Atchison County, Missouri obituaries
Pat O'Dell -
Alsup, John Benton -

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26,2000, at Davis Funeral Home in Tarkio for John Benton Alsup of Knoxville, Iowa. Reverend James Shrieves officiated. A flag folding ceremony was held under the auspices of the Allen Schiffern American Legion Post #199 of Tarkio. Inurnment was made in the Tarkio Home Cemetery in Tarkio.
John Benton Alsup, age 59, passed away, unexpectedly, at the Knoxville Community Hospital in Knoxville on Friday, December 22, 2000. He was born November 6, 1941, in Tarkio, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Balle) and John Benton Alsup. As a young man he moved to the Fort Logan, Colorado, community and graduated from high school in 1959.
On November 15, 1960, John entered the United States Army and served his country overseas in Vietnam. He later received his honorable discharge on October 1968.

John was united in marriage to Minnie M. Hinde on August 1972, in Earlham, Iowa. He worked as a truck driver for I.C.X. and Crouse Cartiage Company and, through the years, resided in several communities including Omaha, Nebraska; Phoenix, Arizona; Carroll, Iowa; and Knoxville, retiring in July of 2000. After his retirement, John found time to watch television and play word games and cards. He also enjoyed the outdoors and feeding the birds.
Survivors include: John's wife, Minnie, of the home in Knoxville; his parents, Mary Ann and Harold Alsup, Tarkio; daughter, Laura Wolfe, Houston, Texas; stepson, Bill Blair, Missouri Valley, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Deborah Cain, Knoxville, and Konnie Keister, Middleburg, Pennsylvania; two grandsons, Bobby and Michael; seven step-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters, Patty Jones, Littleton, Colorado, and Kay Mehsling, Hillsboro, Missouri.
Preceding John in death was one stepson, Michael Dean Blair. Memorials may be directed to the John Alsup Memorial Fund.

Ball, Mary Anola -

Services were held on Tuesday, September 12, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at the Baptist Church in Fairfax, for Mary Anola Ball, Tarkio, Missouri, formerly of Fairfax. Rev. Glenn Scott officiated. Interment was made in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Mary Anola Ball, age 84, passed away at Integrated Health Service in Tarkio, on Friday, September 8, 2000.

Mary Anola Ball the daughter of Agnes (Rodgers) and E. Pierce Ball, was born on May 15, 1916, in rural Fairfax. She attended the rural Houston School for eight years, then graduated from Fairfax High School with the class of 1933.
Mary Anola lived all of her life on the same family farm south of Fairfax until the death of her mother. She then moved to Fairfax for several years. In 1974, she took up residency at Integrated Health Services, where she passed away.
In earlier years, Mary Anola was an active member of the Fairfax Baptist Church. She was very fond of children and enjoyed teaching a class of youngsters called "The Sunbeams".
In later years, she transferred her membership to the First Baptist Church, Tarkio, and enjoyed the services on tape that the church provided to her at the home. She also was a member of the Sharp's Grove Ladies Aid and attended for many years.
Mary Anola is survived by several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Bolton, Carla J. Purchase - Carla J. Bolton went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2011 in Harlingen, Texas, due to complications related to her fight against cancer. She was born Carla Janell Purchase to Clarence M. and Alba E. (Deardorff) Purchase on May 3, 1927 in Burlington Junction, Missouri. She graduated from Fairfax High School in 1945 and married Keith Bolton January 27, 1946.

Keith and Carla enjoyed farming in the Tarkio and Westboro communities, and in later years wintering in Harlingen.

Carla was a member of the United Methodist Churches of Tarkio and Westboro, the United Methodist Women, and at one time served as a children's Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Morning Sun Friendship Club and had served many years as one of the leaders in the Morning Sun 4-H Club.

Carla was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Alba Purchase, husband, Keith Bolton, daughter, Carol Ann Bolton, son Robert Lee Bolton, sister Betty Bell (Purchase) Crabtree and brother William Clayton Purchase. She is survived by her sons Donald Keith Bolton of Houston, Texas and his son Steven; sons of Robert Lee Bolton, Robert T. and William L.;Kenneth Ray and wife Galen Bolton of Junction, Texas, and their children Jacob, Brenda, and Sharilyne; Timothy Bruce Bolton of Tarkio, Missouri/Harlingen, Texas; James Richard and wife Norma Bolton of Houston, Texas, and their children Maranda, Michael, DeAnna, and Matthew; sisters-in-law, Addie Purchase of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Helen Bolton Scheiding of Longmont, Colorado; Gloria Bolton of Fairfax, Missouri; Pat Bolton of Fairfax, Missouri; Rosella Bolton of St. Joseph, Missouri; 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service:
10:30 a.m. Saturday, January, 22, 2011
United Methodist Church, Tarkio
Interment: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri
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Services directed by Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.


Brindle, Carmen Jean Youel

Carmen Jean (Youel) Brindle was born August 17, 1922, to Milford "Gov" and Hope Youel, and died May 28, 2016. She married Earl Brindle on December 25, 1940, and except for the WWII years, they lived and labored on the farm that they loved near Fairfax, Missouri, in Atchison County.
In 2002 because of Earl's failing health they moved to Houston, Texas, to be near their daughters.
Earl passed away in 2004, and Carmen remained in an assisted-living community. She will be missed by her daughters, Ann Cartwright and husband Lon, and Chris Finch and husband Reggie, and her granddaughters, Jenny and Sarah Cartwright.
Even in her declining years, Carmen remained cheerful, polite and always had something positive to say.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Schooler Funeral Home in Fairfax, Missouri, conducted by Rev. Elaine Loggi. Interment was at English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home.


Brown, Drisdale -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax for Drisdale Brown, Fairfax. Rev. Judy Voss officiated. Interment was made in English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Drisdale Brown was born August 29, 1918, in El Paso, Texas, to Benjamin McCulloch and Alice (Drisdale) Brown. He received his early schooling in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the family later moved to Houston, Texas, where he attended secondary school. Drisdale attended Rice University and later graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1940 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
On January 24, 1942, he married Mary Margaret Steele of rural Fairfax, Missouri. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served in the Philippines during World War II. Upon discharge from military service he returned to work with the Southern Pacific Railroad as a special assistant to the chief mechanical officer. In 1975-1976, he and Marge moved to Rio de Janeiro where Dris was a consultant to the Brazilian National Railroad. He served the Southern Pacific Railroad with distinction and retired from the San Francisco, California, office in 1978.
Upon retirement he and Marge moved from their California home and built a home on a portion of the Steele farm west of Fairfax.
Drisdale was a quiet, private man who devoted all of his married life to providing for his family and caring for his invalid wife. He loved to "tinker" with electronics, his garden and orchard and loved to spend time with his family. He was a member of the Fairfax United Methodist Church. His proudest life achievement was his 57-year marriage to Marge.

Two sons survive Drisdale: Stanley D. and wife, Cheryll, of San Bernardino, California, and James M. and wife, Mary, of Fairfax. He has five grandchildren: Felicia Brown, Highland, California, Matthew Brown, Glendale, Arizona, Lisa Bennett, Quincy, Massachusetts, Russell Brown, Phoenix, Arizona, and Amy Brown of the home. Four great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and a brother, William O. Brown, Sacramento, California, also survive him. His parents and his wife, Mary Margaret "Margie" Brown, preceded him in death. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax United Methodist Church.


Burge, Jay

Jay Burge was born in Craig, Missouri, on July 31, 1935. He was one of 10 children born to Lester and Normal (Harper) Burge. Jay attended school in Craig and at the age of 17, he moved with his mother and grandmother to the state of Oregon.
On March 14, 1953, Jay enlisted in the United States Air Force. After his term of service ended he received an honorable discharge.
He met and married his first wife, Betty Barrett, and they became the parents of seven children. Jay was predeceased by three of these children: Jay Arnold Burge in 1956, Theresa Anne in 2008, and Jayson Earl in 2015. Jay and Betty were divorced in 1976.
Over the years, Jay had several occupations but most of the time he worked as a meat cutter. He worked for several different packing plants and gained a reputation as a very skillful worker. He also, at one time, had co-owned a mobile slaughter truck.
In 1981 Jay and his future wife Jo returned to the state of Missouri. They were married on June 26, 1985 and Jay gained four more children: Angela, Shelley, Rick and Jamie.
Back in Missouri he worked with his nephew as a carpenter. Jay also helped his friends by butchering and processing their deer during the hunting season. When he was no longer able to do this, Jay passed on his skills as a meat cutter to his children and grandchildren.
Jay was also the caretaker of Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Fairfax for 14 years and he took lots of pride in keeping that cemetery looking nice.
He had also been a member of local police forces, both in Oregon and Missouri.
Jay died at his home in Fairfax on May 7, 2015. He is survived by his wife Jo, of the home; by children, Richard Stillwell and Jamie Stillwell, both of Tarkio, Gail Burge, Yamhill, Oregon, Fran Walters, Carlton, Oregon, Fay Ash, Willamina, Oregon, Janice Baarrientos, Dayton, Oregon, Angie Phipps, Ankeny, Iowa, and Shelley Burgess, Wentworth, Missouri; and by 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Jay is also survived by brothers, Russell Burge, Eagle Point, Oregon, and Lelan Burge, Hamburg, Iowa; and by his sister, Lucille Woodall, Shenandoah, Iowa.
In addition to three children, Jay was also predeceased by his parents, and by six siblings: Josephine, Cora, Ottman, Margaret, Melissa, and Lester David "L.D."
Jay has been cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Glenn Scott. Services are under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home.

Burke, Hollis H. Davenport -

Services were held on Wednes­day, September 6, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax for Hollis H. Burke, Rock Port, Missouri, formerly of Fairfax. Rev. Steve Pinnell officiated. Interment was made in English Grove Cemetery under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Hollis H. (Davenport) Burke, age 84, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2000, at Pleasant View Care Center in Rock Port. She was born on a farm north of Tarkio, Missouri, on October 4, 1915. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairfax. On March 31, 1935, she married David T. Burke. He died July 2, 1996.
In addition to being a mother and housewife, Hollis also established the Dairy Diner in Fairfax in 1955 and operated that business for several years.
Survivors include: a daughter, Joan Bowness, Mound City, Missouri; a son, John Burke, Fairfax; two brothers, Charles Davenport and Owen Davenport, Tarkio; three sisters, Kathryn Ernsting, Hemet, California, Ruth Wennihan, Fairfax, and Eunice Stenburg, Maryville, Missouri; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Hollis was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Janice; a son, Ronald; a grandson, Bradley Burke; her parents, Fred and Mae Davenport; two brothers, Beryl and Earl Davenport; and two sisters, Pearl Lee and infant, Pauline Davenport.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church or to Community Hospital Association, both in Fairfax.

Campbell, Ruby Faye Mackey Asbury Graves -

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, for Ruby Fay Graves Campbell, Fairfax. Pastor Rick Danforth officiated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Ruby Faye Graves Campbell, age 84, was born near Watson, Missouri, on July 11, 1919. She was the daughter of John A. and Mattie E. (Owen) Mackey. Ruby started school in Hamburg, Iowa, and also attended school in Watson. She married Charles Asbury and they were the parents of one son, Richard "Sonny" Asbury. Ruby and Charles later divorced.
In June of 1944, Ruby became the wife of William J. Graves. Mr. Graves had two daughters by a previous marriage, Phyllis and Betty. Mr. Graves passed away in June, 1965. On July 1, 1974, Ruby married Paul F. Campbell and, in 1980, they moved to Mart, Texas, where they resided until 1993 when Paul passed away. Since 1993, Ruby has been a resident of Fairfax.
She is survived by her son, David Graves, and his wife, Gloria, Fairfax; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Bradfield, Fairfax, and Betty Fisher, Gladstone, Missouri; three brothers, Owen Mackey, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Jim and Lloyd Mackey, both of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters, Allie Brown, Hamburg, and Janice Irvine, Rock Port, Missouri; grandsons, Lonnie and Chad Graves, both of Fairfax; and five other grandchildren.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard Asbury; and her husbands, William Graves and Paul Campbell.
For a number of years, Ruby worked for Chamberlain Flower Shop in Rock Port. She also worked for several restaurants in this area and, at one time, owned the Twins Cafe in Forest City, Missouri. Ruby was noted for her cooking ability both at home and in restaurants. Memorials may be directed to the Atchison County First Responders.

