St. Clair County Obits

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BABLER, Reba Ellen Farrar
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Reba E. Babler, 94, Osceola, died Wednesday, April 10, 1996, at Community Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs. Mrs. Babler was born in Roscoe and was a lifelong area resident. She was a member of the Roscoe Christian Church. She is survived by two dear friends, Cecil and Bettie Bolander of Osceola; two sisters-in-law, Alice Bartlett of Butler and Catherine Neuenschwander of Livermore, California. Funeral services will be Friday, April 12 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial in Osceola Cemetery.

BAER, Stevia C. Green
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Stevia Baer, 93, Osceola, died Wednesday, January 24, 1996, at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. Mrs. Baer was born in Osceola and was a lifelong resident. She was a longtime teacher at Osceola High School. She was a longtime member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Osceola Garden Club. She is survived by one son, Lt. General (Retired) Robert J. Baer of Fairfax Station, Virginia; two daughters, Mrs. Jacqueline Buttram of St. Louis and Mrs. Sue Higgins of Osceola; two brothers, Charles H. Green Jr. of Los Fresnos, Texas, and Will Lucan Green of Oroville, Calif.; two sisters, Lula Wilcher of Vera Beach, Florida, and Sue B. Green of Tucson, Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Robert Mitchell of Tucson, Arizona; one sister-in-law, Mathilde Baer of California, Mo. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 27 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.

BAILEY, Bobbie Eugene
St. Clair County Courier, 12 May 1994
Bobbie Eugene Bailey, the third child of William Ernest and Bertha May (Dobbs) Bailey, was born January 3, 1926, in Macomb, IL, and passed from this life May 9, 1994, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 6 days. Due to lack of employment opportunities, the family was forced to go where the work was, so Bob  spent his childhood in several different states, finally returning to Deepwater, where he spent most of the rest of his childhood. On June 29, 1953, in Clinton, he married Mae Irene Crowder and to this union six children were born. On December 16,1979, he married Margaret Yvonne Sartain and became the father of 12 children, his six children and her six children, who loved him as their own father. Bob was a personable, happy-go-lucky man, with a quick wit and who loved to tease. The family has always joked and played practical jokes on each other, and usually Bob was in the middle of all of them - either giving or receiving the brunt of the jokes. He had a way of coming up with goofy nicknames and you didn't dare show it bothered you - or you were nailed with it for life. Bob had a lot of passions - one of them was cars. From the time he could lift up a wrench or screwdriver, he had to see what made engines tick. When he was smaller, much to his mother's dismay, he even unfixed a few motors that didn't need fixed. But by the time he was a teenager, he could take a car engine apart and put it back together. Another great love he enjoyed from childhood until the Lord called him home was fishing. He especially had time to enjoy it the last fifteen years and that was when he was happiest. Today, as he takes his final rest, his children made sure his trusty rod and reel were securely within reaching distance. His son, Archie, and wife, Yvonne, were laughing happily with him on the morning of May 9 when suddenly Bobbie Eugene Bailey's life came to an end - and his son finds solace in knowing his father
died as he had lived, happy and laughing and enjoying life. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, William Ernest and Bertha May Dobbs Bailey; one sister, Elizabeth Jeane (Bailey) Snedeker, and one brother, Thomas Bert Bailey. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Bailey, of the home; two daughters, Mary June Engeman of Lowry City and Bonnie Jean Bailey of Warsaw; four sons, Leonard Ernest Bailey, David Eugene Bailey and William Benjamin Bailey, all of Lowry City, and Bobbie Lynn Bailey of Deepwater; four step-daughters, Tyra Young of Deepwater, Tamra Courtney of Harrisonville, Treva Matthews of San Diego, Ca., and Tracy Myears of Lake Andes, SD; two step-sons, Terry Childers of Oak Grove and Troy Cross of Republic; two brothers, Bennie Bailey of Excelsior Springs and Bill Bailey of Deepwater; twenty-six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was a special "Uncle" to all of his nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn his passing. Funeral services for Bobbie Eugene Bailey were held Wednesday, May 11, 1994, at the Brownington Baptist Church with his nephew Rev. Alan Anzalone officiating. Final resting place was Maplewood Cemetery at Brownington.

BAILEY, Dona M.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
August 13, 1905 - September 19, 2003 - Dona Mary Bailey, the daughter of G. W. and Ada Jane (Butler) Bailey was born in Rockville, Missouri on August 13, 1905. She passed away at the Appleton City Manor Nursing Home on September 19, 2003 at the age of 98 years. Dona lived in the Rockville area nearly all of her life where she owned and operated a café for many years. She was a member of the Rockville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bill, John and Bert Drummond; and two sisters, Cora Hicks and Pearl Hoyt. Dona is survived by two nephews, Frank Drummond of Horton, Missouri and Richard Hicks of Independence, Missouri; and six nieces, Dorothy Curtis of Blue Springs, Missouri, Shirley Hunziker of Creighton, Missouri, Maxine Filter, Vera Rehermann, and Pansy Hancock all of Live Oak, California and Fern Afton of Biggs, California. Dona was very thoughtful of people in the Rockville area and she always took it upon herself to see that flowers were ordered and sent to people that were ill and when deaths occurred in the community.

BAILEY, Fannie F. Stephenson
Appleton City Journal, 23 January 1947
Mrs. Wright Bailey Dies - Mrs. Wright Bailey, 90 years old, died at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. She had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Lee Funeral Home. Widow of a well-known cattle buyer here, Mrs. Bailey is survived by the following children: Mrs. Ott Piepmeier, Mrs. Lucian Baskerville, Mrs. Joe Pratt of Butler, and C.H. Bailey of Rockville.

BAILEY, Onalee Gover
Clinton Daily Democrat
Onalee Bailey died Thursday, June 12, 1997 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton at the age of 90 years, five months and 23 days. She was born December 19, 1906 in Iconium, the daughter of Jim Andy and Audrey Bernard Gover. She was a school teacher prior to her retirement and had lived in the Clinton area for a number of years. She is survived by one son, Jim Andy Bailey, Lake Ozark; three granddaughters, Joyce Marie Heller, O'Fallon, Grace Ann Rudolph, Shawnee, Kansas and Janice Gail Reed, Humble, Texas; one grandson, Jim Andy Bailey II, Overland Park, Kansas, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 17 at Consalus Chapel in Clinton. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery.

BAILEY, Patricia Ann Edwards
St. Clair County Courier, 20 April 2007
Patricia Ann Edwards Bailey was born January 26, 1943 in Tulsa, Okla., to Dewey Vester and Bernice Edwards. She went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2007 at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City. On Sept. 9, 1983 she was united in marriage to Leonard Ernest Bailey. They made their home in Tulsa, Okla. and later moved to Lowry City. Patricia wokred many years in convenience stores as well as a cook where her rolls and pies were the talk of the town. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many adopted grandchildren who came to see her. She loved them all and they made her day when they came to visit. She especially loved it when Brother Jeff brought Jon and Scott to see her. She was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter and her brother-in-law, Bobby Bailey. Services were Monday, April 9, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, with Reverend Jeff Ferguson officiating. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross", "I'll Fly Away" and "Holes In The Floor In Heaven". Casketbearers were Michael Mohamad, Kenny Collins, Willie Bailey, David Eaton, Ronnie Schrieber, and Bobby Elliot. Interment was in the Maplewood Cemetery, Deepwater, under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BAILEY, Russell E.
St. Clair County Courier, 12 October 2007
Russell E. "Beetle" Bailey, 73, of Osceola and Independence, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital, Oct. 3, 2007. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Gloria Bailey, a son, Russell D. Bailey and wife, Jackie; a daughter, Sheri Border; and two grandsons, Bryan Bailey and Doni Border. Services at a later time. Cremation.

BAILEY, Russell E.
Kansas City Star, 7 October 2007
Russell E. "Beetle" Bailey, 73, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday October 3, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Beetle attended East High School. He retired from Otis Elevator Co. after 24 years of service (1969-1993). Beetle married Gloria J. Davis Bailey on July 25th, 1953. Beetle enjoyed hunting and fishing at their home in the woods, in Osceola, Mo. It was "his little peace of heaven". He is survived by his wife, Gloria of the home; one son, Russ Bailey and wife Jackie of Lee's Summit; one daughter, Sheri Border of Independence; two grandsons, Bryan Bailey of Springfield and Doni Border of Independence. Beetle is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings. A celebration of Beetle's life will be held at a later date. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO.

BAKER, Cuba Louise Gardner
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Cuba L. Baker, 82, Osceola, died Tuesday, May 31, 1994, at St. John's Regional Health Care Center in Springfield. She was born near Collins and was a lifelong St. Clair County resident. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Christian Church. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery near Collins.

BAKER, Fred Rufus
Clinton Daily Democrat
Fred R. Baker, 86, Osceola, died Sunday, April 23, 1995, at Big Springs Nursing Care Center in Humansville. He was born near Collins and was a lifelong St. Clair County area resident and retired farmer. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Christian Church. He is survived by six sisters, Opal Cooper of Waverly, Ethel Mathleson of Weaubleau, Dora Nance of Collins, Mildred Hopkins of Flemington, Viola McCoy of Humansville, and Virginia Miller of Holden; a nephew whom he raised as a son, Howard Dosier of Raymore; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 25 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery, near Collins.

BAKER, Ida Josephine Ethridge
The Nevada Dailly Mail, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO, Friday, June 4, 1948. Submitted by Karen Foreman
Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Ida J. Baker - Funeral services for Ida Josephine Baker were held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Pleasant Grove church. Rev. O.E. Martin of El Dorado Springs had charge of the services. Mr. and Mrs. Will Read, Raleigh Reed and Mrs. John Breckenridge, accompanied by Mrs. Floyd Bowman, sang "Going Down The Valley", "Beyond The Sunset", and "It Is Well With My Soul". The pallbearers were Will Reed, Raleigh Reed, Buck Hutchison, Howard Luther, Floyd and Fred Hutton. Mrs. Baker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ross Strader, near Harwood. She had (been) ill for some time. The body laid in state at the Waggoner Funeral Home until time of services. Interment was in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.

BAKER, Irvin Leon
Clinton Daily Democrat
Funeral services for Irvin Leon Baker will be Wednesday, November 15 at the Sharon Baptist Church in Lowry City. Burial will be in the Wright's Creek Cemetery, Lowry City, under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Mr. Baker died Sunday, November 12, 1995, at his home. Irvin Leon Baker, son of Joseph Dawsie and Nellie Dewey Baker, was born August 13, 1918, at Vallhalla, east of Lowry City. He spent his entire life in the Lowry City area. He was saved in 1953 and was ordained to the ministry and faithfully served as pastor of the Sharon Baptist Church in Lowry City for 34 years. Mr. Baker was a very successful farmer, being very active until his death. He was united in marriage to Ada Mae Wright on December 21, 1938, and to this union six children were born. He was preceded in death by Ada Mae on July 24, 1990, and two children who died in infancy. Mr. Baker was married to Mary Jane Good Young on September 3, 1991, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Sandra Kay Braithwait and husband Charles, of Lowry City, and Beverly Ann Dull and husband Leon of Lowry City; two sons, Lonnie Baker and wife Marilyn of Overland Park, Kansas, and J. D. Baker and wife Candi of Osceola; a stepdaughter Dena Vest
of El Dorado Springs; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

BAKER, James C.
J.C. (James) Baker, age 86, of Springfield, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Cox Medical Center South. He was born April 22, 1924, in Galena, MO, to B.G. and Nettie (Jones) Baker. He served in the U.S. United States Army during World War II serving in the Battle of the Bulge. J.C. retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He was preceded in death by his parents B.G. and Nettie Baker, his first wife Velma Baker, daughter Janice Workman, one half-brother, one half-sister, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife Allene A. Baker of Springfield, MO, two children: Judy Arthur and husband Larry Sr. of Pleasant Hope, Dan Baker of the Florida Keys, grandchildren Krystina Lin Workman, Joseph Michael Workman, Larry Craigmyle Jr., Derek Craigmyle, Mindy Fohn, Laura Arthur, Sarah Arthur and Ryan Arthur, and 11 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2010, at Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery, Collins, MO, with Mr. Dennis Goodwin officiating. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Thursday ,October 7, 2010 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North .

