vandalia.
Interment: the Pleasant Grove A.M. Church.
Pallbearers: sons.

Charles Richard Kropf passed away at 7:10 p.m.Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the family farm south of Vandalia. Charles had farmed all his life. He was ordained to the ministry on May 8, 1994 and became bishop for the Pleasant Grove A.M. Church south of Vandalia on May 12, 1996, where he performed his duties as long as his health permitted.

Born: April 19, 1948 in Kewanee, Illinois, the son of Allen T.and Viola Catherine (Shrock) Kropf.

Married: May 4, 1969 Anna Sauder Zimmerman, daughter of Ivan and Anna (Sauder) Zimmerman, sharing the joys and sorrows of married life for over 48 years; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Anna of rural Vandalia; seven sons and two daughters: Eugene and wife, Violet Kropf of Miller, Missouri; Merle and wife, Miriam Kropf of Middletown; Wilbur and wife, Verena Kropf of Vandalia; Delbert and wife, Esther Kropf of Vandalia; Elisabeth Kropf of the home; Aaron and wife, Lily Kropf of Vandalia; James and wife, Lisa Kropf of Vandalia; Marvin and wife, Leanna Kropf of Vandalia; Anne and husband, James Shrock of Middletown; one brother, Ervil and wife, Carol Kropf of Halfway, Missouri; one sister, Beulah Headings of Buffalo, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Kropf of Halfway; 54 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Wayne Kropf; one granddaughter, Angela.



Memorials are encouraged

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September 28, 2017

Conklin, Norma G., age 79 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Service:

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Reverend Tony Maxwell
Music: Selected favorite hymns.

Norma G. Conklin, age 79, of Vandalia, Missouri, passed away at 5:33 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois. Norma was born to Junior Raymond and Velma Alice (Hunt) Martin on September 3, 1938 in Vandalia, Missouri. She married Don Conklin in April 15th, 1988 in Stone County, Arkansas. Upon completion of high school, Norma attended Pike-Lincoln Technical College where she received her LPN certificate in 1970. During the next 11 years, Norma worked at St. Elizabeth and Levering Hospitals in Hannibal. She also worked toward and received her RN degree from St. Mary's College of Nursing in 1981. Norma worked at the Audrain Medical Center from 1981 to 1990. She then worked at Columbia Regional Hospital from 1990 to 1997, and at the University Hospital and Clinics from 1997 to 2001. Norma was last working for the WERDCC in Vandalia and the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center with the Missouri Department of Corrections from 2001 until May 2017. Norma loved traveling, genealogy, reading, and sewing in her free time, but especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was also a member of Kentucky Road Christian Church in Mexico Missouri.

Born: September 3, 1938 in Vandalia, Missouri, to Junior Raymond and Velma Alice (Hunt) Martin.

Married: Don Conklin in Stone County, Arkansas on April 15th, 1988.

Survivors include: Husband Donald W. Conklin, a daughter Paula Fletcher, a son Roger (Gene) Jennings, a daughter LeAnn (Damon) Young, a step-daughter Di Throckmorton, and step-son Newt Conklin. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; Gabe (Nancy) Jennings, Joe (Robin) Jennings, Jamie Allen, Joni (Brandon) Barnett, Alison (Jeff) Choate, Kyle Jennings, Keith Jennings, Kirk Jennings, Caleb Jennings, Cierra Jennings, Evan Campbell, Chris Campbell, Dawson Young, and 13 great-grandchildren.


Preceded in death by: Two sons, Bill (BJ) Jennings, Phillip (Mike) Jennings, her sister, Sue Gabbitt, and her parents.

Memorials are encouraged to Wounded Warriors Organization, the American Heart Association, and Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.

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September 4, 2017

Clithero, Emma Belle age 95 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Service:

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Linda Pagel and Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Debra Nelson - pianist; Carolyn Peterson - soloist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ted Peterson III, Richard Hays, David Clithero, Ted Peterson IV, David Pagel and John Pagel.
Honorary pallbearers: Stephen Clithero, Mark Rayburn, David Hays, Katherine Clithero, Ellen Haynes, Elizabeth Rayburn, Kathleen Roberts, Chris Decker, Emma Karamat, Emily Haynes, Taylor Haynes, Jonni Lyn Rayburn, Jessica Decker, Brandon Decker, Bill Lower, Dale Clithero and Gale Clithero.

Emma Belle (Edwards) Clithero passed away at 6:03 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Neighborhoods by Tiger Place in Columbia. Emma Belle grew up in the New Hartford area and was a 1939 Middletown High School graduate. Through the years, she had worked at many of the clothing stores in Vandalia. Emma Belle had worked a combined 30+ years at Pearson's, Mitchell's, Janie Zimmer's dress shop and the retail store at Leggoons, retiring in 2000. She was a long-time member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church, where she worked in the children's department of the Sunday School for 19 years; a member of the Monday Study Club and had volunteered for 10 years at the AMC Coffee Shop and a member of the former Culwell-Boyd Extension Club. Emma Belle's favorite things to do were: spending time with family, quilting, crocheting, reading, cooking, gospel music, traveling, gardening vegetables and flowers, collecting antique glass and sending letters and greeting cards to family and friends for birthdays, anniversaries, births and sympathy.

Born: April 3, 1922 in New Hartford, Missouri the daughter of Willie Venable and Bertha Susan (Trower) Edwards..

Married: Kenneth Price Clithero in Wellsville, Missouri on November 23, 1939; he preceded her in death on August 22, 2001.

Survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn L. Peterson of St. Charles; one son, Philip J. and wife, Donna Clithero of Columbia; two brothers: Richard Edwards of New Hartford and Bill Edwards of St. Louis;ten grandchildren: Linda Pagel of St. Charles; Ted Peterson III of Normandy and Ted's fiancée, Chris Decker of St. Louis; Ellen Haynes of Columbia; Elizabeth and Mark Rayburn and Kathleen and John Roberts of St. Charles; Stephen Clithero of Columbia and Katherine Clithero of Chicago;twelve great-grandchildren: Emma and Owais Karamat of St. Charles; John Pagel, David and Anna Pagel of Bloomington, Minnesota; Ted Peterson IV and Sheana Peterson of St. Louis; Emily and Taylor Haynes of Columbia; Jonni Rayburn of St. Charles; Jessica Decker and Brandon Decker of St. Louis; two great-great-grandchildren: Bradleigh Burns of Columbia and Samuel Pagel of Bloomington, Minnesota; also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Kenneth; one sister, Maxine Hays.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church.

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September 1, 2017

Griffith, Helen V. age 90 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Lick Creek Cemetery in Perry.
Pallbearers: Ralph Kuda, Mike Kuda, Joe Wayne Kuda, Monte Moss, Patty McLain, and Dale Graves.
Honorary pallbearers: Alec Bauman, Hannah Bauman, Morgan Slatten, Madalyn Swafford, Jackson Cook and Jaden Cook.

Helen V. (Graves) Griffith age 90 of Vandalia, passed away at 7:48 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. Helen attended rural schools in Ralls County. Helen met and married her husband, Marvin, in Perry. Together they opened and operated the Café Bar and Grill in Center in the mid 1960s for about four years. Then they owned and operated Griffith's Package Store in Perry for 18 years, retiring in 1983. Helen was a member of the Perry VFW Post 4008 Ladies Auxiliary. She also was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and enjoyed reading. Helen loved spending time with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born: October 25, 1926 in New London, Missouri the daughter of Ollie Ray and Lola Bea (Long) Graves.

Married: Marvin Glen Griffith in Paris, Missouri on July 24, 1946; he preceded her in death on January 7, 2004.

