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These obituaries are posted here to keep the information available to family, friends, and those who never knew them. These obituaries are posted to remind teens of the pain their loss can cost others. Families pay newspapers to post obituaries, but few can be found within a few weeks on the internet. Should a family desire that their loved ones obituary be removed from this list, or add one that is not listed, please contact me. Also, if you would like to add to, or change your child's obituary, please contact me. This service is free, so if you were unable to afford one earlier, please feel free to post one here.


Steven Beyer, Jr

Steven Beyer, Jr., 20 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away Wed., Sep 26, 2007. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Mon. Oct. 1, 2007 at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St. Indep. MO. Burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, KCMO. Visitation will be 6 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Steven was a very giving person and was always involved in adopting families at Christmas. The family request contributions be made in his memory to Toys for Tots. Steven was born on Oct. 25, 1986 to Kurtis and Cindy Beyer in Kansas City, MO. He was in his third year of College at Longview Community College majoring in Business administration. He was employed at Kronis and also Abercrombie and Fitch. Steven was a loving son and brother who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents, Kurtis and Cindy Beyer, Sr. of Lee’s Summit, MO. Sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Adam Petrie of Kansas City; his girlfriend, Amanda Herndon, grandparents, Ralph and Virginia Oliver and his uncle, Tim Mays all of Lee’s Summit, MO. Uncle Mark of Independence and Aunt Jamye of Kansas City, MO

courtesy Speaks Chapel


Tyler Michele Keeling

Tyler Michele Keeling, daughter of Kelley Jane Keeling, was born November 16, 1988 in Rolla, Missouri.

At age 4, Tyler was dedicated to the Lord in the Waynesville United Methodist Church. She had recently been attending Westside Baptist Church.

Tyler was in her final year at Crocker High School. She also attended graphic arts classes at Waynesville Technical Academy. Her future plans included attending cosmetology school. Tyler enjoyed music, drawing and screen printing and embroidering clothing. In 2006, she participated in the Miss Pulaski County Scholarship pageant. Her favorite times were spent with friends and family.

Tyler departed this life the morning of September 23, 2007, as the result of injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident south of Veteran’s Bridge near Dixon, Missouri, at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 7 days.

Tyler was dearly loved, and will be sadly missed by her mother: Kelley Keeling of Crocker; grandparents: Michele and Eddie Dennis of Crestview, FL and Winfred Keeling of Waynesville; great grandmother: Junie O’Donnel of New Iberia, LA; one aunt: Wendy Akins and her daughter, Skyler of Knoxville, TN; several great aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Tyler was preceded in death by an aunt: Robin Keeling, and great grandparents: Claude and Leta Keeling and James O’Donnell.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Speakers included Mark Finger, Bonnie Schrimpsher, Jana Keeling and several of Tyler’s friends. “My Immortal,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Hello, I Love You” and “Because of You” were played. Serving as escorts were Kevin and Waylon Keeling, Bronson and Brody Helton, Zac Harrington, Ron Snider, Rick Carlton and Jarad Milligan. Honorary escorts were Billy, Floyd, Dale and Mike Keeling, Bonnie Schrimpsher, and Melba and John Harrington.

Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to waynesvillememorialchapel.com

courtesy Waynesville Memorial Chapel


Ethan Riggs

obituary not found


David A. Bunn

David Andrew Bunn, 18, Centerview, Mo., formerly of Odessa and Oak Grove, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Ralph O. Jones Chapel, Odessa, 816-633-5524. Burial will be in Odessa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the David A. Bunn Memorial Fund.

courtesy The Examiner


Stephanie Bailey

Stephanie Danielle Bailey, age 20, 905 S. Main, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, on JJ Highway west of Joplin.

Stephanie was born Sept. 7, 1987, in Joplin. She was a lifetime resident of Galena. She was a student at Labette County Community College, Parsons, Kan. She was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 2006. She was on the first girl’s golf team, Youth Friends and played softball. She was a 13 year member of Girl Scouts and earned her Gold Award. She was on the Galena Election Board. She was employed by the Sultan of Smoke, Joplin.

Among her interests were fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.

