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Cape Girardeau, MO--FUNERAL SERVICE FRIDAY FOR MRS. CHARLES BAHN--The funeral for Mrs. Charles F. Bahn, 47 years old, who died of a heart attack unexpectedly Wednesday forenoon (26 Nov 1975) at her home, 2418 Brookwood, will be held at 1:30 Friday afternoon at First Christian Church.
The Rev. Max Jenkins, pastor, will conduct the service.  Burial will be in Memorial Park.  The body is at Ford and Sons Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4 this afternoon.
Pallbearers will be Dr. E. L. Bahn Jr., Taylor Bahn, William Bahn, David Bahn, Gene Martin and Robert O. Hirsch.
Mrs. Bahn, the former Miss Betty Bowen Morrow, was born on Nov. 25, 1927, in Little Rock, AR.  She and Dr. Bahn were married on Dec. 27, 1949 in Newport, AR, where her parents lived.  They moved to Cape Girardeau from New Orleans, LA in 1957, when Dr. Bahn opened his medical practice.
Mrs. Bahn attended grade school in Newport, was in high school at Norfolk, VA, then came to Cape Girardeau when her father was a consulting engineer at Harris Field, now Municipal Airport.  She was graduated from Central High School.
Following graduation there she attended SEMO State University and in 1949 was graduated with honors in English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
A member of First Christian Church, she was active in the Faith Circle, and was a past deaconess.  She belonged to the Christian Women's Fellowship, Church Women United and was a member of Chapter BI, P.E.O.  Mrs. Bahn was also a member of the Cape County Medical Auxiliary and the Southeast Missouri Hospital Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband; sons, Charles F. Jr., Christopher, Stuart and Stephen Bahn, all at home; daughter, Miss Martel Bahn, at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Morrow, Newport; and an uncle, Martel Bowen, Dallas, TX.  (Source:  Jackson Archives)



FORT WAYNE, IN--EVELYN E. BAKER, 76, died yesterday at Lutheran Homes.
The Cape Girardeau, Mo., native had lived in Fort Wayne since 1987. She was a homemaker and the widow of Emmitt.
Surviving are her daughters, Millie L. Mays, Ruth Cato and Louise Daye, all of Fort Wayne; sons, Charles W. King, Emmitt Baker Jr., Shelby R. Baker and Rodney L. Baker, all of Cape Girardeau, and Frank D. Baker of Fort Wayne; a brother, Allen Albernathy of Chicago; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Sanders Mortuary, 831 E. Jefferson Blvd. Calling is 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
-- News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - March 26, 1992.



ST. PETERSBURG, FL–VIRGINIA LEE BARTLING, 69, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 27, 1992) at home. Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she came here in 1979 from St. Louis, Mo. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Howard; a son, Stephen Ervin, Highland, Ill.; a daughter, Theresa Walker, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Daisy Combs and Frieda Jones of Cape Girardeau; and five grandchildren.
Alan R. McLeod Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Tuesday, January 28, 1992



Belleville, Ill.--W. F. BAUMANN FUNERAL HELD WEDNESDAY A.M.--Brother of Local Men Died in Cape Girardeau, Mo. on Monday.--A Cape Girardeau, Mo., paper contains the following account of the death in that city Monday of William F. Baumann, brother of Robert and Leo Baumann of Belleville:
"William Frederick Baumann, a well-known cigar manufacturer in Cape Girardeau for more than a quarter of a century, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Theodore Bauerle, at 3 o'clock this morning.  Bright's disease, kidney trouble and pneumonia were the cause of death.  Last Thursday Mr. Baumann contracted pneumonia and sank rapidly until the end came this morning.  Sunday morning it could be seen that the end was near, and members of the family were summoned to the bedside.  Two weeks ago today Mr. Baumann returned from Armstrong Springs, Ark., where he had gone for treatment.
"Mr. Baumann was born in Cape Girardeau on January 23. 1870.  He learned the cigar maker trade and engaged in business shortly after he reached his majority.  He continued the business until four years ago when his health began failing and he sold out to Frank Seib.  Mr. Baumann was married to Miss Annie Barenkamp on May 20, 1897.  Two sons were born to the union, both of whom survive.  Mrs. Baumann died 15 years ago.  Mr. Baumann then made his home with his parents.  Besides the two sons, Albert and Alvin, four sisters, Mrs. Louisa Messmer, Mrs. Annie Zimmer, Mrs. Mary Bauerle of this city, and Mrs. Josephine Schultz of St. Louis, and two brothers, Robert and Leo Baumann of Belleville, Ill., are left to mourn his death.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock to St. Mary's church and then to the old Catholic Cemetery."
--Belleville News Democrat, Nov 22, 1916.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--JAMES FREDERICK "BILL" BEAL, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 14, 1996, at St. Francis Medical Center.  He was born March 29, 1921, at Sikeston, son of James F. and Mary Bryant Beal.  He married Cecil Davidson Aug. 17, 1947, in Cape Girardeau. She survives.
    He was a retired truck driver and terminal manager. He served as president of Teamsters Local 574, and was on the building committee for the Teamsters Hall. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
    Other survivors are two sons, David Beal of Maryland Heights, and Larry A. Beal of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; two brothers, Clem Beal of Sikeston and LeRoy Beal, Bethesda, Md.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
    Service will be at Ford & Sons Mount Auburn Chapel Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Martin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park.  Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--A memorial service for ANEDA BENNETT of Jonesboro, Ark., will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The Rev. Cy Smith will officiate.
    There is no visitation.
    Bennett, 60, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, in Jonesboro.
    She was born Feb. 18, 1937, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Alexander “Eck” and Sylvia Price Goodpasture.
    Bennett had lived in Cape Girardeau most of her life. She had been a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Medical Center, Southeast Missouri Hospital, and Heartland Care and Rehab Center, retiring in 1984.
    Survivors include a son, Richard Zimmerman of Sesser, Ill.; three daughters, Sherril Evans of Carterville, Ill., Doris Morrison and Melinda Zimmerman of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Garl Goodpasture of Cobden, Ill., Bill Goodpasture of Jonesboro, Ark.; two sisters, Barbara Goodpasture of Cape Girardeau, Virginia Hicks of Granite City, Ill.; and several grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - RAY GRADY BENNETT, 87, died Oct. 7, 2001, at the Lutheran Home.
Born Dec. 20, 1913, in Magnolia, Ark., son of the late Oscar and Mary Hill Bennett, he was a member of the Hanover Lutheran Church. He was a crew member for the gas division of Union Electric in Dexter, Cape Girardeau and Scott City and started the union at Missouri Utilities in 1949.
On July 25, 1939, at Brazil Mills, Neb., he married Emma Kruse Bennett who survives of Cape Girardeau.
Other survivors include: one son, Robert E. Bennett of Rich Hill; one daughter, Carol A. Roth of Jackson; one sister, Lois Patterson of Haywood, Calif.; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hanover Lutheran Church, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Jeffrey Sippy and Assistant Vicar Matthew Cantu will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Eisleben Lutheran Cemetery at Scott City.
–Sikeston Standard Democrat, Wednesday, October 10, 2001.



