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BOBBITT, Paul J.
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1992
Paul J. Bobbitt, 68, died September 1, 1992, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. He was born November 4, 1923 in Kansas City, Kans., son of the late Robert L. and Hazel Burnaugh Bobbitt. On November 24, 1962, he married Catherine "Bobbi" Burns, in Kansas City, Kans. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps of World War II, and survived the sinking of the USS Yorktown. He was a member of the VFW Post #4197 in Osceola. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kans., where he lived for many years. He was formerly employed at General Motors Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kans.; he owned and operated The Laundromat in Armourdale, and retired from the Contractors Construction Company, where he was a superintendent of bridge construction. He later moved to Osceola where he resided for fourteen years, and later lived on Lake Pomme de Terre for fourteen years. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford R. Bobbitt in Raytown, and Robert C. Bobbitt in Pittsburg, Kans. Survivors include his wife Catherine "Bobbi" Bobbitt, of the home in Hermitage; and one sister, Eleanor Bobbitt Littell of Sunrise Beach.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 6, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

BOCH, Carolyn J. Pettit
Kansas City Star, 10 March 2009
Carolyn (Pettit) Boch, 54, El Dorado Springs, Mo., departed this life on Sunday, March 8, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She is now resting peacefully with her Lord and Savior. Carol was born on April 4, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo. She was the daughter of Carl and Marge Pettit. Her father, Carl Pettit, preceded her in death. After graduating high school at Raytown High in 1972, Carol was united in marriage to Mark Boch on June 24, 1972. To this union two children were born, Heather (Boch) Surbrugg and Matthew Boch. Carol has one sister, Mary Alice Teague of Cheyenne, Wyo. Carol enjoyed and loved her children and family very much. She was an avid homemaker, daycare provider and gardener. She also loved shopping for others, cooking and sending encouraging cards to everyone. She will be greatly missed. Carol was a member of the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) and a charter member of the 54 Cruisers Car Club. She was also a past member of the Twilight Gardeners Club. Those loved ones Carol leaves behind include her husband, Mark, of the home; her mother, Marge Pettit of Kansas City; her mother-in-law, Helen Boch of El Dorado Springs; her sister, Mary Alice Teague and husband jack of Cheyenne; her daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Kenneth Surbrugg of Joplin, Mo.; her son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Johnna Boch of El Dorado Springs; and her beloved grandchildren, Abigail and Ian Surbrugg of Joplin, and Gabrielle Boch of El Dorado Springs. She is also leaving behind many extended family members and a wealth of close friends. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Bland- Hackleman Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Music will be provided by Faith Trussell and Tim Wilson. Interment will follow in the Taberville Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home (417) 876-6666. Pallbearers are Rance Ridinger, Doug Fox, John McGinnis, Jeremy McGinnis, Don Phipps, and Larry Bland. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Schmeltz, Mike Surbrugg, Jim Ogle, Larry Weinbrenner, Van Baker, Virgil Fox, Jack Teague and Al Fenske. Memorial contributions may be made to a college scholarship fund for Carol's grandchildren and left at the funeral home.

BOCH, Phillip Patrick
Kansas City Star, 11 July 2009
Phillip Patrick Boch, July 20, 1949 - July 2, 2009. Survivors include children Katrina, Samantha and Christopher; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers Jimmy, Joey and Glen; and sisters, Bonnie, Connie, Clara and Dee. Graveside services 1 p.m. July 10, 2009 in Taberville, MO, Cemetery. He will be missed and loved in our hearts.

BOCH, Thomas L.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
January 5, 1945 - December 21, 2005. Thomas L. Boch, 60, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, formerly of Centralia, Illinois, died peacefully December 21, 2005 in Canton, South Dakota surrounded by his children after a three year battle against multiple myeloma. He was born in Taberville, Missouri to Stanley A. and Mary Mae (Neale) Boch on January 5, 1945. He served his country in the navy for 20 years; the last several as a navy recruiter in Centralia, Illinois before his retirement in 1982. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ida, and one sister Mary Lou Jefferess. Survivors include his three children, Thomas Boch and fiance Janice, Kathy and husband Russell Miller and Stacy Boch, and their mother Rita Boch all of Canton, South Dakota; four brothers, Glen Boch of Springfield, Missouri, Phillip, Jimmy and Toby all of Kansas City, Missouri; four sisters, Bonnie and husband Jerry Lee of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Connie Cordry of Independence, Missouri, Clara Truesdale of Springfield, Missouri and Dee and husband Sam Courburn of Bee Bee, Arkansas; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Services - Hill & Son Funeral Home Appleton City, Missouri Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:00 PM. Minister - Reverend Tony Reynolds.   Visitation - Hill & Son Funeral Home Appleton City, Missouri Tuesday, December 27, 2005 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Military Graveside Service - Clinton VFW Post 1894. Interment - Taberville Cemetery Taberville, Missouri.
Memorials - Multiple Myeloma Foundation, or Taberville Cemetery.

BOCK, Mary L.
Appleton City Journal, Thursday, 22 December 1898
Mary L. Bock, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Bock, died at the home of her parents, at Roe, Arkansas, on Monday, December 5th, at the age of 13 years, 9 months and 10 days, of the dread disease – swamp fever. She was sick only a few days, having taken sick on Friday and died on Monday. Miss Mary leaves father and mother, five brothers and two sisters to mourn her loss. Mary was a child of unusual cheerful disposition, and bright intellect. She delighted in doing something that would make the lives of others happier, and to do so would oft times deny her own pleasures and wants. Possessing all of the attributes that make a pure, noble and beautiful character, she gave promise of being a beautiful and useful woman, and one who was always ready to help her associates and fellowmen. But God in His Infinite Wisdom and Mercy has seen fit to take her from us – (for what purpose we know not- but His will be ours) to His Heavenly home above, where she is now among the angels. May we all so live, that when our summons comes to leave this vale of tears, that we will be permitted to meet her in that Eternal Home. - Mary thou art gone - To rest with the angels - And we would prone - Join thee in that Haven. - Never more shall we see - That sweet face of thine - Never more shall we meet thee - Until we too, are with the Great Divine. - Though our hearts are crushed with sadness - When we see thy vacant chair. - But again tis filled with gladness - With the thought, we’ll meet again “Over There” -
A Friend. - The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bock, in this community, join The Journal in offering deepest sympathy, in their bereavement.

BOEHM, Norma Laverne Tinsley
St. Clair County Courier, 24 February 2006
Norma Laverne Boehm passed away on Feb. 17, 2006, at the Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola. She was born Jan. 25, 1949, to Harry and Wanda Tinsley in Anna, Ill. Norma was married in 1967 to Inny Norris who passed away May 5, 1991. They had eight children, Bobby and his family, California; Ricky and his family, Inny and his family, Becky and her family, all of Iowa; Roy and his family, Holden; Justin and his family, Ronnie "Radar", Lowry City; and Vanessa and her family, Osceola. She also leaves two step-sons, Paul Jr. and his family and John and his family which she loved as her own. She leaves 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She leaves many loved ones, brother and sister, nieces and nephews and many friends and a special mom and dad Eaton who have been her mom and dad for the past 30 years. They loved her as their own and she loved them. Norma moved away to Iowa, met a new love, Paul Boehm and they married June 14, 1988. They moved back to Missouri where they made their home. Norma was a hard working woman. She worked at Tracker in Clinton. She loved her work and friends. She was a loving mother, wife and friend. She worked all day Friday, Feb. 17 and felt very well, then she had her heart attack Friday night and God took her home at 8:24 p.m. She gave her heart to God in 1982. She went to church at Kidd's Chapel. Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Kidd's Chapel Church with the service beginning at 11 a.m. Officiation will be by Sam Masten. Music choices that will be played are, "Amazing Grace" by mom Eaton and Hazel Williams, "Love Me Tender", "Lady Down On Love" and "When I Get Where I'm Going". Honorary bearers will be Vanessa Barker, Justin Norris, Inny Norris, Jr., Rebecca Baxter, Ricky Norris, Roy Norris, Ronald Norris and Robert Norris. Cremation will be under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BOLING, Ida Jeanetta Porter
Osceola Library Files
Mrs. Ida Boling – Mrs. Ida J. Boling, Garden City, died Tuesday, April 2, at the Golden Valley Rest Home in Clinton, Mo. She was 77 years old. She was born in White Hall, Ill., on August 27, 1896 and was a member of the East Lynne Baptist Church. Mrs. Boling is survived by her husband Cecil W. Boling; her daughter, Juanita J. O’Connell of Palo Alto, Calif.; her two sons, The Rev. Donald D. Boling of Waco, Tex., and Norman R. Boling of Kansas City; her thirteen grandchildren; and several friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at the Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial was in the Roscoe Cemetery in Roscoe, Mo.

BOLING, Ida Jeanetta Porter
Funeral Announcement: Ida Jeanetta Boling, August 27, 1896 – April 2, 1974. Services: Goodrich Chapel,
Friday, April 5 at 2 P.M. Clergyman: Rev. Charles Tuf. Music: Mr. & Mrs. Ray Bot. Casketbearers Harry R. Kerley, Roy Smith, Lytle Barnett, Cecil Bolander, Junior Williams, Earl Moore.
Note: Roscoe Cemetery records list: Ida. J. Boling, 1896 – 1974.

BONTRAGER, Melvin
Melvin Bontrager - Mervin J. Bontrager, 55, of Wichita, Kan., died Tuesday, July 2,5 2000. He was the brother of Orvin Bontrager of Aurora. Funeral services were Friday, July 28 at the First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita, Kan., Burial was Saturday afternoon, July 29 Pleasant Springs Cemetery in Oyer, Mo.  Survivors include his wife, Grace; three daughters, Casey VanNover and Christa Fowler, both of Wichita, Kan., and Tina Nitz, Nevada, Mo.; two sons, David Goddard, Lamar, Mo., and Michael Goddard, Cherokee, Kan.; two brothers, Mervin J. Bontrager of Aurora and Ivan Bontrager of Hesston, Kan.; a sister, Inez Unruh of Halstead, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.

BOOTH, Wilda Jane Jamet
St. Clair County Courier, 16 February 2007
Wilda Jane Booth, age 88, of Wheatland passed away Feb. 10, 2007 at Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Bolivar where she had been a resident for the past several years. She was born on Aug. 27, 1918 in Arma, Kan. to Remy and Ada Lock Jamet where she lived to age 11. Her family then moved to Rich Hill where she graduated with honors at age 16. She worked at Sortly Toler Ros-O in Rich Hill until she was married to Charles Ivan Booth on Dec. 4, 1937. To this union two sons were born. In the early 1950s the family moved to Kansas City. Wilda was employed at National Bellas Hess until the company closed. She then became a homemaker until retiring to Pomme de Terre Lake where she and Ivan enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest joy was cooking for any and all who stopped to visit. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Esther Jamet, husband Charles Booth, son Ronald Booth, grandson Steven Booth and granddaughter by marriage Connie Booth. She is survived by her son Wendell Booth and wife, Donna of Wheatland; daughter in law Judy Garcia of Wheatland; a sister, Betty Faulkner and husband, Jim of Florida; sister in law Avanelle Booth of Amoret; five grandchildren, Scott Booth and his wife, Sandy of Amsterdam, Wendy Cogbill and her husband, David of Amsterdam, Cindy Smith and her husband, Jeff of Florida, Christie Cummings and her husband, Alan of Archie and Dawn Merriman and her husband, Monty of Washington; 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services was Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel with Ed Hodges officiating. Burial was in Dooly Bend Cemetery under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland.

BORING, Les
When: 5 March 2012 Monday afternoon 1 p.m. Where : Todd Memorial Chapel, 570 N. Gary ave, Pomona, CA 91767. Food & reception to follow the service. Funeral procession & burial to the Claremont Cemetary to follow service. Honor Guard Salute at Graveside

BORUM, Bushrod
Clinton MO - Bushrod Borum was born December 19, 1839, in Strasburg, Virginia, and died November 28, 1925, at the home of his son, Charles, near Clinton, MO, at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 9 days. Bushrod was the son of Isaac and Catherine Kellar Borum, and at an early age he came with a married sister to Boone County, Missouri. Later they returned, but he remained with other relatives. At the beginning of the Civil War he was enlisted under General Price. At the close of the war he returned to Columbia, and in 1871 he was united in marriage to Sue Frances Harris, of that city. To this union were born ten children, eight of whom survive, and with the exception of one, all were with him during his last illness. The wife, one daughter and an infant son have passed on before. Those who remain are: W.C. and L. K. Borum, of this vicinity, Chas. and Arthur Borum of near Clinton, O.J. Borum, of Pryor, Oklahoma, Davis Borum, of Pasadena, California, Mrs. R.G. Irvine and Mrs. Oda E. Williams. In early married life he united with the Christian Church. He was one of the charter members of the church at Ohio P.O. and served in the capacity of Superintendent of the Sunday School and Elder for many years. He leaves behind him the fruits of a life well spent. Besides the children, there are left twenty-seven grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held in Appleton City Christian Church, Sunday, Nov. 29. Burial in Appleton City Cemetery.

BORUM, Charles Lindsay
Clinton Daily Democrat, 23 June 2006
Charles Lindsay (C.L.) Borum was born March 28, 1913, near LaDue, the son of Charlie and Tressie (Fisher) Borum. He died at Golden Valley Hospital, Clinton, on June 14, 2006, at the age of 93 years. He was educated at the former Elm Branch School. He was united in marriage to Mildred Robinson on April 5, 1936, at the home of Rev. A. N. Lindsey in Clinton. To this union one daughter, Karen, was born. Charles was a farmer living on the same farm for over 50 years. He also drove a school bus for the Davis R-XII School District for several years. He was a member of the LaDue Christian Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, deacon, elder and chairman of the Church Board. Charles was preceded in death by an infant brother; one sister Ida Ruth Wheeler, and one niece Jeanne Shackelford. He is survived by his wife Mildred of 70 plus years and one daughter Karen Uhlenbock and her husband Bill; several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, on Friday, June 16, with interment in Appleton City Cemetery.

BORUM, Mildred Irene Robinson
Clinton Daily Democrat, 5 May 2008 
Mildred Irene (Robison) Borum, 94, Clinton, died April 16, 2008, at the Lincoln Community Nursing Home, Lincoln. She was born in Henry County, the daughter of Charlie A. and Cora F. Comer Robison on May 4, 1913. On April 5, 1936, in Clinton, she married Charles L. Borum, living on the same farm for over 50 years near LaDue, before moving to Clinton in 1996. They were married for 70 years before Charles preceded her in death on June 14, 2006. Mildred was a homemaker. She accepted the Lord as her Savior at an early age. She was a member of the LaDue Christian Church where she attended as long as her health permitted. She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Karen and Bill Uhlenbock, Calhoun; one brother, Charles E. Robison and wife Betty, Kankakee, Illinois, and one sister Edna Borum, Hobbs, New Mexico; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother Willard "Hap" Robison, and one sister Pearl Potter, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Vansant-Mills Chapel on Saturday, April 19. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

BOSWELL, Alice A. Albin
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
In Memoriam: In Memory of: Alice A. Boswell, Date of Birth December 19, 1878. Date of Death: October 13, 1950. Date and Hour of Service: Monday, October 16, 2:30 p.m. Held From: Collins Baptist Church. Clergyman: Rev. Albert Gaston. Place of Interment: Robinson Cemetery.

BOSWELL, John Lewis
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
John Lewis Boswell who was born at Collins, St. Clair County Mo. March 20, 1866 and died at the home place near the location of the place of his birth on Sunday morning, January 5, 1947 in his 81st year. He gave up his life after considerable suffering and pain. During his short and sudden illness he was attended faithfully and efficiently by his neighbors. His youngest daughter Mrs. E.F. Graham of Chicago, was by his side when the end came at 8:15 a.m. His daughter Yola now living in Washington D.C., had spent the holidays with the home folks and had returned for only four days when the shocking message arrived. She was able to get back home, but not before his death. His sudden passing was a severe shock to those who had seen him so recently apparently in good health. Had he lived one more week he and his devoted wife Mrs. Alice Albin Boswell would have celebrated their 43rd anniversary. They were married January 12, 1904. Being born at the close of the Civil War, he has seen and experienced the hrdships of rebuilding a war torn country which was still rather new in history. He loved to stroll across the hills of the old home place with his daughters telling them stories of the war which had been related to him by his parents who endured the many ordeals. These stories will always be cherished memories. He became a member of the Baptist church at Collins and lived his life according to the Golden Rule – doing unto others as he would have them do him. He had convictions and defended them vigorously. He was the last survivor of the pre-civil war Boswell family who came to St. Clair county from Tennessee in 1827. They made the arduous trek by covered wagon drawn by oxen. When life was over he knew it. He confided to his family that he wanted to go and was happy about the approach of his final rest. His greatest sorrow from which he never fully recovered was the death of his youngest son Ovid, known as Bud or Buddy in the battle of Okinawa in May 1945. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Alice A. Boswell; three sons, Sidney D. of Kansas City; Edmund A. living on the old home place and Sherman who served as a paratrooper in the Army during the recent war and two daughters Mrs. E.F. Graham of Chicago and Lola of Washington. He is survived also by five grand sons and two grand daughters. His absence will make us sad but his long awaited rest is not to be mourned. He wanted to go. As we say farewell we are comforted by the knowledge that he welcomed this experience and by the fact that he was happy. Funeral services under the direction of the Osceola Funeral Home were held in the Coon Creek Baptist church in Collins Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Roy Reichert officiating. Burial was in the Robinson cemetery near Weaubleau.

