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PCGS Membership Memorial Tributes


Nadine Allen (1932-2018)
Nadine Allen, 86, of Urbana died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. 

She was born March 7, 1932, to Fennie Morgan and Selma Christina Miles Woods.  She graduated from Hermitage High School and from Draughon’s Business College. 

She was united in marriage to George Leonard Allen Aug. 26, 1953. 

She was a member of the Polk County Genealogical Society and the Hickory County Library. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Allen; and her youngest daughter, Patricia Lynn Allen.

She is survived by two daughters, Vivian Wasson and husband Dean of Springfield and Christy Allen-Mitchell of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Dennis, Doug, Casey, Bradley and Jacob; several great grandchildren; one brother, Vincent Woods and wife Connie of Flemington; one sister, Wannetta Bolin of Idaho; as well as many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, with Chaplain Buddy Liggenstoffer officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Payne Cemetery Polk.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory County Library.  Online condolences may be made at greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Larry Ferguson (1939-2018)

Larry Kenneth Ferguson, 79, of Bolivar, MO went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 29, 2018. Larry was born on April 24, 1939 in Dresden, MO the son of Clyde Marshall (CM.) Ferguson and Hazel Irene (Edwards) Ferguson. Larry graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO and furthered his education at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.

He is survived by his wife Arleen Ferguson of 57 years, two sons Mike Ferguson and his wife Pam, two grandchildren, Shane and Hannah Ferguson of Clinton, MO. Marc Ferguson of Bolivar, MO and two grandchildren, Ryan and Malorie Ferguson. Daughter, Amber Ferguson of Bolivar, MO. Larry is also survived by two brothers, Bob Ferguson and wife Kathy, La Monte, MO and Bill Ferguson and wife Patty, Sedalia, MO. Larry is also survived by five nieces and one nephew.

Larry truly enjoyed a long and successful career in agriculture as a feed salesman where he always focused on improving the health and productivity of livestock and the profitability of the livestock producer. His dedication allowed him to be the recipient of many awards for his achievements in the animal nutrition business. He developed many lifelong friendships through his occupation and various organizations that he belonged to and served in such as Bolivar Rotary Club President, Bolivar Booster Club President, Abou Ben Adhem Shriners, Masonic Lodge, Gideons International President, Polk County Cattlemen's Association and he certainly enjoyed all the people in his church family at Brighton Highway Assembly of God Church.

Services for Larry will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Butler Funeral Home Bolivar, MO. Visitation will be held 1:00 Pm - 2:00 PM at the Butler Funeral Home Thursday, July 5, 2018. Burial will take place 11:00 AM Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia, MO.

Ramona Jones (1939-2018)
Ramona was a faithful member of the society as her health permitted and she was a master of the jigsaw puzzle. Many members and visitors enjoyed sitting at the big table and visiting with Ramona while they worked on a puzzle (during a break from research).

Ramona Darlene Jones was born October 10, 1939 in Centralia, Illinois. She died Friday, June 22, 2018 following a long illness.

Ramona was preceded in death by her mother Avis (Lambert) Jones, and her father Rev. Lester C. Jones all of Bolivar, Mo as well as a sister Linda Strunk, her brother- in-law John Strunk.

Survivors include her brothers Robert Jones of Lexington, KY and Michael and wife, Beverly Jones of Long Lane, MO. Two nieces, Elizabeth Strunk of Bolivar and Michelle Frazier of Canton, MO, one nephew Jason Jones, Edwardsville, Illinois, one great niece Lauren Frazier, and four great nephews, Kyle Frazier, Tyler Frazier, Sawyer Jones and Cooper Jones.

Ramona attended Mt. Gilead church in Bolivar and was saved at an early age.

She belonged to the genealogical society in Bolivar and enjoyed many hours of research into the history of Polk County.

She enjoyed classical and religious music and was a constant reader. As long as she was able, Ramona was a walker and logged many, many miles during her lifetime.

Services for Ramona will be Monday, June 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar, Missouri. Burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar, Missouri.

Charles David Johnson (1927-2018)

Obituary:  Springfield - Mr. Charles "David" Johnson, the son of Jasper and Dorthea Pauline (Henson) Johnson was born July 28, 1927 in Springfield, MO and passed away on Friday evening, March 2, 2018 in Springfield Rehab and Health Center, Springfield, MO. His age was 90 years, 7 months and 2 days.

David grew up in the Graydon Springs, MO area. David and his wife Helen, moved to the State of California and resided there for 26 years and later to the Las Vegas area for 19 years as he worked in the concrete and mining industries. After retiring, he and Helen moved back to Missouri to the family farm near Walnut Grove and resided there the past 20 some years. David was a true outdoorsman; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. David loved going to Alaska to fish for salmon and halibut with his best friend Joe. He also traveled to the Rockies and would guide elk hunting trips. David also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

David and Helen Louise Hodges were united in marriage on April 1, 1949. To this union 3 daughters were born. Together, David and Helen were privileged to share over 65 years, before Helen's passing in 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one sister.

David is survived by his loving family; three daughters; Kathryn Mattucci, Tina Marie Walling both Springfield and Glenda and husband Mike Oparnico of Harrisonville, MO; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 10, 2018 at 2:00PM in the Eudora Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim White officiating and Terry Crocker and Barry Lee Johnson giving the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Turkey Creek Cemetery, Walnut Grove, under the care and direction of Wilson-Griffin Funeral Home, Walnut Grove, MO.

Family will receive friends in the church on Saturday, from 1:00PM until service time.
Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 7, 2018

Ray Gene Brown (1936-2017)
Ray and his wife Sue were faithful members of the society, attending every meeting until health problems required a move to Springfield.  Ray also served for several years as vice president of the Society.

Ray Gene Brown, 81, of Bolivar died Friday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Quail Creek in Springfield.

Ray was born Jan. 15, 1936, in Morrisville, the son of Ray W. and Velma Carter Brown. He grew up in the area and graduated high school, before working for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 43 years.

He married Sue Holbert on June 11, 1957, at her parent’s home in Bolivar. They celebrated 60 wonderful years together, and to this union two children were born.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Velma; a brother, John Brown; and a sister, Eva Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Brown; a daughter Leisa Reif, and husband John of Springfield; a son, Greg Brown and wife Rhoda of Bolivar; his grandchildren, Joe Brown, John Brown, both of Bolivar, and Chasity Miller and husband Jacob of Springfield; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie Brown; and two sisters, Pat Smith and Vicki Cribbs.

Visitation was Monday at Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar.
Graveside services were Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Bolivar, under the direction of Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar.

Charlotte Hoppers (1934-2017)

Charlotte Lorraine Burger Hoppers was born in Topeka, Kan., on Feb. 9, 1934, and died Sunday July 16, 2017, following a long battle with cancer.

Charlotte spent her early years in Kansas City, until she was 12 when her family moved to Weaubleau to run the store at Burger Junction.
She graduated as salutatorian from Weaubleau High School in 1952. Charlotte loved Hickory County and treasured the lifelong friendships she made there.

Charlotte met Bill Hoppers at the Wheatland Skating Rink, and they married six weeks before he left for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army. In Bill's absence, Charlotte began attending Southwest Missouri State University part-time while also working in Springfield. Ultimately, she received a bachelor's degree in education from SMSU and a master's degree in education from Drury College.

Charlotte began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse and retired after many years of teaching in various school districts in Polk and Hickory counties. She continued to have close friendships with many of her former students and colleagues until her death.

Charlotte was also active for many years in summer workshops on the SMSU campus, teaching her colleagues how to utilize newspapers in the classroom. During her teaching career, Charlotte was honored to receive the Humansville CTA Educator of the Year Award, the Lakes Country Counsel International Reading Association Literacy Award, a Community Service Award from Drury College among others.

Charlotte was a member and past Grand Matron of Eastern Star.

Although Charlotte was a member of the First Christian Church in Bolivar at the time of her death, she was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist denomination. She had many hobbies and interests and was an avid china painter.

Charlotte is perhaps best remembered for her humor, and her "Talkative Tilly" character was well known at local events. One of her greatest joys was making others laugh, even at her own expense. She also had a true teacher's ability to speak frankly, and yet her words were always full of love and encouragement.

She was a woman of many gifts and talents, including the ability to connect on a personal level with people from all the different areas of her life. Her mothering style was just as passionate and unique as the rest of her. It was her favorite role, and she often said she raised her two best friends. Many will vouch that she had a hand in raising them as well.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Doris Burger; her spouse of 53 years, Bill J. Hoppers; and a half-brother, Hadrian Burger of California.

Charlotte is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Charla and Steve Lear of Bolivar and Marsha and Rick Floyd of Fair Grove; her grandchildren, Jarett Lear and wife Sarah of Lenexa, Kan., Kristopher Keller and wife Megan of Springfield and Tara Williams and husband Cody of Fair Grove; and four great-grandchildren, Steven Lear, Truitt and Eloise Keller and Emmett Williams. She was looking forward to the arrival of her fifth great-grandchild and namesake, Ada Charlotte Williams, due next month. In addition, Charlotte has two step-grandchildren, Kristy Schuetz and Dustin Floyd and wife Cheryl, all of Springfield; and four step-great-grandchildren, Chelsea Ambriz and husband Caleb of Springfield, Madison Hernandez and husband Stepheny of Conway, Ark., and Lance and Trevor Floyd of Springfield. Charlotte is also survived by her niece, Sandra Woodward of La Quinta, Calif., whom she thought of as a younger sister; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar. A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Butler Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Crutsinger Cemetery in Hickory County.

She received treatments for many years under the care of Dr. Leo at Central Cancer Care Center in Bolivar.

Charlotte, who was an avid dog lover, was noted as saying that in addition to seeing loved ones when she enters heaven, that she hopes to be greeted on the other side by a pack of dogs. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polk County Humane Society or the Central Care Cancer Center in Bolivar.

Martha Carolyn Mustain Mott (1930-2017)
Carolyn Mott was a descendant of the Campbell family who settled Polk County and often dressed as her ancestor, Matilda Polk Campbell, while presenting programs on the history of Polk County.

Carolyn Mustain Mott of Bolivar died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 86.

Carolyn was born July 27, 1930, in Bolivar, the daughter of the Rev. Claud J. Mustain and Ruth Keeling Mustain.
She graduated from Mountain Grove High School in Mountain Grove in 1948 and from Southwest Baptist College in 1950. She married Paul A. Mott on June 9, 1950, and was married to him for 64 years.

As a proud and patriotic descendant of Polk County settlers, Carolyn served many years in local and national organizations such as Daughters of the American Revolution, Matilda Polk Campbell chapter, Bolivar (organizing regent); Colonial Dames - 17th Century; James Knox Polk Memorial Auxiliary, Columbia, Tenn. (life member); and Polk County Historical Society, Bolivar (life member).

