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Michael Roy Bridgman
Michael Roy Bridgman departed this life Friday (Sept. 16, 2011) at Lake Regional Health System, Osage Beach, Mo. Michael was born July 30, 1958, in Quincy, a son of Roy and Betty Young Bridgman. He married Becky S. Aspeotis on July 15, 1977, in Quincy, and together they had shared the past 34 years until his death. Michael had served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy. Michael enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors. He was a member of Canopy Church in Camdenton, Mo. Michael was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Becky, of the home; two sons, Chad Bridgman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Travis Bridgman of St. Louis; a brother, Dan and his wife, Julie, of Quincy; four sisters, Patty Smith and husband, Dan, of Tustin, Calif., Paula Jones of Hamilton, Peggy Shannon of Quincy and Pam Appel of Palmyra, Mo.; his father, Roy Bridgman of Quincy; and many other relatives and many friends. Michael was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Penny Lugering. SERVICES: Noon Wednesday memorial service will be held in the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home at Camdenton, Mo. Inurnment with full military homors will be in the Veterans Wall at Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Osage Beach. Celebratiiobn of life service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the South Side Boat Club, 640 S. Front, Quincy. VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Camdenton. ARRANGEMENTS: Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, 1270 South Business Highway 5, Camdenton, MO 65020. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL; Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

A.B. Brock
Versailles Missouri - August 9. A. B. Brock one of Morgan county's leading citizens died in his home near Burrnett's yesterday evening. Mr. Brock has been a prominate for many years in political affairs of the county. In 1874 he was elected by the Democratic Party to the Twenty- eighth General Assembly, and in 1885 his party again elected him to Legislature. [St. Louis Republic Date: 1889; Sub. by April Wood James]

James Cooksey
Colored, died at his home in this city Monday morning, his disease being consumption.  He was buried Tuesday morning in the city cemetery after a brief service at the colored M.E. church.
Source: Morgan County Democrat, Versailles, MO., July 10, 1903

Velma F. (Page) Dittmer
Velma F, Dittmer, 89, of Smithton, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Golden Age Living Center, Stover. She was born June 7, 1911, in Morgan County, a daughter of Frank B. and Adeline Brauer Page. On Sept. 26, 1936, in Smithton, she was married to Carl D. Dittmer, who died May 18, 1982. Mrs. Dittmer, who lived in the Smithton and Florence areas, was a member of tile St. John United Church of Christ in Florence. She also was a member of the Quilting Grannies of the church. She assisted her husband in operating their dairy farm. She also worked at Tipton Manufacturing and enjoyed gardening. Surviving are two sons, David Dittmer and Richard Dittmer, both of Smithton; a brother, Frank Page Jr. of Smithton: two sisters, Kate Sudduth of Stover and Nevelle Doogs of Sedalia; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, George H. Page and Claude Page; and three sisters, Louise Mertgen, Susie Rages and Lauvera Hagan. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Mike Miller and the Rev. Gene Page officiating. Burial will be in St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Dittmer, Greg Wittman, Jeff Holem, Robert Rages, Philip Monsees, Kenny Page and Frank Doogs. Friends may call after I p.m. Tuesday at Ewing Funeral Home, where the family will receive visitors from 6:30 to 8 p.m.[Sedalia Democrat Date: March 26, 2001; Sub. by Maurene Richard Miller]


Bertha Heinaman- Versailles,
Miss Bertha Heinman, 308 North Fisher, Versailles, died Saturday at 12:45 a.m. at Bothwell Hospital.  Miss Heinaman was born April 12, 1885 at Boeschenville, Benton County.  Surviving are four brothers, Ed Heinaman, Corpus Christi, Tex; Ernest Heinaman, 515 South Engineer, Henry Heinaman, 1210 South Missouri; Louis Heinaman, Fayette; two sisters, Lydia Carver, Florence and Augusta Wingate, 1309 East 11th.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arthur.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Christian church in Versailles with the Rev. C.L. Freeman officiating.  The body is at the Kidwell Funeral Home in Versailles.  Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery.
Source: Sedalia Democrat, August 26, 1962, Submitted by: Maurene Richard Miller

Thomas Houser
Thomas Houser, aged 72 years, died at his home near Gladstone, Wednesday, July 1st of appendicitis.  His remains were interred in the Houser cemetery about two miles west of Bagnell, in Miller County, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, after an appropriate talk by Rev. J.A. Caldwell.  Deceased was one of the oldest residents of South Morgan, his father having settled here in the thirties.  He had been married three times; first to Miss Agee, to which union four children were born, of which his son  Warner survives.  Next he was married to Miss Emily Humes; to this union were born three children, of which Fred, a son, survives.  Angain he was marred to Miss Louisa Webb, to whom five children were born, all of whom survive him.  They are Elmer, Carney, Orville, sons and Emmet and Leta, daughters.