Carpenter, Glenn A.

Glenn A. Carpenter, 55, Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth.
Glenn was born in Malone, New York on April 26, 1955 the son of Clarence Hutchins and Jean (Pybus) Carpenter. He graduated from Salmon River Central School in Fort Covington, New York in 1973.
Glenn served from 1973 to 1977 in the United States Navy, served in the Air Force Reserves, and in the Army Reserve Band.
Glenn married Susy Slemons on July 26, 1986 in Fairfax, Missouri. Glenn was a contracting officer with Veterans Administration for 39 years. He retired in December of 2010.
Glenn was a member of Glenn was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth, sang in the Sanctuary Choir and played Bass Trombone in the Brass Ensemble. He was also a member of the New Vintage Big Band and the Leavenworth Community Band. He enjoyed outdoors and landscaping.
Glenn is survived by his wife Susy, son, Ezra, and daughter, Lane, all of the home; one sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Bruce Fegley of Johnstown, New York, one brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Bonnie Carpenter of Norwich, New York, and a niece and nephews. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Helen Carpenter.

There was a private memorial service for the family at the First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth. Memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 5th and Chestnut, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements are through the Davis Funeral Chapel.

Those attending the private memorial service were his wife, Susy, son Ez, daughter, Lane, all of the home; Richard and Peggy Slemons, Fairfax; Steve and JoAnn Slemons, Arvada, Colorado; Joe and Rebecca Longoria, Katy, Texas; Caleb and Jonne Slemons, Chugiak, Alaska; Ty and Gabe Poole, Houston, Texas; Henry and Bonnie Carpenter, Norwich, New York; and Dr. Darren Fegley, Washington, D.C.

Glenn's trombone occupied his empty chair while the other seven members of the church's brass ensemble played "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". The Sanctuary Choir sang "On Eagle's Wings". The Rev. Kevin Hopkins officiated, Cindy White was the organist, Phelba Wecas, pianist and Bob Cowan, brass ensemble.


Chambers, Lois Barlow -

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Denison, Iowa, for Lois E. Chambers of Denison, formerly of Fairfax, Missouri. Reverend Alberta Ervin officiated. Graveside services and burial were held at 2 p.m. at the Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Missouri, under the direction of the Pfannebecker Funeral Home of Denison and Davis Funeral Home of Tarkio. Reverend Glenn Scott officiated at the cemetery.
Lois Chambers, the daughter of Allen and Hallie Beck Barlow, was born March 16, 1908, in Fairfax, Missouri. She was raised in Fairfax, graduating from high school with the class of 1925. She furthered her education at State Teachers' College in Mary­ville, Missouri, now known as Northwest Missouri State University, for two and a half years before receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Tarkio College in Tarkio.
On September 2,1927, Lois was united in marriage with Warren "Mike" Chambers at the Methodist Church in Tarkio. Their union was blessed with one daughter, Linda-Lea.
Lois taught in the Fairfax School System for 18 years before taking time off to raise their daughter. She then returned to teaching grade school, and Junior High History and English, for another 18 years, retiring in 1971.
In addition to her teaching career, Lois was an active member of the Fairfax community where she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years; Fairfax Federated Club; William White Chapter of the D.A.R.; National Teachers' Association; lifetime member of the Missouri Teachers' As­sociation; and was an active member of the Fairfax United Presbyterian Church and the Morning Circle of the United Presbyterian Women.
Warren died on February 20,1989. In 1991, Lois moved to Denison, Iowa, to be near her daughter and family. After moving to Denison, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Morning Circle of the United Methodist Women; Friday Club; Retired Teachers' Association; A.A.U.W. and P.E.O.
In her spare time, Lois enjoyed playing cards in her card clubs, traveling, meeting people and, most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Since June of 2002, Lois had resided at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison and it was there her death occurred Wednesday afternoon, February 1,2006. At the time of her death, she had been blessed with 97 years, 10 months, and 15 days.
Including her parents, and her husband, Warren "Mike" Chambers, Lois was preceded in death by five brothers, Jack Barlow, Allen Barlow, Jr., Gael Barlow, Marvin Barlow, and Leon Barlow.

Those remaining to cherish Lois' memory include her daughter, Linda-Lea and husband, Dennis Marten, of Denison, Iowa; two grandchildren and their spouses, Kelly and Mark Timmerman of Clive, Iowa, and Jay and Dana Marten of Denison; four great­grandchildren, Colin and Sarah Timmerman of Clive, and Jackson and Kennedy Marten of Denison; one brother, Denzel Barlow and wife, Betty, of Clarinda, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Hill, Lois Winona Gomel

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2006, at the Craig Presbyterian Church in Craig, Missouri, for Lois (Gomel) Hill. Interment was made at Tharp Cemetery, Craig, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Craig. Rev. David Seward officiated.
Lois Winona (Gomel) Hill was born on the way to the hospital in St. Joseph on May 14,1942, the daughter of John Louis Gomel and Bertha Baker Moore Gomel. She grew up outside of Craig on the family farm and attended school at Brush College and in Craig. She graduated from East Buchanan High School in St. Joseph and later in life attended college at Missouri Western College in St. Joseph.
Winona passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2006, af the age of 63. Winona was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Clarence L. Moore, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Iona Moore (Vernon) Geib; her children, Valerie Avent, Kathy (Richard) Strieker, Rebecca (Donald) Neemann, Ruth (Daniel) Schmidt, Sherry (Gary) Price, David Hill and John Jason (Pamela) Hill; grandchildren, Ian Avent, Seana Avent Sandridge, Zachariah Strieker, Mariah Strieker, Jesse Strieker, Melinda Strieker Williams, John Joseph Hill, A.J. Price, Garrick Price, Jacob Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt, Jordan Schmidt, Amanda Neemann, Melinda Neemann and Lily Hill. She is also survived by her companion, Daryl Meindl; her honorary son, Gary Boone; and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and several honorary grandchildren.
She married Ray Ralph Hill of Bedford, Iowa in 1957 and they lived on many Air Force bases including Whiteman AFB in Sedalia, Missouri, Bruegan RAF base in Germany, and Beale AFB in Marysville, California. She also lived in Los Angeles, Des Moines, and Billings, Montana, before returning to Craig in 1975. She worked as a waitress for most of her life but also held jobs in various factories, ran a gas station in Craig, and had been a long haul truck driver for the last 13 years of her life traveling all over the country. She was a voracious reader and an uncoventional and independent spirit who dearly loved her family and a good argument. She could talk the ear off a horse and enjoyed conversing with people and drinking coffee all around the country.


Coit, Bob F.

Bob F. Coit, 92, of Rock Port, Missouri, passed away August 18, 2015. He was born May 8,1923, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Caskey F. and Opal (Burgess) Coit. Mr. and Mrs. Coit, Bob and his sister Darlene lived in Kansas City until Bob was 13 years old when they moved to Atchison, Kansas.
Bob attended school in Atchison. He was active in sports, especially football, and graduated from Atchison High School in 1942.
On March 1, 1943, he entered the United States Navy. Bob served aboard the U.S.S. Hamlin AV15 during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. During his service on this ship he participated in amphibious operations against the islands of Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Bob was honorably discharged from the Navy on December 14, 1945.
On November 17, 1947, he became the husband of Ella Nora Vodrey. When Bob married Ella Nora, he also gained a daughter, Diane. On January 15, 1953, the family gained another daughter, Barbara.
While the family lived in Kansas City Bob managed a service station and also had traveled as a representative for an oil company. Bob began work for Rock Port Oil Company in 1962 and the family moved to Rock Port in 1964.

Bob was a member of North Star Lodge #157 A.F. & A.M. and the Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49, both of Rock Port.
Bob lost his wife on December 30, 2004, and in 2009 he became a resident at Pleasant View Care Center where he was treated like family by the staff.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Diane Lipham, Rock Port, and Barbara (Jim) Schooler, Fairfax, Missouri; his grandchildren, Kristie (Kent) Haynes, Kelly (Kevin) Conant, Rob Lipham, Audra (Steve) Stockwell, Beverly (Chris) King, Bill Hecker, Chris (Kris) Schooler, and Heath Schooler; 17 great­grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ella Nora, his sister and brother-in-law LaVaughn and Darlene Durham, and a great-grandson Clayton Haynes.
Graveside services were held Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Mount Moriah Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri, conducted by Ron Hunter. Full military honors were conducted by the United States Navy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob's name may be made to Friends of the Animal Shelter, 701 Lower Lake Road, St. Joseph, MO 64504.
Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.


DeFarkas, Faye Edna Bogard

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at Warner Chapel, Spencer, Iowa, for Faye Bogard DeFarkas. Pastor Tom Dettmer officiated. Interment was made in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, on Wednesday, August 7, 2002, with Rev. Jim Gordon officiating. Services were under the direction of Warner Funeral Home, Spencer.
Faye Edna Bogard DeFarkas, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer. Faye, the daughter of Lenta Linzy and Pearl Edna Walker Bogard, was born January 23, 1911, in Mendon, Missouri. Her family moved to Fairfax in 1919, and it was here she received her early education, graduating from Fairfax High School. Faye received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, as well as attending graduate classes at the University of Mexico, the University of Washington and the University of Delaware. Faye was a member of Sigma Sigma Sorority. She taught school in New Mexico, Iowa, St. Louis, Missouri, four years in South America and 14 years in Newark, Delaware.
Faye married Tibor Paul DeFarkas on April 1,1942, in Caracas, Venezuela, South America. Following their marriage they lived in Caracas before moving to Elmhurst, Long Island, New York. They later moved to Rome, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland, before returning to the United States where they made their home in Darien, Connecticut.
Following her husband's death, Faye moved to Spencer in 1980, where she has since made her home. Her interests included traveling, collecting horseshoes and keeping abreast of financial and world affairs.
Faye is survived by one son and his wife, Charles and Laura DeFarkas, Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters and their husbands, Beth and Bill Kramer and Kathe and Chuck Gass, all of Spencer; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Charles, Christopher, Alexandra and Hannah DeFarkas, Chris and Julia, Kimberly, J.P. and Kara and Megan Kramer, Jeff and Melissa Gass, and Kimberly and John Gass Mueller; five great-grandchildren, Joth and Julia Gass, Annika and Gavin Mueller and Elle Kramer; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Maud Leora Prettyman and Mildred Elizabeth McKinney; and one great-granddaughter, Dominique Mueller.


Dougherty, Gerald M. "Jerry" -

Graveside services and burial were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2004, at I. O.O.F. Cemetery near Craig, Missouri, for Gerald M. "Jerry" Dougherty, Fairfax. Rev. Robert DenOuden officiated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Jerry was born February 11, 1944, on a farm south of Craig, Missouri. He was the youngest son of Clarence and Thelma (Miller) Dougherty.
He attended Corning Elementary School and Fairfax junior and senior high schools, graduating in 1962.
Jerry attended Missouri Western Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University, where he received a B.S. degree in Psychology and General Business. He also continued with graduate
studies in Psychology at Central Missouri State University and Northwest Missouri State University.
Jerry had been employed by the state of Missouri for almost 30 years. Most of that time had been spent with the Missouri Division of Family Services and the Missouri Division of Aging in Mound City, Missouri. At the time of his death, he was retired. Jerry was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Corning, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by two brothers, Cyril and Robert Dougherty. Jerry is survived by a brother, Herman, of St. Joseph, Missouri; and by several cousins.


