Miscellaneous Morgan County, Missouri Obituaries

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Inez Marie Spurgeon
Inez Marie Spurgeon, 73, Stover, died early Sunday morning, Jan. 10, 1999, at the Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. She was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Mankato, Kan., the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Jane Ziegler Walker. She was united in marriage to Harold Spurgeon, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Spurgeon was a homemaker and had resided in Stover for several years. She is survived by a son, Orville Miller, Kansas City; a daughter, Charlene Lovejoy, Stover; a sister, Lulla Gray, Independence; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover, with Dr. James Henderson officiating. The music selection of “Precious Memories” were played. Interment was in the Sumner Cemetery in Wheatland. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.

Elna Lela Bear Newkirk
Elna Lela Bear Newkirk, 85, Marilyn Heights, died Jan. 14, 1999, at her home in Marilyn Heights. She was born Nov. 22, 1913 at Okeene, Okla., the daughter of Hugh Morris and Dessie Agness Powell Bear. On Aug. 9, 1938 in Camdenton, she married Norman T. Newkirk who preceded her in death in 1978. Mrs. Newkirk lived most of her life in Moniteau County, In 1932 she graduated from Tipton High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Central Missouri State University in 1957. She taught elementary school for thirty years at various schools in the Moniteau County area. Mrs. Newkirk was a member of the First Baptist Church, Tipton. She is survived by two sons, N. Thomas Newkirk, Fresno, Calif., and Monte Newkirk, Cleveland, Ohio; one daughter, Janis Wolf, Defiance; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Louise Bear. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999 at the First Baptist Church, Tipton. The Rev. Dusty Klein and the Rev. J.D. Cooper officiated. Pallbearers were Kirk Wolf, Kent Wolf, Erin Wolf, Roy Dick, Jerry Newkirk, Adam Wolf and Ryan Wolf. Burial was in the Moreau Cemetery, Tipton. The family suggets contributions to First Baptist Church, Tipton. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Meisenheimer-Griswold Funeral Home, Tipton.

Larry Lawrence Payne
Larry Lawrence Payne, 61, Tipton, died Jan. 15, 1999 at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1937 in Hanna, the son of Chester and Alma Woody Payne. On May 26, 1973 in Syracuse, he married Sharon Sousley, who survives the home. Mr. Payne lived in Versailles, prior to moving to the Tipton area. He worked for Wal-Mart since 1981. Prior to that he was self-employed and worked with heating and air conditioning. He was a member of West Union Baptist Church, Versailles. He loved woodworking and he also was a avid fisherman and hunter. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Renee Skipper, Ocoee, Fla.; two brothers, Gene Payne, Tipton and Robert Payne, Wentzville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 18, 1999 at West Union Baptist Church, Versailles. The Rev. Rod Campbell officiated. Pallbearers were Charles Sousley, Roy Sousley, Brian Skipper, Terry Milburn, Greg Payne, and Mitch Payne. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Davenport Jr., Harold Davenport, Rick Payne, Steve Payne, Mike Harper, Barry Marshall, Jim Sousley, Buster Morrison, and Doug Gross. Burial was in the Syracuse Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to West Union Baptist Church, Versailles. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Meisenheimer-Griswold Funeral Home, Tipton.

