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Arthur Houston, 82 of De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: October 26, 1926 De Soto, Missouri. Parents: Arthur Houston and Naomi Ruth (nee Richardson) Houston LaVecchia. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 4, 2009 National Health Care Nursing Facility, Maryland Heights, MO. Occupation: Public School Teacher. Never Married. Survived by his dear friends Ab & Norma Micke, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: Brothers & Sisters: (preceded in death by one sister, Doris Mae Houston). Military Information: WWII, U.S. Navy. Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009 @ 1:00 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Keith Perren. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Friday, March 6, 2009 5-8 PM. Funeral Arrangements under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020.

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 Vester S. Alderson, 93 of De Soto, Missouri & St. Cloud, Florida. Date of Birth: February 11, 1916 Jefferson County, MO. Parents: James Berkley and Jennie Mary (nee Siebels) Alderson. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 1, 2009 Residence in De Soto, MO. Occupation: Farmer and Carpenter for Mueller-Becker Builders. Date & Place of Marriage: December 26, 1946 in De Soto, MO. Married to: Bertha Ann (nee Hunning) Alderson, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: One Daughter: Doris (Ambrose) Maltagliati, Imperial, MO. Two Sons: James (Waynetta) Alderson, Mehlville, MO. Jerry W. Alderson, Bonne Terre, MO.(preceded in death by on son, Donald Alderson). Brothers & Sisters: One Sister-in-law: Marge Alderson, Festus, MO. One Brother-in-law: Paul Bradford, De Soto, MO. (preceded in death by one brother, J. Ed Alderson; two sisters, Dorothy Cox and Jennie Eileen Bradford)Grandchildren: Matt & Kellie Maltagliati. Military Information: U.S. Army, WWII; Medal of Valor Recipient. Member of Church: Oakland Baptist Church, Mammoth, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 @ 1 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Pastor Ron Barton. Place of Burial: Oakland Baptist Cemetery, Mammoth, MO.Visitation: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 11 AM – 1 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020.

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Rev. Richard F. "Fritz" Cravens, 91 De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: March 6, 1917 Wright County, Missouri. Parents: Grover Cleveland and Maude (nee Bolain) Cravens. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 1, 2009 Jefferson Regional Medical Center,Crystal City, MO.Occupation: Southern Baptist Minister. Married to: Mary (nee Coldwell) Cravens, De Soto, MO. (preceded in death by first wife, Edwina Cravens). Names and address of children: One Son: Timothy Cravens, Philidelphia, PA. (preceded in death by one daughter, Katheline Ann Cravens). Brothers & Sisters: One Brother: Rev. Marvin Cravens, Mountain Grove, MO.One Sister: Ruth Bills, Springfield, MO. (preceded in death by nine brothers, Rev. Rupert, Rev. Luther, Rev. George, Rev. Wilbur, Rev. Robert, Rev. Vernon, and Rev. Ellis Cravens; Albert & Clifford Cravens; two sisters, Ruby Floyd and Eula Sulser). Member of Lodge/Organizations: Graduate of Howard-Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Member of Church: Blackwell Baptist Church, Blackwell, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 @ 3 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Joe Smith and Timothy Cravens. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 1-3 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020.

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Selma B. Bakewell, 96 of De Soto, Missouri.Date of Birth: May 22, 1912 De Soto, Missouri. Parents: Robert E. and Hazel A. (nee Jarvis) Brady. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 2, 2009 Hillcrest Care Center, De Soto, Missouri. Occupation: School Teacher at Hillsboro R-3 District. Married to: the late Joseph A. Bakewell. Names and address of children: Michael (Ketrina) Bakewell, Creve Couer, MO. Barbara (Glen) Stark, Ontario, CA. Richard (Nancy) Bakewell, Memphis, TN. Joseph (Anna Louann Williams) Bakewell, Paris, TX. Brothers & Sisters: (preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Rowland; four brothers, Vernon Brady, Glenn Brady, Robert Brady, and Howard Brady). Sister-in-Law: Becky Brady, De Soto, MO. Grandchildren: 11. Great-Grandchildren: 18. Great Great-Grandchildren: 1. Member of Church: First United Methodist Church, De Soto, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009 @ 10 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Rev. Jan Reimers. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Friday, March 6, 2009 5-8 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020
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Robert L. Parmeley, 76, of DeSoto entered into rest March 9, 2009 at deGreeff Hospice House in St Louis. He had worked as a rail tester for Sperry Rail Service and had owned the Ivy Lounge in DeSoto from 67-74. He was a US Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. Born Sept 5, 1932, in DeSoto, to the late Roy and Julie (Craig) Parmeley. He is survived by son, Brian (Kristine) Parmeley; daughters: Marcia (Doug) White and Stacia White; brothers: Leroy (Sandy) Parmeley and Earl Parmeley; and 6 grandchildren. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Don and Clarence Parmeley. Funeral service was Thurs, March 12, 2009 at Mahn Twin City Chapel of Festus. Burial was at JB National Cem.