Dunham, Margaret Irene Tuttle -

Graveside memorial services and inurnment were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Center Grove Cemetery in Westboro, Missouri, for Margaret Irene Dunham of Westboro. Pastor Rich Pearson officiated. Services were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Tarkio.
Margaret Irene Dunham, age 75, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2000, at her home near Westboro. She was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on April 10, 1925, the daughter of Hazel (Ghilcrist) and Royal L. Tuttle. She graduated from high school in Norway, Iowa, in 1942, and from Iowa State University in 1946 with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. For a short time, she taught Home Economics at Norway High School.
On June 1, 1947, Margaret was united in marriage to Dr. Robert Dunham at the St. Paul's Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids. While Dr. Dunham was in the service, Margaret worked as a bacteriologist in the 2nd Army Area Medical Laboratory at Fort Mead, Maryland. They moved to Westboro in 1948 where Dr. Dunham began his veterinary practice, retiring in 1988.

Margaret dedicated herself to her family and her community as she served faithfully her church and numerous civic activities including the Westboro United Methodist Church, Westboro School Board, Atchison County Welfare Committee, the Atchison County Museum Board, and, for 20 years, on the Atchison County Health Board. After retirement she and Dr. Dunham enjoyed traveling extensively and visiting many areas throughout the world. When time permitted, reading was a special enjoyment


Dunkle, Floyd David -

Memorial services were held on Friday, April 30,2004, at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Tacoma, Washington, for Floyd Dunkle, Tacoma. Interment was made in Mountain View Cemetery, Tacoma.
Floyd Dunkle was born January 27, 1923, in Sheridan, Missouri, living most of his life in Tacoma. He passed away on Monday, April 26, 2004, having lived a full life. Floyd chose to leave with dignity, after complications from a mild stroke.
Floyd is remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Floyd served in WWII, retiring from the Air Force, and later retiring from Boeing.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Dorothy, Tacoma; two sisters, Lucille Winstead and Maxine Bargman, both of Rock Port, Missouri; 11 children and stepchildren; 15 grandchildren; nine great­grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
Floyd is preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia; a son, Randy; a stepson, Tim Ferguson; four brothers, Marvin, Harold, George and Fred; and by six sisters, Mae Rowe, Blanche Neely, Florence Hindman, Ellen Swinehart, Fern Ball, and Irene Davis.


Dunkle, Rita Faye Hayes - Rita Faye Dunkle, 80, of Loveland, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Pathways Hospice Care Center in Loveland.
Rita was born in Willow Springs, Missouri, on October 17, 1935, to Loyd and Ora Hayes. She grew up in Fairfax, Missouri, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1953. After graduation, she attended the Missouri Methodist School of Nursing, obtaining her RN license. She immediately went to work at the Fairfax Hospital from 1956-1960.
She met the love of her life, Marvin Dunkle, while growing up in Fairfax. Following their graduation from high school, they were married on January 19, 1957.
After settling in Loveland for the second time in 1963, Rita went to work as an RN at both Sierra Vista and North Shore Manner Nursing Homes, working the swing shift so she could manage the household during the day. After retiring from nursing, she worked part-time in a pet store, which began her passion for birds and fish.
Rita enjoyed several hobbies throughout her life, including crocheting, cross stitching, maintaining a beautiful yard and raising lovebirds. Rita and Marv were life partners, enjoying weekly card games with close friends and card games and dominoes with family, where everyone would gang up on Grandma (Rita), because she always seemed to win the majority of the time. Rita and Marv loved supporting their children and grandchildren through recreation, club and high school sports. Rita took great pride in keeping her grandchildren a couple days a week while they were growing up. She wanted her grandchildren to know their Grandma and Grandpa. In their later years of retirement, Rita and Marv took to “The Hills”, enjoying their days and some nights in Black Hawk and Central City, becoming one of the regular locals.
Rita is survived by her husband, Marvin of Loveland; son, David J. and wife Janna; daughter, Rhonda Gorham and husband David, all of Loveland; five grandchildren, Brittanny Wiens (Tyson) of Erie, Courtney Costa (Aaron) of Johnstown, Justin Gorham, Brooklyn Dunkle and Braden Dunkle, all of Loveland; three great-grandchildren, Brielle, Tessa and Jayce; three brothers, J.E. Hayes, Jerry Hayes and Paul Hayes; two sisters, Cleta Lawrence and Charlotte Miller; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Ora Hayes, and a sister, Francis Dunkle.
Cremation has been completed. Private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to Pathways Hospice or Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. Hwy 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.


Edwards, Alfred - A memorial service was held on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at Schooler Funeral Home in Fairfax, Missouri, for Alfred R. Edwards of Craig, Missouri. Inurnment will be made held at a later date at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Craig. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.

Alfred R. Edwards, 79, passed away at his home on Friday,January 14, 2011. Alfred was a native of the Craig community. He was a graduate of Craig High School. Alfred had served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Margaret Edwards; one brother, Duane Edwards; and one sister, Juanita Quimby.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanie, of their home; children, Alan Edwards, Bryon Edwards, Linda Shepard, Carna Weissbeck, and Cathy Campbell; step­children, Jim Stoner, Mark Stoner, Jack Stoner, Ronnie Stoner, John Stoner and Annie Bomar; one brother, Jim Edwards; two sisters, Doris Twyman and Joyce Swinford; 26 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the athletic department at Craig R-III Schools.


Edwards, Patricia Ann Fletcher -

Patricia Ann Edwards was born February 3, 1937, in Fairfax, Missouri, the oldest daughter of Zenith S. "Pete" Fletcher and Hattie Eunice (Powell) Fletcher. Pat grew up in Fairfax and attended school there, graduating from high school in 1956.
She became the wife of Alfred R. Edwards and they later divorced.
Pat had lived in Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked for Hallmark Cards. In 1972 she moved to To-peka, Kansas, and became employed by the State of Kansas, where she worked as a dietician. Pat retired as dietary manager at Kansas Neurological   Institute in 1999. Over the years, Pat held several positions in the Kansas Dietary Managers Association, including district secretary and district president.
After a period of declining health, she died June 26, 2016, at Aldersgate Village Care facility in Topeka.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Carolyn Warmington.
She is survived by sons: Alan and wife Deanna of Rogers, Arkansas, and Bryon and wife Cindy of San Marcos, California; daughters: Carna and husband Patrick Weissbeck, and Linda Shepherd, all of Topeka, Kansas. Pat is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Lukas, Quentin, Jessica, Danielle, Dustin, Chelsey, Ryon, Kaley, Joshua and Justin, and by great-grandchildren: Briley, Hadley, Creighton, Ellee, Vayda, Avery, Buelyn and Rixton.
Pat enjoyed antique shopping and several arts and crafts. She especially enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Elaine Loggi.
Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.

Elkins, Wallace W. "Wally" -

Wallace W. "Wally" Elkins was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 31, 1943. He grew up and attended school there also.
After high school, Wally enlisted in the United States Army and served three years a a military policeman. Upon completion of his Army enlistment, Wally worked as a probation officer for Los Angeles County.
On September 6,1992, he married Jeanetta Parsons. The family has been living in the Fairfax community since 1991 when they moved here to be near Wally's mother and stepfather, Clarissa and Donald Monroe. For several years, Wally and Jeanetta operated an antique store in Fairfax, Missouri.
After several years of failing health, Wally passed away on November 15, 2011, at Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care in Tarkio, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanetta, of the home; his mother, Clarissa Monroe of Chicago, Illinois; a stepson, Daniel Herrington of Tarkio; two half-brothers: Terry Monroe of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jerry Monroe of California; and a half-sister, Lonnie Lauger of Chicago. Wally is also survived by a grandon, Aidan.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at the Fairfax Bap­tist Church, conducted by Rev. Andy Braams. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church. Services are under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.


Emrick, Marie Hoffman

Marie Emrick, 98, Fairfax, Missouri, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at Tiffany Heights Care Center in Mound City, Missouri. Mrs. Emrick was a native of Mahaska, Kansas, but had lived in Fairfax most of her life.
Survivors include: daughters, Sharon (Gary) Davis, Dataw Island, South Carolina, Karen (Melvin) Rogers, Fairfax, and Gail (Ed) Roberts, Harrisonville, Missouri; son, Harold Emrick, Somerset, California; sister, Lucyle Benne, Mound City; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; daughter, Dayle Ingerson; sister, Sara Gene Hoffman; and brothers, Harold Hoff­man and Norris Hoffman.
Mrs. Emrick has been cremated under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Evans, Jerry D. "J.D." - Jerry D. "J.D." Evans, the son of Eugene and Edna (Vogler) Evans, was born June 20, 1931, in Fairfax, Missouri. J.D. attended school in Rural Fairfax and Fairfax High School.

In 1950, J.D. was united in marriage to Evelyn D. Taylor in Fairfax, Missouri. To this union, four children were born, Kim, Stephen, Reed and Rocky. They later divorced. In 1980, J.D. was united in marriage to Kay Volker. They later divorced. J.D. spent twenty years with his special friend, Betty Zebell.

J.D. was employed by Sly and Carter as a truck driver for many years. For seventeen years, he was employed by M.B.P., before moving to Wichita, Kansas, where he worked for M.B.P. Excel. In 1993, he moved back to Tarkio and continued working as a truck driver. J.D. passed away March 14, 2012, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, at the age of 80.

J.D. attended the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed camping at the river and visiting with friends.

Besides his parents, J.D. is preceded in death by one brother, Albert Evans and his special friend, Betty Zebell. Survivors include four sons, Kim Evans, Watson, Missouri, Stephen Evans and wife, Rhonda, Tarkio, Reed Evans, Watson and Rocky Evans and wife, Jamie, Rock Port, Missouri; three grandsons, Mark Evans, Watson, Dane Evans, Tarkio and Bryan Evans, Rock Port; one granddaughter, Jodie Evans, Rock Port and sister-in-law, Martha Evans, Peoria, Illinois.

Graveside Service and Interment: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 18, 2012, English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M., Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Memorials: J.D. Evans Memorial Fund
Online obituaries and condolences at
Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.


Farmer, Loretta June Close

Loretta June Farmer, age 71, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015, at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. Loretta was born August 25, 1943 in Maryville, Missouri, the daughter of John and Mary Close. She grew up on a farm near Fairfax, Missouri, and attended Daleview elementary school, Fairfax High School and college in Maryville, Missouri.
After moving to Denver, Colorado with her family, Loretta started and managed a Title business successfully for many years throughout the Denver metro area.
Loretta and her husband Larry enjoyed participating in charitable marathon bike rides to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other charities. They were active participants in many civic events, including the annual Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Loretta was full of life and brought joy to all she encountered. She enjoyed biking, traveling and exercising. Her greatest happiness was spending time playing with her grandchildren, family and friends.
Her spirit is carried on by her husband, Larry Durkee; son, Scott Farmer and wife Kim; grandchildren, Makena and Max; siblings: Mary Ellen Clapper, Bonnie Gerard and husband Jim, Steve Close and wife Peggy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life service was held Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home in Denver, Colorado.


Frankenfield, James R. -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2003, at Baue Chapel of Wentzville, Missouri, for James R. Frankenfield, Foristell, Missouri. Graveside service and interment were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2003, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Baue Funeral Home, Wentzville.
James R. Frankenfield, age 80, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 17, 2003. He was born on March 23,1923, in Freeport, Illinois. James retired from the Warner-Jenkinson Company after 35 years as a salesman. He served in the United States Army from November 27,1942, to October 22,1945. James was a member of the United Methodist Church of O'Fallon, Missouri.
Survivors included his wife, Margaret I. Frankenfield, of the home in Foristell; daughter, Laurie A. Yocum and husband, Phil, Fairfax; son, James S. Frankenfield, Foristell; brother, Robert M. Frankenfield and wife, Goldie, Garner, North Carolina; sister, Alice Pelay and husband, George, Columbus, Ohio; granddaughters, Amanda and Crystal Yocum; grandson, James S. Franken­field; dear uncle and great uncle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Alice Mae Frankenfield. Memorials may be directed to the BJC Hospice and BJC Home Health Care in care of Baue Funeral Home, 1575 West Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, Missouri, 68385.


