Obituaries - 2011

December 14, 2011
Pease, George M. age 85 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, December 16, 2011 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Pastor Frank Welch, Pastor John Fife and Mr. David Land.
Music provided by: David Land - pianist; Rose Land - soloist.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: George Clossin, Steven Pease, Timothy Clossin, Doug Storts and Gary Fowler.

George Marion Pease passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. George was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and graduated from the Vandalia High School. He had worked on the family farm and was called to serve his country in World War II. George served for nearly two years in the U. S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as an automotive mechanic. Returning home after his service, he went back to work on the family's farm raising registered black Angus cattle. In 1950 he married Martha Jane Alder and that next year they bought a farm west of Vandalia. George farmed and also owned and operated a weed and fertilizer spraying service for many years. He also worked for Schlemmer farms near Laddonia for several years. On November 23, 1979, George began maintenance and custodial work at the Post Office in Vandalia. He continued working there until his retirement on January 26, 2006. George and Martha were longtime members of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where he had served as a church board member. He was also a member of the BPM Club, worked with the Vandalia Fair Association for many years and received the Master Farmer award in.

Born: August 22, 1926 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the son of Cecil Dewey and Pearle B. (White) Pease.

Married: Martha Jane Alder on September 24, 1950 in Vandalia, Missouri.

Survivors include: wife, Martha Jane of Vandalia; one son, Dennis C. and wife, Colleen E. Pease of Columbia, Missouri; one daughter, Judy K. and husband, George Clossin of Knob Noster, Missouri; three grandchildren: Steven E. Pease of Northridge, California; Elizabeth A. Pease of Vandalia; Timothy G. R. Clossin of Springfield, Missouri; one great-grandson: Jonah Clossin of Springfield; also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: two brothers, John Raymond Pease and Robert Pease who died in infancy; two sisters, Anna Mae Erb and Bettye Jean Scherder.

Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Missouri 65265 or to the Pike County Christian School in Currryville, Missouri 63339.

   
December 4, 2011
Grawe, Norbert age 90 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri, with a prayer service being held at 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Service:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Father Russell Judge.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Troy Brown, Tim Brown, Gene Grawe, Roy Grawe, Tony Grawe and Robert Morris.

Norbert Grawe passed away unexpectedly at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. Norbert was a lifelong Pike County resident and attended area schools near Ashley. He farmed near Curryville and when his country called, he joined the U. S. Navy and fought during World War II in the Pacific Theatre on the battleship, USS Pennsylvania. In October 2010, Norbert was one of the honorees on a Veterans Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. After returning home from the service, he and Wilma married and they owned a farm south of Curryville. Norbert also began working in the machine shop at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia. He worked at Harbison Walker for over 30 years, retiring in 1983. Norbert continued to farm and was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years.

Born: May 7, 1921 near Ashley, Missouri the son of Joseph and Ceile (Kamler) Grawe.

Married: Wilma Lee Doyle in Vandalia on May 1, 1952.

Survivors include: wife, Wilma of rural Curryville; one sister, Pauline Harris of Wellsville; niece, Karen and husband, Dave Wilkinson of Mexico, Missouri; also survived by several other nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers, Harold J. Grawe and Elmer Grawe.

Memorials are encouraged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia or to the donor's choice.

   
December 3, 2011
McBride, Linda Sue age 65 of Vandalia, formerly of Bowling Green
Visitation:
Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Service:

Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Officiating will be:
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Linda Sue McBride passed away unexpectedly at 2:42 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the St. Joseph's West Hospital in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Linda was a 1964 graduate of Bowling Green High School and attended two years at the Hannibal LaGrange College. She had worked as a seamstress for many years at Bridal Originals and at the Bobby Brooks Garment Factory. Linda retired in 1998, when her health prevented her from working any longer. Linda was raised in the Catholic Church and enjoyed many hobbies. Among her favorite hobbies were crafts, decorating, antiquing and dancing.

Born: July 6, 1946 in Louisiana, Missouri the daughter of John Lafayettte and Mary Claudine (Brown) Johnson.

Married: Lawrence Wayne McBride on January 4, 1964 at the St. Clements Catholic Church.

Survivors include: husband, Larry of Vandalia; one son, Anthony Wayne McBride and his girlfriend, Kristen Goodman of Vandalia; one daughter, Deborah R. and husband, Mike Fox of Warrenton, Missouri; one brother, Kevin Johnson of Columbia; five grandchildren: Kayleigh McBride, Harley Fox, James Fox, Tyler Sydenstricker and Christopher Sydenstricker; also survived by three great-grandchildren: Lexi Fox, Dylan Fox and Mick Fox.

Preceded in death by: parents; one sister, Margaret Brandenburger.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
November 29, 2011
Bailey, Edna Mae age 101 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, December 2, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Justin Franke.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers: Zachary Bailey, Dylan Bailey, Kari Bailey, P. A. Hull, Richard Dodd and Russell Branstetter.

Edna Mae (Smith) Bailey passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She attended Ralls County schools and worked on the family's farm until her marriage to Walter in 1930. Edna Mae then continued helping her husband on their farm and raising their family. She was a member of the Farber Christian Church, an active member of the Farber Kitchen Band, which consisted of funnels, hoses, washtubs and numerous kitchen utensils. The band went to many nursing homes to entertain the residents with their special music. Edna Mae enjoyed collecting memorabilia, she was a gifted seamstress and a member of the local 4-H chapter.

Born: December 5, 1909 in rural Ralls County, Missouri the daughter of Clay C. and Mabel (Wasson) Smith.

Married: Walter C. Bailey on January 7, 1930; he preceded her in death in 1972.

Survivors include: one son, C. Leon Bailey, PhD. of Chicago where he teaches at Roosevelt College; one daughter, Vernelle and husband, Calvin Hull of Farber, Missouri; four grandchildren: Zachary, Dylan and Kari Bailey all of the Chicago area; Diane Branstetter of Lone Jack, Missouri; two great-grandchildren: Rachel Branstetter of Ozark, Missouri and Tyler Branstetter of Springfield, Missouri; also survived by special friend and roommate since 2003, Pauline McCurdy.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Walter; one brother, Clyde Smith.

Memorials are encouraged to the Farber Library Memorial Fund or to Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.

   
November 29
Cross, Bobby Lee age 61 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Services are pending at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Services are pending at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

FULL NAME DATE, TIME AND LOCATION PASSED.

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 .

   
November 26, 2011
Black, Joseph H. age 93 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Services are pending at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Services are pending at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: MINISTER
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

FULL NAME DATE, TIME AND LOCATION PASSED.

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 .

   
November 17, 2011
Branstetter, Nellie Mae age 90 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the New Harmony Christian Church, Curryville, Missouri 63339.
Officiating will be: Rev. Dawn Marie Turner.
Music provided by: Deborah Kraft - pianist; Doug Storts - soloist; Glen & Caroly Bailey - duet.
Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Paul Hanson, Marty Scherder, Chris Korte, Jeff Branstetter, Troy Branstetter, Spence Branstetter, Brian Branstetter and Brandon Branstetter. Honorary pallbearers: Lance Gabriel Shaw, Patrick Ryan Scherder and Brayden Branstetter.

Nellie Mae (Rohlfing) Branstetter passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri.

Born: May 30, 1921 in New Florence, Missouri the daughter of George Ernest and Caroline Frieda (Feurring) Rohlfing.

Married: Elmer Willard Branstetter Sr. on June 5, 1939 at the Vandalia Christian Church Parsonage; he preceded her in death on May 17, 2007.

Survivors include: four children, Carolyn Mae Swanson of Holly Hill, Florida; E. W. Branstetter Jr. of Curryville; Ruth Marie Korte of Curryville and Monty Gene Branstetter of Dyersville, Iowa; 12 grandchildren: Carol Lynn Hayes of Bowling Green, Missouri; Diane Brown of St. Peters, Missouri; Paul Wayne Hanson of Palm Coast, Florida; Suzanne Barnes of Wigsburg, Pennsylvania; Lisa Marie Gebhart of Holly Hill, Florida; Sheri Ann Shaw of Vandalia, Missouri; Troy Gene Branstetter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Jeffrey Alan Branstetter of Moberly, Missouri; Christopher Anthony Korte of Kirksville, Missouri; Jeanette Marie Rogers of Knoxville, Tennessee; Kathryn Anne Coulson of Ashland, Missouri and Brian Clark Branstetter of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 30 great-grandchildren: Martin and Patrick Scherder; Tori Hayes; Kristen Mislark; Sarah and Alison Brown; Alisha Price; Sydney and Jared Barnes; Rachel Futch; Jason Hanson; Jonathon and Lindsey Gebhart; Lance Shaw; Spencer Branstetter; Brandon, Casey and Alex Branstetter; Zoe, Isaiah and Eleisa Korte; Grace, Carder and Ryan Rogers; Matthew, Hunter and Max Coulson; Brayden, Britany and Austin Branstetter; ten great-great-grandchildren: Adam, Tyler and Angelina Futch; Zackary, Kayla and Addison Mislark; Jayson, Dylan and Kelsi Scherder and Jadan Hill.

Preceded in death by: husband, Elmer; parents, George and Carrie Rohlfing; three sisters: Elsie Wilhoit, Hilda and Loulla Rohlfing; one infant half-brother; grandson, Brock Edward Branstetter as well as Joseph Rice and Ricky Wayne Branstetter who died as infants.

Memorials are encouraged to the New Harmony Christian Church Cemetery Association going toward upkeep of the grounds and the Prayer Garden.

   
November 16, 2011
Belts, Edna "Eddie" M. age 83 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, November 18, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Paul Catterton.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Paul Thompson, Ron Gasperini, Dennis Doyle, Kelly Doyle, Mark Doyle and Edwin Doyle. Honorary pallbearers: Guy Chase, Bill Nation, John Fitzgerald and John Weiser.

