Bruce E. "Rusty" Gamet, Jr.
Active member of Memorial Baptist dies
Bruce E. "Rusty" Gamet Jr. of Columbia died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001. He was 62.
Mr. Gamet was born Sept. 24, 1938, to Bruce E. Gamet Sr. and Mary Helen Porter Gamet in Trenton. On June 9, 1962, he married Carolyn Wilson in Fulton.
Mr. Gamet served as a first lieutenant in the Missouri National Guard and continued his career as manager of operations at Boone Electric Cooperative in Columbia. He was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church.
Mr. Gamet served as president of the New Bloomfield Cemetery Association. He will be buried in that cemetery on Friday.
Visitation for Mr. Gamet will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Webb, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road.
Mr. Gamet is survived by his wife; his daughter, Susan P. Torgerson, and her husband, Andrew Torgerson, both of Littleton, Colo.; and two brothers, Michael S. Gamet of Mexico, Mo., and D. Mark Gamet of Arizona.
His parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201, or New Bloomfield Cemetery, New Bloomfield, Mo. 65063.
Josephine Hall Bryant
Woman volunteered at several city organizations
Josephine Hall Bryant of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001. She was 81.
Mrs. Bryant spent most of her time in Columbia doing volunteer work. She volunteered at the Lois Bryant House, St. Francis House and Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.
"What she was known most for was her compassion," her son, Louis B. Bryant Jr., said. "She had great empathy for those in need and dedicated her time to helping others."
Mrs. Bryant was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Clifton and Marie Harlan Hall. She married Louis B. Bryant Sr. on Sept. 16, 1943. They moved to St. Louis in 1953. She was a substitute teacher for the St. Louis public school system. She also taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at Third United Presbyterian Church. She moved to Columbia in 1991.
Mrs. Bryant was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia and was active with Church Women United.
"The most important thing to her was her family and children," Bryant said. "She believed children needed guidance."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Richard J. Ramsey and the Rev. George A. McCall, will be today at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks Military Cemetery in St. Louis. Services will be at noon Friday at Third United Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.
Mrs. Bryant is survived by her son; a daughter, Wanda L. Bailey of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Norma Lee Woodard of Plain Dealing, La.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Her husband and a daughter died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to the Lois Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund at MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences, 113 Gwynn Hall, Columbia, Mo. 65211.
Raymond L. Bade
Raymond L. Bade of Ashland was a leader in all aspects of his life.
"Ray was a pillar of the community," said William A. Bade, Mr. Bade's brother. "He was like a rock."
Mr. Bade died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 74.
He worked as a carpenter for Hussmann Distributing Co. in St. Louis for 40 years. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 1596 in St. Louis.
Mr. Bade was a member of the Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.
After his retirement, he bought a farm in Ashland where he raised cattle. Mr. Bade also served as alderman in Ashland.
"He was always there for someone in need," William A. Bade said. "He looked out for everybody's well-being."
Mr. Bade was born July 5, 1926, in St. Louis to Carl W. and Lena Grunendler Bade.
He married Anna Viers on June 22, 1946, in St. Louis.
Visitation for Mr. Bade will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland, and from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Collier's Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. in Saint Ann.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Frank Gutherie and Carl A. Bade, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, 200 Harding Ave. in Maryland Heights. Burial will be at St. Paul Church Yard, 7600 S. Rock Hill Road in Affton.
Mr. Bade is survived by his wife; one daughter, Laverne Garrett of Spring Hill, Kan.; four brothers, Carl A. Bade of Pottstown, Pa., Harold G. Bade of Fenton, William A. Bade and Thomas E. Bade, both of Arnold; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
One brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, 200 Harding Ave., Maryland Heights, Mo., 63043.
Josephine Gray died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 74.
She was born Jan. 1, 1927, to Nevada Washington and Joseph Key. She married William H. "Jack" Gray on Sept. 8, 1947. Mrs. Gray was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Columbia and a member of the usher board.
Her daughter, Joetta Gross of Columbia, remembers her as a woman who loved her family. Mrs. Gray ran J & J BBQ restaurant with her father for several years. She also enjoyed her grandchildren.
"She liked to experiment with new recipes. The grandkids really liked that," Gross said.
Mrs. Gray was also an avid fisher. Gross said her mother used to get up at dawn before anyone went to work and take her grandchildren fishing at Little Dixie Lake.
