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MISSOURI - Boone County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 143

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 21 April 2008, at 3:32 p.m.

Willis "Pete" Nelson
Willis "Pete" Nelson of Columbia died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at West Village Manor. He was 99.
Services are 2 p.m. today at Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St. Burial will follow at Columbia Cemetery.
Mr. Nelson was born April 25, 1903, in Sturgeon to Willis and Elnora Nelson.
He attended Sturgeon public school and also received training at agricultural school. He worked in construction.
Mr. Nelson is survived by a niece, Eva Keyes of East Chicago, Ind.; a nephew, Lloyd Logan of St. Louis; and several cousins.

Mabel V. Lairmore
At the age of 91, Mabel Victoria Lairmore feared getting old and losing her faculties, but she beat her daughter at dominoes the night before she died.
She was a woman accustomed to making her own way in the world. She was independent, opinionated, outspoken and interested in everything.
Widowed at the age of 33, Mrs. Lairmore raised four children, including a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler, with no assistance. She cleaned houses and took any other job she could find for 50 cents an hour, while still managing to give 10 percent of her earnings to her church.
Mrs. Lairmore, formerly of Jefferson City, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at her daughter's Columbia home.
She was born Sept. 13, 1910, to Antone and Clara Louise Loesch Buel. Confirmed in the Lutheran Church in 1922, she became a member of the First Church of God in 1928. She married Victor Lairmore on Oct. 4, 1930. He was struck and killed by a car on Oct. 18, 1943.
Despite having few resources after her husband died, Mrs. Lairmore never borrowed a dime in her life, her daughter Donna Gregory said.
After raising her family, she went back to school at age 48, obtaining her GED and graduating from Jefferson City Business College at age 50. She worked for the Division of Employment Security from 1960 to 1975.
Mrs. Lairmore was a woman of many talents. She was a painter who loved to give her work away. She could also see a dress in a department store window, go home and recreate it from a pattern of her own design.
"She was able to do things with very little," Gregory said.
An accomplished artist, Mrs. Lairmore also memorized volumes of scriptures and poetry. She clipped newspaper articles, filing them by subject in a system of her own devising. She often wrote in response to editorials and letters to the editor. She worked three newspaper crossword puzzles daily and would call if delivery was late.
Mrs. Lairmore never wanted to be a burden. She lived in a nursing home until a disagreement with staff two years ago. She wanted her window open; the nursing home wanted it closed. When they tried to move her to a windowless room, Gregory promptly took her mother out of the nursing home and brought her home to a room with "the biggest window you can imagine."
She is only sorry that her mother didn't come to live with her sooner.
"I learned a lot from her in the past two years," she said.
Mrs. Lairmore is survived by one son, Donald Buel Lairmore of Columbia; three daughters, Dorothy Michel-Lairmore of Jefferson City, Dolores Ann Werdehausen of Holts Summit, and Donna LaRue Gregory of Columbia; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Jefferson City Chapel of the Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Mark West, will be at noon. Burial is at the Longview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God, 1614 Southwest Blvd., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109.

Clyde Clifton Lowe
Clyde Clifton Lowe of Greensboro, N.C., died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Evergreens Nursing Home in Greensboro. He was 85.
A graveside service is being held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakeview Memorial Park in Greensboro.
A native of Guilford County, N.C., Mr. Lowe retired from Cone Mills in 1977 with more than 40 years of service.
Mr. Lowe is survived by his wife, Magdalene Hart Lowe; one son, Marshall Lowe of Salisbury, N.C.; two sisters, Bonita James of Greensboro and Ella Tippett of Southport, N.C.; two grandchildren, Gina L. Jarrett of High Point, N.C., and Clyde Marshall Lowe Jr., of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is receiving friends in the family room at Lakeview Memorial Park following the service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 803 16th St., Greensboro, N.C. 27405.

Mary C. Cotton
Mary Christine Cotton of Columbia died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 61.
Dr. Cotton was born March 14, 1941, in Kansas City to Cooper and Mary Cotton. She was Associate Professor of English at Columbia College. She received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from MU where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She received a fellowship from Ohio University to complete her doctorate. She also taught there.
In addition to her 27 years of teaching at Columbia College, she also taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan and at Lycee Mentaury in Nimes, France. A Fulbright scholar, her numerous awards and grants include a Ford Foundation grant for study at Ohio State University in Lyons, France.
She published and presented papers and translations of French and Spanish poetry and prose. She also held office and membership in a number of national and international professional organizations. These include Pi Lambda Theta International Honors and Professional Society for Educators, Phi Sigma Iota International Romance Language Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society, of which she was an honorary member and sponsor at Columbia College.
Dr. Cotton was active in faculty governance at Columbia College. She chaired the committee creating the constitution for the Faculty Association.
She was member of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees and was dedicated in her efforts toward completion of the new library building. She was especially involved in committee work in the American Library Association. Ms. Cotton is survived by her mother, Mary Cotton of Columbia; and a sister, Marcia C. Cotton, of Houston.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Edwin Cole and the Rev. Vince Hovley, S.J. will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St. Burial is at Columbia Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, Mo., 65216.