EVANSVILLE, IN–FLOYD JAMES BERRY, 78, of Evansville, died Monday at St. Mary's Medical Center.
He retired after 50 years as a minister for the Southern Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Anna E. (Church); three daughters, Anna Jeanne Gaddis of Campbellsville, Ky., Carole Walsh of Walton, Ky., and Bonnie Erhardt of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, James of Carmel, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.
Services were Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., handled arrangements.
--Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - February 7, 1998



St. Petersburg, FL-- DR. ELMO BIDDISON, 94, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (April 2, 1994). Born in Exline, Iowa, he lived in St. Petersburg for several years before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988. He was a naturopath, practicing 46 years in Newcastle, Wyo. Survivors include a son, Eddie I., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Diane Biddison Morgan, Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Ford and Sons Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau, Mo.  --St. Petersburg Times (FL) - April 6, 1994



Winter Park, FL--VANITA G. BILOTTA, 86, Legion Drive, Winter Park, died Thursday, Sept. 9, of leukemia. Mrs. Bilotta was a registered nurse and homemaker. Born in Gordonville, Mo., she moved to Central Florida in 1950. She was a member of Orange County Medical Society Auxiliary, Retired Officers Wives Club and Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Survivors: son, Dr. Victor J., St. Petersburg; daughters, June McNamara, Orlando, Alice Jackson, Maitland, Ellen Bilotta-Moore, Winter Park; sisters, Clara Kiehne, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Albertine Scherrer, Walnut Creek, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, Winter Park.   --Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - September 11, 1999

LESTER H. BIPPUS, 85 of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at Missouri Veterans Home.  He was born Feb. 22, 1921 in Chicot County, Ark., son of Otto Franklin and Vera Poole Bippus. He and Frieda James were married Oct. 2, 1942 in Cape Girardeau at First Church of God. She died in August 1974. He later married Lillian Vanover in 1975 in Butler, Ind. She died in August 1984.
Mr. Bippus served in the Navy from Jan. 28, 1941 to Feb. 1, 1947. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He received a Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, American Defence Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, Philippine-Liberation Ribbon, and Navy Unit Commendation.
After his military service, Mr. Bippus worked for Meyer Alberts Grocerer in Cape Girardeau 13 years. He then worked for a metal foundry in San Francisco.
In 1984 he moved back to Missouri from Butler (Ind). He was a member of First Church of God.
He is survived by a daughter, Janet Voelker (Coy) Willard of Cape Girardeau; a stepson, Ronald (Kathy) Vanover of Sellersburg, Ind; a stepdaughter, Ruth (Doug) Meyer of Unity, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Stella Bippus of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Dorothy Schlessor of Burlingame, Calif., Wanda Johnson of Auburn, Ind.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Frank Bippus, and a brother, Otto Bippus.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Butler Cemetery in Butler (Ind) with full military honors.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.



PORTLAND, OR–DORRIS B. BLANCHARD died Nov. 4, 1999, at age 77. No service will be held.
Mrs. Blanchard was born June 8, 1922, in Jackson, Mo. Her maiden name was Binder. A homemaker, she moved to Portland in 1951. During the early 1940s, she married Donald Blanchard; he died in 1976.
Survivors include her daughter, Connie Duckworth of Deer Island; son, Miles of Troutdale; brother, Dave Binder of Seattle; and one grandchild.
Disposition is by cremation.
Arrangements are by Finley's Funeral Home.
--Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - November 14, 1999.