BAKER, Jennettia Nora Elliott
St. Clair County Courier, 26 January 2007
Jennettia Nora Baker was born on February 2, 1925 in Collins, Missouri to Elmer and Eva Lena (Bird) Elliott and passed away on January 14, 2007 at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri after a long battle of several illnesses. She was a member of the V.F.W. eagles when she lived in Washington and has been a member of the Northern Cherokee Tribe in Columbia, Missouri since 1988. Jennettia was baptized in 1992. Jennettia has a very strong love for the outdoors. As a native of the Sac-Osage area she enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, going to auction and traveling. She also enjoyed indoor activities such as puzzles and quilting. Jennettia was one who had a great personality, very caring and thoughtful, and always willing to help out others. She had a lot of character, and was so kind at heart. After several years of searching, she found her soul mate, she was united in marriage to Frank C. Baker on November 28, 1991 in Clinton, Missouri, and to this marriage, one daughter, Sandi Baker was adopted. Jennettia was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Eva L. (Bird) Elliott, two sisters, Mildred Anderson and Hazel Kirk and one brother, Joe Elliott. Jennettia is survived by her loving and loyal husband, Frank C. Baker of the home, her daughter, Sandi Nickell and husband Alan of Avondale, Missouri, grandson, Jimmy Dare, grand-daughter, Holly Miles, step-son, Gary Baker and grandsons Frank J. Baker (Frankie-Joe) and Nicholas (Nicky) Baker of Clinton, Missouri. One brother, Elmer Elliott and wife Lois of Clinton, Missouri, Cleo Elliott of Independence, Missouri, Annie Jones of Clinton, Missouri, and Ruby Dempsey of Clinton, Missouri, several nieces and nephews who will miss her very much. Funeral services were Thursday, January 18, 2007. Officiated by Pastor Jim Freeman. Music selection was "Eastern Gate", "Tear Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City", John Lloyd, Soloist, "Long Black Train". Casketbearers were Jimmy Dare, Donald Bouse, George Plumb, Frank J. Baker, Fred Todd, William Smith. Interment was in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements by: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo.

BAKER, Jennettia Nora Elliott
Clinton Daily Democrat, 18 January 2007
Mrs. Jennettia N. Baker, 81, Clinton, died Sunday, January 14, 2007, at Kindred Hospital, Kansas City. Among survivors are her husband Frank of the home; daughter Sandi Nickell and husband Alan, Avondale; brother Elmer Elliott and wife Lois, Clinton, and Ruby Dempsey, Clinton; stepson Gary Baker, Clinton; grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Thursday, January 18, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Osceola Cemetery.

BAKER, Virginia Lee Cox

St. Clair County Courier, 4 March 2005
Virginia Lee Baker, was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Jamesport, the third of six children, to George Marvin and Eva Lauvaughn Davis Cox. She passed away Feb. 20, in Preston. On Jan. 6, 1959, she was united in marriage to Glenn Lewis Baker and to this union six children were born.Virginia was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Gene Cox and Dan Cox; a son, Lewis Lee; and a grandson, Joshua.She is survived by her close companion, Bernard Heard of the home; her mother, Eva L. Ofield, Preston; her children, Calvin and Tina Baker, Osceola, Ricky and Sarah Baker, Sedalia, Rex and Kay Baker, Commerce, Ga., Gordon Baker, Osceola, Glenda Dean, Osceola; grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters, Ruth Wear, Sheridan, Ark., and Dorothy Shuman, Haiti; one brother, Charles Cox, Wyoming; a host of relatives and friends.Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Chapel, Osceola, with Greg Mangum officiating.
Music selections were "Just Beyond the Moon", "Lord, Build Me a Cabin" and "Even the Winds Whisper His Name". Casketbearers were Calvin Baker, Kevin Wisner, Tony Scherk, Noble Shelton, Junior Mawhiney, Gordon Baker and Joe Crawford. Burial was in the Crutsinger Cemetery under the direction of  Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BALCHIN, Wilma Osie Ridgway
Topeka Capital-Journal, 18 August 2004
Wilma Osie Ridgway Balchin, 71, Topeka, died at her home Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004. Mrs. Balchin was born Feb. 7, 1933, in Appleton City, Mo. She donated her body to science. She is survived by a daughter, Wilma Mix, Topeka; two brothers, Eldon Ridgway, Ottawa, and Elza Ridgway, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; a sister, Imogene Spruell, in Missouri.; five granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Isabel Snethen. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road. Memorial donations may be sent in care of the funeral home to a fund to be designated at a later date.

BALDOCK, Roberta Doreen Jennings
Hill & Son Funeral Home Records
Sept. 13, 1923 - Feb. 4, 2002 - Roberta Doreen Baldock, the daughter of Robert Lesley and Fairy Mae (Fizer) Jennings, was born on September 23, 1923 in Topeka, Kansas. She passed away on February 4, 2002 at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home at the age of 78 years. Roberta lived most of her life in the Kansas City, Montrose and Appleton City areas. She worked for several years while in the Kansas City area for an insurance company. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Appleton City. Mrs. Baldock was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers John and Jack Jennings. She is survived by her son Marvin Paine of Montrose, Missouri. Roberta was a spunky and loving lady who made many friends in her lifetime and was adored by those who worked at the nursing home. She dearly loved her son and all children, often taking them in and caring for them in her own home. She enjoyed crocheting and fishing during her life and had an amazing gift of being able to remember numbers of all kinds and never forgot them. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

BALDWIN, Fran Kaye Trombley
Eldorado Sun, Thursday, March 27, 2008
Fran Kaye (Trombley) Baldwin - Fran Kaye (Trombley) Baldwin, 48, Collins, passed from this life on (Good Friday) March 21, 2008. She was born on Sept. 26, 1959, in New Hope, NC, to Robert and Dorothy Trombley. The loss of Fran brings grief and sadness to those who knew and loved her. She touched many lives and her loving and caring nature affected everyone she met. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. She graduated from Palmer High School (Colorado Springs) in 1978. On that graduation night she dated Paul W. Baldwin for the first time after a long friendship and they were married a year later on Aug. 7, 1979. Fran was a devoted wife to Paul and a mother to their three children - Paul Robert Baldwin - Tucson, AZ, Christopher Baldwin - Kansas City, and Ashley (Baldwin) Elsey - Baumholder, Germany. She devoted much of her married life to caring and raising her children in an environment of love, mutual respect, education and admonition of the Almighty God-Jesus Christ and exemplifying the character thereof. While living in Colorado Springs, she worked at Ent Federal Credit Union and Sam's Club in the early years and later worked with her mother-in-law, Sue Baldwin, as antique dealers. After moving to Missouri in 1999, she volunteered at Weaubleau High School and worked as a server at Peggy's Restaurant while writing as a free lance writer for the Hickory County Index and St. Clair County Courier. She also worked part-time for the family business of Baldwin Painting & Restorations, Inc. She has volunteered on Mexico mission trips and was a tremendous supporter of children's education ministries worldwide. Fran is survived by her husband, Paul; three children; her younger sister; her parents and her mother-in-law. Those who preceded her in death and greeted her in heaven were her 11 months-older sister, Cathy, who passed on Jan. 6, 2007, and her father-in-law, Charles E. Baldwin, who passed on Oct. 11, 2004.
For her husband, Paul, he lost the battle but Fran won the war for there will be no tears, no sorrow and no
cancer in Heaven. Services for Fran will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Burial will in the Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister, OK, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BALDWIN, Wanda Ruth Peterman
Springfield News-Leader, 15 December 2004
Wanda Ruth (Peterman) Baldwin, age 91, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., passed away Dec. 13, 2004, at Community Springs Care Center. Wanda Ruth Peterman was born to Effie and John Peterman on March 17, 1913, in Collins, Mo., where she lived in the same house until 1936. She attended 12 years of school in Collins.
Wanda Ruth graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1958, and taught school 19 years in St. Clair and Hickory counties in Missouri. Wanda Ruth was united in marriage to Lewis D. "Tommy" Baldwin on June 9, 1934. A precious son, John Lewis Baldwin was born on June 28, 1935. Wanda Ruth was an active member of the Collins Christian Church, playing the piano and organ for over 50 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #148 of El Dorado Springs for over 50 years and past president of the Sac Osage Retired Teachers. Wanda Ruth had been secretary/treasurer of Robinson Cemetery Association for many years. She enjoyed the Senior Center and did volunteer work there. Wanda Ruth loved her family dearly and had many friends whom she loved to entertain in her home. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Pauline; four grandchildren, David Baldwin, Terri Carolan, Lisa Baldwin and Johnny and Cindy Baldwin; seven great-grandchildren, Stacey Baldwin, Natasha Baldwin, Justin Vaughan, Taylor Carolan, Thomas Carolan, Kennyn Baldwin and John Baldwin III; and one great-great-grandchild, Shelby Byrns, all whom she loved dearly. Funeral services are Dec. 18, 2004, at the First Christian Church. Interment in the Robinson Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.

BALLARD, Arthur A.
Clinton Daily Democrat, May 1994
Arthur A. Ballard, 89, Osceola, died Tuesday morning, May 3, 1994, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. He was born in Lowry City. He was a retired farmer. Most of his life was spent on the family farm. He was a Baptist. He is survived by two brothers, Glen Ballard of Clinton and William Riley Ballard of Platte City; three sisters, Eva Murphy of Osceola, Ruby Prier of Odessa, and Emma Ohm of Gainesville. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Landaker Cemetery.

BALLARD, Lena L. Beverston
Clinton Daily Democrat, 24 August  2004
Mrs. Lena L. Ballard, 85, Lowry City, died Monday, August 23, 2004, at Clinton Healthcare Center. Mrs. Ballard was born in Lowry City and was a longtime area resident. Immediate survivors are cousins. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 26 at the Landaker Cemetery, near Lowry City.

BALLARD, Vincel A.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 19 September 2005
Vincel A. Ballard, 85, Independence, died Friday, September 16, 2005, at Cedar Valley Health Center. Funeral service will be September 20, at Carson-Speaks Chapel, Independence. Private burial will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery. Mr. Ballard was born on August 15, 1920, to Georgie and Ruth Ballard in Lowry City. He had been a dairy farmer and construction worker most of his life. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Clinton VFW. He was preceded in death by a son David in 1989. He is survived by his wife Laretha J. Ballard; three children, Cheryl Furnell, Gary Ballard and Lisa Ballard; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews.

BARCLAY, John Samuel
El Dorado Sun, Thursday, 19 March 2008
John Samuel Barclay, 88, El Dorado Springs, passed away on March 15, 2008, at Cedar County Memorial
Hospital. John was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Osceola, the only child of Oscar L. and Lettie M. (Wright) Barclay.
John spent his early childhood in Osceola and Roscoe. He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in
1937. He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriner's and a member of the local VFW Post.
On April 11, 1941, he was inducted into the Army. He received his basic training at Ft. Lewis, WA, and left
the states on Aug. 28, 1941. His battalion, in which he trained, was split up and his company was sent to
Alaska and the rest to the Philippines. His outfit was scheduled to join the others, but war was declared and they remained in Alaska. He received an honorable discharge on Sept. 29, 1945. After returning from the war, he started work at the International Shoe Factory, where he met his future wife, Leola Fern Davis. John and Fern were married Jan. 9, 1947, only being apart when one or the other was in the hospital. To this union three children were born – Steven Art, Deanna Lee and Sheila Sue. John had a good sense of humor and managed to get a smile from most people he met John retired from Mid America Dairy in 1982. After retirement, he looked after his parents, worked in his garden and enjoyed his grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his son, Steven Art, Feb. 9, 1950, his father, Oscar, July 8, 1983, and his mother, Lettie, June 3, 1991. Survivors include his wife, Fern, of the home; two daughters, Deanna Lee Shouse and husband, Guy, and Sheila Sue Benham and her husband, Gary – all of El Dorado Springs; six grandchildren – Kent Shouse and wife, Jessy – Joplin, Lee Shouse – Joplin, Whitney Benham – Ottawa, KS, Margaret, Josh and Katie Benham – El Dorado Springs; and a sister-in-law, Bettie Davis – El Dorado Springs. He will be sadly missed by a host of family and friends. Services were held Monday, March 17, at the Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman and Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Music was provided by Vera Bourland. A visitation was held at the chapel Sunday afternoon with Masonic Rites. Burial was in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were his fellow Masonic brothers – Ron Zimmerman, Ed Morlan, George Reeves, Jim Ogle, Jerl Leonard and Ed Gettys.