Surviving are her parents, Rob and Brenda Rogers, Galena; two brothers, Brandon Bailey, Baxter Springs, Kan., and Cody Rogers, Galena; one sister, Amber Moates and husband, Cory, Baxter Springs; maternal grandparents, Clark and Jane Sturgis; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Joyce Rogers, Greenwood, Ark.; biological father, Stephen W. Tanner; numerous aunts and uncles; four nieces; and one nephew.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Galena High School Performing Arts Center. Pastor Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Gandy Cemetery, west of Galena.

Contributions may be made to the Stephanie Bailey Fund in care of the funeral home.

courtesy Joplin Globe


Andrew William Brown

Andrew William Brown, 17, of Cole Camp, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Warsaw. He was born Jan. 26, 1990, in Sedalia, the son of Otis and Beverly Heimsoth Brown.

He was a senior at Cole Camp High School, where he was a member of the baseball team. He attended Ozark Tabernacle Church of rural Cole Camp, and was a member of this year's graduating youth group, "The Six Pack." He loved baseball and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, with his favorite player being Chipper Jones. He enjoyed hunting rabbits, squirrels and deer, fishing, being outdoors, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents of Cole Camp, two sisters, Amanda Brown of Versailles, and Abby Fournier and her husband Luke of Stover; his grandparents, Otis Brown Sr. of Cole Camp, and Roger and Mary Heimsoth of Stover; five aunts, Lynn McConnell of Panama City, Fla., Joletta VanHoose of Oklahoma, Delores Aery of Lincoln; Leitha Yount of Lincoln and Colleen Taber of Cole Camp; two uncles, John Kullman of Sedalia, and Joe Derosney of Virginia Beach, Va. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Evadean Brown, and great-grandparents, Lorin and Lucille Heimsoth, Joseph and Lillie Troncoso, John and selma Schumaker, and Ben and Della Brown.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Benton County R-1 High School gym in Cole Camp, with the Rev. Johnny Medlock officiating. Burial will be in Inman Memorial Cemetery, rural Cole Camp. Pallbearers will be Kevin Aery, Daniel Yount, Jordan Mackie, Luke Fournier, Aaron Weller, and Josh Gregg. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Davis, Sean Plain, Mitch Cairier, Jasper Glenn, Derek Stein, Logan Wells, and the class of 2008.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the school gym, with visitation to follow.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the family or to Ozark Tabernacle youth group, in care of Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

courtesy Sedalia News-Journal


Alex M. Chamberlin

Alex Micah Chamberlin, 18, of Warsaw, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2007,from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Warsaw.

He was born March 21, 1989, in Sedalia, a son of John Micah and Denise Iola Stultz Chamberlin.

He grew up in Green Ridge and Pettis County. At the age of 9, he moved with his mother to Osceola. They moved to Warsaw in 2003. He had recently received his training as an emergency medical technician in Windsor. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish in the woods and waters of the Missouri Ozarks. He loved music and spent several hours with friends riding skateboards. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, John and Paula Chamberlin, of Green Ridge; his mother and stepfather, Denise and J. C. Snider, of Warsaw; a brother, Andrew J. Chamberlin, of Climax Springs; a half brother, Wyatt Chamberlin, of Green Ridge; a half sister, Clare Chamberlin, of Green Ridge; a stepbrother, Chris Brownfield, of Liberty; his paternal grandparents, Tom and Ramona Chamberlin, of Green Ridge; and his maternal grandparents, Michael and Loqueeta Stultz, of Mora.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church near Warsaw, with the Rev. Bill Hix and the Rev. Barry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the High Point Cemetery near Hughesville. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alex Micah Chamberlin Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

courtesy Sedalia Democrat


Cody Lee Thackrey

Cody Lee Thackrey, age 17, of La Plata, Missouri passed away early Saturday morning (September 8, 2007) as a result of a car accident near La Plata, Missouri.

Born October 11, 1989 in Worthington, Minnesota he was the son of Kimberly Kay (Thackrey) Koffron of Jackson, Minnesota, who survives.

