Kruse_HaroldHarold  Alfred  Kruse, 93, of Hermann, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Washington.
He was born in Rhineland on Nov. 15, 1919, son of the late Fred W. and Josephine A. (Baumann) Kruse.
Mr. Kruse was a member of St. George Church in Hermann and the V.F.W. Post 4182 of Hermann.
He was the husband of Ruth E. (Berend) Kruse. They were married March 2, 1957 at St. Joseph Church, Little Berger. She survives in Hermann.
Mr. Kruse is also survived by daughter, Denise Witthaus and husband Michael of Hermann; two granddaughters, Katherine O’Neal and husband Brad of Holts Summit and Julia Witthaus of Columbia; a great-grandson, Austin O’Neal of Holts Summit.
He was preceded in death his parents; one son, David Kruse; seven brothers, Albert, Raymond, Edward, Leon, Vincent, Joe and Alvin Kruse, and a sister, Emma Overkamp.
Mr. Kruse proudly served in the United States Army as Private First Class in Company G 323 Infantry 81st Division, from June 1942 to December 1945. He served in South West Pacific, Caroline Islands, New Caledonia, Philippines and Japan. He was awarded two bronze stars for the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign and American Theatre Campaign, and also received two overseas service bars victory ribbons.
Upon returning from the war, Harold went to work at the International Shoe Co. in Hermann which later became Florshiem Shoe Co. He worked there for 38 years. In his retirement years, he assisted his wife in cleaning St. George Church.

Funeral services will be held at St. George Church, Hermann, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, with Father Bill Debo officiating. Burial will be at St. George Cemetery in  Hermann, with full military honors.
Visitation was Tuesday at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.  where a rosary service and VFW service followed.
Memorials may be given to Masses or to St. George Cemetery.


Sidney Hudson Thompson, 87, of Portland, died on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at his home in Portland.
He was born August 13, 1926 in Readsville, Mo., to Odie Thompson and Bernice Tate Thompson.
He married Vivian Blanche Eikel Thompson on December 31, 1949 in Hermann. They were married almost 60 wonderful years. Together they raised six children.
Mr. Thompson was a member of the Bethany Church. He was a hard worker farming and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.  Much that service was in the European Theater.
Mr. Thompson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by six children: Harold Thompson and wife, Kay, of Rhineland; Sue Neff and husband, Patrick, of Fulton; Roger Thompson of Warrenton; Kerry Thompson of Rhineland; Sidney Thompson, Jr., and wife, Karen, of Columbia; and Kevin Thompson and wife, Monica, of Rhineland; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Byron Thompson of Rhineland ; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Odie and Bernice Tate Thompson; his wife, Vivian Blanche Eikel Thompson, on December 20, 2009; and by three brothers, Gordon, Otis, and Lloyd Thompson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City. The Rev. Kenneth Cleeton will officiate and interment with full military honors will be in the Bethany Cemetery near Portland.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethany Cemetery, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.
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Wilma  J.  Vogt, 85, of Rhineland, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Washington.
Mrs. Vogt was born in High Hill, Mo., on August 28, 1928, a daughter of the late John and Virginia (Whitman) Wiss.
She was the wife of Marvin John Vogt. They were married March 12, 1949 at Warrenton.  Marvin survives in Rhineland.
Wilma is also survived by a son, Roger Vogt of Jefferson City, a daughter, Susan Miller and husband Tom of Gulfport, Miss.; six sisters, Vera Strack of New Florence, Kathryn Wheeler of Boston, Mass., Arline Wertz of Memphis, Tenn., Ollie Mae Bauer and husband, Wilfred, of St. Louis, Rose Begemann of Columbia, and Maxine Witte and husband Howard of Rhineland; two brothers, John Wiss of Kirksville and Floyd Wiss and wife Jane of Joplin; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Purl Riechman, and a granddaughter, Sara Dellinger.
Wilma was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Hermann, and of the Hermann V.F.W. Auxiliary. She worked as a utility officer for Bank of America in the state of California.
Wilma enjoyed spending time on the computer communicating with family and social networking. She enjoyed doing volunteer work for the V.F.W. Auxiliary and working in her flower garden. She was a great cook and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4-8 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann, with Rev. Rick Riedel officiating. Burial will be at the Warrenton Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul U.C.C. or Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer, c/o Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home.

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm