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Julia Van (Davis) Garrison, age 76, of Lathrop, died on October 29th, 2014.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday November 4th at 2:00 pm at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney, with cremation to follow.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00pm on Monday, November 3rd at the the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

Julia was born February 4th, 1938 in Brunswick, the daughter of Ernest and Celestine O. (Neidholt) Davis

Julia is survived by her six children, many grand and great-grandchildren and one brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and a brother.


Hermine Combs, age 75, of Sedalia, died on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 10:00am on Monday, November 3rd at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday at Heckart Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Children's Therapy Center.

She was born March 20th, 1939, in Fürth, Germany, daughter of George and Klara Käferstein. She was married to Philip J. Combs, Sr. on December 12th, 1958, and relocated to the United States shortly after. She then settled in Sedalia in 1961, where she has resided ever since. Mrs. Combs was a nine-year employee of Rival Manufacturing. She left Rival to join her husband Phil in the family business. She worked side-by-side with her beloved husband for more than twenty years.

Hermine enjoyed being outside, mowing her yard and tending to her many beautiful flower gardens, but when weather would not allow her to be outside she retreated to her kitchen table where she put together thousands of jigsaw puzzles in every shape imaginable. The greatest joy in her life was spoiling her grandkids and spending time with her loving family.

Hermine was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to everyone. She treated everyone as if they were part of her family.

Mrs. Combs was preceded in death by her parents, George and Klara Käferstein; her husband, Philip J. Combs Sr.; and three brothers, Eugene, Oscar, and Rudolph Käferstein.

She is survived by her son, Philip J. Combs Jr., and his wife, Jan, of Boonville; daughters, Doris Hockaday and Norma Jean Combs; granddaughter, Tracy Gerlach, and her husband Dan; granddaughter, Shannon Hockaday; and one great-grandson, Zachary Gerlach, all of Sedalia; four sisters, Gunda, Betty, and Margaret, of Fürth, Germany, and Amelia of Clarksville, Tenn.; and one brother, George Käferstein of Fürth, Germany.

RUTH DEMAND 10/30/14

Ruth Irene Demand, age 94, of Sedalia, died on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

Memorial Services will be at 10:00am on Monday, November 3rd at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:00am until service time on Monday.

She was born on September 16, 1920 in Benton County, Missouri daughter of Roe and Amanda Griffiths Smith. Ruth was a member of Parkview Christian Church in Sedalia. She volunteered at the Sedalia Senior Center. Ruth enjoyed art and attended classes at State Fair Community College. She enjoyed painting, drawing and also collecting dolls. She loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son: Joe Slater of Columbia; three grandsons and four granddaughters. She was preceded by her husband, Roderic Demand; one son, William (Buzzy) Williston; and one daughter, Sandra Leach. Memorials may be given to the Ruth I. Demand Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.


Velma Ida Billings, age 96, of Brookfield, died on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, November 2nd at Rhodes Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will be in Bear Branch Cemetery in Purdin.

Visitation will begin at 10:00am on Sunday at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 11:00am until service time.

Memorials are suggested to Bear Branch Cemetery or the Life Care Center of Brookfield Activity Fund and may be left at the funeral home.


Elizabeth Ann Reid Anthony, age 76, of Edwards, died on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, November 4th at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to family choice.

Born April 12th, 1938 in rural Sweet Springs, she was the daughter of the late Earl Fain Sr. and Elizabeth Griffitt Fain. Ann was raised in the Sweet Springs area where she was a graduate of Sweet Springs High School, lettering in Girls Basketball three years. On January 26th, 1957 she married Clinton A. Reid Sr., and then on October 9th, 1977 she married Leroy Anthony, who both preceded her in death. Ann loved to work and was employed at: Dr. Hadley G. Kimes Dental Office where she was a dental assistant and office manager, Hill Transportation as a bus driver and bus manager, Warsaw Public Schools as a bus driver, and Daylight Donuts where she did a little bit of everything.