Also surviving is his step-father, Brian Koffron of Jackson, Minnesota; his grandmother, Cindy Moriston of La Plata, Missouri; grandfather, Gary Deuschle of Reading, Minnesota; great-grandmother, Lavonna Thackrey of Spirit Lake, Iowa; step-grandparents, Norbert and Rosemary Koffron of Jackson, Minnesota; one sister, Mary Koffron of Jackson, Minnesota; one step-sister, Nikole Koffron of Mason City, Iowa; two step-brothers, Blake Koffron of Jackson, Minnesota and Dustin Koffron of Worthington, Minnesota; special friend, Jordan Robinson of La Plata, Missouri; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding him in death was his great-grandparents, Mary Jo Lundgren, John and Evelyn Deuschle and Marvin Thackrey and step-grandmother, Barb Deuschle.

Cody lived most of his life in the Dunnell, Minnesota area before moving to La Plata in 2006. He was a senior at the La Plata High School, where he was a member of the FCCLA and La Plata Youth Group. He enjoyed wrestling, football and baseball. He was a member of the Reading Presbyterian Church in Reading, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. (Monday, September 10, 2007) at the Travis Funeral Chapel in La Plata, Missouri. Officiating will be the Reverend Jeremy Lobdell.

Burial will be in the Dunnell Cemetery, Dunnell, Minnesota on Wednesday (September 12, 2007).

courtesy Kirksville Daily Express


John Hackle

Scott Tebbe

Robert Wilcox

Carl Barton

obituary not found


Lyrica M. Beck

Lyrica M. Beck, 20, of Sedalia, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, at University Hospital in Columbia, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

She was born Sept. 8, 1986, in Sedalia, a daughter of Charles Michael and Melody Rose Schlobohm Beck.

She was raised and educated in Sedalia and was a 2004 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. She was attending Missouri Valley College in Marshall, pursuing a degree in teaching. She was taking modern dance and participating in the show choir. She was a manager of Subway and Taco Del Mar.

She was a registered organ donor. Three people were the recipients of her gift of life.

Surviving are her father, Charles M. Beck, of Sedalia; her mother, Melody R. Swearingen, and her husband, Mark, of Sedalia; a sister, Corissa M. Beck, of Sedalia; and her paternal grandparents, Gerald and Wanda J. Smith, of Otterville.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Norman and Daisy Schlobohm; and her paternal grandfather, Charles J. Beck.

A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, with Pastor David Beck officiating. Pallbearers will be L.D. Schlobohm, Stephen Beck, Jeffrey Ransdell, Timothy Deuschle, Jen Schantz and Jessica Adkins. Burial will be in Rabourn Cemetery in La Monte. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lyrica Beck Memorial Fund, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

courtesy Sedalia Democrat


Andrea Marie Gerlt

Andrea Marie Gerlt died Saturday (Aug. 18, 2007), as a result of injures suffered in an automobile accident. She was 18.

Born in Fayette, March 31, 1989, she was the daughter of Robert and Ronda Mercer Gerlt.

She grew up in Fayette and was educated in the Fayette Public Schools, graduating this last May with the Class of 2007. During her high school years she was an active member of Spanish Club and of the Family and Consumer Science Leaders of America. She was voted by her senior classmates as being the prettiest member of the class and owning the nicest car. She was also awarded the Most Valuable Person award by her teacher, Mr. Oakley.

In her senior book, Andrea wrote that her greatest times were spent with her family, “sitting around telling stories about us when we were little and laughing about them.” In her graduation interview, she expressed her appreciation to her teachers and recalled her favorite high school memory, that of being selected Queen of the 2006 Barnwarming festivities.

She was currently an employee of C&R Supermarket in Fayette.

She is survived by her parents of the home; and by three sisters: Becky Bonuchi and her husband, Chris, of Higbee, Shelley Vogt and her husband, Dusty, and Natalie Gerlt, all of Fayette. Also surviving are her grandparents, Bob and Isabel Morris of Fayette; two nieces, Karisa Bonuchi and Aimee Vogt. Other survivors include her great aunt and uncle, Norma and Bill Brown, her sweethearts, Danny Nation and Nick McCulloch, a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Family Church in Fayette with the Rev. Harold Young officiating. Burial followed at Walnut Ridge Cemetery with Danny Nation, Bob Morris, Dusty Vogt, Chris Bonuchi, Mike Chew, and Warren Gerlt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Morris and Donald Gerlt. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Faith Family.