Gaines, Karen Kay Franklin - Karen Kay (Franklin) Gaines, age 76, daughter of Thomas and Wilma (Mather) Franklin, was born on October 1, 1938 in Fairfax, MO. She passed away February 24, 2015 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, MO.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gene Gaines. Karen is survived by her two children, son Tom and daughter Kay, as well as four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.     

Karen grew up in the Fairfax, MO area and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1956. She married Gene Gaines on January 10, 1957 and to this union two children were born.     

Karen attended Clara Baptist Church in Houston. She enjoyed attending church and always brought friends with her to attend.      

Karen spent 40+ years working at Texas County Memorial Hospital where she retired from as the Medical Records Director. She continued her dedication to TCMH by becoming an Auxiliary member and eventually served as an officer. She also became active in the Houston Senior Citizen organization serving on their board.     

Karen was a sports fanatic. She carried her love of basketball from her high school days as a player, to the courts watching her grandsons play the game. Anyone who knew Karen knew if there was a sports activity of any kind going on in Houston, she would be there cheering on any one of her grandchildren or just cheering for the Houston Tigers in general. If not attending a game, there would always be a game on her television or she would watch them online. She travelled literally all over the nation as a bowler, attending the national bowling competitions, receiving recognition for attending 35 years in a row and continued to be an avid bowler locally and nationally.     

Karen loved her family and she loved nothing more than being surrounded by them. Her son Tom was the apple of her eye and her daughter Kay and grandsons Weston and Kolby were her pride and joy. Karen was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed, but the realization she is with her husband and all others gone before her is comforting.


Gilbert, Robin Jean Ewens -

Robin Jean Gilbert was born December 26, 1959, to Robert and Shelby Ewens. She passed away on Wednes­day, May 2, 2012, at Pleas­ant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri, at the age of 52.
Robin was a Methodist preacher's kid (a PK) all of her life; therefore, she has lived in many towns in Mis­souri. She graduated from Raytown High School in 1978.
Robin married John Edgar Gilbert III in 1986 at Mt. Calvary Methodist Church. Two children, John Edgar Gilbert IV and Mary . Kathline Gilbert, were born to this union.
Robin worked for Carriage and Motor Works in Kansas City, Kansas, for three years, and the Kansas City Police Department was a warrant officer for three years. She also served as a bonded courier for several years.
Robin moved to Fairfax, Missouri, 19 years ago to settle with her children. Being a city girl, it was quite a change to settle into small town living, but she loved it. She took to it like a duck takes to water, as her grandfather would say.
Robin loved being involved with her children. She was a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H mom, and a Red Dawg supporter. She traveled all over mid-America to watch John play wheelchair basketball.
For a brief time, Robin worked in Rock Port as a 911 dispatcher, and loved that job. After eye surgery, however, she returned home to take care of her children.
In 2006, Robin embarked on a new mission she had a great passion for - writing letters and being a pen pal to soldiers in the military. She was a very loving person, and shared her love with so many. Many soldiers looked forward to each and every letter.
Many teenagers in this area turned to Robin for love and support when they didn't feel they had anywhere else to turn. John and Mary's friends always called Robin "mom" and were always respectful to her. They loved to gather around, and told John and Mary, "Your mom is so cool."
Robin was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents; one aunt; and her sister, Roshell. She is survived by her son, John Edgar Gilbert IV and wife, Whitney, Columbia, Missouri; her daughter, Mary Kathline Gilbert, Fairfax; her parents, the Reverend Robert and Shelby Ewens of Lathrop, Missouri; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; best friend, Kathy BeBout; and a host of friends. She will be missed dearly.
Services were held Friday, May 4, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Roger Cary. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date at Washington Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home of Fairfax. Memorials may be directed to the Robin Gilbert Memorial Fund in care of Schooler Funeral Home, P.O. Box 139, Fairfax, MO 64446.

Graves, Josephine "Josie" Altamura -

Josephine "Josie" Graves, 91, of Des Moines, Iowa, and formerly of Fairfax, Missouri, died at a care facility in Des Moines on July 19, 2016.
Josie was born January 1, 1925, in Naples, Italy. She was the oldest of five children born to Ciro and Maria (Seritelli) Altamura. Josie grew up in Naples and attended school there. During World War II the family suffered because of the occupation of different armed forces, food shortages, and bombings. On December 27, 1945, Josie became the wife of Sgt. Winston Graves of the United States Army.
After the war Mr. and Mrs. Graves made their home in Fairfax. Shortly after the hospital was completed in Fairfax, Josie began working there. Eventually, she became a certified laboratory technologist. She continued in this employment until retirement. Mr. Graves passed away on June 3,1981.
In 1983 Josie relocated to the Des Moines, Iowa, area to be closer to her daughters. While living in Des Moines, Josie worked as a seamstress and tailor at two different shops. After a period of declining health, she passed away on July 19, 2016.
Survivors include: son Robert (Donna) Graves, of Apache Junction, Arizona; daughters Teresa Gilland, Clive, Iowa, and Sue (companion Mike Markey), Indianola, Iowa; nine grandchildren; eleven great­grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Carmen Altamura, Naples, Italy; and sister-in-law Margaret Graves of Fairfax.
The family received friends at the Schooler Funeral Home on July 21. A graveside service was conducted by Father Peter Ullrich, O.S.B. at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery on July 22, 2016.

Grubb, Dorothy R. Martin

Dorothy R. Grubb, 89, of Fairfax, Missouri, passed away July 16, 2015, at Community Hospital-Fairfax.
She was born February 28, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Ruth (Smith) Martin. While Dorothy was still a young child, the family moved to Atchison County, Missouri. She attended school in Tarkio, Missouri, and graduated from Tarkio High School.
On December 28, 1944, Dorothy married Dale Grubb. They lived on a farm east of Tarkio after Dale returned from military service in World War II. In 1952 they purchased a farm west of Fairfax, and lived there until 1970, when they built a home in Fairfax.
Dorothy and Dale were members of the Fairfax Baptist Church. Dorothy played the piano and organ for the church for over 50 years, during which time she played for numerous funerals and weddings.
Dorothy was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Chatterspin Club, and the Sorosis Club, all of Fairfax.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Dale E. Grubb, in 2002.
Her survivors include: her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stephen and Dawn Grubb of Little River, South Carolina; a grandson, Zachary Grubb of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; a granddaughter, Stephanie and her husband Matt Caragher of Charlotte, North Carolina; and by many friends.
Funeral services were held July 19, 2015, at the Fairfax Baptist Church in Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Andy Braams.
Interment was at Home Cemetery, Tarkio.
Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Baptist Church Building Fund.
Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.


Harbin, Charles Edward -

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2000, at Davis Funeral Home in Tarkio for Charles Edward Harbin of Rock Port, Missouri. Reverend Glenn Scott officiated. Interment was made in Tarkio Home Cemetery in Tarkio.
Charles Edward Harbin, age 82, passed away Saturday, September 2,2000, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port. He was born April 14, 1918, in Tarkio to Effie (Fox) and Arthur Harbin. He attended school in the Tarkio area.
On April 14,1963, Charlie was united in marriage to Hazel Delia Lyons. They lived in the communities of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Westboro, Fairfax, Dotham and Tarkio, Missouri. He worked for several area farmers in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. Charlie had carried water for the Missouri Highway Department, worked as a foreman for Interstate Nurseries of Hamburg, Iowa, mowed several cemeteries and, in the early 1980's, worked for Northwest Missouri Grave Service.
Delia passed away on December 10, 1993. Charlie continued to enjoy hunting, fishing, working out-of-doors, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include: one daughter, Becky Harbin, Tarkio; and three grandchildren, Blake, Kristen and Kara. Besides his parents and wife, Delia, Charlie was preceded in death by two sisters, Kay Husing and Beaulah McMillion.

Memorials may be directed to the employee break room at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, or to the Charlie Harbin Memorial Fund, c/o Davis Funeral Home in Tarkio


Harmes, Wilfred L. "Tuffy" -

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 20,2004, at the United Methodist Church, Fairfax, Missouri, for Wilfred L. "Tufty" Harmes, Fairfax. Reverend Judy Voss officiated. Interment was made in English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Wilfred Lee Harmes was born on August 28, 1921, in rural Fairfax, Missouri, to Dollie and Fred Harmes. He enjoyed the life of a farm boy, earning his nickname "Tuffy", with his brother, Laverne, and the neighborhood children. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1939.
Wilfred joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as an instructor, flew as a bombardier and a navigator and developed a love of flying that he enjoyed the rest of his life. In 1945, he married Kathleen Donelson, the love of his life, and the young couple happily began their 58-year marriage together on the family farm northwest of Fairfax. He was involved as a member or officer of the National Farmers' Organization, the English Grove Cemetery Association, and the local MFA. He was an active member of the Fairfax United Methodist Church. He and Kathleen raised their children, Bill and Nita, in faith. He was active as a farmer for over 60 years, a profession that he loved as much as life itself. Wilfred enjoyed his friends and family every day until the Lord called him home February 16, 2004.
Wilfred is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Nita Harmes of Gladstone, Missouri; two grandsons, Robert and Michael, a granddaughter, Annie, and a daughter-in-law, Pat Harmes, all of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; and his sister, Donna Kay Ray of Fairfax. He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene Laverne; an infant daughter, Cecelia May; and his son, William Frederick Harmes. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax United Methodist Church, or to the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department.

Harris, Robert -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 9,2001, at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel in Boone, Iowa, for Robert Harris of Boone, a former resident of Tarkio, Missouri. Reverend Dr. Norman Haupt officiated. Burial, with military honors conducted by the Boone Veterans' Council, was in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.
Robert Harris, age 69, passed away Friday, January 5, 2001, at his home in Boone of renal failure. He was born July 18, 1931, in Holt County, Missouri, to Dora (Fuller) and Norvel Harris. He was married to Kathryn "Kitty" Duffield in Maryville, Missouri, on November 19, 1951.
Robert served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. In earlier years, he worked in the maintenance department at the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. He then was a truck driver for Fareway Stores, Inc., for more than 34 years, retiring in 1996. He received a 25-year accident-free driving award from Fareway Stores.
Robert was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose 104 and the B.P.O. Elks 563. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kitty, on December 9, 2000; one brother, Kennith E. Harris of Tarkio; and one sister, Lilly Irvine of Burlington Junction, Missouri.

Survivors include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Don and Nora Harris and Ron Harris, all of Boone; two daughters, Yvonne Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, and Brenda Harris of Boone; five grandchildren; three great­grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Rachel Harris of Boone and Norvel, Jr., and Betty Harris of Springfield, MO; and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Jeanie and Ed Shores of Skidmore, MO, Dor­othy Mitchell of Tarkio, and Joyce Tunnell of Rock Port, MO. Memorials may be given to the family to be used at their discretion.


Herron, Clayton Matthias -

Private family funeral services and burial were held for Clayton Matthias Herron of Rock Port, Missouri. Interment was made in Grange Hall Cemetery in Rock Port under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel of Rock Port.
Clayton Matthias Herron was stillborn Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the son of Crystal Diana (Douglass) and Todd Robert Herron of Rock Port.

Survivors include Clayton's parents of the home in Rock Port; paternal grandparents, Linda and Russell Herron, also of Rock Port; maternal grandparents, Margaruite and Dick Brand, Loomis, Nebraska, and Barbe and Dennis Douglass of Grand Island, Nebraska; paternal great-grandparents, Dorthea and Robert Herron, Rock Port, and Charlene Steele of Rock Port; maternal great-grandparents, Jean and Delmer Brand of Bertrand, Nebraska; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorials may be directed to the Clayton Herron Memorial Fund.


