Ruth Harris of Columbia died Monday Aug. 13, 2001, at the Boone Hospital Center. She was 87.
Mrs. Harris was born on Sept. 18, 1913, to Hollis Harris Sr. and Mattie Poole Harris. She graduated from Douglass High School in 1932 and from Lincoln University in Jefferson City in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in education.
Mrs. Harris taught at Grindstone Elementary school from 1936 to 1939, then at Rocheport Elementary School 1939 to 1944.
She was a member of Fifth Street Christian Church and belonged to Christian Women's Fellowship and American War Mothers #6.
She married Linzie Jackman who died earlier.
Mrs. Harris is survived by one daughter, Lillie Jackman Gardener, of Columbia; one son, James Jackman, of Columbia; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Harris will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fifth Street Christian Church., 401 N. Fifth St. Services, conducted by Rev. Wanda Alvis and assisted by Rev. Kent Watson, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fifth Street Christian Church.
Wayne U. Deles Dernier
Wayne U. Deles Dernier of Ames, Iowa, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. He was 89.
Mr. Deles Dernier was born April 27, 1912, in Lincoln, Neb., to John U. and Emma Deles Dernier. He graduated from high school in Alvo, Neb. in 1931.
On Aug. 1, 1934, he married Frances Wibbels in Milford, Neb. They farmed near Columbia for 50 years before moving to Toledo, Iowa, in 1990. His wife died in 1991, and Mr. Deles Dernier moved to Ames in March, 2000.
Mr. Deles Dernier was a member of the Toledo Kiwanis Club and the United Methodist Church of Nevada, Iowa.
He is survived by one son, LeRoy Deles Dernier of Jefferson City; two daughters, Marilyn Hunter of Nevada, Iowa, and Beverly Crabtree of Ames; one sister, Rosie Swarts of Lincoln , Neb; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada, Iowa. Services, conducted by the Rev. Steve Williams, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Nevada, Iowa. Burial will be Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the Israel Family Hospice House, Ames, Iowa.
Ernestine Huggard Gatewood
Ernestine Huggard Gatewood died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at Columbia Manor Care Center. She was 94.
Mrs. Gatewood graduated from Western Baptist Seminary in Kansas City. She taught at Deer Park Elementary School.
Mrs. Gatewood was born on June 10, 1907, in Boone County, to Ernest and Irabelle Huggard. She married John Gatewood, who died earlier.
She was a member of the Elkhurst Extension Club and a member of Log Providence Baptist Church.
Services, conducted by the Rev. David Ballenger, will be at 11 a.m. today at Log Providence Baptist Church, 4500 E. Log Providence Road. Burial will follow at Log Providence Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Gatewood is survived by her extended family, the Rev. and Mrs. Marion Mitchell of Columbia; Anthony Mitchell of Columbia; and Allison Mitchell of Tuskegee, Ala.
William Larry Miller
William Larry Miller of Hallsville died of cancer, Aug. 15, 2001, at Boone Hospital. He was 56.
Mr. Miller was born July 5, 1945, in Springfield, Ill., to Jesse and Lenna Wilson Miller. He married Patty Smith Jan. 17, 1970, in Springfield, Ill.
Mr. Miller enjoyed his dogs and cats, gardening and being outdoors. He was a a truck driver for Ryder Trucking Co. and a member of the VFW Post 280 in Columbia. He always had friends wherever he went, said daughter Leah Skinner.
Survivors include his wife Patty; two daughters, Leah A. Miller Skinner of Hallsville and Monica J. Loar of Columbia; two brothers, Kenneth Miller of Riverton, Ill., and Donald Miller of Springfield, Ill.; four sisters, Elizabeth Heselton and Donna Hauser both of Springfield, Ill., Helen Goddard of Divernon, Ill., and Shirley Tucker of Riverton, Ill.
There will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be sent to the Miller family, c/o Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Raymond L. Stiers
Raymond Louis Stiers died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Rockcastle Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Ky. He was 64.
Mr. Stiers was born April 2, 1937, in Rhineland, Mo., to Aubrey and Helen Benskin Stiers. He married Martha Scott in 1993.
A Navy veteran, Mr. Stiers was a member of VFW Post 2654 of Moberly. He sold equipment for 30 years.
Visitation for Mr. Stiers will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Funeral Home.
Services will follow the visitation at noon on Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home. There will be a private family burial on a later date at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton.
Mr. Stiers is survived by his wife; a son, Steve Stiers of Gilbert, Ariz.; three step-children, Angie Allen and Jeff Scott of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and John Scott of Oakridge, Tenn.; five brothers and sisters, Glen Stiers of Las Vegas, Nev.; Lloyd Stiers of Fulton; Roy Stiers of Fulton; Doris McFarland of St. Charles; Delores Martin of Fulton; and two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to VFW Post 2654, 1347 S. Morley, Moberly, Mo. 65270.
