Obituaries Published in February 16 California Democrat



Norris Ray Bonecutter

Norris Ray Bonecutter, 64, of California, Mo., left this life on Friday, February 11, 2011 at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City.

He was born on January 12, 1947 in Lebanon, Mo., to Alvin R. (Sam) Bonecutter and the late Phyllis Lee (Wood) Bonecutter. He married Carrie Grace on December 13, 2005; she was the love of his life.

Norris was a 1965 graduate of California High School. Norris loved his time with Carrie in the outdoors, which included hunting and fishing. He could make arrowheads, etch glass, woodwork, play the guitar and harmonica, and never met a small engine he wouldn’t tackle. Norris and Carrie were active in the Missouri Valley Steam Engine Association and enjoyed showing small steam engines at the annual show. There was never a challenge he wasn’t up for. Norris was most recently employed by Bonnie Plants. Prior to that he owned a small engine repair business called Cedar Cliff Lawn and Garden, which was located in California for eight years. Before this he was employed at Western Auto for 18 years. For two years he taught small engine repair evening classes at Linn Technical College. He was proud of his Native American heritage, but most of all he was proud of his family.

He is survived by his wife Carrie of the home; his father Alvin of California; his mother-in-law Jean Shattuck of Russellville; three sons, Steven (Melissa) Bonecutter of California, Kevin (Tracy) Bonecutter of Fulton, and James (Crystal) Bonecutter of California; one daughter Darla Bonecutter of Columbia; two stepsons, Wayne (Rachel) Wells of Odessa and Josh (Katie) Wells of Jamestown; grandchildren Kayla, Tayler Rae, Wyatt Joe, Cody, Katie, Acacia, Dustin, Austin, Thad, Isaac, Zackarie, Johnny, Ben and Isabella; three great-grandsons Tristan, Talyn and Traye; two brothers, Walter (Michelle) Bonecutter of Bunceton, and Kenneth (Linda) Bonecutter of Fontana, Kan.; one sister Rhonda (Al) Leighton of California; three nieces, six nephews, six great-nieces and seven great-nephews. He was preceded in death by Darlene Coon Bonecutter, the mother of his children.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Burial will be in McGirk Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Donald C. Wood.

Norris was never a shirt and tie man and would want his friends to be comfortable too, so come in what makes you feel the best.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Latham School Rebuild or to the family of Norris Ray Bonecutter, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.


Rita Kay Moseley, 61, of California, passed away after a long battle with cancer at 3:12 a.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at her home.

She was born September 14, 1949, the oldest daughter of Ray and Helen (Keller) Blankenship of Latham, who preceded her in death. She was married to Bobby Moseley, October 12, 1994, who survives at their home.

She was a 1967 graduate of California High School. After high school, she was employed as a secretary for the State Highway Department and State Farm Insurance. She spent most of the life as a homemaker, being an excellent wife, mother and grandmother. For the last 11 years, she actively helped her husband with their aircraft maintenance business in Fulton.

She, along with her husband, were active members of First Baptist Church, California.

Survivors also include four children and 13 grandchildren, Nikki Kulus and husband Craig and their children, Victoria, Ethan, Lilly and Emma of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Travis Smith and wife Melissa and their children, Charli, Sam, Josh and Caleb of California, Mo.; Matthew Maverick and wife Debbie and their children, Miranda, Brock and Skylar of Arkansas; and James Moseley and wife Asha and their children Alexander and Carmen of Port of Spain, Trinidad-Tobago, West Indies; three sisters, Christie Dowell of California, Mo., Rebecca Hite of Kingsville, and Arla Dearing of Clarksburg, along with many nieces, nephews and their children.

A private service was held at the California City Cemetery. A memorial service for family and friends will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17, at First Baptist Church in California.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Missouri River Hospice, 1410 Heriford Road, Columbia, MO 65202.



Floyd Loten Pease

Floyd Loten Pease, age 80, of California, Mo., passed away Thursday, February 10, 2011 at his home in California, Mo.

He was born February 21, 1930 in Elwood, Kansas, the son of William Fredrick and Lillian Odell Daly Pease, both of whom preceded him in death. Floyd was married June 5, 1980 in Clarksburg, Mo. to Marie Carson Schoenberger who survives of the home.