Ireland, Donna Lea Graves -

Donna Lea (Graves) Ireland was born Oct. 14, 1944 in Maryville, to James P. Graves and Geraldean L. (Taylor) Graves. She grew up on her family’s farm near Milton, with her elder sister, Kay, and first cousin and neighbor, Betty.   As one of the three “Graves girls,” Donna sang with Kay and Betty at church and social gatherings during her childhood and spent carefree summers playing on the farm and riding horses and bicycles. She was also expected to do her share of daily family chores and she developed a very strong work ethic, which she carried with her throughout her life.

Donna attended school in Corning and Fairfax, before graduating from Fairfax High School in 1962, where she excelled in basketball and chorus.

Donna married Emerson Wayne Ireland in 1963, with whom she had two sons, Jim in 1964, and J.C. in 1972, and one daughter, Marlo, in 1974. In the late 1960s, Donna also worked both as a licensed cosmetologist and a nurse’s aide at Community Hospital – Fairfax and St. Mary’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Upon settling with her family in Richmond, Donna continued her life’s work as a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Outside of the family home, Donna provided care to her father in Fairfax before his death in 1978, and contributed toward the smooth operation of her husband’s medical practice in Richmond for many years.

In later life, Donna maintained a second family home in Lake of the Ozarks, before relocating with her husband to Fairfax to help care for her mother, who died in 2010. In Fairfax, Donna found fulfillment as a grandmother of four and an active member of the Fairfax Christian Church. She also enjoyed spending her afternoons with friends at the Daybreak Café, occasionally delivering flowers for her cousin, Kay Graves, and attending local social and charity events – all while maintaining a beautiful home and devoting herself to her husband and providing care for her mother.

Throughout her life, Donna was well known for her tremendous warmth and wit. Her exuberant personality, her sly and playful sense of humor, and her infectious laughter secured her a lifelong circle of friends. Donna was also graced with remarkable beauty, style and poise, for which she will long be remembered as well.

After a courageous years-long struggle with lymphoma, Donna died of complications from her illness Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Wayne Ireland; her son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Tammy Ireland, of Liberty; her son, Dr. J.C. Ireland, of Lee’s Summit; her daughter, Marlo Ireland, of Holt; grandchildren, Zachary Ireland, of Sterling, Colo., Shane, Connor and Alison Ireland, of Lee’s Summit; her sister, Kay Rosenbohm, Fairfax; nephew

John-Christopher Thomas, of San Francisco, Calif.; cousin, Betty Wennihan, of Fairfax; along with many members of the extended family and many friends. 

Memorial Services are 1 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at Fairfax Christian Church, Fairfax, Memorials may be made to Milton Cemetery c/o Kay Rosenbohm, 21992 State Highway Z, Fairfax, MO 64446.


Ivy, Frances Golden

Graveside services were held on Thursday, September 28, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Tarkio Home Cemetery, Tarkio, Missouri, for C. Frances Ivy of Fairfax. Rev. Allan Bash officiated. Interment was made in Tarkio Home Cemetery under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
C. Frances Ivy, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2000. She was born near Bigelow, Missouri, on October 27,1913, to Bessie (McCoy) and Bert Golden. Her early years were spent living in the Holt County area, where she attended rural schools. Frances' mother died when she was 13 years old and the family moved near Fairfax where her father worked on various farms.
Frances worked in and managed various restaurants. On February 16, 1948, she became the wife of Donald B. Ivy and they lived on farms in the Tarkio and Westboro, Missouri areas, as well as the Blanchard, Iowa, area.
Later the Ivys moved to Montgomery City, Missouri, and established their home there. Mr. Ivy passed away on March 17, 1982. Frances moved back to Fairfax later that year to live with her sister, Pauline, and she had been a resident of Fairfax since that time.
Frances is survived by her brother, Charles Golden, and wife, Helen, Fairfax. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her stepmother, Pansy Foltz Golden; and her sister, Pauline Bryant.


Johnson, Jesse E. -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Fairfax Baptist
Church, Fairfax, Missouri, for Jesse E. Johnson, Fairfax. Reverend Steve Suttill officiated. Interment was made in the English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Jess was born in Syracuse, Nebraska, to Sam and Stella (Jennings) Johnson. He was one of a family of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. The family moved to the Watson, Missouri, area and later to the Elkdale neighborhood, southeast of Fairfax, and Jess grew up in these areas. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1949. Jess passed away on Monday, March 24, 2003, at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri, at the age of 71.
For a number of years, Jess was employed by the Melvin Oil Co. and he later purchased its service station in Fairfax, operating it for several years. He also purchased the Ireland Feed Store and operated it for three years. During most of his adult life, Jess also engaged in farming and, for the past several years, he had worked on the farm with his nephew, Gary.
Jess was a member of the Fairfax Baptist Church and the Fairfax Masonic Lodge #483. His children were a top priority and he loved all of them very much.
Jess is survived by two sons, Danny Johnson of Westphalia, Missouri, and Jake Johnson of Fairfax; by two daughters, Rhonda Montgomery of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Sarah Johnson of Fairfax; by six grandchildren, Clint, Mike and Carrie Johnson, and Kyle, Craig and Chad Montgomery; and by three brothers, Gilbert and DeWayne, both of Fairfax, and Dean of Mound City, Missouri.

Jess was preceded in death by his parents; by a daughter, Jessica; by a brother, Virgil; and by three sisters, Edith Drake, Ruby Holmes and Lois Hinkle. Memorials may be directed to the Jessica Johnson Scholarship Fund.


Johnson, Virginia "Jenny" Meador -
Virginia L. "Jenny" Meador was born on September 30, 1923, to Maggie Meador in Irvington, Kentucky. She passed away May 2, 2012, at Tarkio Rehabilitation & Health Care, Tarkio, Missouri, at the age of 88 years, seven months, two days.
Jenny spent her early years with her grandparents helping work with tobacco farming.
In her early teenage years, her uncle, a Presbyterian minister, was assigned to Watson, Missouri. His niece moved with him. It was at this time that Jenny met a handsome younger man named Gilbert Johnson. They were married on April 20, 1943 at Gil's parents' house in Watson. In February of 1944 they welcomed a son, Sam, into the world.
When Gilbert's parents, Sam and Stella, bought a farm east of Fairfax, the family moved with them. Gil got a job in Fairfax as a blacksmith, and Jenny helped on the farm by cooking, canning and helping raise Gil's three younger brothers. They moved to town and in 1956 they welcomed a daughter, Jane. Jenny worked at many jobs in Fairfax. She ironed clothes for others in her home, worked at Pearce's Hatchery, and was a cook and waitress. She worked at the hospital as a cleaning person and cleaned houses for many people in Fairfax.
Jenny loved her church and held many offices. She had two very special ministries that were dear to her heart. She served as the head of the funeral dinner committee from 1975 to 2005 and she loved to go to church camp with the kids, where she cooked meals for the entire camp.
Jenny influenced so many lives by her love and caring for people and the community.
She is survived by her son, Sam and wife, Sharon Johnson, Edmond, Oklahoma; her daughter, Jane and husband, Ron Conard, Fairfax; brother, Paul Hubbard, Tarkio; sister, Kathrin Bassett. Louisville, Kentucky; grandsons: Craig Johnson (Annie), Edmond, Oklahoma; Jeff Johnson (Tina), Monett, Missouri; Brad Conard, Bolivar, Missouri; and Brian Conard (Amy), Lebanon, Missouri; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday, May 7, 2012, at the English Grove Cemetery near Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Tom Beutler. Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Baptist Church Kitchen Fund.


Jones, Darrell L. -

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2000, at the Fairfax Baptist Church for Darrell L. Jones, Tarkio, Missouri, formerly of Fairfax. Rev. Don Barnett officiated. Interment was made in English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Darrell L. Jones, age 78, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2000. Darrell was born on December 23, 1921, in the Irish Grove community, the son of Ella C. (Corum) and Isaac E. Jones. He passed away at the Integrated Health Services of Tarkio, Missouri.
Darrell grew up in Atchison County, Missouri, and attended school at Irish Grove, Daleview and graduated from Tarkio High School in Tarkio in 1939. On December 31,1942, he married Virginia Fern Barnett. They made their home around the Fairfax area and were the parents of five children.
After serving in the Army Corp during WWII, Darrell began farming and being a substitute rural mail carrier for a number of years. He retired as Postmaster of the Fairfax Post Office after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, 33rd KCCH Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, American Legion, 40 & 8, and First Baptist Church of Fairfax.
Darrell is survived by three sons, Gary L. Jones, Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Richard D. Jones, Fairfax, and James L. Jones, Mount Vernon, Missouri; two daughters, Marilyn K. Reed, Fairfax, and Kathryn A. Deckard, Marshfield, Missouri; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Herman, Clarence, Loren and Wayne; and three sisters, Hallie Jones, Eva Jones and Lulu Harmon. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to IHS of Tarkio.


Keeling, James Leslie -

James Leslie (J.L.) Keeling, 64, died Sunday, October 1, 2000, at his home in Littleton, Colorado. Born in Craig, Missouri, August 2, 1936, he was the son of Jimmy and Aileen (Wright) Keeling.
J.L. was a graduate of Craig High School and a member of the Craig Presbyterian Church. On September 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Henson at the Fairfax Methodist Church in Fairfax. They moved to Denver, Colorado, where J.L. was accepted into an apprenticeship for plumbing. He worked for Bell Plumbing and Heating from 1954-1986. He retired after being diagnosed with COPD.
J.L. was on continuous transtracheal oxygen for 14 years. While being an oxygen user, he was an active patient advocate for new oxygen technologies and positively influenced hundreds of oxygen patients across the country. J.L. was also featured at several medical conventions with transtracheal oxygen. He was very active in teaching youth at the elementary and middle school level about the dangers of smoking.
J.L. was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonary 32 degree, Denver, and Weston No. 22 Blue Lodge, Littleton, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Keeling.
J.L. is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of the home; son, Jimmy, Englewood, Colorado; daughter, Tammy, Potomac, Montana; mother, Aileen Keeling; and sister, Pat Fisher, both of Fairfax.
J.L. donated his body to the Colorado State Anatomical Board, University of Colorado School of Medicine for their biomedical education program. Contributions may be made to Porters Hospice of Peace Johnson Center, 5020 East Arapahoe Road, Littleton, Colorado, 80122.


Marten, Linda-Lea Chambers - Linda-Lea (Chambers) Marten was born April 16, 1945, the daughter of Warren and Lois Chambers. She died Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at her winter home in Mesa, Arizona, at the age of sixty-nine.
Linda-Lea was born in Maryville, Missouri, and grew up in Fairfax, Missouri, where she received her education. After graduating from Fairfax High School with the class of 1963, she attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
On September 13, 1964, she married the love of her life Dennis Marten at the Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Missouri. The couple made their home in Denison and were blessed with the birth of two children, Kelly and Jayson.
Linda-Lea treasured her family. She was an incredible wife, mom and Nana. She and Denny had a fun, full life together with their children and grandchildren, as well as golfing, traveling and enjoying many friends. Linda-Lea loved to play bridge and the piano. She always had a big heart and had a kind word and a smile for everyone.
Linda-Lea was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Marten, her parents Warren and Lois Chambers, and her parents-in-law Ralph and Marie Marten. She is survived by her daughter; Kelly and her husband, Mark; her son, Jayson and his wife Dana; four grandchildren: Colin and Sarah; and Jackson and Kennedy; brothers and sisters-in law: Bill and Sharon, David and Renae, Diane, Dick and Carole, Mary, and Joan; other relatives and many friends.
We will miss you, Linda-Lea, and will "love you up to the sky” forever. We know you are having a "kitchen dance" with Denny right now in heaven.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, with Rev Kurt Kaiser officiating the service. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.