BOSWELL, Mary Jane Nance
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
Mary Jane Boswell, wife of Robert Boswell, died at her home in Collins township, on Friday morning, February 16th, 1906. Mary J. Nance was born in Montgomery county, Tenn., Jan. 1832. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sanders Nance. She was married to Robert Boswell May 22, 1851. To them were born eight children. Two of them are left with her husband to survive her. The others have gone before. She left four brothers; James and Ben Nance of this county, Will Nance of California, John Nance of Tennessee and one sister, Amanda Dooley of Springfield, Mo.; besides many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She united with the Coon Creek Baptist church sometime in the 50’s. As a wife she was affectionate and devoted, as a mother loving and faithful, as a Christian consistent, devout and earnest. Her memory is blessed, her life a benediction and her reward that of the faithful. A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered at the residence Feb. 17, where the funeral was preached by Rev. Birdsong, after which, the remains were taken to the Robinson cemetery to wait the resurrection at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lige

BOSWELL, Onzell E. Etress
Daily News
COLLINS, Mo. — Graveside service for Onzell Boswell, 73, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Freeman/Holsapple Cemetery in Collins, Mo. Mrs. Boswell died Oct. 6. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Boswell, and her parents, Thomas and Isabell Etress. She is survived by one daughter, Wanda Drake of Collins, Mo.; one brother, Paul Etress of Sylacauga; five sisters, Odessa Thornton, Lois Thornton, Estelle Staten, Bettie Mizzell and Carlene Caldwell of Sylacauga; and one grandson, C.L. Drake of Collins, Mo.
Sheldon Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Mo., will direct the service.

BOSWELL, Ovid
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
In Memoriam - In Memory of: Machinist Mate First Class Ovid Boswell. Date of Birth: January 31, 1920. Passed Away on Guam, May 15, 1945. Date and Hour of Service: Military Graveside Services,  Sunday December 19, 2 p.m. Robinson Cemetery. Clergyman: Rev. Albert Gaston. Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, Missouri.

BOSWELL, Robert Franklin
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
19 March 1942

Robert Franklin Boswell, son of Robert Samuel and Mary Jane Boswell was born near Collins, Nov. 13, 1862, and departed this life at 8:15 o’clock, on March 11, 1942, at his home north west of Collins, where he had lived for more than 52 years. He was united in marriage to Mary Shelby Owen, on Sept. 21, 1885, they having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September, 1935. To this union were born six children, three having preceded their father in death. These were: Altha May Horn, died Nov. 16, 1928; Lydia Jane Boswell died on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1931; and Robert Brookshire died Nov. 9, 1933. The three remaining children, Chas. Walter, Roy G., and Mrs. Edwin Thomas and his faithful wife were at his bedside at the time of his passing. He made a profession in 1883 and united with the Coon Creek Baptist church. With his church he kept his faith, serving in many capacitiese and was a deacon at the time of his death. He showed great interest in church, civic and national affairs. He was a kind husband, loving father and grandfather and a true friend to everyone. He spoke kind words of all men or none at all. He leaves to mourn his passing his faithful, devoted wife, 3 children Chas. W. of the home, Roy G. of near Collins and Mrs. Edwin Thomas of Marshall; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; one brother, John of near Collins, who is the last remaining member of a family of 10 children. He also leaves a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends; one granddaughter, Juanita Boswell preceded him in death several years ago. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Collins on Friday March 13, 1942 with the Rev. Hugh Sperry officiating, assisted by Rev. Wayne Rosecrans, Springfield and Rev. Clarence Dorman, pastor of the Baptist church at Collins. Burial was in the Holsapple cemetery beside the graves of two of his children, Lydia Jane and Robert Brookshire. Thus ended the life of a truly good man, who tried at all times to serve his Lord and help his fellow-man. He will be sadly missed in the home, community and the church.

BOSWELL, Robert Franklin
Submitted by: Stacy Kelly
Card of Thanks - We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors and the Baptist church at Collins for all the help and kindness shown during the illness and death of our loved one. Also for the beautfiul floral offerings. May God bless each and every one of you. Mrs. Frank Boswell and son Walter; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Thomas and family; Mr. and Mrs. John Boswell and family.

BOUCHER, Ardyth Clarice Jones
Clinton Daily Democrat, 2 June 2003
Ardyth C. Boucher, 67, Lowry City, a retired secondary science teacher, died Thursday, May 29, 2003 in the St. Joseph Health Center, Kansas City. Funeral services were Saturday, May 31, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton. Burial was in Park Grove Cemetery, Lowry City.

BOUCHER, Jerry Duke
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1992
Jerry D. Boucher, 54, southern Kansas City, died Wednesday, September 23, 1992, at the St. Joseph Health Center. Services were Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Burial was in Park Grove Cemetery, rural Lowry City. Mr. Boucher was a language arts and history teacher at St. Ann's School, Independence. Earlier he was a teacher and principal at the Redemptorist School for fifteen years. He taught at Lincoln, Golden City, at Drexel and Sherwood High School in Cass County. He was a member of the church. He was an Army Veteran. He was a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say and a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member and elder at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Kansas City. He was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1975. Survivors include his wife Ardyth Jones Boucher, and a son Jeremy Boucher, both of the home.

BOURLAND, Darline L. Postlewait
Kansas City Star, 7 May 2005. Submitted by: Charles Bourland   
Darline Bourland, 87, of Osceola, MO, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2005 in the Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola, MO. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 8, 2005, at 2 p.m., in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, MO. Burial will be in the Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, MO. Visitation will be Saturday,
May 7, 2005, from 7-8 p.m., in the funeral home. Arr: Sheldon-Goodrich F. H.

BOURLAND, Darline L. Postlewait
Clinton Daily Democrat, 9 May 2005. Submitted by: Charles Bourland
Funeral services for Darline L. Bourland, 87, Osceola, are incomplete at this moment.

BOURLAND, Darline L. Postlewait
St. Clair County Courier, 13 May 13 2005. Submitted by: Charles Bourland
Darline Bourland was born Sept. 15, 1917, in St. Clair County. She passed away May 5, 2005, at Sac-Osage Hospital. Her parents were Charles and Grace Postlewait. Her mother passed away when she was seven years old. She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was baptized into the Thatcher Baptist Church in Colorado. On Sept. 11, 1936, Darline was united in marriage to Tom Bourland. They spent their married life in St. Clair County. To this union five boys and three girls were born. She is survived by her children, Dr. Charles Bourland, Osceola, James and Sue Wilkins, Deepwater, Bob and Pauline Bourland, Osceola, John and Linda Bourland, Osceola, Connie and Jim Frankenfield, Osceola, David and Sheila Bourland, Osceola, Ervin and Rita Bourland, Smithville, and Becky and Larry Fort, Broken Arrow Okla. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Cindi Archer, Craig and Curtis Wilkins, Scherri Bigler, Roger Blackwell, Debbie Jerome, April Oberkrom, Melinda Howard, Jeremy Bourland, Cathy Carroll, Brandy Pugh, Jill Burchett, Jason Heath Bourland, Jason Wayne Bourland, Justin Bourland, Andrea and Kaylee Fort, along with 22 great grandchildren; five great, great, grandchildren, and many other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tom Bourland; and her grandson, Allen Frankenfield; and infant grandson, Bourland. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 8, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Sharp officiating. Music selections were “Go Rest High on that Mountain”, “I’ve Got More to go to Heaven For”, “Amazing Grace” and “Will the Circle be Unbroken” by the Greathouse family. Casketbearers were the family. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery under direction of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

BOURLAND, Edna Murl Zeiler
Edna Murl Bourland, daughter of Wesley Lawrence and Mable (Calvird) Zeiler, was born August 22, 1915 in St. Clair County, Missouri. She departed this life March 27, 2003 at Appleton City Manor Nursing Home in Appleton City, Missouri at the age of 87 years. Murl and Forrest Bourland were united in marriage January 27, 1936 in Lowry City, Missouri and to this union one son, Ronald, was born. The Bourlands were very hard workers doing a great deal of gardening. They could often be seen selling fruit and vegetables in the city park. Murl spent many loving hours caring for her grandchildren; guiding and teaching them in her special way. Mrs. Bourland was very faithful in her attendance to the Church of God (Holiness) in Appleton City. She taught Sunday School, led a Bible study, and also enjoyed singing the old Gospel songs. She was always a willing worker and enjoyed helping at church functions. Murl always had a smile and a cheerful, kind word for those she met on the street, and was never too busy or in too much of a hurry to stop to visit. She was truly a faithful servant of Christ throughout her life. Murl was preceded in death by her parents, her son, and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband, Forrest, of the home; two grandchildren, Rick Bourland of Appleton City and Brenda and husband Greg Smythers of Durham, North Carolina; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kelsey and Emily Smythers, Colby, Katie and Colton Bourland.

BOURLAND, Forrest Roy
Forrest Roy Bourland, the son of Edward Weaver and Laura Leona (Cleveland) Bourland, was born on September 3, 1911 in St. Clair County, Missouri. He passed away at the Appleton City Manor Nursing Home on May 12, 2004 at the age of 92 years. Forrest and Edna Murl Zeiler were united in marriage January 27, 1936 in Lowry City, Missouri and to this union one son, Ronald, was born. The Bourlands were very hard workers, doing a great deal of gardening. They could often be seen selling fruit and vegetables in the city park. Mr. Bourland was very faithful in his attendance to the Church of God (Holiness) in Appleton City. He was a willing worker and enjoyed helping at church functions. He was a truly faithful servant of Christ throughout his life. Forrest was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and son. He is survived by two grandchildren, Rick Bourland of Appleton City and Brenda and husband Greg Smythers of Durham, North Carolina; one brother Horace Bourland of Lowry City, Missouri; two sisters, Cleo Simms of Appleton City, Missouri and Leona Jamison of Osceola, Missouri; and six great grandchildren, Brandon, Kelsey and Emily Smythers, Colby, Katie and Colton Bourland.

BOURLAND, Horace Troy
St. Clair County Courier, 15 July 2005
Horace Troy Bourland, 98, was born on Sept. 3, 1911, to Edward and Laura Cleveland Bourland in Chalk Level. He passed away on July 10, 2005, in Frances Stsreitel Nursing Villa Center in Colinsville, Okla. Horace was baptized at an early age on March 1, 1932. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Gambill and to this union one daughter was born. Their early married life was spent in the Lowry City area. He farmed with his father-in-law, Allen Gambill, and later owned B&L Market. After Dorothy's death in July of 1964, Horace moved to the Humansville area, where he traded cattle and hogs. He lived many years in the Polk County area, returning to Lowry City in 1999. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, fourth brothers, Willie, Forrest, Hardin and Grover, four sisters, Ruth Burrow, Myrtle Powell, Audrey Powell and Martha Alice Snyder. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Johnson, Broken Arrow, Okla., two sisters, Cleo Simms, Appleton City, and Leona Jamison, Osceola, and one granddaughter, Melissa Higgins, Broken Arrow, Okla. Services were held Wednesday, July 13, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Rev. Durward Scott officiating. Music selections were Will the Circle Be Unbroken, How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace performed by Rev. Milan and
Vera Bourland. Casketbearers were Delbert Burrow, James Naylor, Sr., Phillip Jamison, Steve Burrow, Junior Wilcox and Jay Jamison. Interment was in the Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BOURLAND, Inge K.
Joplin Globe , 12 December 2005
JOPLIN, Mo. — Inge K. Bourland, age 69, of Joplin, passed away at 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Bourland was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Hamburg, Germany. She had lived in the Joplin area the last 40 years. She was a homemaker and an avid fisherman and a Christian. She married Troy Bourland in Germany in 1955. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Bridgette Wilson and husband, Greg, Neosho, Mo., and Carol Perry, Kansas City, Mo.; one son, Paul Bourland, Olean, Mo.; one brother; two sisters; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Saturday, Dec. 10, at Lowry City, Mo., Cemetery with Rev. Milan Bourland officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.

BOURLAND, Milan Grover (Rev.)
Clinton Daily Democrat, 1 June 2006
Milan Grover Bourland, oldest son of Grover Green Bourland and Pauline Nera Clanin Bourland, was born near Osceola on February 9, 1928 and received spiritual promotion to the presence of the Lord May 27, 2006 at the age of 78 years, three months and 18 days. On September 23, 1949 Milan married the girl who not only won all the races, but also knew how to jump the rope at the finish line, Vera Lorene Reasoner. To this union four sons were born, James and wife Jo Ann of Clinton, Randy and wife Patti, El Dorado Springs, Milan and wife Lora, Moore, South Carolina, and Tim and wife Tammy, Gladstone. They all, along with seven granddaughters, two grandsons and six great-grandchildren, lovingly grieve, but know without any question that their husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather celebrates his homecoming as he always would say, "On The Sunny Banks of Sweet Deliverance!" He is also survived by his three brothers, Arthur and wife Edra, Curtis and wife Lou, and Kent and wife Phyllis. Milan was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Troy. Milan loved his family. He very, very rarely raised his voice by way of teaching and instruction to anyone including his family. He was reserved in showing affection, but all family knew by his actions of his devotion to them all. Milan loved music. He was self-taught and he and his brothers loved the times of togetherness to talk and play the music they loved. Milan played the guitar, mandolin and banjo. He made music an important part of his ministry as he and Vera played together to bring the family, God's family and sinners to the table of repentance and rejoicing. Milan was saved the June following his graduation from high school, was sanctified shortly thereafter, and within a few months answered God's call to the ministry. He received a junior college degree from Mt. Zion Bible School in 1948 and completed his Bachelor of Theology at Kansas City College and Bible School in 1951. His educational pursuits were, however, a lifelong quest and this day several books from his library in his study are open and the last entry in his personal journal are two simple words, "IN STUDY". Let us listen to a summary of the ministerial efforts of Milan. 1947-49: Sprague.; 1949-51: full-time evangelist.; 1952-56: Herriman Chapel.;
1956-59: Brush Arbor.; 1959-65: Kinser Chapel.; 1965-69: Lowry City.; 1969-78: El Monte, California.; 1978-79: Black Jack.; 1979-88: Fulton.; 1988-96: Log Church.; 1996: promotion Saturday, Herriman Chapel.
In addition, Milan taught at Mt. Zion Bible School for 17 years and served in several other capacities there, including Dean of Students, business manager, editor and publisher of The Reporter, as principal and as its president. He also served the Lord and the Church of God (Holiness) with extended periods of minister to both the Home and World Missions Boards, the Publishing Board and the Convention Roll Committee.

BOURLAND, Pauline Nera Clanin
Clinton Daily Democrat, 16 February 2004
Pauline Nera Bourland, 95, Lowry City, a retired cook, died Sunday, February 15, 2004 at the Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 17, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial will be in Lowry City Cemetery.

BOURLAND, Rebecca Ellen Nichols
Submitted by: Charles Bourland
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 13, 1983 at the Lowry City Church of God (Holiness) for Rebecca E. Bourland, who passed away January 11, 1983. The services were under the direction of Rev. Charles Hayton and Rev. Samuel Williams. Music was provided by the Harold Scott Family, and grandsons served as casketbearers. Rebecca Ellen Bourland was born May 30, 1890 near Gilman City Mo. to Amos Whitney and Mariam Clutter Nichols. She passed away Jan. 11, 1983 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Mo., at 92 years, 7 months, and 11 days of age. Rebecca moved to St. Clair County while quite young and had spent her entire girlhood and married life near Osceola, Mo. On September 15, 1909 she was united in marriage to Harry Thomas Bourland. To this union five children were born. Mrs. Bourland was the last of eight children and was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas Wesley Bourland, on May 24, 1973. She was a member of the Lowry City Church of God (Holiness) and attended as long as her health permitted. Rebecca is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Lena Nelson of Lowry City with whom she made her home, Mrs. Eunice Hollopeter of Clinton, Mo., Mrs. Dorothy Powell of Osceola, and Mrs. Evelyn Hughes of Lowry City; 18 grandchildren; 1 foster grandson; and 13 great-grandchildren. Internment was at the Lowry City Cemetery under the direction of the Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola, Mo.

