Miscellaneous Moniteau County, Missouri Obituaries

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Miss Edith Leonard
Miss Edith Leonard, 84, Clarksburg, died Monday, April 12, 1999, at Tipton Manor Nursing Home. She was born April 1, 1915, in Latham, a daughter of Joseph Lee and Maud Grace Medlin Leonard. Miss Leonard was a presser at Tipton Pants Factory, retiring in 1965. She was a member of Clarksburg Baptist Church and the Ready Willing Club at Clarksburg. She graduated from Latham High School. Surviving is one brother, Harold Leonard with his wife, Lelith, Tipton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Warren Leonard, Frank Leonard, Norman Leonard and Edward Leonard; and three sisters, Lena Scott, Melba Scott and Maxine Coffelt. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Leroy Moon and the Rev. Ivan Dameron officiating. Burial will be in Latham Cemetery near Latham. Pallbearers will be Leo Jordan, Jamie Peters, Danny James, Junior Lucas, Louie Elgin, James Gross and John Gross. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Debbie Gross Benefit fund in care of Tipton Latham Bank.

Carl B. Hilty
Carl B. Hilty, 90, Versailles, died Monday morning, April 12, 1999, at Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born March 30, 1909, in Donnellson, Iowa, a son of Peter P. and Barbara Mary Koller Hilty. Dec. 24, 1934, in Versailles, he married Gladys Viola Driver. She died May 27, 1984. Mr. Hilty was a retired farmer and a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church near Versailles. Surviving is one son, Chester D. Hilty, Dixon, Ill.; three daughters, Twila Garber, Kathryn Nikkel and Doris Hilty, all of Versailles; three brothers, Dr. Hiram Hilty, Greensboro, N. C., Dr. Peter Hilty, Cape Girardeau, and Calvin Hilty, Strathmore, Calif.; one sister, Dorothy Mae Baumgartner, Versailles; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul Hilty; two sisters, Esther Gerber and Winifred Lutman; and one granddaughter, Alice Rebecca Nikkel. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (today) at Bethel Mennonite Church with the Rev. Tom Voth officiating. Music will be by a quartet comprised of Stanley Garber, Barry Garber, Melvin Gerber and Phil Hilty, accompanied at the piano by Mary Gerber and at the organ by Elizabeth Groth. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Bennett, Adair Bennett, James Nikkel, Benjamin Hilty, Timothy Hilty and Matthew Hilty. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Mennonite Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, Versailles.

Russell A. Pethan
Russell A. Pethan, 40, Bunceton, died Monday, April 5, 1999, at the University of Missouri Health Science Center in Columbia as a result of injuries sustained in an explosion at his Lone Elm shop. He was born Jan. 18, 1959, in Boonville, the son of Earl William and Margaret Borgmann Pethan. Mr. Pethan was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church at Clark's Fork. He opened a small engine automobile repair shop in Lone Elm after his return to Missouri seven years ago. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Margaret and Hubert Shemwell, Boonville; two brothers, Earl Pethan Jr., Aurora, Colo., and Daniel Pethan, Prairie Home; two sisters, Patricia Campbell, Boonville, and Kathleen Grindstaff, Licking; nine nieces and nephews and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Elmer Schiefer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Bryan, Gary Todd, Steve Huth, Mike Burke, Gary Lohse and Neil Sanders. Memorials are suggested to the Clark's Fork Church Organ Fund.