CAPE GIRARDEAU--PEGGY MARIE BLAYLOCK, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her home.
She was born April 20, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, to Rueben and Lucy Reynolds Whittaker.
She and Robert Lee Mueller were married, and he died in 1965. She married Robert Dubrey, and he died in 1997. She then married William “Bill” Blaylock and he died April 27, 2011.
She was a very active member of Wesley United Methodist Church and served on many committees in Fruitland.
She was an active member of VFW Post 3838 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 63 Auxiliary. She served as the ombudsman with the Area Agency on aging at Heartland Care and Rehab.
Survivors include daughters Melinda “Lindy” (Dale) Roth of Altenburg, Mo., and Beth (Bruce) Reimann of Cape Girardeau; stepsons Robert Dubrey III of Milwaukee, Daniel Dubrey and Patrick Dubrey, both of Boulder, Colo., Mark (Pamela) Blaylock of Cape Girardeau, William (Jill) Blaylock of Eureka, Mo.; grandchildren Alex Roth and Anna Roth of Altenburg, Morgan Chaudoir of Cape Girardeau; three stepgranddaughters; eight stepgrandsons; numerous great-stepgc; and sisters Retha Popp and Antoinette (John) McLain of Cape Girardeau.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughter, Susanna Joy Mueller; sisters, Wilma Masters, Maxine Swanner and Doris Fornkohl; and brothers, Floyd Whittaker and Richard Whittaker.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Debbie Arvelo officiating. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum in Cape Girardeau.
Memorial contributions may be given to American Diabetes Association.  
--Source:  Unknown paper; submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Anna Parks.


CAPE GIRARDEAU--SHIRLEY ANN BLAYLOCK, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  She was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of H. Clarence and Virginia Moore Ervin.  She and William B. Blaylock were married Nov. 20, 1955, in Cape Girardeau. 
Blaylock was a 1952 graduate of Central High School and member of the National Honor Society.  She was a secretary many years to the superintendent of Cape Girardeau Public Schools.  Blaylock was a member of First General Baptist Church and had served as pianist, organist, Sunday School teacher, and church secretary.  She sang in the church choir and Freedom Celebration Choir, and had worked with the church tape ministry for nursing homes. 
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Mark and Will Blaylock, both of St. Louis; her mother of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Carol Knight of Cape Girardeau; and four grandsons.  She was preceded in death by her father. 
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. today.  Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the chapel, with the Rev. David Griesemer officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park.  --Contributed by Catheirne Allison.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--WILLIAM BRYAN "BILL" BLAYLOCK, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at his home.  He was born June 17, 1929 in Cape Girardeau, to Mark and Elizabeth Jane Crockett Blaylock.  He first married Shirley Ervin Nov. 20, 1955 in Cape Girardeau.  She preceded him in death October 1, 1998.  He and Peggy Whittaker were married May 8, 1999 in Cape Girardeau.
Blaylock was an educator from1951 through 1987, teaching at Shepherd, Brook, Juden, and Jefferson schools.  He was principal at Washington Elementary in Cape Girardeau from1961 to 1967 and Washington School in Normandy, Mo., from 1968 to 1977.  He also was supervisor of buildings and grounds in Normandy.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.  He was a life member of American Legion Post 63, serving as the first vice president, was instrumental inincreasing membership, and started the Ham and Bean Dinner.  He was a life member of VFW Post 3838 where he served as trustee; was a member of Exchange Club; Jaycees; Missouri, Cape Girardeau and Normandy Teachers Associations; and served on the Red Cross board.
He served in the U. S. Army.
Blaylock was a Boy Scout more than 38 years, serving as a Scoutmaster, member of Order of the Arrow, earning the Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver Award.
He served as the ombudsman with the Area Agency on Aging at Heartland Care and Rehab.  He would deliver tapes to Heartland from both First General Baptist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church.  He was known as the Candy Man as he served as a lay leader at Wesley United Methodist Church three years.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Blaylock of Cape Girardeau; two sons, Mark (Pamela) Blaylock of Cape Girardeau; William (Jill) Blaylock II of Eureka, Mo.; four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the chapel, with the Revs. Mike Parry and Debbie Arvelo officiating.  Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.
--Contributed by Catherine Allison from the seMissourian.com  Friday, April 29, 2011.

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TILMON R. BLOCKER, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at his home.  He was born Sept. 17, 1931, son of Tilmon and Ruth Russell Blocker.  He married Evelyn Fornkohl on March 18, 1961 in Marble Hill, MO.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a GM3.  He had been employed with Rose Barge Lines, Cape Poster and the city of Cape Girardeau.  Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Blocker of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Edith Lowes of Cape Girardeau; and a grandchild.  He was preceded in death by a sister.  Friends may call  from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) at the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Kiefer officiating.  Burial will be at Fairmont Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with full military honors.