BOURLAND, Thomas Wesley
Submitted by: Charles Bourland
Thomas (Tom) Wesley Bourland - Funeral services were held Saturday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Goodrich Chapel for Thomas Wesley Bourland, who died suddenly May 24, 1973, at the age of 59 years, 11 months and eight days. Officiating at the service were Rev. W. L. Gates and Rev. Marion Collins. The singers, Mrs. Jay Jamison, Mrs. Russell Sims, and Nolan Collins, were accompanied by Mrs. Nolan Collins.Pallbearers were Ralph Koger, Charles Powell, Lewis Barr, Omar Shoemaker, Mike Wilkins, and Roy Cones. Burial was made in the Lowry City cemetery. Mr. Bourland, only son in a family of five children was born to Harry and Rebecca Nickels Bourland on June 16, 1913, in St. Clair County. Except for a short time spent in Colorado, he lived his life in St. Clair County where he engaged in farming and trucking. Mr. Bourland attended Cook’s chapel of God (Holiness). For several years he was a member of the church quartet. His father preceded him in death. Survivors are his wife, Darline of the home; his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Bourland, Lowry City; sons, Dr. Charles, Houston Texas, Bob, Osceola; John, Kansas City Mo., David, Olathe Kansas, and Ervin of the United States Army in Hawaii; his daughters, Mrs. J.R. Wilkins, Deepwater, Mrs. J.R. Frankenfield, Kansas City Kansas, and Rebecca Ann, Houston Texas; four daughters-in law; two son-in-laws; four grandsons; three granddaughters; four sisters, Mrs. Lena Nelson, Lowry City; Mrs. Eunice Hollopeter, Clinton; Mrs. Dorothy Powell, Osceola; and Mrs. Evelyn Hughes, Lowry City. On September 11, 1936 he was married to Darline Postlewait. Five sons and three daughters were born to the couple.

BOURLAND, William Edward
Clinton Daily Democrat
Willie E. Bourland, 91, Appleton City, died Saturday, May 7, 1994 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City. Mr. Bourland was born near Butler. He lived 18 years in Kansas City before moving to Appleton City in 1971. He was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) in Appleton City. He is survived by his wife Vera of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Leona Ruth Renfrow of Appleton City; two brothers, Forest Bourland of Appleton City and Horace Bourland of Mt. Hope; four sisters, Myrtle Powell of Appleton City, Mrs. Audrey Powell of Appleton City; Mrs. Cleo Simms and Mrs. Leona Jamison, both of Osceola; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 9 at the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BOWDLE, Frances Jaretty Lasater Lewellen
BOWDLE - Frances Jaretty Lasater was born April 2, 1868 and departed this life in Monegaw Springs, Mo., March 14th, 1935. She was married to William J. Lewellen on April 26th, 1892. To this union one son was born, James M. Lewellen. William J. Lewellen preceded her in death August 19th, 1897. She was married to George M. Bowdle September 4th, 1898. He preceded her in death January 8th, 1931. She was saved early in life, and was sanctified August 11th, 1906, and lived a consistent Christian life until her death. She leaves to mourn her going, her son, James M. Lewellen and wife, four grand-daughters; one sister, Eliza Estes of Denver, Colorado; one brother, George Lasater of Fowler, Kansas; another brother, Jonathan M. Lasater of Kalispell, Montana; 2 nieces and their families, namely: Mrs. Tom Bishop of Appleton City, Mo., and Mrs. John Thompson of Fort Scott, Kansas, also a number of other relatives and a host of friends. Her funeral was preached at the church at Monegaw Springs, by Bro. Miller, Bro. Coleman assisting with the singing, after which she was laid to rest in the Mt. Zion cemetery northwest of Monegaw Springs. Written by her niece, Mrs. John Thompson

BOWEN, David Randall
Clinton Daily Democrat, June 1993
David R. Bowen, 32, Osceola, died Sunday afternoon, June 20, 1993 from injuries received in a tractor accident. Mr. Bowen was born in Nevada, Mo. and was a lifelong St. Clair County area resident. He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1978 and from Missouri University School of Agriculture in 1982. He was a farmer. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gail Bowen of the home; one sister, Mrs. Teri Mallicoat and husband Albert of El Dorado Springs; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Blanche Hager of Tulsa, Okla. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 23, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery.

BOWLES, Marie Frances Herrman
Hill & Son Funeral Home
August 12, 1916 - January 22, 2006 - Marie Frances (Herrman) Bowles, 89, of Appleton City, Missouri died Sunday January 22, 2006 in Houston, Texas. Marie was born August 12, 1916 in Appleton City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Charles Edward and Sarah Elizabeth (Brown) Herrman. She graduated from Appleton City High School in 1934 and the University of Kansas in 1938. She married Lester D. Bowles, M.D. in 1940. From that union, seven children were born. Marie was a registered medical technologist and worked for many years in that capacity for physicians and at hospitals in and around Appleton City She loved being with her family and traveling, and was at her happiest when visiting her children and their families throughout the country. Marie was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. She was also an accomplished seamstress and in later life, she enjoyed embroidering and quilting. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star and P.E.O. and was a long-time member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City, Missouri. Surviving are her children, Janice (Truman) Johannigmeier, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Carolyn (Tom) Butts, Decatur, Illinois, Roger (Rita) Bowles, Valley Springs, California, Michael (DeeAnne) Bowles, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Leslie Lerner, Mission Hills, Kansas, Susan Minor, Barrington, Illinois, Mary Jane Bowles, Kansas City, Missouri, fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jesse Herrman, Elvin Herrman, Leo Herrman, D.D.S., Lloyd Herrman, D.D.S., Cecil Herrman, George Herrman, M.D. and Fred Herrman. Marie will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren, along with a multitude of friends. Services - Trinity United Methodist Church Appleton City, Missouri; Friday January 27, 2006 1:30 PM. Minister - Rev. Rob Barringer. Visitation - Hill & Son Funeral Home Thursday, January 26, 2006 6:00 – 800 PM. Interment - Appleton City Cemetery Appleton City, MO. Memorial - Trinity United Methodist Church.

BOWLES, Marie Frances Herrman
Kansas City Star, 25 January 2006
Marie Frances Herrman Bowles - Marie Bowles, 89, of Appleton City, MO, died Sunday, January 22, 2006. Visitation will be this Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. at Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City. Marie was born August 12, 1916 in Appleton City, MO, the daughter of Charles Edward and Sarah Elizabeth Herrman. She graduated from Appleton City High School in 1934 and the University of Kansas in 1938. She married Lester D. Bowles, M.D. in 1940. From that union, seven children were born. Marie was born in the house on N. Maple where she raised her children. Marie was a registered medical technologist and worked for many years in that capacity for physicians and at hospitals in and around Appleton City. She loved being with her family and traveling, and was at her happiest when visiting her children and their families throughout the country. Marie was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. She was also an accomplished seamstress and in later life, she enjoyed embroidering and quilting. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star and P.E.O. and was a long-time member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City, MO. Surviving are her children, Janice (Truman) Johannigmeier, Lee's Summit, MO, Carolyn (Tom) Butts, Decatur, IL, Roger (Rita) Bowles, Valley Springs, CA, Michael (DeeAnn) Bowles, Lee's Summit, MO, Leslie Lerner, Mission Hills, KS, Susan Minor, Barrington, IL, Mary Jane Bowles, Kansas City, MO, 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jesse Herrman, Elvin Herrman, Leo Herrman, D.D.S., Lloyd Herrman, D.D.S., Cecil Herrman, George Herrman, M.D. and Fred Herrman, and son-in-law, Dr. Scott A. Lerner. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, Appleton City, MO or the American Diabetes Association. Mom (Momo) will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren, along with a multitude of friends.

BOWLIN, Gary Lyle
St. Clair County Courier, 17 August 2005
Gary Lyle Bowlin, 50, Lowry City, was born April 16, 1955, in Kansas City. He passed away Aug. 15, 2005, at St. John’s Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a Aug. 10 auto accident. Gary was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald C. Bowlin. Survivors include his parents, John and Jackie Bowlin, Lowry City; three siblings, John A. Bowlin, Texas; Carolyn Bowlin and her finace, Charlie, Lowry City; and Floyd A. Bowlin and his wife, Stephanie, Kingsville; Anthony Bowlin and his wife, Tricia, Pleasant Hill; Connie Amos and her husband, James, Blue Springs; and Gary Joshua Bowlin, Mississippi; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 S.W. 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Blue Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary L. Bowlin Memorial Fund.

BOWLIN, Gary Lyle
Kansas City Star, 17 August 2005
Gary Lyle Bowlin, 50, of Lowry City, MO passed away August 15, 2005 at St. John's Hospital as a result of an auto accident. Services 2 p.m. Saturday August 20, at Langsford Funeral Home. Burial in Blue Springs Cemetery. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday August 19, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Gary L. Bowlin Memorial Fund. Gary was born April 16, 1955 in Kansas City, MO. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald C. Bowlin. Survivors include his parents, John and Jackie Bowlin, Lowry City; three siblings, John A. Bowlin, TX, Carolyn Bowlin and fiance', Charlie, Lowry City, and Floyd A. Bowlin and wife, Kimberly, Oak Grove; four children, Curt Harold and fiancee', Stephanie, Kingsville, MO, Anthony Bowlin and wife, Tricia, Pleasant Hill, Connie Amos and husband James, Blue Springs, and Gary Joshua Bowlin, Mississippi; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. (Arr. Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee's Summit, MO).

BOWLIN, John H.
Kansas City Star, 15 June 2008
John H. Bowlin, 79, Lowry City, MO, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008. Visitation 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17; funeral services 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, both at Langsford Funeral Home. Burial in Lee's Summit Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dad's Day. John was born February 16, 1929 in Grain Valley, MO, to Floyd and Effie Bowlin. He was saved at New Liberty Baptist Church, Oak Grove, and baptized in Howard Harris' Pond as a young man. John was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the Navy from 1946-1949. He was a strong International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union brother, joining in 1952 through Knoxville, TN Local 760 and transferring to Kansas City, MO Local 124 in 1958. When he heard the fish start calling his name in 1991 after 39 years of service, he retired. He received his 55 year pin in 2007. John was a wonderful, loving husband and father. He loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. His family has many great memories of going to Grandpa's Hide-Away for holidays and family gatherings, playing in the woods and at the lake. He attended First Baptist Church of Lowry City and enjoyed good times at Patty G's and Landmark after services. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald C. Bowlin, Floyd E. Bowlin, and Thomas B. Bowlin; and sons Ronald C. Bowlin and Gary L. Bowlin. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jackie L. Bowlin, of the home; his children John A. Bowlin of TX; daughter-in-law Deborah L. Bowlin of Lee's Summit; Carolyn L. Bowlin (Charlie VanArtsdalen) of Independence; Floyd A. Bowlin (Kim) of Holden; brother William W. Bowlin of Grain Valley; 18 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. (Arr: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St., Lee's Summit, MO)

BOWMAN, Floyd G.
Osceola Library Files
Floyd Bowman, Taberville Resident, Died October 2 (1963) - Floyd G. Bowman, life-time resident of the Taberville vicinity, passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday evening, October 2. He was born south of Taberville August 6, 1895. On October 5, 1927 he was married to Bessie Rose Aldridge in Nevada, Mo.
He was a member of the Pape Christian church since 1928 and an elder in the church at the time of his death.
A past master of Star Lodge, Taberville, and a past patron of Schell City chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Floyd at the time of his death was serving as associate patron of the chapter. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the American Legion post 233, El Dorado Springs. Survivors are his wife of the home, his father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Aldridge, El Dorado Springs; three brothers, Hugh of Denver, Colo., Newt and Leslie of Schell City; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Anderson, El Dorado Springs, and Mrs. Mable Sutherland, Manitou Springs, Colo., nieces and other relatives. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Christian Church in El Dorado Springs, the Rev. C.B. Orahood and Rev. Donald Hart officiating. Mrs. Joe Poling and Mrs. Lloyd Long sang “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” and “Whispering Hope”, accompanied by Mrs. Elton Evans at the organ. Pallbearers: Carlos Wheeler, Ray Francis, Vernon Hutton, Gerald Prough, Frank Phillips and Gentry Steincross. Burial was in El Dorado Springs cemetery, under auspices of Masonic order.

BOWYER, Ruby Jones
St. Clair County Courier, 6 October 2006
Ruby Bowyer, Gunnison, Colo., died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at her home which she shared with her daughter. This was her 91st birthday. She was one of the 13 children born to Eli and Ollie Park Jones. They resided in the Park Grove community where she went to grade school. She went to high school in Lowry City and Deepwater. She attended and was a member of the Park Grove Christian Church. She graduated from college at Warrensburg and also took more training at a hospital in Kansas City. She became a Rregistered Nurse and worked many years in hospitals in Missouri and Colorado. Ruby's last visit to the Park Grove community was in late March of this year when she came to visit her brother, Metz Jones, now deceased.
She leaves behind her three children, Claire Holm, Ann and her husband, John Orleman and Robert Rains; her grandchildren, Naurini, Ann Gynn, Hannah, Mark, Joshua and Patrick; three great grandchildren; a sister, Crystal and her husband, Bob Sanders and a sister-in-law, Helen Jones.

BOYLES, Edna Pearl McDogal
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, March 19,2010
Edna Pearl Boyles [McDogal] was born in Independence to Charles Odis and Edna Marie Nickelson. She passed away on Feb. 28, 2010 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ernest Hamilton,Charles Hamilton and Leroy Hamilton and her buddy David Mullaney. She is survived by her sister, Ethel Nussbaum of Osceola; son Kenny and wife Bridget Self of Lowry City; daughter Leona and husband Charles Howard of Osceola; three grandchildrenl LeAndra Self of Lowry City, Daniel and Dakota Howard of Osceola and her partner in crime, Donna Mullaney of Osceola, several nieces, nephews, family and friends. Services were Friday, March 12 at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home. Minister was Greg Mangum. Final disposition was cremation. Interment at Pleasant springs Cemetery. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BOYT, Hershel
SE Missourian, 24 March 2006
DEXTER, Mo. -- Hershel Boyt, 91, of Dexter, Mo., died Thursday, March 22, 2006, at Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter. He was born Feb. 22, 1915, at Essex, Mo., son of John Henry and Marie Linneman Boyt. He and Kathryn Matthews were married Sept. 8, 1939, at Piggott, Ark. Boyt was retired from teaching mechanics in the Sikeston Public Schools. He was formerly an airline mechanic with TWA and Ozark Air Lines. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dexter, Dexter Masonic Lodge No. 532 and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife; a son, Jim Boyt of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Claudia Van Oostrom of Cape Girardeau and Sandy Steinkamp of St. Louis; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Louis Lowe will officiate, with burial in the Dexter Cemetery.

BRACHER, Albert J.
Hill & Son Funeral Home
September 8, 1912 - January 21, 2002 - Albert J. Bracher, son of Carl and Emelia (Fischer) Bracher, was born September 8, 1912 on his family farm near Rockville, Missouri. He passed away at Ellett Memorial Hospital January 21, 2002 at the age of 89 years. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City, Missouri and confirmed March 28, 1926 by Reverend George Jagels. His confirmation verse was 1st Corinthians, chapter 16, verses13 and 14 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity. He attended grade school at Fairmount and finished at Zion Lutheran. Albert and Viola Rose Renken were united in marriage May 10, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City by Pastor Al Rohlfing. Albert served as Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He served the congregation as president, secretary treasurer and trustee at various times. He was an active member of the men’s club. He also served as branch secretary and president 25 years of Aid Association of Lutherans. He was on the Rockville Township Board where he served as trustee. Albert was instrumental in organizing the local 4-H club known as the Busy Beavers. Albert was a dedicated family man. He gave his love to family, farm, God and community without reservation. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Gerhard, Paul and Harold Edwin, and one sister Frida Rapp. Survivors include his wife Viola of the home, their five children, Larry Bracher and wife Antionette of Appleton City, Missouri, Joyce and husband Bob Barker of Olathe, Kansas, Tony Bracher of Appleton City, Missouri, Gayle and husband Dale Bock of Appleton City, Missouri and Danny Bracher of the home. Albert’s grandchildren are Steve Bracher and wife Delores, Annisa and David Bracher, Jason and Kerry Barker, Taylor and Connor Bock, and great-grandchildren Ethan and Emily Bracher, several nephews, nieces and many friends.

