Leona Ruth Gibson
Lee Gibson was an incredibly strong woman, her daughter Linda Phillips said.
"Nothing was impossible for her; when she set a goal she would achieve it," Phillips said. "She wanted to learn how to fly planes, and she did it. She wanted to run her own business, and she did it. She wanted to travel, and she did that too."
Leona Ruth "Lee" Gibson died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 72.
Ms. Gibson was known throughout Columbia for her secretarial business and her service on the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board, Boone County Historical Society Board and Executive Advisory Board for the Boonville Airport. She was also president of the Columbia Northside Association and executive director of several Missouri medical societies.
Those in the Columbia area who remember the advent of a two-digit prefix in front of the old five-digit phone numbers are also familiar with Ms. Gibson whether they know it or not.
Instead of saying the two-digit prefix before the five-digit phone number in different cities, words were designated in which the first two letters corresponded to the two-digit prefix. People could give their phone number by saying the word before their old five-digit number.
Ms. Gibson was an executive secretary for GTE and the decision of what the Columbia prefix should be was left up to her.
For the next several years people in Columbia had phone numbers that sounded like "GIbson 4-7544" and "GIbson 5-9325."
After working at GTE for 12 years, Ms. Gibson decided to create her own business. "She had gotten to the highest rung on the ladder that a woman could get to at the time," Phillips said. "She wanted to get out on her own."
Ms. Gibson created a business that offered office services like a temp agency, as well as typing, printing and copying services. It was first called McClaren-Gibson and Lee Gibson Business Service later, before she sold it in 1994.
Secretarial work was Ms. Gibson's trade, but genealogy was her passion.
"She was born and raised here and had a lot of family pride," Philips said. "Our family helped to settle Columbia."
Ms. Gibson was born on Aug. 11, 1929, in Columbia to Raymon Keel and Maybel Barnes Keel. She graduated from Hickman High School and attended MU.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Phillips of Woolridge; a son, George Gibson of Columbia; her father, Jack Stone of Columbia; a brother, Kenneth Stone of Columbia; three grandchildren, Graham Phillips of Springfield, Mo., Rachel Phillips of Chicago and Brianna Gibson of Columbia; and a great-granddaughter, Savannah Phillips of Springfield, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Home, 22 N. Tenth St. Ms. Gibson will be cremated. A private family service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa Dr., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
As a teenager, Marie Thompson used to draw kewpies on blackboards at Hickman High School before her teachers came into the room. Later in life, fabric, needles, yarn and thread would become her creative tools.
Whatever the medium, Ms. Thompson was an artist.
"She was never professional, but she crocheted, knitted, did needlepoint and made quilts," John Coats of Columbia said about his sister. "Once the library had a quilt show and the majority of the quilts were hers. She did it all until the arthritis in her hands got too bad."
Ms. Thompson of Columbia died Monday, July 24, 2002, at University Hospital after an extended illness. She was 63.
She was born Jan. 12, 1939, in Columbia to Aubrey Coats and Emalyne Brink Coats. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1957 and went on to work in the home health field.
When she was in her late 40s, Ms. Thompson went to the Christ for the Nation Institute in Dallas to pursue an associate degree in practical theology. She graduated in 1986 and then spent some time working in a group home in Michigan.
She was also a member of Christian Chapel Church in Columbia.
Ms. Thompson is survived by her father; a daughter, Tammy Miller-Fisher of Centralia; three brothers, Jerry Coats and John Coats, both of Columbia, and James Coats of Houston; a sister, Bonnie Martin of Columbia; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Christian Chapel Church, 3300 S. Providence Road. Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation, Campus Box 8111, 660 S. Euclid, St. Louis, Mo. 63110.
Dorothy L. Swiney
Dorothy Louise Swiney of Centralia died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Stuart House, an intermediate care facility in Centralia. She was 70.
She was born Aug. 2, 1931, in Coles County, Ill., to William E. and Helen Kastl Knollenberg.
She married Wayne Edward Swiney on Dec. 31, 1951, in Mattoon, Ill.
