September 8, 2005

John Cook Completes Motorcycle Tour de Capitals

It took the Memphis motorcycle enthusiast approximately two years to travel by bike to 49 of the United States state capitals, lacking only a motorcycle boat to get to Hawaii.

Lance Armstrong has made the Tour de France famous. A bike tour of a different variety has gained a Memphis man some notoriety of his own.

Its not like John Cook needs his love of motorcycles to make him known in this community. John and his wife Maxine have owned and operated Cooks Mens Store, a well-known western apparel store for 40 years.

But those in the community that didnt encounter John in the store or via his various other community service projects such as Rotary, surely saw the man riding his motorcycle in the parades.

He wasnt showing off. John simply found the love of riding and is more than willing to take advantage of just about any excuse to fire up his ride and head down the road.

Cook blames his love of riding on the fact that he started so late in life. John was 40 years old before he owned his first ride.

I just finally got exposed to the sport then, he said. I had a pretty large group of friends who all had motorcycles at this time and they all kept coming by and trying to get me revved up.

So John finally took the plunge. But it was a relatively small leap, as he shelled out $50 bucks to buy a small size 50 motorcycle.

He rode that for a couple of weeks and was hooked. The industry reeled in their newest catch, as Cook began upgrading, moving up to a 100 c.c. engine, then on to a 125, a 175, a 350, a 550, a 1000, a 1100 and then his 1200 10th Anniversary American Gold Wing.

Its just like any other hobby, fishing, hunting, golfing Cook said. We all have our interests, and for me its definitely riding a motorcycle.

In 1974 he started touring on his 550 Honda, traveling with his brother Charles to Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. They even traveled to the little known town of Sturgis, South Dakota where Cook joined with some 5,000 other motorcycle enthusiasts. Last year, the 63rd annual Sturgis rally drew nearly half a million bikers.

John enjoyed the sport so much he decided to share the fun with Maxine. Together the couple rode across the United States, Canada and even in Mexico.

The riding around all over our great country, thats simply the best, John said. We have seen some many different places thanks to riding, yet we are so thankful that we still live in the best part. Still, I love to ride.

Cook doesnt use the term love, loosely when he refers to riding his motorcycle. How else could one explain a man celebrating his 65th birthday by departing on a two-year quest to ride his bike to all of the state capitals in the United States?

The marathon began innocently enough back in 1998. On May 17, John departed from Memphis heading west. His first stop was Topeka, KS. He went on to Oklahoma City. Stop two on the 49 capital tour was made more memorable by his viewing of the bombed-out Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

While the site of the terrorist bombing dampened Cooks spirits some, he was reinvigorated by what he called the beautiful scenery on the road to Santa Fe, NM. Phoenix, AZ, was the next stop before John departed on one of the longest rides of his adventure, the 1,020 miles to Austin, TX.

That ride was hard on me, Cook said. It was kind of funny because it bugged me, until I finally told myself that it was a thousand miles, and I really didnt have to do it all in one day.

Between Texas and Louisianna, John experienced his first setback. He miscalculated on his fuel, and actually ran out of gasoline. Fortunately he was rescued by a passerby.

A nice young man stopped and brought me some gas, Cook said. We got to talking, and the fellow related what his father had told him, that anytime you go someplace new, you always learn something. Thats stuck with me on my trips.

Refueled, Cook pressed on to Baton Rouge and then turned north for the return trip, stopping in Little Rock, AR, before hitting Jefferson City, MO.

It was in his own state capital that Cook came across the book that became his guide on the quest. He was visiting with the folks in the souvenir shop, when one pointed out a book, The Capitals of the United States. John purchased a copy, which highlighted each states capital building. Now the book includes Johns own additions, as it has become somewhat of a scrapbook with photos taken by Cook at each of his stops.

On May 25, Johns 1500 Honda crossed the city limits of Memphis. In eight and a half days he had ridden 4,302 miles and visited nine state capitals on stage one of his tour.

After his visit to the southwest, John next mapped out the second leg of his journey, this time heading northeast.

