Virgil F. Burk
Virgil F. Burk of Lee's Summit died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at John Knox Village Care Center. He was 96.
Mr. Burk was born on Jan. 3, 1904, in Bates County. He graduated from Butler High School in 1923. After teaching in two Bates County rural schools, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1929.
On Sept. 9, 1929, he married E. Pauline Cabbell of Bosworth. He served as county agricultural extension agent in Johnson and Howard counties for 17 years. After working in the University Extension Department for five years, Mr. Burk served as the executive director of Missouri Retail Council.
Mr. Burk was a member of the Village Church of John Knox Village, Acacia Fraternity, Men's Club and Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Science Society.
Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery .
Mr. Burk is survived by a son, Emmett K. Burk of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren, Brion Burk of Fairhaven, Md., Donna Burk Winter of Indianapolis, Ind., David Burk of Cary, N.C., Phillip Burk of Columbia, Beverly Burk and Karl Burk of Plano, Texas, and Kent Burk of Redmond, Wash.; and 10 great grandchildren.
His wife and a son died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the John Knox Foundation.
Bertha E. Nowlin
Bertha Edwina Nowlin of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 69.
Mrs. Nowlin was born on April 22, 1931, in Houston to Edward William and Ester Marie Kursten Felscher.
On April 7, 1973, she married James D. Nowlin in Channelview, Texas. She worked as a cook at various restaurants and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Channelview, Texas.
Mrs. Nowlin is survived by two sons, Robert William Adams and Edward Alexander Pirkle of Kentucky; three daughters, Juanita Elizabeth Nguyen of Columbia, Margery Lynn Isaacs of Versailles, Ky., and Michelle Yvonne Cortez of Baytown, Texas; two brothers, three sisters, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
No services were announced.
Her parents, two brothers and one sister died earlier.
William Proctor Sr.
William "Tomcat" Proctor Sr. of Sturgeon died after a heart attack Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at his home. He was 56.
"He was an easy-going guy who would do anything for anybody," said Patty Proctor, his sister-in-law. "He'll be missed."
Mr. Proctor loved to go on trips to Las Vegas with his family and fish at Mark Twain Lake. His hobbies also included buying and selling old cars and trucks. Mr. Proctor was also fond of citizens band radio and "Tomcat" was his CB call or handle. He was owner-operator of a mobile home transporting company.
"He was very good with his hands," said Kimberly Proctor, his daughter-in-law. "He could fix anything."
Mr. Proctor was born March 17, 1944, in Columbia, to Wilbert Earl Proctor Sr. and Lorene Wilson Proctor.
He attended Harrisburg High School and married Phyllis Walters on Oct. 24, 1964.
Two sisters and two brothers died earlier.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Charles Parker, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Red Rock United Methodist Church at 4760 Squire Court Road W., Harrisburg. Burial will be at Red Rock Cemetery.
Mr. Proctor is survived by his wife; three sons, Jerry Malone and Ricky Malone, both of Harrisburg, and Pete Proctor of Olathe, Kan.; two daughters, Pam White of Ashland and Penny Lyddon of Columbia; three brothers, Wesley Proctor of Harrisburg, Leonard Proctor of Columbia and Estil Proctor of Hallsville; five sisters, Margaret Morris, Lucille Winn, Joyce Beuer and Barbara Nichols, all of Columbia; and Dorothy Skaggs of Harrisburg; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Tom Proctor Memorial Fund c/o Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
William R. Smull
William "Bill" Robert Smull of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at his home. He was 52.
Mr. Smull was born July 20, 1948, in Springfield, Ohio, to Robert Ira and Hazel Arlene Singer Smull. He served with the U.S. Army, and he received a bachelor's degree in social science from Central Methodist College in 1970. In 1977, he received a master's degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University. He married Jill Prewitt March 11, 1989, in Columbia.
Mr. Smull was retired as assistant district director of probation and parole with the Missouri Department of Corrections.
"He worked for the Department for over 25 years," said Tim Kniest of the Department of Corrections. "The Department is truly saddened by his death."
Diana Howard of the Probations and Parole division had many kind words about Mr. Smull. "What a phenomenal individual. He was responsible for mentoring dozens of staff. Absolutely a stabilizing force wherever he worked."