BARNES, Kevin Wayne
St. Clair County Courier, 26 January 2007
Kevin Wayne Barnes was born on June 13, 1958 to J.W. and Joyce Barnes and passed away on Jan. 20, 2007. He spent his entire life west of Lowry City on highway A. Kevin grew up down on the farm. Kevin looked after his grandma until she died in 1995. Kevin attended school at Lowry City elementary and high schools. Kevin was a member of the first graduating class of Lakeland High School. Throughout high school Kevin was an active member of the Lowry City and Lakeland FFA Chapters, raising hogs and Polled Hereford cows as his FFA projects. Kevin earned his Chapter Farmer Degree and was FFA treasurer his senior year.
After completing his education he began working on the farm with his dad and grandpa. Throughout the years Kevin did a number of things in addition to farming. For a few years he owned and operated Barnes' Liquor Store in Osceola and later worked some evenings and weekends at a local convenience store. His most recent venture was in 1993 when he purchased the "Patio Drive-In" in Lowry City. He changed it from a fast food restaurant to a nice sit down restaurant. Kevin operated the restaurant until 2005 when he sold it to his friends John and Pat Gover. After leaving the restaurant he worked on the farm. Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Ruth Barnes and Glen Ferguson and Josephine Ferguson Naylor and his beloved dog, Martha. He is survived by his parents, J.W. and Joyce Barnes; his sister, Kathy and her husband, Chuck; four nieces and nephews; Dillon and Cheyenne Davis of Lowry City, Jericko Beebe of Clinton and Katrina Corbin of Osceola; two aunts, Lou Cornett of Lee's Summit and Harriet Gilkeson and her husband, Kenneth of Brunswick; one uncle, Gene Ferguson and his wife, Pat of Sedalia and so many friends it would be impossible to mention them all. Services were Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Lowry City Cemetery. Officiation by Sylvia Eldridge. Interment was in Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BARNES, Kevin Wayne
Kansas City Star, 23 January 2007
Kevin Wayne Barnes, 48, passed away January 20, 2007 in Appleton City, MO. Survivors include his parents, J.W. and Joyce Barnes; one sister, Kathy Davis, all of Lowry City, MO. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wed., Jan. 21 at Lowry City Cemetery under direction of SheldonGoodrich Funeral Home.

BARNES, Marie E. Rodabaugh
Clinton Daily Democrat, 16 February 2001
Marie E. Barnes, 89, Osceola, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. She was a lifelong area resident and a member of the Osceola Christian Church. She is survived by her son, Charles Barnes and his wife, Mary Ellen, Harrisonville; her daughter, Julia Lee Scott, Sedalia; four half-brothers, Lynn Rodabaugh of Deepwater, Tom Rodabaugh of Osceola, Dennis Rodabaugh of Hastings, Florida, and Gene Rodabaugh of Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Sunday at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.

BARNES, Roy Welton
St. Clair County Courier, 8 June 2007
Roy Welton Barnes was born December 3, 1919 in Osceola to Charles D. and Molly (Hutton) Barnes. He left this life May 29, 2007 at the Veterans Administratiion Hospital in Kansas City. Roy was the youngest of the eight siblings and he was only two years old when his father passed away. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1937 and married the love of his life on October 28, 1939 in Bolivar. Roy was called to duty and joined the Marines in 1943, where he saw action in the Pacific Theatre. After returning from the war Roy held various jobs, hauling milk, serving as county collector, and supplying area farmers and residents with petroleum products for nearly 30 years until his retirement. Roy took the Lord as his Savior when he was baptized on March 22, 1959 at the First Baptist Church of Osceola where he remained a member at the time of his passing.
Roy was preceded in death by his father and mother, four sisters, Wanita, Mildred, infant, Mary and Bessie; two brothers, Jack and Marion; one son-in-law, Frank Underwood, and one granddaughter, infant, Miranda Jo.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nellie Mae Barnes, his six children, Larry and his wife, Marilyn of San Antonio, Texas, Donna Underwood, Stockton, Marty and his wife, Suzie, Harrisonville, Lynn and his wife, Robbie, Adrian, one sister, Amy Cleveland, Osceola; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, one step great great granddaughter and numerous relatives and good friends. Casketbearers were Toby Barnes, David Underwood, Kelly Barnes, Tony Barnes, Jamie Barnes, Mathew Underwood, Steven Barnes and J.G. Hudson.
Military Services by the United States Marine Corps were held Saturday, June 2 at the First Baptist Church of Osceola. Officiated by Rev. Scott Hill. Music selections played were "Strawberry Roan" and "In the Garden" by Dick Powell, "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Gail Ingle and "Amazing Grace" by Brook Barnes. Interment was in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BARNES, Roy Welton
Kansas City Star, 1 June 2007
Roy W. Barnes, 87, of Osceola, MO, passed away May 29, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 2 at 11AM at the First Baptist Church of Osceola with burial in the Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 until service time Saturday in the church. Survivors include his wife, Nellie Mae of the home, six children: Larry of San Antonio, TX, Donna Underwood, Stockton, MO, Marty of Harrisonville, MO, Lynn of Pleasant Hill, MO, Jerry of Osceola, MO, Cal of Adrian, MO; sister, Amy Cleveland, Osceola, MO; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 step great great granddaughter. Arrangements under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BARNES, Ruth A. Woolery
Clinton Daily Democrat, May 1995
Mrs. Ruth A. Barnes, 80, Lowry City, died Sunday, May 21, 1995, at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. She was born near Osceola, and was a lifelong St. Clair area resident. She is survived by her husband Jack, of the home; one son, J.W. Barnes of Lowry City; two daughters, Mrs. Beverly Brewster of Lowry City and Mrs. Linda Cornett of Lee's Summit; one brother, Sherman Woolery of Lowry City; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 22, at the Lowry City Cemetery. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BARNETT, Dorothy H.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 5 March 2002
Dorothy H. Barnett, 86, Auburn, Washington, formerly of Osceola, died Wednesday, February 27, 2002 in Auburn. She and her late husband, Kenith, operated a vending business in the Osceola area for many years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charlene Gaston, and a son Kenith. Funeral services will be Friday, March 8, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Garden Cemetery, Osceola.

BARNETT, John W.
Clinton Eye, 6 February 1892
The remains of John Barnett were taken through Clinton last week for burial at Lowry City, from Bedrod, Iowa. He died on the 28th of January, in the 31st year of his age. A nephew of A.B. Hopkins of the Mercantile store.

BARNETT, Lytle Elvin
St. Clair County Courier, 28 October 2005
Lytle Elvin Barnett was born on May 27, 1908, near Oyer, the son of Jasper Elvin and Carnelia May Amick Barnett. He died October 20, 2005, at the age of 97 in the Truman Lake Manor nursing home where he had been living for more than two years. He attended grade school at Glendale and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1928. Lytle was a guard on the Roscoe basketball team whose picture appeared in the state book as a top team.On February 14, 1929, he married Orpha A. Henderson near Roscoe. To this union three children
were born. Lytle farmed most of his life near Roscoe. He and a neighbor, Fred Babler, took a number of Agriculture Extension Courses and then working with the county agent, built some of the first water ways and
terraces in the area. Lytle was saved at an early age and spent decades as an active member and superintendent of the Pleasant Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He conducted many funerals and preached over the years.
Lytle was preceded in death by his parents Jasper and May Barnett, his wife Orpha; his sister Elsie and her husband Marva Lines; his brother, Homer Barnett; and granddaughter C. Joe Coleman Pummill.Survivors include his children Derl Barnett of Osceola, Wanda and Jimmie Coleman of Clinton and Noel and Sharon Barnett of Nixa; grandchildren Randa and Stuart Kohen of Kansas City, Craig and Lisa Coleman of Osage Beach, Kent and Tammy Coleman of Clinton, Brent Coleman of Bolivar, Mia and Tom Carlew of Springfield, Tadd Barnett of El Dorado Springs, Stan Barnett of Wilmette, Ill., and Maleea Barnett of Chicago, Ill.; two sister-in-laws, Lucille Barnett and Opal Hlavacek both of El Dorado Springs; nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.Services were Sunday, October 23, at the Pleasant Springs Baptist Church. Services were officiated by Rev. Craig Coleman and Rev. Everett Smith. Music was “How Great Thou Art” and “Peace in the Valley” by Gail Ingle, soloist. Casket bearers were Stan Barnett, Stuart Kohen, Josh Carlew, Tadd
Barnett, Matt McDermott and Tom Carlew. Interment was in Pleasant Springs Cemetery in El Dorado Springs with arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

BARNETT, Lytle Elvin 
Clinton Daily Democrat, 21 October 2005
Lytle E. Barnett, 97, Osceola, died at Truman Lake Manor, Lowry City, Thursday, October 20, 2005. She is survived by two sons, Derl of Osceola and Noel D. (Ben) and wife Sharon, Nixa; one daughter, Wanda Coleman and husband Jimmie, Clinton. Funeral services are pending under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BARRETT, Ottavia B.  Mezzacasa
Ottavia B. Barrett, 74, Weaubleau, formerly of Kansas City, died Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:07 p.m. in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. The daughter of Herbert and Nellie Breshears Mezzacasa, she was born April 16, 1924, at Houston. She worked for 15 years at Wolfermann's in Kansas City as a cake decorator. she was a member of Eastside Assembly of God in Kansas City. Survivors include seven children, Joe Freeland of Ava, David Jordan of Blue Springs, Darlene Leas of Kansas City, Nellie Cox of Weaubleau, Ottavia Carter of Lone Jack, Sandra Marsh of Independence and Carol Cooper of Flemington; two brothers, Joe Mezzacasa of Kansas City and Nelson Mezzacasa of Weaubleau; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She ws preced in death by a son, Delmar Freeland, and two grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Murray Funral Home, Bolivar. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery west of Weaubleau.

BAUER, Charles W.
Hill and Son Funeral Home
December 10, 1935 - April 4, 2006 - Charles “C.W.” Bauer, 70, Appleton City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri C.W. was born at home on a farm east of Appleton City, December 10, 1935, to Johnnie W. Bauer and Mary A. (Zwahlen) Bauer It was there that he enjoyed farming with his family for the better part of his life. He graduated from Appleton City High School and attended one year at Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, Missouri. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Appleton City where he served as Sunday school teacher, R.A. leader, trustee, parsonage building committee member, and bank depositor for many years. C.W. was a born again Christian and gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was awarded the Balance Farming Award for St. Clair County in 1956; he was a member of the Missouri Seed Association; volunteered at church and Moore School house. He was a pioneer for canola production in Missouri. He took great pleasure in “spinning a yarn” and hosting dinner parties for friends and family. C.W. and Patricia Mae Artz were united in marriage April 22, 1956 and to this union two children were born. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed life and his family. He will be sadly missed by his family and a host of friends. C.W. was preceded in death by his parents Johnnie and Mary Bauer. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of almost 50 years; his son Charles W. Bauer II and his wife, Sandy of Blue Springs, Missouri; his daughter Tanya L. Dodge and her husband Lonnie of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and five grandchildren, Aaron W. and wife Meka of Lincoln, Nebraska, S. Nicole Bauer of Blue Springs, Missouri, Abby, Matthew, and Emily Dodge all of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Services: First Baptist Church Appleton City, Missouri, Saturday, April 8, 2006 10:00 a.m. Minister: Dr. Bruce Scully. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, Missouri, Friday, April 7, 2006 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri. Memorial: In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to First Baptist Church (Building Fund).

BAUER, Charles W.
St. Clair County Courier, 14 April 2006
Charles "C.W." Bauer, 70, Appleton City, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Kansas City. C.W. was born at home on a farm east of Appleton City, on Dec. 10, 1935, to Johnnie W. Bauer and Mary A. Zwahlen Bauer. It was there that he enjoyed farming with his family for the better part of his life. He graduated from Appleton City High School and attended one year at Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Appleton City where he served as Sunday school teacher, R.A. leader, trustee, parsonage building committee member, and bank depositor for many years. C.W. was a born again Christian and gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was awarded the Balance Farming Award for St. Clair County in 1956; he was a member of the Missouri Seed Association; volunteered at church and Moore School house. He was a pioneer for canola production in Missouri. C.W. and Patricia Mae Artz were united in marriage April 22, 1956, and to this union two children were born. C.W. was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Mary Bauer. He is survived by Patricia, his life of almost 50 years; his son Charles W. Bauer II and his wife, Sandy of Blue Springs; his daughter Tanya L. Dodge and her husband Lonnie of Lee's Summit; and five grandchildren, Aaron W. and his wife Meka of Lincoln, Neb., S. Nicole Bauer of Blue Springs, Abby, Matthew, and Emily Dodge all of Lee's Summit. Services were at the First Baptist Church, Appleton City, Missouri Saturday, April 8. The minister was Dr. Bruce Scully. Interment was at the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to First Baptist Church.