Mrs. Eunice A. Seek
Mrs. Eunice Ann Seek, 76, Eldon, formerly of Tipton, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. She was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Sedalia, a daughter of Lester H. and Elsie Lee Perdue McClure. She was married Aug. 1, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan., to Billy E. Seek, who died June 22, 1968. Mrs. Seek was a homemaker and did volunteer work. She attended the Methodist church. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Albin, Boonville, and Lauren Fox, Bowling Green, Ky.; four sons, Billy M. Seek, Festus, Robert J. Seek, Eldon, Dr. Melvin M. Seek, Ocala, Fla., and Kenneth G. Seek, Boneville, Ga.; two brothers, Jerry McClure, Boonville, and Lee McClure, Waynesboro, Va.; 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One daughter, Janice Keeley, preceded her in death. Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Eldon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Smith officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, with burial under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home, Eldon. Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Claud E. Parker
Claud E. Parker, 90, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at California Care Center in California. He was born April 29, 1909, in Cooper County north of Clarksburg, the son of Charles Monroe and Ollie Mae Simms Parker. He was married in February 1940 to Lula Evelyn James in California. She preceded him in death. Mr. Parker was a self-employed mechanic and welder, retiring in 1989 due to ill health. He was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are six sons, Jr. Parker with his wife, Linda, Charles Parker, Leon Earl Parker and Robert Parker, all of Clarksburg, Larry Parker with his wife, Sherry, Tipton, and Ed Parker with his wife, Gail, California; three daughters, Alice Pate with her husband, Walter, and Dorothy George, all of California, and Ruby Birdsong with her husband, William, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; one brother, James R. Parker, Clarksburg; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Tom Parker, Willis Parker and Norman Parker. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Chapel in California. Burial was in Hickman Cemetery south of Clarksburg with the Rev. Ivan Dameron officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Parker, Phillip Schroeder, Thomas Parker, Larry James Parker, Wesley George, Jimmy Pate, Carl Pate, Steven Pate, Christopher Parker and Rusty Parker. The family suggests memorials to the Hickman Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 124, California, Mo. 65018, or a charity of the family's choice.

B. W. Meyer
B. W. Sapp Meyer, 86, Boonville and formerly of Bunceton, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Lake View Nursing Home, Boonville. He was born June 5, 1913, at Pilot Grove, a son of Dan and Lucy Ann Daugherty Meyer. On June 14, 1941, at Waynesville, he married Ruby Alice Mixer who died May 7, 1999. Mr. Meyer was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Bunceton Masonic Lodge #456 and the Bunceton Lions Club. He worked for 30 years for the Missouri State Highway Department, retiring in 1967. Surviving are two sons, Larry Meyer, Bunceton, and Gary Meyer, Climax Springs; one sister, Helen Eichelberger, Collinsville, Ill.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bill Meyer; and one sister, Ruby Livingston. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove. Burial was in Bunceton Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Hurt, Darren Meyer, Roy Jeffries, Butch Larimore, Camron Cathey and Bill Harned. The family suggests memorials to the Bunceton Masonic Cemetery.

James R. Williams
James R. Williams, 83, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. He was born July 8, 1916, in Cooper County, a son of George Franklin and Pearl Mae Albin Williams. He was married to Mathilda M. Rademann on March 2, 1947 in Lone Elm. She died March 23, 1996. Mr. Williams was a lifetime livestock farmer. He was a member of the Missouri Farmer Association, Polled Hereford Association and the Red Angus Association. Surviving is one son, Richard Williams with his wife, Kathryn, Tipton; four brothers, Porter Williams, Boonville, G. F. Williams, Cheyenne, Wyo., Paul Williams, Bay City, Mich., and Victor Williams, Bunceton; three sisters, Ada Harris, Sedalia, Alma Baughman, Boonville, and Eula Fairfield, Fairfax, Va.; three granddaughters, Jennifer Marie Williams, Katie Ann Williams and Rebecca Jo Williams, all of Tipton. He was also preceded in death by one brother, George Lee Williams in 1924. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Chapel in California with the Rev. Ivan Dameron and the Rev. Peter Kurowski officiating. Burial was in Hickman Cemetery south of Clarksburg. Pallbearers were Harold Meyer, Dale Stahl, Sanford Rambo, Sam Blades, Alvin Meyer, Lloyd Winebrenner, Dewey Yarnell and Jim Canton. Memorials may be made to the Hickman Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 124, California, Mo. 65018, or a charity of the family's choice.