Mrs. Mott sang in many church choirs in her life, as well as Bethany College Oratorical Society in Lindsborg, Kan.; Shawnee Choral Society in Shawnee, Okla.; and Salina Community Chorus, Salina, Kan. While residing in Salina, she was a member of the Treble Clef Music Club, served as organist and children’s choir director at Bethel Baptist Church and Bel-Air Southern Baptist Church. She also conducted musical therapy programs for 15 years in area nursing centers.

Carolyn was a member of First Baptist Church and a former board member of the Bolivar Community Concert. In 2005, she received the Life Service Award from Southwest Baptist University.

Carolyn worked hard, not only in church and civic organizations, but also in her home as a wife and mother of four daughters. She designed and sewed many of their clothes during their growing-up years, as well as their wedding dresses.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Mott; her parents, the Rev. Claud J. Mustain and Ruth Keeling Mustain; two brothers, Richard Arnold Mustain and Kenneth Mustain; two grandchildren, Christopher Michael Warren and Timothy David Warren; and two great-grandchildren, Halley Rae Livers and Porter Hemingway Livers.

Survivors are her daughters, Paula Hemingway and husband Mark of Denton, Texas, Teresa Kendall and husband Ray of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dana Warren and husband Bill of Wichita, Kan., and Anita Robidou and husband Robert of Trophy Club, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar.

Services are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Baptist Church in Bolivar with Pastor Billy Russell officiating. Interment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar immediately after the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Martha Carolyn Mott Music Scholarship at Southwest Baptist University.

Friends and family can send online condolences at butlerfuneralhome.com.

Norma Nadine Crain Green
(May 30, 1931 - January 26, 2017)
Norma was the daughter of Samuel Henry Crain and Revia Edell Smith and wife of Charles Edward Green.

Norma N. Green, 85, of Belton, MO, entered into eternal peace on January 26, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11am, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut St. Belton, MO. Visitation 10-11am. Burial in the Belton Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Heartland Baptist Church, 810 S. Cedar St., Belton, MO 64012. Arrangements under the direction of McGilley and George Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Belton, MO. 816-322-2995

Delbert Taylor (1930-2016)
Delbert Lawrence Taylor, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday December 14, 2016, after courageously battling a long illness.

Delbert was born November 19, 1930 in Parsons, Kansas, the first born son to John "Clarence" Taylor and Lucy Corda Grimes. He graduated from Parsons High School & Parsons Junior College. He began his career with the MKT Railroad in Parsons in 1950 & held several different jobs on the railroad before getting a position in the accounting department in 1954. In 1957, when the Katy moved their offices from Parsons KS to Denison TX, Delbert moved with them. He worked a total of 39 years for the Katy Railroad, retiring in 1989.

Delbert married Betty Neel Rainwater in Parsons, KS on March 2, 1956 & instantly became the father to two daughters, Phyllis and Sherry. After moving to Denison, two sons were born, Richard "Rick" & Randy. Delbert & Betty divorced in 1972. Delbert & Betty Pecoraro remained friends over the years, often socializing together after both remarried.

On March 16, 1974, Delbert married Patricia "Pat" Ward LaFon in Grand Prairie, Texas at her home. He gained two more children with this marriage, Sandra LaFon Lewis & Thomas LaFon. Pat passed away in February 2010.

Delbert was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather & friend to everyone who knew him. He knew no stranger & was a very special man to a lot of people. He enjoyed traveling all over the country doing Genealogy research & walking 10K's in all 50 states, including London England. He was a long time member of multiple organizations & held officer positions in many of them for years. Some of the organizations that he was a member of are: SAR, NAVRE, American Volkssport Association, Denison Genealogy Society & he was known as "The Record Keeper" of the Red River Railroad Museum. He most enjoyed watching his grandson's ball games whether it was football or baseball & the tailgating & traveling that came with those ball games.

Delbert is survived by his sons, Rick Taylor of Moss Point, MS, Randy Taylor and his wife Karen of Denison TX, Tommy LaFon and his wife Terry of Bluff Dale, TX , his daughters, Phyllis Rainwater and Sherry Rainwater both of Frisco, TX, Sandra Lewis and her husband Clyde of Garland, TX, his grandsons, Ryan Taylor of Tyler, TX, Jordan Taylor of Denver CO, Jason LaFon & his wife Jo Ann of Arlington, TX, his granddaughter, Stephanie Lewis of Little Elm, TX as well as his great-granddaughters, Kimberly LaFon & Jessica LaFon both of Arlington, TX and his special good friend, Jacque VanHooser of Denison, TX.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence & Lucy Taylor and his two younger brothers, Orville Taylor & Charles Taylor.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful nurses, nurse aides, physical therapists, case workers & doctors who treated & cared for Dad over the past couple of years at Texoma Medical Center, Carrus Specialty Hospital, Gunn Lane/200 Hall at Beacon Hill & Heart to Heart Hospice.

Family & Friends visitation will be Monday, December 19, 2016 from 6-7 pm at American Funeral Services, 4312 W Crawford St, Denison, TX. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 10 am at Morton Street Church of Christ, 2225 W Morton, Denison, TX with Pastor Jess Whitlock officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Denison, TX.

Pall bearers for Delbert will be Ryan Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Jason LaFon, Craig Epperly, Johnny Brown, and Don Tarbot.

Delbert would be honored if Memorials were sent in his name to the following two organizations that he proudly served as a volunteer:

Red River Railroad Museum (RRRM), c/o Caboose Restoration Project, 101 E Main St STE 145, Denison, TX 75020


Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation-Sherman, 600 E Taylor St STE 3005, Sherman, TX 75090, Phone: 1-855-HEART26 (432-7826)

Published in The Herald Democrat on Dec. 18, 2016 -

Deva Louise Kirchner (1932-2015)
Deva Louise Kirchner departed this life at 2:46 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, as a resident of Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility in Bolivar with her daughter, Christena, holding her hand. She died of natural causes after a gradual decline of health at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Deva was born June 21, 1932, in the home of her maternal grandmother, Viola Thatch, in the south part of Wheatland in Hickory County. She was the daughter of Jesse “Jess” Fay Poe and Jessie Katherine Thatch Poe. Her first home with her parents was on a farm that was about 1 1/4 miles west and 3/4 mile south of Elkton.

Deva attended grade school for two years at Shady Grove, a country school about 4 miles west of Elkton. Next, she attended Sunny Slope, a country school about 1 mile north of Flemington, where she graduated from the eighth grade. She attended Humansville High School for three years and then attended Weaubleau High School for one year where she graduated in 1952.

Deva moved with her mother to San Bernardino, Calif., in December 1952. Deva married Roy Stanley Kirchner Jr. on April 7, 1954, in the Church of the Nazarene in San Bernardino. They first met when Deva was a freshman and Roy was a senior at Humansville High School.

Roy had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July 1951, and they led a military life together until Roy retired in August 1971. Some of their homes together during this time included Wiesbaden, Germany, Le Vesinet France-near Paris, Washington, D.C., San Bernardino, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. Deva and Roy met for five days at Ft. DeRussy near Honolulu, Hawaii, during Roy’s Vietnam year of ’67-’68. They called this their second honeymoon.

After Roy’s retirement, they lived a few months in Humansville with Roy’s parents. On Jan. 1, 1972, they moved to a home which they bought at 604 S. Lillian Ave. in Bolivar. Deva remained in this home until April 28, 2014. Roy had passed away there on April 10, 2014.

They were blessed with 60 years and three days of marriage. Three children were born to their union, Christena, Angelena and Roy III.

Deva also had a son before her marriage to Roy. His name was Terry Lee Poe.

Deva was a homemaker her entire life. She was a kind, sweet, loving wife and mother. She enjoyed being a member of the Polk County Genealogical Society, where she was an original member for more than 20 years. She attended church with Roy at various churches in Bolivar. She lastly attended church with her two daughters at Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist.

Deva was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her daughter, Angelena Jean Kirchner Mollet Hirsch of Mexico, Mo.; her son, Terry; her sister, Maxine; and her parents.

Deva is survived by her daughter, Christena Louise Kirchner Barber of Bolivar; her son, Roy Stanley Kirchner III of Clinton; her grandchildren, Atha Barber Schatz and husband Benjamen of Kansas City, Nathan Barber and wife Misty of Ozark, Ala., Joshua Barber and wife Lauren of Olathe, Kan., Marissa Barber and companion David Hasler of Willard, Glen Mollet and Mike Mollet, both of Rush Hill and Jesse Hirsch of Mexico, Mo.; her great-grandchildren, Emily Schatz of Kansas City, Olivia Barber of Ozark, Ala., Owen Barber of Olathe, Kan., and Aiden Hasler of Willard (due Oct. 8). Other survivors are her brother, Ross Poe of Colorado Springs, Colo., and her sister, Lois Jean Morris, address unknown.

Visitation is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar. Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home, Bolivar. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com

Betty Beason Ammerman (1929-2015)

Mrs. Betty Ammerman, age 85, of Springfield passed away June 10, 2015 in her home. She battled Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with grace and courage. She was a survivor of breast cancer in 1998 and lung cancer in 2009.

Betty Jean was born near Fair Play, Missouri, July 7, 1929, the first child of Forrest Beason and Grace Roberts Beason.

On December 21, 1946 Betty and Claud F. Ammerman were married in Fair Play. They lived in Bolivar until 1949 and then moved to Springfield.

A graduate of Fair Play High School, and valedictorian of her class, she was a member of the orchestra, and competed in vocal solos and ensembles, some at the state level. She was active in 4-H, winning several local and state level ribbons. Betty was a former bookkeeper and was employed by the Bolivar Free Press and in Springfield at the American Milking Shorthorn Society; Webster Oil Company; and Nixon, Simpson and Shipp Insurance Company.

Betty was a Life Member of Queen City Chapter #226, Order of Eastern Star, and Pleiades White Shrine, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem serving as Worthy High Priestess in 1960.

Her family was the most important part of her life and when the children were younger she participated in their activities: Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts, PTA and School Volunteer and taking them to swim, karate and other classes.

Betty had a passion for family history and genealogy and began research in the 1940s. She was a charter member of the following organizations: Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS), Springfield, organized in 1969; Historical Society of Polk County, Missouri, Missouri State Genealogical Association; and the Polk County (Missouri) Genealogical Society. She was a member of Rachel Donelson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in Springfield for over 25 years. She was served on the Editorial Board of Ozar’kin, the OGS quarterly, 35 years of its 36 year publication. She also served as an officer and chair of several OGS committees. She was a published co-author of books including A Branch of the Wright Tree and compiled a number of genealogical articles. On August 2, 2014, she was presented with the Missouri State Genealogical Society’s “Award of Merit” for her outstanding contributions to genealogy in Missouri.