BAUER, Joe T.
Clinton Daily Democrat
Joe T. Bauer, son of William and Eva A. (Hill) Bauer, was born February 22, 1914, in Taberville. He departed this life October 12, 1994, in Kansas City at the age of 80 years. He spent all of his life in the Appleton City area, except for two years in Washington during his childhood. Joe and Ina Good were united in marriage May 21, 1939, in Forsythe, and to this union four children were born. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle, which he chose as his lifelong occupation. Joe loved and cared about his family and worked hard to provide a good home life for them. He especially cherished the time spent with his grandchildren in his later years. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Edward William Bauer; a daughter, Betty Lou Rodgers; and three brothers, Johnie, Howard and William Bauer Jr. Survivors include his wife Ina Bauer of the home; two sons, Jerry of the home and bill of Appleton City; two sisters, Alberta Ammons of Leeton, and Marcella Dade of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were at the Appleton City First Baptist Church Saturday, October 15. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

BAUGHMAN, Timothy
Clinton Daily Democrat, 20 November 2003
Timothy Baughman, 45, Lowry City, a healthcare assistant, died Friday, November 14, 2003, at his home. Funeral services will be Friday, November 21, 10 a.m., at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial
will be in Cable Ridge Cemetery, Edwards.

BAUGUS, Patricia Ann Gentry
Murray Funeral Home, 20 November 2008
Patricia Ann Baugus, 69, of Collins, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at the Colonel Springs Healthcare in Buffalo. Born April 15, 1939, in Steele, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Zillah Gentry and the late Chanel Ace Gentry. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Franklin Gentry, Richard Gentry, Jack Gentry and one sister, Mary Sue Sprouse. Pat Baugus was a homemaker and provided in-home care for the elderly. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Bolivar. Survivors include her husband, L. C. Baugus; two sons, Steve Baugus and wife, Joyce, Tunas and David Baugus and wife, Ronda, Wellington; three daughters, Donna Crawford, Springfield, Lisa Massey and husband, Clint, Philipsburg, Tammy Ervin, Springfield; four brothers, Bob Gentry and wife, Lynn, Griffin, GA., Danny Gentry and wife, Martha, Malden, Larry Gentry and wife, Janie, Clarksville, AR., and Freddy Gentry and wife, Letraonna, Kennett]; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and other family and friends. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 29, 2008 in Murray Funeral Home, Humansville with Pastor Courtney Henderson officiating. Music will be by Ashley White. Pallbears will be Stephen Baugus, Jr., Samuel Baugus, Adam Crawford, Fines Massey, Ryan Baugus, Joshua Ervin and Jacob Ervin. Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.

BAUMGARDEN, Everett Lee
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 11 January 2008
Everett Lee Baumgarden, 93, Bolivar, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 in Parkview Healthcare facility, Bolivar. The son of Eli & Letha [Shryer] Baumgarden, he was born near Gerster, Jan. 13, 1914. Everett & Sylvia Bryant were married Oct. 6, 1940.  She preceded him in death Feb. 18, 2006. His parents and a sister, Goldia Spoor, also preceded him in death. Everett was a farmer at Collins for many years. In 1961, the family moved from Collins to Bolivar where he worked as a carpenter until his retirement. Everett accepted Christ as a teenager and became a member of the Coon Creek Baptist Church at Collins. Presently, he was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Bolivar. Surviving is his daughter, Sue B. McLaury, Raytown; one brother, William Baumgarden, Collins and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 at
Murray funeral Home, Bolivar with Pastor Gary Urich officiating. Interment was in Robinson cemetery at Collins.

BAUMGARDEN, Jacob
St. Clair County Democrat, September 22, 1927, Page 6. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Jacob Baumgarden was born on March 10, 1813, and departed this life September 18, 1927, at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 8 days. He was married three times, his wife all preceding him in death. On March 27, 1876, he was married to Julia Mildred Hamby, and to this union on child, James Silas was born. On April 1, 1877, he was married to Sevilor Walker, and to this union five boys and three girls were born of whom four boys are living. May 12, 1892, he was married to Caroline Witt; to this union one child was born. Mr. Baumgarden had been in poor health for several years, but had only been bedfast for about five weeks. His five living children – Jesse, Johnny, Marion, and Eli Baumgarden and Mrs. Lovell Carpenter, were with him at the time of his death, and everything that loving hands and medical aid could do was done for him; but at 9:15 o’clock on Sunday evening the Master said “Come,” and he very quietly and peacefully answered this summons.
At an early age he was converted and united with the Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a good husband and father, a good neighbor, and a true Christian. He will be sadly missed, not only by his five children, but by 22 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. As we think of his life and of his very peaceful passing we are reminded of Paul’s words when he said “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me in the day.” Funeral services were held at the King’s Prairie church, conducted by T. F. Harden. The text Rev. 14:13. After which the remains were placed in the King’s Prairie Cemetery.

BAUMGARDEN, Jacob
Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Card of Thanks - We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our dear father. Jessie Baumgarden, Johnny Baumgarden, Marion Baumgarden,
Eli Baumgarden,  Mrs. Lovell Carpenter

BAUMGARDEN, Lester Lee
Clinton Daily Democrat, 17 January 2005
Lester Lee Baumgarden 62, Greenville, Texas, died Friday, January 14, 2005, in his home. Funeral services were Monday, January 17, at 11 a.m. in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial was in Kings Prairie Cemetery. He was born September 12, 1942, in Collins, to Eva Baumgarden. He was educated in the public schools in Clinton. In 1977 he moved to Greenville, Texas, where he spent his remaining years. He is survived by one son, Rodney Baumgarden and his wife Kristy, Kingsville; two daughters, Regina Renken and her husband Brian, Houston, Texas, and Rhonda Query, lee's Summit; 111 grandchildren, Brandon Easter and wife April, Candace Easter, Tyler, Zachary, Nathaniel, Joshua and Daniel Renken, Amber, Adam, Anna and Amelia Baumgarden; four great-grandchildren and longtime friend and companion Helen Longo; three sisters, Barbara Allen and longtime companion Junior Houk, Wilma Shaw and husband Ron, Wanda Breshears and husband Harold; three brothers, Buford Baumgarden and wife Dorothy, Jackie Baumgarden and Leonard Baumgarden, and sister-in-law Dorothy Baumgarden; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Eva and Pete, and his brothers Chester and Avery Baumgarden.

BAUMGARDEN, Pearl
St. Clair Courier, October 2, 1986, Page 5. Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Pearl Baumgarden, youngest daughter of James and Clara Baumgarden, was born February 23, 1892 in St. Clair County. She spent most of her life in Hickory County, north of Weaubleau, on a farm, moving to Collins in 1962 until her death on September 26, after a fall breaking her hip. Survivors are Flora Kennon, Francis Lantrip, J. W. and Jeannie, Ricky, and Vanessa Lantrip. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept 28 at the Goodrich Chapel in Osceola and interment in King’s Prairie Cemetery.

BAUMGARDEN, Raymond Dean
St. Clair County Courier, July 18, 1990, Page 5.Submitted by Marie Reynolds
Ray Dean Baumgarden was born September 27, 1926, near Gerster, MO to Jessie and Lula Tucker Baumgarden. He passed away January 9, 1990, in Newport, Oregon. Ray was baptized at an early age and joined the Gerster Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and served in World War II. Ray Dean had many years of crippling arthritis. He had been lovingly cared for by relatives until the last few months, which his condition had deteriorated to where he required professional care. Ray entered a nursing care center in Newport, Oregon near his nephew, Harvey and wife Betty, who saw to his needs until his passing. He had expressed his desire to go to his eternal home where pain or death cannot enter. Ray is survived by one son, Kenneth Baumgarden, of Lexington, MO; two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Smith and Mrs. Marsha Copeland, both of Independence, MO; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Estes, of Weaubleau, Mo; five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relative and many friends. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Services were held on Saturday, January 13, at 1 p.m., at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, with the Rev. Dan Dellinger officiating. Music furnished by the Gerster Baptist Church Choir. Casketbearers were Harvey Baumgarden, George Baumgarden, Cecil Baumgarden, Willie Baumgarden, Alfred Baumgarden, and Wilbur Slocum. Honorary Casketbearers were Everett Baumgarden and Bill Elton. Interment was at Kings Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola, Missouri.

BAUMGARDEN, Raymond Elonzo Sr. 
Clinton Daily Democrat, 27 June 2003
Raymond Elonzo Baumgarden, Sr., son of John Elonzo and Ruby Ellen (Spoon) Baumgarden, was born December 15, 1932, in Collins, and died at his home in Clinton June 10, 2003, at the age of 70 years. Raymond was in the Army Air Corp during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Edith Frances Tillery. He was an over-the-road truck driver before his retirement. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Edith Frances Baumgarden of the home; two sons, Raymond Baumgarden and wife Juanita, and Vernon Baumgarden and wife Rusti, all of Clinton; one daughter, Barbara Romeno and husband, Rick, Layton, Utah; two brothers, Dennis Fowler and Billy Fowler of Neosho; three sisters, Pat Wead of Neosho, Donna Hawkins of Oklahoma and Mary Hubbard of Washington State; grandmother, Vela Spoon of Neosho, as well as seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at the Vansant-Mills Chapel Saturday, June 14, under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.

BAUMGARDEN, Sylvia Mae Bryant
St. Clair County Courier, 24 February 2006
Sylvia Mae Baumgarden, 86, Bolivar, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. The daughter of David C. and Clara A. Miller Bryant, she was born at Kindrick, Colo., May 7, 1919. Sylvia and Everett Baumgarden were married Oct. 6, 1940. They lived for several years at Collins before moving to Bolivar. She was a homemaker and a member of the Southern Hills Baptist Church. Her parents and two brothers, David C. Bryant, Jr. and Harley Bryant, preceded her in death. Surviving is her husband, Everett, of the home; one daughter, Sue B. McLaury, Raytown; a sister-in-law, Mildred Bryant, Concordia; two step-grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar, with Brother Ralph Benham officiating. Interment was in Robinson Cemetery east of Collins.

BAXTER, Mary Wisner
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, March 26, 2010
Mary Baxter was born Dec. 9, 1924 in St. Clair County to Adam Clark and Sarah May [Hartley] Wisner. She passed away March 10, 2010 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. Mary was married to Leo Baxter Feb. 15, 1945 and to this union were born four children; Mark, David, Francie and Kevin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, and her four sisters, Margerate, Jennette, Ruby and Frances.Mary lived all her life in the Bear Creek area. She was a wonderful mother, not just to her own children, but to everyone in the neighborhood.Mary went to work at Waites Nursing Home for several years and then worked 30 years at the Sac-Osage Hospital. She never met a stranger and you always knew what was on her mind.Mary enjoyed her flowers and her quilts. She also loved to travel. All her children would take her on trips. Later in life she started going trucking with her son, Kevin. She would be gone at times for over a month just seeing the sights. She would come back with some of the funniest stories to tell on herself. Mary is survived by her chldren, Mark and wife, Sharon, of Joplin, David and wife Marg of Warrensburg, Francie and Dale Roberts of Osceola and Kevin of Cleo Springs, Okla., six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, many, many family members and friends.
Services were Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at Bear Creek United Methodist Church. Minister was Richard F. Sunderwirth. Music was Bear Creek Blue Grass Gospel Band. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BAXTER, Norma Claire Naylor
Clinton Daily Democrat, 2 September 2004
Mrs. Norma C. Baxter, 78, Buffalo, died Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at St. John's Regional Health Care Center in Springfield. Among local survivors are a brother James Naylor, Lowry City, and a sister Mrs. Helen Wilcox of Columbia. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Cantlon-Otterness Chapel in Buffalo. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery 5 p.m., under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich funeral Home in Osceola.