Mr. Smull belonged to the American Probation and Parole Officers Association and to the Columbia Country Club.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home at 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Robert Webb, will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Smull will be buried at Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Mr. Smull is survived by his wife; his son, Robert "Robby" Ross Smull of Columbia; and one brother, Ronald Edwin Smull of Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the Robert R. Smull Educational Fund, in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Goldie Todd of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at University Hospital and Clinics. She was 90.
Mrs. Todd was born on June 19, 1910, in Boone County to Luther Rodgers and Cecil Nauser Rodgers. She married Scott Poore in November 1932. After his death, Mrs. Todd married Charles Owen Todd on May 16, 1970, in Montgomery City. She was a member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Columbia.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Grandview Baptist Church, 8300 North Route Z in Centralia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Smith, will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Todd is survived by her husband, of Columbia; a sister, Cleo Colvin of Centralia; two sons, Arnold Poore of Hallsville and Gerald Poore of Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers died earlier.
Faurot 'was just a good, all-American guy'
Frederick Faurot spent his life surrounded by the things he loved best: his family, students, and sports.
"He was a man with a gruff exterior but with a kind heart," said Jim Ritter, who was an assistant principal with him at Hickman High School in the early 60s.
Frederick Winslow Faurot Jr. of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at South Hampton Place. He was 91.
Mr. Faurot was born March 18, 1909, in Mountain Grove to Frederick Winslow and Charlotte Burrows Faurot. He graduated from MU in 1936 with bachelor's degrees in agriculture and education. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and lettered in both football and track.
In 1938, Mr. Faurot received a master's degree from MU and, in 1939, married Anna Sue Kennedy. He served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Faurot coached football, track and basketball at Northeast Missouri State University, which is now Truman State University, in Kirksville.
"He was a typical Faurot," said Shag Grossnickle, who knew Mr. Faurot and his family from Mr. Faurot's stint as a coach in Kirksville. "He was just a good, all-American guy."
Following his passion for football, Mr. Faurot went on to coach at Central Methodist College in Fayette and at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa.
Mr. Faurot then took a position coaching football at Murray State University in Kentucky and took the team to the Tangerine Bowl in 1948.
"He took a program that was floundering and did an excellent job of turning it around," said former Murray State University baseball coach Johnny Reagan. "He was extremely popular here."
For his work with the football team, Mr. Faurot was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame.
From 1959 until his retirement in 1973, Mr. Faurot returned to Columbia to teach, coach track and serve as an assistant principal at Hickman High School.
"As an assistant principal, he was in charge of disciplining students," Ritter said. "He had a difficult job, but he did it well."
Despite the nature of his job, former students, who returned to visit the school, always wanted to see Mr. Faurot first.
"All the kids just loved him," Ritter said.
Mr. Faurot was the younger brother of the late Don Faurot, for whom MU's Faurot Fieldvis named.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, officiated by the Rev. John Yonker, will immediately follow.
Mr. Faurot is survived by a son, Frederick Winslow Faurot III of Columbia; a daughter, Sara Faurot Hulse of Columbia; two sisters, Lucille Fuerst of Baxter Springs, Kan., and Vera Burk of Kirksville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Sue Faurot Golf Scholarship in care of the Tiger Scholarship Fund, Hearnes Center, MU, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Kathryn Durk Hood
Kathryn Durk Hood of Hallsville died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 83.
Mrs. Hood was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Boone County to David Forrest and Esther Schooler Willett. She married Ralph Durk on March 11, 1936, in Columbia. He died on March 1, 1974. She married Orville Hood on Nov. 4, 1989.
Mrs. Hood attended Hallsville Church of God Holiness, where she was a board member and a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the interchurch council of Hallsville and the Gideons Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, Larry Durk of Hallsville; a daughter, Ellen Bunn of Hallsville; and two stepdaughters, Ellen Scott of Overland Park, Kan., and Jean Martin of Blue Springs; four sisters: Lois Cook and Mildred Elkin of Hallsville, Thelma Fowler of Mesa, Ariz., and Mary Alice Frazier of Columbia; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Two brothers and a sister died earlier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hallsville Church of God Holiness, 408 Route B, in Hallsville, with the Rev. Larry Grabill officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 7108, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Armin Arnold Nielsen died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was 83.
Mr. Nielsen was born on May 24, 1917, in Woodworth, Ill. to Herman and Emma Schweippe Nielsen. He married Frances Mae West in Woodworth, Ill. on June 2, 1940, and she preceded him in death. On Oct. 19, 1996, he married Margaret Barnes in Columbia.