Survivors include: one daughter, Irene J. and husband, Freddie Day of Vandalia; one sister, Josephine Moss of Vandalia; two grandchildren: Jody and husband, Matt Bauman of Vandalia; Jennifer Day of Vandalia; six great-grandchildren: Alec Bauman, Hannah Bauman, Morgan Slatten, Madalyn Swafford, Jackson Cook and Jaden Cook; also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Marvin; seven brothers: Bill Graves, Merl Graves, Ralph Graves, Jerry "J.R." Graves, Marselle Leake, Lloyd Leake and Glenn Leake; three sisters: Eva Pearl Leake, Nellie Fern Lent and Alice Kuda; also one grandson, Keith Wade Day.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the donor's choice.

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August 17, 2017

Thompson, Helen E. age 96 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Vandalia.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music: Joy Davis - organist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery
Pallbearers: Wesley Newland, Peter Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Jesse Thompson, Tyler Thompson and Larry Finley.

Helen Emma Jean (Myrick) Thompson passed away at 2:05 p.m. on Thursday August 17, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was born in St. Charles and later moved with her family to a farm near Curryville. Helen was a 1938 Bowling Green High School graduate and later attended Miss Hickey's Secretarial School in St. Louis. Helen worked as the secretary to the Extension Service Agent and Farm Bureau and then briefly worked for Missouri State Senator Edward Long. She then worked in the McIlroy and Long Law Office and spent a number of years as a secretary at the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis. After marriage, she moved to the Vandalia-Middletown area where she became a homemaker. Helen was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and was active in the Ruth Circle. She was also a member of Chapter CE PEO and the St. Cecilia Music Club. Helen enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, writing and painting and stayed socially linked with many friends and family on Facebook.

Born: January11, 1921 in St. Charles County the daughter of Ernest Barnes and Ruth Rebecca (Studer) Myrick.

Married: James William "Bob" Thompson on October15, 1955 in St. Louis; he preceded her in death on February11, 2005.

Survivors include: one daughter, Lisa A. Newland, and husband, Terry, of Vandalia; one son, Craig M. Thompson, and wife, Karen, of Joplin; one brother, William Myrick, and wife, Eva, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Amy (Brad Ward) Newland, Betsy (Larry) Finley, Wesley (Amy) Newland, Peter (Jordan) Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Jesse (Alissa) Thompson, Emma Thompson, and Tyler Thompson; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Bob; one brother, Robert Myrick and two sisters: Ernestine Wallace and June Nolan; one grandson, James William Newland.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 240, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

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July 26, 2017

Allison, Sherry Jean, age 65, of Mexico, formerly of Vandalia

Visitation:

Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.
Officiating: Mr.Kenny Haddock
Music: selected favorite songs
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date in the New Harmony Cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers: Grandchildren.

Sherry Jean (Schamma) Allison passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was a Vandalia resident growing up and a 1969 Van-Far High School graduate. She entered the nursing field and worked at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mexico for many years. Sherry enjoyed Elvis music and his collectibles, going to Branson, country music shows and had played in a bowling league.

Born: September 9, 1951in Vandalia the daughter of Melvin Kelly and Delores Jean (Goodhart) Schamma.

Married: Charles Henry Picton; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: three sons: Timothy E. Picton, Charles F. Picton both of Mexico; Luke K. Picton of Columbia; two brothers: Butch Schamma of Virginia, Illinois and Danny Schamma of New York; two sisters: Sue Clough of Mexico and Judy Clough of Strafford; eight grandchildren: Zach Picton, Mike Picton, Rodney Picton, Taylor Picton, Dustin Picton, Kristin Picton-Rivera, Tevin Picton and Stormy Picton; nine great-grandchildren: Natalie Picton, Keira Picton, Ahlana Picton, Zane Picton, Macy Picton, Brooke Picton, Sophia Rivera, Chloe Rivera and Victoria Rivera.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Roger Schamma.

Memorials are encouraged to Breast Cancer research of the American Cancer Society

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July 18, 2017

Chrisman, V. "Gwen" age 97 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Service:

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Jamie Franke.
Music: selected favorite hymns.
Interment: the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Joe Jennings, Rick Girard, Dakota Girard, Lyndell Chrisman, Ryan Chrisman, Koby Uhey, Kyler Girard, and Cole Chrisman.
Honorary Pallbearers: Katelyn Chrisman, Jayle Jennings, Carter Jennings, and Cannon Jennings.

Velma Gwendolyn "Gwen" Chrisman passed away at 6:06 p.m. on Tuesday, July18, 2017 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. Gwen moved to Vandalia in 1959 from the Middletown area. She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia and a loving husband to Floyd for their 72 years of marriage. Gwen was a homemaker and enjoyed playing the organ and keyboard. Gwen and Floyd enjoyed traveling all over the United States and camping in Texas.

Born: March 2, 1920 in Higbee, Missouri the daughter of Ernest Allen and Goldena (Campbell) Fowler.

Married: Floyd C. Chrisman in Moberly, Missouri on March 23, 1940; he preceded her in death on October 25, 2012.

Survivors include: one daughter, Connie Uhey of Vandalia; one daughter-in-law, Becky Chrisman of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Rick Girard of Moberly; Robyn and husband, Joe Jennings of Vandalia and Koby Uhey of Vandalia; nine great-grandchildren: Lyndell Chrisman, Ryan Chrisman, Katelyn Chrisman, Cole Chrisman, Dakota Girard, Kyler Girard, Jayle Jennings, Carter Jennings and Cannon Jennings; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Floyd; one son, Ronald D. Chrisman; two grandsons:Kevin and Timothy Chrisman.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Christian Church in Vandalia.

   
July 15, 2017

McDonald, Mary Frances age 98 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 10a.m. - 11a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Service:

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite hymns.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Dave Hopke, Dale Hopke, Dan Hopke, Jeff Hopke, Dwayne Hopke, and Doug Wood.

Mary Frances (Goodman) McDonald passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was born, grew up and attended Pleasant Plains school south of Vandalia. Mary Frances united with the Pleasant Plains Methodist Church in 1937. She was employed as a telephone operator with Vandalia Union Telephone Company before her marriage to Glen Edward McDonald on March 23, 1946. She was a faithful and regular member of Central Union Community Church until her health failed. Mary Frances loved sending greeting cards and letters to many friends through the years. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, making meals for the hired hands, and her egg business. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her laughter!

Born: August 24, 1918 in rural Vandalia the daughter of Verda and Augusta Marie (Renner) Goodman.

Married: Glen Edward McDonald on March 23, 1946 in Curryville; he preceded her in death on March 1, 2013.

Survivors include: one son, Raymond E. and wife, Carol McDonald of rural Vandalia; one grandson, Chad and wife, Debbie McDonald of Mexico; three great-grandchildren: Cheyenne Skyy McDonald, Daniel McDonald and Jonathon McDonald; one sister, Verda Mae and husband, Irwin Deutscher of Washington, DC; three nieces and one nephew.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Dick Hicks.

Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Care Center, 601 N. Galloway Road, Vandalia, Missouri 63382

   
July 10, 2017

Hicks, William "Bill" J. age 69 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Hnorary Pallbearers: Vandalia Firemen.

William "Bill" Joe Hicks passed away at 1:07 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center. Bill was a lifelong Vandalia resident and a 1965 Van-Far High School graduate. Shortly after high school, Bill served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Viet Nam veteran.Upon returning home, he attended various tech and trade schools. He worked at Woodward Automotive and for Francis Brenneman in the early 1970s before acquiring his own automotive business, Bill's Automotive. He also worked part-time with the Audrain County Sheriff's Department and the Vandalia Police Department. For several years, Bill was the Superintendent of Utilities for the city of Vandalia. He then became self-employed with his own electrician business, Hick's Electric. Bill became a member of Vandalia Fire & Rescue in 1976 and served as Fire Chief from 1998 until 2005. He was also a first responder for many years. Bill remained with the Fire Department until his illness prevented him from serving any longer. He served as president of the Vandalia Cemetery Association until 2016. Bill had a very giving spirit and was a hero through his service to his country, his community and his family. He was an active member of the Spencer Creek Baptist Church.