Visitation for Mrs. Gray will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Carlous Taylor, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Gray is survived by one son, Robert Gray of Columbia; four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Payne of Denver, Wanda Kee, Joetta Gross and Marcella S. Mitchell, all of Columbia; two brothers, Roy Lee Key and Reuben Key, both of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her husband, one daughter, one son, three brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Eleanor L. Henry
Eleanor L. Henry of Columbia died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 79.
Her son, Michael Henry, said his mom got the ride of her life nine years ago when she rode a roller coaster for the first time. On her 70th birthday, Mrs.
Henry accompanied her son and grandson to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. Seeing her grandson riding a roller coaster, she commented that she'd always wanted to do that, Michael Henry said. Mrs. Henry had already had five hip replacements by this time, and was about to go in for another one.
She was afraid if she didn't do it then, she'd never be able to, her son said. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, Mrs. Henry boarded the ride. Michael Henry didn't recall the name of the coaster, but he remembered it had lots of loops and went upside down. When Mrs. Henry got off the ride, she was thrilled.
Mrs. Henry was born July 13, 1921, in Worth County to Francis C. and Amy Meredith Zimmerman. She married John W. Henry, and worked as an administrative assistant for Boone Electric Cooperative for 30 years. Mrs. Henry was also employed for 16 years at JC Penney and for five years at the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service.
In addition to being a member of Calvary Baptist Church and serving on the board of the Off-Broadway Condominiums Association, Mrs. Henry also joined other organizations. She was a past Noble Grand in the Rebekah Lodge, of which she was a member for more than 50 years. Mrs. Henry was also a member of American Business Women, where she received the honor of being named Woman of The Year.
Services for Mrs. Henry will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with the Rev. Webster Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Henry is survived by a son, Michael Henry of Gladstone; one brother, Cleo Zimmerman of Bethany; one sister, Pauline Danner of Bethany; and one grandson, Sean Michael Henry of Chicago.
Her husband, one son and one sister died earlier.
Patricia Jane Klobe of Columbia died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at her home. She was 68.
Ms. Klobe was born Sept. 19, 1932, in Perry County, Mo. to George N. and Harriet Hatch Klobe. She grew up on a farm in Seventy Six, Mo. with her two brothers.
"She was a very lovable person," Ms. Klobe's brother, William Dale Klobe, said. "She got along well with everyone."
She graduated from Cape Girardeau High School in 1950. She received her bachelor's degree at Iowa State University and her master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Klobe moved to Columbia in the mid-1960s. She worked as an associate professor of housing and interior design at the University of Missouri.
She enjoyed working with people, especially children, and was very close to her many nieces and nephews, her brother said.
"She was the kind of aunt that would send us all Valentine's Day cards, birthday cards and Christmas cards," said her nephew, Michael Klobe.
He also recalled when the family was snowed in at the farm in Seventy Six in the 1970s.
"We were all having snow fights and making snowmen and she was right there with us," he said.
Visitation for Ms. Klobe was held Sunday at Parker Funeral Service. Services, conducted by Monsignor Michael Flanagan, will be at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Perryville, Mo.
Ms. Klobe is survived by two brothers, Jerry Klobe of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and William Dale Klobe of Cape Girardeau; four nieces; two nephews; six great nephews and eight great nieces.
One nephew died earlier.
Arthur "Tooter" Stone of Columbia died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 86.
Born May 19, 1914, in Boone County, Mr. Stone was the son of Griffith and Ida Lewis Stone. He married E. Lorene Ott in Columbia on June 19, 1937.
Mr. Stone's wife of 62 years described him as "a farmer and a hunter and he loved to go to church."
He was a member of Dripping Spring Christian Church.
She said he had the nickname of "Tooter" all his life. When Mr. Stone was a baby, some of his cousins put him in a dish pan and called him "Little Tooter." The name stuck.
Visitation for Mr. Stone will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Dripping Spring Christian Church, 2701 W. Dripping Springs Road. Rev. Fred Erickson will conduct services at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the same location. Mr. Stone will be buried in the Dripping Spring Cemetery.
Mr. Stone is survived by his wife; a son, Jerry Stone of Columbia; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Dripping Spring Cemetery Association, 2701 W. Dripping Springs Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.