On June 21, Cook departed from Memphis heading east. Springfield, IL was the first stop. Then it was on to Indianapolis, IN, followed by Columbus, OH. Cook made a pit stop in Brookville, PA, where he stayed at a friends home. He resumed the quest as he made it to Harrisburg before journeying into our nations capital, Washington, D.C.

That was definitely a challenge because of the road designs, Cook said. Its shaped like a wagon wheel with all kinds of one-way streets. But still I got to see all the national monuments and all of the history.

The history lesson continued as John made his way to Annapolis, MD, the site of the oldest state capital in the U.S., Dover, DE and Trenton, NJ, were two more stops as Cook said he found himself amazed that he was wandering among buildings with such history, like in Maryland, where George Washington had actually resigned his post as Commander and Chief of the Continental army back in 1783. He marveled at the four towers of marble and granite that comprised the Hartford, CT, capital building.

After hitting Providence, RI, and Boston, MA, John finally began to ride out of the urban sprawl of the east coast. He still couldnt avoid the crowds though, as his misfortunate timing placed him in Concord, New Hampshire at the same time as a big NASCAR race, making it impossible to find a hotel room.

John continued north and hit Augusta, ME, and then stopped at Montpelier Vermont.

This was the only one of the 49 state capitals that I didnt either walk around or ride around, Cook said. I couldnt, because the building is actually built into the side of a mountain.

From there the journey turned to Albany, NY, before John headed to Buffalo, NY, and got to see Niagara Falls. He continued through Canada on a straight line for Lansing, MI. He then turned back south and traveled through Chicago on the return to Memphis where he arrived July 3.

The East Coast was amazing with its history, its huge ports and giant ships, Cook said. The ocean and the mountains made it a very nice trip that I would have enjoyed much more without my mishap in Pennsylvania.

An accident in the Keystone state left Cook with broken ribs, making the last 3,000 miles of the ride a little uncomfortable.

Still he completed the 12-day trek, covering 3,967 miles and 15 more state capitals.

Leg three of the five-stage trip started August 2 when Cook again departed Memphis, this time heading north to Des Moines, IA. He learned a little about politics in the gold-domed capital building where an engraved sign reads Nothing is politically correct that is morally wrong.

The northern tour went on to Madison, WI, and St. Paul, MN. Bismark, ND, presented an enjoyable ride across the northern plains. Cook admired the capital building as he approached the city, noting it is the tallest of all state capitals, standing 19 stories tall.

Cook was able to admire the length of the Missouri River as he paralleled the massive body of water on his way to Pierre, SD. Of course, it was August, so John made a detour to Sturgis to check out the biker rally before heading on to Lincoln, NE.

Cook covered 2,402 miles on the five-day excursion and will tell you that the midwest ride is definitely his favorite.

Stage four was the most ambitious thus far. Cook took off April 19, 1999 and headed southeast for what would be more than 4,000 miles on his motorcycle.

Nashville, TN, was stop #1 followed by Atlanta, GA, and Montgomery, AL.

Cook got to view two state capitals in Tallahassee, as Florida not only has a new modern building but also maintains the original capital building, restored to its original condition.

A strong desire to see Key West sent Cook on a detour across Alligator Alley and down the states west coast to his farthest southern stop. He returned up the east coast and on to Savannah, GA and then Columbia, SC. Here Cook saw the brass markers that represented canon shells that had hit the building during the Civil War.

Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, had Cook two more stops closer to his goal.

But the cyclist found his trip soured by a call from home. He received word that his mother had passed away. That cut short his visit with friends in Lynchburg, VA, as he jumped on his bike that evening and rode until he had to stop for sleep. He made it back through Charleston, WV and Frankfurt, KY, before getting back home May 26. He covered 4,158 miles in eight days.

But that proved to be nothing compared to the final leg of the quest. A week later, John and a friend, Jerry Speer, departed Memphis to hit the remaining spots in the northwest.

Cook questioned if he was not getting a little soft as the first day on the road the duo hit rain. It was not the only roadblock Mother Nature would provide.

They made it to Cheyenne, WY, but hit a huge windstorm that nearly blew them off course on the way to Boise, ID. It turned cold as they crossed the narrow mountain roads en route to Helena, MT.

They kept going north, crossing into Canada on the way to Alaska. They headed for Calgary, riding along the Columbia Ice Field.

