Calvin Francis Ufheil, 83, of Osage Beach, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Harper Chapel United Methodist Church, Osage. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in Lake Memorial Gardens, Osage Beach. Memorials may be made to the Harper Chapel Building Fund and may be left at the church. Arrangements are under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach.


Calvin Francis Ufheil, 83, of Osage Beach, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Harper Chapel United Methodist Church, Osage. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in Lake Memorial Gardens, Osage Beach. Memorials may be made to the Harper Chapel Building Fund and may be left at the church. Arrangements are under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach.

He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Metamora, the second son of eight children born to William and Mary Ufheil. After hitchhiking to Florida for his senior year of high school and graduating from Sarasota High in 1942, he returned to Illinois and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant and trained as a “bombigator” (bombardier/navigator) but never saw action in World War II because the war ended. He married Jacklyn “Bonnie” (Yuvawn) Johnson Nov. 15, 1949. They chose the date of Nov. 15 to be married after discovering that each of their parents were married on that date. Nov. 15 has become a tradition of sorts in the Ufheil family with two of their children and a grandchild having also chosen it as their wedding date. He worked with his father and brothers shelling corn and trucking as William Ufheil and Sons. With the combine replacing the sheller, it became obvious that a new business venture was in order.

He and his wife built and ran the Sauk Trail Inn, a successful restaurant and  lounge with banquet facilities in their hometown of Annawan. They lived and raised their family there until 1979 when they sold Sauk Trail and moved to Lake of the Ozarks. They later purchased what became Tonka Hills Restaurant with their son, Martin and his wife Julie, and ran it until 1993. Currently, they own Comfort Inn-Lake of the Ozarks, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Martin  and Julie, and the Econo Lodge-Lake of the Ozarks, along with daughter and son-in-law, Lenore and Don Neuharth. Even more than his manicured lawn and daily USA Today with its crossword puzzle, he loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was affectionately known as “Papa”, so dubbed by his first grandchild. He was a quiet man with great strength and wisdom for his family whom he always put first. He enjoyed the Ozarks and the fall trees and was always looking forward to their next trip to the Smokies, Branson or Florida. He loved to travel with his wife and/or his kids and grandkids, and he left many memories for them to cherish. He will always be remembered with love and affection as the rock of his family.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Bonnie; three children and spouses, Martin and Julie Ufheil of Lake Ozark, Mo, Laurel and Chris Marks of Lake Ozark, and Lenore and Don Neuharth of Camdenton, ?Mo; sisters and spouses, Delores “Uppy” and Jay Bridges of Annawan, Marilyn “Mick” Nowers of Bloomington, and Sharon and Jerry Humphrey of Galva; two brothers and spouse, Herbert and Joanne Ufheil of Annawan and Willis Ufheil of Annawan; grandchildren and spouses, Lucas and Kathleen Ufheil, Ryan Ufheil, Zachary Ufheil and Megan Everhart, Army EOD Spc. Lyle Poss (currently serving in Iraq), Maria Collins, Lindsey Neuharth and Lee Neuharth; great-grandchildren, William Ufheil, Kayli Ufheil, Jaden Collins, Dillon Collins and Brailyn Collins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Ufheil, and one sister, Ruth Peart.