Virginia 'Ginger' Hibdon
Virginia "Ginger" Hibdon, 48, Florence, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 1999, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. She was born Sept. 11, 1950, in Independence, the daughter of Virgil J. and Glenna Ledgerwood Conner. On Aug. 23, 1977, she married Clint Hibdon, who survives of the home. Mrs. Hibdon was employed at Interstate Studios in Sedalia and was supervisor with Interstate Image Service. She served on the Publication and First Aid Committees, and received her 10-year pin at Christmas. She enjoyed hunting and fishing, and won first place in the McDonnell Douglas State Archery Competition. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Gary Fahrni, Salina, Kan.; one daughter, Cynthia Sullivan, Independence; her mother, Glenna Conner, Gravois Mills; one sister, Linda Hollaway, Gravois Mills; and one granddaughter. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles, with David Scott officiating. Interment was in the Florence Cemetery. Casketbearers were Jeff Nolting, Harry Beckman, Shannon Beckman, Tom McNeil, Ernie Mertgen and Ronnie Conner. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Juanita W. Lietzke
Juanita W. Lietzke, 86, formerly of Versailles, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born in Versailles Jan. 1, 1913, the daughter of Clyde and Nina James Hunter. She was married Oct. 6, 1933, to Donald W. Lietzke of Versailles. Mrs. Lietzke was a homemaker, a poet, and a Christian. She is survived by her husband, Don, of the home; four children, Jack Lietzke, Overland Park, Kan., Ferd Lietzke, California; Joe Lietzke, Versailles; and Lynn Lietzke, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Maxine Howard, Overland Park, Kan.; two brothers, Bill Hunter, Versailles; Bob Hunter, Shawnee, Kan.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild. Her body was cremated in Phoenix, Ariz. and a service was held there Saturday, Jan. 16. There will be a visitation and memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at First Assembly of God Church, Versailles, with the Rev. Roy Bennett officiating.

William W. Parr
William W. Parr, 61, Sunrise Beach, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, 1999, at his home. He was born March 21, 1937, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of John and Florence White Parr. On Oct. 17, 1959, he married Doris J. Weber, who survives in Camdenton. Mr. Parr was a real estate developer and resort owner and operator. He was a member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Darin Parr, Warrensburg, and Jason Parr, Sunrise Beach; two daughters, Ronda Burris, Sunrise Beach, and Cynthia Ruehter, Camdenton; his brother, Walter Parr, Leavenworth, Kan., his mother and father-in-law, Al and Georgia Weber, Camdenton; seven grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie-Sunrise Beach Chapel in Laurie, with the Rev. Father Jim Fuemmeler officiating. Interment was in the Garber Memorial Estates Cemetery in Laurie. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.

Beverly Yvonne Allen Weaver
Beverly Yvonne Allen Weaver, 63, lifelong resident of the Stover area, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born Sept. 28, 1935, near Stover, the daughter of the late Charlie and Ella Mae Capps Allen. On Nov. 13, 1952, she married Vinson I. Whittle, who preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Douglas E. Weaver on Sept. 23, 1970, and he also preceded her in death. Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Nebo Gospel Church near Versailles and also attended the Walk of the Water Faith Chapel in Osage Beach. She is survived by four sons, Billy Lee Whittle, Stover, Robert Ronald Whittle, Gravois Mills, Vinson Jack Whittle and Ricky Day Weaver, both of Stover; five daughters, Sharon Kay Francis, Versailles, Suzanne B. Donovan, Sedalia, Lela Jean Crabtree, Versailles, Beverly Jill Edgar, Bowling Green, Ky., and Rabecca Ann Klindworth, Stover; two sisters, Ollie Webb, Stover, and Frieda Baker, Cowgill; 28 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Frank Sutton, Earnest Sutton, Lester Allen, Bruce Allen and Donald Allen; and two sisters, Grace Sutton and Eileen Dishman. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Scrivner-Morrow Chapel in Stover, with the Rev. Wilford Whittle officiating. Tape selections of “I’ll Rise Again” and “He’s Alive” were played. Interment was in the Stover Cemetery, with Ronnie Whittle, Robert Klindworth, Jeff Whittle, James Donovan, Milfred Monteer and Ira Webb serving as casketbearers. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.