In 1950, Mr. Nielsen and his wife Frances founded the St. Marks Lutheran Church in Chillicothe, Ill., with five other families. Mr. Nielsen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia and worked for 40 years on the Santa Fe Railroad as a yardmaster and superintendent in Chillicothe, Ill. He was also a member of the Railroad Retirement Association.
"He was really a neat guy who loved music and dancing," daughter Jacqueline Rundiks said. "He was a loving father and grandfather."
Visitation for Mr. Nielsen will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Gerike, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, also at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Billingsville Cemetery, in Boonville.
Mr. Nielsen is survived by his wife; one daughter, Jacqueline Rundiks of Columbia; two sisters, Esther Schmohe and Juanita Luhman both of Woodworth, Ill.; two granddaughters, Rita Anne Rapp of Boonville and Emilija Friedman of Columbia; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Marks Lutheran Church, Chillicothe, Ill. or Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Rollins Road, Columbia, Mo.
To a detached observer, some of the praises given to Gerald Schmitt of Columbia, who died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, may seem ordinary. But Mr. Schmitt, who lived to age 78, was far from ordinary.
"Jerry was a true patriot and a good Christian," Trudy Schmitt said of her husband. While many people have been called such things, his family remembers how he truly lived up to his accolades.
Mr. Schmitt was born in St. Louis on April 19, 1922, to Willis and Bertha Stark Schmitt.
Throughout his life, Mr. Schmitt was consistently involved in activities. He attended Beaumont High School, where he was captain and quarterback of the football team, track captain, student body president and senior class president. It was there that he met his future wife, Trudy Emig. They were married on Oct. 16, 1943.
Mr. Schmitt attended the MU School of Engineering for three years until he received orders to report for military duty. He served with the Army Air Corps of the Pacific theater during World War II. Upon his return from service, he completed his education at St. Louis University.
After many years of employment with McDonnell Aircraft, Mr. Schmitt retired and returned to Columbia with his wife. Mid-Missouri welcomed him as grand marshall of the 1995 Memorial Day Parade. The following year, he and his son Jerry Schmitt, a Vietnam pilot, were co-marshalls.
A dedicated Christian, Mr. Schmitt was a self-proclaimed "forever member" of Forum Boulevard Christian Church.
"The Lord has been very good to us - exceedingly, abundantly, beyond measure, in many ways," Trudy Schmitt said. "We both went to church regularly as a young couple."
The couple helped start Faith Evangelical Church in California. It is now the largest church in Simi Valley.
Mr. Schmitt was active in boys' clubs with his two sons, as well as in numerous athletics. Family was always a big part of his life.
"Jerry was a terrific brother," Quentin Schmitt said. "We served together in the military in World War II, and we've been very close through the years."
Visitation for Mr. Schmitt will be held at 1 p.m. today, at Forum Boulevard Christian Church, 3900 Forum Blvd., with services following.
Mr. Schmitt is survived by his wife; two sons, Jerry Schmitt of Tarzana, Calif. and Quentin Schmitt of San Diego; a daughter, Jean Coplen of Englewood, Colo.; two brothers, Donald Schmitt of St. Louis and Quentin Schmitt of Beaumont, Texas; a sister, Doris Shockley of Littleton, Colo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A sister died earlier.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Forum Boulevard Christian Church; Show-Me Christian Youth Home, 24302 Mahin Road, LaMonte, Mo. 65337; or Emig Memorial Post 3100 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3905 Germaine, St. Louis, Mo. 63116.
Paul A. Even
Paul A. Even of Jefferson City died at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000. He was 83.
Mr. Even was born on May 27, 1917, in Hermann to Paul F. and Myrtle Meyer Even. He married Bea Gentry in El Paso, Texas, on April 22, 1950.
Mr. Even served in the Persian Gulf in the U.S. Army during World War II and reached the rank of sergeant. He worked for the Missouri Highway Department, Division of Planning from 1952 until his retirement in 1981. He was also a part-time sales clerk for J.C. Penney Co. from 1955 to 1982.
Mr. Even was a member of the Central United Church of Christ in Jefferson City and served as chairman of the Consistory and Board of Elders. Mr. Even volunteered at the American Red Cross and served as chairman of its blood program. He also volunteered at Capitol Region Medical Center, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 5. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Roy Sone Post 1003 and Capital Region's auxiliary.