MARION, ILL.- EUGENE NORRIS "SONNY" BLUMER died peacefully at home Sunday, April 18, 2004, on the Lake of Egypt near Marion.  He was born June 30, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward and Opal Blumer.  He married LaNora Jean Baker Oct. 19, 1953, in Cape Girardeau.  They were blessed with three sons, three daughters-inlaw and two grandchildren:  Douglas Blumer and Nancy Irish of San Francisco, Calif., Steve and Donna Brown Blumer of Clearwater, Fla., Randy and Angela Smith Blumer and their children Emily and Sam of Dallas, Ga. 
He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Reynolds of Cape Girardeau and Dorothy Welker of Gardner, Kan.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margie. 
Sonny Blumer married his high school sweetheart, LaNora Jean Baker, in 1953. They met when they were alphabetically assigned the same locker in ninth grade at Cape Girardeau Central High School. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2003, surrounded by a very large group of family and friends. One group of those friends has remained close since first grade. 
Friendship was always a huge part of his life. He enjoyed a large, loyal and deeply devoted circle of friends. Two of which, Delain Bendel and John Barnard, made up an inseparable trio for many many years. It was often said he had no enemies. Sonny could always be counted on to assist with neighborhood projects or just about anything that needed to be done. He was a jack of all trades, possessing a wide range of practical skills, many learned in the U.S. Navy Seabees, but most just grew naturally out of the active life he led. He just figured it out. 
Mr. Blumer retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years in Cape Girardeau. He served in the U.S. Navy, retiring from the Seabees in 1983.  In the 1960s he began B&B Television Service with Mr. Bendel. He served as president of the Cape Girardeau Stock Car Association in the 1960s and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.  In his younger days, Sonny loved to dance and he and LaNora were impressive and graceful on the dance floor. He loved music, laughter and entertaining.  He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, rarely missing a televised game.  He loved watching TV.Two of his favorite shows were "The Flying Tigers" and naturally, "The Flying Seabees," both starring John Wayne.  Though he was not much of a fisherman, Sonny loved living on the Lake of Egypt, where he was an avid boater and water skier. He was known as a formidable opponent at his Tuesday night card game.  Sonny lived an incredibly rich, happy and rewarding life.  He was loved by all who knew him. He was a big man (six feet, three inches). But that was only the outside. With his huge, kind heart and generous soul, he seemed to be more like 10 feet tall.  His son Steve felt that "The world got a little heavier today, because one of the big guys holding it up, slipped away."  At his request, the body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.  (Contributed by Catherine Allison)



CAPE GIRARDEAU--MRS. SARAH BLYZE, 95 years old, died today in a Cape Girardeau boarding home.
Mrs. Blyze was born in Bollinger County on March 19, 1872, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore.
She was first married to Joe Hager on August 31, 1891. He died June 21, 1937. On June 9, 1940, she was married to James Blyze, who died in July 1940.
Mrs. Blyze was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau.
Surviving are a son, William Hager of Taylorville, Illinois; 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.
The body is at the McComb's Funeral Home here, but funeral arrangements are incomplete.
--The Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 4, 1967; submitted by Andrew Paisley.
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Sarah Hager Blyze Thursday afternoon by the Rev. H. G. Rhea at McComb's Funeral Home here.
Burial was in Russell Heights Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were William Hager, Jim Hager, Kenneth Hager, Ferd Wolfram, Harvey Moore, and Velbert Hayes.
Mrs. Blyze died Tuesday.
--The Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 7, 1967; submitted by Andrew Paisley.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--CATHARINE FRANCES LEWIS BOCK, 97, of Cape Girardeau passed peacefully to her Lord Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the Lutheran Home.  She was born Catharine Frances Lewis to Thomas Houston and Mary Catharine Tisdale Lewis, Nov 23, 1906 at the family farm home in Cape Girardeau County (the old Hitt Road).  She and Edgar Paul Bock were married June 16, 1932.  He preceded her in death Sept. 20, 1988.
Catharine attended old Campster School, and graduated from Central High School in 1925.  She began her college education in 1926 at Southeast Missouri State University.  She would go to college a year, then teach a year or two, then finish another year in college.  She taught at Dogwood School in Fruitland and Abernathy School in Cape Girardeau County before graduating from Southeast in 1933.
She was a member of the Hesperian Society at the university.  Catharine was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church, active in Sunday School, women's circle, and Women of the Church.  She and husband Edgar were adult advisers to the Pioneer and Senior High Fellowship youth groups many years.
She was very active in the work of Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, where she held a lifetime membership and was a past president.  She was also active in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, and worked on the sesquicentennial committee in 1956.  She was often a precinct judge at Franklin School during election years.
Catharine lived in Cape Girardeau County all her life.  Her travel highlight was a three-week trip to Scotland, Wales, and England with her son, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, Geraldine Fish Bock, and her grandchildren Richard and Catharine.
She is survived by her only child, Lewis Edgar Bock and wife, Carolyn Ford Bock of the Woodlands, Texas, and Cape Girardeau; a grandson, Drew Larson of Oceanside, Calif.; twin grandchildren, Richard Lewis Bock, a student at Loyola University in New Orleans, Catharine Elizabeth Bock, a student at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo; a granddaughter, Kathryn Ford Sanders and husband, Scott; and a great-granddaughter, Grace Kathryn Sanders.
Also surviving are Evelyn Lewis Walker, Thomas R. Lewis, Jr., Barbara Lewis Payne, Ellen Bock Hogan, Phillip Bock, Barry Bock, Donald Bock, Peggy Fiedler, Patricia Schlegel, Kenneth Musbach, Ralph Musbach and Eugene Musbach, all nieces and nephews of Catharine.  She loved them one and all!
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, Thomas Robert Lewis; brothers Bernard and Harold Lewis; and many cousins in the Lewis clan.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Kabo officiating.  Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison.



