Ralph Reddick Sr.
Ralph Shelton Reddick Sr.'s family gatherings were commonplace. Birthday parties and holidays were always celebrated, never missed. With such a large family, these occurred quite frequently.
Even when there wasn't anything of particular significance to be celebrated, the family congregated. After church, Mr. Reddick's sons and their wives and families would join him and his wife at their Columbia home.
"A lot of times we'd have a Sunday evening dinner just because dad may have gone to a store and overpurchased meat," his son Ryan Reddick said. "He did it for a reason, for a so-called reason to get together."
Mr. Reddick of Columbia died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, of a heart attack. He was 63.
The support of family and friends during his hospital stay symbolized the effect Mr. Reddick had on the world around him.
According to Ryan Reddick, lots of other families were at the hospital at the same time as the Reddick clan was.
"Most of them were in awe of the support we had coming in and out of the doors," he said.
"My mom told one of the nurses, 'We are praying for a miracle'," he said. "The nurse looked around and said, 'You have already had a miracle.' "
Mr. Reddick will be remembered by many people for his warm and compassionate soul as well as for his insightful and humorous personality.
He always put his family first.
"Sometimes if it got late, they would bring out pallets for the kids," Ryan Reddick said. "Instead of just shuffling us outside of town, we would just stay the night."
Mr. Reddick's strength and energy extended beyond the family. He volunteered wholeheartedly and frequently for anything and everything, from Little League and the Boy Scouts to the Ridgeway Elementary School.
Shortly after having a heart attack, he was involved in putting up a new flag at his grandson's school to replace one that had been knocked down.
Mr. Reddick was instrumental in developing the nursing facility at the former Strawn School and served on the Strawn School Board.
"He did this all in the midst of nonstop community support and action," Ryan Reddick said. "He could just go on and on."
Mr. Reddick was born Nov. 4, 1936, in Cantwell to Orel and Grace Hawthorne Reddick. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957 and married Dolores Hausherr a year later.
Mr. Reddick was employed for 37 years at the Missouri Division of Employment Security, where he helped people find jobs.
"He was so passionate to help people," Ryan Reddick said. "People swore the only reason they got the job was because he had put in a good word for them, and in most cases they would turn out to be life employees."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Clarence Forsberg and the Rev. Virginia Gravel, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Reddick is survived by his wife, Dolores Reddick of Columbia; his mother, Grace Hawthorne Reddick of Bonne Terre; three sons, Ralph Reddick Jr., Scott Reddick and Ryan Reddick, all of Columbia; four brothers, Jesse Reddick of Cape Girardeau, Carl Reddick of Scott City and James Reddick and Roy Reddick, both of Columbia; three sisters, Bernice Zobrisky of Columbia and Ethel Reddick and Grace Pettus, both of Bonne Terre; and seven grandchildren, including Ross Reddick, whom Mr. Reddick and his wife helped raise.
His father and a sister died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to the Sturgeon United Methodist Church, to the family so that they can plant trees in Mr. Reddick's name, or to the charity of your choice.
Kirk Bonner of Raymore, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at a health care center in Kansas City of cancer. He was 46.
Mr. Bonner was a software de-signer for the Spencer-Reed Consult-ing Group in the Kansas City area for six years.
He married Janet Bonner three weeks ago on Oct. 23, 1999.
Mr. Bonner was born Jan. 5, 1953, in St. Joseph to Donald James and Margie Frances Steeby Bonner. He was a 1971 graduate of Lafayette High School, and graduated in 1994 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor's degree in com-puter science. Mr. Bonner also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Visitation for Mr. Bonner will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Siden-faden Chapel, 3609 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, Mo. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Mr. Bonner will be buried in the City of Savannah cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Bonner of St. Joseph; his parents, Donald and Margie Bonner of St. Joseph; a sister, Karen Gallagher of Jefferson City; and two nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Ca-rondelet Hospice, 1000 Carondelet Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64114.
Pearl S. Hitt
Pearl S. Hitt of Columbia died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Columbia Manor Care Center. She was 94.
Mrs. Hitt was born May 18, 1905, in Britton, Mich., to James R. and Velma Shultz. She married C.D. Hitt in 1933.
