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Special thanks to Rob Vieman, Publisher of Three Rivers Publishing, who has graciously agreed to let us archive the Obituaries from his three news papers in Crawford County. Their web site, covering news from the Crawford County area can be found at http://www.threeriverspublishing.com.

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Colby Allen O’Dell
Colby Allen O’Dell infant son of Michael and Jessica (Briggs) O’Dell of Sullivan, Missouri passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri.
Colby is survived by his parents, Michael and Jessica O’Dell; grandparents, Doug and Michelle Briggs of Sullivan, Missouri, Grady and Amy O’Dell of Bourbon, Missouri; great grandparents, Marvin and Lanora Briggs of Sullivan, Missouri, Wayne and Barb Durbin of Sullivan, Missouri, Don and Kathy Asberry of Sullivan, Missouri, Larry and Becky Taff of Cabool, Missouri, Terry and Susan O’Dell of Irvington, Illinois; great great grandparents, Daisy Lindsey of Cabool, Missouri and Lawrence O’Dell of Brownstown, Illinois; aunt, Sarah Briggs of Sullivan, Missouri; uncles, Timothy and wife Amilyn Briggs of Sullivan, Cody, Noah and Elijah Briggs, all of Sullivan, Missouri, Matthew and wife Cheyenne O’Dell of Greensburg, Indiana and Justin O’Dell of Bourbon, Missouri.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Countryside Baptist Church with interment in the Reedville Cemetery, rural Sullivan, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.

Ruth Olive Ogle
Ruth Olive Ogle, nee Howdeshell, of Steelville, Missouri was born on Friday, August 7, 1931 in Cherryville, Missouri to Eldon Estes and Rose Eldora Parrett Howdeshell and passed away at Gibbs Care Center in Steelville, Missouri Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 16 days.
Ruth married Robert Wayne Ogle on May 5, 1950 in Steelville, Missouri and to this union nine children were born.
Ruth was a lifelong resident of Crawford County attending Roanoak School and Cherryville High School. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, watching the birds and feeding the birds.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Rose Howdeshell; husband, Robert; daughter, Donna, sister, Daphana (Versel) Callahan; brothers, Elbert (Myrna) Parrett, Treff (Vivian) Hogan, Dwight (Margaret) Howdeshell, Noel (Helen) Howdeshell, Kenneth (Alameda) Howdeshell; infant brother, James Gilbert Howdeshell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward Lefler, Donald Crabtree, David Boldt, Freddie Ogle and Shirley (Noel) Livesay; grandchildren, Dennis Lee Ogle, Jr., Stacy Ann Roper and Bo Dean Roper; great grandchild, Conner Allen Gullet.
She is survived by her children, Rick Ogle of St. Louis, Missouri, Dennis (Debbie) Ogle of Grafton, Illinois, Rhonda (Greg) Hill of Enid, Oklahoma, Robert “Bob” L. Ogle of Cuba, Missouri, Linda (Dennis) Lea, Leona (James) Jones, and Randy Ogle, all of Steelville, Missouri and Marie Roper of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; sisters, Anna Mae (Kenneth) Biggs and Mary Lefler, all of Overland, Missouri, Mildred (Paul) Conaway of Cuba, Missouri and Juanita Crabtree of Bridgeton, Missouri; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Glenda) Ogle of Bismarck, Missouri and James Ogle of Steelville, Missouri; sister-in-law, Linda Ogle of Cuba, Missouri; 21 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. and funeral service wass Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Delmar Hutson officiating.
Burial was at the Freeman Cemetery, Cherryville, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.
 

Jasper S. Oliveri
Jasper “Jay” S. Oliveri of Cuba, Missouri was born to Tony and Helen (Siess) Oliveri on Wednesday, April 9, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri and passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 63 years.
Jay worked as a Vendor at Busch Stadium before becoming disabled. He enjoyed country and western music especially Patsy Cline, St. Louis Cardinals and Rams, black liquorice, traveling and in his younger days riding the Hodiamont Street Car in St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Helen Oliveri; other relatives and friends.
He is survived by his aunt, Elsie Gurie of Gray Summit, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Private services were held.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.
 


