Paul Reeder Jr.
Paul Reeder Jr. loved gardening and being outdoors.
He and his wife, Delores, "had a place at the lake where they would go every weekend," said his daughter Paula Basinger.
He liked to keep a flower garden. He put up hummingbird feeders and bird houses.
"He was a very active person," said Basinger.
Paul E. Reeder Jr. of Wilton died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was 71.
Mr. Reeder was born April 23, 1928, in Wilton to Paul E. Reeder Sr. and Claudia W. Nichols Reeder.
He served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948. He worked as a pipe welder for Laclede Gas Co. in St. Louis until he retired in 1986. He married Delores Begemann on Aug. 24, 1990, in Sedalia.
Visitation for Mr. Reeder will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Services, conducted by Elder Wallace Johnson and Pastor Dave Cochran, will follow. Burial will be at Friedens Cemetery in Hartsburg.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Reeder is survived by four sons, Paul Reeder III of Columbia, Chester Reeder of San Diego, J.R. Basinger of Wilton and Mitchell Basinger of Ashland; four daughters, Paula Basinger of Wilton, Brenda Watson of Arnold, Tina Morris of Bonne Terre and Vicky Blake of Wentzville; one brother, Harold W. Reeder of Wilton; one sister, Mary Katherine Mattison of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
A brother and a sister died earlier.
Peggy Sherman Grinde
Peggy Sherman Grinde of Columbia died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 76.
Mrs. Grinde was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Cameron, to Helen Park Sherman and Gustavus William Sherman.
Mrs. Grinde attended Central Methodist College and MU, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Mrs. Grinde graduated from MU in 1943 with a degree in home economics, then moved to Kansas City to work in meat cookery research with Swift & Co.
Mrs. Grinde demonstrated meat cookery on the daily Martha Logan show on radio station WHB in Kansas City and married radio announcer Bob Grinde. Following her husband's death in 1965, Mrs. Grinde taught special education in the Kirksville and Cameron schools.
"Her family was very important to her," said her sister Virginia Miller. "And when she lived alone, she always enjoyed raising flowers and designing her flower and vegetable gardens."
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Graceland Memorial Cemetery in Cameron.
Mrs. Grinde is survived by three daughters, Marcia Ann Semmons of Columbia, Gail Marie Grinde of La Plata, and Cynthia Nassim of Georgetown, Ind.; two sons, Mark Sherman Grinde of La Plata, and Kent Arthur Grinde of Warrensburg; one sister, Virginia Sherman Miller of Columbia; and seven grandchildren.
Hilda M. Hampton
Hilda M. Hampton died Aug. 2, 1999, at Tipton Manor in Tipton. She was 67.
Mrs. Hampton was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Lee's Summit to Charles Mengel and Ella Haas.
She married Roy Hampton in 1949 in Las Vegas and stayed at home most of her life to take care of her family.
There will be no services, and her body was cremated.
Mrs. Hampton is survived by two sons, Syd Hampton of Columbia and Stan Hampton of Holts Summit; two brothers, Ben Mengel of Kansas City and Dan Mengel of St. Joseph; and two sisters, Esther Holmes and Neva Baker, both of Kansas City.
Elsie Mae Neufeld
Elsie Mae Neufeld died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at the Columbia Residential Care Center. She was 76.
Mrs. Neufeld was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Bauxite, Ark., to Oscar and Nora Fincher. She married W.A. Neufeld in June of 1942 in Madera, Calif.
Her husband died earlier.
Mrs. Neufeld lived in Madera, Calif., most of her life. She belonged to a Lutheran church there.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Mickie Havener, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Residential Care Center, 3104 Bluff Creek Drive.
Mrs. Neufeld is survived by two sons, John Neufeld of Columbia and James Neufeld of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Norene Sloan of Visalia, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Mary W. Armstrong
Mary W. Armstrong of Columbia died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Columbia Manor Care Center. She was 91.
She was born Jan. 9, 1908, in Boone County to Patton Dysart and Ethel Haller Carey Hill. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1925 and married James W. "Chub" Armstrong on Oct. 19, 1929.
Mrs. Armstrong and her husband owned and operated TP Town Sporting Goods and Chub's Liquors for many years. She later worked as a clerk at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center until her retirement.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Keith, will follow at 2 p.m. Mrs. Armstrong will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Armstrong is survived by one brother, Harold D. Hill of Columbia; and two sisters, Imogene Woods of Columbia and Wynona Trimble of Independence.
Her husband, one sister and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of choice.
Esther Wenzel deVries
Esther Wenzel deVries died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her home in Pineville, La., after a two-year fight with cancer. She was 82.
Mrs. deVries was born April 13, 1917, in Michigan.
She was married to Arthur D. deVries Sr. The couple moved to Pineville, La., in 1997.
A tireless advocate for youth and children, she served for many years on the Board of Campfire, and was active as a church accompanist wherever she lived. Mrs. deVries was especially interested in scholarships for college and seminary students.
Visitation was held Saturday at Goodwood Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dane Blankenship, followed. Arrangements for services Saturday, August 7, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, La., are still being discussed.
Mrs. deVries is survived by her husband, Arthur D. deVries Sr. of Pineville, La.; two sons, Bill deVries of Albuquerque, N.M. and Art deVries of Columbia; two daughters, Lorinda deVries of Baton Rouge, La. and Viola Britt of Pineville, La.; one brother, Orrin J. Wenzel Jr. of Osprey, Fla.; one sister, Marguerite Carrier of Denham Springs, La.; a niece and nephew; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Rapides Habitat for Humanity or United Way of Central Louisiana, P.O. Box 306, Alexandria, La. 71309, or the Honduran Relief Fund of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 E. Ripa St., St. Louis, Mo. 63125.
