Garber, Laurel W.

Laurel W. Garber, age 75, of Tipton, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was born September 26, 1936, in Versailles, Missouri, the son of the late Daniel and Elma Aeschbacher Garber.

On September 28, 1956, in Versailles, he was united in marriage to Shirley Noyes, who survives of the home.

Laurel was a retired linesman working for Co-Mo Electric for 11 years, and Ameren for 31 years.

Some hobbies he enjoyed during his retirement were: attending tractor pulls, camping, collecting trains, and spending quality time with his grandchildren. He was also an avid sports and racing fan.

Laurel was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by his son, Steve Garber of Tipton; his daughters, Kim Wilhelm and husband Todd and Tammy Lehman and husband Steve both of Versailles, and Tara Garber of Tipton; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lydia Lehman of Berne, Indiana and Erma Goering of Moundridge, Kansas; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, and his brothers, Vernon Garber and Daniel Clifford Garber.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, at the Bethel Mennonite Church with Reverend Dennis Maxwell officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Brewer, LaVern Keune

LaVern Keune Brewer, age 86, passed away on August 20, 2012 at Capitol Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO.

She was born on March 9, 1926 to Edna Emilie Saak Keune and Herman Julius Keune in Hermann, MO in Gasconade County. She was married to Wesley N Brewer on November 16, 1944 in Hayward, CA. He preceded her in death, November 14, 2010.

Between the ages of 14 and 18, LaVern worked in a restaurant, cotton factory and a can factory, all in the St Louis area. She then met Wesley and moved to California and they were married. When Wesley was stationed overseas in World War II, LaVern moved back to the St Louis area and worked at the Alligator Coat Co. until the war ended. They then moved to the Kirksville, MO area where they farmed row crops and raised cattle. LaVern also worked for Lambert Manufacturing for 18 years and Hollisters for 20 years during that time. She was an active member of her church and a long-time supporter of the Kirksville Bible School.

In 1995 LaVern and Wesley moved to Versailles where she helped her son and daughter in law at the Conoco and 52 Diner until 2000. She then worked at the Versailles Nutrition Site until 2011. She attended Bethel Mennonite Church.

LaVern will be remembered for her staunch work ethic and her amazing abilities to accomplish whatever task was before her. She enjoyed being productive and helpful to those around her. Her many talents include her marvelous cooking, canning, gardening and embroidery and visiting the sick. She was skilled in all areas of farm work as well.

LaVern is survived by one son, Wayne Brewer and his wife, Jacquie of Versailles; three grandchildren, Chris Brewer and wife Kristi of Sedalia, Betsy Nichols and husband Jason of Centralia and Jeff Brewer of Kirksville; four step-grandchildren, Tony Stephens and wife Missy of Versailles, Brent Stephens and wife Emily of Carlsbad, CA, Lori Mott and husband Kevin of Honolulu, HI and Jodi Stephens of Columbia, eleven great- grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; one sister, Evelyn Schirmer of Ellisville, MO, and three brothers, Herman (Sonny) Keune and Victor Keune of Ellisville, MO and Glen Keune of Marthasville, MO and many other relatives, friends and neighbors.

In addition to her parents, LaVern was preceded in death by a sister, Leota Schindler, and two brothers, Vernon Keune and Robert Keune and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 24, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles Nutrition Site or to Bethel Mennonite Church.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.