Russell Isaiah Oller Jr.
Russell Isaiah Oller Jr. was born July 4, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois and passed away April 13, 2010 at Salem, Missouri at the age of 80 years.
On September 10, 1955, Russell was united in marriage to Marcia Hill and to this marriage three children were born.
Russell enjoyed farming, gardening, canoeing and camping.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Isaiah Oller Sr. and Genevieve (Sedmiradsky) Oller and one sister, Carol Reuter.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia Oller of Salem, Missouri; three children, Debby Green and husband Dale of Waterford, Connecticut, George Oller and wife Julie of Des Plaines, Illinois and Russell Oller III and wife Pam of Salem, Missouri; one sister, Sharon Oller of St. James, Missouri; five grandchildren, Bobby Oller, Daniel Green, Russell Oller IV, David Green and Kayla Oller.
Funeral service was Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel with Bro. Jeff Fulk, Harlan Hamilton and Warren Taylor officiating. Music was by William and Velma Rohrer.
Special memories were shared by his daughter, Debby Green and other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Frances Blecha, Jeffrey Harrison, Jack Peters, Daniel Green, Russell Oller IV and David Green. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Graham, Jim Purcell Colin and Kenneth Harrison.
Interment was in the Gladden Empire Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary, Salem, Missouri.

Jack Olms of Steelville, Missouri was born on Wednesday, October 9, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri to Walter and Mary Standing Olms and passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 15 days.
Jack served in the United States Marines.
He married Venita Mae Marston on February 18, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri and to this union seven children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Olms; daughters, Janet Sue Olms and Pamela Land; sister-in-law, Kathy “Sissy” Olms; sisters, Margaret (Julio) Wong, Betty (Stanley) Zygmund and Barbara Olms.
He is survived by his wife Venita Olms of Steelville, Missouri; children, Debbie (Joe) Gladden of Spotsylvania, Virginia, Jack Henry (Veronica) Olms of Tampa, Florida, Donna (Warren) Combs of Bourbon, Missouri, Michael (Shannon) Olms and Valley (Jim) Becker, all of Steelville, Missouri; brother Walter Olms of Leasburg, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Roland and Patsy Lashley, all of Steelville, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.
 

Deven L. O’Neal
Deven L. O’Neal of Leasburg, Missouri passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the age of 2 years and 6 months.
He is survived by his mother, Michele L. Bouse and father, Jarod O’Neal; sister, Kelsey Dennis; paternal grandmother, Peggy O’Neal of Cuba, Missouri; and paternal great grandfather, Stanley O’Neal of Bourbon, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Mike and Judy Bouse of Leasburg, Missouri: maternal great grandmother, Helen Reiner of Cuba, Missouri; uncles, Mike Bouse and wife Rachel of Cuba, Missouri and Joe Voisey and wife Melisa of Cuba, Missouri; and aunt, Melissa Nevills and husband Josh of Sullivan, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Southside Chapel of the Eaton Funeral Home.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, Missouri.

Ruth (Cowan) O’Neal
Ruth (Cowan) O’Neal of The Terrace, Columbia, Missouri was born in St. James, Missouri on April 27, 1922 to Doss and Carrie Saladin and passed away March 17, 2012 at the age of 89 years.
She married Wilbur Cowan on March 28, 1939 and a daughter, was born.
In 1943, Ruth and her husband moved to St. Albans, Missouri, for 10 years and then moved to Columbia, Missouri. They lived on the J.C. Penny University Dairy Farm, west of Columbia. They were members of the Church of God for many years. She loved her Lord. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. On January 20, 1959, a son was born.
Her husband, Wilbur, preceded her in death on November 24, 1974. Ruth earned her GED in April, 1974. She worked at Brady Commons from 1977 to 1984. She loved meeting the students.
She enjoyed visiting the Senior Center and playing cards. On December 1, 1985, Ruth married Wes Harvey. He died on September 5, 1987. On May 18, 1988, she married Joseph O’Neal. He died on July 20, 1988. She moved to The Terrace in 2005 and loved living there.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Aufranc of Columbia, Missouri; son, Rick Cowan (Bo) of Hallsville, Missouri; granddaughter, Karla Aufranc (Kevin Runnels) of Chandler, Arizona; sister, June Huster (Fritz) of St. James, Missouri; brother, Jerry Saladin (Ruth) of Arlington, Texas; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Wilbur; four brothers, Charles, Robert, Doss Lee, and Clyde; one sister, Dorothy Cochran (Tom).
A celebration of life will be at Memorial Funeral Home, Friday, March 23 from 10 a.m. until noon. Private memorial service at 3:30 p.m. will be at High Gate Cemetery near St. James, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri.