BRACHER, Viola Rose Renken
Hill & Son Funeral Home
28 November 1919 – 23 February 2004 - Viola Rose (Renken) Bracher, daughter of Otto and Rose (Conrad) Renken was born November 28, 1919 on a farm near Johnson City, MO in St. Clair County. She departed this life February 23, 2004 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri at an age of 84 years. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton City, Missouri on December 28, 1919. Confirmation was May 7, 1933 by Rev. Al Rohlfing. Her confirmation verse was John 14:6. “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” She attended grade school in Johnson City seven years and one year at Trinity Lutheran Day School in Appleton City. She graduated from Appleton City High School in 1938. She and Albert Bracher were married May 10, 1942 in Appleton City by Rev. Al Rohlfing. This marriage celebrated 59 years together. Viola faithfully attended Zion Lutheran at Prairie City, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was active in Ladies Aide, holding various positions and also Ladies Social. Many families lives were enriched by her active participation in Busy Beaver 4-H. She took pleasure in quilting, cooking and growing roses. She found much delight in her family and their families and treasured time spent with them. She lavished them with selfless, unconditional love and devotion shown in many ways. Her faith and God’s love was evident as she diligently and patiently nurtured those around her. Preceding her in death were her parents and beloved husband Albert. Survivors are five children, Larry Bracher and wife Antionette, Appleton City, Missouri, Joyce and husband Bob Barker, Olathe, Kansas, Tony Bracher, Appleton City; Gayle and husband Dale Bock, Appleton City, and Danny Bracher of the family home, Rockville, Missouri. Her grandchildren are Steve Bracher and wife Delores, Annisa and David Bracher, Appleton City, Jason Barker, Kerry Barker and wife Sonia, Kansas City, Missouri, Taylor and Connor Bock, Appleton City. Great-grandchildren are Ethan, Emily and Evan Bracher and Demitry Barker, there are also several nephews and nieces and many friends. WE cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence, always in our hearts.

BRACKENRIDGE, James Coleman
Nevada Daily Mail, Saturday, 7 June 2008
James Coleman (J.C.) Brackenridge - James Coleman (J.C.) Brackenridge, 77, of rural El Dorado Springs, the son of Maude Frances (Whitley) Brackenridge and Everett Nally Brackenridge, was born July 26, 1930, at his family home. He passed away at his home Sunday, May 31, 2008. J.C. attended the Stoney Point School near Taberville, Mo. After graduation he worked on the family farm. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and served as a Corporal in the Third Tank Battalion Division as a tank instructor. After returning home, he married Nova May Smith and to this union five children were born. They resided in El Dorado Springs and subsequently moved to Schell City in 1963. J.C. worked as a mechanic for Schell City Truck & Tractor, Beaty Implements and Peabody Mining, in Lacygne, Kan. After his retirement, J.C. retured to the homestead of his parents to raise cattle. J.C. had many interests but in particular, he enjoyed photography. He took pictures of the places he traveled, family gatherings, wildlife, flood waters and all manner of social functions. He caputred the essence of the people he photographed whether they were going about their routine lives, celebrating events or attempting to ford flood waters. His keen eye has provided us these treasures, frozen in time, to enjoy for years to come. During his retirement, J.C. took pleasure in living on the farm and spending time at local restaurants drinking coffee and taking meals with friends. Preceded him in death were, two sons, Rickie Dean Brackenridge and Trent Lee Brackenridge, his parents and one nephew. He is survived by three children, Archie Brackenridge and wife Sheila, of El Dorado Springs, Vicki McKinney, of Schell City, and Jalene Flint, of Schell City; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margie L. Jordan, of Denison, Iowa and Vivian N. Tremain, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Services were held Wednesday, June 4, at the Lewis Hoagland Funeral Home, in Schell City, with Doug Reynolds officiating. Interment under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home was in Green Lawn Cemetery, in Schell City. Pallbearers were: Adam Brackenridge, Preston Flint, Chad Ijams, Aaron Law, Larry Dade and Jim Goodman. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department.

BRADBURY, Ralph Eugene
St. Clair County Courier, 7 December 2007
Ralph Eugene Bradbury, 52, Odessa, died Nov. 25, 2007 at St. Mary's Medical Center, Blue Springs. He was born Aug. 18, 1955, the son of Glenn Paul and Mary Louise Stumpff Bradbury, in Warrensburg. He was married on April 2, 1983 to Judith Lynn Kidwell in Raytown. Bradbury grew up in Holden and had lived in Raytown before moving to Odessa in 1988. He was a 1973 graduate of Raytown High School and a 2005 graduate of M.T.T.I., Kansas City. He also was a graduate of John Barnes Advance Myofascial Therapist Training. He was self-employed, owner and operator of Inspirational Therapies, LLC, licensed massage therapist and an advanced myofascial therapist. He had owned and operated Bradbury Construction and Remodeling, Raytown; was maintenance supervisor of the Odessa R-7 School District from 1988-94, and was employed by Dowell Construction. Bradbury was a minister in the Unity Life Church, obtaining his license in 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Stumpff Bradbury, in 1989. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Gene Bradbury, Blue Springs; a daughter, Candice Bradbury, Odessa; his father, formerly of Holden, now of Roscoe; a sister, Linda Bradbury, Raytown and a granddaughter, Anna Marie Bradbury. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, Odessa. Private family prayer service preceded visitation. Cremation with private scattering at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ralph E. Bradbury Memorial Fund.

BRADBURY, Ralph Eugene
Kansas City Star, 28 November 2007
Ralph Eugene Bradbury, 52, Odessa, formerly of Raytown, Mo., died November 25, 2007. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel, (816) 633-5524. Contributions can go to the Ralph E. Bradbury Memorial Fund. The family will have a private prayer service and cremation will follow the visitation.

BRATTIN, Garland Leon
St. Clair County Courier, 17 November 2006
Garland Leon Sonny Brattin was born July 5, 1932 in Jefferson City to Lester and Margaret Virginia Moore Brattin. He passed away Nov. 11, 2006, at his home. Sonny was an Army veteran and served his country in France from 1952 to 1955. On Aug. 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Neoma Darline Houston. Darline preceded him in death on Aug. 2. He was a supervisor for Mid-American Diarymen, Inc., El Dorado Springs, retiring after 33 years of service in 1994. Other jobs included hauling milk, drilling wells, farming, driving a lime truck and he also worked for REA setting electrical poles. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Brattin and Margaret Hardy and his brother, Bob Brattin. He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Rainwater and her husband, Bob, Collins and Karen K. Reed and her husband, Robert, El Dorado Springs; step-father, Jack Hardy, El Dorado Springs; half brother, Donnie Hardy, Osceola; two grandchildren, Jerrod Busbey and his wife, Sarah, Ft. Bragg, N.C. and Jenita Busbey, Denton, Texas; brother-in-law, J.B. Houston and his wife, Nancy, Osceola; three sisters-in-law, Nova Brattin, Patty Clark and her husband, Douglas, Osceola and Katherine Massey and her husband, Ewell, Hale; other relatives and friends. Services were Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Greg Mangum officiating. Musical selections were "Go Rest High On That Mountain", "Daddy's Hands", and "Life Ain't Always Beautiful". Casketbearers were Bob Rainwater, Tim Morgan, Lawrence Hicks, Robert Reed, David Friar, Melvin Smith and J.B. Houston. Military honors were given by Clinton VFW Post #1894. Interment was in the Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, under direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BRATTIN, Neoma Darline Houstin
St. Clair County Courier, 11 August 2006
Neoma Darline (Houstin) Brattin, 71, of Osceola, was born on Aug. 8, 1934 to Pawnee Bert and Gertie (Hardy) Houston and passed away on Aug. 2, 2006 in her home. Darline is survived by her husband, Garland “Sonny” Brattin; two daughters, Brenda Rainwater and husband Bob of Collins, and Karen K. Reed and husband Robert of El Dorado Springs; two grandchildren, Jerrod Busbey and wife Sarah and Jenita Busbey; a brother J.B. Houston and wife Nancy of Osceola; three sisters, Nova Brattin of Osceola, Patty Clark and husband Doug of Osceola, and Katherine Massey and husband Ewell of Hale; many nieces, nephews; and her father-in-law, Jack Hardy. Darline graduated in 1952 from Osceola High School. She entered nurses training in September 1952 at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield and graduated in 1955. On Aug. 25, 1955, she was united in marriage to Sonny Brattin. She had many occupations as a surgical nurse, home health nurse and taught health occupations at high school. Darline worked for several years at Truman Lake Manor as an administrator and as the Director of Nurses. She also went to cosmetology school and opened a beauty shop in her home for a while. She was employed at two nursing homes, Appleton City Manor and community Springs Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs. She was lovingly known as “Sarge” by her co-workers. Darline was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Gertie, four brothers, Darrell Ray Houston, Charles Houston, Coy Houston and Bob Houstin and a mother-in-law, Margaret Hardy. Services were held Aug. 6 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Richard Sunderwirth officiating. Casketbearers were bob Rainwater, Charlie Moore, Doug Clark, Robert Reed, Jim Hudson and J.B. Houston. Interment was in the Osceola Cemetery.

BRATTIN, Neoma Darline Houstin
Clinton Daily Democrat, 3 August 2006
Mrs. Darline Brattin, 71, El Dorado Springs, died Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at her home. Mrs. Brattin was a longtime area resident and a registered nurse. Among local survivors are her husband Sonny, of the home; two daughters, Brenda Rainwater and husband Bob, Collins, and Karen Reed and husband Robert, El Dorado Springs; three sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be Sunday, August 6, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery.

BRATTIN, Robert Dean
Kansas City Star, 13 August 2004
Robert "Bob" Dean Brattin, 70, born December 27, 1933, died at home, August 12, 2004. Robert was born in Roscoe, MO, moving to Kansas City in 1953. He was employed through and was in good standing with the I.U.O.E. Local 101, until his retirement in 1996. He spent the last years of his life with his wife, Nova, traveling, playing with grandchildren and his horses that he loved so dearly. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Lester "Slats" Brattin and mother, Margaret Brattin Hardy. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nova Brattin; son, Ronald and wife, Kimberly; daughter, Debra; son, Kenneth and wife, Katherine; and son, Darrell; grandsons, Brian, Ron James and Mitchell; granddaughter, Kelsey; great-grandson, Gabriel; other family and many friends. He was admired by many, loved by all and will be dearly missed by all who crossed his path in life. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 14, at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO; with burial in the Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Park Lawn Chapel, Kansas City, MO, Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and in Osceola, Saturday at the funeral home from noon until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Brattin Horse Fund c/o the funeral home. Arrangements: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BRAY, Alfred H.
St. Clair County Courier, 29 April 2005
Alfred H. Bray, 96, Hannibal, died Monday, April 18, 2005, at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Mr. Bray was born Oct. 5, 1908, in rural Lowry City, to Arthur Bray and Jessie B. Walters Bray. He was the oldest of 15 children.
He was married to Francis Virginia Garnett of Kansas City on Jan. 1, 1934. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1990. His parents, two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death. Mr. Bray was a recognized expert on food dehydration techniques and consulted with the U.S. Army during World War II. He also designed and built a phosphate processing plant that converted phosphate ore into livestock feed. His company, Fosforo, owned mines in Mexico and imported ore for processing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He was later involved in bonded storage and warehousing, as well as stevedoring at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. A resident of the Rio Grande Valley for 67 years, Mr. Bray retired at age 90 and relocated to Hannibal to be with his daughter and son-in-law. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal. Survivors include one son, James A. Bray and his wife, Xiao Mei Bray of Austin, Texas; and a daughter, Sarah E. Whitaker and her husband, John R. Whitaker of Hannibal. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Bryan A. Bray and his wife, Lisa, Brad A. Bray, Brett A. Bray, Jennifer K. Brooks and her husband, Michael, Christopher A. Whitaker and his wife, Heather. Mr. Bray also had nine great grandchildren, Ashley Bray, Amber Bray, Mayson Bray, Alec Bray, Alyssa Bray, Jeremy Brooks, Seth Brooks and Embrie Whitaker. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal with Rev. Doug Darnold officiating. Honorary casketbearers were Bryan A. Bray, Bradley A. Bray, Brett A. Bray, Christopher A. Whitaker and Robert Goans. Burial was in Olathe, Kan., under the direction of the O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Hannibal.

BRAY, Arnetta Belle Johnson
St. Clair County Courier, 17 June 2005
Arnetta Belle Johnson Bray, 92, passed away on June 6, 2005, at Primrose Place, Springfield. She was a resident of Springfield since 1978. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Osceola, to Luther and Edeth Cross Johnson. Arnetta was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, of 67 years; her parents; her brothers, Carlos Johnson, Douglas Johnson, R.J. Johnson and Everett Johnson; and her sisters, Imogene Kelley and Margureite Suiter. She is survived by her children, sons, Donald and his wife, Barbara, Springfield, Charles, Moline, Ill., Norman, Independence and Lee and his wife, Mary Johnson, Independence; daughter, Norma McCoy, Summerfield, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; her brothers, Thurman Johnson, Junction City, Kan., Ray Allen Johnson, Streator, Ill. and Lloyd Johnson, Kansas City; and her sisters, Keturah Matsko, Lowry City, Marion Talley, Streator, Ill. and Betty Reed, Kansas City. Funeral services were Thursday, June 9, in Gorman-Scharf Brentwood chapel with Pastor Dean Trivitt officiating. Burial followed in the Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Springfield chapter of
Habitat for Humanity, 900 N. Benton, Springfield, MO 65802, or First General Baptist Church, 1400 W. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806.

BRAY, Arnetta Belle Johnson
Kansas City Star, 8 June 2005 
Arnetta Belle (Johnson) Bray, 92, passed away on June 6, 2005, at Primrose Place, Springfield, MO. She was a resident of Springfield since 1978. She was born December 22, 1912, in Osceola, MO, to Luther and Edeth (Cross) Johnson. Arnetta was preceded in death by her husband Richard, of 67 years, her parents, her brothers Carlos Johnson, Douglas Johnson, R.J. Johnson, and Everett Johnson, and her sisters Imogene Kelley and Margureite Suiter. She is survived by her children, son Donald and wife Barbara, Springfield, MO; son Charles, Moline, IL; son Norman, Independence, MO; daughter Norma McCoy, Summerfield, FL; and son Lee and wife Mary Johnson, Independence, MO; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild; and her brothers Thurman Johnson, Junction City, KS; Ray Allen Johnson, Streator, IL; and Lloyd Johnson, Kansas City, MO; and her sisters Keturah Matsko, Lowry City, MO, Marion Talley, Streator, IL, and Betty Reed, Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel with Pastor Dean Trivitt officiating. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, MO. Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. today in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Springfield Chapter Habitat for Humanity, 900 N. Benton, Springfield, MO, 65802, or First General Baptist Church, 1400 W. Walnut, Springfield, MO, 65806. (Arr. Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Inc., Brentwood
Chapel, 1947 East Seminole, Springfield, MO, 65804, 417-886-9994)

BRAY, Esther T. Benigar
Clinton Daily Democrat
Mrs. Esther T. Bray, 78, Lowry City, died Monday, September 25, 1995 at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Mrs. Bray was born near Lowry City and was a lifelong area resident. She was a former teacher and rural mail carrier. She is survived by one son, Robert Bray of Lowry City; one brother, Robert Benigar of Widomar, California, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, September 29, at the Lowry City Cemetery.

BRAY, Gerald Graydon
Clinton Daily Democrat
Gerald G. (Jerry) Bray, 91, Osceola, died Monday, July 11, 1994 at his home. Mr. Bray was born in Newton, Mo. He had lived in the Osceola area the past 60 years and was a retired salvage yard operator. He is survived by one son Richard Bray of Osceola; one brother, Richard Bray of Springfield; 14 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 13 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Lowry City Cemetery.

BRAY, Opal Ruth Woods
Clinton, Mo. - Opal W. Bray, 89, of Clinton died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. Services will be held Monday, March 3, 2008 at the Consalus Funeral Home in Clinton with Dr. Randy Shippman Officiating. Burial will follow in the Lowry City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday,
March 2, 2008 at the Consalus Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be left in care of the funeral home. Opal Bray was born on July 22, 1918 in Leeton, Mo., the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle (Mudd) Woods. She was also the stepdaughter of Elen (Woods) Bray. Opal grew up in Leeton and attended school there achieving her high school diploma. She met and married her husband Earle Bray and together they had one child, a girl Kathleen. Mrs. Bray has lived in Clinton since around 1978. She was of the Christian faith and a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton. Her hobbies included quilting, gardening and canning. She also worked outside the home as a real estate agent for the Bill Whitlow agency. Opals daughter, Kathleen Williams of Clinton, two grand children Chad Westendorff and Sonya Leist and three great grand children, survive her. Her parents and stepmother, her husband, Earl and one grandson, Dustin,  Opal W. Bray

BRAY, Orpha M. Shoemaker
Clinton Daily Democrat, 9 June 2003
Orpha M. Bray, 85, Clinton and formerly of Lowry City, a homemaker, died Sunday, June 8, 2003 at her home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 10, at Lowry City United Methodist Church, with burial in Lowry City Cemetery.

BRAY, Richard Andrew
Clinton Daily Democrat, 31 December 2001
Richard Bray, 70, Osceola, died Friday, December 28, 2001 at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. He was the owner and operator of a wrecker service. Funeral services were Sunday, December 30 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in Lowry City Cemetery.

BREEDEN, Ruth O. Dains
Bucks County Courier Times, 16 April 2008
Ruth O. Breeden (nee Dains), passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Attleboro Nursing Center in Langhorne, Pa. She was 89 years of age and a resident of Attleboro Nursing Center for over eight years, a resident of Chelan, Washington for over 60 years and spent most of her life working on her family's farm. Born in Oyer, Mo. to the late Oliver Britt Dains and the late Flora Ilo Breeden (nee Howerton), she was the beloved wife of the late Willis Ray Breeden, the devoted mother of Dewaine Breeden of Cherry Valley, California, Larry S. Breeden and his wife Barbara of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and the late Mona Gayle Clifton. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Her family will receive relatives and friends, Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Campbell and Thomas Funeral Home, 905 Second Street Pike, Richboro and to her Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. Her interment will take place in Chelan, Washington.

