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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
In Memoriam


Maurine (Balance) Anderson (’31), of Colorado Springs, Colo., died May 24, 2011. Before her marriage, she was a teacher at Truman State University. Her husband, Hazen V. Anderson, was one of the founders of the Eisenhower Osteopathic Hospital.


Helen (Gelbach) Campbell (’38), of Kirksville, Mo., died April 9, 2011. She taught school in Knox, Randolph and Adair Counties in Missouri. She was an English teacher in the Ophelia Parrish Junior High School in Kirksville at the time of her retirement in 1967.

Dorothy Frances (Hansbrough) Flanagan (’39), of Quincy, Ill., died, April 6, 2011. She began her teaching career in 1931 in the one-room Mark School at the mouth of the Fabius River and taught schools in Lewis, Marion and Sullivan Counties in Missouri. She retired from the Canton, Mo., school system in 1977 after a total of 33 school-years as an elementary teacher.


Elie F. Hedrick (’39), of Des Moines, Iowa, died June 28, 2010. He served three and a half years with the US Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. In 1998, he retired after 33 years of service with the Social Security Administration.


Evelyn (Dodson) Otey (’32) of Shelbina, Mo., died Dec. 6, 2010.

Mildred (Epperson) Starr (’33), of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Aug. 21, 2010. She was one of the few people to get a teaching job in 1931 at the height of the depression and moved to Lee's Summit in 1935 to teach English and speech at Lee's Summit High School. After the death of her husband, Ed, in 1961, she resumed her teaching career at Lee's Summit Jr. High, where she started the speech curriculum.


John R. Amedei (’41), of Bevier, Mo., died April 30, 2010. John was a sergeant in the US Army and served 40 months during World War II; 32 of those months were spent in over-seas duty, with 21 months on the front line. He participated in five beachhead landings while serving in Africa, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. He taught at Dewey School for seven years until he was drafted into the Army. He taught English, social studies, math, geography, psychology, and science in the Bevier school system. For 10 years, he served as high school principal, often coaching, before becoming superintendent in 1958. He accumulated a total of 48 years in the public school systems.

Amy (Smith) Carter (’44), of Paris, Mo., died Feb. 17, 2011. She taught in Audrain and Monroe counties, McMillan Elementary in the city of Mexico, GPS Elementary School and Paris R-2 Elementary School for a total of 50 years.

William Eugene Clark (’48, ’53), of Moberly, Mo., died Feb. 18, 2011.
In 1966, he was employed by the Missouri Department of Education as district supervisor of instruction for nine counties in north central Missouri. He then served as superintendent of the Moberly public schools from 1967 to 1978 when he retired from that career. Following his retirement in 1978 from school administration, Bill was hired by Orscheln Industries as corporate safety director and later moved into the position of human resource manager until his retirement in 1988.

James Lewis Griffith, of Essex, Conn., died Nov. 5, 2010. He entered into four years of active military duty serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was awarded four bronze stars for Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaigns. He worked as an accountant, auditor, tax advisor and management consultant for a state-wide Illinois CPA firm. In 1961, he felt the call to service again, joining the U.S. Department of State Agency for International Development (USAID) as a foreign service officer. Over the next 20 years, he was proud to say he had his passport stamped in over 90 developing nations of the world, traveling to live with his family in Ghana, Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Panama, Florida and Washington, D.C. His USAID work was to supervise audit activities on U.S. assistance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and he was responsible for planning and directing AID programs for 41 countries in Africa and Western Europe.

Marjorie (Barb) Hidinger (’41), of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died May 2, 2011.She taught various business subjects at the high school level and worked as a secretary at Truman State University and the University of Iowa. She also worked in various capacities in the Cedar Rapids public schools.

Margie Nell Kaufman (’46), of Huntsville, Mo., died Dec. 3, 2010. She taught music education in Springfield, Ill., for 35 years.

George Kent Kuesel (’41), of Dallas, Texas, died Sept. 16, 2010. He began his career with WFAA Radio as their music librarian and featured soloist on "The Early Birds Show" until 1958, which was the last live radio in Dallas-Ft. Worth. He sang for approximately 3,500 funeral and several hundred weddings. He regularly appeared as Santa Claus on "The Mister Peppermint Show" with Jerry Haynes on Channel 8, WFAA-TV.

