Robert Hubbard was one of the lucky ones.
The lifelong sports car and racing enthusiast managed to "turn his avocation into a vocation", said his wife, Thelma Hubbard.
"He spent the majority of his life involved in racing...," his wife said. "As a driver, a mechanic, crew member for professional teams. He did it all."
Robert K. Hubbard of Columbia died Wednesday, June 2, 1999 in Columbia. He was 65.
Mr. Hubbard was born March 19, 1934 in Wymore, Neb. to Leslie and Elnora M. Tjaden Hubbard. On Sept. 2, 1956, he married Thelma Horlacher in Colby, Kans. He received a civil engineering degree from Kansas State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region.
Services will be held today at Fairview United Methodist Church, 3200 Chapel Hill Road, officiated by the Rev. Bob Hickman. Visitation will follow at the church until 1 p.m.
Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday at Scranton Cemetery in Scranton, Kans.
Mr. Hubbard is survived by his father, Leslie Hubbard of Scranton, Kans.; his stepmother, Helen Hubbard of Scranton, Kans.; his wife, Thelma Hubbard of Columbia; one son, Terry Hubbard of Columbia; one daughter, Rita Hubbard of Columbia; and three sisters, Barbara Bodine of Burkburnett, Texas, Marjean McMurphy of Emporia, Kans., and Judy Zaboski of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
His mother died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1 Broadway Suite C-1, Columbia, MO 65203, or the Bob Hubbard Memorial Fund St. Louis Region SCCA, c/o Sarah Duffy, 1805 Hickory St., St. Louis, MO, 63104-2929.
Melissa Dawn Wilcox of Holts Summit, Mo., died in her home Wednesday, June 2, 1999, of unknown causes. She was 29.
Mrs. Wilcox's unborn son, Hantay Lane Wilcox, also died on Wednesday.
Mrs. Wilcox was born November 27, 1969, in Homer, Alaska, to Dan and Joyce Erwin Bennett. She was married May 24, 1997 to Adam Wilcox in Jefferson City.
She worked as a payroll clerk for the Missouri Department of Social Services in the Budget and Finance division for seven and a half years. She attended the Dix Road Church and the Central Baptist Church, both in Jefferson City.
Visitation will be held today from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Houser-Millard Jefferson City Chapel, 2613 W. Main St., Jefferson City. Services, conducted by the Rev. Ted Huston, will begin at 2 p.m..
Burial will follow the services at Riverview Cemetery, 2600 West Main, Jefferson City.
Mrs. Wilcox is survived by her husband of Holts Summit; her parents, Dan and Joyce Bennett of Springfield, Ohio; one daughter, Brittany Wilcox of Columbia; her grandparents, Dwight and Mildred Erwin of Benton, Ill.; one brother, Stephen Bennett of Ohio; and one sister, Michelle Pingleton of Jefferson City.
One son died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 1106 St. Mary's Blvd., Jefferson City, MO, 65109.
Bradley Ronald Burke of Columbia died Monday, June 7, 1999 of a heart attack. He was 39.
Mr. Burke was born January 27, 1960, in Fairfax to Ronald D. and Jane Burke. He attended school and lived the majority of his life in Columbia.
As a professional painter, Mr. Burke owned and operated a paint contracting firm in Columbia.
Because of Mr. Burke's strong love of music, he ran lights and sound for bands that came to the area. Besides his family and friends, music was what Mr. Burke loved most.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in Peace Park.
Mr. Burke is survived by his mother, Jane Burke of San Francisco; his grandmother, Hollis Burke of Fairfax; two sisters, Lizbeth Suzanne 'Betsi' Brackett, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., and Angelynne Jill Burke, of San Francisco; two brothers-in-law Alan Brackett, of Hollywood Hills and Arman Shirvani, of San Francisco; and his twin nephews of Hollywood Hills.
His father died earlier.
Caring for her family and enjoying the beauty of her yard were just some of her passions.
Eleanor Harty Beckett of Columbia died Tuesday, June 8, 1999 at Boone Hospital Center. She was 79.
Mrs. Beckett was born on Oct. 6, 1919 in Bloomfield to Harry L. and Terzah Mechim Harty.