BRENT, Barbara Mae Tuck
Hickory County Index , 23 March 2005
Barbara Mae Brent, 91, Warsaw, Mo., died March 20, 2005, at the Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born August 21, 1913, near Quincy, Mo., to Frank and Bessie Tuck.  She grew up in Hickory County and was married to James Benton Brent in 1935.  They first made their home in Appleton City, Mo., and later moved to Adrian.  After her husband's death she moved to Warsaw to be near her children.  Survivors include two sons, James E. Brent and John Brent, Sr., both of Warsaw; a daughter, Edna Hockett, Warsaw; three sisters, Sylvia Cadwell, Stillwell, Kansas, Geneva Delozier, Buffalo, and Gloria Jump, Bolivar; three brothers, Frankie Tuck, Savannah, Mo., John Tuck, Quincy, and Leonard Tuck, Wheatland; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Quincy.  Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

BRESHEARS, Betty Louise Vaughn
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, November28, 2008
Betty Louise Breshears was born Sept. 18, 1944 in Dunnegan to Carlie Shears and Ora Ruth [Hutchison] Vaughn. Betty loved her children and grandchildren very much. She enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting with her many friends there. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlie Shears and Ora Ruth Vaughn; brothers; Charles, Floyd and Clyde Vaughn; and son Bill Breshears. Betty is survived by her sons, Mark and Scott Breshears and her daughter, Lora Newcome; her sisters, Donna Whitaker, Minnie Lamb, Faye Lamb, Lorene Evans and her brothers, Dale and Kenny Vaughn. Also surviving are her grandchildren. christina and Gary Hoff, Skyra Reed, Alexandra and Ty Breshears, zimra and Ociana Rand, Michael and Demetrius Haden, Nathaniel and Nicholas Newcome; great-grandchildren Jaden Hoff, Kaiden Nolan and Cody Breshears; many nieces, nephews, adopted children and grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Services were Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Greg Mangum officiating. Casketbearers were David Lambrecht, Dennis Lambrecht, Duane Lambrecht, Larry Evans, Ty Breshears and Gary Hoff. Interment was in Robinson Cemetery. Arrangements by sSeldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BRESHEARS, Opal May Harris
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 13 February 2009
Opal May Breshears was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Fairfield to Pressa and May Harris. She passed away Feb. 4, 2009 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri. Opal was married to Ralph Breshears on June 24, 1947 in Fort Scott. Kansas. To this union four sons were born. Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; three sons, Roy Allen, Sammy Lee and Ronnie Eugene Breshears; one great-grandson, Mathew Lane; her parents, Pressa and May Harris; one brother, James Harris and one sister, Velva Cooper.
She is survived by one son, Buster Breshears and his wife Margaret of Montrose; two grandsons, Jason and his wife Melissa of St. Charles, Missouri and Mathew and his wife Tammy of Deepwater; four great-grandchildren, caitlyn, Emma, Ray Allen and Zoie; three brothers, Morran Harris of Clinton, Lloyd Harris of Osceola and Ed Harris of Kansas City, Kansas and several nieces and nephews. Services were Saturday,Feb. 7 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Minister was Greg Mangum. Casketbearers were Jason Breshears, Mathew Breshears, Ehrle Goth, Raymond Rotert, Jerry Martin and Larry Houk Interment was at Shiloh Cemetery and arranged by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BRASHEARS, Ralph
St. Clair County Courier, 26 January 2007
Ralph Breshears was born on June 24, 1922 in Fairfield to Henry and Ida Button Breshears and passed away on Jan. 20, 2007 at his son's home in Montrose. Ralph was married to Opal Mae Harris on June 24, 1947 in Ft. Scott, Kan. They were blessed with four sons. Ralph spent most of his life in Montrose. He was a mechanic and owned a small shop with his son, Buster. Ralph was preceded in death by three sons, Ray Allen, Sammy Lee and Ronnie Eugene; one great-grandson, Matthew Lane; his parents, Henry and Ida Breshears; two brothers, Jake and Noah and one nephew, Donnie Breshears. Ralph is survived by his wife Opal Mae of the home; one son, Buster and his wife Margaret of Montrose; two grandsons, Jason and his wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood, Texas and Mathew and his wife, Tammy of Deepwater; four great-grandchhildren, Caitlyn, Emma and Ray Allen of Ft. Hood, Texas and Zoie of Deepwater; one brother, Denver Breshears, Clinton; one sister, Alleen Harris of Lowry City and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Greg Mangum. Music selection was "Amarillo Sky". Casketbearers were Jason Breshears, Larry Houk, Raymond Rotert, Mathew Breshears, Earl Goth, Jimmy Wagner, and Jerry Martin.
Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery with arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BRESHEARS, William Curtis
St. Clair County Courier, 4 May 2007
William "Bill" Curtis Breshears was born on November 4, 1964 in Kansas City, to William Alfred and Betty Louise Vaughn Breshears, and passed away on April 28, 2007 at his home in Lowry City. Bill lived most of his life in St. Clair County. He was very generous with those that he loved and very protective of his family. He had lots of love for his brothers and sisters and was always trying to get everyone together. Before he lost his eyesight, Bill was a talented artist and poet. Since he was color-blind it drove him crazy when he tried to draw, so most of his drawings were little pencil sketches. Although Bill was never married, he had several loves in his life and he has two beautiful daughters to show for it. His last few years were spent in poor health, but Bill refused to give up his independence and insisted on living alone and doing things his way. Bill is survived by his two daughters, Skra Reed of Boonville and Christina Hoff of Lebanon, one grandson, Jaden Hoff, three brothers, Raymond Breshears, Scott Breshears, and Mark Breshears, one sister, Lora Newcome, his parents, William A. Breshears and Betty L. Breshears, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.
Memorial services were Wednesday, May 2 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Minister Greg Mangum. Music selection played was "When I Get Where I'm Going" and "Holes In The Floor of Heaven".
Final disposition of the body was cremation. Interment will be at Robinson Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BREUER, William Johnson
Springfield News-Leader, 14 March 2006
William Johnson Breuer died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the Norman, Oklahoma, Veteran's Center. Born on May 20, 1920, he was the fourth of eight children born to Ida and Oscar Breuer in St. James, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Buell Breuer; sister, Treal Arthur; and brother, Noel Eugene Breuer. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Breuer; daughter, Barbara Mathias and son-inlaw, Dr. Bill Mathias, of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter, Teresa Brekke and son-inlaw, Dr. Charles Brekke, of Edmond, Oklahoma; sister, Rebul Kiely of Springfield, Missouri; sister, June Verdi of Diamondhead, Mississippi; brother, Wallace Breuer of Dayton, Ohio; and brother, Charles Breuer of Houston, Texas. William attended Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, from the Fall of 1939 to 1942. During World War II, William served in the United States Navy as a Second Lieutenant JG. He was second in command on an LCT, Landing Craft Tank, during the eleventh wave of the DDay Normandy Invasion on Omaha Beach. Shortly after the war, William began working for his uncle, Waldo P. Johnson, founder of Webster Publishing Company, as a sales representative. He sold textbooks and workbooks to elementary and secondary public and private schools in the western half of Missouri for 28 years. For the first 16 years of his career, he worked for Webster Publishing Company, followed by 22 years for McGraw-Hill Book Company in the Elhigh division, following the merger of Webster Publishing Company with the McGraw Hill Book Company. William was a perfectionist and excelled at his profession. He continuously earned many professional awards, always exceeded his yearly sales quota, and was awarded "Outstanding Salesman" for many consecutive years. He and Margaret lived in Springfield, Missouri, from 1948 until 1992. William was a faithful member of St. Agnes Cathedral and served as an usher. He was a devoted father and husband. In 1992, six years after William's retirement, he and Margaret moved to Oklahoma City. After 72 years on this earth and several life-threatening cardiac events, William reinvented himself and built a very fulfilling life in Oklahoma City. He and Margaret joined Christ the King Catholic Church and William became an usher and a participant in the Share and Care Ministry. He especially enjoyed volunteering at Mercy Health Center in the Radiology Department where he achieved celebrity status for his superb coffee brewing skills. The Y.M.C.A. aquatic arthritis exercise class was also a very important and enjoyable part of his new life in Oklahoma. The family expresses gratitude to the caring and superb staff of the Norman Veteran's Center; Sister Rose Power and the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Health Center; and to Richard Amend and Pam Cullen of Christ the King Senior Ministries for their active and prayerful support. A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Friday, March 17, 2006, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mercy Foundation at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

BROADHUS, Pid
Osceola Sun, 28 November 1878
Died. On the morning of Nov. 26th 1878, of that dire destroyer consumption, Mr. Pid Broadhus, at his father’s residence, on Col. Funkhauser farm, situated on the Osceola and Roscoe road. Deceased was about twenty-two years old, and had been suffering considerably during the past year. Within the last few weeks his constitution and system gave away so rapidly, that all who saw him knew, that, ere long, he must pass away.
He leaves a large circle of sorrowful relations and friends. He was well respected and beloved by all who knew him, and his parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all. Pid has gone where contentions and storms will no more arise, and where pure rivers of light roll on refreshing the mind forever.

BROCK, Charles Wayne
St. Clair County Courier, 22 June 2007
Charles Wayne Brock was born on March 19, 1928 in Burkley, Ky., to Orian Lindell and Laura Isabelle (Moreland) Brock and passed away on June 10, 2007 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. Charles attended school in Illmo thru the 10 grade and completed his high school GED while in the Naval Service. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 25, 1946 and attained the rank of Chief Electrician (E7) on November 14, 1955. He retired from the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1968. After his military service, Charles spent the next year workign in Martin City, as a maintenance electrician. In April 1969 Charles became the general foreman electrician working on a government contract in South Vietnam. This contract lasted two years and upon returning to the United States he began working as an elevator mechanic. Charles worked for six different elevator company's and worked in five states, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida & the Dominican Republic. Upon retirement in 1987, Charles worked at the Owens Corning Fiberglass Company in Kansas City, Kan. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Orion and Laura Brock, one son, Michael Brock and several brothers and one sister. He is survived by his loving wife Donna, of the home; sons, Richard Brock, David Brock, Carolyn Stegman and husband Steve, Linda Jenning and husband Darin, Debra Linneman and husband David, two step-children, R.J. Walker and wife Barbara, LaDonna Walker and friend Doug. Three sisters, Lee Benson, Esstelle Green and Ann Owen, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Services took place on Wednesday, June 13 at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, and were officiated by Rev. Danny Fergerson. Music included "Ship Ahoy", and "The Navy Hymn". Casketbearers were Omer Hadsall, Gary Hadsall, R.J. Walker, Gordon Hadsall, Larry Hadsall, and Dough Selbe. Interment was at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens with arrangements made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola.

BROCKMAN, Warren A.
Clinton Daily Democrat, 16 October 2002
Warren A. Brockman, 75, Boulder, Colorado, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at Denver, Colorado.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 19, in the Coon Creek Baptist Church, Collins. Burial was in Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery.

BROWN, David F.
St. Clair County Courier, 21 April 2006
David F. Brown was born April 23, 1926, in Butler, the son of Jacob and Rhoda Hartzel Brown. He passed away April 12, 2006, at Medical Lodge of Butler at the age of 79. David was united in marriage Feb. 2, 1946, in Butler, to Juanita Black. To this union, five children were born. David was a retired truck driver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, on July 10, 2004. He was also preceded in death by two sons, David Alan and Glenn Russell; his parents; one sister, Violet; and one great grandson. David is survived by two sons, Carl Edward Brown, Wichita, Kan., and Harold W. Brown and his wife, Joyce, Belton; one daughter, April Nichols and husband Marion, Rich Hill; one brother, Kenneth Brown and his wife Eileen, Burnet, Texas; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, April 15, at Heuser Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Perkey officiating. Casketbearers were Geoffrey Brown, Wayne West, Clifford Smith, Les Brown, Steve Base and Jim West. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. Arrangements were by Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

BROWN, George Francis Quincy
St. Clair County Courier, December 1999
George Francis Quincy Brown, 91, of Appleton City, passed away Nov. 28, 1999 at the Ellett Memorial
Hospital in Appleton City. He was born Jan. 22, 1908 in Bates County, the son of Irk Merton and Minnie Maud (Browning) Brown. He attended the Reynard Elementary School and Appleton City High School. He then attended the Kemper Military School at Booneville, graduating in 1926. He went to Kansas City and spent a couple of years with TWA as a pilot. He then moved back to Appleton City in the Round Prairie Community and began farming. On Nov. 1, 1931, he was united in marriage to Lena Lucille Schapeler and established their home in the Round Prairie Community. To this union six children were born. Quincy accepted Christ Dec. 9, 1935 and became a member of the Round Prairie Babtist Church where he served as his health permitted. He served on the Reynard School Board and was involved in the building of the Hudson R-9 School as board president. He served on the Citizens Bank board of directors for 49 years, retiring in October of 1986. He wa a 50 year member of the Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 A.F. & A.M. He loved farming and raising cattle and hogs.  He enjoyed fishing and traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Lodema Lucille. He is survived by his wife Lena Lucille Brown, five children, Warren Quincy Brown of the home; Esther Lou and husband Chuck Thompson of Alamo, Texas; George William Brown of Carrollton, Texas; Marilyn Bradley of Denton, Texas and Eddie Brown and wife, Joyce of Appleton City; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and one brother, Trucy Brown and wife, Frances of Appleton City and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., officiated by Brother Othal Hodson and Brother Joe Wix, Jr. There was a Masonic Service by the Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 .F. & A.M. Music was by Linda Hargrave, organist, and Roy Steiner, vocalist. The songs were "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "How great Thou Art". Casketbearers were Randy Conard, MikeParham, R.C. Bradley, Danny Bradley, Jeff Miller and David Dolbow. Interment was in the Round Prairie Cemetery in Appleton City. Memorials may be made to the Round Prairie Cemetery, Kamp Kiersey or the Appleton City Library.

BROWN, James Wallace
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 28 September 2007
James Wallace Brown, 82, was born east of Osceola near Harper, on January 2, 1925 to Lewis Brandon and Anna (Garrison) Brown. He passed away September 14, 2007 at his home in Osceola. James was proud to have served in the Navy during World War II. After serving his country he worked and lived in Kansas City until moving back to Osceola in 2006. James worked for Black, Sivals and Bryson for many years and for the city of Kansas City until his retirement. James was united in marriage to Cleo Parton on August 22, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 1, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Brandon Brown.
James is survived by two children, Janice Sheldon and husband, Larry, Osceola and Rhonda Glandon and husband, Bill of Kansas City; a brother, Wilbur Brown, Peculiar, four grandchildren, Heathir Brown, Ryan Brown, Scott Sheldon, and Kirstin Kluender; six great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives who will miss him very much. Services were held Monday, Sept. 17 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Reverend Carl Whitacre. Music selections to play were "Precious Memories" by Herb Garrison and "Old Rugged Cross" by Kenneth and Janet Garrison. Casketbearers were Michael Brown, Curt McLerran, Terry Doolin, Paul Taylor, Alan Hale and Paul Miller. Military services were done by Clinton VFW #1894.
Interment was in Bear Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BROWN, John D.
Appleton City Journal , 8 January 1920
A Pioneer Passes - John D. Brown, a pioneer citizen of this locality, died Saturday evening at the home of his son-in-law, Henry Holland, in this city, following an injury received some days ago as noted in this paper last week. The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church Monday morning, conducted by Rev. E.S. Brownlee, followed by interment in the Montrose Cemetery. Mr. Brown lived in this locality since 1867. A suitable life sketch is in preparation for next week’s paper.

BROWN, John D.
Card of Thanks - We desire to publicly thank all who rendered assistance in any way during the recent illness, death and burial of our father, the late John D. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holland

BROWN, Mary Maxine
Clinton Daily Democrat, September 1995
Mrs. Mary M. Brown, 77, Lowry City, died Monday, August 28, 1995, at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 5, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.

