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James Elliott

Nov 10, 1927 - Nov 24, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"James Melvin (Jim) Elliott passed away Friday morning, November 24, 2023, at his home of 61 years near Excelsior, MO, a mile from the home place where he was born on November 10, 1927, to Alvin Louis Elliott and Melva Laura (Moser) Elliott. Jim was educated in country schools until his freshman year when he attended California High School while his parents tended an incapacitated uncle's farm. He completed the remaining years of his secondary education at Versailles High School, where he gradua...Read More

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Edwana May Barbara Remington

Sep 10, 1952 - Jan 28, 2024

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Versailles, MO

"Edwana “Eddie” May (Smith) Remington, passed away January 28, 2024, at home surrounded by her family and friends. Edwana was born September 10, 1952, the third of four children born to George and Della (Ortega) Smith. Her catholic baptismal name was Edwana May Barbara Smith given to her by her aunt. Although her family lived in Solvang, California, she was born in Lompoc, California. She grew up living on the beach and working the fields with her family. She met Tom Remington while working the tomato fields in California. They were married February 9, 1974. They raised two boys while traveling the United States. Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio and Montana were a few of the states they lived in. Versailles, Missouri finally became their home. Edwana not only worked in the fields, she also worked making surfboards. After raising her boys, she worked at Casey’s and Fasco. Edwana was a member of the First Baptist Church although she did enjoy attending the Second Baptist Church. She volunteered and served on the board for Food For Morgan County for over fourteen years. She also volunteered at the Morgan County Museum for several years. During the holidays, she could be found faithfully ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Walmart. In the summer, she would be at the Versailles City Pool every day. She was even known as the pool “mascot”. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and macrame. She loved the outdoors, beaches, sunshine and swimming. In her younger days, she was known as a, “surfer chic” and a, “hippy flower girl”. She is survived by her sons, Chris Smith and wife Wendy of Versailles, Missouri and Thomas Remington, Jr. and wife Leanna of Stover, Missouri; brother, Louis Odele Smith of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren, Courtney (Kenneth) Jensen, Aidan (Gracee) Jones, Gage (Angelique) Mayhew, Eli (Elizabeth) Jones, Paige (Chris) Donelson and Tristian Mayhew; ten great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters, Patricia Ann Smith and Sally George Smith and a nephew, Kenneth. She was a smiling face loved by so many and will be deeply missed. She was always there to help anyone in need. She especially loved her family and enjoyed the time she spent with them. A celebration of Edwana’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 5th, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Reverend Robert Ross officiating. Graveside services and inurnment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Morgan County Against Cancer, Food For Morgan County or the Morgan County Historical Society. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles."

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Wesley Martin Mathis

Jul 04, 1934 - Jan 21, 2024

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Versailles, MO

Wesley Martin Mathis passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024 at the Good Shepherd Adult Care Center, in Versailles, Mo. He had reached the age of 89. On March 16, 1956 he was united in marriage to Barbara Hughes. Barbara survives of Jefferson City. "Wes" was born at Redbird, Mo, Gasconade County, to Martin and Marie Emelia Scheel. He was baptized as a child in the Waverly M.E. church and was a born-again Christian. Wes was a longtime member of the Army National Guard. Above everything else, he loved his family and wife Barbara Jean Hughes. He provided so well for them as an underground coal miner, a vehicle mechanic, then as a supervisor for the General Motors car plant. He and his wife owned and operated the Park Lane Motel in Higginsville until Wes’s retirement. Wes and Barb retired to his boyhood farm in Redbird where they raised cattle and resided there for 23 years. They moved into the town of Bland, Mo. In Bland he had a wood-working shop where he made, by hand, many beautiful articles which included over 500 hand-made canes and walking sticks for family and friends. Wes was known for his generosity and was always helping and giving to those who needed him. He was kind and loving to all and will be greatly missed. In addition to his wife he is survived by their children, Brenda Schneider, and Wesley Mathis, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Dana Nolte

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Raymond Glenn Mitts

Feb 18, 1949 - Jan 04, 2024

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Versailles, MO

Raymond Glenn Mitts, 74, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles.The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery near Higginsville with military honors.

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Donita R. Lake

Oct 09, 1958 - Jan 03, 2024

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Versailles, MO

"Donita R. Lake, age 65, of Barnett, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. She was born October 9, 1958, in Sarasota, Florida, the daughter of Jay and Susie (Miller) Yoder. On March 19, 1988, at the Bethel Mennonite Church, she was united in marriage to her surviving husband, Mark Lake. She enjoyed putting puzzles together and watching her favorite television shows. Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them outdoors. Donita was a member of the Bethel Fellowship Church. In addition to her husband, Mark, she is survived by her sons, Brice Lake and wife Courtney of Barnett, Missouri and Charles Lake and fiancée Brandi Stone of Jefferson City, Missouri; grandchildren, Bailey Lake and Colby Lake; her parents, Jay and Susie Yoder of Versailles, Missouri; brothers, Terry Yoder and wife Iris of Greenwood, Missouri, Steve Yoder and wife Dee of Versailles, Missouri and Jason Yoder of Versailles, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Rick Yoder, a niece, Abigail Yoder and a nephew, J.J. Yoder. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 7th, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. A private family graveside service and interment will be held in the Yoder Family Cemetery in Versailles. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles."

