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Obituaries for the week of Sept. 26, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Brenda Anne Eskew, 60, of rural Middletown, passed away peacefully  Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her family. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, educator and friend to many, lost her battle to cancer after a short time.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.  Rev. Jamie Franke officiated. Burial was held in the Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown.

Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at the funeral home.

Brenda was born Sept. 6, 1952, in Mexico, a daughter of Bobby Eugene and Clementine Kisor Utterback.

On June 4, 1971, at the First Christian Church in Vandalia, by Rev. Glenn Vernon, she married Daryl Dean Eskew. They have lived at their present home since 1978.

Brenda was a 1970 graduate of Bowling Green High School. She graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville with a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Home Economics in 1974. She started working for Montgomery County R-II School as a Vocational Home Economics Teacher from 1974-1978 and 1979-1980. She then worked for the Bowling Green R-1 School as a Vocational Home Economics Teacher from 1980-1985. Brenda completed her Master’s in Education in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1986. From 1986-1989, she worked for Van-Far R-1 School as a Jr./Sr. High School Counselor. Brenda then began employment with Bowling Green R-1 School as a High School Counselor from 1989-2009. Most recently, she had worked at Youth in Need Head Start/Early Head Start in Montgomery City as a home visitor and a substitute teacher for Central Missouri Community Action Head Start in Mexico and Community R-6.

She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri National Education Association, Missouri School Counselor Association, American Counselor Association and the Missouri Home Economics Association.

Brenda was a member of Vandalia First Christian Church for over 50 years. She was a very active member, where she had taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, assisted with “Wee Worship” and in the church nursery. Brenda had also served on the board for Sonlight Daycare and on the Pulpit Committee.

Brenda loved sewing, needle point and embroidery. She also enjoyed baking, cooking and swimming in her pool. Her pride and joy was making memories and spending time with her kids and grandkids. She was very devoted to her family and her church.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Daryl Dean Eskew, of the home in Middletown; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan Elliot and Elecia Eskew, of Mexico, Justin Craig and Tara Eskew, of Bowling Green and Jordan Ross Eskew and fiancé, Danielle Barnett, of Mexico; grandchildren, Jace Perry Eskew and Avery Jade Eskew, both of Bowling Green and Eva Destinee Hendren and Bodhi Dean Eskew, both of Mexico; brother, Robert LaVerne Utterback, of Middletown; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly Kay and David McConnell, of Middletown; in addition to nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Clem Utterback; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mervin and Geneva Eskew and grandparents, Willard and Clemma Lee Kisor and Vernie and Ruby Utterback.

Serving as pallbearers were Corrie Gaston, Cale Utterback, Andrew McDannold, Kyle Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Krystal DeTienne and Rex Moore.  Honorary pallbearer was Sarah McDannold.

Memorials are suggested to Brenda Eskew Scholarship Fund or the Pike County Relay for Life c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Missouri 63384.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at


Charles R. (Bob) Baker, age 76, of Bowling Green passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with John Veach officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Millwood.  Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 21, 1936, in St. Louis, the son of Chauncey Byren and Elizabeth Irene Peery Baker.  Survivors include sisters Opal Stotler of Vandalia, Mae Carr of Bowling Green and Katie Marie Marsh of Bowling Green; sister-in-law Marie Baker of Curryville; brother-in-law Bob Baskett; nephew Jerry Moore of Bowling Green and a special friend Alex Baduqui of the state of Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Melvin Baker, David Henry Baker in infancy; sisters Lola Moore, Davalene Baker in infancy and Mary Helen Baskett; brother-in-laws J. W. Stotler, Willard Moore, John Ed Carr and Sam Marsh.

Mr. Baker lived most of his life in Pike County.  He enjoyed collecting model cars and coins, listening to Cardinal ballgames and listening to police scanner.  He was a Christian by faith.

Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Baker, Byren Baskett, Billy Joe Stotler, Jerry Moore, Mike Schulz and Jim Hubert.

Memorials may be made to Pike Pioneers or St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Condolences may be left at


Jo-Ann L. Eisenbeis, age 75, of Troy passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at her home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Millwood with Fr. Charles Tichacek officiating.

Burial was in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Silex.

She was born March 3, 1937 in St. Louis, the daughter of Roy and Lois Harrington McCreary.  On June 23, 1956 in Jennings, she married Bob Eisenbeis.  He survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Gary Eisenbeis and Steven Eisenbeis both of Troy; one daughter Debra Stout (David) of Silex; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers Richard McCreary (Sandra) of Troy, James McCreary of the state of Florida; one sister Karin Pentz (Robert) of Hillsboro and one daughter in law Tina Eisenbeis of Bowling Green.  She was preceded in death by one son John Eisenbeis and one brother Leroy McCreary.

Mrs. Eisenbeis lived in St. Louis until the age of 13.  She then moved to Hillsboro where she lived until her marriage.   She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 2009 auxiliary member and a member of the Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club.  She volunteered at church functions, the Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts of America and at the Lincoln County Council Division of Aging Meals on Wheels.

Mrs. Eisenbeis enjoyed making ceramics and in her younger years she enjoyed bowling.  She loved reading, country living and music, visiting with her family and friends and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Steven Eisenbeis, Gary Eisenbeis, David Stout, Steven Vodohosky, Robby Brake and John Hocking.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left



Funeral services for Mr. Howard Rose, Jr., 76, of Paynesville, Mo., will be held at Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Melvin Davis will officiate. Visitation will be held at Collier Funeral Home Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Mo. Howard passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana.

Howard was bom Sept. 29, 1935 in Paynesville, Mo. to Floyd Rose and Annie Wolfe.

He is survived by two daughters; Peggy Powell and Paula (Gary) Richardson both of Louisiana, Mo., Three sons; John Mark Powell of Clarksville, Mo., Paul (Karen) Powell of Eolia, Mo. and Jeremy Lamont (Julie) Davis of Paynesville, Mo. One sister; Anna Lee Wyatt of Wentzville, Mo., Two granddaughters; Kassiana Richardson and Bessie Hunter, One grandson; Zachary Richardson and nephew, Romel Wyatt, and niece, Myra Wyatt and numerous cousins.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Leslie Rose, and his companion, Doris Davis.

Howard was a Union laborer and also worked for several farmers in the area.

He attended the Lincoln School in Louisiana, Mo.

Howard was a member of the Bethal AME Church in Paynesville, Mo.

Honorary pallbearers are; Alfonzo Webb, Hurley Conway, Fred Flagg, Ogarlan Davis, William Powell and Carl Starks. Active pallbearers are: Paul Powell, Gary Richardson, Darrell Chatnan, D. J. Starks, Kevin Scott and Ronnie Redd.

Memorials may be given to the Bethal ANM Church in Paynesville, Mo., in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.



Robert Joseph Ellis, 44, of Sullivan, formerly of Quincy, Ill., passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Frankford Cemetery. Family will be gathering at 1 p.m. that day at the home of Glenn and Roseann Ruby’s at 408 King St. in Frankford.

Robert was a son of the late Zola F. Ruby of Frankford and Robert L. Ellis of Waco, Texas.

Survivors are Robert’s life partner, Steve Ramer of Sullivan; five sisters, Linda Bock, of LaGrange, Donna White, of Ewing, Barbra Peters, of Wolfcreek, Mont., Sandy Wemhoener, of Quincy, Ill., and Loretta Tournear, of Hannibal; and three brothers, Mike Smith, of Ewing, David Smith, of Taylor, and Lee Ellis, of Independence; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and friends.