They took a break at Pink Mountain and awoke from a nights sleep at a motel to 18 inches of snow. They were stalled for nearly three days by more than 20 inches of snow.

They made up for the layover with a hard day of riding.

When we pulled into the motel, I was cleaning bugs off my windshield and kept wondering why I was so tired, Then I looked at my watch and saw it was 10:30 p.m., but the sun was still up. Thats the first time Ive ever went to bed with the sun still up.

The two bikers finally made it to Juneau, AK, and then turned around and headed back to the good old USA.

It was kind of interesting as I was sitting there in Alaska to stop and think, just a month or so before that I had been all the way across the nation down in the Florida Keys, Cook said.

The next stop was Olympia, WA, before hitting Salem, OR, and Sacramento, CA. Carson City, NV, and Salt Lake City, UT, were stops 47 and 48 before the final destination of Denver, CO. was reached.

Twenty days later the two men returned home after covering more than 7,700 miles on their motorcycles.

I always get asked, which one is the prettiest, Cook said. Well, thats sort of like judging a queen contest, I mean you just cant pick one over another as they are all so amazing.

Regardless of all of his stops on the 59-day, 23,000 miles adventure, Cook never had any doubt what his favorite sight was.

I saw so many beautiful things on my trips, but none compares to getting that first look at home when you finally get back, he said.

With his obvious love for home, one might wonder why Cook undertook the massive trip.

It was a challenge- and I won, Cook said. As a kid, I always wished my horse could have wings so that I could ride every place. On the highway, I realized God had given me my Gold Wing very humbling.

April 2nd Election to Decide Fate of Proposed School Expansion

With a goal of improved student safety as well as expanding and upgrading facilities, the Scotland County R-I School District will ask voters on Tuesday to approve a $1.6 million tax levy issue.

Proposition 2 on the April 4th ballot will seek to implement a $0.16 debt service levy that would allow the district to borrow $1.6 million to fund an approximately 8,500 square foot expansion to the campus that would house a new band room, additional classrooms as well as an early childhood development center. Bring more of the district’s facilities under one roof would allow the installation of additional security measures to control unwanted access to the facilities.

The bond issue would also fund safety enhancements and renovations of the existing facility in addition to the four new early childhood classrooms, a therapy and nursing room, a new band room for the high school, in addition to three more classrooms and additional storage.

Plans call for the construction of a roughly 150-foot long addition to connect the high school and elementary school.

The district has not maintained a debt service levy since 1994, when the district retired a 20-year bond approved by voters in 1974 for the construction of the high school. If approved by the voters, the debt service levy would increase from $0.00 to $0.16.

The board of education has worked over the past two years searching for alternative funding options while also paring down proposed expansion plans and renovation costs, since an initial levy proposal first went to the voters in 2015.

In November of that year, voters said no to a $5 million bond issue, before voting no again in April 2016 on a pared down $4 million proposal. The district went back to voters in August of 2016 seeking $3.3 million, again being rejected.

The district scrapped plans from the initial bond issues to install an all-weather track, a new football concession stand, build a new weight room and add on to the library. The school also has worked with local boosters to repair the existing softball and baseball field lights while agreeing to pursue a used system to replace the outdated lights at the football field instead of purchasing new.

Other changes from the initial proposals include greater utilization of existing facilities. Superintendent Ryan Bergeson explained the new plan calls for renovating areas such as the Ag building, that in addition to the expansion project, is intended to bring the Life Skills and the elementary school library back under one roof, along with the preschool program. Other cost saving measures were made in the design and architecture scheme for the expansion. “The proposed design is smaller, and it is a simple, straight design, both of which helped reduce the cost projections,” said Bergeson.

With its levy at $3.50 this year, the Scotland County R-I district has the lowest levy rate in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

Westran comes in second lowest at $3.75 but also has an assessed property valuation of nearly three times as much as the SCR-I district.

The rest of the conference school’s rate are as follows: Harrisburg –  $5.25, Marceline – $4.67, Salisbury – $4.47, Fayette – $4.25, Schuyler County – $4.20, Knox County – $3.83, and Paris – $3.78.

