Peter Daniel Hilty, age 87, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008. He was born July 16, 1921, the son of Peter P. and Barbara Koller Hilty.
On August 16, 1969, he married Nancy Wismer. They have one son, Daniel Peter Hilty and daughter-in-law, Kristen Celeste Hicks Hilty.
Peter received his MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1951, and his Ph.D. from the same University in 1958.
He was an English professor. He taught one year at Arkansas State, and four years at Park College in Parkville, before going to Southeast State University in 1964.
He served on Cape City Council from 1982 to 1988, was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and a member of Rotary Club.
His hobbies were reading, poetry, history of family names, carpentry, and music.
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by one sister, Dorothy Baumgartner of Versailles; one brother, Calvin Hilty of Porterville, California; two grandchildren, Elijah Tate and Magdalene Caroline; and many nieces and nephews, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Carl, Hiram, and Paul, and sisters, Esther and Winifred.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Versailles with Reverend Dave Zapf officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
William M. “Bill” Garber, age 78, of Kansas City, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, MO. He was born July 15, 1929 near Versailles, MO, a son of Edwin R. and Elizabeth Diener Garber.
He was united in marriage on August 31, 1957 in Versailles with Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Barbour.
Bill was as a mechanic for Trans World Airlines for several years prior to his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the International Brotherhood Machinist and the Aerospace Workers Local 142. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and member of Park Hill Christian Church in Parkville.
He is survived by his wife Kathy of the home; one son, Billy B. Garber and wife Sandra, of Kansas City, MO; one daughter, Rebecca D. Imokhome and husband Dan, of Kansas City, KS; four grandchildren, Deb, Kemi, Lola, and Wole Imokhome; five brothers, Raymond Garber and wife Susanna, of Versailles, Robert Garber and wife Martha, of Watha, N.C., Dennis Garber and wife Marvelene of Tipton, Edwin Garber (Jr.) and wife Nadine, of Tipton, and Homer Garber and wife Twila, of Versailles; five sisters, Ina Mae McCormick and husband George, of North Ireland, UK, Lena Alexander and husband Dick, of Promise City, IA, Velma Reiss and husband Robert, of Osage City, KS, Mary Gehman and husband Dan, of Lewistown, MT, and Rosella Fulks of Latham, numerous nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, Norman Garber, and two sisters, Violet Garber and Pauline Wulff.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery near Versailles. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Sympathy condolences may be sent online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.