John B. Hyatt, formerly of Columbia, died Thursday, February 20, 2001, at Lee Memorial Health Park in Fort Meyers, Fla. He was 76.
Mr. Hyatt was born in Fayette on May 23, 1924, to Earl Brooks and Frances Armstrong Hyatt. He graduated from Fayette High School.
In 1943, he joined the Navy where he served for three years during World War II, mostly in the Pacific. He returned from duty in 1946 and attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with assistance from a basketball scholarship and the GI Bill. He graduated in 1949.
His college experiences with basketball led to a career as a basketball coach for Warsaw and Eldon high schools. On Dec. 23, 1953, he married Mary A. Pipal in Eldon.
Mr. Hyatt began working for State Farm Insurance in 1954 and later moved to Jefferson City where he became a manager for State Farm.
Mr. Hyatt was involved in the community. He was a member of Missouri Life Underwriters, the Downtown Optimist Club, the Missouri United Methodist Church, the Chamber of Commerce and the Boone County Citizens for Good Government.
He also volunteered with the Missouri State High School Basketball Tour, the Tiger Quarterback Club, and the Truman Veterans Hospital. He wanted it said that he had a great life, a great family and enjoyed living in a great country.
Visitation for Mr. Hyatt will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Bryan, will be held at 3 p.m. A private burial will be at Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Mr. Hyatt is survived by his wife; a son, William "Bill" Brooks Hyatt, of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Victoria Ann Hyatt Ledbetter, and her husband, Jim Ledbetter, of Warrenton; and two grandchildren, Becky and Brett Ledbetter.
His sister, Mary Jane Adkins, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Downtown Optimist Club or to the University of Missouri Tiger Scholarship Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Pat Edwards of Centralia died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Gainesville, Fla., of injuries from a car accident. He was 34.
"He was my baby brother," his sister Vicki Algiere said. "He was a happy kid and was a friend to all."
Mr. Edwards was born March 17, 1966, in Mexico, Mo., to Richard Bruce and Helen Marie Fountain Edwards. He graduated from Centralia High School in 1984 and had lived in Florida for the past five years.
"He was always tinkering with his truck," his sister Becky Morgan said. "But if there was one way to describe him, it was happy-go-lucky. He always wanted everyone to be happy."
Visitation for Mr. Edwards will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Rodney Albert, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his daughter, Allison Edwards of Centralia; one brother, Richard Bruce Edwards III of Centralia; five sisters, Lois Reeves and Carol Burton, both of Hallsville, Vicki Algiere and Rebecca Morgan, both of Columbia, and Mary Edwards of Centralia.
Memorials may be sent to the Allison Edwards Trust Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo, 65202.
Patty Ruth Johnson of Hallsville died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was 74.
Born Sept. 27, 1926, in Rosebeck, Texas, Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of Jamie Sims and Ruthie Magalene Elliott Riley. She married James Lowell Johnson in Midway, Texas, on April 8, 1944. Mr. Johnson died in 1995.
Mrs. Johnson worked as a receptionist in the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at MU for 17 years.
"She enjoyed working at MU helping students," her son Ron Johnson said. Mrs. Johnson's health led to her retirement in 1980, and she regretted not being able to work, he said.
Mrs. Johnson was a sports enthusiast. As a high school student in Texas she played volleyball. When her children were growing up, she was involved with the Little League in Hallsville.
"She raised money and really helped keep it going there for a while," Ron Johnson said.
Mrs. Johnson was a fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and followed the MU Tigers men's basketball team. She was also a fan of the Chicago Bulls, "even after Michael Jordan left," Ron Johnson said.
Mrs. Johnson was also a member of the Hallsville Church of Christ.
Visitation for Mrs. Johnson will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Fenton Funeral Chapel, 104 S. Collier St. in Centralia. Services, conducted by Cecil Douthitt, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the same location. Mrs. Johnson will be buried in the Hallsville Church of Christ Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by three sons, Donald Riley Johnson of Columbia, Ronald Lowell Johnson of Columbia and John Thomas Johnson of Hallsville; two daughters, Ruth Ann Meeks of Lee's Summit and Jamie Sue Mitchell of Hallsville; two brothers, Ned Riley of Conroe, Texas, and Patrick "Bud" Riley of Temple, Texas; one granddaughter, Kimberly Slibka of Lee's Summit; and three great-grandchildren.
One brother and her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.