Veda Bryan Harrah
Kim Biswell met Veda Harrah Christmas caroling in 1984.
"I went caroling and found out that she was a missionary and an interesting lady, and we started becoming friends," Biswell said. "She was my mentor and my best friend, and when I got married and had children we adopted her as our grandmother. She was just part of our family."
Veda Bryan Harrah of Columbia died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Lenoir Healthcare Center. She was 104.
She was born June 23, 1897, in Golden City to E.E. and Louisa Maxey Harrah.
Ms. Harrah received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1920 and a master's degree in Missions from the College of Missions in Indianapolis in 1924.
In 1925, Ms. Harrah went to India and spent more than 30 years there as a missionary. She was head of a girls' school in India until her retirement from missionary work in 1959.
Larry Harrah said he remembers his aunt coming to visit his family during her missionary years.
"She was very patient with children and young people, very entertaining," he said. "She was a good person to paint a word picture of what she saw and what she wanted you to see."
Ms. Harrah did more than paint pictures in the minds of her friends and relatives; she was also a self-taught painter of pictures on canvas.
Biswell described Ms. Harrah as an energetic and wise woman.
"Every time she took a step, she knew it was the right one," she said.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. John Yonker, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lenoir Chapel, 1 Hourigan Drive.
Ms. Harrah is survived by two nephews, Larry Harrah of Albequerque, N.M. and Robert Harrah of the Czech Republic.
Her five brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Fellowship of John, 3612 Lenoir St., Columbia, 65201; First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, 65201; or Disciples Heritage, P.O. Box 109, Lovington, Ill., 61937.

Scott M. Robertson
Scott Marvin Robertson of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Columbia, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, in Cincinnati. He was 49.
Mr. Robertson was born July 6, 1952, to Gale M. and Beverly J. Worrell Robertson in Sioux City, Iowa. He was a graduate of Scotland County High School in Memphis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, and went on to earn a Master of Theology degree from Cincinnati Christian Seminary.
Mr. Robertson lived in Cincinnati from 1975 until his death and was employed for more than 14 years by the Cincinnati Speech and Hearing Center. He was a member of Clovernook Christian Church in Cincinnati.
Visitation for Mr. Robertson will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Norman Conklin, will be at 3 p.m.
Mr. Robertson is survived by his parents, Gale and Beverly Robertson of Moberly; two brothers, Mark A. Robertson of Channel View, Texas, and Timothy R. Robertson of Columbia; his son, Nathan Robertson of Fairview, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Karen Joy Robertson of Columbia; and a nephew, Cody Robertson of Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the White Oak Christian Camp, Rt.1, Box 39, Moberly, Mo. 65270.

Samuel E. Mordica
Samuel "Skip" Eugene Mordica would give up sleep just to have the pleasure of meeting new people.
During the last years of his life he worked four days a week on the 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift greeting customers at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Conley Road .
Mr. Mordica of Columbia died of a stroke Sunday, June 9, 2002, at his home. He was 82. Mr. Mordica was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Boone County to John S.J. and Geneva Elizabeth Frances Phillippe Mordica. He married Zula Frances Forbis on Sept. 18, 1942, in Columbia.
His only child, Beverly Roberts of Columbia, remembers him as more than just a dad. "People say that parents would be parents and not friends, but he was both," Roberts said. "He was my buddy."
Mr. Mordica had pride in everything he did, from serving in the Navy during World War II to helping raise his only grandson, William "Bill" E.F. Roberts.
Before Mr. Mordica worked as a greeter, he was able to make his passion his living as the owner and operator of Columbia Auto Body Shop from 1962 to 1993.
Friend and fellow auto repairman, Bob Daily, said the two became friends working in the business together. Though Daily said that many friends drift off when they quit the auto business, Mr. Mordica and he kept their passion for cars and their friendship alive over the years.
Mr. Mordica is survived by his wife, his daughter, his brothers, Francis B. Mordica of Jackson, Mich., Warren E. Mordica of Columbia, William H. Mordica of Apache Flats, Ariz., and sisters, Virginia Gail Perkin of Harrisburg, Norma Fay Rall of San Antonio, Texas, and Edith L. Hoffman of St. Louis; and his grandson, William E.F. Roberts of Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. John Foley, were held Friday at Parker Funeral Services, 22 N. Tenth St.
Burial was at Red Rock Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Red Rock Cemetery Fund, c/o Russell Cook.

