Guy Widman Tunnicliffe
Guy Widman Tunnicliffe, former chairman of the University of Missouri School of Journalism advertising department, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999. He was 67.
Mr. Tunnicliffe was regarded by his colleagues as being a teacher who made his students appreciate what they were learning.
Mr. Tunnicliffe was born in Detroit on May 20, 1931, to Max B. and Evelyn Widman Tunnicliffe, both of whom died earlier.
He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. from 1949 to 1951. He left school for five years to serve in Korea as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Tunnicliffe then finished his degree in marketing at Michigan State University in 1956. He received a master in business administration degree from Case-Western Reserve University, graduating first in his class. He also completed 75 hours of doctoral work at Michigan State.
Before coming to MU, Mr. Tunnicliffe worked for Emory, Drake, and Kent State universities. He was hired at MU in 1983 as an associate professor and became the chair of the advertising department shortly after. He retired from the University in 1992.
Dean Mills, the journalism school dean, recalled Mr. Tunnicliffe's teaching style.
"He was very much a practical teacher who emphasized the business side of advertising in his classes," Mills said. "He was a very interesting and dynamic guy who had good contacts with ad agencies."
Don Ranly, head of the magazine sequence, said Mr. Tunnicliffe's students appreciated what he did for them.
"Advertising students loved him," Ranly said. "He really had a way of making those students feel special and making them really happy and proud of what they were doing."
Current advertising chairwoman Suzette Heiman said that one of his greatest professional accomplishments was winning first place in the National American Advertising Federation student competition.
"He loved advertising and devoted his life to practicing and teaching it," Heiman said.
Not all of Tunnicliffe's life was devoted to advertising and teaching. He owned Widman's, a popular Columbia bar which is now run by his son Barton, and Tiger Spirit, an MU apparel store in downtown Columbia.
"He took great pride in his family-he was the quintessential family man," said Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, his daughter-in-law. "His kindness, caring, and compassion will be missed. He led an exemplary life."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Fred Thayer, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Mr. Tunnicliffe is survived by his wife, Sally Tunnicliffe of Columbia; four sons, Guy Tunnicliffe Jr. of Hingham, Mass., Peter of Crystal Lake, Ill., Barton of Columbia, and Thomas of Nashville, Tenn; one sister, Ann Tunnicliffe Shallberg of Brookfield, Wis.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to: Guy W. Tunnicliffe Memorial Foundation, c/o Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 4599, Lexington, Ky. 40544, or Little Dixie Kiwanis, c/o Dick Smith, 612 Redbud Lane, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
John Howard Williams
John Howard Williams, formerly of Fayette, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at his home in Liberty. The 37-year-old died of cardiac arrhythmia.
Mr. Williams was born July 15, 1961, in Fayette to Ethelene Williams and John Harold Broadus. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1979 and then attended Columbia College. He married Amy Sloan Dec. 24, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was employed with Modine Manufacturing Co. in Kansas City.
Visitation for Mr. Williams will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Fayette.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. A second, private service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Amy Williams; his parents, Ethelene Williams of Fayette and John Harold Broadus of Auburn, Wash.; two daughters, Antoinette Jackmon of Fayette and Jasmyn Sloan of Liberty; three brothers, Tim Williams of Armstrong and Troy and Lyle Williams both of Fayette; one sister, Annette Williams-Gaines of Fayette; two grandmothers, Elizabeth Broadus and Lois V. Williams of Fayette.
Kurt R. Dexheimer
Kurt Robbins Dexheimer of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, in Portland, Ore. He was 29. According to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, he committed suicide.
"He was a great worker and a very warm person," said Eric Stenberg, who worked with Mr. Dexheimer at Higgins' Restaurant in Portland. "He had a big heart for everybody."
Mr. Dexheimer was born May 17, 1969, in Columbia to Frank R. and Patricia J. Dexheimer.
