Obituaries

Moss Ray Prewitt

Moss Ray Prewitt went to be with his savior on March 6, 2014. Moss was born on Sept. 25, 1955 to William “Buddy” and Donna Prewitt in Louisiana.
Nurtured by the love of his parents and siblings, Moss came to develop a distinctive combination of creativity and scientific curiosity that he enjoyed throughout his life.
On a personal level these talents manifested themselves in fun and unique ways such as designing and building his own boat, writing poetry, cooking, and sharing a tandem bike with Mary, his wife and the love of his life.
He and Mary went on many adventures together including the annual bike rides across Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. But the most important adventures of all for them centered on their love and enjoyment of the many family and friends who they have delighted in throughout their lives together including their present family of faith at Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church.
Moss’s love of learning and hard work resulted in earning a bachelor of science in computer science and mathematics degree from the University of Central Missouri.
Not to be ignored, his creativity and thoughtfulness shined through during this same time while he served the university as a teacher and mentor to other students in algebra, assisting them with computers and word processing.
As a professional, Moss’s imagination and scientific interests revealed themselves in everything he did.  For 11 years he used his talents and education to tackle difficult problems as a systems analyst for Mutual of Omaha. For the last eight years of Moss’s life he was an over-the-road truck driver, much of it spent with his wife Mary and his buddy Tucker by his side, enjoying the sights and sounds this country offered to satisfy his veracious curiosity.
His precise and thoughtful nature was evident in this role as well and he took great pride in maintaining a perfect safety record throughout his career and could never say no when he came upon someone in need.
Moss is survived by his spouse, Mary Prewitt, of Forsyth, Mo.; his mother, Donna Prewitt, of Nashville, Tenn.; his brother Cas and wife Lisa Prewitt, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his sisters Liz and husband Joe Miller, of Bowling Green and Kathy Taylor, of Nashville, Tenn.
Also surviving are his sons Moss Prewitt, of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Paul and wife Lisa Toler, of Columbia; daughters, Candie and husband Jason Evans, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Christi and husband Mike Watson, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Kim and husband Sonny Reece, of Forsyth, Mo., Tomi Toler and husband Graham Tilburey, of Boston, Mass., and Katy and husband Robby Butler, of Omaha, Neb.  He was further blessed with 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In Moss’s own poetic words he described, “With the pain is the promise the wonderful healing lite, the lite of love and joy, the lite of God.” To rejoice in the spirit of her beloved husband, his wife Mary, along with his entire family, hosted a Celebration of life service on March 10, at Community Presbyterian Church, Forsyth, Mo.

Donnie L. Branham

Mr. Donnie Laverne Branham, 69, of Louisiana, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home in Louisiana.
His desire was to be cremated. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at Noix Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Moore assisted by the Rev. Alvin Young, will officiate.
Visitation will be from noon Saturday, March 15 until time of services at 1 p.m. at Noix Creek Baptist Church near Louisiana.
Don was born Dec. 22, 1944 in Vandalia, Ill., the son of Cecil Marion Branham and Pearl Harris Branham.
He married Rhonda DeCamp March 1, 1980 in Louisiana and she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Pearl Branham of St. Elmo, Ill.; one daughter, Laura Christine Ripple (Carl Moore) of Fenton, Mo.; three sons, Joseph E. Sloan of Louisiana, Donnie W. Branham (Amy) of Perry, Mo. and Bryan J. Branham, (Mellissa) of Louisiana; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Barbara Davis (Gale) of Ramsey, Ill., Brenda Hooper (George) of St. Peters, Ill. and Linda Mitchell (Butch) of St. Elmo, Ill.; and two brothers, Larry Branham and Terry Branham both of Brownstown, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Marion Branham; one brother, Cecil A. Branham; and one grandchild, Joshua Sloan.
Don was  a graduate of the Quincy Technical School and operated Don’s Garage in Louisiana for many years. He recently retired from WCA of America as a heavy equipment operator.
Don was a member of the Noix Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry.
Don enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, boating and motorcycling.
Online condolences may be sent to collierfuneral.com.

Vincent “Vince” J. Bolte

Vincent “Vince” J. Bolte 69, of Bowling Green, died on March 6, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, surrounded by loved ones.
The visitation was Monday, March 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mudd-Veach Funeral Home, 550 W. Main in Bowling Green.
The celebration of Vince’s life  was held Tuesday, March 11  at 11 a.m. at Mudd-Veach Funeral Home, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville.