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Roger Alfred Forck

Mar 26, 1952 - Dec 24, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"Roger Alfred Forck, age 71, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Good Shepherd Care Center, Versailles, Missouri. He was born March 26, 1952, in Jefferson City, Missouri, a son of Alfred B. and Rayma B. (Vanloo) Forck. Roger lived most of his adult life in Kansas. He moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in the spring of 2014, where he was the former owner of Hop and Go on Cup Tree Road north of Laurie, MO. He enjoyed motorcycles, riding for charity events and as an honor guard for fallen friends and veterans. His other love was horses. He owned several during his lifetime and worked on a horse ranch in Texas as a young adult and belonged to a trail riding group in Kansas. He worked until retirement as a machinist at Tension Envelope Company in Kansas City and was also an elected union representative to the Graphic Arts Union. He liked to fish and hunt and rebuild motorcycles. Survivors include a son, Brian Forck of Kansas City, Kansas; a friend, Marilyn Brenneman of the home in Gravois Mills, Missouri; his siblings, Joyce Grosko of Kansas City, Kansas, Daniel J. Forck of Hillsdale, Kansas, Stanley R. Forck of Hillsdale, Kansas and Laurie Jane Weyers of Overland Park, Kansas and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Naomi Forck. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles."

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Bonnie Louise Mathews (nee Koppitz)

Dec 30, 1943 - Dec 22, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"Mathews, Bonnie Louise (nee Koppitz) December 30, 1943 – December 22, 2023 Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, friend and the Crème De La Crème of Grannies! Allowing antics that never would have flown with her own daughters (ie: unmade beds, all day in pajamas and dogs on the bed!), Bonnie doted on her grandchildren, Courtney Middle, Ryan Middle, Coby Williams and Ryder Williams and supported them in EVERYTHING they sought to accomplish. Talk about hitting the Grannie Jackpot…… Mom (and Taskmaster) to Kim Mathews and Laura Piercy (nee Mathews) (Tony), Bonnie passed down many traits that would serve her daughters well as they entered adulthood (cooking wasn’t one of them, more on that later….). Forever a Girl Scout, Bonnie taught Kim \u0026amp; Laura to “always be prepared,” and instilled a hardworking attitude by requiring chores be done before fun. And, while not popular during the teenage years, the daily IBM card list of chores left on the kitchen counter was preparing Kim and Laura for Life, which is really just one big To Do List. We will be forever grateful, Mom!!! On August 13, 1966, Bonnie married her college sweetheart and dance partner-in-crime, Robert Joseph Mathews, Jr, who recently preceded her in death. In what might have been the greatest checkmate chess move of all-time, Bonnie “burnt” the jello/salad as a young bride which resulted in Bob taking over the family cooking duties for life. Well-played, Mom! She instead put her time to use with gardening and took great pride in receiving “Yard of the Month” sign often. Bonnie was a standout ballet and jazz dancer in her youth and while not a well-known fact, she had been accepted to the Julliard School of Dance! Wow! She also LOVED rock and roll and made driving the family’s wood-paneled station wagon cool by jamming out to the Doobie Brothers on the AM radio. It’s no wonder her daughters are always 1st on the dance floor! She was also a fierce field hockey competitor and was usually the loudest cheerleader on the sidelines of her daughter’s athletic endeavors. Lover of all things yellow and chocolate, Bonnie never met a chocolate martini she couldn’t finish and often defied wearing Cardinal Red and would instead opt for her signature yellow. This fashion choice, paired with her striking gray hair made her a beacon and easy to spot in crowds, which the family found came in handy at amusement parks and for hailing cabs! A lifelong lover of history, Bonnie could often be found at the Historical Society researching the family’s heritage and genealogy. As a result of her impressive research, she was able to confirm a Lewis \u0026amp; Clark Expedition participant in the family’s lineage! Awesome find, Mom! Bonnie always had her $h!t together and her daughters are still in awe of how she managed all that she did while they were growing up. She was one tough cookie and allergic to B.S., too! You could always count on Bonnie to tell it like it was which her daughters really came to appreciate! We will profoundly miss these hard truth talks with our Mom, but we take great comfort in knowing she’s reunited with Dad and they are dancing together again. WE LOVE YOU, MOM!!! A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, MO from 3:00-5:00 p.m. A second visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 29th at Valhalla Funeral Chapel (7600 St. Charles Rock Road, 63133) from 10:00-11a.m. with a ceremony following from 11:00 a.m. We would love to see you all for our mom’s final good-bye. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles."

