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Obituaries Published Oct. 24 California Democrat

Obituaries Published Oct. 24 California Democrat

October 23rd, 2012 in News


Emily Gatschet Burnett, 87, of Springfield, Ill., died Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

She was born March 8, 1925, in California, Missouri, the daughter of Albert Arnold "Ab" Gatschet and Dr. Ida Stella Hahn Gatschet, DC. She married Samuel W. Burnett, Jr. in 1943 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death in 1998.

Emily graduated from Hickman High School, Columbia Missouri.

She attended the University of Missouri and University of Illinois at Springfield, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She later earned a Master of Education Degree from Western Illinois University. She worked as a District 186 school secretary at Withrow Elementary School for eight years and then, after completing her degrees, worked as a school Librarian and taught Special Education Reading and Mathematics until her retirement in 1996.

Emily was an exceptionally loving and patient caregiver to her ailing husband for many years. She enjoyed the company of other people and had a good sense of humor. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. She is survived by one son: Daniel (Karen) Burnett of Toledo, Ohio; and two daughters: Nancy Farris of California, Missouri, and Kathy Jane Burnett of Springfield; eight grandchildren: Tracey (Bill) Hayes, Jennifer Burnett, Dale (Shelley) Farris, Jr.; Sean Farris, Dee Dee (Chad) Farris-Folkerts, Allan (Kristy) Larson, and Doug Larson.

She had 11 great-grandchildren: Alyse, Aubrey, Ella, Hazel, Chloe, Phoebe, Georgia, Caleb, Matthew, Grace and Isaac; five nieces: Sandra, Donna, Janis, Eileen, Cheryl, and one nephew Brian.

Also preceding her, in death in addition to her parents and husband, was her daughter, Jan (David) Larson, of Springfield, and brother, Lt. Col. William C. Gatschet, formerly of Bakersfield, Calif.

Private services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Verda Ladene Hamilton, 92, formerly of Latham, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Frene Valley Healthcare South in Owensville, Mo.

She was born one of 11 children on May 21, 1920, in Rich Hill, Mo. the daughter of John and Alice (Moyer) Lee, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on August 4, 1941 in Reno, Nev., to James H. Hamilton who preceded her in death on July 3, 1961.

She worked at the turkey plant in California, Mo., then owned by Ralston Purina; later she worked at Chesebrough Ponds in Jefferson City, California Woolen Mill, and Stride Rite Shoes Factory in Tipton until a heart attack forced her retirement. Verda lived in the Latham area from 1955 to 2007. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and children and would babysit local children in her home after she retired.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Terry Hamilton and wife Donna of Latham, and Howard G. (Jerry) Hamilton and wife Carol of Bland, Mo.; three grandsons, Gary L. Hamilton and wife Monica of California, James D. Hamilton and wife Jennifer of Columbia, Mo., and Kurtis H. Schlottog and wife Rachel of Bland, Mo.; one granddaughter, Cara Newton and husband Josh of Belle, Mo.; three great-granddaughters, Elizabeth (Ellie) R. and Rebecca (Becca) L. Hamilton, both of California, and Annistyn Marie Newton; two great-grandsons, Jancen C. Schlottog of Bland, Mo., and Layne H. Newton of Belle, Mo.; two sisters, Wanda Morris, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Betty Morrell and husband Lowell of Ozawkie, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one infant son, John Gary Hamilton in 1955; four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Burial was in Latham Cemetery. Officiating was Walter Wood Jr.

Memorials are suggested to choice of the donor.

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


Donald W. Riggs, 83, of California, died Friday, October 19, at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Riggs of the home; children, Larry Riggs and Donna Miller, Versailles, and Sue Mullins, Latham; grandson (who he raised) Travis (Jennifer) Riggs, Versailles; stepchildren, Duane Smith, Clarksburg, Janeice (Jerry) Zahner, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Robin (Craig) Green, Bullhead City, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Donald and Gerald Riggs; and sister, Bernice Riggs.

Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home, Versailles.

Burial was in the Ritchie Cemetery, Versailles. www.


Gregory "Greg" W. Roberds, Jr., 22, of California, Mo., passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012 near California.

