Gene Franklin Miller
Gene Franklin Miller of St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died July 18, 2000, at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. He was 70.
Dr. Miller was born on Aug. 25, 1929, in Columbia to Clarence and Elsie McBaine Miller. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1947 and obtained his doctorate from MU.
Dr. Miller served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Miller's body will cremated and the services will be private.
Dr. Miller is survived by his wife, Jonalee Chorlton Miller of St. Augustine, Fla.; one daughter, Jona Jene Miller of Sarasota, Fla.; one son, John Franklin Miller of Mankato, Minn.; two brothers, Raymond E. Miller of St. Augustine, Fla., and Robert S. Miller of Jefferson City.
A brother died earlier.
Diane R. Holmes
Diane R. Holmes of Columbia died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at her home. She was 81.
Mrs. Holmes was born Aug. 28, 1918, in San Diego, Calif., to Luther and Namoi Stout Bloom. She was married to Robert O. Holmes in March of 1948.
A homemaker, Mrs. Holmes has been a resident of Columbia for the last four and a half years.
She is survived by her daughter, Liisa Hodina of Columbia; two sons, Robert P. Holmes of Grand Island, Neb. and Thomas A. Holmes of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Her husband, two brothers and four sisters died earlier.
Private services will be held at a later date. Mrs. Holmes will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery.
Mary E. Karl
Mary Karl never knew a stranger.
"Whoever didn't have some place to stay during the holidays would always stay with us," said Joanne Willett, Mrs. Karl's daughter.
Mary E. Karl of Columbia died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at her home. She was 74.
Beyond opening her home to those in need, Mrs. Karl spent much of her time volunteering with the Pachyderm Club, a Republican organization.
"She was a very important person because she was dedicated. She volunteered her time and was very interested in good government," said George Parker, a fellow member of the club.
Mrs. Karl was recognized for her dedication to the club with the presentation of a National Merit Service Award and the honor of holding the office of Vice President for Membership, until illness forced her to resign.
Mrs. Karl was born April 29, 1926, in Stamford, N.Y., to Elton Safford and Helen Francis Moore Laux. She served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1949 to 1952 with the First Platoon of Women Marines. On Oct. 24, 1952, she married Daniel D. Karl in San Diego, Calif. Mrs. Karl was employed at the Missouri Bookstore from 1969 to 1977 before working at Columbia Regional Hospital as a surgical floor nurse. She retired in 1988.
Mrs. Karl was also an active member in her church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where she volunteered with the capital fund drive and various other projects.
Visitation for Mrs. Karl was Monday at Memorial Funeral Home. Services, conducted by the Rev. David Veit, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Karl is survived by four sons, John D. Karl of Bloomington, Ill., M. Thomas Karl, M. William Karl, Patrick E. Karl, all of Columbia; one daughter, Joanne Willett of Columbia; two brothers, Elton J. Laux of Grand Gorge, N.Y., and William J. Laux of Stamford, N.Y.; a sister, Betty Joan Holdridge of Windham, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Capital Fund, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65203 or Rainbow House, 2302 N. Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Daryl W. Carter
Daryl Carter loved being outdoors and working in his garden.
"He was a pretty avid gardener," said his wife, Anita Carter. "He had tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, green beans. There's some watermelons growing now, too. That's pretty good for a town garden."
Daryl W. Carter of Ashland died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at University Hospital of complications from heart surgery. He was 56.
"He was a hard worker, and he loved his family," Anita Carter said. "He always said what he thought. You always knew where he was coming from."
Mr. Carter was born May 15, 1944, in Center to Clinton L. and Mabel A. Jones Carter. He married Anita Mink in Vandalia on Nov. 26, 1977.
In addition to gardening, he liked to fish. He was a member of the Center Baptist Church, and he worked in the heating and air conditioning industry for 34 years in the Ashland and Columbia area.
"He was very well-known and well-liked," Anita Carter said.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Services, conducted by Elder Marvine Tolle, will be at 7 tonight at Robinson Funeral Home. Mr. Carter will be buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.
Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of Ashland; one daughter, Nicki Carter of Ashland; and three sisters, Rita Piatt and Judy Evans, both of Center, and Peggy Pabst of Springfield.
His parents and one sister, Joyce Terry, died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
A. Stephen Weithman Jr.
A. Stephen Weithman Jr. showed himself to be a leader throughout his career, a legacy that continues through the American Fisheries Society's A. Stephen Weithman Jr. Leadership Award.
Dr. Weithman, of Columbia died Thursday, July 13, 2000. He was 47.
"As professionals, we should strive to accomplish even a portion of what Stephen has done," said Bill Turner, current president of the AFS's Missouri chapter.
Dr. Weithman served two terms as president of the Missouri chapter of AFS. Among his many professional accomplishments, he co-chaired the 1993 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference and acted as financial adviser to the chapter.
"Most importantly, he stood firm in his convictions to protect the aquatic resources of the State of Missouri," Turner said. "His leadership efforts are notable not only for their positive outcomes, but are remembered for the professional and caring manner in which they were delivered."