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Robert Charles Hansen age 80, of Hillsboro, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at home. Bob was a retired Financial Advisor in the Insurance industry, A Navy Veteran having served in the Korean War and was a line officer in the Naval Reserve who retired as Captain. Survived by his wife Bee Hansen (nee Crocker) of Hillsboro Missouri, whom he married on July the 12, 1953. Also survived by Son- Randy (Terrie) Hansen of Hendersonville TN, Grandchildren- Ross (Kaya) Stegner of Charleston SC, Ryan Stegner of Nashville TN, Robert D. Hansen of Hendersonville TN and A.J. Hansen of Hendersonville TN as well as a great granddaughter Laylah Stegner of Charleston SC. Preceded in death by, parents- Harry R. and Florence A. Hansen (nee Larson), Daughter-Debra Lynn Hansen, brother- Jack Hansen and two sisters- Lucille Green and Janice Hensley. Interment will be in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks, MO on Friday, March 20th at 10 AM (meet behind the cemetery office no later than 9:45 AM) A Memorial Gathering will take place on Friday March 20, 2009, from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM and a Memorial Service immediately following at 12:30 PM at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc.103 fourth St. Hillsboro Missouri. Family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations made to the McDonnell USO of MO. 10701 Lambert International Blvd.

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Charles W. "Bill" Thomason, 80, of St. Louis passed away on March 9, 2009, in St. Louis. Mr. Thomason was a warehouse driver for a medical products supply company. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Teamsters Union Local 688. Born January 14, 1929 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Zene and Dixie Thomason. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, June (Griffith) Thomason of St. Louis; five sons: Brian Thomason of St. Louis, Dale (Lora) Thomason of Paris, MO, Charlie (Janice) Claus of Alabaster, Stanley (Joan) Claus of St. Charles and Murray Claus of St. Clair; four daughters: Gerry (Bob) Tevlin of House Springs, Kathy Norman of Richmond, Missouri, Sandra Alvey of St. Louis and Cindy (Dale) hunt of DeSoto; 16 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were private. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Donald S. Boyer, 71 of De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: September 27, 1937 Barytese, Missouri. Parents: Della and Ella (nee Courtaway) Boyer. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 10, 2009 Kindred Hospital-St. Louis County. Occupation: Construction. Date & Place of Marriage: April 25, 1959 in St. Louis, MO. Married to: Sandra L. Boyer, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: Four Daughters: Tina (Dale) Pendergrass, Barnhart, MO. Jo Ella (Brad) Almond, Festus, MO. Diana "Dee Dee" (Waylon) Perren, De Soto, MO. Donna (Dave) Young, De Soto, MO. Brothers & Sisters: Lena (Avery) Wicker, Blackwell, MO. Bessie (Rich) Trojahn, De Soto, MO. Sock (Judy) Boyer, De Soto, MO. Wyman (Judy) Boyer, Farmington, MO. Earl (Joyce) Boyer, De Soto, MO. Gerald (Kay) Boyer, De Soto, MO. Barb (Jerry) Coleman, Hematite, MO . (preceded in death by one sister, Ella Mae Hoffman) Brother-in-Laws: Darrell (Myra) Schaper, Weatherford, TX and Bill (Linda) Schaper, Kirkwood, MO. Sister-in-Law: Doris (Wally) Nieter, Coffman, MO.Grandchildren: Jake (Ashlie) & Kelly Pendergrass, Alicia & lil Brad Almond, Kendra & Aaron Perren, Ashley Young. Member of Lodge/Organizations: Lifetime member AmVets Booster; Volunteer with VFW. Funeral Service Date and Time: Friday, March 13, 2009 @ 10 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Rev. Jeremy Muniz and Bro. John Dover. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO . Visitation: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society, 4207 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020

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LeRoy George "Lee" Khorll, 69 of Barnhart, MO; Date of Birth: July 10, 1939 St. Louis, Missouri. Parents: Weldon and Mildred (nee Bostrom) Khorll. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 6, 2009 Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Crystal City, MO. Occupation: Free Lance Reporter for Newspaper; he was also an author of several books about the history of St. Louis neighborhoods. Date & Place of Marriage: November 27, 1982 in Otto, MO. Married to: Judy Louise (nee Province) Khorll. Names and address of children: Two Daughters: Lois Khorll, Anamosa, IA. Angela Khorll, Bangor, ME. Brothers & Sisters: One Sister: Marilyn Langley, Jefferson City, MO. One Brother: Gerald "Jerry" Khorll, Lake St. Louis, MO. (preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Khorll) Grandchildren: Steven Lee Khorll, Anamosa, IA. Memorial Service Date and Time: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @ 7:00 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Rev. Bruce Valle. Memorial Gathering: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5-7 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020.