John H. Roberts
Agnes Roberts said her husband, Jay, loved everybody.
"He was just a jolly person," she said.
John H. "Jay" Roberts of Rocheport died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 91.
Fern James, Mr. Roberts' daughter, said her father was a friendly person who would talk to everyone.
"He always liked to tell stories," she said.
Mr. Roberts was born February 21, 1911, in Howard County, Mo., to John H. Roberts Sr. and Edna Margaret Jane Roberts.
He was married in March 1933, to Agnes Taylor in Fayette. The couple celebrated their 69th anniversary in March.
Mr. Roberts was a stonemason and bricklayer for 65 years and a member of Local #15 Bricklayers Union.
"A lot of people called him to do their work because he was very good at it," James said. He also raised deer and enjoyed hunting elk in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Don Snyder, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Agnes Roberts; two children, Bucky Roberts of Columbia and Fern James of Rocheport; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Four brothers, four sisters, and his son, Everett L. Roberts, all died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, 65205, or the American Lung Association, 1118 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 63139.

Helen Roe
Helen Bernice Roe of Columbia died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Lenoir Healthcare Center. She was 82.
She was born Jan. 5, 1920, to James and Eliza Blades. She married Arthur Christopher Roe on Aug. 8, 1940. Mrs. Roe lived most of her adult life in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she was a registered nurse.
The Roe family moved to California from New Jersey in 1955. They moved after Mrs. Roe saw a movie about a town called Lompoc. In the movie there were flowers as far as the eye could see said Peter Roe, Mrs. Roe's youngest son. The family packed their bags and moved there without knowing anyone in California. Mr. Roe got a job at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Mrs. Roe became a nurse.
Mrs. Roe's passion was collecting black paper silhouetes. Her son said she had about 500 and they were plastered all over the walls of the Roe home.
"No wall went uncovered," he said.
She was also a "treasure hunter" Peter Roe said. She loved to go shopping at thrift stores and garage sales before it became trendy to do so, he said. Neighbors would look down on her because they didn't understand why she would want to own someone else's things. Because of his mother, Peter Roe said, he prefers flea market shopping.
Mrs. Roe was an avid reader and averaged reading 10 books a week.
"She would read anything, even cookbooks," her son said. "Cookbooks were probably her favorite. She loved to cook."
Peter Roe said his mother had a dry sense of humor and was very witty. She had a large vocabulary, probably due to the amount of time she spent reading. "You never wanted to play Scrabble with her because she would murder you. If there was ever a World Championship of Scrabble, she would have been some tough competition," he said.
There will be no public services. Arrangments are under the direction of Nilson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Roe is survived by three sons, Christopher Roe of Potter Valley, Calif., Stephen Roe of Oxnard, Calif., and Peter Roe of Columbia; one brother, Jim Blades of Altoona, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to C.A.L.M. Child Abuse Listening Mediation, Att. Marsha Marcoe, 1236 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, Calif., 93101.

James Dreiss Jr.
James Michael "Deuce" Dreiss Jr. of Columbia died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at University Hospital. He was 3 weeks old and premature.
James was born May 23, 2002, in Columbia to James and Kelli Seeger Dreiss. Visitation for James will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services, conducted by the Rev. E.W. Greenup, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Knox City Cemetery in Knox City.
James is survived by his parents James and Kelli Driess of Columbia; grandparents, Lyman and Mary Sue Seeger of Knox City, and Judith Dreiss of New York City; a brother, Brandon Shubert of Edina; and a sister, Jordan Shubert of Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, 65203.