GORDONVILLE, MO--ALMA D. BODENSTEIN, 89, of Gordonville passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
She was born April 4, 1922, in Gordonville, daughter of William and Augusta Hanselman Nagel. She and Leo Albert Bodenstein were married April 25, 1943. He passed away Nov. 10, 1986.
Alma was baptized April 23, 1922, at Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville. She was confirmed April 14, 1935, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Gordonville and a member of the Ladies Aid since 1952.
She helped her husband on the family farm many years. She loved quilting, crocheting and needlework, which she began doing at the young age of 10. She was a charter member of Homemakers Club at Gordonville and was also a 4-H leader 21 years. She volunteered at Saint Francis Medical Center and the Lutheran Home 18 years.
a son, Art (Ann) Bodenstein of Gordonville; a daughter, Karen (Robert) Kranawetter of Gordon; five grandchildren, Jan Bradshaw of Jackson, Wayne (Tina) Bodenstein of Gordonville, Jill (John) Peters of Cape Girardeau, Kevin (Amanda) Kranawetter of Gordonville; a sister-in-law, Marie Nagel of Gordonville; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by three brothers, Edwin, Martin and Emil Nagel; and a sister, Hulda Sides.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Wayne Schwiesow officiating. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Gordonville.  --Source:  Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Anna Parks.

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TOPEKA, KS - THEON MCLEARY BOWMAN, 88, Topeka, died Dec. 19, 1991, at a hospital in Topeka. She was born in Millersville, Mo., and lived in Iowa and Atchison and Ottawa in Kansas before moving to Topeka 11 years ago. Miss Bowman taught English at the Atchison High School for more than 45 years before she retired in 1971. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Kansas and did post-graduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and at Washington University. She attended the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa. Survivors include a sister, Eloise B. "Sunny" Larson, Ottawa. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lamb-Roberts Chapel, Ottawa; graveside services will at 3 p.m. Monday at Highl and Cemetery, Ottawa.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - December 21, 1991.



CLEARWATER, FL--M. FERN BRAIG, 82, of Clearwater, died Tuesday (Jan. 9, 1990) at home. She was born in Jackson, Mo., and came here in 1966 from St. Louis.
She was a member of Skycrest United Methodist Church, Clearwater. She was a past worthy grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Louis, and was a past president and member of Imperial Home Women's Association.
She is survived by a brother, Nelson Martin, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Moss-Feaster Guardian Funeral Home, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - January 11, 1990.
 


FORT WAYNE, IN--MARION L. MORRISON BREEDLOVE, 92, died Tuesday at Lutheran Homes. Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and a daughter, Virginia Lee Davis. Surviving are a son, Howard E. Morrison of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Dorothy H. Gordon and Lois M. Bright, both of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Robert Lee of St. Louis and Fred Lee of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Minnie J. Lee of Fort Wayne; 27 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Turner Chapel AME Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmichael Funeral Service, 831 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.
--Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - March 25, 1999.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--L. R. ("BUD") BRENNECKE, 1418 Mary Ann, died Sunday night at St. Francis Medical Center after becoming ill at his home earlier. He was 66 years old.
Mr. Brennecke for 40 years managed the tire department of Montgomery Ward Co. here. He was a lifetime resident of Cape Girardeau,
was a member of the Chamber of Commerce; the Cape Girardeau Country Club, where he was an avid golfer, and St.Vincent de Paul Parish.
Mr. Brennecke was born here Jan. 10, 1913. He married the former Miss Mary Jane Benjamin June 2, 1932. She died June 20, 1976.
Surviving are a son, Thomas C. Brennecke, St. Louis; daughters, Mrs. A. W. Harrison, Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Tom Womack, Cape
Girardeau. and Mrs. Richard Ferguson, Fredericktown; sisters, Mrs. Byron Kinder and Mrs. Robert Wilson, both of Jefferson City, ,and Mrs.Charlie N. Davis, Brownwood, Texas, and eight grandchildren.
The body is at Ford and Sons Funeral Home, where friends may call after 3 p.m. today. Parish prayers will be said at the funeral home at 7:30 tonight.  Service will be at 10 Monday morning at Old St. Vincent Church with the pastor, the Rev. Martin Culligan, officiating. Burial
will be in Fairmount Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leon Shell, B. W. Birk, E. Ross Young Jr., Ralph Edwards, Ben Capshaw, Charles Drury, Charles Brune, Jon Lufcy and
David Graves.  (Contributed by Catheirne Allison.)



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--THOMAS CAMBRON BRENNECKE, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 14, 1998 at his home.  He had been ill for several years.
Brennecke was born March 16, 1936 at Cape Girardeau, son of L. R. and Mary Jane Benjamin Brennecke.  He and Janet Dowd were married Feb 28, 1960 in St. Louis.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas Brennecke of Boca Raton, Fla. and Jeffrey Brennecke of St. Louis; a daughter, Christ Poike of St. Louis; three sisters, Julann Rentrop of Memphis, TN, Jane Womack of Cape Girardeau and Emily Firebaugh of Farmington; and five grandsons.
He attended Washington Elementary School and graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1954, where he lettered in football.  He attended Southeast Missouri State University and earned all-conference in track and football.  He was graduated in 1959.  He lettered in each sport four years.
He was a former member of the Missouri National Guard and Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church.  He also was a past member of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees.
Brennecke worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for Bristol-Myers and Lederle from 1960 to 1972.  He then worked for Martin-Marietta in computer sales and for the Missouri Lottery.
Public visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
A private family service will be held Tuesday, with the Rev. Randy Trochtrop officiating.  Private burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--CLARIBEL "PAT" BREWER, a longtime elementary school teacher in Kirkwood, died Saturday (April 23, 1994) of infirmities at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was 89.
Mrs. Brewer, of Jackson, Mo., retired in 1969 from the Kirkwood School District, where she taught first grade at Keysor Elementary School for nearly 40 years.
Mrs. Brewer grew up in Jackson and graduated in 1942 from Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College, now Southeast Missouri State University.  Before teaching at Kirkwood, she taught first grade in Brewer, Mo., and in Burlington, Iowa.  She was active in the Missouri State Teachers Association.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Among the survivors are her stepson, James Brewer of Kirkwood; four stepdaughters, Jacqueline Becker, Evelyn Kessler, Betty Jean Breaver and Marilyn Deusctmann, all of Kirkwood; a brother, Robert Rafferty of Jackson; a sister, Cathryn White of Cape Girardeau; 22 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - April 25, 1994.



