Obituaries

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

When: Back to Calendar October 16, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Teresa Ann Deppe, 45 of Morrison, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Teresa was born on November 14, 1966 in Washington, a daughter to William H. Kuhn who survives in Hermann and Judy (Kuebler) Kuhn who survives in Morrison.
She was a 1985 graduate of Chamois High School.
Teresa was united in marriage to Keith Deppe on June 14, 1991 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Teresa and Keith renewed their wedding vows on June 14, 1996 in Pershing. He survives of the home in Morrison.
She attended the First Pentecostal Church in Gasconade. She was a homemaker, enjoyed going to yard sales and spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband Keith, Teresa is survived by her father, William H. and his wife Marilyn Kuhn of Hermann; her mother, Judy Kuhn and her companion, Paul Cramer, of Morrison; one son, Tyler Deppe of the home; one brother, William J. and his wife Dana Kuhn of Washington; as well as eight nephews, one niece, two cousins and an aunt, Kathy Busch, of Morrison.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at the First Pentecostal Church in Gasconade. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Doug Kuebler officiating.
Expression of sympathy may be made to the ALS Foundation or to the Deppe Family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, MO (897-2214)

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Richard D. Greene, Chief Judge of Kansas Court of Appeals, died at age 62 on Sunday, Oct. 7, after heart surgery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Born in Hermann, Mo. to Jack and Marjorie Greene, he graduated as Valedictorian from Hermann High School in 1968.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  He was in private practice for 28 years with Wichita-based Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy.
In 2003, he was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He was made Chief Judge by the state Supreme Court in January 2011.
Richard had a long history of community, church, and charitable involvement in Wichita. He served as volunteer judge for Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas, and is a member of the emeritus council of Project Concern International where he served as Chairman of the Board from 1992-94. He remained active in his church, where he taught an adult Sunday School class.  Richard was a gourmet chef, appeared on local cooking shows, and as a fine wine connoisseur, was a member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs international food and wine society. He was a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan, a patron of the Wichita Symphony, and an avid follower of Mizzou football, the Oklahoma Sooners, and Wichita State baseball.
During his years in Hermann, he was was active in Hermann’s Boy Scout Troop 116, the Hermann United Methodist Church, and he managed the Hermann Swimming Pool during his high school years. He played French Horn in the Hermann Municipal Band, played in the Washington Civic Orchestra, and performed in the annual Rotunda Show during Hermann Maifest celebrations.
He is survived by his wife Mary Sue Smith of Wichita, his parents, Jack and Marjorie Greene, Hermann; daughters Katie (Glen) Edwards, Dallas, Texas, Jenny Greene (Chris Connell) Ft. Myers, Fla., step-daughters Kristin Smith, Carrollton, Texas, and Julie (Torsten) Cook, Norman, Okla.
He dearly loved his four grand-daughters, Asheton, Savannah, Chandler, and Maddie May. He also leaves behind three sisters, Merry (Dave) Gnaegy, Chesterfield, Mo., Jonelle (Dennis) Loehnig, Hermann, and Melodie (Kevin) Kelley, Kansas City, as well as his beloved dog, Lacey.
Visitation took place at on Oct. 14 at College Hill United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kan. followed by a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. 1st St. N, Wichita, KS designated for the “Richard D. Greene Lecture Series.” In his honor, the Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, asked that the flag be flown at half-staff.