Betty and her siblings were very close and they all met once more in Springfield recently. Betty was the family historian and maintained contact with close cousins as well as many extended cousins from coast to coast.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Richard Robert, December 1, 1949 and husband, Claud, August 30, 2004.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Kay Wilson and her husband, Raymond “Boots” Wilson, Strafford; her son, Jim Ammerman, Springfield; two grandchildren, Ben Wilson and friend Jessica Roemer, Springfield and Tara Ammerman, Nashville, Tennessee; and two step-grandchildren, William Wilson and Christy Wilson Fair.

Other survivors include her siblings and their spouses: Joe and Rosemary Beason, Stevensville, Montana, Dolores Huff Tucker, McKinney, Texas, Charles and Shirlynn Beason, Forney, Texas, Lee and Gwen Beason, Sherwood, Arkansas; step-brother, Bill and Gerry Beamon, Phoenix, Arizona; step-sister, Mary Beamon and Don Witter, Laguna Niguel, California; brother-in-law, David W. Ammerman, Archie, Missouri, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family expresses gratitude to Good Shepherd Hospice and Home Sweet Home for their special care during Betty’s last illness.

More extensive obituary on www.gormanscharpf.com.

A visitation will be held from 9-10 am on Friday, June 12, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 am at Hazelwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Ozarks Genealogical Society, 534 W. Catalpa St., Springfield, MO 65807.

Bobbie Floyd Cook (1937-2014)
Born Feb. 7, 1937 on a hilly farm east of Walnut Grove, Missouri just a short distance off of BB highway, Bobbie F Cook passed at his home at 9:05 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 in Haines City Florida surrounded by family members.

Born to Isaac and Daisy Cook, Bobbie attended Springfield, Aldrich and Fair Play schools in Missouri. HMC Bobbie F Cook was a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and attaining the rank of Chief Hospital Corpsman. After retiring from the military, Bobbie attained his BS in Accounting from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. After graduating from SJSU, Bobbie completed his 2nd retirement with a management position at a Dialogue, one of the information predecessors of the World Wide Web. Following his retirement, Bobbie moved "home" to Ozark, Missouri with his wife Carol. A tireless worker, Bobbie continued to contribute after those retirements by assisting the NASA shuttle astronauts with their experiments.

Bob married was married to Carol Locke for 39 years from Nov. 5, 1960 (in Miami, Ok.) until 1-5-1999.
Together they raised 4 children. Joy Cook and Shelley (Cook) Neis who were from Carol's previous marriage and the 2 children they made together, Ernest and Melissa Cook. In his final 14 years Bob was married to Linda Springs who had one daughter, Susan Lansing and one son, Robert Lansing. Prior to his death Bob relocated to Haines City, Florida with Linda where they lived until Bob's death. Bob was baptized at East Ave Baptist Church in Missouri at an early age and at the time of his passing was attending the Chapel by the Lake in Haines City.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Isaac Cook, mother, Daisy Hall, 3 brothers, Paul Cook, Silas Cook, and Raymond Merrick, 3 sisters, Alma (Cook) Booth, and Phyllis Cook.

He is survived by his wife Linda, his son Ernest Cook and 3 daughters Joy Cook, Shelley (Cook) Neis, Melissa Cook together with 5 grandchildren, Jared Neis, Tara Neis, Jonathan Cook, Lauren Cook, Cassandra Cook, and the children' s mother Carol Cook, sister Nora Jane (Cook) McAnualty ,brother Jerry Hall as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 am, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO. Graveside services and Burial will be at 1:00 pm in the Missouri Veterans cemetery at 5201 South Southwood, Springfield, MO 65804

Roy Stanley Kirchner, Jr. (1932-2014)
Roy or "Mr. K" was an original member of the society, along with his wife Deva. They attended almost every meeting, conference, class and event presented by PCGS.  He was a valuable member of the genealogical society and will be missed, not only for his interest in preserving family histories, but for his many contributions to our organization. Roy purchased computers and printers, microfilm, books and other supplies for the genealogy library. He is another about whom we can rightfully say that "PCGS wouldn't be where we are today without him."

Roy Stanley Kirchner, Jr., was born Oct. 25, 1932, in the home of his parents, Roy Stanley Kirchner & Lillie Ellen (Newcomb) Kirchner, on a farm in Jefferson Twp., Cedar Co., Mo., that was about 3 miles NW of Dunnegan and about 5 1/2 miles SW of Humansville. Roy passed away at age 81 yrs 5 mos and 16 days unexpectedly from heart failure about 2am on April 10, 2014, in his home in Bolivar, Mo., while sitting at his computer working on the Thatch family history. It was his goal to complete his work on the Kirchner, Poe, Newcomb, & Thatch families, our main four branches. He was very close to this goal, having completed the first three.

He attended grade school at High Point, a country school in Cedar Co., about 2 miles west and a little south of the farm where he was born, and at Union, District No. 5, a country school about 3 1/2 miles east of Flemington in Polk Co., where he graduated from the 8th grade. He then attended the Humansville High School where he graduated in 1949 and was salutatorian of the class that year. During the following year, he again attended the Humansville High School and took post-graduate courses. Much of his time was spent mowing lawns all over the town during summer vacations. He was a member of the Boy Scouts in Humansville.

Roy married Deva Louise Poe on April 7, 1954. They were married in the Church of the Nazarene in San Bernardino, California. They first met when Roy was a senior and Deva was a freshman at Humansville High School. To this union were born three children: Christena Louise, Angelena Jean, and Roy Stanley, III. Roy & Deva happily celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary three days before his passing.

Roy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 11, 1951, and retired as a Staff Sergeant on Aug. 1, 1971, after serving for 20 years and 20 days. His occupation during that time was typist and stenographic technician . He was stationed at Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. Next, he was at the University of Alabama for additional technical training. He was the No. 1 Honor Student in the class. The overseas locations which he was stationed included Wiesbaden, Germany (twice); Paris, France; Phan Rang, Vietnam; Johnston Island in the Pacific; and Hickam AFB near Honolulu, Hawaii. After discharge, Roy, Deva, & children returned to Humansville. On Jan. 1, 1972, they moved into the home they bought at 604 S. Lillian Ave. in Bolivar, Mo., where Roy & Deva still lived at the time of his death.

Roy attended the Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar and received an Associate of Science degree in General Education on May 19, 1979. His first and ONLY car was a 1955 Ford Customline, bought new in Hayward, Calif., for $2,500 in Aug. 1955, which was still being driven by him shortly before his death. He was particularly interested in pursuing his favorite hobby of genealogical research which was commenced on Jan 1, 1957. He was also interested in stamp collecting, coin collecting, old books, old phonograph records, song collecting, tape recording, and computers. Roy & Deva mainly attended First Assembly of God Church of Bolivar.

Roy is survived by his wife, Deva Louise Kirchner, of the home; daughters Christena Barber of Bolivar, Mo., Angelena Hirsch and husband Johnya of Mexico, Mo.; son Roy S. Kirchner, III of Clinton, Mo.; grandchildren Atha Marie (Barber) Schatz and husband Benjamen of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan Daniel Barber and wife Misty of Clarksville, Tn., Joshua David Barber and wife Lauren of Olathe, Ks., Marissa Jean Barber of Bolivar, Mo., Glen Roy Mollet of Rush Hill, Mo., Mike Martin Mollet of Rush Hill, Mo., and Jesse John Seth Hirsch of Mexico, Mo.; great-grandchildren are Emily Elizabeth Schatz of Kansas City, Mo., Olivia Danielle Barber of Clarksville, Tn., and baby Barber due Oct 20 of Olathe, Ks. Roy is also survived by ex-son-in-laws Richard Barber of Fairplay, Mo. and Ray Mollet of Rush Hill, Mo.; brother-in-law Ross Poe of Colorado Springs, Co.; 1st cousin Nancy (Newcomb) Mann of Great Falls, Va.

Roy had many dear friends from the Polk County Genealogical Society, which he was an original member of 20 years. Susan Sparks was like a daughter to him. Roy's unique personality and quirkiness will be greatly missed by family and friends! He was loved.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the PCGS in Bolivar, Mo. Online condolences may be made at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar, with the Rev. Gary Ankrom officiating and interment following in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar.

Visitation: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook or leave private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

‘There will never be another Mr. K’
Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Bolivar Herald-Free Press by Jessica Drews, reporter jessicad@bolivarmonews.com
Friends and family of Roy S. Kirchner Jr. of Bolivar will remember him for his commitment to and love of family and genealogy. Kirchner, 81, died April 10.
Susan Sparks, Leta Gass and Betty Doyle, members of the Polk County Genealogical Society, remember Kirchner as a very generous man. He and his wife, Deva, were charter members of PCGS, joining 20 years ago.

“He was a very generous man,” Gass said. “He had a sense of humor, and he was very shy.”

 Kirchner completely funded the society’s first published book, Sparks said, and even gave the society 100 copies to sell. He visited at least half of Polk County’s 174 cemeteries to collect cemetery records to keep at the genealogical society.

After he and Deva finished collecting records from the cemeteries, Kirchner again published a book with his findings and gave the society some to sell. Roy and Deva even visited the Greenwood, Flemington and Lehman cemeteries every Memorial Day (since 1972) to decorate the graves of relatives. “We admired this tradition,” daughter Christena Barber said.

Kirchner began his favorite hobby, genealogy work, on Jan. 1, 1957, although he was also interested in stamp collecting, coin collecting, old books, phonograph records, song collecting, tape recording and computers.

In an email from PCGS following Kirchner’s death, Kirchner was remembered for his involvement with the organization. “Roy and Deva attended almost every meeting, every conference, every event PCGS had. He even enjoyed coming to our beginning genealogy classes because he thought he might learn something ‘new.’”

Gass said Kirchner, known as “Mr. K” to them, helped the society over the years by helping purchase computers, microfilm machines and copy machines, in addition to his countless hours of research.

“He didn’t really want accolades,” Sparks said. “We call one of the computers he used Mr. K’s computer.

“When we started our journey, I called him Mr. Kirchner. He said, ‘That’s my dad.’ So we gave him the nickname Mr. K. We meant it affectionately.”

Sparks, Gass and Doyle also remember Kirchner for the high level of precision in his work. “Personally, as I create something, I think, ‘Now what would Mr. K say about this?” Gass said.