Contributions may be made to the family for a memorial of their choice. Memorials may be directed to Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.

Courtesy The Fayette Advertiser


Victoria McGee, 18

obituary not found


Kelly Lands, Jr.
(September 2, 1986 - August 8, 2007)

“B. J.” Kelly Wayne Lands, Jr. of Potosi, Missouri departed this life on August 8, 2007 at Potosi, Missouri, having reached the age of 20 years, 11 months and 6 days. He was born at Potosi, Missouri on September 2, 1986, a son of Kelly Lands, Sr. and Ramona Cayson Lands.

B.J. loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He learned to play the guitar and he and his cousin Michael loved playing music together. He loved to go swimming with his family and loved to spend time with family. He was a loving and devoted husband, step-father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.

Those who remain to mourn the passing of his life include his wife, Crystal Lands of Potosi; his mother, Ramona Lands of Potosi; his father, Kelly Lands of Bismarck; four stepchildren, Phoenix Dover, Austin Dover, Sandra Potter, Breanna Potter; his special aunt, Delores Berry of Mineral Point; a sister, Amanda Lands of Potosi; a brother, James Lands of Potosi; two half brothers, Justin Harmon of Centerville, Rodney Lands of Mineral Point; a half sister, Kelly Elaine Emily; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins and many other relatives and friends who will sadly miss him.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 1 PM at the Britton Chapel, Potosi, Missouri with Rev. Jim Wade officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Harold Clark, James Lands, Alex Gouch, Bobby Skiles, Michael Berry, Bobby Sampson, Justin Harmon and Bill Cayson.

Interment and final prayers were held at Palmer Cemetery. All arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Potosi.

courtesy Britton Funeral Home


Kyle Robert Horvat

Horvat, Kyle Robert Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Beloved son of John and Jacqueline (nee Nunnally) Horvat; dear brother of Nick and Tim Horvat; proud uncle of Molly Nicole Horvat; dear grandson of Russell and the late Katherine Nunnally and the late Walter P. and Margaret Horvat; dear boyfriend of Molly Italiano; our dear nephew, great nephew, cousin, friend and teammate to many. Kyle will be missed by his classmates at Mehlville high school as they start their senior year. Kyle was a member of the varsity basketball team (#23) for 3 years and played soccer for 2 years. Please show your Mehlville pride in Kyle's honor and wear green to the visitation. Kyle, we know you are now safe in Grandma's arms until we see you again.Services: Visitation on Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS (South County), 4830 Lemay Ferry Road.In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

courtesy St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Brian S. Hanewinkel

Hanewinkel, Brian S. Asleep in Jesus on Sat., Aug. 4, 2007. Beloved son of Rick (Shirley) Hanewinkel and Theresa (Tony) Mancarella; dear brother of Jeff (Angela) and Mandy Hanewinkel, Clare, Nino, Razi and Matthew Mancarella; dear special friend of Stephanie Farag; our dear grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend to many.Services: Please note change of service times and location. Visitation at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. at Butler Hill on Wed., Aug. 8, 3-9 p.m. then to Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Rd., 63125 on Thurs., Aug. 9 for visitation 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery.

courtesy St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Clint Alexander Yettaw

Clint Alexander Yettaw, son of John and Yvonne M. Rayes Yettaw, was born June 10, 1990, in Fontana, California. He departed this life Thursday, August 2, 2007, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident near Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of seventeen years, one month, and twenty-two days.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather; and his paternal grandparents.

Clint is survived by his mother, Yvonne Yettaw, of Lebanon, Missouri; his father, John Yettaw, and his wife, Betty, of Falcon, Missouri; five brothers, Craig Dehner, of Springfield, Missouri, Shawn, Brian, Dennis, and Kevin Yettaw, all of Falcon, Missouri; two sisters, Carley and Rachel Yettaw, both of Falcon, Missouri; his maternal grandmother, Dorris Brochu, of Monrovia, California; several nieces and nephews; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

He was born in California, but lived most of his life in Missouri. He attended Gasconade C-4 Schools and had completed his junior year of study at Lebanon High School.