Mr. Houser was one of our most highly esteemed citizens and was loved by all who kenw him.  To him none ever went who were in need but that they received.  he will be missed more than any other man in our community.  By his energy and zeal deceased has left his family in favorable circumstances, hving been blessed in his good works toward his fellowmen.  No more shall his counsel be heard; no more will he advise or speak words of comfort to those who were dear to him.  In their sad bereavement the family have the sympathy of a large number of friends here and elsewhere.
Source: Morgan County Democrat, Versailles, MO, July 10, 1903

Opal M. Jones
Opal M. Jones, 82, of Stover, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.  She was born April 10, 1922, in Linn Creek, a daughter of Homer Sylvester and Leona Mae Walters Waisner. On Feb. 17, 1942, in Sedalia, she was married to John Elmer Jones, who died Jan. 31, 1988. Mrs. Jones was the bookkeeper for Skel Gas in Kansas City. In 1972, she moved from Kansas City to Stover, where she enjoyed raising horses and dogs. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Stover. Surviving are a sister, Blanch Schofield, of Kansas City; five sisters-in-law, Dee Waisner Johnson, Wanita Linney and Ruth Turpin, all of Stover, Mildred Everard, of Kansas City, and Wilma Clary of Vacaville, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews, She was predeceased by three brothers, Elbert Waisner, Elroy Waisner and Oliver Waisner; a sister, Pauline Marriott Franklin; and her longtime companion, Lloyd Monroe, on January 26, 2004. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Stover, with the Rev. Dinzel Webb officiating. Burial will be in the Kipp Memorial Cemetery in Stover. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover. [unknown newspaper, c. 2005]

Martha Ellen Fisher Lacey
Martha Ellen Lacey was born in Morgan county, Missouri, January 22, 1845, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kesner, January 26, 1928, aged 83 years and 4 days. She was the daughter of Thomas and Matilda Fisher. She was married to Jasper Newton Lacey on December 31, 1868. To this union was born six children, three boys and three girls, Charles and Laura dying in infancy, Louella May Duncan dying in 1904. The living are: James P. Lacey of Riverton, Wyoming; Fred E. Lacey of Blue Jacket, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Charles Kesner of Piedmont, Kansas. She has 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, four brothers and one sister. She gave her heart to God when a young woman and was a faithful Christian until the death angel called her home. Funeral services were conducted by Mrs. Belle Reid Yates at the Piedmont Christian church, Friday, January 27 at 2 p.m., and the body laid to rest in Forest cemetery. [Howard Courant, Howard, KS, February 9, 1928; Submitted by L. Morgan]

Matilda Thressa (Kumberg) Lilleqvist
Matilda Thressa Lilleqvist, 102, died Aug. 25, 1997, at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. She was born June 17, 1895, at Versailles, Mo., the daughter of Frank and Caroline Karsick Kumberg. A resident of Medicine Lodge since 1989, moving from the family farm near Sawyer, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Elm Mills HEU, Elm Mills Card Club, and Stitch and Chatter Club, all of Medicine Lodge. She had been manbed "Master Homemaker of the Year." On Dec. 17, 1919, she married Walter R. Lillieqvist at Sawyer. He died in 1971. Survivors include: a son, Lucky E. Lillieqvist, Pratt; five daughters, Laurene Johnson, Holtville, Calif., Ada M. Mitchell, Medicine Lodge, Pearl A Baker, Cheyenne, Wyo., Corlena F. Hunt, Wichita, and Vera I. Hanneken, Palm Desert, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997, at the church, with the Revs. Jim Godbey and John Hamm presiding. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge. [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1997; Sub. by Kyle M. Condon]

Myrtle Louise (Page) Mertgen
Florence - M. Louise Mertgen, 89, of Florence, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at Tipton Manor. She was born Feb. 25, 1909, in Florence, a daughter of Frank B. and Adeline Marie Brauer Page. On April 4, 1931, in Florence, she was married to Louis A. Mertgen, who died Jan. 16, 1974. Mrs. Mertgen was a lifelong resident of Florence, where she fanned with her husband until his death. She enjoyed fishing, cooking and farming. She was a member of United Church of Christ, Florence, and had been a member of the Quilting Grannies. Surviving are three daughters, Beverly Hardey of Versailles, Betty Woodall of Florence and Mary Goode of Ottervile; four sisters, Lauvera Hagan, Kate Sudduth and Nevelle Doogs, all of Sedalia, and Velma Dittmer of Stayer, two brothers, Claude Page and Frank Page, both of Smithton; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a brother, George H. Page; and a mater, Susie Page Rages. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Church of Christ with her nephew the Rev. Gene Page officiating. Pallbearers will be Matt Sutton, David Avey, Mike LaBarbera, Jeff Woodall, Randy Woodall and Robbie Woodall. Burial will be in United Church of Christ Cemetery, Florence. Friends may call after noon Friday at Ewing Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 :30 to 8 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 am Saturday at the church. [Sedalia Democrat Date: Jan 29, 1999; Sub. by Maurene Richard Miller]