If approved the bond issue would raise the SCR-I tax levy to $3.66, still  lowest in the conference, and still below other area schools such as Canton ($3.72), Putnam County ($3.73), Kirksville ($4.20), Brashear ($4.22), Monroe City ($4.24) and Novinger ($4.26).

Ashcroft Awards Technology Grant to Scotland Public Library

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Scotland Public Library received a Technology Mini Grant in the amount of $2,664. The grant will be used to upgrade its technology infrastructure to better meet patron needs and demands by replacing four public access computers, two circulation computers, a network printer, seven monitors, and seven keyboard and mice kits.

“One of the best ways we can unlock and unleash the potential of Missourians is to teach them how to think critically and how to learn,” Ashcroft said. “Unlike any other taxpayer-funded facilities or programs, libraries offer that opportunity. Libraries are a place of learning, technology and knowledge. The technology mini grants are so vital in this regard. Relatively small federal grants can make a huge difference to Missouri libraries.”

The secretary of state’s Technology Mini Grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

In the 2017 Fiscal Year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 89 grant applications, distributing $718,229 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

Health Department Forming Community Group to Address Drug, Alcohol Abuse

Representatives from the city, county, school, health care and ministerial fields joined together recently with the Scotland County Health Department to discuss alcohol and drug abuse issues impacting the community.

Drug and alcohol abuse are health problems that plague communities across America. The Scotland County Health Department recently began asking people to discuss ways to reduce these problems in the community.  For the past three months Preferred Family Healthcare’s Prevention Department has been working with the Health Department to create a community group and asking Scotland County residents about their opinions on this issue.

“The citizens in attendance have seen the benefits of creating a community group,” said organizer Jennifer Houser, certified health education specialist and president of Thrive Health Education Services.

Houser said the good news is that grants and other funds are available to community group looking to fight drug and alcohol abuse. For example, the Missouri Department of Mental Health offers aid to groups like this.

“It makes it easy for the community to decide what they think is needed and to actually get it done,” said Houser.

The group invites all people in Scotland County who are interested in making a difference and having their voices heard to come to the next meeting, April 6th at noon at the Scotland County Health Dept.

If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas or concerns please contact community member Pastor Dan Hite at 660-216-6364, or the Scotland County Health Department at 660-465-7275.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, March 30 – Chicken Enchiladas, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Cookies

Friday, March 31 –Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Pudding/Fruit

Monday, April 3 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, April 4 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, April 5 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, April 6 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, March 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wed. April 5 – Red Hat’s will join us for lunch.

Thursday, April 6 –  Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Triplett’s to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lonnie Dee Triplett, son of Gerildive and Marguerite (Riddington) Triplett, and Reva Darlene Kraus, daughter of Richard and Cleta Mae (Dochterman) Kraus, were united in marriage on Sunday, April 2, 1967, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, from the Arbela United Methodist Church, with the Reverent Barbara Barnett officiating.  They are parents of two sons, Daryn Lee Triplett and Brandyn Dee Triplett.  They enjoy their three grandsons, Aden Lane, Zyan Riley and Nate Calian Triplett.  Lonnie and Reva will be quietly celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family.  They would enjoy receiving cards in honor of this special occasion at 426 West Elm, Memphis, MO 63555, or notes directed to their e-mail address lontrip@nemr.net.

PTO to Host Elementary School Spring Carnival April 7th

Mark your calendars now for SCR-I PTO’s first annual Elementary Spring Carnival.  The Parent-Teacher Organization is working hard to organize and bring back an old favorite.  Proceeds from the event will be utilized to purchase technology upgrades for the classrooms and other classroom need requests.

The Carnival is being held at SCR-1’s Elementary School from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th.  The evening will include games for all ages (ring toss, bean bag toss, cake walk, duck pond, and angry birds) with prizes for everyone and face painting.  Presale tickets are $5.00 for 15 game plays and tickets at the event are $5.00 for 10 game plays.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elementary School office and Scotland County Pharmacy.

There will also be a concession stand with nacho pies, walking tacos, maid-rites, and much more!

PTO is a national organization whose mission is to help local parent groups become leaders and take responsibility in the school life experiences of their children.  Local PTO organizations are comprised of parents, teachers and staff and are intended to facilitate parental participation in the school system.

