Jul 01, 1945 - Nov 06, 2023
Charles Edward Hedrick
Mar 01, 1934 - Feb 20, 2024
CHARLES EDWARD HEDRICK OBITUARY March 1, 1934 – February 20, 2024Charles Edward “Chuck” Hedrick, 89, Billings, passed away on February 20, 2024, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 1, 1934, in Camdenton, the son of Walter Franklin, Sr. and Mary Ione (Potter) Hedrick. At a young age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior being baptized at New Home Baptist Church. He graduated from Camdenton High School. He moved to Springfield in November, 1952, and began a decades-long career at the Springfield News Leader, remaining there until his retirement. A talented musician, Chuck began playing steel guitar in 1958, playing in a couple of different bands. He played until 1963 when he became interested in raising, training, and showing Appaloosa horses. In 1969, he “got real serious” about showing horses. In 1971, Chuck had the Missouri State champion halter horse. In 1974, this horse was Champion-Aged Stallion in Colorado and Wyoming. During this time, Chuck also found a love of golf.In 1987, Chuck’s wife, Shirley, bought him another steel guitar and reenergized his interest in playing. From that point on, he remained involved in music, playing and singing with a gospel band, the Southern Harmony Brothers, and sitting in with various other bands and musicians playing country and gospel music around the area. Chuck loved his family beyond measure. While he will be greatly missed, he will be remembered for his silly antics, corny jokes, love of all things sweet especially chocolate and ice cream—and his over-the-top passion for Christmas lights and the displays he would prepare for all year. He leaves a legacy of unconditional love and support of his family and friends, zest for life, and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Shirley (Lambeth) Hedrick; 3 daughters, Pam (Jimmy) Lowe of Nashville, TN; Robin (Brian) Blackstock of Billings; and Kelly (Greg) Harter of Billings; 3 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and his pets which he affectionately called “the kitty-babies.” Chuck’s family extends heart-felt gratitude to the many people who offered their love, prayers, care, and concern to make Chuck’s journey to heaven a peaceful, beautiful transition.Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at IOOF Cemetery in Marionville, officiated by David and Denise Hampton, under the care of Meadors Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Watching Over Whiskers Animal Rescue, 3014 E. Sunshine #E, Springfield, MO, 65804, http://www.watchingoverwhiskers.org/ or Seasons Hospice, 1831 W. Melville Road, Springfield, MO 65803, https://springfieldhospice.com/donate/ .
Lucy Marie Mitchell
May 30, 1935 - Feb 18, 2024
Lucy Marie Mitchell, of Billings, MO, went home to be with her Lord, with her loving family by her side, on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Lucy was 88 years old. She was born on May 30, 1935, in Ponca City, Oklahoma to William and Euphamia (Livingston) Lowen. Lucy was one of four children in the home, and the only daughter.She graduated from High School in Ponca City, Oklahoma and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University. On June 03, 1955, she married Jimmy “JD” Mitchell, and this union was blessed with three sons, Kevin, Bradley and Mike. Lucy worked as a 1st grade teacher with the public school system in Belle, MO, until her retirement.Lucy loved to cook, especially for her family and grandchildren, and you would never leave her home hungry. She was a big sports fan, especially OSU and Republic football. When her children, and then grandchildren, were active in sports, Lucy was right there to support them and cheer them on. Her love for family extended to her church family at Meadowview Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years.She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 65 years, “JD”, son, Kevin Mitchell, and her three brothers William “Bill”, Jack and Joseph Lowen.Lucy is survived by her sons, Bradley Mitchell, of Galveston, TX and Mike Mitchell, of Republic, MO, grandchildren, Blaire and Jason St. John, of Lee Summit, MO, Brandon and Stacie Mitchell of Colorado, and Drew, Tanner, and Cam Mitchell, all of Republic, MO; great grandchildren: Bentley, Lawson, and Bristol St. John, of Lee Summit, MO, and Stetson and Colter Mitchell of Republic, MO, as well as other extended family and friends.A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor Joshua Mathews officiating.
