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MISSOURI - Boone County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 3

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Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2008, at 2:48 p.m.

Daniel L. Campbell
Daniel Lee Campbell of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at his home. He was 59.
Mr. Campbell was born March 31, 1940, in Columbia, to George and Ruby Jones Campbell. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Visitation for Mr. Campbell will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Foley, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Campbell will be buried at Harrisburg City Cemetery.
Mr. Campbell is survived by one son, Ryan Campbell of Columbia; four daughters, Tammy Raymore and Debbie Thompson, both of Fayette, and Cindy Graves and Shellie Hickam, both of Columbia; three brothers, Harvey "Snooks" Campbell and Vaughn Campbell, both of Fayette, and Stan Campbell of Mexico; two sisters, Maudie Pearl Baker of Leavenworth, Kan., and Virginia Jones of Centralia; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.

Opal Lee Dryden
Opal Lee Dryden of High Hill died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Ashland Healthcare. She was 84.
Mrs. Dryden was born June 27, 1915, in Davis to L.J. and Bessie Harrell.
She was married to Jarrett Dryden, with whom she had three children. Mr. Dryden died in 1986 in High Hill.
Mrs. Dryden was a homemaker and a member of the Bell Flower Bible Chapel.
There will be a memorial luncheon for friends and family at noon on Feb. 12, 2000, at the High Hill Community Building. Private family graveside services will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in High Hill at a later date.
Mrs. Dryden is survived by one daughter, Bernadette Dryden of Columbia; two sons, Gilbert Dryden of Ashland and Harrell Dryden of Lake Ozark.; and one grandchild, Emily Geiger of Erie, Pa.

Don Lee Johnson
Don Lee Johnson had many loves in his life. He loved his large family, he loved to cook and he loved to hunt.
But there is one love of his that those who knew him will always remember.
"He loved to strip furniture or strip anything wood," Mr. Johnson's mother, Maybelle Johnson Brown, said. "And he was really good at it."
"He was amazing with wood," said Johnson's son, Glenn Harvey. "We're not talking about somebody who could build a table, but somebody who could remove a stain that had been there for 10 years."
Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, following a seizure that had put him in a coma since Jan. 11, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was 48.
Mr. Johnson was born May 17, 1951, in Stephen to Virgil Cross and Maybelle Johnson. He attended Douglass High School in Columbia and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Sept. 27, 1974, to Sept 22, 1977. Mr. Johnson went to Vietnam, where he served as a cook and a combat infantryman. At the time of his death, he was employed by Phi Kappa Theta fraternity as a cook.
While Mr. Johnson was hospitalized for chronic hypertension, his doctors discovered that he would need a kidney transplant. Mr. Johnson went on the national donor list and got a transplant on Jan. 9. Two days later, he had a seizure, causing a coma.
Despite his passion for wood, Mr. Johnson never worked with it professionally.
"For him it was a very personal thing," Harvey said.
Visitation for Mr. Johnson was Thursday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Gregory Pennington will be at 1 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church, 1410 Grand Ave.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Ann E. Johnson of Columbia; his parents, Ernest Brown and Maybelle Johnson Brown, both of Columbia; his son, Glenn Harvey of Columbia; four brothers, Anthony Brown and Eric Brown, both of Columbia, Troy Brown of Mexico, Mo., and Bill Buckner of Denver; nine sisters, Patricia Hickem, Debra Hickem, Dana Hickem, Julia Hickem, Margaret Buckner, Evon Buckner, Shelly Brown, Andra Brown, all of Columbia, and Margaret James of Kansas City; four grandchildren, three aunts and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His biological father, Virgil Cross, died earlier.