Spencer Keith Nichols
Spencer Nichols loved to garden and would have grown enough for the whole community if he could, his daughters said.
"He was kind and generous to everyone," his daughter Evelyn Gallup said.
Spencer Keith Nichols of Ashland died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at Ashland Healthcare. He was 86.
Mr. Nichols was born Jan. 11, 1916, in Boone County to Thomas and Lydia Purcell Nichols. He married Gladys Little on Feb. 23, 1940. She died earlier.
He married Alma Wilson on Oct. 23, 1971, in Ashland and she survives.
Mr. Nichols was a cement mason all his life, and his family said he was dedicated and hard-working.
His hobby was gardening.
"He loved to watch things grow in his garden, and he was always sharing with everyone in the community," Gallup said.
Mr. Nichols was a family man who lived in Boone County all his life. His daughters describe him as a simple man who enjoyed life.
He was a member of the Operative Plasterers Union in Jefferson City and the Englewood Community Club.
Visitation for Mr. Nichols will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland.
Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Wallace Johnson, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Alma Nichols of Ashland; two daughters, Evelyn Gallup and Vicki Gilpin, both of Ashland; one stepdaughter, Nancy Rosecrans of Central Point, Ore.; one brother, Lloyd Waldo Nichols of Holt Summit, Mo.; one grandchild, five step-grandchildren, one great grandchild and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
His first wife, six brothers and one stepdaughter died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Englewood Community Club, c/o Marian Sapp, 10125 E. Johnson Cemetery Road, Ashland, Mo. 65010.

LeOna E. "Lee" Sackreiter
Lee Sackreiter will be remembered as a loving wife and mother who was active in the Columbia community and dedicated to her family.
After a stroke 12 years ago, she could not speak or use her right hand, but she still tried to stay as active as she could.
"She had to learn to speak all over again, and she had to learn to write with her left hand," her husband, Russel Sackreiter, said. "She tried to do the best she could. She was still involved in sewing classes and actually made one doll after her stroke."
LeOna E. "Lee" Sackreiter of Columbia died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 81.
She was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Youngstown, Ohio, to John and Stephana DeWalk. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from South High School in 1939.
After graduation, she worked at several department stores in her hometown, where she met her husband, Sgt. Russel E. Sackreiter, a career soldier.
"I met her at a dance," he said. "She was very beautiful. She had very light blond hair." They were married on March 16, 1946.
During World War II, Mrs. Sackreiter was active in the USO and other groups supporting the war effort.
"She wanted to do her part, just like everyone else," Mr. Sackreiter said.
Mrs. Sackreiter lived in Hawaii, France, Germany and several U.S. Air Force bases in the United States where her husband was stationed. The family lived in Columbia from 1961 until 1966 while her husband was on ROTC duty at the University of Missouri. After her husband's retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1972, the family returned to Columbia. Mrs. Sackreiter was an early member of the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia and a long-time member of the Methodist Church. She was active in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Mother Singers, Garden Club, Quilting Club, Doll Club, China Painters, Huffs and Puffs Square Dance Club, and church groups. She was also a life member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority.
Mrs. Sackreiter's hobbies included oil painting, watercolor painting, ceramics and sewing. She was featured in the Columbia Missourian on more than one occasion during the 1960s for her cooking and sewing expertise.
She also enjoyed bowling, square dancing and decorating at Christmas time. "She used to make 100 different types of cookies," her husband said. "She was a wonderful homemaker and dedicated to her family. She particularly enjoyed when the children were smaller, making their birthdays and Christmases extra special," he said. Services, officiated by the Rev. Gary DeWitt, pastor of the Community United Methodist Church, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Parker Funeral Home, 22 N. Tenth St. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Sackreiter is survived by her husband, Russel E. Sackreiter of Columbia; a daughter, Amorette Haws of Columbia; a son, Russel E. Sackreiter, Jr., of Columbia; a brother, Arnold DeWalk of Hubbard, Ohio; five grandchildren, David Haws, Brian Haws, Nicholaus Sackreiter, John Sackreiter, Rachael Sackreiter, all of Columbia; and one great granddaughter, Maleana Sackreiter of Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the Columbia Community United Methodist Church.