BROWN, O’Cliff
Osceola Library files
O’Cliff Brown was born in Oak Cliff, Texas, July 27, 1893, the son of Lucy M. Baker Brown and George P. Brown. He passed away Wednesday, April 8, 1987 in a home in Lowry City, Missouri at the age of 94 years.
He moved with his family at an early age from Texas to Colorado and then to Missouri. In 1914 he was married to Opal Sylvia Logan and they settled on a farm near Roscoe, Missouri. Two sons were born to this union, George Edwin and Paul Logan. Opal died in 1945. He married Goldie D. Pence in 1951 and lived in Osceola, Missouri where many friends and passers-by admired various roses and other flowers and blooming trees which he raised. Christmas lighting was a special joy for him. The home was decorated with many ornaments, highlighted by a large Santa with sleigh and reindeers. Another hobby was the banking of Angel Food cakes which he did with great care. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Carrol and Frank, and a sister, Ruth, as well as his parents and his wife Goldie. With his health failing in recent years, he was pleased to have met the John & Helen Colby family, who with their special caring made his last years more comfortable.
Cliff is survived by a son, Paul L. Brown, and wife, Carol, three grandchildren and three nieces. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, 1987 at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. The Rev. Don Fordyce officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

BROWN, Vicki E. Skinner Forck
Kansas City Star, 10 February 2005
Vicki E. (Forck) Brown, 52, of Osceola, MO, passed away Feb. 7, 2005, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer since October 2003. She was born August 4, 1952, in Albequerque, NM, to Everett and Mary (Joy) Skinner. Vicki grew up in Independence, MO, and graduated from Truman High School. In 1999 she retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City MO, after 30 years of service. She and her husband, Raymond, owned and operated Suzy Q's Café, Pub and Motel in Roscoe, MO, for six years until a tornado destroyed it in May 2004. Vicki was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Skinner. She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of the home; a daughter, Stacy Rimmer, and her husband, Matt, of Kansas City, MO; and a son, Joseph Forck, of Kansas City, KS; her father, and stepmother, Everett & Corkie Skinner, Raytown, MO; stepson, Robert Brown and wife, Alisha, of Independence, MO; stepdaughter, Tamara Daniels, and husband, Preston, of Des Moines, IA; a brother, Robert Skinner, and wife, Cheryl, of Kansas City, MO; sister, Sheryl Hadlen, of Pasadena, CA; grandsons, Trevor and Brenden Rimmer. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, MO, with burial in the Benton Green Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Funeral Home. Arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BROWN, William H.
Kansas City Star, 27 September 2004
William H. "Bill" Brown was born December 20, 1921 in Sheffield, MO to William and Frances Brown. He passed away September 23, 2004, at the Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg, MO. Bill grew up in the Kansas City area and lived there until moving to the Osceola area in 1980. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Army as a Signal Corpsman and as a cook. Upon returning from WWII he worked as a Red Cap for the railroad, worked as an insurance general agent for 50 years until his retirement. In 1970 he married Dora Delores Rodgers. Bill was a member of the Wyandotte #3 Masonic Lodge for 50 years, a member of Circle Lodge #342 in Roscoe, MO. He was a Shriner for the Ararat Temple in Kansas City and was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Delores Brown on March 27, 2000. He is survived by one son, Bill Jr. of Osceola, MO; one stepson, Robert Steed of St. Joseph, MO; nephews, Raymond Brown of Osceola, MO and Jerry Huggard of Camarino, CA; and two grandsons, Jared William and Jacob Lee Brown, both of Dallas, TX. Funeral services will be Monday, September 27, at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO with burial in the Benton Green Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12noon until service time Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, MO.

BROWN, William W.
St. Clair County Courier, 23 November 2007
William "Bill" W. Brown, age 95, of Collins passed away Nov. 15, 2007 at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola.
He was born March 18, 1912 at Weaubleau to Perry and Ida Brown. He was a farmer and longtime area resident of Colins. He liked to fish, hunt, play pitch and was a fan of the Royals. He is survived by a son and wife, Jack and Mary Brown of Deepwater; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Barbara and wife, Hazel Brown. Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kent Parson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 until 10 a.m., Saturday prior to the service at Hathaway-Peterman Home, Wheatland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

BROWNING, John L.
Hill & Son Funeral Home, LLC
July 21, 1921 - September 9, 2005 - John Lewis Browning was born July 21, 1921 at the home in rural Appleton City, Missouri, the first, and only son, of Burl Ewing and Eunice Laura (Pipes) Browning, and passed away on September 9, 2005 at Appleton City Manor at the age of 84 years. He attended grades one through eight at WeMott School in Bates County, two years at Passaic High School, and graduated from Butler High School in 1939. He was united in marriage to Lola Louise Holt April 26, 1946, at the bride’s home in Round Prairie and resided at the family farm near Appleton City. Together they raised two sons, Leland and Randy. Johnny loved his lifetime occupation of farming, primarily raising cattle, crops, and fescue seed, with his John Deere tractor. He was a member of FFA, Farm Bureau, and Missouri Cattleman’s Association. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, serving on the Board and as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He belonged to the Appleton City I.O.O.F. Odd Fellow Lodge. He followed the local Bulldog sports teams faithfully, and especially enjoyed watching his boys play football. Johnny and Lola belonged to the Apple Dumplings Square Dance Club, enjoying the activity and fellowship of square dancing from local to state level from 1977 through two decades. His wife, parents, and three brothers-in-law preceded him in death. He is survived by his sons, Leland and wife Becky, and Randy and wife Sharon; four grandchildren, Lorrie and husband Trent Stephens, Matthew, Carson, and Kayla; and two great-grandchildren, Travis and Rebecka Stephens, all of Appleton City, Missouri. Also surviving are three sisters, Mary Rush of Butler, Missouri, Elizabeth (Betty) Cooper of Springfield, Missouri and Louise and husband Arnold Hancock of Laurie, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Aileen and husband John Mitchel of Montrose, Missouri and Mary Lue Holt of Appleton City; several nieces and nephews and a host of very special friends.

BROWNING, Joyce Josephine
Sedalia, MO newspaper , 23 May 1943. Submitted by Kerry Dillard-Nelson
MISS JOSEPHINE BROWNING DIES - Miss Josephine Browning, 105 West High Street, an employee of the U.S. Employment Service here, died Saturday morning at 4 a.m. at St. Mary’s hospital.  Miss Browning formerly was an employee of the State Planning Board and in the office of the Chief Clerk of the House of the Representative. She was well known in the Capital City where she had resided for some years. Surviving here are four brothers, Lee L. Browning, Clarence C. Browning, and Captain Ernest L. Browning of Appleton City and Roy R. Browning of Great Falls, Montana. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Minnie M. B. Brown of Appleton City. Several nephews also survive. Funeral rites will be held Monday at 2 o’clock at the Round Prairie Baptist church near Appleton City, where she formerly resided.

BROWNING, Lola Louise Holt
Clinton Daily Democrat
Lola Louise Holt was born November 21, 1924, at her parents' home in Bates County, southwest of Appleton City, and died August 24, 1992, in an auto accident. The daughter of Wilbur and Pauline (Raybourn) Holt, she grew up in the Round Prairie area. She attended Reynard School, Appleton City High School and Kansas City Secretarial Business School, with perfect attendance for 13 years. She was raised a member of Round Prairie Baptist Church, converting shortly after marriage to trinity United Methodist Church. She was joined in marriage to John Lewis Browning on April 26, 1946. To this union two sons were born, Leland Dee and Randy Vaughn. She resided on their farm near Appleton city some 46 years. She was an active community member, mother and grandmother, including many "adopted" friends of her children and kids from the school bus she drove for many years. She enjoyed her gardening and flowers. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge and a Past Noble Grand. She was preceded in death by her parents. Loved ones left behind include her husband John; sons Leland and wife Becky, and Randy and wife Sharon, all of rural Appleton City; her sister Aileen Mitchel and husband John of Montrose; her brother Chester Holt and wife Mary Lou of Appleton City, and grandchildren Lorrie, Matthew, Carson and Kayla. She was dearly loved and will be remembered by her family and a lifetime of friends. Services were held Wednesday, August 26, 1992, at Eckhoff-Hill Funeral Home in Appleton City. Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

BROWNING, Robert Leo
Clinton Daily Democrat, 23 August 2007
Robert Leo Browning was born the son of Ernest and Irene (Jones) Browning on January 24, 1922, on a farm near Rockville. A year after he was born, the family moved to a farm east of Passaic. He received his education at Wemott, Passaic and Butler high schools. He was a graduate of the National School of Aeronautics working for TWA, prior to entering the Army Air Corps in December 1942. He was a graduate of the Chicago Radio Operator and Mechanics School. On May 6, 1944, he married Audrey Mary Schram of Chicago in Albany, Georgia. He was a graduate of the United States Army Air Corps Pilot School and he flew B-24 bombers until the end of World War II. After being relieved from active duty in November 1945, he joined the Army Air Corps Reserves and moved to Chicago where he was co-owner of an appliance store. In 1947, he moved to Appleton City to help his parents operate the family farm. In 1952, he and his father started and were co-owners of Browning Truck Line. The truck line was stopped in 1960 and Bob started Browning Van and Storage, operating it until his retirement. Bob was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, flying several different cargo planes until 1960 when cutbacks forced his job to be eliminated. He then joined the Missouri National Guard as a pilot. He was a graduate of Rotary Wing School of Fort Worth, Texas. He retired in January 1982 as a Major with 40 years of service. Bob was a charter member of the Missouri Movers Association, serving on the board of directors until retirement. He served as a president for two terms. He also served on the Advisory Council of Bekin Van Lines for two terms. He served on the American Movers Conference Agency Council for two terms. He was a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge 1034 and the Eagles Lodge, all of Clinton. He was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Audrey of the home; one daughter Dana McIntyre and husband Mike, Clinton; one son Rick Browning and wife Kathy, Spring Hill, Kansas; his brother-in-law Kurt Affolter, Chicago, Illinois, as well as six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, August 10, at Vansant-Mills Chapel, with burial in Englewood Cemetery.

BROWNLEE, Birdie Lee Cloud
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 23 May 2008
Birdie Lee Cloud Brownlee was born July 14, 1910 to William Sherman Cloud and Clementine [Lane] Cloud. She was born near Collins and attended school until the eighth grade at a one room school at Brush Creek. She didn't attend high school as she would have had to ride a horse 12 miles one way each day, as well as get breakfast and do chores before she went. Her mother died when she was nine years old and being the only girl at home she had to learn to cook and care for the house at an early age. On December 30, 1930 she was united in marriage to James William Brownlee of the Vista area. They lived in the Vista area two years before moving to the family farm on Weaubleau Creek where she lived until a short time after the death of her husband when she moved to Osceola. Later she moved to Lowry City. Birdie Brownlee was the mother of three sons; Thomas Wayne, James Sherman and Larry Gene. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Larry Gene, sister Dimple Baker Blakely and two brothers, Leon [Ted] Cloud and Lovell Cloud.Birdie is survived by two sons; Thomas Wayne of Osceola and James Sherman of Lowry City. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Patricia Lowe, Mark and Mike Brownlee and Marla Gibbens, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were held May 20 at Sheldon-Godrich Chapel. Officiated by Greg Mangum. Music selections included Gail Ingle and Richard Sunderwirth. Casketbearers included Grandsons Mark Brownlee, Mike Brownlee, James Brownlee, Nathan Brownlee, Tanner Gibbens, Conner Gibbens and Larry Gibbens.
Interment was in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Shelddon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BROWNLEE, Larry Gene
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, 11 January 2008
Larry Gene Brownlee was born Feb. 26, 1943 to James William and Birdie Lee [Cloud] Brownlee and departed this life Jan. 6, 2008 at the age of 64 years. He was married Dec. 27, 1963 to Patsy Belk of Wheatland in Clinton. Larry was in the printing and newspaper business since 1962 when he went to work for Norman and Natalie Carlton at the courier in Osceola. He had owned his own print shop since buying the Carlton's out of that portion of the Courier. He had started the St. Clair County Buyers Guide and combined it with the Courier in 1982 when a partnership was formed with Mary and Jim Dickerson of Camdenton. Larry owned many newspapers over the years with his partners or individually with his wife. At the time of his death, he owned the Cedar County Buyers Guide and the Star Newspaper of ElDorado Springs. During the years spent mostly in the newspaper business, he was the one that traveled to the different towns making the ownership transition. He spent countless hours going from town to town meeting the local people and had countless friends in all those places. Larry loved the rural farm life. He loved raising cattle and caring for them. Larry loved going to the local sale barns and had countless friends from Nixa and Ozark to Diamond, Nevada and Windsor spending many nights and days watching cattle sell and bringing some home part of the time.
Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to deer hunt in the fall each year and had been going
since before there was a season in St. Clair County.  He told many stories of spoonbilling when he was
younger and had enjoyed all other kinds of fishing. He is survived by his wife Pat of the home, his mother Birdie of Lowry City, brothers James and Thomas, special nephews Mark and Mike Brownlee and niece Marla Gibbens and their families, numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends.
Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Officiated by Rev. Durward
Scott. Music selections included "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "Consider the Lillies" by soloist Gail Ingle. Casketbearers were Vernon Putnam, Ron Sewell, Alex Scott, Jim King, Lynn Gardner, Larry Dutcher, Dick Scott and Rick Hostetter. Honor casketbearers were Don Kohn, Bob Gardner, Charles Sheldon, Dr. James Bourland, Dr. Wayne Morton, Joe Barger, Elmer Fairchild, Randy Sheldon, Jerry Beisner, John White, Larry Belk, Don Carney, Karl Allison, Mike Crawford, Gary Scott, Sam Crawford, Kirk Sibley, Dale Pasley and Darrin Jackson. Interment was in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BROWNSBERGER, Erma L. West
Nevada Daily News, Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Erma L. Brownsberger passed away at Nevada Regional Medical Center, on April 27, 2008, at the age of 87. She was born Aug. 14, 1920, to Willard R. West and Goldie A. (Wigger) West, in St. Clair County, Mo. She married Eddie Munsterman, in Montrose, Mo., on Feb. 15, 1938, and to this union six children were born. She later married Ted Brownsberger. Preceding Erma in death were; her parents; one son, Donald Munsterman, who passed away in 1993, and his wife Dorothy; a brother Wilford West; and Erma's second husband Ted Brownsberger who passed away in 2002. Survivors include five of her children: Elmer Munsterman and his wife Janice, of Nevada, Vincent Munsterman and his wife Sharon, of Kansas City, Larry Munsterman and his wife Sue, of Raymore, Gary Munsterman and his wife Beverly, of Appleton City, Virginia and her husband Dick Klein, of Overland Park; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all her family and friends. Visitation will be Thursday, May 1, from 1-2 p.m., at Hill & Son Funeral Home, Appleton City. Services will be held Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, in Montrose.

BRUCE, Doretha Ozell Taylor
St. Clair County Courier, 4 August 2006
Doretha Ozell Bruce was born on Aug. 14, 1905, in Boonville, the second child born to Richard and Eldora Taylor and passed away on July 28, 2006, at the age of 100. Her siblings included an older sister and two younger brothers. Doretha attended schools in Boonville, Marshall and Sedalia until eighth grade because it was before integration. Doretha began her first job at the age of nine. She worked for a Jewish family in Boonville doing domestic work. At the age of 11, Doretha went to work for a boarding house in Marshall. The Taylor family worked in construction so Doretha spent much of her childhood traveling throughout Missouri to wherever the highway was built. The construction of Highway 82 between El Dorado Springs and Roscoe brought the Taylor family to St. Clair County when Doretha was 17. Doretha married James Bruce and to this union two children were born. Doretha spent 65 years with her husband living in the Osceola area. During that time, James worked at the lime kiln and Doretha cooked in local restaraunts, spending many years working at the Green Lantern. Doretha would walk from the Bruce farm west of Osceola, generally traveling over the railrod bridge, into town to open the Green Lantern restaurant and work there until after lunch. She would then walk home to take care of the chickens, ducks, turkey and whatever else needed tended to before walking back to town to cook the evening meal. Eventually, Doretha and Jim moved to Osceola. Doretha took laundry and ironing for several members of the community. She also cleaned houses and worked as needed for many of Osceola's families. She worked for Emma Parker for 12 years cooking at her restaurant where she formed many relationships. Doretha ended her working career after 12 years of working in the Commercial Hotel dining room for Jim Naylor. Her son, James Richard Taylor is now 80 years old and lives in Kansas City. Her daughter, Louise Reed, a long-time resident of Kansas City, passed away three years ago. Doretha has 13 grandchildren, including her great-grandchildren as well.

BRUCE, Emma Viola Schuette
Osceola Library Files
Emma Viola Bruce was born September 16, 1898 in Anthony, Kansas to Chris and Julia Raudenbush Schuette. She passed away October 29, 1987 at 89 years of age. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Emma joined the Pleasant Springs Baptist Church at an early age. On March 13, 1921, she was united in marriage Benjamin F. Bruce at Roscoe, Missouri. They operated a store in Oyer until 1940. She spent her entire life in the Oyer community. Emma is survived by five sons: Lloyd, Ray and Glen, all of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Albert of Kansas City, Mo.; and Dean of Overland Park, Kans.; twenty-three grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Emma was also preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin, in 1976. Funeral services were Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Jack Kiefer officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Carolyn Nichols, soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Shirley Alexander. Casket bearers were her grandsons. Interment was in Pleasant Springs Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BRUCE, James S.
Clinton Daily Democrat
James S. Bruce, 96, Osceola, died Wednesday, August 21, 1991, at the hospital there. He was a lifelong Osceola resident. Mr. Bruce worked at the St. Clair County State Bank in Osceola before he retired. He was an Army veteran of World War I. Survivors include his wife, Doretha Bruce of the home; a son, Sonny Bruce; a daughter, Louise Reed, and a sister, Nettie Taylor, all of Kansas City; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be Sunday at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola; burial in the Osceola Cemetery.

