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Graveside services for Mrs. Eileen Hobkirk Akers, 94, of Vicksburg, Miss., formerly of Louisiana, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Fairview Cemetery near Louisiana. The Rev. Randall Cone will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana.
Mrs. Akers passed away on April 1, 2013 at the Vicksburg Convalescent Home in Vicksburg, Miss. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
Vincent J. Grote, age 72, of Curryville, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at his residence. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Clement Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Peckman officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the St. Clement Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Mr. Grote was born April 11, 1940 in St. Clement, the son of Edward George and Louise Francis Luebrecht Grote. On Nov. 19, 1966 at St. Clement Catholic Church, he married Vicki L. Feldmann. She survives. Also surviving are two sons Paul Grote and wife Sandy of Curryville, Bill Grote and wife Kelly of Bowling Green; three daughters Beth Lott of St. Louis, Elaine McDannold and husband John of Bowling Green, Janet Akers and husband Ronnie of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother Dennis Grote of Bowling Green; two sisters Millie Millinder and Ruthie Murray both of Bowling Green and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Phillip Grote.
He grew up and lived his entire life in Pike County. Mr. Grote served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant in Germany during the cold war. He was a self-employed farmer and later worked for MFA Transportations as a truck driver. He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church where he served as Eucharistic Minister and was also a member of St. Clement Knights of Columbus Post # 1928 where he served as Past Grand Knight in 1969. Mr. Grote had a passion for no-till farming. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also loved the St. Louis Rams Football.
Serving as pallbearers were Danny Barton, Josh Barton, David Barton, Justin Grote, Rob Millinder, David Millinder and Chad Murray. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Grote, Matthew McDannold, Aidan McDannold, Jack McDannold, Sarah Akers, Hannah Akers and Emma Akers.
Memorials may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, P.C.A.D.D. or donors’ choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com.
Fred Sehr, Sr., 92, of Pleasant Hill, Ill. passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Graham Hospital in Canton, Ill.
Fred was born March 29, 1920 in St. Louis to Herman and Clara Hillig Sehr. He attended Cleveland High in St. Louis and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1942.
He met and married Helen Lewis in 1940 in Troy. Helen passed away July 19, 1991.
Fred worked at Monsanto Chemical Company in St. Louis in the 1940’s. Around 1950, he began farming in the Pleasant Hill area.
While maintaining his farm, he continued working construction for Local 137 in Springfield, Ill. He was last employed by the University of Illinois-Champaign as a steamfitter/welder, retiring in 1975.
He worked on various large projects during his steamfitter/welding career such as Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois-Champaign and the Bridgestone-Firestone Tire Plant in Normal, Ill.
But his heart was always at the farm and he continued farming until his death.
Fred was an avid gun collector and dealer and loved his pets, Julie Wolf and Blackie.
Survivors include two sons, Fred (Julie Snider) Sehr, Jr. of Canton, Ill., and Herman (Susan) Sehr of Jerseyville, Ill.; his “other” son, Merlyn (Margo) Winchell of Pleasant Hill, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Heath, Michelle, Robert, Cody, Bobbie, Virginia-Marie, Sharlynn, Steven and Riley; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Barnes and Joanie Bryan both of St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a sister, Anne Sweeney; and a daughter, Jeanette R. Henderson.
Funeral services were held on April 2, at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill., conducted by Bro. David Ford.
Memorials may be made to the Endangered Wolf Center or to Mesothelioma Research.
Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill. is handling the arrangements.
Funeral services for William Arlie Turnbull of Winfield, were held on Saturday, March 30, at First Baptist Church of Winfield. The Rev. Mike Ryan, church pastor, officiated with burial in New Salem Cemetery near Winfield.
Serving as pallbearers were Stanley Dildine, Dustin Dildine, Darrell Turnbull, Doug Turnbull, Skyler Julian, Eddie Mershon, Don Fisher and Zayne Fieweger.
Mr. Turnbull, 79, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 26, 2013 at Maple Grove Nursing Home in Louisiana.
Born April 18, 1933 in Troy, he was the son of William Archie and Martha Mae Yates Turnbull. At age nine, he accepted the Lord as Savior at New Salem Baptist Church in Winfield and was baptized in Bob’s Creek.
He was united in marriage on January 20, 1951 in Winfield to Roice Fern Lavy. This union was blessed with two children, Ron and Patricia. He served his country in the U.S. Army from July 11, 1953 until being honorably discharged on April 15, 1955.