Edna "Eddie" Marie (Gruer) Belts passed away at 1:35 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a lifelong resident of the Laddonia and Vandalia areas. "Eddie" was a 1946 graduate of the Laddonia High School and she then started working at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia. After a few years, she began working as the bookkeeper for Wasson Grain Elevator. Eddie then worked again as the bookkeeper for Jerman Farm Supply and retired from there in 1990. She was a member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church, the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 Auxiliary and the Vandalia Country Club. Eddie enjoyed sewing, dancing, gardening and playing golf with Wade.

Born: May 21, 1928 in rural Laddonia, Missouri the daughter of Irvin Frederick and Mollie Marie (Ehrlich) Gruer Sr.

Married: George Thompson Jr. in Mexico, Missouri on April 30, 1948; he passed away on July 30, 1970; she then married Edgar Wade Belts in Vandalia on November 28, 1975; he survives.

Survivors include: husband, Wade of Vandalia; two sons: Monte and wife, Joyce Thompson of Mexico; Marlin and wife, Paula Thompson of Vandalia; two daughters: Kandace and husband, Ron Gasperini of Naperville, Illinois; Karla Thompson of Vandalia; two brothers: Irvin and wife, Glenna Gruer of Centralia, Missouri; twin brother, Edward and wife, Edith Gruer of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina; one sister, Ruth Doyle of Jacksonville, Illinois; one grandson, Paul Thompson and two step-granddaughters, Georgette Chamberlain and Dubray Renae Tallman; also survived by six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; two sisters, Dorothy Barnett and Mae Gardner.

Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

   
November 14, 2011
Yager, David Lee age 33 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Service:

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jamie Franke.

Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Tony Yager, Randy Lewis, George Shaw, Leon Shaw, Ben Galarza and Danny Burnett. Hononary pallbearers: Rich Laird, Ros Hull, David Willis and Mark McDowell.

David Lee Yager passed away unexpectedly at 6:22 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. David was a lifelong resident and a 1997 graduate of Van-Far High School. He has been working since March 1998 at the Pike County Sheltered Workshop in Bowling Green. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia and enjoyed many hobbies. David was an avid bowler, enjoyed watching wrestling, racing electronic slot cars, fishing, a miniature train enthusiast and loved to be with children, especially his nieces and nephews.

Born: April 6, 1978 in Mexico, Missouri the son of Carl L. and Donna Lee (Merson) Yager Sr.

Married:

Survivors include: his parents of Vandalia; one brother, Carl L. "Buddy" and wife, Tanya Yager Jr. of Tuscon, Arizona; paternal grandfather, Marvin C. Yager Sr. of Vandalia; honorary grandmother, Pat Lynn of Vandalia; aunts & uncles: Carla Hobbs of Laddonia, Missouri; Marvin C. and wife, Rose Yager Jr. of Vandalia; Janet and husband, Jim Stevenson of Farber, Missouri; also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: paternal grandmother, Virginia A. (Rinker) Yager and maternal grandfather, David L. Merson.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society.

   
November 4, 2011
Fisher, Lowell Wayne age 80 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Merle Lee Culwell, Jeff Culwell, Scott Bartison, Will Sexton, Chris Sexton and Bill Sexton.

Lowell Wayne Fisher passed away at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. Wayne was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and a 1949 Vandalia High School graduate. After high school, Wayne served his country in the United States Marine Corps during in the Korean Conflict. Upon his return home, he continued to farm southeast of Vandalia. Wayne was a long-time member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church and enjoyed as his hobbies, hunting, fishing, trapping and raising his hogs and cattle.

Born: October 7, 1931 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Ollie Cleveland and Emma (Storck) Fisher.

Married: Emily Jane Huser on July 16, 1965 in Hannibal, Missouri; she preceded him in death on February 10, 2007.

Survivors include: one step-son: William Wesley and wife, Joyce Sexton of rural Vandalia; one step-daughter: Pamela C. and husband, Dickie Harris of Vandalia; two grandchildren: William Wesley Sexton III of Columbia, Missouri; Christopher Daniel Sexton of Macomb, Illinois.

Preceded in death by: wife, Emily; one step-daughter, Becky Sexton Ritter; one brother, William F. Fisher.

Memorials are encouraged to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church.

   
October 20, 2011
Hawkinson, Mary Katherine age 94 of Farber
Visitation:
Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Farber Presbyterian Church.
Officiating will be: Rev. Randall Cone.
Music provided by: MUSIC
Interment will be in the CEMETERY.
Pallbearers: PALLBEARERS AND HONORARY PALLBEARERS.

FULL NAME DATE, TIME AND LOCATION PASSED.

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 .

   
October 5, 2011
Thurman, Mary L. "Mae" age 94 of Vandalia formerly of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn and Pastor Mike Barter.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Glen & Carolyn Bailey - vocalists.
Interment will be in the Curryville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jim Morton, George Morton, Clyde Penrod, Ralph Penrod, R. T. White and Sid Worthington.

Mary Louise "Mae" (Morton) Thurman passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at her home in Vandalia. She attended schools in rural Curryville and was a member of the Curryville Baptist Church. Mae was a homemaker and her hobbies included baseball, geneaology, Mizzou basketball and her grandchildren.

Born: April 15, 1917 in Pleasant Hill, Illinois the daughter of Ithamar Dow and Nancy Elizabeth (Ralph) Morton.

Married: Elmer Newton Thurman on September 16, 1939 in Bowling Green, Missouri; he preceded her in death on October 18, 1982.

Survivors include: two sons, Wayne and wife, Jean Thurman of Curryville; Tom Thurman of Vandalia; one daughter, Nancy and husband, Larry Nation of Vandalia; one sister, Edna Worthington of Mexico; two sisters-in-law, Martha "Tip" Morton of Frankford; Darlene Morton of Bowling Green; six grandchildren: LoriAnn Houchen of New Franklin; Cheryl and husband, Allen Nelson of Auxvasse, Missouri; Lisa Hamburg and David Tucker of Ashland, Missouri; Kelly and husband, Mickey Mink of Vandalia; Randy and wife, Melissa Cox of Mexico, Missouri; Keith and wife, Nickie Nation of Lake St. Louis; seven great-grandchildren: Lukas and Jonah Hamburg of Ashland; Michael Cox of Columbia; Bryce Houchen of New Franklin; Bryan Mink of Vandalia; Mitchell and Molly Nation of Lake St. Louis; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Elmer; one daughter, Mary Cox; brothers: Bill, Milo, George Lewis, Russell and Charlie and an infant brother, Elmer Perry and sisters: Rachel Penrod and Jessie White.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
September 26, 2011
Fielder, Dorothy D. age 84 of Vandalia
Visitation:
There will be no visitation.
Service:

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Sam Fielder, Larry Fielder, Larin Fielder, Patrick Fielder, Toby Bence and Mike Linkey.

Dorothy D. (Schulze) Fielder passed away at her home in Vandalia on Monday, September 26, 2011. Dorothy was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and had been a member of the Farber Baptist Church. She was a 1945 graduate of Vandalia High School. Dorothy then started working at the Eli Walker and Bobby Brooks Garment factories as a seamstress for over 30 years before her retirement. She enjoyed being outside and working in the yard, reading and needlepoint.

Born: July 8, 1927 in Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Moore) Schulze.

Married: Joe Fielder on December 3, 1946 in Greenville, Illinois; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two sons: Sam L. and wife, Jocelyn Fielder of Columbia, Missouri; Larry E. and wife, Evelyn Fielder of rural Farber, Missouri; one daughter, Rita Bence of Quincy, Illinois; one brother, David Schulze of Florissant, Missouri; one sister, Mary Gramley of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Dawn Fielder, Angie Linkey, Patrick Fielder and Toby Bence; also survived by five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Joe; one son, Gary Fielder in 2009; one daughter, Juanita Fielder in 1954; one sister, Ruth Fox.

Memorials are encouraged to the Ronald McDonald House.

   
September 21, 2011
Florence, Corrine E. age 83 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jeffrey Mims.
Music provided by: church choir.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: family and friends.

Corrine Ella (Woods) Florence passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Corrine had lived most all her adult life in Vandalia. She had worked as a cook in Vandalia restaurants for many years. Corrine also worked at the Bobby Brooks Garment factory and at Tri-County Care Center as a nurse's aide. She was a long-time member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed for her hobbies, fishing, camping, gardening, canning and playing cards with friends.

Born: March 7, 1928 in Keytesville, Missouri the daughter of Louis Woods and Samantha Kenny.

Married: Robert Salmons and then married to Nathaniel Florence.

Survivors include: several nephews and nieces and a host of cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother and sister, Lee Drew and Anna Louise.

Memorials are encouraged to the Second Missionary Baptist Church.

   
September 20, 2011
Baskett, Mary H. age 76 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, September 23, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jared Baskett, Aron Baskett, Justin Jones, John Ogden, Robert Stotler and Todd Hutcheson. Honorary pallbearers: Richard Cordes, David Cordes, Mason Carver, Cameron Jones, Larry Robinson, Mike Branham, Ronnie Branham, Todd Udelhoven, Richard Baker, Wayne Baker and Dylan Baskett.

Mary Helen (Baker) Baskett passed away at 12:51 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. Mary attended schools in the Bowling Green area and was baptized into the Baptist Church. After her marriage to Bob, she worked as a nurse for several years at the Pike County Memorial Hospital. Mary then worked for 20 years as a nurse's aide at Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. She then became a full-time caregiver in the home of Floyd Chinn for over 12 years. Mary enjoyed camping, cooking, taking care of neighbors and friends and spending time with her grandchildren.

Born: April 24, 1935 in St. Louis the daughter of Chauncey Byren and Elizabeth Irene (Peery) Baker.

Married: Robert Eugene Baskett on August 21, 1953 in Bowling Green, Missouri; he survives at the home.

