Walter Clemens Alberg Jr.
Walter Clemens Alberg Jr. died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kan. He was 72.
Mr. Alberg was born June 22, 1927, in Scranton, Kan., to Walter and Thelma Alberg. He graduated from Scranton High School in 1945 and attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.
He returned to his hometown to marry Marilyn G. Johnson on Jan. l6, l949.
During World War II, Mr. Alberg served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a private first class.
For 45 years, he was a member of Capital Post #1 of the American Legion. He also worked as the foreman for linemen at Kaw Valley Electric Co.
Mr. Alberg was a longtime member of Seabrook United Church of Christ in Topeka and Southwestern Bell Telephone Pioneer Partners. He was an honorary lifetime member of Topeka USD 501 schools.
In 1990, he retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Burial was held Tuesday in the Scranton Cemetery in Scranton, Kan.
Mr. Alberg is survived by his wife, Marilyn G. Alberg of Topeka, Kan.; one son, W. Scott Alberg of Pratt, Kan.; three daughters, Sandra Gustafson of Plano, Texas, Stephanie Wilson of Columbia, and Sally Alberg of Wichita, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.
A brother, Wiley Alberg, and a grandson, Geoffrey K. Wilson, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, Kansas Affiliate, Inc., 5375 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kan. 66606-2395 or to Seabrook United Church of Christ, 4425 W. 19th Street, Topeka, Kan. 66604.
Waunita Sue Davis
Waunita Sue Davis' oldest sister described her as a "good country girl" who loved to be in her garden or with her grandchildren.
"She loved to be around her family," Bessie Mikel said of her sister. "She was always there whenever you needed her."
Mrs. Davis, of Rocheport, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at University Hospital and Clinics of a heart attack. She was 52.
She was born May 22, 1947, in Randolph County to Charles Robert and Dovie Creason Campbell.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Stewart Curtright, will be at 1 p.m. today at Meador & Son Funeral Home at the corner of Ogden and Davis streets in Sturgeon. Mrs. Davis will be buried at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Rocheport.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her boyfriend, Wilfred Acton of Rocheport; three sons, Rickey Lee Davis of Columbia, Kenneth Dale Davis Jr. of Fulton and Joel Lee Acton of Rocheport; three daughters, Angela Maria Davis of Columbia, Pamela Sue Davis Lowe of Jefferson City and Tammy Lynn Wilhite of Centralia; one brother, Franklin Campbell of Centralia; six sisters, Bessie Mikel and Edna Acton, both of Jacksonville, Mo., Mildred Ewings of Millersburg, Anna Mae Sapp and Lois Vaught, both of Columbia, and Mary Jane Squires of Centralia; and 15 grandchildren.
Visitation was held Wednesday at Meador & Son Funeral Home in Sturgeon.
Eldon W. 'Gus' DeWall
Eldon W. "Gus" DeWall of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999 at Boone Hospital Center. He was 79.
For many years, Mr. DeWall served as president of the now defunct Columbia Safety Council. During his tenure there, Mr. DeWall helped pioneer a defensive driving program and worked as an instructor.
Mildred Moreau, former executive director of the Safety Council, remembers Mr. DeWall as someone who "was always there to help out." Moreau, who worked with DeWall in the late 1980s, said he "remained a friend even after he retired (from the position of president)".
Mr. DeWall was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Pocahontas, Iowa, to Henry and Dora DeWall.
He attended Iowa State University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating in 1942, Mr. DeWall served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Betty Moore in 1951.
Mr. DeWall was very active in both his professional and personal lives. He was an engineer for the Missouri Department of Agriculture for 36 years, a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, the Sunrise Optimists, the American Legion, and Forty and Eight. Never one to be sedentary, Mr. DeWall kept fit as an avid mall walker.
Visitation for Mr. DeWall will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. Paul Moessner and the Rev. Julia Will, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 914 West Blvd. S. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. DeWall is survived by his wife, Betty DeWall, of Columbia; two daughters, Debbie Foppe of St. Louis and Pattie Bramon of Centralia; and four grandchildren.