Clint was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He had been involved in the Boy Scouts of America program for several years. He was a very quiet, protective, and respectful young man with excellent mechanical skills, and liked to always be busy. He enjoyed being outdoors, exploring nature, and was fond of animals. His family was most important to him and he especially enjoyed being with his brothers and sisters.

Clint was a loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, and cousin, and was a good friend to many. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2007, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial will be in the Yettaw Family Farm, Falcon, Missouri. Services are under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon, Missouri.


David Busby, 16, and Jesse Busby, 17

A funeral Mass for brothers Jesse Frank Busby, 17, and David Michael Busby, 16, St. Clair, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Clare Catholic Church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 6, after 9 a.m. at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair.

They are survived by their parents, Larry "Frank" Busby Jr. and wife Debra Ann; one brother, Tony Busby; their grandparents, Charlene Suntrup and Larry Sr. and Wanda Busby; other relatives and many friends.

Masses or memorials to St. Clair FFA are preferred.

courtesy The Missourian


Matthew Wayne Merrill

Matthew Wayne Merrill, 13, of California, died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, from injuries sustained in an accident in rural Moniteau County. He was born April 19, 1994, in Jefferson City, a son of Shawn Edward and Michele Lynn McCully Merrill. Matthew was a student at the California Middle School, where he was entering the eighth grade. He enjoyed fishing, racing, football, camping, Boy Scouts, canoeing, talking on the phone with his friends and playing video games. He was a member of the Centertown Baptist Church and the Boy Scouts Troop 120. He is survived by his parents; Shawn and Michele Merrill, California; paternal grandmother, Karen Merrill, Chariton, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Elmer and Nancy McCully of LaPlata; one brother, Zachary Alan Merrill of California; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jimmiejoe Merrill. Friends will be received from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. today, Friday, August 3, at the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church in California. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in California with Rev. John Gorham, officiating. Interment will follow at the Centertown Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Boys Scouts of America Troop 120 or the Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, 636-3838.

Courtesy News Tribune


Christopher Scott Smith

Christopher Scott Smith, son of Craig Smith and Melissa (Moore) Newby, was born August 2, 1987 in Crystal City, Missouri. He departed this life Friday, July 27, 2007 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident, near his home, at the age of nineteen years, eleven months and twenty-five days.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas J. Moore.

Chris is survived by his mother, Melissa Newby and her husband, Samuel, of Hartville, Missouri; his father, Craig Smith and his wife, Angela, of Potosi, Missouri; one brother, Micheal Stuart Smith and his wife, Krista, of Barnett, Missouri; a half sister, Samantha Jo Newby, of Hartville, Missouri; a step-sister, Nickole Ann Crocker and her husband, Richard, of Ironton, Missouri; one niece, Taylor Smith; one nephew, Braden Ford; his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Moore, of Leesville, Louisiana; his paternal grandparents, Roy Lee and Emilie Jane Smith, of Demming, New Mexico; his paternal great-grandmother, Mary Joyce Barton, of Alton, Missouri; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; as well as a special friend and employer, Richard and B.J. Hicks and Harold Eugene Buckley.

Chris was born in Crystal City and spent most of his childhood in the Potosi area, where he attended and graduated high school. He lived in the area until moving to the Hartville area two years ago.

For nearly two years, he had worked for Hicks Concrete Construction. He was very good at his job, and was a dependable, hard worker, with a wonderful attitude.

Chris was a friend to everyone and had a heart of gold; he affectionately was known among his friends as “Einstein.” He had a great tan line and was very muscular, and liked showing them off whenever the chance arose.

In his spare time, Chris enjoyed playing in the mud, working on his truck, going to various truck and tractor pulls, as well as golfing and playing his X-Box.

Chris was a loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, great-grandson, cousin and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and accomplishments and will treasure the wonderful memories he has created for his family and friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Hartville. Burial will be in Little Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 - 4:00 p.m. under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Hartville, Missouri.


Leonard Hotmer, II

Leonard "Bo" Hotmer, II, 16, of Blue Springs passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007.

Bo was born Feb. 26, 1991 in Blue Springs to Leonard and Cynthia (Thomas) Hotmer. He was a student at Blue Springs High School and was ready to start playing soccer for BSHS - he was going to be a junior, and his favorite subject was math.