Mrs. Irene J. Friedmeyer
Mrs. Irene J. Friedmeyer, 87, California, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, in California. She was born July 8, 1912, in Stringtown, the daughter of John J. and Katherine E. Horak Strobel. She was married to Arthur Martin Friedmeyer on Nov. 15, 1931. He died July 20, 1991. Mrs. Friedmeyer owned and worked at Friedmeyer's California Construction Supplies for many years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California, where she taught Sunday School for more than 50 years, was a member of the Ladies Aid, Evening Guild, Altar Guild and Lutheran Seniors. She was also a member of the Country and Town Extension Club. Surviving are two sons, Norman Friedmeyer with his wife, June, Plattsmouth, Neb., and Earl Friedmeyer with his wife, Marj, California; one daughter, Doris Nothnagel, California; and one sister, Milda Hagemeyer, California. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Strobel, Walter Strobel and William Strobel; two sisters, Flora Kuester and Louise Bleich; and one son-in-law, Marvin Nothnagel. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in California with the Rev. Dr. Peter Kurowski officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Jungmeyer, David Schubert, David Bleich, Philip Hines, Virgil Myers and David Reed. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Missions, 207 North Owen, California, Mo.. 65018, or First Lutheran Church, 1025 Avenue D. Plattsmouth, Neb. 64048. Arrangements were under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California.

Myron Allen Scafe
Myron Allen Scafe, 67, Otterville, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, Columbia. He was born Sept. 18, 1932, at Waterford, Mich., a son of Caleb and Edith Bailey Scafe. On May 21, 1954, in Topeka, Kan., he married Betty Jane Shaw who died July 2, 1984. Mr. Scafe retired Dec. 31, 1972 as a technical sergeant after a 20-year career with the United States Air Force. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam, Greenland and Thailand. He was a mail carrier in Otterville for 10 years until 1990. He was a member of Otterville American Legion Post 84. Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Walje, Otterville, and Julie Olson, Pilot Grove; one son, David Scafe, Sedalia; one brother, Gale Scafe, and six sisters, Virginia Betts, Esther Van Cleek, Edna Walker, Margaret Sattler, Gertrude King and Arlene Suddeth, all of whom reside in the state of Michigan; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Otterville with the Rev. Farrie Cole officiating. Burial was in New Lebanon Cemetery near Otterville. Pallbearers were Sam Tuck, Cecil Bohon, Bud Cooney, Lyle Aggeler, Eugene Walje and Bob Gooch. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Jackson, Dusty Ensley and Joe Moody. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Harry Meyer Jr.
Harry "Bill" Meyer Jr., 72, Otterville, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics-Columbia. He was born June 12, 1927, near Syracuse, a son of Harry McKenzie and Gladys Wilda Hirst Meyer. On Jan. 6, 1962, at Sedalia, he married Dixie Kruse who survives of the home. Mr. Meyer was a truck driver and a farmer. He lived all his life in the Syracuse and Otterville community. He was the founder of the Otterville Card Club. Also surviving are five sons, Billy Joe Meyer and his wife, Elsie, California, Harvey Ellis Meyer and his wife, Mae, Sedalia, John Meyer and his wife, Marilyn, Otterville, James Robert Meyer and his wife, Rhonda, and Robert Meyer, all of Otterville; five daugthers, Wilda Romig and her husband, Lenny, and Ellen Twyman and her husband, John, all of Syracuse, Betty Sleeper and Lynn Welton, both of Sedalia, and Lisa Dowdy and her husband, George, Otterville; two brothers, Harold Meyer, Pembroke, Ky., and Herb Meyer, Otterville; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two grandchildren. Friends may call after 2 p.m. and the family will receive visitors between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at First Baptist Church of Otteville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Otterville with the Rev. Farrie Cole officiating. Pallbearers will be Cecil Bohon, Don Wolthuis, Frank Wessing, E. H. Fowler, Mark Cole, Bud Cooney, Eddie Thomas, Bill Deuschle and LaVern Schoen. The body will be cremated. The family suggests memorial contributions to Providence Baptist Church, Highway 135, Smithton. Arrangements are under the direction of Meisenheimer Funeral Home, Otterville.

Harold R. Simmers
Harold Ray Simmers, 53, California, formerly of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. He was born Sept. 16, 1947, in Boonville, the son of Truman L. and Rosie Katherine McDaniel Simmers. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Clarksburg, and a 1966 graduate of Tipton High School. Surviving is one brother, Robert Simmers with his wife, Margaret, Clarksburg; and three nieces. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Vera Bowen. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services with the Rev. Ivan Dameron officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Clarksburg. Pallbearers were Robert Potter, Troy Potter, Bobby Klein, Philip Birdsong, Greg Bolinger and Tony Bolinger. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice or the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund in care of Dean Birdsong, 27626 Highway H, Clarksburg, Mo. 65025.