CONWAY, AR--DOROTHY LEE ALLISON BRIDWELL, 86, of Conway, Ark., passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.
She was born April 19, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, the oldest daughter of Robert and Christine Allison’s family of 10 children. Dorothy was married to Floyd Preston Bridwell on Dec. 22, 1948. He died in 2002.
They moved to Arkansas with their three children in 1966, first living in Hot Springs and then moving to Greers Ferry in 1970 where they owned the Narrows Boat Dock, Snug Harbor Dinner Theater, Chick n’ Lick Restaurant and Designer Glass, a stained glass studio.
Dorothy was a member of Higden Church of Christ, VFW Ladies Auxiliary as well as the Optimist Club of Greers Ferry.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy (Clint) Triplett of Greers Ferry; two sons, Robert (Chris) Bridwell of Conway, Randy Bridwell of North Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren, Ashley (Nathan) Pyle, Matthew (Brandi) Bridwell and Jim (Candy) Triplett; and six great-grandchildren, with a seventh due Christmas Day.
Also three siblings, Monica (John) Cobb of Belton, Mo., Mildred Clay of Cape Girardeau and Harold (Vavra) Allison of Huntsville, Ala.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Dorothy will be remembered fondly for her quick wit, independent spirit, culinary skills and artistic talent.
A private family graveside service will be at Crossroads Cemetery in Greers Ferry at a later date, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Floyd. Arrangements are by Roller McNutt Funeral Home.  --Source:  Unknown newspaper; submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Anna Parks.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--RICHARD KENNETH BROCKMIRE,  63, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, April 17, 1998, at St. Francis Medical Center.  He was born Sept. 13, 1934, at New Hamburg, son of Ralph and Luella Zeyen Brockmire. He and Julia Burger were married May, 1958 at Oran. 
Brockmire was employed 25 years at Procter & Gamble, retiring in 1991.  He was a member of Elks Lodge.  He was a graduate of Central High School and was on the baseball team.  He was a veteran of the US Navy. 
Survivors include his wife; a son, David Brockmire; a daughter Kim Matthews; his mother, all of Cape Girardeau and two grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father, a brother and two sisters. 
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel from 4-8 p.m. Sunday.  Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel, with Dr. Clayton Smith officiating.  Entombment will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum.  --Contributed by Catherine Allison.



DENVER, CO--DANNY LEE BROOKS of Denver died April 3 at Humana Mountain View Hospital. He was 62. The body was cremated. Memorial services were at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Mr. Brooks, a tool and die maker, was born in Jackson, Mo. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Brooks of Denver; daughters Jane Ann Kusaba,, Donna Wilkins, Loretta Sue Cisneros and Felicia Rickard; sons Steven Brooks, Keith Lee Brooks and Bryon Brooks; and five grandchildren.
--Rocky Mountain News (CO) - Tuesday, April 10, 1990


CAPE GIRARDEAU - Funeral service for MRS. ANN Y. BROWN, Cape Girardeau, Route 1, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Funeral Chapel. The Rev. William A. Matzat will officiate, with burial in Memorial Park.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today. 
Mrs. Brown, 55 years old, died Sunday, June 24, 1990, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  She had been in ill health almost three years.  She was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Cape, daughter of Walter and Elda Schrader Isaac.  She married Darrell Brown April 28, 1962, in Jefferson City. 
Mrs. Brown attended Trinity Lutheran School, graduated from Central High School in 1952, and received a degree in elementary education and home economics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1956.  She taught three years each at Leadwood High School and Thebes High School.  She had also worked at Gingham Square, and at the family business, Cape GMC Pontiac.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel and Ramblewood Garden Club. 
Survivors include her husband; a son, Bradley Brown; two daughters, Tamara and Kendra Brown, and her mother, all of Cape Girardeau.



