VIRGINIA L. WALTERS
    Virginia L. Walters, daughter of the late Charles Gabbert& Leoda (Capron) Reinhart was born on December 18, 1940 in Mt. Vernon, IA, and departed this life on January 3, 2017 at her home in Buffalo, MO.  At the time of her passing she was 76 years and 14 days of age.
    Virginia was raised and attended school in Iowa.  She was united in marriage to John “Steve” Walters and to this union two daughters were born, both of whom survive her.  Her final wish was granted as she was surrounded by her family at her home when she went to be with the Lord.
    Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Steve; her parents; and one sister, Margaret Lueders.  She is survived by her daughters, Yvonne (Steve) Goulet of Buffalo, MO and Melanie Sepeda of Buffalo, MO; three grandchildren, Bradley (Tiffany) Goulet, Estéban (Mercedes) Sepeda, and Austin (Sabra) Goulet; five great-grandchildren, Gabriellé, Isaac, Cora, Sophia, and Cali; and six sisters, Opal Daily of Davenport, IA, Jane Korthouse of Long Grove, IA, Susan Hildebrant of Bettendorf, IA, Roberta Qualls of Maysville, IA, Leola Sutliff of East Molene, IL, and Debra Thunder of Pennington, MN.  She also leaves other family and friends who will all truly miss her.
    Cremation rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. 


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BARBARA LOUISE HOWARD
    Barbara Louise Howard, daughter of the late Etta Whitney, was born on January 19, 1935 in Kinston, NC and departed this life on January 3, 2017 in Bolivar, MO. At the time of her passing she was 81 years, 11 months and 15 days of age.
    Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Howard; and one son, David McCoy. She is survived by one son, Junior McCoy; her three daughters, Kathy McCoy, Mary McCoy and Delores McCoy; her five grandchildren, Rick McCoy, Danielle McCoy, Tammy McCoy, Robin McCoy and Eb McCoy; and her 30 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a host of many friends and family who will truly miss her.
    Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo with Bro. Randy Sapp officiating.  Escorts will be Rick Dacker, Eb McCoy, Steve Blankenship, Charlie Summers, Time Owens, Ralph Rodriguez, Junior McCoy and Darrly Baker. Visitation will be held Friday night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mission Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made out to the Barbara Howard Memorial Fund.

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WALTER JUNIOR BOWER
  Walter Junior Bower was born on August 13, 1924, the son of Walter and Sophia Bower in McCook, Nebraska. He passed away on January 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Lebanon. 
    Walter spent most of his younger life in Nebraska where he worked on the ranch. He took his experience of a cowboy to the rodeo riding bulls and broncs. He was united in marriage with Vera Fuller on April 26, 1950. The last half of his life he and his wife operated a dairy farm near Charity in Dallas County. He greatly enjoyed a ride with his team of mules and telling stories of the great depression, the dust bowl, and his ranching days. The last two years of his life he enjoyed living in his cabin at Long Lane and checking cattle daily. He still had a place on the farm surrounded by family.
    Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Vera; his parents; an infant son, Timothy; two brothers, Frank and Ken Bower; and an infant sister. He is survived by two sons, Dan & wife Penny Bower and Bill & wife Judy Bower; one sister, Betty Sander; five grandchildren, Mary & husband Michael Kinney, Julie & husband Billy Starkey, Wade & wife Kim Bower, Justin & wife Heather Bower, and Rachel & husband Bryan Snider; 14 great-grandchildren, Michaela, Mason, Madalyn, and Micah Kinney, Brianna Burns, Conner Starkey, Shaylee, Sierra and Zachary Bower, Audrey and Tate Peterson, Ely Bower and Cheyenne and Addyson Snider.  He also leaves other family members and friends who will truly miss him.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Pastor Wade Bower officiating.  Escorts will be Bryan Snider, Justin Bower, Mark Gronniger, Michael Kinney, Wade Bower, and Billy Starkey.  Interment will be in Charity cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. 


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HELEN MADELINE EDDE
    Helen Madeline Edde, daughter of the late Arthur & Mary Ellen (Grimes) Johnson, was born on May 31, 1930 in Gallatin, MO and departed this life on January 9, 2017 in Liberty, MO. At the time of her passing she was 86 years, 7 months and 17 days of age.
    Helen, formerly of Urbana, MO, was raised in Chula, MO. She was united in marriage to John Edde on August 27, 1957 in Kansas City, MO and they were happily married for 52 years until his passing. She was later united in marriage to Joe Robison on February 16, 2014 in Polo, MO. Joe preceded her in death by only a few  hours.  A woman of faith and Baptist at heart, Helen passionately shared the good news of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She supported various ministries such as Feed the Children and Amazing Comfort Ministries. Helen went on two mission trips to Honduras, the first when she was 81 years old.  She also helped out in Joplin after the tornado in May of 2011. She loved playing cards, reading and traveling. She visited all 50 states and cruised various Caribbean islands. Helen was a fan of both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.
    Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John Edde and Joe Robison; two brothers, Arthur Junior Johnson and Bobbie Johnson; and one sister,  Reta Etherton. She is survived by her son, Paul Molloy; her daughter, Mary (Brain) Snodderly; two brothers, Donald (Brooksie) Johnson, and Troy (Lynn) Johnson; two sisters, Mary (Lawrence) Bridges and Donna  (Lee ) Hannah; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren and her beloved dog Dolly. She also leaves a host of many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
    Cremation rites have been accorded by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.