James Darrell Groves
Oct 01, 1949 - Jan 22, 2024
James Darrell Groves, age74, of Billings, Missouri passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on January 22, 2024. He was born in Springfield, Missouri at Burge Hospital October 1, 1949. Darrell was the youngest of two children in the home. He spent his early childhood in Springfield until moving to the family farm in 1954. As children, Darrell and Lonnie enjoyed taking fireworks out to the field to blow up cow patties with their dog. The dog would stick his nose close to the pile and would end up covered in the poop. Darrell attended Billings school until he graduated in 1967. As adults, Lonnie and Darrell shared many memories farming. One memory was the night in the calving barn where Lonnie told Darrell he was going to take the knife away like the night before while watching a John Wayne movie. Well, that ended up with Lonnie being stabbed. He met the love of his life on the farm when cousin Nancy brought her friend from nursing school for a visit. Judy became a permanent fixture at the farm, and the couple married a year later on August 15,1970. They celebrated 52 wonderful years together. They were the proud parents of Jennifer and Jeremy. Darrell farmed with his mom, Emma, and brother Lonnie and nephews, Todd and Brad until 2013.He was still eager to work, so he went through Penmac and was later hired full time at White Chapel Cemetery for the next three to four years. Darrell loved working at the cemetery. He found a new love for maintenance and groundskeeping, which proved to be very helpful during a very difficult time with the loss of his mother, and both of his children only four months apart. He grieved but found a great sense of peace during his time mowing and maintaining the grounds where his family lay in rest. One day while on the mower, the Lord appeared before him and told him that he had both of his children safe in his arms. This provided great comfort. He loved to garden and was very good at it. If you knew Darrell, you definitely enjoyed the many vegetables from his hard work. Darrell was very loving and giving to anyone he was surrounded by. You not only got to know more about him, but he would have you listening to one of his many stories whether it was about a movie or a game where he was sure to tell you the highlights and have you chuckling out loud. Family meant everything to Darrell! He loved going to church and serving the Lord, but he also loved his grandson, Jimmy Jo. He loved Jimmy Jo so much that the two lived together, they shared life together, every project together, and they even built many bonfires out in the backyard fort. His love and friendship was felt far and wide which will continue to be felt as the days go on. Darrell is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Emma Groves, his children Jennifer Stanley and Jeremy Groves, and his forever beloved wife, Judy Groves. Darrell is survived by his grandson, Jimmy Jo Yarberry and brother, Lonnie Groves, as well as numerous family and friends.A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 12:30 PM at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Aug 07, 1933 - Dec 27, 2023
James “Jim” Laban, of Billings, MO, went home to be with his Lord, peacefully, on December 27, 2023, at 90 years old. He was born in New York, New York on August 07, 1933, to Henry and Lillian (Taborsky) and was one of three children.He graduated from Long Island City High School then served in the US Army. While he was stationed in Germany, he met the love of his life Ursula Rimkus. She spoke no English and he spoke no German, but they knew the moment they met they would be married. In 1959, Jim and Ursula were married in Germany. They were blessed with two children, Robert, and Anneliese. Upon returning to the states, Jim started his career with American Airlines where he worked until his retirement in 1995. Jim loved boating, deep-sea fishing and mowing his lawn. Jim was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Billings and St. Bernadette’s in North Carolina.He is preceded in death by his parents and both siblings.Jim is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ursula, son Robert (Ann) Laban, daughter Anneliese (Joseph) Reeves, grandchildren: Robert (Katelyn) Laban Jr. , Sara (Derek) Hotchkiss , Nicholas (Nichelle) Reeves, and Alexandra Reeves, as well as 4 great-grandchildren.A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 04, 2024, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Billings. Burial will take place at 2p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Rhonda Renee Harry
Mar 07, 1969 - Dec 21, 2023
