Obituaries - 2010

December 23, 2010
Smith, Sheila K. age 60 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, December 27, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Ellen Roy - soloist; Marilyn Love - pianist.
Interment of her cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Hendrix, Rod Landers, Bob Trower, Harold Christian, Gene Lovelace, Gene Pargeon and Gary Rahmeyer. Honorary pallbearers: Ben Grisham, Scott Grisham, Charlie Grisham, Terry Smith and Wayne Smith.

Sheila Kay (Grisham) Smith passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at her home in Vandalia. She was a Vandalia resident all her adult life and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia. Sheila graduated from a Springfield, Illinois beauty school in 1968, returning to Vandalia to work with Nell Allen at Nell's Beauty Shop for several years. She later owned and operated her own business, The Mane Shop in Vandalia for 42 years. Sheila was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and especially loved spending time with her family. She also loved cooking, landscaping her backyard flower gardens, vegetable gardening, canning, scrapbooking and crocheting. Sheila was a very special woman who touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all.

Born: September 22, 1950 in Hannibal, Missouri the daughter of Benjamin and Juanita (Simms) Grisham.

Married: Larry Gene Smith on February 28, 1970 in Vandalia, Missouri; he survives at the home.

Survivors include: husband, Larry; one son, Dustin Lee and wife, Marie Smith of Vandalia; one daughter, Angie and husband Ryan Morris of Vandalia; three brothers: Charles Grisham of Vandalia; Ben and wife, Sherrie Grisham of Springfield, Illinois; Scott and wife, Pam Grisham of Millersburg, Missouri; one sister, Connie Moore of Brighton, Illinois; two brothers-in-law: Earl Wayne and wife, Martha Ann Smith of Bowling Green, Missouri and Terry Smith of Vandalia; mother-in-law, Dorothy Smith of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Isaac Smith, Andrew Morris, Gavin Smith and Tyler Robinson.

Preceded in death by: parents, one brother-in-law, Joe Moore and her father-in-law, Walter Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Sheila Smith Scholarship for Cosmetology at Van-Far High School in care of First National Bank, 205 W. Hwy. 54 Vandalia 63382.

   
December 22, 2010
Wright, Brenda Kay age 64 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, December 27, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, December 27, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jerry Ostrom and Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Sarah Sutton - soloist.
Interment will be in the Bowling Green Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Albert Cantrell, Paul Cantrell, Brent Hubble, Matthew Hubble, Jacob Hubble and Steven Cantrell. Honorary pallbearers: Brand Eskew, Eric Eskew, Brian Pitts, Gerald Carroll and Joey Carroll.

Brenda Kay (Cantrell) Wright passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She attended Van-Far Schools and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico, Missouri. Brenda had lived and worked in the Mexico area for a number of years before moving back to Vandalia recently. While in Mexico, she had worked at the Arlee Factory, Brookstone and Dawn Foods. Brenda had sung in the church choir and also was a Sunday school teacher and song leader; had been a member of the Hickory Grove Women's Club. She enjoyed music, singing and collecting Christmas bears.

Born: September 27, 1946 in Mexico, Missouri the daughter of Jesse Andrew and Goldie Mae (Eskew) Cantrell.

Married: Hazlitt Harold Wright on December 30, 1968 in Mexico; he preceded her in death on January 14, 1990.

Survivors include: one daughter, Christina M. and husband, Raymond Sutton of Vandalia; two step-daughters, Jana Wagner of Columbia, Missouri and Jeri Girard of Vandalia; two brothers, Albert Cantrell of Cedar Hill, Missouri and Jesse Cantrell of Universal City, Texas; three granddaughters: Sarah Sutton, Autumn Sutton and Katelyn Sutton all of Vandalia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Hazlitt; two brothers: Bill Cantrell and Amos Cantrell who died in infancy; three sisters: Helen Shephard, Hazel Cantrell and Shirley Cantrell who died in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the family and can be mailed to Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.

   
December 18, 2010
Clinton, Marcus "Marc" Lee age 50 of Hannibal formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 10 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Kevin Lionberger, Ryan Lionberger, Rob Vilce, Rodney Harvey, Marvin Tucker and Ben Allen. Honorary pallbearers: Caleb Lionberger and Tom Sutton.

Marcus "Marc" Lee Clinton passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Hillside Residential Facility in Hannibal, Missouri. As a boy he enjoyed playing Khoury League baseball, as well as football. His favorite professional team was the Green Bay Packers. He attended Van-Far high school, where he played on the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams. For the past 18 years, Marc resided at Hillside Center in Hannibal, a residential care facility operated by Brandi and Kevin Lionberger. There he was affectionately known as "Stick" due to his tall (6'4") lean body type. He was a friend to many there. During his years in Hannibal, Marc's relationship with Brandi and Kevin, along with their two sons, Ryan and Caleb, developed into one that can only be described as "chosen family". Marc loved spending time with the boys, going to the farm with Kevin and various other family outings. In recent years, Marc spent some time back in Vandalia caring for his parents as their health declined. While in Vandalia, he attended the First Baptist Church again, where he'd been a member since childhood.

Born: April 20, 1960 in Hannibal, Missouri the son of Halbert Lee and Shirley Lois (Elzea) Clinton.

Married:

Survivors include: his loving sister, Charlotte (Clinton) Vilce and her husband Robert of Anchorage, Alaska; nieces Maija and Lydia Vilce and nephew Eric Vilce all of Anchorage. In addition, he is survived by the Lionbergers, who believed in, watched over Marc and loved him dearly.

Preceded in death by: parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Community Loving Care Hospice, 914 W. Main Street, Bowling Green, Missouri 63334.

   
December 8, 2010
Rolle, Symphony Elizabeth age 64 of Farber
Visitation:
Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. a graveside service will be held at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: friends of Symphony and Daniel.

Symphony Elizabeth (Dorris) Rolle passed away at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the University Hospitals & Clinics in Columbia, Missouri. She had been a resident of the rural Vandalia and Farber area since 1988. Symphony was a high school graduate and received her bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She owned and operated a cookie company in the San Antonio, Texas area for many years before moving to the Vandalia area. Symphony taught the GED class at the Hart Vo-Tech school in Mexico for many years and had also served as a substitute teacher at Van-Far schools. She attended the First Christian Church in Vandalia and enjoyed reading, crochet and raising dogs.

Born: October 27, 1946 in Kankakee, Illinois the daughter of Shirley Raymond and Frances Marie (Bowne) Dorris.

Married:

Survivors include: one son, Daniel M. Reynolds of Farber and his girlfriend, Shannon Branham of Bowling Green.

Preceded in death by: husband and parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
December 5, 2010
Heaston, Donald S. age 84 of St. Robert, Missouri
Visitation:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Nick Mazzuki, Chris Smithberg, Jason Smithberg, Andy Heaston, Albert Beshears and Lonnie Heaston. Honorary pallbearers: Carl Heaston, Raymond McCurdy, Lonnie Lennox and Jackie Heaston.

Donald S. Heaston passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the St. John's Hospital in Lebanon, Missouri. After school, Donald worked for the railroad for a short time before joining the U. S. Army. He served over 20 years as a non-commissioned officer in the engineering branch of the Army. Donald retired on November 30, 1966 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then started a career as the manager of the NCO Club at Ft. Leonard Wood for nearly 15 years prior to his second retirement. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed several hobbies; among them were bowling, fishing, horseshoes and playing cards. Donald had also been an active member of the VFW and American Legion Posts near St. Roberts.

Born: August 23, 1926 in Gallatin, Missouri the son of Carl Douglas and Helen Bertie (Stephens) Heaston.

Married: Toshiko Yoshida in Tokyo, Japan on January 31, 1951; she preceded him in death on December 17, 1994.

Survivors include: two daughters, Doris Burd and her husband Stan of Kansas City, Missouri and Christine Gunderson and her husband Rob of Grants Pass, Oregon; two sons, Billy Joe Heaston and his wife Marla of Vandalia, Missouri and Mike Heaston and his wife Mary of Lebanon, Missouri; two brothers, Billy Carl Heaston of Vandalia, Missouri and David Heaston of Mexico, Missouri and one sister, Mildred Lennox of Palmyra, Missouri. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: wife, Toshiko; two sons, Bobbie Gene Heaston and Kenneth Lee Heaston; two sisters: Patricia Myers and Kay Piatte and four brothers: Douglas Heaston, Jack Heaston, Winfred Heaston and Bert Heaston.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society or the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.

   
November 22, 2010
Hoover, Alberta Mae age 89 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Jan Fugit - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Nathan Hoover, Darin Fugit, Mike Hoover, Bryan Evans, Dustin Perkins and Dylan Hoover.

Alberta Mae (Day) Hoover passed away at 8:35 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2010 at her home in Vandalia. She grew up and attended schools in the rural Williamsburg, Missouri area. Alberta moved to Vandalia with her husband Raymond in 1943. She worked at the Elzea Egg and Poultry business for a few years and then worked at Granny McCollums service station in Vandalia. Alberta then worked at the Shell Station in Vandalia in the 70's and 80's as the manager. She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in rural Fulton and enjoyed cooking, gardening and flowers for her hobbies.

Born: August 15, 1921 in rural Callaway County, Missouri the daughter of George and Lida (Wilson) Day.

Married: Raymond Elmo Hoover on June 7, 1941 in Fulton, Missouri; he preceded her in death on December 23, 1986.

Survivors include: four sons: Donald R. and wife, Donna Hoover of Vandalia; Charles E. and wife, Kathleen Hoover of Vandalia; Roger D. and wife, Connie Hoover of Vandalia; Monte L. and wife, Diana Hoover of Bowling Green, Missouri; one daughter, Phyllis L. and husband, Olin Fugit of Rocheport, Missouri; one sister, Genevieve Leeper of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; six grandchildren: Dea Hoover of St. Louis; Pamela Perkins of Vandalia; Mike Hoover of Mexico, Missouri; Michelle Benskin of Denver, North Carolina; Nathan Hoover of Bowling Green; Darin Fugit of Columbia, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren: Bryan Evans, Beth Ann Straube, Dylan Hoover, Austin Hoover, Joshua Hoover, Dustin Perkins, Amanda Perkins; Carter Fugit and Charlie Fugit; great-great-grandson: Ty Evans.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Raymond; two brothers: Harry Day and Spencer Day; one sister: Heleen Hughes.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
November 21, 2010
See, Dena Sue age 50 of Vandalia
Visitation:
No visitation is planned for this service.
Service:

Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date.
Officiating will be: Bro. Nathan Detmer.
Music provided by:
Interment of her cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Dena See passed away at 7:49 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Born: October 14, 1960 in Macon, Missouri the daughter of Alvin Davis and Patty Jo (Martin) Albright.

