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Obituaries Published in March 14 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in March 14 California Democrat

March 13th, 2012 by Democrat Staff in News


Albert W. Reed Sr., 94, of California, Mo., passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at California Care Center.

He was born on March 15, 1917, in California, the son of William Andrew and Emma Agnes (Duncan) Reed, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on March 13, 1938 in California, to Opal Maxine Bolinger, who preceded him in death on September 17, 2010.

He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher and always enjoyed visiting the sick. He was previously a member of Flag Springs Baptist Church. He was president of the Old Salem Cemetery Board. Albert was a life-long farmer, and he also worked at the California Woolen Mill, California Manufacturing for many years, and for the Moniteau County Road District.

He is survived by three sons, Albert Reed Jr. and wife Beverly, Charles Keith Reed and wife Malinda, all of California, and Ronnie Reed of Clarksburg, Mo.; five daughters, Ruby C. Parkes and husband Don of California, Emma M. Kirchhoff of Tovey, Ill., Patty A. Elliott of California, Bonnie Stinson and husband David of Clarksburg, and Donna Sue Kleoppel and husband Tom of Warrensburg; 25 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, John David Reed; and two daughters, Doris Jean Johnson and infant Janet Marie Reed.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church in California. Burial will be in Flag Springs Cemetery. Officiating will be Mr. Jack Bowlin and Rev. Eddie Schoeneberg. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church.

Memorials are suggested to Flag Springs 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.


Brian Keith Selk, 50, formerly of California, Mo., passed away February 29, 2012, in Gilbert, Arizona.

Brian was born on December 21, 1961, in Streator, Illinois to Keith and Paula (Storm) Selk, both of whom survive of California, Mo.

Brian was employed at the Ameri-Cure Co. in Gilbert at the time of his death. Brian graduated from Rich South High School in Richton Park, Ill., in 1980. While in high school, he went to work for his father's manufacturing company, Air Louvers and Dampers, in the Chicago area. Eventually they formed another company, Aerosonics and in 1993, they moved the companies to California, Mo. Brian was an avid motorcyclist and spent many hours riding his Harley(s). He loved and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with his non-stop humor.

Brian is also survived by his daughter Jacqueline Selk Murray and husband Brian of Lake Ozark; son Justin Keith Selk of Chicago; sister Sheri Selk of Cincinnati; and one granddaughter, Laurynn Kennedy of Lake Ozark. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to either the U.S.O. of Missouri Gateway Harley Davidson or the American Lung Association, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Edward P. Wilson, 100, Tucson, Ariz., son of Harry and Rosa Wilson, passed away March 8, 2012, at Hospice with his wife Elizabeth and son Michael at his side. He was born Dec. 31, 1911, and christened in the Russellville Lutheran Church on Feb. 11, 1912.

He was a 1929 graduate of Russellville High School. While in high school, he worked with Jimmy Hert at the Russellville Rustler newspaper. For a number of years he worked for Missouri Power & Light electric company. He and his wife (former Lucille Schmitz) built a greenhouse on Highway 50 East, Jefferson City. They operated the Tower Flower and Plant Shop for a number of years. They sold out and moved to Rolla where they built another greenhouse and flower shop. Ed's Florist was a Fortune 500 business. In later years Ed moved west and worked in the florist business growing flowers commercially.

Mr. Wilson furthered his education, self taught, and worked as an auditor and appraiser for Santa Barbara County in the assessor's office.

He made several trips back to Missouri where he still wanted to be.

For several years he was wheelchair bound because of bad legs. His mind stayed alert and with his computer he created interesting reports. Throughout his life, he loved to learn and continued his education.

Survivors include his sister, Alice Wilson Dudley and nephew Eugene. Alice is a 1937 RHS graduate and Eugene a 1959 RHS graduate. Three daughters, Mary Dee and Harriet of Rolla, Mo., and Carol of Mobile, Alabama. Five sons, John, George, Eddie and Greg, in California State, and Mike of Tucson, Az.

An old school buddy, Vincil Scrivner, who will be 100 in June 2012, resides at Moniteau Care Center, California, Mo.