Survivors include: husband, Bob of Vandalia; three sons: Byron E. Baskett of Mexico, Missouri; Gary L. Baskett of Vandalia; Terry L. and wife, Kristina Baskett of Harmony, Florida; two daughters: Nancy L. and husband, Ray Warren of Vandalia; Patricia A. Grimmett of Vandalia; one brother, Charles Robert Baker of Bowling Green; three sisters: Opal Stotler of Vandalia; Willa Mae Carr of Bowling Green; Katie Marie Marsh of Bowling Green; sister-in-law, Marie B. Baker; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; a daughter who died in infancy; one brother, Chauncey Melvin Baker; one sister, Lola Moore.

Memorials are encouraged to Mary's family.

   
September 18, 2011
Hays, Billy Joe age 78 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Father Russell Judge.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers: Billy Hays, David Hays, Ryan Hays, Gary DeTienne, Kevin DeTienne, Matt Williams, Travis McDonald, Cody McDonald, Clint McDonald, Chad Hays and Korbin Hays.

Billy Joe Hays passed away unexpectedly at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. Billy Joe grew up and attended schools in New Hartford and Bowling Green. After school, he worked as a farmhand on an uncle's dairy farm near St. Clement and then worked for the International Shoe Factory in Vandalia. Billy Joe started working for Harbison Walker Refractories in 1951 and retired after 42 years in the press room on March 30, 1995. He was baptized into the Catholic Church and had many hobbies. His favorite past-time was fishing, but he also enjoyed hunting, trap-shooting, mechanic work, gardening, going to the casinos, attending auctions and for many years did some part-time roofing work.

Born: March 21, 1933 in Louisiana, Missouri the son of Mellie Elizabeth (Craig) Stapleton.

Married: Betty Jane Deters in St. Clement, Missouri on July 28, 1951; she survives at their home.

Survivors include: wife, Betty of Vandalia; mother, Mellie of Bowling Green; four sons: Ronald J. Hays of Vandalia; Richard L. and wife, Carol Hays of Blue Springs, Missouri; Robert A. and wife, Lisa Hays of Vandalia; Roy W. Hays of Vandalia; three daughters: Sharon Kay Norris of Vandalia; Ellen Ann and husband, Tex Williams of Vandalia; Nancy J. and husband, Eugene McDonald of Vandalia; two brothers: Phillip Stapleton of Louisiana and Dan Stapleton of Columbia, Missouri; four sisters: Patsy Stapleton of St. Louis; Paula Brown of Hannibal; Jean Raveill of Blue Springs and Joy Mudd of St. Louis; also survived by 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: one great-granddaughter, Dallas Frisbey.

Memorials are encouraged to the Cardinal-Glennon Children's Hospital or to the American Lung Association.

   
September 18, 2011
Morris, Emmett "Pete" Jr. age 88 of New Hartford
Visitation:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers: Richard Jennings, Richard Hays, Aaron Moss, Larry Trower, Cleties Sparks and Bill Beatty. Honorary pallbearers: Wayne Hamlett, Vaughn Hamlett, Edsel Cunningham and Gene Traynor.

Emmett "Pete" Morris Jr. passed away at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Pete attended Middletown schools and lived his entire life in the New Hartford area. After school, he worked on the family farm before joining the U. S. Army during World War II. Upon returning home from his military service, Pete continued farming and also worked for 15 years at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia. He was baptized into the Baptist Church and enjoyed several hobbies. Pete was an avid coon hunter, bird hunter and Cubs fan during the baseball season. He had also worked for over seven years with the Pike County ASCS office.

Born: October 23, 1922 in rural Pike County, Missouri the son of Emmett Webster and Julia Webster (Trower) Morris.

Married: Jacqueline "Jackie" Geleta Watts on December 21, 1940 in Vandalia; she preceded him in death on October 5, 2005.

Survivors include: one son, Steven R. Morris of rural Middletown, Missouri; one daughter, Sandra K. and husband Bill Traynor of Bowling Green, Missouri; also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Jackie; an infant son, Nicholas Edward Morris; one brother, Garnet Morris and two sisters, Dosha Adams and Myrtyle Kruestriker.

Memorials are encouraged to the Siloam Cemetery Association, P O Box 367, Bowling Green, Missouri 63334 or to the donor's choice.

   
September 16, 2011
Belshe, Robert O. age 88 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri, with a Masonic Service being held at 8 p.m.
Service:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Keith Hale and Sally Reader.
Interment will be in the Spring Garden Cemetery near Eugene, Missouri.
Pallbearers: Douglas Robert Belshe, Daniel Belshe, Marcus Ortan Belshe, Donald Hoover, Don Bowman and David Belshe. Honorary pallbearers: Kody Belshe, Jason Kaiser and Robert Bland.

Robert Ortan Belshe passed away at 7:51 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 with his family at his side near Henley, Missouri. He attended schools in Eugene, LaMonte and Knob Noster, Missouri and graduated from Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Kentucky in 1939. He moved from Bell City, Missouri to Vandalia in 1941 and was employed by Harbison Walker Refractories as a pattern maker for over 46 years until his retirement in 1987. Bob was a skilled woodworker, gunsmith and machinist. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia and a 32nd degree Mason. Bob was a member of the Vandalia Masonic Lodge #491 and a member of the Moolah Temple of the Scottish Rite.

Born: October 7, 1922 near Henley, Missouri the son of Olin Ortan and Alpha Ellen (Long) Belshe.

Married: Dorothy Sue Branstetter on September 4, 1945 in Vandalia; she survives at their home near Henley.

Survivors include: wife, Dorothy; three sons: Kevin Dale Belshe of Henley; Curtis Lee Belshe of Vandalia; Thomas Wayne Belshe of Jefferson City, Missouri; also survived by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; his eldest son, Jerald Robert Belshe; three brothers: Omar Belshe, Donald Belshe and Raymond Belshe; two sisters: Etha Pearl Belshe and Irene Slater.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association.

   
September 15, 2011
Knepp, H. Norman Jr. age 58 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: President Greenwell.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Travis Knepp, Tarver Knepp, Kyle Denham, Steve Johnson, Paul Carlson, Ronnie Suddarth and Floyd Stuart.

Hollis Norman Knepp Jr. passed away unexpectedly at 2:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from Clearfield, Pennsylvania High School in 1971 and graduated in 1975 from Alfred University in Alfred, New York with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering. After college, he worked for several years at Swindell-Dressler. In 1985 he became the plant manager at NARCO in Farber and continued there until 1999. Norman then worked for A. P. Green refractories in Mexico for several years. He then became the chief water plant operator for the City of Vandalia Water Plant. Later, Norman worked for S. B. L. Kiln Services and then with Mid-America Brick. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoyed many hobbies. Norman and Kathy were members of the Master Gardeners Organization in Mexico. He loved gardening, fishing and working on and restoring old tractors.

Born: May 12, 1953 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania the son of Hollis Norman and Dorothy Jean (Baird) Knepp Sr.

Married: Kathleen "Kathy" M. Dixon on September 27, 1975 in Washington DC Temple in Kensington, Maryland; she survives at their home.

Survivors include: wife, Kathy of rural Vandalia; two sons: Travis N. and wife, Becky Knepp of Newport News, Virginia and Tarver J. Knepp of Afghanistan; two daughters: Trisha H. and husband, Steve Johnson of Clarinda, Iowa and Trudy A. and husband, Kyle Denham of Fulton, Missouri; one sister, Jennie Mae Gelnett of Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Bristal Johnson and Richard Knepp; one nephew, Shawn Gelnett; also survived by his loyal dog, Sally.

Preceded in death by: parents; a son Timothy A. Knepp who died at birth; one sister that died in infancy.

Memorials are encouraged to a combined scholarship fund being set up for the grandchildren.

   
August 23, 2011
Shaw, Vivian B. age 80 of Mexico, formerly of Laddonia
Visitation:
Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Glenn Forman.
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Vivian Berneice (Fuqua) Shaw passed away at 9:23 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the King's Daughters Home in Mexico, Missouri. She had been a lifelong area resident and member of the Laddonia Presbyterian Church prior to her move to Mexico. Vivian worked as a Southwestern Bell telephone operator prior to her marriage. She was a stay-at-home mother for seven children. Vivian raised a garden every year out of enjoyment and necessity until she was no longer able to. For several years after her children were grown, she worked part-time as a security guard at Harbison-Walker Refractories in Vandalia. Vivian moved to Mexico after Dwain passed away and lived with her daughter, Kathy until moving to King's Daughters Home in 2010. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vivian always had a smile for everyone and everyone loved her. She will be sadly missed by many.

Born: June 6, 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri the daughter of Harry Lee and Ida Virginia (Hess) Fuqua.

Married: Dwain A. Shaw on November 27, 1955 in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on May 16, 2003.

Survivors include five sons: Kevin and wife, Mary Shaw of Sturgeon, Missouri; Keith and wife, Cheryl Shaw of Thompson, Missouri; Kenny and wife, Becky Shaw of Mexico, Missouri; Kris and wife, Tammy Shaw of Benton City; Karl and wife, Teresa Shaw of Mexico; two daughters: Kathy and husband, Mike Sims of Mexico; Kim and husband, Carey Graves of Laddonia; one sister, Bonnie and husband, Walt Puvogel of Sabetha, Kansas; also survived by 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Dwain; two half-brothers: William Black and Harold Black.

Memorials are encouraged to the King's Daughters Home, 620 W. Boulevard, Mexico, Missouri 65265.

   
August 20, 2011
Dowell, Edith E. age 93 of rural Perry
Visitation:
Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Wayne Lynn - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Raymond Kirtlink, Paul Kirtlink, Eugene Kirtlink, Jim Kirtlink, Bobby Waters, Ronnie Waters and Wayne Lynn.