He was born on January 17, 1990, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Gregory Roberds Sr. and step-mother Angela, whom survives in Lexington, South Carolina and Malista (Monroe) and step-father Mitch Anderson, whom survives of the home.

Greg graduated from California High School in 2008. He was a mail clerk for the Jefferson City News Tribune where he acquired great friendships with whom he golfed and went target shooting. As a child he loved ATA Tae-Kwon-Do, soccer, Cub Scouts, a passion for Christ, and he enjoyed vacationing with his grandparents. As a young man he enjoyed cars, a girl, music, friends, being a big brother (Bubba), and his cat Socks. As a man he loved to pick his guitar and listening to music, deer hunting, fishing, and canoeing. He had a passion for guns and started a collection.

He is also survived by three stepbrothers, Zachary Weed of Lexington, S.C., Bryan Anderson and wife Jessica of Taos, Mo., and Alden Hallford of California, Mo.; one sister, Kristen Hallford of the home; one stepsister, Brittany Kandlbinder of Jefferson City, Mo.; stepmaternal grandparents, Cecil and Jean Anderson of Russellville; paternal grandparents, Bob and Ginger Miller of Russellville, Mo., and Buck and Bonnie Roberds of Valparaiso, Ind. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Robert and Betty Monroe.

Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Burial will be at the Annunciation Catholic Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Ken Mathes. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services.

Memorials are suggested to the Kids of National Rifle Association, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018.

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


Paul E. Strauch Sr., 84, of Eldon, Missouri, passed away Monday evening, October 15, 2012, at Lake Regional Health Systems in Osage Beach, Missouri.

He was born on February 1, 1928 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the son of the late Raymond Strauch and Anna Sophia (Sauer) Strauch Viesman. On August 3, 1991 in Rocky Mount, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Peggy L. (Gray) Gift Strauch who survives of the home.


Children: Kimberly Rae (Strauch) Hancock and husband John of Monroe City, Mo.; Jodell DeNeen Strauch of Maryville, Mo.; Steven R. Strauch and wife Susan of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; Michael W. Gift and wife Malana of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Myles W. Gift and wife Amanda of St. Louis, Mo.; Darrell Plaster andwife Tammy of Centertown, Mo.

Thirteen Grandchildren, Michael Strauch, Scott Strauch, Paul Hancock, Karen (Hancock) Kendrick, Kathryn Hancock, Katy Gift, Paige Gift, Alexa Gift, Ian Gift, Tyler Gift, Madyson Gift, William Gift, Emma Gift.

Two great-grandchildren:

Sister: Dolores Walther and husband Howard of Taos, Mo.

Two sons: Paul E. Strauch, Jr. and Scott G. Gift and a daughter, Michelle S. Gift preceded him in death.

After attending a one-room schoolhouse in Brazito, Mo., Paul graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Alaska as a Radio Intelligence Officer where he earned the World War II Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal of Japan. While in Alaska he studied at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for two years. He was employed with the Dept. of Corrections for 37 years. After his retirement he built a woodworking shop where he made crafts, and he attended many craft shows. He also was employed as a courtesy cart driver with Hy-Vee in Lake Ozark, Mo. He was a member of the Lake Area Community Orchestra, volunteered for the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Eldon VFW Post #2442 where he served as an officer and in the Military Funeral Honors Team. Paul was also an active member of the Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark, Mo. He enjoyed dancing, music, traveling, trout fishing and camping, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Funeral Service were held on Friday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark, Mo., with Rev. Larry Gallamore and Rev. Steven R. Strauch officiating. Interment followed at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City, Mo., with full military honors provided by the Eldon VFW Post #2442.

Memorials for Paul are suggested to the Lake Ozark Christian Church, the American Heart Association or the Eldon VFW Post #2442.

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Arrangements were under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, Mo.


Theodora "Teddy" Marie Underwood, 96, of California, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at California Care Center.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1916, in Red Oak Grove, Minn., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Hanson, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married to James A. Underwood who also preceded her in death.

She is survived by one son, Jim Underwood of California; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Underwood and seven brothers and sisters.

Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to either the VFW Auxiliary or Eagles Club, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.