Obituaries Published in January 12 California Democrat



Marceline Pettigrew Duncan



Marceline Pettigrew Duncan, 88, died of natural causes on January 1, 2011, in Lacey, Wash.

She was born April 11, 1922, to Luke and Eunice Pettigrew in Lupus, Mo. A 1940 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, she graduated from Community Business College in Sedalia, then joined the U.S. Army in 1943.

In 1944 she married 1st Lt. Robert W. Duncan of Seattle, Wash. After leaving the Army in 1946 as Tech. Staff Sergeant, she went into commercial banking, where she worked for the next 36 years. She retired in 1982 as V.P. of Evergreen Bank in Seattle, then joined its Board of Directors.

Her hobbies included travel, gardening and gourmet cooking. She belonged to several charitable and civic groups in the Seattle area, as well as the Reserve Officers Assoc. Ladies Club. She was also tireless in encouraging young women to pursue professional goals.

One of her biggest life lessons, she said, was to distinguish between needs and wants, with needs coming first. Her central life motto: "Never compromise your integrity."

Marcie is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lt. Col. (ret.) Bob Duncan. They had no children. Her only sibling, Marian Pettigrew Sumner, Nixa, Mo., predeceased her in 1999. She has two living nephews, Bill Sumner, Ellensburg, Wash., and Paul Sumner, Nixa, Mo.; and several grand nephews and nieces. She also has Pettigrew cousins in Prairie Home, Fulton, Jefferson City, Versailles, and El Paso, Texas.

After a private memorial, her ashes will be scattered at sea off the Washington coast.




Irl Richard Edwards, 88, formerly of Collinsville, Ill., died Monday, Dec.27, 2010 at Moniteau Care Center, California, Mo.

Irl was the former Assistant Post Master of the Collinsville Post Office. He was a member of the Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis, St. John’s Church of Christ in Collinsville and was active with the Collinsville area Boy Scouts. He was an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances, nee Robson, Edwards; second wife, Evelyn, nee Chiste, Edwards; parents Robert and Ruby, nee Gillespie, Edwards; a brother, Vernon; and two sisters, Roberta Gass and Georgia Edwards.

Survivors include: two daughters, Beth (Ron Stocksick) Varner of Centertown, Mo., and Kathy (Carl) Pagles of Maryville, Tenn.; one step-son, Don (Cindy) Ward of Collinsville, Ill.; his sister Virginia Edwards of California, Mo.; grandchildren, Heather (Holly Sebesta) Pagles of Maryville Tenn., Wesley Pagles of Louisville, Ky., and Sarah (Daniel) Crocker of Russellville, Mo.; two stepgrandchildren, Todd Ward and Kelly Ward Rogers both of Collinsville, Ill.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Collinsville, Ill.



Raymond Francis Gerhart

Raymond Francis Gerhart, 83, of California, Mo., passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

He was born on April 2, 1927 the youngest of eight children of Thomas Nicholas and Mary Elizabeth (Bailey) Gerhart, both of whom preceded him in death. On March 3, 1945, he married Anna Ruth Rohrbach, who preceded him in death on May 17, 1998.

He was baptized at First Baptist Church in California, where he was a faithful member until his death. At various times, Raymond worked as an electrician, machinist, salesman and millwright. In his early years, he owned a gas station and a furniture and appliance store. His last business was Gerhart Backhoe and Foundation. He retired in 1987.

He is survived by three sons, Larry and wife Janice of Lee’s Summit, Mo., David and wife Tammy of Columbia, Mo., and Norris and wife Lesley of California, Mo.; three daughters, Linda and husband Ben Tindle of Hallsville, Mo., Joyce and husband Larry Lierman of Independence, Mo., and Nancy and husband Dennis Bochat of Jefferson City, Mo.; one daughter-in-law Anne Gerhart of Leawood, Kan.; one sister, Margaret Woolf of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, Raymond was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers; and by one son, Leland.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Burial will be in California City Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Morrow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to California City Cemetery, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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




Harold E. Hackney, 88, Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 27, 1010, at Kansas City Hospice.

Harold served in the Air Force in WWII. He graduated from the University of Missouri. He was with Butler Mfg. He joined the George A. Reintjes Co., where he retired as Secretary-Treasurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers. Survivors include: his wife, Jerene; nieces and a nephew, great-nieces and nephews, and his special extended family, as well as many friends.

Memorial services were held Jan. 6, 2011 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kan. Private burial was in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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