Obituaries

Robert Lee Pankey


    Robert Lee Pankey of St. James, Missouri was born on February 6, 1960 in Steelville, Missouri to Jr. and Wanda Kolb Pankey and passed away on November 8, 2018 at the age of 58 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Audrey J. Spindler


    Audrey June Spindler of Sullivan, Missouri was born on June 8, 1935 in Sullivan, Missouri, to Edgar Herbert and Sarah Rebecca (Bandy) Reed and passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the age of 83 years.

Rev. Thomas Roy Slovensky


    Rev. Thomas Roy Slovensky Sr. of Steelville, Missouri was born on Monday, June 21, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri to Henry Thomas Slovensky and Vivian Marie (Campbell) Slovensky and passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 15 days.
    Thomas graduated from Steelville High School in 1961 and attended Ranken Technical College.
    He worked at Doe Run as a foreman, however his true calling was ministering. He pastored at Davisville, Berryman, Cherryville, Viburnum and Glory Hill Assembly of God outside of Potosi. He attended First Assembly of God in Steelville, Missouri and was licensed as a minister through the Assemblies of God.
    Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping. He loved farming, horses and trains. Thomas loved to read and study bible prophecy.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Vivian Slovensky; parents-in-law, Bertis and Zelma Boulch; sister, Joyce Marie Slovensky; and great grandson, Simon Andrew Slovensky.
    He is survived by his wife, Donna Slovensky of Steelville, Missouri; children, Thomas Jr. (Regina) Slovensky of Potosi, Missouri and LaDonna (Donald) Slovensky of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren, Andrew (Astryd) Slovensky of Jefferson City, Missouri, Cyrus (Nicole) Slovensky, Seth (Casey) Slovensky and Matthias (fiancée April Phares) Slovensky, all of Potosi, Missouri, David Slovensky and Sarah Slovensky, both of St. Louis, Missouri; great grandchildren, Alexander, Anthony, Kaitlynn and Henry; brothers, Ronald (Tena) Slovensky of Steelville, Missouri and Terry (Sally) Slovensky of St. Charles, Missouri; sister-in-law, Rhonda (Donald) Vaughn of Cuba, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was  from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.
    Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri with Pastor Jerry Beers officiating.
    Burial was at the Liberty Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Stanley Arthur Miller


    Stanley Arthur Miller of Cuba was born Tuesday, December 22, 1931 at Bourbon, Missouri to and Stella (nee Ratliff) Miller and passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Susan Kay Mahan


    Susan Kay Mahan of Pomona, California was born Monday, June 15, 1964 at St. Louis, Missouri to Patricia Leavitt Mahan and passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Pomona, California at the age of 54 years.

Carolyn Sue Hemker


    Carolyn Sue Hemker of St. Clair, Missouri was born in St. Clair, Missouri on September 15, 1948 to Edwin Leo and Susie Ann Downey (nee Hawkins) and passed away on November 4, 2018 at the age of 71 years, 1 month and 19 days.

Betty Lou Bryan


    Betty Lou Bryan (nee Summers) of Steelville, Missouri was born November 15, 1930 in Crawford County to Clarence and Katherine Mullen Summers and passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 22 days.  

William James Neighbors


    William James Neighbors of St. James, Missouri was born in St. James, Missouri on February 7, 1927 to William Henry and Virginia (Hume) Neighbors and passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Walter David Franklin


    Walter David Franklin of St. James, Missouri was born in Clarendon, Arkansas on August 22, 1946 to Henry and Lorraine (Steen) Pedroli and passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 72 years.

Dale Allen Young


    Dale Allen Young, of Steelville, Missouri was born on Thursday, June 22, 1950 to Roy and Earline Young and passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 1 day.

Margaret Smallwood


    Margaret Janice Smallwood was born February 14, 1936  to James R. and Helen J. Shivley in Neelyville, Missouri and passed away November 4, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Carl Eugene Rose


    Carl Eugene Rose of Bland, Missouri was born on May 18, 1932 to William and Anna (Schonhoff) Rose at Rosebud and passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Golden Glenrose Miller


    Golden Miller of Sullivan, Missouri was born on April 20, 1927 in Bourbon, Missouri, to Charlie and Lenner (King) Payne and passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Norman C. Hongisto


    Norman C. Hongisto of Sullivan, Missouri was born on November 11, 1932 in Wakefield, Michigan to Nikolai Hongisto and Alma M. (Ronn) and passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Marie Gertrude Harris


    Marie Gertrude Harris (nee Huffman) of Cuba, Missouri was born on Tuesday, December 24, 1918 in Whitewater, Missouri to Charley and Dora King Huffman and passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the age of 99 years, 10 months and 10 days.

Justin Daniel Gunn


    Justin Daniel Gunn was born in Sullivan Missouri on July 2, 1980 to JoAnn and Raymond “Buddy” Gunn and passed away on Saturday October 27, 2018 at the age of 38 years.
    Justin attended Steelville R-3 Schools where he started playing sports at a young age. Justin excelled as an athlete and won numerous awards over the years for baseball, basketball, cross country, track and golf.
    He attended the St. James Assembly of God Church and was recently baptized. Justin loved the outdoors, whether he was fishing, hunting, walking in the woods, mushroom hunting or riding dirt bikes.
    He started working right out of high school and that motivation and work ethic drove him to start his own business, Gunn’s Roofing. Justin was a member of the Missouri National Guard.
    Justin married Danyel McCollum on April 23, 2004.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William “Budge” Gunn, Winifred (Moody) Gunn and Earl Garms.
    He is survived by his wife, Danyel Gunn; six children, Gatlin Gunn, Payton Gunn, Carson Gunn, Evan Gunn, Greylen Weller and Alexis Weller; his parents, JoAnn (John) Cahill and Raymond “Buddy” (Lynn) Gunn; siblings, Jessica (JW) Hanner, Julie (Randy) Skinner and Johnnie Evans; grandmother, Georgia “Granny Chick” Garms; nieces, Paige Gunn, Ava Skinner, Alayna Skinner, Alexandra Skinner, Annabella Skinner, Rory Hanner, Hannah McCollum, Arienne McCollum, Kierstin McCollum, Katelyn Belue and Heather McCollum; nephews, Dorian Halbert, Dameon Hawkins, Thomas Hawkins, Samuel Evans, Hunter McCollum, Alex McCollum, Eli McCollum and Jay McCollum; mother-in-law, Peggy McCollum; brothers-in-law, John McCollum, David McCollum and Fred Belue; sisters-in-laws, Raven Belue, Rebecca McCollum and Mary McCollum; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
    Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Memories were shared by step-father, John Cahill. Special music of “Leave Out all the Rest,” “Photograph,” “See You Again” and “When I Get Where I am Going” was played.
    Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri with full military honors.
    Honorary casket bearers are J.W. Hanner, Chris Turnbough, Hoyt McCann, Randy Skinner, Shannon Halbert, Brad Wynn, Mark Beezley and Rusty Bishop.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.

Glenda “Fay” Elkins


    Glenda “Fay” Elkins (nee Halbert) of Freeburg, Missouri was born on Sunday, October 6, 1957 in Steelville, Missouri to Horace Nathan Halbert Sr. and Leona Maude Adams Halbert and passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the age of 61 years and 28 days.

Russell Blaine Bullock


    Russell Blaine Bullock of St. James, Missouri was born February 25, 1947 in Waynesville, Missouri to John Russell and Beatrice Marie Carrigan Bullock and  passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the age of 71 years.