Ms. Swiney was employed at MU's department of education for 14 years. At the time of her retirement, she was an administrative assistant for MU Extension Services.
Ms. Swiney was an active member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, the St. Ann's Ladies Sodality of the church and the Harrison Club.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Swiney of Centralia, and Bruce Swiney of Arnold; two daughters, Sharon DeGraffenreid of Cassville and Sandra Moore of Clark; six brothers, five sisters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Her husband and three brothers died earlier.
The wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Fenton Funeral Chapel, 104 S. Collier, Centralia. Visitation will follow from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services, conducted by the Rev. J. James Offutt, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 404 S. Rollins St., Centralia.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association.
James Allen Shapero, M.D.
Dr. James Shapero was passionate about classical music and studying the world's finest wines. It was a common thing for him to savor a glass of wine and listen to music for hours.
His daughter, Annie Beth Shapero of Columbia, said he enjoyed operas, especially Italian operas. One of his favorite composers was Richard Wagner.
"He did like Wagner because it was intense and emotional," Annie Shapero said. "He liked the emotion it provoked."
She said the things that interested her father interested him for a reason. "He was very curious about the things he collected," she said. "He really studied them. His hobbies were not just hobbies."
James Allen Shapero, M.D., of Columbia died of heart failure Friday, July 19, 2002, at his home. He was 58.
He was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Cleveland to William Shapero, M.D., and Shirley Wormser Shapero.
He graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He then attended Washington and Jefferson Colleges and the Ohio State University School of Medicine. He served in the military and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Shapero loved Japan and loved traveling, his daughter said, but after a back disorder caused him chronic pain, he had to limit his traveling and do most things from home. Dr. Shapero moved to Columbia with his former wife, Bonnie Margolis, in 1975.
His hobbies included fishing, reading, studying history and playing the guitar. Recently, he was reading and studying ancient history and the history of western religion. He also loved literature.
"I think secretly he wanted to be a writer," Annie Shapero said, "but instead, he became a doctor."
Dr. Shapero was a psychiatrist for about 15 years. He was forced to close his practice due to his declining health.
He contributed generously to the MU Concert Series, the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund for Music Students, KBIA radio, Congregation Beth Shalam and other Jewish and Israeli organizations.
He was always supportive of his children and their ambitions, Annie Shapero said. He never gave her or her brother any doubts that they would be successful in their endeavors. "He made everything sound possible," she said.
Dr. Shapero is also survived by his mother, Shirley Shapero of Cleveland, Ohio; one son, Andrew Jay Shapero of Columbia; and one sister, Laura Thomson of Cleveland., Ohio. Services, conducted by Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hillel Foundation Congregation Beth Shalom, 1107 University Ave.
Memorials may be sent to the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund for Music Students at MU or Temple Beth Shalom.
June Ruth Craig
Over 500 pieces of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy memorabilia filled the home of June Craig of Columbia at one point in time. The sewn-on smiles of the dolls mirrored the happiness that Mrs. Craig brought into the many lives she touched.
"She always made everyone around her smile," Mrs. Craig's daughter, Christy Old of Columbia, said.
Mrs. Craig's son, Gordon Craig Jr. of Columbia, said his mom was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.
"We couldn't have asked for a better mom," he said.
June Ruth Craig died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at her home. She was 72.
Craig had been battling stage four ovarian cancer for the last three years.
"She had such a will to live," Old said.
Craig's other daughter, Julie A. James of St. Louis, said her mother fought throughout the entire illness and never gave up.
"She never lost her sense of humor during her illness," James said.
She was born on Aug. 13, 1929, in Aurora, Ohio, to Frederick Ross and Gertrude Troyer Thompson. On July 15, 1957, she married Gordon L. Craig Sr. in Miami, Okla. Her parents and husband died earlier.
Craig said his mother was a very creative person. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and painting outdoor scenes.