Dennis Thomas Mayer, Sr
As a MU biochemistry professor for 40 years, Dennis Thomas Mayer, Sr. was loved by his students, colleagues and family.
"I have tremendous, tremendous respect, from day one I worked with him," said Bill Day, a former colleague. "He was a pioneer researcher, as a scientist he made a difference."
Mr. Mayer of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 99.
"My dad just didn't let things bother him and that's what kept him alive," said Michael Mayer.
Mr. Mayer was born Jan. 3, 1901, in Lexington, Mo., to August John and Agatha Gavin Mayer. He graduated from Soldan High School in St. Louis. He worked for Monsanto Chemical Co. before studying chemical engineering at the University of Illinois.
Michael Mayer remembers one time when a dean paid his dad's tuition. "He paid it out of his own pocket", he said. "He told him, you're a good student, and I hate to see you drop out."
He married Lucille Berryman in August l928. She died in l931. He married Virginia Miller on May 8, l937, in Columbia. She died in l991.
Mr. Mayer earned a degree in organic chemistry from MU in 1931. He also earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in biochemistry. He started teaching general biochemistry at MU in 1931.
"He inspired his students to do their best" said Don Hendricks, one of his last students. "You could always find him in his office."
Before retiring in 1971, he was chairman of the MU Agricultural Chemistry Department. He published more than 70 scientific research reports in the fields of reproductive biochemistry and physiology.
His granddaughter, Denise Boyd, remembers how he taught her baseball and how they watched St. Louis Cardinals games together.
"He was fun, he did a lot of neat things," she said."He had a very dry sense of humor."
Visitation for Mr. Mayer will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Newman Center, 701 Maryland Ave. in Columbia. Mr. Mayer will be buried at Johnson County Memorial Garden in Overland Park, Kan.
Mr. Mayer is survived by two sons: the Rev. David R. Mayer of Nagoya, Japan, and Michael J. Mayer of Columbia; one granddaughter, Denise A. Boyd of Columbia, and one great- granddaughter, Kathryn A. Boyd of Columbia.
Both of his wives and a son, Dennis T. Mayer Jr., died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Newman Center, 701 Maryland Ave., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or the Dennis T. Mayer Scholarship Fund, MU Alumni Center, c/o Patricia Ives, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

Robert P. Stoy
Robert P. Stoy of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000 at Boone Hospital Center. He was 74.
Dr. Stoy was an elder of the Evangelical Free Church of Columbia, as well as a member of Promise Keepers and the Prison Fellowship Ministry.
"He was very faithful to prayer groups," said Theresa Stoy, his wife.
Dr. Stoy was also a loyal member of Friends of Music and a board member of the Missouri Symphony Society.
"He really loved music," his wife said. "Jazz, classical, he liked it all."
Dr. Stoy was born Jan. 31, l925 in Adah, Pa., to Jesse and Lena Colebank Stoy.
During World War II, he served as an Army Medical Corps medic in the South Pacific. After the war, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Virginia and his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.
He married Theresa Verset in McClellandtown, Pa., on Aug. 27, l949.
He was a practicing cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon from 1966 to 1996 and was the chief of staff at Boone Hospital Center from l977 to l978.
"He was a remarkably calm and kind human being," said Jerry Murrell, radiation oncologist and former co-worker of Dr. Stoy. "He thought the best of everyone."
Visitation for Dr. Stoy will be from 6 to 9 p.m today at the Evangelical Free Church of Columbia, 600 Silvey Lane. Services, conducted by the Rev. Oliver Langmade and the Rev. Gary Wrisberg will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Evangelical Free Church of Columbia.
Dr. Stoy is survived by his wife, Theresa Stoy of Columbia; two sons, John Stoy of Des Moines and Sean Stoy of Kansas City; four daughters, Cynthia Stoy-Winsor, Nancy Stoy-Roberts and Susan McGowin, all of Columbia, and Laura Garrett of Arlington, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Missouri Symphony Society, 203 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or to the Evangelical Free Church, 600 Silvey Lane, Columbia, Mo. 65203, or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 7108, Columbia, Mo. 65205.