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Jackie Johnston, 66 of De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: July 11, 1942 Des Arc, MO. Parents: Gentry Jones - Father. Martha (nee Dennis) & Howard Pope – Mother & Step Father. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 8, 2009 De Soto, MO. Occupation: Worked in Cafeteria at De Soto Public School; also worked at Cajun & Cottonwood Golf Course. Married to: Richard "Stud" Johnston. Surviving: No. Names and address of children: Phil (Brenda) Johnston – Hillsboro, MO. Becky Johnston Hinch – De Soto.Jo Ann Johnston – De Soto. Angie (Benaris) Johnston-DeLancy – Festus, MO. Brothers & Sisters: Sharon (Richard) Sweet – Okeechobee, Florida. Kevin (Cindy) Pope – De Soto, MO. Grandchildren: 5, WAYLON HAWKINS, JORDON JOHNSTON, DANNY HINCH, KATELYN DELANCY, ZACH JOHNSTON. Funeral Service Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 11AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Bro. Bob Thebeau. Place of Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 4 – 8 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020.

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Sandra A. Zimmerly, 45, of Arnold, formerly of Hillsboro, passed away March 14, 2009 in Arnold.  Mrs. Zimmerly was a machine operator for Semco Plastics.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Victoria and she enjoyed music and spending time with her mother.  Born July 24, 11963 in Crystal City; she was the daughter of Alice (Oglesby) and LeRoy Zimmerly Sr. of Festus. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her boyfriend, John Woodhall of St. Louis; one brother, LeRoy Zimmerly, Jr. of French Village; two sisters: Kimberly Zimmerly of St. Louis and Linda Zimmerly of Festus; one grandmother, Ethel Zimmerly of Hillsboro; one niece, Amanda Zimmerly of Hillsboro; and a cousin, Scott Bartlett of Hillsboro. Funeral services were to be held March 18 at Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto, officiated by the Rev. Nancy Hollingsworth.  Burial was private.  Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Bernice A. Schuessler (nee Zaiger), age 86 of Hillsboro Missouri, passed away on Friday March 13, 2009, in Hillsboro Missouri. She was born June 16, 1922 in St Louis Missouri. She is survived by,Son-Thomas (Fern) Schuessler of Hillsboro Missouri. Son-Oscar (Jan) Schuessler of Highridge Missouri. Also survived by 4 grandchildren. Proceeded in death by, Husband-Oscar Schuessler. Father-George Zaiger. Mother-Sophie Zaiger (nee Moellenkamp). Son-David Schuessler. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 19, 2009, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Otto Missouri, from 10AM to 11AM. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday march 19, 2009, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church,Otto Missouri, at 11AM. Interment- Shepherd Hills Cemetery, Barnhart Missouri. Memorials to the Humane Society would be appreciated.