Nadine Lucinda Gladys Bacon
Nadine Lucinda Gladys Bacon, infant daughter of Steven M. and Rickea Lynn Branham-Bacon, was born and died August 8, 2001, at St. Joseph Health Center.
Survivors include her parents, of Kansas City; a brother, Gabriel Terrell Bacon of Kansas City; two sisters, Stephanie Shavon Bacon and Shuanna Christine Bacon, both of Kansas City; her maternal grandparents, Vivian Enyard of Glasgow, and Sherman Brown Jr., of Columbia; her paternal grandparents, Novella and Roosevelt Bacon of Kansas City; and her maternal great-grandmother, Madge Brown of Columbia.
No services are scheduled.
Ronald Dale Grizzle
Ronald Dale Grizzle of Harrisburg, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, in Cole County, Mo. He was 64.
Mr. Grizzle disappeared Friday, Aug. 10, when he was launching his boat on the Missouri River. His body was found Monday afternoon.
Mr. Grizzle was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Holdenville, Okla., to George and Katrina Williams Grizzle. He married Hazel Rice on May 14, 1961, in Bell Gardens, Calif.
Mr. Grizzle served with the Missouri National Guard for two years. He was a builder in a family-owned construction company, and he worked at MU as a building trade specialist for 23 years. Mr. Grizzle was a member of Forum Boulevard Christian Church.
Mr. Grizzle was an avid fisherman and hunter. For several years he was a fishing volunteer for the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.
Visitation for Mr. Grizzle will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bill Miller, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, also at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Grizzle is survived by his wife Hazel; his son, Paul Grizzle of Marshall, Mo.; his daughter, Carolyn Grizzle of Harrisburg, Mo.; his mother and father, George and Katrina Grizzle of Holdenville, Okla.; a brother, Leslie Grizzle of Holdenville, Okla.; a sister, Jean Rippeto of Holdenville, Okla.; and two grandchildren.
One grandchild died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cooper County Fire District Heat Imaging Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Cynthia Anne Kogut
Cynthia Anne Kogut died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at her home in Columbia. She was 54.
Ms. Kogut was a teacher at Columbia Catholic School and before that a social worker for the Division of Family Services.
Ms. Kogut was born November 30, 1946, in St. Louis to Theodore and Margaret Kogut. She married to John Igleheart until they divorced five years ago.
Ms. Kogut's brother John Kogut said her main interests were writing and history, particularly the history of early civilizations.
"And she loved old movies - especially movies from the '40s," he said.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Valley Park, Mo. A private service will be held for family and friends in Columbia.
Ms. Kogut is survived by her parents Theodore and Margaret Kogut of St. Louis; two sons, Daniel and David Igleheart, both of Columbia; one daughter, Elizabeth Igleheart of Columbia; three brothers, John Kogut of Columbia, Bob Kogut of Seattle, and David Kogut of Baldwin, Mo.; and three sisters, Joyce Kogut of Los Angeles, Mary Kogut of St. Louis, and Anne Chrun of Baldwin, Mo.
Memorials may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Tx., 75265 or through www.komen.org.
Darrell "Pat" O'Malley of Columbia, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Candlelight Lodge. He was 85.
Mr. O'Malley was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Perry, Iowa, to Donald and Hazel Glaze O'Malley. He married Bernita Pauline Emerson on Aug. 9, 1939. She died in 1964.
In World War II, Mr. O'Malley served in the U.S. Army.
He worked as a salesman for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 30 years until he retired in 1976 and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Elks Club, Three Dollar Club and VFW Post 280 of Columbia.
"Pat was an unassuming man, who was generally very happy," said Monsignor Michael Flanagan of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
In his spare time, Mr. O'Malley enjoyed playing golf.
"His great hobby was golf; that was just his passion," Flanagan said.
Visitation for Mr. O'Malley will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A prayer service will follow. Services, conducted by Monsignor Michael Flanagan, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. O'Malley is survived by three daughters, Janice Nichols of Columbia, Linda Fajen of Savannah, Ga., and Nancy Baron of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; and four granddaughters.
Memorials may be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Capital Fund, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65302 or the American Lung Association, 1118 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63139-3196.
Kimberly Ann Smith
Kimberly Ann Smith, formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 7, 2001 in Denver, of cancer. She was 42. Born Oct. 17, 1958 in Iowa City, Iowa, she graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1977. Ms. Smith attended William & Mary College and the University of Colorado, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1981. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Ms. Smith trained as a travel agent with Canterbury Travel and Tiger Travel in Columbia and, for the past 17 years, was employed at Cherry Creek Travel in Denver.
Ms. Smith is survived by her parents Barrie and Elizabeth Smith, sister Pamela McAllister of Columbia and sister Suzanne Amato of Los Angeles.
No services have been planned.
