Cathey Kilburn Ehler
Cathey Kilburn Ehler of Columbia died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 of cancer. She was 45.
Ehler had been caring for elderly individuals in their homes for almost a decade, said her mother, Darlene Kilburn.
"She was a very people-oriented person with a radiant smile," said the Rev. John Fussner of Forum Boulevard Church. "When you became a friend of Cathey's, you were a friend for life."
Mrs. Ehler was born Nov. 1, 1955, in Trenton to Bill and Darlene Kilburn. She attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1974. On Aug. 18, 1974, she married Harold Thomas Ehler. Mrs. Ehler was a member of Red Top Christian Church in Hallsville. She was also a member of the American Cancer Association, which she joined in 1998 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Visitation was held on Sunday. Services were conducted Monday at Memorial Funeral Home by the Rev. Max Jennings and the Rev. John Fussner. She was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Ehler is survived by her mother and father, Darlene and Bill Kilburn of Columbia; and two sons, Thomas Joe Ehler and Terry Dean Ehler, both of Columbia.
Her husband and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201 or Missouri River Hospice, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Mary Malone McClelland Lago
Award-winning MU professor emeritus dies
Mary Malone McClelland Lago of Columbia died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care Center. She was 81.
Since becoming professor emeritus in 1990, she had spent much of her time doing research for her books in MU Libraries.
"Professor Lago was a strong supporter of the MU Libraries," said Martha Alexander, director of MU Libraries. "She was a wonderful woman. Everyone in the libraries loved to interact with her."
Dr. Lago was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Pennsylvania to Clark R. and Olive Malone McClelland. She attended Bucknell University and received her bachelor's degree in English in 1940. On March 4, 1944, she married Gladwyn V. Lago. She received a master's degree in English in 1965 and a doctoral degree in English in 1969, both from MU.
Former student Joyce Mitchell remembers Dr. Lago's encouragement as her dissertation adviser. "She was kind and strong and professional and very precise. She was a wonderful adviser. She will be greatly missed," Mitchell said.
Dr. Lago edited or wrote several books, including "Christiana Herringham and the Edwardian Art Scene" and "E.M. Forster: A Literary Life." Her latest book, "India's Prisoner: A Biography of Edward John Thompson, 1886-1946," was published two weeks ago.
She received many awards from MU, including the 1985 Distinguished Faculty Award from the MU Alumni Association, the 1988-1991 Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English award, and the 1990 Arts and Science Distinguished Alumna Award. She was also named the 1991-1992 Visiting Bye-Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.
Dr. Lago was also listed in "The Directory of American Scholars," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who of American Women" and "Contemporary Writers."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Maureen Dickmann, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Lenoir Chapel, 3612 Lenoir St.
Dr. Lago is survived by her daughter, Jane H. Lago of Columbia; and her son, Donald R. Lago of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Fellowship of John, Lenoir Health Care Center, 3300 New Haven Road, Columbia, Mo., 65201 or the Mary Lago Memorial Fund, University of Missouri Library, 104 Ellis Library, Columbia, Mo., 65201-5149.
Charles T. Williamson of Columbia died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at his home. He was 97.
Mr. Williamson was born May 13, 1903, in Boone County to A.A. "Bud" and Abbie Hickem Williamson. He married Bernice Linderman on June 30, 1938, in Grand Island, Neb.
Mr. Williamson was a University High School graduate and spent several years working as an assistant secretary at Boone County Trust Company. Eventually, he left to become a full-time farmer.
He also served on the board of directors for Home Mutual Insurance Company and was appointed emeritus director of the Columbia Companies in 1985.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, officiated by the Rev. George McCall, will follow. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife.
His sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Missouri River Hospice, 1032 Bluff Creek, Columbia, Mo. 65201 or to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo., 65205.
A friend. A confidant. A survivor. A mother. Those are just a few words family and friends used to describe Sherry Powelson.