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Bertha Sue "Bert" Keener (Nee Cantrell), age 60, of Festus Missouri, passed away on Wednesday March 18, 2009, in Festus Missouri. She was born on August 27, 1948, in St Louis Missouri. Bert and her Husband Thomas were married of October 15, 1983. She was a retired Registered Nurse at St Anthony’s Medical Center. She is survived by, Husband-Thomas R. Keener of Festus Missouri. Mother-Thelma Britt (nee Kite) of De Soto Missouri. Son-Dale Phillips of Missouri. Daughter-Janie (Mark) Gould of Hillsboro Missouri. Son-Darrin (Mandi) Phillips, of Festus Missouri. Step Son-Joe (Lisa) Keener of Benton Il. Step Daughter-Barb Bonin, of De Soto Missouri. Step Daughter-Angela (Todd) Waggoner of Fulton Missouri. Brother-Charles (Norma) Cantrell Jr, of St Ann Missouri. Sister-Terry McClanahan, of De Soto Missouri. Sister-Carol (Jerry) Shepherd, of Hillsboro Missouri. Sister-Connie Allen of St Louis Missouri. Sister-Deborah Cates of Connecticut. Sister- Patricia (Steven) La Plant of Hillsboro Missouri. Sister-Kimberly ( Mark) Shrewsbury, of Kansas City Missouri. Sister-Tina (James) Snowden of Zion Il. Brother-Daniel (Melody) Duncan, of Antonia Missouri. Also survived by her grandchildren-Joshua (wife-Shannon), and Justin Phillips, Nikki (Husband-TJ) Halbert, Gregory Gould, Torii Davis, Zachary and Joelle Keener, Ian Waggoner. Great Grandchildren-Faith Halbert, Jaden and Justin Keener. Preceded in death by, Father- Charles Cantrell Sr. and Brother-Ronald Duncan. Visitation Friday, March 20, 2009, from 5PM to 9PM at Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc, Hillsboro Missouri. Funeral-Saturday March 21, 2009, at 11AM at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc, Hillsboro Missouri. Internment- Mount Olive Cemetery, De Soto Missouri. Memorials to the America Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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Deborah A. "Debbie" Couch, 51, of St. Louis passed away March 2, 2009 in St. Louis. Mrs. Couch was an administrative assistant in the health care industry. Born July 7, 1957, in Maui, Hawaii, she was the daughter of Clara (Asuko) DeSoto of Walnut, California, and the late Larry DeSoto. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, David W. Couch of St. Louis; two daughters: Delana Brooks of St. Clair and Lisa (Michael) Goodwin of DeSoto; two sons: David J. (Bethany) Couch of Imperial and Adam COuch of DeSoto; one brother, Larry DeSoto, Jr. of California; one sister, Lynette DeSoto of California; and three grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Brenda Thompson, 61, of DeSoto passed away March 24, 2009 in DeSoto. Mrs. Thompson was an assembler for L.M.C. Plastics and enjoyed gardening, reality shows, soap operas and casinos. Born April 22, 1947, in Herculaneum, she was the daughter of the late Floyd T. and Virginia (Hilderbrand) Fadler. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Thompson of DeSoto; three sons: Doug Thompson of DeSoto , Steven (Becca) Thompson of DeSoto and Jamie Thompson of DeSoto; seven brothers: Robert (Judy) Fadler of Festus, Daniel (Joy) Fadler of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim (Bev) Brock of Park Hills, Paul Fadler of DeSoto, Mike (Bessie) Fadler of Festus, Terry (Jan) Fadler of St. Charles and William Fadler of Hematite; three sisters: Carolyn Bergmann of Fredericktown, Toni (George) Lay of Fredericktown and Diane (Dick) William of Park Hills; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffrey Fadler and two sisters: Marie Hall and Gloria Forshee. Funeral services were held March 27 at Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto, officiated by the Rev. Darin Alvis. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery in DeSoto. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Gordean G. "Dean", Walther 77, of DeSoto passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009 in Hillsboro, Born December 27, 1931 in West Virginia; she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Josie (Kazee) Cassidy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur B. Walther. She will be sadly missed by her family, a son Eddie L. (EIleen) Bell of DeSoto; and three daughters: Betty M. (Robert) Josias of DeSoto, and Sherri L. Heckenkamp of Hillsboro; dear sister of Wilma (Bethel) Rakes, Ohio, Jackie (David) Saylor, Ohio and Adeline Workman, Texas; the mother-in-law of Fred Pueschel, Wentzville. the beloved grandmother of Wes, Whitney, Andrew, Deadra, Josie, Jessica, Samantha, and A.J.; dearest great-grandmother of Kelli, Kerri and Jayden. Along with her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances P. Pueschel, two brothers, James Cassidy and Fleury Cassidy; two sisters Shirley Rakes and Mavis Coyle. Mrs. Walther was a machinist for Boeing McDonnel Douglas Corporation; a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church and the UAW. She loved her family dearly. Rev. Van Fowler officiated the funeral services, burial was in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Ware, Missouri. Memorials can be made to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Hospice, PO Box 350, Crystal City, Missouri 63019. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel.

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Raymond W. Clark Sr., 55, House Springs, Missouri, passed away on March 26, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Born November 6, 1953 in St. Louis; he was the son of the late Harry T. and Catherine (Dowling) Clark. She is survived by his loving wife June (Mudd) Clark of House Springs. Mr. Clark is also survived by two sons: Raymond (Brenda) Clark, Jr., Fenton and Jonthan (Reba) Clark, House Springs; two daughters: Sarah Evers, House Springs and Catherine Clark, Festus; a brother Harry Clark, Cedar Hill; two sisters: Donna (LeRoy) LaChance, Desoto and Judy (Terry) Courtois, DeSoto; and 4 grandchildren: Autumn, Jayce, Landen, and MacKenzie. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Donald Clark, James Clark and Robert Clark and a nephew Butch LaChance. Mr. Clark was a mechanic and auto inspector; he enjoyed fishing, camping, working on cars and spending time with family. Funeral services were held at Mahn Funeral Home on Monday, March 30 with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery in DeSoto, Rev. Bruce Valle officiated the funeral service. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital for Children. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto.