John E. Phelps
John E. Phelps, 84, formerly of Tipton, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Capital Health Care Center in Jefferson City. He was born Jan. 12, 1916 in St. Louis, a son of John E. and Isabelle Jane Williamson Phelps. On Sept. 15, 1939, in St. Louis, he married Mary Lee Chambers Phelps. Phelps lived most of his life in St. Louis. He was self employed in the St. Louis community before moving to Tipton in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Lynn Sturnader, Iola, Texas, and Nancy Lee Halaney, Houston, Texas; one sister, Janice E. Woolsey, Herculaneum; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at Meisenheimer-Griswold Funeral Home with the Rev. J. D. Cooper officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Tipton. Pallbearers were Elmer Miller, Bill Dawson, Dean Kasper and Richard Robertson.

Merlin Lewis
Merlin Lewis, 82, Boonville, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Cooper County Memorial Hospital, Boonville. He was born April 25, 1917, in Tipton, a son of Edward and Ada Lewis. He married Alfreda Miles on June 16, 1954 in Speed. She survives. Mr. Lewis was a veteran of World War II. Also surviving are two sons, Mern Lewis, Boonville, and Maurice Miles, Moberly; four daughters, Darlene Jackson, Cindy Lewis, Tina Lewis and Sharon Lewis, all of Boonville; one brother, James Lewis, Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Omega Crockett, Boonville; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and two grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29 at the H.T. May & Son Funeral Home in Boonville with the Rev. Dale Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the Bunceton Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Dewey Jackson, Rusty Jackson, Tyrese Duncan, Tyrone Jackson, Steven Warrick and Frank Wilson.

Mrs. Sophia E. Leis
Mrs. Sophia E. Schreck Leis, Garden Plain, Kan., 100, died Feb. 4, 2000, at Wichita, Kan. She was born Sept. 19, 1899, at Tipton, the daughter of Anton and Josephine Beeten Schreck. On Sept. 26, 1915 she married George P. Leis at Garden Plain. He preceded her in death. A longtime Garden Plain resident, Mrs. Leis was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Society, both at Garden Plain. Surviving are eight sons, Don Leis, Ron Leis, Dave Leis and Les Leis, all of Garden Plain, James Leis, Miami, Fla., Gerald Leis, Kingman, and Ken Leis and Dan Leis, both of Wichita; two daughters, Markita Terhune and Lois Jean Timmermeyer, both of Wichita; 53 grandchildren, 120-great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by four sons, Quintin Leis, Vernon Leis, Jerome Leis and George Leis Jr.; and a daughter, Eileen Murray. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at St. Anthony Church with Father Philip Allen officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony Cemetery at Garden Plain. Arrangements were under the direction of Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Garden Plain.

Alfred H. Schaffer
Alfred H. Schaffer, 73, Holts Summit, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1926, in St. Anthony, a son of Conrad H. and Hilda Lueckenotte Schaffer. He was married May 18, 1948, in St. Elizabeth, to Henrietta M. Holtmeyer, who survives at the home. A lifelong resident of Central Missouri, Mr. Schaffer attended school in St. Anthony. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and was a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was employed as a heavy-equipment operator with Mid-State Waste for more than 50 years. Also surviving are five sons, Conrad Schaffer, Columbia, Eugene Schaffer and Alfred Schaffer Jr., both of Fulton, and Charles Schaffer and Alvin Schaffer, both of Jefferson City; six daughters, Mildred Buehrlen, Belle, Bernadine Ousley, Russellville, Louella Stuart, Fulton, Johnetta Smith, Clarksburg, Melissa Brinker, Washington, and Kimberly Rosenberg, Jefferson City; two sisters, Elizabeth Scheulen and Rosa May Howard, both of Meta; 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Marcus Schaffer, died April 15, 1951. Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Freeman Chapel with the Rev. Guy Thomas officiating. Graveside services and burial with military honors were at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City.


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