"I could talk to her about anything," her brother, George Griffith said. "Sherry was someone who knew both how to have and how to make fun."
Among Mrs. Powelson's favorite things was gardening.
"Her home was filled with flowers and plants of all kinds," said Mrs. Powelson's sister, Clarice Graham. "Whenever possible, she'd give some of them to her family and friends."
But like the flowers that Mrs. Powelson loved to grow, she lived too short a life. She died of a brain aneurysm at age 39 on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at University Hospital.
Graham said that people felt like they were welcome around Mrs. Powelson.
"You were never a stranger," Graham said. "Whenever someone was going through a tough time in their lives, she'd call or send you a card to show that she cared."
Besides gardening, Mrs. Powelson loved to solve crossword puzzles, collect angels and cook.
"Sherry loved to cook for her family," said her mother, Patricia Bergman. "We loved to swap recipes. I remember the last recipe I gave Sherry. It was for Spanish peanut cookies."
On Tuesday, she was laid to rest in the town where she grew up, Fort Madison, Iowa. Red roses, her favorite flowers, outlined the interior of her coffin.
Mrs. Powelson is survived by her husband, Gerald M. Powelson; three sons, John, Nathan and James Miller, all of Columbia; one daughter, Jessica Miller of Columbia; her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Carl Bergman, both of Burlington, Iowa; her brother, George Griffith of Biloxi, Miss.; three sisters, Candas Pilkington and Pamela Waterman, both of Middletown, Iowa, and Clarice Graham of Burlington.
Her father, one brother, and grandparents died earlier.
A memorial has been established for her children, who recently lost everything they owned in a fire.
Contributions can be made in the name of Clarice M. Graham to Casebine Credit Union, 2115 Des Moines Ave., Burlington, Iowa, 52601.
Eugene P. Burke
Eugene "Geno" P. Burke of Columbia died Feb. 11, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 65.
Mr. Burke "lived for the lake," and took frequent summer trips to the Ozarks to spend time with family, fish, and inevitably make friends, said his daughter, Gina Viertel.
"He was one of those guys who, whenever he met somebody, he made a friend," she said.
Mr. Burke was born on Dec. 13, 1935, in Sedalia to Paul E. and Marie Karigan Burke. He moved to Columbia in 1990, and attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville.
Mr. Burke worked as a department manager at Price Chopper in Columbia for five years. He was previously employed at the A&P Grocery in Boonville from 1959 to 1970 and co-owned and operated Boonville Florist from 1972 to 1979.
Mr. Burke served on the Boonville City Council in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by Monsignor Michael Flannigan, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Burke is survived by four sons, Michael E. Burke of Pilot Grove, Mitch P. Burke of California, Terry A. Burke of Boonville, and Tony Burke of Columbia; a daughter, Gina L. Viertel of Boonville; and a brother, Edwin P. Burke of Blue Springs.
A granddaughter died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Assocation, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65205, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Robert M. Corwin
Dr. Robert Marvin "Doc" Corwin died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at his home in Hallsville. He was 62.
Dr. Corwin was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Moline, Ill. to Marvin and Alice Bossuyt Corwin.
He received a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, a master's degree and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in veterinary microbiology from Michigan State University.
Dr. Corwin was an assistant professor of biology at St. Ambrose, a microbiology assistant professor at Michigan State University and held a tenured position in veterinary microbiology from 1978 to 1999 at the MU. He retired in 1999, but continued teaching in the evenings at Columbia College.
He received numerous awards starting with the Eagle Scout Badge when he was 15. Throughout his career, he also earned memberships in the following organizations: the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, American Association Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Association Vet Parasitologists and Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease, the American Heartworm Association, Missouri Sheep Producers Association and American Sheep Industry Association.
He met Barbara Stitt in 1984 through MU and she became his second wife in 1988.
Dr. Corwin was also a member of the Newman Center in Columbia.