Bo loved life and enjoyed every minute of it, whether he was skateboarding, listening to music, playing violin, hunting, fishing or reading a new book that he had just got. Even though he was a tease and loved to make people laugh, he was very loyal to his friends. Bo was a Boy Scout for many years and played soccer with BSSA for eight years. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Donna Thomas, and paternal grandfather, Leonard S. Hotmer.

Bo is survived by his father Leonard Hotmer of Odessa, Mo.; mother and stepfather, Cynthia and Brent Gilmore of the home; brother "P.J." Hotmer of the home; maternal grandfather, Phil Thomas and paternal grandmother, Helen Hotmer, both of Odessa, Mo.; as well as aunts and uncles Pam Dyer, Steve and Linda Hotmer, Donald and Sharon Hotmer and Judy Hotmer; and his girlfriend Chelsea Watt of Blue Springs; and a host of cousins, and many many friends.

A rosary service will be at 4:45 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at St. John La Lande Catholic Church, with visitation held from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10 a.m., also at the church. Interment will directly follow services at Bates City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leonard "Bo" Hotmer, II Soccer Scholarship Fund, in care of Greater Blue Springs Community Foundation. Bo requested a few weeks ago, that if anything ever happened to him, he would like it if no one wore black or gray to his funeral.

Arrangements: Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main, Blue Springs, Mo., 64015, 816.229.3276

Courtesy The Examiner


Cherish Vaughan

Cherish Annette Vaughan, age 16, of Seneca , Mo. , passed away at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Freeman West Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Cherish was born May 10, 1991, in Cape Girardeau , Mo. , and had lived in the Joplin area the past 10 years. She was home schooled and had recently started working at the McDonald’s location at 43 Highway and Interstate 44. She loved cheerleading and was a faithful member of Abundant Life Christian Center , where she was active with the Youth Core Group.

She is survived by her parents, Michelle and Gary Williford, Seneca; two brothers, James Vaughan and Cody Williford, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Jim and Marilyn Day, Seneca; father, Scott A. Vaughan; paternal grandfather, Gary Williford, Potosi, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Linda Eaton, St. Louis, Mo., Denny Eaton, Farmington, Mo., and Anna and Chuck Vaughan, Illinois; paternal great-grandfather, Walter G. Williford, Park Hills, Mo.; godfather, Roger Hahn, Farmington; godmother, Meredith Clinger, St. Genevieve, Mo.; special friend, Leah Kinslow; and many other extended family members and friends. Cherish was preceded in death by a brother, Kirk A. Vaughan, in 1993.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Christian Church, 6863 Newman Road , Joplin . Pastor Larry Bjorklund and Bryan Joslyn will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services at the church. Graveside services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Layne Cemetery , Park Hills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Jessie Lowes

Jessie Joe Lowes, 18, of Shawnee, Kan., formerly of Laurie, died Wednesday evening, July 25, 2007 on Highway 135 in Stover, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 17, 1989 in Austin, Texas, the son of Clinton Wayne and Joy Lynn Brill Lowes.

Surviving are a sister, Tasa Frehse, and her husband, Davis, of Laurie; his great-grandmother, Eula Laurie, of Laurie; a niece and nephew, Kaely and Kody Frehse, of Laurie; aunts Martha Molder, and Teresa Ensor and family, all of Laurie, Debbie Beeson and family, of Iona; and an aunt and uncle, Tom and Julia House, and family, of Shawnee Mission, Kan.

He was predeceasedby his mother on June 29, 2000, and his father on Dec. 19, 2000.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie-Sunrise Beach Chapel in Laurie, with the Rev. Danny Owsley officiating. Interment will be in the Ozark Chapel Cemetery in Laurie. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Jessie Lowes Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Laurie.