Locally, the purpose of SCR-I PTO is to: support the education of the children at Scotland County R-I Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers.  The Parent Teacher Organization identifies school needs and supports those needs through fund raising activities and membership participation.

Any parent, guardian, or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student enrolled at Scotland County R-1 Elementary School and staff member wishing to promote the goals for SCR-1 and subscribe to the PTO bylaws may be a member and have voting rights.

Some of the things PTO has helped with at SCR-I are Teacher Appreciation Week, the purchase of iPads for elementary classrooms, Doc Cams, snacks during MAP testing, the purchase of playground supplies, games for classrooms, classroom supplies, and much more!

SCR-I PTO meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art room.  The next meeting will be May 9th, 2017.

Lady Tigers Well Represented in NEMO Media All District Basketball Honors

Calesse Bair

The historic hoops season by the Scotland County Lady Tigers did not go unnoticed by the sportswriters and broadcasters that cover northeast Missouri sports. Scotland County landed three players on the group’s annual all district first team and also took home Coach of the Year honors.

Cory Shultz was named the girls’ Class 2 Coach of the Year for the northeast Missouri region after leading his Lady Tigers to a 28-2 mark, including the first ever Final Four appearance in the program’s history. Shultz improved his career mark to 56-4 in his two years at the helm while bringing home from Mizzou Arena the Missouri Class 2 3rd place trophy.

Calesse Bair, Chelsea Wood and Abi Feeney were all named first-team all district by the media group that represents schools from across the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Class 2 districts 6 and 7 that encompasses the northeast corner of the state.

Bair topped the region with a 17.7 points per game scoring average and also was the leader with more than four steals per contest. Wood led the region with a 66% field goal percentage, making two of every three shots she attempted en route to a 14.2 scoring average. She also was among the region’s leaders in rebounding, grabbing on average eight boards a game.

Chelsea Wood

Feeney earned the nod as the top point guard after leading the region with 5.2 assists per game. She also averaged 10.1 points per contest and contributed 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game.

Rounding out the first team all district squad were Ashtyn Lagaman of Clopton and Laken Hugenberg of Canton. Lagaman averaged 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest while Hugenberg was second only to Bair with a 17.5 scoring average to go with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Hugenberg is a junior while all four of her fellow first teamers were seniors.

Abi Feeney

Named to the all district second team were: Elaine Ewigman, Marceline, Sr.; Madison McCabe, Knox County, Sr.; Kaitlyn Kuntz, Clopton, So.; Allison Moore, Paris, So.; and Summer Small, Schuyler County, Sr.

Named to the Class 2 Boys 1st Team were: Derek Richards, Louisiana, So.; Makenzie Fessler, Marceline, Sr.; Calvin Heidenwith, Putnam County, Sr., Noah Talton, Knox County, Sr.; and Lance Logsdon, Canton, Sr.

2nd Team All District honorees included: Alec Patterson, South Shelby, Jr.; Koy Smith, Canton, Jr.; Stephen Tolbert, Clopton, Sr.; Lathyn McMorris, Van-Far, Jr.; and Hayden Miller, Knox County, Jr..

The Class 2 boys Coach of the Year was Clopton’s Craig Smith.

Coach of the Year Cory Shultz.

 

City of Memphis Spring Softball League Starts This Week

The annual City of Memphis spring softball league will kick off play this week with high school teams from Iowa and Missouri competing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Memphis over the next two months.

Weather permitting, the first pitch on the 2017 league play will be tossed on Wednesday night, March 29th. The Scotland County team will host Bloomfield, IA at the Scotland County R-I softball field while Keokuk, IA will take on the Clark County Rage at Johnson Park. Both games are set to start at 6:30 p.m.

The following week, Keokuk and Scotland County will do battle at Johnson Park on Wednesday, April 5th. The following evening, the Clark County Rage will take on Bloomfield at Johnson Park.

Both parks will host games every Wednesday night from April 12 – May 3rd. All game times are 6:30 p.m. Scotland County will play at the SCR-I field each week.

For more information contact Michelle at Memphis City Hall 465-7285 or Allen Garrett at 341-0714.

