Archive for August 2010

Dorothy Baechler

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Dorothy A. Baechler, 85, passed away August 29, 2010 in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Living Word Baptist Church, 456 Township Line Road, Poplar Bluff, Mo. with Pastor Donnie Emmons officiating.  Burial in the Mo. State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

She was born March 16, 1925 in Highland Park, Illinois.  She was a retired Bank Officer.  She loved playing cards and was an avid bridge player.

She was married Clarence Baechler in March 1948 in Highland Park, Ill.  He preceded her in death in August 1984.

She is survived  by one son Curtis Baechler of Poplar Bluff , one brother Ward Anderson of Stockdale, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Frank Dobnikar, Sr.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Frank Paul Dobnikar, Sr., 66 of O’Fallon, Mo. passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at his home. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Bruce Underhill officiating.  Burial in the Gum Cemetery near Naylor, Missouri.

Mr. Dobnikar was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Naylor, Mo.  He formerly lived in Naylor and Poplar Bluff where he attended the West Side Church of God.  He was a salesman for Pitney Bowes and loved hunting and fishing.

On October 14, 1961, he married Carol Hudson at Naylor.  She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Frank Paul Dobnikar Jr. and his wife, Trisha of Kansas City, Mo. , and Roger Paul Dobnikar and his wife Martha of Birmingham, Alabama; two sister, Alice Boxx of St. Louis, Mo., and Mary Dobnikar of Florida; a brother, Junior Dobnikar of Florida; seven grandchildren, Anthony Michael and wife Erica, Matthew Michael, Quinton Dobnikar, Toby Parker, Paul Dobnikar, Carter Kreutziger and Kelsey Dobnikar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Dobnikar in 1995 and Ethel Sullivan Dobnikar in 1994; and a brother Calvin Dobnikar.

Frank Srstka

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Frank Merrit Srstka, 83 , of Poplar Bluff passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Poplar Bluff Medical Center.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Poplar Bluff.  Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Mo. Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri. 

 Mr. Srstka was born July 29, 1927, at Tyndall, South Dakota.  He formerly lived at Klamath Falls, Oregan.  He was of the Catholic Faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.  He worked as an air conditioning and refrigeration technician. 

On May 4, 1952 , he was married to Nadine Hagan Srstka in California.  She preceded him in death on May 25, 2008.  He also was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Carol Strahle; his parents, Stephen L. Srstka and Emma Carda Srstka; and a brother, Stephen J. Srstka.

Surviving are a sister, Ione Deken and husband, Clemens, of Poplar Bluff;  step grandchildren Kevin Shea and Ernest Strechle; a special nephew, Steve Rueck and wife, Teresa of Williamsville and other nieces and nephews.

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Richard Hendrickson

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Richard Allen Hendrickson, 68, of Poplar Bluff passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Visitation will be Wed. Aug. 18, 2010 after 6 p.m. Fowler – Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar, Poplar Bluff.  A private family interment  will be held at a later date in Memorial Gardens.

Richard was a lifetime resident of Butler County, and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.  He was of the Baptist faith.  He owned and operated a painting company. 

He enjoyed camping, fly fishing, writing and was of the National Society of Poetry and wood working.

We was previously married to Linda Kay Hendrickson until she preceded him in death in 1997.  On Oct. 5, 2002 he married Rita Morgan ,who survives. 

Survivors include a daughter Angela Burns and husband Allen of Poplar Bluff; one sister Carol Thornberry of Polar Bluff, Randy Hendrickson of Ozark, Mo. ; grandchildren, Amber Allen, Christopher Patterson, Bryden Burns; great-grandchildren Farah Allen, Lucian Patterson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Larry Hendrickson and Elsie Landis Hendricksonand one daughter, Michelle Lucy.

Louiza Peggy Ellis

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Louiza Peggy Ellis, 64, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.  died Aug. 4, 2010.  Visitation will be held  Monday Aug. 16, 2010 at noon with the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the True Believers Church, 510 N. C Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo. Rev. Johnny Williams officiating and burial in the City Cemetery.  

Ms. Ellis was born Dec. 23, 1945, at Caruthersville, Mo.  She was a member of St. John’s Church in Poplar Bluff.  She enjoyed watching Red Foxx,  board games, singing and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include one daughter, Felica McDonald, two sisters, Essie B. Dudley of Poplar Bluff and Pauline Harden of St. Louis; two brothers, Andrew Ellis of St. Louis and Eddie Ellis Jr. of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Bill Miller

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Billy Dave Miller entered into heaven July 30, 2010 at the age of 78. Visitation Sunday Aug. 1, 2010 after 6 p.m. and funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 2, 2010 at the Palace of Praise, 1400 Hershel Bess Blvd,  Poplar Bluff, Mo. with  Rev. Randy West officiating.  Burial in the Johnston Cemetery in Reyno, Ark.

Proverbs 18:24 says:     A man that has friends must show himself to be friendly.

We have been honored to know just such a man. We witnessed the fruit of a life of friendliness when as his days here with us were coming to an end there was a constant stream of people going out to check on Bro. Bill.

Many who visited said they left encouraged because of his positive attitude and complete trust in the sovereingnty of God.

Billy Dave Miller was born on Feb. 20, 1932, to Cornellies Miller and Maude Sullivan Miller. He was brother to Clemen Miller and Delois Miller, Alwanda Dell, Mavis Kewett, and Bronese Brown. He became husband, companion and best friend to Glenda Tweety on Nov. 6, 1953.

He became dad, teacher,hunting and fushing buddy to his pride and joys, Keith, Kevin and Kent. He was father-in-law to Lisa, Angie and Jenny, grandpa Bill to Brian, Theresa, Trent, Christopher, Ashley, Jordan, Kelsey, Benjamin, Jonathan and Samuel and great-gandpa to Lexi, Keri, Bailey, Brittnee, Ashli, Andrew and Audrey. He also became mentor and adopted dad to men who had no dad of their own. He was a friend to more people than we can number.

To many, their first memory of attending the Ninth and Cedar Church of God or Palace of Praise is being greeted and hugged by non other than Bro. Bill. One young lady said, “I walked into Ninth and Cedar nervous and scared. Bro. Bill smiled and hugged me and I felt safe.” Another said, ” Sixteen years about, I walked into Ninth and Cedar Church of God for the first time. I had my son in my arms. Bill Miller greeted me and hugged me like he had known me for years. He took my son and carried him all over the church. Sixteen years later, my son is to big to carry but, Bill Miller was still hugging me.”

Bill Miller somehow knew instinctively what doctors and scientists have spent may hours and a lot of money to discover- there are healing powers in a hug.

We will miss seeing him stand on the porch of the Palace, smiling and waving everyone in. We can carry on his legacy by making sure everyone who comes here feels welcome.

We can honor this great man by passing on the priceless gift he gave to everyone of us- healing in a hug.

When he made his entrance into Heaven on July 30, 2010, I’m sure one of the first things he did was to reunite with his son, Robert Neil”Bobby”; his parents, Cornellies and Maude Miller; his brother, Clemen and Delois Miller and his sister Bronese Brown.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Palace of Praise, 1400 Hershel Bess Blvd. Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar, Poplar Bluff , Mo. is in charge of arrangements.

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