Rhonda Renee Harry, age 54 died suddenly in her home on December 21, 2023. Rhonda Harry was born in Springfield, MO to Harvey Lee Medlin and Peggy Louise Harris, Medlin, on March 7, 1969. Rhonda is survived by her husband of 28 years Shane Harry (Poppy); son: Joshua Harry; daughters: Amanda Medlin and Megan Harry; three grandchildren: Dakota, Jase and Celeste; her parents, four sisters and many loving others. Rhonda was full of memories of her sisters Deborah Medlin Seibert, Julie Medlin Dawson, Rebecca Medlin Daugherty, and Kristi Medlin Syring and many stories of getting into trouble with cousins Lisa and Tricia. She grew up in a small town where many were related and most knew each other.After graduating from Hurley High School, Rhonda worked at a local garment factory with her mother and often told stories of being silly and of being happy there. She later worked in Branson as a housekeeper at a few hotels. For several years of her life, she was with Walmart saying she did “Pretty much everything but cashier”. Rhonda worked hard but never lost time for her friends or family.In 1988, Rhonda met Bobby Quick and became a mother in 1992 to Amanda Rachelle Medlin. Then in 1994, after being introduced by friends met Shane Harry and married on July 8, 1995. Rhonda was a truly wonderful, loving, caring wife and mother. Together, Rhonda and Shane had two children Joshua and Megan Harry. A life was built on love and trusting companionship. She kept the family in line with her strong will and stubborn attitude. In 2009, Rhonda became agrandmother to Dakota Gould who she often referred to as “her boy” or “son”, then a grandmother again in 2017, to Jase House, her called “a mess but her mess”. With life circumstances and an open heart, she was more than a traditional grandmother with almost a motherly role. In 2021 she was blessed with a granddaughter, Celeste Warner. Thislittle girl she called “Boo” was a joy and a wellspring of happiness. Always being the first to speak her opinion, she did not hold back if she felt you were in the wrong. For a tiny, usually 90 something pound frame of a lady, she was an enormously strong-willed woman. She knew the importance of love and understood that happiness was not what you had but how you lived. She loved to talk on the phone to keep up with the lives of family and friends and maybe the local gossip too. She would be quick to drop her plans if someone important to her needed something. She cared and worried about her sisters and parents. She loved her husband, children and grandchildren with all her heart.Early in life Rhonda loved to go dancing and listen to music. She liked county music, jazz and some classic 80’s rock. Rhonda had a passion for gardening. She loved planting vegetables and all kinds of flowers. She hated pulling weeds or picking out rocks. She loved little knickknacks and birdhouses. For over 20 years she had a small decorative fishpond with a fountain that she would plant elephant ears and other plants around. She enjoyed collecting eggs from her chickens and setting outside. She loved to fish with worms on the bank of a river and just pass the time. She liked to hold hands and snuggle.Rhonda was open and loving and strong. She took on a lot in her life and sometimes struggled. She liked to wear rings but little makeup. She had so many clothes but never liked to shop for herself. She wore socks to bed and had her favorite blanket and feather pillow. She crossed her legs on the couch and sat on a beanbag chair upstairs. Rhonda liked a kitchen to smell like scented candles and not bleach. She liked her laundry to smell like Snuggle fabric softener and not just Tide. She likedher turkey cooked in a bag and served with mashed potatoes more than stuffing. She loved cooking with her daughters and son and did not mind if a mess was made. If you did something stupid around her, she would stop and just give you “that look” and you knew to behave.Rhonda knew God and had her own relationship with Jesus Christ. Although much too soon, she was not afraid of passing when her time came. At times of stress and anxiety she found comfort in the promises of the bible. Found bookmarked by her in a little book she owned called GODS INSPIRATIONAL PROMISE BOOK: The LORD hears good people when they cry out to him, and he saves them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the broken hearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed. Psalm 34:17-18. God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5Rhonda will be forever loved and missed by those around her. She will be fondly and lovingly talked about. Sometimes funny memories will be mentioned, and this is all a good thing. Hearts will be broken out of pure love for her and the remembrance of the love and devotion she had for her family and loved ones. Please remember the last quote in her little pocket size book:Father, we are glad to follow Christ. We have died to delf. The life that we possess now is the life to come, not the life on this earth. With joy we look forward to all of eternity with you!”Honey, Mom, Noni I love you.See you later. Love you bye.
