Don Leslie Painter

Don Leslie Painter of Boonville passed away due to cancer Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008 at William Wood Funeral Chapel in Boonville with Pastor Bob Bohnenstiehl officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. July 23, 2008 at William Wood Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 8:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery following the funeral services with full military honors.

Don was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Boonville on Nov. 13, 1944, the son of Edgar L. “Red” Painter and A. Ruth Lamm, both of whom preceded him in death.

Don graduated from Boonville High School and then graduated from Central Methodist University. During the Vietnam conflict, Don served in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was a 33 year employee of Missouri Power & Light Company, which became Union Electric and now known as Ameren UE as a Store Keeper. Don started his career Mexico, Mo., then Excelsior Springs, Mo. and later in Kirksville, Mo.

Don was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cooper Lodge No. 36 and the VFW Post 4072 American Legion all of Boonville and the Ararat Shrine of Kansas City.

Mr. Painter was also preceded in death by one great-niece, Alssya Miller, and three uncles: George “Buddy” Lamm and Robert L. and William E. Painter.

Mr. Painter is survived by one sister, Pat Todd, and husband Bob, of Piedmont, Mo.; two brothers: Jim Painter, and wife Nan, both of Boonville, and Jon Painter of Hannibal, Mo.; three aunts: Marie Fortman of Pilot Grove, Mo., Jo Painter-Horner, Blue Springs, Mo. and Alice Painter of Boonville; one great-aunt, Margaret Renfrow of Boonville; eight nieces and nephews; numerous great- nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nephews and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alyssa Bailey Miller Memorial Fund or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Cooper Lodge #36 AF & AM or the American Cancer Society c/o William Wood Funeral Home; 5617 Fourth Street; Boonville, Mo. 65233.

Online condolences may be left at www.thacherwood.com.

Joe M. Eichelberger

Joe M. Eichelberger, 75, passed away at his home in rural Pilot Grove, Mo. on Friday, April 11, 2008, following a long battle with cancer.

Visitation for Mr. Eichelberger was on Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 3 until 5 p.m. at Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville. Funeral services were at the funeral chapel on Monday, April 14 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating. Burial followed at the Pilot Grove City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim Brewster, Logan Pfeiffer, Darrell Spaedy, Larry Grissum, Glenn Grissum and Brad Grissum.

Joe M. Eichelberger was born in Pilot Grove on May 31, 1932, the son of William A. Eichelberger and Gladys Piatt Eichelberger. He was married to Carolyn Cole at the Mount Nebo Church in Pilot Grove on June 6, 1954. Joe worked for Missouri Power and Light Company (Ameren U.E.) in Boonville his entire career until his retirement in 1987. Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman and he and Carolyn enjoyed many trips to Canada over the years to pursue his hobby. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boonville. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Eichelberger was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother, Bill Eichelberger and his sister, Margaret Alice Kimberling. He is survived by his wife of the home, his daughters, JoLynn and husband, Brian Jobe of Pilot Grove and Peggy and her husband, Scott Grissum of Boonville. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Grissum, Emily Jobe and Hannah and husband Brandon Weber of Boonville and his great grandson, Wyatt Weber.

Memorials suggested to the American Cancer Society or the New Lebanon Preservation Society.

Eleanor Leiter Vallieres

Eleanor Leiter Vallieres, 84, World War II employee of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and admissions officer at American University Washington, DC, died on January 17, 2008 after a long illness caused in part by anuerysms and an autoimmune disease called Sjogrens Syndrome.

Mrs. Vallieres was born in Sedalia Missouri, the daughter of the late Ira and Fay Cole Leiter. In 1941 she graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia and attended Central Missouri State College (now the University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg).

In early 1942, responding to the call for wartime “Government Girls”, she applied for and secured employment in Washington, DC with the War Production Board (WPB). In 1944 she transferred to a position with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), assigned to X-2 (counter intelligence). She was initially scheduled to go the London Station of OSS but, because the situation in Europe was changing rapidly in late 1944, the assignment was cancelled and she remained in OSS Washington headquarters as administrative assistant and abstractor/indexer of counter intelligence records.

In 1946, she was transferred overseas as office assistant to the Shanghai, China Station of the Strategic Services Unit (SSU), War Department, the post war successor of OSS. She met her husband to be, Armand Vallieres in Shanghai. They were married in Sedalia, Missouri March 29,1948 after returning from China.