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Fredie Leo "Fred" Baty,  66, of Hillsboro, formerly of St. Charles, passed away on March 25, 2009 in Hillsboro. Mr. Baty was a cabinetry carpenter. He was a member of Union Baptist Church in Rector, Arkansas; and attended Sandy Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Born May 26, 1942 in Greenway, Arkansas; he was the son of the late Leo N and Ova M. (Wilkes) Baty.He is survived by two former wives: Mary (Starr) Baty and Vera Baty; one granddaughter, Candyce Baty of St. Louis; one sister, Joann Baty of Hendersonville, Tennessee; one brother-in-law Carl Rogers of Festus; five nephews, four nieces and a special friend Shirley Newberry of Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by two sons: Alan Baty and David Baty; and one sister, Leova Rogers. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and funeral services are scheduled for 11a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2009 at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, Arkansas. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to a charity of donor's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Robert L. Ford, Jr.,  78,  of Festus passed away March 29, 2009 at Scenic Nursing and Rehab Center in Herculaneum.  Mr. Ford was a retired highway engineer for Asphaltic Concrete, Inc. and a member of Radiant Life Church in Festus.  He was a Korean War veteran of the U. S. Army and a member of the American Legion and the local Masonic Lodge.  Born August 28, 1930 in Kanawa, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Ollie J. (Richardson) Ford. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Adams) Ford of Festus; one son, Robert (Renee) Ford III of Arnold; one daughter, Debi (Roger) Hurst of Festus; three brothers: Dalton Ford, Charles Ford and Wayne Ford, all of Texas; one sister, Mary (Doc) Poore of New Madrid; five grandchildren: Eric (Brandy) Hurst, Ryan "Roscoe" (Nicole) Hurst, Robert L. Ford IV, Chris Buenniger; and three great-grandchildren: Ashleigh Hurst, Rian-Skai Hurst and Xander Hurst. He was proceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Buenniger; two brothers: David Ford and Jerry Ford; and two sisters: Viva Hughes and Sue Carafol. A memorial gathering was held April 2, 2009 at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus. Mr. Ford donated his body to Washington University School of Medicine. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Diane G. Zervas (nee Weber) age 61 of Hillsboro Missouri, passed away on March 27, 2009 at her residence in Hillsboro Missouri. Born September 15,1947 in St. Louis Missouri. She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse. Survived by son- James Scott (Lynn) Winebaugh of Oran MO, son Steven Ray Hanks of Oran MO, daughter- Shannon D. Blagg of Jackson MO, sisters- Darline Richardson of Hillsboro Missouri and Sandra M (Dee) Allred of Engles Indiana, Also 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband William Zervas, parents-Henry J. and Jacqueline Weber (nee Miller), sister- Jo Ann Wallace, brother- Henry F. Weber. Visitation will be held: Tuesday March 31, 2009 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc. 103 fourth St. Hillsboro Missouri. Funeral: Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.

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Juanita G. Brophy (nee Best) age 84, of Hillsboro Missouri, passed away on March 28, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City Missouri. Born November 8, 1924, in St. Louis Missouri. She was the Co Owner of Brophy’s Catering. Survived by husband- Robert E. Brophy of Hillsboro Missouri, daughter- Susan (Marvin) Thurman of Festus Missouri, son- Steven (Becky) Brophy of St. Louis Missouri, grandson- Jason White of St. Louis Missouri, granddaughter- Karen Brophy of Springfield Missouri, Megan Brophy of St. Louis Missouri, grandson- Tim Brophy of St. Louis Missouri, sister- Jean Albano of St. Louis Missouri, sister- Virginia Reisinger of St. Louis Missouri, sister Shirley Mc Gowan of Granite City Illinois. Preceded in death by parents – Leroy and Theresa Best (nee Breeze), brothers- Raymond Best, Frank Best, sisters- Evelyn Board, Josephine Rhodes, Delores Best, Marge West and Clara Cramer. Visitation will be held: Wednesday April 1, 2009 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc. 103 Fourth St. Hillsboro Missouri 63050. Funeral will be Thursday April 2, 2009 with prayers at the Funeral Home at 9:25 AM then proceed to Good Shepherd Catholic Church for Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in the Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro Missouri. Memorials to the American Diabetes Assoc / St. Louis Chapter Hillsboro Lions Club or the Governor Fletcher House Foundation would be appreciated.

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Peggy S. Mayer, 62, DeSoto, passed away at St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Louis on March 28, 2009. She was a homemaker, enjoyed ceramics, needle work and was a Girl Scout Leader. Born September 27, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio; she was the daughter of Henrittia S. (McCain) Taylor, California and the late Arnold E. Neal. She was preceded in death recently by her loving husband, Vance G. Mayer. She is survived by three daughters: Yvonne (Timothy) Blanton-Haddrell, England, Marilyn (Jim) Sanders, Cadet, and Susan Tallo, DeSoto; three brothers: Michael Neal, Colorado, Kevin Neal and Keith Neal both of California; three sisters: Vicki (Bob) Kellerhals, California, Sonya (David) Payne, South Carolina and Colleen (Tom) Kieszek, Vermont; four grandchildren: Priscilla (Jimmy), Emily, John Patrick and Matthew Justin; and two great-granchildren: Jimmy and Gregory; her step-father Larry Taylor in California. Besides her husband and parents she was preced in death by two brothers, Harry Neal and Steve Neal; two sisters Betty Lou Neal and Debra Rodgers and one great grandchild, Lucas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4, at the Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto, with burial at Peaceful Ridge. Deacon Ed Boyer will be officiating the funeral service. Memorials may be made to St. Joachim School in Old Mines, Missouri or to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel.