Born: August 11, 1947 in Mexico, the son of Houston Welch and Ina Mae (Nation) Hicks.

Married: Linda Anderson on October 9, 1971 in Vandalia.

Survivors include: wife, Linda of Vandalia; one son, Mark and wife, Jill Hicks of Hannibal; one daughter, Melissa and husband, Tom Culwell of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Maggie and Sophie Hicks of Hannibal; Riley and Kaylen Culwell of Vandalia; brother-in-law, Larry Anderson of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Dick Hicks.

Memorials are encouraged to St. Jude's Hospital

   
July 5, 2017

Bontz, Ethel Jane age 95 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Monday, July 10, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: Angela, Michael and Gabriel Maier.
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Bobby Stone, Tony Dameron, Eddie Stone, Paul Maier, Floyd Dameron, Shawn Reading, and Dennis Becker.

Ethel Jane (Sutton) Bontz age 95 of Vandalia, passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. After graduating from high school in Curryville, she moved to Vandalia to seek employment. Jane worked many retail jobs over the years and sold Avon for a number of years. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia. Jane enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, and playing Bingo at Tri-County Care Center. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing and swimming with her nieces and nephews.

Born: March 2, 1922 near Curryville the daughter of James Beamon and Pearl Gertrude (Lamme) Sutton.

Married: Ted May in 1999; he preceded her in death in 2001. She then married James E. Bontz in 2002; he preceded her in death in 2010.

Survivors include: one sister, Isabel Stone of Bowling Green; also survived by nieces and nephew, Elaine (Floyd) Dameron of Curryville; Eddie (Susan) Stone of Laddonia; Jane (Gary) Robinson of St. Charles and Linda (Dennis) Becker of Mexico; eight great-nieces and nephews; 16 great-great-nieces and nephews; she is also survived by James' children, Raeburn (Kathy) Bontz of Loveland, Colorado and Phyllis (James) Bontz of Vandalia and their children.

Preceded in death by: her parents; one sister, Betty Rinkle Becker; three brothers-in-law: George Rinkle, Joe Becker and Harry Stone.

Memorials are encouraged to the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery
P.O. Box 141, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0141

   
June 28, 2017

Hafner, Charlotte Ann age 93 of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music:
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: relatives and friends.

Charlotte Ann Hafner passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at a care center in Ocala, Florida. She was born in the remote community of Delta, Wisconsin on January 18, 1924. After two years in this northern climate, the family returned to Missouri and resided on a farm near Mexico. In 1938, they moved to Vandalia where Charlotte attended Vandalia High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Missouri at Columbia for two years. Surrounded by the need for a World War II work force, she joined the United States Steel Corporation at their Chicago office. A year later she transferred to their St. Louis office and remained there until her retirement. Charlotte was a faithful, long-time member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Delmar Street in University City. In later years, she became a member of the PEO, which she very much enjoyed. As a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, she listened to many, many of their radio broadcasts.

Born: January 18, 1924 in Delta, Wisconsin, the daughter of Walter J. and Ruth (Kerr) Hafner.


Survivors include: one brother, Kerwin Hafner (BJ) of Ocala, Florida; two nephews: Scott Hafner (Margaret) of Athens, Georgia; Steve Hafner (Cydney) of Jupiter, Florida; two grand-nephews: Mark Hafner (Samantha) of Frederick, Maryland; Eric Hafner (Jennifer) of Phoenix, Arizona; two grand-nieces: Sarah Hafner of Alexandria, Virginia and Lesley Maturo (Anthony) also of Phoenix; one great-grand-nephew, Joe Maturo and three great-grand-nieces: Rylee Hafner, Sammie Hafner and Jacquie Maturo, all of Phoenix. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
June 24, 2017

Hopkins, Charles E. "Gene"age 60 of Columbia formerly of Vandalia

Visitation:

Friday, June30, 2017 from 11 a.m. to1 p.m.at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music:
Interment: the Mt. Zion Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Travis Wise, Kenneth Caldwell, Dale Franklin, Tim Ralph, Michael Cozad, and Tim Brown.

 

Charles Eugene "Gene" Hopkins passed away at 3:52 a.m.Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia .Gene grew up and attended schools in Vandalia. He was a 1975 Van-Far High School graduate and also graduated in 1984 with an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology from Moberly Area Community College. Between high school and college, Gene served his country in the U. S. Army and worked at Harbison Walker Refractories for three years. Gene then worked at the Montgomery Wards automotive department in Columbia for five years. He retired in 2016 after nearly 20 years as a bus automotive tech with Ryder and then First Student school bus in Columbia. Gene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He enjoyed car shows, drag racing, go-cart racing, his dogs, and reading.

Born: June5, 1957 in Spokane, Washington, the son of Robert Eugene and June Ann (Grote) Hopkins.

Married: Kristy Jo Wormsley in Vandalia on May31, 1975; she survives.

Survivors include: mother, June of Vandalia; wife, Kristy of Columbia; one son, David E. Hopkins of Columbia; one daughter, Tracy L. Wise and husband, Travis and their two sons of Columbia; two brothers: Wm. Terrance "Terry" Hopkins and wife, Kelly of Silex and Ron Hopkins of Vandalia; two sisters: Lil Hopkins of Boonville, Sandy Caldwell and husband, Kenneth of Vandalia and by Marlene Strode and her children of Sturgeon; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: father, Robert Eugene Hopkins.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association.

   
June 16, 2017

Howell, Helen L. age 92 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Officiating: Father Paul Hartley.
Music:
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jonathan Gibson, Jeremy Gibson, Alicia Gibson Villanueva, Benjamin Cooper, Christopher Cooper, Jerry Gibson, and Dean Cooper. Honorary pallbearers: Katie Howell Schwalbe, Meaghan Howell, and Emma Howell.

 

Helen Lorraine (Dowd) Howell passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June16, 2017 at St. Joseph's Bluffs Care Center in Jefferson City. Helen graduated from the University of Missouri in 1946 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. She began teaching home economics at the Vandalia High School that fall. Helen went back to Mizzou and received her Master's in Education in December, 1973. She then taught remedial reading at the Van-Far Elementary School until retiring in 1987. Helen was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society and she served on the Van-Far School Board. She enjoyed helping with Tuesday evening Mass at the WERDCC for many years, playing bridge, antiquing, golfing, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Helen owned and operated the Prairie Flower Antiques Shop on Main Street in Vandalia for several years.

Born: January 24, 1925 in Bonne Terre, Missouri the daughter of Edward Francisand Agnes Lillian (Hoaglund) Dowd.

Married: William Leighton Howell on May 27, 1948 in Hannibal; he preceded her in death on February 16, 1996.

Survivors include: two sons: William L. Howell Jr. and wife, Kathy. of Columbia; Michael E. Howell and wife, Barbara of Webster, Minnesota; two daughters: Patricia J. Gibson and husband, Jerry of Kalama, Washington; Mary C. Cooper and husband, Dean of Wardsville, Missouri; two brothers: Richard H. Dowd of Fruitland, Maryland and Bernard P. Dowd of Deerfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren: Jonathan Gibson and wife, Laurie of Santa Cruz, California; Jeremy Gibson and wife, Bonnie of Portland, Oregon; Alicia Gibson Villanueva and husband, Rex of Seattle, Washington; Katie Howell Schwalbe and husband, Luke of Northfield, Minnesota; Meaghan Howell of Minneapolis; Benjamin Cooper and Christopher Cooper both of Wardsville and Emma Howell of Columbia; five great-grandchildren: Madeline and William Gibson of Santa Cruz; Lucy and Daisy Gibson of Portland, Oregon and Faye Villanueva of Seattle.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, William; two brothers: James D. Dowd and Robert C. Dowd.

