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Jerome B. Talken, 85, of Centralia, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Boone Hospital in Columbia. Jerome was born on June 15, 1926, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Henry Herman and Leona Mary (Heimericks) Talken. On May 21, 1990, he married Vivian Lou Davis in Mexico. She survives at the home. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and had worked at National Refractories, where his co-workers knew him as Tiger. He was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church, the American Legion and Eagle's Club in Jefferson City and the Knights of Columbus in Mexico. He loved to watch the St. Louis Cardinals on television and play with his dog Crystal. He is survived by his wife Vivian, and children; Jerry Talken and wife, Linda of St. Louis, Jane Pilger and husband, Gary of Mexico, Jeff Talken of Mexico, June McGinnis and husband, Jim of Mexico, Jackie Brown and husband, Brian of Columbia, Jeannie Durham and husband, Wayne of Decatur, Ill., and Tony McCoy and wife, Beth of Centralia, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nine brothers and sisters; Bernie Talken of Raymore, Carrie Landtiser of Lee's Summit, and Georgia Rudroff of Raymore, Stanley Talken of Lake Zurich, Ill., Catherine Andres of Palatine, Ill., Maxie Cleveland of New Bloomfield, Gilbert Talken and Barbie Poetker, both of Jefferson City, and Fran Talken of Troy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Omar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Mexico. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Brendan Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Brendan Catholic Church, the American Lung Association, or the American Heart Association. Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com
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