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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 22, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

James Walter Kerr, 92, of Fayette, passed away Aug. 14, 2012 at the Fayette Caring Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17 at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Allen Tippett and Rev. Clay DeWoody officiating.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors was followed at Siloam Cemetery in New Hartford.

Mr. Kerr was born Oct. 30, 1919 in Ashley, the son of Walter Carter and Frances Smith Kerr.  He married Hazel Marie Gray on Nov. 7, 1945 in Bowling Green.

Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii.

He attended the Rolla School of Mines where he studied electrical engineering.  Professionally he was employed with IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for over 20 years.  Later he and Hazel owned and operated United Rent Alls for 17 years also in Poughkeepsie. Upon retirement, in the early 1980’s Jim and Hazel moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., where they made their home for several years.  Jim and Hazel have resided in Fayette since 2001 to be near family.

Mr. Kerr was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Fayette.  After he retired he studied Horology (clock repair and restoration) in Quincy, Ill., and enjoyed working on and restoring antique clocks.  Jim had also been a licensed pilot and had built an airplane.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Hazel Kerr of Fayette.  Also surviving are his sisters-in-law and brother in law, Helen Gray, Richard Gray, Dorothy Dougherty, Frances Wurtz, Gladys Wisehan and Nell Wisehan; 15 nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Siloam Cemetery Association in care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 210, Fayette, MO 65248.

Graveside services for Robert Eugene Fowler, 54, of Rockport, Ill., formerly of Louisiana, were held Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana. The Rev. Randall Cone officiated. Mr. Fowler passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana.

He was born April 30, 1958 in Louisiana to Paul and Peggy Reneau Fowler.

He is survived by two brothers, Tom Fowler of Louisiana and Steven Paul Fowler.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Fowler who passed away Dec. 24, 1972, and his mother, Peggy Reneau Fowler Camara who passed away Jan. 11, 2004.

He and his brother, Tom, co-owned the Fowler Lumber Company in Louisiana.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting in his past time.

Pallbearers were Randall Borrowman, Larry Cress, Jack Alexander, Gary Wombles, Tom Weisenborn and Albert Rendlen.


Melvin Earl Barnes, 81, of St. Peters, formerly of Clarksville, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Collier Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Mehlig of Mid Rivers Calvary Church in St. Peters officiating assisted by the Rev. Randall Cone of Louisiana. Burial and graveside services followed at 2:30 p.m. at the Montgomery City Cemetery.

Mr. Barnes was born July 9, 1931 to Fred McKinley Barnes and Pinky Mildred Atterberry Barnes in a log cabin in Audrian County. After being raised on a farm in Montgomery City and graduating from Montgomery City School system, he earned a bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Missouri Columbia and began his career as a teacher in August 1949. He began his 57-year teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse near Hermann. He later moved on to teach in Montgomery City, Bellflower, New Florence, Jonesburg, Louisiana, and Clarksville. Most recently he taught continuing education classes and children’s art camp at St. Charles Community College and gave private art lessons.

He married Joann Adams of Delaware in 1963 in Montgomery City. He is survived by his wife Joann; daughter, Melfreya Findley and husband, Thomas, and granddaughter, Kira Lynn, of O’Fallon; two nieces, Linda Smith and husband, Sam, and their two daughters, Laura and Rachel, all of Irvington Ill., and Lisa Knipfel and husband, Kevin, and their children, Ryan and Kayla, all of Jonesburg; and first cousins, Ruth Penn and Ralph Atterberry, both of Montgomery City.

He was proceeded in death by his mother; father; brother. Marvin, and his wife, Jeanette.

Mr. Barnes was well known for his artistic abilities and has painted many murals for theatrical productions in Clarksville, Louisiana, St. Louis, and for the Clarksville River Museum. He served several years as president of the Missouri Art Teachers Association and executive secretary of the National Art Teachers Association. He previously served as an elder and a deacon at both the Louisiana Christian Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Louisiana. Mr. Barnes and his wife attend Mid Rivers Calvary Church in St. Peters and are members of the small church group, “Care Group,” which is a prayer and social group. They are also members of the the St. Charles Pachyderm Club.

Mr. Barnes lived life to the fullest by teaching and helping students, spending time with his wife, daughter, and especially his beloved granddaughter, Kira, and he loved antiquing with his friends.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or Mid Rivers Calvary Church 50th anniversary fund.

James F Hoaglin, 88, of Louisiana was surrounded by loved ones as he went to see the angels at DePaul Hospital in St Louis on Aug. 13, 2012. Mr. Hoaglin has been cremated and there will be no services or memorial upon his request.

He was born in Louisiana to William Clifford Hoaglin and Dora Mae Carpenter. He was married to Lydia E Harrison on Aug. 9, 1947.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia; daughter, Helen Sisco and husband, Herbert, and son, Bill Hoaglin and wife, Kay, all of Louisiana; two sisters, June Niffen of Louisiana and Georganna Wineland of Hot Springs, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Traynor; his parents; two sisters; and one brother.

Mr. Hoaglin served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He also worked for the City of Louisiana for 40 years as well as beekeeping for 47 years. He was an avid photographer, deer hunter, reader, gardener and bird watcher. He recorded the purple martins and hummingbirds arrival each spring and it was recorded in the purple martin magazine of Griggsville, Ill. (Purple Martin Capital). He was on the board of the eight mile road district and a member of the Buffalo Township Fire Department for 25 years. He worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a creel clerk and was also featured in the Missouri  Conservation magazine titled “Island Game” in 1991. He shot more than 100 squirrels a season and recorded it with the Conservation by keeping their tails. He was a lifetime member of VFW and American Legion. He was also a good standing member of the Elks.

Memorials may be made to Collier Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Dorothy Marie Miller, 83, of Louisiana were held Saturday, Aug. 18 at the River-view Cemetery in Louisiana. Robert Rue officiated. Mrs. Miller passed away at her home Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

She was born June 15, 1929 in Louisiana to George W. Shade and Annie Niffen Shade.

She married Gene S. Miller in January 1946 and he preceded her in death Feb. 6, 1997.

She is survived by two sons, Gene Richard “Dick” Miller and wife, Betty, and Frederick Daniel “Danny” Miller and wife, Bella, both of Louisiana; three daughters, Patty Hansen and husband, John, of Hannibal, Diane Ferree and husband, Pat, and Tammy Hurshman and husband, Ron, all of Louisiana; grandchildren, Michelle Benten, Richie Miller, Brent Miller, Teresa Woods, Rob Wilson, Tina Harper, Tracy Wilson, Scott Miller, Jimmy Miller, Dawn Hurd, Tara Young, Sarah Ferree, Andrea Ferree, Beth Hadfield, Makenzie Hurshman and Mallorie Hur-shman; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Frances Shade of Louisiana; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Miller and Delmar Miller, both of Jerseyville, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Dixie Lee Miller Lindsey; two sisters, Urma Brown and Juanita Rue; six brothers, George Shade, Everett Shade, Harvey Shade, Ernie Shade, Orville Shade and James “Pete” Shade.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Nightingale Chapter 117, Louisiana Elkettes and the V.F.W.

She loved to go fishing, play bingo, cook and most of all to be with her family and grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother and friend. The family was truly blessed to have her for so many years. She will be deeply missed by her family.

Pallbearers were Richie Miller, Brent Miller, Rob Wilson, Trevor Kesller, Scott Miller and Jimmy Miller.

Memorials may be given to Pike County Home Health and Hospice in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.