BAXTER, Thelma Marie Harper
St. Clair County Courier, 14 September 2007
Thelma Marie Baxter was born June 3, 1927 in the Corbin Community near Harper to George and Tressie Harper. She passed away at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital on Sept. 4, 2007 after a long struggle of multiple medical conditions. On June 13, 1952 she was united in marriage with Flavel (Pee Wee) Baxter. To this union one son was born, Curtis Baxter. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Bondena and Barbara Joan and two brothers Veldon and Franklin. She is survived by her husband, Pee Wee of the home; her son, Curtis, four grandchildren, Rachel, Khannah, Eythan and Yakov, one great-grandson, Byrden, her sister, Geneva Fisher, her brothers, Jack Harper, Dale Harper, and Lonnie Harper, numerous nieces and nephews, other family members and friends. Thelma spent her adult life living in Osceola community where she was employed by Sac-Osage Hospital in the Nursing Department for 21 years. Following her retirement and declining health, she and Pee Wee movd from their Osceola home to Clinton. While her health permitted, she enjoyed quilting, gardening, visiting with family and friends, adn keeping Pee Wee in line. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Minister Greg Mangum. Music selections were "Daddy's Hands", "Amazing Grace", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", and "In The Garden". Casketbearers were Bob Harper, Yakov Baxter, Jeff Cogan, Eythan Baxter, Lowry Belisle and Eddie Simmons. Interment was in Osceola Cemetery with arrangements made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BAXTER, Thelma Marie Harper
Kansas City Star, 6 September 2007
Thelma Baxter, 80, of Osceola, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, Mo., passed September 4, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

BEACH, Charles L.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 3 January 2007
Charles L. "Charlie" Beach, 66, Windsor, Missouri, died Sunday, December 31, 2006, at Golden Valley Hospital, Clinton. He was born April 16, 1940, in Osceola, the son of Willard Lewis Beach and Ruth Annetta (Roeder) Beach. On November 19, 1965, in Phoenix, Arizona, he married Beverly Ann Lucas, who survives of the home. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. He worked for many years as an over the road truck driver for several Windsor area trucking companies and had also worked at the former Windsor Small Engine Repair Shop for several years. He was a member of the Vista Methodist Church, Vista and the American Legion Post 82, Windsor. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Lynn Narron and husband Tim, Warrensburg; a son Walter Lewis "Jeff" Beach, Moundsville; his mother Ruth Annetta Beach, Warsaw; a brother Harvey Beach, Warsaw; a sister Evelyn Best, Phoenix, Arizona; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; a daughter Beth Howard; a granddaughter Misha Howard, and a brother Willard Beach. At his request, his body was donated to the University of Kansas School of Anatomy. Memorial services will be Thursday, January 4, at the Windsor United Methodist Church, Windsor.

BEACHNER, Winifred J. Walker
Clinton Daily Democrat, 28 June 2004
Winifred J. "Rusty" Beachner, Osceola and formerly of Kansas City, died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. She was born April 19, 1926 and worked for many years at Mobilteria and owned and operated Rusty's Country Cafe at Benjamin Stables in Kansas City before moving to Osceola in 1992. Survivors include six sons, Mike, David and Jeff Beachner of Osceola, Dan Beachner of Lee's Summit, Steve Beachner of Kansas City and Greg Beachner of Raymore; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roddy Walker, Coffeyville, Kansas, Fred Walker, Marietta, Oklahoma, Jerry Walker, Houston, Texas; three sisters, Edith Gage, San Bernadino, California, Judy Wilson, Oswego, Kansas, Linda Wittner, Oswego, Kansas. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 29, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Iconium Cemetery.

BEAIRD, Margaret Johnson
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, MO, 15 March 1934
Mrs. John Beard, familiarly known as Aunt Margaret Beard, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Carpenter, in Oklahoma, last Monday. She was brought to Pleasant Springs for burial, Bro. James Kirkland preaching the funeral sermon. Two sons, Hugh and Earl Beard live near Roscoe, and one son Harry, is in the West. -- *Note: Surname should be spelled Beaird.

BEARDSLEE, Earl Edgar
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 2 May 2008. Submitted by: Fran Miller
Earl Edgar Beardslee was born April 10, 1930, in Osceola, to Clyde and Edna Mae [Akers] Beardslee. He passed away April 22, 2008, at Cox Medical Center, Springfield. Earl was united in Marriage to Wynema White and to this union four children were born. On Aug. 1, 1989, Earl was united in marriage to Velma Joyce Brown. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Earl was a lifelong resident of the Osceola area where he farmed for many years. He enjoyed farming and his mules, horses and trail rides. Earl drove Peterbilt trucks for years and also hauled livestock in the Kansas City Stockyards. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob, Eldon, Leo and Gene, sisters Maxine Kinyon and Margaret Drake. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; four children, Mike Beardslee and his wife, Mary, Janet Wheeler and husband, Ron, Carol Davis and Paul Beardslee and wife Debbie; stepchildren Bill Brown and family, Kenny and Loretta Gabriel and family.. Bob amd Carla Brown and family, Denny and Joan Owens and family, Jerry and Brenda Brown and family, Dwayne and Barbara Wallen and family, Jimmy Brown and family, his sister, Janie Mumford and husband Larry, several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Services were held Saturday, April 26, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Greg Mangum officiating. Music was "Wabash Cannon Ball", "One Man Band", and "On The Wings Of A Dove". Casketbearers were: Keith Beardslee. Chad Beardslee, Lucas Wheeler, Jeremiah Wheeler, Travis Walters, Matthew Davis and Kenneth Wheeler. Honorary casketbearers were Kimberly Davis, Heidi Beardslee, Bob Beardslee and Leo Beardslee.
Military Honors were conducted by Clinton VFW Post #1894. Interment was in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BEARDSLEE, Earl Edgar
Springfield News-Leader, Thurs., April 24, 2008, pg. 2A. Submitted by: Fran Miller
An Osceola man died and a Pennsylvania truck driver suffered serious injuries in a crash on Missouri 13 Tuesday, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Earl Beardsley, 78, was pronounced dead in Cox South Hospital in Springfield after being airlifted for treatment after the 8:55 a.m. crash 16 miles south of Osceola. The patrol's original report did not mention Beardsley's injuries. Truck driver Roger D. Dunlap, 51, of Greenville, PA, was taken to St. John's Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The crash occurred when Beardsley's eastbound 1995 GMC pickup truck ran into the path of Dunlap's northbound 1986 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig, the patrol reported.

BEARDSLEE, Genevieve R. McQueen
Clinton Daily Democrat
Genevieve R. (Jean) Beardslee Dies  - Genevieve R. (Jean) Beardslee, 82, died Thursday, April 8, 1999, at the Windsor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Windsor. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 10, at
the Lowry City Cemetery. Mrs. Beardslee was born December 18, 1916, in Oakland, California, the daughter of Ernest and Minnie (Morrell) McQueen. She married Robert F. Beardslee on March 29, 1946. She loved gardening and painting and worked with Camp Fire Girls for many years. She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Beardslee, of the home, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

BEARDSLEE, James Eugene
St. Clair County Courier, 10 November 2006
James Eugene "Gene" Beardslee was born Feb. 4, 1921 in Osceola, to Clyde and Edna Akers Beardslee. He passed away Oct. 31, 2006 in Lee's Sumit. Gene graduated from Lowry City High School in 1939. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army Air Force in the South Pacific from November 1942 until February 1946. After the war, he began working for Dealers Transport as an over the road driver hauling Ford cars which he did for 38 years. On Jan. 24, 1948 he married Lela Marie White of Lowry City. From this union, two sons were born, Robert Eugene and Leo Clyde. Lela preceded Gene in death on April 23, 2005. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Clyde and Edna; three brothers, Robert F. and his wife, Genevieve, Clinton, Clarence Eldon and his wife, Opal, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Leo D. Beardslee, Osceola; two sisters, Maxine Kinyon and her husband, Thoms, Clinton and Marget Curley Drake and her husband, Donald, Osceola. Gene is survived by his sister, Jane Mumford and her husband, Larry, Irving, Texas; his brother, Earl Beardslee and his wife, Joyce, Osceola; two sons, Robert Beardslee and his wife, Mary Jeanne, Lee's Summit, Leo Beardslee and his wife, Janie, Raytown; three grandchildren, Elizabeth and Joshua Beardslee, Lee's Summit and Michael Beardslee, Raytown; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Services for him were Friday, Nov. 3, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with C. Randy Sheldon officiating. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace", and "America The Beautiful" with Charles Dean, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Joshua beardslee, Mike Beardslee, Raymond Burton, Michael Bearedslee, Bill Kinyon, Elizabeth Beardslee and Rick Hobbs. Military honors were given by Clinton VFW Post 1894. Interment was in the Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BEARDSLEE, James Eugene
St. Clair County Courier, 3 November 2006
James Eugene Beardslee, of Kansas City, passed away on Oct. 31, 2006 at the Villages in Kansas City. Funeral services were Nov. 3, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BEARDSLEE, James Eugene
Kansas City Star, 1 November 2006
James E. "Gene" Beardslee, 85, KCMO, passed away Oct. 31, 2006 at John Knox Village, Lee's Summit. Funeral services 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 3 at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO. Burial with military honors: Lowry City, MO Cemetery. Visitation12-1 p.m. Friday at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel

BEARDSLEE, Lela Marie White
St. Clair Courier, 29 April 2005
Lela Marie Beardslee was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to George Vance and Maud Bowman White. She passed away April 23, 2005, at Truman Medical Center Lakewood in Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Willamae Burton and Wynema Beardslee. Lela is survived by her husband, James E. Beardslee of the home; sons, Robert E. Beardslee and his wife, Mary Jeanne of Lee’s Summit, Leo C. Beardslee and his wife, Janie of Raytown; brother, Wayne White and his wife, Barbara of Murrietta, Calif.; grandchildren, Michael C. Beardslee of Raytown, Joshua R. Beardslee of Lee’s Summit, Elizabeth A. Beardslee of Lee’s Summit; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 27, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Greg Mangum officiating. The music selections were “Amazing Grace: and “Jesus Loves Me” by Donna Carney, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Joshua Beardslee and Michael Beardslee. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BEARDSLEE, Lela Marie White
Kansas City Star, 25 April 2005
Lela Beardslee, 80, KCMO, passed away April 23, 2005. Services 2 p.m. Wed., April 27 at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO. Burial Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, MO. Family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Wed. at the funeral home. Arr. Sheldon-Goodrich, 417-646-8135.

BEARDSLEE, Leo Donald
Clinton Daily Democrat, 1 May 2006
Leo D. Beardslee, 84, Osceola, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. He was a lifelong resident and a retired farmer. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 3, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BEARDSLEE, Leo Donald
St. Clair County Courier, 12 May 2006
Leo Donald Beardslee was born April 5, 1922, to Clyde and Edna Akers Beardslee, the fifth of eight children. He passed away April 29, 2006. He was a life long resident of St. Clair County where he farmed with his parents. Leo is survived by two brothers, Gene Beardslee, Kansas City and Earl Beardslee, Osceola; one sister, Jane Beardslee Mumford, Irving, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob and Eldon Beardslee and two sisters, Maxine Beardslee Kenyon and Margaret Beardslee Drake. Services for Leo were May 3 in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Randy Sheldon officiating. Musical selections were "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "Peace In The Valley" with Donna Carney, vocalist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Mike Beardslee, Leo Beardslee, Mary Hyde, Paul Beardslee, Bob Beardslee, and Donnie Drake. Interment was in the Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BEARDSLEE, Lucena Bailey
St. Clair County Republican, 1 September 1898
Mother Beardslee - At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Rev. E. Barber, in Henry County, Mo., the subject of this sketch died of old age, August 12, 1898. Funeral services were conducted by Elders Simmons and Parks. Her remains were laid to rest in the Snider cemetery. Sister Beardslee was a native of New York, but at an early age moved with her parents to Ohio and settled near Cincinatti; thence she removed to Ft. Recovery, Ohio. Here they lived until the close of the civil war and then came to St. Clair county, Missouri, and located on a farm a few miles north of Osceola. Here she lived until after the death of her husband. Since then she has made her home most of the time with her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Amrine. She was married at the age of 18 to Mr. Obed Beardslee whom she survived thirteen years. By her death she leaves to mourn their loss two daughters and four sons. Sister Beardslee connected herself with the “old” Christian church in early life and remained as an exemplary member for sixty years or up to death. Her life was a beautiful illustration of true christian womanhood. It was a living epistle of Christ Jesus – seen and read of all men. Her home was often the tired minister’s home. Her daughter with whom she has lived for the last thirteen years, writes me “during the thirteen years I never saw her the least bit angry nor heard an unkind word. She was always trying to do something for others’ happiness.” The death of Sister Beardslee takes from earth another of the true and noble christians and transplants her in that Heavenly country where we hope to again meet her. Mother, thou art gone but not forgotten. The righteous shall cease from their labor and their works do follow them.

BEARDSLEE, Wynema L. White
Clinton Daily Democrat, 17 October 2000
Mrs. Wynema L. Beardslee, 66, Clinton, died Tuesday, October 17, 2000, at her daughter's home in Clinton. She was born December 6, 1933 in Otto, Kansas. She had lived most of her life in the Osceola and Lowry City areas before moving to Clinton. She is survived by two sons, Mike E. Beardslee, Mexico, Mo., and Paul D. Beardslee, Clinton; two daughters, Janet L. Wheeler, Holden, and Carol A. Davis, Clinton; one brother, Wayne White, Lee's Summit; one sister, Lela Beardslee of Kansas City; nine grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lowry City Cemetery, under the direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BEARTEET, Adah Bell
Clinton Daily Democrat
Adah Bell Bearteet, 87, of Southern Kansas City, died October 2, 1991 at St. Joseph Health Center. She was born in 1904 in Lowry City, and moved to Kansas City in 1916. Mrs. Bearteet owned Adah Bell's Beauty Shop for 35 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the First Calvary Baptist Church. Services were at 9 a.m. October 5, at Newcomer's Funeral Hills Chapel, with burial in Lowry City Cemetery.