Norman J. Williams
Norman J. Williams, 69, Eldon, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999 at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. He was born Aug 18, 1929, at High Point, the son of the Rev. N.E. Williams and Ruth Medlen. Mr. Williams was a 1947 graduate of Eldon High School. He served four years in U.S. Army. After military service, he enrolled in the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1951. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956 and a law degree in 1958 at UMC. After graduating, he became a member of the law firm of Webster and Dunn in Carthage. In December of 1959, he returned to Eldon and established his own law practice. He closed the practice after he was first elected Judge in 1978. During his years of public service, Williams served as Miller County’s associate circuit judge for 12 years. He also served seven terms, 14 years, as Miller County prosecutor. He served as the appointed city attorney at Eldon for 18 years. He served on assignment as a circuit judge in the counties of the 26th Judicial Circuit, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Camden and Laclede, and in other areas of the state on assignment by the Missouri Supreme Court. He was a member of the Miller County Republican Central Committee for 10 years and was its chairman for several of those years. He was a member of the Eldon First Baptist Church, Eldon Lions Club, the Masonic Order, the American Legion and the Missouri Bar Association. He was past president of the Miller County Bar Association and operated his private practice from April 1991 until his retirement in October of 1996. He is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Kay Baquet, California; two sisters, Marie Peich, Versailles, and Ruby Morrow, Eldon; two brothers, Earl Dean Williams, Las Vegas, Nev. and Cecil Paul Williams, Parma, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Services were Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randall Bunch officiating. Interment was in the High Point Cemetery, High Point. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Eldon, or the American Cancer Society.

Jonathan James Wilson and Jacob Wayne Wilson
Jonathan James Wilson and Jacob Wayne Wilson, Linn, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at Boone Hospital, Columbia. They were born Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at Boone Hospital, Columbia, the sons of Timothy Wade Wilson and Heather Lynn Sutton, Linn. In addition to their parents, they are survived by grandparents, James and Mary (Libby) Wilson, Sedalia, and Eugene and Linda Schumacher, Versailles; and great-grandparents, Sylvia Wilson, Georgetown, Betty and Dee Baker, Dunnigan, and Bob and Hazel Kreisel, Cole Camp. The twins were preceded in death by their grandfather, Jerry Sutton Sr. The funeral was Monday, January 18 at the Ewing Funeral Home, Sedalia, with the Rev. Susan McHugh officiating. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery, Dresden.

Selma Geary
Selma Lydia Gesina Geary, 85, Savannah, formerly of Stover, died Friday, April 9, 1999, at the Savannah Health Care Center in Savannah. She was born March 31, 1914, near Stover, the daughter of the late Gerd and Mary Weinberg Tietjen. She was united in marriage to C. Wraymond Geary on Nov. 11, 1934, in Clinton, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 1980. Mrs. Geary was a graduate of Stover High School. She was a homemaker and also assisted her husband in operating the Geary Oil Company in Stover for 43 years. She was a member of the Stover United Methodist Church, were she taught Sunday school for many years, served as church co-treasurer and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She moved to Savannah in 1980 from Stover. She is survived by one son, Dr. Lanny Geary, Kennett; one daughter, Myrna Schroder, Savannah; one brother, Herbert Tietjen, Columbus, Ind.; one sister, Lorraine DeLong, Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Norman Tietjen; and two sisters, Elinor Luedeman and Mabel Harrell. Funeral services were Monday, April 12, at the Stover United Methodist Church in Stover, with the Rev. Diane Cutler officiating. Beth Eckles was the instrumentalist, and Dan Eckles was the vocalist. Interment was in the Stover Cemetery, with Mark Schroder, Rex Purvis, Jim Nelson, Robert Alpers, Bob Cooper and Bill Geary as casketbearers and Arthur Short and Forrest Rowland serving as honorary bearers. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Stover United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.

Rosalie Garber
Rosalie Garber, 66, of the Ivy Bend Community near Stover, died Sunday, April 4, 1999, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. She was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Fort Smith, Ark., the daughter of the late Ralph W. and Pauline Weishaupt Cummins. She was united in marriage to Donald Garber on Feb. 23, 1951, in Kansas City, and he survives at their home. Mrs. Garber was a homemaker. She had been an active member of the Parent, Teacher Association, serving on the local and state levels. She was a member of the Christian Church of the Ozarks near Ivy Bend, where she was involved in various functions within the church. She had resided in the Ivy Bend/Stover area for several years after moving from the Kansas City area. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, David Garber, North Platte, Neb., Audrey Grimes, Smithville, and Kenneth Garber, Gladstone; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, April 7 at the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover, with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Music selections of "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art" were played. Graveside services were Wednesday, April 7 at the Urich Cemetery in Urich, with the Rev. Bill Ray officiating. The memorial contributions were suggested to the Ivy Bend First Responders. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.