Dr. Weithman was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Tiffin, Ohio, to Allan S. Weithman Sr. and Bonnie M. Smith Weithman.
Dr. Weithman entered the University of Missouri-Kansas City but graduated in 1974 with a degree in biology from MU. He also received a master's degree in fisheries in 1975 and a doctorate in fisheries in 1978 from MU.
Dr. Weithman worked at Hunnewell Hatchery in Little Dixie as an area aide and as a biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. From 1983 to 1988, he supervised a statewide angler survey. In 1984, he became the Water Quality Research supervisor and later was named Environmental Services supervisor. He was a member of Society of Sigma Xi.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Don Wallace, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Newman Center, 701 Maryland Ave. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dr. Weithman is survived by his wife, Angela Daniels; his parents, Allan and Bonnie Weithman of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two sons, Michael Robert Weithman and Scott Edward Weithman, both of Columbia; and a sister, Kathy J. Ramsay of Flint, Mich.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or American Fisheries Society Missouri Chapter, c/o Al Buchanan, Missouri Department of Conservation, 1110 S. College Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Mary Alice Barnhart
MU alumna and former Stephens College librarian Mary Alice Barnhart of Wichita, Kan., died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, in Andover, Kan. She was 94.
Mrs. Barnhart was born to Thomas and Melissa Rodhouse in Columbia on June 25, 1906. She graduated from MU in 1928 and was married that same year to Oscar F. Barnhart.
Mrs. Barnhart stayed at home with her children until they were in school and then took a job at Stephens' library. She worked there for more than 42 years.
She was a lifelong member of the Sneed Class at First Baptist Church in Columbia, where she played piano and was a charter member.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Russell, will directly follow. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Barnhart is survived by one son, Frank Barnhart of Grants Pass, Ore.; two daughters, Mary Ellen McCoy of Sullivan and Ruth Ann Aldag of Wichita, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to the First Baptist Church 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201
Iva Elizabeth Crane
Iva Elizabeth Crane was a woman of her church, even in her 90s. While the names and faces of some of her family may have become fuzzy over the years, the gospel lyrics of her favorite hymns never did.
Mrs. Crane of Ashland died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Boone Retirement Center in Columbia. She was 92.
Mrs. Crane was born on April 12, 1908, to Warren Dunn and Julia Cunningham Dunn. She was raised in Boone County and married John Crane on August 26, 1927.
"She just loved to sing," her daughter Kathryne Lee said. "She'd just sit there in her chair and sing the religious songs. Up until she died, we'd walk in and she'd be singing gospel songs."
Dedicated to her faith and an active congregation member at Nashville Baptist Church in Ashland, Mrs. Crane worked for 40 years as the church custodian. Her beliefs, rooted in her parents' membership at Nashville Baptist, strongly influenced her family.
"She always enjoyed taking her children to church and being there with them," Lee said. "She was a good Christian woman. That was just a part of her upbringing - to be there when the doors opened."
The mother of nine children, Mrs. Crane developed a great love for family and enjoyed meeting with them often. During the summers, she would care for some of her 24 grandchildren, entertaining them with outdoor activities like gardening and tending for her flock of chickens.
Mrs. Crane did a good job keeping up with her flock of grandchildren, said her daughter-in-law Martha Crane - even down to their eating habits of Taco Bell and pizza.
Family and friends were of the utmost importance to Mrs. Crane, said her son Earl Crane. He remembers her love of the "jam sessions" where her husband and neighbors would gather at each others' houses to play country music on their guitars, fiddles and banjos.
She was famous for her old-fashioned chicken dumpling soup and gooseberry pie. But her family will remember her most for the time they spent doing chores, chatting or playing dominoes.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Don Snyder and the Rev. Kevin Collins, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Nashville Baptist Church, Route N Nashville Church Road.
Mrs. Crane is survived by four sons, Earl Crane, Joe Paul Crane and Tom Crane, all of Columbia, and Mel Crane of Ashland; two daughters, Kathryne Lee and Ruby Dean Marsden, both of Columbia; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, a son, two daughters, one brother, four sisters, two half-sisters and one granddaughter died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Nashville Cemetery, Columbia.
Fred H. Asbury
Fred H. Asbury of Columbia died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 79.
Mr. Asbury was born May 7, 1921, in Columbia to Arthur Clyde and Alma P. Hume Asbury. Mr. Asbury served U.S. Marine during World War II and served in the South Pacific Theater from 1942-1945. He married Lola P. Hutchinson on August 24, 1947.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, also at Memorial Funeral Home. Mr. Asbury will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Asbury is survived by his wife; three sons, Roger D. Asbury and Lowell T. Asbury, both of Columbia, and Wayne F. Asbury of Hallsville; two daughters, Phyllis S. Hackney of St. Louis and Alma J. Asbury of Columbia; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to the Harry S. Truman Veteran's Hospital Patient Care Fund, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201, or a charity of choice.