BEDFORD, Thompson E.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
Thompson (Tom) Edwin Bedford, son of James and Nettie (Sproull) Bedford was born on October 12, 1913 at Columbia, Texas. He passed away at Research Belton Hospital on November 7, 2004 at the age of 91 years. Mr. Bedford loved to dance and travel, seeing many historical sites. He was a lifetime member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, having worked in Alaska, Greenland, Peru, Hawaii and numerous places throughout Colorado and Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son J.D. Bedford, three brothers, one sister, two half brothers and two half sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Betty Slick and husband Jim of Freeport, Illinois, and Chloe Byer of Wheatridge, Colorado; two sisters, Lelah Randall and husband Rodney of Unionville, Missouri and Mata Langdon of Higginsville, Missouri; two brothers, Everett and wife Wilma Bedford of Harrisonville, Missouri and Charles Bedford of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

BELEW, Beverly Jo Eckhoff
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Beverly Jo Belew, April 2, 1933 - January 26, 2010. Beverly Jo Belew, daughter of Oscar and Faye Eckhoff, was born on April 2, 1933. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at home with her family around her. Beverly was 76 years old. Beverly spent most of her life in Appleton City, Missouri. She had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since a young child. The church was always an important part of her life. Her strong faith was always a comfort to her, especially during her last years. As a young adult, Beverly worked for Ellett Memorial Hospital. After the death of her mother she worked with her father running the Eckhoff Funeral Home. Prior to her retirement, she worked for the Appleton City Clinic and Head Start. She was an active board member of the Appleton City Library and the Evelyn Laney Brown Hospice. Beverly was united in marriage to Donald York in 1949. To this union two daughters were born, Barbara Faye and Debbie Lee. Debbie Lee preceded her in death in 1953. She was again married in 1954 to Donald Belew. From this union Ronda Kay and Rodney Ray were born. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, and her great-nephew, Dillon. Survivors include daughter Barbra Johnson and her husband Kenneth of Naperville, Illinois; their two children Kelly and Ryan, his wife Michele and their son Tyler. Her daughter Ronda Strope and husband Leroy of Appleton City, Missouri; daughter Shelly Koehler, her husband Chris and their two children Brock and Sidney; son Adam Strope and his wife Amber who are expecting a son in June; daughter Erin Snyder and her husband Willy. Her son Rodney Belew and Barbara Belew of Appleton City, Missouri and their children Jamie and Tanner. Survivors also include her brother Jim Eckhoff and his wife Myrna of Springfield, Missouri; their daughter Marzee and son Tad, his wife Karen and their daughter Michelle and her stepmother Wilma Eckhoff of Appleton City, Missouri. Beverly was much loved by her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed. Service: Trinity Lutheran Church Appleton City, Missouri Friday, January 29, 2010 2:00 p.m. Minister: Pastor Daniel Mackey. Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home Appleton City, Missouri Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:00-8:00 p.m. Interment: Appleton City Cemetery Appleton City, Missouri. Memorials: Evelyn Brown Laney Hospice Heartland Hospice Trinity Lutheran Church.

BELEW, Donald Ray
Hill & Son Funeral Home,
Don Belew, July 13, 1930 - August 4, 2010. Donald Ray Belew was born on July 13, 1930 in Appleton City, Missouri to Oscar and Leo Belew. He departed this life on August 4, 2010 at the age of 80. Donald spent four years of his life at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He served in the 477th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon. After an honorable discharge in 1952, he worked as a heavy machine operator. In 1966 he started working for Peabody Coal Company and worked there until retirement. After retirement he owed Don’s Place in Appleton City. He then moved to Wheatland, Mo where he fulfilled his dream of a home on the lake where he could enjoy his two favorite things, fishing and gardening. He was preceded in death by both parents, his brother Oscar, his sister Helen and his twin sister, Dortha. His is survived by his wife, Wilma, daughter, Barbara (Ken) Johnson, daughter Ronda (Leroy) Strope, son Rod Belew, and step-son Billy Roberts. He is also survived by grandchildren Kelly Johnson, Ryan (Michele) Johnson, Shelly (Chris) Koehler, Adam (Amber) Strope, Erin (Willy) Snyder, Jamie Belew, Tanner Belew and Christina Roberts, and great- grandchildren Brock and Sidney Koehler, Tyler Johnson, Griffin Strope and Hayley Roberts. He also leaves behind two sisters, Bette (Vince) Engeman and Shirley Harding and sister-in-law, Wilma Belew. Graveside Service will be at the Taberville Cemetery in Taberville, MO Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Minister: Pastor Sam Masten. Interment will be at Taberville Cemetery in Taberville, MO. Memorial: American Diabetes Association

BELEW, Wilma Dale Thames Rush
Wilma Dale Thames Rush Belew - Wilma Dale Belew, 62, Clinton, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at her home. Funeral services will be Friday December 22, at Consalus Funeral Home with burial in Clinton Memory Gardens. She was born January 18, 1944, in St. Clair County, daughter of James A. and Juanita Leonard Thames. She married Jimmie R. Belew in Clinton on September 6, 1974 and he died October 14, 1998. Her parents, three sisters, Wanda Lackey, Donna Jean Bebee and Shirley Kay Thames, also preceded her in death. She owned and operated a restaurant. Survivors include six sons, James D. Rush, Richard W. Rush and wife Cheryl, Kenneth R. Rush and wife Lisa A., Jimmie R. Belew, Darrell L. Belew and wife Dani, Jacky L. Belew and wife Karla; one daughter Pam D. Stocking and husband Harold; three sisters, Ruth Jones and husband Robert, Ethel Hoover and husband Clayton, Mary Young and 15 grandchildren.

BELEW, Wilma Dale Thames Rush
St. Clair County Courier, 29 December 2006
Wilma Dale Belew, 62, Clinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 22, at Consalus Funeral Home with burial in Clinton Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Lakes Hospice or American Cancer Society and left in care of the funeral home. Wilma was born Jan. 18, 1944, in St. Clair County, daughter of James A. and Juanita Leonard Thames. She married Jimmie R. Belew, in Clinton on Sept. 6, 1974 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1998. Her parents, three sisters, Wanda Lackey, Donna Jean Bebee and Shirley Kay Thames, also precede her. Wilma owned and operated a restaurant.Survivors include six sons, James D. Rush, Richard W. Rush and his wife Cheryl, Kenneth R. Rush and his wife Lisa A., Jimmie R. Belew, Darrell L. Belew and his wife Dani, Jacky L. Belew and his wife Karla; one daughter, Pam D. Stocking and her husband Harold; three sisters, Ruth Jones and her husband Robert; Ethel Hoover and her husband Clayton and Mary Young and 15 grandchildren.

BELISLE, John Terwilliger
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1998
John T. Belisle, 58, Osceola, died Monday, September 14, 1998, at his home. He is survived by two sons, Rob Belisle and John Marc Belisle, both of Osceola; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Belisle of Osceola; one brother, Lowry T. Belisle of Osceola; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be Wednesday, September 16, at the Osceola Cemetery.

BELL, Ruby Fern Worley
St. Clair County Courier, 16 March 2007
Ruby Fern Bell was born January 15, 1928 in Thayer to Harry and Clara Caldwell Worley and passed away on March 10, 2007 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. Ruby was united in marriage to Thomas Edward Bell and to htis union one daughter was born. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Clara Worley and one brother, Wayne Worley. She is survived by her daughter, Connie Routh and her husband, Fred, Lowry City; one brother, Harry Dean Worley and his wife, Marie, Warsaw; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and two sisters, June Ryan and Punkin Finley. She was loved by all and was an especially good mother and grandmother. She was a very good cook. Services for Ruby were Tuesday, March 13, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Greg Mangum officiating. Musical selections were "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and "In The Garden". Interment was in the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan. under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BELLMYER, Mary Josephine Dunning
Mary Josephine Bellmyer, 73, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, formerly of Independence, died March 28, 1990, at the Medical Center of Independence. She was born near Chalk Level and lived in Independence before moving to El Dorado Springs in 1980. Mrs. Bellmyer was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, El Dorado Springs. Survivors include her husband, Henry Bellmyer of the home; three daughters, Ruth Lemka and Anna Titus of Independence and Mary White, Buckner; a brother, Herbert Dunning, Independence; four sisters, Retha Wilson and Audrey Harleman of Independence, Marge Moran, Lowry City, and Eva Swopes, El Dorado Springs; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be Friday at the Sheldon- Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, Missouri, with burial in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BENIGAR, Georgia E.
Kansas City Star, 30 June 2007
Georgia E. Benigar, of Osceola, Mo., passed away June 28, 2007. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Vansant Mills Chapel in Clinton, (660) 885-2021. Burial in Yeater Cemetery, Osceola. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday in the chapel, with rosary at 7 p.m. Contributions to the Twin Lakes Hospice. Georgia E. Benigar, age 67 of Osceola, Missouri passed away June 28, 2007 at her home. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 2, 2007 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton with burial in Yeater Cemetery, Osceola, Missouri. Family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the chapel. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the chapel. Family suggests contributions to Twin Lakes Hospice. Georgia was born in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a nurse for Kansas City Internal Medicine for many years. She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Gladstone, Missouri. She is survived by her husband, Charles of the home; one son, Warren Benigar of Greenwood, Missouri; two daughters, Leah McCauley of Greenwood, Missouri and Rhoda Allen of Edwards, Missouri; two brothers, Francis Barber of Boise, Idaho and George Walker of Merriam, Kansas; two sisters, Helen Jones of Cape Canaveral, Florida and Ann Waldsmith of Sun City West, Arizona as well as ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

BENNETT, Charles Edward
Kansas City Star, 18 March 2007
Charles "Chuck" Bennett, 84, Osceola, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the KC Baptist Temple, 5460 Blue Ridge CutOff, KCMO. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Chuck was born May 2, 1922 in Kansas City, MO to Richard and Mary Bennett. He served in the US Army during WWII as a tail gunner on a B-52 bomber. He received 6 Bronze Stars and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. Chuck married Helen Popovich on June 22, 1946 and they had two sons. Chuck served as the Chief of Police in Lowery City, MO. Law enforcement was his true passion. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his sons, Richard and David. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, 3 grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephen and Joshua Bennett, 1 great-grandson, Nathan and a greatgranddaughter to be born in April, 2007. (Arr: Cremation Society of KS & MO.)

BENNETT, Charles Edward
St. Clair County Courier, 23 March 2007
Charles "Chuck" Bennett, 84, Osceola, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Chuck was born May 2, 1922 in Kansas City to Richard and Mary Bennett. He served in the US Army during WWII as a tail gunner on a B-52 bomber. He received six Bronze Stars and two Oak Leaf Clusters. Chuck served as the Chief of Police in Lowry City. Law enforcement was his true passion. Chuck married Helen Popovich on June 22, 1946 and they had two sons. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sons, Richard and David. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, 3 grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephen and Joshua Bennett, 1 great-grandson, Nathan and a greatgranddaughter to be born in April, 2007. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 21, at the Kansas City  Baptist Temple with a graveside service to follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

BENNETT, Georgia M. Carrell
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
Georgia M. Bennett, February 22, 1915 - April 6, 2008.  - Georgia Marie Bennett, daughter of Alanzo Lee and Florence Ethel (Lusk) Carrell, was born February 22, 1915 in Nara Visa, New Mexico. She passed away April 6, 2008 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Missouri at 93 years of age. Georgia lived in New Mexico, Illinois and Missouri throughout her lifetime. Georgia and Dee Franklin Bennett were united in marriage in Mansfield, Missouri March 31, 1932 and to this union four children were born. Mrs. Bennett was very active belonging to the First Baptist Church in Appleton City, the Appleton City Rebekah Lodge #742 for over 50 years, Order of the Easter Star, V.F.W. Auxiliary, a 65 year member of the Mt. Hope Rural Home Improvement Club, the Prairie Queen Garden Club and had been a 4-H leader for 35 years. Georgia enjoyed photography, sewing, gardening, flowers and bird watching. Preceding Georgia in death were her husband, parents, one grandson and one sister. Survivors include her children, Franklin Carrell Bennett and wife Sylvia of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Florence Snyder and husband Donald of Appleton City, Missouri, William Lee Bennett and wife Donna of Independence, Missouri and Ilene Rapp and husband Gary of Sweet Springs, Missouri; one brother, Lee Carrell and wife Pat of Raymore, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; three nieces, one nephew and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service: First Baptist Church in Appleton City, Missouri on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.  Ministers: Brother J.P. Williams and Reverend Frank Claiborne.  Visitation: Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Monday, April 7, 2008 between 6:00 - 800 p.m.  Interment: Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton City, Missouri.  Memorial: Appleton City Cemetery Association or Evelyn Brown Laney Hospice

BENNETT, Opal Winifred Millam
Clinton Daily Democrat, 18 May 2001
Opal Winifred Bennett, 74, Nixa, died at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Christian Health Care in
Nixa. She was born July 30, 1926, in St. Clair County, the daughter of Rolla and Beulah (Akers) Millam. She married Chester L. Bennett, September 6, 1947. Opal was a homemaker. For many years she enjoyed painting ceramic pieces which she generously gave away to family and friends. She loved flowers, birds, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, and enjoyed photographing nature's beauty. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Raymond Millam, and infant sister, Marjorie. Survivors include her husband of Nixa; five sisters, Alice McGrann and husband, Lyle, Monmouth, Illinois, Neva Goodman and husband, J. A. of Olathe, Kansas, Martha Johnson and husband, Richard, Osceola, Mary Stober and husband, Pete, Sedalia, Delores Pogue and husband, Edwin, Clinton; one brother, George Millam and wife, Donna, Clinton; sister-in-law, Kathryn Millam, Raytown, and many nieces, nephews and their families. Burial was in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, South, Springfield. There will be a memorial at a later date.

