Archive for November 2011 – Page 2

Richard Whitmer

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Richard A. Whitmer of Poplar Bluff passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, following a brief battle with  cancer.  He was 69.

Mr. Whitmer was born March 11, 1942 at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to the late Lee Whitmer and Helen (Francisco) Whitmer.  He was a lifetime resident of Butler County and was of the Baptist faith.  He had worked for the Poplar Bluff Public Schools, the city of Poplar Bluff and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center before retiring in 2007.  Mr. Whitmer served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963 and was a riverboat Chief Engineer for 20 years. 

He loved to collect sports items, the St. Louis Cardinals, hunting and being with his granddaughter, Alyssa.

On August 30, 1974, he was married to Norma Huggins in Poplar Bluff, Mo.  She survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Jason Lee Whitmer and Scott Lynn Whitmer both of Poplar Bluff;  his brothers, Norman Whitmer and Joe Whitmer and wife, Joyce, all of Yucca Valley, California;  two nephews, Randy Whitmer and Rick Whitmer of California; two nieces, Claudia Blackman, of Poplar Bluff, and Nancy Allen of Chrystal Spring, Mississippi; his granddaughter, Alyssa Lynn Whitmer of Poplar Bluff.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Veta Lois Blackman and Norma Kneibert. 

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, Poplar Bluff, Mo.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m.  Monday, November 14, 2011 ,in the chapel, with Rev. Bill Orr officiating.  Burial will be in the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

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Phillip Johnson

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Phillip Johnson, 63, of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., died Sunday, November 6, 2011, at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Mr. Johnson was born October 27, 1948, in Blytheville, Arkansas.  He was a carpenter by trade.

Survivors include three daughters, Deanna Farel, Brenda Bradshaw and Khrista Callaway; his sisters, Deloris Roach, Mary Olcott and Sheila Hartenstein; two brothers, Jerry Johnson and Larry Johnson and 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2011, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m., at  the Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo. with Rev. Roscoe Gray officiating.

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Norman Victery

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Norman Eugene Vickery, 63, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Vickery was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Poplar Bluff and was a lifetime Butler County resident.  He was a member of the Latter Day Saint.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was a roofer by trade.  He enjoyed drawing and trains.

Surviving are his sister, Mary Victery, of Piggott, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Elbie Victery and Bessie Hoover Victery; three brothers, Evert Frankilin Vickery, Thomas Wiley Victery and Marvin Ray Victery.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff in charge of arrangements.

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Daniel Earl Wertenberger

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Daniel Earl Wertenberger, 79 of Naylor, Missouri., passed away Thursday November 3, 2011 at his residence. He was born May 25, 1932 at Torch, Missouri to the late Daniel Eli Wertenberger and Birdie Lee Hall Wertenberger.

On September 21, 1951 at Pocahontas, Arkansas He was married to Marie Hicks. She survives.  Also surviving are four sons, Gary Wertenberger of Doniphan, Mo., Terry Wertenberger and wife Norma of Naylor, Mo., Larry Wertenberger and wife Ruth of Naylor, Mo. and Jerry Wertenberger of Naylor, Mo. He is also survived by eight grand-children, Daniel, Ben, Brian, Tamara, A.J., Bill Jacob and Kara, as well as seven great-grandchildren. Two Sisters also survive, Shirley Turner and Shelba Turner both of Neelyville, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as two brothers, William and Frank Wertenberger.

He was a mechanic and the owner of Wertenberger and Sons Garage of Naylor, had driven a bus for Naylor School and had worked for Harris Gas comp.  He had also raised cattle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and his dogs.

Visitation for Earl will be Sunday night November 6, 2011 starting at 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. Funeral will be Monday November 7, 2011 starting at 11:00 am at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, Missouri. Burial will be in the Gum Cemetery with Pastor Richard Triplett officiating.

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Michael H. Patterson

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Michael H. Patterson, 68, of  Naylor, Missouri passed away November 3, 2011 at his residence in Naylor. He was born February 19, 1943 at Pekin, Ill. to the late Maurice Patterson and Grace Moehring Patterson.  On December 5, 1997 at Hawaii He was married to Norma Brooks. She survives.  also surviving; One son, Michael S. Patterson of Bloomington, Ill., one step son, Kerry Severs of Clemons, North Carolina. Two daughters; Patty Riley of  Peoria, Ill. and Chris Stremmel of Canton, Ill. One sister Joan McDonough of Pekin, Ill.. He is also survived by  seven grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Mike had worked as a truck driver where he drove for ABF Freightliner. He enjoyed Wood work, collecting knives and making jewelry. He was a member of the Shepherds Fold Church in Neelyville, Missouri.

Graveside service will be held  November 6, 2011 in the Naylor Memorial Cemetery at Naylor, Missouri , starting at 2:00 p.m. Donnie Fowler officiating.

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Edward Eugene Lomax

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Edward Eugene Lomax, known to most as Gene, of Sullivan, Mo. , departed this life in Washington, Mo. on October 31, 2011 having reached the age of seventy-seven years, seven months and twenty-eight days. Gene was born in Morehouse, Mo. on March 3, 1934, son of Foster Harley Lomax and Iva Leona Lomax nee Goodnight. On April 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to Willa “Faye” Knowlton and three children came to bless this union.

Gene is survived by his children, Timothy Lomax and wife Gaynell, of Cuba, Mo., Pamela Hall of North Little Rock, AR. and Janet Isom and husband, Ed, of Paragould, Ar.; By eleven grandchildren, Twelve great-grandchildren, brothers and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Lomax; by his parents, Foster and Iva Lomax; by one brother, Troyce Lomax; and by his two sisters, Kathleen and Athleen Lomax.

Gene was a Christian of the Baptist Faith and long time active member of Central Baptist Church in Union, Mo. where he was an ordained deacon. Gene’s working career was in the planting and caring for trees. He was employed by Suburban Tree Service in Des Peres, Mo. where he spent over thirty-five years as a a pesticide technician. He later was employed by L & W Tree Service where he was a foreman and tree surgeon until his retirement. Gene love the outdoors, working in the garden, cutting grass, brush hogging, and cutting and splitting wood. Watching and feeding wildlife was another of his hobbies. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren held a special place in iis heart. The precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

A kind, loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, Mo. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, MO. with Rev. David Wright officiating. Interment was in Kinsey Cemetery in Harviell, Mo. Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church in Union, Mo.

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Ira Rahm

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Ira Bruce Rahm, 62, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. 

Mr. Rahm was born May 12, 1949, in Doniphan, Mo.  He formerly lived in Arkansas and was of the Baptist faith.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He was a motor boat builder.  Mr. Rahm enjoyed being with his family, hunting and telling stories. 

On Nov. 13, 1981, he was married to Sue Massey.  She survives of the home..  Also surviving are two children, Shannon Rahm of Poplar Bluff and Carrie Spencer of California; three sisters, Flora J. Bernson of Tennessee, Marsha Campbell and Rose Hoffman, both of Poplar Bluff; four grandchildren, Hunter and Calab Rahm and Taylor and Aaron Spencer; several nieces and nephews and other family members he was very close to.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buell Rahm and his mother Irma (Vinson) Rahm.

Graveside services with full Military Honors will be a t 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. with Pastor Byron Beck officiating.   Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home of Poplar Bluff in charge of arrangements.

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