Her son said she was a faithful, Christian woman. Mrs. Craig was also a member of the Victory Christian Church in Columbia.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Mark Putnam, will be held at noon at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Craig is also survived by a brother, Ted Thompson of Largo, Fla.; two sisters: Karen Johnson and Cheryl Raney, both of Paris, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials can be sent to Missouri Cancer Associates, 501 Keene St., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Roxie E. Winterhalter
Roxie Estill Winterhalter of Hallsville died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 79.
She was born March 12, 1923, in Boone County to William Dow and Rosa Lee Benedict Nichols.
On April 7, 1943, she married Robert Thomas Winterhalter in Columbia. He died earlier. Visitation for Mrs. Winterhalter will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Tom Adams, will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Winterhalter is survived by two daughters, Connie Lee Hickam of Hallsville and Deborah Fay Martin of Millersburg; two sisters, Mae Dean Robinson of Columbia and Ruth Toalson of Mexico, Mo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Milton James Nichols and Odean D. Nichols; and three sisters, Stella Smith, Martha Ellen Carlos and Josephine Allen died earlier.
Marlaw L. Stephenson
Marlaw L. Stephenson of Columbia died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at his home. He was 60. Mr. Stephenson was born July 6, 1942, in Diggins to Lawrence and Martha Stephenson. He was self-employed in the carpentry and construction business. He loved fishing and watching birds.
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his mother, Martha G. Stephenson of Brandsville; one sister, Marcia Ballenger of Brandsville; and two brothers, Paul Stephenson of Brandsville and Robert Stephenson of Rialto, Calif.
His father died earlier.
Memorial services, conducted by Max Welker, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, Mo.
James H. Couden
James H. Couden of Sturgeon, Mo., died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Moberly Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was 85.
Mr. Couden was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Chittenango, N.Y., to James Hough and Iva Beatrice Bettinger Couden.
Mr. Couden served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Doris Watson Oct. 4, 1941, in Bennettsville, S.C. He worked as a machinist for GE, Carrier and Acme Inc., and was a member of Sunnydale Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he served as choir and children's choir director.
Linda Nancy Tooley, Mr. Couden's daughter, said she remembers going swimming, having picnics, and traveling to North Carolina with her father and the rest of the family to visit relatives every Christmas.
"He was going through his second childhood; he was a kid at heart," Tooley said. "He had very high principles but a heart of gold."
Music played a strong part in Mr. Couden's life, something he passed on to both Tooley and his other daughter Ann Beatrice Thomas. He would sing duets or trios with them at church and at other times would accompany their piano playing with his trumpet.
Thomas said her father's faith was felt in many ways.
"I don't think I remember a day going by that I didn't see my father praying or reading a Bible," Thomas said. "He was always a very forgiving person."
Mr. Couden also walked many miles after he retired not only to stay healthy, but to collect cans and donate the money he collected to charities.
Tooley said her father's favorite expression was "Consider yourself hugged until I can do it myself."
Visitation for Mr. Couden will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. today at the Sunnydale Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Centralia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Albert Gerst, will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Mr. Couden is survived by two daughters, Linda Nancy Tooley of Fitchburg, Mass. and Ann Beatrice Thomas of Clark, Mo.; one brother, Raiford Couden of Auburn, N.Y.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His wife died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Adventist Development and Relief Agency, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
John J. Fitzpatrick
John J. Fitzpatrick of Columbia died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 74.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Philadelphia to John J. Fitzpatrick Sr. and Jean Prem Fitzpatrick. He married Gloria Breid of Fulton in 1950.
"John was stern with the children, but he was a good father," Gloria Fitzpatrick said. "The kids had a lot of respect and love for him. They thought their father was just great." He served as a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and worked 20 years with GTE. He was a former commander of the American Legion, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, volunteer field judge for the Show-Me State Games, volunteer usher for MU football games and a volunteer for the Veterans Hospital.
He was a man of many hobbies including coin collecting, scuba diving instruction and ham radio operation. He explored the depths of the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas and at the beginning of its popularity, he began to start scuba instruction clubs.
"He knew what he was doing," Gloria Fitzpatrick said.