Mr. Dexheimer attended Columbia public schools, including Fairview Elementary, West Junior High and Hickman High School. He graduated from MU in December 1993 with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
Mr. Dexheimer then attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, where he graduated first in his class. On April 6, 1996, he married Carrie Lewis in Columbia. The couple then moved to Portland, where Mr. Dexheimer was employed by Higgins' Restaurant.
Visitation for Mr. Dexheimer will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Dexheimer is survived by his wife, Carrie Dexheimer of Portland, Ore.; his infant son, Hunter Dexheimer; his father, Frank R. Dexheimer of Columbia; and his mother, Patricia J. Amorin of Jupiter, Fla.
Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army House Emergency Lodge, 602 N. Ann St., Columbia, Mo. 65201 or the Missouri Conservation Department of Central Region Office, 1907 Hillcrest Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Annie Laura Watson
Annie Laura Watson died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at University Hospital. She was 92.
Mrs. Watson taught at Waynesville schools during the early 1940s, then taught at O'Rear School in Boone County for several years. She later worked at University Book Store and spent 20 years at University Hospital as supervisor of housekeeping.
Mrs. Watson was born Aug. 31, 1906, in Wingo, Ky. She married Allen H. Watson in Willow Springs on May 5, 1930.
Visitation for Mrs. Watson will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services, conducted by Mark Stennett, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Watson is survived by two sons, Tom and William Watson, both of Columbia; one daughter, Marjean Crane of Ashland; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband, one son, one brother and three sisters died earlier.
Ruth G. Ostrin
Ruth Greenspon Ostrin of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. She was 84.
Mrs. Ostrin was a businesswoman, devoted mother, dedicated volunteer and an active member of her religious and local communities.
She was a joint partner of The Chocolate Shop, a candy store that was located at Ninth Street and Broadway.
"Ruth was a working woman at a time when most women weren't working," said Vicki Riback-Wilson, a cousin. "She was always concerned about her family though."
Despite the hours she put in at work and at home, Mrs. Ostrin remained involved in the community.
"She was always giving back to the community through her volunteer services," said Riback-Wilson.
Mrs. Ostrin was born Jan. 1, 1915, in Columbia to Max and Bessie Greenspon and spent most of her life in Columbia. She was a graduate of Hickman High School and married Jack Ostrin on March 24, 1938.
"People who remember her from childhood always comment on how sweet she was," Riback-Wilson said. "It's the word that is always used to describe her."
Mrs. Ostrin volunteered at Boone Hospital Center, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Columbia Regional Hospital for 15 years. She was also a member of the Kazoo band at Oak Towers.
Visitation for Mrs. Ostrin will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Funeral Service.
Mrs. Ostrin is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Ostrin-Rimer of Rocheport; and one grandchild.
Her husband and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1 Broadway, Suite C-1, Columbia, Mo. 65203, or to the American Heart Association, 2600 I-70 Dr., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
June Mae Schroeder
June Mae Schroeder of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, at her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Schroeder was born Jan. 1, 1923, in St. Louis to Thomas Erwin and Evelyn Lueking Sexton. She married Alfred P. Schroeder on June 22, 1946, in St. Louis.
She was a member of Parkade Baptist Church.
Mrs. Schroeder is survived by her daughter, Stacy Schroeder Hatley of Columbia; one son-in-law, Charles C. Hatley; and two granddaughters.
Her husband died earlier.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorials may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131.
Donald Lee Morris
Donald Lee Morris of Columbia died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999 at Ashland Villa. He was 67.
Mr. Morris was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Columbia to A. Jay and Mary Lou Burton Morris. He owned and operated Don's Service Center for 25 years.
"Like every brother he is a great brother," said his brother Andy Morris.
Mr. Morris was a U.S. Army veteran sergeant stationed in Germany. He was a member of Parkade Baptist Church, an avid fisherman, and a member of Little Dixie Bass Club. He was also a member of the local VFW chapter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 West.