His parents and a sister, Dorothy Holder, died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Andrews Lutheran Church and the American Heart Association.
Geneva Parsons Henderson
Geneva Parsons Henderson of Columbia died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999. She was 76.
Mrs. Henderson founded Henderson's Antiques with her husband and worked there for 14 years. The Hendersons were married July 14, 1943.
She also taught for 24 years in the Columbia Public School District and was a member of First Baptist Church, Pi Lambda Theta and the Louise Eads Circle of King's Daughters.
No services will be conducted.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by her husband, Roy P. Henderson of Columbia; two sons, Stephan R. Henderson of Troy and Walter R. Henderson of Atlanta; two sisters, Genelle Alberts of Mountain View, Calif., and Carolyn Chapman of Morrilton, Ark.; and five grandchildren.
Her parents and two brothers, Don Parsons and James Parsons, died earlier.
If there's one thing family and friends of Gladys Pihlblad will remember, it is her sense of humor.
"She was direct with a lot of humor and irony," longtime friend Lucille Salerno said. "But she always laughed at life in a loving way."
Gladys Koepke Pihlblad of Columbia died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 91.
Mrs. Pihlblad was born Aug. 24, 1908, in Bellingham, Minn., and grew up in Elmore, Minn. She graduated from Elmore High School and received a bachelor's degree in education and music from Yankton College in Yankton, S.D. After graduation, Mrs. Pihlblad taught English for 10 years at Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Minn.
During World War II, Mrs. Pihlblad served as a lieutenant in SPARS, the women's branch of the U.S. Coast Guard.
"She was a pioneer in a lot of ways," Salerno said. "It was incredibly unique for a woman from a small town in Minnesota to enlist at that time."
Salerno said Mrs. Pihlblad was very interested in social change and the increasing contributions of women in society.
"She enjoyed being able to view these types of changes over a long period of time," Salerno said.
This spirit of change affected friends and neighbors alike.
"She was a remarkable woman, truly unique," said Chris Marshall, friend and neighbor of Mrs. Pihlblad. "She was a combination of a true professional and a really warm and generous human being."
After the war, Mrs. Pihlblad received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.
In 1952, she moved to Columbia to take a job as director of student affairs for women at the University of Missouri.
She married C.T. (Terry) Pihlblad, an MU professor of sociology, in 1959.
Mrs. Pihlblad retired from the university in 1973, and her stepdaughter, Helen Andrews, said she became an active volunteer in the community.
"I have lived in Columbia for the last 20 years, and she and I became fast friends," Andrews said.
In her retirement, Mrs. Pihlblad worked one day a week at Columbia's Calvary Episcopal Church. She also served as a docent at the University of Missouri's Museum of Art and Archaeology and was active in the League of Women Voters. Mrs. Pihlblad was a member of the social organizations P.E.O. and King's Daughters.
Salerno said Mrs. Pihlblad was a music lover who rarely missed concerts at MU's Jesse Hall.
Mrs. Pihlblad is survived by two sisters, Corine Rhodes of Clifton, N.J., and June Moore of Blacksburg, Va.; a brother, Ed Koepke of St. Paul, Minn.; a step-daughter, Helen Andrews of Columbia; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, brother and a stepdaughter died earlier.
A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Sarah Bailey, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 121 S. Ninth St., in Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church or a charity of choice.
Otto Frank Maly
People who met Otto Frank Maly will remember him as a person with ingrained passions for work, honesty and directness with others, said Gunnar Brolinson, a family friend.
"The fact that he died on Labor Day is almost fitting," said Brolinson, of Toledo, Ohio.
Mr. Maly of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at his home. He was 78.
Mr. Maly, a Lutheran, was born April 27, 1921, in St. Louis to Frank Otto and Lillian Kozelka Maly. He married Wanella Emrich on Sept. 7, 1946 in Collinsville, Ill.