Memorials are encouraged to the Alzheimer's Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65201

   
June 2, 2017

Stotler, Billy Joe age 74 of rural Frankford, formerly of New London

Visitation:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.at Waters Funeral Home.

Service:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment: the Wellsville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Dean Reed, Johnny Wallace, Robert Dale Stotler, Ed Jackson, Dale Stotler, and Zach Stovall.

 

Billy Joe Stotler passed away at 8:25 a.m.Thursday, June 2, 2017 at the family's home near Frankford, Missouri. Billy attended schools in the Vandalia area and attended New Harmony Christian Church. Billy and Honey met at an early age near Montgomery City. He started driving a dump truck for Paul Goodman and then for his dad's construction company. Billy skidded brick at A. P. Green Refractories in Mexico and while there also bought the Shell station on Liberty Street. He then moved his family back to Vandalia where he owned and operated the Texaco station and later the North Star station at the south edge of town. During much of this time, Billy owned a farm near Laddonia and Perry. In the late 80s he purchased a home and mechanic shop near New London. Billy retired in 2001 when he and Honey bought a farm near Frankford. He was a member of the Teamsters and the National Truck Pulling Association. Billy enjoyed raising horses, pulling trucks and hotrods, stock car racing, camping, and boating on the Mississippi and the Lake of the Ozarks.

Born: January 25, 1943 near Olney, Missouri, the son of Joseph William "J. W." and Opal Nadine (Baker) Stotler.

Married: "Honey" Hampton in Curryville on April 23, 1965; she survives.

Survivors include: wife, "Honey" of rural Frankford; two sons: Larry J. and wife, Molly Stotler of Vandalia; Mark W. and wife, Lorrie Stotler of New London; one daughter, Julie D. Stotler of Lake Ozark; also survived by one brother, two sisters, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother and one sister.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
May 16, 2017

Hunn, Mary Katherine age 69 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jeff Wright, Brandon, Wright, Mike Elders, Larry Nation, Marty Nation, Rick Brothers, John Sumrall, and Don Hoover.

 

Mary Katherine (Smith) Hunn passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at SSM St. Mary's Audrain in Mexico, Missouri.

Born: September15, 1947 in St. Louis, the daughter of Frederick Earl and Rosa Nell (Wright) Smith.

Married:

Survivors include:

Preceded in death by:

 

   
May 9, 2017

Greathouse, Ruth A. age 77 of Hannibal

Visitation:

No visitation scheduled.

Service:

A "Celebration of Life Service" will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Park in Hannibal.
Officiating: Rev. Rudy Muzzarelli.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take placeat a later date.

 

Ruth Ann (Weber) Greathouseage 77 of Hannibal, passed away at 6:02 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. Ruth was born in Fairmont City, Illinois and was a high school graduate. In 2008, she moved to Hannibal from the Collinsville, Illinois area. Ruth was a fulltime Mom and homemaker for her children and family. A Christian by faith and baptism, Ruth enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Born: June 22, 1939 in Fairmont City, Illinois, the daughter of Fred Walter and Dorothy Mae (Coffer) Weber.

Married: Cletus Avery Greathouse Sr. on December 3, 1982 in St. Louis; he preceded her in death on September 6, 2000.

Survivors include: three sons: Bill (Sheila) Wallheimer of Fairview Hts, Illinois; Dan (Brenda) Wallheimer of Granite City, Illinois; Patrick Greathouse of Imperial, Missouri; three daughters: Natalie (Ron) Ferguson of Vandalia, Illinois; Tammy (Shelby) Griffin of Payson, Illinois; Sissie (Michael) Elliott of Hannibal; one brother, James (Cynthia) Tolley of Fults, Illinois; three sisters: Helen Barrett of Collinsville, Illinois; Debbie (Leroy) Bugger of Florida and Roberta (Dennis) Throm of Florida; also survived by 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by: her parents and husband, Cletus; three sisters: Mary Migneron, Shirley Weber and Delores Sullens; one grandson, Jason Sturgeon.

Floral gifts and tributes are encouraged through the Bowling Green Florist, 573.324.6060.

Arrangements under the direction of Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia

   
May 2, 2017

Shotwell, Mary E. age 94 of Columbia, formerly of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Gary Shaw - pianist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Matthew Shotwell, Dennis Smith, Frank Bauman, Dean Larkin, Joe Roesch, and Gary Shaw.

 

Mary E. (Runyon) Shotwell passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia. She was a 1940 Macon High School graduate and member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. Mary loved cooking and serving good food to her family and friends. While in Vandalia, her home became a regular place to stop for the 4 o'clock coffee hour for many of her friends. Her other loves, besides socializing, included playing tennis, bridge, golf, singing in the church choir and with her barbershop group, quilting, and restoring antiques. Mary expressed gratitude regularly for how blessed she was to have such a wonderful life.

Born: August 30, 1922 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Thomas Earl and Lottie Mae (Parsons) Runyon.

Married: William Grey "Red" Shotwell; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: Mary leaves behind an extensive and devoted family. A daughter, Peggy Cloutier (Leo) of Columbia and son, William Craig (Ginni) Shotwell of Jackson, California; five grandchildren: Travis Cole of Hannibal; Andrea Primus and Lindsey Larkin, William Matthew Shotwell and Jessica Shotwell all of Columbia. She was able to be an active and loving part of her great-grandchildren's lives…Matthew William Gavin Cole of Columbia; Kathryn Brooke Cole of Hannibal; Mary Elizabeth and Margaret Ann Primus, both of Columbia. She was blessed by living with Andrea and her daughters, Mary and Maggie for three years prior to going to Lenoir. She leaves behind two sisters, Doris (Collier) Schulze and Yvonne Daniel both of Springfield, Missouri.

Preceded in death by: parents; her husband "Red" of 51 years and many dear friends.

   
April 22, 2017

Hume, Milton E. age 89 of Bowling Green, Missouri

Visitation:

 

Service:

Officiating: Doug Storts
Interment: Bowling Green City Cemetery at a later date.

 

Milton Edwin Hume, 89, son of the late Milton Pratt and Beulah Van Moss Hume, was born January 11, 1928 in Bowling Green. He departed this life peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Milton was a barber for 36 years at the Ebers Barber Shop in Bowling Green. A Baptist by faith, Milton enjoyed fly-fishing, archery, wood carving, long walks in the woods, and was a proud lifetime member of the NRA.

Born: January 11, 1928 in Bowling Green, Missouri.

Married: Clara May Aaron on July 15, 1971; she preceded him in death on January 12, 2016.

Survivors include: a legacy of 3 loving children and 4 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents and wife, Clara.

At the request of Milton, traditional funeral services were not held. The private memorial arrangements were made by his family to honor him in a "Celebration of Life."

He is now at peace and has joined his family in the next life and is truly missed.

Arrangements under the direction of Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia

Memorials are encouraged to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Milton Hume.

   
April 22, 2017

Hume, Milton E. age 89 of Bowling Green, Missouri.

Visitation:

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Gary Shaw - pianist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

 

Mary E. (Runyon) Shotwell passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia. She was a 1940 Macon High School graduate and member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. Mary loved cooking and serving good food to her family and friends. While in Vandalia, her home became a regular place to stop for the 4 o'clock coffee hour for many of her friends. Her other loves, besides socializing, included playing tennis, bridge, golf, singing in the church choir and with her barbershop group, quilting, and restoring antiques. Mary expressed gratitude regularly for how blessed she was to have such a wonderful life.