His wife recalled a time when he sold an entire foot locker of old coins to buy her a special gift.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is survived by his wife; one daughter, Kim Coleman of Columbia; one son, John J. Fitzpatrick IV, of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, James A. Fitzpatrick of Sacramento, Calif.; and two grandsons, Chris and Justin Coleman of Columbia.
His parents and daughter, Kelly Fitzpatrick, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Association, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65212.
Mary Margaret Love
Mary Margaret Love of Columbia died Friday, July 19, 2002, at South Hampton Place in Columbia. She was 84.
Mrs. Love was born April 11, 1918, in Kansas City, Kan., to Matthew and Agnes Donovan Yoksh. She married William "Bill" Love on May 29, 1944.
Mrs. Love graduated from Bishop Word High School in 1936. She later attended St. Mary's College in Leavenworth and graduated from Providence Nursing School.
Her first job was as a nurse and stewardess with Union Pacific Railroad. In 1942, she joined the U.S. Army and later served in Europe as a first lieutenant from May 11, 1943 until December 8, 1945.
Mrs. Love retired from Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center, where she was assistant director of nursing, in December 1981.
"She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who spent most of her life helping and caring for others," her family said in a statement. "She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Ben Luedtke, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia.
She is survived by two sons, Bob M. Love of Thompsonville, Ill., and Bill O. Love of Columbia; three daughters, Barbara A. Love-Reno of Columbia, Mary K. Norton of Fairfax, Va., and Patty M. Tate of Columbia; three brothers, Jack W. Yoksh of Richardson, Texas, Bob L. Yoksh of Overland Park, Kan., and Richard M. Yoksh of Liberty, Mo.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Brent R. Jones
Brent Robinson Jones of Columbia died July 20, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center of complications following a heart attack. He was 33.
Mr. Jones was born Dec. 4, 1968, in Columbia to John Daniel and Debra Sue Sprague Jones. He married Janet Sue Elliott on Oct. 16, 1998. He attended Woodcrest Chapel in Columbia and graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1986.
"He had such a sunny personality, everyone liked him and felt that they could come to him for help," said his mother, Debra Jones. "When he was sick, we had people calling from all around the country sending their sympathies."
He worked for General Fasteners Co. in Columbia, supplying parts for Square D. He was previously employed in Columbia with Culligan, Columbia Photo Supply and Quaker Oats. Debra Jones said he had great interest in music, sports and fishing, and was a dedicated father to his children, Jakob and Katie.
"From the minute he woke up every day, he was laughing, joking and just being positive," Debra Jones said. "He loved to participate in his children's school and sports activities."
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Rod Casey, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home's chapel.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife; his parents; one son, Jakob Robinson Jones of Ashland; one daughter, Katie Ann Jones of Ashland; two grandparents, Hurla and Lawrence Sprague of Brookfield, Mo.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be sent to Brent Jones Memorial Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Margaret M. Myers
Margaret M. Myers of Columbia died July 20, 2002, at West Village Manor in Columbia. She was 84.
Mrs. Myers was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Kansas City, to Vertran Dannatt and Irene Elizabeth Graham Dannatt-Mundy. She married Albert Lloyd Rhodes on June 27, 1931, who died Dec. 18, 1948. She later married Charles Courtney Myers on Dec. 31, 1953. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia and Wellington Methodist Church in Wellington, Mo.
"She was really active in the church," said Kenneth Rhodes, her son. "On the senior day on Wednesdays, she would greet everyone at the door. She raised us in a good Christian home."
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Rhodes of Edwardsville, Kan.; one daughter, Barbara Cantrell of Columbia; one stepdaughter, Charlene Beissenhertz of Wellington, Mo.; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Her husbands and a sister died earlier.
"She was real pleasant and soft-spoken and she enjoyed people," Kenneth Rhodes said. "She never forgot her family, even when we were all grown."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary DeWitt, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's Evangelical Cemetery, in Wellington, Mo., with graveside services conducted by Ina Gunther.