SCR-I Rallies to Down #2 State-Ranked Canton 8-4

Will Fromm was 2-3 with three runs scored to help Scotland County down #2 state ranked Canton 8-4 on March 21st in Memphis.

It’s just the first week of the season, but Scotland County may have already played its most memorable game of the year after pulling off an 8-4 victory versus Canton on Tuesday night.

The game pitted two pre-season top 10 squads and was a rematch of last year’s heart-breaking district championship contest that saw SCR-I fall 2-1 to Canton, who went on to finish second in the state.

That likely generated enough excitement in itself, but then the game featured some superb pitching, a power display, and three lead changes. But all of that may have been overshadowed by the tension on the field where a pair of hit batsmen and a couple of controversial calls had the pressure level sky high.

In the end, Scotland County was able to prevail behind a near flawless season debut by hurler Aaron Buford.

The one major hiccup cost the Tigers the lead in the fourth when Canton third baseman Lance Logsdon blasted a three-run homer to put the visiting team on top 4-3. But Buford recovered, and didn’t surrender another run en route to a complete game victory.

Scotland County put the pressure on early to the #2 ranked team in the state.

Back-to-back singles by Justin McKee and Aaron Blessing had starter Coy Smith in trouble in the second before he was able to escape the jam. Smith was not as fortunate in the bottom of the third. Buford walked to start the inning. Singles by Will Fromm and Grant Campbell loaded the bases for McKee, who delivered a two-run single. An RBI groundout by Lane Pence plated Campbell to put SCR-I on top 3-0.

Canton got a run back in the top of the fourth inning, but the damage could have been worse. A walk and an error opened the door for a double by Lavion Wilson that appeared to score both runners. Scotland County appealed that the second runner failed to touch third base and he was called out, ending the frame with SCR-I still on top 3-1.

That changed in the top of the fifth when Logsdon connected with two runners on base. His homer put Canton ahead 4-3.

Scotland County pulled even in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fromm singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and a passed ball. After McKee walked, Pence hit a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4-4.

The wheels came off for Canton in the sixth inning when back-to-back errors allowed four runs to score. Blessing started the rally with a base hit. A two-out error allowed Buford to reach. A walk to Fromm loaded the bases for Campbell, who popped one up near the second base bag. The ball was dropped, with Canton arguing that the fielder was interfered with by the SCR-I runner on the bag. In the meantime a pair of runs crossed the plate. SCR-I plated two more runs when McKee reached on an error, extending the lead to 8-4.

That was all the cushion Buford would need. He retired Canton in order in the sixth inning and then worked around a leadoff single in the seventh to notch the victory. The senior threw 105 pitches in recording the complete game. He allowed four runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking two and striking out eight.

Smith took the loss for Canton, getting tagged for eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

McKee was the hitting star, going 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Fromm and Blessing also recorded two hits apiece.

Scotland County improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.

JAMES EDWARD BEHR (1/25/1938 – 3/22/2017) 

James Edward Behr, 79 of Downing, Missouri passed away at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The son of Paul John and Lillian Jeanette (Rother) Behr, he was born in Joliet, Illinois on January 25, 1938.  On May 15, 1993 at the Showme Lake in Memphis, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Suzanne E. Fullmer.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne E. Behr of Downing, Missouri; his children, James Edward Behr, Junior of North Aurora, Illinois, Sheryl Rene’ Baker and husband, Gary of Lancaster, Missouri and Paul Edwin Behr of Aurora, Illinois; one stepdaughter, Jodi Drane and husband, Michael of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one half-sister, Rosemary Erman of Coal City, Illinois and other family members.

James is preceded in death by his parents; one stepdaughter, Kelly Sue Schilb; one sister, Jeanette Swiggert and one half brother-in-law, Fred Erman.

James worked for Caterpillar as a furnace operator as he made parts for their tractors.   He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 145 and was also a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association.

When James was younger, he restored vehicles and motorcycles.  His hobbies also included hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors.  He especially enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his family and always had a great entertaining story!

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Sonny Smyser, Pastor of the Schuyler County Church of Faith officiating.

Memorials have been established for the family.

Burial will be at a later date as the body has been cremated.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

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