Kirchner’s contributed genealogy work includes contributions to the PCGS history book and more than 50 volumes of research on Polk County families, including three out of the four main lines of his and his wife’s family. At the time of his death, Kirchner was researching the fourth line of his family, the Thatch family line.
“He also did genealogy work for other people,” Gass said. “It was his life’s work.”

The genealogical society intends to publish the last of Kirchner’s work with a memorial to him at the end.

“There will never be another Mr. K,” Gass said.

The ladies agreed that the best word to describe Mr. K was “unique.”

“I think people are put in your path for a reason,” Sparks said of her interaction with Kirchner over the years.

Kirchner’s daughters, Barber of Bolivar and Angelena Hirsch of Mexico, Mo., said they did not always know what genealogy project their dad was working on but that they are grateful for the family history he has completed for them. “We are extremely grateful for our own personal family that he made these books. We hope to do one-tenth of the job he did,” Barber said about continuing their dad’s genealogy work.

The girls said their dad lived a very independent and simple life. “He was very old fashioned, and had an old-fashioned way of doing things. According to Barber, he still used a push reel mower and was still driving his one and only car, a 1955 Customline, just three days before his death. Hirsch said her parents never owned a microwave or a clothes dryer, and they still used a rotary phone. They have no cell phone or answering machine.

Just a few weeks ago, the Kirchners upgraded from dial-up to high-speed Internet so he could continue his genealogy work at home. Kirchner owned a microfilm machine and still had a small collection of microfilm.

“He had his clipboard at his side any time he was working,” Hirsch said.

Sparks said family was most important to Kirchner, and Barber said Kirchner loved for his girls to call and share about their lives. “He loved for us to share our lives with him, for my sister and I to tell him about our daily lives,” she said. “He loved to hear what we had going on.”

Kirchner was very proud of his family, including one of his grandsons for following in his footsteps and going into the military. Kirchner served for 20 years, 20 days in the U.S. Air Force. “He was proud of his grandson for doing that,” Sparks said.

Barber and Hirsch said that some of the most important things their dad instilled in them were to carry on a written heritage and to be precise. “It is extremely important to carry on your written heritage,” Barber said, “to document your heritage for future generations.” “He also taught us it is important to be as correct as possible, to be precise,” Hirsch said. “To do things correctly and accurately.”

“He was his own editor,” Barber said. “When he sent something to us (at the genealogical society) we were under strict orders not to touch it,” Sparks said about editing his work.

The girls said Kirchner also taught them to be responsible with their finances.  “He was very good with keeping his personal finances straight,” Barber said. “He wrote down every penny he spent, and he tried to instill in us how important financial stability was.”

When he was not busy working, Kirchner liked to play games. When the whole family was together in March, they played Scrabble, Barber said.
“He had a lot of fun times when you could drag him away from his work,” Barber said.

Kathryn Lorraine Parkman Kincaid (1922-2013)
Dear, sweet Lorraine--PCGS wouldn't be here without you. Lorraine spoke to friends about the idea for a genealogical society in Bolivar and hosted the first planning meeting at her house in February 1994. The group was formed and Lorraine was a constant supporter, even when she could no longer get out and about. We will all be forever grateful to her vision!

Lorraine Kincaid, 91, of Bolivar departed this life on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Citizens Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born in Burtonsville, Maryland and married William H. Kincaid on September 27, 1941. They lived in Silver Spring, Md., Laurel, Md., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she retired from her position with U.S. Customs in Miami before moving to Bolivar in 1988. She was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

Lorraine was active in the Bolivar community. She belonged to the Friends of the Polk County Library and the Polk County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed wood carving and belonged to the Polk County Wood Carvers group.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William; son Wayne M. Kincaid; sister Eleanor Park and brother George H. Parkman, Jr.
Lorraine is survived by her son Chester E. Kincaid and his wife Stacey of Bolivar; granddaughter Jessica Prentice; granddaughter Lacey Kincaid; grandson Shane Kincaid; 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home, Laurel, Maryland at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 31st with visitation to be held 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in Union Cemetery, Burtonsville, Maryland.
Local visitation for Lorraine Kincaid will be held from 2-4 PM Sunday, October 27th at Murray Funeral Home in Bolivar.

Memorial contributions may be given to Southern Hills Baptist Church or the Polk County Library.
Online condolences may be submitted at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com.


Helen Lillian Brown Pierce Nottingham (1930-2013)
Helen was a longtime member of PCGS. She was one of our original "obituary party" ladies and then later volunteered at the facility occasionally when her health permitted it.

OBITUARY: Helen L. Nottingham (April 17, 1930 - October 22, 2013)
Helen Lillian Nottingham, 83, of Fair Play, Missouri passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Bolivar, MO. She was the only living child born to Fred and Cora Brown in Cliquot, Missouri.

During her teen years Helen's family moved to Mesa, Arizona where she graduated from high school. Upon graduation, she began working at Valley National Bank where she held several positions over many years. In December 1950 she married Gordon Pierce and to this union two sons were born. Gordon passed away in December 1965 leaving Helen with 2 young sons to raise and support. Helen eventually became re-acquainted with childhood beau Don Nottingham while visiting relatives in Missouri. She and Don married and the family moved back to Missouri. To this union a son was born. Don passed away in February 1988.

Upon moving to Missouri Helen was a homemaker for a number of years. In the mid-seventies she began working for Polk County in the Recorder's Office and subsequently in the Clerk's Office. She retired in 1995.

Helen was a 50 year member of the Mesa Starlight Chapter #16, Order of the Eastern Star. While living in Arizona she belonged to the sewing club and the bridge club. For many years she served as Sunday School secretary and was active in the women's fellowship group of the Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dunnegan. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Polk County Genealogical Society. She was an excellent homemaker and cook and enjoyed sewing and quilting, producing many fine quilts for family and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Gordon Pierce and Don Nottingham. She is survived by three sons: Dan Pierce and wife Jenny of Moscow, Idaho; Scott Pierce of Clever, Missouri and Joe Nottingham of Fair Play, Missouri; grandchildren Amy (Pierce) Garwood, Emily Pierce, Kyle Don Nottingham, Chase Malen, Sheena Malen, and Britney Nicole Pratt; sister-in-law Virginia Stauffacher of Bolivar and brother-in-law Larry Nottingham and his wife Peggy of Stockton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Murray Funeral Home at 911 W Broadway in Bolivar officiated by Rev. Scott Garner with burial immediately following at the Dunnegan Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home; 909 Greenlee St.; Denton, Texas 76201. Online condolences may be submitted at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com.


Walter Bo Russell (1920-2013)
Bo Russell was a past member of PCGS. He also presented on the Russell Family at one of our Living History Tours at Greenwood Cemetery.
OBITUARY: Walter Bo Russell, age 92, entered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 6:35 AM. He had resided at Garden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation in Kansas City, Missouri for the past 2 ½ years after moving to Kansas City from Bolivar, Missouri in 2006. Bo was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lena (Spurgeon) Russell, his wife of 63 years, Ida Mabel (Teters) Russell and his infant grandson, Christopher Bo Russell.

Born on October 5, 1920 in Towanda, Kansas, Bo was a resident of Bolivar, Missouri and a graduate of Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar and Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1942. After graduation he worked in Washington, D.C. for the Coast and Geodetic Survey as a photogramatrist and served in the United States Army Air Force in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations until the end of World War II. Bo attended Officers Candidate School in Brisbane, Australia and as the war ended, he was serving as a photo intelligence officer in the Air Force Headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur in Manila, Philippines.

In 1942, Bo married his high school sweetheart, Ida Mabel Teters and they raised their family in Bolivar, MO where his wife was a beloved elementary teacher for many years in the Bolivar School District. Bo commuted to Rolla, Missouri, where he worked with the Missouri State Geological Survey. During this time, he was in charge of the field operations which determined the prehistoric river channels of the Missouri River. In 1958, Bo moved his family to Kansas City where he worked until his retirement in 1986 for the Layne-Western Company. Bo retired as district manager and vice president of the Layne-Western Company and his pride with this company was reflected in the training of over thirty young managers/engineers for the company.

Bo and his family were active throughout life in the pursuit of Christian ideals. Bo and Ida Mabel worked tirelessly for many years with the First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri and later with young college students at the First Baptist Church of Raytown. Bo was ordained a deacon in First Baptist Church of Raytown, where he served for a number of years on various committees helping to direct church growth.

Bo’s family include his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Dennis Rogers, Kansas City, MO, his son and daughter-in-law Walt and Marty Russell, Yorba Linda, CA, granddaughters, Amy Rogers-Johnson, Susanne Dilly and husband Jason, Elizabeth Hoops and husband Justin and grandson, Jonathan Russell and wife Noel. Bo was also blessed with five beloved great grandchildren, Avery Dilley, Olivia Dilley, Gavin Dilley, Reese Johnson and Cohen Johnson.

Bo’s life was long and filled with wonderful memories of a gracious man who lived the concept of a strong Christian leader within his family. People valued him as friend, business associate and model of integrity and character. He was named the “Kindest Citizen in Bolivar” in 1999, an award which reflected the love and affection of his community.

A Celebration of Life for Walter Bo Russell will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Harlan E. Spurgeon officiating. The reading of the Eulogy will be by Rev. Billy Russell. Personal Reflections will be by Bob Jester and Pat Mullen. Elizabeth Hoops and Jonathan Russell will have a reading entitled “A Life Well Lived”. Musical selection will be “It Is Well With My Soul” by soloist Brad Wommack, a congregational song, “Because He Lives” and “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar under the care and direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Dr. Walter Bo Russell, III will be reading “Resurrection Day” at the cemetery. Military Honors will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery by the Fifth District Honor Guard of the American Veterans. Casketbearers will be jason Dilley, Justin Hoops, Bob Jester, Jonathan Russell, Henry Teters and Larry Teters.

A Visitation will be held from 11:00 to 1:00 PM at the Butler Chapel just prior to services.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, At 1:00 PM A Celebration of Life for Bo will be held at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View, Platte Woods, MO 64051 with Rev. Ginger Pudenz officiating. Elizabeth Hoops and Jonathan Russell will have a reading entitled “A Life Well Lived”. Personal Reflections will be by Amy Rogers-Johnson and Susanne Dilley. Musical Selections will by “Blessed Assurance”, “Great Is They Faithfulness” and “When The Saints Go Marching In” with Walter Bryant as the pianist.

Bo’s Family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers of Garden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for the loving attention paid to Bo. Daily they were a godsend and encouragement during the years he spent in their home. Also a special thank you and profound gratitude to the Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Garden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation, 8575 N. Granby, Kansas City, MO 64154. The Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care, 2900 N.E. 60th St., Suite 150, Gladstone, MO 64119. Also the Lifting Hands Network, 5962 Short St. Yorba Linda, CA 92886, Dr. Walt Russell, Chairman of the U.S. Lifting Hands Network.