BENNETT, Val J.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 19 November 2001
Val J. Bennett, 63, Osceola, a retired high school principal, died Saturday, November 18, 2001, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 20, at Assembly of God Church Gymnasium, Osceola. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

BENNINK, Berthel Nelson
Clinton Daily Democrat, 25 September 2002
Berthel Nelson Bennink was born April 6, 1919, in Redfield, Iowa, to John Henry Bennink and Harriett Russell Bennink, and died Saturday, September 21, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Kansas City. He married Hazel Maxine Spencer September 3, 1949. He was employed at International Harvester and the United States Postal Service. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Russell Bennink; his father, John Henry Bennink Russell; his aunt, Lillian Hammond, who raised him from the age of five years; one son, Nelson Leroy Bennink; one half-brother, Rufus Russell, and one great-grandson, Cody Bennink. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hazel Maxine Spencer Bennink, Lowry City; three sons, James Bennink and wife Rose, Lowry City,
Eddie Bennink and wife Karen, Shawnee, Kansas, and Joe Bennink and wife Debbie, Overland Park, Kansas; two daughters, Laura Ellen Brown and husband Virgil, Kansas City, Kansas, and Gerty Johnson and husband Mike, Clinton; one half-brother, Leroy Russell, Boyceville, Wisconsin, and one half-sister, Darlene Schmidt and husband Eddie, Downing, Wisconsin; fourteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 24, 2 p.m., at Clinton Church of Christ, with Rev. Jim Braley and Rev. Nolan Rutter officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery. Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, was in charge of arrangements.

BERRY, William
Osceola Sun, 20 September 1878
Wm. Berry, son of E.C. Berry, who has been afflicted with epileptic fits for a long time, died last Thursday evening. It is natural for parents to mourn the death of their children, but in this instance joy should take the place of grief. The deceased was getting well along in years, and was afflicted with a disease that was beyond the reach of medical skill. His life was one of pain to himself and sorrow to his parents, and every visitation of his severe convulsions seemed to be more distressing. Now that he rests from his affliction, his relatives should rejoice that he has gone to that land where disease and death never come.

BESS, Ethel R. West
SE Missourian Records, 1 August 2007
Ethel R. West Bess, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 30, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 16, 1918, to Jacob Eugene and Frances M. Settle West in St. Clair County, Mo. She married Earl C. Bess in 1953 and moved to the St. Louis area. Ethel attended a rural school in St. Clair County, and in 1934 graduated valedictorian from Schell City, Mo., High School. She attended Central Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State universities. She became a CPS and CDP in 1966 and 1976. After teaching eight years in rural schools, she moved to Cape Girardeau where she worked as bookkeeper and secretary at Pure Ice Co. She retired as manager of information administration in Ralston Purina's data processing division in 1983. Ethel and her husband returned to Cape Girardeau in 1985. He died in 1989. Surviving are two nephews and seven nieces, including Jeanene Moritz (Carl) of St. Louis and Joyce Edwards (Willard) of Gordonville; and also many great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. There will be no visitation or service. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BEVER, Elizabeth H.
Appleton City Journal, 20 October 1898
Death of Grandma Bever - Mrs. Elizabeth Bever died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Wafle, near this city, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, 1898, at the advanced age of 91 years and 5 months. Mrs. Bever, with her husband, came to this part of the state in 1867, and has resided here ever since; her husband died about 11 years ago. She leaves two sons, and a daughter to-wit, Mr. Henry Bever, of this city; Wm. Bever, of Bates county and Mrs. Mary Wafle near this city, and many grand and great grand children. Funeral services conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ludwig, were held in the Lutheran church Sunday afternoon, after which the remains were entered in the city cemetery.

BIESER, Alma Mae Frisby
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Alma M. Bieser, 99, of Appleton City, died Wednesday, January 5, 1994, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Mrs. Bieser was born in the Chalk Level community near Osceola. She was a long time area resident before moving to Appleton City in 1978. She was a member of the Kidd's Chapel Church. She is survived by two daughters, Neva Bieser and Mrs. Bernice Purvis, both of Appleton City; three granddaughters and 2 great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 8, at 1 p.m. at the Kidd's Chapel Church. Burial will be in the Kidd's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

BIESER, Bernice Lee
St. Clair County Courier, 9 February 2007
Bernice Lee Bieser was born Jan. 20, 1923, near Ohio, to Carl Joseph and Alma Mae Frisby Bieser and passed away on Feb. 1, 2007 at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. Bernice was a graduate of Osceola High School and taught four years in public schools before attending business school in Iola, Kan. She was subsequently employed in clerical work for 25 years with Phillips Petroleum Company, first in Kansas City, then in Bartlesville, Okla., where she retired in 1988. She was a member of Kidd's Chapel Church. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Joseph and Alma Mae Bieser and one sister, Evelyn Pervis. She is survived by one sister, Neva Bieser of Lowry City; three nieces, Jane Campbell and her husband, Rick of St. Joseph; Nancy Bowles and her husband, Larry of Miller and Marsha Still and her husband, Larry of Carthage; great-nieces and great-nephews, Rick Campbell and his wife, Trisha; Rebecca Bowles, Philip Bowles and his wife, Christina; Barry Still and Carrie Still and one great-great niece, Seanna Campbell. Services were Sunday, Feb. 3 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officated by pastor Sam Masten. Music selection was "What A Friend" and "In The Garden" by Irene Hartley, pianist. Casketbearers were Howard Peterson, Larry Bowles, James Grove, Arthur Gordon, Rick Campbell and Larry Still. Interment was in Kidd's Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements were done by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.

BIGGER, Donald W.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 6 March 2003
Donald W. Bigger, 62, Osceola, a law enforcement officer, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Memorial services are Friday, March 7, at the Nazarene Church, Osceola. Cremation.

BIGGS, William T. Sr.
St. Clair County Courier, 7 December 2007
William Thomas "Bill" Biggs, Sr., went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 at Cox South Hospital, Springfield. He was born Oct. 27, 1933 at Rock Spring, Ark., to Kenneth and Dora (Henry) Biggs. Bill and Virginia Johnson were married Feb. 29, 1952 and moved to Kansas City, later moving to Collins in 1981. Bill was a former Marine, member of the Independence Police Department, Collins Fire Department, Sac-Osage Fire and Rescue, a Masonic Lodge member, a Shriner, a minister and faithful servant of our Lord for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Humansville Community of Christ Church. His parents, one brother, two sisters, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Dale Keirnan preceded him in death.
He leaves behind his wife, Virginia; son, William Thomas Biggs, Jr. and wife, Regina, Stockton; two daughters, Sue Biggs, Humansville and Mary Qualls and husband, Jeff, Collins; grandchildren, Christopher Allen Moore, Samantha Jo Kelly, Amber Rose Keirnan, Timothy William Keirnan and Joshua Andrew Qualls; and five great-grandchildren. Bill was a loving and faithful husband, a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a friend to all. His smile, laughter, and wisdom will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at the Humansville Community of Christ Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.

BINGHAM, Wanda Ruth Gerster
St. Clair County Courier, 4 March 2005
Wanda R. Bingham, age 82, passed away Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Mrs. Bingham was a life-long resident of St. Clair County and Jackson County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Iele Gerster; her husband, Carlton Bingham; her sister, Burdeana Jansen; her daughter-in-law, Sherry Bingham; and one grandchild, Steve Cooper.Mrs. Bingham is survived by one son, Arthur Dale Bingham; one daughter, Vicki Cooper; one brother, Robert Gerster; five grandchildren, Shelly Jones, Derek Bingham, Shannon Woods, Chris Cooper and Kim Cooper; nine great grandchildren, Brittany Bingham, Tiffany Bingham, Cortney Bingham, Alexis Jones, Chantell Jones, Ray Woods III, Mason Woods, Brooke Cooper and Mariah Pettet. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BINGHAM, Wanda Ruth Gerster
Kansas City Star, 25 February 2005
Wanda Ruth Bingham, age 82, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2005, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA. Mrs. Bingham was a life-long resident of St. Clair County, MO, and Jackson County, MO. She moved to the Northern Virginia area due to health reasons. She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Icle Gerster; her husband, Carlton Bingham; her sister, Burdeana Janssen; her daughter-in-law, Sherry Bingham; and one grandchild, Steve Cooper. Mrs. Bingham is survived by one son, Arthur "Dale" Bingham; one daughter, Vicki Cooper; one brother, Robert Gerster; five grandchildren, Shelly Jones, Derek Bingham, Shannon Woods, Chris Cooper and Kim Cooper. She also leaves behind nine great-grandchildren, Brittany Bingham, Tiffany Bingham, Cortney Bingham, Alexis Jones, Chantell Jones, Ray Woods III, Mason Woods, Brooke Cooper and Mariah Petter. Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, 3rd & Market, Osceola, MO 64776.

BIRD, Kenneth J.
Kenneth was born June 19, 1924 the sixth of seven children to James J. Bird and Bessie S. Terry in Gerster, Missouri where he was raised. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army in England where he was a B17 Flying Fortress bomb leader. Kenneth married Vivian L. Winget April 5, 1956 in Osceola, Missouri. They moved near Greenwood, Missouri where Kenneth worked at area orchards until 1963 when he took a farm job in Pleasant Hill, Missouri working for Joe Henry McKintock. He was baptized at the first Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. In 1975 they moved to Montrose, Missouri where he worked for Charles Lampkin and then Philip Lampkin until 2001 when Kenneth retired and they moved to Hickory Courts apartments in Appleton City, Missouri. For medical reasons Kenneth moved to Appleton City Manor October of 2004. He passed away at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City August 8, 2005 at 81 year of age. His marker will be placed near Gerster at King’s Prairie Cemetery. Mr. Bird is survived by his wife, Vivian Lee Bird of the home; one brother Bobby Bird of Waubleau, Missouri; three children, Kenneth Edward Bird of Tipton, Missouri, Penny Lynn Hudson of Blue Springs, Missouri and Stephen Wayne Bird of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; three step-children, Ronald Ray Winget of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Charissa Ann Snider of Columbus Grove, Ohio and Larry Lee Winget of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; five grandchildren, Alisa, Adam, Andria, Kevin and Cody Bird; seven step-grandchildren, Marcy, Shad, Holly, Andy, Angie, Brandy and Ryan; and six great-grandchildren. He dearly loved them all.

BIRD, Kenneth J.
St. Clair County Courier, 17 August 2005
Kenneth Bird was born June 19, 1924, the sixth of seven children born to James J. Bird and Bessie S. Terry in Gerster, where he was raised. He passed away on August 8, 2005, at Ellett Memorial Hospital, Appleton City.
Kenneth was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army in England where he was a B-17 Flying Fortress bomb leader. Kenneth married Vivian L. Winget on April 5, 1956, in Osceola. They moved near Greenwood, where Kenneth worked at area orchards until 1963. He took a farm job in Pleasant Hill. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. In 1957 they moved to Montrose, where he worked for Charles Lampkin and then Philip Lampkin until 2001 when he retired. After retirement, the couple moved to Hickory Courts apartments in Appleton City. For medical reasons, Kenneth moved to Appleton City Manor in October of 2004. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Vivian Lee, of the home; one brother, Bobby Bird of Weaubleau; three children, Kenneth Edward Bird, Tipton, Penny Lynn Hudson, Blue Springs, and Stephen Wayne Bird of El Dorado Springs; three stepchildren, Ronald Ray Winget, Two Rivers, Wisc., Charissa Ann Snider, Columbus Grove, Ohio, and Larry Lee Winget, Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Memorial services were held at Hill and Sons Funeral Home Monday, Aug. 15, with Reverend Tony Reynolds officiating. Ronald Vinget read the eulogy. Vocalist Tony Reynolds sang “In the Garden” and “Lord You’ve Cometh the Lakeshore”. His marker will be placed near Gerster at King’s Prairie Cemetery.