Mr. Morris is survived by his son, Don Morris of St. Peters; two daughters, Angella Woods of Columbia and Dawn Colster of Aiken, S.C.; his two brothers, Raymond and Andy Morris, both of Columbia; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia 65202.
Charles A. Soderstom
Charles A. Soderstrom of Columbia died Friday, January 15, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. He was 68.
Soderstrom was born August 2, 1930, to Hjalmer and Helen Soderstrom. He was a graduate of Hickman High School.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Soderstrom is survived by his sister, Elaine Jones of Ohio; his brother, Howard Soderstrom of New Jersey; and his niece, Lynette Mappes of Chapel Hill, N.C.
His parents died earlier.
Marvin McCluer Gray
Marvin McCluer Gray of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at his home. He was 92.
Mr. Gray was born Aug. 2, 1906, in Fredericktown to Claude McCluer and Charolette Head Gray. He was married to his wife of 61 years, Linnel Culmer, on Dec. 25, 1930.
He worked for 40 years at the Farm and Home Administration in Columbia. Mr. Gray retired from the administration as a loan officer in 1976. He was a member of the Central Methodist College Hall of Fame, an avid golfer and a lifetime member of the Columbia Country Club.
"If he could play on the course, then that's where he'd be," his son Richard said.
Mr. Gray had been a resident of Columbia Manor since 1994, said Martha Duff, director of Social Services for the Manor.
"He loved to read mysteries and newspapers," Duff said.
Mr. Gray is survived by his son, Richard Gray of Overland Park, Kan.; one sister, Catherine Whitmore of New York City; and three grandchildren. His son, Bruce Gray, and his wife died earlier.
There will be no services.
Memorials may be sent to the Frederick Bruce Gray Scholarship at Hickman High School, 1104 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Beatrice Turner of Columbia died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at her home. She was 94.
Mrs. Turner was born June 4, 1904, in Livingston County to James Burton and Ida Robinson Leeper. She married David Otis "Jack" Turner June 30, 1930. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught high-school home economics in Cape Cod, Mass., her entire career.
Mrs. Turner received the "Outstanding High School Teacher Award" twice and won the Fleischmann's Menu Planning Contest. In addition, she wrote a weekly column in the Buzzard Bay area newspaper in Cape Cod until age 88. In Columbia, Mrs. Turner was a member of the Church of Christ, 4710 Rice Road.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road in Columbia. Mrs. Turner will be buried at Shelburn Cemetery in Trenton.
Mrs. Turner is survived by one son, James Turner of St. Joseph, and two grandchildren.
Her sister and husband died earlier.
Ella May Scott Cassity
Ella May Scott Cassity of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999. She was 78.
Mrs. Cassity was born June 11, 1920, in Kirksville to William L. and Letha D. Scott. She lived in Memphis, Mo., until she was 6, when her family moved to Columbia.
Mrs. Cassity graduated from Hickman High School in 1937, and on Nov. 23, 1939, she married Ben W. Cassity in Columbia.
Mrs. Cassity attended the University of Missouri, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She was a lifetime member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association and a former president of the Panhellenic Council. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cassity is survived by her husband; three daughters, Nancy Tate of Gallatin, Linda Wilmeth of Phoenix and Christy Schafer of Aurora, Colo.; and four grandchildren.
Her four brothers died earlier.
Services will be held in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.
Lila Mae Harris
Lila Mae Harris of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 90.
Mrs. Harris was born July 8, 1908, in Madison County, Miss., to Albert Garton and Margaret Bell Gary Williams.
Mrs. Harris was a resident of Jefferson County, Miss., for 65 years, and a lifelong member of the Fayette Baptist Church in Mississippi.
She moved to Columbia in 1993 and lived at the Terrace Retirement Apartments.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, Miss. Services, conducted by the Rev. Eddie King with the Rev. Kermit Grammer assisting, will be at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris is survived by one son, Dr. Hugh S. Harris Jr. of Columbia; three grandchildren, Michael Harris of Evanston, Ill., Susan Harris of Pasadena, Calif., and David Harris of Columbia; and three great-granchildren.