Born: August 30, 1922 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Thomas Earl and Lottie Mae (Parsons) Runyon.

Married: William Grey "Red" Shotwell; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: Mary leaves behind an extensive and devoted family. A daughter, Peggy Cloutier (Leo) of Columbia and son, William Craig (Ginni) Shotwell of Jackson, California; five grandchildren: Travis Cole of Hannibal; Andrea Primus and Lindsey Larkin, William Matthew Shotwell and Jessica Shotwell all of Columbia. She was able to be an active and loving part of her great-grandchildren's lives…Matthew William Gavin Cole of Columbia; Kathryn Brooke Cole of Hannibal; Mary Elizabeth and Margaret Ann Primus, both of Columbia. She was blessed by living with Andrea and her daughters, Mary and Maggie for three years prior to going to Lenoir. She leaves behind two sisters, Doris (Collier) Schulze and Yvonne Daniel both of Springfield, Missouri.

Preceded in death by: parents; her husband "Red" of 51 years and many dear friends.

   
April 13, 2017

Gregory, Opal L. age 96 of rural Curryville

Visitation:

Monday, April 17, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Pastor Lyndell Thompson.
Music:
Interment: the New Harmony Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Seth Gregory, Caleb Gregory, Benjamin Gregory, Ryan Gray, Brandon Gray, and Chad Gray.
Honorary Pallbearers: Joel Edwards, Joshua Gregory, Trevor Gray, and Kelsey Gray.

 

Opal L. (Thompson) Gregory passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. She was a 1940 Curryville High School graduate and lived most of her adult life in the rural Curryville/Estes area.Opal was a full-time homemaker on the family farm except for a short time where she worked at a ball bearing factory in St. Louis during World War II. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia where she helped with Vacation Bible School.Opal enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, canning, reading, fishing, helping with 4-H in years past, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Born: October 2, 1920 in Americus, Missouri the daughter of Shelby Henryand Mary Ethel (Naughton) Thompson.

Married: Emmett Glen Gregory in St. Louis on December 28, 1943; he preceded her in death on December 26, 2004.

Survivors include: two sons: Melvin L. Gregory of Fulton; Robert G. and wife, Kim Gregory of rural Curryville; two daughters: Dorothy L. and husband, Dennis R. Edwards of Moberly; Helen M. Gray of New Hartford; ten grandchildren: Joel David Edwards of Silver Springs; Joshua L. Gregory of Hopper, Nebraska; Seth M. Gregory of Curryville; Caleb E. Gregory of Middletown; Benjamin G. Gregory of Curryville; Ryan S. Gray of Leawood, Kansas; Brandon M. Gray of Troy; Chad E. Gray and Kelsey N. Gray both of St. Louis and Trevor B. Gray of New Hartford; also survived by several nieces and nephews.


Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Glen; five brothers: Virgil Thompson, Lloyd Thompson, Omar Thompson, Charles Thompson, Bernard Thompson; two sisters: Merle Metcalf and Edna Haden.

Memorials are encouraged to the Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch, 601 N. Center Street, Shelbina, Missouri 63468.

   
April 6, 2017

Drainer, Nina M. age 80 of Jefferson City

Visitation:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Officiating
: Father Paul Hartley.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Taylor Stegeman, Kyle Irwin, Melvin Jones, Ronnie Hendrix, Allen Nelson and John Howard Nelson.
Honorary Pallbearers: Cole Stegeman and Carson Drainer.

 

Nina M. (Nelson) Drainer passed away at 9:24 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Capitol Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was a Bowling Green High School graduate and member of Immaculate Conception of Jefferson City. Nina worked 22 years for Montgomery Wards and retired in 1995. She was her grandchildren's biggest cheerleader at their sporting and extracurricular events. Nina love to watch Cardinal baseball, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy. Some of her favorite pastimes included gardening, crochet, and traveling to reunions. Her biggest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Nina loved sharing great stories and memories from her childhood years to her time spent with close friends in the Navy.

Born: February 28, 1937 in Bowling Green the daughter of Guy and Susie (Lennington) Nelson.

Married: John Robert Drainer on March 14, 1957 in Bowling Green.

Survivors include: husband, John of Jefferson City; daughter Diane Irwin (Don) and daughter Dawn Stegeman (Roger) all of Jefferson City; son Bob Drainer (Kim) of Wardsville; six grandchildren: Capt. Cole Stegeman (Sarah) of RAF Lakenheath, England; Taylor Stegeman, Lexi Stegeman; Kyle Irwin of Jefferson City; Carson Drainer and Elizabeth Drainer of Wardsville; brother, Fred Nelson (Mary) of Vandalia.


Preceded in death by: parents; three brothers: Ivan Nelson, Gale Nelson and Glen Nelson; two sisters: Vera Orf and Lucy Skillman.

Memorials are encouraged to Dr. Tamara Hopkins Patient Assistance Program and Immaculate Conception Church in Jefferson City

   
April 4, 2017

Cunningham, Edsell L. age 86 of rural Middletown

Visitation:

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Officiating
: Rev. Jerry Gamm and Rev. Bob Hoehn and Rev. Paul Lewis.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist.
Interment: Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Travis Cunningham, Jim Pease, Lyndell Ankrom, Paul Traynor, Bill Traynor and Steve Reynolds.
Honorary Pallbearers: Steven Bailey, Darwyn Pease, Scott Fuerst, Brad Lucas, Jess Lucas & Billy Joe Cover.

 

Edsell L. Cunningham passed away at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday April 4, 2017 at the family home north of Middletown. He grew up in the rural Middletown area, attended grade school at the Dunn Country school and later attended Middletown High school for 3 years before graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1948. He became a Christian by faith on September 12, 2015 and attended the New Hartford Baptist Church.
Three years after high school, Edsell joined the U. S. Air Force and was active from 1951 to 1955. While in the Air Force, he married Carol Jane Traynor in 1953. They lived in several states until his completion of military duty, including New Mexico & California, before finally making their home in rural Middletown. Upon completing his service to his country, Edsell began working at Kaiser Refractories in Mexico, MO. In 1977, Edsell started working for ADM in Mexico, MO as a production operator and remained there until he retired in 1996. During the years after his military service, he also did custom lime hauling, drove a school bus for the Bowling Green school district, farmed his acreage, and raised hogs to sell at auction. Edsell enjoyed attending flea markets and farm auctions. He was a collector of just about everything; his favorite things being belts, buckles, bolo ties, and knives. Over the years, he faithfully attended Travis's tractor pulls, Candice's hog shows, and Marissa's horse shows. He also loved running his bulldozer and working around the farm, feeding the deer and turkey, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born: July 28, 1930 in rural Middletown, the son of Harry Orville and Minnie Irene (Hamlett) Cunningham.

Married: Carol Jane Traynor on November 21, 1953 north of Vandalia; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Carol of rural Middletown; one son, Bob and wife, Teresa Cunningham of rural Middletown; one sister, Erma Lee Traynor of Vandalia; three grandchildren: Travis and wife, Sylvia Cunningham of New Hartford; Candace Rutherford of rural Middletown; Marissa Cunningham and fiancé, Steven Bailey of rural Middletown; five great-grandchildren: Hope Cunningham and Cole Cunningham of New Hartford; Ashley, Addison and Aiden Rutherford of rural Middletown. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Ronnie Wayne Cunningham; one daughter, Joyce Marie (Cunningham) Pease; one brother, Guy Estes "Bud" Cunningham.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society

   
March 30, 2017

Bouchard, Patricia L. age 76 of Farber

Visitation:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers:

 

Patricia Leore (Shaw) Bouchard passed away at 10:08 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her home in Farber. She was a Farber High School graduate and had attended Spencer Creek Baptist Church. Patricia had worked as a care-giver for different area Girls Town Chapters and had also worked as a CNA at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She enjoyed fishing, swimming, making rock jewelr,y and watching detective shows on television.