Married:

Survivors include: mother, Patty Jo of Moberly; one son, Dakota Giollato; Brittany Weinpert; two sisters: Abby Couch of Moberly, Missouri and JoAnn Hayes.

Preceded in death by: father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
November 18, 2010
Ogden, Phillip Michael age 66 of Vandalia
Visitation:
No services are scheduled at this time.
Service:

No services are scheduled at this time.
Officiating will be:
Music provided by:
Interment of his cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Phillip Michael Ogden passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and graduated from Van-Far High School in 1963. A few years after school, he joined the U. S. Army and served in Vietnam. After returning back from the service, he worked several jobs and recently retired from the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Born: October 28, 1944 in Mexico, Missouri the son of Cottle P. and Ara Olaura (Damron) Ogden.

Married:

Survivors include: mother, Ara of Vandalia; one son, Michael D. Ogden of Tipton, Missouri; one daughter, Melissa Dawn Smith of Memphis, Missouri; one sister, Cheryl O. Culver of Summerfield, Illinois; six grandchildren: Layla A. Ogden of Bowling Green, Missouri; Carlee Smith, Bryce Smith and Austin Smith all of Memphis, Missouri; Kristan Lippelman and Elizabeth Lippelman both of Huntsville, Missouri.

Preceded in death by: his father, Cottle P. Ogden and two daughters: Melissa Dawn (Flowers) Lippelman and Brandy Ball.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
November 14, 2010
Harris, Thresa Bernice age 86 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Bro. Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Glen & Carolyn Bailey - duet.
Interment will be in the Curryville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Brian Branstetter, Austin Branstetter, Randy Breneman, Lucas Breneman, Patrick Talbott and Tim Hodges.

Thresa Bernice (Sanderson) Harris passed away at 6:35 a.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. Bernice was a 1941 graduate of Vandalia High School and attended business school in St. Louis. Upon graduation, she worked for the FBI in Washington, DC; then as a teller at the Community State Bank in Bowling Green; in the office at Harbison Walker Refractories and finally as bookkeeper for the Van-Far Ambulance District. Bernice was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia and a member of the Eastern Star. She worked at the polls in Vandalia on election day, enjoyed cooking and collecting Precious Moments figurines. Bernice was a very kind and giving person, always putting everyone first before herself. She was a great mother, grandmother and good friend. Bernice was always there to help family when needed.

Born: November 30, 1923 in rural Louisville, Missouri the daughter of Jessie Porter and Lillian Gertrude (Reese) Sanderson Sr.

Married: Edwin G. Harris on March 7, 1948 in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on August 4, 2004.

Survivors include: two sons: Robert and wife, Judy Harris of Greenwood, Mississippi; Richard and wife, Pam Harris of Vandalia, Missouri; one daughter, Deborah and husband, Monty Branstetter of Dyersville, Iowa; one sister, Dorris Breneman of Mexico, Missouri; two grandchildren: Brian Branstetter of Marion, Iowa and Sherry Wilson of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; four great-grandchildren: Britney Branstetter, Austin Branstetter, Brayden Branstetter and Harley Wilson; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband Edwin; two brothers: Jesse Sanderson and Dale Sanderson; one grandson, Brock Branstetter.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

   
November 13, 2010
Palmer, Charles E. age 53 of rural Vandalia formerly of Elsberry
Visitation:
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Bible Holiness Church in Elsberry, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bible Holiness Church in Elsberry, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Pastor George M. Prior.
Music provided by: church.
Interment of his cremains will be in the Star Hope Cemetery near Elsberry at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Charles Everett Palmer passed away unexpectedly at his home in rural Vandalia on Saturday, November 13, 2010. He was a longtime resident of the Troy and Elsberry area and attended Elsberry schools. After school, Charles attended the Elsberry Diesel Mechanic School and had worked as a truck driver for Gerald Todd for over 10 years. He was a member of the Briscoe Holiness Church and enjoyed music and playing his guitars. Charles also enjoyed deer hunting, farming and raising cattle and horses.

Born: October 18, 1957 in Troy, Missouri the son of Eldie George and Dolly JoAnn (Ellis) Palmer.

Married: Carrie Mae Wright on October 1, 1975; she survives.

Survivors include: mother, Dolly JoAnn Palmer of Foley, Missouri; wife, Carrie of Troy, Missouri; one son, Donald L. and wife, Stephanie Palmer of Foley; one daughter, Carrie M. Palmer and fiance, Daniel Tow of Troy; two brothers: Eldie G. Palmer Jr. of Ohio and William Walter Palmer of rural Vandalia; one sister, Clara Jo Johnson of St. Charles, Missouri; three grandchildren: Brandon Robertson and Justin Tow both of Troy and Kailee Palmer of Foley.

Preceded in death by: father

Memorials are encouraged to the Bible Holiness Church in Elsberry, Missouri.

   
October 29, 2010
Culwell, Samuel Mayo age 95 of rural Gazette
Visitation:
Monday, November 1, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Randall Cone.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Gregory Frost, Raymond Miller, Shannon Culwell Jr., Alan Barnes, Jeff Culwell and Jerry Froeschner.

Samuel Mayo Culwell passed away at 2:05 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. He was a life-long rural Gazette area resident and attended the country schools there. Mayo farmed since he was old enough to help his parents and enjoyed helping others in the community. He was a longtime member of the Central Union Church where he had also served as the treasurer and secretary. Mayo had been a school board member of the nearby South Carter School for many years. His priorities were God, family and country and he was a staunch Democrat. Besides farming, he enjoyed goose hunting, fishing and traveling; residing in Brownsville, Texas during some of the winter months over the years.

Born: April 8, 1915 in Gazette, Missouri the son of William Pearl and Eulah Demetrius (Adams) Culwell.

Married: Fayetta M. Heim on August 14, 1937 in Vera, Missouri; she preceded him in death on April 4, 2005.

Survivors include: two sons, Shannon M. and wife, Linda Culwell of rural Vandalia; Merle Lee and wife, Sue Culwell of rural Middletown, Missouri; one sister, Rose Lee Campbell of rural Vandalia; four grandchildren: Deborah and husband, Alan Barnes of rural Middletown; Sheila and husband, Gregory Frost of Vandalia; Jeffrey and wife, Sally Culwell of Columbia, Missouri; Shannon Jr. and wife, Felicity Culwell of rural Vandalia; 13 great-grandchildren: Treyson Culwell, Samuel Middleton, Annalynn Culwell and Reece Culwell all of Vandalia; Gavin Frost of Quincy, Illinois and Spencer Frost of Kansas City; Makenzie Barnes, Nicholas Barnes and Emma Barnes all of rural Middletown; Michael Culwell, Patrick Culwell, Isabella Culwell and Quintan Culwell all of Hallsville, Missouri; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: wife, Faye.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Central Union Church in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.

   
October 29, 2010
Heim, Melva Marie age 90 of Bowling Green
Visitation:
No visitation is planned.
Service:

Family memorial graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Eldon Wilson.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Melva Marie (Ham) Heim passed away at 1:04 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Country View Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Missouri. She was educated in several rural schools where she met and later married William Heim Jr. on her 21st birthday. Melva devoted her married life to taking care of her husband, children and mother and father-in-law. She worked hard on the family farm; gardening, canning, mowing and tending to the livestock. Melva was an excellent seamstress and sewed for others as well as her own family. When time permitted, she also enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and reading books. When her eyesight failed due to macular degeneration, she continued to listen to books and magazines on tape from the Wolfner Library for the Blind.

Born: October 5, 1920 in Shamrock, Missouri the daughter of Elbert Coleman and Alberta Katheryn (Wagner) Ham.

Married: William Heim Jr. on October 5, 1941; he survives.

Survivors include: husband, William of Bowling Green; two daughters: Patricia and husband, Dick Baxter of Florissant, Missouri and Robyn and husband, Norman Henderson of rural Bowling Green; also survived by nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: her parents and one daughter, Billie Martin Gehring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Community Loving Care Hospice, 914 W. Main, Bowling Green, MO 63334 or to the Wolfner Library for the Blind, P O Box 387, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387.

   
October 25, 2010
Easley, Frank Edward age 85 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1:30 until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Roger & Glenn Easley.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment of his cremains will be at a later date at the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Frank Edward Easley passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. Frank grew up in Columbia and graduated in 1943 from the University High School. He attended one year of college in Columbia at the University of Missouri, where he met his future wife, Betty McCollum. Frank served in the U. S. Army at the end of World War II and served with the occupational forces in Japan. After serving his country and his return to the states, he and his wife moved to Vandalia. Frank was quite the mechanic and enjoyed fixing cars, trucks, watches, anything mechanical. He owned and operated a garage and service station at the west edge of town on U. S. 54 for many years prior to his retirement.

Born: July 13, 1925 in Miami, Florida the son of Edward Greene and Blanche (Hall) Easley.

Married: Betty McCollum on June 9, 1951 in Vandalia, Missouri; she preceded him in death on August 11, 2008.

Survivors include: two sons, Glenn E. and wife, Mary Easley of Columbia, Missouri; Roger E. and wife, Diane Easley of Decatur, Georgia; one sister, Esther Thames of Denton, Texas; four grandchildren: Matthew Easley of Washington, D.C.; Sarah Easley of Columbia, Missouri; Michelle Easley and Daniel Easley both of Decatur, Georgia.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Betty; one brother, John Easley.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Truman VA Hospital. Checks should be made payable to Truman VA. On the check memo line: In memory of Frank Easley-GPF 9404. Mail to Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, ATTN: Voluntary Service, 800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, MO 65201.

   
October 24, 2010
Belts, Doris Jane age 86 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Eldon Wilson.
Music provided by: Barbara Elzea - pianist.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Guy M. Chase, Garth M. Chase, Steve Chase, Brian Chase, Luke Chase and Zachary Chase. Honorary pallbearers: Chris Rehwoldt and Bill LeMasters.