Austin Nelson, 16

Austin Lee Turner Nelson, age 16, of Freeburg, departed this life Tuesday, July 24, 2007, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident within 8 miles of his home. He was born February 2, 1991, at Jefferson City, a son of Jeffrey Lee and Rebecca Kate (Skouby) Nelson. Austin was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Freeburg. He had worked with S&K Roofing for the last two summers. He was very active in soccer, track and FFA; loved to hunt and ride 4-wheelers. He enjoyed playing basketball and on the men's softball league. He attended Fatima High School where he would have been a junior. He always had a smile on his face and a one-of-a-kind personality. He was always giving and in his death, continues to do so. Austin will be sadly missed by family and all who knew him. Those left to mourn the passing of Austin include: his mother Becky Nelson and Mike Wilde, Freeburg; his father Jeff Nelson and his wife Lisa, Dixon; sister, Shelby Nelson, Freeburg and Adrian Wilde, Eldon. Austin has one grandma of Freeburg, Carmen Skouby; and one grandma and grandpa of Dixon, Eugene and Phyllis Nelson. He has one aunt, Jan Skouby and her husband, Jernsen, of Belle; and one uncle, Greg Nelson and his wife, Malinda, of Dixon. He has cousins of Collinsville, Illinois, Sylvia Strackeljahn and her husband, Samuel and their son, Caleb. He also has another cousin of Hartsburg, Justin Skouby and his wife Danielle. Austin has two cousins of Dixon, Seth and Hannah Nelson. There are many other family members and friends. Austin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Iven Chris Skouby Jr., in October 1996, and will be buried by his side. Visitation will be held Friday, July 27, 2007, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Holy Family Catholic Church, Freeburg. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2007, in the Holy Family Catholic Church, Freeburg with Rev. Phil Niekamp celebrating. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery, High Gate, under the direction of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, Vienna. Pallbearers for Austin will be cousin's husband, Samuel Strackeljahn; cousin, Justin Skouby; cousin, Seth Nelson; friend, Jeffrey Bax; friend Michael Kaesik; friend, Dylan Buscher; friend, Jordan Beck; friend, Kody Krieg; friend, Cole Meier; and family friend, Adrian Wilde. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested by the family to the Austin Nelson Memorial Fund to be applied toward the lighting of Fatima/Knights of Columbus/Westphalia Soccer Field, c/o Bank of Freeburg, P.O. Box 38, Freeburg, MO 65035.

Published in the NewsTribune on 7/26/2007.


Michael Patrick Creamer III, 17

Mr. Creamer was born Sept. 14, 1989, in St. Louis, the son of Michael P. Creamer II and wife Carol J., nee Revelle.

He had just completed his junior year at Pacific High School.

Mr. Creamer is survived by his parents, Michael P. Creamer II and wife Carol J., nee Revelle; his grandparents, Michael Creamer Sr., Sally Sowards and Orville and Marilyn Revelle; one brother, Christopher Creamer, Robertsville; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services were held Saturday, July 21, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Pacific.

The family was served by Bell Funeral Home, Pacific.

Courtesy The Missourian


Kerry Michael Becker

Becker, Kerry Michael, age 16, July 7, 2007 from automobile accident. Dear son of Michael and Debbie Becker (nee Hussey). Dear grandson of Mary Ann Becker. Dear nephew of Rick and Mary Hussey, Sandi and Dave Wilson, and Patty Becker. Kerry was a sophomore and a member of the Baseball Team at Hazelwood West High School. He is loved and will be missed by all. Visitation 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm Wed., July 11 with evening service at 7:00 pm . at Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant. Memorial donations in memory of Kerry may be given to the ALS Association.


Brooke Baxter

Brooke Nicole Baxter, 16, was taken from us on July 4, 2007. Brooke was born on May 23, 1991. She is survived by her parents Rex and Carol Baxter, her sister Lyndsey Baxter, her Papa, Marvin Pigg, and uncle Chris Pigg, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her grandma, Delores (Peery) Pigg, grandpa Edward Baxter, grandma Hazel Baxter and great granny Anna (Sloan) Peery. Brooke always looked at the bright side of life. She was a goal-oriented determined individual that always strived towards excellence. The energy that she put forward in everything she did was amazing. Her love of softball and dancing was well known by all. It was the small things that Brooke did that meant so much to many of us. Brooke's smile will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at the Excelsior Springs High School Performing Arts Center. The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday July 8, 2007, at the Polley Funeral Home Excelsior Springs, Mo. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family suggests donations be made to the Brooke Baxter Memorial Fund to be given to various organization in her memory. Services under the direction of Polley Funeral Home Excelsior Springs, Mo.

courtesy Kansas City Star


Joshua Peterson

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