Friend may sign the guest book online at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Macelia "Macy" Nell Breithaupt True (1943-2013)
Macy founded the "Lost Higgenbothams newsletter and always had encouraging things to say about PCGS. She was always sending nice emails and dropping by to say "Hi" to those at the facility.
OBITUARY: Macelia Nell “Macy” True, age 69, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Macy was born Nov 4, 1943 to Stanley Breithaupt and Juanita (Higgenbotham) Breithaupt in Springfield, Missouri.
On September 18, 1987 Macy was united in marriage to Daryl True in Webster Grove, Missouri.
Macy retired from Automatic Data Processing, she was a home-maker, was a former President and Newsletter Editor of "The Lost Higgenbothams", and started a cancer support group this past year in her church.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Stanley and Juanita, and three brothers; Romie Cole Harris, Stanley Con Breithaupt, and Donald Gene Breithaupt.
She is survived by her husband; Daryl True of the home, a brother; Holace Frank Breithaupt and his wife Patty of Springfield, Missouri, step-son; David True and his wife Tina of Austin, Texas, step-daughter; Sarah Mulligan and her husband Frank of Gilbert, Arizona, a granddaughter; Claire Rose Mulligan of Gilbert, Arizona, an aunt; Freda Bruer of Daleville, Alabama, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri with Pastor Debbie Peebles and Pastor Gloria Jones officiating under the care and direction of Butler Funeral Home.
No visitation will be held.
Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery East of Bolivar.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Group, Fenton United Methodist Church, 800 Gravois Road, Fenton, Missouri 63026
Friends and family may sign the guestbook or leave private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Sylvia Lee Simmons Thomas (1936 -2013)
Sylvia was a hard-working member of the society, spending many hours collecting newspaper clippings and compiling scrapbooks for use by the society's members and customers.
Sylvia "Sally" Thomas, 76, of Bolivar, formerly of Colorado and Nebraska, passed away at Citizens Memorial Healthcare on Monday, January 28, 2013. She was born as a twin daughter of Bennie and Genevieve Lyle Simmons in Bolivar.

She married Jerry Breshears in 1954 and they were the parents of a son, Bruce. In 1967 Sylvia married Robert Hall Cruse and in 1977 she married Calvin Thomas in California.

Sylvia attended Bolivar Schools graduating from Bolivar High School Class of 1954. She worked as a meatwrapper for the Lucky's Store chain in California and while living there she enjoyed going to concerts at Knotts Berry Farm. Sylvia has written a family history, a history of the town of Peetz, Colorado with the information stored at the Sidney, Nebraska Library, and she has compiled information concerning Polk County School graduates with the information stored at the Polk County Genealogical Society.

She was a member of the American Legion Post 138, a member of the First Assembly of God in Bolivar, the Over 50 Club, the Senior Center $5 Club, and worked as a volunteer for the Genealogical Society and Historical Society as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister Sue and her husband Max Kinsey, sister Doris Pyle, brothers Lewis Simmons and Glen Simmons, husbands Robert Hall Cruse and Calvin Thomas; and nephew Jeffrey Thomas.

Sylvia is survived by her son Bruce Earl Breshears of Broomfield, Colorado; sister Mary Box of Buffalo; nephew John Box, Roger Box and family; niece Roberta Brasher of Halfway; sister-in-law Helen Burec Simmons and her children Susan Parks and Nancy Hammond and their families; cousins Wayne Simmons of Florida, Zelma Phelps of Kewanee, Illinois, Mary Jackson of Moline, Illinois; and other family members.

Gravesite services for Sylvia Thomas will be held 11 AM Friday, February 1st at the Shady Grove Cemetery in Humansville where she will be buried next to her grandparents. The service will be officiated by Rev. Gary Ankrom, friends James Whitman and Bill Bob Kallenbach, under the care and direction of Murray Funeral Home of Bolivar. The cremains of her husband will be buried with her as well.

Memorial contributions may be given in Sylvia's memory to either the Genealogical Society of Bolivar or the Shady Grove Cemetery % David Ross, 408 W Fisher, Humansville, MO 65674.

Sylvia wishes a special thank you for help during her sickness to dear friends James Whitman, Steve and Renee Sagaser.

Online condolences may be submitted to www.murrayfuneralhomes.com

Lula Mae Mustain Kent (1935-2013)
Lula knew everyone in town because she was either related to them or helped them at Roweton's Home Center. She was always glad to see you and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed.
Mrs. Lula Mae Kent of Bolivar, Missouri passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 27 days. Lula was born on February 11, 1935 to Dora Blanche (Mitchem) Mustain and Richard “Harrison” Mustain in Fair Play, Missouri. Lula was raised in the Bolivar area and made her home in Bolivar for most of her adult life.

She married Eugene Albert “Pinky” Kent at the First Christian Church on July 6, 1962. They were blessed with a total of three children: Jayne, Kevin and Michael. They made their home in Bolivar where Lula took a part time job over the holidays at the local Western Auto. That part time job was to become a career that spanned over 51 years. Known today as Roweton’s Home Center, Lula felt fortunate to be able to work there right up till the day the pneumonia she developed required her hospitalization. Lazy was a foreign concept to Lula and she took great pride in being able to work. She was a veritable fountain of knowledge in all things relating to hardware.

Lula was a member of the Genealogical Society, Historical Society, Rebecca Lodge and had been honored by the Rotary Club in 2007 as the first recipient of the Second Mile Award. She was a believer in giving back to her community, but did not seek recognition for doing so. Instead, she was an anonymous contributor to various charities in which she found merit. To honor that memory, the family would like to challenge everyone that hasn’t, to please find a similar way in which to support your own community. Whether it be time or money, it was important for Lula to give back. Also, Lula was not only an SBU Booster but probably the best cheerleader that any of the local teams could possibly have. Her favorite sport was basketball and over the years she became a lexicon of knowledge as related to not only local teams but college as well. She always enjoyed March Madness and was usually pretty accurate in predicting its outcome. Lula loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them as well as her many friends. She was never too busy to say “Howdy” or stop for a minute to chew the fat. In fact, Lula loved to eat out so that she could have more time to visit. Why waste all that time in the kitchen when she could spend more time with family and friends by going out?

Lula is survived by her daughter Jayne Dobbs and husband Darren of Mtn. Grove, MO., two sons; Kevin Kent of Fair Play, MO., and Michael Kent and wife Aline of Pelham, NC., four grandsons; Michael Kent, Jr., Jonathan Kent, David Kent, and Allen Dobbs; five great grandchildren, Shawn Kent, Merci Kent, Chris Carter, Lauren Carter, and Brad Carter; two sisters, Shirley Trammell and husband Bud of Bolivar, MO., Cookie Witt of Ash Grove, MO., two brothers, Ted Mustain and wife Ginger of Hemet, CA., Robert Mustain and wife Judy of Brighton, MO., sister-in-law Evelyn Toelle of Oklahoma City, OK., , many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, plus a host of friends.

Lula was preceded in death by her husband Eugene “Pinky” Kent, a brother Tom Mustain, two sisters-in-law, Connie Mustain and Helen Rice; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Witt and Charles Toelle.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm Thursday evening at the Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11 at 11:00 AM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow and be at the Dunnegan Cemetery under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tremain Hospitality House in Bolivar, Missouri.

Friends and family may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Vernon Henry Drewa, Jr. (1930-2012)
Vernon Henry Drewa Jr., 82, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at First Baptist Church of Keller. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Vernon was born Jan. 17, 1930, and raised in Fort Worth. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars where he earned two Purple Hearts. He retired from the U.S. Navy after over 30 years of service as a naval intelligence officer. He then worked and retired as the southwest regional manager of the Federal Aviation Administration at D/FW Airport, Dallas. Vernon was a Master Mason for 52 years and a charter member of the Elks Lodge Midcities. He served on the board of Baylor Hospital and Scottish Rite hospitals in Dallas. He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors, Amphibious group, Navy League, First Baptist Church of Keller and numerous other organizations. Vernon was dedicated to his family genealogy and loved fishing and hunting. Most of all, he was a man who loved his family and friends, God and country, who never met a stranger.
Survivors: Wife, Gail; daughters, Karen Skrasek and husband, Johnnie, Danna Kuyper and husband, Dick, and Kristi Lucas; brother, Robert Wayne Drewa and wife, Laverne; brother-in-law, Gerry Wren and wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Jason Skrasek, Joey Martinak, Brittney and Brooke Elliott, and Natalie, Sarah, Amanda, Josh and Mark Lucas; great-grandchildren, Macy and Maddy Martinak.
Published in Fort Worth, TX Star-Telegram on November 18, 2012.

Martha Jane Fullerton (1929-2012)
Jane and her sister Mary joined PCGS a few years back after attending our "Genealogy Basics" class but they weren't really "new" since many of us had known them for years.

Martha Jane Fullerton, the third of five children of Donald Raif “Jerry” and Grace Jane Hargis Fullerton, was born October 19, 1929, in Polk County, Missouri. She passed away September 7 at the age of 82.

Jane lived her entire life in or near Bolivar. She attended one-room rural schools and graduated from Bolivar High School, where she was a member of the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame. She attended Southwest Baptist University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University. She also earned two master’s degrees — one in administration and one in guidance and counseling — from Drury University, where she was awarded a Drury Alumni University Award for service to education. She taught in a one-room rural school for three years and at Morrisville for three years. She then taught for 40 years in the Bolivar school system, retiring in 1993.

For more than 60 years, she was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, where she was chosen 1988 MSTA Leader of the Year. For more than 50 years, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, a teacher service sorority. In her later years, she was a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, where she served as state president of both the MRTA Association and MRTA Foundation.

At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest members of the Mount Gilead United Methodist Church.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert Eugene Fullerton and his wife, Marjorie Ball Fullerton, and Donald Dean Fullerton. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Ellen Fullerton, with whom she resided, and Lucinda Lee Fullerton Stewart and her husband, Glenn, of Bolivar. She also is survived by nine nieces and nephews:
• Bob’s daughters, Marilyn, and her husband, Roy Albin, and their children Marcie, Kelsey and Andy of Bolivar; and Carolyn and her husband, Clint McAllister, and their son Kyle of Springfield.
• Cindy’s sons, Jerry Dale Stewart, and his wife, Trudy, step-daughter Jennifer, husband John Lamosi and son, Jacob; and step-daughter Heather, all of Springfield; and Terry Glenn Stewart and his wife, Ronda, and daughters Addie and Emma, of Bolivar.
• Don’s children, Jane Ellen, and her husband, Terry Lemons, and their children Benjamin and Sarah, of Bristow, Va.; Leslie and her husband, Jim Hutter, and their children Tate, Hayes, Gibbs and Tess, of Republic; Betsy and her husband, Stewart Eckols, and their sons Blace and Trey, of England, and their daughter, Alexandra, of Lubbock, Tex.; Jeffrey and his wife, Tommi Fullerton, and their children Logan, Raif, Reed and Rhett, of Bolivar; and Jennifer and her husband, Jim Ernst, and their daughter Carly, of Bedford, Ia.