He farmed all of his life in the New Salem community and later in the Curryville community. He loved coon hunting and riding horses.
Seven years ago, the Turnbull family started the biannual Back 40 Bluegrass Festival at Curryville. He was a longtime member and former deacon at New Salem Baptist Church and later a member of Troy Baptist Church in Troy. He currently was a member of First Baptist Church of Winfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Martha Turnbull; and two brothers, Elba Turnbull in 1993 and Shelby Turnbull in 1999.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Roice Turnbull of Winfield; one son, Ron Turnbull and his wife, Yvonne, of Curryville; one daughter, Patricia Rodebaugh and her husband, Larry, of Foley; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four “adopted” great-grandchildren. He also leaves one brother, the Rev. Richard Turnbull and his wife, Vivian, of Winfield; two sisters, Wilhelmine Shramek and her husband, William, of Silex, and Helen Phelps of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 3838 East Highway 47, P.O. Box 253, Winfield, MO 63389.
Online condolences may be made at www.carterrickfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Mrs. Kathryn H. Whitfield, 73, of Independence were held on March 30, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. The Reverend John Lersch officiated.
Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana. Kathryn passed away March 26, 2013 at her home in Independence.
Kathryn was born May 3, 1939 in Louisiana to Doss and Ethel (Esterbrook) Henry. She was a 72-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Haney Pennock Unit 370 of Louisiana, serving four different terms as president.
She was past 9th District secretary and Sergeant at Arms. She served a term as State Sgt. at Arms and chairman of Pages, served on a number of unit, district and state committees.
She was also a member of Salon 94 of the 8 and 40 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Kathryn was a member of the VFW Auxiliary 2513 in Warrensburg and had served in various offices and on committees in the Unit and the district.
She was a very proud member of the Tarrara Court 83 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana, where she served as a deacon.
Among her awards was the Chapel of Four Chaplain’s Legion of Honor Award in 2010, which reads in part, “in recognition of your service to all people regardless of race or faith.” She was retired from the Bemis Corporation as a printer and worked for the Louisiana School District for a few years.
She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” S. Whitfield of the home; daughter, Kim Henry Romero and husband, Sonny of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Kelly R. Henry of Louisiana; one granddaughter, Nichole Henry of Mexico; one grandson, Matthew Dawson Henry of Bowling Green; one sister, Wilma Flansberg of Independence; one brother, Oscar Babe Henry of Louisiana; and several nephews and nieces.
Kathryn was preceded in death by two brothers, William “Bill” Henry and Doss Henry, Jr.
Online condolences may be sent to collierfuneral.com.
Mary Eva Wommack, 91, of Silex, passed away Monday March 25, 2013 at Lincoln County Nursing and Rehabilitation in Troy. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 27, at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Millwood with Fr. Charles Tichacek officiating. Burial was in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Millwood. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Silex.
Mary was born on Nov. 27, 1921 in St. Louis, the daughter of Nick and Mary (Seredji) Meleganics. She grew up in the St. Louis area moved to Silex when she met the love her life, Joseph Benton Wommack Jr., whom she married on Jan. 25, 1947 at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 1959. To this union three children were born: Robert Patrick Wommack and wife Cindy of St. Peters, Joseph Michael Wommack and wife Kim of Troy, and Kathryn Lynn Blumhorst and husband Tom of Marshall. Also surviving are six grandchildren Julie(Rich) Reyna,Trish (Bryan) Whaley, Jeremy (Jodi) Blumhorst, Wil Blumhorst, Jill (Kurt) Kinion, Jay Wommack; twelve great grandchildren Chloe, Noah, Owen and Ethan Blumhorst, Chloee, Kelan, Claire and Claudia Kinion, Kayla, Jonathan, and Christian Reyna, and Cameron Whaley; one sister Helen (Gene) Dwyer of Troy.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two daughters Phyllis Ann Wommack and Mary Beth Wommack Klein; one sister Anna (Robley) Casteel.
Mary’s joy was being with her children, their spouses, all of the grandchildren, their spouses and the great grandchildren; her sister and brother in law and their extended families, and her husband’s brothers and sisters and their extended families, her many friends and her church community. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bingo, fishing and life in general.
Serving as pallbearers were Mark Edelen, Rex Haines, Kenny Kirchoff, Pat Sullivan, David Wommack and Joe Wommack.
Memorials may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church or the Millwood Knights of Columbus.