McMullen, Rex Devere -

Rex Devere McMullen, age 77, of Fairfax, Missouri, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010, at Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax. He was born on February 25, 1933, the oldest son of Bryan and Mamie (Schull) McMullen, in the family home outside of Riverton, Iowa.
Rex married Myra Lewellen on June 3, 1956. They made their home in Imogene, Iowa, where he worked as a bartender in the 1960s; MBP; and owned McMullen Gravel Hauling.
Rex enjoyed stock car racing, where he was a champion at the Bedford, Iowa, track in 1955. He also raced at Playland Park in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Nebraska City, Nebraska, race track. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and telling stories.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Patricia McMullen; and brother, Jim McMullen. Survivors include his wife, Myra, of the home in Fairfax; daughter, Peggy Taylor and Bob, Shenandoah, Iowa; grandson, Robert and wife, Carla, of Seward, Nebraska; granddaughter, Rebecca and Eric Bressler of Maryville, Missouri; two great-grandsons, Timmy and Carl Taylor; brother, Gene McMullen and wife, Linda, of Shenandoah; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010, at the home of Bob and Peggy Taylor, 2522 US Hwy. 59, Shenandoah. The family suggests memorial gifts to Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax. Mr. McMullen was a member of Missouri Cremation Services.


New, James R. -

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2001, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, Missouri, for James R. New, Liberty. Interment was made in Glenridge Cemetery under the direction of Park Lawn Northland Chapel.
James R. New, age 67, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2000, at North Kansas City Hospital. James was born July 12, 1933, in Maryville, Missouri, and spent most of his life in the Liberty area. James was a member of the Liberty Christian Union Church, Teamsters Union Local #41, the VFW and an army veteran.
James is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Kay New, of the home; a son, Jay New, Liberty; a daughter, Kim Van Zant, Liberty; two sisters, Phyllis Burke, Rock Port, Missouri, and Kay Evans, Wichita, Kansas; one brother, Harold Volker, Jr., Fairfax; and five grandchildren, Katie Jo, Robert and Callie New, Jay and Lia Van Zant.
James was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Sara New and his stepfather, Harold Volker, Sr. Memorials may be directed to the Liberty Christian Union Church.

Noble, Virginia Anna Grubb -

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2000, at the First Lutheran Church in Rock Port, MO, for Virginia Anna Noble of Rock Port. Pastor Tim Carey officiated. Interment was made in Smith Cemetery in Rock Port.
Virginia Anna Noble, 87, passed away Sunday, October 1, at her home in Rock Port. She was born July 3,1913, in Tarkio, to Melvin H. and Mary Anna (Walter) Grubb. She was baptized on October 14, 1913, in the Rock Port Lutheran Church and was later confirmed on April 8, 1928. She graduated from Rock Port High School in 1931. While attending school, she worked at home on the family farm.
On June 22, 1943, Ginny was united in marriage to Melvin Noble at the Harold Luhrs home near Rock Port. For several years they farmed in the Rock Port area and Ginny worked at Community Hospital in Fairfax, MO, and for Dr. Wallace Carpenter in Rock Port. She was a wonderful homemaker who loved to garden and care for her flowers. Ginny had a special talent for making homemade candy and crocheting. She and Melvin enjoyed traveling and dancing and were familiar faces at all the local dances until ill health prevented them from attending. Melvin passed away February 22, 2000. Ginny was a faithful member of the First Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church Women and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Rock Port.
Survivors include four brothers, Donald Grubb, Springdale, AR, Orville Grubb and wife, Wilma, Rock Port, Ralph Grubb and wife, Ruth, Nelson, MO, and Dale Grubb and wife, Dorothy, Fairfax; niece, Shirley Cooper, Rock Port; two great-nieces,
Brenda Clemens, Rock Port, and Brook Alloway, Clarinda, IA; great-great-nephews, Randy Clemens and Brock Alloway; great-great-nieces, Jennifer Clemens and Blair Alloway; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Melvin, Virginia was preceded in death by two infant brothers and two brothers, Leonard and Dean Grubb. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Rock Port or Senior Citizens' Nutrition Center also in Rock Port.


Oliver, Charlotte D. Howard - Charlotte D. Oliver 75, St. Joseph, Missouri was received into heaven after her battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at St. Luke's Northland Hospital. Charlotte was born March 28, 1935 in St. Joseph to Hadley D. and Marthalene (Roberts) Howard.

She was a graduate of Lafayette High School. She lived in Fairfax, Missouri from 1976 until 1989 when she returned to St. Joseph. She retired in 2000 from U.S. Bank after nearly thirty years of employment. She married Kenny Oliver on September 1, 1970. Together they enjoyed fifteen cherished years until he preceded her in death in 1985. She was also preceded in death by her father; and brother-in-law, Richard Lehman.

Charlotte was a loving and kind-hearted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She lived each day with passion and care for others. She enjoyed traveling with friends, cooking unique recipes, and spending time with family; especially her beloved grandchildren.

Charlotte was a past member of Fairfax United Methodist Church and Ashland United Methodist Church; a past member of Beta Sigma Phi, in Fairfax; the Fairfax Gourmet Club; the Sunday Night Supper Club, St. Joseph; and the U.S. Bank Silver Elite Club, St. Joseph.

(Survivors:) her son, Kurt Oliver and Jenea, Smithville, Missouri; grandchildren, Jadyn and Zayne Oliver, Smithville; mother, Marthalene Howard, St. Joseph; sister, Beverley Lehman, St. Joseph; brother-in-law, Lyle Oliver and Barbara, Overland Park, Kansas; sister-in-law, Rita Prevette and Ralph, Hamilton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Amy Cohorst and Dennis, Jeannine Lehman, Lisa Holstein and Jim, Jeff Oliver and Kristi, Kim Perry and Dan, and Brian Prevette.

Services 10:00 A.M. Friday, Fairfax United Methodist Church, Fairfax, Missouri. Interment Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory


Peterson, Eric Lynn -

A family visitation will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2000, from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson family home in Fairfax for Eric Lynn Peterson of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Fairfax and Tarkio, Missouri. Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo is in charge of arrangements.
Eric Lynn Peterson, age 29, passed away on Friday, October 6, in Post, Texas. He was born on August 26, 1971, in Fairfax, and was a graduate of Tarkio High School in Tarkio. Eric was a truck driver for Cooper Trucking, Fairfax, and later for Schooler Trucking in Amarillo. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Fairfax.
Eric is survived by his mother, Patricia Peterson, Fairfax; a daughter, Shelby Findley, Mound City, Missouri; a brother. Brian Peterson, Burlington Junction, Missouri; and maternal grand­parents, Lynn and Marie Sipes, Oregon, Missouri. Eric was preceded in death by his father, S.J. Peterson; and two brothers, Scott and Stephen Peterson.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated. Memorials may be directed to Community Hospital Association in Fairfax.

Phelps, Robert L. "Bob" - Robert L. "Bob" Phelps, Sr., the son of Clyde and Mildred (Reed) Phelps was born January 21, 1928 in Rock Port, Missouri. He attended and graduated from Rock Port High School, Rock Port. After graduation, Bob was employed as a truck driver for Rupe and Phelps Trucking. From 1950 to 1952, Bob served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On August 4, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Effie Margaret McKenzie at Chamberlain’s Wedding Chapel in Rock Port by Rev. Hauser Winters. After Bob’s discharge from the Army, they made their home in Rock Port, where they raised their three sons, Robert, David, Richard and grandson, Michael. In 1949, Bob was employed by Atchison-Holt Electric in Rock Port. In 1990, he retired as Line Superintendent after 41 years of dedicated service. Margaret passed away in 2005. Bob passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue, Nebraska, at the age of 83.

Bob was very active in community needs and betterment; helping Pat Lytle to establish the youth baseball league in Rock Port for elementary age children and also serving on the Cub Scout Council and Boy Scout Council and as a Cub Master and later a Webelo Master. Bob enjoyed the sport of golf, and was an instrumental part in the building of the Rock Port Golf and Country Club clubhouse and greens and in the installation of the water system for the golf course. He played in many tournaments and on many courses in the United States and in England and Scotland. Bob enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. He spent many summers golfing and winters in Arizona golfing and sightseeing. He and Margaret enjoyed many wonderful sightseeing tours.

Bob was a member and former Commander of the Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49 of Rock Port. He also was a member of the Rock Port United Methodist Church in which he served in many capacities, the North Star Masonic Lodge #157 AF & AM, the Rock Port Chapter #440 Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the Rock Port Golf and Country Club, and was a current board member of the Fair Oaks Senior Housing of Rock Port.

Besides his parents and wife, Margaret, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Phelps. Survivors include three sons, Robert Phelps, Jr. and wife, Lahala, of Bonney Lake, Washington, David Phelps and wife, Janet, and Richard Phelps and wife, Tammie, all of St. Joseph, Missouri; six grandchildren, Michael and his wife Jennifer, Christina, Jeremy and his wife Samantha, Jason, Brandon and Brett; four great grandchildren, Olivia, Jaxson, Kambri and Karson; close friend, Ardith Cook, Rock Port; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services: 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 21, 2011, Rock Port United Methodist Church.
Interment: Greenhill Cemetery, Rock Port.

Online obituaries and condolences at
Services: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.


Randall, Marie Atkins -

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28,2003, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, for Mary "Marie" Randall, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Services were under the direction of Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Mary "Marie" Randall, 92, passed away on Friday, May 23,2003, at Risen Son Christian Village, Council Bluffs. She was born on November 26, 1910, to John M. and Bertha E. (Long) Atkins. She was married to Joseph B. Randall on April 13, 1927. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1991.
Marie is survived by three daughters; eight grandchildren; two great­grandchildren and a sister, Frances Walker, Fairfax. Memorials may be directed to Crossroads Christian Center, Council Bluffs.


Simpson, Floyd C. -

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at Minter Funeral Chapel in Rock Port, MO, for Floyd C. Simpson of Fairfax, MO. Pastor Richard Pearson officiated. Military graveside services were held under the auspices of the Allen Schiffern American Legion Post #199, Tarkio. Interment was made in Hillcrest Cemetery in Skidmore, MO.
Floyd C. Simpson, 83, passed away Monday, September 25, 2000, at Community Hospital in Fairfax. He was born December 24, 1916, in Hamburg, IA, to Henry and Anna (Donaldson) Simpson. Floyd attended rural schools in Atchison County where he also farmed with his family.
On October 5,1942, Floyd was united in marriage to Dorothy Linville in Maryville, MO. He entered the United States Army on December 4,1942, and served his country overseas during World War II. After receiving his honorable discharge on January 13, 1946, he and Dorothy moved to the Shenandoah, IA, area and farmed. Dorothy passed away March 2,1959. Floyd and daughter, Shirley, then moved to Burlington Junction, MO, where he worked for Case Grocery.
On March 18,1966, Floyd was united in marriage to Ellen Hays Thompson in Burlington Junction. They made their home in Fairfax where Floyd worked for the Kerr Grocery Store and later, Hunter Grocery Store. He then went to work in the utilities department of the City of Fairfax and later became city marshal, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Burlington Junction.
Floyd is survived by wife, Ellen, of the home in Fairfax; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bob McAdams, Tarkio; step­son and daughter-in-law, James Howard and Dana Thompson, Fairfax; three grandsons, Craig and Aaron McAdams, both of Tarkio. and Curtis McAdams, Maryville. MO; and granddaughter, Jayme Thompson of Fairfax.
Besides his parents and wife, Dorothy. Floyd was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert Simpson of Albert Lea, MN, and Dale Simpson of Elmo, MO; and one sister. Evelyn Barnum of Tarkio. Memorials may be directed to Community Hospital in Fairfax.