Her husband, Hugh S. Harris Sr., died earlier.
Raymond L. Kay wore many serious hats. He was an Air Force captain, a Korean War veteran, a computer systems analyst and a real estate agent. Sometimes, however, he wore a funny wig and face paint and went by the name of "Driftwood." As a Tiger Shrine Club clown, Mr. Kay brought laughter to children, both sick and well, and he always had a good time.
"Not a day passed that he wasn't the happiest man on earth," said Mary June Kay, his wife. "People just loved him. He was a great man, a good-looking man, and I loved him dearly."
Mr. Kay of Columbia died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at his home of complications from cancer. He was 69.
Mr. Kay was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Myrtle Point, Ore. to Edwin Leland and Jessie Edna Robertson Kay. He married Mary June Koenig on Dec. 31, 1955, in Conroe, Texas.
Mr. Kay joined the Air Force in 1948, and he served as a navigator with the Thunderbirds Precision-Flying Team. He received a bachelor's degree in geology from Oregon State College in 1952 and a master's degree in meteorology from the University of New Mexico in 1953. He served in the Korean War and retired from the Air Force in 1967 as a captain.
Mr. Kay worked as a computer systems analyst at MU until he retired in 1987. After leaving MU, he sold real estate full time.
Mr. Kay was generous with both his time and his money. One of his daughters, Denise M. Kay-Schoennoehl of Columbia, said her father used to purchase leftover tickets to the Shrine Circus, even though he wouldn't use them.
"He knew that the money went to such a great cause," she said, adding that her father also used to give flowers and canned goods to widows and older single women in his neighborhood during the holiday season. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, Mr. Kay's wit and humor kept making other people happy.
"Even when he was at the hospital taking treatment for his own cancer, he would try to brighten the day for both the patients and staff," Kay-Schoennoehl said. He gave little gifts, often decorative stickers, to the people around him.
Mr. Kay was a lifetime member of the Tiger Shrine Club of Moolah Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of St. Louis; 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; S.S. USA; Acacia No. 602, A.F. & A.M., B.P.O. Elks; USA Panama Canal, RP PN Lodge #1414; and was a Phi Kappa Psi alumnus.
Visitation for Mr. Kay will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by Chaplain Eddie Anderson, will immediately follow the visitation. A wake will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Tiger Shrine Club, 1300 Blue Ridge Road. Mr. Kay's body will be cremated.
Mr. Kay is survived by his wife; one son, Michael Douglas Kay of Columbia; three daughters, Denise M. Kay-Schoennoehl and Cheryl Lynn Kay, both of Columbia, and Patricia Ann Kay-Scantling of San Diego; one brother, James Edward Kay of Salem, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
His parents and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131-3597; or to Ellis Fischel Guest House, Attn: Shirley Thomas, 115 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65203.
William Richard Park
William Richard Park of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. He was 67. Mr. Park was a farmer for 40 years in Lathrop. He received the Clinton County Outstanding Achievement Award in 1972 and the State Achievement Award in 1978.
He also received the 1974 State Commercial Pork Producers Award and the Missouri Farm Family Award in 1973.
Mr. Park was a member of First Christian Church in Columbia.
He graduated from North Kansas City High School and attended the University of Missouri.
Mr. Park served in the Air Force and spent three years in Bermuda as a radio operator assigned to the 53rd Air Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, called the Hurricane Hunters.
He married Shirley Turpen on Dec. 16, 1951, in North Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Park was born Sept. 18, 1931 in Gashland to Vernon H. and Aletha Harrington Park.
Visitation for Mr. Park will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Yonker, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Park is survived by his wife; one son, Russell Dean Park of Columbia, Calif.; one daughter, Maria Mueller of Rocheport; two sisters, Vernalee Carter of St. Joseph and Janalou Devers of Van Buren, Ark.; two grandsons and two step-grandsons.