Doris Jane (Chase) Belts passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the Pin Oaks Golden Living Center in Mexico, Missouri. Doris grew up in Farber and was a 1942 graduate of the Farber High School. She had been a resident of Vandalia since 1947 and was a long time member of the First Christian Church. Doris started working for the Vandalia State Bank in 1947 and continued working for the bank through the many ownership changes, retiring in 1989. She had been a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club; the National Association of Bank Women; the Audrain County Legal Professionals and the local Federated Clubs. Doris was also a member of the Vandalia Country Club and after retiring, she enjoyed traveling.

Born: August 14, 1924 in Farber, Missouri the daughter of Garth W. and Mary Jane (LeMasters) Chase.

Married:

Survivors include: two brothers: Dale A. and wife, Ann Chase of Foster City, California and Guy and wife, Jean Chase of Mexico, Missouri; five nieces and nephews: Alonza Mace of Williamsburg, Virginia; Guy M. Chase of St. Paul, Minnesota; Garth M. Chase of Belmont, California; Steven Chase of St. Charles, Missouri and Frances J. Roseen of Como, Colorado; also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Memorials are encouraged to the Shiloah Christian Children's Ranch, P O Box 606, Shelbina, Missouri 63468.

   
October 17, 2010
Abington, Marian E. age 84
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
September 21, 2010
Ray, Clarence Edwin age 82 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday September 23, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo.
Service:

Friday September 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Mo.
Officiating will be: Rev. Ken Jarvis and Rev. Randall Cone.
Music provided by: Ruth Calcaterra - organist and soloist; Mike Ray - pianist.
Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Paul Ray, Mike Ray, James Ray, Ken Ray, Richard Chapin and Joseph Ray. Honorary Pallbearers: Florenze Ackmann, Bob Jerman, Paul Galloway, Bill Ehrlich, Alan Adam and Gene Wallace.

Clarence Edwin Ray passed away at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. Mr. Ray graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945. He received a BS in agriculture in 1950 and a Master of Education in 1962, both from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He taught vocational agriculture, young farmer classes and other subjects in the Vandalia, Macon and Laddonia Community R-6 Schools for 27 years. He was a farm program chairman of the Vandalia Business and Professional Men's Club. After his teaching career, he was a part-time teacher at the Women's Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center of Vandalia. Clarence served in the U.S. Army in WWII, serving with the 86th infantry division on Luzon in the Philippines and was discharged as a staff sergeant. He had a great love for farming and he and his family received many awards for their registered Spotted hogs, cattle and Suffolk sheep. In 1992 he was awarded second place for Missouri in the National Corn Yield contest. In 1994 he was named Show-me-purebred lamb producer. Clarence was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia at the time of his death and served as deacon and elder of that church and Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church during the time he lived in the country. He was past secretary of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association.

Born: November 2, 1927 in rural Benton City, Missouri the son of Robert Walker and Frances Margaret "Fannie" (Snook) Ray.

Married: Doris Elaine Lampe on July 3, 1948 at the Mexico Methodist Church; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Doris Elaine Ray; four children: Pat L. and husband Tom Marshall of Vandalia; Mike L. and Debbie Ray of Vandalia; Jim R. and wife Monique Ray of Vandalia and Paul C. and wife Michelle Ray of Wildwood, Mo. He has nine grandchildren: Richard Chapin and wife Jodi of Los Angeles, California; Rachel Ray of Farmington, Mo; Ashley Ray of St. Louis, Mo; Joe Ray of Oceanside, California; John, Michael and Alison Ray of Wildwood, Mo; Joanne Ray of Springfield, Mo; and James Ray of Buffalo, Mo. Also a sister, Alice Hinson of Columbia, Mo; a half brother, Kenneth Ray and wife Regina of St. Louis, Mo; one brother in law, Florenze Ackmann of Florrissant, Mo and one sister in law, Teddy Ray of Hallsville, Mo.

Preceded in death by: two sisters: Helen Ray and Betty Ackmann; one brother, Bill Ray and one daughter who died at birth.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presyterian Church, PO Box 240, Vandalia, MO 63382-0240 or Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association, 41608 Hwy K, Vandalia, MO 63382.

   
September 18, 2010
McCoy, Marjorie E. age 86 of Farber
Visitation:
Monday, September 20, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Pete Gounis.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Kevin Heaton, Barry Heaton, Mark Booth, Keane Brooks, John Gerlach and Jeremy Reed. Honorary pallbearers: John Thomas, Jason Thomas, Kollin McCoy, Lonnie Bass and Darnell Hull.

Marjorie Edna (Hull) McCoy passed away at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Golden Living Center-Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, Missouri where she had resided for the past two months after falling ill from cancer. Shortly after her birth her family moved to the Farber area. She attended school in Farber and it was here she started working and raising her family. Marjorie attended the Farber Baptist Church and had worked in the garment factory industry for many years. She lived in the rural Vandalia and Middletown areas for many years until the passing of her husband in 1981. It was then she moved back to Farber where she lived her last 29 years. Marjorie was most proud of her family and cherished the time she spent with them. She hosted many large gatherings for holidays, birthdays, reunions and other celebrations. Her influence on her family was from her heart and from her spirit. Some of her hobbies were cooking, reading and playing games with her sisters and other family members. She was well known throughout her family for her excellent cooking, her generosity and her kindness.

Born: October 29, 1923 in Rockford, Iowa the daughter of Thomas Lee and Nannie Katherine (Clark) Hull.

Married: Lawrence Raymond McCoy on September 10, 1950 in Louisiana, Missouri; he preceded her in death on January 7, 1981.

Survivors include: three sons, William Lee "Bill" and wife, Sharon Hull of Marquette Heights, Illinois; Loren Gale and wife, LeeAnn McCoy of Wellsville, Missouri and Lawrence Dale McCoy of Vandalia; two daughters: Janice Carol and husband, Calvin Heaton and Tina Katherine and husband, Randy Farmer all of O'Fallon, Missouri; two brothers: Earl E. "Beano" and wife, Wanda Hull of Kingman, Arizona; Irvin Ray and wife, Betty Hull of Farber; four sisters: Emma E. Burts and Mildred J. "Millie" Hulse both of Farber; Marie K. Harris and Maurine M. "Dickie" Selby both of Vandalia; also survived by one daughter-in-law, Sue Hull and one sister-in-law, Pat Hull; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband; three children: Elmer Eugene (John) Hull, Rhonda Kay Thomas and James Richard McCoy; three brothers: Billie Burk Hull, Almer Lee Hull and Roswell Clark "Sorg" Hull; one sister, Beaulah Pearl Shepherd; one grandson, nine nephews and one niece.

Memorials are encouraged to the Community Loving Care Hospice of Bowling Green, Missouri.

   
September 17, 2010
West, Katherine J. age 95 of St. Louis, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the All Saints' Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Father Michael Dunnington.
Music provided by: church choir.
Interment will be in the Saint Peters Cemetery in St. Louis.
Pallbearers: Greg Johnson, Fernando Johnson, Tadarrol Johnson, Taron Johnson, Ronnie Johnson and Capice Lee.

Katherine J. (Johnson) West passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield, Illinois. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Vandalia and a graduate of Tucker Business College. During her teenage years, she was a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia where she was pianist for the young adult choir. After her marriage, she became a member of the All Saints' Episcopal Church where she was a member of St. Ann's Guild, St. Margaret Guild and a Sunday school member for many years. Katherine had a pleasant personality and enjoyed giving to others. She loved people and especially small children. Katherine was also a member of the Athenian Study Club, an affiliate of the National Counsel Federation of Colored Women Clubs of which she served as its historian. She was active with St. Mary's Guild and a member of the Business and Professional Women's Group. Katherine had been employed at the Urban League of St. Louis for 32 years when she retired as its personnel director.

Born: March 15, 1915 in Callaway County, Missouri the daughter of William McKinley and Cordie Laura (Harris) Johnson.

Married: Alonza Louis West for 52 years; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include:Lillian Johnson - sister-in-law of Vandalia; a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Alonza; three brothers: Clyde William Johnson Sr., Cecil Harvey Johnson and Andrew E. Johnson; two sisters: Mary Francis (Johnson) Jackson and Clara Stacie Johnson; nephew, Charles Wayne Jackson.

Memorials are encouraged to the All Saints Episcopal Church in St. Louis.

   
September 17, 2010
Francis, John Paul age 77 of Farber
Visitation:
Monday, September 20, 2010 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Monday, September 20, 2010 graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Farber Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by:selected hymns
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Ken Teague, Gary Jerman, Larry Jerman, Wayne Grote, Howard Francis and Marv Broderick.

John Paul Francis passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Country View Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Missouri. John was born in Monroe County, he later moved to Audrain County on a farm in Farber where he attended and graduated Farber High School. After school he served his country in the United States Air Force for four years as an Airman First Class. He spent a year in Japan working on various aircraft. John moved to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft as a mechanic. John then moved back to Farber and worked in the local pool hall. It was around this time that John met his wife Marjorie Lucille Hays Jerman and was married until she passed. John's most happiest years were married to Marjorie. John and Marjorie operated a laundermat for 15 years in Vandalia, when Marjorie was in the Tri-County Nursing Home in Vandalia, John worked as a gardner to be near his wife. He also worked as a truck driver for MCI Truck Line.

Born: October 27, 1932, the son of Ray Douglas Francis and Rosa Margaret (Crigler) Francis

Married: Marjorie Lucille (Hays) Jerman

Survivors include: one brother, Howard and wife Jeannie Francis of Nevada, Mo and one sister Laura and husband Marv Broderick of Lake Shore, Utah; two nephews: Ken Teague and Dwain Francis; two nieces: Connie Beecroft of West Jordan, Utah and Janice Super of Kansas City, Kansas; also survived by three step children, Gary Jerman of Vandalia, Larry and wife Linda Jerman of Columbia, and sister Carol and husband Wayne Grote in Bowling Green.

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

Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Nursing Home in Vandalia or the Country View Nursing Home in Bowling Green.

   
September 16, 2010
Beatty, Evelyn F. age 68 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Private family visitation was at Waters Funeral Chapel from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Eldon Wilson.
Music provided by: selected hymnns
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jim Mac Elzea, H.E. Libby, Kerry Fox, Bill Pettey, Charles Bartison and Bob Pabst.