Mr. Even is survived by his wife; a son, Nicholas Even of Dallas; two daughters, Susan Even of Columbia and Sara Jane Wilson of Houston; two sisters, Elaine Even Roddy of Hollywood, Fla., and Bette Even Sayles of Tulsa, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
A visitation for Mr. Even was held Friday at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors - Jefferson City Chapel. Services were held Saturday at Central United with the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Buchholz officiating. Mr. Even was buried in Riverview Cemetery, 2600 W. Main St., Jefferson City.
Memorials may be sent to Central United Church of Christ 118 W. Ashley St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101, or Capital Region Medical Center, 1125 Madison St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
William Nichols Sr.
William "Bill" Dow Nichols Sr., of Harrisburg, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000. He was 73.
Mr. Nichols was born April 28, 1927, in Boone County to Virgil Harris and Mary Frances Watson Nichols. He married Mildred Meryl Roberts in Kansas City on Dec. 26, 1947.
He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Mr. Nichols owned and operated Bill Nichols Trucking Company for more than 50 years in Boone County. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #280 and Masonic Lodge #356.
A Saturday visitation and a Masonic service were held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Smith, will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his two sons, Bill Nichols Jr. and David Nichols Sr., both of Columbia; two daughters, Patty Rowland and Sally Enochs, both of Harrisburg; a sister, Mary Brink of Fairhope, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His wife, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Bobby Richard Nichols
Bobby Richard Nichols of Ashland died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Harry S. Truman Veteran's Hospital in Columbia. He was 72.
Mr. Nichols was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Columbia to Wilburn and Elma Cecil Rippeto Nichols. Mr. Nichols married Mable Irene Mustain Aug. 16, 1949, in Ashland. Then on April 15, 1958, he married Bessie Lorene Coleman also in Ashland. Coleman died earlier. Mr. Nichols then married Evelyn Vovolka at April 17, 1995, in Barbados.
Mr. Nichols served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also worked in maintenance at Southern Boone County School in Ashland.
Visitation for Mr. Nichols will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bart Tichenor, will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Robinson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Goshen Cemetery in Hartsburg.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Evelyn Nichols; a son, Ronnie Nichols of Ashland; a daughter, Marsha Sanford of Olathe, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Three sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Goshen Cemetery in Hartsburg.
Lucille Wade of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at The Williamsburg nursing home. She was 83.
"She was well loved by all of us at Williamsburg," said Ronda Jackson, admissions coordinator.
Mrs. Wade was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Macon to Everette DeVore and Cynthia Marie Daugherty DeVore. She married Riley Wade Dec. 11, 1945, in Columbia. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Visitation for Mrs. Wade will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, with the service following. The service will be conducted by Pastor Albert Oetman. Mrs. Wade will be buried at Oakland Cemetary.
Mrs. Wade is survived by her husband; two brothers, Carl DeVore of Columbia and J.L. DeVore of Sturgeon; a half-sister, Joan Gish of Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Two brothers and one sister died earlier.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Foundation or the Seventh Day Adventist Church Library, 1100 College Park, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Patrick Lee Mooney
Patrick Lee Mooney of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000. He was 61.
Mr. Mooney was born on Dec. 17, 1938, to John and Gladys McFadden Mooney in Steelville.
Mr. Mooney moved from California to Columbia in 1968. He married Katherine Crews on July 22, 1968 in Columbia. Mr. Mooney was employed as a welder.
Information regarding services for Mr. Mooney was not available.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine, of Columbia; two daughters, Carol Beers of Auxvasse and Melanie Mooney of Columbia; two sons, John Mooney of Columbia and Dennis Stone of Auxvasse; one sister, Raydean Blackwell of California state; and eight grandchildren.
His parents, two brothers and one son died earlier.
Alice Sapp of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 73.
Ms. Sapp was born to Jerry H. Sapp and Laura M. Rippeto Sapp on Jan. 12, 1927, in Boone County.
In her spare time, Ms. Sapp was a member of the Visiting Teachers. She also knitted items for the needy through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Columbia.
Ms. Sapp was also an employee at Boone Hospital Center for 27 years.
She is survived by her sister, Leona Sanders of St. Louis; three nieces; and five nephews.
Visitation and services were held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Columbia. She was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.