Robert Glenn Smith
Robert Glenn Smith died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at West Village Manor in Columbia. He was 88.
Mr. Smith was born March 29, 1914, to William and Lovie Smith in Kansas City. Mr. Smith married Jean Warren in Columbia on Feb. 20, 1948.
Mr. Smith worked for 32 years at Simmons Furniture Co. and for 10 years for the City of Columbia.
Mr. Smith was a graduate of Rocheport High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge and was a Sgt. Squad Leader.
Mr. Smith was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, VFW Post 280 and American Legion Post 202.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Lively, will follow at the funeral home.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife and one son, Robert G. Smith Jr., of Columbia. Two brothers, and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Charles "Jack" Hollon
"You have to be a friend to have a friend" was a maxim of Charles "Jack" Hollon of Rocheport, said Sandy Davidson, a close friend of Mr. Hollon's family.
Mr. Hollon died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at Columbia Regional Hospital. He was 77.
Davidson said Mr. Hollon was like a father to her.
"I would ask him for advice in general because I considered him to be so wise and so caring," Davidson said.
Mr. Hollon was a practical man, Davidson said.
"Anytime I had a question about how to put something together, I'd call Jack," she said. "He was just very in tune, generally speaking, with how the world works."
Mr. Hollon was actively involved with the Rocheport Volunteer Fire Department and was among the first volunteer crew members, helping to build the Station 2 firehouse.
"People don't understand, we had nothing here," said his wife, Mildred Hollon. "We had a small fire truck and a garage before the volunteer fire department. He enjoyed all phases of the fire department."
Mildred Hollon said her husband was a hard worker.
"He was really concerned about his community, and that is shown through his community work," Davidson said.
Mr. Hollon was a member of the Roche-port Town Board, serving briefly as mayor.
Mr. Hollon also worked on many notable construction projects in Columbia including Truman Veterans Hospital, Hearnes Center and Paquin Tower. On the MU campus, he worked on Mark Twain Hall, Lewis and Clark Hall and Lee Hills Hall.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1924, to Charley and Mary Jo Hern Hollon in Howard County. He married Mildred Browning on March 25, 1944, in Columbia.
During World War II he served in the Army, and he later became a member of VFW Post 280. After the war, Mr. Hollon was a farmer and managed Parmon's Dairy Farm in southern Howard County.
He also worked with Koss Paving on Interstate 70 in 1962. After that, Mr. Hollon worked for JE Hathman Construction for 30 years. He was a member of Laborer's Union Local #955, in Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary Wrisberg, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Burial will be at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in southern Howard County immediately following the service. Mr. Hollon will receive a VFW Post 280 Honor Guard.
Mr. Hollon is survived by his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Virginia Hollon of Stet; one daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Hollon-Taylor and Roger Taylor of Columbia; two sisters, Harriet Acton of Mexico, Mo. and Geraldine Wyatt of Rocheport; one granddaughter; one grandson; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and a sister died earlier.
Memorial may be sent to Sulphur Springs Cemetery, c/o Exchange Bank of Missouri, 102 E. Broadway, New Franklin, Mo. 65274.

Darren McKinzie
Darren Garth McKinzie of Kansas City, formerly of Columbia, died Friday, June 14, 2002, in St. Louis from liver transplant complications. He was 37.
Mr. McKinzie was born April 6, 1965, to Norris and Connie Barnes McKinzie in Columbia. He briefly attended MU and later graduated from the Devry Institute of Technology. He was an information technology consultant for Data Source Industry of Kansas City. He also attended the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City.
Mr. McKinzie loved being outdoors. He loved being around water, particularly jet-skiing and swimming. He also enjoyed hiking, bike riding and traveling.
"He was very outgoing," said Connie McKinzie, his mother. "He had a tremendous love of life."
In the fall of 2001, Mr. McKinzie opened Zinnia's, a garden and gift shop, in Kansas City.
Visitation for Mr. McKinzie will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow.
Mr. McKinzie is survived by his parents, Norris and Connie McKinzie; one brother, Eric McKinzie; one sister-in-law, Misty McKinzie; one nephew, Justin McKinzie; and a grandmother, Mary Fite, all of Columbia; and a life-long friend, John Buford of Kansas City.
His brother, Scott McKinzie, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Barnes Jewish Hospital, benefitting liver transplant patients, c/o Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Martha Long
Martha M. Long of Columbia died Friday, June 14, 2002. She was 74.
Mrs. Long was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Boone County to Hattie M. Kennedy Crane.
She married Wesley L. Long on Dec. 1, 1946, in Columbia. Together, they owned and operated White House Café, The O.K. Café and other cafes in the area for 35 years. Mrs. Long also worked at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and retired from there in 1992.
Mrs. Long spent most of her life in Columbia but after she retired she moved to Hatton to live on a farm with her son, Wesley Long. On the farm, Mrs. Long had a big yard and a garden. Mrs. Long loved her flowers and also had a vegetable garden off and on, said her daughter Alicia Henderson.
Mrs. Long enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and her grandkids. Her favorite things to cook were apple dumplings and cookies.
Henderson said her mother never complained.
"She took life's punches with a smile," Henderson said. "She lost her leg a year ago to diabetes, and she had to leave her home and come live with us. She didn't complain once about it."
Mrs. Long is survived by a son, Wesley Long of Auxvasse; two daughters, Alicia Henderson of Columbia and Alison Woodson of Kingsland, Ga.; a sister, Nancy L. Davis of Columbia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Her parents and husband died earlier.
Visitation for Mrs. Long will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Larry Paris, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

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