His parents and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 414157, Miami, Fla. 33141, or to Fellowship of John, c/o Lenoir Inc., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Ima Madene Steward
Ima Madene Steward of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 75.
Mrs. Steward was born March 11, 1923, in Boone County to Everett Lee and Ada Sims Stone. She married Louie Edward Steward on Jan. 12, 1946, in Kansas City, Kan.
She was a volunteer at Truman Veterans Hospital for eight years.
Mrs. Steward was an all-around wonderful person, her daughter Marilyn Albin said.
"She was not just a mother and wife, but a good friend to anyone she met," Albin said. "She was always willing to take time to do anything for anyone. She's going to be truly missed."
Visitation for Mrs. Steward will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jack Foley, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Steward is survived by her husband; one son, Kevin Steward of Harrisburg; two daughters, Janice Shaw of Columbia and Marilyn Albin of Harrisburg; one sister, Lucille Blakemore of Sturgeon, Mo., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
One brother and one great-grandchild died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1 Broadway, Suite C-1, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Grover L. Thompson
Grover L. Thompson of Louisburg, Kan., died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999 at his home. He was 81.
Mr. Thompson, who was known to his friends as Larry, was a former resident of Fayette and Columbia.
Mr. Thompson was born March 20, 1917, in Columbia. He was a graduate of Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mr. Thompson was a professional photographer in Fayette for more than 30 years. For 12 � years and under five mayors, he served Fayette as the town's police judge. Mr. Thompson was Fayette's third Lions Club president and also served as secretary-treasurer.
He sponsored and directed numerous baby and beauty contests for the county fairs. His hobbies were sharing his cooking and performing karate. During the 14 years Mr. Thompson practiced the martial art, he earned a black belt.
Mr. Thompson is survived by two brothers, two sisters and a daughter, Sondra K. Gilmore of Louisburg, Kan.
He was cremated with no services held.
John J. Kowalski
John J. Kowalski of Columbia died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, at Columbia Regional Healthcare. He was 81.
Mr. Kowalski was born Aug. 18, 1917, in St. Louis to Theodore and Dominica Romatowska Kowalski. He married LaVerne Floryck on July 27, 1940.
Mr. Kowalski was a supervisor at Rexall Drugs before his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia and a member of the Knights of Columbus #4429.
Visitation for Mr. Kowalski will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Edwin Cole, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Florissant.
Mr. Kowalski is survived by his wife, LaVerne Kowalski of Columbia; four sons, Mark R. Kowalski of Columbia, Richard J. Kowalski of Florissant, Stephen J. Kowalski of Billings, Mon., and John L. Kowalski of Warrenton; a daughter, Barbara A. Holmes of Warrenton; a brother, Frank Kowalski of Maryland; a sister, Bernice Bowles of Berkley; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
One brother, Ted Kowalski, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65201 or to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Gertrude J. Wyatt
Gertrude J. Wyatt of Hallsville died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999. She was 63.
Mrs. Wyatt was born on June 18, 1935, in Boone County to Robert and Emma Calvin Tomlin. She married Rufus D. Wyatt on Sept. 23, 1952, in Boone County.
"She was a hard worker and a loving person," said Marjorie Baskett, Mrs. Wyatt's sister.
Mrs. Wyatt was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Columbia.
She worked in dietetics at University Hospital and Clinics before her retirement.
Visitation for Mrs. Wyatt is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Tracy Cook, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Wyatt is survived by her husband, Rufus D. Wyatt of Hallsville; three sons, Mike Wyatt and Steve Wyatt, both of Columbia, and Tim Wyatt of Harrisburg; one daughter, Nancy Greening of Columbia; two brothers, Carl Tomlin of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Larry Tomlin of Columbia; two sisters, Marjorie Baskett of Columbia and Betty Griggs of Hallsville; and nine grandchildren.
Her parents, two brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65201.