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Akin, Shelia  
Shelia Akin Shelia Akin, 49, of Springfield, Mo lost her battle to cancer & passed peacefully at her home on 12/25/14. Shelia was employed by Hamilton Properties. She is survived by her husband, Mike Akin, who called her "Pretty", parents Roger & Delores Dick, daughter Amanda Coble & husband Tom and son Nathan Akin, grandchildren Tyler & Wyatt Storms & bonus granddaughter Lillian, brothers, sisters, nieces & nephews as well as many friends. Shelia's heart was larger than life, proven by how many kids called her Momma Shelia. She will be missed. Visitation will be held at Greenlawn East on Monday 12/29/14 at 6pm-8pm, with Funeral service on Tuesday 12/30/14 at 1:00pm. Burial to follow at Eastlawn Cemetary.
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Bates, Beverly  
Beverly Bates Beverly Sue Bates went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 20, 2014, after a short illness. Beverly was born October 14, 1943, in Springfield, MO to Clarence and Lois Greeno. Beverly graduated from Central High School in 1961. She was united in marriage to Darrell Lee Bates on August 6, 1961. Beverly was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and working with the community. She loved her Lord and wanted others to know Him. In her spare time, she enjoyed her quilting, scrapbooking, and reading books. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survivd by her brother Clarence Greeno Jr. and wife, Debbie, of Jefferson City, MO, her three daughters; Theresa Lynn Bates, Canton, GA, Lorri Anne Armstrong and husband, Lance of Ft. Smith, AR, and Melissa Lynette Bruce and husband Darron, of Columbia, MO, her three sons; Randall Lee Bates and wife, Kimberly of Springfield, Stephen Allen Bates, of Canton, GA, and Patrick Brent Bates, of Canton, GA, 8-grandchildren; Jordan Ryan Bates and Heather Renee Bates of Kansas City, MO, Ciana Nichole Bates of Springfield, Kaitlynn Kennedy Armstrong of Ft. Smith, AR, Logan Lee Bruce, Joshua Wayne Bruce, Kelsey Lynn Bruce, and Jacob Hartley Bruce all of Columbia, MO, and one great-granddaughter; Scarlett Ellen Touchton, of Columbia, MO, and her beloved Yorkie, Boomer, along with her nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graveside Services will be Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens,. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. before services at Greenlawn Funeral Home North.
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Bechtel, Donald Glenn  
Donald Glenn Bechtel Donald Glenn Bechtel passed away on December 23, 2014 at Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Dallas Center, Iowa on January 19, 1927 to Walter and Alma (Greif) Bechtel. They and his sister Lucille and brother Russell preceded him in death. Don served with the 2nd Armored Division during his service in World War II. He attended Drake University upon returning from service, became affiliated with Sinclair Oil Company for 50 years, first as a salary employee in management for 25 years, then as a co-owner of Ozarks Petroleum, Ozarks General Stores and Beca Total Mart Stores for an additional 25 years. After his retirement he became a volunteer worker and served on the State of Missouri Advisory Board for the Petroleum Tank Insurance Fund. He also was a volunteer for the Convention and Visitor Bureau of Springfield. He was a very active member of Messiah Lutheran Church where he served in many areas, especially in Stewardship and Finance and was a Co-Founder of the Messiah Mission Endowment Fund. Don loved singing and greatly enjoyed being a member of the church choir. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Mead on May 10, 1947 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Grimes, Iowa. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his three sons, Lon Bechtel of Great Falls, MT, Lawrence Bechtel and wife Margaret of Springfield, MO, Les Bechtel and wife, Tammy of Ozark, MO; and one daughter, Jean Hudson and husband, Jim of Wildwood, MO. Don had six grandchildren: Chad Bechtel of Springfield, MO, Alex Bechtel of St. Marys, GA; Bridget Bechtel of New York, Gretchen Bechtel of Arkansas, Haley Hudson of Wildwood, MO and Lance Hudson of Wildwood, MO; and one great-grandson, Brantley Bechtel of St. Marys, GA. Visitation will be from 3 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole in Springfield. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 925 E. Seminole in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Messiah Mission Endowment Fund of Messiah Lutheran Church, 925 E. Seminole, Springfield, MO 65804.
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Bertoldie, Ora  
Ora Bertoldie, 97, Marshfield. Arrangements: Fraker Funeral Home.
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Billings, Clarence E.  
