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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8000
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today spring 11 obits

In Memoriam

1940 - 1949

Clint J.F. Hammer '41
Cornelius J. Koester '48

1950 - 1959

Richard D. Price '50
W. Richard Zink '50
Winifred Strahan '53
Glenn A. Thomas '55
Virginia L. McDonald '56
Harold L. Myers '57
Mary F. Rogers '59

1960 - 1969

Etha E. Andruss '60
Stanley H. Wilbers '60
William H. Wingfield '60
Ken Brown '61
Blanche Haines '61
Eula J. Miller '62
Marilyn S. Colster '63
Lorene McCue '63
Daniel J Byrne '64
Sara Jeannie Foster '64
Richard J. Sporleder '65
William A. Geis Jr. '67

1970 - 1979

Sharon Kay O'Laughlin '70
Terry P. Weyant '70
David B. Ephland '71
Susan E. Reavis '71
Glenn R. Swalm '71, '74
Thomas C. Hayes '72
James T. Brown '73
Steve E. Koroch '74
John W. Browning '75
Shirley L. Moles '75
Rebecca G. Allred '76
Sharon L. Click '77
John David Haldiman '77
Wallace F. Misterek '77
Robert A. Blackhall '78
Carole A. Ladd '78, '87
David V. Pearson '78, '84

1980 - 1989

Launa L. Boston '80
Rhonda L. Manthei '80
Bruce M. Thezan '80
Gary W. Armstrong '81
Donald S. Caccamise '81
Kristi M. Bjerrum '85
Alan L. Bolin '88
Launa L. Boston '88
Susan E. West '88
Paula S. Rumsey '89, '96

1990 - 1999

Ralph David Talik '94
Wendell Booker '99, '00, '02

2000 - 2009

Thomas Casey McCausland '04
Andrew John Hoehne '05
Steven C. Larimore '05
Trenton L. Rhea '06
Shawna Jeane Branam '07
Casey Stundebeck '09

College High Alumni

Katherine S. Kridler '43
Anna Lee Rider '49
Dorothy Ellen Brockhaus '51
Mary L. Landers '54


Current Students

Erin Hook
Natalie A. Niavarani
Jennifer Reeder

Former Students

C. Scott Duffey
Dewey N. Ohms
Ernest B. Porter


Fern Beardsley
David V. Brydon
Emil B. Feutz
B. Stephen Gallo
Patricia L. Geren
Ira L. Hall
Milfred E. Hall
Ruth Ann Hall
Ronald R. Hudgens
Ethel D. Jackson
William E. James
John P. Kennedy
Lashley T. McDaniel Jr.
Geraldine Mergener
Hilda Eileen Middleton
Eileen Moeller
Jack L. Pinkston
Joyce E. Ralston
John P. Simon
Doris M. Whitlock
Victor E. Williams


Ken R. Brown


Kenneth Roger Brown, 75, Warsaw, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2013. He was the father of the late Bart Brown, an esteemed flight instructor at UCM who died in 2008. Ken Brown was born Dec. 27, 1937, to Earl and Inez Adair Brown. He graduated from Leeton High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from UCM in 1961. On Nov. 29, 1958, he married Martha Burford. They made their home in Warrensburg, moving to Warsaw in 1960. Ken was the industrial arts instructor for Warsaw High School for eight years. In 1968, he obtained his real estate broker's license and began Village Realty in Warsaw. Ken was very civic minded and loved his home of Warsaw, having served as city alderman and mayor. He was a member of the Warsaw Lion's Club and had been a Cub Scout leader and Eagle Scout. He also was involved in politics, including serving as chair of the Benton County Democratic Committee, on the Democratic Senatorial District # 21 and the Missouri State Democratic Board. He served as chair of the Whiteman Base Community Council for 12 years and was a member of the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; one brother, Dennis Brown of Stover, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends. Memorials are suggested to the Bart Brown Scholarship Fund, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, Mo. 64093 or online at


Jackie Hultquist


Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" Hultquist, 89, professor emerita of teacher education, died Jan. 20, 2014, at her home in Bakersfield, Calif. She was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Washington, Iowa, to Cecil and Helen Korf. She married Glen F. Hultquist in 1945. They later divorced. She attended Olds consolidated school and graduated from Olds High School in 1942. Hultquist received a bachelor's degree in history from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1945, then taught 19 years at Olds and WACO high schools in Iowa. She next earned a master's in social studies and a doctorate in educational curriculum at the University of Northern Colorado in Greely. She joined the UCM faculty in 1972, eventually serving as head of the teacher education department. She retired in 1988. In addition to her professional education, Hultquist was a member of the Olds American Legion Auxiliary from 1945 until she died. She was Iowa State Legion Auxiliary president from 1959 to 1960, Central Division National vice president, education director of Iowa Girl's State and director Girl's Nation in Washington, D.C. She also was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. After retiring in Bakersfield, she was active in the 60+ Club of California State University. She is survived by her special friend of 40 years, Marie Ice of Bakersfield.


Patricia Kamerman


Patricia M. Kamerman, 89, professor emerita of English and former College High teacher, died Nov. 8, 2013. She earned an associate degree in 1944 from Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., before studying at the University of Arkansas where she earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1949 and a master's degree in 1963. She also received a doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University and an education specialist degree from UCM in 1970. For 10 years, she taught at the university's College High, joining the UCM faculty in 1974 as coordinator of the learning center and assistant professor of English. She retired as professor emeritus of English in the Educational Development Center in 1985.