Thomas Edward Acton of Columbia died Monday, July 2, 2001, at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Acton was born Feb. 27, 1920, in Columbia, to Elmer Riggs and Lena Taylor Acton. He married Mary Esther Gray, who died earlier.
Mr. Acton served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked most of his life as a laborer with highway construction.
Services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Acton is survivored by a brother, Woodrow "Knot" Acton of Columbia; a granddaughter, Sarah Dawn Nickles of Columbia; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
His parents, his wife, two sons, James Lee Acton and Lawrence E. Acton, as well as five brothers and one sister died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Mr. Acton's memory.
Richard Ewing Findley, of Columbia, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the HST Memorial Veterans Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Findley was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Gray Bull, Wyo. He married Helen Guymon on Dec. 17, 1983, in Otterville.
Mr. Findley received a master's degree in education from Witchita State University. He taught high school history and English in Kansas and also served as a high school principal there.
Helen Findley, of Sedalia, remembers her husband as a man who loved to tease. She said that during long car rides, her husband would often joke, "We don't know where we're going, but we're making good time."
During World War II, Mr. Findley served as an aerial photographer and was shot down during his twenty-third mission over Germany. He spent one year in a prisoner-of-war camp but eventually escaped by killing a guard and a dog with his bare hands.
"He had quite a life," Helen Findley said.
During his free time, Mr. Findley volunteered at the HST Memorial Veterans Hospital. He loved spending time with his dogs and reading.
Graveside services for Mr. Findley will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetary in Higginsville.
Mr. Findley is survived by his wife, Helen Findley; a son, Russell E. Findley of Porter, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
His sister and brother died earlier.
Marguerite Josephine Morris, of Columbia, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at The Williamsburg in Columbia. She was 91.
Mrs. Morris was born June 14, 1910, in Kansas City, to John Julius Morris and Marguerite Ceclia Weiss Wurzer.
She married Louis Brantner Morris in 1932 in North Kansas City.
Mrs. Morris lived in Avondale, Mo., until 1941. She moved to Ohio and then to Fort Smith, Ark., where she lived for 56 years.
There will be no services or visitation for Mrs. Morris.
Mrs. Morris is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Woods and son-in-law Samuel William Woods both of Kent, Wash.; two grandchildren, Cathy Rustige and Michael Woods; and two great-grandchildren, Tim and Tom Rustige.
Her husband died earlier.
Mildred L. Roberts
Mildred L. Roberts, of Joplin, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Spring River Christian Village, in Joplin. She was 82.
Mrs. Roberts was born Aug. 20, 1918, in LaJara, Colo., to James A. and Carie Ann Watson.
She married Clarence J. Roberts in Ashland on Nov. 10, 1940.
Mrs. Roberts was a graduate of Hickman High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastside congregation of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Roberts moved from Columbia to Joplin six years ago to be with her son.
Visitation for Mrs. Roberts will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Carl Henneke, will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by a son, Philip Roberts of Joplin; a daughter, Joyce Johnson of Columbia, and seven grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Charles "Clinton" Cook died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center in Columbia as a result of his battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 75.
"He was a true gentleman and a fine Christian," said Jim Bunton, Cook's son-in-law. "The people who knew him loved him, and that's why he did what he did."
Mr. Cook was born March 18, 1926, in Boone County, to Charles Orla and Gertie Gay Forbis. He married Lois Mae Willett of Columbia on June 26, 1945.
A cement mason for more than 30 years, he received a 30-year gold card for his excellence in masonry. Bunton said he was considered the best mason in the field up until his retirement from MU in 1988.
After retiring, Mr. Cook decided to do extensive volunteering for the Truman Veterans Hospital. "This was a result of his being the good Christian he was," said Bunton.
Mr. Cook was an active member of his church, Red Rock United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.
Visitation for Mr. Cook will be from 4 to 7 this evening at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Foley and the Rev. Rodney Albert, will be at 11 a.m. Monday also at Memorial Funeral Home.
He will be buried at the Red Rock Cemetery in Harrisburg.
Mr. Cook is survived by two sons, Robert Clinton Cook and William "Will" Marshall Cook; two daughters, Barbara Bunton and Charlene Heller, all of Hallsville; a brother, Russell Cook of Hallsville; three sisters, Shirley Jean Durk of Hallsville, Betty Harpert of Columbia and Donna Coen of Fulton; a sister-in-law, Norma Cook of Lee's Summit; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
His parents, brothers Robert Cook, Verdell Cook, Leo Cook, and Spencer Cook; and sisters Lucille Ott, Wilma Ott, and Genelle Ravenscraft all died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, William Black Medical Research Building, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 710 W. 168th St., New York, N.Y. 10032-2699; the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202; and the Red Rock Cemetery, c/o Russell Cook, 200 Elizabeth St., Hallsville, Mo. 65255.