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Esther Leinbach

Mar 11, 1972 - Nov 29, 2023

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Versailles, MO

Esther M. Leinbach, 51 years, 8 months, 18 days, of Versailles, MO, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 11, 1972, in Lancaster, PA, the daughter of Amos and Ada (Martin) Zimmerman. She was united in marriage in Barnett, MO, on February 22, 1996, to Abel N. Leinbach, who survives in the home. Along with her husband, Esther is survived by her mother, Ada (Daniel) Zimmerman of Barnett, MO; 4 sons, Lawrence Z. (Nancy) Leinbach, Delbert Z. Leinbach, Davis Z. Leinbach and Josiah Amos Leinbach all of Versailles, MO; 3 daughters, Mary Beth (Brendon) Zimmerman of Versailles, MO, Melissa Z. (Kenton) Martin of Barnett, MO and Katie Marie Leinbach of Versailles; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Elvin (Lovina) Zimmerman of Spencer, TN, Curvin (Lowella) Zimmerman of Barnett, MO; 4 sisters, Emma (Alvin) Weaver of Barnett, MO, Lena (Edwin) Zimmerman of Versailles, MO, Ada Mae (John David) Shirk of Barnett, MO and Mabel (Irvin, Jr. ) Martin of Versailles, MO; Earl (Christina) Leinbach of Barnett, MO, and many nieces and nephews, family and friends. Along with her father, Amos Zimmerman, Esther was preceded in death by her son, Richard Z. Leinbach, and a sister, Annetta Leinbach. Visitation will be held at the family home, 17957 Highway K, Versailles, MO 65084, on Sunday, December 3, 2024, from 2-4 PM and 5-7 PM. The Funeral Service will be on Monday, December 4, 2024, at 9:30 AM at Excelsior Mennonite Church with Raymond Shirk, Ivan Hurst, Raymond Stauffer, and Floyd Hoover officiating. The interment will be at Excelsior Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, California, MO.

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James Elliott

Nov 10, 1927 - Nov 24, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"James Melvin (Jim) Elliott passed away Friday morning, November 24, 2023, at his home of 61 years near Excelsior, MO, a mile from the home place where he was born on November 10, 1927, to Alvin Louis Elliott and Melva Laura (Moser) Elliott. Jim was educated in country schools until his freshman year when he attended California High School while his parents tended an incapacitated uncle's farm. He completed the remaining years of his secondary education at Versailles High School, where he graduated in 1945. The following year, he joined the United States Navy and traveled to San Diego, CA, for boot camp. With World War II hostilities still underway, his time as a new Midwestern recruit in a big west coast city brought both conflicting emotions and new experiences. Jim would say that meeting Ruth Minetta Parks--a San Diego native co-ed--was the best thing to come of his naval experience. He courted her during his deployment to China, where he mercifully saw no action, participating instead in decommissioning military installations. Upon his return to the States in 1948, James and Minetta became engaged and married that June. The couple returned to the Versailles area where they planned to farm land near his home place. First, he enrolled at the University of Missouri to study agriculture. Jim and Minetta spent his 1948-1950 school years living in a small trailer in Columbia where the first of six children was born. Following a semester living and working on the university's experimental farm at Weldon Springs, MO, the young family moved back to begin farm life in the Versailles area. Post-war 1951, the Elliott family dove into the process of building a home and a farm enterprise, carrying on his father's farming tradition, as their young family doubled. Minetta's parents visited from CA and helped build the family's original house. Jim joined the Missouri Seed Improvement Association to begin putting the innovative farming techniques he learned at MU and from the association into practice. He also began an enduring relationship with the Missouri Extension Service. As the family and the farm became established, Jim started a seed business; El-Par Seeds, Inc. , continues to this day under leadership of Jim's first two sons, Richard and Roger, in whom he inspired a passion for farming and stewardship of the land. Even though tending livestock was a lot of work, Jim enjoyed a special relationship with his cattle. Perpetually mindful of their needs, he talked to them individually and treated them as friends to the point that they recognized and responded to his voice. Even though selling them off was inevitable, he was probably secretly sad to see each one go. Jim valued his family, his customers, the seeds he propagated and sold, the land he was privileged to steward, and the community where he spent the remainder of his life. An active member of Bethel Church, he served as church chairman, deacon, youth sponsor, Sunday school teacher and other leadership roles. For many years, Jim taped Bethel services and created cassette copies, wrapping each in a printed copy of the program, for distribution to the congregation. In addition, he was an active participant in Bethel Brotherhood and Providence community center activities. Jim served the larger Versailles community as a Morgan County R-II School Board member for several years. Jim is survived by his six children: Nancy (Michael) Forrest, Chris (Carol Brownlee) Elliott, Roger (Lisa) Elliott, Richard (Doris) Elliott, Jim (Patty) Elliott, and Tony (Kari) Elliott; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Beth Dennis. Preceding Jim in death are his brothers John Richard, Arthur Dean, and Athel Gene Elliott; parents Alvin and Melva Elliott; daughter Lorie June Elliott; brother-in-law Tike Dennis; and wife Ruth Minetta Elliott. A private internment service took place at the Bethel Fellowship Church Cemetery. A Visitation is planned from 5:00-7:30 p. m. , Friday, December 15th, at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, 207 N Monroe St, Versailles, MO. A Celebration of Jim's life is planned for 10:30 a. m. , Saturday, December 16th, at Bethel Fellowship Church, 37830 Bethel Church Rd, Fortuna, MO. In lieu of plants or flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Jim to the Compassus (Hospice) Living Foundation, https://compassuslivingfoundation. org/give/. Mail donations to: Compassus Living Foundation, 503 N. Euclid Avenue, Suite 9E, Bay City, MI 48706. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. "