Survivors include three children: Charlotte Talley and husband John, of Edwards; Clinton A. Reid Jr. and wife, Carol of Underwood, Iowa; Beverly Vosika and companion, John Fenner, of Stover; eight grandchildren: Chanda Talley, Joe Talley and companion, Mandi Dailey, C.J. Reid, Jacob Reid, Ethan Reid, Amber Jackson and husband, Jake, Richard Vosika and wife, Megan, and Sachel Gilbert and husband, Joshua; four great-grandchildren: Sawyer Jackson, Payton Vosika, Braxxton Vosika, and Kadence Gilbert; two brothers, Earl Fain Jr. and wife, Nila, of Hermitage, and William (Bill) Fain and wife, Donna, of Sweet Springs; two sisters, Jennie Niederjohn, of Concordia, and Jane Hall, of Pensacola, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Ginger Lee Reid; one brother, John Franklin Fain; and one sister, Beverly Ruth Fain.


George Clayton Stapleton, age 93, of Marshall, died on Tuesday, October 30th, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30pm on Monday, November 3rd at First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Inurnment, with military rites, will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon Hospital in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.

George Clayton Stapleton is the second-most winning coach in Iowa State University’s football history, a football player, athletic director, World War II Veteran, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.“Coach” Stapleton as he was known during his career and among friends, family, and former players, was born June 24, 1921 in the coal mining town of Jenkins, Kentucky. He earned a football scholarship and played for legendary coach General Robert Leyland while a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. When war broke out after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th, 1941, he and his roommate, Robert Hicks, volunteered for the United States Navy, leaving a sign on their dorm room door in 1942 that read “Gone Fishing”. Coach Stapleton served as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy stationed out of Guam from 1942-45. He returned to play in the 1946 Orange Bowl as a guard.

After a stint as a Tennessee graduate assistant under Neyland, Stapleton held assistant coaching posts at Wofford College and University of Wyoming before becoming First Assistant and Line Coach at Oregon State University under Head Coach Tommy Prothro (LA Rams/ San Diego Chargers), including a visit to the 1957 Rose Bowl.

In 1958, Stapleton became the Head Football Coach at Iowa State University, amassing 42 wins in 10 years to rank second in all-time coaching wins. His legendary 1959 team, known as “The Dirty Thirty,” down to only 30 players due to injuries, came within one win of going to the Orange Bowl. During his tenure he coached six All Americans and sent 13 players into eight major bowl or all-star games. He was also coach and mentor to fellow Tennessean and nationally competitive coach John Cooper (Arizona State, Ohio State). Coach Stapleton served as Iowa State’s Athletic Director from 1967-70, and was instrumental in the beginning phases of building a new football stadium, basketball arena, and the hiring of multiple national champion coaches and another Tennessee native, Johnny Majors. He was also instrumental in bringing back the fabled Iowa – Iowa State rivalry along with Iowa Athletic Director Forrest Evashevski. He was inducted in to the university’s Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1971, Coach Stapleton left ISU to become Athletic Director at Florida State University and in 18 months scheduled an unheard of 72 games in an effort to garner the pre-sold share of gate proceeds for games at visiting stadiums. In the process, he was able to build FSU’s financial base and enable new coach, Bobby Bowden to have a rather challenging schedule, earning victories against some of the country’s toughest programs. Coach Stapleton completed his athletic career at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, serving as Athletic Director from 1972-78, before retiring to his wife Ann’s hometown in Marshall, Missouri.

Mr. Stapleton is preceded in death by his first wife Edith and second wife, Ann (Waldorf), his parents, Marie and Paul, stepmother, Della, his brother Edward and his sister, Pauline Collier. He is survived by his siblings Charles “Ovie” Stapleton of Estacada, Oregon, James Stapleton of Jonesboro, Tennessee, Timothy Stapleton of Portland, Oregon and Sue Shields of Rogersville, Tennessee as well as children, Susan (Rob Wilson), Jan (Jim Crapenhoft), and Van (Stephanie); his grandchildren, Ryan and Patrick Guthrie, Sonya Lawrence, Nathan, Emma and Samuel Stapleton, and Matalin Page, and one great-grandson, Jordan.


Alma Faye Robinson, age 83, of Richmond, formerly of Boonville, died on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 2nd at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Sunday at the church.