Johnnie McClain
Johnnie McClain of Benton Harbor, Mich., died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. He was 59.
Mr. McClain was born Jan. 4, 1941, in Paducah, Ky., to Martin McClain and Jeffella McRalph McClain. He graduated from Portageville High School in Portageville, and later married Mary E. McClain. He was a member of the Faith Walk Ministry in Paris, Mo. and moved to Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1984.
Visitation for Mr. McClain will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. Services, conducted by Elder Harold Long, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 501 Park Ave.
Mr. McClain is survived by his wife, Mary E. McClain of Paris, Mo.; two sons, Michael McClain of Columbia and Brandon McClain of Paris, Mo.; three daughters, Johnonda McClain of Paris, Mo., Angel Long of Paris, Mo., and Felisha McClain of Benton Harbor, Mich.; seven sisters, Kennia McClain of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary L. Sipho of Kansas City, Paulette Sipho of Lansing, Mich., Joann Yancey of Columbia, Doris Sipho of Columbia, Elaine McClain of Columbia and Wanda F. Ingram of Columbia; and eight brothers, Michael McClain of Phoenix, Ariz., Marvin McClain of Phoenix, Ariz., Tommie McClain of Montrose, Eulus McClain of Kansas City, Winford D. McClain of Kansas City, Paul E. McClain of Greenridge, and Larry O'Neal of Lansing, Mich.
His parents died earlier.

Virgil Biesemeyer
Virgil E. Biesemeyer of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 84.
"He was a very giving person, very generous and always ready to help," said Sandra Shore, Mr. Biesemeyer's daughter. "He was a great storyteller and was always ready to make somebody laugh."
One organization to which Mr. Biesemeyer gave so much of his life was the Columbia United Church of Christ. In 1969, he helped erect the church building. He also painted the sign in front and built much of the furniture for the church, including the altar, baptismal font and the bell-choir stands.
Mr. Biesemeyer was born April 8, 1915, in New Franklin to Simon and Otillie Schroer Biesemeyer. He married Erna Gerding in New Franklin on Aug. 9, 1939. He worked as a shop foreman for Prigmore Chevrolet in Boonville, Nathe Chevrolet in Columbia and International Harvester in Columbia.
Mr. Biesemeyer was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Visitation for Mr. Biesemeyer will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Drive NW. Services, conducted by the Rev. Fred Brandenburg, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Columbia United Church of Christ.
Mr. Biesemeyer is survived by his wife, Erna Biesemeyer of Columbia; one son, Jim Biesemeyer of Liberty; one daughter, Sandra Shore of Brookfield, Conn.; one brother, Rudy Biesemeyer of Boonville; one sister, Carrie Anna Gerding of Boonville; five grandchildren and one great-granchild.
Memorials may be sent to the Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Drive NW, Columbia, Mo.

Walthal Miller
The Rev. Walthal Donald Francis Miller, a veteran of World War II, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. Rev. Miller, formerly of Boonville, was 78.
Rev. Miller was born to Kelley Miller and Mamie Frances Williams Miller on Feb. 14, 1921, in Overton. He married Anna Louise Patterson and was later married to Jimmie Hamilton.
Rev. Miller was a member of Splice Creek Baptist Church in Prairie Home. He also was an associate pastor at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Dallas.
Rev. Miller was a master welder for Fiat Allis Co. and also was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. He graduated from Sumner High School in Boonville in 1940, and he then attended Bishop College and Interracial Baptist Institute in Dallas and Western Bible College in Kansas City.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Boonville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Morgan Street Baptist Church in Boonville. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Miller is survived by three daughters, Georgia Hubbard, Frances Riley and Stephanie Miller, all of Dallas; one son, Wilbur Lee Miller of Hillsboro, Ill.; one sister, Olive Dora Hill of Montgomery, Ala.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and two sisters died earlier.

Jessie Shirley
Jessie Garlene Shirley of St. Louis died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was 68.
Mrs. Shirley, formerly of Boonville, was born Aug. 15, 1931, in Prairie Home to Jesse Roberts and Eola Coleman. She married Albert Shirley on Sept. 7, 1984, in St. Louis.
Mrs. Shirley attended Sumner High School in Boonville. She worked at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Holsum Bakery, Kemper Military School and Colonial Gardens Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Boonville. Services, conducted by the Rev. T.J. Huskey, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morgan Street Baptist Church. Burial will be at Boonville Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Shirley is survived by her stepparents, Warsh and Jewel Elbert of Boonville; one stepson, Lilburn Shirley of Boonville; four sisters, Margaret Brown of Richmond, Va., Arlene Alexander of Dallas, and Georgia Mae Chester and Nettie White, both of Boonville; three brothers, Warsh Elbert Jr. of Columbia, Thomas Elbert of Chicago and Walter Overton of Kansas City; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Her husband, three sisters, one brother and one son died earlier.