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Robin "Fred" Bradford, 53, Londell passed away March 15, 2009, in Franklin County. Mr. Bradford was a heavy equipment operator with the Franklin County Highway Department, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Amvets Post #48 in DeSoto and the National Rifle Association. He loved his motorcycle. Born November 13, 1955 in St. Louis; he was the son of the late Roy and Mary Jane (Evans) Bradford. He is survived by his wife, Denise (Turner) Bradford, St. Clair; three sons: Jason (Tiffany) Bradford, Idaho, Andrew Bradford, St. Clair, and Brandon Bradford, St. Clair; two daughters: Amanda (John) Harris, Edgar Springs and Holly Bradford, St. Clair; and seven grandchildren: Naylissa, Jackson, Skyler, ALexis, Lily, Jace and Mary Jane. Funeral services were held March 20 at Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Richard Money. Burial was in the Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home.

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Homer D. Ketcherside Sr., 62, DeSoto passed away on March 31, 2009 at St. Anthony;s Hospital, St. Louis. Born September 25, 1946 in Bonne Terre; he was the son of the late Buford and Pearl (Thebeau) Ketcherside. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Oglesby) Ketcherside, DeSoto. He is also survived by two daughters: Angela Kay Ketcherside, DeSoto and Carrie M. (Robert) Valdez, DeSoto; a brother Bernard (Martha) Ketcherside, DeSoto and a sister, Glenda Boardman, DeSoto. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Homer D. Ketcherside, Jr. and a brother, Leonard Ketcherside. Mr. Ketcherside was a machinist for Dana Corporation; he worked on lawn mowers and loved to go hunting. Funeral services were scheduled for Friday April 3, at Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel at 10:00a.m. with burial at Peaceful Ridge Cemetery, DeSoto. Rev. Roger Driggs officiating the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10820 Sunset Office Drive, St. Louis, MO 63127. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel.

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Donald W. Barbee, 69, DeSoto, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2009 in DeSoto. Mr. Barbee was a signalman for the Union Pacific Railroad; where he had worked for 32 years. He was a member of DeSoto Elks #689, friends of the DeSoto Amvets Post #48. He loved to fish, enjoyed playing pool and the outdoors. He enjoyed watching W.W. W and College Final Four. Mr. Barbee was born October 3, 1939 in Newtown, Missouri; he was the son of the late Wayne and Helen (White) Barbee. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Deuschle) Barbee. He is also survived by a son, Tracy Dean Barbee of DeSoto; a brother, Larry (Darlene) Barbee of Kansas City; a nephew, Brent Barbee of Kansas City; a great niece and many friends. A memorial gathering and service will be held at Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:00a.m. Rev. Gene Moses will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto.