Services will be held Monday, September 10, at 11 a.m. at Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar with the Rev. Clint Lambeth officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation Endowment or the Mount Gilead United Methodist Church.

Friends and family may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Marilyn Quitt Rogers (1933-2012)
Marilyn was one of the first members of the society when it was formed in 1994. Although her health hadn't permitted her to attend meetings recently, she was still a strong supporter of PCGS.

OBITUARY: Marilyn Ann Rogers, 79, of Halfway, MIssouri passed away Monday, September 3, 2012, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar. Marilyn was born in Kenmare, North Dakota the daughter of Arthur Benjamin and Violet Viola Fennell Quitt who lived long lives in Minnesota.

Marilyn married James Edward Rogers on June 20, 1951 and he preceded her in death in 1982. She was baptized into the Lutheran Church in Glenwood, Minnesota and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Independence, Missouri.

Marilyn moved with her family to the area in 1980 and she became enthralled with the community of Halfway. She researched and wrote a book about the history of Halfway and the book is in the Polk County Library. She was a member of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Department, she was a volunteer cafeteria worker the the Halfway School, and a member of the TOPS Club in Buffalo. She loved to travel and was a voracious reader. She loved to paint, quilt, crochet, sew and work in her garden, but her special passion was genealogical research. She was very meticulous in whatever she attempted to do.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

She is survived by sons Michael A. Rogers of Halfway and Sonny Jimmy Cal Rogers and wife Lisa of Independence, Missouri; daughter Rosetta Grace Hernandez and husband Luis of Miami, Florida; eight grandchildren Benjamin Donald Rogers, James Arthur Rogers, Shannon Denese Rogers, Robin Renee McClain; Nicholas William Hernandez; Barbara Sternberg-Garmon, Suzanne Logan, and Luis F. Hernandez, Jr.; and five great-grandchildren Lauren Vaughn, Amanda Palacio, Aaron Sternberg, Willow and Summer Hernandez.

A celebration of Marilyn's life will be held at her residence, 2019 Highway 32, Halfway, Missouri on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 from 2-4 pm with the burial of her cremains at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marilyn's name to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 62, 1100 Maple Street, Buffalo, MO 65622.

Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.murrayfuneralhomes.com. Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Friday, September 7, 2012


Lucille Castle Peterson (1910-2011)
Mrs. Peterson and her foundation, The Peterson Foundation, were instrumental in the success of the Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility. Thanks to her generous donations over the years, the PCGS has been able to complete the purchase of the building and enact many needed improvements over the years.

OBITUARY: Mrs. Lucille Castle Peterson joined her husband Harrold Richard Peterson and other family members in heaven on Wednesday August 17, 2011. She resided at the Bolivar Parkview Healthcare Facility. Lucille was the daughter of Hattie Lee Mann Castle and George Thomas Castle and was born September 22, 1910 in Pecan Gap, Texas. She would have celebrated her 101st birthday next month.

She graduated from Ozark High School near Altus, Oklahoma in 1931. She married Harrold Peterson on January 6, 1932 at the pastor’s home in Friendship, Oklahoma. They spent over 40 years in the rural telephone business. Their company became the first rural dial system in the state of Oklahoma.

Lucille is preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband, her brothers George Lafayette, William Bryan and Ray Randolph and her sisters Thelma Lee Owens, her twin Lorraine DeVilliers, her younger sister Hattie Maxine Houston and her daughter-in-law Janis Stoup Peterson.

Lucille is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lou Thelen and Ronald Kemp of Bolivar, Missouri and her son Dwight Harrold Peterson of Roosevelt, Oklahoma, her grandchildren Ronald Nuburn Kemp, Jr. and wife Marjorie, Luther Harrold Kemp, Wesley Don Kemp and wife Marla, Debora Dawn Peterson Williams, and Don Wayne Peterson, her great grandchildren Serenity Ann Kemp Wilson and Charles Wilson, Levi Nuburn Kemp and Diana Kemp, Tyler Don Kemp, Landon Holt Kemp, Rylee Lou Kemp, Laura Alyssa Kemp, Erin McKenzie Kemp, Kyle Don Wager, Kelsey Marie Wager and Daniel Wade Peterson, her great-great grandchildren, Evan Nuburn Kemp, Ariana Marie Kemp, Mia Joann Wilson, Michael Luther Wilson, nieces and friends.

Lucille was a lady of integrity and honesty. She was very resilient, able to accept many challanges and a great problem solver. She was an adventurous person and was willing to try many new things and ideas. She will be missed and continually loved by her family as they strive to continue her legacy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday August 27, 2011 at the Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri with Rev. Bill Hooper and Dr. Ron Kemp officiating. Visitation will follow the services at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Donnie Peterson, Ron Kemp Jr., Luther Harrold Kemp, and Wes Kemp. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tyler Don Kemp, Landon Kemp, Levi Kemp, Charles Wilson, Kyle Wager, Daniel Peterson, and Guy Jackson.

Funeral services in Oklahoma will be held at 10:00am Monday August 29, 2011 at The First Baptist Church in Roosevelt, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at the Altus City Cemetery in Altus, Oklahoma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Polk County Genealogical Society Library, P.O. Box 632, Bolivar, Missouri 65613

Friends and family may sign the guestbook or leave private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Dr. William K. Hall (1918-2011)
Dr. Hall was a friend to many genealogical societies and took a special interest in our little society.  The members loved to receive letters from him and he enjoyed receiving them back.  His books make up the bulk of PCGS's section on Greene County.

Article: "Historian helped families track past", posted 12 Mar 2011 by Kathleen O'Dell, community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

The man who preserved our past in scrapbooks of newspaper clippings -- now the most-used volumes in the library system -- has, himself, become an entry in local history.

Dr. William K. Hall, who earned the gratitude of genealogists and amateur researchers alike, died March 2 in St. Louis. He was 93.

If you've never searched old family records or birth announcements, "Hall's Collection" may mean little. But news of his death is rippling through the communities of genealogists and historians because of what he gave us.

Hall spent nearly a lifetime creating an index and scrapbooks of the vital records that appeared in Springfield-Greene County newspapers dating to 1865. These kinds of records are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in family research or the history of southwest Missouri. People use them to trace relatives -- perhaps family fortunes -- through birth records, marriage or engagement announcements or obituaries.

Local History Librarian Michael Glenn praised Hall's contribution. "Dr. Hall's 145-year index to items of genealogical interest from Springfield newspapers has proven to be an invaluable tool for historians and genealogists, saving many people countless hours of searching newspapers day by day for death, marriage and divorce information," Glenn said.

Hall began indexing the newspaper items while attending Central High School. He said he did it to keep up with hometown news and to support his own research while at Yale, studying medicine at Harvard, serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy and World War II, and practicing medicine in St. Louis and St. Charles. Hall also wrote numerous genealogy books.

All the while, he continued to cut and paste articles into old magazines. He indexed the items in the back and had photocopies made and bound into books, which he then gave to the library and genealogical groups. The library's collection of 230 volumes stretches 45 linear feet.

Ongoing work to digitize his books and indexes appears on Missouri Digital Heritage, under "Hall's Index & Items of Genealogical Interest from the Springfield, Greene County, MO Newspapers."

"I was saddened to learn ... of Dr. Hall's recent death," said historian Sally Lyons McAlear. "There are many genealogical and historical discoveries I owe to his contributions."  McAlear's hope is to see a notice honoring his passing in the 2011 Hall's Index. She added, "His death certainly needs to make the index, after he included countless thousands of other deaths and items of local interest."

Excerpt from article posted Sep 2009:  
Dr. Hall began indexing Springfield newspaper items of genealogical interest while still in high school and has continued to do so since.  He would cut and paste articles into old magazines and then index the items in the back and have photocopies made and bound into books, which he then gave to the library.  This set of books are the most used books in the Springfield-Greene County Library system.  Often patrons from near and far will fill several carts full of books in a day, especially during a holiday week.  People use the books to find birth announcements, marriage or engagement announcements and divorce notices.

The most popular use of the indexes is to look up obituaries.  While it may sound morbid, obituaries can be a gold mine of information for genealogists.  Dr. Hall has also indexed Springfield newspapers from the 1800’s forward into the 1940’s. 

Dr. Hall is the son of Edward B. and Mary Kearney Hall.  His mother's father was Michael Kearney, master mechanic with the Frisco Railroad.  Dr. Hall attended Boyd, Pipkin Junior High and Central High schools here in Springfield.  He graduated from Yale in 1939 and received his medical degree from Harvard in 1942.  He was an officer in the Navy during World War II.

From Ozarks Genealogical Society Newsletter, April 2011:

William K. Hall was born October 9, 1918, in Springfield, Mo., the son of Edward B. Hall and Mary (Kearney) Hall. He attended Springfield schools and then earned a BS degree from Yale University (class of 1939) and an MD degree from Harvard Medical School (class of 1942). He joined the Navy and served 20 years, retiring in 1962 as a Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy.

William Hall's avocation was Springfield, MO history. While in the Army he began compiling scrapbooks of vital records and obituaries from Springfield, MO newspapers. Those original scrapbooks are in the OGS Library and bound copies are at TLC, the Library of Congress and the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, UT. He also published a book, "Springfield, Greene County, Missouri Inhabitants in 1880," compiled an index to biographies in Greene County histories and produced genealogies of the following families: Hall, Bennington, Bussing, Perkins, Simms, and Delaney.


Marsha Hoffman Rising (1945-2010)
Marsha was known across the USA as an excellent genealogist and researcher but she always had time for and the desire to help her local genealogical societies. The Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility now houses over 400 research and reference books used by Marsha to research. Marsha generously and graciously donated the books to PCGS after publication of her work, "Opening the Ozarks: The First Families in Southwest Missouri."

OBITUARY: Marsha Hoffman Rising died peacefully in her bed on the seventeenth of February 2010 after a thirteen and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on the nineteenth of August, 1945 in Kansas City, Mo. to Paul and Zella (Deschner) Hoffman. She graduated from Winter Haven FL High school. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida and her MSW from Florida State University. She then taught for a year at Troy State University before being hired to become the first Director of the MSU undergraduate Social Work program. She guided that program though accreditation. In her early days in Springfield she was on the steering committee for the Child Advocacy Council and was the President of the local ACLU.