Oscar Leon Foley
Oscar Leon Foley of Columbia, who owned and operated Foley Custom Cabinets for more than two decades, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. He was 68.
"He was a super human being," said Cliff Inscore, a friend of Mr. Foley's. "He was a good Christian man, a good American citizen, and a good family man."
Mr. Foley moved to Columbia in 1968 and opened his cabinet business shortly thereafter.
"He really liked woodworking and stayed with it all his life," said his son, Ted Foley.
Ted and his brother Timothy took over the family business when their father retired in 1995.
"When we turned 21, he made us partners," Ted Foley said.
Mr. Foley was born March 19, 1931, in Boone County to Oscar E. and Aleta Anderton Foley. He married Norma Lee Patton on April 10, 1954, in Columbia.
Mr. Foley served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War and was an active member of the Christian Chapel Assembly of God Church in Columbia.
"He was very involved in our church," Ted Foley said. "He had been on the board and sang in the choir. When his health was better, he helped out a lot."
Visitation for Mr. Foley will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Christian Chapel Assembly of God Church, 3300 S. Providence Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary Denbow, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Chapel. Mr. Foley will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
In addition to his wife and two sons, Mr. Foley is survived by three brothers, Harold Foley, William Foley, and James Foley, all of Columbia; one sister, Anita Adams of San Bernardino, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Terri Brelsford, missionary to India, c/o Christian Chapel Assembly of God Church, 3300 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203.

Virgil Bradley
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints lost an enthusiastic and dedicated minister on Friday.
Virgil Bradley of Fulton died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Columbia Manor Care Center in Columbia. He was 69.
Mr. Bradley helped found the RLDS congregation in Fulton. When he moved to the care center three years ago, he brought his faith with him, giving sermons for other residents during the week.
"He was thought of as kind of the president, kind of the king there," his wife, Carolyn Bradley of Fulton, said. "He loved people. He was very outgoing."
Jerry Henry, a minister of the RLDS congregation in Columbia, said the church will miss Mr. Bradley's energy.
"He was a very talkative, gregarious kind of a person," Henry said. "He did a lot of going around to other districts and preaching. He was very well received that way."
Mr. Bradley's hobbies included hunting and fishing. He served as resident council president during his time at Columbia Manor.
Mr. Bradley was born Sept. 22, 1930, on a farm near Gallatin to Virgil James and Lola Christine Vanderpool. He graduated from Gallatin High School in 1949. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
In 1960, he received a master's degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Denver. Mr. Bradley was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
Mr. Bradley worked at Fulton State Hospital from 1968 until 1991. He taught part-time in the sociology department at William Woods College in Fulton and at the University of Missouri School of Social Work.
He married Carolyn Hollandsworth on Dec. 15, 1990, in Rolla. They lived in Fulton until he moved to the care center.
Private services will be held at Columbia Manor at an undisclosed date. Mr. Bradley's body will be cremated.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard and Gregory Bradley, both of Fulton; one daughter, Christine Thorp of Marshall; two brothers, Amos Bradley of Lee's Summit and George Bradley of Lathrop; one sister, Mildred McNeely of Jamestown; one stepdaughter, Vicki Williamson of Texas City, Texas; and two step-grandchildren, Jodi and Jessica Williamson.
His parents and one brother died earlier.

Jimmy Gash Sr.
Jimmy Rogers Gash Sr., a 30-year employee of Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City. He was 52.
Mr. Gash was born Jan. 27, 1947, in Brunswick to William Ernie Gash and Lovie Ann Stevens Gash. He married Ida Hendren on June 16, 1968, in Columbia. After being employed by Pepsi Cola for 30 years, he was recently employed by Payless Cashways. Mr. Gash was a member of the Eagles, NRA, Wild Turkey Federation and the North American Hunting Club.
Visitation for Mr. Gash will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Rd. Services, conducted by the Rev. Joe Hendren, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nilson Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Hendren Gash of Columbia; one son, Jimmy Rogers Gash Jr. of Woodbridge, Va.; one daughter, Tammy Gelder of Columbia, one brother, Dean Gash of Columbia; five sisters, Shirley Jenkins and Lucinda Larimer, both of Columbia, Betty West and Lucy Garrison, both of Kansas City and Annie West of Baldwin, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
His parents and two grandchildren died earlier.