Mary M. Allen
Mary M. Allen, 76, Sunrise Beach, died Thursday evening, April 8, 1999, at Lake of the Ozark General Hospital in Osage Beach. She was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Kansas City. On July 11, 1975, she married Paul E. Allen, who survives of the home. Mrs. Allen was a retired accountant and bookkeeper, She was a member of the First Baptist Church Sunrise Beach, and former member of the Whitechurch Baptist and the Welborn Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. For 40 years, she was involved teaching Sunday school to young children. In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven daughters, Beverly Whittle, Eldon, Charlotte Allen and Cindy Osborne, both of Kansas City, Barbara Allen, Frederick, Md., Betty Anderson, McPherson, Kan., Jeanie Craig, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Susan Dwyer, Arlington Texas; two sons, John Allen, Lenexa, Kan., and Steve Allen, Kansas City; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Monday, April 12 at the First Baptist Church Sunrise Beach, with the Rev. John Edwards officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Sunrise Beach Building Fund. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.

Virginia R. Yarger
Virginia R. Yarger, 89, Eldon, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at St. Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City. She was born May 3, 1909, in old Linn Creek, the daughter of Hugh M. and Ida Thompson Atwell. On Oct. 3, 1931, in Iberia, she married Paul S. Yarger, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1984. Mrs. Yarger graduated from Eldon High School in 1927 and continued onto Central Missouri Teachers College. She taught in rural schools. Along with her husband, she owned and operated the MFA Insurance Agency in Eldon for approximately 30 years. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge. She was a Republican Committee Woman in Miller County, member of Eldon First Christian Church, lifetime resident of Miller County. She is survived by a son, David A. Yarger, Versailles; two brothers, Glenn Atwell, Flint, Texas, and Charles Atwell, Hannibal; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandsons. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Barbara Haynes Yarger. Funeral services were Wednesday, April 14 at the Mossman and Hess Funeral Chapel in Eldon, with Brother Don Renken officiating. Burial was in the Eldon Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Lee House Memorial Fund, Eldon.

Elizabeth R. Williams
Elizabeth R. "Betty" Williams, 65, Fulton, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at Versailles. She was born Nov. 9, 1933, the daughter of the late Earl and Veronica (Heck) Perry. She married Ronald Williams in 1954. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1990. She is survived by two children, Pam Wolfe and Billy Williams, both of Gravois Mills; three sisters, Margaret White, New Bloomfield, Vicki Wood and Alice Gibbs, both of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Williams worked as a re-upholsterer in Fulton for many years. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, (Thursday) April 15 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fulton. There will be no public visitation. Maupin Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

Norman C. (Tab) (Pete) Reusser
Norman C. Reusser, 89, died Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at the Forum at Overland Park. He was born in Jamestown. Mr. Reusser graduated from Californria High School and attended Westminster College in Fulton. He was a registered civil engineer. His career included the Missouri Highway Department, The Domestic War Effort during World War II. And for 27 years he was with the Kansas City Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were he was chief of the supply division. He had been a volunteer at the church, Ghost Ranch in Abiguiu, N.M., and the Nelson Gallery. He was a member of the Village Church since 1950, Friends of Art and was a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Jamestown. He is survived by two daughters, Jane Davis, Mission Hills, Kan., and Teri Powell, Kansas City; four children. Funeral services were Friday, April 9 at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kan. Graveside services were Saturday, April 10 in Versailles. The family suggests memorials to Village Presbyterian Church Foundation or the American Heart Association, Overland Park, Kan.

