Obituaries Published in October 5 California Democrat



Hazel Lee (Hodler) Fletcher

Hazel Lee (Hodler) Fletcher, 87, of California, Mo., passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center in California, Mo.

She was born on January 27, 1924 the daughter of Charles and Letha (Crawford) Hodler both of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Centertown High School in 1941. She was married on April 22, 1943 in Centertown, Mo., to Robert Elton Fletcher who preceded her in death.

She was a member of California United Methodist Church and a member of VFW Post 4345 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a hard-working Moniteau County farm girl before moving from McGirk to the City of California in 1948. She was a homemaker and part-time cook at Uptown Café, Nic-Nac Café, and California Café. She was employed as a part-time cook at California School from 1959-1963 before coming full-time in 1964. Hazel retired from the California R-1 School District in April 1989 after 25 years service as full-time Food Service Director.

Survivors include: one son, Larry Fletcher and wife Sue of Lake Ozark, Mo.; one daughter, Patty Papen and husband David of High Point, Mo.; five grandchildren, Laura Mullins and husband Bill of Camdenton, Mo., Julie Berendzen and husband Brad of California, Mo., Becky Hart and husband Scott of Eugene, Mo., Tracy Upschulte and husband Kevin of Jefferson City, Mo., and Tricia Wang of Jefferson City, Mo.; 11 great grandchildren, Jenna and Hunter Berendzen, Drew and Ryan Hart, Katlyn and Jakob Mullins, Marlayna, Mackenzie and Maitlyn Harwood, Elisabeth Wang, Kael and Carson Upschulte; also one niece, Tammy (Hodler) Daly of Wells, Maine. She was preceded in death by one brother, Leroy Hodler.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Interment was at the California City Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Linda Pagel.

Memorials are suggested to the California United Methodist Church or the VFW Post 4345 Ladies Auxiliary c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services 100 S. Oak St. California, MO 65018.

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


Edward L. “Eddie” Hert, 70, of California, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at his residence.

He was born on July 17, 1941, in Sedalia, Mo., the son of Robert and Virginia (Baldwin) Hert, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on Dec. 31, 1961 to Mary Louise Haldiman, who survives of the home.

Eddie graduated in 1959 from California High School, and attended CMSU in Warrensburg. As a member of the United Church of Christ of California, he served as a youth sponsor, treasurer and consistory member. Eddie served as director and president of the Moniteau National Bank, where he was a fifth generation banker. He also served as vice president of the California branch of Commerce Bank, where he retired after 41 years of total service. He was a former fire chief for the City of California, a founding member of California Progress, Inc., and a member of the California Optimist Club and Jaycees. He was California Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year for 1992. He was also a member of the Aurora Alumni Foundation and the Aurora Alumni Association. Eddie was an avid golfer and a past president and longtime treasurer of the California Country Club. He also was co-owner of the Hert-Reichel Insurance Company.

He is survived by three daughters; Julie Medlin (Earl) and Mary Beth Deeken (Jim), both of California, Mo.; and Susan Conrad (John), of Jefferson City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; Jess and Ginnie Medlin; Caitlin, Spenser, Sydney and Ross Deeken; and Bailey, Blake and Ben Conrad; and one sister, Eleanor Scherff (Bob), of Springfield, Mo.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the California United Church of Christ. Burial was in the Evangelical Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Collette Jones, with eulogist Morris Burger.

Memorials are suggested to either the California United Church of Christ or Moniteau County ARC, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Lorene Roach Jackson passed from this life on September 17, 2011 at the age of 89.

She is survived by her sons, Edwin L. Jackson of Athens, Georgia, Ronald A. Jackson of California, Missouri, and Royce L. Jackson of Bothell, Washington; grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephenie, April, Veronica, Randy; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Jackson, who passed away in 2003.

Mrs. Jackson was a member of Canyon Lake Church of Christ.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on September 30, 2011 at Fischer Cemetery.



Alvin Henry Jacob Marcum

Alvin Henry Jacob Marcum, age 70, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011 at his home in Jefferson City, Mo.

He was born October 28, 1940 in California, Mo., the son of Samuel Alvin Marcum and Aleene Anadia Voigt Marcum Manly, both of whom preceded him in death.

Alvin attended the Annunciation Catholic School in California, Mo., and graduated from California High School. He was united in marriage on June 2, 1962 in Tipton, Mo. to Carole Nadine Koechner Marcum who survives of the home.

Alvin was co-owner of Marcum’s Grooming in Jefferson City, Mo., and retired after 30 years of service with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department in Jefferson City, Mo. He was a member of the St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City, Mo. and Annunciation Catholic Church in California, Mo., American Kennel Club, Republican Party, Tea Party and Judicial Watch. Alvin enjoyed shih-tzu dogs, cockatiels, canaries, emus, chickens, small farming, miniature horses, and spending time with family and friends. He will be sadly missed.

Survivors include: wife Carole of the home; one son, Samuel Alvin Marcum, with his wife Cheryl Lynn Kirsch Marcum of Russellville, Mo.; one daughter, Natalie Dee Marcum Dykes, with her husband James Warren Dykes of Jefferson City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Zachary, Hayden, Riley, and Gavin; one brother, Larry “Peanuts” Eugene Marcum; three half brothers, Wayne Robert Manly, Richard Alvin and Samuel Vaughn Marcum; two half sisters, Beverly Ann Linhart and Teresa Lynn Marcum. He was preceded in death along with his parents by one brother, Lester Sterling Marcum; two half brothers, George Michael Marcum and Russell Allen Marcum.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo. Private graveside family memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter, in care of Friends of Jefferson City Animal Shelter, 919 East Miller St., Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo.



Hazel Lee (Hodler) Fletcher

Ladene Phillips, 93, of California, Mo., passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center.

She was born on August 27, 1918, in Moniteau County, Mo., the daughter of John Oliver and Pearl (Crawford) Jenkins, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on June 7, 1941, to Kenneth Burl Phillips who preceded her in death on January 2, 1996.

She attended school through the eighth grade at Norman School, and was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, where she always enjoyed the Ladies Day’s Out. She worked as a machine operator for California Manufacturing Company. She loved to spend her time sewing and making quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved cooking and baking and was an avid birdwatcher.

She is survived by one son, Kenneth W. Phillips and wife Carolyn of California; three grandchildren, Patrick Phillips, Kendra Witthaus and husband Mark, and Julie Trimble and husband Mike, all of California; nine great-grandchildren, Paige, PJ and Samantha, all children of Patrick; Madisyn, Josh, Jordyn and Kannon, children of Kendra and Mark; and Annastyn and Eli, both children of Julie and Mike. She was also preceded in death by eight sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church in McGirk. Burial was in Sappington Cemetery. Officiating were Rev. Scott Spurling and Rev. Carl Edwards.

Memorials are suggested to the Sappington Cemetery Fund, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

| California Democrat>