Jennie Catherine Ortmann
Jennie Catherine Ortmann was born January 27, 1920 in Astoria Long Island, New York to John and Josephine (Urbanik) Karwicki, and passed away on February 2, 2013 in Salem, Missouri at the age of 93 years and 6 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Josephine Karwicki; her husband, Heinz C. Ortmann; sisters, Tania Bruton and Viola Neff; brother, Walter Karwicki; daughters, Liz Ortmann and Carol Ellerman Vance; grandson, Jim Randall and a son-in-law, Jerry Randell.
She is survived by her son, Fred Ortmann of Jefferson, Oregon; daughters, Mary Snyder of Salem, Missouri and Sandra Randell of Salem, Missouri; sister, Genevieve Pipkin of Sanford, North Carolina; grandchildren, Phil Ortmann, Kathy Watson and husband John, Karen Walberg and husband Steve, all of Salem, Missouri, Chris Ellerman and Brian Ellerman both of Springfield, Missouri, Karl Ellerman of La Mesa, California, Ed Randell and wife Wendy of Cuba, Missouri; great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Graveside services were held Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Jadwin Cemetery in Jadwin, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary.

Gale Elaine Osborne
Gale Elaine Osborne, daughter of Chester “Sonny” Osborne and Mary Ann (nee Aberer) Osborne was born in Sullivan, Missouri on Monday, March 7, 1983 and passed away Monday, April 26, 2010 at Leasburg, Missouri at the age of 27 years, 1 month and 19 days.
Gale had an amazing smile and her beautiful long hair was always admired.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Chester “Sonny” Osborne, Jr.; step sisters, Dawn and Maggie Rose Osborne; grandparents, Chester L. Osborne, Sr., Margaret Osborne and Richard Aberer.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Osborne of the home; brother Steven and wife Cristal Osborne of Cedar Hill, Missouri; grandmother, Mary Catherine Aberer of Steelville, Missouri; step brothers, Jeff and wife Crystal Norris and James Tutt; nieces and nephews, Caleb, McKayla, Hope, Lyssa, Jonathon, Derrick, Timothy, Thomas and Amanda; aunts and uncles, Anna and husband Kevin Roy of St. James, Missouri and Chris and wife Emma Aberer of Cuba, Missouri; cousins, David and Bridgette Roy; her “angels” who helped with her care, Mary Ann Curran of Duke, Missouri, Janet Sanders of Leasburg, Missouri, Darlene Kirkpatrick of Owensville, Missouri, Kim Wilson of Sullivan, Missouri, Sally Becker of Steelville, Missouri and Krista (the newest angel) of Union, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the Britton Funeral Home with Pastor James Delacourt officiating. Special music was “Serenaded by Angels,” “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”
Interment followed at the Lea Cemetery, Leasburg, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.

Emma Otto
Emma Otto formerly of St. James, Missouri, was born on April 22, 1920 in Royalton, Illinois, to Gustaff and Claria (Ruhl) Gabriel and passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Hermann District Area Hospital in Hermann, Missouri at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 9 days.
She was united in marriage to Karl Otto in St. Louis, Missouri on May 29, 1958.
Emma served in the Navy during WWII. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustaff and Claria (Ruhl) Gabriel; her husband, Karl Otto and one grandson, Michael.
She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Boughan of Florissant, Missouri; one son, Willis Hougland of St. Charles, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 one hour before funeral at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel in St. James, Missouri with Lynn Huggins officiating. Songs were “In The Garden” and “Near My God To Thee.”
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.