Evelyn Faye Beatty passed away at 9:50 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010 at her home south of Curryville, Missouri.

Born: July 20, 1942 in rural Laddonia, Mo

Married: Sammuel Fielding Beatty Sr.

Survivors include: Three sons, Jake Beatty of Curryville, John Beatty of Curryville and Jerry Beatty of Troy, Mo. Three brothers, James David J.D. Montague of Columbia, Joseph Montague of Columbia and Derrill Montague of Montgomery City, three sisters, Elizabeth Sue Aston of Washington, Mo, Wanda Kirkland of Frankford, Wilda Gregg of Paris Mo. and Doris Phillips of Rural Paris, Mo. Two grandchildren, Amanda Beatty of St. Louis and Alexis Beatty of Ironton, Mo. and one great - grandchild; Brooke Boyd of St. Louis

Preceded in death by: parents and her husband and one brother, John Ernest Montague and one sister, Wilma Montague.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
September 14, 2010
Heaton, Ruth Nell age 79 of Mexico, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Joel A. Kreuger
Music provided by: chapel music
Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jeff Hopke, A.J. Hopke, Mercedes Heaton, Tony Kaufman, Dylan Kaufman and Jon Barnes.

Ruth Nell (Barnes) Heaton passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 14, 2010 at The Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident, moving to Mexico, Missouri in 1992 when she and her husband retired. Ruth was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Mexico and active in the Lutheran Womens' Guild. She was also active in the foster grandparent program at Hawthorne Elementary School in Mexico. Ruth Nell enjoyed quiltmaking, sewing, crafts and refinishing old furniture.

Born: December 13, 1930 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Henry Roland and Mary Hazel (Jerman) Barnes.

Married: Donald Edwin Heaton on November 26, 1949 in Wellsville, Missouri; he preceded her in death on May 12, 2003.

Survivors include: two sons, Darryl Heaton and his fiancee, Dr. Deborah Blain of Mexico; Darwin and wife, Janice Heaton of Centralia, Missouri; three daughters: Sharon and husband Scott Swales of Shelocta, Pennsylvania; Debra and husband, Tony Kaufman of Mexico; Donita and husband, Dan Hopke of rural Vandalia; five brothers: Ronald Barnes of Mexico; Ramon Barnes of Vandalia; Dwayne Barnes of Farber; Danny Barnes of Vandalia and Dennis Barnes of Vandalia; one sister, Barbara Voss of Ft. Collins, Colorado; six grandchildren: Heather Heaton, Mercedes Heaton, Jeff Hopke, A. J. Hopke, Maggie Kaufman and Dylan Kaufman.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Donald; one granddaughter, Beth Heaton in 1987.

Memorials are encouraged to the HELP Center in Mexico, Missouri 65265 or to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church.

   
September 13, 2010
Miller, Lucille Ruth age 94 of Vandalia formerly of St. Louis
Visitation:
There is no visitation.
Service:

Private family services will be held at a later date.
Officiating will be:
Music provided by:
Interment of her cremains will be at a later date..
Pallbearers:

Lucille Ruth (Jones) Miller passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Lucille was raised and attended schools in the Imboden and Pocohontas, Arkansas. She attended the Methodist Church through the years and lived most of her adult married life in the St. Louis area. Lucille had worked in the assembly division of Wagner Electric Company in St. Louis for over 30 years prior to her retirement. She was an avid Cardinal baseball fan; enjoyed reading, crochet and spending time with her family.

Born: September 17, 1915 in Imboden, Arkansas the daughter of Lloyd Wesley and Anna Belle (Owen) Jones.

Married: Carlton Joel Perrin, who preceded her in death in 1949. She then married Robert S. Miller who preceded her in 2000.

Survivors include: one brother, Lloyd Jones of Venice, Florida; one sister, Delora Ennis of Vandalia, Missouri; three grandchildren: Thomas Cody Perrin and Kasey Perrin both of St. Louis; Kenneth Miller of Reseda, California; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: two sons, James C. Perrin and Carl T. Perrin; one grandson, Jim Perrin.

Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Care Center.

   
September 12, 2010
Chasteen, Alice Rosie age 106 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Jarvis.
Music provided by: Ruth Calcaterra - pianist; Ruth Nation - solist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Kenneth Chasteen, Roy Tewell, Paul Gene Galloway, Jerry Teague, Bill Teague and Bud Teague.

Alice Rosie (McIntosh) Chasteen passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and graduated from Vandalia High School. Rosie was a member and very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia. She had worked a few part-time jobs during her lifetime and had been a full-time homemaker. Rosie had enjoyed playing bridge, traveling and knitting afghans.

Born: November 25, 1903 in rural Vandalia the daughter of Edward and Bertha (Williams) McIntosh.

Married: Kenneth Glen Chasteen in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on November 22, 1970.

Survivors include: one son, Richard and wife Patricia Chasteen of Maryville, Illinois; survived by three grandchildren: Cynthia Chasteen of Maryville, Illinois; Caryn Chasteen of Collinsville, Illinois and Kenneth Chasteen also of Collinsville, Illinois; one great-granddaughter: Kylee Chasteen of Collinsville, Illinois; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband; five sisters: Beulah, Verdia, Bessie, Juanita and Goldie.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 249 in Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0249.

   
September 4, 2010
Hutcheson, Wesley H. age 60 of Mexico, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday September 9, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia
Service:

Thursday September 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Rev. Marvin Jones.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers: Tanner Hutcheson, Todd Hutcheson and Troy Hutcheson.

Wesley Hutcheson passed away on September 4, 2010 at 7:12 p.m. Wesley was a life long resident of Vandalia, he was a 1968 Van-Far high school graduate and he attended Southside Baptist Church of Vandalia. After a brief journey in the Air Force, Wesley worked at the Carr Sawmill in Vandalia as a pallet builder. He enjoyed playing basketball and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Born: November 2, 1949 in Mexico, the son of Archie and Zelma Lee (Horton) Hutcheson.

Married:

Survivors include: One son; Danny Wayne Hutcheson of Centralia, one daughter; Lisa A. and husband Leo Gregis of Centralia, two brothers; Danny L. and wife Jeanie Hutcheson of Jacksonville, FL and Tommy E. Hutcheson of Vandalia; five grandchildren: Trisha Gregis, Miranda Gregis, Tanner Hutcheson, Kaylee Hutcheson and Kelsey Hutcheson; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his parents, one sister Peggy L. Miller in 1999.

Flowers are encouraged and/or The American Cancer Society.

   
September 1, 2010
Wheeler, Dorothy F. age 87 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday September 5, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 500 S. Main Street Vandalia, MO 63382
Service:

Monday September 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at The Second Christian Church 1071 W. Booker Street Vandalia, MO 63382
Officiating will be: Rev. John Harris.
Music provided by: church choir
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Kenneth "Peaches" Wheeler, Michael Reynolds, Jamie Wheeler, Donnelle Perkins, Art Wiser and Roger Chatman. Honoary pallbearers: Leo Salmon, Dr. Rex Carter, Dr. Juan Pineda, Walter Dixon, Charles Holman and Matthew Salmon.

Dorothy Fern (Wilson) Wheeler passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday September 1, 2010 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. Dorothy was a life long Vandalia resident and was known to all as Mother, she was a long time member of the Second Christian Church of Vandalia where she was a member of the church choir and the Christan Women's Fellowship group. Dorothy attended area schools and worked as a pattern cutter at the Shoe Factory in Vandalia. Dorothy enjoyed cooking for church events, sending meals to workers at the brick plant and preparing meals for her family.

Born: July 28, 1923 in Vandalia, the daughter of Albert and Effie Mae (Harris) Wilson.

Married: Norman William Wheeler on June 21, 1940 in Vandalia; he preceeded her in death on May 25, 1990.

Survivors include: five sons: William Wheeler of Vandalia, Larry Wheeler and Janie Thomas of Vandalia, Kenneth and Edna Wheeler of Vandalia, Alfred and Gaile Wheeler of Warrenton and Wendell Wheeler and Renee Schoen of Vandalia; six daughters: Grace and Charles Burgett of Columbia, Missouri, Opal Mae and Ronnie Green of Vandalia, Linda Dothard of Rock Island, Illinois, Beverly and Roy McQuay of Vandalia, Donita and Gus Lewis of Marina, California and Kim and Myron Davis of Vandalia. Also survived by 37 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: Two brothers: Mack Wilson and Dempsey Wilson, one sister: Nonie Dixon.

All memorials are encouraged to The Second Christian Church in Vandalia.

   
August 16, 2010
Bessone, Angelo "Andy" age 92 of Pensacola, Florida
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

Friday, August 20, 2010 a graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Father Russell Judge.
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
August 9, 2010
Marshall, Guy Edward, age 72 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday August 12, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday August 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Mark Shephard.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jeffrey Stathem, Shaun Marshall, Lucas Branstetter, James O'Neil, David Francis, Daniel Francis, Josiah Marshall and Dylan Marshall. Honorary pallbearers: Jake Gentry, Bill Bontz and Jake Dowell.

Guy Edward Marshall passed at 11:15 a.m. on Monday August 9, 2010 at his home in Vandalia. Ed lived all his life in the Vandalia area and graduated with the Vandalia High School class of 1956. He worked at Harbison Walker Refractories in the press room as a transfer operator for 43 years, retiring in September 1999. Ed loved woodcarving and cycling. He cycled across the country on "vacation time" to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marshalltown, Iowa and Huntington, West Virginia. Later in years, he frequently would go on 50 mile bicycle rides along the country roads. Ed also enjoyed "bottle digging" and arrowhead hunting with his children. He was a self-taught musician and could play anything he set his mind to learn. He enjoyed playing and listening to all kinds of music. Ed loved the Lord with all of his heart, sharing his testimony and stories of miracles with friends and loved ones.

Born: August 23, 1937 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of William Guy and Florence Mae (Greenwood) Marshall.

Married: Donna Pearl DeGraffenried; he then married Charlene L. "Jackie" Shotten on May 27, 1978 in Bowling Green, Missouri; both of whom survive.