Edith Eileen (Kirtlink) Dowell passed away at 5:34 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the home of her daughter in rural Perry, Missouri. Edith grew up in the Bridgewater and Hays Creek area of Ralls County. She attended country schools there and was recently recognized as the oldest living member of the Adiel Baptist Church. After school, Edith worked at the Bobby Brooks Garment Factory as a seamstress and had also worked for several years as a CNA at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was a full-time homemaker on the family's farm in Ralls County and enjoyed many hobbies. Her church was important to her and she had taught Sunday school and helped with cooking dinners there. Edith also enjoyed gardening, sewing and quiltmaking.

Born: September 28, 1917 in rural New London, Missouri the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Bessie Jane (Lake) Kirtlink.

Married: Wilburn Henry Dowell in Farber, Missouri on December 2, 1934; he preceded her in death on July 15, 1980.

Survivors include: two sons, Marvin D. and wife, Connie Dowell of Hurst, Texas; Larry G. and wife, Zandra Dowell of rural Center, Missouri; two daughters, Carolyn S. and husband, Bob Gish of Vandalia; Lana L. and husband, John Black of rural Perry, Missouri; one sister, Geneva Ruth Waters of Vandalia; nine grandchildren: Lisa Mann of Chesterfield, Missouri; Angela Dowell of St. Louis; Karin Duffy of Ballwin, Missouri; Brady Cowden of O'Fallon, Missouri; Isis Black of rural Perry; Rhonda Smith of Vandalia; Renee James of Vandalia; Darla Terry of Bedford, Texas and Terri Phillips of Oxford, Mississippi; also survived by 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Wilburn; three brothers: Sam Kirtlink, Reavis Kirtlink and Kenneth Kirtlink; two sisters: Margaret Inlow and Nina Matthews.

Memorials are encouraged to the Adiel Baptist Church.

   
August 7, 2011
Goran, Dorothy M. age 94 of St. Charles formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Gary Robinett.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Greg Luetje, Alex McLain, Cory Horton, Darrel Hobbs, William Nelson and Kevin Williams.

Dorothy Mae (Hobbs) Goran passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Parkside Meadows in St. Charles, Missouri. Dorothy had grown up in the rural Middletown area and attended country schools there. After school, she began working at the Brown Shoe Factory in Vandalia. When the shoe factory closed, she began working for the Bobby Brooks garment factory until she moved to St. Charles in 1967 with her husband and family. Dorothy worked in St. Charles at the Emmaus Home until her retirement in 1976. She was a member of the Highland View Baptist Church where she had been active in the W. M. U. organization. Dorothy also enjoyed reading, quilting, crochet, embroidery, gardening and fishing.

Born: June 5, 1917 in Watts Valley, California the daughter of James and Martha Luvica (Trower) Hobbs.

Married: Virgil Stanley Goran on November 12, 1939 in St. Charles; he preceded her in death on March 7, 1978.

Survivors include: two daughters, Virginia M. and husband, Donald Luetje of Kirkwood, Missouri; Rebecca A. and husband, Steven Cook of St. Charles, Missouri; four grandchildren: Greg Luetje of Bryant Pond, Maine; Linda Luetje-Nelson of St. Clair, Missouri; Alex McLain of St. Charles; Sarah Davidson of Hermann, Missouri; six great-grandchildren: Cory Horton, Amanda Davidson, Emma McLain, Sophia McLain, Elizabeth McLain and Eli Luetje-Nelson; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Virgil; one daughter, Beverly F. Garrett; one brother, James Orville Hobbs; two sisters: Sibyl Jackson and Myrtle Nadine Hobbs.

Memorials are encouraged to the Highland View Baptist Church or to the Parkside Foundation.

   
August 5, 2011
Wright, LoAnna F. age 90 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, August 8, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist; Connie Strother - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Brandon Wright, Bobby Hunn, Gary Fowler, Kenny Brewer and Dwayne Norton.

LoAnna F. (Nutgrass) Wright passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident. LoAnna was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church where she felt the call to serve her Savior, Jesus Christ by volunteering in many activities. She attended Vandalia schools and was a 1938 Vandalia High School graduate. LoAnna had worked a few years at the Ely Walker and Bobby Brooks Garment Factories in Vandalia. She had been a full-time homemaker on the family's farm southeast of Vandalia. In years past, LoAnna had been an active volunteer in many church activities. She enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, her horses, quilting, playing cards with country neighbors and spending time with her family.

Born: August 13, 1920 in rural Vandalia the daughter of Rollie Edgar and Cora Lee (Livers) Nutgrass.

Married: Harve Edward Wright, he preceded her in death on April 18, 1989.

Survivors include: one son, Jeff H. and wife, Vicki Wright of rural Vandalia; one daughter, A. Kay and husband, Mike Elders of rural Curryville; four grandchildren: Brandon and wife, Toni Wright of rural Vandalia; Chris and husband, Dwayne Norton of Troy, Missouri; Amanda Wright of rural Vandalia; Melissa Wright of Jefferson City, Missouri; also survived by six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Harve; three sisters: Vera Guthrie, Edith Swan and Willie Fike.

Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home or to the Community Loving Care Hospice.

   
July 29, 2011
Smith, Wilma "Jerri" age 75 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Mike Lewton.
Music provided by: Fay Miller - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers are nephews: Dan Kemp, Steve Kemp, Elmer Lee Kemp, Arthur Kemp, Dennis Hursman, Doug Hursman, Gary Eskew, Larry Eskew and Eric Eskew. Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren: Travis Bryant, LaDon Bryant, Tori Allen, Brian Jarvis, Mari Parrish and Tanner Lark.

Wilma "Jerri" (Eskew) Smith passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. "Jerri" grew up in the Vandalia area, attending schools here and joining the Baptist Church. She started working at the International Shoe Factory in Vandalia for several years. Then she worked at Bobby Brooks, Bridal Originals and other garment factories in the area. "Jerri" moved to Marshall with her husband Joe in December 1972, where she began working at the Marshall Rehabilitation Center until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed her membership in the Order of the Eastern Star and being a Girl Scout Leader and cookie chairwoman for 20 years. In Marshall, she was a Missouri Valley College Parent and in the P.T.O. for 16 years. For her hobbies, she enjoyed crafts, ceramics, sewing, cooking and country music.

Born: August 9, 1935 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of John Clay and Helen Celeste (Arthur) Eskew.

Married: Joseph Harvey Smith on December 26, 1970 in Perry, Missouri; he preceded her in death on September 25, 2009.

Survivors include: three daughters, Toni A. and husband, Henry Bryant of rural Curryville, Missouri; Terri S. Eoff of Vandalia; Laura C. and husband, Eric Lark of Marshall, Missouri; one brother, Russell E. and wife, Mary Helen Eskew of Vandalia; two sisters, Edith and husband, Eugene Kemp of Davenport, Iowa; Phyllis and husband, Archie Hursman of Vandalia; one half-sister, Shirley Watson of Vandalia; six grandchildren: Travis and wife, Wendy Bryant; LaDon Bryant; Tori and Stan Allen; Brian Jarvis; Mari Parrish and Tanner Lark.

Preceded in death by: husband, Joe; one brother, Jimmy Wayne Eskew.

Memorials are encouraged to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131-3597.

   
July 19, 2011
Woolfolk, Myrna I. age 67 of Lawson, Missouri formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, July 22, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Service:

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Pastor Paul Catterton.
Music provided by: Joy Davis - organist.
Interment will be in the Fern Chapel Cemetery near Perry.
Pallbearers: Alan Winders, Warren Winders, Alan James, Nick James, Tony Shade and Austin Epperson.

Myrna I. (Chaney) Woolfolk passed away at 4:57 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Northcare Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Myrna attended Vandalia schools and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Myrna was a caseworker for over 20 years with the Social Security Administration. She had worked in offices located in the cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. Myrna was a member of the D. A. R., the Cameo Society and VFW Post 2173 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, drawing and painting.

Born: May 7, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Floyd Richard and Margie Opal (Hutchinson) Chaney.

Married: Jerry L. Woolfolk on May 15, 1993 in Vandalia; he survives at the home.

Survivors include: husband, Jerry of Lawson, Missouri; one son, Gary W. and wife, Beth Woolfolk of Belton, Missouri; one step-son, Steven and wife, Sara Woolfolk of Liberty, Missouri; one step-daughter, Cammie and husband, Dale Medlock of Bolivar, Missouri; one sister, Wanda and husband, Clinton Winders of rural Laddonia, Missouri; three half-brothers: Wayne Chaney of Vandalia; Randy Chaney of Farber and Floyd Chaney Jr.; three half-sisters: Carolyn Ford of Vandalia; Altha Gillenwater and Ruth Clausen both of Farber; one aunt, Carolyn Lynn of Mexico, Missouri and five grandchildren: Sam, Bayliegh, Payton, Amanda, Jamie and his wife, Vicky.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
July 4, 2011
Daniels, James E. "Jim" age 86 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: Ruth Nation - soloist; Joy Davis - pianist.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Heaton, Jamie Heaton, Darryl Jeffries, Bob Jeffries, Tony Jeffries and Frank Jeffries. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons: Mark Ashlock, Jared Schlicht, Chad Bakeman and Matt Joki.

James Earl Daniels passed away at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Jim was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended area schools. He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia where he had served as an elder, deacon and trustee. Jim worked at the Western Auto Store in town from 1953 until 1965. He then began working at North American Refractories in Farber until he retired in 1986. Jim was a past manager of a Khourey League softball team and he was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed traveling and had visited every state except Alaska. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Born: November 30, 1924 in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Marcellus M. and Frances Grace (Wetherald) Daniels.

Married: Norma J. Hoffmeyer on May 20, 1944 in Bowling Green, Missouri; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Norma of Vandalia; three daughters: Sherilyn K. and husband, Keith Bakeman of Stockton, Missouri; Sandra Jean and husband, Jerry Alldredge of Windsor, Colorado; Janet R. and husband, Bruce Ashlock of Laddonia, Missouri; two grandsons: Mark Ashlock and wife Debbie of O'Fallon, Missouri and Jared Schlicht of Chicago; one granddaughter, Andrea Joki and husband Matt of Chicago; a step-grandson, Chad Bakeman and wife, Lisa of Denver, Colorado; three great-granddaughters: Madelynne Rae Ashlock, Taylor and Kenzie Bakeman and great-grandson Braxton Joki.