Joseph W. (Bill) Robinson
Joseph W. (Bill) Robinson, 72, Camdenton, a former Morgan County resident, died Saturday evening, Sept. 25, 1999, at the Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo. He was born March 8, 1927, in Hindsboro, Ill. the son of the late Edward Robinson and Margaret Boland Robinson. On Aug. 13, 1950, in Tuscola, Ill., he married Mary Lou Houser. Mr. Robinson was a Navy veteran of both World War II and Korea, serving from 1944 until 1952. He was a member of the Arcola Catholic Church in Arcola, Ill. and had been a lake area resident for the past 34 years. He and his wife owned and operated Wilson's Resort on Route EE prior to their retirement. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; and many friends. Graveside services were Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Dale Blair Memorial Cemetery, Camdenton, with the Rev. Father James Fuemmeler officiating. Memorial gifts have been suggested to the American Cancer Society. Services are under the direction of the Allee-Reed Funeral Home, Camdenton.

Kristi M. DeGraffenried
Kristi Marie DeGraffenried, 26, Grain Valley, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 1999. She was born Dec. 7, 1972, in Independence, the daughter of John E. DeGraffenried and Twila F. Fisk. She had attended Grain Valley schools and was currently a homemaker and mother. She is survived by a son; Dalton DeGraffenried, of the home; a daughter; MikalaJohnson, of the home; her father and step-mother, John and Diana DeGraffenried,

Myron Allen Scafe
Myron Allen Scafe 67, Otterville, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia. He was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Waterford, Mich., the son of Caleb and Edith Bailey Scafe. On May 21, 1954, in Topeka, Kan., he married Betty Jane Shaw, who preceded him in death July 2, 1984. Mr. Scafe was a retired Tech Sargent after serving in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring Dec. 31, 1972. He had three tours of duty in Vietnam, Greenland and Thailand. He was a mail carrier in Otterville for 10 years until 1990, and was a member of Otterville American Legion Post #84. He is survived by two daughters; Carolyn Walje, Otterville, and Julie Olson, Pilot Grove; one son, David Scafe, Sedalia; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother; Gale Scafe; and six sisters, Virginia Betts, Esther Van Cleek, Edna E. Walker, Margaret Sattler, Gertrude King and Arlene Suddeth, all from the state of Michigan Services were Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Otterville, with the Rev. Fav Farrie Cole officiating. 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. Burial was in the New Lebanon Cemetery. The family suggest contributions to the American Cancer Society. Barnett; her mother, Twila Fisk, Arizona; a step-mother, Genna Arnone, Grain Valley; eight brothers, John DeGraffenried Jr., Frank DeGraffenried, Tim Knieman, Kurt Knieman, Kevin Knieman, Brandon DeGraffenried, Cory Stotz and Nathan Biermann; nine sisters; Paula Knieman, Edie Lynn Qwigg, Tina Knieman, Gina Knieman, April Smith, Anna Williams, Amanda Stotz, Amber Stotz and Ashley DeGraffenried; her grandmother, Hazel Erdmann, Eldon; a great-grandmother, Ruby Smith, Grain Valley. Services were Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley. Burial was in Mt. Washington Cemetery.

Marjorie A. Schilling
Marjorie A. Schilling, 79, Gravois Mills, died Sunday evening, Sept. 26, 1999, at St. Marys Health Center in Jefferson City. She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Centralia, Ill., the daughter of Wilson and Lucille Sliger Whitehead Sr. She was married on July 24, 1943, to Jack Schilling. Mrs. Schilling was a member of the West Lake Christian Church in Laurie and the Lady Elks in Laurie. She is survived by her husband, Jack Schilling, of the home; and one son, Jack Schilling, Bowling Green, Ky; two grandchildren, Chad Schilling and Sarah Dee Schilling; and one great-grandson, Austin Michael Schilling; and many other relatives and friends. Graveside service was Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Garber Memorial Estates Cemetery in Laurie, with the Rev. Jack Daniel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 of Laurie Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.


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