Chi Ling Lee


Chi Ling Lee, retired professor of economics, died Dec. 24, 2013. Lee earned an undergraduate degree in 1944 from the National Central University of China and a doctorate degree in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin. After teaching six years at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the UCM faculty in 1966, retiring in 1986. His primary research interest was the flexible exchange rate system.


Timothy D. Murdock


Timothy D. Murdock, 66, Warrensburg, Mo., a 1971 UCM alumnus and former president of the UCM Alumni Association Board of Directors, died Jan. 3, 2014. Murdock was born April 27, 1947, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Charles A. and Virginia (Gatchell) Murdock III. As a student at UCM, he sold his first insurance policy. After he graduated in sociology, he worked two years for Dun and Bradstreet before returning to Warrensburg in 1973 to join the financial services industry. He founded Murdock Banner Financial Group, which was recognized by Barron's magazine as one of the nation's top independent advisers. He was the senior partner and well-known for advising many UCM staff and faculty on retirement planning. He was an active community volunteer, serving as chair of the local United Way and American Red Cross. He also served on the board of the Western Missouri Medical Center. He was united in marriage to Paula J. (Erwin) Neal in 1974. They resided in the country just outside of Warrensburg, where they raised two children, Brian and Tiffany. Survivors include his wife Paula; son Brian Neal of Overland Park; daughter Tiffany Driver of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; two brothers, Charles A. Murdock IV of Springfield, Mo.; and Dan Murdock of Liberty, Mo.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Susan Pentlin


Susan Lee Pentlin, professor emerita of modern languages, died Dec. 25, 2013. She was known for her work in the classroom and her research on the history of German teaching and the Holocaust. She dedicated more than 34 years to UCM and its students. Pentlin graduated summa cum laude from UCM in 1968, majoring in French. She earned a master's degree in German language and literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She joined the faculty at UCM in 1970 and retired in 2005. She was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Freising, West Germany, from 1973 to 1974, a Fulbright Summer Seminar in 1977, and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in 1986-1987. In addition to teaching in the modern languages department, she was an active participant in numerous university committees, scholarly research and professional service activities. Pentlin was a champion for human rights issues and spoke out against racism and sexism as it applied to the collegiate atmosphere. She took pride in having been at the first campus meetings on women's issues and serving on the first women's studies committee. She was involved in the "Women in Contemporary Society" symposium series on campus in 1986 that brought the Nobel Prize for Peace winner Betty Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carolyn Kizer. She served from 1996 through 2012 on the 4th District, Missouri Commission of Human Rights and became its longest serving commissioner. Her abiding research interest was the Jewish Holocaust, an area in which she worked on for more than 60 years. She presented papers nationally and internationally: twice at Oxford as well as in Berlin, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Prague. She was a prolific scholar of articles and reviews in numerous journals as well as having edited a book and was working on a biography at the time of her death. She was particularly interested in the story of Holocaust survivor Bronia Roslawowski and wrote extensively about Holocaust denial. Survivors include her husband, Floyd; a sister Linda Pietila of Carrolton, Texas; brother Mark Riddle; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Joseph Snoble


Joseph J. Snoble, 82, retired UCM professor, died Nov. 19, 2013. He was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Center Point, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Rose (Novak) Snoble. He graduated in 1949 from Hazelton High School in Iowa. In 1951 he volunteered in the U.S. Army First Calvary Division during the Korean War and spent two years overseas. In 1958 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. In 1960, he returned to Iowa State Teachers College where he earned a master's degree in education before continuing at the University of Iowa where he received a doctorate in science education in 1967. That fall he moved his family to Warrensburg and started his teaching career at Central Missouri. He retired as a full professor in 1997. During his career at UCM, he sponsored Sigma Zeta, National Science and Mathematics honor society, and hosted the annual stargazing and ice cream socials. He gave presentations at several National Science Teachers Association national conferences. He enjoyed working with elementary science educators as he traveled the state conducting science experiments for the students and workshops for the teachers where he provided knowledge and materials that were used to create inexpensive teaching apparatus. Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Georgia (Meyer) Snoble; daughter Kris of Lawson, Mo., son Scott of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters, Elizabeth Walker of Crescent, Okla., and Julia Tschopp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions are suggested to the UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or by going online to


Harold Van Cleave


Harold Buford Van Cleave, 85, professor emeritus of agriculture, died Dec. 18, 2013. He was born Nov. 27, 1928, son of Kenneth and Margaret Robinson Van Cleave. He married Erma Jean Beeney in 1951, and they had four children: Lanus, Marcia, Connie and Michael. A member of the National Agricultural Mechanics Teachers Association, he earned two degrees from Kansas State University: a bachelor's in 1950 and master's in 1963. In 1972, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Van Cleave dedicated more than 40 years of his life to teaching agriculture, retiring after 27 years as professor emeritus of agriculture. Prior to UCM, he taught high school vocational agriculture in Erie and Arkansas City. From 1951 to 1953, he was a counter intelligence special agent in the U.S. Army. He was also a judge for the FFA National Agriculture Mechanics Contest, where his service and expertise were acknowledged with honorary degrees by local, state and national chapters of the FFA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Erma, and his daughter Marcia. Survivors include a daughter, Lanus Setser of Peculiar, Mo.; daughter Connie Freeman of High Ridge, Mo.; son Michael Van Cleve of St. Louis; brother Kenneth Van Cleave Jr; several grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.