Preceded in death by: five brothers: Willard Daniels, Robert Daniels, Rhote Daniels, Martin Daniels and Clarence Daniels; five sisters: Ramona Jerman, Lorene Breeden, Hannah Nuckles, Ruth Price and Gayle Emerson.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church or Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia or the Community Loving Care Hospice in Bowling Green.

   
June 27, 2011
Kirk, Thomas B. age 81 of New Florence, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 5 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers: John Stringer and Glen Connors.

Thomas B. Kirk passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, June 27, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. Tom attended area schools and was a Christian by faith. He had worked for many years as a truck driver for Wasson Grain in Vandalia, Fowles in Laddonia and Oliver Transport out of Mexico, Missouri. Throughout the years Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing in the area lakes and ponds.

Born: August 16, 1929 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the son of Hay Bell and Myrtle (Inlow) Kirk.

Married: Lula Mae Jennings; she preceded him in death on June 20, 2002.

Survivors include: two daughters: Connie S. and husband, Dennis Jones of Hallsville, Missouri; Jean M. and husband, Melvin Schamma Jr. of Quincy, Illinois; one brother, Ward and wife, Mildred Kirk of Lexington, Kentucky; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: two half-brothers, Harve Wright and Jack Bea; one sister, Leila Mae Matthews and one half-sister, Rose Smith.

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

   
June 5, 2011
Britton, Floyd R. age 77 of Farber
Visitation:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 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: Richard Greenplate, Darren Day, Paul Dubbert, Jamie Heaton, Frankie Wallace and Larry Finley Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Raymond Abington, Ronnie Ball, Marty Nation and Tim Crow.

Floyd Robert Britton passed away at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Floyd was a lifelong Farber area resident and a 1951 graduate of Farber High School. After graduation, he felt the call to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps where he served in the Korean Conflict. Upon returning home, Floyd worked at the Harbison Walker Refractories, NARCO Refractories and finally with CE Refractories near Farber. Floyd worked as a brick skidder and had been at CE Refractories for 33 years before they closed the plant. Then for several years, you could find Floyd working part-time at Abel's Quick Shop in Vandalia. He was a life member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173, a member of the Oddfellows Lodge in Vandalia and a member of the Elks Lodge in Mexico. Floyd had been a longtime member of the Audrain Historical Car Club and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting antiques. He was raised in the Catholic Church and devoted to his family.

Born: June 28, 1933 in Farber, Missouri the son of Robert Shelton and Aldea Leona (Girard) Britton.

Married: Doris Kaye Day in Farber on December 28, 1973.

Survivors include: wife, Doris of Farber; two daughters: Dana R. and Frankie Wallace of rural Vandalia; Lorrie R. and Jamie Heaton of rural Vandalia; one son: Paul Wescott of Taneyville, Missouri; one sister, Margie Arens of Wellsville, Missouri; five grandchildren: MaKenzie Wallace, Parker Wallace, Clayton Heaton, Kayla Heaton and Matthew Wescott.

Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Raymond Britton; one daughter who died in infancy.

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

   
May 26, 2011
Rogers, Sharon Lee age 69 of Farber
Visitation:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Kilby Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Del Lee Pope, Jack Appling, Larry Fielder, Ryon Wilson, Larin Fielder and Shan Looney.

Sharon Lee (Appling) Rogers passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, May 26, 2011 at the family's home in Farber, Missouri. She was a lifelong Audrain County resident and attended area schools. Sharon had been a homemaker and was a Christian by faith. She enjoyed photography, attending garage sales and collecting cookie jars and antiques. Sharon also loved her cats, attending auctions where she would add to her collection of old quilts and cow creamers. She enjoyed baking and gardening.

Born: April 25, 1942 in Audrain County, Missouri the daughter of Elliott Lee and Marjorie Helen (Jackson) Appling.

Married: Thomas Keith Rogers; he survives at the home in Farber.

Other survivors include: one son, Del Lee Pope of Farber; two daughters, Helen Munford and Debbie Wilson both of Mexico, Missouri; one brother, Jack Appling of Mexico; two sisters, Evie Fielder and Carolyn Evers both of Laddonia, Missouri; four grandchildren: Ryan Wilson and Cherice Kiner both of Vandalia, Josh and Candice Kiner.

Preceded in death by: parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Kilby Cemetery Association.

   
May 17, 2011
Runyon, H. J. age 74 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Elm Grove Baptist Church north of Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Elm Grove Baptist Church north of Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Pastor Shelby Job.
Music provided by: Karen Shaw - pianist; Hannah Runyon - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: F. J. Runyon, R. J. Runyon, Randy McDonald, Cole McDonald, Mason McDonald, Zach Rutter, D. J. Runyon and Marty Dempsey. Honorary pallbearers: Raymond Kirtlink, Malcolm Coose, Henry Watson, Jack Riechard, Leonard Runyon, Roger Runyon, Fred Coss and Gene Taylor.

H. J. Runyon passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the family's home in Vandalia. H. J. had farmed and worked in the maintenance department at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia for a number of years. He was a devoted member of the Elm Grove Baptist Church near Vandalia. H. J. enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life. He was most proud of his 1989 trip in a homemade covered wagon around the circumference of the State of Missouri. H. J. was also the wagon master in the bicentennial wagon train trip in 1976 from Hannibal to Jefferson City, Missouri; he was also a fur trader and enjoyed horses. H. J. was an original member of the Tri-County Saddle Club and of the Pike County Coon Hunters Association.

Born: April 1, 1937 in Mexico, Missouri the son of Murley Joseph and Erma Adeline (Riechard) Runyon.

Married: Minnie Sue Schultz (mother of the three children) in Center, Missouri in 1960; he then married Arlene Frances Gerlach on March 14, 2001 in Mexico, Missouri.

Survivors include: wife, Arlene of Vandalia; two sons: F. J. and wife, Paula Runyon of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; R. J. and wife, Trish Runyon of Palmyra, Missouri; one daughter: Lola M. and husband, Randy McDonald of Center, Missouri; one step-son: Marty and wife, Lori Dempsey of Ponca City, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren: Stephanie Landers of Center; Hanna Runyon of Palmyra; Zach Rutter of Palmyra; Cole McDonald of Center; Mason McDonald of Center; Lydia McDonald of Center; Christina Runyon of Lake St. Louis and D. J. Runyon of Lake St. Louis; four step-grandchildren: Ryan Dempsey and Erin Dempsey both of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Keith Dempsey of Columbia, Missouri and Michael Dempsey of Wentzville, Missouri; one step-great-granddaughter: Keegan Dempsey of Wentzville.

Preceded in death by: parents and one step-son, Michael Dempsey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Curryville Christian School.

   
April 30, 2011
Stotler, Cecil Clyde "Red" age 94 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers: Glen Eikel, Brent Reynolds, Stacy Mansfield, Aaron Rentfro, Keith Mouser and Roger Green.

Cecil Clyde "Red" Stotler passed away at 10:23 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. "Red", as he was known by everyone in the area, had been a lifelong Audrain County resident. After school, he worked at the Narco Brick Plant in Farber for several years. "Red" then farmed from 1943 until 1958, when he opened "Stotler's Cafe" in Farber, Missouri. He and his wife Myrtle, owned and operated the cafe from 1958 until 1978. "Red" was a Baptist by faith and had been an active member in the Farber Lion's Club. He also enjoyed playing cards, going to the Senior dances, fishing, cooking and attending area flea markets.

Born: January 4, 1917 in rural Audrain County, Missouri the son of Clark Newton and Bessie Opal (Sankpill) Stotler.

Married: Myrtle Cecilia Parsons on October 1, 1938; she preceded him in death on January 19, 1996.

Survivors include: three sons: Jim W. Stotler and Betty Hoover of Auxvasse, Missouri; Kenneth E. and wife, Diana Stotler of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Robert M. and wife, Wanda Stotler of Vandalia; nine grandchildren: Terri and Glen Eikel of Montgomery City, Missouri; Vicki and Brent Reynolds of Fulton, Missouri; Kelly and Stacy Mansfield of Cape Girardeau; Lynnette and Tim Benefield of Jackson, Missouri; Lori and Jimmy Fitts of Madison, Mississippi; Dr. Michael and Jenny Stotler of St. Louis; Claude and Theresa Green of Laddonia, Missouri; Teresa and Keith Mouser of Vandalia; Delbert and Monica Green of California, Missouri; also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Myrtle; one sister, Fern Branstetter.

Memorials are encouraged to the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia or to the Community Loving Care Hospice in Bowling Green.

   
April 24, 2011
Wiser, Kenneth N. Jr. age 57 of Macon, formerly of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, May 2, 2011 from 12 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Jeffrey Mims.
Music provided by: Second Missionary Baptist Church Choir and Church Men's Choir.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Teddy Clark, John Mahaney, Kevin Cockrell, Donnell Perkins, Tim Crow and Gary Bishop. Honorary pallbearers: Rob Mahaney, William Hammers Jr., Travis Hammers, Brandon Hammers, Brent Hammers and Wendell Wheeler.

Kenneth Nathaniel Wiser Jr. passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Macon, Missouri. He was a 1971 graduate of Van-Far High School and a 1975 graduate with a teaching degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Kenneth moved to Macon in 1975 where he took a position in the Macon Middle School as an English teacher. He taught for over 31 years, retiring in 2006. Kenneth continued to be a substitute teacher and enjoyed being active in the Community Action Group in Macon, Wi-bowling, fishing, professional and college basketball, football and baseball. He was a long-time member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Vandalia.

Born: November 6, 1953 in Hannibal, Missouri the son of Kenneth Nathaniel and Ida Mae (Kerr) Wiser Sr.