Born: October 30, 1940 in Farber the daughter of Orley Edward and Oneita Edith (Hicklin) Shaw.

Married: Robert Lee Bouchard in 1977; he preceded her in death on May 31, 2001.

Survivors include: one son, Ed Livers of Farber; three grandchildren: Robert E. Seiger of Laddonia; Adriane N. Blumer of Vandalia, and Katie Gerdeman.


Preceded in death by: parents; husband; one daughter, Donneita Lynn Hightshoe.

Memorials are encouraged to Spencer Creek Baptist Church

   
March 26, 2017

Clausen, Ethel Ruth age 62 of Farber

Visitation:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service at the Elm Grove Baptist Church north of Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Elm Grove Baptist
Officiating
: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music:
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers:

 

Ethel Ruth (Cheney) Clausen passed away unexpectedly at 10:08 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her home in Farber. She attended Farber schools and was a lifelong Farber area resident. Ruth had been a full-time homemaker and had worked as a cook at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia for many years. She was a member of the Elm Grove Baptist Church and the Farber Fire Department Auxiliary. Ruth enjoyed playing cards, shopping, her flowers, visiting with family and friends and her two companion dogs, Daisy and Pete.

Born: July 10, 1954 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Floyd Richard and Ethel Lee (Kuda) Cheney Sr.

Married: James Stanley Clausen in Farber on September 12, 1972; he preceded her in death on February 2, 2005.

Survivors include: mother, Ethel of Farber; three brothers: Floyd Richard Cheney II of the Philippines; Wayne Cheney of rural Vandalia and Randy Cheney of Farber; three sisters: Carolyn Ford of Vandalia; Altha Gillenwater of Farber and Wanda Winders of Vandalia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.


Preceded in death by: father; husband; sister, Myra Woolfolk, and two nephews: Russell Cheney and Jonathan Gillenwater.

Memorials are encouraged to the Elm Grove Baptist Church or to the Farber Fire Department.

   
March 13, 2017

Oller, Wendell T. age 81 of Mexico, formerly of Dupo, Illinois

Visitation:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Service:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Officiating
:
Music:
Interment: Interment of his cremains will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers:

 

Wendell Thurman Oller passed away at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March22, 2017 at Pin Oaks Care Center in Mexico. He worked as a carman for the Alton and Southern Railroad from 1952 to 1968 but took the call to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. In 1968, Wendell began working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad (Truck Lines Division) and remained through the Union Pacific merger, retiring in 1994.

Born: November7, 1935 in Dupo, Illinois, the son of George Blaine and Mabel (Taylor) Oller.

Married: Jacqueline Hurte; she survives.

Survivors include: wife, Jacqueline, of Mexico; son, Matt (Suzanne) Oller of Thompson; step-daughter, Denise (Steve) Chamberlain of Vandalia; daughter, Sheila (Andy) Rodgers of Cuba, Missouri; daughter, Debbie (Carl) Shiverdeck of Grassy, Missouri; daughter, Dana (Robert) McMahan of Collinsville, Illinois; son, Tim (Sherry) Oller of Troy, Illinois; son Mark (Valerie) Oller of Highland, Illinois and son, Jon (Julie) Oller of Granite City, Illinois; also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers: George Oller Jr. and John Oller; threesisters: Georgia Moore; Winifred Carter and Betty Siebert.

Memorials are encouraged to the your local Patriot Guard Riders Club.

   
March 22, 2017

Arnold, Betty Lou age 74 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, March18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Chris Bagley, Shaun Gillman, Marcus Gillmann, Russel Lovelace, Jesse Wilson, and Andy Wilson.

 

Betty Lou Arnold passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Landmark Hospital in Columbia. She attended Windsor schools and was a Christian by faith. Betty worked as a cook in many different restaurants throughout her life. She enjoyed country music and dancing in her younger years. Betty also enjoyed playing bingo and working on crossword puzzles. She especially loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Born: November 21, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Otto and Mary (Marler) Arnold.

Married: Kenneth Phillip Gillmann on July 28, 1958; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: three sons: Stanley W. and wife, Mandy Gillman of Rio Rico, Arizona; Phillip J. and wife, Denise Gillman of Rolla; Ricky A. Gillmann of Vandalia; one daughter, Vera M. Wilson and Tony McPeeks of Vandalia; two sisters: Katherine Turner of Festus and Mary Elliott of Richwoods; also survived by 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Leroy W. Drissel; three brothers: Daniel Arnold, Alfred Arnold, and Joseph Arnold.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Lung Association.

   
March 13, 2017

Arnold, Betty Lou age 74 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, March18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Chris Bagley, Shaun Gillman, Marcus Gillmann, Russel Lovelace, Jesse Wilson, and Andy Wilson.

 

Betty Lou Arnold passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Landmark Hospital in Columbia. She attended Windsor schools and was a Christian by faith. Betty worked as a cook in many different restaurants throughout her life. She enjoyed country music and dancing in her younger years. Betty also enjoyed playing bingo and working on crossword puzzles. She especially loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Born: November 21, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Otto and Mary (Marler) Arnold.

Married: Kenneth Phillip Gillmann on July 28, 1958; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: three sons: Stanley W. and wife, Mandy Gillman of Rio Rico, Arizona; Phillip J. and wife, Denise Gillman of Rolla; Ricky A. Gillmann of Vandalia; one daughter, Vera M. Wilson and Tony McPeeks of Vandalia; two sisters: Katherine Turner of Festus and Mary Elliott of Richwoods; also survived by 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Leroy W. Drissel; three brothers: Daniel Arnold, Alfred Arnold, and Joseph Arnold.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Lung Association.

   
March 10, 2017

Baskett, Vickie Sue age 62 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Wednesday, March15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Wednesday, March15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Perkins, Brennan Perkins, Bennie Fox, Jim Craig, Scott Craig, and Donald Perkins.

 

Vickie Sue (Perkins) Baskett passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at her home in Vandalia. Vickie graduated with the 1972 Bowling Green High School class. After graduation, she married Byren Baskett and started a family. Vickie worked at the Quik Stop convenience store in Curryville for several years as well as owned a business in Vandalia.When her children got older, she lived in New York, Minnesota, and Arizona before moving back to Missouri to enjoy her grandchildren. Most recently, Vickie worked at the WERDCC in Vandalia for about six years until she had to retire due to health reasons. Vickie was a Christian by faith and in years past, enjoyed playing co-ed volleyball and softball. She loved spending time with her grandchildren as well as being outdoors working in the garden, planting flowers, or just taking a walk. She also loved to bake and would share with neighbors and the residents and staff at the Tri-County Care Center.

Born: March16, 1954 in Louisiana, Missouri, the daughter of Roy Ben and Clematine (Harlow) Blanton.

Married: Byren E. Baskett on July 15, 1972 in Bowling Green.

Survivors include: mother, Clematine Blanton of Vandalia; one son, Jared E. and wife, Melissa Baskett of Vandalia; one daughter, Jennifer L. and husband, John T. Ogden of rural Mexico; two brothers:Leroy and wife, Joyce Perkins and Gene and wife, Patra Perkins all of Curryville; three sisters: Eva and husband, Tom Craig of New Hartford; Florence and husband, George Graver of Bowling Green and Joyce Terry of Curryville; three grandchildren: Mason A. Carver of Mexico; Haley R. Baskett and Kaleb E. Baskett both of Vandalia; many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Preceded in death by: father, Roy Ben Perkins.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia YMCA Project.