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Richard L. Riney, 72, of Festus, formerly of Crystal City, passed away March 31, 2009 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City. Mr. Riney worked for the Crystal City Water Department, Doe Run Company, was a laundry attendant at Country Woods Nursing Home and had been a driver for Lemme Funeral Home and Mahn Funeral Home. He was a graduate of Douglass High School and a member of Ward Chapel AME Church in Festus. Born September 2, 1936 in St. Marys, he was the son of the late Quandrell and Sylvia (Coffman) Riney. He is survived by Earlene Riney and Fannie Riney; one daughter Michele Riney of Crystal City; two sons, Kenneth "Kenny" Riney of Festus and Darrin Henderson of Topeka, Kansas; five brothers, Donald (Mary) Riney of St. Louis, Lindell Riney of Festus, Ivan Riney of Crystal City, Winston Riney of Utah and James (Laverne) Riney of St. Louis; one stepson, Terraine Cayce Jr. of Hillsboro; one adopted son, Darvin Lemme of Festus; an aunt and godmother, Blondell Underwood; one uncle, Lester (Bell) Riney; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Riney, one daughter, Robin Riney, one brother, Melvin Riney, and one sister, Bufil Jean Riney. Funeral services were held April 6, 2009 at Mahn Twin City Chapel, officiated by Elder James Riney. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crystal City. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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James Richard Cook, 89 of De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: December 24, 1919 Paragould, Arkansas. Parents: James A. and Dora (nee Whitney) Cook. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 31, 2009. Occupation: Carpenter. Date & Place of Marriage: January 7, 1945 in Birmingham, AL. Married to: Virginia K. (nee Bower) Cook. Surviving: De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: Sandra Medlock, De Soto, MO. Alvin Clarence Cook, De Soto, MO. Walton Darrel Cook, Aurora, CO. Virginia Dail Tanner, Fredericktown, MO. Victoria Elaine Greenwell, Festus, MO. Freddie W. Cook, St. Robert, MO. Brothers & Sisters: (preceded in death by siblings, Lee, Pete, Roy, and Fred Cook; Minnie Rowden and Daisy Cook). Grandchildren: 16 (preceded in death by one). Great-Grandchildren: 19. Military Information: U.S. Army. Member of Church: Radiant Life Church, Festus, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Friday, April 3, 2009 @ 1 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Randy Gray. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Thursday, April 2, 2009 4-8 PM. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Oliver George Trunk, 89 of O’Fallon, MO, formerly of De Soto. Date of Birth: May 26, 1919 St. Louis, MO. Parents: The late Carl Charles Trunk and Florence (nee March) Trunk. Date of Death: March 13, 2009 O’Fallon, MO. Occupation: Instructor – Emerson Electric. Married to: The late Lillie Ann (nee Ashby) Trunk. Names and address of children: George Oliver (Diane) Trunk – O’Fallon, MO. The late Steven Douglas Trunk. Brothers & Sisters: Preceded in death by sister: Elenore Kessler, and brothers: Ed Trunk and Lawrence Trunk. Grandchildren: 2 – Troy and Garrett Trunk. Great-Grandchildren: 2. Member of Church: Agape Faith Church, Valles Mines, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Monday, March 16, 2009, @ 10:30 a.m. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Chapel. Officiating: Rev. Glen Gowen. Place of Burial: Mt. Olive Cemetery, De Soto, Missouri. Visitation: Monday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Floyd Dewaine "D.J." Haas, Jr., 24 of House Springs, Missouri. Date of Birth: December 21, 1984 Rolla, MO. Parents: Floyd Dewaine Haas, Sr. and Sharon (nee Petty) Sims. Surviving: Yes, House Springs, MO. Date of Death: March 23, 2009 St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri. Occupation: Laborer. Never Married. Names and address of children: Four Sons: Dakota Dewaine Haas, House Springs, MO. Trevor Allen Haas, St. Louis, MO. Dalton Cole Haas, St. Louis, MO. Travis Edgar Haas, St. Louis, MO. Brothers & Sisters: Four Sisters: Linda Kay Tyarks, Richwoods, MO. Shannon M. Sims, St. Louis, MO.Sunshine N. Sims, Farmington, MO. Stephanie Steinfeld, High Ridge, MO. (preceded in death by one brother, Donald Wayne Tyarks; one sisters, Angelia M. James)Grandparents: Larry & Roberta Buss, Dittmer, MO. Survived by aunts, uncles and several cousins. Funeral Service Date and Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 1 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Bro. Bill Peters. Visitation: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11 AM – 1 PM.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Karen Ann Webber, 60 of De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: April 1, 1948 St. Louis, MO. Parents: Edgar & Mildred (nee Parker) Herrington. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 27, 2009 Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Occupation: Medical Technician at Colonial House. Boyfriend: Gary Settlage, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: Tony Parmeley – Park Hills, MO. Michael Herrington – Guthrie, OK. David Thomas – Bonne Terre, MO. Bobbie Parmeley – De Soto, MO. Preceded in death by one daughter – Betty Kladis. Brothers & Sisters: Kim Hastings – Morse Mill, MO. Grandchildren: 18. Great-Grandchildren: 11.Funeral Service Date and Time: Tues. Mar. 31, 2009 @ 1 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Bruce Valle. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation: Tues. Mar. 31 from 11 AM – 1 PM.