Survivors include: sons, Guy Edward Marshall and special friend Gail Weedman of Vandalia; David Phillip and wife, Debbie Marshall of Vandalia; William Benjamin Marshall of Vandalia and Timothy Darrin and wife, Melissa Marshall of Moberly, Missouri; one daughter, Katherine Pearl and husband, Paul Lamberson of Vandalia; three step-daughters, Donna and husband, Greg McCune of Kingdom City, Missouri; Patty and husband, Jeff Stathem of Mexico, Missouri and Judy Francis and husband, Rick Francis of Louisiana, Missouri; one brother, Charles Kenneth and wife, Melba Marshall of Edgewood, Missouri; also survived by 33 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents and one sister, Laura Mae Bontz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice of hospice services.

   
August 5, 2010
Lybarger, Elmer "Tom" age 83 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday August 9, 2010 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday August 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Bro. Sammy Lorton, Bro. Nathan Detmer & Bro. John Hollenbeck.
Music provided by: Charles & Steve Nutt - duet; selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Chad Freie, Jaron Freie, Eric Glover, Andrew Cummins, Cole Lybarger, Robert Kuntz, Dakota Kuntz and Adam Lybarger. Honorary pallbearers: Herman Smith, Allen Leverett, Scottie Kuntz, Jackie Bartlow, Wayne Williams, Roy Grawe, Jim Sites, Kenny Glover, Tom Maggard and Nickie Sutton.

Elmer Thomas "Tom" Lybarger passed away at 2:25 p.m. on Thursday August 5, 2010 at his home in Vandalia. He was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended area schools. Tom served his country at the end of WWII in the U.S. Army. Upon returning home from the service, he started working at Harbison Walker Refractories in the maintenance department. Tom retired in 1991 after over 43 years of service at H/W. He was a longtime member of the Bible Holiness Church in Vandalia and had many hobbies. Tom was a member of the Sportsman's Club in Vandalia and Farber. He was also a member of the Prairie Rangers CB Club and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, boating, gardening, photography and woodworking.

Born: April 4, 1927 north of Vandalia to Ervin Garrison and Norma Bell (Welch)Lybarger.

Married: Claudine Lovelace on June 8, 1947 in Bowling Green, Missouri.

Survivors include: Wife, Claudine of Vandalia; four sons, James E. & Judy Lybarger of Jackson, TN; Douglas E. Lybarger of Perry, MO; Dwayne E. & Mary Ann Lybarger of Melvin, IL and Travis D. & Cheryl Lybarger of Laddonia, MO; five daughters, Donna Jean Bartlow of Hannibal, MO; Paula K. & Jim Sites of Centralia, MO; Tami L. & Roy Grawe of Laddonia, MO; Robyn G. & Tom Maggard of Protem, MO and Dawn R. & Kenny Glover of Hannibal, MO. Twenty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: Five brothers: Marion Lybarger, Homer Lybarger, Bill Lybarger, Melvin Lybarger and Henry Lybarger and one sister, Alta Marie Lybarger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home and/or The Bible Holiness Church in Vandalia, MO and/or Hospice Compassus and/or the Lybarger family.

   
July 22, 2010
Heaston, Winfred "Punkin" age 66 of Grand Prairie, Texas formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 500 S. Main Street, Vandalia, MO 63382.
Service:

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Shirley Stubblefield - Pianist, Jordyn Courtney, granddaughter - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Billie Joe Heaston, Mike Heaston, Lonnie Heaston, Matthew Heaston, Joseph Heaston. Honorary pallbearers: Ros Hull, Jeff Zaiger, Jason Zaiger, Bill Carroll and David Gartin.

Winfred L. "Punkin" Heaston passed away at 11:27 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Bowling Green, Missouri. Winfred, known by many as "Punkin was an avid bowler and horseshoe pitcher. He was a longtime member of the Arlington Iron Benders Association. Punkin loved the challenge of putting a good puzzle together and playing cards on the computer. He was known to be one of the best Pool Players in Vandalia before moving to Texas. He was employed at Stotler Excavating and a few other odd jobs before becoming a Brick Skidder for 19.5 years with CE Refracteries until 1984 when they closed the doors. Then he began working with DIE Co, Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas as a Supervisor from 1993 - 2009.

Born: December 16, 1943 in Laddonia to Carl Douglas & Helen Bertha (Stephens) Heaston.

Married: Mary Ann Stotler in Farber on September 26, 1964; she survives in Bowling Green, Missouri.

Survivors include: wife, Mary Ann Heaston; two sons, Scott E. Heaston of Nashville, Arkansas and Shayne L. Heaston of Burleson, Texas; one daughter, Lisa L. Heaston of Grand Prairie, Texas; four brothers, Don Heaston of Lebanon, Missouri, Bert Heaston of Kansas City, Billy Heaston of Vandalia and David Heaston of Mexico, Missouri; one sister, Mildred Lennox of Monroe City, Missouri. Five grandchildren, Matthew Heaston, Joseph Heaston, Corbin Heaston, Alexandra Heaston & Jordyn Courtney.

Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers, Doug Heaston and Jack Heaston; two sisters, Kay Heaston & Patricia Meyers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Community Loving Care Hospice of Bowling Green, 914 Main Street, Bowling Green 63334 or Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) on 2520 Elisha Ave, Zion, Illinois 60099.

   
July 16, 2010
Kennen, Charles M. age 85 of Laddonia
Visitation:
No public visitation is scheduled.
Service:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Tommy Barnhart.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Mary Tiller, Kevin Bushnell, Glen Jensen, A. J. Jensen, Matt Jensen and Mike Horton.

Charles McCune Kennen passed away at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He attended schools in Independence and he and Geraldine moved to Laddonia in 1952. Charles farmed in the Laddonia area for many years and was known as a "farmer investor". He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and gardening with Geraldine.

Born: October 24, 1924 in Independence, Missouri the son of Albert L. and Leta (McCune) Kennen.

Married: Geraldine Virginia Watts on May 5, 1945 in Auxvasse, Missouri; she preceded him in death on June 27, 2006.

Survivors include: one brother, Max Kennen of Laddonia, Missouri; great-niece, Sandra Traynor of Bowling Green, Missouri and grand-nephew, Richard Jennings of Warrenton, Missouri.

Preceded in death by: wife, Geraldine; two brothers, Edward Kennen and Albert Kennen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church, 3rd and Maple Streets, Laddonia, Missouri 63352.

   
June 20, 2010
Burnett, Marvin Duane "Burny" age 61 of Mexico formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Brian Hummel - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Bill Stafford, Joel Zimmer, Jim Balmer, Herb Menneke, Nick Menneke and Larry Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers: Danielle and Brandon Bealmear, Megan George, Kristen George, Paige Ann Menneke and Noah Menneke.

Marvin Duane "Burny" Burnett passed away unexpectedly at 8:46 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. Burny was a 1967 Van-Far High School graduate and served in Vietnam with the U. S. Army. He attended the Moeller Barber College in Kansas City and worked as a barber in the area until 1978. Burny worked at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia from 1978 until 1985. He then opened a bakery in town until 1993, when he moved to the St. Louis area. While in St. Louis, he worked in food service at several locations including DePaul Hospital, Dierberg's and Sam's Club until returning to open "54 & Main" Restaurant in Vandalia. Burny operated the restaurant for several years before joining Audrain Medical Center as the food service supervisor. He lived most of his life in the Vandalia area and was a member of the Middletown Baptist Church. Burny had also been active in the Optimist Club and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as a deacon at the First Baptist Church.

Born: August 9, 1948 in Mexico, Missouri the son of Marvin Paul and Margie Jean (Boyd) Burnett.

Married: Helen Marie Allen from July 1, 1972 until 1999.

Survivors include: parents, Marvin and Margie Burnett of rural Vandalia; one daughter, Makayla D. and husband, John Anderson of St. Peters, Missouri; one brother, Danny R. and wife Connie Burnett of Vandalia, Missouri; one sister, Jeannie K. and husband, Craig George of rural Vandalia; special friend, Ruth Ann Menneke of Mexico, Missouri; one grandson, Andrew Paul Anderson of St. Peters; three nieces: Danielle and husband, Brandon Bealmear; Megan George and Kristen George.

Preceded in death by: grandparents, Paul and Gertrude Burnett and Jim and Katie Boyd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Van-Far Alumni Scholarship Fund in care of Van-Far High School, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

   
June 11, 2010
McCurdy, Leoata May age 87 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, June 13, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Randall Cone.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Raymond McCurdy, Bobby McCurdy, J. M. Dowell, Jamie Heaton, Mike McCurdy and Arlie Hickson.

Leoata May (Hickson) McCurdy passed away at 3:07 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, Missouri. She had been a lifelong rural Vandalia area resident and attended area schools. Leoata was a full-time homemaker on the family farm and enjoyed helping her husband, Tom. She worshipped at the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church and enjoyed sewing, embroidery, flowers and gardening. In her younger years, she enjoyed serving as a Girl Scout leader in Farber.

Born: October 6, 1922 in rural Pike County, Missouri the daughter of Leo and Agnes (Riechard) Hickson.

Married: Thomas A. McCurdy in Bowling Green on October 25, 1939; he preceded her in death on February 23, 1981.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lily F. and husband, Ray Gosney of Maywood, Missouri and Helen M. McCurdy and Ken Keller of Quincy, Illinois; one brother, James Hickson of Bowling Green, Missouri; two sisters, Stella Baker of Vandalia and Nellie McCurdy of Monroe City, Missouri; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Margaret McCurdy of Wellsville, Missouri; one grandson, John and wife, Tammy Watkins of Palmyra, Missouri; two great-granddaughters, Emma and Faith Watkins; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Tom; one son, James "Sonny" McCurdy; one daughter, Iva Agnes McCurdy who died in infancy; one sister, Mary Dowell and one grandson, Terrence "Tom" Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Maple Lawn Nursing Home Activities Department, 1410 Line Street, Palmyra, Missouri 63461.

   
June 5, 2010
Mims, Robert Lee age 75 of Mexico, Missouri formerly of Lambert, Mississippi
Visitation:
Services are pending at the Marks Funeral Home in Marks, Mississippi.
Service:

Services are pending at the Marks Funeral Home in Marks, Mississippi.
Officiating will be: Pastor Milton Williams.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in Lambert, Mississippi.
Pallbearers:

Robert Lee Mims passed away unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home in Mexico, Missouri. He had lived in Mexico the past three years, moving here from the Lambert, Mississippi area. Robert had attended schools in the Lambert area and was a Baptist by faith. He had farmed and drove an over-the-road truck for many years prior to his retirement. Robert enjoyed hunting with his nephews.

