Obituaries Published in November 2 California Democrat

ASHLEY

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John “David” Ashley

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Veteran

John “David” Ashley, 68, of High Point, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago.

He was born on March 11, 1943 in California, Mo., the son of John Thomas “J T” and Marjorie (Williams) Ashley, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on March 27, 1967 in Ava, Mo., to Nancy Jobe, who survives of the home.

He was a 1961 graduate of Tipton High School and a member of the High Point Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 40 years and was a deacon for 34 years. He served in the United States Army from August 1967 – April 1969, serving in Vietnam from March 1968 – April 1969. He was a member of the California Masonic Lodge 183 AF & AM and Gideons International. He was a farmer in Moniteau and Cooper counties.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Ashley and wife Kristen; two grandchildren, Ben and Cora Ashley, all of Nixa, Mo.; six brothers, Larry Ashley of Clarksburg, Stephen Ashley and wife Beverly of Clarksburg, Mike Ashley and wife Belinda of California, Dale Ashley of Jamestown, Bobby Ashley and wife Kim of High Point, Kenny Ashley and wife LeeAnn of California; four sisters, Carol Williams and husband Art of California, Linda Ashley of Independence, Anita Groepper and husband Monty of California, Rebecca Moore and husband Tom of Springfield; one aunt, Martha Farbee of Independence; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at High Point Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors was in Hickman Cemetery in Clarksburg. Officiating was Bro. Ray McDonald, assisted by Bro. Glen Golden.

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

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

EDWARDS

Helen Louise (Kuhn) Edwards, 89, Prairie Home, Mo., passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Riverdell Care Center in Boonville, Mo.

She was born July 5, 1922, in Jacksonville, Mo., the daughter of William McKinley “Mack” Kuhn and Blanche Marie (Griesbach) Kuhn, who preceded her in death. She was married April 13, 1941 in Prairie Home, Mo., to Roy Truman “Frosty” Edwards, who also preceded her in death.

Helen was a 1940 graduate of Prairie Home High School, where she was valedictorian and a member of championship sports and debate teams. Throughout her life Helen was a member of the Prairie Home United Methodist Church where she played organ and piano as well as taught Sunday school. In her younger years she worked for her father at Kuhn’s General Store. She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Prairie Home Feed Mill. She was a 4-H leader during her children’s years of membership and supported them in their many other musical and sports oriented activities. Helen was an active participant as well as a supporter of her entire family’s horse showing and training endeavors. She has played organ for countless horseshows in this state and others. Helen was most definitely a “farmer,” not just a farm wife. For the past 40 years she has been popularly known as “Granny Helen” through her loving involvement in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. She loved all children and animals in an open and joyous way that drew them to her.

Survivors include one brother Mack Kuhn of Independence, Mo. Her children Sharon Gail (Edwards) Roedel, David Roy Edwards with his wife Kellie of Prairie Home, Mo., Diane Louise (Edwards) Kobel with her husband Ralph of California, Mo.; 10 grandchildren Pam and Bill Goff, Jennifer and Gordon Sorrells, Ethan Edwards, Jeffrey Roedel, John Kobel, Jason Moats, Bambi Turek and Jeff Moats and eight great-grandchildren Cody Goff, Neena Goff, Bret Goff, Mack Sorrells, Jolene Sorrells, Devan Moats, Clarice Turek and Cooper Brown.

Visitation was held at the Prairie Home United Methodist Church, Sunday, October 30, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; with the Memorial Service at 4:30 p.m. A covered dish meal for the family immediately followed the services at the fellowship hall. Burial of cremains will be delayed for an undetermined time due to Helen’s choice to participate in the “Gift of Body” program at the University of Missouri Lupus Foundation.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family c/o David Edwards 22933 Gilbreath Road, Prairie Home, MO 65068 or Jennifer Sorrells 114 Pennview Drive Jamestown, MO 65046.

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Velma J. King

Velma J. King, 83, of California, Mo., passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

She was born on March 15, 1928 in Solo, Mo., the daughter of Charles Ernest and Clara (Bennett) Harmon, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on September 6, 1946 in Houston, Mo., to Cecil King, who preceded her in death on October 23, 2000.

She was a member of California First Assembly of God Church. She was a homemaker and loved being with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Darrel King and wife Debbie of California, and Jerry King and wife Debby of Eldon; one daughter, Connie Katschman and husband Mike of California; two sisters, Betty Groom of California, and Violet Rust of Ash Grove, Mo.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra King; two brothers, Voyle Harmon and Vernon Harmon.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Burial will be in California City Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. L. Jack Moore, assisted by Chaplain Jeremy Caudel and Rev. Thomas Medlin. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to California First Assembly of God Church, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018, or to the choice of the donor.

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

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Edward L. Reed

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Veteran

Edward L. Reed, 94, of California, Mo., passed away on Friday, October 28, 2011 at his residence.

He was born March 13, 1917 near California, Mo., the son of Alex and Agness Zimmerman Reed, both of whom preceded him in death. He went to Martin country school. He served in the U.S Army and was a veteran of WWII where he was stationed in India for three years. Upon coming home from the military he was united in marriage on November 4, 1945 in Jamestown to Maxine Dietzel who survives of the home.

He was a member of the California United Church of Christ. He was a mechanic for Garber Motors and retired from Schaffter John Deere Implement and received many qualifications to work on heavy equipment. Edward loved to tinker and enjoyed working on old steam engines.

He is survived by one son, David Reed and wife Patsy of Tipton, Mo.; one daughter, Sue Ann Latham and husband Richard of California, Mo., and son in-law, William D. Wood of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister Dolly Chapel of Old Franklin, Mo. He was preceded in death by one daughter Vicki Wood; one grandson, Daniel Latham; one brother, Herbert A. Reed and four sisters.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Burial was in the California Evangelical Cemetery with military honors. Officiating was the Rev. Collette Jones.

Memorials are suggested to the WWII Honor Flight Program, Moniteau County Christian Ministry Center or of the donor’s choice, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018.

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

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