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HAZEL IRENE CLASPILL
    Hazel Irene Claspill, a long time resident of Dallas County passed away Monday, the 16th of January at CMH Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri at the age of 74.  She was born the 27th of August 1942, in Springfield Missouri the daughter of Edgar and Mary (Phinney) Heath.
    She is survived by her son Erwin Claspill, of the home; her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Barry Maddux of Long Lane, MO;  2 granddaughters  Lori Lea Warfel and husband Todd of Buffalo, MO and  Rebecca Ann Rash and husband Casey of Buffalo, MO; 5 great-grandchildren, Maghan Nicole, Samantha Jayne, Maddux Elaine Irene, Jace Allen and, Makenna Ann; 2 brothers, James Phinney of Rogersville, MO and Bill Heath of Willard, MO; and a host of family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband James Claspill; one grandchild, Krista Ann Maddux; a sister and 2 brothers. 
    Hazel devoted her life to her husband, son and family. She loved her family and built her life around them. She also had passion for taking care of others. She retired after more than 20 years from the Dallas County School District where she had served many a young child a warm meal. She was a kind, loving lady who always put others before herself.   She was saved at a young age and was a member of the London Smoke Baptist Church. Hazel, James and Erwin were faithful for many years to the Democratic Party in Dallas County.  She loved to garden, embroider, bake, fish and visit with her neighbors, friends and family, all who loved and cherished the good woman that she was.
    Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 with James Arthur Maddux officiating in the Riverview-Sweaney Cemetery, Buffalo, MO. Escorts will be Todd Warfel, Casey Rash, Randy Phinney, John Phinney, Ian Heath, and Carl Witt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Strickland, Roger Jasper, and Ray Witt. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Cantlon Otterness Chapel, Buffalo.


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BRITTNI MICHELLE LAWRENCE
    Brittni Michelle (Killian) Lawrence, daughter of Warren and Nicki (Williams) Killian, was born on January 4, 1990 in Springfield, MO, and departed this life on January 16, 2017.  At the time of her passing she was 27 years and 11 days of age.
     Brittni was reared and attended school in Buffalo and Long Lane, Missouri. 
     Brittni was preceded in death by her husband, Dann Lawrence.  She is survived by her daughter, Aubrey Smith of the home; her parents, Warren and Nicki Killian; step-brother, Jamie Killian of Buffalo, MO; and step-sister, Charity of Springfield, MO. She also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss her.
    Cremation rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.


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MILDRED DARR
   Mildred Irene (Hobson) Darr, 92, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles, MO.
    Mildred was born January 25, 1924 in Venus, Nebraska to Charles and Minnie (Grosse) Hobson.  She took normal training in high school and got her teaching certificate in 1942.  Mildred taught in rural schools for four years.  She left teaching to marry Howard E. Darr on March 1, 1946 in Creighton, Nebraska.  She and Howard farmed in Nebraska until 1956 when they moved to California.  They returned to Nebraska in 1960, where Mildred owned and operated Westside Café in Verdigre, Nebraska.  In 1973 they moved to Minnesota where she managed the kitchen at a turkey processing plant.  In 1978 they moved to Urbana, Missouri, where she and Howard owned and operated the Maple Heights Motel until their retirement. Mildred enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was also a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.
    Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Howard; her parents; and one sister, Frances Hughes.  She is survived by three sons, Dennis (Bonnie) Darr of Flagstaff, AZ, Michael Darr (Bradford Trenary) of Vashon, WA, and Warren (Lorie) Darr of Bellevue, WA; one daughter, Pamela (Gary) Lindsey of Russellville, MO; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves other family members and friends who will all truly miss her.
    Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jeff Cole officiating.  Cremation rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.