Dr. Corwin is survived by his wife; three sons, William Robert Corwin of Centralia; Thomas Joseph (T.J.) Corwin of St. Louis; Charles Scott Corwin of Hallsville; his mother Alice Corwin of Moline, Ill.; two brothers, Gary Corwin of Camarillo, Calif. and Mike Corwin of Pasedena, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
His father died earlier.
Rev. Joseph W. Starmann, of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, conducted the services at the Fenton Funeral Chapel, Centralia on Monday.
Memorials may be sent to the Boy Scouts of America or Hallsville Athletic Boosters.
Barbara Ruth Larson Craigmile of Columbia died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 at Boone Hospital Center. She was 70.
Mrs. Craigmile was born Aug. 16, 1930, in LaCrosse, Wisc. to George and Mabel Ingebord Larson. In 1952 she married James Craigmile.
She attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where she received her teaching degree. Afterward, she completed her graduate studies at MU.
Mrs. Craigmile taught for two years in Belleview, Neb. and in Lincoln, Neb. for two years. However, she spent the majority of her time at Field Elementary School in Columbia, where she taught for 20 years.
Mrs. Craigmile was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where she was the first woman elder. She was also a member of numerous church groups and the Literacy Action Corp for several years.
In the eyes of her sons, she was the greatest mom in the world and "will be missed by her family and many friends," said James Craigmile, her husband.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Massey, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 West Rollins Road. Visitation and a luncheon will follow the service.
Mrs. Craigmile is survived by her husband; four sons, David Craigmile, Stephen Craigmile, Paul Craigmile and Joseph Craigmile, all of Columbia; a sister Jean McDonnell of LaCrosse, Wisc.; two brothers, Richard Larson of Wind Lake, Wisc. and William Larson of Racine, Wisc.; and eight grandchildren.
Another sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Trinity Presbyterian Church- Brotherhood, 1600 W. Rollins Road, Columbia, MO 65203 or the American Cancer Society, 33 East Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203.
Dorothy Louise Whiteside of Ashland died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 at Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 80.
Mrs. Whiteside was born July 23, 1920, in Poplar Bluff to William Wallace and Lena Louise Kraft Crawford.
Services were held Monday.
Mrs. Whiteside is survived by one son, Ronald Dunegan of St. Louis; three daughters, Kathy Perkins of Ashland, Diann Aycock of Senatobia, Miss., and Annette Crane of Columbia; one brother, William Wallace Crawford Jr. of Union City, Calif.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
William Harvey Jr.
Col. William W. Harvey Jr. of Austin, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in Austin. He was 82.
Col. Harvey was born on Oct. 26, 1918, in Jefferson City. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in business administration, and played varsity basketball for the Tigers.
After graduating, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in World War II as an armored branch officer in North Africa and Italy, leading troops at Oran and Anzio. Col. Harvey was awarded the Purple Heart, a Silver Star for gallantry in action, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Col. Harvey later served as a White House aide during the Truman administration, and was stationed in Portugal, Indonesia, and Brazil, among other peacetime postings.
Throughout his career, Col. Harvey continued his education, receiving a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He served on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and was head of the ROTC department at Kansas State University, where he also coached varsity golf.
In 1970, after retiring from the Army, Col. Harvey moved to Austin and founded a successful business.
Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Col. Harvey is survived by his wife, Jeanne Bradley Harvey; his son Fredrick Harvey; three brothers, Jack Harvey, Don Harvey and Jerry Harvey; one sister, Patricia Jeans; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Toimi Enoch Kyllonen of Columbia died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 87.
Dr. Kyllonen was born on Dec. 30, 1913, in Chicago to Andrew E. and Edla Lammi Kyllonen. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., where he received his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1935.
Graduating from college during the Great Depression, Dr. Kyllonen searched for work. The search led him to Minneapolis, where he was hired as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota. Due to a shortage in teaching staff, Dr. Kyllonen was soon asked to teach one of the university's sociology classes.
