Obituaries Published in March 16 California Democrat



Derry Brownfield

Derry Brownfield, 79, of Centertown, Mo., passed peacefully at home on Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 and went to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was born on January 24, 1932 in Boonville, Mo., the son of George Derry Brownfield and Georgia Stegner Brownfield, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on June 24, 1956 in California, Mo., to Verni Dine (Gross) Brownfield, who survives of the home.

Derry grew up during the Depression. He started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1100 acres. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught vocational agriculture several years at Pilot Grove and Jamestown before becoming a marketing specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. He served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting. In 1972, he and his partner established the Brownfield Network, which served 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with farm news and market information. Derry prided himself in “speaking as a farmer, to the farmer, for the farmer, from the farm.” In 1994, he started his own syndicated radio talk show, and was one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show, “The Common Sense Coalition,” could be heard on radio stations across the nation, along with a large audience of shortwave and Internet listeners. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he captured audiences for over 40 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one daughter, three sons and five grandchildren: Joy Brownfield and husband Gene Deckard of Centertown; Jay Brownfield, wife Cheryl and daughters Jan and Katelin of Asheboro, N.C.; Jon Brownfield, wife Karen, daughter Morgan and son Jon, Jr. of Rock Hill, S.C.; and Jim Brownfield, wife Rhonda and daughter Tiffany of Centertown.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at California United Church of Christ, California, Mo. Burial will be in California Masonic Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s International, c/o Derry Brownfield, P.O. Box 79, Centertown, MO 65023.

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


Frances A. Gump, 94, Clarksburg, died March 7, 2011, at her residence.

She was born March 9, 1916, in Cooper County, daughter of Flem H. and Elizabeth Losh (Reed) Pedego. She was married Feb. 12, 1938, in Marshall, to Robert Gump, who preceded her in death on August 8, 1980.

Survivors include: three sons, Robert Gordon Gump, Jr., Clarksburg, Garnett Gump, California, and Danny Gump, Clarksburg; one daughter, Valerie Houston, Tipton; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held March 12, at 11 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial was in Hickman Cemetery in Clarksburg.



Layton Edward Keeran



Layton Edward Keeran Sr., 68, of California, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at his residence.

He was born May 23, 1942 in Moniteau County, Mo., the son of Pyrell Noel and Lucille (Cofer) Keeran, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on December 31, 1987 in Camdenton, Mo., to Sharon Evans who survives of the home with their beloved dogs Sophie and Tilly.

He worked for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections as a Corrections Officer for over 30 years. He enjoyed working on race cars, anything outdoors, hunting, fishing, and being with his family. He served in the United States Army, where he was an Expert Rifleman and ran communications.

He is survived by one son, Layton Edward “Eddie” Keeran Jr. and wife Billie Jo of California; daughters, Monica Green and husband Delbert of California, and Linda Keeran of Tipton, and Jessica Nichole Myers and family of Camdenton; five brothers, Max Keeran of Centertown, Ronald Keeran of California, Raymond Keeran of Jamestown, James Keeran of California, and Leslie Keeran of Prairie Home; 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one infant brother, and two brothers Robert and Richard Keeran.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial with full military honors was in Shiloh Cemetery. Officiating was Wanda Craven, assisted by Rebecca Carroll and Laura Andrews.

Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


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