After graduating from Sikeston High School in 1938, she attended MU and received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1941. In August 1945, she married William W. Beckett in Sikeston.
"She was a very dear friend and she loved her family very much," said friend Gwen Lucas.
She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and Cecile Taylor Circle of King's Daughters. As an alumna of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, she served on the house board. Mrs. Beckett also loved playing bridge, tending to her flowers and feeding wildlife.
"She would sit at her dining room table looking outside at her flowers and the bird feeder," her neighbor Kathy Digges said. "She had beautiful lilies and geraniums."
There will be no visitation for Mrs. Beckett. Services, conducted by Rev. Sally Bailey, will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. She will be buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.
Mrs. Beckett is survived by two sons, Bruce Beckett and Wilson Beckett, both of Columbia; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her parents, husband and one brother died earlier.
Memorials should be sent to either Cecile Taylor Sheldon Fund of King's Daughters and Sons, c/o Kathy Digges, 7 Bingham Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203 or Golden Key Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 30163, Columbia, Mo., 65205-3163.
Richard Easter protected the community as a job and its children as a choice. His contributions to both the law enforcement profession and the Children's Trust Fund showed his dedication to making a difference.
He served as a reserve deputy sheriff for Callaway County and then worked as a sergeant with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
"He spent some time working with the major case squad division on issues like child abuse," said Maj. O.J. Stone, Chief Deputy of the Boone County Sheriff's Dept. "Although it was difficult, he always maintained an excellent investigative approach."
Richard P. Easter of Hartsburg died on Sunday, June 6, 1999, in Jefferson City. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, his wife said, but an autopsy will be performed. He was 51.
"His death came suddenly but he left behind a lot of things to be proud of, especially his son," said his wife, Sharon Easter. "He just graduated from college with a degree in criminal justice just like his dad."
Mr. Easter was born April 30, 1948, in Noel to Richard Easter and Robbie Lorraine Broom Easter.
In July 1969, he married Sharon A. Holmes in Bourbon.
They pursued their mutual love for travel in several vacations to the Rockies. He also enjoyed the natural landscape near his house. Many times, his family would find him hunting or working in the woods.
"He was a simple man with a big heart," Sharon Easter said. "He lived according to a plaque in his office that read 'We work for God.'"
He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Hartsburg. He also participated in the Columbia Valley Scottish Rite and the Order of the Eastern Star in Ashland.
Funeral Services, conducted by the Revs. Doyle Sager and Jim Smith, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Graveside services and interment will be at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Boone County.
A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Richard Brandon Easter of Hartsburg; two sisters, Donna L. Willoughby of Springfield, Mo. and Debra Kay Alumbaugh of Pineville; and two brothers, Jon M. Easter of Rocky Comfort and Sean K. Easter of Glen Allen, Vir.
Memorial contributions can be sent to The Children's Trust Fund and the Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Zetta Baumgartner of Eldon died Sunday, June 6, 1999, at Eldon Healh Care in Eldon. She was 88.
Mrs. Baumgartner was born July 16, 1910, in Thompson to Edward and Pearl Johnson. She married Raymond G. Baumgartner on March 26, 1932, in Columbia. Mrs. Baumgartner was a member of the Millersburg Baptist Church.
Visitation for Mrs. Baumgartner will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Robert Frey, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service. Mrs. Baumgartner will be buried in the Millersburg Cemetery in Millersburg.
Mrs. Baumgartner is survived by her husband, Raymond G. Baumgartner of Eldon; one son, Gerald R. Baumgartner of Eldon; one daughter, Vicki Graefen of Dwight, Ill.; two sisters, Ida Forsee of Lewisville, Texas and Nadine West of Hinton; two brothers, Clayton Johnson of Columbia and Delbert Johnson of Centralia, Wash.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
One brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Millersburg Cemetery, C/O Lewis Baumgartner, 2180 County Road 230, Fulton, Mo., 65251.
Curtis H. Wood Jr. died Monday, June 5, 1999, at University Hospitals and Clinics. He was 70.