Mrs. Vallieres accompanied her husband on foreign assignments to Taiwan and the Philippines between 1949 and 1959. On return to the United states she spent several years as a volunteer in scouting and later as a volunteer counselor with the Family History Center in Kensington Maryland. In 1969 she was employed by American University, first in a project on research in social systems and later as admissions officer. Throughout this period of her life she maintained her lifelong interest in genealogy.

She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri researching the Cole family history, updating the decades long researches of her mother Fay Cole Leiter, Mrs. Ferrie L. Cole and Anne Milburn Baker. In 1998 she coauthored an article with William H. Lyon (Professor of History Emeritus, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, also a descendant of William Temple and Hannah Allison Cole). The article was published in two parts in the Boonslick Historical Society Quarterly under the title “Living on Hominy and Sweet Milk: The Cole, Allison and McClure Families on the Missouri and Virginia Frontiers”.

Mrs. Vallieres was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 59 years and a life member of the Office of Strategic Services Society. She is a direct descendant of Hannah Allison Cole who is recognized as the Pioneer mother of Boonville Missouri. She is survived by her husband of almost sixty years, an older brother in Sedalia, Missouri, four children and five grandchildren.

Her elder daughter, Ann, died of cancer in 1999. Her first-born son, Anthony, was born in Washington D.C. after she had to be evacuated from Taiwan in early 1950 with all women and children because of the threat of invasion by Chinese Communist forces. Two of her sons, Joseph and Lawrence, were born in Taiwan while she lived there with her husband on a second tour of duty. Joseph has the distinction of being the first child to be born in Taiwan of US diplomatic parents.

Edgar L. “Red” Painter

Edgar L. “Red” Painter, of Boonville passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia after suffering a massive stroke. Funeral services were at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 15, 2007 at William Wood Funeral Chapel in Boonville with Pastor Bob Bohnenstiehl officiating. Visitation was Friday evening from 5-9 PM, December 14, 2007 with a Masonic Service at 8:30 PM.

Red Painter was 91 years young at the time of his death, having celebrated his birthday on November 30. He was born in 1916 at Bel Air the son of James Leslie and Maggie Cordelia Solomon Painter.

Mr. Painter was married to A. Ruth Lamm Painter on October 15, 1938, who preceded him in death May 19, 1997.

Red graduated from Dunkles School of Business in Boonville and later earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a longtime employee of Missouri Power & Light Co. Early in his career Red was a lineman and worked his way to manager of the Boonville District, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Painter started playing golf at a later age than most, but was known throughout Boonville as an avid golfer. He was part of the Ararat Shrine Sandblasters for years. Red continued playing golf until he was 89 years old.

During his life in Boonville, Red Painter was active in politics, having served on the Boonville City Council and numerous boards and was still active until recently on the ambulance board. He was a longtime Rotarian, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, a longtime Mason and past Master of Cooper Lodge 36 AF & AM, and was a member of Ararat Shrine in Kansas City. Red was extremely proud that he was arguably the oldest surviving direct descendant of Hannah Cole, the founder of Boonville.

He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Boonville. During the 2004 Bicentennial Celebration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the dedication of the Hannah Cole Statue at Morgan Street Park, during Heritage Days, Red served as Grand Marshall for the parade.

Two brothers preceded him in death: Robert and William Painter and one great granddaughter, Alyssa Miller.

Red is survived by one daughter: Patricia “Pat” Todd, and husband Bob, of Piedmont, MO; three sons: Jim Painter, and wife Nan, of Boonville, Jon Painter of Hannibal, and Don Painter of Boonville; eight grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; a sister, Marie Fortman of Pilot Grove; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Shrine Children’s Fund, Alyssa Bailey Miller Memorial Fund or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in care of William Wood Funeral Home, 517 4th Street, Boonville, MO 65233. Online condolences may be left at www.thacherwood.com.

Myrtle Louise Weydell

Louise Weydell, 72, of Salinas, died on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, from lung cancer and peripheral vascular disease.

She was born Myrtle Louise Powell on March 5, 1935, in Comanche, Oklahoma, a descendant of the earliest European pioneers in America and a direct descendant of Hannah Cole (1762-1843), the pioneer mother of Missouri. She was related to Daniel Boone, and her great great grandmother and uncles were portrayed in the John Wayne movie “The Sons of Katie Elder.”

An only child, she was raised on farms in the towns of Waurika and Comanche in southwestern Oklahoma, where she and her parents did all the labor necessary for operating the 320-acre family farm, on which they raised pigs, turkeys, chickens, horses, cattle, fish, greyhound racing dogs, and many different kinds of crops. She grew up without running water or electricity and attended a one-room school. She was baptized by sprinkling at the Corum Oklahoma Methodist Church by Pastor Grover C. Hensley on August 25, 1948 and was baptized by immersion by Pastor Richard E. Brown on July 9, 1961, at First Christian Church in Fresno.