Olga Marie Owens
Olga Marie Owens of O’Fallon, Missouri formerly of Indian Hills in Cuba, Missouri was born to William and Nettie (Berger) Lippold on January 5, 1914 in Femme Osage, Missouri and passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Garden View Care Center in O’Fallon, Missouri at the age of 97 years.
Olga was united in marriage to Bythel Owens on October 12, 1934 in Waterloo, Illinois and to this union two sons were born.
Olga was an inspector for Knapp Monarch in St. Louis, Missouri for several years.
After retirement Olga and Bythel moved to Indian Hills in Cuba, Missouri were they resided for many years.
Olga was a member of Cuba United Methodist Church and the Cuba Senior Center. She enjoyed fishing, arts, crafts and was known to be a cleaning fanatic.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nettie (Berger) Lippold; husband, Bythel Owens; two sisters, Viola and Evelyn Lippold.
She is survived by her two sons, Thomas and wife Bonnie Owens of St. Charles, Missouri and Richard and wife Maureen Owens of Lake of St. Louis, Missouri; god daughter, Sandra Garrett of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held on Friday, September 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. until time of service 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
 

William V. Ownby
William Ownby of Bourbon, Missouri was born on February 24, 1935 to William and Irene (Vansickle) Ownby and passed away at his home on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the age of 74 years.
On July 2, 1955 he was united in marriage to Jeannine D. Brown in the state of Mississippi and to this union seven children were born.
William was employed for over 30 years at General Motors in St. Louis, starting on the assembly line and working his way to inspector. He was known as an individual who would give the shirt off of his back and help anyone in need. He enjoyed working on cars and keeping busy with his children and many grandchildren. William was known to many as “Grandpa” simply because of his love for others, especially children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Irene Ownby; his wife, Jeannine in March of 2008 and by two sisters, Carol Hollander and Lucille Drysdale.
He is survived by four sons, Donald Ownby and wife Doris of Beaufort, Missouri, Steven Ownby and wife Paula of St. Louis, Douglas Ownby and fiancée Erin of Beaufort, Missouri, and Jeffrey Ownby and wife Jen of Catawissa, Missouri; three daughters, Christa Cox and husband Mike of Rolla, Missouri, Sherry King and husband Matt of Leslie, Missouri, and Vicki Webb and husband Jim of Steelville, Missouri; one brother, George Ownby of St. John, Missouri; father-in-law, Bert Brown of Farmington, Missouri; 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.
Memorial funeral services were conducted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan with Michael Delashmit officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.

Donald “Don” James Oxendine
Donald “Don” James Oxendine of Steelville, Missouri was born July 10, 1941 at Keysville, Missouri to James and Lorraine (Stites) Oxendine and passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan at the age of 70 years.
On July 29, 1960 in Salem, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Helen Sisco.
Don worked as a machinist for many years at Brown Shoe Company. He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church and was converted when he was newly married. As a young boy he loved to squirrel hunt and later he would go coon hunting and gigging. In his spare time, he enjoyed making woodcarvings, painting and playing his guitar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Bobby Joe Irvin; and brothers-in-law Bill Harrison and Daniel Holman.
He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Helen Oxendine of Steelville, Missouri; two daughters, Tammy Irvin of Steelville, Missouri and Karen Koch and husband Kenny of Cuba, Missouri; two sisters, Ruby Kies and husband Joe of Utah and Maudie Casarotto of Lebanon, Missouri; six grandchildren, Bobby Jo Irvin, Marty Renee Irvin, Danny Koch, Alishia, Alexander and Anthony Koch; three great grandchildren, Domynicc, Chase and Paytonn; one brother-in-law, Gordon Sisco and wife Sue of Salem, Missouri; five sisters-in-law, Wilma Harrison, Joyce Brisco, Freda Harrison and husband Jerry, Janet Whitaker and husband Gary all of Salem, Missouri and Linda Stagner and husband Louie of Springfield, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of “Daddy’s Hands,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Go Rest High” was played.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Cherryville Baptist Church Cemetery in Cherryville, Missouri.
Casket bearers were John Trowbridge, Tom Trowbridge, Pat Fitzgerald, Tom Stagner, Mark Brisco and Jay Harrison.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.

James Aaron Oxendine was born Thursday, December 8, 1938 in Cherryville, Missouri to Earnest T. Oxendine and passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 11 days.
He was united in marriage to Lela B. Oxendine in 1960. In his marriage they lived in Wyoming and Mississippi.
James was a Veteran of the US Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Oxendine; his wife, Lela on February 6, 1991; and his brother, Ray Oxendine.
He is survived by his son, Jonathan Aaron Oxendine of Steelville, Missouri; his devoted partner, Betty Boinski, step daughter Tara Boinski; step grandson, Aaron Sailors, all of Elberta, Alabama.


 

 


 

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