Married: Margaret Ann McGuire on August 21, 1976 in Vandalia; she preceded him in death on November 24, 2009.

Survivors include: mother, Ida Mae of Vandalia; one daughter, Bonnie Viley of Macon; one brother, Darrel and wife, Valeria Wiser of Macon; three sisters: Mrs. James (Jacqueline) Jones of Rock Island, Illinois; Mrs. Ronald (Janet) Turner and Mrs. Louis (Wanda) Connor all of Vandalia; three grandchildren: Tyonna McGuire, Eric Cole and Marley McGuire; one brother-in-law, Robert and wife, Barbara Mahaney of Montgomery City; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: grandparents; father, Kenneth Sr.; mother-in-law, Mary Mahaney; two grandchildren: Imani D. Viley and Leslie M. McGuire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the family for a college fund for Tyonna McGuire.

   
April 24, 2011
Branstetter, Lorene Lueann age 91 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment of her cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Lorene Lueann (Bowles) Branstetter passed away at 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Lorene lived her entire life in the Curryville, Farber and Vandalia area. She attended and graduated from the Curryville schools. Lorene was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia and enjoyed as her hobbies dancing and playing cards. After graduating from school, she worked as a seamstress for the Ely Walker and Bobby Brooks garment factories. In 1985, Lorene retired from the Cal-Jac garment factory in Vandalia, where she also had worked as a seamstress.

Born: December 15, 1919 in Curryville, Missouri the daughter of George Wesley and Nona Mae (Sidwell) Bowles.

Married: Roger Merle Branstetter on July 23, 1938 in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on June 15, 1994.

Survivors include: five sons: Bob and wife, Bonnie Branstetter of Farber, Missouri; Gary and wife, Jackie Branstetter; Danny and wife, Joy Branstetter; Mike Branstetter and Steve Branstetter all of Vandalia, Missouri; two sisters: Velma Nation of Vandalia; twin sister, Irene Branstetter both of Vandalia; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Roger; one brother, J. D. Bowles; one sister, Kathern Toon.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
April 23, 2011
Reading, John "Eldon" age 71 of rural Curryville
Visitation:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Dawn Marie Turner.
Music provided by: Kevin Morris - soloist; Barbara Elzea - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Neal Beatty, Jim Burgmeyer, Russel Reading, Derrick Reading, Brady Reading and Jerry Bradford. Honorary pallbearers: Ed Jennings, Marty Nation, Jim Beiter, Paul McDowell, Tapley McCune, P. D. Reid, Melvin Epperson and Dale Keller.

John "Eldon" Reading passed away unexpectedly early Saturday afternoon, April 23, 2011 at the family's farm south of Curryville, Missouri. Eldon had lived most all his life in the rural Vandalia and Curryville areas. After school, Eldon worked for Paul Goodman Excavation until 1971 when he went on to start his own excavation and hauling business with his wife Kay at his side. He was very well known for his hard work and honesty, to him a handshake was a signed contract. Eldon enjoyed many local community activities. He was the vice president of Mt. Aire Church Board, an active member of R.S.V.P. and really enjoyed going to the local coffee shops and swapping stories with his many friends and he also helped out at the monthly fish fry at the Vandalia VFW Post. Eldon and Kay loved to travel with their good friends Jim and Carole Burgmeyer. They enjoyed going to the Old Threshers events, Blue Grass and Country Music Shows and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Born: July 9, 1939 in rural Ralls County, Missouri the son of Paul Oliver and Doris Clay (Keller) Reading.

Married: Glenna Kay Graves on November 12, 1966 in Vandalia; she survives at the family's home.

Survivors include: wife, Kay at the family's home; two sons: Derrick and wife, Mitzi Reading of Vandalia; Brady and wife, Mary Reading of Olmstead, Kentucky; one daughter, Kerri and husband, Jerry Bradford of Vandalia; three brothers: Dwayne Reading of Bowling Green; Edward and wife, Jan Reading of Curryville and Howard and wife, Karen Reading of Vandalia; seven grandchildren: Ashley Perkins, Nathaniel Kinder, Lindsey Nitcher, Emily Reading, Wyatt Reading, Cole Reading and Joe McCormick; one great-grandson, Nathan Kinder; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; infant sister, Martha Reading; one sister, Evelyn Reid; one grandson, John Bryant Reading.

Memorials are encouraged to the donor's choice.

   
April 17, 2011
Drissel, LeRoy William age 45 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 3 p.m. until time of the service at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Richard Smith.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Laddonia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

LeRoy William Drissel passed away early Sunday morning, April 17, 2011 at his mother's home in Vandalia, Missouri. LeRoy was a Community R-VI high school graduate and had worked at Tri-County Building Supply in Vandalia and also at the Target Aluminum Factory in Vandalia. He was a Christian by faith and enjoyed fishing with his family and friends.

Born: March 4, 1966 in Kirkwood, Missouri the son of Roy Lee and Betty Lou (Arnold) Drissel.

Married:

Survivors include: mother, Betty of Vandalia; two sons: Nathan L. Drissel of Laddonia, Missouri; Douglas R. Drissel of Vandalia; three brothers: Stanley W. Gillman of Rio Rico, Arizona; Phillip J. Gillman of Vandalia; Rick A. Gillman of Vandalia; one sister: Vera M. Wilson of Vandalia; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: father and grandparents.

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

   
March 31, 2011
Shearon, Charles William "Bipp" Jr. age 49 of rural Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 5 -8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Wes Fuget, Dustin Collum, Doug Michael Trower, Elvin Shultz, Jamie Fuget and Tracy DeTienne. Honorary pallbearers: Ronnie Lee, Andrea Salmon, Walter Salmon, Donnie Chatman Jr. and Timothy James Scott.

Charles William Shearon Jr. passed away at 8:32 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the family home in rural Vandalia, Missouri. Charles, known by many as "BIPP" was born in Mexico, Missouri and lived in Vandalia, Missouri for all of his 49 years. Charles worked at the Centerline Industries for 23 years in Saverton, Missouri but his passion was as a mechanic working on his race cars. Charles was a dedicated husband to Evelyn Shearon, father to son, Charles Shearon III and daughter, Victoria Witherspoon. Charles had a tremendous love for racing cars; building them, racing them and caring for them. He loved to ride horses and had a special love for his dog Roxie.

Born: November 9, 1961 in Mexico, Missouri to Charles William and Virginia (Clark) Shearon Sr.

Married: Evelyn Louise Henderson on February 21, 1981; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: one son, Charles William Shearon III and his wife Amanda of Frankford, Missouri, one daughter, Victoria Witherspoon and her husband Brian of Mexico, Missouri, three sisters, Linda Jerman of Columbia, Missouri, Connie Sasseen of Swanse, IL and Judy Shearon of Jacksonville, IL; four grandchildren: Anthony Shearon of LaPlata, Missouri, Christian Shearon of Mexico, Missouri, Kelton Witherspoon of Mexico, Missouri and Alizabeth Welch of Frankford, Missouri.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Charles William Shearon Sr. and Virginia Clark Shearon; grandparents, Margaret and James Clark of Mexico, Missouri and Rebecca and George Baker of Moberly, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Compassus in Columbia, Missouri or to the Greta B. Arthur Cancer Center in Mexico, Missouri.

   
March 10, 2011
Colbert, Mary Lucinda age 75 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, March 14, 2011 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Nathan Detmer.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Cornerstone Cemetery near Whiteside, Missouri.
Pallbearers: David Colbert, Ronnie Cossey, Lonnie Selby Jr., Gary Griffith, Larry Griffith and Steve Branstetter.

Mary Lucinda Colbert passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Golden Living Center - Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and a Christian by faith. In her younger day, Mary enjoyed walking and riding her bicycle. Mary enjoyed being with her family and friends and will be missed by all.

Born: November 4, 1935 in Lincoln County, Missouri the daughter of Marion Washington and Dorothy Viola (Elliott) Colbert.

Married:

Survivors include: one brother, Clyde M. and wife, Evalyn Colbert of Mexico, Missouri and one sister, Rebekah K. and husband, Gene Lovelace of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: parents and one brother, Walter Marion Colbert.

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

   
March 9, 2011
DeTienne, John R. "J.R." age 69 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Service:

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:30 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 songs.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Jordan Myers, Tray DeTienne, Trenton DeTienne, Clay Schoneboom, Woody Schoneboom and Max Miller. Honorary pallbearers: Kayla Reading, Kassi Barclay, Emily DeTienne, Forrest Schoneboom and Debbie Hawn.

John Robert "J.R." DeTienne passed away at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at his home in Vandalia. J. R. attended schools in Vandalia and was a member of the class of 1960. He joined the Marine Corps and served during Vietnam War. Upon returning to Vandalia with his wife Donna, he started working at Harry's Superette for a few years. J. R. then worked for a propane gas distributor and Elzea Egg Company as a driver. He then went to work at the Kroger Grocery store as a meat cutter and worked there for 37 years, retiring in April of 2003. J. R. was a life member of the Vandalia VFW Post 2173, member of Vandalia Masonic Lodge #491, the American Legion Post in Laddonia and U.F.C.W. local #655. J. R. enjoyed hunting, fishing, boondockin and playing the lottery scratch off games.

Born: March 15, 1941 in rural Audrain County, Missouri the son of Wesley Sharidan and Lilly Grace (McCurdy) DeTienne.

Married: Donna Marie Claridge on December 9, 1961 in Hawthorne, California; she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Donna of Vandalia; one son, Tracy S. and wife, Krystal DeTienne of Vandalia; two daughters, Penny L. and husband, Forrest Schoneboom of Vandalia; Karen M. DeTienne-Hawn and spouse, Debbie Hawn of Vandalia; three brothers: Wesley "Pete" DeTienne of Martinsburg, Missouri; Ray DeTienne of Vandalia; Virgil L. DeTienne of LasVegas; one sister, Martha G. McDaneld of Mexico, Missouri; eight grandchildren: Kayla Reading, Kassi Barclay, Tray DeTienne, Trenton DeTienne, Jordan Myers, Clay Schoneboom, Woody Schoneboom and Emily DeTienne; three great-grandchildren: Kaden Whiteaker, Kashton Rhodes and Layla Schoneboom.