She then changed directions, left the University and became a Certified Genealogist. In that capacity she became the President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a Fellow and President of the American Society of Genealogists, the Vice-President of the National Genealogical Society and a Trustee of both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She published several books, the most popular of which was The Family Tree Problem Solver. She also published several genealogical references the magnum opus being Opening the Ozarks: The First Families in Southwest Missouri.

In time she was given by the excellent surgery by Dr. Albert Bonebrake and experimental chemotherapy after her cancer diagnosis she chose to become a traveler. She visited 7 continents, 42 countries and all 50 states. She leaves to mourn her husband Dean; her sister , Carol; step-daughter, Amy and Amy's husband Brian Brown, all of whom want to thank St. John's Hospice for their care in the final days of Marsha's illness. Her body has been cremated and at her request there will be no service. There will be a visitation at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home Friday, February nineteenth, 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: FGS, 1812 Fund-Rising Tribute, P.O. Box 200940 Austin, Texas 78720-0940.   Published in the Springfield News-Leader Feb. 2010


James Woodrow "Woody" Kinsey (1922-2010)
Woody and his wife Ernestine are newer members of PCGS but are well known around Polk County as retired educators. Woody could always be counted on for a good joke :-)

OBITUARY : James Woodrow (Woody) Kinsey, born September 27th, 1922, passed away on January 20 after a long illness. He was the first of four brothers all born to Ordie and May Kinsey on a small farm north of Bolivar located near Huron.

After graduating from Goodson High School in 1941, he entered the Army/Air Force in December of 1942. After completing basic training, the Army/Air Force assigned him to the 583rd Signal Air Corp located in the Pacific Asian theatre. He participated in five land invasions, including New Guinea, the Philippines and the East Indies. He was preparing to be part of the invasion force of Japan when President Truman signed the surrender treaty with the Japanese. He in turn became part of the occupation force on mainland Japan.

After the discharge from military service in 1945, he found employment as an assistant at Carver Jewelry Store. While serving at the jewelry store, he met Ernestine Stewart. They were to marry five years later in August of 1950. By 1946 Woodrow had completed an Associate’s Degree from Southwest Baptist and started what became a 35 year career as an educator mostly in the Bolivar School Systems. During that 35 year span, he first taught in the high school classroom teaching classes in the social sciences; in the later part of his career he was promoted to assistant principle and principle until his retirement in 1982. During the course of those 35 years he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Missouri State and a Master’s Degree from Drury College.

Woodrow’s organizational ties included a membership in the First Baptist Church for 45 years, serving as a Sunday School teacher and a lifelong member of the Rotary Club where he served as President. Other civic clubs included the Junior Chamber of Commerce and American Legion. A contribution Woodrow made to many civic organizations in the Bolivar Community was preparation and cooking of several thousand broilers.

Woodrow took great pride as a charter member of the World War II Memorial on the national mall in Washington DC and had the opportunity to visit this site twice during the past decade.

He was politically active serving as on Polk County Committee of the Democrat Party and participated directly in many of the activities of the party including accompanying his wife to two separate Democrat Conventions in 1980 and 2008. One special event for both his wife and he was an attending a reception at the White House hosted by President Carter. Woodrow found popularity among his students over the years he served on the faculty as students time and again selected him as senior class sponsor, which resulted in over a dozen trips to Washington DC with the senior classes.

Woodrow most importantly will be remembered as a wonderful husband and Father by his son and wife. He is survived by his wife Ernestine of 59 years, a son Timothy Stewart Kinsey and wife Cynthia in Leesburg, VA, three children: Rachael of Honolulu, Hawaii, Jacob and Rebecca both of Leesburg, VA. A brother Tom Kinsey and wife Lee reside in Springfield, while a second brother Don and wife Nancy reside in St. Louis. Further survivors include a sister-in-law Harlene Easter of Bolivar and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St Jude Children’s Hospital would be appreciated. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Russell officiating. Bob Martin will be giving a Eulogy. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar. Military Honors will be conducted by the AMVETS Post #114, Flemington, MO

A Visitation will be held on Saturday Evening from 6-8 PM in the Butler Chapel.

Friends may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Friday, January 22, 2010


Roger A. Morrison (1938-2010)
Roger was a brand new member (2009) of PCGS and we all were looking forward to getting to know him.

Roger A. Morrison, 71, Humansville, died Friday, April 9, 2010 at his home. The son of Boyd L. and Pearl L. (Brown) Morrison, he was born July 23, 1938 in Humansville.

Roger graduated from Humansville High School in 1956. He continued his education at Southwest Baptist College receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1959. In 1966 he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and in 1979 he received a Master of Education degree from Drury University.

He and Bonnie Morrison were married for 30 years.

Roger taught school for 17 years. He then was employed by the Missouri Division of Family Services and later by the Missouri Department of Corrections. He also served as a preacher for 7 years. His hobbies included genealogy, writing and just being in the country.

Survivors include 2 children, Sheila Gibson and husband, Joel, Sparta, and Sean Morrison and wife, Amy, O’Fallon; 5 grandchildren, Krista Allen-Barnard, Lee Gibson, Hannah Morrison, Samuel Morrison and Haley Morrison; 3 sisters, Virginia Jones, Springfield, Emma Slone, Brookline and Linda King, Springfield; 1 brother, Wayne Morrison, Flemington; and 2 uncles, Robert Brown, Humansville and Arthur Brown, Phoenix, Arizona.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM Friday at Murray Funeral Home, Humansville with Rev. Mike Brixey officiating. Inurnment will follow in Humansville Cemetery. Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Frank Thomas Dickerson (1930-2010)
Frank and his wife Dolores were longtime members and faithful supporters of PCGS. It was because of their generosity that the beautiful shutters on display throughout the PCGS facility were made possible. These shutters were handpainted with local scenes from Polk County and placed in the windows. Frank and Dolores donated the entire cost of the artwork. Frank and Dolores were also faithful meeting attendees until their health kept them away.

OBITUARY: Mr. Frank Thomas Dickerson, age 79, of Bolivar, MO, passed away May 9, 2010, in the Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar, MO. He was born December 21, 1930, in Polk County, MO, to Ernest Earl and Ann Lee (Hughes) Dickerson. He is a US Army Korean War veteran. He is a member of the First Christian Church of Bolivar.

He was united in marriage to Dolores Jean (Ritter) Appleby June 1, 1974. His parents; his first wife Cora Sue Ragsdale; and a great granddaughter Karla Dee Robles precede him in death. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Dolores of the home; his son Russell Dickerson and wife Debbie of Polk, MO; his daughter Dee Ann Robinson and husband Dan of Bolivar, MO; step-children: Teresa Barker and husband Danny of Bolivar, MO, Robert Appleby and wife Lavonne of Bolivar, MO, Dana Peak and husband David of Marshfield, MO; four grandchildren: Dustin and Ryan Dickerson of Polk, MO, Dylan and Denae Robinson of Bolivar, MO; eight step-grandchildren: Travis, Curtis, and William Barker of Bolivar, MO, Josh and Rachel Appleby of Bolivar, Becky Robles of Colorado Springs, CO, Megan Parrott of Marshfield, MO, Nick Peak of Marshfield, MO; two great grandchild and six step-great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 20, 2010, in Pitts Chapel with Rev. Jerry Book officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery Bolivar, MO. Pallbearers will be Travis Barker, Curtis Barker, William Barker, Dustin Dickerson, Ryan Dickerson, and Nick Peak, with Josh Appleby as an Honorary Pallbearer. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 20th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm one hour before the service in the funeral home. Friends and family may sign a guest book or send private condolences at: www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO. Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press on Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Gary W. Routh (1942-2010)
Gary was a longtime member of PCGS. Although he never met most of the members of PCGS, we could always count on him to drop us an encouraging note. He was very excited about the First Families project and volunteered many suggestions and samples to get us started in the project. He was looking forward to submitting his paperwork for certification but passed away before he was able to.

OBITUARY: Passed away the evening of Feb. 14, 2010. He was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Lamar, CO to Earl and Eva (Lamle) Routh. He married Sally Turner in Las Animas in 1971 who passed away in 1988. He married Janice LaBorde on March 21, 1993, in Denver. He is survived by his wife Janice; sons Odie (Kristin) of Vermont and Jon (Lisa) of Oregon; brothers, Roy ( Joan) of NC and Mel (Lois) of CO; grandchildren Wylie and Cade of OR, Quinn, Elliott and Delia of VT, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gary served in the U.S. Army for four years.

After retirement Gary and Jan became passionate genealogist, spending most of their time researching information about their ancestors online and making genealogy trips to Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, and the genealogy library in Salt Lake City. Gary compiled a family history of his mother's Lamle family. He valued knowledge and learning and dedicated his life to the pursuit. He was a member of the Columbine (Colorado) Genealogical and Historical Society. A memorial service will be on Sat., Feb. 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd., Littleton, CO. To share a memory of Gary please visit www.MEM.com. Published in Denver Post on February 18, 2010


Martha Morrison (1931-2009)
Martha was a longtime member of PCGS. She was a faithful attendee of our annual conferences and could always be counted on for help with questions about the Humansville area.

OBITUARY: Martha L. (Andrews) Morrison was born August 11, 1931 to Ray and Pearl (Franklin) Andrews in Hickory County northwest of Flemington. She passed away at her home near Humansville Monday, April 6, 2009.

Martha was the youngest of nine children, seven brothers and a twin sister. Martha and Kenneth Morrison were married September 25, 1949. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive.

Martha was a retired librarian. She loved all crafts and was good at all she tried whether it be oil painting or quilting. Quilting was her last big craft that she took up after retirement. She made many beautiful quilts before the cancer got out of control. Martha was very generous. She gave her time, her love and her cooking to all. Her pie crust was the best.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; her children, Donna Huffman and husband, Jim, Ozark, Ken Morrison and wife, Helene, St. Louis, Debbie Murray, Fair Grove and Dennis Morrison and wife, Nancy, Clovis, CA; grandchildren, Casey Barclay, Brad Huffman, Kristen Huffman, Jay Morrison, Sarah Morrison, Andrew Morrison, Abby Murray, Martha Claire VanZante and Matthew Morrison; great-grandchildren, Chase and Brenner Barclay and their father, Jeremy Barclay; 3 brothers, John Andrews and wife, Sandy, Oceanside, CA, Joe Andrews and wife, Margaret, Bellflower, CA, and Rolland Andrews and wife, Mary Anna, Milton, IA; her twin sister, Mary Brown, Edgerton, KS; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Some of her special friends who helped her through her most difficult days were Treadene Keightley, Sharon Truitt and Jeanette Kimes.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Humansville United Methodist Church with Rev. Janice Beadleston officiating. Interment will be in Humansville Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Humansville United Methodist Church, CMH Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com.