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Ronald Gwynn Jost, 68, of Owensville passed away Friday, October 12, 2012, at his home in Owensville.
He was born in Washington, Mo., on April 16, 1944, a son of Gwynn and Frances (Kottwitz) Jost.
On February 3, 1962 he was married to Ruth Estes at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Owensville.  Ron was a member of the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ and former deacon, board member and treasurer for the Church.  He was a lifetime member of the Gasconade County Historical Society; member of the Owensville Chamber of Commerce, Moose Lodge, Farm Bureau, Owensville Gun Club; and a retired member of Owensville Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years and former assistant chief, Owensville Lions Club (past president), Owensville Jaycees (past president and charter member), and Owensville Park Board.
Mr. Jost was the Presiding Commissioner of Gasconade County since 2003. He successfully maintained a balanced budget for Gasconade County, without tax increases, borrowings or any county layoffs. During his terms in office he collaborated with agencies to establish funding and grants which improved the county infrastructure, including repaving roads and adding bridges, provided low-income housing with funding coordinated with Phelps County, and secured funding for building and public access improvements at the county courthouse.
He served as board member of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Meramec Regional Workforce Investment Board, and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action, Co-Chairman Meramec Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, and Chairman of Phelps County Public Housing Advisory Board.
Prior to his elected role as presiding commissioner, Mr. Jost was a successful businessman and co-owner of Jost Tire Company in Owensville, where he worked for over 40 years. For over 20 years he managed and expanded the wholesale business, distributing tires throughout Central Missouri.
He is survived by his wife Ruth, his mother Frances Jost of Owensville; son, Terry Jost and his wife, Sandy, of Wildwood; daughter, Linda Baehr, and her husband Steve; a brother, Don Jost and his wife, Suzie, all of Owensville; two sisters, Connie Graves and her husband, Bill, and Bonnie Gibson and her husband, Jim, both of Jefferson City; and a brother-in-law, Bob Estes of Rosebud; and six grandchildren, Hannah Baehr, Lauren Baehr, Katie Jost, Stephanie Jost, Leland Richardson and Bruce Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gwynn E. Jost.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville with Rev. Terry Knight and Pastor Chris Ross officiating. Burial was in the Owensville City Cemetery, Owensville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family’s choice may be sent to Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, 108 South Second Street, Owensville, MO 65066.

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Michael James Keeling Jr., 20, of Linn, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born August 11, 1992, in Jefferson City, a son of Michael James Keeling, Sr. and Carol Lynn Held Branson.
Michael attended Osage County R-3 in Westphalia and was currently employed with Feeler Tree Service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all spending time with his son Jett.
Survivors include his father, Michael James Keeling, Sr. of Russellville; his mother, Carol Lynn Branson of Owensville; one son, Jett Michael Richard of the home; girlfriend, Kristy Danyelle Treat of Linn; maternal grandparents Donald and Bettie Held of Pershing; two sisters, Sara Wilkerson (husband Billy) of Russellville, Amy Keeling of Jefferson City; and one brother, Charles Witzigman of Pittsburg, Mo.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Chapels, 919 E. Main Street; Linn, MO 65051.(573) 897-4848.
Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com.

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Heather Dawn Scherzer (nee Gerloff), entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of Dr. Aaron Schertzer, amazing mother of Kennady, 10; Raegan, 5; and Jackson, 4; daughter of Kevin Gerloff and Donna Gerloff Stephens; sister of Jeremy Gerloff and wife, Christi; granddaughter of Kenneth and Hazel Gerloff of Hermann; and Coleen Lamb Byrd; loving aunt, cousin, daughter-in-law, daughter and granddaughter and friend to all.

Heather was born Jan. 6, 1982, the first baby of the year to Kevin and Donna Gerloff. She graduated from Warrenton High School and attended UMSL and resided in Fenton with her husband and family.
She was proud of her entire family and her blue eyes would light up a room.
When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer she chose to fight and changed her name to Heather “Badger” inspired by the honey badger, who doesn’t give a xxx. She had an unwavering courage.
She loved sports and parties, and gave awesome parties for her children, at Christmas and any special day. She loved talking on the phone with grandma; she liked fancy coffees, Dr. Seuss and diamonds, and wanted everyone to vote Republican, but she’d love them even if they didn’t.
A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at Manchester Methodist Church. She asked that memorials go to “Annie’s Hope” to help mothers with cancer.
She was cremated.

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