Memorials may be sent to Wellington Methodist Church or Community Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Georgia Ann Rains
Georgia Ann Rains of Columbia died Friday, July 19, 2002, at University Hospital and Clinics. She was 57.
Mrs. Rains was born June 26, 1945, in Jefferson City to George James and Patsy Ruth Loethen Holland. She married Terry Rains on April 26, 1980, at First Christian Church in Columbia. She was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit, Mo.
"She was a caring person, worked at Ann Carter Pantry for years," said George Holland, her brother. "She helped people who couldn't help themselves, even hauled them around town."
Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.
Mrs. Rains is survived by her husband and her mother; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Rains of Columbia and Patsy Nadine Heusted of Marshall, Mo.; one step-son, Charles Matthew Martin of Columbia; one step-daughter, Winona May Fern Rains of Columbia; two brothers, George James Holland and Cecil Thomas Holland, both of Holts Summit; three sisters, Mary Jane Shipley and Belinda Faye Chavin, both of Jefferson City, and Linda Kaye Asher of Holts Summit; and ten grandchildren.
Her father and one granddaughter died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Oakland Senior Center, 2116 Vandiver Drive., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Lizette Peterson-Homer would often write short stories as Christmas gifts for her children and husband. She handed out drafts of her mystery novels to her friends.
"She was a mystery fan and had been reading mysteries all her life and writing short stories," said her husband, Andrew Homer. One of her mystery novels, starring a detective who is a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy and investigates cases of child abuse, is being considered for publication.
Mrs. Peterson-Homer, of Columbia, fought a battle with breast cancer herself for six years. She died of an infection Thursday, July 18, 2002, at University Hospital. She was 51.
Mrs. Peterson-Homer was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Cedar City, Utah, to Edwin L. and Zetta Peterson. She married Andrew Homer in Logan, Utah, on June 5, 1978. She completed her bachelor's degree at Utah State University and went on to earn her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Utah. In 1978, she became an assistant professor at MU. Most recently, she was the Byler distinguished professor and the curators' professor of psychological sciences at MU.
"She always identified and defined herself as a teacher," Andrew Homer said. "For her, that was the highest calling somebody could have."
Mrs. Peterson-Homer received a multitude of awards for her outstanding accomplishments in academic research and was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association. One of her greatest achievements was being appointed editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, a position she began in January. "She described that as the pinnacle of her career," Andrew Homer said. "She had worked her whole life to work to get where she was, and she never got a chance to take advantage of it. She was beginning to help develop public policy, and it was really important to her to be able to have that kind of impact."
Mrs. Peterson-Homer wrote four books, 38 book chapters and 145 scientific journal articles during her scholarly career, in which she sought to improve the quality of lives of children.
"I would like to save children's lives," Mrs. Peterson-Homer once said.
"Lizette had a strong and beautiful spirit," Andrew Homer said. "She cared passionately for her family and her profession."
Despite her battle with breast cancer, Mrs. Peterson-Homer's death was unexpected by family and friends.
"She wanted to help plan her daughter's wedding, but our daughter's not even engaged yet," Andrew Homer said. "She's going to miss grandchildren and walking down the beach in the sunset hand in hand like we'd planned to do when we were 65."
Visitation for Mrs. Peterson-Homer will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the University Club, 107 Reynolds Alumni Center.
Mrs. Peterson-Homer is survived by her husband; one son, Geddes Homer of Columbia; one daughter, Kestrel Homer, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; her mother; two sisters, Leita Peterson of Los Angeles and Edwina Cross of Ashland, Ore.; and one brother, Edwin T. Peterson of Vernal, Utah.
Her father died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Lizette Peterson-Homer Graduate Fellowship Fund, 210 McAlester Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo. 65211.
Raymond T. Fadler
Raymond Talmage Fadler of Marceline died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Boone Hospital in Columbia. He was 75.
Mr. Fadler was born Jan. 22, 1927, to George M. and Cecilia Terbrak Fadler in Lake Providence, La. He married Helen Fuhrman in Moberly on Sept. 6, 1947.