Virgil O. Todd
Virgil O. Todd died Friday, July 30, 1999, in St. Louis. He was 80.
Mr. Todd was born and raised in Columbia. He attended Columbia Public Schools and was a graduate of MU.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Stephan Memorial Methodist Church at 2730 Walton Road in Charlack. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.
Visitation was held Monday at Colliers Funeral Home in Bridgeton.
Mr. Todd is survived by his wife, Martha V. Todd of St. Louis; two sons, Robert V. Todd of Columbus, Ohio, and Dan Todd of Lena, Ill.; one daughter, Kristen Leach of Dallas; two brothers, Nelson F. Todd of San Antonio, Texas, and Jesse F. Todd of Columbia; one sister, Mary Cathey of Columbia; and 11 grandchildren.
One son died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.
Elsie A. Geibel
Elsie A. Geibel of Columbia died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Columbia Manor. She was 83.
Mrs. Geibel was born March 11, 1916, in Ironton, Ohio, to Raymond and Anna Mayne Hannon. She married Emmett H. Geibel in Gatlinburg, Ky. She worked as continuity director for WCRA radio in Effingham, Ill., and later worked in admissions and records at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mrs. Geibel retired in 1986 and was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Russell and Dr. John Baker, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway.
Mrs. Geibel is survived by one son, Steven Geibel of Columbia; two brothers, Bill Hannon and Byron Hannon, both of Ironton, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
Her husband and two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Alfie Marie Gossett
Alfie Marie Gossett of Ashland died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Ashland Healthcare. She was 82.
Mrs. Gossett was an employee of MU, working in the dining area at Pershing Hall.
She was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Decatur County, Iowa, to Frank Jackson and Maggie Watkins Jackson.
She married Clyde Bouchez in July 1936 in Lewiston, Ill. Mrs. Gossett later married Lee Gossett, who died earlier.
Mrs. Gossett is survived by her first husband, Clyde Bouchez of Hartsburg; three daughters, Marie Crump of Ashland, Dorothy Dobbs of Columbia and Arlene Davis of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Two daughters, two brothers and five sisters died earlier.
Visitation for Mrs. Gossett will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Smith, will follow at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at Ashland's New Salem Cemetery.
Edwin Schuler of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Wednesday, June 2, 1999, at a nursing care facility in Colorado Springs. He was 78.
Mr. Schuler was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Streeter, N.D., to Christ and Adalena Schuler. He married Viva Lenor Martin Schuler on September 17, 1945.
Mr. Schuler was a former resident of Columbia, living here for 32 years. He was an accountant for the Missouri Farmer's Association. He was charter president of the Methodist Men in Fresno, Calif., and a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbia.
Mr. Schuler is survived by his wife, Viva Schuler; one daughter, Connie Rae Hayden of Colorado Springs; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Schuler's brother and a daughter died earlier.
Services were held at the Mt. Olivet Free Will Baptist Church in Blue Eye on Tuesday, June 8, 1999. Burial was at the Blue Eye Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903.
Richard R. Catlett
He spent the better part of the century working to make lives better, and in his own way, made the world a more peaceful place.
A lifelong activist, Richard R. Catlett protested two wars, participated in rebuilding efforts in Europe after World War II and co-founded Columbia Friends Meeting, a Quaker religious organization that taught philosophies for peace.
"He had a very real and ongoing concern about trying to help people," longtime friend John Schuder said. "He was a peace-activist for decades and decades."
Richard R. Catlett died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 90.
Mr. Catlett was born May 2, 1909, in Springfield to Richard and Ila Catlett. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and moved to Columbia in 1963.
He was active in Columbia for more than 35 years, but he was involved in peace efforts long before he moved here.
During World War II, he was a conscientious objector in the Civilian Public Service. With this group, Mr. Catlett worked domestically at one of many of the camps set up nationwide reforesting and building trails.
After World War II, Mr. Catlett was involved in the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. With the organization, he helped take cattle to Europe to help rebuild dairy herds lost during the war.
Fellow activist Schuder recalls the importance of the administration in the rebuilding efforts.
"That was a big project to get Europe back on its feet after the war," Schuder said.
Once he moved to Columbia in 1963, Mr. Catlett owned and operated the Columbia Specialty Foods store. For more than 25 years, he ran the store until he sold it.
He worked with University of Missouri student organizations, including University Democrats. He also fought to unionize non-academic employees at MU in the late '60s.
In the mid-1960s, Mr. Catlett co-founded the Columbia Friends Meeting, a Quaker religious organization now located on East Locust Grove Drive in Columbia. Schuder says the organization has grown through the years, but still remains small.
During the Vietnam War, Mr. Catlett continued his peaceful activism by volunteering his time with the Columbia Friends/Columbia Fellowship of Reconciliation draft counseling service.
His activist spirit also led him to volunteer his time with Everyday People, a substance abuse recovery program.
Mr. Catlett was less active in recent years, Schuder said. But his lifelong activism and quest for peace made an impact on those who knew him and many that didn't.
Memorial services for Mr. Catlett will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 18, at the Columbia Friends Meeting House, 6408 East Locust Grove Dr.
Mr. Catlett is survived by a son, Richard W. Catlett of Columbia; a daughter, Natalia Catlett of Columbia; two brothers, Charles Catlett and John Catlett of Springfield; and a niece and nephew.
A sister and two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Columbia Friends Meeting, 6408 East Locust Grove Dr., Columbia, Mo., 65202.