Born: January 4, 1935 in Lambert, Mississippi the son of Robert and Emma (Taylor) Mims.

Married: Ethel Barron over 20 years ago in Isola, Mississippi.

Survivors include: one son and thirteen daughters; one brother, Jack "Judge" Johnson of Lambert, Mississippi; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: two brothers, Eugene Mims and Tom Mims; also preceded by one sister.

Local arrangements are being handled by Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Missouri.

   
May 23, 2010
Bontz, James E. age 82 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Marvin Jones.
Music provided by: Elaine Dameron - pianist; Angela Maier - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Floyd Dameron, Tony Dameron, Bobby Stone, Don Lynn, Steve Bontz and Doug Bontz. Honorary pallbearers: Earl Wayne Henderson and Charlie Grisham.

James Earl Bontz passed away at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. James was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended area schools. He was a member of the Central Union Church and also attended Southside Baptist Church. James attended area schools and had worked for over 35 years at Harbison Walker Refractories in the burning department. He retired in 1981 and enjoyed playing cards, fishing and had served as the president of the Modern Maturity Center.

Born: April 17, 1928 in rural Ralls County, Missouri the son of Herman Leslie and Willie Fay (Benn) Bontz.

Married: Hannah Mattie Nadin on June 11, 1946 in Vandalia, Missouri; she preceded him in death on August 15, 2001. He then married Jane Sutton on August 19, 2002 in Vandalia, she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Jane of Vandalia; one son, Raeburn D. and wife, Kathy Bontz of Loveland, Colorado; one daughter, Phyllis A. and husband, James Reading of rural Vandalia; one brother, Floyd Bontz of Vandalia; two sisters, Catherine Runyon and Donna Hoover both of Vandalia; three grandchildren: Danny Bontz and Trisha Bontz of Loveland, Colorado; Shawn Reading of Thompson, Missouri; five great-grandchildren: Chelsea Bontz, Samantha Bontz, Celeste Bontz, Clayton Bontz and Carson Bontz; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: one brother, Eugene Bontz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Modern Maturity Center or the Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia.

   
May 12, 2010
Marshall, Trudy Lynne age 49 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 9 a.m. until service time at the Curryville Presbyterian Church.
Service:

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Curryville Presbyterian Church.
Officiating will be: Rev. Terry Cook and Glen Hickerson.
Music provided by: Barbara Lucket - soloist; accompanied by Nicole Goff and Jeff Hickerson.
Interment will be in the Mt. Ayre Cemetery near Curryville.
Pallbearers: Eric Marshall, Jason Goff, Aaron Goff, Christopher Goff, Cory Goff, Nicole Goff, Joshua Marshall and John Marshall. Honorary pallbearers: Skylar Bone and Daniel Culwell.

Trudy Lynne Marshall passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at her home near Curryville, Missouri.

Born: August 29, 1960 in Louisiana, Missouri the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Hickerson) Marshall. Trudy had lived in the Pike county area most of her life and had worked as a graphics designer.

Married:

Survivors include:

Preceded in death by:

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the family.

   
May 10, 2010
Smith, Billy Wayne age 73 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Carolyn Coller and Natalie Gibson - duet.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Phillip Carlson, Joshua Smith, Rodney Smith, Ritchie Wasson, Brenden Bauer and Brennen Church. Honorary pallbearers: Tom Neuschafer, Jim Gaw, Jim Evans, George E. Lane, Tristen Bauer and Dickie Wasson.

Billy Wayne Smith passed away at 10:25 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Harry S. Truman V A Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and a 1954 graduate of Vandalia High School. Billy served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict and upon returning home, started working as a self-employed carpenter. He built many homes and other buildings in the area over the years. Billy also farmed the family farm from 1978 until his health prevented him from farming. He had been a past member of the Masonic Lodge in Center and enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a long-time member of the Spencer Creek Baptist Church.

Born: June 23, 1936 in rural Ralls County, Missouri the son of Clyde Ray and Marie (Wilkinson) Smith.

Married: Carolyn Sue Neuschafer on May 3, 1959 in Center, Missouri; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Carolyn of rural Vandalia; one son, Brad A. and wife, Lesa Smith of rural Center, Missouri; one daughter, Deborah E. Smith of Fulton, Missouri; one brother, Daryle Smith of rural Vandalia; one sister, Amy Fike of Lowell, Arkansas; three grandchildren: Nathan Smith, Joshua Smith and Phillip Carlson.

Preceded in death by: parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Ralls County Cancer Society or the Spencer Creek Baptist Church.

   
May 6, 2010
Stroker, Caroline M. age 79 of rural Vandalia, Missouri.
Visitation:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Farber Christian Church in Farber, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Stan Henderson.
Music provided by: "Just As I Am" singing group.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Roger Green, Calvin Hull, Red Dodd, Mark Wise, Richard Wise and Roy Fischer.

Caroline Marie (Franke) Stroker passed away unexpectedly at 9:32 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. She was a lifelong rural Vandalia area resident and a member of the Farber Christian Church. Caroline and Gene also enjoyed attending the Eastern Missouri Cowboy Church in Bowling Green. She enjoyed playing cards, attending the supper club meetings, baking, embroidery and spending time with her grandchildren. Most all her married life she helped Gene on the family farm.

Born: December 5, 1930 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Harold Louis and Vera Vivian (Kristofferson) Franke.

Married: William Eugene Stroker on April 5, 1949 in Vandalia; he survives at the home.

Survivors include: husband, Gene of rural Vandalia; two daughters, Karol J. and husband, Dale Deehr of Mexico, Missouri; Karen j. and husband, Fred Storck of Belton, Missouri; one brother, Louis Franke of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Norma Ohnemus of Cypress, Florida; four grandchildren: Joshua D. and wife, Katie Deehr of Ft. Stewart, Georgia; Jessica M. Deehr of Mexico; Danielle L. and husband, Kyle Champ of Belton; Christopher F. Storck of Belton; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Robert Franke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Brice Happy Hustlers 4-H Club or the Liberty Wide-Awake 4-H Club.

   
May 6, 2010
Collier, Mary E. age 81 of Vandalia, Missouri.
Visitation:
Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the Second Christian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Second Christian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. John Harris.
Music provided by: Richard Vardeman - soloist and church choir.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Artie Wiser, Richard Collier, Jerome Collier, Donnie Chatman, Jamie Wheeler and Ricky Collier.

Mary Elizabeth Collier passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident, attended area schools and a long-time member of the Second Christian Church. Mary had served as an usher and sang in the church choir. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.

Born: May 15, 1928 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of James and Margaret Minerva (Weir) Collier.

Married:

Survivors include: three half-brothers, Billy Collier of Columbia, Missouri; Danny Collier of Kansas City; Clinton Collier of Columbia; two sisters, Elsie Johnson of Detroit and Sheila Pittman of Columbia; eight nieces and nephews: Diana, Teresa, Jerome, Jimmy, Cindy, Zeina, Sharon, Ricky and Dicky.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, J. R. Collier and one sister, Nellie Tucker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Second Christian Church.

   
May 6, 2010
Smith, Michael K. age 55 of rural Louisana
Visitation:
There will be no public visitation for Mr. Michael Smith.
Service:

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Harmony Church Cemetery south of Curryville, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Chaplain Pat Glenn.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the New Harmony Church Cemetery south of Curryville with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Michael Smith, Mark Smith, Matthew Smith, Randy Jennings, Jason Jennings and Calvin Jennings Jr.

Michael Keith Smith passed away at 7:25 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010 in rural Louisiana, Missouri. He attended schools and grew up in the Lexington, Missouri area. Michael served his country in the U. S. Army for three years in the early 70's. While stationed in Hawaii, he met and married Roxie Helepololei. Upon returning to the mainland after his military service, they lived in the Kansas City area where he worked as a paramedic for many years. Michael had recently worked at Spartan Metals in Mexico before his health prevented him from working. He was a Christian by faith and enjoyed music, TV and anything to do with Civil War history.

Born: July 15, 1954 in Lexington, Missouri the son of Forest Lee and E. Louise (Wilkinson) Smith.

Married: Roxie Helepololei in Hawaii on September 8, 1973; she preceded him in death in April 2000.

Survivors include: three sons: Michael and wife, Susan Smith; Mark and wife, Stephanie Smith; Matthew and wife, Crystal Smith, all of the Tampa Bay, Florida area; one brother, Tony Rende Jr. of Lee's Summit, Missouri; two sisters, Vickie Cummins of Oak Grove, Missouri and Brenda Jennings of rural Louisiana, Missouri; step-father, Anthony Rende of Lone Jack, Missouri; four grandchildren: Sara, Michael, Kayla and Hailey Smith all of the Tampa Bay area.

Preceded in death by: parents and wife, Roxie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
April 30, 2010
Largent, Earl Thomas age 67 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jerry Gamm.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Bob Wise, Sam Fitzpatrick, Larry Anderson, Mike Martin, Phillip Ogden and Gary Cole. Honorary pallbearers: Larry Eskew, Gary Eskew, Eric Eskew, Rick Hawkinson, Darren Hawkinson, Dennis Largent, Clay Largent, Clint Largent, Mark Morris, Steven Morris, Michael Morris, John Largent, Joe Largent, Jamie Largent, David Howdeshell and Bruce Barnes.

Earl Thomas Largent passed away at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He had been a Vandalia area resident since 1959 after moving here from Hatton. Earl had attended school in the Hatton and Auxvasse area before farming. He served his country in the U. S. Army from May 23, 1966 until May 5, 1967 when his gunship, a UH-10 was shot down by enemy fire in Vietnam. Earl was severely wounded and flown to Walter Reed Medical Center where he spent three months then was sent to the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He spent 30 days there before getting to come home and receiving a medical discharge. He received the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism. Earl both farmed and worked as a farmhand for many years in the area. He had also worked for a short time at A P Green Refractories in Mexico, Missouri. Earl was a 42 year member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173, lifetime member of the DAV and a member of the American Legion Post 1000 in Jefferson City. He enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, farming and his grandchildren.