Aug 28, 1950 - Dec 05, 2023
Spencer Joe Bowman (Red), 73 of Billings, MO passed away peacefully, with his wife and sister by his side, 11/29/2023 from Alzheimer's. He was born August 28, 1950 in Marionville, MO to Betty Lou Bowman and Billy Joe Bowman. Spencer was predeceased by his father Billy Joe Bowman and his mother Betty Lou Bowman. Spencer is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Ann Bowman nee Nickelson, his sister Alicia Kay Tyler nee Bowman and her husband David of Billings, niece Courtney Jo Tyler of Republic and nephew Aaron Eugene Tyler of Rogersville. Spencer graduated in 1968 from Central High School in Springfield, MO and was very active in sports. He was an avid hunter throughout his life and enjoyed playing softball and basketball. Later in life he took up the game of pickleball, watching the KC Chiefs and attending and participating in truck and car shows. He was in the National Guard for six years and was a commercial cabinet builder and farmer most of his life. Spencer's greatest joys in life were family, friends, helping others and farming. He was a loving and dedicated husband, brother and uncle. A Memorial Visitation to be held for friends and family, Friday, December 15, 2023, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Meadors Funeral Home - Billings Chapel, Billings, MO. It is requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers.
Jan 26, 1958 - Nov 28, 2023
Arthur Lee Perkins Jr was born January 26th, 1958, to Mary Margaret (Yont) Perkins and Arthur Lee Perkins Sr. He went to be with his Lord on November 22, 2023. Arthur was 65 years old. Together the family lived in Springfield, Missouri on South Campbell Street. To this day, Arthur has many friends he met in that neighborhood. He graduated from Kickapoo High School. Arthur worked at Springfield Ice and Cold Storage, where he made more lifelong friends. Arthur went on to work at Missouri Neon for 30 years until he retired. Arthur and Joetta Lynn (Sturdefant) united in marriage on October 23rd, 1982. They moved to Republic, Missouri in 1984. They have two sons. Kristopher Lee Perkins Senior, his wife Cessna and their three children, Krishtopher Jr, Lovaya and Curtis. Mathew Lewis Perkins, his wife Stephanie and their son Maverick. A sister Gayla, her husband Richard, one nephew and two nieces, three great nephews and an aunt, Anna Taylor and other extended family and countless friends. Arthur was an avid motorsports enthusiast. He loved drag racing, Nascar and any other adrenaline filled motorsports. He loved rock and roll music, always played full blast. He lived his life on the edge with one foot in the fire. From riding four wheelers with all his buddies like the wild man he was or the accelerator to the floor in whatever he was driving. Arthur went to be with the Lord November 22, 2023, He was an amazing friend, son, father and husband. He will always be loved, and he will be greatly missed.
Jul 01, 1945 - Nov 06, 2023
In Loving Memory of Jerry KraemerJerry Kraemer, born in Denver, Colorado on July 1, 1945, and left this world on November 5, 2023, at the age of 78, after a brief battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, leaving behind a legacy of love, warmth, and a magnetic personality that drew people to him. Jerry's journey began in Denver Colorado, where he spent his formative years with his parents, two brothers, and a sister. After completing high school, Jerry pursued higher education at Regis College, where he discovered a deep passion for playing Bridge. In 1965, Jerry's life took a significant turn when he was drafted during the Vietnam War. He dutifully answered the call of his nation and was stationed in Germany, where he served for two years. Upon returning home from his military service, Jerry embarked on a new chapter of his life when he began working at Gates Rubber Company. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Mary Jane Graesser. Their love story blossomed, and they were married in March of 1970. Together, they welcomed two daughters into their lives, Christine Dawn and Katherine Anne, forming a loving and close-knit family. In 1979, Jerry and Mary Jane made the adventurous decision to leave the bustling city life behind and relocated to Missouri. There, he partnered with his brother-in-law to establish Micro Graphic Services, a successful banking equipment supplier. On their small farm, they took on the task of raising baby calves, creating lasting memories on the countryside. After parting ways with Micrographic Services, Jerry found a new path at Clariant, where he worked as a chemical operator for 20 years. His dedication and work ethic left an indelible mark on the company, and he eventually retired in 2007. Throughout his life, Jerry's love for his family knew no bounds. He was a proud father to his two daughters, and his joy only multiplied as he became the patriarch of a growing family, including ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jerry's colorful and magnetic personality made him a central figure in the lives of those he loved. Among his many passions, Jerry's love for sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos, shone brightly. His enthusiasm for the games, whether they were victorious or faced challenges, was infectious, and he was often found in front of the TV, making sure that his cheers and jeers (mostly jeers) were heard by all. Jerry Kraemer's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. As we bid farewell to him, we celebrate the remarkable life of a man who will be remembered for his magnetic personality, boundless love, and the joy he brought into our lives. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Leo and Mary Dawn Kraemer and brother Denny. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jane, daughters Christy (Scott) Shoudis and Kathy Emerson, grandchildren; Megan (Shawn) Artz, Samantha (Caio) Alves, Matthew (Courtney) Hamilton, Sean Plaster, Hannah Emerson, Jackson Emerson, Pheobe Shoudis, Cole Shoudis, William Emerson, and Elizabeth Emerson. Great grandchildren; Jaxzon, Kayden, Lucca, and Raylee. Siblings Patrick (Val) Kraemer, Shannon (Jean Renee) Robinson, niece Mary (Jimmy) Frawley, nephew Cosmo Robinson as well as numerous extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, in Jerry's honor. A Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, November 09, 2023, from 5-7 p. m. at Meadors Funeral Home in Republic. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 10am with burial to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Clever. May Jerry rest in peace and may his passion for life and his love for family continue to inspire us all.
Aug 10, 1920 - Oct 20, 2023
Bunice Shellie Salchow James, of Billings, MO, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the age of 103. She was born on August 10, 1920, in Protem, MO, to Frank and Alma (Reynold) Ayres. Bunice and her family moved to Greene County when she was 5 years old, arriving on a covered wagon. She attended several schools, ending with her graduating from Republic High School. On September 03, 1938, she married the love of her life, James A. Salchow, and they shared 56 amazing years until his passing in September of 1994. Theis union was blessed with three children, Sue, James, and Paulette. Bunice was employed with various companies throughout her life. She worked for 23 years at Vaisey Bristol Shoe Company in Marionville, later she was employed by G. E Motor Division in Springfield until her retirement. She was a member of Orchard Crest Church, and she enjoyed going to flea markets, and pie making. She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands: James A. Salchow and Emanuel James, daughter Sue Vandergrift and a son James Don Salchow. Bunice is survived by a daughter, Paulette Phillips, daughter-in-law Linda Salchow, 7 grandchildren and numerous great and great great-grandchildren as well as other extended family and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 11 a. m. at Meadors Funeral Home in Billings with burial to follow at Smart Cemetery in Clever, MO.
Jan 11, 1939 - Oct 15, 2023
Diana Jo Rock January 11,1939 - October 13, 2023Diana entered her Savior's presence on October 13, 2023. She was a woman who fiercely loved her Lord, her family, friends and life. Her favorite scripture was John 14:1-3. Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it was not so, I would have told you. I go prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may also be. She was strong-willed which helped her live above her many trials in this life. She enjoyed music, gardening, sewing, cooking, horseback riding, her children's and grandchildren's activities, traveling, church ministries, water skiing, fishing, shopping and eating out. Despite having four young children she decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse, ultimately becoming her immediate family's first college graduate. Apart from hospital nursing, she also worked in a multi-physician family practice clinic and an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor's office. Her real love, however was being a hospice nurse. She was so loved by all of her patients and she loved them. She married her childhood sweetheart, Dan Rock at the age of 16 who lovingly cared for her through the entire 68 years of their marriage. She is survived by Dan and their four children, Sherry Buttram (Darrel), Darral Rock (Celia), Pam Johnson (John) and Robert Rock (Billie), seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, her sister Linda Burnett, and two step-brothers Ron and Steve Flowers. Preceding her in death were her parents Lebert and Iola Radford, and Helen and Lloyd Pennington, her brother Jerry Radford, her step-brother Frank Flowers and her great-granddaughter Justyce Johnson. The family sends special thanks to her Compassus Hospice Team. We couldn't have managed these last months without you. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Hospice Angels Compassus Living Foundation 503 N Euclid Ave. Bay City, MI 48706 or Convoy of Hope P O Box 1125 Springfield, MO 65801.