Preceded in death by: parents and one granddaughter, Virginia Grace DeTienne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society.

   
March 9, 2011
Morris, Murryl A. age 87 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Mr. Brian Snodgrass.
Music provided by: Barbara Elzea - pianist; Kevin Morris - soloist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Richard Morris, Ryan Morris, Rusty Morris, Bob Hunn, Greg Harris, Aaron Harris, Raymond Harris and Michael Klug. Honorary pallbearers: Dave Klug, Bill Lemasters, Leon Schwab, Del Sherman, David Hauschild, Richard Sirken, Donald Ray Morris and K. P. Morris.

Murryl Annette (Clendenin) Morris passed away at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She has lived in the Vandalia area since 1948, moving here from St. Louis. Murryl grew up in the St. Louis area and graduated from Southwest High School and Hadley Vocational School, majoring in business. She was a comptometer operator and secretary for several businesses before marrying Ray. Murryl was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Monday Study Club, the Missouri Federation Women's Club, St. Cecilia Music Club and the Daughter's of the American Revolution. During her younger years, she performed at the St. Louis Arena in couples roller skating and figure skating competition. Murryl also enjoyed bowling, singing, boating and camping and she and Ray were long-time members of the Vandalia Country Club.

Born: February 5, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Charles Murry and Clara Johanna (Kleboecker) Clendenin.

Married: Raymond L. Morris on June 1, 1943; he preceded her in death on July 15, 2004.

Survivors include: one son, Ron R. and wife, Karen Morris of Vandalia; one daughter, Linda R. and husband, Noel Harris of Bolivar, Missouri; one brother, Charles Murray of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nine grandchildren: Greg Harris, Aaron Harris and Dean Harris all of St. Louis; Raymond Harris of Greenfield, Missouri; Brenda Harris of Bolivar, Missouri; Richard Morris of Oak Grove, Missouri; Marlo Hunn and Ryan Morris both of Vandalia; Rusty Morris of Ashland, Missouri; also survived by 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Ray; one sister, Jean Sullivan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes Association or the donor's choice.

   
March 4, 2011
Stoutz, Mahlon Lee age 57 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Ramona Stoutz and Daniel Gunn.
Music provided by: selected favorite Brazilian songs.
Scattering of his cremains will take place at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Mahlon Lee Stoutz passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011 in Columbia, Missouri following a long illness. He attended Vandalia public schools and the University of Missouri, earning a B.A. in linguistics and a Master's in Spanish. As a young man, he lived for eight years in Brazil, where he taught English, worked as a silk screener, developed a passionate love for soccer and made many lifelong friends. After returning to the United States, he taught Spanish as a graduate student at the University of Missouri and worked as a computational linguist in Denver, Pittsburgh and Boston before returning to Vandalia in 2005. He was an unusually talented linguist and teacher of languages, fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian, with a working knowledge of a dozen other languages. At the Teragram Corporation in Boston, he helped to create complex dictionaries and design search engines and machine translation programs in multiple languages. Mahlon was widely read, well-informed and passionate in his opinions and his conversations will be sorely missed by his friends and family. He was friendly, generous and good-natured, and his friendships tended to last. He liked to make and drink good coffee. He loved to travel having visited Brazil, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and England just in the last few years. Mahlon was a devoted father and grandfather. He adored his two springer spaniels, Federico, who died in 2003 and Fidelio, who survives him and he enjoyed the company of fellow dog-lovers in many cities.

Born: December 8, 1953 in Columbia, Missouri the son of Lee Alford and Mary Patricia (Lowry) Stoutz.

Married:

Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Rafael and Ramona Stoutz of Columbia; his son and daughter-n-law, Ravi Motta Stoutz and Erica Alexandra de Castro, and Ravi's mother, Ver Lucia Brandao da Motta, all of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa Stoutz and Daniel Gunn of New Sharon, Maine, and their daughters, Mollie and Nora; his sister, Julie Stoutz of Vandalia; his brother, Alan Stoutz of Hannibal; his granddaughter, Marianna Rhodes of Verwood, England.

Preceded in death by: parents Lee Alford Stoutz and Patricia Stoutz;

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Area Historical Society, 313 W. Walsh Blvd., Vandalia, MO 63382 or the American Cancer Society.

   
March 4, 2011
Hilsabeck, Bryan S. age 44 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until time of the memorial service at Waters Funeral Chapel for family and close friends.
Service:

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. a memorial service will be held at Waters Funeral Chapel for family and close friends.
Officiating will be: Brian Snodgrass.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment of his cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers:

Bryan Scot Hilsabeck passed away unexpectedly at his home in Vandalia on Friday, March 4, 2011. Bryan graduated from high school in Iowa and attended Northeast Iowa Junior College. He moved to Vandalia 17 years ago and started Hilsabeck Plumbing service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

Born: October 24, 1966 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Billy J. Hilsabeck and Deborah A. Moore.

Married:

Survivors include: mother, Deborah Hilsabeck of rural Vandalia; one daughter, Emma Ann Hilsabeck of Augusta, Missouri; maternal grandfather, Vernon Moore of rural Vandalia; several uncles and aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: father; one daughter, Chelsea Hilsabeck who died in infancy; one brother, Stace Hilsabeck.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the college trust fund set up for Emma Hilsabeck.

   
February 26, 2011
Allen, Alta M. age 78 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, February 28, 2011 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:00 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: Michael Atkinson, Clint Allen, Matt Shramek, Bill Oliver, Bob Oliver and Tom Oliver.

Alta Mae (Butler) Allen passed away at 10:05 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. Alta attended schools and was raised in the rural Montgomery area. She worked for a few years at the shoe factory and then started working at the Bobby Brooks Garment Factory in Vandalia. Alta worked there until it closed in 1982 and then worked for the HTI/Leggoons garment factory, until it closed in 1995. She was baptized into the Methodist Church and had been a Boy Scout leader many years ago. Alta enjoyed camping, boating and dancing with "Pete" and she was an avid reader.

Born: April 20, 1932 in rural Montgomery County, Missouri the daughter of Thomas Frank and Jesse Lee (Preston) Butler.

Married: Robert Warren "Pete" Allen on September 27, 1949 in Montgomery City, Missouri; he survives at the home.

Survivors include: husband, "Pete" of Vandalia; three sons: Rick and wife, Glenda Allen of Vandalia; Nick Allen of Vandalia; Tim and wife, Dottie Allen of Mexico; three daughters: Terry Allen and Ronnie Moore of rural Vandalia; Debbie and husband, Bill Shramek of rural Perry, Missouri; Nancy and husband, "Shorty" Stotler of rural Vandalia; 13 grandchildren: Michael Atkinson, Shonda Suddarth, Clint Allen, April Allen, Matt Shramek, Melissa Allen, Jessica Senor, Ronni Kay Motley, Shelby Allen, Brooke Allen, Alisha Hays, Stacy Branstetter and Lynette Chrisman; also survived by 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; one daughter who died in infancy in 1951; two brothers: Virgil Butler and Jasper Butler; one sister, Martha Davis; one son-in-law: Ronnie Motley Jr.; one grandson, Blake Allen.

Memorials are encouraged to the Mexico Dialysis Clinic, Inc., 806 Medical Park Drive, Mexico, Missouri 65265.

   
February 21, 2011
Hook, Margie Lucille age 87 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Friday, February 25, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Mike Barter.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Kenny Thurman, Lloyd McCurdy, Rick Allen, Merle James, Lyndle Chrisman and Stacy Branstetter. Honorary pallbearers: Jim Cook, Chad Spitz, Jacob Hemond, Tommy Hutcheson, Bill King and Eddie Thurman.

Margie Lucille (Gore) Hook passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Lucille was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1942. After school, she worked at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia for several years. Later she worked for over 12 years at Tri-County Care Center, retiring in 1986. Lucille was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia since November 18, 1934, where she served as the Sunday school secretary for many years. She was also active in the Tuesday Card Club, the Meals-on-Wheels program, the War Dads Auxilliary, bingo nights at the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 where she helped the ladies auxilliary and for many years provided a "taxi" service to many people around town who could no longer drive.

Born: January 21, 1924 in the Spencer Creek area north of Vandalia the daughter of Edgar Davis and Ruth Rebecca (Shaw) Gore.

Married: Clyde Edward Hook Sr. on June 23, 1944 in Fulton, Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 24, 1976.

Survivors include: one son, Edgar Lee and wife, Judith Hook of Lancaster, California; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Hook of Connecticut; six grandchildren: Sara, Lesley, Natalie, Jim, Chad and Tiffany; 13 great-grandchildren: Gabriel Cook, William Cook, Conner Cook, Dannelle Stennett, Derian Stennett, David Swinford, Blaine Swinford, Maddison Linton, Savanna Spritz, Bailey Martin, Payton Martin, Jace Martin and Mason Hemmond; a very special friend, Glenda Allen of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Clyde E. Hook Sr.; one son, Clyde E. Hook Jr. on February 21, 2000.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

   
February 19, 2011
Branstetter, William Brooks age 92 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Service:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Lloyd Pelfrey, Professor and Past President of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, Missouri.
Music provided by: Barbara Elzea - pianist; Kevin Morris - soloist.
Interment will be in the Kilby Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jordan Branstetter, Joseph Walter, Brett Turner, David Franke, Al Wortman, Charles Bartison and Wayne Lynn.