Southard, Phillip A. -

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax for Phillip A. Southard, Fairfax. Rev. Steve Pinnell officiated. Interment was made in Center Grove Cemetery in Westboro, Missouri, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Phillip A. Southard, age 48, son of W. Doyle and Esther L. (Rolofson) Southard, was born on October 26, 1952, at the Fairfax Community Hospital in Fairfax. Phil was raised in rural Tarkio, Missouri, and attended Tarkio schools and graduated from Tarkio High School in 1970.
Phil moved to rural Fairfax and helped his grandfather farm until his grandfather's death. He then continued farming there until ill health disabled him in 1997. Phil married Eileen Leirer on September 9, 1979. They had two children, Thomas Allen and Lauren Eileen. The couple later divorced.
Phil is survived by a son, Thomas, Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter, Lauren, Lake Ozark, Missouri; his parents, Doyle and Esther Southard, Fairfax; a brother, Roger, Fairfax; and two sisters, Barbara L. Hess, Meta, Missouri, and Martha Shaffer, Downington, Pennsylvania; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Phil was preceded in death by an infant sister, Janet S. Southard, and his grandparents. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax United Methodist Church.


Sparks, Joseph F.

Graveside service and inurnment was held on Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Missouri, for Joseph F. Sparks, Denton, Texas. Rev. Judy Voss officiated. Service was under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Joseph F. Sparks, age 66, was born in Burlington Junction, Missouri, on June 28, 1937. He was the son of Frank and Betty Sparks. Joe grew up in and around Westboro, Missouri. He passed away on February 17, 2004, at the Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Merilyn of Denton; four sons, Gary Dean and wife, Sandy, Valley View, Texas, David Allen and wife, Diane, Melborne, Florida, Larry Eugene and wife, Angie, Decatur, Texas; and Thomas Edward and wife, Kim, Valley View; his mother and stepfather, Betty and Edman Chaney, Rogers, Arkansas; seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Joe is also survived by three brothers, Bill and wife, Sallie, Lewisville, Texas, Roy Lee and wife, Paula, Altamont, Missouri; and Butch of Rogers. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Frank Sparks in 1976.


Springer, Billy Scott "Bill" -

Billy Scott “Bill” Springer was born in Oregon, Missouri on March 4, 1926. He was one of two children of Emmett and Blanche (Hodgin) Springer. Bill graduated from Oregon High School and also held a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarkio College. He later took graduate coursework at the University of Missouri.

In 1944, at the age of 18, Bill joined the Army Air Corps. He trained as a gunner on B-17 bombers, and did the last eight months of his two years as a supply clerk Sgt. In 1949 Bill enlisted in the Air Force Reserve for 3-1/2 years.

On Sept. 8, 1949 Bill married Beverly Jean Harbison in Tarkio, Missouri. They lived in Rock Port where they had children, Kristy, Kendra, & Kendal. They moved to Tarkio in 1961.

Bill was employed with the St Joseph Light & Power Company for most of his working career, and many will recall he concurrently managed the Rock Port and Tarkio Theaters for a few years in the late 60's and early 70's.

Beverly passed away in 1970. Bill married Joyce (Davenport) Hedrick on Nov. 24, 1972 and they recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary.

Surrounded by family, Bill passed away on Nov. 27, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 89.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Beverly. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of their home; daughters, Kristy (Duane) Umbarger of Tarkio, Kendra (Jack) Naylor of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, Kendal (Annjlee) Springer of Pekin, Illinois, Curtis (Gail) Hedrick of Tarkio, Craig (Diana) Hedrick of Platte City, Missouri; sister, Nida (Don) Solliday of Mount Ayr, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 am on Wed, Dec. 2, 2015 at the Tarkio First Baptist Church. Interment with military honors: Tarkio Home Cemetery. Memorials:  Tarkio Community Services.


Stevens, Sheldon C. -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at Swarens Funeral Home, Ramsey, Indiana, for Sheldon C. (Pappy) Stevens, Fairfax. Interment was made at Woods Chapel Cemetery in Ramsey.
Sheldon C. (Pappy) Stevens, 94, passed away Friday, August 8, 2003, at the Pleasant View nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri. Mr. Stevens, known as Pappy at the care center where he had resided for the last one and a half years, was born October 4,1908, at Milltown, Indiana. He retired and moved to Punta Gorda, Florida, in 1980.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Zelma of 63 years who passed away in 2001; three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Stevens is survived by one daughter, Thelma J. Miles and husband, Melvin, Fairfax; two sons, James Stevens and wife, Fran, Punta Gorda, and Ed Stevens, Port Charlotte, Florida; five grandchildren, Lori Smith and husband, Gregg, Fairfax, Susan Mattson and husband, Tim, Kearney, Missouri, Stacy Anderson, Christy Stevens and Heather Stevens, all of Punta Gorda; eight great-grandchildren, Miles and Leslie Smith, Nicholas and Tate Mattson, Austin and Kasi Anderson, Jenna Parone and Chelsea Stevens; and one brother, Stanley Stevens, Corydon, Indiana. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Baptist Church, Fairfax.


Stevenson James

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,January 15, 2011, at the Bonell Good Samaritan Center Chapel in Evans, Colorado, for James Stevenson, Greeley, Colorado.
James Stevemson, 70, of Greeley, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at his home. He was born on October 12, 1940 in Fairfax, Missouri, to John and Lois (Wake) Stevenson.
Survivors include his two sons and their wives, Scott and Donna Stevenson and Justin and Tammi Stevenson; three grandchildren, Megan Miller and Jake and Jessi Zanetell; three sisters, Nita Snow, Darlene Nelson and Pam Schultz; and a brother, John Stevenson. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bonell Good Samaritan Community in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 11th Avenue, Evans, CO 80620.


Taylor, Doris Anne Glazier -

Services were held for Do­ris Anne (Glazier) Taylor on Saturday March 10,2012, at 2 p.m. at the Fairfax United Methodist Church in Fairfax, Missouri. Burial was held at English Grove Cemetery. Reverend Roger Cary officiated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Doris was born north of Tarkio on March 31, 1934. Her parents were Claire Boileau and Arthur (Red) Glazier. On April 21, 1950, she married Eugene (Gene) Eddie Taylor in Tarkio. On October 10, 1951, she gave birth to their first son, Eugene Eddie Taylor, Jr. On January 7, 1957, Gary Lee Taylor was born.
Doris worked for Fields Clothing and Flesher's Pharmacy in the late 50's and early 60's. In the 1960's, she and her husband Gene opened an auto repair business called Taylor's Auto Garage in Fairfax. They added the auto parts and service and she later expanded to a store in Tarkio. From 1966 to 1968, she owned and operated the Dairy Diner in Fairfax. In 1992, she retired from the auto parts and service business. She worked at the convenience store in Fairfax. She later served as a volunteer for the Hospital Auxiliary. Doris passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Community Hospital-Fairfax at the age of 77 years, 11 months, and 24 days.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene (Gene) Eddie Taylor; her parents, Arthur (Red) Glazier and Claire Boileau; one sister, Betty Whitney; and one brother, Walter Glazier. She is survived by her sons, Eugene Eddie Taylor, Jr. (Sara Sue) of Tarkio and Gary Lee Taylor (Janice) of Fairfax; her three grandchildren, Melanie Anne (Taylor) Rice (Jeff) of Shenandoah, Iowa, Tiffany Dawn (Taylor) Anderson (Scott) of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Tabitha Faye (Taylor) Wintz (John) of Fairfax. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Cody Lee Rice (Dane) of Glenwood, Iowa, Kasey LuAnn Rice of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kayla Rae Rice of Shenandoah, Shaylee Nicole Taylor of Kansas City, Missouri, Shawn Jeffrey Rice and Skylor Christian Rice, both of Shenandoah, Alexander John Wintz of Fairfax, and one on the way in August; and one great-great-grandson, Dominic Kaidin Rae Kirk of Shenandoah. Other survivors include her sister, Virginia (Jim) Heidt of Clinton, Iowa, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, along with many special nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Community Hospital-Fairfax or to the Fairfax United Methodist Church.

Thiesfeld, Richard D. "Pete" -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 27,2003, at the Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Missouri, for Richard D. "Pete" Thiesfeld, Fairfax. Rev. Chet Mason officiated. Interment was made in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Richard Dowell (Pete) Thiesfeld was born November 28,1913, in rural Fairfax, Missouri, to William F. and Oakey M. (Stamper) Thiesfeld. He graduated from Daleview High School in 1931 and was a lifelong resident of Fairfax.
For a number of years, Richard worked for Ed Stuart as a beekeeper. In 1939 he started his association with the feed business when he went to work for Wilfred Graves and later, Frank Peterson. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army (1943-1946) and was stationed in India. When he returned from the service, he purchased the feed business where he had previously worked, and continued to operate that business at the same location until he retired in 1975. Richard made many friends over the years and his feed store was the place where not only local residents but former Fairfax residents would stop to visit and catch up with events.
On November 21, 1954, Richard married the former Helen J. Zachary, who preceded him in death in 1993. Richard was also preceded in death by his parents; brother W.F. (Jr.) Thiesfeld; sister, Lylis L. Vandever; daughter,
Ireland; stepdaughter, Lora McLaughlin-Blackford; granddaughter, Patty Morgan; and great-granddaughter, Jessica Johnson.
Survivors include: brothers, Harry Thiesfeld, Harlingen, Texas, and Duane Thiesfeld, Rock Port, Missouri; son, Rick Thiesfeld, Mount Vernon, Missouri; daughters, Shelley Buttercase, Rock Port, and Carol Collier, Seattle, Washington; stepsons, Wayne Ireland, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and Harvey Ireland, Fairfax; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Richard was very proud of Fairfax and its people and did much over the years in support of the community. Richard enjoyed fishing, playing cards, visiting with friends and children, especially his grandchildren and great­grandchildren. Richard, along with most people in his age group, experienced tough times through the depression and a world war but these adversities provided a moral compass for his life.
Through his action, Richard provided those around him the benefits of his experiences and set an example of the character and standards that should be incorporated in their lives. Richard believed you should work hard and live your life in a manner that you would never have to explain or deny your actions in this or another life. Memorials may be directed to the Fairfax Presbyterian Church.


Thiesfeld, Rodney Lee Dunkle -

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2003, at the Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, for Rodney Lee Thiesfeld, Salem, Nebraska. Rev. Chet Mason officated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Rodney Lee Dunkle-Thiesfeld was born to Harold Lee Dunkle and Yvonne Vondola Taylor-Dunkle-Thiesfeld on September 21, 1947, at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri. At the age of three and a half years, Rod lost his father in the Korean War. Yvonne remarried and Rod was adopted and cared for by W.F. Thiesfeld, Jr. Rod's family then grew to include a sister who was named Janet Sue "Jan" Thiesfeld-Pyeatt.
Rod graduated from Fairfax High School in 1965. He served two years in the United States Navy from 1966-1968 during the Vietnam Conflict. Rod married Kathy Pent in December, 1970, and helped raise three children, Kara Renee', Kelly Ray and Colton Lee Thiesfeld.
Rod attended Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, for two years, then continued on with a career with the Burlington-Northern Railroad in the Wyoming and South Dakota areas.
Rod was also an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He had a deep passion for the outdoors of which he shared with his children and wife. After Kathy's death, he continued to raise his children in the South Dakota and Wyoming areas.
Rod moved back to Westboro, Missouri, in 1993, due to his mother's ill health. He met, and later married, his current wife, Shirlene Denise Renslow Peregrine, on January 1, 1995.
In the fall of 1998, Rod and Shirlene bought an acreage in Salem, Nebraska. Rod became disabled from a crane accident in Perryton, Texas, in February 1999. In March of 2003, Rod took ill and was admitted to the Falls City, Nebraska, Hospital and transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Rod was preceded in death by his birth father, Harold Dunkle; his adoptive father, W.F. Thiesfeld; his mother, Yvonne Thiesfeld; his son, Kelly Ray Thiesfeld; and his grandson, Colton James Tippmann.
Rod is survived by his wife, Shirlene Thiesfeld, of Salem; daughter, Kara Metz, son, Colton Thiesfeld, and four grandchildren, Collin James, Cassandra Renee', Conner Douglas and Emma Katherine, all of Falls City; two stepchildren, Jason L. Peregrine, and his wife, Andrea, of the Kansas City, Mssouri area, and Jennifer D. Peregrine, Fayette, Missouri.