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MARILYN JUNE BERTINO
    Marilyn June Bertino, daughter of the late Louis “Joe” and Margaret (Zuraff), Blue was born on April 8, 1936 in Sioux City, IA and departed this life on January 24, 2017 in Buffalo, MO. At the time of her passing she was 80 years, 9 months and 17 days of age.
    Marilyn was born in Sioux City, IA, moved to Tunas, MO, Omaha, NE, and then back to Iowa where she graduated from high school. She worked For St. Vincent Hospital for X-ray training in Sioux City and graduated in 1956. On November 17, 1956 she was united in marriage to John Bertino Sr. and to this union 6 children were born, 5 whom survive her. Together they made their home in Nebraska where she worked at three different hospitals. She then took a temporary job at a VA hospital and ended up staying for 14 years. She then went to school to learn how to make cakes and would make wedding cakes for all of her children and family. She went to work at Creighton Clinic as an X-ray tech in 1990 until she retired in 1997 and moved to Missouri in 2000. She loved to crochet, do word searches and was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church.
    Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Katherine Bertino; and one brother, Delbert Blue. She is survived by her husband, John Bertino; four sons, John (Jennifer) Bertino, Michael (Rosemary) Bertino, Thomas Bertino and Richard (Heather) Bertino; one daughter, Maria Bertino; one brother, Jim(Joan) Blue; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. She also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
    A memorial service will be announced on a later date. Cremation rites were accorded by the Cantlon Otterness funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made out to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Alzheimer’s association or donor’s favorite charity.


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ERNIE LEE HAMILTON MAYFIELD
    Ernie Lee Mayfield, passed from this life into eternal rest with the Lord at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri on January 30, 2017.
    Born to Baylos and Lessie Mayfield on April 29, 1920, he was a loving dad, devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a gifted craftsman and carpenter, along with owning a dairy and cattle farm. As a career he helped build numerous houses in Greene, Dallas and Polk Counties and was a meticulous finish carpenter. His final project that he was privileged to help with was to build a new worship sanctuary for Rock Prairie Missionary Church. He was a born-again believer and was an active member at Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist Church. Ernie was gifted with a beautiful tenor voice and during his late teens and early twenties sang in Kansas City with his sister, uncle and cousin. He was member of the Dallas County and Hasten school boards, before Hasten became a part of Buffalo schools, for 19 years; earning the Eagle Award from the school board. While working two jobs, he always made time to sit with members of the community who were in need of care. He was a man of strength and courage who had a kind streak that was evident Jewell contracted Parkinson’s Disease and Ernie cared for her without complaint for 15 years before her passing.
    Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Baylos and Lessie Mayfield; his wife of 62 years, Jewell Evelyn; his son, Howard Mayfield; and his sister Clella (Lloyd) Patterson.  He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn (Dr. Larry) Shields of Springfield, MO; one son, Stanley (Suzanne) Mayfield and their daughters, Brooke & Isabella. He also leaves a host of friends and family who will all truly miss him.
    Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Donald Lane officiating. Escorts will be Marty Garrison, Mike Choate, Robert McMillan, Gary Warren, Ron Hale and  Don Morgans. Visitation will be 10:00 Thursday at the church prior to the service. Music will be performed by the Church Choir, accompanied by Louise Dukes. Interment will be held In Rock Prairie Cemetery in Buffalo, MO. The family wants to thank the staff at Colonial Springs Care Center for their many years of care for Ernie.


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ROBERT L. DODD
    Robert L. Dodd of Louisburg, Missouri passed away on January 30, 2017 at the Northwood Hills Care Center, Humansville, Missouri. He was 76 years of age. Service details will be announced by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.


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MAMIE RUTH CARTER
   Mamie Ruth Carter, daughter of the late Claude & Lucy (McCoy) Patterson, was born on May 27, 1930 in Nemo, MO and departed this life on January 31, 2017 at Hermitage Nursing and Rehab in Hermitage, MO. At the time of her passing she was 86 years, 8 months and 4 days of age.
   Mamie was born and raised in Nemo, MO and graduated from Hermitage High School in 1947. She was saved in a revival meeting held by Rev. Jim Wright at the age of 13 years old in 1943. She joined the church and was baptized into Nemo-Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on September 22, 1943 and remained a member until her passing. Mamie enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She was united in marriage to Donald Carter on June 3, 1950 and lived in Kansas City, MO for nearly 3 years before coming back to the farm. To this union two sons were born, both whom survive her.
    Mamie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Carter; and one brother, Carl Patterson. She is survived by her two sons, Mike & wife Bonnie Carter of Urbana, MO and David & wife Deanna Carter of Pittsburg, MO; one sister, Rosalee & husband Les Taylor of Springfield, MO; four grandchildren, Kenny & wife Mary Carter, Brent & wife Shannon Carter, Monica & husband Luke Whitney and Blaine & wife Christina Carter; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Brenda Howard of Cross Timbers, MO. She also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
    Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Donnie Lightfoot officiating. Escorts will be Greg Taylor, Donnie Lipe, Darrell Howard, Teddy McCarty, Jason Darby and Darren Newman. Honorary Escorts will be Kenny Carter, Brent Carter, Blaine Carter and Luke Whitney. Interment will be in the Nemo Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana. Memorial Contributions may be made out to the Nemo Cemetery and left with the funeral home.


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