Obituaries for the week of Nov. 27, 2012
Nov 27, 2012, 14:24
MARTHA LOU “MARTI” BIRCHMIER
Martha Lou (Marti) Birchmier, 81, of Centerville, Iowa, died Nov. 22, 2012, at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m., Dec. 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating.
A fellowship dinner will follow in the basement of St. Mary’s Church immediately following mass.
Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at Troy Cemetery east of Bloomfield. A visitation will be held on Nov. 30 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m. A rosary will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the 18-80 Club, the Golden Age Care Center or the Alzheimer’s Association and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.
DOROTHA BAKER CARTER
Dorotha Marie Boyce Baker Carter was born Nov. 1, 1928, in Clarke County, Iowa, to Howard C. and Ivah Ellen Brattain Boyce. She passed away Nov. 21, 2012, at the Corydon Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 84 years and 22 days.
In her youth she lived in the Humeston and Allerton areas on farms with her parents and sisters, Vera and Reva. Dorotha graduated from Allerton High School in 1947. She worked four and one half years as a telephone operator in Allerton.
Dorotha was a member of the Allerton United Presbyterian Church.
On Jan. 1, 1951, Dorotha married Ried McCall Baker at the Allerton United Presbyterian Church. To this union two children were born, Janet Elaine and Kenny Dean. They farmed five miles west of Allerton. Dorotha loved the life of a farm wife, raising chickens, hogs, stock cattle, planting a huge garden and canning and cooking for her family and friends. In 1958 they built one of the first farm homes with electric heat.
On April 21, 1965, Ried passed away with lung cancer. Dorotha spent countless hours at his bedside in the hospital and helping with farming duties as his health permitted. Dorotha began working as a cook at the Wayne Community School and moved to Corydon. In the basement of her home she opened Baker’s Tea Room and enjoyed cooking for the public. Her next endeavor was opening Baker’s Restaurant in Corydon. After selling the restaurant, she lived in Des Moines working at restaurants, as a nanny and helped care for the elderly.
On Feb. 18, 1989, she married Daryl Carter and moved to Humeston. They enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona and California. Daryl passed away July 28, 1999.
In October 2001, Dorotha became a resident of the Corydon Nursing and Rehab Center.
Her husbands, Ried Baker and Daryl Carter; parents; sister, Vera Hamilton and stepson, Donald Carter, preceded her in death.
Dorotha is survived by daughter, Janet and husband Danny Sheets of Indianola; son, Kenny and wife Lisa Baker of Fordland, Mo.; grandsons, Ried and wife Molly Baker of Columbia, Mo., and Garth Baker, Fayetteville, Ark.; stepdaughter, Ann and husband Richard Gohman; sister, Reva Shipley; sister-in-law, Luree Straup; brother-in-law, Keith and wife Nancy Baker; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends including her nursing home family.
Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with the Rev. Ross Blount officiating.
Musical selections were “Auctioneer Song,” “Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art” and “In The Garden” with soloist Doyle Hydorn.
Casket bearers were Ried Baker, Molly Baker, Denise Alley, Garth Baker. Gary Alley and Don Richard.
Interment was in the Allerton Cemetery.
Memorials in Dorotha’s honor may be given to Hospice of Central Iowa.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
WENDEL MELTON MYERS
Wendel Melton Myers, son of George Wendel and Felichia Valeta (Weaver) Myers, was born in Trenton, Mo., on Feb. 18, 1952, and passed away on Nov. 17, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo., at the age of 60 years. Wendel was raised in Mercer County, Mo., where he was a 1970 graduate of Princeton High School. In 1974, Wendel earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and the humanities from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
In 1975, Wendel began his career in telecommunications with Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation of Princeton. He was a dedicated and devoted employee of Grand River and held various positions of increasing responsibility, becoming General Manager on Jan.1, 2004. He held this position until Sept. 30, 2012, when he retired due to failing health. Wendel was highly involved in the communications industry. He served as a director of Missouri Network Alliance, Bluebird Network, Northwest Missouri Cellular, Chat Mobility of Iowa, Communications Supply Service Association, Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Industry Committee. He represented Grand River Mutual in six cellular rural service areas.
Wendel was very active in the Princeton community where he was a member of the Princeton United Methodist Church and as a Boy Scout leader for several years. Wendel served on the Boards of The United Methodist Administrative Board as chairman for several terms, on the Gene Kauffman Scholarship Foundation, the Princeton High School Alumni Endowment Association and the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.
Wendel was united in marriage to the love of his life, Bobbi Overton, on July 7, 1979. Bobbi survives him of the home near Princeton. He is also survived by his daughter, Meredith Peace and son-in-law Jonathan of Kansas City; son, Zane Myers of Plattsburg, Mo.; mother-in-law, Phyllis Overton and sister-in-law, Teri Jan Overton, both of Kansas City; nephew, Seth Baskett and his wife Angela of Peculiar, Mo.; grandnephews, Jaden and Landon Baskett; aunt Mildred Weaver of Corydon and several cousins, relatives, and by many, many friends.
His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 20 at the Princeton United Methodist Church under the direction of the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Service of Princeton with Pastor Dan Stratmann officiating.
Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions to either the Princeton United Methodist Church or to the Myers Family Foundation (For Rural Family Life), in lieu of flowers.
Contributions may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 316, Princeton, MO 64673.
ROBERT LEE WILCOX
Robert Lee Wilcox, son of Tilden Samuel and Maggie May (Knight) Wilcox, was born in Princeton, Mo., on May 21, 1912, and passed away Nov. 18, 2012, at The Bluffs Nursing Facility in Columbia, Mo., at the age of 100 years, 5 months, and 28 days.
Robert was united in marriage to Ruth Elizabeth Gray on June 27, 1936, in Princeton.
Robert was a 1930 graduate of Princeton High School. He played baseball on a local town team and remained an avid baseball fan throughout his life. Following graduation, he began farming in Mercer Co., Mo. In 1947 Robert and Ruth moved to Lineville and farmed there until 1972 when they purchased a farm outside of Allerton. Robert remained on this farm until September of 2011 when he moved to Columbia to live with his grandson Randall and wife Robin. He was a member of the Christian Church in Mercer and since 1947 has attended the Assembly of God in Lineville.
Robert was a faithful and caring man who was loved dearly by his family and friends.
His wife, Ruth who passed away June 22, 1999; parents; son, Earl Dean Wilcox; grandson, Mark Wilcox and sister, Angie, preceded him in death.
He is survived by son, Larry Wilcox and daughter-in-law Madeline of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Betty Wilcox of Leon; six grandchildren, Gregory Wilcox and his wife Cathy of Harrisburg, Mo., Tammy Sellmeyer and her husband Greg of Fulton, Mo., Randall Wilcox and his wife Robin and Kara Wilcox, all of Columbia and Theresa Bercot and Timothy Wilcox, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 24 at the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Chapel in Lineville with Pastor Kevin Shelton officiating.
Burial was in the Princeton Cemetery.
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