BIRDSONG, Abbie May Shockley
St. Clair County Courier, 23 April 1970
Funeral services were Thursday, april 16 at 2 p.m. at Collins Baptist Church for May Birdsong who died after a lingering illness at Sac-Osage Hospital April 14 at the age of 73 years, 11 months and ten days.Officiating at the service was Rev. C.J. Bybee and Rev. Bill Keller. Music was provided by Mrs. Artie Lee Peterie and Mrs. Zelpha Culbertson with Mrs Violet Sitton as pianist. Pallbearers were Coy Waite and Lytle Barnett, Lee Majors, Glen Doman, Leo Kellers and Stewart Vickers. Burial was made in Robinson cemetery under the direction of Goodrich Funeral Home. Abbie May Birdsong, daughter of Willis W. and Nora Shockley was born near Collins, Missouri on May 4, 1896. She was married to William Birdsong on Jan 11, 1914. To this union three children were born; one daughter, Vera Gillespie, Osceola, Missouri; two sons, Ralph, Independence, Missouri and Ervin, Snohornish, Washington. At the age of 18, she was converted at the Weaubleau. Missouri Baptist Church. At her death her membership was in the Hickory Grove Baptist Church near Humansville, Missouri. Her husband, Rev. Birdsong died August 31, 1959. She was, also, preceded in death by her father and mother. She is survived by her three children; one sister, Laura Mae Glaze, Coffey, Missouri; two brothers, Jodie shockley, East Lynn, Missouri and Mark Shockley, Kansas; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

BIRDSONG, Iva Marie Alspach
Clinton Daily Democrat, March 1997
Iva Marie Birdsong, 98, died Thursday, March 13, 1997, at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton.
She was born in Montrose December 7, 1898, the eldest of three daughters of Ira and Maude (Dukes) Alspach. Iva graduated from Osceola Public Schools and Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, receiving her certificate to teach in elementary school. She taught at Ohio Post Office, Osceola, Weaubleau, and Collins public schools. On June 1, 1920, she married Lester Dallas Birdsong and to this union one child was born, Victor Herbert Birdsong. Iva accepted Christ as her Savior in 1934 and was baptized, becoming a member of Coon Creek Baptist Church in Collins. She later moved her membership to Humansville and then to First Baptist Church of Osceola, where she was a member at the time of her death. She was active in WMU and taught in Sunday school for many years. She and Lester took pride in growing flowers. Iva was the first president of the Garden Club in Collins. She also helped organize and served as president for two terms in the Osceola Garden Club, where she still maintained her membership. She also was a former member of the Osceola Tuesday Club. A resident of Westwood Nursing Home of the past two years and in frail health, Iva maintained a positive attitude and enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives and keeping up with current happenings. She was preceded in death by her husband Lester in 1982; her parents and her sisters, Mildred (Alspach) Dooly and Helen (Alspach) Price. Iva is survived by her son Victor Birdsong, and his wife Norma; her grandson David Birdsong and his wife Jill; her great-granddaughter Lauren Birdsong, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday, March 16 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial was in the Osceola Cemetery.

BISHOP, Hazel Evelyn Ammons
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 30 December 2009
Hazel Evelyn Bishop was born Oct. 16, 1912, the second child of Bessie and Gilbert Ammons on a farm near Rockville. The family eventually consisted of Oma May, the oldest, Hazel, Glenn, Fern, Margie and Doris.
Hazel was baptized in the Christian Church at the age of 11. She graduated from Rockville High School and in 1932 married Lawrence Bishop of ElDorado Springs. To this union daughter Bonnie was born. In the middle 1930's Lawrence, Hazel and Bonnie traveled by car over very bad and sometimes mountainous roads to Washington State for the apple harvest to earn money. They did this four different seasons during the depression. On returning from washington they lived and worked in the greater Kansas City area. Hazel worked in the garment industry for 35 years. After 49 years of marriage Lawrence died in 1981 and Hazel continued to live in the home until she was 88 years old. Having health concerns, Hazel lived with her daughter and son-in-law Bob and Bonnie Prince, for five years. After back surgery, Hazel moved to Delmar Gardens Nursing Home. She leaves one daughter, Bonnie Prince and son-in-law, Robert; one granddaughter Sherry Campbell and husband Chris; two great-grandchildren Joshua Fry and Heather Manchion and husband Dave: four great-grandchildren Beau Bishop Montgomery, Jacob, Faith and Kaelyn Manchion; two sisters Doris Clark and Fern Lewis and brother-in-law A.J. Lewis and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, January 17 at the Park Lawn Funeral Home with Chaplain Mike Collins officiating. Interment was in the Freeman-Holsaapple Cemetery. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BISHOP, Rosa Viola McIntire
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1993
Rosa Viola Bishop, the daughter of Hesakia Hamilton and Mary Elizabeth (Pasley) McIntire was born in Monegaw Springs on Feb. 10, 1894. She departed this life at Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton on Sept. 13, 1993 at the age of 99 years. Rosa grew up in Monegaw Springs area and later lived in the Johnson City area for 67 years. She also lived in the Lowry City area before moving to Clinton in October of 1992. She was united in marriage to Mike Bishop in 1923. No children were born to this union, but they raised their niece Abby Shepard as their own daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, three brothers, James A. Arthur and Charlie McIntire, and two sisters, Myrtle Ashby and Maud Dorrell. She is survived by two grandsons, Lonnie Shepard and his wife Connie, Larry Shepard and his wife Wanda; six great-grandchildren, Tina Mitchell, Mike, Christie, and Leon Shepard, Michelle and Lorie Ortmyer; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Rosa attended the Johnson City Church of God. God was always with Rosa in her actions as in the songs she sang. Rosa's enjoyment was talking and singing with her grandchildren and she loved visiting with her friends. She loved to crochet and give away her work as gifts. When she was in her own home she had beautiful violets and outdoor flowers all around her home. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were Thursday, September 16, 1993 at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery.

BISTON, Eveleen Vivian Shepherd
St. Clair County Courier, 22 June 2007
Eveleen (Eve) Vivian Biston was born February 5, 1928 in Osceola, to Albert and Gladys (Whiteman) Shepherd. She passed away June 2, 2007 at Strafford Care Center, Strafford. Eve married the love of her life, Phillip John Biston on September 1, 1950. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2001. Eve is survived by three sons, Rodney Snitker and wife, Debra, Phillip Biston III and wife, Paulina, Billy Biston and wife, Tanna; one daughter, Kathleen Snitker, grandchildren, Damian, Jason and Marty Snitker, Adam Watkins, P.J. and Michael Richards and Tonya Biston, Jeff, Stephen, Austin and Trevor Biston and Cody Bryant, other relatives and friends. Visitation was on June 6 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Interment was at the Bear Creek Cemetery with arrangements made by the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola.

BIXLER, Eva Dean Shaw
St. Clair County Courier, 2 February 2007
Eva Dean Bixler, 79, San Jose, Calif., passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at Santa Clara Kaiser Hospital.
Funeral services are pending under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BIXLER, Eva Dean Shaw
St. Clair County Courier, 23 February 2007
Eva Dean Bixler was born on Oct. 3, 1927 in St. Clair County to Eury and Lola Wilkerson Shaw and passed away on Jan. 26, 2007 at Santa Clara Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clair, Calif. Eva grew up in St. Clair County and moved to California in the 1950s. She worked for many years for the J.C. Penney Company. Eva was a Christian. Her son Kenneth was 55 at his passing. He was a Vietnam veteran and lived in California his entire life. He was a self employed carpet layer. He leaves his companion of many years, Dee Padilla. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, Eury and Lola Shaw, her son, Kenneth Steven Bixler and four brothers, Harold, Howard, Elvin and Willard Shaw. She is survived by one sister, Erma Lee Woody and husband James of Belton, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel officiated by Rev. Fred Stevens. Music selection is "Amazing Grace" and "Old Rugged Cross". Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Garden with arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BLACKWELL, Beverly A.
Kansas City Star, 29 January 2006
Beverly A. Blackwell, 72, of Raymore, passed away Friday, January 27, 2006, at her home. Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, at Park Lawn Chapel. Friends may call Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m., at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Beverly was born September 14, 1933, in Kansas City, and was a lifelong area resident. She had worked as a Secretary for Research Medical Center before retiring. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Croston, in 1987. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Everett Blackwell, of the home; a daughter, Linda Short of Lyndon, KS; 2 sons, Thomas Blackwell of Lee's Summit, MO, and Kenneth Blackwell of Raymore, MO; a sister, Sue Clarkson of Osceola, MO; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Arr. Park Lawn Funeral Home.

BLAND, Mary Jane Hardy Cramner
St. Clair County Courier, July 2, 1950
Mary Jane Hardy - Mary Jane Hardy, 72, passed away at her home in Clinton Friday after having been in failing health for several years. She was born in Kentucky and came to Missouri as a child. On August 27, 1906 she was married to Joseph Cranmer of Monegaw Springs and to this union six children were born. Later her husband died and she was married to John Bland. To this marriage one daughter was born. Survivors inclide three sons, Timmy and Harvey of Clinton and Melvin of Jefferson City; two daughters, Mrs. Everett Anglin of Osceola and Mrs. Paul Stemm of Vestal, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Lou Hardy of Collins and Alice of California; three brothers, Millard Hardy of Roscoe, amos Hardy of Collins and Russell Hardy of Weaubleau. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Clinton and burial was in the Roscoe Cemetery. *Note - Error in obituary. Mary Jane is buried in Benton Green Cemetery and has a tombstone erected there.

BLEDSOE, Betty Lou
St. Clair County Courier, 18 May 2007
Betty Lou Bledsoe, 73, Osceola, Mo., passed away May 14, 2007 at the Sac-Osage Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, May 18, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with burial in the Maplewood Cemetery, Deepwater, Mo. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

BLEW, Albert Edwin
Hill & Son Funeral Records
September 8, 1913 - June 8, 2002 - Albert (Buster) Edwin Blew, the son of Oden O. and Cora E. (Erhart) Blew was born on September 8, 1913 in Montrose, Missouri. He passed away at North Kansas City Hospital on June 8, 2002 at the age of 88 years. Nearly all of Mr. Blew’s life was spent in the Montrose, Missouri area before moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 1996, having lived on the farm for 63 years. Buster worked for Peabody Coal Company and was the co-owner of Blew Lumber Company in Montrose. He was devoted to his family and a lifelong member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed his quarter horses, trail rides and raising Angus cattle. Buster was a talented carpenter and wood crafter, and made lots of wagon and truck beds for the farming community. Buster was a member of the United Mine Workers, Montrose Saddle Club, Lakelanders Camping Club, Montrose Cemetery Board and United Presbyterian-Methodist Church. He was united in marriage to Laura E. Hart on September 30, 1933 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Montrose, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones. He is survived by his wife Laura of the home, a daughter Jean Blew McHenry and her husband Jim, grandson Brian and wife Susie and two great-granddaughters Natalie Ann and Macie Ellen McHenry all of Kansas City, Missouri. Buster will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

BLOMERT, Donald E.
St. Clair County Courier, 16 June 2006
Donald "Don" E. Blomert, age 72, of Rockville, passed away quietly on May 28, 2006, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital, El Dorado Springs. He was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Montrose to Martin J. and Sophina A. Englehart Blomert. Don was united in marriage to Hazel Parks-Renick on Oct. 25, 1969. He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation for six years before starting with Peabody Coal Company. He retired from Peabody in 1987 after 25 years, due to disability from the job. Don was a member of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church of El Dorado Springs and the United Mine Workers Local 1122. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. Don is survived by his wife, Hazel of the home; a son, Richard and his wife Nicole of Osceola; a daughter, Donna and her husband James Wood of Rockville; two grandchildren, Megan and Derick and many friends. Funeral mass for Donald E. Blomert was held on Thursday, June 1, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Rockville Cemetery under the direction of Hackleman and Sons Funeral. Pallbearers were Richard Renick, James Wood, Derick Renick, Dennis Eye, Lane Morris, Merle Barbour, Jo Dean Pierce and Donald Bain. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Ruggles, Bill Trebb, Charles Bean and Don Belew. Memorial contributions may be made to United Mine Workers Local 1122.
 


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