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Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

Jim Marsh

Joseph James “Jim” Marsh, Jr. 74, formerly of Troy passed away on Dec. 23, 2012, at his residence in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born Nov. 7, 1938, a son of Joseph “Joe” James and Lois Irene (Reid) Marsh.  He was united in marriage to Altha Harris on June 26, 1960, at the Methodist Church in Elsberry.   Later he married Jackie Buecher of Overland Park, Kan. in Las Vegas Nev.

Jim attended grade school at Troy and Claude Brown elementary, and graduated from Buchanan High School in 1956.  Following his graduation, he continued his education at Hannibal-LaGrange College, Washington University and graduated in 1960 from Dallas Institute Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science with both his funeral director’s and embalmers’ Licenses .

Jim enlisted in  the Army in 1962 was in  boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood.  He received further training at Fort Devins Mass. before being sent to Viet Nam where he served until 1963 when he was honorably discharged.

After the passing of his father, Jim returned to his work in the family business, Kemper-Marsh Funeral Home where he had begun working while in junior high.  He was appointed Lincoln County Coroner to fill out his father’s term.  Jim continued to work in the family business until health reasons forced him to relocate.  In 1967, he moved to California and while there he was employed by Searle Laboratories, U-Hall Company, and Wells Fargo Guard Services.  In 1977, he returned to Troy to help his mother, Lois, run the funeral home until her passing.  During this time, Jim wrote a column “From the Top of the Flagpole” for the Troy Free Press.  

In 1996, Jim relocated to Fort Davis, Texas where he served as a volunteer at MacDonald Observatory and taught Astronomy to Elderhaus tours at Prude Ranch.  He moved to Salt Lake City in 1998 where he was employed by various private security agencies. He was a member of Wasatch Lodge # 1 and the Salt Lake City Astronomical Society.

Jim was a 50 year member of Troy Lodge # 34 A. F. & A. M., a member of Troy Chapter # 405 Order of the Eastern Star, member of Patriot Guard Riders in Missouri, Kansas, and Utah, and a member of Widow’s Sons Rider Association  Kansas and Missouri, member of American Legion Riders of American Legion Post #310, Overland Park, Kan. and on the staff of Powell Observatory in Louisburg, Kansas.

He was past president of the Hawk Point Lions Club, Past District Governor of Lions Clubs International MD 28 in Utah; past president of the Lincoln Country Historical  and Archeological Society;  former member of Scottish Rite, York Rite, Moolah Shrine, St. Louis Astronomical Society, Kansas City Astronomical Society, and served as the first Civil Defense director of Troy.

He is survived by Altha Marsh, of Troy; Jackie Buecher, of Overland Park, Kan., cousins Jay Jones of Palos Verdes, Calif., Gary Jones and wife, Alice, of Tahoe, Calif., and Paula Zalar and husband, Rick of St. Louis, other relatives and  many friends.

Services will be held Feb. 16, 2013 at Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel in Troy with Pastor Carla Fletcher presiding.  Interment  will be in Troy City Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Troy Lodge # 34 A.F & A.M. in care Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 222, Troy Missouri. Online condolences may be made at


Funeral services for Herschel Birt Tiller, 90, of Elsberry, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  J. Larry Carter of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, officiated with burial  in Corinth Cemetery in Foley.

Mr. Tiller, 90, passed away Monday night, Feb. 4, 2013, at his home.

Born Jan. 27, 1923, in Foley, he was the son of Birt and Vera Stonebraker Tiller.  He was a 1941 graduate of Elsberry High School. He served his country in the United States Navy with the 91st Seabees from March 3, 1943 until being honorably discharged as a Shipfitter, Second Class (T) on Jan. 8, 1946. He then worked as an installer and repairman for Southwestern Bell, retiring in 1982.  He was a member of Elsberry American Legion Post #226, Elsberry VFW Post #5077 and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Survivors include one son, Phillip Tiller, of Winfield; one daughter, Lesa Miller and her husband, Dr. Stanley Miller, of Elsberry; and four grandchildren: Christopher Tiller, of Old Monroe, Addie Tiller, of Cape Girardeau, Devon Miller, of Maplewood, and Emma Miller, of Columbia.  He also leaves other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Memorials may be made to Corinth Cemetery or American Legion Post #226 in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, Mo. 63343.  Online condolences may be made at .



Elenora Isabell “Izzy” (nee Mudd) Sterling fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vernon L. Sterling; dearest sister of the late Francis D. Mudd, John Willis Mudd, Margaret Spies and Katherine Dashman; dear aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt and friend.

Mrs. Sterling was a member of the Ladies Auxillary VFW Post 2365 and the Ladies Altar Society of Our Lady of the Presentation Church.

Funeral was held Friday Feb. 8,  9:30 a.m. from Collier’s Funeral Home 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. (St. Ann) to Our Lady of the Presentation Church  8860 Tudor Ave. (St. John) Mass 10 a.m. Interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc. or Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation was held  Feb. 7 from 4-8 p.m..


Bud Damron

Norman “Bud” Damron, 84, of Troy, passed away at Troy Manor, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1928, in Elsberry to Noah Robert and Minnie Lee (Lawson) Damron. Bud was the only boy in his family and was surrounded by his six sisters: Helen, Alma, Laura, Jeane, Dona, and Evelyn. As you can imagine, he was very special to them. He described himself as “a rose amongst the thorns”, therefore, was given the nickname of “bud” as in rosebud.

After his formal schooling, he married the love of his life, Bonnie Thurman, or as he affectionately called her, “Bonzo.” To this union were born three sons: Dennis, Steve, Jeff and three daughters: Norma, Laura, and Betty.

Bud always had an infectious smile on his face and he made everyone around him feel comfortable. Hauling cattle, buying, trading and selling horses was what he did for most of his life. In 1960, Bud was asked by a dear friend, Charles Creech, to come work for Creech Brothers Truck Line, that began a lifelong friendship with Charles and Betty Creech and the Creech families. Bud worked for Creech Brothers for over 31 years as a dedicated and hard working employee. The livestock seemed to be hypnotized by Bud and followed his commands. Talking and spending time with his friends, whether it was at Landmark Restaurant, Chubby’s, Burger King, Hardee’s, Bowling Green Livestock Auction, or Elsberry Threshers, this was a big part of who Bud was. It was often said he never met a stranger. His kindness and consideration for others will be long remembered.

Surviving are his loving children: Dennis Damron, Steve and wife, Arlene Damron, Norma and husband, Pat Guyot, Laura and husband, Scott Pietzman, Betty and husband, Stacy Witt and Jeff and wife, Stacy Damron; his 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will  be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, from 4-9 p.m. and also Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9-11a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Ctr, 1304 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379.

Funeral service will  be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, Troy. Officiating was  Pastor Dennis Cappel and Pastor Joey Owen.

Interment will follow in the Troy City Cemetery, Troy. Memorial gifts may be made to the Relay for Life, c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Ctr, Troy location.

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