Born: July 6, 1942 in Bachelor, Missouri the son of Otis Sherwood and Mable (Campbell) Largent.

Married: Beverly Ann Barnes on August 5, 1960 in Vandalia, Missouri; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Beverly of rural Vandalia; one daughter: Tara L. and husband Brent Lewis, three beautiful granddaughters, Taylor Michelle, Gracey Katherine and Kelley LeeAnn all of rural Curryville, Missouri; three brothers: Otis Largent and Charles and wife Barbara Largent all of Independence, Missouri and Gene and wife Cathy Largent of Vandalia; four sisters: Virginia and husband Jim Howdeshell of rural Vandalia; Mary Helen and husband Gene Eskew of Vandalia; Dorothy Vinson of Kingdom City, Missouri and Barbara and husband Marion Hawkinson of Farber, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Buford and wife Wilma Barnes of Vandalia; 31 nieces and nephews; 63 great-nieces and nephews; 17 great-great-nices and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, J. R. Largent in 1976.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the East End Miracle Walkers Relay for Life in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84 Vandalia, MO 63382-0084.

   
April 28, 2010
Boyd, Earl age 79 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, April 30, 2010 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Tara Peters - pianist & soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Lucas Peters, Gabe Peters, Eric Grawe, Ryan Grawe, Kurt LaBruyere and Jay Boyd. Honorary pallbearers: Kyle Grawe, Samuel Middleton, Kenneth Herlinger, Glen McDonald, Doug Wood, Shannon Culwell Jr., Leslie Morris and Wayne Laird.

Lawrence Earl Boyd passed away at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at his home south of Vandalia. Earl was a 1949 Vandalia High School graduate and served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He continued farming upon his return from the service, a vocation he began at the age of seven. Earl was a lifelong rural Vandalia resident and attended the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He had served on the MFA Board of Directors; received the Master Farmer Award in 1987; trained border collie stock dogs; enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, dancing and walking. In 1990, Earl was recognized for having the largest Swamp White Oak tree in the state of Missouri in his front yard. He was a devoted father and loved to spend time with his family and his favorite past-time of farming.

Born: September 13, 1930 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the son of James William and Katie Louisa (Morris) Boyd.

Married: Ruth Ann Thomas on April 12, 1958 in Laddonia, Missouri; she preceded on June 28, 1962; he married Joann Galloway Middleton on January 28, 1972 in Vandalia; she preceded on April 2, 1997.

Survivors include: one son, Dean R. Middleton of rural Vandalia; four daughters: Marsha L. (Middleton) and husband, Rod Peters of Hannibal, Missouri; Marie A. (Boyd) and husband, Steven Steinhardt of Edwardsville, Illinois; Rita J. (Middleton) and husband, Paul Grawe of Quincy, Illinois; Marian K. Boyd of Glen Carbon, Illinois; one brother, James G. Boyd of rural Vandalia; one sister, Margie J. Burnett of rural Vandalia; nine grandchildren: Nicole LaBruyere of Hermann, Missouri; Lucas Peters of Hannibal; Gabe Peters of Columbia, Missouri; Eric Grawe of Quincy; Ryan Grawe of Quincy; Kyle Grawe of Quincy; Allyson Arns of Edwardsville, Illinois; Andrea Arns of Edwardsville; Samuel Middleton of rural Vandalia; two great-grandchildren: Josie Peters and Abram Peters both of Hannibal; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; a special friend, Betty Wood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Community Loving Care Hospice, 914 W. Main Street, Bowling Green, Missouri 63334.

   
April 22, 2010
Foiles, Jerry W. age 44 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Service:

Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Officiating will be: Rev. Marvin Jones.
Music provided by:
Interment of his cremains will be at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Jerry Wayne Foiles passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at his mother's home in Vandalia. He was a lifelong Vandalia resident and attended area schools. Jerry was a Christian by faith and attended Southside Baptist Church. Until his health issues, he had worked as a handyman in the area for several years.

Born: July 24, 1965 in Columbia, Missouri the son of Douglas C. Foiles and Della Fern Brookshire.

Married:

Survivors include: mother, Della Fischer of the home; one son, Mathew L. Stuart of Foley, Missouri; one brother, James Foiles of Laddonia, Missouri; two sisters, Donna Kemry and Kim Fischer both of Vandalia, Missouri; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: father; one daughter, Brianna Stuart in 2004.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the family.

   
April 18, 2010
Lynn, Gladys P. age 87 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Marvin Jennings, Raymond Dean Jennings, Butch Jennings, Jimmy Ward, Kenny Cottrell and Craig Cottrell. Honorary pallbearers: Don Lynn and Marvin Yager.

Gladys Pearl (Jennings) Lynn passed away at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She had lived most all her life in the Vandalia area and attended area schools. Gladys had been a full-time homemaker on the family farm for many years. She was a Christian by faith and enjoyed quilting, gardening and mushroom hunting.

Born: March 29, 1923 in rural Shannon County, Missouri the daughter of Silas Ezra and Bessie Ann (Strain) Jennings.

Married: James Harold Lynn on October 9, 1939 in Ralls County, Missouri; he preceded her in death on March 21, 1995.

Survivors include: two sons, Wayne and wife, Juanita Lynn of rural Vandalia; Roy and wife, Mary Lou Lynn of rural Vandalia; two daughters, Martha and husband, Roy Cottrell of St. Louis; Joyce and husband, Don Ward of Centralia, Missouri; one sister, Betty Kirk of Bowling Green, Missouri; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, James Harold Lynn; three brothers: Thurman Jennings, Vernon Jennings and Walter Jennings; four sisters: Iceleen Lynn, Helen Pew, Delcie VonVain and Martha Jennings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Alzheimer's Association.

   
April 17, 2010
Branstetter, Billy C. age 73 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, April 19, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn and Bro. Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: Brenda Owens.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Tyler Branstetter, Travis Cunningham, Ed Potter, Taylor Smith, Mike Schambach and Philip Talbert. Honorary pallbearers: William Mears and Chuck Branstetter.

Billy Clark Branstetter passed away unexpectedly at 4:39 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. He was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended Vandalia schools. Bill worked as a truck driver for several area businesses. He had driven for MFA, Harbison Walker Refractories, Bleigh Construction, CE Refractories, COOP in Vandalia and National Refractories. Bill also farmed his Grandma and Grandpa's farm south of Vandalia most of his life in addition to working as a truck driver and brick plant worker. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and building big fires at the campsite.

Born: March 16, 1937 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the son of Marvel K. and Almeta Fern (Stotler) Branstetter.

Married: Phyllis Jean Talbert in Vandalia on January 7, 1956; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Phyllis of the home; one son, Russel R. and wife, Diane Branstetter of Lone Jack, Missouri; three daughters: Teresa J. and husband, Bob Cunningham of rural Middletown, Missouri; Debra S. Branstetter of Lee's Summit, Missouri and Brenda K. and husband, Kevin Smith of Overland Park, Kansas; two sisters: Delores A. Love of Harrison, Arkansas and Martha J. Wells of Mexico, Missouri; seven grandchildren: Rachel Branstetter, Tyler Branstetter, Travis and wife, Sylvia Cunningham, Candice and husband, Ed Potter; Marissa Cunningham, Danielle Smith and Taylor Smith; three great-grandchildren: Ashley Potter, Addison Potter and Hope Cunningham; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church of Vandalia Building Fund.

   
April 16, 2010
Rentfro, Wilber A. age 90 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Randall Cone.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia, Missouri.
Pallbearers: grandsons, Roger Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Brinegar, Jeffrey Brinegar, Jerald Brinegar and Lucas Graves.

Wilber Allen Rentfro passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. He was a lifelong area resident and attend the Central Union Church for many years. After school, he joined the U. S. Army and served his country during World War II. After returning home from the service, Wilber worked with his parents farming. He and wife, Evelyn later owned and farmed south of Vandalia. Years ago, Wilber enjoyed playing cards, croquet, billiards and listening to the Cardinal ballgames.

Born: December 21, 1919 in rural Montgomery County, Missouri the son of Lewis Henry and Mittylene (Oden) Rentfro.

Married: Evelyn Marie Welch on December 31, 1941 in Vandalia, Missouri; she preceded him in death on October 12, 2007.

Survivors include: four daughters, Donna M. and husband, Ron Smith of rural Curryville, Missouri; Joyce F. and husband, John Brinegar of Wellsville, Missouri; Barbara J. and husband, Gene Graves of rural Laddonia, Missouri; Janice S. and husband, Edward Reading of rural Curryville, Missouri; one sister, Alma DeLancey of Mexico, Missouri; 11 grandchildren: Roger Smith of rural Curryville; Dena McGeorge of St. Louis; Robert Smith of Vandalia; Joseph Brinegar of Wellsville; Jeffrey Brinegar of Columbia, Missouri; Jerald Brinegar of Wellsville; Sarah Graves of Mexico; Lucas Graves of Columbia; Elizabeth Graves of Mexico; Melissa Collins of Elsberry, Missouri; Meredith Koch of Elsberry; also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: wife, Evelyn; three brothers, Homer Rentfro, Lloyd Rentfro and Clyde Rentfro; two sisters, Lucille Kaisor and Dortha Foree; also preceded by one granddaughter: Tanya Reading.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Central Union Church in care of Waters Funeral Home, P O Box 84, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0084.

   
April 11, 2010
Bontz, Laura Mae age 77 of Ada, Ohio formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, April 16, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: David Marshall, Eddie Marshall, Benny Marshall, Shane Bontz, Paul D'Arca and Tex Williams.

Laura Mae (Marshall) Bontz passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, Ohio. She was a Vandalia High School graduate and a member of the Baptist Church. Laura Mae was a homemaker and enjoyed many hobbies throughout the years. She enjoyed bowling, crochet, gardening and her flowers. Over the past several years she was a devoted Fox News watcher.

Born: May 27, 1932 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of William Guy and Florence Mae (Greenwood) Marshall.

