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Emogene Leeper 

Emogene Leeper, age 84 of Centerville, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.
Emogene was born on July 21, 1932 in New Boston, Missouri, the daughter of Clarence and Melvina (Liebhart) McCollum. She graduated high school from Shelby High School in Shelby, Missouri. She then attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
Emogene worked at McGraw Edison for a few years. She then went to work for Sears before accepting employment with Ben Franklin on the Centerville Square, a position she would maintain for twenty years until its closing.
She was very close friends with the Janet and Tom Demry family. She was also very fond of her neighbors throughout the years. She enjoyed eating at George and Nick's in Centerville. Mostly, she loved her cat, Muffin.
Emogene is survived by her niece, Mary Etta (Fred) Bailey of Kenosha, Wisconsin; a nephew, Jim (Deb) Bailey of Medford, Oregon; two great nephews, David (Laura) Bailey of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Richard Bailey of Medford, Oregon; as well as numerous friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Melvina McCollum; a sister, Ella Mae Bailey; and a great niece, Amanda Bailey.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held from 5-7PM, Friday, April 14, 2017 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. A graveside service will take place 11AM, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Nester Chapel Cemetery in Linn County, Missouri. Memorials have been established to either the Centerville American Legion, Post #0214 (to go towards cemetery honors) or to Nester Chapel Cemetery and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

Harold Hoyt

Harold Wayne Hoyt, age 89, of Brookfield, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at his home. Service arrangements are pending with Rhodes Funeral Home.

David Lomax

David K. Lomax, age 73, of Denver, Colorado passed away on April 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. His passing was attributed to complications while recovering from surgery. He is survived by daughter Cori (James) Hostetter of Knoxville, TN, son Spencer (Jana) Lomax of Golden, CO and sister Sara Lomax (Ken Church) of Grand Lake, CO. He is also survived by his grandchildren Hampton, Emerson (Hostetter) and Townes, Althea and Lincoln (Lomax). He is preceded in death by his parents Carroll K. and Camilla (Siegrist) Lomax.
David was born in 1943 in Chillicothe, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Sumner, Missouri. He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1961, and subsequently attended the University of Missouri. In 1967 David enlisted in the United States Marine Corp., and would attain the rank of Sergeant. He would go on to serve a thirteen-month tour of duty in Vietnam, stationed near Da Nang assisting in the protection of an anti-aircraft missile battery. He returned stateside in 1969 and would receive an honorable discharge from the service in 1972.
He returned to the University of Missouri in 1970 to complete his Bachelor of Science degree. Shortly after graduating he married Patricia Lee McCabe, and they made their home in Idaho Springs, Colorado. During this era he worked a crew responsible for dynamite blasting for the Eisenhower Tunnel construction and also worked for Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. He fell in love with the mountains and become an avid outdoorsman throughout his life, active in cycling, skiing, and outdoor photography. Ultimately, David forged a long and successful career in medical and orthopedic sales and developed lasting relationships with many hospitals and surgeons throughout Colorado.
When David retired in 2007 he pursued a regular exercise routine with the practice of yoga as a centerpiece. He lived simply and had a great love for our environment. His activities included cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, fly fishing, spending time with his family and grandchildren and enjoying a bold cup of coffee with friends. He had a great love for bluegrass and folk music especially in a live setting!
David’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Joseph Hospital and Spalding Rehabilitation Center for their loving care.
A Celebration of Life will be held on David’s birthday, May 25, 2017 at the Denver Botanic Gardens from 4-7 PM. All are welcome to attend.
Memorial donations in David’s honor may be directed to Doctors Without Borders ( or the Swallow Hill Music Center in Denver, CO (
In David’s name, we wish you Namaste. May his light honor the light in all of us.

Murle Bennett 

Murle Gerolene Bennett, passed away April 13, 2017, at Life Care Center, Brookfield, MO.
Services will be Monday, April 17, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. with visitation at 2:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will follow the service at the Laclede Cemetery.
Memorials to the Laclede Baptist Church may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Murle Kirby, daughter of John William Kirby and Tennie Lowell Breshears Kirby, was born January 11, 1923, at home in Kansas City, MO.
She graduated from Center High School in Kansas City where she and her sister, Veryl, took academics and basketball quite seriously. After graduation she worked in the offices of First National Bank, Pratt Whitney Aircraft and then General Motors Leeds Plant.
In 1951, she married John P. Bennett at Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. They moved to the farm in Laclede, MO. John and Murle were active and supporting members of the Laclede First Baptist Church for many years. Murle was also a participating member of the Laclede Civic Club and the Bruner Club.
She is survived by her son, John O. Bennett and wife, Ellyn Schleiffarth Bennett of Farmington, AR; her daughter Rebecca Jenkins and husband, Joe of Olathe, KS; three grandchildren, John Jenkins and wife, of Olathe, KS, Tricia Jenkins of Fort Collins,CO, and Rachel Jenkins of Lawrence, KS; one great granddaughter, Jailyn Marie Jenkins of Olathe, KS; also surviving is a brother-in-law, Neil Crain and wife, Delores; a niece, Nancy Carney and husband, David; two nephews, James Crain and William Crain; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Bennett; sister, Veryl Crain; her parents, John W. (Bill) and Tennie Lowell Kirby; and nieces, Vonda Crain and Dena Crain.