Thomas B. Martin (’41), of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2010. He had been a professor and administrator at Delta State University, Bloomsburg (Pa.) State University and Florida Southern College. He was an Army veteran of World War II.


Basil L. Morlan (’48, ’62) died May 28, 2010. He taught four years in rural elementary schools and two years at Milan High School. He was employed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and worked as an education advisor from 1949-1966. In 1959, he designed and developed a new course of study for a new college level course in conservation. He taught this course for several years for the Science Department at Truman State University, where it was offered as both graduate and undergraduate credit. He joined the university’s administrative staff in 1966, where he was appointed director of the Upward Bound Program, a special college preparatory program for selected high school students. Basil also assisted in supervising student teachers for the university. He retired from the university in 1984.

Adaverlee (Jones) Oliver (’43), of Des Moines, Iowa, died Aug. 25, 2010. She married Paul Warner and the two spent 50 loving years together enjoying teaching, home building, traveling, camping and caring for their rural acreage.

Ira O. Pollock (’41), of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Jan. 22, 2010. After an internship at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City, he was assigned to the Naval Station in China. He completed his military service at the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, La. After residencies in Oklahoma City and Columbia, Mo., he began his private practice of general surgery in 1951. He retired from practice in December of 1990. 

Ruth (Stith) Roderick (’47), of Kirksville, Mo., died Dec. 21, 2010. After finishing her formal education, she was a homemaker. In 1966, she opened a store on the square in Kirksville, the Royale Shoppe, which she ran from its inception until she closed its doors in 1986.

Ernest Rowe Shultheiss (’48), of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Feb. 13, 2010. He was manager of MFA Grain Co. for 34 years and is a veteran of World War II.


Ruth (McKinney) Warden (’42), of Quincy, Ill., died June 8, 2010. She taught high schools in Kansas City, Excelsior Springs and Hannibal, Mo.

Velma (McKay) Yardley (’42), of St. Joseph, Mo., died March 21, 2010. She worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., and later moved to New York and worked for Pringle’s department store. After the war, she and her husband, Paul, settled down in Kirksville where they owned and operated a jewelry store, and Velma worked for the president of schools in Kirksville. Velma taught school for over 25 years at Stewartsville, Mo.


James B. Albach (’57) of Macon, Mo., died March 9, 2011. He entered the U.S. Army in June 1941 and served four and one half years as a first lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.  He led the Macon High School athletic department from 1945 to 1950, and altogether, his teams earned 29 trophies, including 13 first-place wins. From 1951-1952, he served as principal and coach at Clopton High School. He then worked for the American Lung Association as district supervisor for 30 years and retired in 1982.

Jane L. Barnett (’57, ’58), of La Plata, Mo., died April 8, 2011. She taught in the state of Missouri for 35 years, including elementary physical education in Affton, Mo., and health and exercise science at Truman State University until her retirement in l993.

Jack C. Bowen (’58, ‘61), of Kirksville, Mo., died March 15, 2011. His teaching and coaching career started in Iowa where he taught in Pulaski public schools and also at Davis County public schools in Bloomfield. In 1966, he joined the Truman faculty. Throughout his 34 years at Truman, he spent 18 years as the director of the intramural recreational sports program for both men and women, taught in the health and exercise science program with responsibility in the Education Division with health and exercise science MAE interns, field experience supervisor of the students in health and exercise science program, activities coordinator for health and lifetime fitness classes, was director of junior high and high school girl’s basketball camps and was assistant coach for Truman’s women’s softball. He retired from Truman in 2000.

Viola Mildred (Anderson) Dent (’56), of Palmyra, Mo., died Dec. 17, 2010. Viola was an elementary school teacher in Missouri public schools for over 34 years. Fourteen of those years were spent teaching in rural schools in Knox County and three years teaching grades one and two in Knox City. She moved to Palmyra in 1958 and taught two years in the Palmyra Elementary School, four years in Lewis County schools, six years in Monroe City, four years as a special education teacher and two years as a guidance counselor for grades one to eight. She retired from public schools in 1975, after serving in the Moberly school system for five years. After retirement, she served as a teacher of homebound handicapped children in Marion County.