Visitation also will be from 7:00-8:00pm on Saturday, November 1st at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Memorials may be made to either the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville or the United Methodist Church in Richmond.

NINA POWERS 10/31/14

Nina K. Powers Gerke, age 62, of Boonville, died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at Davis Funeral Chapel at 11:30 Saturday, November 1st. Burial will follow at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 10:00am until service time. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to that of the families choice.

Nina Kathryn Powers Gerke was born November 8th, 1951, the daughter of Joseph H. Powers and Lois Hunzinger Powers. She graduated from Boonville High School and was a dedicated employee of State Farm Insurance for twenty eight years and for the past eight years was the voice of Isle of Capris Casino as the companies telephone answering and dispatching person which is an important public relations part of that operation. Nina married John Gerke April 7th, 2001. She was very close to her family, and they to her. Nina enjoyed flower gardening and had won yard of the month awards for her efforts. Her hobbies included crafts, knitting and her flowers. She and John enjoyed eating out at Boonville restaurants and riding through the countryside afterward.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; her siblings, Marty Powers, of Houston, Tex., Mike (Deanna) Powers, of Columbia, Dianne (Scott) Jackson, of Boonville, and Jennifer Descamps, of Springfield. Her nieces and nephews:Jonathan and Brandon Powers, Jill Lang, Amanda Garnatz, Emily Jones, Jack and Brooke Powers, Brian, Greg and Jeffrey Jackson and Jalen Descamps were like her children to her. Also surviving are her great nieces and nephews, Riley, Reece and Zoey Lang and Corbin and Britta Jackson.


Linda Sue Bishop, age 58, of Boonville, died on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Services honoring her life will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, November 3rd at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin. Burial will be at a late date at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in rural Howard County.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ashley Manor Activity Fund in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home.

She was born in Fayette, Missouri on August 3rd, 1956 to John Mets and Evelyn Kirby Webster. Linda married Ronnie Dale Bishop on November 13th, 1971 and he survives at their home.

Linda had been employed with Boben Heel Factory and Ashley Manor both in Boonville. She was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church and enjoyed her family, working with elderly people, reading and playing bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Dale Bishop, of Boonville; three children, Rhonda Sue Knox and Matthew Dale Bishop, of Boonville, and Dana Jean Norris, of Glasgow; two sisters, Ruby Ann Monteer, of Franklin, and Judith Mae Simmons, of Boonville, and a brother, Eric Kyle Webster, of Boonville. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Elizabeth Mae Knox, Joseph Michael Knox, Lauren Nicole Knox, Allison Marie Norris, Hannah Nicole Norris, Autumn Grace Norris and Madison Rene Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Stanley Dexter Webster.

TOM WILBORN 10/30/14

Tom Wilborn, age 81, of rural New Franklin, died on October 29th, 2014.

Services honoring his life will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 2nd at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin. Burial, with military honors, will be at Clarks Chapel in Franklin, Missouri.

Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Clarks Chapel Cemetery Association in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home.

Raymond Thomas “Tom” Wilborn was born in Howard County, Missouri on October 30th, 1932 to M.C. and Frankie Irene Ward Wilborn. On December 14th, 1957, he married Leevon Coy in New Franklin at the Methodist Church parsonage.

Mr. Wilborn served his nation in the United States Army with honor during the Korean Conflict. During his time of service he received the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

Prior to retirement, Tom was self-employed as a real estate broker and electrician operating Wilborn Real Estate and Wilborn Electric in New Franklin. He had also been employed with Smith Electric in Boonville and Boone Realty in Columbia and Boonville. Tom was a member of the New Franklin United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 0052 in Boonville, VFW Post 280 in Columbia, the Missouri Realtors Association and the Korean Veterans Association.

Survivors include his wife, Leevon Wilborn; daughter, Vonda Martin and husband, Jim all of New Franklin and three sisters, Cleo Venable and Catherine Harvey of Moberly and Patricia Ballew of Columbia. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, Gage Thomas and Elaina Grace Henderson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Richard Wilborn and by two sisters, Virginia Huffman and Judy Little.