"I think he really enjoyed the interaction and working with young people," said Julie Kyllonen Rose, Dr. Kyllonen's daughter.
Dr. Kyllonen's teaching brought him to Columbia in 1940, where he taught social studies at Stephens College. He held that post until 1945, when he returned to the University of Minnesota and pursued a doctorate in sociology.
Dr. Kyllonen came back to Columbia in 1948 to teach at the University of Missouri while he finished his dissertation.
One of the highlights of his teaching and research was winning a Fullbright Fellowship in 1954 to pursue research in sociology in Finland, his parents' homeland.
Dr. Kyllonen retired from his position at MU in 1975 as an associate professor of sociology.
Visitation for Dr. Kyllonen will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church, 101 N. 10th Street. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Yonker, will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Dr. Kyllonen will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dr Kyllonen is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances Aileen Thompson Kyllonen of Columbia; one daughter, Julie Frances Kyllonen Rose of Macomb, Ill.; and two brothers, Erland R. Kyllonen of Groveland, Calif., and Allen Kyllonen of Weirton, W.V.
Two brothers, three step-siblings and a son died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Sociology Development Fund, 109 Sociology Building, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo., 65211 or the First Christian Church, 101 N. 10th Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Ella Nole of Columbia died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center, of cancer. She was 58.
Her son, Arlie Nole, said she never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone. She was the type of person to take care of every person she met, he said.
"And no one ever left her house hungry," Nole said. "She wouldn't allow it."
Mrs. Nole was born May 5, 1942, in Monroe County to Marvin and Alice Calhoun Chapman. She married Grant Nole on Feb. 4, 1972, in Columbia. She worked as a nurse's aide for 20 years at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
Visitation for Mrs. Nole will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. Services, also at Memorial Funeral Home, will be at 4:30 p.m.
Mrs. Nole is survived by her husband; six sons, Russel Nole of Oklahoma, Charles Nole of Centralia, Richard Nole and Arlie Nole, both of Hallsville, Terry Nole of Tennessee, and Ronnie Nole of Columbia; three daughters, Deborah Barr, Mary Ellen Nole and Melissa Slavit, all of Columbia; two brothers, Marvin Chapman of Columbia and Jerry Chapman of California; two sisters, Sharon Blackwell of Russellville and Barbara Dixon of Millersburg; 26 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Her parents and a son died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Food Bank, 2000 Pennsylvania Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202.
David Yaeck of New Bern, N.C., died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001. He was 73.
Mr. Yaeck was born in Port Huron, Mich., on Sept. 23, 1927. He served in the Navy during WWII and in the Marines during the Korean War, after which he attended the University of Miami.
Mr. Yaeck moved to West Chester, Pa., in 1955 where he met his future wife, Patricia. They married in 1974. While living in West Chester, Mr. Yaeck worked as executive director of the Chester County Water Resources Authority. He retired in 1994 after 23 years of service.
After retirement Mr. Yaeck owned and operated a consulting business. He moved to New Bern, N.C., two years ago.
While Mr. Yaeck accomplished many things in his life, it is his kindness that is remembered most fondly by his family.
"One of my fondest memories was that he was so generous to me," said his wife, Patricia.
Services for Mr. Yaeck will be held at 11 a.m. today at Praise Assembly Worship Center in New Bern, N.C.
Mr. Yaeck is survived by his wife and one sister, Dorothy Y. Pace of Columbia.
Corinne Isbell Miller, formerly of Columbia, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, atthe Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville. She was 104.
Mrs. Miller was born Dec. 6, 1896, to William and Cora Abernathy on herfamily's farm in Cape Girardeau County.
She graduated from what is now Southeast Missouri State University and became a teacher. Mrs. Miller taught in schools throughout Missouri.
In 1924 she married Fred Miller. The couple moved to Columbia in 1941 and lived there until Fred Miller's retirement. Mrs. Miller lived in Springfield, Mo., after her husband died.
Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo. She was a lifelong Methodist and held several positions in the United Methodist Women in eastern Missouri.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary Metcalf, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Visitation will be followed by a 2 p.m. service, conducted by the Rev. James J. Bryan. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her son, Fred Robert Miller of Springfield, Mo.; three grandchildren, Richard Miller, Rebecca Showalter, and Ellen Vaughan; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, a brother and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 413 E. Walnut St., Springfield, Mo. 65806.
Jaunita V. Slaughterbeck of Columbia died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at University Hospital. She was 89.
Mrs. Slaughterbeck was born July 31, 1911, to Boyd and Harriet Hobbs Burleyson in Helena, Ark. She married Jack E. Slaughterbeck on July 6, 1945, in St. Louis.
She moved to Columbia from St. Louis in 1974.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Doug Crader, will be 3 p.m. today at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.
Mrs. Slaughterbeck is survived by one daughter, Beth Phipps of Columbia; one son, Stephen Slaughterbeck of Bowling Green, Ky.; one brother, Boyd Burleyson of St. Charles; and three grandchildren.
Her husband and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to VFW Post 280, 1509 Ashley, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Elbert 'Leo' Cook
Elbert "Leo" Cook of Columbia died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. He was 70.
"He was proud to be from Boone County and mid-Missouri," his son, Kevin Cook, said. Mr. Cook was born June 3, 1930, in Boone County to Charles and Gertie Cook. Through the years, Mr. Cook held a variety of jobs. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
In the 1960s, he owned and operated Mobil service stations in Hallsville, Moberly and Centralia. After that, he became a school picture photographer. In the 1980s, he worked as a security guard at Stephens College. Then, he worked as a courier for a medical transcriptionist until retirement.
"He did a lot for a lot of people," a sister, Betty Harpert, said. "He had a very caring heart."
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Tom Adams, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Red Rock United Methodist Church, 4760 Squire Court Road in Harrisburg.
Mr. Cook is survived by a son, Kevin O. Cook of Pittsburg, Mo.; a daughter, Carla D. Wiesner of Rice Lake, Wis.; two brothers, Charles C. Cook and Russell D. Cook, both of Hallsville; three sisters, Donna Coen of Fulton, Shirley Jean Durk of Hallsville and Betty Harpert of Columbia; and four grandchildren.
His parents, three brothers and three sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Red Rock Cemetery Association, 4760 Squire Court Road, Harrisburg, Mo. 65256.
Esther Morris of Columbia died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care Center. She was 99.
Born Feb. 22, 1901, in Carthage, Mrs. Morris was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Cannan D. Carr Barnhart.
Mrs. Morris attended Carthage High School and was a 1922 graduate of Stephens College. She married John Uel Morris Nov. 29, 1923, in Carthage. Mr. Morris died in 1981.
Mrs. Morris loved music, her daughter Lila Ausmus said. She served as the choir director of churches in Trenton and Sedalia in the late 1930s and 1940s.
In 1947, Mrs. Morris moved to Columbia with her husband. He was employed as a professor in the Agriculture Extension Department of MU. The couple was active in that department's various programs.
Mrs. Morris worked as an audio-visual librarian at Stephens College for many years. She also raised five children, and "that kept her very busy," Ausmus said. Mrs. Morris attended the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.
The Rev. Jim Bryan will conduct services for Mrs. Morris at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Epple Chapel at Lenoir Retirement Community at 3612 Lenoir St. Parker Funeral Services & Crematory of Columbia is handling services. Following services, there will be a reception in the Fireside Room at Lenoir Community Center.
Mrs. Morris was buried in a private ceremony Friday morning at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia.
Mrs. Morris is survived by one son, John B. Morris of Annandale, Va.; two daughters, Lila Ausmus of LaVerne, Calif., and Beverly Shubert of Ocean View, Del.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Her parents, husband, one son, one daughter, two brothers and two grandchildren died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or Fellowship of John, 3300 New Haven Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.