Married: William Ernest "E.W." Bontz on August 27, 1949 in Hannibal, Missouri; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: one daughter, Laura Denise and husband, Rick D'Arca of Ada, Ohio; one son, William E. "Bill" Bontz of Vandalia, Missouri; two brothers: Charles Kenneth Marshall of Eolia, Missouri and Guy Edward Marshall of Vandalia, Missouri; four grandchildren: Paul D'Arca and Tony D'Arca both of Ada, Ohio; Shane Bontz and Crystal Bontz both of Vandalia, Missouri; three grandchildren: Josie Bontz, Lydia Bontz and Draven Bontz; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, "E.W." Bontz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
March 30, 2010
Leadley, Robert Franklyn age 76 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, April 1, 2010 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Friday, April 2, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Virginia Carlson - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Ethan Leadley, Kevin Lovelace, Dale Nichols, Pat McCollum, Tom Becker and John Becker. Honorary pallbearers: Daryl Lovelace, Kevin Plotner, Kenneth McDonald, Robert Chapman, Kim Plotner, Don Nichols, Butch Plotner and Kent Plotner.

Robert Franklyn Leadley passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. Frank had grown up in the Wyoming, Illinois area and attended schools there. He and his family moved to the Farber area in the late 1940's and farmed. Frank joined the U. S. Army and served his country in the Korean Conflict. After returning home, he continued to farm and also started working in the mold shop at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia. Frank retired from Harbison Walker in 1995 after over 31 years of service. In his more active years, he enjoyed square dancing, fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. Frank was a member of the New Hartford Baptist Church for many years.

Born: June 20, 1933 in Wyoming, Illinois the son of Robert and Freeda Rebecca (Sanders) Leadley.

Married: Shirley Lovelace on October 30, 1955 in Vandalia, Missouri; she preceded him in death on April 8, 1994.

Survivors include: two sons, Keith and wife, Mary Leadley of Farber, Missouri; Kelly and wife, Linda Leadley of Vandalia; one daughter: Debbie and husband, Johnny Kohl of Columbia, Missouri; four sisters: Doris Plotner of Bradford, Illinois; Auliece Olson of Toulon, Illinois; Gayle Harrison of Centralia, Missouri and Carole Fischer of Mexico, Missouri; five grandchildren: Jennifer Prior, Kayla Leadley and Ethan Leadley all of Vandalia; Lucas Kohl of Columbia, Missouri and Alex Flowers of Farber, Missouri; two great-grandchildren: Braden and Haley Prior of Vandalia, Missouri; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Shirley; one sister: Lois Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri or the East End Miracle Walkers Relay for Life Team.

   
March 12, 2010
Gordon, Elizabeth Frances age 92 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, March 15, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: Emma Smith - vocalist; Betty Kristofferson - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Mark Branstetter, Gary Branstetter, Charles Leake, Clinton Winders, Ron Smith, Mike Couch and Glenn Heins.

Elizabeth Frances (Wilkinson) Gordon passed away at 1:08 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She attended area schools and moved to Vandalia from the Mexico area in 1968. Frances had been a homemaker all her life and had also worked many years as a seamstress at the Albert Garment Factory in Laddonia, Missouri. She enjoyed working and spending time with family and friends.

Born: September 24, 1917 in Center, Missouri the daughter of Walter L. and Mucia B. (Gregory) Wilkinson.

Married: Hugh Franklin Gordon in Hannibal, Missouri on May 27, 1939; he preceded her in death on August 17, 1966.

Survivors include: several nieces and nephews: Clinton and Wanda Winders of Laddonia, Missouri; Gaylord and Bobbie Winders of New London, Missouri; Doris and Ron Blevins of Texas; Charles and Doris Leake of Mexico, Missouri; Kirby and Eva Leake of Perry, Missouri; Judy and Mike Couch of Center, Missouri; Ron and Emma Smith of Tipton, Missouri; Jackie and Gary Branstetter of Vandalia; Marilyn and Glenn Heins of Camp Point, Illinois; also survived by a host of great-nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Hugh; five sisters: Oma Bea Thompson, Lila Mae Winders, Wilma Leake, Gertrude Boyle and Margaret Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
February 26, 2010
Carlisle, Shirley May age 75 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 908 E. Hwy. 54 in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 908 E. Hwy. 54 in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Phillip Cooper.
Music provided by: Huey Long, soloist and instrumentalist.
Interment will be in the Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, Missouri.
Pallbearers: Thomas Carlisle, Jacob Carlisle, Kevin Murray, Josh Murray, Terry Waters and Rich Howell. Honorary pallbearers: Kristopher Grimes, Cornell Nesbitt and Lance Wheeler Sr.

Shirley May (Long) Carlisle passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She was a resident of Vandalia for the past five years, moving here from rural Middletown. Shirley was a long-time member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Vandalia, Missouri. She grew up and attended schools in the Morley, Missouri area. Shirley had worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in St. Louis for over 20 years. In 1981 she received her CNA and worked at a nursing home in Warrenton until 1985. Shirley enjoyed shopping for new clothes, cooking, entertaining and had worked with the Girl Scouts for many years.

Born: May 31, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Roy Allen and Josephine (Lawson) Long.

Married: Coleman Irby Carlisle on July 27, 1953 in Sikeston, Missouri; he preceded her in death on March 13, 2002.

Survivors include: one son: C. Allen and wife, Lisa Carlisle of Middletown, Missouri; three daughters: Victoria L. Murray of Vandalia; Rebecca J. Spitznagel of Doniphan, Missouri; Rhonda J. and husband, Michael Tapley of Vandalia; two brothers: Huey and wife, Sarah Long of N. Pekin, Illinois; Ronnie and wife, Debbie Long of Doniphan; four sisters: Georgia and husband, Lewis Halley of Doniphan; Ruth Ann Frala of Doniphan; Joyce Benthal of Litchfield, Illinois; Terrie Jo and husband, Jeff McConnaughay of Doniphan; 11 grandchilden: Thomas Carlisle, David Gadberry, Crystal Murray, Shirlena James, Kevin Murray, Josh Murray, Alissa Tapley, Jacob Carlisle, Harlie Tapley, Cole Carlisle and Michaela Tapley; three great-grandchildren: Nathan Carlisle, Rachel Murray and Gabrielle Jones; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Coleman; two brothers: John Long and Sonny Long; three sisters: Virginia Ruth Long, Linda Long and Barbara P. Hasty.

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

   
February 19, 2010
Deichman, Elizabeth L. age 97 of Mexico formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, February 22, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Dr. Kenneth G. Jarvis.
Music provided by: Ellen Roy and Marilyn Love.
Interment will be in the Laddonia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Gene Lierheimer, Larry Lierheimer, Don DeVault, Charles DeVault, Gary Forsee, David Forsee, William D. Kelly, Ron Hammel and Jim Lierheimer.

Elizabeth Louise (Lierheimer) Deichman passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 at the Pin Oaks Golden Living Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a 1930 Mexico High School graduate and had lived most of her adult life in the Vandalia area. After high school, she attended Gem City Business College and received her secretarial certificate. Elizabeth then worked as the office manager for the ASC office for nearly 12 years. After her marriage to Raymond, she became a homemaker and helper on the family farm. She transferred her membership from Bethel Presbyterian Church to the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia where she served many years as the treasurer. Elizabeth was also active in the Monday Study Club, Church W. O. C. and Lydia Circle. She spent much time participating in the Vandalia Garden Club, Vandalia Supper Club and her hobbies were knitting afghans, playing cards, gardening and raising flowers.

Born: July 8, 1912 in rural Mexico, Missouri the daughter of George Frederick and Lillie Dale (Erisman) Lierheimer.

Married: Raymond Justus Deichman on February 12, 1942 in Mexico, Missouri; he preceded her in death on November 22, 1993.

Survivors include: one sister: Edna DeVault of rural Mexico, Missouri; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Raymond; two brothers: Paul Lierheimer and Bill Lierheimer; two sisters: Frances Forsee and Norma Hammel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 240, Vandalia, Missouri 63382-0240.

   
February 13, 2010
Fielder, Gary Edward age 61 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
There will be no visitation held.
Service:

Monday, March 1, 2010 a graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Gary Edward Fielder passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at his home in rural Vandalia, Missouri. Gary was a life-long Vandalia area resident and a Van-Far high school graduate. After school, he served in the U. S. Army for three years. Upon returning to the Vandalia area, he started working in the maintenance department at NARCO Refractories in Farber and continued there for 28 years. Gary's hobbies included working, fishing and hunting.

Born: March 1, 1948 in Mexico, Missouri the son of Dwight E. and Dorothy D. (Schultze) Fielder.

Married: Mary E. Harlow on October 16, 1982; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: mother, Dorothy of Vandalia; wife, Mary of rural Vandalia; two brothers: Sam and wife, Georgia Fielder of Columbia, Missouri; Larry and wife, Evelyn Fielder of Laddonia, Missouri; one sister, Rita Bence of Quincy, Illinois; four step-children: Boyd Laird of Farber, Missouri; Bill Laird of Vandalia; Mary Lou and husband, Roy Lynn of Vandalia; Toni Roberts of Warrenton, Missouri; 10 step-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: father, Dwight E. Fielder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home, #1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Missouri 65265 or to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1008 W. McPike, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

   
February 12, 2010
Nutt, John Isaac age 84 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
February 4, 2010
Selby, Lonnie G. "Cookie" Sr., age 53 of Vandalia
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
January 13, 2010
Young, Freddie O. Sr. age 93 of Bowling Green
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
January 10, 2010
Culwell, Dorothy Beedle age 95 of Beaumont, Texas formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
January 4, 2010
Kinkade, Beryl M. age 86 of Vandalia
Visitation:
VISITATION
Service:

SERVICE INFORMATION
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

NAME PASSING AND BIOGRAPHY

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS

Married: NAME, PLACE AND DATE

Survivors include: SURVIVORS

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED BY

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the .

   
January 4, 2010
Kirtlink, Samuel S. age 87 of Mexico formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Day of week, Month Date, 2010 from Time a.m./p.m. until Time a.m./p.m. at the Place in City, Missouri.
Service:

Day of week, Month Date, 2010 at time a.m. at the Place in City, Missouri..
Officiating will be:
Music provided by:
Interment will be in t
Pallbearers:

Firstname middlename latname passed away unexpectedly at time a.m. day of week, month date, 2010 at place in City, Missouri.

Born: DATE, PLACE AND PARENTS NAMES.

Married: NAME, DATE AND PLACE.

Survivors include: SURVIVORS.

Preceded in death by: PRECEDED NAMES.

Memorials may be made to MEMORIAL NAME.

   

 

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