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Obituaries Published in January 4 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 4 California Democrat

January 3rd, 2012 by Democrat Staff in News


James E. "Jim" Baker, 88, of Mary's Home died Friday, December 30, 2011, at Eldon Health Care.

He was born June 11, 1923, in Hallsville, a son of Owen E. "Joe" Baker and Lena Richardson Baker, both deceased.

On July 6, 1963, Jim was united in marriage in Columbia to Rose Smith Morris, who survives at their home. He was previously married to Helen Allen Southerland of New Franklin, deceased, and Norma Fay Nichols of Ashland, deceased.

Jim attended Hallsville Public Schools, farmed and worked in CCC during World War II. He was a 62-year member of Union 513 Heavy Equipment Operators. He had worked on roads and highways and Interstate highways throughout the state of Missouri, and worked on the Callaway Nuclear Plant. Baker Road at Brazito is named for him. Jim loved his family, heavy equipment trade, horses, mules and Westerns, and playing cards with his friends. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Jefferson City.

Jim is also survived by two sons, Joe Baker (Juanita) of St. Martins, John W. Morris (Pat) of Harrisonville; two daughters, Betty Joe Herron (Bill) of Ashland, Bonnie Ahlstedt (Bob) of Monroe, Washington; daughter-in-law, Carla Morris of Mary's Home; one sister, Juanita Mustain (J.T.) of Ashland; two brothers, Earl Baker (Edna) and Carol Wayne Baker of Bridgeview, Illinois; 11 grandchildren: Billy Herron and Greg Herron (Kristin) of Columbia, Robert Ahlstedt (Shelley) of New Braunfels, Texas, Mark Ahlstedt (Courtney) of Issaquah, Washington, Jamie Morris (Kristan) and Jeremy Morris (Beth) of Jefferson City, Lucas Morris, Jenny Morris, Brett Morris, Maggie Morris all of Mary's Home, Karly Schieder of Brooklyn, New York; nine great grandchildren: Kylee, Jordan and Cole Ahlstedt, Lauren and Chad Herron, Macy, Daniel, Tyler and Nick Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jim Morris of Mary's Home; a sister, Martha Groves of Centralia; a brother, Joe K. Baker; and two brothers in the infancy. Jim lived a long and fruitful life and will be missed by all.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Houser -Millard Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Mustain, Jim's nephew, officiating. Interment followed in Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery, Mary's Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at


Jerry D. Larimore, 67, of Osage Beach, Mo., passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at Lake Regional Health Center in Osage Beach, Mo.

He was born on December 29, 1943, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Orville and Ruth (Pace) Larimore, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on July 12, 1967 in Thailand to Wanida Koonudom, who survives of the home.

He was a graduate of Carthage High School and attended college in France. He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1965 to 1973. He worked in mobile home sales and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kirksville, Mo.

He is survived by three daughters, Sandi (Mike) Larson of Pacific, Mo., Melisa (Keith) Hickerson of Andover, Kan., and Kay (Tyler) Berg of Brumley, Mo.; one brother, Randy Larimore of Richwood, Mo.; one sister, Sherry Culver of Ithaca, Mich.; and nine grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Debbie Holem.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California, Mo. Burial with full military honors was in Enloe Cemetery near Russellville.

Memorials are suggested to either the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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