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Obituaries Published in November 16 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 16 California Democrat

November 15th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Nelson R. Porter, age 71, of Jefferson City, died Friday, November 4, 2011, at his sister-in-law's home in Jefferson City.

He was born January 29, 1940, in Moniteau County, a son of Raymond R. and Wanda Bolin Porter. On June 28, 1959, Nelson was united in marriage to Carol L. Sapp at the Union Baptist Church in Jamestown, and she survives at their home.

He was a 1958 graduate of Jamestown High School.

Nelson went to work for Brown Quarry's Incorporated in St. Louis, retiring as ranch manager in 1983. Following his retirement he returned to central Missouri to own and operate Nelson Porter Quarter Horses until his health failed him in the past few years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Elston.

Nelson was an avid outdoors man. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, garden, and just recently divulged his favorite mushroom hunting spot. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time on his farm and being with his family.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 52 years, include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Brenda Porter of Jefferson City, Kevin and Carol Porter of Republic, and Tony and Donna Porter of Jefferson City; six siblings and their spouses, Carol and Chester Bowden of Hartsburg, Roger and Linda Porter of Barnett, Lanny and Debbie Porter of California, Russell and Ava Porter, Jarett and Karen Porter, and Noland and Lisa Porter all of Jamestown; nine grandsons, Blake Porter, Tyler Porter and wife Ashley, Cole Porter, Zachary Porter, Lucas Porter, Ethan Porter, Evan Porter, Wyatt Porter and Weston Porter; four great-grandchildren, Lillie and Hayes Porter and Molly and Jackson Porter, his best canine buddy Elle Mae, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Nyla Williams and Linda Porter and an infant brother, Ronald Porter.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, at the First Baptist Church in Elston with Dr. Monte Shinkle and Rev. Matt Kearns officiating. Entombment was the Hawthorn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Baptist Church of Elston or the Jefferson City Animal Shelter Building Fund.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Russellville.


Leonard A. Wallenmeyer, 94, of Russellville, Mo., departed this life on Saturday, November 13, 2011, at the California Care Center.

He was born on February 12, 1917 in California, Mo., the son of Benjamin Franklin and Anna Marie (Lehmann) Wallenmeyer, both of whom preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on July 22, 1945 in Jamestown, Mo., to Helen Louise (Schoeneberg) Wallenmeyer, who preceded him in death on December 25, 2008.

Mr. Wallenmeyer was baptized on May 11, 1917, and in 1933 he became a member of the United Methodist Church. In 1965 he transferred his membership to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, California, serving as an usher, Sunday school teacher and working in the Braille program for over 50 years. He was a 1936 graduate of California High School. While attending school he helped his father on the farm and in 1938 he began working at the Woolen Mills. In April 1941, he joined the United States Army, serving in World War II. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany for 26 months until June 1945 when he returned home. Mr. Wallenmeyer lived on a farm west of Jamestown, Mo., for 28 years and was a lifelong farmer. During his working life he was a school bus driver for 11 years and a substitute driver for 14 years. In 1959 he became a rural postal carrier in Jamestown but in 1973 he was transferred to Russellville where he continued to work until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Wallenmeyer was a member of the Senior Citizens Group, and the Men's Club.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Truman and Shelly Wallenmeyer, Prairie Home, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Fred Bleich, Lohman, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, California. Burial with full military honors will be in California City Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Peter Kurowski. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Memorials are suggested to either the St. Paul Lutheran Radio Ministry or the Braille Ministry, c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church 207 North Owen, California, MO 65018.

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