Lola (Woolf) Edge (’59), of Kirksville, Mo., died July 9, 2010. She majored in home economics and taught school at Laredo, Mo.; Columbus, Ga.; Linneus, Mo.; Green City, Mo.; Hurdland, Mo.; Kirksville, Mo. and Hamilton, Ill.

Virginia (Fechtling) Guffey (’50), of Kirksville, Mo., died May 13, 2011. She taught school for several years and was in business with her son for 25 years owning and operating the Guffey Honda and Kawasaki Sales and Service motorcycle franchised dealerships.

Betty J. Moore (’51), of Mexico, Mo., died Aug. 26, 2010. She taught instrumental and vocal music in Missouri and Iowa schools for 12 years and served Baptist Churches in Missouri as minister of education and music for 23 years.

Ronald W. Phillips (’56), of Tahlequah, Okla., died March 26, 2011. He taught school for 50 years, 25 years in Missouri and 25 years at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He served in the Army in the mid-’50s and was in the U.S. Army Band and Bagpipe Corp.

Merta (Perkins) Powers (’53), of Kansas City, Mo., died Sept. 26, 2010. She began her teaching career in the North Kansas City School District. She retired from teaching after touching the lives of many children after 36 years.

Richard Arthur Stelplugh (’54), of Arvada, Colo., died March 30, 2011. He worked as a bank executive, accountant, and auditor in several Missouri locations, including Macon, Chillicothe, Forsyth, Bolivar and Springfield for over 40 years.

Rachel Techau (’52), of Brookfield, Mo., died  July 22, 2010. She had taught school in Ethel and St. Catharine and retired from teaching in Hannibal, Mo., schools in 1979.

Donald H. West (’58), of Kansas City, Mo., died April 19, 2011. He began 34 years of molding lives at S.M. North High School both in the classroom and on the football field for a few years. His education had a short interruption when he served his country during the Korean War.


Edward Ray Beasley (’62), of Centralia, Mo., died March 30, 2011. He and his family opened Beasley Implement Co., and they operated the business and farm until 1985. He also worked from 1965 to 1967 as a district representative for Allis Chalmers Corp. He then worked at Forrest Chevrolet until he retired in 2003.

Olivene (Kibble) Baker (’66), of Milan, Mo., died Dec. 3, 2010. She began working in the Child Development Lab at Truman in 1970 and later became an instructor in the Division of Home Economics.

Patricia (Russell) Caviness (’60), of Keosauqua, Iowa, died May 26, 2011. She was a guidance counselor at Cardinal High School in Douds until retiring.

Stephen J.  Ciska (’62), of Mason City, Iowa, died May 11, 2011.

Ella Lee “Billie” Emerson Beal Dray (’63), died Aug. 11, 2010, in Jefferson City, Mo. She spent her adult life as a school teacher in the Livingston County area, serving the Avalon, Utica, Southwest and Chillicothe school districts for 35 years until her retirement in 1975.

Lucy Mildred (Schooler) Hall (’67), of Columbia, Mo., died March 13, 2011. She taught in the rural schools for 14 years. In 1950, she began teaching at Ravanna, and she started teaching fourth grade in Princeton the following year. She earned a master’s in remedial reading at Truman State University in 1966 and she taught reading for 14 years, earning the honor of North Central IRA Reading Teacher of the Year in 1975. After her public school retirement, Lucy started a preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds at the Mercer Baptist Church, and she ran the school for three years.

Gerald Lloyd Harper (’64), of Monett, Mo., died Sept. 2, 2010. He spent three years in the military. Besides teaching in Missouri, he also taught at Hamburg, Iowa. He also coached basketball, football and track at Smith-Hale, Ervin and Ruskin, where he was the first athletic director.

Ronald E. Harryman (’67) died June 16, 2010. He was a former art teacher and media director at Mehlville High School in St. Louis County.