Mr. Wood was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Springfield to Curtis H. Wood and Anna Frances Lawrence Wood. After 27 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Wood attended the University of Missouri and received a bachelor's degree in geography. Starting in 1974, Mr. Wood was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for several years.
In addition to being a faithful MU Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals fan, Mr. Wood was devoted to his family. He enjoyed spending a lot of time with his grandchildren.
"He was a plain man," said his wife Joan. He was interested in all aspects of life, she said.
When he was not occupied with his family and his church, Mr. Wood read books or worked with his hands.
Graveside services, conducted by Dr. Bob Webb, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, M. Joan Wood, of Columbia; two sons, William David "Woody" Wood and Paul Curtis "Cris" Wood, both of Columbia; three daughters, Patricia Louise Leuridan, of Simi Valley, Calif., Susan Annette Dawson, of Columbia, Peggy Jon Engleking, of Dodge City, Kan.; one sister; Shirley Davis, of Springfield; and seven grandchildren.
His parents and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, 9501 Coyote Hill Rd., Harrisburg, Mo., 65256.
Sarah Belle Jackson
Sarah Belle Jackson was the embodiment of community activism. A longtime employee of the City of Columbia, Mrs. Jackson spent much of her life helping those in need and caring for complete strangers.
Mrs. Jackson's husband, Eugene Jackson, remembers her as a person who was always willing to help.
"If people needed a place to stay, she was there," he said. "Anybody who needed help got it."
Mrs. Jackson died Thursday, June 3, 1999. She was 71.
As an employee of the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center in 1967, Mrs. Jackson established the center's first day care service. The service grew and quickly became a licensed day care center.
In 1976, Mrs. Jackson's duties at the Community Center shifted to the other end of the spectrum. She became the director of the center's senior adults recreation program, organizing card games and other activities for area senior citizens.
"She was always helping people who needed it," Eugene Jackson said.
Her work with Columbia's youth didn't end with her job change, however. In 1979, she spearheaded a program designed to keep black students in school and involved in the community. Throughout the mid-1980s, she helped diffuse confrontations between Columbia youth and police.
Her role as an activist in Columbia's black community eventually led her to co-found the Columbia branch of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Association. She also helped to organize the local Juneteenth celebration, an event that commemorates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband, one son, Eugene T. Jackson of Columbia and three grandchildren.
Her parents, one sister and one brother died earlier.
Visitation for Mrs. Jackson will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash St. Services, performed by the Rev. Raymond W. Hayes, will be Monday at 2 p.m.
Jewell Kathleen Maupin of Columbia died Friday, June 4, 1999 at Boone Hospital Center. She was 80.
Mrs. Maupin was born Sept. 29, 1918 in Boone County to David M. and Annie Frances Phillips Hudson. She married Malcolm L. Maupin in Boone County on June 15, 1938. She was a member of numerous senior citizens organizations.
Private graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Ryan. Mrs. Maupin will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Mrs. Maupin is survived by one son, David Maupin of Altamont, Ill.; two daughters, Marie Maupin of Overland Park, Kan., and Dale Loesch of Granite City, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
Her parents and her husband died earlier.
Anna Kathryn Happy Reavis of Columbia died Thursday, June 3, 1999 at her home. She was 74.
Mrs. Reavis was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Richmond to Charles and Maime Happy. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1943. She married Don Reavis on May 4, 1946, in Richmond.
Mrs. Reavis worked in the offices of the Richmond Daily News during World War II and was a volunteer at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, Ill. She was a homemaker and mother of four.
Mrs. Reavis loved sports and shopping. She and her husband were fans of the University of Missouri football team and traveled to Tucson this year for the Insight.com Bowl.
"We were married 53 years and one month," Don Reavis said. "She was a lovely person."
Services for Mrs. Reavis will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Mrs. Reavis' body will be cremated.
Mrs. Reavis is survived by her husband; three sons, Bill Reavis of Mesa, Ariz., Paul Reavis of San Francisco and Andy Reavis of Fort Collins, Colo.; one daughter, Susan Reavis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Alex and Bailey Reavis of Fort Collins, Colo.
Memorials may be sent to the Missouri Cancer Associates Patient Education Fund, 105 Keene St., Suite 200, Columbia, MO, 65201.