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Obituaries Published in Feb. 8 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in Feb. 8 California Democrat

February 7th, 2012 by Democrat Staff in News


Paul H. Brandes, 79, of Prairie Home, passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Monday evening, Jan. 30, 2012.

Paul Harold Brandes was born in Cooper County, May 6, 1932, the son of William Carl Brandes and Nora Elbertha Toler Brandes. He attended grade school at the Davis one room school near Bunceton and graduated from Bunceton High School. He was married to Marian Rose Alexander August 31, 1952 at Prairie Home Methodist Church and they were the parents of two children.

He continued his education with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri and later received a master's degree in engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He was an F-86 Sabre jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s, and then worked for Caterpillar until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Brandes was an active member of the Prairie Home Baptist Church. He was very civic-minded and contributed his time and talents as a member of the Prairie Home Lions Club, the Prairie Home Civic Club, Cooper County Historical Society, as well as an academic and athletic supporter of Prairie Home Schools. In the early 1990s he served on the first Cooper County 911 board responsible for the planning and implementation of that most important service. Professionally, he was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and actively participated in the Chambley Air Force Reunions. Chambley was an Air Force base where he served in France. He was a lifetime member of the F-86 Sabre Pilot Association.

Paul Brandes was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife, Marian Rose in 2008, as well as brothers, Robert and Kenneth Brandes and sisters, Maxine Hein and Juanita Brandes. He is survived by his son David Brandes (Joanne) of Fayetteville, Ga.; and daughter, Cindy Mallory (Frank) of Rochelle, Ill. His sister, Norene Hazlett (Tom) of Bunceton; brothers-in-law, Charles Alexander (Quillie) of Raytown, Mo., and Roy Lee Alexander (Pat) of East Peoria, Ill., also survive. A void will be felt by Paul's death in the lives of his grandchildren: Nathan Brandes (Emily) and their sons (great-grandsons) Michael and Hutch of Huntsville, Alabama, John Brandes of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dan and Tim Mallory of Rochelle, Ill.

Funeral services were held at Prairie Home Baptist Church on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Myron Couch officiating. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.

Memorials are suggested to Prairie Home Baptist Church or Prairie Home Lions Club.


Carolyn Ruth Carey, 97, Prairie Home, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at her home.

She was born March 29, 1914, on a farm near Prairie Home, daughter of Frank and Bertha Sabel Langkop who preceded her in death. She was married to R.A, Carey, Jr. who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by one sister, Beulah Kuester, Prairie Home; a niece; three nephews; four great-nephews and one niece; four great-great-nephews; and one great-great niece,

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Clarks Fork Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Gloria Dean Crawford, age 83, of California, Mo., passed away Thursday, February 2, 2011 in Marietta, Ga.

Gloria was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and she will be dearly missed, until we her family and friends, as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, join her in heaven.

Gloria was born May 27, 1928 in California, Mo., the daughter of Wardley and Maude Francis, both of whom preceded her in death. Gloria was married in California, Mo., on August 23, 1948 to Allen Boyd Crawford, who also preceded her in death.

Gloria and Allen were blessed with over 58 years of marriage together. Gloria earned an Associate of Arts degree from Florissant Valley Community College, and worked as an administrative assistant at Florissant Valley Community College and for the State of Missouri, in Jefferson City. Gloria was an active member of the First Baptist Church of California, the First Baptist Church of Ferguson, and Friendship Baptist Church, serving as a choir member and in several other service capacities during her many years as an active Christian. After raising their children in St. Louis County from 1950 to 1981, Gloria and Allen moved to their dream retirement home on a cattle farm south of California Mo., where they lived until health required a move to assisted living in 2006. Gloria enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, Christian music, and was an accomplished pianist. Gloria recently resided in Marietta, Ga., near immediate family, from June 2008 until her passing.