Frank Speer (1930-2009)
Frank was one of our "silent" supporters. We never got to spend a whole lot of time with him but we could always count on his and his wife Marge's support.
OBITUARY: Mr. Frank Roy Speer, age 79 of Bolivar, MO passed away at 7:18 AM Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar after a lingering illness.

He was born in Chicago, IL on February 13, 1930 the son of David DeMoss Speer and Marie Anna (Mueller) Speer.

Frank served in the Illinois National Guard from 1947-1950 before he went in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1951 during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Marjorie (Thatcher) Speer of the home, Three sons, Frank Alan Speer and his wife Janet of McHenry, IL; Roy David Speer and his wife Kathy of Barrington, IL; and Robert Paul Speer of West Dundee, IL; one brother Carl Speer of Scottsdale, AZ and one sister Gladys Lisson of Arkansas, 3 Grandchildren; Elizabeth Marie Speer, Daniel Alan Speer, Bradley Paul Speer, and 2 Great Grandsons; Jordan Acocks and Jessie Acocks.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Lynn Flick, Bolivar Police Chaplain officiating. Musical selections will be “The Old Rugged Cross” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Amazing Grace” by The Statler Brother and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” by Patsy Cline. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar under the care and direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Visitation will be held on Monday Evening from 5-7 PM in the Butler Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Shop With A Cop” c/o the Bolivar Police Department, 345 S. Main, Bolivar, MO. 65613.

Friends may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Kim Brubeck Wilson (1970-2009)
Kim was a new member of PCGS and had spent some time in our facility researching and getting to know some of the regulars.
OBITUARY: Kimberly Dawn Wilson was born September 18th, 1970, to Donald Brubeck and Alice Curtis Brubeck at Humansville, Mo and departed this life August 11, 2009 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Kim attended Bolivar schools and graduated in 1988. And was currently attending UMKC to finish her Bachelors of Science degree. She graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 2005.

She was united in marriage to Lynn Wilson on February 14, 1997, at Wheatland Christian church. They were blessed with 2 children, Hunter & Avery of the home.

Kim was a dental hygienist in Bolivar and a former teacher of the dental program at OTC College. She was also President of the Missouri Dental Hygienist Association, member of Bolivar PTA, former member of the Wheatland School Board, and Hickory County Republican women, she was a dedicated legislative liaison for promoting rural dental health care issues in Jefferson City.

Her hobbies included spending time with her kids and their ball games, scrapbooking, genealogy, and playing cards and coed softball. Kim loved to spend time with her nieces, making crafts and taking them to the movies. She also loved getting family and friends together for BBQ's and dinners.

She was a loving wife and mother and loved assisting Lynn at coaching their son's baseball and football games. She was always friendly and compassionate and always ready to help anyone in need.

Her faith in God has always been strong her entire life, and she accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized on July 31, 2009.

Kim is survived by her loving husband, Lynn of 12 years, a son Hunter and daughter Avery of the home, mother Alice Brubeck of Bolivar, father Don Brubeck and Helen McCoy of Bolivar, sister Kris Hargis and Jeff Fugett of Bolivar, father and mother-in-law Larry and Linda Wilson of Flemington, sister-in-law Tiffany and husband, Brett Harrison, and four nieces; Jordan and Allyson Hargis, Olivia and Jorja Harrison, and many aunts and uncles.

Those preceding her in death were her grandparents: John and Alice Brubeck and Ralph Curtis, grandparents- in-law: Vincent and Rita Strope and Homer and Evelyn Wilson.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar with Pastor Rick Walters officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Fugett, Brett Harrison, Dario Segui, Jeff Stiles, Jason Brummell and Brian Overall. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Donations in memory of Kim may be made to the Stem Cell Transplant Unit, Barnes Jewish Hospital, 1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110.


Jennie Springer (1936-2008)
Jennie was a past president of PCGS and was on the fundraising committee when the old public library was purchased by us in 2001. She and her husband Bob spent many hours helping with the renovation of the main floor of the facility and were there on our opening day of July 4, 2002. Jennie's home was also the storage place of all papers, books and obituary files belonging to the PCGS before we were able to move in to the facility. She was also the hostess for the early "obituary parties." (Getting together to clip obituaries and paste them onto index cards for our files.)
  Jeanette Mae Springer, 71, of Bolivar, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, in Cox South Medical Center, Springfield.

She was born Nov. 4, 1936, in Springfield to Joe and Mary Renfro Steele.

She married Bobby "Bud" Springer Jan. 15, 1956, in Benton Ave. Methodist Church, Springfield, and to this union, three daughters were born.

She was a member of the Bolivar United Methodist Church; a Girl Scout leader for more than 30 years, receiving the Lucy Wise Award in 2006; and a charter member of the Matilda Polk Campbell Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her parents, father-in-law Wallace M. Springer and brother-in-law Gene Bolin preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Bud of 52 years of the home; three daughters, Becky and husband Tom Wilson, Debra and husband Charles Tennison and Mendy and husband Robin Manes, all of Bolivar; sister Reta Steele Dyson of Osceola; 10 grandchildren, Deadra and husband Josh Ervin, Tony Wilson and wife Amy, Mandy Wilson, Angel Wilson, Meleah Johnson and husband Shane, DeAnna Tennison, Martisha Manes and fiancé Justin and Abby Wilson; 11 great-grandchildren and one on the way; mother-in-law Vivian M. Springer of Willard; sister-in-law Barbara Bolin of Marshfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were Monday, July 14, at Pitts Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Downing officiating, under the direction of Pitts Chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Homes. Burial followed in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Willard. Friends and family may send private condolences at greenlawnfuneralhomes.com.


Mildred Close (1924-2007)
Mildred was one of our original "obituary party" ladies.

Obituary: Mildred "Millie" Jane Brooks Close, 82, of Bolivar died Thursday, May 10, 2007.

She was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Stephen "Stewart" Brooks and Mildred "Emma" Fox Brooks.

She married her high school sweetheart, Elmer "Bruce" Close on April 26, 1940, in Harrisonville. To this union two children were born, Lee Bruce and Stephanie Jane. The couple made their home in the Kansas City area, but spent their summers "down home" in the Wishart area. Upon Bruce's retirement in 1963, they moved to "the farm" at Wishart. They later moved to the Bolivar area in 1981.

She was saved and baptized at an early age and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Bolivar. She was a long-time member of the Polk County Genealogy Society where she dedicated many hours researching and providing information to assist those who were on the same quest to know their ancestry. She was a seamstress, quilter and crafter. Many of her products were sold at area merchants and as far away as Tennessee. Her quilts were requested for various fund-raising events.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stewart and Emma; husband of 44 years, Bruce; and son Lee.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Mike Holm; a granddaughter, Holly Franchett of Springfield; a daughter in-law, Annette Close; a grandson, Brian Close and his wife, Erika, of the state of California; a sister, Virginia Ambrosi of the state of California; her brother and sister in-law, Karl and Shirley Close of Kansas City; two sisters in-law Juanita "Cricket" Curl of Bolivar and Kathryn Spurl of Kansas City; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Pitts Chapel with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Friday) in the funeral chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Citizens Memorial Healthcare Hospice. A00008B2007MY11

Rex Miller (1924-2006)
Rex and his wife Velma are also faithful supporters from far away. Julie, particularly, had had many engaging and interesting email conversations with Rex about Polk Countians.

Obituary: Rex Miller Sr., 81, of Dardenne Prairie, formerly of Bolivar, died Friday, July 7, 2006.

He is the son of the late Shirley Elton Miller Sr. and Mary Ellen Miller.

Miller was a member of the Everton Memorial Post No. 443, VFW Post, Ash Grove, DAV, Springfield, Masonic Lodge No. 5 AM&FM, Springfield, Violet Chapter No. 480, OES, Stockton, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, Springfield, and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Springfield. He was a licensed embalmer/funeral director. While in St. Louis, he was employed with Hoffmeister Colonial Funeral Home and Lupton Chapel. A former resident of Bolivar, he graduated from Bolivar High School in 1942 after which he was employed at the Erwin-Blue Funeral Home until he entered the U.S. Army, serving 33 months in the Medical Corp. in the Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kenneth Miller, and brothers Shirley Elton Miller Jr., William "Bill" Miller and Don Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Velma I. Wimberly Miller; six children and their spouses, Joan and Eddie Smith of Houston, Rex Jr. and Annie Miller of Spring, Texas, Patricia Starrett of Lester, Iowa, Cynthia and David Jacob of Palm Harbor, Fla., Mary and Rick Mizera of St. Louis and Greg and Diane Miller of Dardenne Prairie; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Memorial donations may be made to Everton Memorial Post No. 443 of the American Legion, Box 283, Everton MO 65646 or Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2001 Lindberg Blvd., St. Louis MO 63131-3597. Arrangements are under the direction of Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles.

Vesta Coffman (1909-2001)
Vesta and her niece Beth Haring have been members and supporters of PCGS from far away since the very beginnings of the group.


Kathy Baldwin (1932-2009)
Kathy was a past officer of PCGS and a great help to us in the early days. At one time she had the job of Secretary/Treasurer/Membership all in one (which now takes two people to do, with room for a third or fourth if we can get the volunteers).

Obituary: Kathleen Baldwin, 77, of Bolivar died Friday, April 24, 2009, in her sleep surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born April 6, 1932, in Larned, Kan., the daughter of Kenneth “KC” and Clara Hampton Hall. She was married to Harland “HD” Baldwin Aug. 1, 1952, and to this union four children were born.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harland; a brother, Dusty Hall; and a grandson, Christopher Baldwin; and a great-grandson, Brady Diehl.

She is survived by four children, Cindy Drake and husband Robert, Randy Baldwin and wife Billie, all of Bolivar, David Baldwin of Springfield and Debbie Keith and husband Mark of Bolivar; a sister, Betty Sawyer, state of Nebraska; two brothers, Jack Hall and wife Florence of Springfield and Mike Hall and wife Rose of Bolivar; 10 grandchildren, Greg Drake, Jenny Wasson and husband Jay, all of Springfield, Jody Warwick and husband Chris of Bolivar, Lori Diehl and husband Thomas of Springfield, Josh Drake and wife Pam of Battlefield, Grant Baldwin and wife Sheila, Taylor Baldwin and Kelsey Baldwin, all of Springfield, Tracey Baldwin and Brandon Baldwin, both of Bolivar; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Friends and family may sign a guest book or send private condolences at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com or by e-mail at mombear@windstream.net.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Homes, Bolivar. A00008B2009AR29

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