He moved to Columbia from Louisiana, Mo., about 10 years ago. He retired and wanted to be closer to his children. "Otto was a direct, down-to-earth guy who enjoyed his friends and family," Brolinson said.
Mr. Maly owned a farm while living in Louisiana. Whatever he did, be it cutting grass or chopping wood, he found joy in every activity, Brolinson said. He especially enjoyed mushroom hunting.
Wrinkles was the name that Mr. Maly always favored for his bulldog. "He loved to get out with the dogs," Brolinson said.
Mr. Maly was employed by Valley Steel Products of St. Louis, where he worked his way up to become a company vice president
"He started as a steel salesman, working in the steel yard," Brolinson said. "If you looked in a dictionary under self-made man, Otto's picture would be there. Otto was like my second dad."
During World War II, Mr. Maly served in the Navy Seabees Division. He was also active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition, Mr. Maly was a member of the Elks Lodge of Louisiana.
Visitation for Mr. Maly will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bridgette A. Sullenger, will be at noon Wednesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Maly is survived by his wife, Wanella Maly of Columbia; two sons, Richard Otto Maly of Columbia and Carl Michael Maly of Carlinville, Ill.; one daughter, Linda Rae Lovell of Columbia; one brother, Frank Otto Maly of St. Louis; two sisters, Dorothy Luechtefeld of St. Louis and Laverne Hunt of Linwood, N.J.; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Myda Lu McFarling of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at the Columbia Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was 70.
Mrs. McFarling worked in a printing company in Kansas City as co-owner and office manager, before retirement.
She was born Nov. 1, 1928, in St. Louis to Perry Hutinger and Pauline Holt Hutinger.
Mrs. McFarling is survived by two sons, Denis McFarling of New York City, N.Y., and Steven McFarling of Medford, Ore.; two daughters, Paula McFarling of Columbia and Kathleen Smith of Kansas City; a brother, Paul Hutinger of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Two of her brothers died earlier.
Private services will be held at a later date. All arrangements will be under the direction of Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road.
William L. Paup Jr
William Lester Paup Jr. of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at his home. He was 57.
Since Mr. Paup and his wife, Johnetta, moved to Columbia from St. Louis five years ago, he spent much of his time reading and getting closer to God, Johnetta Paup said.
It was during that time he decided to sponsor a child through a program called World Vision. In the past five years, Mr. Paup sponsored two children. The first died of malaria, and the second is a 7-year-old from Nairobi, Kenya.
His love for children did not stop there. He had six children of his own and nine grandchildren.
"He just really liked spending time with our children and grandchildren," Johnetta Paup said. "He was always helping them."
Mr. Paup was a self-employed carpenter for more than 30 years. He sometimes worked for construction companies but often was a sub-contractor doing work on his own.
In his spare time, he enjoyed football.
"He liked the Buffalo Bills and cheeseburgers," Mrs. Paup said.
Mr. Paup was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Quincy, Ill. to William and Felipa Paup and was a graduate of Payson High School in Payson, Ill. He married Johnetta Jackson in 1963 in Burlington, Iowa.
Visitation for Mr. Paup will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bart Larson, will immediately follow the visitation.
Mr. Paup is survived by his wife, Johnetta Paup of Columbia; one son, Cullie Paup of Columbia; five daughters, Robin Keith and Gina Smith, both of Columbia, Teresa Kuehl and Vicki Paup, both of Quincy, Ill., and Stephanie Powell of Eugene; four sisters, Suzi Jackson and Felipa Ann Rogers, both of Sarasota, Fla., Maggie Roth of Quincy, Ill., and Roxie Lear of St. Louis; three brothers, David Paup and Oscar Paup, both of Sarasota, Fla., and Robert Paup of St. Charles; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Mr. Paup's sponsored child, Mungai Paul. The address is World Vision, P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma, WA 98481-0200.