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Theodore Haynes Jr

Nov 01, 1938 - Nov 22, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"A COMPLETE OBITUARY IS PENDING AT THIS TIME. Theodore "Ted" Haynes, Jr. , age 85, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Jefferson City Manor Care Center. A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. "

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Robert Mathews Jr

Jul 22, 1940 - Nov 14, 2023

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Versailles, MO

"ROBERT JOSEPH MATHEWS, JR. Mathews, (with one "t" because we couldn't afford two) Robert Joseph, Jr AKA Trebor Swehtam July 22, 1940 - November 14, 2023 Bob was the Original Girl Dad and Parole Officer to Kim Mathews and Laura Piercy (Tony), Chocolate Chip Cookie Connoisseur, Master of the Dad Joke and Life-Long Dance Partner-in-Crime of 57 years to wife Bonnie (nee Koppitz). Proud Poppy to Courtney Middle, Ryan Middle, Coby Williams and Ryder Williams. Loving son of Robert J. Mathews, Sr and Louise Rosamond Mathews (nee Peterson) and brother to Susan Rickey (nee Mathews) (Ken), who all preceded him in death. Dear Uncle and Friend. Courageous Army Veteran. Not only the Master of the Dad Joke, Bob left his mark and was always eager to share his expertise in a variety of areas including knowing when to leave an event to "beat the traffic," the fine art of lawn mower placement to create perfect yard lines, pro tips for proper windshield bug-removal, extreme couponing, how to say names backwards, and the not-so-popular: how to wake the family with ice cube making at 5am. He passed these skills down to his daughters who use them to this day (except for the ice cube one - that one never really caught on with auto ice cube makers and all. ) Bob grew up in South St. Louis and made lifelong childhood friends he was still in contact with (well, BA - Before Alzheimers. That damn disease!) He was a standout baseball player in his youth and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan. Despite his aversion to algebra, he graduated from Southwest High School and Southeast Missouri State and went on to work as a Systems Analyst for many years having fun with flowcharts and making lists. (Oh, add this as another super skill he passed down. ) He was the epitome of what Midwesterners call "Good People. " Hardworking and willing to do anything for anyone, there wasn't anyone Bob didn't get along with. (Except for maybe that bagger from Dierbergs who squashed his bread. Once. After that incident, the pre-bag warning of "you squasha my bread, I squasha your head" was borne. ) During the Girl Dad teenage years, Bob could usually be found on a track or cross country course or basketball court with camera in hand snapping pictures and capturing memories of friendships that would also last a lifetime. That's what Bob did. He brought people together and made them feel wanted, included and loved. Thanks, Daddio! Bob married his college sweetheart, Bonnie, on August 13, 1966. After Bonnie burnt the jello (which may or may not have been done on purpose), Bob took over the family cooking duties and the rest was culinary history: he concocted the best pizza, beef burgundy, black bottom rum mousse pie, Rice Krispy "bricks". . . . the Yum list is endless. Luckily, he passed this gene to daughter, Laura, so the family can still enjoy an edible meal when they get together. Bob and Bonnie cut a mean rug on the dance floor, created a loving family, built a business together (aptly named "B\u0026amp;B Telecom") and weathered all the good and challenging times life threw at them to make it 57 years! What a feat! You Done Good, Dad! WE LOVE YOU!!!!! In lieu of flowers, the family will be taking donations that will be given to Arrowhead Senior Living Facility - Memory Care Unit in Bob's name. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p. m. , Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home of Versailles, Missouri. A service will be held at 11:00 a. m. , Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Valhalla Funeral Chapel, 7600 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Visitation there will be from 10:00-11:00 a. m. in the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www. kidwellgarber. com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles. "

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