She was captain of the debate team and remained 16 years old for most of her senior year, graduating from Comanche High School in Stephens County just after turning 17, having completed two years of study during a single scholastic year. Her parents put her on a Greyhound bus to Oklahoma City, where she supported herself by working as a live-in nanny to the Kueffer family’s three children (Gary, Sterling, and Cindy), whom she loved and kept in touch with all her life.

She studied at Oklahoma City University (a Methodist college), from 1954 to 1957, excelling in language arts. At age 22, she answered California’s call for teachers and moved 1500 miles across country by Greyhound bus, stowing all her worldly possessions in the luggage compartment. She began teaching third grade at McCabe Elementary School in Mendota while continuing her Education major at Fresno State University. She also tutored students who had special needs and could not attend public school.

Her dream was to eventually go further west to teach in Alaska. However, her plans were waylaid by fellow student and only child Walter Theodore “Ted” Weydell after his car with a purple roof caught her eye. They dated at the local St. Agnes Hospital because the chef there made the best inexpensive pie in town. Falling in love over strawberry pie, they eloped on April 2, 1962. In 1968, they moved to Ted’s childhood town of Salinas, to care for his mother, Eunice Katherine Weydell, who was well-known in Salinas for her many years as a deputy probation officer, the first female to hold the position in Monterey County.

In order to stay at home to raise her daughter, Louise operated a licensed daycare out of her home from 1969-1974, often caring for as many as 13 children per day, including the 7-week-old twins of one single mother, and the five elementary school-aged children of another. Louise only charged what each mom felt she could afford. In spite of never possessing a driver’s license, Louise took the children all over Salinas via public transportation to participate in fun activities, field trips, and picnics.

In 1970, Louise began working at First Christian Church as Sunday school teacher for preschool through junior high-aged children, Sunday school superintendent, and youth leader. From 1975 to 1988, Louise was also employed as the church secretary and managed many administrative duties as well as providing counseling and advice to parents and assisting many others who came to the church seeking a helping hand or a listening ear.

At age 53, Louise began a whole new career at AB Ingham School, working in the classroom with the most severely handicapped children in Monterey County. She was chosen from over 50 applicants for the position. She loved the children very much and although it was stressful work, she often said she enjoyed every minute of her 19 years employed there. Parents specifically requested that she work with their children when they had especially difficult challenges.

She also worked with her husband, Ted, as a paper carrier for The Salinas Californian. Louise crocheted many beautiful afghans and baby blankets as gifts; she loved to cook, and she was an avid gardener who shared her tomatoes with friends every fall. She had a million stories to tell, read voraciously, and remained a lifelong learner who continued to take classes and expand her knowledge.

She continued her education through Hartnell Community College and San Jose State extension courses. She earned her certification at age 58 in the Orton-Gillingham techniques for aiding children with specific symbolic language processing disorders from the Chartwell School in Marina. She enjoyed tutoring children and would ride the bus to their homes to work with them one on one where they would be most comfortable. She never cared how much she was earning, only that she enjoyed what she was doing as she made a positive difference for others.

Louise may have raised only one biological child, but she loved all the children of the world as if they were hers. She improved the lives of literally hundreds of children. To those who needed her, even those who couldn’t see or hear or respond in conventional ways, her touch conveyed love. She always said they could tell who cared about them, no matter how handicapped they might be. To those who needed her, her gentle and patient work enabled them to do things of which no one thought them capable, whether it be to take their first steps or to be able to eat solid food for the first time after being tube-fed. In her mind, she was just doing what she was always meant to do as she conveyed her empathy, love, and deepest understanding to children.

Of all the people she helped, her friend Marlene benefited most. Louise worked with her for many hours daily as she struggled with schizophrenia and numerous attempts to commit suicide. Louise enabled her to overcome many obstacles and to become more independent. She never failed to go to her rescue, sometimes chasing her down the street and talking her into coming back to the group home where she lived or getting her to the hospital for treatment. She made the difference in Marlene’s life when Marlene had no one else. Louise’s commitment to Marlene lasted a lifetime, and even after Marlene no longer needed psychiatric help, Louise still assisted her with finances, talked to her caregivers, acted as her power of attorney, and either saw or talked with her everyday on the phone for over 30 years, never asking for anything in return. When Marlene died recently, Louise insisted on attending the funeral service by wheelchair, in spite of being in a lot of pain.

