Jerry Leigh Friesner

Jerry Leigh Friesner, 84, passed away at his home in Cullowhee, NC, this past June 2018. He was born to Monza Leigh and Caroline Cowan Robbins Friesner on January 13, 1934, at their home south of Meadville, MO.

Jerry graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. degree in Industrial Arts. He taught briefly at Eldon High School in Eldon, MO, before accepting a position with the Industrial Arts Department at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. It was there that Jerry met the love of his life, Christine Bergner. Jerry and Chris were married on August 4, 1963, and both continued teaching at WCU until they retired, Jerry in 1993 and Chris in 1994. They shared a passion for photography, the beach at Oak Island, NC, and flying their Cessna, spending many summers at the fly-in at Oshkosh, WI.

Chris preceded Jerry in death in August 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Inez Friesner, and a nephew, H. Kay Friesner. He is survived by a nephew, R. Dee (Jeannie) Friesner, niece-in-law Etsuko Friesner, two great nephews, and three great nieces.

There was a graveside service and inurnment of Jerry’s and Chris’s ashes at Cullowhee United Methodist Church cemetery. An online registry is available at

Fawn Rae Rasmussen Coulthard

1937 - 2018

Fawn passed away peacefully June 29, 2018 in home with family in Wheeling, MO. Fawn was an amazing and strong women who touched people deeply. Her children considered her their best friend.

Fawn was born in Ephraim UT Nov 1, 1937 to Kenneth Perry Rasmussen and Fawn Braithwaite Rasmussen. She graduated from East High in SLC in 1964. Fawn worked as a baker for 25 years in SLC, UT where she met the love of her life Hollis Doyle Coulthard in 1979. Fawn and Hollis were married for 32 years.

Above all else Fawn loved her family. She nurtured all who met her. She loved restoring her homes, vegetable gardening with her beloved husband Hollis Doyle Coulthard. She was a member of Wheeling First Baptist church.

Fawn was preceded in death by six siblings, her husband Hollis and her sons Darrell and Steven, and survived by her brother Tom Rasmussen and her children Ron, Annette, Elaine, Kenneth and Jessie, Eight Grandchildren and Eight great Grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by all.

Services will be held at 3:00 PM July 12 at the Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO. A dinner will be held at the Wheeling Community Center after the service.

Services are under the care of Heritage Funeral home, Chillicothe MO.

Thomas Murphy, Jr.

Thomas Murphy, Jr., age 92, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

Thomas was born the son of Thomas, Sr. and Neva (Shearer) Murphy on May 14, 1926, in Wheeling, Missouri. He was a 1944 graduate of Huntsville High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1948, during World War II. Thomas was united in marriage to Loice Marie Smith on September 10, 1949, in Williamstown, Missouri. She preceded him in death on March 16, 1970. He was then united in marriage to Mary (Carberry) Strange on July 31, 1982, in Chillicothe, Missouri. She survives of the home. Thomas worked as a farmer. He was a member of St. Columban Catholic Church, Chillicothe, Missouri. He was also a member of the Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25, the Roy L. Burkett VFW Post #858, and the Disabled American Veterans. He served as a former deacon at the Wheeling Baptist Church, and was very active in the Wheeling community. Thomas enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; one son, Mike Murphy of Chillicothe, Missouri; one stepson, David Strange and wife Linda of Jefferson City, Missouri; one daughter, Gail Ann Murphy of Buffalo, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Marcia Putnam and husband Roger of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Patricia Kahn and husband Bill of Solon, Iowa; three grandchildren, Shane Michael Murphy of Chillicothe, Missouri, Sarah Ann Murphy of Chillicothe, Missouri, Ben Murphy of Camdenton, Missouri; six step grandchildren, Jason Strange and wife Leslie of Belton, Missouri, Brooke Peters and husband Doug of Holts Summit, Missouri, Craig Putnam and wife Ashley of Chillicothe, Missouri, Trent Putnam of Maryville, Missouri, Cameo Kahn of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Brandon Kahn and wife Dulce of Solon, Iowa; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Loice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Columban Catholic Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. A Parish Rosary will be held at the St. Columban Catholic Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 11:15 a.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, July 6, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, July 6, 2018, from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Wheeling Cemetery, Wheeling, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to LICOVA (Livingston County Veteran’s Association) and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.