CHESTER M. BROWN, EXECUTIVE, IS DEAD
Chester M. Brown, retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Allied Chemical Corporation, died Wednesday at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.. He had suffered a stroke on July 25. Mr. Brown was 73 years old and had lived in Cape Girardeau, where he was born, since 1979.
Mr. Brown's entire business career had been with Allied Chemical, which he joined as a trainee in 1929 after receiving a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri.
When he retired as chairman and chief executive officer nearly four decades later, he had taken part in virtually every phase of the operation and administration of the giant corporation.
Mr. Brown headed Allied Chemical when the company, the world's largest producer of basic chemicals, became a feature of midtown Manhattan when it redesigned the old New York Times Building at Broadway and 42d Street in 1965. The building served as executive headquarters of the company's fiber division until 1973. The company moved its corporate headquarters from Manhattan to Morris Township, N.J., in 1972.
After serving as chief of several of Allied Chemical's subsidiaries, Mr. Brown became president of the corporation in 1959, a position he held until 1967.
With the death of Kerby H. Fisk in 1962, Mr. Brown was named chief executive officer and then chairman of the board in 1966. He served in those posts until his retirement in 1968.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, the former Nelda Prather; two sons, Stewart D. of McLean, Va., and Stephen M. of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a daughter, Phyllis Sabin of Midland, Mich., and four grandchildren.
A service will be held at 3 P.M. Saturday at the Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
--New York Times, The (NY) - August 14, 1981.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--CLARENCE "BRUCE" BROWN, 75, of Wappapello, Mo., died Monday, April 12, 2010, at Citizens Medical Center, Victoria, Texas.
    He was born Nov. 27, 1934, at Bardwell, Ky., the son of Clarence and Katherine Walters Brown. He married Margaret Craft on Oct. 19, 1979. She survives him.
    Clarence retired with more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a gunnery seargent. He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.
    He was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections, having worked at the Menard and Tamms locations. Clarence loved his old cars, doing carpentry work and just “piddling.”
    He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Wappapello, Mo.; four sons, William Brown of Lexington, Ky., Ricky and Carl Brown, both of Bristol, Tenn., Eddie Dittlinger of Oklahoma; two daughters, Norleen (Harold) Smith of Wolf Lake, Ill., Robin Dittlinger (Rodney Hawthorn) of St. Mary’s, Mo.; six grandchildren, Christine, Thomas, Jessica, Josie, Jada, Martinique; two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Cody; very special friend, Mr. Leon Murphy of Cape Girardeau; other relatives; and many friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
    Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home, 829 N. West End Blvd., Cape Girardeau.
    The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Lorimier Cemetery.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.
   --Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.



SUGAR CREEK, MO--LEE L. BROWN, 62, and his wife, ANNA L. BROWN, 64, of Sugar Creek, died March 4, 1992, near Ash Fork, Ariz.
Mr. Brown was born in Pittsburg, Kan., and lived in this area most of his life. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 31 years and retired in 1983. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Mrs. Brown was born in Jackson, Mo., and lived in this area most of her life. She worked for Butler Manufacturing Co. before she retired in 1991.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown were members of the Single Adult Bible Study and the Single and Secure Ministries. They were members of the Missouri Pilots Association, the Independence Gem and Mineral Society, the Outdoor Wilderness Waterway Club and the Antiques and Classics Association.
Their survivors include two daughters, Mona Brown, Independence, and Shari Oakes-Loyds, Germany; two sons, Russell Lee Brown, Henderson, Nev., and Michael Oakes, Leavenworth; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Mr. Brown's survivors also include his mother, Lelia May Brown, Lee's Summit, and a sister, Margaret Johnson, Grapevine, Texas.
Mrs. Brown's survivors also include a sister, Betty Jean Waldrop, Milan, Mo., and two brothers, Marvin Maloney, Kansas City, and Bob Maloney, Grandview.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Independence.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Wednesday, March 11, 1992

DELTA, MO - STELLA LOUISE BROWN, 66, died at 6:20 p.m. Oct. 19, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 15, 1935, at Delta, daughter of the late John Fred Curtis and Suddy Biri Jaco, she was a laundry supervisor at Cape La Croix Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau before retiring. She was a member of the Whitewater United Methodist Church.
On Oct. 20, 1951, she married Delmar Kenneth "Blue" Brown who preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1985.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers and one granddaughter.
Survivors include: one son, Kenneth R. Brown of Marble Hill; four daughters, Shirley Foulk and Carolyn Keller of Scott City, Jane Nall of Benton and Nancy Garland of Marble Hill; two sisters, Blanch Foster of San Diego, Calif., and Hettie McClard of Delta; and 12 grandchildren.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Steven Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Union Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Chris Brown, David Brown, Dean Brown, Michael Keller, Travis Keller and Shane Garland. Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Garland and Seth Garland.
–Sikeston Standard Democrat, Monday, October 22, 2001.



CAPE GIRARDEAU - Funeral service for MRS. LEONA MARIE BRUSTER, 1431 Luce, will be held at Grace Church, 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church.  Dr. Jim Davis will officiate, with burial in Memorial Park.  Friends may call at Ford and Sons Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. 
Mrs. Bruster, 55 years old, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 1990, at her home.  She was born April 14, 1934, in Cape, daughter of Leo and Ida Brennecke.  She first married Edward L. Hensley Aug. 26, 1953.  She later married Earl Bruster. 
Mrs. Bruster graduated from CentraI High School in 1952. She had been a cook at Central Junior High School and Southeast Missouri State University cafeteria. She had been a salesclerk at State Beauty Supply, and was a housekeeper when she retired.  She was a lifelong member of  United Methodist Women and received a life membership pin; served 34 years in the Otahki Girl Scout Council and received an achievement pin. She had been a member of Franklin, Central Junior and Senior High PTAs. 
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Diana Tackett of Clifford; a son, Douglas Hensley of Cape; a brother, Lloyd G. Brennecke of Bartonville, lll.; six stepchildren, Allen Bruster of Haysville, Kan., Terry Bruster of Lawrence, Kan., Debbie Ats and Travis Bruster of Jackson; Sandy Bruster and Teresa Metzinger of Arkansas City, Kan.; a grandson Skyler Tackett, and 10 stepgrandchildren.
--Contributed by Catherine Allison.