William Brooks Branstetter passed away at 8:53 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Brooks grew up and attended schools in the New Harmony area. He has lived in Vandalia since 1948, moving here from Bowling Green, Missouri. Brooks was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia where he was an elder and had taught Sunday school. After school, Brooks started working at Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia. He felt the call to serve his country during World War II and joined the U. S. Army Air Corp. Brooks served in the Pacific Theatre with an aviation engineer battalion building landing strips for Allied planes. Upon leaving the military, he returned to his job at the refractories and retired in 1983 after 43 years of service. Brooks also was a brick mason, laying brick for fireplaces, flues, houses and other buildings in the area. He had been a member of the Sportsman's Lake fishing group and enjoyed attending the 1913th Engineer Aviation Battalion reunions across the country. Brooks was an avid fisherman, loved to travel and spend time with his grandchildren.

Born: April 13, 1918 in rural Curryville, Missouri the son of William Henry and Bernice (Jenkins) Branstetter.

Married: Ella Dee Hayden on May 11, 1943 in St. Louis; she preceded him in death on October 30, 1997.

Survivors include: three daughters: Pamela D. and husband, John Turner of Mexico, Missouri; Myrna A. and husband, Stan Franke of Novelty, Missouri and Jannette L. and husband, Joe Walter of Hays, Kansas; one son, Boyce B. and wife, Barb Branstetter of Vandalia; five brothers: Richard and wife, Jean Branstetter of Jefferson City, Missouri; Dave Branstetter of Bowling Green; Randall Branstetter of Fairview Heights, Illinois; Jack Branstetter of Bowling Green; Jim and wife, Carol Branstetter of Ironton, Missouri. Survived by 13 grandchildren: Lance, Michael and Brett Turner, David Franke, Amy Bacon, Christa Harland, Alicia Bacon, Joseph and Jenny Walter, Meredith Jacyna, Megan Teague, Courtney Ragland and Jordan Branstetter; also survived by 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Ella Dee; one brother, Bob Branstetter; three sisters: Julia Eccles, Sue Knox and Maureen Reed.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Christian Church in Vandalia or the American Diabetes Association.

   
January 26, 2011
Goodin, Norma Lee age 82 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Bro. Randall Kristofferson.
Music provided by: Davaline Overton - soloist.
Interment will be in the Curryville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Norma's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma Lee (Wooten) Goodin passed away at 10:08 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. Norma lived most all her life in the Curryville and Vandalia area. She was a high school graduate and in 1964 began working as a cook at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. Norma then worked as a seamstress starting in 1967 at the Bobby Brooks garment factory until it closed. She then worked at the HTI garment factory in Vandalia until she retired. After her retirement, she worked part-time at the Pizza Inn and the Taco Palace in Vandalia. Norma attended Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia and she loved quilting and had made many quilts for her family and friends.

Born: August 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Everett Arnold and Lena (Hatfield) Wooten.

Married: Glen E. Pargeon; then married George M. Goodin in Vandalia in 1971; he preceded her in death in 1997.

Survivors include: three sons: Ralph Eugene and wife, Brinda Pargeon of Vandalia; Arnold Leonard Pargeon of Perry, Missouri; Richard Wayne and wife, Angel Pargeon of Vandalia; four daughters: Linda Marie and husband, Joe Bogue of Hannibal, Missouri; Judy K. and husband, Edward Dodd of Curryville, Missouri; Glenda Lee and husband, Bill Cunningham of Bowling Green, Missouri; Penny Sue Pargeon of Syracuse, New York; one brother, Bill and wife, Mildred Wooten of Vandalia; one sister, Norita Douchant of Vandalia; 25 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, George; two sons, Eddie Lee Pargeon and Michael L. Pargeon who died in infancy; one brother, Dickie Wooten; one sister, Reva Wooten; one grandchild; two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Diabetes or American Heart Association.

   
January 26, 2011
Collette, Wesley L. age 72 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Services will be held at the Salem Baptist Church at a future date.
Service:

Services will be held at the Salem Baptist Church at a future date.
Officiating will be:
Music provided by:
Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Wesley Lee Collette passed away at 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandaia, Missouri. He spent his childhood years in Onawa, Iowa. Wesley's family then moved to Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Central High School in 1956. After graduating from high school, Wesley served four years for his country in the U. S. Army. Upon returning home from the service, he started to work for the Lehigh Cement Plant in Mason City, Iowa and worked there for 37 years before retiring. Wesley enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Born: October 31, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Walter Eugene and Loretta Cordelia (Thompson) Collette.

Married: Nancy Carol Clark on October 7, 1959 at the First Christian Church in Vandalia, she survives at the home.

Survivors include: wife, Nancy of Vandalia; two sons: Calvin Collette of Vandalia; Barry and wife, Nancy Collette of Mason City, Iowa; one daughter, Dee Ann Thomas of Vandalia; one sister, Shirley Hollis of Framingham, Massachusetts; three grandsons: Fernando Zubia Jr., Jacob Collette and Kyle Collette; one great-grandson, Mason Zubia.

Preceded in death by: his parents

Local arrangements entrusted to Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

   
January 26, 2011
Sheridan, Anna Elizabeth "Liz" age 91 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Father Russell Judge.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Private interment services will be in the Laddonia Cemetery.
Pallbearers:

Anna Elizabeth "Liz" (Janes) Sheridan passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Golden Living Center - Pin Oaks in Mexico, Missouri. Liz was originally from and attended schools in the Laddonia area. She owned and operated the Sheridan Boarding Home in Vandalia for 12 years. Liz attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia. She enjoyed being a homemaker, crocheting, gardening, her grandchildren and traveling with her husband Albert.

Born: February 15, 1919 in Laddonia, Missouri the daughter of William Joseph and Georgia Oneta (Day) Janes.

Married: Albert C. Sheridan in 1939; he preceded in death on February 14, 1986.

Survivors include: one son and one daughter: Jimmie Ray Sheridan and his fiancee, Jeni Fox of Vandalia and Oneta Ann Brown of Mexico, Missouri; one brother: Bill Janes of Pacific, Missouri; one sister: Virginia Nutt of Vandalia; one daughter-in-law, Susan Sheridan of Greenwood, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Albert; two sons: Joseph Wesley "J.W." Sheridan and William "Bob" Sheridan; one brother, Johnny Janes and one sister, Lola Mae Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Community Playcare Center and the Modern Maturity Senior Center in Vandalia.

   
January 11, 2011
Kisor, Clemma Lee age 98 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Dr. Kenneth G. Jarvis.
Music provided by: selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Clemma's great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers: Michael A. Campbell, Shelly L. Levengood, Ashley L. Campbell, Tiffany D. Campbell, Kelsey Campbell, Dustin C. Campbell, Ryan Eskew, Justin Eskew, Jordan Eskew, Corrie Gaston, Cale Utterback, Sarah McDannold, Andrew McDannold, Kassi N. Barclay, Tray C. DeTienne, Trenton S. DeTienne, Kristopher R. Campbell and Kaleb S. Campbell.

Clemma Lee (Cox) Kisor passed away at 6:19 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She attended area country schools and lived most of her adult in the Vandalia area. Clemma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia for 66 years. She had worked at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia, the shoe factory and glove factory. Clemma had also been an Avon representative for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening and playing cards. After she and Willard moved to town from the farm, she enjoyed traveling across the country.

Born: May 6, 1912 in rural Lincoln County, Missouri the daughter of Otis Lee and Myrtle May (Henry) Cox.

Married: Willard Ray Kisor in Curryville, Missouri on September 8, 1928; he preceded her in death on November 8, 2008.

Survivors include: two daughters, Clementine Utterback of Vandalia; Virginia R. and husband, Richard See of rural Vandalia; eight grandchildren: Brenda A. Eskew of rural Middletown; Robert L. Utterback and Beverly K. McConnell both of Middletown; Krystal J. DeTienne of Vandalia; Kevin A. Campbell of Spring Hill, Kansas and Kyle R. Campbell of Perry; Meredith Kuda of Perry; Michelle Graves of Columbia; 24 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Willard; one brother, Otis Henry Cox and one sister, Nellie E. Williams.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.

   
January 7, 2011
Jackson, Sibyl V. age 89 of Vandalia
Visitation:
Monday, January 10, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Service:

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jim Mac Elzea, Kevin Williams, Jim Alderson, James Michael Vannoy, Bill Hutton and Phillip Williams.

Sibyl V. (Hobbs) Jackson passed away at 7:22 a.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. She attended country schools in the rural Middletown and Farber area. Sibyl was a Christian by faith and baptized into the Baptist Church. After finishing school, she and her mother-in-law fixed the meals and ran the Farber School Cafeteria for several years. Sibyl then worked in the office at the CE Refractories in Farber for several years and also worked at the Waters Furniture Store. She managed a garment factory in Pleasant Hill, Illinois for a few years. Sibyl then returned to Vandalia and was an owner/manager of the Cal-Jac Garment Factory for several years. She loved playing golf and had enjoyed fishing and boating at Mark Twain Lake. Sibyl also enjoyed gardening and her flowers.

Born: May 15, 1921 in rural Middletown, Missouri the daughter of James and Vica (Trower) Hobbs.

Married: John E. Vannoy in June 1936; he preceded her in death in May 1963; she then married Raymond Earl Jackson on October 22, 1966 in Montgomery City, Missouri; he preceded her in death on March 8, 1994.

Survivors include: one daughter, Lynda C. and husband, Phillip Williams of Vienna, Illinois; one sister, Dorothy Goran of St. Charles, Missouri; four grandchildren: John and wife, Ann Vannoy of Richmond, Virginia; James Michael and wife, Julie Vannoy of St. Louis; Teresa and husband, Bill Hutton of St. Louis; Kevin Williams of Kansas City and seven great-grandchildren: Sarah, Laura, Amy, Heather, Katie, Alex and Colin. She was also thankful for her special friends Dr. Crisanto and Thelma Gualberto, Doris McMorris and her caregiver for the past 18 months, Mary Ellen Baskett all of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: one son, James E. Vannoy in 1973; one brother, Orville Hobbs; one sister, Myrtle Alderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63110.

   

 

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