Survivors include: wife of the home,; three sons, Vincent G. Pease, with wife Jerry Ann of St. Joseph, Mo., Floyd David Pease, of Marshall, Mo., and Mark Pearia, with his wife Victoria of St. Ann, Mo.; five daughters, Theresa E. Pease of Marshall, Mo., Elizabeth Hatmon, of Lebanon, Mo., Bonnie McMillan, of Lebanon, Mo., Tina Bieri, with her husband Jeff of California, Mo., and Christine Gonzagowski, with her husband Dean of Versailles, Mo.; one brother, Wayne F. Pease, with his wife Lena of St. Joseph, Mo.; one sister, Irene L. Kiger, with her husband Herbert of St. Joseph, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; Floyd was preceded in death along with his parents, by five sisters; Inez Pease, Sylvia Pease, Erma McCoy, Freda Bussel and Thelma Parks.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2011, at the Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo., with Bro. Ken Mathes and Bro. Eddie Schoeneberg officiating. Graveside services and burial were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Main Street Baptist Church in California, Mo., 303 West Main Street, California, Mo. 65018.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo. Rupp Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Mo., assisted with out-of-town visitation.



Dorian Robert Peters

Dorian Robert Peters, 3-month-old son of Jamey Peters and Jessica Scheulen passed away in his crib February 9, 2011 at home in Gillette, Wyoming.

Dorian was born November 11, 2010 in Gillette, Wyoming.

He is survived by his parents; sisters, Sara and Isis Peters; brothers, Dakota Peters and Damion and Peirce Eckler, all of Gillette, Wy.; grandparents, James Peters, Linn, Patricia and Lee Kirk of Jefferson City, Mo., Karen Scheulen Dixon of California, Mo., and Leroy Scheulen of Taos, Mo.; great-grandmothers, Gertrude Peters and Leona Mengwasser; also four aunts and two uncles, all of Missouri. He will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral service for Dorian Peters was celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Walker Funeral Home in Gillette, Wyoming with Father Cliff Jacobson of St. Matthews Catholic Church as celebrant.



Agnes Marie Sturgis

Agnes Marie Sturgis, 82, passed unto God’s graces Monday, February 7, 2011 in Springfield, Mo.

She was born November 25, 1928 in California Mo., to Wyona (Crawford) and Peter Baker. On April 12, 1947 Agnes was united in marriage to Hugh B. Sturgis and they shared 44 years of life and love together.

She was a devout Catholic who, until failing health prevented, rarely missed Sunday Mass. Quick with a laugh she brightened the lives of everyone who knew her. Her positive and generous personality was a comfort to all around her no matter the circumstances. Agnes enjoyed dancing, gardening, embroidering and jigsaw puzzles but, taking care of her family brought her the most joy. She was an excellent cook and no holiday was complete without her pies, cakes and other wonderful dishes.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son-in-law, Michael Havens.

Agnes is survived by her daughters Sara Taylor (Richard), Rhonda Rountree (Rex), Kim Havens, and her son Stephen (Brooke). Her brother Wallace Baker of Columbia, Mo., her sister Mary Bealer of Houston, Texas, two grandsons (Nathan and Jacob Havens), two granddaughters (Jennifer Londagin and Rebecca Metcalf), and three great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the Arbors at Ravenwood, and Regional Care Hospice, whose kindness and compassion was so appreciated during this difficult time. God bless you all.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 11 in Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Springfield National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Southwest MO chapter, 1500 S. Glenstone Springfield, Mo 65804.

Mom and Dad, together again. We love you! Your Family.

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Memorial contributions may be made in Dorian's name to the Easter Seals Society. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Dorian's name in care of the Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Ct., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the tribute center via the website.




Elvin W. Willis, 77, Eldon, died Feb. 11, at his home.

He was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Barnett, son of John F. and Roxie E. (Hayes) Willis. On Jan. 12, 1954, he married Helen Brown, who survives at the home.

Others survivors include: seven children, Mikal Willis, Napa, Calif., Wesley Willis, Steven Willis, Deborah Chapman, all of Eldon, Pamela Duncan, Russellville, Wanda Hess, Barnett, and Helen Jarrett, Eldon; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Willis and Wayne Willis; and four sisters, Celia Jordan, Maxine Dick, Violet Simmons and Beth Jenkins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Rekus Funeral Home in Eldon. Interment with military honors was in Big Rock Cemetery near Versailles.


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