Clarence E. Billings Clarence E. Billings, age 97, departed this life December 24, 2014, at Heisinger Bluffs, Jefferson City, Mo. He was born March 11, 1917, near Anderson, Mo., to Charles Albert Billings and Maggie Bell (Epperson) Billings. He attended rural schools of McDonald County and graduated from Anderson High School, Anderson, in 1933. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southwest Missouri State and a Master's of Education degree from Drury College, Springfield, Mo. He taught school in McDonald County, Anderson High School, and Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. His career was public education: rural, high school, college, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. He gave 36 years to conservation education, 20 of those as Superintendent of Education, Missouri Department of Conservation. He received many awards for the Missouri program and national leadership in conservation education such as: the J. T. Bode award, Conservation Educator of the Year award from the Missouri Conservation Federation, the Key Man Award from the National Conservation Education Association, and the Ernest Thompson Seton Award from the International Fish and Wildlife agencies. He served on the board of directors for the National Conservation Education Association for 16 years, four of which he was the president. In Jefferson City he served two mayors in activities for Senior Citizens. He served seven years on the Senior Nutrition Council for Jefferson City and Cole County, two years as president. He was a member of the Board of Governors and served as president of the Association of Missouri Retired State Employees. Mr. Billings was a member of the Jefferson City First United Methodist Church where he had served as president of the Men's Club, Chairman of the Pastor-Parish Committee, and the Administrative Board. He taught an adult Sunday school class many years. He was married to Christina Marie Clary October 30, 1937, who preceded him in death March 1, 2001. They have two children, Dr. C. David (Nancy Carter) Billings of Huntsville, Ala., and Jeanne Billings (Patrick) Roberts of Springfield. Survivors include five grandchildren, John (Robyn) Billings of Huntsville, Amanda Billings (Kent) Bassett of Summerfield, N.C., Christopher (Sumi) Roberts of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Kimberly Roberts (Andrew) Selders of Columbia, Mo., and Courtney Roberts (Adam) Erickson of St. Louis, Mo. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Charles and Abigail Bassett, Clark Robert Selders, Raja M. K. Roberts, and four nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother Lawrence, and sisters Bessie, and Bertha (Alfred) Lett. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, with Chaplain Jim Mueller officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Drury University, Clarence Billings Scholarship c/o Alumni and Development, 900 N. Benton Ave., Springfield, MO 65802, the Christina Clary Billings Scholarship, First United Methodist Church, 201 Monroe St., Jefferson City, MO 65101, or Heisinger Bluffs Benevolent Fund, 1002 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Arrangements are under the direction of the HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com
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Bowen, Jack Curtis  
Jack Curtis Bowen Jack Curtis Bowen peacefully passed away December 22, 2014 at the age of 84 in the comfort of his home in Mountain View, Mo., with family by his side. He was born in Marion County, Ohio on September 24, 1930 to Ernest James and Bertha Katherina (Davis) Bowen. Jack served his country in the US NAVY for over twenty-one years, retiring as a Chief Gunners Mate and is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was well known for his civil service, volunteerism in his community and generosity for those in need. Some of his favorite activities were camping, fishing, and hunting with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Bertha; one sister, Maxine Petty; one brother, Ernest (Bud) L. Bowen; and wives, Phyllis Carole and Virginia Lee. Survivors include his children; Donald (Danielle) Coffel, William (Sandra) Wisecarver, Gary (Jane) Bowen, Jeanette (Scott) Beckett and Frank Bowen, all of Ohio, and Darrell Bowen, Brian Bowen and Jennifer Bowen, all of California; one sister, Mary Jane McCarty, of Georgia; and twelve grandchildren, Adam Coffel, Jay Coffel, Sam Davis, Aimee Beckett, Emily Midgley, Adrienne Delaney, Jon Wisecarver, Tonya Mantell, Mathew Bowen, Carey Bowen, James Bowen, Susan Bowen and Alexandra Bowen. Cremation services were handled by Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Mo. Memorial services will be held in the spring of 2015. Further information will be provided as arrangements are finalized. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com .
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Butler, Norma L.  
Norma L. Butler Norma L. Butler passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. She was born Oct. 25, 1934 in Fruitland, MO, to Leo and Edna (Keen) Witt. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald E. Butler. She is survived by her four sons; Danny, Donnie, Jimmy and wife Loretta and Mike and wife Sharon, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation 6-8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Services will be Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery Walnut Grove.
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Callahan, Mary  
Mary Callahan Mary E. Downs Callahan, age 74, of Woodson Terrace, MO. died of pneumonia on December 22, 2014. She was born on October 4, 1940 to the parents of Harold and Jean Downs. Mary Callahan was employed by Park-N-Fly for over thirty years. Survivors include her son Shane and Cindy Callahan, St. Charles, MO., daughter Annette Callahan, Woodson Terrace, MO., brother Roy Downs, Willard, MO., Francis A. Thomas, Kathy Downs, Janet Munden and Phillip Downs all from Springfield, MO. and grandchildren Ashley, Michael, Patrick and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Lance Callahan, brother Scotty Downs and sisters Dixie Downs and Nancy Harris. Her memorial service will be held at a later date at Clear Creek Cementary. Friends and family wishing to honor Mary's memory may make a donation to the Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312.
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Carr, Linda  
Linda Carr, 66, Springfield. Arrangements: Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home.
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Davidson, Sally  
Sally Davidson "Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her." Proverbs 31:28. Sally Mae (Gibson) Davidson was born Feb 11, 1931, the youngest daughter of Stella and Hueston Gibson. She met the love of her life Jack while walking to her church on Sunday morning. Sally was baptized on April 7, 1950 at Pythian Ave Baptist Church. Sally graduated from Senior High School and Draughon's Business School and went to work for the Frisco Railway. Sally married Jack in 1949 and they were blessed with 3 children; Julie, Bob, and Brenda. Sally continued to work for 39 years, retiring from Burlington Northern in 1987. Jack and Sally weathered many storms together, always leaning on one another for 65 ½ years. They built their dream house in 1977 on a hill near Turners Station where they shared many good times and great music with friends and family. Sally always put her families' needs first. She lived Proverbs 31. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Hueston and Stella; sister, Roberta; brothers, Mike and John; and beloved daughter Brenda in 2008. Sally is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter, Julie Daily; son, Bob (Judy); grandchildren, Matt Daily, Bobbie Jo Davidson-Caine (Brian), Chase Davidson (Tiffany), Jessica Weymuth (Chris), Hunter Jackson Davidson, and Jade Alexandria Gray; great grandchildren, Josalyn, Lilly, and Peyton Weymuth, and Cameron Robert Caine. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 30, at 2 pm at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, with a visitation from 1 pm until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Maple Park Cemetery. Many thanks to the Manor at Elfindale for all their excellent care and to Good Shepherd Hospice for their compassion and support over these last few months. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Greater MO Alzheimers Association, 1630 West Elfindale Street, Springfield, MO 65807, or Good Shepherd Hospice, 3250 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
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