Survivors include two sons, Ron Crawford, with his wife Gwenalee, of Roswell, Ga.; Hal Crawford, of Carlsbad, Ca; a daughter, Janice Crawford, with her husband Steve Hammerly, of California, Mo.; a sister, Viola B Papen, of High Point, Mo., and a brother, Dale Francis, of California, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Gloria was preceded in death along with her parents, by two sisters and a brother, Marion Jenkins, Norma Jean Osterly, and John Francis, of California, Mo, and a grandson, Dr. Travis Crawford of Superior, Colo.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of California, Mo., with funeral services to follow at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Greg Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the Sappington-Community Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 (or at join_the_cause_donate.asp ) or the Sappington-Community Chapel Cemetery, in care of Betty Emmerich at 35228 Hwy. T, California, MO 65018.

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


Laurel W. Garber, 75, Tipton, died Feb. 1, 2012, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Columbia.

He was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Versailles, son of the late Daniel and Elma Aeschbacher Garber. He was married Sept. 28, 1956, in Versailles, to Shirley Noyes, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include: one son, Steve Garber, Tipton; three daughters, Kim Wilhelm and Tammy Lehman, both of Versailles, and Tara Garber, Tipton; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lydia Lehman, Berne, Ind., and Erma Goering, Moundridge, Kan.

Services were held Feb. 4 at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Graveside services and burial were in the Bethel Cemetery.


Cheryl Renna McClelland, 54, of Syracuse, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 30, 2012, at University Hospital.

She was born on January 17, 1958, in Boonville, Mo., the daughter of Donald Ray and Mary Sue (Martin) Lohse, both who survive. Cheryl was married on October 12, 1979, to Michael McClelland, who survives of the home.

She was a 1976 graduate of Bunceton High School and a member of Clarks Fork Trinity Lutheran Church of Boonville. Cheryl was a member of the American Cancer Society and the Cooper County Relay for Life Team "Faith Givers." She served on the Relay for Life organizational committee for many years.

Cheryl is survived by one daughter, Sarah White and husband David of Prairie Home, Mo.; one sister, Twilla Duvall and husband Sonny of California, Mo.; one brother, Gary Lohse of Boonville, Mo.; grandchildren Sean and Tyson White; one nephew, Adam Lohse; one niece, Shawna Zimmerman and husband Grant; two great-nieces, Ciara and Riley. Also surviving is her extended family members Jerry Thompson and wife Sherry of Boonville, Mo., and their sons Brandon and Dalton.

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Clarks Fork Trinity Lutheran Church of Boonville with burial at the church cemetery. Officiating were Pastor Peter Kurowski and Pastor Luther Herman.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Cooper County Relay for Life Team "Faith Givers."


Alma F. Reynolds, 92, of Jamestown, Mo., passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at California Care Center.

She was born on March 20, 1919, in Jamestown, Mo., the daughter of William and Mary (Guggisberg) Fullrich, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on March 21, 1948, in Jamestown, to Benton Reynolds who preceded her in death on September 26, 2007.

She was a homemaker and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Jamestown. She was a 1937 graduate of Jamestown High School. She was a member of the U.M.W., a life member and past president of American Legion Auxiliary Post 499 in Blue Springs, Mo. and she was an avid quilter and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one infant son, William Benton Reynolds, in 1958; and two brothers, Walter and Norman Fullrich.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial will be in Grace United Methodist Cemetery in Jamestown, Mo. Officiating will be Rev. Janet Deneke. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Grace United Methodist Church or 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.


Royetta May Ronn, age 80, of California, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012, at Moniteau Care Center in California.

She was born January 19, 1932, in Jackson County, Missouri, the daughter of the late Albert Emerald and Leahbella Velma Shoop Landreth. On June 3, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Paul Thomas Ronn, who survives of the home.

Royetta was a loving wife and mother.

In addition to her husband, Paul, she is survived by her sons, Gary Mason Hanson of Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Michael Hanson of Camdenton, Missouri, and Kevin Louis Hanson of Eldon, Missouri; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert Emerald Landreth, Jr. and Richard Floyd Landreth, and her sisters, Bonnie Lou Landreth Martin, Wanda Jo Landreth Ferguson, Virginia Velma Landreth Lowell, and Estella Darlene Landreth Gerloff.

Graveside services and interment were held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 7, in the High Point Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Arrangements were under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.