Louise courageously faced many disappointments these past 15 months as she battled breast cancer, diabetes, congestive heart failure, vascular disease, Vasculitis (a painful condition in her feet), and lung cancer. Through it all, she kept a positive attitude and remained more concerned for others than for herself. Even in the hospital as she was nearing death, she was comforting her roommates and sharing whatever she had, including her snacks and Mentholatum.

Louise gave unconditional love and compassion to everyone she came into contact with and constantly tried to help those around her to find the good in each other. She was known for her often-repeated phrase, “It could be worse.” She literally loved everyone unconditionally and lived the gospel message to “love your neighbor as yourself” until the very end of her life, always putting the needs of others above her own.

Louise and Ted were married for 38 years, until Ted passed away on Nov. 15, 2000.

Louise is survived by Katherine “Kat” Elaine Teraji and her son-in-law, Stephen Teraji, of whom she liked to say, “I couldn’t have gotten a better son-in-law had I taken out an ad in the newspaper and held interviews to find just the right one.”

For those who wish to give in memory of Louise, she requests that you make donations to feed low income children, help seniors with transportation, and job-train the homeless through St. Joseph’s Family Center (see http://www.stjosephsgilroy.org or call 408-842-6662). Please send donations to 7950 Church St., Suite A, Gilroy, Calif. 95020 and note “Louise Weydell” on the check.

Jayden Hurt

Jayden Paul Hurt of Midway passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.

Services, conducted by the Rev. Donna Slusher, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery.

Jayden was born June 8, 2007, in Columbia to Brett Hurt and Ashley Begemann.

Survivors include his parents, Brett Hurt and Ashley Begemann; brother Hayden Williams and sister Hailee Williams, all of Midway; maternal grandparents Paul and Maria Begemann of Rocheport; paternal grandparents Billy Hurt and Karen Lechner of Boonville; paternal grandmother Mary Lou Hurt of Columbia; great-grandparents Carl and Frances Turner of Rocheport; great-grandmother Phoebe Begemann of Columbia; aunts Mariah and Morgan Begemann of Rocheport; uncles Brandon Hurt of Columbia, Justin Studley of Rocheport and Travis Studley of Columbia; aunt and uncle Jenna and Brett Lechner; and a large extended family.

Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Ryan C. Painter

Ryan Cole Painter, 22, of Boonville, MO., died Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Cooper County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2005 at Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville. Friends may call from 12 to 6 p.m. on Monday. Memorial services will be at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 with Rev. Roger Metscher and Rev. Jamie Page officiating. Burial will be in S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rex Stevens, Jeff Eichelberger, Jake Stevens, Blake Stevens, Andrew Painter and Jeremy Painter. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Edwards, Jason Helmrich, Matt Horst, Tyler Eaton, David Stanaway, Jared Mullet, Jamey Leonard, Jesse Bowman, Brett Hurt, Brandon Hurt, Dylan Estill, Adam Million, Bill Lacy, LaRon Williams and Colby Brown.

Mr. Painter was born February 3, 1983 in Boone County, the son of Robert Edward Painter and Valenia Faye Eichelberger. He worked at Boonville Country Mart through his high school years. After graduating from Boonville High School in 2001, he advanced to the position of meat cutter. Ryan enjoyed swimming, bike riding, basketball and music, and he loved kids. He was baptized into the Catholic Church at age seven. He was also a descendant of Hannah Cole.

He is survived by his parents; grandparents, John and Carolyn Eichelberger and Alice Painter; great-grandmother, Virginia Lammers; sister, Mallory Elizabeth Painter; three stepbrothers, Bryce Kammerich, Will Wessing and Zachary Tyler Cook; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Painter and great-grandmother, Lilly Mae Booth.

Gregory R. Solomon

Gregory Ruis Solomon, 56, of Los Angeles, Calif. died Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 2004 at the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Boonville, Mo. The body will be cremated and buried at sea.

Mr. Solomon was born July 28, 1948 in Mexico, Mo. to Myrl Roe and Martha Elizabeth Ruis Solomon. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1966 and received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Drury College in Springfield, Mo. in 1971. In 1997 he received his Masters Degree in Music from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. Because of his passion for music, Greg was a professional trombone player.

He was a member of the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mr. Solomon is survived by his brother, Steve Solomon and his sister Nancy Ward, both of Boonville. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces: Jim Ward, Missy Walker Tiffany Solomon, Amy Sanchez, Charice Hilgedick, Patrick Solomon, and Erica Breshears as well as 11 great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family has suggested memorials to the Cooper County Mental Health Association in care of Thacher-Wood Funeral Home.