Flint, MI–AVA M. BURLINGAME of Flint, age 73, died Sunday, March 30, 1997 at Genesys Health Park. Mass of Christian burial will take place 10AM Thursday, April 3, 1997 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Morris, Rev. Fr. Robert McKeon officiating with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Burlingame will remain at the Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call 2-9PM Wednesday and at the church on Thursday from 9AM until time of Funeral Mass at 10AM. Family, friends, and parish will gather to pray the Rosary at 7PM Wednesday. She was born June 27, 1923 in Delta, MO, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Acie Nelson and Lela Mae (Caudle) Hayes. She was a member of Mt. Morris St. Mary Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She retired in 1980 from Fisher Body Coldwater Plant after 27 years of service. She is survived by: 3 nephews and 1 niece, Robert Glen Willett, of Hudson, FL; Jack L. Willet of Millington; Ronald L. Willet of Indian Rocks Beach, FL; Shelby J. Baer of Grand Blanc. Martin Funeral Home, locally owned and operated Mt. Morris Rd. between Dort and Saginaw.  --Flint Journal, The (MI) - April 1, 1997.



PEORIA, IL -- DONALD “MIKE” BUTLER, 46, of Jackson, Mo., formerly of Peoria, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 1994, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Feb. 28, 1948, in Cullman, Ala., to Reece and Lois Walker Butler, he married Katherine Nicholson on May 9, 1981, in Denver. She survives in Jackson.
Also surviving are his stepfather and mother, Curtis and Lois Richrath of Peoria; two sons, Joshua and Jonathan, both at home; two daughters, Heather Butler at home and Cheri Leasure of Morton; three brothers, Wayne of Peoria, Eric of Lafayette, Ore., and Jerry of the state of Washington; one sister, Gale Mott of Pekin; and one grandchild.
He served in the Air Force from Sept. 8, 1967, to Feb. 16, 1968. He was of the Methodist denomination. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. He grew up in Peoria. He owned Butler Distributing in Peoria for five years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 1001 N. Mount Auburn Road, Cape Girardeau, Mo., where visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The Revs. Otto Steinhaus and David Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
--Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - August 9, 1994. 



FORT WORTH, TX - ROBERTA IRENE BUYERS, a homemaker, died Saturday at her Fort Worth residence. She was 69.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Greenwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Buyers was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and had lived in Fort Worth for about 40 years.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Survivors: Two sons, John A. Buyers III of Kennedale and James R. Buyers of Fort Worth; two daughters, Mary E. Sablich of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Nancy J. George of Mebane, N.C.; brother, Robert Grueneberg of Scott City, Mo.; and nine grandchildren.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Monday, June 17, 1991



Midlothian, TX--HEART STROKE TAKES PIONEER ON DALLAS VISIT--Funeral Services Set for Edward Byrd, 88, Oilman's Father--EDWARD BYRD, 88 Midlothian, long-time resident of Texas and father of D. Harold Byrd, Dallas Oilman and Texas wing commander of the Civil Air Patrol, died of a heart attack here Thursday.
Mr. Byrd was stricken as he walked along St. Paul in front of the Federal Building shortly before noon Thursday and was dead on arrival at Parkland Hospital.  
A native of Missouri, Mr. Byrd was the grandson of pioneers who had pushed westward in 1799 into Missouri while it still was part of the Louisiana Territory.  He was born at the Old Stone House, still standing on Byrd's Creek, Byrd Township, Cape Girardeau County, Mo.
Covered Wagon Traveler.
As a youth of 19, he came to Texas for the first time in 1873 in a covered wagon and stayed at Starkville, Lamar County, two months before returning to Missouri by pony, a trip that required a month.
His next trip to Texas was by rail, and he settled at Blossom, Lamar County.  There in 1877 he joined the Presbyterian Church, became a ruling elder three weeks later, and since then had represented the church at various times from the assemblies of the Red River Presbytery to the General Assembly.
Owned Early Day Store.
He married, in 1879, Mollie Easley, daughter of a farmer in the community.  There he built a small home, and later added a gin and mill, then several houses and finally a store.  The community was named Byrd Town.  Later he moved his family to Detroit where he engaged in the mercantile business for a time, and then in 1901 moved  (illegible) where he lived until 1913, moving to Midlothian.  He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary there in 1929.
In Midlothian he was active in the Presbyterian Church and was chairman of its board of elders, a position he had held for nearly thirty years.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, D. Harold Byrd, R. J. Byrd, Irving, and B. E. Byrd, Midlothian; two daughters, Mrs. R. T. Gidley and Mrs. R. B. McDonald, both of Dallas; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Midlothian Presbyterain Church, with Dr. Jasper Manton, pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Dallas, officiating.  Years ago while Dr. Manton's father was pastor of a Presbyterian Church at Paris, Dr. Manton was ordained there and later became pastor of the same church.  Mr. Byrd attended Dr. Manton's ordination service and many years ago requested that he conduct his funeral.
Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. in the family burial plot at Blossom.  Pallbearers will be Tom H. Dees, W. H. Price, J. P. Sewell, J. G. Oliver, R. R. McElroy and Dr. H. G. Williams, all of Midlothian.  (Source:  Dallas Morning News, January 8, 1943)


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