Aug. 16 – Nov. 16, 2013

MU Extension offers congratulations for a new marriage, condolences for lost friends and best wishes for retirement.

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Retired extension agronomist Ron Alexander and his wife Phyllis were married in Marshall on Oct. 5, 2013.


The family of William Otto Rader, 87, who died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Rader was employed by the University of Missouri Extension for his entire career, serving in West Plains, Lebanon, Sedalia and Hillsboro. After retirement, Rader and his wife Jane moved to Marshfield, Mo.

The family of Charline Caldwell, retired family and community education specialist, who died on July 11 at the age of 85.

The family of E.B. Nace, retired agricultural engineering specialist at the MU Delta Research Center in Portageville, who died Aug. 23 in Sikeston at the age of 91.

photo: Dr. Ouart with Frank and Olive Graham
Dr. Ouart with the late Frank and Olive Graham at a Retiree and Friends meeting.

The family of Frank Graham, 93, who passed away Sept. 20. Graham spent 33 years in MU Extension, the last 17 as director of the Missouri 4-H Youth Development Program, and he retired from extension in 1975. He was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004. Read more about Graham at Graham is survived by his brother George Graham, also an MU Extension retiree.

The family of John Tucker, who died Sept. 22. He was a former MU Extension small farms education assistant and father of agriculture business specialist Wesley Tucker.

The family of Glenda Hawkins. Hawkins, 76, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. Hawkins worked for University of Missouri Extension in Knox County and Northeast Missouri and the Central Missouri Region. Hawkins retired in 1997 after 33 years with the University Extension. Her obituary may be found at


Donna Taake, extension youth professional associate, Southeast Region.

Rowena Kimball, Family Nutrition Education Program associate, Southwest Region.

Dennis Minzes, community development specialist, Urban West Region.

Lavina Wilson, Family Nutrition Education Program associate, East Central Region.

Rex Ricketts, coordinator of the MU Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, after more than 42 years at the University of Missouri.