   
March 7, 2017

Ingram, Thomas P. "Cotton"age 62 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Mr.Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of his cremains will take place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Honorary Pallbearers: Ronald Ingram, Donnie Ingram, Jerry Ingram, and John Ingram.

 

Thomas Patrick "Cotton" Ingram passed away unexpectedly at 2:52 p.m. on Tuesday, March7, 2017 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. "Cotton" attended schools in Bowling Green and was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green. After school, he began working on a rail gang, installing new track for Burlington Northern Railroad for about 18 years. Cotton then worked for a couple of years at the Eastern Missouri Livestock Center in Bowling Green. He then worked as a mechanic for over ten years, retiring in 2004 due to his health. Cotton enjoyed camping, fishing, playing video games, cards, pool, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Born: May 14, 1954 in Louisiana, Missouri the son of William Vernon and Mary Jane (Northern) Ingram.

Married: Patricia M. Riechard in Mexico, Missouri on October31, 2003.

Survivors include: wife, Patti of Vandalia; three sons: Shawn Ingram of Columbia; Michael and wife, Tamra Riechard of Hannibal; Justin Riffle of Elsberry; two daughters: Carmen Hamilton of Kirksville; Angel Morrison of Pittsfield, Illinois; three brothers: Ronald W. and wife, Mary Anne Ingram of Saberton, Missouri; Donnie and wife, Marilyn Ingram of Vandalia; John M. and wife, Kim Ingram of Bowling Green; aunt, Darlene Stone of Nashville, Tennessee; also survived by nine grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.


Preceded in death by: parents; one son, Allie Riffle; two brothers: William Arthur Ingram and David Michael Ingram.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society

   
February 15, 2017

Jurotich, Alexsondra M., age 26, of Lake St. Louis

Visitation:

Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Pastor Mark Dumas.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers: Tim Preall, Tyler Preall, Jeff Hampton, Clark Baldwin, Andrew (Bell) Burkett, Paul Brown and Peter Daniels.

 

Alexsondra Malia (Ziegler) Jurotich passed away unexpectedly at 3:31 p.m. on Wednesday, February15, 2017 at the Progress West Hospital in O'Fallon, Missouri. Alex attended school through the sixth grade on the island of Maui, Hawaii. She then attended and graduated in 2008 from Wentzville High School. As a Girl Scout, Alex achieved the Gold Star Award. Alex was a Catholic by faith. After high school, she attended Spartanburg Tech in South Carolina and then transferred to Greenville Tech where she received her associate's degree in baking and pastry. Recently, she had been working in the bakery at the Dierberg's Store in Wentzville. Alex also had a side business called Cakes by Alexsondra. She enjoyed baking, board and video games, arts and crafts, soccer, and basketball.

Born: September 1, 1990 in Maui, Hawaii, the daughter of Daniel Paul Ziegler and Mary Elizabeth Neville.

Married: Joshua Edward Jurotich on May 4, 2014 in Wentzville.

Survivors include: mother, Mary and her fiancé, Byron Lipe of Gramling, South Carolina; father, Daniel of Minnesota; husband, Josh of Lake St. Louis; uncle, John Neville of San Antonio, Texas; two aunts: Michelle Siegmund of Westminster, South Carolina and Regina Bryant of Corpus Christi, Texas; mother and father-in-law, Laura and Ed Jurotich of Wentzville; Josh's grandparents: Frank and Judy Jurotich of Rolla and Wayne Stewart of Curryville.


Preceded in death by: maternal and paternal grandparents; grandmother, Maxine Stewart.

Memorials are encouraged to the following PayPal account inmemoryofalexsondra@gmail.com

   
February 13, 2017

Pargeon, Ralph E. "Gene,"age 68, of Vandalia

Visitation:

Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Brother Ken Martin.
Music:
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Hendrix, Dale Stewart, George Riley, Donnell Perkins, Kenny Haddock and Mike Smith.
Honorary Pallbearers: Gene's grandchildren.

 

Ralph Eugene"Gene" Pargeon passed away at 11:45 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home in Vandalia. Gene grew up and attended schools in the Curryville area. After school, he started working at the CE Refractories near Farber for 18 years until the plant closed. He then worked at the Charles Wood Manufacturing company in Warrenton for a few years. Gene then worked for Cosmoflex in Hannibal as a machine operator until his retirement in 2012. He was a Christian by faith and baptism, and enjoyed the outdoors. Gene was a member of the Beagle Hunt Club of Perry, enjoyed fishing, hunting, browsing the flea markets, training his hunting dogs, and spending time with his family.

Born: September 28, 1948 in Mexico, the son of Glenn Edwin and Norma Lee (Wooten) Pargeon.

Married: Brinda Lee Fielder in Vandalia on February 19, 1983.

Survivors include: father, Glenn of Bowling Green; wife, Brinda of Vandalia; four sons: Jeffrey E. and wife, Carrie Pargeon of Frankford; Errett D. and wife, Pamela Pargeon of Vandalia; John T. and wife, Kasey Pargeon of Vandalia; Sean T. and wife, Wendy Lovelace of Jefferson City; one daughter: Roma Lee and husband, Tony Lovell of Curryville; one brother, Arnold L. Pargeon of Jefferson City; four sisters: Linda M. Bogue of Bowling Green; Judy K. Dodd of Vandalia; Glenda L. Cunningham of Louisiana; Penny S. Pargeon of Syracuse, New York; 13grandchildren: Heather Hawkins, Holly Pargeon, Davon Pargeon, Lily Pargeon, Michael Lovell, Brian Lovell, Steven Lovell, Payton Pargeon, Katelyn Pargeon, Isabella Pargeon, Joscelyn Pargeon, Jaxeson Pargeon and Zach Lovelace; two great-grandchildren: Bryanna Hawkins and Madyson Hawkins.


Preceded in death by: mother; one son: Christopher S. Lovelace; three brothers: Eddie L. Pargeon, Richard L. Pargeon, and Michael Pargeon who died in infancy.

Memorials are encouraged to the DAVITA Dialysis Clinic in Hannibal or to the American Heart Association.

   
February 9, 2017

Keller, Bobby Dale age 87 of Farber

Visitation:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Farber Presbyterian Church.
Officiating
: Rev. Dana Slavin.
Music: Shirley Stubblefield - pianist.
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Nephews Dwayne Reading, James Reading, Edward Reading, Howard Reading, Darwyn Pease, and Larry Pease.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bob Foree, George Carlson, and Randy Pease.

 

Bobby Dale Keller passed away at 12:27 p.m.Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico. He grew up in the Vandalia area and was a 1947 Vandalia High School graduate. After high school, Dale worked as a farmhand for a few years before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served his country for nearly two years and then returned to Vandalia where he started working at Harbison-Walker Refractories. Dale worked primarily as a machinist and retired on January 3, 1992 after 37 years at Harbison Walker. He was a longtime member of the Farber Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder. Dale enjoyed hunting, spending time in the "Hundred Acre Woods," reading, and tinkering with do-it-yourself projects.

Born: September3, 1929 in Vandalia, the son of William Carl and Edna Alice (Smith) Keller.

Married: Carol Elaine Haverich on September 17, 1955 in Vandalia; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Carol of Farber; two sons: Martin D. and wife, Dana (Evans) Keller of Mexico and Todd A. and wife, Dana (Aggeler) Keller of Farber; one sister: Helen Pease of Vandalia; five grandchildren: Lauren A. Keller, Gabrielle N. Keller, Devyn R. Keller, Mylee R. Keller and Slade W. Keller; also survived by several nieces andnephews.

Preceded in death by: daughter, Sheila Loreece Keller; parents; step-father, Fred Epperson; four brothers: Mayo Keller, Roy Keller, Melvin Epperson and Leo Keller who died in infancy; one sister, Doris Reading.

Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico or to the Farber Presbyterian Church

   
February 8, 2017

Hutcheson, "Tommy" E. age 69 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home.
Officiating
: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music:
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Johnny Horton, Kenny Thurman, Leonard Gregis, David Ball, Don St. Clair, Roy St. Clair, and Tony Momphard.
Honorary pallbearers: Lisa Gregis, Skyler Hutcheson, Logan Hutcheson, Kinsley Hutcheson, and Kaelyn Hutcheson.

 

Thomas "Tommy" E. Hutcheson passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis. Tommy was a lifelong Vandalia resident and a 1966 Van-Far High School graduate. After high school, Tommy started working at the NARCO Refractories in Farber. During his 35 years at NARCO, Tommy worked many different jobs. His last job was as a transfer operator, a position that he held until the plant closed in 2001. Tommy then worked for three years at the Home Decorators factory in Mexico before his retirement. He was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed watching sports. Tommy was an avid fan of Cardinal baseball and football, Royals baseball, Rams football, and Mizzou football and basketball. He enjoyed any activity outdoors including fishing, golf, mowing, walking, sitting on his front porch, and especially watching his grandchildren in their sporting activities.

Born: September 10, 1947 in Vandalia, the son of Archie Ebb and Zelma Lee (Horton) Hutcheson.

Married:

Survivors include: two sons: Todd and wife, Andrea Hutcheson of Vandalia, Troy L. and wife, Melissa Hutcheson of Montgomery City; four grandchildren: Skyler C. Hutcheson, Logan T. Hutcheson and Kinsley A. Hutcheson all of Montgomery City, and Kaelyn R. Hutcheson of Vandalia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers: Daniel Lee Hutcheson and Wesley Horton Hutcheson; one sister, Peggy Lou Hutcheson.

Memorials are encouraged to Tommy's four grandchildren in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, MO 63382.

   
January 10, 2017

Calcaterra, Grace M. age 98 of Vandalia, formerly of Johnston City, Illinois

Visitation:

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Service:

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Officiating
: To be announced.
Music: To be announced.
Interment: Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date in the St. Carlos Cemetery in Herrin, Illinois.
Honorary Pallbearers: To be announced.

 

Grace Marie (Moroni) Calcaterra passed away at 12:18 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Grace grew up and attended schools in the Johnston City, Illinois area. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, Illinois. For many years she helped with St. Mary's School at the church in Herrin. Grace was an excellent cook and worked for many years at Farris Steak House in Johnston City. During her free time, Grace enjoyed gardening, cooking, helping neighbors, and spending time with her family.

Born: April 24, 1918 in Johnston City, Illinois the oldest of six children to Emil and Luisa (Luli) Moroni.

Married: Attilio Angelo "Red" Calcaterra on July 30, 1946 in Herrin, Illinois; he preceded her in death on October 4, 2005.

Survivors include: one son, Dennis A. and wife, Ruth Calcaterra of rural Vandalia; one granddaughter, Katie Calcaterra and husband, Kurt Peloquin of Brooklyn, New York; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, John "Shorty" Moroni; four sisters: Lena Fantozzi, Mary Thomas, Edith Leck and Eva Litton.

Memorials are encouraged to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Campaign Fund, 316 W. Monroe Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948

   
January 5, 2017

Nation, William T. "Bill" age 96 of rural Vandalia

Visitation:

Friday, January 6, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

Service:

Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home
Officiating
: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Ruth Nation - soloist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Beth Nation, Chris Nation, Larry Nation, Marty Nation, Don Nation and Bill Hicks.

 

William T. "Bill" Nation passed away at 7:53 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home south of Vandalia. Bill grew up and attended schools in the Vandalia/Farber area. Bill farmed all of his life and he and Doris have been at their farm now for over 43 years. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. Bill had been active as a leader with the Liberty Wide Awake 4-H Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion, and member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Vandalia. He had been instrumental in starting the Vandalia Rural Fire Department and the Tri-County Saddle Club, was a lifelong member of the American Hereford Association, and received the State Beef Cattle Improvement Association Outstanding Seed Stock Producer Award in 1992. Bill enjoyed square dancing, gardening, listening to Cardinal baseball, bird hunting, horses, and visiting with friends at the local coffee shops.

Born: December 22, 1920 in rural Vandalia, the son of William Albert and Clara Louise (Vatterrodt) Nation.

Married: Doris Ilene Shoemate in Hannibal on August 4, 1951; she survives.

Survivors include: wife Doris of rural Vandalia; one son, William Ray and wife, Ruth Nation of rural Vandalia; one sister, Aileen and husband, Kenneth Hill of New Philadelphia, Ohio; two grandchildren: Christopher Wm. Nation of Hannibal, and Elisabeth Marie Nation of Wright City; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; three brothers: Edward, Norman, and Calvin Nation, and one brother, Alton Nation, who died in infancy; three sisters: Lorean Hermann, Ina Mae Hicks, and Dazalea Lang.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church or to the Vandalia Library Association.

   
January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017 Wiser, Arbie Sue age 70 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Monday, January 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Pastor John Harris.
Music: church choir.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: William Wheeler, Ronnie Greene, Jamie Wheeler, Esthta McPike, Roger Chatman and Sam Chatman. Honorary pallbearers: Dempsey Dixon, Terry Holt, Samuel Lee, Marlin Davis, Darrell Wiser and Bob Giltner.

 

Arbie Sue (McPike) Wiser passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the SSM St. Mary's Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She grew up in and attended schools in the Bowling Green area. She worked for over ten years at the Louisiana Plastics Factory and then a short time for Van-Far Schools in the cafeteria. Arbie Sue retired after working several years at the Breaktime convenience store in Vandalia. She was a faithful member of the Second Christian Church where she sang in the choir, served as a Sunday School Teacher, President of the Usher Board, and President of the Christian Women's Fellowship. Arbie Sue enjoyed baking, riding her bicycle, shopping, bowling, babysitting, and she truly loved spending time with her family and friends.

Born: October7, 1946 in Louisiana, Missouri the daughter of Bill Oaks and Nellie Arcenia McPike.

Married: Louis Art Wiser on December 18, 1964 in Bowling Green; he survives.

Survivors include: husband, Art of Vandalia; two daughters: Stephanie A. Wiser and Rosalind K. Wiser both of St. Louis; one brother, Bill McPike of Bowling Green; one sister, Cathy Turner of Bowling Green; her granddaughter, Mashega Sue Wiser of St. Louis; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by: parents; step-father, Emmett Turner; one brother, Gregory.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association.

   
January 2, 2017

Alvey, June E. age 62 of Vandalia

Visitation:

Friday, January 6, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.

Service:

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating
: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music:
Interment: Lick Creek Cemetery in Perry
Pallbearers: Harley Hayes, Roger James, Bob Biehl, Rob Murrell, Eric Meranda and Zachary Hinton.

 

June Evelyn (Graves) Alvey passed away at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She grew up and attended school in the Vandalia area and was a 1974 graduate of Van-Far High School.. June lived most of her adult/married life in the Wyaconda, Missouri area. She had been a fulltime homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her husband, neighbors, and her dog, Butch.

Born: January 16, 1954 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Ralph Lee and Mildred Elizabeth (Meranda) Graves.

Married: Chuck Alvey; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two sisters: Joan and husband, Roger James of St. Charles; Judy Hayes of Brashear, Missouri; two nieces: April and husband, Bob Biehl of Wentzville; Rachel and husband, Dale Hinton of Weldon Springs; two nephews: Rob and wife, Stephanie Murrell of Kirksville; Harley Hayes of Brashear.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Chuck.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
   

 

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