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Loretta Kay Fox, 56 of De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: July 6, 1952 Arnold, MO. Parents: The late Lowell Leo Wisdom & Eva Jane (nee Burns) Wisdom of Arnold, MO. Surviving: Yes, Mother in Arnold, MO. Date of Death: March 29, 2009 Her Residence; De Soto, MO. Occupation: Office Manager at Jefferson County Parks Department. Date & Place of Marriage: July 18, 1970 in Ellington, MO. Married to: Riley Fox, De Soto, MO. Surviving: Yes. Names and address of children: 2 Daughters: Shannon (Chris) Brock – De Soto, MO. Tammra (Nathan) White – De Soto, MO. Brothers & Sisters: 1 Brother: Ron (Judy) Wisdom – South County, MO. 1 Sister: Janet (Jerry) Faigle – Mehlville, MO. Grandchildren: 5 Grandsons: Curtis Allen White, Adam Riley Brock, Steven Lowell White, Travis Dale Brock, & C.J. Brock. Member of Church: Russell Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 10 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Ted Wisdom. Place of Burial: Graveside Service Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 1 PM at Poca Hollow Cemetery, Van Buren, MO. Visitation: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from 4-8 PM Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to BJC Hospice or Poca Hollow Cemetery.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Bertha Mae Greenlee, 80 De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: Sept. 29, 1928 Fletcher, MO. Parents: the late George Leon and Julia A. (nee Delcour) De Clue. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 29, 2009 Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Crystal City, MO. Occupation: Cook for De Soto Rotary Club & Camp Don Bosco. Married to: Edwin Greenlee. Surviving: No, deceased in 1993. Names and address of children: Janet (Jim) Boyer – De Soto. Floyd Greenlee – De Soto. Lawrence "Larry" (Louise) Greenlee – De Soto. George Greenlee – De Soto. James (Cathy) Greenlee – De Soto. Bernice (Jerry) Staffelbach – Festus. Brothers & Sisters: Joseph (Laura) De Clue – Chelsey, OK. James "Don" (Betty) De Clue – Evans, GA. Mary Boyer – Mineral Point, MO. Preceded in death by one brother George De Clue. Grandchildren: 22 (preceded in death by one Grandson). Great-Grandchildren: 60 (Preceded in death by one Great Grandson & one Great Granddaughter) Great-Great-Grandchildren: 23. Member of Lodge/Organizations: Member of Daughters of Isabella. Member of Church: St. Rose of Lima, De Soto, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Mass: Thursday April 2, 2009 @ 11 AM. Place of Service: St. Rose of Lima. Officiating: Fr. Alexander Anderson. Place of Burial: Calvary Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 3-8 PM . In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Daughters of Isabella or Diabetes Association.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Le Roy A. Mercer, 83 of De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: Jan. 10, 1926 De Soto, MO. Parents: James D. & Bessie (Boyer) Mercer. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 30, 2009 Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Crystal City, MO. Occupation: Carman for Union Pacific Railroad. Married to: Evelene Mercer (nee Yarbrough). Surviving: No. Names and address of children: Son: James (FiancÚ, Jerri Lofton) Festus, MO. Daughter: Linda (FiancÚ, Clyde Womak) Saylor, De Soto, MO. Preceded in death by son: Kevin T. Mercer. Brothers & Sisters: Sisters: Vickie Crum – Gerald, MO. Ella Mae (Bill) Rulo – Barnhart, MO. Preceded in death by bothers: Everett, Wayne, Eugene, & Gilbert Mercer; and Sisters: Beulah Mercer, and Evelyn Reynolds. Grandchildren: 5 Tammy Haffer, Shannon Mercer, Stacey Lynn Mercer, Keith Saylor, & Jason Lofton. Great-Grandchildren: 6. Member of Lodge/Organizations: M.A.N. (Missouri Amphibious Navy) Military Information: Served in the United States Navy during WWII. Member of Church: 1st Assembly of God Church, De Soto. Funeral Service Date and Time: Thursday, April 2, 2009 @ 11 AM. Place of Service: 1st Assembly of God Church, De Soto, MO. Officiating: Rev. Ron Duncan . Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto. Visitation: Wednesday April 1, 2009 from 4 – 8 PM Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials to The Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Fern Lindsay, 90. Formerly of De Soto, MO. Date of Birth: August 14, 1918 De Soto, MO. Parents: The late Jess Robert Ruppel and Josephine (nee Haverstick) Ruppel Wiley. Date of Death: March 30, 2009 North Broward Medical Center, Boca Raton, FL . Occupation: Social Worker for Missouri Division of Family Services. Date & Place of Marriage: May 1940. Married to: The late Carl A. Lindsay. Names and address of children: John (wife Diane) Lindsay – Boca Raton, FL. William "Bill" (wife Janice) Lindsay – Kansas City, MO. Carl "C. J." (Joyce) Lindsay – De Soto, MO. Grandchildren: Julie Lindsay, Jennifer Dreher, Rachel Lindsay and Jay Lindsay and Jon Lindsay. Member of Church: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, April 4, 2009, @ 3:00 p.m. Place of Service:Dietrich-Mothershead Chapel. Officiating: Rev. Darlene Payne. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Friday, April 3, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Brain Trauma Foundation, 415 Madison, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017.  Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto.

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Michael Lee "Honest Mike" Hammond, 59 of De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: November 12, 1949 De Soto, MO. Parents: Harry Lee and Bessie Evelyn (nee Grissom) Hammond. Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 31, 2009. Occupation: Owner/Operator of TFB Auto Sales. Special Friend: Glenna Smith, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: One Daughter: Kim (Ed) Baker, De Soto, MO. One Son: Mike Chick, High Ridge, MO. Brothers & Sisters: Wilma Krauss, Festus, MO. Vicki Reeves, De Soto, MO. Allen (Tina) Hammond, Bonne Terre, MO. Mary Ann (Gil) Rowland, Lake St. Louis, MO. Charlotte (Jim) Hulett, Otto, MO. (preceded in death by one brother, Otho Hammond; and two brother in laws, Johnny Krauss and Aubrey Reeves) Grandchildren: Dylan, Jake, and Noah Baker; James Chick. Organizations: Kruisers Classic Car Club, avid auto racing owner and fan. Funeral Service Date and Time: Friday, April 3, 2009 @ 11 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Bro. Charles Miller. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Thursday, April 2, 2009 4-8 PM. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto. 

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