Gary Paul Jelinek (’69), died May 29, 2010. He was a general surgeon and surgical oncologist in metropolitan Detroit, Mich.

Thelma (Farr) Jones (’68), of Lancaster, Mo., died Oct. 1, 2010. She taught in Missouri and Iowa school systems retiring after 33 years.

Paul H. Johnston (’69), of Webster City, Iowa, died April 28, 2011. He was a sergeant in the United States Army beginning in 1960 and served as a computer programmer at the Pentagon. He began teaching mathematics in the Webster City school system in 1962. He coached a number of different middle school and high school sports. He taught for 34 years in the Webster City school district and retired in 1996.

Melvin L. Kelly (’68), of Hannibal, Mo., died Aug. 4, 2010. He was an educator and coach most of his adult life. He retired from Adair County R-I Schools in Novinger, Mo.

Jerry L. Merrell (’62), of Maywood, Mo., died Oct. 27, 2010. He retired in 2002 from the Cuba (Mo.) School District as superintendent of schools and since then had been engaged in farming on the Merrell family farm.

Melvin Snider (’64), of Des Moines, Iowa, died Oct. 4, 2010. Melvin taught and coached at Kinross, Martinsburg and Tracy schools and spent 31 of his 41-year teaching career in the Ottumwa school district before retiring in 1989.

Robert L. Spidle (’62), of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Sept. 15, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked in education for 38 years, teaching, coaching and counseling with the last 20 years at Valley High School. He retired in 1988.

Robert Holnback Waller (’63), of Green Valley, Ill., died July 9, 2010. He served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. Robert retired after working 35 years in the education field. He was an administrator at Arlington Heights High School. He later was assistant superintendent in Pittsfield. Then he was superintendent at Sherrard Community School District. He retired as superintendent of South Pekin Grade School.


Michael C. Archibald (’74), of Runnells, Iowa, died  Dec. 31, 2010. He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. Following active duty, Michael served over 20 years in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of colonel. He started his career at the Centerville Police Department in 1963. In 1964, he became a special agent for the Rock Island Railroad stationed in Chicago, Ill.; El Reno, Okla.; and Irving, Texas. He served as head of the Law Enforcement Program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. In 1977, he became the first investigator for the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners covering the entire state. He retired in 2001 after being recognized with the State Employee of the Year award.

Diane (Pulse) Bradley (’75) of Novelty, Mo., died Oct, 12, 2010. She taught in several schools including Tipton, Schuyler County and 27 years at Adair County R-II School at Brashear, Mo., where she was also a guidance counselor and later superintendent from 2001. She retired in 2008. 

Lee Warren Bross (’72), of Palmyra, Mo., died Jan. 27, 2011. He served his country in the U.S. Army and worked for the U.S. government for many years.

Dennis J. Cupp (’77), of Moberly, Mo., died March 14, 2011. Prior to retirement, he worked at the Moberly Police Department for 33 years and was the chief of the department at the time of his retirement.

Frank A. Davey (’70), of Springville, Iowa, died March 14, 2011. He served in the Iowa National Guard for several years. He was a partner at McGladrey and Pullen and worked as a certified public accountant for many years in the Cedar Rapids area.

Terry L. Griffith (’75), of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., died July 29, 2010. He was a teacher and coached many Little League teams during high school and college. He also worked in banking and finance.

Harold Davis Harrison Jr. (’75), of Kirksville, Mo., died April 11, 2011. He was an educator in the Putman County R-I School District for many years, authoring a book about football during that time. Most recently, he served as the head junior high football coach for the Kirksville R-III School District.

Fannie Bess Howard (’71), of Hannibal, Mo., died June 5, 2010. She worked as a home economist for the Missouri Extension Center for 10 years, serving the rural areas of Princeton and Unionville, Mo.

Rebecca Sue King-Evanoski, of Kirksville, Mo., died July 24, 2010. She was employed by a human service agency in Marshalltown, Iowa, for a number of years until returning to Kirksville in 1993. For the past 17 years, Rebecca was employed as a community support specialist for Preferred Family Health Care.  