Vaught, Robert Ivan -

Robert Ivan Vaught, age 82, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2004, at his home. He was one of eight children born to Fielder and Etta Vaught in Fairfax. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2004, at Central Assembly of God in St. Joseph. Pastor Bill Kropp officiated. Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax.
He enlisted in the United States Army where he served with distinction during World War II. He fought in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns, earning a Combat Infantry Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, a Distinguished Unit Badge and a Purple Heart.
Robert fell in love and married Harriett Senft. They were married for 52 years at the time of her death in 2000. They had three children. He worked at St. Joseph Paper Products for 27 years, retiring in 1984. Robert and his family were members of the Salvation Army for many years, where he was active in several volunteer programs. Robert and Harriett began attending Caring First Assembly around 1988.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister. He is survived by his three children, Robert Clayton Vaught, and wife, Mary, St. Joseph, Missouri, Lester Michael Vaught, Garden City, Kansas, and H. Ann Ragsdale and husband, Dennis of St. Joseph; one brother; two sisters; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great­grandchild


Volker, Kenneth -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2004, at Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax, for Kenneth A. Volker, Fairfax. Rev. Charles Hagee officiated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Kenneth was born October 31, 1918, in Tarkio, Missouri, the son of George G. and Grace M. Volker. His family moved to a farm northeast of Fairfax. He attended school in Fairfax, graduating in 1937. He helped with his family's truck line for several years. On April 20,1941, he was united in marriage to Helen Darlene Hawkins at the Christian Church of Fairfax. To this union three daughters were born, Cheryl, Linda and Janet.
After residing in Fairfax for a couple of years, they moved in 1946, to a farm southeast of Fairfax, that was homesteaded by his wife's family. Kenneth farmed this land until he retired in 2000. After retirement he still had a love for farming. He and his grandson, Jeremy, farmed the home place together for several years.
Ken was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family always came first. Ken was an active member and supported the Optimist Club. He was an avid sport fan and enjoyed seeing young people compete and develop through athletic events.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Darlene, of the family home. Survivors also include three daughters, Cheryl Chastain, Rock Port, Missouri, Linda Blakemore, Chillicothe, Missouri, and Janet Volker, St. Joseph, Missouri; two sons-in-law, Loraine Chastain and Frank Blakemore; four grandchildren, Jeremy Lewis and wife, Tiffany, Mound City, Missouri, Jill Kingery and husband, Ryan, Kansas City, Missouri, Tara Brocke and husband, John, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Kylie Deatz, Lenexa, Kansas; three stepgrandchildren, Lisa Meadows, Kearney, Nebraska, Shelly Toneske, Jackson, New Jersey, and Aimee Chastain, Lincoln, Nebraska; one great-grandchild, Addison Lewis, who was his pride and joy; and one sister, Laverne Lawrence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Volker; and two brothers, Harold and Wesley. Memorials maybe directed to Community Hospital Association, Fairfax, or to Pleasant View Rest Home, Rock Port.

Wake, Eugene -

Riley Eugene Wake passed away on May 11, 2015, at Garden Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was 87 years old.
Eugene was born September 24,1927, in Fairfax, Missouri, the son of Riley and Dorothy Wake. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1945. He joined the Army and served in Tokyo.
In May 1949 he married Evelyn Dougherty of Craig, Missouri. They farmed northeast of Fairfax until April 1969. Eugene was then employed at Moore Bros, in Fairfax for seven years and then at Eaton's in Shenandoah, Iowa, until he retired in 1992.
They had three sons, Larry Wake, Steamwood, Illinois; Galen Wake of Essex, Iowa; Richard Wake, Shenandoah, Iowa.
Preceding him in death were his parents and wife, Evelyn. He is survived by one sister, Willa Gomel, Fairfax.
A graveside service was held Saturday, May 16,2015, at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax, conducted by Rev. Glenn Scott. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.


Weedin, Virginia Kathleen McConnell -

Virginia Kathleen Weedin of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015. She was born in 1920 to James and Lena McConnell in Fairfax, Missouri. She was married to Wayne Weedin on August 27, 1939. He passed away in 1990. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and belonged to the United Methodist Women's Organization for many years. She was also a member of the Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a volunteer and member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Colorado Springs.
Virginia Kathleen spent the past six years of her life at "The Terrace" and "The Bluffs" in Columbia, Missouri.
Graveside services will be held at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Fairfax, Missouri, on Thursday, December 24, at 11:00 a.m., conducted by Rev. Roger Cary.


White, Melvin C. -

Services were held on Thursday, September 28, 2000, at 10 a.m. at Schooler Funeral Home in Fairfax, for Melvin C. White, Fairfax. Rev. Harold Berciunas officiated.

Melvin C. White, age 73, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2000. He was born on the family farm north of Fairfax, on May 31, 1927. Melvin was the youngest son of Grace (Simpson) and Welker C. White. Melvin grew up in this area and attended Oak Grove rural school and also Fairfax High School in Fairfax, where he graduated with the class of 1945.
After high school, Melvin enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard a ship in the Pacific. After his time in the military, Melvin returned to the midwest and attended the Kansas City Art Institute and also the University of Missouri at Columbia.
In May of 1952. he was married to Delores Valentine Brandon. Dee passed away on August 1, 2000. Melvin and Dee ana their family had lived in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, as well as Pensacola, Florida, before returning to Fairfax in 1960. to make their home.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Melvin was preceded in death by his brother, Edward H. White. Melvin is survived by a son, Brandon, Fairfax; two daughters, Melodee Picray, Craig, Missouri, and April Schafersman, Wildwood, Missouri; and eight grandchildren, Melvin had many interests and one of his pleasures was riding his motorcycle. At one time, he belonged to several motorcycle clubs. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.



Wichman, Dorotha Hancock -

A private burial of cremated remains was made at the Seward, Nebraska, Cemetery for Dorotha Wichman of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Father Maurice Current officiated. Services were under the direction of Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend, Nebraska.
Dorotha was born on July 9,1932, in Atchison Township near Tarkio, Missouri, to William Baylce and Sarah Myrtle (Harvill) Hancock, the third of five children. She graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Missouri.
Dorotha later attended Lincoln Business College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was later united in marriage to Ralph Wichman on September 8, 1956, in Tarkio. To this union, three sons, Larry, Michael and Richard, were born.
Dorotha passed away on Wednesday, July 23,2003, at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 71 years and 14 days.
Dorotha worked at Western Electric in Lincoln until 1957, when she became a full-time mother and homemaker. From 1960 to 1973, they made their home in Garland, Nebraska, and moved to Beaver Crossing in 1973, where Dorotha attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Altar Society in Beaver Crossing.
Dorotha is survived by sons, Larry, Mike and Rick, all of Beaver Crossing; brother, Kelly Hancock, and wife, Michelle, of Papillion, Nebraska; sister, Shirley Henning, and husband, Bill, Tarkio; and several nieces and nephews.
Dorotha is preceded in death by her parents, William and Sarah; stepfather, Carl Loveland; husband, Ralph in 1986, brother, Bill Hancock; and a sister, Darlene Smith. Memorials may be directed the donor's choice in memory of Dorotha.


Wilson, Richard M. -

Memorial services were held on Monday, September 11, 2000, at 10 a.m. at Schooler Funeral Home in Fairfax, for Richard M. Wilson, Fairfax.
Richard M. Wilson, age 44, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2000. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on March 22, 1956. Rick was the son of Sharion (Dudley) and William "Bud" Wilson.
Rick grew up in the Maryville and Ravenwood, Missouri, areas before moving, with his family, to Fairfax. He finished his schooling in Fairfax, graduating from high school in 1974.
After high school, Rick worked in Maryville for about one year, before moving to Lewistown, Montana. He lived in Lewistown for seven years before returning to the Fairfax area, where he lived ever since.
On April 10, 1987, Rick married Milan Alcott and they made their home in Fairfax. He was a self-employed trucker.

Rick is survived by his wife, Milan, of the home; his father and mother, Bud and Sharion Wilson, Fairfax; a daughter, Cydnie Francis, Omaha, NE; a granddaughter, Kathleen Marie Francis; and two sisters, Joy Lloyd, Rock Port, Missouri, and Mary Antrim, Maryville. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association


Windhorst, Wesley Lee -

A memorial service was held on Friday, January 14, 2011, at Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax, for Wesley Lee Windhorst, Fairfax. Inurnment was in English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Rev. Mike Eighmy officiated. Services were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Wesley was born February 26, 1956, in Fairfax, Missouri. He was the youngest son of Willie and Mildred (Palm) Windhorst. Wesley attended Fairfax R-III Schools and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1974. After high school, he was employed by Missouri Beef Packers, and later, Excel Corporation in Rock Port, Missouri. Wesley had also worked at Cargill Value Added Meats in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where he was employed at the time of his death.
Wesley also had assisted his father in farming and took over management of the family farm after his father's death. In 1981, Wesley and Cathy Grundel of Craig, Missouri, were united in marriage. They had one son, Jonathan. They were later divorced.
Wesley enjoyed reading and he was also an enthusiastic gardener. He died on December 22, 2010, at his home in the Milton Community.
Wesley is survived by his brother, Gary of West Haven, Connecticut, and by several cousins. Memorials may be directed to Community Hospital-Fairfax.


Wynn, Margaret Monroe Pfleger -

Funeral services were held at the Mount Moriah Funeral Chapel in Kansas City, MO, on Tuesday, December 12, for Margie Monroe Wynn, formerly a resident of Tarkio. Services were conducted by Margie's son, Dave Wynn of Tarkio.
Margie Monroe Wynn, 84, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2000, in Overland Park, KS. She was born March 10, 1916, in Mayview, MO. Margie was a homemaker most of her life but she also worked for Bruce Smith Drugs in Prairie Village, KS, and was a licensed real estate agent in the state of Kansas.
Margie is survived by and is deeply missed by her son, David, of Tarkio; son, Bill, of Nevada, MO; her daughter, Jan Piane, of Overland Park; and their families, including nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her parents, David and Mabel Pfleger; and her sister, Mona Kelly.

Zook , Rebecca "Becky"

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at Hemmingsen Funeral Home, Auburn, NE, for Becky Zook of Peru, NE. Reverend Jesse Brown officiated. Interment was made at the Home Cemetery in Tarkio.
Rebecca (Becky) Zook, 47, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001, at her home in Peru. She was born January 8, 1954, in Fairfax, MO, to Harry and Edith (Hardy) Zook. Becky's family lived in Tarkio where she graduated from Tarkio High School in 1972. She then attended Church of God Bible College near Gallup, NM. She helped distribute donations to the needy families on the Navajo Indian Reservation nearby.
Becky eventually moved to Peru to live with her mother and younger sister in 1982. She accepted a position with a food service contractor at Peru State College. She later became an employee of the Cottonwood Restaurant. An opportunity to buy the restaurant occurred and she found a willing sponsor. "Becky's Cottonwood" continued to be Peru's gathering place and the source of the Meals on Wheels program. He reputation as an excellent cook spread even to surrounding communities. The welcome country style atmosphere and excellent food compelled many to return often.

Becky's strong Christian faith and love of music brought her the greatest joy. When she was called upon to sing gospel solos in church she put her very soul into the words and everyone who heard her experienced the love she was expressing. Her simple practical application of her faith was to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. All her family, friends and neighbors knew her love.
Survivors include: four sisters, Elma Knuth, Oscoda, MI, Harriet Adkins, Lakeland, FL, Edith Rhoades, Polk City, FL, and Alica Zook, Peru; three brothers, Bill Sahlin, Lakeland, Albert Zook, Nebraska City, NE, and Robert Zook, St. Joseph, MO; and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceding Becky in death were her parents, Harry and Edith Zook, and two brothers, Charles Sahlin and James Sahlin.