BRUCE, Martin Simpson
Osceola Library Files
Sim Bruce – Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 2, at 2 p.m. at Goodrich chapel for Martin Simpson Bruce, who died Dec. 29 at the Sac Osage hospital after a beating and robbery in his home near Osceola. His age at death was 83 years, ten months and 22 days. Rev. Lawrence Shuey officiated at the service. The music was furnished by the Kiefers. Pallbearers were Kermit Dempsey, Nolan Collins, Sailor Eldred, David Kenzey, Carl Bolden and Gene Crowley. Burial was made in the Kate Warren cemetery.
Mr. Bruce, the son of George W. Sr. and Alice Simms Bruce, was born in St. Clair County, Missouri, on February 7, 1890. Mr. Bruce spent his life on the farm where he was born. He was married to Gladys Tucker who preceded him in death. To the couple one child, Eslean, was born. Sim, as he was affectionately known to his many friends, was a happy, jolly man. He was a member of the Methodist Church. After the death of his wife, he lived with his brother, George, and near his sister, Nettie. Surviving him are his daughter, Eslean of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Nettie Taylor, Osceola, Mo.; two brothers, Jim Bruce and George W. Bruce, both of Osceola, Mo.; 18 nieces and nephews.

BRUNSON, Paul Kenneth
St. Clair County Courier, 22 December 2006
Paul Kenneth Brunson was born on April 21, 1944 to Claude and Pollyanna Crawford Brunson and passed away on Dec. 14, 2006, at his hiome surrounded by his family and friends. Paul was a 22 year veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War and was a member of the St. Clair County Masonic Lodge #273. Paul was a master gunsmith, turning from a hobby to a profound business in the community. Last, but not least, the Mayor of Osceola from April 2005 to December 2006. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Pollyanna Brunson. He is survived by his wife, Sam Brunson, of the home; four daughters, Tracy Miller and her husband, Doug, Patricia Brownlee, Norma Mansell and Karen Hoffman and her husband, Pat; two sons, Claude Collins and Tony Collins; 20 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous extended family and friends. Services for Paul were Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Greg Mangum officiating. Musical selections were "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross" with Gail Ingle.
Caseketbearers were from the St. Clair County Masonic Lodge #273. Military honors were given by Mike Team of Warrensburg. Final disposition was cremation under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BRUNSON, William Thomas II
St. Clair County Democrat, Thursday, 12 July 1934. Submitted by: Ruth Robison and Mary Zeiler
William Thomas Brunson was born April 11, 1855 at La Porte, Indiana and passed away July 4, 1934 at the age of 79 years, 2 months. At the age of 15 years he came to Missouri with his parents, one brother and two sisters, all of whom have passed their life in their late seventy years of age. September 17, 1876, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Meloy, and to this union five children were born: Mrs. Eva Brownlee, Jas. L. Brunson, Mrs. Nancy M. Rodabaugh, George A. Brunson, John F. Brunson of Osceola Mo. Seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In 1878 he moved to his farm six miles south of Osceola, residing there until his death. He was married 58 years and lived 56 years on the farm of his first and only purchase. He leaves a widow, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
William Thomas Branson was loved by most all who knew him. While he was never baptized, he professed faith in his Lord and master and often inquired wile lying on his bed if he ever wronged anyone. He was ever patient in his long suffering, often insisting on his companion, younger daughter Mrs. Nancy Rodabaugh and son John F. Brunson, ever present at his bedside to minister to his wants and comfort to take their rest and he would bear his affliction patiently. On July 4th, near 6:00 p.m. he bade the family goodbye, realizing his time was short. At 10:00 p.m. very easy and peacefully he passed out of this life, the spirit returning back to the God who gave it. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at Osceola, Mo. by Rev. J.O. Coffman, Christian minister at Jericho Springs, Mo. The remains were laid to rest in the Osceola Cemetery.

BRYANT, Ida Jane Syphert
Bolivar Herald, July 1999
Ida Jane Bryant, 80, Springfield, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 1999, in Springfield Rehabilitation and
Healthcare Center. She was born June 20, 1919, in St. Clair County, the daughter of Samuel L. and Helen Tidwell Syphert. She married Harley Bryant, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two sisters, Sammie Puckett of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Nellie Dunaway and her husband, Alphred, of Springfield; one brother, Everett West and his wife, Pearl, of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, two infant daughters, two sisters, Rosie Jones and Sylvia Syphert, and four brothers, Sherman, Loyd, John and Robert Syphert. Graveside services were Saturday, July 31, in Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery under the direction of Butler Funeral Home.

BUCKLEY, Mary Ellen Dill
Mary Ellen Dill was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Oklahoma, the oldest child of Clinton and Bessie Eva (Harris) Dill. Mary was a good student in school and wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. When she was 17, Mary married Aaron Carey. They were the parents of four daughters. Later, they divorced and Mary remarried a couple of more times and added four more children to her family. Mary gave up her dream to become a doctor in exchange for raising her children, but for many years of her life, she was able to work in the maternity ward in the local hospital and helped deliver many, many babies. She did all she could to ease the pain of the women in labor and those who were recovering after giving birth. Once when a baby was born with special needs, its birth mother couldn't care for it, so Mary helped find adoptive parents for the child. Tragedy struck Mary's family when her 13 year old daughter, Helen, went swimming at the local pool and drowned. Mary grieved for her child for a long time. While in her late 50s, Mary was diagnosed with a failing heart and cancer. Though she was sick, she still managed to be at the hospital to help take care of her two oldest granddaughters when they gave birth to their first children. March 1990, Mary was tired and was resting on the couch. She asked her daughter to go to the store to pick up a few things for her. When her daughter returned home, she discovered that Mary had passed away. Mary will always be remembered for her inner strength and her caring and loving heart. She was a special woman who touched the lives of many. She is dearly missed. Birth: Aug. 13, 1929 Death: Mar. 15, 1990 Burial: Osceola Cemetery

BUDD, Sarah Ann Dallas
St. Clair County Democrat,  6 March 1930
St. Clair County's Oldest Citizen Dies - Mrs. Sarah Ann Budd, said to be St. Clair county's oldest resident, died last Thursday at her home near Oyer, fourteen miles northeast of El Dorado Springs. Mrs. Budd was born December 13, 1830, in Cooper County, near Boonville, and had reached the tip old age of 99 years, 2 months and 7 days. She came to St. Clair County with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dallas, in 1835, and located on a farm about three miles southeast of Roscoe on what is known as the Francis Mattox place. She was educated at the Thomas school, or what is now known as the Shady Grove School. She married Isaac Copenhaver August 5, 1851, and to this union were born three children, only one of whom, Billy Green Copenhaver, of Grand Saline, Texas, is now living. Isaac Copenhaver was killed in August, 1862, about a mile east of Roscoe. She was married a second time, January 27, 1866, to John Budd, who died in 1887. To this union four children, all of whom are living, were born. They are, J.W. Budd of Tulis, Wyoming, Ida Douglas of Kansas City, John Budd Jr., of Raton, N.M. and Mrs. Lydie Mills of Oyer. She is also survived by one stepson, J.C. Budd of Independence, Mo. Deceased had made her home for the past twenty-two years with her daughter, Mrs. Mills, near Oyer, and had been confined to her bed since 1927. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Springs church at Oyer last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and interment was in the Pleasant Springs cemetery. - El Dorado Sun, 27th

BUFORD, Mary Ruth Ireland
Kansas City Star, 12 November 2006
Mrs. Mary R. Buford, 84, of Collins, MO, formerly of Sugar Creek, MO, passed away Nov. 10, 2006 at home. Funeral services 1 p.m. Mon., Nov. 13 at SheldonGoodrich Chapel, Osceola. Burial in the Osceola Cemetery. Visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. (Arr: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home).

BUFORD, Mary Ruth Ireland
St. Clair County Courier, 17 November 2006
Mary Ruth Buford was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Osceola, to Newell Elzie and Maud May Butcher Ireland. She entered into rest Nov. 10, 2006, at her home in Collins, with her husband of 60 years by her side. Mary graduated from Jerico Springs High School. On May 4, 1946 she was united in marriage to Sidney Elson Buford. They made their home in Sugar Creek and Mary worked for Sheffield Steel as an overhead crane operator. Sid and Mary moved from Sugar Creek to the farm on the Sac River in 1967 where they dairy farmed for 11 years. After selling their dairy cows, Mary went to work in the dietary department for Sac-Osage Hospital. Mary was a dietary assistant until her health forced her retirement in 2003. Mary was a member of the Vista United Methodist Church. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Blaine Butcher, Harry Butcher, Kenneth Ireland, Alonzo Ireland, Gene Collins, Robert Newell Ireland; four sisters, Opal Lee, Grace Holcomb, Francis Thompson, Dora Lee Haltom; and one son-in-law, Leonard Eugene Arp. She is survived by her husband, Sid, of the home; two daughters, Carol Ann Barnes and her husband, Paul, Mineola, Texas and Jean Kay Arp, Carrolton; four grandchildren, Kimberly Rae Koenig and her husband, Don, Flemington, Troy Alan Howell and his wife, Lisa, Shawn Kristine Howell, Carrolton, Tiffany Lynn Arp, Smithville; one great grandson, Tanner Joseph Koenig, Flemington; and one brother, Charles Victor Ireland and his wife, Nadine, Gladstone. Services for Mary were Monday, Nov. 13, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Reverend  Janice Beadleston officiating. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace" and "When The Saints Go Marching In" with Jodi Burch. Casketbearers were Bobby Burkhart, Lynn Gardner, Steve Ireland, George Sanders, Andy Gredell and Don Koenig. Honorary casketbearers were John Goodwin and Dennis Shelton. Interment was in the Osceola Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BUFORD, Sidney Elson
Kansas City Star, 10 March 2009
Sidney E. Buford, 90, Collins, MO, formerly of Sugar Creek, MO, passed away March 9, 2009. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thurs., March 12 at Sheldon- Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, (417-646- 8135). Burial in Osceola Cemetery. Family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

BUFORD, Sidney Elson
St. Clair County Courier, Friday, March 20, 2009
Sidney Elson Buford, 90 years old, was born in Sugar creek on July 7, 1918 to Cleveland and Blanche [Shannon] Buford. He entered into rest March 8, 2009 at 2:30 a.m. at Christian Health Care of Hermitage after a short illness. Sidney grew up in Sugar Creek. After high school he worked as a mechanic at the Indian Motorcycle Shop in Kansas City. He preferred riding his Indian rather than driving a car. He served in WWIII as a motor pool sergeant in Hawaii. After returning home, he drove a beer truck for Rudy Roper and then worked for his cousin, Charley Buford, operating heavy equipment. He married Mary Ruth Ireland on May 4, 1946 and they made their home in Sugar Creek. He drove a high loader for Midwest PreCote until losing an eye in a huunting accident in 1965. Sid and Mary moved to their farm on Sac River in Collins in 1967 where they ran a dairy farm. Sid continued to farm and care for their beef herd until 2005 when he finally sold his cows.
Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Walter Eugene Buford, his loving wife Mary of 60 years and one son-in-law Leonard Eugene Arp. He is survived by two daughters; Carol Ann Barnes and husband Paul of Mineola, Texas and Flemington and Jean Kay Arp, Carrollton; four grandchildren; Kimberly Rae Koenig and husband Don, Elkton, Troy Allen Howell and wife Lisa, Shawn Kristine Howell, Carrollton and Tiffany Lynn Tritten and husband Dallas, Helena; one grandson, Tanner Joseph Koenig and other relatives and many friends.Services were Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel. Minister was Rev. Janice Beadleston. Music was "Amazing Grace" and "When The Saints Go Marching In" by Richard Sunderwirth, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Jack Keeton, Bobby Burkhart, Lynn Gardner, Andy Gredell, Steve ireland and George Sanders. Interment at Osceola cemetery. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BULLER, Elma M. Peters
Hesston Record
Elma M. Buller, 86, died on Feb. 5, 2006, at Newton Medical Center. She is the mother of Charles of Hesston.
The funeral service was held Feb. 8 at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, with the Rev. Heidi Regier Kreider officiating. She was born on Oct. 30, 1919, in Henderson, Neb., to Cornelius J. and Maria (Peters) Mierau. On May 16, 1947, she married Howard K. Buller in Henderson. He survives of the home.
She was a member of Bethel College Church. She worked as a schoolteacher and later a bookmaker in Henderson. She and her husband moved to the Newton area in mid 1980s, where she lived until her death.
She was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. She and her husband did volunteer work at Camp Freidenswalt, Mich., in 1986. They later did volunteer service at the Bethel College Library until 1980. Other survivors another son, Stanley of Lenexa; a daughter, Ruth Buller of Andover; a brother, Cornelius Mierau of Henderson; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Mierau of Omaha, Kan.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dan Mierau and Alvin Mierau; and two sisters, Lizzie Epp and Matilda Friesen. A memorial fund has been established with the Mennonite Central Committee, in care of the funeral home. Petersen Funeral Home in Newton handled the arrangements.

BUNCH, Anna Josephine Pierce
Clinton Daily Democrat, 2 January 2002
Anna J. Bunch, 81, Lowry City, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at the Medical Center of Independence. She was a homemaker. Funeral services are Thursday, January 3, at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola, with burial in Lowry City Cemetery.

BUNCH, Goldena Ray
Clinton Daily Democrat, 26 November 2004
Goldena Bunch, 86, Clinton, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton. Services will be Saturday, November 27, at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton. Burial will be at Iconium Cemetery.
She was born June 5, 1918 at Fairfield in Benton County, the daughter of Elvira Florence Copenhaver Ray and James Henry Ray. She worked in Kansas City for Sears & Roebuck as a young lady for a short time before getting married. She was married to John H. Bunch and they had one son, Fred R. Bunch, Clinton. She and John divorced and she moved to Lowry City. She lived in the same house for over 40 years until she moved to Clinton in 1995. After moving to Lowry City, she earned her living by doing laundry for other people in her home. She always prided herself on her ability to wash and iron. She later worked as a nurse's aide at various healthcare facilities until her retirement. She later did some in home care for various individuals. She always enjoyed planting and tending a garden. She was a staunch member of the Democratic Party and was not hesitant to inquire as to the political affiliation of people she encountered. She voted for her nephew, who was a Republican candidate for office, but that is the only one she ever admitted to having voted for. She is survived by her son, Fred, and his wife Barbara of Clinton; step-grandson Brian Schuster and his wife Angie, Osage Beach, and new step-great-grandson Gunnar Royce Schuster. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and brothers, Nellie Jones, Fern Cox, Idella Cox, Doshia Smith, John S. Ray, James William Ray, Marion Dillon Ray and infant George Victor Ray. She is also survived by several nieces nephews, grandnieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Betty Kalberloh Feasel, Dixie Peterson and a host of other friends.

BUNCH, Reed James
Clinton Daily Democrat, 4 December 2001
Reed James Bunch, son of Hugh A. and Esther A. (Koger) Bunch, was born February 3, 1920, in Lowry City, and died at the Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation on November 21, 2001, at the age of 81 years. Reed was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from February 1942 to September 1945. He was a used car salesman before he retired. He was a member of the VFW Post 1894, Clinton. Reed was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters, Buel Bunch, Kermit Bunch, Royce Bunch, Helen Tyler and Gladys Spurgeon. He is survived by one sister, Betty Lamp, Riverside; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bunch of Clinton and Rosalie Bunch of Riverside; two brothers-in-law, Harlen Spurgeon, Kansas City North, and Jerry Tyler, Odessa; as well as a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at the Landaker Cemetery, Lowry City, on Saturday, November 20. Interment was in the Landaker Cemetery.

BUNN, Massa A. Warner 
Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, MO, Thursday, 1 February 1917
Another Pioneer Gone - Death has again put his sicke into the ripened grain in our midst and taken away one of the oldest and most prominent of our citizens. Massa A. Warner Bunn was born in Lancaster, Ohio, June 13, 1835, and was married to Seth Griggs at Winchester, Iowa, June 17, 1855. To this union was born seven children, two of whom, with the husband, preceded her to that country where the sun never goes down. Five children remain to mourn her loss, as follows: Mrs. Steincipher, Anderson, Mo.; Mrs. Ella Farris and Mrs. U.S. Griggs, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Anna McDaniel and H.F. Griggs, of Appleton City. The husband, Seth Griggs, died May 14, 1872, and after many years the widow was married to J.S. Bunn of this city, who in his feeble days, remains in sorrow waiting for the call that we all shall bear sooner or later. Mrs. Bunn was one of the oldest settlers of this county, having moved here in the late 50s. She passed through the war here and helped to fight the hard battles of life that has made this county what it is today. She professed faith in Christ at an early age and remained a consistent Christian until death took her away. The funeral services were conducted at the residence and interment was in the Round Prairie cemetery. S.J.S.

