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James Kenneth Wilber

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

James Kenneth Wilber, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at home.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at the Missouri State Veteran's Cemetery in Higginsville with military rites. William W. Harlow will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Faith Assembly of God Church in Concordia. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army c/o Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.

Born April 19, 1926, in Verdugo City, Calif., he was the son of the late Eugene Field Wilber and Neta Mae Davison Wilber. On Dec. 17, 1951, he married Joyce Lee Tate, who survives of the home. He had lived in Columbia the last year moving from Sweet Springs and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving from 1943 to 1973 and was a member of the American Legion in Columbia.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Mathews of Columbia and Betty Toth of Ennis, Mont.; one son, Richard Wilber of Las Vegas, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Wilber of Sadieville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Michael James Mathews.