Norma Koch Gorrell, age 77, of Marshall, died Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 1st at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00am on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church or Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Born February 7th, 1937, in Marshall, Norma was the daughter of the late John Henry Koch and Mary Rose Perkins Koch. On April 2nd, 1956, in Marshall, she married Richard B. (Dick) Gorrell who preceded her in death on November 11th, 1996. She lived in Marshall most of her life and retired from ConAgra Frozen Foods. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and Tuesday morning breakfast club.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Gorrell and husband, Larry Anderson, of Mountain View, Ark. and Kristi Furey and husband, Bernie, of Kansas City; one son, Richard B. (Rick) Gorrell Jr. and wife, Kim, of rural Marshall; eight grandchildren, Megan Murray, Jordan Gorrell, Emily Hahn, Courtney Price, Nathan Hahn, Jamie Furey, Richard Furey and Joe Furey; two great-grandchildren, Ava Hayes and Carley Price; four sisters, Betty Gazverde of Brandon, Miss., Kathy Scott and husband, John “Scotty”, of Goodyear, Ariz., Judy Koch of Arlington, Tex. and Patty Smith and husband, Leroy, of Lebanon; two brothers, Larry Koch and wife, Sharilyn, of Ovid, Mich. and Glenn Koch and wife, Dian, of Seminole, Okla.; brother-in-law, Bill Cochran of Norborne; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was preceded in death by one sister, Darlene Cochran; brother-in-law, Lou Gazverde; and nephew, Donald Cochran.


Georgia Lucille Tooley, of Salisbury, died on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Visitation is Monday, November 3rd from Noon until 1:00pm with services following at 1:00pm at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, with burial in Eastlawn Memory Garden Cemetery in Salisbury.


Samuel Hewitt, age 39, of Kansas City, died Friday, October 24th, 2014.

No funeral services will be held. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday, November 1st, at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline.


Jean Hickman, age 72, of Cole Camp, died Monday, October 27th, 2014.   

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 1st, at First United Methodist Church in Cole Camp. Burial will be in Cole Camp Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30pm on Friday, October 31st at Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church in care of Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Hickman of the home; her daughter, JaEllen Hickman of Sedalia; her son, Jeff Hickman and his wife Gayla of Cole Camp; two brothers, Donald Poage of Cole Camp and Jack Poage of Four Seasons, MO; and two grandsons, Jacob Hickman and Tyler Hickman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Dorothy Poage, and an infant daughter, Christina Renee Hickman.


Shirley Marie Sanders, age 76, of Odessa, died Tuesday, October 28th, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 1st, at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa. Burial will be in the Greenton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the ASPCA. 

Survivors include four children, Michael S. Sanders of Odessa, MO, Victor D. Sanders and wife Heather of Independence, MO, Gerald W. Sanders of Odessa, MO and Terri L. Sanders of Independence, MO; six grandchildren, Stephen W. Sanders, James J. Sanders, Anglica Sanders, Wesley A. Stover, Nathan J. Stover and Nichole T. Zimmerman; seven great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by three children, Jeffery D. Sanders, Sherry L. Zimmerman and Chris S. Sanders; one brother, James Branson; and three sisters, Helen Stafford, Mildred Branson and Francis Branson.

GARY PAGE 10/27/14

Gary Page, age 77, of rural Slater, died Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, October 31st, at First Baptist Church in Slater. Burial with military honors will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery near Saline City.

Visitation will be held from 12:00pm until service time on Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Community Cancer Center or Slater Ambulance District.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.


Keith Bratton, age 57, of Higginsville, died on October 21st, 2014.

Graveside services will be Saturday, November 1st at 11:30am at the Oak Grove Community Church Cemetery south of Higginsville.

There will be a lunch for family and friends at the church, following the burial.
Memorials are suggested to family choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home in Higginsville.

Keith is survived by his father, Dudley Bratton, of Higginsville; his mother, Ruth Schumacher, of Higginsville; sons: Erick Meyer, of Lebanon; Andrew Bratton, of Higginsville; Matthew Mathis, of Higginsville; brother, Bruce Bratton, of Higginsville; sister, Barbara Wonderly, of Higginsville; and three grandchildren.