Mr. Fadler served in the Army during World War II and the occupation of Germany. He worked for the Moberly Fire Department and was later the plant manager for Uregas until the couple moved to Marceline in 1961. There they owned and operated Fadler's Gas and Appliance for 33 years.
Mr. Fadler probably gave more to Marceline than he took from it. He was a past member of the Jaycees, the Lions and Rotary clubs, the Marceline Volunteer Fire Department, the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a past commander of the American Legion. As city council member for nine years and mayor of Marceline for two terms, Mr. Fadler was recognized for outstanding leadership by the Missouri Municipal League and later given a Citizens Appreciation Commendation.
Cheryl Haynes, Mr. Fadler's daughter, said her father's unbiased, logical way of looking at things led him through all of his civic activities.
"He could sort out the facts from the fiction, and he would stand firm in his beliefs," Haynes said. "He always went for quality - it was his motto."
Mr. Fadler's love extended far past his community to all of the people around him, especially children. He helped pay for school lunches of underprivileged children and always had a piece of bubble gum waiting for youngsters who came into his store. The importance of family to Mr. Fadler was apparent at the time of his death.
"He died with about 30 people around him," Haynes said. "He'll be missed by a lot of people."
A Rosary prayer service for Mr. Fadler will be held at 5 p.m. today at Delaney Funeral Home, 1720 N. Missouri Ave. in Marceline. Visitation, at the funeral home, will follow the prayer service until 8 p.m. Services, conducted by the Rev. I.C. Medina, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Church in Marceline. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Moberly.
Mr. Fadler is survived by his wife, Helen Fadler of Marceline; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Mike Haynes of Columbia; a son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Lee Ann Fadler of Smithville; three sisters, Essie McCurdy of Indianapolis, Darlene Fowler of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ginny Long of Moberly; a sister-in-law, Winnie Fadler of Centralia; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Father McCartan Memorial School Foundation Fund.
Bobby M. Gotow
Bobby Marcel Gotow Jr. of Columbia died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was 2 years old.
Bobby was born July 1, 2000, in Columbia to Bobby M. Gotow Sr. and Tosia Mizner Gotow.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Ivey Rice, were held Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, followed by burial at Columbia Cemetery.
Bobby is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents, Richard Mizner of Columbia and Malinda Williams of Richmond, Mo.; step-grandmothers, Stacy Klearman of Columbia and Lisa Garrett of South Carolina; and two aunts, Brandy Mizner and Jennifer Garrett, both of Columbia.
His paternal grandparents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Emergency Liver and Small Bowel Transplant Fund, Attn: Sara Paul, Transplant Surgery Dept., 983285 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., 68198.
In 1944, 6-year-old Richard Lowrance would listen to radio reports and follow the war campaign on maps of Europe. When he was older, Lowrance traveled to those places he had heard about and plotted on his maps as a child.
"He had a love of history and politics and an intense desire to travel," said his cousin, John Lowrance. "I will miss his humor and wit."
Richard W. Lowrance of Columbia died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at his home. He was 64. Family members said he died of either a heart attack or stroke.
Mr. Lowrance was born March 11, 1938, in Kansas City. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University and immediately entered the Foreign Service and was stationed in northern Africa. When he returned to the States after his mother's death, he earned a master's degree from Berkeley.
He spoke French fluently and lived in Paris for a year. Mr. Lowrance developed an interest in the arts, theater and French films. He also played the cello.
His love for the arts drew him back to Columbia after he had worked for an aircraft supply company in New Orleans and as a personnel director for a cruise ship line in Florida.
"He liked the artistic opportunities available in Columbia, and that's why he moved back here later in his life," John Lowrance said. "It also helped that his family was close to him here."
Mr. Lowrance is survived by four cousins, John Lowrance and Fred Lowrance, both of Jefferson City, Lana Lowrance of Berona, and Charlotte Henry of Clay Center, Kan. Friends will be received at 1 p.m. Sunday at John Lowrance's home in Jefferson City. Private family entombment will be in Riverview Cemetery Mausoleum.