Nora Mae Wood Patterson
Nora Mae Peterson, 71, Gravois Mills, died April 29, 2000, at her home. She was born July 8, 1928, near Gravois Mills, a daughter of Cletus and Letha Velma Magines W ood. She was married May 18, 1977, to Melvin Peterson, who preceded her in death. A homemaker, she was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include: one son, Robert Merriott, Gravois Mills; two daughters, Velma Dalton, Kans as City, and Stella Garcia, Raytown; one brother, Clyde Wood, LaFeria, Texas; one sister, Alm a Frazier, Barnett; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City. The Rev . Donald Young will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, Versailles. [unknown newspaper, April 29, 2000; Sub. by April Wood James]

William Marion Richey
William Marion Richey, 69, of Syracuse, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a Kansas City hospital where he had been a patient since March 16. He was born Feb. 22, 1903, at Nelson, the son of Joshua and Mary McClain Richey. Mr. Richey was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, Syracuse, and a veteran of World War II. Survivors include: A sister, Mrs. Anna Lee Fry, Syracuse; and a brother, Lewis Richey, of Warsaw. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Conn Funeral Home Chapel, Tipton, with the Rev. Cy Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. [The Capital Daily News; May 11, 1972]

Amos J. Rugen
Amos J. Rugen, 87, of Stover, died Monday, April 25, 2005, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. He was born Feb. 24, 1918, on the family farm at Pyrmont, a son of Hugo and Augusta Brunjes Rugen. Mr. Rugen was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church-Pyrmont and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stover. He was a lifelong beef cattle farmer in the Pyrmont community. He resided on the family farm until moving to the Golden Age living Center in June 2001. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stover. Surviving are a brother-in-law, Leland Bahrenburg, of Cole Camp; and a niece, Ramona Bahrenburg, of Cole Camp. He was predeceased by two sisters, Lorena Rugen and Lucille Bahrenburg; and one brother, Clarence Rugen. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stover, with the Rev. Cecil Murdock officiating. Burial will be in St Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Stover. The family will receive friends from 10 a m until service time Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover. [Sedalia Democrat Date: April 26, 2005; Sub. by Maurene Richard Miller]

Lorena G Rugen
Lorena Rugen, 82, of the Pyrmont community, near Stover, died Tuesday, Sept 22, 1998, at the Golden Age Care Center, Stover. She was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Pyrmont, a daughter of Hugo G. and Augusta Brunjes Rugen. Ms. Rugen was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. She was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church, Stover. Surviving are a brother, Amos Rugen of Stover; a sister, Lucille Bahrenburg of Cole Camp; and a niece. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Clarence Rugen. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Martin Hoyer officiating. Burial will be in St Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home, Stover. [Sedalia Democrat September 24, 1998; Sub. by Maurene Richard Miller]

Ray Williams
Ray Williams, 73, died Tuesday at his home in Versailles. Mr. Williams was born Dec. 3, 1898, at Versailles, the son of William J. and Cora Barber Williams. He was married Sept. 15, 1921, to Miss Agnes Woodin, who survives. A retired rural mail carrier, Mr. Williams was a member of the First Baptist Church, Versailles. Other survivors include: A son William W. Williams, Versailles; a brother, Marcell Williams, Versailles; a sister, Mrs. Talisha Kauffman, Roanoke; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, with the Rev. Archie Warren officiating. Burial will be in Versailles Cemetery. [The Capital Daily News; May 11, 1972]

Mary Wooters
Mary was born in Talbot co, Md, on 20 Sept 1796, and departed this life on the morning of 17 Dec 1877. Her maiden name was Kirby. She was twice married, the last time to him who now so deeply feels her loss. She with Bro Wooters, came to Morgan co, Mo, in 1839, where she has ever since resided ... The preachers found in her a mother, and also found her house a home. (eulogy) Just before death she requested me to preach her funeral, which I did in Wesley Chapel on 19th Dec. - JC Given (Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 - Dec. 1879; 16 Jan. 1878; transcribed by Kim Mohler)


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