M. Adeline Krause
M. Adeline Krause died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Heritage Manor in Normal, Ill. The former Columbia and Howard County resident was 72.
Mrs. Krause was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Howard County, Mo., to Kirk Dean and I. Idella Atkins Pitney.
In 1949, she married Lewis Krause in Higbee, Mo. Mrs. Krause was a member of both Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia and Cosmopolitan Pals. Mrs. Krause also volunteered for the American Cancer Society.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at 10 a.m. today at Fayette City Cemetery in Fayette. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Webb and the Rev. Bob Livey, will be today at 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia.
Mrs. Krause is survived by three sons, Steven Krause of St. Louis, Philip Krause of Kansas City, Mo. and Timothy Krause of Paris, France; one daughter, Vickie Mahrt of Normal, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in care of Lewis and Adeline Krause.

William D. Gilstrap
William D. "Bill" Gilstrap shared his love of music with the world through his work, hobbies and church.
"He felt music was his gift to people in sharing his own spirituality," said Eve Gilstrap, his daughter.
Mr. Gilstrap died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. He was 68.
Mr. Gilstrap operated music businesses in Macon and Bevier as well as some in Illinois. He was in the music business for more than 40 years. Recently, he rebuilt player pianos and restored antique instruments.
He played the guitar and piano, and provided special music for the South Park United Methodist Church in Canton, Ill., and at Milan Chapel Methodist Church in Bevier.
"He was a mentor and role model for everyone in our family," said Eve Gilstrap.
Mr. Gilstrap was born Feb. 7, 1931, in Macon County. He married Colleen Sue Meador on June 30, 1950, in Huntsville.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Mr. Gilstrap was an active member and lay speaker at South Park Methodist Church. He was a member and past master of the Farmington, Ill. Lodge #192 of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons and was a grand lecturer and district deputy grand master. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies.
Mr. Gilstrap is survived by his wife; one son, Doug Gilstrap of Moberly; two daughters, Sarah Gilstrap Hinds of Canton, Ill., and Eve Gilstrap of Columbia; three brothers, Robert Gilstrap of Canton, Ill., Bennett Gilstrap of Joplin and David Gilstrap of Farmington, Ill.; two sisters, Bonnie Danner of Trivoli, Ill., and Betty Perrine of Farmington, Ill.; and four grandchildren. One brother and one nephew died earlier.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Rusty Beals, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, Ill.
Memorials may be sent to South Park United Methodist Church, 600 S. First Ave. Canton, Ill 61520.

George W. Viele
George W. Viele, an MU scientist who studied structural geology and tectonics, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at his home in Columbia. He was 72.
"He was a recognized and respected scientist in geology," said Glen Himmelberg, who worked with Mr. Viele at MU since 1969. "His company always enjoyed working with Mr. Viele. He had a good sense of humor and was fun."
One of Mr. Viele's major contributions to geology was his studies published in the Decade of North American Geology, which is published by the Geological Society of America. Mr. Viele was an editor for the publication and contributed information about Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri and eastern Texas.
Mr. Viele was born April 10, 1927, in Wausau, Wis., to George W. and Meta Kruse Viele. He served in the U.S. Army for a year and worked two years for the U.S. Geology Service on Pagan Island in Japan.
Mr. Viele graduated from Yale University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree and received his doctoral degree in geology from the University of Utah in 1959. He worked at MU from 1959 to 1992.
Mr. Viele was the director of a summer geology school in Lander, Wyo., for many years. He retired as the Peck Professor of Geology. After retirement, he remained active in geology research and publication and completed a project in Greece.
Visitation for Mr. Viele were held Saturday at Parker Funeral Service.
Mr. Viele is survived by his wife, Kathleen Slane; one daughter, Lisa Head; one son, Thomas G. Viele; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to the Geology Development Fund care of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. 65212.

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