Suzy Martin (Brown) Sheahan

Suzy Martin (Brown)  Sheahan, age 93, of Bowling Green, passed away March 5, 2014 at her daughter’s home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 10, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green, with Rev. Gail Aurand officiating.  Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Bowling Green.   Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, at the funeral home.
Suzy was born the daughter of Walter Wack and Betty Ann Grable Martin in Bowling Green.   She married Fritz Brown and after his passing married Larry Sheahan.
Survivors include  one son Harold Brown and wife Penny of Bowling Green; five daughters Betsy Wilkinson of Louisiana, Helen Crew and husband Walt of Bowling Green, Margaret Kaden of Bowling Green, Karen Parker and husband Cliff of Grass Valley, Calif., Robyn Stearns and husband David of Prospect, Ore.; Eighteen grandchildren; thirty five great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; four brothers Frank Martin and wife Doris of Big Sandy, Texas, Charles Martin and wife Marie of Bowling Green, Edward Martin of Calif., Larry Martin and wife Brenda of Eolia; two sisters Helen Johnson of Eolia, Margie Jones and husband Charles of Sun City, Ariz.  She was preceded in death by both her husbands, a son Fred Brown Jr., daughter Rachel; brothers Homer Martin and Ray Martin.
Suzy lived in Bowling Green all her life and was a baptized member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Vera.  She worked at Bobbie Brooks and Bridal Originals, and was a member of the Pikers Red Hatters, Vera Hill and Hollow Club, and the VFW Ladies Auxillary.  Suzy was a doll collector, and enjoyed designing and making bears, crocheting, growing African Violets, painting oil and pastel paintings, growing rose and iris flower beds, sewing and above all loved cooking.  She was known for her berry pies and homemade rolls.
Serving as pallbearers were Joe Brown, Daniel Dolash, Dalton Dolash, Michael VanRossum, David Wilkinson and Tommie Wilkinson.
The family would like to thank Pike County Home Health and Hospice for their great love and care to Suzy and their family. The family requests that memorials may be made to Pike County Home Health and Hospice.
On-line condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com.

Henrietta (Mildred) Hunt Schuckenbrock

Henrietta (Mildred) Hunt Schuckenbrock, 97, of Liberty, went to the Lord on February 19, 2014, at North Kansas City Hospice House.  Mildred was born Sept. 10, 1916, to May and Melville Hunt.
She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940 with a BSEd in home economics and taught in Braymer.  Mildred married Richard J. (RJ) Schuckenbrock in May, 1942; they shared 67 amazing years before his death in 2009.  She and RJ owned a farm in Ludlow, and were members of St. Columban Catholic Church and the local community from 1956.
Mildred and RJ were blessed with seven children.  They were preceded in death by one son, Larry Schuckenbrock.  Mildred was also preceded in death by her parents, three infant sisters, and three sisters Marjorie Kunkel, Mary Hunt Dimitt and Carolyn Miller.  Mildred is survived by three daughters: Trish Maurer, Schaumberg, Ill.; Carol Bregenzer, Germantown, Tenn.; and Joan Schuckenbrock, Orlando, Fla.; three sons:  Rich (Lenise) Schuckenbrock, Lucas, Kan.; Jim (Julie) Schuckenbrock, Kansas City, and David Schuckenbrock, Waxahachie, Texas; one sister:  Helen Hunt Schraer, Louisiana; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mildred thrived on her role as mother to seven children and spoke often of her joy and pride in their personalities and achievements in life.  She drew great energy from sharing in the lives and accomplishments of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family.  Keeping up with – or ahead of – this active group was a tremendous motivator and source of enjoyment for her.
Mildred spent her life learning and offering support to those around her.  She was a champion for education, helping ensure that each of her children attend college.  After working in partnership with RJ for over 26 years to focus on their growing family and active farm, she added teaching back into the mix in 1968 – gaining certification in elementary education.  Mildred then taught students in the Braymer and Southwest school systems until her retirement in May, 1989.  She enjoyed and admired her students tremendously.
One of Mildred’s strongest life loves was for the space and beauty of the family farms and surrounding landscapes.  The crystal sounds of early morning birdsongs; the sparkling steam from the pond on a crisp fall sunrise; the deep summer-green of the corn field; and the soft fragrance of honeysuckle and wild roses brought her deep joy and peace.  She thrived on living in the heartland – and she carries our hearts with her always.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the St. James Catholic Church, Liberty, on Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m.  Burial was held at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe.

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:52 am