Jane Marie (Hollenbeck) Mauck (’70) died Aug.18, 2010. She taught junior and senior high English in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Kirksville, Mo., for over 30 years and substituted for eight years.

Norman Ray Miller (’71), of Oelwein, Iowa, died Aug. 16, 2010. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He was an educator in the Oelwein Community Schools for 35 years, the last four years as junior high principal, retiring in 1990. He was a past junior high athletic director and was also the "Voice of the Oelwein Huskies" football games and other athletic events for 54 years.

Russell E. Myers (’70), of Lincoln, Neb., died July 17, 2010. He was a sales consultant for Information Analytics in Lincoln. Prior to moving to Lincoln, he and his wife owned Ottumwa Tent and Awning. After selling their business in 2004, he became a sales manager at McGregor Furniture in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Mary Carol (Moyer) Yowell (’70, ‘71), of Kirksville, Mo., died March 28, 2011. She had a variety of jobs, primarily in bookkeeping for several governmental agencies.


Ernest E. Green III (’89), of St. Louis, Mo., died Dec. 20, 2010. He was the deputy chief of the University City Police Department. Recognized as a leader and educator in his field, he taught supervisory classes at the St. Louis County Municipal Police Academy and authored several articles for law enforcement publications.

F. “Buck” Laughlin (’81), of Red Oak, Iowa, died May 21, 2011. His first teaching job was in Knoxville, from 1976 until 1983.  In 1983, he took a position as principal at Cumberland-Massena Community School District for three years before moving back to Knoxville where he served as principal for two years. Buck moved to Red Oak in 1988 and was serving as elementary principal.

Scott Fuller Nash (’85), of Ottumwa, Iowa, died Dec. 4, 2010. He was manager of ITT Financial, where he had been named “Manager of the Year” several times. He also worked for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Ottumwa and was a painter for Billy Whittle Collection. He was involved in fundraising for many local charities, including Shop with a Cop, Camp Sunnyside and the DARE program.

Leonard Lee Sternfels (’85), of O'Fallon, Mo., died Jan. 17, 2011. He was employed as a science teacher and retired from Ft. Zumwalt School District after 33 years.


Daniel Eugene Bodenhamer (’95), of Leonardville, Kan., died March 3, 2011. Dan worked in the insurance industry and achieved an AIS, API and AAI status with Farm Bureau Insurance in Manhattan as a senior quality assurance associate.

Faculty & Staff

Lester "Fred" Boyce Jr., of Milford, N.H., died May 15, 2010. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of World War II. He was employed as a CPA for Price Waterhouse for several years and left to teach at the University of Connecticut. From 1958-1961, he was the editor of the Journal of Accountancy and later returned to teach accounting at the University of Maine-Orono through the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, he taught at Truman until his retirement in 1991.

Todd Steven Phillips, of Macon, Mo., died March 31, 2011, due to a motorcycle accident in Camdenton, Mo. He was the director of the Student Success Center at Truman.


Everett Leo Funk, of Columbia, Mo., died June 6, 2011.  Following high school, he taught at a rural school in Iron County, Mo., then entered the Army and served in World War II in Belgium and Germany. In 1949, he began teaching in St. Charles, Mo., and taught physics and chemistry for five years before accepting the position of superintendent at Lancaster (Mo.) High School in 1953. In 1954, he changed careers and became the cashier for Schuyler County State Bank in Lancaster. He later became president of the bank, and he and his wife, Carrie, purchased the bank in 1973. They sold the bank in 1984 and moved to Columbia in 1992. The Funks established the Funk Swimming Scholarship at Truman in 2006 in honor of their granddaughter, Katie Funk, a 2006 Truman graduate. In 2007, Leo and Carrie created the John Andrew Crossett Scholarship in honor of their grandson, who graduated summa cum laude from Truman in 2005.

M. Alice White of Monroe City, Mo., died Dec. 22, 2010.She taught school for many years in the states of Florida and Missouri. She moved to the Monroe City area in 1989 and spent her retirement years hunting, traveling and visiting friends and relatives. She left Truman
State University a bequest to create the Samuel A. Jeffries and Alice White Scholarship fund.


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