BURCHELL, Betty Jane Mayer
St. Clair County Courier, 9 March 2007
Betty Jane Burchell, 84, Osceola, was born March 31, 1922 in Davenport, Iowa, to Wilbert and Blanch Wiley Mayer. She passed away Feb. 9, 2007, at her home near Gerster. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Blanch Mayers; brothers, Lavern, Robert, Donald Dean and John Mayers. Betty is survived by her sons, Robert and Howard; daughters, Sandra Pribble; one brother, Richard Mayers; several grandchildren; many great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Final disposition was cremation under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BURCHETT, Lafayette
St. Clair County Republican, 11 April 1901
A highly respected citizen of Collins, died Monday morning about 2 o'clock of cerebro-spinal meningitis. Up to Thursday of last week he was apparently in good health, when he taken suddenly ill, and although attended by the best medical skill, it seemed he had to go. Deceased leaves two children, Mrs. J.I. Meredith and Mrs. E.E. Buzzard. Three daughters, Lizzie, May and Ita, preceded him to his Heavenly home. Mr. Burchett was born in Kentucky, April 20th, 1846, and came to Missouri in infancy. He was united in marriage to Miss Malissa Duckworth August 15th, 1867. He served in the state militia during the civil war and became a member of the Christian church in 1873 and lived a life of usefulness. Being naturally kind and charitable, he was at once a friend and gentleman with his fellow men. The last ten or fifteen years of his life was spent in business in Collins and he always took great pride in his home and town. Nothing was too good for either and he had planned to do much this summer, The citizens of the town, recognizing his sterling merit and public spirit, had just paid him a high complement at the spring election by electing him again one of the trustees of the town, when he ran far ahead of the ticket. Mr. Burchett was successful in his business affairs and had laid up a competency for his family. Rev. Wm. M. Love of Osceola conducted the funeral exercises at the Baptist church Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the remains were sorrowfully laid to rest in the Holsapple cemetery that afternoon. His funeral and burial was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. The G.A.R. post had charge of the funeral ceremonies and was assisted by the Modern Woodsmen of America.

BURCHETT, Melissa E. Duckworth
St. Clair County Democrat , 3 May 1923
Melissa E. Duckworth passed away Sunday evening April 22, 1923, at the home of her daughter, Mr. J.I. Meredith. Deceased was born near Collins January 12, 1849, being 74 years, 8 months and 10 days of age.
She was married to Lafayette Burchett August 15, 1866. To this union five daughters were born: three daughters and her companion having preceded her to the Great Beyond. Two daughters, Mrs. Alice Meredith of Collins, Mo., Mrs. Ora Buzzard of Excelsior Springs, Mo., one brother, W.R. Duckworth of Vista, Mo., five granddaughters and two great grandchildren remain to mourn their loss. The greater part of her life has been spent in Missouri, having lived in Collins the past 36 years. She united with the Coon Creek Baptist church about 35 years ago, and always lived a true and faithful member. She had been a remarkably strong woman until the last few months which she spent with her daughter, where all that loving hands could do was done. She was a quiet sufferer. Her gentle forbearance and patience never gave way to hard suffering. She was a loving mother, a kinds helpful neighbor. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends but their loss will be her eternal gain. She goes to meet loved ones gone before. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W.S. Birdsong at the Baptist church.

BURGER, Doris Mae Duvall 
St. Clair County Courier, 30 March 2007
Doris Mae Duvall Burger, 97, Weaubleau, passed away March 19, 2007 on her beloved farm with her family at her side. She was born Nov. 22, 1909, in Lexington to Earl and Nellie Williams Duvall. She was a retired nurse who was the ultimate caregiver for family and friends alike. Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Hoppers, Humansville; two granddaughters, Charla Lear and Steve, Weaubleau and Marsha Keller, Springfield; and three great grandchildren, Jarett Lear and Sara, Manhattan, Kan., and Kris Keller and Tara Keller, both of Springfield. Services were Friday, March 23, in Hathaway-Peterman chapel with Kris Keller officiating.
Pallbearers were Steve Lear, Jarett Lear, Rick Floyd, Dale Costelow, Mike Wood and Mark Beem.
Music was provided by Donna Carney. Interment was in the Crutsinger Cemetery, Weaubleau, under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Meals On Wheels Program, c/o McCarty Senior Center, Wheatland, MO 65779 or the Wheatland Christian Church, Wheatland, MO 65779.

BURKENTINE, Clifton Lee
November 23, 1934 - November 8, 2006. Clifton Lee Burkentine, son of Charles Franklin and Mary Lucille (Ansolvich) Burkentine, was born November 23, 1924 in Pennsville, New Jersey. He departed this life at Medicalodge of Butler in Butler, Missouri November 8, 2006 at 71 years of age. Honda, as he was known to his friends, joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 17 years old and served his country for 23 years. He spent many of those years stationed in Japan and Okinawa where he worked as a mechanic. After his retirement from the military Honda spent several years working as a mechanic for Peabody Coal Company. Honda enjoyed collecting guns, hunting and fishing. He especially liked hunting and “mechanicing” with his grandson, Joe. Mr. Burkentine was a lifetime member of the VFW, belonged to Disabled American Veterans and American Sergeant’s Association. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Joshua Grant Melton. Survivors include his four daughters: Kathy Foster and husband Bob of Belton, Missouri, Lucy Melton and husband Ray of Rockville, Missouri, Brenda Jones and husband Dave of Independence, Missouri and Karen Springer of Shawnee, Kansas; three brothers: Dwane Burkentine of Delaware, Charles Burkentine of Salem, New Jersey and George Burkentine of Rockville, Missouri; two sisters, Sharon McCallaster of Pennsville, New Jersey and Michelle Allison of Salem, New Jersey; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment in Rockville cemetery, Rockville, Missouri.

BURKHART, Dorothy Beatrice Wynes Witt
St. Clair County Courier, 3 June 2005
Dorothy Beatrice Wynes Burkhart was born on March 28, 1931, to John Henry and Rita Pearl Routh Lyons in Stockton and passed away May 18, 2005, at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. Dorothy moved to Kansas City and married Robert Witt in 1947 and to this union two children wer born. She lived in Kansas City until 1962 when she and Robert divorced and Dorothy moved to Osceola. She met Ray Burkhart and in 1964 they were married. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rita Wynes; her husband, Ray Burkhart; a brother, Robert Wynes and two sisters, Faye Short and Billy Jo Maxwell. Dorothy is survived by her two children, Robert Witt, Jr., Osceola and Connie Gardner, Gladstone; four grandchildren, Mickey VanSwearignen, Osceola, David Gower, Kansas City, Kan., Jodie Bentley, Kansas City and Ashley Gardner, Gladstone; six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild due in August; one brother, Roy Lee Wynes, Osceola; two sisters, Betty Garcia, Whittier, Calif. And Ohnita Grogan, Kansas City, Kan.; other relatives and friends. Services for Dorothy were Saturday, May 21, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel with Reverend Durward Scott officiating. The musical selection was “I Can Only Imagine”. Casketbearers were Willie Maxwell, Bobby Burkhart, Jackie Burkhart, Roger Motley, Mickey VanSwearingen and Robert Wynes. Honorary Casketbearer was Bob Gardner. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola.

BURKS, Clara Elizabeth Mount Myers Manning

St. Clair County Courier, 22 July 2005
Clara Elizabeth Burks was born Nov. 3, 1921, to Irby Mount and Clara Mount. Clara married at a fairly early age to Jefferson Theodore Myers who was killed in a train accident when she was eight months pregnant. She later gave birth to Jimmy Theo Myers. She then married George Ernest Manning and gave birth to George Ernest Manning, Jr., who died of a crib death at nine months of age. Clara was stepmother to Peggy Manning Miller from age seven until her death. She was the only mother Peggy ever knew. Clara divorced George Manning and later married Gene Elton Burks and became stepmother to Guy Burks. Gene Elton Burks passed away Jan. 7, 1991. Jimmy Theo Myers, at age 30, was killed in a tragic accident on Oct. 20, 1968, when his car was hit by a drunk driver. Clara went to Truman Lake Manor in August of 2004, where she took part in
all activities offered. Clara leaves behind step daughter, Peggy Miller; step son, Guy Burks and four step grandchildren, John Wright, Lenexa, Kan., Joyce McNeely, Overland Park, kan., Roxanne Stilley, Meriden, Kan., and Wendy Cassone, Overland Park, Kan. Services for Clara were Saturday, July 16, in the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, with Reverand Ronald Cook officiating. Musical selections were "In The Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" by the Jubilee Singers. Casketbearers were John Wright, La Vern Rucker, Guy Burks, Harold Snyder, Charlres Turner and Ralph Cassone. Interment was in the Osceola Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.

BURNS, Gerald Forest
Kansas City Star, 8 April 2005
Gerald Forest Burns, 85, Osceola, formerly of KCMO, died April 6, 2005, at his home. Services are 2 p.m., Sat., April 9, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceloa. Burial in Kings Prairie Cem. Visitation is 1 p.m., until service time. (Arr; Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, 417-646-8135).

BURNS, Gerald Forest
Kansas City Star , 26 April 2005
Gerald Forest Burns  - Gerald Forest Burns, oldest son of Irving and Nellie Allen Burns was born July 5, 1919, near Gerster. He passed away at his home Wednesday, April 6, 2005, with his wife by his side. He was united in marriage to Martha Elizabeth Green on April 5, 1941, in Griswold, IA. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After his Honorable Discharge he worked for the City of Kansas City at the Municipal Farm and the Kansas City Health Department in the dairy section as a supervisor. He was ordained as a deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church in Kansas City on May 16, 1971, where he served until he and Martha moved to the Gerster area in 1980 where he faithfully served as a deacon at the Gerster Baptist Church. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Herald and Ferald. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; also many cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with burial in the Kings Prairie Cemetery near Osceola. Arrangements: Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home 417-646-8135.

BURROW, Andrew Phylander 
St. Clair County Democrat, 21 December 1913
Andrew Phylander Burrow was born in Putman County May 3, 1857, and died at the home of his father near Oscoela, December 10, 1913, after an illness of about ten months with heart trouble. He had been living in California and was on his way back to Independence, Kansas, but stopped off to visit awhile. He was nine years old when he came with his parents to this county, and was raised near Osceola. He was married to Margaret Higgins in September 1879. Two children were born to this union, a son and daughter, but neither were present when the end came. The son lives near Elk City, Kansas, the daughter in Cielo, Oregon. His wife, father and one sister were by him when the death angel called him so silently away. He had been a Christian for several years and was patiently waiting the summons. He leaves a wife, two children, one brother and seven sisters and a father to mourn their loss. His remains were laid to rest in the Holsapple cemetery to await the resurrection.
Dearest one thou hast left us - But we know it won't be long, - Until we all will meet again - Around the Great White Throne. A Sister.

BURROW, Andrew Phylander
St. Clair County Democrat, 21 December 1913
Card of Thanks - We sincerely thank our kind friends and neighbors for their kindness in assisting us during the sickness and death of our dear brother and son and husband. Mrs. M.A. Burrow and relatives.

BURROW, Mary Elizabeth Williams
St.Clair County Courier, 6 June 1950
Mary Elizabeth Burrow - Mary Elizabeth Burrow, 73, passed away at her home in Roscoe Tuesday after a lingering illness. The daughter of William and Nancy Jackson, she was born Nov. 13, 1876 at Munsfordville, Ky and came to Missouri with her mother and brothers when a small child. She was united in Marriage to Louis Anderson Burrow on June 19, 1892. To this union were born 14 children. Two children died in infancy, Gracie and Cecil and her oldest daughter preceded her in death April 21, 1942. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Louis, of the home; eight sons, Lee of Custer, S.C., Ray of Appleton City, Roy of Roscoe, Emery of Weston, Charley of Osceola, Melvin of Weston, Virgil of Nampa, Idaho, Stewart of Osceola,; three daughters, Mrs. Floyd Fitzhugh of Martinez, Calif., Mrs. Loyd Gillett of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Bennie Moore of Roscoe and one brother, Eula Williams of Roscoe. She also leaves 48 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildrn.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Roscoe Christian Church with Rev. M.L. Smith officiating. Interment was in Benton Green cemetery under the direction of Goodrich Funeral Home.

BURTON, Adell
Adell Burton, age 89 of Butler, Missouri died Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born October 25, 1920 to Garfield and Rosetta Palmer Cooper in Dunlap, Kansas.
Adell is survived by her husband, Troy David Burton of Butler, Missouri; two sons, Robert Lee Burton and wife Carole Jean of Springfield, Missouri and Anthony “Tony” Dennis Burton of Butler, Missouri; five daughters, Carlene Ellen Ferguson and husband Timothy and Antoinette “BB” Catherine Young and husband Stephen all of Springfield, Missouri, Beverly Christine Parrish of Olathe, Kansas, Jacqueline Denice Burton of Butler, Missouri and Sherie Lynn Adams and husband Glenn of Springfield, Missouri; a brother, Randolph Cooper of Butler, Missouri; one sister, Marie Atkins of Grandview, Missouri; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 5 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carl, A.B., LeRoy and Nathaniel; three sisters, Georgia Anderson, Thelma Smalley and Edna Ragland; a granddaughter, Tanisha Burton; and one great-grandson, Justine Parrish.

BURTON, Martha
Appleton City Journal, 6 September 1894
Died. - At her home near Clinton, Henry County, at 11 o'clock, September 3rd, 1894, Mrs. Martha Burton, sister of Mrs. W.D. Searcy, of this city, aged 67 years. She leaves a husband, nine children, one sister and a brother to mourn her loss. But in a little while we shall all go to meet her. - Friends and kindred weep not, she has gone - Beyond the flight of time, - Beyond this vale of death - There surely is some blessed clime - Where life is not a breath; - Nor life's affections translept fire - Whose sparks fly upward to expire. - There is a world above - Where parting is unknown. - A whole eternity of love - Translated to that happier sphere. W.D.M.

BUSSEY, Kate E.
Appleton City Journal, 9 August 1894
It may be of interest to some of the readers of your excellent family paper, to read a little tale of woe, whose pathetic and touching recital, must touch a tender cord in every soul that feels for suffering humanity. It is said that one touch of nature makes us all akin. At a farmer's home near Taberville Sunday morning July 28th many people had gathered. The room was full. It was a deathbed scene. Mrs. Kate Bussey was dying. Dying in the threshold of life's young morn, only 24 years old leaving behind a loving husband, a ruined household and a motherless babe. O how very sad to tell you this and how wretched we felt, for we were in attendance on the case, none can ever know. 'Tis such things as that sir that bring out the lines of care on the faces of our fraternity and glooms the profession all through. The dread hour had almost come, the sound of the death angel's wing could almost be heard over and above the sobbing distress of mourning friends. It was Sunday morning, a fit day for death and solemn things. Within was wailing and sorrow for the coming death and without the rain was coming down in ceaseless torrents. On a comfortable and pretty bed lie the girl wife and mother, pale and calm, gently and slowly passing away. Not a word was being said for even grief must have a rest and the presence of gloom was so very oppressive that only the breathing of the dying lady could be heard. Just then the organ opened a prelude and a trembling voice of a lady friend sang low and well "In the Sweet by and by". The last link was broken, the tension was off, the effect was magical. Every head fell in the room, handkerchiefs flew to faces and there was not a dry eye in the house. It was a grand scene for there's grandure even in death for the noble, virtuous and true, to note the real sympathy of the human heart under all circumstances at all times and places for each other at death bed, knowing that death, the edict of Eden is the common heritage of all. It is only the more trying scenes of life and its trials that test and lift us out of the slough of indifference and opens the avenues of our best sympathy for every species of suffering, thereby disclosing the brightest and best page in the history of all lives. Time can never efface the recent scene from my soul, or can the shadows of age blot or blur the keenest memory of our sympathy and suffering on that occasion. May God guard and guide us here, and finally may we like her, rest in peace. Patient died of paralysis caused by hemorrhage on the brain. - Farewell dear Kate, our more than friend - Our companion child and mother - We will meet thee in that sun bright clime - Where God and the angels hover. - In that blissful land where the peaceful stay - Where lute of the happy must sound always, - We will meet thee there with harps in hand - And sing and shout forever. - Where golden sunbeams melt and glow - And silvery sheens do gather - Where clouds ne'er come or shadows fall - No death or sorrow gather. - Your pa and ma, your husband and friends, - Will wait in the deepest sorrow - Till the gathering gloom of life shall break - In the gladness of that morrow. - Taberville, Mo. A Friend.

BUTCHER, Lissie C. Lewis
Clinton Daily Democrat, November 1997
Lissie C. Butcher, 95, Osceola, died Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola. She worked for 20 years for the selective service in St. Clair County as a secretary. She was a lifelong member of the Osceola Grace United Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Hostetter of Osceola.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 29, at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel in Osceola. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery.
 


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