She was a member of Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Mother's Singers and Oak Choir. In her later years, Mrs. Hitt attended the Memorial Baptist Church.
The Rev. Robert Lively remembers Mrs. Hitt's friendly personality.
"She was always a positive person and she loved children," he said.
Visitation for Mrs. Hitt will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Robert Lively and the Rev. Carol Millspaugh, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Hitt is survived by two sons, Dick Hitt of Columbia and James D. Hitt of Britton, Mich.; one daughter, Barbara Miller of Denver; one sister, Olive Hoffner of Troy; one brother, Joe Shultz of Brookfield; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Her husband, parents, one son, six brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, Suite 100, 33 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.
Gene G. Ward
Gene G. Ward of Columbia died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999. He was 77.
Mr. Ward was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Millersburg to Berry and Grace Coons Ward. He served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946 and married Anita White on Feb. 26, 1943.
He was the owner and operator of Ward's Trucking and was a deacon for many years at Prarie Grove Baptist Church.
Visitation for Mr. Ward will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Sam Timbrook, will follow at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Anita Ward; three daughters, Carol Kimberling of Columbia, Mary Rose of Chaffee, and Marge Brown of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Anna Sue Lentz of Columbia and Marjorie Shipe of Polson, Mont.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
His parents and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203; the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, MO 65205; or Prairie Grove Baptist Church, 860 N. East Park Lane, Columbia, MO 65201.
Ruth Wiggins of Columbia died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at University Hospital. She was 92.
Mrs. Wiggins enjoyed reading, traveling and playing the piano, but it was her passion for teaching that friends say they will most remember.
"Many lives were touched during her 49 years of teaching," said friend and former student Jennie Johnson. "She was soft-spoken but firm."
Mrs. Wiggins was born May 18, 1907, in Kirksville to Stephen Doby and Ida Baptiste Doby. She graduated from Douglass High School in Columbia in 1924 and from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1928.
In 1954, she married Roland L. Wiggins in Paris. The couple traveled extensively, including trips to London, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Mrs. Wiggins was a member of the St. Paul AME church, where she played the piano for many years. She also assisted founding the local chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and held the first meeting in the basement of her home.
Visitation for Mrs. Wiggins will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the St. Paul AME, 501 Park Ave. Services, conducted by the Rev. Clifton St. James, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Mrs. Wiggins is survived by one cousin, Mary Herbert of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Her husband died earlier.
Rosie Mae Hayes
Rosie Mae Hayes of Armstrong died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at the North Village Park Care Center in Moberly. She was 83.
Mrs. Hayes was born Oct. 25, 1916, in Camdenton to Cleve and Bertha Mae McCasland Calton. She married Clyde Hayes on Nov. 24, 1934.
Mrs. Hayes was active with senior work in Armstrong and was a member of the Armstrong Baptist Church. She was a dietitian at the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, Wyo. before retiring in 1978.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Meador & Son Funeral Home in Sturgeon. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Armstrong Baptist Church in Armstrong with the Rev. Harold Young officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Armstrong.
Mrs. Hayes is survived by her husband, Clyde Hayes of Armstrong; three sons, Hank Hayes of Pensacola, Fl., Hilton Hayes of Sedalia, and Don Hayes of Lakeview, Ore.; three daughters, Charlotte Rose Shepherd of Sedalia, Gladys Blaisdell of Casper, Wyo., and Betty Pickett of Jefferson, N. C.; two brothers, Andy Calton of Gravois Mills and Grover Calton of Fortuna; one sister, Maxine DeRossett of Independence; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.
One brother, Oliver Calton, died earlier.
Frank J. Wise
Frank J. Wise, originally of Boone County, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at St. Anthony Hospital Central in Lakewood, Colo. He was 91.
Mr. Wise was born July 9, 1908, in Boone County to John and Josie Tomlin Wise. He was a member of the Pipefitters Local Union #562.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Souder, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Wise is survived by four sisters, Virginia Souder of Hallsville, Juanita Madison of Kansas City, Eva Mae Pomie of Washington, Mo. and Marjorie Wyllie of Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Bonnie Prante of Denver and Shirley Nichols of Florida; and five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
His wife, brother and one sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of the giver's choice.